The Greatest Grifters
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Beyonce gets political again at VMA's-8/29 Take her too.
Don Cheadle Tells Trump: ‘Die In a Grease Fire’-8/29 Definately take him but drop him off in the middle of the Pacific on the way.
Defiant 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick faces mounting anger as he insists he will continue to SIT for the national anthem at NFL games in protest at 'the oppression of black people'-8/29 Can you take a side trip to SF and pick up this guy who probably has had too many concussions because he doesn't realize the motto of Black Lives Matter "Hands Up, Don't Shoot," is based on a lie. Editor
An Internet Giveaway to the U.N.-8/25 WSJ, When the Obama administration announced its plan to give up U.S. protection of the internet, it promised the United Nations would never take control. But because of the administration’s naiveté or arrogance, U.N. control is the likely result if the U.S. gives up internet stewardship as planned at midnight on Sept. 30. ...
Iran Deploys Russian S-300 Surface To Air Missiles At Its Fordow Nuclear Facility-8/29 Obama knew about this all along, right? Editor
'JFK assassination was an inside job': Ex-government agent claimed 'someone from his team' killed the president in remarkable deathbed confession to director Oliver Stone-8/29 There's only one problem with this story, it's Oliver Stone. Editor
Last week (8/20) my friend and I went to the Grand Teton Music Festival to hear Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky. For a hike we went to Lupine Meadows which was mostly up hill for 2 miles at least it seemed like it. The elevation was over 7,000 ft. We found out about Delta Lake which is one of the lakes at the end of this trail and is hidden near the base of The Grand Teton and is fed by the Teton Glacier. That hike is 5 miles one way reching an elevation of over 9,000 ft. My goal is to reach that lake next year and camp out over night nearby. I'll have to exercise for a month or two to prepare. At the concert they had a party with free food and wine because it was the last concert of the season. You get to talk to the world-class musicians. I talked to the 19 yr old soloist violinist Simone Porter. Charming girl. She played on a 1745 Guadagnini violin. We talked to the Musical Director. What a nice gentleman. We asked him if they were planning anything for the total eclipse next year on Monday 8/21 at Jackson. We recommended from 2001, the Blue Danube and Thus Spake Zarathustra followed by The Planets. He laughed and said there was a housing problem for the musicians that late in the season. They will have a limited orchestra so he was thinking of doing Mozart's Jupiter Symphony. He did say they are going to do The Planets the week before. We asked him about any Mahler concerts which is what we always go down there for. He said they are still thinking about that. Jackson and the Teton Village are expecting 40,000 people for the eclipse. Editor
Alinsky's daughter: Here's the truth about Hillary the media won't tell you-8/29 Conservative Review, By: Jen Kuznicki | In 1993, the president of Wellesley College approved a new rule upon being contacted by Bill Clinton’s White House. The rule stated that all senior theses written by a president or first lady of the United States would be kept under lock and key. The rule was meant to keep the public ignorant about the radical ties of the first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, to the radical Marxist organizer, Saul Alinsky. The 92-page thesis was titled, “There is only the fight…: An Analysis of the Alinsky Model.” The thesis became unlocked after the Clintons left the White House and is now posted online. After being ruled by Barack Obama, another Alinskyite, for 8 years, perhaps one might think the fact that the modern Democratic Party is completely taken over by Alinskyites is old news, but the connection between Alinsky and Hillary is special. Hillary describes Alinsky as a “neo-Hobbesian who objects to the consensual mystique surrounding political processes; for him, conflict is the route to power.” Alinsky’s central focus, she notes, is that the community organizer must understand that conflict will arise and to redirect it and, as she quoted him in her thesis, be “...dedicated to changing the character of life of a particular community [and] has an initial function of serving as an abrasive agent to rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; to fan latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expressions... to provide a channel into which they can pour their frustration of the past; to create a mechanism which can drain off underlying guilt for having accepted the previous situation for so long a time. When those who represent the status quo label you [i.e. the community organizer] as an 'agitator' they are completely correct, for that is, in one word, your function--to agitate to the point of conflict.” …it could very well be that Hillary’s model, which was to gain political power and wield it to gain social change, is simply her thesis finally realized. The thesis in and of itself is limited to whether or not “social justice” can be attained through the tactics described by Alinsky in “Reveille For Radicals,” and the numerous speeches he gave on hundreds