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US Veterans at Standing Rock Apologize for History of Genocide

The demonstrations ongoing at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline have brought a wide assortment of passionate supporters committed to stand with them against the destruction of sacred and historical sites, and to protect the fresh water supply of the Missouri River. (Read More)

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Thanksgiving, Legend, and American Indians

Thanksgiving is one of the United States’ most significant national holidays. It’s probably second in popularity only to Christmas. Like most Americans, I grew up with it. There’s really not much to it other than cooking a lot of food and having a feast in the middle of the day, during which we are supposed to express our appreciation for all our good fortune as Americans. It has a slightly religious tone to it, but that is overshadowed by its more nationalistic implications. (Read More)

Tribal Renaissance group

A discussion group for the Tribal Renaissance;

This list is intended for pragmatic and scholarly discussion about the creation and maintenance of self sufficient, cooperative communities and the implementation of Indigenous principles in perpetuating, protecting and providing for these communities.

Influences for this phenomenon are many from the sociological to the ecological; religious and political. This list is about those similarities and differences. The floor is open for discussion regarding Indigenous life and philosophy, tribalism, survivalism, sustainability, agriculture, hunting and spirituality. Politics must be reserved for other lists unless it is an issue directly pertaining to this subject. Campaigners and proselytizers must seek acceptance elsewhere. Discussing political functioning and political makeup of co-operative community is highly encouraged.

Every race and creed is welcomed. With this in mind it must be noticed that people of particular spiritual orientations will be attracted here more often than others. Those include those whose religious persuasion fits in roots oriented categories such as Native Traditionalist, Spiritualist, Heathen and Pagan.

Many cooperative communities and tribes are based around certain spiritual or ethnic heritage. Ethnic and spiritual pride is encouraged but racism and racist language will not be tolerated here.

To join visit; http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Tribal_Renaissance/

Ron Paul’s Potential 2012 Presidential Run

Ever since the election of Barrack Obama in 2008, pundits on both the right and the left have speculated about the next republican nominee.  The top contenders’ names have been thrown around with the assumption that the nominee will be one of the same favorites that fell short in 2008.  At the head of the fray has been 2008 republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney and FOX News contributors Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich.  But one man stands poised to upset the apple cart again, Texas congressman Ron Paul.

 A lot has changed in the United States since Ron Paul made his run for the republican nomination in 2008.  With the emergence of the Tea Party, constitutional activists reacting against the Obama administration’s controversial health care reform efforts, and the rising rate of unemployment, the nation has witnessed a conservative ascendancy.  The stunning election of Scott Brown to the Massachusetts congressional seat formerly held by liberal icon Ted Kennedy sent shockwaves through the political landscape and heralded in the (more)

5 Reasons to Love Rich People

In today’s climate there seems to be a disturbing trend to demonize our most successful citizens; Rich People.  Hating musicians has never made a person a virtuoso.  Hating athletes has never made one a home-run hitter.  Hating rich people has never made one prosperous.  The rich create jobs, pay the most in taxes and contribute to building a strong economy.  The best starting point to becoming one of the rich is to love them.  At ILovetheRich.com we offer you the opportunity to express your support of a strong capitalist economy by expressing that you too love the rich.

 1- Rich people pay the majority of the tax bill.  84% of the money that funds government services; infrastructure, schools, military protection, “entitlements,” and welfare are paid for out of the top 25% of income earners’ pockets.

 2- When rich people move to a new area to live, the economy improves.  When rich people move away, the economy recedes.  The Lesson; Make your area attractive to rich people, and you and your family will make more money.

 3- When rich people invest their money in businesses, jobs are created.  The working class and the poor have more opportunities to earn more money.

 4- Whenever rich people “waste money” on superfluous expenditures, lots of cash enters the economy. Workers get paid.

 5- Out of all private citizens, rich people give the most money to charities.  By 2007, Bill and Melinda Gates contributed a total of $28 billion to charity.

 Bottom line; If the rich become alienated and move somewhere with more opportunity, the money goes with them.  There would be little to no money in your local economy for jobs, services, “entitlements,” or charities.

 Love the rich.

Audio; Flow by Lojah

 ILovetheRich.com

Obama, Racism and the Wolf

I remember the first time I ever heard of Barack Hussein Obama.  I can’t cite the exact date but it was in 2005, shortly after Ted Kennedy made the “Osama Bin Laden, Osama Obama” gaffe.  If you’re not familiar with this episode just watch this video sponsored by youtube.com. 

