Prophecies of the Present (a poem)

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Prophecies of the Present

The world having traversed a third of its heavenly course 

The Platonic year near complete

The gods, infernal and divine stand ready to unleash prophecies long forgotten

Of Dido and Pygmalion

Of Memnon and Andromeda

Amongst the stone & rubble Albion’s children will remember the ways of Eirene to late

Having dwelt in their hubris to long, they ran dancing to their own ruin

The lion, the leopard, the rooster joined by the compass

Look on disconcertedly as the bear, faux naïf cleverly pulls the strings of the arrogant eagle

Gog and Magog snigger as Riphath and Tarshish decedents are duped

The dragon ever wise watches, keeping the goshawk perilously tethered

Arimu in turmoil may cause the blue turban to rise from Ishmael’s seed

All the while from with in the bowels of the behemoth you hear the Kushite’s muffled cries for justice

Of Moors and Mongols (a poem)

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When the moon is in Mars & the sun is in Saturn,

Long after the towers of Gemini have fallen & the mood set for the mad trumpeter to play to his ruin.

After Bacon’s dream is pushed to the edge of nightmare and Kings dream has been rendered close to  peril,

400 seasons thus will the false heirs of Romulus & Remus be vexed, the zealots of Hakenkruez flag laying in tatters,

Venus then eclipsed, with aurum et ferro both Moor & Mongol shall meet at the Rhine.

About this poem:

For anyone who has ever read a translation of Michel de Nostredame bka Nostradamus’s prophecies the influence of his quatrains is evident. This is a poem I’ve had running around in my head for years. I didn’t receive this poems subject matter while in a prophetic trance as Nostradamus received his quatrains but I will say I feel it is a prophecy of sorts. The way prophecy plays out can be varied and in many cases is subject to the interpretation of those effected (or not effected) by prophecy. I’m interested in seeing what readers think this “poetic prophecy” is alluding to.

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Beyonce the Super Bowl and “Black Power”

 

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Millions if not Billions world wide watched the Super Bowl yesterday. The Super Bowl Half Time show has turned into a cultural tradition thoroughly intertwined with the game it self. Who’s going to perform is as anticipated as who’s going to play(for some more so) This year the fierce and fantastic Queen Bee Beyonce took the stage and wowed us in what many felt was too short a time. This was the 50th Anniversary Super Bowl and coincedently this year is the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party for Self Defence. Beyonce took to stage and during the 50th Super Bowl Half Time Show gave an artistic salute to the Black Panther Party on its 50th anniversary. Today I took to Face Book and saw Bay Area Hip Hop Artist and Activist Equipto (famous for recently blasting Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco for the gentrification of SF & land grabs from the poor) had posted this awesome pic of Beyonce’s dancers giving the Black Power salute.

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I was like “wow” thats dope!!. I later saw a slew of critical comments from mostly conscious women who did not feel the “sexy remix” taken on the Black Panther uniforms.  They felt the way the dancers were dressed misrepresented what the Black Panthers stood for

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Beyonce with her dancers at Super Bowl 50

 

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Female Black Panthers at a Rally

Reading these Face book post inspired me to give a responce breaking down why I felt Beyonce’s boldness was a positive and why it would be affective in at least sparking conversation on social issues.

My comments were as follows…..

Once upon a time African medallions , clothing with African colorful style & Afro centric accessories were all in style. So was having some sence of consciousness. This was because Hip-Hop music artist pushed these images & messages via audio & visual media. It was music that helped spark my consciousness. Beyonce’s dancers & her imagery in her latest video are seeds …not the greatest seeds but seeds that if followed up with more socially conscious material will grow. The way you communicate to intelligent conscious  people is different than the way you communicate with the majority of the masses. This is one reason why NWA soon out sold Public Enemy.  I hear people talk about the conspiracy to destroy conscious hip hop by forcing lables & radio to push gangsta rap. Im like ok thats possible but I know that gangsta shyt just slapped & my peers even chided me for “always talking that African stuff” thus i developed my “Gangsta Knowledge” philosophy  https://youtu.be/_lLW6cmhaG0

