Danny Shine and I have been good, personal friends since 2008, when I moved back to London, after closing down my NGO back home in Washington, DC ( The Infinity Society ). You may know about him already: he became famous for holding a sign that read "EVERYTHING IS OK" at various points throughout downtown London ( Speaker's Corner at Hyde Park, Camden, Covent Garden etc.). He became even more famous when he was the better part of the two-man act: The Love Police, with Charlie Veitch. Charlie has his own complex reality to deal with (this is not about him now). The two used Megaphones and Hugs to make various statements about society and the system(s).

Now Danny has come to the realisation that he has to make a valiant stand in defence of our most essential Freedoms! Especially here in these Islands that gave birth to The Majestic Magna Carta, to Shakes His Spear ( whoever he or she or them really was/were ), to Charles Dickens, to George Orwell and to Danny Shine himself! And he needs all our support on this. The USA has a Constitutional protection for Freedom of Speech/Expression, albeit it too has seen neglect and abuse lately! The UK's laws are deficient. I may not agree with everything Danny thinks, says and expresses, but I will defend his right to do so in a peaceful, sensible and fair manner. And though the electronic crackling of a megaphone is rather unpleasant; the fact that corporations have the overwhelming advantage in getting their messages out should make us all cringe and want to protect Danny's and all of our's rights! So I kindly ask all of you to take a look at his Indiegogo page and consider giving generously to his most noble project:

Here are some recent MESS Media reports on this most important and urgent matter:

Be sure to share this widely. Thanks!

JP Fenyo, The Legendary Original ( first ever ) NYC Free Advice Man...written-up in The New Yorker of Aug. 17, 1987... a contemporary among such greats as Jean-Michel Basquiat ( a friendly acquaintance with whom I shared some hours chatting with at various encounters ), Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, etc.

INFINITY DAY 8 8 2013 ... Remember We Only Have ONE INFINITY...don't waste it!

See video

Watch Video for details and links.

Every little helps. Infinity Day is a whole lot more than what it may seem at first!

SOME never know...INFINITY DAY will become a MAJOR GLOBAL EVENT!

Mark my words.

Hearken to Dave Harrison of Trade With Dave IT'S WHAT'S REALLY GOIN' ON!

In my previous blog MyTube or Hearken to Rumi's Reed Because It Doesn't Just Think as Blaise Pascal Points Out IT'S WHO WE REALLY ARE! I made some outlandish observations derived from weird personal experiences.

Fortunately you don't have to be batted about like a cosmic tennis ball to reach highly similiar conclusion if your Dave Harrison of Trade With Dave who in a sequence of emails very kindly presented me the following information about Gerald Pollack's 'pipe'

"I learned from Grigoro Perelman about the torus. The pipe is a torus.

"I started looking back on some companies and factories I ran. They are all based on a torus. Ricci flow with surgery on 3 manifolds. A coffee is a donut is a torus."

These links

This comment and this link

"The bow tie as a torus..."

And this observation

"And finally it is the torus that allows Gresham law to reverse, which will fulfill the Rothschild meme 'money is a technology'.

I warn you though this guy's seriously clever and some of his stuff'll test y'u but what he writes's like those cheesy munchy type things y'u keep tellin' y'self that's it that's the last one I've had enough but then y'immediately start in on another one.

Put it this way a few weeks back someone didn't like what he was sayin' so much they hacked his site and shut it down for several days.

The amazing thing is he's also seems to be endlessly startin' up developin' or runnin' several businesses at the same time I don't know how he does it!

MyTube or Hearken to Rumi's Reed Because It Doesn't Just Think as Blaise Pascal Points Out IT'S WHO WE REALLY ARE!

I'm over at Dave Harrison's Trade With Dave a site dedicated to trading an enormous wealth of wide ranging ideas as it to do with 'trade' and he's put up this Electric Universe Gerald Pollack lecture on his blog

Who Said Water & Electricity Don’t Mix?

As he puts it himself "watch this 30 minute video or simply go to the 29 minute mark."

[I'm putting up this shorter version of what appears to be the same lecture from the David Icke site primarily because the screen shot actually shows the tube Gerald Pollack's refers to].

And it's that tube which absolutely electrifies me.

Anyone who's at all familiar with me probably's aware I claim to be prone to weird experiences so much so at one stage I put myself in the hands of various psychiatric and neurology people literally quite prepared to undergo brain surgery if that was what it'd take to put a stop to it.

One of the sets of experiences I SEEM to undergo particularly at that time was something which I refer to as the Something periodically taking me into The Void which's this enormous region of dark empty space completely devoid of stars which's also PARTLY why I sometimes refer to it as the World Cave.

Anyway during one of these jaunts I suddenly found myself seemingly back in normal space ie there were now stars everywhere gazing down at this glowing moon like rocky planet the only difference being instead of craters it was covered all over by these sort of concrete like tubes of all different kinds of heights and sizes.

Now at this stage I hadn't got a clue what was supposedly goin' on until I heard my voice say as if in answer to something that Something'd said something to the effect "Where? I can't see any signs of life...!"

Again as if Something'd exhorted me to look harder I heard meself responding "Wha'? All those tubes emitting smoke they're forms of life? No way! I'm no' havin' that'!"

