Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sorry I'm late guys.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Underwater Sculpture Gallery

Artist: Jason Taylor

underwater sculpture park created by artist Jason Taylor in Grenada. The sculptures were placed 2-8 meters underwater for scuba divers and snorkelers. The sculptures celebrate Caribbean culture and history.

website: http://www.underwatersculpture.com/


Synchronicity & The Law of Attraction

"The Secret teaches us that we create our lives, with every thought every minute of every day. Living The Secret offers tools and ideas to help you live The Secret and create the life of your dreams." - "As The Secret has swept the world and touched millions of lives, we have received so many stories of lives being transformed into joy." -The Secret

We shouldn't underestimate the power of synchronicity. "Synchronicity" is usually thought to be the opposite of "coincidence." Coincidental events seem to have no rhyme or reason. But, The Secret proposes that by consciously applying the Law of Attraction you can change every aspect of your life. Synchronizations seem to be perfectly orchestrated to arrive at exactly the time we need them, as if by divine order.
Perhaps you can remember a few events or experiences that where too "trippy" to write off as mere coincidence. For example, instances where you were thinking of a certain person and you ran into them. Or you were thinking about Pizza and someone at work ordered it. Or you were missing your parents while walking to school and upon arriving you were sent home, because bombs fell out of the sky and destroyed your educational institution.

Or you were hungry and wished for a some pheasant to eat, then all of a sudden a vulture landed at your side.

When things like this happen, it can make you wonder about the concepts of destiny and free will. Are events like these truly pre-destined? Orchestrated by an intelligent universe? Or are they purely accidental?
Obviously, there are no concrete answers to those questions.

I've also experienced uncanny synchronicity and I always remind myself to take my "Conformational Bias*" into account. Part of me believes that everything is an illusion and these synchronizations are hints to that. Another premise I entertain is that it's me aligning myself consciously or subconsciously through my senses including my very real sixth sense.
*Confirmation Bias

Several years ago my (then) girlfriend was pulling into a busy COSTCO parking-lot, and she immediately found a parking spot close to the entrance of the store. She giddily said "See! I Always get a good parking spot!" With a smile on her face.

That got me thinking though... "Really?", but I didn't say anything to her at the time.

In order for us to get a good parking spot every time "The Universe" (Which is the politically correct term for 'God' now) would have to take over the mind of another shopper in the store, and cause them to leave involuntarily because we needed a parking spot.

I then thought... How would this have happened? How would "The Universe" know that we were coming, and make a parking space for us?

Something like this would have to happened... The customer who just vacated the parking lot must have been caused to drop his or her keys, and while picking them up noticed the time. This caused them to rush to the checkout-line, where another handful of customers, who were incited to leave stood, because other people who were "conscious of the universe" needed Rock Star parking :-) . But, that would also mean their free will would  have to be momentarily suspended.

I doubt all of that happened for us as we approached the Costco parking lot. So, I think the "Law of Attraction" is more a synchronization of the self...

Elephants are one of my favorite animals. Though I'd love to see one I don't think one will suddenly appear at my gate. However if I keep thinking about an elephant I may consciously or subconsciously make my way to a place where the sight of one is more accessible. And the "Conformational Bias" in me might notice an elephant pendant, an elephant in a Zoo pamphlet etc.

The synchronous events in my life have become something I briefly acknowledge and often overlook. Because I know that their roots are nourished by me doing the "right" things. If i don't do the "right" things the right things won't happen.

I agree that our thoughts have some influence over how external forces do and do not affect us. More so in a society like ours, in which the vast majority of our days are lived in peace and we have the luxury to ponder such things.

But, as I illustrated at the beginning of this post. I know there are people who never thought of a bomb, or of a famine taking over their part of the world, yet it happened. Where is the Law of Attraction in those cases?

In closing I leave you with an excerpt of an eloquent mind.
"Whenever you're successful with something you're proud of your success. That means in some way you're taking the credit for your success isn't it? Whenever you fail... It must be Gods will. Or anything you cannot understand must be Gods will isn't it? "

“The apocalypse is not something which is coming. The apocalypse has arrived in major portions of the planet and it's only because we live within a bubble of incredible privilege and social insulation that we still have the luxury of anticipating the apocalypse. If you go to Bosnia or Somalia or Peru or much of the third-world then it appears that the apocalypse has already arrived.” -Terence Mckenna

The Secret: http://www.thesecret.tv/
Defense for Children International (DCI): http://www.dci-pal.org/english
Representative Press: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynWjYHP91gA>
World Hunger: Map

Monday, June 22, 2009

Serenade For Winds - 3rd Movement


I was just a kid when I heard this song, and to this day it is still my favorite song.

This version:
Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner
As performed by: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields http://www.asmf.org/

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (German pronunciation: [ˈvɔlfɡaŋ amaˈdeus ˈmoːtsart], full name Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. He composed over six hundred works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers.

Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood in Salzburg. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty; at seventeen he was engaged as a court musician in Salzburg, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position, always composing abundantly. Visiting Vienna in 1781 he was dismissed from his Salzburg position and chose to stay in the capital, where over the rest of his life he achieved fame but little financial security. The final years in Vienna yielded many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and the Requiem. The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized. He was survived by his wife Constanze and two sons.

Mozart always learned voraciously from others, and developed a brilliance and maturity of style that encompassed the light and graceful along with the dark and passionate—the whole informed by a vision of humanity "redeemed through art, forgiven, and reconciled with nature and the absolute".[2] His influence on all subsequent Western art music is profound. Beethoven wrote his own early compositions in the shadow of Mozart, of whom Joseph Haydn wrote that "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years".

