A Revolution Do-Over Is Required

Once upon a time, there was a land called New World.  The men and women who lived there for hundreds of years didn’t call it that.  They called it The Land, The Earth surface, Home, the Spirit Lands, and other names.  Each tribe or nation had their own view, their own lands, their own government, their own people.  When one tribe sought to take more than their share, which wasn’t very often, then they went to war to regain the balance.  Balance always returned.

Vikings from Norway traveled to Iceland, Greenland, and what are now provinces of Canada, moved down the coast and settled for a while, but Odin and Thor weren’t happy and they had so much trouble with the strange land that they returned home.  This was long before 1492 C.E., when Spain’s pirates (with royal letters of mark making them “privateers”) set sail to find other lands to conquer because they weren’t getting very far with England and France–and those two countries couldn’t stop warring with each other(and England with Scotland, Ireland, and Wales).  So while they were busy, the pirates set sail.  After a while, England, Portugal, and Italy joined them.

 

The mindset of these people was greed.  Sure, some of them may have been honest folk, but the religion of these people told them that the world was theirs to conquer and anyone who wasn’t like them was sub-human, not worthy of their own lives, their own governments.  They invaded Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

They murdered millions—people who already lived in the lands they invaded.  Most murders were through direct action.  Many died through indirect means, such as disease and starvation.  Many people were forced into slavery–and slavery was an industry.  An institution.  To do away with it meant a loss of income and they would not stand for that.

By the early 1700s, many “colonists” in North America had murdered, enslaved, and stole lands from, the indigenous peoples.  Many states south of Virginia refused to give up slavery, but since fighting men were needed, they were allowed to keep their slavery in return for joining the men who were determined to create a new nation.

There is an old adage that holds to be true:  Wars of independence are always followed by civil wars.  The reason is because the independence seekers are forced to accept compromises in order to win and those compromises are seeds that foment internal rebellion and self-destruction.  Those compromises weren’t really compromises.  They ultimatums and guns to the head.  In the case of the so-called United States of America, those compromises were about one thing:  slavery.  Or to put it more esoterically, Greed.

 

As the U.S. grew, greed killed off many more Indigenous Peoples and corralled the rest in ever-shrinking “sovereign” lands.  AKA, reservations.  When the U.S. government’s greed wanted more land, they violated their own word and stole it from the Native Americans.  The “Indians” didn’t–and still don’t–have militias or armies or weapons, so their rights were run over, their people slaughtered.  Meanwhile, the Indians’ sovereignty was thrown in their faces whenever they asked the U.S. government for money.

The U.S. government will steal your sovereign land and deny you the means to live well on that land.  It’s a catch-22, and purposely written that way in order to eventually kill you off and get the land “back”–land that was never theirs to begin with.  All Native American land is surrounded by U.S. land.  There is nowhere to go, no one to seek help from.  Our Native American brothers and sisters are living on borrowed time.

Now, why have we white people put up with this?

Because we’re concerned with our own measly lives.  We are concerned with making a living, having an income, feeding ourselves, housing ourselves, and clothing ourselves.  Many of us are side-tracked with wanting more.  Greed.  But we never get it and there’s a reason:

Our government is run by an oligarchy, not a democracy, and it’s been that way from day one.  The Founding Fathers were rich men, and although some of them died “poor”(Washington), they were still members of the gentry and given special status over so-called “simple” farmers and laborers.  What is now referred to as “workers”, and that name has a slavery connotation to it.

We are peons.  We are ruled by the rich.  They don’t give quarter.  They make us work for it while they reap the rewards that we should all share in and don’t.

When we try to bring balance, we are trod upon, lied to, and always forced to work against our own interests through means of parlor tricks, skullduggery, bald-faced lies, misdirection, and our own bigotries.

So America has limped along since the Civil War, grown little by little after WWI and WWII, and We the People allowed ourselves to conquered and indentured by our so-called leaders.  We gave them power and they ran with it, building it up and up and up until we looked around and found there was an immense inequality.

And we wonder where it came from.

It came from us.  We gave power to representatives–people who were elected to represent our interests.  But we let them squander it away.  We let them build their own fortunes while they robbed us of our own.  They made promises and broke them.

Why are all politicians scorned?  Because we know them to be liars.  But we *made them* politicians.  Why are we suddenly scornful?  Because we’re lazy good-for-nothing slackers, that’s why.  We refuse to do the hard work of keeping them on their toes.  We think, “Okay, you’re elected, now do a good job.”

