What I learned from the gradual decent into Poverty

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Below you will find the text of an email Rev Billy Talen was so good to send me.  Of course, having a subscription with him really helped!  🙂

This is just to let you know, I didn’t have an “ecstatic religious experience” and stopped shopping.  No, it took loosing jobs one after another as firms were bought out and ultimately closed….same old Capitalist story….they come, we pay, we work, they pay a little, we work harder and they abandon us for ever more profits.

It’s boiled down to a forced practice, willingly taken,  to let go of the societal dogma of “keeping up with the Sales”!  In this way, I’ve “bought” my freedom by not buying their stuff.  And yes, of course Poverty is my discipline…. it doesn’t have to be…..

Hope this gives you hope!

Respectfully submitted,

JD Adam

 

Text of Rev Billy’s email:

Jd —

I am facing some jail time for standing up to the evils of Monsanto and other Big Ag usurpers of the Earth. My trial begins tomorrow.

The prosecutor in Iowa appears corrupted by Monsanto and has proposed to a judge that protesters of its toxins be deprived of their constitutional rights at trial. Let’s repeat that. A Des Moines assistant District Attorney has filed a motion that would preclude any “referencing” of the 1st Amendment or free speech protections of the Bill of Rights in my trial. This would retroactively strip a protester, me, of the right to protest simply. Here’s a link to the motion.

Stripping a protester of his or her rights as a citizen in a misdemeanor trial? We cannot find a precedent. There are two of us on trial, me and another person were popped on the charge of trespassing. We face 30 days imprisonment or $500. My lawyer is Wylie Stecklow, a prominent civil rights attorney and supporter of the Church of Stop Shopping. Wylie has been honored with the Key to Harlem, as well as Congressional, State Assembly, City Council and Manhattan Borough Presidents’ citations for outstanding citizenship in relation to his work providing legal services in traditionally underserved communities.

We don’t have videotapes of Monsanto handing brown paper bags of cash to the government lawyers. But that’s where politics comes in. We can’t prove that Monsanto knew that Agent Orange would be causing birth defects fifty years after the Viet Nam War, but they brag on their website about Agent Orange. We can’t prove that Monsanto poisoned the African-American town of Addison, Alabama for years because the statute of limitations has run out on the emails we found between their scheming execs.

Politics is an act of faith. You have enough proof to excite your suspicion that evil is being committed and people need to be protected.

Politics is most powerful when a belief in the good is powered by a belief in the amazing miracle that is life. Frank and I are on the outs with organized religion. But anyone who has sung water songs while facing the gun-men at Standing Rock knows that the disorganized religion of 300 kinds of indigenous peoples singing their clashing harmonies of water prayers by the river while the gun-men watch – that’s a power that no enforcement official, corrupt or not, can stop.

And so I pray for the people of Iowa. In our church we pray to the Earth. I pray to the clean and complex soil of Iowa that my great grandfather William and his wife Lena farmed near Pella, farmed nearly a century ago.

Monsanto’s business model is that the Earth is flawed and we need to make a replacement Earth. Like God the Almighty, the company is devoted to creating life or re-creating it. So Monsanto copyrights life itself. It is laughable to Monsanto that we expect it to be regulated or their products to be tested by researchers who don’t accept their money. Would God submit to the people?

In the service of its God-like presence, Monsanto is devoted to a post-analogue existence. You can’t find it. It is beyond our senses, not unlike its toxins. Our Church of Stop Shopping has tried to find Monsanto. We staged performances at its headquarters in St. Louis; led parades and rallies with our high-stepping gospel; exorcised the demons from their labs in from the farmlands of California to Harvard to the high-rises of Chicago.

We sang our hit single “Monsanto is the Devil” at the EPA hearings on Glyphosates in Washington just last month. Suddenly, after tracking this company for years, I feel this filing that would take away my rights as a citizen – that the mad scientist Monsanto has broken down my front door and aimed a gun at my head.

Consider our crime: we were 250 feet away from the Monsanto “Food Prize” at the Iowa state Capitol, standing on a public sidewalk. In Iowa, the governor is very much like an employee of the company. For the part, Monsanto rented the Iowa State Capitol building and grounds. That’s what I was talking about when the state troopers the had cuffed me.

I can’t remember if I asked them how it feels to be bouncers at a night club called Big Chem, checking peoples’ tickets at the door. I know I asked them about the renting out of their gold-domed Capitol, now symbolically covered with the logo of this celebration of GMO crops. “Doesn’t that look corrupt? Isn’t there some unfortunate symbolism here?” They acted like even to ask the question was a crime.

When someone announces their opposition to Monsanto, to Monsanto these citizens become super-weeds. If we are not the cash crop, we are treasonous, we super-weeds. That’s Monsanto. Scientists who disagree are defamed, even the World Health Organization is called corrupt. What do they do about activists? Use that old tried and true method for social changers that protesteth too much called jail.

