Monday, December 11, 2017

Observing the Winter Solstice

                                                  

                                                  From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                            Observing the Winter Solstice

            "At the December solstice, Earth is positioned in its orbit so that the sun stays below the north pole horizon. As seen from 23-and-a-half degrees south of the equator, at the imaginary line encircling the globe known as the Tropic of Capricorn, the sun shines directly overhead at noon. This is as far south as the sun ever gets. All locations south of the equator have day lengths greater than 12 hours at the December solstice. Meanwhile, all locations north of the equator have day lengths less than 12 hours." http://earthsky.org/?p=2951
           
            Our ancient ancestors observed all of nature about themselves; but especially the skies, noting the weather, the stars and the seeming changes of the sun, which they saw as the most powerful object in the sky, the provider of light and warmth. This December 21 at 10:28 Central Time in the Northern Hemisphere we will experience the Winter Solstice. This occurs due to the earth's axis tilt, as a result the days will be shorter and the nights longer then after two days, the days will become increasingly longer until we move into the Spring and Summer. During this period you will see later dawns and early sunsets. Meanwhile in the Southern Hemisphere the exact opposite is happening, the days are getting longer
            Because of the influence of the Sun and the awe in which ancient man held for the heavens, many tribes and cultures created celebrations, festivals and rituals to mark the various phases of the Sun as the earth traveled around it. They were keenly aware of the Equinoxes when the solar energy and sunlight were the same for both hemispheres and many used these events to establish calendars to mark the consistent changes they observed in the heavens and here on earth. To be honest the ancients did not worship the sun or moon per se, they observed them because for them these two objects offered a sense of constancy, regularity and rhythm that helped them plan and orient their daily lives.
            Later unscrupulous megalomaniacal leaders used this natural phenomenon to manipulate the masses and created religious observations and festivals around the changes they experienced and observed due to the earth's rotation and the positioning of the sun (and the phases of the moon) but placed themselves in positions of power and authority over the people. Ceremonies, myths and fables were created that explained to some degree the solstice occurrence.
             Much of what we see around this time: the placing of lights around the houses, the looking towards the heavens and myths about avatars and saviors being born around this time, dying and resurrected are actually based upon the Winter and Spring solstices and equinoxes.
            The ancients had a saying "As above so below" the principle or law of correspondence, the unity of all creation and they attempted to order their societies and their lives in accordance to DEVINE ORDER and pay attention to the various energies and forces they experienced in their lives. To them the Sun was merely a symbol, an icon and a representation of the unseen energy that permeated and sustained all creation.
            Today too often we take a dim view of the ancients because we do not understand their worldview, we are disconnected from what they believed or experienced. Their narratives are told by invaders who disdained the people and their culture or in the case of the more advanced cultures the invaders encountered, they were in awe and envy of what the indigenous people accomplished. The invaders either subsequently took undue credit for what the indigenous people did (as in the case of Arab interlopers in Kemet) or they suppressed the truth those people were Black.  
            One of the things we can do to acknowledge the solstice and put some personal  significance and importance to it, is to do the research, see it with an open, unbiased mind, be appreciative of what our ancient ancestors recognized and understood and take time to give thanks for them.
             I've heard people recommend fasting and cleansing during the solstice, abstaining from eating for a brief period of time twenty four hours or so. Physical fasting is very beneficial for you but so is mental fasting. During a mental fast you abstain from ideas, images, thoughts and the resulting feelings that are not positive or healthy.  Think healthy thoughts, create images of peace and empathy within yourself, envision yourself as healthy and prosperous, strive to develop an inner serenity and spirit. Once you are successful doing this during the solstice or equinoxes, you can do it randomly on a more regular basis. Once you are able to do this consistently you will notice a positive change in your life, maybe not in all your circumstances but in how you deal with life, people and circumstances. Sometimes we need an external event to simulate an internal transformation,the Winter Solstice is as good a time as any.

