Monday, September 18, 2017

Brainwashing


                                              

                                                 From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                   Brainwashing

            "Avoiding brainwashing techniques often involves avoiding the brainwashers themselves, but this is next to impossible. Taking advertising as an example, you can't avoid them all and attempting to do so can be rather expensive if you still want to watch television and movies. Your best bet is to cut out what you can and, when you can't, seek balance. Finding balance is often easiest by simply providing yourself with the information you need." Adam Dachis https://lifehacker.com/5886571/brainwashing-techniques-you-encounter-every-day-and-how-to-avoid-them

            In today's world we are all subjected to constant mind control, perception management and brainwashing techniques. Potential leaders have always employed a myriad of means to control the tribe, family, clan and nation. Humans have always had hierarchical leadership whether it was informal or formal, recognized or implied. But in our modern world we are targets of constant manipulation, prompting, coercion, intimidation and fear designed to make us acquiesce comply and conform. Advanced technology and psychological manipulation are used by the ruling class and the institutions they create own and control like organized religion, commerce, government and "education" to  brainwash us into going along with their agendas.
            This is not necessarily a bad thing, there have been beneficent righteous leaders who adhered to and practiced the notion of Summum Bonum the greatest good for the greatest number which George G.M. James proved in his book Stolen Legacy was a concept originated by Africans in the Nile Valley which later Greek "philosophers" plagiarized.
            Western elites have fashioned a social order whereby they exploit, ravage and manipulate the masses for their personal benefit, wealth and wellbeing. Their form of governance from ancient tribal times to the present nation state is "might makes right", they utilize fear, intimidation and violence to maintain both a domestic and imperialist  "order" designed to benefit themselves.
             "Although business interests eventually replaced the church as the  dominant force behind imperial expansion, the techniques of population analysis and coercion -pacing and leading the target audience remained the same. The British East India Company for example was formed in 1600 and given a 'perpetual charter' from the British monarchy for trade in the East Indies and later, China. In a series of well funded wars spanning centuries, the company used a private army to effectively annex India for the British Monarchy and Queen Victoria eventually became empress of India in 1876. Instead of using pure might the imperialists exploited researched tensions between the Indian Moghul emperors and their constituencies. After successfully breaking down the Moghul rule, the smaller factions were easily conquered" Douglas Rushkoff from Coercion Why We Listen to What They Say pages 153-154.
            Modern technology allows the ruling class to beam messages directly into our psyches to manipulate our perceptions of reality and on a more insidious level program us for what I call "the three B's": what to believe, what to buy and how to behave.
            The ruling class likes to tell us we live in a "democracy" that there is upward mobility, opportunity and freedom, and to a limited degree for a limited number of people there is; as long as you adhere to their criteria. It is not about ethics or morality because this system is unethical and immoral, it is about not rocking their perch and threatening their status quo!
            For example I was reading a story about Colin Kaepernick in the New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/07/sports/colin-kaepernick-nfl-protests.html?mcubz=3, in which the writer used adjectives such as "traitor", "divisive", "second string" "has been" to cite a few to describe Kaepernick. While the article mentions the money he has contributed to non profit grass roots organizations and Kaepernick's quest as a bi-racial man to discover his African roots, the article in my view did not do him full justice because he is not the usual unconscious shufflin', shuckin' professional athlete divorced from his people, who shuns community interaction and the crucial issues impacting us.
            Kaepernick has been white-balled by the NFL just like Muhammad Ali and Paul Robeson were shunned and persecuted by the ruling class and their minions. Kaepernick was kicked to the curb just like Craig Hodges of the NBA was. But I believe that like all our great advocates and heroes Kaepernick will be vindicated for his stance, not by the ruling class and their acolytes but by the people.   
            Don't allow the words and cunning of others to determine how and what you think. Think for yourself, make up your own mind, act and live your life based upon your own dictates not the whims or manipulation of others.


                                                -30-

Monday, September 11, 2017

Weather Manipulation


                                    

                                     From The Ramparts
                                    Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                    Weather Manipulation

            "The US military has developed advanced capabilities that enable it selectively to alter weather patterns. The technology, which was initially developed in the 1990s under the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), was an appendage of the Strategic Defense Initiative – ‘Star Wars’. From a military standpoint, HAARP  –which was officially abolished in 2014– is  a weapon of mass destruction, operating from the outer atmosphere and capable of destabilising agricultural and ecological systems around the world... Military analysts and scientists are mute on the subject. Meteorologists are not investigating the matter and environmentalists are largely focussing on greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. The possibility of climatic or environmental manipulations as part of a military and intelligence agenda, while tacitly acknowledged, is not part of the broader debate on climate change under UN auspices." The Ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction: “Owning the Weather” for Military Use-  Professor Michel Chossudovsky   https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-ultimate-weapon-of-mass-destruction-owning-the-weather-for-military-use-2/5306386

