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30.7.12

Got Yer Global Warming Hangin'

This one is going to be particularly politically incorrect, but I have a rather long and meaty middle finger for anyone who doesn't like it.

I'm bone tired of the whole 'global warming' argument. Even people I consider to be relatively intelligent have been completely snowed under by this piece of mental refuse.  It's time, as the Indonesian's say, to buang air besar.  Time to let rip the Big One.

If, and not that I am using the first conditional here, IF the Earth is warming, so what?!

Let's see...Greenland, the Northern Territories, the Alaskan Tundra, and Siberia thaw.  Great!  More arable land, more places to grow crops, more food for Humanity.  Anyone in the audience think that's a bad thing?

Next, more evaporation.  Well, let's see...the central US in the throes of a drought, so more atmospheric moisture might be a good thing.  Right?  And with all the hand-wringing over rising sea levels, more and faster evaporation may be the answer, right?  Who knows?  We may even get to find out what's at the bottom of Lake Vostok without having to drill.  Save a few shekels and have new beachfront property to sell.  Complaints?  Didn't think so.

Now, recently some idiot who has never studied history has published a study showing that temperatures in a very narrow field of study have risen ever so slightly.  I will not give this idiot attention by mentioning his name or linking to his work, because idiots like this should be kept in dark padded rooms, not given encouragement.

At any rate, this idiot cites the fact that global temperature records have shown a very slight rise in average temperatures since 1753.  He says this is responsible for all the ills of the world and has been caused by the activity of humanity.

First, let me say that anyone who thinks that the activities of a few billion humans on Earth doesn't amount to a hill of beans when it comes to affecting massive complex systems like Earth's biosphere.  To think otherwise is to be a megalomaniac of such proportions as to require institutionalization post haste.  Sorry to burst your ego, but we ain't all that.

Second, within reasonable parameters, all living things require heat in order to grow and thrive.  It is no mistake that the greenest, lushest parts of the Earth lie along the equator, where it is presumably the hottest year-round.  Since I live on the equator, I think I am uniquely qualified to say, guess what, heat is good.

All dynamic systems require the input of energy.  Thus, in order to grow and thrive, life on Earth requires heat in order to expand.  Granted, there can be too much, like Venus, though the jury is still out, since no craft has landed with the tools to search for life.  The big hinderance?  Atmospheric PRESSURE and hydrosulphuric accid clouds.  But don't let that pop you ego bubble.

Third, the greatest explosion of human creativity and achievement has taken place since 1753.  The Enlightenment, the American Revolution, the rise of the nation state and republics, the end of slavery, the invention of computers, the landings on the Moon.  All that took place in the narrow window of human history that is also labeled as the Age of Global Warming.

Here's my thought.  Instead of human activity causing global warming, suppose global warming has caused the explosion in human creativity and achievement.  That'll put a little twist in your Wheaties, won't it?

In fact, I'm willing to go out on a limb here.  I'd be willing to bet that if global temps were plotted against the greatest achievement of humans in the same time period, that the temps would slightly lead major breakthroughs.  I'd also be willing to bet that the reason we haven't seen such a graph is specifically because them what we call the 'elites' don't want us to see such things.  Going even further, I'd be willing to bet that slavery, serfdom and general oppression occur within the periods of low overall temps, such as the Black Death, the Middle Ages and the like.

Certainly, based on the idiot's data, the explosion of human creativity and overall well-being of our species seems to coincide quite nicely with the highs in temps, though lagging slightly, meaning the temps drove the bursts of humanity, rather than the opposite.

What was that?  The rainforests are the lungs of the planet?  Well, since you've never lived in the rain forest, you can be forgiven for not knowing that the forest grows back as fast as, if not faster, than you can cut it.  Also, forests only absorb CO2 and give off O2 in daylight hours.  At night, they release CO2 just like the rest of us, negating any positive effect they have on the overall atmosphere.

Ergo, the only reason global warming is an issue is because it causes bursts of human activity, usually against the desires of the global elite.  Furthermore, it makes vast amounts of land available to farming that is otherwise frozen waste, thus feeding the masses and lowering food prices.  Also against the deepest desires of tghe global elite.

The only reason we are being made afraid of global warming is because 'they' are afraid of it.  They can't stand the idea of us having ideas, and having enough food and places to live outside overcrowded cities and taxed infrastructure.  'They' like us to suffer and die, because then we don't threaten 'their' domain.

'They' are a bunch of inbred morons and 'they' can not abide the fact that even the anacephalic babies are smarter than 'their' best offspring.  Add to that global warming and higher food availability and the extra brain power that goes with warmer climes, and the 'close cousins' are out of a job, as they have
  been in every epoch when global temps have risen.

At one point in Earth's history, the temps were far warmer than they are now.  We call that time the Cretaceous Period.  It produced a world lush with vegetation and beasts the size of buildings.  To hear some tell it, their remains are what we burn to run our society. 

And we're supposed to be terrified of that kind of burst of growth and vitality.  We are supposed to cower from the thought of vast amounts of food, where we don't have to shiver in front of the fire and fear going outside because we'll freeze in our tracks.  We're supposed to dread a globe in which humans are empowered and energized and don't put up with being slaves and serfs.

You want to fear global warming?  Here's your shackles.  You want to join the global energy surge and burst of creativity?  Don't listen to the idiots.

Climate change only means status quo change.  Status quo change means the 'elite' are set back another 200 or 300 years in their ongoing plans to take over the world.  You know what?

Screw 'em.

I'll take the warming and the explosion of ideas and inventions over their small-minded global kindergarten any day.

28.7.12

Stand By For Transmission...

