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THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE POLICY YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF

  ONE POLICY (championed by leaders of both parties) leads to poverty, pollution, racism, severe inequality, loss of good jobs, unnecessary wars & many of the other serious problems we face.   **But there's GOOD NEWS:  We can end this one policy & prioritize people & the planet.   Unbeknownst to most of us, REPUBLICAN & DEMOCRATIC …

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Take Your Mind for a Walk

THE LAST GASP OF PATRIARCHY AND CARTESIAN THOUGHT (Don't miss the four great video clips below.  They're the heart of this post). "Mindwalk is a 1990 film set at Mont Saint Michel, France. It's directed by Bernt Amadeus Capra and is based on the book The Turning Point by his brother Fritjof Capra (the author …

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Princeton University proves that our members of Congress are only representing the interests of a few.

(Please see two short videos below.  They're very sharp and you'll be surprised how crisply they define our problem and a potential solution -- one that 500,000 people are already working on). As it stands, Congress does not represent the interest of most of the people in this country.   Members of Congress really only …

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Ain’t life grand? :) ………………… 6 THINGS THAT WILL INSPIRE YOU, RENEW YOUR SPIRIT & MAKE YOU LAUGH

Less stuff.  More adventure.  More passion.   More joy.   1. Incredible wing suit jump footage. This is absolutely beautiful. Filmed during jump off of Aiguille du midi in the French Alps.  These 2 fellows soar like birds.   (2 minute video clip): https://www.facebook.com/reffetvince/videos/449292328611195/   2. Climbs El Capitan with no ropes in less than …

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Franz Kafka & Thich Nhat Hanh: “It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”

      Some related thoughts at this other article here on this blog:  "A WHOLE NEW VIEW" https://clearblueskyoutwest.com/2017/08/10/a-whole-new-view/   Click on this link to return to HOME PAGE and see other posts on this blog. https://clearblueskyoutwest.com  

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IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME: How We Prioritize People and the Planet

The political center for the last 20 years has not been as innocuous as we might think.  We supporters might have had our minds on what was best for citizens and the environment.  The problem is that centrist leaders (Republican & Democratic moderates) have been championing the interests of their corporate donors at the expense …

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Einstein Was a Genius

If we miss the message in the following three quotes, we tip the balance too far towards INDIVIDUALISM and too far away from COMMUNITY: ---------------------- Dostoevsky put it this way in the Brothers Karamazov: "Today, everyone asserts his own personality and strives to live a full life as an individual. But these efforts lead not …

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“After a few generations of this, almost all of the nation’s wealth will be in the hands of a few thousand families.” – Robert Reich

"If you don't think this is a problem, go back and take a look at the Roman Empire -- right before the fall." - Robert Reich Reich really nails a key problem in this article: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/a-handful-of-ultra-rich-dynastic-families-are-bleeding-the-country-dry-and-destroying-american-democracy/ Here are some statistics and facts to consider: The game is rigged. (If you doubt that, just read this: …

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198 Effective Methods of Nonviolent Resistance (marching is only one of them)

Martin Luther King, Jr. said that nonviolence is the most powerful weapon on earth. Gene Sharp agrees.   Sharp (who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize) developed a list of 198 Methods of non-violent resistance and wrote books describing how to deploy them successfully.   As you'll see in the video below, Sharp's proven …

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Mixtape: “Night Swimming”. . . MUSIC FOR BEFORE, DURING & AFTER THE REVOLUTION (Fiona Apple, TV on the Radio, R.E.M., Radiohead, Johnny Cash, Lyle Lovett, the Five Stairsteps, The Smiths & many more) . . . Nietzsche must have been watching some of these music videos when he said, “Music is closest to truth.”

(Hint:  The song at the very bottom is the best one).     Fiona Apple  -  "Extraordinary Machine"  (oh my) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JROJQc9Q1T0   The Pretenders  -  "Message of Love"    (This is simply awesome.  Revelatory.   And the lyrics are spot on.  The fidelity is wonderfully lo-fi. . . like a juke box 45 at the roller …

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Lancaster Takes a Stand Against the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

Hey #resistance !  It's happening.  A judge gave the go ahead for construction and the bulldozers are warming up to destroy a chapel on land owned by nuns.  A giant oil company is about to attempt to plow through Lancaster County to continue building the controversial Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. The pipeline won't help Pennsylvanians.  It …

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Black men are 20% more likely to be pulled over, 3 times more likely to have police use force on them and 3 times more likely to die at the hands of police.

Black men nearly 3 times as likely to die from police use of force, study says http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/20/health/black-men-killed-by-police/index.html   Police 3 times more likely to use force on blacks than whites, study shows http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/12/health/police-use-of-force-on-blacks/index.html     Fast forward to 1 minute in.... https://youtu.be/1eQINR0u7xo   https://youtu.be/xQWe4MK_8Xo      

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NEW YORK TIMES: Killings of Blacks by Whites Are Eight Times More Likely to Be Ruled ‘Justifiable’

  "When a white person kills a black man in America, the killer often faces no legal consequences. In one in six of these killings, there is no criminal sanction, according to a new Marshall Project examination of 400,000 homicides committed by civilians between 1980 and 2014. That rate is far higher than ones for …

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INEQUALITY IS REAL, IT’S PERSONAL, IT’S EXPENSIVE & IT WAS CREATED.

(Please don't miss another solution in red at bottom).   This video clip is 2 minutes & 30 seconds long and very informative.    Narrated by Robert Reich. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik1y4ZNSjek   After you watch the video, check out this companion website also has some really compelling stats and graphs.    More importantly, it lists issues and …

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This fellow in Australia pretty much nails it. I guess things aren’t all that different halfway around the world.

