Achieving discernment and belief amid “sound and fury”

… Achieving discernment and belief amid “sound and fury” the continuous bombardment of “noise” directed 24/7 … 365 … is an unrelenting challenge … requiring persistent vigilance … less we drop our guard finding ourselves smothered.

Within this environment we endeavor to “live” constructive and creative lives juggling out attempt to be performance oriented and “multi-task” as reputedly America’s super-achievers are.  Our belief in the message championed by corporte mass media drives us to attain more of that “stuff” corporate media declares is the latest symbol evidencing success.  Ownership of this “stuff” according to corporate media polls assures “we” are seen by our peers as successful, noteworthy and hopefully envied.

The time has come that “we” stop and remove our self from this competition of sound and find that spot where silence reins and for albeit few moments dwell therein.  Take a deep breath clearing the incessant noise allowing our mind to simply go blank.  Choosing to consciously ask of self … What do I believe…?   Of what am I truly aware…?  The question is not what “they” want you to believe or what they want you to be aware of, but, what you … believe and are aware. 

If you find this difficult you are not alone as for the past 50 years, at least, the education we provide is, as John Taylor Gatto, so eloquently explains in his book titled … Dumbing Us Down … skillfully designed to prevent you and me from achieving our own awareness and belief.  I fully acknowledge that most likely if you a teacher, professional educator, school administrator, college professor, purveyor of educational materials; this statement might have raised the hair on the back of your neck or evoked anger.  If you are able ask yourself if any of the following are attributes championed in your school or in your classroom…?

·        The ability to define problems without a guide.

·        The ability to ask hard questions which challenge prevailing assumptions.

·        The ability to work in teams without guidance.                            

·        The ability to work absolutely alone.

·        The ability to persuade others that your course is the right one.

·        The ability to discuss issues and techniques in public with an eye to reaching decisions about policy.

·        The ability to conceptualize and reorganize information into new patterns.

·        The ability to pull what you need quickly from masses of irrelevant data.

·        The ability to think inductively, deductively, and dialectically. 

·        The ability to attack problems heuristically.

I believe if “we” are all being honest with ourselves the overwhelming reply is … NO … these are not attributes championed in our schools today.   We teach conformity, the antithesis of the attributes delineated above.  Our educational system from kindergarten through college is thoroughly rooted in keeping with need of those who constructed our education … corporate .. whose goal is … to create a workforce that will NOT rebel … the greatest fear at the turn of the 20th Century … that will be a work force physically, intellectually and emotionally dependent upon corporate institutions for their incomes, self-esteem, and stimulation, and that will learn to find social meaning in their lives solely in the production and consumption of material goods.”    And to that end one should commend them on the degree of success it appears they have currently attained.

Let’s be just a bit honest, OK..?   Today anyone who, for whatever reason, does not automatically conform and fit into whatever the preconceived model is, is summarily declared a misfit, malcontent, rebel, at the very least an eccentric, at worst a dissenter, trouble-maker, or perhaps even a terrorist.  When the preponderance of available jobs are store clerks at Wal-Mart or flipping burgers at McDonalds or Burger King, the ability to conform is mandatory. Thinking for one’s self or taking matters into one’s own hands cannot be tolerated as production and uniformity is challenged thereby affecting corporate profits.  

Can you see yourself choosing to contribute to an on-going discussion about WATER…?

I sent an invitation previously and I suspect given the degree of chaos in which we currently live most likely it was lost in the shuffle.   Upon further evaluation, it strikes me that at the moment many find themselves caught in an economic struggle to make ends-meet leaving precious little time for involvement in any discussion on a subject as open-ended as … water

The reality is my crystal-ball most likely is no more unambiguous than yours, though mine tenders with clarity to me a picture posing opportunity lost … IF we … (and that’s you and me) do not choose to assess in an atmosphere fostering full disclosure and transparency, solutions addressing the vexing diminishing potable (drinking) water facing planet Earth and those of us living in the arid southwest

Debunk … global-warming … if you choose … which for me is but a small placeholder in this larger topic of unmistakable signs which point and continue to point to not only a smaller quantities of available potable (drinking) water … but … water  now contaminated with undisclosed pharmaceutical, pesticide, herbicide, cosmetics, medical, industrial, nuclear residuals, the vast majority of which pass through our nation’s most advance wastewater treatment plants virtually unchanged and  the bulk of which receive absolutely NO testing as to their affect on human health. 

