Saturday, July 6, 2013

Senator Dick Durbin Believes The First Amendment Doesn't Apply Here

by Gabrielle Jones-Price

[h/t to at FAIR blog: Dick Durbin Wants to Stop You From Being a Journalist]

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin tells you which parts of the First Amendment apply to you.

[Earning that first name in all caps...]

Please note: Being a senator doesn't make him journalist, either, yet here he is writing in the [floundering] Chicago Sun-Times like he knows a thing or two about it.

By this line of thinking, he could complain that not everyone who writes a book is an author and not everyone who runs for public office is a politician. The first amendment applies to every citizen with a voice -- unfortunately, big money has drowned out many new voices but NOW an online press can and will drown out these obsolete, corporate pucker-ups.

If this swine can convince you he knows better than you -- what's next? 'Who's a real musician', 'who's a real painter', 'who's a real person'...oh, shoot...I forgot, these dinosaurs already believe corporations are people and money is speech.

Mr. Naureckas, writing for FAIR makes the case for new media which old media can't seem to wrap it's senile brain around: "Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and even Instagram are all, guess what, media outlets–that is, institutions whose primary purpose is to distribute information to the public. (Their names appear in bold in FAIR materials because we bold the names of media outlets.)"

Even CNN should be able to agree with that assessment, even though their coverage of the Boston Bombing proved they're laughably abysmal at gathering information on the net.
Did you check your pack before you jumped?

Dick Durbin, you played yourself. So has mainstream media and the time has come to exit the stage. Don't let it escape you that many entered from the left but they are now all exiting stage right. Eventually, some will come crawling back, crying that the corporate parachutes they thought they were wearing were actually rucksacks full of propaganda and fossilized thinking.

I'm really quite enjoying this last curtain call and I don't even own a television. The dog and pony show was old and predictable ages ago.

Here's a thought...perhaps mainstream media could redeem itself by investigating this? Last time "real journalists" looked, it wasn't a cold case.  Sorry, MSM pundits, anchors and car show models -- it's not a sound-byte, I know...and it won't fit on a Twitter update...but that wouldn't be considered 'investigating', now would it? 
The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights.
Yes, there will be an exam later...

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Today's Refreshments, July 5th

photos by Gabrielle Price

Hydrangeas, zucchini, broccoli and local blackberries - courtesy of the best neighbors I've ever had. Fine euchre players to boot.
We'll be shredding and freezing half of this for making bread. The broccoli gets eaten tonight.
A bit tart but delicious - froze these this morning for cobbler tomorrow.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Independence Does Not Exist On The Net

by Gabrielle Price

If independence existed on the net -- you could grow your own food on it, speak plainly without being spied on and do what you like and say what you like with no other repercussion than the block you live on.

I've been gone quite awhile and understand the myriad notes and messages I have received in regards to the 'state of the nation' but if you look through my archives, you'll see that I was quite concerned before many movements showed up on the scene and now dripping off the lips of people new to being pissed off, like some loose change dangling from their gobs.

I've taken some g'damn time off.  I deserved it.

It is not my fault that shit went to [the fifth or sixth circle of] hell while I was away -- shit was in the seventh circle in my mind over five years a ago, so I've been a little busy making plans rather than talking about them here.

In the same breath, I can say that during my 'hiatus', I've become quite the grounded, calm and busy person.

I've moved into a homestead in southern Indiana, quite literally two years before I imagined doing so and now that I have, I've been busy getting to know my neighbors, community and growers.  This is what I have always preached and am now putting my words into action.  Am I late?  Am I a newbie? Of course, I am.  But I am coming at it with the intent of every word before it -- the intent has always been there. I spoke it, either aloud or through this venture.

Recently, much more than words have been demonized -- the whole world is watching this country squirm in its collective easy chair and many saw this coming, including myself because of the teachers I had.  Do I feel bad for those who did not see it?  Of course.  Do I feel bad for those I warned over a year ago who still feel the need to squirm?  Not necessarily.

There is always the sense of 'oneness' and in the same breath, I can say that oneness does not occur automatically.  Not through blessings, not through faith but through trial.  Through the mud and muck only does the lotus blossom.

Well...I'm in the place I need to be because I never questioned the path that led me to where I am.  I may have questioned others who sought to show me a different path -- but inside, I maintained my own and that made all the difference in the world.
"As time passes we all get better at blazing a trail through the thicket of advice - Margot Bennett
This was a quote that hung steadfastly through a myriad of experiences and those that dispensed with advice were taken lightly, especially those that were living in the city and those that felt the need to dispense advice to me when they did not know me from Adam.  [Even folks that thought they knew me ten years ago, don't recognize photographs of me then.]