Here's an op ed by Malcolm King in  "INDaily: Adelaide's Independent News" Adelaide is the 5th largest city in Australia.   'NEOLIBERALISM:  Goodbye & Thanks for Nothing" It took eight years after the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) for the western world to realise that neoliberalism had turned communities into strangers, pauperised the working class and …

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Have you ever really listened to the “Story of the Fisher King”? This 2 minute clip may contain the secret of life.

Kindness may be the grail. . . Note:  I hadn't consciously thought of the Story of the Fisher King at all when I was writing some of the fictional pieces that appear on this blog.  But it does seem to loosely fit some of the themes somehow.   I suppose that's true of a lot …

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Who deserves to be poor?

This program "Who deserves to be poor?" is produced by WNYC and it will blow you away.   If more people understood the information in this, it would completely change the debate. Listening to this program could turn a conservative into a progressive.   It's one portion of a 5 part series called "Busted:  America's …

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THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD REASONS TO HAVE HOPE: Adopting a Proven 2 STEP PROCESS to Beat What Ails America

    Our nation has reached a point where our political, economic, social and environmental challenges seem overwhelming.   Here are just a few examples: 50% of children in the U.S. live below or near the poverty line.   (Columbia University School of Public Health study here ) 20 individuals now have as much wealth …

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Maybe it’s time we Democrats give ourselves some tough love. Then we can WIN!

NOTE:   We have lots of challenges.  But there's also some great news about our party's prospects for the future.  If you're looking for compelling information on how we can turn things around, click here after you read the post below.   We have more power than we think and can definitely become a strong dynamic …

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The Dark Side of Globalization: Why Seattle’s 1999 Protesters Were Right (The Atlantic)

ARTICLE FROM THE ATLANTIC The WTO demonstrators were the "Occupy" movement of the late-20th century—mocked, maligned, and mostly right. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/282831/   ALSO - - CHECK THIS OUT.   SOME GOOD NEWS AT THIS LINK! 12 REASONS TO HAVE HOPE:   We're going to turn this world around. https://clearblueskyoutwest.com/2017/09/11/what-gives-me-hop/     Click on this link to …

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The New Mindset that Will Transform Our World: Prince Ea, Einstein, Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Thich Nhat Hanh, Martin Luther King Jr., Dostoevsky and others all point to it clearly.

Prince Ea recently posted a video that went viral on facebook to 30 million people (you can see it here on YouTube): https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ESB00WsWOAU Thich Nhat Hanh demonstrates what Prince Ea is saying beautifully in his gem of a little book "The Heart of Understanding", his translation of the famous Heart Sutra.  The Heart Sutra is …

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The Top .1% are Celebrating an Incredible Achievement: U.S. CORPORATIONS EARN RECORD HIGH PROFITS & PAY RECORD LOW TAXES

    U.S. CORPORATIONS EARN RECORD HIGH PROFITS & PAY RECORD LOW TAXES. This is quite a win by the 300,000 people (.1%) that pretty much run the show in our country.   They and the corporations they own are making the most possible money while at the same time avoiding paying their fair share …

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ICELANDERS DEMONSTRATE THE POWER OF NON-VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION

You know, in Iceland, when their elected representatives ignored their calls and letters and pursued an agenda favoring corporations and the wealthy, citizens surrounded their parliament and here's what happened: "Protesters were calling for the resignation of government officials and for new elections to be held. The protests stopped for the most part with the …

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A WHOLE NEW VIEW: How to Keep the Great Idea Alive

"Of course you can fix the fragment of a piece.  But then it will deteriorate because what it is connected to has been ignored." (From the film Mindwalk). We can no longer afford to look at the world in terms of isolated pieces. That is a deluded view of reality. Because the truth is that …

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IF WE COULD JUST GET THESE TWO POINTS, WE COULD UNIFY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND WIN!

I agree wholeheartedly with those who say that we need to get great democrats to run and we need to get out and vote for them. There are two additional points, though, that many people across the country seem to be missing. Millions of Democrats are trying to communicate these to other other Democrats. If …

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CHEATING OUR CHILDREN & OURSELVES

As the great James Baldwin once said, "Nothing can be changed until it is faced." When is our community going to stop hiding history from our children? York leaders unfortunately have a long record of attempting to avoid honest discussion of the issue of race and discrimination and we see where that has gotten us. …

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Who is the teacher? And who is the student?

A friend of mine just reminded me of a wise shift of perspective that is pretty helpful when dealing with politics, work and many other challenging arenas. Each of us encounters much adversity each week. We see those challenges as an annoyance, but the truth is they may be just what we need. As the …

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198 Ways to Fix This

The forces and systems of repression are very organized. We must peacefully organize too (even more than we already are). There are 198 peaceful ways to beat what we are facing and turn this world around. Here they are: https://clearblueskyoutwest.com/2017/08/17/198-methods-of-nonviolent-resistance-marching-is-only-one-of-them/ We can't afford to wait for others to change their mind. A wise man once …

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In some ways, the challenge with gun laws is similar to what we went through with with smoking.

  Thanks to whoever posted this: "It is just like when the tobacco lobby owned Congress, smokers' rights beat everybody else's rights.  Restaurants, planes, elevators, hospitals. . . It was a smoker's right to smoke anywhere and a non smoker's obligation to deal with it.  That dysfunctional situation took decades to go away.   We …

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