Monday, February 29, 2016

Free Download: Richard Bach, "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"

“How much more there is now to living!
Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there’s reason to life!
We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of
excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!”
- Jonathan Livingston Seagull

"This is a story for people who follow their dreams and make their own rules; a story that has inspired people for decades. For most seagulls, life consists simply of eating and surviving. Flying is just a means of finding food. However, Jonathan Livingston Seagull is no ordinary bird. For him, flying is life itself. Against the conventions of seagull society, he seeks to find a higher purpose and become the best at doing what he loves. This is a fable about the importance of making the most of our lives, even if our goals run contrary to the norms of our flock, tribe or neighborhood. Through the metaphor of flight, Jonathan’s story shows us that, if we follow our dreams, we too can soar."

“Richard Bach with this book does two things:
He gives me Flight. He makes me Young.
For both I am deeply grateful.”
- Ray Bradbury
FREE Download, in PDF format, of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach, is here:

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Musical Interlude: John Lennon, “Nobody Told Me”

John Lennon, “Nobody Told Me”

Musical Interlude: Yanni, "Until the Last Moment"

Yanni, "Until the Last Moment"

"A Look to the Heavens"

“Like a pearl, a white dwarf star shines best after being freed from its shell. In this analogy, however, the Sun would be a mollusk and its discarded hull would shine prettiest of all! In the above shell of gas and dust, the planetary nebula designated NGC 2440, contains one of the hottest white dwarf stars known. The glowing stellar pearl can be seen as the bright dot near the image center. The portion of NGC 2440 shown spans about one light year. 
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The center of our Sun will eventually become a white dwarf, but not for another five billion years. The above false color image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995. NGC 2440 lies about 4,000 light years distant toward the southern constellation Puppis.”

Chet Raymo, “Roofs”

by Chet Raymo

"It would be well, perhaps, if we were to spend more of our days and nights without any obstruction between us and the celestial bodies, if the poet did not speak so much from under a roof, or the saint dwell there so long." Good advice, Mr. Thoreau.

I came here to this island for its unobstructed sky. Built a house called Starlight House. I'm no poet or saint, but I settled in to nurse what slender gifts I have. The sky has not disappointed. Except occasionally. We have just come off a rare four-day string of cloudy days, and the celestial bodies have been sorely missed, especially full-moon rises over the sea. Rare enough to make one wonder what history would have been like had the Earth been permanently shrouded in cloud.

What of poetry? What of sanctity? What of science? But, you say, we have lifted ourselves above the clouds. By now we would have seen the stars. And been as astonished by what we saw as stout Cortez and all his men on that peak in Darien. Not yet, I think. The origins of science and math are so intimately linked with observations of celestial bodies that I think it entirely reasonable to suppose that the advent of space exploration would have been delayed on a cloud-covered Earth, by at least a century, likely longer. We would still be waiting, in ignorance, for that greatest of all revelations.”


"Most do not fully see this truth that life is difficult. Instead they moan more or less incessantly, noisily or subtly, about the enormity of their problems, their burdens, and their difficulties as if life were generally easy, as if life should be easy. They voice their belief, noisily or subtly, that their difficulties represent a unique kind of affliction that should not be and that has somehow been especially visited upon them, or else upon their families, their tribe, their class, their nation, their race or even their species, and not upon others. Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit."
- M. Scott Peck

The Daily "Near You?"

Petrosani, Hunedoara, Romania. Thanks for stopping by!

"Never Deceived..."

"We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves."
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

"Concerns of "Major" West Coast Earthquake Growing as San Andreas, Melones and Elsinore Faults Spew More Carbon Monoxide"

"Concerns of "Major" West Coast Earthquake Growing as San Andreas,
 Melones and Elsinore Faults Spew More Carbon Monoxide"
by Newsroom

"Beginning on February 26, NASA satellites in space began detecting staggeringly large emissions of Carbon Monoxide (CO) gas along the west coast. As evidenced by the satellite image below, the emissions were far too big, too highly concentrated and covered too vast an area to be man-made.  On the satellite image below, the areas in black, purple and brownish-orange show the magnitude of the emission; it was utterly massive!

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Scientists quickly determined that the CO was coming up out of the earth; being expelled out through seismic faults. What this means is the earth began moving in such a way on February 26, that pressure along the fault lines in California became so great, it expelled massive amounts of naturally-occurring carbon monoxide gas from the Monterey Formation of shale. In fact, the proximity of the CO emissions directly aligns with those formations! That's a LOT of pressure! 

When pressure builds up like this, it is not hard to understand that something has to "give" and when it does, there's an earthquake. That's why this emission of Carbon Monoxide is a warning sign of an impending, LARGE earthquake.

Emission Easing, But Still Spewing in Several Specific Areas: After the initial emission of Carbon Monoxide on February 26 into the 27th, winds began to dissipate the Carbon Monoxide and carry it eastward, thinning it out as it traveled. Here is the satellite image from 12:00 Noon eastern US Time today (29 Feb 2016):

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This easing of emissions can mean one of two things:
1) The pressure has receded and the danger is less, OR;
2) The pressure squeezed almost all the CO out and there's simply not much left to push out; meaning the quake danger could still exist.