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Monday, December 04, 2017

Disruptive Technology Part II



                                           From the Ramparts
                                           Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                      Disruptive Technologies Part II

            "Disruptive technologies hold within themselves the capacity to alter our lifestyle, what we mean by work, business and the global economy." https://www.intelligenthq.com/technology/12-disruptive-technologies/

            Last week I presented some ideas on disruptive technologies. There are two types of technology, sustaining and disruptive. Sustaining technology are innovative developments that improve upon already existing technology, services or products. Disruptive technologies are defined as: one that displaces an established technology and shakes up the industry or a ground-breaking product that creates a completely new industry.  http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/disruptive-technology.
            We live in an era of rapid change, innovation and technology that have far reaching impact and effect on our daily lives and even more so in the future. Last week I provided examples of disruptive technologies from the CIA and DARPA but there are many technologies that impact our daily lives we take for granted. Here are some disruptive technologies that are now or will be integral parts of our lives: the Internet, cloud storage and servers, 3D printing , DNA gene editing, virtual reality devices, magnetic strip credit card, robotics, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, digital implants, bots and apps.
            Innovative technology is changing the workforce and the workplace. More and more automation and robotic applications are being used and this automation is displacing manual workers. " Disruptive technologies, as well as disruptive innovations and business models, affect previously established technologies and industries. Computers, smartphones and the Internet—things that most of us use without thinking twice about—are some of the biggest disruptive technologies we utilize every day. Computers quickly replaced typewriters and, with the introduction of the Internet, have entirely changed our society and culture. With the world of work changing rapidly, both those seeking employment and those already employed need to remain aware of advancements and changes coming to their industries. For those in the workforce, this means being actively involved in your industry—by attending workshops, watching webinars or joining relevant associations—to ensure you are aware of upcoming changes. Jobs will evolve as technology changes, so it’s important for employees to keep their skills up to date in order to 'future-proof' their jobs. Bev Stevens, a co-op and career educator with the Gustavson School of Business, notes that some jobs will start to disappear with the introduction of more technology and artificial intelligence; however, she believes that many jobs will simply start to look very different, so employees should educate themselves on new technologies before they affect their professions." Day to Day Disruptions How Disruptive Technologies Are Affecting The Way We Work https://onlineacademiccommunity.uvic.ca/gustavson/2016/07/21/disruptivetechnology/
            Futurists predict disruptive technology will alter the way we live, work and our immediate environment in negative ways. In many cases disruptive innovation has created fewer jobs than it replaced and is altering society in very harmful ways. In fact in a recent article Sean Parker one of the executives of the social media giant Facebook admitted they knew the negative consequences of the technology when they were engineering it, but did it anyway! https://www.axios.com/sean-parker-unloads-on-facebook-2508036343.html
            We need to be aware of the downsides of innovative technology.  Here are a few articles I think you should read on this subject: http://roogirl.com/25-negative-effects-of-technology/, http://myessaypoint.com/how-technology-effects-our-society, https://www.morganmckinley.ie/article/5-negative-impacts-technology-has-our-everyday-lives and https://www.kibin.com/essay-examples/the-negative-impact-of-technological-innovation-on-the-job-market-and-society-jNOuytae
            I'm not trying to be a fuddy-duddy on this issue but we need to be clear on how innovation is impacting us, especially in a society that has a consciousness of exploitation, winner take all and considering our history in this vampire capitalistic culture. As manual labor gives way to robotics and automation how will this impact the working class?
             Globalization has already had a deadly effect on us and transformed much of the world. "The transition to a post-industrial economy has been far from advantageous to a substantial share of the population. Just because we have been innovating and growing successfully for a quarter of a millennium by no means implies that the process will, or should, continue indefinitely. No such economic law exists, and the historical record indicates that there are times when economic regimes reach a tipping point and abruptly change direction. That is what I believe is happening now. At the very least, it is time to acknowledge the possibility." John Komlos http://www.milkenreview.org/articles/disruptive-innovation-the-dark-side
            Food for thought.
                       
