Archive for June, 2012

Beingness

30 June 2012

“The ability to be is more important than the ability to do. The ability to do is more important than the ability to have.” – LRH Fundamentals of Thought p.32

Tired of following the news, I decided yesterday that I needed to do some writing. And after some rest, I found myself thinking about beingness.

Something was making me feel under the weather. But I finally got myself up to start writing.

Categories

In an attempt to supplement my income, I take surveys online. These are mostly marketing surveys, and they always have a section designed to put the survey taker into categories. Besides the obvious factors of race, sex, and age, they often ask you what “industry” you work in. There is a standard list of about 25. This list, however, does not included “the arts.”

This implies that people who consider themselves “artists” are lost to the world of consumerism.

Yet, isn’t everyone an artist to some degree?

Lying in bed thinking about this, I came up with three broad categories of beingness:

  1. Performer.
  2. Technician.
  3. Criminal.

These levels build on each other. In other words, unless you have some understanding and appreciation of the levels below you, you will not do well at the level you want to operate at, and will tend to sink to a lower level.

In a biology-based game, the children are always forced to exist as “criminals” for a period of time. That is to say: They demand support without being able to return a service of similar value. So it is in childhood that we all get a taste of criminality. The wise parent pulls the child up out of that level as quickly as possible. Most children, being somewhat resilient and keyed-out in their youth, are quite willing and able to be performers, but may lack technical proficiency unless they remember it from an earlier lifetime. Thus, while “child prodigies” are possible, they tend to be rare. This is a shame; they could be totally commonplace.

Almost any adult beingness demands a certain amount of performance, and requires a definite level of technical proficiency. Those who, for one reason or another, cannot achieve sufficient technical proficiency, or are totally unwilling to be any kind of performer, are likely to fail in some aspect of life, and may find themselves being criminals, as much as they may regret this.

Those who choose to be performers and can excel at this are often the most prized members of a society.

Performance at a high level of art requires a combination of technical proficiency and courage that is recognized and admired by most.

Being a performer in a criminal society

However, criminals envy and fear performers.

Their attitudes to life are so different that they seem almost diametrically opposed.

The performer seems to cast all his physical cares to the wind, and somehow survives simply by telling amazing stories or doing amazing things.

The criminal is so focused on the problems of physical survival that he feels compelled to lie, cheat and steal just to survive in a body.

In a society that has turned criminal, attempts to manipulate the performers and control the things they do and the stories they tell will become a constant problem for the performers, and for the rest of society.

We have seen many very strong performers simply killed because their stories or actions got too close to exposing the false lives of the criminals.

Technologies of defense

We have available today a variety of technologies to help us decriminalize society and make it much safer for performers and technicians alike.

Ethics

This is a society’s make-or-break technology. Without the ability to correctly detect and expose the criminals, a society will tend to become overwhelmed by their desperation. Ethics also encompasses certain remedial actions that can be taken with the victims of criminals.

Study

The educational system of a society is primarily responsible for successfully enabling its members to become highly proficient in one or more areas of technology, thus helping to assure that they can play the game without being enticed by the criminal element.

An educational system that cannot do this either refuses to because it itself has turned criminal, or has not learned to apply the technologies of study. These are among the most basic technologies that every Scientologist must learn. Central in these technologies is Word Clearing, which helps to prevent students from building up “study crimes” (misunderstood words or symbols) that could cause them to want to blow from the subject they are studying.

Auditing

The technologies of Auditing are the centerpieces of Scientology. Their purpose is to increase ability. They must be applied ethically, as they are perfectly capable of increasing criminal abilities, too!

The Auditor is an extremely competent technician who must be enough of a performer to maintain excellent communication with his subject (technically, his “preclear”) throughout the auditing session. This is a high ability, not easily attained.

Management (also called Administration or “Admin”)

This group of technologies is also technical in nature, though slightly less cut-and-dried than those of auditing. They include:

  • Admin Know-How
  • Planning and Writing Project Targets
  • Data Evaluation
  • Computer Systems
  • Finance
  • Being an Executive
  • Establishment
  • Organizing
  • Personnel
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Art

From the viewpoint of a manager, beingness boils down to “hats” (the functions a person does in an organization). This is a fundamental concept in Scientology. It should be possible to preserve and learn the technology and beingness of any hat. The success of a society depends on this.

Beingness and the games of life

What is most noticeable in any game is the beingnesses (or hats) of its players.

To be denied entrance to a game as a player does not negate one’s own choices about one’s beingness; though it can make it more difficult to live with those choices. One can always play a game if one wants to, as one can always invent one’s own.

