Sunday, September 15, 2013

Nominate Noam Chomsky for a Nobel Peace Prize

Without Truth, Peace Will Never Be Possible

I'm no one important...just an online cyberpoet. 

But I am also an increasingly-concerned, world-citizen. 

On a daily basis, I watch the way public information is deliberately molded to serve power. I see the global conversation hijacked by corporate and private interests. I observe the way, little by little, language is losing all meaning and context as self-censored, media talking-heads, judiciously avoid actual information in favor reading canned, press release statements of "vetted" sources for fear of losing access to high-profile, seats of power.

The mainstream world is becoming more disoriented, more divorced from reality and less authentic with each passing day.

Critical Thinking is on the decline, while media-manufactured, scandal distraction and group think is on the rise.   

REAL CHANGE will not be possible until citizens around the globe make a conscious decision to celebrate the brave individuals who speak truth to power, who stand steadfastly by their truth and who share their hard-earned wisdom so that others my see the actual path that we are traveling - instead of the illusion that propaganda and misinformation has fashioned over our instruments of perception to keep our hearts and minds from functioning properly. 

Professor Noam Chomsky is one of those brave individuals. He regularly shares reality-shifting perspectives, that shatter the official stories of corporate-funded, think tank justifications, designed to keep ordinary citizens complacent in times of great injustice. 

Professor Chomsky speaks the kind of truths that make the powerful, the privileged and the corrupt take a good hard look in the national and global mirror...only to find themselves scrambling to answer his straight-forward challenge of their carefully-constructed, but demonstrably false, agendas. 
So, with that in mind, I have started a petition to the International Court of Justice and the Norwegian Nobel Committee to consider nominating Prof. Noam Chomsky (international icon for justice among students and peace-minded individuals everywhere) for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Not just because I feel this nomination is well-deserved and long over-due, but because I believe the nomination will bring much-needed, international attention to the causes of Peace, Nuclear Disarmament and Climate Change – all of which Professor Chomsky (and anyone with a conscience) is passionate about.
For over half a century, Professor Chomsky has had to look the most horrific world events in the face then, calmly and intelligently, draw a map of the policies that allowed those events to come to pass so that others could understand the connectivity (or externalities, as he calls them) of neo-liberal, geopolitical strategies.

Professor Chomsky speaks truth to power. He spreads knowledge and understanding of how totalitarianism impacts the world. His tireless commitment to justice creates a dialog of truth which makes CHANGE POSSIBLE...which, in turn, makes PEACE POSSIBLE.

If you agree: Please SIGN & SHARE with your followers and contacts!  Thank you!

At least, that's the way it seems to me,

Sharee Anne Gorman

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Evolutionary Need for annienomad-cyberpoet

Why we need to consider very carefully the cases of Bradley Manning (Wiki-Leaks), Edward Snowden (NSA) and Bradley Birkenfeld (UBS) before we apply the label of “Traitor”.

The debate over the morality and destructive impact of any Empire’s geopolitical footprint is nothing new. But today, in the age of information, unprecedented surveillance and tech-fueled financial fraud, the debate has risen to international, trans-global proportions. It has, in fact, reached a fever-pitch.

With a camera in every corner of the globe we can no longer ignore the suffering that expansionism creates. We as, a nation, can no longer escape the stunned question upon waking – no, not the familiar question of “Where are we?” But the infinitely more telling question of “Who are we?” 

Whether it be North invading South, East expanding West, or the non-geographical new frontier of cyber-dominance…the question remains. Are we humans genetically programmed to invade, conquer, sabotage and wage endless war in a desperate attempt to stay on top for as long as possible?

This is now America’s burning question. And truth be told, it always has been even from the beginning, in that we were conceived (as George Washington himself described America) as an “Infant Empire”. A deliberate and expanding Empire, that Thomas Jefferson characterized as a “nest” that would spread out and colonize the entire continent - doing away with the red man, eliminating the Latinos and sending the slaves back to Africa when they were no longer needed.
Since the inception of our nation the United States has been struggling to bridge the disconnect between the stated ideals of our Founding Fathers and their strategic policies to expand the empire…first here at home, and then abroad.

And in that struggle, some of our best minds have put forth the kind of work that questioned America’s “exceptionalism”.

Artist As Whistleblower

Most people know of George Orwell's cautionary tale "1984" about just how far down the rabbit-hole we can get if surveillance and mind-control go unchecked and unchallenged.

