Friday, September 19, 2014

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 9.19.14”

“Weekly News Wrap-Up 9.19.14”
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com

“The U.S. is at war with ISIS, well, sort of. ISIS is definitely at war with America. ISIS produced a video warning of putting U.S. ground troops back in Iraq. It looks like the President is listening to ISIS because he has said repeatedly that there will be no boots on the ground. I don’t think a single general and many in Congress think this plan will work. Everybody says we will have to use ground troops if we are serious. We could have bombed ISIS months ago and didn’t, even though the Iraqi government was begging Obama to do so. It probably would have been much more effective back then. Why the delay? Why do we continue to let ISIS sell oil and make millions every day? Why don’t we sanction or bomb that?  Both the House and the Senate agreed to arm the “moderate” rebels in Syria. Haven’t we already tried this? Didn’t Senator Rand Paul accuse Hillary Clinton of running weapons out of Libya and into Syria? We may not have overtly armed the so-called moderate rebels, but we certainly did it covertly. We know at least some of these weapons ended up with al-Qaeda, and that is how ISIS got power. Now, we are going to double down on a bad policy and overtly arm the rebels who are fighting side by side with al-Qaeda, according to Rand Paul. Lots of people in the House and Senate on both sides of the aisle think arming rebels is a bad idea that won’t work and may backfire—again.

The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, is in Washington asking for money, and he’s getting it. The U.S. is chipping in more than $1 billion in various aid packages.  The IMF is approving billions in future loans. Poroshenko also wants weapons and, so far, he’s not getting them, at least, that is the story coming out of the White House. Even though there is a ceasefire with the pro-Russian separatists, Poroshenko said, “It is Europe’s, and it is America’s war too. It is a war of the free world, and for the free world.” Are you catching this? Poroshenko is calling this a war, and it is far from over.

Meanwhile, Russia is hitting back for the recent round of new sanctions from the EU and the U.S. Guess what is happening to gas supplies to the EU? If you guessed gas supplies were cut, you guessed right. Some are feeling supply cuts of 20% such as in Poland.  uess what happens when supply gets cut?  he price goes up, and that is going to be the Russian game and ace card for the rest of this fall and winter. If supplies get tight enough and prices get high enough, you could see the EU fall into a depression or they may knock off the fight in Ukraine.  e will see.

Finally, the Fed made a decision to continue the zero interest rate and easy money policies with no expiration date. If things were really recovering, wouldn’t the Fed be jacking up interest rates and trying to normalize?  f course, and that means the easy money policies are your tip-off that there is no real recovery. Lots of people are now sounding the alarm, and even the IMF warns that “Sharp Downside Risks are Rising.”  sn’t that a nice way of saying another big crash is on its way?  What could cause another market calamity? It could be war, a terror attack, new markets for gold and silver in China or some unexpected bad news that makes everyone run for the exits. Who knows, but another crash is coming. Gregory Mannarino at TradersChoice.net said this zero interest rate policy is “stealing from savers” and what is really going on is a “gigantic wealth transfer via the stock market.”  Mannarino pointed out that margin debt (borrowing money to buy stocks) was near an all-time high, same as just before the 2008 meltdown. Do the math."

"Join Greg Hunter as he analyzes these stories and more in the Weekly News Wrap-Up.”

Thursday, September 18, 2014

"A Look to the Heavens"

“The Sleeping Beauty galaxy may appear peaceful at first sight but it is actually tossing and turning. In an unexpected twist, recent observations have shown that the gas in the outer regions of this photogenic spiral is rotating in the opposite direction from all of the stars! Collisions between gas in the inner and outer regions are creating many hot blue stars and pink emission nebula. 
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The above image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2001 and released in 2004. The fascinating internal motions of M64, also cataloged as NGC 4826, are thought to be the result of a collision between a small galaxy and a large galaxy where the resultant mix has not yet settled down. “

"Self-respect, Opinions...:

 
“If someone in your life talked to you the way you talk to yourself, 
you would have left them long ago.”
- Carla Gordon

“The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours.”
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“We only feel dehumanized when we get trapped in the derogatory 
images of other people or thoughts of wrongness about ourselves.”
- Marshall Rosenberg

“My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself,
 is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.”
- Oscar Wilde

“Whose Path Are You Walking?”

“Whose Path Are You Walking?”
by Dennis Merritt Jones

"It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, 
but it's another to think that yours is the only path."
 - Paulo Coelho

"Have you ever had others criticize you for the path in life you have been called to walk, be it spiritual, career, lifestyle, and so on? Often those who tend to have the greatest opposition to the pathway we walk are family and friends. Of course this can be extended to include religious institutions, political parties, and cultural traditionalists as well - many of which make no bones about it, priding themselves on believing that their way is the only way. It can be incredibly difficult to separate from the "herd" and go our own way when it goes against the grain of the herd mentality (or majority) and yet, if we don't, we know there is a part of us that will slowly begin to die. Call it spirit, soul, life force, or what you may, there is that within us that knows who it is we've come here to be and what it is we've come here to do and if we don't listen to its call, it begins to wane. This is when life becomes more about enduring until we die rather than thriving while we are here.

