Thursday, June 22, 2017

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 6/23/2017”

“Weekly News Wrap-Up 6/23/2017”
By Greg Hunter’s

"The Middle East had near dogfight aerial combat in the skies over Syria. The U.S. shot down a Syrian fighter jet and an Iranian drone. Russia immediately halted cooperation with the U.S. in Syria, and warned it would “intercept” any aircraft in areas it controlled. Russia also charged the U.S. that America was “supporting terrorists.” One former Obama Administration insider says, “The risk of a big war is rising.”

If you want to measure how well the economy is doing, you should take a look at the hard data and the soft data. The soft data shows the so-called “Trump Bump” has decidedly turned negative, and the hard data of the real economy has also taken a plunge. In the real world, the State of Illinois has joined the ranks of Puerto Rico for major money problems. The Illinois Comptroller says “The state can no longer function.” Illinois has no money to pay its bills or interest payments and for all intents and purposes is insolvent. Powerball has cut off Illinois from selling its lottery tickets because the state is dead broke. Many other states are going to be in the same shape as Illinois in the not-so-distant future.

Donald Trump had it right when he said if were not for the three to five million illegal votes, he would have won the popular vote in 2016. According to a new study by the nonpartisan group “Just Facts,” 5.7 million noncitizens “may have cast illegal votes.” Keep in mind, this does not take into account massive voter and election fraud in places like Detroit, where there were as many as 6 times more votes than registered voters."

"Join Greg Hunter as he looks back at the week’s top stories in the Weekly News Wrap-Up"



“There is no love of life without despair of life."
- Albert Camus

“Hope is a gift you don’t have to surrender, a power you don’t have to throw away. And though hope can be an act of defiance, defiance isn’t enough reason to hope. But there are good reasons. It’s important to emphasize that hope is only a beginning; it’s not a substitute for action, only a basis for it.

It’s important to say what hope is not: it is not the belief that everything was, is, or will be fine. The evidence is all around us of tremendous suffering and tremendous destruction. The hope I’m interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand that we act. It’s also not a sunny everything-is-getting-better narrative, though it may be a counter to the everything-is-getting-worse narrative. You could call it an account of complexities and uncertainties, with openings.

Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act. When you recognize uncertainty, you recognize that you may be able to influence the outcomes - you alone or you in concert with a few dozen or several million others. Hope is an embrace of the unknown and the unknowable, an alternative to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists. Optimists think it will all be fine without our involvement; pessimists take the opposite position; both excuse themselves from acting. It’s the belief that what we do matters even though how and when it may matter, who and what it may impact, are not things we can know beforehand. We may not, in fact, know them afterward either, but they matter all the same, and history is full of people whose influence was most powerful after they were gone.”
- Rebecca Solnit

Oliver Álain Christie, Shakespeare, "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow"

Shakespeare's "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow"
Read by Oliver Álain Christie

"What is that noise?"

"It is the cry of women, my good lord."

"I have almost forgot the taste of fears.
The time has been my senses would have cooled
To hear a night-shriek, and my fell of hair
Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir
As life were in ’t. I have supped full with horrors.
Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts
Cannot once start me."

(Re-enter SEYTON)
"Wherefore was that cry?"

"The queen, my lord, is dead.

"She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."

"Eventually You Understand..."

"That's where it all begins. That's where we all get screwed big time as we grow up. They tell us to think, but they don't really mean it. They only want us to think within the boundaries they define. The moment you start thinking for yourself - really thinking - so many things stop making any sense. And if you keep thinking, the whole world just falls apart. Nothing makes sense anymore. All rules, traditions, expectations - they all start looking so fake, so made up. You want to just get rid of all this stuff and make things right. But the moment you say it, they tell you to shut up and be respectful. And eventually you understand that nobody wants you to really think for yourself."
- Ray N. Kuili

"The Fourth Turning: A Summer Of Rage And The Total Eclipse Of The Deep State"

"The Fourth Turning: 
A Summer Of Rage And The Total Eclipse Of The Deep State"
by Michael Hart 

“If you do a worldwide survey of eclipse lore, the theme that constantly appears, with few exceptions, is it’s always a disruption of the established order,” said E. C. Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California. That’s true of both solar and lunar eclipses.  “People depend on the sun’s movement,” Krupp said. “It’s regular, dependable, you can’t tamper with it. And then, all of a sudden, Shakespearean tragedy arrives and time is out of joint. The sun and moon do something that they shouldn’t be doing.”

