Intelligence, Technology, Sycophancy, War, Deception, Death



A team of archeologists has discovered 9,000-year-old wells in central China’s Xiping County in Henan Province. The wells, six in number, are the oldest wells ever found in China, according to Wei Xingtao, deputy head of the provincial archaeological research institute.


More than half of the difference in intelligence between people can be traced to their genes, a study suggests.

Scientists examined thousands of genetic markers in 20,000 people’s DNA to determine the genetic signals associated with their intelligence.

Previous molecular genetic studies have not been able to provide an estimate of the effect that rare genetic variants may have on intelligence.

They found that the combined effect of rare genetic variants and common genetic variants explained 50 per cent of difference in intelligence.


Dr Simon Young and Dr Ceri Houlbrook are the contributing editors of Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies, 500 AD to the Present, published by Gibson Square Books in January 2018. Dr Houlbrook is Early Career Researcher of History and Folklore at the University of Hertfordshire, and previously co-edited The Materiality of Magic: An artefactual investigation into ritual practices and popular beliefs, published by Oxbow. Dr Young’s name may be familiar to many as the author of the regular Fairies, Folklore and Forteana column in Fortean Times. He also runs – online hub of The Fairy Investigation Society (est. 1927) via which he collected and collated the data for The Fairy Census 2014-2017 (which is free to read online). The census and Magical Folk were knocked into shape simultaneously during the Autumn of 2017; these two exhaustive and impressive works are closely intertwined, with many encounters documented in the survey also being included in the book.

Magical Folk consists of sixteen chapters on the fairies of different parts of Britain and Ireland, and emigrant fairies in North America. Each chapter is authored by a different contributor whose particular field of expertise covers the fairy history and folklore of that region. Again, many of the names will be familiar to readers already interested in this field: the likes of the eminent folklorist Jacqueline Simpson, and Chris Woodyard, author of The Victorian Book of the Dead, for example.

The body of Magical Folk is divided into three sections: English Fairies (covering Sussex, Worcestershire, Devon, Yorkshire, Dorset, and Cumbria), Celtic and Norse Fairies (covering Ireland, Scotland, Orkney and Shetland, Wales, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and Cornwall), and Travelling Fairies (covering New England, Atlantic Canada, and Irish America).  

In every chapter we are treated to wonderful chunks of local lore, but perhaps the most surprising and exciting thing is that so often these are followed up with 19th, 20th, and even 21st century examples of those beliefs. How the taking of certain old paths and lanes after dark still putting one at risk of being “Pixy-led” and losing your way in certain parts of Devon. The small, hairy “puckwudgie” who in 1990 terrified a dog walker in Raynham, Massachusetts. I could go on and on and on.


Dr. Robert Duncan is honest and concise in his description of some of the most intrusive surveillance and behavioral modification technologies ever created. His latest work is a must read for everyone concerned with the future of human rights in the both the United States and abroad. His detailed description of the modalities used for hacking the human mind are both accurate and troublesome. Countless thousands have seen their lives ruined in the non-consensual experimentation phase regarding this technology.

Finally, the reality of mind control is presented to the public in a factual and academic manner by a credible scientist with the curriculum vitae to back it up. The future of humanity is truly in peril when the abilty exist for the masses to be compltetely controlled by the whims of the few so insidiously. The technology Dr. Duncan describes in Soul Catcher is fascinating, worrisome and currently in use by several industrialized nations. Only time and ethical restraint will tell if this most pervasive technology is evil or devine.

Volume 2 details the CIA’s practices of interrogation and cybernetic mind control in their pursuit to weaponize neuropsychology. It covers the art of bio-communication war. Human beings are complex machines but their inner workings have been deciphered. Mind control and brainwashing have been perfected in the last 60 years. Hacking computers and hacking into individual minds are similar. The 21st century will be known as the age of spiritual machines and soulless men.


Ed does not know the definition of ‘sycophant’




Sigh. Groan. Grumble……

It’s that time when I need to write something here again. Unless I decide to give up this blogging ? You, the couple of hundred loyal readers who visit everyday might miss me for a short while, but there’s a zillion other places for you to spend your precious time, isn’t there, sweeties ?

What can I say ? The world is so confusing and the news is so depressing. No point in complaining about that, it is what it is.

I consider my mood to be an independent variable, so I try not to allow the way I feel to be influenced by what I read, but that’s much harder if you have some loved ones you are responsible for and whose futures you worry about.

This issue of freedom of speech is one matter that presses my button to get myself fired up to have a rant. I mean, people are so badly educated. These questions were raised and answered hundreds of years ago. Thousands, if you take it back to the Ancient Greeks. More recently, the English Civil War and the French Revolution.

It’s not a matter of a ‘perfect solution’, but people discovered that trying to kill everyone you don’t agree with by going to war and defeating the opposition by armed  force on the battlefield is so ghastly that almost any alternative must be better.

And telling the truth is something precious, or else we end up in a hideous quagmire of lies and deceit.

The horror of bloody war is why they came up with debate and parliamentary democracy. If I recall correctly, the House of Commons in London was designed so that the two wings are separated by three sword lengths. Because the Members used to wear their swords when they attended, and lose their tempers when they were enraged by opposing points of view. Their anger motivated them to want to kill and silence those who disagreed with them.

You don’t need to be very smart to understand the problem with resorting to physical violence. Physically attacking or killing your opponent might shut that individual up, but it doesn’t settle the political disagreement, because the contentious issues are IDEAS, and ideas have a life of their own that transcends any one individual human.