            When people are skeptical of the official media or government narrative of an incident or happenstance they are called "conspiracy theorists" as a means to damage their reputation because of their skepticism and non-conformity. The term "conspiracy theorist" was first coined by the CIA to discredit those skeptical of the official narrative about the assassination of JFK which most sane people realize is a bunch of hooey and hokum.
            People have been asking me if I thought this rash of severe weather was man made in some form or fashion? I don't know and I can't say for sure but I do know it is possible. There is a Website http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org that specializes in providing information about ecocide and climate manipulation as a form of warfare, global depopulation and political control. They recently posted articles with accompanying videos on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma on their site.  Before you dismiss my assertions as preposterous go to their Website and see the evidence for yourself. Also check out a piece by the History Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHJm2EzeKrw
            Skeptics might ask, why would corporations or governments do such a thing? Why would they turn weather into a weapon then unleash it on their own people? Good question. Answer, because they are megalomaniacal psychopaths and deviants. Ask yourself why would elements in the government lie about the way a president was killed, or provide such a silly explanation how three World Trade Center buildings collapsed when only two were hit by planes or why would the government lied and went to war over non-existent weapons of mass destruction?!
            We could also ask why corporations like Monsanto knowingly and deliberately poison the Earth, why major pharmaceutical companies sell drugs with lethal side affects, why food processing companies sell products that contain harmful additives or why the government which is supposed to protect us allows this to happen.
            European elites: the monarchs, Popes, financial and corporate heads and government officials love war, they love to kill, despoil and wreck havoc in their maniacal quest for world domination.
            Some of you may be familiar with the fact the US government has a long history of weaponized weather modification. If not read https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1964-68v28/d274 or http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/the-secret-weather-manipulation-program-of-the-vietnam-1689249533. The US and several other governments have weather modification programs and weaponized weather initiatives. In the US it is called HAARP which stands for High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, read about it here. https://geopolitics.co/2015/06/06/us-air-force-admits-they-can-control-weather/ 
            As for why the government/corporate elite would do such a thing, there are many reasons such as: environmental control, ethnic cleansing and tactical superiority during conflict to name a few. But from my perspective they are psychopaths hell bent on global domination.
             While I can't say for sure the current hurricanes are man made I can definitely say the US government ignored the information provided by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the US military and various weather services in the run up to Hurricane Katrina! Bush's inaction (he did nothing even though he was briefed about the storm's severity days in advance) which not only allowed New Orleans a predominantly African-American city to be flooded but his bungling caused massive loss of lives and property damage resulting in many residents being displaced and the Black population reduced dramatically.
            The US has a department called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) which is a place where government and university mad scientists carry on the legacy of the Nazis creating fiendish weapons technology making it operational and usable. Knowing the history of white people, can you honestly say they are not capable of this. Remember the US dropped atomic bombs on Japanese civilians!
            So before you call me a conspiracy theorist nut case, do some research on the evil and depravity of the corporations and government.
             

                                                -30-

Monday, September 04, 2017

Work For PEACE

  


                                                From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                   Work For PEACE

            "Americans no longer fight to keep their shores safe, Just to keep the jobs going in the arms making workplace. Then they pretend to be gripped by some sort of political reflex, But all they're doing is paying dues to the Military Industrial Complex.
The Military and the Monetary, The Military and the Monetary,
The Military and the Monetary. The Military and the Monetary,
Get together whenever they think its necessary,
They turn our brothers and sisters into mercenaries, they are turning the planet into a cemetery.' Work For Peace by  Gil Scott Heron


