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September 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of this publication library.
Four 2015 essays express two primary interests of this project:
1. Keep the Balance - John Trudell’s understanding of What It Means To Be A Human Being
2. Increasing Consciousness - Outgrowing Our US Exceptionalism Myth by facing US Settler Colonialism
3. An Expanding Light to Dispel the Darkness: A New Movement to Ban Nuclear Weapons
4. Dr. John W. Gofman: His Life, and Research on the Health Effects of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation
Dr. John W. Gofman
Dr. Gofman did more than most other scientists to warn people about the health effects and dangers of exposure to low dose radiation. He earned a Ph.D. in Nuclear/Physical Chemistry at UC Berkeley in 1943 where his graduate advisor was Glenn Seaborg. He co-discovered Uranium 232 and 233 and was the leader of the Plutonium Group at UCB for the Manhattan Project, where he produced the first 1.2 milligrams of plutonium for J. Robert Oppenheimer. He went on to receive an M.D. degree from UCSF in 1946. He successfully identified high density and low density lipoproteins and made a number of other major discoveries involving cholesterol, coronary heart disease, arteriosclerosis, and especially cancer. In 1963 he was invited by the Atomic Energy Commission to found and be the first Director of the Bio-Medical Research Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to study the “Implications of All Nuclear Energy Programs Upon Man in the Biosphere.” In 1969 he and his colleague Dr. Arthur Tamplin publicly concluded that the dangers of exposure to low-level ionizing radiation were much greater than previously acknowledged and that there was no evidence of a safe dose of radiation. By 1973 the US government had de-funded Gofman’s Livermore lab research on chromosomes and cancer. In 1974 he became Professor Emeritus of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley and devoted the next 30 years to pro-bono research into human health-effects from radiation. Dr. Gofman produced a wealth of published works that have increased understanding and awareness of the biological hazards of low-level ionizing radiation and was a vital voice calling for the cessation of further nuclear pollution of Grandmother Earth.
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August 2015: 70 years ago, nuclear weapons made extinction of all Life on Earth possible.
That prospective reality never went away and its chances keep increasing.
If we do not abolish nuclear weapons they will surely abolish us.
Announcing a library set of materials from the Feb 28-Mar 1 Helen Caldicott Foundation’s
Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction
Find within Symposium background, complete transcripts of 8 speakers, mp3s of all speakers + Q&As,
other educational materials, and means to engage with people working to abolish nuclear weapons.
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It is the non-nuclear-weapon states on whom we must depend to drive a process to ban nuclear weapons, to stigmatize them, to make them socially and politically unacceptable, to make it harder for nations to get away with possessing and upgrading them, and to help the nuclear-weapon states overcome this awful, debilitating addiction. This flips the traditional arms-control approach on its head. The humanitarian initiative is about empowering and mobilizing the rest of the world to say “enough.” It is about shifting the debate from “acceptable,” “safe” numbers of nuclear warheads to their fundamental inhumanity and incompatibility with basic standards of civilized behaviour. It is about taking away from the nuclear-armed states the power to dictate the terms of the debate and to set the agenda—and refusing to perpetuate their exceptionalism.                          —Tim Wright, “A New Movement to Ban Nuclear Weapons

From: Chris Jordan photographic arts: “Edge-walking the lines between beauty and horror, abstraction and representation, the near and the far, the visible and the invisible, Jordan’s images confront the enormous power of humanity’s collective will.”
E Pluribus Unum depicts the names of one million organizations around the world that are devoted to peace, environmental stewardship, social justice, and the preservation of diverse and indigenous culture. The actual number of such organizations is unknown, but estimates range between one and two million, and growing.
Chris Jordan: E Pluribus Unum, 2010 While there are a wealth of disturbing facts visualized by Jordan, still, as with all the eternal opposites, forever joined like two sides of a coin, there is also the “enormous power of humanity’s collective will” to understand and be informed by. This power is what we must ALL engage, direct, and focus, to close the book on the possibility of nuclear annihilation for the sake of the children, all we share Earth with, and all yet to be born and live out their lives here long, long, long after we are gone.
E Pluribus Unum, 2010      24x24 feet, laser etched onto aluminum panels
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The Historical Arc, Past and Present, of
United States Settler Colonialism
Colonization, Dispossession, Genocide Forms the Core of US History, the Very Source of the Country’s Existence
Will It Be The Future As Well?   The Choice Is Ours
The History of the United States is a History of
Settler Colonialism Driven by Land Theft & Genocide
Outgrowing the US Theology of Progress
The History of the United States is a History of Settler Colonialism Driven by Land Theft & Genocide, click image to see hi res and read about it
“Let all that is Indian within you die.”
      —Carlisle Indian School commencement speech
Let all that is Indian within you die, click image to see hi resolution and read about it