Except most of them won’t.  They are in it for the money, not your welfare.  In order to keep getting rich, they sell you lies.  They take advantage of your beliefs, your bigotries, your prejudices, and in return, they’ll fuck you over so fast it’ll make your head spin.

Every election cycle, we choose people to represent us and believe them when they tell us what we need.  We give up our rights to make our own choices by letting them make them for us.  And to get there, they feed us lies.  When they’ve won, in return for our loyalty, they sell us to the highest bidder.

Why have we allowed that?  Why have we buried our heads in the sand?

We’ve become so preoccupied with our own bigoted views that we have ignored the sickness that surrounds us.  We have no power until we stand up and put a stop to it.  We’re treated like peasants.  We’re told who to hate, who to love, who give our blood to, and when to die.  We’re told behave and be controlled.  By police.  By the military.  By corruption.

We let this happen.

The entire system is corrupt.  It isn’t just about who sits in the Oval Office.  It’s about who sit in our state capitals and our local town councils and who provides law and order and for what purpose.  It doesn’t matter if we go to church or synagogue or mosque.  It no longer matters if we believe we’re the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Because it’s a lie.

We have no control, no say in what happens to us.  No say in what our leaders do to others outside our country.  Our military and our genius has been turned over to people who have evil intentions.  All for greed.  All for power.  America is no longer the land of opportunity or of freedom.  It now stands for blood and horror.

Go anywhere outside the United States and you will find a country that has been screwed over by our politicians.  You will find a country that has been threatened.  You will find a country that has been bombed.  You will find citizens who have been raped and murdered.  And guess what?  You will find the Same Thing Here.  What do you think has been going on in rural towns?  What do you think has been happening to Native Americans?  What do you think will happen to you?

Do you even care?  Do you even have a soul?

We have to snap out of our force-fed bigotry.  The only way out of this corruption we’ve allowed to happen is to start another revolution and that will only happen if we get involved.  That will only happen if we sacrifice our peace, our comfort, and our apathy.  We can’t be complacent any more.

Trying to Correct the Uncorrectible

There’s this pastor (Protestant: evangelical Christian) who has decided that gays aren’t evil.

Upworthy’s A pastor shares the exact moment he changed his mind about the LGBTQ community.

While Ryan hadn’t been hostile toward the LGBTQ community before, now he admits his lack of attention to the subject helped create a culture of fear surrounding homosexuality and the church.

Since Ryan announced that EastLake would be an open and affirming church, hundreds of people have left the church. But Ryan stands by his decision.

“I don’t care if the Bible says, ‘Gay people suck,’” he says. “I have lots of things I disagree with about the Bible.”

Note: hundreds of people have left over relaxing view of LGBTQ people. Aren’t they supposed to “love everyone” because “Jesus” told them to?  Of course not. Because “he” never “said” that.

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Anyways, while his opinion of gays has changed, Pastor Meeks still believes gay people will go to hell.  He’s just decided to be nicer about it so they’ll follow his god’s laws.  Those laws that say:  here’s how to hate and fear everyone who isn’t you, here’s what you eat, here’s when to eat it, here’s what to wear and how to make it, here’s what to grow and and how to grow it, here’s how to slaughter animals to a specific god and for a variety of reasons, and here are all the animals and people you have to hate.

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The shitheels writing the Books of Moses while pretending to be Moses were seriously fucked up dudes.  Why am I saying “dudes”?  Because there are four different sources to those books of Moses (documents called “J”, “E”, “P”, and “D”) and those people writing them did so several hundred years after those so-called events happened and they wrote different versions of the same events.

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Regardless, we still the problem in believing in a book that has cost MILLIONS of lives, and that’s a low number, especially if you take seriously all the tribes that “Israel” slaughtered for no other reason than a) they had nothing better to do/felt threatened for no good reason, or b) this so-called god told them to do it. That so-called god of the Old Testament murdered millions by flooding the entire planet because he suddenly got a bug up his ass for those millions not worshipping him. Well, if he was really a GOD, then he simply could have changed everyone’s minds instead of pointlessly slaughtering them. Which goes to show you how spectacularly fictional the Old Testament is.
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Humans have this need to make sense and meaning out of their lives and basic Pagan religion is the result.  On the other hand, “Religions” based on the Pentateuch/Torah/Qu’ran/New Testament are based on books whose authors were nothing more than authoritarian nutjobs equal to Jim Jones.
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Buddha is the exception, but combine Buddhism with authoritarian regimes (pre-1960s China, Far East countries like Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, etc., ancient Japan) and voila, murder. Hinduism is an offshoot of Buddhism (determined by archaeological study of migration patterns) which turned into a polytheistic religion, but Mahatma Gandhi was forced to fight for the right to live independent lives and the reason that happened was due to British colonialism, and other countries pulled the same shit due to an authoritarian belief which centered on following the “corrected” Bible, which “told” them to convert every single non-believer.

