Is 5G Hazardous To Our Health?

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From The Ramparts

Junious Ricardo Stanton

                                                          Is 5G Hazardous To Our Health?

 

“The push for 5G networks to go live highlights the astounding amount of disregard that corporate interest can have for the wellbeing of people and the planet. Though for years now, scientific studies and research have increasingly shown that exposure to EMF radiation has a long list of harmful health effects, telecom companies and the FCC (the government agency that is supposed to be looking out for public safety by regulating wireless communication) have not only failed to pay attention; they are now deliberately doing everything they can to minimize findings that cast wireless technology in a negative light.”  Is 5G Safe? Are EMF Radiation Levels Harmful At This Level? https://www.defendershield.com/5g-technology-safe-emf-radiation-emissions

 

The latest technology coming down the pike is Fifth Generation Mobile Technology aka 5G. It is a broadband WiFi technology network that is much faster and has the capacity to carry far more data than the earlier versions 1G through 4G. The industry has this to say about 5G, “The G in 5G means it’s a generation of wireless technology. While most generations have technically been defined by their data transmission speeds, each has also been marked by a break in encoding methods, or ‘air interfaces,’ which make it incompatible with the previous generation. 1G was analog cellular. 2G technologies, such as CDMA, GSM, and TDMA, were the first generation of digital cellular technologies. 3G technologies, such as EVDO, HSPA, and UMTS, brought speeds from 200kbps to a few megabits per second. 4G technologies, such as WiMAX and LTE, were the next incompatible leap forward, and they are now scaling up to hundreds of megabits and even gigabit-level speeds. 5G brings three new aspects to the table: greater speed (to move more data), lower latency (to be more responsive), and the ability to connect a lot more devices at once (for sensors and smart devices). The actual 5G radio system, known as 5G-NR, won’t be compatible with 4G. But all 5G devices, initially, will need 4G because they’ll lean on it to make initial connections before trading up to 5G where it’s available.” https://www.pcmag.com/article/345387/what-is-5g

The thing about 5G is it will use a broader spectrum of higher frequencies in what is called the millimeter wave spectrum. Unfortunately amidst the din of anticipation, hype, investment and marketing propaganda for 5G, the fact is this spectrum may be harmful to humans, plants and animals. But you won’t hear this in the corporate media. Several people are sounding the alarm but the nexus of big money, technology, profit and global domination are making it difficult for their messages to reach us.

The big issue is 5G signals cannot travel as far as 4G signals and will require more ways to enhance or boost the signal meaning more evasive antennas or other such devices will be required. “Generally, as you move to higher frequencies, transmission range gets shorter—hundreds of meters rather than kilometers. And signals are unable to penetrate walls easily. Some hardware components, such as analog-to-digital converters, might also be expensive. We are still learning about millimeter wave and are testing its capabilities. Another challenge is if the transmitter and the receiver don’t have a line-of-site connection, there is a lot of attenuation [loss] in the signal. We’re conducting performance analyses to better understand the communication reliability and plan to publish a paper in the fall at the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference in Boston. There has been a trend toward small cells [portable base stations often called microcells, femtocells or picocells, depending on their ranges]. Millimeter waves can take advantage of these technologies, as they are better suited for transmission over relatively short ranges. High-frequency signals can also be reused across short distances by different cells in a network, meaning the available spectrum is used more efficiently. In addition, antenna size is inversely proportional to frequency size, so higher-frequency signals would require smaller antennas. You could pack more antennas into devices. That enables directional transmissions—you could actually steer the signal in a particular direction. This could overcome the loss of some of the signal transmission strength. More than one antenna operating in the same frequency range can also send multiple streams of data, increasing the data rate.”  Will Millimeter Waves Maximize 5G Wireless https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/will-millimeter-waves-maximize-5g-wireless/

This is all part of hyper-connectivity what is being called the Internet of Things (IoT), WiFi technology that will link other devices and platforms besides cell phones and computers with whole other systems and industries. We will become a society inundated with electromagnetic pulses (EMPs). We will be able to download and have access to much more media but we will be swamped with more antennas and boosting devices. The question is will these antennas pose serious risks to our health and wellbeing? There are credible indications they will. Check out these Websites, read the material, do the research and make up your own mind.  https://www.electricsense.com/12399/5g-radiation-dangers/, https://www.thenation.com/article/how-big-wireless-made-us-think-that-cell-phones-are-safe-a-special-investigation/  https://www.shieldyourbody.com/2017/10/health-effects-of-5g-networks/ , https://www.disclose.tv/new-5g-wifi-coming-and-it-will-kill-us-all-this-is-serious-314497

Consumer 5G is several years away in the US (it is already in use by the military and security state) so we have some time to get the facts out. Don’t fall for the 5G marketing okey-doke  and the hype they will use to trick you into getting it. The electromagnetic radiation is just one of the downsides hint, think big brother.

