Saturday, November 22, 2014

CLIMATE CHANGE OR CLIMATE JUSTICE / WE ARE INTER-RELATED AND INTER-DEPENDENT WITH THE EARTH


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Prolonged drought has also caused a dramatic drop in Lake Powell's water level. Lake Powell is another Southwestern reservoir that supplies water to millions of homes in Arizona and Utah. These NASA images show the northern part of the lake, which is actually a deep, narrow, meandering reservoir that extends from Arizona upstream into southern Utah. The left image, from 1999, shows water levels near full capacity. The image on the right, taken in May 2014, shows the lake has dropped to 42 percent of capacity.

 
The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.~ Author Unknown

 
Think of the Earth as a 45 year old female body (Gaia - Greek Goddess of Earth) with veins filled with life sustaining water (instead of blood) and you will get the big picture of the slow but sure effects of Climate Change as well as the end result of human progress at all costs. We can no longer ignore our inter-relationship and inter-dependence with Nature ~ for in the end, Nature will survive with or without us: Allen L Roland. Ph.D

In September of 2014, Justin Gillis (NT Times) reported a significant rise in 2013 greenhouse gas emissions ~ "Global emissions of greenhouse gases jumped 2.3 percent in 2013 to record levels, scientists reported Sunday, in the latest indication that the world remains far off track in its efforts to control global warming…  In a separate report in early September, the World Meteorological Organization said the level of carbon dioxide in the air in 2013 was 42 percent above the level that prevailed before the Industrial Revolution.

Other important greenhouse gases have gone up as well, with methane increasing 153 percent from the preindustrial level and nitrous oxide by 21 percent. The increase of these and other gases from human activity has caused the planet to warm by about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit since the preindustrial era, which is causing land ice to melt all over the world. The oceans are rising at what appears to be an accelerating pace, and heat waves and torrential rains are intensifying."  See article ~ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/science/earth/scientists-report-global-rise-in-greenhouse-gas-emissions.html?emc=eta1

Here's what it looks like here in the West ~ Photos Courtesy of Distractify http://news.distractify.com/culture/photos-of-climate-change



Abstract art at Burning Man? Nope, these are empty boat slips protruding from an abandoned dock at Nevada's Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Lake Mead is North America's largest man-made reservoir, storing water for millions of people across seven states. Well, it used to anyway.

 

Firefighters from Stockton, Calif., put out flames off of Hidden Valley Rd. while fighting a wildfire, Friday, May 3, 2013 in Hidden Valley, Calif.

 A dust storm called a haboob ~ which is Arabic for "violent wind" ~ slams Phoenix, Arizona.
Perhaps the only way we can truly grasp the significance of Climate Change is to watch this 35 minute documentary film which reinforces a fact that many of us already know but few practice ~ that we are all deeply connected and inter- dependent with Nature, that we can no longer manipulate or bend nature into service to mankind and we can no longer practice human progress at all costs.

The film compares the Earth to a 45 year old female (Gaia) where in the first 10 minutes Teilhard's law of complexity/Consciousness rules as the universal urge to unite propels this living being from single cell to multicellular organisms to amphibians and finally human beings and where she is now at age 45 (4.5 Billion years)

One minute ago the Industrial Revolution began and the last 60 seconds summarizes our rapid ascent to our current extremely perilous human situation where we can no longer bend nature to our will.  Must see 35 minute Video ~  http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/all-things-are-connected/

 





 

"We shall continue to have a worsening ecological crisis until we reject the Christian axiom that nature has no reason for existence save to serve man." Lynn White Jr (Author of The Historical Roots of our Ecological Crisis)

 

Allen L Roland, Ph.D



Spiritual consultant Allen L Roland can be contacted at  allen@allenroland.com

Allen is also a lecturer and writer who shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website allenroland.com. He is also a featured columnist on Veterans Today and  guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net

 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

VETERANS OF OAKLEY / DEDICATED TO SERVICE


 Nestled in the San Francisco East Bay hills and Valleys is the City of Oakley ~ a city that is celebrating its 15th year of incorporation as well as local control of its community's destiny. That includes leasing its Seniors the old city Firehouse and then encouraging them to adopt the newly formed Veterans of Oakley and supporting them to join the Seniors in service to each other as well as the community: Allen L Roland, Ph.D



 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Veterans of Oakley president Randy Smith celebrates with fellow veteran Clint Rehak (Iraq Vet) as they move into and share the Old Oakley Firehouse site with the Oakley Senior Citizens.

