“We’ve Got To Be REAL!”

Happy Friday, All!

I’m hoping that you are up for a “TGIF” today … so … Let’s Do It!!  TGIF!!!

Things get so muddled when one tries to determine the TRUTH.  Now, we’ve got Tucker Carlson’s interview with Kyle to spread MORE hatred, division, racism, and disrespect for the current president!!  I had roasted Kyle for trying to shift the blame of his murders onto the murdered!  Tucker wanted to help spread this mental illness by getting a mere child to comment on the President’s dislike of vigilantes!  Now, this kid doesn’t know what he’s talking about when he tells the President to watch the trial!!  (Kyle has never been president and doesn’t know that white supremacy groups are at the top of the terrorist groups …) Then, after this kid killed 2 people, he has the NERVE to pretend to know what he had just done!  WE saw it … he left his original assignment to get into “the streets” with his cool AR-15 slung over his shoulder!!  WHY????  Admit it … he was bored and wanted “real action”!!  He even said it before when he saw “looters” and replied, “I wish I had an AR-15 to shoot them!”  His victims weren’t looters but … were damn surprised to see a kid on “their streets” with a military-style rifle!  HE frightened them!! Remember, uncle judge forbade the use of that statement by prosecutors during the trial and clearly demonstrated his appreciation for what Kyle had done!!  I’m glad he didn’t get incarcerated … he’d never make it there …

Now, Kyle realizes that those “streets” ain’t no joke and that one can get mixed up in a mess in a New York second!!!  NOW he says, if he had to do it all over again, he wouldn’t do it!!  At least, he knows that!  Now, he will have to avoid being used by the gun advocates and racists who seek to use him as a pawn in their game of hatred.  As the mother of one of his victims said, “He’s going to have to man up real quick!”  Even the former president invited him and his mother to the resort in Florida to set him up to be used in his campaigns against democracy and his fundraising. (Have you become aware of the fact that the Republican Party is now paying #45’s legal fees?!?)  Did you know that a “private group” paid Rittenhouse’s legal fees? (The kind of thing that makes one go “Hmmmm …”)

Well, at least the jurors in the Ahmaud Arbery lynching got it right!  Despite the defense attorney asking to bar more “black pastors” from the courtroom, and the manner in which the disrespectful “hussy” racist defense attorney described Mr. Arbery’s toes which she has NEVER seen, the jurors got it right!  The proceedings in Charlottesville were also able to find the white nationalists culpable for millions of dollars in damages and the death of one and injuries of multiple others who had peacefully protested the white supremacy rally in their city.  Many people in the States are able to see these attempts for what they are … hateful rallies against democracy and against equality under the law.  Be a part of the solution or … become a part of the problem  Be REAL, y’all!  We’ve got to be real.

Happy Holy Days!

John I. Cook, Director

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America: On Trial

Happy Friday, All …

I say that loosely because for the families that lost loved ones in the Charlottesville white nationalist rally, or a son/father like Ahmaud … or the two young white men killed by Kyle … it might not be such a nice day …  So, let’s give a super “TGIF” to reach those hurting from losses …  Thank you!

Over the past few days, I have been pondering something that my Father had banged into my head on a few occasions, but with words: “Don’t lie, boy!  The only thing people have to go on are the words that come out of your mouth!”    Now, he had just asked me if I had “borrowed” his Volkswagen station wagon-styled vehicle.  He had rebuilt it for my Mom’s use with her domestic engineering work, volunteer activities, and shopping.  And yes … I had borrowed it without asking permission to drive my friends to Playland one Sunday afternoon while my Dad napped.  I had a learner’s permit (not a license) … and my Dad was extremely calm about this and I was extremely surprised, yet very grateful.  I had driven the German-made vehicle with a few friends in it … with the hand brake on … Big Ike knew his cars and he knew someone ELSE had driven Mom’s car!  He gave me a huge break … for telling the truth!

Now, in this little town in Georgia, there was a father-son team who went out hunting … Mr. Arbery.  Why were they hunting a fellow human being?!  The answer is clear!  You may remember a hypothesis I have proposed about racism being a mental illness … self-induced and maybe even taught by someone’s “dad”  or another family member …  This is what I was talking about – The McMichaels!!  Then, to watch the “courtroom performances” by defense counselors who are stuck in a time warp … in the USA … land of the free, home of the brave … is utterly reprehensible.  I mean, these morons have no shame!!  

Meanwhile back in Charlottesville, there are self confirmed white nationalists from all the far-right groups in the States facing trials for attacking peaceful protestors and killing one woman while wounding many others.  Has America become known as the country that tried to root out racial hatred promoted by the Ku Klux Klan but nowadays allows rallies where people chant: “Jews shall not replace us!”?  If the courts let these slugs off of the hook, it won’t be the last time we hear from “them”.

Then we have the then 17year old kid who has become for some “mentally ill” supporters of his who view him as their hero!  There is even a Congressional representative, Matt Goetz (R) of FL (still facing a sex trafficking investigation!) who demonstrated his mental illness by offering Kyle a job with him in Congress!!  “Hardy har har harrr!”  As he tells his story of how he went from his boring assignment (unofficial) to protect a used car lot from looters to flashing his “cool looking” AR 15 long gun down the streets in ANOTHER CITY in another state, Kyle also breaks down as he spins his story of why he HAD to kill two young men and wound another!  Is anyone else in “America” embarrassed at these displays of human hypocrisy?!?  Or, are you mentally ill, too?!?

