Me with my friends

Me with my friends
www.photosbyalexandria.com

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Guadalupe has her own Day ! Celebrated on Dec.12

Merry, Mary, Merry,... Guadalupe... her special day is actually so close to the Winter's Solstice that it is time to be Merry that those longer days of light begin around December 21st.

Because red-suited fat guys are not all that this season represents. In the land of deserts and conquerors, another honored person still exists, called Nuestra Senora or Virgen [ meaing pure, not a sexual state ], but always Guadalupe [ and with the familiarity and maternal warmth in her projected image].

December 12th is another way to celebrate our winter holidays. December 12th is the celebrated day of "Our Lady" or "Virgin", actually Tonantzin... and only later called "Guadalupe" by the Spaniards.

For a change, away from credit-eating stores trying to sell us more stuff, discounted or just so-advertised, we need to try another version of celebration. Go downtown to the church at La Plazaita, across from the commercialized Olvera street and enter where the hearts of Mexicans press together - families who bring their prayers, their flowers and candles, and show their beloved children to honor Nuestra Senora ["de las Americas", added later] Guadalupe.


Don’t wait for the commercialized, consumerist, propagandized, later day in December to celebrate. Next year you too can bring your own family down, by bus if you prefer, to La Plazita Church across from Olvera St. in downtown LA in the late afternoon and immerse yourself in an allied culture from near our own borders. Bring your children, your cameras, your appetite, and your curiosity. And a candle or flowers, too. Parking is in nearby lots. The experience is exquisite. And fun!

But who is this special woman, the Guadalupe, the iconic image seen everywhere else also in LA ?

The story is essentially told like this =

that a special devotion to Guadalupe started almost 475 years ago when the image of a beautiful brown-skinned woman appeared to an Indian, Juan Diego, on Tepeyac hill near Mexico City.

Although it was December, the apparition, [later named ] "Guadalupe", told Juan Diego to take the Castilian roses she produced right there for him -- those roses which were out of season and not found in those arid lands in the cold winter. She told him to gather the beautifully blooming flowers in his cloak and to present them to the high Catholic bishop, to show them as a sign of her presence. She also requested that a temple be built in her name by the Catholics who were dominating the religious countryside.

Juan Diego had to return to the Spanish Bishop 3 times before he was given any credence. Then, finally, when the poor humble Indian unfolded his cactus-fiber cloak, the actual beautiful roses fell out and at the same time, miraculously, Guadalupe's image was emblazoned on his tilma - shirt -- and showed the dark-skinned Aztec princess, standing in front of the sun and on top of a crescent moon.

Juan Diego has been depicted as just one plain and humble man from the native population, those who were preferably seen by their Spanish lighter-skinned rulers as ignornant peasants - being just a devout, and submissive people who repeatedly were only there to carry out orders.

He was just allowed to deliver a message man-to-man to the ruling conquerors and their religious counter-parties. The princess apparently did not deign to appear or make herself known directly to those who now ruled these Mexican lands.

The Catholic version likes to claim that seven years after Guadalupe's apparition, some 8 million Indians were converted to their religion. Conversion may be the most important aspect of a religious group appropriating another group's apparitions, or a relevation, a visitation, and an actualization of a venerated figure, now a female ... and of more color.

Many people now still pray to her as a miracle worker no matter what they think about the formal Church where she has been appropriated. They will pray to Guadalupe even when they ostensibly must also pray to a grey-bearded God. Many mix their own traditional beliefs with the overlaid dominant Christian versions of who [all] rules the earth and heavens.

In 1754, 200 years after her noted sighting, Pope Benedict XIV declared that Our Lady of Guadalupe then patron of what was then called New Spain. Much later,
in 1946, Our Lady of Guadalupe was also decreed as the Patroness of the Americas by the Catholic all-male hierarchy. In 2002, Juan Diego was canonized in the Basilica in Mexico City.

It is not clear if Guadalupe was ever herself actually canonized, or made a 'saint' instead of her messenger. However, she has obviously been fully appropriated as if she is a saint or part of the religious iconography. How else could you explain the churches that continue to incorporate her images and utilize the veneration given to her in their own religious masses and prayers?

Some assume she must be the Virgin Mary of European depiction which seems to give more credence to the taking - of what was not actually Christian at all - as theirs. Who now is to say who Guadalupe actually is or was?

The main shrines of Guadalupe in Mexico D.F. had been preceded by the more indigenous temple on Tepeyac hill, honoring the earth and fertility goddess Tonantzin of that land - She represents our lady, our mother as earth is our mother, who, like Our Lady of Guadalupe, was also associated with the moon. In pre-Hispanic times. That temple in Mexico D.F. has been the site of large scale pilgrimages for a long period of time.

The original temple, which was dedicated to the Queen of Tepeyacac, was built near where Juan Diego had said he had seen her apparition,it is said. Tenochtitlan also was the Aztec capital city prior to the arrival of the Spanish. The area was known then as Atzacualpa or Atzacualco.

It is written that most Mexican Catholics believe that Guadalupe was a manifestation of the semitic Virgin Mary in their land, now the Americas, yet this was not found to be written down then by those same Mexicans.

So we now have to ask :

"how did the natives record this event or even make known her appearance or presence?

What media was used then? Where has it been preserved and recorded ?

Who depicted Guadalupe before the Catholics conquered and overlaid their story with their patriarchal dominant religious views and beliefs and with their parchment and ink ?

What was written over any original native recordings ?"

Though Guadalupe is NOT recorded as a saint nor raised to special religious status, she is still defined, re-framed and utilized as a duplication and apparition of the same Holy Mary that Catholics already own for their own religious stories and carefully crafted histories of special December winter events. All female deities are frequently defined by the Christian stories of a mother with child, named Mary...all later ones related to their original venerated woman.

Guadalupe is also seen and described as the sorrowful mother, a figure who embodies the suffering of Mexican & Latina populations. Many woman identify with this image as understanding their sad and difficult lives ...in a patriarchial male-dominated world. Even still today.

Interestingly, stories & controversy abound about the credibility of proof of Guadalupe’s visit. Some consider it miraculous that the tilma maintains its structural integrity after nearly 500 years, since replicas made with the same type of materials lasted only about 15 years before disintegrating. In addition, the tilma resisted an ammonia spill that made a considerable hole, which was reportedly repaired in two weeks with no external help. (It is not surprising to note that the Catholic bishop kept the original tilma containing the sacred image in his private chapel. Upon completion of the main church, he then transferred the sacred image so that all others too may see it...taking the now sacred object for only Catholic use, and also keeping the valuable icon safe from and for the native people of whom she belongs.)

In 1921, an anarchist placed an offering of flowers next to the image. A bomb hidden within the flowers exploded and destroyed the shrine. However, the image suffered no damage. So, there seems that perhaps there are also supernatural physical “proofs” and forces that are still in existence, reminding us all about of her presence and relevance in Mexico City.

For further information to be learned on Guadalupe, you can visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Guadalupe


(c) MariaJ 2008

Photographer wins "Peace" photo acceptance.

Yes, the photo of smiling parrots shown here too were taken by a top-notch Los Angeles based PHOTOGRAPHER of nature, wildlife and special skies.

It is ALEXANDRIA SHANKWEILER. A self-developed artist with a special vision and fine eyes for beautiful details, she captures that unique moment when animals, insects, skies and water form to tell a deeper story.

Alexandria was featured in the October 2007 National Geographic's photography contest for her original and unique photo of zebras.

She has now again won acceptance into the prestigious American Juried Art Salon's 2008 Fall-Winter show. The accepted work is titled "*Peace.*"
It is a digital photograph and can be viewed at http://www.artjury.com/TotheGalleries.html
and click on "2008 Fall-Winter show" or http://www.artjury.com/GalleriesCandD/GalleryD.html

The competition is juried twice a year and attracts thousands of entries from throughout the world. Jurists are very selective and include fine artists of various media. The jurists include gallery owners, directors and well known college and university art professors in North America. It is also a website that includes many art news articles and is a source of art information all around.

