Monday, December 31, 2012

What I Wanted to Say...

There is no safety in a police state and a debauched currency. The comfortable world that Americans have known is falling apart at the seams. Paul Craig Roberts

It may not be the end of the world, but you can sure see it from here. Another amazing year and clearly the decline of this once great country. Unlike others, I do not entirely blame President Obama. Rather, I see him as an errand boy filled with promises of a guaranteed legendary status that will appear to the unwashed minions that he was appointed by God when in reality he was appointed by monied principalities. Ah, but the fix is in and apparently nothing is going to change it. Remember George Bush telling us about the new world order? I had never heard the term prior, but the point is, what has happened to the US is not a left/right paradigm. It took a coordinated effort to put the people of the US into the position they now occupy.

The game is fixed, folks. The authorities have the guns, the food, the control, and the legitimacy required to make you do anything they want. What we're seeing is the systematic breakdown of the so-called racial institutions of white America. That's a mouthful, eh? Another way of looking at it is the destruction of free-market capitalism into another kind of economic animal more akin to despotic communist systems. It's all been done with purpose and intent. As a matter of fact, there's not a lot of what you see on the news that is not done with purpose and intent. If you believe otherwise, you're simply being foolish -- like the ATF officer who told me in the aftermath of the federal massacre of innocents at Waco, Texas in 1993, that some things were more important than freedom. He never said what those things were, but now I believe he was referring to his job, his pension, and the sense of power he must have felt when shaking down fellow citizens.

Popular activism rarely occurs successfully in a beleagured culture such as ours. We ask ourselves why good people are made to stand and suffer and point the finger of blame at establishment elites like those at the top of our two poitical parties, but there are literally hundreds of thousands of others who share in the blame. Like it or not, there is always a percentage of the general population that embraces the totalitarian dynamic; always someone in our neighborhood, workplace and within our own family who finds vindication or advantage in supporting the state, even when the state turns viciously criminal. These citizens are conscious participants in the pacification and enslavement of their own society. They understand their role perfectly, and they enjoy what they do.

Carl Jung theorized that a certain percentage of people in any given epoch carry within them a latent ability to abandon conscience, an inborn potential for sociopathic and psychopathic tendencies. Under the right circumstances when encouraged by the state, the monsters are allowed to come out and play.

These people are little more than thugs, ghouls in common man’s drag with the authority of the state, itching for an opportunity to assert their will over others. They can be petty state functionaries or police officers, clerks manning desks at the Social Security Administration, school teachers trained under revisionist policies. They are government officials and anyone in a position to say no to your request for equal and fair treatment.

While common America faces a government gone rogue with false left/right politics and policies that disregard civil liberties for the sake of centralized authority, the statist thugs look forward to the difficulties because it gives them the opportunity to display their authority. Narcissism and egomania reign.

The worst are utter screw-ups and failures in normal environments. Corrupt governments require the aid of these individuals in order to tighten control at the local level, so anyone willing to set aside morality and principle automatically becomes a highly valued commodity. Statists flock to government employment during national emergencies or unjust wars and then use the inbred system to their advantage.

You can recognize them because they always demand respect and will pursue authoritative positions just so they can remind people of the respect they are supposedly owed. Some realize legitimate respect is earned through one's works, one's knowledge, experience and creativity. They know respect cannot be bought and it cannot be conned through clever talk or belligerant boasting. Instead of attempting real achievement or taking the risk of playing a part and being exposed for what they are, they look for a title and a uniform to fill the void, finally attaining the respect they seek by sheer force.

Admittedly, not every person in a uniform is a statist. The lure of power and authority, however, is seductive. When dealing with a statist, there is no reason, logic or law that can be used to discuss a matter of conflict. You cannot point out the inconsistencies of the statist in regard to the law. You can only calm him by being servile. The only thing the statist thug understands is power, and the only thing he (or she) regards with respect is the strength of his own authority. When faced with overwhelming reason, the statist will attack rather than think. Unfortunately, he can be silenced only by an equal or greater display of force. Such is the way of the world, even in this time of enforced equality.

The statist does not want an equal fight. In truth, he avoids situations in which his opponents are fairly matched. This is because, deep down, all statists and powermongers are cowards. Anyone who is so desperate to control every aspect of his environment even to the point of hurting and enslaving others is obviously afraid of many things, namely, the truth about himself.

Statists revel in bureaucracy and red tape. They love laws and regulations, regardless of application. They feel safe within a highly structured system because they are non-creative followers, not leaders. They relish the thought of a society cluttered with overt legalities making it easier to misinterpret and exploit the confusion they create.

The statist's dream is to be a part of the beast, to share in the glory of the empire, and to wield a big stick. As mentioned elsewhere, power and authority is intoxicating.

A statist thug can be anyone, from the overweight and overzealous TSA agent to your nosey next door neighbor. While some participate in tyranny directly by wearing the uniform and wielding the baton, others participate behind closed doors by informing on their neighbors. Regardless, they have one thing in common: an obsession with the continuance of the system to the point of madness. There is nothing the state can do to make them second guess their love affair — no crime too shocking, no attack too unjust. During the darkest moments of mankind, they are the willing tools of oppression. They make revolution — physical revolution — necessary. With them, tyrants and despots take root. Without them, the power-mad take shelter or disappear altogether.

