Thursday, June 14, 2018

Four Important Meetings and How They Differed




Four Important Meetings and How They Differed
                                                      Junious Ricardo Stanton

The corporate mind control apparatus had a field day reporting on the goings on at the recently completed G-7 summit in Quebec City Canada. The meeting was attended by Trump and leaders from Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Italy Germany, Japan with observers from the European Union. Much was made of President Trump’s Twitter tirades against some of the members and his statement Russia should be invited to participate as part of the group. There were plenty of photos and documentation of the so called war of words among the key participants Trump, Theresa May of Britain and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The media seemed to relish Trump’s antics and spent an inordinate amount of time rehashing his remarks and digs against some of his contemporaries.
            Trump exited the summit early to head to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In his wake he left the remaining leaders baffled and befuddled by his personal attacks and adversarial tariff talk and threats.
            Meanwhile on the other side of the world in Qingdao China the Shanghai Cooperative Organization held their meeting.  The corporate media didn’t dwell on this group much at all. Leaders from China, Russia India, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan who represent over three billion people met to discuss mutual trade, security issues, investment opportunities, cooperation in the areas of technology and how to advance their mutual multi-polar agenda. The meeting was chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The SCO meeting in Qingdao was a stark contrast to the G-7 meeting in Quebec. The SCO’s priorities were interregional collaboration, mutual respect and cooperation. The Western corporate media gave almost no attention to the SCO at all.
            Another meeting took place in Europe in Turin Italy the same time as the G-7 and SCO meetings but received even less coverage than the other two. It was the annual meeting of the Bilderberg an elite super secret organization of global movers and shakers many believe pull the strings, give orders and set global social and economic policy. You can get a list of the participants at http://www.bilderbergmeetings.org/participants.html but the public is not privy to the goings on at Bilderberg meetings, meetings of the Tri-Lateral Commission or the happenings at Bohemian Grove.
            Then there was the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. The US corporate mind control apparatus gave a lot of attention to this get together. Those who buy into the left-right, Republican-Democrat, liberal-conservative, East-West okey-doke are missing the clearer picture.
Trump, the US military industrial complex and the media make it seem as if Kim Jong Un is a maniac hell bent on antagonizing the US.  Think about this, since the Korean conflict (June 1950- July 27, 1953) how many countries have North Korea invaded, covertly conspired to topple their governments, sabotaged their economies or assassinated their leaders? None! How many counties has North Korea bombed with nuclear or conventional weapons in recent years? None!
            Now let’s look at the United States. How many countries has the US bombed, invaded, sent troops into, assassinated their leaders, waged economic war on, imposed lethal sanctions against and bullied? The list is humongous but you can get an idea here, http://davidswanson.org/warlist/ .
Comparing the US and North Korea which nation is the real existential threat to world peace? Which nation is the imperialist warmonger? Which nation’s total leadership has been on one accord invading, bombing, killing, maiming and waging non-stop global economic and military conflict since the end of World War II! The obvious answer is, the United States; the nation Martin Luther King Jr called “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today”.
            Looking at these meetings can we discern a common thread or pattern? Can we put them in a clear perspective and even predict their future actions?  I say yes. The G-7 which is made up of Western imperial powers (Japan has been a vassal state of the US since it surrendered to the US in 1945, the US wrote its constitution and provides for its “defense”). Western economic domination and neo-colonialism is reflected in the G-7, except Germany and despite the fact Italy is in a state of economic implosion. For the G-7 it is business as usual, squabbling over who is going to have the biggest share of global markets based upon colonialism and exploitation.
 The reason the West kicked Russia out of the G-7 was based on lies, the supposed annexation of Crimea, the truth is Crimea voted overwhelmingly to rejoin Russia after the US funded and supported a Neo-Nazi coup in Ukraine. These lies were created by the US and it European vassals so they could demonize and isolate Russia, depict Russia as an enemy so the Western military industrial complex could boost the international arms race against a real nation as opposed to a fake adversary called “terrorism”.
The Shanghai Cooperative Organization is made up of diverse multi-ethnic nations on the Eurasia continent: China, India, Pakistan and Eurasian whites. They are coming together to build a collaborative mutually beneficial working arrangement that neither hinges on nor depends upon military conquest or economic intimidation. Their motives and collaborations are the exact opposite of the US and its Western allies!
 The Bilderberg are the global super elites and their trusted minions whose goal is to maintain and expand the current world order with them at the helm in control.
 The meting with Trump and Kim Jong Un is yet another attempt by the US to bully and browbeat the North Koreans who have not invaded or threatened anyone; who even if they had nuclear weapons lack the aerial technology and capacity to deliver them. Pakistan and Israel both have nuclear arsenals but the US looks the other way on them.
The Kim Jong Un-North Korean issue is sham, a similar scam to the way the US military industrial complex, the corporate media and government used the phony threat of international communism for four decades to expand the US corporate and military empire under the guise of national security, national interests, democracy, humanitarian intervention etc.
Don’t fall for the okey-doke.