On August 21st of this year, the United States will witness its first total solar eclipse seen across the totality of the country in nearly forty years. For millennia, humans have gazed towards the skies in awe, observing that heavenly bodies move regularly and predictably with mathematical certainty, and this has inspired poets, philosophers, and other thinkers to ruminate on man’s relationship to the universe, and the possibility that human activity is ruled by laws and patterns independent of human activity.

Although many of these ideas that were fashionable hundreds of years ago, such as astrology, have been put to rest by contemporary scientific knowledge, perhaps there is value to be gleaned from entertaining the possibility that there are indeed larger forces and patterns governing human affairs. Against the backdrop of this cosmically anomalous event, are we on the cusp of a more temporal form of disruption this summer in the United States?

Since President Donald Trump’s stunning victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, much of the press have made note of Steve Bannon’s interest in an influential book published in 1997 called, “The Fourth Turning: What Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous With Destiny.”

In this book, authors William Strauss and Neil Howe make the argument that our ideas about the nature of history, linear time, and progress are illusory, and that if we want a more accurate concept about the way that history unfolds, we would do well to study the ancient Greek concept of cyclical time. This concept views national and global historical phenomenon not as randomly occurring events, or the linear march of historical “progress,” but instead sees them as recurring archetypes placed into a larger tapestry of a greater repeating historical cycle.

According to Strauss and Howe, the relative geographic and historical isolation of the United States provides a unique opportunity to view this cycle unfolding regularly and predictably every 80 years. This 80-year cycle can be divided into four stages or seasons, each lasting approximately twenty years:

High– This initial stage occurs immediately following a period of crisis. The High is characterized by strong institutions, a sense of collective destiny, and a weakness of individuality. The most recent example of this would be the period of prosperity and conformity in the U.S. immediately following the conclusion of World War II.

Awakening- The second stage, or turning, is a period of questioning established values and asserting one’s independence from established norms and morals, be they spiritual or political. This stage may be seen as a rebellion of the previous era’s emphasis on material wealth and conformity. The 1960’s, with the psychedelic revolution, anti-war protests, Civil Rights marches, and New Age spiritual movements can be seen as recent characteristics of this second stage, as well as Reaganomics and the mid-1980s Wall Street ethos.

Unraveling- The emphasis on autonomy and the questioning of spiritual, political, and individual authority in the Awakening stage eventually destabilizes society, leading to the Third Turning, in which institutions are weak and untrusted while the subjective experience of the individual is emphasized. This stage can be thought of as the inverse of the initial High stage, where collective destiny is replaced by atomization. Recent symptom of this stage would be the culture wars, corporate malfeasance, a lack of faith in government, social justice movements, and political correctness.

Crisis- In the Fourth Turning, a destabilizing event, usually involving warfare, leads to the destruction and reconstruction of institutions of power. In the face of destruction, Americans are forced to unite and forge a vision to restructure a disrupted society. This fourth stage can be seen as the inverse of the Awakening stage, and the authors cite World War II as the defining event of the most recent period of Crisis.

Strauss and Howe predicted that the next Crisis period that the U.S. would face would happen sometime around 2005 and end around 2025. Anyone who has been paying attention over the last decade would have a difficult time refuting this. The financial crisis of 2008 threw the planet into discord, and we are now just beginning to see some of the political ramifications of this. We may be reaching the apex of this crisis this summer, or at least we will witness a significant acceleration of it.

The institutions that once defined American stability are rapidly crumbling. Mounting debt, unsustainable consumerism, and illegal immigration are chipping away at once sturdy foundation of America. And the robust civil discourse needed to solve these problems has been interrupted by advocates of social justice, sometimes violently. Recent small skirmishes between the two sides may be headed toward larger eruptions.

Some analysts are predicting a ‘Summer of Rage’, which will boil over in violent protests all across the United States. The DNC has called for a George Soros-financed ‘Resistance Summer’, in which protestors are encouraged to invade town halls, and organize rallies and neighborhood meetings to undermine President Trump. This will culminate in a national training being billed as a ‘Resistance Summer Camp’ to effectively train operatives in organizing strategies.

