Zebra 3 Report by Joe Anybody
Friday, 24 December 2010
Woody Guthrie - Jesus Christ
Mood:  not sure
Now Playing: music video for you all on Xmas eve
Topic: SMILE SMILE SMILE

Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:41 PM PST
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Grassroots Organizing - 11 Rules for Radicals written in 1971
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
Topic: SMILE SMILE SMILE
 
 Rules for Radicals


In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals. Those who prefer cooperative tactics describe the book as out-of-date. Nevertheless, it provides some of the best advice on confrontational tactics. Alinsky begins this way:
What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.

His “rules” derive from many successful campaigns where he helped poor people fighting power and privilege

For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it. The two are linked. If people feel they don’t have the power to change a bad situation, they stop thinking about it.

According to Alinsky, the organizer — especially a paid organizer from outside — must first overcome suspicion and establish credibility. Next the organizer must begin the task of agitating: rubbing resentments, fanning hostilities, and searching out controversy. This is necessary to get people to participate. An organizer has to attack apathy and disturb the prevailing patterns of complacent community life where people have simply come to accept a bad situation. Alinsky would say, “The first step in community organization is community disorganization.”

Through a process combining hope and resentment, the organizer tries to create a “mass army” that brings in as many recruits as possible from local organizations, churches, services groups, labor unions, corner gangs, and individuals.

Alinsky provides a collection of rules to guide the process. But he emphasizes these rules must be translated into real-life tactics that are fluid and responsive to the situation at hand.

Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do.

Rule 2: Never go outside the experience of your people.
The result is confusion, fear, and retreat.

Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.

Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. “You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.

Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. “If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.”

Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues.

Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage.”

Rule 9: The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself. When Alinsky leaked word that large numbers of poor people were going to tie up the washrooms of O’Hare Airport, Chicago city authorities quickly agreed to act on a longstanding commitment to a ghetto organization. They imagined the mayhem as thousands of passengers poured off airplanes to discover every washroom occupied. Then they imagined the international embarrassment and the damage to the city’s reputation.

Rule 10: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Avoid being trapped by an opponent or an interviewer who says, “Okay, what would you do?”

Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.

According to Alinsky, the main job of the organizer is to bait an opponent into reacting. “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”


http://vcn.bc.ca/citizens-handbook/rules.html


Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:06 PM PST
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Gandhi - quotes and thoughts
Mood:  chatty
Now Playing: In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
Topic: SMILE SMILE SMILE

Character of the week: Gandhi

 

A vow is a purely religious act which cannot be taken in a fit of passion. It can be taken only with a mind purified and composed and with God as witness. God sometimes does try to the uttermost those whom he wishes to bless. I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.

Are creeds such simple things like the clothes which a man can change at will and put on at will? Creeds are such for which people live for ages and ages. All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth..

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. Action expresses priorities. An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.

All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.

Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into. Faith… must be enforced by reason… when faith becomes blind it dies.

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi ( 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the pre-eminent political and spiritual leader of India during the Indian independence movement.



Posted by Joe Anybody at 2:16 PM PDT
Updated: Friday, 8 October 2010 8:14 AM PDT
Give from your heart - a story about love
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: The Perfect Heart parable
Topic: SMILE SMILE SMILE

Reader’s story: The perfect heart

 

sent by Priya Sher

A young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley. A large crowd gathered and they all admired his heart for it was perfect. There was not a mark or a flaw in it.

But an old man appeared at the front of the crowd and said,
“Your heart is not nearly as beautiful as mine.”

The crowd and the young man looked at the old man’s heart. It was beating strongly but full of scars. It had places where pieces had been removed and other pieces put in … but they didn’t fit quite right and there were several jagged edges. The young man looked at the old man’s heart and laughed.
“You must be joking,” he said. “Compare your heart with mine … mine is perfect and yours is a mess of scars and tears.”

” “Yes,” said the old man, “Yours is perfect looking … but I would never trade with you. You see, every scar represents a person to whom I have given my love….. I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them … and often they give me a piece of their heart which fits into the empty place in my heart but because the pieces aren’t exact, I have some rough edges.
“ Sometimes I have given pieces of my heart away … and the other person hasn’t returned a piece of his heart to me. These are the empty gouges … giving love is taking a chance. Although these gouges are painful, they stay open, reminding me of the love I have for these people too … and I hope someday they may return and fill the space I have waiting. So now do you see what true beauty is?”

The young man stood silently with tears running down his cheeks. He walked up to the old man, reached into his perfect young and beautiful heart, and ripped a piece out. He offered it to the old man.
The old man took his offering, placed it in his heart and then took a piece from his old scarred heart and placed it in the wound in the young man’s heart.
It fit …. but not perfectly, as there were some jagged edges.
The young man looked at his heart, not perfect anymore but more beautiful than ever, since lovefrom the old man’s heart flowed into his.



