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The Big Shift?

This missive is as much query as testimonial. Anyone out there is encouraged to add to this, more for the power of combined thought than for my peace of mind; I’m quite comfortable being “different.” By way of resume the last decades have presented to me a number of extra/metaphysical contacts/experiences, auras, ghosts, what-have-you, backed up by witnesses.
Native ability and/or conscious effort can foster connections to unseen forces that sometimes bring one more than they bargain for. The last decades have for me been a time of keeping an “ear to the rail” for an indication, a sign of the cosmic shift that billions of peoples and multiple cultures are primed for. I cannot say if the following was “it” but I can say without reservation that something happened around Wednesday, the 21st of April, either a major shift, or a precursor (my personal feeling) to the big one . To achieve some clarity, some understanding, following the 21st I made queries, sought out others and interviewed them in as dispassionate and objective fashion as I could. The initial survey has confirmed that it wasn’t just me.
My correspondents report altered, focused emotions and visions that night, spirits (for lack of another term) passing through the walls of houses, in my case communicating messages ranging from the personal to some germane to the earth and our relationship to it. There was a distinct sense of the trans-physical i.e. at one point a seeming reintegration into an unfamiliar space (think Star Trek) that triggered a bit of panic that seemed to spur a return to the familiar.
A visual signal came a couple of days later as Village Motor/Cameron Village Auto’s fund raiser over on Boylan Avenue was winding down. These two ordinary people, mechanics, good works are perfect demonstrations of the new world. Pam and Greg have selflessly put themselves on the front line of a struggle to see that fundamental needs are met in this culture of obscene, selective plenty, that the left-behinds of our region have enough to eat. As I walked away, my range of my vision became a wobbling view similar to what one would see through two prisms cut at different angles and slowly rotated – a profound but simple shift almost as two fundamental frequencies.
A summation of the message is that we are all part of the world, molecularly and spiritually. It is humanity’s sacred responsibility to maintain this lonely ball, for us as much as for the other inhabitants, plants and animals. The sum of creation, everything, waits in the balance, from abstract concerns such as justice to the concrete reality of physical survival. The larger cultural message is simply this; if the major faiths are to evolve beyond combative, self-serving public relations statements, corrupted by men’s interpretation and lust for material gain, those faiths must transcend the destructive turf wars ignited by words and begin to exemplify the actual lives and examples of celebrated prophets such as Jesus, Mohammad and the Buddha.
I urge anyone who on or around the 21st observed visual or aural anomalies, altered emotions or just a sense of “it”, or has any interest in what seems to have occurred to begin to find and to forge contacts with others. That which seems to have happened is an “us” thing, arriving at a critical break-point to a world poised on a fulcrum, on the one side of which are massed the destructive, entropic powers of commercial/corporate-fueled personal greed, on the other a ubiquitous, unifying, nurturing sense of shared existence. We owe it to ourselves but more, to the world, to begin to gather the conjoined power of the many, as much to simply compare and share the wonder and awe of this constantly unfolding “nowness” as to strengthen the collective, combined power of people.
Spooky phenomenon aside, the important aspect of where we are now is not be deterred from the path of healing and truth and to utilize our combined, transcendent powers for the healing of this planet and its inhabitants. We have been given a sign. What we do with it is up to us now. This is just a beginning.

