Native Americans give no thanks for Columbus’ legacy of destruction and neither should we

picture from One Cut video
Screen shot from One Word – Episode 25: Christopher Columbus invited Native Americans to free-associate one word with Columbus. They got fabulous responses worked into a short video, which made me feel very thoughtful.

Although American schoolchildren do learn about the destruction Columbus brought to our land and the First Nation people who were already living here, we are also taught to idolize both the destroyer and the destruction Columbus initiated. Which means that from a very young age, our schools are teaching children to idolize cruelty, thievery, genocide and to value the monetization of natural resources. Resources which – when left intact or at least, used sustainably – remain treasures of Mother Earth with the power to nurture and allow us to live surrounded by beauty, in comfort.

School lessons about Thanksgiving and the “discovery of America” also exercise a subtle, insidious effect on their minds, as these lessons require students to discard accurate perceptions of what fairness is and to replace them with interpretations of reprehensible acts as acts of charity and kindness. Internalizing these fallacies create in students’ minds a state of cognitive dissonance, and may create a mental imbalance that follows them throughout their lives.

Small wonder that faced with the internet-empowered and growing ability of The People to learn real history, educate others and advocate for serving up authentic lessons delivered by professors who represent gender and cultural diversity, Big Money pushes back by spending massive amounts of lobbying dollars to close the internet down and is intent on destroying public education as well. Educated and digitally empowered democratic citizens are not Big Money’s best customers.

These powerful, monied interests keep us complicit in the Earth’s destruction by inveigling us to labor at enriching the industries that are destroying it and then spend our leisure hours shopping for the largely useless goods that those industries produce. The industrialists seem hopeful of disabling challenges to the narratives they have injected into and made dominant in our society by limiting our ability to communicate with each other on a mass scale via the internet and by blocking upcoming generations from the acquisition of critical thinking skills by destroying public education.

Big Money designed narratives to destroy morality, intellect, the love for truth and belief in its innate rightness in order to create generations of confused and frustrated, but compliant laborers and consumers who are easily led … and on both sides of the consumption coin we are enriching them to the point that .1% of society now owns as much as the lower 90%. But truth can be our remedy to this grand manipulation.

Let’s circle back to truth talk and to life lessons of intrinsic value. I love the truths spoken by Native Americans in CUT’s video and if you do too, please share it widely.

Please also share your ideas, if you have any, on whether Thanksgiving Day can be transformed from a celebration of wrongdoing into a celebration of goodness … and how. My family’s approach is by supporting Newark’s Share the Harvest and Break Bread With You Celebrations in Newark, where we help to share a festive day and delicious home-cooked food with 3000 plus underserved, elderly and NWNAs (Neighbor With No Address) families and individuals in northern New Jersey.

Hat tip to Nathaniel Davis for the fantastic find.

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Don’t let GOP lies confuse you – Obamacare is a good thing

Twitter trolls are spreading lies about Obamacare and its relationship to Medicare and Seniors. You can combat their lies by getting the real facts and sharing them. Obamacare (aka Affordable Care Act) is a good thing, especially for seniors.

#1 Troll says “Egregious example f Obamacare Medicare cuts-hospital refusing 2 ADMIT seniors & OBSERVING them instead”
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Don’t mess with Elizabeth Warren – she knows her stuff

elizabeth warren courtesy of Salon

elizabeth warren courtesy of SalonRight wing talking heads with their propaganda spouts open full force, need to know that Elizabeth Warren can’t be bested when all you’ve got to lob at her are innuendo, lies and bluster. Why is that? Because Elizabeth Warren tells the truth. She’s extremely well-spoken, she knows how to knock a lie flat on its face. She possesses impeccable recall of true facts and real data. I happen to also love the way Warren smiles like nobody’s business after she drops a huge truth-bomb on a challenger, which makes propaganda spinners trying to shut her up look like silly prancing bullies in tutus.

You know this lady’s last job before she became a federal Senator was at Harvard, where she taught bankruptcy law. Harvard mentions, “(Warren) has written eight books and more than a hundred scholarly articles dealing with credit and economic stress.”

Daily Kos reports on Warren’s tear-down of CNBC reporters trying to sell their lies to the public,

It’s been quite a day for Elizabeth Warren. First, her CFPB finally gets its director … Then she appears on CNBC’s The Squawk Box and responds to the hostile and ill-informed questioning of that crew…

In this video clip Sen. Warren patiently explains that Glass-Stegal is as relevant to the protection of family’s savings now as it was in 1933. Although there were big bank failures every 15 years before it was implemented that year, for 50 years until bank reforms were lifted in 1980 there were none. The system was, “steady and secure.” The senator says we need those protections back, and I believe she’s right. What do you think?

Why Obama’s challenging GOP positions

Obama 2012While the Republicans keep dishing out lies, Obama has to keep reminding people of the realities. Otherwise the liars win. After Ryan’s completely lying performance at RNC, the GOP rose in the polls. People haven’t known what to believe.

