Glenn Beck ‘Profoundly Sad’ After Cruz Endorses Trump: ‘Maybe It Is Time to Go to the Mountains for a While’-9/23 I'd settle for you just shutting up for awhile. Editor
Flavors We Could Lose to Climate Change-9/19 Ben & Jerry
America The Illiterate-9/8 Zero Hedge, by Chris Hedges, We live in two Americas. One America, now the minority, functions in a print-based, literate world. It can cope with complexity and has the intellectual tools to separate illusion from truth. The other America, which constitutes the majority, exists in a non-reality-based belief system. This America, dependent on skillfully manipulated images for information, has severed itself from the literate, print-based culture. It cannot differentiate between lies and truth. It is informed by simplistic, childish narratives and clichés. It is thrown into confusion by ambiguity, nuance and self-reflection. This divide, more than race, class or gender, more than rural or urban, believer or nonbeliever, red state or blue state, has split the country into radically distinct, unbridgeable and antagonistic entities. There are over 42 million American adults, 20 percent of whom hold high school diplomas, who cannot read, as well as the 50 million who read at a fourth- or fifth-grade level. Nearly a third of the nation’s population is illiterate or barely literate. And their numbers are growing by an estimated 2 million a year. But even those who are supposedly literate retreat in huge numbers into this image-based existence. A third of high school graduates, along with 42 percent of college graduates, never read a book after they finish school. Eighty percent of the families in the United States last year did not buy a book. The illiterate rarely vote, and when they do vote they do so without the ability to make decisions based on textual information. ...
Genius-9/8 Editor, Reverse Spins. There has been a dearth of good movies for the last few years. I can't recommend the movie "Genius," enough. The acting was superb, especially Jude Law. Last night I walked just inside the doors of a NW coastal Walmart. Standing by a Redbox I saw the seemingly illiterate talked about in the above article. They were passing to and fro, on a mission and fully prepared to stand and wait in huge lines caused by a lack of cashier employees. Entitlements might be preferable in this area. The anachronistc incongruity was not lost on me as I was about to rent a movie about the Charles Scriber editor Maxwell Perkins, who edited the likes of Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Wolfe. I probably saw one person who would know 2 out 3 of these authors. The movie is concerned about the relationship of Perkins and Thomas Wolfe, the creative process, the friendship of opposite personalities and what it means to be an artistic genius. I think I saw a Taylor Caldwell book on Perkin's shelf of clients as well or maybe it was Erskine Caldwell. Anyway, I have always been fascinated by great literature, its genesis, time periods and evolution. But what makes an author great? Probably the easiest description is the question Thomas Wolfe asked F. Scott Fitzgerald in the movie, 'Will I be remembered in 100 years?' Yes Thomas, you made that elite list of great American authors. You will be remembered. The other criteria is "Sometimes a Great Notion" the book title of Ken Kesey's second book. Besides metaphors and evocative descriptions one has to throw in ideas or questions that makes the reader stop in his tracks and say "whoa" and just think about that for awhile. It helps to do this in a way that is novel and surprising. In this age of social media, a boon but a greater detriment, there is less thinking and an excess of banality and foolishness. People are too busy reacting, no time for critical thoughts. Then, we are also overwhemed with a myriad of books from fantasy to techno-thrillers, biographies etc. For the last 30 years it's hard to discern who is truly a great writer. A great writer has to stand out among the rest, not follow the status quo. I loved Terry Hayes' book "I Am Pilgrim" and nearly all of Lee Child's books and of course, the originator of this genre, Tom Clancy. Selling books in D.C. for the Summit Lighthouse in the early 80's, I remember when a book buyer told me about a brand new book called "Red October." Needless to say, I was hooked. But are these authors great? Is Tom Clancy like Knut Hamsun, the writer who broke the mold with sparse language that gave rise to Fitzgerald and Hemingway. FYI I think Fitgerald beats out Hemingway by a nose. And don't rush out to buy Hamsun, he can be a little dark which I could tolerate in my younger days. Being a lover of great literature I can't stand emojis and texting abreviations. So where are the Francis Bacons, Hugos, Melvilles, Dickens, Dostoyevskys? You can go ahead and laugh or smirk, I don't mind, but I know where 3 out of 5 are. Maybe these five have fulfilled their karma or dharma and have moved on to higher pursuits so they can muster enough spiritual fire to jettison off this planet. Perhaps this is the time of the regular Joe, fulfilling his/her lifetime after lifetime dream of writing. There are a lot of good books out there. Writers have learned the formula for capturing the attention of the public. There you go, how's that for some great notions. End
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. ...
|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...
Meet The Fourth-Grader Recognized As A Reincarnation Of A Buddhist Lama-8/30 Jalue Dorje likes soccer, Pokemon cards, and praying for people.
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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.
Does Chinese Civilization Come From Ancient Egypt?-9/5 Foreign Policy, By Ricardo Lewis -- A new study has energized a century-long debate at the heart of China's national identity.
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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.