 

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The God Complex Part 2

DNA gene editing

From the Ramparts

                                                             Junious Ricardo Stanton

                                                            The God Complex Part 2

 

“A major new technology known as Gene Editing has gained significant attention in recent months. Its advocates claim it will revolutionize everything from agriculture production to disease treatment. None other than Bill Gates has just come out in an article in the US foreign policy magazine Foreign Affairs in praise of the promise of gene editing. Yet a closer investigation suggests that all is not so ideal with Gene Editing. New peer reviewed studies suggest it could cause cancer. The question is whether this technology, which is highly controversial, is little more than a stealth way to introduce GMO genetic manipulation by way of another technique. https://www.sott.net/article/389431-The-new-eugenics-Bill-Gates-promotes-unregulated-development-of-Gene-Drive-gene-editing-that-has-alarming-potential-to-go-awry

 

Last week I warned you to beware the God Complex, the arrogant and psychopathic Western mindset that wants to transform the natural order and place itself in a preeminent position to be the determiner, creator and controller of all life on this planet and any other worlds within their reach. I wrote about their mathematical algorithms and how they use them to design and create programs and applications to run robots, automatons, financial transactions and their surveillance state, how these algorithms have their biases, prejudices and world view programmed into them.

The Western world view is primarily materialistic. It mainly recognizes matter but begrudgingly recognizes there is something (they don’t know what, nor do they give it its pops) that animates animals and plants. Their deepest thinkers like Albert Einstein recognized energy is at the heart and core of all matter (E=mc2), that matter is really solidified energy. But they fail to recognize this energy is intelligent, omnipresent that it resonates at various levels of intensity or that it has consciousness. It is THE CREATOR but the aspiritual Europeans have an anthropomorphic idea of god and their idea of god is mean vindictive and blood thirsty.

Westerners focus primarily on the material, the mass of matter and since they cannot readily see the energy (except through their machines) nor discern the intelligence inherent in it, they say talking about such things is “nonsense”. Being psychopaths they eschew the notion of cosmic consequences; you reap what you sow.

Recently Westerners came up with the idea they could invade DNA cells, clip, cut or inject material into a cell to alter how it acts within the host (plant, animal or human). They call this process Genome Editing, gene editing or  CRISPR-Cas9, short for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats and CRISPR-associated protein 9. Western scientists are excited because by using this technique they can, in theory, cut a strand of host DNA then use the host’s DNA’s cell repair process and the artificial DNA slice material they create in a laboratory they insert into the strand to alter the DNA to edit out “unwanted” traits such as certain genetic conditions/diseases.

So what could possibly go wrong, plenty. Check this out, “Gene editing for human reproduction, also known as human inheritable or germline modification, involves making changes to the DNA of human sperm, eggs, or embryos. It is distinct from efforts to use gene editing as a medical treatment, which target the somatic or non-reproductive cells of existing patients. While somatic gene editing, or ‘gene therapy,’ aims to treat or cure disease in living people, reproductive gene editing is not a medical treatment. It would create a new person with a pre-determined genetic make-up that would be inherited by all of their descendants. Gene therapy, if it can be made safe, effective, and broadly affordable, will be a welcome addition to modern medicine. Germline gene editing, by contrast, doesn’t treat anyone. It creates future children, and deprives them and future generations of the choice to consent to modifications made to their DNA. And if the goal is to avoid the transmission of inheritable disease, it is unnecessary. Where there is risk of passing on a serious genetic mutation, an existing embryo screening technique (pre-implantation genetic diagnosis or PGD), can in almost all cases eliminate the unwanted gene variant from the family’s lineage. To be sure, embryo screening for PGD raises challenging ethical questions about what conditions are considered ‘unworthy of life.’ But it is far safer and less socially and ethically fraught than manipulating the human germ line.” Reproductive Gene Editing Imperils Universal Human Rights By: Marcy Darnovsky & Leah Lowthorp & Katie Hasson https://www.openglobalrights.org/reproductive-gene-editing-imperils-universal-human-rights/

