Monday, June 30, 2014

No kidding!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

South America's surprising art | Art and design | The Guardian

American Pathology!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

War is helpful in one regard, it's helps to keep over population down.

American Pathology!

“I do the obvious,” he told me. “And then society slowly catches up.”

Money is God, what would you expect?

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from THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd
pp.107 (great definition of Myth):
"'Really it's good for us to hear them over and over again!' she said.  'Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die we can't remember who we are, or why we're here!'"
Myths are stories we live by! (Thank you R.W.Funk and D.J. Carter!)
Somehow, however, the good stories have been lost, this domain overtaken by evil does.  It's all about $ to them!  They've turned God into money (stories)!
Thus, humanity has lost it's way!   The bad stories have been outweighing the good stories!  What to do?  Tell more good stories!  What are they?
That you can trust your neighbor!
That money isn't God!
That the real evil lies inside of us all.  
That we should stop projecting evil outside ourselves ('Hey, I'm alway right, and you're always wrong!  If only you'd listen to me!')
That creative government is more than waging war and collecting taxes!
That money isn't God,
To name a few… You come up with your own…?

H. 

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Do you know about honey bees?  
The fertile Queen is attended to by a group of sterile females (female enuchs).  The worker bees are sterile females.  
The only time males created when the Queen needs eggs fertilized.
from 'The Secret Life of Bees' by Sue Monk Kidd
Seems us males only needed for the seed!  Otherwise we only cause trouble, counterproductive to life in the hive.  
Humans think we're so smart, but less than honey bees!
And we're killing them!
And we're killing ourselves in the process!  That's how smart we are!

H.

Friday, June 27, 2014

It ain't guns, but us! Nobody, however, has the courage to admit that the U.S./western culture is very sick, ill. We treat the symptoms (guns), while failing to cure the illness, us! And so it continues to get worse. We're like an alcoholic in denial!

This is an element of America Pathology!

'Do Not Go Gently Into That Goodnight!'

This is good! An example how the energy is shifting South!

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A 'mourning' dove just 'said a prayer:  NATURE KNOWS NO TIME, JUST LIKE A BALANCED DIME!   This over our ailing Lime Tree.  It was infested with a white sticky stuff killing the leaves (ultimately the tree).  So, we're in the process of trying to save it, by not only spraying the leaves (with stevia), but urinating on the ground around it (nitrogen).  Plus, talking to it -- important!

H. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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from FALL ON YOUR KNEES by Ann-Marie MacDonald
pp503:
"Hope is a gift!  You can't choose to have it.  To believe and yet to have no hope is to thirst beside a running fountain!'
(Note:  An old saying, 'There is infinite hope, but not for us!'
pp.504:
"Which are the sins against hope?  The sins against hope (faith) are presumption (expectation) and despair (lostness).  Despair is the loss of hope in God's mercy!
(Note:  This, the latter, only in Duality and/or objective reality.)

H. 

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Chant:
This is going to be a wonderful, peaceful, and inspiring day!

H.

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'I' have a magic pen
It rights and rights, and rights!
I have a magic la pluma,
It rights and rights, and rights!
I have a magic Kugelschreiber
It rights and rights and rights!
I have a magic
It rights and rights and rights!
I have a magic писатель
It rights and rights and rights!
I have a magic stylo,
It rights and rights and rights!

H. 

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What if?
What if there were no walls, fences, things to keep us out?
What if you could see right into my soul?
What if there was no concertina wire, broken glass or electric fences?
What if they could walk right in and shake your hand, fed dinner?
What if we didn't lock our doors or bicycles?
What if no one felt the need to rob another,
What if?
What if you could just walk onto an airplane, no security?
What if we could be trusted, trusting others?
What ever happened to trust, by the way?
Money become God!
What if…?

H.

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Just think of how many 'ergs' of energy we put out everyday to sustain our lives…
Let's add them up somehow, individually and collectively.  Then maybe we might list all the things we do; tasks, physically, mentally, and emotionally!  Let's see if we're getting our 'ergsworth!' 
We're killing ourselves, humanity that is, we've lost our way estranged from our Mother ('Panchamama' they call her hear in Boldivia).  Humanity has gone neurotically materialistic, 'rogots' all!
The Chinese Government/Communistic Party will fail!  Why?  Mao ordered them to 'subdue nature!'  His grandest mistake, as they took him for his characters and are still doing it, from Three Gorges Dam, to leveling mountains for cities.  It will be their unnnnnnnndoooooooing!  Mother Earth and Father Sky rule!  'Nature bats last!'  
Here in Boldivia, they've diverted the water from its natural flow.  This is going to come bounding back on them/us (as I live hear) someday. 
We're stupid, or unconscious, not knowing that we don't know, living for flat screen TVs.   The White man in particular!   The Natives know better!  If any Homo-whatever survives, it will be the Natives, as they never disconnected!
Just think of how many ergs the White Man spends abusing his Mother?  Thank God the Natives give the opposite, balancing things out!  So, we haven't flipped out of orbit yet, yet headed in that direction.  We're a herd of freaked-out buffalos, stampeding and over a cliff!  
It's hard for us to understand the elation at scoring a goal in the World Cup (challenging to avoid in South America).  I've never seen such a demonstration of familial love as a winning team!  We now equate 'family' with winning!  We now equate 'family' with money!  Winning ($) is God in Modern Life!  Losing is Death!
We wonder what the total amount of ergs is produced by nearly 8 billion of us, everyday?  Anybody know?

H. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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When 'I' have meat to feed the wild dogs of Av. Los Robles, no dogs at my gate.  When the dogs are at my gate, 'I' have no meat to give them.  What is this?

H. 

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A tiny spider
Flying a tether,
What does it want,
To weave a web,
To catch a bug,
To eat,
To survive,
So there will be other spiders,
Less bugs,
Nature's balance!
Humanity has upset
The 'Apple Cart,'
Blowing everywhere a fart,
All about destruction!
The next 'robots' hopefully more
Consciousness,
Conocimiento,
Bevouszine!

H. 

"To paraphrase Abe Lincoln, you cannot screw all of the people all of the time."

The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy

The man who trained more than 66 countries in open source methods calls for re-invention of intelligence to re-engineer Earth
A businessman tries to break through a line of Occupy Wall Street protesters who had blocked access to the New York Stock Exchange area in November 2011.
A businessman tries to break through a line of Occupy Wall Street protesters who had blocked access to the New York Stock Exchange area in November 2011. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images
Robert David Steele, former Marine, CIA case officer, and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity, is a man on a mission. But it's a mission that frightens the US intelligence establishment to its core.
With 18 years experience working across the US intelligence community, followed by 20 more years in commercial intelligence and training, Steele's exemplary career has spanned almost all areas of both the clandestine world.
Steele started off as a Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer. After four years on active duty, he joined the CIA for about a decade before co-founding the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, where he was deputy director. Widely recognised as the leader of the Open SourceIntelligence (OSINT) paradigm, Steele went on to write the handbooks on OSINT for NATO, the US Defense Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Special Operations Forces. In passing, he personally trained 7,500 officers from over 66 countries.
In 1992, despite opposition from the CIA, he obtained Marine Corps permission to organise a landmark international conference on open source intelligence – the paradigm of deriving information to support policy decisions not through secret activities, but from open public sources available to all. The conference was such a success it brought in over 620 attendees from the intelligence world.
But the CIA wasn't happy, and ensured that Steele was prohibited from running a second conference. The clash prompted him to resign from his position as second-ranking civilian in Marine Corps intelligence, and pursue the open source paradigm elsewhere. He went on to found and head up the Open Source Solutions Network Inc. and later the non-profit Earth Intelligence Network which runs the Public Intelligence Blog.
Robert David SteeleFormer CIA spy and Open Source Intelligence pioneer, Robert David Steele speaking at the Inter-American Defense Board in 2013
I first came across Steele when I discovered his Amazon review of my third book, The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation and the Anatomy of Terrorism. A voracious reader, Steele is the number 1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction across 98 categories. He also reviewed my latest book, A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization, but told me I'd overlooked an important early work – 'A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility, Report of the UN High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change.'
Last month, Steele presented a startling paper at the Libtech conference in New York, sponsored by the Internet Society and Reclaim. Drawing on principles set out in his latest book, The Open-Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth and Trust, he told the audience that all the major preconditions for revolution – set out in his 1976 graduate thesis – were now present in the United States and Britain.
Steele's book is a must-read, a powerful yet still pragmatic roadmap to a new civilisational paradigm that simultaneously offers a trenchant, unrelenting critique of the prevailing global order. His interdisciplinary 'whole systems' approach dramatically connects up the increasing corruption, inefficiency and unaccountability of the intelligence system and its political and financial masters with escalating inequalities and environmental crises. But he also offers a comprehensive vision of hope that activist networks like Reclaim are implementing today.
"We are at the end of a five-thousand-year-plus historical process during which human society grew in scale while it abandoned the early indigenous wisdom councils and communal decision-making," he writes in The Open Source Everything Manifesto. "Power was centralised in the hands of increasingly specialised 'elites' and 'experts' who not only failed to achieve all they promised but used secrecy and the control of information to deceive the public into allowing them to retain power over community resources that they ultimately looted."
Today's capitalism, he argues, is inherently predatory and destructive:
"Over the course of the last centuries, the commons was fenced, and everything from agriculture to water was commoditised without regard to the true cost in non-renewable resources. Human beings, who had spent centuries evolving away from slavery, were re-commoditised by the Industrial Era."
Open source everything, in this context, offers us the chance to build on what we've learned through industrialisation, to learn from our mistakes, and catalyse the re-opening of the commons, in the process breaking the grip of defunct power structures and enabling the possibility of prosperity for all.
"Sharing, not secrecy, is the means by which we realise such a lofty destiny as well as create infinite wealth. The wealth of networks, the wealth of knowledge, revolutionary wealth - all can create a nonzero win-win Earth that works for one hundred percent of humanity. This is the 'utopia' that Buckminster Fuller foresaw, now within our reach."
The goal, he concludes, is to reject:

