Shadows and Lies

When you’re dead, you don’t know you’re dead. People around you feel it, though. It’s the same when you’re stupid.

My promotion of a gift economy seems stupid because it doesn’t involve the pursuit of money. As a result, I receive gifts, especially when I travel. Books and shirts are among the most popular items I receive, and the latter often contain witty historical expressions. Among my tee shirts is one with a phrase from Benjamin Franklin: “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”

Most people I encounter clearly do not agree, at least in practice. In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is. Still, I’m astonished at the prevailing mentality among the American citizenry I encounter. Apparently we are so afraid to question authority, so willing to believe blatant lies, that we willingly capitulate to liars and thieves dressed as CEOs and politicians.

I provide few links in this essay. Evidence for each of the following claims is abundant and easily obtained. If you’ve not grasped these tidbits by now, additional evidence will remain unconvincing. I suspect your ignorance is willful, your inability to see a direct result of eyes sealed tightly shut.

Most notable is the inability of nearly everybody I know to pursue radicalism. For starters, most people I’ve met cannot distinguish between a radical and an extremist, despite the clear difference.

If it’s unclear I’m writing about you, ask yourself this question: “What have I done recently that runs counter to the status quo?” If you don’t have a significant response, you’re likely to squirm while reading this essay.

Plunging down a rabbit hole — any rabbit hole — apparently makes one likely to pursue radicalism on additional topics. Fortunately for governments, few citizens are willing to look deeply into any topic, no matter how important. The shadows in the cave are far too comfortable to risk facing reality head-on.

And then there are the Strong Suggestions of Thermodynamics Laws of Thermodynamics. The official story of 9/11 violates the Laws of Thermodynamics, yet few people I know are willing to question the official narrative (consider, for example, the 11 September 2015 report from Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (Beyond-Misinformation-2015), controlled demolition of WTC building 7, and the admission of an inside job by Dubya’s chief economist). The deep state is real, but most people are unwilling to deal in reality. After all, doing so would adhere to Franklin’s maxim, a notion foreign to the typical modern ‘murican. The Orwellian absurdity continues with the disparaging term applied to those who question the impossible official narrative: “truther.”

A few additional examples are presented below. They provide an opportunity for me to launch a too-infrequent rant into the void. Ergo, my latest attempt to combine reality with its common partner, absurdity.

Civilization is not the only way to live. Indeed, humans lived without civilization for more than two million years. We’ve lived within the shackles of civilization for a few thousand years. Civilization clearly is omnicidal. Few notice. Even fewer care.

Civilization is an expression of patriarchy. The current version of industrial civilization benefits a few Caucasian men at the expense of every other living being. Most civilized people believe this set of living arrangements is wonderful.

If you are reading these words, you benefit from imperialism. American Empire is real, and it covers the globe. There is no escape.

The two dominant political parties in the United States represent twin cheeks on the same, corporate ass. If you believe the next person to occupy the Oval Office will improve the situation for the masses, then you do not understand the issue. Elizabeth Warren, or any other “progressive” candidate (i.e., contemporary neo-conservative) — the next great hope of many forgetful Democrats — will prove as disappointing as the current president to these deluded, die-hard dims Dems. Warren, by the way, is worth about $14.5 million, owns a $5 million mansion in Cambridge, was paid $350,000 to teach just one class at Harvard, and has the audacity to say that “the system is rigged to benefit the rich.”

The United States is dominated by a corporate government and corporate media. When greed is your only god, sociopaths assume control. We’re there, fully embedded within patriarchal fascism. The standard response of my fellow citizens: “I want more. I deserve more.” Apparently I occupy the land of the me and home of the crave.

The big banks have run this country for a very long time. They orchestrate everything from laundering drug money to cracking down on any form of resistance. They’ve been in charge for a very long time. Few notice, and even fewer care.

Working on behalf the big banks is the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which has ruled the country and world with an iron fist since World War II. The myriad agencies within the executive branch, including the National Security (sic) Agency, feed the machine. NSA whistle-blower Bill Binney, who worked for the NSA for 30 years before resigning because of concerns he had regarding illegal spying on U.S. citizens in 2001, provides an apt summary: “The Ultimate Goal is Total Population Control.”

Working on behalf the federal government, hence the big banks, are the media. Controlling the message is imperative. Examples are replete, but here is a simple, recent one about the connection between the CIA and the media.

The American system of public education is designed to “dumb down” the populace. Critical thinking belongs to a bygone era. Nearly every one of the so-called, self-proclaimed teachers I know refuses to acknowledge reality on this issue. And most other matters, for that matter. These teachers are paid to think, and also to teach others how to think. They have overwhelmingly failed, and they continue to fail.

The prison-industrial complex, like almost every other aspect of American culture, is designed to enrich the wealthy and enslave the poor. Some people claim the system isn’t working. Au contraire: It’s working as planned, as indicated by the beneficiaries of American Empire.

Monogamy and the marriage-industrial complex are part and parcel of patriarchy. The dominant paradigm is not superior to other ways of living. Deep down inside, you surely understand.

We cannot sustain the unsustainable, including civilization. Nor should we attempt to do so. Civilization requires tremendous violence. Industrial civilization is the most violent version yet.

American exceptionalism is a myth. American military power, largely supported by willfully ignorant taxpayers, is necessary to maintain American lifestyles, including grid-tied electricity, the modern banking system, and all that follows.

