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rat haus reality: using our intelligence with clarity amp; coherence
August 2015: 70 years ago, nuclear weapons made extinction of all Life on Earth possible.
That prospective reality never went away and its chances keep increasing.
If we do not abolish nuclear weapons they will surely abolish us.
Announcing a library set of materials from the Feb 28-Mar 1
Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction
of 8 speakers,
of all speakers + Q amp;As,
educational materials, and
engage with people working to
abolish nuclear weapons.
It is the non-nuclear-weapon states on whom we must depend to drive a
process to ban nuclear weapons, to stigmatize them, to make them
socially and politically unacceptable, to make it harder for nations
to get away with possessing and upgrading them, and to help the
nuclear-weapon states overcome this awful, debilitating addiction.
This flips the traditional arms-control approach on its head. The
humanitarian initiative is about empowering and mobilizing the
rest of the world to say ldquo;enough. rdquo; It is about
shifting the debate from ldquo;acceptable, rdquo;
ldquo;safe rdquo; numbers of nuclear warheads to their
fundamental inhumanity and incompatibility with basic standards
of civilized behaviour. It is about taking away from the
nuclear-armed states the power to dictate the terms of the debate
and to set the agenda mdash;and refusing to perpetuate their
Wright, ldquo;A New Movement to Ban Nuclear Weapons rdquo;
Chris Jordan photographic
arts: ldquo;Edge-walking the lines between beauty
and horror, abstraction and representation, the near and the far,
the visible and the invisible, Jordan rsquo;s images confront the
enormous power of humanity rsquo;s collective will. rdquo;
E Pluribus Unum
depicts the names of one million organizations around the world
that are devoted to peace, environmental stewardship, social
justice, and the preservation of diverse and indigenous culture.
The actual number of such organizations is unknown, but estimates
range between one and two million, and growing.
While there are a wealth of disturbing facts visualized by Jordan,
still, as with all the eternal opposites, forever joined like
two sides of a coin, there is also the ldquo;enormous
power of humanity rsquo;s collective will rdquo; to understand and
be informed by. This power is what we must
ALL engage, direct, and
focus, to close the book on the possibility of nuclear annihilation for
the sake of the children, all we share Earth with, and all yet to be
born and live out their lives here long, long, long after we are gone.
Pluribus Unum, 2010 24x24 feet, laser etched onto aluminum panels
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The Historical Arc, Past and Present, of
United States Settler Colonialism
Colonization, Dispossession, Genocide Forms the Core of US History, the Very Source of the Country rsquo;s Existence
Will It Be The Future As Well? The Choice Is Ours
The History of the United States is a History of
Settler Colonialism Driven by Land Theft amp; Genocide
Outgrowing the US Theology of Progress
ldquo;Let all that is Indian within you die. rdquo;
mdash;Carlisle Indian School commencement speech
SCHOOLING THE WORLD
THE WHITE MAN rsquo;S LAST BURDEN
If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it?
You would change the way it educates its children.
ldquo;To civilize the Indians...immerse them in our civilization...
and when we get them under...hold them there until they are
thoroughly soaked. rdquo;
mdash;General Richard Pratt, founder
of the Carlisle Indian School
ldquo;Real freedom will come only when we free ourselves of the
domination of Western education, Western culture, and the Western
way of living. rdquo;
ldquo;THE AMERICAN FLAG HAS
NOT BEEN PLANTED IN FOREIGN
SOIL TO ACQUIRE TERRITORY
BUT FOR HUMANITY rsquo;S SAKE. rdquo;
campaign poster, July 2, 1900
Exponentially Inspired Playing
The 2014-15 Louisville Leopard Percussionists (4th-6th graders) rehearsing
Kashmir, The Ocean, and Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin.
The Louisville Leopard Percussionists began in 1993. They are a performing
ensemble of approximately 55 student musicians, ages 7-12, living in and
around Louisville, Kentucky. Each student learns and acquires proficiency
on several instruments, such as marimbas, xylophone, vibraphone, drum set,
timbales, congas, bongos and piano.
Leopard Percussionists is a non-profit organization offering
extracurricular music opportunities to local children at little or no
cost. Please help them keep their program going by donating at
Led Zeppelin from the 10 December 2007
Celebration Day recording of Kashmir
Accountability? We don't need no steenkeen accountability!
