You Will Be Assimilated; Resistance is Futile

Whether it is the Borg Collective or a modular cluster of the world’s tallest buildings, integrated modular innovation is the most likely scenario for a massive disruptive shift in world reality.

The Broad Group in China has achieved remarkable results in the field of rapid construction of light weight-high strength-low cost tall buildings. But it does not require one to be an expert in the multiple types of innovation to understand that this approach to innovation has applications in multiple areas of human enterprise.

The Chinese have demonstrated excellent skills in specific types of innovation, including the application of gradual and incremental innovation to modular systems — such as the modular approach to constructing high rise buildings — from ten stories high all the way up to 200 stories and higher! In fact, taking the modular approach, the limits to this approach to high rise construction have not been discovered yet.

Or, consider a modular approach to building weapons systems. Such an approach can be used to design and build a wide range of weapons systems for use on land, sea, air, and in space. Here at Al Fin, we have discussed the use of weapons swarms many times, which is a simple form of modular weapons systems. Imagine a swarm of advanced hypersonic missile delivery systems descending on your capital city, and you may understand why the Chinese are so upset over the US DARPA’s latest weapons system proposal.

This is what the Chinese are currently complaining about — although it is likely that they are crying crocodile tears in the midst of mock hysteria. Why? Because the Chinese are uniquely well positioned to manufacture modular weapons swarms, out of all the nations on Earth. They just need to perfect their approach significantly.

The only thing worse than being inundated by large swarms of modular weapons drones, is being inundated by large modular swarms of SMART weapons drones that are more nimble than any defense you have even dreamed of.

Armed, fully-autonomous drone swarms are future weapons of mass destruction. While they are unlikely to achieve the scale of harm as the Tsar Bomba, the famous Soviet hydrogen bomb, or most other major nuclear weapons, swarms could cause the same level of destruction, death, and injury as the nuclear weapons used in Nagasaki and Hiroshima—that is tens-of-thousands of deaths. This is because drone swarms combine two properties unique to traditional weapons of mass destruction: mass harm and a lack of control to ensure the weapons do not harm civilians.

Countries are already putting together very large groupings of drones. In India’s recent Army Day Parade, the government demonstrated what it claimed is a true drone swarm of 75 drones and expressed the intent to scale the swarm to more than 1,000 units. The US Naval Postgraduate School is also exploring the potential for swarms of one million drones operating at sea, under sea, and in the air. To hit Nagasaki levels of potential harm, a drone swarm would only need 39,000 armed drones, and perhaps fewer if the drones had explosives capable of harming multiple people. That might seem like a lot, but China already holds a Guinness World Record for flying 3,051 pre-programmed drones at once.

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There are several things holding the Chinese back from achieving rapid global dominance using overwhelming numbers of modular weapons drone systems and other modular weapons systems. But those problems are not insurmountable, given enough time and enough limp complicity by Europe and the Anglosphere. Given how thoroughly infiltrated those polities are by Chinese agents, the complicity is abundant, and growing.

China does well with incremental innovation and modular scaling. For 95% global dominance, that would be enough. But China also needs to dominate the stronger nations of Europe and North America — not to mention Japan. Not just dominate, but dominate overwhelmingly.

Massive manufacturing overcapacity might work if the weapons systems were tough enough and effective enough. The weapons don’t have to be the best in the world. Just good enough and numerous enough. The modular drone approach is the most likely achievable approach, and the Chinese can do that given the time and outside assistance — and economic assistance being given it by international corporations and by many European nations.

Use your imagination. Watch the high rise going up in the video above, and then imagine such modular ingenuity being applied to massive clouds of weapons drones approaching your home town by air, sea, land, and from outer space.

If we follow our current political and economic course, we will give the Chinese more than enough time and help to scale up to global dominance, using modular weapons technologies. Yes, these technologies are not as destructive as megaton scale nuclear weapons. But they are more targeted, and will leave you something to work with after you clean up the battlefield.

Go on, drag your feet. Close your eyes. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

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A Profound Portrait of a Young Girl’s Childhood

This video portrait of a bright and animated child from the age of 0 to 20 years, highlights some of the profound physical and psychological changes that occur during that time period. It takes a lot of work to get through those years undamaged.

Note that in 2012 an earlier Al Fin blog posted a video of the same girl (Lotte Hofmeester) over the time span of 0 to 12 years of life. The later video above includes her entire childhood, adding significant insight into the developmental process.

For a father to have the energy, persistence, and love to capture such a video record — and for a daughter to tolerate it over that age span — reveals a father-daughter relationship that is all too rare.

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Paranoia: The Flip Side

It seems to me that we are living in an age of paranoia, which is likely to get worse with time. Too many people are mainlining their thinking and decision making directly from a 6.7 inch screen. Is that why it was so easy for the public to accept conditions of extreme isolation in lockdowns during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic or why it was so easy for sleazy political operatives to pull of one of the greatest election frauds of modern time?

In the age of paranoia, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you! Certainly they are out to manipulate your opinion and your vote — with or without your awareness.

In this corrupt age, paranoia is inevitable. They really are out to get you, in more ways than you can imagine. We know this, but when we openly discuss the possibility that COVID mail-in ballots were used to perpetrate massive voter fraud, the charges of “you’re paranoid!” fly fast and heavy.

The mainstream definition of the word “paranoia” focuses on “feelings of persecution or deep distrust of others.” But there is a neglected aspect of the word that can add another dimension to understanding what is happening on the inside of paranoia.

paranoia

 (pӕrəˈnoiə) nouna type of mental illness in which a person has fixed and unreasonable ideas that he is very important, or that other people are being unfair or [unfriendly] to him. paranoiaˌparaˈnoiac (-ˈnoːik) , ˈparanoid (-noid) noun, adjectiveparanoicoKernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd

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Other dictionaries define paranoia as often combining a sense of grandeur with a sense of persecution. A half century ago, definitions of the word often included “a belief that the individual had special abilities or special powers.”

It should be obvious how feelings of a person’s special importance might combine with feelings of being persecuted or of being misunderstood in malicious ways.

Special strengths and special powers are attributed to super-heroes, such as Superman, Spiderman, The Flash, and so on. Thanks to Hollywood, we also attribute special powers to people who gain their abilities through strenuous training and well-maintained equipment, such as Navy Seals, SAS, elite assassins etc. Society is even fixated — via the entertainment media — to the “special powers” in fictional species such as vampires, zombies, and werewolves.

Videogames imbue our game-playing alter egos with superpowers and often give us higher levels of situational awareness than we could possibly achieve in a real crisis situation. The same mental shift occurs when watching action heroes in movies and on TV — or when reading novels and comic books about action heroes such as Jack Reacher, although fewer and fewer people have the attention span to read real books anymore.

So, when we get the justifiable impression that the official authorities and gatekeepers of information — government, media, academics, big tech and social media, corporations, nonprofits, etc. — are not being honest with us but are rather serving their own narrow interests when they push their narratives, we may find ourselves feeling just a bit paranoid.

And as we slip into a defensive paranoia, it is easy to believe that we may have special insights or special powers to confront the oversized institutions of injustice that promote false and limiting narratives that serve themselves most of all. It is easy to believe that, because we have been fed a steady diet of special powers and special strengths in our entertainments for as long as we have been alive.

Because of the covert nature of much of the procedures of mail-in ballots and electronic voting, large portions of the public have lost faith in the legitimacy of their governments. This may not be a problem when everything is going smoothly. But with illegitimate idiots in power, things are not likely to go smoothly for long — no matter how frantically the media attempts to paper over the looming mountain of problems.

While it is important to try to be aware of what is being done — both against you and on your behalf — it is also important to maintain a realistic sense of what you as an individual should try to do when confronted with an entirely corrupt and illegitimate government that attempts to enforce unjust actions or judgments. In times like this, it can be wise to maintain a low profile unless you have thought through your Plan B, Plan C, Plan D, etc.

BTW, Project Veritas is one of many groups that attempts to break through the “cone of silence” that the deep state and its complicit partners attempt to place around any evidence that might implicate the deep swamp state in blatant wrongdoing against the public. If you weren’t paranoid before, you will be. Oh yes, my precious pretties, you will be!

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True Love

Love is not a symphony. Love is an essential part of the symphony, the part that the audience waits for in anticipation. The reason people came to hear the performance.

What of Love?

True Love, Soul Mates, Life Partners

It is good if a child’s life is filled from the beginning with living examples of genuine love. A loving mother and father can provide what is needed to help the children find their niches, to give them the tools with which they can find their own ways and create their own paths.*

As a child grows toward adulthood, it is normal to look for things in the adult world which were missing from childhood. Young people may hear a lot about “true love,” and say to themselves, “That sounds like a good thing!”

But what is true love, and how will a person know when they have found it?

When I think about true love, I often trip over a related idea: “soul mate.” The two things may go together, and if they do then those are lucky lovers indeed. But true love can be built over time if the hearts are true, while soul mates seem to have been born to enrich each other — even if they never meet in the real world.

Another confusion is between “true love” and “falling in love.” Falling in love is much easier, and can be a lot like quitting drinking.

“It’s easy to quit drinking. I’ve done it a thousand times.”

WC Fields

And many people have fallen in love a thousand times — but never quite seem to find true love.

Falling in love is like being under the influence of a powerful drug. It is a wonderful feeling, to be sure. But it usually wears off, and you had better hope that you did not do too many stupid things while under the influence.

But if it doesn’t wear off — but merely calms down a bit — you may have a case of true love on your hands. If so, buckle up.

Here are some characteristics of “true love:” (Source)

1. You care about this person unconditionally. A tell-tale sign that you’ve found true love is that you absolutely and undeniably adore your partner with no strings attached. In other words, no matter what circumstances may befall you and through good times as well as bad, you support and deeply care for this person. Unconditional love is at the very heart of what true love means and entails. 

2. You fully accept your partner. An additional indicator of true love is that you understand and accept your partner for the person who he or she truly is. You’re not trying to change your mate, fix him or her and/or turn him or her into a different person. Rather, you fully accept, appreciate and adore your partner, flaws and all. 

3. You can talk about anything. When you’ve found true love, it means that you can candidly and honestly discuss anything with this person. True love implies that you’re completely truthful with your mate, aren’t holding back different aspects of your past and are able to fully open up to him or her. You share an intimacy that’s emotional as well as physical, and your loving connection is stronger because of your willingness and ability to be open and vulnerable around each other.

4. You’re completely yourself with this person. When you’ve found true love, you’re able to be totally authentic with your partner. You’re not pretending to be someone you’re not, feigning interests, passions or pastimes and/or acting in a way that doesn’t reflect the real you. Being yourself in your relationship is essential to experiencing true love. 

5. You respect each other. In order to experience true love, it also means that there’s a high level of respect, kindness and compassion between you and your partner. You can empathize with one another, see each other’s point of view and are able to resolve conflicts and squabbles in a way that’s constructive and respectful of each other’s well-being.

6. You have similar values. In order to experience true love, your morals and values have to be aligned with those of your partner. While you may have your differences, such as where you grew up, your religious background or simply your obsession with football, true love means that you’re on the same page when it comes to distinguishing right from wrong. In a word, having similar principles is a principle component of true love.

7. Your happiness levels feed off of each other. If you’re wondering if you’ve found true love, it’s important to pay close attention to your true feelings and emotions. Does making this person happy make you happy in return? Does surprising him or her or doing favors for your partner give you a rush of joy as well? When you and your partner both have a mutual desire to bring happiness and contentment to one another, you should be happy to know that you’re experiencing true love.

8. You’re a team. When you’ve found true love, it means that you’re fully committed, dedicated and devoted to each other. With true love, you and your partner work together as one unit to enrich each other’s lives for the better. And rather than behaving in a selfish or egotistical way, you think in terms of “we” instead of “me.” When it comes to true love, your mate is really your teammate. 

