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Jay North

Former President Theodore Roosevelt was vehemently opposed to hyphenating Americans, whether they were American by birth or had become naturalized. In fact, it was a well-known fact that he was extremely anti-hyphen, and the media frequently publicized several of his speeches against the intentional division of the races in the United States.

In a speech given at a Knights of Columbus hall on Columbus Day 1915, Roosevelt made his position clear. He stated that:

“There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all […] The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic […] There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.”

Roosevelt’s audience was made up primarily of Irish and German Catholics, many of whom sympathized with the plight of their home countries during World War I and caused suspicion among their U.S.-born peers who believed that due to their hyphens, they could never be truly loyal to America alone.

Roosevelt himself made it clear that he did not disapprove of naturalization, and welcomed immigrants of a variety of ethnic backgrounds. He saw the benefits of naturalization and recognized that one did not need to be born on American soil to love and respect the country. Clearly some great shift has taken place in the many years since Roosevelt gave this passionate speech, since we now not only view immigrants with suspicion, but cannot even accept an American-born black person as a full American!

President Woodrow Wilson was similarly distressed by the term “hyphenated American.” His belief was that Any man who carries a hyphen about with him carries a dagger that he is ready to plunge into the vitals of this Republic whenever he gets ready.” While this statement might seem overly reactionary in hindsight, it indicates the fact that by the mid-1910s, when Wilson was in office, the American people had begun to associate the hyphen with disloyalty, treason, and betrayal.

With the threat of war hanging so heavily over our country, Americans at this time wanted to feel certain that they were standing as one, rather than as a divided nation. Those who appeared unwilling to leave behind their foreign loyalties were often the first to be singled out.

Today, cultural differences continue to thrive in many communities throughout the U.S. For example, most large cities have neighborhoods primarily occupied by people of one particular ethnic background. Certainregions and states have higher percentages of Hispanics, blacks, Asians, and those of Middle Eastern descent.Contrary to Roosevelt’s prediction that naturalized Americans would have to cease celebrating their heritage in order to fully adapt to the American way of life, our country has broadened its horizons and allowed for much diversity.

For many Americans with different ethnic backgrounds, the hyphen has become a way of life in itself, and something to be proud of. Many of us don’t stop to question how it may be directly influencing white Americans’ attitudes towards people of color. But early Americans were aware of the consequences of creating a “hyphen-nation,” and Roosevelt wasn’t the only President who took issue with it. Woodrow Wilson was also outspoken about his dislike of hyphenating American citizens.

The term “hyphenated American” was first used around 1889. Initially, it was not used derogatorily, but as the years went by, American citizens with racial biases took hold of it and gradually, the term began to enforce thesecond-class status of people of color living in the United States.

On August 9, 1899, a political cartoon appeared in the magazine Puck, depicting an image of a disgruntled Uncle Sam standing before a ballot box, frowning disapprovingly as a line of people, all of whom had apparently recently become naturalized, stood waiting to cast their votes. The text read, “Why should I let these freaks cast whole ballots when they are only half Americans?”

By 1915, when Roosevelt gave his Columbus Day speech, it had become a highly controversial term in the eyes of many Americans. By 2015, it is undeniable that it is now an extremely racially charged one, too.

Today, some linguistics experts argue that the term is simply a way of indicating foreign ancestry, and if anyone manages to find a negative racial connotation, they are being overly paranoid. The negative associations have long since been erased, they say, and hyphenating is merely a way of clarifying a person’s heritage. But history tells a different story.

There was a time when many Americans did employ the term to differentiate between what they saw as “real,” full-blooded Americans, and the other.In 1914, a group of Americans formed a “Nordic supremacy” moving, which was headed by Madison Grant, the president of the New York Zoological Society. This ideological movement took hold and spread rapidly after the release of Grant’s book Passing of the Great Race.

A popular view around this time was that the Nordic race was scientifically superior. Racial cleansing and eugenics were better, so-called “nationalists” claimed, for the fate of humanity as a whole.

This basic ideology encouraged racial prejudice and perhaps began to give communities affected by the wara scientifically legitimate reason to view “hyphenated Americans” with particular suspicion and disdain. And this very same worldview continues to encourage anti-black biases today.

Modern conservatives often point to Roosevelt’s speech as proof that the early Presidents did not wish for the United States to become a diverse, multicultural nation—even though Roosevelt’s opposition to the hyphen had more to do with anxieties about the impending war, and not diversification. He clarified that he was not opposed to naturalization as a general rule, but did not trust immigrants who still felt loyal to the countries of their birth.

According to the Literary Digest, released in October 1915, the hyphen was by far the biggest and most significant political issue of the day. Roosevelt, and to a lesser extent Wilson, saw the American people’s fervor surrounding this subject and attempted to suppress their anxieties about the war.

In the spring of 1916, Roosevelt would again discuss the hyphen in a speech given to an audience in St. Louis, Missouri. He spoke on the issue of what he called “Americanism.” This was the belief that to be a citizen of the U.S., one needed only to encompass the American “soul” and “spirit.”

His speech, now famously entitled “America for Americans,” centered mainly on the importance of maintaining a duty to American needs and leaving behind loyalty to other nations, no matter where you were born or raised. During wartime, this seemed reasonable to many people, although many others still believed that they had a right to divided loyalty. As such, they adopted the hyphen in order to carry their heritage with them proudly.

Later, people adopted the phrase “America for Americans” as the slogan used to advertise Roosevelt’s fierce opposition to the hyphen.

In this second speech, Roosevelt made the claim that:

“The children and children’s children of all of us have to live here in this land together. Our children’s children will intermarry, one with another, your children’s children, friends, and mine. They will be the citizens of one country. Even if they wished, they could not remain citizens of foreign countries. The attempt to keep them with a half citizenship, with a divided loyalty, split between devotion to the land in which they were born and in which their children are to dwell, and the land from which their fathers came, will merely mean that they fail to remain citizens of the old-world land and yet do not get the benefit of being citizens of the new-world land. The effort to keep our citizenship divided against itself by the use of hyphen and along the lines of national origin is certain to breed a spirit of bitterness and prejudice and dislike between great bodies of our citizens.”

