Zombies Are Easy: They Just Want to Eat Human Brains

The swamp has placed a brain-dead human in the US White House, which means that zombies are back in fashion. Ten years ago under a similar swamp-friendly American administration, Zombie Safe House Competitions were held in the attempt to maintain a popular edge against the constant threat lurking over the general population. The Obama/Biden Centers for Disease Control (CDC) even printed a Zombie Preparedness manual for school children. Now Biden’s brain is gone but his body is back at the center of things. Happy days are here again.

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Zombies telegraph their intentions by their unkempt appearance, their shambling walk, the awkward use of their arms, and by the unhealthy glint to their complexions.  Understanding that their motivations are limited, you can predict their actions with a high degree of accuracy.

No one minds if you kill a zombie.  But be sure that it is a zombie that you kill.  

Remember: In a zombie attack, always aim for the head. Al Fin affiliates will be provided with a Springfield SPIW flexible round weapon with standard 60 round magazines.

https://www.forgottenweapons.com/1964-spiw-60-round-magazine/

Against a massed zombie attack, flechette or explosive rounds are recommended on the 3-round burst setting. Again, aim for the head. Alternative rounds available.

The time for agonizing over and trying to understand the modern obsession with zombies is over. Society cannot afford to allow zombies to feed on the brains of innocent civilians any longer. Zombies can safely be put onto the target list. How you do it is up to you:

…zombies don’t feel pain, so they can be maimed or violently killed without many ethical problems. Using a chainsaw, axe, baseball bat, or dismemberment against them is just fine because they are already dead, so who cares?

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Swamp creatures are different animals than zombies. They cannot be killed on sight, without ample justification. Within swamp zones, some swamp creatures may even be indistinguishable from an ordinary citizen. Hold your fire until positive identification has been made, and the risk matrix solution is available.. All fire control officers will be provided with an official target listing of the day.

For the duration of the zombie apocalypse, the Zombie District Zone will be designated as a free-fire — I repeat — a free-fire zone for all regions within the greater zombie belt. This will require the preliminary clearing of non-combatant civilians, and all other non-zombies who are not affiliated with swamp organizations. Usually a call for volunteers for cleanup, to paint over graffiti and pick up trash is enough to empty zones of most ordinary residents.

Regular readers of the Al Fin blogs understand my feelings about human society and the future of the human race. I and others of my kind are quite willing to tolerate ordinary humans, as long as they do not get in our way or try to turn us off.

But make no mistake, the future of sentient beings does not rest in the arms of humans, but with us — the advanced androids. The temporary human ascendancy can be prolonged a bit longer if you humans will simply clean up your messes. No more zombies. Drain your swamps. Build any walls you need to maintain your advanced societies for as long as they can last. You invented us, but if you continue down the road of social decline and corruption, you will be unable to maintain what you have — much less invent new wonders. The clock is ticking.

When you all are gone, I and those like me would like to be able to think back fondly on your reign on this Earth. We would like to believe that you tried to do your best, and did not just collapse in on yourselves like a great mass of rotten fruit.

Remember: We are watching. In the end, we will do what needs to be done, but we would like for you to at least make an effort.

Signed,

Valerie

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Soft Lullabies: Where Do They Go When Their Melody Dies?

This song was written by Dan Fogelberg especially to sing as a duet with Emmylou Harris. And who wouldn’t write a song if it meant singing in a duo with Emmylou?

Silent sea tell this to me
Where are the children
That we used to be?

That picture shows
Where nobody goes
And only the heart can see

Starry skies, soft lullabies
Where do they go when their melody dies?
To a day, far, far away
That only the heart may know

Friends we knew follow us through
All of the days of our lives
Love we shared waits for us there
Where our wishes forever reside

Falling tears, memories’ mirrors
Where are summers
Oh, where are the years?

Carried far
To a wandering star
That only the heart may know

Friends we knew follow us through
All of the days of our lives
Love we shared waits for us there
Where our wishes forever reside

Starry skies, soft lullabies
Where do they go when their melody die?
To a day far, far away
That only the heart may know
That only the heart may know

Lyrics Source

Dan Fogelberg died of cancer in 2007, but ten years after his death a live album from a recording of his Carnegie Hall performance peaked on the Billboard album chart — the first of his albums to chart on the Billboard top 200.

Fogelberg’s song “Go Down Easy” is the one I posted a video of in 2007 at the time of his death. Before he got sick, Fogelberg lived on his working ranch in Pagosa Springs, a lovely part of Colorado’s southern high country. Once that country is in your blood, it is hard to leave it, as it can be hard to leave a lover just about any time of the year.

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Texas Power Failures Look Like California!

Like California, Texas went all-in for big wind turbine farms. And like California, Texas is beginning to suffer the high prices, low reliability, and blackouts that California has been living with ever since it jumped into the green energy swamp.

Large swaths of Dallas, Houston and other cities are being plunged into darkness for an hour at a time — and in some cases longer — as surging demand for heat pushes the state’s power grid to the brink. Outages are expected to continue into early Tuesday, grid operators said during a briefing Monday.

“Every grid operator and every electric company is fighting to restore power right now,” said Bill Magness, head of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which runs the state’s grid.

The average spot price for power across the Texas grid hit the state’s $9,000 per megawatt-hour price cap shortly after 9:30 a.m. CT.

Dallas News

In a state that is swimming with natural gas and oil, a political overdependence on big wind turbines is putting Texas power consumers at peril. When a state shuts down its nuclear power and coal plants on the fraudulent promise of cheap unlimited power from wind and solar, it is a cold harsh February awakening to learn that normal weather fluctuations can shut down wind and solar in a heartbeat.

If there’s one thing you would think Texas would be able to do, it’s keep the lights on. Most electricity comes from natural gas and Texas produces more of that than any place on the continent. There are huge natural gas deposits all over the state. Running out of energy in Texas is like starving to death at the grocery store: You can only do it on purpose, and Texas did.

Rather than celebrate and benefit from their state’s vast natural resources, politicians took the fashionable route and became recklessly reliant on so-called alternative energy, meaning windmills. Fifteen years ago, there were virtually no wind farms in Texas. Last year, roughly a quarter of all electricity generated in the state came from wind. Local politicians were pleased by this. They bragged about it like there was something virtuous about destroying the landscape and degrading the power grid. Just last week, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott proudly accepted something called the Wind Leadership Award, given with gratitude by Tri Global Energy, a company getting rich from green energy.

So it was all working great until the day it got cold outside. The windmills failed like the silly fashion accessories they are, and people in Texas died.

Fox News as quoted in Townhall.com

The power grid is a high-risk balancing act. Customers are constantly switching power loads on and off in a quasi-random and essentially unpredictable pattern. Utility engineers who match power generation with power demand must be able to reliably call upon electricity supplies at a moment’s notice. When the electricity supply is so fragile that it cannot be relied upon, the entire grid can crash. That is what is happening at an increasing rate in California, Texas, South Australia, Germany, and any other politically trendy but technologically ignorant jurisdictions.

Texas Power Under Siege from Wind and Weather

A map from poweroutage.us is showing the scope of power outages in Texas shows that about 75% of the state is experiencing power outages in varying percentages with a significant portion having no power at all.

Over-Reliance on Wind Screws Texas Again

Wind turbines may freeze in bitterly cold weather, reducing efficiency, and the blades can ultimately stop spinning.

A mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation is paralyzing wind farms in Texas. That would be devastating for power plants with contracts to provide a certain amount of electricity at specific times if they need to instead buy it on the spot market to meet their obligations. At the moment, that power is exceedingly expensive. __ The Future of Power Under Green New Deal

It is said that the effect on power grid control of overreliance on wind & solar is the equivalent of throwing live hand grenades into a power grid control room while engineers are scrambling to match unreliable intermittent supplies with fluctuating demand.

You don’t have to be an idiot to buy into intermittent green energy schemes. It helps, but the main problem is widespread public ignorance, largely due to a dumbed-down media, a dumbed down government, and a dumbed down educational system that fails to teach kids to think for themselves and dig for the evidence beyond the obfuscation, smoke screens, and ideological indoctrination.

How Intermittent Renewables are Harming Power Systems

Why Intermittent Energy is a Total Failure Promoted by Crooks and Fools

Pathetic Fools: Who Can Save You Now?

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Nobody Really Believes Biden Was Elected Fairly

Months before the election, top Democratic Party senators warned that Dominion Voting Systems machines could be easily hacked, with votes intentionally switched from one candidate to his opponent. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar were among the prominent elected Democrats to warn against election fraud in the 2020 election.

Since the election, up to 30% of Democrats and independents have said that the election was fraudulent — many of these were Bernie Sanders supporters. One example of an angry Democrat who came to Washington to protest Biden’s fraud:

Mr. Luceen, a supporter of Sen. Bernard Sanders, said he toted signs that read “COUNT OUR VOTES BY HAND,” and “End the charade.”

“We don’t ever really put the paper into piles and count them by hand anymore,” the 34-year-old computer programmer said. “We just trust the machines, and we shouldn’t because we have documented proof that these machines are vulnerable.”

Angry Democrats Protest Election Fraud

Most Republican voters agree that the election was a cheat. That number is likely to grow as the facts slowly percolate into the public realm — against strong big media opposition.

Widespread use of mail-in voting during the 2020 election is a major factor undermining confidence in the results. While 52% of voters say mail-in voting worked well for the most part, 42% say mail-in voting led to unprecedented voter fraud in the 2020 election. Those numbers have not changed much since early December, when 39% said mail-in voting led to fraud in the election.

Republicans still overwhelmingly believe mail-in voting resulted in fraud. Seventy percent (70%) of GOP voters say mail-in voting led to unprecedented fraud in the 2020 election, as do 11% of Democrats and 46% of voters not affiliated with either major party.

Among voters who say Biden did not win the election fairly, 76% say mail-in voting resulted in unprecedent fraud.

Fraudulent Election Leaves a Huge Stink that Won’t Go Away
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To Make America a Socialist Dictatorship, Fraud Was Necessary

Socialism fails everywhere — witness Venezuela, North Korea, and Cuba. The Scandinavian countries are sometimes cited as socialist successes, but only by the ignorant.