"... concentrated illicitly aggregated and largely phantom wealth in favor of community wealth defined by community knowledge, community sharing of information, and community definition of truth derived in transparency and authenticity, the latter being the ultimate arbiter of shared wealth."
Despite this unabashedly radical vision, Steele is hugely respected by senior military intelligence experts across the world. As a researcher at the US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute, he has authored several monographs advocating the need for open source methods to transform the craft of intelligence. He has lectured to the US State Department and Department of Homeland Security as well as National Security Councils in various countries, and his new book has received accolades from senior intelligence officials across multiple countries including France and Turkey.
Yet he remains an outspoken critic of US intelligence practices and what he sees as their integral role in aggravating rather than ameliorating the world's greatest threats and challenges.
This week, I had the good fortune of being able to touch base with Steele to dig deeper into his recent analysis of the future of US politics in the context of our accelerating environmental challenges. The first thing I asked him was where he sees things going over the next decade, given his holistic take.
"Properly educated people always appreciate holistic approaches to any challenge. This means that they understand both cause and effect, and intertwined complexities," he said. "A major part of our problem in the public policy arena is the decline in intelligence with integrity among key politicians and staff at the same time that think tanks and universities and non-governmental organisations have also suffered a similar intellectual diminishment.
"My early graduate education was in the 1970's when Limits to Growth and World Federalism were the rage. Both sought to achieve an over-view of systemic challenges, but both also suffered from the myth of top-down hubris. What was clear in the 1970s, that has been obscured by political and financial treason in the past half-century, is that everything is connected – what we do in the way of paving over wetlands, or in poisoning ground water 'inadvertently' because of our reliance on pesticides and fertilisers that are not subject to the integrity of the 'Precautionary Principle,' ultimately leads to climate catastrophes that are acts of man, not acts of god."
He points me to his tremendous collection of reviews of books on climate change, disease, environmental degradation, peak oil, and water scarcity. "I see five major overlapping threats on the immediate horizon," he continues. "They are all related: the collapse of complex societies, the acceleration of the Earth's demise with changes that used to take 10,000 years now taking three or less, predatory or shock capitalism and financial crime out of the City of London and Wall Street, and political corruption at scale, to include the west supporting 42 of 44 dictators. We are close to multiple mass catastrophes."
What about the claim that the US is on the brink of revolution? "Revolution is overthrow – the complete reversal of the status quo ante. We are at the end of centuries of what Lionel Tiger calls 'The Manufacture of Evil,' in which merchant banks led by the City of London have conspired with captive governments to concentrate wealth and commoditise everything including humans. What revolution means in practical terms is that balance has been lost and the status quo ante is unsustainable. There are two 'stops' on greed to the nth degree: the first is the carrying capacity of Earth, and the second is human sensibility. We are now at a point where both stops are activating."
Robert Steele - preconditions for revolutionFormer CIA officer's matrix on the preconditions for revolution
It's not just the US, he adds. "The preconditions of revolution exist in the UK, and most western countries. The number of active pre-conditions is quite stunning, from elite isolation to concentrated wealth to inadequate socialisation and education, to concentrated land holdings to loss of authority to repression of new technologies especially in relation toenergy, to the atrophy of the public sector and spread of corruption, to media dishonesty, to mass unemployment of young men and on and on and on."
So why isn't it happening yet?
"Preconditions are not the same as precipitants. We are waiting for our Tunisian fruit seller. The public will endure great repression, especially when most media outlets and schools are actively aiding the repressive meme of 'you are helpless, this is the order of things.' When we have a scandal so powerful that it cannot be ignored by the average Briton or American, we will have a revolution that overturns the corrupt political systems in both countries, and perhaps puts many banks out of business. Vaclav Havel calls this 'The Power of the Powerless.' One spark, one massive fire."
But we need more than revolution, in the sense of overthrow, to effect change, surely. How does your manifesto for 'open source everything' fit into this? "The west has pursued an industrialisation path that allows for the privatisation of wealth from the commons, along with the criminalisation of commons rights of the public, as well as the externalisation of all true costs. Never mind that fracking produces earthquakes and poisons aquifers – corrupt politicians at local, state or province, and national levels are all too happy to take money for looking the other way. Our entire commercial, diplomatic, and informational systems are now cancerous. When trade treaties have secret sections – or are entirely secret – one can be certain the public is being screwed and the secrecy is an attempt to avoid accountability. Secrecy enables corruption. So also does an inattentive public enable corruption."
