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Peter DuMont - Sat Aug 25, 2018 @ 05:39AM
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As the world celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Composer-Conductor Leonard Bernstein's birth, we warmly recall presenting the STAR OF PEACE award to this storied Maestro at a private ceremony in August of 1986 (in the gracious main lobby of the Stanford Court Hotel in San Francisco.)

In addition to receiving the award, Maestro Bernstein signed at that time the STAR ALLIANCE Declaration for World Peace Through International Communications, a signal document in a historical series which has culminated, 35 years later, in the Star Citizen's Declaration of Highest Civic Ideals (I-III.) This document set may be found on the page entitled:  Good Will Wisdom Value Documents Offered for All on this website, STARALLIANCE.org.

We also proudly publish today on the History page there: the document the Maestro signed.  [Note: He was in the Bay Area to conduct the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at The  Concord Pavilion ...Interesting that the word concord means peace!]

Following are the concluding two paragraphs from an interview by music producer, reporter, and NPR Music blogger: Mr. Tom Huizenga, with Leonard Bernstein's daughter, Jamie Bernstein, author of the new book: Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein. The book is described as "a frank recollection of family life and the struggle to find herself amid the "blinding light" that was Leonard Bernstein, who died in 1990."  

Q: If you could send one thought to your father through the ether somehow, what would it be?

I would say, "Can you give us something to help us get through what we're going through now?" If my father were alive today he would be apoplectic with what's going on with our government. But, you know, he would be out in the streets. He would be making music to benefit immigrant families. He would be doing everything he could think of, I'm sure. We could use his good works and good energy right about now.

Q: Name one thing about you, and one thing about your father, that you hope readers will take away from the book.

What I hope I conveyed is that everything my father did, in any aspect of his life, was always in the context of love. If he could have, he would have hugged every person on the planet — and he kind of did, through his music. So when I wrote this book, I, too, am hoping that I framed everything I wrote about in the context of love. There are a lot of things about my dad that are complicated... He was a handful, to say the least. But I hope that I presented all of that in the ultimate context of love, because that's certainly how he was.

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The historic Declaration that Bernstein signed in 1986, and the Star Citizens' Declaration it has evolved into today, are indeed gifts of good work, good energy, and love for the world.  Thank you, Leonard Bernstein, for supporting this gift for all humankind, consistent with your lasting legacy of passion, peace, and love!  And may our Highest Civic Ideals soon get the support they deserve — that our humanity needs so much!

— Peter Bruce DuMont, for the STAR ALLIANCE Team


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Peter DuMont - Tue Aug 07, 2018 @ 04:08PM
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[The following remarks were first posted at KQED.org/Forum on 2018-8-7, in two separate comments, here combined.]

Norman Solomon is right on...I'm all in favor of this conversation, and the Open Letter [First published in "The Nation,"] is a good start.

Let's recall that People-to-People activism was instrumental in the surprising rapid dissolution of the Cold War — This included pioneering efforts from groups like Beyond War (now Foundation for Global Community), Women for A Peaceful Summit, Children as Teachers of Peace (and also Children as the Peacemakers), STAR ALLIANCE(.org), and what we called "Space Bridges" (televised exchange meetings with citizen participation) conducted by PBS, ABC News, and others.

We need more People-to-People activism again — particularly use of media exchanges. We can do these globally on a regular seasonal basis, four times a year, and keep it up.

This is not a job to be left to single leaders, and indeed, leaders need the support of their populations to make peace on their behalf.

The late, great Maharishi Mahesh Yogi used to say: "Progress is the basis of maintenance."

The exciting discussion that Russia, China, India, and all nations can and must be invited into (by the people, apparently!) is establishing true global democracy.

This will require dealing with the Elephants in the Room: 1) the lack of a reasonable override mechanism to the current, stifling (and dangerous) Security Council veto by only one nation; 2) the lack of a population-based organ in the United Nations.The latter is something that will probably require creative use of the Internet as a practical matter.

The People of the World need to assert themselves as the true source of authority for their collective global governance and safety.

