Food For Thought: Read the Ingredient List!

 

 

Ingredients for Hamburger Helper

 

 

From the Melanated Man:

 

For those of you who only check out how many calories are in your food so you can shed some pounds, it may be best to do a double take for that ingredient list. You are doing yourself a great disservice if you don’t.

You should know at this point that I STRONGLY recommend eating foods that preferably  have ONE ingredient, which is the food itself, such as an apple or head of cabbage

ONLY THE FRESH PRODUCE BABY!

But if you HAVE to get foods in a can, carton, box, or bag, the rule of thumb is to buy prepackaged foods with NO MORE that three (3) ingredients. Most likely than not they don’t contain preservatives and additives. The task is DAMN near impossible to pull off, even with prepackaged organic foods sold at ORGANIC supermarkets. But it’s doable and you have to be CONSCIOUS of it (I’m not perfect either, but I’m improving.)

Notice the Hamburger Helper ingredient list above. It lists AT LEAST 26 ingredients, with Monosodium Glutamate (*or MSG) listed as one of them.

And you thought MSG was only in Chinese food, right?

One word of advice…DON’T TRUST FOODS WITH INGREDIENT LISTS YOU CAN’T COMPREHEND!!

Even your spices and herbs.

If you don’t have passing knowledge of chemistry, LEAVE THE SHIT ALONE!

Trust me, foods like the Hamburger Helper picture above will definitely kill you, physically AND *metaphysically.

 

 

Peace and Love to my melanated family,

The Melanated Man

 

*Future post

 

Some examples of SAFE prepackaged foods: Skinny Pop,  olive oil flavored Boulder Chips, Wild Oats Green Beans

 

         

 

 

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What Sparked My Transformation (Part 3)

Feeling like Superman

 

 

Refer to previous posts: What Sparked My Transformation (Part 1)

What Sparked My Transformation (Part 2)

 

 

From the Melanated Man:

 

So now we are back in Atlanta. With this newfound knowledge and purpose for my life.

As I mentioned earlier I lost over 70 pounds on our return and my relationship with my spouse was great. I promised myself I would never revert back to the old habits that I had prior to leaving for Florida.

At this point I wasn’t eating any meat but I was still hanging on the fence about removing it totally from my diet. And I was taking in more fruits and vegetables then I ever had in my life up to this point. I was also cutting out more foods that I learned did not add but subtracted  from my health overall.   I was hovering around 200 pounds and only needed to lose 25 more pounds to reach my original goal of 175 pounds.

 

Regarding my job situation…

Of course I was still with my first job  and I wasn’t making any money due in part that projects were few and far in between considering the firm is young and black-owned. My manager and I were still having our conversations so my relationship and unpaid time with the firm felt like a gain because what I didn’t receive in a steady paycheck I gained with invaluable information that I wouldn’t have gained anywhere else.

(Plus I had BOTH of my children at the house, taking care of them. I have thoroughly took pleasure in being a FULL-TIME DAD. That sounds better)

 

Our conversations inspired my continuance to read and learn…

My knowledge-based had increased exponentially. I started off learning about how black folks should eat, and I moved on into melanin, metaphysics, and dabbling in cosmology and astrology.

At the same time I had moved away from Christianity, becoming more a FREE thinker (sorry, mom, it wasn’t working for me.)

The hobbies that I used to enjoy as a kid up into young adulthood (sports, watching TV, playing video games, and OF COURSE eating) I began to enjoy  them less and less.

I became LESS emotional about life and everything that has happened in MY life.

I became calm. My INsight became clearer. I have internal peace.

It feels goooood!

 

BECAUSE of this transformation that started with my weight and my eating habits, I became THIS person that I never knew existed within myself.

 

After an attempt to eat some home-cooked fried chicken one September afternoon (mind you after taking the 90-day fast from meat, the longest of my life) my days of consuming animal flesh were finished. My body showed me the LIGHT by taking more than 36 hours to digest it, causing me to feel sore ALL over my body the entire time (funny how I remember every single detail from that event?!)

I ran my first 5K run on Thanksgiving Day, the day a majority of black-melanated people consume themselves with extreme amount dead waste or DEATH.  I followed that up with a 10k recently this past March. I never saw myself ever doing such a thing.

My immediate AND extended family  have started to take notice of this transformation.

The first time I lost weight it did not make that much of any impact to those around me because the changes I made were not SIGNIFICANT.

Only ate less of the same shit and worked out hard as hell.

AND I didn’t lose over 100 POUNDS (and counting!) the last time either.

My peoples ask me all the time what I have done this time around that was different from last time. I tell them…

And they applaud me. As for implementing it into their own lives…nope. I love them regardless.

That let’s me know how much work that needs to be done. It gives me purpose and incentive to keep pressing on, fighting the good fight!

 

The more conscious I have become regarding this current paradigm of living, the more I want to implement into my own life to protect myself and the people I love. My relationships with my loved ones have been altered because of it, starting with my wife.

