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Cops Need Weed

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Ethics & Morals, Medical, Military, SCOD Fallout Projects, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2020 by Drogo

Two stories about the desperate search by police for pot –

This essay is based on memoir notes from my SCOD 2018 road-trip, but police have harassed me several times over the years for many minor traffic violations; usually they just gave me warnings and sometimes a ticket, but their attitude was always accusatory and offensive to be intimidating. The main problem with cops that I want to point out here, is how they are trained to lord their authority over citizens and escalate tensions which causes more problems. The ‘War On Drugs’ is unjust; but although I was more high on the coffee than I was on cannabis, I am not endorsing driving while intoxicated unsafely above legal limits. Laws against the medicinal herb called cannabis are still enforced Federally and most state and county cops still actively search and harass people for it. For those that do not understand the difference between cannabis (pot) intoxication and alcohol, in general pot makes people safer than being sober or high on coffee, because in general a pot driver will drive slower. Sometimes pot also makes the user paranoid so they check for problems more often, and hesitate to take risks. I was warned at the pot shop in Colorado and by highway signs that law enforcement officers were cracking down hard on pot, even though pot was legally being sold for the first time in almost 100 years (see racism and class warfare).

My long SCOD road-trip had gone well up until I entered Nebraska (see my notes on Cahokia & Arcosanti). I was driving from Denver CO going from route 76 to 80 into Nebraska. I saw a cop car (SUV) as I approached an underpass, and the highway narrowed to one lane in a forced merge. I observed the cop tailing me with obvious intent to find any reason to pull me over. I was pulled over by the cop for not signaling on the forced merge with no cars parallel to me, and no tight or shifting positions front to back. I had been told by cops previously not to use my warning lights when pulled over, because they consider that suspiciously incriminating as it competes with their flashy lights; so my reasoning for not using my turn signal when being forced to merge was that I did not want to act overly cautious. My out-of-state plates and car loaded up with bags were juicy for a criminally suspicious mind dedicated to law-enforcement for pay over social sympathy. Everyone knows being a cop is a hard job, because they put their lives on the line; but they can quit if the job is unreasonable, and we can demand legal reform to reduce abuse of power.

Nevada cops probably like to wait there in that forced merge spot, to stop civilian cars for that specific trivial traffic violation to search cars for drugs. The Nebraska County Cop’s name was Anderson, and he was a young white man with a snarky attitude. I had smoked some pot in Colorado hours ago, and was settled in for a safe drive across the state of Nebraska; but Officer Anderson was intent on ruining my trip. After he looked in the passenger window, he told me the feeble reason he pulled me over, and said he smelled pot; so I said that is because I smoked recently.

Officer Anderson then asked me to step out of my vehicle, and if I had any weapons he should know about. I said “No, wait what do you want to know about? What do you consider weapons? I have a walking stick.” “guns”, “no”, “knives”, “yes”, “why?”, “I like knives, they are legal and useful.”, “is this a stolen car?”, “No I own this car, it is mine.” I told Anderson that I am sorry for entering his state of Nebraska, and I could simply return to Colorado if there was going to be a problem.

Anderson patted me down and paused at my pants leg. “whats this? uh-oh, oh a button”. He told me to get in his vehicle with him, in the front passenger seat, as he was detaining me. Anderson flipped many switches, and occasionally I heard noises from the armored cell in the back. Was there an animal or another human back there? The county sheriff’s deputy Anderson then interrogated me with a series of bladerunner type questions to gauge my reactions.

Where are you coming from?”, “Arizona”, “oh yeah, how did you get there?”, “southern route through Texas, then up through Arizona and Colorado. I am tired from driving all night.”, “oh ok, how long have you been on your trip?”, “A long time”, “how long is that?”, “several weeks”, “that is not long, I consider short time days or weeks, and long time months or years”, “Ok, I meant relative to smaller day trips, im sorry sir”, “are you thirsty?”, and he proceeded to inquire about my personal life, so I explained i was feeling depressed because I had lost my house and did not know where I should live or work.

Where were you headed?”, “Iowa to visit mom, and then Indiana to visit aunt pat. Maybe im too tired to drive so I need a motel. I slowed down because im trying to not get into an accident by rushing, I would rather take my time.” “it looks like you were ready to drive straight across. where did you say your mom lived? why are you nervous? You said you were coming from Colorado, not Arizona.”

Yes I am coming from both states, I was in one before the other. ive always been afraid of cops, and last time I was pulled over because i made a wrong turn the night after my father’s funeral. A cop pulled a gun on me for wearing a bandanna, and he threatened to shoot me for getting out of my car because I thought he was a friend.” “That is not good.” “I know. he lost his ability to serve. He was a marine vet with ptsd serving as a park ranger. When i went in to the NPS ranger office to complain about him the next week, they told me they had problems with him and he was no longer there.”

The cop was a buzz-kill for sure, and tears welled up in my eyes as I recalled the times I was bullied by those in uniforms before. The pot I had earlier was sedative indica, but I was being extra safe with average speed and sensible spacing, and I remember everything about this encounter vividly. The cop made me more alert and upset, but I was still more grounded than I would have been without my medication. Yes cannabis helps me to manage my anger, and be a happier person; with a few minor side effects relative to even over-the-counter medications.

What will I find if I search your car?”, “You will find 1 joint, im not a salesman. I am not good at wanting to ask people for money; nor am I interested in convincing those who want to haggle or disagree, that my price is fair. so you wont find bags of pot. what you will find is bags of legal garden herbs I use for spiritual smoking blends called kinik-kinik: peppermint, lemon balm, mugwort, and mullein. also peacepipes. I admit I like to go to powwows.” “peacepipes are not illegal. ok im going to search your car now. if I only find what you say, you can go with a warning. the sun began to set as he searched every pocket and zipper and bag in my car. he set the colbert bag on the road, for some reason. he looked in the spare tire compartment. he shined the flashlight in my eyes when he could see i was impatient after the sun was setting. I thought for sure he was stealing my cash, planting evidence, and was going to send me to jail.

Finally he said “ok step out of the car, i am going to let you go with a warning because you were honest with me; but first we are going to destroy evidence.” He threw the joint on the road between our cars and said “step on it and crush it” so I did. A perfectly good waste of expensive legal but illegal herb. He then said I can go and pointed me in direction of the exit. “are you sure?” I said “ill need my driver’s license back, because im not that stoned.” he snorted as if to say “dont incriminate yourself by referring to any intoxication” and gave it back. I shook his hand and said thanks for showing me some respect and saving me from a fine and driving while tired; although i later found out he had damaged my grandfather’s briefcase i used for my books, because he was tearing it apart to look for hidden drugs.

