Monday, August 14, 2017

So Much Going On So Much Propaganda So Little Truth

                                       From The Ramparts
                                     Junious Ricardo Stanton
    So Much Going On, So Much Propaganda, So Little Truth


            "Never allow an insult propagated to go unanswered by you. Be ever vigilant to down anything by way of propaganda that dishonors or discredits you. Don't help the other fellow to carry on propaganda against yourself or your race." Marcus Garvey from Marcus Garvey Life and Lessons edited by Robert A. Hill and Barbara Bair page 291
           
            Last week following a rally to support Cheyney University, the Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board wrote an Op-Ed piece about Cheyney University and indirectly Heeding Cheyney's Call that was so disingenuous I could not let it go unchallenged.  Their headline read Cheyney problem isn't racism: it's failing to compete for students. In an article attributed to the whole Editorial Board rather than one individual, the piece blatantly minimized the role racism has played during the ninety-five year history since the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purchased the school from the Quakers in 1922. It dishonestly stated "Cheyney’s predicament certainly has a racial component, but the solution must go beyond that perspective. It thrived in the 1960s when it was known as Cheyney State Teachers College and served as the principal institution in Pennsylvania training African Americans to become teachers. But it has struggled to find its niche in post-segregation America."
            What the editorial board deliberately failed to mention was, during the 1960's students picketed, demonstrated and took over buildings to protest the state's biased treatment of the school. I know because I was involved in those protests and I was part of student government when the state begrudgingly began to give the school more attention and funding.
            The Board also failed to mention that President Wade Wilson (from 1969 to1980) was a wise and visionary leader who leveraged the student unrest, demonstrations and protests to get more funding, buildings and degree programs from the state.
            The Editorial Board neglected to do its homework and due diligence and blamed Cheyney for its failings, conveniently overlooking and omitting something called the Performance Based Funding Formula employed by the Commonwealth that negatively impacted the PASSHE system.
            In theory the formulas are supposed to generate increased efficiency, enrollment, retention and graduation rates and fund raising on the part of the university. Critics of performance based funding say these policies do not generate the goals they are put in place to accomplish.  "The most instructive findings come from case studies of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington, all of which based their policies on the seven principles identified by advocates. In Indiana, universities have become more selective and less diverse while also not improving degree production. In Pennsylvania, universities did not produce more degrees even after operating under performance-based funding for nearly a decade. After Tennessee increased the financial incentives and redesigned its policy, universities did not improve their graduation or retention rates. And in Washington, the state’s community colleges responded not by producing more associate’s degrees but by increasing short-term certificates. Despite each state having goals related to improving college completions, their performance-based funding policies have not yet achieved the desired results."  Why Performance-Based College Funding Doesn’t Work https://tcf.org/content/report/why-performance-based-college-funding-doesnt-work/
                    During a meeting Heeding Cheyney's Call had with outgoing Chancellor Brogan in 2014, he stated PBF was not working and the schools would receive additional funding. But of course the Inquirer Board didn't include this information since they had another agenda which was to discredit HCC and Cheyney.
            The Board also mentioned the Keystone Honors Program but failed to inform their readers the program was created as the result of intervention by the US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights in 1999 when the OCR hammered out a binding agreement to remediate the Commonwealth's long history of underfunding and discrimination. The Inquirer also ignored the fact the Commonwealth has failed to live up to that agreement by underfunding the Keystone Honors Academy in the agreed upon amounts.
             All these facts are public record but somehow the Inquirer's "Editorial Board" chose to indict Cheyney for failing to diversify its student population. Here's another fact the Inquirer failed to mention, unlike many schools in the PASSHE system Cheyney has never discriminated on the base of skin color, ethnic origin, creed or philosophy. In fact at one time Cheyney was the most integrated school in the PASSHE system!
            What the Inquirer did was patently disingenuous; but then we must remember the Inquirer is part of the fake news industry, purveyors of propaganda and disinformation. Don't believe their hype!