I, for one, will not be watching the Olymic opening and closing ceremonies live.  I might possibly scan YouTube after the fact, once I know for sure what's going on.  And that's the crux of today's column: what's going on with the Olympics?

It's obvious to anyone who knows how all this crap works that the whole "terrorism" thing is nothing more than a massive PR stunt to get eyeballs through morbid curiosity.  They have been seeding headlines for the past year dropping the meme of Olympic death in order to maximize the planetary impact of something, possibly a message encoded in the ceremonial aspects of the games.

My bet is that the opening ceremony is the key.  They will really only this one best opportunity to slide some message into the most brains possible due to the massive media campaign leading up to it.  I suspect some overt or covert message has been carefully woven into the pomp and pageantry.  You are being mercilessly teased by the prospect of death and destruction to tune in and receive your programming.

There's no doubt these things work by having the most number of humans participating in a single event at the same moment.  This allows unprecedented access to the 'medium' of space-time.  The 9.11 mess was effective because the first plane got everyone to tune in, while the second and third planes were designed to 'shock' the medium and bring about a certain mass mind experience.  If you are aware in advance of the event, then you are in a position to use this harnessed power to whatever ends you chose.

In the case of the Olympics, there won't be a mass disaster.  They've so hyped the possibility that it would negate the raw emotion of shock.  Rather, they want as many folks to watch so that a message or meme can be implanted in the greatest number of minds in advance of some event.

As you, dear reader, may already suspect, I do have a theory about what that event may be.  And here's how I come about it.

The central concept behind the Olympic hype has been "terror", real or imagined is unimportant.  So, we scan the headlines for something having to do with "terror" in the same time frame as the Olympics and Lo!, we find "Seven minutes of terror" related to the landing of Curiosty rover on Mars.

The Mars landing has been hyped nearly as long and strong as the Olympic build-up, and both themes involve "terror".  It all dovetails much too neatly, and both are eyeball glue designed to get our global attention.  The fact that they are simultaneous is no mistake.  The London games and the rover landing have both been planned for a long time.  It is unthinkable that one group of planners wasn't aware of the other.

Much of the London headlines have focused on the missile batteries on rooftops around the city.  This is obviously to get us looking up, as it were.  And when we look up, we see Mars with the impending "seven minutes of terror" looming large in the heavens.

What seems pretty clear is that someone somewhere is about to announce the unambiguous knowledge of life on another planet.  My guess is that the concept of extraterrestrial life will be woven tightly into the Olympic opening ceremony.  This concept will infect as many minds as possible and soften us up to the idea of life elsewhere, whether in the solar system or beyond.

The announcement will likely come in the form of single-celled microbial life.  The Olympic logo includes the two little one-eyed bugs, which would imply a small, non-threatening lifeform.

On the other hand, the Curiosity rover is the first lander on Mars that actually has the capability to find extant life since the Viking landers in the 70s.  It has laboratories and microscopes on-board, which could give us unquestionable evidence.

That the word "mars" is synonymous with 'terror', and it's moons are called 'fear' and 'trembling', the symbolic links are so dense you need a machete to hack through them all.  After all, the precursor event was an act of 'terror' in a town called 'aurora' (dawn - of a new day), in a state called "colorado" (colored red), involving the image of bats (fear symbol).  Almost everywhere you look, there are subconscious markers being fed to us in the media that link terror, the color red, fear, the sky, and anticipation of something big coming.

My guess, and I'm probably off a bit here, but by the closing ceremony of the Olympics, the Mars rover will have found some clue as to the Big Announcement to come.  It may be overt, like landing splat in an algae-filled swamp, but more likely it will involve finding microbes in the soil after some poking and prodding around.  The clue most likely will involve surface water in the form of mud or a steam vent.  I doubt it will be immediate, since 'they' will want the message of the games to sink in a bit and work its way into our collective subconscious Mind.

By the way, did I mention that Mount Olympus is on Mars and all this will occur during the 'olympic' games?

It really is fun to look at all this, especially since it seems to be flying right over the heads of most people.  Even though we process information graphically, most people have been trained to disregard this part of our physiology, though it most clearly registers in the subconscious, where it seasons our mundane reasoning.  That's why 'they' use these tools.  It bypasses our conscious filters and goes straight to the underlying strata of our reality perception and how we interpret the world around us.

Back to my original statement, I won't be watching the ceremonies.  I don't want my view clouded by the programming.  Instead, I want to turn and watch the audience, to see how the message is received and what effect it has on the mass population.  Besides that, I get disgusted when I know someone is trying to program me.  It makes me really irritated for several days afterward.  I'll wait for the YouTube highlight reels, after I prepare my filters for what I am watching.

Indeed, the dark knight is rising.  A knight is a horseman and defender of the king.  King Harry will be presiding over the London games.  Meanwhile, on another planet, our 'curiosity' will be sparked by a 'rover', a rogue knight without allegiance.

It's all kind of exciting really.  It's like standing on the Great Plains of the US watching a dark line of clouds coming, bringing the storm.  You know what to expect.  You know about when it will get here.  Yet, the pageantry of it all still gets your heart pumping with anticipation.

Welcome to the Brave New World.  Why does it all sound so...Hunter S?

23.7.12

INTERVIEW: Peter Levenda on Radio Far Side

We are pleased to present the inaugural edition of Radio Far Side.  Joining us to launch our new effort is author and extraordinary researcher Peter Levenda, whose work spans the better part of two decades.