Alexandria has been published by local newspapers, photographing events and
adding her special insight into human interactions.

The artist,can be contacted at: (310-621-5627)

Her personal website is www.photosbyalexandria.com

(C) maryjanie 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Is la.indymedia.org the only website to share KPFK questions & info ??????

[a repost from www.la.indymedia.org
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008 at 2:54 PM

good sharing of expenses allocation...website some of us would never have found..thanks !!!!

and comments of those of us who never know/ see/write to each other directly, and here, we are = THANKS TO INDY MEDIA as if this were a blogspot.... oh well, maybe it's all we can find in this small city of LA and the hidden-off-to-sponsors-access is KPFK ...

also anyone wanting to look further, check out
http://www.pacificana.org

you can contribute to their 'forum' as well
and even if we dont learn much about KPFK directly
from the main players [and they are playing with our money, our radio station, our access to participation of our sponsorship..... it is the only other site I can find.

who knows more ?

(C) maryjanie 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

KPFK's mother, Pacifica is showing signs of economic...strain?

[this is a repost from
pacificaradio.wordpress.com/2008/10/22/layoffs-in-pacifica-including-me/
and Indymedia article
http://la.indymedia.org/news/2008/11/221818.php


Pacifica is doing it's own elimination of good staffers and most of KPFK's subscribers have no idea of what is going on...what is happening to our [we pay for it] stations?

[This is a repost from Pacificana.org site that is the only place that has information silenced out of Los Angeles about the "sisterhood" of 5 USA radio stations - as it is so called, a "sisterhood" even if the whole set does not act as in the feminine-nurturing-relationships that most women do respond- called Pacifica.

A few good persons have been laid off, =meaning fired, sent away, eliminated = on the easy excuse of "economics" which may not be all that meets the listeners' and readers' ears. And KPFK isteners know nothing about what is happening that affects Our Local Station in Los Angeles - because of continual wash-outs , blank-outs, dead-sound-spaces, cover-ups, or no-transparency-at-all.

It is here reproduced to let all other subscribers/ volunteers also be informed ...since KPFK is rather akwardly silent about it's internal workings and conflicts and dysfunctioining...sadly so.

If anyone else has heard about this on KPFK on-air waves, please let us all know if possible, when it was stated or talked about so we who cannot listen 24/7 any more may give some credit to the radio station - for sharing some vital information - which is for what we pay our pledges repeatedly.

But...If no one else has heard about this either, let us all make it known that
WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR STATIONs,
to hear it on air with more than a mere 1x brief airing, if that. Otehrewise, denials, avoidances, excuses and dissimulations are no longer acceptable. ]

See website listed below for a comment to the author below if anyone wants to add one to him on his website.


"Layoffs in Pacifica, including me

22 October 2008, 3:21 pm
Filed under: Pacifica written by Nathan Moore
[was] Pacifica's network programming coordinator

It is with some sadness that I write this blog post. I have been laid off from Pacifica. Effective last week, the National Programming Coordinator position was eliminated due to budget hardship.

On October 6th, while on paternity leave with my new daughter, I received a registered letter from Pacifica CFO Lonnie Hicks officially informing me of the Board-approved reduction in force. Lonnie writes in part “This is a very bad situation for all concerned and I am truly sorry to be the one to bring this bad news.” Finances are so bad, evidently, that no severance pay or COBRA coverage was offered to those of us laid off.

I am not, of course, the only person being laid off in this period of hardship for Pacifica. Four others in National Office alone were laid off, several others saw their hours much reduced, and the network has not hired a new HR Director or Executive Director yet - saving those salary costs, whether intentional or not. The hardship isn’t just limited to National Office. WBAI is currently undergoing layoffs, and supposedly layoffs will also be happening at KPFK in the coming weeks.

It’s a period of contraction at Pacifica. I understand that it is necessary at this time. Although, of course, it’s never fun to be one of those on the cut list.

But beyond the difficulty this brings to my personal situation, the cuts would seem to break up what modest accomplishments I and others had made toward network building, cooperation, and growth. Lacking finances and political will, it was sometimes a struggle to wrangle those changes, but we managed to make some things happen.

Stations were talking to each other, were working together, were carrying a bit more of each others’ programming. In spite of tight/no budgets, we were producing an ambitious lineup of high-quality national specials. I feel like we were laying the groundwork for growth.

But now that work ceases, and I have to mourn some.

I mourn for the five Pacifica stations, seemingly destined to be scattered and isolated, most of them beset by internecine fighting that hampers creativity of production and growth of listenership.

I mourn for the scores of affiliate stations that yearn for Pacifica to be more, to reliably produce exceptional national programming that can only be achieved when resources are pooled.

I mourn for Pacifica’s long and storied history that has manifested into too much stagnancy and too little creativity; that has failed so far to make itself relevant to younger generations, like my generation, such that its future might be more assured.

I mourn for progressives and radicals, that in Pacifica have a media institution with such tremendous potential to effect social change, but that has realized only a fraction of it.

Pacifica will go on in some fashion. It has survived past crises, and it always goes on. And I sincerely hope it can rebuild sooner than later. Unfortunately, Pacifica governance decisions are made very slowly (if at all), and I haven’t heard of any plans to actually grow finances. In this era, when the media landscape itself is changing significantly, I hope Pacifica can find its way forward.

But it seems it won’t include me. In all likelihood, this is my last blog post here, but I’ll leave the blog up for future reference.

In the meantime, I’m off to go find some work. All the best."

pacificaradio.wordpress.com/2008/10/22/layoffs-in-pacifica-including-me/

KPFK's hub called Pacifica is eliminating selected staff...why ?

[this is a repost from an Indymedia post
=http://la.indymedia.org/news/2008/11/221819.php and
pacificaradio.wordpress.com/2008/09/24/nicole-sawayas-departure-letter-from-p...]

Pacifica is KPFK's coordinating central source, and it's recent Executive Director has ALSO been eliminated....what is going on ??? Who decides who stays and who goes? Who is benefitting from these firings? And why does KPFK keep silent about it ?

[This is another re-post from the website listed below that I just discovered, which informed me that there are some unexplained and unannounced actions being taken in non-transparent silence apparently.

Has any KPFK listener heard about this on air ? And was more or even the information below given ? And can you share with us all when it might have been aired, if at all, so we can find archives to listen to it also ourselves ?

Share what you know. Many of us who care tremendously know nothing until we stumble on a vital piece of news...accidentally. That is not what KPFK represents itself to be acting as = a hider, denier, avoider and broken black box of scrambled encryptions.

Did you know all this before ?]

"Nicole Sawaya’s departure letter from Pacifica, September 2008 pm Filed under: News & Culture, Pacifica ...Nicole's letter here in full....
September 24, 2008

To: Pacifica National Board, Local Station Boards, All management and staff, Affiliate stations, collaborators, and stakeholders in Pacifica

Fr: Nicole Sawaya, executive director/CEO

On August 3rd I gave notice to the Pacifica Board that I would be leaving. September 30th (end of our fiscal year) will be my last day. Concurrently, I had written myself out of the FY09 budget, as the Foundation is hard-pressed to support two well-paid executives. You lead from the top.

Lew Hill is the founder of Pacifica, now almost a 60 year old non-profit media organization. If I could have a conversation with anyone to explain my departure, it would be with Lew Hill. So, I decided to write him a letter.

Feel free to read it, and to share with others who care about Pacifica. All I ask is that this preface always accompany the letter as it sets the context.

I thank you for the opportunity to serve!

Peace.
********************
September 23, 2008

Dear Lew Hill,

Greetings. My name is Nicole Sawaya, and currently, I’m the executive director and chief executive of the radio endeavor you started called Pacifica. It’s changed a lot.

You wouldn’t believe what your “killer app”, as some might portray it in 21st century lexicon, has spawned. Now there are 5 stations licensed to Pacifica in densely populated and roiling urban areas – millions of human beings within ear shot, all with easy access to the cheapest and most accessible broadcast mediums on the planet, radio. Yes, the planet.

