Bill Hicks | piercing and hilarious comic | who exposed all

Prayers of peace and comfort to the earthquake and tsunami victims of Japan and surrounding areas.

Somehow, I had not known of Bill while he was alive, and only discovered him from a comedian here in Berlin. I fully appreciate his insights!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Hicks

“Revelations” Series of 8; in 8, he rocks the quantum level!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBbHfI8jfmg

“Sane Man” Part 1 of 9

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjNT_dTeB8

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¿ Is the world going crazy, or merely some, getting away with murder ?

I was distracted from my ‘work’ today, after perusing the news. Frankly, I’m just wondering about how undeniably confused and bizarrely maligned, some people’s intentions are in the world that we live in. I guess you could call it, “off balance”.

A splash of the headlines:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/us/03tampa.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23

It took the mother three (3) days to acquire the gun in Florida, which she used to murder her adolescent children. Let’s keep those loose gun laws intact, NRA! Fire away USA!

And then there are the headlines from Pakistan.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/world/asia/03pakistan.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha2

Shahbahz Bhatti was murdered yesterday by Muslim extremists, who had been threatening him. He was dedicated to trying to repeal the Islamist law imposed in 1986, which seeks the death penalty for anyone accused of speaking against the Prophet Muhammad. Bhatti worked towards abolishing this law, within this climate of extreme intolerance. He was among the 5% Christian and Hindu population, among the predominantly Muslim one, making up Pakistan’s 180 million inhabitants.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11930849

An example of what Bhatti was fighting for, is this woman in Pakistan, who was accused of saying something blasphemous about the Prophet Muhammad… uhh, and she happens to be a member of the only Christian household in her village. The real discussion was over water rights, among her female Muslim neighbors with whom she would pick berries, who were her accusers.

They not only want to kill her, but there’s a price over her head; a reward for anyone to kill her. Hey, I bet Prophet Muhammad would be all over this one, huh! I mean, would anyone with any spiritual attributes, condone slaughtering a person because of alleged accusations stemming from ignorance?

This blasphemy law, is also the reason that the Christian, Salman Taseer, was assassinated a week earlier; as he and Shahbahz Bhatti, were both publicly trying to change this law.

Ahhh, religious freedom and tolerance, go Pakistan! Jesus! will people ever learn? d’oh!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/business/energy-environment/01drill.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha25

Bounce back to the USA, to the Gulf Oil crisis which took place a year ago in April, 2010, in which the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, and spewed about 5 million barrels of oil into the ocean. Well, now the Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, has granted permission for deepwater drilling once again, in the same region. Yeah, we’re all over that too! “Let’s go to the Gulf and do some grillen’, just ignite the water with a match, and bar-b-q whatever surfaces!

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/28/nation/la-naw-deepwater-cement-20101028

The one thing that sparked my attention about the whole incident in the first place, is that Halliburton had been in charge of the cementing process of the well. The cement mixture that was being used to seal the well, had been found to be unstable, prior to the explosion, yet they decided to go on with the process. “The cement mixture is used to secure the metal casing around the string of pipes and the drill bit as they penetrate the reservoirs of oil and gas lying deep beneath the ocean floor. Cement also is supposed to keep oil and gas from pushing back up the well, causing a blowout.” It obviously didn’t do the job, and populations of the neighboring states, as well as all of the wildlife in the area of the Gulf, have been the victims.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/us/01earthquakes.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23

Speaking of Halliburton, I was just reading about the unprecedented number of earth quakes that have been occurring recently in Kansas, in the Midwest of the United States. Recently, a connection of these rumbles has been made to “hydraulic fracturing”, an invasive natural gas drilling technique, which I first heard about on the television program “60 Minutes” a year ago in the U.S. Not only is the process intensely disturbing to the earth, but there’s also indication that the process releases toxic contaminants, among them, radioactive material, into the waterways and ground water in the vicinities that this drilling takes place.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/02/the-watchdog-clean-air-act_n_830183.html

Guess who is involved in this destructively greedy process, along with a laundry list of other contaminating and deceptive stuff happening all over the world, yes, evil incarnate “Halliburton”. Let’s just say, “corpocracy” rules again; greed and power, united to make the world a better place, through pilfering and destruction of the planet and it’s inhabitants! I vote for Halliburton, as the crème de la crème of the elite corporate corrupters.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/03/opinion/03tue3.html

Regarding this drilling process, Dick Cheney, former Vice President, allowed the Environmental Protection Agency to get away with murder, of the environment. Entitled “The Hallliburton Loophole”, the EPA was stripped of it’s authority to investigate this new drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, when it was in its’ infancy.