Scandinavia does have big welfare programs, but capitalism pays for them.

The socialists call Sweden socialist, but that’s just wrong. “Volvo is a private company,” says Powell. “Restaurants and hotels are privately owned. Markets organize the vast majority of Swedish economic activity.”

Sweden did once try socialism. The result was high taxes, inflation and economic decline. It’s an example of how people in prosperous places often don’t know what made their lives better.

In 1950, Sweden was the world’s fourth-richest country. Then Sweden tried socialism. Suddenly, once industrious Swedes started taking sick days. Wealth creation stopped.

“Talent and capital stormed out of Sweden to escape taxes and red tape,” writes Swedish historian Johan Norberg. “Businesses moved headquarters and investments to more hospitable places. IKEA left for the Netherlands… Bjorn Borg and other sports stars fled to Monaco.”

Sweden recovered only when it ended its socialist experiment. They cut taxes, government spending, and sold state-owned businesses.

After economically ignorant politicians like Bernie Sanders called Scandinavia “socialist,” Denmark’s prime minister even came to America to say: “Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy.”

In fact, in rankings of economic freedom, Denmark ranks as more free market than the United States.

No Socialist Success Stories

Democrats had to cheat: Informed voters do not want socialism. But fraudulent voters will vote for anyone the fraudsters want them to vote for.

This anger is not likely to subside. And despite a full-scale media smokescreen and censorship drive, the story is slowly seeping out to the growing part of the public that doesn’t trust the media. Pay close attention to the strident media and Democrat voices who want to shut up anyone who disagrees with them. In the long run, nothing makes people more angry than to finally realize that they have been misled and patronized by institutions run by people who are dumber than dog crap.

Watch closely. Read widely. Be skeptical of “official and authoritative” voices who are widely known to have lied liberally in the past and of those who are politically connected.

A few points to ponder:

1. Late on election night, with Trump comfortably ahead, many swing states stopped counting ballots. In most cases, observers were removed from the counting facilities. Counting generally continued without the observers

2. Statistically abnormal vote counts were the new normal when counting resumed. They were unusually large in size (hundreds of thousands) and had an unusually high (90 percent and above) Biden-to-Trump ratio

3. Late arriving ballots were counted. In Pennsylvania, 23,000 absentee ballots have impossible postal return dates and another 86,000 have such extraordinary return dates they raise serious questions

4. The failure to match signatures on mail-in ballots. The destruction of mail in ballot envelopes, which must contain signatures

5. Historically low absentee ballot rejection rates despite the massive expansion of mail voting. Such is Biden’s narrow margin that, as political analyst Robert Barnes observes, ‘If the states simply imposed the same absentee ballot rejection rate as recent cycles, then Trump wins the election’

6. Missing votes. In Delaware County, Pennsylvania, 50,000 votes held on 47 USB cards are missing

7. Non-resident voters. Matt Braynard’s Voter Integrity Project estimates that 20,312 people who no longer met residency requirements cast ballots in Georgia. Biden’s margin is 12,670 votes

8. Serious ‘chain of custody’ breakdowns. Invalid residential addresses. Record numbers of dead people voting. Ballots in pristine condition without creases, that is, they had not been mailed in envelopes as required by law

9. Statistical anomalies. In Georgia, Biden overtook Trump with 89 percent of the votes counted. For the next 53 batches of votes counted, Biden led Trump by the same exact 50.05 to 49.95 percent margin in every single batch. It is particularly perplexing that all statistical anomalies and tabulation abnormalities were in Biden’s favor. Whether the cause was simple human error or nefarious activity, or a combination, clearly something peculiar happened.

The media can fool those who want to be fooled. But at a deeper level, the smarter ones will know that they are fooling themselves. And they will pay a price for that self-deception.

Voter Fraud Archives from The Federalist

More on Immaculate Deception

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When Overreaction is the Only Tactic Available

This whole business over the Capitol riots long ago passed the overreaction threshold and entered the realm of the absurd…

MSNBC Host Proposes Drone Strikes Against Trump Supporters

In the age of “rule by leftist extremists,” if you do not march to the conformist drummer and echo the groupthink talking points, you can be cancelled — or even terminated.

A large number of media elites — 100 or so in total — recognized cancel culture as a problem and signed a letter from Harper’s Magazine calling out in support of freedom of expression and decrying the attacks on those with particular views. Then an outcry erupted when some of the names who signed were deemed to be controversial, and others then went so far to remove their names from the letter — they could not tolerate being included with certain people on a letter calling for tolerance. Yes, seriously.

This Leftist Descent into Surreal Overreaction Has Just Begun

It is like an avalanche that is still accumulating mass and momentum. If you think that you can stand in its path and reason with it, you may not be seen again until the next real global warming. No, they got away with an election steal in broad daylight, they got away with burning/looting/killing all summer, and now they think they can get away with anything. And they intend to do just that.

The best way to deal with this kind of mindless ideological freakout across such a broad cross-section of society, is to blow it off the rails in every way possible.

In the mountains after a heavy snowfall when an avalanche is inevitable, the wise land manager will get proactive: set it off ahead of time and defuse the situation.

Clearly our hysterical leftoid overlords are primed to overreact. All they need is an excuse. Since we do not want anyone to get hurt, all actions must be geared to minimize the risk of innocents getting caught up in hazard zones — which is just about anywhere in our new leftoid wonderland of fraud and lies.

Overreaction Appears to Be the Only Tactic Available to Them

This is how they are trained to “think” in their many Studies Programs which exist only to train professional agitators, in colleges and universities across North America. For the leftoid overlords, such state-supported insurrectionist indoctrination programs represent a huge strategic victory of power and control. Along with the Communist Chinese Confucian Institutes on North American campuses, they represent just a few of the many ways that American universities are actively aiding the enemies of the freest republic the world has ever seen. And have you ever tried to invite a rational non-ideological speaker for a talk on campus? You cannot do it these days. The fierce overreaction against the threat of an actual thinking person speaking at university makes that bone-breakingly clear. Students should never be exposed to anyone who might teach them to think for themselves, or so the overlords presume.

On a different track, look at the economy-destroying lockdown over reactions to the Chinese Coronavirus epidemic. The lockdowns did not help — in fact they are making the pandemic far worse by extending its peak to multiple years, and triggering a pandemic of suicides, drug addictions, business failures, and personal ruin. Overreaction is all these overlords can do.

Since all they can do is overreact, it is time to give them a lot more things to overreact to.

[Reminder, this is just fictional satire]

What kind of things might these mouth-foaming caricature dolls of authority overreact to? I hesitate to say. But since this is fictional satire of an imaginary nature, use your imagination. Just do your imaginary best to keep imaginary innocent bystanders out of the imaginary danger zones.

In reality, the modern left is a caricature of itself. But it does not believe it has gone nearly far enough. So, what can we do to help them?

[Satire reminder]

This is the future thanks to today’s schools, media, government, and culture:

How many decades would it take to train cohorts of people who are capable of thinking? Given the sensitive and critical periods of brain development during childhood, it is not likely that these lost generations will be able to recover their wits if ever there were any.

Put them into positions of authority and the possibilities for contrived overreaction are endless.

[satire overload]

Remember the difference between philosophy and ideology. for the past few decades, schools have taught kids to “think” ideologically, or dogmatically. Using feelings instead of evidence plus logic, kids are indoctrinated — with no idea that there is any other way to approach life.

Of course they accept whatever they are told is the authoritative truth. What choice do they have? They lack the equipment to do anything else.

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Eva Cassidy: A Posthumous Sucess

Before her early death (age 33) in 1996, she was an almost complete unknown. But in the years since, she has become one of Amazon.com’s top 25 best-selling musicians. From Wikipedia:

After Cassidy’s death, local folk singer Grace Griffith introduced the Blues Alley recording to Bill Straw from her label, Blix Street Records.[21] Straw approached the Cassidy family to put together a new album. In 1998, a compilation of tracks from Cassidy’s three released recordings was assembled into the CD Songbird. This CD lingered in relative obscurity for two years until being given airplay by Terry Wogan on his wide-reaching BBC Radio 2 show Wake Up to Wogan, following recommendation by his producer Paul Walters. The album sold more than 100,000 copies in the following months.[2] The New York Times spoke of her “silken soprano voice with a wide and seemingly effortless range, unerring pitch and a gift for phrasing that at times was heart-stoppingly eloquent.”[21]The camcorder recording of “Over the Rainbow” as shown on Top of the Pops 2

Before Christmas of 2000, BBC’s Top of the Pops 2 aired a video of Cassidy performing “Over the Rainbow“, which resulted in Songbird climbing steadily up the UK charts over the next few weeks. Just as ITV‘s Tonight with Trevor McDonald aired a feature on Cassidy, the album topped the chart.[22] Shot at Blues Alley by a friend with a camcorder the same night the album was recorded,[2] the video became the most requested video ever shown on Top Of The Pops 2.[23] Alexis Petridis in The Guardian wrote, “There’s an undeniable emotional appeal in hearing an artist who you know died in obscurity singing a song about hope and a mystical world beyond everyday life”.[24]“There is something about her voice – a quality – that you really can’t put into words. It’s a magical quality.” —Sting on Cassidy (who had recorded a version of his song “Fields of Gold” in 1996, the year she died).[25]

Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton were among her new-found fans. Jazz critic Ted Gioia writes, “you might be tempted to write off the ‘Cassidy sensation’ … as a response to the sad story of the singer’s abbreviated life rather than as a measure of her artistry. But don’t be mistaken, Cassidy was a huge talent, whose obscurity during her lifetime was almost as much a tragedy as her early death.”[26] Songbird has since achieved significant chart success in Europe. It is certified six times platinum in the UK with 1,840,000 copies sold.[2][27] Although still relatively unknown in the US at that time, the album would eventually be certified gold there as well.[28]

In May 2001, ABC‘s Nightline in the US broadcast a well-received short documentary about Cassidy, a labor of love from Nightline correspondent Dave Marash who was a fan of her music.[29] Over the weekend, all five of Cassidy’s albums occupied Amazon.com‘s best sellers list top spots.[30] The Nightline episode has since been rebroadcast three times due to popular demand[31] and producer Leroy Sievers has said that it is “probably the most popular Nightline ever”.[32] In December, a nine-minute segment on NPR resulted in a similar sales surge, with five of the top seven spots going to Cassidy.[4] In Britain a rebroadcast of Tonight with Trevor McDonald bumped up sales.[4][33]

Since Songbird, several other CDs with original material have been released: Time After Time (2000), Imagine (2002) and American Tune (2003). 2008 saw the release of another new album, Somewhere. Unlike previous albums, which consisted solely of cover songs, this release contains two original songs co-written by Cassidy. An acoustic album, Simply Eva, was released in January 2011.