There is an Archive of programming and folios spanning decades – a repository and collection of voices that truly belongs to the people as part of the history of our country and the world. And, there are over a hundred smaller stations scattered through rural and urban settings — cities and towns and ridge tops — affiliated with Pacifica and broadcasting our programming – a network that has been in place for quite awhile.

Beyond that, your notion that the listeners would voluntarily financially support radio, journalism and cultural exchange, created a model for many, many non-commercial educational radio stations to apply. Your vision of public ownership of the airwaves put into practice with the radio license you applied for and grew as the first non-profit community licensee station, gained great traction and has been replicated exponentially.

We don’t exchange The Subscriber radios anymore for pledges, and you wouldn’t recognize how the fundraising marathons have changed – it’s a bit like an on-air shopping experience. But listeners continue to support us voluntarily with their hard earned money, and they’re not necessarily just bound to radios to listen to us.

An aside: When I was (briefly) general manager of your first station, KPFA, there was a Subscriber radio in the office, but it was tucked away and dusty. When I discovered it, soon after taking the job, I was so excited to learn of its history. It completely inspired me as Pacifica was heading to its 50th anniversary. So elegant, so innovative for its time, so smart.

Mr. Hill, what you conceived has had one of the highest impacts in media history. Not just the staunch belief in listener support, but your notions that journalistic enterprises should remain unfettered from any sort of business support in order to maintain credibility; that to help in striving for a more peaceful and just world, radio (or what we now refer to as media) programming should give access to myriad viewpoints and in-depth news, coupled with an exposure to the arts and to cultures and happenings from all over the world; that innovation is vital, have all lived on. You were a pioneer.

Fast forward to today.

Our country is at war. Our government is a death machine abroad and a fear machine at home. Our broadcast media is, in general, mind-numbingly useless, filled with shameless propagandists and completely profit driven. The earth’s climate is changing radically and the gap between rich and poor is larger than the Grand Canyon, with by far the larger group on the poor end. I could go on, but it would take a while.

Your Pacifica is showing signs of stress as well.

Sadly, it is no longer focused on service to the listeners but absorbed with itself and the inhabitants therein. I call it Planet Pacifica, a term I coined during my hiring process. There is an underlying culture of grievance coupled with entitlement, and its governance structure is dysfunctional.

The by-laws of the organization have opened it up to tremendous abuse, creating the opportunity for cronyism, factionalism, and faux democracy, with the result of challenging all yet helping nothing. Pacifica has been made so flat, that it is concave – no leadership is possible without an enormous struggle through the inertia that committees and collectives and STV’s (no, not sexually transmitted viruses, but single transferable votes) can engender.

Pacifica calls itself a movement, yet currently it is behaves like a jobs program, a cult, or a social service agency. And oftentimes, the loudest and most obstreperous have the privilege of the microphone. There are endless meetings of committees and “task forces”– mostly on the phone – where people just like to hear themselves talk.

Sometimes they get lucrative contracts from their grandstanding. It’s been grueling for someone in my position, someone like me who is not a process person, much less a political gamer. I keep asking: what’s the endgame? Paralysis has set in, coupled with organizational drift.

The programming isn’t attracting many listeners anymore, either. It skews towards the narrow in its editorial stance, leans towards the niche, and change to the programming can’t occur without a fight. The listening audience is small, in other words, the stations have yet to grow into their large signals.

Business practices are oftentimes shoddy and opaque and mirror the culture of our times – lots of self-interest with a focus on individual needs as opposed to performance, affordability, or the common good. And we’ve hit some tough economic times without having the general will to do the hard work necessary in order to ensure sustainability – contracting rather than continually expanding the size of our financial obligations.

Basically, resources and airtime have been allocated for internal political purposes at the expense of service to audience, innovation, or the care and feeding of our broadcast physical infrastructure. Some of this has to do with the fact that very few people either on air or off air actually have radio experience, other than being part of Pacifica.

That was not the case with you, nor is it with me.

Conversely, there are many dedicated and smart people working within Pacifica. They may not work at full speed – it is rather “comfortable” especially for those who work unsupervised – but they make a consistent effort to give voice to the voiceless and hold government and power accountable. And those who work without self-interest or giving constant grief to management (a four-letter word in Pacifica) are to be applauded.

The overall media landscape has changed fundamentally. I find it exciting and wanted very much to bring Pacifica into the 21st century. The demographic of our country has changed as well, not to mention all the new generations now active and alert to the world around them. It is, to quote Victor Hugo, the best of times and the worst of times. Apparently, it’s always been like that.

Pacifica could take advantage of technology, both at the front end (content and programming) and the back end (infrastructure and business applications), but that would require the general will of the internal stakeholders, and that general will is not cohesive enough or even amenable to altering the status quo.

I have given notice and will be leaving Pacifica shortly. Despite my best intentions and determined and focused efforts, I was continually thwarted to do the job I was hired to do. I did my best to apply my knowledge, expertise, and creativity to Pacifica, and we made some forward progress.

I gave to those responsible for the governance and oversight, plans, clarity, and transparency. They cannot deny knowledge of the state of the network. Whether they act on it, or just call in consultants to tell them what time it is, is another issue. I tried to dispel magical thinking in all arenas and was relentless in my attempts to get some best practices and collaborations in place.

I had some success.

It’s not necessary for me to alliterate those successes. Despite being handed an enfeebled situation and having no resources to work with, I gave it my best shot and worked hard. And despite having to fight for every inch of standing, not to mention authority, I have enjoyed working with those who actually work and accomplish bona fide deliverables of consequence and service.

We stand now on the shoulders of hundreds, if not thousands of those who have contributed internally. And Pacifica is much loved and valued by its listener supporters. Pacifica will carry on, and it has been a challenging opportunity to, albeit briefly, help out.

I hope that all stakeholders remember that Pacifica is a public trust, a veritable weapon of mass information, and keep a big vision in play rather than petty politics.

Thanks for being a bold and brave broadcaster.

With much respect,

Nicole"


pacificaradio.wordpress.com/2008/09/24/nicole-sawayas-departure-letter-from-p...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Bloggers are not just manly types

Dear Bloggers any-everywhere:


Hi Guys. We sure hope ya'll are gettin all the attention you want and deserve with all those opinions and grand-standing we read, but only if the things you say merits a positive response, that is.


But reading letters [i.e. Salon.com and various other sites ] on activist topics of interest, there is a distinct slant of 'talking to one another man-to-man out in public view' - with a lot of bravado, word-pushing, and shoving- some-insults around too.


It might be more valuable if Bloggers were to keep it all more constructive, healing, helpful. Sharing of information so not everyone has to do the same research is the best part of blogs, giving expertise or honest opinions elicit our interest too. And that blogging is not just being male-focused but becomes educational and relation- ship-building. We sure need more of this.


And some good humor and in-good-fun kidding, that's delightful. But the "let me set you straight, man !" tone that often prevails is a big waste of everyone's time, including the writer's. The put-downs, insult-labeling, demeaning is at least 1/2 or 1/3 of all there is to be read, sadly.


Many of the signs and signals blog writers give off is to provoke others - by being angry, oh so manly, and proudly aggressive while hoping someone will focus on their words to give them some more meaning in life, or a purpose maybe? And why are most bloggers sounding like they are males, regardless of pseudonyms used ?


Since males dont contribute to the lifeline of humans except by accident, [and they never do know for sure, do they ? ] I guess kittens and female-gendered types are the only ones who really count in this weird world we all live in. Women give do birth to what makes more of humanity, wanted or not. And some of have more than 1 gun to shoot, the metallic kind, I mean.


And dont we see as many women bravely 'protesting' and activists working for a better world? It is not at all limited to the male mentality or training or conditioning either. So why be so proud of not being a woman ? I dont comprehend this.

Well, women have even joined in the self-exploded suicide-homicide doings and even build explosives, but in other cities, no? Or is doing violence and death only a man's prerogative any more, not only male "martyrs" or ardent patriots or religious zealots sacrificing themselves for their cause.


A 'real man' does not define himself as better or different than his mother or wife or female-lover or the species that does more work without pay [including helping the mentally sick as well as others].