But few remember that during the invasion of the Philippines, Mark Twain wrote an imagined history of a twentieth-century America.  In it, he predicted that a “lust for conquest” had already destroyed “the Great [American] Republic,” because  “trampling upon the helpless abroad had taught her, by a natural process, to endure with apathy the like at home.”

Thoughtful, creative types have always felt it was their duty to question the wisdom of those blinded by the quest for power and the satiation of greed. That it is our human imperative to keep ourselves, as a species, evolving rather than devolving.

Keeping our elected leaders on track, serving the will of the people instead of kowtowing to power, is an exercise that, by definition, requires Critical Thinking - the kind of thinking that can identify and illustrate the incongruity of words in a speech or document, verses actions taken on the ground, in our name...with our children.

The inherent hypocrisy of a seeming all-embracing statement such as, “All Men Are Created Equal”…unless, of course, you were born outside the author’s esteemed circle of landed-gentry, a woman, a person of a different color who happen to be a convenient source of free labor, or to a tribe that has been living for centuries on lands rich in natural resources that, rightfully or wrongfully, will be claimed by a superior force…becomes obvious when exposed to the merest hint of a well-formed question.  

Thankfully, as in the parable of “The Emperor Has No Clothes”, even a child can provide a simple reality-check. The absence of which contributes to a myriad of human abuses that continue unchecked and unabated when people of conscience refuse to take a stand. 

In a world where no one will question the rationales of their leaders for fear there won’t be enough for themselves – the end result will always be that the "lower classes" and the unprotected native populations of the world will have to endure the fickle “benevolence” of their land-grabbing, money-hoarding oppressors…in perpetuity. 

Well, maybe not "in perpetuity"- just right up to that terrible moment when the strategic political planners of the invaders decide they have built a strong enough case against their “burden” and no longer see the need for keeping up appearances.  

It then becomes a foregone conclusion that our “enemy” will die, en masse, at the hands of a military (domestic or foreign) saddled with whatever label our leaders have leveled against them to justify their extinction.

Their only crime being...they were living in the path of Empire.  

Whistleblowers are necessary when institutions and governments no longer serve the greater good. They are, if ethically motivated, agents of evolution because the goal of a whistleblower is to demand that those in positions of authority live up to the ideals and mission statements contained within their company charter or government constitution. 

So, I ask you to consider carefully before vilifying the revealers of harsh truths, because the only thing standing between truth and lies…is transparency. 

At least, that’s the way is seems to me,




Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Truce - Children of War by Sharee Anne Gorman (annienomad-cyberpoet)



(for all Children of War) 

I did not waken to
the sounds of war

morning tea
was not seasoned
by the mist of
crumbling mortar

 my gun,
left on a makeshift
and empty table

 …I go in search of food…

 the theater is gone,
broken rows of empty seats
no longer watch the stage

 where am I? 

signs are missing
familiar landmarks lie lost
among the scattered rubble

 …I hear the crying man before I see him…
 how long has he been crying?
by the looks of his dead family
must be about a week 
he’ll be gone soon too,
you can tell


there’s the pharmacy
blown to hell 

…“little bit” needs medicine… 
but I don’ know what kind
and I don’t know how much 


where’s the relief truck?
are they sending supplies?
 what day is it?
what year? 

the streets are so quiet 

silent, almost 
as if, grief
naturally muffles 

…I want to cry…but nothing comes… 

no tears
no prayers
no help 

I have to go back
 back and tell “little bit”,
still no food 
“little bit”,
who’s growing weaker
“little bit”,
who likes to bug me at school
“little bit”,
who will die
during my afternoon nap 

…today, I woke to find… 

I had slept through my sister’s
final farewell

(excerpt from my book "Legends, Myths & Journeys)


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Conscience (I Apply Scar Gel) A Poem by annienomad-cyberpoet

When the world does not reflect the tenets of its own rhetoric and life is lost in resisting the internalization of the disconnect...the mind will start to eat itself.
You start to feel that in seeing beyond the mind-control, in collapsing beneath the weight of what lies behind the curtain, in not embracing the automatic life...that you have done something wrong.

(Apply Scar Gel)
Morning comes
feed the cat
wash the dishes
make the bed
apply scar gel
to pulse points,
like an exotic
oil of essence.
Sugar wants a nap
Evening comes
feed the cat
wash the dishes
unmake the bed
apply dreams
like scar gel
to the pulse points
of conscience.