 

My wife is probably my biggest supporter regarding my transformation. She has been there from the beginning and has seen the changes that have occurred from Day 1. When I changed my eating habits it threw her for a loop because she wasn’t used to it (and still isn’t to some degree.) Plus I was the one doing all of the cooking so when my cooking habits became healthier; it caused an uproar.

In my mind I was making changes that could be beneficial for not only me but for her and the kids.

She’s a doctor. I thought THAT would make sense to her.

But doctors are human too.

In her mind, she felt like the joy was being taken away from the marriage. That was something we had in common. Something we ENJOYED  together. Now that commonality was being taken away.

Things have improved over time regarding this situation; even though at times I think she misses the old me of days past. It’s a work in progress. Now as far as the how the kids SHOULD eat and taken care of in general, that’s a another topic for another post.

One battle at a time, right?

Now this situation can applied any other of my (and yours) family members and loved ones.

Remember I am just talking about EATING THE RIGHT WAY with them.

I haven’t touched on the OTHER knowledge that I have obtained as well.

It  has led me to creating this blog. I have so much I want to share with people, especially my family and loved ones, that a conversation here and there won’t suffice.

I don’t believe that I have all of the answers to the problems that plague black-melanated folk.

I don’t believe that my perspective is the only perspective either.

But I do think there are MANY people I know and don’t know that can relate in some form or fashion on the perspective of EATING. About 99.9% of the people I know, skinny and big, have had problems with health and eating according to their biology. Although we know about the health issues plaguing the black-melanated community, we as a people still underrate it tremendously.

So I think I know a little bit about eating and being health conscious. I have the personal experience and I have been through the fire of losing weight twice. I’m confident to say I AM an expert in that arena and I can help others who need help.

 

But the journey BEYOND just eating according to your biology, you may not be ready for.

You may not be concerned with  learning about the pseudosciences (according to Western, Caucasian thought) of melanin, metaphysics, astrology, and cosmology  and you have this grand awakening.

You may not be willing to question the validity of religion.

You may not be ready to give up those vices that could be hindering your growth.

You may not think the powers-that-be want to destroy you INSIDE  AND OUT.

I can’t force you to see what I see. I will continue to share with you and maybe ENLIGHTENMENT will happen within yourself.

That choice is yours whether or not you you want to open your eyes (or that THIRD EYE) and go deeper down the rabbit hole.

Nevertheless I love you!

 

 

Peace and Love  to my melanated family, blood and not blood (lol!),

The Melanated Man

 

P.S. My current weight as I type this post is between 165-170 lbs. I think I’m shooting for 140, but to be honest my ultimate goal is to eat the way I SHOULD eat only to sustain myself. Doesn’t matter how small I get as long as I adhere to that principle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Poem: “Ye I Walk Through the Valley…” (from a Eating Perspective)

 

 

From the Melanated Man:

 

 

Ye I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…

 

I shall bypass all restaurants aptly named Church’s Chicken and KFC,

That’s Kentucky Fried Chicken for the uninitiated.

Not to mention the infamous Mickey D’s and Burger King,

As well as the local Wendy’s and Krystal’s, or White Castle for you Mid-westerners!

 

I shall re-calibrate my tastebuds to the nearest fresh market,

And partaketh of the those fresh tomatoes and field peas,

Of that juicy, ripe honeydew melon and oranges with their seeds intact,

Celebrating all the Creator has given me through Mother Nature.

 

No GMO or processed crap, just NATURAL!

 

I shall honor the cow, the pig, the fowl of the sea, and especially the chicken,

For they are living creatures with uninhabited  ambition such as myself.

Never again shall I consume of dead blood,

What is killed for my nourishment will inevitably bring death to my existence.

 

 I shall say to self, “Disregard Longhorn’s and Outback with their well-done New York strip steaks,

Abstain from those scrumptious pork ribs brought to you by Jim ‘N Nicks,

Turn your nose up to some fried catfish from Pappadeaux’s,

And last but not least, deny  yourself some delectable, crispy chicken legs from good ole Popeye’s!”

 

I shall be thankful for SWEETS: a SWEET apple, a SWEET mango, and a SWEEEET watermelon!

I shall be grateful for GREEN: GREEN beans, GREEN peas, and COLLARD GREENS!

For they bring thanksgiving to my living body, spirit, and soul.

 

I SHALL NOT consume of those fruits that bear no seeds,

I SHALL NOT overcook and kill the GREEN of my food, 

For they hold the  light and truth that is imperative to my beautiful, melanated vessel.

 

Ye I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food for Thought: Cleaning the Food Off the Table…

 

 

 

From the Melanated Man:

 

 

One day I was cleaning the mess of food my little ones made off the kitchen table.

Then I had I thought.

I was using chemicals to clean food residue from the kitchen table.

This may not seem like a big deal to you but it hit home with me. If the food we eat regularly is not harmful to us, why in the hell do we need Lysol and Clorox to wipe away its leftover residue?

