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“Race” should have been made obsolete a long time ago.

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The conclusion is this:

Thus, given current scientific data, biological races do not exist among modern humans today, and they have never existed in the past. Given such clear scientific evidence as this and the research data of so many other biologists, anthropologists, and geneticists that demonstrate the nonexistence of biological races among humans, how can the “myth” of human races still persist?

If races do not exist as a biological reality, why do so many people still believe that they do? In fact, even though biological races do not exist, the concept of race obviously is still a reality, as is racism. These are prevalent and persistent elements of our everyday lives and generally accepted aspects of our culture.

Thus, the concept of human races is real. It is not a biological reality, however, but a cultural one. Race is not a part of our biology, but it is definitely a part of our culture. Race and racism are deeply ingrained in our history.

Excerpt from: “There Is No Such Thing as Race” by Robert Wald Sussman, here:

http://www.newsweek.com/there-no-such-thing-race-283123

heart  Here’s a similar article: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/mar/01/racism-science-human-genomes-darwin

There’s no sense in referring to persons by the color of their skin. It’s a subtle form of discrimination at the least.

On to a related topic…

500-nations

This is an excellent huge documentary film first put out in 1995 in a series of parts. It was hosted by Kevin Costner and it is accessible in YouTube (just look for it); or simply buy the DVD. It has also come out in book form so you can try looking for it in your favorite bookstores.

If you hear somebody say that this or that civilization was the best ever, caution, because that person has not actually done research and so the rest of what he is saying could just be his opinion backed by half-truths (ergo, not the truth). Like this man here:

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If you liked 500 Nations or if you are interested in the current events associated with the First Nations (American Indians) then you won’t regret seeing this documentary (it looks at the Lakota today; and please “share” it as well as download it if you can 🙂 THANKS!):

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Bernie-or-Bust. By a Non-voter.

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I understand why this lady speaks this way. Ten minutes into the video I was already almost done with my introspective-analysis and I have seen another level of real-world “reality”. This was what Senator Sanders referred to. When the smoke clears, this phenomenon will be spoken of with more clarity. Nevertheless, I do agree with this lady saying that something is wrong; she has said it clearly.

However, I believe that Bernie knew what was going on while he was on the campaign trail. What happened was that he decided to take the fall, the most likely coming “fall”. He saw a very narrow window of possibility and he took the chance. He did so with all the knowledge that he acquired through years of being INSIDE the system. He KNOWS the system. He’s actually the one who made a crack at the glass ceiling, not Clinton. Being the first female candidate for president is no big deal and that’s the DNC’s biggest gloating point; that’s actually pathetic, in no matter what kind of system it is within, in the context of 21st century history world.

Bernie made a 2-pronged attack: tried to be president and at the same time rallied people to wake up to the massive corruption. He lost his other plan but succeeded in the other. Now that more and more people are becoming awake and willing to rally behind TRUTH then that accomplishment by itself is greater than becoming the POTUS.

With all this being said, had I been a voter would I vote for Clinton? No, I will not. That means if there weren’t enough like me who would vote for somebody else, and most likely Jill Stein, then that means Trump wins. The dilemma is this: either vote for a Machiavellian-liar-who-has-absolutely-no-idea-what-poverty-is-like or let a public-service-ignoramus-celebrity win. As I see that nature is governed by Chaos (the scientific phenomenon; it’s a regularity that is characterized by randomness at the smallest scale; you can look it up) then I would rather NOT VOTE for one who has been proven to have consistently lied (as Anderson Cooper had asked: “Would you say anything to get elected?”).

Doing so would allow Chaos to run its course. Letting LIFE be. Not forcefully altering the course of a mighty river. Not tying the Solar System to a single point in its whooshing orbit about the Milky Way. This means Trump may win. It may also be that Trump will not win. If Trump wins then America will be in uncertain executive governance (unless he lets the status-quo-big-money totally hold the reigns). This will be creating a violent shift in the equilibrium, and it will result into multi-directional repercussions so that the “fight” for “balance” is maintained. Unless those who think similarly to Bernie and Jill and the like exert a strong enough counter-balance. It’s an abstract description but that’s how nature works. This series or conglomeration of reactions will not be happening for only a single or two terms (in case he gets re-elected, good grief!) but it will reverberate until its direct effects die off.

Bernie knew that had he insisted on “grabbing power”, which would be a major major shift in the current system —- literally pulling the rug from under the status quo —- he would have risked a tremendous counter-effect WHICH will affect the little people much more than the crocodiles (sorry, in my country we call the insatiable-power-hungry-entities as buwaya, i. e., the crocodile). You ask me “how” and, well, I don’t have the economic and sociological tools to get into expounding this yet, but those who understand more can see that this description of mine makes sense (and there’s another possibility which I don’t want to mention here; either I am again correct in that possibility-point or it will show the extent of my idealist-naiveté, or both, which are equally fine by me because, indeed, I have no idea exactly the extent of visions that Bernie’s sight has reached).

