Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Greatest Guitar Player You Probably Never Heard Of

Danny Gatton (September 4, 1945 – October 4, 1994) was an American guitarist who fused rockabilly, jazz, and country to create his own distinctive style. When Rolling Stone magazine selected the 100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time in 2003, senior editor David Fricke ranked Gatton 63rd on his ballot. On May 26, 2010, ranked Gatton as the 27th best guitarist of all time.

Gatton was born in Washington, D.C. on September 4, 1945. His father, Daniel W. Gatton Sr., was a rhythm guitarist known for his unique percussive style, who left his musical career to raise his family in a more stable profession. The younger Gatton grew up to share his father's passion for the instrument.

Danny Gatton began his career playing in bands while still a teenager. He began to attract wider interest in the 1970s while playing guitar and banjo for the group Liz Meyer & Friends. He made his name as a performer in the Washington, DC, area during the late 1970s and 1980s, both as a solo performer and with his Redneck Jazz Explosion, in which he traded licks with virtuoso pedal steel player Buddy Emmons over a tight bass-drums rhythm that drew from blues, country, bebop, and rockabilly influences. He also backed Robert Gordon and Roger Miller. He contributed a cover of Apricot Brandy, a song by Elektra Records-supergroup Rhinoceros, to the 1990 compilation album Rubáiyát.

Gatton's playing combined musical styles such as jazz, blues and rockabilly in an innovative fashion, and he was known by some as the Telemaster. He was also called the world's greatest unknown guitarist, and The Humbler, from his ability to out-play anyone willing to go up against him in "head-cutting" jam sessions. Amos Garrett, guitar player for Maria Muldaur, gave Gatton the nickname. A photo published in the October 2007 issue of Guitar Player magazine shows Gatton playing in front of a neon sign that says "Victims Wanted."

However, he never achieved the commercial success that his talent arguably deserved. His album 88 Elmira Street was up for a 1990 Grammy Award for the song Elmira Street Boogie in the category Best Rock Instrumental Performance, but the award went to Eric Johnson for Cliffs of Dover.

His skills were most appreciated by his peers such as Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, and his childhood idol Les Paul. During his career, Gatton appeared on stage with guitar heroes such as Alvin Lee and Jimmie Vaughan. Gatton had roomed with Roy Buchanan in Nashville, Tennessee in the mid '60s and they became frequent jamming partners, according to Guitar Player magazine's October 2007 issue. He also performed with old teenage friend Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen (from Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna) as Jack and the Degenerates. Those recordings were never released, but live tapes are in circulation. In 1993, rocker Chris Isaak invited Gatton to record tracks for Isaak's San Francisco Days CD. Reports of where Gatton's playing can be heard on the CD vary, with unconfirmed reports placing him on either Can't Do a Thing (To Stop Me), 5:15 or Beautiful Houses.

He usually played a 1953 Fender Telecaster with Joe Barden pickups and Fender Super 250Ls, or Nickel Plated Steel (.010 to .046 with a .015 for the G) strings. (Fender now makes a replica of his heavily customized instrument.) For a slide, Gatton sometimes used a beer bottle or mug. In the March 1989 issue of Guitar Player magazine, he said he preferred to use an Alka-Seltzer bottle or long 6L6 vacuum tube as a slide, but that audiences liked the beer bottle. He did, however, only play slide overhand, citing his earlier training in steel guitar [Guitar Player, March 1989]. Among amplifiers Gatton is known to have used are a 1959 Fender Bassman amp and a heavily customized blackface Fender Vibrolux Reverb]].

After using Fender picks, he switched to a jazz-style teardrop pick after Buchanan had recommended them to him. He was capable of intricate passages combining Bluegrass, bebop, and garage sounds, executed with amazing clarity and at dizzying speeds. His picking technique was a hybrid combination of pick and fingers, primarily his middle and ring fingers on his right hand. The basis of his picking technique was using banjo rolls; he was an accomplished banjo player and from that he learned the traditional (Scruggs style) right-hand technique. His forward roll consisted of a pick downstroke, then middle finger, then ring finger. His backward roll consisted of middle finger, then a pick upstroke, then a pick downstroke. He possessed a classical guitar left hand technique, thumb behind the neck, fretting with arched fingers.

Among his admirers are Les Paul, James Burton, Lenny Breau, Joe Bonamassa (whom Danny mentored when Joe was eleven years old), Vince Gill, Evan Johns (of Evan Johns and His H-Bombs), Chris Cheney, Bill Kirchen, Albert Lee, Steve Vai, Buckethead, Arlen Roth, Johnny Hiland, Ricky Skaggs, Slash, and Richie Sambora.

Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Danny worked closely with Fender to create his very own signature model guitar – The Danny Gatton Signature Telecaster, released in 1990.

On January 10, 11 and 12, 1995, Tramps club in New York organized a three-night tribute to Danny Gatton featuring dozens of Gatton's musical admirers, the highlight of which was a twenty-minute performance by Les Paul, James Burton, Arlen Roth and Albert Lee. Those shows (with all musicians performing for free) raised $25,000 for Gatton's wife and daughter.

Danny Gatton has been described as possessing an extraordinary proficiency on his instrument, "a living treasury of American musical styles." In 2009, John Previti, who played bass guitar with Danny for 18 years stated: "You know, when he played country music, it sounded like all he played was country music. When he played jazz, it sounded like that's all he played, rockabilly, old rock and roll, soul music. You know, he called himself a Whitman sampler of music" Legendary guitarist Steve Vai reckons Danny "comes closer than anyone else to being the best guitar player that ever lived." Accomplished guitar veteran Albert Lee said of Gatton: "Here’s a guy who’s got it all.”

On October 4, 1994, Gatton locked himself in his garage in Newburg, Maryland and shot himself. He left behind no explanation. Members of his family and close friends believe Danny had silently suffered from depression for many years.

Since the advent of YouTube, decades-old bootleg performances of Danny have garnered millions of views, eliciting high praise from fans worldwide.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Space Roar

Today's trivia comes from scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center when they sent a machine called ARCADE into space on a giant balloon in 2009 for the purpose of searching for radiation from the universe's earliest stars.

ARCADE is an acronym for Absolute Radiometer for Cosmology, Astrophysics, and Diffuse Emission and carried seven sensors that picked up electromagnetic radiation like radio waves. The plan was to lift it far enough up to prevent the Earth's atmosphere from interfering with the data collection. Then, the finely-tuned instrument could detect faint radio signals from ancient stars.