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(I should also add that “Pagan”, Hindu, and Buddhist “religions” don’t feel the need to “convert” non-Pagans/Hindus/Buddhists.)

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Currently, we in the U.S. have factions who are ready, willing, and able to slaughter tens of thousands of lives (particularly black and gay) and they “blame” (my word) their need to do this because the Bible tells them to do it. Well, pardon me, but …


a) Christians have nothing whatsoever to do with the Old Testament so whomever they’re following to justify killing gays, it isn’t Jesus.
b) Christians are confused because they don’t know who to worship: Jesus or Yahweh/Elohim/Jehovah. In order to call yourself a Christian, you HAVE TO pick Jesus.
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Every single book in the Bible/Torah/Qu’ran is vehemently anti-woman. To single out half the human race for slavery and oppression is a heinous act and deserves no respect. Period.

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So while this pastor aims to be a bit more egalitarian toward his fellow humans, he still follows a book that subscribes to murder, rape, and slavery.  I’d admire him more if he chose to be an atheist in order to treat everyone as he would like to be treated.

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Lastly, does my being Wiccan say I’m a hypocrite?  No.  What I believe is for me alone.  I despise those who oppress and enslave and murder and I try not to do the same to others.  Does that mean that my “goddess” is no more real than the authoritarian male gods?  Yes.  She is simply my interpretation of nature, which rules all.  And you cannot deny that nature rules us all without looking like a complete moron.

Of Ancient Aliens

If you’ve ever read the Judaeo-Christian old testament, there’s a section in it, near the beginning of Ezekiel, that seems to describe four UFOs, but the writer of the tale says it’s the face of the lord. If it were indeed the “lord”‘s face, then I’d say the writer had taken liberty from the Egyptian gods. Or he’d been eating a psychotropic plant. OR he’d seen a line of UFOs. 😉 Now, as to the “truth”, this is where blind faith of a believer plays a part and says it’s the ghastly face of god–because the book’s writer tells them it is. My what a *ghastly* pack of suckers they were/are. Going by the following description, try to recreate this in art form in the same way thousands of Lovecraft’s readers have recreated Cthulhu.

Ezekiel, Chapter 1, verses 4-21:

“As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal.[a] 5 And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had a human likeness, 6 but each had four faces, and each of them had four wings. 7 Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf’s foot. And they sparkled like burnished bronze. 8 Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus: 9 their wings touched one another. Each one of them went straight forward, without turning as they went. 10 As for the likeness of their faces, each had a human face. The four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle. 11 Such were their faces. And their wings were spread out above. Each creature had two wings, each of which touched the wing of another, while two covered their bodies. 12 And each went straight forward. Wherever the spirit[b] would go, they went, without turning as they went. 13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches moving to and fro among the living creatures. And the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. 14 And the living creatures darted to and fro, like the appearance of a flash of lightning.

“15 Now as I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the earth beside the living creatures, one for each of the four of them.[c] 16 As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction: their appearance was like the gleaming of beryl. And the four had the same likeness, their appearance and construction being as it were a wheel within a wheel. 17 When they went, they went in any of their four directions[d] without turning as they went. 18 And their rims were tall and awesome, and the rims of all four were full of eyes all around. 19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures rose from the earth, the wheels rose. 20 Wherever the spirit wanted to go, they went, and the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures[e] was in the wheels. 21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those rose from the earth, the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.”

According to the movements of the four-faced, four-sided, four-winged (sensing a pagan elemental theme here: North/South/East/West-Fire/Water/Earth/Air), it seems to resemble the flight of an aircraft.

Intercepted Podcast: On Executive Orders

“Intercepted” by Jeremy Scahill, for The Intercept

At The Intercept, we believe in holding those in power accountable, and our mission couldn’t be more urgent right now. With Donald Trump and his cronies consolidating power, we’ve launched a weekly podcast: Intercepted. Every week, I will bring on guests and colleagues to discuss the most pressing stories—those unfolding in public and the ones hidden in the shadows.