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/02/28/why-is-china-nervous-about-the-arab-uprisings?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=thab1

Then spin the globe around to China, where authorities have become worried about all of the protests in the Arab world. Despite their stronger economy than most of these Arab nations, they’re so concerned about these various pro-democracy demonstrations, that they’ve been heightening their crackdown on human rights lawyers and activists, and words like “Egypt” and “Tunisia” have been blocked on some internet web search engines and social network sites, making them completely inaccessible.
It’s always valuable when you want to maintain your power, to keep your subjects afraid and uninformed.

For some comedic relief, check out Jon Stewart’s take on Gaddafi.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/03/jon-stewart-takes-libya-gaddafi_n_830706.html

The Spark of the Arab Uprise

The other day I learned through a conversation with an Arabic speaking girl whose words I intuitively trusted – as she was obviously very clever and informed – a completely different perspective about what is going on in Egypt and Tunisia. Prior to that, it was more like a blur of various network channels recounting this massive unrest in Egypt and Tunisia. When I heard newscasters the other day on CNN groping to allude to the cause, pointing to the economics of the area, I decided that it might be of interest to give you this less widely available perspective, arriving from the Arab intellectual left.

Sure, economic aspects are woven into the core; in a world in which the material aspect of living dominates. This is about several secular Arab governments, in which the “democratic” leaders have elected themselves to tyrannically continue their rule, with seeming complicity coming from the vote, due to mass fraud re-electing them in landslide victories.

Within the last year there was an incident in Egypt in which a man was killed in the process of standing up for his rights. He became a symbol of people’s oppression. In the last months, an anonymous Egyptian citizen with internet savvy set up a Facebook page, as a memorial to honor this fallen man, who has become a symbol of people’s frustration. His site was widely embraced. So this person’s news feed was already becoming entrenched.

What just occurred in the similarly authoritarian Arab government of Tunisia in the last weeks, inadvertently sparked the uprising in Egypt. The unprecedented display of public outcry against their leader, spread electronically across borders, via the digital information tools which enable people to access information and communicate with one another; as opposed to being fed misinformation “news” from sources that inhibit real communication.

I was told that in a number of these secular Arab countries, the repression is similar to that of the GDR, German Democratic Republic that was established as the Soviet zone of occupied Germany in (1949-1989). Same, same, but different. In these countries in which the leader’s tenuous grip of his power is manifested through building walls to control information, one must always be careful about literally ANYthing you say in public. Spies and informants abound, who probably often out of their own fear of the regime, opt to inform on someone who says something critical of the regime, just to get some points and maybe a few other benefits, for having done so. Therefore, people remain silent, and solemn, fearful of doing anything that could elicit danger to themselves or their families. That’s another reason that these protests that have occurred in the streets of Egypt and Tunisia are dramatically unprecedented. What’s happening today is coming from years of oppression, with tensions silently kept under a pressurized lid. Suddenly, the pent up fear, distrust and hostility has been ignited.

Several weeks ago in Tunisia, a young male student, who like many people in his country, was finding it very difficult to find any means of supporting himself. He resorted to a meager income through vending fruits and vegetables in the streets. When one day he was confronted by the police who asked him for his license to do this, he explained that in fact, he was doing this as a last resort, having found no other type of work, and that he was a student, and could they please let him go in peace. The police responded by claiming that they were going to arrest him, and that he was going to have to go to jail, no choice, that day.

The student at this moment responded in his desperation, to grab a can of flammable liquid, poured it over his head there in the vicinity of the police, and lit it. He burned to death in front of them, in the middle of the day in the middle of the street. His silent last gasp of renouncing this hopeless situation was watched by people in horror. The measure so extreme, that in fact, his action sparked everyone around him, to explode with fury and anger. His drastic action is that of a silent, suffering martyr, symbolizing his desperation within the shackles of this hostile government. He has inadvertently ignited an audacity among the people, fueled by fury, to revolt.

When this same anonymous (out of self preservation) Egyptian alerted his following on his RNN feed on Facebook of the events in Tunisia, the message spread like fire to Egypt. http://www.rassd.com leads you to this facebook page:

RNN.NEWS

Learning of these events among their Arab brothers in Tunisia, was enough to simultaneously ignite the passion and fury of the Egyptians, who have been similarly victimized by their authoritarian government, in which expressing one’s opinion can be fatal.

Last Wednesday, January 26th has been called “Egypt’s Violent Day of Anger”. All of this actually facilitated through the internet sources, the vehicle of information for the people. It kindled the Egyptian people’s fury over Hosni Mubarak’s oppressive 30 year rule. And has since been reaching the Diaspora of Arab people throughout the world.