It is not necessary to allow criminals into your game. Any being is capable of rising to a level where he can at least play as a technician. However, if a game routinely kicks out players for capricious reasons, those former players are likely to become enemies of the whole game.

At the upper levels of ability, we find beings capable of playing exterior to the body, or with no physical body at all. Contrary to popular superstition, playing a game at that level is about as much fun as a person can have playing a game. It is an operating level that many seek and few attain. However, with the above-mentioned technologies, that situation could eventually change.

Without beingness, an individual is gameless. For all except The Creator and rocks, such a situation is intolerable. The game, as a concept in Scientology, is meant to include all aspects of living that make it attractive to spiritual beings. It is one of our most central concepts, and is intimately connected with beingness.

Tone

21 June 2012

Yesterday Randy Maugans interviewed an intuitive named Brad Johnson for his Summer Solstice show.

Brad is on the net here : altimatrix.com

Brad calls himself a “Tone 3 Jaguar” and told Randy that he uses an arbitrary scale of minus to plus 20 to rank the “frequency” of beings he runs into.

This is the fist time I have seen the use of a “tone scale” outside of Scientology, so I thought it was about time to go over the basics of this concept.

Tone

Here I paraphrase my Webster’s New World Dictionary:

1. A musical sound or its quality.
2. Voice quality meant to convey feeling or attitude.
3. A similar quality conveyed by the choice of words.
4. Resilience or elasticity.
5. Distinctive quality attributed to a place, period or design.
6. A quality of color.

The rest of the definitions in my dictionary are specialized uses of the word.

Particular mention should be made of its musical definitions which relate to the concept of a musical scale containing a specific collection of tones (frequencies) related to each other in some way.

It should be mentioned that frequency in this context refers to rate of vibration.

These terms are used in the various occult communities without the scientific rigor I am used to from my engineering background.

Johnson’s Tones

Brad threw out several bits of theory and technology in his interview. I had no idea what the source of these was until I began to read his site.

On his “What is a Tone 3 Jaguar?” page, he mentions the 13 tones of the Mayan ceremonial (Tzolkin) calendar. He credits a guy name Ian Lungold (here: www.mayanmajix.com) with disseminating this information, so I guess that’s where Brad got it.

Ian says in his biography:

By June of 1974, I had run across and read Dianetics: The Science of the Mind, by L. Ron Hubbard. I took communication classes and joined staff at the Scientology center in Fresno. I worked on staff to pay my way through training and the processing called “auditing.” I worked in the Public Division of the center. That is, I introduced Scientology to people from off the street, taught communication classes and went door-to-door selling Dianetics books. I once sold 248 books in a week. I got an award. And I could eat. This is how I was making a living. I went “clear” in 1978.

Ian went on to MANY other things. In the end, it was a man named Dr. Carl J. Calleman (www.calleman.com) who he came to respect the most. Ian died in 2005.

The Mayans, apparently, had a system of assigning a different number (tone) and name (glyph) to each day. There are 13 tones and 20 names and both lists are cycled through. The pattern repeats every 260 days.

The Mayan system, as currently taught and practiced, is used as a kind of astrological or prophecy system. This attitude towards life somewhat implies that one is not ultimately in control of one’s own destiny, an attitude I do not subscribe to. In that spirit, let me introduce the Tone Scale.

Hubbard’s Tone Scale

The Tone Scale can also be used for prediction, but not of the same epic scope that the occult practitioners hoped their technologies would have. It can be used to predict short-term human behavior, and thus guide a Scientologist in the practice of auditing (helping another navigate through his own mind) or in navigating through life himself.

Hubbard first used this concept in Dianetics as a way to illustrate the result of the combined efforts to survive and succumb that exist in a person’s life. The result could be given an arbitrary scale of measurement. Hubbard initially chose zero to four. At zero the efforts to succumb have won, and the person has died. At 2.0 the person is struggling, the opposed efforts being roughly equal. At 4.0 the person is surviving well, his own efforts to survive consistently winning over efforts to defeat him.

In a few years, Hubbard had expanded the scale to encompass the “spiritual” tones, which can range below body death – as the spirit survives this – and above ordinary body life – as the spirit is also capable of operating out of body.

His first Tone Scale to include the minus tones was introduced in his book Scientology 8-80 (page 91 of the newest edition). This scale went from plus 40.0 (Serenity of Beingness) through 20.0 (Action) to 8.0 (Exhilaration) to the top of the “Thetan-Plus-Body” scale at 4.0 (Enthusiasm) through 0.0 (Being a body) down to -4.0 (Needing bodies) with -8.0 (Hiding) at the bottom.

