Wednesday, January 25, 2017

CalExit + State of Jefferson = Ecotopia!


As the election results came in on the evening of November 8th, 2016… frustrated Westerners grew increasingly outraged. Their dissatisfaction was triggered as their votes were seemingly rendered non-impactful by the 3 hour time difference from the closing polls on the East Coast. By the time Washington State, Oregon and California’s (let alone the temporal laggard: Hawaii) Electoral College votes overwhelmingly went to Hillary… it was already too late. No one out West (but a select few) expected the apparent outcome that would elevate “the Donald” to President-elect status.


In the days that followed, massive protests erupted up and down the West Coast. Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, LA… all mobilized a robust counter-strike against the Empire. Signage proclaiming: “Dump Trump” “Not my President” “Love trumps Hate” festooned the angry (yet, as always, somewhat festive) uprising. Although mostly peaceful… there was some violence. “Fuck Trump” and “Kill Trump” graffiti was marked on a block in Oakland before being set on fire, where more than 6,000 were part of what allegedly was one of the most violent protests. In Los Angeles, protesters blocked a freeway, started fires and waved Trump heads on sticks outside City Hall. 

Amid the rebellion, a group calling for California to secede from these United States was rekindled. Calls for “CalExit” began to circulate amongst the protesters. Yes California, a nonviolent campaign to establish the country of California using any and all legal and constitutional means to do so, had submitted a new petition asking voters to start the process. The Yes California Independence Campaign hopes to put a question on the November 2018 ballot authorizing an independence vote in spring 2019.


The group proposed the idea more than two years ago… but now that the Donald has won the presidential election, the CalExit movement is gaining serious traction. Yes California’s Vice President, Marcus Ruiz Evans says if a majority of Californians approved the measure proponents hope to make their case to the United Nations. One minor catch… the only way for California to legally secede would be to change the Constitution… which requires the approval of Congress and 38 states.

None the less… increasingly alienated Californians have had enough. This is not, however, the first such popular uprising out West…

State of Jefferson


Up in the “Frontier Counties” of Northern California (& Southern Oregon), there has for decades been an interstate secessionist movement brewing, intended to create the 51st State of Jefferson. The following is a description and brief history of the movement… 


After attempts in the mid 19th century at forming the State of Jefferson prior to becoming Oregon… and then again in the 1930s, citizens attempted the best known of such movements in the region. During 1940 and 1941, organizers attracted media attention by arming themselves and blockading Highway 99 (well before Ike Eisenhower’s militarized interstate highway system) to the south of Yreka, California, where they collected tolls from motorists and passed out proclamations of independence. When a California Highway Patrolman turned up on the scene, he was told to "get down the road back to California." 

The movement was created to draw attention to the area by proposing that Southern Oregon and Northern California secede from their respective State governments to form a separate State within the United States. A perceived lack of attention and resources from their state governments led to the adoption of a flag design bearing a gold pan and two X's, a "double cross." The movement quickly ended however after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. - Wikipedia


In recent years, the lack of adequate representation of California’s frontier counties in the state capitol: Sacramento, has resurrected the movement. Although Southern Oregon shares Northern California’s sentiment, the State of Jefferson is most visibly militant between Redding, CA and the CA/OR border. If the CalExit movement in Southern California is perceived as progressive in political slant, the State of Jefferson is equally conservative. The liberals in So Cal find their balancing counterpart in No Cal’s Tea-party ranching communities. Hey, it takes all kinds.

The entire West Coast’s alienation from the rest of the US of A... has been politically evident for decades. For the last 25 years, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii have consistently been a democratic stronghold… always showing a resounding Blue (indigo in CA) on the political map. Within the same timeframe, the West Coast’s international trading economy with Pacific Rim Countries grew larger than domestic trade with our own East Coast. The US West’s economic interests are literally more aligned with other Pacific Rim countries, such as Japan & S Korea, than they are with the US east coast.


Mount Hood, Oregon’s majestic 11,249 ft strato-volcano, is the second most photographed mountain in Japan (Mt Fuji is first). This fact illustrates the geo-political reality that the US west coast rightly belongs in the Pacific “ring of fire” economy, vs. the US east coast’s more EU aligned trans-Atlantic economy. 

The times being what they are… the idea of a 51st State of Jefferson may not go far enough for what is called for on the West Coast. The vision of an independent west coast did not begin with CalExit, however…  

Ecotopia


Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston is a seminal utopian novel by Ernest Callenbach, published in 1975. The society described in the book is one of the first ecological utopias and was influential on the counterculture and the green movement in the 1970s and thereafter. The citizens of Ecotopia share a common aim: they seek a balance between themselves and nature.

