SitRep as the summer gently slips away…

 

Today mankind is locked into stealing ravenously from the future [by way of] diachronic competition, a relationship whereby contemporary well-being is achieved at the expense of our descendants. By our sheer numbers, by the state of our technological development, and by being oblivious to differences between a method that achieved lasting increments of human carrying capacity [agriculture] and one that achieves only temporary supplements [reliance on fossil fuels and other mined substances], we have made satisfaction of today’s human aspirations dependent upon massive deprivation for posterity.

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2602943/

 

One’s worldview,[1] also world-view or world view, is the foundation upon which all one’s beliefs and actions are based. It is the opinions and conclusions derived from a set of premises which are, by and large, unshakeable.

The rational worldview is that all things are ultimately explainable by science and reason, it is not afraid to say “I don’t know — yet”. Other worldviews tend to involve a creator “moving in mysterious ways”.

Of course this entire page could all be irrelevant, as biologist and philosopher John S. Wilkins affirms, “I don’t think worldviews exist.”

 

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Worldview

 

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Hello again, my dear fellow humans. I hope the words that you read here find you happy and well ?

I am myself moderately happy, but not all that well. So first a brief report on my health.

My right leg is still only partly functional.

I spoke to a doctor about this. He said that it is much too early to judge. He said that if arteries are blocked by a blood clot, then you have to wait until the blood flow finds alternative routes, which will then grow and expand, and that would likely take a couple more months.

Okay. But that assumes that the problem is some blocked blood vessels to my leg, which may be the correct diagnosis, but conflicts with the other diagnosis, which was that it is blocked blood vessels in the brain that caused the problem.

I suppose it might be both, but I’ll try and clarify that when I get an opportunity.

Vision from the right half of my right eye is still absent. It’s not very noticeable here at home but gives me surprises when I go out and find stuff appearing suddenly and unexpectedly entering into my right-side field of view.

I’ve got various upcoming appointments to see specialists about my bowel problem.

And then there is the mental stuff, the mind/brain problems. This has improved a lot since I came from the hospital, but is still nothing like it was before the stroke.

So, that’s about all I can say. The doctors tell me that it is still far too soon to be able to tell how much I will recover.

Anyway, I am at my lovely home on this superb mountain, and the weather is glorious, and there’s still some summer remaining, although soon the hordes of  tourists will return whence they came, as schools and colleges restart in September.

I have been on excursions to Newport and to Cardigan, and the place is teeming with tourists, people in the holiday trades are very busy making as much money as they can before the season ends and autumn approaches.

Okay. So much for all of that. 🙂

Two recent messages, contributed to the previous post, from Ghostwheel and Keith Elder deserve comment (Thanks for the stimulation) and will perhaps provide me with some mind-food to write about.

First, Ghostwheel

http://www.monsangelorum.net/?p=29212&cpage=5#comment-27318

And I’m spent. Morally, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually. What next?

My suggestion is this. If a person becomes emotionally engaged with these issues, similar to becoming deeply loyal to, say, your favourite football team, then you will become depressed and suffer, because of the anguish you experience when ‘your side’ is doing badly.

So, one way of dealing with the dilemma is to ‘rise above the fray’, so to speak.

In buddhism, there’s the notion of Attachment and Non-attachment. We are not the first people to encounter this problem, and it was resolved long ago. If you identify closely with every fragment of horrific news that you come across, then your existence becomes very draining, traumatic and harrowing.

So, the answer is, to do the meditation, until you find an inner space that is perpetually serene and tranquil, undisturbed by ANY events or encounters with traumatic events or distressing news.

The idea is, that you find this inner core of your being and then protect and nurture it, so that when you meet the final challenge of meeting your own particular personal death, you can traverse the experience without too much anguish.

People respond to this advice by declaring that ‘It’s impossible’ or ‘Too difficult’, etc.

But what other options do we have available ? I can assure everyone, that if you dedicate yourself toward that aim and work at it, you can find a state of complete peace and tranquillity which is impervious to any kind of anguish, trauma or distress.

Just the fact that this is temporarily encountered so that you know it is available reduces some of the unnecessary suffering.

I wouldn’t say this is EASY, nor that it is tremendously difficult. People vary such a lot, that some can accomplish astonishing feats, like doing hand stands, whilst others can struggle with simple stuff, like noticing that they actually do have a physical body to inhabit.

I hope what I say does not come across as condescending or patronising. It’s always risky to make suggestions to people over the internet when you can’t get any visual or verbal signals that indicate how what you say is being received.

