Sign of The Times – Occupy Movement Springs Forward

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by Allen L Roland

 

Historically Empires fall apart when an oppressed people unite and demand freedom and change. In that regard, the badly fragmented and financially weakened American empire is surely in the process of falling apart because it has essentially lost the hearts and minds of the people. Bottom up political power will always defeat military power or a police state because the Empire will eventually disintegrate from within
 
 

The National Defense Authorization Act NDAA ( Denies Individual freedom ) and HR 347 (Denies Mass Popular protest ) are the desperate acts of a corrupt and financially weakened American Empire that has lost the hearts and minds of its people and is desperately trying to protect itself from its real enemy ~ the people armed with the truth and demanding freedom and change.

 
In the meantime, the Occupy Movement continues to build momentum this spring and Matt Taibbi & Keith Olbermann verify this on Countdown ~ with many new people and more highly visible and vulnerable targets scheduled in 2012. Six Minute video

In essence, 2012 will eventually pit the Will of the People versus the Will of the Government (Establishment) and it will climax in Chicago ~ with the G8 and NATO meetings in May and the Republican and Democrat national conventions in late August in Tampa Bay, Florida for the Republicans and early September in Charlotte, North Carolina for the Democrats.

It really doesn’t matter whether Obama or Romney win the Presidency because both are beholden to the financial elite and the status quo. Bill Hicks brilliantly explains that hiring process in this one minute video  political satire ~

Both parties have sold their souls to the corporate elite (Establishment) and are rightfully held in scorn by the vast majority of the American people for one simple reason ~ The Republican and Democratic establishment no longer care what the majority of the American people feel now that the corpocracy has a vote (courtesy of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court Decision) and the corpocracy can quite literally buy an election.





So we find candidates speaking for their special interest groups, such as AIPAC and ignoring the will of their constituencies. Here’s a perfect example regarding the fact that assassination is not diplomacy.

Even as it remains a CONSENSUS among the 16 US intelligence agencies that there is NO evidence that Iran is seeking a nuclear weapon ~ one of our own Presidential candidates (Santorum) is busy undermining any sense of diplomacy by basically announcing “We will kill you.”

It is the height of murderous arrogance to not only threaten the citizens of foreign countries with assassination ~ but also to brag that the US is willing to assassinate its OWN citizens.

It is also important to note that Anwar al-Awlaki, the US citizen assassinated by a drone strike in Yemen, dined at the Pentagon with the Secretary of the Army just months after 9/11. No mere citizen, al-Awlaki may have also been a CIA asset.   One minute Video:

Obviously, our leaders (and that includes President Obama) are out of touch with what is important to the American people. This must be the year we take back our lives and inherent freedoms ~ for we most certainly have the power to do that and history backs up that claim.

Here are some excerpts from an interview with Jonathan Schell, author of “The Unconquerable World,” on how non-violence and the quest for freedom can topple the greatest of empires ~ and will eventually topple the current American Empire. The interview was conducted on March 1, 2012 by Andy Kroll, associate editor at TomDispatch and staff reporter at Mother Jones.

Excerpt:   Andy Kroll: You’ve written a lot before on the nuclear problem, and one feels that throughout the book. But The Unconquerable World also stands on its own as something completely original. How did you come to write this book?

Jonathan Schell: It was a long time in the making. The initial germ was born toward the end of the 1980s when I began to notice that the great empires of the world were failing. I’d been a reporter in the Vietnam War, so I’d seen the United States unable to have its way in a small, third world country. A similar sort of thing happened in Afghanistan with the Soviet Union. And then of course, there was the big one, the revolutions in Eastern Europe against the Soviet Union.

I began to think about the fortunes of empire more broadly. Of course, the British Empire had already gone under the waves of history, as had all the other European empires. And when you stopped to think about it, you saw that all the empires, with the possible exception of the American one, were disintegrating or had disintegrated. It seemed there was something in this world that did not love an empire. I began to wonder what exactly that was. Specifically, why were nations and empires that wielded overwhelmingly superior force unable to defeat powers that were incomparably weaker in a military sense?

Whatever that something was, it had to do with the superiority of political power over military power. I saw that superiority in action on the ground as a reporter for the New Yorker in Vietnam starting way back in 1966, 1967. Actually, the National Liberation Front and the North Vietnamese understood this, and if you read their documents, they were incessantly saying “politics” was primary, that war was only the continuation of politics.”

AK: How do you see the history of nonviolent action since Unconquerable World was published? What were you thinking about the Tunisian uprising, the Egyptian uprising, the Occupy movement, the general global protest movement of the present moment that arose remarkably nonviolently?