The moment these words left my lips this mental video of a man exhaling a stream of cigarette smoke played out before me and as I watched he suddenly flung his head back so his mouth was now the topmost party of his body and blew this ring of smoke directly in the air above him. "Oh my god" I heard meself gasping "It's true all we are is walking tubes!"

Over the years my understanding and appreciation of what that particular episode and all the data which seemed to be downloaded in me at the time was teaching me's grown enormously.

For instance when Rumi says

Hearken to the reed the flute that complains
Lamenting at its banishment from home
"Ever since they tore me from the osier bed..."

He's not I suggest talking figuratively. He's literally identifying us as regions of empty space within space itself which only SEEM separated from the fabric of the rest of space because our tubes're adorned with the human body which's in turn used to distract us from this situation.

When he says

But he who's separated from those who share the same tongue
Though he speaks with a hundred other voices he is actually dumb

He's suggesting our minds too should be permanently open regions of space through which and from which everything should effortlesly flow and emerge but which instead're constantly blocked up and filled with propaganda petty worries endless fears greed etc etc etc.

Ditto when he says

Arise O son and burst your bonds
Be free
How long will you allow yourself to be shackled by silver and gold?
Even if you managed to take the ocean into yourself
You could at best store its provisions for a day
The pitcher of the covetous is never filled by desire

He is I suggest claiming our attempts to permanetly hold onto things and claim possession of them by way of protecting ourselves from everybody and everything else plotting to do much the same thing not only cuts us off from our true heritage the entire universe but everyone and everything in it including ultimately ourselves.

If Prism Can't Detect Cannibal Cop Rings & Highway Robbery Cops Rings What Exactly Does It Detect?

First of all we had the cannibal cop and his cohorts

Now we have the 17 year veteran cop and his cohorts pistol whipping drivers and stealing their cash and cell phones


Remind me again.

What's Prism for?

Detecting turbans?

Black Freemasonry and Egypt: Myth or Reality?


By Fahim A. Knight-El

I received an email July 20, 2013 from a Past Master named Brother Hassan Tremble-El of a Prince Hall Affiliated lodge in Chicago. I consider Brother Tremble-El, a comrade in our struggle for liberation. He and I started to interact as members of the Imperial Cushite Order, Ancient Grand Lodge of Khamet Yahoo Group forum headed by Brother Zachary Gremillion (a Prince Hall Mason) who authored a book titled, “African Origins of Freemasonry”. Brother Tremble-El forwarded me part of a discussion that had taking place on Facebook with a group called "Regular vs. Irregular-The Debate” in which this Brother named Thomas Brooks, a former Prince Hall Mason who demitted from the PHA Grand Lodge of New York to the Grand Lodge of New York (I am assuming AF&AM) about five or six years ago; he was expressing some strong opinions about Black Freemasonry and Egypt on the Facebook social network site. Brother Brooks, is an attorney by profession and was a former member of Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New York. I meticulously took my time and gave Brother Tremble-El a response to the comments that were posted by Brother Brooks and addressed his attack against Prince Hall Masonry (and/or Black Masonry) and claims of having their ritual and philosophical roots in ancient Egypt (Kemet).

I admitted that part of his argument was very much valid (I quoted his remarks below) because most Black Masonic Lodges either directly or indirectly uses the rites, sacraments and rituals closely akin to what was established by the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) in 1717. I do not think that any of the Black Grand Lodges in the United States of America have rewritten the rituals and rites to reflect Kemetic traditions and incorporated an African value system that was perhaps rooted in what was being taught in the Egyptian Mystery Schools. I do know that there are non-traditional orders that exist in the United States who are under the radar and do not receive the attention that 'mainstream' Freemasonry has received and quasi Masonic lodges such as certain branches of the Moors and Kemetic orders that have made attempts to incorporate more of an African traditionalist system of initiation.

For example, I believe Ashra Kwesi has a Kemetic initiation process where he takes so-called African Americans to Kemet (Egypt) and walk them through the ancient rituals, which predates Western Masonic rituals. Yet, to understand and grasp this concept it will require a lot of prerequisite reading and research, if one is serious about moving away from Western Freemasonry and truly pursuing a Kemetic Symbol lettered Order. There are some requirement and mandated reading materials such as the works authored by: Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Dr. Yosef Ben A.A. Jochannan, Dr. Molefi Asante, Dr. Anthony Browder, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop, Dr. Ra Un Nefer Amen, Chancellor Williams, John G. Jackson, etc. This will require a complete ideological overhaul from changing the words, tokens, signs, symbols, etc., to reflecting the language of the Metu-Neter and totally debunking the precepts of Western Freemasonry.

