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.

                                                            -30-
           


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.

 

                                    -30-

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.

                                                -30-
           
             


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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