So not electing Clinton is a gamble, for hope (that she does not win) or for forbearance until the tide turns (that a Trump presidency will either have only the minimum of damages or that it will taper off the soonest, and throughout that we remain intact). The flip side of it is that voting for Clinton means acknowledging that I have no choice but to silence and numb my soul and trust a deceitful system for the sake of urgent survival. In essence I would have annihilated myself — – the antithesis of LIFE.

It could be that Bernie Sanders has already gone to the level where he saw that, indeed, survival in America has exactly become like that:  to grip the knife’s cutting edges and not let go lest I fall and break my neck. In my country we call this phenomenon “Kapit sa patalim“.

Stay strong, Bernie. Stay healthy. Don’t exert too much effort for a deceitful system. Don’t invest too much on stuff that’s built on shifting fancy sand (of course you already know this! haha!). It’s time to let the grassroots see that, indeed, you have seen the enormity of what they have accomplished so far and that your “silence” did not mean that you had no idea how your perceived “non-communication” had hurt. Time to heal the wounds created by your “betrayal” (yep, that’s how it felt, and you know that, too), and time for your supporters to decide how much more, and for how long, are they willing to invest into TRUTH. ❤

Take care. everyone. Enjoy the sun! 🙂

 

 

Dear Bernie Sanders

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Dear Senator Bernie Sanders,
I have a very simple argument to present to you.

If the only reason that holds you back from running outside of the Democratic Party is ethics — in that you have promised the Party of your support in exchange for allowing you to run within it — then you are now free to run outside it.

The premise is that when you pledged your support to the Party, you did so with sincerity and integrity. You intended to do your part of the agreement. It goes the other way around, too. The Party should have intended to give you a fair playing field — giving you the support equal to that which was intended for every other candidate running within the Party.

However, this agreement was broken by the Party in that events have now been shown where the Party has dealt with you unfairly. In short, it did not go with the agreement. This breaks the bond that you have to the Party. Their actions have rendered the agreement null and void, and so it would in fact be non-ethical for you to stay in the Party as a candidate by virtue of doing violence to your person if you continue to hold on to your word as this would be tantamount to passively receiving abuse from the Party.

However, you may have reasons that only you and your circle understand as to why it is best for you to stay put in the Party.

My president, Rodrigo Duterte, who is vilified by the entire world for his verbal expressions, has staked his life in his commitment to eradicate graft and corruption in the Philippines. He is misunderstood by the mainstream but the majority of us voted for him because we understood his heart. You may have to stake your life, too, in pursuing The Revolution. Nevertheless, whatever your decision is regarding this election, I am already in agreement with the millions of Americans and non-Americans that you are going down in history as a champion of democracy and of the common working person. I believe that the entire globe will heave a sigh of relief if the USA is not anymore run by a greedy life-defeating resource/energy-sucking system.

Shalom.
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I Support Duterte. Part 2.

I get negative feelings when I hear foreign journalists criticize Duterte’s speeches — which inevitabley zero in on how he wants thugs and druglords eradicated.

Not long ago I heard a discussion in The Young Turks show and that discussion did nothing for the public’s knowledge. They just chewed on how they perceived Duterte’s platform to be ‘horrendous’ and they offered nothing by way of starting on how to get a grasp of his ‘horrendous’ ideas. With the discussion is the implication that the Philippines, which overwhelmingly voted for Duterte, is composed of people majority of whom have twisted sets of values, i. e., values that are against those held by the TYT talk show hosts who were discussing the matter on air. (Okay, actually here’s what I think: These two ignorant clowns — yes, I laughed at their opinions — who are discussing the matter are arrogantly giving out their prescription on a symptom of which they know nothing of the underlying causes. They’re definitely just plain ignoramuses shooting out stupid recommendations and all based on what they read on some newspaper or such. This is altogether pathetic jounalism.)

Just now Secular Talk has an emotionally delivered session expressing disgust at how this “planned massacre” by Duterte isn’t even ‘discussed’.

Here’s the funny part: The stance by Duterte — forcefully going after the thugs that are wreaking havoc to so many families in my country — is precisely the reason why people, including me, voted for him. But it was clear to me that he was going to do it according to what the law allows, according to the legal police procedures plus extra caution to boot and without blind emotional-laden engagements. That was clear to me and so I voted for him. So did 16 million other Filipinos. We do know how to discern behind tall-talk, as we do know how to look behind sweet-talk.

How do I know that it could be done? Davao City is the proof. That’s number 1 reason.

Number 2 reason: no powerful clans financed his campaign. He is not beholden to the oligarchs. Number 3: he won the election without having had any agent compose a public image of him. He was not ‘packaged’ to attract voters. What one sees of Durte in public is what one gets — he talks and works for the oppressed and the marginalized in society, he has no interest whatsoever in making money out of his activities, he does not show off or market his intellect, and he does not put himself above anybody else. He is far from the proverbial white-washed tomb. Anybody is welcome to inspect the skeletons in his closet.

So, since Duterte has such ‘horrendous’ ideas and Filipinos voted for him, then Filipinos agree with his ‘horrendous’ ideas. Ergo, the Philippines is a nation of (mostly) dumb and stupid people.