Abrupt climate change is under way. Global climate change causes suffering and death of humans and other organisms. There is no escape.

Net energy decline is under way and soon will contribute to the early death of most humans on Earth. Fossil fuels have peaked and the Age of Expansion has been replaced with the Age of Contraction. The Age of Conquest has nearly reached its overdue end.

Collapse of industrial civilization is under way and will be complete soon. When collapse is complete, the world’s remaining nuclear power plants will melt down catastrophically, thus shortening the lives of many humans and other organisms. There is no escape.

The interaction between anthropogenic climate change and collapse of industrial civilization affects every aspect of human life in the industrialized world. There is no politically viable approach to addressing either issue, much less the interaction between them.

Many centuries ago, Plato presciently wrote a line that resonates strongly with me: “Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed by the masses.” Indeed, we’ll disparage them by, paradoxically, referring to them as “truthers.” We will therefore remain in the shadows of our cave of blissful ignorance.


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Comments 231

  • ulvfugl,

    Thanks for bringing up Smedley Butler.
    Anyone interested in going beyond the Wiki info can read his short book “War Is a Racket” here:

    For people who prefer to listen:


    In the sense that we will probably never know the exact details about how 9/11 was engineered, you are probably correct.

    In the sense that some of the data included in the government’s own report on its ‘investigation’ of 9/11 contradict the conclusions reached in the report, you are almost certainly wrong.

    Believing the report entails living in a world that even Mr. Borges would have difficulty navigating, and he was quite a pilot.

  • @Grant Schreiber

    “You don’t understand futile efforts that will result in failure? Listen, making a generational ship to anywhere is IMPOSSIBLE. It can’t be done. We have neither the time, the intelligence nor the material to build a spaceship that can carry jars of sperm and eggs to the stars and then create babies once it crashes into New Earth, where, we’ll assume they’ll be able to raise themselves. Nor can we build a ship to carry ten breeding pairs who will slowly create a vast civilization while onboard during the thousands of years voyage to wherever. You might as well start making an ark out of sponges.”

    I understand that you believe every outcome would be failure. Where I fail is to see reason in this assumptive stance. Time, we have. Intelligence, we also have. Materials, we have.

    You still haven’t done much to convince me otherwise, nor has anyone else here. If it’s a matter of energy, there are solutions to keep civilization going for some time yet. If it’s a matter of climate destabilization, solutions exist to buy us some time in order to get off this rock.

    There’s nothing I can see as a true limitation, except imagination and focus. Even then, there’s simply not enough chaos in the system for the focus to be shifted, so you can’t even really talk of that. It’s just not time yet.

    Now, as far as I can tell, you’re quite set in your belief, and I’m not going to change that. All I’m saying is that there’s no real evidence to back the claim that we’re out of options. I get the… put the pieces together, you just don’t get it, etc… It means we simply have differing perspectives, and people are being defensive. What happens in the absence of evidence is assumptions. You’re assuming for the worst, I’m seeing this as irrational and something that simply doesn’t do anyone any good. What’s the problem with keeping to a perspective that chooses to consider all options?

    Think I’m just going to lurk for a bit. There’s no real point in trying to convince someone who is already self-convinced. That’s my thing. I’ve been on the fence about where we are, and where we’re going, mostly, over the last decade plus. I get short periods where it seems to be hopeless, but that’s never done me or anyone around me any good. It just doesn’t make any sense to “accept” fatalistic assumptions, from a lack of evidence and inability to control what I simply don’t know. It’s okay not to know, and keep on.

  • “In some cases it is a one-way trip.
    Lungfish venture onto land, lose gills.
    Proto-cetaceans venture into the ocean, lose limbs.
    Saurischian dinosaurs take to the air, lose the ability to use the forelimbs for tetrapodal ambulation.”

    I appreciate these points. They may or may not apply to people. We have routinely eliminated skills, technologies and cultures that could help us post collapse. There will be a price for that.

    “‘All points on a spherical surface comprise that surface’s center. I looked it up, assuming it be some kind of set. But all I got so far is that the set of all points is a line.’

    Any point on a spherical surface can be the centre of the surface, but each center excludes all other points from being centres.”

    How so? If all points are taken independently, what makes one point THE center to the exclusion of all others?

    “The many points do not comprise a centre; each independently is a center.”

    I suppose that, absent some principle to bestows a unique center to the sphere, there is flux and “uncertainty” as to what point is the center at any given time and from any given “perspective?” Beyond that, what rule says they can’t all be the center simultaneously?

    NSA totalitarianism.

  • The Farce Is Complete: Joe Biden’s Son Joins Board Of Largest Ukraine Gas Producer

  • When, or will, the military meats realize they are being BBQed? Will it be, after they lock us up, after they torture us, after they kill us, or while they are killing each other?
    An army of mostly poor, for the rich.
    You just cannot make this shit up.


  • Energy info based on a program I saw yesterday on LINK TV.

    Energy and environmental progressives agonize over the decline in oil availability. The last ditch extraction industries like tar sands mining use more energy for extraction than the energy they extract.

    There are no energy alternates. Nuclear energy is too expensive, dangerous and unpopular, and the uranium it needs is running out. Coal is the dirtiest form of fossil fuel and its environmental impacts are horrendous. Hydrogen is a distant dream. Wind and solar power are very inadequate.

    But wait! What is the implication of their quandary? It is that the lifestyle and economic order of industrial society must be maintained at all costs. Take fossil fuels out of the economy and stocks will plummet. Collapse! What is to be done? How does it affect the artist?