So I know gangsta rap simply just resonated with the common man/woman from the streets more so than a conscious mc dropping big words over beats that might spark thinking but dont move your body. We are talking about educating the masses the proletariat & we have to speak their language. One reason I dig what Beyonce dancers represented is that their imagery wraps soicial consciousness & revolutionary ideals in sexy & cool the same way I wrapped those same things in lyrics laced with the glamour of gangstarism. Now can Beyonce’s dancers sexy representation of “the revolution” potentially weaken & co-op the original message?  Yes but only if its not followed up by further conscious content. I read Leslie Dale’s post of Davey D Cook’s response to a comment about Coachella co-opting the Panther look & as Dave said “its up to us to go beyond the clothing” we who are conscious must push the envelope & yes we must push artist to do & to do more for social equality & justice.

I dropped this ideal in the 1st part of #TheHipHopManifesto www.hughemc.com Reaching the minds of our people through the muck mainstream media pollutes the airwaves with is difficult & we have to use proven tacticts to succeed. The tactics advirtisment companies and promoters use are proven and I think we all should follow them.

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I had a brief twitter convo with Talib Kweli about my HipHop manifesto idea & he felt instead of asking “all” rappers such as gangsta & trap music style rappers to drop conscious content in their songs we should ask the people to support more conscious music. Now I agreed this should be done also but I said to Talib these young people do not buy conscious music like the way we would hope so how are we going to get the message to them? People will buy what they like to groove to so just asking them to buy music they dont like is not going to work. Talib said asking street rappers (I really dont know what to call this new crop of thuggie druggie mc’s because these are not gangsta rappers ala Ice Cube) to drop conscious content wouldn’t be sincere about what they were saying & he felt that would be ineffective since it wasn’t in their heart (im paraphrasing here and it appears our twitter convo on it is to old for me to retrieve) I explained Rick Ross was a prison gaurd but the people buying his music dont give a crap about how sincere he is when he raps about selling yayo. Millions buy his music & millions absord the messages with in his music. Im saying all this to point out how some times the conscious community ties their own hands when trying to reach our people because they are unaware of or not willing to use certain tactics the enemy does. This is why we’ve been unsuccessful,especially in regards of our methodology concerning mass media as a tool to really spread our message. A man named Edward Bernays laid out the road map for modern day media advertising.

These are two good introductions to Edward Bernays:

Read- Edward Bernays-History is a Weapon

and Watch-

The enemy uses these techniques every day & many of us in media use his techniques without even knowing it but we need to step our game up. Beyonce was “selling” the revolution to the world. Now its up to the conscious community to ensure she doesn’t sell it out. 

After writing this I saw that Fox,TMZ ,The Bay Gaurdian and several other media outlets recognized the Black Panther imagery and spoke on how Beyonce brought light to the recent murder of Mario Woods by the SFPD

-Now thats effective use of your platform as an artist to bring light to the social ills plaguing our country

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The portrayal of Blacks and minorities in Science Fiction or “Are Klingons Black?”


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Commander Worf – played by actor Michael Dorn          -Star Trek TNG

If you’ve ever watched an episode of Star Trek featuring the Klingons I’m sure at some point you’ve asked your self the question-

“are these guys supposed to be Black space people? ” -or something to that measure ran across your mind 

 

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The great Captain James T Kirk and his Klingon rival Dahar Master Kor during a pensive moment

 

  By doing a Google search on “Black Klingons” its obvious a lot of other people see a similarity  between Klingons and Black people also…I mean your gonna tell me viewers (especially 1960’s viewers) looked at this guy below and didn’t think

“that space alien looks like a Black guy”

(or some other more “colorful” but not so nice thoughts )

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Klingon from the original 1960’s Star Trek series

