|MEGATRENDS: The Final Revolution|
5 comments14 Jun 2006 @ 21:44 by jobrown : Bald Mountain
what you had to do, and finally began"
So, whaddddouthink, Vax? /A-d
I think that this:
"The mission of the Centrust Paradigm is to restore the confidence and trust of the American people in our government and our elected officials by building on the vision of our founders and by incorporating contemporary knowledge, experience and time-honored principles of trust, visibility, and integrity."
... is a load. There is no way in Hellja that I will ever trust "our government" for what these people deem ''our government'' is not ''our'' government.
This nation was NOT founded as any kind of Democracy and those who tout that phrase are doing it out of subterfuge, deceit, stupidity, lying, and a dozen other things I might add but shan't.
Another party? That in itself is a load. Return to the Republic (Res Publica or ''Public Thing") and forget about the leech upon our vital force that is the sham in Washington D.C.
It's too late in the game for anything resembling that; so... really studying ''Lex Loci" as well as "Lex Fori" and other dependent Lex's so that we know absolutely who we are (first hand), what we stand for, what the so called founders were about and...
Thanks for the link A-d. Hope all is well out there on Bald Mountain. Well, I just thought I'd bring up Moussorgsky and his "Night on Bald Mountain." Ever hear it? ;)
BTW: Pardon me for changing the subject. I didn't mean to erase your subject line but... it happened so I added the 'Bald Mountain' subject line cause... I had to put something there for the proggie wouldn't let me continue sans the 'subject line.'
15 Jun 2006 @ 04:34 by jobrown : BALD MOUNTAIN!!?!?!???!!?
as my headline????? where the ---- did that come from, huh???? Any idea, vax? ( pulling my leg, huh ; ) -or not?... When I posted the comment it read what I had written: "One day you finally knew (and then in the comment-body it continued: ) what you had to do, and began"
I tried to open the links you gave in the article, but none of them would open.I will try again (and again!....sigh....and hopefully.... ; ) )))
The article was interesting.... I do see the point the advocates of VSA are making. Yet; this "we who have nothing to hide (etc)..." keeps coming up in my mind.... I can easily see how Advocates for "Our Right To Privacy" will fight this! This -which is already an old fight- might make it hard to push for VSA to become the 'Norm'.
Even a Republic woud have a Government; BY the The People, For The People -and this is exactly what the Centrust Party is out there working on, and working for and working towards! We, The People gotta start SOMEHWERE, a little more honest and open than what has been the norm for the last ten thousand years, eh? you know I'm the Borne Anarchist, don'tchya? ; )
and BTW, yeahhh, we're doin good here on MB /"BM" if u wish, heheheh.. in the June gloom. How are u guys holdin' up against the oncoming storms? / A-d
Oh, I just thought that it might be fun for some people to have the sod-ware ;) ... It's old stuff, anyway, but for those who like to play with such tech-toys it could be a boon for many applications. O'll check the links and see what's up with them...
As for the Night on Bald Mountain... well, I explained that below your first tag... ;)
We're holding up well against the onslaught. Actually it would be nice to face the end of this world in any way, shape or form. A real 'new world.' I like challenges... There are no challenges left, for me, in this old rotting system. All the old adages ring so very untrue. What Martha said below is nice and I agree with her... but whatcha gonna do when they come for you cause your belief system is slightly askew?
Gonna get hot here today so me and his nibs will undoubtedly go out to the streaming light till dawn brings in the night. To da loo A-d... danke.
15 Jun 2006 @ 15:44 by martha : Hey there Vaxen
Enjoying your new titles for your log. Never know what to expect....I like your creative mind.
As to voice stress analysis...anyone who is centered can hear the lies. Technology is not needed. In fact at times technology pulls us from our center and away from spirit.
"In theory, the corrupt political leaders will be dethroned as soon as the public sees a political division over the subject of VSA waivers, and the newly elected leaders will be more loyal to the people."- I don't believe this.