            The media hysteria about North Korea's development of weapons demonstrates just how brainwashed and programmed we are. North Korea was designated part of the mythical "Axis of Evil" by the dim wit president George W. Bush and of course the corporate media regurgitated the NeoCon narrative and lies. Now too many Americans believe the North Koreans are our enemy and pose an existential threat to the world if not the USA.
            Most people don't know the ancient history of Korea nor the modern roles Japan and the Western allies played in the current situation in Korea. The Japanese first invaded Korea in 1592 as part of their imperial assault on the Asian mainland. They were successful because they has European weapons, muskets and pistols they received from the Portuguese and their soldiers wore metal armor. The Koreans fought using bows and arrows. During that invasion the Chinese came to the aid of Korea. They subsequently defeated and drove the Japanese out. The relationship and antagonism against the Japanese goes back centuries.
            Japan again invaded Korea and made Korea a colony in 1910. The occupation lasted until the Japanese defeat in WWII in 1945. During colonization and after the war Korea was divided into various zones first by the Japanese who were later replaced by the Russians and Americans.
            The country was divided and many factions attempted to control the government and land. In June of 1950 North Korean forces invaded the South and a vicious war ensued which left three million Koreans, over a million Chinese and 54,000 Americans dead.
            The US bombed Korea to smithereens using the same strategies they used against Germany and Japan during WWII and later Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia: bomb everything in sight, indiscriminately kill civilians, animals, destroy the infrastructure and lay waste to the land. The war never ended. A cease fire exists and the North and South remain separated along arbitrary border lines imposed by outsiders called the "demilitarized zone" even though the boundaries are some of the most heavily fortified areas in the world!
            The Koreans remember  this carnage but the US propaganda machine trivializes the conflict and paints it as the "good" US versus "evil" Communism. Rarely mentioned are the horrendous atrocities committed by the United States. "The bombing was long, leisurely and merciless, even by the assessment of America’s own leaders. 'Over a period of three years or so, we killed off — what — 20 percent of the population,' Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay, head of the Strategic Air Command during the Korean War, told the Office of Air Force History in 1984. Dean Rusk, a supporter of the war and later secretary of state, said the United States bombed 'everything that moved in North Korea, every brick standing on top of another.' After running low on urban targets, U.S. bombers destroyed hydroelectric and irrigation dams in the later stages of the war, flooding farmland and destroying crops." The US War Crime North Korea Won't Forget by Blaine Harden https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-us-war-crime-north-korea-wont-forget/2015/03/20/fb525694-ce80-11e4-8c54-ffb5ba6f2f69_story.html?utm_term=.35f03bdc8ca3
            The Koreans remember and this is why their leaders have taken the stances they've taken over the years. Unlike West Germany and Japan whose "constitutional governments" were created by the victorious US following WWII, North Korea is a sovereign nation. Remember there was no treaty to end the Korean War only a cease fire agreement!
            Given this reality, given what the US and its allies have done to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, small wonder the North Koreans view the US as a ravaging predatory jackal. This is why they are taking frantic measures to protect and defend their sovereignty.
            Unlike the US, North Korea has not invaded any countries since 1950. In this situation, the US is the aggressor nation, the bully, a global thug trying to take the world's lunch money. Once we know the real history we can see the reason why the Chinese and Russians are trying to ratchet down the bellicosity, they know how vicious and genocidal the US can be/is.
            Now that we know, don't go for the North Korea is a threat okey-doke, don't fall for the we've got to go to war flim-flam; give PEACE a chance. As Gil Scott Heron wrote/sang, "We've got to work for Peace, Peace ain't coming this way. If we only work for Peace, If everyone believed in Peace the way they say they do,We'd have Peace. The only thing wrong with Peace, is that you can't make no money from it."   

                                                            -30-

Monday, August 28, 2017

Another Perspective on Charlottesville and Colin Kaepernick

                                   

                                         From The Ramparts
                                        Junious Ricardo Stanton
              Another Perspective on Charlottesville and Colin Kaepernick


