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 Expressing Dismay is NOT the same as "making a difference"
20 Jul 2002 @ 09:31, by chaiyah. Activism
...We exprss displeasure, anger, fear, disbelief, disgust, consternation at man's indifference and inhumanity to man.
...So what?
...Will that change the ambient level of radioactivity or heat coming from the sun?
...Of course not.
...Will it change the lies, deceptions and deceit coming from our USCoverment?
...Of course not.
...What will create change, in the 5th dimension between Stillness at one end of the spectrum and Order, at the other?
...Here´s a list of steps, actions and stances, we can take that WILL make change happen.
...Stop buying from Wal-Mart, period. They operate OFF the international slave trade.
...Stop using petroleum products, period. Take public transportation, bike or share rides. Let gas stations starve and give their employees other jobs in your community. By doing so you dry up the liquid assets the Coverment can use against you.
...We must grow our own food and make ourselvew ready for a new Ice Age--bermed-in solar-heated. It´s probably better, if several families get together and go in on one community facility. That puts economies to scale to work, that don´t exist in single-family dwellings.
...Get rid of the TV. It is hypnotizing. Maybe it can serve as a permanent VCR monitor, and tell the cable company to go to hell. Buy a short-wave radio instead. The news is NOT what we are hearing, around here.
...Call all the kids home, along with grandchildren, from wherever they have wandered in search of work. You can create enough of an economy by yourselves with what is at hand. We don´t need to be victimized and weakened by the Dollar Economy, any longer. The Dollar Economy is brain-dead and will be physically dead in just a few months time.
...Listen to the kids rap. They are in just as much pain and travail as we adults are. Have compassion.
...Remember: Two wrongs NEVER make a right. And remember: The parable of the wheat and the weeds SAID, the ANGELS would TAKE OUT THE WICKED, not us.

 Bretton Woods and the path not taken7 comments
2 Jul 2002 @ 22:10, by alchemist. Activism
The Bretton Woods System takes its name from the 1944 conference that gave birth to three international institutions - the IMF, the World Bank and GATT (the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade). It was the basis for the post-war global economy.  More >

 Denial is a problem we can focus on, to help redirect attention.
29 Jun 2002 @ 09:27, by chaiyah. Activism
THE U.S. HAS GONE MAD ...The way to facilitate problem-solving is to redirect attention back on problems people experience, so these problems can be dealt with. ...YET, in our social milieu in which violence is not only promoted, it is subsidized--the viewing of violence is fine, but any and all forms of anger that arise, in any setting are considered and judged to be dangerous [which they are], and so they are repressed and suppressed, not dealt with openly. ...Anger--even legitimate and appropriate outrage--becomes a forbidden emotion. Workplaces, social agencies and government all become very fearful and reactive to any form of display of anger--legitimate or not. ...Anger, in fact, is a natural and healthy part of human psychological make-up when frustration is the experience we obtain. Without anger, we would not have the energy we need, to actually solve a problem. ...If whatever organization you belong to and work for has a Human Resources Department, you already realize that anger is forbidden forbidden forbidden under rules of conduct--for any reason or purpose whatever. A person outraged over an issue is presumed to be an unacceptable employee, out-of-hand. Workers get fired for any breech of displaying anger. [No wonder, workers come back to get even, eh?] ....THAT is insane. Thus, every American organization that has a Human Resources Department in charge of its hiring and firing is insane. Every Security Department that attacks a person solely because they are experiencing anger is insane. Every Social Services agency that discriminates against a person because they are experiencing anger is insane. .....We need to realize, acknowledge AND DOCUMENT THE FACT, that this nation is gone off on a path to mass insanity over the denial of every kind of anger, outrage or human frustration. The only acceptable behavior, in authoritarian terms, is willing compliance, no matter how unreasonable a stimulus, demand or insult might be. .....We must stop indulging and appeasing these INSANE IDEAS--THAT VIOLENCE IS OKAY BUT ANGER IS FORBIDDEN. .....LEGITIMATE ANGER must be allowed to surface off the web's Conspiracy sites, and return to the halls of Congress, the State Capitols and City Hall. .....There's enough pain to go around, that we ought to be able to talk about it, without the fear of retribution. [JUST LOOK AT WHAT the Govt DOES to whistleblowers!] chai