He also goes on to say that when a foreign-born American returns to their home country, the citizens of that country immediately recognize that they have been Americanized, and as such no longer view them as fully Scandinavian, or fully Italian, or fully French, or fully African.

“The American of German descent who goes to Germany is not looked upon as a German. He is looked upon and treated as a foreigner, as an American; and his ways of thought are different from the ways of thought of the people of the land […] He becomes a man without a country who has forfeited the right to be stirred by the feeling of patriotic devotion to any land, or to have a special and peculiar kinship with any people. The American birthright is the birthright of all of us; and it is a shame and a disgrace for any man to barter it for so poor a mess of pottage as is implied in that kind of hyphenated citizenship which means that the individual tries to be a half-way citizen of two lands and forfeits the right to be a whole citizen of any land.

When our nation was formed in the stress of the Revolution, it was under the lead of men of many different race strains […] But they were all Americans and nothing else. Their loyalty to this country was whole-hearted and undivided, and they sought to serve only the United States and not any of the countries from which their ancestors had come.”

The resounding idea that all Americans are created equal has been passed down throughout the decades, from generation to generation, until its meaning has become so diluted that many of us say the words without being fully certain what it actually refers to.

If the original intention of “Americanism” was truly to erase our differences and ensure that we all had an equal chance at success in the new world, then it has become distorted unimaginably in the time that has passed since then. Americanism and Nordic supremacy became so intertwined at certain points in history that they were indistinguishable from one another, and today’s white nationalists claim that they are only protecting their ethnic heritage.

We now live in a vastly different socio-political climate than Roosevelt did in 1915. Racial tension is at an all-time high. Reports of police brutality against black Americans indicate without a doubt that prejudice and violence are still commonplace in America. And the hyphenno longer seems to be used as a marker of loyalty to America. Now it is simply used as a signifier, one that says clearly “you are different, no matter if you were born here or not.”

Still, we use it! Contrary to what Roosevelt would have wanted, we continue to use the hyphen, unceasingly, often due to the prevailing belief that we are doing the black community a disservice by not intentionally drawing attention to our otherness.

We are told that we must celebrate our uniqueness and our diversity, while simultaneously adopting a hyphenated name that does not necessarily speak to our own histories. While the U.S. has been built on the strengths of many different ethnic backgrounds, and it is important to recognize the differences in races, calling oneself an African-American without any personal association to Africa isn’t logical.

Roosevelt did make some accurate predictions. He was correct in assuming that the U.S. would become a uniquely multicultural nation, and the descendants of many people in his audience that day probably did end up raising several generations of American-born children who are raising their own children stateside today. Additionally, interracial marriage has become increasingly common, due to the diversity of ethnic backgroundsthat can currently be found throughout the United States.

What Roosevelt failed to predict was how the term “hyphenated American” would change over the course of a century to mean “someone with divided loyalties” to “someone who is different than you.” This is an important distinction to make because many of us continue to use the hyphen without realizing that it is a subtle microaggression.

In certain parts of the country, such as southern California, Hispanics have raised families for generations, and yet are still frequently viewed as outsiders, even though their parents and grandparents were born in the U.S.

I am not referred to as an African-American because I was born in Africa and became a naturalized citizen later in life. On the contrary, Americans like myself are Americans through and through. We are given that particular title in order to establish that we are still second-class citizens, distrusted solely by the color of our skin and not the legitimacy of our birth certificates. The hyphen serves as a very subtle reminder that we will never live up to the standards of the ideal American—that is to say, a white American.

Not to mention, the widespread fear surrounding undocumented immigration has made it increasingly difficult to be certain whether white Americans fear immigration as a whole or simply a certain kind of immigration. Historically, as Roosevelt said, we have not had a problem with immigration. We have, in fact, welcomed it, seen its value, and used it to create a diverse and strong nation made up of the combined strengths of many racial backgrounds.

Near the end of Roosevelt’s May 1916 speech, he described his own personal experiences with naturalized citizens and immigrants who became proud to be Americans:

“Here in this city I could repeat name after name of men of German birth who as American citizens have had distinguished records of intense loyalty to the Union, […] and as patriots.”

The same could be said about Americans today, many of them black, many of them given the label “African-American” as a misguided sign of respect. Most likely, you have black friends, neighbors, and colleagues who, at the back of their minds, see the hyphen and allow it to serve as a reminder that they are different, that they will never be viewed as full Americans, no matter what their personal experiences may be.

The hyphen began in Roosevelt’s day as a way of signifying patriotism. Now it has been twisted into a subtle, seemingly insignificant code word meaning “other” or “different.” Having now lived in the UK as well as the U.S., where the hyphen is unnecessary, I would love to see Americans begin to make a step towards removing it from their vernacular as well.

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Brain Remapping

Dear aspirant,

What the Gods and Goddesses want us to know is that God does certainly dwell within, and with this understanding, you can feel assured that everything is perfect all of the time. What Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and our beloved DivineMother wanted us to get is that God certainly lives in us all–and that God is good! Our own God consciousness is everything, I will illustrate this completely in this short discourse.

A Western philosopher back in the 1950s once said that “we are all responsible for our own condition,” and there is great freedom and healing available to us all when we realize the depth of that statement. Yes, at first glance, that might be a hard pill to swallow. But I ask only for your patience and a great mystery will reveal itself. This I promise because I believe I finally got what the Gods want us to know.

What I am going to share with you here is that we are certainly what we think–either positively or negatively–and that we are all responsible for our own conditions. Our God consciousness is exactly what our brain thinks about most of the time and thus creates the life we think about most of the time.