As i drop my world view I realize the only enemy is myself so I refuse to fill myself with hatred towards anyone. And the only way politicians will be dethroned is when there is a shift in consciousness with the masses. While technology might help, it is only a small part of the equation. The real shift comes from within and not through external means.
Right. That's the first step. "Freedom isn't free." Confronting those who would enslave others, such as the unelected government in Washington D.C., such as the Third Reich and the people who built or enabled it such as U.S. Standard Oil of New Jersey, Such as Prescott Bush, such as Kellog Brown and Root such as... Oh, the list goes on.
Legal Systems which destroy liberty and freedom must be challenged and fought less people be come complacent, as has happened in the USA via behavior modification programs, and other methods, as well as vast political emprisonment. Encarceration for a profit (The multi billion dollar 'prison industry'). Sure... you can change within but inner and outer reflect one another and when you stand up against injustice, and there is plenty of it, that requires something more than just 'internal change.'
16 Jun 2006 @ 19:44 by martha : Legal Systems which destroy liberty
Well I'll take care of THAT problem when I serve on jury duty in mid July...LA courts look out! LOL
I believe that many people in the good old US of A are no longer complacent....the shift is happening NOW!
We need to get rid of our corpocracy and get back to being a republic of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all (including bears).
Maybe the voice stress analysis needs to be on when the corporate leaders are in DC paying off the lobbiests or testifying in congress.....bet they don't show up. We already know the politicians lie so the voice stress analysis isn't needed for them.
Yes, indeed, happiness for bears is assuredly on the agenda. Thanks Martha. Need some study materials for when you become a jurist? I know things are changing and that people are 'waking' up to the deceit and hoodwinking that has been done to them in their name. The law, per-se, needs to be written in a clear, concise, manner sans all the "words of art." Does Mr Morris like honey?
16 Jun 2006 @ 20:34 by jobrown : I think the Final Revolution ....
HAS started!!!.... though I do agree with Vax , that 'We The People' just by pursueing the VSA as Political Tool against corruption & such, can & WILL scare the less than sincere ones away...
Vax I hope you don't mind if I post here the article from Paul Loeb , which I also already sent to you.If you feel encroached upon, then just delete it( won't offend me, promise! : ) (I tried to find it in any of his links, but i didn't see it, so I feel I "need " to post it here ans proof that the SHIFT has started already, and as Heidi & I discussed the other day: it happens the way we ourselves shead our skin!.... we don't "know" of it/notice it -untill it is pointed out to us as a /biolical fact (-or Cosmic truth/'Event'! )
Vax,I think it is far better this is happening -instead of nothing happening!... so, here we go (and... All rejoice!..., and spread The GOOD WORD, eh?!... : )
GLOBAL WARMING, LOCAL HOPE // By Paul Rogat Loeb
As the evidence of global warming becomes inescapable, I fear Americans will switch instead to a fatalistic pessimism. Maybe it’s real and maybe it’s our fault, this sentiment goes, but at this point there’s nothing we can do, so we’re off the hook.
It’s hard to deal with melting arctic glaciers, Katrina refugees who might never return to New Orleans, and floods that recently covered half of Bangladesh. Weather-related catastrophes cost a record $225 billion last year, with the impact of global climate change just beginning. Add in a president deep in denial, and it’s tempting to feel powerless. We can’t even escape to the Weather Channel without a sense of impending doom.
Yet people are beginning to act, sometimes from unexpected places. By so doing they’re opening up new possibilities. The heads of BP Amoco and the world’s largest reinsurance companies, Swiss Re and Munich Re, have spoken out. So has the vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, joined by other key evangelical leaders like the country’s largest megachurch pastor, Reverend Rick Warren. In Britain, even the Conservatives are demanding the issue be made a top national priority.
In spring 2005, in Seattle, where I live, Mayor Greg Nickels recognized that even though the Bush administration was still denying the consequences of global warming, local mayors could still take a stand.