When i eventually arrived in Iowa, Uncle Bruce the Corporate Democrat aggressively blamed me for ‘looking like a criminal’, and suggested cops should use more dogs on people like me who “look like one of THEM”. I asked “Who is THEM?” Luckily my Mom was sympathetic, but I have found it too uncomfortable to want to visit my Centrist Liberal relatives there anymore. Bruce also told me that only naive college students are excused for voting for a communist like Bernie Sanders. This fit in with his question about my interest in communes, but I had teased them that their Methodist retirement community was the best kind of communism. The argument I had with Uncle Bruce and Cousin James about music theory is worth an entire essay, on its own (strict reading and playing vs self expression with improvisation / literal vs abstract / classical vs jazz).

In Indiana I had another exciting adventure with Pat Long. We went to the Zoo, and had lots of local coffee before I left (which I should have mentioned to the police later, but was too nervous). Leaving Indiana East to go home: Oak st. south to Sycamore. east to 421. south to 465. east to 70, 43, 40, 68, 70. Traffic was crazy, and Ohio police were out in force pulling tons of cars and trucks over. I thought I had passed all their traps, so I sped up to just over the speed limit so i could pass some of the traffic and get out of that area; when i saw another police vehicle, waiting to pounce, so i signaled and changed lanes quickly, too quickly. Sure enough the SUV started following me too closely for me to slow down, and i felt i was too close to the truck in front of me. The police lights went on after a few seconds of following me, so i pulled over on the dangerous highway.

I was stopped in Ohio by Ohio State Troopers, again for another minor traffic violation that most cars do and are not stopped for; and again released; this time by officer Wilson after a long ordeal with his dog and his Sergeant. I was hyped up on 2 large cups of coffee, so I was fumbling around to quickly get my registration out of my glove compartment, when the cop came up on my passenger window and watched me, obviously suspecting that i was up to no good, and probably had a gun. I was simply nervous and disorganized, but he didnt care. I began by saying “I understand profiling officer, so you can search my car if you want; but I want to explain up front that I have already been pulled over by another officer who already searched my car.” He called in a sergeant who was very matter of fact about finding me at fault because I was driving too close to the vehicle in front of me (which I rarely do). “Do you remember that flat bed truck? How many car lengths were you from it, you think.” I admitted I was too close, and apologized for not being at a safer distance. Then the police dog was led around my car, and scratched at my door. Thankfully they did not use the dog to attack me, but instead they had me step out of my car again and pointed to a spot between our cars, with the roar of the busy highway beside us.

I knelt down on the pavement, allowing them to execute me with a shot to the back of the head if they want. Instead officer Wilson shouted “No! Stand.” So i quickly stood back up, and he patted me down. I explained again to him that I had PTSD with police having guns, and said I could explain why i was “so nervous” (again forgetting i was hyped up on coffee). Fortunately Wilson chose to save me another search of my car, by putting me in the armored cell in the back seat of his vehicle. There he said “Ok, talk.”

Officer Wilson allowed me to explain calmly what my problems are. He called the Nebraska officer Anderson, and confirmed my story with him. Then Wilson asked how that stop ended up, and not wanting to incriminate myself or Anderson (in case he did something illegal by destroying the evidence), i simply said “Yes he found what i told him he would find, and we worked it out.” He thanked me for my honesty. Then Wilson asked if i had other drugs, and I said “No sir, I dont do that shit.” as i stood at attention like they taught me at basic training. Then Wilson said “I am getting a ‘medicinal marijuana vibe’ from you, and said they did not think the dog smelled any existing pot, because as I had explained it was removed previously. I said with a smile, “Yes sir, you are correct.”

I know I have been lucky, I did not suffer any legal penalties. I shook hands with Wilson and I thanked him for not shooting me. He said “Cops are the good guys” and i said “I know police are supposed to be good, and sometimes do good things when they serve and protect. I thank you for your kindness, compassion, and mercy officer.”

Still shaken, I returned home to hear news of more protests against police violence and environmental pollution. I am still shaken to this day, as my mind is haunted by how my life could have been ruined if the cops had been more aggressive, and if I had not been able to manage my anger as much; or how I could have avoided the situations if I had not gone on the road-trip, or not liked herb, or any number of issues.

A city hall meeting was taken over by ‘black lives matter’ protesters in a 2018 video. Men danced across center stage, and vocally and physically showed dominance by public non-violent demonstration art. There was a new court ruling in Massachusetts – “Environmental protests are not criminally responsible by reason of necessity”. Americans are still causing anarchy now, to demand true democracy. The power of the laws rests in the people, and that can best be practiced by deliberate actions. Freedom for self-governing in politics, business, and relationships is important. Laws are made to serve us, not us to serve laws.

I could have been a cop, because using anger to bully others is easy for me. When I was a military soldier, wearing my uniform made me want to use my authority to intimidate and control others, as was done to me during training; despite my best efforts to change their arrogant attitudes that favored using threats and abuse rather than better forms of control through reward. That is when I began to see how primitive our brutish training methods still were. I became sick of being part of a command system that indoctrinated fear and abuse primarily, rather than education and compassion. I thought we had advanced more as a culture, but perhaps fear and abuse are simply easier ways to brainwash and control others to do violence, which is needed to impose the laws of an empire. As much as I dislike St. Paul, I gotta give him credit on this one, for seeing the error of his ways, during his career of authoritarian abuse on behalf of Rome. It is not fun to remember traumatic events, as our minds force us to relive them over and over; but our conscience is telling us they are important for a reason. If we can remember the reason the events might be important, then we can focus on the lessons rather than the trauma. Humanity should focus efforts to relieve suffering, not cause more of it. This is why I use my white privilege to say “All lives matter, not just cops.”

Maybe instead of militarizing the police, we need to use more cannabis and have more of a ‘please force’. To honor civil rights maybe we can regulate laws more like a large urban Mayberry, instead instead of making more fascist troops to relive Nazi Germany. Cowboy culture seems to get in the way of easing racial tensions, but that is another story about economics and greed.

Lastly, cops need weed a bit too much. I know pot is strong medicine, but I am not sure any amount of pot can solve the systemic problem of police aggression. Whoever reforms the system will need to be sympathetic to the good herb, no doubt about it. Cops need weed.

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Fatal Police Shootings

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Economics, Ethics & Morals, Legal / Laws, news, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2020 by Drogo

Civilian Vs. Police Deaths By Firearm Shootings 

According to the Washington Post and CNN articles more civilians are killed than police from shootings, at a ratio of apx. 50 cops / 1000 civilians. The term ‘civilian’ is used here because although police are supposed to be citizen civilians also, police have become far more militarized with their training and equipment; and police (ICE) have a war against immigrants who are not citizens. Police are taught to kill people as quickly as soldiers, making neighborhoods into war zones.

Not all civilian shootings or murders are reported by police,* to protect themselves. Even some high profile public cases where a cop clearly murdered an innocent victim, are not recorded as shootings in their official case files. So the statistics will tend to have errors in favor of the police. Many of those fatal civilian murders may be accidental or justified because the victims were violent criminals, and when the police get their parades and pay in those cases they should be congratulated. However if a few hundred of those 1,000 murders were ‘questionable’, that would still mean that cops were responsible for more than double the unjustified killings that are committed against them; and that is assuming that all cop murders are unjustified. All too often cops are considered above the law by courts, so they can commit crimes like murder legally; because “their jobs are hard, and they put their lives on the line to serve and protect”.