Perhaps what our critics don't understand is that beneath the layer of what they may refer to as "choice," there lies another layer where lives the authentic self, and its voice perpetually whispers ever so softly in our inner ear, "Be who you are and you'll find freedom, fullness of expression, joy, peace, purpose and meaning in this precious life you have been given." This voice beckons us to be true to ourselves; when we hear and listen to that voice, it's not so much that we are then guided to choose a certain path in life but, in truth, realize that our path has chosen us. However, do not consider this a "get out of jail free" card for the bad choices we all have made along the way that may have caused pain and suffering in our lives or the lives of others; the reality that our path chooses us when we are ready in no way alleviates the fact that we are always personally accountable for the choices we make in our day-to-day lives. The voice to which I refer is incapable of guiding us in a direction that is self-destructive or harmful to others or that in any way dishonors the sacredness of life, because it is life itself that beckons us.

Shakespeare was correct when he wrote, "To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man." When we are true to ourselves it calls forward a level of integrity that absolutely refuses to allow us to compromise on being who we really are, regardless of who we are with or what we are doing: There is not one human being on this planet who does not hunger for the freedom to authentically and consistently be more fully who they are, without fear of criticism, condemnation, ridicule, or being made wrong. Those who have already arrived at this level of freedom of authentic expression understand what I mean by this because they have walked the gauntlet, and have come out on the other side as whole beings. When we honor the pathway that calls to us, we discover our authentic self along the way which then becomes the portal to our own wholeness - it is only then that our authentic voice arises and gives unique expression to who we are.

Oftentimes those who disagree with the path we have been called to walk try so hard to dissuade us because they believe in their hearts their path is the right path (aka, the "only" path). The practice is to know (in our hearts) that, for them, it is the right path because they are on it and, at the same time, have the courage and conviction to continue to walk in the direction we are being called. Is this always easy to do? Of course not, primarily because we fear losing their love and approval - and yet, if we don't follow our own unique path, at the end of the day, when we draw our very last breath, we will have to ask ourselves whose life was it we have lived? What I know is that it is never too late to begin living our own lives, being who we are - we just have to listen to that voice within that never lies and take the first step... and then the next step... and then the next one.

So, the question I invite you to ponder is this: Whose path are you walking today, is it yours or someone else's? Whether it is your spiritual path, your career path, your lifestyle path, or all the aforementioned, know that once you find it, as unique as it is, you walk that path not alone: Not only are there countless millions of other people who walk their unique paths with you, but the ever present infinite intelligence that put you here is your constant traveling companion as well. Be at peace in knowing that It knows how to get you to your unique point of destination, which is that sacred and precious moment you arrive at fully being who you are. To thine own self be true, indeed.”

The Daily "Near You?"

Quenemo, Kansas, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "What Is There Beyond Knowing?"

"What Is There Beyond Knowing?"
 
"What is there beyond knowing that keeps calling to me? 
I can't turn in any direction but it's there. 
I don't mean the leaves' grip and shine
 or even the thrush's silk song, 
but the far-off fires, for example, of the stars,
 heaven's slowly turning theater of light, 
or the wind playful with its breath;
or time that's always rushing forward, 
or standing still in the same- what shall I say- moment.
What I know I could put into a pack
as if it were bread and cheese,
and carry it on one shoulder,
important and honorable, but so small!
While everything else continues, unexplained and unexplainable.
 How wonderful it is to follow a thought quietly to its logical end.
I have done this a few times.
But mostly I just stand in the dark field,
in the middle of the world, breathing in and out.
 Life so far doesn't have any other name
but breath and light, wind and rain.
If there's a temple, I haven't found it yet.
I simply go on drifting, in the heaven of the grass
and the weeds."

- Mary Oliver,
"Swan- Poems and Prose Poems"

"The Power of Disengagement: Playing Mind Games"

"The Power of Disengagement: Playing Mind Games"
by The DailyOM

"Life should not be lived through a series of mind games, but from truth and looking deep within. For better or worse, many people have been raised to believe that communicating in an honest and open way will not get them what they want. They have learned, instead, to play mind games or go on power trips in the service of their ego’s agenda. People stuck in this outmoded and inefficient style of communication can be trying at best and downright destructive at worst. We may get caught up in thinking we have to play the same games in order to defend ourselves, but that will only lead us deeper into confusion and conflict. The best way to handle people like this is to be clear and honest with them

As with all relationships and situations in our lives, we must look within for both the source of our difficulties and the solution. Reacting to the situation by getting upset will only entrench us more deeply in the undesirable relationship. Only by disengaging, becoming still, and going within can we begin to see what has hooked us into the mess in the first place. We will most likely find unprocessed emotions that we can finally fully feel and release into the stillness we find in meditation. The more we are able to do this, the less we will be bothered by the other person’s dramas and the more we will be free to respond in a new way. In the light of our new awareness, the situation will untangle itself and we will slowly break free.

