An Artist’s Eternal Message Of Peace.

Posted on August 31, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“In short art is the education of nature. Thus, in its broadest sense, art is civilization. For civilization is nothing other than the unremitting aim at the major perfections of harmony”.

– ALFRED NORTH WHITEHEAD (1861-1947) British mathematician, philosopher

cropped-suits-22.jpgMusical artists have inspired billions of men and women through history. German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven said: “Music is a higher revelation than philosophy”. Writer Joseph Conrad called music “magic suggestiveness” and the “art of arts”. English man of letters Walter Pater thought “all art constantly aspires toward the condition of music”. Irish writer Oscar Wilde on music: “Music is the art… which most completely realizes the artistic idea, and is the condition to which all the other arts are constantly aspiring”.

At certain points in history musical compositions have been catalysts for social change, and many stirring moments have been captured on film of huge gatherings of people joined in song as one. So, with “as one” the focus of this post, it seemed right to share on a Sunday one of Stevie Wonder’s lesser known masterpieces – “Conversation Peace”. This powerful piece comes from Stevie Wonder’s 1995 album of the same name, and the work safely meets Beethoven’s “higher revelation than philosophy” description.

“Conversation Peace” is an artistic creation of timeless beauty and spiritual power. Like the creators of works of literature which pass the test of time and become read by every successive generation hundreds or thousands of years later, Stevie Wonder has also joined the ranks of artistic genius and will be appreciated for generations to come. Here in the year 2014, although “Conversation Peace” was produced nearly two decades ago, this artistic masterpiece will forever hold enough raw power and sheer force to perpetually remain a truly effective, relevant, current, world-recognized anthem and catalyst for peace.

Take a few minutes and consider starting a “world peace fire” by sharing this video. Think of it this way. There are billions of men, women, and children around the Earth looking for encouragement, inspiration, and uplifting of their spirits during these times. Humanity is always looking for positivity and, after watching and listening keenly to “Conversation Peace”, nobody can argue with the fact that Stevie Wonder’s masterpiece delivers massive positivity.

Those who’ve listened to “Conversation Peace” in the past will surely appreciate hearing it one more time – perhaps grasping in an even more profound way just what Stevie Wonder accomplished in creating the work. For them and the ones who are listening to “Conversation Peace” for the first time, get ready to experience – in the words of another Stevie Wonder classic – higher ground.

All for one. One for all. Thank you Stevie Wonder. Peace.

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(Special thanks to Hazel Grace at YouTube)

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U.N. Truth Commission / MH17 Coverup / UNSC Calls For Ceasefire.

Posted on August 29, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

blogger7-1The United Nations must form a permanent Truth Commission. The purpose of such a group would be just as its name implies: truth. In the year 2014, when one UN ambassador representing a permanent member state on the Security Council accuses another UN Security Council permanent member state of lying, the wisdom of establishing a Truth Commission becomes absolutely clear.

This refers to the United States and the Russian Federation. US Ambassador Samantha Power two days ago accused Russia of perpetually lying on Ukraine, and as a result the world’s people have disappointingly and unwillingly been placed in a state of confusion and lack of certainty about what has actually occurred in Ukraine. At the same emergency meeting of the Security Council, Russia’s ambassador Vitaly Churkin asked the Ukraine Ambassador why his government had not released the information contained on “black boxes” from downed Malaysian airliner MH17.

It seems strange that in the year 2014 meetings of the UN Security Council could display near name-calling. A permanent UN Truth Commission would be switched on when any member state requests an investigation into what that member state believes was a falsehood publicly made during UN meetings. Member states would make the same request if they believed falsehood was publicly disseminated outside the UN to the international media. In 2014 a civilized world can no longer tolerate any instance of false information being presented to citizens in any nation – for the simple reason it is dangerous, extremely risky, and in essence morally wrong.

Because this site is “The Oneness of Humanity” and does not agree with the philosophical concepts behind “sides”, some examples from both the United States and Russian Federation perspective are instructive as they relate to a UN Truth Commission. Before examples, as one who has in humility read a number of articles on Ukraine and listened to talk shows on internet sites, radio and television, it is obvious the benefit of a UN Truth Commission would be tremendously increased public understanding of facts on issues of great importance typical of UN undertakings and goals.

For those who share the practice of reading comments sections following articles and the range of news productions, it is not difficult to imagine the “before and after” status of quality in those comments when a UN Truth Commission becomes established and operational. If such a commission had become established decades ago, the UN’s website section “Truth Commission: Current Actions and Archives” would now be the most reliable, go-to place for truth-seeking men and women around the Earth.

Directly to the point, a UN Truth Commission would quickly become recognized the world over as perhaps the institution’s greatest achievement and most beneficial asset. No longer would falsehood and deception emanating from UN members negatively affect the thinking of people living around the world. Eliminated would be actions taken by people who have been given false information, made plans based on false information, then carried out those plans – harming small to large numbers of innocent men, women, and children in the process.