The stress of being a cop has more to do with our racist and unjust system, which orders cops to enforce laws against poor people, harsher and more often than against rich people. Racism has more to do with wealth than race, because more ‘whites’ are wealthier than ‘blacks’; and so racial stereotypes (profiling) have more to do with who has money for lawyers and who has political power. If more blacks had more money than whites, the racism would be reversed; therefore racism is subject to classism. Those in power keep their power by oppressing everyone else, even those in their own ‘race’.

To further explain why race is less of a factor in shootings than money, the statistics show very clearly that more whites are killed than blacks; most of the murders occurring in lower class neighborhoods, and most victims are lower class. There are more ‘whites’ than ‘blacks’, even though many ‘blacks’ may have more white relatives than black relatives. Race is far more superficial than ethnicity or culture; even personalities are more substantial than a person’s appearance. We have many more black cops now more than ever, and still more blacks are killed in proportion to their population than whites (death rate per race).

Cops shoot more whites than blacks. However the reasons why cops shoot so many people to begin with, has to do with their militarized training and equipment. It is long past time that their funding be spent on more humanist programs to retrain police to actually help people more often than hurt them. If cops were trained to be more friendly and helpful as social workers, there would be less crime and less violence in society; so there would be less excuses to brainwash citizens into bullies with badges. Currently police badges are licenses to kill.

“Although half of the people shot and killed by police are white, black Americans are shot at a disproportionate rate. They account for less than 13 percent of the U.S. population, but are killed by police at more than twice the rate of white Americans. Hispanic Americans are also killed by police at a disproportionate rate.” – WP

Cops shoot to death about 1,000 people annually. People shoot to death under 50 cops annually. “47 officers were gunned down by the end of 2018” – CNN

The Covid Riots are not just about George Floyd or ‘Black Lives Matter’, people of all colors are expressing their rage over the oppression of civil rights by law enforcement and those who make the laws. The masses are pissed because our cost of living exceeds our income, and we get harassed and attacked by police. The prison industrial complex is largely for profit, and allows modern slavery.

*”The police report lists Breonna Taylor’s injures as NONE, even though she was shot 8 times” and murdered in her own home without committing any crime. – Democracy Now! June 11, 2020

Cop violence is not just a black and white issue, it is a working class issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AMM ALM – ‘All Lives Matter’ Album Series

Posted in Ethics & Morals, POB Audio, Poems, Rhymes, Riddles, Politics, Protests / Riots, Song Lyrics & Analysis, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2020 by Drogo

Skin color is surface, culture is deep.

ALM Album Related AMM (Appalatian Mountain Malitia) Music Sets –

‘ALM Black Light‘ & ‘Black Lives Matter Too; Not Just Rich Lives‘ & ‘No Lives Matter’

All lives matter (ALM), not only RICH lives; no matter the color. RAINBOW power. Black Lives matter (BLM) even during a ‘Trumpster Fire‘ when they are being treated like they don’t matter. All lives matter, even when they are not being respected. This AMM album series was recorded in West Virginia (under-ground) old school; and remixed as live sets during the Covid Crisis Protests, enjoy. The ALM and BLM movements are together (2016). Our current civil unrest is more about working rights for all citizens and races, which worries the 1%. No matter how you identify, here’s rainbow in your eye.

This album series is live FB DJ set recordings from AMM 2006 to 2020, past and present mix. It includes a variety of music styles and voices recorded in the Harpers Ferry, WV area (304). AMM was founded by JB CODIAK and friends. ALM Album themes range from MLK, Black Panther, to Death Rap. Besides being generally anti-racist, because members and associates can be any race combination and identify as whatever they want; AMM supports progressive politics like UBI, UHC, and zero tolerance for police aggression.

All Lives Matter‘ provocative phrase and word semantics regarding racist (human vs ethnic) perspectives:

“According to an August 2015 poll, 78% of likely American voters said that the statement ‘All Lives Matter’ was “closer to their own” point of view than was ‘Black Lives Matter’. Only 11% said that the statement Black Lives Matter was closer. Nine percent said that neither statement reflected their own point of view.” 

President Barack Obama spoke to the debate between Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter. Obama said, “I think that the reason that the organizers used the phrase Black Lives Matter was not because they were suggesting that no one else’s lives matter … rather what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that is happening in the African-American community that’s not happening in other communities.” He also said “that is a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.”

MacHatfield on ALM – “No matter how “woke” a pc person thinks they are, this phrase is not offensive to say it; it is not an “either/or” it is inclusive of all human races (the term “race” being fake or artificial). If people want to say ‘Black Lives Matter’ (BLM) to talk about people who appear or identify as black, they can; but BLM has been used to imply that black lives don’t matter currently (to who?), which is racist because black lives actually do matter, despite how racist the system or individuals are; and no matter how much it makes anyone feel like black lives dont matter, many of us have always felt black lives matter (audience is critical). Black lives do matter (speaking to anyone who thinks they don’t), and the BLM phrase does point out that law enforcement and corporate society treats most blacks (who also, no coincidence to the history of slavery, are often poor) terribly; most of these ‘black’ are people who cannot afford lawyers or the cost of living. There are statistics that show those identified as “blacks” suffer more than “whites”, no matter the actual “racial” mix of the person (see social-racial identity). The ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement has been a large part of the Covid Protests, but dividing ourselves by race is what the rich masters always want. The issues affecting “black americans” are class, not just surface racism but systemic economic working-class injustice too; which is sustained by race wars among workers. Minorities feel the oppression by corporate bosses the worst, because they are used as ‘scab-labor’ when the majority (whites) strike. To use the terms ‘black’ or ‘white’ to describe people can be called racist, since it is a surface description that assumes stereo-types belonging to most people who appear light or dark skinned should or should not have any number of cultural attributes which make them another race, other than human. I fucking hate Nazi racists, no matter their color.”

“While the immediate spark for this moment was the brutal murder of George Floyd, his killing was not an isolated event. It is not the first time a black man has called out “I can’t breathe” as he was choked or lynched. We can draw a straight line that runs from slavery, to Jim Crow, to legal segregation, to de facto segregation, to institutional racism, to the killings of so many in recent years – George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, and others.” – MD Senator Van Hollen

Most of us can agree that skin color is superficial. White and Black cultures are actually not as black-and-white as the labels might appear. Cultures are not bound by simplistic definitions of appearance; cultures are complex and overlap as they change. And change they do, despite conservative cores, cultures constantly evolve just as species do. Cultural depth includes problems of poverty, working class racism, public and private violence, wars, family, and plutocracy etc. Racism is used as a tool for warfare against other individuals or groups who appear different, and are blamed for problems; however as a cultural tool racism mainly benefits those in power over the majority, while the masses insult and harm each-other. It is easy to use racial labels to insult people we don’t like, because we want to use anything we can to hurt them; but the more people resort to judging by appearance, the more racism becomes a problem for everyone.

