Changes

This blog is very inactive lately, so I decided to change a few features in it. Since I’m always busy procrastinating, I’ll explain some of the reasons why it is so quiet around here.

First of all, I’m not a native English writer. My native language is portuguese, and the best posts I get are those that I write from scratch, a draft, then a better version of it. And publish it.

Second of all, my personal life has been quite chaotic since June 2011, so I went through ups and downs more than I could imagine.

And third, but not least less important, I lost my motivation in writing something, posting on the web, and getting very frustrated about it. I’m a low-key person. I’m anomynous and very happy about that.

So to wrap this up, I wanted to make a comedy section on this blog, just for my love on comedy itself, but I didn’t, the problem? Less time than I thought I would have, my mind still wanders about what I want to do, and to create an argument and post, should not have a naive perspective of things, and being naive is one of my recurrent issues.

Anyone who read this, stay well, I’ll start doing my posts again, and I’ll try to make the best on my blog.

Thanks in advance.

TZM: Response to FBI targeting Political Activists as Terrorists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

>>>TZM: Response to FBI targeting Political Activists as Terrorists As many students of history are familiar, Galileo Galilei, famed mathematician & astronomer, known today by many as the “father of modern science”, was forced by the Catholic Church under threat of torture to recant his “heretical” view that the earth revolved around the sun and not vice-versa in the 17th century. This scientifically valid idea voided long held religious dogma and hence challenged the Church’s integrity itself. In a letter from 1634, René Descartes, one of the world’s most noted thinkers and philosophers, stated: “Doubtless you know that Galileo was recently censored by the Inquisitors of the Faith, and that his views about the movement of the earth were condemned as heretical. I must tell you that all the things I explained in my treatise, which included the doctrine of the movement of the earth, were so interdependent that it is enough to discover that one of them is false to know that all the arguments I was using are unsound. Though I thought they were based on very certain and evident proofs, I would not wish, for anything in the world, to maintain them against the authority of the church…. I desire to live in peace and to continue the life I have begun under the motto to ‘live well you must live unseen’.” If we step back and think about the challenges that faced this small progressive and scientific community during 17th Century Europe and compare the fear and patterns of suppression coming from the established orthodoxy of that time to that of the modern-day, we find only mere variation. Descartes’ revelation and retreat from exposure, as expressed by the motto: ‘to live well you must live unseen’ is a disheartening disposition that speaks volumes and sadly carries on to this day across the world. The use of fear, intimidation and other time tested variations of oppression continue to persist as the dominant institutions of our society work to protect it’s established orders regardless of social validity. Even more, the overall cultural itself, which invariably tends to support the accepted beliefs put forward by those that define “power” of a period, also tends to condemn those who choose to pose a challenge as it becomes a threat to the mass accepted identity itself. The result is that many simply are not willing to risk their lives, occupations and reputations to challenge the orthodoxy of the time. In late May 2011 news reports were generated that detailed how the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States was actively targeting “Political Activists” under the pretense of “Terrorism”. http://rt.com/usa/news/fbi-political-activists-terrorists/ Just as people like John Lennon and Martin Luther King Jr. were watched and harassed by the FBI for their activism decades ago, it appears modern, so-called “Anti-Terrorism” resources are being used to target environmentalists, peace, animal and political