Im just saying -yo

It came to my attention other ethnic groups possibly connected Klingons & Black people on some level while attending community college. I was speaking with a young Asian lady about peoples attitudes & demeanors on campus one day and I was like “some people are Betazoids and some people are Klingons” and she blurted out a huge guffaw then suddenly covered her mouth looking at me furtively as if she laughed way to hard at that “Klingon” remark. I knew exactly what she had thought about when I said “Klingons” because the same thought had crossed my mind before. I’ve been at a club or on the block when a fight or argument has broken out & was like “these n@#%s is so Klingon” (immmm just saying brothers in the hood be beefing like somebody broke a blood oath.)
Even though my ” Betazoid/Klingon” comment was simply alluding to people in general with passive more peaceful demeanors & others with more boisterous aggressive demeanors I knew her raucous laughter was because when I mentioned Klingon she more than likely thought about some of the more “ghetto” Black students on campus.

So the question arises- “Are the Klingons intended to symbolize Black people“?

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Klingon designs JJ Abrams rejected

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Klingon Designs JJ Abrams rejected

Now if your telling me you look at these pic’s and  “don’t” think of Mr. T  your bullshyting yourself …im just saying

 Now the politically correct response to that question is “no the Klingons represent the Soviet era Russians” or something to that affect.  Now this is technically true. At the time the series was created the cold war was at its height but I feel some people deny the similarities just to avoid seeming racist.  As if just because you recognize the similarity of the stereotype being depicted makes you racist (but hey I totally understand we live in a simultaneously racially apathetic and racially sensitive world today) Others don’t want to offend so they deny the similarity and its possible some truly don’t see it. I feel another reason is because the Klingons are just awesome and to label them Black is just unthinkable for those contaminated with racist notions (coff coff #boycottstarwarsVII mentality). Yes Klingons are awesome and I for one am not offended by the idea that yeah these could be some bad ass Black dudes from outer space.

I mean lets look at all the characteristics Klingons have in common with Black stereotypes :

  • They have big muscular athletic builds (Worf would be a killer full back)

  • They are tough, war like and will go to blows about being disrespected (ie” those Thugs)

  • They are for the most part dark skinned (ok thats not a stereotype but you know where I’m going with this)

  • They have a tribal like culture that is bound by a strict sense of honor (street code or that “Thug Life”)

  • Their sexual prowess has been alluded to on several episodes (Worf and counselor Troy, Worf and Jadzia Dax, Worf and Commander Ri..no no I kid)

I mean come on

I don’t think the writers and designers of the original Star Trek series intentionally intended for Klingons to be a subliminal representation of Black people  but even the original series basically had actors playing Klingons in black face.

 

When I watched the original Star Trek reruns as a kid the Klingons made me think of what the Moors may have looked like. In school the teachers were always vague about what the ancient Moors looked like and Klingons being dark skinned humanoids with straight hair seemed like a likely fit in my 8th grade mind. I’m pretty sure when they made the 1979 movie and later the Next generation reboot for TV they wanted to avoid simply putting actors in black face so I’m assuming the idea of adding brow ridges and other prosthetics was a way of being sure not to offend anyone.  I mean there was no other real reason to so dramatically alter the Klingon features. Most of the other aliens from the original series like the Vulcans and Romulans kept their original features. Changing the Klingon look also necessitated the need to create that terrible mutated virus, augmentation ,”we don’t talk about it with outsiders ” story as an excuse for the brow ridges.

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“Bitch were my gold pressed latinum?”

 

Worf looking like an outer space alien street pimp. (I mean the similarities don’t end)

 

Once the character of Warf became popular  we soon saw more African American actors playing Klingons which fueled the whole “are Klingons Black” debate. I figure the show’s casters felt it simply easier (and a little less racist) to hire  Black actors to play Klingons instead of giving White actors the Sci Fi Al Jolson treatment.  White actors have always played Klingons and now with African American actors playing Klingon roles this gives the Klingon race a nice authentic range of what we anthropology nerds like to call phenotypes

We see the variance in skin tone with Worf and General Martok and Dr. Antaak

Also one realizes that when the original series was made special effects make up weren’t the greatest so when the post Star Wars/Lucas Film Industrial Lights and magic era Star Treks were made the creators probably felt it necessary to compete visually with the aliens from other franchises (like Star Wars)