A real man shows his caring, courage, intelligence, and cooperative side to form communities, to create in the arts, to contribute in any field [land or intellectual/work arena] and he does not put down any other human who have not actually physically attacked and harmed him. If anyone's mother has done so, then please let us know, so we can sympathize with them, and let them use that as the excuse for their rage and their brand of self-advertising.


Blog away and enjoy it. And may we all learn from each other's weaknesses and ploys.

(C) maryjanie 2008

Monday, September 1, 2008

There still are two Americas. I live in the other one. John McSame wants me to stay there

do the right thing ! but who is right ? who decides ?


Freedom is one thing you may not have unless you freely share it with everyone else
.


why do we always need leadership with the "testicular fortitude" to go anywhere ?
why not use wisdom instead of fort-force instead ? or intuition ? or trust in the life flow ?

= and another story =
1 -OLD VERSION:


The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.


The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.


The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.


MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!-MODERN VERSION:


The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.


The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.


Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.


CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned and sickened by the sharp contrast.


How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?


Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green' everybody in the audience cries.


Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing, 'We shall overcome.' Then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake and for Justice in today's racist society.


Nancy Pelosi & John Kerry exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.


Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Save the Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.


The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.


An old law firm represents the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients.


The ant loses the case.


The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it.


The ant has disappeared in the snow.


The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of crack selling spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

now...what to do ???????

what is war?


question from about media-speak::

“what is the difference between a war protester and an ANTI war protester."

war protester = one who protests wars - any and all, not just the current one that USA utilized for govt/corptopcracacy purposes [ this is not 'the people's' war]

anti war protester = a protester who is anti-wars, none specifically mentioned.

One who identifies as being ‘anti-war’ in all cases, not necessarily a weakling.

war monger = one who monges & longs for more military-dominating wars.

war veteran = [most are] one who has earlier been assured they are powerful, superior and loyal for being sacrificed & indoctrinated as a 'soldier' or combat fodder, in return for later life benefits & pensions, plus a bit of heroic self-images interspersed for later self-identification. Also those who are militarily drafted by coercion or bribed. Those with blind alliances to their 'buddies', who can form male bonding only under life-threatening circumstances - and consisting mostly of 89% males - using the common language used by male sports teams, 'games' being a common denominator, and war-buddy bondage of men.

[also those called “insurgents”, “freedom-fighters”, “the enemy”, “rebels”, etc.]

war victims = all women, children, families, any populations from where warring military forces enter and in any areas where wars are played-out, including live animals, living vegetation, and any life around. Also those who chose to obey and enter the military life and have then been hurt are called ‘heroic wounded victims', while the other living lives are called "victims" only.

war games = military-like maneuvers & tactics and strategies decided from an elite heirarchy [some of whom have worked their way up thru years of submissive beliefs of what is patriotism, most with lengthy secure careers in the military, those who feel powerful playing real-life-destroying games, violence being integral to the allure of the FORCE arousing games. Adrenalin arousal is an integral aspect of those involved, along with illusions of power & grandiosity, labeled as “we deserve”, and “they are evil”.

war victory = an illusion and propaganda that does not count-in the real work, time, effort, suffering of the non-uniformed populations affected by the acts of uniformed military 'personnel'. It is a claim made by those who have killed and destroyed ‘the most’, as destruction is related to domination, taking over and owning others’ women, properties, and even men’s lives.

Victory is mostly a claim made by those who were most dangerous, damaging, violent and technologically-equipped to destroy everything around and all others, including civilians, land crops, entire cities, and cultures included. It is a take-over, theft by violence and extortion, acts of ‘righteous’ transfer of ownership with the later created ‘his-story’ of heroics, necessity, and religious deserving.

All around and all concerned within the victory-making suffer tremendously for this transfer and theft by force.

war as an inherited custom = "we have always had wars" is often used to given validity and credence to behaving and demanding obedience of all intimidated populations [within and around either side of the war-creating powers]. Those who often claim to be in "self defense" are also "offensive" and can use any minor acts of others to valid their magnified retaliatory reactions...or media-created [propagandized inflated-information] event to claim their "RIGHT" to hurt others. These ‘rights’ are used to then take other’s women and properties and lands and lives. Competition for resources is claimed to the 'need for war' but violence, but the destruction is not actually required to be included in the competitive processes.

any other versions of why so many protest these antics ? whatever they can be labeled as, war is not a healthy choice for any lives.

(C) maryjanie 2008

Saturday, August 30, 2008

What a police state have 'we' created? very scary, kinda expected, & horrified.,

“If everyone is not yet doing so, and I presume you are, reposting revealing this information everywhere quickly - this will assist those who want to share in the freedom to speak, as only lots of exposure can help abuse from proliferating in the shadows.

I just reposted GG's article on la.indymedia.org for Los Angeles, plus another blog or two. Congressional Letter- writing is less effective than this blaring openly & loudly everywhere discriminately - to be sure nothing can be 'overlooked' or 'denied' or ignored. And if any facts are later not so exactly reported by high-funded corp-medias later, it dont matter none, as the cry has already been delivered - been screamed into this catcher's net.

Thanks to all who provide us this hidden view of the *fear* that the police, their owners and buyers, and the convention-business owners must have -for them to attempt such harsh tactics.[and probably illegal ]

Thanks to Glenn and all those who further comment on this, as each exposed e-letter adds to the pile to make the story further visible- and there are more than devoted Saloner types. I hope each person also sends their own letter to all their contacts as "info" with pride and to encourage more open speak-up-and-out.

Yep, dump that old TV and the fake movies that pretend this US of Anger & Intimidation is laughing and smiling and just selling stuff. This place is the preferred instantaneous resource - it is my lifeline now. no need for digitalizing TV more, just give us the truth as you know it.in this net.

When we activists are pressured, we react in BOTH ways - we get scared but we also get reactive and rebellious, so the Powerful use of hard tactics also have strong unintended consequences-- we just get braver, angrier and more active in some other ways - not just cringe, crawl, cry or vote. yep. gotta. If everyone is not yet doing so, I presume you are, reposting this information everywhere quickly will assist as only exposure can help abuse from proliferating in the shadows.

I just reposted article on la.indymedia.org for Los Angeles, plus another blog or two. Letter writing is less effective than blaring openly & loudly indiscriminately to be sure nothing can be 'overlooked' or 'denied' or ignored. And if any facts are not exactly so reported by high-funded corp medias later, it dont matter none as the cry has be screamed into this catcher's net.

Thanks to all who provide this view of the fear that the police, their owners and buyers, and the convention-business owners must have to attempt such harsh tactics.

Thanks to Glenn and all who comment on this, as each letter adds to the pile to make it visible further than devoted Saloner types.

Yep, dump that old TV and the fake movies that pretend this US of Anger & Intimidation is laughing and smiling and just selling stuff. This instantaneous resource is my lifeline now. no need for digitalizing more, just give us the truth as you know it.

When we activists are pressured, we react in BOTH ways - get scared but also get reactive and rebellious, so the over-powered use hard tactics they also have strong unintended consequences, we get braver and active in some other ways than just cringe, crawl, cry or vote. yep. gotta.”


ALSO SEE THIS SITE FOR INFO SEPT 1,2008=
http://la.indymedia.org/news/2008/09/220109.php

(C) maryjanie 2008

A dangerous country USA - Minn. protestors intimidated already

A dangerous country USA - Minn. protestors intimidated already

This is reposted from Salon.com to insure all in LA also become aware of the dangers of "planning to protest" in this US of Anger and Intimidation. Now for Minneapolis.....watch out !!!
original posting at: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/08/30/police_raids/

by "Glenn Greenwald Saturday Aug. 30, 2008 12:44 EDT

Massive police raids on suspected protestors in Minneapolis

Protesters here in Minneapolis have been targeted by a series of highly intimidating, sweeping police raids across the city, involving teams of 25-30 officers in riot gear, with semi-automatic weapons drawn, entering homes of those suspected of planning protests, handcuffing and forcing them to lay on the floor, while law enforcement officers searched the homes, seizing computers, journals, and political pamphlets.