Denialis® - Sleep Aid

(mediaclone) 1, 2, and 3 mg tablets.

Back in the day when the Bush administration started driving a tank towards the decline of the economy and over the Bill of Rights and The Constitution, before he handed the controls over to Obama who's driving it now... I made a little commercial for a drug I invented named Denialis®, the successor to Ingnorzital®.

Conventional Logic VS. Religious Logic

The Law Offices of Bagram, Milgram, & Nuremberg

The Nuremberg Defense is a legal defense that essentially states that the defendant was "only following orders" ("Befehl ist Befehl", literally "order is order") and is therefore not responsible for his crimes. The defense was most famously employed during the Nuremberg Trials, after which it is named.

Question: How capable are people of falling prey to do irrational things by the order of authority?
Answer: Very!

Audio commentary by Dan Carlin http://www.dancarlin.com/

The Milgram Experiment

The Milgram experiment was a series of social psychology experiments conducted by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram, which measured the willingness of study participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts that conflicted with their personal conscience. Milgram first described his research in 1963 in an article published in the Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, and later discussed his findings in greater depth in his 1974 book, Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View. The experiments began in July 1961, three months after the start of the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem. Milgram devised the experiments to answer this question: "Could it be that Eichmann and his million accomplices in the Holocaust were just following orders? Could we call them all accomplices?"
Milgram summarized the experiment in his 1974 article, "The Perils of Obedience", writing:

The legal and philosophic aspects of obedience are of enormous importance, but they say very little about how most people behave in concrete situations. I set up a simple experiment at Yale University to test how much pain an ordinary citizen would inflict on another person simply because he was ordered to by an experimental scientist. Stark authority was pitted against the subjects' [participants'] strongest moral imperatives against hurting others, and, with the subjects' [participants'] ears ringing with the screams of the victims, authority won more often than not. The extreme willingness of adults to go to almost any lengths on the command of an authority constitutes the chief finding of the study and the fact most urgently demanding explanation.

Ordinary people, simply doing their jobs, and without any particular hostility on their part, can become agents in a terrible destructive process. Moreover, even when the destructive effects of their work become patently clear, and they are asked to carry out actions incompatible with fundamental standards of morality, relatively few people have the resources needed to resist authority.

If at any time the subject indicated his desire to halt the experiment, he was given a succession of verbal prods by the experimenter, in this order:

1. Please continue.

2. The experiment requires that you continue.

3. It is absolutely essential that you continue.

4. You have no other choice, you must go on.

If the subject still wished to stop after all four successive verbal prods, the experiment was halted. Otherwise, it was halted after the subject had given the maximum 450-volt shock three times in succession.

In Milgram's first set of experiments, 65 percent (26 of 40) of experiment participants administered the experiment's final 450-volt shock, though many were very uncomfortable doing so; at some point, every participant paused and questioned the experiment, some said they would refund the money they were paid for participating in the experiment. Only one participant steadfastly refused to administer shocks before the 300-volt level.

Stanley Milgram: http://www.stanleymilgram.com/milgram.php
Government Should Make Bagram Documents Public, Says ACLU: http://www.aclu.org/safefree/detention/39442prs20090423.html
Nuremberg Trials: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg_Trials
Nuremberg Defense: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg_Defense

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Festival of Lights

A sensational installation of art light

The tradition of the Essener Lichtwochen (Light Weeks) started on December 3rd, 1950. It is a festival of lights via light art installations. Every year a different country is asked to put on the show and every day they are assigned a different theme to tackle.

Essener Lichtwochen website: http://www.lichtwochen.essen.de/html/e_historie.html

Essen, Germany: http://www.essen.de/english/Leben_E/PortalLeben_E.asp

Friday, June 19, 2009

"19" ● Paul Hardcastle


In early 1985, the release of the dance hit "19" brought Hardcastle acclaim and chart success. "19" was a straight-forward dance record, featuring stuttering samples of television narrator Peter Thomas speaking about Vietnam war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (Initially unhappy about having his voice used in this way, Thomas later relented and allowed the single to be released.) further: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Hardcastle

Rush Limbaugh

Foolish People

"I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark."
-Rush Limbaugh

I don't know if you know this or not, but when you're listening to his show and many others like his radio show, the calls are being screened. He likes to pick callers that will help him drive his point home and usually doesn't allow callers who disagree with him through. On the occasions that he does let a caller who opposes his perspective speak, he makes sure it's someone nice and dumb. So... Forget about it if you think that what you're listening to on his show reflects anything in reality. I do listen to parts of his radio show as well as other dogmatic propagandists radio hosts, from time to time. I call it "Checking in with stupid". One should never loose sight that The Rush Limbaugh show is made possible by stations that make Billions of dollars every year such as Cox Enterprises/Cox Radio: So his idiotic statements are well funded.

"Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?" -Rush Limbaugh

”This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation, and we’re going to ruin people’s lives over it, and we’re going to hamper our military effort, and then we are going to really hammer them because they had a good time. You know, these people are being fired at every day. I’m talking about people having a good time, these people.” –
in response to prisoner abuse at Abu Grahib. -Rush Limbaugh

There's a job opening for a new call screener on the Limbaugh show.

Rush Limbaugh gets owned by a military veteran caller.
Nuremberg Trials : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg_Trials

"There are more acres of forestland in America today than when Columbus discovered the continent in 1492."

"He is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He's moving all around and shaking and it's purely an act. ... This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn't take his medication or he's acting." --on an ad by Michael J. Fox endorsing Claire McCaskill for Senate for supporting embryonic stem cell research

"You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray" [the confessed assassin of Martin Luther King]. We miss you, James. Godspeed.