Park Pictures Monday 26th

26 September 2016

berkeley-20160926-174-strawberry-creek-parkI wore out my feet walking around Berkeley and Richmond yesterday (in newish shoes) but went back out today to track down more places in Berkeley that I had been associated with.

The overall impression left from this walk – and most of my other walks – is a city in transition. While the disenfranchised leave messes everywhere, the forces of “progress” march on, replacing old buildings with new ones, or sometimes renovating.

There are still MANY buildings and houses that date from earlier than 1950, but there is also new construction everywhere.

I don’t consider most of my photos from this walk particularly aesthetic, but here are a few. The one above is of Strawberry Creek Park. It is a small flatlands park that has been there for some time. However, while I was living here I had no reason to ever go over to the area that park is in, so don’t remember it. Many of the old places I visited today I don’t remember. I had never visited them when I lived here, I guess.

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I include a photo of Ashkenaz here, as it was an important place for me. I learned social dancing there, and met my friend Susan there.  In 1996 the club’s founder and proprietor David Nadel, was shot dead by a drunk he had earlier ejected from the club. A wall of ceramic tiles (visible above the car) was erected in his memory. David was always around when the place was open at night; I remember him well.

I went over to see the place where Susan used to live. At the end of the street (cut off by the BART when it was built) is a neighborhood garden, pictured below.

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On the route back to Berkeley, along a walk/jog/bike path made when the BART was put in, is Cedar Rose Park. Again, this is a simple neighborhood park with grass and a children’s play area.

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Though these parks are nice for travelers, and important to the community, in Berkeley I did not need them as much as I needed parks in other cities. Berkeley is full of little food stores and cafés; I never had a problem finding a place to sit or getting something to drink. Some cities have financial or office districts which are like cultural deserts, or sprawling industrial or business areas where the pedestrian seems to be left out of the picture. Not Berkeley.

 

Park Pictures Sunday 25th

25 September 2016

This is really just an excuse to upload some of my photos…

berkeley-20160925-020-indian-rockIndian Rock, near the traffic circle at the bottom of Marin (a very steep street that was originally designed for a cable car), is one of the oldest and least-changed parks I visited. Given the general public nervousness about dangerous play equipment in parks, it astonishes me that this rock remains open to public climbing. There are some chiseled-in steps, but no hand rails. If you fall off, you fall. I used to terrify my father running up and down this rock, as I saw a young man do when I visited today.

The Berkeley hills are full of little parks. This is one example at the corner of Arlington and Coventry.

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The tree featured here is very climbable – I should know!

One of the biggest “parks” in the Berkeley hills is one I never visited – Sunset Cemetery. I took a lot of photos there, as the huge mausoleum (building where remains are interred in crypts instead of buried) rather fascinated me. But one thing I thought I would never see in Berkeley in a cemetery was a deer!

berkeley-20160925-092-deer-in-cemetaryFrom the Berkeley Hills I moved on to Richmond to find Nicholl Park.

On my way I ran into this small park and playground in a recently-built neighborhood of townhouses. Its centerpiece was a large willow tree.

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Nicholl Park was created in 1926 by the WPA (Works Progress Administration – a “New Deal” project to give the unemployed something to do). When my parents took me there in the early 1960s, the park included an aviary (famous for its peacocks), a full steam locomotive that children could climb into, and huge swing sets in a sand lot.

Someone hurt themselves playing on the locomotive, and a fence was put around it.

Sometime later, the aviary was taken out, then the locomotive and the high swings. Today the geese love this park, but on a hot Sunday afternoon, I didn’t see many people in it.

Under these lovely big trees, near where the aviary was located, is a skateboard area – the most popular part of the park now.

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The platform where the locomotive once stood now serves as a planter and seems to be favored by the resident (or visiting?) geese.

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The tall swing sets have been replaced by much safer (but at this visit, unused) play equipment.

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Things do change. But somehow a very well-to-do neighborhood in the Berkeley Hills has managed to retain one of the most dangerous pieces of “play equipment” I have ever seen in any urban park, while the economically disadvantaged city of Richmond has all but lost what was once a thrilling and interesting downtown park.

Notes on Cities and Urban Parks

24 September 2016

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Boise and Salt Lake City

Pictured is a statue located in a small park in front of the capitol building in Boise. It depicts a Nez Perce chief giving directions to Lewis and Clark.

A discussion of the human fallout that goes with the West’s legacy of “rugged individualism” and expansion by forced takeover is called for at this point. Not everyone in these parts was raised by a family with the old cowboy spirit, and taught the survival skills necessary to make it on their own in a challenging environment. Others lose their way in their youth, or join the military and get busted up during a tour of duty. Still others have immigrated into the area from other parts of the world and are used to different ways. Among all these people, some make do, while others become a bit “not right in the head” and then even more of a burden on society. Bus stations, being open odd hours for their passengers, and having bathrooms, attract such people.

In Boise, it was a young guy in a wheelchair. One leg was pretty obviously messed up. He entered and exited the station many times while I was there, often following younger women in, hoping to get their attention. At night he put out some blankets over by the arcade machines (one intoning “crazy taxi…” over and over again – very annoying) and went to bed.

Such people are a little unnerving. They know they are not welcomed, and often don’t say much. When they do, oddities in their communication normally are evident. They make the legitimate passengers uncomfortable, and signs are usually posted saying they are not allowed to come in. But customers and staff have a hard time enforcing the rule. They are obviously so pitiful, and the inclination is to give them some space and leave them alone. It’s not, however, good for business – or society. It’s time we learned how to do something more positive for such beings.

Meanwhile, I got on a bus to Salt Lake.

It rained all the way to Salt Lake City. It was a late night run and we seemed to be following a storm. It was still dark when we came into the “intermodal hub” downtown. The rain had subsided and I was able to find my way to a ticket machine, buy a one-day transit pass, and board the light rail blue line into town. That trip was my entire tour of downtown Salt Lake. I found my motel – a cheap but poor one – they found a room available early, and I got some extra rest before visiting the local Scientology organization.

