Day 443: Swapping Religious Beliefs – Just for One day.

Where Do We Go Now? tells the story of a remote, isolated unnamed Lebanese village inhabited by both Muslims and Christians. The village is surrounded by land mines and only reachable by a small bridge. As civil strife engulfed the country, the women in the village learn of this fact and try, by various means and to varying success, to keep their men in the dark, sabotaging the village radio, then destroying the village TV.

The village is slowly drawn into greater violence; but the women get along beautifully and conspire together to keep their men from fighting.

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I have really liked this movie and I suggest watching it.

The movie showed many interesting perspectives for me, such as our potential to get along, our irrational inability to resist fighting each other when we perceive our beliefs are threatened and what stirs our hearts to fight, it addresses group behaviors and how we seem to not be able to refrain from joining in when ‘our people’ decide that fighting is required to preserve the Egoic identity of the Group.

Women are portrayed as exceptionally lenient and opposed to fighting at their very core, I know this to not be true, we have had women in power such as Golda Meyer or Margaret Thatcher who supported wars just like men, so maybe, we would like to think that the alleged gentleness of women could save us but we know from history that we cannot rely on that alone.

I hate to give the plot away so I suggest to take the time to watch the movie  and consider this question ‘could we swap religious beliefs for just one day?’, meaning, can we put ourselves in other people’s shoes understanding that they are the product of their birth and environment and that what they believe is not less weird -or funny- than what we believe, in the eyes of others, and could we let go of the beliefs that we realize can become our alibis, our excuses to set in motion our inner vicious nature and if so, what would it take for us to consider that?

For example, I was born a Catholic not through a fault of any kind, nor a merit according to some, I just happened to be born in Italy, if I were born in Asia I would be a Buddhist or a Taoist, if in India a Hindu or a Christian and in the Middle East a Jew or a Muslim.

How does this matter in any way? Does this trait make me less human than others with a different religious imprinting?

If I could swap myself with any other religion just for one day, would that diminish me, make me fearful, make me a dubious believer? It would be an interesting experiment to consider even though I might not be the best example at such swapping, having already renounced religion for a more global perception of the world.

Incidentally most countries as I mentioned have at least dual religious beliefs, making them perfect grounds for religious based fights and violence, only in Italy and maybe few other countries we were born with no apparent choice, I only learnt about ‘other religions’ when I was 13 as we did a research for our history teacher. I can only say I was puzzled to discover that there were others in the world believing something else entirely – how was that possible?

If our beliefs about a God are absolute why isn’t everyone agreeing on them, why don’t we hold different beliefs about gravity then? Ah yes, because the property of gravity are real, measurable and always dependable on, gravity doesn’t change with geography or with the observers perspective, gravity just is, something religions can’t even come close to claim for themselves.

If religion is a belief that can’t be equally embraced by all then it’s just a man-made belief, maybe there were reasons for some to fabricate such stories and have them become ‘sacred’ as in non questionable, for sure with a bit of reasoning we should not base our ability to get along on man-made, hence amendable, belief systems, specifically when they are divisive and praise some above others – even when they say they do not.

The only belief that can unite us is a belief in our Equality, in our Equal value, in the Equal mess we find ourselves in and in our Equal ability to contribute to a better world if we so choose, why are we not choosing Life for All over our Beliefs then?

If you can perceive the Equal Value of the Life of All, in all living beings, consider standing up for what can unite us, new Principles to live by, a new recognition that Life is valuable and should be honoured in all, regardless of anyone’s insignificant and ultimately irrelevant, acquired belief systems.

Stand up for a Living Income Guaranteed, nothing to believe, no crosses to carry, no fasting, no mantras, no caste system, just Life above All, equally valuable in all living beings to create a world of peace and brotherhood for All, forever more.

 

 

Day 442: Boosting our GDP with Sex, Drugs and RocknRoll

 Sex, drugs and smuggling could give Italy’s economy a much-needed economic boost this year, as national statisticians incorporate the country’s underground markets into its calculations.

