Apple Mac Studio M1 Ultra: Delivered!

Alrighty! Woohoo! Yay! Yeehaw! Yippee!

Mar 9, 2022: Ordered Apple Mac Studio M1 Ultra. Delivery changed a few times, last estimate June 29.
Apr 19, 2022: Ordered Apple Studio Display that should deliver by June 3.
Jun 3, 2022: Studio Display did arrive on time. Still, I can’t use it since the Mac Studio has not <sigh>.
Jun 24, 2022: Mac Studio M1 Ultra shipped and could be here tomorrow which will be the 109th day.
Jun 25, 2022: Apple Mac Studio M1 Ultra: Delivered!

Holy Shmoly, the Apple Mac Studio M1 Ultra backorder waiting time was super brutal, especially considering the time I spent waiting for a MacBook Pro M1 Max before I changed the order to this Mac Studio M1 Ultra the day after it was announced. Oh well, the best is worth waiting for, it’s over now!

I will say one thing after using the Mac Studio for the better part of 2 days, it’s a dream to use.

Buying severely constrained Apple products

Supply chain/Covid related product delivery delays have really been a problem with Apple. At this point I think it looks like my experience of 109 days from order placement to delivery for the Mac Studio M1 Ultra is among the worst. Currently Apple is estimating up to 67 days.

The Studio Display took a more palatable 47 days. A MacBook Pro M1 Pro recently ordered is scheduled to take up to 51 days.

Though still bad, product delivery delays appear to be shrinking. Be prepared to have a lot of patience. As a general rule, the more advanced the processor and custom the build, the longer the wait.

My Mac Studio M1 Ultra and Studio Display are here now, amen. Stay tuned for more.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Apple related posts
June 26, 2022 – Apple Mac Studio M1 Ultra: Delivered!
March 22, 2022 – Apple M1 is the new DAW performance minimum
March 9, 2022 – Changed MacBook order to Mac Studio M1 Ultra
February 20, 2022 – Finally a MacBook Pro M1 with all the wanted features

Apple related pages
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Studio M1 Max & M1 Ultra
Updated periodically – Apple MacBook Pro M1 Pro & M1 Max
Updated periodically – Apple Mac mini M1
Updated periodically – Apple MacBook Air M1
Updated periodically – Apple MacBook Air M2
Updated periodically – Apple 24″ iMac M1
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Pro M2 Series
Updated periodically – Apple M1 Processor Series
Updated periodically – Apple M2 Processor Series
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Miscellaneous
Updated periodically – Apple Technology YouTube Critique
Updated periodically – Apple Studio Display
Updated periodically – Apple Studio Pro Display
Updated periodically – Apple M Series External USB-C SSD Options

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NEW Groove Synthesis 3rd Wave Synthesizer

A new Wavetable synth with Sequential and Avid DNA

When you are done reading this post, check out Groove Synthesis 3rd Wave and Groove Synthesis 3rd Wave or Waldorf Quantum/Iridium? These pages will have more extensive information/videos and be updated over time. You can also use the link in the menu bar drop down ‘Computers – Gear- Synthesizers’.

The 3rd Wave is a winner of the 2022 NAMM Best in Show award. Groove Synthesis is founded by veterans of Sequential and Avid. This synth certainly intrigues me and I couldn’t help but notice it was a NAMM favorite of Richard Devine.

The introductory price is $3795.00. It’s a 24 voice, 61 key, 4-part multi-timbral (layer or split) wavetable synth with 3 oscillators per voice, and 6-stage wave envelopes per oscillator. The 3rd Wave has Dave Rossum-designed 2140 analog low-pass filters and SEM-style state-variable filters (low-pass, high-pass, notch, and band-pass).

The factory wavetables are 32 classic PPG-lineage waves plus 48 high-resolution custom waves. It also has a built-in sample-to-wavetable tool that create a 64 wave wavetable or user can import wav files with USB.

The sequencer is insane with each multi-timbral part getting its own sequencer track with 24 patterns of up to 32 measures in length. Each multi-timbral part gets 2 effects, 4 ADSR envelopes, 4 LFOs, and a 28 slot mod matrix.

Here’s the introductory video:

The 3rd Wave doesn’t have the non-wavetable sound engines that the Quantum/Iridium have, or the kernel oscillators which can incorporate wavetables in amazing ways, but the 24 voices, sequencer and multi-timbral features are very impressive.

