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Saturday, October 6, 2018

~ SevenSevenSeven ~

~  Seven Paragraphs, Seven Steps, Seven Methods ~

Dear Folks,

This letter explains the Peace Project and urges each of you to share your brilliance, time, and support so the Project will succeed.

The list of problems facing us Humans is very long indeed, and there's a consensus that we'd best work hard to get our survival act together, or we may not make it to the end of the century. Our job is to make sure we do arrive at 2100 with the most critical issues resolved, thus continuing to exist well beyond that date with bright collective futures.

That said, we present the seven most important paragraphs, which include "how we get to 2100 and beyond" instructions as well as "harsh warning" statements, all taken from the third letter I wrote to Mr. Trump.


Two days ago, I had a long conversation with a dear friend who for years has helped me travel the internet and avoid many entanglements in that very complicated web of electrons. He is a very good listener and was kind enough to hear me share a rather lengthy explanation of the Global Peace Event being held in Dubuque, Iowa, in late Summer or early Fall, 2019. As you remember from your last visit, Dubuque is right next to Peosta.

The Event has three separate purposes: A convention because Folks will be gathering for the sake of discussing methods of developing peace; a festival because Folks are coming from all over the world bringing their arts, music, clothing, and culture; and finally, a celebration because there will be Folks arriving from communities that are already quite harmonious and egalitarian. No doubt much can be learned from that group. 

My friend listened carefully to that news as well as a shorter summary of the next steps we'll be taking as The Project proceeds:

1. Continue to develop our multi-purpose publication, the Peaceful Towne Beacon, which now has a new slogan: "Chronicle of Amelioration".
2. Revitalize my MillerIsPresident blog site, thus continue being president of the United States virtually on the magically mysterious web.
3. Organize Spring Event, as explained above.
4. Continue to plan a smaller convention in December or January, perhaps in a more balmy part of the country, during which we shall examine human rights documents written throughout history, collect the critical, brilliant parts of each, and then develop, if you will, a New Magna Carta modernized for the New Millennium.
5. Develop a new organization called the Wise Person Cooperative, which is based not only on the fascinating concept of the level playing field, but also on the delightful concept of the body politic, which unlike those grotesquely warped words "politics, political, and politician", simply means "related to the Citizen".
6. Develop a similarly named organization called the Wise Person Consortium.
7. Choose a date in 2020 on which I'll begin my actual campaign for president of the United States, running as a complete independent, perhaps calling our organization the Thoughtful People's Cooperative, a term which will please the Citizens who've know all along "they've never really been invited to the parties."

Now for the bad news: My Vietnam savior, who will be called "BL", and I are both pilots so we're quite familiar with airplane checklists, those pages of bad news with which Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, in Sully and Flight respectively, were quite familiar. Having run your own airline, Mr. Trump, I''m sure you're familiar with checklists and may still have a few of them in your boxes of memorabilia.

Over the years, BL and I developed different checklists presenting critical issues facing humanity, prioritizing them in order of urgency as well as attaching to each issue procedures for addressing the problem. When I recently wrote that the first three on my personal EEC – Earth Emergency Checklist – are Earth Abuse, Nuclear Weapons, and Education, BL responded with, "No, switch the first two. Death by nukes can start within an hour. Death by planet abuse takes longer. And don't pretty up the third. Call it ignorance." Later he sent a hand-written letter in which he elaborated on his own EEC and issued this warning, which I've italicized:

Funny, we agree on all three, and they all involve heat. Nukes turn people into sparks, and if the world's temperature rises fast, say, up to 250 or so, then we're done. Lots of barbecue experts use that temp for roasting pigs. But, my dear friend, ignorance is probably what will get us all. You might say that kind of like pig roasting, ignorance is the most dangerous of the three in the long run. And the heat of ignorance comes from the red faces of people when they figure out they don't know something. Then they have to decide to fix their ignorance or stay stupid.

I wrote back, "Yes, you're right, ignorance can be eliminated through education, but stupidity is sometimes permanent. As a matter fact, look at the word 'education'. If you remember, my favorite teacher ever, my Latin One Professor at Lake Forest, taught us that 'e- or ex-' means out, and 'duco' means lead. Who knew? And you're right, stupidity leads nowhere."