                       
   

Saturday, June 02, 2018

NFL = National Fascist League


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From The Ramparts
Junious Ricardo Stanton
NFL= National Fascist League

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power” Benito Mussolini

            When you look at professional sports, especially pro football in the US, you notice a pattern; almost every stadium is named after a corporate entity. Take a look at the NFL stadium in your town or city, more than likely it is named after some corporate entity like Nissan, Mercedes Benz, AT&T, Lincoln Financial, MetLife, FedEx, Bank of America, M&T Bank, Lucas Oil to name a few.
So what, what’s the big deal you ask? The big deal is the NFL which according to its articles of incorporation stands for National Football League should be more accurately referred to as the National Fascist League! Why are you going there, why do you say that you ask? Because most if not all of the NFL’s stadiums (as well as most Major League Baseball and the NBA venues) have been paid for with tax payer dollars but they carry the names of corporate entities!
You as a tax payer have helped these franchises become extremely profitable. What I ask did/do you get out of it? Do you personally receive a check or dividend from the local team or the NFL? Does the city or county in which the local NFL stadium is located get any money from the team owner or the NFL?
The use of taxpayer dollars had to be approved by a governing body. A city council, county commissioners or a special authority had to approve the measure. In some circles this is called a public-private partnership. In the case or cases where and when the private entity or entities (such as a professional sports team or league) get the major benefit of the deal, it’s not really capitalism per se; it’s really either socialism or fascism. In the case of the NFL, we the people got the shaft so it was not socialism. Other than being able to root for the local team or that particular sport, what did/do you get out of it? How much money do you get from that arrangement? How has your community benefitted from this deal? How much does hooping and hollering and wearing a team’s paraphernalia count and does that pay any of your bills?  
Until two years ago the NFL offices were tax exempt. http://time.com/3839164/nfl-tax-exempt-status/  The NFL office was a 501(c) 6 registered trade organization. The individual NFL teams pay taxes but the NFL office was registered as a tax exempt non profit entity. Keep in mind; this designation had to be approved by the US government specifically the IRS despite the fact that at the time of the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 a monopoly was being created which is against the law. But US government agencies like the Justice Department and IRS looked the other way.
 What is the probability of you or me as private citizens or fledgling entrepreneurs being allowed to skirt Justice Department and IRS rules and regulations?! This clearly shows the power of money and the nexus between money favorable government treatment which almost inevitably leads to corruption.
There is nothing wrong with public private partnerships but they should be a win-win arrangements that benefit the public in some tangible way just like it puts millions of dollars in the NFL team owners’ pockets. What do we get out of the use of our tax dollars?
The NFL gets paid billions to broadcast their games on the radio, television, (which until recently were considered publicly owned air space) cable and streaming services, how much of this money do we get since our tax dollars helped pay for the venues?! http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/09/news/nfl-sports-stadiums-tax-breaks-taxpayers/index.html  There is also the question of who owns the airways. In recent years US court rulings have said the airways aren’t free or the public domain. https://www.cruiselinehistory.com/supreme-court-judges-rule-public-airwaves-are-owned-by-disney-nbc-cbs-abc-and-fox/   In fact most municipalities give huge tax breaks to the NFL teams in their jurisdictions. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/10/how-the-nfl-fleeces-taxpayers/309448/ Plus the military pays the NFL for the jet flyovers and pre-game ceremonies! What do we get out of that except brainwashing?
In Philadelphia when the Eagles and Phillies were negotiating for their new stadiums several years ago, part of the agreement was they would kick in money to help the schools which helped lower the burden on the taxpayers and helped the school district. But this type of arrangement is an anomaly rather than the norm.
The NFL owners recently bent to pressure from Trump and their corporate sponsors and the owners voted unanimously to arbitrarily and capriciously ban players from refusing to stand for the Star Spangled Banner or using on-field gestures of dissent. Trump pressured the NFL to shut down their players much like Adolph Hitler punished a German soccer team in 1934 for failing to give the Nazi salute.  https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/german-football-club-banned-failing-give-nazi-salute/  Do you see any similarities?