The “final” scale is published in Hubbard Communications Office Bulletin of 25 September 1971, revised 1 April 1978 (revision B) as “Tone Scale in Full.”

It starts at plus 40 and goes down to minus 40 and contains 59 named levels. Professional Scientolgists are expected to know it by heart. Minus 40 is “Total Failure.”

Tones and New Age

Marcia Montenegro, a Christian interpreter of New Age ideas, sums up New Age concepts, as laid out in one book, as follows:

The New Age is a mixture of Eastern (especially Hindu), occult, pagan and humanist principles. It is more a patchwork of ideas than a well-integrated consistent belief system. Yet there are basic beliefs foundational to most New Age thinking presented in The Celestine Prophecy:
1) we should be guided by our experiences and intuitions;
2) there is one energy, a life force, uniting all matter and humanity, and this energy is God;
3) nature has consciousness; and,
4) we are in a process of spiritual evolvement which will eventually lead to vibrating at a higher level until we transcend our bodies.

Many New Agers believe in “ascension” which is accomplished through techniques that “raise your vibrational level.”

While this is all very interesting and esoteric, what it comes down to for most people is tone level.

Accessibility

New Age knowledge and practice has an accessibility problem. You have to “find” it by being “guided” to it. And unless you are a master teacher yourself, you have to have the source materials interpreted to you by someone who has studied them, as they are written in ancient forgotten languages, or not found in actual written form.

This is just another control system. It is based on Sirian concepts and is pushed by most Sirian-connected groups. The Pleiadians, though of Sirian descent, have a different approach based more on self-determinism.

The basics of Scientology are open, freely available, and written (or spoken) in plain English (and carefully translated into many more). You can train all the way to Class 6 auditor and co-audit to Clear or at least NED Case Completion using materials that are all publicly available and standard for every licensed practitioner.

Workability

If Meditation and other New Age practices are so workable, why aren’t they more the buzz?

I’m not here to tell you that these practices are not workable. But I am here to tell you that the Sirian origins of these technologies have served to limit their workability. They are not very easy to apply, they are certainly not for everyone, and the range of conditions they address is somewhat limited.

On the other hand, Scientology offers a wide range of technologies from simple to very difficult. And the simplest ones can be picked up and used by almost anyone.

Scientology technologies are available to handle many diverse situations. These range from personal problems with health, ethics, morality, study, alertness, mental capabilities and spiritual advancement through relationships, family problems, raising children, working in a group, and on up to how to organize, finance and lead groups, work with tools and materials, and solve national, global, spiritual and universal problems.

I strongly recommend the Volunteer Ministers website as a starting place. It offers free courses that introduce you to many of these technologies, if you are willing to register with them. www.volunteerministers.org

Which Story Do I Tell?

18 June 2012

The following is a poem I wrote inspired by NPR’s* new feature NewsPoet.

Which Story Do I Tell?

I have so many stories;
which ones do I tell?
Should I say I am quite sick,
or that I’m doing well?

Should I take the blame for what I caused,
or say it’s all their fault?
Should I analyze it carefully,
or leave them with gestalt?

Should I mention that embarrassment
which happened just last week?
Or let it slide and hope my side
will come up with a tweak?

This reminds me of a homily
I learned whilst in my youth:
When the news is naught but stories,
what happens to the truth?

The news is naught but stories…

Journalists even call them “stories.”

While this is blatant on the mass media, with their nearly sickening urge to add “entertainment value” to the news, it is just as true in the alternative media, even though they deal with more “difficult” topics.

And a certain story has been very hot online in the past few weeks.

I first heard of this story from a Project Camelot interview with Ben Fulford. (You’re going to have to look up these people if you don’t know who they are; I can’t explain all that here. But see my “Resources” posts.)

Several years later, David Wilcock picked up Fulford’s story, giving it a more spiritual – or cosmic – twist. Next up was the James Martinez announcement, along with Wilcock’s articles based on the work of Neil Keenan and his associates.

Then in steps John Kettler, Drake, the Resistance Movement featuring Cobra, and the Silver Legion featuring a woman code-named Tanaath.

The story was actually started many years ago by various people who claimed to be contacted by “Ashtar” or other members of his group. The Billy Meier contacts are also part of this story. In more recent times, Sheldan Nidle has been a very consistent worker and activist in this regard.

And on top of that I have the Terra Papers from Robert Morning Sky which I have recently read. This takes the beginning of the modern version of this story back to 1947.

