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Sometimes life feels like this:

At other times it almost feels “like it’s supposed to…”

ok here is the scoop…

I recorded some yammerings in audio.

Didn’t get all that far but got a good start…

But…

Will need to cut into pieces as the files were way over the limits for upload here, which is 100MB. The main one is 384MB for about 15 minutes of Igular utterances. Soon… soon… tomorrow eve probably.

Note: I will stick them on here where they are supposed to be.

peace.

OK, fair warning… these are 100% unedited and will no doubt be borderline excruciatingly awful to listen to. But That is, in essence, what an Ig is. Learn why I only half a handful of friends. Learn why even uncontacted tribes in remote forests want me dead.

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Well, there’s 15 minutes of not a lot. I will get the hang of it eventually, I would imagine.

Sigh

peace

 

This Is What It’s Like Inside North Korea’s Luxury Ski Resort | Short Film Showcase

National Geographic
Published on Aug 6, 2017

Get a glimpse of what life is like in North Korea, a country rarely seen by foreigners. Britain’s fastest snowboarder Jamie Barrow is our guide around the DPRK’s capital city Pyongyang before he heads up to the slopes of Masikryong. Follow filmmaker Jackson Kingsley on Twitter at @cinematicamedia. Jackson Kingsley: http://www.jacksonkingsley.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cinematicamedia ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe ➡ Get More Short Film Showcase: http://bit.ly/ShortFilmShowcase About Short Film Showcase: The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic’s belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners. Know of a great short film that should be part of our Showcase? Email [email protected] to submit a video for consideration. See more from National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase at http://documentary.com Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta

Britain’s fastest snowboarder Jamie Barrow is our guide around the DPRK’s capital city Pyongyang before he heads up to the slopes of Masikryong. Follow filmmaker Jackson Kingsley on Twitter. https://twitter.com/cinematicamedia This Is What It’s Like Inside North Korea’s Luxury Ski Resort | Short Film Showcase https://youtu.be/csoP8Didoi0 National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo

What I most often find in these efforts to attempt an understanding is the inability to see the forest for the trees… to see the big picture.

And here it is again.

My problem with the blurb above is that although the title of the film is completely correct, the description provided for it by National Geographic starts with the line: “Get a glimpse of what life is like in North Korea, a country rarely seen by foreigners.”

No foreigner gets to see what life is like in North Korea. Ever. (Wait, what? What are you on about, Ig?) They get to see what life is like in Pyongyang, which has rather little to do with what the people experience outside of that city. Not typically mentioned in these works is the little tidbit that notes that… in order to live in the capitol, one needs to have a life that is connected to the functioning of the government. And you need to have shown a high level of loyalty to and performance for the government. Regular folks do not live in Pyongyang. Perhaps the filmmakers are not aware of this? Could be, I suppose.

Shortly thereafter they get to see what life is like in the purpose-built showcases. The out-of-town museums and such. And that certainly includes this most recent project of the continuing stream of wasted effort passed off as a service to the people that is used to pacify outsiders. Note that just like in the museums and restaurants and model homes and other places you can check out in explorations readily available online… for example such as the excellent Vice series, the visitor in the video along with the crew are the only people there. This is to be expected. This is the norm. These places are propaganda…and sure, you can give em some dough and go ski there, but, I am confident that no North Korean citizen has partaken of this place…nor will they ever.

Oh dear.

peace

 

 

Channel 4

Tuesday, August 15 at 12:03pm

The amazing outcome of The Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds: The Experiment

This is absolutely fabulous!

I hope this goes beyond “experiment” and becomes standard operating procedure

Because obviously it works wonderfully.

peace

 

Cream – Rollin’ and Tumblin’

Clapton, Baker and Bruce performing Rollin’ and Tumblin’ @ the Royal Albert Hall on May 4th, 2005.

Ooh yeah, Blues my Blues away, boys!

Thank you kindly.

I swear that is what happened to the timeline after the cosmik navigator took that left at Teterboro. Must be. Madonne. What am I on about?

The damage I did to my motor’s motor is perfectly inexcusable. That was a long time ago, too. The thing I was worried so much about was not real, as usual. But so many other things are. Oh Lord.

I feel like I am flailing and tumbling through an eerily dark part of the Verses. Hence the Title which led to picking the song on the tube to go along with this gibberish, which is the reason for this post, unlike most other music posts. This zone is weird in that it has some good things in it. Very good things. Which is great. But… I get the feeling my out of control, misguided audio type building trip needs to pause real quick and the wagen needs to get sorted.

I hope I can get through, because we are headed for the weirdest zone of all the notorious Q continuum. Wuzzat? Thought it was just on telly, huh? Oh, how we wish it was.