We are suppose to eat natural, organic, healthy food then there should be no need for cleaning chemicals. I GUARANTEE that there would not be any stains on the table.

So what is the NONSENSE that we are eating that it requires the use of cleaning chemicals to be wiped away?

Please tell me I’m not the only one that sees the issue…

ED vs EL: Cut Out the Middle Man! Foods Besides Animal Flesh That Contain Protein

From the Melanated Man:

Revert to this post for more information: ED vs. EL: Eating Meat, Huh?!

 

For those of you who are wondering about how you are going to get your protein if you don’t eat animal flesh, there are many, MANY other foods besides meat that contain the protein that you need. As I mentioned previously, where do the animals we eat get their protein from?

They don’t have this special type of protein in their muscles that is essential to our welfare. But everything is a choice.

I can’t make you stop eating meat; most people find enjoyment in eating dead blood. But I DIGRESS…

Here is a list of foods with high protein:

Vegetables

 

Spinach

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Garbanzo Beans (Hummus)
  • Green Peas
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Raw Peanuts
  • Soybeans
  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Millet
  • Lentils
  • Navy Beans
  • Black beans
  • Edamame
  • Quinoa
  • Almonds
  • Chia seeds
  • Amaranth
  • Artichokes
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Black-eye peas
  • Asparagus
  • Tahini
  • Sprulina

 

 

Fruits

 

Guava

 

  • Guava
  • Mulberries
  • Blackberries
  • Starfruit
  • Apricots
  • Kumquats
  • Nectarines
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Peaches
  • Raspberries
  • Passion Fruit
  • Currants
  • Strawberries
  • Pomegranate
  • Oranges
  • Watermelon
  • Kiwi fruit (Gold)
  • Jackfruit
  • Cherries
  • Honeydew melon
  • Avocado
  • Bananas

 

We have to do our own personal research instead of accepting everything that is given to us by our doctors, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States of Agriculture,  etc., etc. There is enough foods besides animal flesh we can eat that has the protein that we need.

I know that fried chicken is DAMNNN GOOD!! But is it worth taking years off your life? The choice is yours.

 

Peace and love to my melanated family,

The Melanated Man

 

 

Reference:  https://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/fruits-high-in-protein.php,l;

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/vegan-sources-of-protein/;

Afrika, Llaila. African Holistic Health. Copyright, 2009.

 

 

 

Word that begin with EN: Enslave (Part 2)

 

 

Refer to previous post: Word that begin with EN: Enslave (Part 1)

 

From the Melanated Man:

 

We understand the deeper, more metaphysical meaning of the term enslave. No one can force you into slavery or any other compromising situation unless you voluntarily give them your power. That’s a cold hard fact of life. People, especially black-melanated people, have to realize that.

You and I make choices every minute and second, every day. Granted, we may live in world, or MATRIX, where the choices are automatically presented to us, which require no authentic thought. But it is our responsibility to self-educate ourselves and look deeper at the choices that are given to us on a platter. We have to ALWAYS ask question. That is when you are your CONSCIOUS SELF. When you are not your CONSCIOUS SELF,  you are UNCONSCIOUS, liable to make decisions against your best interests, and thus, you enslave yourself.

I understand that we have car notes, mortgages,credit cards, power, water, cell phones, and many other bills to pay but you enslave (and in-debt) to these items thinking it IMPROVES your life. I thought God our Creator gave us EVERYTHING we needed from the beginning? Are these THINGS/MATERIALS/DEVICES really improving our lives? Or are we just keeping up with the Joneses, or as the Good Book would say, “covet thy neighbor’s house?” One for our own ENSLAVEMENT!

We spend hundreds of millions of our dollars eating food mass produced by another person we may never meet face-to-face, not once questioning the validity of the fool…I mean food…OR the person we bought it from. Why is it that we have become so MODERN and CIVILIZED that we refuse to grow our own food that benefits our biology and anatomy? “Because we are ALL THE SAME.” ENSLAVED again!

We choose to participate in a government that time and time again has screwed black-melanated people over from the beginning of its inception, and yet we scream and shout, “YES WE CAN!” Did we not learn anything from the Civil Rights Movement, the biggest setup/trick concocted by the powers that be to get us in the loop? “Lincoln and the Union fought for our freedom.” Did they really? “The United States is the greatest country on the planet!” SLAVE!!

We put our faith in belief systems (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc.) whose origins we are not even familiar with. Origins go way beyond what the pastor, minister, priest or whomever we listen to preach to us. Wasn’t RELIGION used against the indigenous (like Native Africans) to steal from them and kill them in the process? Isn’t the religion that was so generously given to us by our colonizers the VERY same thing we created thousands and thousands of years ago? Now what are we really BELIEVING in? Do our RELIGION(S) truly benefit us concerning true enlightenment and growth?

We are STILL enslaved.

(I’m not advocating we have our OWN, in a sense we act/behave just like our EXTERNAL oppressors did us, only just among ourselves. No Black Capitalism, no Black Supremacy.)

 

How can we free ourselves from OURSELVES?