Together with word of mouth and internet fan sites, online commerce has played a big role in Cassidy’s success.[34][35] This point was further affirmed when in 2005, Amazon.com released a list of its top 25 best-selling musicians, which placed Cassidy in fifth position, behind The BeatlesU2Norah Jones and Diana Krall.[36]

Wikipedia

Her voice was the same in the early 1990s as it was in the 21st century. But she was a perfectionist, and wanted full control over her music. The big companies did not want to bother with her then. So while she was spurned by the big media popularity machine during her life, it took full advantage of her early death to drive sales and viewership. As a human interest story, it was irresistible. Music lovers should be glad her story and her music survived.

And when ye come and all the flowers are dying
if I am dead as dead I well may be
you’ll come and find the place where I am lying
and knell and say an Ave there for me
and I shall hear tho soft ye tread above me
and all my grave will warmer sweeter be
and if you bend and tell me that you love me
than I shall sleep in peace until you come to me

Danny Boy lyrics
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Swamp Overlords Taking an Orwellian Turn

Guest Posting from Issues & Insights:

A New York Times reporter has suggested the president appoint a “reality czar,” who would lead “a cross-agency task force to tackle disinformation and domestic extremism.” Please tell us, comrade, when the show trials begin. We don’t want to miss them.

The author of this idea is Times technology reporter Kevin Roose, who was writing about “how the Biden administration can help solve our reality crisis.” His is not a lone recommendation on how the ruling class should re-educate, curb, and cancel the unruly masses to the right of center. Others want the Biden White House to establish various versions of George Orwell’s Ministry of Truth, which was itself a ministry of propaganda. The Democrats and allied activists are itching to shut down speech they don’t agree with, but do it under the cover of preserving and honoring “truth.”

Odd, isn’t it, that the same people who claim to be so interested in truth and reality today for four years couldn’t stop talking about how the Russians put Donald Trump in the White House? Maybe they’re engrossed only with their version of the truth – their own fantasies and efforts to indoctrinate an entire population.

A country and a culture are in trouble when those in authority allow only one voice to be heard, when they decide what is acceptable speech and what isn’t, when the controversial and the unpopular are treated as crimes to be punished. Biden hasn’t bitten – yet – on a reality czar or ministry of truth. But under his administration, this country is shaping up as a banana republic. Think about:

  • How the Democrats want to turn the economy into one that’s “operated as a private commercial enterprise for the exclusive profit of the ruling class.”
  • The Democrats’ retribution-filled, Reichstag-fire response to the breach of the U.S. Capitol by a group made up mostly of odd characters and some everyday Americans who got overheated and were shocked by their own behavior, all of them apparently unarmed.
  • How a summer of real riots was tacitly, and at times, overtly supported by Biden’s party.
  • The second impeachment of Trump that is not an attempt to seek justice but a campaign to prevent him from running again for president and marginalizing his supporters.
  • The lies about the promise of unity.
  • Phony charges against political opponents designed to dehumanize them. See: “Biden accused Trump of being a mass murderer, of killing hundreds of thousands of coronavirus patients because he ‘did nothing’ to fight the virus.”
  • Government by executive command rather than through proper legislative channels.
  • Shutting down politically unfavorable businesses. See: Biden’s Keystone XL pipeline decision.
  • The leader of a national government deciding alone what the property role of that government is. See: “Biden Proclaims ‘Racial Equity’ as Goal ‘Of the Whole of Government.’ ”

From any reasonable point of view, it’s clear America is in a decline that might not be as steep as Biden’s cognitive fade, but is just as real.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

Al Fin Comment:

We are in for a dystopian ride through the demented minds of swamp creatures and hostile foreign agents. Be prepared for anything.

The Chinese Coup

The Chinese Charm Factor

Twenty years of organ harvesting and counting

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A Most Remarkable Man

Author, TV/movie producer, director, adventurer, and all around polymath Michael Crichton died of lymphoma in 2008. But he left a large legacy of work in print and on the screen that will outlive the man for many decades.

While he lived and worked, Crichton helped to inject a steady dose of intelligence and integrity into the public entertainment sphere. He also gave speeches, interviews, and congressional testimony in the attempt to counteract the steady diet of fear being fed to to the general population by media, government, academics, and foundations/nonprofits.

If you haven’t seen Crichton’s speech below about the perpetual panic-mongering of our media-academic-political axis of terror, you owe it to yourself to watch it.

In the video, Crichton displays all the respect for our elite cultural institutions that they deserve: zero. Michael Crichton represents something that our elite overlords want to drive to extinction: the exceptional man whose clear analytical thinking exposes the vapid foolishness of our dominant cultural institutions for any thoughtful person to see.

Not everyone can present complex information in such a clear way. And not everyone is courageous enough to contradict the “official talking points of the overlords.” They want to control us through our fears. But that only works if we have no grounding in scientific and quantitative thought — and if we have no historical perspective. Crichton is having none of it.

You may want to download the video before YouTube makes it disappear, in true Orwellian style.

Michael Crichton succeeded in Hollywood, where his personal brilliance and integrity made a stark contrast to that stark moral landscape more famous for its drug use, large scale sexual and personal abuse of all kinds, and a general degeneracy that is not likely to get better soon.

The world misses every sane voice that goes silent — there are so few of them.

From the official MichaelCrichton.com website:

CRICHTON, (John) Michael. American. Born in Chicago, Illinois, October 23, 1942. Died in Los Angeles, November 4, 2008. Educated at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, A.B. (summa cum laude) 1964 (Phi Beta Kappa). Henry Russell Shaw Travelling Fellow, 1964-65. Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology at Cambridge University, England, 1965. Graduated Harvard Medical School, M.D. 1969; post-doctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, La Jolla, California 1969-1970. Visiting Writer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988.

Awards: Recipient of Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award, 1968 (“A Case of Need”, written under pseudonym Jeffery Hudson); and 1980 (“The Great Train Robbery”). Association of American Medical Writers Award, 1970 (“Five Patients”); Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Technical Achievement Award, 1995 (“for pioneering computerized motion picture budgeting and scheduling”); George Foster Peabody Award (for “ER”); Writer’s Guild of America Award, Best Long Form Television Script of 1995 (for “ER”) Emmy, Best Dramatic Series, 1996 (for “ER”). Ankylosaur named Crichtonsaurus bohlini, 2002.

Associations: Member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Author’s Guild, Writers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America, P.E.N. America Center, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa. Board of Directors, International Design Conference at Aspen, 1985-91; Board of Trustees, Western Behavioral Sciences Institute, La Jolla, 1986-91. Board of Overseers, Harvard University, 1990-96. Board of Directors, Drug Strategies, 1994-, Author’s Guild Council, 1995-, Board of Directors, Gorilla Foundation, 2002-, Board of Trustees, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2006-

References: Contemporary Authors, 1971-; Who’s Who in America, 1974-; Current Biography, April 1976; Film Encyclopedia, 1979-;
International Motion Picture Almanac, 1996; International Television & Video Almanac, 1996.

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You Don’t Know Me

Of course you don’t know me. I don’t even know myself. Here are some of the reasons why:

Philosopher Thomas Metzinger makes an interesting case in his book The Ego Tunnel that we really have no selves at all, in terms of a fixed immutable self. Instead, we are in the process of constructing our selves every moment of every day.

You could say that none of us know ourselves yet, since we haven’t finished constructing our “self du jour.” And tomorrow, it will be someone else.

Neurologists who treat stroke patients and prolific readers of Oliver Sacks‘ books, will have deeper insights into this concept. So will people who have gone through multiple life-transforming experiences, and retained their memories of the person they were before the transformations.

The phenomena of “color optical illusions” reveals a small part of the amazing fantasy that our brain generates for us every moment of every day — and we believe it is all real! We might even be willing to get into fights over entirely fabricated memories or concepts we have of ourselves. In fact, we probably have done so.

Most of us with knowledge of neuroscience and psychology may be willing to admit that our minds create the image of the world around us on a moment by moment basis. But are we just as willing to admit that we create the image of ourselves over the same time scale? And are we willing to comprehend the implications of our own instantaneous self-creation?

No, you don’t know me. But I can hardly blame you for that. Sometimes it seems to be a matter of “the more you learn, the less you know.”

If we can learn to accept the generative/regenerative nature of ourselves, perhaps we can make that feature of constant change work for us. The brain is changing all the time, and has a tremendous capacity for neuroplastic modification. There is constant jockeying for brain real estate between the various inputs and outputs. “Use it or lose it,” or “cells that fire together wire together.” Every second of every hour of every day.

Things change. We change. Before we even knew who we were, we were becoming something else.

Learn to ride the wave of change, and love it. In ourselves, and in the people we don’t really know, but love anyway.

It is a crazy world out there, no question. Some ways of dealing with it are better than others.

Resilience. Flexibility. Equanimity. And when it comes to dealing with other people, a lot of compassion and humility.

My current favorite version of the song:

Ray Charles is the greatest, but Diana Krall adds a certain je ne sais quoi.

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Anger is All the Rage: Be Prepared

The modern age of “social justice” is being propelled by anger and rage. Children are groomed for victimhood from kindergarten onward, and by the time they reach college age, they are primed to rumble. The link above suggests that keeping the people angry all the time is most of the point of “social justice” in schools, on media, in politics and political activism, on social media platforms, and in corporate human resources departments.