Last night, members of the St. Paul police department and the Ramsey County sheriff's department handcuffed, photographed and detained dozens of people meeting at a public venue to plan a demonstration, charging them with no crime other than "fire code violations," and early this morning, the Sheriff's department sent teams of officers into at least four Minneapolis area homes where suspected protesters were staying.

Jane Hamsher and I were at two of those homes this morning -- one which had just been raided and one which was in the process of being raided. Each of the raided houses is known by neighbors as a "hippie house," where 5-10 college-aged individuals live in a communal setting, and everyone we spoke with said that there had never been any problems of any kind in those houses, that they were filled with "peaceful kids" who are politically active but entirely unthreatening and friendly.

Posted below is the video of the scene, including various interviews, which convey a very clear sense of what is actually going on here.

In the house that had just been raided, those inside described how a team of roughly 25 officers had barged into their homes with masks and black swat gear, holding large semi-automatic rifles, and ordered them to lie on the floor, where they were handcuffed and ordered not to move. The officers refused to state why they were there and, until the very end, refused to show whether they had a search warrant.

They were forced to remain on the floor for 45 minutes while the officers took away the laptops, computers, individual journals, and political materials kept in the house. One of the individuals renting the house, an 18-year-old woman, was extremely shaken as she and others described how the officers were deliberately making intimidating statements such as "Do you have Terminator ready?" as they lay on the floor in handcuffs.

The 10 or so individuals in the house all said that though they found the experience very jarring, they still intended to protest against the GOP Convention, and several said that being subjected to raids of that sort made them more emboldened than ever to do so.

Several of those who were arrested are being represented by Bruce Nestor, the President of the Minnesota chapter of the National Lawyers' Guild. Nestor said that last night's raid involved a meeting of a group calling itself the "RNC Welcoming Committee", and that this morning's raids appeared to target members of "Food Not Bombs," which he described as an anti-war, anti-authoritarian protest group.

There was not a single act of violence or illegality that has taken place, Nestor said. Instead, the raids were purely anticipatory in nature, and clearly designed to frighten people contemplating taking part in any unauthorized protests.

Nestor indicated that only 2 or 3 of the 50 individuals who were handcuffed this morning at the 2 houses were actually arrested and charged with a crime, and the crime they were charged with is "conspiracy to commit riot." Nestor, who has practiced law in Minnesota for many years, said that he had never before heard of that statute being used for anything, and that its parameters are so self-evidently vague, designed to allow pre-emeptive arrests of those who are peacefully protesting, that it is almost certainly unconstitutional, though because it had never been invoked (until now), its constitutionality had not been tested.

There is clearly an intent on the part of law enforcement authorities here to engage in extreme and highly intimidating raids against those who are planning to protest the Convention. The DNC in Denver was the site of several quite ugly incidents where law enforcement acted on behalf of Democratic Party officials and the corporate elite that funded the Convention to keep the media and protesters from doing anything remotely off-script.

But the massive and plainly excessive preemptive police raids in Minnesota are of a different order altogether. Targeting people with automatic-weapons-carrying SWAT teams and mass raids in their homes, who are suspected of nothing more than planning dissident political protests at a political convention and who have engaged in no illegal activity whatsoever, is about as redolent of the worst tactics of a police state as can be imagined.

UPDATE: Here is the first of the videos [see original website] , from the house that had just been raided:

Jane Hamsher has more here, and The Minnesota Independent has a report on another one of the raided houses, here. [see original website]

UPDATE II: Here is the video we took from the second house as the raid was occurring. We were barred from entering but spoke with neighbors outside as well as with Bruce Nestor, the President of the Minnesota Lawyer's Guild, regarding these raids: [see original website]

Over at FDL, Lindsay Beyerstein spoke with the property owner whose house -- the fourth one we now know of -- was being raided while the raid was in progress, and Lindsay has details here ("About an hour and a half ago 20 to 30 heavily armed police officers surrounded the house. One of my roommates said 'I want to see a warrant' and she was immediately detained").

Meanwhile, [**} Indy Media {**} of Twin Cities -- an association of independent journalists in the area -- just told me that several of their journalists have been detained while trying to cover these raids. Their site, with ongoing updates, is here.

The Uptake also has several reports of the various raids, including video of the raid at the property whose owner Bernstein spoke with as the raid occurred. That video includes an interview with a lawyer from the National Lawyer's Guild who was detained and put in handcufffs, explaining that the surrounded house is one where various journalists are staying.

Additionally, a photojournalist with Democracy Now was detained at that house as well. So, both journalists and lawyers -- in addition to protesters -- have been detained and arrested even though not a single violent or criminal act has occurred.

UPDATE III: FDL has the transcript of part of my discussion about these raids with the National Lawyer Guild's Minnesota President -- here. [see original website]

The Uptake has this amazing video interview with the Democracy Now producer who was detained today. As the DN producer explains, she was present at a meeting of a group called "I-Witness" -- which videotaped police behavior at the 2004 GOP Convention in New York and helped get charges dismissed against hundreds of protesters who were arrested. The police surrounded the St. Paul house where they were meeting even though they had no warrant, told them that anyone who exited the house would be arrested, and then -- even though they finally, after several hours, obtained a warrant only for the house next door -- basically broke into the house, pointed weapons at everyone inside, handcuffed them, searched the house, and then left.

[see original website] Here is a blog post from one of the members of I-Witness asking for help during the time when they were forced to stay inside the house (see the second post -- it reads like a note from a hostage crying out for help). This is truly repugnant, extreme police behavior designed to intimidate protesters, police critics and others, and it ought to infuriate anyone and everyone who cares about basic liberties.

-- Glenn Greenwald "


(C) maryjanie 2008

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Hate needs to be known,not hidden




A flag is only symbolic.

A book is paper and only is a symbol with words and maybe some meanings. Some one or group Decrees that every and anything referring to their group/ religion/ nation/ heroes must be venerated. That creates false worshipping of things. The things are used to point to a meaning or source. The things are NOT that meaning or source. They are referents or pointers or symbols, only.


To make these things venerable and holy is a false pretense, a false god, not a nation-state. In the form of products and objects, they are are worshipped as if they were holy or special. They are just things, representations, and they do not HOLD anything more than what a person attributes to that thing, or does not.


The flag stomper or spitter is giving meaning to a piece of colored fabric too. But it is not more a fabric. Even if the intention is to make it more dramatic. A very few products of ancient beauty or heritage may accrue more value than every flag/book made/ printed/ in China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, India, or the cheapest global producer. To take every act that one person or group decides it is "insulting" or label that act as "HATE full" hate-speech, hate-act, hate-hate, whatever, that needs to be Acknowledged. Perhaps someone can make an apology if done sincerely, even for another, but the rest of us do not need to be protected from knowing the ways people express their anger and resentment for another person, religion, or another group.


Censorship is to protect.


We do not need to be protected - as we are educated [enough to read ] responsible reading adults, who have chosen to come to THIS INDEPENDENT SITE.



To make statements that say Indymedia doesnt endorse something shown or written but will limit it's appearance here for only a certain time is still a form of censorship but not an instant shock reaction to anything that is disliked, or to 'save' someone who then yells loudly "I am a victim here and some people hate me/us !!!" You do not need to protect them from knowing that others do not like or agree with them.


We do not need to do the job of monitoring every crazy person's words or every angry group's attitude or every prejudiced groups' rebellions and displays. There may be at least a "kernel of truth" in what is said, shown, and there may need to be some other education, negotiation, realization, or whatever that comes from knowing such strong feelings or provocations exist.


Media is to report and make known what is happening. Hate Happens.

just as Caring Happens, Shit happens, Magic happens, and accidents happen. Wars happen. Flags burn or get stepped on. People spit on the street and each other faces or feet, to make a point. A dirty one to be sure, but it is not a body blow or a bloody wound either.



To be too quick to jump 'the gun' or the 'censoring eliminating key' is to be an extremist who is/ are AFRAID to not be perfectly Politically Correct, by only one side's definitions and standards.