Whenever people come into our lives, they have come for a reason, to show us something about ourselves that we have not been able to see. When unhealthy people try to hook us into their patterns with mind games and power trips, we can remind ourselves that we have something to learn here and that a part of us is calling out for healing. This takes the focus off the troubling individual and puts it back on us, giving us the opportunity to change the situation from the inside out."

"Interesting Times"

Chet Raymo, "Hanging On"

"Hanging On"
by Chet Raymo

"I change the desktop image on my laptop every now and then, generally when I come across a new image I like. In the last year or so you'll remember that I wrote about Caravaggio's "The Rest on the Flight Into Egypt" and Vermeer's "The Milkmaid." Live with an image for a while and it's inevitable that you learn something from it. Here is the painting I've had as my desktop in recent weeks, Winslow Homer's "Snap the Whip", 1872, one of America's sentimental favorites.


A simpler, more innocent time. Boys at recess, barefoot in the grass. Hand-me-down clothes. Autumn wildflowers, trees turning to red and gold. A fumbling Ulysses S. Grant is in the White House, the country is at peace after a horrendous civil war, and the Panic of 1873 and subsequent depression is still in the offing. Anyway, all of that political and economic stuff is a bit of a pother and far away. The sun is high in the sky, there's an apple in the pocket, and only the oldest boy is thinking yet about the eternal mystery that is girls.

Yes, a lovely sentimental anecdote to the busy rancor of our own time, the incessant noise of the television, the attack ads, the news of war. How blissful to be twelve years old again, fit and healthy with the grass between your toes. Never mind that these boys had a life expectancy at birth of about 40 years, and that many of them had probably already lost a sibling or parent; when the sun's out, and it's recess, and you've got eight pals to play with…

But that's not why I like the painting. I love the way the arc of the whip reflects the curve of the hill. The vanishing point of the red schoolhouse and three white shirts - everything converges on the two adults in the distance, the grown-up world that inevitably awaits.

Between the three boys who anchor the whip and the six who resist the centrifugal force that breaks the chain is the schoolhouse, the open door and window bracketing the anchor's grip. Maybe it's because I was a teacher all my life, but I like to think that the "message" of the painting has to do with education, with what goes on when the boys and girls are called back inside by the teacher's bell - the glue that holds a civil society together when the whiplash of events threatens to tear us apart. Not indoctrination. Rather, reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic, the basic skills that enable an individual to explore the world creatively. History, geography and science, with their lessons of diversity, tolerance and respect for empirical fact. The ameliorating influence of poetry and art. And one of these boys, maybe the oldest in the center, will become a teacher himself, maintaining an unbroken chain of accumulated knowledge that anchors us to the past and propels us together into a mutually supportive and secure future.”

"The Ultimate Choice..."

"That man can destroy life is just as miraculous a feat as that he can create it, for life is the miracle, the inexplicable. In the act of destruction, man sets himself above life; he transcends himself as a creature. Thus, the ultimate choice for a man, inasmuch as he is driven to transcend himself, is to create or to destroy, to love or to hate."
- Erich Fromm

"How It Really Is"

9/11: “Anatomy of a Great Deception”

9/11: “Anatomy of a Great Deception”
By David Hooper

“This “docu-thriller” from father-turned-filmmaker, David Hooper takes us on a journey of awakening that begins with an innocent question. Soon, his life is turned upside down as he grapples with the life-changing conclusions of his findings. The film was made to wake up his friends and family. Now, it’s poised to wake everyone else.”

“Did Chimpanzees Just Reveal the Origins of Human Violence?”

“Did Chimpanzees Just Reveal the Origins of Human Violence?”
By Lynn Stuart Parramore

“Where does violence come from? Is war a strictly human phenomenon, or do other animals have warlike capacities? Researchers studying chimpanzees have long noticed that sometimes the animals attack and kill one another. Some scientists think that this violence is a result of human impact on their environment. Not so, says Harvard University evolutionary biologist Richard Wrangham, senior author of a new paper that has sparked heated discussion in the scientific community.

The work of Wrangham and his colleagues has led them to conclude that chimps kill their own kind specifically in order to gain reproductive and survival advantages, and that the violence has little to do with human encroachment. They have found that lethal attacks among chimps are associated with conditions in which many males are competing for food and mates, and that male-on-male violence is far and away the most common type. The researchers’ data shows that killing was actually most intense at a site humans had not disturbed.

Wrangham believes this insight may help shed light on the origins of human violence: “The chimp model is a very helpful model for understanding how some of humans’ really challenging kinds of behavior have been favored by natural selection….The aggressors can kill at incredibly low risk to themselves, and the reason is that they chose to attack only when they have an overwhelming imbalance of power.”

The implications of Wrangham’s work for humans are worrying. If violence is an evolutionary adaptation for humans too, will we become fatalistic about working for peace? Are traits that may have evolutionary roots necessarily our destiny?