This has very little to with heart quality or the soul, but everything to do with the cells in our brains and body. I can tell you this–it’s not hard to change the brain and mind from habitual negative to positive outcomes in our lives. It does not matter! One maybe experiencing ill health, poverty consciousness, offending foes or circumstances; it does not matter. What does matter is brain remapping.

Jesus attempted to teach that God dwelt within and that God wants only miracles in our lives. What all the saints and Gods realized is God consciousness within.

Now, if you are still with me…

Brain remapping is as simple as practicing unceasingly for a short period of time. And just after your first session, you are going experience incredible peace. Brain remapping will become addictive and joyful. The mind has a good time playing tricks on us and does not want a spiritual being to realize who he or she really is and to be in control of one’s life living in harmonious love, peace, and joy. The mind does not want to give up control through negativity. But brain remapping allows one to heal themselves of any malformed thinking and live as God within wants us to.

Just think for a moment. If you really could have everything you really desire,living full life of perfect health, living in joy and harmony and peace with all other sentient beings… would that be acceptable to you? Why, yes, it would!

Brain remapping is exactly what Jesus did in the desert and what you can do right where you are here and now. It will not cost you a thing, and just may create the miracles in your life that it has in mine. I have been on the spiritual path for over forty years, and this realization changed my life forever. No guru was involved; there was no need for prayers or a psychologist telling me how to live my life. No drugs or weed–only a realization that was bound to come sooner or later!

Paramansa Yoganada taught to his disciple’s that self-realization will come with the twenty-eighth thousandth thought. Well, what I believe is; it will come to you immediately and you will have achieved self-realization in thirty days or less.

Brain Remapping Put into Practice

In truth, practicing brain remapping for fifteen minutes, three times per day, will vastly improve one’s health and life in the way that one desire it to. The brain and mind comes, in many humanoids, with predetermined negativity. This has nothing to do with hereditary but everything to do with past lives. One simply needs to pivot past-life energies, let go, and allow miraculous changes to occur.

In the practice of mindful affirmation, one will be amazed at how quickly changes will happen in one’s life. You will notice positive change just after your first session–this I guarantee.

Pivot energies with direction allow negative energies to turn polarity and release them.

Ready? Let’s begin.

Sit quietly as possible in any position of your choosing. Take three deep breaths in and out fully, and relax. When mind activity is raising its loud voice just experienceit and allow it to pass through; no struggle is necessary.

One might want to give the instruction mind quiet to one’s own mind. Keep the mind quiet, and try not to have a definite outcome of your first session but simply allow a healing to take place. Eventually you are going to write you own affirmations, or mantra, as it were, but for now, please allow me to suggest a few.

One last note before you begin–let go of an outcome!

Brain Remapping with Positive Affirmations

This is beneficial for health, reforming life structure, reclaiming your Godhood or Goddesshood, and realization of your innate ability to be who you are and have what you truly desire. During your session, be mindful that God within is good.

Breathe and relax.

Affirm: I am healthy. I am happy. I am whole.

Affirm: I am love. I am peace. I am joy.

Affirm: I am happy. I am healthy. I am wealthy

Affirm:I am perfect, as God within is perfect.

When negativity slips in, allow it to pass through, and return to “I am…”

To many aspirants, the “I am” principle is not new, but what is new is brain remapping. Visualize the brain or mind remapping and insert the “I am” principle directly into all parts of your mind and whole body on a cellular level.

Affirm: I am whole! Just the way I desire.On a cellular level, in capsulated form, and in every cell of the body.

Affirm: I am one with God or Goddess.

Affirm: I am good. I am worthy. I am deserving. I am love.

No doubt, the love principle is the highest order that will bring one out of darkness into light.

Detach from any outcome and simply allow yourself to experience dynamic changes in your life. Needing, wanting, and praying for an occurrence can be a negative reverse vortex, while brain remapping with intention not only can but will change one’s life. If you want the conditions in your life to improve, use brain remapping. And as the ‘50s philosopher said, you are responsible for your own condition and you will be delighted at the outcome. I am God and so are you!

Negativity will slip in because it wants to be in control. Practice brain remapping daily and soon you will be in control, whole, happy, living in perfect love joy and peace.

One final note–we live in a polarized world and society; things happen that may up set one from being in a joyful experience. Simply recognize when this occurs and come back into your center utilizing brain remapping. One can even practice while traveling in a bus, car, train, or plane.

Also, recognize that you are not here to change anyone or anything other than how you choose to experience this life. As Gandhi said, “be the change you want the world to be.” Avoid negative people and circumstance as much as possible for thirty days.

Love, peace, and joy in your house and in all of our Godself lives.

If you find that this principle and practice has been helpful, please let me know after thirty days of practice. And if you should feel thankful, please help support my work at oneglobepress.com.

With deep gratitude,

Jay North

Jay’s ghostwriting sample

Protecting the environment and the public from the dangers of Asbestos

By Bruce Kirby ghostwritten by Jay North

There is no question that the water infrastructure in the United States is aging to the point of needing major repairs. However, there is more than just money standing in the way of making the necessary upgrades to the nation’s water delivery system. It’s asbestos.

When the water infrastructure was initially built, experts surmise that up to 200,000 miles of asbestos cement was used to bridge the gap when steel wasn’t readily available. In the 1940s, little was known about the dangers of asbestos use and civil engineers readily embraced the use of this strong, durable and readily available composite to help supply water to burgeoning suburban areas.

Today, engineers surmise that approximately 15% of the water that currently flows throughout the U.S., with higher concentrations in the western portions of the country due to the extremely fast population growth experienced in this region, is carried by asbestos cement mains. Asbestos cement, when installed, had an expected lifespan of between 50-80 years, and many of the existing mains are reaching their maximum useful lives. However, getting them replaced isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Current regulations that govern the use and replacement of asbestos cement water pipes are vague, at best. In most cases, governing bodies really aren’t sure what to do with the existing mains and the latest scientific data isn’t offering any clues.