Anytime you see the phrase “rise ethical questions” be extremely alarmed because as we have seen over the past five hundred plus years, the Western ruling class has no moral or ethical scruples whatsoever! The people working on gene slicing, gene editing and human germ line manipulation are the descendants of the people who gave blankets filled with smallpox to the Native Americans http://endgenocide.org/learn/past-genocides/native-americans/, whose eugenics programs resulted in the involuntary sterilization of millions of Americans https://www.thoughtco.com/forced-sterilization-in-united-states-721308 , who carried on the Nazi and CIA’s MK-ULTRA program that pumped LSD into unsuspecting US citizens https://bigthink.com/scotty-hendricks/how-the-cia-used-lsd-to-try-and-find-a-mind-control-drug, who created HIV/AIDS http://ncoic.com/armyaids.htm  and a host of other forms of biological weaponry (see Pentagon Biological Weapons Program Never Ended US Bio Labs Around the World   by Dilyana Gaytandzhieva

https://www.sott.net/article/375723-Pentagon-Biological-Weapons-Program-Never-Ended-US-Bio-labs-Around-The-World

These mad scientists are playing god implementing their racist agenda under the guise of medical advances and eliminating genetic diseases, but we know their history of death and destruction and this will end up as more of the same.

 

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Beware The God Complex

  Frankenstein                                             

 

                                                                From The Ramparts

Junious Ricardo Stanton

                                                              Beware The God Complex

 

“The rapid rise of synthetic biology, a futuristic field of science that seeks to master the machinery of life, has raised the risk of a new generation of bioweapons, according a major US report into the state of the art. Advances in the area mean that scientists now have the capability to recreate dangerous viruses from scratch; make harmful bacteria more deadly; and modify common microbes so that they churn out lethal toxins once they enter the body.” https://www.intellihub.com/synthetic-biology-raises-risk-of-new-bioweapons-us-report-warns/

 

The West is accelerating towards an advanced stage in their macabre drive to transform our natural order. We are already seeing their push to reach “technological singularity” the point where power mad arrogant humans create super artificial intelligence that will usher in an era of unimagined “progress” and “growth”. The flip side of this is, these psychopaths haven’t considered their tinkering and alteration of the natural order will boomerang back on them like a modern day Frankenstein monster. Their agenda to usurp the natural order demonstrates they have no concept of KARMA, reaping what you sow. They’re eagerly anticipating the rise of machines, artificial intelligence, robots and automatons to the point these devices will inundate us and we’ll become subsumed by them to the point of living in a “post human” world. What could possibly go wrong? Remember the story of Frankenstein?

In these mad scientists’ Bizzaro world they envision a rapid expansion of artificial intelligence with humans melding with machines (what they call trans-humanism) to become cyborg creatures like in the Star Trek television series. Their idea of nirvana will, if their history on this planet is any indication, devolve into a dystopian nightmare. Keep in mind this “brave new world” is the stated goal of futurists, technocrats and most of the global ruling elite who are pushing this agenda. When, not if, something goes wrong the 1% have the resources to counter it and perhaps move to safer environs, but the rest of us don’t!

The Last Poets 1971 album called This Is Madness, was extremely prescient, they recorded a cut called the White Man’s Got a God Complex. On it they rapped to the conga drum beat, “i’m making guns! (i’m god!) (oh god!) i’m making bombs! (i’m god!) i’m making gas! (i’m god!) i’m making freak machines! (i’m god!) birth control pills! (i’m god!) killed indians and discovered him! (i’m god!) kill the japanese with the a-bomb! (i’m god!) killed–still killing–black people!  (i’m god!) enslaving the earth! (i’m god!) dun went to the moon! (i’m god!) oh god! oh god! oh god! oh god! oh god! oh god! oh god! oh god! ohgodohgodohgodohgodoh gggggggggggaaaahhhhhhhhhd! (spelled blackwards is DOG.)”

These radical artists foretold the future and told us the nature of our adversary.  My concern is we still don’t see what is happening, we just don’t get it. I have been doing research on Artificial Intelligence (AI), how the biases programmed into the algorithms impact the design and function of the AI, how as AI technology takes on a “life” of its own these biases cannot be corrected.