As I write this note, it is 3 AM in Brooklyn in a blizzard and I have a bad feeling about his trial. My partner and my six-year-old daughter Lena are asleep. I’m writing to you, oh reader, in hopes for my cause and well-being.

And I pray to the pure earth of my name-sake William and my great grandmother Lena.

Earthalujah!
Reverend Billy Talen

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What indeed…causes CORRUPTION OF THE INNOCENT, MORAL MIND OF HUMANKIND?

I’ve long wanted to write and share my thoughts on the terminal Cancer of Elite Rule…it just always seems to be rather useless! Every day in every way, instead of our Species getting “better and better” we are bombarded with Propaganda in every media source, old and new, to make us afraid, Very Afraid. Its long been the adage of “bad guys”, from Bible times to old Westerns and Wall Street Wolves and their Bankster Gangsters, “If you can’t get them to join you by appealing to their greed and need, dominate them by fear.” Remember that? … use to be a “moral” lesson we learned so as not to fall into such insipid slavery. “NOW GREED IS GOD”, yes, “God”, not just GOOD! Wow!

Such a turn in the Human consciousness requires a phenomenon that we of the non-elite almost never share…until now. What could possibly have changed so dramatically and quickly to take a healthy man, woman and child from the joy of doing “right” by themselves, their families and their neighbors to trembling in fear with their doors locked; electronic surveillance watching every entrance with touch ready monitoring of their humble abode filled with generations of treasure and maybe a child or pet or two? What causes normal people not in a war zone (there are still many of us) to close our drapes and peek “outside” our windows at who is on the street or what is happening in the house whose drapes aren’t closed; trembling in what once was the anticipation of coming together with friends and family and neighbors in good humor and sharing? Now we are filled with anxiety and a sense of threat from every house, of every person who dares to think of themselves as FREE and not subject to others’ judgement, especially our own, we “observers”. Wondering how they deem themselves to be so FREE that they are actually “out in the streets”; taking walks with their children, dogs or pushing infants in strollers or carrying signs declaring our Humanity and Compassion? And “OMG” they don’t LOOK LIKE US! Whatever the hell that ever meant, since we are each unique and wondrously original and in FACT, NO BODY LOOKS LIKE YOU OR ME!! Except of course the proverbial Identical Twins…and such twins just look like one another!

What indeed…causes a person to monitor another’s resources so closely as to be able and even willing to report their neighbor if asked by the Water District or “Home Inspectors” (who come in many guises of Authority) to do so? What “motivates” any individual to pick up a phone intimating wrongdoing on another’s part, to talk to an absolute stranger about the personal goings on of someone that could be known to them for decades or not at all?

When’s the last time you heard and saw children playing outside of their own fenced-in backyards, all a twitter with joy and activity, sweet squeals of delight or feigned fright? Now I hear screams, not squeals, and real fear, not pretend and I cannot see the injured to tend to their fear, for all are injured, adults and children. Mostly I wonder at the ice cream truck! As an American capitalist well indoctrinated, I wonder how long we’ll have that corny old music playing as the driver comes up our street, after all there are no more children bustling out of their front doors with hard earned allowances in hand, excitedly positioning themselves to insure they are to get their favorite treat. I have seen one child, held onto as if in bondage by one parent with dollars in hand. Where is the joy?

Where indeed? We are assured of a significantly shortened life span along with the generations now in our care. Stress kills. What is the cause of our melancholy lives, our anxious, depressed children….?

What indeed? Even if you do choose the once comfortable stance of following Authority, you are convinced everyone is watching you as well, or perhaps you deem yourself the only one who can really rout out any “suspected…….” just fill in the blank, water waster to terrorist or any fearful troll you may imagine. But then, if by some miracle, reason still persists, you have to question your own judgement on occasion. Do you really know? Could anyone know that about you? Likely not. Or perhaps you are one who walks in the world Freely, with kindness and charity; what then do you do when you have been “found out” and “reported” by the neighbor who still has your tools or your Tupperware? How do you deal with being Free and yet enslaved by the agenda of another enslaved by Phantom Fear? Either way, where is the Joy? What happened to us?

What indeed……? Have you wondered? What indeed…. has sucked out the life generating Joy that once was our way of Life, our way of caring for each other and ourselves, of trusting strangers and Policemen…..?

What indeed?! Our stories have always told us that it is love and kindness; tolerance and intelligence that drives individuals to advancement and thereby the society they form… you know; contribution, cooperation….PEACE AND LOVE BOUND BY REASON!

by “Nobody” living on the Isle of Cyclops

“When most people ‘hit a brick wall’, they turn left, Poets turn Write.” ‘Nobody’, living on the Isle of Cyclops

For so long a time, years now, Pain has been My Closest Companion.
I’ve not been able to “Fight” Pain; or Pray, Cry or Demand it to “Be Gone!”
Finally! I’ve Accepted it for this moment, and the next….
as my Closest and most Faithful Companion.