Being in a state of great stress, anxiety or exhaustion, is not positive, doesn’t help resolve problems. So, relax and find inner peace, become serene and as happy as you can be, under whatever stressful circumstances you may be encountering. Notice your own breathing and pay attention. This helps one to see and think more clearly, which is already an advance over being sucked toward a whirlpool of escalating anxiety, hysteria and panic, or guilt, regret, remorse, sorrow, etc, etc. There a lot of that stuff to get lost in, if you allow it to get a grip, and much is avoidable.

This is kind of ‘general advice’, because to tailor advice to any specific person requires knowing them directly, their character and makeup, and having some insight into the particular obstacles that individual encounters. It’s not ‘one size fits all’, imo.

You can try letting go, letting go of everything, so you are not holding on to either pleasant or unpleasant notions. Be free, be liberated. From everything.

And then, let go of THAT effort and experience.

Dutch School; Scullery Maid; Dulwich Picture Gallery; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/scullery-maid-200039

There IS a way, a path, through all this mess of experience that we inhabit, but unfortunately, it’s not commonly taught or well-known, so people go through appalling distress and anguish, which is sad and avoidable.

Okay, secondly, Keith’s comment…

http://www.monsangelorum.net/?p=29212&cpage=5#comment-27331

Also talking about growing disillusionment with Guy McPherson, Vinay Gupta, George Webb, Naked Capitalism, liberals in general, etc. I’ve followed a similar path, albeit at a slower pace. I’ve also shifted to a much more conservative stance. The 2016 election made it very clear what an empty suit the democrat party has become.

It might be worth thinking about the origins of the Right Wing v. Left Wing dichotomy.

The terms date back to the French Revolution (although the same divide can be traced and observed very much earlier, ancient Greece and elsewhere.)

Origins in France

The political terms left wing and right wing originated in the 18th century during the French Revolution. They are based on the seating arrangements in the French National Assembly — those who sat on the left of the chair of the parliamentary president supported the revolution and a secular republic, and opposed the monarchy of the old regime. The people on the left were in favor of radical change, socialism and republicanism i.e. a strong French republic instead of the monarchy.

Those who sat to the right supported the institutions of the monarchist old regime or Ancien Régime. The stronger your opposition to radical change and desire to preserve traditional society, the more you were to the right. Tradition, institutional religion and privatization of economy were considered the core values of the right-wing.

Social Policies

A variety of social issues in the U.S. divide the left and right. These include abortion, the death penalty, drug policy, gay rights, women’s rights, separation of church and state, gun rights, and healthcare policy. In general, the left wing philosophy believes in “one for all and all for one,” looking to the government to support those who cannot support themselves. The right wing, on the other hand believes supporting individuals in need is not the most efficient way to optimize government resources, and relies on the private sector and charitable institutions for the same.

http://www.diffen.com/difference/Left_Wing_vs_Right_Wing

 

In my understanding (which is far from complete), a soceity can swing leftwards, leaving behind older values and practices, but after a while it hits the limits, kind of like a boat meeting the left bank of a river. It might have made some sense, initially, to steer a course on the left, because that was a viable navigable route. But if you always bear left, never to the right, you’ll end up colliding with the riverbank, and getting into big trouble.

So that’s where we are now. Left wing ideas and policies have become increasingly ridiculous, absurd to the point of insanity. For example, offering tiny children a choice from a selection of dozens of different genders, and encouraging adults to get sexual gratification by non-consensual relations with minors, and so forth.

It’s a similar kind of madness to what we saw from the Right in Victorian England, when any mention or open discussion of sexual affairs was considered offensive and impolite (whilst at the same time, something like every third house in London was a brothel !). Any part of a woman’s leg above the ankle was considered rude and provocative, and should be hidden from view. And then they extended this to furniture, and tables and pianos in some houses were given special cloth garments to conceal the legs….

It’s basically a delusional Marxist agenda to force social change and adjust the balance of power between ‘social classes’, whilst completely ignoring all science and fundamental human nature. Also ignoring the lessons and experiences of history SINCE the French Revolution, such as Chairman Mao’s catastrophic ‘Cultural Revolution’.

Another example, Cambodia. It’s not that hard, to begin with ‘well-intentioned’ idealistic policies, which even if superficially logical sufficient to convince a mob, are actually absurd and unworkable, and attempt to put those policies into practice by brute force, killing anyone who disagrees. It’s been done many times, and we really ought to have learned the lessons by now, rather than getting dragged into yet another horrendous bloodbath of genocidal or fratricidal madness and slaughter.

