The Most Revolutionary Act

Diverse Ramblings of an American Refugee

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
Location
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Birthday
December 02
Bio
Retired psychiatrist, activist and author of 2 young adult novels - Battle for Tomorrow and A Rebel Comes of Age - and a free ebook 21st Century Revolution. My 2010 memoir The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee describes the circumstances that led me to leave the US in 2002. More information about my books (and me) at www.stuartjeannebramhall.com

MY RECENT POSTS

OCTOBER 19, 2014 5:24PM

Confronting Gandhi's Racism

In the following brief video, Indian activist Arundati Roy challenges the way the global elite has repackaged Mohandas Gandhi as a hero to be worshiped and adored. She delivered her talk shortly after the publication of The Doctor and the Saint, a book length introduction to a new… Read full post »

blessed unrest

Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World

Paul Hawken
Google Authors (2007)

Film Review

In the following video, social entrepreneur Paul Hawken discusses Blessed Unrest, his book about trying to count the millions of local/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 15, 2014 3:24PM

The Illusion of Technique

An OST Meeting

 

Community: The Structure of Belonging

By Peter Brock

Berret-Koehler Publishers, Inc (2008)

Book Review – Part II

By focusing on six essential “conversations,”* Brock is extremely prescriptive in his approach to forming groups. He seems to believe

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OCTOBER 13, 2014 3:37PM

How Communities Awaken

community

Community: The Structure of Belonging

By Peter Brock

Berret-Koehler Publishers, Inc (2008)

Book Review - Part I

“How Communities Awaken” is the title of a master class I’m taking through a local Maori social services agency. Our main textbook is Peter Brock’s Commu

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OCTOBER 11, 2014 5:33PM

Greening the South Bronx

Greening the Ghetto
Majora Carter (2006)

Film Review

I make no secret of my belief that real political change must start at the local. To bone up on my organizing skills, I’m presently doing a master class called "How Communities Awaken". It’s been decades since I took… Read full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2014 2:47PM

Fukushima: the Cover-Up Continues

crisis without end

Dr Helen Caldicott’s new book, Crisis Without End: the Medical and Ecological Consequences of Fukushima, is a compilation of the symposium she organized at the New York Academy of Medicine in March 2013.* The latter was a virtual Who’s Who of nuclear physicists and radiation he/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 7, 2014 10:44PM

The Nuclear Waste Scandal

Nightmare Nuclear Waste
(2009)

Film Review

In the face of growing international concern over the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima,  an excellent 2009 French/German film (with English subtitles) about nuclear waste has been re-released and is making the rounds of cyberspace. This is trul… Read full post »

OCTOBER 6, 2014 3:23PM

The Politics of Hemp

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The farm bill Obama signed in February 2014 included an amendment to legalize industrial hemp production for research purposes. The amendment allows State Agriculture Departments, colleges and universities to grow hemp (defined as the non-drug oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis) fo

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Hong-Kong-Democracy-P_Muha

 

 

I highly recommend that OS readers check out an excellent article by Tony Carlucci entitled "Documents Show US Openly Approves Hong Kong Chaos It Created."

Here's an excerpt:

 The “Occupy Central” protests in Hong Kong continue on – destaRead full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2014 6:41PM

The Origin of the White Race

I've just discovered another excellent film series at the  African Element website. This 20 minute clip, Episode 4, is about Bacon's Rebellion and how the British ruling elite invented race to to confuse poor white's about their working class status.

Slavery in Black and White
Darius Spearman… Read full post »

lunatic-asylum

Old lunatic asylum

This final post concerns the third main driver of high US incarceration rates: the warehousing of the mentally ill in America’s prisons and jails. It’s the one I’m most intimately acquainted with, after campaigning for 14 years, alongside the National

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prisoner

The third of four posts on America’s scandalous prison industrial complex.

While private prison companies and profits are the primary driver of America’s scandalous incarceration rates, institutional racism and the collapse of America’s mental health system also make a m

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prison-call-center
Inmate-run call center

 

This second post deals with the corporatization of US prisons and the private companies who profit from high incarceration rates.

US rates of violent and property crime have been declining steadily since 1990. Logically dropping crimes rates

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 7:20PM

States Save Billions by Downsizing Prisons

prison

This is the first of four posts on America’s scandalous prison industrial complex. I starts with the good news. Thanks to the budget crisis most states have faced since the 2008 economic crash, US prison populations have shrunk by 600,000.

States Save Billions by Downsizing

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 4:59PM

Working Class Culture

limbo

Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White Collar Dreams

by Alfred Lubrano

Wiley (2004)

Book Review

Limbo is based on the premise that working class Americans (regardless of ethnic background) have their own distinct culture, values, language and world view. This cultural conditioning, based on

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 10:39PM

US Begins Airstrikes on Syria

cruise missile

According to NBC, the United States and Arab partner nations launched massive airstrikes in Syria against ISIS targets for the first time Monday, the Pentagon said. In a major escalation of the U.S. war against ISIS, the U.S. military plans to strike up to 20

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The Power of Nightmares

Directed by Adam Curtis

BBC (2003)

Part 3 Shadows in the Cave

Film Review

Part 3 concerns the mythology the neoconservatives created around international terrorism to justify the US wars against Afghanistan and Iraq.

The US Invents al Qaeda

The final video starts with the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 5:35PM

How the CIA Funds Jihad

The Power of Nightmares

Directed by Adam Curtis

BBC (2003)

Part 2 The Phantom Victory

Film Review

Part 2 focuses on the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan between 1979 and 1989 - and how the CIA funded and trained the Islamist Mujahideen to combat the occupation.

Both Carter’s National… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 7:08PM

Marketing Terror

The Power of Nightmares

Directed by Adam Curtis

BBC (2003)

Part 1 Baby It's Cold Outside

Film Review

This final series of Adam Curtis documentaries is the oldest and, in my view, the best. It has special relevance given the current western crusade against evil incarnate (and CIARead full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 4:30PM

Marketing Terror

The Power of Nightmares

Directed by Adam Curtis

BBC (2003)

Part 3 Shadows in the Cave

Film Review

Part 3 concerns the mythology the neoconservatives created around international terrorism to justify the US wars against Afghanistan and Iraq.

The US Invents al Qaeda

It starts with the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 6:08PM

EU Members Purchasing Oil from ISIS

oil tanker

WTF? How can the EU call for air strikes against ISIS when they’re backing them financially by buying their oil? How stupid do they think we are?

From Press TV :

A senior European Union official has revealed that some EU member
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SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 5:04PM

The Ideology of Revolution

Trapped: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom

Adam Curtis

BBC (2007)

Film Review

Part 3

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 3:30PM

Human Beings as Machines

Trapped: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom

Adam Curtis

BBC (2007)

Film Review

Part 2 The Lonely Robot

Part 2 takes a close look at the role American economist James Buchanan played in extending free market economic theory to human biology, politics and governments. The Impossibility Theorem is… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 3:22PM

The Myth of Individual Freedom

Another great series of Adam Curtis documentaries about the myth of individual freedom

Trapped: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom

Adam Curtis

BBC (2007)

Film Review

Part 1 Fuck You Buddy

Trapped is an exploration of the major thinkers behind the ideologies of extreme individualism and consumeris/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 4:04PM

The Truth About Libya Under Gaddafi

Under Gaddafi, Libyans had free education, electricity, health care and land, seeds and livestock for people who wished to farm.

Gasoline cost 14 cents a gasoline and there was 50% subsidy on car purchases.

Obviously they have lost all this under the NATO-led coup.

Gaddafi's problem was that he insi… Read full post »