Friday, June 10, 2016

Golden Rule


The Stark Street Meetinghouse was packed for this one, an occasion to be sure.  Veterans for Peace is a sponsor of this event.  Their goal, like the Red Cross and Rotary Club, is to eliminate nuclear weapons.

We enjoyed a classic Quaker potluck beginning at 6:30 PM.  Having been in Multnomah Village today, visiting with a North Dakota based math futurist, I swung by Grand Central Bakery on the way back (on Multnomah Boulevard), getting some fresh baked goods for tonight.

Peter Ford kicked off the event using the well-known Rise Up Singing canon, page 198, A-Rovin.

Golden Rule is a watercraft.  In the 1950s it was captained by Bert Bigelow, who deliberately sailed it into international waters in protest of the aggressor's asymmetric nuclear warfare against the defenseless people living there.

Bert was a Navy man who bravely quit his commission to stand up to the mindless cowards.

The aggressor was wrapped in an American flag at the time, although this disguise would wear thin in the following decades, as corporate persons (aka "walking dead") further expressed the debilitating effects of the military-industrial meme virus (called a "complex" at the time).

Carol, my mom, gave a strong impromptu speech about the Kellogg-Briand Pact, after we sang Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream.  She pointed out the dream had come true, during a 1928 window.

Most people don't hear about this inconvenient-to-warmongers treaty, still on the books.

Sara, who wrote a hundred letters to Obama about ending nuclear weapons, did a lightning talk about her car, which has 17K polka dots each representing a nuclear warhead (a rough estimate of the number of WMSs (weapons of mass suicide)).


Carl Thatcher gave a short presentation about first learning of the original Golden Rule. Helen gave us some overview of the voyage so far.

The crew of the Golden Rule were arrested.  Their story inspired the Phoenix to complete the journey to the Marshall Islands, ground zero for the unprovoked nuclear attacks.

The boat itself turned up in Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California in 2010.  Michael Gonzalez rescued and restored it.  She was relaunched on June 20, 2015.

Mom wrapped up the occasion with a rousing speech.  She recently traveled from LA to Seattle, and from Atlanta to Boston.  Hers was a land-based version of the Golden Rule's mission.

She's done her homework, and knows from her own research that human subject experiments were a principal goal of the Mengele types hiding out as "doctors and scientists" in the so-called US government back then.

Follow-up:  Part Two.