As I traveled through the city, I got the impression that older expansion plans had been put on hold. I used a “streetcar” that has no street to run in! Though a shopping center at the far end of the line (near the present location of the Org) is up and running, the rest of the area remains run down. This is a poorer but proud community named “Sugar House” after an historic sugar factory-turned-prison that used to be in the area.

As a side-project, I sought out parks in many of the cities I visited. They provide a nice place to rest in the shade for a few minutes, and usually have drinking water. There are parks throughout Slat Lake City, but I didn’t get a chance to visit any of them.

With my thoughts on the problem of reviving these communities – and the planet – I boarded my train to Omaha (after an almost four hour wait) after sharing the station with a bunch of great folks…and one totally mad lady who showed some interest in indulging in non-sequitor conversations with some of us.

Omaha

Omaha is an interesting place.

The train arrived there about 5AM. The sun wasn’t going to rise until about 8AM. The train station was going to close at about 7AM. So I put on my pack and went out to walk at about 6:30.

I knew where I was going. I had looked at the area with Google Street View as well as having printed out an ordinary map. But I had no idea where I was going to find breakfast at 6:30 in the morning!

I walked up 10th to Jackson, the street where the bus station is located. And what should I see? A place called “Cubby’s Old Market Grocery” (601 S. 13th) with its lights on and doors unlocked. A real grocery store and deli in a downtown location! Unusual. The food wasn’t good, but it was food.

I had a hard time keeping my bearings straight downtown. A jogger asked me which way the river was, and I pointed in the wrong direction! Omaha is on the Missouri River right across from Council Bluffs Iowa. Lewis and Clark passed through here. Both sides of the river downtown have large public spaces built into them. The Omaha riverfront park included a bridge to help people on foot get around all the busy streets in the area, and a walkway with sponsorship signs from all imaginable AFL-CIO unions.

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A large plaque concerning the Lewis and Clark episode there and at Council Bluffs was also prominent. Some other structure that had been a part of this area was under demolition. This was a theme I found common to many cities I visited: Out with the old, in with something else.

Downtown Omaha was full of public spaces. After visiting a sprawling life size bronze sculpture depicting a small wagon train, I found several other park spaces before getting to the riverfront. Here is a portion of the sculpture:

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And here, a downtown mall (per the earlier definition of mall – an outdoors promenade or walking area):

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Oddly, I thought, the world headquarters of ConAgra (a very large packaged foods company) was located in this area. Per Wikipedia, the company had earlier threatened the city that it would leave town unless a downtown historic district was cleared out to make way for a new company headquarters building and grounds. Then last year, the company announced it would move anyway. It was not clear to me that the move had taken place.

The lake on the ConAgra property doubles as a public park and walking/jogging trail. When I visited, a portion of the trail had been overrun by noisy (and messy) geese.

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But signs told us not to bother the wildlife, so we all walked around them. They were seemingly oblivious to our presence, another oddity for “wild” animals.

Per Wikipedia, Omaha was founded by speculators from neighboring Council Bluffs in 1854. (As a comparison, Pullman was established in 1881 by three original landowners, as “Three Forks,” later re-named after George Pullman, the inventor of the Pullman railroad car and owner of the company that manufactured them). By historical standards, all the towns I have visited so far are actually quite new. Thus “historical” is a very relative term in most of these towns.

By mid-afternoon, Old Market was bustling with tourists. Most of the shops are restaurants, with various artsy gift shops inserted here and there. I found an actual coffee house/bakery (Aromas/Bliss) with WiFi at one point. It was very new to the area, and not like the other coffee houses in Old Market but more like Starbucks. I was glad to find it, as I needed to connect to the internet to reserve a room in Kansas city, as I’d changed my bus ticket to get there earlier.

Kansas City

Though Kanasas City is closer to the old South, it officially only dates from 1853 – much the same age as Omaha, and established in much the same way. It was not the traditional site of an earlier settlement, but more-or-less built up from scratch using land purchased by investors/speculators.

I did not spend much time exploring the city, but in the late afternoon I walked around a bit and found “Hyde Park.” It was a fairly classic city park – green lawn with scattered large sprawling trees. It had once been a golf course, established by some people from Scotland.

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Cicadas sounded intermittently from several of the big old trees – a familiar Midwest summer sound. The park continues south out of the Hyde Park historical neighborhood (full of large, fancy homes) past an old school that is being renovated to a newer lawn area with a playground in it.

However, the neighborhood near the Org, only a few blocks away, was decidedly dilapidated. So it is clear things are a bit out of control in this city, as is not uncommon across America these days.

For me the great wonder of Kansas City was its transit terminal. The old Union (train) Station had been remodeled, with the city Metro and Amtrak given space inside. (Greyhound is still across town at its older location.) The remodeling includes a huge event hall where the old train waiting area used to be, a “Science City” attraction for kids, like the Exploratorium in San Francisco, shops, and a restaurant. There is a walkway connecting all this to the Crown Center hotel and indoor shopping mall across the street. This turns the place into an upscale area that the homeless are more or less unable to penetrate.

I walked through all of this, and found a shop offering a nice but inexpensive carrying bag that I needed to supplement my day pack. Of course I’m sure some local citizens consider this whole project a bit invasive (and exclusive). But it’s not like these areas aren’t public. They just aren’t plebeian.

I might note at this point the marked lack of availability of fresh raw foods in many of these downtown areas. Except for the small grocery store I found in Old Market – that from its hours obviously serves the locals – it is very difficult in the average downtown to find an apple or banana or some plain yogurt or some chilled juice. Some of these things appear in the convenience stores that are now attached to most gas stations along most bus routes. However, train travelers using downtown stations may not be able to easily find such a place.