Yes, we hope you are willing to share your brilliance and your time so the Project succeeds. Again, the critical steps ahead are seven:
  1. Peaceful Towne Beacon.
  2. Miller Is President.
  3. Winter Event.
  4. Spring Event.
  5. Wise People Consortium.
  6. Wise People Cooperative.
  7. Launch Date.
 Also, we would appreciate your investing in the Project, considering seven methods of doing so:
  1. Become a Scribe for the Peaceful Towne Beacon. A buck a week. $52.00 per year.
  2. Purchase signed copy of Mary Reynolds Powell's book World of Hurt. $25.00.
  3. Purchase tickets to both conventions. $25.00 per ticket.
  4. Join Wise Person Consortium: 100.00 once.
  5. Join Wise Person Cooperative: Free.
  6. Enroll in Peace Engineering School. $1200.00 per year, with each year divided into trimesters, as if we are Rebirthing both ourselves and the Earth.
  7. Invest in both conventions, especially the Spring Event for which we intend to raise $5,000,000, two and a half times the amount the Folks raised for Woodstock.
We thank you in advance for your kind generosity!
 Critical times these are.
Please contact us as soon as you are able.

John H. Miller
Peace Engineering, Inc.
P.O. Box 3037, Dubuque, Iowa 52004
< jmill2k@earthlink.net >  563-564-6221

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Looking in the Looking Glass.


Okay, Boys and Girls, and all the other wondrous variations on the theme of Humanity, here's our plan for 2016, as outlined in our New Year's Day post: We are making Peace Engineering into a cooperative, and we are developing a new political party, which will also be a cooperative, one that will be so Citizen-friendly that millions, perhaps billions of people will join.

Because you may be thinking about participating, let's ask this critical question again:

"Who are you?"





The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence: at last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed her in a languid, sleepy voice.
'Who are you?' said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, 'I—I hardly know, sir, just at present—at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.'
'What do you mean by that?' said the Caterpillar sternly. 'Explain yourself!'
'I can't explain myself, I'm afraid, sir' said Alice, 'because I'm not myself, you see.'
'I don't see,' said the Caterpillar.
'I'm afraid I can't put it more clearly,' Alice replied very politely, 'for I can't understand it myself to begin with; and being so many different sizes in a day is very confusing.'
'It isn't,' said the Caterpillar.
'Well, perhaps you haven't found it so yet,' said Alice; 'but when you have to turn into a chrysalis—you will some day, you know—and then after that into a butterfly, I should think you'll feel it a little queer, won't you?'
'Not a bit,' said the Caterpillar.
'Well, perhaps your feelings may be different,' said Alice; 'all I know is, it would feel very queer to me.'
'You!' said the Caterpillar contemptuously. 'Who are you?'

Because both Peace Engineering and the Thoughtful People Party are places where each person gets a vote, is on the same level playing field, and is striving to play well with others, we would hope that within both groups there will never come a moment when anyone asks you contemptuously, "Who are you?"

Not only are we very interested in knowing who you are for the sake of helping you with your goals, but also we need to know how you can help with the peace process, the campaign process, or both. We realize that each person is unique and their levels of participation are similarly so. With that in mind, we list twelve possibilities related to your workload, your contributions and of equal importance, related to the extent you're willing to share with other people "who you are!"

~ The Choices ~
1. Remain anonymous and contribute brilliant ideas.
2. Remain anonymous and contribute money as well as brilliant ideas.
3. Remain anonymous, contribute money, brilliant ideas, and share the news about the Project with friends and family.
  Or...
4. Share your identity with other people in the organization and contribute brilliant ideas.
5. Share your identity with other people in the organization and contribute money as well as brilliant ideas.
6. Share your identity with other people in the organization, contribute money, brilliant ideas, and share the news about the Project with friends and family.
Or...
7. Share your identity with the whole world and contribute brilliant ideas.
8. Share your identity with the whole world and contribute money as well as brilliant ideas.
9. Share your identity with the whole world and contribute money, brilliant ideas, and share the news about the Project with friends and family.
Or...
10. Choose the extent you wish to share your identity and become a member of the Thoughtful People Party.
11. Choose the extent you wish to share your identity and become an organizer within the Thoughtful People Party.
12. Choose the extent you wish to share your identity, and after becoming an organizer within the Party, participate in the selection process for a cabinet position when the Thoughtful People Party moves into the White House.



