Friday, September 26, 2014


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Barack Obama is now the leader of George Orwell's contemporary Oceania. In two 2009 speeches the Nobel Peace Prize winner affirmed that peace was no longer peace, but rather a permanent war that "extends well beyond Afghanistan and Pakistan" to "disorderly regions and diffuse enemies". He called this "global security". To the people of Afghanistan, which America had invaded and occupied, he said: "We have no interest in occupying your country" So get used to it, in Obama's Oceania the truth and lies are indivisible and war is a deadly and permanent reality. The Islamic State (ISIS), much like Al Qaeda, is a made-in-the-USA product, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East as well as counter Iran’s growing influence in the region: Allen L Roland, Ph.D

"Demagogue: one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots." - H.L. Mencken 

I predict ISIS will become Obama's Vietnam and history will repeat itself but as Marx once correctly wrote ~ when history repeats itself, the first mistake is seen as a tragedy (Vietnam), and the repeat becomes a farce (ISIS).

As Peter Van Buren explains on Tom ~ " We've been here before, as the failures of American policy and strategy in Vietnam metastasized into war in Cambodia and Laos to deny sanctuary to North Vietnamese forces. As with ISIS, we were told that they were barbarians who sought to impose an evil philosophy across an entire region. They, too, famously needed to be fought “over there” to prevent them from attacking us here. We didn't say “the Homeland” back then, but you get the picture….. When the reality of America's failure in Vietnam finally became so clear that there was no one left to lie to, America's war there ended and the troops came home. They never went back. America is now fighting the Iraq War for the third time, somehow madly expecting different results, while guaranteeing only failure." See article ~

And a farce it indeed is while the American public remain blissfully unaware of Obama's folly in the Middle East. David Stockman seems to have caught the gist of Obama's quixotic “war” on ISIS ~

" So what we have now in the middle east is a replay of the bloody religious wars that once traumatized the West when Protestants accused Catholics of being idolatrous heretics and the latter returned the favor by putting Protestants to the stakes and the racks.  In the present instance, the real war being waged by ISIS is not against the liberties which pertain on the streets of New York City, but in Leupp’s words, “against the Shiites, Christians, Yezidis, secularists, and others it sees as unbelievers and as stooges of the west. But its primary target is the Shiites”. See article ~

In other words, ISIS is the noxious by-product of a fear driven U.S. foreign policy gone terribly wrong if not out of control ~ whereas the backdraft of America's war of terror  becomes a fearsome Frankenstein (ISIS) which we ourselves have created.

Arundhati Roy suggests that the “most appropriate metaphor for the insanity of our times” is the Siachen Glacier, where Indian and Pakistani soldiers have killed each other on the highest battlefield in the world. The glacier is now melting and revealing “thousands of empty artillery shells, empty fuel drums, ice axes, old boots, tents and every other kind of waste that thousands of warring human beings generate” in meaningless conflict. One wonders what eventually lies beneath the shifting sands of Iraq and Afghanistan ~ the victims of our ongoing fear driven foreign policy and "war of terror".

As consistently pointed out in countless worldwide polls ~ No other regime in today's world is responsible for such premeditated and repeated acts of mass murder against entire modern societies. The US with its military allies, most notably Israel, is presently by far the greatest threat to peace and the greatest purveyor of terror on the planet.

As WSWS clearly points out this week ~ " With even the pretense of democratic control and popular support dispensed with, it is increasingly clear that all the real decisions are being taken by the most powerful branch of the state, the vast military-intelligence apparatus. Significantly, the first public announcement of the Syrian war came not from the White House, but the Pentagon….Obama serves merely as a mouthpiece for this murderous machine, and his repeated promises not to deploy ground troops will soon be waved aside as the generals implement their strategy."