Meanwhile, other leftist groups are calling for a day of ‘Impeachment Marches’ on July 2nd in dozens of major cities across the country. Their goal is to pressure congressional representatives to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Emboldened by a mainstream media apparatus which functions as a mouthpiece of Deep State interests, these activists are determined to overturn democratically elected officials and overturn law and order on the grounds that they personally disagree with the results.

As we have seen in recent months, Trump supporters, conservatives, and other patriots are not afraid to confront leftist activists in the streets, and this is likely to intensify as these DNC-backed groups become more desperate and confrontational in their tactics.

James Comey’s congressional testimony showed that the Trump administration is indeed attempting to break the old political order and its far-too-power Deep State. The cracks are surfacing now, and this will likely shatter and spill into many facets of social life outside of the realm of politics. This shattering seems to be the apex, or perhaps the precursor to the major Crisis event described by Strauss and Howe in the Fourth Turning, and it is proving to be a global movement, as evidenced by the recent elections this week in the United Kingdom.

As the Soros-backed DNC footsoldiers wreak havoc in American cities this summer, and the old political order is eclipsed by what is shaping up to be a much more democratic order, we can expect these types of events to increase in frequency as well as intensity.

Conclusion: Like it or not, divided we stand is the inner workings of the Deep State. America peaked many decades ago during the so-called ‘American High’. Since then, the middle class has been stripped of it’s wealth via the Federal Reserve and the Top .01%. To cover this great theft, the Deep State had divided the American people into a powder-keg expected to unleash in the ‘summer of rage’.

Here is an illustration of when the ‘Great Theft of the Middle Class Started’:
All the while, the American people are too busy clashing with one another - the top .01% calmly walk away."

"The Good Fight"

“The 13th Warrior: Prayers Before Final Battle”

Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: 
“Merciful Father, I have squandered my days with plans of many things. 
This was not among them...
 But at this moment, I beg only to live the next few minutes well.
 For all we ought to have thought, and have not thought;
all we ought to have said, and have not said;
all we ought to have done, and have not done...
I pray thee God for forgiveness.”

“Lo, there do I see my father.
Lo, there do I see my mother and my sisters, and my brothers.
Lo, there do I see the line of my people back to the beginning.
Lo, they do call to me,
they bid me take my place among them in the Halls of Valhalla,
where the brave may live forever.”

"The Good Fight"
by Paulo Coelho

"In 1986, I went for the first and only time on the pilgrimage known as the Way to Santiago, an experience I described in my first book. We had just finished walking up a small hill, a village appeared on the horizon, and it was then that my guide, whom I shall call Petrus (although that was not his name), said to me: "We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body. Many times in our lives we see our dreams shattered and our desires frustrated, but we have to continue dreaming. If we don’t, our soul dies.

The Good Fight is the one we fight because our heart asks it of us.The Good Fight is the one that’s fought in the name of our dreams. When we are young our dreams first explode inside us with all of their force, we are very courageous, but we haven’t yet learned how to fight. With great effort, we learn how to fight, but by then we no longer have the courage to go into combat. So we turn against ourselves and do battle within. We become our own worst enemy. We say that our dreams were childish, or too difficult to realize, or the result or our not having known enough about life. We kill our dreams because we are afraid to fight the Good Fight.

The first symptom of the process of killing our dreams is lack of time. The busiest people I have known in my life always have time enough to do everything. Those who do nothing are always tired and pay no attention to the little amount of work they are required to do. They complain constantly that the day is too short. The truth is, they are afraid to fight the Good Fight.

The second symptom of the death of our dreams lies in our certainties. Because we don’t want to see life as a grand adventure, we begin to think of ourselves as wise and fair and correct in asking so little of life. We look beyond the walls of our day-to-day existence, and we hear the sound of lances breaking, we smell the dust and the sweat, and we see the great defeats and the fire in the eyes of the warriors. But we never see the delight, the immense delight in the hearts of those engaged in the battle. For them, neither victory nor defeat is important; what’s important is only that they are fighting the Good Fight.

And, finally, the third symptom of the passing of our dreams is peace. Life becomes a Sunday afternoon; we ask for nothing grand, and we cease to demand anything more than we are willing to give. In that state we think of ourselves as being mature; we put aside the fantasies of our youth, and we seek personal and professional achievement. We are surprised when people our age say that they still want this or that out of life. But really, deep in our hearts, we know that what has happened is that we have renounced the battle for our dreams - we have refused to fight the Good Fight.