Wrangham is quoted in the "New York Times" as saying that chimpanzee behavior “is a reasonable start for thinking about primitive warfare in small-scale societies.” He also adds that “I certainly wouldn’t want to say that chimps have anything much to say directly about what’s going on in Syria.”
"What can we know? What are we all? Poor silly half-brained things peering
out at the infinite, with the aspirations of angels and the instincts of beasts."
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Economy: “Guess What: The States (And Scotland) Have The Hammer”

“Guess What: The States (And Scotland) Have The Hammer”
by Karl Denninger

“Here's an interesting take on the whole "Scotland" breakaway issue, and it directly bears on the United States as well. We often hear that a state "can't" secede successfully, for the simple reason that the Federal Government controls too much of the economy and that if, say Texas, was to say "**** you" the result would be the immediate collapse of the Texan-cum-nation economy. Not so fast, kemosabe.

There is a downside to massive debt accumulation by a sovereign and so-called "modern finance", and it is the rise of derivatives at gross multiples of the debt outstanding. "Gross" means 10x, 100x, even 1000x the underlying actual amount of debt out. And all of these derivatives have trigger events at which point they become payable. Said "credit events" virtually always include a "reorganization" clause, which includes secession or partition of the underlying political entity.

So who's got the hammer? It's not the Federal Government and most-importantly it does not matter whether or not the Federal Government recognizes the secession or whether they try to show up with guns and put it down. No, rather it is the States that have said hammer, just as Scotland has said hammer.

The reason the UK is freaking out is because if Scotland secedes all of the derivatives on UK sovereign debt trigger, and while that may not sound all that awful since they haven't defaulted (yet) the protection evaporates and that triggering means that holders of said derivatives can force delivery on the derivative contract! This also means that should any US State, or collection of States, decide to do the same thing the US Government's ability to deficit spend is likely to instantly end irrespective of whatever threats are made to send in the tanks.

This is not the 1800s and all the bleating about indivisible political unions is in fact about the drunken, addicted fashion that our nation (and England) have been intentionally destroying currency value via deficit spending.

Secession, whether ultimately put down by force of arms or not, instantly ends the ability to do that and that is more-frightening to these politicians than Satan himself appearing in the Capitol Rotunda. It is well beyond the point where someone needs to call the US Federal Government's bluff- the question is which state(s) have the guts to do it?”
- http://market-ticker.org/

Related:
“The REAL Reason Britain is Freaking Out About Scottish Independence”

Musical Interlude: Billy Joel, “Goodnight Saigon”

Billy Joel, “Goodnight Saigon”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Musical Interlude: 2002, "Starwalkers"

2002, "Starwalkers" 

Musical Interlude: Loreena McKennitt, “Mummers Dance”

Loreena McKennitt, “Mummers Dance”

"A Look to the Heavens"

"Why do many galaxies appear as spirals? A striking example is M101, shown above, whose relatively close distance of about 27 million light years allows it to be studied in some detail. Recent evidence indicates that a close gravitational interaction with a neighboring galaxy created waves of high mass and condensed gas which continue to orbit the galaxy center. 
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These waves compress existing gas and cause star formation. One result is that M101, also called the Pinwheel Galaxy, has several extremely bright star-forming regions (called HII regions) spread across its spiral arms. M101 is so large that its immense gravity distorts smaller nearby galaxies."

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "Sunset"

"Sunset"

"Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors
which it passes to a row of ancient trees.
You look, and soon these two worlds both leave you,
one part climbs toward heaven, one sinks to earth,
leaving you, not really belonging to either,
not so helplessly dark as that house that is silent,
not so unswervingly given to the eternal as that thing
that turns to a star each night and climbs –
leaving you (it is impossible to untangle the threads)
your own life, timid and standing high and growing,
so that, sometimes blocked in, sometimes reaching out,
one moment your life is a stone in you, and the next, a star."

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Chet Raymo, “Things In Themselves, Myself Being Myself”

“Things In Themselves, Myself Being Myself”
by Chet Raymo

“One of the consistent themes of this blog has been the search for "the thing itself," that is, a knowledge of reality that is not mediated by accidents of history, culture, religion, politics, or personal foibles and prejudices. Impossible, of course. We are always to some extent prisoners of our limited perceptual apparatus and the hard and soft wiring of our brains. Nevertheless, "the thing itself" remains the elusive Holy Grail of human knowing.

Science is the most effective instrument we have yet devised to minimize the intrusiveness of cultural and personal prejudice. The goal of science is reliable consensus knowledge of the world out there, not necessarily "the thing itself," but as close to "the thing itself" as we can get. Mathematics, quantification, instrumentation, experiment, impersonal communication, peer review, and all the rest have been devised to strip away the filters of culture and biology. 

By its very nature, scientific knowing is limited to those aspects of the real that lend themselves to quantification and experiment. Which means whole realms of human experience- self-awareness, love, beauty, the apprehension of mystery- have been, so far, largely impermeable to scientific inquiry. Which leaves ample territory for artists to pursue their own quest for "the thing itself."