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If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it?
You would change the way it educates its children.
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“To civilize the Indians...immerse them in our civilization... and when we get them under...hold them there until they are thoroughly soaked.”
—General Richard Pratt, founder
of the Carlisle Indian School
“Real freedom will come only when we free ourselves of the domination of Western education, Western culture, and the Western way of living.”
—Mahatma Gandhi
William McKinley
campaign poster, July 2, 1900
School Begins
Exponentially Inspired Playing
The 2014-15 Louisville Leopard Percussionists (4th-6th graders) rehearsing Kashmir, The Ocean, and Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin. The Louisville Leopard Percussionists began in 1993. They are a performing ensemble of approximately 55 student musicians, ages 7-12, living in and around Louisville, Kentucky. Each student learns and acquires proficiency on several instruments, such as marimbas, xylophone, vibraphone, drum set, timbales, congas, bongos and piano.
    The Louisville Leopard Percussionists is a non-profit organization offering extracurricular music opportunities to local children at little or no cost. Please help them keep their program going by donating at http://bit.ly/louleopardsdonate.
Led Zeppelin from the 10 December 2007
Celebration Day recording of Kashmir
Mike Luckovich cartoon, 03/27/15: Forebears - Our Founding Fathers
Accountability? We don't need no steenkeen accountability!
Satirists of the brilliance expressed by Mike Luckovich (Atlanta Journal-Constitution “cartoonist”) tower above the pedestrian level of puerile infotainment pundit-commentators, providing incisive critical analysis of actual reality transpiring on the world scene. It was refreshing to see Mike’s March 27 “Forebears” printed as the daily cartoon in Friday’s Boston Globe Opinion Section. John Judge (rest in peace) liked to point out how, ‘You don’t need to read the news – you can get a much more accurate depiction of world events by simply reading the cartoons!’
“In the frontier wars between 1607 and 1814, Americans forged two elements – unlimited war and irregular war – into their first way of war which is still their way of war. I make throughout the book, connections between the U.S. military today and its foundation in these unrelenting wars that actually went up through 1890 and then moved overseas to the Philippines and the Caribbean with the same generals in the Philippines who had been fighting the Sioux and the Cheyenne in the Northern Plains.”
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, speaking at the Green Apple used bookstore in San Francisco, December 4, 2014, on her new book, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, published in September 2014 by Beacon Press. (The recording of this, Part One (from 14:43 to 15:31) of Two is available from Time of Useful Consciousness Radio).
From the Author’s Note (page xiii):
     “I’ve come to realize that a new periodization of US history is needed that traces the Indigenous experience as opposed to the following standard division: Colonial, Revolutionary, Jacksonian, Civil War and Reconstruction, Industrial Revolution and Gilded Age, Overseas Imperialism, Progressivism, World War I, Depression, New Deal, World War II, Cold War, and Vietnam War, followed by contemporary decades. I altered this periodization to better reflect Indigenous experience but not as radically as needs to be done. This is an issue much discussed in current Native American scholarship.
     “I also wanted to set aside the rhetoric of race, not because race and racism are unimportant but to emphasize that Native peoples were colonized and deposed of their territories as distinct peoples - hundreds of nations - not as a racial or ethnic group. "Colonization," "dispossession," "settler colonialism," "genocide" - these are the terms that drill to the core of US history, to the very source of the country’s existence.
     “The charge of genocide, once unacceptable by establishment academic and political classes when applied to the United States, has gained currency as evidence of it has mounted, but it is too often accompanied by an assumption of disappearance. So I realized it was crucial to make the reality and significance of Indigenous peoples’ survival clear throughout the book. Indigenous survival as peoples is due to centuries of resistance and storytelling passed through the generations, and I sought to demonstrate that this survival is dynamic, not passive. Surviving genocide, by whatever means, is resistance: non-Indians must know this in order to more accurately understand the history of the United States.