Many are familiar with certain radio talk-show hosts who attract listeners capable of becoming motivated to act from information presented to them during controversial broadcasts. The same scenario pertains at the UN when disputed statements remain unresolved, and lingering active in the public’s awareness. The great potential of the UN remains out of reach while the problem of unresolved disputes of truth and falsehood – among other reforms – is not wisely addressed. A Truth Commission would go a long way in solving this major institutional, erroneous public awareness problem.

For example, on Ms. Power’s assertion of Russian lying about events in Ukraine: the United States could have sought the UN Truth Commission’s help in determining the facts upon the first instance of Ukraine debate where the US thought Russia publicly stated a falsehood. For example, on Mr. Churkin’s assertion of US’ lying after MH17 crashed – that pro-federalists in Eastern Ukraine or Russia was responsible – Russia could have sought the UN Truth Commission’s help in determining the facts upon the first UN or media instance where Russia felt the US stated such a falsehood.

Public demands for the truth about MH17 have been stonewalled, suggesting a profound criminal coverup

Suggesting a “profound criminal coverup” on MH17 is certainly a bold action, yet those who are conducting the investigation can straighten out any disputes concerning a possible coverup by speaking to the international media. A very large number of men and women around the world are demanding answers, and authorities in charge of the investigation – by speaking to the press even before concluding their work – have a moral responsibility to discuss the concerns of those who feel there is something not right in the search for who did it.

Samantha Power mentioned MH17 during her address to the UN Security Council two days ago, implying Russia’s guilt in shooting down the airliner. When Mr. Churkin asked Ukraine’s ambassador to explain the delay in public announcement of Ukraine’s findings during its investigation of MH17, Ukraine’s ambassador replied by saying a report is under preparation and will become public in the near future. Those who’ve been following developments in the investigation of MH17 have become aware that western media outlets and political leaders for weeks now have been suspiciously silent, and of many explosive reports pointing to the Ukrainian government in Kiev as the guilty party in the shoot down where 298 passengers perished.

Samantha Power was implying Russia’s guilt in shooting down the airliner, and Vitaly Churkin implied stalling or coverup in the investigation of MH17 by Ukrainian officials – at the same Security Council meeting.

In the months of war in Eastern Ukraine, where Kiev’s army has used a bombing campaign almost identical to Israel’s “collective punishment” of Gazans, the UN reports some 2,600 Ukrainians have perished. The “Maidan Massacre” of February 2014 – where over 100 police and civilians became shot dead by sniper fire – remains an unsolved mass murder with no guilty persons behind bars. MH17 remains an unsolved mass murder with no guilty persons behind bars.

The combined death toll in Ukraine since November 2013, when protests began in Kiev, is more than 3,000.  Some estimate a higher number, perhaps 10,000 to 15,000. Estimates of 100,000 to 1 million in Eastern Ukraine have become refugees after leaving their homes due to bombing, violent battles, cutoffs of water and electricity from infrastructure destruction, and food shortages.

In the following interview on Democracy Now, Jonathan Steele suggests a simple step Barack Obama can take to de-escalate the violence in Ukraine: guarantee the Russians that Ukraine will not join NATO for ten to twenty years. He reminds viewers – in response to a question about satellite images claimed as evidence of a Russian invasion – of Colin Powell’s presenting false satellite images of Iraq WMD operations, so Mr. Steele can’t say whether images of Russian military movements inside Ukraine are fake or not. He leaves that to the experts.

There are a number of theories about what has really occurred in Ukraine, with geopolitical analysts and journalists around the world offering well-researched investigative reports. Ukraine is a large country with vast agricultural, energy, and mineral wealth. Given legal movements which have opened up Ukraine for extractive operations in the country to powerful multinational corporations – exemplified in US Vice-President Joseph Biden’s son Hunter being named legal head and member of the Board of Directors at Ukraine’s largest private energy company Burisma Holdings – people are certain money from natural resources is the basis of the Ukraine crisis.

Some analysts see Ukraine simply being looted. Is it possible billionaire oligarchs who want to both profit from Eastern Ukraine’s natural resource wealth – mainly large natural gas fields – and carry out other geopolitical aims are desperately creating pretexts for accelerated, escalated bombing and killing to gain total control – before the world learns the truth about Malaysian airliner MH17?

Until the United Nations establishes such an invaluable arm, that and other paramount questions are  left to humanity’s truth commission.

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(Thank you to democracynow at YouTube)

Project Update: Solar Women Warriors Scholarship Fund

Do you really want to see an end to oil/natural gas wars in the Middle East and Ukraine? Do you have a problem with the fact that projects like this aren’t in every American village, town, and city?
“Bomb” every single Congressman, Senator, and candidate across the United States – plus the White House – with this “drone” strike.
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Sustainable Development, Sustainable Livelihoods

Gail and Jamie Gail Hubbeling (left) and Jamie Folsom at the Compressed Earth Block training.