But there was a problem. ARCADE detected a huge amount of radio noise — six times louder than scientists had predicted — which has since come to be known as the "space roar." There are some theories, but we don't know for sure what's causing it.

Please don't misunderstand. Space isn't roaring in any way that our ears could hear. But there are objects in the universe — including some galaxies — which emit radio waves via synchrotron radiation.

According to Dale Fixsen, a University of Maryland research scientist and a member of the ARCADE team, NASA had built devices that detected radio noise before. These worked by looking at one point in the sky, and then at another nearby one for contrast. These instruments were useful for detecting radio-emitting galaxies and supernovas, because they measured the difference between two points. But they couldn't detect the roar.

"If there's a uniform source [of synchrotron radiation], those instruments are blind to it," Fixsen says.

On the other hand, ARCADE used a "large beam" that searched 7 percent of the sky. Because of the large area it searched, and its high-precision sensors, it was the first instrument we've built that could discover the roar.

But it couldn't find out everything. Fixsen says that synchrotron radiation has a characteristic spectrum. And since every source of the radiation displays this same spectrum, ARCADE couldn't discover what was roaring.

Fixsen says that synchrotron radiation usually comes hand in hand with infrared radiation. We've already measured the amount of infrared radiation that the Milky Way emits with the COBE satellite, and according to Fixsen, with our galaxy's level of infrared, it doesn't look like the Milky Way is the source of the synchrotron radiation for the "space roar."

"The relationship is tight for all galaxies we've measured," Fixsen says. "It should hold true for our galaxy as well."

On the other hand, theorists think that we've detected almost all the sources of this radiation outside our galaxy. And we know that none of these sources is causing the "roar."

According to Fixsen, there are a few possible explanations. First, the "roar" could be coming from the earliest stars. The first stars didn't have any dust — because the first dust in the universe was formed within those stars. This could have let those stars create a lot of synchrotron radiation, without a correspondingly high amount of infrared.

Second, the radiation might be coming from gases in large clusters of galaxies — Fixsen says that it would be difficult for the instruments we've used up until now to detect radiation from these.

Third, it could be coming from dim, but extremely plentiful, radio galaxies. Individually, they would be too quiet for us to detect, but en masse they might be loud enough to create the "roar."

But while there are some plausible theories, we still don't have any data to tell us which one is right. Fixsen says that there's been talk about flying ARCADE again (it's currently living in the Goddard Space Flight Center). Or they might use an instrument on the ground next time; Fixsen says they could use the data from the ARCADE mission to calibrate it, and avoid interference from the atmosphere.

But for now, what NASA wrote in its 2009 press release is still true: "The source of this cosmic radio background remains a mystery."

Monday, January 25, 2016

Summer Of Love

For some reason I always get it mixed up with the summer of 1968, but the Summer of Love was a social phenomenon that occurred during the summer of 1967. Those who keep track of such things say that the party got kicked off when as many as 100,000 people converged on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, initiating a major cultural and political shift in the US. Although hippies also gathered in major cities across Canada and Europe, San Francisco remained the epicenter of the social earthquake that would come to be known as the Hippie Revolution.

San Francisco was rocking in those days and became even more of a melting pot of politics, music, drugs, creativity, and the total lack of sexual and social inhibition than it already was. As the hippie counterculture movement came into public awareness, it caused numerous 'ordinary citizens' to begin questioning how law and order was being administered in an authoritarian society (yes, I know, things haven't changed much).

The hippies, sometimes called flower people, were an eclectic group of social misfits. Many were suspicious of the government, rejected consumerist values, and generally opposed the Vietnam War. Others were uninterested in political affairs and preferred to spend their time involved in the aforementioned pursuit of sex, drugs, and music.

Inspired by the beatniks of the 1950s, who had flourished in the North Beach area of San Francisco, those who gathered in Haight-Ashbury in 1967 rejected the conformist values of Cold War America. These hippies eschewed the material benefits of modern life and relied on their own wits for food and shelter. Some worked, some stole, some borrowed and others begged but a theme of helpfulness emerged.

The prelude to the Summer of Love was the Human Be-In at Golden Gate Park on January 14, 1967, which was produced and organized by artist Michael Bowen as a "gathering of tribes".

James Rado and Gerome Ragni were in attendance and absorbed the whole experience; and this became the basis for the musical Hair. Rado recalled, "There was so much excitement in the streets and the parks and the hippie areas, and we thought `If we could transmit this excitement to the stage it would be wonderful....' We hung out with them and went to their Be-Ins [and] let our hair grow. It was very important historically, and if we hadn't written it, there'd not be any examples. You could read about it and see film clips, but you'd never experience it. We thought, 'This is happening in the streets,' and we wanted to bring it to the stage.'"

Timothy Leary was there and he proclaimed, "turn on, tune in, drop out", a notion that persisted throughout the Summer of Love.

The gathering of approximately 30,000 like-minded people made the Human Be-In the first event that confirmed there was a viable hippie scene.

The term "Summer of Love" originated with the formation of the Council for the Summer of Love in the spring of 1967 as response to the convergence of young people on the Haight-Ashbury district. The Council was composed of The Family Dog, The Straight Theatre, The Diggers, The San Francisco Oracle, and approximately twenty-five other people, who sought to alleviate some of the problems anticipated from the influx of people expected in the summer. The Council also supported the Free Clinic and organized housing, food, sanitation, music and arts, along with maintaining coordination with local churches and other social groups to fill in as needed, a practice that continues today.

The ever-increasing numbers of young people making a pilgrimage to the Haight-Ashbury district alarmed the San Francisco authorities, whose public stance was that they would keep the hippies away. Adam Kneeman, a long-time resident of the Haight-Ashbury, recalls that the police did little to help; organization of the hordes of newcomers fell to the overwhelmed residents themselves.

College and high-school students began streaming into the Haight during the spring break of 1967 and the local government leaders, determined to stop the influx of young people once schools let out for the summer, unwittingly brought additional attention to the scene, and an ongoing series of articles in local papers alerted the national media to the hippies' growing numbers. By spring, Haight community leaders responded by forming the Council of the Summer of Love, giving the word-of-mouth event an official-sounding name.

The mainstream media's coverage of hippie life in the Haight-Ashbury drew the attention of youth from all over America. Hunter S. Thompson labeled the district "Hashbury" in The New York Times Magazine, and the activities in the area were reported almost daily.

