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The Colour Orange

When I was young I used to hate the colour yellow, but over the years I have came to appreciate it. But I had promised I would never give up my grudge against orange...However, the last couple of days this orange monarch butterfly has been following me everywhere I go. Bewilderingly, God is teaching me how to even love the colour orange - warmmmmmmmmmmm fuzzzzzziesssss tingling all around my outrashell ^_^.............

Sinking Ships

Where art thou captains with thy honor to go down with sinking ship these days?...Do they not see there are no more escape rafts and fleeing is futile when we now only produce clones of the Titanic?...

P.s. Insert amalgamation of Trump and GMO joke here ________

Do Not Be Silenced

I was just speaking with a lady who said she doesn't care that Trump signed to move forward on the Keystone and Dakota Pipelines despite the fact it can lead to so many people without a source of water. She said, "I don't care if they don't have water, that doesn't effect me. Cuts have to be made somewhere."

This is the type of blind greed and selfishness that is tearing our country apart. No, we should NOT "sit back and watch what he does." Trump and his administration is already on the offensive in attacking human rights and we need to be aware, dilligent, and continue to not be silenced and speak up for what you believe ✊

My New Daily Prayer

Art saved my life. I've also ruined my life for art. Drugs saved my life. I've also ruined my life for drugs. Women have saved my life. I've also ruined my life for women. The countless times I've fell, I've always managed to fall upwards, by His grace...And I'm only a slave to that which I allow myself to be a slave to, be it the things I love or the things that hate me. But despite my contradiction of clinging to chains, I ultimately only want to grow to a flux of freedom; and to surround my life with factors that are fresh to me...Inundatingly, so.

So if you don't want this for me, stay the fuck out my life. I feel that's best for both parties. Bad fruit only hinders the plentiful growth of good fruit. I wish you only the best on your path.

If you do wish this growth for me, then I pray it unto you as well. And let us help each other to achieve this together so that our growth is tenfold for both of our seeds. And let Us please keep one another close, if maynot in body, then in spirit, in mind, and in heart. This is now my daily prayer.

You're More Powerful Than You Think

I had to share this very poignant post by artist Ceschi Ramos:

Every time you see a protest and it bothers your comfort or disrupts your day...remember...people complained when they saw Martin Luther King protesting too. People sitting on couches in their homes probably said things like,
"Look at those dumb people getting hosed by police. It's making a mess of the city. What will that accomplish?!"
"Look at those idiots breaking the law by sitting in white-only restaurants…that law will never change."
True change never ends in a voting booth.
True change doesn't come from accepting standards as "the way things are" and shrugging your shoulders when they don't work out your way.
We can all agree that there is plenty to be angry about in this country and world.
I don't know anyone who is just satisfied with everything staying exactly the same.
The biggest changes in history have only come come when united groups of people have directly opposed governments / leaders / laws that they felt were unjust.
Right now we could still be living in a country with public lynchings, Witch burnings, alcohol bans & buffets of dog meat (still legal in 44 states).
Luckily….people in the past cared enough to speak up about the unjust nature of (most of) those ways of thinking.
If you don't feel represented by your government…go out & make yourself heard…take back those bits of power & defend your friends.
Even if I may disagree with you or your actions - go ahead and speak your mind publicly. I may be right behind you - yelling at you. It's one of the privileges of living in this country.
Conservatives are mostly correct when they say "stop crying about it"….so wipe your tears, punch a racist in the face & then pick him up and read "A People's History of The United States" to him. You're more powerful than you think.

Farewell Obama...

Endowed by our creator...It is up to we the people...Indeed ✊ Anyone who knows me or is familiar with my music, blog, or some of my articles knows how highly critical I have been of @barackobama as I feel it is our civic duty to hold the president accountable. I still have a million questions I'd like to ask him that apparently the media voices were too afraid to ever address him on, but his farewell address was on point, very poignant, and dropped some great gems on how to tackle the next reigning administration. I still do not believe there should be a president in the first place, and the illusion of "democracy" in a country as large as the United States is ridiculous, however I feel good about being able to love Obama as a regular human being again, rather than loving him as an enemy that serves the powers that be. I see his farewell address as a welcoming back to the fight for our future as we prepare for the next king to take the throne of the empire. God bless you for your service Obama, and here's to beheading the next king. ✊ #Obama #Potus #Farewelladdress #farewelladdress2017 #wethepeople #powertothepeople #allpowertothepeople #radical #radicalize #radicalized #GangsterofLove #SpreadLove

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Happy Holidays from Flying Kites, and Good News!

