Stranded

16 October 2020

This continues my commentaries on contemporary literature, mostly experienced in the form of movies.

Spaceballs – 1987

A ridiculous Mel Brooks attempt at a take-off on Star Wars. Full of crummy Yiddish humor and suggestive imagery. It is definitely Mel Brooks, but not really science fiction. Though a princess and her robot nanny/maid are indeed stranded in space for a while after she runs away from a disagreeable wedding, the overall story does not fit my theme. I include it for completeness.

Alien Arrival – 2016

This is an Australian production. It is rather violent. The hero is stranded on a moon. He finds out near the end that the moon is in some sort of time dilation field where one year on the surface compares to about one week of “normal” time. Strange monsters live here that can “meld” with human bodies to form a composite being that is extremely resistance to being killed. The story has a hopeful ending.

Stranded – 2001

This is a Spanish production shot in Hollywood and the Canary Islands. The screenplay is interesting, but flawed. It deals with several topics that most Sci Fi stories don’t touch. I wanted to contact the director Maria Lidón to praise the effort, but was not able to find a website for her.

The ensemble play a group of six astronauts stranded on Mars due to a crash. The Captain perishes on impact, so a junior officer, a woman, must take command. The others are specialists.

The scientist, a pessimist, predicts that they will all die before they can be rescued, but might stand a chance if three of the remaining crew are willing to commit suicide. The new captain chooses herself and two of the men, leaving the scientist and a female doctor (played by the director) behind.

The three walk out in their space suits towards a valley that they were supposed to land much closer to. They reach an ancient habitat where they find breathable air and water, but not before losing their sanest and healthiest member. The other man then dies by entering a chamber where the oxygen generator is turned off. The woman, now alone, reaches a pond of water just outside the habitat.

At this point, the two back at the crashed shuttle regain contact with her for a few minutes, and realize she didn’t perish as was expected. They had already discovered a leak in their life support chamber, so they decide to don spacesuits and find the survivor, which they do.

Emotional impact of a paradigm shift

What the screenwriter (Juan Miguel Aguilera) failed to do, in my estimation, was to fully explore the emotional impact of the discovery on the scientist.

It has been my experience (correct me if I’m wrong) that many scientists get emotionally attached to the basic assumptions which underlie their work, and will do almost anything (including lie, cheat and steal, in the worst cases) to protect the sanctity of their basic assumptions, and thus the value of their work.

However, when this scientist learned that a livable habitat was discovered in walking distance of their crash site, he seemed simply relieved. He had been prepared to sacrifice the lives of three of his companions so that he and a girl could survive to be rescued. Yet he showed no great remorse or emotional release when his dire assumptions were, in the end, proven to be false.

Life on Mars

Because the film spent most of its time on the story that led three to leave and walk out to their supposed doom, it did not have time to explore the ramifications of what they had discovered on Mars.

Although it is unlikely that a technology exists that can create pockets of breathable atmosphere in an otherwise dangerous environment, without some sort of door system to keep the good parts sealed, it is basically a certainty that Mars used to be inhabited. (In fact, it may still be.)

For me, this is the big news. This is the elephant in the room! We don’t just have “religious fanatics” agreeing with this finding. We have Courtney Brown, who made this discovery using Scientific Remote Viewing. We have all the past life recall investigators who have run into this. And we have some former “deep state” operatives also making this claim, through public contacts like David Wilcock.

This whole line of discoveries is a very big deal.

When I was a teenager, I promised myself that I would find out to the best of my ability if Earth was alone in the universe (stranded) and thus seriously needed a “Noah’s Ark” survival strategy, or if we were only one of many. What I found was that this universe is really quite crowded. But Earth may be unique in some important ways.

On the verge of becoming submerged into a technocratic tyranny that we might never escape, we uncovered the inescapable truth that we are spiritual beings and can be trapped and victimized only by our own agreement. Some of us now struggle to undo that long chain of agreements, while others, the “scientists,” insist that there is no way to go but their way, and that it will all turn out fine.

Well, the history we discovered suggests otherwise!

Threat

14 October 2020

Imagine receiving on your phone a message spoken by an automated voice announcing the following:

…social security number…the moment you receive this message I need you to get back to me on my department/division number…

Now, if I don’t hear a call from you we will have to issue an arrest warrant under your name and have you arrested.

So get back to me as soon as possible. Thank you.

Archived voice message.

The dark world of phone scamming

This happened to me a few days ago.

I looked on the internet for data about this type of call.

At the top of the search results was a Forbes article of 24 Nov 2019 about a recent increase in phone scams involving Social Security numbers. It covers this particular version of the scam (intended to extort money or personal information from you) and several others.

The articles states, “The government says it would “never” threaten anyone with arrest for crimes associated with their Social Security number.” This data is taken from a Social Security Administration press release on the subject, dated 7 December 2018.

According to a Wikipedia article on the subject, in 2011 this type of fraud managed to steal about $20 billion from the legitimate economy.

The cost of crime

Crime and society’s response to it pose significant costs to the United States. The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that federal, state, and local governments collectively spent over $280 billion in fiscal year 2012 (adjusted to 2016 dollars) on criminal justice programs such as police protection, the court system, and incarceration. There are also many other financial and nonfinancial effects of crime that researchers consider when estimating the total costs of crime in the United States. These can include tangible costs such as replacing damaged property or medical care to treat victims’ injuries, and intangible costs such as changes in people’s behavior to avoid crime, among many other costs. Researchers have estimated varying annual costs of crime, including totals of $690 billion, $1.57 trillion, and $3.41 trillion, adjusted to 2016 dollars.

GAO-17-732: Published: Sep 26, 2017

We are looking, then, at crime-associated costs (drain on the legitimate economy) anywhere from about $1trillion, on up to multiple trillions, depending on exactly what you include as a “cost” and as a “crime.” Annual GDP for the U.S. is around $20 trillion, or $5 trillion per quarter.

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2nd Quarter (April-May-June) GDP dropped by $2 trillion from the previous year. That means the legitimate economy lost (had stolen from it) about 10% of its annual production – 40% of its quarterly production – due to the economic lockdowns meant to (we are being told) control the outbreak of a new viral disease.

These figures are of necessity quite impersonal. Yet imagine how your life would change if your personal income suddenly dropped to about half of its normal range, with no prospect of ever recovering that loss. Imagine how your life would change if your car were stolen or your house burned down, even if you had insurance to cover the replacement value of the vehicle or the structure. Imagine how your life would change if police appeared at your door and announced that you were under arrest.

A culture of atrocity

What sort of culture do we live in, that would allow the situation to deteriorate to its current state?

We have battled against criminality in society for as long as anybody can remember. Just within recent history, we decided that the right thing to do was to elevate the value of individual freedom and devalue the tyranny of the group. History labels that period of our history “the Enlightenment.”

But this was far from a world agreement. Not only did various powerful groups fight against this trend, but many who paid lip service to it were not really that dedicated.

And so another set of battles were fought, just to have this basic principle of human rights extended to all humans, not just those with a certain appearance or bloodline.

And still this principle was fought. Eugenics arose, along with mob “justice” in the U.S. South, forced sterilization all over the planet, and even forced euthanasia (mercy killing) for a while in Germany. More wars were fought, and more property destroyed in the name of “us over them.”