The Italian National Institute for Statistics said it would include drugs, prostitution and smuggling in its calculation of Italy’s 2014 GDP recalculation, which should help Prime Minister Matteo Renzi achieve his dream of narrowing the country’s deficit to 2.6 percent of the GDP, according to Bloomberg.

“The size of the shadow economy might have surprised some readers if they had seen these estimates two or three years ago,” they wrote. However, the recent Euro crisis “has shone a spotlight on problems in these countries with regard to tax collection and compliance and the problems are more widely known.”

Economists generally consider a “shadow economy” to include any unregistered economic activities that would contribute to the officially calculated gross national product if the activities were recorded. This includes everything from prostitution and arms trafficking to a neighborhood lemonade stand or employee discounts.
 

In Italy, this kind of activity accounts for roughly 20 percent of its total GDP, but these illegal activities account for roughly 18 percent of the entire European Union economy, according to a study by economists Friedrich Schneider and Colin Williams.

 

We are having more and more problems with trying to fit our imaginary economics models to reality and this is proven by the questionable, if not laughable, solutions we seek.

The estimate of the shadow economies of the world is always undervalued, who would like to face the fact that our illicit activities in Italy surpass our gross domestic product by double? No one.

And yet, those that have taken the time to really look into our shadow economy and include ALL THE fifty shades of gray of it, could not come up with anything less.

An illicit activity is just one not accounted for, and it is not legal, meaning it doesn’t follow the Law Scheme that we have designed in protection of the wealthy and powerful of the world; at the moment we don’t want to raise any moral question on what is illicit in an immoral world because many of these activities are what is left for some to participate in to Make a Living, aka prostitution, drugs, smuggling etc.

But there is another huge side to our illicit activities made up of bribes and illegal endeavours we are too ashamed or wary to count in, like untaxed profits hidden away in fiscal paradises by privileged corporations or individuals, or like the huge traffic of toxic waste, the sales of weapons to countries we have agreed should not have access to them (such as those that we come together and decide should not be in the dangerous position to defend and protect themselves and that should never by any means pose a threat to us while we threaten them under pretences such as democracy or freedom) and many other government secret programs which, by their very secret nature, cannot expose and account for their spending into the ‘mainstream economy’.

The point that it’s interesting to me about this whole story is that we are seeking to raise our GDP to increase our public spending, which is now tied into a ratio whose threshold seems made of a stonewall that can’t be overtaken, changed or amended in any way by rational people, even in the face of an austerity we can no longer bear.

Maybe it’s because we don’t have ‘rational people’ anywhere at the top -or at the bottom-, the ‘rational’ ones can’t be on top, we can see the random ones that come with common sense, like senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, made to look like loony bins when they attempt to expose some of the gross and unacceptable inequalities of the system we live in, we live in a world where rationality is feared and exposed. Rationality as in what would be best for all is simply abhorred.

This is because those exposures are rare, nonexistent for the most part, so much so that when one comes and ‘tells it like it is’ we almost feel offended – how dare he/she- and start making up names to define him/her, to defile him/her, to make sure we degrade any effort put forward for real change.

Now, this decision to boost our economy with sex, drugs and illicit activities, so we can have access to more funds, is just ridiculous, first because the economy will not increase in size for real but an underwater part of it, already existing and participating at all effects in the money movement, will be taken into account just for the futile purpose of moving numbers on paper, second because we keep forgetting that whatever we are currently subjected to, including amusing economic models which have no connection to reality, all those make belief restrictions have been created by ourselves, all the prisons we are now attempting to escape one way or another are just ideas that have become models and then have become beliefs and we hold the key to change anytime we agree on something else ‘en masse’.

So, if we don’t raise an eyebrow pondering how we are planning to get more access to funds vs just asking that the current ratio limiting us from moving be raised simply because it’s currently not reasonable nor sustainable (while we work on dismantling for good what is obviously not working anyhow, in any way), and do not raise an eyebrow in questioning why if the submerged economy amounts to a declared 20% of our GDP we include only 3% just to get the approval to further spending and not the whole 20% or why not talk about the real 200% and wonder how did we get there in the first place, we have to ask ourselves why can’t we take a leap into the new from our shenanigans as we admit that we are just screwing around with meaningless numbers for the purpose of keeping everything in place as it is.