Sharee Anne Gorman



Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Crafting - A Poem by annienomad-cyberpoet


The Crafting

My chalice for filling,
with wine for the wedding.
Heat searing the course
in the craft of our melding.
Aged-leather for binding,
the creature still raging.
Horns worn from uncoupling
the craft of forgiving.
Soft pillows for muffling
the screams of unlocking
potential from chaos.
The craft of life's longing.
Love waits for the day
when illusion gives way.
And hearts are thrown wide
to the child lost inside...
Who remembers the dreams
and keeps them alive,
for the ones who survive...
The long night of
the crafting.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Open Letter to Occupy Wall Street/ Labor/ Pam Martens/Noam Chomsky/Michael Hudson/Ralph Nader/Amy Goodman

Thank you for your tireless efforts to end corruption on Wall Street and to bring about a more just financial market...and by extension a more just society. 

I noticed how much energy and vitality the Occupy Movement gained when the labor movement threw their hat in the ring to join the protesters in Zuccotti Park on May Day 2012 and I was thinking maybe we should keep that relationship connected in a continuing effort. 

I have proposed a Global Labor Treaty for Living Wages in a petition to President Obama, which also serves as  a basis for a global social justice movement.  And I thought you might want to be made aware of this growing movement, that perhaps you might want to share this idea among the influencers within your circle of friends and colleagues. 

It is my belief that a Global Labor Treaty for Living Wages will spark a global conversation and a subsequent shift in the trajectory of our social thinking. 

Labor is the largest demographic on the planet transcending the social and ideological differences such as race, gender, religious and political party affiliations that usually keep us divided. 

Since imposed poverty is at the core of virtually every social injustice, forwarding a plan for economic equality will address a myriad of inherent injustices. Thus, giving citizens the strength and political will to stand against their oppressors. 

The extractors at the top of the pyramid (the .01%) can only oppress as long as no one addresses the source of their power...Profit Comes From Somewhere: the Under-Paid worker, the Over-Charged consumer, the Occupied Lands of of an occupied people.  

If we start at the root of injustice, then every other ill will be addressed. I believe Occupy, Labor and simple common sense can together make that happen. 

The Global Labor Treaty for Living Wages:

Thank you for your continued efforts. 
I would also like to thank Professor Noam Chomsky for taking the time to comment on my poem "Vigil" when I shared it with him. "Vigil" A Poem of American Crisis
And I would like to thank my friend Steve...for always believing in me.

Sharee Anne Gorman

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Open Letter: Keystone XL ("Failure" a poem by annienomad-cyberpoet)

Open Letter to President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Congress…


Max Baucus (D-Mont.)
John Hoeven (R-N.D.)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska)
John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)
John Boozman (R-Ark.)
Kay Hagan (D- N.C.)
John Cornyn (R-Texas)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.)
Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
Mary Landrieu (D-La.)
Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)
Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Mark Pryor (D-Ark.)
Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)
Jon Tester (D-Mont.)
David Vitter (R-La.)
Mark Warner (D-Va.)

by Sharee Anne Gorman

To defy authority
and the measure of its success. 

To embrace uniqueness
in a moment of clarity. 

To inhabit a land
without depleting its resources. 

To love a mate
and not take your fill on the side. 

To run for office
only to choose the People over Power. 

To understand,
that the only way to “win”
is to simply not play the game. 



It appears more and more that in the halls of Congress, "success" is measured by what those in positions of power seek to exploit...but I reject that measure of success.

Tar Sands oil, and the mechanisms of its extraction, are toxic. Period. 

Whatever your rationales are: whether it is commerce and profit, energy supremacy and/or some death chess game with China…you have lost your way. Your strategies are NOT worth poisoning your people and the land that you and I are charged with protecting. 

EVOLUTION means MOVING FORWARD when we have DEVELOPED THE TECHNOLOGY to do so...for the BENEFIT of (and to PROTECT the FATE of) mankind.  

Fossil fuels are dead. And so too are our children if we do not acknowledge that wind, sun and steam are alive, renewable, easily harnessed and non-toxic. 

Stop digging in the ground and embrace the sky. Elevate us out of the hole you have dug us into. 

If this deal goes through I’m afraid we, the people, must insist that you change your job description from Civil Servants to Civil Sell-Outs. 

But don’t listen to me. 

I’m just...a failure.

