Monday, November 30, 2015

penetrating mental discernment; clear-sighted.

Is Revolution Possible Post-Truth?

Is Revolution possible in the USA in this day and age? What would it take for a Revolution to kick off? I found this question and the following list of answers in a corner of the internet and honestly thought the answers were quite revealing. What follows are the first ten answers.

1. Every XBox and Wii would have to simultaneously break.

2. It's coming.

3. In the fattest, laziest country on earth? No, it's not possible. It would take America being less fat and far, far less lazy and indifferent to kick off a revolution. Good luck with that.

4. Anything is possible if enough people get fed up with what is happening in this country.

5. No, it is neither desirable or possible.

6. We have a revolution every 4 years - - it's called voting. If you don't like what's happening, then get involved.

7. The government to blatantly attempt to subvert the will of the people--you know if that happened, Repubs would be on BHO like syrup.

8. Anything is possible. I think it would take a high percentage of people out of work to start it. Class war.

9. Yes, the people will not tolerate fascist liberalism, feminist and homosexual agenda, and laws designed to destroy our young boys.

10. It would be a revolution if you got a job and moved out of your parents' house.

This is just a sampling, of course, from a left-leaning sponsored site, but I find myself siding with those who indicate Americans have a lack of intestinal fortitude when it comes to seriously considering action against the injustices committed by our own government.

I also read a transcript this morning that blamed the fall of the US on the stupidity of American citizens. Within the article was a reference to some idiot espousing his views on the US moon landing and naturally he said it was all bogus, that we never even made it to the moon. Instead, it was all recorded on a movie stage. The author of the article disagreed, but then went on to add that the incidents on 9/11 were also real -- no conspiracy here, please move along, nothing to see here. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. No wonder Americans are confused. I wonder if people in Kenya or Sweden are as confused as we are. We've got college kids telling us we're racists and that the moon landing was bogus while 9/11 occurred exactly as the authorities have told us. Well, who are you going believe? Them or your lying eyes?

And so you have it. The real reason we're all so stupid and misguided. The truth is not being investigated or told because the media venues are completely controlled by powerful figures and corporations that would prefer to shape what you think and believe.

So, is revolution even possible? It would have to be a counter-revolution since we're in the midst of a communist revolution already and it would take some deep pockets on the order of George Soros' ability to order up and fund dozens of red-flag events that would scare American citizens into action. Don't forget the CIA, we'll need those boys to manage the propaganda. Also, we need a patsy. Isn't there always a patsy? Oh wait, that's the role of the white folks.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” -- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

The Airline Terrorist Hoax

Security screeners at two of the nation's busiest airports failed to find fake bombs hidden on undercover agents posing as passengers in more than 60% of tests last year, according to a classified report obtained by USA TODAY. Screeners at Los Angeles International Airport missed about 75% of simulated explosives and bomb parts that Transportation Security Administration testers hid under their clothes or in carry-on bags at checkpoints, the TSA report shows. At Chicago O'Hare International Airport, screeners missed about 60% of hidden bomb materials that were packed in everyday carry-ons — including toiletry kits, briefcases and CD players.

The more I think about the above, the more inescapable the conclusion becomes.

Tests conducted using fake explosives demonstrated that the TSA security at the airport, for all its annoyance value, is unable to find most of the bombs being taken on board airplanes. This leads us to a startling conclusion. If just half the bombs out there can get past TSA, and no planes have exploded, then there ARE no bombs out there!

Let me put this another way. Based on the recent tests, real terrorists have a better than 50/50 chance of taking down American passenger aircraft IF THEY TRY. There have been no explosions, and more tellingly, no arrests at the gates of people with bombs. Quod Erat Demonstradum, there are no terrorists out there trying to bomb our planes. If there were, more than half of them would succeed.

Aside from the one event on September 11th that occurred just in time to justify Bush's invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, there has been no real terrorist threat. It’s all a hoax, to make it look like we face a threat that only constant invasions of other countries (which all happen to sit on top of vast oil reserves) will save us from.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

No Static At All

Does it go without saying we are grateful to God for what we have? I think not, at least, today. It's a deluded time in the history of the United States and it's often necessary to re-state what should be considered obvious. Things have gotten a bit fuzzy in the minds of many Americans. If you're an atheist sitting at the dinner table surrounded by family, friends, and traditional feast in a warm room, who or what is it you are thanking?

This Thanksgiving I am grateful for the people in my life. There aren't very many but they give me courage, strength and wisdom in the face of astronomical odds (There be giants out there.). The truth is, it doesn't take all fingers and toes to count up those whom I consider as close. I am a bit of a recluse, and sometimes imagine myself as Michael Corleone --  "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!"

I am having a turkey dinner with cornbread dressing which I prepared myself. My cats will profit from the leftovers. Music will play and a good time will be had. It's like listening to FM radio over here -- no static at all.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Corporatism Is Not Capitalism

7 Things About The Monolithic Predator Corporations That Dominate Our Economy That Every American Should Know

By Michael Snyder

Right now, there is a lot of talk about the evils of “capitalism”. But it is not really accurate to say that we live in a capitalist system. Rather, what we have in the United States today, and what most of the world is living under, is much more accurately described as “corporatism”. Under corporatism, most wealth and power is concentrated in the hands of giant corporations and big government is used as a tool by these corporations to consolidate wealth and power even further. In a corporatist system, the wealth and power of individuals and small businesses is dwarfed by the overwhelming dominance of the corporations. Eventually, the corporations end up owning almost everything and they end up dominating nearly every aspect of society. As you will see below, this very accurately describes the United States of America today. Corporatism is killing this country, and it is not what our founding fathers intended.

The following is the definition of “corporatism” from the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

"the organization of a society into industrial and professional corporations serving as organs of political representation and exercising control over persons and activities within their jurisdiction"

Corporatism is actually not too different from socialism or communism. They are all “collectivist” economic systems. Under corporatism, wealth and power are even more highly concentrated than they are under socialism or communism, and the truth is that none of them are “egalitarian” economic systems. Under all collectivist systems, a small elite almost always enjoys most of the benefits while most of the rest of the population suffers.

The Occupy Wall Street protesters realize that our economic system is fundamentally unjust in many ways, but the problem is that most of them want to trade one form of collectivism for another.

But our founding fathers never intended for us to have a collectivist system.

Instead, they intended for us to enjoy a capitalist system where true competition and the free enterprise system would allow individuals and small businesses to thrive.

In an article called Addicting Info, Stephen D. Foster Jr. detailed how our founding fathers actually felt about corporations:

"The East India Company was the largest corporation of its day and its dominance of trade angered the colonists so much, that they dumped the tea products it had on a ship into Boston Harbor which today is universally known as the Boston Tea Party. At the time, in Britain, large corporations funded elections generously and its stock was owned by nearly everyone in parliament. The founding fathers did not think much of these corporations that had great wealth and great influence in government. And that is precisely why they put restrictions upon them after the government was organized under the Constitution.

After the nation’s founding, corporations were granted charters by the state as they are today. Unlike today, however, corporations were only permitted to exist 20 or 30 years and could only deal in one commodity, could not hold stock in other companies, and their property holdings were limited to what they needed to accomplish their business goals. And perhaps the most important facet of all this is that most states in the early days of the nation had laws on the books that made any political contribution by corporations a criminal offense."