Satirists of the brilliance expressed by
Mike Luckovich (Atlanta
Journal-Constitution ldquo;cartoonist rdquo;) tower above the
pedestrian level of puerile infotainment pundit-commentators, providing incisive
critical analysis of actual reality transpiring on the world scene. It
was refreshing to see Mike rsquo;s March 27 ldquo;Forebears rdquo; printed
as the daily cartoon in Friday rsquo;s Boston Globe Opinion Section.
(rest in peace)
liked to point out how, lsquo;You don rsquo;t need to read the news
ndash; you can get a much more accurate depiction of world events by
simply reading the cartoons! rsquo;
ldquo;In the frontier wars between 1607 and 1814, Americans forged two
elements ndash; unlimited war and irregular war ndash; into their first
way of war which is still their way of war. I make throughout the book,
connections between the U.S. military today and its foundation in these
unrelenting wars that actually went up through 1890 and then moved overseas
to the Philippines and the Caribbean with the same generals in the
Philippines who had been fighting the Sioux and the Cheyenne in the Northern
Dunbar-Ortiz, speaking at the
Green Apple used bookstore in
San Francisco, December 4, 2014, on her new book,
An Indigenous Peoples rsquo;
History of the United States, published in September 2014 by Beacon
Press. (The recording of this, Part
(from 14:43 to 15:31)
is available from
Time of Useful Consciousness Radio).
From the Author rsquo;s Note (page xiii):
ldquo;I rsquo;ve come to realize that a new periodization of US history is
needed that traces the Indigenous experience as opposed to the following
standard division: Colonial, Revolutionary, Jacksonian, Civil War and
Reconstruction, Industrial Revolution and Gilded Age, Overseas Imperialism,
Progressivism, World War I, Depression, New Deal, World War II, Cold War,
and Vietnam War, followed by contemporary decades. I altered this
periodization to better reflect Indigenous experience but not as radically
as needs to be done. This is an issue much discussed in current Native
ldquo;I also wanted to set aside the rhetoric of race, not because race and
racism are unimportant but to emphasize that Native peoples were colonized
and deposed of their territories as distinct peoples - hundreds of nations
- not as a racial or ethnic group. "Colonization," "dispossession,"
"settler colonialism," "genocide" - these are the terms that drill to the
core of US history, to the very source of the country rsquo;s existence.
ldquo;The charge of genocide, once unacceptable by establishment academic and
political classes when applied to the United States, has gained currency as
evidence of it has mounted, but it is too often accompanied by an
assumption of disappearance. So I realized it was crucial to make the
reality and significance of Indigenous peoples rsquo; survival clear throughout
the book. Indigenous survival as peoples is due to centuries of resistance
and storytelling passed through the generations, and I sought to
demonstrate that this survival is dynamic, not passive. Surviving genocide,
by whatever means, is resistance: non-Indians must know this in order to
more accurately understand the history of the United States.
ldquo;My hope is that this book will be a springboard to dialogue about
history, the present reality of Indigenous peoples rsquo; experience, and
the meaning and future of the United States itself. rdquo;
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Time of Useful Consciousness Radio
p r e s e n t s
How the West Caused the Crisis in Ukraine
ONE: John Mearsheimer
Summary: On January 10, 2015 Evanston
Neighbors for Peace
organized an event with two eminent speakers,
Professor at the University of Chicago and Rick Rozoff the foremost
investigator of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
In part one Prof. Mearsheimer spoke about the origins of the crisis
and how to avert the ever heightening risk of war between the United States
and Russia. He gave an update of his acclaimed article in the
magazine Foreign Affairs:
the Ukraine Crisis Is the West rsquo;s Fault. rdquo;
John Mearsheimer is
of Political Science and the co-director of
on International Security Policy at the
University of Chicago.
TWO: Rick Rozoff
It is widely acknowledged that the expansion eastward of NATO is
a major provocation of Russia and a
huge and under-reported factor in the origins and the conduct of the war
Few investigative journalists follow the day to day politics of NATO
- that are directed largely by the US - as closely as Rick Rozoff.
He is the manager of
Stop NATO International
and has been an active opponent of war, militarism and intervention for over
40 years. He writes on the threat of international militarization and
the globalization of NATO.
John Mearsheimer - Question amp; Answer
This is an urgent appeal to pay attention to the crisis in Ukraine
where the two largest nuclear powers, the US and Russia are in
direct and escalating confrontation.