When we renounce our dreams and find peace, we go through a period of tranquility. But the dead dreams begin to rot within us and to infect our entire being. We become cruel to those around us, and then we begin to direct this cruelty against ourselves. What we sought to avoid in combat - disappointment and defeat - came upon us because of our cowardice. And one day, the dead, spoiled dreams make it difficult to breath, and we actually seek death. It’s death that frees us from our certainties, from our work, and from that terrible peace of Sunday afternoons.”

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, “Above The Clouds”

Kevin Kern, “Above The Clouds”

Musical Interlude: André RIeu, “Conquest of Paradise” & “Soldatenchor”

André RIeu, “Conquest of Paradise” & “Soldatenchor”
Amsterdam Arena, 2009

"A Look to the Heavens"

“The spiral arms of bright galaxy M106 sprawl through this remarkable multiframe portrait, composed of data from ground- and space-based telescopes. Also known as NGC 4258, M106 can be found toward the northern constellation Canes Venatici. The well-measured distance to M106 is 23.5 million light-years, making this cosmic scene about 80,000 light-years across. 
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Typical in grand spiral galaxies, dark dust lanes, youthful blue star clusters, and pinkish star forming regions trace spiral arms that converge on the bright nucleus of older yellowish stars. But this detailed composite reveals hints of two anomalous arms that don't align with the more familiar tracers. Seen here in red hues, sweeping filaments of glowing hydrogen gas seem to rise from the central region of M106, evidence of energetic jets of material blasting into the galaxy's disk. The jets are likely powered by matter falling into a massive central black hole.”

"A Refining Process..."

"Life is a refining process. Our response to it determines whether we'll be ground down or polished up. On a piano, one person sits down and plays sonatas, while another merely bangs away at "Chopsticks." The piano is not responsible. It's how you touch the keys that makes the difference. It's how you play what life gives you that determines your joy and shine."
- Barbara Johnson

“Molecular Moods”

“Molecular Moods” 
By Françoise Tibika

“Close your eyes and imagine your body, immersed in a huge network of traveling information. Imagine your five senses- sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch- interfering with the information crossing this network. And imagine your brain as a device that sorts them and translates some of them in a language you know: colors, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures. So far this sounds quite easy to imagine. But does this translation signed by your brain end there? Do you receive information other than colors, shapes, sounds, tastes, smells, or textures? 

Let us resume our former experiment. Close your eyes and imagine again that you are looking at a square red canvas. Thanks to the reactions triggered by the red photons in your eyes, your brain receives information from the outside, like a fax machine receives telephonic information. Your brain translates this information into color and shape: the canvas is red and square. But while looking at this canvas, do you receive information other than its color and shape? Wash your eyes well with the red drops coming to them, then take the red canvas away and replace it with a black one. What happens? How does it feel? Are your emotions the same in front of the red canvas and the black one? 

Are your emotions the same in front of other canvases like the "Water Lilies" by Claude Monet or "The Scream" by Edvard Munch or the "Venus" by Botticelli? If our emotions were the same in front of all of these paintings, the question is why these masters bothered so much to paint them; and what, after all, is the difference between a portrait painted by Picasso and the drawing of a child? If, however, your emotions are altered by different paintings, where does this change come from? What has changed but a very thin layer of molecules that covers the canvases? Could your emotions be related to this thin layer of molecules? Could your emotions be caused by the reaction of your own molecules? 

We usually believe that emotions belong to the domain of the mind, because emotions bring back memories and lead to thoughts and dreams; they also trigger imagination and can even invade our whole mind. But is it true that emotions belong only to the domain of the mind? Could your emotions have their source in the activity of your molecules? Could your emotions also be information coming from matter that is interpreted by your mind- information received at the end of a long chain of reactions, triggered by your sensations? Are your emotions born from matter? If they are, shouldn’t they be “located” at the “interface” between your body and your mind? Is there such a domain? 

Mind is a word that has a very broad meaning. It is, therefore, not easy to talk about mind in a context that is slightly more scientific than usual. Nevertheless, it seems that mind has many aspects. One of them might have a behavior similar to that of our molecules: it is in constant agitation and can, like our molecules, be transformed in the blink of an eye. I am speaking of that aspect of mind we commonly refer to as our “state of mind” or simply our mood. Undeniably this aspect of our mind is affected by our emotions. A sound, a word, a smile, a touch, or a look might change our mood in an instant. 