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Disrutpive Technologies

   
                                    

                                          From The Ramparts
                                         Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                          Disruptive Technology

                    "Disruptive technologies hold within themselves the capacity to alter our lifestyle, what we mean by work, business and the global economy." https://www.intelligenthq.com/technology/12-disruptive-technologies/

            We live in a society that values innovation, that loves to tout itself as a culture of great inventors and super smart. Truth be told, there have been some very ingenious inventions and developments produced here. On the other hand there have been some inventions that are quite disruptive and down right negative, that pose a serious danger to humanity. Often inventions intended to serve humanity have been used to humanity's detriment.
            There are people whose minds are so deviant they work on programs and inventions knowing they will cause major damage to people. In the name of "progress" there are technologies and programs being developed that pose a grave danger to humanity and the very planet itself. There are agencies and programs we rarely hear about, know nothing about or know about but don't know the depths of their nefarious plans and operations actively at work deeloping new weapons technology.
            For example we know about the CIA but most don't know about their evil programs like Project MK ULTRA and Operation Monarch where they used former Nazi scientists to develop mind control drugs, techniques and devices. "MK-Ultra was a top-secret CIA project in which the agency conducted hundreds of clandestine experiments—sometimes on unwitting U.S. citizens—to assess the potential use of LSD and other drugs for mind control, information gathering and psychological torture. Though Project MK-Ultra lasted from 1953 until about 1973, details of the illicit program didn’t become public until 1975, during a congressional investigation into widespread illegal CIA activities within the United States and around the world... The program involved more than 150 human experiments involving psychedelic drugs, paralytics and electroshock therapy. Sometimes the test subjects knew they were participating in a study—but at other times, they had no idea, even when the hallucinogens started taking effect. Many of the tests were conducted at universities, hospitals or prisons in the United States and Canada. Most of these took place between 1953 and 1964, but it’s not clear how many people were involved in the tests—the agency kept notoriously poor records and destroyed most MK-Ultra documents when the program was officially halted in 1973." http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-mk-ultra
            Project MK ULTRA was supposedly shut down following Congressional hearings on the illegal activities of the CIA and FBI led by Idaho Senator Frank Church in 1975. Another investigation headed by Vice President Nelson Rockefeller amounted to a mere whitewash of CIA illegalities.
            Today the US outsources much of its innovative development to universities and private contractors but also funds and maintains an agency called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). DARPA conducts the type of research and development you'd find in science fiction novels, motion pictures and video games. Under the rubric of defense this agency is developing a plethora of weapons and support technologies that are truly mind boggling. What is now called DARPA partnered with universities and the military to develop the Internet which we have seen is an innovative amd disruptive technology, one that has transformed our lives.
             But DARPA is developing technologies far more lethal and intrusive. Drone warfare and electromagnetic weaponry are examples. Currently they are working on an exoskeleton, a light weight suit that will protect soldiers from injuries while enhancing their physical and psychological capacities.  "The Warrior Web program seeks to develop the technologies required to prevent and reduce musculoskeletal injuries caused by dynamic events typically found in the warfighter’s environment. The ultimate program goal is a lightweight, conformal under-suit that is transparent to the user (like a diver’s wetsuit). The suit seeks to employ a system (or web) of closed-loop controlled actuation, transmission, and functional structures that protect injury prone areas, focusing on the soft tissues that connect and interface with the skeletal system. In addition to direct injury mitigation, Warrior Web will have the capacity to augment positive work done by the muscles, to reduce the physical burden, by leveraging the web structure to impart joint torque at the ankle, knee, and hip joints. The suit seeks to reduce the metabolic cost of carrying a typical assault load, as well as compensate for the weight of the suit itself, while consuming no more than 100 Watts of electric power from the battery source." http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/Science-Fiction-News.asp?NewsNum=%203977
            Evolving disruptive technologies impact the everyday economy, the workplace and even health. Robotics is one example. "This is an exciting area of Disruptive Technology that promises a lot. Advanced robotics corresponds to increasingly capable robots or robotic tools, with enhanced 'senses,' dexterity, and intelligence. They can perform tasks once thought too delicate or uneconomical to automate. These technologies can bring amazing benefits to society, including robotic surgical systems that make procedures less invasive, robotic prosthetics and 'exoskeletons' that restore functions of amputees and the elderly." https://www.intelligenthq.com/technology/12-disruptive-technologies/   
            Next week I will offer several additional types of disruptive technology and what they may mean for the future.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

What If?