It may well be the case that we humans have multiplied beyond the carrying capacity of Planet Earth, and as each individual tries to satisfy their urge for increased consumption and possession of material goods, as symbolic of success and status, we are collapsing the entire Biosphere, as a viable self-sustaining entity.

If that is the true state of affairs, then we are headed into extremely unpleasant times, and can only guess what the eventual outcome will be. So, for myself, as a relatively compassionate and thoughtful individual, I’d like priority to be given toward minimising the horror and suffering.

But, you see, sentimentality does NOT work. It’s a childish response. You want to save the cute little bunny from the fox, or those sweet fawns from the wolves, the seals or penguins from the sharks. It’s naive.

Because, then the foxes, wolves, all similar predators, vanish into extinction, and their natural prey, rabbits, deer, etc., multiplies until their environment is destroyed and they too disappear.

Some claim that that doesn’t matter, because we can replace the cruelty of ‘death by wolf’, or lion, or orca, with death by human hunter. But then the whole thing escalates into increasing absurdity. Instead of a self-sustaining or self-maintaining natural order and balance, humans are forced to intervene and manage the entire Biosphere, and if you think we are capable and equipped to carry that responsibility, well, I do not share your view.

We are so far distant from being able to manage relatively straightforward issues, such as the survival of African rhinos and elephants, that we are unlikely ever to be able to manage entire ecosystems right down to the level of soil organisms. Most human interventions, even when well intentioned, tend to lead to unexpected and often undesirable consequences.

I believe in the principle of self-defence. I think that a human should fight back against, say, rats that are invading. Before they start gnawing at the baby in its’ cot, which does happen. But also, I believe that forcing ANY species into extinction is immoral, a crime against this Universe, and shows us to be unfit for our role and duty of care. With the possible exception of some of the most ghastly pathogens.

Unfortunately, many of the most horrible organisms, from a human perspective, are very well able to take care of themselves and to multiply and diversify, thus evading any of our attempts to eradicate them.

You want to try and explain this stuff to the hordes of illiterate and low IQ Arabs and Africans, etc, who are swarming into Europe ? ahahaha…. They do have totally different worldviews and values, and the radical Islamist jihadis want to take us all back to their idealised 7th. Century world.

As I understand it, (and I might be mistaken ?) the pale skinned peoples of the northern hemisphere evolved that appearance because of the low sunlight and Vitamin D. They also evolved high IQ’s, creativity and resourcefulness, because they were forced to plan ahead, if they were to survive the harsh test of winter.

unknown artist; Harvest Scene; Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/harvest-scene-42862

If, as in the northern regions of Europe, Siberia, and North America, there’s only four or five months of relatively mild weather and plentiful daylight, alternating with long periods of severe cold weather and darkness, then the people who could not plan ahead did not survive, and those that could, did.

McBey, James; Harvest, Angus; Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/harvest-angus-107376

This is in contrast to the tropical belt, where it’s always hot and sunny, with abundant food of all kinds. Those people did not need to evolve the ability to plan ahead and store food, because it’s always summer all year around.

Harvest Field with Reapers, Haywood, Herefordshire 1815 George Robert Lewis 1782-1871 Purchased 1981 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T03235

So, my dear reader, you can now heave a sigh of relief, because you have made it all the way to the end. Congratulations ! Hope to continue next time, but for the moment, I am exhausted…  Blessings and commiserations, wherever you may be…

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439 Responses to SitRep as the summer gently slips away…

  1. ulvfugl says:

    Three ISIS pockets remain in Syria. One is in Raqqa where the enclosed ISIS units will fight to death. The U.S. military and its Kurdish proxy forces are literally destroying the city to save it. It is unlikely that the remaining ISIS forces in the city will give up or agree to an evacuation deal. In an earlier deal with Kurdish forces a group of ISIS fighters negotiated a retreat from the Tabqa dam in exchange for free passage towards Raqqa. The U.S. military broke the deal by attacking the retreating ISIS fighters.

    A second pocket is in the semi desert north-west of Palmyra. ISIS fighters there have dug elaborate cave systems (video). The caves may protect against detection from the air but these positions are indefensible against a ground assault. The area will likely be cleansed within a week.