    It affects the artist who likes the color of dirt, or a black plastic bag floating in the air. Take Jamaican artist JAM’s description of Kingston:

    “Kingston: of the broken concrete barricades painted chrome yellow, the rusting chain link fences, the garbage, the debris, the discordant colours, the unkempt sidewalks covered in rubble, the potholes, the garbage, the zinc, the filth. The torn, black plastic bags floating in the air.

    Kingston: of the testosterone on bikes zigzagging through the traffic, tires screaming, camp followers clinging to the backs of these kamikaze drivers, with their ostentatious buttocks splayed open in batty rider shorts.”

    She hates it. It is a fearsome place. And yet she couldn’t describe it so vividly if she didn’t love it too. Other people would be dead to it. They wouldn’t notice that the plastic bag was torn. They might not notice it at all. They might not be aware of its buoyancy and how it dances in the air.

    The artist driving through Claremont looks down the hill at the rusty zinc roofs and the red dirt, and the small, square houses whose hard cement walls are softened, like a glaze over a painting, by their red dirt stain. The artist likes grass and weeds growing through the pavement.

    No, the issue is not to find new energy sources; it’s to love how the world looks without them.

    Finding Another Earth:

    Here are some obstacles: demoralization, economic meltdown, fascism, energy, the lack of understanding, the thousands of years involved…

    People are already succumbing to collapse. Where is the focus on them? How much time, thought and resources are needed even to get attention for the ongoing calamities? Even to soften them somewhat? It isn’t as if all is well, the economy is stable, and we have a calm space of time to figure out a multi-millennial space trip. It’s all crabs in a barrel out there.

    But hope for another Earth is one more survival straw to cling to, I suppose. Thinking about it might lead to something else just as futile, or possibly useful. Maybe the question leads to imagining how in a post collapse scenario, the basic minimum “tools” (educational, technological, behavioral, etc.) can be safeguarded toward some future time (assuming there is such a thing) when humans can get together to do things that many of us here can’t conceive of right now. My 2 cents.

  • @Robin

    “Conscious awareness is unlike all other concepts, constructs and objects, including the one called “conscious awareness”: all of them are perceived as objects, but it is the subject, and what is objectified is never a perceiver. It is not subject to intellection.”

    Okay, you’re saying what is behind this idea is a subject. I’m just not making the same leap that a subject is somehow independent of an object, rather it’s what has naturally evolved out of the object over time.

    [quote]To realise that all reality exists in consciousness, one has also to be aware/conscious of awareness / consciousness without any “of”. It cannot be reached through intellection alone.[/quote]

    Who’s consciousness? I’m agnostic, but lean heavily towards atheism. My subjective reality contains all that I experience, but there’s quite a bit more to the universe than what’s stored in my noggin. There’s still quite a bit more than our species knows collectively. Who’s consciousness stores all of reality?

    You’re making a case for consciousness creating all matter, I think. While I can see where someone could go there, it just doesn’t really work for me. Not that I’m saying this couldn’t be the case, I just don’t see reason in it. I get that you would say reason is inapplicable to attaining this insight, but that is essentially asking me to blindly accept a belief system, and I’m just not okay with that.

    Have I experienced flashes where I get zany perceptions, and sometimes later on start making up similar statements? Yep, it’s happened in my past. It never lead me to an expanded awareness that others claim. I became more accepting of things that don’t require reason, and as a consequence now consider that state to have contained delusions, and bouts of mild psychosis.

    If I was mentally retarded, I could still perceive, and would still be a subject, but wow I just really wouldn’t like that from where I’m at now.

    I think this is an impasse, but nothing to get upset about. There’s no issue with individuals having differing perceptions and ways of navigating through their life experience.

  • Doing Time on Death Row

    Knowing our time left is waning,
    We look at our lives with less feigning;
    And we try to maintain,
    Chasing pleasure, not pain,
    To fill up the time that’s remaining.

  • Chapman tells me “I understand that you believe every outcome would be failure.”

    As far as interstellar generational space travel goes, you are right.
    That this is translated to “every outcome” only involves total fantasies.

    There could be options out there, but they’re not going to be pleasant nor easy and absolutely none of them involve any of the following:

    1) Time Machines
    2) Alien Rescue Craft
    3) Dimensional rifts large enough to escape from the planet’s fate.
    4) Angels lending a helping hand
    5) A sudden world wide epiphany that greed isn’t good at all, it’s bad, it’s always been bad and the sudden realization that yes, by golly, I am my brother’s keeper after all.

    Imagination is well and good, but if you’re looking for something that might work, it is going have to be a lot more down to earth. I understand this might be difficult to grasp, but wishing really really hard doesn’t help any. You actually have to try to do something.

  • @Grant Schreiber

    “Imagination is well and good, but if you’re looking for something that might work, it is going have to be a lot more down to earth. I understand this might be difficult to grasp, but wishing really really hard doesn’t help any. You actually have to try to do something.”

    I grasp it. You’re turning defensive, and assuming far too much.

    Thanks for the discussion. I’ll be looking elsewhere for like-minds.

    Take Care.

  • @ artleads – I think you really summed something up there. Life is still good. We can still appreciate it, no matter how unattractive it might be aesthetically in some ways. It’s a pity we can’t salvage what we can still appreciate, what is not ‘collapsing’, but that will be a casualty, too. No way to separate it out. The entirety of life stands to be lost, not just that which depends upon our continued consumption of the earth’s energy. Therein lies the sorrow and the feeling from which we yearn yet to create and express ourselves artistically, but it feels too far a reach somehow, much like the dream of a new earth.