Scientific discoveries in the fields of ecology and conservation biology, the urban-ecology movement, new approaches to urban planning, the renewable energy movement, were primary influences on Callenbach’s vision. Callenbach’s concept did not reject high technology (or any technology) as long as it did not interfere with the Ecotopian social order and serves the overall objectives. Members of his fictional society prefer to demonstrate a conscious selectivity toward technology, so that not only human health and sanity might be preserved, but also social and ecological wellbeing. - wikipedia

Cascadia


Cascadia is a bioregion and possible proposed country located within the western region of North America. Potential boundaries differ, with some drawn along existing political state and provincial lines, and others drawn along larger ecological, cultural, and economic boundaries.


The country is envisioned to consist of Washington, Oregon, portions of other U.S. states and British Columbia, Canada. At its maximum extent, Cascadia would stretch from coastal Southeast Alaska in the north into Northern California in the south, and inland to include parts of Idaho, Western Montana, Wyoming, and Yukon. More conservative proposed borders include the land west of the crest of Cascade Range, and the western side of British Columbia.

As measured only by the combination of present Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia statistics, Cascadia would be home to slightly more than 15 million people (15,105,870), and would have an economy generating more than US$675 billion worth of goods and services annually. This number would increase if portions of Northern California, Idaho, and Southern Alaska were also included. By land area, Cascadia would be the 20th largest country in the world, with a land area of 534,572 sq miles. - Wikipedia

Under some definitions, Cascadia is energy sufficient, due to the high propensity for renewable energy resources (mostly hydroelectric and geothermal) and supplies many other western states such as California and parts east with electricity.

The area from Vancouver B.C. down to Portland has been termed an emerging mega-region by the National Committee for America 2050, a coalition of regional planners, scholars, and policy-makers. This group defines a mega-region as an area where "boundaries  (between metropolitan regions) begin to blur, creating a new scale of geography." This megacity begins to mirror William Gibson’s “Sprawl” concept, albeit a West Coast version. 

Given the changing politico-economic environment, the 21st Century vision of Ecotopia/Cascadia would not only encompass the Pacific Northwest, it would include California and Hawaii. BC is considered... but might prove too entangling with our great ally and trading partner to the north: Canada. Adding California to the Ecotopia concept would add over 2 trillion dollars annually, creating a national economy that would arguably weigh in as one of the Planet’s top economic powerhouses. This would combine the natural resources, tourism and renewable energy economy of the Pacific Northwest, the Hawaiian Islands strategic location (and tourist economy) …to California’s mighty agricultural, entertainment and technology base. The combined economy would total well over 3 trillion dollars, annually.

  
In an era of Brexit, the Trump Presidency and the increasing Popularist, Nationalist tendencies, both domestic and abroad… it becomes increasingly evident that new alliances, new sovereignties, new loyalties are rapidly morphing.  What were once common interests are looking increasingly foreign. More and more, the American Midwest considers the West Coasters as elitist and... quite frankly... suspect.

Meanwhile… out West, Marijuana is not only legal for medicinal purposes… it is fast being legalized for recreational activity, as well. Western growers within the Humbolt growing region in N California, in Southern Oregon, not to mention Hawaii’s legendary “Maui Wowi” growers… have applied good-old yanky ingenuity to create the West Coast’s newest Multi-Billion Dollar Industry. Even as the mid-west and the Rust Belt brought Trump and his brand of “Newspeak” to power, the situation couldn’t be mellower… in Ecotopia.

The above scenario is more of a West Coast pipe dream, than a reality. As mentioned above… the only way for California to legally secede would be to change the Constitution… which requires the approval of Congress and 38 states. Based upon recent presidential election results and the anecdotal opinion of America’s heartland populations toward those crazy West Coasters (especially Californians)… it does not appear that the rest of the US would miss the West Coast at all.

One thing I know… the New Ecotopia wouldn’t need a wall to separate themselves from the rest of the States… Immigrants will be welcome! The new Ecotopian's border will be drawn by a mindset that marks the High Frontier. The new Ecotopians will identify their latitude with attitude!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Inauguration


Inauguration - in·au·gu·ra·tion  (ĭn-ô′gyə-rā′shən) noun.
1.  A formal beginning or introduction.