At least, that's the way it seems to me...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Eye On The Sparrow - The Global Suggestion Box

Why I Created "Eye On the Sparrow - The Global Suggestion Box"

My name is Sharee Anne Gorman (annienomad-cyberpoet) and I created "Eye on the Sparrow - The Global Suggestion Box" to establish a place where citizens around the globe could offer a suggestion for Social Change and voice their concerns about the direction in which our world is headed.

The idea for "Eye On The Sparrow" occurred to me after a petition I authored to implement a Global Labor Treaty for Living Wages wasn't receiving the signatures it needed to get folks excited about starting a movement that assures a foundation upon which to grow just and stable societies - humane labor practices.

I have to admit, it pissed me off:) Then it wore me down, and it nearly broke my heart. But a thought emerged from all that disappointment and frustration. Admittedly, a pretty simple one. It was the realization that what we really need most right now is to get everybody on the same page.

I know...duh. The world is run and manipulated by advertising and PR execs who are trying every trick under the sun to accomplish that very thing.

So, yes, I am aware of my own hubris. Obviously, no one person or organization can save the world. We can't be everywhere at once, or know all things. But I recently remembered something from my youth and it seemed to be the very thing that is needed..."God's Eye is on the Sparrow".

Of course, there are many interpretations of "God". And many arguments that he doesn't exist. There are even some downright angry individuals who have a few choice words for Him/Her about the nature of our existence (which they fully plan to air if they ever get the opportunity). But it occurs to me that if GOD, or at the very least Conscious Thought, is in all of us then isn't "God's Eye on the Sparrow" every time we turn our attention and best intentions toward solving the problems that injure, harm and enslave us?

There are many ideological roadblocks to everyone being on the same page, especially when it comes to religion and political affiliations. There are overwhelming work schedules, or personal and financial strife eating up our energy and sapping our hope...not to mention all the countless digital distractions our modern world has to offer. But, in this age of technology, we really don't have an excuse anymore for not moving forward on our most pressing issues, not when an idea can travel around the planet in the blink of an eye.

The problem is not - that humans have all the right information but just can't seem to reach a consensus. The problem is - that it's almost impossible to get good information through the lock-down of a rigged game. A game that has sent the whole world hurtling toward what some might call "critical mass".

I created "Eye on the Sparrow - The Global Suggestion Box" because I don't believe I'm the only one who feels that if decisive steps aren't taken soon we will look up from our digital distractions to find we have passed the point of no return.

I believe what we desperately need is a return to simple compassion and a letting go of willful blindness. We need to find our common ground and not just ask for, but seriously set about creating, the solutions that could mark a change in our perception and free us from our dated, cultural and societal assumptions.

Perhaps "God's Eye is on the Sparrow" when we "keep our eye on the ball" by protecting this amazing planet. "The Global Suggestion Box" is a place where we do not have to be separated by different departments, specialized degrees, social-strata, divisive political parties or warring religious factions. It's just a place of Good Will where we can get the conversation rolling.

When we accept our differences and work together to steer ourselves away from greed, aggression, domination and's not just a win/win. It's a win/win/win/win. For you. For me. For the present. And for the future.

If Conscious Choice is what sets us apart from the automatic world, then let us work together to pull back from the brink of our destruction.

Please check it out if you get a free moment:) I invite you to leave a suggestion of your own, or just show support for an idea you feel would make a difference. 

Eye On the Sparrow - Global Suggestion Box
It was just launched, so the box is pretty empty right now - but I figure that just gives it more space to grow!
At least, that's the way it seems to me,
Sharee Anne Gorman

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Angry, Gun-Wielding Chickens

If we Americans want to stop the violence here at home, we have to stop committing violence abroad.

Citizens, young and old, are losing their minds because they cannot reconcile the pervasive disconnect between our national PR image as philanthropic liberators, and our conquistador, foreign policy actions overseas.

America’s military actions are made possible only by disguising our expansionism with the proper amount of plausible deniability -  "we create *security* by going and destroying the people that attack us"...even though they only attack us because we are expanding our military presence in their land.

Many religious people and good citizens of every stripe have been fooled into thinking we are noble. That our actions in the world are to protect ourselves and others from tyranny. But we are the tyranny. Not America. No. What America has *become*…an invading force and strong-arm tool for resource grab to financially benefit the richest of the rich.

Belief in a greater good, doing the right thing and protecting the weak has been co-opted by those who live according to whichever strategy will maintain dominance and inequality. Even if people have to die, or whole nations must be stripped of their natural resources, in order to accomplish those ends.