The movement was also fed by the counterculture's own media, particularly the San Francisco Oracle, whose pass-around readership is thought to have topped a half-million at its peak that year.

The media's fascination with the "counterculture" continued with the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967, where approximately 30,000 people gathered for the first day of the music festival, with the number swelling to 60,000 on the final day. In addition, media coverage of the Monterey Pop Festival facilitated the Summer of Love even further as large numbers of fledgling hippies headed to San Francisco to hear their favorite bands such as The Who, Grateful Dead, the Animals, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Otis Redding, The Byrds, and Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin.

John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas wrote the song "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" for his friend Scott McKenzie. It served to promote both the Monterey Pop Festival that Phillips was helping to organize, and to popularize the flower children of San Francisco, who came to epitomize the hippy dream. Released on May 13, 1967, the song was an instant hit. By the week ending July 1, 1967, it reached the number four spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, where it remained for four consecutive weeks. Meanwhile, the song rose to number one in the United Kingdom and most of Europe. The single is purported to have sold over 7 million copies worldwide.

If the sheets on your bed look like this,
you might be a hippie.
In New York City, an event in Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan on Memorial Day in 1967 sparked the beginning of the summer of love there. During this concert in the park, some police officers asked for the music to be turned down. In response, some in the crowd threw various objects, and thirty-eight police arrests ensued. A debate about the threat of the hippie ensued between Mayor John Lindsay and Police Commissioner Howard Leary. After this event, Allan Katzman, the editor of the East Village Other, predicted that 50,000 hippies would enter the area for the summer.

Double that amount - as many as 100,000 young people from around the world - flocked to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, as well as to nearby Berkeley - and to other San Francisco Bay Area cities, to join in a popularized version of the hippie experience. Free food, free drugs, and free love were available in Golden Gate Park, a Free Clinic was established for medical treatment, and a Free Store gave away basic necessities to anyone who needed them.

The Summer of Love attracted a wide range of people of various ages: teenagers and college students drawn by their peers and the allure of joining a cultural utopia; middle-class vacationers; and even partying military personnel from bases within driving distance. The Haight-Ashbury could not accommodate this rapid influx of people, and the neighborhood scene quickly deteriorated, with overcrowding, homelessness, hunger, drug problems, and crime afflicting the neighborhood.

Psychedelic drug use became one of several means of finding or creating a new reality. Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir comments:

"Haight Ashbury was a ghetto of bohemians who wanted to do anything—and we did but I don't think it has happened since. Yes there was LSD. But Haight Ashbury was not about drugs. It was about exploration, finding new ways of expression, being aware of one's existence."

After resigning his tenured position at Harvard, former professor of psychology Timothy Leary became a major advocate for the recreational use of LSD, spreading his beliefs up and down the East Coast. After taking psilocybin, a drug extracted from certain mushrooms that causes effects similar to those of LSD, Leary supported the use of all psychedelics for personal development. He often invited friends as well as the odd graduate student to trip along with him and colleague Richard Alpert.

The Merry Pranksters
 On the West Coast, author Ken Kesey, a prior volunteer for a CIA-sponsored LSD experiment, also advocated the use of LSD. Shortly after participating, he was inspired to write the bestselling novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Subsequently, after buying an old school bus, painting it with psychedelic graffiti and attracting a group of similarly-minded individuals he dubbed the Merry Pranksters, Kesey and his group traveled across the country, often hosting "acid tests" where they would fill a large container with a diluted low dose form of the drug and give out diplomas to those who passed their test.

Along with LSD, marijuana was also used heavily during this period. With the various all-organic movements beginning to expand, this drug was even more appealing than LSD due to the fact that apart from creating a euphoric high, it was all-natural as well. However, as a result, crime rose among users due to the fact that several laws were subsequently enacted to control the use of both drugs. Efforts at repealing oppressive drug laws have been unsuccessful, but drug use has not abated in all these years.

After many people left in the fall to resume their college studies, those remaining in the Haight wanted to signal the conclusion of the scene not only to themselves and their friends, but also to those still in transit or still considering making the trek as well. A mock funeral entitled "The Death of the Hippie" ceremony was staged on October 6, 1967, and organizer Mary Kasper explained the intended message:

"We wanted to signal that this was the end of it, to stay where you are, bring the revolution to where you live and don't come here because it's over and done with."

In New York, the rock musical Hair, which told the story of the hippie counter-culture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, opened Off-Broadway on 17 October 1967.

On September 2, 2007, San Francisco celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love by holding numerous events around the region, most of which were attended by some of the original participants and their children.

And what a time it was. Historical, histrionic, and sometimes hysterical. Despite the dark shade of anti-war activism, the looming plans of the communists and the neocons, as well as casual drug use, the overall impression was that the circus had come to town and although many a shaved head in the establishment shook in disbelief, a good time was generally had by all.

"A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims." –- Ayn Rand

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Public Education

Whenever someone publicly questions the government-run school system, they are almost always accused of opposing education itself. This is one reason why state legislators find themselves under pressure to properly fund and cater to the public education establishment. In most places the largest employers are the public school districts. This translates into political power and those in power typically don’t appreciate being questioned.

Clearly, many people consider the public education system to be a sacred cow of sorts. But almost none have any concept of the origins, the history, or the goals of public education in America. Few Americans understand that our government-controlled school system was founded upon authoritarian ambitions.

State-directed schools find their roots in the Prussian schools of the early 19th Century. In the 1840s, Horace Mann, then secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education, traveled to Europe to study the Prussian model of public education. He was seeking a way to change what he deemed the “unruly” (meaning independent) children into disciplined citizens.

To that end, the Prussian educational system sought to take education out of the hands of family and church with five key goals in mind. It was to create:

Obedient workers for the mines.
Obedient soldiers for the army.
Well-subordinated civil servants to government.
Well-subordinated clerks to industry.
Citizens who thought alike about major issues.

The reasoning behind such a system is easy to understand, since independently educated masses could not be always counted on to submit to their government’s objectives. Tyrants like Prussia’s Frederick William I and France’s Napoleon each used this system to build a powerful, controlling state apparatus. Other despots followed in their footsteps.

Educator John Taylor Gatto’s book, “The Underground History of American Education,” describes how the system came to America:

“A small number of passionate ideological leaders visited Prussia in the first half of the 19th Century, fell in love with the order, obedience, and efficiency of its educational system and campaigned relentlessly thereafter to bring the Prussian vision to our shores. To do that, children would have to be removed from their parents and inappropriate cultural influences.”