But – my mind. Shot. Scary af. Whoa.

I had to get a tacks number to collect Sayles tacks for doin’ the magazine. Sigh. Cost o’ doin’ bidnis. At least it lasts five yarn. They’ll probably come and lock me up though, you know, just on general principals.

Oh God MY MOTOR!  

 I ordered the parts, because I have to make it go, but, the poor tortured thing needs retiring in the worst way. But I can’t afford to get a car. Even an old very used car. Damn, Jake, I probably can’t afford frikkin’ Uber, either! Fuck.

 I need to stop thinking about it for a bit. I’ll go even more insane.

How about a picture of a meteorite on Mars? Okay, here you go…

Pretty.

And here is another pretty pic, this one of Titan in Infrared showing the very alien hydrocarbon sand dunes that there are apparently quite a lot of.

And one more pretty pic. A lovely old sea turtle with plants on, looking rather like a pic of the globe…

Okay, I better go.

Peace

Czego szukasz w Święta? | English for beginners

Czasami brakuje słów, by wyrazić to, co najważniejsze. W takim przypadku trzeba się ich po prostu nauczyć.

#Allegro #CzegoSzukasz #angielski #święta #iloveyou #youareperfect #english #englishforbeginners #christmas #iamyourgrandpa #grandpa#whatareyoulookingfor #bardzo

OMG.

This is beautiful.

PentaProps™ to the person known only as Luna Oldlady Cascabelera for sending this.

Peace.

This is rather excellent.

PentaProps™ to Jeff Jamroga of the Jamrogas for this post.

The schools – like everything else here – is geared not towards learning to live a life of discovery but rather towards an end goal of producing corporate profit. At the expense of all else, of course.

It is a crime against humanity of epic proportions.

It needs to be scrapped and redone so it benefits the people it professes to teach. Like it says, students may be 20% of the population but they are 100% of the future.

Get it?

Peace

JRE #852 – John Anthony West from JoeRogan on Vimeo.

JRE #852 – JOHN ANTHONY WEST

#852. John Anthony West is an author, lecturer, guide and a proponent of Sphinx water erosion hypothesis in geology.

John is a long-time personal friend and mentor and I think the world of him.
He knows what he is talking about, especially regarding Egypt and rest assured on most other things as well.

I am adding a paragraph here on 9/29 as I was just noticing that whoever writes the Rogan blurb above mentioned the water erosion “hypothesis.” This, dear readers, is a big part of the problem in our culture of total science ignorance and arrogance. It is not a hypothesis. It is a fact. Theories have nothing to do with the fact that the Sphinx is water-eroded. I know Mr Rogan and crew did not mean it in a bad way, I just thought it an interesting marker as it caught my eye just now while looking over the blog and listening to Cafe Enigma.

Visit his site at JAWest.net and his blog, Phoenixfire, where John has his own podcasts!
Peace

Bobby McFerrin performing Don’t Worry Be Happy

EMI Music
Uploaded on Feb 24, 2009
Music video by Bobby McFerrin performing Don’t Worry Be Happy.

Oo do I love this. Always have. Not so good at following his advice, though. Always telling others to do so, however.

Peace

14088565_10210408915839718_4305054363108695889_nThe more we do to you the less you seem to believe we are doing it.”

– Obersturmfuhrer-SS Josef Mengele

“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to h arm our country and our people, and neither do we.”

– George W. Bush – Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius, and a lot of courage, to move in the opposite direction.”

– Albert Einstein

“Only two things are infinite the universe and human folly. and I’m not sure about the universe.”

– Albert Einstein

“A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.”

– Mark Twain

“Just ’cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.”

– George Carlin

“Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye.”

– Bill Hicks

gl57c7312e“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience … In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. […] ”

– Dwight D. Eisenhower – Farewell address

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are:

‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

– Ronald Reagan

“The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists. The American mind simply has not come to a realization of the evil which has been introduced into our midst. It rejects even the assumption that human creatures could espouse a philosophy which must ultimately destroy all that is good and decent.”

– J. Edgar Hoover

“When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.”

– Bishop Desmond Tutu

“Information is not knowledge.
Knowledge is not wisdom.
Wisdom is not truth.
Truth is not beauty.
Beauty is not love.
Love is not music.
Music is THE BEST.”

– Frank Zappa

“Commerce with all nations alliance with none should be our motto.”

– Thomas Jefferson

“Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death. What luck for the rulers that men do not think.”

– Adolf Hitler

“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”

– Edward R. Murrow

“The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we do about peace, more about killing than we know about living. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.”

– General Omar Bradley

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Originally and still part of a column in the footer at What’s All This, Then?