Briefings are never as brief as you’d like

If you want to become informed concerning this story, consult those sources yourself. This is just a “musing” based on the experience of trying to put all this stuff together.

In brief: After we pulled the H-bomb stunt back in 1945, certain groups out there decided that we had gone too far. The H-bomb was not the work of earth people, per se, but of certain of its power elites, working largely in secret.

It seemed that to protect the rest of this sector from the problems that could be created by nuclear proliferation on earth, the secret power elites on earth would need to be exposed. A rival power group, not based here but more “human” than the current power group, accelerated a program designed to remove their old rivals from power by exposing them as dysfunctional (which they are) and thus getting popular support on earth for a big change. This group decided that a more up-front approach would be required than those used in previous centuries, so while the information they have been providing us is almost certainly not entirely sincere, it is much more full of facts than were previous attempts to inform us of these matters.

All the external groups connected with this current earth contact have insisted that they are only here to help us restore a workable power balance on Earth so that it doesn’t get blown up like it has other times. Many of them claim to be connected to the Sirian culture, and this is confirmed in the Terra Papers.

Even the Pleiadians are basically Sirian, at least in body type (carbon-based mammals).

Sirian

The Sirian language, as described by Robert Morning Star, is the basic prototypical language of earth. It corresponds to what our linguists call “Indo-European.”

There are a few other human languages that stray very far from the patterns of the Indo-European group, and these may have other beginnings. Of course, these languages have mixed and shared over thousands of years, so the underlying similarities are the realm of linguistic science.

However, Sirian, as described by Robert Morning Sky, shares distinct sound-meaning correlations with ancient Egyption, Sumerian, and Hebrew. And there are also similarities in the customary ways to write these languages.

In books about them, words in these languages will sometimes be rendered as syllables separated by dashes. Though they were never written that way, they all use syllabic words, and the syllables are usually represented by just one or two characters (letters). It is common in all the older written versions of these languages to omit vowel sounds when they do not contribute to meaning. Thus, you cannot tell how to say the words from reading them; you already have to know that. I’m not sure how the linguists figured this out, but people still speak Hebrew, so that probably helped.

Examples of Sirian words

I will illustrate this with a few examples from Robert Morning Sky. I will try to avoid words with accented letters, as I don’t want to get into the typography issues caused by those:

an – heaven.
ari – masters.
ari-an – masters of heaven – said to be the source of our Orion and Aryan.
sss – sound for the snake people, shortened to ss.
rrr – sound for the dog people, shortened to rr.
ss-rr-ss – a name for the empire of the dog people within that of the snake people.
ss-rr-ss would be spoken something like “sirius.”

Here is a Sirian expression used by Sheldan Nidle all the time:
Selamat Ja!
This translates literally to “condition (of) joy” and is used as a greeting or a blessing. (“Be Happy”) Interestingly, selamat is also a Malay word used in greetings which they interpret to mean “safe.” It is also known as “salam” in Arabic, “shalom” in Hebrew, and “asaalom” in Urdu and Uzbek. As-salamun is known in Arabic as a greeting used by the angels. We also have king Solomon and his seal, which is basically a Star of David, the same symbol used by Sheldan Nidle for his insignia, but which he refers to as a “star tetrahedron” (technically, a stellated octahedron, or dual tetrahedron).

MR-K-B

The above word could be spoken as “merkaba” or shortened to “merkab.”

I thought of these words while considering Robert Morning Sky’s assertion that though “D-K” (dak) literally means “teeth or fangs” it was used as a nickname for the Sirian soldiers who fought “like dogs” sometimes literally using their teeth.

In Sirian, the Orion fighters were known as “M-G” which is thought to be the root of such earth words as “Magi” “magic” “majestic” etc.

“MAR” means “great one.”

An interesting habit in these old stories is to identify an individual by a title he had earned. Thus, a being, starting out with just a name like al-al-gar could win an award and thereafter be known as iku-mar-beh (Kumarbi).

Thus, when MAR-DUK appears quite late in the old legends, it is not clear if this is his given name or a subsequent title.

However, Marduk reminded me of Marcab, an ancient space opera society mentioned by LRH many times, and that made be think of merkabah, a word taken to mean “chariot” in Sumerian, but better-translated as “conveyance of the great ones.” If you don’t know, the merkabah figures prominently in certain ascension technologies.

I was fascinated by the similarity of Marcab and Merkabah, but could not find Marcab mentioned as a word in any lists of Sumerian words I could find online. So, the similarity may only be amusing, but Marcab is almost certainly a Sirian word.

Bad joke?