Posted by Joe Anybody at 2:10 PM PDT
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Zen - three tips to practice the art of Zen
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Relax - Unwind - Think Zen
Topic: SMILE SMILE SMILE

ZEN

http://www.ideamarketers.com/?articleid=789769

With increasing stress in today's society, it is becoming increasingly important to find ways to relax and unwind.

One of the best ways to go about managing your stress is to live a zen lifestyle. Here are three easy steps to live a zen lifetstyle!

 

 


 

 

1.) Posture Your posture is the expression of your self. It is where everything begins. You should not seek to master posture as a means to attain a particular state of mind. Your posture is the purpose itself of practice of zen living. One of the most important aspects of zen posture is a straight spine. Relax your shoulders, push up towards the ceiling with the back of your head. Press your diaphragm down towards your lower abdomen - this will help you breathe deeply.

Deeper breathing creates more oxygen in your blood stream, thereby increasing your brains alertness. Do not tilt sideways, backwards, or frontwards. Accessing your true nature through your posture is the key here. If you own your own physical body, you would be able to create presence effortlessly. Being present in their body is how athletes & performers create miracles. Enlightenment is not some good feeling or some particular state of mind.

The state of mind that exists when you sit in the right posture is, in and of itself, enlightenment.


2.) Focus On Your Breathing Breathing is synonymous to swinging the door - the door that connects the outer world with your inner world. There is no limit to your inner world, neither is the outer world limited.

The air comes in and goes out like someone passing through a swinging door. When you practice Zen, the idea of time and space melts away, just the way there difference between inside and outside air disappears when you breathe. Focusing your mind on your breathing is one of the key zen activities. Breathing is a fundamental activity of the universal being.

When we focus on our breathing, we become the swinging door, and create instant presence...


3.) Give Up The Control "The greatest meditation is the mind that lets go" - Zen Philosopher. Whatever we see changes with every passing moment. Whatever we see is changing, loosing its balance. Although everything is going out of balance, the background is in perfect harmony. That's the essence of zen nature - keeping the perfect balance in background while in midst of constantly changing foreground.

One of the best ways to control your cow or sheep is to give your sheep or cow a large, spacious meadow. To find perfect balance of your mind, to find the calmness that you are constantly seeking, you should learn to ignore the various thoughts and images you find in your mind. The true purpose of zen practice and living so to open up our small minds so we can see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes.

Be like water, not the rock. When water flows through a bamboo fountain in traditional Japanese gardens, the zen practitioners are reminded of how water is free to acquire any form. This is where true zen'ism exists.  