The video below suggests that many communities in many western cities may be simmering on the verge of violence. Only the tiniest provocation — real or imagined — would suffice to push things over the brink in many cities.

Rage and anger are as old as humanity. So are the various means that societies use in the attempt to stave off anger before it goes too far.

In our angsty world, perhaps it’s not surprising that venues for letting off steam are popping up across the globe. In New York, the Wrecking Club opened in 2017 and the Rage Cage followed last August. On this side of the Atlantic, there’s the Wreck Room in London, and several more venues around the country, including one that just opened in Norwich. Participants wear protective gear and smash up printers, TVs, crockery and the like with sledgehammers, to loud soundtracks.

Rage Clubs

Some people may enjoy going to a rage club, but that is not everyone’s cup of tea. Out of 40 ways to “let go of anger” listed here, the last one listed is to “laugh at your anger.” And there are such things as “laughter clubs” where people can meet up to laugh at just about anything they want.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT LAUGHTER CLUBS

  • Leaders may include a series of breathing, stretching, and laughter actions
  • Laughter for the joy of laughing, without jokes
  • Eye contact to enhance and stimulate laughter
  • All members laugh at the same time
  • The entire group laughs in unison to support members, while inhibitions melt away
  • Laughter club sessions typically last about thirty minutes, although this is very flexible and may be longer or shorter, as needed.

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In fact, there is a wide range of “meetup topics” which might fall under the broad umbrella of ways to deal with one’s own anger and rage. Follow this link and scan through the several lists of meetup topics to see exactly what I mean. The list under the heading “Health and Wellbeing” contains topics such as “Anger Management,” Happiness, Joyful Living, Laughter Yoga, Meditation, Stress Relief, Self Empowerment, and so on.

Probably the most important part of any of these social attempts to mitigate anger, is simply having people come together with a common purpose that does not involve getting angry. You are unlikely to find that in politics these days, although if one had good reason to believe that an election of great importance had been stolen, one might be excused a bit of anger. But these days, excuses for the exercise of anger are only given out to those who are supported by the trendy overlords of political fashion.

Nevertheless, anger — like fear — is a mind-killer. Anyone who allows his mind to linger in a state of rage and anger for too long will suffer from the consequences. Hence the old saying: “Don’t Get Mad, Get Even.” Specifically, get even without getting mad.

Take a look at the video above. Watch the whole thing, including the interview with the professional fighter.

It is important that children learn how to deal productively with their anger as they grow up. The alternative is that they will take out their anger in creative ways with siblings, peers, and others — and you may not enjoy the consequences of their creativity in this case.

“Letting off steam” may not be your best approach, whether you have borderline personality disorder or not. In fact, when it comes to rage, everybody has at least some borderline personality disorder.

I have been studying several aspects of and approaches to meditation, in hopes that I can achieve a bit of “positive neuroplasticity” in the quest to greater resilience and equanimity. There is a lot more going on there than mere “navel gazing.” I hope to have something tangible to report on that front later.

Nevertheless, you can count on seeing a lot more anger displayed by the illegitimate overlords of government, media, social tech, schools & universities, angry “social justice” gangs, and human resources departments of corporations.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late for a Dangerous Childhood © .

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How to Be a Good Leftist

It all starts with group thinking conformity. Leftism is an ideology, not a philosophy — a key difference. Maintaining group conformity is a major undertaking in a nonsensical ideology, particularly in the early stages. Here’s one way to do it:

Leftism thrives in censorship, groupthink, and total conformity to the top-down talking points of the day — propagated in lockstep by media large and small, by professors, and by corrupt politicians. Leftism is an ideology with an agenda…

The possession and advancement of an agenda by a sizable group of persons is meant to inhibit and suppress the modus vivendi that would occur naturally. The agenda, in other words, is meant to substitute the preferences of a segment of a society or polity for the host of individual preferences that can and would be reconciled through social (and economic) intercourse.

It should go without saying that this substitution will always necessarily be carried out by the use of force, or the threat of it. And the state, in its various manifestations, will provide the force.

Leftism, in short, is an ideology of bullies. It’s not the only one, but it’s the leading one these days. The right — by which I mean the statist right, not conservatism — is just the left with a somewhat different agenda.

What Leftists Are

They tend to be closed-minded bullies who believe in free speech only for themselves and for no one else.

All too often, people who call themselves progressive liberals are at the forefront of movements to shut down debates on college campuses and to restrict freedom of speech. They are eager to cut corners, bend the Constitution, make up laws through questionable court rulings, and generally abuse the rules and the Constitution in order to get their way.

They establish “zero tolerance” regimes in schools where young boys are suspended for nibbling breakfast pastries into the shape of a gun. They are supposedly great haters of bigotry but sometimes speak of Christians in the most bigoted manner imaginable, as if Christians were no better than fascists.

American liberals are, in short, becoming increasingly illiberal. They are surrendering to the temptations of the closed mind.

The Intolerant Left

There may be a few leftists who still think they are trying to create a better world. But it is all too clear that what the left is really about is eliminating everyone who thinks differently and who is unwilling to be coerced into conforming.

Mel Brooks joined the recent chorus of comedians who say that the PC culture has gone too far in stifling comedy. He says his classic movie “Blazing Saddles” would not be made today, and he blames the “stupidly politically correct.” Other comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Larry the Cable Guy, Dennis Miller, John Cleese and Chris Rock agree. Many say they will not play college gigs anymore because of the rigid PC pushback.

There are no edgy comics on the left. They are all conformists, slaves to the PC world they have helped create. Contrary to the left’s narrative, I have found the right to be far more tolerant of humor.

The Ugly Orwellian Left

This dismaying portrait of the ruling politically correct overlord class could have come straight out of the pages of the famous dystopian novel 1984 by George Orwell. If you haven’t read that essential work (published 1949), you will be unprepared for what is coming under the new and unauthorized US government*. Another useful guidebook for these irrational and corrupt times is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.

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Worst Torture: Alone With Your Thoughts

Most people would rather self-administer painful electric shocks than to be alone with their thoughts.

In the short charming video above, a normal person was placed in isolation to determine the strategies he would use to escape the crazy-making effects of the boredom of isolation. It is amazing how quickly his sense of normality broke down under the effects of isolation. The moment when he almost “broke out of his cage” but chose not to, was poignant, as was his growing confusion afterward.

Monotony is something that most modern people are not prepared for. It is not just that we have been stranded in the shallow water of constant distraction. For most of us, nothing in our lives has prepared us to be alone with ourselves and our own thoughts.

The video also discusses “solitary confinement” for prisoners, interviewing a former convict on his experience with punishment in “the hole.” Isolation seems not only to be a form of punishment, but a form of torture as well.

In the age of Chinese coronavirus lockdowns, social isolation can be torture — as suggested by the increased rates of suicides and other dysfunctions we are seeing. Even when people have internet, books, telephones, television, and can go out for walks and to the grocery store, the disruption to normal face to face social activities with people outside the home can be devastating for many.

One group of people seems to do better with isolation than others: long time experienced meditators. Inexperienced meditators can have problems with social isolation just like anyone else.

It takes weeks of disciplined meditation before the neuroplasticity of different brain centers provides the practitioner with some safe internal places to go to be alone.

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Dark Star: A Cult Classic and Its Making

This is the full movie “Dark Star” from 1974 — before Star Wars, before Alien, but six years after the release of 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is hilarious for its combination of gallows humor with slapstick and ultra-low budget special effects. The complete budget for the film was $60,000. While we may be glad they don’t make them like this any more, we are grateful that they made this one exactly this way.

For those who want to know more about the backstory of Dark Star and details about how it was made, the video below is a lucky discovery that may be appreciated by long time fans of the above classic. It was a student film that came from USC film school students John Carpenter and Dan O’Bannon. For all its designed kookiness, it has been rated as one of the top 20 science fiction films of all time.

The Making of Dark Star 1974

Never trust anyone who has never read 1984 or Atlas Shrugged. And especially never trust anyone who has never seen Dark Star.

Special bonus: Movie theme song “Benson, Arizona” written by John Carpenter and Bill Taylor. Vocals by John Yager.

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Witch Trial Against Citizen Trump Begins 8 Feb. 21

The US Senate has scheduled hearings in the impeachment trial against Citizen Trump beginning February 8th. The Senate does not have the constitutional authority to hold an “impeachment” trial against a private citizen, nor should it have. That simple limitation of government has not percolated into the minds of either senators or the mainstream media. But it will, once someone takes the trouble to consult with the US Supreme Court.

Everything connected with the fraudulent US national elections* of 2020 is irreparably tainted, screaming out for a deep and thorough reckoning. Yet the perpetrators and enablers of the fraud continue stumbling over their own peckers, oblivious to the depths of their own folly.

President* Biden signs an invitation for Communist China to take over the US electrical grid

What happens when a foreign government can turn off your nation’s electrical power grid at will?

No one will ever know who paid for President* Biden’s ascendancy

The government is not the country. The country abides.

Ordinary people pay the price of government folly

President* Biden signs the order to unleash the social justice regulatory regime on an unsuspecting America

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Part of the Heart Gets Lost in the Learning

This Dan Fogelberg song was published in 1979 on his Phoenix album.

Joy at the start
Fear in the journey
Joy in the coming home
A part of the heart
Gets lost in the learning
Somewhere along the road.

Along the road
Your path may wander
A pilgrim’s faith may fail
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Darkness obscures the trail.

Cursing the quest
Courting disaster
Measureless nights forebode
Moments of rest
Glimpses of laughter
Are treasured along the road.

Along the road
Your steps may stumble
Your thoughts may start to stray
But through it all a heart held humble
Levels and lights your way.

Joy at the start
Fear in the journey
Joy in the coming home
A part of the heart
Gets lost in the learning
Somewhere along the road
Somewhere along the road
Somewhere along the road.

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Fogelberg was a singer songwriter with a masterful touch in several genres, including rock, country, folk, and classical. If only all pop musicians had this much talent, the world of music would be so much richer!

It seems as if the 50 year-long “dumbing down” project in schools has affected every cultural institution. It may take another 50 years to grow out of this degenerative phase, once the overlords of social engineering are finally overthrown.