I Could Banish Pain. I Would Banish it, even the Cause of it!
…I Cannot..so we’ve become Friends of Necessity.
Comrades of Suffering, Ever Present with one another.

Do you think me Insane to accept such a “Terrible Alliance”?
No, I am not. Not any longer, now I’ve given up the Fruitless Battle.

You see, there is much Goodness that could End my Pain and it’s Cause.
Yet, Woe am I to live in a Society where Only the Rich can Own and Claim such Goodness….. For Themselves…

….and They only Share on a Whim of Self Gratification called PROFIT.

 

A Poet

“An enslaved human, on behalf of their Enslaver asks, “Is it LEGAL?”                                     A Free Human with Natural Compassionate response  to Suffering asks, “Is it RIGHT!?”  Anonymous; paraphrased by ‘Nobody’ living on the Isle of Cyclops

Pol Pot and Hitler – The Fools Who Shape History

Link directly to this article in: “disorderedworld” Knowledge That Can Change the World here: http://disorderedworld.com/2015/04/18/pol-pot-and-hitler-the-fools-who-shape-history/

This is an IMPORTANT READ!

 

Pol Pot and Hitler – The Fools Who Shape History.

“The story of Warsaw and Phnom Penh is not simply a tale of two cities. It is potentially the fate of every city on earth.”

A letter of explanation on U.S. “Politics” to Friends in other Lands

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English: Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ll share here what I said to my friends….
First, Friends, we had a coup in our Government implemented by the United States Supreme Court during the Presidential election of 2000.
Vice President Al Gore was running for the Office of President. George W. Bush was running on the Republican “ticket”. Bush, as you remember, was an “Oil Man” whose family‘s privilege traced back to a goodly amount of “Nazi” gold, via the Walker family, so he enjoyed an inherited position as a member of what we call here, the 1%. We define the 1% as approximately two thousand individuals on the Planet (and four to six hundred here in the U.S.) that own up to 99% of, and control the work and property of all the Peoples of the World.
Many of you are seasoned Fascist Fighters. Clearly, we didn’t recognize them when they spawned in our own politics.
For the first time in American History, the Supreme Court of the United States of America stopped a full and accurate counting of our votes. In so doing they found themselves justified to install the looser, George W. Bush, as America’s President.
Frankly, if it wasn’t for rare independent media like Democracy Now covering stories like this and Wikileaks, Chelsea Manning and the Iraq war video; with Glenn Greenwald reporting on Edward Snowden’s disclosures on the NSA spying web, we wouldn’t know much about anything. But we did notice when we lost our right to choose……
The shock was beginning to wear off quickly with Bush in office. He was a fool in speech and action, vacationing (clearing shrub from his “ranch”) most of the time. Bible thumping Racists began to act crazy, and the hard right-wing “Tea Party” burst loudly upon our propagandized Political stage.   We had not seen this type of vitriol since the Civil Rights Movement. They are fundamentalist in everything from Religion to philosophy and science! Jim Crow, John Birch (the Koch Brother’s influence, their Father co-founded the John Birch Society) and the Klu Klux Klan all rolled up into one “movement”. They are not very well learned, even those who have academic credentials proved the effort was wasted on them. After all, the President the 1% gave us was a Harvard grad.
We were also dealing with an out of control media blitz by the 1% Bush Cheney camp. Just to give you some idea, Bush Cheney authorized over eight* billion dollars in campaign advertising which was translated as fake “News” Broadcasts all over the country for an extended period of time. We still see this pattern in our local news broadcasts everywhere.
So I come to that which galvanized America in fear and anger and secured every American Citizen as “Victim”. We all know it well, and just as I have, some of you have lost loved ones by terror. The financial center of the world, the Twin Towers in New York City, was hit by suicide pilots with innocent passengers aboard two commercial flights. One of three attacks launched that day, September 11, 2001. We forgot all about our own home-grown Fascists thumping their Bibles wrapped in our Flag. They were already in the White House and we didn’t know a remedy, nor would we ever be allowed one as our esteemed Democrats took impeachment “off the table”!
We found ourselves helpless in the face of billions of 1% dollars with complete control over all public media. We were stampeded like Buffalo over the cliff by their “Global War on Terror”. Suddenly, instead of working with other Countries, We The People were used as fodder in the Administration’s power grab behind the insane “Axis of Evil” and Iraq’s “WMD” contrivances. (Yes, some of us knew these were lies.) And it’s all gone to literal Hell from there.
In any case you know the rest as well if not better than any American. Suffice to say that the Coup de grace came with the Supreme Court’s 2010 proclamation introducing us to our newest American Citizen Brothers; the Multi-National Corporations. The 1% as Giuseppe, with carefully sculpted Corporate Pinocchios presented to us as cuddly Velveteen Rabbits to be cherished into living entities… “It’s alive! It’s alive!” cried Frankenstein (The Supreme Court) in triumph! We REALLY noticed that one!
Our new “fellow Citizen Corporations” owned the media, took ownership of our Commons and control of everything from local School Boards to Congress; they are the Supreme Court, they are above the Law, and they are holding us hostage. You did hear we had a Government shutdown? ……. this is a cry for help, can somebody hear us?, we are not what you see on TV, we are people like you and our Democracy is crumbling from beneath us every day!!!……………. Oh, sorry about that, I got carried away…..
If you wonder at my leaving out all the craziness around the legitimate majority vote with mandate for Barack Obama as our President in 2008 and 2012, the Government shut down should be final example enough that the Fascist Right will allow We The People no further rights to our Government. It is my opinion if we don’t get some help we will not see a democratically elected President in our Nation any time soon again.
Anyway, I’m tired now. I hate this history, but it looks like we must clean up the past now before we can actually move forward. Americans will re-discover what binds us as a People, and we will stand in solidarity with one another again. But not as long as Corporations are considered living Citizens and Democracy remains One Dollar, One Vote. For they have decimated our wealth and re-written our laws to disenfranchise Human Citizens from the Democratic process. Each day more such laws are being passed in almost every State in our Union. Those who refuse to stay home and not vote are legally murdered in the streets by gun toting racists; yes, even in our own homes by a militarized police force. You already know that the NSA is collecting all digital information about each one of us, and you.
This is our sad, sad story, and we are sorry to have let you down, they tied our hands with our own wealth. Our elected officials yet have no stomach to stand in the face of 9/11, left without courage or reason to protect that which is most cherished by the people who once voted them in; our Constitution, our Democracy!
Your sad and weary Friend in the U.S.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Quoted by digby

