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There's been a lot of hype from the center left and a lot of whining from the right surrounding the alleged killing of Usama bin Laden (maybe he was killed years ago?).  If we assume that the reports are factual and not delayed reporting of an occurrence from years back (previous administration), there is one slight problem with this extrajudicial execution that is all too common with capital punishment, especially in Texas:  he was innocent.  Yeah, he was involved in several terror attacks in the '90s that resulted in major loss of innocent life, but he was no more involved in 9/11 than Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, or the BTK killer.  The above sites represent a broad, uncensored spectrum of sources and perspectives, the dramatic concurrence being a sure sign of widespread support and veracity.  Links marked with an asterisk have the highest credibility in my estimation.  Don't waste another red cent on pledges to "public" television or radio; instead, donate to the orgs marked with asterisks.
Consortium is the best site for geopolitics on the Web.  For example, its investigation of the origin of the drug trade and the truth behind the 1980 election is groundbreaking.  However, their coverage of domestic issues is ordinary.  They should specialize in geopolitics.
The International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology has been fighting the good fight against biological psychiatry since the '70s.  They are real therapists and scientists with no connection with Scientology whatsoever.  They now offer a referral service to help people get the help they need without drugs or shock.  They have even helped thousands of deeply disturbed persons who hear voices, etc. without brain-disabling drugs and shock.  They take family abuse very seriously.
This is the site of ICSPP's founder, Peter Breggin.  Good articles and book info by Dr. Breggin can be found here.  I've read 3 of his books, which are true eye-openers into the fraud and grave peril of drugs and shock.  There is also a link to his blog on Arianna Huffington's site.
The National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy, based in the Twin Cities, is the leading patient advocacy group against psychiatric abuses.  It holds an annual convention attended by thousands nationwide.  It is not affiliated with any religion or political party.
This site submitted by Abby Nelson offers information on advanced degree programs in counseling available around the U.S., as well as info on the application process, what the career prospects are, and other FAQs.  Programs are categorized by state, and listings contain links to the institution's own website.  A nice feature is the internal search engine which spares the user from having to scroll through a lot of HTML.  A good resource for both young people and persons considering a career change to something more ethical.
Wow!  Another excellent (if competing) resource for advanced degree programs in counseling across the US submitted by Lindsey Webber.  The only difference in the URL is .org as opposed to .com.  Webber's site contains FAQs about degree programs, financial aid, etc. as well as a state-by-state listing of degree programs and an internal search engine to locate programs in one's own area.  She has done tremendous work in compiling the information and organizing it into a user-friendly format.
While I didn't appreciate his spoiler role in the '00 and '04 elections, I generally appreciate most of his viewpoints.  However, I preferred his '70s incarnation, before he was intimidated by the medical profession.
The Traditional Cat Association, Inc. opposes the extreme cat breeding that has resulted in many breeds being reduced to waifs chock full of lethal genes, or bizarre craniofacial deformities also loaded with lethal genes from inbreeding.  Their standards for all breeds except the newer ones are 75-100 years old, and will never change.  For conservatives, traditional cats represent family values, for progressives and liberals, they represent environmental responsibility, for scientists, they represent responsible breeding, and for the "lower classes," they're just beautiful cats.
The Progressive Radio Network, an online radio broadcast by Gary Null, PhD, reconstitutes a comprehensive vision of progressive politics and health reform that includes mental health dissent as well as somatic health dissent.  His vision recaptures most of what was good about 19th century feminism that has been lost over the past century.  Null's progressive viewpoint balances that of conservative health dissidents such as Bryan Ellison and the late Robert S. Mendelsohn, demonstrating that health liberation is neither "red" nor "blue."  Be sure to check out his personal website at
This now-venerable site has been a voice of reason amid the wretched excesses of superstition and ignorance for many years.
Common Dreams' best work was in exposing the fraud and chicanery that brought about the Iraq War.  Other good work includes the privatization of water (a sin called enclosure), the popular uprising against the Iranian theocracy, and the plight of the Palestinians.