    The third ISIS pocket left is near the Israeli border in Golan heights. The area still awaits a solution but there is no doubt that the Takfiri forces there will eventually be eliminated. Israel has tried to press the U.S. and Russia for protection of the area from an expected onslaught by the Syrian Hizbullah. It also asked to suppress all Iranian influence in Syria. But Washington as well as Moscow rejected the Israeli requests. Netanyahoo lost the war he waged on Syria and Israel will now have to live with a far more capable force along its northern borders.

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/08/syria-summary-towards-the-end-of-the-caliphate.html#comments

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  4. Keith S Elder says:

    An update from William Blum, another wounded warrior in the fight for truth:

    https://williamblum.org/aer/read/150

  5. marty says:

    Hi ulvfugl. I like the bit about evading the worst of the effects of suffering through meditation in this most recent blog of yours. Seems to be working for me. Although I know I have a long journey ahead of me. 🙂

    It looks as though our old friend has thrown in the towel.

    Not bitter?

    I’m not bitter, although this decision is bittersweet and I’m afflicted with large servings of disappointment, disgust, sadness, humor, and various other emotions. Finally, in other words, I’m reasonably enlightened about the human condition.
    I’ve finally concluded that nearly all humans within civilization deserve the horrors they willfully bring to others. I’m saddened by the knowledge that innocents and non-human life will suffer as a result. And I’ll not shoulder that heavy burden.
    To the extent I am able, I opted out of the monetary system in pursuit of peace long ago. I remain grateful for the generosity of my supporters, which covers most of my modest living expenses, and I understand those who would rather contribute to other causes in the future.
    I did what I could, at tremendous personal cost. It wasn’t nearly enough. Please carry on without me, albeit with my moral support.

    https://guymcpherson.com/2017/08/im-mostly-done/#more-14549

  6. marty says:

    I should say rather that meditation helps to find the place within myself to avoid suffering, not the effects of suffering.

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    Regarding the prevalence of the dragon in the myths of ancient cultures, British astronomers Victor Clube and Bill Napier, wrote in 1982: “The earliest recorded myths are those of combat, between a god or hero and a dragon. The dragon was a familiar figure in Greece, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Babylon, India, China, North America, and elsewhere. Usually, he has the form of a winged serpent. He is a gigantic monster; he spouts fire and smoke; bellows and hisses; he throws rocks, and is the creator of terrible destruction; and his home is in the sky.” (The Cosmic Serpent: A catastrophist view of Earth History: Universe Books, New York) Another example comes from the ancient Far East, as recorded by Engelb. Kœmpfer, M.D in 1728: “In the thirty sixth year of his reign, it rain’d Stars from Heaven, in Japan…In the 40th year of his reign, on a clear and serene day, there arose of a sudden in China, a violent storm of thunder and lightning: Comets, Fiery-Dragons and uncommon Meteors appeared in the Airs, and it rain’d fire from Heaven.” Roberta J. M. Olson in Fire and Ice: A History of Comets in Art (1985) writes: “Certain artistic conventions were employed in the rendering of comets and these carried over to images of other celestial events. For example, the English artist Thomas Sandby recorded a large meteor observed in August 1783 which was identified with the ancient type called Draco volans, or “flying dragon”.”

    http://sacredgeometryinternational.com/here-there-be-dragons

  8. ulvfugl says:

    Btw, I do not take Mango Thunderslice’s theories seriously, but find him amusing to listen to sometimes….

    Thanks Keith… I like William Blum’s take, pity he is getting so ill.

    I still get emails criticizing me for the stand I took against Islamic terrorists earlier this year. Almost every one feels obliged to remind me that the terrorists are acting in revenge for decades of US/Western bombing of Muslim populations and assorted other atrocities. And I then have to inform each one of them that they’ve chosen the wrong person for such a lecture. I, it happens, wrote the fucking book on the subject!

    In the first edition of my book Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, published in 2001, before September 11, the first chapter was “Why do terrorists keep picking on The United States?” It includes a long list of hostile US military and political actions against the Islamic world during the previous 20 years.

    So I can well see why radical Muslims would harbor a deep-seated desire for revenge against The United States and its allies who often contributed to the hostile actions. My problem is that the Islamic terrorist actions are seldom aimed at those responsible for this awful history –- the executive and military branches of the Western nations, but are more and more targeted against innocent civilians, which at times includes other Muslims, probably even, on occasion, some who sympathize with the radical Islamic cause. These random terrorist acts are thus not defendable or understandable from any revenge point of view. What did the poor people of Barcelona have to do with Western imperialism?