This is what happens when one chooses truth, which is akin to tripping down a rabbit hole. Sometimes you come out the other side ready to slay a Jabberwocky and sometimes you come out ready to take some time to yourself before picking up that sword.

Well...I've taken that time.  Others bitch about it, complain that I have not done enough or given enough.  Money never meant a thing to me -- it was only ever a means to an end.  But in my life, it was the end of a marriage -- the end of my passion.  Asking for it on behalf of a greater cause, only left me hungry and without a roof over my head.  So I got wiser.

A job [as an independent contractor/call analyst] fell in my lap -- it's not sexy, it's not fun, it's not even interesting -- but it gets my bills paid and it keeps me in a place to afford me to do THIS. WRITE.  And contribute to others who are trying to do the same.  SO...

My Independence Day screed ends like this:  I did it my way.  I never begged -- I asked politely with the support of others and ALWAYS tried to offer something in return [a tee shirt, a mug, a photograph].  I never stole.  I never borrowed to build TRC.  Those who gave, believed.  Those who did not but shared/reposted, did what they could.  Now, I do it my way.

And that, my independence. If you don't like that, you can eat a bag of dicks. I have many people to thank but from here on out, I speak my mind without fear, without apology, without regret. Because I am motivated to do so by no one...but myself...and my ancestors.

After the month we've had -- I feel a duty to be here -- even if only a few posts per week, I can no longer stay silent.  I no longer feel pressure.  I no longer feel weight.  I no longer feel beholden. I no longer have to answer to anyone.

I feel...FREE. And THAT comes with some responsibility.  I feel confident that everyone can agree on that.

Sat nam ~ Gabrielle

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Announcement from TRC's Founder, Gabrielle Price


Over the last 4 years or so I've been a news analyst focused on economics, energy issues and the environmental crisis.  Most of my work here and the work of my contributors will remain here, but this blog is on hiatus while I work on getting some books ready to publish.  

For those not familiar with this outfit, TRC has been a one woman production since the start.  As proud as I am of what this blog represents and what I have learned from the experience, quite frankly, I'm tired and ready to try something new.

I've not yet decided whether the blog will act as a conduit for what I'm currently doing -- or if it should be left 'as is' -- like an archive for research on particular topics.  It has been a serious undertaking so I'm unsure about turning the thing on its head.  I'm a big fan of reinvention and metamorphosis, but I also welcome reader's opinions on the future of this outlet.  This is no small decision for me, personally.

As far as seriousness and objectivity in journalism, I'm in agreement with my long-time hero, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, when he said in his enlightening book, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, '72, "So much for Objective Journalism. Don't bother to look for it here--not under any byline of mine; or anyone else I can think of. With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.”

In times like these, I can hardly argue with that statement. People involved in journalism may scoff at this -- but consider his mention of 'stock market tabulations' and this quote takes on an entirely different patina in 2013.  Married with box scores and race results, it really is just a numbers game and a ponzi that most folks simply don't care to understand.  The problem with that is -- it's going to hurt a lot of those people whether they understand it or not.

The real objective data is scientific and unfortunately, that has also been demonized and marginalized into some sort of whacky cult-like frame.  Hmm, when has this happened before? Compared to the impossibility of 'infinite growth' [a more dangerous cult that has led us right off a fascist cliff], you can well imagine how difficult it is to discuss, let alone teach, anything of importance without the thick cognitive dissonance on both sides of the political spectrum.  A crazy train with two cars and one engine, owned by oligarchs, which derailed a long time ago.

Politics has brainwashed people into thinking that PR is truth, that personality and popularity is more important than the need for large social movements and more recently, that the left believes human rights stop at gay marriage while neglecting the environment.  Don't get me wrong -- I'm all for marriage equality -- but what about the human right to clean air, food, water and safe communities that aren't slowly poisoned to death for profit?  What good does it do any married couple, gay or straight, if the home they create together sits near a fracking site, a slowly rotting nuclear plant or tar sands pipeline?  What if the state they are married in is sued by Monsanto?  The right to marry seems rather low on the priority list when one considers the amount of species going extinct on a daily basis.  Quite frankly, marriage equality should have been squared away a decade or more ago.  What year is this again?

Understanding is the key word here and to come to it, there must be learning.  To that end, there must be information and hard data made available for people to prepare for the worst -- which simply is not happening. So how can people prepare for economic collapse, food shortages, climate chaos and loss of liberties when they aren't being told that these things, based on verifyable, scientific data are even happening?  How can we have a democratic system with a corporate and state controlled media?

The Grumpy Cat short answer is, NO, we can't. It's too late, votes don't work and petitions barely scratch the epidermis of the elephant in the room that is now shitting on the coffee table.