Dr. Malachi Z. York-El leader of the Nuwaubians who professed to have been a Freemason from the linage of John G. Jones Ancient Free and Accepted Masonry, but like everything else about this cult leader Dr. York’s Masonic claims have never been completely verifiable.Yet, he was a very knowledgeable and a master teacher who understood, perhaps every aspect of Freemasonry (and could enter all the Houses and run circles around the best Masonic minds; no doubt Dr. York was a well learned man) and even redefined the ritual books and introduced the passwords in some of the original language; for this much I applaud Dr. York’s boldness to reshape Masonry in our image and likeness. However, most of Prince Hall Masonry did not recognize his Grand Lodge or subordinate lodges as being a regular body of Masons and even to the present they are considered clandestine. But in many ways Dr. York’s maneuvers were a direct challenge to move Black Freemasonry to a true independent and sovereign state and away from Eurocentric Masonry and in his own right challenged the overseer deemed the United Grand Lodge of England relative to their power and Masonic authority to determine who should be labeled ‘regular’ or ‘clandestine’. Dr. York on the other hand even challenged Prince Hall Masonry who for so long has fought for recognition from the United Grand Lodge of England.

We as Black Masons have this fear that to engage in meaningful historical and theoretical Speculative Masonic discussions is a compromised against the oaths and charges we vowed to uphold. The Masons know how it goes, I will not cut, carve, engrave, stain, write, mark, etc., on anything movable or immovable and it is this obligation that has shackled and handcuffed black Masons from delving into writing and researching about these great truths). This position often is used to justify our ignorance and negate the possibility of delving into the Masonic mysteries, symbolism and the esoteric wisdom that is associated with this in depth knowledge. However, I believe that we have a duty and responsibility to offer our perspective to the world. There is no doubt that Eurocentrism has systematically made every attempt in modern and ancient literature, as well as in humanity classes to falsely paint Kemet (Egypt) with being more associated with the racial and ethnic lineage of the Caucasian people. They have done this because of the high level of intellectualism and the scientific achievement of the Egyptians, depicting a people who were superior to any other civilization on earth.

This is where the zenith of wisdom sprung from and people from around the world came to share in the knowledge being taught by Nubian Sages and Gurus over 15,000 to 20,000 years ago. The magnificent of Kemet (Egypt) has led to many alien peoples and cultures laying claim to this great society. I think most Black Masons might even at times love to hear the notion that Masonry is of an antiquity and this antiquity is tied to the greatness of Egypt. This gives many of us an emotional high, but we are not studious enough to try this hypothesis under the rigor of what can be counted and measured based on conducting empirical research in order to determine the factual or non-factual basis of our belief and contentions in the idea that Black Freemasonry was in deed linked to Egypt (We as Prince Hall Masons figuratively speaking when it comes to this issue, we love to have our cake and eat it to). However, the Craft's stagnation is more rooted in laziness and an unwillingness to truly validate this most important history, which will require some thinking outside the box. White Masonic writers and scholars have done everything to try to disprove that Kemet (Egypt) was black and has stolen our glorious history as their own.

Thomas Brooks: “The “Black Nationalists” in these organizations never attempt to prove that whatever was being taught via the Egyptian Mystery Schools is essentially the same as what is now being taught or intended to be taught via the Masonic ritual. They do not argue that there were speculative Lodges that were governed by a “Worshipful Master,” or that there were two wardens, etc; and they otherwise concede that the English created “their own version,” of a system to dispense “knowledge,” except that the knowledge it contains was allegedly intended to be inherited by “blacks” from Egypt. They tend to regard this “knowledge” as proprietary to Egypt, rather than universal, and predating the Egyptians. Their delusion is that “Masonry,” in its capacity as the “successor in interest” to the Egyptian Mystery Schools, and is the single source of this “knowledge,” and that so long as “black Masons” are not mimicking the yet non-specified details of their Egyptian forbearers, that they “on the wrong path.”

“The expressed purpose of craft Masonry is to create a “universal brotherhood,” so without proof that the Egyptians had the same or an essentially similar purpose, it is gratuitous to even entertain the argument. No visitor to a Masonic Lodge, even after a year or more of visiting, will walk away with the knowledge of “Pythagoras,” or “Euclid.” One has to accept that, with seemingly no similarities between them, the whole argument regarding Masonry being something that was “stolen from Egypt,” might never have arisen, but for the segregation in the U.S. Lodges. It is propaganda calculated to encourage blacks to choose “black Lodges,” out of “sympathy” for the race. To be sure, there is nothing going on in the “black Lodges,” that is not also going on in the “white Lodges,” and “Masonry” itself does not occur in either, so long as they are racially segregated”.

“The Black Nationalists never attempt to explain why they do not establish an organization with exactly the purpose and the focus which they criticize as lacking in Masonry? They could encourage “black Masons” to join it, along with any others that shared in their purpose, but that it would be called something else. They could give it a tough “pledge process,” create all of the myths and allegories around African characters, and teach the “love of blackness” full time. Otherwise, they will continue to be a distraction within our Lodges, encouraging racism and fomenting dissent against universality. There might even be fewer irregular groups if we focused on the fact that recognition from “whites” is an essential factor, not a cause to mock. Masonry is for those who are ready to “get over” the racist foolishness of the past; it is not for those who want to keep that hate alive by fighting for one race or the other”.