The next step was to sell the new system to the American public in the name of equality by convincing each respective state to adopt a compulsory government school system to ensure a uniform education for the masses. The primary goals of this system were not intellectual training but rather conditioning the students for obedience, subordination and collective life.

With this bit of historical perspective regarding the origins and stated intentions of public education, it’s much easier to understand why a “free education for all children in public schools” was a key plank of Marx’s Communist Manifesto.

To this day, the defenders of state-sponsored education insist that it was implemented at the request of the American people. But this was not necessarily the case.

Sheldon Richman, of the Future of Freedom Foundation, explains it this way:

”Many of us grow up believing that government reflects the will of the people. But skeptics know better. Government has assumed more and more control over private life not because the people demanded it, but because power-seekers and privilege-seekers sought outlets for their ambitions. They then propagandized the public until a sufficient number of people came to believe government control was good for them.”

As writer Karen DeCoster points out, “What is most disquieting about the public education mindset is that those who believe most strongly in it are convinced that there are “no other” noble alternatives, and that the alternatives that do exist are merely a hindrance to the only real education, that which is provided via the public domain.”

The government school system is filled with people who generally go along in order to keep their jobs. They teach from socialist curriculums and some of them believe the BS and some don't. Like most of us, they work within a system founded upon authoritarianism. Generally, the problem with government-run education is the system itself, not the people who work for it.*

No people can remain free without being truly educated, but that’s not the same thing as having mere uniformity of thought.

*As a caveat I'd like to add that this is not always the case as I have run across a number of educators whom I perceived to be bat-crap crazy.

Friday, January 22, 2016

What Fresh Insanity Is This?

Whenever the subject of socialism and oppression and personal liberty come up, there's always one in the crowd who claims that they're proud to pay their taxes. I think what they mean to say is that they are relieved they have enough money to pay the government because the alternative results in some pretty extreme legal punishments, like prison and hefty fines. But the thing is, for someone to say they're proud to pay taxes, well, it's really a pathetic, stupid thing to say.

Why? Keep reading.

1) Being "proud" that you did something you were FORCED to do is absurd. If you voluntarily contribute to the well-being of your fellow man, great. But it's not charitable--you get no credit for compassion or generosity--if you had no choice in the matter. Taking "pride" in being robbed is loony tunes.

We've got what it takes
to take what you've got.
2) Unless you completely approve of everything "government" does, then being "proud to pay your taxes" means being proud to pay for things that you oppose. How much of a schizophrenic do you have to be to express pride in funding things you don't even want or like?

3) Regarding the "government" services you want (ignoring how inefficient and wasteful "government" always is) -- why feel "proud" to pay for a service? Is it especially noble and selfless to buy stuff?

4) If you think giving money to politicians constitutes "contributing to society," you're delusional. Getting robbed by a carjacker, or just flushing your money down the toilet, does far less harm to society than giving money to those who would oppress you.

If you are "proud to pay taxes," look up "Stockholm Syndrome." You only feel "pride" because you were trained to feel loyalty to your political masters, and to feel good about blindly obeying their "laws" and paying the tribute they call "taxes." That doesn't make you a good person. It makes you a good slave.

The same guy who says he's proud to pay his taxes also typically votes for power-mad professional politicians because they "have experience and know what they're doing." Yes, it's true, they've made fleecing the American citizen a political art form. So, pay your taxes and grin like an idiot if you want, but you'll never convince me I am better off giving the government everything I can put back over the course of a year. Thank you very little.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Dude Abides

Finally a religion I can live with.

Dudeism is a philosophy and lifestyle based on the character Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski in the movie The Big Lebowski. The organization’s official name is The Church of the Latter-Day Dude, and as of August 2012, over 160,000 “Dudeist Priests” had been ordained. Though sometimes regarded as a parody religion, its founder and many of its adherents regard it seriously.

Dudeism’s stated primary aim is to promote a modern form of Chinese Taoism blended with concepts by the ancient Greek philosopher, Epicurus and presented in a style reminiscent of The Dude. From Wikipedia:

“The Dudeist belief system is essentially a modernized form of Taoism purged of all of its metaphysical and medical doctrines. Dudeism advocates and encourages the practice of “going with the flow”, “being cool headed”, and “taking it easy” in the face of life’s difficulties, believing that this is the only way to live in harmony with our inner nature and the challenges of interacting with other people.”

Dudeism claims Kurt Vonnegut, Lao Tzu, and Walt Whitman as prophets, among others, and its primary symbol, pictured to the right, is a cross between the Yin and Yang symbol and a bowling ball.

It even has its own version of the Tao Te Ching called The Dude De Ching. How radical is that? The Dude abides. Here's the web site.

Come join the slowest-growing religion in the world – Dudeism. An ancient philosophy that preaches non-preachiness, practices as little as possible, and above all, uh…lost my train of thought there. Anyway, if you’d like to find peace on earth and goodwill, man, we’ll help you get started. Right after a little nap.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Negative Energy

Theoretically, the lowest temperature that can be achieved is absolute zero, exactly 273.15°C, where the motion of all particles stops completely. However, you can never actually cool something to this temperature because, in quantum mechanics, every particle has a minimum energy, called “zero-point energy,” which you cannot go below.

Remarkably, this minimum energy doesn’t just apply to particles, but to any vacuum, whose energy is called “vacuum energy.” To show that this energy exists involves a simple experiment– take two metal plates in a vacuum, put them close together, and they will be attracted to each other. This is caused by the energy between the plates only being able to resonate at certain frequencies, while outside the plates the vacuum energy can resonate at pretty much any frequency.

Because the energy outside the plates is greater than the energy between the plates, the plates are pushed towards each other. As the plates get closer together, the force increases, and at around a 10 nanometer separation this effect (called the Casimir effect) creates one atmosphere of pressure between them. Because the plates reduce the vacuum energy between them to below the normal zero-point energy, the space is said to have negative energy, which has some unusual properties.

One of the properties of a negative-energy vacuum is that light actually travels faster in it than it does in a normal vacuum, something that may one day allow people to travel faster than the speed of light in a kind of negative-energy vacuum bubble.

Negative energy could also be used to hold open a transversible wormhole, which although theoretically possible, would collapse as soon as it was created without a means to keep it open.