Peter Bruce DuMont

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Peter DuMont - Mon Jul 30, 2018 @ 02:25PM
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The following thoughts and questions intended for everyone's reflection were first expressed in the Comments section of KQED.org/Forum on 2018 July 30th, during the segment entitled:

Firefighters Battle 17 Major Blazes Across California

Thank you, Michael, for the invitation to share "...what's really in your heart."

With much humility and a sense of awe, I must express my thoughts that We, the People of the World, will be wise to start reflecting and taking into account the effects of our collective consciousness, actions, and attitudes — on a level of spirit as well as science — and perhaps consistent with science — In conjunction with what happens in Nature.

Who can say for sure if there is some unseen connection between leaders and peoples threatening violence, death, and destruction on one another; and the outbreak of wildfires? Which is more "wild," in the final analysis?

Why are nine nations continuing to cherish physical arms capable of destroying in fire and smoke not only each other, but (due to Nuclear Winter potentials) the rest of the world as well? Where is the level of discussion and action to de-escalate (and re-direct resources) that should be occurring — at the multiple levels that it must occur — both for preventing future violence and wars, and for reducing waste of all sorts and Climate Change?

Is it time for greater human empathy, sympathy, sensitivity, and solidarity; at every level of life and society: For the things that really matter?

Even though harsh for direct victims: Is there actually a level of kindness implicit in the warnings from Nature we are receiving?

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Peter DuMont - Wed Jul 04, 2018 @ 02:36AM
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Hi Everyone,

In the spirit of universal citizenship co-existing with national citizenships, I'd like to reproduce below (with a few minor edits) one of several posts I made to KQED-FM Forum's comments section, on their 2018 July 3rd show (with star host Michael Krasny) about the American Flag: What's Your Relationship to the Red, White, and Blue?

On the whole I was proud of this show's public debate, despite some discomfort in parts.  Several callers as the hour progressed (in addition to distinguished guest Professor Todd Gitlin) spoke thoughtfully and passionately about how the flag's deeper meanings should not be lost amidst the tumult of our times; that the American Flag can, in fact, represent our nation's highest ideals and inspire Americans to project our best to all the citizens of the world. 

In many ways, the specific purpose of the STAR ALLIANCE flag (pictured on the home page at this site), is similar. One way of putting this is: 

Radiating Unity: The Happy Integration of Diversity!                   (Hi George!*)

America was (and is) the place that gave me and my buddy-co-founder Ernest Daniel Siravo (and in a sense all those who have helped this initiative over the years): The freedom to start an entirely new organization from the grass roots since 1985: To refine and project ideas, principles, and ideals of good will and responsible freedom; lasting peace and love around the world.  

Enjoy, and feel free and warmly invited to participate!  

Happy July 4th, World! 

Peter Bruce DuMont

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To me. the American flag's stars (just as we were taught in school) stand for the fifty states, united. 

More broadly and implicitly, though: They stand for individuality and diversity successfully integrated — that is: United without losing themselves — into an orderly, harmonious whole.

The stripes stand for the original thirteen colonies-turned-states (Just as we were taught in school), and for me, too: The important sense of honoring sources: The founding states, unified.

In addition, as I think about it now: The parallel stripes can also stand for harmonious progress.  Because they, too, have a sense of multiple individualities, like the stars, but they are moving: Flowing in parallel directions like roads or rivers.  Most broadly and positively therefore: They can stand for genuine, harmonizing peace and love!

Finally: Stars, for me, in symbolic context, have come to stand first and foremost for Points of Value, StarPoints™ or pure virtues and ideals that can be shared by all.  And: The sense that each individual can be a Star Citizen (or Citizen Star) by trying his/her best to live up to all our Highest Civic Ideals — for America, for the world, for our common humanity. 

[Please reference the set of Declarations to this effect, offered for everyone, everywhere: at www.STARALLIANCE.org.]


* George Wooley, a fine graduate of Yale University, led founders DuMont and Siravo through a fun and meaningful exercise with the STAR ALLIANCE flag, newly designed in 1987.  George kept repeating the question (slowly and rather sternly, if the truth be known): What Is Star Alliance?  

It took quite a few repetitions, but finally he was satisfied with our answer, our energy and resolve as creative men, united for a cause, when we came up with: Radiating Unity!  The Happy Integration of Diversity!

