GlobalFusionPlaylist #RatRace #BobMarley + #Lucifer #Nneka

Every narrative and musing should have the perfect soundtrack. The soundtrack for today’s #GlobalFusionist #Narratives is Bob Marley’s Rat Race and Nneka’s Lucifer !

Today is Veteran’s Day in America, a day when one of the most decorated pedestalized veterans,David Petraeus became  just another man, just another human being, just another man who cheated on his wife and possibly abused his power to do it. Surely this can’t be that much of a big deal for a Democratic presidency after #LewinskyGate-Right? All I could think about is the heroism that we create around ordinary human beings doing extra-ordinary things. I watched local news outlets talking about Michael Vick’s concussion and speculating on whether it could end his career. All I could think about was isn’t it ironic how there was and continues to be such outrage about the dogs Vick was using to fight eachother in the same brutal manner as football and wars -where there are the same understood casualties of death, being paraylzed or surviving with some sort of post traumatic disorder to rear its head at some time; yet there isn’t the same outrage but many forms of justification.

I watched world news and there was, war, war, war in the streets of Syria,  in the streets of Somalia, in the streets of Mexico, with the stench of death in Melcom graves in Achimota , Accra was preventing the rescue workers from removing the dead for a proper burial after 5 days and hurricane Sandy victims from Cuba, to Haiti, to Jamaica, to Staten Island and Far Rockway are channeling Michael Jackson in a global chant of All I want to say is that they don’t really care  About Us“, but some are more versed than others.

New York the reach beacon of capitalism and endless dreams shows it’s third world foundations -New Yorkers continue to wait weeks after the disaster to have power and access to food. Images of reporters finding food packs buried in sand flood in the memories of the realities of all those faraway places that we always sit in America and watch on TV- as food droppings and rationing in Red Cross painted planes are dropped on victims -hoping it gets to them with no real human care and touch to know what the heart truly desires to not be broken and paralyzed in hopelessness. The limitations of government in an America where the opposition called for less government and more privatization couldn’t have asked the people to speak by exercising their vote at a sooner time. We now sit back and watch people suffer, while our present less government /more privatization government system is hoping that the private electric company can get the people their power back sooner than later, and that private insurance companies will not abuse the victims with tragic claims of tragedy…possibly if unchecked -leading us back into and further in foreclosure circles.

When Mother Nature’s Wrath + Human Nature’s Wrath collide =#TryingTimes …

Our borders are washing away just as fast as they are building back up with the world in a chaotic insatiable  Rat Race for the trappings of  the currency of Lucifer…

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” Mother Teresa

This Veterans day I want to remember and salute the Veterans of Peace as much as the Veterans of War because they too fought/fight the great fights honorably in their own uniforms. Veterans of Peace like  my great grandfather Master Mpere whose church in Awukugua, Ghana just celebrated over a century of standing strong in faith while making this century the century that the church and its community takes on the task of turning our oral stories into our written history for generations to come. Today I honor Veterans of peace like Mother Teresa , Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Howard ZinnMarianne WilliamsonMartin Luther King Jr.,  Funmilayo Ransome-KutiKen Saro-Wiwa, Fela Anikulapo Ransome -Kuti, Dr. Deqo MohamedBob Marley, Ruby Bridges and Pam Forman and their parents for being Veterans of Peace through desegregation, Malala Yousafzai and her parents for allowing her to be a change agent for the future of muslim girls in Pakistan and beyond its borders, Liberian Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee and her Liberian sisters who are credited in stopping the Civil War in Liberia and the countless faceless and nameless who have names and faces if and when we choose to honor them.  Today I remember and also salute the Peace Makers- the veterans of the wars on peace for even in peace there are casualties of the war for peace.

Babylon Nah Hav No Fruit… In the abundance of water only the fool is thirsty…oh what a disgrace to see the human race in this here rat race…”

A friend asked me “do you really think we can have no borders globally?“…I replied: “yes- the universe is begging and welcoming it, but “we the people” can not be trusted to not abuse complete freedom, So no it is not possible because we are not ready….