 ~ When you've made your choice, please call us at 563.564.6221 ~

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

What happened on your Birth Day?


Each one of us has experienced a day or a series of days that lead us to believe the Universe was in bad shape on our Day of Birth.

The lyrics to "Born Under a Bad Sign" were written by William Bell, with music by Booker T. Jones, for blues singer Albert King.

~ Keep in mind that Albert [1923-1987] was six-foot four! ~

When we have those days, we may hear in our minds a haunting variation of the lyrics: "Born under a bad sign, been down since I began to crawl. If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all."

And guess what, it's true! For anyone who's paying the least bit of attention to what's happening on the planet, a glance in the mirror should prompt the question, "Why me?" 

Everyone alive today either is or ought to be wondering, wondering how in the name of the Cosmos that birthed us have we arrived at such a dreadful time in history, a time when if we don't change our selfish behaviors we shall incinerate our home planet, and if we don't change our violent inclinations, we shall blow ourselves to smithereens.

Worst case scenario with temperature, our species is slowly toasted. Worst case with nukes is different: If only 2% of all nuclear weapons in the global arsenal are launched, two billion people are effected immediately, either evaporating, suffering unimaginably until death arrives, or sitting farther away from the detonations in a daze. About the third group, my friend B.L. would have them consider, "You won't even be able to trade your Lamborghini for a dirty plastic jug of filthy water."

Let's leave those depressing thoughts behind and move rapidly toward optimism.

The purpose of Peace Engineering is to help people find peace of mind, and there's no better way to develop your peace of mind than by heartily seeking solutions. Feeling hopeful is useful only to the extent you use that hope to drive your peaceful inclinations.

In our next post, we'll introduce everyone to Peace 2020, the Road Show, a drama we'll share with small towns, chosen by the "one high school method", throughout the country, and a drama based on the premise that the Citizens have had the solutions to our poor nation's woes all along. We shall be starting that journey very soon gathering the answers from the Citizens who've discovered them, then sharing those solutions with those who are not yet aware.

Stay tuned.

~ If you need further information, please call us at 563.564.6221 ~

Friday, January 1, 2016

"And now for something completely different."



"Clearly you Folks need a renaissance, maybe another revolution too."

Okay, Boys and Girls, and all the other wondrous variations on the theme of Humanity, let's begin this critical New Year [1] with an equally critical question: "Who are you?"

Here's the plan for 2016: We are making Peace Engineering into a cooperative [2], and we are developing a new political party, which will also be a cooperative, one that will be so Citizen-friendly that millions of people will join.

They will join because they are overjoyed to find a new, wonderfully different organization that will finally replace the Two Big Parties, the collective behavior of which has for so long been dreadfully exasperating, sickeningly depressing, and exceedingly boring.

They will also join because they know the Democratic and Republican parties have long since lost their usefulness, have blatantly abandoned the Citizens for the sake of their own self-interests, and worst of all, have kept us in a state of war that both parties eagerly wish to perpetuate because that activity is so delightfully profitable [3].

Thus by November 8th, at least 80% of registered voters will rush to the booths and select all the candidates of the new party, thrilled with the prospect of having qualified people actually represent and more important, listen to the Citizens, those wise folks who have always had the answers in the first place.

Imagine this peaceful revolution, a well-deserved renaissance for ourselves and our country!

Finally, we expand our first question: "Who are you, and will you participate in this revolution and rebirth?"

Happily, determining the answer requires only three steps:
Step 1: In a mirror, look yourself right in the eye.
Step 2: Ask yourself, "Do I have the courage for this?"
Step 3: If so, contact us, and we'll listen to your ideas.

Notes:
1. Sean Wilentz writes of this critical election here:
< http://www.co-operative.coop/corporate/aboutus/the-co-operative-group-values-and-principles >
3. Italicized to honor all those who have been and continue to be killed or injured in this murderous process.

Please contact us:
563-564-6221
Peace Engineering, Inc.
P.O. Box 3037, Dubuque, Iowa 52004.