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Peter DuMont - Tue May 01, 2018 @ 01:31AM
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Hearty congratulations and thanks are due Chairman Kim Jong-un and other leaders in North Korea (DPRK), South Korea, China, The United States, The Olympic Games and all their participants; and certainly many others, at different levels in their respective countries: All involved in some way in the dramatic recent softening of scary rhetoric — combined with massive military potentials! — and corresponding recent displays of diplomatic focus, progress, and human warmth emanating from and regarding the region.

May these developments — profoundly encouraging to the safety and hopes of the entire world — continue and crystalize into genuine, growing, and continuing understandings and cooperation for the benefit of all humankind and the natural environment!  And may this trend soon be shared with the rest of the world.

Sincerely yours in friendship and service for all Our Highest Civic Ideals,

Peter Bruce DuMont, for the "Principles" and Team 

At STAR ALLIANCE — A Foundation for All



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In view of the delicate and volatile situation surrounding Syria, the following letter was transmitted on 2018 April 10th at approximately 2:30 pm Pacific Time.

President Donald Trump
c/o WhiteHouse.gov

Dear Mr. President:

Francois Fenelon said: "All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers..." [The following important continuation, please note, was not included due to space limitations in the submission format: "...Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born."]

Albert Einstein said: "Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding."

Mahatma Gandhi reminded us: "Violence begets violence."

Delicate situations in Syria and elsewhere, including our own country, demand new methods of expressing moral indignation in response to violence. Using violence to respond to violence in the Information and Nuclear Ages could potentially escalate out of anyone's control.

Safer and very effective methods of de-escalating violence at every level of society are available.
Here are three. They will each be far more powerful in combination with the other two.

1) Actively promoting the "Highest Civic Ideals" (social values) outlined at : STARALLIANCE.org.

2) Actively promoting the scientifically-proven, stress-reducing effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique. [TM.org.] Fortunately, this particular technique is simple, natural, and easy for virtually anyone to learn.

3) Actively employing the power of media to conduct a series of Global Electronic Town Meetings. These can be focused on understanding and resolving conflicts "people-to-people," helping heal the sources of human division and discord. They can also include world-class cultural enrichment and entertainment to help soothe frayed nerves and enhance mutual appreciation, reconciliation, and healing.

On behalf of the STAR ALLIANCE nonprofit organization, we strongly urge you to consider all three vital, nonviolent interventions as alternatives to the possible (though still risky, dangerous) judicious and carefully limited use of destructive force.

[We] would also like to offer to help. Specifically: To organize and facilitate the first and third options much more quickly if you will empower our organization: At least to the modest, $.5M budget level posted under "Development" at STARALLIANCE.org.

Best wishes!

Peter Bruce DuMont 
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Developed from my post this morning to the comment board at KQED.org's Forum with Michael Krasny.

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People can be friends and nations can be friends. But it is important to be clear on what we are friends for! 
Being friends for unethical or otherwise wrong reasons brings danger to both immediate friends and the fabric of society. 
Being friends for the right, ethical reasons can help carry anybody and everybody through many a trial and error in this imperfect world, where we are all, always, subject to Murphy's Law.*
It is not only important generally, but in the case of Nuclear Armed States: Crucial to the sustainability of the world: That friendship for a complete set of Highest Civic Ideals — values essential to good, healthy, sustainable relationships at every level of life — become the collective goal of all nations and peoples.
Ideal values such as good will, integrity, communication, cooperation, and celebration for common (and harmonizing) goals and principles can — at least in theory — be held firmly in common even during storms of disagreement and change involving their application in the complexities of life. 
It is like the ancient image and reality of navigating by the stars, or today, by the satellite "stars" that guide cars and ships and planes through any kind of weather, day or night. Good values like honesty and integrity provide accuracy in navigation.  They are essential to guide all parties at every step, so that ideally: Everyone may reach their respective goal/s in harmony.

Whereas all nations and peoples are unlikely ever to adopt a set of ideals in the name of the same religion or religious leaders (with all due respect to the great men, women, and precepts celebrated by religions); we can and should declare and follow logically-derived, essentially self-evident values of healthy, sustainable relationships which can be expressed in a fully rational and civic way. 