I have written here before about the photographer Edward Weston and his explicit search for "the thing itself," and the poet Wallace Stevens' "not ideas about the thing but the thing itself." Virginia Woolf is another artist who sought the thing itself- "it," she called it- especially in her novel "The Waves."  Woolf wanted to express "the fundamental things in human experience," unmediated, as far as possible, by the novelist's art. She wanted "to reach into the silence" and retrieve something fundamental and universal. The novel begins with elemental description:

"I see a ring," said Bernard, "hanging above me. It quivers and hangs in a loop of light."
"I see a slab of pale yellow," said Susan, "spreading away until it meets a purple stripe."
"I hear a sound," said Rhoda, "cheep, chirp; cheep, chirp; going up and down."
"I see a globe," said Neville, "hanging down in a drop against the enormous flanks of some hill."
"I see a crimson tassel," said Jinny, "twisted with gold threads."
"I hear something stamping," said Louis. "A great beast's foot is chained. It stamps, and stamps, and stamps."

This would not seem to be a promising beginning for a novel, but at least the novelist shows her cards. What follows will be the voices of six characters trying to articulate their unvarnished perceptions and inner feelings. We are taken deep into the inner and outer realities of Bernard, Susan, Rhoda, Neville, Jinny and Louis, searching for the thing itself. Recognizing that any apprehension of the real must be expressed in "flawed words and stubborn sounds," we end, as with Wallace Stevens, in silence. Or if not in silence, at least with many excrescences of the mind pared away. In his final soliloquy, Bernard says: "I have done with phrases. How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee-cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself. Do not come and worry me with your hints that it is time to shut the shop and be gone, I would willingly give all my money that you should not disturb me but let me sit on and on, silent, alone."

The paradox: As humans we inevitably perceive and describe, seeking the real, never knowing with certainty which of our words are merely echoes in the sounding chambers of our minds.”

"1,700 Foot Tidal Wave? 'Son, it's time to pray...'"

"1,700 Foot Tidal Wave? 'Son, it's time to pray...'" 
by Casey Kazan

"On the night of July 7th, 1958, the world’s largest wave in recorded history engorged Alaska's Lituya bay, located about 250 miles west of Juneau in the Gulf of Alaska. It was 1,700 feet, or 520 meters- almost twice the height of the Eiffel Tower. The tsunami was triggered by a magnitude 8.3 earthquake, which caused an enormous landslide along the Fairweather Fault. The resulting crash of rock into water caused the largest wall of water in human history. The deadly wave hurtled at jet speeds and wiped out everything within a four mile radius.

Fortunately Lituya Bay was virtually uninhabited, otherwise it would have caused unprecedented destruction, far greater than the tsunami that struck Thailand in 2004. At the time of the colossal wave, there were only three fishing boats anchored out in the bay and amazingly only one sank, with two people losing their lives. The other boats were able to surf the crest of the tsunami. The Science Channel and Dr George PC quoted one of the survivors Howard G. Ulrich in a recent article about the wave impact: Ulrich heard the sound of the enormous wave ripping through the land and obscuring the sky, he reportedly said to his 8-year-old child “Son…it’s time to pray.”


Can a similar tsunami strike the west coast of the U.S. again? Geological evidence makes it almost a certainty - the region is the heart of the world's most active sesmic zone: the Pacific Rim of Fire.

On January the 26th, 1700, sometime around 9 p.m. local time, the Juan de Fuca segment of the planet shifted- suddenly. It slipped some 60 feet eastward beneath the North American plate, and caused a monster magnitude 9 quake. It set in motion tsunamis that struck the coast of North America and traveled to the shores of Japan. Seismic research shows that these mega quakes occur every 400 to 500 years. Kim Olsen of San Diego State University (SDSU) and his team created a supercomputer-powered “virtual earthquake” program that allowed them to recreate such an event. This program encompassed the work of scientists from SDSU, San Diego Supercomputer Center at University of California/San Diego, and the U.S. Geological Survey. To ensure that the entire representation of what could happen is accurate, William Stephenson of the U.S. Geological Survey worked with Olsen and Andreas Geisselmeyer from Ulm University in Germany to create an accurate representation of the earth’s subsurface layering that area. This “velocity model” – the first of its kind – expressed how the structure will bend, reflect, and change in size and direction.

Their scenario depicted a rupture beginning in the north and propagating toward the south along the 600-mile long Cascadia Subduction Zone (an area where two tectonic plates move towards one another, forcing one to slide beneath the other). In their scenario, the ground moved about 1.5 feet per second in Seattle, nearly 6 inches per second in Tacoma, Olympia and Vancouver, and 3 inches in Portland, Oregon. “We also found that these high ground velocities were accompanied by significant low-frequency shaking, like what you feel in a roller coaster, that lasted as long as five minutes – and that’s a long time,” said Olsen. “One thing these studies will hopefully do is to raise awareness of the possibility of mega-thrust earthquakes happening at any given time in the Pacific Northwest,” Olsen added. “Because these events will tend to occur several hundred kilometers from major cities, the study also implies that the region could benefit from an early warning system that can allow time for protective actions before the brunt of the shaking starts.”