What? don't frown… it just… went down! 
– from “It's fun being weird” 

Will wonders never cease! On January 20th & 21st… the American public has been given the gift of new beginnings. One vision of such was presented to us by our new president on Friday, in his inauguration speech (Another vision was characterized by the more massively attended Woman's March on Washington on Saturday). Sure, Trump's vision was a dark, dystopic one, with fascist undertones… but this is the vision that the Donald advertised during his hit reality show presidential campaign. Corporatocacy, here we come.

For those of us who voted for Trump… it’s time to own his vision of Amerika. Remember, he promised not to touch Medicare and Social Security… America’s desperately needed social safety nets. In this day and age of massive population migration caused by war and climate change… of massive unemployment due to globalization and automation… we will need these safety nets more than ever. Now is the time to increase such programs, during such a profound cultural transition, not eliminate them. Reality check: the jobs are not coming back.

For those of us who didn’t vote for the Donald, a couple of things… first: buck it up! Now is not the time to whine… it is the time to rise as part of the loyal opposition… as activists in the American resistance movement. If we don’t like the Donald’s vision… we must come up with an alternative… bring something better, more creative, to the table. Elements of such include: compassion, tolerance, peace, unity and love. In the tradition of the trickster, Operation MindFuck is a good place to start.

(besides... it's fun being weird, you should try it some time!)

Second: it’s always darkest right before the dawn. We need to move together to bring about a future we can all live with. Don’t despair! We must be brave and keep the faith that darkness will give way to light. Together we can build a compassionate future… but we will have to work for it! Nothing good comes easy… It’s roll-up-sleeves time.

Lastly, a reminder to us all… We are all in this together. Regardless of our good intentions, we are here now. As the French philosopher, Joseph de Maistre said: “Every nation gets the government it deserves.” So again… in these dark times, the American public has been given the precious gift of new beginnings… let us embrace the opportunity for change… for change is the only true constant in Universe! Let us all inaugurate the power of love… right where we are standing now. Let us seize this inaugural opportunity to move together into a shared brave new future where all peoples, regardless of creed, ethnicity or gender... enjoy the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

After all... isn't that what America is all about?



Monday, January 16, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Magic→Religion→Science→Magick.


Science and Nonduality provides a forum where preeminent scientists, philosophers, teachers, artists and a large, international community gather to explore and advance the new paradigm emerging in spirituality, that is both grounded in cutting-edge science and consistent with the ancient wisdom of nonduality — the deep understanding of the interconnectedness of life.

Ultimately, SAND is a playground where we come together to explore and share insights or simply reflect on what is emerging in consciousness. Knowing defines life, not-knowing reminds us of the mystery and perfection of each and every moment. At SAND, we invite you to stop resisting what is happening right now and surrender to the not-knowingness. Let life and this amazing mystery unfold!


A tip-o-the-hat to our colleague in synchronicity, Darren… over at: Just Watching the Wheels Go Round… for bringing our attention to this informative and entertaining video (Darren in turn, credited the Daily Grail). This from the Science & Nonduality Conference wherein speaker: Dean Radin delivers a profound presentation on Magic 2.0… aka: Reality Hacking.

Friday, January 6, 2017

A Spy in the House of Ancient Aliens – An Alien Con Travelogue


Friday, October 28,th 2016: On the road to Alien Con… 
We are careening south, down Interstate 5... main artery of the west coast, extending North/South from  Canada to Mexico. The sky is overcast… spackles of rain. The steal yer face scull grins a macabre grin through the back window… sparkling. We cross the Oregon border into the California frontier at dawn. It’s too cloudy to see Mt Shasta as we drive by… but we feel her presence… looming. Agent 87 sits in the front passenger seat, delivering a critique of Tom Waits’ “What’s He Building in There?” …we have a right to know. The question evolves over time and takes on a certain memetic, prophetic quality… “what’s he doing in there?” A premonition… but of what?

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The inaugural Alien Con was held in Santa Clara, California on October 28th through the 30th, 2016. The History channel, A+E Networks, and Cosmic-Con, partnered to create: “the ultimate extraterrestrial experience… the world’s first convention devoted to exploring space and the unknown.” With the commercial success of the Ancient Aliens TV show (currently going into its 11th season) Alien Con booked filmmakers, artists, storytellers, celebrities, and ancient aliens experts to explore the outer limits of science and pop culture… all under one roof. In their words: The truth IS out there, and you can find it this October at the very first convention devoted to fans of HISTORY’s Ancient Aliens, sci-fi buffs, and pop culture enthusiasts alike! 