One has to break down the above logic or it becomes in itself a ‘horrendous’ conclusion. Why horrendous? Because the arguments espoused by the talk show hosts mentioned above, and all other ‘foreign’ venues similar to these, are all based on assumptions the foundations of which are foreign to the Filipino way of thinking or looking at things. Hence, their arguments are invalid — null and void.

Sure, such words as killing, bloodbath, etc. are in themselves universally associated with horrendous acts. However, the “killing” that is of the talk show hosts’ perspective, and most likely the viewers’/listeners’ perspectives, is not exactly what Duterte has been talking about.

It will take a shelf of dissertations to systematize Duterte’s ideas and actions, including the legitimizing of his plans by the voters. Foremost of the discussions will focus on worldviews, on historical factors, and the contemporaneous situations. So I cannot start to give them to you here, in just a handful of paragraphs.

Moreover, the moral ascendancy that America has been marketing since I don’t know when (emphasize on the ‘marketing’, ergo, the public expressions of such that do not reflect the views of those who have no avenues for expressing what’s otherwise === remember: “History is written by the victors” — tangentially related, but you know what I mean 🙂 ❤ .) is now being put to clear light as illegitimate with all the mess that is being revealed, one after another, because of the present election season and through social media. Anyway, this isn’t a gripe about America or Americans (my best friend is American! ❤ ). This is a critique on any entity that establishes itself as superior to another.

How the Ignorant Liken Duterte to Trump

How the Ignorant Liken Duterte to Trump

They don’t care about research and truth-telling. They just care about the fanfare and the sales. Pathetic.

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Again, on the Secular Talk segment that I was referring to above: Of course I understand why the host talks that way. He’s put himself into the situation by way of the words in the news that he’s read and also inevitably bringing along with him his own (present) context. Had he immersed himself first into the situation in the Philippines, say a minimum of 20 years, then he’d be talking differently and he would not have been this horrified about the words he’s read. Similarly, had Duterte been an American, or had the Philippines been like America, then Duterte and we would never had thought that/this way (as reflected in the news). But, well, a little learning on the part of the speaker will eventually make him see how he has been idiotic in going about this topic.

But the damage is done. Duterte has been painted with foreign colors and this imposed image doesn’t look right both objectively and subjectively (…but who is the judge of both, really??) — as many other similar ‘foreign’ opinion-givers have done. But let’s say that the Secular Talk host wasn’t giving an opinion at all, merely posing a question or opening up lines for discussion, then he/they should have said more so as not to leave the air with a picture of a horrendous Duterte and the Philippines. It’s simply unfair, it’s made from an arrogant stance of moral supremacy, and it hurts us common everyday ordinary Filipinos. You are trampling on our human rights to freely choose our leader and the way we want to solve our problems.

Leave Duterte alone. He was a prosecutor; he knows the law; he will abide by the law. If you can’t say anything qualifying about him then shut the f**k up. We know he’s not a saint. He does not live like a god. We trust the people who are working with him; they know that their responsibility is primarily to the everyday person and not to Duterte. We have risked this oncoming term with him as the head of the executive branch of the government and we are willing to cooperate with his vision of a more live-able society, albeit a ‘poor’ one compared to the highly industrialized nations. But being “highly developed” is not the priority for now (and I hope it will never be (notice the quotation marks); but this is another lengthy topic). We do not need much to be happy; we just need to be assured that our families and loved ones are safe in their locales as they go along their simple everyday lives. We do not need much of the crazy and senseless commercial products flooding our dingy streets and poisoning our traditional values. We just want a safe and and dependable society for now and then we’d be able to figure out what to do next to better our children’s and grandchildren’s, and our neighbors’ children and grandchildren’s lives.

Filipinos are not idiots. We are confused, I can say, because of the combined factors of gentleness, meekness, insane colonialism, and energy-sucking globalization. (Read a paper on “colonial mentality”->  david-okazaki_colonial-mentality) Greed and misinformation have muddled our value systems relative to what should have been sustaining and uplifting for us collectively. It had been a very long journey for us, of attempts at changing for the better. We have a new chapter now. We are willing to work it out. If you have nothing qualifying to say about us, then please just save your precious breath and keep your nice mouth shut.

Peace.

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I wish everyone an envigorating day. Thanks for dropping by.

Update September 17, 2016.

I will have to comment on the accusations tagged “extra-judicial killings”. This topic was not urgent in my mind because the deaths attributed to the police were not extra-judicial. Our police are not thugs — well, around the world some police are thugs but not all police are thugs and not all thugs are police — and they just do their duties. If a police officer perceives a threat to his life then by law he has to defend himself. Duterte’s war on drugs involves apprehension of drug addicts –> particularly those whose brains have been damaged by the LONG use of shabu, irredeemable brain material by all medical standards, and hence cannot perceive the boundary between life and death, between right and wrong, many are capable of raping children and killing their own family members, thus easily capable of the reckless use of a gun which CAN  KILL and which, by the laws of ethics, society must very well see that it’s either the police officer’s life or the other’s; this argument has to apply otherwise society must conclude that the police officer should rather die than the other.