And read further for more insightful information, especially from Monde Diplio, the English version of Monde Diplomatique.

http://mondediplo.com/openpage/the-corruption-game

http://mondediplo.com/openpage/the-year-of-living-dangerously

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1519282

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/29/world/middleeast/29mubarak.html?_r=2&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha22

In terms of Politics: Separation of Oil & State

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/five_bold_steps/?rc=share_email

Dipping low enough to exert momentum for change…

I actually didn’t hear the presidents’ speech, but trust in the opinion of the need of a separation of Oil & State. I believe that just as there is an intertwining and interdependency within all of life in our natural world, that it is also true in the human social and political world. One can’t expect or anticipate too much as far as one bold leader acting independently, when in fact the pulse behind his motions are charged through those who have been pulling the strings to even get him into office, and who overrule with their corporate/big business pull, just what any leader can do. I also believe that the face of this lopsidedness in terms of power, could in fact be changing, and is changing. As the internet introduces more information that can be spread to the masses, more people can participate in acquiring information, making their voices heard, and we are heading towards more and more transparency and true democratic participation….we’ll see however. Wars have been waged despite the fact that much of the populace demonstrated against them, and well, sometimes things have to dip into the worse case scenario, for people to get the momentum started to begin to change. case in point, my last relationship. i had to literally get hit and abandoned, before i took the hint and read between the lines, even though the words and gestures of my partner expressed that he didn’t give a shit and in fact often acted with cruelty. i didn’t want to see this however, i still wanted to believe that there would be a day that he would embrace and love me, until he finally just left me helpless at a place, with full contempt. ha! it was the most wonderful of blessings, i learned through the synchronicity of people whom i met and conversations that i had, not only about the rich history of the place where i’d been discarded, but also that in fact everything that this former partner projected at me and accused me of, were in fact false. I realized that I was in fact like the sun, being soiled and obscured by something fouling and thickening the air, darkening its’ blaze.

“The Yes Men” and the “House of Yes”

In case you haven’t heard of the Yes Men, they are culture jamming political activists with a theatrical leaning. They create through their own wit, wits and resourcefulness, ways to actually embed themselves among their enemies – the corporate giants – to influence them to acknowledge their greedy and inhumanitarian ways and ultimately atone for their victims…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Yes_Men

Here’s a movie they’ve just released http://theyesmenfixtheworld.com/

They have nothing to do with (I mistakingly at first thought the two were connected !!) the House of Yes,
an East Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York based performance art space founded by Anya Sapozhnikova and Kae Burke, where anyone, almost, can host their own events.

And an article was written about an interview with the founders, here.

Arundhati Roy

For those of you not familiar with Arundhati Roy, here’s a brief essay of hers, captured on video at the Lannon Foundation. In Come September, she speaks poetically to power on the US’ War on Terror, globalization, the misuses of nationalism, and the growing chasm between the rich and poor

Arundhati Roy, Come September, speaks poetically to power on the US' War on Terror, globalization, the misuses of nationalism, and the growing chasm between the rich and poor.

Roy speaks poetically to power on the US’ War on Terror, globalization, the misuses of nationalism, and the growing chasm between the rich and poor.

It’s well worth listening to and reading the text.

She’s written a very celebrated novel, “The God of Small Things“.

Arundhati Roy's book ""The God of Small Things"

Arundhati Roy’s book “The God of Small Things”

Oct. 24th | Global Day of Climate Action | 350.org

Flashback!

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Silent Climate Parade

Oct. 24th | Global Day of Climate Action | 350.org

October 24th is the ‘Global Day of Climate Action’ organized by Bill McKibben, who’s behind 350.org.  350 ppm are the top level of particulates – carbon dioxide particles in parts per million – that can be tolerated in our atmosphere in order to reach a sustainable level, to make a dent along the global warming axis towards disaster.  We need to cap at this amount, to reverse the process, or attempt to slow it down.

Here’s an excellent 6 min. video of 350 dot org’s Berlin, Germany Silent Climate Parade 2013 (different year, but captures the essence)

excellent 6 min. video of 350 dot org, Silent Climate zparade,Berlin, Germany 2013, captures the essencr

excellent 6 min. video of 350 dot org silent climate parade Berlin, Germany 2013 (different year, but captures the essence)

The impetus of the voices around the world calling attention to this is to put forth to the attendees of the Copenhagen Climate Conference glaring ahead, the need to acknowledge the importance of making a coordinated worldwide effort to reduce the number of particles contaminating the environment to a sustainable level of 350ppm.

This will be the most widespread day of political global action in world history.  4,500 events have been planned in 177 countries.  McKibben mentioned in an interview with Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now”that the people of the United States “are the most addicted, and therefore most in denial” about the issue.

I’ll be attending among others the Berlin, Germany, Silent Climate Parade. Here are pics from 350 dot org Climate movements worldwide. https://www.flickr.com/photos/350org/4046302796
350.org Ravers on the Boulevard Unter den Linden in Berlin, credit: Lars Borges

And by the way, this is an interesting graphic chart to wrap your thoughts around and digest:

information is beautiful.net/visualizations/the-billion-dollar-gram.

By the way, here in Berlin is the last evening of the Festival of Lights, so catch it while you can.

city-stiftung-berlin.

aloha  |  Be present and share the breath | essence of life.

Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, love, peace, compassion and mercy.     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloha

Carol

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