Negative energy also causes black holes to evaporate. Vacuum energy is often modeled as virtual particles popping into existence and annihilating. This doesn’t violate any energy conservation laws as long as the particles are annihilated shortly afterwards. However, if two particles are produced at the event horizon of a black hole, one can be moving away from the black hole, while the other is falling into it. This means they won’t be able to annihilate, so the particles both end up with negative energy. When the negative energy particle falls into the black hole, it lowers the mass of the black hole instead of adding to it, and over time particles like these will cause the black hole to evaporate completely.

Because this theory was first suggested by Stephen Hawking, the particles given off by this effect (the ones that don’t fall into the black hole) are called Hawking Radiation. It was the first accepted theory to unite quantum theory with general relativity, making it Hawking’s greatest scientific achievement to date.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

It's estimated that 55% of Americans don't know that the sun is a star.

Confederate Heroes’ Day: Texas

This is bound to get some people riled up, but others will swell with pride. You see, it's Confederate Heroes' Day in Texas. Confederate Heroes’ Day commemorates those who died fighting for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. An official state holiday in Texas, Confederate Heroes’ Day has fallen annually on January 19—the birthday of Robert E. Lee—since its approval on January 30, 1931.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy sponsor the annual celebration of the holiday, which includes parades, reenactments in honor of past Confederate heroes, and other events.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Bohm’s Theory

David Bohm
"But you don't decide what to do with your life. Thought runs you. Thought, however, gives false info that you are running it, that you are the one who controls thought. Whereas actually thought is the one which controls each one of us." -- David Bohm

The standard interpretation of quantum physics assumes that the quantum world is characterized by absolute indeterminism and that quantum systems exist objectively only when they are being measured or observed.

David Bohm’s ontological interpretation of quantum theory rejects both these assumptions. Bohm’s theory that quantum events are determined by subtler forces operating at deeper levels of reality ties in with John Eccles’ theory that our minds exist outside the material world and interact with our brains at the quantum level.

Paranormal phenomena indicate that our minds can communicate with other minds and affect distant physical systems by nonordinary means.

Whether such phenomena can be adequately explained in terms of nonlocality and the quantum vacuum or whether they involve superphysical forces and states of matter as yet unknown to science is still an open question.

Quantum theory is generally regarded as one of the most successful scientific theories ever formulated. But while the mathematical description of the quantum world allows the probabilities of experimental results to be calculated with a high degree of accuracy, there is no consensus on what it means in conceptual terms.

According to the uncertainty principle, the position and momentum of a subatomic particle cannot be measured simultaneously with an accuracy greater than that set by Planck’s constant. This is because in any measurement a particle must interact with at least one photon, or quantum of energy, which acts both like a particle and like a wave, and disturbs it in an unpredictable and uncontrollable manner.

An accurate measurement of the position of an orbiting electron by means of a microscope, for example, requires the use of light of short wavelengths, with the result that a large but unpredictable momentum is transferred to the electron. An accurate measurement of the electron’s momentum, on the other hand, requires light quanta of very low momentum (and therefore long wavelength), which leads to a large angle of diffraction in the lens and a poor definition of the position.

According to the conventional interpretation of quantum physics, however, not only is it impossible for us to measure a particle’s position and momentum simultaneously with equal precision, a particle does not possess well-defined properties when it is not interacting with a measuring instrument.

Furthermore, the uncertainty principle implies that a particle can never be at rest, but is subject to constant fluctuations even when no measurement is taking place, and these fluctuations are assumed to have no causes at all. In other words, the quantum world is believed to be characterized by absolute indeterminism, intrinsic ambiguity, and irreducible lawlessness.

As the late physicist David Bohm (1984, p. 87) put it:

"it is assumed that in any particular experiment, the precise result that will be obtained is completely arbitrary in the sense that it has no relationship whatever to anything else that exists in the world or that ever has existed."

Bohm (ibid., p. 95) took the view that the abandonment of causality had been too hasty:

"it is quite possible that while the quantum theory, and with it the indeterminacy principle, are valid to a very high degree of approximation in a certain domain, they both cease to have relevance in new domains below that in which the current theory is applicable.

Thus, the conclusion that there is no deeper level of causally determined motion is just a piece of circular reasoning, since it will follow only if we assume beforehand that no such level exists."

Most physicists, however, are content to accept the assumption of absolute chance.

Collapsing the wave function

A quantum system is represented mathematically by a wave function, which is derived from Schrödinger’s equation.

The wave function can be used to calculate the probability of finding a particle at any particular point in space. When a measurement is made, the particle is of course found in only one place, but if the wave function is assumed to provide a complete and literal description of the state of a quantum system - as it is in the conventional interpretation - it would mean that in between measurements the particle dissolves into a "superposition of probability waves" and is potentially present in many different places at once.

Then, when the next measurement is made, this wave packet is supposed to instantaneously "collapse," in some random and mysterious manner, into a localized particle again. This sudden and discontinuous "collapse" violates the Schrödinger equation, and is not further explained in the conventional interpretation.

Since the measuring device that is supposed to collapse a particle’s wave function is itself made up of subatomic particles, it seems that its own wave function would have to be collapsed by another measuring device (which might be the eye and brain of a human observer), which would in turn need to be collapsed by a further measuring device, and so on, leading to an infinite regress.

In fact, the standard interpretation of quantum theory implies that all the macroscopic objects we see around us exist in an objective, unambiguous state only when they are being measured or observed. Schrödinger devised a famous thought-experiment to expose the absurd implications of this interpretation. It goes something like this:

A cat is placed in a box containing a radioactive substance, so that there is a fifty-fifty chance of an atom decaying in one hour. If an atom decays, it triggers the release of a poison gas, which kills the cat. After one hour the cat is supposedly both dead and alive (and everything in between) until someone opens the box and instantly collapses its wave function into a dead or alive cat.

Various solutions to the "measurement problem" associated with wave-function collapse have been proposed. Some physicists maintain that the classical or macro-world does not suffer from quantum ambiguity because it can store information and is subject to an "arrow of time", whereas the quantum or micro-world is alleged to be unable to store information and time-reversible (Pagels, 1983).

A more extravagant approach is the many-worlds hypothesis, which claims that the universe splits each time a measurement (or measurement-like interaction) takes place, so that all the possibilities represented by the wave function (e.g. a dead cat and a living cat) exist objectively but in different universes. Our own consciousness, too, is supposed to be constantly splitting into different selves, which inhabit these proliferating, non-communicating worlds.

