Sunday, July 23, 2017

Joseph Campbell: The Heroic Journey (video)

Cullen Smith (Lifting The Veil, April 10, 2016); Dhr. Seven, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

This documentary is an exploration of famed mythologist Joseph Campbell's studies and their continuing impact on our Western culture.

Through interviews with visionaries from a variety of fields interwoven with enactments of classic tales by a sweet and motley group of kids, the film navigates the stages of what Campbell dubbed The Hero's Journey: the challenges, fears, dragons, battles, and return home as a transformed person.
  • In the case of Nathaniel Hawthorne's allegorical "Young Goodman Brown," the protagonist serves as a negative-example of this journey into the woods and the world of witchcraft.
 
Rooted in deeply personal accounts and timeless stories, Finding Joe shows how Campbell's work is relevant and essential in today's world and how it provides a narrative for how to live a fully realized life -- or as Campbell would simply state, how to "follow your bliss."

In narrative and comparative #mythology, the #monomyth or hero/heroine's journey is the common template of a broad category of tales that involve a heroic person who goes on an adventure and in a decisive crisis wins a victory then returns home permanently changed.
The Hero (goodreads.com)
The concept was introduced by Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), which describes the basic narrative pattern as follows:

Go inward.
A heroic person ventures forth from the world of common day concerns into a region of supernatural wonder. Fabulous forces are encountered there, and a decisive victory is won: The person comes back from this adventure with the mysterious power to bestow boons on ordinary folk.

Campbell and other scholars, such as Erich Neumann, describe narratives of the Buddha, Moses, and Christ in terms of the monomyth.

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How not to be killed by police (video)

Arizona via AP.org; Pfc. Sandoval, Pat Macpherson, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Arizona tells armed drivers how to avoid deadly police stops
Pull over or we'll shoot anyway.
PHOENIX - Gun-friendly Arizona is trying to avoid deadly encounters between [fear-filled] police and people [on the receiving end while] behind the wheel by teaching armed drivers how they should handle themselves when they are pulled over.
Shoot anybody who might have a gun.
Arizona, which allows residents to carry weapons without permits, recently changed its driving rule book in a bid to avoid confrontations such as the one [where a fearful patrolman] killed Philando Castile. The Minnesota motorist, who had a gun permit [but made the mistake of driving while black], was fatally shot during a 2016 traffic stop after telling a [trigger-happy] officer he was armed. 
  • [Minnesota admitted wrong implicitly by paying off the murdered motorist's family but then murdered a meditation teacher who was standing next to a police car she had called because the officer got jittery while sitting in the passenger side and, allegedly, hearing a "loud noise," according to the driver, who being the driver is also guilty of murder under the law, but the shooter will not explain why he shot the woman to death in a case that continues to reverberate because she was white and he was black and Muslim, so much so that the female police chief has stepped down in response. See next story.]





Quick, shoot! He looks black, I mean armed,
Arizona is among a small number of states instructing drivers on what to expect during traffic stops. It appears to be the first to use its driving rules to address situations in which motorists are armed.

Democratic state Rep. Reginald Bolding said Castile's death inspired him to seek changes to the state's driver's manual. He said the revisions were necessary because Arizona does not require gun permits and some owners have not been trained to handle firearms.
 
Don't shoot, guys! Let's beat him for a while.
"The goal was to create a set of standards," Bolding said. The new edition of the driver's manual, published about a month ago, advises drivers with guns to keep their hands on the steering wheel during traffic stops and tell officers right away that there's a firearm in the car.

It also tells drivers not to reach for anything inside the vehicle without getting permission first [and even then move really slowly because a cop with a gun does not need an excuse to shoot with impunity].

But, don't worry, the DA will get him acquitted.
And officers can take possession of guns, [out of fear and] for safety reasons, until the stop is completed. [Police will decide when it's completed.] The firearms would [or should but maybe won't] be returned [even] if no crime has been committed.
 
No white males on this force
Lawmakers in Tennessee, Virginia, and Illinois have enacted laws over the last year that require driver education courses to teach people how to react when they are pulled over. [Police training procedures will remain the same.] Unlike the guidelines published in Arizona, none of the laws explicitly mentions what to do when armed motorists are stopped. More

"White people, are you awake now?"

Associated Press (ap.org); Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Next Minneapolis police chief tasked with changing culture
People who have worked closely with the man tapped to lead Minneapolis' embattled police department say he has qualities that would suit him well in the role: He's friendly, seems forthright, has deep roots in the city and is African-American, which could help improve the sour relationship between the police force and the city's sizeable black community.
Medaria Arradondo's long history with the department — he has risen from school resource officer and patrolman to assistant chief during his 28 years on the force — have some wondering whether an outsider might be better suited to changing the culture of the department, which has been accused of being too quick to use force.
 