 

 

At the time my brother was serving as an infantryman in Iraq and my family and I were sending relief packages, not just to American soldiers but to Iraqi citizens as well.  At the time I learned his name Obama was being reported as a potential contender in the 2008 presidential election and that he was the first “black” man who might actually have a real shot at the Oval Office.  This has all been proven to be true.

 

I remember my ears picked up when I heard the news. I got a little bit excited about the idea of Obama, a black man who could be a genuine contender in the race.  I was thinking about voting democrat this year for “change” and was a strong subscriber to the “anybody but Hillary” philosophy.  Knowing little to nothing about Obama, other than his race I was already a pseudo-supporter of his.

 

I promoted Obama’s name around to friends and family.  As a reggae musician I made sure every Rasta or would-be Rasta I interacted with knew his name.  I didn’t even care that he might be a Muslim (he’s not a Muslim), I thought that might be a breath of fresh air at that time too.  I wanted to see a black man in the White House.  I wanted to see “change.”

 

As time progressed and the 2008 election came closer and closer I began to familiarize myself with the potential candidates.  That’s when I began to take pause at Obama.  I’m a pretty liberal guy but I don’t agree with him on a lot of things.  I won’t go into too much detail on that since this is not about why I disagree with Obama.  But I’m a pretty strict Constitutionalist, or at least aim to be, and I think an Obama administration would be disastrous for the Constitution.  He comes across too much like a Socialist for my tastes and that makes me nervous.  He’s soft on terrorism.  I think we need to do more to hasten the liberation of freethinking people unwillfully subjected to Sharia law or any other tyranny (from time to time the US falls under that category too).  I think he is too inexperienced for such an important job during such a critical time. And I have no illusions that Obama will overturn any of the executive power the Bush administration grabbed during their tenure. So I disagree with the man.  I think he’ll be a lousy president.  I won’t vote for him and I’m open about it, just as open as I was about being against Hillary, Giuliani, McCain, Gore and W. Bush when they were running.

 

Then as Election Day has drawn closer and closer a monologue developed surrounding the Obama campaign.  That monologue; If you disagree with Obama and you’re white—you’re a RACIST.  If you’re black, you’re an Uncle Tom or a House _IGG_.  If you’re a woman or another minority—you’re whiteness is showing (i.e. you’re a sellout).  Yes, American politics has now degenerated to the point that the free exchange of ideas and debate over the issues is not allowed or taken seriously when discussing a politician who happens to self-identify as “black.”

 

Let’s be certain here, I hate racism.  I can’t stand racists of any ethnicity.  I’ve spent countless hours railing against racism, educating people about Marcus Garvey, H.I.M. Haile Selassie I, and the Ethiopian Coptic Church.  I also support a certain amount of Spanish Language initiatives for Legal immigrants.  On top of that I’m a strong supporter for Indigenous Rights world wide.  But now that Obama is in the limelight I get called a racist simply because I disagree with the man, and because I have no faith in him as a president.

 

You can’t even run against Obama without being called a racist, as “Rev.” Michael L. Pfleger of Chicago clearly demonstrated in his recent tirade against Hillary Clinton insinuating that she is a white supremacist and that her tearful ramble from weeks ago was not just because she was losing the race, but because she is WHITE and was losing the race to a “black” man. 

 

And quite frankly I’m heavily concerned with this monologue.  It’s really not good for interracial harmony.  It is in fact very divisive.  What else could you call the rhetoric of a campaign and constituency that suggests “you’re either with us or you’re with the white-devil”?  It makes me disgusted with the Obama campaign when I otherwise would have just disagreed with it.

 

One reason I’m concerned over this attitude is that it undermines racial unity and disempowers real antiracist efforts.  Anyone educated enough to read this post should be intelligent enough to understand the moral of the Boy Who Cried Wolf.  He shouted it and shouted for his own satisfaction and purposes over and over again, until one day when a wolf really showed up, no one came to his rescue because they didn’t take the crier seriously anymore.

 

ObamaAnd if you’re like me then you know that the Obamanites are crying wolf because the only reason I would consider voting for him, the only reason I was so *positively* interested in his candidacy in the beginning, the only reason I still feel a sense of pride or “hope” swelling inside me at the thought of his presidency is precisely BECAUSE he’s BLACK … or at least he’s not “white” for a change and so close to the finish line.  But that alone is just not enough for me. 

Uncontacted Indian Tribes; Why They Should Stay That Way

Sovereign People of the Amazon Rain ForestIn the last couple of days many blogs and articles have been posted regarding the uncontacted Indians in Brazil.  I myself posted an article on this subject.  How wonderful it truly is to know that there are still some free Indians living their traditional lives that have countinued to survive through the centuries of colonialism.   And I maintain that these people need to be left alone.  Making any effort to contact them is an effort in genocide and an act of aggression.