Is this a crisis of capitalism, then? Does capitalism need to end for us to resolve these problems? And if so, how? "Predatory capitalism is based on the privatisation of profit and the externalisation of cost. It is an extension of the fencing of the commons, of enclosures, along with the criminalisation of prior common customs and rights. What we need is a system that fully accounts for all costs. Whether we call that capitalism or not is irrelevant to me. But doing so would fundamentally transform the dynamic of present day capitalism, by making capital open source. For example, and as calculated by my colleague JZ Liszkiewicz, a white cotton T-shirt contains roughly 570 gallons of water, 11 to 29 gallons of fuel, and a number of toxins and emissions including pesticides, diesel exhaust, and heavy metals and other volatile compounds – it also generally includes child labor. Accounting for those costs and their real social, human and environmental impacts has totally different implications for how we should organise production and consumption than current predatory capitalism."
So what exactly do you mean by open source everything? "We have over 5 billion human brains that are the one infinite resource available to us going forward. Crowd-sourcing and cognitive surplus are two terms of art for the changing power dynamic between those at the top that are ignorant and corrupt, and those across the bottom that are attentive and ethical. The open source ecology is made up of a wide range of opens – open farm technology, open source software, open hardware, open networks, open money, open small business technology, open patents – to name just a few. The key point is that they must all develop together, otherwise the existing system will isolate them into ineffectiveness. Open data is largely worthless unless you have open hardware and open software. Open government demands open cloud and open spectrum, or money will dominate feeds and speeds."
Robert SteeleRobert Steele's vision for open source systems
On 1st May, Steele sent an open letter to US vice president Joe Bidenrequesting him to consider establishing an Open Source Agency that would transform the operation of the intelligence community, dramatically reduce costs, increasing oversight and accountability, while increasing access to the best possible information to support holistic policy-making. To date, he has received no response.
I'm not particularly surprised. Open source everything pretty much undermines everything the national security state stands for. Why bother even asking vice president Biden to consider it? "The national security state is rooted in secrecy as a means of avoiding accountability. My first book, On Intelligence: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World – which by the way had a foreword from Senator David Boren, the immediate past chairman of the Senate Select Committee for Intelligence - made it quite clear that the national security state is an expensive, ineffective monstrosity that is simply not fit for purpose. In that sense, the national security state is it's own worst enemy – it's bound to fail."
Given his standing as an intelligence expert, Steele's criticisms of US intelligence excesses are beyond scathing – they are damning. "Most of what is produced through secret methods is not actually intelligence at all. It is simply secret information that is, most of the time, rather generic and therefore not actually very useful for making critical decisions at a government level. The National Security Agency (NSA) has not prevented any terrorist incidents. CIA cannot even get the population of Syria correct and provides no intelligence - decision-support - to most cabinet secretaries, assistant secretaries, and department heads. Indeed General Tony Zinni, when he was commander in chief of the US Central Command as it was at war, is on record as saying that he received, 'at best,' a meagre 4% of what he needed to know from secret sources and methods."
So does open source mean you are calling for abolition of intelligence agencies as we know them, I ask. "I'm a former spy and I believe we still need spies and secrecy, but we need to redirect the vast majority of the funds now spent on secrecy toward savings and narrowly focused endeavors at home. For instance, utterly ruthless counterintelligence against corruption, or horrendous evils like paedophilia.
"Believe it or not, 95% of what we need for ethical evidence-based decision support cannot be obtained through the secret methods of standard intelligence practices. But it can be obtained quite openly and cheaply from academics, civil society, commerce, governments, law enforcement organisations, the media, all militaries, and non-governmental organisations. An Open Source Agency, as I've proposed it, would not just meet 95% of our intelligence requirements, it would do the same at all levels of government and carry over by enriching education, commerce, and research – it would create what I called in 1995 a 'Smart Nation.'
"The whole point of Open Source Everything is to restore public agency. Open Source is the only form of information and information technology that is affordable to the majority, interoperable across all boundaries, and rapidly scalable from local to global without the curse of overhead that proprietary corporations impose."