As of today around 700,000 (that’s addicts and pushers) have given themselves up to the authorities. That’s 700,000 that were not killed by the police but were taken into custody. So if 700,000 surrendered then we can safely assume that there were more than a hundred who would not surrender and would fight off the authorities. The pushers who surrendered will be dealt with by law. The addicts will be rehabilitated. Those with slight addiction will be rehabilitated in the community : religious communities and organizations have volunteered to help in this. The government is putting up several rehanilitation centers all over the country – BUT since the administration started at a point when there is no more money (extra budget) to spend for this NEWLY DISCOVERD CALAMITY OF THE TRUE DRUG SCENE OF THE COUNTRY then the rehabilitation centers will take some time to be put up, although THANKFULLY several rich people have started to donate specifically for this purpose PLUS many Filipinos working abroad have also gathered funds for this purpose, like those who are working in Indonesia.

Now, the question again: Are there “extra-judicial killings”?. Answer: Yes. Next question: Does the government have to do with this? Answer: No. And how do I know? I watch the videos of interviews with the police chief and videos on the speeches and interviews of the president and the cabinet members and senators. I watch closely, I listen to what they say, I scrutinize how they answer, their facial expressions, their body language, how they interact with the journalists, how long does it take for them to answer a question, how spontaneous do they answer a particular important question, and especially if they distance themselves from the questioning. What I see is only openness. This was how I did it so that I knew that CNN was screwing Bernie Sanders (and here’s a protest at CNN‘s in Los Angeles, and you’ll get many results if you search “mainstream media bias against sanders”) even before I discovered Democracy Now! and Sane Progressive and Lee Camp of Redacted Tonight and Tim Black and Jimmy Dore and H. A. Goodman and Jordan Chariton and and …

Again, then who are responsible for these REAL extra-judicial killings? The simple and obvious answer is this: in a war on drugs the “lords” will have to dispense with their liabilities. It’s a no-brainer!

And now there’s a soap opera of a senate hearing involving a so-called witness Mr. Matobato who could not stand even a moment’s cross-examination. He’s telling lies about the president. He may have been a gun-for-hire but certainly he’s making up stories here about the president’s involvement.

For the so-called extra-judicial killings I recommend the videos on the interviews with the Chief of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), Atty. (Dr.) Acosta (<– click for a sample; she starts speaking at video-time 03:29 and this was made around July 2016; she may have had other similar interviews). She explains very well why all accusations by international media against the government regarding this matter are groundless. For the fakeness of the so-called witness, Mr. Matobato, I recommend the videos of the entire senate hearing on this (<– click for a sample; other similar videos are also available; here Senator Cayetano reads the Ombudsman’s findings in January 2016 that the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS)  does not exist, at video-time 14:30).

I would have gladly provided transcripts for the interviews done in Filipino with accompanying Elglish translations but I have no time as of now. I am urgently trying to finish a major paper regarding one of the statements in the Ten Commandments, of the Hebrew Scriptures ( = Old Testament).

Please, if you are rich and if you have a big heart, in behalf of my country I ask for your help so that the drug addicts can get their rehabilitation centers fast and those who can be saved will be given the attention that they need. President Duterte needs medicines, doctors, psychologists, nutritionists, and nurses, not to mention the food for all these surrenderees. If you can connect to a legitimate Non-Government Organization there, or a religious organization, then they will be happy of your help. Sorry, I do not know any of these and I have no recommendations. But if you can’t trust the organization then DON’T GIVE YOUR MONEY LIGHTLY. I do not actually know if it’s possible for foreign nationals to donate to my government.

The government is now also giving attention to the living conditions of the police officers and soldiers, giving them incentives and raising their salaries above the poverty level so that they will be motivated in going about their duties — this because their lives are at stake every hour, their wives may be widowed and children orphaned any time, what with the drug traffickers and dealers now out of their wits on how to survive this purge against them. As of now the illegal drugs supply to the country has been greatly reduced, about the level of at least 80% reduction, but still there are powerful people who are running desperate on how to cover up their involvement in the over-all drug business. The drug dependents are having a harder life becuase the price of shabu has gone up. If you say that all that I’m saying is fantastic then just look for yourself these information that I myself get from the first-hand sources, the videos that I referred to above being just 2 instances.

If indeed a certain police officer has killed an innocent person then he will be investigated, this is no big matter as it is an SOP, and it does not need the intervention of the UN. If the UN wants to investigate then it should be on where the illegal drug trade originates especially on shabu, from which countries, and who are involved in this. The use of shabu in the US is becoming higher than that of cocaine, so heads-up, UN. If you want to solve the world’s problems then go ahead, do it. Duterte is solving the country’s problems and he has results now. Don’t mess up with his job because he has 700,000 surrenderees to take care of and it’s urgent, plus eradicating the thugs who are using the southern islands as base (and thankfully Indonesia and Malaysia are helping solve this matter).

