When 13-year-old Danesiah Neal, an eighth grader at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Fort Bend Texas tried to spend a 2 Dollar Bill on her lunch break, she was detained by police, questioned without parental supervision, and threatened with “big trouble..third-degree felony big”, all because the 2 dollar bill used was so old that the school’s ‘ink testing marker’ didn’t work properly, and neither, the lunch lady, the school officials, or the Fort Bend ISD police liaison for the campus could identify the bill.
The bill so old, dating back to 1953, the school’s counterfeit pen didn’t work on it.
Daneisha was hoping to eat lunch that day. She was looking to buy some chicken tenders with a $2 bill which was given to her by her grandmother earlier that morning.
After what could be called a overly through investigation by the yet unnamed officers involved, eventually the cop went to a bank to examine the bill and found out that the $2 bill wasn’t a fake at all. It was real. The bill went from the lunch lady, to school officials, to the cop…who took the $2 Bill to the convenience store..and finally then to the bank.
“I went to the lunch line and they said my $2 bill was fake,”Danesiah said “They gave it to the police. Then they sent me to the police office. [and] A police officer said I could be in big trouble.”
In Texas juveniles can face between two and ten years for attempted forgery. Apparently lunch line forgery is a big thing in surrounding Houston schools, according to records obtained by Ted Oberg and Trent Seiber of ABC13, Daneshia’s case is just one of eight counterfeiting charges investigated against high- and middle-school age students in the Fort Bend school district since the beginning of the school year. In the last two years there have been 40 different criminal cases dealing with ‘lunch line forgery’ from Houston ISD, Fort Bend ISD & Cy-Fair ISD.
When examining the records, Ted Oberg Investigates could not find a single white student that was suspected of forgery.
Not a single white student has ever been suspected or charged with anything related to possessing counterfeits in the Fort bend / CY-FAIR school districts. No district wanted to weigh in on why they thought that was.
“We see a disproportionate impact on minority youth when it comes to these charges,” attorney Mani Nezami said. “African-American and Hispanic boys in particular, but girls as well, tend to be over-criminalized for offenses that one might speculate if they weren’t, they wouldn’t be seeing a criminal charge.”
It is unclear however if all the students tagged for forgery are minorities. In the 29 pages of Cy-Fair ISD police records, abc13 found five students who were listed as black, three students listed as Hispanic, and another whose race was listed only as “E.” And 15 reports had no race listed.
Still Investigating a 14 year old African american student for using a fifty-five year old 2 dollar bill in a school lunch line where 82-percent of the kids get free or reduced price lunches, does not appear to be the best use of our educational resources.
“He brought me my two dollar bill back,” Joseph said. He didn’t apologize. He should have and the school should have because they pulled Danesiah out of lunch and she didn’t eat lunch that day because they took her money.”
While the possible connection between cellphones and cancer is still considered a controversial subject, years worth of studies on cell phones and cancer have shown that there is a definitive connection between the risks of cancer and the electromagnetic radiation that’s being emitted by many of the popular objects that we use today — laptops, cell phones, and smart meters just to name a few.
After evaluating several studies on the possibility of a connection between cellphones, glioma and a noncancerous brain tumor known as acoustic neuroma, members of the International Agency for Research on Cancer — part of the World Health Organization — agreed that there is evidence that cellphone radiation contributes to cancer cell growth.
Although separately funded studies have yielded conflicting results currently there is no denying that exposure to Electro-magnetic frequencies does contribute to cancerous cell growth.
A short list of less severe side effects of EMF exposure includes: neurological impairment, ear pain and hearing problems, breathing dysfunctions, chest pains and heart ailments, burning skin, sleep disturbances, headaches, depression, vision troubles, blood pressure changes, sterility, autism, and other neuro-degenerative diseases.