An overlay which “we” hereto for have been educated these past 50 years to accept as “normal” is those agencies, boards and commissions promulgated to govern and control … WATER … are today filled almost without exception … not by “we” (the people) but rather by representatives beholding to private-interest$.  

In Arizona … the Central Arizona Project (CAP) governing board’s members does not include even  ONE … housewife, mother, school teacher, accountant, truck driver, airline pilot, policeman, coach or caregiver.    Those giving sanction of the policies and practices of delivering Colorado River water to you and me are all predominately employed by corporate interest$.  

 Might this be an area where “our” (that’s yours and my) voice is vitally necessary…?

Among the active “buzz” words rampant within the water/wastewater industry are … “greywater” … re-cycling … re-charge … effluent-re-use … all cleverly defined to endorse positions seen as financially viable by corporate interests.

Additionally, these corporate interests, in many cases, exert sufficient influence so as to have regulations written which exclude the public from actively governing the manner in which they use water … ie … see AGRICULTURE and MINING …

In Arizona these corporate interests have found ways and means to exclude from public oversight many aspects of their operation … ie … SRP which has many of its water operations  “grandfathered” to identify just one.

I have always wondered, perhaps you might have also … why … those identified as “grandfathered “ can it appears operate into perpetuity without requirement to meet water quantity or water quality standards and conditions to which those entering the field today shall adhere…?

My experience is the prevailing mood in the regulatory and legal community seems to be since they were part of the original core group promulgating the rules they are forever afforded special dispensation …

A clear example of this is when EPA promulgated the CLEAN WATER ACT those initial rules and regulations were written essentially by representatives from private industry many of whom overnight became regulators of an industry where only yesterday they were employed … OPEN SESAMEbegin the “revolving-door” between regulators and industry of today. 

Furthermore, there has been and continues to be consent among those governing and controlling … WATER … that  …“toilet-to-tap” … especially in currently water short environments (like Arizona) is a panacea they wholeheartedly endorse, advocate, subscribe to and financially back.  

In fact, currently, Arizona Governor – Jan Brewer’s – Blue Ribbon Commission (hand-picked of course) and notably excluding  even one  housewife, mother, school teacher, accountant, truck driver, college student, airline pilot, policeman, coach or caregiver are without your participation promulgating language to alter current rules to foster just that. 

Is it not, in my estimation, that … toilet to tap … is wrong or bad or should not be pursued … NO … what is grossly disingenuous is their choice to consciously exclude “our” (that’s yours and my) active participation.    Make no mistake that last comment will raise their hackles as they will point to rules and processes designed and legally sanction which fully exonerates their action(s) and you know they are right as “we” have chosen for lo these past many, many years to act as “ostriches” with our heads buried accepting but NEVER ASKING or challenging any of their acts.  

Perhaps a new discussion about WATER begins with the question …

 Is WATER part of the “commons”

which postures any discussion about water in a different light



 Can you see yourself choosing to contribute to an on-going discussion about WATER…? 

 Is there a time frame, for example beginning in mid-January 2012, to which you can choose to commit…?

Personally, I have no prescription on the direction a discussion will take, choosing instead to allow it to develop organically, granting everyone an opportunity to be heard.  
There is little doubt any discussion will be lively, entertaining and I suspect at times may arouse a bit of conflict, which will provide us an opportunity to see how we choose to effectively resolve it.
If you are interested, I would certainly like to hear from you via email …
… simply noting your interest and I will take it from there.
Respectfully submitted,


Friend$ of Arizona’s “red-queen” do get taken care of


clip_image002… Friend$ of Arizona’s “red-queen” do get taken care of …


… It’s just the voters – taxpayers – average citizens that our “red-queen” stomps on …


… But before you cry and scream about it … look in any mirror and ask that individual looking back at you … what actions he/she took to prevent our “red-queen’s” action … ?

