Annihilation or the Triumph of Consciousness?

by Fahrusha for her own blog. Links to McPherson’s recent interview with Fahrusha and Kate Valentine can be found beneath this short essay.

This post was inspired by two articles that I recently posted on Shattered Reality Podcast‘s fan page on Facebook.

The first article comes from the BBC and is entitled: Earth ‘entering new extinction phase’-US study. This article, frankly, makes all other news reports irrelevant and unimportant by comparison. You should click the link and read it for yourself, but briefly it outlines a Stanford, Princeton, and Berkeley study that states that Earth has begun the sixth mass extinction which will put an end to human kind and all large mammals, most birds and amphibians, due to human overpopulation, destruction of ecosystems and global warming. The loss of bees is particularly important. It is a very bleak picture indeed.

It is articles like this and being bombarded with news stories of human’s perpetrating unconscionable acts on other humans, companion animals and the ecosystem that makes me frequently disgusted with, disappointed in, and wanting no part of the species to which I apparently belong. This is obviously not a good state of mind to be in, especially since it is most healthy to exist in a mental space of unconditional love. I spend much of my focused meditation time on projecting unconditional love to Our Planet Earth and the Sun and to numerous animal and plant species.

The second article: Evidence Group Consciousness May Have a Physical Effect on the World gives a little hope. Referencing the Roger Nelson’s PEAR (Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research) studies with Random Event Generators, this article points out that individuals can have a physical effect on the generators, couples exert a larger effect and groups of cohesive individuals can have the biggest effect recorded. Please read this excellent article by Daniel Lew to better understand Random Number Generators and Random Event Generators.

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McPherson was interviewed by Fahrusha and Kate Valentine for the Shattered Reality Podcast on Tuesday, 12 January 2016. The interview is described and embedded here and here.
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McPherson was interviewed on Saturday, 16 January 2016 by Chuck Mertz for This is Hell! The radio interview is described and embedded here. Transcript is here.
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  • Eastern traditions recognise that everything with a beginning has an ending. Annihilation applies to conditional reality; consciousness neither triumphs nor is vanquished: it has nothing to triumph over or be vanquished by.

  • RD
    Having worked for the Japanese industrial complex for a decade I can say eastern traditions have taken a back seat since Japan was rebuilt following WWII. They not only embraced the American way, but expanded to the point where common sense has been replaced by ego, and national pride to the point of blindness. Their temples and gardens remain in a well kept state primarily for tourists and holidays. Now they must depend on others to keep the wheels turning as they are addicted to the terminal illness we in the US spread around the world.

  • Fahrusha,

    Very much to the point in a very much to the point way.

    “groups of cohesive individuals can have the biggest effect”

    Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

    Insanity accelerates (The Question Is: How Much Acceleration Is Involved In SLR – 9?).

  • hey…is that a tsunami comin’ over the hill?

  • As things get worse I can envision a cargo cult of global proportions arising.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult_science

  • Well Guy, now that Stephen Hawking agrees with your assessment (if not the time frame) maybe people will actually start paying attention to what you’ve been saying all along. Then again, he also recommends we “do something to stop it.” So then again, maybe not…

  • nope, they aren’t listening to hawking either…but then he looks even crazier than Guy. no offense.

  • Give us this day our daily doom.

    Trenberth (NCAR) said his work shows the Gleckler team (link below) “significantly underestimates” how much heat the ocean has absorbed. Soooo, Gleckler’s group says heat absorbed by oceans has doubled since 1997, only 18 years. Trenberth says this is a “significant underestimation”. I would suggest that we are fucked. Well & fully.

    Link below is a link to the abstract. Full article is behind a paywall. Desdemona has an article about this study near the top today. I also found an article about the study on the cbs news website.

    http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate2915.html

    Flipping the hope/fear coin!

  • Daily doom, part 2.

    Related to the ocean heat content study above, comes the following from Roxy Mathew Koll (Centre for Climate Change Research at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology):

    “Over six decades, rising water temperatures appear to have been reducing the amount of phytoplankton – microscopic plants at the base of the ocean food chain – available as food for fish, according to research released in December by Koll and other scientists from the United States, South Africa and France.

    That “may cascade through the food chain, potentially turning this biologically productive region into an ecological desert,” Koll said. Such a change would curb food security not only in Indian Ocean rim countries but also global fish markets that buy from the region, he said.”

    Oddly, the Reuters article is missing the hopium finish…

    http://www.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-fishing-climatechange-idUSKCN0UX0IQ

    Cause & effect.

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    Just sittin’ on this runaway train, staring out the window with a cat on my lap.
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  • The “webinar” you are promoting is a little steep at $199.00 for me. Perhaps you are trying to appeal to the plutocratic oligarchs of the upper crust?

  • dave thompson, the webinar is neither my idea nor my attempt to earn money. I was approached by a corporate-friendly person who wants to earn money by having me explain scientific information underlying abrupt climate change and then respond to questions. For me, it’s a rare opportunity to transmit the message to this audience. If you have a complaint, please take it up with the relevant person (not me).

  • #mojo The entire worldwide UFO culture is a cargo cult as is much of religion’s celestial visitations. Sorry to be slightly off topic but I wanted to answer MOJO.

  • Farusha,

    Thanks for the articles.

    I too often feel disgusted and disappointed with my species when I look all of this amazing, and I mean – mind blowingly amazing – life we are so eager to destroy.

    “Studies at Princeton University have suggested that two or more minds that hold the same thought or emotion simultaneously may have a tangible effect on physical surroundings.”

    I have read about the idea that if people used their collective thoughts for change that they could have a profound effect on their world. I don’t think there needs to be a study to prove that this is true.
    All one needs to do if pay attention to what many people are thinking about and then look at the tangible effects it has had on the world to know that it is true.

    I don’t think that collectively, the people that want to think their way into positive life-affirming change, could get a word (thought) in edgewise.

  • GUY, buddy ol’pal, just ribb’in ya. It is a bit ironic however, you of all people, going through some corporate hack promo site, trying to make your case, to a segment of the population that plainly has their fingers in their ears and eyes closed saying “LA LA LA I CAN”T HEAR YOU” By the way I am still looking to get you back here in Chicagoland soon. Thanks for the leads.

  • @ Fahrusha

    You state: “The entire worldwide UFO culture is a cargo cult as is much of religion’s celestial visitations.”

    The word “is” can be very tricky, for it implies a degree of certainty one usually doesn’t possess.

    When one espouses their opinion, as you have, it helps to remain mindful of general semantics.

    In other words, “It is your opinion that the UFO phenomenon is a cargo cult”.

    If you don’t make that distinction, you’ll find yourself having to explain how it is that you came to know “the truth”, and that’s a very difficult position to defend, regardless of whatever it is you believe.

  • “Now they must depend on others to keep the wheels turning as they are addicted to the terminal illness we in the US spread around the world.”