There is no left.  The left is a hollow shell of what it once was.  Once this administration 'leaned forward' for the right -- the left followed suit, inching us closer to this most unrecognizable state of the union. This is bat country. This is what Hunter Thompson feared. This is the system I now loathe.

Call it a lovers quarrel with my country that has reached the point of penning the "Dear, John" letter.  Perhaps this is what my transition feels like -- a divorce from an abusive, co-dependent relationship with a gambling addict on too many meds.
"It's not me -- it's you. You're just not attractive anymore. You've let yourself go and I'm just not that into you. 
I wouldn't have stayed this long if I didn't feel strongly about you and I certainly wouldn't have spent every dime and sleepless nights researching, investigating and sharing the information I [and others] felt imperative to share.  Interventions haven't worked and I've had enough.  I cannot be friends because it would just be a lie.  We'd be fooling each other and I refuse to lie to myself any longer.  I deserve better.
I will always remember how we used to be."
It's just past time for me to begin a new chapter. Actually, and quite literally several.  A children's book on permaculture is in post-production and my first book [said with tongue in cheek: "the magnum opus"] of a four year journey is also being polished for publication.

The candle has been burned at both ends in regard to news analysis and now I'm in the middle with no wax left -- no passion for it -- no way to refill my cup by continuing.  I hope that people have seen what's right in front of them but I don't intend to keep trying to convince people they've been duped. This is something that will come to them in time, most assuredly so.

In many ways this decision is bittersweet -- TRC has been a big part of me for a very long time and it has taught me more than I ever imagined...even things I wish I hadn't learned...but that is the nature of truth.  It aids us in our personal growth which must include a painful pruning now and then.

The Refreshment Center will remain here and I do hope you will leave comments and share any posts that move you, taught you something new, caused you to be inspired or pissed you off.  Anger is a gift when used in the right way.  I'm going to try a bit more sass and humor or I'm apt to become one bitter old broad.  My grandmothers, who are no longer here would wag a finger and have a few words to say about that.

My personal transition is one I've not written about in awhile, and this is something I wish to focus on.  Working on the books is a good first step to letting more light in -- especially with the children's books.  This is the soul work that I need to fill my cup. My refreshment center, if you'll pardon the pun.

Two words I hear consistently echoed during this most incredible upheaval in the history of humankind, that I pass along as the best advice I can give, as it is also the advice I am taking myself:  Carpe Diem.

I thank you all for your support and readership. You can still follow me on Twitter. Sass and humor being served.

"Res ipsa loquitur. Let the good times roll.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Talk to Strangers - Saul Williams

Saul Stacey Williams (born February 29, 1972) is an American singer, musician, poet, writer, and actor. He is known for his blend of poetry and alternative hip hop, and for his lead role in the 1998 film Slam.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Moment of Clarity SHOW Episode 2: The Secret Global Corporate Coup

contributor Lee Camp

Have you heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership? The lobbyist-penned trade deal that could give global corporations the right to sue America for getting in the way of their profits? It's largest than NAFTA and Obama is a fan. This episode features well-known activists Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Michael C. Ruppert Interview on Media Mayhem

submitted by Gabrielle Price
h/t to Media Mayhem on The Lip TV

[While I'm busy working on other projects locally, I would be totally remiss not to share this outstanding interview with my readers.  Mike has been an incredible inspiration to me personally and his life's work an enormous contribution to my own media analysis training. Anyone in journalism who cares deeply about the truth should listen up, because the truth is nowhere to be found in corporate media. He speaks with authority because he's earned that authority. This is the best interview I've seen with him since I began studying peak oil, after the BP Disaster in the Gulf. A must see. Leave your cognitive dissonance at the door. ~ G]

Michael Ruppert is an investigative journalist and author of two books, Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil and Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World. In the 1970s, Ruppert was a narcotics officer for the LAPD. While there, he discovered evidence that the CIA was complicit in the illegal drug trade. He alerted his superiors with this information and soon found himself dismissed even though he had an honorable record. These events spurred Ruppert to begin a new career for himself as an investigative journalist. He was the publisher/editor of the From The Wilderness newsletter which, until its closure in 2006, examined government corruption and complicity in such areas as the CIA's involvement in the war on drugs, the Pat Tillman scandal, the 2008 economic collapse and issues surrounding Peak Oil. Ruppert has lectured widely on these topics and was the subject of a documentary, Collapse, in 2009 which was based on one of his books. Currently, he hosts the radio show, The Lifeboat Hour, on the Progressive Radio Network.

Part one:  Mike discusses getting persecuted as a journalist over Pat Tillman, the Bush administration, Pat Tillman cover-up, media red herrings and distractions from the Right and Left, collapse, peak oil and the Iraq War, Christopher Dorner and how investigative journalism appears through the cracks.