The government is exploring a railway project that would more efficiently connect the Mindanao areas to each other and to the rest of the country, and I myself am very happy with this because I can soon conveniently visit my friends there anytime I want. The areas of agriculture, public health, and social work are very busy with changes in their paradigms. People are more hopeful because many potentials may now be tapped due to the increasing empowerment of the common person. Hopefully the system of education will finally be geared towards our particular way of looking at things, contextual-existential and at the same time retaining the legacies of our historical learnings from the medieval Spanish-European influence and newly-industrialized-late-1800’s-US-supremacy. We are a democratic nation, after all.

What’s important here is to note that we are not a society of guns. We do not have a culture of wanting to have guns or finding the need of owning guns. Some have licences to own guns but they are only a very small fraction of the population, they do not flaunt this, even children of the family mostly do not know of this, they keep such things secret and well-kept. I do not know about requirements for being allowed to own guns. Such a topic never interested me or any of my many circles of friends. A friend of mine had an air-gun when he was a teen-ager but that was only an episode in his life when he was interested enough in it to buy pellets for it, to practice shooting at plastic canisters at an empty lot beside their house. He hasn’t since used it again; no sense in spending for silly pellets. Some know how to make real guns and they do not have to get a licence to own one, yet still they keep this out of the public’s eye and their neighbors’ knowledge.

We do not have a culture of “taking the law into our own hands” and we do not suspect each other of keeping guns beneath our pillows. A household that owns a gun is a highly unusual and “different” household. If any so-called vigilante does take part in these so-called extra-judicial killings, then a moneyed person who has invested into the illegal drug business must have hired him. Any ordinary Filipino who has no business with this issue will never take it into his or her head to go around taking down criminals — unless he or she is already brain-damaged by drugs! We ordinary and common everyday Filipinos understand what the tall-talk or hyperbole that we hear from the president means: it is for the purpose of scaring criminals and are not supposed to be taken literally. He means to tell them that if they don’t straighten up then the full force of the law will swiftly take care of them. This is the best way that the president can for now efficiently address the culture of impunity among the supposedly trustworthy public officials. If ordinary thugs understand that the president is capable of running after the powerful thugs, then they themselves don’t stand a chance against the law now. (Here’s an amateur video made by young students way back in October 2015 explaining this situation in very simple terms.)

We voted for a government that is of the people and by the people and for the people, and that’s how it is trying to perform its job now. So, please, UN and all other hecklers, investigate factually before you fire your guns because you do not know what you are doing by being rash, judgmental, reckless, irresponsible, and shamefully unprofessionally careless.

May God bless us all. Peace. Thanks for dropping by. Stay healthy 🙂

Celebrate Bernie Sanders!

 

Hi! 🙂 Today is actually Thursday, June 9, 2016. Senator Sanders and President Obama had just concluded a short meeting at the White House. I was writing this post while waiting for the senator to come out after the meeting and speak to the journalists who were eagerly waiting for him outside. I had just finished writing when he came out to speak and so I was able to add the fresh info at the last paragraph. 🙂

celebrate Bernie Sanders!

 

First thing I did Wednesday morning was switch on the TV to check how Senator Sanders faired at the California primaries. I couldn’t believe that the difference was that big! Some things must have happened at the polls much like many things happened at the other polls previous.

I had to bear listening to CNN because I wanted to hear what he had to say. Oh boy was I rewarded! He won’t quit! I was so happy yesterday and until today Thursday I still am celebrating for this decision of his. Right now I’m waiting for his meeting with the US president to be streamed live and I’m afraid again that he’ll be pushed to quit. That will be a real downer not only for me but for the millions who are following this election process on the Democratic side.

I’ve decided to name Senator Sanders as my newest hero today. I hope I won’t change my mind in case he gives way to pressure and drop the campaign. If he does that I’d know that it was because it has become a matter of life and death for him, and not especially to his person but to the welfare of the people especially — like a sort of a hostage situation. Otherwise he’ll push through until the end of the election process.

He’s become my hero because it was though his campaign that I began to understand how immediately tangible corruption is even in the country that boasts itself as a bastion of democracy. I began to understand that ‘democracy’ can be used by an institution to describe its dynamics even though the process does not really involve the freedom given to citizens to decide collectively how they should be governed by leaders that represent their interests.

In this election season I have seen how campaign choreographers have manipulated information and rhetoric so that attention is taken away from the most important aspect of the voting process: to scrutinize the issues in a clear and systematic manner. What happened instead is that money, power, and prestige are being used so that the winner is the person who will continue to allow these very influential entities to continue with their various interests. If there were no adverse effects coming out of this then there’s nothing to gripe about. However, this activity affects in a great way those on the other end of the spectrum — residents who have no money, no prestige, no power, no influence, no education, and the worst, those who have no houses.

Senator Sanders’ platform is clear and simple: subtract privilege and power from one end and distribute these throughout the spectrum in a manner so that there is enough left until the other extreme end is reached. Does this mean that privileges and power are flattened out so that everyone will have equally the same? Nope, that’s not it. Property and privacy are maintained. What is being changed is the defective dynamics that allows uncontrolled greed to effect an unchecked hoarding of resources by an extremely few entities so that only a few individuals suctions the benefits that should have been shared at relative degrees by everyone else who have participated in the overall economic machinery.