Hate and anger are displayed daily inside, outside, every side of any city, country, tribe - and wars DO NOT have to be fought because they exist. To have and elicit other opinions of what is "not nice," would be more appropriate than saying "you can only like who we like, say what we agree with only, and never show us any other views".


Hate is nothing exciting and new and to be feared unless we are already soooooo FEARFUL that every provocative display of anger, resentment, and attempt at insult and rebellion becomes 'a good reason' to shut us all down.


We do not need to see all the videos, dont need to, having seen similar acts of flag burning and stomping [ USA flag, burned in many different other countries] on evening TV news or movies. So what is new? Children have seen this more than once too. And the symbols [printed so cheaply usually] on flags as on pretty dresses and neckties are nothing more than designs in someone's imagination. Their demand to make it more, important and significant, which is personal or national or religious, but it is only giving THEM the excuse to direct what is 'good by us', what can be seen, known, admitted, and what not.



Do not succumb to either side's pressures to be on "their side" no matter who likes it or not. That is not being 'media'. We here need all kinds of reporting, and sharing of all kinds of information. The choosing only ONE position & point of view is biased and
propaganda....no matter what topic, what side it is. wanna argue ?

let"s.......




(C) maryjanie 2008

sometimes we wonder....

Someone claimed this "Getting married cuts a man's weekly housework by about 1 hour but increases a woman's by 7". yep, it's probably TRUE. BUT WHO’S COUNTING ? We lose a man each time we question his 1/2.


"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom." -Isaac Asimov.

In the 60's people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.


fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity.

Reality is merely an illusion, Albeit, a persistant one.


Life is chaos, chaos is life! Control is an illusion!"


Sunday, August 3, 2008

War effects are not known by USAmerican young.

Nor do they want to know for real.

The deliberate ignor-ance of what it feels like to live within a war or a totalitarian society creates a false arrogance. As happens to those who live in the USA, Canada and northern Mexico in these last 150+ years .


The serious effects of war and the autocratic ruling of one’s homeland is not actually realized by these populations :
such as the traumatic dangers of physical maimings and real-life bullets,
the bloody painful rapes and tortures of civilians,
the enforced exiles and escapes,
the disappeared family members, the loss of family units, the loss of the men,
the deathly toll and total disruption of whatever assumptions there was of any normality in social life.
Life is not as watched on TV screens.


Most states & nations around the world have a deep knowledge of these war effects and yet it is not known if the leaders there take any greater care to avoid a repeat of these damaging effects. Central America has suffered thru many repressions, rebellions. dictators and ‘guerrilla’ wars. [ ‘guerilla’ definition= the diminutive of “guerra”= war ] The continents of Europe, Africa, Asia and what is euphemistically called “the middle east” from USA’s point of view have had many vicious turmoils. Whether within a stated country [read: country is that temporary government’s boundaries] or at their edges, war and ‘squirmishes’ result in the majority population living in fear.


Fear of the past conflicts resurging.

Fear of having to rigidly obey new rulers and their laws or be punished.

Fear of being suppressed and censored again.

Fear of never finding their dead relatives.

Fear of turning into a society with most of their men turned into the walking-damaged-dead. Fear of having few men to help families survive.

Fear of secret police and vicious surveillance.

Fear of everyone and anyone turning on the individual who wants to express some freedom, any ‘other’ thoughts, any alliances no allowed.


The younger generations of this fortunate and thus presumptive USA, called ‘generation X ‘, Y, Z and beyond, are sterilized in their emotions by the violence only watched on screens - that cause no pain or bleeding, no missing safety or security in their actual lives. The young are arrogant and take for granted that it will always be this way, in this ‘great land’ ....meaning the extensive large expanse of land mass that is labeled as one country.


So too in their northern country of Canada. So for a long while in the northern sections of Mexico, but not the lower regions of Chiapas and some segments where natives are denied their desire to not be ruled by the main governmental autocrats in what is called their “capital” for them. The sub-tribes, the regional races, the different groups with different languages and heritages are called “one country” because soldiers and wealth is accumulated into one main ‘political party’ [ which is not a party at all, but is one collected group keeping power and wealth in their closed fists. using weapons and laws to keep their ownership exclusive and away from any other groups under their temporary control] . No other version of ownership or rulership is ever allowed. Whether in Mexico, D.F. or Washington D.C., or Ottawa.


The USA youngsters like the killing they do, virtually on computer games, or engaged in fantasy movies /TV screens, and they revel in the illusion of being heroes and winners, while never ever being in actual physical danger or drafted into military killing and torturing machine groups. Living No War creates the false impression that ‘it can’t happen here, it can’t happen to us’..[.hopefully].


But many had parents or grandparents who did experience war traumas...in World War II in Europe, in Maoist times in China [almost a continent in size by itself, it is again not a single entity except by government decree and military enforcement, not by affinity groups, languages, cultures, or native races]. Military sent far from USA lands to do whatever service it was labeled in Korea, Vietnam, and a few other shorter battlegrounds.


Africa has been in turmoil continually and currently is most media visible as internal wars with cruelty, and extensive inhuman damage to almost all who live in the various ‘countries’, [countries are formed by government groups that encompass many tribes and religious enclaves - who want to claim full control over others, not just to convert but to control...wealth and power, of course].


The regions that were Yugoslavia once are still in dispute over who owns whom and which group is entitled to kill or rule over another one. Running over one’s prior borders is also continual and dangerous all around the northern African regions, as well as Israel, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, et al....all or most of these ‘countries’ are using violence and temporary allies to enforce their positions. Korea, Vietnam, Burma, Cambodia, Srilanka and other South Asian ‘nations’ have constant rebellions of large ‘other’ internal groups trying to regrasp their ownership over the resources in their own areas.


International laws are conveniently made at points in history by nations that want to keep their borders intact - the same forever after - but only after taking over some other lands and peoples first. Then the laws are written to say “ do not take” and it is illegal to keep war-won adjacent lands. But that is after the boundaries are conveniently established by those rule-making bodies of governments, for any later wars and conquests. But not to question their own takings.


Look around, almost everywhere, but here and near here. And the DANGER is that the youth of “America”, meaning USAmerica and not all parts of this continent north or south, assume that war is just a GAME. To be played, to be watched, while being safe, to be waged without worry or pain or fear.


How can this spoiled youth of these latest generations that did ever not have food rationing, were not forced into military service and uniforms, and have been able to chose to disengage themselves from REALITY of the damages that bullying and killing causes - how can these young make ‘good choices’ politically ?


How can the young who all want to look tough and pretend they are strong and hope they can fight if need be, how can these kids chose a viable relevant president ? How can they know what they are doing when they vote ? If their parents have been ‘informed’ by television and movies that the children are the special prizes who get to disparage their elders and that the younger ones know ‘more’ & ‘better’ than their parents, and war-broken families ? We all may be in danger of this ignorance and deliberate pretense of ‘toughness’. The performance, the look of being well defended but not having been in a war zone.


The clothing fashion of wearing ‘sagging’ pants – copied from those who emerged from prison continued to wear - and thus the ‘toughness’ was displayed to insure that they would not be messed with, hopefully, is now worn so common by so many males that they appear to be prison-releases without the knowing of that violent lifestyle inside the walls. Or some are using their prison experiences to then excuse them from acting-out in violent reactions in defense and offense, but they also assume they ‘know’ about war itself. They don’t. The prisons in USA are not equivalent to those in more repressive countries where death and torture is much more common and never revealed.


The women also dress tough-like, to prove they are sexually desirable, and also tough ‘cookies’, sweet and yet available for sex to strong wealthy males. The similar intended effect is not just “I am capable of hurting anyone, so watch out !” but “come and try to use me, but pay up first” as prostitutes were advertising before the general youth population took over those displays of what body parts are available or for sale. No prudery or modesty is preferred, but blatant sexual advertising of the female body is displaying a street slut’s toughness too.