“The funniest part in this entire “love of blackness” regime within Masonry is the sheer number of black organizations in every state that have PROVEN the “myth” of “black unity.” With 50+ black Grand Lodges in the City of New York alone, all practicing something that looks like the English (not an African) system, what is the use in criticizing those blacks who prefer the recognition of whites and a universal craft? When are all of these black groups going to start looking “black” instead of “English, since the claim is that the English “stole” Masonry in the first place? Every time another black person goes off to “create his own,” it looks just like “the white one,” except that the money can now go into his own pocket. They don’t join one of the 50+ black organizations that are already in existence, because “blackness” was never the point, it was never more than a “gimmick.”

Fahim A. Knight-El: I think some aspects of this argument are valid and other aspect of it is flawed. Let me first refute the notion relative to the inference of within Black Freemasonry there exist this overwhelmingly Black Nationalist sentiments who is leading and guiding and shaping the Speculative Masonic ideological and philosophical directions of Black Freemasonry (this inference is a far stretch to make and has little factual basis). One first must understand and accept that think Prince Hall Affiliated (PHA) Masonry in particular, and Black Freemasonry in general, is representative of the larger sample of black society, which is, there is a small percentage of black Masons who gravitates exclusively towards the concept of Black Nationalism and are socially conscious (the majority are still members of the 85% those of us who were systematically made bind, deaf and dumb to the knowledge of self—what Dr. Carter G. Woodson called the 'Mis-Education of the Negro').

The Afrocentric Movement in the early 1990s headed by Dr. Molefi Kete Asante impacted the social, political and economic outlook on the ideological formulation of black institutions in America and it even started to awaken black Masons to engage in more authentic research (for the first time Africa was being studied as a subject rather than as an object). The scholar Dr. Mary Lefkowitz in her outrageous book titled, “Not out of Africa” wrote her thesis as an attempt to derail the momentum that African centered movement was gathering amongst black laypersons and black intellectuals; she accused George G. James, Ben-Jochannan, John Henrik Clarke, Molefi Asante and others of engaging in emotional and unscientific research that was riddled with shoddy documentation, etc. Lefkowitz also went after Cheikh Anta Diop as promoting historical myths in his book titled, “African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality” in which Diop maintained that Egypt was in deed culturally and ethnically linked to what Europeans refer to as sub-Sahara Africa and it was a linkage of historical synthesizing in which to separate Egypt from Africa, is to rob Africa of its continental greatness and its vast contributions to humanity. This has always been the Eurocentric objective and in one sense the African Centered movement stood as an intellectual resistance to centuries of white domination of ideas. Perhaps it was not since the 1960s and 1970s had we seen this new interest in African culture and African history, which were being led mainly by black academics who had embraced the Afrocentric ideology during this time period and this movement begin to invoke a renewed spirit amongst some black Masonic thinkers to revisited the greatest of Africa and even given new meaning and interpretation to their own Masonic claims of being linked to Egypt and Black Saudi Arabia. Black Masonry without Egypt is just like symbol without substance.

Lefkowitz in a chapter titled: ‘How Did The Myth of an Egyptian Mystery System Come to be Preserved in Freemasonry’; she stated, “We need to account for the long life of the strange and fundamentally Greek myths about a secret Egyptian ‘philosophy’ and special ‘Egyptian mysteries’. [Dr. George G.M.] James’s insistence on the importance of lodges in the Egyptian Mystery System provides the basic clue to the reason for the myth’s survival, despite all the real knowledge about Egyptian thought and cult that has been amassed by the scholars in the last few centuries. In modern Europe and the European diaspora, lodges are the designated meeting-places of Freemasons and groups inspired by them. In reality, the Freemasonic movement in its present form is relatively modern, and has its origin in the seventeenth century A.D. But it is an article of faith in the Freemasons’ own histories of their movement that there were Freemasons in earliest antiquity. Their rites and mythology preserve the essence of ‘Egyptian’ mysteries and ‘philosophy’ prevalent in late antiquity, but in a new and even characteristically European form than anything we have seen so far. A striking quality of Freemasonry is its ‘imaginative attachment to the religion and symbolism of the Egyptians’. The Egypt to which the Masons refer is of course an imaginary one.” (Reference: Mary Lefkowitz; “Not Out of Africa: How Afrocentrism Became An Excuse to Teach Myth as History”; p. 106).

The black Masonic symbolism, which has always been rooted in Egypt (Kemet) and in many ways has always surpassed the level and degree of study attained by its members; many even after being raised and traveling upward to the 33rd degree have little understanding of what the sequences of knowledge mean—they hear Egypt and even Muhammad and Islam being echoed throughout the ritual, but are unwilling and undisciplined to corroborate the knowledge and the ancient truths. And understanding that most members who have joined Freemasonry have accepted this ancient wisdom/notion as a mere emotional truth and without the benefit of delving into an empirical study or examination, which to prove the evidence or refute the evidence of black Freemasonry having its roots in Egypt and not to do this, will always open the door for external criticism.

