A Press Boycott

President Trump is wrong to ban The New York Times, CNN, LA Times, Politico and other major news media organizations from government news briefings. Attacking the press is a dictatorial practice long used in banana republics. Urging the FBI to say the story of Russian contacts with Trump staffers is untrue, is wrong. Finding the leakers within an organization is one of the first things a dictator does. Control information and you control the nation.

It matters not if you are a republican, democrat or independent, a free press is essential to a democratic society. The presses responsibility is to ask the hard questions, to probe for the truth, to report wrongs and especially to speak reason to power. All democratic republics will self-corrupt into an Autocracy or Fascism if unquestioned in their actions.

All Americans, pro-Trump or op-Trump should demand equal access to daily briefings and adherence to first amendment guarantees. Free reporting benefits all sides in the long run. When President Trump attacks those organizations who report information he doesn’t like, he diminishes Democracy and the Presidency. Every President has adversarial encounters with the press even Jefferson. Power likes secrets. The Press serves the governed, not the governors.

Unless the press stands together and objects to arbitrary news organizations exclusions, we will no longer have a free press in America.
If one is barred, then let all boycott.

Americana

Back in the middle 1930’s, Beryle Shinn, a San Francisco store clerk was picnicking on the beach north of the Golden Gate Bridge. He found a corroded brass plate measuring five by seven inches. There was some old writing scratched on it.

Shinn sent the piece of brass to Dr. Herbert Bolton at the University of California. He carefully cleaned it and read it. It was dated June 17, 1579. In old Elizabethan English it read it part:”…in the name of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England and her successors forever I take possession of this kingdom now named by me and to be known unto all men as Nova Albion.” It was signed Francis Drake. So where is Nova Albion or New Albion?

Historical accounts of Drakes travels put him in what is now California in 1579. Drake reported he landed near “white banks and cliffs.” There were no landmarks like that near where the brass plate was found.

Scientific and scholarly analysis eventually authenticated the plate as real, accept, where were the “white banks and cliffs.”

Enter William Caldeira. He convinced authorities he was telling the truth. He said he found the plate four years earlier at Laguna Beach, thought it was Chinese writing, kept it for a while and eventually cleaning out his car, threw it away near where Beryle Shinn found it.

Laguna Beach where Caldeira allegedly found the brass plate has white banks and cliffs.

Spirituality

Spirituality is an experience of depth in life.

Being spiritual is acknowledging a conscious, loving presence as part of our being and knowing it is in harmonic resonance with all things.

Religions and their dogma, on the other hand, are the process, the belief systems, by which they choose to express their spirituality.

In my view, religions have forgotten their specific, but ultimately collective spirituality, and what they think they do remember it, they confuse with dogma.

Do we need to fix it? No! It will balance in the illusion of time.

The Media

So the media is the enemy of the American people! Let’s clear up just what and who is the media.

Most people think of “media” as radio, television, and print.

It is that and much more. It is billboards and flashing signs. It’s the Internet and blogging, twitter and emails. It is video recorders, copy machines, faxes, photographs, newspapers, magazines, letters, and telexes.

The media is cell phones. It is music, movies, dance, poetry, and art. It is shared dreams, signal drums and graffiti, books and even T-shirts. Just look at the variety of messages put on T-shirts today. Media is any form of communication. That’s one big enemy.

Michael Real, in his book Super Media, suggests the term “media,” “refers to the technological extensions of the human sensory apparatus. The bowed heads of teenagers and adults today constantly working their cellphones amplifies the definition.