This is bad news for the North West for two reasons: one, because the combined long-duration shaking and high ground velocities raise the possibility that such an earthquake could inflict major damage on downtown Seattle; and two, areas like Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia sit on top of sediment filled geological basins, thus, amplifying the waves generated by major earthquakes. “The information from these simulations can also play a role in research into the hazards posed by large tsunamis," added Olsen, "which can originate from such mega-thrust earthquakes like the ones generated in the 2004 Sumatra-Andeman earthquake in Indonesia."

"The Grandeur Of Thought..."

"Surely there is grandeur in knowing that in the realm of thought, at least, you are without a chain; that you have the right to explore all heights and depth; that there are no walls nor fences, nor prohibited places, nor sacred corners in all the vast expanse of thought."
- Robert Green Ingersoll

"As Far As We Can Go..."

“The development of our cerebral cortex has been the greatest achievement of the evolutionary processes. Big deal. While allowing us the thrills of intellect or the pangs of self-consciousness, it is all too often overruled by our inner, instinctive brain - the one that tells us to react, not reflect, to run, rather than ruminate. Maybe we have gone as far as we can go and the next advance, whatever that may be - will be made by beings we create ourselves, using our own technology. Life forms we can design and program not to be ultimately governed and constricted by the rules of survival. Or perhaps that step forward had already been achieved on another planet by organisms that had a billion years head start on us. If these beings ever visited us, would we recognize what we were seeing? And upon catching sight of us, would they react in anything but horror at seeing such mindless, primitive, hideous creatures?”
- “Fox Mulder,” "The X-Files"

The Daily "Near You?"

Incline Village, Nevada, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Defiance!"

"Action trumps depression. Confronted with a situation in which our feelings of powerlessness are more than just feelings, we choose to fight the odds, as an existential statement. We bellow our savage war cry in the face of the Roman Legions. We swim against the tidal wave. We attack Goliath with a slingshot, and throw stones at a Sherman tank, and ravage ICBMs with our ball peen hammer. We actively reject the reality of our helplessness; and as we assert defiance, we fan the embers of humanity wherever they live within ourselves and our brothers and sisters."
-  Josh Mitteldorf
"Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"

"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on that sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

- Dylan Thomas

"I Wonder..."


Well, I wonder about a lot of things, maybe you do too. Maybe it's just me, too stupid to get the "big picture", but I wonder... I wonder why there are 48 million people living in poverty in this country, when a few have millions, even billions of dollars, while children go hungry at night all over this country. I wonder why there's millions of homeless, living in tent camps, families sleeping in cars, under bridges and in alleys, 200,000 homeless veterans, while a few have $50 million walled estates. Who NEEDS 18 bedrooms? 

I wonder- in horrified amazement- at the false flag operations they use to start wars in which our kids, but not theirs, die, for the incredible profits the "defense" industry generates. I wonder why that doesn't bother them at all, slaughtering literally millions of people, including our own troops, for profit, and why we keep believing their lies, again and again. I wonder why we so proudly watch as our children march off and die in wars for "freedom and democracy," and "honor their service", clutching tightly the old comforting fables of "Mom, the flag and apple pie" that never really existed. Maybe we're too frightened to know and admit, even secretly to ourselves, that there's no honor in dying for Exxon/Mobil and the rest, though that's the real reason for it.

I wonder how the game got so rigged, how millions of American jobs got "outsourced" overseas so their already incredible profits and shareholder dividends can be even greater than they already are, resulting in such pain and misery, foreclosures and hardship, 23.5 % true unemployment, the truly tragic human cost of their wealth, all so they can get richer than they already, obscenely, are.

I wonder why we put up with the fairy tale that we have "democracy", and why we put up with those spineless, cheap little whores we call "politicians", who gleefully dance as their Money Masters pull their strings for their own benefit. 

I wonder why we keep taking it and taking it, like a beaten dog whimpering in the corner. We are many, they are few...

Why? I don't know. But I do know it's about money. Always money, because money gives power and privilege, and control of the game. I wonder how the "Elite" sleep at night, and have no conscience at all, arrogant beyond description and full of self-righteous belief that they're "entitled", "deserving" of all they have, that they're "better" than the rest of us. And I wonder how it got this way,  and wonder where it's going, and how it must and will all end, and have no real answers... do you?

Meanwhile, I know who our real enemies are, and as General Patton said, "May God have mercy on my enemies, because I won't." And on this little blog, my only means of addressing all this, neither will I... Paulo Coellho wrote, "We shall love our adversaries, but not make alliances with them. They are placed in our way to test our sword, and deserve the respect of our fight." And so we shall...  ;-)
- CP

"We Live, As We Dream..."

"Do you see him? Do you see the story? Do you see anything? It seems I am trying to tell you a dream- making a vain attempt, because no relation of a dream can convey the dream-sensation, that commingling of absurdity, surprise, and bewilderment in a tremor of struggling revolt, that notion of being captured by the incredible which is the very essence of dreams... no, it is impossible; it is impossible to convey the life-sensation of any given epoch of one's existence- that which makes its truth, its meaning- its subtle and penetrating essence. It is impossible. We live, as we dream- alone..."
- Joseph Conrad, “Heart of Darkness “

"Beginning With A Line From Neruda"

"Beginning With A Line From Neruda"
By Gary Corseri

"Puedo escribir versos mas tristes esta noche."
("Tonight I can write sadder verses.")
- Neruda

"Because the moon has disappeared from grief.
Because the children weep for their parents.
Because memories are whitewashed" and stolen.
Because words have lost their meaning.
Because I have lived through this before.
Because, I assure you, this does not end well.