They also have the historical evidence written in their Masonic history (ritual words and language) that validates and substantiate their historical claims to the ancient civilization of Egypt (Kemet), but by fact most black Freemasons are not Black Nationalist advocates and/or true Afrocentric thinkers, this alone automatically renders Brother Thomas argument flawed (he was given us way to much credit). I would be the first to openly admit that there exist in the body of black Freemasonry a non-serious approach to information which does allow critics such as Brother Thomas Brooks to expose and challenge the contradictions (it is the social aspect of the fraternity and the partying that has somewhat compromised the seriousness and the intent of black Freemasonry to be viewed as a research body and a beacon of light, as well as a true philanthropic organization in the United States of America). If we are going to be taken serious we have to seek a new direction and promote scholarship, research and promote ideas that will give us credibility amongst other Freemasonic bodies. How can we desire to be leaders of Black Freemasonry in America and we fail to promote universal enlightenment and not work to evolve humanity socially, politically, and economically? Our responsibility is much greater than a party and drinking alcohol. I am a knowledge seeker who was raised from a dead level to a living perpendicular on the square.

Yet, I think Brother Thomas had his own ulterior motives by trying to justify his defection/separation from Prince Hall Craft Masonry by denouncing Black Freemasonry for believing in what he deemed a historical hoax and this allows his demitting from Prince Hall Masonry Grand Lodge of New York to his new home the Grand Lodge of New York to at least be viewed as justifiable. I believe it is properly titled the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York. I think Brother Ezekiel Bey, Brother Ralph McNeal and Brother Emanuel Stanley may be in a better position to shed some light on this brother and reasons for leaving Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New York. Moreover, the type of criticism that Brother Thomas is spewing, in my opinion has an objective of trying to present himself with less suspiciousness and the Masonic world, perhaps will only see it as him a taking a necessary step in his search for truth and better enlightenment.

Now, we know for a fact that the original inhabitants of the land called Egypt were people of Nubian descendant who were charcoal black, but the Eurocentrist have always desired to rewrite the ethic, genotype and racial make of the ancient Egyptians as being closely akin to a mix modern day people so-called resembling the ethnic and racial classifications of the Semites (the so-called Arabs and Jews are both Johnny-come-lately inhabitants of Egypt), but Europeans even try to geographically relocate Egypt in the Middle East or refer to them as Mediterranean people and other absurd arguments because within a society that has been built on white supremacy and has falsely viewed white skin as superior to black skin, it is unimaginable to them that the greatest civilization on earth was created by people of black African descent. To the outside world I might even be accused of fostering black supremacist ideas and some may dismiss my argument for the same reason that I have dismissed the Eurocentric worldview. But what I have on my side is living in a racist society and wherever he has gone on the planet he has created mischief and is a master of tricks and lies.

Many so-called African Americans such as Brother Thomas cannot phantom that the Greeks stole much of their philosophy and knowledge from Egypt (Kemet) and whether not the Egyptian Mystery Schools and teachings can be linked directly to modern Freemasonry is debatable, but there is little doubt that black Freemasonry is interdependent upon the mythical and mystical legacy that is tied directly to the ancient pyramid builders, the first Operative and Speculative Masons were in Egypt (Kemet). I cannot say definitely that ancient Kemet even practiced what we have come to know as Freemasonry, but there is historical evidence that the Egyptians did have a systematic training and initiation for neophytes that evolved around the ancient mysteries. We know that the term 'Speculative' is a broad philosophical term and one could definitely view the curriculum of the Egyptian Mystery Schools as being rooted in the 'Speculative Sciences'. Yet, I think our Masonic link to the Operative Masons of Egypt is, perhaps mere allegorical and more mythological, but that is not to contradict anything that I have previously said or written because many of the Masonic tales and folklore was not given to us for the accuracy of a historical fact, but to dramatize and inculcate certain intended moral lessons and principles.

However, I do agree that over, perhaps 95% of African American Freemasonry is only a rendition of what was established as the Speculative tenets that were given to us from the Masonic worldview of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), which was only established in 1717. I was in a debate with two of Dr. Malachi Z. York-El scholars named Kedar Griffo and Michael Berkley; and Brother Thomas argument somewhat is mirroring their contentions. I have not read the debate as they published it in their book titled, "The Debate Zoser Research Society vs Phylaxis Prince Hall", I think early Black Masonic pioneers such as Prince Hall was not fully versed in the historical realm of the knowledge of self and being a historically and culturally dehumanized people, it stripped us of the linkages of connecting with our ancient ancestors, which included Egypt.

Fahim A. Knight-El Chief Researcher for KEEPING IT REAL THINK TANK located in Durham, NC; our mission is to inform African Americans and all people of goodwill, of the pending dangers that lie ahead; as well as decode the symbolism and reinterpreted the hidden meanings behind those who operate as invisible forces, but covertly rules the world. We are of the belief that an enlightened world will be better prepared to throw off the shackles of ignorance and not be willing participants for the slaughter. Our MOTTO is speaking truth to power. Fahim A. Knight-EL can be reached at fahimknight@

Stay Awake Until We Meet Again,
Fahim A. Knight-El


Did anyone here happen to catch some episodes of "Cursed" on The Biography Channel? (clips above)
I fancy myself somewhat hardened to paranormal reality shows, but this series got to me sometimes. I actually left in the middle of one of the episodes feeling like I was getting very suggestible which is partially how some curses work. The interviews with the unfortunates who had been cursed were quite creepy as they gave the impression of being lost in a hall of mirrors from which they might never escape, and I mean never. Some of these poor people were permanently caught in calamity and mishaps from which no one including accomplished healers could extricate them. I came away from this series with one overarching lesson - do not piss off anyone who really knows what they are doing with curses.