By the middle of the last century, while the U.N. was ratifying the most comprehensive list of human rights ever assembled (1948) in response to Nazi atrocities, a “Communist” dictator in Russia had already killed or ruined the lives of millions he fancied to be his political opponents, or in other ways undesirable. A similar thing happened in “Communist” China between 1958 and 1962. And Blacks continued to suffer race-motivated terror and killings in the U.S., in Africa, and in the African diaspora; Haiti in particular.

Atrocities of this magnitude do not occur without support or cooperation from high places in society. And yet a broad base of support-via-neglect, or perhaps arising from ignorance, apathy, or fear, must also exist. It has been observed that this “support” (or acquiescence) is created from the top through propaganda efforts, and may rely on belief systems installed in a similar way in the more distant past.

Don’t honest people have rights, too?

Getting a handle on the threat

There are a few points that are clear to me:

  1. Criminals seek power as a way to protect themselves and their activities.
  2. If honest people can’t learn to identify and handle criminals, they will continue to suffer.
  3. Persons who seek positions of power should be fairly tested for criminality, and denied the position if they don’t pass as basically honest.
  4. Handling governments in this way would be insufficient. Large businesses also function like governments and must follow similar rules.

Structures of power

This post may seem a bit disjointed, as I was planning to write more about these general subjects before I got the threatening call. I have touched on these themes in past posts, and will continue to do so. But the basic data I am working with are worth repeating.

In the book I’m reading about Haiti, local governments are seen (as would be expected) to be closer to the people. Thus locally-elected officials are more likely to truly represent their communities and, possibly, be more immune from corruption. Dr. Chery reports that the central government of Haiti is highly corrupt, and suggests that this is the general pattern across the world, in both democracies and otherwise.

Commonly-held beliefs and values are attained by methods that are essentially irrational.

Though the Enlightenment has also been known as the Age Of Reason, in the end it could only replace one kind of irrationality (mysticism, religion, superstition) with another, which came to be known, broadly, as “science.”

Science is irrational because it reacts against religion instead of solving the problems of religion. Thus to this day we still argue about Origin, Spirit, and Evil. Furthermore, irrationality is instilled in all of us in ways that most of us are not aware of and have not properly confronted. Thus, Democracy can only obtain agreements that are essentially irrational. That this makes it inferior to other political structures is not being suggested here. But you can see its weak points. Can you imagine allowing children to vote for who would get to be their parents? That is essentially what Democracy does. It’s main advantage is that you can hold the voters responsible for the quality of their government. And thus, possibly, it has a future.

Governments that work for the good of everyone deserve support.

Some benevolent dictators are still adulated in history simply because they made enough good decisions to give their people a measure of security, prosperity and freedom. But for the most part these were one-off wins.

The secret of good leaders was probably their ability to spot and handle criminals rather than give them power. So far we have not found a way to guarantee this in government. And so we muddle on.

Power asymmetries are detrimental to basic rights and freedoms.

If a would-be tyrant can identify an individual as a political enemy and send loyal agents to his house to arrest him and get him thrown in prison, then that would-be tyrant has a “workable” path to becoming a full-fledged tyrant.

If a would-be tyrant has no legal structure he can use against his supposed enemies, then he is less likely to ever become a tyrant.

Dr. Chery, in writing about Haiti, extols the virtues of bottom-up politics. Haiti’s Constitution (1987) attempts to enact such a system. What does this actually look like in practical terms? The problem is that organizations need leaders/coordinators. This sets up a constant tension between leaders and the members of the groups they lead. An honest leader, then, will tend to retain his or her position to the extent that the group members can see that they are mostly benefiting from the decisions being made by the leader. Criminals can upset any such system to the extent that the members of the group are uneducated on the subject of criminals. I know this subject as Ethics. It is a vital subject in any group.

In practical terms, then, a group trained in Ethics has some chance of prospering if its leader is chosen on the basis of skill in leadership and if the group has a workable way to police itself using some sort of Ethics system. Larger groups have similar chances to prosper if they operate under similar conditions. This gives you a structure that starts at the bottom with smallish production groups, then continues up in a coordinating structure that makes use of people who have proven to be successful leaders at lower levels. Choice of personnel may come from the bottom up, or from the top down, or from some combination of the two. But an Ethics system (operated by honest people) is required to prevent criminals from rising through the ranks or appearing suddenly in senior positions. Groups that are prospering long term have something like this in place, whether they realize it or not.

Individual freedom is highly desirable.

This is because individual ability is highly desirable, and this goes hand-in-hand with freedom. Only a criminal would rail against giving honest people the rights and freedoms that they require. For it is these things that boost individual ability, and thus group prosperity.

You cannot expect equal results in such a community, even if you obtain equal opportunity. Some beings are just more able. But to the extent that you can give each community member an equal, or equivalent, chance to develop and demonstrate his or her abilities, higher levels of group prosperity are possible.

Society will always come up against the challenge of families who wish to preserve their “place” in society by devious means. This is what the Ethics system is there for. Its lack is why things are the way they are now.

Science Fiction

12 October 2020

My free trial of Amazon Prime having come to an end, I have returned to YouTube free-with-ads movies, continuing to watch stories with science fiction themes.

Epoch – 2001

An odd gravity-defying structure emerges in Bhutan near the Chinese border. The Americans get there first, and discover the large object seems to have healing properties. As the U.S. faces off with China over who should control the area, the object begins to emit a thick cloud that will commence a new Ice Age. A nuclear device is placed inside, then the hero and his girl go in and attempt to disarm it. They seem to fail, but the object contains the blast, removes the clouds, returns the hero and his girl, and disappears. The style used is simple realism, very common in TV movies.

Europa Report – 2013

A privately-funded manned mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa fails, with all six crew lost. But they manage to rig up a data dump to Earth at the last minute before they are lost. This film is the final report on the mission, intercut with reactions or statements from the key players. An advanced life form was discovered under the lunar ice. The style used might be described as “corporate.”

Terminus – 2015

In a dystopian future, where everyone is involved in war, a man runs into an odd object that has fallen to Earth and is giving him weird visions and seems to have healing properties. He decides he must hide and protect this object and sets about to do so. Meanwhile government agents search for the object, knowing its healing properties can help them in the war. As a shootout takes place, the man’s daughter and a friend hide inside the chamber they built for the object, and it is sealed shut. The world then erupts into full nuclear war. Sometime later, the protective container opens and the man and woman emerge as a kind of Adam and Eve while the object works to rebuild a viable ecosystem.

The film was made in Australia using a standard realistic style.

The Beyond – 2017

Directed by Hasraf “Haz” Dulull. An odd energetic body appears near the ISS. Analysis indicates it might be one end of a wormhole. The “Space Agency” teams up with the military to develop an astronaut that could be capable of surviving the gravitational forces inside the wormhole. They decide to use an experimental “Human 2.0” that is a robot that becomes “human” after a brain transplant. The mission works and the wormhole, nicknamed “the void,” leaves.

2036 Origin Unknown – 2018

Directed by Hasraf Dulull. A woman is operating manned Mars missions for a company run by her sister. On the first mission, they lose their father when he approaches a strange black cube found there. An unmanned probe, operated by our heroine and an AI named “ARTI” discovers more about the cube, but a missile firing causes the cube to be transported to Earth, where it becomes an international problem and so is targeted for destruction. Meanwhile, the heroine makes friends with ARTI, and he decides to modify his plan to destroy the human race and take her with him to the cube. They figure out how to return the cube to Mars, and ARTI destroys Earth and sends a perfect duplicate of the heroine to the cube to continue their quest for more knowledge.