JS: I was astonished. Even now, I don’t feel that I understand what the causes were. I’m not even sure it makes sense to speak of the causes.  If you point to a cause — oppression, food prices rising, cronyism, corruption, torture — these things go on for decades and nothing happens. Nobody does anything. Then in a twinkling everything changes. Twenty-three days in Egypt and Mubarak is gone.

How and why a people suddenly develops a will to change the conditions under which it’s living is, to me, one of the deep mysteries of all politics. That’s why I don’t blame myself or anyone else for not expecting or predicting the Arab Spring. How that happens may, in the end, be undiscoverable. And I think the reason for that is connected to freedom.  Such changes in opinion and will are somewhere near the root of what we mean when we talk about the exercise of freedom. Almost by definition, freedom refers to something not visibly or obviously caused by anything else. Otherwise it would be compelled, not free.”    See article ~  

The demand for Change and freedom is in the air again and there are many spokespersons for the Occupy movement ~  including Chris Hedges and Alan Grayson ~ who are essentially truth tellers.

Here’s a video where Alan Grayson Steals the Show while explaining the Occupy Wall Street movement to a national audience on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, and earns the first standing ovation for a guest in the show’s 10-year history ~ for just having the guts to tell the truth. Alan comes on at about the minute and a half mark. Five minute video ~

Lastly, here’s the official two minute trailer for the Four Horsemen ~ an independent cinematic feature documentary which lifts the lid on how the global economy really works as well as the consequences of unfettered growth and profit seeking, and how they have pushed humanity to the brink of moral disintegration.

Today’s Four Horsemen are defined as ~ socially organized violence; debt; iniquity; and poverty control over all of our lives. They’re gathering momentum, decimating communities and compromising future generations ~ If they are not reined in, the planet will gallop to a logical conclusion of social collapse.

By dispelling the myth that capitalism has failed ~ the Four Horsemen demonstrates how a vast majority of the world’s population have been made to pay for the greatest heist in history. Capitalism hasn’t failed ~ to the contrary ~ it has worked perfectly according to the rules the systems creators have established at the detriment to those who can least afford it ~ and at the expense of our freedoms.

The Four Horsemen film pulls together for the first time 23 of the world’s leading thinkers who have held jobs at the highest level and explains where we go from here and how we can begin to re-engage. 2 minute video

 “In the eyes of posterity it will inevitably seem that, in safeguarding our freedom, we destroyed it. The vast clandestine apparatus we built up to prove our enemies’ resources and intentions only served in the end to confuse our own purposes; that practice of deceiving others for the good of the state led infallibly to our deceiving ourselves; and that vast army of clandestine personnel built up to execute these purposes were soon caught up in the web of their own sick fantasies, with disastrous consequences for them and us”. Malcom Muggeridge – May 1966

 This year don’t ask for change ~ Demand change.


About the Author: Allen L Roland is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his web site at AllenRoland.com. He also guest hosts a Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations via email at [email protected].

A GOOD START: Thinking, energy, social interaction go better with breakfast

The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV) October 17, 2005 | Morgan Kelly Healthy breakfast ideas * Two slices of whole-grain bread with peanut butter and apple slices * A cup of vanilla or plain low-fat yogurt mixed with whole- grain cereal or berries s Leftover vegetable pizza with a piece of fruit and a glass of milk * Rice or pasta Quick breakfast ideas for those hectic mornings * Whole-grain cereal with fruit and milk, or a cup of yogurt * Toasted waffles with peanut butter * Instant oatmeal with milk and dried fruit * A whole-wheat pita stuffed with hard-boiled eggs Source: American Dietetic Association [email protected] When you finally slide out of bed and slither to the shower, the thought of grabbing a bagel – or even finding the energy to eat it – could drive you back to bed, leaving a trail of soapy water. site healthy breakfast ideas

A simple bowl of cereal seems trivial compared to diffusing the living room battle over cartoons while trying to find a shirt with a concealable amount of wrinkles.

More people skip breakfast than any other meal. But taking five minutes to choke down a little something provides the body with nutrients needed for thinking, energy and even social interaction.

Biologically speaking, people should approach breakfast with the same ravenous vigor they do other meals. The period between dinner and rising in the morning could very well be the longest period the average person goes without food, depending on eating and sleep schedules.

People who eat dinner at 8 p.m., and then don’t eat again until noon, starve their system for more than half a day.

We forget that the body still functions during sleep, albeit at reduced power. Although the night passed quickly for our consciousness, our physical system craves sustenance after several hours without food.

“Unless you’ve been sitting up all night eating, you’ve been fasting. The food you ate the night before is all gone,” said Susan Poindexter, a registered dietitian. “You have to revitalize, refuel.” The body’s glucose, or blood sugar, content drops considerably after eight to 12 hours without food, according to the American Dietetic Association. Glucose, along with oxygen, serves as the brain’s main source of fuel.