"America stands for something different. We believe that right makes might ~ that bigger nations should not be able to bully smaller ones; that people should be able to choose their own futureWe fight for our ideals, and are willing to criticize ourselves when we fall short. Because we hold our leaders accountable, and insist on a free press and independent judiciary"~ these hypocritical words of President Obama, offered as kool-Aid for the world at the UN this week, are the words of a man who will eventually be seen as an ambitious community organizer and corporate shill who paid his dues to Wall Street and the Global elite but lost his soul in the process. See the broken promises and lies of Obama

Obama finally has his war and it will most definitely be part of his enduring legacy, much like his predecessor G.W. Bush's Iraq disaster ~ and both were based on assertions that had nothing to do with reality. In other words, Bush's axis of evil has now become Obama's network of death and both are a well packaged web of lies meant to deceive the American public and the world ~ but, make no mistake about it,  the ultimate aim is regime change in Syria.

“The only difference between Obama and Bush is that Obama is killing more people. He’s about double the numbers now. Can you imagine if McCain had won and did precisely what Obama has done, with every speech and every political maneuver overseas? There’d be riots in the streets about the people we’re killing. And yet because it’s Obama, and he’s better looking and better at reading the teleprompter, we let him get away with it.”  ~ Penn Jillette

Allen L Roland, Ph.D

Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist and heart centered spiritual counselor Allen L Roland is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private Skype consultations at

  Allen L Roland is also a lecturer and shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website He also guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on


Sunday, September 21, 2014


 A selection of posters from the People's Climate March. (photo: (L-R) Favianna Rodriguez, Nicolas Lampert, Collin Matthes)

Climate Change is here and now and can no longer be ignored as public demand for action has reached the tipping point. The largest climate change action in history takes place today in New York City as hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, representing over 1,400 environmental justice groups, march peaceably through Manhattan's streets as a reminder to the UN that their pathetic inaction will no longer be tolerated by the people ~ but will the people act: Allen L Roland, Ph.D

"Organizing a big march is like throwing a rock in a pond, the splash is exciting, but the real beauty is in the ripples. I'm confident the energy from this march will ripple out in all directions, from fossil fuel divestment fights on campus to the push for a global climate treaty in Paris." Jamie Henn, co-founder of the activist group, one of the march's principal organizers.

The Argument is over. Climate Change is Happening Now ~ see 11 minute YouTube Video

More than 30,000 people have turned out for today's climate change demonstration in Melbourne, the first of more than 2,500 similar events which will take place around the globe in the next 14 hours, ahead of a UN summit on climate change in New York early next week:

Bill McKibben, a scholar in residence at Middlebury College, and the author of The End of Nature and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, posted his comments regarding this historic  march on Tom Dispatch and his comments resonate with my own deeply held feelings about climate change ~ " We march because California has lost 63 trillion gallons of groundwater to the fierce drought that won’t end, and because the glaciers at the roof of Asia are disappearing. We march because researchers told the world in April that the West Antarctic ice sheet has begun to melt “irrevocably”; Greenland’s ice shield may soon follow suit; and the waters from those, as rising seas, will sooner or later drown the world’s coastlines and many of its great cities. We’re tired of winning the argument and losing the fight. And so we march. We march for the beaches and the barrios. We march for summers when the cool breeze still comes down in the evening. We march because Exxon spends $100 million every day looking for more hydrocarbons, even though scientists tell us we already have far more in our reserves than we can safely burn. We march for those too weak from dengue fever and malaria to make the journey."  See article ~



For myself, this march is for our children and grandchildren for our inaction regarding global warming and climate change is putting their health and existence at greater and greater risk.

As Dahr Jamail reports on Truth out  " Given the massive injection of carbon dioxide gasses into the atmosphere by humans and the fact that large amounts of methane are already being released in the Arctic which many scientists believe is already a runaway feedback loop that will add several more degrees warming to the planet, the current mass extinction event may closely resemble the Permian-Triassic extinction that happened about 251 million years ago.
During that extinction event, earth's worst, 95 percent of all species were killed off ".