                                              

                                                From The Ramparts
                                               Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                     What If?
           
Holiday: noun 1500's Old English- haligdaeg- holy day, consecrated day, religious anniversary, a day of exemption from labor and recreation
           
            The word holiday in English etymology means a "holy day" a day set aside for religious purposes or special consecration. For example in this country from September through the beginning of January we experience  approximately one national holiday a month but when we stop to think about it, what do we get out of them other than a day off or a long weekend? For  example the first Monday in September is set aside to celebrate and honor the hard fought benefits of organized labor. Yet today in the US, organized labor (unions) is in major decline. Unions are on the way out. They are under severe attack by the ruling class and are becoming obsolete due to disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics.
            "Union membership has steadily declined over the past two generations. Today just 11.2 percent of employees belong to unions, fewer than when President Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act in 1935. The private sector figures are even lower - just one in 15 private employees hold union cards. Unions only remain strong in the one sector of the economy that faces no competition: the government. Government unions do not have to organize new members to replace those lost in bankruptcy. The government does not go out of business." http://www.heritage.org/jobs-and-labor/commentary/why-union-membership-declining
            That being the case why celebrate Labor Day? What if we stopped celebrating Labor Day altogether?
            In October we have Columbus Day a day set aside to commemorate a mass murderer, enslaver, a man who instigated a global holocaust. We all know the horrible truth about Columbus and what he did, yet we still celebrate him, why? Is it because we cannot challenge the narrative or is it because we are too cowardly not to celebrate this killer's legacy even thought we were/are directly impacted by it? What if we stopped celebrating Columbus Day?
            In November we celebrate Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. On Veterans Day we pay homage to those who fought and died in America's imperialist wars. Do we know the harsh reality America has been at war two hundred and twenty-two years out of its two hundred thirty nine year existence?!  The truth of the matter is, the only war the US fought when it was actually directly threatened by a foreign power was the War of 1812! So what are/were the other wars about?  How about we stop celebrating war?
            Thanksgiving became a national holiday in 1939 (some say 1864)  to celebrate  European settlers giving thanks for their survival despite engaging in murderous and larcenous behavior towards the indigenous people who originally welcomed them to these shores and provided all the food for the original settler celebration in 1621. Originally national leaders called for a day of prayer, fasting, feasting and thanksgiving but today it has degenerated to a day of gluttony, sports consumption and shopping. What if we held a real day of Thanksgiving where we were genuinely grateful for the abundance nature provides, our families and blessings?
            In December we celebrate Christmas despite the fact Christmas is fraught with controversy because no one really knows when Yeshua Bar Joseph was born. Today Christmas (the Catholic Christ Mass)  has been reduced to weeks of commercialism, consumerism and materialism.
            We celebrate the New Years on December 31st to ring in the new year but it too has been reduced to rowdiness, drinking, gluttony and binge sports watching. New Year's starts the process all over again with MLK, Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Easter, Memorial Day and 4th of July on into Labor Day etc. and we do this mindlessly every year.
            What if we adhered to the original meaning of holiday (holy day)? What if we as a whole society or just us Black people observed and consecrated a day or days to PEACE, LOVE and set aside time to think about our life purpose, why we incarnated to this plane in the first place? What if we decided to be kind and loving towards our fellow man and we actually were sober, clear minded and seriously celebrated and honored people who did something meaningful to improve and advance humanity in stead of war criminals, mass murderers and enslavers like Columbus and Washington?
            What if we held PEACE vigils, meditated and spent designated days or at least several hours in introspection, self-examination and reflection, thinking about ways to improve our lives and our relationships? What if we decided all life is sacred and treated all life as if it contained a DIVINE spark? What if we gave genuine thanks for the animals we killed and used for food and clothing? What if we acted as if every day was a holy day? What if we viewed ourselves as holy people, as sons and daughters of the MOST HIGH and acted accordingly? What would such a society look and feel like?