Albuquerque

Albuquerque is somewhat of a different story. It is located just a bit north and west from the center of the state, at an elevation of about 5,300 feet. It was established under its current name by the Spanish in 1706, as part of the Camino Real (Royal Road) trade route to Mexico. That makes it much older than most Midwest cities, yet still much newer than the cities of Europe, Asia or Africa.

It developed, however, much as the rest of the Midwest developed, except for its huge Spanish-speaking population. In this city those of Hispanic ethnicity outnumber the Anglos. However, ruling groups throughout the Americas have always had some sort of European connection, so this Hispanic majority does not equal Hispanic prosperity.

Though the city is on a river (the Rio Grande – I never saw it) it occupies a basin of over 200 square miles. Thus “urban sprawl” has occurred, made possible by automobiles and pursuit of the American Dream of living in a single-family home. I walked through just a few of the neighborhoods closer to downtown and they seemed endless. Trees are rather sparse here – particularly big trees, and the big streets are for cars, not people. The sidewalks are narrow and poorly-kept, with no places to sit at many bus stops and no parks along most of the streets I walked. I had to go into a neighborhood to find a park. And somehow they managed to build this park without including a drinking fountain. I was quite amazed.

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I found two very nice and trendy restaurants downtown (Tucanos – a chain, and Sushi King) and there are probably many more. I can only guess that lots of young office workers in the nearby government and financial office buildings, along with some tourists, keep these businesses going. There are homeless in the area; quite a few. Their presence makes it harder to keep the place looking nice. There was also new construction happening downtown.

Albuquerque’s transit center is fairly new and OK. But accommodations for travelers are sparse – as if this were some sort of tradition (which it may be). As I have mentioned elsewhere, the transit centers always attract the homeless and that becomes a service problem for the customers. Only Kansas City has solved this.

I’m sure there is a lot I’m missing involving the ruling classes / working classes culture clashes in all these cities. In the U.S. the ruling class is supposed to be a working class. In the cultures that colonized the Americas, though, this was not the case at the time of those colonizations. And the old ruling classes have never died; they just wear business suits now in an attempt to blend in better.

Roswell

To get to Roswell from Albuquerque you have to climb out of the Mesilla Valley (part of the upper Rio Grande, at 3,900 feet) and get through a narrow ridge into the White Sands area (4,300 feet) then across the Sacramento Mountains and down into the High Plains where Roswell is located (3,500 feet).

The significant thing to me about Roswell is not the UFO crash that happened near there, but the reason UFOs were being attracted to that area. The Roswell Army-Air Field (later, Walker AFB) housed Strategic Air Command planes – including those used to bomb Japan in 1945 – during the time of the UFO crashes. Thus the area was a central point for the rollout of our nuclear capability following WWII. This is what attracted ET attention, and was one reason they were doing overflights in the area.

The main thing I did in Roswell was visit the UFO Museum (officially the International UFO Museum and Research Center). It was created by two people who were involved in the 1947 incident, and has become a major attraction in the town. It currently has a nice building and an interesting exhibit, but the materials are dated and some of the displays are a bit over-theatrical for current audiences and also in need of repair or replacement.

It is definitely the opinion of the museum founders that the real facts of the 1947 incident were covered up by official BS for some reason. They have probably survived by not taking the issue much further than that, though many (including myself) think it’s time to get honest about the whole variety of issues that are connected to the UFO issue.

I went to the library in the museum and asked for their Sanni Ceto books. They had two, one autographed by the author with a special drawing and inscription in her home language. I asked the librarian if she had heard of Sanni Ceto; she had not. Sanni is the only being available to us who can tell the ET side of this story. I think she should be better-known, at least by those who work at the UFO Museum! Another girl there remembered Sanni’s visit to the museum (about 2005), describing her as “autistic.” So this whole problem is most likely related to the fact that most Americans do not believe in reincarnation (or past lives), which makes Sanni’s story hard for them to accept. I consider this a much bigger problem than the UFO cover-up, as this is something we are all touched by every day.

Before leaving Roswell, I walked out in search of their parks, and found some. They are in the northeast of town, located on one side of the Spring River that flows through there (it was channelized by WWII POWs). The open part with picnic areas is called Loveless Park.

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There is a continuation of this park to the east that is fenced in and serves as a zoo. It’s called Spring River Park. It was not open when I visited.

Amarillo

Of all the cities I’ve visited so far, Amarillo seemed under the most pressure.

Even the workers at the bus station had poor communication skills, and their security guard could not prevent oddball homeless persons from coming in and bothering passengers, many of whom weren’t in much better shape.

Per previous searches into the Amarillo scene, I found they had recently experienced a bad drought followed by heavy rains. This had caused a bark beetle infestation which had damaged many local trees, making a nearby park look like some sort of battle zone. It was too close to sunset after I’d finished dinner at a local Mexican restaurant to check the park out myself; I am depending on images I saw using Google Street View for the above description.

The bus from Roswell got into Amarillo a couple hours before sunset, and the next bus did not leave until 3 in the morning. This was therefore going to be a 10 hour wait, the longest I have so far experienced. It was rough. The station security guard and some passengers were watching TV to pass the time, and there were two different shows running on two different TVs at the same time. I read from my book for a while, but couldn’t stay awake enough to do that the whole time. The shows preferred by the security guard were some totally ridiculous cartoons full of off-the wall social commentary and very little else. I also saw one episode of “Anger Management” which is a totally ridiculous “comedy” about dysfunctional therapists, and another show about two guys trying to take care of a baby. These shows were largely concerned with sex and unworkable “funny” attitudes people have about it. Pretty bad. There were also stories of more police shootings during the news breaks. This adds up to a lot of psychological pressure and wrong whys on a public that don’t know what’s really going on or what they can do about it.

