Monday, February 01, 2016

Genocide in Flint Michigan

                                                      From The Ramparts
                                                    Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                         Flint Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

            "LANSING  In January of 2015, when state officials were telling worried Flint residents their water was safe to drink, they also were arranging for coolers of purified water in Flint's State Office Building so employees wouldn't have to drink from the taps, according to state government e-mails released Thursday by the liberal group Progress Michigan. A Jan. 7, 2015, notice from the state Department of Technology, Management and Budget, which oversees state office buildings, references a notice about a violation of drinking water standards that had recently been sent out by the City of Flint.
'While the City of Flint states that corrective actions are not necessary, DTMB is in the process of providing a water cooler on each occupied floor, positioned near the water fountain, so you can choose which water to drink,' said the notice." Detroit Free Press

            People are talking about the situation in Flint Michigan where the city's dangerously tainted water supply was known for months by state officials and just like  with the foreknowledge of the September 11, 2001 "attacks", the government whose responsibility it is to protect its citizens did nothing. As the worsening crisis burst onto the national news cycle it has been discovered that the state of Michigan knew of the dangerous consequences of using Flint River water for many months. As reported in the Detroit Free Press newspaper, elevated lead in the blood of Flint children was known for months after the city began using water from the Flint River, "The July data review by the department came amid a growing outcry among Flint residents and local officials about the condition and safety of the city's water. The data showed a spike in the levels of lead in Flint children's blood in July, August and September 2014 — only a few months after the city had switched its water supply from the city of Detroit's system to Flint River water. Email exchanges within the department showed efforts to broaden the data review, to see if the conclusions would change. They didn't. 'Even compared to the previous three years, the portion of first-time EBLL (elevated blood-lead levels) is highest during summer 2014,' health department officials stated in a July 28 memo for Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon"  State's Top Doctor Admits Missed Opportunity For Earlier Flint Response- Keith Matheny Detroit Free Press
            So there you have it, Michigan officials not only knew about the dangerous health situation in the city of Flint, the state actually sent bottled water into Flint to the state office buildings while they did absolutely nothing for the residents of the city! Now that the crisis has gained international attention Michigan officials including the governor are scrambling to cover their behinds and deflect culpability for their crass malfeasance, insensitivity and racism (Flint Michigan is about sixty percent African-American).
            Fortunately there was a conscientious physician who saw the elevated levels of blood in the school children and sounded the alarm. " It was the work of one Flint pediatrician, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who saw alarming increases in the incidences of children with elevated blood-lead levels at her Hurley Medical Center that ultimately led the state health department's team of epidemiologists — a group Wells called among 'the most advanced epidemiology bureaus, in terms of PhD status' — to what was really happening in Flint. Hanna-Attisha held a news conference in Flint on Sept. 25 to announce her findings. A total of 1,746 test results from Flint children seen at Hurley were compared against 1,640 results from elsewhere in Genesee County. The number of Flint children with elevated blood-lead levels — 5 micrograms per deciliter or more — jumped from 2.1% in the 20 months prior to Sept. 15, 2013, to 4% between Jan. 1 and Sept. 15 of 2015. In certain ZIP codes, the change was even more troubling — jumping from 2.5% of the children tested to 6.3%."  ibid
            According to the Detroit Free Press newspaper, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services responded with an E-mail the day after Dr. Hanna-Attisha's press conference which was also sent to Michigan Governor Rick Synder claiming their methodology differed from Dr. Hanna-Attisha's saying the state had studied five consecutive years throughout all of Flint not just one hospital and their results were different.
            But when the state reviewed Dr. Hanna-Attisha's research and methodology and replicated it; they came to the same conclusions she did. Not only did Dr Hanna-Attisha warn the state about dangerous water quality in Flint, Michigan State Representative Sheldon Neely whose district covers Flint also alerted the state, including Governor Rick Snyder, of the danger of water pollution in the Flint infrastructure shortly after Flint went off the Detroit water system and switched to the Flint River. Neely's letter was dated January 29 2015 but Michigan officials did nothing.
            In his letters, Neely who is African-American asked the state for help. He asked for debt forgiveness so Flint could improve their antiquated water system's infrastructure. But at that time the issue was merely the dark color and foul smell of the tap water, toxicity was not then a concern. Neely also wrote to the Michigan State Attorney General asking for an investigation. The Attorney General responded to Neely's letter but no investigation was initiated.
            Does anyone believe that if Flint Michigan was an affluent white community this would have happened or been allowed to fester for so long without any substantive action? Does anyone believe Governor Rick Snyder will be indicted or held accountable for this mess? I certainly don't. In America the super rich and certain politicians seem above the law; they can commit crimes of omission, crimes of commission and crimes against humanity and nothing happens to them.
            To add insult to injury the residents of Flint are not able to sue the government to recover the money they have to put out to remedy the problem caused by the city. "As has been widely reported, 6.4 percent of Flint's nearly 8,500 kids are now testing for dangerously high lead levels in their blood stream — up from 3.6 percent before the city switched them from Detroit water to toxic Flint River water. Many of these children have developed rashes and brittle bones and face the prospect of permanent brain damage, diminished IQ, and behavioral difficulties. But kids are not the only ones hurt. Around 85 people have been diagnosed with Legionnaire's disease — a particularly horrible form of pneumonia — compared to around six to 13 in a normal year. Ten of them have already died. Even if Obama expands free Medicaid for all Flint children, the rest of the medical bills — deductibles and co-pays — for middle-income Flint families will be substantial. Nor is that their only financial exposure. The lead poisoning occurred because Flint failed to treat water with phosphorous, something that corroded the coating inside city pipes and home plumbing, allowing lead to leach in. Though switching back to treated water has diminished the lead content for now, the danger of lead poisoning will always remain unless all the piping is refitted. But replacing city pipes will cost up to $1.5 billion. This would be difficult for even a financially healthy city, let alone one that can't even pay its existing bills and has unfunded pension liabilities of $1.1 billion." Flint Water Victims Can't Sue the Government, That's The Other Crime- Shikha Dalmia The Week
            The real travesty is that the residents of Flint cannot sue their city to recover their losses or remediate the problems! "What's more, each homeowner will face at least $4,000 to install a new water heater, plumbing system, and a new service line connection, as The Washington Post points out. And then of course there is the hit to Flint's already declining property values as the city further cements its reputation as an irremediable basket case... The main reason that they don't have a prayer of collecting much more is something called the doctrine of sovereign immunity. Under this doctrine, citizens are barred from suing their government for screw-ups that it has caused in the course of discharging a core function unless the government itself consents. Some very narrow exceptions exist but it is very difficult to make them stick. Some activist lawyers in Michigan have come up with a creative constitutional argument to try and surmount the sovereign immunity hurdle. They have filed a class action lawsuit on the grounds that the government failed to provide Flint residents with equal protection under the 14th Amendment. But this rationale is a stretch that many plaintiffs' lawyers are having trouble buying." ibid
            Very few are mentioning race and class in this crisis. Flint is a former industrial city that has fallen on hard times due to deindustrialization and the shipping of auto jobs overseas. Forty-two percent of Flint residents live below the poverty line and the city is fifty-seven percent Black. The fact most Flint residents are African-American and are either working class or poor are factors in this situation. This makes matters worse because they lack the economic and political clout to galvanize enough support to get the government to act on their behalf.      "For decades, the residents of Flint have borne a disproportionate environmental burden, so much so that they have brought administrative complaints alleging that the amount of pollution residents faced violated their civil rights. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), like every federal agency, must abide by Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and ensure recipients of federal aid do not discriminate on the basis of race, color or national origin. Title VI violations can occur if state environmental agencies, for example, permit hazardous and/or polluting industries disproportionately in communities of color. If a community feels Title VI has been violated, they can file an administrative complaint with the EPA's Office of Civil Rights. Flint has a long history of advocates fighting against environmental racism. In 1997, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality granted an air permit to the Select Steel "mini-mill" to operate in Flint, even though the mill would send up to 100 tons of lead and other hazardous pollutants into the city's air every year. Residents were already dealing with pollution from the nearby Genesee Power Station when the Select Steel permit was granted. Advocates in Flint had filed administrative complaints with the EPA for Title VI violations against the Genesee Power Station in 1994. The EPA never responded and the power station started operating in 1995." Flint Water Crisis Is A Classic Case of Environmental Racism  by J. Mijin Cha
            Because of these facts I believe Flint has been the victim of genocide and a crime against humanity.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Current Events