Chris Hedges calls the march the last gasp of Climate Change liberals and points out that

"The Climate Group, for example, which endorses the march, includes among its members and sponsors BP, China Mobile, Dow Chemical Co., Duke Energy, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Greenstone. The Environmental Defense Fund, which says it “work[s] with companies rather than against them” and which is calling on its members to join the march, has funding from the oil and gas industry and supports fracking as a form of alternative energy. These faux environmental organizations are designed to neutralize resistance. And their presence exposes the march’s failure to adopt a meaningful agenda or pose a genuine threat to power."

Hedges, who I greatly respect, offers perhaps the only true solution to Climate Change and it demands action beyond marching for only we the people can defeat the corporate state ~ " We have known about the deleterious effects of carbon emissions for decades. The first IPCC report was published in 1990. Yet since the beginning of the Kyoto Protocol Era in the late 1980s, we have emitted as much carbon dioxide as was emitted in the prior 236 years. The rising carbon emissions and the extraction of tar sands ~ and since the industry has figured out how to transport tar sands without building the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, this delivery seems assured ~ will continue no matter how many police-approved marches are held. Play by the rules and we lose. Resistance will come from those willing to breach police barricades. Resistance will mean jail time and direct confrontation. Resistance will mean physically disrupting the corporate machinery. Resistance will mean severing ourselves from the dominant culture to build small, self-sustaining communities. This resistance will be effective only when we refuse to do what we are told, when we turn from a liberal agenda of reform to embrace a radical agenda of revolt. " See Hedges article ~

Climate change is most certainly here and now and the people are speaking and marching as they are today in New York but now it's time for action ~ for there is no change without action and action always involves risk.

“Men argue, Nature acts.” ~ Voltaire

Allen L Roland, Ph.D

Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist and heart centered spiritual counselor Allen L Roland is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private Skype consultations at

Allen L Roland is also a lecturer and shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website He also guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on



Saturday, September 20, 2014


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In a world of growing deception and turmoil, it's time now for the innocent purity of baseball in the San Francisco Bay area and both the Giants and A's are in the hunt for the divisional playoffs. Where you live in the Bay Area plays a big difference in your team allegiance but in my case I have a loyalty to both teams and find myself capable of an objective analysis of their chances to advance in 2014: Allen L Roland, Ph.D

Having lived for over 30 years in the North Bay Counties of Sonoma and Marin, I have been a fervent Giants fan but when I moved to Contra Costa in 2010 for my work with combat vets with PTSD ~ I became swept up in Oakland A's fever and have now reached a healthy parity in my team allegiance but can offer a fairly objective analysis of their playoff chances in 2014.

Oakland A's ~ What was once a fun loving group of over achievers led by power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland was the team to beat by the All- Star break this year ~ but then Billy Beane (with visions of a World Championship in his eyes) got impatient, sold the soul of the team (Cespedes) to the Red Sox for proven World Series closer Jon Lester and watched the team slowly disintegrate through August and September. It is my opinion that Melvin and the Team were overruled on the Lester for Cespedes trade and that explains the recent slide in A's spirit ~ it was no longer fun but instead all business.

But the final dagger in the heart for the stumbling A's happened  on Wednesday, September 17th when bulldog Jeff Samardzija threw a brilliant 4 hitter through 8 innings against an obviously outgunned and bewildered Ranger team.

Obviously Samardzija wanted to pitch the ninth but Manager Bob Melvin would have none of that and went with his already chosen closer Doolittle whose fast ball and slider was welcome relief for the young Rangers who pounced on him for six runs and the ball game.

Doolittle knew it ~ "It's going to be a turning point one way or another," Doolittle told reporters after the game. "After the season's over, are we going to look back and point at tonight as the game where the wheels came off for good, or are we going to be able to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and talk about how resilient we are as a team and how we were able to overcome a game like this and still get it done?"