What the Senator Bernie Sanders proposes is simply this: a clear check and balance machinery be imputed into the system so that nobody goes houseless and hungry in this beloved land of plenty. If you want the specifics then all is explained at his campaign’s website: https://berniesanders.com/issues/ .

Again, so why is he my hero? — Because he is not in this race simply for the sake of winning. He is in this race for the sake of the people and he is doing it after decades of working for the people without himself getting rich or hoarding power. In fact, he has not involved himself with the moneyed sector. This by itself is factor enough for his cause to be ignored. What appears now is that, more than just being ignored, he has been continually elbowed out of the process for months now. It does appear that the status quo is indeed very threatened by the movement that he has generated. It must be understood, though, that this “movement” had been there for almost a century now but every time its voice gets heard a bit the powers-that-be lashes back eventually if not immediately and reestablishes its pedestal. However, at this juncture of American history Senator Bernie Sanders had the privilege to eloquently utter the voice of this “movement” — which is the collective sentiments of all of the everyday working persons. Because of him millions of Americans have finally come to understand what has been happening and they have become enabled enough to make a choice on the aspects of the political and economic life within which they are a part of, within which they have invested their talents and time, and within which they will get the resources to enable them to lead a life that is compensatory to their investments.

This much information and awareness have not been disseminated to so many in a way that is happening now through the Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Many are still blind to the truth, still blinded because the ongoing information blockage by the mainstream media, but this will change. The millions of young people, 45 years old and younger, will spread this knowledge and realization all throughout their lifetime and beyond, and America will again become the land of the free.

… and!!! … woohoo!!! Nothing has changed! After his talk with the president just now his rhetoric remains and he says he stays in the race until the end!!! May God bless Senator Bernie Sanders! Mainstream media must be “seething” by now!!!

Thanks for dropping by! Take care!

Somebody Can’t Trust CNN Anymore

I used to feel fortunate that CNN is accessible to me for free. Not anymore. I’m talking of CNN International – Europe. I had learned to enjoy the segments, all of them, and have become familiar with the anchor persons and field reporters. All of them.

Until Bernie Sanders happened. ❤

My first disappointment was when Fareed Zakariah discussed the claim of Sen. Sanders that had “no credible economic research”, so four economists said, about some economic dynamics (it’s also found here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/sanderss-plans-make-republicans-look-serious/2016/02/18/4dbddb40-d684-11e5-b195-2e29a4e13425_story.html ). I was disappointed that the program and the post sounded like it was pounding Sen. Sanders’ opinions to the ground and so I had to search for information on names involved in the narrative. I counted the four economists out, as it’s obvious that they’re not supporting Sen. Sanders’ ideas on this. What I found out about the other name mentioned, an economics professor, (I read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/02/18/the-economist-who-validated-bernie-sanders-big-liberal-plans-is-voting-for-hillary-clinton/ ) is that aside that he is voting for Sec. Clinton, his calculations involve variables that can be “adjusted” to a point where the four economists involved would not have been able to criticize his results the way they did. I wish that Fareed Zakariah would have done a narrative in such a way that Sen. Sanders did not come out like an ignorant babbler. On the other hand, that he’s voting for one or another doesn’t say anything about his calculations. If indeed he is voting for Sec. Clinton and still talks positively about Sen. Sanders’ ideas, then it shows his innocent intention about the whole thing. (He speaks in an interview, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G-oHzb6DX8 .)

Moreover, another economics professor (in agreement with 169 economists) clarifies the correctness of the senator’s plan:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqIr45gRr-k  .

My next disappointment was when Jonathan Mann made it sound in one of his Political Mann segments that Sen. Sanders was not saying the truth when he claimed that he had been invited to the Vatican. The narrative ended by putting across to the viewers that it appears that Sen. Sanders had invited himself to the Vatican. Of course the senator was invited, by the Academy of Social Sciences that was started by Pope John Paul II in 1994  ( http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-04-08/so-who-exactly-invited-bernie-sanders-to-the-vatican ).

Today at this writing CNN International – Europe makes it sound that Sen. Sanders’ stay in the campaign is “hurting” the campaign of Sec. Clinton. It is an idiotic notion as seen from a few basic assumptions. (1.) If the election is democratic, and Sen. Sanders is winning a tremendous amount of votes, then staying in the campaign if fair both to Sen. Sanders’ aim and to the citizens who are yet to vote for him. These are both Democrats and Independents.  (2.) Saying that Sen. Sanders should drop out implies that his right to try for the office of the president is not acknowledged and the right of those who are yet to vote for him is denied.  (3.)  Instead of being positive about the fact that Sen. Sanders is injecting vitality into the whole voting process, making a myriad of formerly apathetic voters to come out and participate, Sen. Sanders is constantly and subtly being elbowed out of the process.