War forces mostly men to become killers, to lose their humanity by hurting and hating and losing all sense of their essential human ‘goodness’. War forces women into deep sadness, subservience, in service to the men who want sex with their violence to assuage their shock and guilt and emotional pains. Women are often reduced to becoming the workhorses for the war, so men can fight and hurt and kill and conquer more. Not like the Hollywood movies or Bollywood or Latin American soap opera drama prettify. War is painful for most. In so many ways.


The danger of war is that it can arrive here, not by “terrorists”coming in, but by our own USAmerican young being too sold on their consumerist desires and consumer debts. The danger of violence, not just individually in the poorer neighborhoods in crime and drug-induced intoxications, violence becomes falsely glorified, but never actually experienced in the mass destruction of wars that so many other people’s know.

The danger is that USA can allow itself, within all the different groups that exist within those federal governmental enforced boundaries, to be lured into making war the ‘taking’ of others in more distant lands , like Iraq has become, like Granada and Panama were, like parts of Vietnam and Korea became, like Japan and Germany were before, like the actual natives of these lands were also.


Taking as if what is the other’s is owed to us instead is a conquering war and the youth are advertised into believing that there is no cost or self-mutilation, so war is a good thing. Because they have never been in war. Because the young reject their parents and grandparents who actually experienced war and ruthless rulers. Because the young think falsely they are entitled to live in their virtual and fashionable fantasies and nothing bad could ever happen to them because they have been told erroneously that they are ‘special’.


War, death, damage, maiming, crippling, breaking of the human is real and has been waged and enforced for a very long time, in so many lands. To assume we in this USAmerica are safe on these shores, in this land, is not true. Not because someone ‘else’ wants to harm us. But because we have harmed them already and they want back what we have taken already, by military forces, by economic sleight of hand, by lies and movie images. We too need to know the reality of what war actually is and how hurtful it is to all who act it out and who are the civilian victims of the military, including the families of those who are soldiers of any kind.


The glamor of war needs to be punctured to picture it as the dangerous game that it really is played by owners of governmental leadership positions, regardless of what ‘party’ from which they superiorly claim to be. The young in these lands need to experience and acknowledge what their parents and elders have already learned and lost. To pretend that the USA IS SAFE and immune from the effects of wars elsewhere, [how far is “elsewhere” to be safe enough?] is to pretend we are not all living in this one world, called global, called one.


Even those who now are in military uniforms in open war areas like Iraq and Afghanistan are closer to the actual damaging effects - but compared to most other soldiers they are better equipped, armored, protected, and given later benefits that are intended to reduce the war damage in exchange for monetary goods and cheaper loans for purchases at home.


They engage in war and physical body dangers, and a few even get killed, but USA causalities are few in comparison to those whom the “Americans” exterminate, especially the civilians in those regions that have not been easily counted, plus the exiled from the war zones, and the suffering of loss of homes and normal lives in areas the US administration has chosen to “democraticize” or rather “invade”.


The war the other nationals experience in their vulnerable lives is not the same war as of the entering USA military in the same spaces. War in their homes, in their cities, on their streets, in their daily lives. They know war. We here in USA know very little by comparison. That is a big danger. Our youth are putting the rest of us all in danger. Because most of them don’t want to know more than the games of war.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Date: Friday, July 18, 2008, 9:51 PM

my letter about Cracking Code Pink in Salon.com
"Why does the peace movement have to dress and act like an irritating children's birthday party?" By Cintra Wilson [2008-07-17]

http://letters.salon.com/news/feature/2008/07/17/code_pink/permalink/77f7d1753c6872494aa876bc72ca7614.html

Great article and I want to tell you why I appreciate the pinkie alure...

Code Pink is clever, daring, bold, courageous [similar but different qualities], artistic and effective in it's own maybe small way...but the quirkiness and childishness and playfull-ness is enticing. Rather than the same dark somber repetitious "ho ho ho" chants of old time leftie disparate prostestors who dont have any positive uplifting enjoyable claims to CHANGE THIS WORLD, Code Pink offers us a chuckle...a way to agree and join them to be part of this Game [serious & deadly, but a game nevertheless].

War is a game, as the men like to play it.Code Pink mosty but not all women, play ridiculous laughable games to show how dumb the destructive war machine games are.

Thanks for the exposure of the group I like best to join. I have given up after plenty of years of repetitious loud angry speeches, same-old poor-us stories, with no imagination or active solicitation included. Who wants to be dull and sullen and angry with 'them' ?

Better to laugh and be seen as foolish and still carry the same important message further ? In Los Angeles Code Pink performs and reports and encourages and comes OUT repeatedly...each time I am delighted, amazed and encouraged to join in when I can, and when not, tell others about their ways and antics.

It may be an "artistic thing" instead of just, only a hard-grey-rock-political thing thrown around. Instead of hurt, it is a sight gag, a delicious game of "can you see & hear me...I said Stop That Stupid War...you guys !"

I agree, and bright fusia pink has always been my favorite color anyhow. Now I can wear with pride and more meanings.

Glow on pretty girls ! Let's show everyone our own kind of power..of play...of exhibiting our art & spirit & activism.
mj

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Intuition a topic of interest on Salon.com too


[a reposting from my letter on Salon.com.] See other letters posted there about Intuition and worrying.

http://letters.salon.com/mwt/col/tenn/2008/07/29/intuition/view/index1.html?show=all&order=desc


I lov In-tu-I-tion, whatever word is used is ok with 'me', just do it ! Flow.....


How long have some of us been 'operating on' and being 'operated on' by this ability, activity, ineffable sensing, undescribable 'knowing', elusive flowing....


my favorite word is "flow" as in water non-confrontively giving and going and doing and being 'clear', fluid, flexible, and nourishing too.


It has become 'known' and co-opted by now in the last few years, the word that was used by some and not accepted except as "you mean ESP or what ?" by most, and not understood by hardly any.


Now we get wild advertisement for "intuitive psychiatry" and any other sales pitches to get into our private purses. But why buy when you have it, acknowledge 'it', and use 'it' or dont dare to ?


The clever way I use to keep eliciting our commonality, this intuit ability or whatever goes on, is to ask others " do you have a lot of coincidences in your life?" I'm amazed and delighted with the variety of responses, 96-1/2% affirmative, but with varied defenses. This noticing of synchronicity and serendipity and whatever words point to something strange happening more and more often and everywhere now, means we all need to acknowledge the level / amount/ ways we have it or we need to notice and develop this skill.


For it takes practice, alertness, awareness, acknowledgement [of self and worth and strange abilities not 'given' credence in many places, even still now ] and we must be puzzled at how come we are 'meeting each other' when this is flowing more fully, in us than some others, that is.


Not everyone has everything equally or willingly, even with idealists believing the contrary. Some have "LUCK" and call it a lady or fate or destiny, which it may all be so also. Some have "a sense, in the gut" or body sensations that seem to direct them, not all the time, but in important times. Some have paranoid tendencies and notice a lot more than normals and can access this flow positively or see it as danger and avoid using it often. But they also do. They just call it 'dumb...luck'.


And I believe ‘it’ is something inheritable, from family members who could never say or admit such weird talents or be banned or burned or ostracized in the 'older' days, like even the 1950's.


And I know this makes life such a joy, so much less stressful, because the process - intuition is not a 'thing' but a process - a phenomenon happening, in flow-ing, and ‘it’ takes attention to this to enhance and to be used well. In TRUST, of self, of life, of whatever is also creating this living, this in=giving-awareness of 'signs' and symbols and hints and clues and cues and and and allllllll whatever forms are best noticed by that person.


Trust enhances and is required to flow, without the usual fear and the abundance of fear-arousing circumstances that prevent that same "intuition" - as a radio signal - is interfered with to prevent clear communications [in them old days it was radio...].


so I love all this admitting, discussing our ways to access 'it', sharing that “Yes ! “ we have something useful and fun to live with more fully and more safely [regardless of actual physical events or social stories]. I just give thanks and gratefulness for being able to enjoy and use this 'it', so often, so well.


any tool to PLAY with is useful, yes, painting, tarot cards, any playing, music, dance, toys, writings, journaling, 'signs', even star formations, whatever it is, is all just our Playing with this world to "get" the information that fits for me, for us, that is the best for now...only now..not forever.