Our founding fathers would have never approved of any form of collectivism. They understood that all great concentrations of wealth and power represent a significant threat to the freedoms and liberties of average citizens.

Are you not convinced that we live in a corporatist system?

Well, keep reading.

The following are 7 things about the monolithic predator corporations that dominate our economy that every American should know….

#1 Corporations not only completely dominate the U.S. economy, they also completely dominate the global economy as well. A newly released University of Zurich study examined more than 43,000 major multinational corporations. The study discovered a vast web of interlocking ownerships that is controlled by a “core” of 1,318 giant corporations.

But that “core” itself is controlled by a “super-entity” of 147 monolithic corporations that are very, very tightly knit. As an article in New Scientist noted, these 147 corporations control approximately 40 percent of all the wealth in the entire network:

"When the team further untangled the web of ownership, it found much of it tracked back to a “super-entity” of 147 even more tightly knit companies – all of their ownership was held by other members of the super-entity – that controlled 40 percent of the total wealth in the network. “In effect, less than 1 percent of the companies were able to control 40 percent of the entire network,” says Glattfelder. Most were financial institutions. The top 20 included Barclays Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The Goldman Sachs Group."

Unsurprisingly, the “super-entity” of 147 corporations is dominated by international banks and large financial institutions. For example, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America are all in the top 25.

#2 This dominance of the global economy by corporations has allowed global wealth to become concentrated to a very frightening degree.

According to Credit Suisse, those with a household net worth of a million dollars or more control 38.5% of all the wealth in the world. Last year, that figure was at 35.6%. As you can see, it is rapidly moving in the wrong direction.

For a group of people that represents less than 0.5% of the global population to control almost 40 percent of all the wealth is insane.

The dominance of corporations is also one of the primary reasons why we are witnessing income inequality grow so rapidly in the United States. From the Los Angeles Times:

"An economic snapshot from the Economic Policy Institute shows that inflation-adjusted incomes of the top 1% of households increased 224% from 1979 to 2007, while incomes for the bottom 90% grew just 5% in the same time period. Those in the top 0.1% of income fared even better, with incomes growing 390% over that time period."

#3 Since wealth has become concentrated in very few hands, that means that there are a whole lot of poor people out there.

At a time when technology should be making it possible to lift standards of living all over the globe, poverty just continues to spread. According to the same Credit Suisse study referenced above, the bottom two-thirds of the global population controls just 3.3% of all the wealth.

Not only that, more than 3 billion people currently live on less than 2 dollar a day.

While the ultra-wealthy live the high life, unimaginable tragedies play out all over the globe every single day. Every 3.6 seconds someone starves to death and three-quarters of them are children under the age of 5.

#4 Giant corporations have become so dominant that it has become very hard for small businesses to compete and survive in the United States.

Today, even though our population is increasing, the number of small businesses continues to decrease.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 16.6 million Americans were self-employed back in December 2006. Today, that number has shrunk to 14.5 million.

This is the exact opposite of what should be happening under a capitalist system.

#5 Big corporations completely dominate the media. Almost all of the news that you get and almost all of the entertainment that you enjoy is fed to you by giant corporations.

Back in 1983, somewhere around 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States.

Today, control of the news media is concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations.

#6 Big corporations completely dominate our financial system. Yes, there are hundreds of choices in the financial world, but just a handful control the vast majority of the assets.

Back in 2002, the top 10 banks controlled 55 percent of all U.S. banking assets. Today, the top 10 banks control 77 percent of all U.S. banking assets.

The “too big to fail” banks just keep getting more and more powerful. For example, the “big six” U.S. banks (Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo) now possess assets equivalent to approximately 60 percent of America’s gross national product.

#7 Big corporations completely dominate our political system. Because they have so much wealth and power, corporations can exert an overwhelming amount of influence over our elections. Studies have shown that in federal elections the candidate that raises the most money wins about 90 percent of the time.

Politics in America is not about winning over hearts and minds.

It is about who can raise the most cash.

Sometimes this truth leaks out a bit in the mainstream media. For example, during a recent show on MSNBC, Dylan Ratigan made the following statement:

“The biggest contributor to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is Goldman Sachs. The primary activities of this president relative to banking have been to protect the most lucrative aspect of that business, which is the dark market for credit default swaps and the like. That has been the explicit agenda of his Treasury Secretary. This president is advocating trade agreements that allow enhanced bank secrecy in Panama, enhanced murdering of union members in Colombia, and the refunding of North Korean slaves.”

Later on, Ratigan followed up by accusing both political parties of working for the bad guys:

“But I guess where I take issue is, this president is working for the bad guys. The Democrats are working for the bad guys. So are the Republicans. The Democrats get away with it by saying, ‘Look at how crazy the Republicans are; at the Democrats pretend to care about people.’ BUT THE FACT IS THE 2-PARTY POLITICAL SYSTEM IS UTTERLY BOGUS.”

Wow – nobody is actually supposed to say that on television.

Today, most of our politicians are bought, and most of them actively help the monolithic predator corporations accumulate even more wealth and even more power.

In fact, as I wrote about recently, the big Wall Street banks are already trying to buy the election in 2012.

Fortunately, it looks like the American people are starting to wake up. According to one recent survey, only 23 percent of all Americans now trust the financial system, and 60 percent of all Americans are either “angry” or “very angry” about the economy.

Unfortunately, many of them are joining protest movements such as Occupy Wall Street which are calling for one form of collectivism to replace another.

The American people are being given a false choice.

We don’t have to choose between corporatism and socialism.

We don’t have to choose between big corporations and big government.

Our founding fathers actually intended for corporations and government to both be greatly limited.

The following is a famous quote from Thomas Jefferson:

“I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”

Unfortunately, things did not turn out how Jefferson wanted. Instead of us controlling the corporations, they now control us.

This next quote is from John Adams….

“Banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they can have done or ever will do good.”

But who dominates our economy today?

The big banks.

Perhaps we should have listened to founding fathers such as John Adams.

Lastly, here is another quote from Thomas Jefferson….

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them (around the banks), will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

How prescient was that quote?

Last year, over a million American families were booted out of their homes by the big banks. The financial institutions actually now have more total equity in our homes than we do.

Unemployment is rampant, but corporate profits are soaring. The number of Americans on food stamps has increased by more than 70 percent since 2007, and yet the incomes of those at the top of the food chain continue to increase.

We need a system that allows all Americans to start small businesses, compete fairly and have a chance at success.

Instead, what we have is a corporatist system where the big corporations have most of the wealth, most of the power and most of the advantages.

We need to get the American people to understand that corporatism is not capitalism.

Corporatism is a collectivist system that allows the elite to accumulate gigantic amounts of wealth and power.

The answer to such a system is not to go to a different collectivist system.

Rather, we need to return as much power as possible to individuals and small businesses.

Our founding fathers intended for us to live in a country where power was highly decentralized.

Why didn’t we listen to them?


Trigonometry (fm Greek trigōnon, "triangle" and metron, "measure") is a branch of mathematics that studies relationships involving lengths and angles of triangles. The field emerged in the Hellenistic world during the 3rd century BC from applications of geometry to astronomical studies.

