April 17, 2014
Lifeboat Hour Archive, w/Christopher Weller 9/30/12

Michael Ruppert interviews our friend and former Refreshment Center blog contributor, Christopher Weller on this installment of The Lifeboat Hour.

I wanted to share this in posterity to remember Mike’s graciousness and committment to new media like ours and gifted writers like Christopher, who we hope to see posting again soon.

I was in El Paso when this aired after visiting with Dr. Guy McPherson in New Mexico and doing some media work with Blazing Kat Productions, who were producing episodes of the show OWS Week. Occupy is how I met Mike, so the timing seemed very kismet.  I thank Christopher Weller for his work and commitment to providing spiritual refreshment for our readers over the years.

*Just realized in this installment Mike shares the song, “Calling All Angels” by Jane Siberry and KD Lang. The same song he shared on his last show before he shed this mortal coil. Crazy eclipse, man. ~ Gabrielle Price

April 16, 2014
In memoriam: Michael C. Ruppert

Richard Heinberg (Post Carbon Institute):

Just three weeks ago I saw Mike for the first time in four years. We talked at a restaurant; then, a couple of days later, I was a guest on his Lifeboat Hour radio show. He had clearly been to hell and back since we last saw each other, but appeared to have come to a better place within himself. He had a couple of big projects on the horizon and gave no hint of the end that he would choose. During the past decade he alerted many thousands of people to the precarious nature of our global, fossil-fueled industrial system, and many of those folks changed their careers or moved to another location in search of more resilience and sustainability. That’s a legacy that deserves enduring thanks.

April 16, 2014

Abby Martin gives a heartfelt tribute to investigative journalist and former LAPD detective, Michael C. Ruppert, highlighting his career from exposing CIA drug trafficking to his groundbreaking research on ‘Peak Energy’ and remembering his sincere devotion to truth and justice.

Thank you, Abby. Love and respect, sister. #KeepGoing

April 15, 2014
An open letter to Mike Ruppert

As many of you may have heard, Michael C. Ruppert took his own life this past Sunday evening after his radio program The Lifeboat Hour aired on PRN. I sent a short version of this email to him - a busy news analyst - on November 7th of 2013. I kept the long version for a book I’m working on but today I felt inclined to share it. I hope it brings some comfort to those who loved him and respected his work, which meant so much to so many. The Refreshment Center has changed significantly since I met him, but it simply wouldn’t have existed at all without his contribution & commitment to high standards in investigative journalism. He was one helluva mentor. RIP Ruppert Bear. ~ Gabrielle Price

A letter to Mike Ruppert

11/7/2013

Greetings, Mike – I hope this finds you well. I’ve been incredibly busy on the new homestead after years wandering and trying to find my place. My time here may be short-lived but it is a welcome respite, especially now, and I am making no small plans for this place.

I’m writing in regards to your last radio show — with the lovely Carloyn Baker and I was very pleased to hear the band Puscifer during the break. I’ve followed Maynard’s career for awhile and I was reminded of a post I made at The Refreshment Center in 2010. It has many more views than most, except for a short screed on anarchy that was juvenile at best when I wrote it.

I wanted to share this post with you personally, rather than on social media because it is personal to me and reminds me of a time when I had sequestered myself away from what Krishnamurti would call our ‘sick society’. I had my longest ‘dark night of the soul’ as it were. There have been others, but this one was the mother of them all. I hope you will entertain my telling a short story.

Long before Occupy, I had read ‘Crossing the Rubicon’ after the BP Disaster and later watched Collapse with a former roommate. During the film, you mentioned ‘finding your tribe and gathering your friends’ – he paused the film and told me he was very glad I was there. I was, too. We made plans and worked well together, sharing data and researching into the wee hours, planning a garden and keeping an eye on events that were just coming to light in Greece.

Unfortunately, our bond of friendship wasn’t as strong as his love of alcohol and need for repetitive fighting. It was traumatic on many levels. My daughter and I had to leave less than two months after I viewed Collapse. From that point, I had to walk away from my former life and friends because they were barely familiar. Stung by this experience before for different reasons [‘cliques’, ‘art snobs’ and ‘self-proclaimed gurus’ among them]…this experience was vastly different. Your work gave me two gifts: My freedom from mental slavery and the realization of why I was left uninspired by this culture. The things I saw and heard being passed off as art, spoke nothing about the world we actually live in. I began the hard work of decolonization of self.

After reading Rubicon, a fine work but I admit it was when I heard your voice in Collapse that the ‘bell rang’ out in my soul. It resonated with startling clarity what I had already known…that everything is connected. I felt this in the ‘inner’ before but was grasping to figure out what the ‘outer’ connection was that drew us all toward this coming shift. I credit you and your teachers for this part of my awakening. Gratitude matters a great deal to me and I’d be not worth my salt without thanking you personally for this foundation-breaking epiphany.