    Just one of many

    “What all beings consider as day is the night of ignorance for the wise, and what all creatures see as night is the day for the introspective sage.” Bhagavad Gita 2:69

  • Arizona State U Webinar with Northrop geoengineering today: What technologies are most promising? What are the biggest dangers? How worried should people be about a rogue billionaire trying to fix climate change on his own?

    Two experts are here to answer your burning geoengineering questions!

    Jeff Goodell is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, a fellow at New America, and the author of How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate. He is joined by Raymond T. Pierrehumbert, who is the Halley professor of physics at the University of Oxford and has called geoengineering “barking mad.”

    NASA Landsat reading CA leak at 1.6 Lb methane per day = same amount as 2.2 million cows per day, or 6 coal plants per day, or 4.5 million auto emissions daily.

    3.6 Trillion cubic ft of NG burned yearly. 100 billion cu ft is leaked yearly. Possible reduction in USA emission levels by 2017, however that will be offset by increased Mexico production.

  • It was only after listening to this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpHbaj_9lrY

    that I discovered the general perception (including mine) of ‘The Day of the Triffids’ was somewhat off the mark (thanks to film and television adaptations) and, since it was published in 1951, that John Wyndham explored many of the issues we discuss here around the time I was born.

    The weaponisation of space.

    Government secrecy.

    Bio-engineering.

    Human hubris.

    Artificial norms.

    The ethics of survival.

    Meaning and purpose.

    Pecking orders and control via violence.

    Suicide, compassion, greed, envy, murder, exploitation, religious dogma, abandoning old paradigms and attempting to establish new ones.

    Dependence on industrial technology and the brutal decent that would occur when it could be not maintained.

    Unintended consequences.

    Attempts to establish survival bases in unsuitable locations.

    ‘Black swans’.

    …………………………..

    Our decent is underway, of course, and around here the consequences are becoming more visible by the week. More retail and office premises are being vacated and there are fewer customers with less inclination to spend.

    The dreams of a better world that we had in the 1950s faded and died a while ago, and now we are faced with a predicament similar to Bill Masen’s, but with no prospect of an escape.

    As discussed on numerous occasions, at the moment few others realise the terminal nature of our predicament.

    Another day of everything being made worse.
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  • On a lighter note, in keeping with the times we live in, and conforming to the Triumph of Lunacy narrative, ‘Defeat is Victory’:

    Thanks to the trillion or so spent on the war effort, the 1.5 million Iraqi casualties, and the 5,000 dead US soldiers, there is no longer any al Qaeda in Iraq now (just like there was under Saddam Hussein) and the country is free and democratic.
    • Thanks to many years of continuous effort which cost well over half a trillion dollars and the lives of 3500 or so coalition soldiers, the Taleban in Afghanistan have been vanquished and the country is now at peace.
    • The Syrian regime has been overthrown and Syria is now peaceful and democratic, and not at all a war-torn basket case that has produced over a million refugees, a large part of it ruled by Islamic militants that are too radical even for al Qaeda.
    • Overall, the problem of Islamic extremism has been dealt with once for all, and George W. Bush’s “Islamofascists” (remember that term?) are but a vague memory. ISIS or ISIL or the Islamic State are something else entirely, plus us bombing them sporadically at great expense has “degraded” them a tiny bit… maybe.
    • Thanks to a perfectly legal and very necessary US-managed coup, Ukraine is on its way to being a stable and prosperous member of the EU and NATO, and the freedom-loving Ukrainians are no longer at all dependent on Russian gas, coal and nuclear fuel for being able to merely survive the winter of 2014-15, or on Russian good will to send in humanitarian relief convoys, house and feed the refugees from their civil war, or broker their peace agreements with each other.
    • In accordance with our grand geopolitical strategy for eternal world domination, we successfully kicked Russia out of Crimea and are busy building a huge NATO military base there to make sure that Russia never becomes a great world power again but is forced to comply with our every whim.
    • Thanks to our relentless diplomatic efforts, Russia is now completely isolated, which is why it can’t be constantly signing gigantic trade agreements with countries around the world or championing the cause of non-western nations who don’t like being pushed around by the west and have no desire to westernize.
    • Our sanctions have really hurt Russia, and not at all the EU which didn’t lose a huge export market and is not at all at risk of losing access to Russia’s natural gas which it doesn’t need anyway. Nor did they provide any sort of a huge protectionist benefit to Russia’s domestic producers, or a big new export market to our economic rivals.
    • Regime change in Moscow is a white ribbon’s throw away, and our expensively nurtured political pets inside Russia are more popular than ever and are feeling all sorts of love from the Russian people. After all, fewer than 90% of Russians respect and support Putin for the great things he has achieved for them, so our stooges like Khodorkovsky or Kasparov should have no problem getting at least 1% in the next presidential elections, sending them straight into the Kremlin.
    • Thanks to our relentless political pressure, Putin is now a chastised man, ready to be reasonable and bend to our will, and not at all saying things like “This will never happen!” in an internationally televised annual address to his nation’s elected leaders. In any case, nobody listens to his speeches because our national media doesn’t need cover them because they are so long and boring.

    …and, last but not least…

    • America is the world’s indispensable nation, world’s (second) greatest economic power (but rising fast), and American leadership is respected throughout the world. When President Obama said so in a recent speech he gave in China, the audience did not at all laugh out loud right in his face, roll their eyes, make faces or move their heads side to side slowly while frowning.

    http://cluborlov.blogspot.co.nz/2016/01/defeat-is-victory.html

  • A greeting and some good advise from Doomsteaddiner`s “RE” to the suicidal cowardice crowd here on NBL

    “McPherson WACKOs will continue to hurl abuse at me or slander me, while hiding behind their anonymous pseudonyms or made up identities, like the cowards they are. If they have not learned by now, they cannot silence me with such thuggish behaviour. Indeed it has the exact opposite effect. The logic of their own stupid philosophy demands that they should commit suicide immediately and any attempt to cry foul against me for pointing out that obvious fact is simply disingenuous whining. If they dislike the logical consequence of their own stupid philosophy, then they should abandon their stupid philosophy.”

  • Did someone mention TRex ¿

  • @EtyerePetyere – the diner article you referenced was written by Geoffrey Chia – not RE.

  • An article on forests. I also have a genteel disagreement with a ‘distinguished research professor.’ I am not sure what he researches,but he certainly doesn’t understand the carbon cycle (and neither do the people
    he references). http://theconversation.com/five-trends-that-will-define-the-worlds-forests-in-2016-53154

  • Not to plug web bots, but as this monster storm is shaping up as particularly potentially perilous for the eastern seaboard, I can’t help but think of the latest report’s prediction of such storms to impact such area in January and February which is predicted to be only a precursor to much worse such storms in the coming Spring.

  • Oops, not the coming Spring, but August / September 2016 much worse storms for the eastern seaboard are predicted.

  • Lidia,
    I suspect that you are a Deepak Chopra fan. (joke)
    I am not sure if you have seen this site. It may provide some amusement.
    I surely hope that those pigeons have learnt to pray to improve their
    navigational skills.http://www.wisdomofchopra.com/


  • @Bob S.

