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Posted on 2025.10.31 at 15:54
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Please keep these things in mind, as this series progresses...

For a Psychology Statistics class, I oversaw a small group of other student experimenters. I devised an experiment which extended the idea this concept: When you leave a room, you sometimes forget what you were thinking. This is [partly] because the visual cues from the room are now gone. Normally, we associate, in our minds, our thoughts with the context surrounding us. In our mind is a map of our environment, onto, or within which, our trains of thought are drawn. Replace one map with another, and there is cognitive dissonance, which can block some memories from retrieval. (This probably applies more to active memory recall or selection, as opposed to recognition). CONTEXT IS KEY.

[Notes: This is, of course, not an absolute changer of cognition, because there are other cues, contexts, and dynamics going on. For example, there are external auditory, tactile, etc., cues at play, as there are also internal cues, like stress level, etc. My experiment was a success, btw, and was taken up by the professor, who printed it up in a journal, giving me no credit. Because, he went into another room to me. ("Livin' in another world to you.")]

Context is key. In mind. In crime. And even in authority.

But, most of all, in time.


Originally posted by tedtalks_video. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-04-22 16:43:00.


How often do you think about the air you're breathing? Probably not enough, says entrepreneur and TED Fellow Romain Lacombe. He introduces Flow: a personal air-quality tracker that fits in your hand and monitors pollution levels in real time. See how this device could help you track and understand pollution street by street, hour by hour -- and empower you to take action to improve your health.

Originally posted by natlgeographic. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-04-22 10:49:00.


As Earth Day turns 49, we take a look back at the biggest milestones in environmental protection.


Interesting Links for 22-04-2019

Posted on 2019.04.22 at 08:06
Originally posted by andrewducker. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-04-22 08:06:00.

Rich kid who thinks homeless are 'lazy' spends 3 nights on streets - and it ends badly
(tags:homelessness tv )
Japan's Ainu will finally be recognized as indigenous people
(tags:Japan racism history )
Dutch engineers build world's biggest floating sun-seeking solar farm archipelago

(tags:solarpower water netherlands )
Please remember to register to vote!
(tags:voting uk )
Denying the Neuroscience of Sex Differences
(tags:gender neuroscience psychology brain )

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How Nature Nurtures

Posted on 2019.04.22 at 04:53
Originally posted by psychologytoday. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-04-22 04:53:00.


Happy Earth Day

#17th Notch In This Online Journal/The Growing Poor

Posted on 2019.04.22 at 03:43
Current Location: Morris County, NJ
Humeur actuelle: anxiousanxious
Musique actuelle: News Radio 880am
Originally posted by jrf8886. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-04-22 03:43:00.

jrf8886 Life is challenging especially for the poor when it comes to their economic survival. Their population is growing. Opportunities for them to find employment where they can sustain themselves, their families and contribute to the collective community is frustrating to say the least. Our economy is becoming more and more unequal. Many have given up searching for sustainable employment since in their day to day pursuit, nothing can be found. That is a hard assault on their wellbeing. Is this nation prepared for these difficulties? Take a tour through the public assistence offices and see all those tired, miserable people waiting and waiting and waiting for help. Some of the families with children try to hold it together as their children become restless. Depicting myself sitting there, if I am fortunate to get a seat amongst the many seeking help (there were times when I had to bring my own folding chair), my imagination forms a stressed and embittered person. I am sure many waiting there felt the same way. These are the times when change is needed.

I do appreciate one of the local FM (radio) stations.  It is one of a little network based in nearby Wisconsin.  Shut my mouth, the guy in charge just came back from Eire, loved it, and is selling it to the hilt.  Even though the station plays Billy Joel, Madonna, Prince, etc., non-stop, it also plays tolerable music.  Every mid-afternoon, they play a George Harrison song, for some reason.  It's usually one of two of his songs, but eh.  And, on the weekends, they play a lot of extreme oldies, from the 50's and 60's.

One of the songs, recently, was, "The Big Hurt."  I heard this and really went to town in my brain.  For one thing, this song from the 1950's, employed the "airoplane" sound of the mike being moved around.  This technique was later used by E.L.O., ("I'm Alive," etc.), 10c.c, ("I'm Not in Love"), and others in the 1970's.  This song was being very progressive - and, it also used some complex notation in its structure, which was uncommon for a pop song.  So, if you are into music, I suggest you look this up and take a listen.  "The Big Hurt."  By Wayne Shanklin.