3rd-century astronomers first noted that the lengths of the sides of a right-angle triangle and the angles between those sides have fixed relationships: that is, if at least the length of one side and the value of one angle is known, then all other angles and lengths can be determined algorithmically. These calculations soon came to be defined as the trigonometric functions and today are pervasive in both pure and applied mathematics: fundamental methods of analysis such as the Fourier transform, for example, or the wave equation, use trigonometric functions to understand cyclical phenomena across many applications in fields as diverse as physics, mechanical and electrical engineering, music and acoustics, astronomy, ecology, and biology. Trigonometry is also the foundation of surveying.

Trigonometry is most simply associated with planar right-angle triangles (each of which is a two-dimensional triangle with one angle equal to 90 degrees). The applicability to non-right-angle triangles exists, but, since any non-right-angle triangle (on a flat plane) can be bisected to create two right-angle triangles, most problems can be reduced to calculations on right-angle triangles. Thus the majority of applications relate to right-angle triangles. One exception to this is spherical trigonometry, the study of triangles on spheres, surfaces of constant positive curvature, in elliptic geometry (a fundamental part of astronomy and navigation). Trigonometry on surfaces of negative curvature is part of hyperbolic geometry.

Trigonometry basics are often taught in schools, either as a separate course or as a part of a precalculus course.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

State-Sponsored Mass Murder

The following list is truly an eye-opener. All of us little people who are swayed and manipulated by statist propaganda usually don't have an opportunity to see the results of all the wars our tax dollars finance. Here's your chance to view the last two centuries' scoreboard. A big reminder here is that religion is not the key factor in all this violence. The key is government; that is, state-sponsored mass murder.

Note that the figures in parentheses are the official fatalities.

1915: the Ottoman empire slaughters Armenians (1.2 million)
1915-20: the Ottoman empire slaughters 500,000 Assyrians
1916-23: the Ottoman empire slaughters 350,000 Greek Pontians and 480,000 Anatolian Greeks
1914-18: World War I (20 million)
1916: Kyrgyz revolt against Russia (120,000)
1917-21: Soviet revolution (5 million)
1917-19: Greece vs Turkey (45,000)
1918-20: Russian civil war (1 million)
1919-21: Poland vs Soviet Union (27,000)
1928-37: Chinese civil war (2 million)
1932-33: Soviet Union vs Ukraine (10 million)
1932: "La Matanza" in El Salvador (30,000)
1932-35: "Guerra del Chaco" between Bolivia and Paraguay (117.500)
1934: Mao's Long March (170,000)
1936: Italy's invasion of Ethiopia (200,000)
1936-37: Stalin's purges (13 million)
1936-39: Spanish civil war (600,000)
1937-45: Japanese invasion of China (500,000)
1939-45: World War II (55 million) including holocaust and Chinese revolution
1946-49: Chinese civil war (1.2 million)
1946-49: Greek civil war (50,000)
1946-54: France-Vietnam war (600,000)
1947: Partition of India and Pakistan (1 million)
1947: Taiwan's uprising against the Kuomintang (30,000)
1948-1958: Colombian civil war (250,000)
1948-1973: Arab-Israeli wars (70,000)
1949-: Indian Muslims vs Hindus (20,000)
1949-50: Mainland China vs Tibet (1,200,000)
1950-53: Korean war (3 million)
1952-59: Kenya's Mau Mau insurrection (20,000)
1954-62: French-Algerian war (368,000)
1958-61: Mao's "Great Leap Forward" (38 million)
1960-90: South Africa vs Africa National Congress (?)
1960-96: Guatemala's civil war (200,000)
1961-98: Indonesia vs West Papua/Irian (100,000)
1961-2003: Kurds vs Iraq (180,000)
1962-75: Mozambique Frelimo vs Portugal (10,000)
1962-75: Angolan FNLA & MPLA vs Portugal (50,000)
1964-73: USA-Vietnam war (3 million)
1965: second India-Pakistan war over Kashmir
1965-66: Indonesian civil war (250,000)
1966-69: Mao's "Cultural Revolution" (11 million)
1966-: Colombia's civil war (31,000)
1967-70: Nigeria-Biafra civil war (800,000)
1968-80: Rhodesia's civil war (?)
1969-: Philippines vs the communist Bagong Hukbong Bayan/ New People's Army (40,000)
1969-79: Idi Amin, Uganda (300,000)
1969-02: IRA - Norther Ireland's civil war (3,000)
1969-79: Francisco Macias Nguema, Equatorial Guinea (50,000)
1971: Pakistan-Bangladesh civil war (500,000)
1972-2014: Philippines vs Muslim separatists (Moro Islamic Liberation Front, etc) (150,000)
1972: Burundi's civil war (300,000)
1972-79: Rhodesia/Zimbabwe's civil war (30,000)
1974-91: Ethiopian civil war (1,000,000)
1975-78: Menghitsu, Ethiopia (1.5 million)
1975-79: Khmer Rouge, Cambodia (1.7 million)
1975-89: Boat people, Vietnam (250,000)
1975-87: civil war in Lebanon (130,000)
1975-87: Laos' civil war (184,000)
1975-2002: Angolan civil war (500,000)
1976-83: Argentina's military regime (20,000)
1976-93: Mozambique's civil war (900,000)
1976-98: Indonesia-East Timor civil war (600,000)
1976-2005: Indonesia-Aceh (GAM) civil war (12,000)
1977-92: El Salvador's civil war (75,000)
1979: Vietnam-China war (30,000)
1979-88: the Soviet Union invades Afghanistan (1.3 million)
1980-88: Iraq-Iran war (435,000)
1980-92: Sendero Luminoso - Peru's civil war (69,000)
1984-: Kurds vs Turkey (35,000)
1981-90: Nicaragua vs Contras (60,000)
1982-90: Hissene Habre, Chad (40,000)
1983-: Sri Lanka's civil war (70,000)
1983-2002: Sudanese civil war (2 million)
1986-: Indian Kashmir's civil war (60,000)
1987-: Palestinian Intifada (4,500)
1988-2001: Afghanistan civil war (400,000)
1988-2004: Somalia's civil war (550,000)
1989-: Liberian civil war (220,000)
1989-: Uganda vs Lord's Resistance Army (30,000)
1991: Gulf War - large coalition against Iraq to liberate Kuwait (85,000)
1991-97: Congo's civil war (800,000)
1991-2000: Sierra Leone's civil war (200,000)
1991-2009: Russia-Chechnya civil war (200,000)
1991-94: Armenia-Azerbaijan war (35,000)
1992-96: Tajikstan's civil war war (50,000)
1992-96: Yugoslavian wars (260,000)
1992-99: Algerian civil war (150,000)
1993-97: Congo Brazzaville's civil war (100,000)
1993-2005: Burundi's civil war (200,000)
1994: Rwanda's civil war (900,000) 1995-: Pakistani Sunnis vs Shiites (1,300)
1995-: Maoist rebellion in Nepal (12,000)
1998-: Congo/Zaire's war - Rwanda and Uganda vs Zimbabwe, Angola and Namibia (3.8 million)
1998-2000: Ethiopia-Eritrea war (75,000)
1999: Kosovo's liberation war - NATO vs Serbia (2,000)
2001-: Afghanistan's liberation war - USA & UK vs Taliban (40,000)
2001-: Nigeria vs Boko Haram (16,000)
2002-: Cote d'Ivoire's civil war (1,000)
2003-11: Second Iraq-USA war - USA, UK and Australia vs Saddam Hussein's regime and Shiite squads and Sunni extremists (160,000)
2003-09: Sudan vs JEM/Darfur (300,000)
2004-: Sudan vs SPLM & Eritrea (?)
2004-: Yemen vs Houthis (?)
2004-: Thailand vs Muslim separatists (3,700)
2007-: Pakistan vs PAkistani Taliban (38,000)
2011-: Iraq's civil war after the withdrawal of the USA (150,000)
2012-: Syria's civil war (200,000) 2013-: ISIS in Syria, Iraq, Libya (?)
2014-15: Ukraine's civil war (6,000)
Arab-Israeli wars:
    I (1947-49): 6,373 Israeli and 15,000 Arabs die
    II (1956): 231 Israeli and 3,000 Egyptians die
    III (1967): 776 Israeli and 20,000 Arabs die
    IV (1973): 2,688 Israeli and 18,000 Arabs die
    Intifada I (1987-92): 170 Israelis and 1,000 Palestinians
    Intifada II (2000-03): 700 Israelis and 2,000 Palestinians
    Israel-Hamas war (2008): 1,300 Palestinians