Part two: Mike picks right back up again with topics like Osama Bin Laden and the truth, 9/11 and Dick Cheney, and evidence for his case against Cheney. The excuse for the Iraq War, and the connection to Pearl Harbor, Halliburton, working with the LAPD and C.I.A. and coming from a background related to security, and more.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

How You Know Fracking Can Not And Will Not Ever Be Safe

contributor Lee Camp

Don't believe the lies thrown around by the industry on hydro fracking. 
It is not safe. It will not be safe. 

This MOC is based on an Alternet article you can read here: 
For more info on fracking go to and

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

NEW! Moment of Clarity SHOW - Episode 1: Billionaires

contributor Lee Camp

Moment of Clarity is now a full-on show. This is episode one with special guest Greg Palast. This week we look into billionaires. Are they the super heroes we make them out to be?

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The Forgotten Guild

contributor Christopher Weller

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” ~ Lao Tzu (6th Century B.C.E.)

Part of the connection that has been lost to this world is the true love for it- love that is founded on the desire to connect to the world and all that is in it, and of course, having a deep respect for all that the world is. This comes from what the Greeks would call a desire to γνῶθι σεαυτόν, or "know thyself." To reach this level of understanding, they believed was equivalent to understanding one of the great secrets of the Cosmos, referring to it as achieving "the Beautiful." Such a closely guarded secret, and believed to be so powerful that only through a highly monitored form of pedagogy could one learn the road to such knowledge. But, the connection to the world that I refer to is much deeper, and older than these cultures. It is a need to be part of the world, and a respect for it so great, so much as part of one's being, that to take from it more than what one needs breaks the bonds of the human spirit with the world, and becomes lost forever, forgotten.

ηχώ, or "ecos," is the Greek word for "home," and it is where we get our word "economy," which means "management of the home." But, as we have seen today, we have perverted what that word means, and pushed this cultural myth beyond what the "home," our planet, can give. Now, most do not know that "economy" is not the great casino game of the stock market. It is not the grand ponzi scheme of the global monetary system and its endless pursuit of debt slavery. It is not the mendacious lies fed to you daily by the corporate powers, claiming a world of "happiness," "peace," and most especially, "efficiency," making a mockery of what economy meant to the original human cultures -- cultures that had the skills to coexist with the world, rather than seek evermore to find ways to destroy it. It is a great web of deceit spun through the myth of civilization itself.

But, "efficient" for whom? There is only efficiency in gaining more for the few and less for the many.  There is only efficiency in converting more of the living world into the dead. There is only happiness and peace for those who continue to engage in the world of pain that they've created. In the corporate controlled world, there is no room for morals and no room for sanity. The only thing that is well understood is to perpetually grow profit and power. The only thing that is truly "efficient" in their eyes is how fast and effectively the paradise of this world can be turned into their paradise, ensuring that their families, their salaries, their shareholders, and their lives continue to prosper, while the rest of the world is torn apart.

Today, in this world, there is no room for the traditions of craftsmanship, and pride in one's work, in what we create, no pride, honor, or respect to have a connection to what gifts the world provides for us -- skills that have been passed down for generations, traditions inherently human in all respects, which had been the cornerstone of how humanity had managed their home on this planet for tens of thousands of years. Such traditions do not fit the dominant culture and its corporate hegemony's definition of "economy." Neither do they fit their perverse conception of what "growth" means, whether it be the culmination of what it has become today, industrialized capitalism, or any other form it may morph into, nor any of its predecessors.

For the majority of human history our home was managed by a tradition not merely based on survival, but symbiotic relationships with our environments, spiritual connections to the land, our community, and between each other. We had a true understanding of our place in this world. There was no perverted sense of how we grew, or better, how we developed, both as part of the community of life and how we developed as persons, mentally and spiritually. For all of this understanding was at one with the world, not at war with it. Everything that we were was coupled with the acknowledgements of our physical limits, but simultaneously a deeper understanding of the limitlessness of the human mind and spirit, where our future was eternally part of our past and our present, and all was at complete synchronicity with the Earth.

In the world today, pride and love for our work is lost. Connection to the land we have exploited. The products we produce, and the culture of consumption are captive between a permanent, seemingly impenetrable barrier erected in the name of profit and separated from the real world. It is the rule, when connection was once the fabric of human society. It was all that was needed. Growth, consumption, exploitation, separation, division, and delusion create needs that only  serve the monstrosity that we have become -- serving only the great Lord of profit and money -- the false god of humanity today. Locked in isolation from each other behind these great walls that have imprisoned us in our own misery, in self-banishment from the land that has given us life, we've become addicted and dependent upon this false god and it will soon seal our doom if allowed to continue.