These principles apply regardless of whether the ideas are left wing or right wing ideas. And that conceptual division dates back, again, to the ancient Greeks, (anacyclosis) and more recently, to the French Revolution, when those in favour of going further  and faster with the mayhem and upheaval sat on the left side of the chamber, and those who wanted to slow down or go back, sat on the right side.

What any responsible and intelligent person should easily understand, is that it is ALWAYS better to try and resolve issues by argument and discussion. That’s because, the alternative, to use physical violence, quickly fills the streets with corpses, widows and orphans, building further causes for bloody revenge and retribution, which easily spirals out of anyone’s control. Simply put, it’s Churchill’s ‘Jaw, jaw is better than war, war’.

We need to understand that despite all our pretensions to knowledge, education, sophistication and civilised values, there are primitive forces inside us, the same ones that are in the chimpanzees, who patrol the boundaries of their territory. If they come upon a foreign group they’ll attack them and literally rip off arms, legs and heads. It’s not very nice, is it.

Of course, you might not accept the Evolution paradigm. There are some voices, e.g. Jay Dyer and Sylvie Ivanova, whose work I respect, who don’t accept biological evolution.

We are not chimpanzees, but the basic impulses remain, and are released, in a controlled fashion, in the sports contests which obsess so many folk. Sometimes the primitive forces break out of the conventions, and the fans riot and fight and wreck the place. But it’s not quite as bad as all out military warfare that kills millions.

War has been the norm, down through the centuries, and now, with greatly advanced technology, it’s guaranteed that any new global war will be even more terrible than anything the Earth has seen before. So, it’s better if that can be avoided, if possible, no ?

But the warmongers remain with us, and if all out military war is not an option for them, they find countless other dirty tricks to subvert opponents and get their aims by nefarious means. And, although I’d say that parliamentary democracy is probably the best possible solution that has been found so far, it’s still far from perfect and fairly easily corrupted.

As, for example, the selected candidates for election are compromised by agencies such as the secret services, entrapped into paedophilia or other socially unacceptable conduct. They can then be controlled and manipulated by blackmail, because if they disobey orders they can be outed, ruined and disgraced. We are presented with a facade of an accountable parliamentary democracy, but it’s been subverted, corrupted and faked.

Then what ?


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380 Responses to Intelligence, Technology, Sycophancy, War, Deception, Death

  1. ulvfugl says:

    I personally believe he is very dangerous politically.

    I believe he stands for control of the people and is always plotting for the manipulation of society. He appears to be always on the side of Marxist/Socialism which disturbs me greatly. This is just his political philosophy. There has been a rising movement against Soros on a global scale. This is one person who the world will celebrate his death – not mourn it.

    The Telegraph is now reporting that Soros “is one of three senior figures linked to the Remain-supporting campaign group Best for Britain who plan to launch a nationwide advertising campaign this month, which they hope will lead to a second referendum to keep Britain in the EU.”

    Soros is on the wrong side. Europe has no chance of the EU Project actually succeeding long-term. The entire structure is completely unsound and the political process is anti-Democrat. The EU was purposefully designed to be as close to a dictatorship where the people are not trusted to make any decision and are too stupid to even know how to spend their own money. Nobody in the Troika ever stands for an election and they are the people who rule with an iron fist over the economy.

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    They said the incident may be linked to the discovery of a human foot on a beach near Bangor on Wednesday.

  5. ulvfugl says:

    #Syria/n officials believe more than 1 F-16 were hit by its anti-Air missiles, showing the Syrian air-defence capability and the challenging attitude of #Damascus towards #Israel (not accepting the Israeli version of only 1 F-16 downed).

    One conclusion: The Sky over #Syria is no longer an #Israeli/i promenade and the Syrian Army is now ready for another confrontation. This blows up all (ridiculous) assessment by analysts that “the Syrian Army stretched…, skinny…, few thousands only…)

    #Israel admitted, indirectly, of the efficiency of the #Syrian Air-defence system by saying:”We study a retaliation”. The question is and remain: How #Russia will behave? Allow #Israel to hit its Syrian ally and remain on the side? Or stop the escalation?

    It is in the disadvantage of #Russia to see another war in #Syria on the southern front, with a #USA intervention, #Hezbollah #Iran the #Palestinians… all that may lead to a general war unless the Israeli response is limited.

    #Hezbollah, on full alert in #Syria and #Lebanon, expected the reaction. Its leader Said Hasan Nasrallah warned to open a general war from Naqoura to the Golan Heights in the forthcoming war.

    This escalation coincide with the approval of #Lebanon to start its oil exploration in Block 9.

    Just a thought: If this is a #Russian tit-for-tat, we could say that it is #Russia response to the downing of the Russian jet over #Idlib. Russia accused the #USA of providing anti-air missiles to #AQ allies.

    It is likely that #Damascus issues a communiqué to confirm its air defence fired the missiles against the F-16 hitting more than one jet to counter the #Israeli version claiming that #Iran is directly involved in this event.

    It seems #Israel warning Sirens blare in Northern #Israel over the Golan, the Galilee and the northern of Israel, closing the airspace over the north of Israel.

    7:35 AM – 10 Feb 2018
    #BreakingNews: A second #Israel/i air bombing against #Syria. #Damascus open fire again against Israel Jets and Golan Heights positions. Siren over Israel continue. Escalation (for now).

    Should Israel escalate to a bigger war it will be covered with hundreds of missiles per hour. Hizbullah has enough reserves to submit Israel to weeks of uninterrupted fire. Normal civil life will come to a stand still. Lebanon and Syria would also be under severe attacks but they are better positioned to endure such a situation.