of college campuses in the 1950s and 1960s. What had become clear was that Alinsky’s previous organizing had fallen apart and almost all attempts to recapture the original intent had gone by the wayside. Hillary noted that, “Alinsky's lessons in organizing and mobilizing community action independent of extra-community strings appear to have been lost in the face of the lure of OEO money.” Pointing out that the power of the government took away the work of the “local organizer.” It is here that we see her light bulb illuminate. With this reasoning, the better approach would be to be the government who had the power to force social change. But just because Hillary criticized Alinsky’s model in 1969 doesn’t mean she disagrees with his politics. In fact, it could very well be that Hillary’s model, which was to gain political power and wield it to gain social change, is simply her thesis finally realized. She criticized Alinsky, not so much for his tactics, but for his focus on organization. What is possibly the best way to put Hillary’s philosophy is what she told the Black Lives Matter movement, saying, “I don’t believe you change hearts, you change laws, you change allocation of resources, you change the way systems operate.” Hillary questions whether organizing as Alinsky did in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago and eventually across the country was effective enough because of the unanticipated results. She pointed to other lefty thinkers that criticized Alinsky as a “showman rather than an activist.” It is not whether Saul or Hillary are right about how to “achieve democratic equality,” or whose tactics are more effective, but of the failure of the philosophy behind it. It should also be noted that while Alinsky’s “Reville for Radicals” was directed at labor organizing, “Rules For Radicals” was directed at middle class youth, instructing them how to carry out his model in a new age. Ever the social observer, Alinsky recognized that the blue-collar workers of the 1930s were no longer, “where it’s at,” but that middle class youth of the 60s was ripe for organization. But also, the emphasis in the prologue of working within the system is eerily similar to Clinton’s argumentation. In her 2003 book, “Living History,” Clinton wrote, “He believed you could change the system only from the outside. I didn't. Alinsky said I would be wasting my time, but my decision was an expression of my belief that the system could be changed from within.” At the end of Clinton’s thesis, she includes correspondence she received from Alinsky, and notes the personal interviews she conducted with him: twice in Boston in October 1968 and once at Wellesley in January 1969. She followed his organization, Industrial Areas Foundation, which was a training institute for communist radicals. She credited Saul Alinsky for both “providing a topic” and “offering me a job.” She never questioned the organization’s ultimate goal to achieve a Marxist utopia. What drove Hillary was how to get there. Hillary’s whole life has been dedicated to socialist/communist ends. The fact that the arguments and the anger fomented by Alinsky in the 40s, 50s and 60s are the same arguments and anger of today’s Obama/Clinton model is telling. For 75 years, inner city blacks have been poor, labor unions have worked to put their members out of a job, and everyday there is some new group claiming it doesn’t have equality. All of these groups have been targeted by these so-called organizational geniuses. No matter what happens, either by the power/conflict ideals of Alinsky and Obama or by power grabs/money laundering of the Clintons, the lives of the people get worse. It is not whether Saul or Hillary are right about how to “achieve democratic equality,” or whose tactics are more effective, but of the failure of the philosophy behind it. Hillary kept in contact with Alinsky throughout college and while in law school, she wrote him a letter claiming that she missed corresponding with him. The letter began, “Dear Saul, When is that new book [Rules for Radicals] coming out — or has it come and I somehow missed the fulfillment of Revelation? I have just had my one-thousandth conversation about Reveille [for Radicals] and need some new material to throw at people,” — she added, a reference to Alinsky’s 1946 book on his theories of community organizing. David Brock, in his 1996 biography, "The Seduction of Hillary Rodham," called Hillary "Alinsky's daughter." That is an apt label. Where Alinsky tactics are used now on both sides to confuse and agitate, Hillary is poised to become the supreme leader with all the power and tools of our monstrous government at her fingertips. Saul’s daughter has it all figured out. end
The Glue Holding America Together Is No Longer Binding-8/16 Zero Hedge, by Ben Tanosborn -- Often cited as an important reason for US success as a global power, our diversity has finally come home to roost, and it’s taking a destructive, cruel toll. A unique magic glue that we somehow thought would keep myriad groups in America working at unison with a common goal forever, has unhardened, lost both its adhesive properties and cohesive strength, leaving us with a divided America. No; not as a simplistic two-part nation, but as a fragmented Humpty Dumpty beyond the conservative-liberal political fray. ...