Robert Steele's graphic on open source systems thinkingRobert Steele's graphic on open source systems thinking
It's clear to me that when Steele talks about intelligence as 'decision-support,' he really does intend that we grasp "all information in all languages all the time" – that we do multidisciplinary research spanning centuries into the past as well as into the future. His most intriguing premise is that the 1% are simply not as powerful as they, and we, assume them to be. "The collective buying power of the five billion poor is four times that of the one billion rich according to the late Harvard business thinker Prof C. K. Prahalad – open source everything is about the five billion poor coming together to reclaim their collective wealth and mobilise it to transform their lives. There is zero chance of the revolution being put down. Public agency is emergent, and the ability of the public to literally put any bank or corporation out of business overnight is looming. To paraphrase Abe Lincoln, you cannot screw all of the people all of the time. We're there. All we lack is a major precipitant – our Tunisian fruit seller. When it happens the revolution will be deep and lasting."
The Arab spring analogy has its negatives. So far, there really isn't much to root for. I want to know what's to stop this revolution from turning into a violent, destructive mess. Steele is characteristically optimistic. "I have struggled with this question. What I see happening is an end to national dictat and the emergence of bottom-up clarity, diversity, integrity, and sustainability. Individual towns across the USA are now nullifying federal and state regulations - for example gag laws on animal cruelty, blanket permissions for fracking. Those such as my colleague Parag Khanna that speak to a new era of city-states are correct in my view. Top down power has failed in a most spectacular manner, and bottom-up consensus power is emergent. 'Not in my neighborhood' is beginning to trump 'Because I say so.' The one unlimited resource we have on the planet is the human brain – the current strategy of 1% capitalism is failing because it is killing the Golden Goose at multiple levels. Unfortunately, the gap between those with money and power and those who actually know what they are talking about has grown catastrophic. The rich are surrounded by sycophants and pretenders whose continued employment demands that they not question the premises. As Larry Summers lectured Elizabeth Warren, 'insiders do not criticise insiders.'"
But how can activists actually start moving toward the open source vision now? "For starters, there are eight 'tribes' that among them can bring together all relevant information: academia, civil society including labor unions and religions, commerce especially small business, government especially local, law enforcement, media, military, and non-government/non-profit. At every level from local to global, across every mission area, we need to create stewardship councils integrating personalities and information from all eight tribes. We don't need to wait around for someone else to get started. All of us who recognise the vitality of this possibility can begin creating these new grassroots structures from the bottom-up, right now."
So how does open source everything have the potential to 're-engineer the Earth'? For me, this is the most important question, and Steele's answer is inspiring. "Open Source Everything overturns top-down 'because I say so at the point of a gun' power. Open Source Everything makes truth rather than violence the currency of power. Open Source Everything demands that true cost economics and the indigenous concept of 'seventh generation thinking' – how will this affect society 200 years ahead – become central. Most of our problems today can be traced to the ascendance of unilateral militarism, virtual colonialism, and predatory capitalism, all based on force and lies and encroachment on the commons. The national security state works for the City of London and Wall Street – both are about to be toppled by a combination of Eastern alternative banking and alternative international development capabilities, and individuals who recognise that they have the power to pull their money out of the banks and not buy the consumer goods that subsidise corruption and the concentration of wealth. The opportunity to take back the commons for the benefit of humanity as a whole is open – here and now."
For Steele, the open source revolution is inevitable, simply because the demise of the system presided over by the 1% cannot be stopped – and because the alternatives to reclaiming the commons are too dismal to contemplate. We have no choice but to step up.
"My motto, a play on the CIA motto that is disgraced every day, is 'the truth at any cost lowers all other costs'", he tells me. "Others wiser than I have pointed out that nature bats last. We are at the end of an era in which lies can be used to steal from the public and the commons. We are at the beginning of an era in which truth in public service can restore us all to a state of grace."
Dr. Nafeez Ahmed is an international security journalist and academic. He is the author of A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It, and the forthcoming science fiction thriller, ZERO POINT. ZERO POINT is set in a near future following a Fourth Iraq War. Follow Ahmed on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