Grist Magazine has been a "beacon in the smog" for many years, offering environmental news & tips with sometimes biting humor.  Occasionally, it can be slightly off-color.  I highly recommend their ongoing coverage of the Gulf oil disaster, Japanese post-quake nuclear disaster, and the climate.
Matthias Rath, MD is hated by the medical profession because in 2003 he filed a formal complaint at the
World Court charging it with crimes against humanity in suppressing unpatentable therapies and its causative role in the Iraq War.  Note that the controlled media suppressed this very important story.  The peace and justice movement is totally out of touch with reality as far as who dragged us into in Iraq, and who is likely responsible for 9/11 as they clearly had been for WWII and the Nazi Holocaust (no kidding).  They're not fit to take off my sandals, let alone ANESTHETIZE me!
Sepp Hasslberger has been in the trenches fighting the good fight against the medical mafia for many years.  He has many links to other health liberationists on his site as well.  We have a few differences of opinion on economics, but they are relatively minor.  Be sure to check out his equally dedicated libertarian colleague Chris Gupta at
Thanks to Josephine Cicchini for introducing me to this site, which includes a petition to Congress to protect medical whistleblowers who report patient abuse.  I strongly urge everyone to sign it.  The site also has information about the worst hospital in the country and some creative multimedia.  It's refreshing to hear a hip hopper rap about a serious, underserved issue rather than money, drugs, the B-word, and the WH-word.
CHILDREN LEARN BY EXAMPLE:  when parents and teachers just say no to caffeine, children will just say no to other drugs.  It's about time that someone had the moral courage to broach this inconvenient truth.  Western caffeine addiction, as well as Western sugar addiction, has already condemned hundreds of millions of tropical peasants to death from slow starvation, because caffeine crops do not grow in 4 season climates, and the IMF, WTO, and World Bank are not allowing these defenseless people to grow FOOD that sustains LIFE.  Every beverage represents a tropical peasant murdered in slow motion.  Those who use "fair trade" caffeine will have "fair trade" heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, high blood pressure, prostate cancer, osteoporosis, PMS, hot flashes, seasonal allergies...
This is the site of Bill Deagle, M.D., whose ideological perspective is similar to that of Chris Gupta and Sepp Hasslberger.  The site includes a daily internet radio stream every afternoon, that reruns at other hours of the day and night.  He is on target on all issues regarding health, such as vaccines, depleted uranium, the demonization of cholesterol, and the threat of Codex Alimentarius and free trade agreements on access to healthy foods and adequate therapeutic doses of nutritional supplements.  However, I have profound differences with him regarding climate change, population, and a certain hot button issue.  A very intriguing charge of his is that the ruling class represents a Satanic cult that meets regularly for barbaric rituals involving human sacrifice.  I know from dismembered church history that the medieval gang-bangers who deposed and succeeded the Roman Empire only nominally converted to Christianity because it was the last state religion of Rome, so they could claim to be its successors, to this very day.  The ruling class is not Christian in any shape, form, or fashion, despite its bitching about "biblical literalism."  Nor does the ruling class believe in or practice any of the other world religions or any of the alternative religions.  This makes organized Satanism in the ruling class a distinct possibility.  As an M.D., Deagle is privy to insider information; therefore, his charge that the ruling class is a Satanic cult is correct.  Their consistently diabolical behavior unambiguously reinforces Deagle's assertion.
This site covers Indigenous and closely related issues, including sexual violence against Indigenous youth that is covered up and not prosecuted.  It includes many legal documents and other information.  I deeply appreciate her witness against capitalism, as true socialism is a biblical mandate, reinforced by the saints.  People are going to have to accept this inconvenient truth sooner or later, or else starve to death in a toxic soup.