Other theorists speculate that it is consciousness that collapses the wave function and thereby creates reality. In this view, a subatomic particle does not assume definite properties when it interacts with a measuring device, but only when the reading of the measuring device is registered in the mind of an observer (which may of course be long after the measurement has taken place).

According to the most extreme, anthropocentric version of this theory, only self-conscious beings such as ourselves can collapse wave functions.

This means that the whole universe must have existed originally as "potentia" in some transcendental realm of quantum probabilities until self-conscious beings evolved and collapsed themselves and the rest of their branch of reality into the material world, and that objects remain in a state of actuality only so long as they are being observed by humans (Goswami, 1993).

Other theorists, however, believe that non-self-conscious entities, including cats and possibly even electrons, may be able to collapse their own wave functions (Herbert, 1993).

The theory of wave-function collapse (or state-vector collapse, as it is sometimes called) raises the question of how the "probability waves" that the wave function is thought to represent can collapse into a particle if they are no more than abstract mathematical constructs.

Since the very idea of wave packets spreading out and collapsing is not based on hard experimental evidence but only on a particular interpretation of the wave equation, it is worth taking a look at one of the main alternative interpretations, that of David Bohm and his associates, which provides an intelligible account of what may be taking place at the quantum level.

The implicate order

Bohm’s ontological interpretation of quantum physics rejects the assumption that the wave function gives the most complete description of reality possible, and thereby avoids the need to introduce the ill-defined and unsatisfactory notion of wave-function collapse (and all the paradoxes that go with it).

Instead, it assumes the real existence of particles and fields: particles have a complex inner structure and are always accompanied by a quantum wave field; they are acted upon not only by classical electromagnetic forces but also by a subtler force, the quantum potential, determined by their quantum field, which obeys Schrödinger’s equation. (Bohm, Hiley, 1993; Bohm, Peat, 1989; Hiley, Peat, 1991)

The quantum potential carries information from the whole environment and provides direct, nonlocal connections between quantum systems. It guides particles in the same way that radio waves guide a ship on automatic pilot - not by its intensity but by its form. It is extremely sensitive and complex, so that particle trajectories appear chaotic.

It corresponds to what Bohm calls the implicate order, which can be thought of as a vast ocean of energy on which the physical, or explicate, world is just a ripple.

Bohm points out that the existence of an energy pool of this kind is recognized, but given little consideration, by standard quantum theory, which postulates a universal quantum field - the quantum vacuum or zero-point field - underlying the material world. Very little is known about the quantum vacuum at present, but its energy density is estimated to be an astronomical 10108 J/cm³ (Forward, 1996, pp. 328-37).

In his treatment of quantum field theory, Bohm proposes that the quantum field (the implicate order) is subject to the formative and organizing influence of a superquantum potential, which expresses the activity of a superimplicate order.

The superquantum potential causes waves to converge and diverge again and again, producing a kind of average particle-like behavior.

The apparently separate forms that we see around us are therefore only relatively stable and independent patterns, generated and sustained by a ceaseless underlying movement of enfoldment and unfoldment, with particles constantly dissolving into the implicate order and then recrystallizing. This process takes place incessantly, and with incredible rapidity, and is not dependent upon a measurement being made.

In Bohm’s model, then, the quantum world exists even when it is not being observed and measured. He rejects the positivist view that something that cannot be measured or known precisely cannot be said to exist. In other words, he does not confuse epistemology with ontology, the map with the territory.

For Bohm, the probabilities calculated from the wave function indicate the chances of a particle being at different positions regardless of whether a measurement is made, whereas in the conventional interpretation they indicate the chances of a particle coming into existence at different positions when a measurement is made.

The universe is constantly defining itself through its ceaseless interactions - of which measurement is only a particular instance - and absurd situations such as dead-and-alive cats therefore cannot arise.

Thus, although Bohm rejects the view that human consciousness brings quantum systems into existence, and does not believe that our minds normally have a significant effect on the outcome of a measurement (except in the sense that we choose the experimental setup), his interpretation opens the way for the operation of deeper, subtler, more mindlike levels of reality. He argues that consciousness is rooted deep in the implicate order, and is therefore present to some degree in all material forms.

He suggests that there may be an infinite series of implicate orders, each having both a matter aspect and a consciousness aspect:

"everything material is also mental and everything mental is also material, but there are many more infinitely subtle levels of matter than we are aware of" (Weber, 1990, p. 151). The concept of the implicate domain could be seen as an extended form of materialism, but, he says,

"it could equally well be called idealism, spirit, consciousness. The separation of the two - matter and spirit - is an abstraction. The ground is always one." (Weber, 1990, p. 101)

Mind and free will

Quantum indeterminism is clearly open to interpretation: it either means hidden (to us) causes, or a complete absence of causes.

The position that some events "just happen" for no reason at all is impossible to prove, for our inability to identify a cause does not necessarily mean that there is no cause. The notion of absolute chance implies that quantum systems can act absolutely spontaneously, totally isolated from, and uninfluenced by, anything else in the universe.

The opposing standpoint is that all systems are continuously participating in an intricate network of causal interactions and interconnections at many different levels. Individual quantum systems certainly behave unpredictably, but if they were not subject to any causal factors whatsoever, it would be difficult to understand why their collective behavior displays statistical regularities.

The position that everything has a cause, or rather many causes, does not necessarily imply that all events, including our own acts and choices, are rigidly predetermined by purely physical processes - a standpoint sometimes called "hard determinism" (Thornton, 1989). The indeterminism at the quantum level provides an opening for creativity and free will.

But if this indeterminism is interpreted to mean absolute chance, it would mean that our choices and actions just "pop up" in a totally random and arbitrary way, in which case they could hardly be said to be our choices and the expression of our own free will. Alternatively, quantum indeterminism could be interpreted as causation from subtler, nonphysical levels, so that our acts of free will are caused - but by our own self-conscious minds.

From this point of view - sometimes called "soft determinism" - free will involves active, self-conscious self-determination.

According to orthodox scientific materialism, mental states are identical with brain states; our thoughts and feelings, and our sense of self, are generated by electrochemical activity in the brain.

This would mean either that one part of the brain activates another part, which then activates another part, etc., or that a particular region of the brain is activated spontaneously, without any cause, and it is hard to see how either alternative would provide a basis for a conscious self and free will.