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                                                From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                   Current Events

            2016 has gotten off to a rocky start, the global economic system is experiencing tremors and rumblings of a downturn that may lead to significant damage to an already precarious global economic condition. The media and the Obama administration tell the American public the economy is doing well and in a growth mode but nothing could be further from the truth. For example early 2016 reports indicate this will be a bad year for the retail giants which will impact domestic and global employment numbers and people's ability to pay their bills.
            Even the 1% ownership class is alarmed as the stock markets have been down early in January 2016 with gloomy predictions as the Wall Street machinations, casino style manipulations and Ponzi schemes finally catch up to the 1 % crowd. But the bad news is while most of us are not into the stock and commodities markets, the downturn or crash may take us all down with them because many of our pension funds are tied to them.
            "Stock markets in the US and around the world ended the week with massive selloffs, rocked by fears that the slowdown in China and plunging oil and commodity prices will trigger a new financial crisis on the order of the 2007-2008 disaster. Another sharp fall on Chinese markets, with the Shanghai Composite Index dropping 3.55 percent, followed by a 6 percent fall in oil prices to $29 a barrel, set off a wave of panic selling. The mood was summed up by the chief strategist at Federated Investors, who said, 'Investors are scared to death, and the fact that it’s happening at the beginning of the year has some historical significance.'
            A major factor in the Chinese selloff was concern that Beijing will report its weakest full-year growth figure in 25 years on Tuesday. On Friday, Walmart announced that it will close 269 stores, 154 of them in the US, and eliminate 16,000 jobs. The Walmart statement, coming on the heels of multi-store closure announcements by Macy’s and Sears-Kmart, highlighted the worsening slowdown in the real economy globally and in the US that underlies the turbulence on stock and bond markets. It also reflected the reality of falling wages and mounting income insecurity affecting broad layers of the US population." Global Stock Plunge Amid Fears of A New Financial Crisis  by Barry Grey 16 January 2016
            A recent report showed there are record numbers of retail chain and big box stores shutting stores down and laying off employees:  The following is a recent report on this situation. "Macy’s will close 36 stores and cut hundreds of jobs after a disappointing sales and earnings performance in 2015. Other big-name chains are also closing up shop at under-performing locations in 2016, including Gap Inc., which will shutter 175 across North America, and Walgreens, which plans to close 200. These announcements have become fairly predictable. Just today,J.C. Penney told that it would likely shut seven mall stores before 2016 is out. Of these retailers downsizing brick-and-mortar footprints, J.C. Penney is the most at-risk, according to data from Rapid Ratings.",.
            J.C. Penney is not the only major retailer that plans to close stores in 2016. Other retail giants have also announced plans to close stores and lay off workers. Here is a list of the names of the retailers and the number of stores that have announced will close in 2016. 400  Office Depot / Office Max (by 2016), 223 Barnes & Noble (through 2023), 200  Children’s Place (through 2017), 200 Walgreens (by 2017), 175 Aeropostale (over the next several years) 154 Walmart (US 102 Walmart Express, 12 Walmart Supercenter, 6 Walmart, 23 Walmart Neighborhood Market, 4 Sam's Clubs), 150 American Eagle Outfitters (through 2017) 150 Finish Line ,120 Chico’s (through 2017),1 Persnickety Toys, 100 Pier One (through 2017) 60 Pier One (fiscal 2016, ending February, 2016), 54  Golf Galaxy (by 2016 ,36  Macy's, 35  Gap / Gap Kids (2016), 30 Hartstrings (Out of Business) , 27  Sears and Kmart, 20 Pick ’n Save (by 2017), 14 Kitson’s , 10 Barnes & Noble (2016 calendar year), 5  Hallmark,  3 Martin's Food and Drugstore, 2  Elder-Beerman (Bon-Ton),  1 American Greetings, 1 Ann Taylor, 1 Target, 1  Wavedancer (Out of Business)
            None of the presidential candidates are talking about this, to hear them tell it everything is honky-dory because for most of them it is, they are rich and they don't have to worry about the things most Americans fret and fume about like job security, having to work two or more jobs, surviving on a pension, how they can pay their bills, piling debt and lowered standards of living.
             The Republican candidates are fixated on war, expanding the police state, and none of them are talking about issues and solutions the resonate with working class or poor people: income inequality, economic apartheid, the outsourcing of US jobs and the bail out of Wall Street.  It's as if they have all gone totally insane, they are totally insensitive to the plight of the average citizen. Hillary Clinton is a tool of Wall Street and a warmonger so we cannot expect her to offer any real solutions for us.  Senator Sanders talks about economic inequality but does not mention  how US imperialism is draining the economy.
            Other critical issues facing us in 2016 are the very real threats to humanity, world peace and ecocide by the psychopathic and megalomaniacal ruling elites. The famed Doomsday Clock a visual reminder of the potential for global annihilation was moved closer to the midnight hour; to 11:57 PM this year. "The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists doesn't use the clock to make any real doomsday predictions. Rather, the clock is a visual metaphor to warn the public about how close the world is to a potentially civilization-ending catastrophe. Each year, the magazine's board analyzes threats to humanity's survival to decide where the Doomsday Clock's hands should be set. Experts on the board said they felt a sense of urgency this year because of the world's ongoing addiction to fossil fuels, procrastination with enacting laws to cut greenhouse gas emissions and slow efforts to get rid of nuclear weapons."
            Genetically Modified Organisms, what I call Frankenfoods and Frankenseeds  are on the rise and proliferate the globe despite the efforts of activists and scientists to warn us about their dangers. The US government is being bribed and bought off by the giant so called bio-tech industries like Monsanto which are doing booming business both here and around the world! "The "Big 6" pesticide and GMO corporations are BASF, Bayer, Dupont, Dow Chemical Company, Monsanto, and Syngenta. They are so called because they dominate the agricultural input market -- that is, they own the world’s seed, pesticide and biotechnology industries. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), corporate concentration of the agricultural input market 'has far-reaching implications for global food security, as the privatization and patenting of agricultural innovation (gene traits, transformation technologies and seed germplasm) has been supplanting traditional agricultural understandings of seed, farmers' rights, and breeders' rights.'""Big_6"_Pesticide_and_GMO_Corporations
            These are just a few of the issues facing us in 2016 that for the most part the corporate mind control apparatus is not discussing because they are too busy  distracting us from what is really going on in the world and brainwashing us to go along with the ruling class' okey-doke and flim flam which could very well bring the world to the brink of economic collapse, world war or both.


Friday, January 15, 2016

The Suppressed Martin Luther King Jr.

   From The Ramparts
   Junious Ricardo Stanton
 The Suppressed Martin Luther                          King Jr.