So, then this song got me interested in Wayne Shanklin. Some of his songs were used in Primrose lane, and etc. One of his popular songs was "Chanson D'Amour" (Song of Love) - this set me on a Wiki search for "Song of Love," "Melody of Love," and others I was, or was not familiar with. I ended up editing a few Wiki pages. "Melody of Love" was some kind of craze in the 1950's, I guess. Here is the Wiki page for that: Melody of Love. And this: Melody of Love. I think there is another song that was written at the turn of the century, and much later was written into a pop song... Must find...

This is wild. It is a sad, far cry from the times of The High Niall, or the Nine Hostages...  Ah, wilderness! To wit, Wiki:

...O'Neill was sent to St. Aloysius Academy for Boys, a Catholic boarding school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, where he found his only solace in books.[citation needed] His father suffered from alcoholism; his mother from an addiction to morphine, prescribed to relieve the pains of the difficult birth of her third son, Eugene.[7]

The O'Neill family reunited for summers at the Monte Cristo Cottage in New London, Connecticut. He also briefly attended Betts Academy in Stamford.[8] He attended Princeton University for one year. Accounts vary as to why he left. He may have been dropped for attending too few classes,[9] been suspended for "conduct code violations,"[10] or "for breaking a window",[11] or according to a more concrete but possibly apocryphal account, because he threw "a beer bottle into the window of Professor Woodrow Wilson", the future president of the United States.[12]

O'Neill spent several years at sea, during which he suffered from depression and alcoholism...  O'Neill's parents and elder brother Jamie (who drank himself to death at the age of 45) died within three years of one another, not long after he had begun to make his mark in the theater.

In their first years together, Monterey organized O'Neill's life, enabling him to devote himself to writing. She later became addicted to potassium bromide, and the marriage deteriorated, resulting in a number of separations, although they never divorced.

In 1943, O'Neill disowned his daughter Oona for marrying the English actor, director, and producer Charlie Chaplin when she was 18 and Chaplin was 54. He never saw Oona again...

The Chaplins and six of their eight children in 1961. From left to right: Geraldine, Eugene, Victoria, Chaplin, Oona O'Neill, Annette, Josephine and Michael.

He also had distant relationships with his sons. Eugene O'Neill Jr., a Yale classicist, suffered from alcoholism and committed suicide in 1950 at the age of 40. Shane O'Neill became a heroin addict and moved into the family home in Bermuda, Spithead, with his new wife, where he supported himself by selling off the furnishings. He was disowned by his father before also committing suicide (by jumping out of a window) a number of years later.

After suffering from multiple health problems (including depression and alcoholism) over many years, O'Neill ultimately faced a severe Parkinsons-like tremor in his hands which made it impossible for him to write during the last 10 years of his life; he had tried using dictation but found himself unable to compose in that way....

O'Neill died in Room 401 of the Sheraton Hotel (now Boston University's Kilachand Hall) on Bay State Road in Boston, on November 27, 1953, at the age of 65. As he was dying, he whispered his last words: "I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room and died in a hotel room."[23]

mm101 Note:  Isn't this bizarre? Also, Jack Nicholson portrayed O'Neill in, "Reds" - which seems to be part of some kind of conspiracy - to portray Irish people with actors who don't look, in the slightest, Irish!  I am noticing examples everywhere. Like: We are supposed to believe Hillary Swank is Irish, (in, P.S. I Love You)?! Crazy.

So, I have my glasses now.  They are bifocals, made specifically for viewing my computer, and then looking down and reading my keyboard.  The dividing line is at 50/50. which is too high, but that is my fault for not explaining myself better to them dumb fucks.  However, there is problem: The right eye lens is still blurry.  I can't read my tabs using my right eye alone.  It's also bad looking down/closer, but not as difficult, and the left eye compensates.  I just do not understand how they could have taken so many tests, and given me significantly flawed glasses.  The real me would have not accepted them - but I have no choice, since they were paid for by MedicAid.  I am stuck with them.  (So much for my hopes, but they are better than nothing.  Actually, for distance, most of my other, OLDER glasses are better than them). 

I left them some other glasses to repair, and we have an outstanding question as to whether lenses will be put into another pair.

(One possibility, re: the blurriness, is that my right eye is just getting worse fast).