In this video Dr. Devra Davis, author of “Disconnect–The Truth About Cellphone Radiation,” and hundreds of other publications, explains how the biological impact of a cell phone is notrelated to it’s power, as many assume, but rather to the erratic nature of its high frequency radio signal, and its ability to disrupt the body’s natural resonance and interfere with DNA’s ability to repair. This, according to Dr. Mercola of mercola.com, is the most plausible theory for understanding the wide array of health impacts that have been discovered — including cancer.
Children and Teens are the most at risk
Children and teens are at greatest risk—both for parotid gland tumors and brain tumors. Because of their thinner skull bones which allow for greater penetration of cell phone radiation. The radiation can enter all the way into their mid-brain, where tumors are more deadly. In addition, children’s cells reproduce more quickly, so they’re more susceptible to aggressive cell growth. Children today also face a lifetime of exposure. According to Professor Lennart Hardell of Sweden, “those who begin using cell phones heavily as teenagers have statistically 4 to 5 times more brain cancer then adults”
Pregnant women should also avoid cell phones as much as possible. In 2008, researchers analyzed data from nearly 13,000 children and found that exposure to cell phones while in the womb was linked to behavioral difficulties. Using handsets just two or three times a day during pregnancy was enough to raise the risk of their babies developing hyperactivity and difficulties with conduct, emotions, and relationships by the time they reached school age—and the risk became even greater if the children also used the phones themselves before the age of seven.
Overall, the study revealed that mothers who used mobile phones were 54 percent more likely to have children with behavioral problems.
Telecom Industry Seeks to Discredit Findings and Silence Scientists
Much like the Tobacco, pharmaceutical, and GMO industries before them, the telecommunication corporations seek to discredit any data connecting their product and its byproduct to the statistical rise in specific cancers, like parotid gland tumors which has seen a four fold incress over the last 30 years. (Your parotid gland is a type of salivary gland, located closest to your cheek—the same area where most people typically hold their cell phones.) University researchers in Israel found a 400% increase in number of parotid gland cancers from 1970 to 2006, while rates of other salivary gland cancers remained stable.
In 1993, the cell phone industry was pressured by Congress into investing $28 million dollars to study cell phone safety. The cause of this sudden concern was massive publicity about a lawsuit filed by Florida businessman David Reynard against cell phone manufacturer NEC. Mr. Reynard’s wife, Susan, died of a brain tumor, and he blamed the frequent use of her cellphone for her death. Reynard revealed the suit to the public on the Larry King Live show, complete with dramatic x-rays showing the tumor close to where Susan held her cell phone to her head for hours each day. The next day, telecommunications stocks took a big hit on Wall Street and the media went into instant spin control. The industry trade association at the time, (TIA), went into crisis mode, claiming thousands of studies proved cell phones were safe and what Reynard and his attorney said was not verifiable. The TIA reassured the public that the government had approved cell phones, so that meant they were safe. The media demanded to see those studies, but, according to Dr. George Carlo, PhD, an epidemiologist and medical scientist who headed the first industry-backed studies into the dangers of cell phone use from 1993 to 1999 —
Scientists Continue Speaking Out Against Cell Phone Radiation
Dr. Siegal Sadetzki, the principal investigator of a 2008 study, testified before the U.S. Senate that cell phones were identified as a contributor to salivary gland tumors. Dr. Martin Blank, one of the most experienced researchers of the cellular and molecular effects of electromagnetic fields in the U.S., gave a speech at the November 18, 2010 Commonwealth Club of California program, titled “The Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields.” In it, he explained why your DNA, with its ‘coil of coils’ structure, is especially vulnerable to electromagnetic fields of all kinds. Calling sustained exposure to EMF’s “an issue of great concern.”
Olle Johansson associate professor at the Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, in Stockholm, Sweden, is a leading authority in the field of EMF radiation and health effects.