 


Joseph Camacho District Representative from California Senator Mark DeSaulnier's office, Randy Smith, President Veterans of Oakley, Kevin Romick, City of Oakley Council member, Shirley Darling President of Oakley Senior Citizens and Jennifer Quallick, Field Representative from Contra Costa County Supervisor Mary Piepho's office greeting all the veterans and thanking them for their service to our country.

The driving force of the wedding of these two precious resources was and continues to be Shirley Darling, President of the Oakley Senior Citizens and Randy Smith, U.S Army Veteran and President of Veterans of Oakley.

But Veterans of Oakley is not just dedicated  to serving its own veterans but is also dedicated to serving the community as well as other Veteran organizations.


Veterans of Oakley members Emil Ramirez, US Army and Tim Barton, USMC, volunteering and serving coffee and donuts as well as good will to veterans at the Martinez Vets Clinic.

 

And every Monday morning at 930 AM Veterans of Oakley share coffee together at the Local Black Bear diner (where this whole idea was hatched several months ago) ~ whose proud Manager Jimmy Damico is shown here on the left with a few of these dedicated Veterans, which includes myself.


Veterans and seniors celebrate dinner together within the old Oakley firehouse

But the heart and soul of this story is Seniors and Veterans working together to make the Oakley community stronger and in the process serving as a model for other communities to emulate their success and dedication to service.

Being in Service is a way of life for the Veterans of Oakley but now it's service to their community where it once was their country. The nationwide average age of a veteran is 64 years old so this marriage has obvious mutual benefits to both veterans and seniors ~ whose military family ties are both many and varied as to a war and service. This is a win, win for both organizations with the full and enthusiastic blessings of the city of Oakley.

"I'm delighted to work with the Veterans and make a home for both of us" Shirley Darling, President of Oakley Senior Citizens

 The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Allen L Roland, Ph.D
U.S Naval Aviator 1957-1964
Veterans of Oakley, California
http://allenlrolandsweblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/veterans-of-oakley-dedicated-to-service.html

Spiritual consultant Allen L Roland can be contacted at allen@allenroland.com

Allen is also a lecturer and writer who shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website allenroland.com. He is also a featured columnist on Veterans Today and  guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net

Friday, November 7, 2014

ON BEING A VETERAN


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


On Being a Veteran

 
Being a Veteran is being in service

 
First of all to our country and next to our

 
fellow Veterans.

 
Every Veteran has a story and it's always

 
a story of sacrifice ~ for all of us have

 
sacrificed two, four or in my case seven years in

 
order to protect the fleet, our mission or our homeland and


those years are forever gone.

 
But those years are also filled with memories

 
Memories of camaraderie,

 
Memories of close friendships,

 
Memories of shared bonding in battle, in carrier operations or

 
under attack.

 
Many of us have been to the dark side and never returned to

 
the light.

 
Many of us cannot forget the horror of war and the memories


still haunt us.

 
Each of us, as Veterans, are proud we served our country and


we welcome the respect and care we receive at our VA clinics


and know, at the deepest level, that we are all brothers and


sisters ~ joined by a common bond of


sacrifice and service.

 

It’s an intangible bond but it's there and I feel it strongly when

 

I meet another Veteran ~ particularly a disabled one.

 

It's a sense of knowing and acknowledgement that goes beyond

 

words but resonates in the soul ~

 

We Served.