Quick statistics. Greek empire -- about 305,000 men were killed in battle over 400 years. This can be compared to just 2 atom bombs in ww2. The Roman empire lost about 885,000 men to war in almost 1000 years. Compared to Rwanda where in just 100 DAYS over 800,000 were slaughtered. Roman gladiator deaths totaled 3.5 million in 1200 years. Compared to the USSR, which under the leadership of Stalin killed 20,000,000. When Rome fell 7 million died. Under Mao in China 58,000,000 died.

Obviously, war is big business. And business is good.

Friday, November 20, 2015


n. pl. sol·i·di (-dī′)
1. A gold coin of the Roman Empire used in Europe until the 1400s. Also called bezant.
2. Printing A virgule; a slash.
3. Chemistry The maximum temperature at which all components of a mixture, such as an alloy, can be in a solid state.

“When I look up, I see people cashing in. I don’t see heaven or saints or angels. I see people cashing in on every decent impulse and every human tragedy.” -- Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Thursday, November 19, 2015


"The problem of the Pathocracy seems to be so vast and complex; it is certainly intimidating. We are fortunate that the solutions are relatively simple. It begins and ends with education and non-participation. Ignorance is the sole tool that keeps the Pathocracy afloat. It's truly this easy. An awake populace can collectively choose to stop holding the pyramid above their shoulders by refusing to oil the gears of the machine. We need to collectively move our money out of big banks, support local enterprise over multinational corporations, and be excessively vocal about the truth."

Psychopaths, sociopaths, narcissists, and assorted antisocial-personality-disordered individuals have ruled since the dawn of history. Their reigns are historically recorded.

These people often exhibit glibness and superficial charm and always have a grandiose sense of self-worth. They are pathological liars, they display extreme narcissism, are naturally deceitful, cunning and manipulative, and exhibit a lack of remorse or guilt. Furthermore, they show a callous disregard for the feelings of others. They operate with no conscience, feel no empathy, and never accept responsibility for their actions.

I have just described the current leadership of the United States.

In a competitive world, people who act immorally and have no regard for truth have an advantage over those who play by the rules. The result is that those who achieve positions of power are typically the most ruthless and sociopathic people one could imagine.

Here's some more bad news: psychopaths breed more psychopaths. Thus, we have the minions of Barrack Obama, the best example of a megalomaniacal personality of our lifetime.

Our ruling class - corporate leaders, bankers, lawyers, judges, academics, generals, media executives, Senators and Congressmen and even Presidents - are ruthless liars and deceivers who have no regard for truth or other people. The entire fabric of society is twisted in their image. Psychopathic behavior is the norm.

As a result, our world is characterized by permanent war, full-spectrum dominance, targeted assassinations, rendition, torture, mercenaries, Blackwater, paramilitaries, Contras, cruise missiles, drones, landmines, cluster bombs, napalm, Agent Orange, depleted uranium, biological and chemical weapons, enemy combatants, shock and awe, mujahideen, al-Qaeda, Taliban, Islamic State, state terrorism, false flags, 9/11, color revolutions, regime change, coup d'etats, sanctions, drug trafficking, money laundering, plausible deniability, impunity, fascism and neo-fascism, Auschwitz, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, genocide, apartheid, dictatorship, plutocracy, oligarchy, kleptocracy, political sociopaths and narcissists, corruption, predatory capitalism, profiteering, tax havens, bank bail-outs and bail-ins, too-big-to-fail, monopoly capitalism, high finance, bankers, corporatism, corporate personhood, golden parachutes, fracking, Fukashima, laboratory-created diseases, genetically-engineered food, maximum-security, corporate media, public relations, propaganda, surveillance, RFID chips, optical scans, facial recognition, globalization, legalism, crooked lawyers, the morally corrupt and disambiguous, exploitation, poverty, and of course, the New World Order.

By now, it is clear that the institutions of the world have not been built by caring human beings, but instead have been constructed and are run by individuals whose actions can only be characterized as demonic. Despite the violence, suffering and chaos they have caused, we allow them to remain at the top, and in control. Why? Because we are deceived. Most people do not take the time to dig for the truth. We allow ourselves to be told what is happening rather than figuring it out for ourselves. And so we believe what they tell us. From the talking heads to the mindless, manipulated headlines vomited upon the public everyday by the Associated Press, and UPI, and Reuters, most of us accept what we're told. It's easier to go along in order to get along. Who cares what the truth is as long as the checks keep coming in?

And that, my friends, is how the mass of people are kept in the dark and essentially remain slaves to insane masters.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Are You Brainwashed?

Are you brainwashed? No? Then you're not watching enough television.

More Than Your Freedom

Those on the Left buy into the government’s lies because it proves their point that Western imperialism and neocolonialism brings blowback. The oppressed colonies rise up and send death and destruction to the imperialist’s homelands. This is emotionally satisfying to the left, even though it gives the government control over the population.

As for those who are afraid because of the unending barrage of fear-mongering, if the blacks are not going to murder them in their beds, surely the terrorists will. Only the government can make them safe by repealing all civil liberties. TV program after TV program presents citizens testifying how they welcome police searches because it makes them feel safe. As Benjamin Franklin once said, those who give up liberty for safety will have neither. But this is way too much for the fearful and the media-addicted to understand.

The truth is simple and clear: Fear is a control mechanism. Terrorism creates fear, and fear drives fools into the hands of the government that created the terrorism in the first place.

Like the movies? Have you ever seen “V For Vendetta”? The British government unleashes a disease outbreak and uses the resulting fear to turn Britain into a police state. Movie producers, such as those who made “V for Vendetta” and “The Matrix” understand what is going on, but what percentage of the audience gets it?

Did you know there have been something on the order of 150 false FBI “sting operations,” that is, FBI-orchestrated “terror plots” in which the FBI recruits half-wits to do such things as blow up the Sears Tower with fake bombs handed to them by the FBI.