Denver

In the alternative realities community, Denver is known as one of the hubs of deviant political activity in this country. The motif of its airport is one of the most bizarre I have ever seen (via photos posted online) and many questionable characters are accused of having special secret meetings there, at places like the Brown Palace Hotel downtown. However, on the surface, it’s just Denver.

Their transport hub has recently been upgraded, with an underground bus and light rail “concourse” which has displays that list arriving buses like flights are listed at airports.

They have a downtown street (16th) that has been modified to allow for wider pedestrian spaces and two narrow vehicle lanes. Only special no-fare buses are allowed to go back and forth in the vehicle lanes. Beyond that, many people other than tourists still use cars to commute, as in most U.S. cities.

I did not have time to explore Denver much. The cowboy tradition, though, was much in evidence there.

As of this posting I have arrived in Berkeley. I will write something about Berkeley later. It has changed a lot since I was last here (1982).

Into the mountains

17 September 2016

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It was a cold morning on the Palouse. 36 degrees per the sign at Dissmore’s.

Pullman is at a latitude of 47 degrees and elevation of 2,300 feet.

My destination is Boise, altitude is 2,700 feet, at latitude 43.6 degrees. To get there we must cross several ranges of high hills and reach the foothills of the Rockies. This is the first time I’ve traveled this route.

After arriving at Lewiston Idaho, we start our ascent by following the Clearwater River upstream to the east. However, we don’t stay long with the Clearwater, instead turning south towards White Bird pass ( 4,200 feet). Preceding the pass is a large flat area. On the down slope from White Bird is our lunch stop, Hoots. The area below Hoots is an historical site where the local natives tried to defend their lands against the incursions of the U.S. government in their quest to make the West “safe for democracy.” (Battle of White Bird Canyon – will it ever end?)

Next we find the Salmon River and head upstream. This is a resort area and has been for some time. Above there, following the Little Salmon, the geologically new western foothills are extremely craggy. Much of the exposed rock is glassy and gleams in the morning sun. There is evidence of grazing here, common in many national forests, even though the steep slopes seem like they’d be difficult for the cows.

We stop briefly in New Meadows, one of the high meadow areas (3,900 feet) on the way to Boise. Next is McCall (5,000 feet), a rather upscale resort area on a lake (Payette Lake), and near the high elevation limit of our trip.

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Following the Payette River, we begin our descent towards Boise. Now the granite outcroppings are more weathered, signalling geologically older mountains. There are also limestone/sandstone outcroppings here and there, and areas of sandy soil, evidence of a once-huge body of water (the Western Interior Seaway of 100 million years ago).

Some time before we reach Boise, larger human settlements become evident. This is the top of a very well-settled inner valley that extends southeast for hundreds of miles.

SpaceX snafu and other news

3 September 2016

snafu: American slang popularly thought to originate during WWII, but possibly derived from an abbreviation used earlier by Morse code operators on telegraph circuits. “Situation Normal; All Fouled (Fucked) Up” has a sarcasm attached to it which may have not been originally intended, but certainly contributes to the modern meaning of “snafu.”

The first of September was an interesting day…

Many were attracted to the explosion at the SpaceX launch site in Florida. An article run by Veterans Today suggested that an “attacking” object was detected in the video of the event in the frames immediately prior to the beginning of the fireball.

I downloaded and looked at the video from about 0:50 to 1:12 in slow-motion and frame-by-frame (a hidden feature of Microsoft Media Player) and saw anomalous fast-moving objects three different times directly before and in the fist second or so of the explosion. The first time, an object seems to launch from behind the middle tower, curve up toward the rocket, then away to the right. The second appearance spans only about six frames and shows an object pass all the way across the scene, just behind the rocket. The explosion starts when the object is about 1/2 way to the rocket. Very soon after the explosion starts, another object (or the same one) appears in the lower left and swiftly moves towards the upper right.

Thus, we definitely have one or more “UFOs” associated with this event and perhaps causing the explosion.

Some think the Israeli payload was not as “humanitarian” as it was made out to be, and that someone with the ways and means knew this and decided to terminate the launch.

Simon Parkes appears with Kerry Cassidy

Kerry didn’t know about the SpaceX explosion when she called Simon for an interview focusing on upcoming events. He told her about it. But they did not discuss it much as it had just occurred at that time. Kerry had suspected that something might happen to a SpaceX project based on Courtney Brown’s “Time Cross Project” results for August, which predicted some sort of explosion resulting from an object falling from the sky. The August event seen by the Remote Viewers did not take place as a news event, but this event was similar.

What the Remote Viewers have been noticing in events such as this one is evidence of things being deliberately caused which are presented to the public as “accidents.”

But in this interview Simon spent most of his time on his main theme, which is that an old power faction centered in the City of London (the same one, basically, named by LRH in his 1967 Ron’s Journal talk) is becoming desperate because it is losing control. Several other commentators are telling this same story. It is unclear exactly who or what is pushing them out of power. Some think this is basically the BRICS block. But because of ET involvement in all this, the situation is probably not that simple.

In any case, Simon says he is putting away some extra food and water and does not plan to travel in October. He thinks a disruption of the electronic banking system may occur quite soon, and that we should all prepare for it.

Time Cross for September is released

Meanwhile, Courtney has released the Time Cross Project sessions (done mid-August) relating to September. All the viewers saw various forms of civil unrest. The location appears to be the Middle East, and that would be no great surprise, as civil unrest there is the new normal. However, Dick Allgire saw events that he thought would have world-wide repercussions.

These sessions include 4 viewers, two young and two older. The first younger viewer calls herself “PrinCess Jeaneé” and the second is Aziz Brown (Courtney’s son). It’s great to see some younger viewers take on these targets. They are not easy targets!

What chance for the ways of peace?