    A downed F-16 is already a bloody nose for Israel. It is not in its interest to further escalate.

    Russia as well as the U.S. could become involved and into direct conflict. This must be avoided at all cost. But the current personal in White House, especially the military triumvirate behind the president, is of dubious quality. Moscow is hopefully aware of this.

    [Update 12 am GMT]

    [Update: 1:30 pm GMT]

    Elijah J. Magnier‏ @ejmalrai – 1:03 PM – 10 Feb 2018
    This is the end of it guys: #Israel decided to stand down and de-escalate. #Russia received an Israeli request to mediate to stop the escalation. Israel has lost the first battle against #Damascus when Syria was ready, after eliminating ISIS in central Syria
    Commander in #Syria confirmed to me: It was not an S-200 that hit the F-16. “It was a prepared ambushed”. Read more tomorrow via @AlraiMediaGroup

    If Israeli jets can be shot down, then trust me they will not be in any rush to start a bigger war.

    2006 war stopped because a few helicopters got shot down, csn you imagine if they lose MORE jets illegally over Syrian airspace ?

    Sorry but if they do start a war, its going to give them more then a blood nose and it will force them to negotiation table.

    Also dont underestimate Arab public opinion. If the so called “shiite crescent” really step up to Israel and put them in their place, wont be long before all their puppet leaders are over thrown.

    My 2 cents

    Posted by: Deebo | Feb 10, 2018 5:23:47 AM | 4

    Israel’s assessment is that the situation cannot be more favorable. There is a front in the north of Syria (Turkey) and in the east (US). Israel will open a front in the south, I am pretty certain about that. It is remarkable that after the failure of the plan having ISIS and Al Qaeda do the work for them, Israel, Turkey and the US are stepping into this themselves. They are betting on Putin not going all out in view of the upcoming elections (which, incidentally, is another thing that makes this moment so favorable). Another factor is that Trump lets “his” generals run things (he is lazy, he is bored reading reports, he has no clue what he is reading, he has no analytical capabilities, just survival instinct – real estate is not a very innovative business and the kind of real estate he dealt with is an ideal target for corruption and money laundering; so, as a luxury real estate magnate, he has no clue and has little regard for rules, law and fair play). And lastly, Trump’s ego will make him want “win the thing in Syria”. There is no such thing as retreating, conceding for him. That ain’t going to happen under his watch. And then, he said, after the Iraq war, the US should have taken the oil and other resources (as a compensation for a war that was the US’ own choice!). He will view this similarly with regard to Syria. And very lastly, Kushner and Netanyahu, these guys are close and it is all pro-Israel. The fact that Ivanka is married to Kushner plays a role as well. She will be in Daddy’s ear, too. In the end, while the reaction to the Jerusalem decision was comparatively muted at first (and Trump/Kushner are putting Palestinians under financial pressure as much as they can), the match was lit and this declaration does play a role, too, as it emboldened Israel. They see themselves on the winning path. Israeli police chiefs just recommended Netanyahu to be indicted for corruption. And what do you do if you are in trouble domestically? You are looking for some distraction externally and a war is a proven and tested means to deliver that AND unite a country behind you.

    Posted by: BX | Feb 10, 2018 5:57:29 AM | 6

    None of this can be resolved peacefully. Big regional war will allow total criticism of Israel again (Since it’s a Trump war, the left won’t be able to hide) and finally end this farce. Israel has taught the world that it can’t or won’t live peacefully with it’s neighbours (Or even countries hundreds of miles away) time for it to end. It might win militarily, but this will finish it diplomatically and the country itself can’t survive that.

    Posted by: Altai | Feb 10, 2018 6:06:34 AM | 11

    @6: That was 2016. Pat Lang’s take:

    Posted by: Gesine Hammerling | Feb 10, 2018 6:08:07 AM | 12

    Great job Syria, time someone respond to this crazied bully.

    We all know the pathetic western regimes refuse to condemn Israel for its repeated attacks, but now they will whine and condemn Syria for its defensive acts. Heck even the arab sunni states refuse to condemn Israel these days!

    Posted by: Anon | Feb 10, 2018 6:09:31 AM | 13

    @all: Is it possible that the US, Turkey, and Israel are acting according to this memo:

    Posted by: Gesine Hammerling | Feb 10, 2018 6:10:00 AM | 14

    Israel’s fear of Hezbollah’s 100,000 missiles [mostly short range unguided Katyushas] is magnified by the fear of them acquiring Iranian supplied guided missiles capable of hitting all valuable targets in Israel with pin point accuracy, including Ben Gurion airport [the closing down of which Israeli economists have warned would be a financial disaster] and the Dimona nuclear plant. Also Hezbollah have the Chinese sea skimming missile C-802 which can eliminate all Israel’s gas platforms and off shore storage facilities, and generally stop any ship attempting to make an Israeli port. Just what capability Hezbollah have to stop massive retaliation from Israeli aircraft bombing the whole of Lebanon is not known. Do they have the Bavar 373 long range anti aircraft missile, put into service by Iran in late 2016 [an Iranian clone of the Russian s300?]. Nasrallah said in the next war Hezbollah operatives will be in Israel, could this mean man pad operatives taking Israeli jets out when at their most vulnerable [Heavily laden with fuel and bombs in that short window on takeoff and landing]? Most of the Israeli population and most of its vital infrastructure are within the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, well within reach of Hezbollah rockets, are the Israelis keen to see Tel Aviv in rubble? As time goes by the technological powers of Israel’s enemies grow stronger and these technological powers are cheaper and available to more and more nations. Could Israeli calculations be ‘ if we do not act now, it will be too late when Hezbollah are fully tooled up in a year or two’s time’ Professor Postol of MIT in the USA published a paper on the Israeli Iron Dome System and its performance, he concluded that the system intercepted just 5% of Hamas rockets in the last Israeli massacre, quite clearly that system would be overwhelmed by Hezbollah’s rockets, and at a fantastic $50/100,000 dollars per interceptor missile.