One of the problems is the algorithm creators and designers do not allow anyone to see how they programmed the algorithms, evaluate or review how the algorithms do what they do. It’s the old garbage in- garbage out paradigm of early computer programming. In other words, racism programmed into an algorithm is going to impact the program. (See the research on recidivism predicting algorithms, the biases and shortcomings in them https://www.wired.com/story/crime-predicting-algorithms-may-not-outperform-untrained-humans/ , https://www.propublica.org/article/making-algorithms-accountable and https://www.wired.com/2017/02/keep-ai-turning-racist-monster/

The god complex is not alarmist ramblings on my part or science fiction; it is in full effect now as we speak! I suggest you do some serious research on the emerging fields of: synthetic biology https://www.intellihub.com/synthetic-biology-raises-risk-of-new-bioweapons-us-report-warns/, human gene editing  http://theconversation.com/what-is-crispr-gene-editing-and-how-does-it-work-84591 , transhumanism  https://www.newparadigm.ws/my-blogs/7-reasons-why-transhumanism-is-the-greatest-threat-to-the-human-race/ and terraforming https://www.universetoday.com/127311/guide-to-terraforming/.

When we look at the consciousness and behaviors of the people creating this technology, and look at their history, especially the past five hundred plus years; it does not bode well for life on our planet or any moons, planets and solar systems they travel to, invade or terraform.

Elon Musk recently said artificial intelligence is the greatest existential threat to humanity, https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/elon-musk-artificial-intelligence-openai-neuralink-ai-warning-a8074821.html. We should pay more attention to him on this!  In my opinion, genetically modified organisms are a close second as are gene splicing and tampering. All I have to say is, remember Frankenstein

 

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Four Important Meetings and How They Differed

G-7 Summit AFP photo Four Important Meetings and How They Differed

                                             Junious Ricardo Stanton

 

The corporate mind control apparatus had a field day reporting on the goings on at the recently completed G-7 summit in Quebec City Canada. The meeting was attended by Trump and leaders from Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Italy Germany, Japan with observers from the European Union. Much was made of President Trump’s Twitter tirades against some of the members and his statement Russia should be invited to participate as part of the group. There were plenty of photos and documentation of the so called war of words among the key participants Trump, Theresa May of Britain and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The media seemed to relish Trump’s antics and spent an inordinate amount of time rehashing his remarks and digs against some of his contemporaries.

Trump exited the summit early to head to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In his wake he left the remaining leaders baffled and befuddled by his personal attacks and adversarial tariff talk and threats.

Meanwhile on the other side of the world in Qingdao China the Shanghai Cooperative Organization held their meeting.  The corporate media didn’t dwell on this group much at all. Leaders from China, Russia India, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan who represent over three billion people met to discuss mutual trade, security issues, investment opportunities, cooperation in the areas of technology and how to advance their mutual multi-polar agenda. The meeting was chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The SCO meeting in Qingdao was a stark contrast to the G-7 meeting in Quebec. The SCO’s priorities were interregional collaboration, mutual respect and cooperation. The Western corporate media gave almost no attention to the SCO at all.

Another meeting took place in Europe in Turin Italy the same time as the G-7 and SCO meetings but received even less coverage than the other two. It was the annual meeting of the Bilderberg an elite super secret organization of global movers and shakers many believe pull the strings, give orders and set global social and economic policy. You can get a list of the participants at http://www.bilderbergmeetings.org/participants.html but the public is not privy to the goings on at Bilderberg meetings, meetings of the Tri-Lateral Commission or the happenings at Bohemian Grove.

Then there was the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. The US corporate mind control apparatus gave a lot of attention to this get together. Those who buy into the left-right, Republican-Democrat, liberal-conservative, East-West okey-doke are missing the clearer picture.

Trump, the US military industrial complex and the media make it seem as if Kim Jong Un is a maniac hell bent on antagonizing the US.  Think about this, since the Korean conflict (June 1950- July 27, 1953) how many countries have North Korea invaded, covertly conspired to topple their governments, sabotaged their economies or assassinated their leaders? None! How many counties has North Korea bombed with nuclear or conventional weapons in recent years? None!

Now let’s look at the United States. How many countries has the US bombed, invaded, sent troops into, assassinated their leaders, waged economic war on, imposed lethal sanctions against and bullied? The list is humongous but you can get an idea here, http://davidswanson.org/warlist/ .

Comparing the US and North Korea which nation is the real existential threat to world peace? Which nation is the imperialist warmonger? Which nation’s total leadership has been on one accord invading, bombing, killing, maiming and waging non-stop global economic and military conflict since the end of World War II! The obvious answer is, the United States; the nation Martin Luther King Jr called “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today”.