    “ You might not like what people say on the internet, or how they say it, but tough. If I went into a bookshop and tore up all the tomes I find annoying or offensive, half the shop would be in ruins – but I don’t do that because a) people would think I was mad, and b) I recognise that freedom of speech means being surrounded by, and sometimes subjected to, ideas or outlooks that make you feel uncomfortable, even nauseous. That’s actually one of the best things about free speech – it stops you becoming intellectually complacent or smugly dogmatic by opening your eyes and ears to other, sometimes outlandish ways of thinking.”

    Excellent comment! One thing for sure:

    Even if there are oppressors and bullies, who try to suppress freedom of speech, Reality will always prevail in the long run. Well, that’s a good thing, isn’t it? It simply means the inevitable fulfillment of Karma and Dharma, the fulfillment of natural, inherent justice:

    We become what we think, what we say and what we do. Thoughts, words and actions form beings- that is called “Karma”.

    “ The more they erect barriers, the more we feel inclined to pull them down. If the barriers are too high, we will go under them. If the barriers are too deep, we will learn to fly. If your heart is set on freedom, no cage will ever keep you in.”

    ― Chloe Thurlow, Katie in Love

    Express yourself! Expression is one of the most fundamental needs in Nature.

    Namaste

  • Karma is action. It requires a karta, a doer. That requires kartritva, a sense of agency. The realised one has no sense of agency, and does not identify with the body-mind complex, but considers it as a marionette worked by the forces of nature; the realised one recognises oneself as the witnessing awareness to all that eventuates.

    One who is a knower of the truth, although he is engaged in seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, eating, moving, sleeping, breathing, talking, evacuating, accepting objects and blinking the eyes, realizes that all his sense-functions are interacting with the respective sense-objects. Therefore, he thinks, “I am not doing anything.”
    Bhagavad Gita 5:8-9


  • It is too obvious, that the environment isn’t just some kind of “surrounding”, we are a part of it, we share the cosmic essence with it, not just spiritually, but literally, it’s all about sharing and inter-connectedness:

    We are connected to Mother Earth through the air we breathe, through the food we eat, the water we drink, the wind we feel on our skin, through just everything. We come from Mother Earth, we live now through Mother Earth and our body/mind will go back to Mother Earth. The indigenous people knew it always and still know it today. They had and have their rituals, often celebrated in caves. The caves are the womb of Mother Earth and the indigenous people (the people from the stoneage as well) see those caves as the place, where every life comes from and where any lifes goes back to. It’s the Nagual, we call it “darkness”, but it’s the source of light and dark. The source, where also dreams, thoughts and feelings emerge. It’s the inner, mental body, that Buddhists call the “subtle” body, but it’s no physical body at all (but it’s the source of the physical body and the physical world), it doesn’t have any expansion or mass in time and space in a materialistic sense, it’s middle is everywhere and nowhere, it is hidden within, therefore, modern, materialistic science can’t find it, hahaha. But it’s there, all the time.

    Do, for instance, stories myths, archetypes or does the web of culture, ideas ect have expansion in time and space? Well, obviously, in some sense. But that expansion, in a materialistic sense, just can’t be measured exactly. But it’s there. How big or how long or how heavy is a thought, an emotion, an inspiration? Do dreams have expansion in time and space? I think, that trees are dreaming, Mother Earth is dreaming, Nature is dreaming, Man is dreaming, the whole Kosmos is dreaming in some sense. Those dreams can’t be found through microscopes or within some particles in CERN, hahaha. But it’s there, it’s all there, within. Imagination, inspiration, meditation, Samadhi. The timeless source of dreams and reality, the source of time and space, is within. There is a ultra-deep connection between the ancient, timeless, inner dreamworld and the real world (Syncronicity is part of that connection as well).

    Modern man got lost in physical, rational time and space alone, he lost the connection to his inner, im-material world of visions and dreams and inspiration and therefore, he lost the meaningful connection to anything else. He lost his soul, his self, his natural Home, modern man is a restless wandering orphan, searching for himself, but the faster and more remote he searches, the more he loses himself.

    When we look at Nature, when we look at that stunning, vast Kosmos, when we look at others, we see the material “outside” of the miracle, so to say. But to find the source of this miracle, we have to search within, we have to turn our sight inwards in the most intimate way, it can’t be found in laboratories or hadron colliders, never ever. Whoever searches for that source within, will find it for shure, it’s never gone, always there, the cosmic source, the infinite source. It’s within me, it’s within you, forever and always.

    Namaste

  • Robin Datta Says:

    One who is a knower of the truth, although he is engaged in seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, eating, moving, sleeping, breathing, talking, evacuating, accepting objects and blinking the eyes, realizes that all his sense-functions are interacting with the respective sense-objects. Therefore, he thinks, “I am not doing anything.”

    Good. We get it. Now will you take your own advice when you see that keyboard and please do not do anything from this day forward.

  • Not what I say. The Bhagavad Gita is a part of the Mahabharata, which traditionally was said to be composed by the sage Vyasa. And the reference is to a realised person, not to all and sundry.

  • “A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.”
    Emerson

  • A dose of hopium from someone (it seems) should now know better…

    “Cancer and Climate Change”

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/opinion/sunday/cancer-and-climate-change.html?_r=0&referer=http://www.google.com/

    The acting director of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Earth Sciences Division was recently informed he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The article he wrote above for the New York Times outlines his response to this and thoughts on the future and it is as ripe with hopium as we’ve come to expect from TPTB, including this oft heard gem in one form or another:

    “Ultimately, though, it will be up to the engineers and industrialists of the world to save us (sic).”

    Not a shocking conclusion by a member of this culture to be sure, however, facing his own imminent demise and also being in a position to very clearly understand the predicament we are in including detailed information on the state of the climate, I find it interesting that he still clings to the dominant narrative and refuses to accept the truth of the situation, even when facing his own end. If there was any time to “face the music” as the saying goes, it would seem to be at your own end but apparently not in his case.

    My favorite direct quote from the article:

    “History is replete with examples of us humans getting out of tight spots. The winners tended to be realistic, pragmatic and flexible; the losers were often in denial of the threat.”

    Oh, yes there is certainly a lot of denial of the threat in his article, if only he could take his own advice.

    Superb podcasts, both “Shattered Reality” and “This is Hell” were excellent.

  • “There will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050” (World Economic Forum)

  • To followup on your post Dredd:

    “The amount of fish taken from the world’s oceans over the last 60 years has been underestimated by more than 50%, according to a new study.”

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35347446

    Study link here:

    http://nature.com/articles/doi:10.1038/ncomms10244

  • I see Doomstead posting straight off of Kunstler’s blog. The same Mr. Kunstler who said in the same space said that Trayvon Martin was too big and too scary and too black and deserved to die. Kunster made fun of claims that Martin at 17 years old could possibly be “a child.” Even though by statutory law that remains the case. But not in a racist addled mind. Kunstler who lives on stolen, unceded Iroquois land in upstate New York.

    This is grotesque.