activists. Just like the accusations of “Communism” against people like MLK Jr. in the mid 20th century, this newer, more generalized device called “Terrorism” of the 21st century is no less an “heretical”, accusatory tool than what was employed by the Inquisition century’s ago to maintain the politico-religious social system. So, we can sympathize with Descartes’ notion, as to move against the Zeitgeist is to position yourself against the odds, regardless of how empirical, necessary or obvious the truth you wish to convey and act upon is. Unfortunately, Descartes’ position is unacceptable in the modern world. The risks that now exist within our current order are beginning to far outweigh the temporal personal risks generated by the act of activist objection itself. It is no longer issues of accurate data, “rights” and “freedoms”. Today our very stability as a civilization is now in question and, if left unhindered, it threatens us all, regardless of one’s position in the modern feudal hierarchy. So, we can sit in confusion and watch as global unemployment rises due to technological unemployment and the resulting regional instability that is sure to grow. We can stare blankly at the systematic debt collapse of the world economy, country by country, like dominos, as self-appointed global banking institutions that derive money out of nothing impose austerity measures against the poor and middle class of each country to help support the wealthy, furthering the income divide. We can twiddle our thumbs as what we have called “democracy” turns inexplicably into global plutocracy and the world economy becomes measured by how much money the rich move around amongst themselves. We can distract ourselves with our little gadgets as the rain-forests – considered by many to be the “lungs” of this planet – are destroyed at faster and faster rates, reducing our ability to absorb the growing CO2 in the atmosphere. We can keep the TV on as the clean water and food shortages that currently affect over 1 billion people continue to grow to 2 billion… 3 billion. We can scan the tabloids at the grocery store news stands as the very basis of industrial civilization, the Hydrocarbon Economy, inches towards crisis scarcity with virtually no active initiative taken to change course. We can continue to pretend that our “leaders” are anything but “mis-leaders”, set in motion by monetary commercial interests that follow the rules of the free-market with all legislation and offices going to the highest bidder, one way or another… and we can stand amused as a new global arms race gains speed as each country comes to terms with the very real reality that wars for resources are upon us in a way unlike any period in history. This is what separates our world from the one Descartes hid from. The fact is, the fear tactics of the Orthodoxy – in this context the FBI or any such “Intelligence Agency” – are no longer worthy of viable concern or even acknowledgment. At no time in history has any true social change come in a manner that was not opposed with hostility by the dominant orders of the time. If you choose fear, then fear exists and those little lists/tactics held by the Intelligence/Police Agencies have merit. If you choose choose love, pride and self-respect then no accusations, lists, or threats can ever stop you. The trick now is in numbers and if we can gain critical mass and override the “divide and conquer” techniques used to keep the orthodoxy in place, the game is over. The Zeitgeist Movement is a global sustainability activist group working to bring the world together for the common goal of species sustainability before it is too late. It is a social movement, not a political one, with over 1100 chapters across nearly all countries. Divisionary notions such as nations, governments, races, political parties, religions, creeds or class are non-operational distinctions in the view of The Movement. Rather, we recognize the world as one system and the human species as a singular unit, sharing a common habitat. Our overarching intent could be summarized as “the application of the scientific method for social concern.” To learn more about our work, please visit http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com >>>