 

14034834_10210391145155462_4604734196794356279_nHoo doggy.

Well, I don’t think I’ve ruined anything. Which, when you think about it, is remarkable!

Of course I may be wrong. But I don’t think so.

Still living dangerously, though. I can’t help it. I try to see the value in it, at least. And there is some. I think.

I don’t think there is any value when I start to become annoying by emitting a bit too much radiation, however, like the last couple of days.

Anyway, my tiny little sister will be happy to know that I have finally found a name for my car. The true one, I mean, not the apparent aliases I’d been using. Too bad it’s ready for retirement. LOL.

It was revealed in a deep thought session just a little while ago.

Interesting picture there. No doubt an exhibit, but one that looks like fun.

The thing just looks way too “fairy tale illustration” to be “real,” in my humble opinion.

Who’s that dude? Is he real or is he woo now?

I cannot recall where I got this from.

But I like it.

I dunno, folks…it says that accompanying my one email subscriber are some 956 registered subscribers. Wow! I am flabbergasted by that. That’s twice as many as WATT had. I am saddened by the lack of likes or comments. Why? Anyway, I really do care about all of you enjoying yourselves here and am happy to make you happy.

Peace.

Fantastic news straight from the world renowned Salk Institute … straight from the “pages” of Leafly Marijuana Reviews!

herb photo by wcpo

Is Cannabis Part of an Alzheimer’s Cure?

By Gage Peake — 7/5/2016

Scientists at the Salk Institute labs in San Diego have published preliminary evidence that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds found in cannabis can remove amyloid beta, the toxic protein most commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Officials at the Salk Institute cautioned that the results, published in the June issue of the journalAging and Mechanisms of Disease, shouldn’t be taken as a sign that cannabis is a panacea for Alzheimer’s. The studies were conducted in neurons grown in a laboratory, and may eventually offer insight into the role inflammation plays in the disease. The Salk Institute’s work could end up providing clues about developing novel therapeutics for the disorder.

“Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer’s,” said David Schubert, the study’s senior author, “we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells.”

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that leads to memory loss and can seriously impair a person’s ability to carry out daily tasks. According to the National Institutes of Health, it affects more than 5 million Americans, is the nation’s most common cause of dementia, and is a leading cause of death. Alarmingly, the incidence of Alzheimer’s is expected to triple during the next 50 years.

It has long been known that amyloid beta accumulates within the nerve cells of the aging brain well before the appearance of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms and plaques, according to the Salk Institute. Amyloid beta is a major component of the plaque deposits — a hallmark of Alzheimer’s — but the precise roles of amyloid beta and the plaques it forms remain unclear.

In the study published last month, Salk researchers found that high levels of amyloid beta were associated with cellular inflammation and higher rates of neuron death. They found that exposing the cells to THC reduced the amyloid beta protein levels and eliminated the inflammatory response by nerve cells.

“Inflammation within the brain is a major component of the damage associated with Alzheimer’s disease, but it has always been assumed that this response was coming from immune-like cells in the brain, not the nerve cells themselves,” said Antonio Currais, a postdoctoral researcher in Schubert’s laboratory and the first author of the paper.

The human brain has receptors that can be activated by endocannabinoids, lipid molecules produced by the body and used to send intercellular signals in the brain. THC, a phytocannabinoid (that is, a cannabinoid produced by a plant) can activate the same brain receptors.

The current study is one of many looking into how to slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer’s. Physical activity also results in the production of endocannabinoids, and some studies have shown that exercise may slow the progression of the disease. As Schubert emphasized, his team’s findings were conducted in exploratory laboratory models, and any future use of THC-like compounds as therapy would need to be tested in clinical trials.

I could not help but post this as I see the ravages of this terrible disease every day all day and then all night.

The plant is truly a gift from God.

Of this there can be no doubt.

Enjoy.

Peace.

Paul Simon – The Afterlife

PaulSimonVEVO Published on Jul 5, 2011

Music video by Paul Simon performing The Afterlife. (C) 2011 Paul Simon. Under exclusive license to StarCon LLC d/b/a Hear Music TM

I love this song.

I mean, it just… has to be.

Right?

Simple as that, really.

Mr Simon is the Wizard.

Peace.

d4bee7ae-c8d9-4062-bb0e-7c991875a850That post title is a pretty good representation of how I feel. At the moment. All things are momentary.

I do not understand.

Anything.

That bothers me. I used tp at least think I knew something about something. But many have noted before me that no matter how arrogant our culture becomes, when it comes down to it, we don’t know jack shit. About anything. Pardon my language.

It can be argued that I’m dead wrong because our species has proved to be wonderfully effective at knocking itself nearly out of existence.