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Market Socialism

Following passage of Obama’s heath care bill, now that the shouting, accusations and threats are quieting, time to take a breath. First and foremost, it is a progressive and positive moment in US history that we have finally joined the ranks of developed nations by embracing universal health care. That said, one may be excused from skepticism expecting from this legislation much more than the results of other government/corporate initiatives. Historically, lavish campaign contributions to both sides of the aisle from business sectors and corporations purchased for them the three Ps, profits, privilege and person hood — along with a spectacular lack of oversight as to where the money goes at the expense of mere natural persons. The prescient need look no farther than what the Janus-faced, Yewessian hustle has achieved for the auto, petroleum, defense and construction/real estate businesses for a hint of what is in store.
Consider the US city’s “successes.” Counted in millions of acres of arable land “developed” into quarter acre lots, our system provides shelter, sure, but at incalculable costs to health and the environment. Our unsustainable one-trick-pony transportation “system” is joined at the hip with the oil and defense businesses, supported and financed by your labor in the form of taxes. The lavish subsidies, military protection, allowances and write-offs pioneered by Standard Oil’s John Rockefeller and others have and continue to pillage the US treasury and your household budget at the expense of other cleaner, safer modes of transportation.
In the absence of a substantive threat, the US “defense” system has become a costly update of the same sort of financially ruinous military excess that has brought down every nation that embraced empire status. Remember that the American Revolution was sparked not so much by the Crown but rather the British East India Company, a forerunner of firms like Halliburton. The U S’s current version justifies complicated, costly weapons systems hawked under an illusion of “defending” an Orwellian version of “freedom” from the impotent, ragged “enemies” the monied elites perennially create as pretexts for messy conflicts disguised as “wars” fought for the resources required for our land-fill lifestyle. The financial sector needs no explication.
Since “free markets” and “socialism” are routinely trotted out in the same breath, an uncolored look at either may render clarity to both. The people have been harped and lectured about the sanctity of the sacred “free market” for the term to warrant an eleventh Commandment. But when one finds and applies the appropriate dictionary definition of “socialism” to the United States, i.e. “unequal distribution of goods and pay for according to work done,” a child can see that today’s “free markets” translate to the socialism for corporate “persons” on a titanic scale. Massive, unconscionable state-enforced greed has forced mere humans to buck-up for corporate excess while walking a tight-rope to simply survive.
The Big Lie is that the markets operate within a sort of Darwinian milieu, i.e. the strong and capable make it and the weak perish. By that reckoning the list of corporate casualties should be much, much longer than it is. “Too big to fail” has taken on a new dimension, less like a “free market” and more like your bookie paying you to lose at Vegas — twice. “Corporate persons” as well as the natural persons who cooked the latest mess up were not only rescued from their failings they were rewarded for it with idealogical support from “Christian” free market sycophants who frequently disdain and denigrate mere humans who have taken bad turns, that mere mortals alone should bear the results of errors and decisions made above their control.
Blue Cross Blue Shield illustrates perfectly where the unfolding health care monster is going, a “private”, systemic, government-backed monopoly much like the auto/petroleum/defense hydra. BCBS’s uncovered, repeated lust for profits such as sticking it to the N.C. Division of Prisons for inmate care illustrate the point. Imprint a health overlay onto the transportation model and one gets a reasonable view of the new health care plan coming our way.
I can’t speak about the insurance sector but I am quite familiar with the pharm business, courtesy of a few years out in the ‘Park an AV tech … just another invisible guy in a black suit, laughing inwardly at the impossible confluence of this curious kitty-cat tasked with videotaping internal meetings. Those schmucks accidentally told me everything, a litany of outrage I am happy to divulge to anyone willing to listen. The short story is through legislative infiltration Pharm corporations have ended up influencing US health care to the degree they and the AMA have become indistinguishable. The pharm-monsters are drooling at the potential, displayed by recent up-ticks in pharmaceutical stocks. Think of the profits when heath care recipients are funneled into certain types of medical care and meds via behind the scenes machinations.
The artificial, vertical divisions of society so valued by the elites, illustrated best by politics and ethnicity, are utilized as forms of social control and serve to obscure the actual relevant, (and celebrated) horizontal divisions best illustrated by quantities of money. A cursory look at how the various sectors of the population fared during the last few years should shine a light on both the size of the lie and the falsity of the party lines.
It will take constant and close scrutiny as the health bill enfolds if we are to escape the pillages formerly exhibited in prior, similar programs. Is a plea for consistency out of line?

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