  9. ulvfugl says:

    @ marty

    Thanks for the McPherson link. It’s a long time since I’ve read him…

    Seems like a mix of self-aggrandisement and self-pity.

    My take : he got that immensely privileged position, as a University Professor, at a very young age, and then he destroyed his own career by over-estimating how radical and disruptive he would be permitted to be. The system rejected him, and he’s spent the years since trying to get some revenge. Attacking the system that had given him the status and privilege and that then spat him out.

    I’ve been reading well-written diatribes by well-educated folk predicting that ‘The Sky is Falling !’ or just about to fall, ever since the 1960’s. Most of my life, in fact. I’ve written quite a few myself. It didn’t fall yet. That is no guarantee that they are all wrong, and that it won’t fall.

    There’s a very long list of ‘What if…’ questions that can be posed. Like, ‘What if Yellowstone erupts as a supervolcano ?’

    I’m passed the stage of laying awake at night worrying about that stuff. I’m into the final fraction of my own personal lifetime, and I have the pressing urgency of short term survival to cope with. This little blog with a few hundred readers gives me an opportunity to offer my opinions and beliefs, I’m grateful for that, but it’s not going to change the destiny of the 7.5 billion out there, or the fate of the planet, is it.

    I think that McPherson’s strategy was to put his audience into a state of chronic alarm and anxiety because ‘The End is Nigh’. His analysis for that could well be correct. Or it might not be. He excels at the technique of cornering his audience into a logical trap where they are forced to accept his propositions.

    I mean, when you’re trying to win over an audience, like a lawyer talking to a jury, you use whatever arguments and rhetorical devices you have available as skillfully as you can. It’s fairly simple in the case of ‘Did X commit the murder, or not’, but we are talking about something that is immensely more complex and difficult to evaluate, that is, everyone’s future and the future of this planet.

    Seems to me, we could have the debate, analogous to a court room, where a smart lawyer convinces the jury that we are teetering upon the brink of Doom. But then you take the case to an Appeal Court, and an even smarter and more expensive lawyer convinces everyone that they were mistaken, and the Signs and Portents do not indicate Doom at all.

    Us poor members of the public, preoccupied with the concerns and stresses of our daily lives, find it very hard to evaluate what we are told. It’s all a confusing mess. Just because someone is presented nominally as an ‘Expert’, an authority figure, does not guarantee that what they say is correct and accurate. Most such folk, consciously or unconsciously, are working an agenda filled with all kinds of unverified assumptions.

    I don’t think any of this is new to the readers of this blog, is it, it’s been said before.

    There’s a nice quote in the W. Blum thing above..

    “We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.” – William James (1842-1910)

    Well, people have very different motives. There’s plenty of very powerful and well known names whose motivation is to get richer, because wealth = power and influence. One thing I respect about McPherson, is that he’s not in it for the money. So long as he’s got a clean shirt and food, and can pursue his obsession, he’s satisfied enough.

    If, as seems to me to be the truth, we are witnessing global ecological collapse (because our systems are not compatible with a viable biological world) then it becomes a competitive struggle to see who survives, either longest or at all…

  10. ulvfugl says:

    Re meditation.

    There are thousands and thousands of different approaches, systems, practices, etc, that get lumped together under that word. It’s not just ‘one thing’.

    Even the goal or target or reason for doing it, is very different, as taught by different schools and religious sects.

    Vinay Gupta has presented quite a few lectures on meditation and Enlightenment. He’s following a Hindu approach, or one of the many Hindu approaches. Which is very different to a Buddhist approach, and again, there’s many varieties or flavours of Buddhism. Then there are also Taoist schools. And others.

    Of course, any committed worthwhile teacher is going to declare that THEIR method or approach is the best. It’d be perverse for someone to teach what they considered to be BAD system that didn’t work.

  11. ulvfugl says:

    For years nuclear fusion was the stuff of sci-fi books and movies, but technology has brought it, like so many other things, closer to reality. So close, in fact, that there are plans to build the first nuclear fusion reactor by 2025 – a reactor that could yield a lot more energy than is fed into it and provide vast amounts of clean, sustainable energy.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-27/researchers-announce-nuclear-fusion-breakthrough

  12. ulvfugl says:

    Here is serious evidence that the so called “Syrian rebels” systematically trained children to play “chemical attack” victims.

    The evidence was found by Partisangirl who today tweeted:

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/08/syria-rebel-trained-children-to-perform-a-chemical-attack-video.html#comments

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    A University of Queensland discovery may lead to new treatments for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). UQ Queensland Brain Institute scientists have discovered that new brain cells are produced in the adult amygdala, a region of the brain important for processing emotional memories.

