Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Yamagochi




Yamagochi
Junious Ricardo Stanton

In 1960 when he was twenty one years old Baba Yatahma was taught to play chess by Robert Kenyatta when they were attending Opportunities Industrial Center taking a drafting class. They both were culturally conscious and they had an Afrocentric worldview. Kenyatta was an advanced chess player and he greatly influenced Baba Yatahma and to the point he too became a chess enthusiast.
On December 23, 1973 he was in prayer asking God to show him how to educate our people. That night Yatahma had a vision of a game board similar to chess but it had more pieces and a larger board . “I was teaching people chess but there was a part of me that wanted something more. I went into prayer mediation and asked God to give me something I could teach my people with. That night I had a vision of a nine by nine board and showed me I should add a few more pieces. It took me about eighteen years to perfect Yanagochi.”
 “I left Philadelphia and moved to Miami Florida and I met a lot of different people from around the world, having been an avid reader and I looked at the African continent and I took the names of different ancient people and put them in the game, naming the pieces.”
While it is similar to chess Yamagochi is a unique board game that has its own pieces, strategies and objectives. Instead of knights, kings, bishops, rooks, pawns and queens, Yamagochi has Nasut, Cleopatra, Akoben, Abun, Obrafo, Nyumba and Mujahadin. Baba Yatahma created the game to develop thinking skills, mental discipline, decision making, tactical awareness, analysis, and long term strategic proficiency.
“One thing for sure Yamagochi is not based on color it’s not white moves first and black responses. It’s based upon the concept that everybody is placed on this planet with an equal opportunity by nature, by our Creator’s will and whatever happens after that is based on our experiences on this planet, the circumstances we find ourselves in and our ability to handle the daily issues. Yamagochi has eighty one squares forty one dark squares and forty light squares. We determine who goes first by placing a piece in your closed fist and the other person if he or she picks the hand with the piece in it, they go first.”        
Yamagochi is a fascinating board gaming concept. It is deeper than merely a board game.  Explaining the game’s name Yatahma stated, “It’s meaning is the Ninth Crown Wisdom. Yama means crown or mountain in Japanese so I wanted to utilize crown. Go is the number nine in Japanese and it’s the ninth principle, the number nine is always showing up and Chi represents wisdom and intellect and it also represents blood and the father. The spiritual and metaphysical part of it speaks to the soul of our people.” When the ancestors and Creator take you, you think you are doing something but they are doing something to you. Along with the learning of the mechanics of the piece sand how each piece moves on the Website I have what is called valuing the nine an explanation of the nine the nine natures of man the added two piece of the board is the development of our conscious nature and develop our super conscious mind.
Yamagochi has seven pieces while chess has six. One feature that differs from chess is if a Mujahadin (similar to a pawn in chess) promotes to the last rank it can only become a piece the opponent has already captured (it’s like a prisoner exchange).  The extra piece in Yamagochi is called Akoben which is an extremely powerful piece. The Akoben can move in an L shape like the knight in chess but also moves vertical and horizontal like a rook in chess.
  Also unique in Yamagochi is the ability of one piece called the Abun that sits on a dark square but the player may use a one time only move called Abracadabra to place the Abun on a light square.
Baba Yatahma teaches a Yamagochi master class at Black and Nobel bookstore at Broad and Erie Wednesday evenings from 6-8 PM. He also offers classes at the Riletta L. Cream Ferry Avenue Public Library in Camden New Jersey. Baba Yatahma is planning a Yamagochi tournament sometime in the spring.
Baba Yatahma creates the Yamagochi pieces, he and his son created the mold and they make them for each game and they provide a certificate of authenticity.  A complete Yamagochi game includes thirty six hand crafted pieces, one vinyl roll up board (for easy travel) one official handbook with the rules, piece description and movement and one book with the history, strategy and origin. The cost of  the game is $39.99. For more information or to purchase games call (856) 208-7707 or go to www.yamagochi.ws.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Rigged Markets