We are excited to report that the women who were awarded the Solar Women Warriors Scholarships have completed their training with us and have utilized these funds to learn important new skills in renewable energy and sustainable building.

We were delayed by weather in October of 2013, when the first Compressed Earth Block (CEB) Training was originally scheduled to take place. However, we were able to reschedule the training for May 18-24, 2014 and it ended up being a great success! Alison Goings, a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe, and Gail Hubbeling, a member of the Ihanktowan (Dakota) Tribe and also a veteran of the U.S. military, both attended the training on scholarships funded by Catapult.org. The women learned how to build a home using a compressed earth block machine, which produces blocks that are affordable…

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Breaking Truth: Journalists Are The New Artists.

 

Posted on August 28, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-27This short post is more about providing encouragement and inspiration than anything else. Not too many years ago journalists who spoke the truth were few and difficult to find. Most men and women used to receive virtually all their news from the corporate, mainstream media; however, since the rise of the internet, a dramatic – historic, actually – change in media has occurred.

The internet has become the most powerful tool in history for people the world over to express their true thoughts, views, and opinions, and that tool grows stronger every day. It wasn’t that long ago when university students interested in broadening their horizons and learning about what was happening around the world would have to resort to special ordering books at the university library. In a brief amount of time, that has become an action which has gone extinct; now, not only university students but every living human being on Earth with access to a computer has a “universal library” at their fingertips.

Those reading this who’ve had access to the internet for many years understand just how enormous the shift has been. For those who’ve only discovered the internet in the last couple of years, the sense of enormity is just the same although perhaps not as intense as those who’ve seen the entire growth process. Whether an internet veteran starting from the beginning or one who’s come along midstream, the internet’s effects and phenomena have been nothing short of breath-taking.

Whereas before journalists who spoke, wrote, and reported the truth about world events and circumstances were very rare and corporate shills dominated the media landscape, now those who speak truth have come very near to the point of completely reversing that reality. The corporate, mainstream news shills are now watched by fewer and fewer of the world’s people, and they are the rare ones. Abby Martin points out the example of corporate news organizations’ maddeningly endless reports on the lost airliner MH370 as proof of that media’s desperation to restore viewership.

In the following video interview with Mint Press News founder Ms. Mnar Muhawesh, Abby Martin of RT’s “Breaking the Set” talks about her type of journalism and how “if you want transparency, you have to be transparent”. Although not a religious viewer of “Breaking the Set”, her style fully encompasses the significant changes in media of presentation of facts without “spin”. Many reading this have probably felt for many years that reporting the news should ideally mean reporting the complete truth, but that stockholders’ profits, interlocking corporate boards of directors, advertising revenue, and owners’ dictates always trump when making editorial decisions – what gets, and what doesn’t get, reported.

So, men and women around the Earth can take great encouragement and inspiration from knowing truth is on the march. Thanks to Abby Martin, Mnar Muhawesh, and millions of men and women who’ve started small as “citizen journalists” and grown to become strong voices of truth, humanity has greatly increased its sense of unity, coöperation, justice, peace, and real democracy. Ms. Martin makes a great point when referring to journalists’ decision to work either from a “non-biased” or advocacy style. She says to those who argue for the non-advocacy option that “we don’t have time”.

One could credibly assert that journalists who speak and convey the truth on events of importance are essentially more artists now than reporters. Because artists can change the world.

“The great artist is the simplifier”.

– Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881) Swiss philosopher

Nobel Prize Speech (1957)

“In all circumstances of his life, the writer can recapture the feelings of a living community that will justify him. But only if he accepts as completely as possible the two trusts that constitute the nobility of his calling: the service of truth and the service of freedom”.

“True artists scorn nothing”.

– Albert Camus (1913-1960) French novelist

“The artist appeals to the part of our being which is not dependent on wisdom; to that in us which is a gift and not an acquisition – and therefore, more permanently enduring. He/she speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives; to our sense of pity, and beauty and pain…

… art itself may be defined as a single-minded attempt to render the highest kind of justice to the visible universe, by bringing to light the truth, manifold and one, underlying its every aspect”.

– Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) Polish born British writer

“It is impossible for a creative artist to be either a Puritan or a Fascist, because both are a negation of the creative urge. The only things the creative artist can be opposed to are ugliness and injustice”.

– Liam O’Flaherty (1897-  ) Irish novelist

“The fundamental purpose of the artist is the same as that of the scientist: to state a fact”.

– Sir Herbert Read (1893-1968) British writer

“For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones”.

– Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) Russian writer, Nobel Prize 1970

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(Thank you to MintPressNews at YouTube)