Peter Levenda
Peter Levenda has spent the past 25 years researching and publishing his books, visiting more than 40 countries and gaining access to temples, prisons, military installations, and government documents. He is president of the international division of a telecommunications company and the author of ten books, including Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi involvement with the Occult, a trilogy of books titled Sinister Forces: A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft, also Tantric Temples: Eros and Magic in Java, and his latest book Ratline: Soviet Spies, Nazi Priests and the Disappearance of Adolf Hitler. He lives in Miami, Florida, and he joins us, as luck would have it, from Jogjakarta, Indonesia.

Peter talks to us about Indonesia, its magic, culture and history, as well as gives us a synopsis of his latest book, Ratline, and how Indonesia may have been the final resting place of one of history's most notorious figures, Adolf Hitler.

Peter's books can be purchased through the usual online sources, quality bookstores, as well as his website and at Gramedia here in Indonesia.


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Peter Levenda's website: sinisterforces.info
Other excellent interviews with Peter: thebyteshow.com
Temples in Indonesia
The Great Pyramid of Java?
Who was Rudolf Pőch?

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15.7.12

Fear Begets Fear

READER NOTE: The first installment of Radio Far Side will be up this week.  Keep checking back...

Si Pitung
Here's the thing: ALL governments everywhere and at all times have been, are and shall ever be corrupt.  Period.

We have spent the past 5,000 years of documented history trying one form or another of government, only to watch it completely turn on us and eat us alive until we rise up in bloody indignation and slaughter the beast we created.  Then we turn right around and create more governments.

Why is it, in 5,000 years, no one has ever questioned the underlying assumption that we need governments at all?  I suppose we are all eternal optimists who while away our lives hoping and praying that THIS king's inbred progeny will be good, or the NEXT elected leader will have principles and integrity.

Whatever the cause, we haven't learned in all this time that concentrating power of any kind and amount will only attract megalomaniacs and psychopaths whose sole aim is to accumulate more power and protect it with the military might of the nation.

In America, no one seems to get that Homeland Security has nothing to do with Joe the Plumber.  The bespoke 'homeland' is THEIR power base, and the 'security' is for THEM, not us.  We are the threat from which THEY need to secure themselves.

You will notice that the US Constitution begins with three simple words: We the People.  Most folks don't stop to consider that in the English language, upper case letters only precede first words in sentences, proper nouns, and words with special definitions within the context of the document in which they are used.  Of those options, only the last one explains the capital 'P' in "People".  That means the word is not the common one used in daily speech, but a specially defined term.  In this case, it refers to the 55 men that met in secret to create the document.

The American federation is no more viable or special than any other attempt to force diverse people into a single cubby hole.  Other notable examples include the EU, the Venetian mercantile state, the Holy Roman Empire, the UK's colonies, or any of several dozen other examples.

Robin Hood
What we really should do is create a special, cordoned off area somewhere on Earth, preferably the Gobi desert, and anyone who thinks they have the moral authority to rule or judge other people should be sent there, where they can rule over and judge each other to their heart's delight.  The only rule is that they can never leave that area, since thoughts like those never go away.  It's a fault of their genetic make-up.

In this way, the rest of us can get on with our lives in peace, without governments, taxes, militaries, or corporate persons.  And without fear.

At their most basic levels, all governments operate on one basic principle: Fear.  Fear of boogymen.  Fear of the unknown.  Fear of the government itself.  It's all based on fear.  They create fear, thrive on fear and manipulate fear symbols.

Any student of the human condition knows that people instinctively rally when threatened.  It's not difficult to use this instinct to create and centralize power.  Almost every meme propagated by government-controlled media involves fear.  Whether it is fear of personal crime to justify police forces, or fear of outside attack to justify militaries, in the end, the fear is used to create and maintain control systems that ultimately work against the very people who pay for the supposed protection.

What's interesting to note is that folk heroes usually represent anarchy and the impulse to throw off fear and the control structure.  Look at Robin Hood, or the pirate legends, or the gangsters of the 1930s America, or Si Pitung here in Indonesia.  All of these romanticized characters share the common notion that the protectors of the common man fight power and control structures.  They represent our basic desire for freedom, not only from control structures, but from fear itself.

Ultimately, we must realize that no outside control will ever truly save us from outside threats.  We have police, but still have crime.  We have the military, but still get attached.  We have laws, but still have corruption.  We have to come to grips with the fact that we are no worse off, and in many cases are better off, without government.  In most countries, government sucks better than half of the wealth and labor of their subjects into slush funds that are used to propagate more government, which sucks more wealth and labor until the subjects are either destitute or rise up and slaughter the controllers.

This cycle hasn't changed for thousands of years, and obviously is not changing now.  If anything, the only outcome is greater and greater centralization of power and force.

History proves two things, greater centralization of power always ends in disaster, while those times when individuals controlled their own lives and destinies exhibited the greatest levels of peace and industriousness.  The more we pay for government, regardless of the perceived benefit, the more that government will turn on us and become the enemy from which we thought it was supposed to protect us.

As ever major philosophy has taught, the beginning of wisdom and the liberation of Self begins with the conquering of Fear.  Once we have liberated ourselves from Fear, there is no need for government.  We realize that nothing can protect us from the unknown and unexpected, except our prepared minds and willingness to work on our own behalf.

Death ultimately takes us all.  The measure of the life that precedes it is the degree of fear with which we face that simple truth.  Death is the root of all fear, and by coming to grips with it, we conquer fear and no longer require protectors.  If we don't need protectors, there is no justification for government.  And without government, we are free individuals able to pursue our best course in life.

In the end, anarchy works because most people are busily pursuing their lives.  They instinctively know that chaos serves no good purpose, and so don't create any and actively rebel against it.  In fact, chaos only reigns when fear takes large groups of people, who then react without reason or conscious thought.  Once again, fear is the root cause.