Is this all just a bad joke invented to tease the mentally agile and spiritually crippled?

I think not. “Only time will tell,” as the saying goes. But a lot of people have been trying to tell us for a long time! I would caution against dismissing them as a bunch of lunatics.

* NPR: National Public Radio. A US non-profit radio broadcasting network whose stations feature academic- and left-leaning news and commentary and no ordinary commercials.

Exopolitics according to Robert Morning Sky – Part 1

15 June 2012

I have just finished reading the first part of Robert Morning Sky’s Terra Papers.

This short article summarizes the situation as laid out by him in that document.

The 1947 saucer crashes

Anyone who has studied the crashes in the American Southwest that occurred in 1947 knows that there was more than one. In an aural presentation he did on the radio in August of 1996, Robert speaks of 3 crashes. There could have been more.

Robert’s Apache grandfather was involved with one of these crashes (one that occurred in August 1947). He and five friends were out camping, preparing for a vision quest (a native American tradition). The crash happened quite near their camp, and they were able to rescue a being from the crashed ship and return him to their camp while evading government soldiers who quickly arrived on the scene.

The being survived. He was, per his grandfather, very human-looking. And, with the help of some sort of storage devices, he told them stories of earth’s ancient past.

These are the stories that Robert relates in his Terra Papers.

Take-away message

I won’t try to tell the whole story; what I was interested in was the bottom line!

Apparently, by the time of, say, Christ, there were 3 major ET groups that knew about this solar system and had an interest in it.

The oldest group was the “Orion” group. They may or may not have been literally from the Orion star system. That’s just what their name sounded like. Their bodies were reptile-based humanoid. They were a very ancient “space opera” society that had learned a lot about politics and the ways of “bloodless” war in the course of their long history.

The next group was the “Sirian” group. They were a younger group. Their bodies were mammal-based humanoid. They were excellent technologists that excelled in weaponry and war. Their soldiers were known to practice cannibalism. They constructed huge spherical war ships that were very dangerous. And so, the Orions saw them as a threat and proposed an alliance with them which they accepted.

At some point, the Sirians discovered our solar system and colonized it. Over hundreds of thousands (millions?) of years they developed what we know as the “human” species. The developer of this species then left that system, basically forced out by one of his own sons. He established the third group with an interest in Earth, which we know as the “Pleadieans.”

Again, none of these groups are necessarily associated with the star groups we know today by these names; I assume that these star groups were named after these groups.

The modern planetary situation

Dominant on earth in “modern” times have been the Orion group, mainly through hybrid races known to us as “greys.” They are very mind-control-oriented. They have, or had, bases on earth.

Much less important, but maintaining a presence on earth, are the Sirians. They may be known to us as Martians. They tend to be quite tall, human-looking, and peaceful compared to their ancestors. They developed a religious approach to control on earth and most of our scriptures are full of their teachings. They are also known as the “beings of the light” or “the keepers of the light.” They would like to regain control of earth from the Orion group. They have been maintaining secret underground bases on earth.

The third group, the Pleadieans, are former Sirians. Apparently they have a few operatives on the planet, but not many. Their purpose seems to be to liberate earth humans from the other two groups. Their data rarely gets through to us without being altered. Even Robert’s data has probably been altered.

How to recognize the different groups

Because of millennia of genetic mixing, many individuals connected to these various groups look human. And of course, they can also choose to get born into a human body (or so we are told). Therefore, you can know them best these days by their distinct approaches to life.

The Sirians are the spiritualists. They will emphasize the importance of ascension, and express it as a process involving “going into the light.”

The Orions are the atheists, the scientists, the psychiatrists. They prefer to simply tell you how to think. If you don’t choose to obey them, there’s “an app” for that. They use movies, television, radio, cell phones; any communication channel they can get hold of, to overlay their message of obedience and submission. The Sirians want us to think of the Orions as THE bad guys.

The Pleadieans are freedom-lovers and artists. They are strong on enthusiasm and weak on tactics. As former Sirians, they may still teach spiritualism and the “dimensions.” But there will be less of a control spin on their teachings. They seem to be genuinely concerned for our independence as a people, and wish they could do more to assist us.

Part 2 of Robert’s story may tell me more, or serve to adjust these characterizations a bit.

But I am sure you can see the basic problem here. Though I would trust a Pleadiean more than the others, the others, knowing this, could pretend to be Pleadieans. If this lineup is basically correct, then the whole Galactic Federation of Light concept is basically just a Sirian plan to take the planet back from the reptoids. Though there are groups that seem more freedom-oriented, these are the least “powerful” and so have a harder time getting their message through to us.