The simple fact is, we just don't know which is the correct answer and we do not have the scientific knowledge to find out!

As you may notice, three specific areas continue to spew large amounts of Carbon Monoxide to this day. These areas directly coincide with three major seismic faults: The San Andreas Fault, The Melones Fault and the Elsinore Fault as illustrated on the map below:

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The fact that some of this CO is emanating from the Melones Fault Zone is problematic. There is no Monterey Formation there; it abuts the Sierra Nevada Mountains. So for a fault this far inland to be emitting CO while faults farther to the west (San Andreas) and south (Elsinore) are also exhibiting this same activity, gives an indication of the utterly massive amount of tectonic pressure taking place and the ENORMOUS area being affected by this tectonic stress. 

If history is any indication of future activity, then, as took place in India in 2001,  at some point within the next six or days (max)- there may be a  **** MAJOR **** earthquake along one or more of these fault lines. This is not a "prediction" or some sick hoax; it is a logical assessment of the facts as they are known, using data sources which are reputable, which form the basis for a logical conclusion.

We must emphasize that, at present, modern science CANNOT accurately predict an earthquake. We certainly do not claim to be able to do so. Having said that, it is also undisputed that the last time this type of CO emission took place, twenty thousand people were killed by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake in India. Therefore, it seems prudent to us, to publish this information so people throughout California can decide for themselves if emergency preparations are necessary.


• Put fuel in your car gas tank and keep it topped-off for a week in case evacuation becomes necessary. You don't want to wait until a quake hits before trying to get fuel- which will be almost impossible to obtain if disaster strikes.
• Have a supply of fresh water to drink and cook with for fourteen days. (Never mind for washing or flushing toilets- we mean water for SURVIVAL). Each human being requires six to eight (8 ounce) glasses of water per day. That's 1/2 gallon per person, per day
• Have a small, gravity-fed water filter is important too, in case you have to get water from a local lake or stream. Filter it first! With a water filter, you'll need a storage bucket or containers to store the water you filter. So have a clean bucket or clean containers on-hand.
• Have canned (soups/meats) or dried foods (rice/grains) that will not spoil in the absence of electricity- and a MANUAL CAN OPENER to access that food.
• Have basic emergency gear like battery operated flashlights and radios with spare batteries. 
• Have spare clothing to keep warm and dry if your home is ruined and you are forced to be outside for awhile.
• Perhaps an emergency electrical source like a small generator to provide limited electricity, with the lawful, safe, amount of properly containerized and stored FUEL to supply that generator.
• Those of you with outdoor propane gas grills, might want to make sure the propane tank is full or get a spare for cooking.
• Of course, having some first aid supplies is a good idea to treat any cuts or bruises or to help someone  seriously hurt by a quake. 
• Have a supply of medications that you may routinely take- and may need to rely upon for a week or two- until supply chains can be brought back online  after a major disaster.

Much of this stuff can be packed into a "go bag" for each member of your family.  Put the essential in each bag, make sure everyone knows where each bag is, and have a plan to grab the bag and meet at a particular place inside our outside your home if a quake hits.

We cannot say for certain that a major earthquake is going to strike.  We can say that when this type of massive CO release has taken place, there was a major, deadly earthquake within a week.  

DO NOT PANIC- PLAN INSTEAD: The choice is completely yours as to how to use (or ignore) this information.  One thing is certain: THERE IS NO NEED TO PANIC.  But there may very well be a need to plan, AND PLAN FAST. We urge you to plan, now. If the past is any indication of the future, within about six days, we will all know.”

"How It Really Is"

“The Deep State Is Coming for Your Savings…”

“The Deep State Is Coming for Your Savings…”
by Bill Bonner

BALTIMORE – Is there really a “War on Cash”? No. There’s a war on you. We’ll come back to that in a minute… First, a quick roundup of last week’s action.

Rig Plunge: Friday brought more bad news for U.S. shale oil producers. (More on this below in today’s Market Insight.) Reports Bloomberg: "The number of rigs drilling for oil and gas in the U.S. is plunging toward the lowest level in more than 75 years of records… culminating in the collapse of almost 75 percent of the rig count. The fracking boom towns are now turning into ghost towns. The billions of dollars of investment (the industry has never been cash positive) have stopped flowing into the U.S. shale producers. Revenues (such as they are) have slowed to trickle on a cold day."

And in the tech sector, Yahoo is paying the price for its buying spree. It’s one of the 11 companies that, according to USA TODAY, “lost obscene sums” of money last year: There are 11 companies in the broad Russell 3000 index, including a whole host of energy companies like Apache but also industrial conglomerate General Electric and struggling online portal Yahoo, that have reported staggering net losses in the just-completed calendar year… Each of these companies reported net losses of $4 billion or more last year – dwarfing even the impressive $1 billion net loss reported Thursday by struggling retailer Sears.

Pile of Manure: But let us return to the War on Cash. It is far more sinister than you might realize… Several countries – such as Denmark, Sweden, and Norway – are already almost totally cashless. Others, such as France, have banned cash transactions over certain amounts. There are even plans at the highest levels of the Indian government – right now one of the most cash dependent societies in the world – to “disincentivize” using cash.