Like the medieval guilds, confraternities that had formed in order to protect their skills and guard their secrets of craftsmanship & techniques from the rising merchant class, the progenitor of Modern Industrialized Capitalism of today, we have yet to protect the common guild of how it is to be human, how it is to be in symbiosis with this planet, and how it is to connect to everything in it. We have lost it in the sacrifice of striving for dominance, power, and the false needs we create in the name of greed and growth. But, we have not recognized we've become powerless because of it.

These early guilds formed out of egalitarian communities, and swore oaths to protect their common funds & wealth and supported each other in local feuds or business ventures. One could not ascend to the higher ranks of the guild without earning the trust of the others. Is this not what we need most today, to defend and protect the common guild of humanity?

And we wonder why all of our products today seem to have no life to them, no character, no endurance, and love put into them, made to be thrown away to waste, just as much as our lives have become disposable in the eyes of the powerful. It couldn't be more clear. In this culture, it is inefficiency, the disposable, and planned obsolescence, which allows for the destructiveness to persist, is what is desired. It is what is profitable. And, it is that which creates both our false needs and our belief that we need them, and at times are forced to believe in for our very survival.

As we dredge on with our daily lives we must toil and toil to get by, further pressed for time- less time for family, less time for children, less time for ourselves, less time for community, less time to change things -- more and more stress on our bodies, our minds, and our souls. The vicious cycle of false needs feeds upon such misery, creating a false sense of security in the convenience of a disposable, throw-away society.

Our world has become filled with energy drinks, coffee shops on every corner, pharmaceuticals of every sort, all produced for one reason, to keep us working and consuming -- to keep profits up and production indexes high. All the while, families, relationships, and communities, both human and non-human, are degraded and destroyed. We are made expendable, just like the products we produce -- a seemingly endless assembly line of pain and misery. As we ourselves become obsolete, our lives end -- a life without meaning -- leaving only voids to be filled by others desperate to survive and support their lives. The vicious cycle continues, and we are separated more and more from the land, from each other, and from where are souls are at peace.

The present has become "the good 'ole days," and the future can't be seen beyond the day's drudgery.  We can only focus on getting by one more year, one more month, or one more day. We are made to believe that this is the only way, the best way to live. There is never time to even contemplate anything else, whether this is all unnecessary, that this is not the way it has always been, that this is not the way it is supposed to be!

It is not only our products or our lives, but the entire dominant culture has an intrinsically planned obsolescence. Before we know it, our children are adults and must venture into this Brave New World themselves. Before we know it, our relationships are deadened and numb. Before we know it, we are old and tired. Before we know it, someone we know has lost their lives in the endless pursuits of war in the name of profit and growth. Before we know it, there is someone we know that has given up and took their own lives in hope to escape the misery of such obsolescence. Before we know it, we have wondered where are lives have gone and what meaning and purpose remains. Before we know it, our planet, our home, is a barren wasteland. Our products, our lives, our souls, and the culture that imprisons us are obsolete, because we treat our whole world the same.

We have forgotten the skills that hold us together. The mastery of existence in this world has been lost, and there has been no collective, no guild formed to protect what was lost. If there is no effort to guard theses sacred skills of what had enabled humanity to coexist with the natural world for the majority of its history, is it no wonder then that they have been laid to waste, and themselves become obsolete?

Our trade, our mastery, is to be human first. Our skills are measured by how and what we produce from the bounty of our home. Our ancestral cultures, that have been here many times longer than the dominant culture in charge today, understood what it meant to manage and respect their home.  And, we today, know that it is the only one we have. This culture has led us to believe that the arts and mastery of this Forgotten Guild are some sort of guarded secret, or better, that it is something we have risen above, but it is indeed not. It has only been hidden from you by the same society that has also enslaved you and every living thing on this planet for its own exploitation, treating you just as it produces its products of consumption, to become obsolete once there is no profit left to be made from you.

The knowledge and wisdom of the Forgotten Guild exists all around you, in the air you breath, in the rain on your face, in the people you meet, in the love you feel, it is in the fruit you pluck from the tree, or in the eyes of your child when their face lights up with pride and joy after accomplishing a skill or task on their own that you have taught them. It is in true existence. It is found when one relinquishes the hold this culture has upon you and see the world with clarity. It is a wealth worth protecting and fighting for, like the guilds of old, but it is for everyone to share. It has been stolen from you, and must be returned.

For, this understanding of the world, that which is deeply, truly human, is where craftsman is the craft, the tools are that which is tooled, the apprentice is the teacher, and it is an eternal college, carried forth by connection and love for this world.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Moment of Clarity: We're In The Middle Of A Global Awakening

submitted by Lee Camp

This is the most positive Moment of Clarity episode yet. It's the reason to keep fighting.
This is what gives me hope.

