The Heart of the World - Documentary

Just finished watching "Heart of the World," a 1991 BBC documentary on the Kogi people in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta highlands of Columbia.  The Kogi are a tribe of indigeneous who survived and successfully isolated themselves from Spanish Conquistadors.

Kogi men chew coca leaves constantly and have a life expectancy of 90 years. The narrator did well to compare coca leaves to coaine as dissimilar as rye bread is from from rye whiskey. Not a cokewhore to be seen in this culture.

The Kogi allowed a film crew to come and take a message to the world to stop hurting our Mother Earth, who they know as Aluna. They see their mountainous region in danger and they are alarmed since it provides a central pillar of life in the region. Snowmelt, sediment and so forth. The Kogi's former coastal cities are now pillaged by grave robbers. Their gold was taken by the Spanish and are under threat of "development" like power plants that sacred freshwater lakes are drained to install nearby, deforestation, mining, etcetera.

When conquistadors waged a moral crusade against the Kogi they used the absurd notion that all the men were homosexual as the basis to wipe them out. Apparently it was common belief in Spain that if it was not for Christianity men would be blowing eachother's brains out in a sexual manner rather than using muskets against "savages," as well as raping or enslaving while stealing their land.

The Kogi appear extremely peaceful and even quarrelling with one's wife is forbidden. They weave their own fabric and dress cleanly in white with a shoulder bag. The white clothing represents the purity of nature. Only men chew coca leaves that are prepared by the women. They carry around a gourd that symbolises the woman. It is filled with lime that breaks down the coca compunds after it numbs the mouth. The lime is extracted with a stick that symbolises the man. The priests of the Kogi are selected at birth and raised for 9 years in darkness. I doubt that would mesh with the child protective services Nazis.

Upon doing further research on the KogiI discovered that twenty years later the Kogi asked for the original filmmaker to return for another lesson about Mother Nature since we did not heed their warning. That new film is Aluna. I am providing the original documentary I found on YouTube and the preview of the new on below. "Aluna" is $2.99 on YouTube.

For more information about the Kogi and the Lost City (Ciudad Perdida): http://www.laciudadperdida.com From the Heart of the World - The Elder Brothers Warning is a documentary about the Kogi people who inhabit the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain in northern Colombia.

Aluna Trailer by Alan Ereira : http://www.alunathemovie.com/ Alan Ereira : http://www.youtube.com/user/aereira - The Kogi attach great importance to memory. The memory of events with which the community has been confronted, the memory of social regulations within the group and so forth. "Memory," they say, "is like eyes which were made to see.


Former DA worker: Planting weapons on police victims standard operating procedure

This claim came from a FOX News legal analyst while discussing the shooting of Walter Scott by police who then were filmed plating a "stolen" taser on the victim. Arthur Aidala said. “Police officers – I hate to say this – would keep a second gun that nobody knew about on their ankle, so if they ever killed someone they shouldn’t have they would take that gun out and leave it.” This certainly would stack the deck in the favor of the prosecution with the supreme value of law enforcement versus a lowly and likely dishonest criminal. I am surprised they did not bother to sprinkle some crack on Scott.

Freddie's dead and the Gray area of racist legacies; homicide charges for BPD

Baltimore's police department homicide victim Freddie Grey had a lengthy criminal record of mostly non-violent crime before being murdered by them. I see only a second-degree assault charge on his rap sheet. The altercation leading to his death appears to have no just cause, only citing illegal possession of a switchblade. Unless he was walking around playing with it, the switchblade could have been planted on him too, then he was likely being harassed by police he had a history with. Time will tell if any justice is to follow the announcement of homicide charges being filed against officers involved. Regardless, breaking a man's spine, lying that he walked fine though he was clearly injured and screaming in pain, then not calling medics for 42 minutes, there is no excuse for this behavior by anyone, especially in authority..