If our mood is dictated by our emotions, and if these are affected by the movement of our molecules, this means that our mood is dictated by the movement of our molecules. Is it so? Let’s investigate further. 

Is your mood affected by the scenery and the colors around you? Do you have the same emotional response whether you are closed up in your house on a stormy day or lying on a beach under the sun? Do you respond the same way to a devastated landscape as you do to a plantation of flowering peach trees? Do you believe your molecules are not involved here? When this molecular system that is you has been drastically modified-after an amputation, for example, or plastic surgery, or even simply by having your hair dyed- are your emotions affected? If so, do you think these effects have been triggered by something other than the reactions of your molecules? 

Can exercise change your state of mind? Some say that the principal aim of disciplines such as yoga, tai chi, or aikido is to change your mind-set. And what is physical activity if not a boost to some of your molecules? What about music? Don’t we say that it can change our state of mind? Don’t some pieces of music sometimes soothe you when your mind is tormented? And how do we hear a noise if not via the chemical reactions triggered in our brain by the vibrations of the tympanum? Some believe that even what we eat has an impact on our state of mind. Do you think that some dishes could excite you? And some teas calm you? And what is food if not chemical products that maintain the activity of your cells? 

Here is another striking example: antidepressants. No one can deny that antidepressants act on our state of mind. However, like any other drug, their role is to offer our molecules other partners and make them take other trajectories. How would a change in the direction of your molecules affect your mood? I am not even referring here to recreational drugs, those that are proscribed, which specifically affect the mind, such as cannabis, LSD, cocaine, ecstasy, certain mushrooms, and so on. 

Clearly, our emotions are directly related to our molecules. Our mood, that is, our state of mind, could be “a facet of mind that touches matter,” and our emotions can be imagined like a bridge or an interface between matter and mind.”

Excerpted from “Molecular Consciousness: 
Why the Universe Is Aware of Our Presence”

X22 Report, “The Fed Is Now Preparing For The Next Economic Crisis, Here's How”

X22 Report, “The Fed Is Now Preparing For The Next Economic Crisis, Here's How”
Related followup report:
X22 Report, “Those In Government Just Revealed Their True Agenda”

The Daily "Near You?"

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by!

Free Download: Olaf Stapledon, “Last and First Men"

“Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future”
by Olaf Stapledon

“Great are the stars, and man is of no account to them. But man is a fair spirit, whom a star conceived and a star kills. He is greater than those bright blind companies. For though in them there is incalculable potentiality, in him there is achievement, small, but actual. Too soon, seemingly, he comes to his end. But when he is done he will not be nothing, not as though he had never been; for he is eternally a beauty in the eternal form of things.

Man was winged hopefully. He had in him to go further than this short flight, now ending. He proposed even that he should become the Flower of All Things, and that he should learn to be the All-Knowing, the All-Admiring. Instead, he is to be destroyed. He is only a fledgling caught in a bush-fire. He is very small, very simple, very little capable of insight. His knowledge of the great orb of things is but a fledgling's knowledge. His admiration is a nestling's admiration for the things kindly to his own small nature. He delights only in food and the food-announcing call. The music of the spheres passes over him, through him, and is not heard.

Yet it has used him. And now it uses his destruction. Great, and terrible, and very beautiful is the Whole; and for man the best is that the Whole should use him.

But does it really use him? Is the beauty of the Whole really enhanced by our agony? And is the Whole really beautiful? And what is beauty? Throughout all his existence man has been striving to hear the music of the spheres, and has seemed to himself once and again to catch some phrase of it, or even a hint of the whole form of it. Yet he can never be sure that he has truly heard it, nor even that there is any such perfect music at all to be heard. Inevitably so, for if it exists, it is not for him in his littleness.

But one thing is certain. Man himself, at the very least, is music, a brave theme that makes music also of its vast accompaniment, its matrix of storms and stars. Man himself in his degree is eternally a beauty in the eternal form of things. It is very good to have been man. And so we may go forward together with laughter in our hearts, and peace, thankful for the past, and for our own courage. For we shall make after all a fair conclusion to this brief music that is man."
Freely download "Last and First Men" here:

"How Many Mysteries..."