Nickels committed Seattle to meet or exceed the Kyoto standards of
greenhouse gas reduction and challenged the mayors of other cities to make the same commitment. Now 238 cities have signed the US Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement, from New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago to Omaha, Charlottesville, and Laredo. Together they represent 44 million people and greenhouse gas emissions exceeding those of the combined population of Great Britain, the Netherlands and Scandinavia.
Nickels also created a committee of environmental, business and community leaders to issue a Green Ribbon Report on specific ways Seattle could cut back. They just issued their report after a year of work, and the municipally owned utility, City Light, will now meet all new electrical demand with conservation and renewable resources —they’ve already been giving rebates for energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances. Seattle will expand infrastructure for public transportation, biking and walking.
The city will offer incentives and requirements for city contractors to use more fuel-efficient vehicles or ones using bio-fuels, and work with major employers to increase car-sharing.
A Green Building program will support conservation in residential and commercial construction and renovation.
The city also issued a challenge to local businesses to meet or surpass the same reduction levels: Six of the top fifty local employers have so far agreed for their local and in some cases national and international operations, including Starbucks, outdoor equipment coop REI, a major real estate development company, the Port of Seattle, and the international cement and building materials company LaFarge SA.
The University of Washington, the other major local employer to sign on, was already part of a campus-focused environmental network called the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (www.aashe.org), and schools like Yale, Oberlin, Cornell, the University of California system, and the Universities of Iowa, Minnesota, and Oklahoma have similarly pledged to meet or exceed the same standards.
Member schools have renovated campus heating, cooling, ventilating and lighting systems, super-insulated buildings, installed solar collectors, switched to renewable electricity energy sources, and strengthened recycling programs. They’ve bought more efficient cars and trucks or vehicles running on bio-diesel.
Tufts even held an energy-saving competition for its dorms called “Do it in the Dark,” where they encouraged students to turn off lights and computers when not using them. As with the local city projects, the success of each particular effort encourages others and opens up new possibilities.
It’s tempting to dismiss these initiatives as insignificant, given the
magnitude of the challenge. Cuts in greenhouse emissions need to be far more drastic than Kyoto’s limited reach of reducing emissions to 7% below the 1990 levels by 2012.. But efforts like Seattle’s and some of the other cities and businesses offer a path forward, a way to act despite the Bush administration’s massive denial. Each city inspires the next. So does each business. The more concrete the solutions, the less credible the arguments that nothing can be done. If a city can buy efficient cars and trucks for its fleets, or weatherize houses, or offer incentives for alternative energy generation, then so can any state or the U.S. federal government. If a company the size of Starbucks can decrease their greenhouse gas emissions, then so can other corporations. If the University of Washington or University of Oklahoma can find ways to lighten their impact, so can other
campuses. Each initiative provides a model for others to follow.
I spent this past Earth Day with the Sierra Club canvassing the suburban neighborhoods of Bellevue, Washington State’s fifth largest city. Going door to door in a swing Congressional district, we distributed coupons, supplied by the local utility, for discounted compact-fluorescent lightbulbs, handed out postcards urging Bellevue’s mayor to sign the national mayor’s agreement, and enlisted volunteers for future efforts. Most important, we talked with ordinary citizens about global warming and what they could do. Had Seattle not taken the initial step, our task would have been far harder.
The institutions and individuals taking these actions aren’t perfect. I dislike how Starbucks undermines the rich culture of local independent coffee houses. I’ve disagreed with Seattle Mayor Nickels on a key transportation initiative and what I consider excessive deference to downtown development interests. But on this issue, they’re taking risks to do what’s right, and we’re all the beneficiaries.
As Al Gore pointed out at the press conference announcing Seattle’s Green Ribbon report, setting and meeting even initially modest targets opens up new possibilities. This occurred when countries worldwide phased out the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that were destroying the stratospheric ozone layer that protects us from harmful ultraviolet radiation. At first political leaders and leaders of affected businesses said this was impossible, that alternatives were unavailable or prohibitively costly. But even though the scientific data was still in flux, and CFCs had wide uses in electronics, refrigeration, plastics, telecommunications, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture, 24 nations, including the U.S., committed to the specific reduction standards of the 1987 Montreal Protocol. Businesses responded with major innovation, soon surpassing the standards.