The Overview Effect

So, if NASA or someone could create a very realistic 3D immersive simulator of the Space Station circling the earth with very crisp surround graphics and very realistic motions mimicking those of the Space Station would the experiencer experience the "overview effect" or does the effect also require the sensation of weightlessness? Is the effect intellectual, or does it have as much to do with weightlessness as any philosophical epiphanies or intellectual vistas? Perhaps weightlessness itself gives a very, very unique intellectual and spirit detachment somewhta like that of the deprivation chamber but even more powerful.

Were the Cave Painting Geniuses Revered by Picasso the Supposedly Hallucinating Psychotics of Today?

I'm over at Gizmodo reading Adam Clark Estes' Scientists Think Cavemen Painted While High on Hallucinogenic Drugs and this was my response

Adam the hallucinogens explanation completely misses the point there've always been individuals called shamans prophets mediums etc who're accepted by the rest of the tribe as seers.

Even among those known to take hallucinogens there always seems to've been superstars who were variously styled by the rest of the tribe as having i) more visions ii) more potent visions iii) seeing further iv) travelling further v) greater revelatory capacity.

Strong evidence there where indeed such specialists in our past's the fact their descendants still live among us only we now variously style them i) frauds ii) self deceivers iii) hallucinatory iv) psychotic.

Put it this way you put the entire population of the planet on hallucinogens an' very few of 'em'll produce anything of the order of even the simplest cave art.

What hallucinogens DO provide us with though's a way of brushing aside all those people who naturally report seeing strange things as a bunch of crazies or liars instead of acknowledging and evaluating their possible role in human evolution and the emergence of civilization.

Trayvon Martin: They Always Make the Victim the Criminal and the Criminal the Victim


Fahim A. Knight-El

The Zimmerman verdict is now in and once again racism, bigotry and discrimination win again in the United States of America, which is one of the most racist nations on earth. The United States was founded and built upon racism and it was from this premise and perspective that evolved historically a collective mindset that continues to play itself out relative to present day American race relations; it was this variable alone that made me not surprised that a six white women jury would legally vindicate George Zimmerman by acquitting him and exonerating him of all criminal behavior (historically white men in the south have always had a licenses to kill black men). The jurors (no doubt the racial makeup of the jury reflected the concept of being judged by his peers) were definitely representative of Zimmerman (a Jew who is claiming to be more Latino than white and since the term Jew is neither a race or religion then Zimmerman could be a white Latino-Jew). There was no doubt in my mind that these Jurors had been socialized into American culture, which has always been rooted in white supremacy. Trayvon Martin, a young African American teenager was essentially murdered because of some pre-racial serotypes that George Zimmerman had about black people. Now, since the not guilty verdict has been rendered they want us to believe that this case was never about race and want us to believe that the merit of the case rested upon Zimmerman having the right to self-defense, which was supported by the stand your ground laws that exist in the city of Sanford, Florida and the state of Florida.

This contention still places this country in denial and the real conversation of race still will not be taking place in 2013 and once the emotions dies down and media hype subsides people will crawl back into their comfort zones. Minister Malcolm X once stated these folk have the ability to make the criminal the victim and the victim the criminal—there is no doubt in my mind George Zimmerman created many unlawful acts on the day that he decided to follow Trayvon Martin and the greatest of them all was that he committed an unjustified murder against an unarmed teenager. I do not agree with much that the Civil Rights Hustlers like Reverend Al Sharpton, president of Action Network and President Benjamin Jealous of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Martin Luther King, lll, put forth, but if it was not for Sharpton using his bully pulpit and bringing the Trayvon Martin incident to national attention; Seminole County, Florida, perhaps would not have charged Zimmerman with committing a crime and there would not have been a formal legal criminal proceeding and Trayvon Martin's death would have truly been in vain. Reverend Sharpton used his Talking Head platform on MSNBC to educate and mobilized black people and all people of goodwill in general, about what was at stake, if we allowed Zimmerman to walk away from this incident without it being heard in a court of law (it was Sharpton's work that got Zimmerman charged and arraigned.)

I as a critic of Reverend Sharpton had to find some middle ground to stand with Sharpton on the Trayvon Martin issue because this incident was beyond personality, but it was about the pursuit of justice. I have three sons of my own whom I love dearly and my gut intuition told me that a gross injustice had taking place with the murder of this young man and we needed to bring national attention to this travesty. I do not know whether or not Sharpton himself had ulterior motives for pursing this case, but I agree it was necessary to bring this case to the national forefront and at least attempt to expose the inconsistencies that existed from the inception of the incident (it was a racially motivated murder that could not be overlooked). So I applaud Sharpton for using his huge stage to garnished national support for Trayvon Martin and his family.