Just now CNN is discussing, with Wolf Blitzer, how the senator should own up to the Nevada chaos. It’s not as if he is altogether outrightly absolutely denying responsibility for the event. He has in fact said that he will investigate. He has in fact spoken that he does not condone any form of campaign violence (here’s a news segment on ithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVPHNbTszUI&spfreload=10

and an analysis of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEY_KYD3sCY

and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0YT03p6qqQ  ). The issue is not with the senator but with the people who were directly responsible for the chaos. They are independent-thinking individuals who were witnessing a process that they perceived to be unfair. Why they were angry, why they were protesting, and why they became that passionately expressive cannot be assumed to have resulted from irrational idiotic views. It does not imply that the senator wanted the chaos to take place or that he had instigated or encouraged the reaction. It implies that there were real stimuli happening at real time that caused a corresponding reaction from those who felt disadvantaged by the process. What was the stimulus that produced this reaction? Were those people involved totally unreasonable? The other side dancing the tango has to be investigated, too. Here’s another analysis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTuH3jeIS-I

If Sen. Sanders’ voice had been largely ignored by the big media, his gargantuan campaign events not shown on air, his views sold as plain “socialism” with a poisonous tinge attached to it, and the phenomenon that millions have now become convinced of his vision in so short a time is not even a topic for mainstream-media discussion are just a few reasons why any sane supporter of his would now be calling the entire so-called democratic process nothing but foul. There are other issues that they also have the right to be angry about like the voting irregularities that are not discussed, the incidences of voting suppression, and the alleged disregard for votation laws by the former president Clinton; here: https://www.change.org/p/massachusetts-attorney-general-maura-healey-arrest-prosecute-bill-clinton-john-f-mitchell-violation-of-ma-election-laws

and here:  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/3/2/1494728/-Bill-Clinton-Law-Breaking-at-Polling-Station-Beyond-Doubt-Video-Shows-Loudspeaker-Campaigning ).

I have no choice now but to surf the internet for news with regards to the US elections. CNN had just made my life less easier, so to speak! 😀 The downside is that I have come to slowly un-like their entire station! After all, a human being is entitled to her feelings. 🙂

Have a great day, everyone. Thanks for dropping by. Stay healthy!

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Bernie Sanders: Dream Come True

Previously Titled “He’s Too Good To Be True”

[Update (April 17, 2016): More than ever I am convinced that Senator Sanders will make an excellent president! I’m excited because he’s been invited by the Pope Vatican to a “conference on social, economic and environmental issues and give a speech on 15 April” in Vatican: http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-35999269 . Like Senator Sanders, I’m also a big fan of the present pope for so many reasons not the least his sincerity and hard work on making as many deprived folks as possible feel/know/understand that God is not one who discriminates. I had heard how Senator Sanders describe his religiosity and I was impressed. He didn’t answer in a dogmatic fashion but he went straight into the essence of “spirituality”, which is, that which affects my fellow-human affects me and so by implication we are all inter-related. I was reminded of how my late Hebrew teacher described the Tetragrammaton (“YHWH”). He said that simply said it’s “I am there with you in whatever situation you find yourself in” = “Ich bin da” was actually his exact words. I especially liked how he put it like that because it resonates with Immanuel = “God (is) with us”. That’s why I think that Senator Sanders perfectly hit the mark with his answer. The way he expressed his conviction was likewise more “Christian” than most of the worship service sermons I’ve listened to. When one has to go down into the essence of faith in God it’s actually not in the professing of credos but in the nitty-gritty participation in God’s work in His creation, and the bulk of it falls on the taking care of the co-stewards, the fellow-humans. Moreover, since I’ve come to notice how even my trusted CNN seem to be an extension of the Clinton campaign (I’ve noticed how several of their reporters have come to sound like that in the guise of reporting or interviewing), I’ve started to rely on news through the web whenever I need to check out Senator Sanders’ standing, like this one that sounds more informative to me than the picture that CNN presents:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/sanders-become-democratic-nominee-even-if-clinton-leads-in-delegates_b_9657952.html

… and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1Gd76qwofM

… and  http://vetsforbernie.org/2016/03/wall-street-godfather-explains-bernie-sanders-best-candidate-u-s-economy/

… and another: http://usuncut.com/politics/bernie-sanders-bird/

CNN International Political Mann made it sound like Bernie Sanders was lying when he said that Vatican invited him. That was foul and that report has to be corrected and apologies be made to Senator Sanders. Indeed he was invited, he did not invite himself, and Reuters makes it clear, here below:

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was invited to speak at an April 15 Vatican event by the Vatican, a senior papal official said on Friday,…
-reuters.com|By Reuters Editorial-

Here is where varied published articles relevant to Senator Sander’s campaign are gathered in a page. They are of varied affiliations. It’s a very convenient set-up:  https://berniesanders.com/daily/

(end of update)]  🙂

MAIN  TEXT:

Being a non-American I haven’t heard of Senator Bernie Sanders until he decided to run for the office of the president. Over time I came to hear of his views in the news and I’ve observed how he carries himself whenever he talks on an issue. What I have seen is integrity, honesty, confidence, selflessness, and a clear grasp of issues. He comes across to me as someone who won’t bail out when the going gets tough and as somebody who won’t use theatrics to enhance his image. There are really lots of poor people in the USA, both in the cities and in the far-flung rural regions. It seems unbelievable to those who don’t know of this reality but it has been like this since the USA came to be as a nation. Senator Sanders has thought about the condition of these marginalized folks for many decades already.  I wish he’ll become president so that he can have a chance to do more for these folks.