Blackbeard
Consolidation of wealth and power is the cause of corruption.  Governments, by their very nature, is consolidation, and thus are always corrupt.  We create government to protect us from the unknown.  Because of corruption, governments always end up protecting themselves, and thus become the cause of the unknown.  Conquering our fear of the unknown negates the need for government, and thus there is no consolidation of wealth and power, thus no corruption.  Therefore, anarchy is the best and most natural state of being, and rather than being chaos, is in fact based on the lack of fear.  So it stands to reason that only through enlightened self-interest can we hope to be free of corruption, coercion and force.

Our fear drives us to create governments.  The governments ultimately turn on us and become the cause of fear.  It is a vicious circle and one that has plagued humanity for all of its recorded history.  Until we change ourselves, we can not hope to change the world.

9.7.12

Zimmerman Blues

Dear Bob,

Once upon a time, you dressed so fine, you threw the bums a dime in your prime.  Didn't you?

OK, sorry for that, but I was sitting here thinking (again) and one of your classics popped into my head.  With very little massage, it seemed to fit so well with the world today.  Hope you don't mind if I borrow some words from you and send it to a new generation.

We sure could use a voice like yours today.  Well, maybe not the voice voice, but the literary voice.  A little joke.  Don't take it personally.  You see, there just doesn't seem to be folks like you around right now.  Rage Against the Machine is retired, or mostly so, and any other radical outlets seem to be very muted at the moment.

No one is sparking the fire of resistance.  Everyone seems so engrossed with social media and gee-gaws that they've forgotten to look up once in a while and see which way the wind blows.  Of course, an apprentice of the Weathermen is in the Oval Office, but he sure seems like he's gone off in the completely wrong direction.

But don't think twice, it's alright.  Somehow we'll get out of this mess.  I have faith that at some point, folks will wake up and bring it all back home.  With any luck, we can do it without any blood on the tracks.  Something is happening here, but you don't know what it is.  Do you, Mr. Jones?

Thanks for listening, Bob.  Hope you're doing alright.  The idiot winds are blowing, but the answers are few and far between.  The Masters of War appear to be winning for now.  Sometimes it seems that one hand is tied to the tight-rope walker and the other is in our pants.

All I need is just one more cup of coffee before I go to the valley below.  It ain't me, Bob.

The times they are a changin',
B


Well, they’ll drone ya when you’re trying to be so good
They’ll drone ya just a-like they said they would
They’ll drone ya when you’re tryin’ to go home
Then they’ll drone ya when you’re there all alone
But I would not feel so all alone
Everybody must get droned
Well, they’ll drone ya when you’re walkin’ ’long the street
They’ll drone ya when you’re tryin’ to keep your seat
They’ll drone ya when you’re walkin’ on the floor
They’ll drone ya when you’re walkin’ to the door
But I would not feel so all alone
Everybody must get droned
They’ll drone ya when you’re at the breakfast table
They’ll drone ya when you are young and able
They’ll drone ya when you’re tryin’ to make a buck
They’ll drone ya and then they’ll say, “good luck”
Tell ya what, I would not feel so all alone
Everybody must get droned
Well, they’ll drone you and say that it’s the end
Then they’ll drone you and then they’ll come back again
They’ll drone you when you’re riding in your car
They’ll drone you when you’re playing your guitar
Yes, but I would not feel so all alone
Everybody must get droned
Well, they’ll drone you when you walk all alone
They’ll drone you when you are walking home
They’ll drone you and then say you are brave
They’ll drone you when you are set down in your grave
But I would not feel so all alone
Everybody must get droned

8.7.12

I Am What I Am

What is consciousness?

This is one of those Sunday ponders to twist your noodle in a knot.  Science, and especially physics, will never find the Grand Unified Theory of Everything until it can come up with a formula that explains how atoms, molecules and chemical soups can generate a very simple statement: I am.

For all our self-congratulatory technology, our robots and computers and kitchen appliances, we can't create one fundamental thing: self-awareness.  Oh sure, we can teach machines to run and dance and hold conversations that seem spontaneous, but at the very foundation of these creations, there is nothing by algorithms and calculations.  We can simulate consciousness to varying degrees of eye-poppingness, but ultimately, we can't cause it.

The basic problem is our understanding of the Universe.  We like to strut around talking about quantum mechanics and string theories, but in reality we always bump into, what we used to call in fortran programming, do-loops.  All our efforts end up chasing their own tails, with things like 'black holes' resulting from mathematical dead-ends, where math fails and all the rules get thrown out the window.

Nowhere in all our wizardry does the math reach a point where the individual pops into existence.  And here's the real noodle bake...is everything we think we know being created by our own expectations of finding it?  In other words, did we find the Higgs boson because we created the environment in which it could exist?

Here's the fundamental problem with current particle physics.  We calculate that a certain particle must exist in order for the solutions to be valid.  We set up experiments to find those things.  Thus, we have created the things by establishing the right environment for them to be found.  In other words, these are completely reflexive exercises.

Another example is the periodic table.  In nature, we only find elements up to uranium.  After that, they are all man-made, and most don't exist for more than a millisecond or two before crumbling into more mundane pieces.  Everything from #93 to #120 (and beyond) is simply us tinkering with what is, not finding some aspect of reality.

Another problem with things like CERN and other particle smashers is that we are artificially creating things that are not found by themselves in Nature.  It's as if we are accelerating two panes of glass to near the speed of light and then smashing them into each other.  Then we pick up the pieces and try to extrapolate the whys and wherefores of how the glass was made and what purpose it served by sifting through the pieces.  Are we really finding things that are there, or are we creating them in an artificial environment that doesn't exist in the 'wild'?