    Posted by: harrylaw | Feb 10, 2018 6:17:25 AM | 15

  6. ulvfugl says:

    robt willmann said…
    I have expressed concern about this area for a long time: basically a horizontal line or latitude at Deir ez Zor (Dayr az Zawr) to the border with Iraq, and covering the area straight down to the southern border of Syria. This would have given Syria control of its border with Iraq from that eastern point all the way down and around going west as far as possible, and control of the Euphrates River and the oil and gas fields and pipelines in that area–

    I do understand the great difficulty R+6 has had with limited resources and logistics and thus could not fight all over the place at the same time, and the hard choices they have had to make. However, a horizontal line of demarcation from Deir ez Zor to the Iraq border would have made it much harder for the outside interlopers to go south of that line.

    By now, everybody knows that Israel has attacked inside Syria with aircraft and that an Israeli F-16 jet crashed–
    Reply 10 February 2018 at 12:14 PM
    Fred said in reply to Bill Herschel…

    You mean Barack Obama and the ideology of the American left don’t have humanity`s best interests at heart?

    Reply 10 February 2018 at 12:46 PM
    Barbara Ann said in reply to Karel Whitman…
    Karel Whitman

    My comment to Bill was in support of his view that “Russia currently represents the best interest of humanity” and I would stress that humanity includes the citizens of Israel.

    War-making in support of Israeli ‘security’ is reaching new heights of lunacy. It now seems to not only demand the destruction of Syria & Hezbollah/Lebanon, but Iran too. US presence in the ME creates ever more chaos & the Russian-led alliance is presently the best hope of preventing this trend from continuing.

    I suggest you address the language questions to Bill.


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    Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion. Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.

    Researchers around the world are exploring the drug’s transformative power to help people quit smoking; lower violent crime; treat depression, anxiety. and post-traumatic stress disorder; and trigger lasting spiritual epiphanies in psychologically healthy people, especially when coupled with meditation or contemplative training.

    There are some limitations to psilocybin studies—they tend to be small, and rely on volunteers willing to take drugs and, thus, open to an alternate experience. But the research could have major implications in an age characterized by widespread anxiety. Psilocybin seems to offer some people a route to an alternate view of reality, in which they shed the limitations of their individual consciousness and embrace a sense of interconnectedness and universality. These trips aren’t temporary, but have transformative psychological effects. Even if we don’t all end up on mushrooms, the studies offer insights on how we might minimize suffering and interpersonal strife and gain a sense of peace.

    Meanwhile, in July, psychologist Richard Williams of John Hopkins University revealed an experiment involving clergy and psilocybin. Williams is enlisting priests, rabbis, and Zen Buddhist monks to take drugs, meditate, and “collect inner experiences.” (No Muslim or Hindu clerics agreed to participate.)

    The study will last a year, so no results are out yet. But Williams told The Guardian in July 2017 that so far, the clerics report feeling simultaneously more in touch with their own faith and greater appreciation for alternate paths. “In these transcendental states of consciousness, people … get to levels of consciousness that seem universal. So a good rabbi can encounter the Buddha within him,” Williams said.

    To understand how mushrooms can change our worldviews, we must first explore how brains shape our sense of self.

    The shared dream

  10. ulvfugl says:

    February 10, 2018 at 7:55 am
    Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion Quartz (David L)

    Just for precision, Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, was a Tibetan (Vajrayana) Buddhist, not a Tibetan Zen Buddhist. Vajrayana and Zen Buddhism are quite distinct.

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    Eustache De Saint Pierre
    February 10, 2018 at 10:02 am
    If Penrose, Hammeroff & Bandyopadhyay. are correct they should also be talking about the deeper level of microtubles rather than neurons, which increasingly appear to be where the real action is. I am not including the above researchers within the scientific establishment, but they might be applying the received wisdom in which neurons have been decided as the be & end all, in order to calculate the level of computation needed for a conscious AI – in terms of the brain being subject to classical physics with no quantum input.

    They basically detest the above trio as adding microtubles which appear to function on a quantum level to the equation, as it increases the order of magnitude needed for a fully conscious AI, to probable impossible levels. It would be nice if the researchers of the above could get together with Hammeroff & Co., as they have also made some interesting discoveries on how hallucinogenics effect the brain, but at a deeper level than neurons.

    They have it seems through Penrose’s direction adopted a plan of fourteen experiments to prove their case, so far six have been successful & initial criticism such as quantum computation cannot function at body temperature have been disproved by the discovery that it does function within photosynthesis. One of the biggest critics, namely MIT’s Max Tegmark came up with his own theory which was described as idiotic by Penrose due to the fact that if it were valid it would disqualify any quantum action anywhere.

    I find it fascinating which explains my waffle & I will continue to watch with interest. It might not lead anywhere concrete but if true it will bring a whole new understanding of that organ which some it seems would prefer to see as not much more than an advanced computing device. I would also bet on Penrose & Co. rather than the likes of Tegmark, who stated that good science should be located by following the money.