Facing public anger over an officer's fatal shooting last weekend of an unarmed, white 40-year-old Australian woman who had called 911 to report hearing a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home, Mayor Betsy Hodges asked police Chief Janee Harteau to resign, which she did Friday, and nominated Arradondo as Harteau's replacement. Hodges dismissed protesters' calls for her to resign, too.
 
"Over the next few years, the Minneapolis Police Department will work to continue the transformational change that we all know we need... More

Friday, July 21, 2017

Truth about Coachella; Boobs; Capital (video)

TIME DUMP: TheList.com; Dev, CC Liu, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which takes place on the lawn of the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, was first launched in 1999 by Paul Tollett.

After a one-year break, it returned in 2001. It was an uphill battle to get the fest off the ground.

But just a few years later, Coachella managed to solidify itself as one of the biggest live music events in the world.

In 2015, it earned over $84 million and broke records with 198,000 tickets sold. That was its fourth year as a two-weekend event, and it's continued growing since. Despite Coachella's popularity, the fest holds many secrets. More

Big boobs sell to bigger boobs

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Sheer wonder!
Heidi Parker/Dailymail.com
Boob, me?
Ryan Seacrest-funded attention-wh*r* Kim Kardashian looks barely legal in a netted outfit and no bra for date night with Kanye. Kim Kardashian has been using various crafty ways to show off her 36-year-old post-baby breasts this month.

WARNING: PG rated! Do not enlarge!
And the reality TV darling may have come across her most successful method on Wednesday evening as she stepped out for a dinner date with Kanye West in Beverly Hills, California. The mother of North [West] and Saint [Kardashian] put her less  than modest bust on display as she modeled a strategically ripped see-through netted top, showing off her perfect (no baby) tummy in the process. Graphic photos (Comments)
 
Consumer Capitalism $ 
CAPITALISM (icarusfilms.com) is an impressive six-part series that explains money and economics. It does so through an interdisciplinary approach exploring the work of great thinkers. Economics, or "how money works," is embedded in social, political, and historical contexts. The series is great as a whole yet each episode stands alone. It features some of the world's top economists, historians, anthropologists, and sociologists, including: Thomas Piketty, Noam Chomsky, Yanis Varoufakis, Nicholas Phillipson, Kari Polanyi Levitt, David Graeber, and Abraham Rotstei.


(TJDS) Starting at Min. 1:10, Mark Blyth explains Brexit, Trump, and collapse of capitalism. Blyth uses clear language (in a great Scottish accent) to talk about globalization. Capitalism is failing people throughout the world. More Trumps are on the way.

Red Cry: Ancient Native Americans (video)



Raping beauty into the Natives...for God.
In 1492 the indigenous Arawak people of the Caribbean Islands encountered Christopher Columbus of Spain. Columbus wrote in his log: "They would make fine servants... With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want."

Columbus proceeded to unleash a reign of European terror unlike anything seen before. When he was finished, eight million Arawaks had been exterminated by torture, murder, forced labor, starvation, disease, and utter despair.
 
We're here to steal this property. - Property?
Columbus' atrocities, with cross and sword [though he himself was an indebted Jewish convert to Catholicism], were justified by the Christian doctrine of "divine discovery" and set religious and legal precedent for the invasion and genocide of America's indigenous peoples... for the next 500 years and beyond.

They steal from us and kill us.
By 1650 a precarious relationship between the First Nations (Native Americans) of the East Coast of North America and New England colonies was collapsing into slaughter and enslavement of Native people by British and other European settlers who wanted more land and wealth for themselves.

Most of the English colonies sanctioned and encouraged the scalping (skinning of) Indians. In 1776, the United States gave birth to the first 13 states on land taken through the ethnic cleansing of dozens of Native American tribes.

The Declaration of Independence further enshrined the belief of Euro-American settlers' supremacy by declaring Native peoples to be "merciless Indian savages" while it was those enshrining this theft in law who were the merciless.
 
The Europeans from Spain cleared the way.
In 1787, the new "United States" adopted its Constitution. Article 6 established treaties as the supreme "law of the land." Despite this supreme law, however, treaties with sovereign Native First Nations became slippery promises, easily broken whenever it was convenient.

In 1823, in the case of Johnson and Graham's Lessee v. McIntosh, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the First Nation people's right of occupancy was subordinate to the United States divine right of discovery.

Indigenous history book (Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz)
"The United States has unequivocally agreed...that discovery gave an exclusive right to extinguish the Indian title of occupancy."