And still Americans buy into the propaganda.

The entire Western world consists of a tyranny in which brainwashed nonentities live in a constructed reality. Why? Because it's easier to go along in order to get along. Questioning the authorities might put your phony-baloney job on the line. And that just wouldn't do when Christmas is bearing down upon us. After all, your granddaughter wants one of those fancy new Barbie dolls and your son wants to update the Xbox. You're going to need those extra dollars and God knows those dollars are needed more than your freedom.


A hypothetical conversation you compulsively play out in your head.

The Enemy Is Us (Apparently)

In light of the terrorist violence in Paris, France, I'd like to advise everyone to take a step back and calm down because according to the United States Justice Department, the threat of Radical Islam pales in comparison to homegrown extremists – specifically white anti-government types and right-wing extremists. Some of the experts in the Obama administration told us as much just last month.

In an effort to combat what the DOJ calls “homegrown terror threats,” the federal agency has created a new national security position that will focus on extremism inside the United States -- you know, right-wing whackos, bible-thumpers, preppers, birthers, conspiracy theorists, and those pesky white supremacists.

John Carlin, head of the DOJ national security division, announced the new Domestic Terrorism Counsel during a speech at George Washington University last month. Mr. Carlin (no relation to George) said:

“…in order to ensure that we are gaining the benefits of the information and input from those eyes on the ground from around the country, and in recognition of a growing number of potential domestic terrorism matters around the United Sates, we have created a new position to assist with our important work in combating domestic terrorism,” Carlin said, according to his prepared remarks.

Well-trained southern sharpshooters
await the opportunity
to overthrow their government masters.
“We recognize that, over the past few years, more people have died in this country in attacks by domestic extremists than in attacks associated with international terrorist groups,” Carlin said.

“Among domestic extremist movements active in the United States, white supremacists are the most violent. The Charleston shooter, who had a manifesto laying out a racist world-view, is just one example,” Carlin said, before also noting killings by white supremacists in Kansas and Wisconsin.”

While Carlin briefly mentioned the threat posed by Islamist groups like ISIS, he said his department is focused on racist and anti-government ideologies, and suggested that those ideologies posed a greater threat to the United States than radical Islam.

He went on to say, that “law enforcement agencies nationwide are concerned about the growth of the “sovereign citizen” movement.” The government is taking the threat so seriously, that they have been using actors to portray sovereign citizens and so-called right-wing extremists as theoretical threats in a number of large-scale training drills.

Are Carlin and the people in the DOJ delusional? Well, not really. They're just following the anti-white, anti-American agenda set by the president. Hey, they're just doing their jobs which in this case is harassing legitimate American citizens. What's so hard to understand about that?

I guess none of this should really be that shocking to anyone; after all, during the first 2015 Democrat presidential debate the candidates all agreed that Global Warming was the biggest threat to our national security. Ha! Global warming!

So while ISIS threatens to unleash a nuclear holocaust on the United States and generally kills people indiscriminately in terrorist attacks across the globe, the Obama administration and every one of the Democrat presidential candidates wants us to believe that the real threats are coming from global warming, right-wing extremists, and those evil NRA gun owners.

Instead of focusing on the violence being delivered by immigrants and radical Islamic groups, the Obama administration is busy demonizing anyone who disagrees with the government through their surrogates in the media.

Prior to the DOJ announcement, left-wing media outlets went into overdrive pushing the narrative that Right-Wing extremists have killed more people than radical Islam. And let’s not forget President Obama’s order to the press earlier in October, instructing them to release propaganda showing how gun owners were a bigger threat to the country than terrorism.

We need to know so that we may calculate your taxes.
Oh, yeah, sure right. Are there crazy people out there? You betcha; and I might be willing to take those idiots in Washington seriously, if it wasn’t so blatantly obvious what they are trying to do.

How can you dismiss the threat of radical Islam while at the same time claiming right-wing politics are somehow to blame for breeding mass murdering psychopaths? And what about left-wing extremism? Where’s the noise on that? After all, it was a radical left-wing extremist who allegedly killed two reporters live on television last August.

While Chicago is overrun by thugs and gangs, where is the Department of Justice on that? Week after week, dozens of people are murdered on the streets of Chicago, yet little is being done to stop the chaos up there in Hillary's home town. Don't those thugs count as extremists? Wouldn't it be more beneficial if the Black Lives Matter folks staged a sit-in at the Chicago City hall rather than rousting white college students trying to study for upcoming exams?

Earlier this year, 56 people were shot in a single weekend in Chicago. But that’s actually pretty routine for Chicago; in fact, it’s actually a low number compared to other weeks in the Windy City.

In 2014, over the July 4th Holiday weekend, 82 people were shot during a 48 hour period. There was no press conference from President Obama, no speeches from the Department of Justice, and not a single democratic presidential candidate called to take guns away from radical gang members. I wonder why? Yet every time one of these bogus shooting episodes comes up in a gun-free zone, every one trips over themselves to get in front of the press so they can blame the NRA and Right-wing extremists.

Perhaps it is true America has a problem with violence, especially government-sponsored violence, but to ignore where the bulk of this violence comes from shows exactly what the real agenda is. If they really wanted to get rid of gun violence, they know where to look; unfortunately, it’s not a problem they care to admit exists or one they want to deal with.

Our government lies to its citizens on a daily basis. Big whoppers! The bigger the lie, the more people will believe it. It has become the standard operating procedure for the Obama administration. If you doubt it or if you doubt the extreme nature of those lies, then maybe you should organize your own protest so the rest of us can get a kick out of you making a perfect fool of yourself. At the very least, it'll help us to identify the real crazies among us.

Monday, November 16, 2015

“It’s quite an undertaking to start loving somebody. You have to have energy, generosity, blindness. There is even a moment right at the start where you have to jump across an abyss: if you think about it you don’t do it.” -- Jean-Paul Sartre, fm Nausea

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Presentism Or Eternalism?

Is the universe a clockwork mechanism?
Time is something we perceive as a matter of course; if we view it at the moment, we usually divide it into past, present and future. Presentism says that the past and the future are merely imagined concepts and only the present is real. In other words, this article will cease to exist after you have read it; that is, until you open it again. Likewise, the future is just as imaginary because time cannot exist before and after it happened, as claimed by St. Augustine.

Does Miley exist
in another dimension?
Sure, why not?
Eternalism is the exact opposite of presentism. This is a philosophical theory that says time is multi-layered. In such a view, all time exists simultaneously, but the measurement is determined by the observer. What he sees depends on which point he is looking at. And so, Neanderthals, Miley Cyrus, and space ships all exist simultaneously but can only be observed from specific locations. If one takes this view of reality then the future is hopeless and free will is illusory.