It is tragic the legacy of racism creates crime rich ethnic areas with no opportunity. It is the epitome of "the man" keeping people down. Instead of slaves, today many African-American's are slaves to a welfare system, constant monitoring by social services, police patrols and ultimately sadistic babysitters while kept in cages. It has already been clear that the crack epidemic was in part a CIA operation, revelations chronicled in the recent biographical Hollywood portrayal of Gary Webb, "Kill the Messenger."

What a great follow up to the civil rights movement. After a long history of oppression, any thoughtful student of history can see a constantly morphing tendency of self-fulfilling prophecy aimed at justifying the misfortunes of black folks in America.

It is no surprise to see the massive demonstrations, mostly non-violent, that follow this outrageous result of police activity. Whether those acting violently or destroying property are provocateurs or not is one question. Regardless there is certainly some righteous violence that can result from the continuous violent oppression of people. Franz Fanon believed that acts of violence are necessary to overcome the multi-generational psychological baggage of such a colonial history. Fanon's insights foresaw decades of disaster in Africa that followed after his writings. Here is a bit on such views from the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

Les Damnés de la Terre is a more abstract analysis of colonialism and revolution.  It has been described as a handbook for black revolution.  The book ranges over the necessary role Fanon thinks violence must play in decolonization struggles, the false paths decolonizing nations take when they entrust their eventual freedom to negotiations between a native elite class and the formers colonizers instead of mobilizing the masses as a popular fighting force, the need to recreate a national culture through a revolutionary arts and literature movement, and an inventory of the psychiatric disorders that colonial repression unleashes.

If corrupt killer cops being strung up as human pinatas is needed to offset such a terrible history, it would not even come close to the live slow centuries of slavery with BBQing of black men to lynching and suffering at the hands of police African-Americans today. Without an interwoven fabric of oppression the system of inequity could not persist. Misfortune, however contrived, helps promote momentum for the system as it exists. A global crabs-in-the-bucket of not-so free markets, relying on slavery and environmental exploitation. Ignorance, inequality and dehumanization are major factors that need to be addressed to turn the tide against such evils. In the meantime keep the cameras handy, that is one way we can shoot police that may be fatal to their ingrained system of injustice, cruelty and sadism.

Study: Blacks stopped more to be investigated than for traffic violations

This article, Broken Tail Light Policing, breaks down a study in the Kansas City area on the statistical differences when blacks versus whites are pulled over. A focus of the article is the rather apparent murder of Walter Scott and the attempted cover-up by the officer Michael Slager. If it were not for a video disproving the police account of things it is doubtful Slager would be fired and face murder charges.

I used to get pulled over just for having a dark-skinned friend. No license and registration for me. The officers would harass my passengers and ask if they have been arrested or have warrants. They might as well have asked me, "Is this darky bothering you white boy?"

 

Woman who miscarried given 20 years for feticide charge

In the first case of its kind, Purvi Patel is the first to have been convicted of feticide. Even stranger she is charged with neglect, for a dead baby.

She claims to have miscarried and disposed of the aborted two-month old fetus before heading to the hospital. She did not want her conservative parents to find out. That incognito strategy seems to have failed.

The state claims it was an intentional miscarriage despite having no evidence of alleged drugs used to do so. The feticide law has been used to charge a lady who fell down stairs and another who delayed a Cesarean. I guess emptying a womb can be used for an excuse to fill a jail cell.

LAPD face $20 million suit for shooting unarmed teen in the back

Shoot first, lie about questions they have to answer later. In this case a group of friend were hanging out in an alley on their regular pre-schoolday routine when a couple hot shot cops from the homicide unit shot 15-year old Jamar Nicholson in the back.

The police report claims Jamar was pointing a gun at people. He did have a toy pistol but his friends claim he was not pointing it, it was at his side and has an orange tip that would have been clearly visible. Nicholson is lucky to be alive and now has PTSD with a not-so-wonderful outlook on police. I would bet the demeanor from a distance of a dude pointing a gun at people is not like a few buddies hanging out.