Many new economics models and proposals are emerging, proposals that consider Life above everything else and economics at its service, as it should always have been, we don’t need to raise imaginary numbers to walk through an imaginary crack in the system, we need to review this system, it’s not working and what we are doing can’t be sustained nor it should.

Seek solutions, ponder new ways we could make this world work, only when we will embrace a new vision we may take the required steps to walk it through to completion, by giving unconditionally what we would like for ourselves, access to a life worth living – for All.

Check out our Living Income Guaranteed Proposal, we can make it real, we were the designers of our outdated and unequal economic models and, as we awaken to the need to include all, we can redesign our world in support of Life, freeing everyone from the dam-nation of imaginary debt and make belief restrictive and inhumane economics. Join us.

 

Day 441: Inside Italy’s Secret Toxic Waste Scandal

Carmine Schiavone

Twenty years ago, a very important Mafia man, Carmine Schiavone, repented.

We have two kinds of ‘repentments’ in Italy, the genuine one, following the realization that one has not led an honorable life and one as a ‘State Defined’ repentance of a mafia man turned informant in exchange for benefits, the State of Repentant is similar to the Witness Protection Program – minus the protection of course but this is something many had to learn directly and many times, too late.

There have been few repented Mafia men of the first kind in Italy, it’s hard to repent fo your crimes when you are part of an organization that has connived with everyone important in the country and that spans from the vatican banking system to the presidency of the republic, because ultimately, if everyone is IN IT, how do we know what is right and what is wrong if the others do not show any remorse and do not repent? If the Vatican doesn’t repent for laundering the mafia money, for supporting arms dealers and pornography, if our first citizen, Napolitano, puts the seal on life saving information claiming it is the best for the public, who gets to establish the rights and wrongs of this existence?

So, to find repented men of the first kind among the Mafia organization is not just rare, it’s an event of extraordinary social proportion, the rising of a conscience, of a morality that could not be silenced even by the whole system agreeing to redefining morality into personal interests and gains, it is the dilemma of something that takes place against all odds, a true miracle of some sort.

The most famous first-kind-repented, Buscetta and Schiavone, gave the State an idea for those that followed, after all the State had major interest in directing and controlling repentances and not having people go and spill the beans in public, on things that saw them directly involved and that they had tried for decades to cover up.

The story of Carmine Schiavone and his True repentment casts  huge shadows on our State, our State of Affairs and our State of Mind, his revelations should have caused a paralyzing reaction of all the government organization as they halted everything else that was not equally urgent to look for a solution and a roar from the people that should have been heard all the way to Congo, but it didn’t.

When Carmine Schiavone started to talk, he opened the huge can of worms regarding the land that is know as ‘The Land of Fires’, a place in the region of Campania, the region next to Lazio where Rome is the Capital, where cancer rates, deformation and odd health complaints are the highest in Italy  and on a steady rising.

57 municipalities between Naples and Caserta signed the Land of Fires Pact on July 11, 2013. But the truth is that no one knows in how many places and where the toxic waste has been buried in the area over the years. ARPAC, the Campania environmental agency, has found more than 2,000 contaminated sites.

Actually the description of the place as ‘Land of Fires’ is quite misleading because it only shows the tip of the iceberg, where many believed, through media manipulation, that what is causing those undeniable increases in death and deformation are the fires lit at night to burn toxic waste, like plastic, whose fumes are, ‘in the mind of the misinformed local people’, the cause of such detrimental changes in their  health.
One shameless newspaper, Corriere della Sera,  had an article called ‘The Land of Fireworks‘, telling the story of how illegal fireworks were fired at night for celebrations of various events with fees that could go up to 1500 euros. A clear example of how we use the media to manipulate, mislead, diminish and possibly confuse an event that should have taken priority on everything else since it came to light.