The soul mate relationship is different from cases of true love, although there can be some overlap. In the rare cases where soul mates also experience true love with each other, it is crucial for the lovers/soul mates to maintain a sense of perspective and connection with the real world around them. That can be difficult if they are both caught up in the intoxicating experience of love while also being synchronously locked together in the soul mate connection.

Successful “life partners” do not need to be soulmates, and they do not absolutely have to be in a “true love” experience. As long as there is deep respect, admiration, and trust, a life partner relationship is possible. With the addition of friendship to the above mix, a deep and enduring love is very possible. (Source)

Soulmate Relationship

  • You feel a deep, spiritual connection to this person almost like you have known them for a long time.
  • You have flashbacks or deja vu moments where you feel that you have been together before.
  • You seem to understand each other and have a similar way of thinking.
  • You may have similar flaws or habits, or you both had similar challenges during childhood.
  • Your connection is intense and so too is the relationship. Often it can move from extreme highs to extreme lows.
  • You feel in sync with each other even when you are not physically together. There may be a feeling of having to team up together to conquer something.
  • You know intuitively what the other is thinking or feeling. You feel very in-tune and connected with their thoughts and actions.
  • Your relationship is emotional, challenging and can bring things out in you that you didn’t know existed.
  • You may experience huge shifts and changes in your life when you first meet this person.
  • Your relationship may not last forever but the love is always there.

Life Partner Relationship

  • You feel attracted to each other physically and resonate with each others values.
  • You enjoy getting to know each other and learn about your differences and similarities- everything about each other feels new and exciting.
  • You get along like best friends- your relationship does not suffer from extremes.
  • Your relationship is based on logical or intellectual decisions.
  • You resonate with each others beliefs, ideas or religion/philosophy.
  • You both feel a sense of financial and emotional stability by being together.
  • Your relationship is based on being physically present and creating new memories.
  • You feel the need to marry or start a family in order to ‘cement’ your relationship.

In the book and movie The Princess Bride, Wesley and Buttercup were not soul mates nor did they have true love at the beginning. Early in their “relationship” Buttercup would have scorned any idea of choosing Wesley as a life partner. True love began as a dream in Wesley’s mind, and became reality when Buttercup eventually came to share that dream.

The intensity of true love can be deep enough to carry the lovers into a committed “life partner” relationship, which can help smooth the interface between the lovers and the often abrasive outside world.

The coming of children and interaction with in-laws, friends, work and business associates, and the practical problems of living, add deeper dimensions to the relationships that overlap and evolve.

Every author needs to consider his important characters in their deepest and most formative stages and longings. And of course, every person is the author of his own life, whether he knows it or not. That is why even an unemotional, no-nonsense kind of person needs occasionally to consider the centers of gravity inside himself which tug and pull in different directions — often quite uncomfortably.

Remember:

For even as love crowns you, so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth, so is he for your pruning.

The Prophet

Yes, it is good if a child’s life is filled from the beginning with living examples of genuine love. A loving mother and father truly should provide what is needed to help their children find their niches, to give them the tools with which they can find their own ways and create their own paths.

Such loving wisdom, generosity, and unselfishness are rare in parents, however. The parent too often tries to use to child as an instrument for achieving something that was missing in his own childhood. The child must then try to find examples of unselfish love, wisdom, and generosity elsewhere in his life, often unsuccessfully.

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Human Brain Networks in Sleep, Anesthesia, Psychoses, Delirium

Human consciousness and other large scale brain functions are thought to be mediated by brain networks that involve synchronous communication between distant brain regions. Whenever the brain undergoes an altered state of consciousness, it is expected that there is an alteration in at least some of the brain networks.

For example, in sleep, general anesthesia, psychoses, and delirium, distinct changes in brain network function from the normal waking state have been detected. As we get better tools for imaging the function of different brain networks, it should be possible to measure the degree of mental fatigue, level of cooperativeness, level of honesty or engagement, degree of intoxication, level of psychosis or delirium, etc.

The image below looks at the effect of sub-anesthetic doses of the drug ketamine on four different brain networks, using fMRI. From the study: Pharmacological fMRI: Effects of subanesthetic ketamine on resting-state functional connectivity in the default mode network, salience network, dorsal attention network and executive control network – ScienceDirect

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In another study, researchers examined how quickly normal brain function returned to normal healthy subjects after being kept under general anesthesia for three hours:

In the study, 30 healthy adults were anesthetized for three hours. Their brain activity was measured with EEG and their sleep-wake activity was measured before and after the experiment. Each participant was given cognitive tests—designed to measure reaction speed, memory, and other functions—before receiving anesthesia, right after the return of consciousness, and then every 30 minutes thereafter.

Analyzing EEG and test performance, the researchers found that recovery of consciousness and cognition is a process that unfolds over time, not all at once. To the investigators’ surprise, one of the brain functions that came online first was abstract problem solving, controlled by the prefrontal cortex, whereas other functions such as reaction time and attention took longer to recover.

Escape from Oblivion: How the Brain Reboots after Deep Anesthesia (uofmhealth.org)

One of the longer-term side effects of general anesthesia — usually in the elderly — is the mental state of delirium. Delirium is also common in various metabolic states and exposure to a wide range of brain altering drugs.

Delirium is an acute neuropsychiatric syndrome characterized by altered levels of attention and awareness with cognitive deficits. It is most prevalent in elderly hospitalized patients and related to poor outcomes. Predisposing risk factors, such as older age, determine the baseline vulnerability for delirium, while precipitating factors, such as use of sedatives, trigger the syndrome. Risk factors are heterogeneous and the underlying biological mechanisms leading to vulnerability for delirium are poorly understood. We tested the hypothesis that delirium and its risk factors are associated with consistent brain network changes. We performed a systematic review and qualitative meta-analysis and included 126 brain network publications on delirium and its risk factors. Findings were evaluated after an assessment of methodological quality, providing N=99 studies of good or excellent quality on predisposing risk factors, N=10 on precipitation risk factors and N=7 on delirium. Delirium was consistently associated with functional network disruptions, including lower EEG connectivity strength and decreased fMRI network integration. Risk factors for delirium were associated with lower structural connectivity strength and less efficient structural network organization. Decreased connectivity strength and efficiency appear to characterize structural brain networks of patients at risk for delirium, possibly impairing the functional network, while functional network disintegration seems to be a final common pathway for the syndrome.

Brain network disintegration as a final common pathway for delirium: a systematic review and qualitative meta-analysis – ScienceDirect

Psychosis is another abnormal mental state that is coming within the diagnostic reach of advanced brain imaging. Better tools are needed, but it is likely that better tools are coming.

Progressive reconfiguration of resting-state brain networks as psychosis develops: Preliminary results from the North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study (NAPLS) consortium (biorxiv.org)

The studies linked below look at the changes in brain networks during various levels of sleep, anesthesia, and parasomnias.

In Deep Sleep, Brain Networks Break Down | Technology Networks

NREM sleep stages specifically alter dynamical integration of large-scale brain networks: iScience (cell.com)

The pattern of interconnections between brain functional regions appears to differentiate sleep-related perceptions from hallucinations, creating a point of difference with regards to the transfer of information between functional networks.

Compromised signal propagation to the prefrontal cortex appears common to both phenomena, explaining the failure of top-down control and inhibitory influences in hallucinations (row 2, table 1 ), 81 , 82 but the point of rarity may lie in the extent and severity of this disconnection.

  • In REM sleep, connectivity between higher-order association and prefrontal areas, and unimodal sensory areas, is entirely suspended 68 and characterized by closed-loop circuits. This characteristic feature of REM sleep perhaps promotes the continuous stream of perceptions with bizarre and fantastical elements reported during dreams. With waking hallucinations, by contrast, connectivity between anterior frontal and posterior sensory regions is generally retained, although typically abnormally modulated 83 , 84 and more precisely delineated. Similarly, connectivity of DMN with other networks may be unstable or weakly connected, but nonetheless functionally active. 85 In support, some level of top-down integration is necessary in hallucinations to account for appraisals and beliefs (row 7) and daytime dysfunctions (row 9);
  • During hallucinations, the planum temporale is activated and correlated with the experience of a sensory signal originating in external space (row 8, table 1 ). 86 This activation may assist in amplifying signals to acquire external qualities, and is absent during sleep

What Is the Link Between Hallucinations, Dreams, and Hypnagogic–Hypnopompic Experiences? | Schizophrenia Bulletin | Oxford Academic (oup.com)

The better we get at functional brain imaging, the better we will be able to differentiate the brain network states that are seen in normal waking, normal sleep, general anesthesia, disorders of brain functioning as seen in neurological and psychiatric conditions, and in ever subtler grades of alterations in any of the above.

The relationship between general anesthesia, brain function, and consciousness mechanisms is complex. As a matter of fact, anesthetic agents do not blunt out brain function globally but exert specific and dose-dependent effects on brain systems that sustain internal consciousness and perception of the environment. Each agent has its own mechanism of action, and dose-dependently induces distinct phenomenological altered consciousness states. Answering the questions that have recently emerged following recent discoveries on anesthetic brain effects will probably permit new insights into the specific diagnoses of anesthesia-induced altered states of consciousness, and into the understanding of the different aspects of consciousness itself. In that respect, general anesthesia can be considered as a flexible probe to explore consciousness.

Frontiers | General Anesthesia: A Probe to Explore Consciousness | Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience

These tools can do a lot of good as they are perfected. They can also be abused by unscrupulous persons and systems. Just be aware.

More: The female menstrual cycle involves ongoing reorganization of brain networks. This means that a woman’s brain will function differently at different stages of her monthly menstrual cycle. It is not politically correct to say that brain function can be different between men and women. How much less politically correct to say that a woman’s brain can function differently from itself, depending upon where in the monthly cycle it may be?

Human “consciousness” is a fascinating phenomenon. Learning more about the synchronous brain networks that modulate both the conscious and subconscious thought processes, would be a wonderful way to begin to understand our idiosyncrasies.

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Irony

Irony is the figurative term for the disconnect between what appears to happen or what is apparently being said and the actual truth or reality. __ Source

The singer in the song above expresses one meaning in the lyrics, while it is clear to everyone listening that the opposite is the truth.

In the book excerpt below, the emotions and expectations of the characters suggests a certain outcome in the near future of Europe, while the readers of the book know quite well that an entirely different outcome occurred. This contradiction throws most readers into an ironic state of mind when evaluating the thoughts and actions of the characters as the story proceeds:

One afternoon the two young women were addressing envelopes for the Progressive Club on the du Preez’ veranda, and talking about Europe after the war. Italy was certain to be communist, and so was France. In five years there would be a communist Europe. They imagined it as a release into freedom, a sudden flowering into goodness and justice. They already felt themselves to be part of it.

Doris Lessing from Children of Violence #3 A Ripple from the Storm

Irony takes place daily, on different levels.

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There is something called “the ironic tone” which is utilized by writers when they want to play with the reader (and the topic) a bit.

In fiction, an author can express an ironic tone through the use of diction, paradox, juxtaposition, character actions, plot or dialogue. An author’s specific choice of language can create irony through the description of a character. A malicious character might be described as being gentle as a wolf, with the fundamental disparity in the description serving to create an ironic tone.

An ironic tone can also be created through dialogue choices. A wife who finds her husband boring and predicable might remark, “I just never know what you’re going to say next.” Because the reader knows that the opposite is true, the dialogue creates a tone of irony. Sarcasm is one of the more overt methods to create an ironic tone, but irony often depends on more subtle, understated language to make its point. The woman might instead simply remark, “Interesting.” If the reader knows that the husband is boring, the tone of irony is clear, even if the wife’s remark is less caustic.

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Our transparently phony social institutions — government, universities, all forms of media including social media platforms, corporations, political activism, etc. — cry out for ironical treatment. Unfortunately, the social institutions that would ordinarily be devoted to the ironical treatment of this widespread blatant phoniness in society, are at the very heart of the phoniness. They cannot be expected to satirize themselves!