As I mentioned in my series on Battlefield Earth, peace is not a subject often dealt with in literature. It is, perhaps, seen as boring. What LRH tried to make a case for in Battlefield Earth was that peace could be exciting. I believe history has demonstrated that societies prosper in times of peace. This would be one huge reason why Suppressive Persons would prefer continuous war. We are all hoping that those who take over from the City of London see things differently. It would be great for Earth to calm down a bit, as our challenges are far from over, and we could use more time to prepare for them. Our next great challenge, as I see it, is ET.

The ETs I am concerned with (and so are many others) are basically biological societies that have developed an array of assistive technologies that boost their abilities to use force to control others. Although they have deadly weapons, we are assuming they are thinking in terms of using psychological and physical force here on Earth towards the goal of enslaving us – perhaps without our being totally aware of the situation. Similar techniques which have “worked” for the SPs of Earth come under the heading of Covert Hostility. We might assume that ET is better at these techniques than our SP Earth brothers are.

So the challenge becomes to spot these techniques and defeat them before they “work” on us. This requires training and is the principal reason we need more time. We will probably not get as much time as we would like. Fortunately, this training program is already well underway. Perhaps there will be enough trained people to move the situation in our favor. If you want to help, go to our Volunteer Ministers website and get started.

A Tale of Two Stories

18 August 2016

Battlefield Earth

This story was written in 1980 by L. Ron Hubbard. In it, the hero, a very smart Earth human, learns the secrets of teleportation after using it to destroy the planet on which it was invented, which had gone psychopathic.
When ETs threaten to take Earth and its people for their own uses, the hero successfully holds them off by teleporting a bomb to one of their moons and blowing it up, then threatening to do the same to any planet that seeks to dominate the universe through war.

Sands of Time III

This story was written in 2016 by Sean David Morton. In it, the hero, a very smart Earth human, learns the secrets of teleportation with the help of his extremely bright wife and grown-up children.
When ETs threaten to make “an example” of Earth for treaty violations, the hero successfully holds them off by teleporting himself to the bridge of their Commanding Officer’s battleship, killing his Technical Officer before he can relay the order to strike, and warning the Commander that such interventions will become routine should he and his flotilla ever show up in our solar system again.

Fact or Fiction?

Hubbard stressed in his introduction to Battlefield Earth that it was “pure Science Fiction.” However, Hubbard had by that time extensively studied the past history of life in this universe and filled his story with all sorts of hints at that truth.

Sean, on the other hand, maintains that his story is based on “journals” kept by a recent past leader of The Group (Earth’s secret space program) and that only the names and dialogue are fictional.

There is a persistent story in “alternative reality” circles that my church was infiltrated and suborned by persons directed from a U.S. government intelligence agency because of their need for a workable spirit-based technology to use for their own purposes.

Seeing as how the greater part of the technology is freely available in written form, it seems odd to me that this level of intervention would be necessary. Yet it is also clear that people in those circles have been interested in, and studied, Scientology.

As I have no personal knowledge of all the behind-the-scenes shenanigans, I cannot comment further on these “findings.” the Intelligence agencies have become masters of creating fiction. But it always helps in maintaining a fiction if as little as possible is knowable about the fictitious events. This is not true of most of the history of Hubbard and Scientology. It is true of the leader of “The Group.” So, where is there more room for fiction? I say, in the “facts” fictionalized from the “journals” left to Sean David Morton.

This presents us with the possibility that Sean’s “journals” are to a greater or lesser extent actually fictional, “leaked” to the public by a group that wants to build a case for its continued existence and activities.

The Living Physics Model

Both stories present their own versions of what could be called a “model” for all that is knowable.

Morton’s model is based on the New Age / Quantum Physics synthesis so popular in the “alternative reality” community today, and supposedly used by ET civilizations as well as our own secret space program. It is based loosely on the Eastern “chakra” system, combined with the idea that “anything that has ever happened or ever will happen is all actually happening at the same time,” thus making “time travel” possible. Morton holds out for a probabilistic future, while others insist that it all depends on which “timeline” you choose.

In Hubbard’s model there are only two main components: Cause and Effect. Cause is defined as non-physical and Effects are always physical to some degree. A causative being creates effects. A being could never create another being, and an effect, even a light one like a thought or memory, can never create anything.

Time is a concept we use to describe the “automated” process of continuous creation, which keeps something “existing” after it has been initially created. If an item were not created with a postulate that it would endure, it wouldn’t continue to exist beyond the point where it’s creator discontinued creating it.

The only “real time” is NOW. The past exists only as energy deposits in present time containing recordings of earlier events or states of existence. The future only exists as an agreement that matter will persist and events will follow certain patterns. Some of these patterns are so strongly agreed to that they can be codified into “Laws of Physics.” However, the idea that time exists as a “dimension” in Physics, on an equal footing with the dimensions of space, is only an illusion; a convenience for predicting phenomena governed by strong agreements such as the Physical Laws.

Per Hubbard, time travel per se is not possible. Both records of the past and expectations about the future are held in place by strong agreements among the various members of the group “Cause.” To alter records of the past or expectations of the future is simply a process of disagreeing with those strong agreements. Most in the group would consider this bad manners, if not criminal! The future should be fair game. However, not everyone is OK with that.

Teleportation

The ability to move objects around as if they were merely ideas could therefore be considered to be a focused, limited, but very strong intention to disagree with the rest of Creation.

In both books this process requires huge machines that use massive amounts of energy. This may or may not be actually possible. But I know that this ability is well within the grasp of any portion of Cause that is willing to disagree and to take responsibility for its decisions. While it would seem to spoil the agreed-upon game, it is Hubbard’s argument that life in bodies is not all it’s cracked up to be, and a longer leash – if not a total separation – might be good for all of us.

This ability, then, regardless of exactly how it is implemented, is a key survival ability. Both Morton and Hubbard present to us scenarios illustrating how unsettling it can be to attain and use this ability. They both stress that the attainment of it should not be for the purpose of using it, but rather for the purpose of knowing you could if you absolutely had to.