Looking at these meetings can we discern a common thread or pattern? Can we put them in a clear perspective and even predict their future actions?  I say yes. The G-7 which is made up of Western imperial powers (Japan has been a vassal state of the US since it surrendered to the US in 1945, the US wrote its constitution and provides for its “defense”). Western economic domination and neo-colonialism is reflected in the G-7, except Germany and despite the fact Italy is in a state of economic implosion. For the G-7 it is business as usual, squabbling over who is going to have the biggest share of global markets based upon colonialism and exploitation.

The reason the West kicked Russia out of the G-7 was based on lies, the supposed annexation of Crimea, the truth is Crimea voted overwhelmingly to rejoin Russia after the US funded and supported a Neo-Nazi coup in Ukraine. These lies were created by the US and it European vassals so they could demonize and isolate Russia, depict Russia as an enemy so the Western military industrial complex could boost the international arms race against a real nation as opposed to a fake adversary called “terrorism”.

The Shanghai Cooperative Organization is made up of diverse multi-ethnic nations on the Eurasia continent: China, India, Pakistan and Eurasian whites. They are coming together to build a collaborative mutually beneficial working arrangement that neither hinges on nor depends upon military conquest or economic intimidation. Their motives and collaborations are the exact opposite of the US and its Western allies!

The Bilderberg are the global super elites and their trusted minions whose goal is to maintain and expand the current world order with them at the helm in control.

The meting with Trump and Kim Jong Un is yet another attempt by the US to bully and browbeat the North Koreans who have not invaded or threatened anyone; who even if they had nuclear weapons lack the aerial technology and capacity to deliver them. Pakistan and Israel both have nuclear arsenals but the US looks the other way on them.

The Kim Jong Un-North Korean issue is sham, a similar scam to the way the US military industrial complex, the corporate media and government used the phony threat of international communism for four decades to expand the US corporate and military empire under the guise of national security, national interests, democracy, humanitarian intervention etc.

Don’t fall for the okey-doke.

 

 

 

NFL =National Fascist League

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From The Ramparts

Junious Ricardo Stanton

NFL= National Fascist League

 

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power” Benito Mussolini

 

When you look at professional sports, especially pro football in the US, you notice a pattern; almost every stadium is named after a corporate entity. Take a look at the NFL stadium in your town or city, more than likely it is named after some corporate entity like Nissan, Mercedes Benz, AT&T, Lincoln Financial, MetLife, FedEx, Bank of America, M&T Bank, Lucas Oil to name a few.

So what, what’s the big deal you ask? The big deal is the NFL which according to its articles of incorporation stands for National Football League should be more accurately referred to as the National Fascist League! Why are you going there, why do you say that you ask? Because most if not all of the NFL’s stadiums (as well as most Major League Baseball and the NBA venues) have been paid for with tax payer dollars but they carry the names of corporate entities!

You as a tax payer have helped these franchises become extremely profitable. What I ask did/do you get out of it? Do you personally receive a check or dividend from the local team or the NFL? Does the city or county in which the local NFL stadium is located get any money from the team owner or the NFL?

The use of taxpayer dollars had to be approved by a governing body. A city council, county commissioners or a special authority had to approve the measure. In some circles this is called a public-private partnership. In the case or cases where and when the private entity or entities (such as a professional sports team or league) get the major benefit of the deal, it’s not really capitalism per se; it’s really either socialism or fascism. In the case of the NFL, we the people got the shaft so it was not socialism. Other than being able to root for the local team or that particular sport, what did/do you get out of it? How much money do you get from that arrangement? How has your community benefitted from this deal? How much does hooping and hollering and wearing a team’s paraphernalia count and does that pay any of your bills?

Until two years ago the NFL offices were tax exempt. http://time.com/3839164/nfl-tax-exempt-status/  The NFL office was a 501(c) 6 registered trade organization. The individual NFL teams pay taxes but the NFL office was registered as a tax exempt non profit entity. Keep in mind; this designation had to be approved by the US government specifically the IRS despite the fact that at the time of the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 a monopoly was being created which is against the law. But US government agencies like the Justice Department and IRS looked the other way.

What is the probability of you or me as private citizens or fledgling entrepreneurs being allowed to skirt Justice Department and IRS rules and regulations?! This clearly shows the power of money and the nexus between money favorable government treatment which almost inevitably leads to corruption.