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TZM: Response to Media; Death of Osama bin Laden

This was written by Peter Joseph, the director of Zeitgeist. I’m just releasing it as a member of TZM.

On May 1, 2011 Pres. Barack Obama appeared on national television with the

spontaneous announcement that Osama bin Laden, the purported organizer of

the tragic events of September 11th 2001, was killed by military forces in

Pakistan.

Within moments, a media blitz ran across virtually all television networks

in what could only be described as a grotesque celebratory display,

reflective of a level of emotional immaturity that borders on cultural

psychosis. Depictions of people running through the streets of New York and

Washington chanting jingoistic American slogans, waving their flags like

the members of some cult, praising the death of another human being,

reveals yet another layer of this sickness we call modern society.

It is not the scope of this response to address the political usage of such

an event or to illuminate the staged orchestration of how public perception

was to be controlled by the mainstream media and the United States

Government. Rather the point of this article is to express the gross

irrationality apparent and how our culture becomes so easily fixed and

emotionally charged with respect to surface symbology, rather than true

root problems, solutions or rational considerations of circumstance.

The first and most obvious point is that the death of Osama bin Laden means

nothing when it comes to the problem of international terrorism. His death

simply serves as a catharsis for a culture that has a neurotic fixation on

revenge and retribution. The very fact that the Government which, from a

psychological standpoint, has always served as a paternal figure for it

citizens, reinforces the idea that murdering people is a solution to

anything should be enough for most of us to take pause and consider the

quality of the values coming out of the zeitgeist itself.

However, beyond the emotional distortions and tragic, vindictive pattern of

rewarding the continuation of human division and violence comes a more

practical consideration regarding what the problem really is and the

importance of that problem with respect to priority.

The death of any human being is of an immeasurable consequence in society.

It is never just the death of the individual. It is the death of

relationships, companionship, support and the integrity of familial and

communal environments. The unnecessary deaths of 3000 people on September

11, 2001 is no more or no less important than the deaths of those during

the World Wars, via cancer and disease, accidents or anything else.

As a society, it is safe to say that we seek a world that strategically

limits all such unnecessary consequences through social approaches that

allow for the greatest safety our ingenuity can create. It is in this

context that the neurotic obsession with the events of September 11th, 2001

become gravely insulting and detrimental to progress. An environment has

now been created where outrageous amounts of money, resources and energy is

spent seeking and destroying very small subcultures of human beings that

pose ideological differences and act on those differences through violence.

Yet, in the United States alone each year, roughly 30,000 people die from

automobile accidents, the majority of which could be stopped by very simple

structural changes. That’s ten 9/11′s each year… yet no one seems to pine

over this epidemic. Likewise, over 1 million Americans die from heart

disease and cancer annually – causes of which are now easily linked to

environmental influences in the majority. Yet, regardless of the over 330

9/11′s occurring each year in this context, the governmental budget

allocations for research on these illnesses is only a small fraction of the

money spent on “anti-terrorism” operations.

Such a list could go on and on with regard to the perversion of priority

when it comes to what it means to truly save and protect human life and I

hope many out there can recognize the severe imbalance we have at hand with

respect to our values.

So, coming back to the point of revenge and retribution, I will conclude

this response with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., likely the most

brilliant intuitive mind when it came to conflict and the power of

non-violence. On September 15, 1963 a Birmingham Alabama church was bombed,

killing four little girls attending Sunday school.

In a public address, Dr. King stated:

“What murdered these four girls? Look around. You will see that many

people that you never thought about participated in this evil act. So

tonight all of us must leave here with a new determination to struggle. God

has a job for us to do. Maybe our mission is to save the soul of America.

We can’t save the soul of this nation throwing bricks. We can’t save the

soul of this nation getting our ammunitions and going out shooting physical

weapons. We must know that we have something much more powerful. Just take

up the ammunition of love.”

- Dr. Martin Luther King, 1963 -

~Peter Joseph

wwwthezeitgeistmovement.com

The Seven D’s

All those who are familiar to Neil Gaiman’s odissey Sandman, probably could have heard about The Endless.

The seven siblings are: Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair and Delirium.

Each one of those responsible for the stories Gaiman published along the years, I’m not here to do a Wikipedia Article, but to talk a little about the philosophy, The Endless are mostly anthropomorphic (taken from Wikipedia, sorry) characters, thus having a physical resemblance to any human being and peculiarities of abstract concepts, in this case, some of our feelings. Those quoted above are just some of them, our humble or ignorant – in some cases – nature develops any kind of feelings. But let’s keep it with those listed. There’s a quote, which I can’t remember the words correctly but it’s something like this: “When the humans stop believing in us, we will die.” So consequently we have beliefs, not only in physical aspects (mathematics, physics, any kind of science) but subjective too (religion, mysticism, now here we can put the astrology and ufology, anything that can be contested). Ok, after this long brief, let’s start!

Destiny:  the force that some people think controls what happens in the future, and which cannot be influenced by people, the Destiny knows everything that will happen before it happens, so as literally, can we control our future? Are we meant to do all the things that should, could or would occur in our lives? Yes and No, we can make our own choices, independently of our objectives, but if some decision isn’t quite what we wanted, we can delay our evolutionary process, but not to run away from what we are pretended to be. So if a person really believes in Destiny, that will work for. That’s also the principle of religion, we believe, we just have faith – I don’t endorse any kind of religion, but I do endorse the power of the faith.