Speaking of Star Wars we see a similar trend with the subliminal depictions of Blacks and minorities in this iconic space opera. When I first saw the Gungduns I thought they most definitely are modeled after a tribal people. They had a seemingly simpler less technologically advanced society and also felt the human Naboo peoples looked down on them and acted intellectually superior.  I’ve seen  people on social media say the Gunguns have a Caribbean sounding accent. I can’t say I felt the same but they did remind me of Polynesian cultures.  Island peoples around the world share similarities like tribal based societies so I definitely see how the Gunguns could be viewed as a characterization of several different tribal cultures.

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Boss Nass reminded me of a big Samoan dude that laughed a lot but would whoop some ass if you got out of line

Now for myself the Neimoidians  I felt were obviously based on Chinese/Asian people. Even the Neimoidian costumes were reminiscent of medieval Chinese clothing.  The Neimoidians even spoke like  immigrant Asian shop keepers.

I read a blog by an Asian guy who went to lengths to argue that neither the Neimoidians or Gunguns resembled real life ethnic groups. I’m like “why deny that when its so uberly obvious?”    In this age of racial tension, conservatism and so called political correctness you even have some minorities trying their best not to allude to race or if they do they don’t want to seem whiney about it. I’m like hey if I can’t call a duck a duck in todays world that ridiculous and all the more reason to push for more positive cultural exchange and sensitivity education. Yeah I said it! We all should be sensitive to each others culture & issues instead of being tools about it (and that goes for “every body” coff coff Black people)  We see the recent rise of insanity of culturally ingrained racism with this #BoycottStarWarsVII movement. Hell  if these guys had a problem with Black actors playing lead roles in science fiction they could have boycotted Star Trek Deep Space 9 long ago.(maybe a few nutters did but gladly it went unnoticed)

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Captain Benjamin J Siskco brilliant portrayed by actor Avery Brooks

Obama becomes president and “pow” now it seems Black people having lead roles in fiction is a problem-sheesh (I’m not saying Obama’s presidency is a causation but it sure is a correlation with a lot of this anit-Blackism)

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Uberly awesome poster of Finn-Im like 1st a Storm Trooper now he’s a Jedi too? -FUCK YEAH!! that rocks lol

I mean the similarities in Sci Fi aren’t just with visible minorities. When I saw the guy from the Banking Clan I thought “ snooty European aristocrat”.

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The Munn  of the Intergalactic Banking Clan reminds one of a conniving old world European banker

I’m also sure when people 1st saw the Ferengi they thought “greedy Jews in space” (keep it real)

 

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The greedy and unscrupulous Ferengi fit the typical “Shylock” Jewish stereotype

And the greedy Toydarian slave owner/merchant in Star Wars Phantom menace could be Arab or Jew (or both) He had an middle eastern accent with the hook nose to boot. Every time I see that character I think of several Arab liquor store owners I know (again keeping it real)

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“Mind tricks don’t work on me, only money”  – Watto the Toydarian merchant who owned Anakin Skywalker and his mother

Science Fiction writers pull their material from the world around them and the good ones brilliantly convey futuristic concepts through archetypes that already exist.  They use familiar history to convey a message with in the fictional world they’ve created. The Jedi are like medieval knights and Shaolin priest combined. The Star Trek Federation is like the United Nations and the USS Enterprise’s Trek is like the age of European discovery (minus the colonialism, enslavement and conquering of other peoples stuff). The  symbolism of Star Wars’ evil Empire is very Nazi like down to Darth Vader’s German army Stahhelm style helmet and the usage of storm troopers. We have to keep it real and recognize and  admit racism and cultural bias exist and we all have these stereotypes  ingrained into our world view. Its not surprising you see these stereotypes being played out in fiction of all genres.     (I mean don’t get me started on Planet of the Apes or Lord of the Rings)  