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Monday, November 13, 2017

1804 The Hidden History of Haiti

                                                 


                                                  From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                       1804 The Hidden History of Haiti

            On November 1st the excellent documentary 1804 The Hidden History of Haiti went on sale on a direct to consumer basis after limited nation wide screenings to introduce the film.  1804 was produced and directed by Tariq Nasheed the producer of the popular and successful Hidden Colors series of films which reveal suppressed African history and the world wide influence of Africa and Africans in antiquity. The film series also examines the functions of melanin, explains racism, global European domination and offers insights and solutions to overcome the oppression and menticide African people are subjected to on a daily basis.
            1804 The Hidden History of Haiti is a comprehensive look at the history of the island originally called Ayiti (sacred high land) by its aboriginal Arawak/Taino inhabitants. The film documents the devastation and horrific conditions brought to the Caribbean by the murderous Europeans and reveals the origins of the courageous leaders of the liberation struggle that made Haiti the first free sovereign Black republic in the world to liberate itself from European colonial domination! The filmmakers present the whole history and struggle of Haiti from an African liberation point of view. It tells the cruel conditions, tortures and abuses the Europeans imposed on the indigenous peoples and the imported Africans who were brought to the island to provide the back breaking manual labor that made Hispaniola (the name Christopher Columbus gave the island) the richest "possession" of not only France but all the European colonies in the Western Hemisphere.
            African centered researchers, scholars and activists share the true history and mindsets of Makandal, Boukman Dutty, Toussaint Louverture and Jean Jacques Dessalines the major male leaders of the liberation struggle who took on not only the French but also the Spanish and English in their quest for freedom. Director Tariq Nasheed uses enactors, flattering camera shots of the scholars, island scenery, ecology and explains the power of African spirituality (Vodun) as the catalyses of the African victories that sent shock waves throughout the slave holding Western world when the Africans defeated the European imperialists' armies.
            The film is shot in high definition which enhances the storytelling and imagery. The visuals and optics provide an attractive look for the speakers, actors and the beautiful landscape that depict Haiti and its history in an entirely new light, one that counters centuries of Western bias and lies. Scholars and activists: Mildred D. Mitchell, Akala Bayyinah Bello, Ezili Danto, Dr Kaba Kamene, Professor James Smalls, Dr Leonard Jeffries, Professor Gerald Horne, Wyclef and Tariq Nasheed provide insights and historical information about Haiti and the revolution that bring home and glorify the enormous significance of the Haitian victory; not just for the people of Haiti but for Africans world wide. Their information coupled with the eye-catching visuals gives the film depth and an emotional energy we don't get in European productions because they are telling Ourstory.
            The strategies and tactics of the Haitians are explained throughout the documentary and the film provides insights into the thinking of the leaders that offsets the distortions about Haiti, the revolution and Haitian people we get from European historiography and the Eurocentric narrative about the revolution.
            The DVD, is available direct to consumer from the 1804Movie.com Website and Amazon. 1804 The Hidden History of Haiti is a must addition to your private media collection because it reveals long suppressed history and documents about what African people accomplished against overwhelming odds. It presents Haiti in a whole new light and destroys the myth of white superiority and invincibility. More importantly the film shares the means the Haitians employed to gain their sovereignty and independence and why the West maintains a vendetta against Haiti to this day! By the way these same tactics were used by the Maroons and the Quilombos of Palmares in Brazil to secure their freedom.
            You can order the film at http://www.1804movie.com or through Amazon.