Northern Telecom developed and licensed new ways to clean electronic circuit boards. Greenpeace and a former East German company developed CFC-free refrigerators, which were sold throughout Europe and which German and Swiss aid programs promoted in China and India. The US food packaging industry stopped using CFCs in creating Styrofoam packaging, and China replaced their Styrofoam with a biodegradable product made from grass and straw. By a few years later, a series of amendments raised the standards still further and the bulk of the world’s nations had signed on. With CFCs no longer accumulating in the atmosphere, the ozone layer is gradually beginning to recover.
These are hopeful signs. But how do we act if we don’t hold a position of visible power, if we’re not the mayor of a city or a corporate executive?
We can take modest, or not so modest, individual steps, improving the
insulation of our houses, installing solar water heaters, driving less, and buying energy-efficient cars, lighting and appliances. But voluntary efforts will never be enough, so we also have to compel large political and economic institutions to act. That means getting out from behind our computers and participating in efforts, like the Sierra Club’s, to educate and sway voters in swing districts, showing up at community meetings, registering voters, convincing local civic groups to speak out. It means joining efforts like the international environmental boycott of Exxon/Mobil for being the prime financial supporter of the denial of global warming.
And pressuring political, economic, and religious leaders to take a stand, both those whose hearts are in the right place but who have so far lacked the courage, and those who are willfully blind or just haven’t come to grips with the facts.
It means levying enough collective power so that these leaders have no
choice but to respond.
One way to bring the issue home would be to create a context where our
neighbors and colleagues can really begin telling the local stories. Farmers could talk about how changing patterns are affecting local agriculture, hunters and hikers about shifts in the patterns of wild animals and birds, skiers about melting snowpacks, backyard gardeners about the changing cycles of local plants, physicians about changing disease vectors from insect and rodent migration. If droughts, floods, tornadoes, or forest fires have threatened a local city or town, citizens could talk about that as well, weaving in discussion of the larger global patterns and of the choices we can make to respond. If we coordinated these testimonies well enough, they’d go a long way toward making some of the invisible changes visible.
We need to take action to promote further alternatives, not only as ends in themselves, but also to fight denial, which remains a powerful force.
As Al Gore points out in An Inconvenient Truth, Science magazine analyzed 928 peer-reviewed scientific papers on the subject published between 1993 and 2003. Not one dissented from the international scientific consensus—that human activity is dramatically increasing the earth’s temperature, in ways that will bring severe consequences. But because of promotion by corporations like Exxon/Mobil of a handful of global warming deniers, over half the news stories during the same period presented the issue as if there were a serious scientific debate. In the wake of Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans and efforts like the local cities initiatives and Gore’s powerful film, citizens may finally be ready to acknowledge global warming and its consequences, though the Bush administration is proposing to cut
$152 million from federal energy conversation programs. Everywhere I go, people acknowledge how strange their local weather has been in recent years. But they don’t always connect it to the larger patterns that threaten the habitability of the earth
Efforts like the city-by-city campaigns and Gore’s powerful film are helping to bring this critical issue to the public square. But they’ll only bear fruit with the massive participation of ordinary citizens. However we decide to participate, it’s not enough to follow the news, lament the parade of disasters, and long for someone else to solve the problem. If we don’t act, the potential of even the wisest and most visionary alternative plans will remain just that: potential. If we demand that our economic and political leaders make them a reality, we have a chance to solve what may be the most profound crisis we’ve faced while inhabiting this planet. Each time we can convince a major institution to change, this encourages others to follow.
Paul Rogat Loeb is the author of The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear, winner of the 2005 Nautilus Award for the best book on social change. His previous books include Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time. See www.paulloeb.org.
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THANKS,Vaxen! SOMETHING is better than NOTHING!... I "know" you'd agree!