Mearsheimer states emphatically that in the prevailing wisdom in the
West, the Ukraine crisis is blamed almost entirely on Russian aggression.
But this account is wrong says Mearsheimer: The United States and its
European allies share most of the responsibility for the crisis.
Questions in this Q amp; A period range from who engineered the
February 2014 Coup in Ukraine, to what role the Neo-Nazis play.
Credits: Thanks to Dale Lehman, WZRD Chicago, for the recording
Imagine running out of imagine
Mistaking authority for power
Weaving lifes free spirit
Into patterns of control
mdash;John Trudell, ldquo;Iktomi, rdquo;
Lines from a Mined Mind, p.259
find out about the complete 2014 documentary:
Inside - The Story of Music amp; Memory
founder of the nonprofit organization
Music amp; Memory,
confronts a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music rsquo;s
ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to
those suffering from it.
The political system we find ourselves navigating our lives within
cannot make life healthier because all such agendas as so-called
health care are based on profit, not human needs.
8 December 2014
Fifteenth Anniversary of Verdict in the Martin Luther King Murder Trial
THE Trial of the 20th Century
the jury reached its verdict in the only trial
ever held for the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The trial was
conducted in the Circuit Court of Shelby County, Memphis, Tennessee.
It began on November 15 and lasted fourteen days. The Plaintiffs were Coretta
Scott King, Martin Luther King, III, Bernice King, Dexter Scott King and
Yolanda King. The Defendants were Loyd Jowers and Other Unknown Conspirators.
This is the most important trial of the 20th century, and yet most people
have never heard of it.
A complete hypertext transcript of the trial is
available here on
rat haus reality. A good place to start reading this document
are the Closing
Statements in Volume
14. The King
Family Press Conference held the day after the trial is another
starting point. Other than the courtroom participants, only Memphis TV
Douglass attended that historic trial from beginning to end.
Douglass rsquo; article,
Martin Luther King Conspiracy Exposed in Memphis, rdquo;
published in Probe Magazine
in Spring 2000, is an excellent introduction. See also
Douglass Valentine rsquo;s
Killed Martin Luther King? rdquo; and
Kowalski, rdquo; as well as
William Pepper rsquo;s
talk at the Modern Times Bookstore on the release of his book,
An Act of State - The Execution of Martin
Luther King (Verso, 2003).
The German freelance journalist/solidarity activist Martin Lejeune is now in
Gaza writing a diary named
Days of Oil and Za rsquo;atar - Live Blog from Gaza Under Attack rdquo;
beginning on July 22. Entries are in German, English, with some being
translated to Arabic. Recent addition: August 2 -
fighter of the Hamas are our heroes. rdquo;
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John Judge (1947-2014)
alternate historian, renowned researcher, educator, investigator, advocate for real democracy
Remarks delivered at the Celebration of the Life of John Patrick Judge
National Press Club, Washington DC, 31 May 2014
A Remembrance by David Ratcliife
Countering Military Recruitment by Pat Elder
Randy Benson rsquo;s video archive dedication of John rsquo;s life rsquo;s work:
Judge For Yourself
NUCLEAR EXODUS: pandora rsquo;s promise was a lie
A film about Fukushima, nuclear power, amp; the realization of Nicola Tesla rsquo;s ultimate dream
A Tribute To Mae Brussell
an exemplar and the most prolific anti-fascist political researcher of the latter half of the 20th Century.
ldquo;Our weapons dictate what we are to do.
They force us into awful corners.
They give us our living, they sustain our economy,
they bolster up our politicians,
they sell our mass media, in short we live by them.
But if they continue to rule us we will also most
surely die by them. rdquo;
War Letters (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2006), p. 65.
Trying Not To Give Peace
A Chance: (The Ukraine in 50 Years of Context)
by Ray McGovern, Consortiumnews, 20 Apr 2014
10 JUNE 1963
The Real Jubilee
JFK American University Address:
Calling For An End To The Cold War
10 June 2013:
Fifty years ago President Kennedy gave the commencement
address to the graduating class at American University. In his book,
The Improbable Triumvirate: John F. Kennedy, Pope John, Nikita
Khrushchev, Saturday Review editor Norman Cousins summed
up the significance of that remarkable speech: ldquo;At American
University on June 10, 1963, President Kennedy proposed an end to the
Cold War. rdquo; Khrushchev called the American University Address
ldquo;the greatest speech by any American President since
Roosevelt. rdquo; This is the real jubilee of 2013, not 22 November.