This episode was heavily inspired and informed by a post by Nick Margerrison, which you can find here

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Most Important Video Many Americans May Never See

submitted by Gabrielle Price

I hope this post will change that...and hope Part 2 of the panel will be made available soon.

Published on Feb 6, 2013: Plaintiffs and supporters in the Hedges v. Obama lawsuit challenging the controversial indefinite detention provision set forth in § 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg, NDAA Case Coordinator Tangerine Bolen, lawsuit counsel Bruce Afran & Carl Mayer, David Segal, Executive Director of Demand Progress, and journalist Alexa O'Brien, moderated by Natasha Lennard of and Matt Sledge of The Huffington Post.discuss the profound erosion of liberties cemented by the 2012 NDAA, a pattern of abuse and intimidation on the part of the Obama DOJ toward publishers, whistleblowers and activists, and the creative efforts of the widely disparate groups that have joined the lawsuit team and its supporters from around the world. Earlier in the day, February 6, 2013, was argument before the 2nd Circuit in which the US appealed the historic ruling by Judge Katherine Forrest in favor of the plaintiffs.

Sponsored by RevolutionTruth, Demand Progress, The Sparrow Project, New York Civil Liberties Union, Young Professionals, Culture Project's 'Blueprint for Accountability' Series. Camera: Joe Friendly

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Earth Eats: Interview w/manager of the Local Growers Guild

contributor Gabrielle Price

This is an excerpt from a broadcast featuring the manager of the Local Growers' Guild [and my housemate at Sunny Branch Farm], Megan Hutchison. The Refreshment Center Radio Show will have Megan on as our guest, along with many other locals involved in the food movement here in Bloomington in future.  I'm excited about this new direction and hope you'll enjoy the sounds [and sights] TRC plans to deliver throughout the year.

With the internet so prevalent as a teaching tool, my wish is to connect other local food movements to share data, especially as the climate continues to change and perhaps help other growers in areas where some crops used to do well but growing seasons may have altered.  I'll also have folks on from other countries, some who are doing incredible things with keyline and permaculture techniques -- to see how that works in places here in the U.S.

Not to mention recipe swaps!

I thought this Earth Eats broadcast would be a good segue into what our local focus is, the direction we intend to go, not to mention it's a fine introduction to Megan; a friend and fellow foodie you'll be hearing more about!  There is a very active food movement here and I'm excited to share it with you. 
Earth Eats is a weekly podcast, public radio program and blog bringing the freshest news and recipes inspired by local food and sustainable agriculture, featured on Indiana Public Media on the web.

The Local Growers' Guild is a cooperative of farmers, retailers, and community members dedicated to strengthening the local food economy in Southern Indiana through education, direct support, and market connections.  The LGG's mission is to create a local food system that provides quality food to communities through direct markets and retailers; preserves the viability of family farms; improves the quality of life for growers; makes food issues visible; and promotes practices that preserve and protect the Earth. 

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Juice Rap News ~ The Great Gun Debate

contributed by Gabrielle Price

Rap News is back with this special report,
nailing it with a reminder about another amendment we have ignored to our own peril.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Moment of Clarity: Western Civilization Has All The Signs of Collapsing Empire

contributor Lee Camp

After reading a book called "Four Horsemen: The Survival Manual," I asked myself, "Does Western Civilization have all the signs of a collapsing empire?" 
Watch the video. Then check out the book and the film.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Moment of Clarity: Breaking News That's Actually 13 Years Old...

contributor Lee Camp
US Government Found GUILTY Of Murdering Martin Luther King Jr.

Read more about it here: or here: and watch a short video on it here:

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Grumpy Cat on Government

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My Favorite Commercial

contributor Anon De Plume

My favorite commercial was the one where they were trying to sell me that thing that I didn’t need by using Bernayseque Freudian psychology, invoking my natural human emotions through the use of allegory and association. 

My favorite commercial was the one where they made me laugh and cry while simultaneously cementing my preferences and perception of reality through the use of right brain techniques, which treats incoming data uncritically, processing information in wholes, leading to emotional, rather than logical responses. 

My favorite commercial was the one where teams of editors, writers, researchers, and producers colluded to produce a need for something that wasn’t previously there by releasing my body's own natural opiates (endorphins) as I transitioned into my right hemisphere without any choice, thus becoming completely docile and suggestive. 

My favorite commercial was the one where the higher regions of my brain (neo-cortex) was intentionally diminished through the use of hundreds of years of psychological studies and experiments, while at the same time exciting the lower brain functions such as the limbic system (reptile brain) which is unable to distinguish between reality and the simulated reality. 

My favorite commercial was the one where I was rendered vulnerable to skewed views of reality written and directed by corporations who could care less about me as long as I am consuming their products and messages without question. 