Rigged Markets
Junious Ricardo Stanton

Several weeks ago I posted a piece saying the Trump Tax Cuts were a scam. Several readers chided me and showed their lack of knowledge how the global markets game is played by pointing to the record volume of trading on the New York Stock Exchange and the continuous increases traders were experiencing. It was clear to me they did not know the ins and outs of this rigged system so I didn’t continue the discussion.
For decades the gloom and doomers have predicted what they call a “correction” meaning the  high prices, high volume and high returns of the stock, commodities and futures markets would come crashing down on us but we didn’t see it until 2007-08. The corporate owned media spun the Wall Street caused financial implosion in 2007-08 as a few bad apples or that it was caused by poor people buying houses and assets they could not afford rather than out and out fraud on the part of traders, brokers, rating agencies, the media and the government.  
Astute readers know that the financial collapse was caused by greed and recklessness exacerbated by the fact the Glass–Steagall Act, the legislative fire wall put in place by the Roosevelt administration in 1933 that separated commercial banks and investment banks was abolished during the Clinton administration. This along with other forms of deregulation that permitted massive consolidation and ultimately tax payer underwriting of failed investment and commercial banks, home mortgage exchange entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac paved the way for the so called “Too Big Too Fail” banks to be bailed out at taxpayer expense.
Meanwhile not one CEO, not one rating agency executive, not one hedge fund manager, not one day trader, stock, commodities or futures broker was indicted or went to jail. How is that possible? How can these CEO who earn several hundred time the salaries of their workers not be held accountable under the law?  Well, the 1% never go to jail, they just manipulate the situation and use their influence and their media to spin it anyway they want.
The wild fluctuation of this past week were stopped preventing a wipe out of pension funds, derivatives, savings, futures and other wealth. What happened to stop the collapse? Was it the work of the Plunge Protection Team? What is the Plunge Protection Team you ask? Here’s some background on it. “Toward the end of his time in office in 1989, Ronald Reagan created something called The President’s Working Group on Financial Markets. There had been a stock market crash in 1987 and a near-crash in 1989, so everyone was worried.
The Working Group was ostensibly an advisory body that was meant to help politicians in general and the person in the White House specifically understand the markets. The members would write papers, talk and come up with solutions. A lot of us thought it was something much more, and the Working Group unofficially became known as the Plunge Protection Team. Heller suggested that the Fed — through, I suspected, its favored brokerage houses — purchase stock index futures as a way to stop a market collapse in its tracks. Heller said that since the Fed already rigs the bond market through securities purchases, the stock market would be easy to control.
Nobody has ever proven that the Fed and its friends actually protect Wall Street against plunges. It is, you might say, the Loch Ness monster of the financial world — people get glimpses of something but never see a clear picture. That’s what happened during the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008. Telephone records I obtained showed numerous calls between then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and contacts on Wall Street on days when the stock market was tanking and the decline needed to be stopped. The action in stocks on those days looked a lot like what happened on Monday, when the Dow was down nearly 1,600 points and was suddenly jerked back to a smaller loss.” DC Plunge team may have halted Monday’s unprecedented Dow Jones spiral John Crudele https://nypost.com/2018/02/05/dc-plunge-team-may-have-halted-unprecedented-dow-jones-spiral/
            Many people suspect the PPT was the reason the massive free fall “miraculously” abated this week. “So, ask yourself, would you purchase equity futures while experiencing cumulative stock market drops? One can understand shorting a dropping market, but not buying futures. Unless this is what happened, seeing the beginning of a correction, the Plunge Protection Team placed a futures bid just below the existing price. Traders saw the bid, recognized that the government was intervening to support the market, and the bid was front-run with the hedge fund algorithms automatically picking up the action. Who but the Federal Reserve with its unlimited ability to create money would take the risk of buying futures in the face of a falling market. Moreover, such an infusion of money into the market does not show up in the money supply figures.
The futures purchases prevented margin calls and stop/loss orders in a heavily leveraged equity market that would have collapsed the market.
What are the pros and cons of this kind of intervention (which might have occurred also in May 2010 and August 2015)? By stopping a correction, the intervention prevented a pension fund collapse, both private and state. However, by propping up over-valued equities that the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing created, the intervention rewarded over-leveraged speculative risk-taking and prevented price discovery. We still have an equity market whose values rest on record margin debt, stock buy-backs, and prices pumped up by money-printing. The problems waiting to come home continue to build.” Is The Stock Market Rigged? Paul Craig Roberts, Dave Kranzler and Michael Hudson. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48762.htm
I suspect the PPT went into action to halt the slide which would have wiped trillions of dollars in equity, pension, derivative and commodities reserves. Keep in mind the Federal Reserve is a key player as are the hedge fund managers who can manipulate the markets using high frequency logarithms. Keep your eye on this situation in the coming days, it may be a harbinger or omen of things to come.