Melvin's inability to recognize what everyone else, including myself and the ball players themselves (on both sides) already knew, that Samardzija was on a special roll and deserved to at least attempt to close the 1-0 game cast a "Why Try" spell on the A's and the wheels did indeed seemingly come off for good.

Lester will attempt to right the ship against the Phillies on Friday, the 19th but the collapse seems complete and the fun Boys of Summer have become the burned out survivors of fall ~ destined to dwell on what might have been and what ever happened to those fun (double pie) times with Cespedes this year before Billy Beane pulled the plug.

San Francisco Giants ~ Whereas the spirit left the A's it returned with a vengeance to the Giants ~ along with Angel Pagan, a rejuvenated team leader Buster Posy ~ and of course, their wily old fox manager Bruce Bochy.

The Giants are making their every two year run for the money (having won the gold in 2010 and 2012) but realistically a wild card berth seems only likely this year. However, never underestimate Bruce Bochy in late September and October ~ he is a master motivator and big game strategist but it's unlikely he will take all the marbles this year.

The problem is pitching and their nemesis the LA Dodgers ~ who are locked in first in the West and show no signs on relinquishing it to the Giants. The Dodgers are more individually gifted and of course have the best pitcher in baseball ~ Clayton Kershaw with 20 wins already in his belt. The Giants definitely have more team chemistry but that may not be enough this year.



WEST LA Dodgers
CENTRAL Cardinals
EAST  Washington
Wild Card SF Giants


WEST LA Angels
CENTRAL Detroit Tigers
EAST Baltimore
Wild Card Kansas City Royals


Dodgers defeat Cardinals
Washington defeats Giants
LA Dodgers versus Washington in Final
Winner LA Dodgers


Baltimore defeats Royals
Angels defeat Detroit
LA Angels versus Baltimore in Final
Winner LA Angels

WORLD SERIES  LA Dodgers versus LA Angels

Winner LA Dodgers in seven games.

MVP  Clayton Kershaw

And that's the way it appears to be ~ at least that's my prediction as a Bay Area resident and avid baseball fan whose allegiance is now split between the A's and Giants.

" Prediction and explanation are exactly symmetrical. Explanations are, in effect, predictions about what has happened; predictions are explanations about what's going to happen.” ~ John Roberts Searle

Allen L Roland

Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist and heart centered spiritual counselor Allen L Roland is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private Skype consultations at

Allen L Roland is also a lecturer and shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website He also guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on


Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Israeli and Palestinian children being taught to dance together in Jaffa, Israel and in the process learning to co-exist in cooperation, admiration and mutual respect.

 Dancing with the Enemy may just be the long term solution to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict for it is the children who will eventually get fed up and impatient with their parents dogmas and prejudices and lead their parents out of the dark prison of fear, occupation and apartheid towards the light of freedom, social cooperation and altruism ~ and in the process break down the Separation Wall of mutual hatred and distrust: Allen L Roland, Ph.D

"Remember love. The only hope for any of us is peace. Violence begets violence. If you want to get peace, you can get it as soon as you like if we all pull together: Get out there and get peace. Think peace, live peace, and breathe peace and you'll get it as soon as you like, Okay "

John Lennon to the press in July 1969 after the release of the Plastic Ono Band's single "Give Peace a Chance", as quoted in The Beatles : An Oral History by David Pritchard and Alan Lysaght (1998), p. 285

Separation Barrier being built by Israelis in Jerusalem 2007

 "Shall we dance" ~ nervously spoken from a shy Palestinian boy to an equally nervous young Israeli girl, is breaking down fear based separation walls that have existed in the Middle East for decades. Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine returned to Jaffa to fulfill his lifelong dream of teaching dance to Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli children and the results were both amazing and illuminating.

Another indication that children will eventually get tired of being conditioned by their parents prejudices and beliefs and fully surrender to their evolutionary tendency to unite and cooperate with each other and inspire an older generation, including myself, in this universal movement towards love, peace and social cooperation ~ which just so happen to be the driving forces of evolution.