Given that it was scheduled for Halloween weekend, team Tek-Gnostics (consisting of 87 & myself) deemed the event auspicious and signed on to this fan convention, in the spirit of having a great time, seeking adventure and entertainment, networking, merchandising and presenting my first book in the Tek-Gnostics Trilogy: The Tek-Gnostics Heresies – Tales of Wonder from the Collective Conscious …to a broader audience. Per our synchronous experiences… Samhain would never be the same!

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Later that day: On the road to Alien Con… 
The wait is over. We are closing in on the savage heart of Silicon Valley, the Santa Clara Convention Center… and Alien Con 2016. Tech companies line both sides of Great American Parkway. High Tech and palm trees…  At a stop sign, blocks away from the convention center, half a dozen young men in stylish Nehru jackets traverse the crosswalk in front of us. They appear to be Indian, although quite possibly Pakistani… tech gurus from the sub-continent. California’s Silicon Valley exhibits a multicultural, affluent population.


On the road, we had decided to keep a Synchronicity Log to keep track of the significant events of the History Channel’s inaugural fan convention, showcasing their hit cable TV show: Ancient Aliens. All of the heavy lifters from the show were scheduled to be there…  David Childress… show producer Kevin Burns… and of course:  Giorgio A. Tsoukalos. Agent 87 has expressed an explicit interest in speaking with William Henry, as well as Jonathan Young, PhD. As founding curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives, Dr Young brought a scholarly perspective to Ancient Aliens… or so thought 87.

The sync log had already produced some, shall we say, interesting entries by the time we parked our transport and headed into the convention center for vending check-in. 87 had made several entries on the road, as our conversation began to meaningfully meander. The syncs began to intensify, as 87 had initiated one of our main experiments of the Halloween weekend… microdosing. This experiment was significant enough to warrant its own installment in this series… more on this intriguing subject later!

We had signed up for an “Artist’s Alley” table, which proved an excellent choice. Here we were surrounded by other authors, as well as publishing houses and the like. Check-in was uneventful… we pickup up our vendor lanyards and proceeded to our assigned booth. That is when things began to get strange. We had expected to see vendors such as MUFON, Contact in the Desert, Roswell Books and Sedona Orgone Vortex… but were pleasantly amazed by such booths as… Sasquatch Syndicate… UFO Medicine Man… Planet X Vodka… Epic Loot… and perhaps my favorite… Nuthin Good Ever Happens at 4 am.

We were surrounded by a multitude of “vendors of the fringe.” Perhaps it was the approaching of All Hallows Eve… the night when the veil between worlds grows thinnest… perhaps it was a contact high from 87’s micro dose… perhaps it was just… contact. The scene was definitely weird… but as we all know… “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” 

Speaking of pros, the vendor to our right of our booth was Kathy Porter ...author of the Gray Guardians sci fi series. Not familiar with her work, but Kathy and her team were warm and welcoming… good neighbors. Watching Kathy work the crowd was a lesson in promotion. After getting to know 87 and myself a little… after listening to our ravings about tekgnosis… it was Kathy who came to me and suggested… “it’s like you guys are the ‘x-files of consciousness.” She winked as if to say: “no charge for the pitch idea.”

As this was a fan convention, there was no shortage of cosplay characters… plenty of Jedi Knights and Storm Troopers… sexy slave girls from Orion… and some that left you wondering. There were some characters… who were not dressed up. As 87 had remarked… “if you were a bona-fide extra-terrestrial, stationed in California, wouldn’t you come to Alien Con? …perfect cover!”

As Friday evening wore on, and at the risk of using an over-used metaphor… the rabbit hole deepened. The whole scene took on a surreal, psychedelic ambience. As one of the synchromystic community’s favorite heroines, Alice, famously exclaimed: Curiouser & Curiouser! As the strange got stranger and the weird became weirder… Agent 87 and I became incredulous observers… spys, if you will… in the House of Ancient Aliens. It was clear this would be one long, strange trip of a weekend.

In upcoming installments of this series, we will flesh out the week-end long microdosing experiment. Although originally cynical of the concept, having taken a more heroic dosage approach in my youth, the microdose tactic proved to be phenomenal. We will also delve deeper into the mysteries of our sync log… the deeper we went, the rounder we got! One interesting note per the sync log… placing our attention on synchronicities had a cumulative effect on the phenomena. This effect culminated in the infamous Voodoo Papa Legba incident… 

Stay tuned intrepid travelers of the fringe… stay tuned!