Meanwhile, establishment economists and commentators – most notably Harvard economists Larry Summers and Kenneth Rogoff, Citibank chief economist Willem Buiter, Andy Haldane at the Bank of England, and Martin Wolf at the Financial Times – have come out in favor of a cashless society. As we recently reported, Summers tells us it’s “time to kill the $100 bill.” And according to the New York Times, “Getting Rid of Big Currency Notes Could Help Fight Crime.” Today, we dig a little deeper into this pile of manure to try to find out what it hides. And what a surprise! There is the Deep State – malodorous, malevolent, and malignant. 

Banning Ben Franklins: First, let us dispose – as we would a dirty diaper with an outstretched arm – of the notion that getting rid of Ben Franklins and other large denomination bills would somehow “fight crime.” If you want to do a $100,000 cash deal now, you need a stack of $100 bills a little more than four inches high. Now suppose the $100 bill is no longer available. Does the drug dealer say to his client, “Whoa, I guess we can’t do business. I can’t be bothered to carry big wads of cash.”? Does the crony defense contractor meet a member of the House Armed Services Committee in the parking garage and tell him, “I’m sorry, I just can’t get you the money. It won’t fit in the envelope.”? Does the prostitute tell her pimp: “I don’t work for 20s.”?

Don’t worry about the criminals. In Argentina, the backbone of the economy is the 100-peso note – worth only about $6. We have a place in Argentina. We’ve seen how it works. People use 100-peso notes for everything – from buying the morning paper to selling $1 million apartments. They carry it around in paper bags (so as not to attract attention of thieves.) They stash it in safes. Stacks of it bulge from their pants pockets and sit on the counters of the black market money changers. 

A nuisance? Yes. A crime stopper? Are you kidding? Drug sellers, prostitutes, hit men, terrorists, money launderers. They’re already hunted like criminals… and threatened with fines, jail, or death. Is the inconvenience of small denomination bills going to stop them? Forget it. They’ll switch to smaller bills, foreign currencies, Bitcoin, gold, or something else. Block the use of convenient currency… and they’ll innovate.

A Savings “Tax”: How about the idea that banning cash will help the economy? With cash harder to come by, it will be easier for central bankers to impose a negative interest rate on your bank deposits. Without the option of holding your savings in physical currency, you’ll have no choice but to keep your money on deposit in the bank… and pay to save. But a negative interest rate is just another tax… one that is imposed by employees of the banking industry cartel and that needs no vote in Congress. At a negative rate of 1%, you lose $10 for every $1,000 of savings. This is the same as a 1% “savings tax.” 

But hold on… Raising taxes does not normally cause people to spend money. It causes them to zip up their purses, not open them. Taking away your money leaves you with less of it. (Duh!) You have to cut back. And if you are saving for your retirement, a tax on your savings means you will have to save more (and spend less) of what you earn. There is no evidence anywhere in the historical record of an economy helped by taking money away from people. The idea is so absurd it could only come from a PhD economist… or a scoundrel. But to fully understand it… we need to go back hundreds of years. Stay tuned…”

Satire: "Trump Derailed by Obama’s Endorsement"

"Trump Derailed by Obama’s Endorsement"
by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— "Adding a new wrinkle in an already unpredictable election year, Donald Trump saw his poll numbers plummet on Monday after receiving a surprise endorsement from President Barack Obama. The long-awaited downfall of the abrasive billionaire came in startling fashion, as few had expected the President to offer a full-throated endorsement of Trump, especially on the eve of the all-important Super Tuesday primaries.

Praising the Republican front-runner during a nationally televised address, the President said that, despite media reports to the contrary, Trump shared his views on such important issues as immigration and religious tolerance. “In every way that matters, Donald and I are on exactly the same page,” Obama said, pointing to a framed picture of the billionaire on his Oval Office desk. Concluding his endorsement with an emphatic closing argument, Obama said, “If you love me, vote for Trump.”

In several G.O.P. polls taken after the President’s stunning endorsement, Trump sank from first to fifth place, trailing the retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson by several points. As news of the President’s endorsement spread, former Trump supporters across the nation gathered to vent their anger, with some burning signs, trucker hats, and other campaign paraphernalia at impromptu bonfires. Harland Dorrinson, who had attended a massive Trump rally in Alabama just a day earlier, said that he now felt totally betrayed by the billionaire. “I guess when all is said and done, Donald Trump was just too good to be true,” he said."

"A Lesson From A Pebble"

"A Lesson From A Pebble"
by James W. Foley

"Drop a pebble in the water and with just a splash it is gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.

Drop a pebble in the water and in a minute you forget,
But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet,
And those little waves a-flowing to a great big wave have grown;
You've disturbed a mighty river just by dropping in a stone.

Drop an unkind or careless word and in a minute it is gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on.
They keep spreading, spreading, spreading from the center as they go,
And there is no way to stop them, once you've started them to flow.