And so the population is expected to suffer this top-level hypocrisy in complacent silence, as if the people of the free world had no more minds to contest the force-fed falsities given them by the crooks at the top, than do the people of North Korea or communist China.

Well, perhaps they’re right.

On the other hand, the people who are running the current iteration of “the scam” seem particularly unattractive and unconvincing to me, even when compared with their predecessors. While they are attempting to champion particularly unpopular policies to an increasingly skeptical public, they are also displaying a level of incompetence on a practical level which is certain to come back to bite them.

Am I saying that we should be cynical about everything that is happening around us these days? Well, as I once told a young fellow communard while we were on beer and cheese making detail for the commune, once cynicism is given a foothold it tends to expand and grow until it finally consumes cynicism itself. At that point it can be said to have come full circle. I know that I was right, because every single pothead who was eavesdropping on our conversation suddenly stopped and nodded their heads sagely, muttering, “deep, man, deep.”

But irony is more nuanced than cynicism, so work on your skills.

I do recommend an attitude of profound skepticism toward anything that resembles an ideology, whether secular or religious. I will leave it to you to decide how to untangle ordinary day to day life from the scores of ideologies that oppress us from every direction. You are not alone, and it is likely that the tangle that you are facing has been dealt with by many others before you. The internet can be useful when looking for untangling tools, but do not neglect physical libraries in your area, or the human assets which would willingly assist you.

This short mention of irony is meant to help you keep in mind how multi-faceted and multi-dimensional reality can be. Whatever you think you know, is probably wrong on many levels. But it is one thing to suffer because we fooled ourselves into making a mistake. It is another thing to passively allow our “betters” to make long and lucrative careers out of fooling us.

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What Do Women Want, Anyway!?!?

To answer that question, it is important to understand that there are very real differences between men and women — starting fairly early in the womb.

Watch the video above, or go to this website to reflect on 50 of the genuine differences between boys and girls, men and women. We may as well be different species of beings, for all the differences in how we view the world. And yet in many ways, we are the same. It is possible to understand each other, but we have to try in an honest and open manner. That attitude can be very rare in men or women.

When considering the question “What Do Women Want?” it is important to distinguish between women who are on the feminine end of the spectrum, and women who are on the masculine end. Most women tend to be more toward the feminine end of womanhood, so understanding what is most important to that larger group of women will be useful to most men who are interested in interacting with women.

Feminine women are very interested in being provided safety, security, and certainty. If a man can supply those things to a feminine woman, she will give him a lot of leeway in other departments. But safety, security, and certainty don’t always come from money and power. If the man cannot supply a sufficient level of emotional safety, security, and certainty beyond physical and material needs, he is leaving himself vulnerable to being taken out by men capable of supplying both, and more. Emotional fulfillment comes from a genuine connection, and that can only happen in the long term when partners are honest.

Romance and adventure are the icing on the cake for feminine women, but not the cake itself.

Masculine women and in-between women are a different story, of course, although inside every masculine woman is a feminine woman just waiting to grab the controls — if only for a long enough time to turn her world topsy-turvy.

Masculine women obtain safety, security, and certainty for themselves in much the same ways that men set about to provide them. But they often do not mind the additional safety, security, and certainty that a man can provide — along with a solid portion of romance and adventure.

In-between women are more subject to swinging from an internal source of certainty to an external source of certainty. Much depends upon the hormone flows, past and present.

“Every single baby starts out the same gender in the womb. There’s no difference between male and female babies, we’re all female. I did, you did, Sylvester Stallone did, and we all did. We all start out in the world as a little girl and it’s not till eight weeks that things start to change. The hormone that drives a baby’s development in the womb up to the week eight mark is oestrogen. This is the key female hormone and is a growth promoting hormone. In a baby’s brain, it promotes the development of huge amounts of connections between the two hemispheres of the brain and channels development to the communication and emotional memory areas of the brain. In a female baby, this development continues all the way through their gestation period and continues to drive their development all the way through their life.”

“This isn’t the case in male babies. At the week eight mark, a huge shift happens. Oestrogen production is reduced dramatically and testosterone floods into the brain. This starts to produce huge changes. A lot of the connections between the two hemispheres are cut and instead of directing resources to the communication areas, they’re instead directed to the aggression and sex drive areas of the brain. These are the areas that drive competitiveness and action.”

“The difference between the two paths isn’t small. It’s huge. And it shapes the way females and males engage their world, right from birth.”

Why Nice Guys Finish Last

After you take the time to study and think about the 50 Real Differences between men and women, boys and girls, you may want to take some time to listen to some real thoughts of adolescent and pre-adolescent girls, as their brains are developing into the brains of grown women. Puberty provides the second great divide between boys and girls, and while perhaps not as profound as what happens inside the womb, it is still a real zinger!

The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank) Audio

A Young Girl’s Diary (via Sigmund Freud) Audio

For some reason, girls seem to take to writing diaries more than boys do. The two diaries above are quite famous and provide a lot of grist for the mill for people who are curious about what goes through those transitioning minds during that critical period.

The differences in the brains and bodies of men and women help explain why men dominate in mathematics, the hard sciences, and a wide range of sports, hobbies, and professions such as chess, tennis, and long distance running.

But women can become world class doctors, lawyers, writers, musicians, psychologists, and politicians. Women comprise a wide range of potentials and are propelled by a variety of motivations and drives. It is not a simple question to ask, “What Do Women Want?”

But if you are a man asking the question of a particular woman, don’t be stupid enough to assume that she wants the same things that you want. Perhaps she does, but don’t assume. If you really want to know, you are going to have to take some chances that you may not be prepared to take. You may have a lot of Jungian shadows that consume too much of your inner energy and confidence, preventing you from opening up to the vital experiences needed to form a genuine connection.

If so, you wouldn’t be the first or the last to stay in that limbo until you die. But it would be more energizing and invigorating to break out of that prison of habit and rigidity that only grows tighter with age — unless something drastic is done.

More: The male instinct to protect and defend women and children is far from obsolete

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When a Trillion People Live, Work, and Play in Outer Space

Colonizers Have Always Been the Salvation of Humanity

From the very first, it is the human instinct to migrate and colonize new territory that maximizes the odds for human survival. Always looking for better hunting grounds, better fishing, better trade routes, and better farmlands, humans have spread out to populate most of the land masses of Earth, and have adapted to live and prosper in dozens of climates and microbiomes. It is better not to have all your eggs in one basket.

The tendency for humans to form governments and for governments to claim bounded territories, has put a damper on human migrations and colonization in recent times. Fortunately, the Earth and its fossilized government and intergovernmental rent-seekers only represent a tiny part of the solar system.

The two wealthiest men on Earth — Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos — have their own ideas for how best to move humans beyond their Earth-bound limitations into the outer universe at large. Elon Musk wants to move at least a million humans to Mars, which he sees as the best off-Earth outpost for human habitation. Jeff Bezos wants to build millions of giant orbiting space colonies to house at least a trillion people well away from the home planet.

Other visionaries have their eyes on Luna as a stepping off point and colonization destination. Humans have already landed on the moon, which has now been shown to have a supply of frozen water — and Luna is much closer and more accessible to Earth than any other planetary surface. The Earth’s moon has abundant building materials for infrastructure, and plenty of sunlight for half the days of every month. And once humans master the technical difficulties of nuclear fusion, Luna will have enough He3 fuel to generate power for millions of years. With enough reasons for economic activity on and around the moon, and the cislunar economy cannot be far off. After that we are likely to see $trillionaires sprouting up as quickly as we have seen $billionaires sprouting over the past few decades.

With a diverse array of companies each taking care of one small part of the infrastructure and activities needed to keep a healthy economy going in space, the pieces of the cislunar economy are beginning to fall into place. This is all thanks to a combination of different factors such as policy initiatives, new technologies, and the new millionaires and billionaires that are part of the generation of Orphans of Apollo coming together at the right moment in history.

We live in exciting times for space — and for Earth — and we may be on the brink of the expansion of humans into space, once and for all.

Cislunar Economy

Water and other volatile materials will be limiting factors for human growth in space. Luna does not have all that is needed, nor does Mars — at least not in adequate quantities for the long term. Humans will have to move on to the asteroid belt (Ceres), and the outer planets and their moons — some of which seem to be very rich in water. Further out, the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud provide more water and volatiles — albeit spread out over a very large volume.

The “Generation Ship” approach to human migration outside of the solar system, is an old idea, and probably best viewed as a last resort. If humans can ever build a self-sufficient large-scale orbiting space colony, then it is possible that they can build a viable generation ship. Alternatively, if humans can achieve a foolproof hibernation chamber that allows humans to survive in stasis for hundreds of years without appreciable harm, a “generation” ship would seem a more reasonable approach to long distance migration than it does now. The 2016 movie “Passengers” suggests reasons why someone on the ship should be awake at all times.

It should be obvious to readers that we are discussing plans for a human future that stretches far out in time — long after all of us are likely to be dead and forgotten. So either we need to invent some radical life extension technologies, or we need to learn to view our own deaths — and the deaths of everyone we know or can conceive of ever knowing — in a very philosophical manner. Humans tend to be short-term thinkers and planners, and generally scorn those who dream in the longer term.

And yet it is those who are capable of seeing and planning for the far horizons, who often initiate the chains of actions which allow enough humans to survive and move on from crisis to crisis.

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos each want to become the first $trillionaire king of space. It is the human impulse to wish to profit from opportunity and to achieve dominance over competitors. Up to this point, neither has been forced to deal with the dictatorial deal-killing instincts of governments and government officials — at least not in absolute terms. Eventually, one government or another will attempt to extort control from these would-be private enterprise space tycoons. China is in an excellent position to force concessions from private US companies, as long as it has friends in high places of the US government who can be easily manipulated.

Very few people can envision how the economies of the solar system can shift, given a very small number of breakthroughs and effective infrastructure building outside of traditional power zones.

Jeff Bezos talks about “trillions” of humans living in the solar system, with 1,000 Mozarts and 1,000 Einsteins living and working among them. But just a few more breakthroughs and we can have 1,000,000 Einsteins and 10,000,000 Mozarts — if we want. What if the new infrastructures multiply the effective impact of each Einstein or Mozart by powers of ten? It will be a world and an economy that no one now can imagine.

On the other side of the coin, no one is willing to admit that it is possible to have quadrillions of humans existing in the universe, with not a single Mozart or Einstein among them. How is that possible? Think about it.

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Is World Population In Terminal Decline?

This ticking time bomb is not going away, no matter how intently we ignore it.

The change may take decades, but once it starts, decline (just like growth) spirals exponentially. With fewer births, fewer girls grow up to have children, and if they have smaller families than their parents did — which is happening in dozens of countries — the drop starts to look like a rock thrown off a cliff.

“It becomes a cyclical mechanism,” said Stuart Gietel Basten, an expert on Asian demographics and a professor of social science and public policy at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. “It’s demographic momentum.”

Some countries, like the United States, Australia and Canada, where birthrates hover between 1.5 and 2, have blunted the impact with immigrants. But in Eastern Europe, migration out of the region has compounded depopulation, and in large parts of Asia, the “demographic time bomb” that first became a subject of debate a few decades ago has finally gone off.

South Korea’s fertility rate dropped to a record low of 0.92 in 2019 — less than one child per woman, the lowest rate in the developed world. Every month for the past 59 months, the total number of babies born in the country has dropped to a record depth.

NYT

From East Asia to Europe to North America, populations in developed and emerging nations are on the brink of rapid decline. Goodbye singularity. Hello idiocracy.

Maternity wards are already shutting down in Italy. Ghost cities are appearing in northeastern China. Universities in South Korea can’t find enough students, and in Germany, hundreds of thousands of properties have been razed, with the land turned into parks.

NYT

It is foolish to see this crisis primarily in terms of the closing of maternity wards and schools from K-U. Focusing primarily on the coming pension and social security crisis is likewise short sighted. The nightmare that is coming should be seen through the lens of infrastructure collapse due to critical skills shortages, as the people who keep the lights on and keep the food growing and transported to your tables more rapidly retire and die, without replacement.