What Schiavone has been saying, for 20 years now, to all that will hear him out while surviving 3 attempts to be suicided by his former partner in crime, the State, is that 200 tons of toxic waste has been hidden underground into depths up to 30 metres, which has affected the acquifers, the water resources of the land. Sometimes they would dig huge holes and bury the whole toxic truck into it when not jut the barrels of the liquid toxic waste or pallets loaded with it.

The waste he talked about is not just your everyday asbestos, no, it’s toxic waste from leather and metal factories, acids, lead, mercury, uranium, things that are so toxic that the land has simply died in some places and nothing grows anymore and what grows is so polluted it should not be eaten.

By the way, what still grows there and is contaminated goes on the tables of every person in Italy, Europe and the world in a sort of Russian roulette; that is the land of tomatoes, of buffalo mozzarella, products that we proudly export without sharing with the world our dirty laundry because it could affect our GDP and the next elections and if some have to die of horrible disfiguring painful deaths – oh well, too bad, but we all have to die somehow, no?

The result is that these fields, despite the prohibitions, are still cultivated by farmers who produce all kinds of vegetables and pulses such as tomatoes, courgettes, cabbage, broccoli and other fruit -, and sell them on to markets and multinational companies who produce pasta sauces and frozen soups that are sold not only in Italy but also in Europe and the rest of the world…

When the dirty trash business started, Schiavone, as a man of Honour of old times, refused to take it up, now he regrets not having killed his own family, cousins and relatives who instead said yes to those offering such a lofty business, the people from the north of the country, where such waste was produced as a result of the search for wealth at any cost, who thought it would be best for them to ship it somewhere else and just forget about it.
The South after all is our very own Third World since the beginning of the Republic – it’s handy to have the Third World that close, imagine how much we save by dumping everything that we don’t want to deal with, up in the north, just a few hundred kilometers down south -by truck.

We have to understand that such endeavours are possible only with the complicity of a Criminal State, if anything the State is more criminal than the Mafia, because as Schiavone said, he is one of the only 2 graduated from high school within the whole Italian Mafia Organization, we might appreciate their inability to project consequences down a timeline (as Schiavone said when he tried to make his family comprehend the consequences of that damned business his family replied to him – ‘we drink bottled water anyway!’) and see the full impact of the result of their actions, but those leading the dance, one of whom was the brother of Silvio Berlusconi, Paolo Berlusconi, they knew full well that hiding toxic waste in the land would not have led to the magic disappearance of it, but to the spoiling of the soil, the water, the lives of many.

Paolo Berlusconi

When Schiavone came clean, the state put a heavy lid on the whole story and told him they did not have the money to  decontaminate the land and he said ‘so you will let 5 million people just die?’ – that’s when they became disappointed in him and his unreasonable stance and tried to suicide him, not considering that someone who had lived in the shadowy side of existence half his life, who did over 20 years of jail time, would not be so easy to eliminate nor to dissuade from talking, because, as he said, ‘his repentance is not a system repentance, it’s a real repentance and when he sees the news of the children who die of cancer or are born deformed, bloodless or with some other weird shit happening to them in the area, he can do nothing but cry the bitter tears of what he failed to prevent when he had the power to do so’.

They have not taken him up on his offer to lead them to the contaminated sites either, this is a man with a remarkable memory who may not live too long due to his old age, instead they brought in a new ‘system repented’ guy to point out some of the toxic sites, this will ensure they will be able to control what gets disclosed and what not, which sites will be revealed and who will pay for this while making sure that those that must be protected at all  costs, don’t get dragged down by miss-take into the dirty business and their names, their image be soiled beyond repair.

Our Government has become, through magnified and clustered greed, a real monster, able to discount the lives of many to make sure to never have to become accountable for what has been going on, not just under his watch, but under his direct instructions, claiming excuses so lame as  ‘we have no money to do something as important as taking care of the consequences of what we have done’ -forgetting we would have the money if we didn’t, as States, give the right to print Money to Private Organization that now ask us usury interests for it. Most of Schiavone testimony has been classified, some information have been classified until the year 2070 under the request of the President of our Republic, Napolitano, a mason with a clean decent appearance and a mesmerizing ability for moderate speeches, so the masses will never suspect any wrong doing from him and we collectively, successfully, managed to postpone facing up to our responsibilities until we will all be dead and gone and will have left THIS as a legacy of our existence to the generations to come.