That’s the basic scoop, join the Groove Synthesis 3rd Wave Users Group or go to the Groove Synthesis site for more info.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Apple systems pages
Updated periodically – Apple MacBook Pro M1 Pro & M1 Max
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Studio M1 Max & M1 Ultra

Groove Synthesis posts/pages
Jun 19, 2022 – NEW Groove Synthesis 3rd Wave Synthesizer
Updated periodically – Groove Synthesis 3rd Wave
Updated periodically – Groove Synthesis 3rd Wave or Waldorf Quantum/Iridium?

Wavetable pages
Updated periodically – Wavetable Editing Tools
Updated periodically – Wavetable Synth Comparisons
Updated periodically – Quantum Iridium Wavetables & Utilities
Updated periodically – Pro 3 Wavetables & Utilities

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The 2022 DNA of my Native and Jewish Heritage

DNA has absolutely zero to do with being Native and Jewish

For starters, it is super important to state that DNA has absolutely zero to do with being Native and Jewish. It does not make you a Native or a Jew.

My Indigenous heritage and Native Nation citizenship derive solely from my Native Mother. My Mvskoke ancestry goes straight through her, to my Grandmother, to my Great-Grandmother and Great-Grandfather, and to many many ancestors all the way back to time immemorial.

My Jewish heritage is from my Father and my Orthodox conversion, since being Jewish is determined by unbroken matrilineal descent or conversion. My descent is straight line but patrilineal for a couple generations and beyond that also goes back to time immemorial.

DNA can be interesting though

When I was a young child, my Mom told me I was a mutt, and my DNA sure proves her 100% correct, ha! So far, roughly once a year, Ancestry.com revises my DNA ethnicity estimates as the science and sample sizes improves. This post’s header image and the following list are from their 2022 ethnicity estimate.

  • European Jewish 28%
  • Sweden & Denmark 18%
  • England & Northwestern Europe 18%
  • Ireland 10%
  • Indigenous Americas-North 9%
  • Germanic Europe 9%
  • Norway 4%
  • Senegal 1%
  • Ivory Coast & Ghana
  • Nigeria 1%
  • Indigenous Americas-Yucatan Peninsula 1%

This year Ancestry.com detailed my DNA even further and split it into maternal and paternal sections

Ok that’s it for now folks.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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I am Native, I am Mvskoke

Delegates from 34 Native Nations at the Creek Council House in Indian Territory, now called Oklahoma, 1880

We Are Native because We Are

These are present tense statements. Our connections to our Native Nations and Native communities are current. They are not something in the past or the distant past. They exist now.

I am Mvskoke because my mother Mona Lee Smith Rothschild is. She is Mvskoke because her mother Leola May Berryhill Smith, my grandmother is. My grandmother is Mvskoke because her mother, my great grandmother Jeanetta May Grayson Berryhill is, and because her father, my great grandfather Pleasant Luther Berryhill is, and ad infinitum.

It is the same thing with my next door neighbors. They are Cherokee because their father is. He is Cherokee because his father, their grandfather is. He is Cherokee because his father, their great grandfather is and so on through numerous great grandfathers and great grandmothers.

My children are Mvskoke because I am. My grandchildren are Mvskoke because their mother is. And so the future will go on further.

None of us are alone either. I come from a large family and I believe my neighbors do as well. I have many 1st and 2nd cousins either reconnecting or in most cases never left the embrace of our Tribal Nation.

All of us have great responsibilities to learn, grow, and teach others, now and in future generations. In person, remote, and digitally documented. Digitize, digitize! Speak it, show it, write it, type it, scan it, photograph it, video it and share it all.

Waking up from the effects of genocide

This is what genocide, colonialism, and assimilation do. They disconnect survivors from our Native Nations and Native communities. They turn our collective focus and growth into scattered individuals with no connections rather than nourishing vibrant communities; rather than connecting citizenry of Native Nations that existed for tens of thousands of years at minimum, way before the United States or Canada. They slowly and sometimes invisibly burn our Native Nations and Native communities down to nothing or next to nothing.

Our ancestors are not prehistoric people either

I saw on Twitter today a post where a skull was found in a construction site in Oklahoma and of course, it was a prehistoric skull. Just one example of the relentless, uncountable and never ending dehumanizing minimization of Native lives. History didn’t start in North America when white colonizers came. Geesh.