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Is It Time To Boycott The NFL?


                                                    

                                                    From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                              Is It Time To Boycott the NFL?

“When black athletes secured a toehold in the earliest versions of organized sports in America: in baseball and horse racing and cycling- they settled for individual success rather than trying to use what power they had to remake a system to ensure fairness and the possibility of future success. The Negro Leagues were undermined when Rube Foster died because he was the visionary who understood that temporary, individual successes weren’t enough if they weren’t accomplished by new institutions to ensure the perpetuation of that success.” William C. Rhoden, Forty Million Dollar Slaves page 260.

Recently National Football League owners, a bunch of privileged billionaire  white men, unanimously voted to ban kneeling and protests during the national anthem prior to NFL games. This is their official response to two seasons of NFL players kneeling to bring attention to racial oppression, police brutality and socio-economic inequality initiated by banned NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick who began the practice during 2016 pre-season games. Kaepernick’s thoughtful reasoning caught on and more professional athletes started doing it, even as they watched the NFL white ball Kaepernick for his activism and integrity.
 The owners (this word conjures up images of modern day enslavers attempting to control their highly paid “property”) capitulated to Donald Trump who used his opposition to the kneelings to garner votes and support from his corporate and voter base.
Trump on hearing about the owners vote said, “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.” Remember Trump called the protesting NFL players “sons of bitches” but said Neo-Nazis, Skinheads and KKKers were “very fine people” http://time.com/4904281/bigots-boosted-by-the-bully-pulpit-charlottesville/.  Trump set the tone and pressed NFL owners to do something to halt the protests.
The NFL owners many who use tax payer money to fund their lavish stadiums and practice facilities (https://www.dailysignal.com/2017/09/26/heres-much-money-nfl-rakes-taxpayers/) eliminated the protests that angered Joe and Jane Sixpack and the NFL’s corporate sponsors. Despite the fact African Americans comprise sixty-eight percent of NFL players, the owners decided to go with the money. Most people don’t know the NFL gets paid by the US military to turn their sporting events into jingoistic pro-war spectacles.  https://www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/amount-money-military-gives-nfl.html/?a=viewall
Perhaps its time we seriously consider boycotting the NFL, its sponsors and affiliated partners. Jerrett L. Carter the founder of HBCU Digest wrote a piece calling for HBCUs to boycott the NFL https://hbcudigest.com/why-hbcus-must-call-for-black-america-to-boycott-the-nfl/. He lays out a solid case for doing so, but there are plenty of other reasons to do it.
Last year there was a call to boycott the NFL in support of Colin Kaepernick but it eventually fizzled. I must admit I failed to fully support it too.  There are numerous reasons to boycott the NFL. For one Trump and the media distorted Kaepernick’s message disingenuously implying he was anti military and anti-police, trying to make him appear un-American. That is a lie, Kaepernick was protesting injustice.
 Kaepernick’s protest also forced people to rethink America’s history and the singing the racist Star Spangled Banner written by a slave owning white man. Check out the third stanza it refers to Black soldiers fighting for their freedom on the side of the British and the last thing the fascist oligarchs want is people thinking about this nation’s sordid history; so the NFL kicked him to the curb! Kaepernick was a starting NFL quarterback at one time, a Superbowl quarterback in the prime of his playing years, now he is persona non grata banned from playing!
Some non NFL professional athletes like Lebron James sided with Kaepernick while other athletes raised additional issues such as mass incarceration. Kaepernick’s stand has been likened to Muhammad Ali’s position against US racism, imperialism and the war against people of color in Southeast Asia. Kaepernick didn’t internationalize the scope of his protest but US imperialism is still a timely and topical issue.
 Finally we should boycott on GP because there are no NFL teams with Black ownership or partnerships. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/diversity-in-the-nba-the-nfl-and-mlb/, not that token ownership of an NFL team would benefit the masses of Black folks, but at least the NFL would send a much different message.
It’s time we stiffen our backs, do the right thing and stand up in support of our Brothers and Sistah of conscience.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention




East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention
Junious Ricardo Stanton

Comic books have been around in the US since 1933.  Superhero comic books as we currently know them came into popularity in this country in 1938 with the introduction of Action Comics and the creation of the Superman character. The so called golden age of comic books from 1930’s to around 1950 did not include people of color as subjects or heroes. During this era Blacks rarely appeared in mainstream comic books except as insignificant marginal images not fully developed characters. Black comic book super heroes first appeared in mainstream comic publications in 1966 with the creation by two white men: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby of the Black Panther.
It’s a little know fact that Black superhero comics created, drawn by Black artists, illustrators and published by Blacks began in 1947 with the founding of All Negro Comics a short lived endeavor started by Orrin Cromwell Evans which produced only one issue. It was an anthology with characters that included: Lion Man and Bubba, Ace Harlem, and characters for children called the Little Dew Dillies.  
Black comics featuring Black superheroes remerged in the 1990’s with a boom of independently produced Black comic book characters. Today Black Comic books and graphic novels abound. Many Black comic book characters fall into the category of Afro-futurism a blend of Black Consciousness, Black history traditions, distinctly African phenotypes, present and future timed/themed story lines based on science fiction.
Black Comics offer their own unique world of art, creativity, sci-fi, entrepreneurship and marketing. For the past seventeen years Yumy Odom has produced and sponsored the East Coast Age of Black Comics Convention which brings together fans, creative professionals, artists, illustrators, writers, publishers and enactors with a mission of promoting literacy, story telling, creativity, art, media development, self awareness and confidence using the genre of comic books and graphic novels.
This year’s one day convention was held on Saturday May 19th at the Tech-Freire Charter High School 2221 N. Broad Street in North Philadelphia. In addition to promoting comic book creators, artists and graphic novels the convention also featured excellent workshops and demonstrations on: drawing, digital artistry and illustration, writing, enacting, Black Science Fiction, screenings and tributes to actors, artists, Cosplayers (costumed enactors/actors), writers and publishers.
 ECBACC is a serious convention that covers the whole gamut and spectrum of comic books and graphic novels creation: imagination, conception, starting a publishing company and the business of comics. It is one of the original and premier urban comic book exposition and conventions. It provides hands on instruction, workshops and panel discussions about the $1.085 billion dollar comic book and graphic novel industry (2016 North American figures). Black comic books are experiencing an even greater upsurge this year due to the mainstream superhero films like Avengers and Justice League. 
 Touring the convention exhibits, workshops and panel discussions you saw youngsters drawing, Cosplayers in costumes, artists talking, giving advice sharing their genius with an appreciative group of Black folks. It was refreshing to see people enthusiastic about their talents, interests and dreams come together with like minded folks to enjoy the camaraderie, fellowship and positive energy.
People attended this year’s convention in waves; folks came in attended the workshops then left as more folks came in. There was a large crowd despite inclement weather. ECBACC operates year round with a mission that extends beyond the one day convention. For additional information about ECBACC go to www.ecbacc.com

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Monday, May 14, 2018

What Would Malcolm X Say About Fake News?