At the Open Mind Conference in 2014, Olle spoke in detail about how electromagnetic fields and signals are producing negative health effects, his lecture goes deep into the scientific research results regarding the health effects of electromagnetic fields and the urgent need for independent research projects which according to Mr. Johansson need to be initiated to ensure our public health. [Watch the full video of Olle Johansson “Health effects of electromagnetic fields” here]
If you’re concerned about the possible link between cellphones and cancer, consider limiting your use of cellphones or use a speaker or hands-free device that places the cellphone antenna, which is typically in the cellphone itself, away from your head and face. Use a Land Line at home and at work. In all ways try to Reduce or Eliminate Your Use of Other Wireless Devices, Avoid Carrying Your Phone on Your Body, never assume one cell phone is safer than another, use protective cases and mats if you are carrying a smart phone tablet or when placing a laptop on your legs, use safer technology like headsets and ear buds, and remember to respect others opinions and be courteous to others who are more sensitive to the effects of electromagnetic radiation.
WeAreChange has found many products being sold that claim to help block EMF radiation, such as orgone. We will continue to look into possible solutions, and we will always listen to evidence provided by you, the reader.
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The take down involved a powerful distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack conducted by the Ghost Squad — a hacker group affiliated with Anonymous.
“We targeted the KKK due to our hackers being up in their face, we believe in free speech but their form of beliefs is monolithic and evil. We stand for constitutional rights but they want anyone who is not Caucasian removed from earth so we targeted the KKK official website to show love for our boots on the ground and to send a message that all forms of corruption will be fought. We are not fascist but we certainly do not agree with the KKK movement. They are the Fascists and they are the Racists,” one of the hackers responsible for the attack told HackRead cyber security blog.
Previous attacks on the KKK by those affiliated with Anonymous have included DDOS attacks and the doxing of 1,000 people who are reportedly affiliated with the white supremacist organization.
In March, hackers went after the KKK’s security provider, Staminus Communications, and leaked 15 GB worth of customer data.
It isn’t only the KKK who has received backlash from the group, in 2014, the official website of “The Nationalist Movement,” another white supremacy group, was as also defaced with messages such as “Good night white pride,” HackRead also noted.
“The average American likely believes hate groups like the KKK are all but dead and gone, restricted now to a handful of secret enclaves consisting of a few dying old racist men,” a hacker using the name Zombie Ghost, a BinarySec member, told the IBTimes. “But, part of OpKKK is bringing attention to the fact that these groups are not dead and are in fact finding a new life online.”
“A great change of our psychological attitude is imminent, that is certain…we need more psychology, we need more understanding of human nature because the only real danger that exists is man himself, he is the great danger, and we are pitifully unaware of it, we know nothing of man, far too little. His psyche should be studied because we are the origin of all coming evil.” ~Carl G. Jung
If history has shown us anything, it’s that the human capacity for normalizing unhealthy, pathological behavior is astounding and perilous, even in well-meaning truth-seekers. We all have blind spots. It happens on every level of life more often than you’d think! For a simple, immediate example: observe your body right now. Feel what muscles are unconsciously constricted- your back, jaw, neck, legs, your stomach muscles causing you to take shallow breaths? All of these are physical responses to psychological stress. But are you in any immediate danger now? Probably not (unless you’ve been glued to Facebook for hours, letting your butt slowly pancake to your seat, causing your legs to atrophy. ;-)… In which case, take a walk and come back…) Now, feel your body and sit silently with yourself for a moment. Are you carrying any unresolved stress inside you? Probably. Even sitting in front of the computer for long periods of time causes stress on the body.
Now relax your body, take a few slow, deep breaths from your belly, drop the energy from your head in to your body, and feel the difference as your body realigns itself to be more comfortable. Feel the difference? Chances are that you weren’t even consciously aware of how uncomfortable your body was until you were encouraged to stop, observe, and let it unwind. This same “normalizing principle” applies not just to your body but also your mind. Collectively, we have been both consciously and unconsciously influenced to assimilate to unhealthy ideologies and behaviors since childhood.