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Help Us Save Cheyney University

                                       


                                          Help Us Save Cheyney University
                                                   Junious Ricardo Stanton

            On Tuesday August 1, 2017 Heeding Cheyney's Call an alumni coalition of which I am a proud founding member, along with distinguished clergy, elected officials such as Philadelphia Councilman David Oh, Congressman Dwight Evans, Karen Warrington from Congressman Brady's office, State Rep Stephen Kinsey and State Senator Vincent Hughes along with a hundred other concerned alumni, community and political activists held a press conference and rally outside the Philadelphia office of Governor Tom Wolf.
            The purpose of the rally was to persuade Gov. Wolf to become more involved in saving historic Cheyney University. I say more involved because since his inauguration in 2015 Gov. Wolf has voiced support for saving Cheyney and has assigned his staff  to work with Heeding Cheyney's Call to remedy its troubles. But now Cheyney is facing an existential crisis and only Gov. Wolf can save this venerable institution from imminent demise.
            We called on the Governor to directly intervene on Cheyney's behalf by calling the Middle States Commission on Higher Education whose offices are in Philadelphia and tell them the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has called for a search for a permanent president, that only letting a contract for a consulting firm to conduct the search is holding the process up. We also are asking Gov. Wolf to intervene and vouch for Cheyney's fiscal sustainability until a new administration can be put in place to put Cheyney on a solid financial footing.
            While by all accounts our rally was a huge success: we received excellent press coverage, we had a hundred people out in sweltering heat and received the verbal and written support of extremely influential people several who were unable to attend; we still need your help whether you have a Cheyney connection or not! We are asking folks to call or E-mail the offices of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf  (717) 787-2500, Fax (717) 772-8284 or write to him at Office of the Governor, 508 Main Capital Building Harrisburg, PA 17120 thanking him for his continued support of Cheyney but ask him not to sell Cheyney's land, cut back on degree programs and to notify Middle States he will vouch for Cheyney's fiscal sustainability. We are asking you to do the same thing, contact PASSHE Board of Governors Chairlady Cynthia Shapira (717) 720-4028 Fax (717) 720-4011 or mail her at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Dixon University Center 2986 N. Second Street Harrisburg, PA 17110-120. Finally reach out to Cheyney University Interim President Aaron Walton (610) 399-2275 or write to him at 1837 University Circle Cheyney PA, 19319 and ask them nor to carry out the Task Force's agenda to cut degree programs, sell Cheyney's land or eliminate NCAA sports programs.
            If enough of you sacrifice just a few minutes of your time to do this, we can save Cheyney University the oldest institution of higher learning for African-Americans in this nation. Cheyney started out as the African Institute. The name was subsequently changed to the Institute for Colored Youth, Cheyney, later became the Cheyney Training School for Teachers, Cheyney State Teacher's College, Cheyney State College and finally Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. This institution has a major legacy of education, social activism, training and pedagogy primarily for African-Americans but unlike most colleges in Pennsylvania, Cheyney has never refused entrance to anyone based upon skin pigmentation, national origin, ethnic background and history or religious orientation.
            You ask, why should I help save Cheyney? Because higher education is in crisis in twenty first century America, especially Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania ranks forty-ninth in college affordability. Only one state in the nation costs more for its in state students to attend public colleges that is New Hampshire. http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/education/93251-colleges-in-pa-unaffordable-for-most-low-and-middle-income-families  Pennsylvania spends more on prisons, incarceration and corrections than it does for higher education. http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/07/pa_prison_budget_tops_higher_e.html
            These public policies do not bode well for working class families especially people of color in Pennsylvania! This means if you live in Pennsylvania and you want to attend a Pennsylvania public college or university it will cost you more than anywhere else in America except New Hampshire. As Cheyney goes so goes PASSHE. The fact of the matter is PASSHE is in trouble but Pennsylvania's elected officials try to suppress this fact. https://billypenn.com/2017/05/02/what-pushed-pennsylvanias-public-universities-to-the-brink-of-collapse/.
            Cheyney is an HBCU the first institution of higher learning for Africans in America and many HBCUs is facing existential challenges. Frankly unless we intervene  many HBCUs will not survive. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/28/a-look-at-historically-black-colleges-and-universities-as-howard-turns-150/  If you care about quality, affordable higher education then you will join us in the fight to save historic Cheyney University.


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Monday, July 31, 2017

How Safe Is Your Drinking Water




                                           From The Ramparts
                                       Junious Ricardo Stanton
                              How Safe Is Your Drinking Water?

