A short response to the current media attention towards Paris Hilton.

Hi America, Just a quick reminder here that there are problems in the world other than Paris Hilton that merit far more attention.

Let me start off with a short list of atrocities that most likely happened as recently as a few hours ago.

How many people died in Iraq last night, or are now homeless due to bombs.

How many people were killed by genocidal governments yesterday and today in Africa.

How many women in China were forcibly sterilized in the last few hours.

How many children died yesterday due to not having clean water and food.

How much money worth of drugs did Congress do combined last night?

How many Palestinian children did Israeli soldiers use as body shields yesterday?

How much money did the US spend on researching and building new nuclear weapons yesterday? (Is it illegal for this country to build more of these? YES!)

The list could go on and on and on, but I will stop here. Hopefully my point is illustrated, and some of you can tell that the TV + crap news has trapped your brain in a little box that it controls. Don’t think about the real stuff, this news is what you really want to know about……

Best of luck!

Don’t forget that the highest truth and principle is love… without it we would all be lost.

Bruce Willis: Celebrities Shut up.

This is in response to an article that received over 5000 diggs recently on Digg.com. http://digg.com/political_opinion/Bruce_Willis_Tells_Hollywood_To_Shut_Up

Here is the quote in particular that caught my eye and made me cringe.

“I don’t think my opinion means jack s**t, because I’m an actor. “Why do actors think their opinions mean more because you act? You just caught a break as an actor. There are hundreds – thousands – of actors who are just as good as I am, and probably better. “Have you heard anything useful come out of an actor’s mouth lately?” He adds, “Although I liked George Clooney’s documentary on Darfur.”http://www.floppingaces.net/2007/05/13/bruce-willis-tells-hollywood-t/

I don’t think Bruce was put up to saying this by any large interest group, but I do think his opinion reflects that of a large portion of this country. So to begin with, at the end of his statement he brings up one very good reason that celebrities should speak up. To be accurate, Mr. Bruce, it is not necessarily that their opinion means more than the rest of the population, just that their soap box is so much bigger than everyone else’s. I would hope that this party train of activist celebrities keeps going and they say something conscious, positive, whistle blowing or progressive at the very least.

What sparked me writing this article was that last night I saw Deal or No Deal on NBC and thought it was maybe about time to watch my second episode of it. At around 8:30 pm I sat down to watch it and previews of the nightly news started to come on. The biggest headline was something about the pet food scare from 5 or more weeks ago… Talk about mind numbing news. It is hard to say that this (the poor quality of news media) is not by design or that they are covering this issue for the ratings. So if the nightly news media is not going to cover issues that are worth hearing about, how are the people going to hear about them? Celebrities are the answer to this, or at least bold high profile people in the news media like Bill Moyers. http://www.pbs.org/moyers/ Other places include Harpers, antiwar.com, and other internet news locations. Reddit.com digg.com rense.comPrint publications like AdBusters are also great for good content that is hard to find elsewhere.

Let us look at a few issues that have been in the public eye in the last couple years that celebs have helped out redirecting public attention towards.

Darfur – George Clooney, and many others. (There are many other genocides currently going on now as well.)

AIDS – Too many to count!

911 Truth – Charlie Sheen, Rosie O’Donnell, David Lynch, and others.

Global Warming (not totally convinced on this yet) Too many to count!

Environmentalism – Many, many, many, people.

Human Rights – Gay marriage to helping starving people get food – same.

Many more issues could be touched on, but I want to keep this blog post short.

So in brief, if the nightly TV news won’t cover these things well, who will? Non mainstream Internet and print media will. With the help of the celebs and the masses combined , the proper issues to focus on, will with luck, get the attention they deserve.

Please do consider becoming active in anything you care about. A warning up front may be useful… organizations however benevolent they seem up front, may be funtioning only to make certain people more wealthy.

In conclusion, Mr. Willis, I disagree with your statement, but love your movies.

Peace

Book Report: Confessions of an Economic Hitman – John Perkins

After reading this book I was shocked and appalled by how incredibly deep the banks, industry and world governments are tied together. John Perkins worked in private industry and with the banks to help set the stage for the dire situation we, the people of earth, are faced with today. This book is exciting, informative and I highly recommend it as a good place to start reading about the “corporatocracy“.

The corporatocracy are the financial elite who currently control the destiny of nations of all sizes who mostly use subtle methods like the media and loans, but also use techniques such as assassinations, and wars.

He covers topics such as setting up loans for small countries from large banks that would a few years later effectively turn the smaller states into ‘slave states’ for the global empire. These loans would be given with economic forecasts John Perkins and his fellow economic hitmen would design showing how the economy of the nation would boom after the money was used to build power plants, highways and factories. John admits that he didn’t do his job if the country didn’t eventually default on the loan.

John wrote this book at great personal risk with the intent of starting to atone for the misdeeds of his life, and to help put and end to the already on edge global empire. I commend him for his efforts.

Overall the goal of this book was to help people, like you and I to wake up to world events, and to try to work to make the world as we want it. This requires that we find our voice, grow up and start to live more intelligently and holistically. This requires a lot of effort that the current mode of existence most of us exist in, but the value of living an authentic life is immeasurable.

Thanks John for the great book! You are doing some fantastic work out there.

You can find more information on John Perkins here.
http://www.johnperkins.org
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Perkins

The introduction to my blog.

Hi,
My name is Joe, I live in New England, and this blog is about things that concern my interests and things that I feel are noteworthy in the world around us.

It will relate to war, peace, spirituality, and other things.

I hope that you find some of this content useful to you.

Exploring, and Deeping in the pursuit of Light, Life, Love and Liberty