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Monday, February 05, 2018

Appreciating African Genius




From The Ramparts
Junious Ricardo Stanton
Appreciating African Genius


“Just as the Memphite Theology is the source of Greek philosophy or primitive science, so it is also the basis of modern scientific belief.” George G.M. James Stolen Legacy page 145 originally published in 1954

            As we celebrate Black History Month, let us not fall into the trap of European historiography and pedagogy where we only focus on names and dates, failing to grasp the underlying philosophical, ethical and moral catalysts for what happened and what the people accomplished. In his classic and well documented work Stolen Legacy, George G.M. James makes the compelling case Greek philosophers plagiarized most of their philosophical and scientific ideas from Nile Valley Africans. In addition to proving a slew of Greek “philosophers” traveled to and studied in ancient Egypt, he documents the various theories and schools of thought attributed to men like Thales, Anaximander, Socrates, Plotinus, Anaxagoras, Pythagoras, Plato and a host of others were all taught and influenced by the Africans in KMT (now called Egypt).
            When they returned to their native lands the Greeks were confronted by their city state leaders and charged with teaching alien doctrines. Some were banished while others like Socrates were put to death because of their teachings. Aristotle was able to survive and thrive because he befriended Alexander III of Macedon the invader conqueror who allowed him total access to KMT scholarship.
            Modern scientists, physicians, astrophysicists just like the ancient Greeks, explain the universe using African concepts they don’t fully understand; and like the Greeks before them, they are unable to discern or admit the existence of divine intelligence acting within and behind all creation, both animate and inanimate.
            Africans believed the universe was teleological, meaning it was designed and created with purpose by divine intelligence. Despite the popularity of the Western notion of the “random Big Bang Theory” supposedly caused by nothing out of nothing, a few Western scientists are saying what Africans said thousands of years ago,
 everything in the universe, no matter how small has consciousness. Modern Western scientists call this Panpsychism.
Panpsychism is the view that consciousness, mind or soul (psyche) is a universal and primordial feature of all things. Panpsychists see themselves as minds in a world of mind. Panpsychism is one of the oldest philosophical theories, and has been ascribed to philosophers like Thales, Parmenides, Plato, Averroes, Spinoza, Leibnis and William James. Panpsychism can also be seen in ancient philosophies such as StoicismTaoismVedanta and Mahayana Buddhism. During the 19th century, panpsychism was the default theory in philosophy of mind, but it saw a decline during the middle years of the 20th century with the rise of logical positivism. The recent interest in the hard problem of consciousness has revived interest in panpsychism. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panpsychism.
            Notice how Wikipedia fails to credit this ancient idea to Africans, from whom Greeks like Thales, Plato and Parmenides plagiarized it. This is consistent with how African philosophy, metaphysics, spirituality and science have been ignored or written out of history by our adversaries. This is unfortunate because if the Europeans weren’t so bigoted and narrow-minded they might actually learn something about the nature and makeup of the universe and themselves. The ancient Memphite Theology specifically states that an unseen, non corporal consciousness/energy/intelligence created the universe out of itself and all matter contains its essence or consciousness/energy/intelligence.
            The West eschews the notion of Spirit and unseen intelligence. White folks talk about “soul” but it makes them extremely uncomfortable because it cannot be seen, felt or discerned as a material entity. The best they can do is measure or capture electromagnetic frequencies or images (EKG, EEG and MRIs) on their machines but they cannot discern the ethereal essence which is the source of these electromagnetic frequencies. Worse, they do not equate this electromagnetic energy with the CREATOR or intelligent design because it is too subtle to be seen, measured or quantified by human senses or machines.  The closest they come is the Genesis account which says God spoke creation into existence. (Genesis 1 and 2:1-3) but unlike ancient and traditional Africans who fully embraced the spirit reality, whites dichotomize their limited understanding of the spiritual from material matter which they are far more familiar. Even though they use terms like Atom which the Greeks took from the Africans (Atum), they cannot discern the connection between the unseen Spirit/Intelligence/Energy, atoms, DNA, subatomic particles and all that exists!
            If they would expand their thinking, the universe would make much more sense and they would actually live more harmoniously in this dimension as an integral part of it and its universal consciousness instead of psychologically alienated beings like they do now. This alienation is what allows them to believe they can usurp the natural order or wage war against nature itself.
A modern physicist named Gregory Matloff is saying what our African ancestors said eons ago, the universe is conscious and we humans share the same essence and substance as the universe itself.  http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/the-universe-may-be-conscious-prominent-scientists-state
            As we celebrate Black History Month let us apply the Akan idea of Sankofa, meaning returning to embrace and applying the wisdom and science of our African ancestors. Let us expand our minds to celebrate African genius.  Sankofa and embracing African spirituality, philosophy and science will bring us into a whole new relationship with all creation and eliminate much of the stress and confusion we experience now.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