    Then to Saint Edward Snowden, who, when approached like an oracle for computer advice told Deray of BLM to use “encryption”. Yeah – none of you all program much. So you probably don’t know how encryption works or is broken. Or how much processor power is necessary to generate the math to do that. Or the current state of processor development, as well as storage capacity for data, that can be copied off of every router stack at US internet border points MAE-east or MAE-west which are stack rooms that share office building space with US Naval Intelligence. Then that data can be sent to Utah where a bunch of right wing hacks can sit on it all day and night for however long is necessary to engage your “encryption”. Did Snowden study calculus? Does he understand Quantum mechanics? Did he ever work for an ISP or a telecom company? Or was he just Johny Spook from day 1? And now poster wonderboy for people like Arundahti Roy, John Cusak or Daniel Ellsberg. Exactly None of whom I am going to call to update or rewrite my Linux Kernel or monitor my hardware for backdoors or watch my local network for incoming packets.

    Snowden calls Greenwald “a respectable journalist”. Greenwald who has published exactly how much of the Snowden data? 3%? or still only 2.7%? Leaving 97% still in lockdown because it might jeopardize the American Corporate fascist settler colonial invader state? So Greenwald can up and turn that 97% into some kind of franchised capitalist roadshow?

    I mean — who is sick? Who is a Wacko? You can look up Arthur Silber’s work on this for more info.

    Then we get down to Pepe Escobar. Another flyboy reporter who lives on his fat overpriveleged ass up in neo-fascist-Vichy-Paris and jets around the globe spewing toxic sh*t everywhere so he can fly in, go down to the local Starbucks, write his “report” and email it out in time to make the flight back to Paris for aperitifs on the Rive Gauche?

    I mean what the hell?

    I remember Escobar’s utterly dull take on the Military Coup in Thailand where he blatantly, clearly, and cluelessly mis-identified the leadership and power centers in the country. To great applause from his fanboys and fangirls. I’m sure he got a nice paycheck from that.

    Then more Kunstler. Then more Escobar.
    What a total crock.

    ________

    OK brave Doomsteaders…get your sorry white asses over to the third world and stare down a murderous military coup, full of hard core assassins, rapists, thugs, slavers, human traffickers, drug runners and prostituters. Do that on behalf of your students…in full public view with your full Christian name as it appears on your birth certificate, cross referenced with your social security number. Forward this to Cory Morningstar’s favorite millionaire fascist hate-mongering elitst cartoon character boyfriend Mr Cartalucci, who would love to find out who TF you are so you can be jacked up and sent to prison for 50 years over some facebook posts. Or just wind up one fine afternoon with a bullet in your head in a parking lot.

    Frankly I am sick of listening to this. Doomstead is ridiculous. It is a joke. Whoever writes that slanderous crap is – as always – engaging in rank and pathetic psychological projection and moist, pungent, squishy {green} envy.

    And whoever the hell they are over there; marks, cons, hacks, and I have no interest in finding out any more; y’all better ask somebody.

    Googlee yrselves some “Exxtra Special Thankz”

    Nothin but love

  • Goavs, Weclome. Yes this NASA scientist is baffling. After decades of research we don’t even know the causes of pancreatic cancer, yet we can geo engineer our way out of this human predicament. Maybe group therapy would heal him. What’s left?

  • Most threats to humans come from science and technology, warns Stephen Hawking. “The human race faces one its most dangerous centuries yet as progress in science and technology becomes an ever greater threat to our existence”. “We are not going to stop making progress, or reverse it, so we must recognise the dangers and control them,” he added.

    Control them… of course by science and technology!

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jan/19/stephen-hawking-warns-threats-to-humans-science-technology-bbc-reith-lecture

  • The financial-economic meltdown has gathered pace.

    WTI $26.26, Brent $27.29.

    Asia-Pacific, Africa, Middle East and Europe are all well down.

    The sacred Dow was down 3% to below the level of the August-September ‘correction’ but the ‘Plunge Protection Team’ seem to have been pushing it up for a smaller end-of-day close.

    Presumably it will soon be time to unleash QE 4 and drop interest rates, perhaps to negative.

    Locally, the forecasted dairy pay-out lurched lower to $4.10, which will probably foster a stampede to the abattoirs at the end of the milking season (March-April), as farmers decide to carry fewer animals through the winter.

    Anecdotally, the son of a friend will have employment in the oil sector terminated this week.

    ………………………………………………….

    I had a further example of people believing what they want to believe and disregarding the rest (facts) yesterday, after I was introduced to Peter. (These days I normally avoid people I don’t know.)

    We were in broad agreement till he announced that the US military has underground bases 7 miles below the surface. I pointed out that was not possible because the deepest mine in the world

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TauTona_Mine

    is far less than that depth(2.4 miles), and the temperatures would be beyond intolerable at 7 miles deep.

    He would not accept what I said.

    There were further areas of broad agreement till the matter of planetary meltdown came up, and Peter said that temperatures were dropping and polar ice was increasing.

    I referred him to

    https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

    His response was that scientists are liars and the graph was a fabrication.

    The matter of pollution in China came up and I pointed out that a major contributor to pollution was iron/steel production, which is dependent on coal (coke).

    He declared that production of iron/steel could be achieved using ‘alternative energy sources’.

    I reiterated that coal (coke) was necessary in the production of steel because a chemical reduction was required to remove the oxygen from iron ore. I pointed out I was trained in advanced chemistry.

    He got extremely angry and told me to fuck off.

    Anyone, such as RE and his followers, who thinks there is hope for humanity, or even worse that there is hope for present arrangements, needs to understand that there is nothing unusual about Peter and that he is representative of the level of scientific knowledge and understanding of most people in ‘developed’ nations, and his resistance to the truth and reaction to it are also representative of most citizens in ‘developed’ nations.

    it is useful to be occasionally reminded that most people living in western nations are:

    ignorant (scientifically and financially illiterate)
    stupid (incapable of thinking rationally)
    stubborn (hold on desperately to false beliefs)
    lazy (do no more than they have to get through the day)

    and that an increasing proportion are

    overweight
    obese
    mentally ill

    Fortunately I do know quite a few people who are not. A tiny minority.

  • I make this azz kickin’ chicken sandwich – I use chicken cutlets – slice some garlic – rub a little olive oil – stick it in a pyrex w/tinfoil covering. About 20 minutes @400 in the toaster oven.

    Had diner with my daughter and sil Sunday – meathead says Trump will make a good president – among other dumb shit.

    —————————–

    Here’s a *heart warmer* from my neighborhood. Made me think of Robin.

    …….

    Being frozen ‘to death’ saved this man’s life.

    When emergency personnel arrived, they couldn’t find signs of life either. Someone draped a white sheet over Justin Smith’s lifeless body. A coroner was called, and the state police started work on a death investigation. Meanwhile, a despondent Don phoned Justin’s mother to give her the unimaginable news. Their son was gone.

    Except, he wasn’t. Not according to Gerald Coleman, the emergency department physician on duty at the Lehigh Valley Hospital early on the morning of Feb. 21.

    “My clinical thought is very simple: You have to be warm to be dead,” Coleman told the Hazelton, Pa. Standard-Speaker.

