Riham Said removing veil in front of Cleric Yousuf Badri on Egyptian TV

The following video of Riham Said removing her veil in front of Cleric Yousuf Badri, and the clash that ensued on Egyptian TV, reminded me of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s quote on the root cause of wrongdoing. The video is revealing… no pun intended.  It highlights topics, that as a white man, I cannot discuss, so I’m going to at least open the conversation ;)  It reminds me of claimed “divines” in the US who preach Christ’s Holy Gospel but are calling for holy war against Islam… it’s easy to see the “fierce Hell.. fiery abyss… unsound evil” within Cleric Yousuf Badri, and it pains the soul to see such confusion… and it inspires those with open eyes, to see Riham Said kicking some but with the “tools of perception and knowledge” that Abdu’l-Bahá talks about in the following quote.

“The root cause of wrongdoing is ignorance, and we must therefore hold fast to the tools of perception and knowledge. Good character must be taught. Light must be spread afar, so that, in the school of humanity, all may acquire the heavenly characteristics of the spirit, and see for themselves beyond any doubt that there is no fiercer Hell, no more fiery abyss, than to possess a character that is evil and unsound; no more darksome pit nor loathsome torment than to show forth qualities which deserve to be condemned.”

(“Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá”, Sec. 111) pp. 136–37) [40]

Biointensive Raised Beds

Some resources I found useful.

This video series kicks butt

The stages of soil preparation are visible here.

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This no till tetris game from hell takes about 2 times as much work to prepare the soil ;)

but it requires almost no weeding maintenance and results in 4x the productivity of normal raised beds. This book “El Huerto Sustentable” goes into great detail. It takes about 2 hours reading to really get the core of it. Image

 

Celebrating New Years and Imani with Queen Mother

It was a wonderful day of wonderful work on a wonderful holiday with wonderful people.  The following is the exact language of Queen Mother drafted to the new Mayor de Blasio in PDF form that will also be directed to the Pope and other leadership, regarding not leaving anyone behind in 2014 – be it New York or anywhere in the world

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Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely
Community Mayor of HarlemAmbassador of Good will to Africa
New Future Foundation Int.
477 W142 st Ste. 2
New York, NY 10031
212-368-3739
1-1-14
Re: No New Yorker Left Behind

EMAIL
PUBLIC

Mayor Bill de Blasio
City Hall
New York, NY 10007

Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio

CONGRATULATIONS, NEW YEAR BLESSINGS WITH PRAYERS FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, QUEEN MOTHER DR. DELOIS BLAKELY WAS NOT ABLE TO ATTENDED YOUR INNOGURATION & REQUESTS A CALL TO ASSIST IN URGENT COMMUNITY MATTERS THAT THREATEN HER AND OTHER NEW YORKERS

Congratulations on your inauguration as the 109th mayor of this Most Great City of New York. With 55 years of devoted service to this city, Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely regrets that this was the first inauguration she had to miss. Due to urgent matters of protecting her 30 year strong, self organized and repaired community building in Harlem, to ensure safe living conditions with heat and hot water, struggling in the dead of winter in a now 11 year long battle in the Court System against predatory lending and mortgage fraud against the HDFC (Housing Development Fund Corporation) low income housing which took decades to secure, Queen Mother was not able to attend.

After just returning from a trip to China, as part of her global investigation for best practices to solve this injustice of inadequate shelter for the poor and powerless, Queen Mother had to recuperate for the long fight ahead, to keep the community building which she secured for other single mothers with handicapped and special needs individuals. Refusing to succumb to the devastation offered through institutions, and arising to provide a working community based solution through cooperative housing earned with sweat and sacrifice, continuing her vow of poverty after becoming a nun within the Convent of New York, dedicating her Harvard, MIT, and Columbia degrees as a champion for global issues that are local, walking untold miles between Harlem to the UN, answering public officials, speaking with world leaders, and living with the people she serves, she has become an icon living between the Two Cities. Earning one dollar a year, she knows how to survive, and is preparing for the next court date on Jan 3rd at the New York State Supreme Court. The attention and participation of the Mayor’s Office, to ensure this heroine is not left in glamor of public words but honored with good deeds, will help this Most Great City advance.