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Monday, October 30, 2017

The FBI's Mythical Black Threats

       


                                           From the Ramparts
                                           Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                  The FBI's Mythical Black Threats

            "The FBI assesses it is very likely Black Identity Extremist (BIE) perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence. The FBI assess it is very likely this increase began following the 9 August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent Grand Jury November 2014 declination to indict the police officers involved. The FBI assesses it is very likely incidents of alleged police abuse against African Americans since then have continued to feed the resurgence in ideologically motivated, violent criminal activity within the BIE movement. The FBI assesses it is very likely some BIEs are influenced by a mix of anti-authoritarian, Moorish sovereign citizen ideology, and BIE ideology. The FBI has high confidence in these assessments, based on a history of violent incidents attributed to individuals who acted on behalf of their ideological beliefs, documented in FBI investigations and other law enforcement and open source reporting." https://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000015f-11c2-d01e-a35f-f7c641380000

            A report obtained and released by Foreign Policy dot com http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/10/06/the-fbi-has-identified-a-new-domestic-terrorist-threat-and-its-black-identity-extremists/ reveals the FBI believes groups it calls Black Identity Extremists pose a dangerous threat to the tranquility, safety and stability of this nation. When I first heard it I thought to myself, who and what are Black Identity Extremists? Who are they and why does the FBI feel they are such a threat to this nation? My next thought was are the FBI, state and local "law enforcement" agencies planning to initiate a counterinsurgency assault against Black people like they've done so many times in the past, most notably during the 1960's and 70's with their infamous COINTELPRO campaign?
            Ironically the FBI report dated August of 2017 near the time Alt Right and White Nationalist groups converged on Charlottesville Virginia to support maintaining statues of Confederate war generals. The White Nationalists engaged in scuffles with counter demonstrators demanding the statues be taken down, resulting in one fatality and several injuries.  The riot and fights made the news but when President Trump subsequently failed to come out strongly in opposition to the White Nationalists' ideology and tactics this created even more controversy and reaction against Trump; thus keeping the story alive.
            The FBI report was marked law enforcement sensitive designed for law enforcement and counterterrorism officials on a need to know basis. Many on the Left pooh-pooh the report when it was exposed calling it racist, reactionary and non factual. The report didn't gain traction in the corporate media and for the most part Blacks viewed it as business as usual for the FBI an agency with a sordid reputation when it comes to dealing with African-Americans, political dissent and anti-establishment politics.
            I read parts of the document and I was taken aback by its lack of concrete evidence and its' conclusions. Parts of it were extremely vague and general. Early on it spoke of retaliations by Blacks because of "perceived" instances of police brutality, as if Black folks are crazy for thinking the police are off the chain when it comes to dealing with Black people. The exact wording is as follows: "The FBI assesses it is very likely Black Identity Extremist (BIE) perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence. The FBI assess it is very likely this increase began following the 9 August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent Grand Jury November 2014 declination to indict the police officers involved. The FBI assesses it is very likely incidents of alleged police abuse against African Americans since then have continued to feed the resurgence in ideologically motivated, violent criminal activity within the BIE movement. The FBI assesses it is very likely some BIEs are influenced by a mix of anti-authoritarian, Moorish sovereign citizen ideology, and BIE ideology. The FBI has high confidence in these assessments, based on a history of violent incidents attributed to individuals who acted on behalf of their ideological" https://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000015f-11c2-d01e-a35f-f7c641380000