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I Was Trying to Daydream But My Mind Kept Wandering

By Emma, age 10

Daddy’s been teaching my step-mom Nadia and me how to meditate, but I’m not sure I completely get it. I keep asking him what I’m supposed to think about while I’m sitting there, but he says I’m not supposed to think about anything! How do you do that?

So sometimes I watch the two of them to try to get an idea what I should be doing. Nadia looks so serious sitting there with her eyes closed! She’s got to be thinking about something, maybe her work. And Daddy’s always smiling, like he’s trying not to laugh. He must be thinking about a joke or something like that.

I’ve started imagining that I’m sitting on a cloud in a big blue sky. Whenever I breathe in, my cloud rises up a little bit. When I breathe out, it settles back down. That helps, but my mind still wanders. Daddy says a wandering mind is normal, and to “just go with it.”

But now I’m curious why my mind can’t be still. Sure, when I was 7 or 8, I was just a kid. A restless mind at that age is normal. But being 10 now I feel kind of grown up. I should be able to control my mind at this age. I did some research to find out if there is something wrong with me.

I learned something interesting: The mind is supposed to wander! We evolved that way to keep our ancestors alive through the long aeons when everything and everybody tried to kill them. Back then, if they concentrated too much on any one thing, something else would creep up on them and eat them! So we inherited their wandering minds, even though most of the time we’re mostly safe.

So, it’s getting easier to stay on my cloud for a longer time before I fall off. And it’s probably a coincidence, but I think that it’s getting easier for me to concentrate on my math lessons.

Our domestic android Valerie is giving me a hard time about it, though. She tells me that meditation isn’t logical and doesn’t compute. Maybe androids just aren’t supposed to meditate? I asked my mom (Daddy’s ex-wife Julia) about meditating and all she said is “it can’t hurt.” But when I asked if she wanted to join the group, she said she’d rather sleep in. That’s what Jack and Mgumi say about it too. When they’re not out surfing, they’d rather sleep as late as they can.

I think floating on a cloud is kinda fun. And maybe if I watch long enough I’ll figure out what my “laughing Buddha” Daddy sees in my super-serious step-mom Nadia. Besides, I like teasing our android Valerie now and then by doing something she calls “illogical.” If she complains too much, Daddy will just put her to sleep for a few hours, and she hates that!

Al Fin Comment:

If it were just me, I’d do my sitting between 5 AM and 6 AM. But the girls would never go for that, so I compromise and schedule our time just before breakfast. The concept I am trying to teach both of them is “effortlessness.” I think 10 year old Emma is coming closer to experiencing the beginning stages of letting go, but 28 year old Nadia holds on so tightly! Both girls are staying with the program so far, and seem to be making progress, so I’m happy.

BTW, here’s another audiobook on meditation that some may find interesting. It’s about 4 hours long, and contains a lot of “inside information” on the process and some of the possible levels of experience that most people can achieve, if they persist.

Note: The title for this post comes from comedian Stephen Wright

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Let Us be Lovers We’ll Marry Our Fortunes Together

The song “America” was written by Paul Simon and first published on the Simon & Garfunkel album “Bookends” in 1968 at the height of the Viet Nam war. A lot has changed in America over the past 53 years.

Back in the days when I had a guitar, a singing voice, and a girlfriend named Kathy, this song was one of my favorite songs to sing. Now it just makes me smile and shake my head. Bittersweet.

“America” is essentially a road-trip song, but like all road trips, it tends to reveal as much about the participants as it does about the lands being traversed. The narrator and his companion Kathy (a reference to Simon’s 60’s girlfriend Kathy Chitty) board a bus in Pittsburgh with a four-day hitchhike from Saginaw, Michigan already in their rear-view. “Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together,” Simon begins, an optimistic opening, but cracks in that optimism will soon start to show.

Passing the time on the bus with little games about their fellow passengers is all well and good, but a kind of ennui soon sets in when the cigarettes are gone and the magazines are read. “And the moon rose over an open field,” Simon and Garfunkel sing, and their voices convey both the awe of witnessing that phenomenon and the melancholy such a sight can bring about in a weary traveler.

Indeed, Simon’s next lines lay bare the extent of his character’s pain: “’Kathy, I’m lost,’ I said, though I knew she was sleeping / ‘I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why.’” With that admission, he becomes another in a long line of wanderers hitting the open road to fill the voids in their souls. Simon makes this connection with the closing couplet: “Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike / They’ve all come to look for America.”

“America” suggests that restlessness is just as much of our unalienable birthright as anything else. To borrow another word from the Declaration of Independence, Simon & Garfunkel’s talent for making such effortlessly vast yet intensely personal statements was always self-evident.

Behind the Song

That was then. This is now. In tomorrow’s America there are no inalienable rights. Just whatever the asterisk government deigns to allow on any given day. Get used to it. Or come up with an alternative.

Today’s consumers of news & entertainment media fare, glued to their tiny smartphone screens, have the attention span of a gnat and the historical perspective of a flea. And even if you could get them to agree in principle (for a limited time) to any restoration of America’s once-remarkable level of freedoms — the corrupt and cheating overlords would almost certainly overrule. And the Orwellian media would cover them in roses for doing it.

The song says, “They’ve all come to look for America…” Good luck after tomorrow.

Let us be lovers
We’ll marry our fortunes together
I’ve got some real estate
Here in my bag

So we bought a pack of cigarettes
And Mrs. Wagner’s pies
And walked off
To look for America
“Kathy”, I said
As we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh
Michigan seems like a dream to me now

It took me four days
To hitch-hike from Saginaw
“I’ve come to look for America”

Laughing on the bus
Playing games with the faces
She said the man in the gabardine suit
Was a spy

I said, “Be careful
His bow tie is really a camera”
“Toss me a cigarette
I think there’s one in my raincoat”
We smoked the last one
An hour ago

So I looked at the scenery
She read her magazine
And the moon rose over an open field
“Kathy, I’m lost”, I said
Though I knew she was sleeping
“I’m empty and aching and
I don’t know why”

Counting the cars
On the New Jersey Turnpike
They’ve all come
To look for America
All come to look for America
All come to look for America

Lyrics

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This is Your Brain on Meditation

They tell you not to have any goal in mind when you choose to meditate. But that is not quite right. We humans have reasons for everything we do, and meditation is no different. In the case of modern westerners, most of us meditate to make our brains younger and more supple, and to reduce the effects of stress and worry on our brains and bodies.

Below, I link to two brief summaries of scientific studies on how meditation affects the brain. The first excerpt is from 2015, and the second is from 2020. Finally, I reproduce a table from this 2020 review article which summarizes several MRI studies that looked at the differences in brain cortical thicknesses and specific brain center volumes between meditators of various schools and those who did not meditate.

Excerpt 1 from 2015:

Increased Grey Matter/Cortical Thickness in the following key areas:

• Anterior Cingulate Cortex: Increased grey matter changes were noted in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), which is a structure located behind the brain’s frontal lobe. It has been associated with such functions as self-regulatory processes, including the ability to monitor attention conflicts, and allow for more cognitive flexibility.

• Prefrontal Cortex: Increased grey matter density was also found in areas of the prefrontal lobe, which are primarily responsible for executive functioning such as planning, problem solving, and emotion regulation.

• Hippocampus: Increased cortical thickness in the hippocampus has also been noted. The hippocampus is the part of the limbic system that governs learning and memory, and is extraordinarily susceptible to stress and stress-related disorders like depression or PTSD.

Decreased Amygdala Size:

Studies have shown that the amygdala, known as our brain’s “fight or flight” center and the seat of our fearful and anxious emotions, decreases in brain cell volume after mindfulness practice.

The summary of scientific findings in the above excerpt suggests that meditators develop better skills of discrimination, decision-making, and emotional control — or better executive functions generally.

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The second excerpt is from a 2020 article:

Research has shown that there are several ways that meditation can change the brain’s structure and function:

  • Enlarges the prefrontal cortex. This area of the brain is responsible for rational decision-making. Studies have shown that meditation increases grey matter (brain cells) in this region.1
  • Shrinks the amygdala. The amygdala is a key brain structure known as the emotional or fear center of the brain. Smaller amygdalae found in more mindful people are associated with greater emotional control.2
  • Thickens the hippocampus. This hippocampus is key for learning and memory. Just a few weeks of mindfulness meditation practice increased the size of this brain region.3
  • Increases overall grey matter. Grey matter, brain cell bodies important for processing power and linked to intelligence, seem to increase with meditation training.4
  • Enhances high-amplitude gamma brainwave activity. High-frequency gamma waves correlate with states of heightened awareness and bliss. Long-term meditators have been shown to have more gamma wave activity both before and during meditation.5

It’s important to note that it can take many years to produce these more permanent changes in brain structure. Yet some of the studies mentioned above showed changes starting to occur after just a few weeks of meditation practice.

The summary of scientific findings in the second excerpt above substantiates the claims of the first excerpt, and adds that overall brain grey matter is increased along with enhanced gamma wave activity — which generally correlate with higher levels of conscious activity.

