February 2015

This month is exciting. I’m distributing three NPPs to remarkable people. Lissa Rankin Md. is another one of my favorite writers. From watching her videos on YouTube I can attest that she is a dynamic speaker but the writing clearly shares her soul.

I will read every article or essay she writes but the ones that I appreciated most were about her spiritual awakening. There are many types of spiritual and religious experiences. The salient point is that they are not ideas but experiences. Afterward you try and give them definition. It isn’t a chicken and egg conundrum, though, for experience is always first. They are also followed by a period of personal upheaval and confusion while you try to make sense out of your new perspective. From Lissa:

Coming Out of the Spiritual Closet — by Dr. Lissa Rankin

How To Stay Sane & Sustain In The Wake Of A Spiritual Awakening — by Dr. Lissa Rankin

For all that Lissa is on a spiritual journey and shares her progressive illuminations she has another vital social function. She is a doctor of medicine. In that role she is working to change the direction of medical science from curing to healing. If medicine were a ship Dr. Rankin would be a trim tab on the rudder of that Titanic working to change its course before it hits the iceberg of materialism. Oh… trim tab? That’s from a Bucky Fuller quote…

“Something hit me very hard once, thinking about what one little man could do. Think of the Queen Mary — the whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. And there’s a tiny thing at the edge of the rudder called a trim tab. It’s a miniature rudder. Just moving the little trim tab builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around. Takes almost no effort at all. So I said that the little individual can be a trim tab. Society thinks it’s going right by you, that it’s left you altogether. But if you’re doing dynamic things mentally, the fact is that you can just put your foot out like that and the whole big ship of state is going to go. So I said, call me Trim Tab.”

Early reports from Dr. Rankin are that the inertia of the Titanic is hard to counter…

When Science Gets Dismissed As “Alternative”

It might be a disservice to Ethan Indigo Smith to suggest his writing reminds me of Thomas Paine. He views the world with such good common sense though that I find his perspective remarkably in alignment with my own. I could almost sum up “The Complete Patriot’s Guide to Oligarchical Collectivism: Its Theory and Practice” in two simple sentences. Ethan wrote: “What is patriotism? In short, it’s support of liberty.”

That’s it; simple and straight to the point. While his full length books expand such simplicity with different perspectives they are focused on the same point. In our sound and sight byte world his articles carry the same clarion call of freedoms in shorter format. This essay clearly articulates the fact that openness is cornerstone of freedom, secrecy the foundation of control. After reading his article a quip came into my mind and stuck there… “Secrets are just untold lies.”

Should Institutions Have a Right to Secrets in a Free and Open Society?

While much of his writing looks at the world as it is, Ethan also suggests how it might be. In this article…

Oligarchy and the War on Individualism

…Ethan first addresses the egregious insult of contemporary control mechanisms used in ‘governance’. After exposing some of the problems he makes a little break from what I call doom with this;

“Whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government…” ~ U.S.A. Declaration of Independence

After the break he shares a series of principles for government at any level expressed as a series of Resolutions. This section is the part that has historic lasting value, I believe. It is called “A New Paradigm Resolution.”

I am inspired. I want him on my New Continental Congress! Vote for Smith!

Here is Ethan Indigo Smith’s Amazon page…

Quite often we have a tendency to overlook remarkable actions of people who live in our own communities. It isn’t that familiarity breeds contempt so much as those familiar to us become ordinary and we tend to take them for granted. When I decided to look for a potential NPP recipient in my own little rural community Thom Zajac seemed like an outstanding choice.

Thom is the founder of The Santa Cruz Comic News. The first edition was published on September 12, 1984. In a rare moment of clarity he had come up with the idea of using only syndicated material — primarily editorial cartoons — to create the first newspaper of its kind. It became an instant hit and was such an important cultural icon that the SCCN has inspired the creation of over 100 comic newspapers all around the US and as far afield as Tokyo, Japan and Oslo, Norway.

In the years since, Thom has frequently been the first to present stories about our world that initially were met with skepticism only to find out some years later that they were absolutely true. The other day I was walking along the road when a neighbor stopped for a chat. The conversation veered in the direction of chem trails because they were hard to ignore that day. My friend mentioned that Thom had introduced him to that reality long before anyone else was even mentioning it.

Then there’s the ping-pong; sounds pretty normal doesn’t it. However creating an outdoor, lighted, two-table setup for local tournaments is a real labor of love. Putting all that together has been almost entirely a solo effort that hundreds of people have enjoyed. Thom has been a mainstay of our local community in two fields over the years, education and entertainment. It’s hard to say where one leaves off and the other begins.

Take a moment out of your day and do look at the online presence of the Santa Cruz Comic News.

Unknown Welles B Goodrich