The majority of our functioning stems from the unconscious & subconscious mind, be it the regulation of neurological chemicals, automatic breathing, emotional responses, how we hold our bodies, how we respond to others, etc… The list goes on and on. Despite how much control and awareness we think we have, our unconscious & subconscious mind plays a far greater role than the conscious part. Compare the psyche to an iceberg. The conscious mind is the observable “tip of the iceberg”. The unconscious & subconscious mind, however, is much larger and obscured under the surface.
So it goes without saying that “delving under the surface” of our psyche is essential to truly knowing ourselves and, therefor, improving ourselves. This may seem awkward or scary at first. It’s natural to feel afraid about diving where we are not used to going in ourselves. It can seem dark, difficult to breath, and unsafe with waves of emotion tossing us beyond our control. This is why it is essential to have the support of a fundamental education in Psychology, coupled with hands-on therapeutic healing, in order to become more conscious, whole, and contribute toward creating a better world.
But first, before we dive with the help of others, we must first understand a little about the history of psychology. Unfortunately, the study of psychology and practice of therapy remains largely ignored by compulsory education and misrepresented (often mocked) by mainstream media. Due to this cultural ignorance, we must be very discerning when entering psychological work, researching the method of therapy and the therapist. After all, a therapist is a person who we depend on to help us see ourselves clearly, and any of our trusted therapist’s personal, biased perspectives can easily be transferred in a time of vulnerable suggestibility. This is when research and time-tested methods of systematic critical thinking and discernment, such as the Trivium Method, are essential. It is helpful to research and ask questions from a potential therapist.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” method to therapy and healing, and there are many considerations dependent on one’s personal situation (age, medical issues, gender issues, sexual orientation, cross-cultural concerns, etc.) so it’s important to research and be discerning. While the traditional practice of psychology, being a work-in-progress, may have areas of distortion, there are many new concepts and practices that have evolved, combining psychological work with body-mind techniques and integral spiritual dimensions in very effective and practical ways, such as Gestalt Therapy, Jungian Psychology, Trauma Work, Somatic Release Therapy, and various other body-mind techniques.
In Western society, most people have come to associate psychology and therapy with Freud’s psychoanalytic “talk therapy”, and it’s largely still used as a foundation in many academic psychotherapy courses. More modern, progressive developments in Psychology, however, have pulled away from archaic ideologies such as the Freudian dogma which essentially frames every psychological problem as stemming from sexual or psychosexual repression, with little regard for the deeper emotional and spiritual dimensions of the human being. The historical distortion of psychology and the influence of Freud’s rudimentary theories pressed upon the treatment of society are clearly seen in the overall convention of mainstream media: obsession of sexual fixation and fetishism, and lack of true emotional and spiritual depth. Atop all this distortion, now more than ever, with corporations interested in psychological social engineering to maximize profits, the mental health field is rampant with abused prescriptions of “mood stabilizing” pharmaceuticals. Even the foremost pioneer of A.D.H.D. – Dr. Leon Eisenberg – warned of often-over-generalized, falsified, and abused psychological diagnoses, remarking, “ADHD is a prime example of a fabricated disorder. The genetic predisposition to ADHD is completely overrated. […] Instead, child psychiatrists should more thoroughly determine the psychosocial reasons that can lead to behavioral problems.” Most recently, it’s the ridiculously Orwellian diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
Is it any wonder why so many kids grow up taking drugs, feeling lost, repressed, and angry at a society that pushes them to conform? Nowadays, adults either shove them full of pharmaceuticals or condemn and dismiss teenage behavior as “just hormones”. But perhaps if we as a society were more emotionally intelligent, compassionate, and knowledgable about what comprises a healthy psyche, we might understand that there is something deeper being shown to us as a child steps in to the world of adulthood. Perhaps it’s not that children become “unreasonable” but rather it’s society that is unreasonable, unhealthy, and is fundamentally opposed to the natural conditions humans are intrinsically disposed to.