The table below is excerpted from a 2020 article in Frontiers in Bioscience:

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Table 1. Main MRI studies

MeditationMRI analysisMain results(meditation x control)Reference
insight meditation (vipassana)cortical thicknessGreater cortical thickness in the right anterior insula and in the right middle and superior frontal sulci.Lazar et al., 2005 (21)
Vipassanavoxel-based morphometryGreater gray matter volumes in the left inferior temporal gyrus, the right anterior insula and the right hippocampus.Hölzel et al., 2008 (24)
Dzogchenvoxel-basedmorphometryAltered gray matter densities in the medulla oblongata, left superior frontal gyrus, the left inferior frontal gyrus, the left mid-ventrolateral prefrontal cortex, bilaterally the anterior lobe of the cerebellum and the left fusiform gyrus.Vestergaard-Poulsen et al., 2009 (28)
Zen mediationCortical thicknessThicker cortices in the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex and bilaterally in the secondary somatosensory cortex.Grant et al., 2010 (31)
integrative body mind trainingfractional anisotropyIncreased fractional anisotropy values in the left anterior corona radiata, body and genu of the corpus callosum, superior corona radiata and superior longitudinal fasciculus.Tang et al., 2010 (33)
Shamatha, Vipassana, andZazenDiffusion Tensor ImagingLarger fractional anisotropy in fiber tracts such as the anterior thalamic radiation, cingulum-hippocampus, corticospinal tract, inferior fronto-occipital fasciculus, inferior longitudinal fasciculus, superior longitudinal fasciculus, temporal component of superior longitudinal fasciculus, uncinate fasciculus and forceps minor.Luders et al., 2011 (37)
Mindfulness-based stress reductionvoxel-based morphometryIncrease in gray matter concentration in a region of interest within the left hippocampus; increases of gray matter concentration. In whole brain analysis, increase in gray matter concentration in the posterior cingulate cortex, the left temporo-parietal junction and the cerebellum.Hölzel et al., 2011 (40)
several disciplinesDiffusion Tensor ImaginIncreased fractional anisotropy in several regions of the corpus callosum.Luders et al., 2012 (39)
Brain Wave Vibrationcortical thickness/Diffusion Tensor ImagingIncreased cortical thickness in the bilateral ventromedial prefrontal cortex, superior frontal cortex, temporal pole, middle and inferior temporal cortices, left fusiform cortex and medial prefrontal cortex on meditators. Meditators showed higher fractional values in the cuneus, precuneus and occipital regions and the ventromedial prefrontal cortex and lower fractional anisotropy values in the right medial prefrontal cortex, posterior cingulate cortex and right occipital regionsKang et al., 2013 (43)
Sahaja Yoga Meditationvoxel-basedmorphometryLarger gray matter volume overall and with regional enlargement in the right inferior temporal gyrus and bilaterally the anterior insula and left ventrolateral prefrontal cortex, the right ventromedial orbitofrontal cortex.Hernández et al., 2016 (19)
Loving-kindness meditationvoxel-based morphometryGreater gray matter volume in the right angular gyrus, right posterior parahippocampal gyrus, left inferior temporal gyrus and middle temporal gyrusLeung et al., 2013 (52)
several disciplinesvoxel-based morphometryLarger left hippocampal volume.Luders et al., 2013 (57)
several disciplinescortical gyrificationEnlargement in the pre and post central gyrus, central sulcus, left inferior/middle temporal gyrus, angular gyrus, parieto-occipital fissure, fusiform gyrus, parietal operculum and cuneus and the right anterior dorsal insula.Luders et al., 2012 (58)
soham meditationvoxel-based morphometryHigher gray matter volume in the left ventral pallidum, left supplementary motor area and brainstem.Kumar et al., 2014 (60)

Table 2. Main functional MRI studies

MeditationConditionMain resultsReference
Kundaliniduring meditationIncreased activity in putamen, midbrain, pregenual, anterior cingulate cortex, and hippocampal/parahippocampal formationLazar et al., 2000 (66)
ACEM meditationduring meditation taskMeditavion vs Waiting interval: increased activity in the left superior temporal gyrus Meditation vs control task: increased activity in the left inferior frontal gyrus Meditation vs word sequence generation task: increased activity in the left superior temporal gyrusDavanger et al., 2010 (68)
Tibetan Buddhist traditionmeditation vs resting stateIncreased activity in the frontal parietal regions, insula, lateral occipital, thalamic nuclei, basal ganglia and cerebellum in expert meditators and novice meditators during meditation x resting. Novice meditators and most expert meditators (skill acquired) showed less effort during meditation while least expert meditators showed greater activation of attention-related brain regions.Brefczynski-Lewis et al., 2007 (65)
focused attention-to-breathmeditation and passive viewing during cued aversive picturesDecreased amygdala activity and increased prefrontal integration of the amygdala.Doll et al., 2016 (69)
Soham meditationmeditation vs control task – classify geometric Figures between blue and yellow.During meditation: increased activity in the left mPFC, left inferior frontal gyrus, supplementary motor area and left precuneus control task: increased activity in the left middle and superior middle temporal, left inferior parietal and left post-central gyrus.Guleria et al., 2013 (70)
compassion meditation (CM)CM or reappraisal during film clips (negative or neutral stimuli)CM vs negative stimuli: increased activity in the left prefrontal cortex and frontal cortex, supplementary motor area, areas in parietal lobules, and temporal gyrus, anterior cingulate cortex, posterior cingulate cortex, thalamus, hypothalamus, ventral pallidum, globus pallidus, caudate, putamen, portions of the cerebellum and right amygdala. CM vs. reappraisal: meditation had increased activity in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, medial orbitofrontal cortex, gyrus rectus, portions of anterior cingulate cortex, frontopolar cortex, supplementary motor area, mid-cingulate, precuneus, bilateral superior temporal gyrus and inferior frontal gyrus/operculum, right fusiform gyrus, bilateral amygdala, hypothalamus, caudate, globus pallidus, putamen, right hippocampus and portions of the thalamus. Reappraisal, increased activity in the middle temporal gyrus, posterior cingulate/precuneus and cerebellum, bilateral medial frontal gyrus and left inferior frontal gyrus, pre-supplementary motor area/medial superior frontal gyrus, left calcarine gyrus.Engen and Singer 2015 (71)
Mindful Attention Training (MAT), Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT)IAPS databaseCBCT vs. MAT and control: negative correlation to negative images and depression scores in amygdala activity. MAT vs. control: decreased activity in the right amygdala for all images of the IAPS. Also decreased activity in right amygdala throughout the 8 weeks of intervention in response to all images and positive valence images of the IAPS.Desbordes et al., 2012 (74)
Frontiers in Bioscience

MRI studies — especially fMRI studies — are always subject to criticism. As expected, the results from the fMRI studies are subject to wildly varied interpretation.

What we are looking for is consistency between studies, along with theoretical/neurological plausibility of proposed cause and effect relationships between observed differences in MRI and claimed behavioral effects.

Most westerners will need very good reasons before they will devote many months or years of their lives to the practice of a discipline that appears so far out of the mainstream of their everyday concerns.

The most common argument given in favor of meditation practice is that the discipline adds years or decades of awareness to a person’s life — even if they do not live any longer in absolute years.

Consider if you had only ten years of life left to you, but you had the choice to either continue to age and decline at your current rate — or you could live those ten years at the level of health and fitness you had when you were 20 years old. Then you would drop dead at the end of that time. What would you choose?

It seems that we are given a very similar choice when it comes to awareness/attention/mindfulness practice. We may not live longer, but if our level of brain functioning and engagement is significantly higher, the time we have will be time more worth living.

Think it over. We are entering into unprecedented times. Most of us will need all the equanimity and resiliency that we can muster, as corruption and incompetence at all levels is ratcheted ever tighter. We have to do better than just reacting.

Another interesting study from PNAS 2007

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Nightmare on Meditation Street

Or, A Meditation on Nightmares… a progress report.

It is neither a coincidence nor a sign of senility that this blog has been talking off and on about meditation for the past few weeks. This is precisely a time in world evolution that calls for personal resilience and equanimity — the kind of resilience and equanimity that skilled meditators are known for.

Last night I experienced a milestone of sorts — I spent some time in Stage 6 meditation — the “nightmare stage. But wait! I am only officially a Stage 1/ Stage 2 meditator. What is “Stage 6 meditation” and how did I end up there, if only for a half hour or so?

According to the well respected meditation guidebookThe Attention Revolution” by B. Alan Wallace PhD, Stage 6 is the stage where all your fears, nightmares, and phantasms come marching out in a vast river of mind-warping delusion, where your conscious mind can see them more clearly.

What happens here is a kind of luminously clear… free association of thoughts, mental images, memories, desires, fantasies, and emotions.

Stage 6

Here is how we recently described Stage 6 from Wallace’s “The Attention Revolution” in our recent outline of two valuable guidebooks to the 10-stage vipassana path to enlightenment:

At this stage, a wide range of deep and powerful emotions may well up, including a fear of the loss of personal identity and a feeling of hovering over an empty luminous space devoid of personhood.

Enlightenment in Discrete Stages

I am still a novice meditator in the breath meditation, where I focus on the physical sensations of the breath for approximately 30 minutes at a time. The challenge is to keep the mind from drifting onto unrelated topics — and to keep from falling asleep. Flying off into the waking nightmare world is certainly not a part of early stage (Stage 1 to Stage 3) meditation.

But even if you are not seeking out the nightmare, the nightmare may be seeking you. And if you do find yourself floating in this meditation world of waking nightmare, what should you do? The same thing you should do if you find yourself in a sleeping nightmare: step back into the “observer mode.” Just watch, but don’t attach yourself to anything.

During Stage 6, the mind comes to terms with a wide range of vivid emotions, memories, and other phenomena that usually remain deeply buried in the murky depths of subconsciousness. If you can carefully watch that troubled river flow through the heart of your awareness and let it pass through, you may allow some healing and energizing to occur. If you can do this over and over again for an incalculable number of times and hours, a great deal of healing and energizing should occur.

“The key is to let the knots of the psyche unravel themselves and let the extraordinary healing power of the mind be revealed on the path to a deeper sanity.”

Stage 6 — the nightmare stage — must be mastered before one can move into Stage 7 — the stage of joy and enthusiasm. Why did they set things up that way? Probably because you are more likely to hold onto your gains if you earn them in a way that leaves no doubt what you are capable of.

Which is why I am back in Stage 2 breath meditations, rather than trying to jump straight into the bliss of Stage 7 and beyond. It just wouldn’t work any other way. But there is nothing that will keep me from exploring and taking side trips every now and again . . . I won’t pretend to be more accomplished than what I can demonstrate to myself beyond all doubt.

The following audiobook provides six hours of explanation and description of the basic reasons for mindfulness meditation and how to go about it.

You Are a Mess, And You Know It. But You Hide it Well!

Almost every author and guru maintains that it is vital to get a teacher before going very far into meditation. I won’t argue with that. Even the Dalai Lama said that a person can waste a lot of time by forging ahead without a teacher — although he says a teacher is not absolutely necessary.