I’m working on my own science fiction piece and just as the authors I admire have done I’m using the world I know as the lens I’m designing my characters through. I don’t mind my culture being represented in any form of media as long as its tasteful and respectful. Saying that we all should be able to take a little humor associated with our respective cultures also. I’ve always like the idea of Klingons representing Blacks or say an African peoples in the Star Trek universe. The fact they had warp drive capability meant despite their roguish ways and war like culture they also were intelligent and you what? I kinda dig that… Hell Im brushing up on my Klingonese

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Ben Carson and his personal Black “Klingon” Jesus

 Ben Carson and Black Klingon Jesus

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Captain Kirk and Dahar Kor laughing at Ben Carson and       Black Klingon Jesus while Spock stares amazed at Carson’s “Illogic”

Captain Kirk and Dahar Kor laughing at Ben Carson and Black Klingon Jesus while Spock stares amazed at Carson’s ” Illogic” 

The Game of Chess as a Metaphor for the Afro American Experience

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An acutely accurate picture symbolic of the systemic racist, faced by Black people in America

An acutely accurate picture symbolic of the systemic racism, faced by Black people in America

I’m a Chess aficionado but must admit I’m a horribly average player. Nevertheless the game has long fascinated me. It is easy to see why so many people both wise and simple associate its play with life. Everything from relationships to war can be analogized with Chess. Even as a child I quickly saw the games parallels with race,racism and the Black experience in America. I felt the racial implications with Chess so much so that for a time I and my friends would play allowing Black to move 1st. I later abandoned this unorthodox style of play and settled in to master as much of the game as I could allowing the orthodox move of white 1st. In allowing (or recognizing) this I took the philosophical view that allowing white to move 1st was analogous to the fact that in history “Whites”,Europeans and most Caucasians have been the aggressors in every conflict dealing with a darker skinned indigenous aboriginal people. In other words whites 1st move in Chess symbolizes this historical aggression. Dr. Frances Cress Welsing speaks on this phenomena in Chess and other European games in her famous book “The Isis Papers” https://archive.org/stream/TheIsisPapersTheKeysToTheColorsdr.FrancesCressWelsing/the%20isis%20papers%20the%20keys%20to%20the%20colors%20%5Bdr.%20frances%20cress%20welsing%5D.txt

In the video below Dr. Welsing discuses her “Color Confrontation Theory” using Chess as a metaphor. (I’ve linked the 2nd part because the 1st part had poor audio)

Another analogy I arrived at is the fact that in proper Chess etiquette an overly superior player allows the weaker opponent to play with white. This is the equivalent of a basket ball player spotting a 10pt handicap to a less skilled opponent. The better player allows the weaker opponent to move 1st thus play with white. This is just another way of viewing this games dynamic and falls in line with  Dr. Frances Cress Welsing  theories on White genetic survival.

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When I first began playing Chess I attempted to use the same openings for black that I used for white. Again black always moves second thus starts on defense. I later began to use different openings for black but still would play hoping to eventually use strategies and tactics I use when playing with white. One day I was hit with the epiphany that I simply had to play a fundamentally different game when playing with black.  This may seem like a simple bit of logic to arrive at but it was like a bomb went off in my head (especially since I’m primarily self taught). Yes the basics of the game applied to both sides ie: knights can only move in “L” patterned right angles, the bishops must move in diagonals and stay on their original color and pieces can only move one time per turn-but the way the game is approached must be strategically different if you wish to win when playing with black. The fact black always moves 2nd means that black is at an intrinsic disadvantage from the start of the game and this must be recognized and taken into account when making ones moves.  So technically the game of Chess is intrinsically biased towards the black pieces and the black side of the board. This is analogous to the old and new Jim Crow systems in place today that inhibit the upward mobility of African Americans.

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This chess truth can be applied to the Afro American experience. Few African Americans realize just how diametrically opposed this system is to them.

To quote a former American president:

you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to.”

-Richard M. Nixon-Rep.