Or, could it be that somehow time actually functions in both ways simultaneously? If so, that would mean some concepts, even on the face of their mutual exclusivity, somehow coexist. Like Schrodinger's cat.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Perfect Numbers

Perfect numbers, discovered by Euclid of Greece and his brotherhood of mathematicians, have a certain satisfying unity. A perfect number is defined as a positive integer that is the sum of its positive divisors; that is to say, if you add up all the numbers that divide a number, you get that number back. One example would be the number28— it is divisible by 1, 2, 4, 7, and 14, and 1 + 2 + 4 + 7 + 14 = 28. In the 18th century, Euler proved that the formula 2(n-1)(2n-1) gives all even perfect numbers. The question remains, though, whether there exist any odd perfect numbers. A couple of conclusions have been drawn about odd perfect numbers, if they do exist; for example, an odd perfect number would not be divisible by 105, its number of divisors must be odd, it would have to be of the form 12m + 1 or 36m + 9, and so on. After over two thousand years, mathematicians still struggle to pin down the odd perfect number, but seem to still be quite far from doing so.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I Want to Live

Glen Campbell (b. April 22, 1936 in Delight, Arkansas) is an American pop-country singer, best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as for hosting a television variety show. His hits include "Gentle on My Mind", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and "Rhinestone Cowboy".

Campbell began playing guitar as a youth without ever learning to read music. By the time he was 18, Campbell he was touring the South as part of the Western Wranglers. In 1958, he moved to Los Angeles to become a session musician.

Campbell was greatly in demand as a session musician in the 1960s. He is heard on some of the largest-selling records of the era by such artists as Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, Merle Haggard, The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Association, and The Mamas & the Papas.

He was a full-fledged member of The Beach Boys, filling in for an ailing Brian Wilson on tour in 1964 and 1965 and he also played on the Pet Sounds album.

Say No to Political Correctness -- Yes to Freedom

Did you catch the debacle at the University of Missouri this week? I know, who didn't, right? However, if you missed it, let me summarize the affair for you. The President at UM was forced out because black students didn't believe he was doing enough for their race. He was also asked to admit to a policy of white favoritism. Isn't that just dandy?

This widespread American social unrest is driven by the government as a direct result of policies forced on us by the Obama administration. As we see nearly every day now, the Democratic Party (and their friends in the Republican Party) are manipulating a shift in our culture that does not bode well for free citizens or for our accepted form of government.

College campuses used to be academic islands for freedom of thought, speech, and expression but unfortunately they have turned into communist utopias where offensive speech is not only banned, but apparently prosecuted as well.

Most of the groups who cry about “hurtful speech” are the same people who could not stop themselves from rioting over the summer and claimed that the police were oppressing them. It seems they are perfectly happy when the police oppress other groups.

University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin resigned under pressure from militant students who were disrupting classes and terrorizing the local community. The same day as the resignations, the so-called protesters clashed with the media, declaring that the White Media was not allowed – setting up what they called a “no media safe space.” The leaders of the group tweeted “white media who don’t understand the importance of respecting black spaces.” Black spaces? How about blank spaces? That is, spaces devoid of any thought or reason at all.

These are the same Black Lives Matter activists who are being allowed to teach classes at Yale University on the Ethics of Looting. On one hand, you have a group of people trying to regulate speech (and thought), while at the same time teaching classes on how to commit crimes and destroy their own communities. Additionally, it's all accomplished under the blessings and guidance of our own national leaders. Welcome to Bizarro-world.

From the government’s attempt to crackdown on alternative media through copyright laws, to the internet giants censoring anything they politically disagree with, there seems to be a full frontal assault on our first amendment rights. We have allowed militant activists who hate the US to dictate policy, shred the Constitution, and disrupt life as we know it.

The First Amendment to the United States' Constitution is supposed to protect speech no matter how offensive it may be. It's all right to offer gay pornography for free across the internet, but someone from the South is not allowed to fly a flag that represents their ancestors and their heritage. Dress up as a cotton farmer on Halloween and watch people literally lose their minds.

No more political correctness. Let's stand up for what’s right and make our voices heard. The Constitution still grants citizens the right to free speech without fear of recrimination, so use your freedom to tell our so-called leaders we've had enough. Our survival as a nation, as a culture, and even our survival as individuals is in jeopardy.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hey! It's Veteran's Day! (Tomorrow)

Free dinner and a copy of the Constitution to all Vets who stop by the house!

Capgras Syndrome

The Capgras delusion (or Capgras syndrome) is a disorder where a person maintains a delusion that a friend, spouse, parent, or other close family member (or pet) has been replaced by an identical-looking impostor. The condition is classified as a delusional misidentification syndrome, a class of delusional beliefs that involves the misidentification of people, places, or objects (usually not in conjunction). It can occur in acute, transient, or chronic forms. Cases in which patients hold the belief that time has been "warped" or "substituted" have also been reported.

The delusion most commonly occurs in patients diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, but has also been seen in patients suffering from brain injury and dementia. It appears often in individuals with a neurodegenerative disease, particularly at an older age. It has also been reported as occurring in association with diabetes, hypothyroidism and migraine attacks. In one isolated case, the Capgras delusion was temporarily induced in a healthy subject by the drug ketamine. It occurs more frequently in females, with a female:male ratio of 3:2.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Killing Your Freedom Online

Free Speech? Truth?
As government solidifies its control over the internet, people still talk about how electronic media has changed how we do business and how wonderful it is that we now have practically instant access to information and educational resources. Yes, indeed, we can actually see for ourselves the statements of government-paid scientists who warn us about climate change, or we can read about the most recent mass shooting event, or even be assured that our failing American economy is not really failing at all. Okay sure, all that is intended to be tongue-in-cheek. I don't believe any of it and I hope you don't either. The truth is, as a medium for free expression and the free-flow of ideas, the internet has been corrupted and hijacked by a handful of greedy media conglomerates and Silicon Valley corporations.

Over the last decade, alternative media outlets and citizen journalists have successfully used the internet to convey information to people in a way that new, fast, and truly remarkable. People silenced by the government and/or media propagandists were able to tell their stories to a mass audience. However, over the last couple of years, the open source internet has come under control by those who are scared to death of losing their power, and the promised gateway to free speech, free thought, and free learning is now in jeopardy.

Most internet traffic is now driven by either Facebook, Twitter, and Google. In fact, it’s estimated as much as 40% of all news site traffic is now delivered directly from Facebook alone. With so much traffic in the hands of a few large Silicon Valley corporations, you have to ask yourself: How free is the internet? Think about it; a handful of very large corporations now have the power to control exactly what you see, and then slowly shift how you feel about certain subjects without you even knowing.

What sounds like something directly out of 1984 has now become our reality. With the flip of a switch — or rather a small change in a computer algorithm — these three companies can now control exactly what you see, what the public reads, and even how the public feels on just about any subject.

Stop and think about what that really means.

Think about how easily these companies can shift public perception. Think about how easily they can influence something like an election by simply limiting what kind of news you see, or increasing a certain type of message that you are exposed to on a daily basis.

Sounds like more of that conspiracy talk, doesn't it? Wrong! These internet giants have increasingly started taking control of what you read and what you see.

Let’s take a look at Twitter. Twitter was sold as a breakthrough in free speech; a way for citizen journalists to report in real-time what was really going on anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, Twitter has become a prime example of how easily the internet can be hijacked.

Over the last couple of years, Twitter has begun banning a number of citizen journalists. While the company denies targeting people, a number of leftist political groups have used Twitter’s complaint policy to successfully shut down conservative journalist’s accounts.