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    Self Affine
    February 10, 2018 at 11:33 am
    I would have to agree with you on this and go with Penrose

    Quantum effects are deeply embedded in life. An example is quantum coherence in photosynthetic light harvestig (see Anna J.M. BioScience 64: 14-25)

    It would be unrealistic to think that life doesn’t use quantum effects for its own benefit. This would possibly include entanglement effects for signaling and quantum computing type ultra fast decision making structure.

    Lot’s to think about and very interesting.

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    Eustache De Saint Pierre
    February 10, 2018 at 12:38 pm
    I first became aware of OR from reading Penrose’s book ” The Emporer’s New Clothes ” – the emporer being those who sought to create a fully conscious AI. Hammeroff had read it earlier, contacted Penrose as he had the mechanism that would fit the theory presented in the book, which led them to work together.

    Unlike the materialists & the AI vested interest who have launched vicious attacks against them, I think their work is at least attempting to do justice to consciousness & that incredible organ the brain, unlike the others who it appears to me are cheapening both, in order to fit their own ends.

    Sir Roger is unfortunately looking rather fragile these days, but an institution named after him will it seems carry the work forward step by step, in what used to be seen as the proper scientific approach based on experiment. I must admit to being charmed by the concept that the brain at it’s core works as a quantum orchestra, which would probably explain why music is such a deep & intrinsic part of the human experience. There are also spiritual ramifications by the plenty.

    Anyhow, here is Hammeroff’s website – I like the guy as he is a scrapper & perfectly compliments Penrose.

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    Stephen V.
    February 10, 2018 at 2:37 pm
    Really appreciate this exchange Eus and Self.
    My quiet mind has little patience left for an approach which assumes the so-called objective world is devoid of consciousness. ..not to mention life!. And which seems to contradict itself by ascribing agency to neurons….And we see how well this has worked in Economics.

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    February 10, 2018 at 11:34 am
    It’s always been a mystery why the mind does not understand how the mind works.

    And the mind gives us a hint, in the saying, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you shouldn’t be doing it.

    What happens when that knowledge is revealed – that virtuous minds shall vanquish all greedy minds?

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    February 10, 2018 at 12:02 pm
    I tend to think that the true self (or virtuous mind) will just have to stop participating. if the “mind” offers “suggestions”, we all have a choice. We just need to know we have a choice. It is true, the “mind” threatens dire consequences for non-participation. If the “mind” is a hive consciousness that has appropriated human beings like humans domesticate chickens and pigs and cows, breaking that symbiosis is truly difficult and terrifying on an existential level.

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    Ignim Brites
    February 10, 2018 at 11:07 am
    Not much of a proof of anything in this article.

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    Self Affine
    February 10, 2018 at 12:29 pm
    The title is mis-leading, I agree.

    Science never proves anything – only Mathematics can do that. What we have are hypothesis, theory, observation, models, etc. (scientific method) – in other words a method for understanding.

    Nevertheless, interesting stuff that may lead to a more comprehensive theory of mind and not to be dismissed out of hand since very little is actually provable in a rigorous sense and if we had to rely on that criterion we would know almost nothing.

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    lyman alpha blob
    February 10, 2018 at 1:15 pm
    Science never proves anything – only Mathematics can do that.

    Well sort of. Mathematics does itself depend on any number of axioms.

    Some food for thought along those lines is Ted Chiang’s short story Division by Zero which I highly recommend to those who just can’t get enough math in their fictional literature 😉

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    Paul Cardan
    February 10, 2018 at 2:21 pm
    To the contrary, it’s perfectly good English to say that sciences such as chemistry and physics give us proof for all sorts of things. Saying so amounts to asserting that claims have been made by chemists and physicists for which sufficient evidence has been provided. Very often, assertions to this effect are true. Mathematics (which, incidentally, is sometimes reckoned to be a science), also offers proof, but what’s called proof here is different than marshaling evidence for claims about gravity waves, water on Mars, or life on other worlds. So, if you choose to treat mathematical proof as the one true proof, you certainly won’t find very much proof in a natural science. But that’s only a product of first having narrowed the meaning of ‘proof’ by stipulation.

    As for ‘mind’ and ‘self,’ it would probably pay to give the words some thought before setting out to show that the mind or self is either this or that neurological thing, process, or whatever, or an illusion that we’re all somehow built to entertain, maybe even an illusion from which we all need to be liberated via meditation, close readings of Buddhist scripture, etc. ‘The mind,’ for instance, is a very odd combination of words. I’d wager that we learn to use it rather late in the day (perhaps by taking a philosophy class or reading an article like the one in question), long after having first learned to use ‘mind’ in utterances like ‘mind your own business,’ ‘never mind,’ ‘mind your manners,’ ‘it’s been on my mind,’ ‘that’s not what I had in mind’ and so forth. These are not descriptions of the state of some mysterious substance, nor recommendations to put that substance to some use. But ‘the mind,’ especially when used by philosophers, cognitive scientists, etc., is clearly supposed to name some such thing. Similar considerations hold for ‘the self.’ Before walking down what may very well prove to be a garden path with these people, I think we should first consider the possibility that they’re beguiled by their own language.

  11. ulvfugl says:

    Archdruid still at it…. Sad to say, I’ve become bored and weary with his ramblings.

  12. wren-- says:

    I would miss you terribly if you stopped posting. It’s the only tether we, your readers, have to know whether you’re okay, still kicking and raising a bit of dust! Speaking of which, what you’ve written so far is a lifetime of knowledge for me, especially now that i’m trying to spend more time outside, not sitting down.
    What will happen to your blog if you stop writing? Will it just disappear? So much of it I wanted and needed to go back to. A lifetime of knowledge – such a gift. To think that it might all just disappear is a tragedy. It might be a good idea for you to get outside more too, so I wouldn’t mind if you took a break, but I do hope your blog will remain online forever, for us and for future generations. 🙂
    It’s been a long cold brutal winter here, with several nights below zero. I’m giving thanks for good firewood and the cozy woodstove.
    Wishing you health and comfort,

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    @ wren

    Thanks for the sweet words and supportive sentiments.

