Monday, February 20, 2017

Kizh Nation = Native American Los Angeles; Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Xochitl, Wisdom Quarterly

Rebel Kizh Medicine Woman Toypurina
Today there is a growing awareness of the enormous debt that Los Angeles owes the Gabrieleño. Although the city traditionally traces its cultural heritage to Spanish and American roots, it was the Gabrieleño who built and supported the missions, Pueblo, and ranchos [concentration camps, town, and Spanish ranches].

It was the Gabrieleño who provided the goods and labor that enabled the first settlements to survive and prosper; without them the history of Los Angeles would be very different indeed.

“The First Angelinos”
William McCawley edited by Wisdom Quarterly
The Kizh (Gabrieleños) are the indigenous people of the Los Angeles Basin who were enslaved to build the San Gabriel Mission as well as the Los Angeles Plaza [Catholic] Church.

Historians have attempted to erase their history through the manipulation of politics, both local and federal. This conspiracy running throughout the 20th century has had the goal of avoiding the question of repatriation.

The current chief of the Kizh Nation
Chief Ernest Perez Tautimes Salas is the temporal and spiritual leader of the original documented Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians.

He has proved to be the most recognized and most accurately documented direct lineal-descendant of former native ancestors of Kizh/Gabrieleño villages or rancherias, the villages of Sibangna Siba, Tameobit and Atongai/Tamet, from 1785 of any Gabrieleño Indians in Gabrieleño history.

In 1994, the State of California recognized the Gabrielino Tribal Council as "Gabrielino" -- without the use of the term Tongva.
Spiritual leader Chief Ernest P. Teutimez Salas leads the original Gabrieleño Tribe of  San Gabriel, and it was through him that the Gabrielino Tribal Council gained acknowledgement of its nonprofit status, granted by the State of California in 1994 (501c3 incorporated and founded by Ernest P. Salas).

Chief Salas is the great great grandchild of Nicolas Jose, a man of great power who had an important role in the uprising and rebellion at Mission San Gabriel.

[Forced religious conversions]
Nicolás José (1748-?) was a San Gabriel Indian, a man of great power, of control, a good leader. He was among other natives who first worked with the Spanish then turned against them. On September 27, 1774, 26-year-old Nicolás José was baptized [tricked, forced, or induced to become Catholic] by Father Pablo Joseph de Mugartegui at the San Gabriel Mission.

He was only the third adult male Gabrielino to be baptized at the mission. There are no historical records revealing if he had exercised any religious or political authority in his home of Sibapet (Hackel 2003).

However, soon after that baptism he exercised his leadership and power in many ways. He became one of the first Indians to serve as a Gabrielino marriage witness and the only Gabrielino to serve as a godparent for the child of a Baja California Indian. More

Friday, February 17, 2017

Life in Native Los Angeles (video)

Xochitl, Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly; Jonathan Salisbury (MissionPlayhouse); RT
One day white plague will come to Tongavar, be scourge upon the land, destroy everything.

What happened?
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (
Spain conquered formerly Buddhist Mexico. (But that's impossible! Or is it?) Mexico originally included California.

The Europeans took the land from the indigenous population -- the Tongva (labeling them "Gabrielinos" after the concentration camp "mission" the Spanish established to ethnically cleanse the population) and other local tribes -- and established a sort of Europe West.

A Native brave with no idea
This stronghold of the British (a.k.a. the "Americans") eventually waged war for territory on everyone here -- displacing the French and other interlopers, too, plus thousands of indigenous nations across the land from places now called New York City and the City of Angels (Los Angeles) to create a new imperial British colony and superpower we affectionately call the US of A, scarcely realizing the bloodbath the Europeans engaged in to establish it.

The British-descended "Americans" did not stop at California but instead immediately became an imperial power and invaded the Philippines and the island nation of Hawaii and any other island it could claim as a protectorate or slave colony.

America before the European invasion

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Life as artificial simulation (video)

Beyond The Veil (Jan. 19, 2017); Pat Macpherson, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly

The Mandela Effect and Time Travel explained by Rob Shelsky
Beyond The VeilVisit for hundreds of Mandela Effect and Time Travel related interviews. Is there proof of a parallel universe in the Mandela Effect? Is there proof of time travel?