Now, we live in a world where many “leaders” lie.  These leaders demonstrate to their constituents their lack of respect for THEM as they lie to them daily!  I mean, this country has become so much of a corrupt business opportunity that a twice impeached ex-president can still fundraise from idiots willing to believe that “it” won the election which it LOST!  This creature is raking in millions of dollars a day fundraising from still promoting “the big lie”!!!  Believe it … or not!!

Okay, so in closing, I want to thank all of the enlightened truth-seeking humans who promote harmony, dignity, and respect for ourselves and the Planet!  It requires outstanding people to take important positions during a time of human crises that threaten OUR survival.  There is ONLY ONE side in this situation … TRUTH!


John I. Cook, Director

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“Make Sure This Doesn’t Happen Again!”

Happy Friday, All!

I hope you’re ALL up for showing some gratitude, right?  A simple “thank you” to your Creator may suffice today!  TGIF, then!  Before continuing with this message, I want to wish those United States Military Veterans, past, present, and future a Happy Belated Veteran’s Day!  Thank you EACH for your service.  And imagine, today there is a serious threat to the democracy experiment taking place in the same United States of America …

Most students of or aficionados of American History know that the country was started as an experiment in the practice of democracy, not to mention a series of businesses or joint-stock companies.  Needless to say, the experiment’s hypothesis had to be modified to include ALL PEOPLE … not just the founding fathers who were wealthy white men.  As the founding fathers soon discovered, the experiment’s success required the election of qualified, moral, and trustworthy leaders to represent the people.  Have you noticed that we’ve had so many events in the USA lately that the most common comment is: “… let’s make sure that nothing happens like this again!”?!?  Whether it was regarding the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School shooting or … the whole world watching George Floyd … or Ahmaud Arbery get killed in broad daylight and on film, we end up saying the same thing …  Is this the “new normal”?  Now we have a kid who got sucked up into the “war of words” that so-called “educated people” are spewing from their mouths and he is now facing murder charges …  And the judge … oh my goshhh!!!  People are just looking for “stuff” to disagree with in order to carry out a “civil war of words”.  The only thing is that people who have been riled up with fundamental lies don’t realize that they are feeding into the “negative energy” until it gets out of control …  Ask Kyle …

Okay, so what I am suggesting, as we see countries and governments as well as very well-off private citizens looking to help the less fortunate on the planet, we can each do our part!  How you may ask?  By spreading positive vibrations … wherever you go and in whatever you do!!  In case you haven’t noticed, much of the geography of this Planet is a mess.  “They” don’t want “us” to know how bad it really is.  It is clear that a “shift” must take place …  Be the change at every opportunity.  Realize that we are each an integral part of Creation.  Carry on!


John I. Cook, Director

“Shyft Happens!”

Is it Friday, yet?!?  Has it been a long week or what?!?  Do you still have a “TGIF” somewhere deep down inside?  TGIF, then!!

Can you say “Shift Happens”?!?  Do you know what that means or insinuates?  Well, I don’t know either but it’s something that you can feel …  Have you felt anything lately?  Or are you just numb like many of us from all of the lies, misinformation, disinformation, and hideous “human” behavior?  Imagine trying to literally cover up the truth about what you can see with your own eyes … like … a seventeen-year-old white kid marching down a city street in the USA with a long gun … and he waves to the police who are in an armored vehicle … and the police do NOTHING!  “He was protecting the peace …” … yeah, right!!  How about training your eyes to see an African American man jogging through a neighborhood unarmed until being converged upon by three white men all carrying (and shooting!) firearms?  “Why didn’t they call the police?”  Had enough yet?!?  It’s long overdue for a “shift”!  Can you feel it?  At this point, there is only ONE SIDE – HUMANITY!

When I first arrived in Costa Rica nearly 4 years ago come Christmas, I was looking for a place to finish my third book, work on taking care of my arthritis in my hips and allay any concerns about cancerous tumors that might be in this body.  I was open to options other than a senior citizen’s lifestyle stateside with all of the doctor’s appointments, co-pays, overpays, and just plain old “robbery”!  The lifestyle that I saw horrified me!  The stress that I was feeling being a constantly monitored “black man” in a country with hate and guns oozing out of the seams was insurmountable …  “Something’s bound to happen out here!”  It was happening over and over … the murders of unarmed black men across the united states of america …  Did I want to become another statistic like Eric Garner in NYC?  Then it came to me  …  “I’ve got to get out of here!!”

Okay, so since I’ve been here, I’ve noticed people working on the “shift” and coming to grips with outdated attitudes and behavior.  Did you think that something as wrong as “slavery” would last forever?!?  Would “you” like to be the slave this time … or … should we just put a STOP to racial and other forms of discrimination and prejudice?!?  I can’t hear you?!  I see even Elon Musk is ready to give up some of that money that he doesn’t even know what to do with to help save the planet!!!  There are other private citizens with money as well as world-renowned billionaires looking to invest in this shift.  The shift moves us from a level of “greed” to a level of heightened responsibility for the planet we live on.  It involves changing the focus from a world dependent on fossil fuels to one that is able and ready to function using solar, wind, even water-powered energy!

So, if you are “feeling” it, go with the flow …  Change those hate-filled, fear fostered attitudes and behaviors for a world in which we can all get along with respect for one another and planet Earth!  Who knows with clarity what’s beyond!  Embrace the love we already have and heighten it.  Practice respect and collaboration as we pull humanity from destruction’s door!  Rise up, raise our vibrations.  Let’s be the change …


John I. Cook, Director

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