RE: ‘THE WAY’

Nice … very, very nice. I have known this for some time now. I didn’t know there was a name for what I know. You B’man and many others who visit here, and many more I have crossed paths with over the years of internet travel, also know of this, now called ‘The Way’. I know I have a purpose here, I know now why I have as of lately been keeping a low profile. Should they come for me in the night, I can not spread ‘The way’.

As mentioned in the video and transcript, [ I think B'man can verify this] I know many things but, I have a difficult time in expressing what I know and what I mean. This is the part of me that is ‘The Way’, I know it in my core. I can’t show my work.

I was one of those told many years ago that I had problems after a traumatic brain injury [TBI]. I took their dope and it fucked me up. They tried to turn me into one of those that follow the rules. I finally flushed their dope and have since encountered many, many things that they hoped I wouldn’t see.

I don’t know anymore what to do. I see these things but cant do anything about it. I hurt so bad, sometimes I ask myself if it’s worth it. To this day, I still don’t know. I continue to go forth everyday because there are those that depend on me. Time is running short.

I have sat back for the past 4 months and have seen little change in the way this world is being run for the betterment of ALL creatures of this planet. I don’t have the answers but, I know what is going on is fucking wrong. I knew it was wrong since I was 14 I’ll be 50 later this year.

I am still looking for direction. There must be something I can do other then what you see here, or what I have done in the past on various media.

I am not a pushover or pussy by a long shot. My humanity is hurting. I will admit, I cry. I will admit I hurt. I will admit, I wish I could hold everyone and everything and tell them, It’ll be alright, I’ll make it better. These are things they tell me is wrong and I cant do.

The video is powerful. It has stirred emotions in me that have been on the back burner for sometime now. I have played it over and over as I write this. I have snot coming out of my nose and tears from my eyes. This was hard to write. May hands are shaking. My body has the chill running through it; some say this is the holy Ghost touching you. I don’t know, but it feels good and I am alive again. This is what I was waiting on. This is what I needed to get me back in the game.

Thank you Ray for posting The WAY.

Much love, ED aka conspiracydude

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So, NOW they decide to talk about it!

This drives me NUTS! In my field of Social Work [years ago]… I can not even begin to tell you how many soldiers were lost due to PTSD ‘after’ being placed into unjust wars much less insane circumstances. WWI saw this very same thing– as well as WWII. No one wanted to se it for what it is. It is about time someone woke up and made this program a reality! It should of been S.O.P. anyway years and years ago!

Filner Advocates ‘De-Boot Camp’ for GIs

November 22, 2008The Washington Post

A key House leader is proposing to establish a “de-boot camp,” where returning service members would undergo mandatory diagnosis for brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in order to reduce instances of domestic violence and suicide.

Rep. Bob Filner, chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said Wednesday he will lobby the Obama administration for the de-boot camp and other new initiatives for service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as veterans from the Vietnam era.

“There were more suicides [postwar] by Vietnam veterans than those who died in the war. We cannot make the same mistakes again. Mental illness is an injury that has to be dealt with,” Mr. Filner said during an editorial board at The Washington Times. “We all have to understand what they are facing. We all have to understand PTSD.”

The California Democrat said he wants the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reduce a backlog of claims by granting all claims made by Vietnam veterans who say they suffer illnesses from exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange.

He said he also advocates a “radical” new approach to veterans health care that would allow veterans living in rural areas to have more choices to access health care, even private alternatives, rather than travel hundreds of miles to veterans hospitals.

Mr. Filner, who is not a veteran himself but represents a large veterans constituency in the San Diego area, said he would even support privatizing psychological care for veterans suffering from PTSD.

Many active-duty personnel are returning home as veterans who are “wounded psychologically,” he said during an hourlong meeting with editors and reporters. “If they don’t kill their wives or themselves, they end up homeless.”

“Something is going on that we are not dealing with,” said Mr. Filner, 66.

With a survival rate at 95 percent, nearly 1 million new veterans will emerge from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The psychological wounds are going to last a very long time,” Mr. Filner said. “The public has to support the new veterans.”

After the Vietnam War, there was a failure to distinguish between the war and the warrior that lead to social displacement, mental disorders, homelessness and even suicide, Mr. Filner said.

News reports suggest that as many as 1,000 veterans a month attempt suicide. A third of those diagnosed with PTSD have committed felonies, Mr. Filner said.

“This is a moral issue, and I think [President-elect Barack] Obama will agree with that,” he said.