  • Hi all,

    Long time observer here. Noticed the back and forth about 9/11. Saw the link for the supposed Best 9/11 Doc Ever… Saw a couple minutes and thought this alternative piece to be far better. It’s very long but very well done. Was a firm skeptic until this film came about. Enjoy.

  • but there’s quite a bit more to the universe than what’s stored in my noggin

    Which of these is not a concept, not a construct?


  • “Monogamy and the marriage-industrial complex are part and parcel of patriarchy.”

    I think monotheism and the Abrahamic mind-control cults are a much bigger problem. Faith is far more dangerous than faithfulness!

  • ugotstahwonder –

    Thanks for your reply. I was looking for some honest discussion, not stupid ridicule.

    I honestly know of no way that humans could make the excellent crop circle formations. They need to be looked at with eyes wide open. Yes, some are man made but they look it. I suppose I could paint a Mona Lisa but the result would only make me look stupid while enhancing the quality of the genuine painting. These crop formations tend to make us look less than what we think we are. A little humility is needed before any discussion can take place.

    Having worked with crops all my life, I know that plants don’t bend. They break. If we look through the lens of science and logic, we can’t explain how these formations are made. We can’t just ignore the facts. That would be equivalent to believing that buildings can collapse in a controlled way without controlled demolition. Or believing that moon walking, dust and all, can be faked by reducing camera speed. These things are physically impossible. I’m still waiting for a reasonable, scientific explanation for crop circles. They aren’t just ideas that exist in someone’s head or theories. They are real “constructs”. They seem to be “sprayed” into existence in a way similar to the way an ink jet printer “sprays” a picture onto paper; fast and perfect using some sort of heat energy rather than ink. I, for one, still can’t believe that my printer can do what it does so well, so perfect. I can’t believe that my flashlight can spray out stuff called light at the speed of 186000 miles per second.

    Then there is the question of why they are made. There is something going on here that we don’t understand? I don’t think we know it all. Or am I just stupid?

  • artleads

    You wrote:
    “Meanwhile, I haven’t so far found the answer for this one:

    All points on a spherical surface comprise that surface’s center. I looked it up, assuming it be some kind of set. But all I got so far is that the set of all points is a line….

    It gets downright mystical when you think that each point of the planet is its center. That seems to confer central importance to everything. Or am I going spacey again?”

    I expect Robin Datta’s subsequent comments either explained it all to you or thoroughly confused you!
    However, be that as it may, your comment is to me very cooool, and apropo to the whole relativity conundrum encountered via Copernikers and the pre-existing Platonic ‘model’ of ‘the universe'(of which there seems to be implied only one). The relativity thing was seriously revisited as we know by Einstein, and his successors in quantum shenanigans, but to me the better enquiry is what was going on with the actual assertion of Earth centred viewpoints, and what did/does it mean in counterpoint to the Sun centered position(which is only of the solar system, not the universe, in point).
    I think something is being missed historically here and psychologicaly/psychicly.
    Earth centred ‘viewpoints’ are used implicitly in Astrology to calculate natal charts, (inception, birth or contingent beginnings of entities), because this(Earth) is where the ‘location’ of the momentary snapshot of incarnation occurs. The astronomical clock is just that a clock, although uneducated and popular opinion on Astrology would have us believe it is all about ‘influence’, ‘energy’, and ‘cosmic consciousness’. I see it as just a clock that tells what time it is. Time in terms of the angular relationships between archetypes. Those archetypes are certainly involved in a kind of tribal celestial projection process over time, but ignoring the jooboo popular tea readings parlour games crap, there is embedded a deep ‘presumption’ that the subject matter of Astrology – and I would add, Gnostic(read aspects of Hinduism too)- is consciousness, or more precisely the process of understanding patterns of adaptation ‘we’ go through as our understanding matures in this domain, toward perfect enlightenment and on to translation.
    Most early learners think they ‘are’ their astrology chart, or that it describes ‘them’. They seek themselves. I use to too. Then I discovered the natal chart only describes what you unconsciously identify with in adapting to this world. Those capacities, and pattern thus describes by novices as ‘you’ is just what is in the way of you.( your realised full Self)
    Sun centred Scientific Astronomy(with regard to our solar system, as proposed by Coppernikas, and which is generally agreed as the real situation ‘out there’ is essentially not regarding consciousness as the primary concern. Rocks and billiard balls are Newtons tools, and without diminishing Newtons contribution to anything, he is now framed as a mechanist, and I think that is not really correct, as he also was very religious, and an Astrologer.
    I think the baby was thrown out with the bathwater around the time Galileo’s observations were accepted, (more widely).
    The baby being a deep and thorough understanding of the ‘psycho’ in psycho/physical universe, and was given over to the physical.
    Returning to your comment about relativity, the issue of the finite speed of light is what put the kybosh on Newtonian mechanistic positioning, and the orthodoxy scientific community has not really successful recovered- I don’t know what the underground science has found through hidden research).
    Think about it, all the motions of us on a planet like ours, the planet circling the Sun, the sun spinning , and in a spinning galaxy, also oscillating at right angles in the galactic arm, and all moving in a complex gravity well of interstellar space, and still we believe an object like a projectile , a bullet, which a sniper uses for a 1500 meter kill shot, obeys only the moments of inertia ‘laws’ from our local frame or reference?
    Also, light emitted from a moving object does not move faster than from a stationary one.????
    So relativity in all its Astronomical glory just shuts down any notion of ‘knowing’ where anything is. The idea of a big bang is a school of physics, now dominating, that is desperate to pinpoint an origin, or starting loci for all this ambiguity, but it never will.
    Space is an illusion within this local ‘need’ or tendency to ‘reckon’ where we are. We give the names, like Earth, Sun, Orion Nebulae, the Post Office, to supply the child mind with orientation, that later in development needs to be discarded for more mature adaptation to our ‘real’ situation.
    The original film ‘Solaris’ in my view did a rather good job of addressing the apparently divergent domains of the implications psychoanalysis and Astronomy.
    ‘2001’ also tried to reconcile the idea that any consciousness, organic or robotic, struggled with the issue of mortality, which is always a mask to the separation (illusory) from transcendent identity, and unlimited life energies.
    All this is why it is meaningful and relevant to understand oneself as the centre of the universe, in psycho/physical terms, but at the same time so is everyone else!