This very important site exposes a heinous crime against humanity:  that bras are the primary cause of breast cancer.  This discovery was made by medical anthropologists in the early '90s, but have been suppressed by the moneyed interests of the fashion industry, the medical profession, the cancer industry, the medical device industry, and the media.  As has been the case with the AIDS scam, the cholesterol scam, and the psychiatry scam, these dissident researchers have been attacked, libeled, and defamed by these evil, sinful capitalists and their sycophants.  Reading these articles reveals why I reversed myself on capital punishment and now have a long-term ambition to be a revolutionary executioner.  I accept no excuses and seek the death penalty.  Other sections of the site deal with secondary causes, such as alcohol, tobacco, contraceptive drugs, and having a baby but not breastfeeding.  To these I add caffeine, which causes breast cancer precisely the same way that nicotine does:  by its action as a stimulant.
The Center for Media and Democracy publishes the excellent magazine PR Watch, which exposes Astroturfing, PR planted in the so-called "mainstream" media, ghostwriting by PR flacks, co-opting of advocacy groups by predatory industries, and other whitewashing and greenwashing campaigns by PR firms for corporate, medical, military, and other overclass interests.  For example, they uncovered the co-opting of most major environmental organizations, including several with venerable histories, by polluting industries.
This site features revealing peer reviewed articles from journals exposing the causes of this terrible and largely unnecessary epidemic.  They are the usual suspects:  capitalist diet, medical interference in childbirth, and typically unnecessary surgery, in this case abdominal.
This related site is also championed by Martin 27514, the resident expert on autonomic nerve damage and dysfunction at Huff Post and likely also a victim.  It too pinpoints all the usual suspects of capitalist diet, often unnecessary surgery, and interference in childbirth in damaging this underappreciated branch of the nervous system.
I'm not Roman Catholic, but I've participated in this peace group for several years for want of a similar group for Episcopalians.  Sadly, this Episcopal diocese is too small and too conservative to support such a group locally.  The closest chapter of Episcopal Peace Fellowship that I am aware of is at St. Luke's in Sevierville, in East Tennessee.  Some say that PC-M hasn't been the same since the death of its founder, Gerry Vanderhaar, but there still needs to be a voice for people who are not atheists but are institutional pacifists. The national organization is
The Episcopal Peace Fellowship was founded in the '30s (before Pax Christi) as a peace and justice witness for Episcopalians.  Sadly, it does not have a local presence in West Tennessee, only in Middle and East Tennessee.  Sadly, this diocese is too conservative and the clergy here are too spineless.  I certainly can't have a group all by myself!  WARNING:  do not type the full name of the org as the URL; you will end up on the site of a (gasp) financial planner!  What a shameless act of domain theft!
The Baptist Peace Fellowship is often a lone voice in the wilderness that nevertheless maintains a tabling presence at the annual "School of Assassins" protest at the CIA Latin American torture training institute housed at Ft. Benning, GA, formerly known as the School of the Americas before being disingenuously renamed to a pathetic euphemism no one remembers.  In many ways, it's a sister organization of Pax Christi and the Episcopal Peace Fellowship.
Re-evaluation Counseling is recommended by Randell Gamble, who learned about it at a recent White Privilege Conference here in Memphis.  He also had heard about it at the annual Gandhi-King conference at CBU, the local Catholic university.  It can be used for both past trauma and present crisis, and involves compassionate listening to each other.  One is disabused from "Don't cry" and "Be a big boy" which deny real feelings from real injuries, and offers an effective alternative to drugs, shock, and suffering in silence.  I'll definitely check this out!
This homegrown peace and justice organization was founded by Gerry and Janice Vanderhaar and others on Martin Luther King day in 1982, and has been growing ever since.  Successful projects connected with the center include proliferating community gardens, an I-pod radio broadcast, grassroots organizer training, and school military counterrecruitment.  Recent anniversary dinners have featured Amy Goodman, Cindy Sheehan, and Van Jones as key note speakers.  Jones' speech in 2011 was also open to general admission for people who could not afford or were disinterested in the dinner itself.  General admission, which is waived for people in poverty, will be offered for all subsequent anniversary key note speeches.  To my knowledge, none of these events have ever snowed out, despite obviously being on Jan. 15.