People who eat a healthy breakfast find themselves with more strength and energy, the ADA reports. They also tend to be a little sharper mentally, displaying a keener ability to focus and solve problems than nonbreakfast eaters.

Those who forgo the first meal in turn feel grumpy and weak as their body tries to function on … well, not much actually. After the body burns its glucose stores, it turns to fat stores and eventually proteins, like muscle. web site healthy breakfast ideas

Of course, most people eat something before or during lunch hours and never reach the starvation stage. But a Harvard study suggests that breakfast habits could affect a person’s weight. The study found that adults who regularly ate breakfast were half as likely as those who didn’t to be obese, according to the ADA.

The reasons for this could range from being the byproduct of an overall healthy lifestyle – as in health-conscious people may eat breakfast more often – to people who skip breakfast, tending to snack more throughout the day.

West Virginia devotes a lot of effort to getting schoolchildren to eat breakfast. All 55 county public school systems must offer a breakfast program, said Richard Goff, executive director of the child nutrition office at the state Education Department. Ours is one of only a few states with such a policy, he added.

Each school designs its breakfast menu around set nutrition standards, including certain allowances of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, said Kathy Talley, coordinator of nutrition education at the child nutrition office.

Children, like adults, exhibit sharper minds when fed a morning meal, according to the ADA.

Furthermore, kids not distracted by the weakness and physical discomfort of hunger tend to have a much more positive presence in the classroom, Talley said.

“When your kids are tired and cranky and hungry, they can be bad,” she explained. Kids who haven’t eaten fall asleep at their desks or plod through the first part of the day with zombielike listlessness, she said. Irritable children may act out in class.

Students who skip breakfast are also tardy or absent from school more often, according to the ADA.

Still, participation in school breakfast programs reflects the general inattention the first meal receives.

Around 65 percent of the state’s public school children eat lunch at their respective place of learning, Goff said. The percentage of those eating breakfast at school drops to between 28 percent and 29 percent.

A myriad of reasons is to blame, he said: Some kids eat breakfast at home, some don’t want to eat, and some just can’t work a little grub into the morning rush.

Schools try to tailor the curriculum around giving students a chance to eat.

The Grab and Go system provides breakfast in a brown paper bag.

The Breakfast After First program lets students grab a bite around midmorning, after their first-period classes.

High school age students particularly benefit from this arrangement, as they usually don’t “come alive” until around 9 a.m., Talley joked. Seriously, she added, the older students actually seem to be hungriest around first period.

The scores of West Virginia kids who wake up early to ride a school bus also get a change to refuel, she said. Some students arise before 6 a.m. for a 45-minute to one-hour bus ride, particularly in more rural counties, she said.

“If you ate breakfast at 6:30, that bowl of cereal is not going to last you until noon,” she explained.

Students at some schools responded to these issues by keeping better breakfast habits, but breakfast still largely trails lunch in meal popularity.

“You wonder why you have such a huge participation in lunch and such a low one in breakfast,” Goff pondered.

A lot of people don’t like the traditional breakfast choices, Poindexter said. Granted, a greasy, high-cholesterol slab of eggs and bacon may not do everyone a whole lot of good. (Bacon falls under the fats and sugars category.) Conventional nutrition actually suggests against these old-time staples. Instead, people should chow on fruit and whole grain products for a quick carbohydrate-fueled energy boost. Dairy products, peanut butter and lean meat contain ample protein, which results in a feeling of fullness, the ADA reports.

Any healthy food you like that doesn’t upset a groggy stomach will do, Poindexter said.

“There’s no set food that has to be eaten at a set time,” she said. “You could have carrots and fish and rice in the morning if you want to do that.” Morgan Kelly

Author Details
Allen L Roland, PhD is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a heart centered spiritual consultant, author and lecturer who also shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web site at AllenRoland.com. He also guest hosts Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements as well as private consultations via email at [email protected]. Roland is a twin who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, survived a dysfunctional family, pursued and lived his dreams, including becoming a Navy supersonic carrier pilot, finding himself by fully opening his heart, writing three books, siring four children ~ and is still living his ultimate dream by making a difference from a place of love, celebration and service. His Ph.D dissertation THE UNIFIED FIELD was chosen by Common Boundary and Noetic Science Institute, in their 1998 national dissertation contest, as one of the top three finalists for combining spirituality and psychology. His ongoing heart centered work as a consultant with veterans with PTSD, is the most satisfying work of his life. Allen’s online newsletter, columns and radio broadcasts are committed to the truth ~ as he sees it ~ for only the truth is revolutionary.
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