This film is notable for its sparse ensemble of live actors. Most of it takes place with the heroine and ARTI alone together in a room.

The Stan Romanek Story – 2013

This is a carefully made documentary-style movie about one of the best-documented ET contact cases on record. Although Stan was warned several times to “shut up” he refused, and so in 2014 was convicted of having child porn on his computer (obviously fabricated) which led to detention at a halfway house and then 10 years of probation starting in 2019. He is scheduled for re-sentencing on 26 October of this year.

So here we have five examples of what the mainstream would like us to think about ET and AI, and one film about what – apparently – is really going down.

None of the Sci Fi films depicted ET as humanoid. Star Wars did. Star Trek did. Close Encounters did. E.T. did. Stan Romanek does. But none of these do.

What’s up with that?

All messages I’m getting say that the “bad” ruling elites desperately want us to see ET as a non-human, silent and inscrutable “thing” that is not safe to be around, even if it seems to work magic on human bodies.

The “good guys” want everyone to put their cards on the table, including ET, ideally.

The New Agers persist with a “love and light” message of unified consciousness and a possible “upgrade” “shift” or “ascension” in our futures. This is neo-Christian/Hindu stuff that is highly questionable.

The military wants people to know about some aspects of the situation, and understand why they see it as a threat. Supposedly, they don’t have the full truth either.

Spirit

It all starts with the recognition of the actuality of spiritual existence.

This actuality gives us much more potential power, as well as longevity. It gives us ways to interact with these beings and to detect their attempts to mislead us. For these reasons, the “bad” guys oppose spiritual awareness.

The scenario of Epoch is highly unlikely and nothing like it has ever been reported. The scenario of Europa Report is highly likely, but officials would be disingenuous to portray it as “surprising.” The scenario of Terminus is also highly unlikely, though current military may be interested in actual ET (medical) technologies for similar reasons. The scenario of The Beyond is also unlikely, though that doesn’t mean that wormholes aren’t possible. More mystery is injected into these topics than they deserve. The scenario of Origin Unknown is also very unlikely. Nothing of this nature has been reported.

They are making this stuff up as a way to throw us off the main trail. The main trail is presented by Stan Romanek.

It is very unlikely that Stan himself is being untruthful about his experiences. But there is no guarantee that his experiences paint an accurate picture of who “they” are or what “they” are trying to do. There are too many relay points for much of the data he has received.

However, Stan is not the only person to report such experiences.

  • Paralysis as part of the abduction experience.
  • Memory loss as part of the abduction experience.
  • Meeting an off-world “mate.”
  • Meeting off-world “children.” (Children that he sired.)
  • Seeing “visitors” in the yard at night, or at conferences, in the audience.
  • Teams of tall Greys, tall Whites, and short Greys in and around the ships.
  • Odd messages on digital communication lines.
  • Warnings from military or others to “shut up” including threats and beatings.
  • Mysterious death of friends or relatives.
  • Finding ways to criminalize the experiencer, thus ruining his reputation.

Some of these tactics are regularly used beyond the realm of ET contactees. Many other vocal “undesirables” like Sean-David Morton, Corey Goode, Steven Greer, Ron Hubbard, NDE researchers, political dissenters, have experienced such attacks.

However, there is not much point to getting all wrapped up in the injustice of it all. It is more important, I think, to become aware of the full spectrum of stories that are out there and get a feel for yourself of their relative veracity. The actuality of spiritual existence is key. If you haven’t gotten that far yet, look into past life recall. Give it a good look, and see what you think. What’s the simplest explanation for it?

And Science Fiction writers: It’s time for you to come to the party! The early writers knew what they were doing. There is a lot more material available along that line. But the spiritual component, “The Force,” is very important. Learn to include it!

Dady Digs Deeper: An Epidemic and Vaccine

10 October 2020

Fear mongering remains a major tool. In early 2012, every day there were repeated news reports of the worst cholera epidemic ever in the world happening in Haiti, with hundreds of thousands more to be infected and thousands more lives to be lost during the rainy season. Such exaggerations of the projected growth of an epidemic are a common approach for selling vaccines. One heard good news only from the Cuban medical workers, who reported in February 2012 that they had not registered a single cholera death in 12 months in the areas where their medical teams were working.

Chery, Dady. We Have Dared to Be Free: Haiti’s Struggle Against Occupation (p. 113). News Junkie Post Press. Kindle Edition.

In late 2010, months after an earthquake had ravaged large areas of the little country of Haiti, its population was hit by a cholera outbreak.

Cholera is thought to be caused by a bacterium that lodges in the small intestine. It can cause severe diarrhea, leading to dehydration and death. It is spread mostly by contaminated food and drinking water, and is not “contagious” in the same way that colds and influenza are.

Treatment involves the administration of fluids that will be retained long enough in the gut to be absorbed. Prevention involves cleaning up the drinking water and other basic sanitation measures, including public health education if necessary.

Yet, for reasons best known to ???, “vaccines” have been developed for cholera. Such preparations can be given to travelers, with about 50% efficacy for one to two years. But new forms of these “vaccines” require testing. And in recent years, the preferred mode for testing cholera “vaccines” has been to administer them to vulnerable populations in “prevention programs.” This is, of course, a deceptive practice.

Thiomersal

Most such products contain the chemical thiomersal (also, thimerosal), used as a preservative. Thiomersal is an organic chemical (it contains a carbon ring in the form of an ethyl) and also contains sulfur and mercury in the form of a thiolate. Because it contains mercury, its use in vaccines has raised a red flag, as mercury is a neurotoxin (like lead and arsenic). Indeed, in sufficient doses, thiomersal is quite poisonous. Even though thiomersal concentrations in vaccines are higher than those considered “safe,” various public health organizations consider this use of thiomersal to be a safe use. However, natural health advocates (hated by any who make their living off of allopathy – the use of medicines to treat disease) insist that numerous scientific studies indicate that the use of thiomersal and other poisonous substances in vaccines or other medicines is dangerous, particularly to children who are more sensitive to these poisons.

Cholera in Haiti

As reported by Dr. Chery, and later by the general press, cholera was unknown in Haiti until it was introduced in 2010 by some troops being deployed as U.N. peacekeepers who had recently attended a training exercise in Nepal, where they had become infected. The Haiti outbreak killed 10,000 people.

By 2012 it was largely over, but difficulty in repairing and maintaining public water systems that had been destroyed by the earthquake or by subsequent looting made it possible to advance the case for the use of a cholera “vaccine” in Haiti.

Dr. Chery reports that a cholera prevention program was launched as a way to test a newer version of the “vaccine” just developed by an Indian drug company. This company had suffered previous losses on similar products due to poor quality control. The vaccination program was pushed by the likes of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as by public health “scientists” with financial ties to drug companies.

This whole story, repeating itself as it has been doing for at least the past ten years, has worn thin with me.

The Gates Foundation

The Gates Foundation was building its new campus when I lived in Seattle (2009-2012). I used to walk by the site every day when I was volunteering at my church. At the time, I thought of applying for a job there, but found that all open positions seemed to require a PhD. Since then it has aligned itself with the Clinton Foundation. And these together have garnered a reputation for being two of the largest left-leaning non-profits in the business of assisting the West to make money off of the misfortunes of poor people, a practice often branded as “neocolonialism.”