This is taken from the podcast “Intercepted Podcast: President Trump’s Cabinet of Killers and Why Orange Is the New Anti-Black” and the section on Executive Orders:

Intercept’s historian, Jon Schwarz:

“Executive orders can be extremely good. The Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order from Lincoln. Harry Truman used an executive order to abolish racial discrimination in the military. Executive orders can also be extremely bad. FDR used an executive order to create the legal authority for the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, our West Coast became a potential combat zone.

“Truman used another executive order at the start of the Cold War to create loyalty tests for government employees, which was really the birth of McCarthyism.”

Joseph McCarthy: The thing that the American people can do is to be vigilant day and night to make sure they don’t have Communists teaching the sons and daughters of America.

“If you look at modern executive orders, you’ll see that presidents claim their authority is based on two things. First is Article 2 of the Constitution, which gives them executive power, and requires that they take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and then a claim that they are in fact executing some specific law passed by Congress. In the case of Donald Trump’s executive order, shutting the door temporarily or maybe otherwise on refugees and immigrants from seven countries, it was the Immigration and Nationality Act.”

DJT: It’s not a Muslim ban, but we are totally prepared. It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports. You see it all over. It’s working out very nicely, and we’re going to have a very, very strict ban, and we’re going to have extreme vetting.

“If you don’t like what Trump did, the good news is that the Supreme Court has famously said about executive orders that, “when the President takes measures incompatible with the expressed or implied will of Congress, his power is at its lowest ebb.” And it looks like that’s what Trump was doing here, because the law he cited bans discriminating among immigrants on the basis of a person’s place of birth or place of residence.”

Do you see what he says?  Trump based his unconstitutional order on the Immigration and Nationality Act, but the Act says you may not discriminate.  This is why the judge in Seattle overturned and stayed the order.

One more thing:  This podcast also discusses the killing of civilians by the CIA and U.S.-backed (aka, armed) groups who have waged terrorism in the Middle East, Africa, and other places across the globe.  It is this fact that has emboldened our enemies.  They may have attacked us anyway, but this sickening behavior by our government–a government that We The People put in power through stupidity, ignorance, and apathy–only gives them a legitimate reason to do so.  The rest is religious, dogmatic rhetoric that they don’t even believe or follow.

The Hunt For 100s of Serial Killers

The A&E network has a new documentary series about serial killers called “The Killing Season.”  Specifically, it’s initial purpose was to find the Long Island Serial Killer, nicknamed LISK.

While looking for linkage clues in other states, the documentarians discover the *enormous* victim pool of hundreds of serial killers who are currently operating (according to active FBI investigations).  One of the largest (and most difficult to catch) types of serial killer is nicknamed LHSK, or Long Haul Serial Killer.

Now, why don’t we know about these murderers?  Because the victims are, 99% of the time, sex workers who put themselves at risk every time they get into a perp’s car, there is no official attempt to stop the killers.  After all, they’re cleaning up the “trash”.  We will never catch these MFers.  Unless we:

  1.  Stop being complacent about this large victim pool.
  2.  Make prostitution federally legal and placed under governmental regulations.

Making prostitution legal will become a rallying cry ONLY for those who have personally had a stake in these murders.  That is, victims’ families.  But you see, prostitution will never be legalized until we as a society stop the following:

a)  Treating sex like a crime.
b)  Treating women like property.
c)  Dump patriarchy for egalitarian society.

Putting a stop to serial killers *requires* us to stop treating sex like a forbidden subject.  To step away from the so-called “sin” of sex required by male-dominated oppressive religions.  ALL serial killer murders are sex crimes, even if no obvious sexual component is apparent.  Every single serial killer murders for sexual pleasure.  They’ll return to the scene of the crime in order to relive it and will masturbate while doing so.

The Long Island Serial Killer is just one of hundreds of cases of serial murder and the cops need the public to catch these people.  Unfortunately, many precincts are embarrassed by the numbers of victims they haven’t found justice for so they bury the cases or file them as “unsolved”.  They need US but there are too many of them who refuse to ask for help.  It’s a national disgrace.

While serial murder is a sort of hobby horse of mine from a psychological standpoint, I would gladly find another subject to focus on if we could just catch all these fuckers and stop future perps from being made.  And I stress “made”.  No one is born bad.  No one.  Murderers are made.  Medical evidence shows that there are some individuals whose brain chemistry made them susceptible to aberrant behavior due to mental, physical, and sexual abuse, but it is not guaranteed.  There are examples of this in families.  Why does one traumatically-abused brother become an FBI profiler and the other become a murderer? (Gerard Schafer (sp) of Florida was both–and it’s not uncommon b/c all serial killers are fascinated by law enforcement due to its domination factor)

What is, IMO, a fact that creates SKs is abuse, and all of it involves some form of mental abuse.  The severity of its result (a three-person SK who quits compared to an SK who kills dozens) depends on the brain chemistry of the victim-killer.  There are professionals out there who’ll disagree with this assessment.  They like to wallow in “mysterious” cause of an SK, and IMO, again, the reason is part of a societal sickness:

We as a society refuse to accept blame for the things we have caused.