I have witness to many young African Americans killed at the hands of white police officers (although Zimmerman was not a sworn police officer he was a neighborhood watchman and an overzealous security guard who in my opinion had legally over stepped his bounds) in which again in my opinion his actions had placed him in violation of the law. In recent times, if it were not for the public being armed with smartphones in particular, cameras and having immediate access to social media and capturing some of these police brutality incidents in a real time manner; and moreover, revealing a small percentage of these criminal misconduct that have been committed by law enforcement officers against sometime innocent citizens in which most of these type incidents have continuously been swept under the rug as business as usual. It was unfortunate for the Martin family that there was no footage of the incident but in the deep recess of Zimmerman's mind only he knows what truly happened. In America black life has no value and this makes it easier for us to be gunned down in the streets by law enforcement and its deemed justifiable homicide.

'No Justice, No Peace' is an empty slogan—words with no meaningful consequences for those who commit these type atrocities against innocent human life. H. Rap Brown known today as Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin who once headed the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and coined the famous slogan “burn baby burn”; Robert Williams who was from Monroe, North Carolina and was a fierce freedom fighter for black justice, a former head of the local NAACP chapter in Monroe in the late 1950s who preached self-defense founded an organization called Black Armed Guards (some Christian Civil Rights workers and leaders outright rejected Dr. Kings’ call for civil disobedience and integration and were proponents of direct confrontation, Williams was one of them). Williams' activist work and definitely his book titled: "Negroes with Guns" which would later influence Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founders of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The United States Government and J. Edgar Hoover trumped up false charges against the black revolutionary Robert Williams and he was eventually exiled to Cuba in 1961. Just like all the big name Civil Rights and Black Nationalist leaders Williams to was a victim of Cointelpro. I do think these leaders of the 1960s and 1970s would have a very different interpretation of the slogan "No Justice, No Peace". Stokley Carmichael (Kwame Ture) also former chairman of SNNC and honorary member of the Black Panther Party would be screaming from the top of his voice after the Zimmerman verdict "Black Power" and his most famous slogan would that we must be a part of an organization!!!!!!!!!!!!

My recent work is tied to human rights issues and as we grow in our understanding, we will come to the ultimate realization that we in the United States of America are in a fight against a double head monster, which is race and class and both of them represents an antagonistic contradiction. Race and class undergirds the very foundation of America's jurisprudence system (surely justice is not blind). The American historian Charles A. Beard in his monumental work titled, "An Economic Interpretation of the United States Constitution" who was economic determinist maintained that the constitution was framed to benefit an elitist class of white men in particular property owners in general (the U.S. Constitution essentially was a capitalist inspired document). Dr. Cornel West wrote a timely book titled, "Race Matters" and our revolutionary legal scholar, the late Derrick Bell authored a book titled, "Faces At The Bottom Of The Well: The Permanence of Racism" in deed our scholars have spoken clearly. These works comes to the forefront of my mind as I reflect on the Zimmerman case.

I do think that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder should file federal criminal charges against Zimmerman in violation of Trayvon Martin's civil rights in which the legal basis would be to go back to the various racist language Zimmerman used in the recordings to the 911 dispatcher showing his motivation to pursue Martin was in fact driven by racial assumptions and serotypes, which should allow the hate crime statues to be introduced in a federal law suit. Attorney General Holder to his credit has launched a federal investigation into this matter; however, the cause of Martin’s death is a no brainer, he was pursued and killed because essentially he looked different than George Zimmerman whom Zimmerman characterized as a thug and who was up to no good. Zimmerman even after this verdict may continue to claim self-defense, but his use of racial inciting language is enough evidence to prove that he just wasn't profiling Martin, but he was actually racially profiling Trayvon Martin, which eventually led to this young man losing his life.

But lest not get it twisted; I am equally appalled at the epidemic rate of black-on-black homicides that takes place in the black community, it is somewhat hypocritical for African Americans to always have these big public outcries when a white officer or white person kills a black person, but we do not mass mobilize and demonstrate in the streets and across America when blacks kill blacks (comments here still does not give white law enforcement a licenses to kill innocent black men). We have somewhat become sensitize to the black violence that exist in our community and it pains me to see all these ‘Negro’ Churches on every corner and they do nothing towards working to curbing the violence that exist in the black community. Surely, they are not followers of Jesus, the Christ because Jesus preached and worked within the theological context of a social gospel. These new prosperity ideological teaching Negro ministers who are overly consumed with building these mega churches have a moral responsibility to move beyond the infatuation with money (their God has become money and the things of this world). These daman ‘Negroes’ are preaching about money and our youth are being killed in the streets of America—many of them find it safe and easy to hide behind the pictured stained church windows and in the comfort of a modernized sanctuary than address this modern Pharaoh (Obama and his administration is indicative and symbolic of a modern type Pharaoh led government).

I can remember in the early 1990s Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam did a series of inner city speeches titled, "Stop the Killing" and he was effecting change in the black community which led to the Million Man March, I personally attended a number of those speeches and found his message to be timely and compelling but we need Farrakhan to go back on tour and speak truth to power. He is one of the few black leaders who understand and not afraid to teach on separation that is the only solution to the so-called American ‘Negro’ problem we have tried integration and it has failed dismally. In perhaps the last week of August 2013 thousands of so-called American ‘Negroes’ will be gathering in Washington, DC to commemorate the 50th Year Anniversary March on Washington that was led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963. And viewing the Zimmerman’s verdict it is evident that hasn’t much changed in America; I am tired of these mass marches, we must truly decide to take a new course of action. We should not be looking for white folk to change our predicament and we should use the Trayvon Martin incident as a tool of empowerment in order to have a serious conversation of how do we turn around the political, economic and social plight of black people relative to the aftermath of this incident.

