Gabriel Roberts

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Good Men will Continue to do Nothing

From Clint Richardson:

Meanwhile, just as the alternative media has done for decades, Fox News will continue to report on all the horrific things government does while at the same time salivating over the Untied States flag and constitution, causing the same old dissociative, patriotic Stockholm Syndrome we are continuously paralyzed by. And we will continue to worship both the source of our legal, fictional “rights” and the source of our greatest tyranny, for they are the same source. Therefore, in other words, good men will continue to do nothing because they mistake government and its legal system as that which will ultimately protect and save them. Good men will not act because they do not see what is right in front of them, that their captor is their hero, that history is a lie designed to cause that cult-like worship of a legal fiction, an artificial person (corporation) pretending to be a legitimate government, whose sole purpose is to legally protect a political and scientistic army destined to destroy every part of Nature in order to recreate it in their own image.

Clint Richardson on January 26th, 2021, at his blog:

Don’t Go Down The Rabbit Hole: Painting Pictures Ep. 87

In episode 87 of the Painting Pictures Podcast, Gabe discusses: dealing with ice; how to protect your feeble mind from dangerous misinformation; maximum valentine’s Day feels without breaking COVID protocols; going gluten-free?

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Here’s the garbage editorial from the NY Times that I discuss:

Is COVID fight right course of action?

By Emily Rooney-Bryan, a letter to the editor of the News and Citizen:

To the Editor:

I am a blessed to be from this place and of this place. I am grateful for the generations of Vermonters who have come before me, and those that will come after me. That being said, I came across this passage the other day and wanted to share it. I have been mulling over the use of fear as motivation for a long time now, and want to share my perspective with anyone who cares to hear it. Following is an excerpt from an old book entitled “Tao Te Ching.”

When a country is in harmony with the Tao,

the factories make trucks and tractors.

When a country goes counter to the Tao, warheads are stockpiled outside the cities.

There is no greater illusion than fear,

no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself,

no greater misfortune than having an enemy.

Whoever can see through all fear, will always be safe.

I have thought about this concept for a long time prior to knowing it as a passage from the Tao Te Ching. Particularly I have been concerned with the concept of using fear to motivate and whether goals can ever be reached from this position.

When we orient toward fear, we move away from something rather than to it. We create separation and resistance. There are times in life when fear is necessary, but those are instances of immediate survival. Fear is a very helpful and healthy response when running away from a lion for example, but we should be wary of engaging with this form of motivation for longer than it takes to outrun the lion.

If we run on fear for too long, we begin to degrade ourselves, our environment and our community, resulting in the destruction of the very life we so fearfully cling to. This passage is particularly important to me right now while we are embroiled in the COVID crisis, with fear swirling all around us.

We have been running from the lion for over a year, some of us longer. Where are we running to? What is our goal? What are we moving toward? Is it merely about self-preservation? Not dying? How many of us are perishing as a result of not dying? Has our fear of a virus and our subsequent war on it been in harmony with life? Are we safe in our double masks, quarantine bubbles, social distancing and slathering of anti-microbials?

Simply looking at these words we can begin to see how we have moved away from life in our effort to preserve it. Quarantine, mask, mandate, distance, isolate, anti. There is no room for life in these words; they are oppressive.

Are we any safer as a result of our war on disease? Are we healthier, happier and more secure, or are we slowly perishing? What if instead we oriented toward harmony and health? What if we stopped protecting ourselves and instead operated on what is good and life promoting? What if our response to COVID was to support more farmers, build soil and get people back to the land? What if instead of the trillions of dollars spent on vaccines, we put that money into nourishing food and access to the outdoors for everyone, cleaning up our waterways and removing air pollution? What if we helped those stuck in intergenerational poverty and disease rise up and become stewards of their own bodies rather than victims?

What if rather than defending against death we created opportunity for life? Ultimately death is inevitable, but a good life must be cultivated.

Emily Rooney-Bryan, Morrisville VT

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We Are Actually Getting Sleep: Painting Pictures Ep. 86

Brought to you by Women: after the arrival of a new human being, Gabe reflects on being a dad and brags about how he and his wife are actually doing just fine. With an update from Susan Davis in Waterville.