With prayers for this city to realize it’s true potential,

Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely

Community Mayor of Harlem & Ambassador of Good Will to Africa

QMDB/ethiii

Enclosures: 2

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Enclosure 1. Queen Mother Moor with Nelson Mandela and Queen Mother Blakely (1990 in South Africa after Mandela’s release in the presidential office)

Queen Mother Moor - Nelson Mandela - Queen Mother Blakely

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Enclosure 2. Queen Mother Blakely with Edward T Hall III celebrating the New Year and Imani with Anne Apparu and drafting the letter for NYC leadership and the Pope
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Happy New Year, Happy day of Imani everyone – may the next Gregorian year be filled with victory and success for the friends of humanity and lovers of Creator

Imani = Faith

Your World Embracing Vision: 2014

What is the best news, the greatest challenge, and your highest expression to the Most High for 2014?  Let it be world embracing :)

Four victories of 2013 to bring into 2014:

BookFace is dead to youth

Guardian story on the death of BF

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1/2 of us regular mainstream news watchers turned off the boobtube

Newsbuster article detailing miraculous drop in CNN/MSN/FX viewers

previously unthinkable peace after 35 years of hostile relations could begin with the first commercial flights between the US and Iran

Guardian article on historic plan for Manhattan -> Tehran flights (*ahem.. yeah I do care about the environment! Solar flights 2024?)

Far from rosy eyed, there is plenty more to address, but this is definitely progress!  God willing, humanity will keep expanding frontiers of knowledge and strongholds of peace… For me, the biggest issues for us to really address

There is progress in those fronts too with coverage of the Redskins ban debate, and the slow, steady growth of the antifracking, renewable energy and organic farming efforts!  Also the illegal TPP trade scheme is looking less and less feasible!  Slow and steady!  These developments DON’T HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT, but by continuous fortitude of self sacrificing, unnamed, humble caretakers of humanity.. It’s not those of us blabring our heads off. Its the one’s who do the hard work, stay positive, and overcome the fear. As a former Occupier I hope that the streets stay clear of conflict, that our parks fill with picnics of dialogue and solution making… and we all find our Most High purpose/support and work together beyond this life, the seven generations, and are refreshed with the Breeze of Life from the Most Hidden of the hidden, and Manifest of the manifest.  With the following as my salute to the Gregorian 2014 – what would you say!!! What excites you about 2014, the progress of this year, and the challenges ahead, AND odes to Life… BUT FIRST – my most radical thought

Perhaps every bit of pain, we humanbeeeinz experience, is just a growth spurt.. from being little twerps to slowly mastering the art of peaceful, conscious, life creating… some day – even if wars break out – we’ll get out of the self inflicted doubt – and finally get out of the dark ages to breath life into every corner of the solar system, galaxy, nay universe, infinity :)

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White Supremacy aint the same as “racism”

Just as using heroine aint the same an “addiction”… just as cancer aint the same as “sick”… White supremacy aint the same as “racism”.  when you have cancer you say, “oh I’m not feeling well” to keep people form being uncomfortable.. that’s what racism is these days. The word is thrown around like news of a flue epidemic when we have a life threatening illness called white supremacy in this country.  We’re in denyal and those who are assaulted by white supremacy can’t say a thing in this PC culture that can get them killed or lose their job.

I hope this article title isn’t too provocative, and I’m sorry for the continuing injustice within America perpetrated systematically against anyone who isn’t white, and especially Native Americans. One may ask what does this white kid know about this, he’s got no right.. my family members have been assaulted by this disease of racism, and I don’t need to go into it publicly, perhaps over coffee, with people who care.  But anyone who’s judging me for being white on this topic is just coughing that cold of racism, without covering their mouths, and being completely ignorant of the absolutely disgusting and debilitating mental disease of white supremacy and is not interested in correcting the problem or equipped to, and may better serve humanity just sitting this fight out because they actually are feeding off petty conflicts that lead to the ultimate disease. 

With this limited language, and infantile American culture, when anyone speaks about racism, it’s interpreted multiple ways that tend to limit any attempt to actually correct what the speaker is trying to address.   To fight racism we need to be precise and let go of the caveman mentalities and institutions that just inflame every problem. 

For the white listener, when they hear “racism” they think about school songs and coloring books and Malcolm Gladwell studies and some pant over heroic pictures of MLK and an even fewer get a little peved and clench their fist thinking of Malcolm X, and wish they were black…  and some white people think, “This is WHITE AMERICA, and this government iz brainwashin our kids to love these N*GG*RS, I’m sick of seeing poor white people scraping what they can off food stamps and every black woman getting fat welfare checks off our hard earned bucks that fall through the cracks.. if we don’t stop this we goin lose this country our family died for! And those Mexicans! They eatin up every tax dollar and ain’t painin NOTHIN into the system! It’s SICK!”