Black leaders and Black intellectuals have to come out of these safe sanctuaries of Ivory Towers and reach out to these young black youth and provide better responsible leadership. This should be proof positive that in this so-called post-racial era America has continuously become more reactionary (the U.S. Supreme Court recently deconstructed part of the of the 1965 Voting Rights Act). Many so-called American ‘Negroes’ thought that by having a black president this represented a sign of social progress and they thought they had crossed the threshold of a true pluralistic society where as men as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., so eloquently stated would be judged by the content of character and no by the color of their skin. Since President Barack Obama's election America has become more increasingly divisive and even he has not been able to escape the venom of racism and American style hatred as commander-in-chief. Just reason with me, I did not know that it was against the law to walk and be present on the grounds and property of an apartment complex in which your father leases a unit. Trayvon Martin was not trespassing and essentially was not engaged in any criminal conduct or unlawful behavior; just walking back from the store with an Arizona ice tea drink and some skittles that he had purchased from the store. I am a black man and I personally know how black men are scrutinized by white law enforcement officers and how we are treated differently by the arresting officer and even as we enter the courts and the criminal justice system—there still exist racial biases and justice is determined differently for African Americans. Bruce Wright documented this in book titled, “Black Robes, White Justice”. I remember right here in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina some years ago, the former Governor of Virginia, Douglas Wilder was harassed and thrown to the ground by white security personnel at RDU Airport while he is yelling that he was the former Governor—for the record this brother was very light skinned complexion (he looked Caucasian) and is perhaps less than one generation removed from a white ancestral line. But this did not matter, he was viewed and treated no different than any other black man in America.

It appears that sensitivity and diversity training pertaining to law enforcement officers is still not enough to sensitize some of these white law enforcement agencies into understanding the culture, and race/ethnic backgrounds of non-Caucasians who might be confronted with violating the law. Moreover, this has made us just as equally suspicious of white authority figures because of the lack of trust that exist between the two races and cultures and often there is a feeling that law enforcement does not have our best interest at stake—these historical and cultural differences creates tension and oftentimes this leads to African Americans having a higher percentage of arrest records and eventually higher percentages of convictions. We are always viewed as a suspect first. For example, just because Trayvon Martin had a hoddie on his head in which in the back recesses of Zimmerman’s sub-conscious mind, it was steeped in racial profiling he had already determined that this young man was a criminal and was up to no good (although, initially and afterwards he had no tangible evidence or proof that Martin had violated or broken any laws and/or was in commission of a criminal offense). Martin had not done anything that constituted criminal behavior or criminal misconduct. Zimmerman racial predisposition against Martin was reflective of the attitudes of the dominate culture being viewed through the lens of a member of the white society as they have always viewed black men presently and historically—from Zimmerman’s perspective here was a young black man let me assume he is up to no good.(Raheem DeVaughn: TRIGGER MAN

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Zimmerman was not a sworn officer and had no formal training of how to handle these type situations. Thus, when he called into the 911 dispatcher, he was instructed to stay in his car and not pursue (why didn’t he just follow those instructions?). Zimmerman was recorded of making all types of racist expletives by the 911 operator, but the talking heads desire for us to believe that the murder of this unarmed teenager was not about race. If Martin was a white teenager strolling through the same said community; perhaps he would not have been racially profiled, harassed and ultimately killed. I think any reasonable person would have reacted the very same way Martin responded to a stranger following him for no apparent reason other than Zimmerman believing that he did not belong in that community. Lets say Martin was the aggressor and initiated the conflict/fight with Zimmerman, but I am quite sure this young man was scared and had reason to believe that Zimmerman himself could have been a criminal and if it was me I too would have beat the hell out this white man following me. It was Trayvon Martin who was in a battle of life and death—self-defense should have been applied to Martin and not Zimmerman. But also the Sanford, Florida District Attorney’s office and prosecutor’s office did a very poor job laying out their case against Zimmerman and by the judge prohibiting the use of the term “racial profiling” it sucked the air out of the prosecutor’s case (if Zimmerman wasn’t a white supremacist his attitudes resemble their motives of operandi). Zimmerman at the least should have been convicted of man slaughter. I reject the notion and term of black’s desiring to riot. No, we use the term black rebellion and not rioting because that is the language of the capitalist State. No Justice, No Peace. I call for Freedom, Justice and Equality.

Fahim A. Knight-El Chief Researcher for KEEPING IT REAL THINK TANK located in Durham, NC; our mission is to inform African Americans and all people of goodwill, of the pending dangers that lie ahead; as well as decode the symbolism and reinterpreted the hidden meanings behind those who operate as invisible forces, but covertly rules the world. We are of the belief that an enlightened world will be better prepared to throw off the shackles of ignorance and not be willing participants for the slaughter. Our MOTTO is speaking truth to power. Fahim A. Knight-EL can be reached at fahimknight@

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