    There are around 200 visits here everyday, on average, as far as I can tell, sometimes it drops lower, sometimes above 250.

    It would be easier to stop if not for that 🙂

    My right leg is worse, not better, and I’m generally weak and wobbly, taking a handful of assorted pills everyday. I gather that about half of stroke victims die during the following months or year. Not that I’m intending to die, I’m intending to recover, but if I do die, this blog probably just ends without any explanation at all.

    I hope some readers will think of me kindly and wish me well if/when that happens 🙂

    The annual fee is due quite soon, so if that gets paid, then the website should stay up for another year, whatever happens.

    I’ve been into this computer stuff and the internet for almost thirty years now, and it’s been an exhilarating ride. There was so much excitement and optimism at the start, it’s all taken on a more sinister, nasty, unpleasant tone more recently.

    I don’t think I mind dying, all that much, if it’s just like going to sleep and not waking up again, but I’d like to make a serious attempt to move up a grade or two, if it turns out that the authorities who authored the Tibetan and Egyptian Books of the Dead, and various other similar works that I’ve read, turn out to be correct. I think that one can develop various techniques which assist with moving on to another, or higher, plane. I hope to give that a very serious try.

    I’m still enjoying being alive, and don’t want this to end, but I’m rather limited in what I can do, and if I deteriorate further, the time might come when I’ve had enough. But perhaps I will recover more, as time passes ? The Spring is always pleasant to look forward to. It’s so beautiful here, with the birds singing again and the plants starting to grow. That’s still a couple of months ahead.

    I should add a word of gratitude for all the folks who have been good to me in the medical and social services. Wales is excellent in that respect.


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    Update 3: According to Reuters, Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the situation in Syria in a telephone call following the heavy Israeli air strikes in the country, Interfax news agency cited the Kremlin as saying.

    “They discussed the situation around the actions of the Israeli air force, which carried our missile strikes on targets in Syria,” Interfax quoted the Kremlin, adding that Putin told Netanyahu there was a need to avoid any steps that would lead to a new confrontation in the region.

    Scar Bro yomutti2 Feb 10, 2018 9:48 AM Permalink
    jizzsrael yells out in pain as it attacks Syria. True to form.

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    Shemp 4 Victory Scar Bro Feb 10, 2018 10:09 AM Permalink
    Syrian air defenses treacherously fired at helpless Israeli planes, which were peacefully bombing Syria.

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    Gesine Hammerling

    Yes, CIA and Oded Yinon have planned (and attempted) to “regime change” and divide up Syria for decades.

    This is an interesting tidbit. That CIA document was written by career CIA/Rand Corporation operative, Graham Fuller. From his official biography, we learn Graham was “the National Intelligence Officer for Near East and South Asia at CIA.” At Rand, he focused primarily on the Middle East, Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and the politics of ethnicity and religion.”

    You know, things like Chechen Muslims and their decades-long war against Russia

    OK, here’s the interesting tidbit. Remember the Tsarnaev brothers who were killed or sentenced to death for the Boston Marathon Bombing event? Remember their crazy Uncle Ruslan, who was all over the TV while the brothers were on the run, calling them “losers?”
    Well, crazy Uncle Ruslan was married to CIA officer Graham Fuller’s daughter! In fact, Ruslan Tsarni lived in Fuller’s house and ran an NGO out of there that worked with CIA and may have funded Chechen Terrorist Groups, fighting against Russia.

    Posted by: Daniel | Feb 10, 2018 5:32:25 PM | 89

    @ 83
    The JPost article was dated on February 24, 2016. Old and incorrect news from Israel.

    Posted by: Krollchem | Feb 10, 2018 5:32:50 PM | 90

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    israel is not the issue here.

    Excuse me? Israel is most definitely the issue here. Can’t you read? An Israeli jet was just shot down while attacking Syria. It is not antisemitism to report that news. You guys are not just devious but stupid as hell.
    Posted by: ToivoS | Feb 10, 2018 5:37:36 PM | 91

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    According to unconfirmed report, in total 3 Israeli warplanes were damaged additionally to the F-16 which was downed by the Syrian forces earlier on February 10.
    If these reports are at least partly confirmed this will be one of the biggest Israeli failures in the recent time.” SF
    Israeli collective psychology is based on an assumed military and cultural superiority to the Arab states surrounding them. For them to lose an F-16 to the Syrian Air Defenses as well as to suffer damage to several F-15s is an unacceptable challenge to their self image and to the intimidating effect that they seek.
    This, at least momentary, defeat was evidently accomplished with the Russian built S-400 system.
    For the Israelis this defiance of their usual air supremacy requires massive retaliation. This is ongoing. pl

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    The flamingo-eating, wild-horse-slaying, rabbit-breeding-for-food utopian society is falling apart as Reuters reports that while truck heists have long been common in Latin America’s major economies from Mexico to Brazil, looting of cargoes on roads has soared in Venezuela in recent times.

    With hunger and scarcity widespread around its crisis-hit economy, Venezuela has seen a frightening upsurge of attacks on its increasingly anarchic roads in recent weeks.

    “Every time I say goodbye to my family, I entrust myself to God and the Virgin,” says 36-year-old Venezuelan trucker Humberto Aguilar.