BTW - this is a difficult CFS day for me.  I then walked to Harbor Freight, (which is an outlet for cheap Chinese hardware, etc., designed to destroy: Lowes; Menards; F&F; Fleet Farm; Ace Hardware; local stores, and eventually Walmart).  I returned something that didn't work.  And the cashier was really, really nice.  And I mean by this: Going out of her way, in the professional sense.  She was so smart, and on top of everything.  She had that gothy look, but was a little overweight.  Anyway, when she was checking me out, and I was talking to her, (telling her she was, "Sharp!"), I noticed, from her eyes, that she looked perhaps half-Chinese. 

When she was done, do you know what she did?  I swear not, she gave me this big, deep, low BOW to me!  I mean wtf!  It was so strange!  Was this her reward for my niceness?  Actually, I think CORPORATE, (i.e., the PARTY), might be pushing this as a new way to gain approval and, eh, take over the world.  You know, like Walmart tried to do with it's greeters. 

But, I was back to the real me who wants to, you know, investigate weird new things...

After that, I went to the supermarket, and shopped, with headache and fatigue.  Bus driver home was nice black guy who is nice.  We really get along, but I seem to really get along with all of the drivers, except the crazy preacher fool.

I am now drinking GF ginger beer mixed with ginger Kombucha tea.  Not that it will help.  I have been trying to culture Kombucha from store-bought brands, and in wth my own wicked tea mix.  Instead of my coffee/mocha mix first thing in the morning, I am moving to tea; and the mocha later in the day.

Watched, "Battle of the Sexes," and liked it, (as one who fought for women's and LGBT rights in the past, and now in my LJ posts). It had problems, but it made me tear up, and I would watch it again, which means it gets at least a C. I would probably own it, which gets it a B. I like Emma Stone, as I did in, "Crazy Stupid Love." She reminds me of that, "My Name Is Earl," lady who was also awesome in, "I Love You Man." Same kind of white trash face and nuttiness.

Latest: French and British economists warn that climate change poses an existential threat to the world economy.  That means, if the change gets bad, fast, the world is in for tyranny, war and mass death from epidemics, food shortages, and so forth.  Bill McKibben has been warning about this for 30 years, (and others even longer).  And yet, he said, for all that time, we have been living in denial, locked in a fallacious debate, while governments and companies continue to pursue agendae of self-interest, and paths of least resistance.  Fueled, of course, by the Friedman/Thatcher/Reagan/Greenspan/Rand ideology of supply-side, trickle-up economics. which ignores issues at the grassroots.  And Trump, who has some populist policies, has been opposing climate change action, cutting environmental regulations, and supporting big oil, coal and Saudi Arabia - being the coup-de-gras of these decades of delusion.  And many Boomer liberals were taken with the glitz of the era, and took jobs to, "help people," while, at the same time accumulating wealth and debt, travelling in planes, buying McMansions, investing in corrupt corporations, and completely ignoring the big picture, and those who speak up - the crazies.  We live in the modern age, but vainglorious human retardedness is just the same.

It was recently reported that symptoms global warming symptoms in the Bering Sea are now as bad as we expected them to be in 2050.  That means that the climate is spinning out of control faster than anyone expected.  I know that this acceleration is due to the additional, unmeasured consequences of warming, which combine in a feedback loop, and send the climate into a permanent tipping point.  This surprising acceleration is precisely what McKibben has been warning us about.  Instead, we dig in our heals, enhance the status quo of the rich, create political paralysis, feed into government and social corruption, and pave the way for the establishment of stupid, fundamentalist governments.

David Hume

Posted on 2019.04.17 at 03:53
Originally posted by stanford_encyc. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-04-17 03:53:00.


[Revised entry by William Edward Morris and Charlotte R. Brown on April 17, 2019.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
Generally regarded as one of the most important philosophers to write in English, David Hume (1711 - 1776) was also well known in his own time as an historian and essayist. A master stylist in any genre, his major philosophical works - A Treatise of Human Nature (1739 - 1740), the Enquiries concerning Human Understanding (1748) and concerning the Principles of Morals (1751), as well as his posthumously published Dialogues concerning Natural Religion (1779) - remain...

Originally posted by freshair. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-04-16 14:57:00.


Bill McKibben, who first warned of climate change 30 years ago, says its effects are now upon us: "The idea that anybody's going to be immune from this anywhere is untrue." His new book is Falter.

This guy never gets any comments. Well, actually he got one comment on Christmas, 1997.

I saw his pic and thought I might know a Fitzpatrick who is related to him.  'Fitzpatrick' means, 'folower of Patrick', btw.