 

Shortly after posting my article here on wordpress.com, I naturally went out to read what others have posted on this story and to attract readers who might be interested in reading my opinions on the subject.  Most of what I read was fairly respectful of these people’s need to go unmolested.  There were also a couple posts that proved to be completely ill informed on the subject and downright hostile to them.  One that particularly bothered me referred to these people as “mankind 10,000 years ago.”  I argued that these are living people now, who need to be respected rather than treated as some sort of scientific curiosity like a monkey in the zoo.  I stand by the point that these are human beings with the right to exist unmolested not some sort of Neanderthal curiosity to be studied and consumed.

 

In return it was expressed that leaving these people alone is morally flawed and unrealistic.  This sort of thinking is more concerned with the colonial worlds “right” to invade any technologically less advanced people above that people’s right to exist and not face certain death.  That’s really what the debate regarding uncontacted tribes is all about; the colonial world’s perceived right to practice business as usual and do what it wants, the consequences and the people who suffer them be damned.  I’m not dramatizing the issue.  This is fact.

 

The argument that no people are left alone in “society” is to suggest that these people somehow “belong” to us.  What this really means is that no native people anywhere have the right to autonomy, sovereignty or self determination as long as there are people from colonial societies whom desire to molest them and take what belongs to them.  They must be forced to accept their position at the bottom rung of this society because … well, because the colonial society wants their land, and some scientists want to poke them with needles, dissect them, take their blood and create or support some “theory,” all the while destroying the people.   

 

Pretending that these people are somehow a part of “our society” completely neglects the fact of their independent nature and it stinks of globalism.  It’s really just another way of saying that the lives and culture of these people have no meaning outside of the meaning that the colonial world places upon them.

 

These Indians have their own society.  It is a society that seems to be rather tenacious and strong despite the colonialism, forced assimilation and genocide experienced by thousands of other formally sovereign native communities from which they are descended.  And it is not only morally flawed to advocate going into these areas, trying to manipulate the population and force them against their will to become a part of “our” society, knowing how it will destroy them, it is completely morally bankrupt.

 

But “things change,” the colonial mind will argue.  “No one remains unchanged!”  “It’s artificial to preserve their way of life.”  A person who says something like this is clearly not in touch with reality.  They probably think the internet is reality, and their TV is reality and the conflict between democrats and republicans is reality.  But they refuse to grant the same sense of reality to real Sovereign People of the Amazon Rain Forest who live in the real world, a world far more “real” than our own.

 

These Indians are in their natural environment enjoying life in a society that was naturally  developed which they naturally inherited.  These people live a life in closer harmony with the real and natural world than anyone of us in this pretend technotopia of industrial societies.  They exist in a far more natural atmosphere than anything we could ever offer them.  Failure to recognize this is a failure to recognize their humanity and their right to exist. The only thing that would be a change—the only thing that would truly be different is if we left these people alone.

 

I’ve heard would-be social scientists postulate the ill informed ideas that studying these people may unlock certain mysteries regarding human evolution.  This is just absurd.  What wonderful secrets does anyone think the industrial world is going to gleam and appreciate from dissecting these Indians that we haven’t already discarded amongst the thousands of other indigenous peoples that have already been contacted, assimilated or destroyed?  Does anyone really think that figuring out what language these people speak or learning how they make red dye is going to make a bit of difference in the world?  The idea that they should be poked and prodded and placed under a microscope for our own satisfaction simply because they are there is, to say the least dehumanizing. There is no reason to contact these people save for our own amusement and greed, with utter disregard for their well being and their very lives.  The colonials will just take the land and resources and ravish them with plagues until the few remaining survivors are forced to seek refuge in the ghettos as new additions to the peasant class. They are not just another human resource for the colonial world to exploit.

 

The problem here is that the colonial mindset programs people from birth not to consider people, history or culture from any other perspective other than how it applies to the colonial world.  From this perspective these Indians, and all native peoples for that matter, are nothing more than a human resource at best or a curiosity-like monkeys in the zoo.  And that is wrong.  The newly released pictures were not published for that reason.  And neither was my previous article.  They were published to inform people of what is at stake and help stop the final stage of Native American genocide that has plagued this continent for the past 500 years.  Anthropologists have known about these communities for over 20 years and they have been keeping their specific locations a secret in order to keep missionaries, industrialists and the governments from directly and unethically intruding upon them and completing the genocidal aims of colonialism.