Law enforcement is a class struggle, where oligarchs wage war against the lower classes legally. Racial diversity on police forces has not stopped the war on the poor. Enforcing laws more aggressively against the poor, more than enforcing laws (at least those that exist) against the bigger rich thieves, benefits those running the show. History has shown that companies will break worker unions any way they can, and scab race wars is most effective to keep wages low. General strikes are most effective for equality, when most workers are willing to refuse to work for masters.

RIP M.F. and J.J. on this album. Special thanks to Donald Greene for donating the pre-AMM archives from his personal collection.

‘All Lives Matter’set 1 on FB

‘ALM Black Light – set 2 on FB

Black Lives Matter Too; Not Just Rich Lives – set 3 on FB

‘No Lives Matter’  – set 4 on FB

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Covid Crisis Protests & Solutions

Posted in Cooperative collaboration, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Ethics & Morals, jobs, Military, news, Protests / Riots, Sustainability, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2020 by Drogo

During the Covid Crisis and 2nd Great Depression a series of protests began against government oppression, the largest being ‘Black Lives Matter‘ protests across the USA. The climax of the protests was sparked by the police murder of George Floyd, a poor black citizen of Minneapolis, Minnesota who was non-violent with covid. As protests and riots grew, more cops and the National Guard increased violence to impose martial law in many places; but in a few cities there was a more enlightened civilized response.

My own reflections on the current “all lives matter” protests: in Savannah Georgia authorities allowed us to protest in the streets for Critical Mass biking multiple times. ‘Black Lives Matters’ might be more angry, but they were mostly unarmed and probably would have just marched and got bored if there were no cops acting like bullies in direct opposition to civil rights. Military grade guns and industrial standard-issue projectile weapons shows that only cop’s lives matter because they are the law on behalf of the owner upper-class. If cops were trained to approach as peaceful friends to citizens, it would automatically begin to diffuse, but oligarchs dont want that. Protesters should get smarter and take over government, not play tag with cops. Our rich owners want us fighting each other so they can keep getting richer. 

Boston Tea Party: What did the tea company have to do with the English government? It meant something to our founding fathers as a symbol at least, right or wrong. It was probably wrong that they dressed as tribal natives to blame it on them. Was it wrong to destroy private company property and terrorize loyal citizens just to rebel against the English government? We are taught that those illegal seditious violent actions of the Revolution were legitimate. 

Recently in modern history our national defense budget has increased for covert government agents to infiltrate protests; to sabotage, break windows, and do violence to turn them into riots so there can be conflict and excuses for those with more weapons to crack down as authorities. Police refer to these set-up under-cover actions as “stings”, when they pose as criminals to create crimes and include others or get them to commit the crimes which may not have happened without their budget, false sincerity, and dedication to provocation. Leaders of protest movements usually use non-violent means only, to get goals met; but videos show escalation by the crowds by agents with no goal except to express rage and provoke cops, which makes no sense from the position of the mostly unarmed AND unarmored crowds. Government agents tend to dress in black or tan in the videos, and can be seen acting violently to implicate the mostly peaceful mass of protests; by pushing mobs into police walls and destroying property.

In martinsburg wv there was a violent clash of heavily armed militarized cops against angry unarmed citizens who marched towards them. I’m curious who in the crowd thought that marching towards the police line would do anything but cause a conflict? from a stand point of saving black lives, it made no sense; only if they sang kumbaya or lullabies would it have made a difference with cops trained to be bullies and always escalate when disobeyed.

Cop violence against lower-class citizens and citizen property is worse than property violence against cops, annually. More cops are getting shot by metal bullets than protesters maybe, but more citizens (not just during protests) are being shot and hurt and killed by cops, than cops being hurt overall. Good job Frederick and Germantown cops who are with the citizen covid protests! The cops marching with the protesters and guarding the buildings and vehicles during parades is clearly the answer; not blocking and attacking angry protesters as potential rioters. We are in the 2nd Great Depression, and the way out needs to be better democracy, not martial law. Our military (both active, reserve, and guard) should be used less on civilians (both foreign and domestic), and police should be less militarized and more civil. 

Kyle Kulinski, Krystal Ball, Kim Iverson, and others have suggested great responses for better solutions. Their solutions support civil rights leaders like Sanders, West, Yang, and others; because we need UBI (universal basic income), jobs programs, less lower class taxes, and UHC (universal health care). “We can live in a world where the police don’t kill people by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability.” – Campaign Zero

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Old Saint Peter’s Basilica

Posted in Historic Architecture, Pub Library, Religions, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2020 by Drogo

The greatest case of Christian architectural evolution is the Constantinian Christian basilica of St. Peter in Rome, Italy. Roman Emperor Constantine had the original St. Peter’s Basilica built (320-360 AD) on the site of Nero’s Circus, to honor the tomb of St. Peter, respect other Christian martyrs, and honor Christianity as the new Roman religion. The adjective ‘old’ was only added after it was demolished in the Renaissance, to distinguish the current from the former building. Pagan Romans used basilicas as public meeting halls, and the architectural form began to change as Christians used it. Although St. Peter’s is still called a basilica (Pagan), it is a large church or cathedral (Christian). The Catholic Church reserves the word ‘cathedral’ for large churches held by bishops, but architecturally for the masses there is no distinction between a cathedral and a basilica. Papal (pope) coronations were held at the basilica, and in 800 AD Charlemagne was crowned emperor of the ‘Holy Roman Empire’ there. Soon after in 846 Saracens sacked and damaged the tombs and treasures.

Old St. Peter’s set an example for related cathedrals and thousands of smaller churches, which followed for hundreds of years and still continues today world-wide. It was a synthesis of assembly hall, temple, and villa. Old St. Peter’s held 4,000 worshipers inside, and thousands more outside in the atrium (akin to St. Peter’s Plaza today). The atrium was added later and had 5 doors (portas) in the gable wall leading into the nave. The atrium was called the “Garden of Paradise” during the Dark Ages. As a large colonnade courtyard plaza, the atrium served to filter  and shelter entry into the interior nave arcade. Atriums or plaza squares are similar to typical Roman villa interior courtyards with fountains or sculpture in the center; in this case a bronze pine-cone fountain and Vatican obelisk. The transition from narthex to nave matches the Roman traditional private upper-class family household altar or chapel and open atrium relationship. Early Christian domestic architecture linked worship with privacy not only because Christianity was illegal, but also because it was conventional to have religious (Pagan ancestor) shrines in homes. Pilgrims approached the atrium portico typically by the eastern stairs.