Lack of guidelines

The EPA is considered the prevailing authority on how to handle potentially dangerous compounds. However, in the case of asbestos cement, even the EPA isn’t offering any real guidance on what to do to replace and dispose of these water mains. Instead, they are leaving the responsibility in the hands of local governments.

The issue at hand at the local level is that regulations can vary from state to state and even between regulatory agencies within a given state. California, for example, has 19 different agencies with a stake in deciding how to handle asbestos cement pipes, each with their own opinions and levels of stringency attached.

One method for removing older, asbestos cement pipes uses a method known as pipe bursting. The asbestos pipes are broken while still underground. The cavity is widened and a new pipe is pulled into place. Some states interpret EPA regulations as a ban on pipe bursting while others interpret it to mean that contractors simply have to be licensed in proper asbestos handling before they can remove asbestos cement pipes.

The main crux behind the lack of uniform guidance simply points towards a lack of solid data regarding the impact that asbestos cement pipes will have on the environment as they are being replaced. Obviously, asbestos has been shown to have a major health and safety risk when used in other applications and until there is solid data available that shows that asbestos cement won’t pose a large health or environmental impact when removed, those left with the responsibility of replacing it will continue to struggle with finding a solution.

Collecting data

The good news is that there have been efforts to begin to collect the kind of data that has the ability to provide insight into the potential environmental impacts of pipe bursting or other asbestos cement pipe removal/replacement methods.

Samples of soil, air and water have been collected from sites that have experienced pipe bursting in order to determine the level of asbestos contamination that may exist. And the results are promising.

The current study is expected to reach completion this year and the hope of many local regulators is that the findings will produce more solid federal guidance with regard to the proper way to handle the replacement of asbestos cement piping. It is this guidance that engineers and contractors are looking for when it comes to better understanding the risks associated with AC pipe rehabilitation and offering them a “best practice” for replacing the aging pipe.

And, while federal research is ongoing, local municipalities are being encouraged to conduct independent testing in order to receive approval for urgent rehabilitation projects that simply cannot wait for federal guidance. These projects can be conducted on a much smaller scale, under 260 linear feet per year, in order to conduct testing and fully understand the impacts that rehabilitation is having on the environment surrounding the mains being replaced.

This approach will take time but will offer additional data to the EPA and other regulatory bodies in order to help guide the development of future policies regarding the removal and disposal of asbestos cement pipes while protecting public health.

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Emergence of the rainbow tribe

New World Rainbow Tribe Order—The Time Has Arrived 

Live by the golden rule—live and let live.

People throughout the world today recognize that where ever the IMF, The World Bank, Wall Street and US government policy has gone, mayhem has been left in the wake. Speared on only with power and control the dark side has had control for far too long. But people, real people speared by love peace and harmony will shake the world awake with the New World Rainbow Tribe Order and help reshape freedom and teaching of the Rainbow way to live and let live.

We The New World Rainbow Tribe Order

We proclaim our humanhood, living as free spiritual beings; and we proclaim a new way. Beginning with- live in harmony with planet Earth. Share more, start local groups that have local interest in mind. Stop depending on federalism. Serve and inspire others to service free of change. Make love the key component to all life—Spirit comes into our Life to teach us how to live in unconditional love, its time the message is taken to heart by all peoples worldwide. Utilize methods of cohesive living, discard principles that do not. Retrain police and military to be servants with compassion and understanding. Work together for the common good, not for completion. Work out deference’s with resolution communication not fear, jealousy and hate. Create a monetary system that leaves no one out. Redistribute wealth so that every humanoid on the planet has a decent standard of living. Make changes in laws that treat people with common good and stops punishing people. Create more food sharing programs; get everyone housed in safe and peaceful housing-worldwide. Start more free (non taxed) barter clubs for goods and services. End all wars, develop a department of Peace- allow female school teachers to run it. Take money out of politics, allow each community to govern its self. Re-treat the earth with environmental education for its people and expand recycling around the world. Outlaw game hunting except for food substance purposes—no living thing should be treated as a game animal. Collect and conserve water. Change energy use to free energy gathering and distribute it without charge to consumers. Rid the planet of all nuclear power. Use sun and wind energy to power our homes cars and other transportation. Rid us of GMO’s and make freedom in organic farming a principle.

Reestablish the tribe to respect and look after elders. Influence creative thinking in schools, support artist writers and inventors. Let no race creed or religion be left out. Ware rainbow colors daily, laugh sing and dance; the rainbow way has arrived. Raise your children with pure love.

Live in harmony-live and let live. New World Rainbow Tribe Order has arrived, just the way Leonard J. Mountain Chief said it would.

Aho brothers sisters come into the new sacred way


Who Is to Blame for Disastrous Fires Throughout the West?

By Jay North

Those who have been following the news for the past several months will recall the horrific wildfires that occurred in the Western states this past summer—primarily beginning in the Northwest, but causing ramifications as far south as the Bay Area in California.

Wildfires in California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, as well as the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, were most disastrously affected, leading to thousands of people being evacuated from their homes and businesses.

Close to 2,000 professional firefighters combated the blaze in two affected areas in north-central Washington, but little hope could be restored to families who watched their neighborhoods burned quite literally to the ground.

It may come as a surprise to hear that those states considerably further away, seemingly out of the line of fire, were also facing consequences during this summer’s so-called “fire season,” mostly due to diminished air quality.

Satellite photos released by NASA show a frightening picture. The smoky haze is clear in these images taken above California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and parts of Montana.

Air quality stations in the mountainous regions of the northwestern states have also been extensively tracking these readings, and established that wildfire smoke has affected the quality of the air as far south as Tijuana, Mexico.