"How many mysteries have you seen in your lifetime? How many nets pulled full over the boat's side, each silver body ready or not falling into submission? How many roses in early summer uncurling above the pale sands then falling back in unfathomable willingness? And what can you say? Glory to the rose and the leaf, to the seed, to the silver fish. Glory to time and the wild fields, and to joy. And to grief's shock and torpor, its near swoon."
- by Mary Oliver

"Humanity's Main Event, What a Show!"

Siqueiros, "The March of Humanity"
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Vangelis, "Alpha"
This music always suggested the "March of Humanity" to me... 

"Humanity's Main Event, What a Show!"
by Eric Blair

"Sometimes I meditate about sitting on the Moon watching events unfold on Earth. It seems to help me keep observational perspective on the big picture instead of getting caught up in the emotions of daily news. I imagine when I'm on the moon that there must be a great deal more beings from around the galaxy also watching the show on our planet. After all, it's the greatest show in the universe!

It's the final episode for this season of the human experiment, and the drama is unfolding at a breathtaking pace. This cycle of human history has reached a tipping point that will determine the struggle between human freedom or perpetual slavery, whether our environmental habitat will survive, whether our genome will survive high-tech mutations, and whether peace and love will prevail over hatred and war. Indeed, it's an exciting time to be observing this planet and a fantastically transformative era to experience.

The controllers of the material world continue pillaging humanity, whose awareness of their victimization begins to grow. This is causing the control grid to tighten even more drastically on dissent. The environment, ravaged by a predatory economy, is teetering on the point of an extinction level crisis. Farmers grow genetically altered food and scientists are mutating human DNA to create hybrids, each polluting the natural design. Fear, division, hatred, and war are becoming harder to sell to a public who are fast developing a case of lover's remorse.

These awakened humans are aware that this system is corrupting their experience on this planet. It seems these people want freedom in how they pursue food, clothing, shelter and happiness. People who wish to be free from limits of movement, knowledge, health, and behavior. Significantly, these conscious humans carry a far more powerful weapon than the controlling few: principles of love, peace, truth, and liberty.

It's a changing epoch where revolution is meeting evolution. Will humans free themselves and create a new society in harmony? Or become fully domesticated pets for their abusive masters? The audience can hardly wait to watch the conclusion. The establishment media (or information ministry) can no longer control information. Tyrants can no longer hide their dubious actions behind propaganda. Collective consciousness is expanding beyond the box manufactured by the system. The Internet's instant access to knowledge has freed humanity's minds. Before long, multiple sources of free energy will likely go "open source", threatening to take the whole system down.

The Internet is so powerful for human freedom that the controllers are stuck with three choices: leave it be and lose their control; censor it heavily so only sanctioned ideas are allowed; or shut it down all together. I would argue each one of these options will ultimately end in their demise. They don't have time to censor it heavily before a critical mass of awareness is reached resulting in huge public outcry and overthrow. If they shut it down, they expose their tyranny for the rest of the sleeping masses to see, also bringing an end to their game. Surely they know this, and a threat to Internet security is being manufactured accordingly to justify their censorship ambitions. Similarly, the definition of a "terrorist" is being expanded to anyone who expresses dissenting views of the controllers malevolent agenda. The great showdown is rapidly approaching.

The showdown will likely culminate in a massive event, probably engineered by the controllers. In other words, when the controllers' algorithm senses that a critical mass of aware humans is dangerously close, they will trigger the main event. Three scenarios are being bet on by my meditation pals on the moon: cataclysmic earth changes, global financial meltdown, or global Pearl Harbor event. The event must be so large that it affects everyone on Earth, otherwise it may have the reverse effect of waking up even more people - thus resulting in death for the controllers. Notably, the only scenario that may be out of their control would be enormous earth changes; a meteor strike, super volcanoes, rapid pole shift, etc. As devastating as this type of event may be for humanity, it would certainly decentralize civilization against the wishes of the controllers. For that reason alone, some of the audience are almost hoping for this type of event. Although collective consciousness may be powerful enough to actually attract such an event, it is the least likely to occur in a controlled matrix.

It used to be just doom-and-gloomers predicting a global financial meltdown. But now nearly everyone who's paying attention is expecting another, more severe, collapse any day now. In my opinion, that's why this will NOT happen - at least not before one of the other main events. Sure, they'll continue to suck the blood of the economy and play the pending disaster card for all it's worth. Yet if the financial system suffers another major catastrophic loss, there may be militias occupying Wall Street, not just peaceniks. Droves of humans were shaken awake after the 2008 economic collapse and the controllers can't afford another mass awakening.