    Disrupted connections in the amygdala, an ancient part of the brain, are linked to anxiety disorders such as PTSD.

    Queensland Brain Institute director Professor Pankaj Sah said the research marked a major shift in understanding the brain’s ability to adapt and regenerate.

    https://scienmag.com/adult-brains-produce-new-cells-in-previously-undiscovered-area/

  16. ulvfugl says:

    Interesting thread of tweets from Outsideness…

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    ” …According to the statement, over 800 ISIS members, 13 battle tanks, 39 pickup trucks armed with large-caliber machine guns and 9 mortars and artillery guns have been destroyed during the clashes in the Ghanem al-Ali village area near the Euphrates River.”

    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2017/08/httpssouthfrontorggovt-forces-russian-warplanes-eliminate-800-isis-fighters-and-high-number-of-equip.html

    Richardstevenhack said…
    Off topic but in line with my previous posts on Youtube “demonetizing” gun-related channels, this has now extended to more political channels…

    YouTube “Economically Censors” Ron Paul, Labels Videos “Not Suitable” For All Advertisers
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-27/youtube-economically-censors-ron-paul-labels-videos-not-suitable-all-advertisers

    The onslaught against free speech continues…

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    I’m on Katie’s side, I think people need to be woken up to the threat as fast as possible.

  22. ulvfugl says:

    Based on the number of people affected, amount of water involved, and other factors, meteorologists have warned, there may be no parallel available to any other rainstorm in U.S. history as Mashable’s Andrew Freeman reports Tropical Storm Harvey has dropped more than 11 trillion gallons of water on Texas, triggering catastrophic, unprecedented flooding in the Houston area.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-28/shocking-drone-footage-shows-harveys-unprecedented-devastation-no-parallel-any-rains

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    Bank_sters Aug 28, 2017 8:52 AM
    The black mold will be epic. These homes will have to be gutted, dried and then rebuilt from the inside out.

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    spanish inquisition Bank_sters Aug 28, 2017 8:55 AM
    I don’t think you can call it “black” mold.

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    Son of Loki spanish inquisition Aug 28, 2017 8:59 AM
    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner calls it, “mold of color.”

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    spanish inquisition Son of Loki Aug 28, 2017 9:03 AM
    HAHA. No way! Well, if he did he is a white supremacist like Charles Barkley for giving “white” mold a pass and putting the problem squarely on the “colored” molds!

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    Joe Davola spanish inquisition Aug 28, 2017 9:18 AM
    I shoulda gone long on Chinese drywall manufacturers, they’ve provided such good product in the past!

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    tmosley Bank_sters Aug 28, 2017 9:01 AM
    The black mold was always, and has always been “epic” in that area. It is constantly moist. Ground always saturated. If you don’t have central air to pump out the moisture, it will be in your house too. It is everywhere outside.

  23. ulvfugl says:

    Wildlife experts have been warning about the alarming decline in insects for decades.

    But the fall in numbers of bugs in Britain has now reached such a troubling extent that even motorists are noticing that their windscreens are clear of squashed flies, gnats, moths and wasps.

    Where a trip in high summer would once have necessitated taking a squeegee to the front window, now the glass is largely clear, drivers are reporting.

    Writing in The Telegraph letters page earlier this week, Michael Groom of Teffont Evias, Wiltshire asked: “Where have all the insects gone? My windscreen remains clear whatever the speed.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/26/windscreen-phenomenon-car-no-longer-covered-dead-insects/

    I have also been saying this for decades. When I was a kid I used to collect moths, so I have a vivid recollection of how many there would be around any light source at night.
    Now, here where I live, which has about as much ‘unspoiled nature’ as anywhere in the UK, there are scarcely any insects of any kind around an outside light or at the windows at night.

    SOMETHING is very seriously wrong. Some people blame sheep dip and other pesticides, but AFAIK a definitive cause has yet to be established and proven.

    “This is part of the wholesale loss of small animals in recent decades. The public know about bees and butterflies, but these are just the tips of the iceberg. Moths, hoverflies, wasps, beetles and many other groups are now sparse where once they were abundant.”

