2015: Internet’s Potential Unlimited.

Posted on December 29, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

Galaxy1Alphabet As another page of the yearly book of human history comes to a turning, 2015 will soon arrive and many look back on 2014 for reflection and anticipation of what the future holds. Many people will remember the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the excellent competitions bringing athletes from around the world together more as human beings sharing the planet than any concept of “us” and “them”. Most will remember the poignant scene of the giant bear at the closing ceremony, shedding a tear because of having to say goodbye.

God only knows the exact reasons for the short amount of time between the moving Olympics closing ceremony and unfortunate events nearby in Ukraine. Near the end of February in the center of Kiev on the Maidan, more than 100 police officers and protesters perished by sniper fire, leading to Ukraine’s President leaving the country, a new government taking power, and a subsequent civil war claiming the lives of over 4,000 Ukrainians. The snipers who carried out the mass-murder have yet to become imprisoned. Malaysian airliner MH17 crashed killing 298 passengers and crew, and, like the “Maidan Massacre”, is still under investigation – the perpetrators have not become identified, arrested or imprisoned.

The situation in Ukraine is perhaps 2014’s most important news story. The people of Crimea held a referendum to rejoin the Russian Federation, or Russia “stole” Crimea – depending on which narrative one leans toward accepting, and many analysts, political veterans, and geopolitical observers have concluded that another Cold War has begun – while calling for cooler heads to prevail and prevent unnecessary escalation of tensions. Media differences in narratives of Ukraine events have grown into a major aspect of the situation, in what many see as an unprecedented propaganda struggle. The narratives coming from both “sides” have perhaps set a world record for unresolved differences.

Eastern expansion of NATO has become identified by respected observers as possibly the major issue which most urgently needs to become resolved.

Led by the United States, a number of nations have placed economic sanctions on Russia, widely acknowledged as harming the economy of Russia, yet some have developed the view that sanctions hurt nations in Europe to a greater extent since Russia has enacted counter-sanctions. The whole unfortunate situation has had the effect of increasing Russian actions of turning to negotiate major trade deals with China, Turkey, Latin American nations, Iran and others which are not participating in sanctions.

In what may have been an attempt by the West to slow down the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, etc.) group of nations’ increasing international influence, the opposite – acceleration of BRICS’ cooperation and growth – may have become the unintended consequence. It would not be an overstatement to assert 2014 – considering the significant events, economic factors and geopolitical movements associated with the BRICS phenomenon – will go down in history as a year of changing paradigms on Earth.

According to some reports, the reason for falling oil prices recently lies in the newly emerging West vs. BRICS international competition over world markets/customers, for the sole purpose of hurting the economies of Russia, Iran, Venezuela and other nations who may have chosen to embrace the new model BRICS economic philosophy. Starting in 2015, the international financial architecture may experience some major adjustments, in particular by the BRICS group of nations, to counteract intentionally harmful actions taken by the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Federal Reserve, Wall Street, City of London group, in what could safely be termed an “economic war”.

What has become the most extremely worrying aspect of the current global scenario in the minds of many responsible, reasoned observers is the potential for tensions to transform from economic to military. Until now, although mature men and women with a great deal of experience in international relations have publicly stressed the necessity for resolution of differences through dialogue and diplomacy alone, solutions-based debate and discussion have yet to emerge on the large-scale which matches the potential outcomes and realities of this new paradigm. The reason for lack of solutions to this point could be described using the simple fact of the matter:  this new world development is in fact “uncharted territory”.

Life on Earth is becoming transformed from unipolar to multipolar. This is change of historic proportions, and change which will need wise, future-oriented leadership to navigate without catastrophically resorting to military force to stop it. In an article on another website, the writer shared a quote from American Professor Samuel Huntington, who apparently often praised the idea of America, which adds a lot of needed context at this point: “The West conquered the world not by the superiority of its ideas, moral values or religion but rather as a result of superiority in the use of organized violence”.

Huntington (1927-2008) was a Professor of International Relations who gained notoriety for his “Clash of Civilizations?” thesis of a post-Cold War new world order and coining the phrase “inevitability of instability”. The factors leading to future instability, according to Huntington, will come from cultural, not ideological, differences. He predicted that Ukraine would eventually split in two based on those cultural differences, perhaps in a manner more violent than Czechoslovakia but not as violent as what occurred in Yugoslavia.