The officers were in dress clothes and the kids thought they were Mormons. Nope, it was the gang-homicide unit, the gang of police nearly causing homicides.

Government agents investigating Silk Road caught stealing bitcoins

Here is a classic news story of the police being criminals. The investigation is under way.

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JP Morgan Chase spent $9 Billion to silence whistleblower

Back in 2006 Alayne Fleischmann witnessed massive securities fraud in banks mortgage operations. JP Morgan Chase and even the US Justice Department made efforts to silence her. Here is a powerful excerpt from this Rolling Stone article:

She was blocked at every turn: by asleep-on-the-job regulators like the Securities and Exchange Commission, by a court system that allowed Chase to use its billions to bury her evidence, and, finally, by officials like outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, the chief architect of the crazily elaborate government policy of surrender, secrecy and cover-up. "Every time I had a chance to talk, something always got in the way," Fleischmann says.

Recently big banks like Citigroup, Chase and Bank of America were able to give "cash for secrecy. The banks paid big fines, without trials or even judges – only secret negotiations that typically ended with the public shown nothing but vague, quasi-official papers called "statements of facts," which were conveniently devoid of anything like actual facts."

Fleischmann could be sued into oblivion by these financial juggernauts but refuses complicity in what she calls "the biggest financial cover-up in history." She had humbler ambitions in her early career but worked in Wall Street to pay off her student loan debt. Seems like corruption has forced her back to her roots. It is unlikely she will be able to work on Wall Street again with the backlash that haunts whistleblowers as she has experienced.

Attorney General Eric Holder gave civil immunity to Chase. Government "investigators" did not contact Fleishmann, the key witness. In 2010 Goldman Sachs paid $550 million to settle one case and get immunity from charges in other crooked mortgage deals where it misled investors about subprime mortgages.

Cases where Fleishmann would make a great witness include the Fort Worth Employees' Retirement Fund. They asked Chase to release documents to her but a Chase attorney told the judge she could not "testify to anything of importance." The Federal Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV took Chase's lawyers at their word and rejected access for Fleishmann. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh made similar request Chase stalled, then abruptly settled prevented Fleishmann from testifying.

While still hoping to be heard Fleishmann saw a speech by Holder that made her wince. The title "No Company is Too Big to Jail," sounded good in principle but "It was classic Holder: full of weird prevarication, distracting eye twitches and other facial contortions. It began with the bold rejection of the idea that overly large financial institutions would receive preferential treatment from his Justice Department." As the speech went on it evolved into saying generally that "regulators have to agree not to allow automatic penalties to kick in, so that bad banks can stay in business.." At a later speech Holder argued the institutional culture is the problem and responsibility is impossible to pin-point.

Fleishmann is confident in helping facilitate justice and that "the proof is easily there for all the elements of the crime as defined by federal law – the bank made material misrepresentations, it made material omissions, and it did so willfully and with specific intent, consciously ignoring warnings from inside the firm and out." Another investigation is under way but if you can see the trend and if the Holder's will is done, nothing will come of it.

The article concludes grimly:

The people who stole all those billions are still in place. And the bank is more untouchable than ever – former Debevoise & Plimpton hotshots Mary Jo White and Andrew Ceresny, who represented Chase for some of this case, have since been named to the two top jobs at the SEC. As for the bank itself, its stock price has gone up since the settlement and flirts weekly with five-year highs. They may lose the odd battle, but the markets clearly believe the banks won the war. Truth is one thing, and if the right people fight hard enough, you might get to hear it from time to time. But justice is different, and still far enough away.

 

Flint, Michigan: City Water Toxic

Funny enough building codes likely require residents to have city water to make them "habitable." Flint Michigan water is contaminated with trihalomethanes: "[L]inked to increased rates of cancer, kidney and liver failure and adverse birth outcomes. It later emerged that the city knew since the previous May that the THM levels were high — in some places, twice the maximum allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency." Insane enough for you? Not even close, the water costs eight times the national average!