            As we celebrate the natal day and life's work of Martin Luther King Jr, let us look at him for all he was not as he is narrowly depicted and shown by the corporate mind control apparatus. During this time we are usually bombarded with sound bytes from his 1963 March on Washington speech, but I have a dream part. Rarely if ever do they share the beginning of the speech because it was more militant in tone than the second half. 
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            Rarely if ever does the corporate media chronicle his later work as a Peace activist when he became one of the most prominent voices to end US imperialism, militarism and a potent advocate for economic justice here at home. We are always shown him pushing for racial reconciliation but rarely are we shown the Martin Luther King who demanded economic justice for all people. Nor are we shown King planning for his Poor People's Campaign and camp out in Washington D.C.
            King was concerned about the whole person, the whole body politic and he spoke out vociferously about ending the war in Southeast Asia and redirecting America's financial and economic resources towards the betterment of all her citizens. It was at this point in his life and mission he was shunned, rejected and vilified by the corporate media and US government. Once he uttered the words of his Why I Oppose the Vietnam War Martin Luther King Jr became persona non grata to the US ruling oligarchy.
            The first part of the March on Washington speech is very powerful it holds up a mirror to America to expose its hypocrisy and its chronic failure to live up to its professed creed. It offers in the second half a exhortation of hope, a vision for a better America that still to this day has not materialized.  Since we are not shown or provided an opportunity to see and hear all that Martin Luther King Jr. said that fateful day, in the spirit of shedding  light on what King said that day I am sharing it with you in this commentary. 
            " I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the 'unalienable Rights' of 'Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.' It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds.'
            But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksand's of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.
            It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
            But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
            The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
            We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: 'For Whites Only.' We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until 'justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.'
            I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream..."
            May the spirit of justice exemplified by Martin Luther King Jr live on forever!


Sunday, January 03, 2016

2016 Trends and Predictions

                                                   From The Ramparts
                                                 Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                               2016 Trends and Predictions