The expressive nature of children through emotion and imagination is perfectly healthy and oftentimes astoundingly insightful. In a progressive society, we can see how the role of mature adults is to use the mature intellect in order to nurture that natural expression and creativity in more constructive ways. When society lacks understanding of basic psychology, it lacks a deeper connection, freedom of spirit, and chooses instead to suppress the individual with compounding regulations which reduce the organic being to a robotic automaton. We can clearly see, by the skyrocketing statistics of mental illness and pharmaceutical drug use, that this ignorance of psychology is rapidly destroying humanity, proliferating neurosis, insecurity, anxiety, and hostility.
It’s clear that most of society is both ignorant and uncomfortable with the ego-dissolving vulnerability that comes with sincere psychological work. Take a good look at what the mainstream identifies as acceptable and “cool”: the “tough” mask of straight-faced emotional immunity, the contrived disengagement, the disassociation of reality. And it’s all driven by shame, isn’t it? “Cool” preys on insecurity through unrealistic facades, marginalizing others as “flawed” and “undesirable” in the eyes of society. “Cool” always implicates shame on impressionable people because, when you strip away the mask, “cool” is really just dressed-up insecurity, identified with superficial appearances, terrified of losing control and the approval of others.
I drank that proverbial kool-aid early on as well. I used to think psychology and therapy was “only for those damaged, weird, messed up people who were too weak to cope with life”. I had the image of therapy just being someone sitting on a couch, blathering on with an over-paid therapist scribbling notes and occasionally chiming in, “Well, what do YOU think it means?” on and on and on until the patient was either locked up in a padded room with white bunny slippers, or learned to just cope with the fact that life is tough and they should just buy a helmet… I was blinded by my hubris.
Now I see that I was shadow projecting my own fear of facing MY wounds, MY weakness, MY vulnerability, MY pain. It’s the same defensive mechanism I used to “cope” all through a traumatic childhood: just shove down my feelings, make fun of whatever is uncomfortable or strange to me, and “be a man”. Fast forward to my introduction to REAL psychotherapy: a group Gestalt Therapy session at Esalen– one of the most amazing, loving, freeing, transformative months of my life. Never underestimate the power of presence, empathy, and vulnerability. As I sat in the safety of the group, guided by a trained professional, I found myself feeling truly nurtured, free to say what I truly felt with no filter, feeling decades of armor drop away with my tears, shaking as I released trauma long held inside, coming to find peace and amazing realizations in the unconditional arms of Gestalt Therapy. (Oohhh…. I’m getting teary-eyed and choked up all over again just remembering it.) It was the beginning of my journey towards understanding psychology and therapy. As I went on, I become acutely aware that health is holistic, and I began integrating other healing modalities in tandem to facilitate a holistic process. I explored massage and bodywork and realized the healing power of touch. I understood the deeper meaning of embodiment and presence. I worked with dream journaling and truly listened to what my subconscious was trying to communicate. I utilized plant medicines mindfully with the expertise of experienced shaman to help remove energetic blocks. I practiced breathwork and meditation. I practiced qi gong and yoga to ground and center myself. I expressed myself through “5 Rhythms Dance” sessions to engage my body in expressing its kinetic language. The list goes on. The path to healing can be challenging, but trust me- it is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable paths one can walk.
The point is that our ego is terrified of facing its own shadow. The shadow is an archetype that consists of aspects of oneself that exist, but which one does not acknowledge or with which one does not identify. The shadow exists as part of the unconscious mind and is composed of repressed ideas, weaknesses, desires, instincts, and shortcomings. This archetype is often described as the darker side of the psyche, representing wildness, chaos, and the unknown. These latent dispositions are present in all of us, although people sometimes deny this element of their own psyche and instead project it onto others. The same goes with small social groups and the whole collective of humanity. As a basic example, we often think relatively well of ourselves, considering ourselves to be honest, loving, tolerant, strong, hard working, responsible, and good. On the other hand, we consider those we dislike as dishonest, judgmental, hateful, weak, lazy, irresponsible, and evil. This tendency is exacerbated in times of conflict. But in truth, we all carry all these aspects within us in some capacity. It is only when we integrate these shadow elements within ourselves through conscious psychological self-work that we can begin to see ourselves, others, and life more clearly as it is with compassion, patience, and love.