When people of color talk about racism, I have a feeling they’re trying to communicate (in the only way that the hyper PC babyish prodominant white culture can even fake to hear) the white supremacy that’s polluted the atmosphere of the American consciousness.  Sure, racism is the generic thing we’re addressing here, but again we need to be precise.  It’s the lack of precision that leads self sacrificing white people to get all pissed and talk about “reverse racism”, which to people of color means “I’m a little emotional turd who can’t handle a teaspoon of the bitter reality” that they drink gallon by gallon every day for generations.  There’s no such thing as “reverse racism”, there’s just racism and white supremacy, one’s like a cold and the other is tuberculosis… if your not strong enough to treat it and complain about someone coughing on you, then get out or at least know how to stand by Spirit and reason and enjoy the test. 

I’m still tustling to figure out how to really challenge White Supremacy and find myself woefully under equipped, but willing.  Especially for our Native American friends who are starved, assaulted, and drugged by every white supremacist message shared on our TVs and Churches.  I can only think that empowering youth to combat racism at school is the way forward, and public acts of justice to leverage that lesson – changing the “Washington Redskins” to the Washington Wassicu or something like this – really for some healing for our Native American adult friends, and for the learning of those who still got growing minds and hearts… cuz anyone over 15 is basically stuck in their trajectory… they will not reform much

Pardon the rant put does this make sense? Anyone have experience lancing the boil of white supremacy from anyone? In really challenging it?  God willing we could replace it with white humility…  We can’t forget the history of self sacrifice that white people in America have shown… and it cannot stop if we are to finally shed this blood parasite that completely weakens this great Nation from it’s true destiny.  I pray we get up with vigour and shake it off.  I know we can

Invitation to Empower Youth & Build Community

Junior Youth

Nothing fancy :)  This curriculum in inspired by the Colombian FUNDAEC organization for Science and Agriculture – and the holy writings of all traditions.  If you’re 10-15 or know someone who is or would like to see more teens arise to defend the environment, stand for justice, build peace, and selflessly educate the whole of humanity, let me know! Here’s a video of the effort in action – worth skimming at least

It’s a program all over the world, and 100+ young adults like myself are lighting the fire here in NYC, in every borough.  On Wednesday we have a regular training.  No doubt, the animating influence of this program will bring in a new culture to NYC, slowly and steadily, a culture of global consciousness and social action for the benefit of all.  It is my greatest honor to be involved in it and I cannot help but share it with friends :)

2 Years = 2 Lessons

I was composed not to write any prose on this anniversary

so poetry will suffice, these dice, I’ll roll till the fight becomes a soul full open source poll, and I die an old Joe… but 2 years ago… I learned what community meant.  2 years ago, I was given a taste of what it meant to defend a kitchen, and I look back… last night listened to the whispering wind with a few friends from the beginning, getting a tie dye set of leggings back, “order is restored in the kingdom” har har :)

long live the Queen of America

What can be said… the movement is far from dead… but no longer in my head. God willing, it can be shead… but its impossible to like a bad itch… the fight for “life” and the temptation of strife, Jerremy Hammond now 10 years in a slammer, with so much more to flip through the YouTube gore that is the state of the present world order, Fukushima, and billionair hoarders, whewww!!!  What is there to say while looking in the mirror?

That I would not have made it through Liberty Plaza without spiritual foddar, and that I am thankful to be going farther, to honor the sacrifice and the lessons learned while in holdings every time, knowing now what a cop out color blind is and how cops create more doubt than safety,… learning not conceptually, not from some anthropology degree, Pee on your PhD, TDE, that love for humanity and the little kiddis is all we can do. Get mad tight and no more fight because in the end we are all light, and the whole struggle just keeps us from going beyond the insistant self bubble prison we living in that waves out into allt he human made limits on God and our Divine Union… as humanz… that it’s patience, and listening and taking away two lessons.

Sacred solutions will inhale the pollutants, and reparing all the relations can renew America’s station… the first is for us all, the last is mostly the responsability for white men… because we live on stolen land, and as long as we repeat the mistakes of our fathers, and take land, this nation of the United States will be shaken with bloody retribution.  So God have mercy on us and guide us forward, may we peacefully create the future… May the following quotes go to Jerrimy the Trooper.  It’s the only way I could see glory in the decay of the day.  To stop trying to “save” those being taken by the waves but to build the machine that stops the flood.

Now words into deeds – the first is for the strong of heart, the second for those strong of soul – I wana know who’s ready to go.

2. O SON OF SPIRIT!
The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes.

Persian 74 – O CHILDREN OF VAINGLORY!
For a fleeting sovereignty ye have abandoned My imperishable dominion, and have adorned yourselves with the gay livery of the world and made of it your boast. By My beauty! All will I gather beneath the one-colored covering of the dust and efface all these diverse colors save them that choose My own, and that is purging from every color.

