February 27, 2010
Michael Ventura always comes from the heart, and from vivid memories of a miraculous escape from real poverty. And what a mind! As I have said many times, he can get more substance out of newspapers than anyone I have ever met.
February 26, 2010
No, this is not an article about Frank Sinatra!
A retired US Air Force Major named George Filer, Eastern Region Director for MUFON (the Mutual UFO Network), sends out an email newsletter that includes brief descriptions, usually with photos, of purported UFO sightings, by state and around the world. [To sign up for Filer’s Files, go to http://nwufoex.com/lists/?p=subscribe. It’s free but he requests donations to help with the costs, and I have begun sending a little money once a year.]
At the head of those reports, Filer often includes a topical piece. This one is a doorway into all sorts of controversies, including UFOs, official history, human-divine interaction, evolution, etc., etc.
Now, the mythology of science states that it examines with an open mind. But anyone who has had personal experience of any of the realities condemned by “official” science knows better. It has taken decades to get official science to examine evidence for ESP, distant healing, after-death communication, etc.
Finally, we’re seeing cracks in the official wall of denial. On the subject of UFOs, it looks like we’re seeing the same thing happening. So — on to harder subjects, and the subject of creation is one of them. A very scientific friend of mine cannot see his own bigotry on the subject of creationism: he assumes that the creationist position is so ridiculous that he needn’t examine it — which strikes me as a curious sort of scientific method!
Anyway, as I say, on to harder subjects. The article’s headline, “Do Blue Eyes Prove Intelligent Design?”, may seem to be a joke, but isn’t. The email he sent included illustrations not reproduced here.
February 24, 2010
This is a campaign whose time has not quite come — but it’s getting here. The article is titled, “Solution to the Credit Crisis? The Campaign for State-owned Banks,” by Ellen Brown. Her self-description follows:
For the article itself, go to http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17732
February 17, 2010
I always have a split reaction when I read an article like this one. On the one hand, “science” (as the pursuit of truth in this particular way is always called, as if it were a deity) does indeed continue to search for truth by weighing evidence. At least, it does when its own prejudices allow it to see what is in front of it.
On the other hand, “science” has a nasty habit of asserting that whatever it thinks now, is correct, regardless of the fact that it said something different yesterday, and tomorrow will likely say something different yet.
That wouldn’t be so bad, if it weren’t for the fact that so much of what it believes about our history is little more than a fairy tale, which is what you get when you refuse to listen to the testimony of ancient scriptures and folklore. If you want to know what happens when someone takes ancient testimony seriously and incurs the wrath of the priesthood of “science,” ask Velikovsky.
This is from the New York TImes. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/science/16archeo.html?ref=science
February 15, 2010
LETTERS AT 3AM –
OPEN LETTER TO SHARON DOUBIAGO
Austin Chronicle – February 12, 2009
Since receiving your book, weeks ago, I’ve owed you a letter and an explanation. My Father’s Love: Portrait of the Poet as a Young Girl: A Memoir, Volume I – how to tell you I can’t read this book of yours? You spent 10 years writing it and I can’t hardly open it, so, my friend, my compañera in the arts, you deserve to know why.
That piece I wrote about you in ’93, the piece that began our friendship [“Physical Acts: Writing Poetry Sharon Doubiago’s Way”, available for no fee at www.michaelventura.org; go to “Search Ventura’s Work by Topic” and scroll to Sharon Doubiago] quotes from your 1988 The Book of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes: “The only art I’m interested in is of the intimate and personal facts of our existences. Most stories haven’t been told yet. Sometimes I think the telling of these stories is the only thing that can save us.”
In those terms, then:
February 11, 2010
The bright boys at the Project for a New American Century did accomplish one geopolitically significant thing: They brought the end of the American empire significantly closer, by squandering our remaining military and economic resources, creating new enemies for us around the world, and destroying what was left of our ability to think straight.
PNAC is not unilaterally to blame, of course. What we are witnessing is the inevitable result of the process set into motion at least as long ago as the public assassination of the last president capable of, and intent on, regaining control of what has become a secret government. But PNAC’s invasion of Iraq speeded up the process of decay.
And what does that have to do with the subject of John Michael Greer’s column on our Becoming a Third World Country? Just this. When a country loses the ability to see reality, it loses the ability to react to reality. Surely this is not a major insight. We have lost the ability to see even the trees, let alone the forest, not because Americans are stupid or self-indulgent (though, often enough, we are) but because we have been systematically deprived of an independent news media that could have reported the world to us. (My European friends remark that when they visit the US, they notice that our “news” contains nothing about the rest of the world.)
Today, if we want information on what’s really happening — that is, on long-term trends and their meaning and effects — we have to go to the internet. The ‘net, of course, has been systematically seeded with disinformation and lunacy, but making sense of life is always a process of selection and discernment.
This is from http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/
February 10, 2010
Every once in a while I remind myself that, much as I love this government as it was founded, we are not governed as free people, are not represented by our “representatives,” cannot trust the “news” we are fed by media that are owned by a few corporations, and hence are living in a daydream, unconnected to reality. At least, we are as long as we remain connected to the official version of events — and this goes equally for liberals and conservatives, radicals and reactionaries, and religious or materialist fundamentalists.
Interestingly, the truth does surface in patches, but is found only unpredictably. In some books (more older than newer ones), on some internet blogs, in some foreign media, and even in items that appear in official media such as the New York Times or Wall Street Journal, in which the establishment talks to itself — if you know how to read between the lines.
This is from Dmitri Orlov’s blog, ClubOrlov – cluborlov.blogspot.com