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Music and the Psychedelic Mind

I think that you will really enjoy watching this video . . . it begins with my dear friend, Dr. Charlie Grob talking about the connection between music and the psychedelic state of mind.

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Is Revolution On The Way?

(George Lakey, Nation Of Change, 3 Aug 2012)
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I see no signs of a revolutionary situation in Norway.  Students of revolution keep an eye on the perceived legitimacy of a nation’s leadership, and Norwegians are enormously confident that their little ship in a big global sea is being steered well.  . . . The United Kingdom is a different story.  The legitimacy of the nation’s leadership is definitely in trouble.  The mass media shout the stories of the irresponsibility of the 1 percent and the politicians they corrupt.  The government is a coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats and is enthusiastic about enforcing austerity, running down the National Health Service and education system, forcing English university students to pay more for what used to be free education and opening new coal mines.  Homelessness is already up by an estimated twenty-five percent. . . . One way that government’s hold on to their legitimacy is to have an opposition party that holds out hope that, if it is elected, things will dramatically improve.  That used to work in the U.K., as in the U.S. . . . While students of revolution need to pay attention to trends in legitimacy, another key question is this: Can the present leadership solve the biggest problems facing society? . . . Arguably the biggest problem is climate change.  While the British 1 percent is allowing some sensible policies, like electrifying the railways and increasing wind farms, there is no sign that it has the will really to take the necessary steps.  When you add together declining legitimacy, the inability to address climate change and the absence of a hopeful alternative within the institutional framework, you have conditions for the opening of a revolutionary situation over the next 10 years in the U.K. . . .       . . . How about the U.S.? » Continue reading “Is Revolution On The Way?”

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In Goddess We Trust: America’s Spiritual Crossroads

(Andrew Gurevich, Reality Sandwich)
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Movements like the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street show that Americans are engulfed in a revolution of thought. When the ideological systems and institutions of a nation no longer serve the needs of the people, it is incumbent on the people to redefine and restructure them. Many Americans feel that there is a spiritual bankruptcy evident among all of the “white noise” and fundamentalism that currently pass for civic discourse. Understandably, as the world moves into unprecedented environmental, economic and geopolitical upheaval, people turn to spiritual matters to ease their fears and provide them with a sense of unshakable purpose. But one definition of insanity is to continue to do the same thing over and over again expecting different results. A case can be made that our solely patriarchal ideas about the transcendent have been responsible for many of the ills currently facing our society. Perhaps what is needed is a reaffirmation of allegiance not to our nation’s God, but to our nation’s forgotten Goddess: Columbia, the Great Dove, the Maiden Martyr. . . . In essence, the Goddess is the personification of the totality of the brain’s creative and critical faculties. She represents the limitless potentiality of our individual and collective minds. As such, she has traditionally taken many forms but remains the same primary principle. . . . In any of the traditions in which she appears, including the American one, she is the symbol of life, change and unlimited potential. » Continue reading “In Goddess We Trust: America’s Spiritual Crossroads”

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Congress Set to Waste 57 Percent of Our Taxes

Congress will debate and vote on a bill — the so-called “Defense Appropriations Act” — that will make us less safe by dumping over $600 billion into preparations for war.  Combined with military spending in other departments, this is 57% of all federal discretionary spending.

Included in the bill is $88 billion for continued war right now in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Pretending those wars are over doesn’t stop the flow of funds — which are needed for such domestic human needs as education, healthcare, and clean energy.

Moving our representatives toward decent spending priorities is a long-term project.  But should they pass this bill, we can at least force them to begin some military cuts.  We can insist that they keep the bipartisan ban on military sponsorships of NASCAR and other sporting events — and vote for budget-cutting amendments being proposed by Rep. Barbara Lee.

You’ll remember that Barbara Lee was the only member of Congress who voted against the Sept 14, 2001, blank check to George Bush for endless military adventure known as the “2001 Authorization to Use Military Force.”

Please forward to everyone you know this recent comment from Rep. John Lewis, the legendary civil rights activist:

“War is obsolete. It cannot be used as a tool of our foreign policy. It’s barbaric. … If I had to do it all over again, I would have voted with Barbara Lee. It was raw courage on her part. So, because of that, I don’t vote for funding for war. I vote against preparation for the military. I will never again go down that road.”

Tell your Representative to support good amendments but reject the full bill.

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The Intentional Creation of Western Civilization

This is an extremely thought-provoking talk. I’ve already watched it twice, and I’ll be taking notes the third time . . . have you ever considered that possibly Western Civilization wasn’t just an accident, didn’t just somehow evolve, but that it was consciously brought into being . . . and with a specific purpose? . . . Interesting ideas.

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Become the friction to stop the machine!

Terence McKenna once said, “If the truth can be told so as to be understood it will be believed.” IMO this video tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about the current state of affairs in the U.S. . . . I strongly encourage you to watch this video to the end. . . . and then YOU become the friction!

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Love or Fear … the choice is yours!

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The People United Cannot Be Divided

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NYPD Teaches Children to Hate Cops

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It’s a Liberty Walk!

J.B.S. Haldane once said ‘Life is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we CAN imagine.’ And as an example, I can hardly believe that I’m posting Miley Cyrus’ new video … and on top of that I really like it!

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