If as advertised the intent is … “cultural exploration”

… If as advertised the intent is … “cultural exploration” … then why the limitation on the Bible … where’s the Koran … artifacts and documents of cultural importance to Native Americans … how about Buddhists … cultures of India … and Africa … this is total bull shit … this is an act of a desperate religious consortium to eliminate separation of church and state…



… America’s moral imperative is to create WAR … the war machine need$ to be fed …

… America’s moral imperative is to create WAR … the war machine need$ to be fed …


News Link  •  Afghanistan
NATO Air Raid Kills, Injures Seven Afghan Civilians
02-27-2012  •  by Ghanizada
At least 7 Afghan civilians were killed and injured following a NATO air raid at Tagab district of eastern Kapisa province.  
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News Link  •  Misinformation
Memo To POTUS—Eyes Only: From The Department of Pre-War Planning And Threat Exaggeration
02-27-2012  •  by Danny Schechter
Here are excerpts from a “secret document” whose authenticity cannot be authenticated, perhaps because I wrote it myself.  
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News Link  •  Iran
The U.S. Has the Moral Authority to Annihilate Iran Because They’re Evil
02-27-2012  •  Washington’s Blog 
Tucker Carlson: The U.S. Has the Moral Authority to Annihilate Iran Because They’re Evil  
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News Link  •  Obama Administration
Obama, “Friends of Syria” Press for Military Intervention Against Damascus
02-27-2012  •  by Alex Lantier 
US President Barack Obama and international diplomats gathered at the “Friends of Syria” meeting in Tunis issued statements yesterday pressing for military intervention in Syria. 
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can you spell hypocrisy…?



clip_image002… Gee … Golly … Stop the presses … How can this be…?


… America has the audacity to point its crooked finger at Japan when more than 40 years of atomic and nuclear bomb testing went unreported and HIDDEN from the American people …


… Can you spell HYPROCRISY …?


… It must be the dry heat, you think…?

… OK … I got  it … not being content to tell the U S Senate that she can’t waste her time speaking with them … Arizona’s “red queen” Governor after wagging her finger at our President upon his arrival to visit our state now she accuses him of not wanting to secure American borders …

… It must be the dry heat, you think…?

Brewer accuses Obama of not wanting to secure the border

clip_image001By Dennis Welch … The Arizona Guardian

Speaking to a national television audience, Gov. Jan Brewer accused the Obama administration Sunday of not wanting secure Arizona’s 370 mile long border with Mexico.

Brewer told the host of NBC’s Meet the Press, Dick Gregory, the administration has shored up the nation’s southern border in other states while leaving Arizona open to drug cartel related violence.

“Let me tell you when we talk about the Obama administration and securing our borders. No, they don’t want to secure our borders or they would secure our borders,” Brewer said. “They secure borders everywhere else, they could secure them along the Arizona border.

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… He’s corporate he knows the game which is one only emphasizes the positive and burie$ the negative … right Craig …?

… He’s corporate he knows the game  which is one only emphasizes the positive and burie$ the negative … right Craig …?

Craig Barrett’s company, K12 Inc., "the worst of the worst"?


28 Feb 2012 01:52 PM PST … by David Safier

Craig Barrett, the man Brewer appointed to head A-Wreck (that’s how it sounds. The acronym is AREC: Arizona Ready Education Council), likes to brag about BASIS schools, where he’s the President and Chairman. But he doesn’t talk much about sitting on the Board of Directors of K12 Inc., a for profit, publicly traded online school corporation which has been getting lots of bad press lately. You know, about low test scores and things like that.

Mississippi is about to open up the state to charter schools, but it’s saying No to online schools. And Nancy Loome, executive director of the Parents’ Campaign, singled out K12 Inc. for special condemnation:

"We cannot afford to let someone in with such a history," [Loome] said after the committee voted Tuesday. "They are the worst of the worst."