"Tap water from 48,000 public water utilities was found to contain multiple cancer-causing agents from arsenic, dioxane, chromium 6 to nitrates, according to researcher with the Environmental Working Group. Researchers published the findings of their five year study in an online database, searchable by zip code or a local utility’s name, with findings on tap water in public water systems in all 50 states." http://www.blacklistednews.com/Cancer-causing_pollutants_detected_in_most_tap_water_across_US_-
study/59995/0/38/38/Y/M.html

            How safe is your drinking water? A new study by a group calling itself the Environmental Working Group  discovered 48,000 municipal utilities throughout all fifty states contained multiple cancer causing carcinogens! For years conspiracy theorists have long maintained "the government" or nefarious secret entities were poisoning our water supply but now it seems, like so many of their theories there is verifiable truth in their claims.
             Municipal water contamination came to the public attention when it was discovered the water supply in Flint Michigan was contaminated with lead and other toxic elements. The alarming truth is Flint is not the only city facing lead contamination issues. http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-lead-testing/, http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/28/us/epa-lead-in-u-s-water-systems/index.html. But nation wide it's worse than that. The study released by EWG reveals the drinking water in 48,000 public utilities contains cancer causing agents and carcinogens! And this doesn't include well water or places where there aren't public utilities.
            Lead is lethal but the other stuff the study revealed is extremely toxic and dangerous to our health. Go to the Environmental Working Group's Website to see for yourself. https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/?_ga=2.88663451.1405934153.1501259550-1516571146.1501259550#.WX3sWI7Qc7B. Locate your state on the map and then click it to see the water quality results and status. You can click the state where family and friends live to see how safe or at risk they may be. The report for each state contains the names of each utility, the violation points, a list of the contaminants, the number of people served and impacted and contaminant levels above the legal limit.
            For years health advocates and conspiracy theorists alike have been saying fluoridated water doesn't protect against tooth decay, that it is a dangerous and harmful additive. "What is known is that fluoride is toxic. In fact, the number one reason for poison control calls concerning fluoride are for children who’ve eaten toothpaste. [2] [3] Long-term ingestion is harmful to the brain, digestive system, heart, bones… even the tooth enamel it’s supposed to help. " https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/9-shocking-dangers-of-fluoride/
            In his book The Trillion Dollar Conspiracy (Harper Collins) researcher Jim Marrs has this to say about fluoridated water. " Most people don't realize that fluoride is a key ingredient in Prozac and many other psychotropic drugs. Prozac whose scientific name is fluoxetine is 94 percent fluoride ...  Today, two thirds of all municipal water and most bottle water in the United States contain sodium fluoride. Fluoride is a poisonous waste product of aluminum manufacture that accumulates in the human body. The use of aluminum cookware has been strongly linked to Alzheimer's disease a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person's memory and ability to learn, reason and make judgments. A Christian Science Monitor survey in 1954 showed that seventy-nine of eighty-one Nobel Prize winners in chemistry, medicine and physiology refused to endorse water fluoridation. Nevertheless, every US Public Health Service surgeon general since the 1950's has supported putting this rat poison ingredient into America's water supply." page 100-101
            Don't just take my word for it do some research on your own. Here is some additional information that I think my interest you and jumpstart your investigation into this aspect of water toxicity, "The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists fluoride among about 100 chemicals for which there is 'substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.' Experiments on animals reveal that fluoride accumulates in the brain and alters mental behavior (Mullenix 1995). There have been over 100 animal experiments showing that fluoride damages the brain and impacts learning and behavior."
Fluoride Dangers: Top 10 Dangers of Fluoride  http://www.cheeseslave.com/top-10-dangers-of-fluoride/
            Here are several Websites you  can check out to get more information on fluoride and other public water toxicity issues: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2016/08/unsafe-levels-of-toxic-chemicals-found-in-drinking-water-of-33-states/, http://www.mbschachter.com/dangers_of_fluoride_and_fluorida.htm, https://www.nrdc.org/stories/whats-your-drinking-water, https://www.nrdc.org/stories/whats-your-drinking-water
            One way to ensure safer drinking water is to drink distilled water. Experts advise not to drink distilled water stored in plastic bottles. Some advocates say the best way to insure clean healthy drinking water is to distill it yourself. Here is a YouTube video that demonstrates how. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISHJt7nsPGA. Take your health into your own hands.