The US Opioid Epidemic



From The Ramparts
Junious Ricardo Stanton
The US Opioid Crisis

“Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015.” https://www.asam.org/docs/default-source/advocacy/opioid-addiction-disease-facts-figures.pdf

It’s been about three years since I wrote something on the opioid epidemic ravaging this nation. It first came to my attention about when I was preparing to be a guest on a radio program to discuss the riots in Baltimore following the Freddie Gray death at the hands of the Baltimore police.  I was researching some demographics about the drug use in Baltimore when I saw an article stating the newest demographic for heroine and opiate addiction were white women and whites between the ages of 25-53. Unlike inner city addition these new addicts were mostly rural whites. I discovered whites in rural Maryland were experiencing a huge spike in overdoes and death so much so, Maryland State Police were carrying the drug Naloxone to prevent overdoses.
Subsequently I started noticing similar reports in states like Vermont, Ohio and West Virginia and I realized the opioid epidemic’s main victims were white folks. Today the overdose epidemic is so pervasive you routinely hear public service announcements on local and national radio and television stating addiction is a disease that help is available. When opium, heroine and alcohol were being dumped in the barrios, Indian reservations and ghetto communities in the 50’s, ‘60’s 70’s 80’s, 90’s, into the twenty-first century nothing like this was said.
 Now that escalating numbers of white people are getting strung out and dying, drug addiction is a public health crisis, not a judgment on the morality and worth of the addicts like it was when the CIA and Mafia were dumping drugs in our communities! But it was the Black and Brown users not the white users or importers who were targeted for arrest and incarceration under a totally bogus “War on Drugs”.  Now that whites are the majority being strung out the official mantra is, “we can’t arrest our way out of this problem.” What a difference pigment makes in the way policies are made and monies appropriated.
            When I spoke on the radio program about Baltimore I provided relevant historic background. I noted the Karmic irony that Baltimore was a bustling port city that was the port of export for tobacco, an extremely addictive substance back to Europe in the eighteenth century. Baltimore was also an entry point for kidnapped Africans who were herded into and held in pens on Pratt Street until they could be sold and shipped elsewhere.
 Later Baltimore became an entry port for European immigrants coming from traumatized background situations created by European elites in Ireland and Germany.
This mix of traumatized persons led to racial animus, conflict and state sanctioned repression especially of Blacks. I talked about the devastating impact of deindustrialization on the region, the scourge of illicit drugs like heroine and crack cocaine had on Baltimore but that now Mexican opium and opioid pain killers were on the rise in the suburbs and wrecking havoc in the rural areas of Maryland. I pointed out  this was not being covered by the corporate media.
            Since then I’ve causally followed the rise of opioid addiction and overdoses but paid close attention to the different public policy pronouncements and priorities now that whites are succumbing to heroine and opiate drugs. The US is experiencing a real crisis and public health officials, politicians and sociologists are extremely concerned because of the rising addiction, overdose and death rates.
 Overzealous prescription writing by doctors, imploding socio-economic conditions and the profit motive are fueling a devastating increase in death and bondage to synthetic opioids and heroine.  “The rate of heroin-related overdose deaths nationwide has nearly quadrupled since 2002. An estimated 30,000 people die every year from opioid overdoses. But unlike drug epidemics of the past, minority populations have seen a less dramatic increase in drug addiction and deaths compared to young white adults. The rate of heroin use among white adults increased by 114% between 2004 and 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate among nonwhite adults remained relatively unchanged during that same period…The stark rise in addiction can be traced back to the increased use of prescription pain relievers such as OxyContin and Vicodin. Prescriptions for opioid analgesic medications have skyrocketed since the introduction of OxyContin in the mid-1990s. In 2012, the number of prescriptions written for opioid drugs reached 259 million. Regulators only a few years ago began implementing stricter limits on the number of pain pills doctors could prescribe, which resulted in lower prescribing rates for opioids, but also led to a subsequent rise in heroin use, a cheaper and easier alternative to prescription pain medicines.” The racial divide in the opioid epidemic. Steven Ross Johnson http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20160227/MAGAZINE/302279871.
Public health officials are concerned about the causes and outcomes of the epidemic. Overdoses are at an all time high. “Opioid prescribing continues to fuel the epidemic. Today, 40% of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. In 2016, more than 46 people died every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids… Overdose is not the only risk related to prescription opioids. Misuse, abuse, and opioid use disorder (addiction) are also potential dangers. In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opioids. As many as 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids long term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction. Every day, over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids.” https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/overdose.html Go to https://www.asam.org/docs/default-source/advocacy/opioid-addiction-disease-facts-figures.pdf to see a comprehensive report on opioid addiction.
It is unlikely the social conditions fueling the personal and collective depression, despondency, helplessness, alienation and pain will abate any time soon. As a people we have to call upon the resiliency of our ancestors and tap into the well of energy within ourselves and use our imagination to vision and fashion a lives, environment and world worthy of our innate and intrinsic genius and being. Greater is that which is inside us than that which is in the world.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Real Martin Luther King Jr.

