We get spun this way and that way, rarely knowing who to believe and nearly everyone has an agenda that seeks to use, manipulate or abuse us.
Is that the case with the recent internet phenomenon “Kony 2012“?
The documentary stars do-gooding Americans who seem to be out to make an honest strike at the evil heart of an apparently huge problem in Africa: Joseph Kony and his mobile abduction and assault force the Lord’s Resistance Army.
The goal is for viewers to pressure their government (particularly Americans) into sending more troops to Africa to track down and kill Joseph Kony.
But how long should they stay there? Do Ugandans want us to come? Is Kony still even IN Uganda?!
A few quotes from an article recently published in The UK Telegraph cast major doubts on the legitimacy of this movement:
“It is totally misleading to suggest that the war is still in Uganda,” said Fred Opolot, spokesman for the Ugandan government.
“I suspect that if that’s the impression they are making, they are doing it only to garner increasing financial resources for their own agenda.”
“Suggesting that the answer is more military action is just wrong,” said Javie Ssozi, an influential Ugandan blogger.”
Kony 2012 director Jason Russell has issued a response ansd says that “we want you to keep investigating, we want you to read the history.”
Well my brother, I want also want you to read history and before creating heart-warming, slick videos to study economics, military, and current events a bit more.
I’m sure I’m simplifying a complex issue here, but the fact remains that we have incredible problems to solve here in America. Check the statistics on the hunger crisis happening right here and right now. If you want to make a difference it’s not very difficult to find a place nearby to start.
Dale Carnegie’s famous book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is one of the most profound business and interpersonal texts in history. Among its key tenants is the need to see things from another person’s perspective. So, how does the world see us? Perhaps more importantly, how do people who would seek to harm us see us?
When we hear that radical Muslims want to destroy us we often visualize them as being evil religious fanatics who “hate us because we’re free” and little more.
But, when we view ourselves through a lens that has the below facts etched upon it, perhaps we can see why our society is viewed as something evil and Satanic itself.
We are all God’s children, we all have the potential for greatness, and we are all subject to the abuses of spiritual wickedness in high places. This awareness can make us compassionate and kind to those who would seek to harm us. They are in spiritual bondage and have little or no sovereignty in their lives. Through prayer and intercession with the Authority of Christ on their behalf we can cut these cables and allow The Holy Spirit to return into our loved ones (the entire world) lives.
“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:44
From The American Dream
Monday, March 5, 2012
Is the USA still #1? Well, there are many things that America is still the best in the world at, but unfortunately a lot of those categories are nothing to be proud of. Once upon a time the United States was the greatest nation on earth, but now we are a nation that is in a horrific state of decline.
Just consider a few of the embarrassing things that America leads the world in: obesity, crime, divorce, teen pregnancy, child abuse deaths and government debt. The statistics that you are about to read below are incredibly disturbing.
Most people that write these kinds of articles about the decline of America hate this country. But that is not the case with me. I was born and raised in America and I love this nation deeply. It is time to realize that we will never be able to start fixing our problems until we take a really good look in the mirror and realize just how far we have fallen.
America is not the country that it once was. America is a complete and total mess and just “tweaking” a few things here and there is not going to return this nation to its former glory. We have forgotten the things that once made us great, and if we do not return to them we will continue to fall apart as a nation.
With that being said, the following are 40 embarrassing things that America is the best in the world at….
#2 There are more car thefts in the United States than anywhere else in the world by far.
#3 Of all the major industrialized nations, America is the most obese. Mexico is #2.
Dr. Mercola dishes on the major problems he sees with Bill Gates’ plans to supply poor nations and people around the world with genetically-modified food.
By Dr. Mercola
Above, ABC’s “Nightline,” Bill Weir talks with Microsoft founder Bill Gates about his charitable endeavors.
Gates’ latest plan is to try to end world hunger by growing more genetically modified (GM) crops.
He’s already invested $27 million into Monsanto Company—leading some countries to reject his charity due to the high risks, such as:
- New disease vectors
- Mutated pesticide-resistant insects
- Resistant “superweeds”
- Contamination of surrounding non-GM crops
We already know how deeply entrenched the U.S. government has become with Monsanto.
For a visual illustration of their ‘revolving-door-relationship’ with the governmental regulatory agencies, see the graph toward the bottom of this article.
It is this type of government infiltration that allowed genetically engineered alfalfa to be approvedwithout any restrictions at all, despite the protests of the organic community and public comments from a quarter of a million concerned citizens.
In Bill Gates, Monsanto also has one of the wealthiest and most influential “philanthropists” supporting their agenda and spreading misleading propaganda about their products.
In recent years, it has become disappointingly clear that Gates may be leading the pack as one of the most destructive “do-gooders” on the planet… His views on what is required to make a difference in poverty- and disease-stricken third world nations are short-sighted and misinformed at best. A recent article in the Seattle Times1 joins me in arguing that Bill Gates’ support of genetically modified (GM) crops as a solution for world hunger is based on unsound science. A team of 900 scientists funded by the World Bank and United Nations, investigated the matter over the course of three years, and determined that the use of GM crops is simply NOT a meaningful solution to the complex situation of world hunger.
Instead, the scientists suggested that “agro-ecological” methods would provide the most viable means to ensure global food security, including the use of traditional seed varieties and local farming practices already adapted to the local ecology.
