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Stop The Insanity!

 

Stop The Insanity!

 

By: David Concepcion

Dear people of America,

Please for the love of God STOP!

A couple of weeks ago, an outside PAC group filed notice with the Federal Election Commission to fundraise, campaign and draft Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to run for president. A few days later, rapper Kid Rock announced he wants to run for the Michigan Senate seat. And this is well in the shadow of Kanye saying he wants to run for president. Enough! We already have a failed reality show celebrity running a failed presidency, the last thing we need is more celebrity leadership for this country!

I’m sure Dwayne Johnson is a genuinely nice and intelligent man, and is someone I would feel safe walking down a dark alley with, but with the damage that the current president has already cause six months on the job and three and a half more years on the horizon, we’ll need more than the People’s Elbow to fix all the carnage and our standing in the world. We need truly qualified and educated people who can not only run the day-to-day operations of the country, but can be diplomatic across numerous cultures and populations to maintain a stable geopolitical climate. I liked Johnson in his SNL appearances, but that’s not reason enough to give him the nuclear codes. Famous and likable doesn’t mean qualified and capable.

Believe me, I am not indifferent to the problems that has given ride to the idiocracy we find ourselves in. We’re so desperate for a stable life and a way out of our declining economy that we have voted the evil of two lessers for decades in hopes someone has an answer. And when the best that current politicians can say is “the other party is wrong,” we will look to anyone that makes sense to us; even if that means turning to con men and carnival barkers that play on our fears, or even likable celebrities who have saved the day in countless dramas. But that doesn’t solve the problems we have and often make it worse. (I know many people will point to Ronald Reagan as a good example of a celebrity turned politician, but I thought his policies were horrible to live through during and after his presidency. Just because it may have been good for people above a certain tax bracket doesn’t mean it was good for everyone).

We need leaders who can both listen to the people and plot a course through a tough political field; we DON’T need leaders who parrot back what they think we want to hear. There are leaders out there that we can do such work. They are community organizers, grassroots activists, and lower level political reps that tackle issues where they have direct impact. Take a look and listen, and you will find them. They are out there working where it counts for little or no money. These people aren’t famous, but they are right more often than not; at the very least they have good ideas.

What we don’t need are ego filled personalities with a large fan base but no skill for running a lemonade stand much less a country. We’re doing that now with disastrous results—and have been for some time.

So please stop trying to elect famous people to political office! It helps NOTHING! It’s a trend we need to end, NOT encourage.

 

Posted by permission. Original article posted at Theology in Action

BiteBack

 

 

BiteBack

By: Nancy Hammond

 

Make no mistake about it, our country is on high alert and engaged in a bite back of this horror show of Republican policy and betrayal. Bottoms up boys because in a monumental twist of fate you will be the ones filling those new corporate prisons. The time has come when We the People lock-up the criminal white men in suits.

Throughout this madness in Washington there has been an awakening of the American spirit. There is a feverish resistance taking place including bite back marches around the world. I seek to cherish this moment in history as we are tuned-in and turned-on. We have watched, listened and learned America’s Constitution and will no longer tolerate this fake President’s gaffes. He assaults us daily but still we persist by calling and writing to our representatives. We march in the streets and attend Town Hall meetings. The lights indeed have come on and just like Lady Liberty we are shining.

 

 

In my attempt to comprehend the primitive thinking of the Republican Party I began to research the Reptilian Brain. During the 1950’s Dr. Paul MacLean published his study of the human brain and titled it the “Triune Brain Model”. In short, he believed that humans had not one brain but three: The reptilian complex, the limbic system and the neocortex. He summited the reptilian brain is the oldest and is the direct descendant of the dinosaur. Through evolution a new brain formed over the old brain until we had three brains. For purpose of a demonstration, I will explore Dr. Paul MacLean’s theory on the lowest part of our brain. The reptilian brain’s function according to Dr. Paul MacLean has no discernment other than our survival mode. It has a low frequency with characteristics that include: Dominance, rigidity, obsessiveness, compulsiveness, worship, fear, submission, and greed. This part of our brain contains the same DNA as modern day: Crocodiles, lizards, snakes and chickens. So as not to leave you in the dark, Dr. Paul MacLean explains that the middle brain or Limbic system is responsible for our emotions and the neocortex is the highest frequency used for analytical thought. Which brain we use depends on the type of “triggers” we experience and are more often triggers from our childhood. Dr. Paul MacLean thought that the reptilian brain was triggered by the need of physical survival but now more commonly by power through money, greed, aggression and compulsive behavior. With the overemployment of the reptilian brain a person becomes desensitized by horror and does not submit to fear. Road rage has been used as an example in conjunction with the reptilian brain. When a threat is perceived whether real or imagined there is a disconnect of emotions and analytical thought. Dr. Paul MacLean remarked that when triggered, the reptilian brain communicates poorly with the emotional and logical brain. Is it any wonder that the reptilian-republican denies science?

Dr. Paul MacLean concludes, that the use of our neocortex or analytical brain is where we logically and rationally make sense of our reptilian and emotional brain. It is conceivable that we are experiencing a pivotal moment in history, with a reawakening of the American spirit. Perhaps it is from the resistance to the tweeter-in-chief that our neocortex brain bites back for our freedom of democracy? If this is so, we will have gratitude for the political bird brains and dim-wits in Washington; for their Republican constituents will show no mercy for their crocodile tears.

 

Binaural Beats: Any Science to it?

Binaural Beats: Any Science to it?

By: Patrick Wilson

Both the body and the mind can take a beating in the lifestyle of an activist. If you’ve been involved with doing something to make the world a better place, you’ve undoubtedly learned to function on two hours sleep on a regular basis. You very likely have some level of PTSD in being confronted with human atrocities. Viruses like the cold or the flu seem to attack between projects. And when you finally get to a spot when you can sleep, you want to sleep for days. And yes, I think depression is a normal thing in the activist’s world.

There are three things that I like that can help both physically and mentally. Yoga, meditation, and marijuana each have positive health benefits that are proven. Marijuana has become legal to use in Massachusetts and yoga is amazing at easing some of the aches and pains that we get along the way. I think it’s interesting to learn of different ways to meditate. Some involve chanting in one of several old languages. Other methods involve bells or bowls that create audible tones that one can concentrate on.

Earlier this year I was looking for something relaxing to listen to that would help me be able to slow things to a point and then sleep. I tried the environmental ones, but I can open a window and get that. The chanting ones were good, but then I came across Binaural Beats. I’ll admit that the incredible claims made me skeptical enough to listen.

I never believed that listening to a different frequency in each ear would give me any feelings of euphoria, nor would it cure whatever ails me. My thought was just that one could experience a placebo effect with something like this, but nothing drastic. I did find it interesting and relaxing. The ones that I liked cleansed the 7 chakras with different frequencies. I live in a state that has legalized recreational and medical marijuana use. So for me the combination of an indica, the binaural beats, and some meditation led to a good nights sleep.

 

 

 

This video worked best for me, as far as being able to relax and slow down. You don’t have to really concentrate on anything, just listen. With the headphones on this allowed me to clear my mind of all that trump might have done on that day. Morning came too early as usual.

Look out for Pt. 2: Binaural Beats – The Science

 

This article was originally published at Occupied Nation Website. Permission granted, all rights reserved.