Carmine Schiavone is ahead of the game in his repentance, looking at the world we have created we will all have to go down that road, we have to repent for what we have accepted and allowed this world to become, for the crimes we have let go without batting an eyelid because they did not affect us, our family and friends personally, for the times we have taken what was given in trust to us, this planet and the Life on it and we have trashed it for money and a quick profit, never looking at the future and the consequences of what we were doing and were not willing to stop doing, no matter what.

The Mafia exists out of need, many Mafia people had no choice but to join a criminal organization for a job and a wage, without the need for survival those that we perceive as committing the worst crimes, while they are only the last visible appendix of a criminal body, that uses them to carry out what they wouldn’t themselves do directly, would not even exist.

We have written a repentance plan, it’s called a Living Income Guaranteed, it states that by virtue of being alive everyone must be given a living, guaranteed, it states as well that a few urgent changes must be made to the fabric of our existence because we have not done our best, not even close, to support each other and the life of all living beings while we were here, either by correcting what was done in misalignment to a principle of Life Support, or deliberately, as a result of some crazy ideology, be it religious or masonic or any other crappy I-Deal we have come up with, to screw one another out of a dignified living.

If you see that we are all equally response-able simply because we are here, sharing this planet, regardless of our perceived direct contribution or lack of it and that none of us is just a self sustainable satellite, then join us, check out a plan to revert the course we have taken, adhere to something that can start to undo the shame of what we have done so far so that we may start to create a plan for for-give-ness, to give to each other instead of only taking, so we may, together, walk ahead toward a world where Life is honoured and everyone can live honestly in peace and dignity, forever more.

Day 440: Hiding Our Economic Apartheid in Plain Sight

 

 

Origin of the word Apartheid:

1940s: from Afrikaans, literally ‘separateness’, from Dutch apart ‘separate’ + -heid (equivalent of -hood)
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We are living in a time of Economic Apartheid, have you noticed?

The rich are living in a different world from 99% of the population. Two thirds of this 99% live in another world still, a world with no sanitation, no healthcare and barely reaching the poverty line.

So, we are somehow aware that there are ‘lines ‘ that divide this world, we have the Poverty Line, the Line Above the Poverty Line and the Filthy Rich Line.

The other day as I helped my student to review the history of the 3 Orders of Society according to Chaucer, I wondered how do we go about missing the fact that we are still exactly where we were a thousand of years ago: noblemen, Clergy and Peasants.

I watched a piece of ‘Capitalism, A Love Story‘ a few nights ago and they were telling the story of how corporations take out Insurances on their ‘Peasant Employees’ for thousands if not millions of dollars, so they can make money on their death as well as on their lives.

If Corporations have gained the State of Personhood, where do we place them in the 3 orders of Society today? I would place them with the noblemen, above the Law, no, better, writing The Law to Profit from every possible situation imaginable and to Keep The Order of Society Intact, while giving up every responsibility and accountability for their deeds, an amazing step ahead if we consider that there have been times in History in which the Kings have been asked to be accountable, to moderate their requests for scutage and tributes and to generally not push the envelope too much or war would be waged against them.

We can say we have it worse today, especially because the Kings of this world now own the Media as well, so they can tell us what to think and how to think about anything, favoring the logic of Profit over Any Matter, which made us compliant slaves of a system of Abuse.

We can become aware of our blatant unawaress by reading the news, here is one from today’s newspaper:

Residents at housing flats in South London have criticised the building’s segregated entrances policy, where one doorway is set aside for the rich and the other for its housing association tenants.

London Mayor Boris Johnson recently faced calls to ban ‘poor doors’ in upmarket blocks of flats, which force people on low incomes to use different entrances.

But developers in London are promising wealthy tenants they will not have to share their smart lobby entrances, courtyard gardens or secure parking with people living in flats classed as ‘affordable housing’.

The problem stems from rules which are supposed to stop areas becoming ghettos for the very rich.