From The Ramparts
      Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                What Would Malcolm X Say About Fake News?
  “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” Malcolm X
Eric Arthur Blair who wrote under the pen name George Orwell stated, “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” We live in a time of universal deceit, massive falsification and lies are disseminated globally by an extremely pervasive and sophisticated electronic media the likes never seen before by humanity. Television screens and smart devices, are everywhere instantaneously blasting information, disinformation and propaganda either from a right wing fake perspective or a disingenuous left wing slant both propagating global white domination and we are caught in the middle.
In prior times we had vocal warriors, scholars, dissidents and resisters who helped us see through the maze of disinformation and propaganda to recognize the lies and propaganda aimed at us and help us engage in a process of mental decolonization to view the world from a liberation perspective. Of course over the years the powers that be targeted them and attempted to eliminate the threat these courageous Sistahs and Bruthas posed to their mind control over us. Men and women like David Walker, Ida B Wells, William Monroe Trotter,  Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Noble Drew Ali, Elijah Muhammad and his ministers like Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan and fearless educators like Angela Davis exposed the mendacity, subterfuge, oppression and violence of the American system so it demonized them and on numerous occasions killed them.
Malcolm X aka Malik El Hajj El Shabazz was uncompromising in his denunciation of the American social, economic and political system built upon racism, imperialism, violence and chicanery that he and his Nation of Islam brethren called tricknology. Malcolm knew there was a constant battle going on for our minds.
On one occasion Malcolm had this to say about the US press and media, “One of the shrewd ways that they use the press to project us in the eye or image of a criminal: they take statistics. And with the press they feed these statistics to the public, primarily the white public. Because there are some well-meaning persons in the white public as well as bad-meaning persons in the white public. And whatever the government is going to do, it always wants the public on its side, whether it’s the local government, state government, federal government. So they use the press to create images. And at the local level, they’ll create an image by feeding statistics to the press—through the press showing the high crime rate in the Negro community. As soon as this high crime rate is emphasized through the press, then people begin to look upon the Negro community as a community of criminals.
And then any Negro in the community can be stopped in the street. ‘Put your hands up,’ and they pat you down. You might be a doctor, a lawyer, a preacher, or some other kind of Uncle Tom. But despite your professional standing, you’ll find that you’re the same victim as the man who’s in the alley. Just because you’re Black and you live in a Black community, which has been projected as a community of criminals. This is done. And once the public accepts this image also, it paves the way for a police-state type of activity in the Negro community. They can use any kind of brutal methods to suppress Blacks because ‘they’re criminals anyway.’ And what has given this image? The press again, by letting the power structure or the racist element in the power structure use them in that way.” From a speech given at Ford Auditorium on Feb. 14, 1965 several days before he was assassinated on Feb.21, 1965.
Imagine what Malcolm would say about the Black Lives Matter movement, social media, fake news, the grotesque caricatures of Black people on BET, VH1, MTVthe fake reality shows, the various networks and news programs?What would Malcolm say about six conglomerates owning almost all the media in the world? Malcolm was well aware of the power of the media and its organized and systemic propaganda on one occasion he said, “The media is the most powerful entity on the earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and he guilty innocent and that’s power because they control the minds of the masses. The press is so powerful in its image making role it can make the criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s he criminal. This is the press and irresponsible press. It will make the the criminal look like he’s the victim and the victim look like he’s the criminal. If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
Malcolm X was extremely astute, well read, well traveled and he loved Black people. What would Malcolm say about us not continuing the  liberation struggle?  What would Malcolm say about us acquiescing to fake news, fake reality and falling for the proverbial okey-doke?
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Monday, May 07, 2018

Indigenous Knowledge Systems





From The Ramparts
                                                             Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                      Indigenous Knowledge Systems

“The European philosophical conspiracy which we call the New Orthodoxy began in the mid-eighteenth century and was fully articulated by Hegel in the early nineteenth century when he asserted that African Deep Thought did not exist, even more it could not possible exist; nor rather, it must not exist. Of course the philosophical magicians could not make African Deep Thought not exist. What they did was to suppress the truth of its existence and simply asserted that it did not exist.” Jacob H. Carruthers from the Preface of MDW NTR Divine Speech A Historical Reflection of African Deep Thought From the Time of the Pharaohs to The Present

