Saturday, June 29, 2013
THREE* KEY POINTS FOR EFFECTIVE RACIAL DIALOGUE:
#1: Racism and racial discrimination continues to put people
of color at a significant disadvantage.
It's THE...important starting point for any HONEST dialogue.
We have to understand the way things actual are, rather than the way we'd like them to be.
Historically and still today...the evidence is overwhelming...A huge nationwide study of 10s of 1000s of companies estimates conservatively that 1/3rd of the time, when people of color are out on a job search, they are the victims of discrimination. That effects about a million to 1.2 million people of color a year. That's not a minor consideration.
So, if we're gonna to have a talking about housing, or employment, or education, or wealth, or the criminal justice system, we have to start with the reality that the disparities are real, and that in part, they are significantly caused by racial discrimination — that's the starting point.
...The biggest problem that we have to get over is "white denial," though, and I say that as someone who has studied that for a long time. Even in the early 60s, BEFORE the Civil Rights Act was passed, Gallup Polls found that 2 out of 3 white Americans thought that black Americans had FULLY equal opportunity.
Now, obviously, that's absurd, but that's what otherwise descent, sane, intelligent people thought even then. So...the hurdle for a lot of white Americans, and even some folks of color, is THERE. But the evidence is the evidence. I encourage people that are skeptical to look at the data...the footnotes, look at the data and decide for themselves.
#2: Being color-blind, or "color mute" is not an option.
Julian Bond, civil rights legend, really says it best, "To be blind to color is to be blind to the consequences of color," (i.e., racism).
Let me give you an example:
If I'm a teacher right now in the state of Arizona, and I've got a lot of Latino kids, I can't be "colorblind" or blind to the role that their identity plays in their life, because there are right now in the eyes of some, not all...under suspicion as if they shouldn't even be there, as they don't belong. If I'm a teacher, and I'm gonna meet the needs of those kids, I've got to know where they are. I can't have this idealized version of life that says, "race doesn't matter to them," because IT DOES.
As a parent (I have two kids), if you don't TALK to children ABOUT RACISM, both PAST AND PRESENT, they grow up — they can look around and see the disparities — they can see that who has what is often about color, who lives where is often about color — if you don't provide the context for that, you know what happens, those kids grow up, according to the research, to believe that those disparities are A) natural, which is a dangerous thought, or B) that the folks on the bottom are there because...they don't try hard enough, their bad people, they aren't as smart as the rest of us.
So, really, "color blindness" or being "color mute" can actually feed racist perceptions.
#3: We all have a stake in combatting racism and racial
inequality. That is, people of colors' progress HELPS
"This is critical, especially for getting over that problem of [white] denial...a lot of times we...worry that...if people of color make progress it's gonna hurt white folks.
The fact is...racial inequity is DANGEROUS for all of us. In about 30/35/40 years...about half the [U.S.]population will be people of color, the other half will be white people. There is NO WAY that we can maintain a healthy, productive economy and society if one half of society has double the unemployment rate, three times the poverty rate of the other half, 1/10th the wealth, 8 years less life expectancy, double the infant mortality of the other half...we [MUST] worry about the racial disparity of the other half, and the racism that is, in part, responsible for them...because otherwise the whole society is not going to functional because of the racial inequity of the other half."
If you or your kids enjoy pre-packaged convenience foods commonly found in grocery stores across the U.S. such as Froot Loops, Swanson dinners, Mountain Dew, and frozen potato and bread products, you may think twice before purchasing them after hearing what they contain:dangerous chemicals that other countries around the globe have deemed toxic to the point that they're illegal, and companies are fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for including them in food products.
In a new book Rich Food, Poor Food, authors Mira and Jason Calton provide a list of what they term "Banned Bad Boys" - ingredients commonly used in up to 80% of all American convenience food that have been banned by other countries, with information about which countries banned each substance and why.
You might also be upset to hear that the food coloring used to make your kid’s delicious Mac & Cheese dinner visually appealing – yellow #5 and yellow #6, namely – is made from coal tar, which among other things is an active ingredient in lice shampoo and has been linked to allergies, ADHD, and cancer in animals
Then there’s azodicarbonamide – commonly found in frozen dinners and frozen potato and bread products – which is used make things like bleach and foamed plastics like those found in yoga mats (tasty!).Azodicarbonamide has been banned in most European countries because it’s known to induce asthma, and is in fact deemed so dangerous that in Singapore its use carries a hefty $500,00 fine and up to 15 years in prison.
Yet, according to the FDA, it’s SO TOTALLY FINE for us to keep shoveling it into our kid’s faceholes: “[Azodicarbonamide] is approved to be a bleaching agent in cereal flour and is permitted for direct addition to food for human consumption.”
Finally, there’s butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) – found in Post, Kelloggs and Quaker brand cereals – which is made from petroleum and is a known cancer-causing agent. It’s been banned in England and Japan, but those of us in the U.S. can keep right on serving up to our children for breakfast, because AMMURICA. And FREEDOMZ.