The original Gandhi Conference was in Memphis at Christian Brothers University, the local Catholic school, for many years because Gandhi's grandson, Arun Gandhi, lives here (there is a surprisingly large South Asian community here).  However, a few years ago, it was moved to New York to draw a larger audience, and the National Civil Rights Museum and the Mid-south Peace and Justice Center immediately collaborated and replaced it with a new Gandhi-King Conference.  It still is a 3 day conference every October, which includes individual workshops, panel discussions, a youth program, and a dinner which usually features Hindi food.
After the death of Gerry Vanderhaar, his widow Janice and Christian Brothers University, the Catholic school where he was on the faculty for over a quarter century, established the Vanderhaar Memorial Symposium, which takes place every March.  It includes a nationally known speaker and a peace award for an area student.  The inaugural speaker was Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, the 2009 speaker was Jane Goodall, and the 2010 speaker was Joan Chittister, OSB, who spoke on Apr. 15 (also my baptismal anniversary).  The 2011 symposium was snowed out and had to be videotaped and shown a month later!  Janice nearly had a coronary when that mishap went down.
The News and Letters Committees were founded in Chicago by the late Raya Dunayevskaya and publish a monthly newspaper News and Letters, which accepts no advertising and is unbiased.  Dunayevskaya was an emigre from the Soviet Union who saw firsthand how far the regime had strayed from true Marxism and dedicated the rest of her life to setting the record straight about his often misinterpreted theories.  Her books include Philosophy and Revolution and The Power of Negativity.  The Memphis committee, which meets on the first and third Sunday at the central library, routinely contributes local stories to the paper not only about labor issues, but also the environment, race, gender, geopolitics, and the cases of persons in Tennessee facing execution, which are typically unjust.  All of the committees from around the country hold a convention every August, usually in Chicago.
Freedom from Unneccessary Negatives (FFUN) was founded in Memphis by Stevie Moore, an ex-con who turned his life around, to combat violence and gang activity among area youth.  Moore addressed Pax Christi Memphis in 2009, and has programs for prevention and early interventions for troubled youth as well as re-entry programs for persons released from incarceration.  FFUN embodies a true alternative to the atrocious misogyny and violence espoused by rappers and blaxploitation media, and illustrates what an African American can and should be.
The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) has been working to close nuclear weapons plants in East Tennessee, one of the birthplaces of the bomb, for decades, and holds at least one large demonstration before the current Y-12 plant every year, to which some protesters come from hundreds or thousands of miles away.  I have been to several of these over the past decade.  They also have small gatherings every Sunday at the gate.  Their newsletters offer information about the hazards of radiation and toxic substances involved in the manufacture of nukes and local and regional pollution, and current political issues such as arms reduction treaties and congressional allocations.  They offer workshops prior to the events, including training for nonviolently handling the handful of radical counterprotesters that show up and training and support for persons who intend to commit civil disobedience.
The Workers' Interfaith Network, formerly known as the Midsouth Interfaith Network for Economic Justice, was founded by Methodist preacher and social activist Rebekah Jordan.  It works for the rights of all workers, regardless of US citizenship or immigration status.  Past successes include unionization of several local workplaces, a Memphis living wage ordinance, and combating wage theft.  Nowadays, WIN is becoming involved in immigration issues as both legal refugees and undocumented immigrants continue to move into the area.  Recently, its two staffers joined a union to ensure that it practices what it preaches.