    Coleman ordered paramedics to start performing CPR on a man who had no pulse, no blood pressure and by all appearances had taken his last breath half a day before. And almost a year later, on Monday, Justin Smith held a new conference to thank him.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/01/20/being-frozen-to-death-saved-this-mans-life-it-could-save-others-too/

  • Denver Post

    Page 10A

    MAN-MADE HEAT IN OCEANS DOUBLES

    Washington – The amount of human-made heat energy absorbed by the seas had doubled since 1997, a study released Monday showed. The study, using ocean-observing data that goes back to the British research ship Challenger in the 1870s and including high-tech modern underwater monitors and modern underwater monitors and computer models, tracked how much heat has been buried in the oceans in the past 150 years. The world’s oceans absorbed about 150 zettajoules of energy from 1865 to 1997 then absorbed about another 150 in the next 18 years, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. to put that in perspective, if you exploded one atomic bomb the size of the one that dropped on Hiroshima every second for t year, the total energy released would be 2 zettajoules. So since 1997, Earth’s oceans have absorbed heat energy equivalent to a Hiroshima-style bomb being exploded every second for 75 straight years.

  • Bravo” to the recent comments of Bob S., kevin moore, dave thompson, [of course] Tom and, almost surprisingly, Nemesis! (In this and the previous threads.) Kudos to you all, especially, kevin’s recollection of his latest meeting and summary of “symptoms” predominant in too many cultures and individuals.

  • Philip K Dick: How to build a universe that doesn’t fall apart two days later

    http://www.sott.net/article/310389-Philip-K-Dick-How-to-build-a-universe-that-doesnt-fall-apart-two-days-later

    [there’s a LOT here, a really good read]

    [quotes]

    One day a girl college student in Canada asked me to define reality for her, for a paper she was writing for her philosophy class. She wanted a one-sentence answer. I thought about it and finally said, “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” That’s all I could come up with. That was back in 1972. Since then I haven’t been able to define reality any more lucidly.

    [and, further down]

    The authentic human being is one of us who instinctively knows what he should not do, and, in addition, he will balk at doing it. He will refuse to do it, even if this brings down dread consequences to him and to those whom he loves. This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance. Their deeds may be small, and almost always unnoticed, unmarked by history. Their names are not remembered, nor did these authentic humans expect their names to be remembered. I see their authenticity in an odd way: not in their willingness to perform great heroic deeds but in their quiet refusals. In essence, they cannot be compelled to be what they are not.

    [enjoy, my e-friends]

  • moderation note:

    as I mentioned recently, either I or Guy will be the sole determination as to what constitutes trolling, or other unacceptable posts, on this website.

    any further posts here about what constitutes trolling vs. free speech within this particular corner of the interwebs will be deleted.

    just don’t go there.

    cheerfully yours,
    ~ mo

    Mantic Overseer, Little Dictator, and Tyrannical Overlord of The NBL Webspace.

  • WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT CENSORSHIP IN AMERICA

    http://censorship.laws.com/censorship-in-america

  • @Tim

    The Khazarian Media Network never rests.

  • No doubt about it. We now have a manic overseer,little dictator,and
    tyrannical overlord running things.

  • Apneaman,

    Thanks for the video. It’s one of my favorite parts of Fiddler on the Roof.

    Oddly enough, just before seeing this, I write the following on another blog. In many ways, it’s about tradition: (And it will no doubt make me as unpopular as Mo!!!!!)

    ———

    Without citing all the references, this might make no sense whatsoever. (But, for what it’s worth…) And if it doesn’t, please forgive the intrusion. I’m not done. This subject will resurface with better explanations. 🙂 And trust me, I’m not trying to be pretentious with all this French stuff (well, a little maybe). I’m just trying to get this done quickly so I can get to bed.

    Responding to a post on

    Here’s a famous French Proverb:

    Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

    (The more things change, the more they stay the same.)

    I would like to turn this upside down:

    The more things remain the same, the more they (can) change.

    A related Proverb:

    If you don’t know where you’ve been, you can’t know where you’re going.

    While I can’t cite references, it’s been widely said that modern times have been a period of public amnesia, especially in America, which continually throws away the past. So if a society doesn’t know where it has been, it is rootless and easily manipulated. That is not a formula for change., but one for destruction.

    I propose that for there to be change, we must,collectively, go back over the past that we can still see around us, and re-evaluate and re-interpret it. This process can only be successful if we discontinuing throwing our heritage away. We would do better by preserving everything.

    Some random, scattered thoughts on the subject:

    – A change so monumental as that away from fossil fuel dependency could be psychologically catastrophic.

    – That might necessitate preserving the outer resemblance of the oil age infrastructure while substantially and continually changing the means of subsistence behind the industrial facade.

    – The painter Cezanne advocated “doing Poussin over again from nature.” To some extent, we need to do over industrial society without fossil fuels and only through the recycling of places and materials and ideas.

    – All demolition must end.

    The embedded ff energy in the existing infrastructure must be used to launch the new. The more the existing is preserved, the more energy to launch the new.

    – Animism, or the religion of existing things (something to be considered).

  • Waring hunter gathers and close knit tribe like farmers. Hmmm

    Evidence of a prehistoric massacre extends the history of warfare

    http://phys.org/news/2016-01-evidence-prehistoric-massacre-history-warfare.html

    Neolithic tomb reveals community stayed together, even in death

    http://phys.org/news/2016-01-neolithic-tomb-reveals-death.html?


  • Yeah, modern Homo Oeconomicus is always looking for “proofs”, that all cultures at all times in human history are just as stupid and unsustainable as he is, ever-gorging cancer, hahaha. Yeah, this way, Homo Oeconomicus wants to proof, that EXTINCTION is absolutely inevitable. Well, modern Homo Oeconomicus, just go on, Evolution of Nature is laughing at you all the time, for you are just the blink of a blind eye within Cosmic Eternity 🙂

    Love,
    Nemesis



  • That’s right Nemesis. The entirety of archaeology exists solely to prove that that all cultures at all times in human history are just as stupid and unsustainable as modern Homo Oeconomicus is and any evidence to the contrary is “covered up” just like they covered up Atlantis, giant human skeletons and the blue prints the ancient aliens left behind. Same as climate change – it’s all a conspiracy. Except for the tale of Gilgamesh. That was Satan going back in time and planting false evidence to fool future archaeologists. Anthropology departments the world over hold witching hour clandestine off campus classes where they train the hundreds of thousands of students in these nefarious tactics. Been going on for well over a century. No one has blown the whistle yet, not even so much as a death bed confession, but that just proves how devoted they are. Luckily, you’re here to keep posting the same documentary every three days to keep them in line. Good looking out Nemesis.


  • @Apneaman

    Well, no problem for me personally anyway. 5 Extinctions have already happened on planet Earth without any human help (yes, science actually proves it). So, extinction, just like Death, seems to be somewhat NATURAL in evolution. Even CANCER is somewhat natural throughout Evolution, yes, even Age, Desease and Death is natural, invented long before any human being walked on planet Earth.