            I rarely write about sports because while it is mostly viewed as a form of recreation and entertainment at its core it reflects the values and consciousness of our society and folks don't like to be reminded of that. Some say sports is a form of tribalism a vicarious way for males (and increasingly females) to engage in a form of ritualized combat, group identity and belonging. In the US, sports is deeply tribal in the sense we root for our teams (or countries of origin) during the Olympics, international contests and tournaments like the World Cup. On the local level we usually support the neighborhood teams, area college and professional teams especially if they are doing well.
            There is nothing inherently evil with tribalism it is natural extension of the family an integral part of human existence/experience. Tribalism was the first social organization it called for hierarchal leadership, cohesion and cooperation. The West retains its tribal legacies of the Goths, Huns, Angles, Saxons, Vandals etc with their cultures of war, invasion and rapine.
             The modern nation state has replaced the indigenous tribe and the clan as the predominant socio-political entity around the world.  Nevertheless, modern nationalism and patriotism are forms of tribalism. The brouhaha about Charlottesville and Colin Kaepernick are interrelated examples of tribalism, tribal loyalties and antagonisms. They both deal with identity politics.
            The clash in Charlottesville came about because Neo-Nazi and white nationalist (who identify with Aryans) wanted to demonstrate to preserve a statue of Robert E Lee a famous general in the Confederate Army who led the Army of Northern Virginia during the war. There were counter demonstrators who wanted to remove the statue because in their minds it symbolized an era of human oppression.
            People take sides on the War Between the States although most are woefully misinformed about the war and have been bamboozled about the real causes of the conflict. The War Between the States euphemistically referred to as the US Civil War (1861-1865) was not, I repeat not, fought by either side to end slavery! Both the North and the South wanted slavery to continue Abraham Lincoln said so himself on numerous occasions.
            Slavery was the economic engine that drove the whole US economy and both sides profited handsomely from it. When this country was formed, slavery was sanctioned and protected by the US Constitution (Article 1 Section 2, Section 9 and Article IV Section 2). The framers deviously substituted euphemisms instead of the words: slavery, Africans or Blacks.  The end of slavery would have meant the demise of the bourgeoning US economy, adversely impacting both the North and South. Cotton was king because of free slave labor and it was the nation's most profitable crop and export. Once the war was over and slavery was abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, the nation instituted quasi-forms of slavery: share cropping and convict leasing to reestablish unpaid labor using mostly Blacks!
             The Blacks who fought on the Union side during the war made it their cause and campaign for freedom; but that was not why Lincoln and the North waged the war. Today 152 years after the conflict, people still take sides despite the fact most have no clue about the real issues and reasons for the war.
            The war was really about which faction (Northern bankers industrialists, shippers, brokers etc or the Southern planters and agriculture) would control the economy and politics of the nation.
            Taking sides on the War Between The States is a form of tribalism. Tribalism often leads to fanaticism and violence as we saw in Charlottesville. When it comes to the War Between the States, race is the elephant in the room. The propaganda claiming the North fought to end slavery and the South fought to keep it generates heated debate and raises passions. Ideological battle lines have been drawn and over time have become quite rigid with flags, symbols and accompanying propaganda that each side rallies around.
            In the US sports enthusiasm is akin to tribalism. "After all, we are social animals. We depend on the tribe for our safety and well-being. When the lion attacks, as a group we've got a shot. Alone, we're lion chow. When our tribe is doing well (economically, militarily, public health, whatever...), our chances go up. When it's doing poorly, our chances go down. So it feels good to belong to a winning tribe, and not so good—threatening, in fact—to belong to a group that's losing.
            Think about all the ways we support the tribe. We subconsciously choose our views on many issues so they match the views in the groups we most strongly identify with, a theory called Cultural Cognition. We vote for our tribe (political party). We fight to the death for our tribe in everything from gang wars to wars between nations (tribes). In fact, if you look at a lot of the wars and mass violence in recent history they were about nothing BUT tribe; Protestants v. Catholics in Northern Ireland, Serbs v. Croats v. Muslims in the Balkans, Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda." David Ropeik https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-risky-is-it-really/201110/the-tribal-roots-team-spirit
            The issue of Colin Kaepernick refusing to salute and pay homage to a US tribal symbol (the national anthem which is at its core a racist song written by a bigot) divides us into tribal camps/groups: those who see his actions as an affront to the nation (their tribe) and those of us who think he is taking a noble long overdue stand.
            In both the Charlottesville and Kaepernick controversies, race and power are the underlining factors. Tribal groups, their rituals, symbols and identities feel threatened and under attack. The people who relate to the Confederate flag and statues feel their heritage is under assault and they fight to sustain their values (as immoral as they are) and their passion is gaining.
            It doesn't take much for white folks to resort to violence so clashes like what happened in Charlottesville will increase as the various tribes (the Right and Left, liberal, conservative are merely ideological tribes) feel more and more helpless due to current political and economic uncertainty. These feelings of helplessness and fear will embolden the tribes as they seek security during uncertain times. On the national level both political parties enflame their members which divisive rhetoric.
            Likewise the NFL is a very profitable corporate tribe. The NFL  doesn't want anything to damage their multi-billion dollar golden goose, least of all what they view as an uppity mixed race athlete who identifies with African-Americans. So they've done the same thing to Kaepernick they did to Paul Robeson, Muhammad Ali and Craig Hodges; they white-balled him to marginalize him and teach their other contract athletes not to get out of their place.
            Paul Robeson was so influential and feared, he was shunned by the big civil rights organizations of his time. Muhammad Ali was hugely popular and garnered the support of millions because of his stand against the draft and the Vietnam War. It remains to be seen how many will rally around Colin Kaepernick, there are signs he is making a dent in people's consciousness. However, the NFL and the network tribes are major adversaries.
            As far as the tribal/cultural wars percolating in the US, the conflicting tribes are becoming more vociferous and increasingly demonstrative. Will the clashes intensify into a major internal war, or will the upcoming NFL season provide a distraction and respite from the commotions?


                                                -30-

Monday, August 14, 2017

So Much Going On So Much Propaganda So Little Truth

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


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

                                                            -30-


Monday, August 07, 2017

Help Us Save Cheyney University

                                       


                                          Help Us Save Cheyney University
                                                   Junious Ricardo Stanton

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


                                                -30-

Monday, July 31, 2017

How Safe Is Your Drinking Water




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

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

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


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