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Same Ol' Same Ol'


                                                

                                                       From The Ramparts
                                                      Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                       Same Ol' Same Ol'

            "Chicago has some of the strictest gun restrictions in the United States with some of the highest rates of gun violence. Gang members are not buying them legally, and the police are pulling guns off the street on a daily basis, so where are they coming from?" http://www.activistpost.com/2016/09/gang-members-implicate-u-s-govt-dumping-crates-guns-chicago.html

            My brother in law sent me a book entitled Madame President The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by Helene Cooper. It is about the rise of Liberia's and Africa's first female president. It chronicles her life story from when she was a baby and it was prophesized she would be great. The book follows Mrs Sirleaf from her infancy through the final years of her presidency. In between are vivid and horrific accounts of the carnage, rape and debauchery that took place during Liberia's civil wars from 1989-2003 and the socio- political machinations that forged the conflicts and slaughter.
            While he was reading the book my brother in law would call me baffled how and why African people could or would commit such heinous atrocities against one another? When he finished reading it, he sent us the book and my wife read it first. Often she would read portions to me. We would discuss what she read and when she finished reading it, I took it up and read it.
            The other day I was talking to my brother in law over the phone I mentioned I finished the book and he asked me what I thought. I told him one of my main take-aways was how the author mentioned the soldiers who raped pillaged and killed were most often drunk off Palm wine and amphetamines. I asked him where did the various warlords and combatants get the drugs, arms and ammunition to wage the wars?
            I told him the same thing I told my wife, that I was not attempting to excuse or minimize the atrocities done by the various factions during the wars but I maintained it was the West who supplied the arms and the drugs to the Liberians because that is their modus operandi, divide and rule by instigating and arming both sides of a conflict.
            The author Helene Cooper is a writer for the New York Times. She is a native Liberian and has had two best selling books to her credit. She praised Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who was descended from the former enslaved Afro-Americans who founded Liberia as part of the US African Colonization Society's agenda, told about how she came to America got educated and eventually worked for the World Bank and IMF.  Ms Cooper either knows nothing about the World Bank and IMF being global loan sharks and usury vultures preying on countries like Liberia or she deliberately chose not to go there in the book.
            Most Black folks know nothing of the history and agenda of the American Colonization Society an organization founded in 1816 by racists like Robert Finley, Henry Clay, Francis Scott Key and Daniel Webster designed to expatriate Blacks back to Africa or some other place because they posed a threat to their notion of an all white country, were serious competition to whites for jobs and inspired enslaved Blacks to think about freedom.  http://www.blackpast.org/aah/american-colonization-society-1816-1964.
             Abraham Lincoln was a major backer and supporter of the ACS which is why the name of Ashmun Institute was changed to Lincoln University in 1866. We need to know more about the ACS and its politics. But this is not the point of this article.
            The point I want to raise is just like whites supplied modern Liberians with arms, and drugs; just like whites currently supply ISIS, ISIL and all the rest of the so called "terrorist"  factions around the world with guns, ammunition and drugs, they are doing the same thing in the inner cities of America. Check out this video at http://www.activistpost.com/2016/09/gang-members-implicate-u-s-govt-dumping-crates-guns-chicago.html
            Keep in mind Chicago is not the only place this is happening. This has long been the MO of the Western ruling class and their flunkies. Their goal is to destabilize a people, community, region or nation, weaken it, depopulate it, wipe them out like they did the Native Americans and numerous African nations so they can expropriate the natural resources (like Liberian "blood diamonds" which Helene Cooper does not cover in her book) and exploit the people who remain.
            Here in the US they are attempting to destabilize and decimate whole Black communities and coupled with their media mind control and brainwashing us to devalue and hate ourselves it is working big time!
            Black people do not have ships, planes or the means to transport let alone manufacture modern weaponry so where did the Liberians get them? Ms Cooper neither asked nor answered that question I guess because that was not the focus of  her book. But I am. Where are the gang bangers getting the drugs and arms they use to terrorize neighborhoods here in the US?
            A few yeas ago I read a study on "living conditions" of Australian aborigines that detailed the prevalence of poverty, isolation and high rate of alcoholism. I said to myself this is the same thing that is happening on Native American "reservations" (our euphemism for government concentration camps)  in the ghettos and barrios in this country. Is that a coincidence? Not hardly!
            It's high time we woke up and set about the business of resolving the gun and drug crisis in our communities just like Madame President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf resolved the Ebola crisis in Liberia.