9 Stunning Panoramas of Starry Skies, Captured With a Homemade Camera Rig | Design | WIRED

Designing out crime in Scandinavia: ‘Cities cannot be completely safe and completely exciting at the same time’ | Cities | theguardian.com

The Spanish systematically killed something like 8 million indians they forced to work in Cerro Rico/Potosi.

Green Peace people...

We can finally give the world's poorest children the education they deserve | Malala Yousafzai | Comment is free | theguardian.com

We just love to kill people, fooey on the cost!

Secret memo making case to kill a US citizen released | MSNBC

American Pathology!

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The majority of the Human Race, programmed robots -- one has only to view the Philistines at World Cup games!  
What are all those books about authored by H.G. Wells?  He once wrote, "Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race."  So, let us break our bonds of slavery and do something DIFFERENT!  STOP BEING SO ROTE, EVERYDAY THE SAME!
RIDE A BICYCLE!
We (our groupa) a bunch of JOHNNY-APPLE-SEED CYCLISTS:  'Planting good thoughts!'

H. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

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We just experienced the winter-summer Solstice, the shortest-longest day of the year, depending upon your hemisphere, North or South.
This should be celebrated as a reversal, from shorter to longer, and vice versa.
Life is all cycles in Duality.  No winter, no summer!
Everything's in the process of reversing, always…
And thus:
(add your own reversals…)

H. 

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There is value in suffering!  I have written, and so it happens! But, what's the lesson?  Never to do again, yet 'it' returns over and over!  
Is this 'us' or 'it' torturing us?  Is 'it', what doesn't kill us makes us stronger?
How would we know pleasure without pain (in Duality)?
Life is 'strutting and fretting our hour upon the stage!'  And so we do.  It is the weak who 'check out' before their time.
Stay until you 'drink from that silver cup, you never know until you try!'
H. 

P.S.  Today, feeling like 'donkey do-do,' I cranked up Av. Los Robles, uno vez mas.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Oh woe be unto those who did this!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Garbage Everywhere - The Atlantic

Friday, June 20, 2014

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I'm reading in the morning sun, reading FALL ON YOUR KNEES by Ann-Marie MacDonald, when Mario, the Columbian cyclist walks up and presents me with a gift, something he's made.  It is a series of interlocking wire circles strung with beads that can be manipulated into different configurations.  He calls it a mandala, and I immediately understand -- a metaphor symbolizing cycles that change as we (egos) attempt to shape our lives!  I take a foto. of it, herewith...
I'm touched, as my male ego melts into gratitude. This young man, there's more to him than just cycling around South America.
Later I invite him into my temple to share in Tantric Taoism. 
I'm (we're blessed)!
You have only to get control of your egos to be blessed as well!
H.

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My body has gotten me through this life, amazing!  I've abused and neglected it, yet it keeps on ticking like a Timex watch!  This must be what they mean by 'good genes!'  Strong genes!
Good genes means enduring Qi (Chil), 'The Guan Yin' that keeps bodies going!
My greatest enjoyment in life at 74, besides riding 'Senor Fetes,' is watching the birds eat on my patio grass.  I think I've identified six different species.
Nature more interesting to me than futbol!

H. 

American Pathology!

This is where organized religion has gotten us in 2014!

Bitcoin auction going ahead despite US Marshals gaffe | PCWorld

We love war!

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Capitalism is about selling and taking.  What we need in 2014 is more giving away, giving in, and giving unconditionally!  This is unconditional love!
We've had some form of organized religion for thousands of years!  Where has it gotten us?  More war!  But, this does help to keep over population down (more violence, more destruction)!
Irony!

H.

Jan,

I understand, via an NPR program, that there's a 'merry little war' going on in Colorado Springs?  Seems the ultra right Christians are walking around 'preying' on the Devil? 
This is a great example of projecting evil onto the other (away from us).  This is also an example of 'not knowing that you don't know! (conocimiento). 
I'd love to produce a video about this entitled, JESUS IS MY ATOMIC BOMB!
Note, much military in and around C.S.
How can you continue to live there?
H. 



Thursday, June 19, 2014

Another Viet Nam! The M-I rules!

Why I love … cycling | Life and style | theguardian.com

China jails anti-corruption activists after high-profile trial | Reuters

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Something good for a change....

These are 'the owners' minions, jerking us off!

American Pathology! And yet another example! Almost daily now.

Oh woe be unto G.M. for this!

It only makes the M-I $ richer! Only the unconscious join the military.

We love to kill people!

The Global Contest For the Future of Government | Foreign Affairs

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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I long to sleep on the ground again, with only the sound of birds and the wind.  I long to retire from modern 'death,' as I know it to be:
Where money is God, the people robotic consumers, understanding little else!
TV is the opiate of the masses, slaves to, never really living but a material existence!
Sleep on the ground, notice the stars!
CLIMB HIGH!
RIDE FAR!
YOUR GOAL THE SKY!
YOUR AIM THE STARS!

H.

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What is this desire to create more children, the demise of humanity?  The unconscious (not knowing that you don't know) think this makes them immortal!
In the beginning, a million or so years ago, begetting children was important.  Now, it's not!  If fact, there are too many of us chasing dwindling resources (more wars). 
Now (2014), more is less, and 99.9% don't get it! 
And so, we will go the way of Dino and Do-do bird.  An ending; a beginning!
H. 