But those folks only know how to kill others so that some other guys they’ve never seen and never will can get a new jet.

But that sitch is ever-present. More concerning is an absolute cluelessness about what to do in the future. There are, thank God, good plans awaiting. Via the grace and kindness of others, naturally. I am no good at that sort of thing. Im only good at half a dozen things max and only half of those can I still actually do.

But, hey, perhaps the glory and brilliance of failure alley can finally be defeated. That line sounds awfully familiar. But I have received some interesting signals of a positive nature. Im currently thinking it is going to be alright. Let it be so.

That would be great.

Personally I am so chuffed gr52c42967 to get to live through these little moments of delight that have been happening lately , so keep ’em coming. Yes. do!

As always I am supposed to be writing. I’m also supposed to be doing the lawn. I dunno…

Gawd. Enjoy. Peace.

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Ninja-class.

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Remember…

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Peace.

 

 

 

 

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Paul Nicklen Photography at Makaha Beach. June 7 at 6:59pm

Ha’a Keaulana, daughter of Brian Keaulana and granddaughter of legendary Buffalo Keaulana carries a 50-pound boulder while running across the sea floor to train for surfing. Her father teaches surfers that they should train for a four wave hold down in case of a wipeout in big surf. At 13-second intervals between waves, that means about a minute of being held down. It is one thing to hold your breath in a swimming pool for a minute and it something completely different to swim down 30 feet, pick up a huge rock and then run as hard as you can for a minute. Thanks to her lineage, community and training, Ha’a is a true water woman from Makaha. Hawaiians have saltwater running through their veins and epitomize what it means to be connected to the sea. As I shot these moments, I was completely in awe and full of gratitude for being exposed to this beautiful part of the world and the people who live it everyday. How does the ocean inspire you?

Shot on assignment for National Geographic with Cristina Mittermeier Photography ‪#natgeooceansday ‪#‎worldoceansday ‪#oceanseveryday‬

This is passion.

Passion at this level is not often seen.

I cannot begin to feel the depth… except in love for a person.

I mean, I can’t even swim…

I think this lady is awesome.

Via my dear friend Jim, Fortean of Maine.

Peace.

Interview: Stephen Jenkinson Speaks with Bodhi Be

APR 12, 2016

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Stephen Jenkinson interview with Bodhi Be’s Doorway into Light radio show about life and death as it explores the wonder in the fields of aging and dying and death and what brings meaning and purpose to life. Doorway into Light Founded by Reverend Bodhi Be, Leilah Be and Ram Dass (Dr. Richard Alpert), Doorway Into Light is engaged in advocacy and educational programs on Death and Dying on Maui, with families and professionals in the field, as well as actively engaged in helping dying people, their families and care-givers.

This fellow is new to me.

I was turned on to Stephen Jenkinson by my good friend Andy Raynor, who I am lucky to have as my guide to levels more elevated than this one.

I met Andy via her position as Hospice Chaplain during this long, strange journey of caring for my Aunt Clare, my mom’s sister and the last of her clan. She will be 94 on Thursday and is back in the care of the good people at our Hospice, which here in Connecticut is done here at home, with yours truly as the primary caregiver.

So topics such as Mr Jenkinson goes into—life and death—are of ever-increasing relevance and hence interest around the HQ.

My opinion on these views has been requested, so I need to formulate one! As I type I have not yet completed this interview. I think I will get to read a copy of the book which I am looking forward to.

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Okay! Wow, this guy is awesome. You really should listen to thus, I am going to get this guys book.

I need to listen a couple more times, too. He delves mostly into the (sorry) state of our culture and many others regarding the ingrained fear of death and how so many things are related directly o that.

He also covers the idea of suicide and rights to die and euthanasia and in that department he really grabbed my attention and has reversed my thinking a full 180 degrees!

Please check this out.

Here is a quote to give you a feel for the man:

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Enjoy.

Peace.

David Icke Live at the Oxford Union Debating Society

commonlaw007  commonlaw007 Uploaded on Feb 9, 2012

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My thoughts exactly, good Sir.

Especially in light of recent developments in my local timeline, which has clearly changed yet again!

(This one’s not so nice.)

Believing is a big problem. For our whole species. It is a problem in everything from jihadis potentially lighting off World War III to some gullible nutters paying thousands to go sit in a park to meet the aliens. They all believe something. Strongly!

Never mind that what is believed is patently ridiculous — that guy said it, so it’s true, dammit!

And there you go. It only snowballs from there.

Now, suspicions, on the other hand, are great. They show us that your motor is humming.

And that is likely a good thing.

Carry on.

Wear your seat belts.

Peace.

image by the facebook group Discordianism via my friend Lesley Gunter