    Just a few days earlier, Aguilar said he sat terrified when hundreds of looters swarmed a stationary convoy, overwhelming drivers by sheer numbers. They carted off milk, rice and sugar from other trucks but left his less-prized vegetables alone.

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    As analyzed by Russia expert Stephen F. Cohen:

    ‘Where, then, … did Steele get his information? According to Steele and his many stenographers – which include his American employers, Democratic Party Russiagaters, the mainstream media, and even progressive publications – it came from his “deep connections in Russia,” specifically from retired and current Russian intelligence officials in or near the Kremlin. From the moment the dossier began to be leaked to the American media, this seemed highly implausible (as reporters who took his bait should have known) for several reasons:

    – ‘Steele has not returned to Russia after leaving his post there in the early 1990s. Since then, the main Russian intelligence agency, the FSB, has undergone many personnel and other changes, especially after 2000, and especially in or near Putin’s Kremlin. Did Steele really have such “connections” so many years later? [JGJ: Is it credible that the head of MI6’s Russian branch is on a first-name basis with top Kremlin insiders? Turn the identities around and ask whether the chiefs of the US section of Russian or Chinese intelligence are on intimate speaking terms with the US president’s top advisers or with the leadership of the CIA or FBI. Hardly.]

    – ‘Even if he did, would these purported Russian insiders really have collaborated with this “former” British intelligence agent under what is so widely said to be the ever-vigilant eye of the ruthless “former KGB agent” Vladimir Putin, thereby risking their positions, income, perhaps freedom, as well as the well-being of their families?

    – ‘Originally it was said that his Russian sources were highly paid by Steele. Arguably, this might have warranted the risk. But subsequently Steele’s employer and head of Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, wrote in The New York Times that “Steele’s sources in Russia…were not paid.” If the Putin Kremlin’s purpose was to put Trump in the White House, why then would these “Kremlin-connected” sources have contributed to Steele’s anti-Trump project without financial or political gain – only with considerable risk?

    – ‘There is the also the telling matter of factual mistakes in the dossier that Kremlin “insiders” were unlikely to have made, but this is the subject for a separate analysis.

    ‘And indeed we now know that Steele had at least three other “sources” for the dossier, ones not previously mentioned by him or his employer. There was the information from foreign intelligence agencies provided by Brennan to Steele or to the FBI, which we also now know was collaborating with Steele. There was … a “second Trump-Russia dossier” prepared by people personally close to Hillary Clinton and who shared their “findings” with Steele. And most intriguingly, there was the “research” provided by Nellie Ohr, wife of a top Department of Justice official, Bruce Ohr, who, according to the Republican memo, “was employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump. Ohr later provided the FBI with all of his wife’s opposition research.” Most likely, it found its way into Steele’s dossier. (Mrs. Ohr was a trained Russian Studies scholar with a PhD from Stanford and a onetime assistant professor at Vassar, and thus, it must have seemed, an ideal collaborator for Steele.)’

    The reference to “people personally close to Hillary Clinton and who shared their ‘findings’ with Steele” dovetails with another intriguing suggestion from former Clinton insider Dick Morris, who knows the modus operandi of the Clinton lie generator better than anyone else. On the Fox News “Ingraham Angle” show, Morris suggested to host Laura Ingraham that the bulk of the dossier was invented by veteran political dirty tricksters and Clinton-machine hatchet men Sid Blumenthal and Cody Shearer, who then engaged “former” spook Steele, because of the Brit’s known relationship with the FBI, as their conduit to give their garbage credibility. (Never underestimate the residual “colonial” mentality of Yanks to find any sort of gibberish convincing if delivered with a British accent, as confirmed by the ubiquity of posh Brit voices in American advertising.)

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    Chupacabra-322 BlackChicken Feb 10, 2018 11:42 PM Permalink
    @ Black,

    The following is from the Deep State Washington Post.

    Much of the GOP memo is about the FBI obtaining a secret court order to monitor a former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page. The memo alleges that the FBI did not fully disclose to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court that some of the information stemmed from intelligence reports provided by Christopher Steele, a former British spy under contract for a research firm working on behalf of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. The FBI, in a rare unsigned statement, said it has “grave concerns” about the accuracy of the memo.

    Here’s the problem with the claim that the memo shows that FBI was spying on the campaign: Carter Page was no longer associated with the campaign when the court order was approved.

    Here’s the timeline.

    March 16, 2016: In an interview with The Washington Post editorial board, Trump names Page as one of his foreign policy advisers. (In 2013, Page was warned by the FBI that Russian intelligence operatives were trying to recruit him.)

    “Well, I hadn’t thought of doing it, but if you want I can give you some of the names … Walid Phares, who you probably know, PhD, adviser to the House of Representatives caucus, and counterterrorism expert; Carter Page, PhD; George Papadopoulos, he’s an energy and oil consultant, excellent guy; the Honorable Joe Schmitz, [former] inspector general at the Department of Defense; [retired] Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg; and I have quite a few more. But that’s a group of some of the people that we are dealing with. We have many other people in different aspects of what we do, but that’s a representative group.”

    July 7-8, 2016: Page attracts attention by traveling to Moscow and delivering a speech harshly critical of U.S. policy toward Russia. He emails campaign officials about “incredible insights” from his trip.

    Aug. 5, 2016: The Trump campaign begins to back away from Page when The Washington Post reports on the unease in both parties caused by Page’s remarks in Russia. Asked to comment on Page’s public statements and campaign role, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said Page was an “informal foreign policy adviser” who “does not speak for Mr. Trump or the campaign.”