This is right after the so called civil rights movement victories. Here you see the American government at the highest levels wishing to put into place a system to counter the productive gains of the civil rights movement. It seems Nixon and his cronies were succesful when you hear so many Anglo Americans saying that racsim no longer exist. Today you still see factions of the government taking away and restricting the freedoms of African Americans and other minorities.

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/In-The-States/Republicans-Aiming-to-Take-Away-Voting-Rights-in-36-States

Afro Americans are also economically denied access to the “American Dream”.

http://sdvoice.info/are-blacks-being-denied-by-the-u-s-government/

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Just as the educational system and much of mainstream literature is biased or contains racist/anti Black elements so does the educational systems of Chess. Most Chess puzzles deal with moves for white. Even when talking about defense the lessons are primarily taught from the perspective of playing with white.

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Many of us (Afro Americans) do not realize we must take and make extra effort to succeed in this society. At the age of 11 my father told me that I would have to work twice as hard as a White man in this world. At the time it was “thee” most unfair thing I’d ever heard. Like most things your parents tell you, the full understanding of this did not sink in until I was an adult. You have Blacks that subscribe to the same “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” philosophy touted by White conservatives but they fail to realize you will always have a percentage of people that will succeed in oppressive environments. Just as 1% of a bacteria targeted by an anti-bacterial solution will survive so will a certain % of a targeted group successfully resist or avoid the forms of discrimination used against them. This and the fact that this system grants members of the targeted group that collaborates with it perks and gratuities. They parade these “example” models of the targeted minority group as proof that if only the other members of the group “assimilate” they would be successful too. The fact is that Afro Americans have tried to assimilate into American society for centuries but have been denied full access to the “American Dream” I could easily hold the position that since I’ve been relatively successful other Blacks should be able to replicate my success but I understand its not just that simple. I understand that yes other Blacks could replicate my success but they would also need to possess the knowledge of self and this system I posses. See I fully understand that Black peoples of this world must play life’s “game” according to the tactics and strategies conducive to  Black success and those tactics will be different from White America’s tactics for quite some time to come

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Ego Death (a short quip about my own experience with the phenomenon)

#EgoDeath

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Ive been through alot of chaotic & traumatic events in my life & being a deep thinker I’ve probably made these negative events i’ve experienced more painful (or   the positive events more pleasurable.)

Ive noticed that after certain traumatic or simply “bad” life experiences I later gained a deeper understanding of life & of myself that allowed me to grow. The common thread through all these life events where that they crushed parts of my ego.

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Ive heard of destroying ones ego but never was versed on the subject.  I always envisioned arrogant people building their egos like towers of Babel. In turn ive envisioned my ego as built in the form of a pyramid, large but solid of structure. Not having done any real research on ego death I naturaly realised events that have been painfully crushing to me also destroyed parts of my ego & this has allowed me to rebuild a stronger ego based on truth.
I see this as my developing a non illusory ego.
I understand I am but a mere mortal & reaching the goal of complete & consistent egolessness is a Christ like/Buddah like thing. I understand the state of our egos are important to our mental health & that the road to becoming egoless usually leads through insanity so the majority of people wont traverse this road.
I seemed to have happened upon this road & now must walk along it as far as I can in this life time.
Ive recently come to some life decisions & I recognize ive held onto certian jobs & positions inpart because of my ego thus Ive remained stagnant in areas of my life because of my “ego”

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As I escape from the confines of my ego Ive been able to make “egoless” decisions & make better plans to elivate my spiritual standard of living

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#JustBuilding

Why are conservatives so angry about Welfare?

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Welfare is a hot button issue. Id like to try to explain how I look at the welfare system and why I see it a bit differently than others. I also will touch on why I think so many conservatives have such a negative attitude towards it.