Prepare for persecution while speaking truth to power. As always, keep the faith.

Much of this piece was taken from articles written by Brandon Smith of Personal Liberty Digest.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Most of Life Is Imaginary

Don't believe me? Think about it.

We have a habit of compulsive thinking that is so pervasive that we lose sight of the fact we are almost always thinking. And so, how we interact with the world is not actually the world itself, but rather, our beliefs about it, and our expectations of it, as well as our personal interests in it, no matter how paltry or noble. In that light, you can see where we normally have a difficult time observing something without confusing it with whatever thoughts we attach to it.

That is why I say the bulk of what we experience is imaginary.

As Mark Twain said: “I’ve been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”

How to deal with this knowledge? Be mindful of the emotions that arise when you are doing your observations, or, for that matter, your judgments. You don't have to be emotionally attached to every little thing that comes up. Most of that stuff is happening in your head anyway.

Guess whose birthday it is? The late, great (although diminutive) Davy Jones (1945) of The Monkees rock band and, coincidentally, Michael Nesmith (1942), also from The Monkees.

Yes, that's the way we dressed back then. Furthermore, I looked good in bell bottoms.

Cognitive Decline Is Not Just for the Informationally Challenged

The older you get, so they say, the more common it is to have senior moments of forgetfulness. How often have you forgotten the name of someone you recently met? Or maybe your car keys went missing when you just had them in your hand? Well, big surprise, but these senior moments are not strictly applicable to old folks.

Possibly the most dreaded age-related disease, Alzheimer’s, affects an estimated 5.4 million Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. And the thing is, researchers are still not certain why. If they did, there would be effective treatments.

We already know exercise is beneficial to the prevention of cognitive decline. Alternatively, sedentary behavior increases the risk of decline. Don't believe your common sense?  I challenge you to read on.

Researchers in France assessed whether common sedentary behaviors -- watching television, using a computer and/or reading -- increased the risk of cognitive decline.

The study took place between 2007 and 2009 and was comprised of 6,850 adults. Testing was done on 1,425 men and 1,154 women in their mid-60s.

Hey big boy, obesity leads to a decline in mental acuity.
Participants answered a variety of questions that included their daily average time spent watching TV, using a computer and reading. Other variables taken into account included gender, education levels, retirement status, health, weight, and the incidence of conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Here are the simple conclusions (It's perfectly all right to afterwards say, "I could have told you that."):

More time spent using the computer was associated with better verbal memory and better executive functioning (these are the mental processes that help connect past experience with present action). Do I really need to tell you that watching television was negatively associated with verbal memory and executive functioning?

As for reading, researchers found it was not associated with a decline in verbal memory (well, duh), and any decline in executive functioning was not statistically significant.

Less oxygen to the brain means less mental reps.
In a follow-up study six years later, the francophiles found that an increase in time spent using the computer continued to yield improved verbal memory and executive functioning.

So then, it comes as no surprise that watching television is detrimental to cognitive health, but now it is proposed that there is a link between passively watching television and Alzheimer’s. In one study, the researchers discovered that those who developed Alzheimer’s were less likely to have had intellectual hobbies when younger and were more likely to have engaged in passive activities that offered little to no intellectual stimulation.

Also, watching a lot of TV reduces the frequency with which people exercise and, as stated earlier, exercise is an Alzheimer’s preventer.

The brief tale is that if you are using your computer for intellectually stimulating reasons, such as work or learning a new skill, then you are challenging your brain and preventing cognitive decline, even though the activity itself may be physically passive.

Therefore, the message is, to protect your brain, stay engaged. Push yourself.

Your brain (and certainly mine!) needs exercise, just like your body. The more you challenge your brain, the greater your chances of preventing cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.

On the other hand, not much is going on upstairs while you're watching television. Additionally, a television addiction gives the powers that be open access to your mind and allows them to tell you exactly what to think, what to eat, how to vote, and on and on. So keep your TV-viewing to a minimum and play a game instead, or do research online, maybe learn a new language or, better yet, go for a walk! If you're in my neighborhood, drop by and we'll go outside to play frisbee.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Blinded by the Light

A little long at 7 mins +, but feel free to get up and dance. I did.

Are You Ready?

The Planck Era

Max Planck
The Planck era, called so after Max Planck, is a significant time in the formation of the early universe. It is postulated to have occurred at approximately 10−43 seconds (Planck time) after the initiation of the Big Bang.

Physicists believe that the quantum effects of gravity were significant at that time and that the moment marks the earliest moment in time, because the Planck time (or, Planck moment) is perhaps the shortest possible interval of time. The Planck epoch lasted only for that brief instant and occurred approximately 13.7 billion years ago.

It is believed that gravity was as strong as the other fundamental forces (strong nuclear force, weak nuclear force, and electromagnetism) which leads us to conclude that prior to the Planck moment, all the forces were unified as one. Of course, the state of the universe during the Planck era was unstable and thus it changed, with the four fundamental forces breaking out and defining themselves through a process known as symmetry breaking. Symmetry breaking led to the era of cosmic inflation -- the Inflationary epoch -- during which the universe expanded in scale over an extremely short period of time and continues to do so up until this very day.

To keep the record straight, all of this has been worked out by scientists, physicists, and mathematicians over hundreds of years but, even though much of modern physics is based on its conclusions, it is still viewed as a theory.

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