            As I have observed and stated on numerous occasions, human beings are creatures of habit and once you discern their proclivities, patterns, customs, folkways and traditions  etc. you can accurately predict their current and future behavior. If we watch what people do, and how they act rather than going by what they say, you can better detect their patterns and habits and predict their behavior.
            You can also manipulate people if you play on their emotions, ambitions and take advantage of their gullibility, naïveté or ignorance. The ruling class' play book is slim because they too are creatures of habit motivated by greed, megalomania and hubris. They do the same things over and over using the same or variations of the same strategies simply because they work. Plus they have the power and means to coerce our compliance, cowardice and acquiescence! Having said that and in keeping with observed trends, patterns and behaviors I can confidently make the following predictions about 2016:  US police will continue to kill more citizens. How can I make this prediction? Because the trend of police using lethal force on unarmed citizens (mostly Black and Brown people) is on the upswing. Neither the FBI nor the federal government keeps data on the number of civilians shot and killed by US police officers but by looking at the FBI's numbers which are not all inclusive you can discern the trend of police homicides is on the rise. According to the Killed By Police Website from May 1 to December 31 2013, US police killed 769 civilians,  from January 1 2014 to December 31, 2014, 1108 citizens were killed.
            The Washington Post in an article published on December 26, 2015 revealed, "In a year-long study, The Washington Post found that the kind of incidents that have ignited protests in many U.S. communities — most often, white police officers killing unarmed black men — represent less than 4 percent of fatal police shootings. Meanwhile, The Post found that the great majority of people who died at the hands of the police fit at least one of three categories: they were wielding weapons, they were suicidal or mentally troubled, or they ran when officers told them to halt. The Post sought to compile a record of every fatal police shooting in the nation in 2015, something no government agency had done. The project began after a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014, provoking several nights of fiery riots, weeks of protests and a national reckoning with the nexus of race, crime and police use of force. Race remains the most volatile flash point in any accounting of police shootings. Although black men make up only 6 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 40 percent of the unarmed men shot to death by police this year, The Post’s database shows. In the majority of cases in which police shot and killed a person who had attacked someone with a weapon or brandished a gun, the person who was shot was white. But a hugely disproportionate number — 3 in 5 — of those killed after exhibiting less threatening behavior were black or Hispanic." A Year of Reckoning: Police Fatally Shoot Nearly 1,000
            Given the mentality and training of US police and the racist nature of US culture we can safely predict more police killings of Black and Brown people (mostly unarmed males) will occur in 2016.  Given the murderous police rampage will likely continue, we can also predict The Black Lives Matter movement will naively continue to plead and appeal to the morals and sense of justice of whites to decrease the killings of unarmed Black and Brown folks. The Black Lives Matter movement and Black folks should seek redress for the murders of  unarmed Black people but they should also note the historical and cultural implications of this centuries old pattern and conclude we are at war.
            While this pattern of police violence is ongoing, our greatest threat is not from police but from within our own communities! The fervor for justice overlooks and ignores the Black on Black fratricide and maladaptive responses to European oppression that continue to grip, weaken and plague our community. We kill ourselves at a much more alarming rates than the KKK, Police or White Citizens Council ever could!
            This fratricide is a manifestation of  our frustration, self-hatred and lack of self-knowledge.  None of this is in isolation. It is all interrelated and intertwined held together by a deliberate system of European menticide (mental genocide), the deliberate attempt by whites to destroy our minds, to drive us insane, via their Eurocentric education system, their mass media that pumps out lies and vile stereotypes and depictions of  African people, including the promotion and rewarding of Blacks who create, promote and glamorize the same stereotypes that portray Blacks as: thugs, hyper-sexed predators, low life skeezers, killers and sociopaths or the other extreme of mindlessly loyal servants in service of European imperialism, domination and exploitation.
            We can safely predict 2016 will see further deterioration of public education as cash strapped states, counties and municipalities grapple with ways to pay for a public education system that maintains a two tiered structure: one the educates the haves and another that offers minimal services to the have not's.
             "On average, schools serving more minority populations have less-experienced, lower-paid teachers who are less likely to be certified. A report from the Center for American Progress found that a 10 percentage point increase in students of color at a school is associated with a decrease in per-pupil spending of $75. Disparities in course offerings mean students of color have fewer opportunities to challenge themselves with more difficult courses — the type of courses needed to prepare for a four-year college degree or for a high-paying career in STEM.