And most strangers I meet now, I ask, and find that "yes" they too have a similar amount/ level of this indescribable phenomening/ happening/ knowing / guiding [for it is active, as any 'ing' word denotes]. Giving attention and not insisting on being "right", or on following norms or rules, on using logic or reason, on ego trips and pride, shame, guilt, and greed, helps this 'it' be.


what fun ! enjoy !


I think back on my >60 years and wonder if ‘it’ was always there but not admitable until the '60's and has been growing in power and awareness since then, and even more now with here internet & other communication accesses.


Do you know more ?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

KPFK's doesnt tell us about having a New Manager,why the delay ?


KPFK has just kept silent for long about it's new GM, why?

12 July, 2008
this is also posted on
http://pacificana.org/2008/07/12/kpfk-has-just-kept-silent-long-about-its-new-gm-why


KPFK IS NOT NEWS, even when a New GM is hired? News not provided Tell Your Truth All Ways - please !

The KPFK website has just put onmention of a new general manager.

Even Google does not supply any press or announcements of the new manager. Here on this website, it was apparently copied from Sonali's website which said the mere minimum, and it has been said the the New GM complimented her program, and not others, so maybe that is why ? who knows ? And sure barebones information, even when Sean is googled, little is learned, other than he dealt with another costly legal case at another rade station.
the simple implication is that it must be his fault, but who knows what ??????

If there is a news release, it is not yet apparent in the LA local media that I can find....even on www.la.indymedia.org = which has lot of people complaining and explaining a bit of what they do know of KPFK's happenings & goings on....and on...and on.

That a get-real bio and description [and maybe even a pix ?] of this guy who now holds a lot of wattage power is missing and maybe the listeners would like and aural intro on air more than 1x even... to maybe only know who is the new controller over our radio station.... but how to find out ? only if they listen 24/7 to not miss an on-air blurb...

is that what is required to be an informed paid-up sponsor? Or is there something more put out that I have missed ? Is there somewhere else that gives us-who-care about the dysfunction opaque station - to get just the basic information, nothing that is 'secret !', just who is doing what and why at Our Station . Why is it sooo hard?

A blog has been set up that has had no further posts after the set up in May 2008... thus showing disinterest or lack of communications in the KPFK involved blogosphere ? it is :

http://KPFKcommentators.blogspot.com

The purpose this was set up was for were all those who are so desperate for actual factual information about what is happening at and with KPFK - to be able to join together and communicate further. Indymedia seems to be the only LA site so far as I've been able to find, by much researching and searching...which is how I found out about this site.

This website too is not known amongst most KPFK volunteers - who were asked in person what they knew. It appears to be limited to posts of the top echelon of Pacifica or elections officials or an occasional personal journal of happenings in a station or other.....not bad...but not open to posts from other sources...or is it ? That I have still not been able to find out who posts or what it takes and how this is set up...after many hours of actually reading some of the materials written in only the last 2 months.

Who insures that the KPFK audience is informed ? With more than an occasional blurb, because if it is so I have obviously NOT heard it, being eclectic and not able to listen consistently and constantly to the station.

While many valuable programs on air are good, many others are repetitious, very biased and vehement and appear even infomercial/commercial in their repeated 'sponsoring' or announcing events, artists, speakers, et al. Hard to listen to. At least NPR says "we are sponsored by...." and admit it. KPFK denies what it does. While topics and programmers are very varied, the quality or their own personal pushing their views makes some of the programs difficult to listen to for hours on end. You know. It happens a lot of places.

The KPFK website is not informative. [Look under LBS and CAB and how old any info, so very limited, is currently on it, even the calendar is limited and not up to date ].And then the webmaster was given a KPFK-sponsored event and/or a program to play ukelele ? huh? Can this be a merited move with all those others in competition to be KPFK affiliated or on-air ? It sure sounds like a break-in- of-staff-to-get-goodies not available to others. Is it ?

Writing here means ... telling about the secretive opaque paranoidal fearful atmosphere at KPFK. When anyone writes e-mail comments or leaves a voice mail to KPFK for staff or programmer, they are NOT responded to at all, and left wondering again, "where is the responsibility? " and "where is my money going to?"

So if Google cannot produce a news announcement of the new GM, and the KPFK website is not forthcoming, where is anyone suppose to dig out [of which dirt ?] the information?

July 16, 2008 12:50 PM

Pacifica article reposted here, relates to KPFK too.

this is a re=post from http://pacificana.org/aggregator regarding KPFK as part of Pacifica and the distrust exhibited and experienced therein too. Parts have been exerpted to protect privacy of individuals named in original article, and parts that appear to not relate to KPFK as much as other aspects of this posting. mj


Assessing Pacifica’s Deficit of Trust

Maverick Media - 13 July, 2008 - [this was written and posted on that blog site first, then reposted as above]

During an early March 2006 meeting with Pacifica Radio’s attorney in the lawsuit ....[about] KPFA ....... As it turned out, money was less the issue than her future in Pacifica .......... In between I searched for someone willing to step in as manager of KPFA on an interim basis. Most potentially qualified candidates turned down the opportunity. The people I thought could handle it felt the station was virtually unmanageable, and those few who wanted the job didn’t seem quite right.

..........It was a controversial decision for some (..............and [person named] was both praised and criticized. If nothing else it was a change, an inside management promotion rather than an outside “star.....and did calm the mood at the station for a while.

In a report for the March National Board meeting, my first attempt to describe my assessment and plans, I pointed out that any decision made by the Executive Director could potentially be nullified by the board. Therefore, I asked for more and clearer delegation of authority. I mentioned the problem of civility, especially criticisms that crossed the line to “insulting characterizations, paranoia, and a deep well of distrust that tends to poison the atmosphere.” I criticized myself for raising expectations “about what could be accomplished without adequate knowledge of the organizational constraints,” and for, at times, becoming “too forceful with my own opinions.” For some it was the first time they’d ever seen a Pacifica manager admit to making a mistake. I discussed fairness, inclusion, and management instability, the problems facing fund drives, and the need to balance autonomy and cooperation in programming.

I also praised the accomplishments of the Affiliates Program and the Archives, but warned that the importance of Internet technology services had been underestimated for too long. .................

The underlying issue, I argued, “is that Pacifica’s identity as a network is a bit unclear. Like the other words I’ve mentioned, this one too is not adequately defined, in part because there is some concern that being a network could be disempowering to local stations. During my cross country trip, people occasionally questioned whether being part of a network is even important, suggesting that stations might do fine without any national staff or presence. Even if I wasn't the ED of this organization, I would find that proposition an unacceptable abdication.

“Pacifica is not only a national network, with the potential to reach literally millions of people; it is a unique national resource that must not be under-utilized. That said, reaffirming the terms of our social contract is vital, including assurances that persuasion rather than force will be the standard practice. On the other hand, Pacificans – boards, staff, volunteers – need to agree on high priorities, and I would argue that projecting a progressive counter-narrative nationwide – through public affairs, news, and culture – ought to be on the list.”

While trying to avoid fights I laid out my assessment as frankly as possible. It wasn’t especially visionary; I was saving that for later, when I had a firmer idea of what reflected both the possible and the ideal. For the moment, my bottom line was that the time had come for Pacifica “to retake its place as a leading voice and moving force in community-based media. “

As I prepared for another trip – according to the bylaws, it was time to meet in Los Angeles – my mood was relatively optimistic. It wouldn’t be easy but maybe I could accomplish something after all.....

................ Going into the election [in Vermont ] , many people, even left-leaning stalwarts, predicted that the progressive “era” was over. .......If proportional voting could work in Burlington, I thought, maybe in time it will also net more constructive results for Planet Pacifica. It isn’t a magic bullet. But if more members of this virtual community can get past their resentments and anger, maybe, just maybe a deficit of trust can be replaced by a modest surplus of hope."

any comments on this educated opinion and relevant revealing of what is not just local to Los Angeles ?