“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defence than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” -MLK


For me, MLK’s message and insight has been largely whitewashed by a society that cherry picks only his most politically convenient statements and largely forgets or ignores the rest. Yet those “forgotten” words and actions are, to me, the most timely, relevant and vital statements for today’s social and political landscape and for the continuationContinue reading ““A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defence than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” -MLK”

Remembering Just Jazz at Mr Musichead: The Importance of Musical and Communal Ritual


The Just Jazz Series at Mr Musichead Gallery in Los Angeles was simply one of the greatest, most intimate and beautifully curated jazz series anywhere in the world. Last Wednesday night December 14, 2022 was the final gig in what had been a weekly series at Musichead Gallery hosted by Just Jazz’s LeRoy Downs andContinue reading “Remembering Just Jazz at Mr Musichead: The Importance of Musical and Communal Ritual”

For The Idiocy Of The Times… When Wartime Clichés, Amplified By The Press, Are Mindlessly Parroted By The Public


I have struggled for many years to understand both my own malleable and vulnerable reality as well as those of the societies and individuals that surround me. For the moment, I have fled the U.S. as I see that malleable social reality taking on the form of a cultural and political instrument with which toContinue reading “For The Idiocy Of The Times… When Wartime Clichés, Amplified By The Press, Are Mindlessly Parroted By The Public”

Articulating the Unspeakable: Painting Outside The Blue and Red Lines


Intrepid journalist and author Chris Hedges – who worked as a freelance war correspondent in Central America for The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, and Dallas Morning News, served for 15 years as the New York Times Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief during the wars in the former Yugoslavia, received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, produced a weekly column for Truthdig for 14 years, hosted theContinue reading “Articulating the Unspeakable: Painting Outside The Blue and Red Lines”

Two Journeymen: Nduduzo Makhathini and Logan Richardson


South African pianist, composer and Blue Note recording artist Nduduzo Makhathini is the embodiment of listening, remembering, creating and healing. Deeply rooted and inspired by the sounds, traditions and spiritual concepts of the Zulu countryside of his youth, Makhathini appears to use music as both a restorative tool and a collective motivator. The contagious joyContinue reading “Two Journeymen: Nduduzo Makhathini and Logan Richardson”

How The Press Keeps Those Blue And Yellow Flags Waving No Matter The Cost To Human Lives And The World At Large


Are the American people (and the Western World) slowly starting to wake up to the reality that the press has been vigorously manufacturing consent for the U.S. proxy war in Ukraine? That the mainstream press has become nothing more than a mouthpiece for the military industrial complex? And that any dissent from the mainstream narrativeContinue reading “How The Press Keeps Those Blue And Yellow Flags Waving No Matter The Cost To Human Lives And The World At Large”

Cracked and Distorted, The “Axis of Evil” Is In The Mirror


“Saudi Arabia, Israel and the U.S. function as a troika in the Middle East. The Israeli government has built a close alliance with Saudi Arabia, which produced 15 of the 19 hijackers in the September 11 attacks and has been a prolific sponsor of international terrorism, supporting Salafi jihadism, the basis of al-Qaeda, and suchContinue reading “Cracked and Distorted, The “Axis of Evil” Is In The Mirror”

Distraction Instead of Action – America’s Motto


Neoliberal Democrats and their legions of blindly-trusting followers keep themselves awash in self-righteousness and demand widespread public obedience. They feed their own bloodlust for the enemies they are told are more dangerous and requiring of immediate attention beyond all else. And while they do this, they continue to empower those they blindly focus on, neverContinue reading “Distraction Instead of Action – America’s Motto”

If You’re Surprised That Roe v Wade Was Overturned Under Joe Biden, Then You Haven’t Been Listening Or Paying Attention


Let’s not forget that the Supreme Court struck down Roe v Wade under a Democratic president. Don’t turn this into a purely partisan issue or a campaign strategy (which neoliberal Democratic elites and media will). Joe Biden (just like Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter) had the ability to end the filibuster and codify Roe v.Continue reading “If You’re Surprised That Roe v Wade Was Overturned Under Joe Biden, Then You Haven’t Been Listening Or Paying Attention”