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:44 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 1 September 2010 11:46 AM PDT
Sunday, 25 July 2010
Dead Mind Concert
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: I have this concert on file contact me for the download
Topic: SMILE SMILE SMILE
Subject: 5/8/77 - The truth at lastNewsgroups: rec.music.gdeadView: Complete Thread (10 articles) | Original FormatDate: 1999/04/23 Contact me at iamjoe-anybody.com if you know this didnt happen or if it did. 
 Cool There's been a lot of talk lately about the legendary fake show on 5/8/77. I've kept my silence on the subject for 22 years ... now it's finally time to come clean on the whole subject. The whole idea began back in late 1969/early 1970. The Department of Defense and the CIA were very disappointed by the way the Vietnam Warwas progressing. Not only were we losing but, more importantly, the US public did not approve of the war and, worse yet, weren't believing everything the military said about what was happening. This was an unprecidented event. Every other recent war was viewed positively by the public ... or at least with apathy in the case of Korea. Something had to be done. They decided to take a page from the Soviets and experiment with mind control. Together with Disney and a fledgling computer company called Microsoft, they set out to prove that brainwashing could really work on the very people who opposed them: the hippies. It isn't widely known but Cornell was actually the second test of these mind control procedures. The first occurred in mid-1975 and was a dismal failure. 2 major mistakes were made. First, they picked the one time that the Deadwere not touring. This created all sorts of problems with the subject audience. The more serious mistake was in not updating the criteria of the experiment. Due to typical government inefficiency, they used the 1969 version of the Dead that was playing when the program was conceived. The sudden appearance of Pigpen, who had died 2 years earlier, litterally blew the minds of those in attendance. 6 months were spent erasing all traces of the "show" and carefully rebuilding as much of their minds as possible.The subjects were eventually released and most of them became evangelists, their only lingering memory of the whole experiment being an unshakeable belief that they'd witnessed a true miracle. Unfortunatly, no tapes have been found from this first experiment. That's a real shame because the version of Dark Star->St Stephen->Eleven->Lovelight used was supposedly the best ever. After a few drinks, the originalscientists still speak in awe about the music heard that day. By Nov 1977, everyone was ready for the second test. This time, they learned from their mistakes. A small group of college students (including yours truely) were hired to attend shows from 1976 through 1977. Our job wasto collect tapes of the Dead's performances, select which tunes to use, and to help identify subjects for the upcomming experiment. The location and date were chosen with equal care. It was a off-day during the tour and thelocation close enough to the real concerts to be believed. Of more importance was the late snowfall that day. That unusual and easily confirmed event provided the glue that would hold the implanted memories together. Even now 22 years later, people "remembering" that concert use almostidentical words to discribe leaving the show. Overall, the experiment was a great success. Of course, some people were given slightly different memories. Some, like Teddy Goodbear, "remember" taping the show and were even provided "Audience" tapes to further cement the hoax. Still others remember getting "horribly smashed" up front. None of this actually occured. A week after the "concert" experiment, a 2nd test was done on the town of Cornell itself. In order to perfect this hoax, the town itself must also be convinced that the concert took place. Disney had acquired owner- shipof all the local TV and radio stations through dummy corporations. Using special chips developed by Microsoft, they played sublimbminal messages to every man, woman and child in a 100 mile radius of Barton Hall. For the most part, this programming still holds today although somepeople did prove resistant to the message. As far as the source of the music, for the most part the list posted by "brew ziggins" is correct. The only mystery remaining is the Scarlet-> Fire. That was actually performed by the Dead specifically for this experiment.Since Jerry worked for the CIA, it was easy to convince him and the rest of the band to go along. Plus he liked the idea of "pranking" a large group of people like this. The fabled 2/6/77 "take a step back" rehearsal tape isalso from material taped for these experiments. The soundboard tapes in circulation were leaked by Betty O'Connell who edited the orginal tapes. I don't know if it was just a coincidence or not, but they were leaked at about the same time as the tapes recorded by Betty Cantor were found. In any event, they became part of the so-called "Betty Boards". Leaking these tapes also provided the first cracks in the hoax to appear since the tapes were distributed to people who were not in the experiment and who knew that no show was performed that day. It was necessary to obtain their silence through blackmail, bribery and in extreme cases, mind control itself. That's also how this "show" came to be listed in all the popular Dead show guides like DeadBase. So what's happened to these mind control techniques used in this experiment? I got out of the program in 1978 but it's obvious that they are still being used today. Microsoft has used this power to become one of the biggest, most influencial companies in history. They sure didn't become that big by providing quality products. It was used to shape public reation to the Gulf War. It's also clear that George Bush never understood the full power of these methods. After the Gulf War, the technology was leaked to a young governer who used them to be sucessfully elected to 2 terms as president and remain in power dispite facing numerous charges that should have seen him removed from office or even thrown in prision. There are also indications that this technology might explain the otherwise unbelievable popularityof rap music. That's the whole story. I'll probably end up in jail (or worse) for revealing this but it feels good to finally get the whole thing off my chest. 

o well..

 

(GooD Golly - Joe Anybody)


Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:52 AM PDT
Thursday, 27 May 2010
joke or not
Mood:  mischievious
Now Playing: Hmmmmmm (Im in the progressive party myself)
Topic: SMILE SMILE SMILE
A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him,

"Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

"She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be an Obama Democrat."

"I am,"replied the man. "How did you know?"

"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."

The man smiled and responded, "You must be a Republican."

"I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?"

"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You've risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it's my fault. "

Posted by Joe Anybody at 9:04 PM PDT
Sunday, 16 May 2010
David Icke-Finding the Warrior within (Time to grow up)
Mood:  lyrical
Now Playing: VIDEO: David Icke descibes and encourages, finding the warrior within
Topic: SMILE SMILE SMILE

Posted by Joe Anybody at 6:28 PM PDT
Saturday, 6 March 2010
Relax Listen Think
Mood:  sharp
Now Playing: RELAX
Topic: SMILE SMILE SMILE

Posted by Joe Anybody at 4:44 PM PST
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Whats happening in Haiti - Insider report
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: Love and Compassion ... not your run of the mill terror and fear
Topic: SMILE SMILE SMILE

Subject: Fw: Good information about what's really happening in Haiti

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From: "M D"

Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 9:59 AM

To: <
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Subject: Good information about what's really happening in Haiti

> Friends and Family,

>

> Below is a wonderful and heartbreaking account from Sasha Kramer
] she> is the co ]founder of SOIL (www.oursoil.org) ] a group based out of Cap

> Haitian whose normal mission is protecting soil resources, empowering

> communities and transforming wastes into resources in Haiti (I am a

> member of the board of directors). She and several staff members have

> taken supplies down to Port au Prince and are trying to put their

> working vehicle to good use in the devastated city. The location she

> refers to as "Matthew 25" is a guesthouse where I have been staying

> for years, those of you have traveled to Haiti with me on a delegation

> will remember it. The soccer field has been transformed into a

> make
]shift hospital.