P.S.  Open thy brains dear people, or it's 'curtains' for us!  We're more unconscious than animals! 

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'I'm' a maker of fire, heating things up
Whether this be of wood or word,
All of same,
A game
Whomever wins!
'I' stir the pot, 
Lest the scum rise to the top,
And then a flop,
In thine eyes!
Some just exist never 'noing'…
But, this 'knot' me,
A maker of fire!

H. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

They're coming!

Could Bitcoin Miner GHash.io Control the Entire Bitcoin System? - Businessweek

The Chinese 'Cultural Devolution,' was an act of self-destruction. But, no destruction, no creation!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

It's not the guns, but us people that are the problem! We are a very sick Nation, and I have named such, AMERICAN PATHOLOGY!

American Pathology!

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Being 'cool,' which most young people try to be, must come naturally, not wearing Nike shoes!  You become a 'work of art,' not buying it, but creating it as an artist or a poet creates. This happens if you're 'tuned in!'  And 99.9 percent of the world isn't, except to a football game.  It has to do with being aware, or consciousness.   
And thus the problem… Humanity 'sold out' for money, it bringing out the worst in us, not the best.  Very uncool!
We, instead of taking responsibility for our actions, project evil onto others, nee war.  We don't 'no' that we don't 'no!'  'I'm right and you're wrong!' 
Yet, suffering has value.  No suffering, no pleasure.
What to do?  (in Spanish:  ¿Qué hacer?) Keep going until 'you drink from that silver cup, you never 'no' until you try!' (This lyric line from a 60's song.  Anyone 'no?')
H. 
P.S.  Here's the song:
Lonely People
'America'
This is for all the lonely people
Thinking that life has passed them by
Don't give up until you drink from the silver cup
And ride that highway in the sky!
This is for all the single people
Thinking that love has left them dry
Don't give up until you drink from the silver cup
You never know until you try!
Well, Im on my way
Yes, Im back to stay
Well, Im on my way back home! 
This is for all the lonely people
Thinking that life has passed them by
Don't give up until you drink from the silver cup
And never take you down or never give you up

You never know until you try!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

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Dusk as still as death…
It is time to 'shed the body?'

H.

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From NIGHT OF MANY DREAMS by Gail Tsukiyama
pp. 117:
"'What am I supposed to do now?' Joan asked.  'You go on… The road has just begun for you!'
This, applies to everyone no matter what age, as a 'knew' road, and a 'knew' life begins every morning -- you never know what's going to happen!
My 'Pappy Jack' (surrogate father) had the same philosophy as a professional rodeo cowboy.  He'd had just about every bone in his body broken at one time or another in his 30-year career wrestling steers.  I asked him one day how he managed?  He said, 'You just heal up and go on…'  This 'Down Home' way of looking at life, simple yes, but sometimes profound. 
Just recently I had a bad bicycle accident, and Jack's words inspired me to 'Just heal up and go on!' (at age 74). Thanks, Jack! 
I had many transcendental things happen to me living in that Hell called Texas (go figure…). One, had to do with Jack Graves Favor (1911-1987). 
I was called to the hospital where, just moments before,' Jack's spirit had departed his body (some call this 'death').  He had 'Given up the ghost!'
Driving home, right in front of me straight out the windshield in the sky, a dark cloud passed in front of a near 'luna llene.'  I 'new' immediately what that meant!  Jack's spirit was being 'tested by St. Peter.'
A few days later I was out walking our dog, Rufus (B. von Kleinschmidt).  For these nightly walks I had several routes depending on the weather, time, and disposition.  That night I choose the shortest one through residential 'Donkey Flats' (Jack's name). About 2/3rds of the way through I stopped to tie one of my shoe's, Rufus' leash under the other shoe.  When I got up something confronted me in the sky; I blinked!  There was Jack's cattle brand in clouds:  JF (as one letter).  And again, I knew immediately what that meant.  That Jack had been redeemed.  He had 'branded the sky,' to let me know!  Thanks, Jack.
'You just heal up and go on!'
H. 

P.S.  You just heal up and go on for as long as you can.  When it comes time to 'shed the body,' you'll know!  'Die Gamely!'  Aaron Burr recommended.  Jack did!