Rob Shelsky discusses evidence for the Mandela Effect and Time Travel and details his first recollection that CERN might be altering the space-time continuum. Was Nikola Tesla's technology involved? Find out now!

The Mandela Effect is said to be evidence of time travel. For our pick for the Top 5 Mandela Effects with Proof, can check out this video. But could this time travel phenomenon be accounted for going way back to the 1990's? What about beyond that?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Toypurina: Native American Warrior Princess

Xochitl, Crystal Quintero, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly; F. J. Vasquez; Pasadena Library
In 1785 a Tongva medicine woman leads a revolt against Spanish missionaries who forbid Native practices [language, pre-colonial freedom]. Her name is Toypurina (WQ).
Toypurina, California's Joan of Arc
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Indigenous resistance leader, Toypurina
Toypurina is not only the heroine of the Kizh/Gabrielino people but she is unique in California history and, indeed, in the history of the U.S.

This is because she is the only Native American woman to have led a revolt against foreign conquering powers.

Her story is remarkably like Joan of Arc; although both women met tragic ends, their remarkable accomplishments make them timeless and inspiring heroines.

Unfortunately, Toypurina's life story has been misrepresented in the historical writings to date.

Now for the first time, the Kizh/Gabrielino people present her factual story as well as her astounding legacy.
(Fernando J. Vasquez, Ralph Nabor) Toypurina, a Native American medicine woman in pre-Los Angeles of the 1700s at the San Gabriel Mission, started an Indian uprising against colonizers.
Event: Toypurina, California's Joan of Arc
7:00 pm, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 (Central Pasadena Library) Donald Wright Auditorium

Toypurina, rebel leader, Los Angeles
Toypurina (1760-1799) was a Tongva (called Gabrielinos by the colonizers) Native American medicine woman and rebellion leader. She opposed the rule of colonization by Spanish Christian missionaries in Southern California.

Toypurina led an unsuccessful rebellion against them. She lived during a particularly historic time in early California, which was then a part of Mexico called Alta California as distinct from today's Baja California (alta=upper, baja=lower), which is still a part of Mexico.

Toypurina Kizh/Tongva: "Be Brave and Fight [the rapists]" (modern L.A. area mural)
Native American tribal lands of SoCal
Toypurina was 9 years old when the Spanish colonizers first arrived at what is now known as the Los Angeles Basin. She was 11 when Mission San Gabriel Archangel was completed, and 21 when Governor Felipe de Neve founded the Pueblo of Los Angeles, Alta California.

Toypurina: The Joan of Arc of California
In time, Toypurina rose to be a powerful spiritual leader, respected for her bravery and wisdom.

She was considered a great communicator, trading with dozens of villages in the many indigenous languages of pre-colonial California used from nearby Santa Catalina Island, visible from Santa Monica Beach (and the much farther out isle now known as San Nicolas or the Island of the Blue Dolphins, where lived the amazing Tongva woman "Karana," Christened "Juana Maria" by the Catholic missionaries in Santa Barbara who contributed to her death), through the eastern foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains to the northwestern San Fernando Valley.
  • Presented by authors Dr. Gary Stickel and Dr. Christina Swindall Martinez. Q&A to follow. Books available for sale and signing. 7:00-8:00 pm.
  • MAP: 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, 91101 (626) 744-4066
Toypurina: The Stage Show
Jonathan Salisbury (description edited by Wisdom Quarterly)
Jonathan SalisburyHelp bring this new stage show to life! It's about the remarkable Native American medicine woman Toypurina, who led her tribe, the Indigenous people of Los Angeles known as the Tongva, the "People," in a rebellion against the European militant Catholic concentration camp called "San Gabriel Mission" in 1785.

What about sex? Scarlett on monogamy (video)

Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly (OPINION); via Yahoo News; unreleased Lana Del Rey (via a music video presented by Jessica Stone Fox)
(Jessica Stone Fox) Lana Del Rey performs "Because of You" (Music Video)

Scarlett Johansson has opened up about her relationship with French journalist Romain Dauriac, saying monogamy isn't for everyone.
Scarlett divorced Ryan Reynolds, who of course went on to wed Blake Lively, in 2011 [then to star in the greatest R-rated action movie of all time].

