The New Era Project

Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio?

 

Brilliant documentary from an ole' (close) friend from Lindenhurst, Long Island: Lou DiMaggio; and one of the nicest (and funniest), and smartest guys I had ever known...

You know, it's funny, but I have to say that I agree 100% with the woman who said something to the affect, of when Lou was performing on-stage he looked like John Cusack doing stand-up comedy! I mean, every time I would see Cusack in a movie myself for instance, I would sorta' like be reminded of Lou, because as for me, I really thought the resemblance was nothing short of uncanny...

Time goes by so fast, that it sometimes seems like only yesterday, when we were jamming in my garage and hanging out among our own particular group of friends, going to high school and even eventually attending a newly formed school of the arts called: Five Towns College; and the place where Lou eventually chose to go in the direction of acting and comedy. (And to be honest, I can still remember how disappointed I was at the time, because we would like sometimes talk about our dreams of playing music together professionally and all). And, I can still remember the last time I saw Lou, was when he used to work (part-time) at the Smoke Shop at the Massapequa Mall, and when he told me this was it, he no longer needed to work there anymore, as his agent had got him some pretty impressive gigs lined up... 
Among the things I admired about Lou, was how he just knew what he wanted, (had no fear), and would just go out there and "grab life by the balls!"

If your reading this Lou, love ya' bro. Will never forget ya'. Good stuff man...

And yep, one more thing that I just HAVE to say, is that I cannot mention Louie here, without mentioning his mother; Who has got to be, one of the warmest, nicest, and FUNNIEST (Italian) mother's who EVER lived! She was the absolute best, and will never forget her...

"Our Revolution" - A Movement Whose Time Has Finally Come?

 

Here is a movement that I can strongly believe in and support myself; and an idea and vision founded by Senator Bernie Sanders aptly named: "Our Revolution." 

Let's face it, the paradigm (and politics as usual) in this country has just got to change, or we are not going to survive much longer as a nation. Get involved...

Click-on: 'Read More' to see the video regarding the launch of the movement...

Aaron Swartz - A Story That Deserves To Be Told...

 

Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer, and Internet hacktivist. He was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS and the Markdown publishing format, the organization Creative Commons, the website framework web.py, and the social news site Reddit, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami.

Swartz's work also focused on civic awareness and activism. He helped launch the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2009 to learn more about effective online activism. In 2010, he became a research fellow at Harvard University's Safra Research Lab on Institutional Corruption, directed by Lawrence Lessig. He founded the online group Demand Progress, known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act.

On January 6, 2011, Swartz was arrested by MIT police on state breaking-and-entering charges, after connecting a computer to the MIT network in an unmarked and unlocked closet, and setting it to download academic journal articles systematically from JSTOR using a guest user account issued to him by MIT. Federal prosecutors later charged him with two counts of wire fraud and eleven violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, carrying a cumulative maximum penalty of $1 million in fines, 35 years in prison, asset forfeiturerestitution, and supervised release.

He committed suicide while under federal indictment for data-theft, a prosecution that was characterized by his family as being "the product of a criminal-justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach". Swartz declined a plea bargain under which he would have served six months in federal prison. Two days after the prosecution rejected a counter-offer by Swartz, he was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment, where he had hanged himself.

In June 2013, Swartz was inducted posthumously into the Internet Hall of Fame.    -Wikipedia                                                                                                             

I learned allot about this incredible young man myself, from this fascinating documentary about his life. Among the things that really took me by surprise, was just how instrumental he was in stopping a really disastrous piece of legislation, that was on the verge of being enacted by Congress called: SOPA. All of us owe him an enormous amount of respect and a debt of gratitude for his efforts on this particular issue alone. (As stopping Piracy was not really what this bill was about). Although, I am sure the ultimate framers of the bill have something else up their sleeve. (Can anyone say: TPP?) But that is another matter...

His death was an incredible tragedy, and needless to say, a tremendous loss to society, and humanity. Even though, I didn't necessarily agree with how he obtained some of the information he obtained, as indicated in the documentary regarding MIT, (and was most likely a very unfortunate mistake), he definitely didn't deserve what some very misguided individuals, (to say the least), tried to do to him.