So why are we not having more success containing these natural disasters? Dry, hot weather resulting from climate change has long been stated as the primary reason for the increase in fires during the summer months, and the affects of these unpredictable, unseasonable heat waves cannot be overstated. The dry atmosphere has provided the ideal conditions for lightning strikes, which prompted several fires.

But there are other issues at play here that the media is conveniently ignoring in favor of more palatable information. The truth is, the U.S. Department of Forestry is in over their heads, and they know it.

It should not be surprising to learn that these wildfires are claiming lives, but the actual number of fatalities is higher than many Americans might assume. The death toll currently stands at fifteen firefighters, all of whom died while battling the flames in dangerous areas over the past two fire seasons alone. Other firefighters have been hospitalized due to non-fatal injuries, and at least one civilian has died this year in northern California, near Monterey County.

According to a statement released by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack during the week of September 20, a record $243 million was spent during that week alone to battle aggressive, fast-spreading wildfires.

Over eight million acres in total have been destroyed by fire. Homes in California, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho have been reduced to ash, causing devastating consequences to those who call those communities home. Firefighters from Australia were recruited to come to the U.S., as they have done numerous times over the past fifteen years when fire season became too great for American experts alone to handle.

Vilsack shared some more disquieting news. For the past six out of ten fire seasons, the U.S. Forest Service quickly found themselves running low on funds. (The budget set in place by Congress for firefighting is fairly small.) In order to continue fighting the fires, they quietly borrowed funds from organizations usually focused, ironically, on restoring forests and setting in place safeguards against fires.

Even though President Obama declared the state of Washington to be in a state of emergency this past August, many other scorched communities felt as though their health and safety was not being prioritized. Residents of several Napa County communities in California took matters into their own hands after being forced to evacuate to a fairground in Calistoga, California.

The residents stated that, due to the Red Cross’ dismal effort to reach their cities in time, they felt inclined to start their own grassroots relief corps to serve their own community. The northern California Valley Fire forced hundreds into evacuation, but the Red Cross’ slow response time indicated a startling lack of concern.

Awareness quickly spread across social media, urging locals to stop by the Napa County Fairgrounds to provide assistance, since the Red Cross had failed to provide even the most basic necessities.

Supporters of the Red Cross have claimed that the relief corps prioritizes building safe shelters, and sometimes that takes longer than is ideal. They also urge critics to keep in mind that the Red Cross responds to a vast array of natural disasters worldwide, and that they have very specific guidelines set in place in order to safely maintain evacuation shelters for extended periods of time.

But for northern California locals who witnessed their homes burned within minutes, the realization that their safe haven did not have blankets and toothpaste available was a distressing affirmation of their worst fears. Sometimes, the professionals will not be there to assist you, and when they fail to show up on time, human survival instinct kicks in.

Small communities of volunteers–motivated by compassion for their friends, family, and neighbors—often make a very large impact in the wake of traumatic events, and the hundreds of families herded into the Napa County Fairgrounds evacuation shelter are no exception.

Even the Red Cross itself is not trying to deny this harsh truth. Cynthia Shaw, who works as the regional communications director for the Red Cross of California Northwest, admits that local volunteers made up the majority of the shelter.

During the first few hours of the fire on September 12, Shaw said that only two paid Red Cross staff members were on site at the shelter. The shelter was otherwise being maintained, on a 24/7 basis, by a group of dedicated volunteers.

It is not especially comforting to learn that organizations like the Red Cross, who employ staff who are trained to deal with large-scale domestic and international disasters, are not always capable of providing immediate assistance, nor are they always able to distribute materials effectively. The shelter in Calistoga, for example, was seemingly ignored in favor of another in the nearby city of Kelseyville—and both were quickly filled to capacity.

For those who reside in upper rural areas, warnings do not always come soon enough. Residents of isolated areas such as Cobb Mountain in northern California are suggesting that they were not properly prepared for evacuation in the first place.

Government agencies typically contact residents via email or text message using a service called Nixle, but certain Cobb Mountain locals said that their warnings arrived hours late, after the inferno had already driven them out of their homes.

With a 2014 census indicating that the western states experienced the greatest population growth second only to those in the south, and the population of California alone being expected to grow to 50 million by 2050, many people are left wondering if the risk is too great to make their homes in these natural, idyllic mountainous regions of the country. Those who have called this part of the country home for many years are faced with the reality that one sweeping wildfire could destroy everything they hold sacred.

So what, exactly, is being done? According to XMRFire, an emergency services consultation company that operates in the western states, it is much more costly to fight a fire that has already started spreading than to set preventative measures in place beforehand.

There will never be enough personnel, water, equipment, and aircrafts to completely defeat the fires. What is possible is effectively strategizing and inspecting the danger zones so that necessary precautions can be taken.

XMFire provides comprehensive training for foresters to utilize cutting-edge technology such as GIS analysis, cause-origin investigations, and spatial fire behavior models. They also employ aerial and drone photographers to capture images before and after fires, and then map the area.

Threats, they say, can be minimized, if not completely suppressed, by investing time into educating foresters on prevention. In the long run, this could save a significant amount of money in damage. Potentially, lives could also be saved.

XMFire operates out of San Anselmo, California, but their services are widespread. They currently have numerous wildfire prevention projects set in place, and educate firefighters in departments throughout Ross Valley, Marin County, Lake Valley, and more. They are also associated with Urban Forestry Associates, Inc., a company of arborists and ecologists that specialize in forest management, tree risk assessment, and arboreal disease diagnosis.

Correctly identifying diseased and rotting trees could very easily be the key to preventing many wildfires in the west. Pathogens can quickly cause the health of trees to decline, causing the wood to rot and pine beetles to nest in them.