It appears that humanitarian cracks are already appearing within the Israeli military's iron rule over the Palestinians ~ Forty-three veterans of one of Israel’s most secretive military intelligence units ~ many of them still active reservists ~ have signed a public letter refusing to serve in operations involving the occupied Palestinian territories because of the widespread surveillance of innocent residents.

The signatories include officers, former instructors and senior NCOs from the country’s equivalent of America’s NSA or Britain’s GCHQ, known as Unit 8200 ~ or in Hebrew as Yehida Shmoneh-Matayim. See article ~

Now, let's watch those Palestinian and Israeli children Dancing with the Enemy in Jaffa and in the process going beneath their animosities and distrust and finding instead commonality, friendship, cooperation and mutual respect. See 5 minute YouTube video

Why do many of my former clients after finding the child within themselves feel a need to be in service from a place of love and soul consciousness? Because deepest within each one of us is the urge to unite and cooperate with each other and not the need to control and destroy ~ and that includes combat veterans with PTSD whose only option, after service,  is often medication.

I see this phenomenon every day as a heart centered consultant with therapists or clients, veterans or non-veterans, helping them confront their childhood fears of love and connection and realize that those fears are mainly illusions and yet still controlling their lives. For example, see Marina overcoming and growing through her illusionary fear of aloneness and of being voiceless and embracing the joy beneath ~ YouTube session 5 ~

I also chose to show session #5 because Marina explains in the first 15 minutes how she was seemingly cloaked in fear after the session ~ where she met her emotionally trapped child within ~ afraid to be real and she completely surrendered to the fear when she went to bed, deeply cried and woke up in the morning completely alive and seeing through different eyes ~ much like Scrooge in the Christmas Carol waking up on Christmas morning and seeing through different eyes. As she explained, it was almost as if  the authentic child within her said ~ "Marina, you must first feel my fear and accept my pain in order to get to my deeper joy, intention, purpose and celebration."

The pull of the Unified Field of love and soul consciousness, deepest within us all, is like a soul magnet and once acknowledged and activated through gratefulness ~ incidents and events accelerate the transmutation process until true transformation finally occurs ~ the butterfly  emerges from its cocoon into another world of consciousness, cemented in altruism, social cooperation and the need to be in service.


Colonel Bart Billings is a military psychologist (retired after 34 years of military service) who started the first U.S. annual conference on Combat Stress more than 25 years ago. In all his years of practice with military and Vets diagnosed "PTSD" he has never once had to prescribe a mind-altering psychiatric drug and says the term PTSD is not a "mental illness" but simply a normal reaction to an abnormal event, or circumstances (combat/war) and that drugging our troops is not the solution.

Once you medicate, you all but terminate true integrative healing. Billings says that from 2005 to 2011, there has been a 700% increase in the use of medication in the service with a corresponding increase in suicides. Here's a recent video of Billings published on February 10, 2014. Eight minute YouTube video ~

In an article I wrote last year entitled THE UNSAID ISSUE BEHIND VETERANS RISING SUICIDE RATE IS SHAME BASED GUILT, I share that recent studies appear to demonstrate that we pay a heavy price for killing and hating versus loving and cooperating with others. See article ~

A new SFVA study strongly suggests that soldiers who experience killing experiences are twice as likely to attempt suicide ~ which strongly supports the reality of soul damage as a contributing factor for the rising rate of veteran’s suicide as well as the obvious need for a proven heart centered approach toward veteran rehabilitation. And get this, the Defense Department have found that pilots of drone aircraft, experiencing killing experiences, also experience mental health problems like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder at the same rate as pilots of manned aircraft.

This important April 13, 2012 research study abstract was entitled ~ KILLING IN COMBAT MAY BE INDEPENDENTLY ASSOCIATED WITH SUICIDAL IDEATION ~ and the SFVA released the following abstract:

The United States military has lost more troops to suicide than to combat for the second year in a row and better understanding combat-related risk factors for suicide is critical. We examined the association of killing and suicide among war veterans after accounting for PTSD, depression, and substance use disorders.