My favorite commercial was the one where I was offered the illusion of escape from my own existence, where driving the right vehicle, drinking the right drink, and owning the right stuff is the dream life that was scripted for me. 

I am fully aware that the level of sarcasm in this post is going to fly in the face of a great many things that are close and important to many people (or as I would say was programmed to be so), my only hope is that the level of resentment is so high, that those individuals take the time to disprove me and/or find out for themselves the spell they having been operating under, because it is that awakening journey which reveals the greater insights into these strange days we find ourselves in. 

“I watch TV but it doesn’t affect me.” 

The average cost of a 30-second advertisement at this year’s Super Bowl was around $4 million. Think about that. By the time you got to this line in this post, a corporation somewhere was willing to pay $4 million dollars. Do you really think they would go to that expense if it wasn’t having an effect? They spend twice as much researching their audiences and finding out precisely what it takes to gain influence over you. If this seems implausible or if this is new to you, then at a minimum take the time to look what I’m suggesting. Google search “Television Mind Control” and you’ll find over 35 million results. 

Take your pick and start finding out what is being used against you. Look into the history of it. Look into Bernays and Lippmann. Look into the refresh rates of your televisions and how they put you into an alpha state, the very same suggestive state a hypnotist puts you into. Ever try to get your kids attention when they are watching television? You say their name and nothing. You say it louder and louder until they snap out of it and reply “Huh?” That’s a hypnotic state they are coming out of. 

Find out for yourself and for your family.  Here are some quotes to ponder:

“Those who manipulate the organized habits and opinions of the masses constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” ~ Edward Bernays (Assistant to William Paley, founder of CBS) 

“We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.” ~ Edward Bernays - Propaganda 

“A handful of us determine what will be on the evening news broadcasts, or, for that matter, in the New York Times or Washington Post or Wall Street Journal…. Indeed it is a handful of us with this awesome power….And those [news stories] available to us already have been culled and re-culled by persons far outside our control.” ~ Walter Cronkite 

“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” ~ Malcolm X 

“We need a program of psychosurgery and political control of our society. The purpose is physical control of the mind. Everyone who deviates from the given norm can be surgically mutilated. The individual may think that the most important reality is his own existence, but this is only his personal point of view. This lacks historical perspective. Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal orientation has great appeal. We must electrically control the brain. Some day armies and generals will be controlled by electrical stimulation of the brain.” ~ Dr. Jose Delgado, MKULTRA 

“So long as they (the Proles) continued to work and breed, their other activities were without importance. Left to themselves, like cattle turned loose upon the plains of Argentina, they had reverted to a style of life that appeared to be natural to them, a sort of ancestral pattern...Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult." ~ George Orwell, 1984 

“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.” ~ Joseph Stalin

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

JUICE RAP NEWS - Ep. 17: The War on Terra

submitted by Gabrielle Price

Juice Rap News - Episode 17: The War on Terra.  It's 2013 and the world did not end by meteorite or by Mayan calendar. But fear not: we might just be able to get the job done ourselves. Join Robert Foster as he sets out to discover where Civilisation™ is making the fastest progress towards annihilation. In this edition of the Civilisation Report, Robert learns about Australia and Canada - two oft-neglected pioneers of peace, progress and prosperity - in conversation with our antipodean colonial correspondent Ken Oathcarn and his Canuck counterpart, Fagin Heighbard. Dear viewers, consider this a fair warning that in terms of language and affront to the dominant culture this could get fucking messy.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Thoughts from the Editor ~ Stand In The Place Where You Live

founder/editor, Gabrielle Price

Greetings, dear patrons.

I have just finished my move to southern Indiana; the fair city of Bloomington.  With a college campus less than 20 minutes away by bike, the average population in the summer, while school is not in session, is a modest 30 to 40 thousand.  [During the school year, it skyrockets to over 100 thousand.] 

As much as I like academics, and having a college library [and theater] nearby -- I am here for the locals.  The farming folks, the permaculture -- the real culture -- a community that is rooted in something other than entertainment, automobile culture, uptown/downtown thought processes.  I'm here for realness.

I have often said that I love Indianapolis -- I still do.  But the city has changed -- or perhaps it never did but I have.  At any rate, that old saying holds true for both sexes: You can take a girl out of the country...but you can't take the country out of the girl.

I grew up in rural farmland that became a concrete jungle of fast food joints and strip malls.  Some of my favorite farms to look at while biking have become ruins on the outskirts of new housing editions, side by side cracker boxes, lined along beloved two-lane roads that used to hold surprises at every turn.  Now, they seem like a distant memory.  Now...those houses look like barracks.