Death: the end of life. Ok, we can die physically, our bodies rot from inside, then out and we become a skeleton. What about our souls? Do they die too? Don’t we choose to live again? The Death from Sandman, is the most iconic persona that I’ve ever seen on comics, she’s a goth – by the time that a real goth claimed for life, well-humored and really supportive among her siblings. But as for the quote about our beliefs, after our bodies are gone, we can live again, and mostly, we can kill our physical being, but not to kill our souls. We can move on – that’s what Allan Kardec used to say. But it’s reencarnation is different than the ressurection preached by Christianism.

Dream: a series of events or images that happen in your mind when you are sleeping (as a sleep connotation), something that you want to happen very much but that is not very likely (as a hope connotation). That’s dangerous… Really, dreams are good for us, makes everything feel alright about anything, but if we lose our sense of reality, we could be caught in our dreams and forget to live a little. That’s tricky, ambush ourselves, just dreaming and never wake up to our real lives (it works like getting high, you are running from your reality). It’s not bad to dream, in both ways, but we can choose what we want, and that dream (I could say an objective) can become true. Not bad, huh? Sandman was also tricky, he always uses to say: Dream, and keep dreaming. I’ll keep dreaming, but with my eyes wide open to my reality.

Destruction: when something is destroyed. Ok, another interesting aspect.  For the new comes, we must destroy the old. That includes anything built or not by you. That’s evolution, basically. Destruction became a necessary tool for our advancement, but sometimes we are so afraid that we can’t change or move on easily. Instead of complicating things, we should simplify all things we can change, the ones we can’t, we grow old until we figure it out. Destruction is a very large man, always smiling and a passionate of art, which it doesn’t mean he’s good at it, he also denied to carry on with his duty.

Desire: a strong feeling that you want something, the strong feeling that you want to have sex with someone. The androgynous character, who just lives in lust. Our desire simplifies our basic needs, we covet. Anything, from our sexuality to the most humble things like a pencil or any other futile thing. Once we have done it, we start to move until we get what we want. Why do we covet so much? Why are sometimes our needs unfilled and incomplete? We can’t get always what we want, and we don’t. In order to our own perspective, we get frustrated if we don’t accomplish the desire inside us. My own words, if we are not satisfied, we change, my desires are not ephemeral, they last for a long time, because I hunt feelings, not just material goods, if you understood what I just said.

Despair: the feeling that there is no hope and that you can do nothing to improve a difficult or worrying situation. The twin sister of Desire and is small, without clothes, and her voice is nothing but a whisper. Despair for us, mere humans, isn’t iconic as in the comics, but it’s disturbing either way. When we feel the despair inside us, probably something got out of control, leading us to impotence, frustration and anger. In a depressed mind that often happens, and the struggle could be win or lost, that depends on what each person is dealing or fighting against it at the moment. Things that we can’t solve we move on until we are able to do it. That’s simple. No need to grieve your soul, one day you will have the understanding for this.

Delirium: a state of being unable to think or speak clearly because of fever or mental confusion. The youngest sister of the Endless is often short ans thin, but her semblance always changes, and she used to be Delight. When we meet Delirium in our lives? Persuading sometimes, or when our minds are gloomy and confused. We never understand our delirium, why does it show up or why it’s there, but we have it, deep inside ourselves, whether we’re happy, or mostly, confused about something. My statement: Deal with the delirium in your mind, without caring for useless thoughts, and stand for your will, not others.

Long post, I hope you have enjoyed, anything written here is just an opinion, not the ultimate truth. And thanks to Neil Gaiman for conceptualize and materialize this world. Stay in peace, or lose yourself in The Endless world.