The “de-boot camp” Mr. Filner envisions could last weeks, even a month, to prepare the military and National Guardsmen to re-enter society. It would include mandatory evaluations by medical professionals to diagnose brain injuries and PTSD.

Currently, the military only offers a two-hour lecture in which “kids are falling asleep,” Mr. Filner said. “It’s so boring.”

While diagnosis would be mandatory, seeking psychological help would be voluntary. Such help would include educational and vocational counseling and would involve spouses and family.

Mr. Filner said he would like to see more access to necessary private hospital care for seriously wounded veterans in rural areas where they may not have the major medical facilities that are available in urban centers.

“In terms of access to that care for rural veterans, who may be away from main centers where their community may have good care, they ought to be far more open to specialties that may not be available within their locale, then we ought to get them into the private system as quick as we can,” he said.

Unfortunately, VA hospital officials all too often are “very hesitant about doing it” because of cost considerations, he said. “They don’t want” care delivered outside the VA hospital system “because if everyone is going to the Mayo Clinic, it’s going to cost a lot.”

But Mr. Filner said he favors expanding access to private care “in certain situations for rural veterans in some specialty areas,” adding that “they’ve got to be far more open and quick about allowing that to happen.”

Mr. Filner also addressed The Washington Times/ABC News investigation into ethical questions about experiments that involve human subjects — specifically, the smoking-cessation drug Chantix that has been linked to dozens of suicides and suicidal behavior.

A study that specifically targeted veterans suffering from PTSD included more than 100 who were taking the drug, but the VA failed to notify the participants of the new Food and Drug Administration warnings until nearly three months later.

“There has got to be really tight kinds of controls on this kind of research,” said Mr. Filner, who expressed disappointment that the VA did not pull the program, which he said was “problematic” for “fragile” veterans.

The entire culture at the VA must be overhauled, Mr. Filner said.

“For a lot of veterans, VA means advisory instead of advocate,” he said. “People in there are really good people, they just need to be inspired.”

A laughing morning of simple reflections

I have had the privilege of meeting countless and diverse people in my life. And I thank God I meet the ones I do– they enrich my life and create a wonderful human fabric that is finely woven and textured; yet humanly frayed and to me just plain wonderful! [even if at times confounding...lol].
Anyway– I met a wonderful woman from Scotland, and I have enjoyed our talks of politics and world woes. She sends me funny cartoons to make my days start with a smile. Today was one of those days!

 

Now– as I scrolled through the cartoons… I came across one that not only made me laugh, but I laughed out loud from personal experience! !The ‘I’ll have what he’s having’ actually happened to me when I first met Gishelle Diva Gish. I was working alone one morning almost a year ago. In walks a 6′ 7″ fuzzy wig wearing, white go-go- boot wearing, tight hot pink mini dress wearing — huge breast leading the way ‘woman’. Of course I knew at first sight this person was different [dah] and special. I introduced myself and so did Gishelle. Being the person I am, [Social Worker til' death]– I ended up in a deep conversation and then out of seemingly no where, Gishelle rips open the hot pink top and announced…” I just had these babies put in!”. And there they were, no bra, nothing… just huge, and I mean huge breasts on a hairy chest.[Gishelle has since had electrolysis]. I just stood there amazed. Since then we have become friends at my job, and Gishelle knows I struggle with the words ” he and she” when it comes to speaking with “her/him”. Not out of anything negative, but just being old. lol. I have learned much in speaking with Gishelle… especially about the effects of Agent Orange, medical struggles… and emotional pain being unique to individuals. I like the fact that Gishelle is comfortable enough with me to flip her/his voice from Gishelle to Clay when we speak. Anyway– this is where my head went this morning just from a cartoon from a Scotish friend. Isn’t life a trip?!! lol lol. http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2007/sep/02/life-after-brother-clay/

 “…….Sitting with Gishelle Gish, there’s a sense of what is and what has been. In the dining room of her West Knoxville home, Gish is surrounded by gold records, signed plaques and posters from Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand and other music stars, all thanking her for her help with their careers and the success of certain records. Yet all of the thanks are for “Brother Clay” Gish. Brother Clay Gish was an athlete, a Vietnam veteran, a father who married four times and a star in the radio world. He was known in Atlanta, Houston, Miami and Knoxville as a popular radio personality, a programmer who could help take a station to the top and could always tell a future hit.Clay Gish began living as Gishelle Diva Gish in January and has since undergone breast augmentation surgery and a legal name change. She hopes to have sex-reassignment surgery in the near future. “People who knew me didn’t really know me,” says Gish. “Now my skin is reflecting who I am inside.”…….”