    As I said, no problem for me personally, cause I don’t have anything to lose, no big possessions, no descendants, no fat car, no villa, no real estate, no big money, no nothing (but I still have much compassion for those, who have anything to lose). And I actually don’t believe, that survival is the most important factor in Nature anyway. To me, Death is just as important, as survival is. No Death, no Life. No Extinction, no Evolution. I am just a totally unimportant wanderer through Eternity. As I said:

    Just go on on your way, proving, that extinction is inevitable, Homo Oeconomicus, I, the Kosmos and Eternity won’t miss you.

    For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

    Khalil Gibran

    Love,
    Nemesis


  • Philip K Dick: “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”

    That’s actuality, not reality. Actuality – the phenomenal world – is a brain construct. Reality is what the brain doesn’t construct. For example, the brain constructs our bodies, but not unicorns; thus unicorns could be real but our bodies certainly are not since the brain cannot construct real things. This is because the brain first transforms reality into neuronal signals and then constructs actuality on the basis of these neuronal signals.

    Therefore unicorns might be real animals, but squirrels are not.

  • wester…that is one smart country boy.

  • Dave Thompson,

    I gave the link a scan. What I think the writer misses, and almost everybody does, is the importance of things. Objects. Places. Whereas the media’s effects are insidious and almost impossible for the average person to decipher, the objects that are symbols and vessels of the civilization are there for all to see. The paving in the parking lot dark spotted from chewing gum, the grill on the old truck, the mirror in the rest room reflect the state of civilization. If we didn’t consider all of this as unworthy of even the slightest thought, we would have more of the measure of change. If we could go without destroying any object–and this is not a physical impossibility–we could slow everything down.

    The author did not dwell on NTE. But without NTE, there couldn’t be change. With NTE, a billionaire is just a paper tiger. Status goes out the window altogether. But changing all that is too disorienting for survival, I believe. The human psyche can only handle so much. I propose that as industrial civilization ends, it does appear to end. It is hollowed out from the inside, while its thin outer veneer remains lest otherwise madness born of disorientation ensue. So everything must change from below and from inside, subtle and hidden… The outer surface must remain.

  • ARTLEADS – I liked your excellent Mining plan on Satish’s site. Hopefully everyone will remember to still do constructive community level things. Digging mud for a Manatee pool or cleaning plastic trash out of Turtle nests won’t stop extinction, but it still matter to make one day at a time better till we are gone.

    Only big thing humans could do together is collectively put some time into protesting Nuclear power. If many people made an effort for just ten minutes per week – a Billion voices would alter 10,000 years of radiation. Beyond all the blogging time seems there could be a few minutes to care about the most long lasting radioactive effect we will leave on Earth. What are the excuses for so much complaint time yet no effort to try something big or make a small local attempt??

    When it comes to markets, no market in the world drives the story like China this year. There is so much anti-China rhetoric in Washington, and perennial voices of hard landing aficionados that it makes one wonder why everyone seems so pleased with themselves when China does poorly? Apple doesn’t want China to do poorly. GM doesn’t. Caterpillar has had to give investors bad news for years because of China. And people on the verge of retirement, having watched their portfolios grow like weeds in a hot summer sun since March 2009, now have China to thank, in part, for recent losses.

    The U.S. is not immune. In September, the Federal Reserve opted out of a rate hike because of China. The same might hold for 2016, where Fed supposedly planning on raising rates four times.

    Try counting your money while you hold your breath. Try thinking of a future reduction in all the radiation that will remain.

  • Apologies for third post…

    TRADITION

    ———-

    Mark,

    Your concerns on nukes need to be addressed. I’m past my limit for posts on this thread. So I hope we can address it ‘nother time ‘nother space.

  • At least there is some good news from Australia. This bastard has died.

  • David, wouldn’t it have been better that Carter had not died suddenly but lived a few more years and then died slowly from heat exhaustion?

    I have no compassion for sickos like Carter, Abbott and the rest of the mob.

    (We’ve got plenty of sickos here in NZ, and the worst are high-ranking politicians and bureaucrats.)

  • david ~

    is that link supposed to be an obit? can’t exactly say it is glowing or… warm. in fact, it seems downright chilly. what a way to go.

    He said there had been a global ice age even though carbon dioxide levels were 12 times higher than they are today.

    Such views were not favourably received by James Cook University, which removed him as its head of earth sciences in 2013.

    Professor Carter’s funeral will be held in Townsville on Monday.

    (note: to avoid even the slightest chance for misinterpretation, this comment is purely a reference to the chilly nature of this obit and the completely dismissive tone of the article david linked to, which I find both hilarious and very appropriate for someone who dedicated his life to spreading lies and confusion in dedicated diss-service to both the Earth and humanity. way to go SMH!)

  • Guy, your endorsement of Roger Nelson & PEAR is way out there.
    You gotta be kidding.
    Andrew Harvey is bad, but Nelson is so bad he is obscene,

  • mo ,
    The Murdoch press has run a worldwide campaign of climate denialism,
    as you know. The Sydney Morning Herald is not a Murdoch publication,
    and many (most?) journalists there knew that Carter was incorrect.
    Carter and Ian Plimer were the two main university professors here who
    actively encouraged Climate Disruption Denialism, publishing books, opinion
    pieces in Murdoch Publications,giving public speeches,etc. Any argument
    with denialists here almost always resulted in them using Carter and Plimer
    as ‘Authority’ figures. They are probably the main reason that denialism is still widespread here. I will include a link of a David Karolly review of one of Carter’s rubbish-filled books.

    Kevin,
    You are no doubt correct. Never mind, at least we have seen the last of him,though his books remain ,doing their insidious work.

    http://theconversation.edu.au/bob-carters-climate-counter-consensus-is-an-alternate-reality-1553

  • david ~ yes I was thinking there is no way that SMH could be Murdoch, given the tone of that obit. but I hadn’t checked to see for sure. thanks for confirming.

    how do all these fuskerc do it? I mean does Watts ever wonder how his obit would read, if there is actually a newspaper around whenever that piesh of ceit kicks off?

    “He was the foremost promoter of climate change denialism for decades before every single other person on Earth realized we were completely responsible for destroying ourselves and everything else.”

    I mean… come on. you’d think that reality has to flicker across his brain every now and then. is that when he looks in the mirror and practices his evil-insane-person grin?

  • Gerald Spezio, I have no idea what or who you’re writing about. Perhaps, in your unrelenting desire to insult me, you missed the byline on this essay.

  • “The word ‘civilized’ has no place anywhere in the affairs of this world.”
    The Colonel (Tristan’s father), “Legends Of The Fall”

  • Very funny Guy.

  • @shep, by proxy you’re assuming “civilized” means something “good”.

    “Civilized” only means “adapted to living in cities”. No more, no less.

  • it sucks being misunderstood. doesn’t it.