Geopolitical strategists think that this is the way of nature. It’s a game to them. A life or death game, that they plan to win. But it’s more than “survival of the fittest”. They want to live in extreme wealth and luxury and wield great power over others.

They don’t understand co-operation. They don’t understand sharing. They only understand taking, so they can have more than anyone else. But they can’t just take what they want and re-write history to make themselves look good, like they used to.

We live in a world of real-time media now. Now these agendas must be buried under a great deal of misinformation and misdirection through distraction so that citizens around the globe don’t rise up in protest.

Which is why citizens are now being raised to be sociopathic, gamer/consumers - brain-washed into shooting everything in sight and conned into buying every new version of electronic toy or computing equipment that the American advertising industry can throw at them.

All of which leads to depression and addiction - whether it be drugs, alcohol, sex or whatever…they all have become part of the distraction cycle.

Kids are raised to have over-simulated “want buttons”, thanks to the avarice encouraged in them from the time they are old enough to watch a television commercial.

Now young people grow up to find they are stuck in a losing paradigm. They are under-employed and turned into indentured slaves by under-payment for their labor. Or, hobbled by soaring tuitions, if they opt for higher education - not for the purpose of gaining greater knowledge, mind you, just for the purpose of snagging a bigger paycheck. The purpose of such hobbling being that you can never, never question authority or you will lose the “opportunity” to earn your way out of that kind of debt.

Through this strategy the planners have created a controlled society through economic pressure, unless, god-forbid, people break free of the mind-control.

Which is why citizens are being kept in a zombie-like state of existence, tied to their computers, phones and x-boxes.

Young people have come to feel the only other way out of poverty is to become famous. Figuring they’ll play the long shot and avoid the gravity of poverty, but that requires a level of hustlerism that becomes its own prison. It requires having a marketable talent like athleticism, singing, acting or directing.

But, of course, gamers, consumers and online surfers are impulse junkies so they have to opt for the get-famous-quick plan of humiliating themselves for the sake of a numb and cruel tv audience because by this time they can’t plan a life…they can only react to adrenaline.

It is almost inevitable that, eventually, the meaninglessness of it all overtakes them and they lose it.

Either they breakdown, quietly and inwardly. Or they snap. Loudly and outwardly. At which point, in extreme cases, they end up shooting up their school mates or a shopping mall or movie theater...because they feel it is the only way to break out of their prison and make a name for themselves – even if it’s a bad name.

Leaders are trying to blame it all on guns. I don’t like guns, but I understand why people feel they need them. And the hoarding of them is an expression of fear. A fear born out of distrust, because citizens can sense that something is wrong.

I believe, if we create a world that is truly just and truly of good will, guns will become obsolete. It is my belief that they will be forgotten and left rusting in the fields, or on display in museums, as the relics of the past they will have become by the time we evolve to the point of not needing them.

A fool’s dream? Yeah, maybe.

It still feels possible to me, even though things have gotten so dark. In fact, maybe *because* things have gotten so dark. It kind of feels like a tipping point for bullshit, doesn’t it? Like maybe people have all had enough and want to wake up from the lie they’ve been handed.

At one time, people were drawn into a world of fiction that was inspiring and ennobling. And if they had trouble in the *real* world because their head was full of grand adventures and heroes’ journeys - well, they became dreamers. They used their apartness for contemplation and aspirations for creating a better world through art and creative insights.

An endeavor I like to call, “Growing the Human” - consciously creating a condition in which we begin to understand through intelligence, compassion, self-awareness and productive challenge of authority our connection to our environment, our fellow citizens around the world and the interconnectivity of rich and poor so that we may become fully-functioning, fully-realized human beings. Because, that is the point at which we begin to see the world in a way that we did not, nor could not, understand before.

I think we are losing dreamers because the world promotes competition above all else, at the expense of the heart.

The rich know enough to "give back" through charities - but charities only offer temporary help and make the rich feel better about having taken so much in the first place. And worse they end up masking the larger problem. The larger problem being that those who live at the top of the pyramid have planned our society around misinformation and distraction to hide the fact that they are parasitically draining all resource from everyone beneath them.

We wouldn’t need charities for anything except natural disasters (which we naturally come together for anyway), if runaway greed were not creating runaway poverty.

The extremely rich are starting to feel the chink in their armor giving way. Their system is collapsing and now it seems the chickens are coming home to roost. Angry, gun-wielding chickens.

At least that’s the way it seems to me,