    Sept. 23, 2016: The Trump campaign denies Page was ever part of the campaign. “Mr. Page is not an adviser and has made no contribution to the campaign,” campaign spokesperson Jason Miller said. “He’s never been part of our campaign. Period.” The statement comes as Yahoo News reports that a U.S. intelligence probe was trying to determine if Page had “opened up private communications with senior Russian officials — including talks about the possible lifting of economic sanctions if the Republican nominee becomes president.”

    Sept. 26, 2016: Page himself announces he is taking “a leave of absence” from the campaign, saying the reporting on his remarks has created a “distraction.”

    Oct. 21, 2016: Nearly a month after the Trump campaign says Page was never part of the campaign, the FBI seeks and receives a FISA court order to begin surveillance on Page. The order is renewed at least three more times over the next year, meaning that the FBI is able to convince the judges that surveillance continues to provide assistance to investigators. The Wall Street Journal reported that all of the judges who approved the orders were appointed by Republicans.

    Feb. 16, 2017: Trump denies he ever met Page. “I don’t think I’ve ever met him,” he told reporters at a news conference. “And he actually said he was a very low-level member of, I think, a committee for a short period of time. I don’t think I ever met him. Now, it’s possible that I walked into a room and he was sitting there, but I don’t think I ever met him. I didn’t talk to him, ever.”

    In other words, the surveillance began long after Page had supposedly left the campaign. Trump denies he ever met or spoke to Page. So it’s hard to see how a court order on a former campaign adviser — less than three weeks before the election — would constitute spying on the campaign.

    The memo also discloses that the FBI opened a counterintelligence operation in July because of allegations concerning other Trump adviser, George Papadopoulos. But Papadopoulos was never mentioned in the Steele dossier. He came to attention of the FBI because he had told an Australian diplomat that the Russians had obtained thousands of Clinton’s emails. He has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is cooperating with the special counsel.

    A spokesman for Rep. Raúl R. Labrador (R-Idaho) did not respond to a request for comment.

    Update: After this article was published, Todd Winer, a Labrador spokesman, provided the following comment:

    “The Nunes Memo makes it clear that federal officials were interested in Carter Page because he was connected to the Trump campaign. Why else would the FISA application contain the findings of the anti-Trump dossier? Why else would the application include the fact that the FBI was already investigating Trump advisor George Papadopoulos? Whether or not Carter Page was on the payroll of the Trump campaign on the date of the FISA order is irrelevant. By virtue of the fact that he had once worked on the campaign, he was connected to the campaign.

    “For a year, the Washington Post and other media outlets have specifically mentioned Carter Page as one of the leading figures in the Trump-Russia collusion story. Now that the media narrative is falling apart, all of a sudden you want to argue that Carter Page has nothing to do with Trump. You can’t have it both ways.”

    A spokesman for Duncan said: “Had the noncredible DNC funded dossier never been leaked to the media to fuel mass speculation of Russian involvement, and had it not been used as ‘evidence’ to elevate the investigation to the level of requesting FISA warrants, it’s very likely that there would have never been a perceived need for special counsel to be created in the first place.”

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    All Risk No Reward Joomanji64 Feb 10, 2018 10:06 PM Permalink
    The Money Power Sith Lords have enslaved ordinary Israeli’s with their debt-money system.

    Illuminated people comprehend this. Intellectually dark people parrot propaganda.

    Anyone can be illuminated, but it requires putting honesty and integrity first and chucking bigotry – even when the bigotry feels so darn good!


    “The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks.”
    ~Lord Acton

    “When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes. Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.”
    ~Napoleon Bonaparte

    “Let the American people go into their debt-funding schemes and banking systems, and from that hour their boasted independence will be a mere phantom.”
    ~William Pitt, (referring to the inauguration of the first National Bank in the United States under Alexander Hamilton).

    How To Be a Crook

    Poverty – Debt Is Not a Choice

    Renaissance 2.0 The Rise of [Debt-Money Monopolist] Financial Empire

    Debunking Money

    Krugman (and each MIT economist professor – THEY KNOW AND THEY OCCULT!) is a Goebbelsian propagandist as he covers the crimes of wolves with his fake sheep suit and lisp.

    Krugman to Lietaer: “Never touch the money system!”

    And It’s Gone

    People with good intentions but limited understanding are more dangerous than people with total ill will.
    ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

    “Although the so-called “moral issues” were raised, in view of the law of natural selection it was agreed that a nation or world of people who will not use their intelligence are no better than animals who do not have intelligence. Such people are beasts of burden and steaks on the table by choice and consent.”

    ~Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars

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    To conquer the West, the Ashkenazim applied a simple two-step process:

    1) morph themselves into God’s Chosen People;

    2) take over the issuance of money.

    They fully understood that there are only two entities that most men on earth revere: God and Money.

    “You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24

    So they succeeded in steering both to their advantage.

    STEP 1

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    Damascus air defence downed its first Israeli jet (F-16) ever, at a stroke changing the rules of engagement (ROE) with Israel and sending a clear message that it is ready for war and will no longer be silent on violations of its airspace. This clash has triggered the mobilisation of the Syrian army and its allies in Syria and in Lebanon, the Lebanese Hezbollah. The speed of the Syrian reaction was due to a prior decision taken at highest level among all allies operating on Syrian territory. These consider a possible confrontation may be inevitable if Israel has decided to respond and declare war. The violation of Syrian sovereignty is no longer an option open to Israel and the Israeli jets will no longer be able to carry out their usual promenades over the Levant without consequences.

    Moreover, it is also clear that Russia – despite all that is said in the media – is aware of the Syrian decision to confront Israel.

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