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Because of Gail Tsukiyama's novel, NIGHT OF MANY DREAMS, 'I'm' reminded of what being in Hong Kong is like, the debilitating humidity!  There's not enough money in the world that would get me back there, been there, done that! 
The crowds on the sidewalks, pushing and shoving, the noise, the heat!  I suffered through Hong Kong three times, each time to renew my Chinese visa. Ah, the 'Visa Game,' I call it! 
The last time in Hong Kong I was with Irillin, and it turned out at least interesting.  The first thing that happened is that we got separated at the border. 
The situation Hong Kong versus Beijing 'muy complicado'… Beijing had lusted for, and finally gotten control of Hong Kong (from G.B.) in 1997.  But, on the other hand, they keep it as something sovereign.  Thus, and amazingly, Chinese citizens have to acquire a 'visa,' to cross the border into Hong Kong (which Beijing considers the P.R.C.).  Irllin, didn't know about the visa requirement and didn't have.  I went on without her, and she waited until a visa could be issued.  This took a couple of hours, as I remember.
In Hong Kong alone, I couldn't seem to locate the Hostel we'd book.  Little did I know I was looking at the situation un-Hong Kong like.  I was looking at street level for the name.  When, in fact, Hong Kong is so crowded-congested there are many named Hostels upstairs in one building.  I finally found the Hostel, but Irllin was still out there somewhere… Our cel. telephones didn't work in Hong Kong (have to always buy local #). 
We got lucky, however.  Somehow a middle-aged Hong Kong man discovered Irllin's plight and took her 'under his wing.'  He was able to get her where I was, and I don't remember how all this happened, but we were both glad to see each other.  Think about it… Finding someone in a City (area) of millions of people.  And in a City that doesn't always speak English. 
Of course, I was there to renew my Chinese visa (have to depart the China, and Hong Kong considered another 'country').  Actually, this is good for visa seekers, as you don't have to fly all the way to Japan, or the Philippines, etc.
I did (extend) my visa, but it turned out to be something wrong with it.  And after spending all that money, I ultimately had to get another visa out of Beijing.
Visas… A way for countries to make money.
Right now in Bolivia, waiting agin, for my visa to be renewed…
More money!
If I ever think about returning and living in the U.S., it's because I won't have to get and maintain a visa.
H. 
P.S.  I have a namesake in Hong Kong:  Hutchison-Whampoa, a huge multi-national company (shipping, trade, tele-communications, etc.), that I'm in no way involved with -- Thank God!)


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From NIGHT OF MANY DREAMS by Gail Tsukiyama
pp.109:
"Emma wanted to ask, 'What about (romantic) love?' but held her tongue.  Perhaps in the end all the love, sadness, grief, and anger are one and the same!"
For sure!
pp110:
"At least prostitutes and pimps are honest about what they do!  No like businessmen and bankers all wearing dark suits, and sly smiles!"

Oh, woe be unto all white men in suits and ties!'

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How delightful to observe the birds frolicking in my patio!
Autumn is like Spring in Cochabamba, everything reversed!   And it's strange no local notices this phenomenon.  The months are reversed, of course, but this is accepted as regular, normal, celebrating Christmas in heat rather than cold. 
Nobody notices much, as we've been turned into robotic consumers, running after the peso!  
We tread the mill everyday, calling it 'life,' but is it really?
Treading the mill,
No, to change by will,
And live, really live without the till!
We are gone before we ever got the 'bill!'
Oh dear, what to do?
Let sleeping dogs die!

H. 

American Pathology!

The U.S., a dangerous place!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Edward Snowden's NSA leaks 'an important service', says Al Gore | World news | The Guardian

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

American Pathology!

American Pathology!

China joins in world's largest naval exercises | World news | theguardian.com

American Pathology!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Bitcoins via banks...

American Pathology!

American Pathology!

One week in Bolivia - Family - Truro Daily News

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…A distant beacon, a
Warning light on a tower
Like a lighthouse
A connection,
Something from the past,
Staring out an automobile window
When 8-years old,
Solid gold!
Isn't life interesting…
It's twilight, December weather (June)...
Edgar and I, we had a good
'Cycling Sunday,'
Just the two of us to a 
National Park above Simon Patino's mansion (via Vinto).
The weather was perfecto, and once off the highway the road up, good (concreto).  The chicken sopa in the sun, a quick look at the Park, and then returno.  Up Av. Los Robles with a head wind, but feeling strong now 8-weeks from 
accidente!
Back en La Casa de Bicicleta at 5:15, a 7-hour day trip.
Now, the reflection in the teapot, somewhere in Europa, a green light out its window, maybe Sweden?
The green light gone with the whistle,
The sky fading blue,
What am I doing in Bolivia?  Partaking of South America!

H. 

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Floats!
Wood
Both
Burns,
And…
How can this be?
Wood floats when
The weight of the water it displaces is greater!
Wood burns when its water given to air.
Tree spirits abide to help us,
Yet, we cut them down to wipe our asses!
Oh, woe be unto us!
Flotsum we are!

H.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

American Pathology!