Neither Nature nor Nurture can save us.
Because we have murdered Nature.

Because we are peasants in a land of thieves.
Because we are beyond consolation.
Because beauty is sold into whoredom.
Because the coin of the realm is a slug.
Because we pray, but have forgotten how.
Because we "find," but dare no longer seek.
Because we enslave- others and ourselves.

Bowing to fools, we shackle the wise.
The Children of Light flutter- and depart,
Leaving their questions in the quivering air:
"Why bring us into this pinwheel of sorrows?
Wasn't it better not to be born?"

- http://www.opednews.com/
Graphic: Guernica, "Arms Raised"

"How It Really Is, And Always Will Be"

The Economy: “SIPC Insurance Scam from Fraud Street- Professor Laurence Kotlikoff”

“SIPC Insurance Scam from Fraud Street- 
Professor Laurence Kotlikoff”
by Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog. 

“Renowned economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff says SIPC (Securities Investor Protection Corporation) is an insurance scam from Fraud Street. Dr. Kotlikoff contends, “If you look at the history of their response as it’s been discovered, they (SIPC) have been fighting tooth and nail never to pay a dollar. So, the situation is not that we don’t have any insurance for your brokerage account, it’s far worse. There’s a Ponzi scheme discovered every four days, according to a recent New York Times article. So, they can declare a fraud very easily.” As an example, Dr. Kotlikoff gives someone who lost $2 million and is expecting to get back at least the SIPC insurance claim of $500,000, the maximum payout. Instead of getting money back, SIPC expects money back from you! Dr. Kotlikoff explains, “So, you are at double jeopardy here. It’s not just that you can get totally screwed by a brokerage firm, which is happening every four days because a Ponzi scheme is being discovered, you can also be at great jeopardy by SIPC itself.” Meaning, SIPC cannot only deny your claim, but it can sue you for any profits you made beyond your original investment if there are losses because of a fraudulent brokerage. Dr. Kotlikoff adds, “So, they are running a complete insurance scam. It’s a disgrace. There is a bill in front of Congress that would correct this, but so far, members of Congress have not pushed it through.”

Dr. Kotlikoff goes on to say, “Earning a decent return on your investments is not being a winner; it’s just having a normal economic life. That’s what you are supposed to do. You are supposed to save and invest and enjoy the returns of your investments.  So, to be labeled a ‘winner’ and not be labeled a victim, and be told that your remaining balance is totally uninsured, and you have to pay back everything you took out over the last six years is disgraceful. It’s also very, very dangerous.  Right now, nobody should have a brokerage account. They should close them immediately and not spend your money for six years. If you spend your money they can sue you for every dollar of return, and that can be far beyond what you put in because of compound interest. This is called a ‘net equity clawback,’and it’s a disgrace.”

Are any brokerages safe?  Dr. Kotlikoff says, “You are not safe in any of these companies. You don’t know exactly what they are doing. You don’t know if they are taking your securities and borrowing against them. You may have signed something with fine print that allows them to hypothecate your securities, and then they could borrow money and put on a big bet... now, they lost all the money and the brokerage goes under. That could be called a Ponzi scheme... anything can be called a Ponzi scheme. Anybody who has a brokerage account should move their money out and contact their member of Congress and get them to pass this bill because it’s not going to be safe for anybody at any point in time to invest in a brokerage account unless this is changed. The bill is called “Restoring Main Street Investor Protection and Confidence Act.” SIPC has been engaged in such fraud that even the Securities and Exchange Commission has sued SIPC to get them to pay off the legitimate claims of the Stanford victims, the second largest Ponzi scheme after Madoff.”

Dr. Kotlikoff goes on to warn of massive and ongoing Wall Street fraud. Dr. Kotlikoff says, “Every day we are reading about a big bank being fined billions of dollars. Recently, Bank of America had a $16 billion fine the bank had to pay for selling fraudulent securities. They know they are selling you snake oil, and they are getting away with it, and nobody is going to jail. I call Wall Street, at this point, Fraud Street, and one of the biggest rackets is the SIPC brokerage account insurance–it’s not really insurance. A fraud occurs and Wall Street, through SIPC, says we owe you nothing, and they sue you to get paid back. That’s what we call an insurance scam. Wall Street, through SIPC, has been running a massive insurance scam. In many ways, you could say SIPC is running its own Ponzi scheme.”

Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Boston University economics professor Laurence Kotlikoffand creator of Kotlikoff.net.”