            But when you read on specifically under the section Suspects’ Grievances Very Likely Lead to Violent Targeting of Law Enforcement the report provides no concrete link between the attacks against police officers around the country and any organized collusion on the part of Black individuals or groups, not one! The document even defines the Moorish Sovereign movement as a "loose network". It says " Moorish sovereign citizens are a loose network of mostly African Americans who believe they are sovereign entities who do not recognize the authority of the US Government. Moorish sovereign citizen ideology derives from the Moorish Science Temple of America, a non-violent religious and cultural movement founded in 1913 by Nobel Drew Ali, who taught his followers they were not 'negroes' but Moors, people of North African Berber and Arab descent. Some Moorish adherents adopt sovereign citizen strategies to assert diplomatic immunity by claiming membership in fictitious Native American tribes, claiming descent from settlers who arrived in North America during the pre-Columbian era, or identifying as foreign nationals or ambassadors."  (U//FOUO) https://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000015f-11c2-d01e-a35f-f7c641380000
            Much of the report attempts to connect recent events like the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri and its aftermath with past radical, nationalist or nonconformist movements but without tying any of the groups together as operationally capable of organized mass violence or posing a real threat (outside of the FBI's warped mind) to the country. The FBI document repeatedly talks about violence against police when the realty is despite police abuses and indignities faced by blacks on a daily basis from police, structured physical retaliation and armed violence against police has been extremely limited, almost non-existent.
             Despite this fact, the report engages in unsubstantiated fear mongering claiming Black Identity Extremists (BIE) pose a genuine threat. " The FBI assesses it is very likely that BIEs’ perceptions of unjust treatment of African Americans and the perceived unchallenged illegitimate actions of law enforcement will inspire premeditated attacks against law enforcement over the next year. This may also lead to an increase in BIE group memberships, collaboration among BIE groups, or the appearance of additional violent lone offenders motivated by BIE rhetoric. The FBI further assesses it is very likely additional controversial police shootings of African Americans and the associated legal proceedings will continue to serve as drivers for violence against law enforcement. The FBI assesses it is likely police officers of minority groups are also targeted by BIEs because they are also representative of a perceived oppressive law enforcement system. (U//FOUO) Possible indicators for BIEs posing a violent threat to law enforcement include advocating for violence against law enforcement, violent anti-white rhetoric, attempts to acquire illegal weapons or explosives, and affiliations with others in both the BSE and sovereign citizen extremist movements." ibid.
            Read the report for yourself at https://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000015f-11c2-d01e-a35f-f7c641380000 and come to your own conclusions. Keep in mind the US government lies and uses lies to invade sovereign nations that pose no threat to the US and the FBI has a long history of stifling dissent, freedom of speech and righteous social movements such as the Civil Rights movement, organized labor, Native American, LaRaza and the Black Power movements. Is this bogus report a precursor to a new, ramped up COINTELPRO campaign?