Drop an unkind or careless word and in a minute you forget;
But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet,
And perhaps in some sad heart a mighty wave of tears you've stirred,
And disturbed a life that was happy ere you dropped that unkind word.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness and in just a flash it is gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Bearing hope and joy and comfort on each splashing, dashing wave
Till you wouldn't believe the volume of the one kind word you gave.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness and in a minute you forget;
But there's gladness still a-swelling, and there's joy circling yet,
And you've rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard
Over miles and miles of water just by dropping one kind word."

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Poet: Aldous Huxley, "Lightly My Darling"

"Lightly My Darling"

"It’s dark because you are trying too hard. 
Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. 
Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. 
Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. 

I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig. 
Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me. 
When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic. 
No rhetoric, no tremolos, 
no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell. 
And of course, no theology, no metaphysics. 
Just the fact of dying and the fact of the clear light. 

So throw away your baggage and go forward. 
There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, 
trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. 
That’s why you must walk so lightly. 
Lightly my darling, 
on tiptoes and no luggage, 
not even a sponge bag, 
completely unencumbered."

~ Aldous Huxley

From the astonishingly good “The Beauty We Love” blog.

Musical Interlude: 2CELLOS, “Live at Exit Festival 2014”, Full Concert

2CELLOS, “Live at Exit Festival 2014”, Full Concert

Fabulous! Truly incredible! Watch it! lol

Musical Interlude: 2CELLOS, “Celloverse”

2CELLOS, “Celloverse”

"A Look to the Heavens"

“Stars are forming in the Soul of the Queen of Aethopia. More specifically, a large star forming region called the Soul Nebula can be found in the direction of the constellation Cassiopeia, who Greek mythology credits as the vain wife of a King who long ago ruled lands surrounding the upper Nile river. 
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The Soul Nebula houses several open clusters of stars, a large radio source known as W5, and huge evacuated bubbles formed by the winds of young massive stars. Located about 6,500 light years away, the Soul Nebula spans about 100 light years and is usually imaged next to its celestial neighbor the Heart Nebula (IC 1805). The featured image appears mostly red due to the emission of a specific color of light emitted by excited hydrogen gas.”

Chet Raymo, “In A Dark Time...”

“In A Dark Time...”
by Chet Raymo

“I've quoted a few of these lines before, from a poem by Charles Simic:

"It's like fishing in the dark.
Our thoughts are the hooks,
Our heart the raw bait.

We cast the line past all believing
Into the night sky
Until it's lost to sight."

In a sense, that's the story of my life: a long love affair with the night sky. My first book of popular science was “365 Starry Nights”. My first book of personal prose was “The Soul of the Night: An Astronomical Pilgrimage”. “An Intimate Look at the Night Sky” followed much later, but every book in between, fiction and non-fiction, cast a line into the night sky.

What is it about the starry night that gives rise so effectively to what might be called the "religious instinct"? The dark, precisely. The unplumbable depth. The hiddenness. The silence. The infinity. The abyss of time. I can calculate the number of thimblefuls of water in the sea, but I have no way of knowing how many galaxies there are in the universe, or whether the universe is finite or infinite, or even how many universes might exist. Or where the universe came from. Or where it's going.

I stand barefoot on the terrace in the dark of night, and looking is a kind of prayer. A prayer without words. Without supplication. A silent acknowledgement of ignorance. Heartfelt ignorance. An ignorance that is a receptacle aching to be filled.

"My heart the bait."

The dark night of the soul. The starlit valley of shadow. The knowing that unknows. There, just there, hanging between Cassiopeia and Perseus, the barely visible blur of the double cluster, the rent veil of the temple."

“The line's long unraveling
Rising in our throats like a sigh.”

Paulo Coelho, “Change and Renewal”

“Change and Renewal”
by Paulo Coelho

“When winter arrives, the trees must sigh in sadness as they see their leaves falling. They say: ‘We will never be like we were before.’ Of course. Or still, what is the meaning of renewing oneself? The next leaves will have their own nature, they pertain to a new summer that approaches and which will never be like the one that passed.

Living means changing– and the seasons repeat these lessons to us every year. Changing means going through a period of depression: we still don’t know the new and we have to forget everything we used to know. But if we are a little patient, spring ends up arriving and we forget the winter of our hopelessness. Change and renewal are the laws of life. It is best to get used to them and not suffer about things that only exist to bring us joy.”

The Daily "Near You?"

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Thanks for stopping by!

Orison Swett Marden, “The Joys of Living”

“The Joys of Living”
 by Orison Swett Marden

“Resolve every morning that you will get the most out of that day, not of some day in the future, when you are better off, when you have a family, when your children are grown up, when you have overcome your difficulties. You never will overcome them all. You will never be able to eliminate all the things which annoy, trouble, and cause friction in your life. You will never get rid of all the little enemies of your happiness, the hundred and one little annoyances, but you can make the most of things as they are.

The reason why our lives are so lean and poverty-stricken, so disappointing and ineffective, is because we do not really live in the day; we do not concentrate our energy, our ambition, our attention, our enthusiasm, upon the day we are living.

Resolve to enjoy yourself today. Enjoy to-day, and do not let the hideous shadows of to-morrow, the forebodings, and the things you dread, rob you of what is yours today– your inalienable right to be happy to-day.