While this accusation may seem overly cynical, Dr. Dady Chery has documented cases of this over and over in her home country and elsewhere. It is widely used today by the “right” as a criticism of the “new left” and thus is often portrayed as politically-motivated propaganda. The true facts in these stories, though, should not be overlooked. As I have previously discussed, the oversteps of evildoers can seem so outlandish and extreme that they are hard to believe. Yet they have been documented over and over again. The older examples, now a part of history, are often used by the “left” to criticize the “right” and portray them as “fascists.” Yet what of Stalin? What of Mao? What of psychiatry? What of all the earlier misdeeds of the colonizers? And what of the current misdeeds of the large corporations and their friends in government – very much including world government agencies (U.N., WHO, etc.)?

I know this is a huge letdown for those who believed that these large organizations would become a beneficial and liberalizing influence on the planet. Those groups still talk that way, and many still believe that talk. But a closer look has demonstrated that most of that talk is just the newest form of propaganda, meant only to cover up or justify continued criminal activities.

This is a sad thing. It is a bit odd to me that my own teacher would paint a picture of the world very similar to the one painted by Haiti’s Dr. Dady Chery. But this only indicates to me that her work should be taken seriously, and that the picture she paints of international greed and malfeasance is largely accurate.

Bringing things forward to now

On her blog, dadychery.org, Dr. Dady Chery has written several articles about COVID-19. She is, after all, a professor of biological science.

Her major piece covering the situation was published on 25 May, 2020. I quote extensively from it below.

“As drug makers prepare to make a killing on supposed vaccines against COVID-19, it is important, particularly for those who consider vaccines to be a wise investment today, or those whose retirement savings might get invested in such vaccines without their knowledge, to reflect on the fact that corporations are themselves viruses that can only make money for their investors by growing. The way they will grow is by making more vaccines for yet more pandemics. The new pandemics might come of their own accord, or they might get a little nudge.”

“If you should ever want to stop cowering with a mask on your face, shake hands with a new acquaintance, dance with friends and strangers, blow a kiss or flirt more outrageously with somebody, you’ll need to get a vaccination license. The people who have mandated this aren’t even currently in government. They are private individuals who have retreated to think tanks from which to issue their decrees.”

“…global public health appears to have been hijacked by a supposed non-profit foundation called the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI), with the Orwellian motto, “New vaccines for a safer world.” One might well ask: ‘safer for whom?’ CEPI was hatched in a one-hour discussion on the sidelines of Davos 2016 between Bill Gates, Wellcome Trust Foundation Director Jeremy Farrar, the CEOs of six major vaccine manufacturers (Glaxo Smith Kline, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi, Takeda, and Pfizer), the Prime Minister of Norway, and supposedly 15 other individuals.”

“The goal of this cabal, in which elected heads of states are obviously subordinate to Bill Gates and Big Pharma, is not merely to make vaccines and lots of money, but also to deregulate vaccine manufacture on a global scale and control the world by controlling global public health.”

“The mainstream media, which is as lazy as it is scientifically illiterate, has contented itself with the republication of gee-whiz, oh-wow press releases, and the publication of reports sometimes explicitly written by the vaccine manufacturers or their partner foundations.”

“One possible result of attempted vaccinations against SARS-CoV-2 that should give anyone pause is an Antibody-Dependent Enhancement (ADE) of disease. In other words, it is possible that attempted vaccinations might prime a previously healthy person for a life-threatening inflammation response on the next encounter with a coronavirus.”

“… hydroxychloroquine, an inexpensive and long-used drug, counters coronavirus infections in two crucial and quite general ways: it damages the virus and also keeps the immune response from going dangerously overboard.”

“The biggest populations of human subjects for vaccine trials have in the past been brown and black children from countries like India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Mexico, and Haiti. The scale of the current project is so massive, however, that even the citizens of Western countries must be preyed upon. In this regard, it certainly helps to keep everyone terrified.”

I respect the opinions and reported facts of Dr. Chery. She also believes in climate change, but I can live with that.

Do you see where she is going with this? Is it OK with you? This crap masquerading as science has kept my church closed now for half a year. The main reason I am here today is to attend my church, but now I can’t. So, this is not OK with me. Not even vaguely. And while my church will probably find a way around this problem, I may not. I don’t feel a need for retribution. But I do feel the need to speak out in warning. You are my friends when you can live free and are able to make the important decisions yourselves. If those freedoms and abilities go by the boards, will you still be my friends?

Bobcat

10 October 2020

Yesterday while biking home on the American River Parkway bike trail, a bobcat hopped across the trail, holding what appeared to be a dead squirrel in its mouth. While I pulled out my camera, it vanished into the underbrush. This photo taken of a bobcat spotted near Livermore, California, and used in the Wikipedia article on bobcats, will have to serve.

I had never seen a bobcat before. The animal that crossed my path looked a bit like a small tiger, but with tufts on its ears, a short tail, and a curious spotted pattern on its coat. At the time I thought, “lynx?”

So when I got home I looked up lynx. That’s what this cat is called in Europe and Asia, where there are about ten different species. Bobcat? In America there are two species of lynx, and they are called “bobcats.”

Though bobcats are far from common in the park, at least judging from the fact that in my weekly visits over the past two years, this was the first time I’d seen one, they are a hardy and adaptable animal that can tolerate living near humans. They are willing to eat a wide variety of smaller animals, and their major natural competitors are other bobcats and coyotes. Much smaller than mountain lions (panthers), they are not considered dangerous to Man, or even much to his livestock (though I would prefer not to be attacked by one). Their kittens are very cute, but grow fast, as do most young wild animals.

Perhaps at some future time, the cat I saw will be willing to pose and have its picture taken.

Stargate SG-1: A Review

8 October 2020

Stargate SG-1 was a TV series that followed the original Stargate movie of 1994 and built on that story. I have watched the first four seasons, which originally aired between 1997 and 2001. There were ten seasons in all. The first four seasons were carried on the Showtime channel and were very popular. They were produced under the auspices of MGM and were filmed at a studio near Vancouver British Columbia. The seasons I watched were all shot on real color film. After season 5, Showtime dropped out of the deal and new shows were aired on the Sci Fi Channel. The series continued to be very popular, with over a million households watching most episodes.

The story is set at the Cheyenne Mountain base in Colorado. It was built in the 1950s and 1960s to house NORAD. It is still a military base. The series producers were allowed to shoot several “stock” shots at Cheyenne Mountain, and were also advised on various Air Force details such as uniforms and military etiquette. In Season 4’s “Prodigy” episode, Air Force Chief of Staff Micheal E. Ryan appeared as himself.

Science Fiction

Technologies as portrayed in the Stargate series have been discussed in the “alternate community” for many decades.

In Star Trek it appears in the form of Transporters, Warp Drive, Phasers, the Tricorder, etc. The Stargate series mirrors Star Trek in many ways. But I leave those details up to the reader.

There have been huge discussions in books and online about how saucers (UFOs) work, and on various forms of “portals.”

Many in the community consider Stargate to be a form of “soft disclosure.” But how do we separate fact from fiction? That’s not the focus of this article, but I will mention some basics at the end.

The eternal conflict of good with evil

At the center of most drama and literature, to say nothing of the Science Fiction and Action genres, lies the eternal conflict.

The version of evil explored in this series first appears in the form of an animal that learns to live as a symbiote in the bodies of humanoids, including humans. Usually this animal takes control of the “host” and turns it into a sociopath. The question of exactly how the animal became sociopathic remains unanswered. Some of these, as men, then learned to pose as gods (usually members of the ancient Egyptian pantheon) and thus gained control over entire planets.