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace…” Jimi Hendrix

So many Ministries of Defense Where are the Ministries for Peace….”Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God..” Matthew 5:9

They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time, and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, ‘You work and toil and earn bread, and I’ll eat it.’ No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle. ..”Abraham Lincoln 1858:

#KingOfKings #LordsOfLords #PresidentsOfPresidents #DicatorsOfDicators…it is the same tyrannical principle…where even freedom fighters can become tyrannical war criminals just as much as those whom they claim to deny them their freedom. Who is watching the watchman… anything left unchecked will overflow or burn- the basic science of boiling water…Capitalism breeds Corruption and Corruption can never bare the fruit of Democracy…”Democracy ( “rule of the people” ) is a form of government in which all people have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Ideally, this includes equal (& more or less direct) participation in the proposal, development & passage of legislation into law. It can also encompass social, economic & cultural conditions that enable the free & equal practice of political self-determination.

2012: Awakening + Re-Claiming…..All Around The World Same Song #RatRace + #Lucifer = serves the 1% to keep the rat race going…and 1% can be relative…a billionaire’s 1%  and sense of entitlement can not compare to a millionaire’s or Pauper’s  1% and sense of entitlement. It’s just different realities of life. As Bob Marley said “Who feels it knows it Not, But You can’t run away from yourself..”  Just like New York is an island -even though it may look different than the Islands of Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba doesn’t change its structural relationship to mother nature’s wake up calls.

I was watching world news with a friend and there was a report from Syria with mass gunfire of military and rebels right in residential areas waging a war. My friend looked at me and said “Wow”! I looked at him and said if the blocks of New York were exploding with gunfire between military and rebels- we wouldn’t be so quick to agree to wage wars in foreign lands where we can not see the everyday realities of how we came to celebrating and honoring Veterans of Day- a day when we honor our veterans who sacrificed their lives to keep us from witnessing the realities of the wars waged in Americas name.We must also honor those veterans of peace because of them we are gifted with realities of peace after times of war. Only we Can end this here Rat Race…When we the people decide that enough is enough and truly give peace a chance!

Rat Race lyrics

Ah! Ya too rude
Oh what a rat race
Oh what a rat race
This is the rat race

Some a lossa, some a bossa, some a jacksa
in this a rat race

Some a gorgan, some a hooligan, some a guinea-gog
In this rat race, yeah!
Rat race
I’m singing
When the cats away
The mice will play
Political voilence fill ya city
Yea-ah!
Don’t involve Rasta in your sese Rasta don’t work for no C.I.A.
Rat race, rat race, rat race

When you think is peace and safety
A sudden destruction
Collective security for surety
Yeah!

Don’t forget your history
Know your destiny
In the abundance of water
The fool is thirsty
Rat race, rat race, rat race

Oh it’s a disgrace to see the
Human-race in a rat race, rat race
You got your horse race
You got your dog race
You got the human-race
But this is a rat race, rat race

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I don’t like war at all. You will be killed, some people will be maimed, some people will be impoverished, Over what? As human being we should be able to sit together & solve our problems peacefully” Isaac Fadoyebo- Burma Boy/ Author of “A Stroke of Unbelievable Luck”

 

We want the things that we do, to have some kind of connection with the world outside- It’s not just history, it’s not just past -it’s very present”….”Teaching history through the lens of class, race, and gender conflict is not simply more accurate, according to Zinn; it makes it more likely that students — and all the rest of us — will not “simply swallow these enveloping phrases like ‘the national interest,’ ‘national security,’ ‘national defense,’ as if we’re all in the same boat.” As Zinn told teachers in Houston: “No, the soldier who is sent to Iraq does not have the same interests as the president who sends him to Iraq. The person who works on the assembly line at General Motors does not have the same interest as the CEO of General Motors. No — we’re a country of divided interests, and it’s important for people to know that.Read More

Finally, finally, finally we are in the limelight. We succeed because, and this is the lesson for the rest of the world- there is nowhere in this world where someone gave you a slap and you slap them back and expect that it is settled -violence have never settled peace. I tell people I was 17 when the war started. The first time I saw a dead body I freaked out by 31 I could cross over a dead body without thinking twice… that’s not a normal life.The pains of a Muslim woman was no different from the pains of a Christian woman.. when that message finally sunk -there was no turning back…” Leymah Gbowee Pray the devil Back…