NZ had its 9/11 a few weeks ago, and now France has its 9/11, during 'Holy Week'.  Except there are no terrorists, just the Devil.  Seriously, I was stunned and crushed when I heard the news.  It was one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, an architectural masterpiece; and an enduring touchstone for Western civilisation.  I know my friend in Philly, a pathological Catholic, (who went to Notre Dame, Indiana), is grinding his teeth and rolling in his early grave.  Really, it is very hurtful to see it destroyed, but, this:

1 - It will surely be restored, (unlike the Twin Towers).

2 - If you think this is bad, just wait 'till the nukes fall on major cities, and/or global warming turns everyone into bacon.

3 - All things must pass.

Churches.  Flatulance.  Aggression.  It's all the same brew.

nick_101 was right: Lots of turning points now: This fire; Tiger Woods; Jeapardy, and I would add: The Weather; Assange; the Black Hole; the Fungus - and LJ is 20!

NPR's, "1A", did an hour on Midwestern Passive-Aggression, a subject, like a cheese-grater, close to my heart. I always appreciate the few shows or articles about passive aggression, especially in the Midwest. When one comes along, it is as if I can stop holding my breath, relishing the validation, and exclaim, "See! I'm not crazy!"

I feel like doing a little post on the subject, but my brain wants to melt into a box of cornmeal packing peanuts. I need to sleep.

Yesterday, the guy across the street tried to stand in his yard, facing me, intimidating - which is what black guys do here. A few days earlier, he had two other guys standing in a row, staring across the street. But this time, he just couldn't keep it up, as I eyed him with disgust, and he sat down. Today, he was at it again, using his cellphone to blast his voice all over the neighbourhood - which is something he also did a lot last year. Then, a white guy walked across the street onto my block, and the black guy just went inside. There are more and more white people over here. But some of them are walking through my yard while I am out w/ my dog, and they don't even respond to me. Word might have gotten back to people who have been here for a few years, and they might have asked them to stop, but I don't know. I also walked close to where the porch which they were walking into and glared at the last guy going in, so. BTW - I have been here 6-7 years now - longer than anyone else except a few people down the street. Enough of this...

My glasses are ready to be picked up, which mean I will be able to write and post, etc., a lot easier. I'm not picking them up soon, however.

My dog is pretty happy these days.

Can Money Buy Happiness?

Posted on 2019.04.15 at 08:14
Originally posted by psychologytoday. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-04-15 08:14:00.


Plus, how wealth can cost you your humanity

I was listening to the radio the other day, and it reported that people should be aware of a possible health risk. They went on about it. They said it was a fungus - but they didn't say anything else about it - it's name, where it's coming from, how it infects - nothing! What are we supposed to do with that kind of 'information'?! But it didn't stop there: They went into an interview with a local nurse or doctor, and she gave all kinds of tips... "Well, you always wash you're hands..." I am thinking that this town is just insane - like "Green Acres" - but yesterday, I am listening to NPR's quiz show, "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me!", and they ask a question, like, "What is the next epidemic," and the answer was, "A fungus!"

I was listening to a science show. A topic being discussed: What possible DNA difference were there between one twin who went into space, and the other who stayed at home. (remember time-travel and time dilation, where one person ages drastically over the other? It makes sense, in reality, that DNA changes would occur, yes? That's a possible inroad to connecting different disciplines). What happened was this: The space twin came back and the telemers on the end of his chromosomes did not shrink, lengthened! As if he had gotten younger! It seems improbable that radiation would cause this to happen. So I thought that possibly the immune system - or some mechanism - was causing some kind of global defense (lengthening telemers) in response to radiation damage to a smaller number of chromosomes, (shortening telemers). Certainly, something else could have been causing this, (even some reaction to spacetime travel). Well, within two days, the space twin's shrank down - to even shorter than they had been before he had gone into space! Freaky. It was as if, after coming home, he began to rapidly age!

All other thoughts of how any of this happened aside, it shows us that telemers are eminently mutable. They do not have to gradually shrink away, and then you die. Instead, there is the possibility that they can be slowed, or restored, helping to slow aging, at the least. Note that telemers are not necessarily the basic cause of aging, but they appear to have influence. (I believe that I went through rapid aging over the winter, because of a combination of big stressors, a flood of DHT, etc. My telemers may have been reduced, but now most of them can be rebuilt somewhat. Because of the obvious influence of DHT in my case, I think the relationship of hormones and telemers should be considered). Note that CRISPR technology has not yet managed to work on telemers, but it is trying.