According to some theories of the Universe, we will ultimately build a telescope so powerful that we will eventually see the back of our head.  In the other direction, we will finally find that the most minute processes of the Universe are little more than fractal echoes of the macro world.  Ultimately, we are looking in the wrong places for the wrong things, because none of what we have or will find answers the basic question at the heart of all science...who am I?

When Moses asked the Burning Bush, "Who is it that I should tell them sent me?"  The Voice responded, "Ahjeh asher ahyeh."  I am who I am, tell them "I am" sent you.  Basically, Moses was talking to himself, for if we repeat the phrase, either to ourself or to others, we are saying that "I am" is the penultimate meaning and force of Creation.  In other words, we come full circle back to our own consciousness and our understanding of our individual place in the Universe.

All of the machines and computations and sub-atomic particles and proto-galaxies mean absolutely nothing until we can answer one simple question, "Who is 'I am'?"  Until we can answer with certainty what it is that causes us to be able to look at ourselves and call ourselves 'individual', then all the rest is just icing with no cake.

Once we understand consciousness, all the rest will fall into place.  Bigger, better telescopes won't find it.  More powerful microscopes won't find it.  More massive particle smashers won't uncover it.  These efforts will always end up back where we started with n/0, a mathematical absurdity...a 'black hole'.

There is a logic to all of this.  We sense it from the moment we can say, "I am."  We know there is a reason and structure to everything around us, but we can't put our finger on it.  We have come upon a puzzle with infinite pieces and we are smashing it to bits trying to figure how and why it made a picture when it was all assembled.  It's a futile, empty exercise whose results are always more pieces, but still no understanding of how they all came together in the first place.

The foundation of all science is the question, "Who is 'I am'?"  Yet, it is the proverbial elephant in the living room that everyone knows about but refuses to acknowledge.  All our hubris over finding bosons and leptons and fermions does nothing to solve the Great Riddle.  It doesn't even bring us closer to defining the question, much less the answer.  The nature of the Universe will remain an elusive prize until we start to ask the right questions.  Sure, we can make wildly speculative statements like, "Cogito ergo sum," but what is the sum of sum?

How is it we can say "I am"?  What is the nature and cause of consciousness?  What's more, does the Universe exist because we are aware of it?  Or do we exist because the Universe is aware of us?

The answers to those questions are not found in bosons, they are found in the logical absurdities that no one wants to deal with.  We paper over those absurdities and refuse to look them in the Eye.  Yet it is when we contemplate infinity that we start to ask the right questions.

Two thousand five hundred years ago, the Buddha answered all the questions that quantum physics is just now rediscovering, and he did it with pure reason and logic.  He didn't need atom smashers and supercomputers.  He only needed to stare into the Abyss of consciousness and the rest became self-evident. Whether it's Buddha's cosmic foam or quantum physics' flux, that is where we will find the answer to Creation itself, because Creation doesn't exist without 'I am'.

I think, therefore 'I am'.

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Today's Sunday funnies is a classic Darwin Award from 1999.  Since we're on the topic of absurdities, I thought this one fit just perfectly.  The more I picture it, the funnier it gets...


A fellow from Michigan buys himself a brand-new $30,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee for Christmas. He goes down to his favorite bar and celebrates by tossing down a few too many brews with his buddies. In one of those male-bonding rituals, five of them decide to take his new vehicle for a test drive on a duck hunting expedition. They load up the Jeep with the dog, the guns, the decoys, and the beer, and head out to a nearby lake.
Now, it's the dead of winter, and of course the lake is frozen, so they need to make a hole in the ice to create a natural landing area for the ducks and decoys. It is common practice in Michigan to drive your vehicle out onto the frozen lake, and it is also common (if slightly illegal) to make a hole in the ice using dynamite. Our fellows have nothing to worry about on that score, because one member of the party works for a construction team, and happens to have brought some dynamite along. The stick has a short 20-second fuse.
The group is ready for some action. They're all set up. Their shotguns are loaded with duck pellets, and they have beer, warm clothes and a hunting dog. Still chugging down a seemingly bottomless supply of six-packs, the group considers how to safely dynamite a hole through the ice. One of these rocket scientists points out that the dynamite should explode at a location far from where they are standing. Another notes the risk of slipping on the ice when running away from a burning fuse. So they eventually settle on a plan to light the fuse and throw the dynamite out onto the ice.
There is a bit of contention over who has the best throwing arm, and eventually the owner of the Jeep wins that honor. Once that question is settled, he walks about 20 feet further out onto the ice and holds the stick of dynamite at the ready while one of his companions lights the fuse with a Zippo. As soon as he hears the fuse sizzle, he hurls it across the ice at a great velocity and runs in the other direction.
Unfortunately, a member of another species spots his master's arm motions and comes to an instinctive decision. Remember a couple of paragraphs back when I mentioned the vehicle, the beer, the guns and the dog? Yes, the dog: a trained Black Labrador, born and bred for retrieving, especially things thrown by his owner. As soon as the stick leaves his hand, the dog sprints across the ice, hell-bent on wrapping his jaws around the enticing stick-shaped object.
Five frantic fellows immediately begin hollering at the dog, trying to get him to stop chasing the dynamite. Their cries fall on deaf ears. Before you know it, the retriever is headed back to his owner, proudly carrying the stick of dynamite with the burning 20-second fuse. The group continues to yell and wave their arms while the happy dog trots towards them. In a desperate act, its master grabs his shotgun and fires at his own dog.
The gun is loaded with duck shot, and confuses the dog more than it hurts him. Bewildered, he continues towards his master, who shoots at man's best friend again. Finally comprehending that his owner has become insane, the dog runs for cover with his tail between his legs. And the nearest cover is right under the brand-new Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Boom! The dog and the Jeep are blown to bits, and sink to the bottom of the lake, leaving a large ice hole in their wake. The stranded men stand staring at the water with stupid looks on their faces, and the owner of the Jeep is left to explain the misadventure to his insurance company. Needless to say, they determined that sinking a vehicle in a lake by illegal use of explosives is not covered under their policy, and the owner is still making $400 monthly payments on his brand-new Jeep at the bottom of the lake.