We utilized a cross-sectional, retrospective, nationally representative sample of Vietnam veterans from the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS). In order to perform a more in depth analysis, we utilized a subsample of these data, the NVVRS Clinical Interview Sample (CIS), which is representative of 1.3 million veterans who were eligible for the clinical interview by virtue of living in proximity to an interview site, located within 28 standard metropolitan regions throughout the United States.

Veterans who had higher killing experiences had twice the odds of suicidal ideation, compared to those with lower or no killing experiences, and substance use disorders were each associated with higher odds of suicidal ideation. Endorsement of suicide attempts was most strongly associated with PTSD.

Killing experiences are not routinely examined when assessing suicide risk. Our findings have important implications for conducting suicide risk assessments in veterans of war. See Report:

These findings offer even more justification for heart centered workshops for combat veterans as well as other heart centered counseling. We’re talking about soul damage here and only a heart centered intervention can effectively treat that psychic despondency ~ as I have consistently demonstrated with combat veterans who have virtually all participated in killing experiences.

I have long felt and have now proved that PTSD is quite often Post Traumatic Heart Disorder for a common symptom of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is the inability to give or receive love ~ which can obviously apply to non-veterans who have also suffered significant loss

You don’t need to see a therapist to understand this phenomenon, you don’t need to attend a workshop to see this magic in action ~ all you need to do is see and understand your life as a quest, versus a struggle, to realize that not only are we all loved but that we are all part of a loving plan in action and gratefulness is the key to this magic kingdom ~ God only reveals itself to a grateful heart. See my Article on the power of love ~

We must eventually learn to dance with our enemies ~ for the Palestinian and Israeli children are telling us that our innate bonds of love, commonality and friendship are far greater than our need to destroy and hurt each other.

Allen L Roland

Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist and heart centered spiritual counselor Allen L Roland is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private Skype consultations at

Allen L Roland is also a lecturer and shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website He also guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on


Thursday, September 11, 2014


World Trade Center Photos by Konstanton Petrov / June 2001

Gray spheres rising into the morning mist
A ghostly ship of commerce remembered only in
nightmares and dated photographs.

What tragedy awaits your stately columns.

What evil already infects your cluttered offices,


Your polished restrooms


And your stately dining rooms


You were a bird of prey awaiting your fate
Chattel in the minds of evil men who had already engineered your death
and prepositioned the charges that would bring you down.

You were a symbol of commerce,
of exceptionalism
of extravagance and, like all man's monuments to greed,
doomed to eventually return to dust.

You had no idea that your proud enduring symbol of success would soon achieve far greater prominance as an exploding and cascading cloud of asbestos, cement, steel and flailing human bodies ~
indelibly offering you on the altar of man's inhumanity to man ~ a testament to avarice and ambition in the name of progress.

You were nothing but roadkill or collateral damage in the eyes of evil white men
who used your destruction to fuel more wars and destruction to
fullfill their world wide plans of western dominance and economic control ~
which continue today against an enemy that the West itself created.

There was no Independent investigation of your destruction,

There was no crime scene

There was no gathering of criminal evidence

There was no criminal charges

There was only a well orchestrated cover up from day one
envolving  people in the highest levels of government
and all conducted under the suffocating blanket of
National Security.

Your shrouded towers in the morning mist
have become dust.  

Your true perpetrators remain free.

And the American people still remain oblivious
of the true story of your ignominious destruction
along with 3000
innocent dead human beings ~
all considered collateral damage in
America's constant quest of Empire.

Rest in Peace

Allen L Roland

Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist and heart centered spiritual counselor Allen L Roland is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private Skype consultations at

Allen L Roland is also a lecturer and shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website He also guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on