Just have a little heart-to-heart talk with yourself every morning, and say: “It does not matter what comes or what goes to-day, what happens or what does not happen, there is one thing of which I am sure, and that is, I am going to get the most possible out of the day. I am not going to allow anything to rob me of my happiness, or of my right to live this day from beginning to end, and not merely to exist.

“I do not care what comes, I shall not allow any annoyance, any happening, any circumstances which may cross my path today, to rob me of my peace of mind. I will not be unhappy today, no matter what occurs. I am going to enjoy the day to its full, live the day completely. This day shall be a complete day in my life. I shall not allow the enemies of my happiness to mar it. No misfortune in the past, nothing which has happened to me in days gone by, which has been disagreeable or tragic, no enemies of my happiness or efficiency, shall be a guest in my spirit’s sacred enclosure today. Only happy thoughts, joy thoughts, only the friends of my peace, comfort, happiness, and success, shall find entertainment in my soul this day...”

Remember that yesterday is dead. Tomorrow is not yet born. The only time that belongs to you is the passing moment. One might liken the sixty minutes in the hour to flowers, that live for only sixty seconds and then die. If we get the good that belongs to us here and now, we must extract the sweetness of each passing minute while it is ours. That is the real art of living in the today."
Who was Orison Swett Marden? 

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The Poet: Theodore Roethke, “The Waking”

“The Waking”

“I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me, so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.”

- Theodore Roethke

"How It Really Is"

“Ah yes, truth. Funny how everyone is always asking for it but when 
they get it they don’t believe it because it’s not the truth they want to hear.”
- Helena Cassadine 
“Beware of being too rational. In the country of the insane, 
the integrated man doesn’t become king. He gets lynched.” 
- Aldous Huxley, "Island"

“Do Americans Live In A False Reality Ccreated By Orchestrated Events?”

“Do Americans Live In A False Reality Created By Orchestrated Events?”
by Paul Craig Roberts

"Most people who are aware and capable of thought have given up on what is called the “mainstream media.” The presstitutes have destroyed their credibility by helping Washington to lie—“Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction,” “Iranian nukes,” “Assad’s use of chemical weapons,” “Russian invasion of Ukraine,” and so forth. The “mainstream media” has also destroyed its credibility by its complete acceptance of whatever government authorities say about alleged “terrorist events,” such as 9/11 and Boston Marathon Bombing, or alleged mass shootings such as Sandy Hook and San Bernardino. Despite glaring inconsistencies, contradictions, and security failures that seem too unlikely to be believable, the “mainstream media” never asks questions or investigates. It merely reports as fact whatever authorities say.

The sign of a totalitarian or authoritarian state is a media that feels no responsibility to investigate and to find the truth, accepting the role of propagandist instead. The entire Western media has been in the propaganda mode for a long time. In the US the transformation of journalists into propagandists was completed with the concentration of a diverse and independent media in six mega-corporations that are no longer run by journalists. As a consequence, thoughtful and aware people increasingly rely on alternative media that does question, marshall facts, and offers analysis in place of an unbelievable official story line.

The prime example is 9/11. Large numbers of experts have destroyed the official story that has no factual evidence in its behalf. However, even without the hard evidence that 9/11 truthers have provided, the official story gives itself away. We are supposed to believe that a few Saudi Arabians with no technology beyond box cutters and no support from any government’s intelligence service were able to outwit the massive surveillance technology created by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and NSA (National Security Agency) and deal the most humiliating blow to a superpower ever delivered in human history. Moreover, they were able to do this without the President of the United States, the US Congress, and the “mainstream media” demanding accountability for such a total failure of the high-tech national security state. Instead of a White House led investigation of such a massive security failure, the White House resisted for more than one year any investigation whatsoever until finally giving in to demands from 9/11 families that could not be bought off and agreeing to a 9/11 Commission.

The Commission did not investigate but merely sat and wrote down the story told to it by the government. Afterwards, the Commission’s chairman, co-chairman, and legal counsel wrote books in which they said that information was withheld from the Commission, that the Commission was lied to by officials of the government, and that the Commission “was set up to fail.” Despite all of this, the presstitutes still repeat the official propaganda, and there remain enough gullible Americans to prevent accountability.

Competent historians know that false flag events are used to bring to fruition agendas that cannot otherwise be achieved. 9/11 gave the neoconservatives, who controlled the George W. Bush administration, the New Pearl Harbor that they said was necessary in order to launch their hegemonic military invasions of Muslim countries. The Boston Marathon Bombing permitted a trial run of the American Police State, complete with shutting down a large American city, putting 10,000 armed troops and SWAT teams on the streets where the troops conducted house to house searches forcing the residents out of their homes at gunpoint. This unprecedented operation was justified as necessary in order to locate one wounded 19 year old man, who clearly was a patsy.