Francis Crick (1994), for example, who believes that consciousness is basically a pack of neurons, says that the main seat of free will is probably in or near a part of the cerebral cortex known as the anterior cingulate sulcus, but he implies that our feeling of being free is largely, if not entirely, an illusion.

Those who reduce consciousness to a by-product of the brain disagree on the relevance of the quantum-mechanical aspects of neural networks: for example, Francis Crick, the late Roger Sperry (1994), and Daniel Dennett (1991) tend to ignore quantum physics, while Stuart Hameroff (1994) believes that consciousness arises from quantum coherence in microtubules (as yet undiscovered) within the brain’s neurons.

Some researchers see a connection between consciousness and the quantum vacuum. For example:

Charles Laughlin (1996) argues that the neural structures that mediate consciousness may interact nonlocally with the vacuum (or quantum sea)

Edgar Mitchell (1996) believes that both matter and consciousness arise out of the energy potential of the vacuum.

Neuroscientist Sir John Eccles dismisses the materialistic standpoint as a "superstition", and advocates dualist interactionism: he argues that there is a mental world in addition to the material world, and that our mind or self acts on the brain (particularly the supplementary motor area of the neocortex) at the quantum level by increasing the probability of the firing of selected neurons (Eccles, 1994; Giroldini, 1991).

He argues that the mind is not only nonphysical but absolutely nonmaterial and nonsubstantial. However, if it were not associated with any form of energy-substance whatsoever, it would be a pure abstraction and therefore unable to exert any influence on the physical world.

This objection also applies to antireductionists who shun the word "dualist" and describe matter and consciousness as complementary or dyadic aspects of reality, yet deny consciousness any energetic or substantial nature, thereby implying that it is fundamentally different from matter and in fact a mere abstraction.

An alternative position is that which is echoed in many mystical and spiritual traditions: that physical matter is just one "octave" in an infinite spectrum of matter-energy, or consciousness-substance, and that just as the physical world is largely organized and coordinated by inner worlds (astral, mental, and spiritual), so the physical body is largely energized and controlled by subtler bodies or energy-fields, including an astral model-body and a mind or soul (see Purucker, 1973).

According to this view, nature in general, and all the entities that compose it, are formed and organized mainly from within outwards, from deeper levels of their constitution.

This inner guidance is sometimes automatic and passive, giving rise to our automatic bodily functions and habitual and instinctual behavior, and to the regular, lawlike operations of nature in general, and sometimes it is active and self-conscious, as in our acts of intention and volition. A physical system subjected to such subtler influences is not so much acted upon from without as guided from within.

As well as influencing our own brains and bodies, our minds also appear to be able to affect other minds and bodies and other physical objects at a distance, as seen in paranormal phenomena.


It was David Bohm and one of his supporters, John Bell of CERN, who laid most of the theoretical groundwork for the EPR experiments performed by Alain Aspect in 1982 (the original thought-experiment was proposed by Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen in 1935).

These experiments demonstrated that if two quantum systems interact and then move apart, their behavior is correlated in a way that cannot be explained in terms of signals traveling between them at or slower than the speed of light.

This phenomenon is known as nonlocality, and is open to two main interpretations: either it involves unmediated, instantaneous action at a distance or it involves faster-than-light signaling

If nonlocal correlations are literally instantaneous, they would effectively be noncausal; if two events occur absolutely simultaneously, "cause" and "effect" would be indistinguishable, and one of the events could not be said to cause the other through the transfer of force or energy, for no such transfer could take place infinitely fast.

There would therefore be no causal transmission mechanism to be explained, and any investigations would be confined to the conditions that allow correlated events to occur at different places.

It is interesting to note that light and other electromagnetic effects were also once thought to be transmitted instantaneously, until observational evidence proved otherwise. The hypothesis that nonlocal connections are absolutely instantaneous is impossible to verify, as it would require two perfectly simultaneous measurements, which would demand an infinite degree of accuracy. However, as David Bohm and Basil Hiley (1993, pp. 293-4, 347) have pointed out, it could be experimentally falsified.

For if nonlocal connections are propagated not at infinite speeds but at speeds greater than that of light through a "quantum ether" - a subquantum domain where current quantum theory and relativity theory break down - then the correlations predicted by quantum theory would vanish if measurements were made in periods shorter than those required for the transmission of quantum connections between particles. Such experiments are beyond the capabilities of present technology but might be possible in the future. If superluminal interactions exist, they would be "nonlocal" only in the sense of nonphysical.

Nonlocality has been invoked as an explanation for telepathy and clairvoyance, though some investigators believe that they might involve a deeper level of nonlocality, or what Bohm calls "super-nonlocality" (similar perhaps to Sheldrake’s "morphic resonance" (1989)).

As already pointed out, if nonlocality is interpreted to mean instantaneous connectedness, it would imply that information could be "received" at a distance at exactly the same moment as it is generated, without undergoing any form of transmission. At most, one could then try to understand the conditions that allow the instant appearance of information.

The alternative position is that information - which is basically a pattern of energy - always takes time to travel from its source to another location, that information is stored at some paraphysical level, and that we can access this information, or exchange information with other minds, if the necessary conditions of "sympathetic resonance" exist. As with EPR, the hypothesis that telepathy is absolutely instantaneous is unprovable, but it might be possible to devise experiments that could falsify it.

For if ESP phenomena do involve subtler forms of energy traveling at finite but perhaps superluminal speeds through superphysical realms, it might be possible to detect a delay between transmission and reception, and also some weakening of the effect over very long distances, though it is already evident that any attenuation must be far less than that experienced by electromagnetic energy, which is subject to the inverse-square law.

As for precognition, the third main category of ESP, one possible explanation is that it involves direct, "nonlocal" access to the actual future. Alternatively, it may involve clairvoyant perception of a probable future scenario that is beginning to take shape on the basis of current tendencies and intentions, in accordance with the traditional idea that coming events cast their shadows before them.

Bohm says that such foreshadowing takes place "deep in the implicate order" (Talbot, 1992, p. 212) - which some mystical traditions would call the astral or akashic realms.

Psychokinesis and the unseen world

Micro-psychokinesis involves the influence of consciousness on atomic particles. In certain micro-PK experiments conducted by Helmut Schmidt, groups of subjects were typically able to alter the probabilities of quantum events from 50% to between 51 and 52%, and a few individuals managed over 54% (Broughton, 1991, p. 177).