We are whole and not fractional people

Colonizers of course, did everything they could to kill every Native in North America. When all was nearly done and colonizers were coveting the final pieces of Native land, they invented blood quantum. To this day Native peoples are categorized by the government as to what fraction of a whole Native they are. No other group have their ‘pedigree’ measured. Yet we are human beings, not dogs or horses; we are never a partial person. Still, colonizers think nothing of minimizing our humanity and of reducing our Native being to inevitable mathematical disappearance.

Truth be told, there are only 2 valid measurements of Indigeneity, either 100% or 0%. There is no in-between or fractional state. A person is either all Native or they are not Native at all. Native Nations and Native communities decide who is Native, not colonizer governments or non-Native people.

Thank the Creator

Our Nations have woken up. There is a great return and indwelling of citizens back to the Native Nations and Native communities. Thank you Creator.

Yes, there is much work to do, but I do believe the future is bright for Natives, Native Nations and Native communities.

Thanks!
–Yehuda

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Apple M1 is the new DAW performance minimum

The performance of Apple silicon IS the standard today

I’ve been using Intel based PCs for 35 years, but it no longer makes sense. Apple innovation has flown above and beyond Intel.

I would suggest at the barest minimum, an entry level Apple M1 (Air, Pro, Mini, iMac) if you are serious about your music. A brand new M1 Mac mini can be had from Apple starting at $699.00, or as low as $569.99 at Micro Center. MacBooks and iMacs can be had for reasonable costs too. Choose what you’re comfortable with, but do it.

Maybe a less than 10 year old Intel-based system with enough RAM and SSD might be able to run Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, FL Studio, Reason, Cubase, or the DAW of your choice. But will the older Intel-based systems run your software great or without issues? Probably not, though a lot of people are going to rationalize going with less even if it isn’t the right choice.

Apple silicon is the standard. The developers of your DAW and plugins are going to use the power available to them. If your Intel-based hardware isn’t dogging now, it will be soon.

Video is another area that Apple silicon excels at and will be of increasing importance for creators.

Most musicians, obsessed as we can be, have thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars of gear. A sufficient DAW should be a prioritized part of whatever you have, and if your DAW is your gear, it’s even more critical. Your DAW should not be the choke point. System performance frustration or software limitations should never be part of the creative process. Think about it. Do some research. Watch some videos. You’ll be amazed at how even the entry level Apple silicon leaps ahead of Intel without a hiccup.

If your budget allows better than M1, be sure to read the reviews and resources of the MacBook Pro M1 Pro & M1 Max, Mac Studio M1 Max & M1 Ultra, and Mac Pro M2 Series.

Thanks!
–Yehuda

Apple related posts
June 26, 2022 – Apple Mac Studio M1 Ultra: Delivered!
March 22, 2022 – Apple M1 is the new DAW performance minimum
March 9, 2022 – Changed MacBook order to Mac Studio M1 Ultra
February 20, 2022 – Finally a MacBook Pro M1 with all the wanted features

Apple related pages
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Studio M1 Max & M1 Ultra
Updated periodically – Apple MacBook Pro M1 Pro & M1 Max
Updated periodically – Apple Mac mini M1
Updated periodically – Apple MacBook Air M1
Updated periodically – Apple MacBook Air M2
Updated periodically – Apple 24″ iMac M1
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Pro M2 Series
Updated periodically – Apple M1 Processor Series
Updated periodically – Apple M2 Processor Series
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Miscellaneous
Updated periodically – Apple Technology YouTube Critique
Updated periodically – Apple Studio Display
Updated periodically – Apple Studio Pro Display
Updated periodically – Apple M Series External USB-C SSD Options

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Changed MacBook order to Mac Studio M1 Ultra

Mac Studio M1 Ultra CPU is Two M1 Max CPUs connected by a 2.5TB/s UltraFusion Interconnect, basically double everything

Mar 9, 2022: Ordered Apple Mac Studio M1 Ultra. Delivery changed a few times, last estimate June 29.
Apr 19, 2022: Ordered Apple Studio Display that should deliver by June 3.
Jun 3, 2022: Studio Display did arrive on time. Still, I can’t use it since the Mac Studio has not <sigh>.
Jun 24, 2022: Mac Studio M1 Ultra shipped and could be here tomorrow which will be the 109th day.
Jun 25, 2022: Apple Mac Studio M1 Ultra: Delivered!