There are so many anomalies in the Sandy Hook story that it has generated a cottage industry of skeptics. I agree that there are anomalies, but I don’t have the time to study the issue and come to my own conclusion. What I have noticed is that we are not given many good explanations of the anomalies. For example, in this video made from the TV news coverage, the video’s creator makes a case that the person who is the grieving father who lost his son is the same person outfitted in SWAT clothes at Sandy Hook following the shooting. The person is identified as a known actor. Now, it seems to me that this is easy to test. The grieving father is known, the actor is known, and the authorities have to know who the SWAT team member is. If these three people, who can pass for one another, can be assembled in one room at the same time, we can dismiss the expose claimed in this one video. However, if three separate people cannot be produced together, then we must ask why this deception, which raises questions about the entire story. You can watch the entire video or just skip to the 9:30 mark and observe what appears to be the same person in two different roles. (Folks, I did just that, skipped to the 9:30 mark, and there is absolutely no question in my mind that this is the same person. I strongly encourage you to examine this material and decide for yourself what the significance of that is. - CP)

The “mainstream media” has the ability to make these simple investigations, but does not. Instead, the “mainstream media” calls skeptics “conspiracy theorists.”

There is a book by Professor Jim Fetzer and Mike Palecek that says Sandy Hook was a FEMA drill to promote gun control and that no one died at Sandy Hook. The book was available on but was suddenly banned. Why ban a book? Here is a free download of the book: I have not read the book and have no opinion. I do know, however, that the police state that America is becoming certainly has a powerful interest in disarming the public. I also heard today a news report that people said to be parents of the dead children are bringing a lawsuit against the gun manufacturer, which is consistent with Fetzer’s claim.

Here is a Buzzsaw interview with Jim Fetzer: "If the information Fetzer provides is correct, clearly the US government has an authoritarian agenda and is using orchestrated events to create a false reality for Americans in order to achieve the agenda. It seems to me that Fetzer’s facts can be easily checked. If his facts check out, then a real investigation is required. If his facts do not check out, the official story gains credibility as Fetzer is one of the most energetic skeptics.

Fetzer cannot be dismissed as a kook. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, has a Ph.D. from Indiana University and was Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota until his retirement in 2006. He has had a National Science Foundation fellowship, and he has published more than 100 articles and 20 books on philosophy of science and philosophy of cognitive science. He is an expert in artificial intelligence and computer science and founded the international journal "Minds and Machines." In the late 1990s, Fetzer was asked to organize a symposium on philosophy of mind.

For an intelligent person, the official stories of President Kennedy’s assassination and 9/11 are simply not believable, because the official stories are not consistent with the evidence and what we know. Fetzer’s frustration with less capable and less observant people increasingly shows, and this works to his disadvantage.

It seems to me that if the authorities behind the official Sandy Hook story are secure with the official story, they would jump on the opportunity to confront and disprove Fetzer’s facts. Moreover, somewhere there must be photographs of the dead children, but, like the alleged large number of recordings by security cameras of an airliner hitting the Pentagon, no one has ever seen them. At least not that I know of.

What disturbs me is that no one in authority or in the mainstream media has any interest in checking the facts. Instead, those who raise awkward matters are dismissed as conspiracy theorists. Why this is damning is puzzling. The government’s story of 9/11 is a story of a conspiracy as is the government’s story of the Boston Marathon Bombing. These things happen because of conspiracies. What is at issue is: whose conspiracy? We know from Operation Gladio and Operation Northwoods that governments do engage in murderous conspiracies against their own citizens. Therefore, it is a mistake to conclude that governments do not engage in conspiracies.

One often hears the objection that if 9/11 was a false flag attack, someone would have talked. Why would they have talked? Only those who organized the conspiracy would know. Why would they undermine their own conspiracy?

Recall William Binney. He developed the surveillance system used by NSA. When he saw that it was being used against the American people, he talked. But he had taken no documents with which to prove his claims, which saved him from successful prosecution but gave him no evidence for his claims. This is why Edward Snowden took the documents and released them. Nevertheless, many see Snowden as a spy who stole national security secrets, not as a whistleblower warning us that the Constitution that protects us is being overthrown.

High level government officials have contradicted parts of the 9/11 official story and the official story that links the invasion of Iraq to 9/11 and to weapons of mass destruction. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta contradicted Vice President Cheney and the official 9/11 story timeline. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill has said that overthrowing Saddam Hussein was the subject of the first cabinet meeting in the George W. Bush administration long before 9/11. He wrote it in a book and told it on CBS News’ 60 Minutes. CNN and other news stations reported it. But it had no effect.

Whistleblowers pay a high price. Many of them are in prison. Obama has prosecuted and imprisoned a record number. Once they are thrown in prison, the question becomes: “Who would believe a criminal?”

As for 9/11 all sorts of people have talked. Over 100 police, firemen and first responders have reported hearing and experiencing a large number of explosions in the Twin Towers. Maintanence personnel report experiencing massive explosions in the sub-basements prior to the building being hit by an airplane. None of this testimony has had any effect on the authorities behind the official story or on the presstitutes. There are 2,300 architects and engineers who have written to Congress requesting a real investigation. Instead of the request being treated with the respect that 2,300 professionals deserve, the professionals are dismissed as “conspiracy theorists.”