More intelligent people around the world are choosing not to have children. Since IQ is up to 80% heritable, we are seeing an accelerating decline in global average population IQ. Those skills and occupations which keep advanced societies advanced, are becoming more scarce with time. Eventually, that scarcity will become critical.

As the process of decay continues, one will no longer count on lights coming on at the flip of a switch, or being able to call 911 and expect a meaningful response. Food and fuel will be harder to come by, and obtaining quality repairs for technical equipment will become more difficult and expensive.

Average IQ makes a difference. If you don’t think so, try living in Rhodesia — er — Zimbabwe. A shift in population quickly in that country led to a rapid collapse in infrastructure and quality of life. The same thing is occurring in South Africa.

The ongoing baby bust in the larger world will take longer to cause a shift from a functioning to a non-functioning society. But the mechanisms are there.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. The fraudulent US government and the decadent institutions of society are not helping, but are instead bringing on decline much more quickly than would otherwise be the case.

More: Below is the latest from Peter Zeihan on the geopolitics of the ongoing demographic transition. Interestingly, the talk is given with a focus on India, giving some of the old ideas a slightly new flavor.

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US CDC Perpetrates a Giant Fraud

Guest Article by Kit Knightly

The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) is altering its practices of data logging and testing for “Covid19” in order to make it seem the experimental gene-therapy “vaccines” are effective at preventing the alleged disease.

They made no secret of this, announcing the policy changes on their website in late April/early May, (though naturally without admitting the fairly obvious motivation behind the change).

The trick is in their reporting of what they call “breakthrough infections” – that is people who are fully “vaccinated” against Sars-Cov-2 infection, but get infected anyway.

Essentially, Covid19 has long been shown – to those willing to pay attention – to be an entirely created pandemic narrative built on two key factors:

  1. False-postive tests. The unreliable PCR test can be manipulated into reporting a high number of false-positives by altering the cycle threshold (CT value)
  2. Inflated Case-count. The incredibly broad definition of “Covid case”, used all over the world, lists anyone who receives a positive test as a “Covid19 case”, even if they never experienced any symptoms.

Without these two policies, there would never have been an appreciable pandemic at all, and now the CDC has enacted two policy changes which means they no longer apply to vaccinated people.

Firstly, they are lowering their CT value when testing samples from suspected “breakthrough infections”.

From the CDC’s instructions for state health authorities on handling “possible breakthrough infections” (uploaded to their website in late April):

For cases with a known RT-PCR cycle threshold (Ct) value, submit only specimens with Ct value ≤28 to CDC for sequencing. (Sequencing is not feasible with higher Ct values.)

Throughout the pandemic, CT values in excess of 35 have been the norm, with labs around the world going into the 40s.

Essentially labs were running as many cycles as necessary to achieve a positive result, despite experts warning that this was pointless (even Fauci himself said anything over 35 cycles is meaningless).

But NOW, and only for fully vaccinated people, the CDC will only accept samples achieved from 28 cycles or fewer. That can only be a deliberate decision in order to decrease the number of “breakthrough infections” being officially recorded.

Secondly, asymptomatic or mild infections will no longer be recorded as “covid cases”.

That’s right. Even if a sample collected at the low CT value of 28 can be sequenced into the virus alleged to cause Covid19, the CDC will no longer be keeping records of breakthrough infections that don’t result in hospitalisation or death.

From their website:

As of May 1, 2021, CDC transitioned from monitoring all reported vaccine breakthrough cases to focus on identifying and investigating only hospitalized or fatal cases due to any cause. This shift will help maximize the quality of the data collected on cases of greatest clinical and public health importance. Previous case counts, which were last updated on April 26, 2021, are available for reference only and will not be updated moving forward.

Just like that, being asymptomatic – or having only minor symptoms – will no longer count as a “Covid case” but only if you’ve been vaccinated.

The CDC has put new policies in place which effectively created a tiered system of diagnosis. Meaning, from now on, unvaccinated people will find it much easier to be diagnosed with Covid19 than vaccinated people.

Consider…

Person A has not been vaccinated. They test positive for Covid using a PCR test at 40 cycles and, despite having no symptoms, they are officially a “covid case”.

Person B has been vaccinated. They test positive at 28 cycles, and spend six weeks bedridden with a high fever. Because they never went into a hospital and didn’t die they are NOT a Covid case.

Person C, who was also vaccinated, did die. After weeks in hospital with a high fever and respiratory problems. Only their positive PCR test was 29 cycles, so they’re not officially a Covid case either.

The CDC is demonstrating the beauty of having a “disease” that can appear or disappear depending on how you measure it.

To be clear: If these new policies had been the global approach to “Covid” since December 2019, there would never have been a pandemic at all.

If you apply them only to the vaccinated, but keep the old rules for the unvaccinated, the only possible result can be that the official records show “Covid” is much more prevalent among the latter than the former.

This is a policy designed to continuously inflate one number, and systematically minimise the other.

What is that if not an obvious and deliberate act of deception?

The above is a guest article by Kit Knightly, originally published in the Off-Guardian

Al Fin comment:

This is what happens when politicians take over public health agencies. In politics, sickness and loss of life are only meaningful if they serve a political purpose. It helps immensely if you can get the media on board with your political narrative. In the corrupt world we find ourselves, consider that a given.

More:

Masks did not help

How COVID deaths were fraudulently misrepresented

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Island Home Saga Continues

First it was the razor wire along the top of the fence between the Schmidts and adjacent properties — including that of Al Fin’s family. Then it was the guard towers at the Schmidt property corners, with remote controlled cameras, motion detector lights, and what looked like 50 caliber machine guns in each tower.

Al Fin and his third wife, Nadia, were in their front room discussing the problem.

“What did you find out from the DA’s office in town?” Fin asked his young wife.

Nadia sighed after taking a long sip of white wine. “Adolph Schmidt is a retired prison guard captain from Kansas. He worked at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary while it was still a maximum security facility.”

“That may explain the razor wire and the guard towers, but how can he justify those 50 caliber machine guns?”

Nadia took her time drinking the wine glass dry, then slowly refilled it. She paused with the glass just in front of her lips, “The assistant DA sent a patrol car to have a talk with Schmidt. He says the machine guns are replicas, just for show. They can’t fire real rounds.”

Suddenly 10 year old Emma popped unexpectedly out of her nook in the bay window, where she had been quietly reading. “Those boys waved their penises at me over the fence and laughed! It wasn’t funny, Daddy! Valerie wanted to call the police, but ELIZA said I should talk to you first. What are you going to do, Daddy?”

Al Fin stood and started for the door, muttering, “Those little shits! I wish they had cut them off on the razor wire.” He was feeling a fire in his chest that urged some kind of action.

Nadia moved smoothly to intercept Fin halfway to the door, and put her hand calmly on his arm. Fin stopped automatically and looked at his wife with a slightly quizzical look on his face. In her young eyes Fin saw an old expression that quenched the fire in his chest and made his previously strong legs almost wobble.

“There’s no need to go off half cocked,” Nadia murmured through a wicked-looking Mona Lisa smile. Then she winked. Without the smile, she went on, “The boys are not the problem. The father no doubt put them up to it. If he didn’t tell them to do it directly, his attitude influenced them. It’s a dominance thing the father picked up at the prison, and it rubbed off on the boys. They probably do the same thing to their little sister, like a family ritual dominance hierarchy.”

“So what do I do about it?” Fin asked with genuine curiosity, since it seemed that his wife knew a lot more about this situation than he himself did.

Nadia looked vaguely over her left shoulder, away from Fin, and shook her head slowly. “You should wait a few days and let me see what I can do. The screaming that sometimes comes from the basement tells me that Schmidt is a sadistic and domineering bastard who can’t control his own temper. All meditation aside, the last thing I want to see, from a lawyer’s point of view, is you confronting that kind of person directly, especially when you feel you are defending your family.”

Suddenly Fin remembered that 10 year old Emma was standing there watching and listening. “Emma, why don’t you go outside and play for a while?”

“But Daddy, those boys might be out there! Yesterday they were shooting at ELIZA with slingshots!”

“Goddammit!” Fin again turned toward the door, but once again he stopped at the touch of Nadia’s hand on his arm.

“It’s alright, Al. Emma can stay close to the house for now, and out of the line of sight from the Schmidt property. Neither ELIZA nor Valerie will be hurt by anything those boys might do. Let’s give the machines the job of covertly surveilling the Schmidts for a few days while I do a little more research on Adolph. Between the three of us, we may come up with an antidote to this poison.”

And so an uneasy truce settled over the boundary between the Fin and the Schmidt properties. It did not go unnoticed in the neighborhood, and indeed on the island at large. Especially interested was local writer and resident Charles Kingsley. He had been told by Al Fin not to involve himself, but just in case, he had ranged and sighted his sniper rifle on all four guard towers and on the new security gate guardhouse leading into the Schmidt property from the road.

Meanwhile, at the Fin house the ex-wives carried on their lives as usual, making life difficult for their ex-husband, their children, the domestic help, and the intelligent machines of the household. The two older boys continued to go surfing and cruising the island roads, going on regular sailing excursions with their Dad.

At her office, Nadia was collecting some interesting materials on their troublesome neighbor, and as she did, her smile grew wider, showing more of her teeth.

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The More Words, the Less Truth

To use many words to communicate few thoughts is everywhere the unmistakable sign of mediocrity. To gather much thought into few words stamps the man of genius.  Arthur Schopenhauer (Bio and work)

Proverbs 10:19 The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words.

I don’t care how much a man talks, if he only says it in a few words. Josh Billings (19th Cent. American humorist contemporary of Mark Twain)

The hardest thing for a writer to be, is honest. Honest words painfully expose the writer for the idiot and humbug that he knows himself to be, deep down… Taking that risk is how he allows himself to be good.

‘The aim is to burn through to first thoughts, to the place where energy is unobstructed by social politeness or internal censor, to the place where you are writing what your mind actually sees and feels, not what it thinks it should see or feel. You must be a great warrior when you contact on first thoughts and write from them. Especially at the beginning you may feel great emotions and energy that will sweep you away, but you don’t stop writing. Your internal editor might be saying: “You are a jerk, whoever said you could write, I hate your work, you suck, I’m embarrassed, you have nothing valuable to say, and besides you can’t spell…” Sound familiar? The more clearly you know the editor, the better you can ignore it.  Don’t be abstract. Write the real stuff. Be honest and detailed.’

From Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, quoted by Dina Davis

Natalie Goldberg’s book Writing Down the Bones shows a path to skillful, creative writing which is most often the shortest path to a writer’s truth.

Good books are built on good paragraphs, and good paragraphs on good sentences. Good sentences rest on good words — no more or less than needed, and in the particular order that punches hardest. “Good” means real, with a sense of the original.

Public speakers could follow the same set of rules. Sermons, weddings, funerals, and lectures… Say what needs to be said in the best way you can, but no more.

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Ask Me and I Will Play

Everyone has a song to sing, a story to tell, and love that they hold inside. Whether they are willing to bravely take the stage and put it out there for everyone to see, depends upon how their brain weighs the risk and the reward. Someone who thinks the entire universe is out to get them is less likely to risk being rejected than someone who typically expects to encounter good people and good things along the path.

In her book “Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain,” psychologist Elaine Fox explains recent brain research that digs into the reasons why some people expect to encounter mostly pleasant people and experiences, and others expect constant bad news and disappointment. Dr. Fox provides a short introduction to the topic in the video below:

Sometimes the optimists are wrong. But on the average, the “sunny brain” people tend to have happier and more successful lives. “Our personalities have a profound effect on the life events we experience.” Perhaps being willing to take chances to go for golden opportunities leads to bigger payoffs over the long run, than just sitting on the sidelines for fear of failing.

Elaine Fox “Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain

There are genetic and physiological reasons why some people have sunny brains that expect success, and others have rainy brains that are counting on failure. And there are certainly experiential reasons for why some brains expect one outcome, while other brains are certain of the opposite outcome.