6.7.12

Pieces Of God

Woo Hoo!  'Scientists' 'may' have found 'something' that 'resembles' a theoretical particle called a 'Higgs boson'.t

Stop the friggin' presses!  End the wars!  The banking crisis is ended!  Dogs and cats living together!

Give me a break.

Even IF 'they' have found the Higgs boson, what difference will it make in our everyday lives?  Will it cure cancer, end hunger and change the human condition?  Will it provide a simple, pollution-free power source?  Will it turn deserts into jungles or provide affordable housing for the poor?

Didn't think so.

All this hubbub is nothing more than nerd wet dreaming and make-work for a bunch of head-scratchers who couldn't think of any other way to make a living that contributes to making humanity better.  In fact, the whole CERN thing is a complete waste of billions of euro and years of effort if all it is supposed to do is find the Higgs boson.  So we have to assume that it has some nefarious purpose from which you and I will never benefit.

A few miles south of CERN, warships are gathering, daily slaughters are being carried out, and an entire group of people have been trying since 1948 to regain the homeland they had for thousands of years, and which was stolen from them by UN decree and a group of REAL terrorists.

All this 'god particle' rubbish is nothing more than public consumption science that leads nowhere, designed specifically to keep us ignorant of the real thing...the science that people like Maxwell and Tesla were working on.  It's just lipstick on a pig whose sole job it is to keep us all in the dark and chasing our tails.

Our first clue is that something so useless is gobbling up mainstream headlines.  You can pretty much rely on the fact that anything receiving this much attention in the corporate media is a psy-op aimed at throwing as many folks down the wrong path as possible.

Don't get me wrong.  CERN does have its real purpose.  The fact that they are counter-spinning two streams of proton plasma to speeds that are an appreciable factor of lightspeed is trying, if not succeeding, in creating some hyperdimensional effect.  Crashing the two streams into each other to make cute pictures of curly-cues is the part we get to consume.

Rotating plasma, though, is the real goal.  That's the secret behind all other secrets.  That's the thing that could truly change the direction of Mankind.

Few people know that film director Brian de Palma had a brother named Bruce who was a physicist.  Bruce discovered that spinning things at high velocity and launching them made them fly higher and faster.  According to public consumption science, that shouldn't happen.

There's no 'known' reason why the Sun's magnetic field twists up into knots and causes things like flares and CMEs, except that it is a giant spinning ball of plasma.  Nobel laureate Hannes Alven found evidence of massive plasma currents everywhere he looked in the Universe.  Even lightning itself is a spinning torrent of plasma, and we know how powerful that it.

So, to hear that CERN is counter-spinning streams of plasma just to find some 'god particle', you can bet that it's bullshit, pure and simple.

The 'god particle' is for the consumption of us little people.  It's the justification we were given for taking our hard-earned money and literally sinking it in the ground.  Of course, they had to find 'something' that 'looks like' the 'god particle' in order to make us all feel like we were part of changing history.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

We've been showered with sub-atomic crap to hide from us the real science behind CERN and other projects like it.

Anyone who is familiar with the film genius of Terry Gilliam will know the movie "Time Bandits".  In it, the ultimate evil dude tempts our heroes to their doom with the "most fabulous object in the world".  Like a twisted game show host, Evil hypnotizes the gang into chasing dreams and phantoms, while simple truth is hidden behind all the glitz and glitter.

The Higgs boson is nothing more than the "most fabulous object in the world", and we are being hypnotized into chasing it, though it has no value in our lives whatsoever.  Too bad, because the real science is so much more interesting and promising: free energy, trips to the Moon for lunch, the ability to engineer solar systems.

But then, given our track record with nuclear power, its probably best to keep it hidden for now.  Until we the people learn to say 'no' to the PTB and take back our power and our freedom, we don't really derseve such nifty science.

4.7.12

The Thought Heard Round The World

"...and the rockets' red glare,
the bombs bursting in air..."

Ah, the immortal words of war enshrined in the American national anthem.  It's no wonder the country prepares to celebrate independence by positioning war ships and materiel offshore of yet more targets of unilateral aggression.  It's no wonder that country has populated the world with war drones and bathed other nations in blood and depleted uranium.

It's no wonder no one is too upset about Fukushima.  The Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya wars have unleashed amounts of radiation that will take some reactors in Japan a few more years to match.

Any more, independence day is pretty much an oxymoron, at least as far as America goes.  About the only thing left there that's still independent are the banksters and corporations that run the country.  Everything else is owned lock, stock and two smoking barrels.

Kind of a shame, too.  It was a great idea.  Those founder guys imagined a land where everyone was educated to the hilt.  They foresaw a new Golden Age based on enlightened citizens spending summer afternoons arguing the finer points of Plato, Descartes and Bacon.  They dreamed of a nation that incorporated Rome in its glory mixed with Atlantis, populated by philosopher-kings whose realms were loosly confederated into an absolutely egalitarian society that would lead the world in moral, ethical and intellectual pursuits.