Censorship on Sugarhill

Guess what happened after I posted a silly, but mildly insightful update about BookFace’s conspiring with totalitarian police forces to censor citizen activists….

THIS!

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And why?

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and when I tried to share this hilariously ironic exchange with Roger Berkowits and other heroic keepers of Hannah Arendt’s historic, but now cutting edge, deconstruction of totalitarianism annnnd… THIS HAPPENED

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Just a day in the life of Tedward Hall and probably most people who give a damn

such is the burden of today :)   I like weight lifting, how bout you?  Glad I’m born in America, God bless this nation… as we smother out the last banal breaths of the Samiric miráge plugging the human family… the front lines are within (ie our own minds and hearts)

Red Skin -> Red Kin

In response to the brave and inspiring work of Kevin Gover and First Nation’s peoples leaders who have finally opened the eyes of America to unbearable shames of historic and ongoing colonization and empire.

These documentaries put history into perspective and dispel the lie “it’s in the past”.  Genocide, is alive and well, and every US tax dollar fuels it at home and abroad.

Matters of Collective Survival (for the 99 AND 1%)

SHORT VERSION: JUST A VIDEO FOR THE BUSY PUBLIC SERVANTS OUT THERE

IN DEPTH VERSION: VIDEOS (COMING SOON) AND SOURCE TEXT

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All of us are in this together (WHATEVER THIS THING IS THAT WE’RE IN, creation, Earth, Spaggheti Monster tendrils)… All of us get in our own way at times (save the Universal Teachers perhaps) … And all of us are capable of getting out of our own way and thus out of eachother’s way!  Why though?  Why get out of our own way?  Survival in all senses.  Spiritual, physical, social, economic, and environmental survival is at stake… And it always has been :) have

The only differences is that now we are all (as a single being and living organism) becoming SELF AWARE of our own mortality and existence and interconnection with the planet, each other and our actions.

THE FOLLOWING ARE LIKEN UNTO ROCKS THAT HUMANITY IS FAILING TO AVOID IN THE FLOOD. (this is an American perspective btw)

  • Looming Global Civil War = Syria and Egypt are in a blood bath, fueled from the outside, and initiated in historic conflicts… it is rolling in Iran and Israel… China and Russia and USA are all committing cyber warfare upon each other.  All are having a big cock fighting competition and ignoring life.  God have mercy on them.
  • First Nations genocide = The US govt and private firms genociding 190 First Nations, stealing land, poisoning soil with open pit uranium mines, injecting addicting substances, conducting illegal experiments with GMO’s in the reservation food system. See these videos for more – Red CryDakota 38
  • Fukushima = poisoning millions of people and could possibly cover the planet… Caused by deregulated industry and poorly educated public… This is conected to the rock labled TPP, which will make it illegal for locals to regulate industries, and the “right” for industries to collect taxes for “lost potential profits”.
  • Indian Point = warned by Lenape, First Nations of NY who gave original peace Treaty with the US that paved the way for the successful revolution, where first massacre of their people was in the Rockaways, where Sandy hit, and now are saying that Indian POINT is already leaking and will completely finish us off if we don’t change our ways.
  • Race conflict = USA being torn apart by own racism and media, could lead to uncontrollable civil unrest, profitable to companies involved in TPP (military, prison, pharma, energy industrial complex of all complexes)
  • TPP = global corporate coup that will speed up the destruction of all local input, internet freedom, affordable medicine, the Constitution. Here’s a 2 min video on it by the AFL-CIO
  • Fracking = connected to TPP but essential for local survival, water is life
  • GMOs = poisoning our food system, cutting people off from seeds
  • Censorship = cutting off access to information that is vital for survival
  • Corporate Made Global Warming = wreaking havoc on food production
  • Gross Materialism/Unsustainability = the ultimate lie, and denial of our sacred self and the ultimate Truth… if that makes you uncomfortable, the oppression such facts is bad… and not knowing our true selves at least socially, leads to insatiable consumption, self destructive and other destructive behavior that leads to colonizing behavior/war racism all of it

THESE ARE THE MACHINES WE ARE BUILDING TO STOP THE FLOOD (from an American perspective)