Old St. Peter’s exterior was fairly plain, and resembled what we would consider a large stucco-masonry barn, rather than a classical temple. This lack of architectural adornment reflected the decline of the Roman Empire and the simplicity of early Christianity, which would continue into the Dark Age that followed. Ironically the new St. Peter’s basilica was the first time the facade had classical pilasters, as the Renaissance revived the Pagan styles. Old St. Peter’s long nave main aisle was flanked symmetrically by four side aisles, and lit by clerestory windows. A great arch framed the entry view of the altar and vaulted apse beyond at the western end. The apse and altar combination with nave procession comes from a long line of imperial Pagan temples (Egyptian Hatshepsut Temple 1480 BC to Roman Leptis Magna Basilica 210 AD). The 100 marble columns were spolia taken from earlier pagan buildings. Old St. Peter’s was over 350 feet long, with a colored marbled transept making a T-shaped Latin cross. The gabled roof with wooden beams was 100 feet high along the ridge peak, and despite fires and thin walls lacking buttresses it lasted for over a thousand years. Old St. Peter’s design was like St. John Lateran’s Arch-basilica Cathedral, built around the same time in Rome. The Renaissance reconstructed basilica was designed by architects: Bramante, Raphael, Michelangelo, Sangallo, and Maderno. The new St. Peter’s is larger, and contains some relics of the old structure.

The nave arch had a mosaic of ‘Constantine and St. Peter’, presenting a model of the church to Christ. On the walls between windows were frescoes of Bible themes. Ghiberti and Vasari wrote that Giotto painted five frescoes which were “either destroyed or carried away from the old structure of St. Peter’s during the building of the new walls.” Some medieval relics survived reconstruction. From some descriptions and fragments, the Navicella atrium mosaic (1310) was recreated. It occupied the whole wall above the entrance arcade facing the courtyard. Matthew’s scripture (14:24) was the basis for the large medieval mosaic by Giotto. “After Peter came down out of the ship and walked on the water, he became afraid of the storm and began to sink. He called out to Jesus for help. Jesus caught him and reproved him for his lack of faith, and led him back to the ship, whereupon the storm stopped.” A standing Madonna and fragment of an Epiphany mosaic (circa 700) also survived; but many gold items, like Constantine’s Cross on the Tomb of St. Peter, were lost long ago.

Old St. Peter’s architecture is confirmed by archeology, historical written accounts, and archival drawings. The oldest depictions we have are from 4th century frescoes and 16th century architects before demolition and reconstruction. Excavations confirmed some of the writings and renderings. One of the written sources ‘Liber Pontificalis’ mentions the rumor that Constantine was urged by Bishop Silvester to build the basilica on the site of St. Peter’s grave, and make his coffin with layers of solid bronze with spiral ‘Solomonic’ columns. Its’ construction involved removing or relocating tombs and constructing an enormous foundation on an expanded hillside level-cut.

The turmoil in Rome from conversion to fall (300-500 AD) begins with the 2 main christian basilicas being built to try to appease the oppressed masses of protesters all over the empire who sympathized with the infamous Christian martyrs. It is easier to study the architectural language changes, because the politics was very culturally complex and hard to translate, other than to say it is always about power. Despite the old Roman Pagan authority being replaced from within by Christian Imperial authority, the city was sacked by Christian barbarian mercenaries and migrants (Visigoths and Vandals) for centuries (600-100). Finally even the basilicas were not safe against the last of the barbarians (Saxons, Vikings, and Saracens), until the Roman Church authority was supreme enough across European kingdoms to focus violence against the Eastern Empire and Jerusalem (again) with the Crusades (1100-1300). [dates circa nearest hundred]

 

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‘Magic Rock’ song spell

Posted in Hikes, Pagan, Sculpture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2020 by Drogo

It was a case of unsolved mystery
jamie and trevor makin history
johnson family makin good
magic creek rock in the wood
signs in a stone to summon luck
magic rock helped them to make a buck
nature walk, magic rock, magic rock, magic rock

– Lyrics by Drogo

‘Magic Rock’ Punk Rock Karaoke version on Audiomack

inspired by a true story, told by ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ the show:

“On Saturday, May 14, 1988, thirteen-year-old Jamie Parks and his friend, Trevor Johnson, went into the woods in Washington State near the Canadian border and found a bizarre rock with strange, cryptic, alien-like drawings on it. Trevor told his parents, Steve and Pattie, about their discovery. At the time, the Johnsons were struggling to pay the bills and risking everything on a small dress shop that was opening in a new mall. Pattie took a second job as a receptionist to help pay for their rent, while Steve worked as a prison corrections officer. She later quit her job to open the store; however, this backfired when construction on it fell behind. After learning of the rock, Steve hiked to the spot with Trevor and was also interested in it. Just two days later, the Johnsons’ luck began to change for the better.”

SCOD Urban Architecture Notes

Posted in Alternative Architecture, Book Reports, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Historic Architecture, Languages, Politics, Pub Library, Recommendations & Tributes, SCOD Online School, Sustainability, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2020 by Drogo

American architecture has ‘plurality and duality’. We have a variety of expression with scales of space and attitude, for the rich and poor. We have a modern design duality of rectilinear and organic architecture. Rectilinear modernists have been influenced by: Gropius, Loos, Corbu, Mies, Meier, Kahn, and Johnson. Organic modernist heroes are fewer, and there are fewer of us: Wright, Moss, Gehry, Solari, and Predock.

New Urbanist sprawl still faces the problems of commercialism vs community. Their planning principles have helped us to have more mixed-use zoning, but we still have the problems of Capitalism in decline, with an expanding lower class, destroyed middle class, and imperial upper class. New developments in Maryland and West Virginia seem to ignore the problems of population debt infrastructure, ecological devastation, agricultural decline, and transportation congestion all for the sake of profit.

Moynihan said our cities were ‘soulless’, like Diogenes he was holding a lamp for architectural self-examination. Cities are not as safe as we would like, and we should always remember their epitaphs are too often ‘military target’. Violence and migration are the main problems of our ‘urbane’ urban design. We have so often been wrong in our problem solving, it is clear we need to learn more from our past patterns of tradition. The corruption in politics that creates bad planning, can only be countered by an aware and active population willing to conspire and protest more than the elites can bribe, to bring attention to values which cannot be bought. 

‘A Pattern Language’ by Chris Alexander explains how architecture is about relationships. There are many cultural associations and historical traditions that can be better than soulless sterile machines for living. Architecture is sculpture for living, and we should not ignore sociology and heritage for the sake of industrial convenience to serve a consumer society that is destroying our global environment for profit. Yes we should have standards for structures that are able to shelter us without collapsing, but sustainability must also include the arts and nature.

 

References:

American House Now‘ by Doubilet & Boles

Better Places‘ Chapter in ‘Geography of NoWhere’

‘Pattern Language’ Relationships by Chris Alexander

New Urbanism, Second Generation‘ by Beth Dunlap

The Soulless City‘ by Moynihan

 

 

 

 

CIA Crest Archive FOIA

Posted in Commercial Corporations, Futurist, History, Military, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2020 by Drogo

In 2017 about 13 million pages of declassified documents from the US ‘Central Intelligence Agency’ (CIA) were released online. The move came after lengthy efforts from freedom of information advocates and a lawsuit against the CIA. These ‘freedom of information act’ (FOIA) documents had previously only been accessible at the National Archives in Maryland. The trove includes the papers of Henry Kissinger, who served as secretary of state under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, as well as several hundred thousand pages of intelligence analysis and science research and development.