These “gods” (known as “Goa’uld”) managed to steal and use advanced technologies created by earlier races, including the stargates and various weapons and propulsion technologies. Using the stargates, the Goa’uld transport enslaved human populations to other planets, while they are eventually evicted from Earth by some sort of rebellion. Then, as “System Lords,” the Goa’uld work to destroy their perceived enemies, including Earth, using armies of enslaved humans.

This makes for a complex model of evilness that manages to leave out the spiritual aspects of the problem. In this model, evil cannot be killed or destroying without also killing good (the host). The only hope is to strengthen the character of the host, through education and “spiritual” methods, until it can overcome the power of the parasite (symbiote) over its mind and body. This cleverly sidesteps the whole topic of spiritual existence (which is the actual key to understanding evil) while keeping spiritual phenomena as topics that can be superficially explored. It also leads to many scenes of violent conflict.

The series then looks at other related ways in which an individual or society may turn to evil. This includes usually a combination of having superior knowledge or technology, feeling somehow compelled to use deceit under certain circumstances, and fear of the unknown.

The eternal threat of the unseen

Almost all of action adventure drama is based on fear of the unseen. If an individual were capable of being totally aware (which it is) it could never be tricked, deceived, or surprised, and so would be immune to overwhelm in playing games, and could get out of any game that it didn’t want to participate in.

That is spiritual freedom, and from the point of view of most rulers, that would give individuals too much control and the rulers too little.

These stories of hidden or invisible threats are the basis for human life and have been for a long, long time. Within this framework of what amounts to fear of the unknown, a whole game has been developed, full of rules and booby traps, that sits – essentially – above the other human games like “planet” or “politics” or “science.”

A “humane” resolution to the problems created by these fears would involve a recognition of the truth of our spiritual existence. Unfortunately, this is also the greatest fear. And so among even our most enlightened and creative thinkers there tends to be an enforced blind spot when it comes to the truth of Spirit, and this is very evident throughout the Stargate series.

The most popular modern threats

The existence of certain unseen threats, even as we strive to vanquish our “superstitions” about them using science and technologies, is very important to the overall narrative that keeps us less than free and in fear of being more free.

These include:

  • Disease in all its forms, including insanity.
  • Invisibility and invisible shields.
  • Secrets kept from each other.
  • Machines pretending to be human.

These are all dealt with in this series, with disease in particular being very prominent. These threats are usually overcome with technology, often of a medical sort. Thus the alliance between the physical sciences and the medical sciences becomes extremely important in these stories, and by extension, in human life. Ideally (from the point of view of the rulers) the spiritual sciences never appear as a third leg of what could become a triad of knowledge: Spirit – Physicality – Biology.

The most popular modern heroes

This series uses the most popular modern solutions to the “problem” of the unseen while it explores the many and varied moral dilemmas connected with the game of human life. These are personified by the ensemble of characters that serve as our heroes, the members of SG-1:

  • Leadership, stern but caring, informed by the ways of the warrior. We have the General and the Colonel filling these roles. Here we have all the concepts of top-down organizations, orders, areas of responsibility, secrets, and the various conflicts of self-interest.
  • Medicine, the ultimate technology. Here we have Dr. Frasier and her associates. In episode 20 of season 4 it is specifically noted that the Doctor may overrule leadership when a medical threat is involved. This gives Medicine a huge amount of power, approaching that of Priest.
  • Science, the ultimate route to knowledge and technology. Here we have the Captain/Major, an astrophysicist, and Daniel, a civilian (but combat-trained) archaeologist. And so both the physical sciences and the Humanities are represented here.
  • The Warrior, the ultimate in self-discipline, courage, and sacrifice. Though all members of SG-1 are combat-trained, Teal’c, the “Jaffa,” epitomizes these qualities.

What gets left out

The series touches on many topics, as has modern literature for at least hundreds of years.

These include:

  • Psychic abilities.
  • The role of love in human relationships and decision-making.
  • How children learn.
  • Different types of bodies (light – machine – biological).
  • Metropolis – an advantaged class living off the labor of a slave class.
  • The pitiful state of our psychiatry.
  • Artificial Intelligence, does it “live” and can you get it to change its mind by reasoning with it?
  • The use of “helping” technologies (in this case a “vaccine”) to kill.
  • Ideas of “genetic purity” and racial superiority.

A direct attack on the subject of Spirit is, as I have emphasized, broadly excluded. Thus we have a pattern that I find repeating over and over and over again in the realm of public thought: Spirit is being excluded from the conversation.

The writers, to their credit, reach towards this on a number of occasions. I think of the line “an unseen force can yet be detected by noticing its effects.” Several times the writers suggest that such forces exist, but fail to take it further than that.

If we continue to neglect Spirit, we could collapse as a social order, possibly never to rise again.

How I see things from what I have learned

In our world, Spirit turns up in the study of “paranormal phenomena.” These include:

  • Psychosomatic illness and its resolution (“healing”).
  • Various psychiatric disorders.
  • Past life recalls.
  • Near death experiences.
  • Out-of-body experiences.
  • Remote viewing.
  • Contact experiences of all types.

Hubbard first ran across firm evidence of Spirit in his work on solving the problem of psychosomatic illness. As soon as he discovered this, he abandoned psychosomatic illness as a primary target.

I ran across the subject via Hubbard, and learned a lot about it that way before discovering the other studies that were running into it.

Hubbard made his discoveries using a special meter on awake people with the help of Dianetic technique.

Ian Stevenson’s team used conscious recall from awake subjects. Several others who have worked with children also used this approach.

Remote Viewing uses awake viewers in a state of extreme mental focus (or openness, you could say).

A lot of “contact” researchers have used hypnotic regression, as have other past life researchers. This is not a recommended research technique.

Dena Merriam, in recalling seven (or more) of her past lives used only a meditation technique taught by Paramahansa Yogananda. Hers is an exceptional case.

These, then, are the major ways to study Spirit. I prefer Hubbard’s methods, as these seem to me to be the most direct, and the safest. However, I know of no Scientologists engaged in research at this time. They have, to say the least, better things to do.

From this work it has become clear to me that Spirit is the closest thing we have to Original Cause.

If you don’t correctly identify Original Cause, you can waste lifetimes trying to explain life in other ways, and all those explanations will be basically flawed. For most practical purposes, it seems unnecessary to identify The Original Cause (God) using any particular belief system. Suffice it to say that we are all parts of Original Cause, points of cause, and so we might as well take responsibility for what has been created in “his” name.

Cause creates physicality. It still has that ability, and still creates mental image pictures to add to its vast stores of experience (as if that were really needed at this point), but we no longer see many stars or planetary fields just “popping up” these days. Those days of physical universe growth are, for the most part, long over.

However, if you miss the fact that physicality – and out of that, biology – was created by “intelligent beings” (though perhaps stupid in certain ways) then you miss too much.

Earth, by most accounts, is one of the newer planets, and thus definitely NOT the seat of human life. The planet was “seeded” as many are, and prepared long ago for purposes we many never become fully aware of. After the older colonists (for the most part) fled from catastrophes caused by their own moral weaknesses, the planet was captured by some other group and turned into a prison colony of sorts.

What we see in all these phenomena, including all of “ordinary” physics, psychology, and history, are simply manifestations of Spirit interacting with the things it has created for the purpose of Play. We can continue to agonize about it – and maybe we should – but we can twiddle our thumbs (as we have been doing) for an eternity and not make any real progress if we don’t get the basics right.