Being afraid to try guarantees lower achievement levels and fewer pleasurable situations and relationships, leads to more inflammatory and degenerative diseases, and seems to shorten lifespans. The pessimistic mindset may be partially based upon genetic factors, but it tends to be self-reinforcing due to ongoing negative life experiences.

Notice that in the lyrics of the Paul Simon song “Song for the Asking,” the singer is not playing all his love. He is offering to play it, if the person will only ask:

Here is my song for the asking
Ask me and I will play
So sweetly, I’ll make you smile

This is my tune for the taking
Take it, don’t turn away
I’ve been waiting all my life

Thinking it over, I’ve been sad
Thinking it over, I’d be more than glad
To change my ways for the asking
Ask me and I will play
All the love that I hold inside

Paul Simon

In this way, he only risks total rejection if he is asked to play all of his love. Like a salesman offering to give a sales pitch, he is risking something — but not everything. He is only risking everything if he puts it all out there, where rejection can be total.

It is that risk of rejection against which we must fortify the minds and spirits of the young so that their lives will not be stunted unnecessarily. Even for those who may be genetically and physiologically predisposed to avoiding social risk, there are certainly strategies and tactics that can be taught to help the youngsters to break through the seemingly insurmountable barriers between where he is and where he might wish to be if he only dared.

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Slavery Is Not a Crime, In Half the World’s Countries

For almost the entire history of the human world, slavery has been a staple industry. And apparently, in half the world it still is.

India has the highest number of slaves in the world at 18.4 million slaves. This number is higher than the Netherlands‘ population and is approximately 1.4% of India’s entire population. All forms of modern slavery exist in India, including forced child labor, forced marriage, commercial sexual exploitation, bonded labor, and forced recruitment into non-state armed groups.

China has the second-highest number of slaves at 3.4 million, which is less than a quarter of India’s. Other countries with significantly high slave populations are RussiaNigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, IndonesiaEgyptMyanmarIranTurkey, and Sudan.

World Population Review

In half the countries of the world, slave owners are not committing a crime. There is no talk of “reparations” for descendants of slaves in those countries — that category would take in far too many of their people, past, present, and future.

It is safe to say that slavery has been the way of the world as far back into the human past as can be historically documented. It is also highly likely that human slavery will continue to exist until economic and technological factors make the institution non-viable. And that point is not likely to be reached for a long, long time.

The video below takes a quick and superficial look at modern slavery:

According to the map in the video above, most modern slaves are from south and east Asia. Next most common are sub-Saharan African slaves. Next most numerous are European and Eurasian slaves. Slaves in the MENA and in the Americas make up the balance.

But of course, a true census of modern slaves is impossible, since very few modern slave owners would willingly cooperate with such a census — for reasons of raising international disapproval which might interfere with business.

The fuss being made in US political circles over “reparations” to descendants of long-dead black slaves seems more than a little gratuitous and opportunistic, given the ongoing stark reality of slavery around the world — and the likelihood that as the populations of European peoples decline in Europe and the Anglosphere, it is highly likely that the institution of slavery is almost certain to make a resounding comeback in most parts of the world. A cursory study of the past history of slavery as an economic institution makes it clear that such practices were never widely considered as immoral or inhumane until post-Enlightenment European Christianity encountered the great technological and scientific revolutions of the 1700s and 1800s and the resulting widespread prosperity which followed.

In the future, with the coming decline of the European populations and their religion, the greater bulk of humanity is likely to revert to earlier historical attitudes toward slavery.

More:

Slavery was an accepted part of society in ancient cultures such as Greece, Assyria, and Egypt, and at one time, the Roman Empire’s total population consisted of 25% slaves, with Italy’s slaves comprising 30% to 40% of its total population. By 500 B.C., slaves comprised upwards of a third of the population in some Greek city-states. In Sparta following several slave revolts about the year 600 B.C., the Spartans restructured their city-state into an authoritarian regime, for the leaders decided that only by turning their society into an armed camp could they hope to maintain control over the numerically dominant enslaved population.

From the pre-Christian era up to colonization of the New World, slavery was an accepted part of daily life in countries and cultures across the globe, and whether or not a particular culture was enslaved was generally determined by their weakness in warfare. To the victors go the spoils, which in this case were the indigent peoples of the conquered lands. Slaves consisted of Irish, Turkish, Chinese, Arab, Persian, Greek, and many other cultures, and was not restricted to one particular race, ethnicity, culture, or country. __ History of Slavery

In his journal, Christopher Columbus predicted that the native “Indians” that he confronted in the West Indies would ably serve as slaves, being both strong and “simple.” He anticipated that much of the economic work in the new lands would be done by these native slaves. But he was wrong. Native “Indians” did not make good or willing slaves, at least not outside of the accepted rules of slavery which native Americans followed before the Europeans came. Native Americans had ample slavery of their own long before Columbus — it was merely of a different nature.

Take briefly for instance, the Carib tribes who had widespread institutions of perpetual slavery, captive mutilation, and even villages dedicated to the sexual exploitation of captured Taino women forced to produced children which their masters then ate. Facts stand in stark contrast to the “more egalitarian” fabrication of Zinn. Such horrors do not show a “more beautifully worked out” society in the slightest—in fact, it does quite the opposite.

This context of the ignoble savage (to turn a popular phrase) places Columbus as one offering an actual advancement in civilization when compared to the atrocities discovered by the explorers. Charles Sumner, the renowned abolitionist Senator from the mid-1800’s, explained that the context of comparative cultures allows the historian to ascertain whether or not interactions and exchanges were beneficial or detrimental to the overall cultivation of morality. Even practices which all today condemn might have at an earlier time represented a significant advancement. He uses slavery, the very institution he spent his life fighting, as an example:

The merchandise in slaves will be found to have contributed to the abolition of two hateful customs;…eating of captives, and their sacrifice to idols. Thus, in the march of civilization, even the barbarism of slavery is an important stage of Human Progress. It is a point in the ascending scale from cannibalism.[vii]

Such a point is self-evident. In the age of conquest victorious groups had limited options concerning the fate of defeated opponents. In the ancient world, and more recently in less developed areas, the only conclusions for those on the losing side of a conflict were slaughter, sacrifice, cannibalism, or some other similarly unfortunate end. Once civilization reached a point of sufficient stability nations could support allowing captured warriors and civilians live as slaves or tributaries. Instead of killing those who did not die in the conflict, they were used to pursue economic advancement through either forced labor or trade with other nations. Thus, Sumner rightly notes that even atrocities such as slavery at least marks a step up from the greater depravity of murdering, sacrificing, or eating the captives.

Pre-Columbian Morality in the Americas

The “noble savage” myth of Rousseau and many modern leftist fabricators of history leaves modern persons unprepared to acknowledge the far harsher reality of life that existed for native Americans before the arrival of Columbus.

And so it has always been around the world for all tribes and peoples who inevitably came into conflict over hunting grounds, water supplies, agricultural land, profitable trade, and rich rivers, ports, and fishing grounds. War leads to conquest, which leads to slavery and genocide.

Among the great genocides, when the Turks, Tatars, Mongols, and other tribesmen came for Finnish, Swedish, and Russian slaves, there was no “White Lives Matter” chapter of activists agitating for freedom of the slaves or for reparations to descendants of European women and children carried away to serve their new masters. When the Barbary Pirates ravaged the European coasts and shipping for European slaves and other booty, there were no international NGOs pushing for the cessation of the inhuman treatment of the slaves. On a historical time scale, European peoples tended to suffer as much as any other existing peoples of the world. But few modern historians seem concerned about those particular past injustices.

If modern westerners truly wanted to end slavery “once and for all” they would get at the root causes of slavery — poverty, technological incompetence, and political oppression in the Communist and third worlds. Real political oppression, not the phony oppression proclaimed by leftist political activists in the west. The kind of political oppression that will, for example, imprison large numbers of people for political, ethnic, or religious reasons, then rip their vital organs out of their bodies without anesthesia so that wealthy and politically connected people can live a few more years of their corrupt lives.

That type of barbarism is not seen in modern Europe or the Anglosphere, but is reminiscent of the kind of society in existence in the Americas before Columbus came. We are likely to see more of that kind of thing — and worse — as the influence of Europe and the Anglosphere declines under the present crop of weak and corrupt western leaders.

And of course, there are populations with large numbers of persons with low IQ, not suitable for training as engineers, technicians, medical professionals, skilled bureaucrats, or any other position of responsibility which a modern society requires. What can such persons do?

Low IQ is not the only prerequisite for potential slaves. Persons who cannot control themselves and who cannot make intelligent decisions may also make it into the pool for slaves of the future. Addicts of all kinds will be easily recruited into slavery.

On the mean streets of tomorrow, there will be many ways to become a slave — but increasingly few ways to remain free and independent. A wise parent will make sure that his children learn the skills they will need to call their own shots. Making productive use of childhood for development of essential skills has never been more important.

Historically, slavery has been the result of war and conquest. This will continue to be the case, but political slavery — as we see in North Korea and other nations ruled by oppressive regimes — is more and more common. Don’t let your government do that to you or your loved ones. If they move slowly enough, with stealth and under the cover of a complicit media, you may not even see it coming.

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Not Often Enough

Sometimes not often enough
We reflect upon the good things
And those thoughts always centre
Around those we love

And I think about those people
Who mean so much to me
And for so many years have made me
So very happy

And I count the times I have forgotten
To say thank you
And just how much I love them

Source Song written by Henry Mancini, made famous by The Carpenters

Mothers, fathers, friends, lovers, children, mentors, and others. A long line of people, living and dead, who helped make us what we are and gave of themselves in the hope that we would carry the relay torch into the future.

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The Chinese Virus that Causes COVID is Now a Permanent Part of Your DNA!

This is really spooky… this’ll kill ya. It looks like the SARS COV-2 virus from Wuhan — the accidental lab accident behind the global COVID pandemic — has the ability to worm its way into the human DNA of persons who were infected by the Chinese virus.

SARS-CoV-2 is not the only virus that integrates into the human genome. Around eight percent of our DNA consists of the remnants of ancient viruses. Some viruses, called retroviruses, rely on integration into human DNA in order to replicate themselves. “SARS-CoV-2 is not a retrovirus, which means it doesn’t need reverse transcription for its replication,” says Whitehead Institute postdoc and first author Liguo Zhang. “However, non-retroviral RNA virus sequences have been detected in the genomes of many vertebrate species, including humans.”

With this in mind, Zhang and Jaenisch began to design experiments to test whether this viral integration could be happening with the novel coronavirus. With the help of Jaenisch lab postdoc Alexsia Richards, the researchers infected human cells with coronavirus in the lab and then sequenced the DNA from infected cells two days later to see whether it contained traces of the virus’ genetic material.

To ensure that their results could be confirmed with different methodology, they used three different DNA sequencing techniques. In all samples, they found fragments of viral genetic material (though the researchers emphasize that none of the inserted fragments was enough to recreate a live virus).

Medical Xpress

Researchers found that the integrated viral genetic material can be enough to generate positive PCR tests for COVID long after persons are completely recovered from the infection and quite well, physically.

This finding negates much of the significance of all public, political, and medical tallies of infection rates that are based upon PCR testing. More study is needed into the mechanisms involved when the Chinese virus inserts itself into human cells, but when this information is combined with the innate unreliability of the PCR test itself for purposes of disease diagnosis and screening, we can easily see that Anthony Fauci, the US CDC, President* Joe Biden, and rest of the bungling gang of idiots have a lot to answer for with regard to their Nazi-like power grabs under the guise of COVID control.

Original research report in PNAS from Zhang and Richards

Warning: The following joke is not politically correct…

[satire]

Public Service Announcement: To all those who have been infected with the Chinese virus SARS CoV-2, be on the lookout for any changes in the shape of your eyes and the color tone of your skin. It has been found that the Chinese virus can cause permanent changes to your DNA, leading to at least some of the infected persons becoming genetically Chinese, at least in part. For some of you, this may be an improvement. 😉

[/satire]

Wishing you all a happy human day!

