A poverty-driven Sukkot

Like many cities, Lakewood, New Jersey, about 60 miles south of New York City, lacks an adequate social service network, and has no homeless shelter.

In its woods, six dozen homeless people have set up a camp in tents, teepees, and huts, residents of what they call Tent City. It’s a place where those out of work and out of luck can drop out of society while living as cheaply as possible.

In the Fall of 2010, the township filed a lawsuit against the residents on the grounds of trespassing. As a result of the media attention, a high profile law firm is now representing Tent City pro-bono, and countersuing Ocean County, New Jersey. The case is currently with the New Jersey Superior Court, and the outcome will determine the fate of Tent City. It may also begin to clarify the government’s constitutional role in providing adequate shelter for the homeless.

Rev. Steven Brigham, who founded Tent City in 2006 as part of his Lakewood Outreach Ministry Church, says the people living there are a community, and have a sense of belonging. He receives donations from individuals, churches and synagogues that he says allow him to operate Tent City for about $1,000-a-month.

The jobless in New Jersey find refuge in Tent City
http://goo.gl/TRCjs

In the Woods – a documentary about life in Tent City
http://goo.gl/OtyCL

In the Woods Blog
http://inthewoodsdocumentary.com/wordpress/

You can help Rev. Steve Brigham of Lakewood Outreach Ministry Church with a donation by check (in US funds only). Make check out to “Lakewood Outreach Ministry Church” and send it to:

Lakewood Outreach Ministry Church
PO Box 326
Lakewood, NJ 08701-0326
USA

Other Links;

Tent City – Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tent_city

Tent – Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tent

Feast of Shelters/Booths/Ingathering/Sukkot
http://goo.gl/BrwL1
Cesidian Feast of Shelters: 14 October every year

Callahan v. Carey and the Legal Right to Shelter
http://goo.gl/KQFQ8

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I became a Native American medicine man!

The Roman Catholic Church has seven sacraments.

They have sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist), vocation (Matrimony and Holy Orders), and healing (Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick).

The sacraments of initiation are pretty complete.

Those of vocation unfortunately force some to take either one vocation, or the other.

You can’t have both vocations. Roman Catholics don’t allow both Matrimony and Holy Orders for the same people.

And making things even more restrictive, the word ‘Holy Orders’ refers to the three orders of bishop, priest, and deacon, but while the order of Matrimony is open to both sexes, the order of Holy Orders is open only to one, unmarried sex.

Certainly the sacraments of vocation are a little too rigid, but those of healing are actually entirely incomplete, so how can these seven sacraments lead to the completion supposedly implied by the number seven?

There is supposedly spiritual healing in the sacrament of Reconciliation (also called Penance, Forgiveness, Confession and Conversion). And there is probably a lot of truth in that. But what physical healing can Anointing of the Sick genuinely provide, if it is administered to Catholics who, because of sickness or old age, are in danger of death? Not for anything, but the sacrament is also referred to as Unction, and in the past as Extreme Unction, and it is one of the three sacraments that constitute the Last Rites. More than physical healing, Anointing of the Sick looks more like something you do when there is nothing left that can be done. Perhaps it can provide salvation for the soul, but the body is probably left out in the cold entirely, and that is a cruel thought.

So the Roman Catholic Church has no eighth sacrament called Healing of the Sick, and it is clearly a badly missing sacrament. Other Christian churches have no such thing either, unless the bishop or priest is a medical doctor as well, but this is practically a non-existent tradition, with the roles of healer and minister usually rigidly separated by the state, just as rigidly, perhaps, as the Roman Catholic Church separates those who may participate in the sacraments of Matrimony, or Holy Orders.

At best, you can have a bishop or priest who may also provide pastoral care (Christians are not the only religious men who provide this), but this too is not a common thing, and it is usually spiritual care, not care of physical ailments.

Well, as an Independent Catholic and Cesidian Bishop, I am instituting with my episcopal authority a new religious tradition which makes natural medicine an integral part of my spiritual orientation, not something separate from it.

You cannot practice your healing ministry under the full weight and protection of the Native American Cultural Protection and Free Exercise of Religion Act (NACPFERA), formerly known as the Native American Free Exercise of Religion Act (NAFERA). The laws only apply to the protection of Native American Religion, and ministers of such religions are identified in the law as ‘Medicine Men or Women’, ‘Traditional Leaders’, and ‘Native American Practitioners’. They must be enrolled members of recognised Tribes, Bands, or Traditional Communities, or they must be recognised by such members. Such ministers are protected under the law so long as their ministerial practices take place within bona fide religious ceremony.

Well, I already knew this, but I was waiting for confirmation. On 11 July 2011, I was spiritually adopted into the Nemenhah Band and Native American Traditional Organization (NBNATO), and I became a Nemenhah Medicine Man, and a Minister of the Oklevueha Native American Church (NAC) of Sanpete.

