Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Plea on Saving Life on Earth

E.O. Wilson on Saving Life on Earth.

He salutes Darwin's picture at the end of his talk. It's quite possible that Wilson is Darwin reincarnated. He'll likely be remembered as one of the great biologists of all time along with Darwin.


How We Wrecked the Ocean

Jeremy Jackson's TED talk on "How We Wrecked the Ocean.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Prajnaparamita Sutra

From today's DailyZen:

Subhuti asked: "Is perfect wisdom beyond thinking? Is it unimaginable and totally unique but nevertheless reaching the unreachable and attaining the unattainable?"

The Buddha replied: "Yes, Subhuti, it is exactly so. And why is perfect wisdom beyond thinking? It is because all its points of reference cannot be thought about but can be apprehended. One is the disappearance of the self-conscious person into pure presence. Another is the simple awakening to reality. Another is the knowing of the essenceless essence of all things of the world. And another is luminous knowledge that knows without a knower. None of these points can sustain ordinary thought because they are not objects or subjects. They can't be imagined or touched or approached in any way by any ordinary mode of consciousness, therefore they are beyond thinking.


How the Corporatocracy Is Being Created and Choices to be Made

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”

John Adams

I can see how nation states are being destroyed by banks and the wealthy elites to create a Corporatocracy as depicted in Rollerball or some sort of authoritarian state, but I didn't know by what mechanism. When you have people betting against any democratic nation's solvency, something is very wrong. This is a symptom of the underlying disease. The reason seems obvious, though. The reason is an insatiable desire of a few men and women for wealth accumulation and power of an unprecedented scale which would be grounds to judge any person of such a group as an insane narcissist. (Megalomania is not considered a real mental illness.) This isn't just narcissism, because the wealthy have financial security. Where does the need to accumulate more money and power come from? Is it just to keep score? Their weapon is debt and control of money which is a form of debt. How they are doing it is discussed in the following Youtube links:

(Warning: I have reservations about the trilateral chessboard scenario in the next to last presentation. The scenario sounds like a conspiracy and I don't believe in conspiracies for the most part. Now he says that it's just math, but the trilateral chessboard is not math. It's geopolitical strategy which may be based on game theory, but I doubt it. These series of presentations may get the facts right and come to the wrong conclusion. I guess what I am saying is that you need to think for yourself. I do not wish to mislead people. I do think, though, that our belief and support of corporate capitalism and leverage is leading us towards fascism in a subtle, though not entirely deliberate, way. An authoritarian based economic system which is what corporate capitalism is will always be at odds with a democratic, republican form of government because they are complete opposites. Corporate governance is top-down authoritarian based government, while a republican democracy is bottom-up democratic government. Also, the human ego's tendency is to win at all costs, and corporations are extensions of people's egos. Nation states are the collective egos of the populace, unless a Hitler or a Stalin comes to power. In that case, the nation state becomes an extension of one man's ego.)

Renaissance 2.0: Lesson 1 - The Rise of Financial Empire Revisiting American History

Renaissance 2.0: Lesson 2 - Revisiting Economics

Renaissance 2.0: Lesson 3 - Ownership Revisiting Civics101

Renaissance 2.0: Lesson 4 (part 1 of 4) - The Culture of Empire

Renaissance 2.0: Lesson 4 (part 2 of 4) - The Culture of Empire

Renaissance 2.0: Lesson 3 (part 3 of 4) - The Culture of Empire

Renaissance 2.0: Lesson 4 (part 4 of 4) - The Culture of Empire

Renaissance 2.0: Lesson 5 (part 1 of 2) - The Emerging Global Empire

Renaissance 2.0: Lesson 5 (part 2 of 2) - The Emerging Global Empire

Renaissance 2.0: Lesson 6 is not available yet. I'll post it when the link becomes available.

The author is Damon Vrabel, a "post neoclassical economics philosopher". This is an articulate, intellectual presentation attempting to show why things are happening as they are. I believe that he's got the story pretty much correct. I hope that people awaken to the fact that they are being enslaved in mind and spirit through their wallets and economic belief system.

A Christian would say that the formation of a global corporate financial hegemony is Satan's work. The Buddhists would say that it is the work of deluded men. I'm not sure what Muslims would say, but they obviously oppose it by their actions. It is obvious that Mr. Vrabel has had a spiritual conversion of some sort. He appears on this episode of the Keiser Report (at 14:00 minutes) which is what led me to look up this article, which led me to the lessons above. He hints at a different endgame (a spiritually aligned one) than the one the wealthy elites are planning. When you make enough people suffer too much psychologically and physically, they break psychologically allowing what some would call "God" to emerge. The Buddhists would say that people awaken. Martin Luther King, Jr. said something similar. The lines are starting to be drawn. Do you want to be a Jedi, or a Sith, a beacon of enlightenment or a shroud of enlightenment, freeman or slave. Your choice. No one can make that choice for you.

Also, remember that Rome fought a Civil War to decide whether it would remain a Republic or become an Empire. Just because the Roman Republic fell doesn't mean that the American Republic will fail. There is still time to alter the balance of power back towards the individual, states, and communities. We just have to break up the Fed and the banks. This is an American problem that we've been through before with Andrew Jackson. We are all in this together.


Monday, May 03, 2010

Double Rainbow After a May Thunderstorm

Double Rainbow

A nice May thunderstorm brings joy.


Sunday, May 02, 2010

Venn Diagram Explaining Geeks, Dorks, Etc.

Venn diagram explaining Geeks, Dorks, and other intelligent and not so intelligent humans. No one has a Venn diagram explaning bullies, or politicians. I would say bankers, except that Huffington Post has a Fab Fabrice Tourre Venn diagram.


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