Valerie (your friendly domestic android)

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When Will We Ever Know What’s True?

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

The western world is in the middle of a year + game of playing the fool to governments, media, public health agencies, and the rest of the gang of [elite?!] racketeers who have seized control of the highest levels of societies.

We are learning more every day about how the Chinese viral pandemic out of Wuhan did not justify the extreme measures thrust on us by our “betters.” We are learning more ways that government lockdowns increased death rates. Businesses have been destroyed by the millions, economies have been shredded, and freedom itself is in tatters.

We are getting tired of obeying the nonsensical, extreme, and corrupt dictates of fools. Unfortunately, the fools in this case are running things and show no sign of letting up on their idiocy. The fingerprints of the leftist demolition squad are all over this debacle, with the leftist base fully on board for years more of masks, lockdowns, and economic murder.

The spring of 2021 is different from the spring of 2020, though. Scientists know a lot more about how COVID-19 spreads—and how it doesn’t. Public-health advice is shifting. But some progressives have not updated their behavior based on the new information. And in their eagerness to protect themselves and others, they may be underestimating other costs. Being extra careful about COVID-19 is (mostly) harmless when it’s limited to wiping down your groceries with Lysol wipes and wearing a mask in places where you’re unlikely to spread the coronavirus, such as on a hiking trail. But vigilance can have unintended consequences when it imposes on other people’s lives. Even as scientific knowledge of COVID-19 has increased, some progressives have continued to embrace policies and behaviors that aren’t supported by evidence, such as banning access to playgrounds, closing beaches, and refusing to reopen schools for in-person learning.

The Atlantic

Masks without end!

The US Centers for Disease Control has forgotten its main mandate, and just like every other government agency is trying to expand its authority to the edge of insanity. The actions of multiple public health agencies in many nations, states, and provinces has been the image of ignorance and shame — to say nothing of economic destruction.

The general public can put up with a great deal. But the crimes perpetrated upon the public by government, media, and health authorities combined with the associated election fraud last November, has gone far beyond what can be tolerated.

The US government* currently in nominal control has the choice of proceeding down the path of unsupported covid-related attacks on personal and group freedoms of citizens and businesses, or it can begin to face up to the fact that a reckoning is building at grass roots levels. Government abuses under the cover of media disinformation can continue for a surprising period of time, even while millions are being hurt and large numbers are dying as a result.

But even those who are ordinarily fools for everything they hear from government, media, academia, etc. do not always stay fooled.

When will we ever know what’s true? Difficult to say. But when that happens, there are large numbers of swamp creatures who will be left high and dry.

More:

Top 10 COVID absurdities?

That’s ridiculous! You have to go a lot higher than 10. For some of the crimes committed under the cover of COVID, there are no penalties severe enough.

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A Deeper Level: Conversation Without Words

What are some alternative ways that we can use to understand each other and the world around us, besides using words in verbal communication? First, consider nonverbal communication in general:

  • Facial Expressions
  • Tone of voice, inflection, etc.
  • Posture, Body Language
  • Personal Space
  • Eye Gaze
  • Touching
  • Dress, Grooming
  • Symbols, Jewelry, Tattoos, Piercings

As soon as we are born, we are sensitive to many of the nonverbal modes of communicating above — and we soon learn the others as we grow and socialize.

Learning to talk and understand language can shift our priorities away from nonverbal communication to verbal communications, but the savvy child will continue to hone their skills at nonverbal interchanges.

People who use words professionally — such as attorneys, psychotherapists, authors, and public officials — would do well to develop their expertise in nonverbal interaction. Besides the above basic elements of nonverbal tete-a-tete, each word-intensive profession will develop its own approaches to the deeper levels of the nonverbal.

Consider some of the nonverbal approaches that psychotherapists might use to go deeper than talk therapy can reach:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Music Therapy, Gong Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Dance Therapy
  • Wilderness Therapy
  • Body Therapy
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Laughter Therapy, Smile Therapy
  • Yawn Therapy, Stretch Therapy
  • Crying Therapy, Scream Therapy
  • Rage Therapy
  • Biofeedback, Neurofeedback
  • Thrill Ride Therapy (Personally Recommended by blog staff)

Endless approaches to nonverbal communication and nonverbal therapeutic interaction could be devised, given enough resourcefulness, motivation, and effort.

Digital communication seems particularly lacking in terms of depth of communication. Without the redundancy of nonverbal communication which is provided in face to face interaction, communicating via digital media makes us more vulnerable to misunderstandings and unnecessary conflicts.

A special note on physical contact: In today’s atmosphere where even the hint of physical touch is highly suspect — and loaded with the worst of suspicions — it should be stated clearly that the lack of physical human to human contact is one of the worst deficits of modern society. This is true for contact between people of both sexes, between people of all ages, and particularly between people of different social classes and backgrounds. Physical contact is often the basis of trust, and trust is essential for the harmonious functioning of heterogeneous societies.

I blame mainstream media for many of the most egregious dysfunctions that have emerged in person to person interaction — including the “Oprah-style” talk shows and the late night comedy shows that all purport to teach us how we should view the world and each other. Take that pile of steaming dog shit and pour the steaming pig shit of social media on top, and you begin to understand why things smell so bad on the media front.

My interest in non-verbal communication and non-verbal therapy goes way back in time, but was recently rekindled by reading on cognitive behavioral therapy and other forms of talk therapy that emphasize the manipulation of verbal thoughts in the attempt to rectify mental aberrations.

Vipassana meditation centers on non-verbal phenomena such as the physical sensations of breathing. This form of meditation certainly looks at verbal thoughts, but it puts the verbal on an equal level with mental images, with emotions, and with physical sensations. The neuroplasticity effect of Vipassana meditation leading to greater equanimity almost certainly goes beyond the brain function changes wrought by talk therapy.

Approaches to self-therapy such as we see in Kristen Ulmer’s “The Art of Fear” seems to be a type of hybrid approach, that uses a strong verbal component in opening and dealing with the heart of the problem, while not neglecting the emotional component at issue. For people who want to see quick results, such hybrid approaches may be quite useful.

This topic is particularly important for parents of young children in the formative stages of mental and emotional development. From the earliest age, parents should use all forms of nonverbal communication to provide the child with a loving, playful, and trustworthy foundation of mental and emotional growth.

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It’s Nice to Know I Can Still Scare People

Fear can be a difficult emotion to work with. It tends to make people squirm. They want to get away, to someplace more comfortable. There are a lot of dysfunctional relationships people can have with fear. Here is one of them…

The following is an excerpt from Kristen Ulmer’s book, The Art of Fear:

The weather had been overcast for nine days . . . nothing to do in town but wait, eat grocery store food, and read cheesy paperbacks. Exasperated, knowing the weather was not going to get better, I finally changed my airline ticket to fly home the next morning.

Before leaving, wanting to get a refund for my [unused helicopter time], I walked to the edge of town and stuck my thumb out, looking to hitch a ride to the heli office, thirty miles each way.

Within minutes, a thirty-something guy in a van pulled up. He seemed nice… it was a hippy van — who doesn’t like hippies? I got in, and as we drove we started chatting. He was a local who worked at a house for mentally handicapped adults, and it was his day off. He would gladly drive me to the heli office and back because it was such a pretty drive. Such luck!

We had a pleasant conversation on the way out, which took just under an hour. I got out and did my heli business, then got back in the van for the ride home. As soon as we started driving back to town, everything changed.

“You know,” he started, “I just got out of three years in prison.” Feeling comfortable with him at this point I innocently asked, “What were you in for?” “Selling drugs,” he replied. Then I asked the wrong question, “What was prison like?”

“What was it like? What was it like? I’ll tell you what it was like!” he started screaming.

Like snarls out of a lion, ten minutes of high pitched details came at me. He finally yelled, “It taught me how to scam people. That’s what this is about. You think I’m some nice guy. I saw you by the side of the road and I thought, ‘Now there’s a piece of ass.’ You’re nothing but a piece of ass to me. There’s nothing to prevent me from having my way with you then slitting your throat. There’s nothing out here. I could throw your body out and nobody would find it, ever!”

Sitting there, driving along in this psychopath’s car in the middle of Nowhere, Alaska being screamed at, that is when my insight came. For in a moment, all I felt was relief. Relief! My mind said, “finally! After nine days of boredom, something interesting is happening to me!”

I loved it! I was thrilled! And that’s just not right.

I just sat there, genuinely perplexed but thrilled, as he continued to scream and rant. I kept asking questions and commenting as if we were having an interesting chat. He would speed up and slow down, and I thought about jumping out of the van, but then I would just have broken my legs and he would have come back for me and I would be helpless then.

After an hour of this we were back in town, and he stopped screaming to drop me off. As I stepped out of his van, I looked back at him and said, “You know, you really scared me back there.”

He scoffed, “It’s nice to know I can still scare people.”

How To Overcome Your Biggest Fears | Kristen Ulmer – YouTube

Kristen Ulmer is known as one of the world’s “most extreme female athletes.” She is an acknowledged expert in daredevil big mountain extreme skiing, a death-defying sport.

Her book on fear is a useful look into the dark places that drive us to do crazy things, and the things that prevent us from moving out of our comfort zones to the point that we never face ourselves and our urgent needs and healthy drives.

She leads us down into the dungeons and catacombs of our minds, where we can do the much needed “dark work” that is necessary in order to free up all the parts of ourselves — including parts of us that we may be ashamed of or afraid of — so that we can take all of our stifled energies and anxieties and use them to face that world out there.

It is a useful look into the netherworlds of mind that underlie the modern epidemics of anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and yes — perverse ideologies and corruptions. The choice to run away from these dark places and this dark work is a decision that our society will regret — unless we wake up soon.

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The Smartphone Generation: Human Brain Optional

An eighth-grade teacher tells me that for many years she has had successive classes of students read the same book, Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. Her students have loved it — until five years ago or so. “I started to see kids not so excited–even high achieving groups could not get engaged with it,” she told me. “They say the reading is too hard; the sentences are too complicated; it takes too long to read a page.”

A friend reports, “I visited some friends in New Jersey recently and their kids have every electronic gadget known to man. All I ever saw were the tops of their heads. They were constantly checking their iPhones for who had texted them, what had updated on Facebook, or they were lost in some videogame. They’re totally aware of what’s happening around them, and clueless about how to interact with someone for any length of time.”

“Focus” by Daniel Goleman
Irresistible by Adam Alter p 14

The modern user would not be caught without his smartphone, because he literally cannot think or interact without it. This is identical to the addictive behavior of an alcoholic, nicotine abuser, or heroin addict.

People who understand the addictive lure of new technologies and social media will not expose their kids to it — any more than they would serve recreational methamphetamine to their children. The term “addiction” first referred to being legally sentenced to a term of slavery in order to pay a debt. It should be clear how addiction and slavery are related, conceptually. Who would want to make their children into slaves?

The trend to greater use and dependency on smartphones is clear. Internet addiction, social media addiction, and smartphone addiction are parallel, mutually reinforcing, and interlocking addictions. Each new cohort, each new generation is more firmly dependent upon these interwoven addictions.

Adam Alter “Irresistible” p 19

“The Shallows” by Nicholas Carr was the first popular mass market volume in English to take a close look at this phenomenon. “Irresistible” by Adam Alter is a more recent perspective on the corrupting effects of addictive technologies. “Focus” by Daniel Goleman provides a broader perspective centered on the concept of attention. These books make it clearer that average attention spans in the tech-addicted worlds are falling, and the ability of the average person to take in and assimilate new information from books and articles, is collapsing.

This is not to condemn the internet itself. The internet is a complex tool with many facets. How we use it is up to us. The internet is here to stay as part of the “fast, cheap, and out of control” future that is still forming itself in the deep layers of slippery reality beneath our feet. Interwoven networks — with all their vulnerabilities and latent powers — will continue to insinuate themselves into every aspect of our lives. We will be both better and worse for all of its inevitability.