     “My hope is that this book will be a springboard to dialogue about history, the present reality of Indigenous peoples’ experience, and the meaning and future of the United States itself.”
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How the West Caused the Crisis in Ukraine
Summary: On January 10, 2015 Evanston Neighbors for Peace organized an event with two eminent speakers, John Mearsheimer, Professor at the University of Chicago and Rick Rozoff the foremost investigator of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
In part one Prof. Mearsheimer spoke about the origins of the crisis and how to avert the ever heightening risk of war between the United States and Russia. He gave an update of his acclaimed article in the magazine Foreign Affairs: “Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault.”
It is widely acknowledged that the expansion eastward of NATO is a major provocation of Russia and a huge and under-reported factor in the origins and the conduct of the war in Ukraine. Few investigative journalists follow the day to day politics of NATO - that are directed largely by the US - as closely as Rick Rozoff. He is the manager of Stop NATO International and has been an active opponent of war, militarism and intervention for over 40 years. He writes on the threat of international militarization and the globalization of NATO.
This is an urgent appeal to pay attention to the crisis in Ukraine where the two largest nuclear powers, the US and Russia are in direct and escalating confrontation. Mearsheimer states emphatically that in the prevailing wisdom in the West, the Ukraine crisis is blamed almost entirely on Russian aggression. But this account is wrong says Mearsheimer: The United States and its European allies share most of the responsibility for the crisis. Questions in this Q & A period range from who engineered the February 2014 Coup in Ukraine, to what role the Neo-Nazis play.
Credits: Thanks to Dale Lehman, WZRD Chicago, for the recording
Imagine running out of imagine
Mistaking authority for power
Weaving lifes free spirit
Into patterns of control
John Trudell, “Iktomi,”
    Lines from a Mined Mind, p.259
find out about the complete 2014 documentary:
Alive Inside - The Story of Music & Memory
Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, confronts a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. The political system we find ourselves navigating our lives within cannot make life healthier because all such agendas as so-called health care are based on profit, not human needs.
8 December 2014
Fifteenth Anniversary of Verdict in the Martin Luther King Murder Trial
THE  Trial of the 20th Century
Fifteen years ago today the jury reached its verdict in the only trial ever held for the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The trial was conducted in the Circuit Court of Shelby County, Memphis, Tennessee. It began on November 15 and lasted fourteen days. The Plaintiffs were Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King, III, Bernice King, Dexter Scott King and Yolanda King. The Defendants were Loyd Jowers and Other Unknown Conspirators. This is the most important trial of the 20th century, and yet most people have never heard of it.
A complete hypertext transcript of the trial is available here on rat haus reality. A good place to start reading this document are the Closing Statements in Volume 14. The King Family Press Conference held the day after the trial is another starting point. Other than the courtroom participants, only Memphis TV reporter Wendell Stacy and Jim Douglass attended that historic trial from beginning to end. Douglass’ article, “The Martin Luther King Conspiracy Exposed in Memphis,” published in Probe Magazine in Spring 2000, is an excellent introduction. See also Douglass Valentine’s “Who Killed Martin Luther King?” and “Deconstructing Kowalski,” as well as William Pepper’s talk at the Modern Times Bookstore on the release of his book, An Act of State - The Execution of Martin Luther King (Verso, 2003).
The German freelance journalist/solidarity activist Martin Lejeune is now in Gaza writing a diary named The Days of Oil and Za’atar - Live Blog from Gaza Under Attack” beginning on July 22. Entries are in German, English, with some being translated to Arabic. Recent addition: August 2 - “The fighter of the Hamas are our heroes.”
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  John Judge (1947-2014)  
alternate historian, renowned researcher, educator, investigator, advocate for real democracy
Remarks delivered at the Celebration of the Life of John Patrick Judge
National Press Club, Washington DC, 31 May 2014