John F. Kennedy rsquo;s Turning Toward Peace
Unspeakable: What do the lsquo;Unspeakable rsquo; 1960s
assassinations of JFK, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy
have to do with the lsquo;Unspeakables rsquo; of today? An opportunity to
join with truth-telling.
lsquo;Project Unspeakable rsquo; Asks The Big Questions, NPR, 30 Nov 2013 (05:33 mins)
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by Leonard Eiger, Ground Zero Center For Nonviolent Action, 21 Feb 2014
ldquo;We are truly human when we act responsibly to restore
harmony and act with love and compassion
to restore truth,
transparency and the equitable distribution of
the resources endowed by our common Creator. rdquo;
mdash;Sister Megan Rice
ldquo;We were fulfilling our right and duty according to the US-signed
Nuremberg Charter that if one knows of one rsquo;s government committing a
war crime, one has a right and a duty to take steps to try to stop that
ldquo;In heaven Jesus has no arsenal of nuclear weapons. And as we pray
in the Our Father prayer:
lsquo;Here on Earth as it is in
heaven. rsquo; ... Nuclear weapons are a product of hell and we need to
send them back there. rdquo;
ldquo;Letters from a Georgia Jail: Anti-Nuclear Activists Await Sentencing, rdquo;
by David Cook, Religion amp; Politics, January 22, 2014
handful of NSA documents,
Edward Snowden has
given us a glimpse of future U.S. global policy and the changing
architecture of power on this planet. rdquo;
Surveillance Blowback -
The Making of the U.S. Surveillance State, 1898-2020,
W. McCoy, TomDispatch.com, 14 Jul 2013
AND must listen:
35 min. 7/24/13
McCoy I-view on Jeff Blankfort rsquo;s
on the World prog
Maria Gilardin rsquo;s
broadcast quality production of same
But then it must be asked if we can remove cultural value from one
part of our lives without destroying it also in the other parts. Can
we justify secrecy, lying, and burglary in our so-called intelligence
organizations and yet preserve openness, honesty, and devotion to
principle in the rest of our government? Can we subsidize mayhem in
the military establishment and yet have peace, order, and respect
for human life in the streets? Can we degrade all forms of essential
work and yet expect arts and graces to flourish on weekends? And can
we ignore all questions of value on the farm and yet have them
answered affirmatively in the grocery store and the household?
answer is that, though such distinctions can be made theoretically,
they cannot be preserved in practice. Values may be corrupted or
abolished in only one discipline at the start, but the damage must
sooner or later spread to all; it can no more be confined than air
pollution. If we corrupt agriculture we corrupt culture, for in
nature and within certain invariable social necessities we are one
body, and what afflicts the hand will afflict the brain.
Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, by Wendell Barry
(San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1977), p. 91.
2013 mdash;Edward Snowden:
I rsquo;m just another guy who sits there, day to day, in the office, watches
what rsquo;s happening, and goes, ldquo;This is something that rsquo;s not
our place to decide. The public needs to decide whether these [surveillance]
programs and policies are right or wrong. rdquo; And I rsquo;m willing to go
on the record to defend the authenticity of them and say, ldquo;I didn rsquo;t
change these. I didn rsquo;t modify the story. This is the truth. This is
what rsquo;s happening. You should decide whether we need to be doing
Yeah, I could be, you know, rendered by the CIA. I could have people come after
me or any of their third-party partners.... And that rsquo;s a fear I rsquo;ll
live under for the rest of my life, however long that happens to be. You
can rsquo;t come forward against the world rsquo;s most powerful intelligence
agencies and be completely free from risk, because they rsquo;re such powerful
adversaries that no one can meaningfully oppose them. If they want to get you,
they rsquo;ll get you, in time.
We forget ... that violence is so securely founded among us mdash;in war,
in forms of land use, in various methods of economic ldquo;growth rdquo; and
ldquo;development rdquo; mdash;because it is immensely profitable. People
do not become wealthy by treating one another or the world kindly and with
respect. Do we not need to remember this? Do we have a single eminent
leader who would dare to remind us?
Commerce of Violence, rdquo; The Progressive, June 2013
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