  24. ulvfugl says:

    julian assange just tweeted this video in relation to bob hawke being manipulated by the cia to control the unions in australia. fiona barnett outed bob hawke as a paedophile when she turned whistleblower in 2016. this is pizzagate related because the cia is behind everything to do with child trafficking and paedophilia. they use paedophilia to control politicians, bankers, high powered businessmen. its their leverage over everybody to make them do what they want. they encourage paedophilia and they have a constant supply of children to traffick from natural disasters ( if they are natural ) and warzones. ngo’s and peace keeping organisations are in on it too. they all have their finger on the pulse to see where they can make their next buck or blackmail case using children as the collateral

    https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/2091586

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    America on the Brink of Nuclear War (Part 1)

    The US and North Korea are on the brink of hostilities that if begun would almost certainly lead to a nuclear exchange. This is the expressed judgment of most competent observers. They differ over the causes of this confrontation and over the size, range and impact of the weapons that would be fired, but no one can doubt that even a “limited” nuclear exchange would have horrifying effects throughout much of the world including North America.
    So how did we get to this point, what are we now doing and what could be done to avoid what would almost certainly be the disastrous consequences of even a “limited” nuclear war?

    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2017/08/mayday-korea-by-william-r-polk.html

  31. ulvfugl says:

    They are billionaires. They own the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and the Spectator, but rarely give interviews. And now the resignation of one of the Telegraph’s political columnists, Peter Oborne, backed by a searing article in which he accuses the paper’s management of colluding with advertisers, has put them into the limelight they appear to hate.

    In his piece for Open Democracy, Oborne wrote: “After a lot of agony I have come to the conclusion that I have a duty to make all this public. There are two powerful reasons. The first concerns the future of the Telegraph under the Barclay Brothers.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31517392

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    Pedophile vicar housed in luxury apartment by Church of England

    https://www.rt.com/uk/401082-pedophile-vicar-apartment-church/

    Last year Liverpool Crown Court heard that after serving jail time in 2010, the 68-year-old downloaded a further 1,730 indecent images featuring children and animals between 2014 and 2017 and also wrote a child sex abuse fantasy featuring himself.

    Now, the Liverpool Echo have revealed that Battersby is now being housed in a luxury apartment paid for by the church.

    The apartment is in the 29-storey Beetham Tower block, which is found next to West Tower, Liverpool’s tallest building. Two-bedroom apartments in the block can cost up to £165,000, or £1,050 per month to rent, the paper reports.

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    NICOLA Sturgeon’s government and the EU is paying for children age two and up to be given lessons on sexuality and whether they want to identify as being boys, girls or gender neutral.
    And they are paying for the roll out of a programme which allows a ‘research artist’ who works with children from two up as well as policy makers to encourage infants to talk about sex.

    https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/11/11/snp-scotgov-funds-sex-ed-for-2yrr-olds/

    Horrifyingly the ‘Gendersaurus Rex’ concept – which is promoted and paid for by the taxpayer through the Imaginate Creative Project – asks: “How do we talk about queerness outside of sexuality?

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    Local residents have been warned to stay inside while doctors in hazmat suits are treating more than 200 people with breathing problems, burning eyes and sickness in contamination tents, according to Daily Mail.

    Eastbourne Hospital has now announced a major incident and has treated hundreds of Bank Holidaymakers.

    The coastguard, police, ambulances and fire and rescue crews are at the worst affected area, Birling Gap, near Beachy Head – a famous headland due to its 160m drops and high suicide rates as Britain’s tallest chalk sea cliffs.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm

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    With Houston’s police force desperately spread across the city, having rescued an estimated 2,000 people so far from floodwaters, Houston PD Chief Art Acevedo has announced that Houston PD officers have arrested looters.

    While the scenes of devastation across Houston are depressing, the following clip could be the most depressing…

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-28/looting-begins-houston-distracted-police-rescue-over-2000-floodwaters

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    Abstract

    Pigmentation of the hair, skin, cuticle, feather and eye is one of the most salient and variable attributes of vertebrates. In many species, melanin-based coloration is found to be pleiotropically linked to behavior. We review animal studies that have found darker pigmented individuals average higher amounts of aggression and sexual activity than lighter pigmented individuals. We hypothesize that similar relationships between pigmentation, aggression, and sexuality occur in humans. We first review the literature on non-human animals and then review some of the correlates of melanin in people, including aggression and sexual activity. Both within human populations (e.g., siblings), and between populations (e.g., races, nations, states), studies find that darker pigmented people average higher levels of aggression and sexual activity (and also lower IQ). We conceptualize skin color as a multigenerational adaptation to differences in climate over the last 70,000 years as a result of “cold winters theory” and the “Out-of-Africa” model of human origins. We propose life history theory to explain the covariation found between human (and non-human) pigmentation and variables such as birth rate, infant mortality, longevity, rate of HIV/AIDS, and violent crime.