No Man’s Sky

14 August 2016

No Man’s Sky is a “science fiction” video game that I found out about last year when I went into a gamers’ computer store and asked if they had anything to offer involving space travel. This game – in the works for years now – was finally released on Friday the 12th of August.

At about the same time as the release of this game, I found out that Sean-David Morton’s 3rd book in his “Sands of Time” series was being released, and I got a Kindle copy of it and have been reading it.

Sean-David claims this story is based on the journals of a recent past leader of The Group. Per Sean, those journals were entrusted to him after that man’s death (or disappearance). The documents purport to explain many odd phenomena that have been happening on Earth since the birth of the Space Age in Germany in the 1930s.

Per Sean-David’s story (though corroborated by many other sources to a greater or lesser degree), space is indeed “no man’s sky.” Not only does ET not want us flying around out there in our current “uncivilized” state, but no one ET group has definitive control out there, either. The place is just too big!

LRH came to a similar conclusion in the 1960s, after 10 years of research into our long-past experiences on “other worlds.” To LRH, this part of his research was somewhat esoteric and off-the-point. If Mankind did not achieve a better balance between spiritual abilities / awarenesses and our eternal lust for physical-world “experience” we would never attain a reasonable level of freedom and happiness, and what might come to happen here on Earth in the not-too-distant future would not make that much difference.

I have made it one of my jobs (for the time being) to make the people who are most interested in “what’s really happening” on Earth aware of Hubbard’s work. I know for sure that the “other side” is aware of it! Ask any Remote Viewer where the early ideas for their technology came from. See the evidence of Hubbard’s influence strewn throughout the “leaked” documents from various secret military programs.

Sean-David Morton

I don’t know that much about him. He is currently 56 years old. He has some psychic ability that he once used to advise people on financial dealings. He never asked for payment, he says, but got some nice gifts from some of his clients.

He is a mini-celebrity in the Los Angeles area and hosts one or more radio programs. His public persona is rather insouciant (a word I learned from LRH) and he comes on as rather high-school in his shows. He knows that most people can’t be bothered by the true meaning of life and all that, but he seems to be one who has confronted this subject himself and come to terms with it.

I think he is convinced of the basic truth of the story he has been writing. The Group was created in the United States to deal with the “Alien Threat.” Many New Agers are totally convinced that there is no significant global security threat from ET. Dr. Steven Greer is a leading proponent of that point of view. He thinks all the trouble is coming from Earth humans. LRH was not so sure about that. Greer has not looked at the data collected by Hubbard. Hubbard may have been aware of some of the data Greer has been exposed to, but if so, has not mentioned it publicly. Hubbard’s viewpoint, though, is backed up by other insiders who have gone public. ET appears to be a very mixed bag. And their people are capable of considerable deception.

Sean’s story does not cover much beyond the actions of The Group itself. It is “officially” part of the US Navy. But its work in UFO retrievals and reverse-engineering of ET technologies has apparently put it above all other organized power groups on Earth. The public view is that The Group are a bunch of scoundrels. Their own view is different. According to Sean’s story, they have saved Earth from major ET-caused catastrophes at least 4 times in the last century.

From this point of view, it was ET that managed to convince the US government that its conventional military organizations would be powerless in the face of a real ET attack. One ET group wanted us to totally disarm all our nuclear weapons. Ike refused to do so, instead starting a program that could possibly be hidden from ET that would bring us up to a technological level where we could hold our own against them. The Group has maintained total secrecy concerning its actions and its existence. There have been many attempts on Earth to expose it. Most of the “pro-disclosure” crowd are very sure that the above top secret programs operated by The Group are simply protecting corporate interests at the expense of the general population. None have been confronted by the possibility that they have actually saved our asses several times now – except through Sean’s book.

The story remains incomplete

I just started up No Man’s Sky today. I am stranded on a strange planet, and would have to not only learn how to play video games in general, but also this game in particular, in order to get myself out of this do-or-die predicament.

Our situation here on Earth does not seem that much different. We have A LOT to learn if we want our current way of life – or anything remotely resembling it – to continue on this planet. We have The Group’s approach, which seems to have set up a half-way decent but totally secret security perimeter around the planet. And we have LRH’s approach, which offers Mankind a half-way decent and almost totally not secret alternative to the path that we are currently walking down. They both have their places in solving the dilemma. Most of the other news I am getting seems to be noise.

Washington State Primary

2 August 2016

Got an email yesterday from a political group reminding me to vote in the primary! Thought I had more time…I was planning to actually research the candidates, but it was too late. I filled out the ballot, sealed it up, and took it downtown to deposit it in a metal drop box near City Hall.

Sending a message

You can participate in a democratic process for at least two reasons: To help someone get elected or to send a message to the “front runners.” Though using voting for the second reason is not an organized activity at this point, it well could become so. I am not happy with either of the major parties. But I found out there are a lot of candidates for state offices who identify with alternative parties like the Libertarians or the Independents. I don’t know if any of these parties ever get their people elected. But by organizing and running they are trying to send a message to the major parties that there is a section of the population which is not happy with the Republicans or the Democrats. So by voting for candidates from alternative parties, you help them send this message.

Aren’t the Asses and the Dumbos actually opposing each other?

The media and the candidates themselves try to portray themselves as political opponents. But that’s not what I see. In 1963 the Democrats lost a president under mysterious circumstances. Why haven’t they ever gone after that issue? Or the 9/11 loss, which happened while a Republican President was in office?

Ike, upon retiring from the Presidency, warned us about the “military-industrial complex.” It is very real. Why don’t the politicians or the press ever mention it? Could it be that it rose to become all their masters, as Ike warned it might? That’s the theory most of us in the “alternative community” now operate on.

So by “sending a message” of non-support through the voting process, this is the power group we are ultimately communicating to.