Recently, the fast growing Socialist Party established a new local in Memphis, with a fast growing young membership.  The leaders are active in their unions and seek a real alternative to an economic theory that failed in 1929.  The local is mainly interested in running candidates for our dysfunctional school board and city council, and doesn't threaten to split the vote Nader-style in this election cycle.  Personally, I am hoping to discredit the republicans with their own outrages and to subsequently allow the democrats to split.  We are also willing to form coalitions with Greens and other parties to look for a long term solution to the deepening emergency.  How to deal with the long string of blue dog democrats and their broken promises is very controversial, and will need careful strategic thought and planning.  The blogspot for the local is as follows:
Occupy Memphis is the local affiliate of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which consists of hundreds.  The occupation starts on Oct. 15, 2011 at the Civic Center Plaza on Main Street downtown, where city hall, the federal high-rise, the state high-rise, and the county high-rise are located.  There is a trolley stop at the site and high visibility.  Demands being made by the movement include local malfeasance as well as national issues.  Getting through the winter is not difficult save for the damp wind off the river, as we never have subzero cold and seldom have snow (typically only dustings), but getting through the summer is another story.  We'll have to cross that bridge when we get there.
The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition is the statewide organization in Nashville addressing immigration reform issues.  It focuses on the state legislature and faces an uphill battle in the current climate of hate and paranoia.  Its local representative in Memphis is Gaby Benitez, who has a desk at the Midsouth Peace & Justice Center.
Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA) is the sibling organization in Texas to the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition.  A high school classmate is involved in RITA and recommends it to others.  The biggest issue it faces right now is defeating the hateful Senate Bill 8 (SB8).
Streets Ministries is located at a church sandwiched between several Memphis City Schools in the troubled Graham Heights neighborhood.  It provides mentoring, tutoring and education, and recreational activities for youth in this increasingly Hispanic neighborhood.  Since most Hispanics are Christian, a church is well-suited to provide for their complex needs.
Christian Memphians for Immigration Reform Association (CMIRA) is a brand new organization formed to address the recent explosion of immigration in the area.  For decades, the race issue in the Midsouth was strictly black and white, as the Chickasaw had long since been forced on the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma, and there were few immigrants other than from the Indian subcontinent who came to take jobs in the disease industry, resulting in a surprisingly large Indian community with several good Indian restaurants.  But, suddenly, there has been an influx of undocumented immigrants in the area, as well as several boluses of refugees from war-torn Somalia elsewhere in Tennessee.  CMIRA has already spearheaded screenings of the documentary Welcome to Shelbyville, which were attended by over 200 people, and a screening of the documentary "Dying to Live" about the dangerous trek taken by undocumented immigrants across miles of barren, mountainous desert.
This is the site of the Midsouth Science and Fantasy Convention, which I attended for the first time in March 2010, and which has been taking place annually for the better part of three decades.  The 3-day con includes science fiction, hard science, comics, gaming, screenings, music (which I hope to upgrade next year), the paranormal, and a costume contest.
This is the site of the Memphis Star Wars fan club, whose leaders play a key role in organizing the above-mentioned Midsouth Con every year.  Fan Force is a worldwide organization that is independent of Lucasfilm.  Although I have been totally divorced from Star Trek for over a decade, I am still a fan of the Star Wars cycle, albeit a much more subtle one. 
Alice Cash, concert pianist and music therapist, is part of the solution to a problem that has troubled me for my entire life.  Among other things, she records instrumental music with a metronome marking of 60-80 for anesthetized patients!  She uses this tempo range because the patient's heart invariably synchronizes to the tempo, which represents a good resting heart rate.  This page from her site features several articles she has written on the subject.  These confirm and underscore my previous stance that appropriate music over earphones should be included in a bill of rights for anesthetized patients.
This is the church where I was baptized, and sung in the choir for a few years.  The PowerPoint Consumerism concludes with a track from the choir CD, Christmas at St. Mary's (I would've called it Christmas and Beyond--oh, well).  The CD can be ordered from this site by sending an email to Ty Legge in the music department.  The mailing address is 692 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38105.