First step we need to question whether the lives we are living are doing our souls a favor. Are we really gaining anything from this MATERIALISTIC paradigm? Where is our enlightenment in all of this?

The next step is to learn about ourselves. Learn from our ancestors, the people we descend from. Read the right books that informs us of our history (I have a suggested list on the way.) As individuals we need to learn more about the talents and skills we can offer among ourselves to build the WHOLE. Each and every one of us has gifts bestowed to us by the Creator that should be useful for our RISE. We need to learn the power of meditation and prayer, for we know the answers we seek lie within.

Then we must put that knowledge to action. Have it in our hearts that the way we must live and proper is only for OWN benefit. That should be enough INSPIRATION, to use our gifts to fight and protect OUR way of life.

If we don’t live as the Creator saw fit for the MOST NATURAL BEING TO THIS PLANET , we will continue to enslave ourselves to another’s way of living and we will soon perish, which is what is currently underway.

 

WE MUST UNSHACKLE OURSELVES FROM THIS MATRIX!!

 

Peace and love to my melanated family,

The Melanated Man

 

 

P.S. Don’t worry, I got more posts coming your way regarding all that I discussed above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ED vs EL: Vegetables have Life/Light as Well

 

 

 

 

From the Melanated Man:

 

 

I think most people realize that overcooking your vegetables is not ideal. I remember the broccoli that I used to eat in school would look just LIKE what is pictured to the right above.

I wonder if it was cooked that way intentionally?

All of the nutrients that are in the vegetables BEFORE they are cooked dies our when they are overcooked. So when you consume your overcooked vegetables not only does it NOT help your body but it also puts your digestive system under unnecessary stress and duress.

That’s what we call empty calories. It’s like the body is working for free: all give, no take home pay.

Eating empty calories doesn’t only apply to overcooked vegetables (*starches, anyone) but this post is focusing on that.

And the worst part about the situation is when you consume of food with empty calories, you are still HUNGRY!!

But we go back and consume more of the same overcooked vegetables…

 

Overcooked collard greens! I know they are good…

 

Sounds like your annual Thanksgiving doesn’t it?

How often do you see a fresh salad our some lightly cooked asparagus or green beans on the platter for the holidays? As Katt Williams would say, “don’t worry, I’ll wait!”

We boil our vegetables in water far too long, with MEAT and/or LARD for seasoning, as well as any other seasoning that may contain monosodium glutamate, or *MSG (no thank you on the Lawry’s.)

But hey, when are only doing what we have been taught to do, and has been passed down since slavery days. *The way we are cooking and eating is one of the most important and overlooked issues in our own ENSLAVEMENT!

But I digress. Let’s keep it simple right now; let’s get back to the overcooked vegetables.

 

The CANNED GOOD overcooked vegetables…

You are not doing yourself any favors by consuming these…

 

 

Empty Calorie City!!!

You might as well eat dog shit. Canned vegetables/goods have so many preservatives and additives,not to mention the  fact the food is overcooked. If you are not sure about this, let me repeat: PRESERVATIVES AND ADDITIVES THAT IS PUT IN YOUR FOOD IS NOT GOOD OR NATURAL TO YOUR BODY!

Are we really trying to kill people(*depopulate is a better word) when we have these canned food drives for the *homeless and needy?

My gut (no pun intended) is leading to me to say HELL YEAH!

 

From a metaphysical perspective, the vegetables contain the SUNLIGHT your body and soul needs (ever heard of photosynthesis?) The melanin that you, black-melanated man/woman, have needs that sunlight, and if you are not receiving it from the SUN itself (*which you can), you have to get it from secondary sources like your veggies.

The sun provides your vegetables ALL of the minerals and nutrients to that your body needs (PHOTOSYNTHESIS!)

(As I mentioned before, if we all we need is the sunlight for our minerals and nutrients, then are eating vegetables really that necessary? Is eating at all necessary? Just something to ponder on..)

You are doing yourself a disservice by cooking your vegetables to DEATH. We eat death, we produce dead and insignificant lives…and ultimately a dead soul.

And I repeat…WE ARE WHAT WE CONSUME!!

 

So if we are cooking our veggies, we can lightly saute them with a little *sea salt and with a pinch of grapeseed oil.(Personally I use olive oil for my sauteed vegetables, but I’m probably going to move away from that because its advised not to heat olive oil for it’s not good for your body. I’m learning, too.) You can steam your vegetables as well. And if you want to really get bold with it, it them raw. I have eaten some of my veggies raw and they’re not half bad. You have to RETRAIN your tastebuds to get to that point, and it takes time. This not a overnight thing.

 

Eat more vegetables! Let me rephrase that: eat more lightly cooked, steamed, and/or raw vegetables.

 

 

NEXT: Starches, Oils and the SUGARS: Are they REALLY Necessary?

 

*Future Post

 

 

 

What Sparked My Transformation (Part 2)

 

 

 

 

Previous Post: What Sparked My Transformation (Part 1)

 

From the Melanated Man:

 

So…

Where did I leave off? Oh yeah, I needed a change.