 

 







Allen L Roland, Ph.D
http://allenlrolandsweblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/on-being-veteran.html
 

US Naval Aviator 1957-1964

Veterans of Oakley, California

 

 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

LOST AIR FORCE ONE SAVED FROM SCRAP ALONG WITH IKE'S PROPHETIC WARNING


The resurrection of Eisenhower's lost Columbine Two is somewhat parallel to his almost forgotten presidential farewell speech of 1961 where he prophetically warned of the dangers of an out of control Military-Industrial complex which he helped create and we are now directly experiencing 53 years later: Allen L Roland, Ph.D

 
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." President Dwight Eisenhower 1961

 
THE LOST AIR FORCE ONE / 5 MINUTE VIDEO
https://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=ehwvZXVKmPU

 

 Eisenhower holding forth on Columbine Two

All of Eisenhower's warnings in his 1961 Presidential address have come true but now we are dealing with a Military-Industrial-Congressional complex of immense size and added danger to our Republic ~ which could become obvious to all in the upcoming mid-term elections.

Eisenhower's three minute statement ~ YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06NSBBRtY

 
In other words, the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex is real, And it’s bigger and more dangerous than ever in 2014.

President Eisenhower was ridiculed as a conspiracy theorist for his famous remark about the “military-industry complex.” But Edward Snowden’s leaks have reminded us it’s real, it’s bigger and more wasteful than ever, and its bloat can even threaten our national security.

As John Avlon writes in The Daily Beast ~  " Snowden wasn’t the danger Ike imagined in his Farewell Address, given from the Oval Office in the predawn of the computer age. Some might argue that Snowden represents the “alert and knowledgeable citizenry” that Eisenhower said would be the best check on the interests of military-industrial complex. But there is no debate that Ed Snowden’s unlikely access to the nation’s security secrets in the first place is a reflection of the overextended partial privatization of our intelligence operations. This is what Ike explicitly warned about more than a half-century ago: “We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties.”  See article:  http://thebea.st/1wjmhI3

Eisenhower would likely be appalled by the size of the industrial and governmental workforce committed to war or counter-terrorism activities. Military and homeland budgets now support millions of people in an otherwise declining economy. Hundreds of billions of dollars flow each year from the public coffers to agencies and contractors who have an incentive to keep the country on a war-footing ~ footing the bill for an eternal war on terror which has now become the never ending war of terror.

The 2014 midterm election will change nothing in the United States ~ 2014 is set to be the most expensive non-presidential election in US history and unfortunately money buys elections. Not only do politicians do the bidding of the wealthy, they themselves are increasingly numbered among the rich and super-rich and they follow their corporate masters.

 
Whoever is elected is indebted not to voters but to the special interests that provided the campaign money. Once elected the official serves the private interest groups that put the official in office. In America the government can be bought and sold just like everything else. In its Citizens United ruling, a Republican Supreme Court put its stamp of approval on the right of corporations to purchase the US government: Paul Craig Roberts

 
The American dream has vanished ~ Mike Whitney explains the 15 documented reasons why most Americans rightfully feel we are still in a recession . See article http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40116.htm 

 
Social inequality rules in America and the 2014 midterm election has been reduced to Kabuki theater as millionaire Republicans and Democrats rearrange the chairs on the deck of the sinking Republic while the main stream press tries to convince us that it all really matters. See my article in Veterans Today ~ http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/10/26/2014-midterm-elections-will-change-nothing/


From 1953-1961, Eisenhower, as Commander in Chief and through Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and  his brother, CIA Director Allen Dulles, they constructed a nascent military-intelligence-law enforcement-industrial complex influenced by Nazi ideology and technological know-how. No wonder IKE warned the American people about his creation, the military-industrial complex ~ he had created a Frankenstein and he was forewarning us of what evil mischief it was capable of.

"At one time in the early 21st Century it was uncomfortable to call out America’s ties to the Nazis. But that has changed particularly with the release of Eric Lichtblau’s The Nazis Next Door (2014) and The Collaboration” by Ben Urwand. It has also been confirmed by the overthrow of a nationally elected leader in Ukraine ~ Victor Yanukovych ~ and the open support of neo-Nazi groups largely responsible for that event. Is it a coincidence that the head of the CIA, John Brennan, visited with the neo-Nazi usurpers not long after the coup given the CIA’s history?"

See article ~ Modern Day America: One Step Away from the Third Reich http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40109.htm

The only way we can kill this Frankenstein is to stop funding it ~ as such, the most important under reported and ignored political event in the United States at the present time continues to be the Move To Amend movement ~ where scores of resolutions urging the overturning of Citizens United have been introduced in state legislatures ~ and sixteen such resolutions have now passed .