The water has also been found contaminated by bacteria like E. Coli. The water is known to look cloudy or tea like. Residents report rashes, hair loss and diarrhea. One woman cries when she removes her hair from the drain of her shower, certainly not tears of joy. One woman went to the hospital with chronic diarrhea and the doctor asked "have you been drinking the Flint water?"

Turns out the THM toxicity problem is from ramping up the amount of chlorine added to water from the Flint River to combat the bacterial contamination. Out of the frying pan and into the fire. There was a boil your water advisory and people were still getting sick. Even a General Motors plant has stopped using it for fear the water would corrode car engines! For nearly a year the water has stopped using Detroit's system which draws from Lake Huron.

Turns out, like other financially devastated areas in the Rust Belt, Flint is under the control of an "emergency manager" who has authority over the city. Despite a 7-1 vote by the city council to stop using the Flint River for water the emergency manager Jerry Ambrose called the decision "incomprehensible" and vows they will continue to use the water still! “This is a prime example of what dictatorship looks like,” said Nayyirah Shariff, a member of the Flint Democracy Defense League Good luck to the poor folks of Flint. Sounds like Jerry Ambrose is managing the emergency by maintaining it.

Range-R peers into homes despite 2001 ruling against

Small homes, vs rich bastard mansions

Warrantless monitoring with GPS devices was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2012.

Thanks for the link to a better article. It is still messed up if they can tell nobody is home then they can enter without a search warrant easier. Less intrusive than a camera is still intrusive. In a hostage situation then the issues over a warrant are not as relevant but in this era of the war on terror where everyone is a suspect this is no surprise. Even if it is like glaucoma vision it is still seeing into homes.

Officer who tasered man and pulled out window had prior incidents

I previously covered this incident in my article "Man tasered and pulled out car window by police in front of kids when trying to see mother on deathbed." The officer involved in the incident over a $25 seatbelt violation has been sued twice for excessive force. The victim in one case settled outside of court after suffering a permanent brain injury. Another case the officer held a family at gunpoint during a routine traffic stop and ended up beating up the mother and putting a child in a chokehold. They also settled. Taxpayers pay for this behavior, the officer does not even lose his job!  Another cop on the scene in the tasering incident was sued for excessive contact but the outcome is unknown.

Feeding the homeless illegal in Ft. Lauderdale, 90-yr old veteran arrested

A 90-year old veteran was and two priests were cited for defying a recent measure passed to counter the growing numbers of homeless in Fort. Lauderdale Florida. What better to combat homelessness than to kill them with starvation! That will prevent those victims of the housing crisis or mostly drug addicted and mentally ill scumbags from existing! No need for anything logical like actually helping those with human decency who provide services nowhere to be found in the operations of government. The video of the veteran's arrest is below showing police impervious to legitimate ridicule from the crowd.

Arnold Abbott was arrested and is facing up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine for helping to feed the needy in Florida. The veteran has done so for decades, and continues to help the homeless in memory of his late wife who helped him make and share food with the poor.

This new law follows a slew of other laws prohibiting the regular activities of homeless such as panhandling, sleeping on public property, harsher penalties for defecating in public and illegal to keep personal belongings in public areas. The article notes a similar backlash around the country, "A report released by the National Coalition for the Homeless last month found that 21 cities have restricted sharing food with the homeless, and 10 other cities are in the process of doing so."

Good thing American tax money was robbed to pay off the bankers in the housing crisis instead of keeping people housed.

With suspects cellphone DEA make Facebook posts racey pictures, contacts criminals

Anyone need a reason to put a password on your cellphone? Here it is. this woman, Sandra Arquiett, had her phone seized as part of an investigation she was a big time drug dealer and was only sentenced to probation. Later on a friend asked why she put pictures of herself legs spread in skimpy clothes on her Facebook profile. She never had one. The DEA created it and used it to contact suspects including at least one wanted fugitive. Would anyone be surprised if a criminal offed her in retaliation?