 

As I mentioned earlier, me and my fiancee (now wife) were staying with her parents in our hometown Atlanta for her last year in medical school. AND as mentioned earlier, the situation was a putting a major strain on me as an individual and our relationship with my wife. You add in the fact I wasn’t working in my field, I had gained the weight back I had lost and then some, and loved ones dying around me left and right.

It felt like I was having a mid-life crisis before the age of 30.

Luckily, my wife received an internship in St. Petersburg, Florida for a year right after she graduated from medical school. So that opportunity to salvage myself as a husband, father, and overall as a man had came. I was going to make the best out this blessing.

We move to St. Pete, and slowly but surely, I start to get back to being myself.

I begin to lose weight and by learning from my mistakes in the eating department I start to also evaluate and change my eating patterns. I am home with the newborn while the one-year is at daycare, taking it one day at a time, enjoying every minute of being a stay-at-home father (I detest that label.) Also, I am reading a few books concerning the plight of my people and expanding my understanding of our struggle in this world, so to speak ( I’m still a lightweight but learning everyday.)

Unfortunately I did not find a job in the engineering field, although I was at this time still in communication with my previous, or current,  employer while living in St. Pete.

 

(More background on my work situation)

Couple of years after graduation, the black-owned engineering firm I was blessed to work with had issues with finding projects. Or WE had issues with finding projects. Which meant no money was coming into the company. So TECHNICALLY I was laid off although I was still coming into the office to doing work. The principal of the firm, my manager, would promise to pay me out of his pocket for the time spent looking for work and finishing up old projects. Like a fool I feel for it. It wasn’t consistent, and eventually, it stopped coming altogether. I became bitter.

There were other issues that occurred, which I don’t care to elaborate on, that caused me to be even more bitter at my manager. Promises of projects coming through rarely were fulfilled, if at all. All this coincided with the OTHER issues mentioned above. For a while, I hated my manager and really thought I was taken advantage of, even though he gave me my first job offer out of school.

 

So why was I still in contact with him after our departure in Florida?

 

My manager himself was going through a change within himself that I could sense (he was a big guy himself so he knew of the struggles of losing weight.) Everything in me didn’t want anything to do with him; at the same time I believed in second chances and felt deep down the guy had my best interests at heart (crazy me, right?)

He kept calling and we talked, not necessarily about engineering-related topics, but FOOD. As I said before I had lost weight myself my first couple of months in St. Pete, and he did as well, so I didn’t mind receiving more advice from him regarding the topic. The more we talked, the more I learned not only about how I SHOULD eat, but I began to understand how MISGUIDED I was.

 

I began the realize THE MATRIX I was operating in, and by the WAY we have been taught to eat, it affected our (black-melanated people) well-being and livelihood.

And that’s where my TRANSFORMATION began to materialize…

 

My manager and I would converse about the perils of eating meat and how the natural diet of our ancestors with HIGH melanin content consisted of only fruits and raw vegetables. We discussed how the food that we are given/offered has “put us to sleep,” and our eating habits was one of the most important, if not THE MOST IMPORTANT, foundation in blacks realizing their potential and freeing themselves from enslavement.

At first it seemed off the wall to me. But then I started to implement new habits that consisted of no meat, more fruits and lightly-cooked vegetables, and no processed and refined/denatured foods. I started to recognize a change in not only my physique but also my demeanor and personality.

The INsecurities I had previously concerning my role in my own family, my jobless situation, and the life I had so far leading up to the point prior to my TRANSFORMATION started to fade away. I had more energy in all my realms: physical, mental, spiritual, etc. My outlook on my life and life in general began to change dramatically positive.

All because I changed my eating. That I was my doorway.

All of my life I had been a big man. To me the food issue/problem/deficiency that we have resonated with me because I had LIVED it.

That’s why I NOW believe the powers that be have it in for us. Nobody talked to me about food the way my manager, who at this moment I consider as a  close friend/companion, had.

Not my parents, teachers, friends, or my damn doctors. Quite honestly I’m glad I didn’t give up on that relationship with my manager; it may have spared me a lot of heartache.

 

 

My wife had the opportunity to finish her residency training back near Atlanta, so we were able to move back near family so we could have help with our girls. I didn’t want to leave St. Pete (I miss the near 365 days of sunshine!) but I knew at the time it was best for our family unit. Plus, I was going back a new man!

Around moving time, I had lost around 70 pounds and feeling real good. At this point I was eating little to no meat, more fruits and raw vegetables, and very, very little processed foods.

I was still associated with the old firm so I still had my job. There was a project here and there I could work on to keep my skills sharp, which I appreciated. My manager never gave up on me either, so the feeling is mutual. Our relationship improved tremendously through our conversations.

My wife and I were on good terms heading back to the A.T.L. We began to operate as a family unit: me, her, and our two baby girls. We were a well-oiled machine.

I was on Cloud Nine.
Then we moved back.