A global Pearl Harbor event is becoming the odds-on favorite to occur in the final episode. This would likely play out as a nuclear attack or a biological weapon released on the public. A nuclear attack would immediately attract worldwide condemnation on whoever the establishment said executed it. Even hardened truthers may be emotionally swayed by the scale of the catastrophe. The victims and their allies will likely retaliate in a way that shakes the core of civilization and makes it easier to control. In the case of a genuinely deadly biological weapon like a spreading virus, the controllers may lock down entire communities and nations in quarantine and impose draconian measures to "temporarily" deal with the threat. Temporary, like the sunset clause in the USA PATRIOT Act, or the fifteen-year-old National Emergency the U.S. has been operating under. These events can be fully coordinated, especially in terms of messaging, and will assuredly result in more violence and control.

Of course, there's always the possibility that they inflict a combination of these atrocities to overload the public's capacity to think clearly. Or, as a small minority believes, a real or engineered extraterrestrial threat may surface just in time to frighten the public back into the arms of despotic global leaders. Significantly, out of desperation to maintain their power, these may be the only moves the controllers have left. But will they be enough to overcome the human world order - a growing conspiracy for love, peace and liberty? Stay tuned!”

"The Thing About The Truth..."

"You see, the thing about the truth is that it's consistent. It doesn't have
to be altered and manipulated in the face of every new piece of information 
because all the new information simply adds to the content, strength and 
credibility of the original truth." 
- Tom Dennen

The Poet: Wendell Berry, "The Peace of Wild Things"

"The Peace of Wild Things"

"When despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free."

- Wendell Berry

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Uno”

Deuter, “Uno”

“If I tried my best and fail, well, I tried my best.”
- Steve Jobs

"How It Really Is"

"I Don't Pretend..."

“I don't pretend we have all the answers. 
But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.”
- Arthur C. Clarke

"GIGO and the Intelligence of Countries: Disordered Thoughts"

"GIGO and the Intelligence of Countries: Disordered Thoughts"
by Fred Reed

"Apologies to the reader. Perhaps I wax tedious. But the question of intelligence is both interesting to me and great fun as talking about it puts commenters in an uproar. It is like poking a wasp’s nest when you are eleven. I am a bad person.

Clearing the underbrush: Obviously intelligence is largely genetic–if it were cultural in origin, all the little boys who grew up in Isaac Newton’s neighborhood would have been towering mathematical geniuses–and obviously the various tests of intellectual function have, at least among testees of similar background, considerable relation to intelligence. Some individuals have more of it than others. For example, Hillary, a National Merit Finalist, scored higher than  99.5 percent of Illinois and can reliably be suspected of being bright. Some groups are obviously smarter than other groups. Mensans and Nobelists are smarter than sociologists. Of course, so are acorns.

But knowing that a thing exists and measuring it are not the same thing. Years back, Marilyn vos Savant had a quiz column in which a question was: “Two bugs in a jar reproduce, doubling their number every minute. The jar is full in an hour. How long does it take to half fill the jar?”

I will speculate, subject to correction, that to anyone who has worked with computers, at least at the register level, the answer is obvious on inspection.  I will further speculate that those of equal intelligence, including mathematical ability, but graduates of liberal arts, will have more trouble with it. The nature of a base-two exponential expansion is probably not obvious to someone who has never seen one.

If this is so, it would seem that experience affects the ability to solve problems such as one finds on tests of mental ability. Does this increase constitute an increase in intelligence?

Children in my demographic cohort were steeped, boiled, drowned in problem-solving and manipulation of symbols. The alphabet. Writing. “Mommy Beaver has three sticks and Little Baby Beaver has four. How many….?” Long division. Linear simultaneous equations in two unknowns. Derive the quadratic formula. Division of fractions. Endless word problems: If a tank is three-quarters full when it contains ten gallons, how many gallons… All of this by the eighth grade.

Would this lead to better performance on standardized tests, to include most IQ tests, compared to that of our (imaginary) identical twins raised in the Appalachian backwoods? Whatever the difference, it would be due to experience or, if you like, culture.