Two years later, she got engaged to Romain in August of 2013 after ten months of dating. She said at the time: "I've never been much of a traditional girl, but I do think [being engaged is] a nice period. There's something old-world nostalgic about it."
The couple of course went on to have daughter Rose Dorothy in 2014, but as 2017 rolled around, rumors emerged that she and Romain had split in the summer of 2016. Pictures of her at the Women's March without her wedding ring only fueled speculation further. More: Cosmopolitan UK
Standing up to The Man at the Women's March on Washington DC (

When will "polyamory" be considered natural?
What's stopping you? Jail?
Poly means many, and amory means love. In a country of serial monagamists, were we date a lot of people but one at a time, what would it be like to date multiple people at the same time? Ask someone in the 60s and 70s. It's happening all the time, only most of us think or feel that it's cheating. Why? We aren't mature enough to talk about it openly, explain that it's our preference, and be fine with the other person doing it, too. No. You will not. We don't mind doing it, but the other person? Never. So we're hypocrites, clinging, and trying to have it all and have it our way like children. Then when people in Utah become polygamists (many marriages, not to be confused with bigamists, who marry again without telling the new person that they are already married, which is unethical and illegal), we freak out. Admittedly, even though the Christian Bible likes it, polygamy has it's own problems -- all that welfare to support a poor Mormon man's fecundity, the implicit sexist bias, the [add your offense here]. All of this is different than polyamory, the mature and open loving of more than one person. When will we consider it "normal and natural"? When the same people who gave us acceptance of interracial dating, feminism, and gay marriage feel like it. Our society and Western culture is pulled by strings. Movers and shakers, the mainstream media, religious leaders, the Hollywood machine, Washington DC, and the clandestine alphabet agencies -- we think it's our choice, but it's really them not so much telling but "manufacturing our consent." So love whom you want, but don't expect backing from society for awhile. In the Buddha's day, there was polygamy. There still is. Around the world, if you have the money, everyone is fine with it. Well, almost everyone. They don't have to be marriages. Throughout Europe, it's understood. A man will have multiple partners, and there's tacit acceptance of it. You just don't talk about it. There's comfort and things can carry on, hypocritcally, if we just don't talk about it. Ruin the family not for cheating (or molesting, or raping, or being gay, etc.) but for the CRIME of talking about it! How dare you mention it in this family; get out!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Don't think about sex (Valentine's Day)

Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly; Dr. Michael Bennett, MD, Sarah Bennett; Emily Hart
British comedienne Emily Hart on Stupid Ways Women Impress Men and more

F*ck Love: One Shrink’s Sensible Advice for Finding a Lasting Relationship
 F*ck Love (
From the brilliant New York Times bestselling authors of the “refreshingly blunt” (Harper’s Bazaar) F*ck Feelings -- this seriously irreverent road map reveals the essentials to look for when you're done being suckered by the promise of true love and want help seeking a real, lasting relationship.

Many people have opinions on the subject of romantic relationships -- why they’re so hard to find, so difficult to maintain, so easily analogized to planets and pets -- but the real source of trouble isn’t too complicated: it’s that we are choosing our partners based on love, excitement, lust, attraction, neediness…on feelings.

Instead of helping readers find true love (also known as “total bullsh*t”), Dr. Bennett and his comedy-writing daughter Sarah reveal the practical, commonsense criteria for good partnerships that will allow real love to develop, even after the romance has died... More
Playboy Corp. is bringing back female exploitation on a planet awash in porn (YN).

Dr. Michael I. Bennett, educated at both Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, is a board-certified Canadian psychiatrist. His first book, the New York Times bestseller F*ck Feelings (2015), is co-authored with his daughter, Sarah. He lives with his wife in Boston.
Sarah Bennett has written for magazines, the Internet, TV, and books. She also spent two years writing for a monthly sketch comedy show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NY. Somehow, she lives in New Hampshire and works in New York. F*ck Feelings (2015), is written with her father, psychiatrist, Dr. Michael I. Bennett.
Equality's gaining: It's not just male child molesters anymore (KTLA 5).