Other common pathogens are fungi and viruses, as well as the benign oak gall wasp pathogen, but the beetles, experts say, are causing the biggest problem. Back in 2013, Joseph Romm, a journalist for The Energy Collective, discussed the correlation between insect infestations and wildfires:

“…the mountain pine beetle, has already killed 70,000 square miles of trees—area the size of Washington state. As winters become milder, weather becomes drier and higher elevations become warmer, bark beetles are able to thrive and extend their ranges northward. An increase in some species of bark beetle can actually increase the risk of forest fires in areas affected by the beetle — the study notes an outbreak of the mountain pine bark beetle, which attacks and kills live trees, created a “perfect storm” in 2006 in Washington, where affected lodgepole pines burned “with exceptionally high intensity.”

However, a study conducted at the University of Colorado Boulder indicated that forests with large amounts of beetle infestations were not more likely to burn. Researchers first selected three particularly disastrous years for wildfires in the west (2006, 2007, and 2012), and then examined specific areas of land that were destroyed by fire during those times.

The study was extensive and thorough. Researchers used ground, air, and satellite data to produce clear images of the landscape. The lead researcher on this study, Sarah Hart, stated that:

“The bottom line is that forests infested by the mountain pine beetle are not more likely to burn at a regional scale. We found that alterations in the forest infested by the mountain beetle are not as important in fires as overriding drivers like climate and topography.”

In spite of this, it is still important to note that mountain pine beetle outbreaks have made a significant impact on the natural landscape throughout the U.S.—even as far north as Alaska, Hart said. Trees have suffered a higher mortality rate due to pine beetle infestations caused by unusually warm, dry temperatures throughout the west. These small insects have destroyed 24,700 square miles of forests across the western states.

In Colorado, where logging has become common, environmentalists are not convinced that wildfires pose as great a threat as the U.S. Forest Service would have them believe. They have a growing concern: has wildfire prevention gone too far?

The state of Colorado, where wildfires are inevitable, has long been heralded as a region of immense natural beauty, and for centuries, fire has encouraged the forest and its wildlife to thrive. The occasional inferno has helped make room for new growth. In addition, recreational activities and snow sports such as skiing have caused the area to prosper.

But now things appear to be changing. Loggers from the U.S. Forest Service, who believe that forest thinning can prevent wildfire and keep both animals and people safe, tax locals up to $1,200 per acre to essentially destroy the landscape that Colorado residents call home. Many locals are disturbed by the implications of these projects, such as the Ophir Mountain Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project in Frisco, Colorado, which seeks to “protect communities and restore natural processes to forest ecosystems.”

Many of the national forests that are being logged in Colorado are miles away from the nearest residential area, so locals do not understand why such extensive precautions are being taken. Scientific evidence gathered by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research suggests that forest thinning is ineffective at preventing wildfires in areas that are already prone to extreme dryness and drought.

Fires in Colorado’s forested areas have historically been common, and many homeowners have accepted this reality. Locals who oppose logging and clear cutting point to the many federal, regional, state-wide, and regional grants available to Colorado residents wishing to “fireproof” their homes with the appropriate treatment.

Fire resistant homes really do seem to make a difference. In 2014, a wildfire just north of San Diego, California, destroyed some homes—but left many others relatively unscathed. The homes left standing shared some commonalities: they did not have flammable brush anywhere nearby, their trees were not trimmed, and they had placed small screens over their vents and other openings.

It appears that those homeowners who do not overlook small details and take the necessary steps to protect their homes are the most successful. Something as seemingly insignificant as an uncovered attic vent or pine needles in the rain gutters can be the difference between a house and a pile of ash.

It may not be possible to construct an entirely fireproof building, but when such small steps have been proven to protect homes, it does make one question whether excessive logging is necessary.

Jay North, author, environmentalist, social activist and organic gardener can be reached at OneGlobePress.com or professionalwriterjaynorth.com

Come into Sacred Ceremony

With Jay and Leonard J. Mountain Chief

Leonard said, “One day all people everywhere will come to know who they are. They will realize their own strength and power and be able to give loving service through their newfound knowledge and personal power.”

He said that people already know this and that they either mask this inner wisdom or have somehow managed to forget who they truly are. “People act in funny ways when they are not being their true selves,” he said and laughed out loud.

Leonard said that we are all leaders, writers, and artists; we are all mothers and fathers, teachers and healers. To Leonard there was nothing more important than people knowing who they are and what their true calling, or purpose for life, is.

“Come into scared ceremony,” Leonard called. “Retrieve your soul, and never be shrouded in mystery again. Carry with you a hand drum, a shaker, sage, and a gift offering.

“Deep in those mountains, there is a valley. It has been sacred to our people for thousands of years and holds great medicine power unknown to most. Some of your people may not even recognize the power as they sit on this land,” he said.

“Walk in, come to sacred ceremony in reverence and silence as you approach this valley. Ask the ancestors’ permission to be there. Give praise and thanksgiving to the Creator for providing such a wondrous place. Take with you a valued possession and offer it as a sacred gift. Build an altar and chant a prayer. It does not matter in what language,” Leonard said. “The Creator hears all languages.

“As you near the center of the valley, find your spot or the place you feel most comfortable, lay a blanket, and sit. Quiet your mind. Do not speak until it is time. Call in the ancestors and the great ones to be at your side and welcome their presence. Sit quietly for as long as you can. Light the sage, and with its smoke, bless this place, the surroundings, yourself, and whoever entered with you.

“Drum the drum song, chant and sing, and allow the Great Spirit to take over sacred ceremony. Allow Him to do the talking through you as you ask, ‘Who am I?’  It does not matter if you are unsure of the words that come, let them come. Dance, sing, and chant. If you have located running water and it is nearby, use your hands to scoop up the water to wash your face and head. Ask for purification. Continue to wash until you are cleansed. Continue. Allow the words to come. Be not concerned about whose words they are; be not concerned about your brain or any other apparent distraction, and simply ask.