"We need a massive grassroots movement to have state after state, and we have, I think, 16 of them already on-board saying, we support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. I think there's something like 500 communities around America saying the same thing. Then when we do that, we move to public funding of elections. You want to run? I will not be able to outspend you:"  Bernie Sanders to Bill Moyers


Allen L Roland, Ph.D
http://allenlrolandsweblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/lost-airforce-one-saved-from-scrap.html


Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist and transformational consultant Allen L Roland is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private Skype consultations allen@allenroland.com

 
Allen L Roland is also a lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his web log and website allenroland.com He also guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net

 


Saturday, October 25, 2014

2014 MIDTERM ELECTIONS WILL CHANGE NOTHING


 The 2014 midterm election will change nothing in the United States ~ 2014 is set to be the most expensive non-presidential election in US history and unfortunately money buys elections. Not only do politicians do the bidding of the wealthy, they themselves are increasingly numbered among the rich and super-rich and they follow their corporate masters. Social inequality rules in America and the 2014 midterm election has been reduced to Kabuki theater as millionaire Republicans and Democrats rearrange the chairs on the deck of the sinking Republic while the main stream press tries to convince us that it all really matters: Allen L Roland, Ph.D

 
"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to the point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group or any controlling private power. ": President Franklin Delano Roosevelt  

 
The 2014 midterm election is a particularly menacing level of Donkey Kong for Democrats. But 2016 isn't. Why? Ezra Klein offers a simple explanation of this political game in this excellent three minute video ~  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GANnzyFXVBU

 
To fully understand this reoccurring political theater we must fully understand the American Oligarchy. WSWS cuts to the chase in their recent article ~ THE AMERICAN OLIGARCHY ; " What accounts for this hollowing-out of American politics and the transformation of elections into empty biennial rituals? As with all significant political transformations, these changes are rooted in deeper social processes. One does not have to look all too far to identify them. Over the past several weeks, report after report has been released documenting the extraordinary growth of social inequality in the United States and throughout the world. Late last month, Forbes magazine reported that the 400 richest people in the United States saw their wealth grow 14 percent over the past year. The following week, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reported that global social inequality has eclipsed the pre-Great Depression highs of the 1920s."

How can these vast changes in economic relationships not have had a profound and transformative impact on political life?

Andre Damon, WSWS explains ~ "The historian Edward Gibbon once summed up the political form of the Roman Empire as “an absolute monarchy disguised by the forms of a commonwealth.” Taking our cue from his definition, we can say that the United States has become an oligarchy disguised by the outward, increasingly threadbare trappings of a democracy…..Whatever the pretense of “one person, one vote,” the fact is that the top 0.1 percent dictates policy and essentially selects the personnel tasked with carrying it out." See WSWS article  ~  http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/18/pers-o18.html

 
The Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission helped unleash unprecedented amounts of outside spending in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles. The case, along with other legal developments, spawned the creation of super PACs, which can accept unlimited contributions from corporate and union treasuries, as well as from individuals; these groups spent more than $600 million in the 2012 election cycle. It also triggered a boom in political activity by tax-exempt "dark money" organizations that don't have to disclose their donors.





Citizens United, in essence, established corporate personhood where corporations have the same weight as individual voters but with obvious incredible financial clout and leverage.

 
It always seems to come back to George Carlin telling the truth about Banksters, Corporations and who really controls America ~ 3 minute video http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/05/george-carlin-who-really-controls.html

 
As such, the most important under reported and ignored political event in the United States at the present time is the Move To Amend movement.

 
Move to Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests. It calls for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.

 
Find out more and how you can participate so that our future elections will no longer mean nothing. Sign up now ~ https://movetoamend.org/november-6-10-arizona-barnstorming-tour-shara-smith

 


 
Jon Stewart on Corporate personhood.



 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Allen L Roland, Ph.D


 
Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist and transformational counselor Allen L Roland is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private Skype consultations allen@allenroland.com

 
Allen L Roland is also a lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his web log and website allenroland.com He also guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net