Someone has been trying to give us a heads-up about this since the Vedic Poems were written. Isn’t it about time we put down our TV remotes for a few minutes and paid attention?

Dady Digs Deeper – GDP

5 October 2020

GDP: Gross Domestic Product

This term was unknown in literature before the 1960s. It came into popular use in the 1980s.

All this is from Investopedia:

Gross domestic product (GDP) is the total monetary or market value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country’s borders in a specific time period. It is a broad measure of overall domestic production.

The calculation of a country’s GDP encompasses all private and public consumption, government outlays, investments, additions to private inventories, construction costs, and the foreign balance of trade.

The expenditure approach, also known as the spending approach, uses spending by the different groups that participate in the economy to calculate GDP. The U.S. primarily uses the expenditure approach. This approach can be expressed by the following formula: GDP = C + G + I + NX (where C=consumption; G=government spending; I=Investment; and NX=net exports).

Consumer spending is the biggest component, accounting for more than two-thirds of the U.S. GDP.

After the Bretton Woods conference in 1944, GDP was widely adopted as the standard means for measuring national economies, though ironically the U.S. continued to use GNP as its official measure of economic welfare until 1991, after which it switched to GDP.

Some criticisms of GDP:

  • It ignores the value of informal or unrecorded economic activity.
  • It emphasizes material output without considering overall well-being.
  • It counts all costs, including waste, as economic “benefits.”

Bretton Woods

Bretton Woods” was a wartime economic agreement centered in Europe but brokered by the United States. It is named after the town in New Hampshire where the delegates met.

The agreement created the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. These were not actually implemented until after the war. It established a monetary system pegged to the U.S. dollar and the price of gold. In 1971, the U.S. under Nixon backed out of this agreement.

However, the program of global lending initiated by Bretton Woods continues to this day. The 1950s marks a new phase in how the planet is managed economically and politically. Coincidentally, a real government interest in UFOs dates from this same period.

This system, as far as we can tell, is operated for the benefit of bankers and other moneyed interests; the ruling elites. Its propaganda story of “economic development” is ironic from the viewpoint of many of its victims.

Dady’s view

In the four years since Haiti’s earthquake, the unemployment rate climbed from 80 percent to more than 85 percent. Simultaneously, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) went from a decline of 5.5 percent in 2010 to a growth of about four percent per year on average.

Dr. Dady Chery. We Have Dared to Be Free: Haiti’s Struggle Against Occupation (p. 81). News Junkie Post Press. Kindle Edition.

Dady sees the current system of international lending as a modern way to continue the exploitation of “poor” countries under the guise of “economic assistance.” GDP is a primary statistic used by international lenders to measure the “success” of their programs. The goal is to profit from the work, suffering or enslavement of poor people, while keeping them poor and thus desperate enough to continue to work, suffer and endure slavery.

She lists seven “enemies” of GDP:

  1. Home Ownership.
  2. Unpaid Labor.
  3. Barter.
  4. Durability of goods.
  5. Government services that are cheaper than private replacements.
  6. Good luck.
  7. Population decline.

These are the factors that international lenders, which include USAID, the International Development Bank, and the European Union, and their supporters, work against in the countries they lend to.

The major vectors of attack include:

  • Takeover of parliaments, government executive functions (run by Presidents and Prime Ministers), or both.
  • Local businesses owned or operated by local politicians.
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) funded by wealthy donors.
  • International corporations.

Examples

Home Ownership.

Forced urbanization of the rural poor tends to move them out of housing they owned or controlled into housing they must rent. This has happened in Haiti by replacing subsistence farming with more “modern” practices that produce export crops instead of products that local people need and want. A large number of Haitian farmers were also forced off their land by introducing cholera to the country. Too sick to work, they were forced to flee to the city where medical assistance was available.

Unpaid Labor.

Urbanization has forced more women to seek paid work, rather than doing informal work at home and in the community. It has contributed to destroying the traditional practice of communities cooperating around important agricultural activities, such as harvest time. It has also forced more families to purchase all the food they require rather than growing some of it themselves.

Barter.

Urban life discourages barter by forcing everyone to spend all their working hours doing one thing at a factory or sweat shop.

Durability of goods.

Without being able to barter for equipment repairs, lower-quality products become tolerated. Increased sales of goods “looks good” economically, even though it is actually more wasteful.

Government services.

Bottled water is generally more expensive than municipal water, so tends to be favored in a GDP push. In Haiti, many towns have seen their local water systems destroyed by vandalism or natural disasters, forcing them to use privately-supplied water. In some farming regions, community irrigation systems are not maintained, for lack of local funds or manpower.

Good luck.

Earthquakes, storms, floods, looting, arson, and civil strife wear heavily on a population, but are “good” for GDP. Haiti has seen all of these, including many incidents, such as the introduction of cholera and the destruction of community property by gangs, that appeared to be planned attacks. In a similar way, bad health increases medical spending. This helps the GDP and the doctors and hospital owners, not the poor who are being made sick.

Population decline.

Population growth is “good” for GDP, and the proliferation of high-income spenders helps much more than that of low-income spenders. So we see a lopsided emphasis on population control in poor countries, among the poor in those countries. This functions as a sort of soft genocide.

Dr. Chery reports that as of 2015, the majority of the urban “middle class” in Haiti are foreigners who work for NGOs. One of the premiere NGOs, Partners In Health, is closely connected to Bill Clinton through its co-founder Paul Farmer. Another co-founder is Jim Yong Kim, who has also been heavily involved with the WHO, and the World Bank.

Dr. Chery has also studied the trajectory of the “new” polio vaccine promoted by the Gates Foundation in poor countries. In India in 2011 this vaccine caused 47,500 cases of Vaccine-Associated Paralytic Poliomyelitis (more recently renamed Non-Polio Acute Flaccid Paralysis). This “live virus” vaccine was banned in the U.S. in 2000 because of this effect. It is cheaper to produce than the safer vaccine used for many years in the U.S.

The Creole Pig

Dr. Chery also tells the story of how Haitians lost their domestic pigs. These animals were important to many Haitians, and they were kept as a sort of “insurance” against bad times. If things got bad, a pig could be sold, or slaughtered for food.

As Wikipedia (somewhat edited) reports:

In the late 1970s an outbreak of African swine fever hit the neighboring Dominican Republic (DR) and spread to Haiti. Officials [what officials?] feared it would spread to the United States. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Haitian government led a campaign, known by the French acronym PEPPADEP, to exterminate Haiti’s pigs.

Farmers who were compensated received pigs imported from the United States. In the Haitian peasant community, the government’s eradication and replacement program was highly criticized. The peasants argued that they were not fairly compensated for their pigs and that the breed imported from the United States was unsuitable for the Haitian environment and economy.

In recent years, Haitian and French agronomists have bred a new variety of pig similar to Haiti’s Creole pig, and an effort to repopulate Haiti with these pigs is underway.

Medical terrorism

“African Swine Fever” is similar to “swine flu.” But Swine Influenza is associated with a coronavirus (H1N1/09) which is believed to have caused a mild pandemic that occurred in 2009. The fever virus is a larger virus that has never been known to jump to humans.

There is no real evidence that the extermination of the Creole Pigs was necessary. Here we have, then, another example of medical terrorism resulting in economic destruction and suffering. Sound familiar?