 How long will we endure this great Cruelty?
24 Jun 2002 @ 06:25, by chaiyah. Activism
...What is cruel is indifference: "It was YOUR choice."
...What is cruel is dogma: "All I can do for you is..."
...What is cruel is stupefaction: "It's NOT my problem."
...What is cruel is avoidance: "Get outta here!"
...What is cruel is blindness: "You're just a blah blah"
...Wouldn't it be better to let our eyes see and our ears hear; let our hearts be touched or broken?
...Wouldn't it be better, if we begin to insist on getting to the Truth rather than lapping up excuses?
...Wouldn't it be better, if Congress were willing to do the job we gave them to do, and not knuckle under?
...What will work will be grassroots helping each other, despite our permission to be pre-empted.
...What will work would be for those who are fearless to organize themselves regardless of other affiliations.
...Then, we'll be able to care for the fallen and the vulnerable, when the time comes that some phreak out.
...Looks from here as if that time is coming relatively soon, from the painful immobilization we can witness.
...God said, the meek will inherit the earth. I'm counting on it. We all can.

chaiyah_448272 created this Question on Sat, Jun 15, 2002 10:49 PM.
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 Modeling VIOLENCE creates a core of Fear in our people.
24 Jun 2002 @ 06:20, by chaiyah. Activism
...Having to witness violence makes people timid.
...That was the purpose of the Roman gladiator games, to pacify the Roman people.
...American society is creating a generation of couch-potatoes who are afraid to move off the sofa because they viscerally SEE effects of violence.
...This is part of Mind Control.
...Television hypnotizes viewers with flickering film bytes that keep the brain so busy, no independent thought is possible.
...Radio hypnotizes viewers with flickering sounds, in the same way.
...Schools teach conformity, sit still, only ask the correct questions, and study for the tests--not for self-reliance or broad knowledge--another form of Thought Control.
...Churches teach, "Do it OUR WAY because God said so." Never mind, that studied abstemiousness is a calculating ploy to dominate and control others.
...The realities of banking and money say, "Stay put; don't make waves; get a new credit report every three months and keep your credit grades up."
...Never mind, people need and want variety in their experiences. Never mind, that we have a desire to travel and see and experience and know MORE THAN what we can know by being immobilized--another form of Thought Control.
...We have adopted slavery to Mind Control and Violence, not because we wanted either one of these, but because we're so TIRED of resisting it all.
...Stop resisting. Just, turn it ALL OFF and listen to your own inner wisdom.
...Go stand in the yard in your bare feet and look up at the sky once more.
..."The meek shall inherit the earth, and they shall find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace."
...God has promised, and She is not a politician. She has no vested interest in controlling our experiences, only in thriving humanity over Time.

chaiyah_448272 created this Discussion on Tue, Jun 18, 2002 1:20 PM. Sent to Category: Social Change

 The Proactive Revolution10 comments
15 Jun 2002 @ 00:38, by alchemist. Activism
I feel that the factors of technological change and specialisation are causing protestors to face a growing array of causes to get involved in, encouraging a parallel, oppositional, form of specialisation (which I would call the 'one issue' syndrome). While these activists can generally only hope to effect change on a moderately superficial level - the underlying attitudes of those who dream up such nasties often remain untouched - for the time being their work is vitally important.  More >

 With two major protests scheduled for the next three weeks ...1 comment
6 Jun 2002 @ 17:38, by cho. Activism
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 Man's search for meaning5 comments
picture11 May 2002 @ 00:04, by quidnovi. Activism
Sometimes as we are looking for words, it is the words that find us instead.

"THERE HAS TO BE MORE TO THE WORLD THAN THIS…"

Those words leapt at me out of NCN online journals as I was navigating the News Logs section today.  More >

 Hope...
6 May 2002 @ 11:44, by sharie. Activism
There are alternatives to the mainstream way of life.

Many people are not enmeshed in the meanstream at all, and they live great lives.

They own houses and land, but work just a few hours a week, and they enjoy the work they do.

The rest of the time they do whatever they love to do, whether it's research or music or art or inventions or reading or gardening... or spending time having fun with their family and friends.

You don't have to work 40-50 hours to get ahead. I know plenty of people who don't.

I also know lots of people who are invested in the mainstream
... doctors and lawyers and others who are miserable. They hate their lives.