 
                                                

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

            This weekend we will hear repeated snippets from the 1963 March on Washington Speech by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr that is often referred to as the “I have a Dream” speech.
The ruling elites who ordered King killed want us to think all King did was offer up oratory, idealistic dreams and lead a few marches. What they don’t want us to remember is that he was a fighter for social and economic justice. King was a passionate champion for PEACE and brotherhood. His passion and activism troubled the ruling elites because their socio-economic system is predicated on endemic injustice, suffering poverty and war.
            The March on Washington speech was a searing indictment against American racial and economic oppression but you never ever hear the full speech. All we ever hear is the “I have a dream part”. The whole speech needs to be read heard and understood to get a glimpse of what King was really about.
In it he said, “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 languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.
So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. In a sense we have 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. So we have 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 quick sands 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. 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. 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. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.
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 selfhood 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. Some of you have come from areas where your 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, 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. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.  I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists  with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of ‘interposition’ and ‘nullification’  one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain and the crooked places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day; this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning: “My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride from every mountainside, let freedom ring!” And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.  Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that:  Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside let freedom ring.
And when this happens and when we allow freedom ring when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: ‘Free at last!  Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’
Those were not the words of a passive, idle dreamer, no. Martin Luther King Jr waged relentless struggles that forced the ruling class to relent and forced the government to pass laws that addressed and rectified over one hundred years of electoral disenfranchisement. King and the little people who supported him were responsible for social change that opened public accommodations and broke the barriers of racial apartheid. America was not going to change without some sort of catalyst or pressure Rosa Parks, King SNCC, the Nation of Islam provided that pressure.
 King was very knowledgeable about world events; he saw the big picture, the global scenario. King was actively planning a multi-racial, multi ethnic Poor People’s Campaign in Washington D.C. to call attention to the plight of the common people and demand redistribution of wealth and an end to the wars and their stranglehold on the morals of the country.
 King was the most prominent voice against the US imperialist war in Indo-China (Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia). None of his well known white religious contemporaries like Billie Graham, Norman Vincent Peale or Bishop Fulton Sheen took pro-PEACE positions. Martin Luther King Jr. exposed the immoral nexus linking war, militarism, imperialism with domestic oppression. For this he was demonized, ostracized, labeled persona non grata and marked for death by the ruling class and their media flunkies.
 King was a profound force for social change in America.  When he was shot down in Memphis Tennessee, King was agitating on behalf of mostly Black municipal sanitation worker’s union in their struggle for honest wages and respect from the city leadership.
In one speech King called for transforming the Jericho Road which he used as a metaphor for America. He said, “On the one hand we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life's roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”
King realized America needed restructuring. This weekend don’t fall for the ruling class media King narrative. King was about thorough and systematic structural change not limited community service projects. It’s time we remember the real Martin Luther King Jr. and act on his dream.