How to be a sugar baby, sugar daddy (video)

Shocking Documentary: America's Sugar Daddies and Sugar Babies

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Scientific study: Mindfulness for pain relief

Original Investigation: (March NaN, 2016) 
Effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction vs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Usual Care on Back Pain and Functional Limitations in Adults With Chronic Low Back Pain
This is gov't science, so it's OK.
Importance  Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) has [previously] not been rigorously evaluated for young and middle-aged adults with chronic low back pain.
Objective  To evaluate the effectiveness for chronic low back pain of MBSR vs cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or usual care.

Design, Setting, and Participants  Randomized, interviewer-blind, clinical trial in an integrated health care system in Washington State of 342 adults aged 20 to 70 years with chronic low back pain enrolled between September 2012 and April 2014 and randomly assigned to receive MBSR (n = 116), CBT (n = 113), or usual care (n = 113).
Interventions  CBT (training to change pain-related thoughts and behaviors) and MBSR (training in mindfulness meditation and yoga) were delivered in 8 weekly 2-hour groups. Usual care included whatever care participants received.
Main Outcomes and Measures  Coprimary outcomes were the percentages of participants with clinically meaningful (≥30%) improvement from baseline in functional limitations (modified Roland Disability Questionnaire [RDQ]; range, 0-23) and in self-reported back pain bothersomeness (scale, 0-10) at 26 weeks. Outcomes were also assessed at 4, 8, and 52 weeks.
Results  There were 342 randomized participants, the mean (SD) [range] age was 49.3 (12.3) [20-70] years, 224 (65.7%) were women, mean duration of back pain was 7.3 years (range, 3 months-50 years), 123 (53.7%) attended 6 or more of the 8 sessions, 294 (86.0%) completed the study at 26 weeks, and 290 (84.8%) completed the study at 52 weeks.

In intent-to-treat analyses at 26 weeks, the percentage of participants with clinically meaningful improvement on the RDQ was higher for those who received MBSR (60.5%) and CBT (57.7%) than for usual care (44.1%) (overall P = .04; relative risk [RR] for MBSR vs usual care, 1.37 [95% CI, 1.06-1.77]; RR for MBSR vs CBT, 0.95 [95% CI, 0.77-1.18]; and RR for CBT vs usual care, 1.31 [95% CI, 1.01-1.69]).

The percentage of participants with clinically meaningful improvement in pain bothersomeness at 26 weeks was 43.6% in the MBSR group and 44.9% in the CBT group, vs 26.6% in the usual care group (overall P = .01; RR for MBSR vs usual care, 1.64 [95% CI, 1.15-2.34]; RR for MBSR vs CBT, 1.03 [95% CI, 0.78-1.36]; and RR for CBT vs usual care, 1.69 [95% CI, 1.18-2.41]).

Findings for MBSR persisted with little change at 52 weeks for both primary outcomes.
Conclusions and Relevance  Among adults with chronic low back pain, treatment with MBSR or CBT, compared with usual care, resulted in greater improvement in back pain and functional limitations at 26 weeks, with no significant differences in outcomes between MBSR and CBT. These findings suggest that MBSR may be an effective treatment option for patients with chronic low back pain.
Trial Registration Identifier: NCT01467843

Ahhh, my back hurts, stupid science!
Low back pain is a leading cause of disability in the United States.1 Despite numerous treatment options and greatly increased medical care resources devoted to this problem, the functional status of persons with back pain in the United States has deteriorated.2,3 There is need for treatments with demonstrated effectiveness that are low risk and have potential for widespread availability.
Psychosocial factors play important roles in pain and associated physical and psychosocial disability.4 In fact, 4 of the 8 nonpharmacologic treatments recommended for persistent back pain include mind-body components.4 One of these, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), has demonstrated effectiveness for various chronic pain conditions58 and is widely recommended for patients with chronic low back pain.

However, patient access to CBT is limited. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR),9 another mind-body approach, focuses on increasing awareness and acceptance of moment-to-moment experiences including physical discomfort and difficult emotions.

MBSR is becoming increasingly popular and available in the United States. Thus, if demonstrated as beneficial for chronic low back pain, MBSR could offer another psychosocial treatment option for the large number of US residents with this condition.