Young minds that are still forming themselves are particularly vulnerable to all forms of addiction, including technology addiction. If during the formation of the mind it happens that technology exists at the central focus of the young life, then that mind will develop as a “wraparound” entity, with the various technologies taking up the core formations. You might be able to imagine how differently a mind might function, depending upon which particular mechanisms exist at the central, foundational levels of thinking.

When interacting with many members of these new cohorts of mind formations, you may be shocked to discover that the individual is unable to arrive at a starting point for thinking — but must rather emote his way toward a vague argument. He is no less certain of his correctness, but from a higher and more rational level, the vacuous nature of his thought is all too obvious. You have to see it to believe it.

And this seems to be the whole point of smartphones, Twitter, Facebook, soundbite journalism, and the rest of the short attention span but high time commitment technology addiction. To get all the zombies in synch with each other, so that the people who invented and control all the technology can get what they want behind the scenes.

It is true that in the middle of a contentious argument, all hands reach for the smartphone and Google — in search of the answer that will settle the issue. But if the issue in question is any more complicated than “who won the Super Bowl of 1979?” the instant Google answer may not be right at all. There is no depth in so much of Alexa, Siri, Google, Wikipedia, or the rest of the rapid two-dimensional analyses of complex issues which one finds in the “quick answer” forums of the media.

It takes weeks, months, years, and longer to develop the knowledge and the connections between the knowledge to interpret questions such as “Why did Hitler stop the bombing campaign over Britain in order to focus more on the push to the East?” The quick and facile answers simply do not serve for this and most other issues of importance.

But the dumbed down cohorts of short attention span will never arrive at that insight, because to do so would expose one of many fatal shortcomings in their infrastructure of thought.

So you might see that even with a relatively intelligent population, if the minds are artificially dumbed down by dysfunctional technological addictions, educations of indoctrination, bloated governments of corruption, and a popular culture so superficial as to deserve a complete razing, the ruling classes can get away with murder and fraud with nary a peep of protest.

Of course if the population is relatively mediocre in intelligence, it is all the easier to manipulate the mob for the 1% and its lackeys — which not coincidentally contains a large group of trial lawyers.

Always look between the lines, and in the shadows. Jump between levels to get alternative points of view. Something is always happening, but the lapdog news media of the 1% will only choose to show you the things that serve its purpose.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. Be alert and be resourceful.

More: Another author whose work provides essential understanding of the impact of digital technology on the formation of human brains and social interaction, is Sherry Turkle. Professor Turkle (MIT) has authored several books dealing with this broad topic, my favorite of which is “Alone Together.”

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How Belief Systems Crumble

Human belief systems are fascinating things. Whether they last a lifetime or whether they are demolished and rebuilt every few years, they all share some things in common.

A belief system is ordinarily built from many separate pieces, like a house made of bricks. Ultimately, it becomes very strong and not just a group of bricks – but a structure on which the people living in it rely. If a single brick is undermined, or even a couple, the structure stands (I hope I’m right about this, not being a builder). The structure stands until enough bricks are removed that it collapses, or until someone takes a wrecking ball to it.

There’s also something known as a keystone, which is: “1. the wedge-shaped piece at the crown of an arch that locks the other pieces in place 2. something on which associated things depend for support ”

Removing a keystone – if a person has a keystone within his or her belief system – can cause a system to collapse in a fairly sudden and dramatic manner. I think that, during my own change process, both things happened – a slow accruing of evidence as well as some more sudden and important revelations (my change story contains some examples of each, but here’s one of the latter). Another person who had a “keystone” change experience was David Horowitz, a far left activist whose change to the right was originally sparked by learning that certain leftists he thought were decent were actually cold-blooded killers.

Most people’s belief systems are very very recalcitrant to change, and some are even impervious to it. In the latter cases – which I think are quite common – every small brick that might be removed from the edifice is almost immediately replaced with another brick, making the structure about as strong as before. Maybe even stronger, because it’s withstood many challenges. That’s the function of propaganda – to suppress the truth if it undermines the preferred narrative, but if the truth gets out, to immediately change the subject and come up with a new story to replace it. Then when that’s challenged, there’s another story and another and another for people to use to shore up anything that might be crumbling .

Shoring Up a Failing Belief System is an Unending Chore for the Propaganda Regime

We are familiar with propaganda regimes from the study of Stalin’s USSR, Hitler’s Nazi regime, Communist China, and other totalitarian regimes. But we are becoming more intimately acquainted with propaganda regimes at close hand, as “tech media” closes ranks with mainstream old media to censor any voices not singing in tune with the echo choir.

Today’s dominant “woke ideology” rules North America and Europe, with dissonant voices shut out.

As if out of a dystopian novel, though, the woke ideology has nonetheless become the unifying creed of the American ruling class. That ruling class, which extends from public sector bureaucracies to the Fortune 500 to Hollywood to Silicon Valley and sundry others in between, has in recent years universally come to imbibe, promulgate and disseminate the core tenets of wokeness.

What’s more, that universality often takes the more insidious form of cross-institutional collusion: As Matthew Schmitz put it in a Tablet essay last September, “Governmental authorities and corporations now coordinate in enforcing the dictates of the new secular progressive faith.”

The Face of the New Propaganda Regime

This totalitarian ideology is being taught to children and youth in schools from K-12 and in universities everywhere. It is being crammed down the throats of workers in corporations large and small, and is the measuring stick that determines whether professors are given tenure, whether government workers are hired and promoted, and whether Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other “new tech” outlets will permit a person to have a voice in today’s busy marketplace of ideas.

People who survived and escaped communism would willingly tell the free western people what is being offered to them by their “betters” in the 1% and by the government-academia-media complex that does the bidding of the new ruling class — even if it has to lie, cheat, steal, or kill to get in position to do what is necessary. But the propaganda regime is careful to censor things and people that do not fit the narrative. There are thousands of stories every day that could be told that contradict the popular narrative. But the woke coalition regime keeps those things suppressed. You are only supposed to hear the things that shore up the official belief system. Otherwise it might collapse, and then a lot of people might have to answer for their actions.

The elite level planners of the ruling class have learned their lessons from the best that history has to offer. But the cannon fodder at the lower levels is something else again. Unfortunately, there are a lot of them out there, and they are indoctrinating your children and the children of your friends.

There are certainly some high-profile left-liberal defectors from the woke ideology’s institutional “long march.” Former New York Times editor Bari Weiss, for instance, has become something of a one-woman cottage industry in calling out the execrableness of “critical race theory,” the widespread media gaslighting with respect to the true identity of anti-Asian hate-crime culprits and other woke excesses. There are many others, such as Caitlin Flanagan and even popular HBO host Bill Maher. But in their present condition, left-liberals are too outnumbered and too ill-equipped to take on the wokesters themselves.

Newsweek

Glenn Greenwald is another leftist who is not afraid to call out the woke on their lies and hypocrisy. But there are not enough of them, and there is a limit to what they are capable of seeing, immersed as they have long been in a system of brainwashing. Still, it is good to see occasional signs that even on the left, logical thought is not entirely dead or surrendered to the “woke.”

The best inoculation against ideological indoctrination, is a broad exposure to a wide range of ideas, philosophies, and ideologies in one’s youth — as soon as one learns basic logic and the logic of common fallacies. It is not enough to learn logic and basic fallacies. One must work through dozens and dozens of examples from the real world — preferably examples from one’s own experiences.

Today’s young people are not allowed to pass through that vital, mind-empowering process. Instead, all the forces of the ruling classes along with the government-academia-media-corporate complex are united in the attempt to keep their minds restrained within the accepted narrative.

What will it look like when today’s dominant slapdash ideology crumbles into dust? It will not be pretty. And since it will not happen uniformly across time or space, there will be conflict. Best prepare yourselves for that.

Chinese Demolition

The interesting thing about the alignment of the planets and stars, is that as inevitable as a power transition may seem when one studies the portents, everything changes and transitions to something else eventually. A lot of people are modifying themselves to fit into a system which is not going to last nearly as long as they think.

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Graphic Summary of 2020 US Election

They try to scrub the truth from most large media sources, but the corrupt and illegitimate government* and its media lackeys will find that the people do not forget so easily.

Image Source

Updated source for information documenting fraud in 2020 election

More details from Peter Navarro in his three volume report

The blatant theft of a US presidential election will never be forgotten. When the lackeys and their puppetmasters begin losing their current stranglehold on information sources, the truth will emerge in accelerating fashion. That will be the time for truth and reconciliation, once election procedures are thoroughly disinfected from the current leftist third world dictatorship formats.

Navarro Report

VolumeOne finds significant election irregularities across six keybattleground states–Arizona,Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. These irregularities range from outright voter fraud, ballot mishandling, and contestable process fouls to Equal Protection Clause violations, voting machine irregularities,and significant statistical anomalies.

VolumeTwo examines a two-pronged Grand “Stuff the Ballot Box” Strategy used by theDemocrat Party and its political operatives to flood the battleground states with enough illegalabsentee and mail-in ballots to turn a decisive Trump victory into a narrow,and arguablyillegitimate,Biden “win.” To strategically game the Presidential election, the Democrats and theiroperatives were found tohaveat timesbent or brokenboth election rules and laws.

VolumeThree provides the most up-to-dates tatistical “receipts” with respect to the potentialnumber of illegal votescastin each battleground state.Volume III thereby provides investigators with a well-documented tally of potentially illegal votes ona state-by-stateand category-by-category basis. A key finding is that the number of potentially illegal votes dwarfsthevery thinalleged Biden “victory” marginsacross all six battleground states.

Navarro Report

The US educational system has been dumbed down over the past 50 years. The “internet effect” known as The Shallows is not helping any.

We were warned of this by George Orwell in 1984 and by Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451. If the dictatorship or the oligarchy provides information in a format that can be readily manipulated, censored, and changed from one day to the next, the people will be none the wiser for all their smartphones and iPads.

We are seeing a society-wide blind spot that is assuming larger and larger proportions as physical media fade away and electronic media assume near total dominance. The picture is further complicated by the economic infiltration of western media, western universities, and western governments by the Chinese Communist Party.

It should not surprise anyone that the Chinese Communists got the election result they wanted, along with “the swamp creatures” who live off the blood of productive workers and business persons. What is troubling is how many useful idiots — ordinary people — who trance-like are willing to walk like zombies in acceptance of what the illegitimate oligarchy government* and its lackeys tell them.

Welcome to the Idiocracy, for now:

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Why Do Ordinary People Lose Sympathy for Blacks?

Hint: It may have something to do with behavioral issues.

I don’t care about black people’s problems anymore…

I’m simply worn out with them. Exhausted by their constant demands, their neediness, their helplessness, their hypocrisy, their never ending problems, their inability to take advantage of the myriad opportunities practically delivered to them, their ungratefulness, their refusal to take responsibility for their own lives or accept the consequences of their actions.

…There comes a point, where I just quit listening. When racist graffiti is discovered on a college campus, or on a black person’s house, my reaction is no longer outrage, disgust, and sympathy for a victim of a hate crime. It’s outrage and disgust alright, and it comes a few days later when it is almost always revealed to be yet another racial hoax perpetrated by black people. I really don’t want to hear them tearfully recounting that heartrending moment when they “discovered” some mean white KKK member had snuck into their laundry room, completely unseen and invisible to video cameras, to scribble “Trump ’16” and “Die niggers” on the wall. At this point, I’ll turn the channel…

I no longer excuse or rationalize violence, criminality, laziness, indolence, careless babymaking, willful dependency or degeneracy among blacks, any more than I do with whites. If you’re a thief who doesn’t support his child, and spends his days drinking and whining about how his life sucks, your black skin doesn’t get you a pass from me. You’re just as much of a piece of garbage as your fellow white bum. Doesn’t equality feel good?