Samuel Huntington was probably a very intelligent, well-read academic whose views most often were accurate and reliable. Nobody knows what his views were on the steadily increasing positive power and influence of the internet phenomenon. Mr. Huntington’s view of future events may have been limited to a large extent through non-recognition of the tremendous ability of men and women from around the world to join forces over the internet and literally shape world events.

Here one could make a slightly different prediction than the professor. The greatest example of how the future will look comes from seeing what occurred this past summer during Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” – and how humanity has responded. Millions of men, women and children marched in the streets around the Earth, demanding an end to Israeli bombing, occupation, apartheid conditions, war crimes – and an independent Palestinian State. Sweden, Britain, Ireland, France, the European Union and many other nations have called for the same. These actions came to reality as a result of good people communicating over their computers on the world-wide-web; quite possibly the greatest tool for positive social transformation in the history of the world.

Imagine the world accepting, advocating, and joyfully celebrating the new thesis of 2015:

“Cooperation of Civilizations”

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(Thank you to TEDx Talks at YouTube)

Barrett And Fetzer Weekly News.

Posted on December 19, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

Kevin Barrett and James Fetzer team up for a news program they call “False Flag Weekly News”. The issues they touch upon are wide-ranging, certainly heavy-duty, and oftentimes controversial. This week’s edition is no exception and surely produces questions and debate among viewers about current affairs stories that become analyzed far differently than in the mainstream corporate media.

The reason for sharing their programs is precisely to spark debate/discussion of the stories they cover – for the most part stories which are important for citizens’ awareness. Some will agree with Mr. Barrett and Mr. Fetzer, some will oppose their views, while others will end up non-committal and decide to conduct their own further research.

Men and women readers are welcome to add any facts or information which they believe has been omitted, correction(s) of any perceived incorrect statements, or simply sentiments of agreement or approval. These fellows have spent much time and effort on topics that most people would rather not research or talk about with friends and family for fear of negative reactions. Because most of the study and writing Mr. Barrett and Mr. Fetzer become involved in results in speaking truth to power, the risk of negative reactions includes those coming from people in much higher, more powerful positions than faced by most people who read their articles or listen to their analyses.

As speaking truth to power is an activity which in many instances places one in some personal risk and requires a certain amount of courage, anyone who does so earns respect for not remaining silent in the face of possible retribution, misplaced criticism, character misrepresentation, and unwarranted damage of one’s reputation. Thank you to Kevin Barrett, James Fetzer, and all men and women around the Earth who speak truth to power despite the possible negative personal consequences.

Some of the current events/articles Mr. Barrett and Mr. Fetzer speak to in this week’s discussion:

a piece by investigative journalist Wayne Madsen on the Sydney, Australia incident

the Pakistan Taliban school shootings

hackers of Sony Pictures over the comedy movie about North Korea – “The Interview”

the U.S. Senate CIA torture report

ISIS and Turkey’s involvement, a comment about ISIS by a pro-Israel conservative

Sandy Hook school massacre debate

the collapse of the Russian ruble

Dennis Kucinich’s Truthdig article about a Russian sanctions bill passed “unanimously” after everyone left the House of Representatives

another article by Wayne Madsen, this one on a secret plan for Israeli Jews migrating “back” to Ukraine

European Parliament recognition of Palestinian statehood

European Union court orders Hamas removed from terrorist blacklist

U.S.-Cuba establishing diplomatic relations after 50 years

questions about whether Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker really won the last election

unreported, continuing, extensive radiation damage from Fukushima

and more…

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Any extra analytical comments are encouraged and appreciated.

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(Thank you to noliesradio at YouTube)

Join The “Global 100 Questions Project.”

Posted on November 16, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

World Map1fAlphabet I you had the chance to ask those leaders who attended the G-20 meeting in Australia any questions you’d like answered, what would those questions be? Or perhaps you were given the opportunity to substitute host for Charlie Rose or one of the guys/gals on Face the Nation, Meet the Press or one of the other Sunday morning news shows? What would you ask those guests?

Perhaps one could imagine questions posed to Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkl, Ban Ki-Moon, Fidel Castro, David Cameron, Evo Morales, or any of a number of world leaders if given the opportunity for a one-hour personal interview. Perhaps on the receiving end of your questions is a man or woman who is a Nobel laureate like Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire or a scientist or writer or economist who’s been the winner of a Nobel Prize. Think about questions to ask of Pope Francis or the Dalai Lama, as examples.