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Here’s the video I referenced of the alleged shooting inside the US Capitol on 1/6/21:

Letter to the Editor Published in The News & Citizen

Many thanks to the editor of the News & Citizen, our Morrisville, VT-based free weekly newspaper, for publishing my letter in response to an op-ed that ran in their paper. Below is my letter, and below that, the op-ed to which I responded.

The memo that inspired the op-ed, and my subsequent reply, can be found here:

In response to “Capitalism’s day as dominant measure of social success is over,” A View From the Hill, Feb. 4, 2021, I’m afraid I don’t share Tamara Burke’s optimism about how modernizing regulatory review will put an end to capitalism — much less prove to be a boon to the common man.

Firstly, the memo itself, as quoted in Burke’s piece, lists economic growth as one of its priorities. How does one read this and infer that the capitalist model of endless economic growth — that Burke so rightfully critiques — will be challenged?

Secondly, to expect the industries responsible for polluting our planet, poisoning our bodies and guzzling our tax dollars to suddenly change course because of a memo that sports flowery language like “the interests of future generations” strikes me as hopelessly naive.

Regulatory agencies form a series of revolving doors with the most lucrative posts in the industries they are tasked with policing. Do we believe that suddenly, thanks to this document, they shall take up the cause of the common man?

While we may indeed be witnessing the end of capitalism as we know it, what rises in its stead is a shiny new brand of fascism, wherein the final vestiges of the free market are cast aside along with our privacy and civil liberties — anachronisms no longer viable in the new age of global pandemics and racial justice.

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Everything Wrong with the Capitol Shooting in 21 Minutes

This is the best footage I’ve seen yet of what took place inside the US Capitol on January 6th:

Tulips on the Old Table

From early 2020 here in our house in Craftsbury Village.

Recent Drawings

The “drop zone” inside our front door, as seen from the couch.

Thanksgiving in Montgomery—cooking and hanging out in the kitchen.

Our mysterious palm-like plant that lived in our bedroom, now out in the nook for some extra light and space. Charcoal and pencil drawing.

Holiday meal prepping.

The advent calendar that my sister and nephew made, inside their house on Morey Hill Rd.

Storming the Capitol: Painting Pictures Ep. 85

Not for the faint of heart!  A truly hot-headed rant about the supposed storming of the US capitol building on January 6th, 2021.

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Watch this video from The Last American Vagabond to see various clips of footage from the event:

The video is rather long—skip ahead to the cellphone videos presented throughout if you’re short on time.

Another note: “Stolen” is the wrong word for describing this election.  “Controlled” is much better.  These shows are put on every four years for maximum entertainment value and attention-grabbing, with the results determined well ahead of time.  Also, FYI my vote for president in 2020 was for Don Blankenship.

Georgia Senate Report on 2020 Election Fraud

Here is a 15-page summary of testimony on the 2020 election proceedings in Georgia, compiled by the senate Election Law Study Subcommittee.  So very many shenanigans reported.

Stolen elections are nothing new, of course.  In the words of Mark Crispin Miller:

“The people on the Right who are deploring this apparent theft for Biden-Harris have got to snap out of their amnesiac trance thinking this has never happened before.  It has happened repeatedly.  It’s just happening to their side now.   Elections have been stolen in this country by domestic players for decades; really since before 2000 when things got much worse because the Help America Vote act indirectly mandated the use of electronic voting systems all over the country, which is what we now have, which is one of the reasons that our voting system is so disgraceful.

So the Right needs to face the fact that some of their heroes were not actually elected, and the Left needs to face the fact that, much as they like the outcome this time does not make it legitimate.  And this all speaks to the urgent need for something like… dare I say it… solidarity among the American people.  I mean, this seems like a lost cause, I realize.  But if Americans continue to be at each other’s throats like this they will be extremely vulnerable to the worst repression.”

From Prof. Miller’s appearance on the Tom Woods Show:

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