It is important that nations and peoples everywhere — not to mention individuals, groups, and businesses — officially declare and adopt such a complete set of baseline, guiding values as soon as possible. 

This won't solve the myriad ongoing challenges of complex applications of principles to daily life and special crises, of course.  But it will certainly help enormously.  It will increase the speed and efficiency of conflict resolution while reducing untold threats; unlocking untold resources presently wasted at peril to all.

It is possible that Russia and America (or in theory, any two parties, even amidst active conflicts) can agree together on these Highest Civic Ideals in their abstract form, where the values themselves remain pure.  

With sufficient good will, integrity, sobriety of course; and by making an effort to meet everyone's basic needs, if possible (including deep conscious rest); it is possible to maintain or return quickly and peacefully to an a-priori commitment to our Highest Civic Ideals — even as we confront each other, when necessary, in this particular brand of friendship, one hopes with both or all sides making a sincere effort to understand each other and meet the challenges of our own and our respective deficits in performance.

Reducing the number of diplomats in our respective countries, by the way, may be a questionable approach. A crisis might be just the time to double down on opportunities and efforts to increase communication and cooperation rather than reduce them.  Appropriate punishment, when deemed necessary to deter bad behavior, might better be focused on economic or other desirable interests without cutting down on diplomats, as some pundits have recently observed.

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(For the complete set of Highest Civic Ideals and principles we propose for public adoption: Please see the Good Will Wisdom Documents Offered for All page at www.STARALLIANCE.org.  * For an important discussion on the Universal Triple Threat™ of Murphy's Law, and why it is always best to understand and respect the pervasive potential for error: Please see our Product Warning document on the same page.) 


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Peter DuMont - Fri Mar 09, 2018 @ 01:31AM
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Herewith many good wishes and appreciations — stimulated by International Women's Day — for all the women of the world! [Maybe it should be a week!]

While certainly self-evident by logic, it is amazing to realize how often men may forget: 

No one would be here without you, ladies!  

Of course, the same thing could be said for men...

So here's another good wish for both/all genders: That all of us may enjoy an increasing social atmosphere of mutual respect, refinement, and appreciation going forward — according to all our Highest Civic Ideals!

May we all see our vital self-interests in supporting the cause of Universal Civic Peace Values Education, Awareness, Inspiration, and Participation!

Thanks to everyone for all the good we bring to the table!


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Peter DuMont - Wed Feb 21, 2018 @ 04:11PM
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The short essay below was first inspired as a listener comment following KQED radio's Forum show 2018 February 20th hosted by Dr. Michael Krasny on: How Can We Keep Schools Safe?  A guest emphasized that with the exception of Sandy Hook Elementary, ALL mass school shootings have involved a perpetrator somehow related to the school community.

This shows that while improved gun laws and security procedures are certainly vital, we must not overlook the importance of Universal Civic Peace Values Education.

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The fact cited that school shooters are almost always associated with their school communities is crucial. And it is pivotal, if we will focus on the implications.

This means that:

1) The health and quality of good, reciprocal relationships at every level of schooling and community is not only important, it is essential. Students, teachers, staff, administration, parents, and surrounding communities must all be involved. Everyone matters. No one can be safely excluded.

2) Values and procedures conducive to prompt, successful conflict resolution — and moreover to improved quality of life everywhere — simply MUST be incorporated into school curricula as well as business, legal, economic, political, and community cultures.

3) Since traditional religious approaches to values instruction are excluded from tax support and the broad reach of government, a CIVIC approach must be developed.

A Bay Area nonprofit initiative [STARALLIANCE.org] has been focusing on developing just such an approach to comprehensive peace values instruction over the last thirty-two years. We have carefully constructed materials to declare, disseminate, and allow individuals to commit to Our Highest Civic Ideals. It is high time that communities give this effort the attention and resources which it deserves (including technical assistance and program content media time for the organization.)