            In seventh and eighth grades, blacks make up 16 percent of students, but account for 10 percent of students taking Algebra 1 and 9 percent of students passing the course. While nearly one in five white students took Calculus in high school, one in 15 black students did. Fewer black students have access to a full range of high school math and science courses — algebra I, geometry, algebra II, calculus, biology, chemistry and physics. They are under-represented in gifted and talented programs. Black students take fewer Advanced Placement classes than white students and score lower on AP tests. While black students disproportionately attend schools with higher minority populations, the teachers, principals and administrators who interact with the students are a different story. When the U.S. Department of Education collected data in the 2007-2008 school year, 80 percent of principals in public schools were white. Meanwhile, only 6.2 percent of high school public school teachers across all subject areas are black — the highest percentage is for health and physical education, where 9.2 percent of teachers are black." US Education: Still Separate and Unequal
            Options to combat this debilitating trend include: home schooling where parents come together to develop a rigorous educational curricula for their children and Afrocentric community schools that supplement what the children get in the local public schools; but these require an uncompromising commitment on the part of the parents and the community. The seminal questions is, do we have that type of commitment?
            Another potential trend in 2016 will be increasing hopelessness, lethargy, depression and stagnation within our communities. We are being dumbed down, lobotomized and zombified. We take our own selves out of the game by drinkin' and druggin' much to the delight of our tormentors and adversaries. It makes them richer and weakens us so they can further exploit and dominate us!
            The good news is that none of these predictions or scenarios have to come to pass or manifest; we can alter our future and our reality! But we have to be willing to make a serious change in our mental processes and lifestyles. We will have to take action! Heretofore we have been unwilling to use our imagination, the greatest gift the CREATOR gave us other than LIFE itself, to spark a personal, group and collective transformation. We can do better!
            Too many of our people live in communities that have been red lined, where disinvestment and decay are rampant and where for the most part a dynamic and progressive collectivist Black leadership is absent. Black children and adults do not see images of strong Black leaders like Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Noble Drew Ali or Septima Clark working to rebuild the community, to empower our people or exhort them to be their greatest selves.
            We fail to realize there is always an opportunity to change. We do not have to continue to be depressed, lethargic and unfulfilled. We can decide we can do and be healthier, more productive and transform ourselves and our communities. Just as changing one letter can change a word's meaning (for example change the i to an e and bitter becomes better), we can change our attitude, change our goals and decide to become enthusiastic, focused and productive as opposed to frustrated, depressed and uncreative.
             The good news is 2016 doesn't have to be a continuation of years past. We can change these negative trends because we have agency and the power to change ourselves! We can go from feeling powerless to being powerful! We can transform ourselves and our reality simply by changing how we think, what we think about and how we use our energy. We can do this. The Civil Rights and Black Power movements changed the world!  Yes our adversaries pushed back with COINTELPRO and attempted to crush our spirits but our warrior spirit is still alive deep inside of us.
            We have the power to metaphysically defeat our tormentors! Victory will not come through physical weapons (at least not in the beginning). Transformation begins on the mental and spiritual levels! Change your mind, change your outlook, change your energy level from apathy to gusto. Change your self-image, attempt to discover and actualize the talents and latent potential residing within you. Determine to bring them out to the fullest.
             Just as a small seed yields a large tree baring seasons of fruit, your imagination and energy will bare positive results. As we get stronger, more confident and accomplished in our mental alchemy we will notice a significant change in ourselves and our world. Don't let anyone discourage you, stay strong and you will transform and make 2016 a great year for you and yours. As we come together we can and will transform the world.



Monday, December 28, 2015

Police State USA

                                                    From The Ramparts
                                                 Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                     Police State USA

            "For numerous decades the United States has engaged in both high intensive and low intensive counterinsurgency and counterterrorism wars around the globe. But now in the twenty-first century all those same black ops wars have come home to roost right here in the land of the not-so-free. To police state USA all American citizens are the potential enemy. It’s also fair to say that the police in countless jails and prisons have unlawfully beaten and killed thousands of US citizens while in police custody over the years. Sadly, this form of murder in covert black sites where inmates are literally tortured to death takes police state brutality and slaughter to a whole new unprecedented level. And of course those of color and poor are most often the victims. Two years ago it was reported that a black man is killed by police every 28 hours. And with the deaths spiking last year, it’s more apt to be closer to every 24 hours now." Totalitarian Rule in America: False Flags, Secret Prisons, Extrajudicial Assassinations, Media Censorship, The Rounding Up of Alleged “Terrorists” by Joachim Hagopian