    The heat anomalies and records are still being tested here in Afraidia even as we approach Winter:

    ‘If the budget left you frozen, the weather will not’

    (Afraidia just had its latest federal Budget, which now makes this now not only Afraidia, but Anger-fraidia)

    “When the main street talk is about the National Budget, its hard to find a weather story which can catch people’s imagination. The task becomes harder when a broad high sitting over the Tasman Sea is extending a ridge of high pressure across the nation.

    This ridge is being quite stubborn and is likely to stay put over the next seven to ten days bringing mostly clear skies and a warm spell to most of Australia.

    This high, is pushing south any rain bearing systems and colder air masses which dare to travel east from the Indian Ocean. Only those in the Apple Isle, who are far south enough, will see some cool temperatures and some rainfall in the coming week.

    The high will have profound effects as the clear skies and plenty of sunshine will likely bring the nation’s May average anomaly one to two degrees above the long term average. This is likely to be enough to take May 2014 to one of the top five hottest Mays on record….

    Sydney has reached 22 degrees everyday since Saturday and it is forecast to continue to do so for the next seven days. The record of consecutive 22-degree days this late in the season is six days, which was set in 1974.

    Similarly, Melbourne has reached 20 degrees over the past three days and is likely to reach and even exceed that threshold over the next seven days. The record for consecutive 20-degree days this late in autumn is seven days, set in 1907. Seven days were also registered to June 8th 1957, which technically falls in winter.

    It then seems that we cannot quite turn away and slam the door on summer … at least not yet. The warmth never bothered me anyway.”

    I know it hasn’t quite happened yet but if it doesn’t make it to the record book, it is enough that it is trending that way, No?

    Crop Circles….

    Oh, plenty of beings want to come to Earth, the water planet, they are just having trouble calibrating their magnetic interstellar, inter-dimensional vortex coupling over-thruster relay thingies, and make a poor showing when a few of their ‘kind’ don’t quite make it through the cosmic whurlitzer fun park ride to here, (where-ever here is),(the descriptor ‘here’ is a proximal relative spatial positioning locator,and is therefore not an ‘absolute’ reckoning concept, but suffices for most daily tasks we get to do). The crop circles are just the evidence of electromagnetic materialization vortexes which failed to complete their objective. One thing though, what if some of the juvenile alien beings, being better at the technology than their elders, were now pirating the process, and doing doodles on our wheat fields for a laugh, by jigging the technology to mess up the adults serious projects.
    Could be.

  • Dairymandave – crop circles just might be the ultimate ‘rabbit hole’ – prepare for radicalism, per Guy’s article. I don’t know why people behave towards them as they do, but I feel privileged to formulate that question. My sense is that if you ‘get it’ that these things are interesting, not a triffle or yet another thing to go to some sort of combat over, that means that somewhere, somehow you answered at least a few of the spiritual questions right. I think we have to take this to the forums. Whichever one of us gets around to starting a the thread on there first, because these sorts of rabbit holes are most certainly not everybody’s cup of tea. Drunken wallabies, remember that one? Here’s the gift I think they really bestow on some uniquely aware individuals such as you and I – they illuminate the traps humans fall into on a really basic level – those traps that keep us ignorant as a species. See you on the forums, I hope!

  • dairymandave: have you seen this?

    HAGERSTOWN, Ind. — Beyond a stack of hay bales, past the site of Indiana’s first soil-judging contest, high school students in this tiny eastern town stroll down a grassy slope to reach their newest classroom: a fenced-in field of cud-chewing cattle.

    Starting in the next academic year, the cattle, which arrived last month and have names like Ground Round and Honey Bear, will be fed by students enrolled in an agricultural science class. Then, when the animals are fat enough, they will be fed back to their caretakers — as beef patties on lunchroom trays. [read the rest if interested]


    Antibiotic resistance: 6 diseases that may come back to haunt us

    Still think of TB, typhoid and gonorrhoea as infections from the past? WHO’s terrifying report will make you think again

    Diseases we thought were long gone, nothing to worry about, or easy to treat could come back with a vengeance, according to the recent World Health Organisation report on global antibiotic resistance. Concern at this serious threat to public health has been growing; complacency could result in a crisis with the potential to affect everyone, not just those in poor countries or without access to advanced healthcare. Already diseases that were treatable in the past, such as tuberculosis, are often fatal now, and others are moving in the same direction. And the really terrifying thing is that the problem is already with us: this is not science fiction, but contemporary reality. So what are some of the infections that could come back to haunt us? [each of these has a paragraph of information]

    Tuberculosis, Gonorrhoea, Klebsiella, Typhoid, Syphillis and Diphtheria

    [there’s a little more]

    All this and now MERS too!