Fortunately, since President Obama is consistent, can back up his assertions with proof and encourages people to check out what he says, the public is slowly learning that it’s possible to trust what he says and conversely, much of what the Republicans say is suspect, if not downright BS.

Media Outlets Serving Up REAL, accurate News

Telling the truth, Orwell
Source: Twitter

Here’s a running list of media and advocacy organizations that are courageously bringing you the hard-hitting truths you can’t see on TV and in most newspapers any more. It will receive additions – hopefully, many of them …

Please also take a look at companion piece on which organizations are serving up bad news, and what it is about their news that makes it bad.

  • Campaign for America’s Future

    The Campaign for America’s Future is the strategy center for the progressive movement. Our goal is to forge the enduring progressive majority needed to realize the America of shared prosperity and equal opportunity that our country was meant to be.

    To attain our ultimate goal, we spearhead a compelling progressive agenda that addresses the kitchen-table issues working families face. We regularly convene and educate progressive thinkers, organizers and community activists so our voices will be coordinated, cogent and potent. And we incubate national campaigns on the critical issues that will define America for generations to come.

  • The Center for Media Justice
    Their motto says it all: “Because the power to communicate should belong to everyone.”
  • Fix Congress First
    Lawrence Lessig explains why it’s important to fix Congress:

    No one is ever going to like everything that Congress does, but we should be able to believe that when it makes mistakes, it does so on the basis of stupidity or incompetence, or because there are too many Democrats there or too many Republicans—but not because of the money. But with special interests funneling millions of dollars into our elections—and a new Supreme Court ruling giving corporations and unions even more power to control our government—we can never have that confidence.

  • Rootstrikers
    Lawrence Lessig, Harvard professor and founder of Fix Congress First and Rootstrikers tells us,

    “All across America, communities suffer because the FCC has allowed competition in broadband networks to atrophy. The only way we can revive that competition is to empower new competitors–including small towns and communities–to build faster and cheaper networks. Companies like Time Warner Cable should be spending their money building better networks, not buying political influence to protect themselves from competition.

    Lessig also says,

    Money is corrupting our democracy. Our country’s founders intended our government to be dependent upon the people alone—but today, lawmakers spend up to 70% of their time raising money for their reelection campaigns. In 2010, it cost an average of $8.5 million to win a Senate seat. Barack Obama is expected to spend over $1 billion on his reelection campaign. Where do we think this money comes from?

    We need a democracy that’s dependent on the people, not the funders. Government won’t change itself. We need a grassroots movement to fight the corrupting influence of money in politics.

  • coalition
    “Two million everyday people who have banded together with thousands of non-profit organizations, businesses and bloggers to protect Internet freedom,” and save the internet. Which, by the way, is under serious attack.
  • SourceWatch

    The Center for Media and Democracy publishes SourceWatch, this collaborative resource for citizens and journalists looking for documented information about the corporations, industries, and people trying to sway public opinion. We believe in telling the truth about the most powerful interests in society—not just relating their self-serving press releases or letting real facts be bleached away by spin.

    I love this news portal not only because they speak hard facts, but because years ago when I was searching for honest news reporting on a certain story I wanted information about and during a search stumbled across Blood Money, an article by William River Pitt. I wrote to Pitt expressing dismay that he had authored a story asserting facts which seemed impossible, and probably weren’t true, as he hadn’t backed up any of them with documentable references. Less than 10 minutes later, Pitt’s long list of research references for that article was sitting in my inbox. Just staring at me. I checked out those references and found that each one of them was legitimate – one of them, in fact, linked to a document on the Bush administration’s White House website embracing the assertions of the PNAC on military strategy. Needless to say, I felt both humbled and impressed with the total commitment to truth and transparency which that act – and the reporting behind it – represents.

    The points outlined in that White House document can still be found at another link supplied in Pitt’s list, the Project of the New American Century’s paper recommending strategies for “rebuilding” America’s defenses, which includes recommendations that become accomplishments during the pre-emptive wars engaged in by the Bush Administration such as:

    • “For the United States to retain the technological and tactical advantages it now enjoys, the transformation effort must be considered as pressing a military mission as preparing for today’s theater wars.”
    • “Service budgets must return to the level of approximately $90 to $95 billion in constant 2000 dollars.”
    • “The history of the 20th century should have taught us that it is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge, and to meet threats before they become dire. The history of the past century should have taught us to embrace the cause of American leadership” and
    • “The history of the 20th century should have taught us that it is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge, and to meet threats before they become dire. The history of the past century should have taught us to embrace the cause of American leadership.”
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  • “Don’t stop telling the truth”

    Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s spiritual mentor, spoke about truth in his eulogy to judge R. Eugene Pincham this past Saturday. Beautiful words.

    talking about Pincham’s integrity and honesty, Wright said, “You don’t change who you are because of where you are. You don’t stop telling the truth because it is not politically correct or it makes a racist uncomfortable . . .”

    Jump to full Sun Times article here.