                                                                       -30- 

Sunday, July 09, 2017

America's Looming Pension Crisis

                                       
                                                   From The Ramparts
                                                   Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                         America's Looming Pension Crisis


            "U.S. state and local employee pension plans are in trouble — and much of it is because of flaws in the actuarial science used to manage their finances. Making it worse, standard actuarial practice masks the true extent of the problem by ignoring the best financial science — which shows the plans are even more underfunded than taxpayers and plan beneficiaries have been told." http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-your-states-public-pension-plan-is-in-a-much-bigger-hole-than-you-already-fear-2016-08-16

            While the corporate media and US Congress engage in a sham witch hunt for evidence of the nonexistent Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election, real concerns and problems go unaddressed. Several years ago I had investigative reporter Patricia Kelly O'Meara of the Washington Times on my Internet radio program. Our topic was psychotropic drug abuses against children. She also shared a story she was working on about the insolvency of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation how the rash of giant bankruptcies of the US steel and airlines industries were further depleting the reserves of this quasi-Public entity designed to be the last resort to protect private pensions in cases of company default and bankruptcy.
            Her reports revealed that big companies were deliberately off-loading their pension obligations onto the PBGC to be born by the US taxpayers. They were keeping the funds they collected for and from their employees and claiming they didn't have the money to honor their pension obligations.  The BPGC was forced to step in and provide at least some pension benefits to the retirees although in most cases it was not what their Defined Benefit Retirement agreements called for!
            As a result of her articles Congress took action to replenish the PBGC fund so it was in better condition than prior to her revelations. However due to the 2008 crash the fund is now seriously underfunded again. "The government's pension insurance company, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), is broke. Because its creditors can't demand their money immediately, it won't have spent its last dollar for 'a significant number of years' yet (maybe ten) -- but its liabilities of $164 billion are nearly twice its assets of $88 billion: there is no way it can honor all its obligations." http://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2016/07/26/who_will_pay_for_the_pension_benefit_guaranty_corporations_huge_losses_102279.html
            There is a pension crisis in America that is metastasizing and roiling out to the point hundreds of public and private pensions are at risk for collapse leaving current pensioners in a lurch and future retirees at risk for destitution due to reduced benefits or no benefits at all!
              Every once in a while the media reports on a fund that is in fiscal  difficulty like the Teamsters Union fund. https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/congress/item/24970-teamsters-pension-plans-seek-massive-cuts-to-retirees-to-stay-solvent  What we are not being told is that so many municipalities, counties states and company pensions are in deep trouble due to decisions the CEO,s CFO's, mayors, councils, managers, governors made negotiating contracts with unions, and how their funds were managed.
            For public pensions mayors and governors opted not to make the needed contributions to the funds. I do not have the space to provide all the data so go to
https://ballotpedia.org/Public_pension_crisis, www.marketwatch.com/story/collapsing-pensions-will-fuel-americas-next-financial-crisis-2017-03-14 and http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/finance/325564-the-pension-crisis-will-be-americas-next-financial-crisis to see just how precarious the US pension system both public and private really are.
            What can we do? Ask questions, raise issues with your elected officials, your union reps and employers. Get involved, attend meetings, read the relevant materials your union or pension fund send you, do your own research and become more familiar with the issues.
            The fiscal and related pension troubles in Detroit, Chicago, South Carolina and California are not isolated occurrences, they are the very reality most of us will face sooner or later.  When Detroit was going through its bankruptcy proceedings several years ago, I admonished readers to keep an eye on how they resolved the pension issues.
            Now the state of Illinois is in deep trouble, please pay attention to what happens with their budget and pension contributions. These same fiscal crisis are being faced by cities, counties, states and nations. Here is some additional information on various states, their pension status and overviews of what is being called "the pension tsunami". More than likely regardless of where you live, your state is included. Enlarge the graph at the top of this post and review the following material and act intelligently: http://www.welovecostarica.com/the-unfunded-pension-tsunami-is-rapidly-gaining-momentum-the-us-public-pension-system-is-mathematically-guaranteed-to-crash/, http://reason.org/news/show/the-public-employee-pension-crisis and https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/05/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-global-pension-crisis/


                                                            -30-

Monday, July 03, 2017

History of US Deparvity

 

                                                

                                                  From the Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                History of US Depravity

                                    "At least one picture shows an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner while another is said to show a male translator raping a male detainee. Further photographs are said to depict sexual assaults on prisoners with objects including a truncheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/5395830/Abu-Ghraib-abuse-photos-show-rape.html