It was this epiphany that compelled me to sequester myself in a hotel room for six months. My daughter moved before this and I was able to make the decision to stay by the grace of friends I met online and knew your work. I had been practicing meditation a few years by that time and what I learned resonated loudly enough for me to take the drastic measure of leaving behind my comfort zone. To turn down the volume, study your methods…learn how to investigate, how to dig, how to pluck out the ice cream from the BS [as you once said]. And I’m quite sure many believed I had lost my mind.

It was also during this time that a long-distance relationship deepened. A man who knew me well and loved me deeply enough to encourage the work I was doing, whether he understood it or not. I’d never experienced this before and it was not for me to question the when or why of the gift, I simply surrendered to it. I found a love – my beloved – who encouraged me to become what I had always wanted to be: a writer. He was far away and I missed him often but I never felt lonely. Love like that made me stronger when many would have quit. I found I was not afraid of solitude. In fact, it was a blessed gift.

My time in what Bukowski may have called a palace [compared to his ‘cold water flats’] to connect more dots and develop my intuition, this blog post was born. Occupy came soon after and a year later, it was through this rushing wave of awakening that I found myself on your doorstep, interviewing you at your home in Sebastopol, holding my signed copy of Rubicon and leaving a rose quartz in your garden.

There is, of course, so much more to this story. I hope you’ll honor me by reading it one day but know this experience taught me that nothing is coincidence to those who trust the path of spirit, brother. Nothing.

Heaven is for those afraid of hell — to be spiritual is to have gone through hell. I believe that as much as I believe I was led to the place I am blessed to be in now. I try to help every soul I meet that carries the heavy load of this ‘sick society’ knowing much of that suffering is illusory. The weight of shackles we do not own but many call a birthright. It’s this idea of ownership that validates the absurd notion that man can rightfully own the earth.

This ‘theater of the absurd’ is older than the Buddha. The earth is older still and we must all be her witness now. Her suffering is our suffering.

An old Swedish proverb that holds true as much as it did when I heard it in my youth, “Shared joy is double joy. Shared sorrow, only half a sorrow.”  Thank you for sharing both and the courage to bear witness to the atrocities of this dying age. It has made me appreciate the beauty of all life more acutely, not just through my camera lens. I recognize the sacredness of simple pleasures. The jewels contained within a simple life.

My friend, such treasures we’ve had all along! We’re all so much richer than this paradigm wants us to know…and I found that’s where my work finally met spirit. What a blessing to get here. Some of us just have to take the long way home, I reckon.

I honor your journey and I wish you peace, Mike. For every envelope you pushed and trail you blazed, I thank you. I’m honored that spirit saw fit for us to meet upon the path.

Enjoy : Sacred Math and The Sacred Hoop [with Tool song Lateralus]

With love and respect,

Gabrielle

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Spiral out, Brother Mike. We’ll keep going.

April 14, 2014
My daughter, interviewed on Drawn This Way Podcast. Yayz!
adriofthedead:

drawntw:

Episode 43
(note Reed was just getting over a cold so there are times where he leaves Adri to talk by themselves while Reed coughs his lungs out on mute)
Reed talks with his guest adriofthedead about Aquabats and how an image can go viral in good and bad ways.
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My daughter, interviewed on Drawn This Way Podcast. Yayz!

adriofthedead:

drawntw:

Episode 43

(note Reed was just getting over a cold so there are times where he leaves Adri to talk by themselves while Reed coughs his lungs out on mute)

Reed talks with his guest adriofthedead about Aquabats and how an image can go viral in good and bad ways.

Adri of the Dead  twitter | tumblr 

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that me -_-

April 11, 2014

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)

Good time to review some history, folks.

April 10, 2014
Barack Obama pulls a George W. Bush: Lies, misinformation and chemical weapons

April 7, 2014
shadowgallerycollective:

Very newsworthy article for us here at SGC — click the link to read about Hunter’s induction.
Anita’s comment is also very noteworthy and exciting! We have been watching the work she’s been doing with The Gonzo Foundation, which keeps Hunter’s memory alive through supporting new and upcoming journalists, writers and activists who embrace the ‘Gonzo’ style.
We’ll be reporting more on this organization’s work very soon.
Congratulations to Anita and all of Hunter’s family and friends for this stellar and overdue accolade for the Doc!

shadowgallerycollective:

Very newsworthy article for us here at SGC — click the link to read about Hunter’s induction.

Anita’s comment is also very noteworthy and exciting! We have been watching the work she’s been doing with The Gonzo Foundation, which keeps Hunter’s memory alive through supporting new and upcoming journalists, writers and activists who embrace the ‘Gonzo’ style.

We’ll be reporting more on this organization’s work very soon.

Congratulations to Anita and all of Hunter’s family and friends for this stellar and overdue accolade for the Doc!

April 6, 2014
#Occupy Your Heart And Mind ~ by DJ ItsJustARide

shadowgallerycollective:

Hailing from California, DJ ItsJustARide has been a friend of the Shadow Gallery for a few years and we’re pleased to showcase our favorite mix of his [though there are many we consider favorites!]. Why did we choose this mix in particular? For one, It contains what many consider Charlie Chaplin’s…

April 4, 2014
10th Anniversary Highlights David Letterman

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