Anyone else find all of this, ohhhh I don’t know, more than a tad bit disturbing? I’m not ashamed to say I have love for the blue box Mac & Cheese, and to think that chemicals known and recognized world-wide as completely toxic are included in that – a product openly marketed as being a meal FOR KIDS – makes me more than a little ragey. I mean, those chemicals can’t be what makes it taste so good, right? So can’t we, umm, just use something else instead?
Friday, June 28, 2013
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“ONE OF THESE DAYS, AT DAWN THE U.S. WILL BE BLITZED WITH FOREIGN TROOPS”
For those who still refuse to believe that something major is going on requiring preparation in massive numbers for our military and foreign militaries, welcome to your proof in the form of Dawn Blitz 2013. The video provides all the proof of foreign soldiers training for SOMETHING in America that you’ll need. In fact, China has taken notice that Japan is participating in these drills and has asked that the US and Japan cancel portions of this event, according to Marine Corps Times.
Camp Pendleton, Calif. – Marines from Marine Forces Reserve, 1st Civil Affairs Group will conduct civil military integration training with role-players here as a part of Exercise Dawn Blitz, June 27.
The training is part of multinational amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz 2013.
Dawn Blitz 2013 is a scenario-driven, simulation-supported amphibious exercise designed to train Expeditionary Strike Group 3 (ESG 3) and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1st MEB).
The initial, synthetic scenario occurred Jan. 28-31, 2013, and the final live phase will be conducted June 11-28. Dawn Blitz provides a robust training environment where forces plan and execute an amphibious assault from a seabase in a land-and-maritime threat environment to improve naval amphibious core competencies. A total of 5,000 U.S. forces are participating in Dawn Blitz.
In a recent study orchestrated by the CDC and carried out by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, it was found that individuals involved in violent crimes who defended themselves using techniques other than carrying a gun were more likely to be injured when compared to those who were carrying a concealed firearm.
All-in-all, the Obama ordered report ended up finding more pros than cons in regards to the right to an open or concealed weapon. The report also reminds us of the numerous causes of gun deaths, citing that most gun deaths are at the hands of those who used a gun for their suicide — not homicide. The report highlights the poor state of America’s suffering mental health. The report states that suicide by guns outweighs the amount of deaths caused by violent crimes by 61%.
Anthony Gucciardi recently conducted an interview with Representative Joe Carr from Tennessee on this very issue:
Read more: http://www.storyleak.com/woops-obama-ordered-gun-report-guns-save-lives/#ixzz2XYWgQGhL
Mainstream media viewership is dying almost as quickly as overall viewer trust, and the alternative news is now rising like a phoenix from the ashes of the scripted media. A new age of media has begun.
But it’s not just based on my analysis, or the massive number of readers and viewers that we see transitioning to alternative websites for their daily dose of reality. In fact, the fading trust in the mainstream media has been documented numerically via a recent Gallup poll that confirmed everything we knew about the shift in information within the United States and elsewhere. And just like we knew that the NSA had been tracking us before Snowden officially cracked the lid off of the entire operation, it comes as no surprise to many of us.
What this means for the future of news, however, is very important. I actually spoke with Sayer Ji of GreenMedInfo, an alternative news rising star and friend of mine, about this specifically in my latest video update. Storyleak and Sayer’s site right now are seeing record amounts of traffic, even for being relatively new on the scene, and people are craving information like never before. Checkout the video below:
Read more: http://www.storyleak.com/verdict-is-in-mainstream-media-is-dead/#ixzz2XYUzMetN
We now live in a time where you, the reader, can surpass the New York Times in viewership and reach through the use of a single smart phone. With truth being the most viral genre of content in 2013 and beyond, the mainstream media is still stuck reading the same old script over and over again. And I mean literally scripted. Checkout this hilarious yet disturbing video that portrays just how seriously phony the nightly news really is. Anchors from multiple stations, corporations, states, and countries are all reading off of the same text on the teleprompter.
And there’s more than one video like this. There’s hundreds on YouTube alone, in fact.
It’s time for you to get out and become your own news aggregator, support alternative news websites that aren’t controlled by mainstream media corporations, and fill the void left by the collapsing mainstream media. Because real people are much more alluring than script-reading talking heads.
Read more: http://www.storyleak.com/verdict-is-in-mainstream-media-is-dead/#ixzz2XYV7SjNG
Sayer's website: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/
25.Miles Davis, Kind of Blue (1959)
24.John Coltrane, A Love Supreme (1965)
23.Bob James, One (1974)
22.Stevie Wonder, Songs In The Key of Life (1976)
21.Marvin Gaye, Here, My Dear (1978)
20.Michael Jackson, Thriller (1982)
19.Run-D.M.C., King of Rock (1985)