In court the so-called Justice Department is arguing, as noted by the Washington Post article below, "if you’re arrested for a drug crime, including a crime unserious enough to merit a sentence of probation, the government retains the power to (a) steal your identity, (b) use that identity for drug policing, thus making your name and face known to potentially dangerous criminals, (c) interact with those criminals while posing as you, which could subject you to reprisals from those criminals, (d) expose photos of your family, including children, to those criminals, and (e) do all of this without your consent, and with no regard for your safety or public reputation."

The article points out the governments habit of pressuring people into being informants and claiming no responsibility when these unwilling participants die! I knew about Rachel Hoffmann in Tallahassee, Florida forced to wear a wire, disappeared during a supervised deal to buy  two and a half ounces of cocaine, fifteen hundred Ecstasy pills, and a semi-automatic handgun from two convicted felons. She was later found murdered. I did not hear that campus cops at UMass used heroin addiction on a student to force cooperation as an informant. He then died of an overdose. Another shocking story is cited on DEA agents abandoning Daniel Chong in a cell for four and a half days without food, water or a toilet until he was on the brink of death. He was initially arrested on a possession charge when trying to buy cannabis to celebrate 4/20.

The point of the article is that the dehumanizing of drug offenders has caused passive acceptance of massive injustice, all apparently OK according to the Justice Department. The same strategy is used in this war on terror and other perceived enemies insofar as sheeple are taught to believe in them. Like the war on drugs, specifically cannabis, which was launched on racism against Blacks and Mexicans accused of being super strength violent rapists and whatnot.

As for stealing the identities of "terrorists" that is a whole other can of worms discussed specifically in regards to 9/11 in the documentary "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime," which breaks down how some of the alleged suicidal terrorists were still alive after 9/11 or died before and who they were.

Family of man killed over BB gun in Walmart files suit

As I covered before in Police kill man and bystander over BB gun, the 22-year old John Crawford was shot by police responding to calls from a customer concerned he was some kind of shooter. Walmart video proves the police report was not an honest account of what really happened. A grand Jury failed to indict the officers for any wrongdoing, as usual. So the family is suing Walmart for the BB gun, a realistic replica of an AR-15, which was unpackaged and on a store shelf for a couple days. I think there may be shared responsibility between Walmart and the police, but that the police should bear the brunt of the liability. The suit is only asking for only $75,000 and I would bet there is an out of court settlement for a child being bombarded by bullets. Not much considering an old white couple got a million dollars from Bank of America for being bombarded with Robo-calls over four years. I think that is a pretty stark black-and-white contrast there.

Family members of other victims of police shootings have rallied with the family.

Family of John Crawford files wrongful death suit against police, Walmart

1 in 3 people on file with FBI and police arrest somebody every two seconds!

Land of the free or home of the slave. The latter more so if you are into doublespeak with proof that FBI crime stats show an average of an arrest every two seconds and also the US has 5% of the world 's population and a quarter of the prisoners!

The link below sources an epic Wall Street Journal article "For More Teens, Arrests by Police Replace School Discipline" on school students being arrested for trivial and nonsensical "crimes": "children in schools systems across the U.S. are being arrested or turned over to police custody for doing things that children have always done since the beginning of time. Things such as wearing too much perfume, sharing a classmates’ chicken nuggets, throwing an eraser or chewing gum."

The author of the article below points out how the corporate elite are exempt from this type of Zero-Tolerance bullshit. Also relevant is how lives are ruined by the Injustice System, "of Chicago public schools by a University of Texas and a Harvard researcher found the high-school graduation rate for children with arrest records was 26%, compared with 64% for those without".

Land of the Free – 1 in 3 Americans Are on File with the FBI in the U.S. Police State