            Three weeks ago I had the pleasure of serving as a moderator for a panel discussion on the Chicago City police  Homan Square detention site where over seven thousand mostly Black and Brown people were illegally detained, often beaten, tortured and held incommunicado from their family and attorneys for days and weeks at a time. The panel consisted of former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Catherine Austin Fitts a former Wall Street investment banker managing partner for Dillion Reed, former Assistant Secretary for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and myself. You can listen to the audio of the discussion on my Soundcloud Internet radio program Akoben which stream at and/or my Digital Underground  On Demand Internet radio program on the Harambee Radio Network click the On Demand Icon and go to 12-20-2015 The Digital Underground Solari Report Catherine Austin Fitts.  We had a robust discussion on the implications of Homan Square and the escalating police state.
            The sad part about this it took a British newspaper The Guardian to do a multi-month investigative report on Homan Square before people in Chicago and the US even became aware this type of third world, banana republic police state brutality was going on! That has to be one of the top censored stories of 2015!
            Thanks to the distractions and diversions of the corporate mind control apparatus most of us sleep walk through life failing to see what is going on before us or worse pretending not to know what is going on around us.  But many of us know in our heart of hearts the US has always been a paramilitary police state for Native Americans, Africans in America and other people of color. This is a crucial element in this nation's ongoing history of violence, racism/xenophobia and domination that was inextricably woven into the fabric and sinew of both our consciousness and the socio-political reality.
            Every day we hear more and more reports about police shooting white folks, police and federal agents raiding white homes dressed in storm trooper outfits using lethal force on the wrong people the elderly and babies and taking their property via ever escalating "civil asset forfeiture" programs where the feds, state, county and local municipality can confiscate (steal) your property without ever officially charging you with a crime or any wrong doing!!
            That's right in the so called land of the free home of the brave, land of "civil rights" and the sacrosanct notion of property rights, now the state can steal your stuff without cause! And Philadelphia under a Black mayor, Black police commissioner and sheriff  is one of the most egregious cities when it comes to taking our stuff.
            "Under Pennsylvania state law, civil forfeiture depends on preponderance of the evidence. This is a weaker burden of proof than beyond a reasonable doubt, which is the standard used for criminal cases. Little wonder the state earned a D from the Institute for Justice in Policing for Profit, a survey of civil asset forfeiture laws. Some cities in the Keystone State abuse civil forfeiture more than others. City Paper compared Philadelphia County, the largest county in the state, with Allegheny County, which is the second-largest and includes Pittsburgh. Allegheny County had around 200 civil forfeiture cases since 2008. But in just 2011 alone Philadelphia County had 6,500. Incredibly, the City Paper notes that “Los Angeles County, with a population more than six-and-a-half times Philadelphia’s, also successfully sued to keep just $1.2 million in seized assets,” i.e., a fifth of what Philadelphia County seized.
            Nationwide the statistics are even more egregious. "Between 1989 and 2010, U.S. attorneys seized an estimated $12.6 billion in asset forfeiture cases. The growth rate during that time averaged +19.4% annually. In 2010 alone, the value of assets seized grew by +52.8% from 2009 and was six times greater than the total for 1989. Then by 2014, that number had ballooned to roughly$4.5 billion for the year, making this 35% of the entire number of assets collected from 1989 to 2010 in a single year. According to the FBI, the total amount of goods stolen by criminals in 2014 burglary offenses suffered an estimated $3.9 billion in property losses. This means that the police are now taking more assets than the criminals." Police Civil Asset Forfeitures Exceed All Burglaries in 2014  Investment Watch Nov. 17, 2015
            The United States always has been a armed police state for Black folks but now it is turning on the average white family which is why they are buying guns and stocking up on ammunition. White fear of government gun bans and confiscation is responsible for a massive uptick in gun sales.  "Gun sales have more than doubled in a decade, to about 15 million in 2013 from about seven million in 2002. More firearms are sold to residents in the United States than in any other country, according to Jurgen Brauer, a professor at Georgia Regents University. These estimates undercount total sales because they omit some purchases in states that do not require background checks for private sales. They also exclude permits that allow people in some states to buy multiple guns with a single background check. The increase is mostly due to higher sales of handguns, which are typically bought for self-defense. Two of the fastest-growing segments of the market are women and gun owners with concealed carry permits." What Drives Gun Sales: Terrorism, Politics, and Calls for Restrictions by GREGOR AISCH and JOSH KELLER DEC. 10, 2015
            The ruling class tries to keep us comatose, fearful and docile lest we wake up, rise up and take action against the decadent and crumbling social order. But their plans are backfiring on them as more and more people in the US confess they are more afraid of their government than external terrorist threats. Which is why gun sales are at an all time high with white citizens looking at the police with a distrustful eye. They wonder why the police need all this military equipment when crime is down and why the heavy handed responses to natural disasters, shootings and demonstrations?
            The ruling class propagates a self-serving narrative that the police and military are the good guys holding up American exceptionalism and they are above reproach. But the reality says otherwise.  "But besides direct contradictions to the logic behind institutional myths of heroic cops and dangerous bad guys, what are the implications of this FBI report? First, that police are schizophrenic in their belief that they are in danger (this fear is proven in the recent Ferguson protests and presence of the National Guard). The overzealous militarization of local cops is enough to prove that they might as well be hiding under blankies from the American populace in spite of the fact that violent crime has been dropping for decades. However, considering how well cops are armed and how efficiently the justice system protects them from prosecution for their crimes, they prove to be paranoid. 27 police officers in a country with over 300 million people died last year. Law enforcement deaths-by-murder are included in the 49,851 “assaults” against officers, which means that .05 (half a percent) died as a result of alleged attacks. Crime against cops has dropped to a 50 year low. It’s more dangerous to drive a car than be a cop (this is bolstered by the fact that the number of cops who died in car accidents almost equals the total number of cops murdered 23 to 27). Second, militarization is working for the police. It is not working for the rest of us. Though there is little reliable, official data about the number of people police kill every year, tenuous reports claim it is around 400. This is already almost 15 times more than police who are intentionally killed. However, the 400 figure is a result of 17,000 local police agencies being allowed to self-report. The numbers could be far higher." FBI Report Accidently Exposes the Severity of the Police State
            Illegal detentions, physical abuse, asset forfeiture abuse and theft are tips of the iceberg. The US is a police state and has always been one because the European colonists had to keep a weary eye on the indigenous people whose lands they were stealing, the European convicts and indentured servants they were abusing and working to death and the Africans they imported to do the dirty work to enrich the trading companies and later the rich land owners.
            Modern America is a fascist police security state where ordinary citizens are spied upon, targeted for government revenue generating campaigns (like in Ferguson and Philadelphia), where growing numbers of local debtors prisons abound and a national gulag system are used for social control where free or cheap prison labor is used to enrich the state and corporations who run the prisons and prisoner labor manufactures various corporate products. Welcome to Police State USA.