I had ordered a MacBook Pro M1 Max as I mentioned in this post: Finally a MacBook Pro M1 with all the wanted features because I need very occasional portability, and frankly until yesterday the M1 Max was the best Apple silicon you could get your hands on, but today I decided to switch my back-order to a Mac Studio M1 Ultra.

Announced yesterday March 8, 2022, I just could not get the amazing Mac Studio M1 Ultra out of my head. The Mac Studio model I ordered, compared to the MacBook model I previously ordered has double the CPU cores (10 to 20), 16 more GPU cores (48 cores total, there is a 64 cores model for +$1000, I’ll pass), double the Neural Engine cores (16 to 32), double the RAM (32GB to 64GB), double the media engine enhancements, double the memory bandwidth (400GB/sec to 800GB/sec), 6 Thunderbolt 4 ports, 2 USB Type A ports, and 1 Ethernet RJ-45 (1Gb-10Gb).

All the above for a $300 uptick (since at $199, AppleCare is $200 less). For my occasional portability needs I’ll use my 5 year old Lenovo ThinkPad for now, and get a MacBook Pro M1 Pro or MacBook Pro M2 Pro later.

Holy smokes, what will I do with it, ha! Serious overkill, but this is it folks. I promise, bar an unforeseen increase of income, this is it!

Thanks!
–Yehuda

Apple related posts
June 26, 2022 – Apple Mac Studio M1 Ultra: Delivered!
March 22, 2022 – Apple M1 is the new DAW performance minimum
March 9, 2022 – Changed MacBook order to Mac Studio M1 Ultra
February 20, 2022 – Finally a MacBook Pro M1 with all the wanted features

Apple related pages
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Studio M1 Max & M1 Ultra
Updated periodically – Apple MacBook Pro M1 Pro & M1 Max
Updated periodically – Apple Mac mini M1
Updated periodically – Apple MacBook Air M1
Updated periodically – Apple MacBook Air M2
Updated periodically – Apple 24″ iMac M1
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Pro M2 Series
Updated periodically – Apple M1 Processor Series
Updated periodically – Apple M2 Processor Series
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Miscellaneous
Updated periodically – Apple Technology YouTube Critique
Updated periodically – Apple Studio Display
Updated periodically – Apple Studio Pro Display
Updated periodically – Apple M Series External USB-C SSD Options

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Finally a MacBook Pro M1 with all the wanted features

How Apple maneuvered nearly $4000.00 out of my wallet

I haven’t done much with music and synthesizers lately. As my friends know I ran out of creative room (in my mind) and I have been renovating a new room that will be much more productive for music production, at least to my desires. Part of moving forward with this is a new music production computer, that also fills my other online, accounting, graphics and video needs. After years of lusting for one, this is the 1st Apple computer I have purchased since the late 1980’s.

Goodbye Microsoft, woohoo!

Hello MacOS with Unix under the hood that any old-timer Unix/Linux sysadmin like me would love!

Testing my patience, the MacBook of my dreams is now on backorder. I will let you know when I get it! I’m expecting it before April.

Naturally, considering the cost of Apple computers, once I knew Apple was going to dump Intel CPUs and switch to its own, I did not want to drop a few grand on a soon to be obsolete system. When the M1 came out, seeing it handle 100+ tracks and a few other chores without a hiccup sold me.

My hip hop producing son has a Mac mini M1 with 8GB Unified Memory and loves it for his recording, etc. needs. Seriously, I do think a 16GB Mac mini M1 would have suited my current needs, but I wanted a laptop. I don’t need portability frequently, but on occasion I do.

For portability, a 13″ MacBook Air M1 with 16GB would likely satisfy my needs but the screen is a tad small for every day use with my old eyes. Ditto, a 13″ MacBook Pro M1 with 16GB would also be nice for portability, but the screen is too small for every day use, and I really do not care for the Touch Bar. Some love it, I do not. A 24″ iMac M1 with 16GB would also be nice for current needs, but again not portable enough.

So for me, there really wasn’t an Apple M1 system that suited all my needs/wants for today with future-proofing for tomorrow. I waited knowing more was to come.

And arrive they did.

The 14″ MacBook M1 Pro/M1 Max is a real beauty. The 14″ MacBook M1 Pro with 10-Core CPU, 16 Core GPU, 16GB Unified Memory, and 1TB SSD for $2499.00 is very attractive for someone that needs more portability than I do.