Happy Holidays! :-)

If you are looking for something to brighten your day, I invite you to watch Brian's Story. Prior to his arrival at Flying Kites, Brian lived in the slums of Nairobi without a mother, access to formal education, and enough food to live healthily. Brian has dreamed of becoming a pilot since he could look up at the sky and imagine himself as the Captain to an airplane. Now, someone on the other side of the world Brian's never met is making that dream come true - he's going to pilot school! When Brian and I last spoke, he told me that "will do is best to not let us down." I, wholeheartedly, believe every word. He wants to pay-forward this act of kindness to someone else hoping to achieve their dreams in what seems like impossible circumstances. I can't help but think what a beautiful chain reaction: one stranger's act of kindness is impacting another person passionate enough to fulfill their dreams and help others along the way.

Imagine telling your loved ones that their gift contributed to inspiring students, like Brian. Now is your chance to make your gift even more special, thanks to the art pieces donated by San Francisco, Oakland, and other Bay Area artists. Click here to buy something beautifully unique that also contributes to making children healthier! Free domestic shipping! All funds raised go directly to Flying Kites School (visit site for more details: classy.org/kateflieskites).

WE ONLY HAVE $1,500 REMAINING to ensure all health programs are guaranteed for Flying Kites incredible students, like Brian!! Please, help us get there before the end of the new year, and give more with your gift this holiday season.

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Flying Kites


Kind Regards,
Kate Armstrong

#PrayForKanye

Somebody needs to tell Kaye West there is no middle ground when dealing with the Klan. They normalized Mussolini when he came out through the utilization of propaganda, yellow journalism, and fake news. Mussolini and Hitler didn't rise through some sudden wave, but by the normalization of fascism.
#ThisIsNotNormal #PrayForUs

The "Other Side" Is Not Your Enemy

I love people who voted for Hillary Clinton and I love people who voted for Donald J. Trump. Just because someone voted for one or the other doesn't mean they agree with all of their atrocious ideals. Let's come together and over-throw the government. ✊

11/25/2016 Castro Is Dead...But His Ideas Live On...

“With what morality can the [US] leaders talk of human rights in a country where there are millionaires and beggars, where blacks face discrimination, women are prostituted, and great masses of Chicanos, Puerto Ricans and Latin Americans are deprecated, exploited and humiliated?” 1978, speech delivered to the World Communist Youth Conference. - Fidel Castro

2016 and not much has changed...Now we're even about to have an orange mantle piece center of the pedestal to accentuate the ugliness. Trump as president brings things to light which have always been here; the dark truth of America that noone wants to talk about or admit exists. Racism, sexism, and xenophobia has never went away. Now people have to face the problems here head on. It's been time overdue to take action on the hatefulness and injustice that exists in America which Trump spewed as a pseudo-populist agenda to get elected. Soldier up, the truth is coming straight to your face 2017.

Commission To Re-elect Nixon


Donald Trump, Richard Nixon (Credit: AP/Carlos Osorio/Photo montage by Salon)







Has this been the commission to re-elect Nixon? Is this a nostalgia for an America that is impossible to go back to? Has the populist movement been reduced to demagogic abject hate?

Let's get to the bottom line here, the real reason of what Trump's victory is symptomatic of is the fatigue and resentment against the establishment. But at what cost? Many are fearful that this election brought way to throw away marginalized people in our society. Let us acknowledge that not all Trump supporters are racist, misogynistic, and xenophobic. However, to have voted and supported him it is that very rhetoric that you have tolerated. And that is fear, not Love. You have been marginalized, disregarded by the establishment, and your values and wishes have been ignored and unheard for a long time. That does not make it acceptable to disregard others because of your fears. Tolerance and fear give way to let evil triumph. You are more; do not simply tolerate; Love.

On the other side of the coin, you have Hillary Clinton who was the exact representation of that establishment that people have grown to resent. She is part of the two-headed beast feeding into it's own demise. You have a populace that is tired of being told what to do so they spoke and wished for Bernie Sanders, values and character that spoke to them, but the DNC didn't care. They continued to ignore the people and forced Clinton down their throat. Are they stupid? You are going to put a conservative as the candidate for the Democratic party? Most Democrats can't stand Republicans. This my side is better than your side politics is part of the problem. We could have gave third parties a fighting chance and banded together, but instead you supported Trump? Furthermore, the mainstream media placing value on titillation and pay for network ratings over substance and accountability. Jill Stein ran the only campaign that wasn't poisoned by corporate money, lobbyists or superpacks and yet the media just pushed her aside as a dreamer and gave her almost no coverage. We need dreamers. I've read from 40 to upward of 60% of the country now identifies as independent. Don't believe the media, we have the power. People are fed up with this false line of divide of the one-party system.