By now, you readers should know that the health of the gut is crucial to the health of the body and mind. In the gut is a whole biosphere - civilisations of good and bad bacteria, all fighting to achieve prominence in there; and how things turn out depends on what kind of food goes in, what kind of drugs or other bacteria, and how stressed out you are, or if you become injured or infected. If you eat a lot of sugar and don't get enough sleep. one day your gut may be taken over by yeast, c. difficile, h. pylori, e. coli, and/or drug resistant pathogens. Then toxins would increase in your blood, cytokines would rev. up, your insulin would go awry, your brain would be attacked by glucocorticoids, immune problems like allergies and arthritis would eventually weigh you down. And you would fall into a cycle of declining health - and you would die because of too much sugar, long ago.

Think of it this way: You, and your friendly gut bacteria, have a certain way of living which you like. You are in a rhythm. All the bad bacteria cannot get a leg up, because you are locked in a cozy loop. But, if you awol more and more fissures in your loop, and more and more bad bacteria, etc., get in, there can come a typing point where all the bad bacteria have a vote, and decide: "No, we like doing things a DIFFERENT way." And, then, it becomes them who are in charge, it becomes THEIR loop which is in charge. You become a host for their party. You become an appendage to them, to their time, their rhythm, even their thoughts, and life patterns. They convince proteins or immune cells or genes in your body to join THEIR forces, and to change their habits towards THEIR favour. All this is so because every molecule in nature is on a mission to survive, and, if you let them, they will digest you, instead of the other way around. It is the exact same rule as the cat who is convinced to like mice, because of the toxoplasmosis pathogen. We are all parts in one big machine, and, if you let it happen, other parts will change you, there will be a paradigm shift, and earth change, and suddenly you are no longer an individual, but functions of other, alien parts. This is why, when you lose your integrity and succumb to poisons, you eventually may lose the integrity of your very existence, thought and spirit.

All this, and science too, has revealed how important the gut is to health. Now, there is the weird healing therapy of fecal cell transplants, which are being used for Multiple Scleroses, and more and more illnesses. And they are working! - Precisely because they are able to shake the scales, and reset the biological clock - returning people to THEIR own healthy loops! What better proof is there that a healthy gut is of fundamental importance?!!

Autism symptoms reduced nearly 50 percent two years after fecal transplant... "In a new study, researchers demonstrate long-term beneficial effects for children diagnosed with ASD through a revolutionary fecal transplant technique known as microbiota transfer therapy (MTT)."

And yet there is a concerted campaign to deny the "ridiculous Clean Food Movement!" - like the healthy eating ideas I offered in a recent post, which had nothing to do with any kind of so-called 'movement'. I will be posting about this arrogant, corporate campaign, (against providing for a healthy gut), in an upcoming post...

Regarding the picture of the black hole: Excellent research. I am wondering when they will put telescopes on the poles of the moon. But: No one has takes a picture of a black hole. No one has ever seen a black hole. No one will ever see a black hole. It's good stuff, but a tad disingenuous and unscientific, and is a tad scientific ego-stroking.

Cat Stevens was born in England, to a Greek Orthodox Father and a Baptist mother, and was sent to a Catholic school. He appreciated skiffle and the Beatles, as well as Americans who had inspired the Beatles. This means he must have been influenced by George Harrison's guitar. George Harrison was born in Liverpool of an Irish Catholic mom and a Scots-Irish dad, ('Harrison'), and went on to have a religious enlightenment of a Buddhist sort. After Cat Stevens, (not his birthname), experienced prolonged tuberculosis, he stopped playing his Skiffle/pop/rock style, and proceeded in a spiritual, folk, searching direction. His songs are really comparable to songs of George in his early solo career. Eventually, Cat Steven's search led him to convert to Islam, thinking that music could be made into a kind of prayer. (If that's mainly what he based his conversion on, then I feel he was being naive). He left popdom, but returned to it occasionally. He even used the non-Muslim name, 'Cat Stevens', when he made one of his final albums. But, he was a genius of an artist, that many fans later felt was a real loss, because of his virtual departure. I think he still will have something to offer in the future, in some way, other than via private religion.

I have enjoyed some of his albums in the past. I don't own any. Tea for the Tillerman (1970) and Teaser and the Firecat (1971), were masterpieces. He also wrote several songs that made it big for other artists. He is interesting to read about. And, I would like to have a complete set of his works, just to follow the music's development, from start to finish. One of my favourite Love Songs, ever, is, "Rubylove." He has so many styles in his music. Although I have loved, "Peace Train," and many others, I have also ignored him because he was a little too laid back, as well. But, if I can get to a new apartment where I can actually SING again, I would really love to sing to Cat Stevens then.