For a $200.00 bump to $2699.00, the 16″ MacBook M1 Pro with the same 10-Core CPU, 16 Core GPU, 16GB Unified Memory, and 1TB SSD, is a better choice for a system that is primarily a desktop, with ability to go portable on occasion. This clearly would have more than suited my present needs.

FYI, an Apple M1 Pro CPU has 200GB/sec memory bandwidth, which is double the 100GB/sec memory bandwidth of the M1 CPU, and more than 4x the memory bandwidth of Intel i3/i5/i7/i9 CPUs.

I really don’t think you could find a musician or any other type of user that would be dissatisfied with a 16GB M1 Pro MacBook in the screen size that suits them. It is quite simply the nicest laptop ever made.

But we’re not done with my brain and wallet yet people!

For better multitasking and future-proofing, bump $400.00 to $3099.00 for a total of 32GB of Unified Memory.

In my opinion, at this point you’re dropping major change, you might as well bump another $400 for the M1 Max CPU. This is also the point where I nearly ran out of money. 64GB of Unified Memory or larger SSDs would be sexy, but for me, not really worth the pain.

The M1 Max definitely has some value upgrades over the M1 Pro though. I do think doubling the GPU to 32 cores and the media engine enhancements are going to be a bigger part of music content presentation over the lifetime of this machine, and doubling the M1 Pro memory bandwidth of 200GB/sec to 400GB/sec alone is worth the price uptick if you can do it. If you are upgrading from a PC or Mac with Intel CPUs, note that the Apple M1 Max has more than 8x the memory bandwidth of the i3/i5/i7/i9 CPUs.

The 16″ 3456×2234 native resolution screen is top of the line, and some of us are going to appreciate the M1 Max’s ability to add three 6k external displays and one 4k external display. This has value to me.

Still, with all these amazing features, we are talking $3499.00 for the 16″ MacBook M1 Max, plus another $399.00 wisely spent for AppleCare for a total of $3898.00 + tax and whatever other goodies you need/want. A grand more than I really intended to spend, but I’m glad I had some time due to the backorder situation to emotionally prepare to move higher. I know I will be glad I did. At least until M2 comes out. Just kidding, don’t even talk to me about M2.

Good job Apple, you did it.

Thanks!
–Yehuda

Update #1: If laptops aren’t your thing, I’m sure that before the end of 2022 we’ll see 27″+ iMacs with comparable features, and recently Apple announced its Mac mini-like and most powerful personal computers to date, the Apple Mac Studio M1 Max – M1 Ultra‘s. Multi-processor tower/mini tower Mac Pros with even greater features and price tags are surely on the horizon but features or release dates would be pure speculation at this time. Should be exciting though for big studios and high compensation creatives.

Update #2: After all this, I bumped up a smidgen again, see my post about it: Changed MacBook order to Mac Studio M1 Ultra.

Apple related posts
June 26, 2022 – Apple Mac Studio M1 Ultra: Delivered!
March 22, 2022 – Apple M1 is the new DAW performance minimum
March 9, 2022 – Changed MacBook order to Mac Studio M1 Ultra
February 20, 2022 – Finally a MacBook Pro M1 with all the wanted features

Apple related pages
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Studio M1 Max & M1 Ultra
Updated periodically – Apple MacBook Pro M1 Pro & M1 Max
Updated periodically – Apple Mac mini M1
Updated periodically – Apple MacBook Air M1
Updated periodically – Apple MacBook Air M2
Updated periodically – Apple 24″ iMac M1
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Pro M2 Series
Updated periodically – Apple M1 Processor Series
Updated periodically – Apple M2 Processor Series
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Miscellaneous
Updated periodically – Apple Technology YouTube Critique
Updated periodically – Apple Studio Display
Updated periodically – Apple Studio Pro Display
Updated periodically – Apple M Series External USB-C SSD Options

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Cultural reflections on whiteness & my new 2021 DNA

A few major changes, now on 3 continents instead of 4

Ancestry.com revises periodically their DNA ethnicity estimations as their science advances and DNA databases grow. Their previous estimate was calculated in August 2020 which is in this post. I do think this is improved and it also matches my children’s DNA better.