            When photographs of US soldiers abusing detainees at Guantanamo's high security prison were first shown, Americans recoiled in shock and disbelief. The pictures were in stark contrast to the narrative about the US "bringing justice" to terrorists and radical Islamists. Most people experienced cognitive dissonance when they saw the pictures, they could not believe  their government, their soldiers would commit such vile acts. This unwillingness to believe the fiendish depravity of "their soldiers" is a testament to the effectiveness of the brainwashing, propaganda and mind control technology of the ruling class than anything else.
            The Europeans who came to this hemisphere came in search of wealth, gold, fortunes and they used ruthless violence, cunning and degeneracy to get what they wanted. Their first victims were the indigenous inhabitants of the Caribbean, then subsequently South, Central and North America. Cristobol Colon (aka Christopher Columbus) recorded in his journals how his men ran down the Arawaks with armored attack dogs, shot them point blank with small canons and killed them with swords, lances and pikes. His men raped the Native women. Colon set the tone and tenor for cultural contacts between whites and indigenous people in the so called "New World".
            This pattern replicated everywhere on this planet Europeans ventured. It multiplied and continued as more European nation states were attracted by ideas of empire and unimaginable wealth. The cruelty and barbarism the Europeans brought with them continues to this very day.
            When the British came to North America they imitated the behavior of the Spanish and Portuguese.  Unable to enslave and subjugate the indigenous people, they turned to white servitude which eventually proved unproductive because the whites couldn't tolerate the hard work. Plus the whites could run away, blend into other colonies or start their own settlements despite their brands and signs of servitude. So the British did like other Europeans, they turned towards Africa.
            Most of us are familiar with the horrors of the slave trade, the physical abuse, the brutality, desecration and degradation our ancestors experienced at the hands of whites. We can

look around and see the results of the hundreds of years worth of rape and forced "relations" but we don't talk much about the other horrors our ancestors faced.
            We don't talk about the crass depravity the white enslavers and their overseers forced on black boys and men, the sodomy and rape by white men. Given the rampant pedophilia of the Catholic Church http://www.dw.com/en/belgian-report-lists-hundreds-of-pedophilia-cases-in-catholic-church/a-5993739, the pedophilia scandals in England http://www.trueactivist.com/new-witnesses-accuse-fmr-uk-prime-minister-of-pedophilia-ritual-murder/ and the suppressed scandals here in the US http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/08/24/vt-exclusive-largest-pedophile-ring-in-history-70000-members-heads-of-state-the-rats-scramble/ we should not be shocked or surprised about the sexual abuse heaped upon both Black females, males and children!
            During slavery, enslavers routinely abused and took advantage of our ancestors both male and female! Like most of the atrocities committed against our people, the Europeans covered them up, dismissed them or trivialized them leaving us to try to regroup, deal with the psycho-physical trauma and attempt to make sense out of this insanity! But there is little documentation of this deviant behavior. Like much of what transpired during US slavery the dastardly deeds of the slave catchers, ship captains, mates, jailers and owners were whitewashed and swept under the proverbial rug.
            There is a scholarly thesis by Chelsea Clarey May a Masters Degree candidate at Clemson University entitled THE METONYM OF EDENIC MASCULINITY: DEPICTIONS OF MALE-MALE RAPE IN INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL AND PROPERTY,http://tigerprints.clemson.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3084&context=all_
theses that examines this subject based upon the real life narratives of a slave girl and a fictionalized account of slavery.
            A lack of scholarly research on this topic aside, these abuses were real and their effects linger on, festering beneath the surface of our psyches contributing to the trauma and pain even today. This helps to explain our maladaptive responses to our oppression. The new research field of epigenetics is revealing how psychic pain, trauma and habits can be transmitted across generations and have major impact often unbeknownst to the person and their descendants.
            Now scientists are speculating that the experiences of a parent can impact the genes of their offspring without altering the DNA structure
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/aug/21/study-of-holocaust-survivors-finds-trauma-passed-on-to-childrens-genes. This means the horrors our ancestors experienced during slavery have impacted us and unless we find ways to truly heal ourselves, (even within this insanely racist and evil culture) we will perpetuate them in future generations. It is a combination of nature and nurture so we must be the ones to control our socio-psychological and physical environments so we do not further traumatize ourselves and our progeny.