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The following essay elaborates a comment first posted to KQED's Forum Show on December 20th regarding Security Policy. It seems most appropriate to New Year's Resolutions on behalf of We, The People Everywhere. — Peter Bruce DuMont

Investing in enhanced safety systems and procedures for nuclear weapons seems wise indeed. The U.S. and Allies could potentially share these technologies and policies with all other nuclear powers, including the DPRK; similar to Ronald Reagan’s vision of sharing “Star Wars” nuclear defense technology with all.  And this investment should most definitely include better staffing so that Navy sailors and others handling nuclear weapons are guaranteed full daily sleep requirements (Please reference the recent This American Life broadcast on this topic.); not to mention training in proven techniques for stress-reduction and deep conscious rest. [Reference: www.tm.org.]

Investing heavily in a new generation of nuclear weapons, however — at a time when 184 (out of 193 Member Nations of the U.N.) have just voted (2017 July 7th) to BAN these illegal monsters— would be a truly mis-guided use of major resources in the name of security.

Wake up, humanity!

The nine nuclear powers are insufficiently acknowledging that although no one knows for sure, it is likely that only 50-100 [1,000 at maximum, until further clarified] nuclear explosions in big cities could kill virtually everyone on Earth via Nuclear Winter.  [Please reference the work of Climatologist Dr. Alan Robock at Rutgers University, whose team will be continuing to study these awful potentials throughout 2018.]

Obviously, this is an outrageous, totally unacceptable level of global risk. If present nuclear leaders collectively continue to flirt with it, Murphy's Law will eventually prove itself. What a horrible threat we all continue to live under!

Rather than trying to starve North Korea out of the weapons it already has — attempting somehow to ignore present reality while talking hypocritically about the glories of national sovereignty — the rest of the Nuclear Club should ACCEPT this new reality and provide the courageous leadership required for a BIG QUANTUM JUMP UP TO TRUE GLOBAL DEMOCRACY — complete with a unified Global Defense System.

We must trust that the People of Earth — properly represented with a directly-elected, population-based House, added to the current United Nations “Senate of Nations” appointed by national leaders — will never choose to self-annihilate!

And we must trust that even North Korea and other nations currently considered outliers will choose to participate in a fully honest, fair-minded formula for global governance, conceding THEIR unreasonable demands in return for a proportional share of the overwhelming benefits of a secure world peace accruing to all nations and peoples.

A population-based global political system will circumvent the traditional, legitimate objection to “World Government,”in that dictators and other ruling elites — although they might retain for a time their appointment power to the current “Senate of Nations” (U.N. General Assembly) — would be counter-balanced by their own collective populations, empowered with a direct vote. Perhaps even a secret ballot system for the newly-formed House would be wise: to protect voters from retribution by those in power who may disagree with them.

To upgrade our current, weak (and consequently often ineffective) global political system: What amounts to a Global Constitutional Convention can easily be called under Article 109 of the U.N. Charter.  This simply requires a 2/3 vote of the General Assembly including any nine of the fifteen Security Council members. Since there are only five so-called Veto holders, and fifteen minus five equals ten, none of the veto-holding nations is actually required to CALL the convention.

This is do-able, people!

As to the five Veto-holders, each will have a chance to block from full ratification any proposal the convention comes up with, so they should feel as "safe" as they are going to get for now, and NOT block the discussion for greater, holistic global safety!

Instead they should correctly perceive their own self-interests in the well being of the whole and provide leadership for effective global democracy.

Looking closely at the DPRK: What worked for devastated Europe after WWII was the Marshall Plan, and a similar program to rebuild devastated Europe and Japan. But there was no such re-construction effort from the West in favor of restoring North Korea after it was bombed until there were "no more targets” according to official USAF descriptions. (Thereafter, five dams were also destroyed in violation of International Law.) 

Such overkill and neglect of basic human rights and needs has contributed to the current volatile situation.

The solution is not to light a match!

This crisis is a "dangerous opportunity," as Chinese wisdom reminds us. The whole world must come together in favor of profound, careful, mutual respect.

Good Will, Responsibility and all their contextual ethical values — “Our Highest Civic Ideals” [www.STARALLIANCE.org] — are the great, reliable, and timeless guiding lights which We, the People of Earth must focus on, all together, first, for sure navigation — and then employ, each to our best ability — to achieve reasonably safe and secure forward propulsion. 

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