|Speak With Love: How Your Words Literally Restructure Your Brain-8/29 Spirit Science,
The words you choose to use can literally change your brain.
Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University, and Mark Robert Waldman, a communications expert, collaborated on the book, “Words Can Change Your Brain.” In it, they write, “a single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress.”Toward Digital Encryption When we use words filled with positivity, like “love” and “peace”, we can alter how our brain functions by increasing cognitive reasoning and strengthening areas in our frontal lobes. Using positive words more often than negative ones can kick-start the motivational centers of the brain, propelling them into action. On the opposite end of the spectrum, when we use negative words, we are preventing certain neuro-chemicals from being produced which contribute to stress management. Each and every one of us are initially hardwired to worry; it’s how our primal brain protects us from dangerous situations for survival. So, when we allow negative words and concepts into our thoughts, we are increasing the activity in our brain’s fear center (the amygdala), and causing stress-producing hormones to flood our system. These hormones and neurotransmitters interrupt the logic and reasoning processes in the brain and inhibit normal functionality. Newberg and Waldman write, “Angry words send alarm messages through the brain, and they partially shut down the logic-and-reasoning centers located in the frontal lobes.”
An excerpt from their book tells us how using the *right* words can literally change our reality:
“By holding a positive and optimistic [word] in your mind, you stimulate frontal lobe activity. This area includes specific language centers that connect directly to the motor cortex responsible for moving you into action. And as our research has shown, the longer you concentrate on positive words, the more you begin to affect other areas of the brain. Functions in the parietal lobe start to change, which changes your perception of yourself and the people you interact with. A positive view of yourself will bias you toward seeing the good in others, whereas a negative self-image will include you toward suspicion and doubt. Over time the structure of your thalamus will also change in response to your conscious words, thoughts, and feelings, and we believe that the thalamic changes affect the way in which you perceive reality.” ...
Neuroscience Of Mindfulness: How To Make Your Mind Happy-8/29 Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Everybody is talking about mindfulness... but nobody seems to be able to explain clearly what the heck it really is. Ask people and you'll hear, "Umm, be in the moment and SOMETHING SOMETHING SOMETHING, uh, meditation." But is it merely the latest fad? Actually, no. And there isn't some looming deathmatch between mindfulness and neuroscience, between East and West. They're actually on the same page. Research shows mindfulness works. It can help you be happier and help you reduce stress. But nobody's ever explained it to you in a way that makes sense or doesn't sound corny. Let's fix that. We'll look at how neuroscience and mindfulness line up, get real answers as to why our brains so often get anxious, sad, or angry and learn the research-backed way to be happier -- and stay that way. Let's get to it...
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Publisher wins rights to Voynich manuscript, a book no one can read-8/29 The Guardian, Tiny Spanish publisher can clone centuries-old manuscript written in language or code that no one has cracked -- It’s one of the world’s most mysterious books, a centuries-old manuscript written in an unknown or coded language that no one has cracked. Scholars have spent their lives puzzling over the Voynich manuscript, whose intriguing mix of elegant writing and drawings of strange plants and naked women has some believing it holds magical powers. The weathered book is locked away in a vault at Yale university’s Beinecke library, emerging only occasionally. But after a 10-year appeal for access, Siloe, a small publishing house in northern Spain has secured the right to clone the document – to the delight of its director. “Touching the Voynich is an experience,” says Juan Jose Garcia, sitting on the top floor of a book museum in the quaint centre of Burgos where Siloe’s office is, a few streets from the city’s famed Gothic cathedral. “It’s a book that has such an aura of mystery that when you see it for the first time ... it fills you with an emotion that is very hard to describe.” ...