Life is still great.

But am I starting to separate myself from the pack?

 

(TO BE CONTINUED)

 

 

 

 

A Reblog: A World War has Begun. Break the Silence

 

Via Black Agenda Report by John Pilger

 

The United States is constantly preparing to launch a global holocaust, under the guise of “defense.” It is a country singularly unfit to hold the destiny of humanity in its unstable hands. America has put the whole species on a war footing. “At present, it is a war of propaganda, of lies and distraction, but this can change instantaneously with the first mistaken order, the first missile.”

 

 

A World War has Begun. Break the Silence

by John Pilger

“Most of America’s wars (almost all of them against defenseless countries) have been launched not by Republican presidents but by liberal Democrats.”

I have been filming in the Marshall Islands, which lie north of Australia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Whenever I tell people where I have been, they ask, “Where is that?” If I offer a clue by referring to “Bikini”, they say, “You mean the swimsuit.”

Few seem aware that the bikini swimsuit was named to celebrate the nuclear explosions that destroyed Bikini island. Sixty-six nuclear devices were exploded by the United States in the Marshall Islands between 1946 and 1958 – the equivalent of 1.6 Hiroshima bombs every day for twelve years.

Bikini is silent today, mutated and contaminated. Palm trees grow in a strange grid formation. Nothing moves. There are no birds. The headstones in the old cemetery are alive with radiation. My shoes registered “unsafe” on a Geiger counter.

Standing on the beach, I watched the emerald green of the Pacific fall away into a vast black hole. This was the crater left by the hydrogen bomb they called “Bravo.” The explosion poisoned people and their environment for hundreds of miles, perhaps forever.

On my return journey, I stopped at Honolulu airport and noticed an American magazine called Women’s Health. On the cover was a smiling woman in a bikini swimsuit, and the headline: “You, too, can have a bikini body.” A few days earlier, in the Marshall Islands, I had interviewed women who had very different “bikini bodies”; each had suffered thyroid cancer and other life-threatening cancers.

“Nuclear warhead spending alone rose higher under Obama than under any American president.”

Unlike the smiling woman in the magazine, all of them were impoverished: the victims and guinea pigs of a rapacious superpower that is today more dangerous than ever.

I relate this experience as a warning and to interrupt a distraction that has consumed so many of us. The founder of modern propaganda, Edward Bernays, described this phenomenon as “the conscious and intelligent manipulation of the habits and opinions” of democratic societies. He called it an “invisible government”.

How many people are aware that a world war has begun? At present, it is a war of propaganda, of lies and distraction, but this can change instantaneously with the first mistaken order, the first missile.

In 2009, President Obama stood before an adoring crowd in the centre of Prague, in the heart of Europe. He pledged himself to make “the world free from nuclear weapons.” People cheered and some cried. A torrent of platitudes flowed from the media. Obama was subsequently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

It was all fake. He was lying.

The Obama administration has built more nuclear weapons, more nuclear warheads, more nuclear delivery systems, more nuclear factories. Nuclear warhead spending alone rose higher under Obama than under any American president. The cost over thirty years is more than $1 trillion.

“Not since Hitler invaded the Soviet Union have foreign troops presented such a demonstrable threat to Russia.”

A mini nuclear bomb is planned. It is known as the B61 Model 12. There has never been anything like it. General James Cartwright, a former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said, “Going smaller [makes using this nuclear] weapon more thinkable.”

In the last eighteen months, the greatest build-up of military forces since World War Two – led by the United States – is taking place along Russia’s western frontier. Not since Hitler invaded the Soviet Union have foreign troops presented such a demonstrable threat to Russia.

Ukraine – once part of the Soviet Union – has become a CIA theme park. Having orchestrated a coup in Kiev, Washington effectively controls a regime that is next door and hostile to Russia: a regime rotten with Nazis, literally. Prominent parliamentary figures in Ukraine are the political descendants of the notorious OUN and UPA fascists. They openly praise Hitler and call for the persecution and expulsion of the Russian speaking minority.

This is seldom news in the West, or it is inverted to suppress the truth.

In Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – next door to Russia – the US military is deploying combat troops, tanks, heavy weapons. This extreme provocation of the world’s second nuclear power is met with silence in the West.

What makes the prospect of nuclear war even more dangerous is a parallel campaign against China.

Seldom a day passes when China is not elevated to the status of a “threat.” According to Admiral Harry Harris, the US Pacific commander, China is “building a great wall of sand in the South China Sea.”

“Had the lies of George W. Bush and Tony Blair not been amplified and echoed by journalists, the 2003 invasion of Iraq might not have happened.”

What he is referring to is China building airstrips in the Spratly Islands, which are the subject of a dispute with the Philippines – a dispute without priority until Washington pressured and bribed the government in Manila and the Pentagon launched a propaganda campaign called “freedom of navigation.”

What does this really mean? It means freedom for American warships to patrol and dominate the coastal waters of China. Try to imagine the American reaction if Chinese warships did the same off the coast of California.