    U.S. reports its second case of deadly MERS virus

    May 2014 – FLORIDA – A growing global threat of the potentially deadly MERS virus has spread to Orlando with the case of a 44-year-old man visiting from Saudi Arabia, health officials reported Monday. He becomes the second U.S. patient with the respiratory illness, which has infected more than 500 people worldwide and killed 114. MERS — or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome — is considered serious because of its fatality rate of about 30 percent and because there is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment. But health officials emphasize that it is spread only through close contact, including touching, coughing or contaminated fluids. About one-fifth of those infected are health-care workers, as is the Orlando patient. The man, who works in a Saudi Arabia hospital, arrived in Orlando on May 1 but did not seek treatment until May 8, when he went to the Dr. P. Phillips emergency room. A trio of laboratory tests confirmed MERS. “The patient is in good condition and is improving,” said Dr. Antonio Crespo, an infectious-disease specialist and chief quality officer for the hospital, part of Orlando Health. “We are taking every precaution, but believe the risk of transmission from this patient is very low since his symptoms were mild and he was not coughing when he arrived at the hospital.” Symptoms of the virus include congestion, cough, fever over 100.4 degrees, shortness of breath, pneumonia, body aches and diarrhea. The man’s family members and hospital workers who had contact with him are being monitored for signs of the disease. Following protocol from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the exposed hospital workers are being placed on temporary paid leave and asked to stay home.

    CDC officials said Monday they expected additional MERS cases in the United States because of a recent spike in cases in the Arabian Peninsula, primarily in Saudi Arabia. The virus was first identified there in 2012. Florida Department of Health officials in Orlando emphasized that the patient — whose name is not being released for privacy reasons — did not visit local theme parks or other tourist spots. Local residents who have questions or concerns can call a dedicated Health Department hotline at 407-858-1490. In the current case, the patient left Saudi Arabia April 30 and began experiencing muscle aches, health officials said. He flew first to London, then to Boston and Atlanta before arriving in Orlando on May 1. By then, he had a slight fever, and he later developed diarrhea and ultimately a cough. According to CDC officials, more than 500 passengers on U.S. segments of those flights were exposed and are being notified. So far, no one exposed to the man has reported symptoms, which typically take five to 14 days to develop.

    Dr. Kevin Sherin, director of the state Health Department for Orange County, said only those who have had some contact with an infected individual are at risk. “If they weren’t in Saudi Arabia or had exposure to someone from Saudi Arabia, I don’t know that [we] would even start thinking about MERS …,” he said. “We would probably [suspect] flu.” The patient was placed in isolation once MERS was suspected. He remains there in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery, Crespo said. The virus was confirmed through a series of laboratory tests on blood and other bodily fluids. So far most cases have been transmitted through caring for or living with an infected person. The fatality rate is expected to drop as more patients with mild symptoms or even no symptoms are identified through laboratory testing. The first confirmed case of MERS in the United States was reported in a traveler from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. That person had traveled to London, then on to Chicago and Indiana before being hospitalized in Indiana April 28. The patient is now recovering, the CDC reported. –Orlando Sentinel
    [see 3 min. video on MERS at the site]

  • As a lazy, bumptious and ignorant shit stirrer, I’d hazard that the design of crop circles will, over time, mirror the changes in graphic design and its numerous influences, including psychedelia and fractal imagery, as it has evolved over the past half-century, in much the same way that the look of UFOs parallels the evolution of industrial design (sputnik-like and hokey in the 1950s, sleek and menacing in the 2000s).

  • Before the thread changes, here’s a few more

    The silent toxin in food that provokes cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and more

    (NaturalNews) Found in everything from cereal grains to dried fruit and nuts to legumes, along with wine, hard cheeses and certain types of coconut oil — mycotoxins are difficult to dodge. Associated with a variety of diseases, these fungal metabolites can wreak havoc on the health of both body and mind. Just the same, we don’t need to be at the mercy of these invisible troublemakers. Instead, we can take active steps through dietary interventions to reduce exposure and decrease damage.

    Mycotoxins: What are they and why should I care?

    Causing a vast range of issues in animals and humans, mycotoxins are produced by fungi and can destroy health when even small amounts are consumed over time. Although tricky to diagnose (due to the diversity of symptoms), there is enough evidence that links the toxin with heart and liver disease, neurological malfunction, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, asthma, stunted growth and premature death.

    Mycotoxins are surprisingly resilient and remain relatively unscathed when frozen or cooked. Crops grown in tropical regions are exceptionally vulnerable to contamination due to high humidity and weather fluctuations. One of the most well-known mycotoxins, and also the most damaging, is aflatoxin — a carcinogenic mold often found in peanuts, among other foods. Aflatoxin specifically attacks the liver and has been implicated in cancers of both the liver and cervix.