Earlier this year, Twitter began to filter what used to be live results. The company now uses an algorithm that limits the reach of what they refer to as “abusive posts”. While that may sound like a worthy goal, after all who wants people to be abused, the problem is what they are filtering is far from “abusive”.

The same company that allows some of the most vile pornography imaginable in its search results is now filtering speech that most would consider traditional values — claiming that it’s hate speech.

Earlier this year, Facebook put policies in place to filter out news that is deemed questionable. But who determines what news is questionable? In my opinion, 99% of what’s reported by the mainstream media is questionable; yet, most of that news somehow makes its way right past Facebook’s filters. I guess the mainstream media is automatically deemed trustworthy – and why not, they are all part of the same establishment power structure that is being threatened by the freedom of the internet. Look, you don't have to be a genius to figure out this stuff.

Over the years we have seen Facebook limit who sees particular types of posts. Sites were even banned from Facebook after posting pictures of Mohammed (that's a no-no in Islam.).

While these media sites defiantly have a right to do whatever they want with their properties, they don’t have the right to purposely deceive their users and limit the flow of information.

Last month Matt Drudge warned that the government was attempting to shutdown alternative media news websites. In fact, he was even told by a Supreme Court Justice that the government had the votes to kill these sites by going after them through newly proposed changes to the Copyright laws.

The simple act of linking to a new story could soon be enough to get your website shut down. Speaking in a rare interview on the Alex Jones show, Drudge said:

“I had a Supreme Court Justice tell me it’s over for me,” said Drudge. “They’ve got the votes now to enforce copyright law, you’re out of there. They’re going to make it so you can’t even use headlines.” … “To have a Supreme Court Justice say to me it’s over, they’ve got the votes, which means time is limited.”

As I was researching information for another article I planned on writing, I was confronted with another example of how out of control the P.C. Police have become. I attempted to research the story online, but received a popup informing me that the site I was attempting to view was blocked by the WIFI provider because the site contained “Political Advocacy”. The establishment providing the WiFi decided it had the right to determine what I see online -- at least, as long as I used their service.

So what can you do?

What's your favorite snake oil brand?
Glad you asked. Either limit, stop using, or take control of how you use these Social Media giants! During the interview with Matt Drudge, he made an interesting observation about these social media sites. He described them as “Social Media Ghettos” that were swallowing up content and actually killing organic growth for alternative media websites. He talked about how the public had been pushed into these corporate run sites in an attempt to create a “weird conglomerate of group-think”.

Start your own website or online community. It’s not easy, but for the preservation of truth and the free flow of ideas, it’s important. Even if it’s just a small blog like the North Texas Drifter that is read by a handful of people, you can help create your own community that isn’t owned by Facebook, Google, Twitter, or any other media conglomerate. You can write about the things that are important to you, and you can share the stories and links that you think are important without interference or censorship.

Here's another tip: get an RSS Reader. Instead of relying on Google or Facebook to tell you what’s important, download an RSS reader and subscribe to sites like this and other independent media sites. That way you get to choose what you see, when you see it, and how much of it you see.

What's the alternative? Well, the alternative is to continue as if everything is fine and all the blah-blah they're handing you is accepted as the truth. And you, my friend, will continue blissfully unaware that your IQ is dropping by double digits.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Dr. Strangelove Says...

“Today, America would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the World Government.” -- Dr. Henry Kissinger, Bilderberger Conference, Evians, France, 1991

Isolation Tank

Have you ever gone for a "float" in an isolation tank?

An isolation tank is a lightless, soundproof tank inside which subjects float in salt water at skin temperature. They were first used by John C. Lilly in 1954 to test the effects of sensory deprivation. Such tanks are now also used for meditation and relaxation and in alternative medicine. The isolation tank was originally called the sensory deprivation tank. Other names for the isolation tank include flotation tank, John C. Lilly tank, REST tank, sensory attenuation tank, and think tank.

The flotation tank was developed in 1954 by John C. Lilly, a medical practitioner and neuro-psychiatrist. During his training in psychoanalysis at the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Lilly commenced experiments with sensory deprivation. In neurophysiology, there had been an open question as to what keeps the brain going and the origin of its energy sources. One hypothesis was that the energy sources are biological and internal and do not depend upon the outside environment. It was argued that if all stimuli are cut off to the brain then the brain would go to sleep. Lilly decided to test this hypothesis and, with this in mind, created an environment which totally isolated an individual from external stimulation. From here, he studied the origin of consciousness and its relation to the brain.

Peter Suedfeld and Roderick Borrie of the University of British Columbia began experimenting on the therapeutic benefits of flotation tank usage in the late 1970s. They named their technique "Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy" (REST).

The original float tanks involved being entirely submerged in the tank, and people were required to wear complicated head-masks to breathe, and uncomfortable tight clothing that constricted the blood flow in certain areas. Many users claimed that the mask and clothing detracted from the isolation experience by creating uncomfortable physical conditions, and that being entirely submerged in water led to the fear of drowning. The tight fit of the mask seal around the face and the retention strips wrapping around the back of the head were uncomfortable in long sessions. The constant hissing of the air valves and bubbling of exhaust air out of the mask prevented the possibility of silence. The faceplate of the mask was typically solid black for visual isolation, but then the tank user needed help entering and leaving the isolation tank since the mask blinded them. The tight neoprene clothing was extremely uncomfortable in sensitive areas such as the genitalia, and constricted blood flow and mobility in other areas.

In current tanks, a solution of epsom salt is used for an increased density. The subject can now float with the face above the water, although the ears are still submerged when the subject is in a relaxed position. Hearing is therefore greatly reduced, particularly when using ear-plugs as protection against the salt water. When the arms float to the side, skin sensation is greatly reduced because the air and water are the same temperature as the skin, and the feeling of a body boundary fades. The sense of smell is also greatly reduced, especially if the water has not been treated with chlorine.

The growing number of commercial float tanks has brought increased regulation of disinfection. In the US different states have implemented different rules. In Europe, the DIN 19643 bathing water standard requires automated chlorination controlled by REDOX (ORP) measurement. Chlorine, bromine and peroxide disinfection have all been used successfully. There is doubt about ozone safety because of the closed air space. For this reason, H2O2 is cited by many industry professionals as a safer and more desirable sanitation agent.

Generally, users of isolation tanks enter the pool nude. The elastic material of a tight-fitting swimsuit can create uncomfortable compressed stress points on the skin during the session. Due to the high salt content, the water is rarely changed, and all users are expected to shower, wash with soap, and rinse clean prior to entering the tank to avoid getting oils from their skin into the tank. Bathing is again needed after a session to remove excess epsom salt from the skin, and white vinegar is often used to remove excess salt from the ear canal and hair.

Most isolation tanks use a surface skimmer, cartridge filtration, and disinfection means, including ultraviolet sterilization and chemicals to keep the water free of microbes and sediment. These machines are usually turned off during a session to keep the isolation space as quiet as possible. A ring heating system can be used around the outer walls of the tank so that warm water rises around the edges of the pool, travels towards the center, and then sinks under the tank user. This very slow water convection flow helps to keep the user centered in the middle of the pool. The small waves caused by breathing also aid in centering the subject.