Why They Hate The West

4 October 2020

Dinesh

Dinesh D’Souza is an American conservative born in Mumbai, India. In his many recent films and books he has attempted to expose the lie that is the Democratic Party. I recently viewed his film Hillary’s America which was influential in the 2016 election. Though I found Dinesh’s approach over-emotional, I didn’t find it particularly untruthful. He also exposed the early crime years of Saul Alinsky and Hillary Clinton, which was most revealing. If I could find similar films and books about the Republican Party, it would make a perfect balance.

Dady

Dady Chery, on the other hand, is most likely NOT a “conservative.” She has been a tireless documenter of the predations of power elites against those who wish to be rid of them. They have had over 200 years to bury Haiti, and have not succeeded – yet. Those elites happen to include the Clintons. Coincidence? Dady’s book We Have Dared to be Free was reviewed and recommended back in 2016, by Catherine Austin-Fitts, who is a “conservative” but also a student of the predations of the power elites.

Dady’s book is almost 400 pages and will take time to get through; it is not easy reading. But the first 50 pages were damning enough.

Haiti

Haiti was not always aided. Between 1963 and 1972, for example, the country enjoyed an economic renaissance as it buzzed with the activities of small entrepreneurs. The Kennedy administration had cut off all aid to Haiti in 1963 so as to bring Francois Duvalier to heel…

Haiti thrived with style and panache during this decade that merely continued its isolation as the world’s first black republic. A community that was sustainable, tolerant, and harmonious with its gods had been forged, with none of the starkness associated with sustainability projects. Haiti brimmed with laughter, flavor, music and color. Things dear to the Haitian soul were valued: things that could not be bought. Anacaona‘s descendants lived there, and their life’s purpose was self-realization and the creation of art. That was the Haiti in which I grew up.

Dr. Dady Chery, as quoted by Catherine Austin-Fitts

Anacaona was the “mother chief” of the indigenous Haitians.

I studied Haiti after it was hit by an earthquake in 2010. I needed to report on a country for my Customer Relations class at Seattle Central College, and this one seemed perfect. At that time, I read many books and articles, including cultural studies presented by groups such as the State Department. The books I read include:

Haiti Singing by Harold Courlander, 1939. A sympathetic look at Haitian cultural traditions.

The Drum and the Hoe by Harold Courlander, 1960. Update to the above work.

The Immaculate Invasion, Bob Shacochis, 1999. Report by an embedded reporter on the more recent U.S. invasion of Haiti.

Culture and Customs of Haiti, J. Michael Dash, 2001.

Avengers of the New World, Laurent Dubois, 2004. History of the Haitian revolution.

I want to make this as clear as I possibly can:

This is a story of criminal actions and neglect at high levels across the world community.

My teacher has continuously warned us that power and privilege will attract the criminally insane until such time that we can find a way to strengthen sane men enough so that they are willing to hold positions of power without succumbing to the various seductions of power, and can hold their ground against criminals who oppose them. This is no small feat!

We will NOT have sanity in high places until we see to it that those who operate in those places are sane. There is no law, no ideology, no prayer that can protect us from criminal rulers. There is only a technology that we must learn, and then apply to ourselves and others.

Learn from these examples!

These methods can be – and are being – used, now, in this country to subjugate people, starting with those who are the most vulnerable.

Cultural snobbery. This is used to justify criminal incursions into indigenous, peaceful societies. In the case of Haiti, the Africans, as slaves, had become the new indigenous people of that region. They brought with them religious traditions that came to be known as Vodoun, and social traditions that are more community-oriented than what we in the West are used to. They also developed their own language. It is only very recently that the Haitian language started being taught as a legitimate language in Haitian schools. Other traditional practices remain under attack.

Worldwide, religion in most of its forms is under attack by “more educated” persons. These attacks are dishonest, to put it mildly.

Weaponized lending. This has taken many forms around the world. A key aspect to this way of loaning money is that the lender’s rights take priority over the borrower’s rights.

Using disasters to create criminal groups. When a disaster results in widespread unemployment, it tends to force people into making immoral decisions in order to stay alive. They may be offered jobs in gangs or militias which then go out and steal or destroy the property of honest people, or of communities.

Using poverty to enslave children and adults. Haitians had developed social mechanisms for coping with poverty and job loss. These were imperfect but workable. They recently were attacked, and outlawed as human rights violations. Now people who suffer economic stress are forced to look outside the extended family to human traffickers (including some child adoption groups) and sweat shops in order to stay alive. Bigger human rights violations are the result, plus the destruction of a culture.

According to Dady, the most valuable and honest disaster assistance has come from Cuba. The West paints Cuba as a criminal dictatorship. Why is the Haitian perception of Cuba so different?

Where can sanity be found?

Most thinking people, even though outraged by the criminality they see around them, are trying to use reason to come up with a way through this mess. For better or worse, most are extremely unaware of what they are actually facing. Every individual, every group seeking power, has skeletons in its closet. Every one. Every individual, every group seeking power, will find themselves hampered by these skeletons. Every one. They must confront and handle their skeletons. They must.

If you don’t care what happens to you ten years from now, a hundred years from now, a thousand years from now, then look the other way and go about your business. That neglect will come back around to you eventually. Not all of us are physically or financially prepared to do what it takes to handle our skeletons. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take some steps in that direction. You can watch a video. You can read a book. You can take a free online course. You can talk about this on Facebook or Twitter or Parler or CloutHub. If you have friends that you can actually meet with, you can talk with them about it, too. Maybe you can pool your resources and sponsor one person. You can always do something.

We still have a chance to reverse this. We will always have that chance. But on this planet at this time, I can’t tell you for sure how much time we have left. Learn as much as you can while you still have time.

Troop Zero

28 September 2020

During my stay on Amazon Prime, mostly watching old seasons of Stargate SG-1, the website was insistently promoting a newer Amazon production called Troop Zero. So, I finally watched it.

Troop Zero is unconvincingly set in the South of the late 1970s, when Jimmy Carter was President and NASA was preparing to send out Voyagers 1 and 2, both of which included a “golden record.” The protagonist, a girl named Christmas Flint, hears about the NASA project to record children’s voices for the record and decides to become a Birdie scout so she can have a shot at getting her message to “them out there.”

As is common in modern stories, particularly comedies, every important character is portrayed as in some way dysfunctional. For the purposes of the story, all characters fall into two groups: the mean, strangely gifted, but emotionally stupid colonizers, and the kind – and so, oppressed – normal folk. In the context of their tiny town, Wiggly, they somehow get along with each other. But the oppressed are crippled in various ways that make them “losers” while the colonizers are crippled in ways that make them “winners.”

Christmas’ troop includes three broken little girls, one made permanently antagonistic by some unknown turn of fate in her past, another made permanently angry and destructive, another, with one bad eye, who is a devout Christian but is scared of everybody, along with a little boy (Joseph) who likes to act like a girl. Christmas’ father is a lawyer, failed because he prefers to defend poor people who are guilty of petty crimes. His office assistant wanted to be a lawyer but let her career be derailed by getting mixed up with some sort of pervert. Their best friend is a kleptomaniac.

The story conveys a sort of Jungian inevitability in life, relieved only by momentary and usually failed attempts to break out of it and retake control. These themes are very obvious in Western (particularly U.S.) literature and art today and I think deserve more attention, which I might venture to qualify as loving attention.

Who wrote this story?

The movie was directed by Bert and Bertie and written by Lucy Alibar. Bert and Bertie are a female team of writer/directors. Bert’s “real” name is Amber Finlayson. She was born in South Africa and operates out of the UK. Bertie’s real name is Katie Ellwood, and she is from the UK. They are both young, fairly new on the scene, and are a part of why this film is the way it is. Lucy is a young American woman who grew up in Florida. The story is a little bit autobiographical.