Yes, I know some doctors and lawyers are happy, I just don't know any of them.

I know the people who are in the meanstream and miserable, and I know people who are out of the meanstream and happy.

I know no one who is doing what's socially expected in terms of a *career* and pursuing money and/or prestige... who is also happy.

You might wonder how people can own homes and land, and only work a few hours a week.

All of them that I know did it by not paying any interest. They never took out a mortgage.

When you get a mortgage, about 2/3 of your payments go toward the interest, which goes straight to the bank. It's not for your property at all. Most of the mortgage money is for the Bank president, vice president, the loan officer, etc. so they can buy a nicer house than you.

Usually only about 1/3 of mortgage payments is for the cost of the property. About 2/3 is for bank interest.

So that's the first secret. Don't get any loans. And don't pay credit card interest. You can have a credit card, so long as you pay the bill in full each month, but it's better to have something like a Debit card where you don't get lured into buying things you don't have the money for, which usually means you'd have to pay interest on the purchase.

If you want a home, save up the money for a piece of land, and then pay it in cash. In many places you can build a home under 400 sq feet - four 10 x 10 rooms - without a building permit. If you're outside city limits, you can usually have a septic field, which costs much less than a $10,000 septic system. Save yourself the $10,000.

Three of my friends have bought small pieces of land - one of them has five acres - and each created their own utopia.

One put a small but beautiful and ingenious home on his property. It's classified as a vehicle (a Park Model) so rather than paying thousands of dollars in property tax every year, he only pays $50 vehicle registration. He built a beautiful full-length deck on the front, with a hot tub and hanging planters all around. It's beautiful. In the back he has a gazebo, and all around are fruit trees and an ornamental edible garden.

His monthly expenses including housing, utilities, and food are next to nothing.

Most people are suckered into paying thousands of dollars a YEAR for property tax, plus thousands of dollars a MONTH for their mortgage. Are they brainwashed into thinking a big house will prove how valuable they are?

Are they brainwashed into feeding the beast - the meanstream sewer - with their lives?

There's thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars every year you don't have to earn if you plan your life wisely.

You don't have to slave away for a system you don't believe in.

You don't have to invest your life into a system where your tax dollars are being used to bomb innocent people and murder babies and children.

Friends of mine built beautiful outdoor decks (which are not taxed) and they built beautiful ponds and gardens. It's wonderful to go to their homes. And they are wonderful people to be with. It's so wonderful to be with someone who know's they are free to do what they want, when they want.

They live in mild climates, although it does snow some in the winter.

They pay about $20 a month for electricity, about $20 a month for property tax, and then their monthly groceries, which is usually about $100 per person - but they enjoy gardening - so their grocery bill is about half what most people pay. So they have to come up with less than $100 a month instead of coming up with thousands and thousands of dollars just to pay the banker, the tax collector, and the credit card company month after month... like the miserable, angry, frustrated people in the mainstream do.

Plus they have so many talents, and so many people wanting them to work with them, so they always have money for whatever they need.

One of them goes out camping about every weekend... just for fun. He's going to Mexico this month and Russia this summer. And he only works a few hours a week and thoroughly enjoys his life.

I have a lot more stories I could tell you about a lot of other wonderful, brilliant people who live enviable lives, but I think you get the idea.

I know two women who bought over 60 acres on different mountains - paid for them in cash - in order to free other people from having to slave away for the bank president for 30 years of their life.

There are lots of options to us all.

There's the Intentional Communities website, with all different kinds of community life. Some of the communities are very much invested in the meanstream - the homes cost hundreds of thousands - but others, especially communities in Hawaii, are creating a very different world for themselves.
Their website is at [link]

For anyone searching the ic.org site, be clear on what you want first, and use discretion. There's so much to choose from that it's easy to get caught up in the maze.

If you have any questions, feel free write to me.

Love to you all.

 Save Internet Radio1 comment
picture30 Apr 2002 @ 19:32, by ming. Activism
Another scheme cooked up by the greedy recording industry is threatening to shut down Internet radio, by charging totally unrealistic fees for the right to transmit music over the net. 14 cents per song per listener. It is a U.S. copyright initiative known as CARP which is in danger of going into force on May 21st. Read about it here: [link] and if you're an American citizen, contact your elected representatives, if you think that Internet radio should keep existing.  More >



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