This integration process, where the ever-righteous ego is forced to let go of the lies it has identified with, may feel like one is “breaking down” but this is really “breaking through”. It is a psychological necessity for conscious human development as illustrated in Dabrovsky’s “Theory of Positive Disintegration” (TPD) which views psychological tension and anxiety as necessary for growth. These “disintegrative” processes are therefore seen as “positive” for bringing about new aspects of conscious awareness, whereas people who fail to go through Positive Disintegration may remain for their entire lives in a state of “primary integration”, or, in other words, less self-actualized.
With all this in mind, it is clear that until we step in to the light of healing through psychological education, we will be defenseless against the momentum of social pressure, conditioning, and fear of rejection that causes most people to conform to pathological institutionalized behaviors. Some people will be able to do this work, but others may not because they are so heavily entrenched in their identifications, afraid to let go of their security blanket. This fear, aggression, and avoidance, passed on through generations, has rapidly developed in to Authoritarian social conditioning which begins at a very young age. Socially speaking, it has allowed the normalization of pathological behaviors: predatory financial institutions, political bribing, war crimes by the Military-Industrial Complex, shadow government agencies (NSA, CIA, MOSSAD, MI5, etc.) trafficking drugs and money to fund covert warfare, committing acts of terrorism and framing innocent civilians with no accountability, power-hungry corporations, over-industrialized environmental desolation, and the list goes on and on. These are the institutions we depend on to oversee and regulate society, but, if “by their fruits shall you know them”, then it’s obvious that we’re being led by Psychopaths in suits and their Authoritarian puppets. And without the discernment of Psychological awareness, quite simply, we’re screwed.
Think of psychological education and critical thinking as “good mental hygiene”. You know how to clean yourself physically, right? You don’t “normalize” dirty socks or body odor that would send people running, do you? (Not unless you’re at Burning Man, I suppose…) Without psychological hygiene, being able to detect the red flags in the psychological landscape around us, we’re walking blind through a minefield. Many of these disorders remain hidden under the surface until you step in to the danger zone and it’s too late.
Let’s take a closer look at this phenomenon. For example, it is well known that Psychopathy is very difficult to detect without prolonged, professional observation. It is also impossible to cure and historically has been one of the most ruthless psychological disorders known to humanity. Yet because psychopaths are adept at blending in with a “mask of sanity”, most people haven’t had the knowledge to detect them, even with all the damage they create. Psychopathy is primarily characterized by superficial charm, egocentricity, addiction to stimulation, sexual promiscuity, enjoyment of violence, impulsivity, irresponsibility, pathological lying, lack of remorse, empathy, or guilt, manipulativeness, emotional shallowness/ fakeness, and endless hunger for power and control over others.
(Side note: Reflect for a moment on these characteristics and then look at their abundant popularity in mainstream society. Think of the corporate and banking oligarchies which operate with these behaviors, destroying the lives of everyone around the world- from environmental pollution, to the dumbing down of society, systematically removing the Trivium from public education, advocating violence and material-fetishism, perpetuating ‘divide & conquer’ war, creating fraudulent economies that inevitably collapse, and essentially owning “democratic” governments around the world through various means. Is it clear enough that this is hitting the root of all the world’s problems? Perhaps those in power who have crafted society as they wanted are genetic psychopaths? Again, “by their fruits shall you know them”.)