Now I see that some of you fear to go forward to fight for our king. If it [was] in the brave days of Osei Tutu, Okomfo Anokje, and Opoku Ware, chiefs would not sit down to see their king to be taken away without firing a shot. No European could have dared speak to chiefs of Asante in the way the governor spoke to you this morning. Is it true that the bravery of Asante is no more? I cannot believe it. It cannot be! I must say this: if you, the men of Asante, will not go forward, then we will. We, the women, will. I shall call upon my fellow women. We will fight! We will fight till the last of us falls in the battlefields.” Yaa Asantewaa-Queen King Of Kings

I freed a thousand slaves Icould have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves..” Harriet Tubman


In Africa we carry our children in our back and our family in our hand…I think that women can change the world in a better way now if they have self confidence and they know how they are powerful to do something- they can do..”

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.” ― Sojourner Truth

When I saw her for the first time, a very new born child and I looked into her eyes, I fell in love with her, believe me, I love her , I love her. I may get brain hemorrhage because of that pressure that I left my people in hard days. I should have been beside them. I must bring them out from that quagmire. This is my duty. And if I die for it, I think there would be no better chance for me to die better than this…” Ziauddin Yousafzai, the Pakistani educator whose 15-year-old daughter, Malala, survived an assassination attempt by Taliban militants just for wanting to educate girls…Read More

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us…In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it…Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others…Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” Marianne Williamson

To deny a people the right to self determination for well on a hundred years is to subject them to slavery, to take away the resources of a people and refuse to give them anything in return is to subject them to slavery, to take away the land of a people who depend solely on land for their survival and refuse to pay them compensation is to subject them to genocide….This country [England], writers write to entertain, they raise questions of individual existence…but for a Nigerian writer in my position you can’t go into that. Literature has to be combative. You cannot have art for art’s sake. This art must do something to transform the lives of a community, of a nation. And for that reason, literature has a different purpose altogether in that sort of society…The stories that I tell must have a different sort of purpose from the artist in the Western world…and art, in that instance, becomes so meaningful both to the artist and to the consumers of that art, because you do not just depend on them to read your books, you even have to live a life that they can emulate…The writer cannot be a mere storyteller; he cannot be a mere teacher; he cannot merely X-ray society’s weaknesses, its ills, its perils. He or she must be actively involved shaping its present and its futureWe either win this war to save our land, or we will be exterminated, because we have nowhere to run to.Ken Saro-Wiwa

The painting depicts my walk into William Frantz school integrating the public school systems in 1960. The girl in that painting at 6 years old knew absolutely nothing about racism. I was going to school that day…but the lesson that I took away that year in an empty school building was that none of us know anything bout disliking one another when we come into the world… it is something that is past on to us… so every time that I see that I think about the fact that I was an innocent child that knew absolutely nothing about what was happening that day, but that I learned a very valuable lesson & that is that we should never look at a person and judge them by the color of their skin…That’s the lesson I learned in first grade ” Ruby Bridges on Norman Rockwell’s 1964 painting “The Problem We All Live With

 Lyrics to Lucifer (No Doubt) :
It is Dollars, it is Euros, it is Sullis, it is Pounds, it is Crowns, it is Yens, it is Lyons
Still the clouds are gray, did u want us to believe that u love us, more than u love yourself
We have been waiting, to trust u since, had u praying on blood wounded knees, for u to hear us out
In distress, must confess, you have achieved what is best, for the devil to rule our lives, to ruin this world

[Chorus]
Oh no doubt
I am loving you more than I love myself
With your mouth
You stole my soul so I could not love myself
Oh no doubt
I am loving you more than I love myself
With your mouth
You took my soul so and so I cannot love myself

For there was in our minds, our soul, in the world
There are books, there are laws, there is religion, for confusion, for control
Every corner there is dread, there is pain, is there love in the heart of man, for we know what we do

[Chorus]

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