Perhaps it’s the hyper-sensitivity, the arrogant and unabashed racism toward other races, and the self-entitlement. Could be the willingness to drop everything to riot, loot, burn and destroy personal and public property, menace, threaten and physically attack innocent white people. Or the propensity towards cowardly mob attacks on vulnerable whites, especially the elderly, women, any white person they catch alone and defenseless.

The New Dialogue on Race
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There is a growing perception that black people are doing too many carjackings, too many muggings, too many home invasions, too many rapes and murders. It is not just the young black males. Even teenage black girls are getting into the act.

Yes, it is true that black people are their own worst enemies. But increasingly — and sadly — they are being seen as everyone else’s worst enemies as well. All of these black violent crime statistics are ratcheting up at the same time as movies, television, advertising, and other prominent social institutions are being pressured to over-represent blacks in every role except the one in which they are truly well represented — as violent criminals.

It does not help that left-wing politicians are using black precinct workers to facilitate election fraud on a grand scale in inner cities such as Detroit, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Atlanta, and St. Louis. It does not help that $billions of taxpayer money are being shunted to activist groups that make heroes of black criminals who are killed or injured by police in the act of committing crimes. It does not help that government supported “diversity” scams are indoctrinating students and workers into racial hatred and bigotry against specific races — instead of helping them to accept non-violent people of all races in the interest of living in harmony.

Five Common Problems Faced by Blacks

1. Lack of family structure: According to a 2002 study, 70% of all African American children were illegitimate and that number rose from 23.6% back in 1963 because that was the year when welfare became a right according to the constitution, which made having husbands redundant. Too many African American families grow up without a father figure in the house which often leads to psychological issues later in life.

2. Dangerous cities have high African American Populations: Dangerous cities like Oakland, Cleveland, Baltimore and Detroit where gang violence and crime is an everyday occurrence has a high population of African American people who live under the government of democrats.

3. High abortion rates: It is estimated that 30% of all abortions in the country are done by African American women. This heightened loss of uncounted lives percolates to reduce respect for life and has played its role in decreasing civility with which people treat each other.

4. The victim mindset: Nothing holds an African American back more than seeing themselves as a victim who sees everything as someone else’s fault without taking the deserved responsibility to such a significant degree that their victim status becomes their collective identity.

5. African Americans make a sizable portion of prisoners: Studies infer that 52% of homicides are committed by African American individuals. Due to this high incarceration rate, every 1 in 9 African American children you pass on the sidewalk may have or might have had a parent in prison.

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The America that is seen on advertisements and movies is not the real world — just like the government is not the country, the map is not the territory, and the model is not the climate. In the real world, people understand very well that you are more likely to see a young black man on the local nightly news as a violent crime perpetrator, than you are to see a young black man as a pillar of the community or as a good samaritan. It is not that the local news wants to show young black men as thugs. But the community of the real world doesn’t give them much of a choice.

Black entitlement and black racism against other peoples, are real things which an honest society would have publicly confronted long ago. But we do not live in an honest society, but rather in a propaganda society. By creating a false front for North American blacks, the propaganda society is not doing them any favors.

Real people in the real world are losing sympathy for “the great black whitewashing” in spite of the “whitewashed” facade being painted on by the propaganda society. That trend is likely to accelerate as the whitewashing is ramped up by the current federal administration*.

High out-of-wedlock birth rates, absent fathers, and the lack of a family support network for many young African-Americans have led to serious problems in America’s urban areas. The persistence of these crises have helped to perpetuate negative images of African-Americans, and have contributed to the increasing polarization of American social and political life along racial lines.

One of the Foundational Problems

The disintegration of black family structure — no fathers, high government dependency, no role models or solid mentors — has led to inner cities that are too often “free fire zones” where no one is safe. When society pretends that there is nothing wrong with black communities except for oppression by outsiders, every part of that society becomes corrupt beyond repair.

Others who are more sensitive may just want to apologize the world to death:

Heh!

More: Some recent US violent crime statistics by race

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New Treatments for Depression: DBS and Ketamine

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author William Styron

Numerous studies have investigated deep brain stimulation (DBS) as a therapy for TRD (Treatment Resistant Depression). We performed a meta-analysis to determine efficacy and a meta-regression to compare stimulation targets. We identified and screened 1397 studies. We included 125 citations in the qualitative review and considered 26 for quantitative analysis. Only blinded studies that compared active DBS to sham stimulation (k = 12) were included in the meta-analysis. The random-effects model supported the efficacy of DBS for TRD (standardized mean difference = −0.75, <0 favors active stimulation; p = 0.0001)… While enthusiasm for DBS treatment of TRD has been tempered by recent randomized trials, this meta-analysis reveals a significant effect of DBS for the treatment of TRD. Additionally, the majority of trials have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of DBS for this indication. Further trials are required to determine the optimal stimulation parameters and patient populations for which DBS would be effective. 

DBS for Treatment Resistant Depression

Deep brain stimulation is still being explored and is far from perfect. But already the technique is leading to new knowledge about the workings of human brains and is uncovering possible new approaches to useful, life-saving intervention.

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The image above comes from a YouTube video describing the results of ongoing deep brain stimulation experiments for the treatment of resistant depression. The brain utilizes a large number of discrete networks to accomplish its many tasks throughout the day. It is postulated that the brain sometimes falls into a “dysrhythmia,” similar to the dysrhythmias of the heart. As neuroscientists and clinicians learn more about these networks and their normal rhythms, they will be better able to intervene in the functioning of the brain, where necessary.

Perhaps a million people die from suicide around the world, every year. That is stark evidence that current approaches to the treatment of depression are not adequate to the need. Modern antidepressant drugs are safer than the older versions, but not quite half of persons who take them fail to achieve lasting benefit from them.

The latest studies suggest that deep brain stimulation may provide around 50% remission rates among drug resistant depressives, which makes that treatment worth considering for those whose lives might otherwise be full of misery — or may even be lost to suicide in time. It is also important to understand that depression is itself an independent risk factor for many common causes of physical morbidity and mortality including heart disease.

Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression

Although major depressive disorder (MDD) is amenable to pharmacotherapy, up to one-third of patients fail to respond to treatment [2] and may remain at risk of suicide [3]. Suicidal ideation (SI) is a common symptom in patients with MDD and its development represents a critical step in the progression from suicidal thoughts to attempts [4]. SI often requires rapid intervention(s) but very few treatments are effective in reducing SI and none are fast-acting [5].

Subanaesthetic doses of intravenous (IV) ketamine, an ionotropic glutamatergic N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, have been shown to elicit rapid, albeit transient reduction in depressive symptoms in patients with mood disorders [6]. A recent meta-analysis has also provided evidence of the efficacy of ketamine to acutely decrease SI [7]. It has been postulated that these two therapeutic actions are mediated by an increased transmission at α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptors [8]. While preliminary evidence of the effects of ketamine on SI primarily came from secondary analyses of randomized controlled trials investigating the antidepressant effects of single ketamine infusions [9,10,11,12], several recent trials have examined change in SI with ketamine as a primary outcome measure [13,14,15].

Reducing Suicidal Ideation with Ketamine

Two things are intriguing about the use of ketamine as an antidepressant: It is very quick — which can be crucial for effective suicide prevention — and it works in many people who are resistant to ordinary antidepressant drugs.

Just as in DBS, the use of ketamine for TRD is still in the early discovery stages. But the results are promising. Given the extent of the global problem of TRD and suicidal ideation — and suicide — the promise of a rapid acting, effective, and safe treatment for suicidal ideation is welcome.

Other treatments for treatment resistant depression include ECT, vagal nerve stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation, magnetic seizure therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness therapy. More

The team presenting the video above has developed an individualized targeting method to optimize placement of electrode for precise “current steering.” This type of precise targeting which is customized to each individual’s brain, appears to be a useful element of the overall treatment strategy. If you choose to watch the above video to the end, the “spin down” of the girl’s mood as her brain implant is turned off, is heart-breaking.

For those who are receptive, my recommendation for TRD would be mindfulness meditation with an insightful and compassionate teacher, or cognitive behavioral therapy from an experienced and wise therapist. But rapidly acting drugs such as ketamine, and experimental approaches such as magnetic seizure therapy and TMS, may provide quick and safe remission from suicidal ideation without the need for surgically implanted electrodes — which is required for the use of DBS and Vagal Nerve Stimulation.

And, as always, the use of laughter and smiles is always recommended — except where it might be taken the wrong way by persons you would not wish to offend. If your psychic energy levels allow, the watching of your favorite comedy films can provide amazing short term relief from despondency.

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Universities are Burning America to the Ground

The value has gone out of the average university education. At best, college has become a ruinously expensive four year escape from responsibility for youngsters. At worst it has become a training ground for radicals and rioters, set on a trajectory to burn and destroy.

As college educations progressively lose any productive value for students and their families, the universities are sucking out the financial life’s blood of an entire society.

But [average Americans] notice that the schools are teaching their children less than they had been taught. They have been mortgaging the house to pay for college. Their children’s student loans mortgage their future. But the colleges have produced mostly worthless degrees while credentialing a generation of oligarchs who pretend to control other people’s lives. Remedying this is high on the Smiths’ to-do list, and more within their power than most other things.

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Student loan debt exceeds credit card debt and car loan debt. Only mortgage loans are higher in total debt balance. Politicians are talking about “forgiving” student loan debt, as if they can magically wave away the losses of entire generations. Notice that the pols do not talk about reforming universities to make sure that the schools provide value to students so that they will be able to earn a living and pay off their debts.

Universities will be allowed to continue to destroy lives with their dysfunctional indoctrination:

Critical Race Theory abounds in schools to teach children they are either victims or oppressors. And the new elite tells us that grading students based on getting the right answer in math class is White supremacy.

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When college educated rioters took to the streets to burn cities in the summer and fall of 2020, many university administrators and faculty took pride in the results of their work. They may as well. After years of running up large debts, the “students” were not good for much else than rioting anyway.

The large majority of university students are already acolytes of the left. Now, we just need to give a little push to silence the little remaining dissent and make the victory unanimous. The push will consist of some bland sounding course requirements (“diversity training”) and some hard-to-restrict control over grading. Oh, and the regular public humiliation, on the basis of skin color, of a large number of students, many of whom would have been among the better students if graded on the traditional methods.

Are you really sure this is going to work? It sounds to me more like a prescription for suicide, although perhaps a suicide that will take some long period of time to play out.

A Victorious Suicide?

These poor riotous sods will move on to jobs in corporations and non-profits, where they will continue to excel at tearing things apart and burning things down. Anything but creating the prosperity that their scorned predecessors worked so hard for.

This prosperity is not just an end in itself. As Heritage President Kay C. James has written, “Prosperous peoples have the resources to take better care of their poor and their environments, create better health care and education systems, ensure an abundance of food and clean water, and solve many of the other societal problems that nations face, and that makes life better for all people.”

There is a right side in all of this. All clear thinkers and property owners – shareowners, employees, and investors – need to speak up. Don’t be silenced by loud voices from the statist, progressive Left.  Their stakeholder claims carry no legal, ethical, or moral authority.

Experience teaches that even the best efforts of central planners and bureaucrats are unlikely to lead to sustainable growth and benefits. Centralization of power and decision making anywhere destroys the moral autonomy of human beings.

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If you want to know what is going on in universities these days, check out these web sites:

Academic Freedom Alliance

Campus Reform

F.I.R.E (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education)

Heterodox Academy

In 2015, the University of Chicago released a statement affirming the centrality of free speech in education. Six years later, only 81 of the 4,000-plus US higher-education institutions have adopted or endorsed it.

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If universities no longer provide a place for young people to be exposed to a wide range of points of view in order for them to learn to think for themselves according to their own conscience, then what good are universities?

To all appearances, universities are doing their best — along with the media and the US government* — to burn the country to the ground. Perhaps the people of the real country outside the parasitic beltway and its inbred cousins should wake up and decide what to do about “the tail trying to wag the dog.”

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