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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Environmental Poisoning

                                                 
 

                                                 From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                             Environmental Poisoning

            A recent story in a Philadelphia newspaper and Philadelphia television stated many gentrified communities in the Delaware River wards are experiencing a spike in lead poisoning; not in the drinking water or from paint but from the ground!  The article stated the lead comes from old smelters and factories that were prevalent in the city during the nineteenth and twentieth century industrial boom. At one time Philadelphia had the most lead smelting factories in the nation. The lead from these buildings is saturated in the ground. State and local authorities are bickering over whose responsibility it is to clean up and remedy the situation.
            Lead is extremely toxic and can cause severe health defects and conditions. Lead exposure and contamination are major problems throughout modern America not just in Philadelphia or Flint Michigan. Most of the information about the dangers of lead poisoning have focused on children, but lead poisoning is deadly to adults as well. "Here’s what we do know, though: Even low-level exposure can harm your heart, brain, kidneys, and reproductive system. Concentrations of less than 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood—a level the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers toxic and at which it recommends public health intervention—can weaken adult kidney function and increase the risk of kidney disease, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. There are also hints that this level of exposure in adults may contribute to seizures, hearing loss, impairment of cognitive functions (including memory), and the development of Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Scientists are now looking into whether it might exacerbate cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia... Scientists have associated somewhat higher blood lead levels—5 to 10 micrograms per deciliter—with high blood pressure and an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. That’s because our bodies seem to confuse lead with calcium, which plays a vital role in muscle contraction. This mix-up causes tiny muscles around our blood vessels to contract more forcefully than they normally would have, thereby increasing the blood pressure... Black Americans already experience higher rates of cardiovascular health problems than other groups, often due to poor diet, so lead may compound an existing problem in majority-black cities like Flint, 41 percent of whose residents live below the federal poverty threshold." http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/03/flint-lead-exposure-adult-health-effects/
            But environmental toxicity is not just relegated to Philadelphia and Flint Michigan. In the June 21 edition of the Government Slaves Website http://www.govtslaves.com/these-9-zip-codes-have-dangerously-high-levels-of-toxic-heavy-metals-in-the-municipal-water-supply/ there was an article on environmental toxins with a link to a Natural Science Journal study of three hundred sixty four municipalities by zip codes with high limits of lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, aluminum and cooper http://naturalsciencejournal.org/ICP-MS-Analysis-364-Municipal-Water-Samples.html
            I belong to The Philadelphia Seminar an organization that brings in guest speakers every month to share ideas and topics that impact African Americans. Last week we had Glen Ellis and he specifically told us only twenty percent of the issues that impact our health have anything to do with doctors, medical insurance, coverage or hospitals. The other eighty per cent involves personal lifestyle, our habits, our immediate environment, our mental attitudes and the day to day stress we experience. As an example of environmental factors, he mentioned lead and the deadly effects lead has on humans.
         Our environmental space plays an important role in our health or illness. We are also subject to omnipresent natural and man made electromagnetic frequencies from our computers, televisions, smart phones and mobile devices. Currently there is a war going on between those who espouse telling the truth about electromagnetic frequencies and fields and those who don't. In most cases, the ones who are lying and withholding information are winning!
         "But mention that serious health effects can result from human-generated electromagnetic fields (EMFs), and everyone and their dog seem to be able to quote propaganda on how these frequencies and their emitting devices are 'proven safe'—which defies logic. For most consumers, information about the health effects of these fields comes from reports in electronics-based media (internet, radio, and TV) or tech-ads-dependent media (newspapers and news magazines). And the vast bulk of the research is paid for by the telecommunications industry, which cares about its sales and legal liability—not your health. This industry has spent billions of dollars in political lobbying... Few people are listening to the real authority to which they have instant access—their own body. Some of the most commonly experienced effects of EMFs, like depression, brain fog, attention deficit disorder, chronic fatigue, autism, sleeplessness, anxiety, and Alzheimer's increase coffee shop and drug corporation profits as people look for relief. But a drug-dependent fix is different than vigorous health, especially for the planet." The Effects of Electromagnetic Fields: What is Penetrating You?  Cathee Courter with Peter MacGill http://www.weness.org/emfs/effects-electromagnetic-fields.html
         Please pay more attention to your environment and your body, they speak to us all the time. Environmental poisoning is real and it impacts all of us. Don't fall for the propaganda and consumer okey-doke; be alert, be aware and be willing to fight for your rights.

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