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Electing a President - 2016

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My what a cycle. Donald Trump is way out in front in inane media attention and with good reason - he’s a perfect fit. It’s hard to guess what the ultra elite want this time around, but we have quite the spectacle. If you understand your role as a citizen, you will not just be a spectator.

The Fabricated and the Genuine

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There is something very strange in the air these days. We're learning the truth. After a long struggle where we've been fed bullshit our entire lives and long centuries, we're starting to see the truth. Incredible. Astonishing.

There are a few reasons. The long arc of history is progress. Rulers and elites have been lying forever, but now we're seeing through the veil. Progressive movements have given us glimmers, but this time feels different. We won't be fooled again.

Bernie's Vision for America

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It’s clear that Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders is the only candidate who has a substantial grasp of the depth of Washington corruption, corporate malfeasance and the horrific inequality that is the United States today.

Occupy World 5.0

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We are in uncharted territory. This is like no time in our civilization’s history - global food shortages, climate crisis, unending war and violence, corporate domination, rampant systemic corruption, government collusion with corporations, abject poverty and homelessness, mass extinctions - it’s a long list barely begun here. It’s enough to leave one feeling hopeless in the face of such onslaughts. And yet there is hope.

Birth of a Revolution

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For centuries the vast majority of humanity has suffered under the thumb of elitism, the system where powerful political and commercial interests collude to take advantage of the rest of us. They start wars, they create globalism, they call us consumers. The classic name for this is plutocracy. It’s a clear sign of the failure of government, serving the interests of elites instead of citizens.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Indeed, throughout the world we see insurrection and the rejection of nation-state colonialism and corporatism. 

A New Beginning | World 5.0

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Greetings Friends and Citizens,

This is a time of awakening. Something new is in the air. To quote songwriter Joni Mitchell, “Maybe it's the time of year, or maybe it's the time of man...” I'll go with the latter, in spite of the deficiencies in using the word 'man' when one means 'humans.' 

Clearing the Fog

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Growing up in the fog of the dominant culture has left its mark on us all. Whether this fog really exists and what it consists of are fabulous questions. While it is often argued otherwise, from the World5 perspective, the fog is evident, pervasive and tremendously destructive.

A Disturbance in The Force

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In the first Star Wars, “A New Hope”, Obi Wan Kenobi reacts to the destruction caused by the Imperial Death Star blowing up the planet Alderaan: “I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.”

A Culture of Bullshit

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The inimitable George Carlin, in one of his last stand-up routines, had the theme, "It's bullshit, and it's bad for you." So true in our world today. The bullshit and the bad. The source of both is the money. You can always follow the money. And where does the money lead? To those that have far and away the most: global corporations and their well-heeled controllers, uber-rich families, the elites of the world who have known nothing else, the Goldmans, the Rothschilds, the Saudi Royal Family, and any number of collaborators and government "servants" who share their misplaced priorities.

Oil and The Gulf

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Well, geez, what a surprise. We're getting another serious lesson in sustainability. Oil doesn't qualify.

On Taxes

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There is much talk about taxes in the U.S. these days, with the Tea Party Movement as the most vocal group outlining their disagreement with how our government raises and uses taxes. These folks are generally anti-tax, suggesting that the less we are taxed, the better. It's a Libertarian stance.

Others, often with some sort of social justice leanings, will decry some ways in which our taxes are used, normally for wars like Iraq and Afganistan, and others more against the whole militaristic bend of the U.S. government.

The Permanent War Paradigm

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"Terrorism" is the perfect term to highlight the permanent war paradigm at this time. After all "Communism" or the "The Cold War" don't carry the weight they once did. And, once 'Terrorism' loses its convincing value, there will other threats thrust in our face to ensure we allow 500 billion dollars a year of our money to be used for U.S. Imperialism. And for those offended by such strong language I do not apologize. I ask that you open your eyes.

Welcome to World 5.0

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Welcome to World 5.0

And welcome to my blog on my favorite idea. This first entry is to intended to help you get your head and heart wrapped around this crazy notion of World 5.0 - that this moment is all that exists, and that the most valuable and entertaining way to spend it is in Love.

The Debacle of U.S. Healthcare

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Well, gee, that was easy. Not.

Our 'leaders' spent over a year shoveling a big piece of crap together that's supposed to bring dramatic improvement to our healthcare system. Pardon my suspicion, I haven't read it, but I'm still convinced it's a big turd. Why? Because the profit motive has no place in maintaining and augmenting human health. Jesus made the comment that 'no man can serve two masters', and these companies, literally a cartel, are uninterested in making us, the citizens of the United States, their master.

The World Is A Ghetto

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The utter failure of our current systems, whether energy and food production, finance, healthcare, or the war machine, creates a stench that permeates our lives in every corner. Our quality of life is threatened at every turn, whether it's trying to keep oneself employed, keep a home that's lost substantial value, keep healthcare while being ripped off, or seeing the death, destruction and waste from U.S. incursions in Iraq, Afganistan and wherever else "our leaders" choose to attack.