Oops.

Looks like things got derailed somewhere around Lincoln.

I suppose the dream could be recaptured, but it would take at least a century, since that's how long the Prussian model schools have been indoctrinating the nation's youth.  It would take at least two generations just to undo all the damage caused by psychiatry and social workers.  It wouldn't be easy, either.  People being deprogrammed tend to react badly.  Just ask Tom Cruise.

Look at the great hordes of folks that, despite 60 years of evil unleashed by Washington, America is the "greatest nation on Earth" and the least corrupt, most lawful nation with the highest standard of living and the best of everything.

It's not.

It's just another empire, like all the empires that have come before, and the ones likely to follow.  The most probable legacies of America are fast food and nuclear weapons.  The most enduring empire in history is the Roman, and it had to disguise itself as a church and religion to do it.  That's about the only thing Washington hasn't tried yet, but they are certainly trying, if you listen to the holy rhetoric coming from the sacred gobs.

America could take a lesson from Indonesia.  You see, here the politicians and bureaucrats simply ignore the law, much as they do in the States.  The difference is, the Indonesian people follow suit.  They figure if the lawmakers don't abide by their own laws, why should we?  You end up with a kind of beautiful mildly controlled anarchy that works just fine, thank you.

No need to worry, though.  It seems, at least from listening to the news and various prognosticators, that everything is about to change in rather profound ways.

Naturally, the PTB are fear-mongering because that is what they do best.  They use fear to manipulate not only people, but the very fabric of time-space itself.  All we have to do is follow Douglas Adams' advice, and Don't Panic!

The ninnies that imagine themselves in charge of everything have built themselves extensive underground caves to hide in, because the first rule of using fear to control is that the user must also be very afraid of losing control.

What will happen, most likely, is that we will realize in a couple of hundred years that H. G. Wells was right after all.  The PTB will retreat to their caves like good little troglodytes and try to run the world as they slowly mutate into Morlock.  Our job, as the Eloi, is to make sure we don't end up as food stock for them, but rather help to seal them in and forget about them while we rebuilt our planet into something much more interesting and sane.

I've worked pretty hard to do just that.  At the Junior Far Side World Headquarters, sitting 1,290 meters above mean sea level, I've installed a water well with a hand-pump, and I'm in the process of getting a solar array up and working.  The house is located just a couple of miles from our 7-hectare farm, which is even higher up, and currently growing teak wood for building materials.  It's isolated, has a cool breeze all the time, and a year-round growing season.  In true Far Side tradition, whichever way the PTB are going, I'm going in the opposite direction.

It's time to give up on the world as it currently exists.  I see little hope for it all.  More often than not, I have found Mark Twain's advice to always go against the common wisdom to be most beneficial.  One spends a lot of time being ridiculed, but the part I hate is that by the time I can say, "I told you so," everyone already thinks it was all their idea in the first place.  By that point, I'm already going the opposite direction again, anyway.

No, I'm not a rabid contrarian like the guy in Little Big Man.  I don't wash with dirt and dry off with water and ride horses backwards.  But if I see a mass of people rushing to one side of the boat, I figure it's prudent to go to the other side.  At least the waters will be less crowded with panicked people when we all end up in the drink.

What it all boils down to is this...as you celebrate independence day, think about all the ways you are dependent and try to figure out a way to reverse that problem.  Seize your heritage and become a subversive in any of a hundred different and quiet ways.  Become passive-aggressive.  Appear to appease the glory-eaters, while chipping away at their control structure a little at a time.

You don't have to go head-to-head and fight an open war.  The best way to fight an overpowering enemy is the classic hit-and-run.

For instance, install a solar water heater and take your old gas or electric tank off the grid.  If you have a smart meter on your house, put a lead box around it so it can't communicate with the grid.  Get an FTA satellite system and cancel your cable subscription.  Join with your neighbors and buy a cow every couple of months, have it butchered and share the meat.  Turn every open patch of ground around your house into a food-generating piece of dirt.  Grow veggies and medicinal herbs.  Buy, sell and trade for everything you can using co-ops and grey markets.  Don't buy anything new.  Watch the classified ads for things you want and only pay cash.  Keep your bank account with a minimal amount of money in it.  If you get paid by check, cash it.  If you have direct deposit, withdrawn the whole amount every payday.  Buy a safe and keep your money at home.  Close your safe deposit boxes and put your import documents in the safe, as well.  Get a passport and let all your other ID expire (passport numbers change every 10 years and you can use them in any country).

See?  No violence.  No big show of subversion.  Just a thousand little ways to extract yourself from their game.  If five million people figured out a way to keep $1 out of the hands of the system each month, look how much fun that could be.

For independence day, declare yourself independent.  Fight back without throwing a single punch or even an angry word.  You'd be amazed at how powerful you feel even doing these little things to slap the supposed owners of all they survey.  You'll notice too that these little suggestions don't take a lot of effort, and they can fill time that would otherwise be given over to TeeVee indoctrination.  Heck, the kids can even get in on the action, and the experience will teach them some valuable skills, as well as the importance of self-sufficiency.

And none of it is illegal...yet.

This revolution stuff can be so much fun!  Happy independence day!

1.7.12

The PTB Gone Wild!

You can feel it, can't you?  It's like an hour glass with the sand nearly run out, and what remains seems to fall much faster than before.  In the center, a pit has formed like a stationary whirlpool.  Nothing appears to move, yet the overall level in the glass continues to sink lower and lower...

And what bizarre events we are seeing!  Zombie cannibals smoking bath salts and gnawing dogs.  Dolphins attacking swimmers.  SWAT teams hitting the wrong house because of Wi-Fi.  Any more, scanning the headlines is like reading a Steven King anthology.