In the end, an earth-based “solution” such as that proposed by Hubbard would probably be better for humans in the long run, but has a lesser probability of success, unless an enormous re-education of the general population takes place.

Solving The Problem

11 June 2012

This is a first of what may be a series on this blog about what is going on on the planet and what various people are saying and doing about it. I actually consider this a very important subject.

My basic line of reasoning is the following:

  1. Most of us recognize that surviving on this planet is currently becoming more difficult.
  2. These difficulties are starting to exceed our comfort levels, and we’d like to achieve better control over the situation.
  3. In researching this, many of us have come across reports of the existence of a criminal elite on this planet that seems to be heavily involved in our failure to achieve better control per point 2 above.
  4. As a result of these reports, plans have been formulated to “take down the cabal.”
  5. Outwardly, though, the situation seems to continue to get worse.
  6. Why?

The theory behind this that I will be exploring includes the following:

  1. The human need for a game, and thus for problems.
  2. How human sanity affects the problems chosen.
  3. How much sanity do we want?
  4. How to achieve a saner world: Ethics.
  5. How to get in ethics.

This article will concentrate on topic 4, ethics.

Problems

“People need problems. Solving problems is what gives our lives meaning. If we fixed them all, we’d have nothing to do, and we’d die.”
Answer from “Zhop” to the question: “Is it possible to fix all the worlds problems?” on Askville by Amazon.

Human experience apparently can range from a bottom level of total denial of one’s spiritual existence and the complete conviction that one is, finally, totally dead to a top level of god-like omniscience and loving power.

Most of us have experienced most of the levels of this scale at one time or another, and – if prodded – will usually recall most fondly those times when we were active, involved and confident. On the Scientology scale of tones, these levels of experience are represented by 8.0 Exhilaration through 20.0 Action to 22.0 Games.

In other words, most people choose the level of the game. And to play a game, you do need something to play against, and that opponent will try to make problems (barriers to your freedom) that you must solve to stay in the game. Thus having problems means you are in a game, which for most of us is desirable.

“By creating problems, one tends to view both sides in opposition and so becomes Pan-determined.” Fundamentals of Thought, p. 134.

One of the major sources of barriers in many earth-bound games is – oddly – our own body. High levels of play are difficult to attain in a body, as most bodies are rigged to make a person “feel scared” when operating at these levels. If you can obtain the confidence of an athlete, he or she may tell you that playing their sport goes best when one operates exterior to the body. This enables one to be more pan-determined about the body and its concerns.

For most of us, in practical terms, the ultimate “freedom” is to be exterior and the most important barrier to that level of freedom is the body and its way of thinking. However, that is not the only source of barriers.

“If a person lacks problems, opponents and counter-purposes to his own, he will invent them.” Problems of Work, p. 70.

What is a criminal?

“…we have yet to face the fact that there are no solutions.” From an article by Robert Jensen, a progressive political activist and journalism professor in Austin, Texas.

Some people lose their ability to create problems (and thus their own games) so markedly that they turn criminal.

A criminal is a being who finds himself stuck at an experience level that seems to demand that his “game” should be to ruin all other ongoing games. He feels that he cannot be truly safe unless everyone else is dead.

The “criminal cabal” is composed of a small group of loosely-affiliated people who have embraced this attitude towards life with a kind of inverted enthusiasm. Their ancestors somehow managed to make piles of money, normally by victimizing other people, and the current group is using those funds in an attempt to “play” their “game.”

But this isn’t sane!

That’s right, it isn’t. People need each other. If we decide to kill off everybody, then we, too, will die. So the cabal is on a loosing course. They almost realize this, yet they have convinced themselves, in their madness, that they will experience some sort of salvation if they are successful. The usual promise is “eternal life.” But the spirit is already immortal! …False promise!

“The world is filled with many problems,
sometimes I wonder if I should solve them,
but then life would start to come to order
and then all questions would have an answer.”

Poem fragment – Yuuki Minami

Life is “no fun” without problems. But most of us pick saner problems than how to destroy the earth and somehow survive it. For example, all of the forces of nature regularly and continuously present challenges to our survival. To fight back against those forces is a relatively sane game. And on a more personal level, most of us are happy with problems of the “how to build a better mousetrap” variety, or work tirelessly to provide us with buildings, roads and bridges, vehicles of all sorts, and so on. These are all problems having to do with the need to protect our bodies from undue harm, but in the context of a meat body society, they are relatively sane games.

“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.”
Attributed to Pablo Picasso.