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I will begin by stating one of the perhaps more radical views I have on Welfare recipients. It is simply this – If a person is happy living off the tuna can existence Welfare and Food stamps provide why would I be upset at them for being slackers? Its not like they live on the same level of existence I do on my meager 51k a year income? In cities that dole out the higher amounts of aid recipients get about $400.00 bucks a month plus about 180 in food stamps. If giving a family food stamps stops them or their kids from committing crime I think it would be all the better.. Now this is just one way I look at the issue of welfare but I think it is pertinent. Especially in the face of so many angry Americans who act as if that $400.00 dollar a month aid comes directly out of their personal accounts. As if they each pay $400.00 bucks a month to support a slacker not the reality that Welfare to families cost tax payers more like .013 cent on the tax dollar. .013 cent. http://myesoteric.hubpages.com/hub/How-Much-of-Your-Tax-Dollar-Really-Does-Go-to-Help-the-Free-Loading-Indigent-Ought-to-Get-a-Job-Americans Is this what all these people are so angry about? Well sadly we know this is not the full case. Unfortunately attitudes towards race have been manipulated so even though Whites receive 69% of available federal aid its an image of a fat Black lady with screaming rug rats as your stereotypical welfare queen.

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I will admit I believe Welfare has stagnated many peoples and I of course would like to again point out the higher % of those stagnated people are Anglo Americans.

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Personally id like to see long term job works programs tied into welfare & by long term I mean job works plans that provide employment for 5 to 10 years. There’s enough dirty streets & cracked roads to demand attention for this long. Also we don’t need welfare to work programs that pays the recipient minimum wage or less & causes more hardships on a single parent than the job benefits can offset(such as finding & paying for childcare & transportation cost)

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Another numbers trick is that when looking at the Federal Budget it appears that Welfare cost the tax payers only a few billion dollars less than our defense budget(which we are in so in need of increasing due to terrorist and rouge nations we could scrape the turf with using tech from the 1970‘s) The truth Welfare to families cost the government about 275 million. A pittance compared to our defense budget.

 

Projected Federal Budget showing total Welfare budget to be less than half of the known Defense budget. When adjusted for what actual goes to families Welfare is less than 5% of the total "known" military budget

Projected Federal Budget showing total Welfare budget to be less than half of the known Defense budget. When adjusted for what actual goes to families Welfare is less than 5% of the total “known” military budget

Not only Whites but many Blacks and other minorities have been bamboozled into thinking Welfare recipients are a bunch of loafers and that they are some sort of crucial drain on our economy. Instead of having the moral empathy to support our fellow Americans in need we’ve turned them into unwanted scapegoats.

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I would like to leave you the reader with a list of 5 common Myths about people on Welfare courtesy of Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte News

http://charlotte.cbslocal.com/2013/07/02/poverty-in-america-myths-about-welfare-recipients/

Myths About Welfare Recipients

5. People who receive welfare are lazy and do not want to work.

Fact: The majority of people who are on welfare are able-bodied and want to work, however they can not find stable employment. Still, many work irregular, low-wage jobs in between receiving welfare.

4. Welfare recipients “milk the system” and fraudulently obtain benefits.

Fact: “The Welfare Queen” was a term first used by President Reagan. Reagan talked about how a Chicago woman abused the system and had 80 different identities and was receiving around $150K in benefits each year. The image portrayed was that of a black woman. Here’s an interesting fact about “The Welfare Queen,” … there is no proof that she ever existed. It is believed that Reagan either falsified the entire story to gain support for his belief that welfare benefits should be reduced, or that there was some truth to the story, however Reagan drastically exaggerated the level of welfare abuse.

3. Most woman on welfare continue to have babies so that they can maximize the amount of benefits that they receive.

Fact: The average family on welfare has 2.8 children. Furthermore, only one out of every 10 mothers on welfare has more than 3 children.

2. A lot of welfare recipients are drug addicts and alcoholics and they stay poor as a result of their addictions.

Fact: Most often, poverty in itself is not caused by addiction, but rather an addiction is the result of falling into poverty. Furthermore, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds suffer from addictions.

1. Most of the people on welfare are African-Americans.

Fact: Think again! The margin between Caucasians and African-Americans who are on welfare is extremely narrow — 38.8 percent of Caucasians, and 39.8 percent of African-Americans are on welfare.

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