 

Native rights Activists such as Syney Possuelo and Erling Söderström were once leaders of expeditions whose purpose was to track and contact uncontacted Indian tribes.  After years of research and interaction with these Indians they chronicled the same story with each people they encountered.  As Söderström says on his website at Korubo.com;

The uncontacted tribes are fragments of former Indian nations who have fled the violent incursions of the external world. They all have tragic memories of decimation by diseases and bullets and when contacted often give testimony of organized massacres perpetrated against their people to expel them and open their lands and natural resources to predatory exploitation … Only a safe and protected living environment free from the disrupting incursions of the external world can ensure their chance of reproducing and rebuilding their communities, traditions and rituals and transmit their knowledge to future generations.

It is our responsibility to protect their forest. Our predatory quest for resources has already destroyed too much on this planet.

Because of this constant mutilation at the hands of colonists, organizations such FUNAI have insisted on keeping the whereabouts of uncontacted Indians a closely guarded secret.

 

The governments of Brazil and Peru have been denying the existence of these people for years in order to justify further destruction and settlement of the rain forest.  FUNAI decided to publish these pictures so that the whole world could know that they are real and that they need to be left alone and protected from incursion.  This was not just some publicity stunt.  These pictures were not published in order to satisfy some curiosity for the outside world and neither was my previous article.  They were published to inform the outside world that there are entire communities of Sovereign People of the Amazon Rain Forest  living under the threat of genocide.  I hope to encourage other indigenous rights activists to focus some energy in this area.  The questions I posed regarding their outlook about us was to encourage people to consider the Indian’s perspective about us for a CHANGE and why they have chosen to continually reject our society.  I hoped people would understand that they were not shooting at the planes because they are a backwards, primitive or savage people but because they are trying to protect their way of life.

 

Some people from colonial societies will claim that it is inevitable that these people will be … nay MUST be destroyed, for such is simply the way of things.  Of course they argue this point while arguing out of the other side of their mouth that “all things must change” … all things of course but their own perspective and design on the future.

 

In truth these Indians have lived in similar communities for millennia.  If they are left alone their world will probably continue to last long after the technological empires destroy themselves.  There is no reason to contact them other than to take something away from them and to force them to become something they would already NATURALLY be if they had any interest in us.  There is absolutely nothing of value that can be learned by examining them that can’t be learned from the Indians that have already been contacted for the past 500 years.

 

Arguing that these peoples and the outside world should simply accept that “they will be destroyed” is telling us that we should be content with genocide.  Promoting the idea is advocating genocide. And in essence what is happening here is that colonialists are telling us and essentially them as well, that we all just need to accept that genocide because … well … because they say so.  Because it fits their vision of how the world must be.  These Indians must die.  Their society must be destroyed.  They must be plagued with diseases that could be avoided if they were left alone.  They must accept that their children will choke to death on their own phlegm caused by a simple cold virus they have no immunity for and our medication cannot cure.  And the few Indians who are lucky enough to survive that must be content with the fact that better armed and outfitted settlers will come and take the only thing they have left, their land.  Yet proponents of colonial “rights” will try to tell us that this is normal.  It’s all a part of human nature and we should just accept it as inevitability and that we should not “blame people for being human.”

 

Well I don’t know about you dear reader, but I blame a rapist for being a rapist.  He’s a human being too.  I blame the murderer for being a murderer.  And I will certainly blame the genocidal opportunists who decide to go into that territory, exposing the people to the diseases we carry and causing them to become extinct when we damn well know better!

 

The only reason anyone would go into that jungle is for their own benefit without concern for the poison he brings because he seeks only to take.  Those Indians know we are here.  They are aware of the outside world.  They know we have great machines and huge buildings.  They know that and have chosen to reject it for centuries.  You don’t see them flocking to the cities.  They clearly want to be left alone in their natural environment.  Not to respect their decision to do so as Sovereign People of the Amazon Rain Forest when we know the death and disease we bring is simply and act of aggression and utter disregard for human life and culture.

 

They have been rejecting the outside world for centuries and fleeing deeper into the forests in order to preserve their way of life.  Now, here they are on the brink of extinction and there are actually people who are suggesting that it is somehow okay to go ahead and finish the job.  It is an act of war, and the Indians know it even if they can be easily defeated.  They’re not shooting arrows at the planes for idle curiosity.  They honestly do not want us to feel safe trying to contact them because in the end they know all we have to offer them is death.

 Mass grave of Lakota Indians after the Massacre at Wounded Knee-1890