And so, the saner majority comes into conflict with the less sane minority who we rightly call “criminal” because they have chosen to work against the success of their own kind. This conflict is addressed by a subject called “ethics.”

Ethics

If you are not familiar with this subject, you can go to the
Volunteer Ministers website and take a free short course on it and related subjects.

Ethics has two main components:

1. The technology of Conditions and their formulas. This technology can be learned and applied by individuals and groups pursuing sane games to help them protect their games and their sanity.

2. The technology of detecting and handling Suppressive Persons (which is our term for the criminally insane). This includes an investigations component and a justice component. This roughly corresponds to what most of us think of as a legal system.

If you are not aware of these technologies, I don’t blame you, but you need to handle that. There is no longer any excuse for it. These materials have been available since the 1960s!

This is the take-away message (I think) from a study of these materials: If it weren’t for criminals, Libertarianism would work. In other words, honest people are good at figuring out how to survive. And even if they lose their bodies, they will return to continue the game. Dishonest people, and those who cooperate with them in hopes of making a “quick buck” do not deserve equal treatment in a sane society and are, in fact, the basic reason why societies fail. In addition, their rehabilitation will be difficult and costly; they will not be able to “return to the light” (to turn a popular phrase) without help from others. And if they go too far overboard in their insanity, who will be willing to help them?

Getting in Ethics

“Solving the problem should not be more complicated than the original problem itself.” From a blog article about web development.

Thus, the principal challenge to a society that finds itself slipping down the sustainability scale towards oblivion is to GET IN ETHICS.

Getting in ethics involves, in its simplicity:

  1. Identifying the exact suppressive people causing the situation through proper use of investigation technology.
  2. Exposing those people.
  3. And if that alone doesn’t work, applying Justice actions to those people.

The most severe Justice action allowed in Scientology is expulsion from the group. I do not recommend using murder to accomplish this. This is an SP trick that has been used many times against honest people.

Because Suppressive Persons have long since infiltrated our legal systems, most current justice systems are pretty screwed up. Throwing people in jail is stupid enough. But not finding the real SP is even more stupid. And of course, the SPs have the system rigged now so that this is not even usually talked about in a court of law. That has to change if we really want this planet to survive.

Mass Arrests

“In the meantime, we stumble forward and backward, patching things together as best we can.” From an essay about attempts to end poverty by Laura Crossett.

One current popular suggestion for terminating the influence of Suppressive Persons on earth is to arrest them all en masse with the help of the military.

Though this is a tempting idea, experience has shown that good effects can be obtained with much less effort than this.

One “rule” of Ethics is to never extend a heavy-ethics approach longer than it takes for the scene to visibly start to revert (change for the better for real).

Thus, one normally starts with the objective of putting just one “head on a pike.” This sends a message that we are serious, and is often enough to motivate a lot of rats to abandon ship. This can leave the remaining SPs relatively powerless to act. And that’s all you want.

Thus, I suggest that in our current campaign, we go after and expose just one prominent member of the criminal elite. His “friends” will never come to his aid, you can be sure of that. And it might be enough to get the ball rolling. Pick someone who we have VERY good evidence against. Pick a case that will be very instructive to the general public. Then just apply the ethics gradients to that person until we begin to see some results. And if that bombs, try another person. One at a time should be enough. Keep them guessing who will be next!

An ancient goal

An ancient goal of most honest governments has been to wipe out criminality in their areas of control.

But they did not have the technology of how to do this, until recently.

Now we wonder if we have any honest governments left! Well, I think we do. And a good way to prove you’re part of an honest government that works for honest citizens would be to take this ethics technology and run with it. Get a product! Be effective, and it will encourage others to try.

More than anything right now, we need some wins. They don’t have to be huge wins. They just have to be enough to keep spirits up.

About all I can do to contribute is to recommend this approach to the situation at hand and point out where to find the information.

I don’t work in government and probably never will, but if you do you owe it to yourself, your family, your friends, and to the people you serve to act to restore ethics in your area. If enough people do this, we can shake off these “blues” and maybe make something out of this planet.

Adventures In Wonderland

5 June 2012

“A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, HERE, you see, it takes all the running YOU can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” – Through the Looking Glass

An Unfinished Project

My laptop was languishing. I had purchased it to use at work, but it never arrived at my temporary cubicle in one of the IT buildings at Boeing Bellevue…

I had been surprised to be offered the job. It happened, it seems, out of friendship – and desperation. My friend the IT pro could not use her regular employees for this project, because you had to be a US citizen and most of her people were Ukrainian. She had a slot to fill and offered it to me.