I hope Bernie Sanders becomes president

Somebody has written stuff about him that I agree about, here:

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/01/28/why-bernie-sanders-winning-hearts-and-minds-america

Update, February 18, 2016.

I’m copying here without having asked the 20-year-old author’s permission a big part of his post,  https://www.tremr.com/awkjain/why-dont-minorities-support-bernie, from which I learned a bit on Sanders’ work and passion for the ‘little’ folks:

So, in what ways does Sanders’ campaign cater to minority voters? As a 22 year old, Sanders took part in the 1963 March On Washington alongside 200,000 other activists in support of the Civil Rights Act. Sanders carries this same level of dedication when it comes to stopping the disenfranchisement of minorities through strict voter ID laws. This would be a great incentive for minorities to vote at all, as 43% of nonvoters in the last election were minorities. 

Sanders also favors common sense gun laws, which would greatly benefit minorities living in urban areas where gun violence is obviously a major issue. However, Sanders also understands that guns in rural areas are not the same as guns in urban areas. He wants to reach a middle ground that will not impede rural gun owners from using their weapons for hunting purposes, but also wants to decrease the availability of guns in urban areas where they would primarily be used for violent means. He favors initiatives such as stringent background checks for gun buyers, educating parents about where to safely store weapons away from children’s reach, and working to prevent gun trafficking at all costs. Sanders wants to respect everyone’s 2nd amendment right while still protecting citizens from preventable gun related death. 

Economically, Sanders wants to increase taxes on the wealthiest citizens and corporations in order to increase tax revenue without gutting the middle and lower classes. This would greatly benefit lower and middle class minorities in the same way that it would benefit other lower and middle class citizens. Coupled with Sanders support of universal health care, it is clear that Sanders understands the need to help lower economic status citizens. Obviously not all minorities are lower or middle class, but nearly 75% of Americans are either middle or lower class. In this sense, Sanders seems to be an advocate for what would benefit the greatest percentage of citizens.

While these were just a few of Sanders’ stances that minority voters may find appealing, it’s fairly clear that he does have them in mind. Though he comes from Vermont, a 95% white state, it would be absurd to say Sanders does not care about issues that minorities face. As the early legs of primary season focus on mostly white states, there is obviously much more to be seen and heard from all the Democratic candidates. While at this point Hillary holds an overwhelming lead in the minority vote, Sanders can easily turn the tide with his no nonsense approach to politics and his genuine concern for the plight of the American lower and middle class. Minorities may not support Bernie now, but that may very well change in the upcoming months.

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UPDATE:  May 11, 2016.

sanders clinton truth in black and white

(Illustration above is from: http://www.snopes.com/sanders-vs-clinton-delegate-count/ )

Media keep touting that Clinton has a sure lead over Sanders because the superdelegate count just makes it impossible for Sanders to catch up overall. Superdelegates that are counted did pledge for Clinton but some did it even before Sanders got into the race and all of them have the prerogative to vote for either candidate. That means the superdelegate count is not locked and will most likely shift when it’s finally time for them to vote. Sanders, therefore, is not stuck with the superdelegate number that he has now, it can very well increase tremendously during voting time, and likewise the superdelegate count for Clinton will not stay that way because many of them have the privilege or right or chance to finally vote for Sanders. Said in another way: “The early pledges of support do serve to signal whom the party establishment is backing, a decidedly mixed blessing in the 2016 race. In theory, the superdelegate class of 2016 could cast the deciding votes at the convention, and Clinton has the lion’s share of those who have already chosen; but the pledges given to date are not binding, and if history is any guide, they will follow the voters.” (Emphasis mine; Source: http://www.snopes.com/2016/02/17/party-people-superdelegates/ ) If you are interested you can read more at the couple of webpages I indicated above.

The point is that in the general elections a tremendous amount of voters who do not have a party affiliation (Independents) are going to exercise their right to choose their president. However, many of them have not been allowed to vote during these pre-general-votation processes just because they have not registered as Democrats (or Republicans). So that those who wanted to vote for Sanders were unable to and as a result their voice is not reflected in the current statistics. Therefore the figures repeatedly announced by media where Sanders pitifully trails Clinton is a white lie, is deceiving, and may discourage those who are enthusiastic for a Sanders presidency. In the previous election the turn-out was less than 65% but now the Sanders campaign has done its remarkable share in bringing in newly enthusiastic voters into the process. Come final election time it won’t be a surprise if they vote decicively for him.

Here’s another webpage that explains the situation: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/seth-abramson/the-national-media-has-be_b_9364170.html

Senator Sanders talks about it in an interview, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAZUnHXnpHI#t=214.61356

Thanks for dropping by. Have a great day! 🙂

Something I discovered today, a YouTube video entitled: Hillary Clinton: Lying for 12 minutes straight.

Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BizU-u7RPcY