Isolation tank construction and plumbing is typically all plastic. Typically glass reinforced resins are used. High quality flotation tanks may use acrylic or medical stainless steel which is impervious to the strong salt solution and more importantly the disinfectants. Epsom salt is not corrosive in the way sodium chloride is, but unsealed stone and concrete surfaces outside the tank can be damaged by splashed or dripped salt water as the recrystallizing salt opens up cracks and fissures as it dries. Chlorine used as a disinfectant can attack some surfaces such as marble.

It is useful to have a shower stall in the same room as the tank. Before a session, the tank user can transfer directly from the shower to the tank without drying off, which helps prevent oil from the float tank user's skin from entering the water. Following the session, they can immediately rinse off which minimizes the dripping of corrosive salt through the building.

Having plumbing facilities immediately next to the tank is also helpful when the water must eventually be changed to prevent microbe growth. The plumbing, including the drain pipes, should be constructed of plastic to prevent deterioration from the salt. The salt concentration may need to be diluted when discarded, to prevent damage to small private wastewater plumbing systems.

A therapeutic session in a flotation tank typically lasts an hour. For the first forty minutes, it is reportedly possible to experience itching in various parts of the body (a phenomenon also reported to be common during the early stages of meditation). The last twenty minutes often end with a transition from beta or alpha brainwaves to theta, which typically occurs briefly before sleep and again at waking. In a float tank, the theta state can last indefinitely without the subject losing consciousness. Many use the extended theta state as a tool for enhanced creativity and problem solving or for super learning. The more often the tank is used the longer the theta period becomes.

Spas sometimes provide commercial float tanks for use in relaxation. Flotation therapy has been academically studied in the USA and in Sweden with published results showing reduction of both pain and stress. The relaxed state also involves lowered blood pressure and maximum blood flow.

Floating can be passive or active, depending on the purpose. For relaxation, one simply floats and 'clears the mind.' Active floating has many different techniques. One may perform meditation, mantras, self-hypnosis, utilize educational programs, etc. The idea of active floating is that, when the body is relaxed, the mind becomes highly suggestible and any action taken during these states will enter the information into the sub-conscious. Flotation therapy may be used to complement other body work and healing methods.

More extreme uses of the tank involve the subject taking varying doses of psychedelics; such as LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, dimethyltryptamine, or ketamine and spending prolonged periods in the tank (up to tens of hours) at a time, an approach pioneered by John C. Lilly himself—though he claims to have tried LSD in the tank only prior to 1964, while the psychedelic was still legal. This is regarded by commercial float centers as extremely dangerous behavior (drowning risk) and is completely prohibited. Lilly's experiments were always conducted under scientific conditions with medics in attendance.

Flotation therapy developed from the research work of John Lilly although he was not primarily interested in therapy, rather in the effect of sensory deprivation on the human brain and mind.

People using early float tanks discovered that they enjoyed the experience and that the relaxed state was also a healing state for many conditions including stress, anxiety, pain, swelling, insomnia and jet lag.

As a result float tanks were produced for commercial uses and commercial float centers offering flotation therapy opened in several countries during the period from 1980 to the present day when there are hundreds of flotation centers in dozens of countries. In almost all cases these float centers offer wellness treatments and in particular the release of stress. The San Francisco Bay Area has seen recent growth in such centers.

Research into flotation therapy (as opposed to just the effect of isolation) began in the USA at Ohio State University where floating was shown to improve creativity in Jazz musicians, accuracy in rifle shooting, focus before academic examinations and stress relief, among others.

Research in Sweden has demonstrated the therapeutic effect on stress and pain.

The technique takes advantage of an innate, natural inclination to relax when floating at a comfortable temperature. The temperature is that which allows natural heat generation to escape without the need for muscle action to raise body temperature in homeostasis. The floating posture, usually the supine position (although the prone position with chin supported on elbows is recommended for pregnant women), allows all the postural muscles to relax. The water pressure on the immersed skin is lower than the blood pressure and thus blood flow continues in skin capillaries. This is in contrast to normal bed rest where local contact pressure inhibits blood flow requiring regular adjustment of posture. When people cannot adjust their posture in bed, e.g. in some illnesses, bed sores can result. When floating there is no tendency to adjust posture and a person can float immobile for many hours.

The natural tendency of the body in the floating posture at the correct temperature is to dilate the blood vessels, reducing the blood pressure and maximizing blood flow. The brain activity normally associated with postural muscles is reduced to a minimum. In this state, which we can call the floating state, natural endorphins are released reducing pain. Lactic acid removal is accelerated. Flow in the lymphatic system is increased.

Perceived stress can be correlated with increased levels of cortisol and in flotation therapy there is a natural tendency for cortisol to be reduced. For this reason, flotation therapy is one of the few noninvasive techniques available to manage stress when it is a factor in reducing a person's ability to cope with normal life. Flotation therapy is a fast technique in this respect. The Swedish research was based on 40 minute float sessions. This compares well with other management techniques such as long vacations.

There are some similarities with the age old long hot bath. However, the main differences are that in floatation all sensory impressions are absent, temperature is maintained at the correct level and the bath is large enough to float without touching the sides of the float unit. These factors allow the individual to achieve much deeper level of relaxation, and therapeutic benefit, than would otherwise be possible.

Most float tanks use Epsom salt, magnesium sulfate, in high concentration so that the relative density of the solution is about 1.25. (Lilly recommended 1.3 but this requires operating very close to saturation with the risk of recrystallization). The density assists floating particularly making the head buoyant so that the nose and mouth are well out of the water for breathing.

It has recently been discovered that there is a secondary effect which is important to flotation therapy. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin due to natural molecular diffusion. This tends to correct magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is absorbed from the diet but in many areas of the world, over-cropping without adequate replacement of magnesium makes the normal diet low in magnesium.

The body naturally optimizes the levels of magnesium, so there is no overload effect from floating in the salts for extended periods.

It is noted that there is no "flotation therapist", although there is a need to instruct the floater and need to maintain the equipment in a safe condition. However, flotation therapy is compatible with other therapies as a preparation or conjunct activity. Examples include massage, talk therapy, and hypnosis.

New research undertaken at the Human Performance Laboratory at Karlstad University Sven-Åke Bood concludes that regular flotation tank sessions can provide significant relief for chronic stress-related ailments. Studies involving 140 people with long-term conditions such as anxiety, stress, depression and fibromyalgia found that more than three quarters experienced noticeable improvements.

Dr. Bood commented: "Through relaxing in floating tanks, people with long-term fibromyalgia, for instance, or depression and anxiety felt substantially better after only 12 treatments". Research targeted the effectiveness of floatation treatment with regard to stress related pain and anxiety over the period of seven weeks. 22 percent of the participants became entirely free of pain and 56 percent experienced clear improvement.

Broken down to various symptoms, the results were as follows: 23 percent slept better, 31 percent experienced reduced stress, 27 percent felt less agony and 24 percent became less depressed or got rid of their depression altogether. The research also confirms the findings of an earlier thesis that flotation, after only twelve sessions, substantially improves sleep patterns leaving users more optimistic and with reduced nervousness, tension and pain. Relaxing in a weightless state in the silent warmth of a flotation tank activates the body's own system for recuperation and healing, said Sven-Åke Bood. What researchers find particularly gratifying is that the positive effects were still in evidence 4 months after the floating treatment ended.