  • I’d like to share some thoughts here on NBL, so maybe, all of you may understand a little bit better, what my intention is. You know, I talked a lot about my experiences with Death, I talked a lot about my personal bio. I want to share my individual experiences with Death. Not because I beg for any consolation, I don’t need consolation, I am at total peace with my bio. As I said, I am grateful for my bio. The reason, why I share it, is because I think, that Death can really teach all of us a lot. At least, I learned a lot from it. I think, that modern man can learn a lot from Death, he MUST learn from Death. Modern culture is a Death-denying culture, while at the same time spreading Death and destruction all around the planet. Modern culture, modern man wants to live forever, but he does not realize, that there is only one way to achieve Eternal Life: Through Death, through letting go. All indigenous cultures know that. Also, ancient european culture knew it and manifested that knowledge in death-and-regeneration cults, mostly combined with sacred drugs (exactly like indigenous cultures).

    Death visited me through repetetive dreams in my childhood. It was a black silhouette, standing in the doorway, waving his arm and always saying the same sentence: “Come to work!”. From a depth psychological perspective, this request to work was an invitation to dive deep into the subconscious reality, into the “otherworld” of dreams, visions, inspirations, creativity, all those parts of real Reality, that can’t be experienced through rational, modern, intellectual thinking alone. Therefore, every bit I write at NBL is mostly for one single reason: To point to that real “otherworld” inside, within. I see myself as some witness of the real existing otherworld beyond modern, scientific rationality. Death is no final end, but it is our very own backside, it is our very own shadow, Death is a part of our very own being, no enemy from outside, but part of our very own, deepest Reality within. I found all answers to all existential questions I ever had within, inside. There is a place deep within all of us, that gives us all existential answers and foremost it gives peace, it gives us a real, natural, cosmic Home. This is my message to modern man. I don’t see myself as a spiritual teacher, but much more like a singer, a musician, a messenger of the “otherworld” within. I want to communicate that “otherworld” within, to maybe initiate some communion, some common ground within, for all beings, no matter, if rich or poor, no matter, what nationality, race or worldview. Thanks for reading my comment.

    Love,
    Nemesis


  • I’d like to go on with some further thoughts about our relationship to the essential, cosmic source within and our relationship to anything and anybody else…

    It’s not about superpowers or becoming all-knowing in the ordinary sense. It’s not about “controlling” anything or “conquering” anything or “profiting from” anything. It’s about relationship. What is my relationship to it all, what is your, what is anybodies relationship to it all? And what kind of unavoidable responsibility is connected to that relationship? We have to look and listen deep, deep within, to find out…

    When we look at a tree, then don’t we often see more of our own, personal relationship to that tree, our own prejudices, instead of seeing the real tree? To say, that “this tree does only exist, as long, as I exist”, tells something about a certain kind of relationship to that tree. It implies, that the tree has no own life, that I am the creator of that tree. But I am definitely NOT the creator of that tree, but within myself I am the creator of my own relationship to that tree. I am not the creator, the father (or Mother) of that tree, but I am a brother of that tree. Maybe, that tree is just some “hallucination” of some brain? Some say that. But that kind of statements tell more about the personal, individual relationship to that tree and life in general, than anything else. From a depth psychological perspective it is an inflation of the Ego, to say that “the tree, the Kosmos only exists, as long as I exist, when I will be gone, then the tree, everything else, the Kosmos will be gone too”. It is great confusion, Ego-Confusion, IMO. But:

    The tree and I share the same source within. Like, as if the source would be a river and both, the tree and I, share the same source of life, this river, this water of life. The tree is it’s own being, I am my own being, but we share the same cosmic river, the same cosmic water within.

    We can call this source “Big Bang” or “God” or “Shunyata” or “Tao” or whatever, names don’t matter much. It is One source, but it creates Many things and beings. This source is anywhere and nowhere. It is the Cosmic Breath, that breathes within high tide and low tide of the oceans, that breathes within the circulation of the rivers on planet Earth, it breathes within the winds, it breathes within the circulation of the galaxies, it breathes within life and death, it breathes within ourselves and within Music. This Cosmic Breath, this Cosmic Source is within everything and all of us, within matter and beings, every second, infinitely. It is within the dance of the atoms and molecules and stones and bacterias and plants, animals, human beings, gods. We can’t find it through microscopes, large, larger, largest hadron colliders or Hubble telescopes, but we can find it in our own, individual, personal relationship to it all, within. Our relationship to it all defines, who we are and who we will be. Some call this unavoidable, individual relationship Karma/Vipaka. No chance, to run away from it, no chance, to run away from yourself.

    The most inner essence, the most inner cosmic source within can’t be destroyed, can’t die, can’t cease, can’t dissolve, for it is the source of it all, for it is everywhere and nowhere. Find out, what your most intimate, real, living relationship to that source, to the Kosmos is, from within. You don’t need any guru, any master, any scientist, any superpower, any money, to find your own relationship to it all, within. All you need is awareness.

    My impression is, that Doctor Guy McPherson’s intention is not far away from my own intention here. Please correct me, if I am wrong.

  • “there is only one way to achieve Eternal Life”
    Life is a biological process, and necessarily finite. It carries no implication of cosncious awareness.

    “It was a black silhouette”
    In death is the absence of all Name & Form: Consciousness with no “awareness of”, the Void that is the Plenitude. Neither the name nor the form of a silhouette, black or otherwise.

    “it is our very own shadow”
    Consciousness is self-effulgent; like the flame of a canle, it has no shadow.

    “Death is a part of our very own being…part of our very own, deepest Reality”
    That is all conditional reality (vyavarika satta). Being, Existence – it is not “our” or “your” or anyone else’s – is unconditional reality (paramarthika satta).

    “a messenger of the “otherworld””
    There is no “other” world outside outside of Being/Existence.

    “what is anybodies relationship to it all?”
    Relationship requires two items, which makes the reality in which they exist a conditional reality. In unconditional reality there is no “other” and therefore no relationship is possible.

  • In today’s shallow topsy turvy world of form over substance – a belt don’t have to hold your pants up – it just has to *look* good.

    Likewise, wisdom don’t have to be wise, as long as it *sounds* wise, grown men will drool over themselves declaring glaring bullshit to be utterly profound.

    Newspeak anyone?

  • The door slammed loud and rose up a cloud of dust on us
    Footsteps follow, down through the hollow sound, torn up

    And you will go to Mykonos
    With a vision of a gentle coast
    And a sun to maybe dissipate
    Shadows of the mess you made

    (Flailing In a Sea of Panic and Propaganda).

  • Lidia,

    No proxy, no assumption. Just an opinion that “civilized” is BAD.

  • semantics mucking things up?

  • not exactly.

  • Nemesis – beautiful words – thank you, warrior/shaman sister/brother.

    “The aim is to balance the terror of being alive with the wonder of being alive.” (Don Juan Matus)

    “Death is our eternal companion. It is always to our left, an arm’s length behind us. Death is the only wise adviser that a warrior has. Whenever he feels that everything is going wrong and he’s about to be annihilated, he can turn to his death and ask if that is so. His death will tell him that he is wrong, that nothing really matters outside its touch. His death will tell him, ‘I haven’t touched you yet.” ( ” )

  • bob s, when a scientist like Guy presents Roger Nelson & PEAR as information for our serious consideration, I must ask if Guy is so bummed it’s affecting his judgment.