When planning permission is granted, developers are often told to set aside a set number of units for affordable housing.

From the outside, there is often no way of telling the more basic homes from the hi-spec apartments aimed at the super-rich.

But behind the façade, less well-off tenants are forced to enter through different doors and use separate bicycle racks, bins and post boxes.

Labour’s shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds told MailOnline: ‘I am strongly against this kind of segregation. There shouldn’t be separate doors for people living in affordable housing.

So today I wondered what is the outrage about such news? Why can’t we see the wood for the trees?
If we live in a world where Money decides who lives where, what one can eat, drink, what one has access to, what kind of health-care one can afford for themselves and their children, who can travel and who cannot, which passports are worth more than others and to whom we apply travelling restrictions in fear they may try to move across those lines looking for a better life – Why do we get so surprised that there are separate doors for rich and poor inside the upmarket blocks of flats?
Aren’t there separate doors just about everywhere in this world, according to the money one has to unlock access to the planet’s resources and the peace of mind of having enough to take care of oneself and one owns family?
My guess is that we publish this kind of articles to keep our cognitive dissonance going, if we can get outraged for separate doors entrances in an upmarket block of flats, we may fail to notice all the other doors that are locked in this world and that we can’t access because we don’t have the money to unlock them, we are not free, we are not living in a supportive, just world, we are the Peasants of this world living at different degrees of peasantry.
Those of us with a home and a computer and the time to write blogs to expose what is going on – are the upper crust of the Peasant Class but not less peasant, because our lives are dependent on what has become a Mean mean to keep us locked into a system of dependency, Money, where our lives and everything that could make it more pleasant depend on the amounts we can generate, grab, steal, con out of someone else, lost in the same conundrum as ourselves – how do we get out of this?
The first point is that we have to broaden our view to see All the ways we have accepted and allowed ourselves to be enslaved and separated from each other, the effort that have gone into making this world compartmentalized are humongous, we are divided by gender, race, languages, nationalities, food preferences, soccer teams, religions, culture, belief system and desires – most of these things we haven’t even chosen for ourselves, they sort of ‘happened to us’, as we settled into a specific system vs another at birth. This doesn’t mean that we can’t overcome those imaginary separations to unite for a common goal.
Of course it won’t be easy, we have put a lot of energy into our allegiances, a lot of ourselves, so it will take some effort to consciously withdraw our support from any divisive cause, idea, ideal we have invested ourselves into, to come to a solution that can benefit the whole and as such, each one of us.
We have a proposal, we start with guaranteeing a Living to every person on the planet, a Decent Living and we make that a Principle we all accept to live by, simply because it makes sense that everyone born on this planet should be Given a Living and Not Asked to Earn it – if Earning a Living is Not the Name of The Game for Everyone here.
Of course this will require as well that we solve our Cognitive Dissonance about our situation – we have to realize that we are currently Slaves, that’s right, if  We have to give something to someone to guarantee Our Survival, be it out time at best or our bodies or body parts – We are Slaves, We don’t currently own Our Life, We are Owned. But we are Owned with our Full Ignorant Consent, the simple fact that we accept this from birth to death makes us equally accountable as those that plotted and planned to design such a world for the benefit of the very few.
To stop our existing state of enslavement we have to design proposals for a different kind of world, we have designed one such proposal, it’s called A Living Income Guaranteed, the Money is there to give it to each other, we’ll have to give up our Military investments – to name one possible path- and some other idiotic ‘Conflict Resolution Habits’ we have subscribed to and redirect our Death Money to Life – to Give a Life to All.
If you have started to awaken to the weirdness of finding scandalous separate entrance doors in upmarket blocks of flat in a world where Money is keeping everyone tightly confined into specific, predefined boxes, start thinking Solutions, join our Forum, spread new ideas, stay focused on the outcome we aim to reach, forget the System Diversions we are deliberately fed daily to keep the mental divisions going, and 1+1 we can join to move as a force toward a New World Order, not the one Planned For us, but a New Order that is Inclusive and Considering All Its Parts as Equally Worth of a Life and of Unconditional Support. Join Us.