There is nothing wrong with public private partnerships but they should be a win-win arrangements that benefit the public in some tangible way just like it puts millions of dollars in the NFL team owners’ pockets. What do we get out of the use of our tax dollars?

The NFL gets paid billions to broadcast their games on the radio, television, (which until recently were considered publicly owned air space) cable and streaming services, how much of this money do we get since our tax dollars helped pay for the venues?! http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/09/news/nfl-sports-stadiums-tax-breaks-taxpayers/index.html  There is also the question of who owns the airways. In recent years US court rulings have said the airways aren’t free or the public domain. https://www.cruiselinehistory.com/supreme-court-judges-rule-public-airwaves-are-owned-by-disney-nbc-cbs-abc-and-fox/   In fact most municipalities give huge tax breaks to the NFL teams in their jurisdictions. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/10/how-the-nfl-fleeces-taxpayers/309448/ Plus the military pays the NFL for the jet flyovers and pre-game ceremonies! What do we get out of that except brainwashing?

In Philadelphia when the Eagles and Phillies were negotiating for their new stadiums several years ago, part of the agreement was they would kick in money to help the schools which helped lower the burden on the taxpayers and helped the school district. But this type of arrangement is an anomaly rather than the norm.

The NFL owners recently bent to pressure from Trump and their corporate sponsors and the owners voted unanimously to arbitrarily and capriciously ban players from refusing to stand for the Star Spangled Banner or using on-field gestures of dissent. Trump pressured the NFL to shut down their players much like Adolph Hitler punished a German soccer team in 1934 for failing to give the Nazi salute.  https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/german-football-club-banned-failing-give-nazi-salute/  Do you see any similarities?

 

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Is It Time To Boycott The NFL?

   Colin Kaepernick                              

 

                                                         From The Ramparts

Junious Ricardo Stanton

                                                         Is It Time To Boycott the NFL?

 

“When black athletes secured a toehold in the earliest versions of organized sports in America: in baseball and horse racing and cycling- they settled for individual success rather than trying to use what power they had to remake a system to ensure fairness and the possibility of future success. The Negro Leagues were undermined when Rube Foster died because he was the visionary who understood that temporary, individual successes weren’t enough if they weren’t accomplished by new institutions to ensure the perpetuation of that success.” William C. Rhoden, Forty Million Dollar Slaves page 260.

 

Recently National Football League owners, a bunch of privileged billionaire  white men, unanimously voted to ban kneeling and protests during the national anthem prior to NFL games. This is their official response to two seasons of NFL players kneeling to bring attention to racial oppression, police brutality and socio-economic inequality initiated by banned NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick who began the practice during 2016 pre-season games. Kaepernick’s thoughtful reasoning caught on and more professional athletes started doing it, even as they watched the NFL white ball Kaepernick for his activism and integrity.

The owners (this word conjures up images of modern day enslavers attempting to control their highly paid “property”) capitulated to Donald Trump who used his opposition to the kneelings to garner votes and support from his corporate and voter base.

Trump on hearing about the owners vote said, “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.” Remember Trump called the protesting NFL players “sons of bitches” but said Neo-Nazis, Skinheads and KKKers were “very fine people” http://time.com/4904281/bigots-boosted-by-the-bully-pulpit-charlottesville/.  Trump set the tone and pressed NFL owners to do something to halt the protests.

The NFL owners many who use tax payer money to fund their lavish stadiums and practice facilities (https://www.dailysignal.com/2017/09/26/heres-much-money-nfl-rakes-taxpayers/) eliminated the protests that angered Joe and Jane Sixpack and the NFL’s corporate sponsors. Despite the fact African Americans comprise sixty-eight percent of NFL players, the owners decided to go with the money. Most people don’t know the NFL gets paid by the US military to turn their sporting events into jingoistic pro-war spectacles.  https://www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/amount-money-military-gives-nfl.html/?a=viewall

Perhaps its time we seriously consider boycotting the NFL, its sponsors and affiliated partners. Jerrett L. Carter the founder of HBCU Digest wrote a piece calling for HBCUs to boycott the NFL https://hbcudigest.com/why-hbcus-must-call-for-black-america-to-boycott-the-nfl/. He lays out a solid case for doing so, but there are plenty of other reasons to do it.