>

>

> Subject: Kouraj cherie: Update from Port au Prince

>

> January 19, 2010

>

> This afternoon, feeling helpless, we decided to take a van down to

> Champs Mars (the area around the palace) to look for people needing

> medical care to bring to Matthew 25, the guesthouse where we are

> staying which has been transformed into a field hospital. Since we

> arrived in Port au Prince everyone has told us that you cannot go into

> the area around the palace because of violence and insecurity. I was

> in awe as we walked into downtown, among the flattened buildings , in

> the shadow of the fallen palace, amongst the swarms of displaced

> people there was calm and solidarity. We wound our way through the

> camp asking for injured people who needed to get to the hospital.

> Despite everyone telling us that as soon as we did this we would be

> mobbed by people, I was amazed as we approached each tent people

> gently pointed us towards their neighbors, guiding us to those who

> were suffering the most. We picked up 5 badly injured people and

> drove towards an area where Ellie and Berto had passed a woman

> earlier. When they saw her she was lying on the side of the road with

> a broken leg screaming for help, as they were on foot they could not

> help her at the time so we went back to try to find her. Incredibly

> we found her relatively quickly at the top of a hill of shattered

> houses. The sun was setting and the community helped to carry her

> down the hill on a refrigerator door, tough looking guys smiled in our

2

> direction calling out “bonswa Cherie” and “kouraj”.

>

> When we got back to Matthew 25 it was dark and we carried the patients

> back into the soccer field/tent village/hospital where the team of

> doctors had been working tirelessly all day. Although they had

> officially closed down for the evening, they agreed to see the

> patients we had brought. Once our patients were settled in we came

> back into the house to find the doctors amputating a foot on the

> dining room table. The patient lay calmly, awake but far away under

> the fog of ketamine. Half way through the surgery we heard a clamor

> outside and ran out to see what it was. A large yellow truck was

> parked in front of the gate and rapidly unloading hundreds of bags of

> food over our fence, the hungry crowd had already begun to gather and

> in the dark it was hard to decide how to best distribute the food.

> Knowing that we could not sleep in the house with all of this food and

> so many starving people in the neighborhood, our friend Amber (who is

> experienced in food distribution) snapped into action and began to get

> everyone in the crowd into a line that stretched down the road. We

> braced ourselves for the fighting that we had heard would come but in

> a miraculous display of restraint and compassion people lined up to

> get the food and one by one the bags were handed out without a single

> serious incident.

>

> During the food distribution the doctors called to see if anyone could

> help to bury the amputated leg in the backyard. As I have no

> experience with food distribution I offered to help with the leg. I

> went into the back with Ellie and Berto and we dug a hole and placed

> the leg in it, covering it with soil and cement rubble. By the time

> we got back into the house the food had all been distributed and the

> patient Anderson was waking up. The doctors asked for a translator so

> I went and sat by his stretcher explaining to him that the surgery had

> gone well and he was going to live. His family had gone home so he

> was alone so Ellie and I took turns sitting with him as he came out

> from under the drugs. I sat and talked to Anderson for hours as he

> drifted in and out of consciousness. At one point one of the Haitian

> men working at the hospital came in and leaned over Anderson and said

> to him in kreyol “listen man even if your family could not be here

> tonight we want you to know that everyone here loves you, we are all

> your brothers and sisters”. Cat and I have barely shed a tear through

> all of this, the sky could fall and we would not bat an eye, but when

> I told her this story this morning the tears just began rolling down

> her face, as they are mine as I am writing this. Sometimes it is the

> kindness and not the horror that can break the numbness that we are

> all lost in right now.

>

> So, don’t believe Anderson Cooper when he says that Haiti is a hotbed

> for violence and riots, it is just not the case. In the darkest of

> times, Haiti has proven to be a country of brave, resilient and kind

> people and it is that behavior that is far more prevalent than the

> isolated incidents of violence. Please pass this on to as many people

> as you can so that they can see the light of Haiti, cutting through

> the darkness, the light that will heal this nation.

>

> We are safe. We love you all and I will write again when I can.

> Thank you for your generosity and compassion.

>

> With love from Port au Prince,

3

> Sasha

> ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

>

> To reply to this message, follow the link below:

> http://www.facebook.com/n/?inbox%2Freadmessage.php&t=1192961705524&mid

> =1bfd6e5G4bf57f6aGbf42f3G0


Posted by Joe Anybody at 9:43 PM PST
Updated: Tuesday, 19 January 2010 9:45 PM PST

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