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Friday, January 05, 2018

The Tax Cut Scam

                                                   

                                                     From The Ramparts
                                                 Junious Ricardo Stanton
       The Tax Cut Scam

The Republicans’ tax cut legislation disingenuously entitled The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed and was signed into law on December 22, 2017, thereby enabling them to claim a major victory for their party, congress and the president. The Republicans hyped this legislation as a huge catalyst that will spur investment, higher incomes, productivity and the creation of millions of jobs. Not so.
This is just spin and lies. Tax cuts for the rich have been a staple of the Koch Brothers and the other right wing billionaires who fund Republican (and some Democrat) politicians for years and is ideological fodder for the Libertarian economic mantra. But the historical fact and reality are; tax cuts both on the marginal and the corporate rates do not and have not translated into boosts for long term economic growth, increased productivity or higher worker wages. It is pure spin designed to dupe and fool the masses into passively supporting legislation that benefits the super rich.
The fact is, the tax cuts will give us a few extra dollars in our take home pay, but this is not a pay raise!!  Your wages will remain the same, meaning your gross pay stays the same but you will just take home a few more dollars in each paycheck. Wages for working class folks have remained stagnant since the 1970’s and the tax cuts are not going to change this reality. “The majority of Americans share in economic growth through the wages they receive for their labor, rather than through investment income. Unfortunately, many of these workers have fared poorly in recent decades. Since the early 1970s, the hourly inflation-adjusted wages received by the typical worker have barely risen, growing only 0.2% per year. In other words, though the economy has been growing, the primary way most people benefit from that growth has almost completely stalled.”  Why Wages Aren’t Growing In America Jay Shambaugh and Ryan Nunn. https://hbr.org/2017/10/why-wages-arent-growing-in-america
 The corporate tax reductions will put more money in the pockets of the corporate CEOs and their shareholders but the benefits will not trickle down to workers nor improve hourly wages.  “The centerpiece of the Republican tax plan is a massive corporate tax cut, from 35 percent to 20 percent, which is expected to disproportionately benefit the wealthy. Shares of stock in the businesses that pay corporate income are mostly owned by the wealthy, and the top executives whose compensation packages are linked to stock market performance are also much richer than the average American. So the bill’s cut in the corporate tax rate is going to help them the most. It would also overhaul the individual tax code in a way that almost every independent analysis has shown would direct most of the benefits to the wealthy. In 2019, a person in the bottom 10 percent gets a $50 tax cut and a person in the top 1 percent gets a $34,000 tax cut. Other provisions, like rolling back the estate tax, are unambiguous giveaways to the richest Americans.” https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/2/16720952/senate-tax-bill-inequality
            The Republicans passed the legislation which was actually written by lobbyists without debate or support from the Democrats. “President Donald Trump rubber-stamped his party’s revision to the U.S. tax code on Friday, capping a year in which lobbyists working to influence tax law poured millions into the reelection campaigns of Congress. Lobbyists working on issues related to taxes donated $9.6 million to members of Congress during the first nine months of 2017. Among the 11,078 total lobbyists who have registered and actively lobbied so far in 2017, about 58 percent – or 6,421 – lobbied on the issue of taxes, according to quarterly disclosure forms filed between January and September. Almost a quarter of these “tax lobbyists” – or 1,476 – made political contributions. Their combined average contribution during the first three quarters of the 2018 cycle was $6,520.” https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2017/12/tax-lobbyists-contributions/. In other words the lobbyists bribed the congress critters.
It is a totally partisan bill but that’s not the worst of it. This bill is built on totally bogus presumptions that have proven over almost one hundred years to be untrue. A report by the Congressional Research Service in 2012 revealed there is no correlation between top tax rate cuts and economic growth. You can read the report at https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42729.pdf. The report was released in 2012 but Republicans demanded the CRS table it because they said it was too negative; but in reality it debunked their rationale for tax cuts for the rich.
The Tax Cut and Jobs Act contradicts human nature and how capitalism works. Absent strong and protracted pressure, the rich and multinational corporations aren’t going to transfer their money from tax havens in the Cayman Islands or Switzerland back to the US, they are not going to give their workers raises (since organized labor is almost non-existent) and they are not going to relocate their overseas factories and jobs to the United States!  They are going to take their extra money and pocket it or buy additional stock shares to drive up the Stock Market, give themselves raises and their shareholders additional dividends. That’s what capitalism is all about.  After all, they paid their lobbyists millions to influence and write legislation that favors them and makes their tax cut benefits permanent.
            Barnet Sherman wrote a report in Forbes that shows there is no correlation between tax cuts and economic stimulation. https://www.forbes.com/sites/investor/2017/10/17/tax-rates-and-economic-growth-is-there-really-a-correlation/2/#6e42b908433d  But the right wingers are planning to roll out massive ad and marketing campaigns to hoodwink us into believing tax cuts spur economic growth, increase savings, grow wages and productivity.
 “The Koch network will launch a multimillion-dollar push next year to sell the bill, with paid advertising and town halls to educate voters. A major GOP super PAC is planning to spend $10 million to protect House members. And another group, the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, plans to spend the majority of its $1 million annual budget selling the tax plan next year, according to one of the group’s founders, Stephen Moore, a distinguished visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation and an informal economic adviser to the president.” https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/21/gop-tax-plan-marketing-push-313231
            The tax cuts for working folks will expire seven years from now, while the breaks for the super rich are permanent!  This is a scam.  This is why honest economists are saying this legislation will widen the wealth gap between the rich and the poor. Take the miniscule tax cut (it’s already law) but don’t fall for the Republican’s okey-doke and flim flam about it creating more jobs, increasing savings and raising incomes.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Energy and Reality