An international panel of scientists have reported the presence of reacted and unreacted nanothermite in the dust of the World Trade Centers. They have offered their samples to government agencies and to scientists for confirmation. No one will touch it. The reason is clear. Today science funding is heavily dependent on the federal government and on private companies that have federal contracts. Scientists understand that speaking out about 9/11 means the termination of their career.

The government has us where it wants us—powerless and disinformed. Most Americans are too uneducated to be able to tell the difference between a building falling down from asymetrical damage and one blowing up. Mainstream journalists cannot question and investigate and keep their jobs. Scientists cannot speak out and continue to be funded. Truth telling has been shoved off into the alternative Internet media where I would wager the government runs sites that proclaim wild conspiracies, the purpose of which is to discredit all skeptics.”
"Creating False Reality with the Green Screen"

How it's done:

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Rightwing Nuthouse: "5 Right-Wing Lunacies This Week: Trump Spews a 'Fruit Salad' of Crazy"

"5 Right-Wing Lunacies This Week: Trump Spews a 'Fruit Salad' of Crazy"
By Janet Allon

"We could easily write an opus just listing the crappyy things Donald J. Trump has vomited out this week, hell, even in the last two days. Earlier in the week, of course, it was the priceless nugget after his victory in Nevada, “I love the poorly educated,” a saying that should be embroidered in gold thread on a throw pillow in Mar a Lago. Really one for the ages. Who says something like that? The Trumpster, that’s who. So, we’ll start with a few Trump gems and move on from there as everyone else on the rightward flank tried to keep up.

1. Trump compares Rubio to an inanimate object. After the MarcoBot awoke from his trance and landed some blows on the Don in this week’s Republican debate, Trump has relentlessly attacked both his newly invigorated young rival and the press, which provided Rubio with a good deal of his opposition research.

Of course, there are plenty of extremely valid reasons to attack Rubio—like his being a bellicose, science-denying, anti-choice extremist for starters—but Trump’s favorite insult for the Florida senator is also the most lowbrow and race-baiting. It also fits right in with the Trumpster's weird obsession with bodily functions. Trump apparently cannot get over how much Rubio sweats. He has previously suggested that anyone who sweats as much as Rubio would not be able to hold his own in a negotiation with Trump’s fanboy Vladimir Putin.

On the campaign trail Friday in Fort Worth, Texas, Trump dramatically poured a glass of water out, while mocking Rubio’s admittedly awkward, infamous State of the Union water break. After speaking for about 15 minutes, the reality star held up a water bottle while yelling, "It's Rubio!" He then poured some water out, took a quick sip and tossed the bottle over his shoulder, looking very pleased with himself.

And his fans went wild, among them, the poorly educated, whom he loves dearly.

2. Ben Carson’s “fruit salad” of life experiences has given him some really bad ideas. On the one hand, we almost want to write Ben Carson a thank you note for staying in the race and providing some unintentional comic relief during the hysterical shouting match that was the Republican debate. He will look at the “fruit salad” of a Supreme Court nominees life to determine if that person is qualified is just a gift to the tweeters and meme-makers of the world. Thank you, Dr. Carson, you shouldn’t have. And begging to be attacked so that he might speak bore the hallmarks of some genuine comic timing, even if it was a bit whiny.

But the doctor did manage to remind us of how deeply objectionable he is earlier this week when he suggested that President Obama is not really black. Of course, this is the opposite of the usually right-wing charge of the President being too black, and not really American, a kind of Muslim Manchurian candidate, who “knows just exactly what he is doing” when he sets about destroying our beloved, according to the MarcoBot. But Carson instead opted to question the president’s  black credentials, because, as everyone knows there is only one way to be black.

Carson explained Politico reporter Glenn Rush that saying that Obama can relate to “the experience of black Americans is a bit of a stretch” because the president was “raised white” because he “didn’t grow up like I grew up, by any stretch of the imagination. Not even close.” In the world according to Ben, being authentically black apparently only means coming to the same heartless conclusion that Carson has, which is that government programs that help feed poor children, as he once was, are bad.

The guy is all heart.

3. Fox Newsian: Asking Donald Trump for his tax return is discrimination against rich people. No, seriously, Kimberly Guilfoyle really did say this. She and her other co-hosts from “The Five” were discussing this terrible miscarriage of justice—the fact that Mitt Romney suggested there might be a bombshell in Donald Trump’s unreleased tax returns, and that now everyone is all over his case to release them. The Donald has come up with various reasons not to produce them, including the hilarious statement that the IRS picks on him because he’s such a strong Christian. One suspects that the real secret that the Donald is hiding is that he is not nearly as wealthy as he makes himself out to be, which is the only revelation in the universe that could bring the shameless orange-tinged reality star the remotest sense of shame.

But Kimberly Guilfoyle and equally idiotic Eric Bolling just think it is so mean—so, so rude—to ask the Donald to produce his tax returns. Co-host Dana Perino tried to explain that the office of the presidency is that of a public servant, not the gold-plated throne from which to order decrees that

Trump imagines it to be, and pointed out that although taxes are “complicated for (insert the word rich) people,” they would likely be an issue in the general election. Juan Williams pointed out that Donald’s taxes are “relevant right now.” Guilfoyle jumped all over that, whining, “What about discrimination, Juan?” Huh? “Against rich people,” Guilfoyle said. “And one percenters. Nobody ever asks to see the poor- it's so rude."