The First Copies of The “World’s Most Mysterious Book” Are About To Be Released-8/29 Spirit Science, Locked away in the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library vault, seen and touched by few, this rare and incredibly old 15th centuary manuscript has finally been deciphered. Many of the worlds greatest cryptographers have spent a lifetime trying to figure out this book, which is written in a strange and mysterious coded language, to no avail, however, 900 copies are ready for circulation as a Spanish publishing house has been granted permission to make copies, perhaps someone out there will be able to crack the Voynich Manuscripts mystery. Juan Jose Garcia who is the director of Siloe, the publishing house who was finally given the go ahead to distribute copies, after requesting for 10 long years, says that “Touching the Voynich is an experience” and “It’s a book that has such an aura of mystery that when you see it for the first time … it fills you with an emotion that is very hard to describe.” For about US$9,000 dollars you can purchase an exact replica of the Voynich. There are only 898 copies and each one comes complete with identical holes, patched tears and stains like the original. Folger Shakespeare Libraries Bill Sherman states that “The Voynich Manuscript has led some of the smartest people down rabbit holes for centuries.” In this Washington Post interview he continued to say “I think we need a little disclaimer form you need to sign before you look at the manuscript, that says, ‘Do not blame us if you go crazy.’” 13th Century Roger Bacon was for centuries believed to have written the book. He was known for being consumed by magic and alchemy, it even landed him in jail. Carbon dating put this idea to rest as they later realized the manuscript was written between 1404 and 1438. The author is still unknown, some speculate it was Leonardo da Vinci, others think it was written by aliens. Since no author could be identified the book was named after Wilfrid Voynich who is said to have purchased it in 1912. The book is incredibly odd, filled with strange and disturbing illustrations. These images are nothing compared to the obscure text. Reed Johnson stated in 2013 that “It doesn’t match any other language that’s been seen in any other book. The drawings often have labels, which would seem to offer a route to deciphering the code. But that hope has proved to be an illusion,”
Will the Voynich manuscript finally be cracked? Publisher to create clones of 'the world's most mysterious book' to help experts break its code-8/29 Daily Mail,
The Voynich Manuscript-6/24 Yale University Press, Edited by Raymond Clemens; With an Introduction by Deborah Harkness
Apocalypse Now? Another Great Sign Rises in the Heavens Featured-8/29 The Remnant, by Patrick Archbold,
Our Lady of Fatima, 1917-2017 – Why 100 Years Matters-7/1 romancatholicman.com, by Fr. Richard Heilman,
FROM MESOPATAMIA TO MESOMERICA: HUNTING FOR HISTORY IN THE BOOK OF MORMON-8/29 By Andrew Gough; Few outside the Mormon religion take the Book of Mormon seriously these days. By ‘Book of Mormon’ I mean the sacred texts of the Latter-Day Saint (LDS) movement that chronicle the lost history of the Americas from approximately 3000 BCE to AD 421. Today, indifference for Mormonism has been replaced by mockery, thanks to the musical The Book of Mormon, written by the creators of the popular television series, South Park. The show opened on Broadway in 2011, winning countless awards and becoming the fastest-selling Broadway-cast album in iTunes history. However, what if there were more to the Book of Mormon than the disparaging musical would lead you to believe? What if its peculiar story provided insight into some of the most confounding conundrums in history? Romancing the Seer Stones Any examination of the Book of Mormon must commence with Joseph Smith, the ‘modern-day’ author of the work, whose alleged rapport with an angelic being led to his discovery and translation of a series of gold tablets, which had been hidden in a stone box and concealed within a sacred hill in New York State for over a thousand years. Joseph Smith (1805–1844) was known as the ‘Great American Prophet’, a grandiose but deserved title, given that he founded Mormonism, which launched the Latter-Day Saint movement, a theology that boasts over 15 million congregants.