Gone are the South American Indigenous groups and Mexican Indigenous was further refined to Yucatan Peninsula Indigenous. Note my Indigenous heritage from my maternal grandmother also includes the African, which is now 3 country groups and some portion of English, Scotch and/or Irish likely.

European Jewish is still my largest group coming from one grandparent, as my paternal grandfather was my only unmixed grandparent.

England & Northwestern Europe follow a close 2nd with all 3 other grandparents contributing to in varying degrees probably, but mostly my maternal grandfather.

Sweden & Denmark increased a lot, which I believe is part of my paternal grandmother’s Dutch heritage along with Norway and Germanic Europe.

  • European Jewish 28%
  • England & Northwestern Europe 27%
  • Sweden & Denmark 12%
  • Indigenous Americas-North 9%
  • Ireland 8%
  • Norway 4%
  • Germanic Europe 4%
  • Scotland 3%
  • Indigenous Americas-Yucatan Peninsula 2%
  • Nigeria 1%
  • Mali 1%
  • Senegal 1%

DNA is very interesting I think, but it doesn’t necessarily speak to the culture(s) one is, is raised within or claims you

Many people think of culture as language, music, dress, political and social behavior etc., which is true but culture also speaks to the values and thought processes one is taught.

My values and thought processes were taught to me mostly by my Indigenous mother, who was taught by her Indigenous mother, who was taught by her Indigenous mother and so on… Most Native tribes are matriarchal and the maternal nature and direction of my Indigeneity is impossible to ignore. Being Mvskoke is a strong and dominant part of me.

Likewise, my Jewish father was taught by his Jewish father, who was taught by his Jewish father and so on and the patriarchal nature of the Jewish culture were passed to me in a strong fashion. The religion of Judaism is validated maternally, which is why I had an Orthodox conversion in adulthood, but there is no doubt in my mind the Jewish culture is patriarchal.

None of this is to dismiss my European heritages, but for me the dominant cultures of each of my parents burn the brightest. No doubt it took me many years to organize my upbringing into understanding the cultural influences, but at this point I clearly see it.

The white Christian American (European derived) culture is something just not in me. For a long time I didn’t understand why I didn’t fit into (American) life. Now I know.

White Christian American culture & society thinks it is the neutral, & that other cultural standards & behavior fall short

It thinks other cultures aren’t civilized, up to the modern state of advancement or even G-d blessed state that white Christian American culture and society is.

This view is 100% false.

Much of white Christian American interaction with other cultures is about measuring and changing people to follow white standards. Assimilation can be subtle or as forceful as at gunpoint.

White Christian American culture and society, being the designer of race says that skin color is the ultimate determining measure of value.

This is also completely false.

There are a quite a few facets to this but I’m going to discuss one: Light skinned or white passing people of other cultures. It is a clear fact that light skinned or white passing people of other cultures benefit or at least do not suffer exactly the same as darker skinned peoples under white racial structures. But bear with me and learn. This is adjacent knowledge not replacement knowledge to the fact that the darker your skin is, the more you suffer under whiteness.

Skin color is just the art of G-d in the garden of humanity

It has no real value differentiation. Essentially it is decoration and meaningless. However, under the white construct of race, white people have turned it to their cruel and dominating advantage. Many people are square pegs trying to fit into a white round hole.

Going forward, when I say white, just insert ‘white Christian American (European derived)’. Strongly replace your vision of skin color with culture and values.

Regardless of appearance under the false and made up white racial structures, Native and Jewish cultures (to name just two) are not white cultures.

Regardless of varying degrees of assimilation or awareness, I am not a white person. My children and grandchildren are not white people. My parents and grandparents were not white people. We don’t act or think like white people.

This is why Jews say to themselves “oy, goy” with that common understanding and head shake, because Jews do not think like white people.

This is why even white passing Natives will call you a colonizer, settler or a white person. Not just because you are, but because white people have a thought process that isn’t the neutral they think it is and clearly one of its own culture, that is not shared by Natives.

In my own life and others, I can think of many clashes and harms due to this white misunderstanding of other cultures, regardless of the level of a Jewish or Native person’s enlightenment.

ALL government, law, business and social structures are controlled by and polluted with false white viewpoints.

Whether white people know it or not, according to their own limited or non-existent standard of understanding… from the building you live in… to your workplace… all the way to even the world stage… and probably soon even outer space, non-white cultures are getting the short end of the stick, period.