    John A. Tafel, M.D., an integrative medicine physician, provides the following list of high-risk edibles that can contain mycotoxins:

    1. Alcoholic beverages
    2. Corn
    3. Wheat
    4. Barley
    5. Sugar
    6. Sorghum
    7. Peanuts
    8. Rye
    9. Cottonseed
    10. Hard cheeses

    Dr. Tafel wrote, “One food that is not mentioned on the list is coconut oil. I want to point out that, while coconut oil is an incredible food in terms of nutrition and taste, many coconut oils contain mycotoxins. This is because they are commonly made with copras, or dried coconuts, which are often contaminated with mycotoxins. So in order to fully enjoy the benefits of this coconut oil, you will want to be sure that you find a company that uses only fresh coconuts to make their oil.”

    Dairy and meat (from animals fed contaminated grains), mesquite, dried fruits, maple syrup and rice can be problematic as well.

    [there’s more, and links to more info]

    On the Ukraine and the West’s interest:

    Hunter Biden to Ukraine gas board
    Hunter Biden, the younger son of Vice President Joe Biden, will be joining Ukraine’s largest private gas producer, the company announced in a statement

    “The company’s strategy is aimed at the strongest concentration of professional staff and the introduction of best corporate practices, and we’re delighted that Mr. Biden is joining us to help us achieve these goals,” Alan Apter, Burisma Holdings’ chairman of the board of directors, said in a statement, which was reported by The Moscow Times on Tuesday. [oh indeed, read the rest – the farce is revealed]

    Lastly (though there’s tons more)

    Endocrine disruptors impair human sperm function

    HEIDELBERG, 12 May 2014 – A plethora of endocrine-disrupting chemicals interfere with human sperm function in a way that may have a negative impact on fertilization. These are the findings of a German – Danish team of researchers from the Center of Advanced European Studies and Research in Bonn, Germany, and the University Department of Growth and Reproduction, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark. The work, which is published in EMBO reports, suggests that endocrine disruptors may contribute to widespread fertility problems in the Western world in a way that hitherto has not been recognized.

    Endocrine disruptors are present in food, textiles, drugs, household, and personal-care products such as plastic bottles, toys, and cosmetics. Proving the deleterious effects of endocrine disruptors on human beings has been difficult due to a lack of suitable experimental systems.

    The European Commission is currently reviewing its policy on endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Last year, their plans caused a debate between endocrinologists and a group of toxicologists over how to regulate these chemicals. “Our study provides scientific evidence to assist forming international rules and practices,” said the leader of the study, Timo Strünker, from the Center of Advanced European Studies and Research in Bonn, Germany.

    “For the first time, we have shown a direct link between exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals from industrial products and adverse effects on human sperm function,” said Niels E. Skakkebaek, professor and leader of the Danish team.

    Hundreds to thousands of chemicals can be rapidly tested for their potential to interfere with human sperm function using the bioassay developed by the researchers. In this initial study, about one hundred chemicals were tested. Around one third, including ultraviolet (UV) filters like 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4-MBC) used in some sunscreens, the anti-bacterial agent Triclosan used in toothpaste, and di-n-butylphthalate (DnBP), showed adverse actions.

    The scientists looked at the impact of these chemicals on the CatSper ion channel, a calcium channel controlling sperm motility. They showed that endocrine disruptors – applied at concentrations measured in body fluids – directly open CatSper and, thereby, increase calcium levels in sperm, change their swimming behavior, and trigger the release of digestive enzymes that help sperm to break through the egg coat. Moreover, endocrine disruptors render sperm less sensitive for progesterone and prostaglandins – two important hormones released by cells surrounding the egg. Finally, the authors noted that in low-dose mixtures, the chemicals cooperate to elevate calcium levels in sperm.

    Altogether, the study indicates that endocrine disruptors might disturb the precisely coordinated sequence of events underlying fertilization in several ways: the chemicals might evoke changes in swimming behaviour at the wrong time and wrong place, hinder navigation of sperm towards the egg, and hamper penetration into the protective egg coat.

  • ugotstahwonder

    Thanks! True. It would not be reasonable to expect life to continue given our trajectory. Of course I go by feeling. And the craziness of our numbers organized around nation states and now capitalist globalism… Well you know how that’s working.

    I guess I’m here for two main reasons:

    – Given our trajectory (which I’ve railed against for 50+ years) there has to come a point of reckoning. That reckoning has been laid out on NBL uniquely convincingly. Denial reigns elsewhere.

    – GM’s philosophy–to live as if the day were here–means pulling out all the stops. This site encourages that as no other I know of. I suppose you have to know the worst in order to be your best.

    However one interprets it, the gig is up.

    Ugly Beauty

  • It is irritating that there is an impression that everything is of equal value and all ideas, no matter how utterly inane, are still valid and worthy of discussion.

    Diversions are fine. Humor is welcomed. Music is deeply appreciated.
    There is love and happiness still to be found. There is beauty waiting to be discovered.

    But crop circles? Spaceships to “New Earth”? Alien visitations? These are intellectual parasites that belong over in the Reader’s Digest section of the internet. If you want to believe only a Higher Intelligence would waste its time making Perfect Circles for no goddamn reason beyond confounding the gullible that’s fine. The Virgin Mary just appeared on the piece of toast over in Flathead Utah. Go see it for yourself. Just don’t expect unwavering reverence for your limited understanding of how flashlights, printers and crop circles work.

    The subject still on the table is the human race has a very limited amount of time left. Now what?