Psychopathy can be both genetically inherited (which is interesting to consider, given the interconnecting bloodlines of those in power throughout history) and it can also be conditioned through extreme circumstances – malnutrition in the stages of early brain developmental as a child, physical trauma to the brain, or extreme, continuous psychological abuse. As of yet, studies have shown that experimental psychopharmacological, neurofeedback, and combined psychotherapeutic treatments have at best suppressed the impulsive behavior of psychopaths, but, conversely, improved their ability to strategize, mimicing regret and other emotions governed by the pre-frontal cortex, thereby enabling them to become more methodical and surreptitious over the long run. There is no cure. This disorder is not a rare fluke of fate; it is wildly prevalent in society, with low estimates putting the global population of psychopaths between conservative estimates of 1% (70 million) and more recent estimates placing it at around or above 6% (420 million). Putting this in to a global perspective, we can see that psychological disorders are like a virus in a global body- a relatively small part of the entirely of the world, but detrimental to the integrity of a healthy, functioning system.
“Just as a disease organism seeks its own survival and to propagate, pathologically deviant persons want power over others and they are not inhibited by considerations of conscience or feeling for others. An analogy of this is that the disease pathogen is totally uncaring of the damage it may do to the organ systems it invades. It only wants to survive and propagate. The bacteria or virus has evolved many unique characteristics that enable it to take over a body when that body is weak. Thus, when societies are weakened for any of a number of reasons, deviant personalities are able to utilize their specifically evolved methods and means to achieve that power that normal people with normal morals simply cannot comprehend because it is not part of their reality and all human beings tend to assume that everyone else is like themselves.” –Laura Knight-Jadczyk
It has only been within the last 50 years that the field of Psychology has begun to understand that the inner landscape of people can be extremely different. This one fact and its implications should give all activists in the world pause to consider the saying, “Do not attempt to cure what you do not understand”.
“Understanding the nature of macro-social pathology helps us to find a healthy attitude and thus protects our minds from being controlled or poisoned by the diseased contents and influence of their propaganda. We can only conquer this huge, contagious social cancer if we comprehend its essence and its etiological causes. Such an understanding of the nature of the phenomena leads to the logical conclusion that the measures for healing and reordering the world today should be completely different from the ones heretofore used for solving international conflicts. It is also true that, merely having the knowledge and awareness of the phenomena of the genesis of macro-social Evil can begin healing individual humans and help their minds regain harmony.” ~Andew M. Lobaczewski, “Political Ponerology“
Let’s get back to the main point. The fact is we take on the behaviors of those we look up to for guidance- religion, government, schools, parents, friends, etc. Unfortunately we have been raised in a very sick society. For example:
Children are encouraged by coaches to “beat” others in competition instead of appreciating the abilities of others to inspire personal growth. And so, we see “success” as a ruthless domination over others, instead of mutual respect and cooperation.
Instead of objectively informing and empowering the truth, the mainstream media, controlled by corporate interests, advocate fear, materialism, and entitlement in order to normalize neurosis, anxiety, and insecurity.
Instead of seeing all people on earth as connected and deserving of care, Nationalism creates a social narcissism whereby others are marginalized by notions of regional supremacy.
It’s acceptable in “polite society” to glorify violence in movies, but unacceptable to glorify making love.
It’s much easier to buy a gun than it is to have access to mental health care
It’s clear that every facet of our lives and society is saturated in psychologically hostile ideologies that are unhealthy and unnatural to the intrinsic human condition. If psychological education and healing were made to be a predominant pillar of education for all people, we would not only be more integrated, healed, and at ease with ourselves, but we would have far greater understanding of the struggles of others, equipped with the tools of compassion to work through whatever issues may arise socially.
Through my own experience, study, and research, I’ve come to see that the most important step to an accelerated transformation of oneself and society is through psychological education and healing. As powerful as this process is, this will not be a magical quick-fix (but quicker than anything else), for we are not just healing our own wounds- we are healing the world’s wounds too. So, with every clearing of our psychological debris, with every foray into a healthier way of being, with every excavation and release of old trauma, we heal the collective heart and mind. Deep within our genetic material and in the spiritual realm, we are carrying the memories of our familial and karmic ancestors whom had little opportunity to heal their pains. When we heal, their spirits breathe a sigh of relief. We become clearer and more compassionate to each other and all of nature. We are all in this together. We heal in unison.