I arrived at the coordinating meetings with my netbook, which seemed adequate at the time. But everyone else had laptops. Then we got to the work site and the heavy lifting started. Huge spreadsheets. Directories containing hundreds of files. The netbook wasn’t keeping up. My father finally asked me what I wanted for Christmas. “A laptop for work!” I volunteered. He was going to send me a check.

But I needed a better computer NOW and the check was in the mail. I pulled what I thought I could afford out of my account and went down to Fry’s in Renton to see what I could find. I ended up with an eMachines netbox. It had more RAM than my netbook, a faster processor, and Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit version. I didn’t need a screen; they came with the cubicles. So I bought it and a USB optical drive at Staples so I could load MS Office onto it, and took it to work that Monday all ready to go.

IIS

It took a day for me to figure out that I couldn’t be connected to WiFi and the local LAN at the same time. Then it was time to set up my little machine to manage all this data with a little help from PHP and SQL Server.

Since we were trying to sell Boeing on the idea of switching from Oracle to SQL Server, I thought it would be good PR to use SQL Server (the Express version) as my database.

But first I had to load PHP, and for that I needed a web server. Why not try IIS?

That’s Microsoft’s Internet Information Services. It’s not really a “web server” like Apache. It’s a modularized set of services that can be configured to serve just about anything over the internet. But at that point, I was only dimly aware of this. Articles on the web said I could serve PHP pages using IIS, so I decided to try it.

C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

“Curioser and curioser!” – Alice

I found all the articles I needed to activate IIS on the computer and get it working. But it didn’t work. As I recall, I decided to switch to Apache (httpd). But it still wouldn’t work. It took me about a day to find a comment at the bottom of one of the “how to” articles mentioning the “hosts” file problem.

This is a file that has been used for years to map URLs to IP addresses in cases where the page is not called through a Domain Name System (DNS) server. In personal computers, this file is most commonly used to map the domain “localhost” to the IP address 127.0.0.1 (version 4).

In Windows 7 Home, however, the “hosts” file doesn’t do this. That entry in the file is purposely commented out. Only the “::1 localhost” entry remains. This is it’s IP version 6 address.

So apps that don’t understand IP version 6 can’t find the “localhost” unless this file is modified to provide the IP version 4 address.

When it was time for me to do to my laptop (same operating system) what I had previously done to my netbox, I was ready! But I had to find the data on the “hosts” file all over again, as I couldn’t locate it in my library. It turns out there is even a Wikipedia entry about this file. It is a very famous file in the world of IT!

Permissions

“Talking of axes,” said the Duchess, “chop off her head.”

Yet, when I went to edit my hosts file, I ran into the other problem that I had somewhat forgotten about: “You don’t have permission to edit this file.” Though I have administrator privileges on my machine, this is the default behavior in Windows 7 to discourage tampering with the operating system.

I was able to edit the permissions on the file to grant myself write permission. This is not the only way to do this; just the first way I thought of. In Windows, there are always usually at least 2, if not 3 or more, ways to do almost anything.

No input file specified

I run the usual test to see if the server can run PHP files properly:

  1. Create a file named “index.php” that contains the string <?php phpinfo(); ?>
  2. Put the file in your “document root.”
  3. Open a browser, and navigate to the file using “localhost” as your domain.
  4. If you get the PHP information page, all’s well.

I got a white screen with a little message in the upper left corner (because I had PHP error reporting turned on – okay in a development environment) that said, “No input file specified.”

Odd.

It took me another day – maybe longer – to get my browser to respond correctly to the contents of “index.php.”

IIS has a “document root” located at C:\Inetpub\wwwroot. And that’s where I put my file. But that’s not the actual place where I wanted my web applications to be; I wanted them on drive D. So in the PHP configuration file I had told it that my “document_root” was there.

When a browser asks for a PHP file (on localhost) from IIS, IIS will look at the path that PHP expects to find PHP files in. When I moved the file to D: PHP could find it.

It turns out that it is common for a server to look for files in other places in the file system besides its own document root. You just have to tell it to and it will.

Later

I was tired of “running twice as fast just to get somewhere.” So I turned to some projects on my desktop, which has been serving me PHP (and HTML) pages from my drive E: (via Apache) for several years now. What a relief!

However, the battle to turn my laptop into a hot production tool is far from over! There will be at least one sequel to this post!

Sequel: Short version

The laptop is running better now. I learned how to add “virtual directories” in the default directory of IIS. These virtual directories are then mapped to corresponding real directories in the file system. This is the IIS way of enabling you to serve web pages from more than one directory. More complicated than Apache, but also theoretically much more secure.