    Highlights

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886912000840

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    I remember way back when the US was regime-changing the communist Afghanistan government by supporting the Taliban and other mujahideen. The overt American purpose was to rid Afghanistan of their communist oppressors. The unstated reason was thought to be to prevent the Soviet Union from building petroleum pipelines from Turkmenistan (then the Turkmen SSR) through Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Turkmenistan has the fourth largest gas reserves after Russia, Iraq and Qatar. The US and Saudi Arabia follow Turkmenistan.

    About the time the US invaded in 2001, Unocal (Chevron) and some Saudi outfit started planning the same thing (TAPI), except the pipeline would exit Afghanistan to the east, towards the Indian markets. That never really started because the US/Saudi Arabia do not want to negotiate with the Taliban. Unfortunately, the west-east portion of the pipeline would run through historically Pashtun/Taliban controlled areas. If the US can’t eradicate the Taliban after 16 years and won’t negotiate – at least for the gas pipeline rights – then poor Turkmenistan’s gas is going nowhere. Any Afghani pipeline that isn’t paying the Taliban protection money is going to have a lot of holes in it.

    Not suggesting that pipelines are ‘the reason’ for the eternal Afghanistan war, but they always seem to be somewhere in the background in US conflicts.

    In the mean time, Pakistan has been able to block (or approve) any overland pipelines to India from the Gulf/Iran/Central Asia. Pakistan is Central Asia’s Ukraine to India. Eventually, everyone is just going to go around it.

    Posted by: PavewayIV | Aug 28, 2017 12:25:59 PM | 135

    Enlightening perspective from the other side of the Caspian:

    The Rise of Militant Salafism in Azerbaijan and Its Regional Implications

    Never new the Saudis were priming Shia-dominated Azerbaijan with Wahhabism. If it shares a border with Iran, I suppose it’s a target. Interesting recent tie-in frojm Dilyana Gaytandzhiev, the Bulgarian journalist fired for revealing Azerbaijan’s state-owned SilkWay Airlines arms-smuggling business conducted under diplomatic cover. She just tweeted:

    via @YouTube
    The link is just to a generic RT report on the explosions. SADVAL is a Lezgian separatist movement in Azerbaijan/South Daghestan. Sunni Lezgians are one of the Sunni Muslim groups targeted by Wahhabists, but no idea what role extremism plays in SADVAL.

    No idea what the reference to Israel ammunition depot was about. Israel gets 40% of its oil from Azerbaijan and has a $5 billion (!) arms deal with the impoverished, corrupt nation. No surprise though considering the SilkWays/CIA/Mossad and Saudi/UAE involvement in the arms-smuggling rat line.

    I’m beginning to see a pattern here. The US either installs or backs an existing corrupt, authoritarian government in exchange for oil interests (and blocking the Russian/Iranian/Chinese menace), while the Saudis simultaneously inject the Wahhabi Death Cult into any poor, disenfranchised Sunni populations. That’s got to be an arms dealer’s dream come true.

    The Saudis claim to be countering Iranian-backed Shia extremism, but that’s pretty damn hard to find anywhere. Are the IRCG, PMUs or Hezbollah really Shia fanatical extremists, or just someone screwing up Israeli/Saudi domination schemes? Seems more like weponized Wahhabism is exported wherever there is any Shia influence of any kind because Shia means Iran and it must be destroyed. The lingering paranoia of psychopaths.

    Posted by: PavewayIV | Aug 28, 2017 5:43:59 PM | 136

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/08/four-more-one-year-wars-in-afghanistan/comments/page/2/#comments

  41. marty says:

    Interesting take on A.I.

  42. ulvfugl says:

    Thanks marty !

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    At the rate things are going, a full-blown civil war appears to be materializing.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-28/full-blown-civil-war-materializing-nobody-will-be-able-retreat-neutral-corner

  45. ulvfugl says:

    Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet…

    INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a new crowd-funded investigative journalism project, breaks the exclusive story of how the United States intelligence community funded, nurtured and incubated Google as part of a drive to dominate the world through control of information. Seed-funded by the NSA and CIA, Google was merely the first among a plethora of private sector start-ups co-opted by US intelligence to retain ‘information superiority.’

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-28/how-cia-made-google

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