I now hope to eventually become a knowledgeable Native American Practitioner (NAP).

All of a sudden, not only I can think about an eighth sacrament called Healing of the Sick, but I have the right to even practice these religious beliefs under the full protection of US law through the Native American Cultural Protection and Free Exercise of Religion Act (NACPFERA), formerly known as the Native American Free Exercise of Religion Act (NAFERA), and internationally, under the full protection of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

The Primate of Cyberterra begins to walk on water

The required paperwork is all done, and the certificates, charter, diploma, and ID card was issued and received.

The Primate of Cyberterra now has two religious fellowships, not one, and he is in good clerical company.

He became the world’s first Cesidian Bishop through a non-denominational ordination, and an appointment of title and grant of church charter by another non-denominational church.

Now he is also an Independent Catholic Bishop through the ordination and appointment of title by another church yet.

On 8 July 2011, the Hon. Most Rev. Dr. Cesidio Tallini was ordained an Independent Catholic Priest and was appointed to the title of Bishop, with Apostolic Succession and Lineage to Christ. He also became a Member of the Board of Bishops of the Universal Life Church World Headquarters, which now has over 50 bishop members in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, and North Korea.

On 22 July 2011, the Cesidian Church was given Congregational Affiliation with the Universal Life Church World Headquarters, a genuine faith-based institution meeting all guidelines with respect to the definition of a real church and/or religious organisation, and the Hon. Most Rev. Dr. Cesidio Tallini was honoured with a Doctor of Divinity by the Universal Life Church World Headquarters School of Theology.

The Universal Life Church World Headquarters, Inc. has an A+ reliability rating with the Better Business Bureau of Northwest Florida; is a Member of the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations; and is a Member of the Carrabelle Area (Florida) Chamber of Commerce.

The Ordaining Officer, The Most Reverend Michael Jordan Francis, OSM, also known as ‘Brother Michael’, is an ordained Independent Catholic Priest who was awarded the official title of Bishop in June 1982, with Apostolic Succession and Lineage to Christ.

Independent Christian and/or Catholic Bishops are often called episcopi vagantes (“wandering bishops”) because of their lack of affiliation with a larger communion of churches. The bishops of the Universal Life Church World Headquarters are also different, but not freaks, and they rightfully call themselves episcopi collegiales (“collegial bishops”), because of their congregational affiliation with the Board of Bishops!

Helping micronationalists help themselves

Steve Spence and his friends at Green-Trust may not realise it, or may not fully realise it, but they are on the cutting-edge of the potential of distributive economics.

The only form of government that is worthwhile, is the kind of government that promotes the real (not capitalistic, not communistic) welfare of the people, which is ultimately the real welfare of families, by promoting, building, financing, educating people about systems that create natural abundance.

This is the true and only purpose of legitimate government, once you get rid of all those destructive layers which are only promoting the economics of capital (aka the economics of government-printed money), of oligarchy (aka the power of the few), of dependence (outright dependence on government, which is liberalism/socialism, or dependence on those, generally corporations, which government favours, which is conservatism/capitalism), and scarcity (the economics of those who get wealthier only when other people get poorer).

Anarchists may not agree on this, but government is not really the enemy of human progress and happiness, and the truth is simply that there are too many governments of the wrong kind around, and they have far too much power, and there are too few of the right ones, which deserve to be heeded, which deserve your fellowship and support.

Today’s micronational leaders, if they don’t wish to become as obsolete as the current political-economic system has become, should pay attention to the thoughtful theologian and businessman John Médaille, who states in the brilliant article below,

It is the task of the Distributists [or Distributionists] to look around their neighborhoods and see which problems can be solved from local resources [intramicronational], which by trading with our nearest neighbors [proximicronational], and which will require wider forms of cooperation [intermicronational]. Contrary to received wisdom, the current system cannot feed the world, or at least not the world of cars, cows, and people …. We can show how the world can be rebuilt, and rebuilt with abundance.

I urge all micronationalists with excess capital, even just a thousand dollars, to lend Steve and his friends money. Chances are very good that not only they will not lose their money, but they will also make some very attractive interest, and do even greater good than loans usually provide.

For those micronationalists who are closer to the wealth of ‘hobos’, than the ‘wealth of nations’, I suggest that you participate in Steve’s raffle of a complete Aquaponics kit, or through an outright donation. More funds are still needed for hardware and other parts in order to complete the aquaponics system’ practical research and constrution.

The Economics of Abundance
http://distributistreview.com/mag/2011/02/the-economics-of-abundance/

Birth of Fifth World microlending

Recently a few researchers in the US needed to embark on a new indoor/outdoor solar-powered aquaponics self-sufficiency project. They needed funding at least to help get the project going.