  • Soil renewing agriculture – local agriculture using traditional technologies, not industry – Urban Farming Guys - Growing Power - Permaculture -
  • Open source sustainable design – open source ecology/window-farms sharing technology that saves lives
  • Renewable Energy – 1 billion (same as it takes to make ONE coal power plant) in R&D for Geo Thermal could produce 4 times as much energy as the US needs (MIT study)
  • Decentralized Communications – the Free Network Foundation, FabFi, FreedomBox
  • Research on Environmental Decision Making and Post Prejudice Society – CRED, Social Psych
  • Decolonization and anti-racism training – Decolonization network
  • Complementary Currencies – LETs, Bitcoin, Berkshares, Ithaca Bucks, Cirandas (Brazilian Federation of Solidarity Economy), etc
  • Cultural preservation and empowerment – protecting First Nations languages and wisdom that is destroyed by materialism/colonialism – language and practices that hold to life saving medicines and ground sustainable development in agricultural and social practices that survived 1000′s of years of nature’s tests and 500 years of genocide. – Wade Davis and Kogi,  UNESCO Language Preservation, Project Halo, Creative Commons
  • Legal innovations: Iceland’s Crowdsourced Constitution, The Open Government Platform, The Open Source Imperative, The Local Bill of Rights, the Climate Bill of Rights, Ley de Derechos de la Madre Tierra 
  • Spiritual or Moral or Scientific Education of Youth – Baha’i program, Mennonite program, Religions for Peace, Depock Chopra, Citizen Science of Cornell, MITx Barefoot College, The Hawn Foundation

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Unless and until an individual makes effort to addresses one of these mortal threats to humanity, and supports a complementary solution, their life work will be of no consequence benefit. And unless and until the aggregate individual actions are not brought together, they will be of no benefit either in a relative sense….

If 1,000,000 people are inventing the wheel in parallel but not together, it’s about who makes the first functioning wheel.  Compared to all 1,000,000 people all working on inventing the wheel TOGETHER…. the former ends with a longer invention cycle, and the wasted effort of 999,999 people… The later results in a shorter invention cycle, a better more holistic invention probably, and the fruitful effort of 1,000,000 people!  It’s MAGIC!  What’s really magic is that you can compare both of those at an extreme end… and say 1,000,000 competing to save the day is worse than 2 working together.  Tragedy of the hero.

We cannot reform an immoral system (corporate rule or centralized power or petroleum based economy or materialistic culture).  It requires a complete shift to spiritually/morally/scientifically based education of youth, and the alignment of resources to their empowerment.  It’s a surprise to some to realize this simple fact that youth are smarter, learn faster, and have more energy and have a greater stake in the future outcome, thus they bear the most fruit of resources and empowerment for the whole human race.

Literally everything else will not have an effect in the future and is a repeat of the old paradigm, however formulaically accurate or logical the reform could be (money out of politics), it still does not reach the root of the problem (a-spiritual, a-moral, a-scientific education).  None of these formulas protect us from mortal dangers that all of humanity faces presently…. and if we want to get serious about prioritizing who lives and who dies, by which resources are allocated… it is a calculation of how many resources are directed to youth that are working to benefit humanity.

As a man reaching the end of his youth, this is becoming clearer to me.  We, the millennials, are being canibalized by our own parent generation.  We’re also done with it.  We’ve shown our angst, and it did little compared to what we are doing now by creating new systems just in NYC (Freedom School, Reclaim Network, The Global Summit, The Free Network Foundation, Love Bomb Seed Bomb, Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign, Rebuild NYC, WindowFarms, Tradeschool, CSI, )…. but the greatest injustice is the hoarding of resources by the older, suposedly wiser generations that are giving us a fucked planet.  We’re in debt, jobless, and homeless.  The lack of intergenrational empowerment = extinction of cultures, languages, ecosystems, and a bad taste in the mouth of everyone.  We need the older generations to listen – stop lecturing, help – don’t tie us down with conditional agreements… this is about survival.

Again, unless and until an individual or group is participating in remediating ONE of these mortal threats, AND is supporting or implement at least ONE of these solutions, they are literally choosing not to participate in human evolution.  My claim that spiritual education is a no no, then at least support moral or scientific education… I don’t see a difference… save that spiritual education is like the quantum physics of such education, where moral education is the classical physic…

This may well be the lesser covenant, do I participate in living, it is up to me, it is up to you as well if you do, it is up to ever group… It requires no verbal commitment, just action.  Loving, peaceful, focused action… upon the horizon is a future glorious beyond our imagination… The caterpillar, in metamorphosis, begins to die… new cells form (liminal cells) that become the building block of the butterfly… some of the old cells help in the transition to the butterfly and feed energy to the new, unimaginable life of the caterpillar… and other cells become entrenched, eventually becoming food for the butterfly.  Who’s ready to fly!