These young women post very little about themselves and their influences on their websites. Lean and mean.

Lucy did interviews after her big film release Beasts of the Southern Wild. She is a very smart woman who has been into theater for a long time. She has been working out of New York where she used to work as a waitress until she became better-known as a writer. She seems quite sane. Dad was a lawyer, mom an artist. She isn’t cool with social media and she likes to do yoga.

Bert and Bertie have also done interviews. They are into “magical realism” and the idea of misfits having the moral high ground, or at least being more interesting than regular folks. In the interview I saw, the young star made this point emphatically. This is a big deal for her generation, a really big deal.

People need love

When I was growing up my parents described themselves to me as “misfits” because they were liberal atheists. Then I was a “misfit” for refusing to go to college, learn to drive, get married, and stay away from Scientology. So, where was the love? And now our kids are up in arms because the same shit is still there and doesn’t seem to be getting any better, and they have no idea how to cope, because if we learned, we forgot to tell them. But I think most of us never learned. We need to love our kids.

We are in a situation now where we are experiencing some setbacks as the forces of good and evil battle for domination over our planet. (I know that sounds over-dramatic, but it is almost literally true!)

My generation, and those a little older than me, came up through a very easy and prosperous time for the West, while it sent its agents out raping and pillaging around the rest of the world. Now we are getting some of that “karma” back and we are acting all confused. We didn’t prepare our sons and daughters for this (We didn’t believe in karma! Too unscientific!) and now they don’t know what to tell their sons and daughters. So we have the wackos who have been predicting this the whole time now controlling the narrative, basically, and we don’t like it.

So, like, where’s the love? Does is really take a Buddha or a Jesus or a Hubbard to remind us that we need to love our neighbors? Well, maybe is does.

While the Right rants on about Critical Race Theory and the Left rants on about how “fascist” the “colonizers” have become, the real sociopaths sit back and lick their chops. We can either learn to show some love and understanding over what’s been going down on this planet, or we can fight to the death.

Which would you prefer? I know which choice the sociopaths would prefer!

Dichotomies

26 September 2020

Dichotomy: A division into two, where the two are sharply different or opposed.

Dichotomies are common in human language and thought. They are a kind of simplification of real situations that allow us to communicate without excessive verbal nuance. In common experience we have dichotomies like cold/hot, sick/well, low/high. We recognize that there are degrees between these extremes. We use a few modifying words to communicate this: more/less, many/few, etc. This can also be done in a more technical way using a continuous scale (or spectrum) as we do with measurements like temperature and time.

If you study Scientology you will run across a scale that goes between -40 and +40. This is one way we have to express a spectrum of values between two extremes.

False dichotomies

We use and experience a lot of different dichotomies. When any of these are used in ways that really don’t make sense, you get a false or deceptive dichotomy. This often happens when someone is hoping to express an idea of superior versus inferior (a “vertical” dichotomy) using a dichotomy that can’t really be evaluated that way.

The perfect example of this is Left versus Right in politics. In the first place, this dichotomy obviously uses a horizontal metaphor. Secondly, these terms are often left inadequately defined. Thus, most attempts to convert this horizontal dichotomy into a vertical one use specious or circular arguments.

Other dichotomies that are essentially horizontal, at least in most contexts, and become false or useless with any attempt to convert them to a vertical (good/bad) meaning include:

White/Black.

Science/Pseudo-science.

Advanced/Primitive.

Logical/Emotional.

There are many others. These are some we see in common use today. You might disagree with my proposition that these dichotomies are being misused, but I invite you to take a closer look. You may report your findings in the comments.

Basic vertical dichotomies

Even our most basic “vertical” dichotomies rely on a certain amount of social agreement, or context.

Good versus Bad (or Evil) has to be one of our most basic dichotomies. We can only pin down the meanings of these concepts in the context of, say, the game of human existence. There is broad agreement that this is a useful context, even though it is not the only one possible. For example, things might turn out a bit different if we shift the context to the entire biosphere.

In the context of the game of being human, most would agree that “good” would mean survival of that game, whereas “bad (evil)” would mean the end of that game. If someone wanted to kill all humans on Earth, that would be evil. If someone wanted to provide all mankind with a way to live happier and longer lives, that would be good.

Alive versus Dead is another important vertical dichotomy. Most agree that being “more alive” is better than being “less alive” or “dead.” Different contexts for this will be explored below.

Healthy versus Sick is a very popular dichotomy these days. This is in some sense of subset of the Alive versus Dead dichotomy. This will also be explored further below.

Important dichotomies hidden by a lack of awareness

I would now like to explore some additional dichotomies that I use a lot in my writing that are not encountered as much in popular culture.

These important dichotomies have been hidden from us by our lack of awareness of what we really are – immortal spiritual beings – which awareness has been suppressed. (It can’t be totally blocked, as it is too innate to life.)

This awareness may become more real through recall of a past life, or by running into someone else who has done this. There are other ways to elevate this awareness, but most of them are quite unpleasant or take years to develop.

From this basic awareness comes the realization that we also have a mind and the we are separable from both it and the body. It is much more difficult, however to separate from the mind, and most of use can live with it satisfactorily, particularly after doing a bit of “mental housekeeping.”

Another realization that has developed out of this is the Tone Scale. This is the scale that goes from -40 to +40 that I mentioned earlier.

In our technology, the full scale applies to the being separated from the body, and a subset of this scale, 0.0 to 4.0, applies to the being when it is with the body and “human.” These can be thought of as “aliveness” scales for beings and for humans.

In the human context (where body death is 0.0 and something we might call enthusiasm or “zest for life” is at 4.0) we get a scale of human emotions. A variety of related scales involving human attitudes on various subjects (such a politics) can also be derived.

Sanity

This can also be seen as a scale of sanity. When I speak of “criminals” versus “honest people” I am using the human version of the scale. 2.0, at the center of this scale, is considered to be the make-break point in human life. At this point, the person is struggling. Below this point he is angry, then fearful, then immersed in a sense of loss, then apathetic, then dead. Above this point he becomes bored, then conservative, then interested, and then more and more cheerful.

Another overlooked dichotomy, which is applied mostly to individuals, is In Present Time versus Out of Present Time. This is important in spiritual technology. It is often referred to in social discourse with terms like “with it” and “out of it” or “aware” and “asleep.” It is a major factor in the mental phenomena commonly associated with psychological disorders.

There is another important dichotomy that gets thrown around a lot and deserves closer attention. This is Freedom versus Slavery. This only makes sense in the context of ethics; otherwise it becomes a false dichotomy. Freedom is good when it is used to do good. And slavery is bad when it is used to do bad.

On the human level, a free person is one who, though “trapped” in a body, is unfettered in most other ways and is personally happy and seeks to promote the happiness of others. And a slave is one who is not only trapped in a body but trapped by the fears that criminals can use to make him feel like his options are limited to choices that will only make things worse. He is often in constant fear, which all by itself shortens his life and renders him ineffective, unproductive, and lacking in alertness. An angry slave may seek to destroy his master, but may take many others with him. And a slave may select the wrong target for his antagonism.

As most of us understand life: Freedom is good and Slavery is Bad.

But a being can become “inverted” and begin to look at things the other way around.

Our current situation is an example of an inverted narrative striving to dominate our attention.

I don’t agree with the idea that we should let a disease convince us that slavery is better than freedom.