“Now, ask again, ‘Who am I?  Who am I?  What is my reason for being here?’  Allow the great one to speak and you listen,” Leonard advised.

“Some may need to go into the sweat lodge to help find these answers. Others may need to fast for several days. Some may need to climb the sacred mountain and stay on top for a week or more. Others will find it necessary to live the teepee life alone for an entire year to discover who they are and why they are here. No one is exempt from knowing these answers,” said Leonard. “Money will not buy the desired result, drugs will only mask the way, and many therapists are of no value. Only the Great One can help reveal this and He does so through sacred ceremony.

“The only way for one to know is to ask, look, and be silent.

“Sacred ceremony is for anyone who chooses to know. It is not for the coward, for once one knows who they are and their reason for being, they will find they must take action in their lives and this may require drastic changes. This is not an easy way and the lazy will not attempt this path at all,” he said.

“Come into sacred ceremony,” Leonard called, “all the answers will be revealed there.”

“This is not a once in a lifetime action. All mysteries are not revealed all at one time. No,” Leonard said, “it is continuous. It is a process for your full development as a human being here in this place and the unfoldment of your soul. It takes patience and persistence. Remember this,” he continued, “just when you think you have gone as far as you can and you’re just too tired to go on and feel like giving up, that is when the mysteries will reveal themselves to you. There are many mysteries that will unfold during ceremony, and that is what makes this a process a lifelong journey.”

Leonard said, “Once I had a young man come to me crying, ‘I am going insane, Leonard, what do I do?’  I replied, ‘Dive deep into the pool of insanity. That is the only way for you to transcend it. That is your ceremony. There is no other way.’

“To walk the Red Path takes courage and determination. Never take the weak or half-hearted into sacred ceremony; you will only waste your energy,” said Leonard.

“When one comes out of ceremony with newfound knowledge, they often cry in gratitude and want to offer a gift to the leader of ceremony. If you lead, never turn down the gift; you would only take away their appreciation and accomplishments,” said Leonard. “For now they know who they are and know they know their path. Now they can fully love themselves and their neighbors. No one has told them this. No unwanted advice was given; no special training was required. Their own knowing and willingness to do ceremony has given them the knowledge that so many crave and no one can ever take that away.

“Never go into sacred ceremony lightheartedly,” he insisted, “You can only enter with reverence, in silence, and with appreciation in your heart and love for the Great One.”

Leonard could not stress enough the respect we must demonstrate for sacred ceremony and the appreciation we must show. To always praise the Creator and give thanks in deep appreciation is of paramount importance to The People of the Blackfeet Nation.

In a casual world, we no longer approach things with the reverence they deserve. Are we afraid of being serious? “Perhaps,” said Leonard. Maybe we would be well served to ponder the seriousness of our lives, to focus on our health, our path and the welfare of others. Laughter, it is said, is the best medicine, and no one enjoyed a good laugh more than Leonard. But he was not afraid to give any situation the reverence it called for. “It is basic human respect,” he said, “there is no other way.”

Leonard said, “They may take our land, they may destroy my body, but they can never take away my real life and knowing who I am.”

Leonard was a great man, huge in spirit, quiet in demeanor and a pure joy to be with. And still is very much today.

From Jays book, Open Spaces; My life With Leonard J. Mountain Chief


Jay’s Organic Corner for Healthful Living – Rid Your Body of Aliens

Rid Your Body of Aliens

By Jay North

What does Cayenne pepper, jalapeño peppers, and Burdock root have in common? They all kill parasites. Alien parasites that occupy a body can make people feel terribly ill.

Hulda Clark world renowned natural treatment healer claims “that all diseases are the result of invaders (Pparasites) which cause the immune system to go off kilter. “ MS. Clark advises, “Rid the body of all parasites and the body will heal itself – even from life-threatening diseases.”

Parasites not only consume our food before we have a chance to digest it, they carry life-threatening dis-eases and interrupt the body’s natural function to heal itself. There are some 250 know classes of parasites that can occupy our bodies, including the stomach and intestines. But, did you know they can be in your brain, skin and hair follicles too? Well, it’s true! Want to live a whole, healthy and complete life? Rid yourself of bugs and feel twenty years younger.

There are a number of ways to rid the body of unwanted guests. Cayenne pepper, jalapeño peppers, and burdock root will certainly be an aid in the undertaking of cleansing the body of malign intruders. These substances can be obtained easily on the worldwide web and their use is easily applicable. Use these products ground up into a powder form. Ingest as a tea by drinking them, bathe using the herbs, do steam sweats and use them in an enema if you can handle the concept.

Other herbs for ridding parasites are: Wormwood, Black Cohash, Black Walnut, Cloves, Pumpkin seeds, Garlic, Cayenne pepper, Jalapeño Peppers, Burdock root and Goldenseal.

Prepare your tea the ayurvedic way. Start with pure fresh distilled water (1gallon). Boil in a glass pot whenever possible. Add ¼ ounce of each freshly dried herb you plan to use for natural treatment. Boil down to a half-gallon. Allow to simmer for twenty minutes with herbs in the water. Before consuming add one quart of cool distilled water. Drink three cups three times per day for three days – then stop. After a day or two, repeat the process for three more days and continue this process for thirty days. Keep an eye on your stool and look for dead pests.

Most people never consider that they have such a thing as parasites; while it is true that 90% of the world’s population does, and not just India and South America. Parasites are contracted through our environments and our foods. Indications that parasites are present are: constant itching, bloating, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, sleeplessness, foul breath and flatulence. But, many people with parasites do not show signs of suffering but that is why in many foreign counties cleansing is practiced twice per year. The important point for anyone that wants to experience a whole and healthful life is that a clean body equals a clear mind and a happier

individual. A family that cleans together laughs together. Get the aliens gone! Live a happy, healthy life.