Only YOU can change this by equalizing the ruling, power and economic structures now. Not when it meets white standards, but now. Not when you think it’s right, had enough white meetings, prayer or whatever, but now.

Food for your thoughts.

And that’s it for now, stay tuned for more.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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Christianity is not what it thinks it is

Genocide, murder, kidnapping, torture, abuse, rape, enslavement, theft, dishonesty & more are the dominant attributes of Christianity. Inextricably linked to the ruling empires of whiteness since at least the 4th century ce, Christianity’s sins have towered immeasurably over those it chose to evangelize & “civilize”.

And this is still the situation today.

Many people would put Christianity in the headline and sub-headline in scare quotes as though they weren’t true, but this is my point, they are true.

This post is not a pre-1492 or post-1492 history lesson, so keep in mind if I write about something as though it were a fact, it is because it is a fact. If you do not know the facts, you need to go back to the books. There is plenty of well documented, scholarly and non-propagandized history accessible to the general public. We live in an age of shared knowledge and communication which are the medicines breaking the false hierarchies.

This post is not a theology lesson either, so if what you think are basic tenets of the Christian religion don’t align with what I’m saying, you need to go back to the book. It would be understandable if you thought the Christian Testament was a tool of colonialism and other horrors, because it has been used that way, but again read the book in its full context. Maybe this is the wrong time to let your pastor tell you what the Bible says and means.

You will find there is no biblical support for the combined actions of the European descended colonizer governments and churches in the Americas (North, Central and South) or Africa and other locations.

Murder is murder, theft is theft and lies are lies.

You can’t attack a people, kill their families, steal everything they have, and then lie to yourself and others that their (self-defense) justified your actions.

The entire North, Central and South Americas belong to the Indigenous of the Americas. The Indigenous were doing just fine before 1492, and no Indigenous people attacked Europe and any other lands that were not their own. Anything else that happened was purely instigated by and the results including all future results are owned fully by the European colonizers and their descendants.

Ditto, the Indigenous peoples of Africa were minding their own business in their own continent, when European colonizers invaded their lands and started stealing their lands and resources, as well as selling their people internationally.

Christian colonizers think keeping what you steal is OK

This is big. This is a concept that permeates Christian thinking today from MAGA to Progressive in even the most mundane ways. Rarely is restitution or restorative thinking a part of justice. Every excuse in the book gets pulled out.

Even worse, colonizers think murdering and stealing human beings, and all their possessions has no consequence for white people but BIPOC can rot in the graves or prisons for defensive actions. The self-deceitful enormity and variety of this goofy thinking is mind-boggling and can be worked into all kinds of action avoidance and intellectual mumbo-jumbo.

It might be convenient for murdering thieves and their descendants to think it was a long time ago, or that they didn’t personally do those things but those are just Christian criminal rationalizations for their continued enjoyment of ill-gotten gains. Do you think those excuses would deter the US Government from seizing the assets of a mafioso’s family or a drug lord’s?

If I steal your wallet and it has $1000 in it, when I get caught, are you OK that I bought my kid an iPhone with my ill-gotten gains, and that my kid should keep it with no remuneration to you? Spin in all the circles of self-deceit you want, it’s stolen property, there was no legitimacy from the get go.

Forgiveness is one thing…
and the we are all broken mantra is another

But nowhere did Jesus say when you steal something, you and your descendants get to keep it and all appreciations if you get caught or held to a righteous standard. The Mormons might have alluded to this, but nowhere in the Christian Testament did Jesus say skin color is a measure of value and evil and that white is the best of both. Nowhere does Jesus say you can kill people that don’t believe as you do or are in the way of some land you covet. Manifest Destiny is a lie, the Doctrine of Discovery is the crazy rambling of a man (and system) that thinks he is the sole telephone system with G-d. All of this nonsense needs to be filed right next to the flat earth and falling off the edges nonsense.

In recent months watching reactions and actions (or lack of them) to over 1500 dead indigenous children that could scale to over 100,000 dead indigenous children, along with the denial and lack of cooperation from supposedly godly people really turned out to be a knowledge blessing for me.

Christianity sucks. Denial of this is the most anti-spiritual thing you can do. Seriously people, is your god so small that they need your help hiding and minimizing crimes against humanity? If you love G-d, let it rip people! G-d will joy in your embrace of the truth and justice. G-d takes no joy in your silence over crimes in “The Church”. Imagine Jesus staying silent as he toured the country and witnessed corruption in organized religion, its leaders and the people who followed them…

Yet your average American Christian acts like it’s sinful to criticize crimes in “The Church”.