So rude. Poor people get all the breaks.

4. Okay, okay, back to Trump, who has given us new insight into how he will govern. Trump was hopping mad at the things that Marco Rubio brought up about him in the debate. Like the fact that he builds things using foreign labor, and that most of his wealth stems from the fact that he inherited money from his daddy, and that his Trump University is a predatory scam. Where did Rubio get these talking points? From the dastardly media, which Trump, of course, likes when it is doing his bidding and doesn’t like when it writes those mean articles about him.

At a rally in Texas afterward, Trump opened his mouth and started talking. This is, or course, part of a his appeal, that he does not appear to ever prepare the things he says, and sometimes ends up just saying things he’s said many, many times before, and sometimes says something completely new, crazy and scary, for instance, that he’d like to punch a protester in the face. When Trump is elected, he told the cheering poorly educated hordes,“One of the things I’m gonna do, and this is only gonna make it tougher for me, and I’ve never said this before, but one of the things I’m gonna do if I win… is I’m gonna open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We’re gonna open up those libel laws."

Yeah, he’s going to make some minor adjustments to that whole First Amendment thing. Not his favorite amendment. He much prefers the Second Amendment. He sputtered on. “With me, they’re not protected, because I’m not like other people… We’re gonna open up those libel laws, folks, and we’re gonna have people sue you like you never get sued before.”

So much suing to do. Because that’s what leaders do. They sue.

5. Glenn Beck has perfectly sensible prediction for what will happen if either Clinton or Rubio get elected. Hahahahaha. Just kidding. The emotionally overwrought radio host is all in for Ted Cruz and he is seriously worried about the dire consequences to the nation if his man does not get in that oval office. And his man is not getting in that oval office.

Stumping for his pal Ted in Nevada earlier this week, Beck told the crowd that things are already really bad, because the Constitution is already hanging by a thread, and with the death of Antonin Scalia, “that thread has been cut.” But if Cruz doesn’t win, Beck darkly predicted that a variety of “isms” could ensue, and that violent revolution would result in ten years if either Hillary Clinton or Marco Rubio wins the presidency. Why will it take ten years? Dunno.

You have four options, Beck told the crowd: The first option is, of course, the dreaded socialism, which the crowd booed and Beck said would lead to communism. The second option is “status quo,” exemplified by Rubio and Clinton, who support the current political system and say “hey, it’s working for me.” “Listen to me,” Beck told the crowd, “that leads to violent revolution in ten years. That’s not a good thing.” Where is he getting information? Maybe from God, who also told Ted Cruz he should be president. The Trump option, Beck says, is authoritarianism, which sounds downright reasonable compared to his other assorted rantings.

Time to sharpen the pitchforks.”

Musical Interlude: Medwyn Goodall, “Topaz”

Medwyn Goodall, “Topaz”

"A Long Galactic Break"

"A Long Galactic Break"
An 8-minute excursion through the vastness of the Milky Way.
By Robby Berman

"Have you ever seen a photograph so detailed, you could stare at it for 8 solid minutes? As this video shows, at least one image qualifies. The image featured is of the southern galactic plane, as observed from Earth’s southern hemisphere. It was created by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) under the project name APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy, or ATLASGAL.

ATLASGAL is basically a compilation of several images. The reds were captured by the Large Bolometer Camera of Chile’s APEX telescope, which measures incoming radiation by minute temperature changes, scanning the sky at wavelengths between infrared light and radio waves. The camera can even detect emissions from bands of dust that partially obfuscate light from distant stars. Beneath that is a blue background image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, which looks at shorter infrared wavelengths. Finally, the fainter red elements are from the ESA’s Planck satellite. Together, the detail is amazing—as is the opportunity it affords for scientists. According to the ESO’s Leonardo Testi, “the new release of the full survey opens up the possibility to mine this marvelous dataset for new discoveries.”

The video itself is simple, but breathtaking. It just scans the ATLASGAL image, showing us the vast beauty of the Milky Way. The sheer number of objects is stunning; there’s a reason we use the word “astronomical” for unimaginable amounts. And it serves as reminder that space remains amazing, inspiring, and infinite. Here's what the full image looks like:
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"A Look to the Heavens"

"The dark Horsehead Nebula and the glowing Orion Nebula are contrasting cosmic vistas. Adrift 1,500 light-years away in one of the night sky's most recognizable constellations, they appear in opposite corners of the above stunning mosaic. 
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The familiar Horsehead nebula appears as a dark cloud, a small silhouette notched against the long red glow at the lower left. Alnitak is the easternmost star in Orion's belt and is seen as the brightest star to the left of the Horsehead. Below Alnitak is the Flame Nebula, with clouds of bright emission and dramatic dark dust lanes. The magnificent emission region, the Orion Nebula (aka M42), lies at the upper right. Immediately to its left is a prominent bluish reflection nebula sometimes called the Running Man. Pervasive tendrils of glowing hydrogen gas are easily traced throughout the region."