Are politicians really necessary?

Many in my circles have argued that the importance of politics in life – especially in modern life – is extremely over-stated by the media and the politicians. Ultimately, I think that’s true.

But it would be unwise to think that just because most people, most communities, are perfectly able to take care of themselves and make their own best decisions, that this leaves no place for politics or politicians. The problem is to find that place and put those people in that place, and keep them there. In other words, government has a purpose. Most people just don’t know what it is.

Awareness of what is

The essence of politics is probably leadership. It’s secondary purpose is management. When an individual in a group rises to help that group through some challenge, and is successful at that, the group tends to look at that individual as “powerful.” The truth is that we are all powerful, but under those circumstances that individual was more aware of something than the others, and was able to communicate it in a way that got the group to work together to get something done that needed to be accomplished.

Probably that leader’s ideal scene would be to bring everyone in the group up to his own level of awareness, so they could all share equally in the responsibilities that accompany being more aware. But most leaders don’t know how to do that, or see their “power” as something they can use to their own personal advantage.

We should never forget, though, that “power” derives from an awareness of what is – some more basic truth of existence – and concentrates into the hands of a few individuals only when they are successful in keeping those awarenesses a secret from everyone else. If you can learn to become more aware of what is, you will become more free from the control of powerful elites, but you will also carry the responsibility of that increased awareness with you and feel the need to act on it, first by sharing that awareness, or that ability to be aware, as broadly as you can. You either join one of the power elites, or you “fight” them in that manner.

Greer-Goode-Wilcock-Tompkins-Hubbard

28 July 2016

I ordered and received a package of DVDs and books from Dr. Greer’s organization a little bit ago, and watched most of his more recent lectures over the past few days.

These were basically a series of briefings about the politics of the ET situation, the extent of the secret space program, and the suppression of disruptive technologies that could greatly improve human conditions on Earth.

The politics of the situation center around a group of people who were able to gain access to ET technologies and used them for purposes of conquest and threatening more honest and peace-loving people to allow their work to continue (under duress). This is how criminals work.

Of all the researchers in this area, Greer probably has the most reality on how criminal the high-level people in this program are. His research, however, does not include the connection with ex-Nazi Germans.

Goode-Wilcock-Tompkins

David Wilcock also has started a new set of shows with Corey Goode that feature the information that William Tompkins has been releasing in his book and subsequent interviews. In the shows Corey comments on how Tompkins’ data align or differ from his own training and information.

Goode, Wilcock and Tompkins all believe that the secret space programs started with some occult German groups who wanted to achieve some sort of technological advantage for their own purposes. They got talked into taking over Germany and starting a war, but decided to bow out of that war by “losing” it and moved their operation to South America and Antarctica. This allowed them to keep their technologies secret and later infiltrate the US corporate and military groups that might be sympathetic to their plans. These connections apparently eventually resulted in what some call a “breakaway civilization.” This group runs mining operations and manufacturing plants on other planets and trades with various ET societies. A sub-group also helps the dominant aggressive ET group in its missions outside this solar system which are presumably military missions.

Greer doesn’t mention this data, and may not, in fact, have been told any of it. Though he reads some books on the subject, he says he does not use the internet to do any research; all his most important data is from his sources, who are mostly government-related, along with a few corporate people and near-royals like Lawrence Rockefeller and Prince Hans-Adam of Liechtenstein.

Other Dimensions

Most of these New Age guys are into “dimensions” or “densities.” I’m not sure where they got this idea about the “new physics” except that the mathematics of physics uses them. In physics, the “dimension” of Time measures the duration of phenomena or changes of position.

Lots of people are into “parallel time lines,” time travel and other such phenomena. There is also the whole subject of medical restoration expressed as a system for time-regressing a body.

Through all of this I have also been listening to Hubbard’s Philadelphia Doctorate Course (PDC). He touches on these esoteric questions, though in the end, he is trying to train auditors how to audit. However, in this process he presents the simplest view of the situation in this universe that I know of: 1) non-physical points of creation exist; 2) they create effects like matter, energy, space, time and perhaps many others; 3) all creation takes place in present time.

Thus, for me, this talk of “dimensions” and “timelines” along with Meditation and similar “paths to higher consciousness” are all window-dressing for the full range of possible phenomena that can be created and experienced by the non-physical entities which we are. All the action happens in the physical in present time, as far as I’m concerned. All the perception and creation of that action resides with the causative entities which are totally non-physical. Calling biology “life” is a misnomer in my universe. Biology is a creation of life which life is intimately connected to, but it is not life. If it were, biological entities would never die, but they do all the time. Though we can play at being causative through our bodies, what a being can do trapped in a body bears only the faintest resemblance to what one can do freed and fully self-aware.

Who are the ETs and what do they want?

Greer is adamant that if there were “bad” ETs they would have taken this planet for themselves long ago. This reveals his naiveté in these matters. There are plenty of powerful bad guys on Earth. Why haven’t they long ago completely taken over the place and turned it into their dark playground? The answer is that they are in a minority and that the worst of them are so afraid that it is difficult for them do anything effective. For this they depend on higher-toned minions who are less self-destructive and thus more courageous. By a sort of pyramid system of threats of violence they manage to keep a lot of people “in their place” but at the expense of never totally getting their ideal future, always having to compromise with the somewhat saner people they force to cooperate with them. Thus life, in its basic urge to keep the game going, provides a restraining force to the destructive “dark side.”

The “bad” ETs are restrained in their actions by other groups that wish to have Earth surviving more or less as it is now, so as to provide them with a new trading partner, a travel destination, a research area, or something else like that.

Though the “pro Earth” ETs may not want much more from Earth than the various business interests here on Earth want from their customers (sales, so they can show a profit), in public they tend to get over-elaborate in their statements of purpose. This a company promoting “Come alive!” in the 1960s was selling flavored sugar water (Pepsi). And another promoting “the power to be your best” made electronic computing machines (Apple).