K12 Inc. is the worst of the worst? I wonder if Craig Barrett’s ears are burning.

I looked up The Parents’ Campaign. It seems to have a middle-of-the-road education agenda. But I guess it’s heard the same bad things about K12 Inc. others of us who follow education have. For instance, the corporation’s Arizona online school, Arizona Virtual Academy, is one of 27 Arizona charters on academic probation. More bad scores, and it loses its charter.

I wonder how long it will take someone in the MSM to ask Mr. Barrett a question like: "You like to talk about BASIS, which only educates the cream of Arizona’s academic crop, as an example for other schools to follow. Why don’t we hear about Arizona Virtual Academy, part of K12 Inc. whose Board you sit on? It has a far broader student body than BASIS, and it’s on academic probation. Any comments, Mr. Barrett?"

… Just remember she’s packen’ heat …

Sen. Klein bills crash and burn

clip_image001Read More    By Dennis Welch    The Arizona Guardian

The tabloid headline would’ve read: Sen. Lori Klein gets clobbered.

On Tuesday the Republican lawmaker from Anthem watched as three of her bills crashed and burned on the Senate floor.

The measures went down one right after the other as Republicans joined Democrats to hand Klein a series of stinging legislative defeats.

The bills would have made it easier for teachers to lose their jobs for swearing and using unauthorized books and other materials in the classroom.

The setback came as somewhat of a shock to Klein who thought she had the backing of most of Republicans in the upper chamber.clip_image002

 … Just remember she’s packen’ heat …

allow this to become law

… So you really think Mon$anto & Friend$ and their puppets in Congre$$ and the U $ Supreme Court will allow this to become law … I don’t’ think so …


The One and Only Way You Can Tell if a Food is GMO-Free



Story at-a-glance

·         Vermont has recently introduced bill H.722, requiring labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. Such products would also be prohibited from using advertising or promotional material that states or implies that the food is “natural”. If passed, the bill will take effect in 2014

·         Other US states pushing for mandatory labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods include California, Michigan and Washington

·         Mandatory labeling of GM foods is becoming even more important to counteract laws that prevent anti-GMO efforts. So far, 14 US states have passed laws to protect the unabated expansion of GM seed use. Pending legislation in Michigan now also seeks to prohibit local governments from passing ordinances that impede or prohibit the use of GM seeds of all kinds


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A bill has recently been introduced in the Vermont state legislature that would require food to be labeled as genetically engineered if it is entirely or partially produced with genetically engineered ingredients. If passed, the bill, H.722, also known as the ‘VT Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act’ i, will take effect in 2014.

The bill also forbids any such food from using advertising or promotional material that states or implies that the food is:

·         "natural"

·         "naturally made"

·         "naturally grown"

·         "all natural," or

·         Any words of similar meaning

According to the language of the bill, it would require:

"… in the case of a raw agricultural commodity, on the package offered for retail sale … the clear and conspicuous words, ‘genetically engineered’ on the front of the package … [or] on a label appearing on the retail store shelf or bin in which such commodity is displayed for sale.

… in the case of any processed food, in clear and conspicuous language on the front or back of the package … the words, ‘partially produced with genetic engineering’ or ‘may be partially produced with genetic engineering’". ii

More U.S. States Starting to Demand Labeling of GM Foods

Finally we’re starting to see some real opposition against genetically engineered foods in general, and unlabeled GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) in particular, in the U.S.! Aside from this Vermont bill, California, Michigan and Washington are also working on ballot initiatives to get mandatory labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods in their states. Vermont takes it a step further though, as the legislation would effectively also end phony "all natural" claims for products that in actuality contain wholly unnatural, GMOs.

Personally, I believe GM foods must be banned entirely, but labeling is the most efficient way to achieve this. Since 85 percent of the public will refuse to buy foods they know to be genetically modified, this will effectively eliminate them from the market just the way it was done in Europe.