We are engaged in a life and death struggle, we must not be fooled by the fact a bi-racial man was selected to run for president and won the election, we must not be tricked into believing this nation has changed the fundamental power relationship between the ruling class and people of color no matter how many police officers, chiefs, sheriffs, mayors, council people, judges and state legislators we have. Every day we see evidence this culture does not value us unless it can extract something from us, even our vey souls.
Sadly there are still many of us who willingly sell our souls for trinkets, a pat on the head by the exploiters or negate our African heritage and ancestry to fit into their system. Unfortunately far too many of us do not know our history and legacy of innovation because we have not been taught the dynamism of African deep thought, ethics, morality and ways to navigate this thing we call life. We have allowed ourselves to be duped and brainwashed into accepting and believing we have nothing of value to offer or share with the world. Not so, in many ways, we are the salvation this planet needs.
Ironically Europeans who once ridiculed, denigrated and suppressed indigenous African knowledge, wisdom and spirituality are now turning to African and indigenous people to find meaning in their lives, give Western society a much needed moral grounding, sense of purpose and to use valuable indigenous knowledge for sustainability and profit. There is a whole new field called Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) where Westerners are looking at ancient and aboriginal ways of living, relating to one another, environmental sustainability, healing modalities and philosophies. “Indigenous knowledge refers to the understandings, skills and philosophies developed by societies with long histories of interaction with their natural surroundings. For rural and indigenous peoples, local knowledge informs decision-making about fundamental aspects of day-to- day life. Sophisticated knowledge of the natural world is not confined to science. Societies from all parts of the world possess rich sets of experiences, understanding and explanations. This knowledge is integral to a cultural complex that also encompasses language, systems of classification, resource use practices, social interactions, ritual and spirituality.” Indigenous Knowledge Systems Explained https://www.herald.co.zw/indigenous-knowledge-systems-explained/
Our African ancestors postulated the universe had purpose, intelligent design and a vital energy/intelligence that permeates everything. Within traditional African groups there was a deep seated sense of connectedness, unity, a need for reverence and living in harmony with nature. Ubuntu, “I am because we are, we are because I am”, was the underlying philosophy of traditional continental African culture. Maat was the cosmological and ethical foundation of ancient African society. Cooperation, intra and inter generational mutual aid were how Africans lived and worked for the benefit of the whole group.
Even during enslavement we shared our knowledge and genius with each other and the enslavers most times with no compensation or credit! Think about George Washington Carver and his invaluable impact on science and agriculture as one example. Indigenous knowledge was the basis of much of Carver’s work.
Eurasians developed an ethos of reckless greed, violence, domination, exploitation and disconnection. They spread it globally and now are discovering these values and systems are unsustainable. Now the West is turning to indigenous people to provide models how to best survive.  As they study indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) we see a dual approach developing: on one level there is the realization climate change; Western environmental disharmony; ecological antagonism and exploitation are unsustainable that their policies are creating disastrous consequences for the whole planet. Those who see this are looking for ways to forestall or reverse these trends. Living in harmony with nature and humanity is an unfamiliar perspective for the West and they’re forced to turn to aboriginal people to show them how to do it!
 On the flip side we can see they are merely interested in indigenous knowledge systems as a way to increase their bottom line, develop new products to market totally devoid of any change in values, the way they do business or concern for the life of the planet.
As the direct heirs of indigenous knowledge and the true custodians of this planet, we must recognize and re-embrace IKS, rediscover our connection to nature, expand upon it and use it to save the planet and ourselves from the irresponsible policies of the exploiters. We have an obligation to relearn the deep thought of our ancestors, become proud custodians of this knowledge and apply it in practical ways such as urban farming/gardening, cooperative social relationships and mutually beneficial group economics, locally and internationally.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Pushing The technology Envelop