WEVL (for "we volunteer") is the listener-supported indie station here in Memphis.  They stream online on this site via Real Player, as well as at 98 FM locally from 6 am to midnight central time.  Despite the Second World Depression, they are financially solvent thanks to increasing online pledges from out-of-town and overseas listeners who listen to the stream.  My favorite programs are on Sunday nights from 10 pm to midnight, Monday nights from 8 pm to midnight, on Saturday mornings from 10 am to 1 pm, and on Saturday nights from 9 pm to midnight.  These are avante garde (Sunday), ambient (Monday), Celtic (Saturday am), and electronic dance (techno, house, dubstep etc., Saturday pm), respectively.  Some people in East Europe religiously get up at 5 am every Sunday morning to listen to the techno dance program online!
This is the radio station of the University of Memphis, which has a jazz format.  They stream online at this site, and broadcast at 91.7 FM 24/7.  My favorite programs are on Thursdays from 7 pm to 10 pm, and from 10 pm to midnight central time.  These are tropical jazz and acid jazz + lounge jazz, respectively, with the same host.  Unfortunately, this programming is sometimes pre-empted by broadcasts of U of M Tiger sporting events, or by the host's absence (the computer doesn't play his unique repertoire).  I don't care for this host personally; I just like what he plays.  For example, he constantly whines about moderate rain while Texas is literally dying of thirst.  He should move to Austin (if not Vegas or Dubai).
I'm not an organist (not with my coordination impairment!), but I'm a great fan of the instrument.  Pipe Dreams, from public radio, has recently expanded its programs from 90 min. to 2 hours.  The site allows one to listen to old programs, and information where and when it can be heard in one's area, which is usually on public radio (but not always).
Zero Ohms is an ambient composer here in Memphis whom I personally know.  He's had several excellent CDs, such as Spacial, Glacial, Nebulous and Immense Distance, and his site offers singles for 99 cents apiece.  He's had collaborations with such composers as Craig Padilla and Brannan Lane.  He recently joined me for my festivities surrounding the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back and gave me a CD of his newest work in progress:  Peace of the Pi.  From the sound of this intermediate draft, he has another masterpiece in the works.  Hearing this draft in progress is making me ache to create my own ambient CD!
This is the church where I currently belong and sing in its chamber choir, the Motet Choir, which typically sings at the 11:15 service.  We also sing at special services such as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Saturday night Easter Vigil.  The Sunday night evensongs have produced 3 CDs, which include the music of the late harpist Mary Abbay Gourley.
     My perennial complaint about 5k's and telethons is that they never benefit the poor.  Holy Communion is refreshingly doing something about this:  the "Book It for Kids" 5k on Oct. 1, 2011, which will raise money for books for poor children.  Besides the 5k, there is also a 1 mile family walk and a 400 meter sprint for kids.  These children typically have no reading matter at all at home (if they even have a home), let alone kids' books that will appeal to them.  Consequently, they face a terrible disadvantage in literacy and in school.  Beneficiaries of the 5k are Books from Birth and the Emmanuel Episcopal Center, located in South Memphis near the airport, which has served the poor for decades.
WRR FM is a classical music station owned by the City of Dallas, which broadcasts 24/7.  While the playlist during drive time sucks (6-9 am and 3-6 pm central time), the programming is outstanding at all other times of the day and night.  For example, Pipe Dreams, mentioned above, is carried by WRR rather than the Dallas public radio station.  WRR rebroadcasts every Dallas Symphony masterworks performance approximately 10 days after the concert.  WRR also streams at this site 24/7.  Listening to the stream has a distinct advantage that all advertisements heard on the radio broadcast are omitted on the stream.
KNON is the venerable listener-supported indie radio station in Dallas, which broadcasts 24/7 at 89.3 FM in the Metroplex and streams live online from this site.  Sadly, they have no electronic or Celtic programming, but they do carry Democracy Now with Amy Goodman at 8 am central time Mon.-Thur. and Tavis Smiley on Fridays at 7 am central time.  I am relieved to learn that KNON is still around since my absence, and that it transmits 24/7 indicates that it's at least as solvent as WEVL is in Memphis.  My musical tastes having become what they are, I am now mainly interested in their newstalk programming, which is superior to what is found on WEVL.  Instead of pledging to public radio, one should pledge to KNON and earmark it for newstalk.
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