  • Correction: not just a rabbit hole that are not some people’s cup of tea, crop circles are detestable and possibly even threatening as a mere topic, to some. Sorry I had to add that here as I had indicated I thought it best to take it to the forums. As far as I know, no one here has the authority to stop that. My suggestion is that you don’t read the thread. Don’t want to waste your time while you are busy saving humanity or anything.

  • Absolutely. The forum is ideal for all sorts of private conversations and observations and foaming at the mouth. Talk to your heart’s content about whatever fancies you from alien astronauts from Atlantis to zany zinc zebras. Sandbox away.

    That’s my small bit in saving humanity. For the next ten minutes or so.

  • I’ve posted a new guest essay. It’s here.

  • With few moments before I have to run out, the girl’s heart surgery went well. Being with an entire family waiting hours into the night and then seeing her for a minute to say how happy I am for her is quite an experience. Bonding with an entire family, as well.

    Also, I’m very proud of this group for embarking on controversial topics and going through with the collective intelligence trumping any attempts to disrupt. This truly is “The Blog at the End of the World,” a/the group that is going to open up humanity’s discussion (if it ever does admit) of its final time period.

    Yes, that old question/koan ” (But) Is there intelligent life on Earth?” is finally going to be answered, but with a huge f*ing asterisk at the end of it.

  • “As a lazy, bumptious and ignorant shit stirrer…”

    You, bumptious? I had earlier been mulling over that term. Marcus Garvey was…bombastic (ah, that’s the word I had in mind, not bumptious). I looked up both words in my inferior little dictionary, and I guess I’ll take bumptious: “disagreeably conceited and forward.” Yes. In many respects Marcus fit the bill for bumptious. You, not so much.

    But Garvey, the prophet (the John the Baptist) of Rastafari–“Look to Africa when a king is crowned”–is the undisputed hero of the conscious and progressive elements of the African Diaspora.

    I want to soften him down some, reduce the bumptiousness to the level of, say, yours. :-)

    Needless to say, Garvey is my hero too. :-)

  • A “Thank you” to you all who brought up the Gen. Smedley Butler incident of the plot to overthrow our democratically elected government and replace it with a fascist state. In the 1970’s when the US spent a few years acting like a real Democracy, Jules Archer published “The Plot to Seize the White House.” I was working in our public library at the time & when someone donated a copy, we put it on the shelf. Actually it went in our “Young Adult” section where the Hi school kids got their books for book review assignments. There was a slight arguement as to whether the book should be shelved in the fiction section. The book did not last long – it disappeared after a few months.

    Looking back, maybe NTE does have a few bright sides. The reign of democratically elected governments has ended. The rich and powereful have prevailed. Judgement Day is near, but it will be a quick judgement. All are guilty and they and all their works will disappear. Perhaps, even at this moment, on some unknwn planet, Four-legged creatures are beginning to walk on two. They use the other two to reach out and help one another to keep their balance…

  • I am so glad to be a “truther” and so grateful to have known you Guy – even if only through the internet. We are a minority in truth. I know it will soon be over but still wonder what might have been if only truthers were the majority.

    Thank you Guy for all you do and I hope everyone here finds peace and love.


  • To Kevin Moore

    Sorry for such a late comment, but better than never.

    What happened in my country in 1973, if it was a conspiracy of the CIA or not, will not change our present life a bit. More than that, I guess that period of our history is part of the way to become a more mature country. Because, anyway, what was happening before 1973 was bad. Nothing good would have resulted. With Allende or Pinochet. Neither was a good choice. They both were bad options. Probably, Pinochet was the best of the two, looking at that period, 40 years after.
    The events of 1973, are still an itchy point in our recent story, but it is mostly in the past. Pinochet and most of his people is dead. The killed people during that period is a fuzzy image to their descendents.
    I will insist on my point, the evidence required to prove a conspiracy is so big, that becomes an impossible task. Time goes by. And in the end, life continues.
    Exposing lies turns out to look for the guilty, that then becomes another hard task. Specially with our modern justice, that requires a proof without any possible doubt. Really hard evidence is required.
    Conspiracies have to be proven short after the moment, or it becomes an impossible. People die (or get killed), the data gets lost, and eventually you have a few dots, but with them you cannot draw the line.

    To Jeff S.

    I agree that there is a lot of evidence that supports the theory of conspiracy. The free falling speed being to me one of the most solid. But the molten pieces, the ghost plane that hit the Pentagon, are also good points. If there is such a solid evidence as you say, why the cases have not been taken to court? Probably because there are holes somewhere, or there is a lack of will. I can imagine that battle. If it would take place. Enormous pressure on both sides.
    Probably, it should be proven, without doubt that a building like those two (three) towers, would behave like they did, only using demolition charges (and those high temp fuses to melt the steel) . For that, we would need two buildings, and try to reproduce the events, one with charges (and fuses), and the other without. And when it comes to that, things start to become costly. For other aspects of the story, there is too much missing data. That is totally unavailable, and probably it will never be.
    I suspect that it was a conspiracy, but I have no way to prove it.
    But, who cares? Today.
    In the end, with the average Americans struggling to keep their lifestyle, I guess, there will not be the necessary support.
    I understand your feelings, but, I sadly conclude that most of the conspiracies, will never be proven, because of the lack of the necessary evidence. That is an unavoidable requirement.
    The most recent case of a conspiracy is Fukushima, something that is happening, but everything is hidden, behind a wall, and nobody knows the truth about what is really happening.
    The powers that be are really powerful, and to fight their conspiracies requires a dedication and resources, that most people do not have.