    Guy has said that the negativity about his scientific message has made him depressed.

    He completely “read in” that I wanted to disparage him by criticizing long suffering mentalist crackpot Roger Nelson.

    Remember Alan Ginsberg’s well publicized attempt in the sixties to levitate the Pentagon?

    I am sure that all manner of even crazier madness is around the corner.

  • My comment still stands, Gerald Spezio. As you know, I allow many people to post essays in this space, including the likes of RE. I agree with none of them fully.

    And I certainly don’t agree with your Nazi-inspired perspective. But I still allow your comments to appear here.

    What’s your problem? Beyond being a jerk, I mean, disagreeing strictly for the sake of disagreement?

  • Before the advent of interplanetary rockets people used to say: What goes up must come down.

    However, when it comes to share markets and related constructions a continuous movement down would result in sudden collapse, as all investors attempted to cut their losses. Hence, the daily losses witnessed over recent months have been countered by small gains. Even oil is up a few dollars a barrel at the moment($32).

    As we know, none of the minor movements affects the big picture of overall collapse, as highlighted by Michael Snyder (not a favourite of mine but he does bring together some snippets of useful information):

    ‘2016 is the year when everything changes.’:

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/2016-market-meltdown-we-have-never-seen-a-year-start-quite-like-this

    and there are dozens of other items indicating an imminent severe ‘jolt’, such as:

    “These Are Extremely Poor Results”: Deutsche Bank Reports Titanic $7 Billion Annual Loss

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-01-21/these-are-extremely-poor-results-deutsche-bank-reports-titanic-7-billion-annual-loss

    and

    ‘Moody’s Just Put Over Half A Trillion Dollars In Energy Debt On Downgrade Review’

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-01-22/moodys-just-put-over-half-trillion-dollars-energy-debt-downgrade-review

    In NZ the major focus of opposition to global corporate fascism is the signing of the TPPA:

    ‘Now is the time to get out there and be visible in your opposition. WE NEED YOU THERE TO FILL THE TOWN HALL and show the government and corporate beneficiaries we don’t want a bar of their TPPA!’

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2016/01/23/exclusive-an-open-invitation-from-professor-jane-kelsey/

    The question arises: Why is this particular agreement being pushed so vigorously at this point of time? (John Key lied about TPPA -it’s content, the signing date, the location etc. Not that lying is unusual for Key, since practically everything he says publically is a lie.)

    We can conjecture that the TPPA is timed to correspond with the global economic-financial crash, with the intention of providing particular global corporations and opportunists with the opportunity to profit from the crash and establish favourable (fascistic) arrangements after the crash.

    Speculation about the timing of economic-financial collapse aside, there are some aspects about which we can speculate with near certainty. The atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide is now well past its seasonal minimum and looks set to breach 407ppm. There may even be outlier results in excess of 408ppm this coming May.

    http://scripps.ucsd.edu/programs/keelingcurve/wp-content/plugins/sio-bluemoon/graphs/mlo_two_years.png

    What goes up just keeps on going up.

    In case there are any new readers, that does imply an accelerating planetary meltdown.

  • Just ban him Guy. He doesn’t deserve to be on this space. You are a truly remarkable and inspiring man. I wish the world had millions more of you.

  • 1-22-2016

    I know most people do not like to talk about Whitey but here is an interesting article about Donald Trump’s racist father Fred and the racist son and the connection to Woody Guthrie and the songs he wrote about the Trump fuskerc!

    It has always been thus and will never change.

    Even my chums from a private High School. It is pervasive just like all injustices if you’ve got yours.

    http://theconversation.com/woody-guthrie-old-man-trump-and-a-real-estate-empires-racist-foundations-53026

    It’s boring reading but if u have nothing else to do read this two part expose done by the Village Voice about Fred and the brat son Donald who was 32 y.o at the time. I didn’t last past the first 2 to 3 paragraphs. It’s a story that repeats its self 40 years later except now we have police assassinations with exemption by Grand Juries and Police Chiefs. Funny how TPTB go after black female teachers but no crooked PTSD cops.

    http://www.villagevoice.com/news/how-a-young-donald-trump-forced-his-way-from-avenue-z-to-manhattan-7380462

  • **when a scientist like Guy presents Roger Nelson & PEAR as information for our serious consideration,**

    I see it more like Guy presented Fahrusha’s essay – Fahrusha presented Nelson & PEAR –

    Folks like us, we’re dinosaurs Gerald. The young folk have it all figured out and they don’t wanna hear that they may be mistaken. Like Janis and Mick, disco and TM, guru worship and reality TV — like 3000 years of wisdom went down the shitter in a bad Simpson episode.

    And here we are.

  • Being young and hip back in the go-go-eighties, I used to subscribe to SPY magazine. “The Donald” was a constant target of theirs.

    The mag pre-dated the Internet as we know it, but Google Books has archived it all for posterity!

    You can follow a good portion of the short-fingered vulgarian’s career here:
    http://tinyurl.com/j3ng5qp
    (link is to a piece from 1993: “Donald Trump Undead?”

  • Tried posting about Massey lectures awhile back but got captcha’d by the alpha and the numeric. Funny, I can see one sentence and I get mentally captured by the past. The Legends of the Fall quote just threw me back to Jim Harrison’s 3rd book Farmer and reading it on the 3rd floor of the homeless shelter. I have given it away twice at “I’m moving via the bus – let me do a potlach imitation”.

    And so the condundrum, do I track it down to read it again, read Legends of the Fall for the first time, or something else.

    Yes.


  • @Woodwoose

    “The aim is to balance the terror of being alive with the wonder of being alive.” (Don Juan Matus)

    “Death is our eternal companion. It is always to our left, an arm’s length behind us. Death is the only wise adviser that a warrior has. Whenever he feels that everything is going wrong and he’s about to be annihilated, he can turn to his death and ask if that is so. His death will tell him that he is wrong, that nothing really matters outside its touch. His death will tell him, ‘I haven’t touched you yet.” ( ” )

    Shhssst, everyone, please, be still…. my teacher talked to me here at NBL… and I am seriously moved now, real seriously… obviously, there are spirits out there, who know me from inside out, I did not expect that^^ Yes, this comment of the venerable Woodwoose is THE Message for me, the SONG for me, the solace for me… yes, now I got something REAL from NBL! Now I can walk in peace. I will take this message with me as a long and yearningly awaited letter from my beloved teacher. Some say “Der Tod ist Gott in der Zeit”. Yes, it’s true. Death owns the last word for shure.

    Woodwoose, I don’t know how to thank you. You touched my bones, my most inner being. You delivered the echo I was looking for. Be blessed! May the eternal Great Spirit always be with you. I will never forget what you’ve done for me.

    Love,
    Nemesis


  • I’ve penned and posted a new essay, along with a link to a recent interview. Catch the latest here.