You can’t put new wine in old wineskins

I spent at least 45 years of my adult life trying to figure out how to best fix the inequitable American political system. Vote, protest, vote, protest… crickets. Finally fully embracing my own Native heritage, engaged in 2 way relationship with my Tribal Nation, and plugged into the pain and joy of my Indigenous relatives across the Western Hemisphere, the light-bulb turned on.

You can’t fix what was designed and maintained as broken on purpose. The 2 party system, the Democratic/Republican Party, the Democratic Socialists of America, or even full on Socialism or Communism or any other colonizer construct will not fix the American Empire. Christianity of any kind will not be the guiding light in a governmental sense, ever.

At the pace of change (currently backwards), you’d be lucky if 500 or a 1000 years from now that prosperity would be respectful and equitable. More than likely, the best you’d get, even then, is keep voting, this is the election that will change everything… Yeah right…

The land and sovereignty of North, Central and South America have to go back to the Indigenous. All of it.

Ditto for the treasures and extraction wealth. Additionally, BIPOC peoples need reparations. It doesn’t matter if the governments of the Western Hemisphere go bankrupt in the processes. It wasn’t theirs to begin with.

One thing totally missing from the colonized criminalized Christian mindset is you just can’t keep moving forward without cleaning up your mess. The colonizer violence, theft and oppression are Ponzi schemes. They are unsustainable, they will collapse of their own weight. At its worst, the damage to our only home the Earth we are experiencing today is unforgivable. We must stop this and righting the wrongs of the last 529 and especially the last 200 years is the only way.

The European colonizers cannot bring life back to their murder/genocide victims & they cannot replace the lives they stole in slavery, but they can replace the material things and concepts they stole and murdered (like land & sovereignty) and make reparations to the rightful descendants.

Absolutely, as lands, wealth and power are returned to their rightful owners, this would produce a wildly different North America, South America, Africa & other areas. The status quo would be incredibly disturbed, it would be a lot of work reversing hundreds of years of theft and murder/genocide; it would be painful for some.

Western governments need to disband and fully cease operations. No Big Daddy relationships. The churches need to go back to living rooms where they belong. Both need render their criminal gains to the rightful owners. period.

In the end everyone would be glad, for the Indigenous are not like European Christian colonizers. They do not feed on the oppression and possessions of others.

One final non-secular point: Christianity has to decide, is Jesus more important or is the US/Canada/Europe criminal colonial model and its ill gotten gains more important?

My guess is the criminal colonial model is way more important to everyday Christianity, and all the books, worship, cathedrals, Christian politicians and Christian rock and roll won’t fix the broken and useless witness of Christianity in its likely final demise. Hopefully I’m wrong about this 2nd to last paragraph, but I doubt it.

Personally, I don’t see how you can be a Christian and a follower of Jesus at the same time. Christianity is the anti-Christ near as I can tell.

Thanks!
–Yehuda

P.S. For extra illumination of just how sick Christianity is today, read this article from the American Conservative: The Meaning Of The Native Graves – They’re good, actually.

Religion posts
Jul 8, 2021 – Christianity is not what it thinks it is

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I have three percent African DNA

However, you won’t see me claim I’m African-American

Or a Black person… I’d be thrilled and honored to make the claim. My Senegal, Ivory Coast/Ghana and Nigeria DNA together has Elizabeth Warren’s Native-American DNA beat 3 times over, but I don’t know my African ancestor(s). I haven’t lived a life with any of their experiences. I can’t own this.

It is cool though!

I estimate within 4-6 generations ago that I had at least one African ancestor and I may someday discover the confirmed genealogy of this person.

My curiosity runs wild and that would be a super exciting day, but I still won’t be able to own it. An ally is the most I’ll ever be.

Due to other relatives DNA, I know this is though my Mvskoke Native bloodlines, but that is all I know. If any of my Native cousins out there stumble upon this post on the Internet and know more than I know, please contact me.

Thanks!
–Yehuda

Image and countries updated 5-18-2022. The geographic estimate of my African ancestry has bounced around a tiny bit since 2019, but I think it’s safe to say there is 3% from the Western Africa coastal areas from Senegal to Nigeria.

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