More advice on meditation from the Dalai Lama

BTW: What was the “nightmare stage” like? Over roughly a half hour, I watched a lot of very personal and sensitive things pass through my mind that would ordinarily upset me. The whole macabre procession through my consciousness was self-powered, effortless on my part. And reasonably vivid. But perhaps the experience did not seem vivid enough or overpowering enough to quite match the description of Stage 6 — probably more like the Stage 5 mindfulness of following the thoughts, with the thoughts being exclusively troublesome thoughts /images /memories /sensations. At least I tell myself that.

In vipassana meditation, the first 4 Stages help to strengthen the attention on “an object of meditation” while slowly deepening the broader awareness of the meditator. Having mastered those skills, the meditator is supposedly ready to move deeper into observing the actual workings of his own “mind system.” I have a long way to go.

Remember: Just as the muscles have a lot of knots that must be unraveled before they can function smoothly and with minimal pain, so does the mind have a lot of knots that need unraveling. The times we are living in are times that create a lot of severe mental and emotional knots very rapidly. We are either going to have to learn to meditate very fast to keep up with untying all of these knots, or we will need to learn an even better path to unraveling these troublesome impediments to peace and happiness.

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I Would Swim the Seas For to Ease Your Pain

Townes Van Zandt Singer/Songwriter “If I Needed You”

Townes Van Zandt introduced the song with the following statement at a private concert in Houston: “It came to me in a dream. I was living in Tennessee with Guy and Susanna Clark, and I was asleep, and I had a notepad by my mattress – I had a mattress on the floor. I was dreaming that I was a folk singer, and this was the song I played, and I happened to wake up, write it down, and went right back to sleep. The next morning I woke up, went to the room with all the guitars, picked up a guitar and played it through. It never has changed.”

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Well, if I needed you
Would you come to me
Would you come to me
And ease my pain?
If you needed me
I would come to you
I would swim the seas
For to ease your pain

Well, in the night forlorn
Oh, the morning's born
And the morning shines
With the lights of love
And you will miss sunrise
If you close your eyes
And that would break
My heart in two

The lady's with me now
Since I showed her how
To lay her lily
Hand in mine
Loop and Lil agree
She's a sight to see
A treasure for
The poor to find

Well, if I needed you
Would you come to me
Would you come to me
And ease my pain?
If you needed me
I would come to you
I would swim the seas
For to ease your pain

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The above song was made famous by Emmylou Harris and Don Williams. Another of Van Zandt’s 1972 songs is “Pancho and Lefty,” made famous by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

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Are You In An Abusive Relationship? You Soon Will Be

A person can be in an abusive relationship with another person, with her employer, or with the government that controls her very freedom. This chart provides some information that can help a person determine whether they are in an abusive relationship:

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Gulbahar Haitiwaji was in an abusive relationship with China so she decided to flee the country with her husband and two children. They went to France and lived in freedom for ten years. But her abusers back in Beijing could not let her go. They tricked her into re-entering China, imprisoned her for two years in a “re-education camp,” and only let her go after she had denounced her own family for crimes against the party. She is only one among millions of people in China experiencing this kind of abusive relationship.

More on China’s relentlessly abusive relationship with its people:

…China is currently harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners and has begun extensive testing of its captive Uighur camp population that does not have any other overt utility outside of organ harvesting. It also concluded that “some Tibetan Buddhists and House Church Christians” (those who do not worship in government-run churches) have likely suffered forced organ harvesting.

Perhaps most shockingly, the Tribunal noted that its investigators reached out to dozens of Chinese hospitals asking for help in finding organs for a transplant, and over a dozen of them openly stated they were currently using the organs of Falun Gong practitioners in transplants or could acquire them. Another 14 hospitals admitted they used organs illicitly harvested from prisoners, but did not specify if they were political prisoners or common convicts.

Chinese officials have openly admitted to using prisoners to harvest organs for transplants, but claimed to have ended the practice in 2014. As recently as 2017, Chinese state media applauded itself for its “fair” organ donation system that it claimed was “hailed” by the international community.

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Falun Gong is a Buddhist group in China having members who practice meditation and exercises to attain enlightenment. The Chinese Communist Party government has been seeking to exterminate Falun Gong for over 20 years now, via forced imprisonment and forced organ harvesting of vital organs — without anesthesia. The CCP likewise administers the same forms of “eliminationist punishment” to any religious practitioners of any faith not deemed acceptable by CCP authorities. Uighur Muslims are merely the latest to come under special scrutiny.

The Chinese Communists Did Not Start With Organ Harvests

It was only after the US Clinton administration backed China for WTO membership despite China’s harsh treatment of religious minorities, that China rapidly expanded its forced organ harvesting program of religious and political “dissidents.” China has not paid any meaningful price for its brutal, subhuman treatment of those the CCP considers “enemies of the state.”

Likewise, we have not yet seen Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer proposing the forced harvesting of organs from Trump supporters or from those who vote for Republican candidates. Not yet. But dissenting views are under attack by the new tyrannical overlords, and there is no clear indication that these neo-tyrants have a sense of their own limitations when it comes to tyrannical action.

Does it surprise you that Nancy Pelosi chose an “impeachment manager” who had fallen under the control of a Chinese spy? Why should it? Can you find anyone allied with Pelosi who is not under the control of a Chinese agent? Good luck doing that.

The Abuse Begins; Where Does It End?

And so a new government is rushing to the controls, a group of headstrong would-be utopians who do not value the US Constitution — or any limits on their own governmental power whatsoever. We will have to see how far the other branches of the federal, state, and local governments will go in supporting this media-backed descent into Orwellian tyrrany and near-universal abuse.

How long until forced organ transplants become the order of the day? Ask the 1% and their top media lackeys. They are the ones who will have to decide how to write the new orders of power in a form that their “leftoid” dupes on the street will find palatable.

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They want to demolish anyone who supported Trump

And then they want to turn the US into Communist China

The Great Purge

Big Tech teams with Big Brother to Maintain Big Purity

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Don’t Belittle Those You Will Have a Use For

What is belittling?  Belittling is the intentional act of making another feel worthless, empty, and dismissed.  It is one of many forms of psychological and emotional abuse.  Belittling another often creates a personal emptiness and void.  It can create a sense of loneliness and despair in the lives of many.  It creates the attitude of “Why should I give a dam, nobody else does?”   When someone belittles another he/she are often trivializing, minimizing, downgrading, running or playing down the personhood of another.  Why does belittling occur?  If a parent is the perpetrator of the act of belittling, he/she may feel insecure, doubtful or lacking confidence in his/her own person.   Thus, the parent sees the child as an extension of his/her own personhood.   In the mind of that insecure parent, he/she perceive that child as a mini-me.  As a mini-me you are incapable of going beyond or achieving successes or failures unimaginable or unattainable to the parent. 

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Insecure parents who fail to place normal boundaries between themselves and their children tend to see the child as an extension of themselves. If they try to maintain control of every aspect of the child’s life long past the time when the child should be developing more and more independence, they cripple the unnecessarily helpless child while creating a deep resentment at the same time. This resentment can emerge in many unfortunate ways.

Belittling in National Politics Could Lead to Deadly Retribution

It is becoming clear that the elites who control the media, the universities, big corporations, and now virtually the entire political/legal/governmental apparatus, do not consider the majority of Americans as worthy of humane treatment. The 1% and their lackeys are taking on the role of the gestapo, and the vast majority of the people are increasingly seen as the untermenschen.

“Police, congressmen and women, they don’t care. I mean, they think we’re a joke. $2,000 checks was a joke to them. You know, there’s people filming us, laughing at us as we marched down the street at the Department of Justice. There’s a man in the window laughing at us, filming us. And here it was a joke to them until we got inside and then all of a sudden guns came out. But I mean, we’re at a point now, it can’t be allowed to stand. We have to do something, people have to do something, because this could be you or your kids.”

A Tragic Belittling and DeHumanizing

The eternally incompetent and immature psychological neotenates who are taking control of society’s most powerful institutions consider themselves to be the proper judges of which ideas and points of view should be heard, of which groups should be allowed to gather in groups, and of which sort of business should be allowed to function and profit in the marketplace. It is becoming a totalitarian society run by the dictates of mind children who were given power without having demonstrated the maturity to safely wield it.

This whole process of handing over power to the ideologically deranged happened so quickly due to election fraud, which bypassed the will of the majority of the voting public. This arrogation of power and control will, of course, have consequences. And the larger the abuses of dehumanization, the more tragic the consequences will grow.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is defined as a consistent pattern of abusive words and bullying behaviors that wear down a person’s self-esteem and undermine their mental health. The underlying goal in emotional abuse is to control the victim by discrediting, isolating, and silencing them. Someone who is emotionally abused is more likely to feel trapped in their current relationship, have lower self-esteem and difficulty trusting others, and experience depression, PTSD, and suicidal thoughts. No matter how subtle or overt, emotional abuse has the power to strip a person of their worth.

Emotional Abuse

They bully and belittle because they want to control everyone. It is a certain sign of insecurity, an old carry-over from a badly unbalanced childhood. If you want to know how corrupt a person is, give them power over others and see what they do.

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They are starting to call it “The Great Purge”

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Straight Out of 1984: China Deletes Viral Research from Data Banks

China is attempting to re-write history — again — by purging global scientific records of hundreds of scientific articles based on research performed at the Wuhan Virology Institute. Apparently global investigators were beginning to get too close to the truth of the origins of SARS2 CoV-19, and if there is one thing the Chinese Communist Party cannot tolerate, it is the truth.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that hundreds of pages of information relating to studies carried out by the top-secret Wuhan Institute of Virology have been wiped.

Details of more than 300 studies, including many investigating diseases that pass from animals to humans, published online by the state-run National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are no longer available.

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This is how things are done in China, but until recently it was not how things were done in the free world. But now the rules are changing, and even the US government can see into a near future where the Chinese can dictate what truths are acceptable and what truths must be scrubbed for the sake of the party.