Virtuosity in taking tests is similarly affected by experience in taking tests. Like most in my generation, I was subjected to unending tests: an IQ test in the second grade when my teacher thought me retarded (as many readers still do). Some sort of Virginia test. PSATs. NMSQT. SATs. GREs. Marine Corps General Qualification Test. FSEE. And so on.

As I suppose others did, I learned the technique for acing tests. Run through all the questions rapidly, picking the low-hanging fruit, putting a tick mark by those questions not instantly obvious. Run through again, answering those of the tick-markeds susceptible to a minute’s thought, double tick-marking the really difficult ones. Then to the really hard ones and finally, with an eye on the clock and knowing how the tests are scored, eliminate one or two answers on the remaining ones and guess. People who don’t know this, and try to go straight through, may not even finish.

Among the lumpen-IQatry, the tendency is to regard SATs, NAEP, and so on as surrogates for IQ, and thus for intelligence. This is error. The SATs in particular are not intelligence tests and were never intended to be. Their function was to measure the student’s ability to handle complex ideas in complex normal English, which  is what college students used to do. The tests did this well. The were not intelligence tests as their scores were functions of at least  three things, intelligence, background, and experience in taking tests. IQ =  f(a,b,c…)

Of course vocabulary is part of normal English. Consequently the famous objection that a ghetto kid would not know the word “regatta,” making the tests unfair, makes no sense. He would also not know “expurgate,” “putrescent,” “turpitude,” or “exponent.” However intelligent, he would not be ready to read university texts.

Today many students take SAT-prep courses which seem to raise scores quite a bit. If so, this largely invalidates the tests and very much works against those who cannot afford or have not heard of the prep courses.

Curiously, people who you would expect to solve problems readily sometimes don’t. When I was maybe sixteen, in its letters columns New Scientist asked, “why does a mirror reverse letters from left to right but not from top to bottom” Obviously a mirror does not reverse letters, but for a couple of weeks readers advanced theories as to why they do. At least one of these involved considerable mathematics. This surprised me since the dim presumably do not read New Scientist.

Now, countries. Equatorial Guineans are said to have a mean IQ of 59. In the absence of demonstration to the contrary, I am perfectly happy to believe that they are not very bright. (The CIA Factbook puts literacy there at 95%. You figure it out.) However, the distribution being symmetrical, more than half of them have an IQ under 60. This is in the realm of serious retardation. A substantial fraction would be below 45. Is this plausible? How can they remember to find their way home at night? Maybe they have a lot of homeless. Someone should study this.

Oddities abound. For example, purebred Mexican Indians are said to have a (mean) IQ of 83, indicating borderline retardation and suggesting that they should be at very low levels of intellectual achievement. They are. OK. So far, so good.

Colombians are said to have an IQ of 84. They run a modern country with all the credentials of airlines, telecommunications and the like. That one IQ point must be a pretty strong one, with a gym membership perhaps anabolic steroids in the medicine cabinet. Or maybe the scale is phenomenally non-linear. Or something.

American blacks are said to be at IQ 85. Being more intelligent than Colombians, they should certainly be able to run modern countries–unless maybe their one IQ point difference runs backwards. It begins to look as if each IQ point needs to be examined separately for individual behavior. And of course if blacks can run complex enterprises, that they don’t must be due to white privilege or slavery. Gotcha.

Then the Irish, long said to have a mean IQ of 86 (before being promoted to 100, perhaps for good behavior) had a First World European country. We conclude that IQ has no reliable relation to national outcome.

Curiously, in the third century BC the purebred Mexican Indians invented writing and  an exponential-positional number system, and made extraordinarily accurate astronomical observations. This would seem peculiar in the mildly retarded, but perhaps these were really smart mildly retarded Indians. Now, in the past, any time I have suggested that Mexicans might have done anything requiring intelligence, I have been assured by commenters that only white Mexicans could have done it. All right, I concede the possibility that only white really smart mildly retarded purebred Indians invented writing.  What else could explain it?

Look, I have a disordered mind. I can’t help it.

Now, unless we believe that an 83 IQ is sufficient to invent number systems–do we?–something must have drastically lowered the intelligence of those white purebred Indians. What? Since we are all good Darwinians, there must have been strong selective pressures for stupidity. This suggests a very modern organization of society. Here we enter the ghostly realm of genes assumed to exist acted upon by selective pressures that can neither be measured nor shown to have existed to produce effects which cannot be correlated with the pressures that may or may not have existed. 

But these are deep waters better left my superiors.”