Sheer ignorance on the part of American consumers has allowed Monsanto and other biotech companies to saturate the market with their genetically altered wares. And misuse of the "all natural" label has only made matters worse. According to a 2010 Hartman Group poll, more than 60 percent of consumers erroneously believe that the "natural" label implies or suggests the absence of GM ingredients, but that is sadly NOT the case… In fact, at the current time, the ONLY label that can protect you against GM ingredients is the USDA 100% Organic label.

After reading the Cornucopia Institutes’ 2011 report Cereal Crimesiii, many, including myself, were shocked to discover some of their favorite natural and even some organic brands were using GM ingredients! For example, natural products that contained 100 percent genetically modified grains included:



Nutritious Living®

General Mills Kix®





Two breakfast cereal products that are currently enrolled in the Non-GMO Project, Barbara’s Bakery’s Puffins and Whole Foods’ 365® Corn Flakes, contained more than 50 percent GM corn. Meanwhile, the control, Nature’s Path® USDA certified organic corn flakes, contained only trace amounts of GM contamination (less than 0.5 percent). Another sign that American consumers are getting fed up with being stonewalled on the GMO labeling issue is the fact that lawsuits are starting to crop up, accusing food manufacturers of deceptive and misleading practices over their "all natural" claims. Here are just a couple of recent examples:

·         Frito-Lay is being sued by a New York consumer over their ‘all natural’ snacks that are actually made using GM ingredients, such as Tostitos and SunChipsiv

·         On August 31, 2011, a class action lawsuit was filed against Kellogg/Kashi® for allegedly misleading consumers with its "natural" claims. One Kashi® product in particular, GoLean® Shakes, is composed almost entirely of synthetic and unnaturally processed ingredients, according to the plaintiff

Why We MUST Insist on Mandatory Labeling of GM Foods

As I said earlier, mandatory labeling may be the only way to stop the proliferation of GM foods in the U.S. because while GM seeds are banned in several European countries such as Hungary, Germany and Ireland, in the United States, certain states are passing legislation that protects the use of GM seeds and allows for unabated expansion! At present, no less than 14 states have passed such legislation. Michigan’s Senate Bill 777v, if passed, would make that 15. The Michigan bill would prevent anti-GMO laws, and would remove "any authority local governments may have to adopt and enforce ordinances that prohibit or regulate the labeling, sale, storage, transportation, distribution, use, or planting of agricultural, vegetable, flower or forest tree seeds."

While this type of legislation sounds like crazy nonsense to normal people, such bills are essentially bought and paid for through the millions of dollars Monsanto and other biotech companies spend lobbying the U.S. government each year. In the first quarter of 2011 alone, Monsanto spent $1.4 million on lobbying the federal government — a drop from a year earlier, when they spent $2.5 million during the same quarter.

Their efforts of persuasion are also made infinitely easier by the fact that an ever growing list of former Monsanto employees are now in positions of power within the federal government.


Learn More about Genetically Modified (GM) Foods

Due to lack of labeling, many Americans are still unfamiliar with what GM foods are. We have a plan to change that, and I urge you to participate and to continue learning more about GM foods and helping your friends and family do the same.

To start, please print out and use the Non-GMO Shopping Guide, created by the Institute for Responsible Technology. Share it with your friends and family, and post it to your social networks. You can also download a free iPhone application, available in the iTunes store. You can find it by searching for ShopNoGMO in the applications.

Your BEST strategy, however, is to simply buy USDA 100% Organic products whenever possible, (as these do not permit GM ingredients) or buy whole fresh produce and meat from local farmers. The majority of the GMO’s you’re exposed to are via processed foods, so by cooking from scratch with whole foods, you can be sure you’re not inadvertently consuming something laced with GM ingredients. When you do purchase processed food, avoid products containing anything related to corn or soy that are not 100 percent organic, as any foods containing these two non-organic ingredients are virtually guaranteed to contain genetically engineered ingredients, as well as toxic herbicide residues.

To learn more about GM foods, I highly recommend the following films and lectures:

·         Hidden Dangers in Kid’s Meals

·         Your Milk on Drugs – Just Say No!

·         Everything You Have to Know About Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods



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