The records were only available on four physical computers located in the back of a library at the National Archives in Maryland, between 09:00 and 16:30 each day. A non-profit freedom of information group, MuckRock, sued the CIA to force it to upload the collection, in a process which took years. At the same time, journalist Mike Best crowd-funded more than $15,000 to visit the archives, to print out and then publicly upload the records, one by one, to apply pressure to the CIA.

CREST: 25-Year Program Archive [link]

 

 

 

 

The Problem of Popular Culture

Posted in Commercial Corporations, Cooperative collaboration, Critical Commentary of Civilization, History, Politics, Song Lyrics & Analysis, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2020 by Drogo

The Line Between Revolution and Conformity in Popular Culture

Artistic Commentary & Independent Value vs Commercial Success & Selling Out

When something becomes popular, it will have counter-cultural opposition which will challenge its status in culture. This ‘problem’ is a dichotomy inherent in culture as part of social dynamics. This paradox is how we can form authoritative conventions based on resisting authority, and base governments on violent revolution against government.

I made a musical remix of a pop song by a very progressive band, as a fan-fiction open-letter response to the singer basically. My version is worth nothing financially, but enough people were in on the jokes inherent in the theme that it got 5,000 plays within a year. The design was intentional on my part to evoke levels of post-modern humor, to play with fans and the band rather than try to compete for popularity or money. Some of the issues in the music include 1. selling-out means growing up, yet it feels soulless. and 2. placing all our value in money is a problem, rather than using memory to embrace positive aspects of nurturing compassion over individual profit at the expense of others. Without listing more, i mean there is alot going on there that is subconsciously infused in the music and lyrics; only accessible through the lullaby meditation of the chorus, which is hard to explain.

Green Day did that weave between pop culture and rebellion too… Pink Floyd (Mr Waters) is still doing that i hear. We want to walk the line, or at least be able to cross it. Most of us weave on one side and then the other, of all kinds of mixed issues regarding cultural conformity. I remember when i first heard green day it was live in person at a DC club. The Green Day sound i heard was the epitome of british punk, clearly made to sell as pop. I was disgusted when i compared it to bad religion, who they opened for, because to me Bad Religion had deeper content and a more unique sound (west-coast punk harmonies); but obviously Green Day was designed to sell out and it did. From the enthusiasm in the crowd, it was clear that they would soon be more popular than Bad Religion, and so it came to be with aggressive commercial marketing.

Again the irony is that our best examples of success walk the line between rebellion and conformity, or new originality and original oldies, or anarchy and establishment. When we are on one side of obvious rebellion, and then it becomes popular we soon find ourselves on the side of ultimate conformity. Metaphorically maybe that would be better described as massive swerves across the line, but our cultural perceptions are really interesting. It is not just music either, we see this dichotomy played out in political campaigns, and in literature, and in every field of study or practice. America is built on revolution. Revolution is part of our establishment.

US Security Commission Plans

Posted in Commercial Corporations, Ethics & Morals, Military, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2020 by Drogo

Corporate Intelligence Agency Plans to Increase US Automation in 2020

Original SCOD awareness of this information was from a Jimmy Dore video with Whitney Webb about government plans for technological control (tyranny) from National Security Committee on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) 2019 documents released by FOIA. 

NSCAI Home Website: “The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence was formally established in August 2018 by the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The Commission’s members were appointed in October and November 2018. In March 2019, the Commissioners first assembled to receive orientation information and briefings from the White House, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, and various agencies in the U.S. Intelligence Community. The Commission began its substantive work of reviewing artificial intelligence advances and associated technologies after the initial meeting. There are fifteen Commissioners appointed to the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. Of the fifteen Commissioners, twelve were appointed by members of Congress, two were appointed by the Secretary of Defense, and one was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. ” 

 

Summary of Agency information: 

According to the official documents of the NSCAI, they believe the US Government needs to be more competitive with China by implementing AI more. In order to meet their goals, events like the ‘Covid Crisis Pandemic’ are useful to force implementations using emergency powers. Replacing workers with AI would be much harder, without substantial public support.

National Defense Magazine helped explain that the NSCAI “was tasked by Congress to research ways to advance the development of AI for national security and defense purposes”. “We really worked on what we consider to be the most urgent challenges … and what we thought might be the most transformative opportunities presented by AI for national security,” – said chairman Work. “Adopting AI-enabled systems responsibly, rapidly and at scale will allow national security organizations to understand and execute their missions faster,” the study said. “It will change the way we defend America; how we deter adversaries; how intelligence agencies make sense of the world; and how we fight.” 

AI technology also poses two main threats: what an adversary could do by hacking us, and accidents without safeguards, the report said. Other threats include: the erosion of U.S. military advantage; risks to strategic stability; the diffusion of AI capabilities; disinformation and the undermining of the nation’s democratic system; erosion of individual privacy and civil liberties; accelerated cyber attacks; new techniques that could open up vulnerabilities; and accidents, the report said. Our government must work to avoid a future where “AI contributes to a world of greater centralized control; empowers authoritarianism; is utilized as an instrument to repress dissent and impose conformity; destroys truth and trust within societies and between states; and is employed in reckless, irresponsible and unethical ways,” the study added.

The commission is considering 7 basic principles as recommendations, including: 1. global leadership in AI; 2. adopting artificial intelligence for defense and security purposes; 3. building a shared sense of responsibility for the welfare and security of the American people between the private sector and government; 4. the importance of people; 5. the preservation of free inquiry; 6. the compatibility of ethics and strategic necessity; and 7. the importance of maintaining the United States’ values and rules of law in its employment of AI, according to the report.

Despite the transformative potential of artificial intelligence, the U.S. government is not making enough investments in the technology, the report said. “Federal R&D funding for AI has not kept pace with the revolutionary potential it holds or with aggressive investments by competitors. Investments that are multiple times greater than current levels are needed,” the study said.

Some of the related tactics proposed include AI transportation control to replace private vehicles, citizen tracking and monitoring, drones in every neighborhood, industrial automation to increase reduction of workers, AI medicine delivery to replace private doctors, and other civil rights issues.

If you would like to make an inquiry to the Commission, please email: inquiry@nscai.gov.

The NSCAI includes big corporate members from Google and CIA affiliate companies. AI controls many aspects of computers, robotics, social media, and surveillance systems. 