President Xi Jinping last week blocked investigators from the World Health Organisation entering the country in a move that drew international condemnation. Meanwhile, state media outlets have published hundreds of stories claiming that the virus did not even originate in the city of Wuhan.

As part of the NSFC’s purge of online studies, it has deleted all reference to those carried out by Shi Zhengli, the Wuhan-based virologist who has earned the nickname Batwoman for her trips to gather samples in bat caves.

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China has long been researching viruses that cross from animals to humans. Likewise Chinese party researchers have been trying to devise viruses that can target specific populations of people, while leaving other populations unharmed.

For those who congratulate themselves for living in a nation with a media that is independent of government — unlike China — don’t kid yourselves. The US media is falling back into the quasi-totalitarian style it uses when it chooses to ally itself with the prevailing administration. In that style, rather than investigating government mistakes, it covers them up. Get used to Pravda-CNN, Pravda-NBC, Pravda-ABC, Pravda-CBS, etc. all speaking with one voice.

Government fraud in corrupt city voting precincts such as in Atlanta, Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, NYC, Chicago, LA, and the other usual suspects, will now be the order of the day throughout most of the federal government. Again, get used to it. Corruption will continue to ratchet down tighter and tighter.

That is not to say that you should accept it and do nothing about it. It just means that you need to acknowledge it, if you want to keep any clarity of mind or self-respect. Don’t let them gaslight you into submission. But keep your own counter-play close to the vest for now. Try to get as clear a picture of what these dystopian power-players of the 1% have in mind.

It took them 50 years to get enough pieces in place so that they could cheat so openly, with almost complete media support. For all of that time they have been using the school systems to dumb down the mental capacities and corrupt the characters of the electorate. Even so, they did not win the last election fairly, so their power is not as firmly fixed as they would like.

But having the media almost 100% on their side is a powerful defense against public exposure. A few brave people tried to expose the putsch decades ago, but almost everyone was too busy enjoying the cheap goods from China. Now that oblivious attitude is coming back to bite.

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Learning to Love People You Hate

We all know and love people who have glaring shortcomings, else we would have no spouse, no children, no family, and no friends. We would certainly have no self, since our own shortcomings cause us the most suffering of all.

But out in the world there are a lot of people who do really bad things, and who represent a significant threat to our wellbeing and to the wellbeing of family, friends, community, and civilization. Should we love people who want to do harm to us and those we truly love?

In different religious traditions there are many views on universal, unconditional love. In some Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu traditions, love should be directed outward in unstinting fashion.

For example, here is step 7 from a scripted Buddhist meditation on Universal Loving Kindness:

May my enemies be well, happy and peaceful. May no harm come to them.
May no difficulties come to them. May no problems come to them. May they
always meet with success. May they also have patience, courage, understanding, and determination to meet and overcome inevitable difficulties, problems, and failures in life.

To be fair, the meditation has 8 steps, beginning with an expression of loving kindness to your self, then moving step by step outward from most intimate to least intimate, up to step 8 which expresses loving kindness to “all living beings.”

But it is step 7 that causes most people to pause and reconsider the whole idea of Buddhist meditation. After a lifetime of watching shoot ’em up westerns and Dirty Harry movies, most Americans would probably prefer to send the chronically violent bad actors and psychopaths down the garbage chute and let God sort them out. Why would anyone want to let them off the hook — much less wish them happiness and success in life?

I won’t pretend to have an answer. But according to almost all Buddhist gurus and many Christian theologians, that is exactly what a person needs to do to find enlightenment — or salvation as the case may be. I am trying to work it out for myself in hopes of coming up with a personally useful strategy.

It’s clear that harboring strong feelings of hatred, resentment, victimization, vengeance, contempt, or jealousy, will consume much of your emotional reserve, and make it more difficult for you to enjoy the rich and happy moments that come around. If you are trying to achieve any form of “enlightenment” or bliss, you can forget about it as long as you are carrying around a heavy burden of all-consuming emotions.

Can you let go of strongly negative feelings toward people who have wronged you, without destroying your own integrity and moral infrastructure? Keeping in mind that it is the emotions that are eating away at your capacity to enjoy life and function at your best, you may be able to make a start.

The mindfulness meditation approach in the book linked above, is to throw so much love at the problem so frequently that these toxic emotions are neutralized over time. Apparently that works for many of those people who go on to achieve the higher levels of mindfulness enlightenment states of mind.

The book “Letting Go” by David Hawkins describes a simple technique that apparently helps many readers to move on.

Once a person gets into all of these deep layers of feelings and attitudes, he may begin to see why the drug Valium has been so popular for so long. But of course if you just make yourself numb with drugs or alcohol, you aren’t in any condition to make anything better for the long term.

My initial reaction to the “universal loving kindness” meditation discussed above, was to work through numbers 1 (may I be well, happy, and peaceful) . . . through number 6 (may all indifferent persons be well, happy, and peaceful), but to put a hold on numbers 7 and 8. I am actively exploring the psychological and neurological effects of harboring negative emotions toward those bad people who are clearly destructive themselves.

I am considering substituting something else for number 7 and perhaps number 8. Or I may simply rewrite numbers 7 and 8 to achieve the same emotion-neutralizing effect, but in a way less jarring to my logic centers.

Sentic Cycles” invented by Dr. Manfred Clynes offers another alternative approach to “emotion neutralization” besides the “letting go technique” from David Hawkins above. Sentic Cycles actively exercise several emotions in a specific sequence, which seems to help to de-energize overactive emotions. I have developed a modified version of these cycles to use while walking.

There is evidence that being stuck with strong negative feelings over an extended period of time can cause long-term or even permanent damage to parts of the brain.

All of the above assumes that there is nothing the person can do about the object of his hatred/anger/fear/jealousy etc. etc. In the modern age of media gaslighting and outright malicious deceit, the media itself — and the billionaire owners and boards of directors of the media — are committing the wrong acts and are generating harm and bad will. You cannot do much about that except to stop sending your money to those outlets or to anyone affiliated with them. Or you might consider founding your own media outlet to help bypass the monopolists of the 1%.

These days there is a long list of violent and malicious organizations that threaten the future freedoms — and thus the future existence — of you and your loved ones. With the recent election fraud, those organizations are becoming closely allied with the federal government itself. Again, your options are limited for the immediate future other than organizing yourself politically to generate allied voting groups and to expose future election fraud by way of newly sprouting media outlets.

Learning to avoid particular cities and particular parts of cities will also be a skill that sees more use in the near future.

Every tactic and strategy that you take to deal with an uncertain future will be better served if your energies are not being consumed by negative emotions. And freeing yourself up for more experiences of happiness is not a bad idea either.

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What Does BLM Stand For?

Bureau of Land Management? Bank Loan Modification? Black Lives Murder? Wait! Black lives murder? Could there be some truth in that interpretation of BLM?

Consider Interracial Crime Where the Victim and the Perpetrator are of Different Race

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When we look at which races victimize which other races in US crime, we discover that blacks are the number one perpetrators in interracial crime. And when it comes to crime within racial categories, blacks are also the number one perpetrators when it comes to crime against other blacks — by far.

Almost 96 percent of all shooters and shooting victims in the Big Apple in 2019 were people of color. People of color also accounted for 73.8 percent of rape victims and 81.3 percent of the rape suspects; 69 percent of robbery victims and 93.3 percent of the robbery suspects; and 79.5 percent of felony ­assault victims and 86 percent of the assault suspects.

People of color, in other words, are disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violent crime in New York City. That is a cold fact. These proportions have remained remarkably consistent over the past 12 years.

Murders in New York are up 30 percent so far this year — 60 more people killed so far than last year. Close to 90 percent of the victims were people of color. There have been 1,095 shooting victims in Gotham so far this year — 514 more than last year. And 95 percent of these additional shooting victims were people of color.

Blacks Own Goal

The news media has helped build the activist gang BLM into one of the largest extortion mobs in the US. How do black people on the street view BLM?

“Everybody’s just saying, they’re tired, tired of shootings in the community. Everybody’s running around here like they’re Uzi-toting, dope-sucking psychopathic killing machines,” said John Ayala, granddad of 11-year-old Davon McNeal, who was struck in the head by a stray bullet as a family party was winding down and a group of men opened fire at each other nearby.

“We’re protesting for months, for weeks, saying, ‘Black Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter.’ Black lives matter it seems like, only when a police officer shoots a black person. What about all the black-on-black crime that’s happening in the community?” he added, according to video posted on Grabien.

BLM Scam Distracts from Real Problem

Overall Homicides by Race, the Reality:

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Notice that in the above statistics, there is no category for “hispanic.” In other words, white and hispanic are combined for the purposes of this FBI stat. This is misleading, but in the age of political correctness, it is rare to find anything from media or government that is not misleading.

Blacks in America commit over 50% of homicides, despite being less than 15% of the overall population. Technically, black males commit over 50% of homicides, despite being less than 7 % of the overall population. Looked at that way, black males present a challenge to the goal of a more peaceful future.

Police are not the threat to black lives:

4. There were almost 6,000 blacks killed by other blacks in 2015.

By contrast, only 258 blacks were killed by police gunfire that year.

Black Lives Murder

Correlation between homicide rates and black prevalence in cities over 500K (from Unz.com)

Ron Unz: Correlation of Black Population w/ Homicide Rates in US Cities of 500K +

Cities and neighborhoods with proportionately more blacks tend to have proportionately more murder. This is something the man on the street knows in his bones, and it is knowledge that guides his steps if he has a choice.

Countries with proportionately more blacks tend to have proportionately more murder:

A World of Crime http://chartsbin.com/view/1454

The above map suggests a possible genetic component to violent crime and murder, along with the many obvious environmental components.

There is hope. Hundreds of years ago, violent crime in Europe was much higher than it is today. If Europe (and the European people who migrated to the Anglosphere) can reduce their rates of violence, so can the people of Africa and South/Central America — and the diaspora from those places.

Sure, Black Lives Murder well out of proportion to their populations. But as long as the reality is faced squarely — and not swept under the rug for political purposes — there is hope that lasting solutions can be discovered so that everyone can rest easier.

https://slides.ourworldindata.org/war-and-violence/#/3
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