I made a film called The War You Don’t See, in which I interviewed distinguished journalists in America and Britain: reporters such as Dan Rather of CBS, Rageh Omar of the BBC, David Rose of the Observer.

All of them said that had journalists and broadcasters done their job and questioned the propaganda that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction; had the lies of George W. Bush and Tony Blair not been amplified and echoed by journalists, the 2003 invasion of Iraq might not have happened, and hundreds of thousands of men, women and children would be alive today.

The propaganda laying the ground for a war against Russia and/or China is no different in principle. To my knowledge, no journalist in the Western “mainstream” – a Dan Rather equivalent, say – asks why China is building airstrips in the South China Sea.

The answer ought to be glaringly obvious. The United States is encircling China with a network of bases, with ballistic missiles, battle groups, nuclear-armed bombers.

This lethal arc extends from Australia to the islands of the Pacific, the Marianas and the Marshalls and Guam, to the Philippines, Thailand, Okinawa, Korea and across Eurasia to Afghanistan and India. America has hung a noose around the neck of China. This is not news. Silence by media; war by media.

“The United States is encircling China with a network of bases, with ballistic missiles, battle groups, nuclear -armed bombers.”

In 2015, in high secrecy, the US and Australia staged the biggest single air-sea military exercise in recent history, known as Talisman Sabre. Its aim was to rehearse an Air-Sea Battle Plan, blocking sea lanes, such as the Straits of Malacca and the Lombok Straits, that cut off China’s access to oil, gas and other vital raw materials from the Middle East and Africa.

In the circus known as the American presidential campaign, Donald Trump is being presented as a lunatic, a fascist. He is certainly odious; but he is also a media hate figure. That alone should arouse our skepticism.

Trump’s views on migration are grotesque, but no more grotesque than those of David Cameron. It is not Trump who is the Great Deporter from the United States, but the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Barack Obama.

According to one prodigious liberal commentator, Trump is “unleashing the dark forces of violence” in the United States. Unleashing them?

This is the country where toddlers shoot their mothers and the police wage a murderous war against black Americans. This is the country that has attacked and sought to overthrow more than 50 governments, many of them democracies, and bombed from Asia to the Middle East, causing the deaths and dispossession of millions of people.

No country can equal this systemic record of violence. Most of America’s wars (almost all of them against defenseless countries) have been launched not by Republican presidents but by liberal Democrats: Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Clinton, Obama.

In 1947, a series of National Security Council directives described the paramount aim of American foreign policy as “a world substantially made over in [America’s] own image”. The ideology was messianic Americanism. We were all Americans. Or else. Heretics would be converted, subverted, bribed, smeared or crushed.

“This is the country where toddlers shoot their mothers and the police wage a murderous war against black Americans.”

Donald Trump is a symptom of this, but he is also a maverick. He says the invasion of Iraq was a crime; he doesn’t want to go to war with Russia and China. The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton. She is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted “exceptionalism” is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face.

As presidential election day draws near, Clinton will be hailed as the first female president, regardless of her crimes and lies – just as Barack Obama was lauded as the first black president and liberals swallowed his nonsense about “hope.” And the drool goes on.

Described by the Guardian columnist Owen Jones as “funny, charming, with a coolness that eludes practically every other politician,” Obama the other day sent drones to slaughter 150 people in Somalia. He kills people usually on Tuesdays, according to the New York Times, when he is handed a list of candidates for death by drone. So cool.

In the 2008 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton threatened to “totally obliterate” Iran with nuclear weapons. As Secretary of State under Obama, she participated in the overthrow of the democratic government of Honduras. Her contribution to the destruction of Libya in 2011 was almost gleeful. When the Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi, was publicly sodomized with a knife – a murder made possible by American logistics – Clinton gloated over his death: “We came, we saw, he died.”

One of Clinton’s closest allies is Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of State, who has attacked young women for not supporting “Hillary.” This is the same Madeleine Albright who infamously celebrated on TV the death of half a million Iraqi children as “worth it.”

Among Clinton’s biggest backers are the Israel lobby and the arms companies that fuel the violence in the Middle East. She and her husband have received a fortune from Wall Street. And yet, she is about to be ordained the women’s candidate, to see off the evil Trump, the official demon. Her supporters include distinguished feminists: the likes of Gloria Steinem in the US and Anne Summers in Australia.

“Hillary Clinton threatened to “totally obliterate” Iran with nuclear weapons.”

A generation ago, a post-modern cult now known as “identity politics” stopped many intelligent, liberal-minded people examining the causes and individuals they supported – such as the fakery of Obama and Clinton; such as bogus progressive movements like Syriza in Greece, which betrayed the people of that country and allied with their enemies.

Self absorption, a kind of “me-ism,” became the new zeitgeist in privileged western societies and signaled the demise of great collective movements against war, social injustice, inequality, racism and sexism.

Today, the long sleep may be over. The young are stirring again. Gradually. The thousands in Britain who supported Jeremy Corbyn as Labor leader are part of this awakening – as are those who rallied to support Senator Bernie Sanders.