A Remembrance by David Ratcliife

Randy Benson’s video archive dedication of John’s life’s work: Judge For Yourself
Morihiro Hosokawa
back online: Worldwatchers Archive
A Tribute To Mae Brussell
an exemplar and the most prolific anti-fascist political researcher of the latter half of the 20th Century.
Our weapons dictate what we are to do. They force us into awful corners.
They give us our living, they sustain our economy, they bolster up our politicians,
they sell our mass media, in short we live by them.
But if they continue to rule us we will also most surely die by them.

Thomas Merton, Cold War Letters (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2006), p. 65.
Trying Not To Give Peace A Chance: (The Ukraine in 50 Years of Context) by Ray McGovern, Consortiumnews, 20 Apr 2014
10 JUNE 1963
The Real Jubilee

JFK American University Address:
Calling For An End To The Cold War
JFK at American U: call to end the Cold War
10 June 2013: Fifty years ago President Kennedy gave the commencement address to the graduating class at American University. In his book, The Improbable Triumvirate: John F. Kennedy, Pope John, Nikita Khrushchev, Saturday Review editor Norman Cousins summed up the significance of that remarkable speech: “At American University on June 10, 1963, President Kennedy proposed an end to the Cold War.” Khrushchev called the American University Address “the greatest speech by any American President since Roosevelt.” This is the real jubilee of 2013, not 22 November.
Learn About Project Unspeakable: What do the ‘Unspeakable’ 1960s assassinations of JFK, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy have to do with the ‘Unspeakables’ of today? An opportunity to join with truth-telling.
‘Project Unspeakable’ Asks The Big Questions, NPR, 30 Nov 2013 (05:33 mins)

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We Are All   Dancing 2012   One Family

You Can Jail The Resisters But Not The Resistance
by Leonard Eiger, Ground Zero Center For Nonviolent Action, 21 Feb 2014
Plowshares 3
We are truly human when we act responsibly to restore harmony and act with love and compassion to restore truth,
transparency and the equitable distribution of the resources endowed by our common Creator.

                                                                —Sister Megan Rice
We were fulfilling our right and duty according to the US-signed Nuremberg Charter that if one knows of one’s government committing a war crime, one has a right and a duty to take steps to try to stop that crime.
                                                                —Greg Boertje-Obed
In heaven Jesus has no arsenal of nuclear weapons. And as we pray in the Our Father prayer:
‘Here on Earth as it is in heaven.’ ... Nuclear weapons are a product of hell and we need to send them back there.

                                                        —Michael Walli
Letters from a Georgia Jail: Anti-Nuclear Activists Await Sentencing,”
by David Cook, Religion & Politics, January 22, 2014
“By leaking a handful of NSA documents, Edward Snowden has given us a glimpse of future U.S. global policy and the changing architecture of power on this planet.”   AND must listen: 35 min. 7/24/13 McCoy I-view on Jeff Blankfort’s Takes on the World prog
              +  Maria Gilardin’s 29 min. broadcast quality production of same from TUCradio.org.
But then it must be asked if we can remove cultural value from one part of our lives without destroying it also in the other parts. Can we justify secrecy, lying, and burglary in our so-called intelligence organizations and yet preserve openness, honesty, and devotion to principle in the rest of our government? Can we subsidize mayhem in the military establishment and yet have peace, order, and respect for human life in the streets? Can we degrade all forms of essential work and yet expect arts and graces to flourish on weekends? And can we ignore all questions of value on the farm and yet have them answered affirmatively in the grocery store and the household?
    The answer is that, though such distinctions can be made theoretically, they cannot be preserved in practice. Values may be corrupted or abolished in only one discipline at the start, but the damage must sooner or later spread to all; it can no more be confined than air pollution. If we corrupt agriculture we corrupt culture, for in nature and within certain invariable social necessities we are one body, and what afflicts the hand will afflict the brain.
The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, by Wendell Barry
(San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1977), p. 91.

6 June 2013—Edward Snowden[1][2][3][4]: I’m just another guy who sits there, day to day, in the office, watches what’s happening, and goes, “This is something that’s not our place to decide. The public needs to decide whether these [surveillance] programs and policies are right or wrong.” And I’m willing to go on the record to defend the authenticity of them and say, “I didn’t change these. I didn’t modify the story. This is the truth. This is what’s happening. You should decide whether we need to be doing this.”
     Yeah, I could be, you know, rendered by the CIA. I could have people come after me or any of their third-party partners.... And that’s a fear I’ll live under for the rest of my life, however long that happens to be. You can’t come forward against the world’s most powerful intelligence agencies and be completely free from risk, because they’re such powerful adversaries that no one can meaningfully oppose them. If they want to get you, they’ll get you, in time.
We forget ... that violence is so securely founded among us—in war, in forms of land use, in various methods of economic “growth” and “development”—because it is immensely profitable. People do not become wealthy by treating one another or the world kindly and with respect. Do we not need to remember this? Do we have a single eminent leader who would dare to remind us?
—Wendell Berry, “The Commerce of Violence,” The Progressive, June 2013
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