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Anyway.  I highly recommend this documentary.  I also hope it wins an Emmy for outstanding investigative journalism.  There’s a significant lacking of that in television news.

An Article on Witchcraft in America and the Ignorance on Display in a Comment Section

There’s an article at The Guardian by Alex Mar entitled, “Witches of America: How I became immersed in a growing movement,” which is about the book she’d written while researching “fringe” pagan religions.

This is a pretty decent article on the Feri pantheon(denomination). I wish she could have emphasized that Feri isn’t the only path, but it was wonderful that she got her book published. I read about six comments and had to stop there before I grew very angry. I can be rather militant against ignorance, as many of my friends and acquaintances know. So I felt compelled to write a supportive comment. Here’s what I said:

“Huh. The amount of ignorance portrayed here is disgusting, and not altogether surprising.

I’d like to point out those who threatened to hex you aren’t practicing the Rede, and the Rule of Three. They’re like those Christians who condemn homosexuality and hold the bible up as proof that it’s considered an abomination, but then go thru life living out all the other abominations. In essence, cherry-picking. Feri isn’t my pantheon, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t legitimate. I for one believe that the more information about Wiccan and Witchcraft practices are brought into the cultural arena, the better. One only fears what they don’t understand. Or accept. I wish you could have emphasized far more clearly that Feri isn’t the only path, but well done on publishing this book.”

I could have written down what my pantheon was, but I didn’t deem it relevant.  I’m not a member of a coven.  To be more specific, I’m a Solitary practitioner.  My chosen belief system is an amalgamation of two ancestries:  Irish and Comanche.  I believe in the Divine Feminine, meaning that god is female.  Other pantheons, like Feri, believe in the equal divinity: Goddess and God.  I believe in magic, the magic of prayer, the spirit, the holiness of mother nature, and in the Wiccan Rede and Rule of Three.  Basically, do what you will as long as you harm no one, and Karma (respectively).  I believe in Reincarnation.  What type of reincarnation is up to the universe.  Wherever my soul goes next is wherever it’s supposed to go.  I believe in science, the laws of cause and effect, and they’re interwoven with Karma and Reincarnation.  In my mind, science and spirituality reside in the same space.

It always astonishes me how much fear there is in the human who refuses to believe that others have the Right to believe in whatever they want and it isn’t up to someone else to take it away.  Just because your chosen god demands you worship only him doesn’t mean my belief in a different deity has to be changed.  Live with it, and deal with it.  Stop your war-mongering and plethora of abuses toward others.  Go throughout your life with your beliefs as long as you don’t interfere with others’ right to do the same.  If you don’t, you’re only hurting yourself.  It follows the Wiccan Rede.

The Wiccan Rede has many variations that change according to the pantheon.  But the one that never changes is:

“‘an ye harm none, do what thou wilt.”
One version of the Rede reads as thus:
Bide the Wiccan Law ye must
In perfect love and perfect trust
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill
An ye harm none, do what ye will
What ye send forth comes back to thee
So ever mind the Rule of Three
Follow this with Mind and Heart
Merry ye meet and merry ye part.
My version of the Rule of Three is:
Ever mind the Rule of Three
Three times what thou givest returns to thee
This lesson well thou must learn
The only gets what thou dost earn.
There are only a few religions today (Wicca, Witchcraft, Paganism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the many variations of Native American spirituality) who do not subscribe to the idiotic belief that you need to spread the word and tell people they have to convert or they will rot in hell.  That’s an arrogant and egotistical way to run your life.  So much pain has been wrought on others thanks to that conscripted evil.
It is incumbent upon us to go another way, starting with saving our planet. And “mamby pamby touchy-feely hippy bullshit” is the only way of thinking that will lead us to a better future. You can’t “rule” the planet.  She’ll chew your ass up and spit out your bones.  We have to be stewards not owners.  How insane is it to shit where you eat?  Pipelines, Fracking, Monsanto, Abortion Clinic Bombing, Alt-Right, Terrorism, Donald Trump, War. It really won’t matter which religion or belief system is the “right” one if our arrogance causes our extinction.