Time passed and after failing to find lost treasure for a wealthy patron in Chenango County, New York, Smith was brought before a local County court in 1826, accused of ‘glass-looking’, or playacting, that is, pretending to find lost treasure via divination. Still, such setbacks would not deter the indomitable entrepreneur from establishing his legacy and amassing his fortune. The following year, in 1827, Smith married Emma Hale and the newlyweds moved in with his parents in Manchester, New York. Smith’s father-in-law, Isaac Hale, disapproved of Smith’s ‘money-digging’ vocation and attempted to set the ambitious young man up in business. In exchange for abandoning his controversial vocation, Hale promised accommodation for the couple on his property in Harmony, Pennsylvania. Later that year the newlyweds took him up on his offer. On the surface Smith was committed to quitting the treasure-hunting business, and yet he returned to Manchester nine months later on his now-annual pilgrimage to the hill known as Cumorah. His destiny had finally arrived, for on 22 September 1827, in the company of his wife Emma, the angel Moroni appeared on the west side of the hill, near the peak, and presented Smith with the golden plates. The angel Moroni had placed the curious tablets, which he had composed using a derivative of the ancient Egyptian language, in a stone box. Analysis of his description of the box has led experts to conclude that it was not carved like other Mesoamerican or Mesopotamian stone boxes. Rather, it defied known archaeological styles: The box in which they lay was formed by laying stones together in some kind of cement. In the bottom of the box were laid two stones crossways of the box, and on these stones lay the plates and the other things with them. (Joseph Smith – History 1:52) Under strict orders from the angel Moroni, Smith vowed not to show the tablets to anyone. In keeping with the angel’s wishes, Smith secured them in a locked chest for safekeeping. Nevertheless, word of Smith’s discovery spread quickly and members of his former treasure-hunting company attempted to steal the golden tablets, and even resorted to violence and trickery to try and obtain them. Wisely, Smith departed his home for a safer abode in which to translate the golden tablets.
August Astrology-8/12 Richard Nolle, Mars Max is in force all month long, and regulars know what this means: an ongoing higher than usual level of murder and mayhem, of fires, crashes, clashes and explosions. This has been in force since February, as attested by the headlines and your own experience ever since then. I’m not saying that nothing of the kind happens absent a Mars Max, of course. But I’m pointing out what should be obvious: the level of intensity definitely increases during Mars Max. Practically speaking, this intensity applies at all levels of human conflict and belligerence, from interpersonal friction like arguments and fights and assault and murder; to social and collective violence like terrorism, revolutions and war. Remember: martial derives from Mars, and during Mars Max the Red Planet and Earth are in their close approach phase. Being closer, Mars is bigger and brighter in our night sky – and in our lives as well. I won’t belabor the point in this little forecast. If you’re up for a solid backgrounder, see my article on 9-11 and its connection to Mars Max in the September issue of Dell Horoscope, the world’s leading astrological magazine; or my free online article on Mars Max. (If you already have a copy of the full version of my 2016 World Forecast Highlights, see the Mars Max section on pages 11-18.) Meanwhile, practically speaking, what Mars Max calls for is care and caution, cool and calm. Steer clear of conflict as best you can, and watch out for "the other guy". People are more hasty, impulsive and reckless during the Mars Max – and particularly at points during the cycle when the Red Planet makes notable alignments in the sky above. This month, this happens around August 11 (when the Moon aligns with Mars and Saturn, as it did last month on the night of the Nice truck terror attack) and from the 19th through the 31st (during which time Mars and Saturn remain within a few degrees of their exact alignment on the 24th). Another notable cycle this month is the third Mercury Max cycle of 2016, in effect from August 16 through September 28. Here again, this is another perigee cycle: the close approach between Earth and Mercury, in this case. Like other Max cycles, this one includes a retrograde interlude; in this case, when Mercury catches up and passes our home planet, the little Sun-grazer appears to slow and then halt is apparent motion, and then spends a few weeks appearing to move backwards in our sky. ...Shakespeare for Grownups (and Gardeners-7/6 Review: Emma Smith, ‘The Making of Shakespeare’s First Folio’ and Margaret Willes, ‘A Shakespearean Botanical’
The Missing Head of Bacon-4/7 Peter Dawkins
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Pope St. Leo XIII’s Prayer: 1
Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell, satan and all the other evil spirits, who roam through the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.