Re-Posted from HULLABALOO

 

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

 

QOTD: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

by digby

 

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Official portrait of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Congress approached the 2006 reauthorization of the VRA
with great care and seriousness. The same cannot be said of the Court’s
opinion today. The Court makes no genuine attempt to engage with the
massive legislative record that Congress assembled. Instead, it relies
on increases in voter registration and turnout as if that were the whole
story. See supra, at 18–19. Without even identifying a standard of
review
, the Court dismissively brushes off arguments based on “data from
the record,” and declines to enter the “debat[e about] what [the]
record shows” … One would expect more from an opinion striking at the
heart of the Nation’s signal piece of civil-rights legislation.”

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“I’m so very glad to meet you…”*

They recommend that I tell you something about myself, intimating that you may find what I have to say more interesting if I do so.  I honor the right of every reader the full use of our escape and delete keys.

I have been and am many things, including being extremely curious about others’ trans-formative experiences.  First I am an insatiable Bibliophile.  Have been since the first time I held a book in my hands!   Then they gave me paper without words on it and a pencil.  My next longest state of being began, writing.

Primarily I’m a poet.   Some poets commit every word penned to tongue’s tip, in explanation of the Poem.  That’s not me.  It isn’t in the words we speak that the communication exists with this poet, it is in the words I write.  It is the shared communion with my Creator.  It is in the poet’s inspired poetry that everyone, at once and alone, can glimpse something inside of themselves that is at the same time in each and every one of us.  I know that the Human is spurred by what moves their heart; Truth and  Beauty.

I, of course, welcome this medium to share my poetry, but that’s not my  motive in writing this blog.  It is Election 2012, undeniably the most important Election of the 21st Century;  I dare say that our individual and collective actions today will certainly be felt throughout the rest of Human History.  We are bringing about a world order that has only been dreamed of by good and ill, in bits and pieces throughout our modern history.  Most of us are lost in a maze of unreliable misinformation; our “system” has failed and we are angry, frustrated, distrustful and resentful; even worse, vindictive!  Mostly just hurt and afraid.

If you are under 21, I’m so sorry.  I’m sorry for the world you have grown up in.  Ours was a lot better, and it was pretty bad.  You have so much to catch up on, we haven’t told you the history of You yet, but you must learn it, as it will be the foundation you build your own personal and generational history upon.  Ask questions, and learn to discern the motives of those offering their hand.  As we say, “Question Authority” all the time, in every Time, no matter if  the “authority” is you.  Teach your children, don’t fail them like we did you; by my standards anyway.

What I do know is you are one person, like me, sitting in silence with this creation, and I am humbled just thinking about you,  having captured your  attention for a moment.  I have to admit, I’d love to know some of your  Brilliant Ideas!