The project includes a fish and vegetable production system, but also an optional solar power system, LED grow lights, possibly a do-it-yourself (DIY) greenhouse, and a methane digestion system for hot water and winter heating of the greenhouse.

They needed a loan, and offered interest for it, complete project documentation, and guaranteed repayment in 90 days or less.

The end product of all of this, besides a good fish and vegetables production system, will be self-sufficiency education: video and ebook documentation, plus kits and supplies.

Well, I’ll admit I don’t have a lot of money, but I’m happy to say that today I sent them a loan.

Nobody is bragging about the United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA) making the loan, in the manner of the Intermicronational Team Kiva page. While it is true the UMMOA Treasury is not completely penniless, its treasury is not, in reality, in US dollar form.

One also needs to take note of the following significant fact.

Total money lent so far by all 15 micronations or micronational leaders of the Intermicronational Team Kiva: $1,100.

Total money lent in a single loan by myself for the self-sufficiency research project: $800.

Nobody is stating that some UMMOA ‘bank of something’ made the loan either, because the loan was not made with other people’s money, but in a very Fifth Worldish, do-it-yourself way, by funnelling money from several personal bank accounts into a single one, and sending the money to the researchers via PayPal. Sure, it would be possible to form a group of Fifth World or special project microlenders, and whenever a worthy and/or interesting project comes up, the money could be funnelled from multiple accounts, but also from multiple people. However, I don’t expect too many people to do this, because after all, Fifth World microlending, because of its informality, is very risky, and very dependent of the loan recipients’ commitment and honesty.

As with Kiva, no pure donation or charity was used to sustain the self-sufficiency project. At least ideally, I should get my money back, and with a lot more interest than I’m currently earning.

Moreover, while other microlenders may fund cheap traditional business start-ups largely in the Third World, and this does not benefit people in the First World at all, even though our existence is even more in peril nowadays because global recession, and the utter failure of corporate capitalism to produce significant economic benefits for the majority of working people, we lent money in the First World (in South Carolina, to be more precise), and for a risky Fifth World research project, not for some traditional meat-and-potatoes business start-up.

With friends of Fifth World research like this, who needs Fourth World microlending organisations like Kiva?!

Let me also add this: while as a Fifth World microlender in the recent past I have assisted people to even to purchase particular items in Pounds sterling, and was repaid in Euros (I have bank accounts in neither currency!), I do not believe any Fourth World microlender has ever assisted wealthier people is such a fashion, so while with Fourth World microlending there are still two categories of people, microlenders and recipients of microlending, in Fifth World microlending the microlenders and the recipients of microlending are often the very same people.

Don’t register your thingy in the wrong place

Don’t register your building, district, city or diaxenospitia in the wrong jurisdiction.

On 14 August 2009, the Micronational Professional Registry (MPR) enacted the following policy: any sovereign state recognised by the MPR that ends up on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF) list of “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPC) — the US government’s designation for countries with ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom — shall cease to be recognised by the MPR.

Sovereign states on the CPC list that were not already recognised, shall automatically become natio non grata, and shall be treated like nations on the MPR’s Certified Terrorist Nations εν list. “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPC) can be viewed here:

http://www.uscirf.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1456&Itemid=59

In the past, even micronations that were connected with Pakistan (a CPC) or Pakistani nationals were refused any consideration for MPR membership. This may not sound right, and it may even sound discriminatory, but in our opinion if you claim to be part of a micronation that claims, directly or indirectly, to be independent of Pakistan, and yet you still think like a Pakistani, then you are a Pakistani. Any connection with a micronation, especially one with no strong external recognition, no strong and distinct disassociation from the country of Pakistan, is insufficient evidence of moral, religious, and/or political independence.

This MPR policy actually turns out to offer a form of protection. When Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid by US Navy SEALs, this action put Abbottabad, Pakistan on the world map of infamy. Yes, the world map of infamy:

http://goo.gl/aMRpB

Even schools in Abbottabad, Pakistan are now treated like terrorist havens, so while ‘guilt by association’ is not decent or even rational (it is a logical fallacy), people in Washington and elsewhere still think in that way, especially with regard to terrorism. Tell me where your town or diaxenospitia is located, or under which jurisdiction, and I’ll tell you just how much potential it has:

http://www.heraldonline.com/2011/06/29/3183555/bin-laden-raid-has-fallout-for.html

Register your building, district, town, or diaxenospitia in Pakistan, and it is like committing ‘citicide’.

Register your building, district, town, or diaxenospitia under the jurisdiction of the UMMOA, even though it is no pussycat of the United States, and not only you’ll be a lot more independent in running your own affairs, but this is what one Ummoagian diaxenospitia looks like on the world map, the only one that matters:

http://goo.gl/rdOs3

There obviously isn’t a hint of Pakistan or Pakistani here, and because of the way the MPR is run, there never will be.