MBSR and other mindfulness-based interventions have been recognized as helpful for a range of conditions including chronic pain.1012 However, only 1 large randomized clinical trial (RCT) has evaluated MBSR for chronic low back pain,13 and that trial was limited to older adults.
This RCT compared MBSR with CBT and with usual care. We hypothesized that adults with chronic low back pain randomized to receive MBSR would show greater short- and long-term improvement in back pain–related functional limitations, back pain bothersomeness, and other outcomes as compared with those randomized to usual care.

We also hypothesized that MBSR would be superior to CBT because it includes yoga, which has been found to be effective in treating chronic low back pain.14 More

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly Wikipedia edit

First I stretch, do my yoga asanas or poses, then I'm ready to relax.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a program that incorporates Buddhist mindfulness (sati) practice to assist people with pain and a range of conditions and life issues that were initially difficult to treat in a hospital setting.

Developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the 1970s by Prof. Jon Kabat-Zinn, MBSR uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, and yoga to help people become more mindful.[1][2]

MBSR programs have been proposed for a wide variety of conditions including stress reduction.[3][4][5] 

Clinical research studies have documented various physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness in different patient categories as well as in healthy adults and children.[2][6][7] While MBSR has its roots in spiritual teachings, the program itself is secular.[2][5][1] 
The concept of mindfulness has existed for over five millennia.[8][9][10] Many credit the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course for introducing mindfulness to mainstream Western culture.[11]

In 1979 Kabat-Zinn founded the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts and nearly 20 years later the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine.[1] 

Both of these institutions supported the successful growth and implementation of MBSR into hospitals worldwide.[1][2] Today close to 80% of medical schools offer some element of mindfulness training and research and education centers dedicated to mindfulness have proliferated.[12] More

The Buddha's Mindfulness Practice
Ven. Nyanatiloka (Buddhist Dictionary) edited by Wisdom Quarterly

The Four "Foundations of Mindfulness," literally "awareness of mindfulness" (sati-upatthāna), are the systematic contemplation of:
  1. body
  2. feeling
  3. mind
  4. mind-objects.
A detailed treatment of this subject, so important for the practice of Buddhist mental cultivation, is given in the two Sati-patthāna Sutras (DN 22 and MN 10), which at the start as well as the conclusion, proclaim the weighty words:

"The only [or the direct] way that leads to the attainment of purity, to the overcoming of sorrow and lamentation, to the end of pain and grief, to the entering of the right path, and to the realization of nirvana is the Four Foundations of Mindfulness."

After these introductory words and upon the question which these four are, it is said that the meditator dwells in contemplation of the body (the four elements), the feelings (sensations), the mind (four of the five khandhas), and the mind-objects "ardent, clearly conscious and mindful, after putting away greed and grief with regard to the world."
These four contemplations are in reality not separate exercises but, on the contrary, at least in many cases, especially in the meditative absorptions (jhanas), as things inseparably associated with each other.

Thereby the Satipathāna Sutra forms an illustration of the way in which these four contemplations relating to the Five Aggregates (khandha) simultaneously come to be realized, and finally lead to insight into the impersonality (not-self nature) of all existence.
(1) The contemplation of the body (kāyanupassanā) consists of the following exercises: More

Going to Cuba (video)

Cary Harrison (KPFK/; T&CN; Crystal Quintero, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly

See Cuba while you can: Join fellow KPFK listeners May 14-21, 2017 (
Classic American cars survive on the forbidden isle of Cuba due to US embargo (AP).
Radio's Cary Harrison in front of Fidel Castro
Los Angeles Free Speech Radio station KPFK’s Cary Harrison, our favorite gay and socially-conscious bon vivant, invites you to experience this final Cuba voyage before new restrictions go into effect.

This one-time cruise to all three of Cuba’s historical ports is guaranteed to be a mind-blowing experience that will last a lifetime! We cruise on the intimate Adonia, operated for us in a unique partnership with the newest cruise line, Fathom Travel.

This will be the very last time Fathom runs this cruise, and we can only hold cabins until February 14. It is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity you won’t want to miss: $3350... More