Acceptance

Funny how things happen in your life for a reason. Sometimes we are too obsessed to find this so-called reason, and situations are overrated, like frivolities as a matter of speak. So the more you think about a specific situation, the closer you are to get in a wrong conclusion. Yes, I see that happening all the time! For me, I don’t need to be accepted by someone, this will lead to intrusion, which is terrible, people guesses what happen to you, and they don’t even understand what is truly going on, but when this follows, we see whom are really our friends, those who won’t judge you, who will stand beside you by any means necessary, no matter what, and those who like to stay near you. The acceptance is a way to be more sociable, to have “friends” and to live your life without any problems. But I’m wondering, if we just accept everything around us without questioning, we are mere puppets. We’re running from our essence, that little thing that no one can touch, where you can be yourself, look in the mirror without any questions, just you and your soul, the purity inside you. Don’t be what others want you to be, don’t be what you think you should be, but be who you you want to be, and that does not mean you should be wealthy, money don’t have anything to do with it. You should find it for yourselves, see the truth and seek your own truth, and stand in your position which leads to character, your character, yourself, leading your life, with no social standards, but in your terms and your limitations. Do not be scared to see the truth, just move on, you don’t need to be accepted to be yourself.

My Own Retrospective

Retrospective of 2010:

Friends gained: Less than 10.

Friends lost: Maybe 2, 3.

Things achieved: A new vision of my life. Discovered new stuff, saw things differently. And faced old unresolved things.

Music listened to: Thousands of old, new songs. Good bands or bad bands, that depends on musical taste.

Concerts attended: 1 – Lacuna Coil.

Maturity: 75% (that’s a statistic to whom really know me, will know I’m telling the truth)

Age: 25

Expectations: Grow old prepared for the things to come. And strength to face the challenges, and mostly write new poems and make the Humor category to work out just like everything else.

Things to change: Pacience and Diplomacy.

May the next year be greater than the last one, may all you wish come true. But don’t ever forget to be yourself, no matter what it could happen. Be true with everyone and with you too. Never wear a mask, and do not forget to love those who love you.

Best Regards.

 

 

Network – Howard Beale’s Speech

Back at 1976, it was released the movie “Network” featuring William Holden, Faye Dunaway and Peter Finch.

The excerpt I took it was one of Finch character’s speech, also used in the documentary Zeitgeist (2007). These lines show that even today, these words are gold.  Written by Paddy Chayefsky.

“I don’t have to tell you things

are bad.  Everybody knows things

are bad.  It’s a depression.

Everybody’s out of work or scared

of losing their job, the dollar

buys a nickel’s worth, banks are

going bust, shopkeepers keep a

gun under the counter, punks

are running wild in the streets,

and there’s nobody anywhere who

seems to know what to do, and

there’s no end to it.  We know

the air’s unfit to breathe and

our food is unfit to eat, and

we sit and watch our tee-vees

while some local newscaster

tells us today we had fifteen

homicides and sixty-three

violent crimes, as if that’s

the way it’s supposed to be.

We all know things are bad.

Worse than bad.  They’re crazy.

It’s like everything’s going

crazy.  So we don’t go out any

more.  We sit in the house, and

slowly the world we live in

gets smaller, and all we ask is

please, at least leave us alone

in our own living rooms.  Let me

have my toaster and my tee-vee

and my hair-dryer and my steel-

belted radials, and I won’t say

anything, just leave us alone.

Well, I’m not going to leave you

alone.  I want you to get mad –

I don’t want you to riot.  I

don’t want you to protest.  I

don’t want you to write your

congressmen.  Because I wouldn’t

know what to tell you to write.

I don’t know what to do about the

depression and the inflation and

the defense budget and the Russians

and crime in the street.  All

I know is first you got to get

mad.  You’ve got to say:  “I’m

mad as hell and I’m not going

to take this any more.  I’m a

human being, goddammit.  My life

has value.”