This is an invitation to get involved in what we have named “The Global 100-Question Project”, with the sole intent of initiating a profound worldwide discussion/debate on the greatest questions of our time here at the end of 2014. So, what we are hoping for is a strong response from as many men and women around the Earth as possible with their most profound, suggestive thoughts and questions on the major issues of consequence extant in the world today.

Imagine for a moment if every world leader who addressed the United Nations’ recent 69th Meeting of the General Assembly had received a listing of the 100 most important questions of our time (including yours) – and the focus desired by each man and woman leader to attempt to answer/address those questions – and you begin to understand the types of contributions we are in search of here.

Think it over, consider the fact that men and women from every region of the Earth could become aware of your – and possibly hundreds or thousands of equally sincere contributors – question(s) while on the internet, then become aware of the positive potential of “The Global 100-Question Project”, and propose/submit your question(s).

Imagine for a moment that a young person in India or Norway or Chile or any nation on Earth – after reading your statement/question on their computer screen – experienced such a profound reaction to what you have suggested about an important human issue/problem requiring new thinking and resolution that they became inspired to the point where they one day became a Nobel Prize winner – inspiring perhaps millions more in the process – and you have an idealized vision of “The Global 100-Question Project”.

Another aspect of “The Global 100-Question Project” in its idealized form is that it has the potential to become a truly global effort and joined by a great many people around the Earth in viral replication for the immediate solving of humanity’s most urgent and consequential problems.

These reside in any of a number of areas of human intellectual effort, research or activity such as whistleblowers, cyberspace, economics, education, elections/democracy, energy (fossil fuels/renewables), social theory, environment, food/agriculture, military-industrial-complex, health (physical and mental), finance/banking, government/politics, the media (corporate and independent), war and peace (Ukraine, ISIS, Iraq, Syria, Israel-Palestine…), spirituality/religion, science, etc.

So, how about we “get this show on the road”? The outcome of this first effort will be the subject of future posts in compiled and singular formats, and further discussions and analyses on the most pertinent and consequential submissions.

When one acknowledges that in the recent midterm election in the United States the lowest percentage of voters since the 1940’s showed up at the polls, the frustratingly persistent, problematic issues seemingly ignored (but solvable) by those who manage the world’s affairs, and the high percentage of people misinformed or uninformed about what is really occurring around the world, one realizes how much effort must occur now to greatly increase awareness through discussion and debate generated from a people-powered concept like “The Global 100-Question Project”.

By all means, consider stealing this concept and running with it if you believe there are good results when discussion and debate become generated from question-solicitation published posts like this one. If you decide to reduce the number of questions in your variation from 100 to 50 or 25 or 10, go for it. We wish you the best of luck and hope some very good results and communications come your way, adding to the solutions-based, inspirational efforts to solve difficult problems for real people living in all the world’s nations and regions.

There are no rules for submitting but only sincere thoughts and questions, so if you have any feel free to enter them in the comments below. If those big questions are not readily available now, come back with them tomorrow or the next day, next week, in December, or in 2015 – no time limits, no pressure.

How near or far this concept travels around the Earth will become clear soon enough, while the same is true with regard to the extent questions and discussion generated from those important questions eventually make any real difference in the lives of men, women, and children of this generation sharing the world. Perhaps understanding that communications over the world internet are hard or nearly impossible to measure is in some respects in this case a good thing.

Well, you see the idea. Pretty simple, hopefully intriguing enough, and straightforward. Thank you for your contribution(s). “The Global 100-Question Project” is now officially launched and moving from shore toward the Earth’s vast internet ocean. As the project has been given an adequate description, there remains only one more relevant point to stress:

Do you have any questions?

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Striving For Spiritual Perception.

Posted on July 2, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search for truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.”

– Lewis Mumford

aaa-13And what is the real significance of the 4th of July holiday? One remembers the opening scene to “Born On the Fourth of July”, the Oliver Stone movie which takes a good hard look at the Vietnam War through the eyes of Ron Kovic – a Vietnam War veteran. The opening scene captures Ron when he was a small boy at the July 4 parade, where all the town’s veterans of war dress in their uniforms and march – because that’s always “the way it’s been” on Fourth of July.

This is the time when a lot of people travel to their hometowns and cities, taking some time off to visit with family and friends they haven’t seen since last summer, on an annual trip similar to the migratory birds that go from north to south and back north. Conversations frequently include somewhat obligatory coverage of where each is living and what they are doing for a living, what’s new, and other typical points of light discussion.