Friday, December 18, 2015

Things We Need To Know

                                               From The Ramparts
                                               Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                              Things We Need To Know

            "The Catholic Encyclopedia states that no-one knows the true date of the birth of Jesus Christ. The Roman Sun God’s birthday was December 25. This celebrated the lengthening daylight which begins on December 21 – the Winter Solstice or beginning of winter. The Christians, seeking to convert believers in the sun god, chose that date for the birth of Christ."

            Many of us will be hustling and running around like chickens with their heads cut off to prepare for a "holiday" we really don't know anything about. Too many folks will  go into debt, paying hard earned money for items designed and manufactured to last only a few years like your flat screen TV's, video games and other consumer products. It's ironic so much emphasis is placed on material goods and things these days, that the purported message of the holiday, the "reason for the season" as some say, is blocked from our consciousness. The "Christmas holiday" at least in the US has devolved into a phenomenon of crass materialism, mindless consumerism motivated by Madison Avenue advertisers to create a profitable retail shopping season that begins earlier and earlier as the corporations scheme, plot and connive to get us to spend our money on their products.
            At the root of this "holiday" is the supposed birth of Christ, the Anointed, the Messiah, the redeemer of the world. The truth of the matter is no one knows the exact date when Yeshua bar Joseph (Jesus is the Latin variation of the name Yeshua or Joshua) was born. Neither the Bible of the Roman Catholic Church nor any of the various Protestant versions including the King James translation state the exact day Yeshua was born.  Little is really known about the time of year it happened or exactly where it occured because the Bible itself (or at least in the King James translation the writers) differ on the details and happenings surrounding Yeshua's birth.
             In a scholarly and well researched book by Marcello Craveri entitled The Life of Jesus  many of the discrepancies and contradictions amongst the Gospel accounts of Jesus' birth are  examined. For example in Chapter Three entitled The Gospel of The Nativity Craveri says,  "Luke tells us that in the year in which Jesus was born, an event of major importance occurred in Palestine: a census of the entire population ordered by Cyrenius the Roman governor of e province of Syria of which Palestine was a dependency. Matthew however reports that at this time Herod was king. The two accounts are not difficult to check. The only census of Palestine known to history was ordered by Publius Sulpicius Quirinus (whom Luke calls Cyrenius) but it took place in A.D.  6 and 7-that is six or seven years after the date generally accepted for the birth of Jesus. Therefore the Nativity would have to be re-dated as has been proposed by among others H.J. Holzman. This creates serious problems, however since the date of birth would no longer agree with the other dates supplied by he Gospels (baptism, death etc); or else the life of Jesus which is traditionally considered to have covered at least htirty years would be reduced to barely twenty-three or twenty-four.
            The Christian exegetes to avoid putting Luke in error, have been constrained to postulate another census, earlier than that of  Quirinus. But no historical evidence confirms this and Luke himself says explicitly that the census to which he refers was the first in Palestine: 'And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria' Other translations 'this census was the first of those taken under Cyrenius' or 'this was the census that was taken before Quirinius became governor of Syria'- suggested by M. J. Lagrange and others are tendentious          and false" from The Life of Jesus by  Marcello Craveri translated by Charles Lam Markmann Grove Press Inc New York page pages 33-34
           This is just one of many inconsistencies and inaccuracies Craveri points out throughout his book. The other important fact we need to realize is December 25 held great significance in ancient times because it was directly related to the Sun, Sun gods and astronomy/astrology. "As with Easter, the early Christians did not celebrate Christmas. In fact, the first Christmas was celebrated in Rome in the fourth century. It’s not surprising, then, that everything surrounding Christmas has its roots in paganism and astrology. The list of sun gods throughout history is very long. The list above is hardly exhaustive. Why were all these sun gods born on December 25 after an immaculate conception? Again, we must look to an astronomic phenomenon as an explanation. December 25 is the winter solstice. The winter solstice is the Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (Birthday of the Invincible Sun). During the winter solstice, the, the sun remains at 23 degrees/27 minutes from the South Pole. Because the North Pole is facing away from the sun, it takes six months for full day light to reach it. Yet, it takes three days and three nights for the southern tip of the Earth to pass the sun and move toward the vernal equinox. To Earthbound eyes peering at the sky from the northern hemisphere, it seems as if the sun is dead because even at its zenith, it is very low and the days are very short and dark. This is what the women were weeping over in the Bible (Ezekiel 8:14-15), the death of Tammuz, a Babylonian/Sumerian/Mesopotamian sun god. After three days the sun begins to rise higher in the sky each day. At that time, the constellation Virgo (not to be confused with the sign Virgo) is at its brightest, so the sun appears to be born from a virgin. See the similarities between the Egyptian nativity scene and the constellation. This constellation was seen all over the world and is the reason why so many sun gods are born of a virgin."