This landmark ruling provided legal cover for governmental policies that would claim white Euro-Christian supremacy as justification for stealing indigenous lands and for the genocide of Native peoples.

In 1849, the California Gold Rush triggered the mass western migration of settlers putting them in direct conflict with existing indigenous nations. More:

Criminalizing U.S. critics of Israel (video)

Amy Goodman (democracynow.org, 7-21-17); BDSmovement.net; JewishVoiceForPeace.org; Sheldon S., Pat Macpherson, Seth Auberon, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
The BDS (Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions) Movement (bdsmovement.net)

Criminalizing critics of Israel: Congress considers bills to fine and jail backers of BDS
BDS Movement: bdsmovement.net
U.S. lawmakers are seeking to criminally outlaw support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against [CIA-backed] Israel.

If a proposed bipartisan law is passed, backers of BDS could face up to 20 years in prison and a million-dollar fine.

Democracy Now! speaks to Rabbi Joseph Berman of Jewish Voice for Peace and Ryan Grim of The Intercept.

His latest article is titled "U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel."
TRANSCRIPT
JewishVoiceforPeace.org: Shine a Light on Gaza (gazablackout.org)
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Top stories (BDSmovement.net)
HOST AMY GOODMAN: Civil rights groups are warning a pair of bipartisan bills targeting boycotts of Israel and Israeli settlements [in Palestine] would criminalize free speech and peaceful protest.

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act would make it a felony for U.S. citizens to support boycotts of Israel and Israeli settlements, punishable by at least a $250,000 fine, with a maximum penalty of a fine of $1 million and 20 years in prison.

So far 46 senators -- 31 Republican, 15 Democrat -- and 234 Congress members, from both sides of the aisle, support the legislation.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, known as AIPAC, reportedly helped craft the bill and has made its passage one of the group’s top lobbying priorities for the year.

In a letter Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, urged senators to oppose the bill’s passage. 

The ACLU wrote, "We take no position for or against the effort to boycott Israel or any foreign country, for that matter. However, we do assert that the government cannot, consistent with the First Amendment, punish U.S. persons based solely on their expressed political beliefs." More ()

Take Action: Pro-Israel attack on US freedom


Born Jewish...practicing Buddhist
One of the most recent, and most pernicious, pieces of anti-boycott, divestment, sanctions legislation at the federal level is getting renewed attention right now.

On July 18, the American Civil Liberties Union released a letter to the Senate and a letter to the House of Representatives, urging them to oppose the bill because it violates the Constitution and discriminates against people “for no reason other than their political beliefs.”

The Intercept published an article highlighting how “the criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West.” Jewish Voice for Peace [with Wisdom Quarterly] opposes the legislation and has issued a backgrounder for engagement with Congress.
  • Jewish Voice for Peace (jewishvoiceforpeace.org) is a national member-driven organization dedicated to a U.S. foreign policy based on peace, human rights, and respect for international law.
Future "felons" protesting Israel: Anti-Semites working for the ACLA and BDS Movement?

 
What does the bill actually do?
We've got the power. We've got to use it.
The Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720/ H.R. 1697) is the latest, and most extreme, of a series of unconstitutional anti-boycott legislation at both the federal and state level.

The law aims to quell the movement for Palestinian rights by penalizing companies and individuals engaged in commerce for using the nonviolent tactics of boycott, divestment, and sanctions to hold Israel accountable for violations of Palestinian rights.

First introduced in March, this bill seeks to amend two laws -- the Export Administration Act of 1979 and the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 -- to penalize companies that participate in boycotts, and to preempt efforts by international governmental organizations from complying with international law and calling for an end to trade with Israel’s settlements or companies that operate in the settlements.

Gonna be a good boy like Obama? - Better!
Of course, as the ACLU letter points out, millions of people and businesses do not do business with Israel for any number of reasons.

This law would only punish those whose lack of business-ties to Israel or the illegal settlements in Palestine is based on their political beliefs -- which is why it is discriminatory in addition to being a threat to free speech.
 
We must kill others to protect our children.
The bill opposes the creation of a database of Israeli settlement companies by the UN Human Rights Council and any efforts to boycott those companies’ products. The bill categorizes violations as felonies, and the potential penalties are steep: a minimum $250,000 civil penalty and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years imprisonment. 

What doesn’t the bill do?
I trusted the CIA's Ben "Bibi" Netanyahu.
It does not make it illegal to support the Palestinian-led call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions. It does not make it illegal for individual consumers to boycott Israeli or settlement products. 

While this legislation is horrible, it is important not to exaggerate the potential impacts of the legislation and thereby add to the chilling effect against advocacy for human rights in Palestine. More

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