            
                                    
 
                                                           From The Ramparts

                                                           Junious Ricardo Stanton
 
                                                             Energy and Reality

 

“In traditional Africa, the spirit reality is the parent reality and the greater reality. The experience of the physical is a lesser reflection of the experience which manifests first in the spirit. The experience of the physical though meaningful, functions to facilitate the development of the spirit. Intellect and emotion are conditions of the physical reality and act in concert with the spirit to negotiate the physical reality and further facilitate the development of the spirit.” The Sankofa Movement ReAfrikanization & The Reality of War Kwame Agyei and AKua Nson Akoto page 104

 

            Several years ago I wrote about the ancient African Memphite Theology and how numerous Europeans have glimpsed parts of the ancient wisdom but due they are unable to fully comprehend, grasp or apply the full ramifications of this reality. Western elites and their institutions function in opposition to the Memphite Theology because they fail to grasp the reality (truth) that the universe is actually ONE, a whole system of interconnected seemingly separate entities.

Today more and more Europeans are becoming aware the universe is more than what we experience with our five senses and more than what the value shaping institutions and media tell us it is. “Modern Physics appears to be proving ancient mystical philosophy. In the past 20 years studies that have tried to find the smallest particle or to explore the outer limits of space have come up with answers which support the ancient mystical philosophical view of the cosmos and the constitution of the human being.

Science is discovering that the universe is infinite in all directions both at the atomic (micro) level and the planetary (macro) level. It is also finding that what we call ‘matter’ is 99.9% empty space surrounded by an idea (information, thought) consciousness. Contrary to popular belief, quantum physicists cannot explain what matter is or what holds it together. The remaining .1% of mater which appears to be visible is also theorized by quantum physics (modern physics) to be an optical illusion.” The Hidden Properties of Matter The Mystical Teachings of Memphite Theology in Ancient Egypt by Dr. Muata Abhaya Ashby Cruzian Mystic Books page 48. 