Last year there was a call to boycott the NFL in support of Colin Kaepernick but it eventually fizzled. I must admit I failed to fully support it too.  There are numerous reasons to boycott the NFL. For one Trump and the media distorted Kaepernick’s message disingenuously implying he was anti military and anti-police, trying to make him appear un-American. That is a lie, Kaepernick was protesting injustice.

Kaepernick’s protest also forced people to rethink America’s history and the singing the racist Star Spangled Banner written by a slave owning white man. Check out the third stanza it refers to Black soldiers fighting for their freedom on the side of the British and the last thing the fascist oligarchs want is people thinking about this nation’s sordid history; so the NFL kicked him to the curb! Kaepernick was a starting NFL quarterback at one time, a Superbowl quarterback in the prime of his playing years, now he is persona non grata banned from playing!

Some non NFL professional athletes like Lebron James sided with Kaepernick while other athletes raised additional issues such as mass incarceration. Kaepernick’s stand has been likened to Muhammad Ali’s position against US racism, imperialism and the war against people of color in Southeast Asia. Kaepernick didn’t internationalize the scope of his protest but US imperialism is still a timely and topical issue.

Finally we should boycott on GP because there are no NFL teams with Black ownership or partnerships. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/diversity-in-the-nba-the-nfl-and-mlb/, not that token ownership of an NFL team would benefit the masses of Black folks, but at least the NFL would send a much different message.

It’s time we stiffen our backs, do the right thing and stand up in support of our Brothers and Sistah of conscience.

 

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East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention

ECBACC marketplace

East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention

Junious Ricardo Stanton

 

Comic books have been around in the US since 1933.  Superhero comic books as we currently know them came into popularity in this country in 1938 with the introduction of Action Comics and the creation of the Superman character. The so called golden age of comic books from 1930’s to around 1950 did not include people of color as subjects or heroes. During this era Blacks rarely appeared in mainstream comic books except as insignificant marginal images not fully developed characters. Black comic book super heroes first appeared in mainstream comic publications in 1966 with the creation by two white men: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby of the Black Panther.

It’s a little know fact that Black superhero comics created, drawn by Black artists, illustrators and published by Blacks began in 1947 with the founding of All Negro Comics a short lived endeavor started by Orrin Cromwell Evans which produced only one issue. It was an anthology with characters that included: Lion Man and Bubba, Ace Harlem, and characters for children called the Little Dew Dillies.

Black comics featuring Black superheroes remerged in the 1990’s with a boom of independently produced Black comic book characters. Today Black Comic books and graphic novels abound. Many Black comic book characters fall into the category of Afro-futurism a blend of Black Consciousness, Black history traditions, distinctly African phenotypes, present and future timed/themed story lines based on science fiction.

Black Comics offer their own unique world of art, creativity, sci-fi, entrepreneurship and marketing. For the past seventeen years Yumy Odom has produced and sponsored the East Coast Age of Black Comics Convention which brings together fans, creative professionals, artists, illustrators, writers, publishers and enactors with a mission of promoting literacy, story telling, creativity, art, media development, self awareness and confidence using the genre of comic books and graphic novels.

This year’s one day convention was held on Saturday May 19th at the Tech-Freire Charter High School 2221 N. Broad Street in North Philadelphia. In addition to promoting comic book creators, artists and graphic novels the convention also featured excellent workshops and demonstrations on: drawing, digital artistry and illustration, writing, enacting, Black Science Fiction, screenings and tributes to actors, artists, Cosplayers (costumed enactors/actors), writers and publishers.

ECBACC is a serious convention that covers the whole gamut and spectrum of comic books and graphic novels creation: imagination, conception, starting a publishing company and the business of comics. It is one of the original and premier urban comic book exposition and conventions. It provides hands on instruction, workshops and panel discussions about the $1.085 billion dollar comic book and graphic novel industry (2016 North American figures). Black comic books are experiencing an even greater upsurge this year due to the mainstream superhero films like Avengers and Justice League.

Touring the convention exhibits, workshops and panel discussions you saw youngsters drawing, Cosplayers in costumes, artists talking, giving advice sharing their genius with an appreciative group of Black folks. It was refreshing to see people enthusiastic about their talents, interests and dreams come together with like minded folks to enjoy the camaraderie, fellowship and positive energy.

People attended this year’s convention in waves; folks came in attended the workshops then left as more folks came in. There was a large crowd despite inclement weather. ECBACC operates year round with a mission that extends beyond the one day convention. For additional information about ECBACC go to http://www.ecbacc.com

 

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