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Related documents and links:

FB Video reading

Military Industrial Complex  – Fascism

US Intelligence Agencies

Rockefeller Foundation GBN Report: ‘Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development’

Cheating Is Unfair

Posted in Ethics & Morals, relationships, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2020 by Drogo

A cheater is a player i hate because they try to beat me by bending or breaking what i consider to be the rules to their benefit. We can agree upon rules, but without honest discussion about the rules we will not know how people feel about the validity of the conventional or accepted rules. Accepting or agreeing to rules holds no water when parties or players cannot be trusted with obeying what they see as trivial or obstacles to goals or values that they have, no matter how much other people might protest. 

I tend to say a computer game AI that wins is ‘cheating’ because they are programmed to be better at playing the game than i am; and a person who breaks a promise is dishonest rather than a cheater, because i dont view relations as just a series of trivial social games, i feel there is more depth to love or compassion that is not always tied to a series of conscious selfish strategies (selfishness can be unconscious, but that is its own discussion). A person using unauthorized hidden notes on a test is cheating, and a person who cannot talk about personal problems with a partner has social challenges within a dysfunctional relationship. Cheating implies to me that things are either a test or a game, and therefore not serious or real as relationships or feelings. Perhaps rather than see relationships as competitive games, we can begin to talk about love as bonds which can unite many people together.

Regarding nature we often use the serpent metaphor. When asked why the snake bit us when we trusted it, the snake replies “because i am a snake, I bite other animals.” More people are liars than they want to admit, and more people want to accuse other people of lying to gas-light their own problems. No matter who is more guilty, there are underlying problems in society that go unaddressed regarding the psychology of honesty and our abilities for discussion and desires to volunteer information that may be used against us fairly or unfairly by various parties or partners. When we get to know people, we learn what we can trust them with, more or less in general during phases of their life, based on our experience with them and our perception of them. We can also label levels of crimes and discuss the hierarchy of importance of laws.

We can say “cheating is cheating” much like “sinning is sinning”. Most of us can look at something and sense it is an exact copy, or something a bit different; and begin to determine differences and similarities between two things. In art it becomes very tricky because tracing is an accepted method for learning how to draw, for professional architectural design (we trace) for modifying designs or drawing perspectives from photos, and in digital art what i do is tracing for my digital portraits; aka cheating. People accept it because it is a surface overlay which is new.

I take these issues seriously regarding the semantics, I want to understand what people expect. The world of art and antique forgeries is INSANE; works are both highly valued and highly penalized. When an artist is honest about doing a fake, and the fake is amazingly accurate, they are rewarded and the risk of penalty disappears. We can say “all is fair in love and war” and “life is unfair”, and yet sometimes we put war criminals and corrupt politicians on trial and get divorces; both ways exist in reality and are clearly problematic for many. Do I hate cheaters that rig or play the system to their advantage? Yes I hate cheating because it is unfair, especially if I am not rewarded by the rigged or played cheating; although sometimes cheating is used to achieve justice, such as stealing from the rich to give to the poor; but “two wrongs don’t make a right”, unless one way is considered fair or legal (such as taxes on the rich, but taxes and distribution of wealth are still highly debatable also).

Related SCOD articles : Relationships & Polyamory

The Lesser Evil Corporate Scam

Posted in Commercial Corporations, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Ethics & Morals, news, Politics, Sustainability, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2020 by Drogo

Corporate Political Two-party System Satire

Our presidential election is always a ‘Coke or Pepsi’ challenge, but more now than ever your vote matters! Don’t disobey! Vote blue no matter what they do. Vote red no matter how many are dead.

“i want root beer owned by another company” No, just plain Coke or Pepsi cola, no other flavors. “i want tea” no. “i dont want a drink, just food” no. i am sure those of us that would vote for a 3rd party candidate will get blamed again for the neo-lib losing, no matter how fake or corrupt they are. Other flavors and brands are not allowed in the comments section by rules of the election. Now more than ever it is important to vote Coke or Pepsi!! People can unfriend me if they don’t like my posts, or i can unfriend them to avoid voter fraud in my two party system, that is fine since i don’t really hear from them unless they want to complain or correct.

 

Never forget they serve us, it is their job to earn our vote.

Giving a vote for 2 choices that dont care about your interests gives them more power than they deserve. The system gave us Trump more than any misguided voters, the electoral college preferred Trump despite the popular real vote.

If the DNC loses to Trump, it will be their own fault due to their corruption, and not the voters they do not represent. If you think Biden is somehow better than Trump, vote for him if you think your vote matters. I got told i focus on the problems too much, but how we got Trump is a corporate crony problem and not just racism. All comments to this will be deleted, this is my personal statement on my page. If you want to study what I have, my references are available. Vote or don’t vote however the fuck you want, and the electoral college or supreme court will decide either way.

When people protest, they make themselves vulnerable to attack by the company, family, and fellow workers. They are called lazy and suffer for change. Yet, without protesting we would be under constant martial law. Jah bless the protesters. This is not a debate forum for how to protest or when to protest, so all counter-protest comments will be deleted like threats by the company hit-men. Yes obviously for epidemics safety rules apply.

Here is the edited Facebook post –

“Vote Coke or Pepsi for president! – Let’s see how many people I can unfriend! All other alternative options proposed will get your comment removed and you will be unfriended as a Russian agent. If you vote Coke or Pepsi you will also be unfriended, but your comments will be kept and votes will be counted. Welcome to my 2-party system. Protesting this question may result in a fine or arrest. Your decision has never been more important than now.”

Bernie Was Better Than Biden

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Legal / Laws, news, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2020 by Drogo

Bernie Drops Out of Presidential Race 2020

So this leaves many of us wondering why during a crisis where Sanders policies (UHC, GND, & taxing billionaires) would be perfect (if combined with Yang’s UBI & Tulsi’s questioning the MIC), would the DNC want to serve their corporate donors without question with their chosen representative of elders with dementia (Biden)? Trump may benefit corporations on both sides so much, the DNC wants Trump another term because that is what their corporate donors want, idk. either that or they are idiots, i guess this is how most people allow fascism to happen. i still prefer our commercial brand to Nazi nationalism, but the ease that people want martial law over covid adds to my concerns that pollution will get worse with less protest, since Trump removed all EPA restrictions indefinitely. The one legal victory in months has been a federal judge wanting the Dakota Pipeline scandal investigated. Once again the only time we get some of our tax money paid back to us directly is under a Republican president; which I consider a bribe against public protests for all their terrible crimes. Im confused on the election and covid, regarding what others are thinking; but luckily my life is the same so i can keep working on my projects. Sometimes opponents are paid to lose in one way or another, made easier if they both get along enough to agree to the same system of rigged rules. if i am sad and mad, it has not helped that i need to pay 4,000 in car repairs; without a living wage as usual. – Drogo

SCOD Design and Imagination

Posted in Cooperative collaboration, dreams, ecovillages, Ethics & Morals, Futurist, Organic Architecture, Psychology, relationships, Sustainability, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2020 by Drogo

SCOD Design and Imagination – Theory Essay [recording]

Why study SCOD design? Be prepared not only for possible problems by designing better now; but also if there are systemic collapses, having a core homestead village for redesigning a new way of life will be important. People who can afford independent homesteads will have them, but those without enough money need more affordable housing now and in the future.