Jay is one of the county’s leading innovators and experts in organic gardening and farming he has worked in natural healing techniques for forty years… Jay North is not a medical doctor and is not writing prescriptions he is a natural healing consultant that is expressing his opinions on optimum health. Find more information at OneGlobePress.com.

Jay’s Organic Corner For Healthful Living

The Green environment in your home

The green environment in your home starts with cleanliness.

Antibacterial hand soap, dishwashing liquid, kitchen cleaners and many new products appearing every day promise to eliminate bacteria and other organisms blamed for causing illness. It sounds like a wonderful idea, but what does this practice mean in the long term?

If you carefully read labels, you will find that these products promise to eliminate 95 to 99% of all bacteria. What about the other 1 to 5%? Well, these are usually the strongest, most resistant ones. These are the ones that live through the antibacterial attack to reproduce. Therefore, the weaker ones are eliminated and the stronger ones left to breed.

What we are now doing in our kitchens is slowly, gradually producing super-bacteria. We are eliminating, for the most part, the weaker organisms, and leaving the fittest to survive and reproduce. This is happening not only in our kitchens, but in sewer systems and septic tanks, which eventually find their way into our streams, lakes, rivers, and oceans.

Hand washing, with natural soaps and water, is a proven method of reducing many communicable diseases, such as colds and flu, as well as helping to eliminate food-borne illnesses caused by bacteria. Wash your hands before, during, and after food preparation. Always wash when handling a different food and when you have handled anything unwashed or when preparing raw meat.

Choose an environmentally friendly soap that is labeled “biodegradable”. Wash your countertops regularly, and don’t forget the handles on the stove, refrigerator, cabinets, drawers, light switches and microwaves, which we often touch while handling raw and/or unwashed produce or meats.

Also in the kitchen, be aware of chemical hazards. Never spray cleaners near foods. Dr. Tonja Wynn Hampton of WebMD Medical News reported in her article “Brought Home the Bacon? Don’t Fry It Up in a Nonstick Pan” that polytetrafluoroethylene, or Teflon, degrades -when heated – into other compounds, one of which is known to be harmful to plants, while another accumulates in human and animal tissues. Though little is known about the health effects, it is known that it could take up to tens of thousands of years to break down.

The list of natural effective green living methods is endless. Live a green life, live healthy.

Jay is one of the county’s leading innovators and experts in organic gardening and farming he has worked in natural healing techniques for forty years… Jay North is not a medical doctor and is not writing prescriptions he is a natural healing consultant that is expressing his opinions on optimum health. Find more information at OneGlobePress.com.

Marketing and Press Services for Fledgling Writers

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You might think that all it takes to get published is to have a great book, but years of experience in the industry have taught me a thing or two about the importance of marketing your novel.

Whether you’re a fledgling writer dreaming of earning a significant income from your novel, or you’re a bestselling author already who simply wants to improve your marketing plans, I can provide professional book marketing and PR services.

The Major Factor in Book Publishing

It can be disheartening to learn that the most important aspect of the publishing process is not writing a fantastic novel. It’s actually your marketing plan.

I became a bestselling author years ago by learning all I could about the publishing industry and how to navigate it. If you’ve written a book that you want to see in print, I can help you with a variety of services that will improve your chances of being published.

The Early Stages

Some of the most crucial parts of the process happen very early on, before your book has even made it into a publisher’s inbox or onto their doorstep. Submitting your manuscript to publishers is a time-consuming process, and having a clear plan in mind before you begin pitching can save you a lot of hassle in the long run.

Some of the professional book marketing and PR services that I offerinclude assistance with recruiting agents, pitching letters to publishers, writing marketing plans, and book critiques. I can also help you with ghostwriting and editing if you feel that certain chapters need to be improved.

Sales and Distribution

It can be extremely exciting to get your first acceptance letter from a publisher. I still remember the initial thrill of becoming involved in the publishing industry back in 1971, and the feeling has yet to wear off. It is a rewarding industry and can be a highly lucrative one as well, if book marketing and PR services are obtained and your published novel is promoted, distributed, and marketed effectively.

I can assist first-time authors with the sales and distribution of their published book. I offer a special feature that teaches authors how to make $5,000 per month using sales techniques that guarantee passive income.

Interested in learning more? Contact me about my professional book marketing and PR services at OneGlobePress.com or ProfessionalWriterJayNorth.com

Professional and Affordable Ghostwriting Services

jayMy name is Jay North, and I am a professional writer who works from my home office in beautiful Ojai, California. Over the course of my career, I have learned the ins and outs of the industry, from writing and editing to marketing my clients’ self-published novels and everything in between.

I have now decided to create a blog to share my thoughts with all of you, and provide insight into the types of services I offer.

What is Ghostwriting?

A ghostwriter is a skilled professional writer who provides contracted work for another writer, whether in part or in fully, who will publish your work under their name. Ghostwriters receive some or no credit.

Most “autobiographies” by major celebrities have actually been ghostwritten, and many other novels, both fiction and non-fiction, are credited to someone other than the official author.

What are the Benefits of Hiring a Ghostwriter?

There are many reasons why someone might decide to hire a ghostwriter. You might not have the time to get all your ideas out. You might have a fascinating life story that you think would be marketable but you aren’t a writer yourself. You might simply need help with a specific chapter of your novel, or with plotting your story, or with structuring the outline.

If you have an idea for a novel but no idea how to go about creating it, consider seeking out a qualified ghostwriter to help you through the process. Most ghostwriters have a specific niche that they are known for, such as mystery novels or memoirs, but others are willing to do research along with the writing, typically for a higher rate.

As a professional writer with many years of experience in ghostwriting scripts, novels, articles, and blogs, I can help you bring your story to life, or simply breathe new life into a story that feels like it might be missing something.