I don’t know what most ETs really want, but it would be wise to look past their advertising to their actual products. So far the technology they have “given” us has served our military and criminal sectors very well and the rest of us very poorly. If this is the best they have to offer, I am not that impressed. I know LRH would agree with me.

Yes, their technologies would give us a temporary boost if released for broad public use. But the big question for us – as well as them I do believe – is, can we manage to reverse our own spiritual downward spirals? Can we learn to re-separate ourselves from our material creations, at least when we need to? If this planet were taken from us for some reason, could we recreate our lives on another one? If we are serious about ever ending our slavery to the criminal elements of this universe, those are the questions we must learn to answer.

The Moon landing

By way of a sort of illustration of this dilemma, I offer the example of our 1960s Apollo Program. I believe all the researchers mentioned in my title, bar LRH because I’ve never heard him comment on this, are in basic agreement on what happened during the first Moon landing.

Greer specifically laid this out for us in one of his briefings, and Tompkins has also mentioned it. Our astronauts were not alone when we got to the Moon in 1969. There were several ET ships above them – very close – watching their every move. These ships were videoed. That video has been seen by someone Greer knows. A substitute video of that event was made in advance, as we were expecting those observers. So what we saw on TV that day did not all happen up on the Moon.

We don’t even “own” our own Moon! We have been allowed to develop bases on the Moon and various other places as a secret program under close ET watch. They want to make sure we don’t turn the technologies they gave us against them! And it will continue to be that way until they can trust us, or until they have no alternative but to trust us (that we could turn the tables on them is a rather distant possibility). And so, yet another piece of our cherished history must be re-written before it is reasonably accurate. And so it goes.

I just got chipped.

24 July 2016

mastercard promo piece

A replacement debit card arrived in the mail today. I got an email from my credit union saying it would be coming. It has an electronic integrated circuit “chip” in it that is supposed to make transactions more secure.

Well, fine. Who cares? They are trying to deal with all the credit card fraud going on around the world.

But for anyone familiar with the alternative realities community, this connects directly to something Aaron Russo and many others were talking about for a long time.

The whole agenda is to create a one-world government where everybody has an RFID chip implanted in them…there will be no more cash — and this was given to me straight from [Nicholas] Rockefeller himself…
– Aaron Russo from 2006 Alex Jones interview

Russo died in 2007, five years after learning he had cancer.

The current experimental model, which has been reported on television and implanted under the skin in many people, is not exactly a “chip.”
public version of RFID chip
It’s a tiny tube with some electronics in it, and a pickup to energize it when it is scanned, like other RFID technologies.
RFID chip diagram
The implant contains only an ID number or code. This is fed into a computer which connects to one or more databases that might contain more data about the person. A pilot program in Atlanta was using it to connect to a medical database to help with emergency treatment situations.

ET

It has been stated by numerous researchers and experiencers that real (and “faked”) ET abductions often include insertion of an implant. When these are found (by x-ray usually) and surgically removed, they are usually described as “biological” or “bio-electronic.” That kind of implant is certainly more sophisticated than what we are seeing in the mainstream media. And reports say it is much more invasive, too.

How important is this?

These devices are certainly real. The low-tech versions pictured above have been released to the public, and other versions have been studied.

To the extent that they can be implanted without the knowledge of the carrier, they can be used as a covert method of tracking people. And their capabilities could include mood alteration, thought control or fake telepathy, and triggering of hypnotically-installed programming.

But to the extent that they can be detected and removed or deactivated, they are not a reliable control technology. Of course, we could be forced to use them, as people are forced now to take vaccines. But that would be a too obvious totalitarian ploy. So I don’t think they will come into wide use unless the totalitarians gain a lot more control than they have now.

The chip in my new debit card, however, is another matter.

As a long article at Wikipedia explains, the card issuing institutions (a few major banking companies) are forcing businesses to upgrade their card processing equipment (also known of Point of Sale equipment, or PoS – confusing because this acronym is already in use to mean “piece of shit”) by re-writing merchant contracts to stipulate that merchants will be responsible for all fraudulent transactions on non-upgraded equipment.

Meanwhile, many cyber-security researchers have tried to demonstrate that the new equipment can be fooled just like the old equipment could be. But the banks are having none of that; they are pushing ahead with what looks like a target date of October 2017 for full implementation.

My take is that bankers at the consumer level have become desperate. Their technologies are hackable and it is costing them money. Even after they stopped paying consumers interest on their savings, and though they charge very high rates for purchases on credit, a general surge of financial crime is continuing to squeeze them.

I think it is quite possible that criminal elements in the banking system are trying to force a collapse in consumer banking by pushing weak-security-by-design technologies, then financing the credit card hacking industry. People are just having too much fun with their credit cards. And this whole “false flag” paradigm has become such an obvious modus operandi for well-placed criminal groups in recent years, that I have come to suspect it is in use whenever I see a suspicious “problem” like this one persist. I am just guessing in this case, but the possibility for something like this is very real.

The use of the term “gold chip” is at one level a marketing stunt and at another level a slightly sinister play on words. This could be the “chip” that Russo was told about! Take away cash, or make it very scarce, or worthless, and a card with a “gold” chip in it will be the only way left to transact business in the “legitimate” economy. Back to the days of Roman gold coins!

The criminals have the consequences of their actions totally justified. They don’t respect what little dignity human life has left. They hate it and themselves. It is much more important to realize this and out-create this suppression than it is spread doom-and-gloom about our future. The doom-and-gloom are inevitable if we don’t out-create the suppression. So why dwell on it while we still have a chance to escape it?

And as for ET and their implants? I recommend the same basic approach. Treat them as criminals until they reveal themselves and prove otherwise. It’s probably the truth in most cases.