Because, not only did he seem to be a genius in his own right, but also, a good soul...  

I definitely believe his story deserves (and needs) to be told, and what he inevitably fought (and eventually even gave his life) for, should not be forgotten; but I believe (the spirit of it at least), should be continued, by those who can...

This video made a very serious impression on me, but also made me (and it seems like allot of other people as well), very sad. His death should have never happened, and should have never been caused to begin with...

I Thought Hillary Clinton's Acceptance Speech was Awesome!

 

I was not only VERY surprised, but I have to be honest when I say, that I thought Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, July 28th, was just about the best speech from any major politician (up to this point in time), that I have seen in my lifetime! It ran the whole gamut of all that anyone could ever want in a leader, and it seemed like she took everything she had ever learned in her career as a politician, (and a politician's wife), and as a person, and more recently, during her presidential campaign, and wove it all together into this brilliant mosaic. I thought the speech was incredibly articulate, persuasive, warm, emotional, well spoken, presidential, and right-on the issues. (And personally, I have to say, she even kinda' reminds me of my own mother! In a way). Just sayin'...

In my opinion, at the very least, it was definitely the best speech of her career. In fact, I was so impressed, that I just thought I would post it and share it on my own blog here. And, if she does become President, I guess we still have to see who she picks to be part of her administration and all. (Many, especially among those of us who consider ourselves to be Progressives, are still reeling, and were totally stunned by some of the individuals President Obama chose to be part of his Cabinet for instance). But, I think right now at least, it's time for unity. In my strong opinion, anyway...

I mean, when you look at the alternative, and just judging by Trump's pick for VP, (not to mention everything else that should be quite obvious by now), it definitely does not look good, to say the least, and very well may show where he is REALLY at...

Go on without me, Bernie...

The Summer Wind ("We got to go on, John")

An Amazing Testimony - Unmasking Evil & Removing The Veil?

 

O.K. Not sure what to make of this, at this point in time anyway, but it REALLY makes ya' think. (Or, makes me think anyway, because I have to be honest, I kinda' suspected it for some time now). It really caught my interest therefore, for more reasons then one; but really, just happened to come across it by accident, and felt it was at least compelling enough to share it here, for whatever it's worth...

With that said, I do personally believe there is such a thing as the "Demonic," in some way, shape, or form. (And that it very well may possibly work behind the scenes in some way, and even uses very bad people). Although, I do not want to go overboard about it. As, I am DEFINITELY not a religious fanatic either. In fact, I am not (at least at this point in my life anyway), very religious (in the true sense of the word) to begin with. (Although, there was a time in my life when I was a kid for instance, when I was). So, this will most likely be my only post here about the subject. But, from my own experiences, having lived in the area (for something like 12 years of my life) where they traced the source of the anthrax attacks, for instance, I had actually seen the very nature of evil in so many ways. And up close and personal! If you will. And it REALLY made me wonder, to say the least. And I even learned allot about how it operates, in many ways. My perception of evil and the demonic has always sorta' like been the view of The Beatles in their animated flick: "Yellow Submarine" and the characters from the movie called: 'The Blue Meanies' for example. i.e. Happiness, love, wisdom, justice, defending the innocent, prosperity, etc. = 'Good'. Injustice, corruption, selfishness, greed, deceit, bearing false witness, destruction, murder, child sacrifice, etc. = 'Bad.' Duh! (And, really Baadd Karma man, for any nation, community, or institution, for that matter, has sort of always been my opinion regarding such things, just from common sense, if nothing else).

In other words, I think there is a danger in basically seeing it as other then that; where like "everything is evil", (or like, where everything becomes evil) for example. As we see played out in religious cults, or people who are just crazy, with a warped view of evil that is far from reality, and even totally lopsided to begin with. Which, I believe was the psychology of at least some of those who were involved in the anthrax attacks. Which, ironically is demonic in itself, and the very nature of evil and wickedness.