Satire: “Female G.O.P. Senators Propose Earning Seventy-one Per Cent As Much As Male Colleagues”

“Female G.O.P. Senators Propose Earning 
Seventy-one Per Cent As Much As Male Colleagues”
by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “Two days after voting against the Paycheck Fairness Act, a law that would help women to obtain equal pay, the four female Republicans in the United States Senate co-sponsored a bill that would slash their salaries to seventy-one per cent of what their male colleagues earn.

The senators—Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)—said that the best way to take a stand against big government’s intrusive attempts to mandate equal pay for women was to take a twenty-nine-per-cent pay cut themselves. “The days of the federal government forcing us to earn as much as male senators are over,” Ayotte said. “We will not stop fighting until we make twenty-nine per cent less.”

Fischer said that after voting down paycheck equity for women across America, the female Republican senators realized that they themselves were “burdened by the tyranny of equal pay” in the U.S. Senate. “All we are asking for is the same freedom from equal pay that other American women enjoy,” Ayotte said. Though the bill was just proposed on Wednesday morning, Murkowski said that it already has the unanimous support of male Republicans in the Senate.”

Ebola: “U.S. Government Likely To Respond to Ebola Pandemic With Military Force, Martial Law and Forced Vaccines”

“U.S. Government Likely To Respond to Ebola Pandemic 
With Military Force, Martial Law and Forced Vaccines”
by Mike Adams

“The U.S. government is putting plans in place right now to invoke extreme emergency actions across the USA in response to an anticipated Ebola outbreak sweeping through U.S. cities. Late last week, the U.S. State Department ordered 160,000 Ebola hazmat suits in anticipation of an outbreak, and President Obama has already called upon the Pentagon to dispatch troops and supplies to Africa.

Earlier this summer, Obama signed a curious executive order that claims to grant federal officers the lawful right to arrest and quarantine anyone who shows symptoms of an infection. Full details of this executive order are explained in this 11-part Natural News article series covering Ebola truths the government isn't publicly advertising.

What else might the government do in a viral pandemic outbreak that threatens U.S. cities? Full details of the spectrum of options are revealed in Episode Four of my FREE online course Pandemic Preparedness, available now at www.BioDefense.com There, you'll learn:

• Why Homeland Security does not want to admit to national vulnerabilities to biological weapons
• How government doesn't want the public to panic and lose trust in government
• Why the CDC seeks to create as much fear and panic as possible in order to enrich pharmaceutical interests
• Why government is primarily interested in the survival of government, not the survival of the citizens
• The U.S. government already has plans in place to survive massive pandemics: deep underground bunkers already exist for high-level officials
• Extensive plans are already in place for national emergency actions: confiscation of resources, quarantine of citizens, martial law, etc.
• Why quarantines will be enforced at gunpoint with lethal force
• Because most citizens are not prepared, they will become part of the crisis and create a crisis burden on government
• How government becomes a threat by mandating experimental vaccines
• History has proven that we can't trust the safety of government-promoted vaccines
• Scientific fraud has been openly admitted by a top CDC scientist
• If an Ebola vaccine is made available, it will be an experimental vaccine that's not tested for long-term safety
• The vaccine industry already has absolute legal immunity and zero liability from the harm caused by their products
• There are strategies you can use in almost any scenario to increase your odds of survival, even under a medical dictatorship
• Why you need to survive so that you can contribute to the rebuilding of society after the pandemic
• How WE (humans) caused the pandemics! We are the cause of the planetary imbalances that lead to viral outbreaks

Learn all these details and more at the FREE online Pandemic Preparedness course at www.BioDefense.com"

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Continuum”

Vangelis, “Continuum” 

"Chromaradio: Choosing Your Own Musical Interludes"

"Our purpose is to offer a wide range of music selections that fit any style. Ranging between Greek and international mainstream hits, New Age, the sounds of nature, smooth jazz, Soul and Christmas. You just click on the icon representing the stream you want to listen. A pop-up window with flash player will appear to your screen. Music will play automatically. If not you can click on the icons below. A file will be downloaded to your windows,mac os or linux based PC. Double click the downloaded file (for example playlist-1.asx.asf) and your player will start play the stream. For mobile devices click on the mobile icon. Popular compatible players: i-tunes , real player , vlc, winamp , wmp. Chromaradio offers you high quality,remastered audio streams at 128Kbps MP3 or 32Kbs AAC+.
Enjoy!"
-http://www.chromaradio.net/

You will like this :-)
-CP

"A Look to the Heavens"

“Massive stars, abrasive winds, mountains of dust, and energetic light sculpt one of the largest and most picturesque regions of star formation in the Local Group of Galaxies. Known as N11, the region is visible on the upper right of many images of its home galaxy, the Milky Way neighbor known as the Large Magellanic Clouds (LMC). 
Click image for larger size.
The above image was taken for scientific purposes by the Hubble Space Telescope and reprocessed for artistry by an amateur to win the Hubble's Hidden Treasures competition. Although the section imaged above is known as NGC 1763, the entire N11 emission nebula is second in LMC size only to 30 Doradus. Studying the stars in N11 has shown that it actually houses three successive generations of star formation. Compact globules of dark dust housing emerging young stars are also visible around the image.”