“Philanthropy is the Enemy of Justice”
In a recent article with the same headline, “Philanthropy is the Enemy of Justice”, Robert Newman criticizes2 the choice of Bill Gates as the designated “voice” of the world’s poor at the World Economic Forum, held in January.
“Am I saying that philanthropy has never done good? No, it has achieved many wonderful things… But beware the havoc that power without oversight and democratic control can wreak,” Newman writes.
“The biotech agriculture that Lord Sainsbury was unable to push through democratically he can now implement unilaterally, through his Gatsby Foundation. We are told that Gatsby’s biotech project aims to provide food security for the global south. But if you listen to southern groups such as the Karnataka State Farmers of India, food security is precisely the reason they campaign against GM, because biotech crops are monocrops which are more vulnerable to disease and so need lashings of petrochemical pesticides, insecticides and fungicides – none of them cheap – and whose ruinous costs will rise with the price of oil, bankrupting small family farms first. Crop diseases mutate, meanwhile, and all the chemical inputs in the world can’t stop disease wiping out whole harvests of genetically engineered single strands.
Both the Gatsby and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundations are keen to get deeper into agriculture, especially in Africa. But top-down nostrums for the rural poor don’t end well.”
I agree. Donating patented seeds, which takes away the farmers’ sovereignty, is not the way to save the third-world poor. As reported by Netline last year3, Monsanto and other biotech companies have collaborated with the Gates Foundation via the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to promote the use of genetically modified (GM) crops in Africa. The Gates Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to AGRA, and in 2006 Robert Horsch was hired for the AGRA project. Horsch was a Monsanto executive for 25 years. In a nutshell, the project may be sold under the banner of altruism and ‘sustainability’, but in reality it’s anything but. It’s just a multi-billion dollar enterprise to transform Africa into a GM-crop-friendly continent.
Check out the heck out the complete Article for an incredibly well done exposé on Monsanto, the effects of GMO and the fascist alliance between the firm and our federal government.
A profound question with a profound answer that I cannot escape: yes.
The inherent perfection, exquisite harmony and brilliant balance detailed in this incredible book proves, to me, that there must be an all-encompassing, omnipresent, supremely intelligent Creator behind the curtains of this world and that hidden milimeters benath the chaos, noise and confusion of our perception lies a vast and glassy sea of perfection; if we would only focus our eyes upon it, rest in its peace and ponder about what it means in our lives.
If that perfection exists in structures and systems that have no relation, should we look into the events of our lives to see the hidden perfections within them as well?
Understandably this is a massive challenge. Life is hard, bad things happen—frequently—and God’s voice and heart is hard to hear. But if we can rest in this brilliant perfection around us and let Faith bubble up and solidify in this glory then perhaps the designs can lead us to far more than just a good art show, far more than an entertaining look at what might have previously been a beautiful yet shallow and meaningless world.
If you knew that you might be forever changed, would you risk all of your preconceived notions and look deeper? Would you put your pride on the altar and chance that your beliefs could be wrong?
Again, if there’s a design…is there a Designer?
“Get the government out of welfare!” Tell ‘em Star!!! A brilliant lady who once lived in the treacherous “bait and switch” world of welfare. She cuts to the core of the pestilent infection that is the American welfare state and brings solutions out the other side. Every “do-gooder’s” worst nightmare.
Many steps forward backward and sideways in the pursuit of truth lately. I’ve wanted to post countless articles but have gotten a heavy handed jab in my chest every time I wanted to post something. It just felt wrong.
While my heart beats raucously for political action I can’t help but feel restrained—and compelled to abandon my personal plans with the prayer that I can know, believe and do God’s Plans. Is there a greater goal than knowing God’s thoughts? Is there anything more valuable?
“I want to know God’s thoughts, the rest is trivia.” Albert Einstein.
Perhaps this is too out there, perhaps we are going too far…. But what if this is the necessary step to bring our hearts, minds and planet into peace and prosperity?
When healing and/or performing various miracles, Jesus always reinforced that he was merely a channel for God to do his work—an empty glass through which God could manifest.
Is this then a template for our lives? What might happen to our lives if we decided for a day, a week, or a month to bury our instinctive desires and bow our heads in prayer for God’s Will and presence—vowing not to budge until we felt guided to do so. This step includes the difficult task and pain of an internal death to self—in my experience this is a hard, emotional and instinctively challenging surrendering of our hearts and egos, a scuffing of knees to drop ourselves in humility….
While I certainly can’t claim that I get VIP access to The Almighty on a nightly basis in prayer, I do feel—much more than ever before—a shift in my perceptions, a heightened sensitivity to what can only be described as Guidance, and through physical events a knowing that despite the incredible pain and suffering around us God is our loving but challenging personal trainer who is indeed playing chess with us for great accomplishments, advancements and anointing.
Looking at videos like these it seems like madness to think that changes in solar cycles can’t affect our climate. Just look at the massive explosions, fireballs and solar flares streaming from the surface of the Sun. We don’t have a nice ball of light and warmth in the center of our galaxy, we have a raging, exploding, maelstrom of unpredictable fury constantly blowing itself to pieces and reassembling.
Don’t tell that to Al Gore though, he has carbon checks to cash!
Google: Al Gore carbon billionaire.