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Cognitive Dissonance



                                                    From The Ramparts
                                                   Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                  Cognitive Dissonance

            "Cognitive dissonance: an uncomfortable psychological state in which the individual experiences two incompatible beliefs or cognitions. Cognitive dissonance theory holds that the individual is motivated by the attendant discomfort to act in such a manner s to reduce dissonance." Dictionary of Psychology Second Revised Edition

            Since our enslavement in this country, Africans in America have been subjected to an intense multi-generational campaign of brainwashing and programming designed to make us loath ourselves and view Europeans has gods or at least invulnerable natural masters. Every institution created and maintained by the Europeans is designed to promote white supremacy and concomitant Black subjugation. This programming was initiated during the so called breaking period when our ancestors were kidnapped from Africa, brought to the Caribbean and North America, subjected to horrific torture, abuses, rape, degradation, brutality and brainwashing until they died, escaped or were granted freedom.
            "The first step advised those who wrote discourses on the management of slaves, was to establish and maintain strict discipline... The second step was to implant in the bondsman themselves a consciousness of personal inferiority. The had 'to know and keep their places' to "feel the difference between master and slave', to understand that bondage was their natural status. They had to feel that African ancestry tainted them, that their color was a badge of degradation. In the country they were to show respect for even their master's non-slaveholding neighbors; in the town they were to give way on the streets to the most wretched white man." The Peculiar Institution Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South Kenneth M.  Stampp page 144-45
            With the end of formal slavery, Blacks were subjected to quasi slavery under an insidious system of  stifling and oppressive color caste, sharecropping, tenant farming and convict leasing. Inherent in this system were attempts to keep Blacks ignorant and brainwashed to believe we were inherently inferior and woefully inadequate.
            The "Civil Rights" movement valiantly strove to break down state sanctioned apartheid in the US, court cases were filed and won,  laws were written  and passed with the intent to make society more open and accessible. Nevertheless the consciousness that created and maintained this racist system in the first place still exists and is deeply rooted in the American psyche. 
            Anti-Black programming still exists and we still find ourselves holding contrasting perceptions and ideas about o urselves. On one hand we are told by whites, slavery wasn't so bad, get over it, segregation has been eliminated and we live in a "post racial" society; yet looking at housing and school attendance patterns, incarceration rates, wealth and income, it is clear racial inequality remains high and upward socio-economic mobility remains elusive for many Blacks. But many Blacks think they have arrived and  racial disparity doesn't impact them.
            " Social mobility is the ability of an individual or family to improve (or lower) their economic status. The two main types of social mobility are intergenerational (i.e., a person is better off than their parents or grandparents) or intragenerational (i.e., income changes within a person or group’s lifetime). While there is no truly adequate gauge to measure such opportunities, we can get a fair estimate based on measurements of social mobility. And by that measure, African Americans are fairing poorly. The Brookings Institute recently highlighted three disturbing facts about the social mobility of black Americans. "We have written previously on the lower rates of upward mobility and the higher rates of downward mobility for black Americans; but like most researchers, our focus has been on data from the last few decades. William Collins and Marianne Wanamaker have been more ambitious, reaching back to the 19th century. With a dataset comprised of Census microfilm, WWII draft records, and Ancestry.com records, they are able to study linked pairs of fathers and their sons all the way back to 1880, and up to the end of the 20th century. Their findings, published in an NBER working paper,Up from slavery? African American intergenerational economic mobility since 1880, are striking. Imputing income using individual characteristics, including occupation, region, and gender, Collins and Wanamaker find that black sons have historically been significantly less likely than their white peers from similar economic backgrounds to ascend the income ladder. Black sons were less likely than their white peers to enjoy higher-earning jobs than the ones their fathers had, so their incomes were lower. This mobility gap can be seen across the entire period. Even for the latest cohort (with earnings observed in 1990), they find a yawning gap in upward economic mobility between black and white sons from similar backgrounds—somewhat smaller than existed in 1900 or 1930, but still huge." https://www.brookings.edu/research/the-century-gap-low-economic-mobility-for-black-men-150-years-after-the-civil-war/
            So called "middle class" Blacks are oblivious to the fact their white peers earn more and own much more accumulated wealth than they do. On one hand they believe they are doing really well because they have jobs and incomes their parents did not have access to a generation ago, but the fact is we are not on par economically with whites.
             "The racial wealth gap is much larger than the wage or income gap by race. Average wealth for white families is seven times higher than average wealth for black families. Worse still, median white wealth (wealth for the family in the exact middle of the overall distribution—wealthier than half of all families and less-wealthy than half) is twelve times higher than median black wealth. More than one in four black households have zero or negative net worth, compared to less than one in ten white families without wealth, which explains the large differences in the racial wealth gap at the mean and median.  These raw differences persist, and are growing, even after taking age, household structure, education level, income, or occupation into account.
http://www.epi.org/blog/the-racial-wealth-gap-how-african-americans-have-been-shortchanged-out-of-the-materials-to-build-wealth/
            The cognitive dissonance comes when bougie Negroes who look down on their less affluent brethren think they are equal to white folks. This is why we still see the conspicuous consumption and delusional behaviors sociologist E Franklin Frazier wrote about in his book Black Bourgeoisie in1957, fifty years ago despite the "civil rights" gains of the 50's and 60's. Speaking about the bougie Negroes of his era Frazier wrote, "They seek an escape in delusions involving wealth. This is facilitated by the fact they have had little experience with the real meaning of wealth and that they lack a tradition of saving and accumulation. Wealth to them means spending money without any reference to it source... Moreover the attraction of the delusion of wealth is enhanced by the belief that wealth will gain them acceptance in American life." page 230
            The cognitive dissonance and disconnect is the fact they are not rich in the true sense of owning wealth generating assets as opposed to just wages. Obviously the wealth wipe out of the 2008 recession has not awakened us to the realities of American living and the wealth divide.

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