This past summer found me in the desert of New Mexico and the city of El Paso, Texas.  The vast difference between the West and where I came from, eventually left me longing for home.  A place I've been searching for quite awhile now, to be honest.  The desert has her own language -- it whispers rather than speaks aloud -- but her messages were quite clear to me about where I needed to be.  Closer to the country I grew up around -- the trees, hills and grass, the creeks and tributaries -- the gravel roads I used to travel down in my youth, just to escape the small minded-world I lived in to see the night stars and wish...

That world is still small-minded. Perhaps it always was.

I realized I need not have traveled far to gain this -- but to understand know it in your bones, is a far different story.  You simply won't realize what you have until you learn that it could be gone tomorrow.  What I saw on my journeys these past years solidified a bigger truth for me.  I have always been blessed by humble beginnings. Many cities, burbs and towns have changed beyond recognition.  My hometown is not much different than many I visited but it hasn't changed so much that it defies memory.

I understand with great clarity that this is not true for many.  I understand that landscapes, mountains, rivers and lakes have been defiled, grasslands laid to waste and blue skies replaced by tinges of burnt umber and smog.

It wasn't always this way.  The elders could tell you.  They could show you photographs that would take your breath away.  Tell you stories about the finest fishing and the best creeks to draw a canteen-full of spring water.  I remember these kinds of places from my youth, too.  They are few and far between now.

The journey I set out upon was about seeking the highest truth -- and in my travels, I learned what I had always known -- that the truth is right under your feet.  To deny the love of the earth you stand on is to be buried under the waste of a civilization that cares nothing for the sacred.  I understand with great clarity what it means to love a piece of land.

What my bones know is what I want to express via radio -- because the writing has taken a backseat to experiences yet again -- and news is happening faster than I can keep up with.  It is simply easier to speak than write now.  My goal is to invite discussion and questions about the sacred, core values of human beings -- to really get to the heart of the matter and get some damn healing done.

We've been lied to, exploited, spied on, sold out, cheapened, dumbed down -- and yet begged for more?  I didn't.  I know we all didn't.  I don't believe that.  I don't believe that because that is what the mainstream is selling...again. Numbers are fudged on a daily basis. Between polls and stats -- all the way up to and including Wall Street indexes -- we're being collectively duped and made to feel as if we're really clever because we've been spoonfed what we're supposed to think about the whole ponzi.
Even from the faces on the talking box we've trusted all this time.

Bottom line? The majority of media 'in the main' wears me the fuck out.  So I'm going to learn something new, share it and include others in the process of getting new ideas of what 'American Exceptionalism' really is, out to the public.  Ideas that meet my picky-ass standards and I'm damn hard to impress.  And what I find here in my new home...impresses the hell out of me.  I feel 27 again.  I'm ready to have some damn fun. I'm ready to massage some brains with info AND art.  With data AND humor.  With reality NOT fantasy.

George Carlin said: "They call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it."  He was right. The former years of my life that I spent trying to attain it -- was a nightmare.

Thank Goddess, and thank you, Bloomington, for my wake up call.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Moment of Clarity ~ Every 30 Minutes A Farmer Kills Himself, You'll Never Guess Why

contributor Lee Camp

[Yeah, okay -- so TRC has been a little busy but Lee nails it so well in this one, we're gonna give him two posts in a row.  More information is under the vid on this issue -- educate yourselves.  Food freedom is a moral imperative!] ~ Gabrielle

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Moment of Clarity: The Endless Fight For Control Of Our Consciousness

from contributor Lee Camp

200 episodes of Moment of Clarity, and what have we learned?

[Editor's note below!]

Editor, Gabrielle Price:  First, I'd like to thank Lee Camp for coming to Indianapolis and kudos to the Melody Inn for having such a cutting-edge, [dare I say] refreshing talent like Lee grace the stage at the ol' Mel.  I wanted to share a link to some pictures from the evening which also featured local stand-up comedians from my hometown, Zan Aufderheide and Jeff Oskay.  It was a great night of side splitting laughter and Lee delivered the gonzo-goods tenfold.  We're very proud to call him a TRC contributor.

See more photos at The Refreshment Center - News You Can Use Page on the Book of Faces.

Thanks to Zan for snapping two shots -- both of which were blurry but hey, she's damn good at comedy!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Moment of Clarity - How Words Can Change The World

contributor Lee Camp

Language manipulation can be used by the good people of this world or by the evil people. The problem is that the evil people seem to be working much harder at it. So here's the first step in catching up with them.

 [Pssst! Editor's note below!]

[Editors Note / SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT: Hey, Indianapolis -- Lee Camp will be at the Melody Inn, January 14th and I'll be there to meet him and thank him for his contributions to the blog with camera in hand!  RSVP HERE. Don't miss this show, my friends! ~ Gabrielle]

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