            For an in depth examination of these and other truths about ancient Sun gods/saviors read Black Historian John G Jackson's Christianity Before Christ. I am not sharing this information to debunk anyone's religion, undermine your theology, dogmas or embarrass anyone. I am sharing this information so you know humans have thought about the universe, the nature of existence, our place in it, our destiny and the deeper implications of "reality" for thousands of years.
           Throughout human history unscrupulous men and women have high jacked the deep philosophy/cosmology of the ancients and appropriated them for their own aggrandizement. Kings, wanna be rulers and potentates have used ancient wisdom and teachings to exalt themselves and their agenda over the masses. For example many of the Roman Emperors and early Catholic Church founders' motives were more secular, worldly and megalomaniacal than history suggests. They met in secret in informal and official councils, synods and used conspiratorial deliberations to forge a way to further their agenda and control the masses, propagate an orthodoxy and establish themselves as the leaders and overseers of their work. "In times of greater toleration, Christian leaders felt sufficiently secure to hold councils governing their see or metropolitan area. None of the councils of this period gathered representatives from all the Christian churches, or even from those throughout the Roman Empire. Only of a few are the written acts preserved. Most are known only from accounts in works of church historians and other writers. These include: the Council of Rome of 155, the Council of Rome of 193, the Council of Ephesus of 193 the Council of Carthage of 251,the Council of Iconium of 258, the Council of Antioch of 264, the Council of Arabia of 246–247, the Council of Elvira of 306, the Council of Carthage of 311, the Synod of Neo-Caesarea of c. 314, the Council of Ancyra of 314, the Council of Arles of 314. Such councils began to appear only in the middle of the 2nd century, at first at local level, but from 175 onward they involved several communities together, with such activity particularly marked in Italy and Asia Minor. At the end of that century, it became the practice to inform other communities of the decisions taken at such assemblies. In the 3rd century, the meetings began to be held at regular intervals, a custom that appeared first in the Roman province of Africa. In the second half of that century, councils were held at Antioch that gathered representatives of Christianity throughout the Middle East, from the Black Sea to Egypt. These were a prelude to the holding of the first assembly of all bishops, the First Council of Nicaea, the event that marked the end of the period of the ancient pre-ecumenical councils.
            The above list does not include all the subsequent councils, synods and meetings from the Council of  Nicaea onward some of which are recognized by Rome, the Greek Orthodox Church and later Protestant denominations while others are not. Unfortunately oceans of blood have been shed over the various doctrines and dogmas as well as who would be the leader, head and Chief Mucketty Muck of the "Kingdom of God on Earth".
            Again I am not sharing this to discredit anyone's religion. I am sharing the truth and providing food for thought to make you think and reason for  yourself.
             Only a fool believes the universe created itself out of nothing. There has to be a creator and a sustaining force out of which everything else emanated and evolved. I share our ancient African ancestors thinking that the CREATOR is unseen, intangible, it is an all  powerful SPIRIT/INTELLIGENCE/ENERGY/CONSCIOUSNESS that infuses and embeds itself into all creation, thus it is intimately linked and involved in all creation. When Aboriginal people attempted to explain this concept to the Johnny Come Lately Caucasians they weren't able to comprehend it. The benighted Europeans irreverently called in pantheism. Being without spiritual insight/wisdom the Aryans thought it was non-sense because to them it defied their five physical sense orientation of reality.
            When our ancestors tried to explain to whites how our rulers were priestly servant leaders, the whites could not grasp that either.  The wandering, marauding invaders coveted the way our people gave deference to Aboriginal Elders, Chiefs, Kings and Queens and the whites envied the jewelry, regalia and adornment they saw our leaders wearing not knowing its true symbolism, significance or meaning. So they blindly copied it but without knowing it's deeper meaning.
            As the corporate mind control apparatus lies and hypes our emotions to promote ever more wars to enrich the military industrial complex and the 1%, let us be more discerning about the various doctrines, dogmas and "traditions" the elites use to manipulate and control us. Give yourself the gift of an open mind this season!