Perhaps one day, after the human race has made the decision to “study war no more”, all those veterans will have passed away, then it will be impossible for veterans to be found for the July 4 parade. There’ll probably always be some diehards when it comes to militarism, and even when war is no longer existent on Earth they’ll march with large photographs of veterans long passed away.

Perhaps in the not-too-distant future the parades will include those who’ve participated not in warfare but, walking side-by-side with the remaining veterans, in the reduction and elimination of war on Earth. At a certain point in the future, perhaps July 4 parades in America will find only living peace workers joining with the ones holding photos of extinct warriors – as humanity no longer has any veterans. Then the new and upcoming filmmakers like Oliver Stone will make movies about the turn away from war.

Is that a realistic image of the future? There are many ways to view an answer to that question. Some would say that there is no way that war will ever be eliminated and that the image of a world without mass murder is utopian thinking. Others will, just as the philosopher’s words Robert Kennedy quoted, “see the world as it is, and ask why” then “see the world as it could be, and ask why not.” Surely bringing about/creating a world without war can’t be as easy as changing the form of one’s question. There has to be a lot more to it than that.

What was the philosopher who Robert Kennedy quoted driving at, and what led him to begin his journey of potential and possibility? That thing called consciousness, or spirit, which is receiving some attention in the scientific community with regard to a previously held view consciousness is impossible to measure. But is consciousness or spirit really immeasurable? All one has to do to measure spirit and consciousness is going to any library and counting the billions of words written through history and they’ll find sure measure.

Every major religious/spiritual tradition in the world has its sacred texts. At risk of coming across as simplistic, those sacred texts – as well as the millions of writings on philosophy, spirituality, religion, love, near death experiences, etc – are scientific proof. Out of all the world’s compiled writings through history on consciousness-related topics, the ones which resonate most deeply with scholars and readers rise to the status of sacred.

Those are the writings which, when deeply studied, gives the reader a sense that there is something woven into these words that is real and moving on a high and profound level. That “something” is spirit or consciousness, and that something is what offers humanity the best chance of eliminating war forever. Mohandes “Mahatma” Gandhi was queried often where and how he found the wisdom to accomplish what he did when leading India to independence. His reply was that the wisdom the questioner is referring to is “as old as the hills.”

For Gandhi the Bhagavad Gita was his bible, and he always had a copy with him. Martin Luther King shared with Gandhi the study of sacred texts, so between those two men people can find evidence of spiritual substance and power. Both were advocates of non-violence and the real power of another aspect – perhaps the most powerful – of consciousness and/or spirituality: love. Each man studied deeply in the fields of philosophy and spirituality, then spoke to others literally in person and through their writings about the ideas and potentials they observed on their intellectual/spiritual explorations.

These men are known throughout the world for their actions while living, and they are admired by millions of men and women who acted in the same directions throughout history. In 2014, although many have been more hesitant to share ideas over the internet because of government spying exposed by whistleblowers, the internet is gaining power as a communication tool and source, and millions of men and women the world over are bypassing traditional news media for alternatives on the net.

If one can imagine the process that Gandhi, King and the millions of others went through on their consciousness/spirit journeys – or review one’s own –  then compare that to the worldwide “awakening” enabled by the internet, one finds that humanity’s collective consciousness is rising to higher levels every day.  This explains why there has been such a “pushback” against proposals by governments to reduce internet access or freedom.  All over the Earth men and women are communicating in good ways and sharing ideas for improving living conditions.

For those reasons – better communication between people and combined efforts to solve problems like war, greed, hunger, pollution, etc. – more work should become devoted to providing internet access to as many of those who don’t have it as possible. In essence, the internet is the greatest problem-solving tool in world history. And, although consciousness and spirit are as yet “immeasurable” in the traditional science sense, the internet is leading humanity to collective higher consciousness and what many sages and spiritual masters called enlightenment.

Perhaps soon men and women will no longer feel the “weight of the world” on their shoulders as they’ve taken actions to solve problems and share the idea that all people are related and family. Perhaps soon the world’s people will experience that spiritual breakthrough on the largest scale, and it will become obvious that errors in spiritual perception have been the source of problems all along.

Then travelers on the road during the 4th of July holiday won’t feel any need of driving hundreds of miles to arrive at their true destinations.

All will know they are fellow members of the human family and the circle of friendship – on this Earth.

Already Home.

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(Thanks to an amazing artist Beth Hart @ YouTube)