On one side of the Atlantic Ocean, people are baking like Christmas cookies in the homes, while on the other, they are boggled by the sheer amount of water falling out of the sky.  And the heat was so bad it took down parts of the internet?

In the Baltic Sea, some guys went down to look at a weird...what?...rock formation?  Their electronics failed every time they got near the thing, yet they were able to use lights and get photos.  It is apparently made of stone, but no one thought to chip off a bit for testing.  It has a hole in the top like an entrance, but no one entered.  And meantime, the US and Russian navies were playing war in the area.  Tell me that's not a Hollywood thriller in the making.

Detroit buses are brimming with bedbugs.  A city in California files for bankruptcy.  Congress holds the US Attorney General in contempt and the DOJ refuses to arrest him (talk about cozy), and all this over the DOJ running guns to Mexican mafia to justify banning guns.

The Supreme Corpse rules that Obamacare is lawful, as long as we all call it (the most complex, largest, and other superlatives) a tax, so Wall Street goes through the roof in celebration.  This is how you know those guys are on crack, when a huge tax increase is reason to rally.

A while back, I wrote about the Year of the Water Dragon and what all that implied astrologically for this year.  So far, it seems to be right on track.  The completely off-handed way in which things are unfolding could not have been predicted any other way.

I never bought into the 2012 TEOTWAWKI thing, but looking around, I think it's safe to say that it's the end of sanity, if we ever knew it.

It was Clif High who recently stated that he thought there was a good possibility of some major impact event in the first half of next year.  He speculated that all the mind-blowing things happening in the world now are simply because muckity-mucks know about it and just don't give a flying pig-sticker about anything now.

That does have a certain appeal to it, as a theory of everything.  I mean, no one seems overly concerned about Fukushima or the BP oil spill.  Most major governments are just falling apart, in terms of lawful behavior and corruption.  Hell, even all the war mongering seems half-hearted, like a bunch of boys just doing something to while away the time before the dinner bell.  None of it makes much sense, unless you put it all in the context of not mattering in a few months.

Just think about it...

There are a number of logical and feasible solutions to the EU crisis, but no one is taking any of them.  The US national debt has nearly topped $16 TRILLION, and no one is hopping up and down about it.  Japan is dying a slow death, and only the people dying seem to care.  The Rio+20 affair had 10,000 Big Cheeses just shrug and go home, figuring there was nothing to be done and who cares anyway.

Any more, it seems like the entire world has exhausted its supply of 'give a shit'.

Official-dumb looks for all the world like it's going through the motions waiting for the other shoe to drop.  A kind of malaise has a death-grip on the planet and the only response anyone can muster is to smoke bath salts and eat the neighbors.  Perhaps, in a weird Twilight-Zone-ish way, that's the appropriate response to all this.

Year ago, there was a rather obscure Sean Connery pic called "Zardoz", which a certain group of folks had figured out how to make themselves immortal.  The consequence was, that after several centuries, many of them lost all capacity to care about anything.  They became completely apathetic to the point that one fellow bred and trained a wild savage for the specific purpose of coming in and wreaking havoc while killing a bunch of immortals.

One gets the sense that this is exactly what is going on at the highest levels of power and control.  They've grown so tied of their centuries-long games of conquest and found the frontiers getting fewer and less interesting.  In their soul-crushing boredom, they've decided to just crash everything in order to find any excitement and challenges in life.

Honestly, if someone could come up with a better explanation, I'd be more than happy to listen.

Years ago, I received a bit of advice from an older colleague that I've carried with me all this time.  He told me, "Never shit in your own nest."  I thought that was pretty damned profound and I've never forgotten it, and have even lived by it most of the time.

So when I see what we must assume are reasonably intelligent people running around fouling their nests like there's no tomorrow, we should probably assume that there's no tomorrow in our quest to err on the side of prudence.

If we grant as axiomatic that humans co-create their own reality, and that, as a species, we've been preparing for the end of the world for ages now, then at some point it's got to happen because we deemed it so.  Now's as good a time as any, I suppose.  I figured it happened years ago when Nixon was elected, but I could be wrong.

At any rate, if things are already THIS weird, and summer's only just begun, one can only imagine how much fun it will be in the fall and winter.

I think I need something a little stronger than bath salts anymore.  I should run out an pick up some Epsom salts.  That ought to do the trick.

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The Sunday Funnies - at long last, something with a laugh or two!

The Pastor's Ass


The Pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won.  The Pastor was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the race again and it won again.

The local paper read:
PASTOR'S ASS OUT FRONT.

The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the Pastor not to enter the donkey in another race.

The next day the local paper headline read:
BISHOP SCRATCHES PASTOR'S ASS.

This was too much for the Bishop so he ordered the Pastor to get rid of the donkey.  The Pastor decided to give it to a Nun in a nearby convent.

The local paper, hearing of the news, posted the following headline the next day:
NUN HAS BEST ASS IN TOWN..

The Bishop fainted.

He informed the Nun that she would have to get rid of the donkey so she sold it to a farmer for $10.

The next day the paper read:
NUN SELLS ASS FOR $10.

This was too much for the Bishop so he ordered the Nun to buy back the donkey and lead it to the plains where it could run wild.

The next day the headlines read:
NUN ANNOUNCES HER ASS IS NOW WILD AND FREE.

The Bishop was buried the next day.

The moral of the story is . . . being concerned about public opinion can bring you much grief and misery . . even shorten your life.  So be yourself and enjoy life.  Stop worrying about everyone else's ass and
you'll be a lot happieand live longer!