I mean, it should be common sense when you really think about it: "Hmm, let's see, which is more evil? Uh, reading Playboy, or launching an anthrax attack?" Are you kidding me? Launching an anthrax attack, with those who were supposed to bring those involved to justice, but COVERED IT UP INSTEAD no less, wins HANDS DOWN!!! The very nature of such an extremely bizarre crime smacked of the satanic, in its most vile form. The irony man. Think about it. I mean, come on? Hence, the danger of religious extremism in itself - Which of course, is just not based in sanity to begin with. Or, even based on logic. (And the very definition of being a "fanatic" in a way). But, with all these things said, (just from my own experiences mind you), I do believe there is DEFINITELY something to what the (alleged) former satanist describes in this interview, and it really doesn't even matter if one believes in it or not, because, there are those who DO believe in it, and in a VERY real way, (as to what it really represents); and even promote it in a certain way, such as in their messages, actions, etc. Which, has all kinds of negative implications in itself, but what is really basically the crux of it. In other words, that may be what is really behind the mask, and what is ultimately behind it all: "The Blue Meanies!" So to speak. And a very negative agenda. And something, that is really not rooted in the light at all, but something that really has its roots in darkness, if you will...

We have to get our priorities straight in this country, and get back to plain common sense, and even just simple wisdom man, or we are not going to last long as a nation.

I mean, if you are having a hard time understanding this, I hate to say it, but bang your head against a wall until you do! That's how important it is. Most of the Europeans seem to get it, and most of them are not even very religious!!! But, they are smart, and generally more civilized then we are here in America. No offense to anyone. Notice that I said: "generally." Because, I do believe there are people here who do get it...

There are however, allot of hurting people in this world, who need hope and something (good & positive) to believe in. (Others, either already have their reward, care only for themselves anyway, or could care less regardless). And, I have to be honest, I kinda' wonder if I just came across this video by accident, or really actually needed to see it myself, for more reasons then one. Sharing it here was another matter, (and a somewhat hesitant decision), especially (ironically), after the intensity of the last blog post, and my current situation. But, once again, for whatever it's worth, here it is...

If nothing else, it is at least, VERY interesting. I think, anyway...

An Interesting Message from Allison DuBois & The Subject of: Adults With Abilities...

 

I have always considered Allison DuBois a fascinating individual, for more reasons then one, since first seeing the hit series "Medium" on T.V. when I lived in Maryland...

She has given some credence and credibility to other sincere people who genuinely have abilities. Sorta' like allowing them to "come out of the closet" (in a way), if you will, without the stigma attached to it, or for fear of being labelled "crazy" or "delusional."

I believe allot of people have some kind of intuition, though some more then others. (I mean, if you work in law enforcement, it is key to being a good Detective and a good Investigator, for instance. Ya' know, that 'gut feeling,' combined with intelligence and common sense, and character?) And, I strongly believe, character is key. What is really in your heart and soul, sets some apart from others. In other words, "The Universe" knows who it can trust, and therefore reveals things to certain individuals, sometimes in a very profound way, whether you are searching for it or not, that can even be quite scary at times; and can sometimes even be quite difficult to come to grips with for some people, from what I understand, and for reasons I can definitely relate to myself. Especially, if you are a 'sensible' person by nature. (And that is partly the reason at least, why I am taking a chance and sharing some of my own thoughts and experiences here; for other like-minded individuals). This is part of the mystery of it all. Hence the saying: "there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed". (Most of the prophets in the Bible, including Jesus, who supposedly made that statement for example, if at least some of the stories are true, were most likely psychic in some way themselves). 

I have also learned over the years, in my study of the subject itself, that there are different kinds of psychic ability. Allison DuBois, for example, is considered to be a: "Psychic-Medium"...

A Tribute to George Martin...

 

George Martin, one of the greatest and most influential (and innovative) producers of all time dies at 90. He was definitely a genius in his own right, and (together with The Beatles) helped change the direction of Pop music forever...

I'm Still Alive, and I endorse Bernie Sanders for President...

 

As far as the "I'm still alive" part in the title of this blog post, I am not even going to get into right now, but I know what I mean. (And thought it would sound kind of humorous, if you really, in a good spirit that is, knew about some of the things that I've been through, and why). But anyway, I think Senator Sanders is a once in a lifetime candidate, and one of those rare, genuine politicians, who not only talks the talk, but walks the walk...

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