From the Ramparts
Junious Ricardo Stanton
Pushing the Technology Envelop

“With augmented-reality gear barely on the market, rigorous studies of its effects on vision and mobility have yet to be done. But in reviewing the existing research on the way people perceive and interact with the world around them, we found a number of reasons to be concerned. Augmented reality can cause you to misjudge the speed of oncoming cars, underestimate your reaction time, and unintentionally ignore the hazards of navigating in the real world. And the worst thing about it: Until something bad happens, you won’t know you’re at greater risk of harm.” https://spectrum.ieee.org/consumer-electronics/portable-devices/the-reallife-dangers-of-augmented-reality
                                       
            More and more people are buying what are called augmented reality gizmos and gadgets such as: Microsoft Hololens, Magic Leap Lightwear, Google Glass Enterprise Edition, Vuzix Blade AR and numerous others soon coming to market. What is augmented reality you ask? Augmented Reality or AR is explained as: “Augmented reality is the integration of digital information with the user's environment in real time. Unlike virtual reality, which creates a totally artificial environment, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it…Augmented reality apps are written in special 3D programs that allow the developer to tie animation or contextual digital information in the computer program to an augmented reality ‘marker’ in the real world. When a computing device's AR app or browser plug-in receives digital information from a known marker, it begins to execute the marker's code
and layer the correct image or images”
            AR is different from virtual reality in that AR is your real time environment with visuals and graphics superimposed while virtual realities is simulated three dimensional images, computer generated environments, fantasy or make believe. Now it has been discovered that Facebook is working on   technologies that can/will scan your brain and use AR technology to share one’s thoughts and images with the world.
            An article on the Waking Times Website http://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/04/23/facebook-teams-up-with-shady-darpa-exec-to-scan-your-brain-and-augment-your-reality/ claims Facebook is teaming up with the Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA) to  create new technologies that integrate AR with what we are thinking or doing and share that with the world (or allow Big Brother to know exactly what you are thinking and doing in real time). The article quotes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as he describes the planned technology. “In the future, you’ll be able to snap your fingers and pull out a photo and make it as big as you want and with your AR glasses you’ll be able to show it to people and they’ll be able to see it. As a matter of fact, when you get to this world, a lot of things that we think we think about as physical objects today, like a TV for displaying an image, will actually just be $1 apps in an AR app store. So it’s going to take a long time to make this work. But this is the vision, and this is what we’re trying to get to over the next ten years” ibid.
            The article raises cogent questions about the impact of this technology on personal privacy, “Facebook users need to ask themselves whether or not they want to live in this world of augmented reality. It’s uncertain at this point just how many of our current abilities and freedoms we could lose if this kind of technology took over our lives. Would it be possible to have a private moment? With Facebook technology becoming ever-more invasive into our lives and their protection of privacy becoming increasingly moot, it’s possible that at some point in time we may not even remember what life was like before Facebook took control over our perceptions and intimate data.” Ibid
            Keep in mind this is already on the drawing boards at places like DARPA, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and others. This is all part of the New World Order/Big Brother surveillance society. AR and “virtual reality” are the next steps as the one pecent push the technology envelop.  But we don’t have to be willing participants in our own debasement and slavery. As I have been saying for several years, Facebook is not a benign or pristine technology; it is a monopoly, a Trojan horse we are being duped and socially engineered to install and use on our devices so corporations and the government can keep tabs on us, sell us stuff, manipulate our choices and behavior. In addition to the privacy issues there is also the issue of the unintended consequences of our digital addiction and concomitant distraction. See The Real Life Dangers of Augmented Reality at https://spectrum.ieee.org/consumer-electronics/portable-devices/the-reallife-dangers-of-augmented-reality to glean some of the real life adverse affects of AR.
 If you want to be a part of social networks that do not unduly expose you to unwanted surveillance and analytical data mining algorithms do the research to locate the spaces that respect your privacy that do not scrutinize or sell your information to third parties or share it with the government. Here is one site to get you started https://www.1and1.com/digitalguide/online-marketing/social-media/the-best-facebook-alternatives/

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