In Britain last week, Jeremy Corbyn’s closest ally, his shadow treasurer John McDonnell, committed a Labor government to pay off the debts of piratical banks and, in effect, to continue so-called austerity.

In the US, Bernie Sanders has promised to support Clinton if or when she’s nominated. He, too, has voted for America’s use of violence against countries when he thinks it’s “right.” He says Obama has done “a great job.”

In Australia, there is a kind of mortuary politics, in which tedious parliamentary games are played out in the media while refugees and Indigenous people are persecuted and inequality grows, along with the danger of war. The government of Malcolm Turnbull has just announced a so-called defense budget of $195 billion that is a drive to war. There was no debate. Silence.

What has happened to the great tradition of popular direct action, unfettered to parties? Where is the courage, imagination and commitment required to begin the long journey to a better, just and peaceful world? Where are the dissidents in art, film, the theater, literature?

Where are those who will shatter the silence? Or do we wait until the first nuclear missile is fired?

 

 

This is an edited version of an address by John Pilger at the University of Sydney, entitled A World War Has Begun. Follow John Pilger on Twitter @johnpilger

A Reblog: Just What We Need: More Black Celebrity Charter School Crooks… I Mean ‘Entrepreneurs’

 

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

 

Sean “Diddy” Combs, with accomplices Iyanla Vanzant and privatization hustler Steve Perry are fronting the Capital Prepatory Harlem Charter School. When black celebs put their names on a charter school what does that mean? Are they “giving back” or are they cashing in on the drive to convert public assets into their private property? Are they siding with parents, teachers and communities, or with their own investment portfolios?

 

 

Just What We Need: More Black Celebrity Charter School Crooks Entrepreneurs

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

 

“Since the Clinton era, charter school investments get automatic tax credits that allow investors to double their money in as little as 7 years…”

Celebrities they say, are people who are famous for being well known, while entrepreneurs, in popular lore, are those with a talent for detecting opportunities to get paid, in much the same way crocodiles and sharks smell blood in distant waters. So the celebrity entrepreneur is all about finding ways to leverage that celebrity to get paid.

In this neoliberal age of privatization, the surest way for the well-connected to get paid is to bribe public officials to help you convert public assets into your private property. Look at entrepreneur Ervin “Magic” Johnson, who gave Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel a perfectly legal $250,000 campaign donation and received an $80 million contract to replace the formerly unionized janitors in Chicago Public Schools. That’s entrepreneurship. Now principals in some of those schools are buying mops and brooms out of their own pockets to keep the filth at bay.

Since the Clinton era, charter school investments get automatic tax credits that allow investors to double their money in as little as 7 years. Thanks in part to vigorous lobbying on the state and federal levels by charter schools and their investors and contractors the charter school industry is not subject to the same instructional, operational, fiscal and accounting, or conflict of interest rules as actual public schools. In most states it’s perfectly legal for a charter school operator to give her brother the maintenance contract, her sister the instructional contract and her cousin the textbook contract, to replace the teachers with computer programs, while her own privately held company rents and subleases the school building at a hefty markup, all with public money, and misleadingly call yourself a “public school.”

So it’s no surprise that black celebrity entrepreneurs want in on the charter school racket. Magic Johnson’s name is on a profitable charter school diploma mill chain that substitutes computers for human teachers and awards quick high school diplomas not in its own name but in the name of the public school the student dropped out or was pushed out of. If that’s not educational fraud, it’s hard to imagine what is. Deion Sanders and Jalen Rose have charter school train wrecks named after them, and they’re far from alone. The truth is that black celebrity charter schools are not about giving back, they’re about cashing in. If black celebrities cared about education for black children they’d be siding with parents, students and communities instead of with their investment portfolios.

The latest entries in the charter school feeding frenzy are Sean “Diddy” Combs, with accomplices Steve Perry and Iyanla Vanzant. Together, they’re fronting what’s called the Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School, apparently part of the chain of Capital Preparatory operated by Steve Perry, who’s not much more of an “educator” than Diddy, and has a history of abusive and threatening public rhetoric, and advocating the mass firing of qualified, experienced teachers, especially black ones.

“It’s time we looked a lot closer at black celebs who claim to be ‘giving back’…”

Despite PR flourishes like calling its teachers “illuminators,” and occasional references to “social justice” Diddy’s charter school venture looks a lot more like another parasitic business venture than any kind of real educational institution. It’s time we looked a lot closer at black celebs who claim to be “giving back,” and at their kind of black “success stories” as well. The last thing we really need now is more black celebrity charter school crooks… I mean entrepreneurs.

 

 

For Black Agenda Radio I’m Bruce Dixon. Find us on the web at http://www.blackagendareport.com.

Bruce A. Dixon is managing editor at Black Agenda Report, and a member of the state committee of the GA Green Party. He lives and works near Marietta GA and can be contacted via email at bruce.dixon@blackagendareport.com.