The ancient African Memphite Theology posits that all creation is an emanation and expression of the PRIMAL FIRST CAUSE/MOST HIGH/CREATOR the Nile Valley Africans called Ptah. They postulated that we are all energy/consciousness/spirit beings but our senses cannot perceive this because the energy is so subtle and vibrates at rates our limited senses and misdirected intellects cannot fathom.

 The best way to understand and experience this as our ancient ancestors told us was to “know thyself” because when we realize who and what we are we can grasp reality on a fuller basis. We are spiritual beings made not only in the image of the PRIME CUASE/CREATOR but of the same substance spirit/energy/consciousness only to a lesser extent. Yeshua Ben Joseph was correct when he said “The kingdom of God is within you.”

The best way to know ourselves is to go inward, inside ourselves. Unfortunately we are conditioned, taught and tricked to be outer directed so we can be coerced, manipulated and controlled by others. By going inward getting quiet and in tune with the inner spirit/consciousness we can raise our consciousness and vibration to receive insights and intuition from INFINITE INTELLIGENCE to solve our most pressing problems and address our most vexing challenges as well as gain an inner calm and peace that will help us become less fearful, anxious and stressed out.

 Meditation is nothing spooky or strange; it is merely refocusing our attention whether it is on your breathing, a word, or listening and waiting for the still small voice to speak to you about whatever you need.  Learn to distinguish your higher self from mind chatter, the words and images that run through your mind like rush hour traffic. Learn to still your mind by practicing getting quiet and being a non judgmental observer of your thoughts and images that wander through. Learn to discern between the higher self’s wisdom and right guidance and what we have been conditioned, indoctrinated and brainwashed to believe and trust and follow its direction. We are all unique but made from the same consciousness/energy and spirit. This consciousness is all knowing and will speak to you in numerous ways that are different and unique. It may come in a dream, an instant flash of insight, it may come through an inner urge or prompting that feels right. We are all connected to and we all have access to this INTELLIGENCE/SPIRIT/CONSCIOUSNESS because it is an integral part of us; we just have to be open to the ways of FIRST CUASE/SPIRIT.

The Memphite Theology does not portray the FIRST CUASE/SPIRIT/CONSCIOUSNESS as a human; in fact the Africans called it the unseen mover and knew matter is nothing more than energy that appears solid and either animate or inanimate. Aboriginal people were called superstitious by Europeans because most Europeans do not fathom anything they cannot see, hear, taste or smell, to them such ideas are nonsense meaning not of the senses.

We are energetic beings our thoughts are energy that move in waves that can be seen and recorded on machines like an electroencephalogram or an MRI that show brain activity in various shades and colors. Our thoughts are powerful and they are things! Once we learn the implications of this reality, we can reorient and redirect our mental energy to improve our lives and our reality. Even Western science now admits our thoughts have a direct impact on your emotions and our emotions impact our physiological activities and wellbeing.

This is what Yeshua ben Joseph meant when he said, “repent the Kingdom of God is at hand.” In the New Testament the Greek word for repent is metanoia it means to change your mind, change what you think about, change the way you think and what you believe. We can change our reality but it takes work and courage to go against the grain, to be a non-conformist and to try new things. Obviously what I’m saying is not new. In his book Stolen Legacy George G.M. James revealed the essence of Nile Valley Mystery Schools  teachings, “In the Egyptian Mysteries the Neophyte was required to manifest the following soul attributes: control of thought and control of action… steadfastness of purpose, identity with spiritual life or higher ideals, evidence of having a mission in life and evidence of a call to spiritual orders or the Priesthood in the Mysteries as well as Freedom from resentment, confidence in the master as teacher and confidence in one’s own ability to learn and readiness for initiation” Stolen Legacy page 30.

This system worked for thousands of years. It was the foundation of the African reality a reality that the world still is in awe of and marvels!  It can work for us again today. We can employ it today. We can use our innate energy to elevate our vibrations and consciousness to change our lives, our world and our reality. If you try it and it doesn’t work you can always go back to what you were doing before.

 

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