A recent article of mine, “Micronations: communities without strangers“, adds additional detail about our thinking:

First Worldism is essentially the idea that societal change can be accomplished at the ballot box, but since that idea is not a realistic one, then First Worldism needs narcotic words like democracy, but it really leads to things like colonialism, imperialism and capitalism.

Fourth Worldism is essentially the idea that societal change can be accomplished by splitting from a larger state either peacefully or through violent means.

Fifth Worldism or micronationalism, is essentially the idea that societal change can be accomplished when everyone has an actual input into things. In a First or Fourth World context there are still two categories of people, representatives and represented. At least ideally, this is not true in a Fifth World context, and “[t]his is the complete opposite of life in the Official World, where people yield all their power to others, and these others are not their parents, spouses, children, relatives, or even caring friends, but complete strangers.”

It is clear that any form of Fourth Worldism is potential terrorism in the longer run, and that our clear bias is in favour of Fifth Worldism or micronationalism — which we believe provides a better solution to many different kinds of problems, but also no stench, or even potential stench of terrorism, not even by a long shot — is the best long-term philosophy the world has ever known since the dawn of man.

The Age of Aquarius has already begun

Don’t hold your breath for the Mayan prophecy of the winter solstice of 2012. In truth, the Age of Aquarius has already begun.

Bucksfanian astrology and some intuition told me years ago that the Age of Aquarius begun some time in 1998:

http://strdu.com/orion.html

According to SU International, I’m probably right: “The second coming of Christ was predicted by the Book of Revelations to occur two millennia after Christ died. Within the Maya traditions is the prediction of a cosmogenesis at the end of the Fifth Sun in 2012 …. The present essay deals with a relatively little known fact about the perception of time as calculated using any numerical system within ancient or modern cultures. It will show that the Maya prediction was fulfilled in 1998, and was spiritually equivalent to the prediction in the Book of Revelations.”

According to Shamanic Astrologer Daniel Giamario, I’m right on the money: “In the late 1980’s, I began corresponding with European master astronomer Jean Meuss, via a recommendation from astronomer-publisher Guy Ottewell, concerning the precisely calculated dates of entry, into different constellations, of the solstices and equinox coordinates. I sent a communication to Meuss in 1991 asking him to calculate the exact date of the winter (December) solstice alignment with the intersection of the galactic plane and the plane of the solar system. His response was May, 1998.”

According to expert on calendrical systems William Morris, not only I am right, but he gives even greater precision, and via sound astronomy: the intersection of the ecliptic and the galactic equator, and the equal division of the ecliptic into twelve from that point.

Using this method, Morris figures that the Age of Aquarius began on 7 May 1998. “If you have a good astronomical program, you might like to try and discover when ecliptic longitude 270°, ecliptic latitude 0° co-incides with galactic latitude 0°. Using Starry Night Pro 5.0.1 (Mac version), the best time achievable is 12:06 UT ± 2 minutes on 7 May 1998, and this may be straining the accuracy of the program.”

What does the Age of Aquarius mean? With all the problems we have, it’s hard to believe our future can be bright. Inflation and recession, environmental deterioration, diminishing resources, unrest and oppression in developing countries. Yet the signs in the heavens point to an extraordinary renewal in the years just ahead.

In the New Age we break free of centuries of false doctrines, destructive indoctrinations, absurd ideas, and children’s stories about God, education, medicine, and love. The corrupt foundations of false society crumble.

But the major influence of the Age of Aquarius is the end of the duality of the Age of Pisces. In the Age of Aquarius, everything becomes unified, even mankind. Between the ages we will have an ‘apocalypse’, but we need to understand what that actually means. ‘Apocalypse’ means time of revelation or disclosure. Humanity as a whole will understand things that it has never understood before.

The Age of Aquarius will be a time of:

  1. Recovery of ancient traditions;
  2. Assimilation of new truths;
  3. The opportunity for humanity to work out its problems responsibly by the (new) choices it makes.

So the Age of Aquarius is to be a period of atonement (at-one-ment) for mankind, a period in which that which is now fractured can become whole.

References

  1. Morris, William. (2005, July). Moonwise: The Age of Aquarius. Retrieved 14 June 2011, from http://www.moonwise.co.uk/aquarius.php
  2. Giamario, Daniel. (1995). A Shamanic Look at the Turning of the Ages. Retrieved 14 June 2011, from http://danielgiamario.com/articles/a-shamanic-look-at-turning-of-the-ages
  3. SU International. (2007). 1998, The Year the Sun Began to Rise. Retrieved 14 June 2011, from http://www.siloam.net/sunrise/sunrise.htm
  4. Age of Aquarius: Age of Holy Breath. (n.d.). Retrieved 14 June 2011, from http://www.adishakti.org/age_of_aquarius.htm
  5. Benedict, Gerald. (2010). The Mayan Prophecies for 2012. London: Watkins Publishing.