Experiments at the PEAR lab at Princeton University have yielded a smaller shift of 1 part in 10,000 (Jahn & Dunne, 1987). Some researchers have invoked the theory of the collapse of wave functions by consciousness in order to explain such effects. It is argued that in micro-PK, in contrast to ordinary perception, the observing subject helps to specify what the outcome of the collapse of the wave function will be, perhaps by some sort of informational process (Broughton, 1991, pp. 177-81).

Eccles follows a similar approach in explaining how our minds act on our own brains. However, the concept of wave-function collapse is not essential to explaining mind-matter interaction. We could equally well adopt the standpoint that subatomic particles are ceaselessly flickering into and out of physical existence, and that the outcome of the process is modifiable by our will - a psychic force.

Macro-PK involves the movement of stable, normally unmoving objects by mental effort. Related phenomena include poltergeist activity, materializations and dematerializations, teleportation, and levitation. Although an impressive amount of evidence for such phenomena has been gathered by investigators over the past one hundred and fifty years (Inglis, 1984, 1992; Milton, 1994), macro-PK is a taboo area, and attracts little interest, despite - or perhaps because of - its potential to overthrow the current materialistic paradigm and revolutionize science.

Such phenomena clearly involve far more than altering the probabilistic behavior of atomic particles, and could be regarded as evidence for forces, states of matter, and nonphysical living entities currently unknown to science. Confirmation that such things exist would provide a further indication that within the all-embracing unity of nature there is endless diversity.

The possible existence of subtler planes interpenetrating the physical plane is at any rate open to investigation (see Tiller, 1993), and this is more than can be said for the hypothetical extra dimensions postulated by superstring theory, which are said to be curled up in an area a billion-trillion-trillionth of a centimeter across and therefore completely inaccessible, or the hypothetical "baby universes" and "bubble universes" postulated by some cosmologists, which are said to exist in some equally inaccessible "dimension".

The hypothesis of superphysical realms does not seem to be favored by many researchers. Edgar Mitchell (1996), for example, believes that all psychic phenomena involve nonlocal resonance between the brain and the quantum vacuum, and consequent access to holographic, nonlocal information. In his view, this hypothesis could explain not only PK and ESP, but also out-of-body and near-death experiences, visions and apparitions, and evidence usually cited in favor of a reincarnating soul. He admits that this theory is speculative, unvalidated, and may require new physics.

Such investigations could deepen our knowledge of the workings of both the quantum realm and our minds, and the relationship between them, and indicate whether the quantum vacuum really is the bottom level of all existence, or whether there are deeper realms of nature waiting to be explored.

Saturday, January 16, 2016


Hypengophobia is the hatred of having responsibilities. Having hypengophobia may lead to becoming a slawterpooch. Slawterpooch? Glad you asked. A slawterpooch is a lazy or ungainly person.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

"Most people need love and acceptance
a lot more than they need advice."

— Bob Goff

Myth Of Authority

Are you domesticated?
The most dangerous superstition is the myth of authority. You see, there's no such thing as a legitimate ruling class. The key word here is legitimate. The ruling class rules not by agreement but by force. Furthermore, humanity wasn't meant to be a domesticated species owned by a ruling class.

Those who vote VOLUNTARILY put into power those who rob and brutalize millions of their own kind and then wage war on the other side of the world in order to kill people for profit! The truth is, belief in government literally takes decent people and converts their energy and their production into power for the nastiest people in the world who then go about murdering and robbing others by the millions! We have allowed ourselves to become enslaved because we don't understand that the game is a gigantic lie.

More state propaganda.
State educational systems are based upon the ability to control people's minds and limit their ability to think critically. Even those with doctorates and advanced degrees are like highly intelligent robots who are only able to think within a confined set of options. Popular TV shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are part of the repetitive propaganda distribution system. They try to make the news funny but it is still the propaganda dogma that they constantly shove down our throats!

Understand what Government really is beneath the rhetoric and the propaganda we are taught in school. They don't really care about "their" laws or about actual justice and they put on a facade of due process but underneath is simply brute force domination. Make no mistake about it, the egomaniacs in charge will lie, cheat, and steal to keep their human livestock enslaved. Who are these people? Go to a city council meeting to see them. Or, perhaps Commissioner's Court. Check out Congress, state and federal -- you'll find them there, male and female, black, brown, yellow, and white, dressed to the nines with beady eyes and chemically whitened teeth.We give these people permission to be our masters. We willfully and obediently trust these psychos to make decisions concerning our health and welfare as they line their pockets and fix the game.

And so we ask what can be done to regain our freedom? It's simple enough, really. Stop believing what they say. Given the fact that: 1) anything can now be faked--images, audio, even video, and; 2) people in positions of power will say and do absolutely anything that will maintain or increase their power... why does anyone ever pay any attention to what any politician ever says? Everything they say, and everything they do, is to benefit themselves, almost always at your expense. If you know someone is an opportunistic, sociopathic, pathological liar, why would you ever bother listening to anything he (or she, sorry Mrs. Pelosi) says? To watch CNN, to listen to the Emperor (or President, or whatever bogus label he wears), to watch political "debates," is a complete waste of time, unless you're just studying how liars and thieves function. And given that the mainstream media consists almost entirely of the people who kiss the asses of political parasites, why would you ever believe anything they say either? Why pay any attention to any of them?

Don't let the words of psychopaths and manipulators intrude on your life and your peace of mind -- unless you like worrying, being scared, feeling insecure, or being told about a thousand things that might kill you, almost all of them imaginary, and the rest exaggerated. The only thing we have to fear is... the people who claim the right to rule us. And since those people own the media, the nightly news is not going to warn you about them.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Answer Questions Like A Presidential Candidate

It's early, I know, but have you decided who you're going to vote for in the next presidential election? Does it matter? Anyway, from now on, I think I'm going to answer questions like a presidential candidate. It's kind of fun...

"TommyBoy, what are you going to do this weekend?"

"That's a great question and an important one. And I WILL do something this weekend. But let me take a step back and answer a broader question. What are we ALL doing this weekend? As a nation? As a world? This weekend I will do something comprehensive and robust, yet fun. As Americans, we all should. We owe it not only to ourselves but to the Founding Fathers who had a vision about what should be done."

"But what are you going to do?"

"I'm really glad you asked. What I'm going to do involves three things. First, it's going to be relaxing. Second, it's going to be enjoyable. And finally, I'm going to make sure it is cost-effective so I don't get into a deficit. Four weeks ago, I said I was going to do something -- and I did. This weekend will be no different. Thank you."