On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal in the case of Lee Carroll Brooker, an elderly veteran who is now serving a mandatory life sentence for growing his own medical marijuana.
Lee Carroll Brooker
The 75-year-old disabled veteran from Alabama had prior offenses in Florida from two decades ago, so when he was sentenced for growing approximately three dozen marijuana plants for his own use, he was hit with a mandatory life without parole sentence. Alabama, like three other states, has a mandatory sentence for marijuana possession with prior felony convictions.
Brooker maintained, and the state did not argue, that the plants were being grown for his own personal use dealing with his multiple chronic illnesses — yet he was charged with drug trafficking.
As he was growing the plants on his son’s property, his son Darren Lee Brooker was also charged. His sentence however was much lighter, five years of probation with a suspended five year prison sentence that will be dismissed as long as he does not violate his probation.
“By any reasonable modern measure, imposing the second most severe punishment in the American justice system for such a minor crime as marijuana possession violates the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishments,” Jesse Wegman asserted in the New York Times.
Even the sentencing judge claimed that he would have imposed a shorter sentence if he could have, and the state’s chief justice Roy Moore called the ruling “excessive and unjustified.” Yet, despite medical marijuana being legal in many states, and the majority of Americans supporting its legalization, the Supreme Court would not even consider reducing Brooker’s sentence.
“The court has already banned mandatory death sentences andmandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles, both on the grounds that the Eighth Amendment must adapt to the “evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society.” By that standard, and given rapidly evolving public opinion on marijuana, no one should be sent to prison forever for possessing a small amount of marijuana for medical or personal use,” the Times editorial continued.
Currently, there are over 3,200 people who are serving life sentences for nonviolent crimes, the ACLU wrote in their report on the issue titled; “A Living Death.”
After being arrested on misdemeanor obstruction charges in 2011, while suffering from a mental breakdown, 37-year-old Army veteran Elliot Williams spent six days being taunted and abused by police as he died a slow and painful death.
Elliot Williams, dying on the jail cell floor.
The entire ordeal was captured on the Oklahoma jail’s surveillance camera, and his family has now filed a federal lawsuit.
“This guy went almost six days and never got taken to the hospital with a broken neck,” Daniel Smolen, his family’s attorney, told the Daily Beast. “They’re throwing food at him and making fun of him in the cell while he’s going through a horrific death. You wouldn’t do that to an animal or any living thing.”
“It’s a slow, torturous death,” Smolen said. He told the Daily Beast that William’s ordeal is the worst violation of civil rights that he has ever seen captured on camera. “You’re cognizant of it the whole time. It’s like a nightmare.”
As Williams laid paralyzed on the jail cell floor, he begged for help as officials placed his water beyond his reach. At another point, jailers dragged his body into a shower and left him there for an hour face down, as he screamed “help me!”
Williams reportedly had a history of mental illness, and his only crime was a nervous breakdown, which he paid for with his life.
During his time at the jail, his father had attempted to visit him, but was informed by a mental health worker that he was “acting like he’s paralyzed, but we know he’s not.” He was accused of faking by detention officers, nurses, and other officials.
A court filing by Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz’ attorney Corbin Brewster that was obtained by the Daily Beast states, “Williams was surrounded by people in the jail who thought they were taking care of him.”
“Despite medical staff’s incorrect diagnoses of Mr. Williams before his death, the undisputed evidence is that the medical professionals who examined and treated Mr. Williams sincerely believed he was faking paralysis,” Brewster wrote.
Brewster also added, that the Williams’s legal team “has not established any evidence at anyone at the jail… consciously refused to provide him with medical care.”