Donald Trump may be an "outsider", but not any more so than a Ross Perot or a Pat Buchanan. He has always been a part of the establishment. But in his narrative constructed to the American people he is the outsider who fought against the establishment for them. In actuality what is even sadder than Trump being president, is that things would be little different if Clinton were elected. Everything in our society, even the presidency has been reduced down to a brand. Barack Obama was the poster-boy for “change” and “hope” but his polices were moderately conservative at best and when those sold on hope become hopeless the retaliation is never pretty. But what do Obama's shortcomings have to do with our own? Why feed into that polluted way of thinking? Trump is simply stealing truths (the system is rigged) and using double-talk to re-apply them to his own agenda. If you thought you were voting against the establishment and voted for Trump, you were lied to. Mark my words, you will soon find out that Trump's support for you is just as empty as your plight to “make America great again”. If you want to stand for something, stand by a man's character, not sloganeering in bumper stickers.

I feel such sympathy for my generation and the children after us. The younger people of this country are so much more enlightened and concerned for social justice than they are given credit for. They are so beyond stupid concepts of race and prejudice, yet they do not live in a society that values that. Thank God for the teachers who still have a truly inspired passion to teach and be a beacon of light for the youth. Young people can't transcend the system, but they can change it if they know what it is in the first place. Know this, we are not in an age that is past racism, misogyny, and xenophobia. We are a disconnected nation. Our country is consumed by bigotry and fear. Fear not, for we can be the change we want to see.

A Silver-lining here is now both major parties have to do a serious self-check and soul searching. This forces them to make a shift toward actually having to stop sitting on their hands and do something for the people. Congress needs to quit standing idly by to keep the status quo. 'The Times Are A Changin.' This also widens the door to allow third parties more of a stake in the consciousness of the mainstream. Let me say this, if you want your vote to count, vote third party. The time to fight for Love is now. Change will come from the people. No government can govern me. I'm a free man, and so are you, if you choose to be. Still, “the revolution will not be televised,” it will be recorded on some kids' smartphone. Just make sure the cops' bodycam is on when he smashes the evidence...

In life many bad things will come your way, but we will never give up. Only by continuing to fight with every ounce of strength we have in us, by tooth and nail, will we make things better. The only way that we can lose is when we give up! Together we will see this through and emerge stronger and more united. No president can save you. Don't put faith in a president; put faith in yourselves and in each other. We will always overcome, because Love has already won.

Don't fear. Just Love.



Sincerely,
Duals

10 Ways You Can Help the Standing Rock Sioux Fight the Dakota Access Pipeline

Since imaginarily checking into Standing Rock Indian Reservation does nothing, I'd like to share this list The Free Thought Project put together for things we can do to actually help. http://thefreethoughtproject.com/10-protest-dakota-access-pipeline/

Remember we have brothers and sisters out there putting their bodies where their mouths are. The least we can do to assist them are completing these simple steps and sharing. Thank you ✌
#NoDAPL #DAPL #StandingRock #SpreadLove


"Here is a list of ten things that people can do to show their support. Some methods may be more effective than others, but the key is utilizing multiple avenues of resistance in an effort to provide full spectrum resistance against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
1. Call North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200. When leaving a message stating your thoughts about this subject please be professional.
2. Sign the petition to the White House to Stop DAPL: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-construction-dakota-access-pipeline-which-endangers-water-supply-native-american-reservations
3. Donate to support the Standing Rock Sioux at http://standingrock.org/news/standing-rock-sioux-tribe--dakota-access-pipeline-donation-fund/
4. Donate items from the Sacred Stone Camp Supply List: http://sacredstonecamp.org/supply-list/
5. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
6. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf
7. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp gofundme account: https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp
8. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903
9. Sign other petitions asking President Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here’s the latest to cross my desk – https://act.credoaction.com/sign/NoDAPL
10. Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:
a. Lee Hanse Executive Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6455 Lee.Hanse@energytransfer.com
b. Glenn Emery Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6762 Glenn.Emery@energytransfer.com
c. Michael (Cliff) Waters Lead Analyst Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 1300 Main St. Houston, Texas 77002 Telephone: (713) 989-2404 Michael.Waters@energytransfer.com

The most effective means of showing support for this cause is to actively participate in protecting this sacred land. Anyone who is able to travel to the peaceful encampments is encouraged to do so. For those unable to make the journey to North Dakota, please utilize the alternate methods provided to show your support for the Standing Rock Sioux who have united over 100 tribes from across the U.S. Please join this effort to stop this pipeline, which desecrates sacred lands and has serious potential to damage or destroy the Standing Rock reservations lifeblood – its water.
Be the change you wish to see in this world. — Mahatma Gandhi"

Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/10-protest-dakota-access-pipeline/#AH7xks6mHA5TCHcM.99