Some willing and able to share space will be the heart of a scod village, others will be on the fringes as independent owners or temporary visitors; but having communal space for everyone is important for social life, public events, and council meetings. If everyone could afford their own property and everything they need like rich people, then most would do that; but the reality is that currently the way our economy works is that most people cannot earn enough to afford an independent life, and so most people need shared public property but rarely get enough from our federal, state, or local governments.

SCOD focuses more on philosophy and psychology than militant or religious preppers, because the hardest test of conventional friendship or survival during an emergency is living with people. Knowing how to get basic needs met is critical, including during the most likely emergency scenarios (natural disaster, pandemic, or war); so that comes first. Once you know where to get your food, water, and shelter; the scod design method of infinite combinations will be based on access flow diagrams (see ‘SCOD Thesis’ for examples). SCOD does not encourage everyone to collect guns or have the same religion, because freedom and peace are mainly to be encouraged without force. Diversity of martial and work training, with healing arts and cultural beliefs are the core of scod negotiations, and the spices for the flavor of life.

Working and planning with all kinds of people does not need to be permanent. Diverse experience does not need to be a risky investment, it can best be achieved with limited projects with cooperative practice. The purpose of tests and exercises are to determine what works, and what does not for those involved. Dedication and trust are earned over time, and we simply cannot be dedicated to trusting everything in every way. We learn what is reasonable to expect with wisdom by trial and error, and we learn our own limits for negotiations. If there is no reason to invest in an unstable situation, it is wise to move on.   

If the factors work well they will, but there are so many possible scenarios that those who enjoy the joy of design and writing can explore possible plans without the costs of construction. We make do with what we have, and when we need more we can get it with will-power. The factors of design are as important to scod life as the basic elements they are based on, because scod design theory is a religion of architecture in that it should remind us the purpose of possessing, sharing, and maintaining structures and spaces. Exploring scod design theory is possible even if we never find the best possible factors with serious partners, and this point is the power of imagination. We can dream and be creative even if we have serious mental disabilities, physical disabilities, or are in prison or under quarantine. Enjoy yourself, scod.

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One Faith To Rule Them All

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Ethics & Morals, Legal / Laws, Pagan, Religions, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2020 by Drogo

Pagan & Christian Empire History

An essay on the radical problems of ‘one faith’ conservatism from Pagan Roman Empire to Christian Roman Catholic legacy which forms modern Capitalist Empire. 

 

When the world was mostly Pagan, conservative (fundamentalist) radicals persecuted minor cults like Christians; then when Christianity became dominant they treated all other religions the way that Romans treated rebel cults (Barbarian mercenaries had become Christianized, but still sacked Rome and killed in the name of the Roman Catholic Church), due to force dominance ‘might is right’ theory so prevalent in Patriarchy. Oligarchical conservatives in any culture feed hatred of ‘the other’ with ‘we are the best’ nationalism or dogma. It is therefore up to the main-stream led by radical liberals to deconstruct the ‘change is bad’ narrative perpetually as progress is made between cultures due to marriages, migration, trade, and tourism. The most popular changes tend to become the new cultural norms, social conventions, and eventually laws (this is why liberals tend to like democracy, and conservatives prefer oligarchy).

Little is known historically for sure about Jesus and Peter. Saint Peter is said to have helped to found the early basilica congregations in Rome, but fires destroyed most evidence and records. Unlike most religions in the Roman Empire, Christianity required its adherents to renounce all other gods, a practice adopted from Judaism. This radical ‘my god is the only one for everyone’ syndrome that unifies for hierarchical monopoly is baked into Judaism and Christianity doctrine, and is dominant rather than more peaceful Pagan unity which would be ‘some of our gods are so similar, we might share the same universe with different names for different aspects’. Christian refusal to join pagan celebrations meant they were unable to participate in much of public life, which caused non-Christians–including government authorities–to fear that the Christians were angering the gods and thereby threatening the peace and prosperity of the Empire. In addition, the peculiar intimacy of Christian society and its secrecy about its religious practices spawned rumors that Christians were guilty of incest and cannibalism; the resulting persecutions, although usually local and sporadic, were a defining feature of Christian self-understanding. Most of the fanatical dogmatic oligarchy of formal Christianity did not come from Jesus or Peter, but Saint Paul who was not even an original disciple apostle, but a Roman Jewish ‘ICE Agent’ who arrested and persecuted Jewish-Christians, who ‘saw the light’ and now wanted to tell everyone how to be a Christian, and for his radical sedition became a state criminal and spent years under arrest for civil disobedience, mainly trying to Romanize Christians to increase conversions by minimizing Jewish rituals like circumcision. Later Roman Christianity became more based on Paul than on the more communal aspects of Jesus and his original disciples, which were lost in translation to the main-stream audience who conformed to the conventions of empire more than helping the poor.

A series of more centrally organized persecutions of Christians emerged after the ‘Great Fire’ of 64 which Nero blamed on Christians, and continued into the late 3rd century, when emperors decreed that the Empire’s military, political, and economic crises were caused by gods angry at the evil Christians who denied the official state religious power (they chose to ‘take a knee’). All residents were ordered to give sacrifices or be punished. Jews were exempted as long as they paid the Jewish Tax. Estimates of the number of Christians who were executed ranges from a few hundred to 50,000. Many fled or renounced their beliefs. Disagreements over what role, if any, these apostates should have in the Church led to the Donatist and Novatianist schisms.

Christianity spread throughout the early Roman Empire, despite persecutions due to conflicts with the pagan state religion. Emperor Constantine legalized the practice of Christianity in 313 (Edict of Milan), and it became the state religion in 380. Many Germanic barbarians (400-500 AD) had previously adopted Arian Christianity as Roman Mercenaries, eventually adopted Catholicism to ally themselves with the papacy and monasteries. By the time of Constantine, the state of apocalyptic expectation must have worn rather thin (every year after Christ was to be Armageddon). The imminent coming of Christ, expectation of the Last Day on this mortal sinful earth constituted radical social danger. The spirit schism of the old Jewish law being so widely separated from new Christian mysticism (including all the gnostic cults), “was not so very different from the Roman spirit itself” (Weil), with all the Roman sects and cults within the Pagan pantheon and the Republic vs Empire schism. Rome could come to terms with the Jewish-Christian God, perhaps because it fit with the uncompromising empire model which was needed to maintain taxation obedience, if not martial law.

 One faith or state monopoly is too powerful for one entity to wield over all humanity, no matter how benevolent or wise they are. The artificial ‘ring’ of central authority must be broken, to allow for more democracy and at least better representation. The rebel fellowship that fights the power will be flawed, and when they take power in the vacuum of revolution, they must admit responsibility for the flaws and put themselves on trial by seeking council from those who want peace, love, and sharing the most.