UTOPIA and THOMAS MORE:  (starting with wiki) -

There are several religions on the island: moon-worshipers, sun-worshipers, planet-worshipers, ancestor-worshipers and monotheists, but each is tolerant of the others. Only atheists are despised (but allowed) in Utopia, as they are seen as representing a danger to the state: since they do not believe in any punishment or reward after this life, they have no reason to share the communistic life of Utopia, and will break the laws for their own gain. They are not banished, but are encouraged to talk out their erroneous beliefs with the priests until they are convinced of their error. Raphael says that through his teachings Christianity was beginning to take hold in Utopia. The toleration of all other religious ideas is enshrined in a universal prayer all the Utopians recite.

Yet, the puzzle is that some of the practices and institutions of the Utopians, such as the ease of divorce, euthanasia and both married priests and female priests, seem to be polar opposites of More's beliefs and the teachings of the Catholic Church of which he was a devout member. Another often cited apparent contradiction is that of the religious tolerance of Utopia contrasted with his persecution of Protestants as Lord Chancellor.

Slavery is a good thing in Utopia...Réduire )

More was neither a demon or a saint - or both - I think.  We should just look at him as being caught in a different, earlier time; and have compassion on him, as we have compassion on more primitive animals, or on anyone who acted in ways that were not crimes until our day,  for all of us, like the stars, derive from a common seed. 

* - galaxy

The Strange Ones

Posted on 2019.04.12 at 20:13
I was thinking about how many Scots (Scottish) bands/musicians I could think of. Here's what I came up with:

DON"T READ THESE BEFORE YOU THINK OF YOUR OWN SCOTLISH BANDS!...Not what they seem...Réduire ).. because some were English w/ Scots descent, and some were In Scotland but w/ Irish descent...

Britain is all mixed up. Morrissey and George Harrison might be considered Irish. And Paul McCartney could be Scots. Liverpool was largely a Northern Irish city set in England. So. They are all strangers... In strange lands...

I looked up Scottish bands, and was surprised by some... Like Dire Straits, and more... Here is the list... 

Can you think of at least 10 Scotlish bands?

Note: I am working in a theme or two to my journal lately. Can you guess what they are? They will be emerging as time goes by. (But they have nothing to do with my TIME post below)..

I want this to be a relatively condensed compendium of the various faces of time, as I know them. This will be a collection of divided topics which the reader should discover turn out to be related to each other in discrete if not miraculous ways, oh yeah. So, bear with the seeming disjointedness of it all.

First, I want to touch on the essential fallacy of reason...Réduire )

I might start Part 2 with my model of the Psychic Dog, just because it is fun...

* - galaxy

Nothing to see here

Posted on 2019.04.11 at 18:14
Today is the birthday of Bruce Watson, a Canadian born Scot guitarist for the Scotlish group, Big Country, known for guitars that sounded like bagpipes.  I actually thought they could have sounded more like bagpipes, but I can't complain.  It was a rousing band, especially in their album, The Crossing, which is the album I have. I see them as a kind-of Scotland version of Australia's, Midnight Oil. Unfortunately, Big Country lost a member, Stuart Adamson, to suicide in 2001.  I don't think Midnight Oil ever lost any members, except to politics, but another Land-Down-Under Band, Men At Work, lost Greg Ham in 2012.  Here is the interesting back-story to that, which you may remember...

In February 2010 Larrikin Music Publishing won a case against Hay and Strykert, their record label (Sony BMG Music Entertainment) and music publishing company (EMI Songs Australia) arising from the uncredited appropriation of "Kookaburra", originally written in 1932 by Marion Sinclair and for which Larrikin owned the publishing rights, as the flute line in the Men at Work song, "Down Under".[21] Back in early 2009 the Australian music-themed TV quiz, Spicks and Specks, had posed a question which suggested that "Down Under" contained elements of "Kookaburra".[22]

Larrikin, then headed by Norman Lurie, filed suit after Larrikin was sold to another company and had demanded between 40% and 60% of the previous six years of earnings from the song.[23] In February 2010 the judge ruled that "Down Under" did contain a flute riff based on "Kookaburra" but stipulated that neither was it necessarily the hook nor a substantial part of the hit song (Hay and Strykert had written the track years before the flute riff was added by Ham).[24] In July 2010 a judge ruled that Larrikin should be paid 5% of past (since 2002) and future profits.[25] Ham took the verdict particularly hard, feeling responsible for having performed the flute riff at the centre of the lawsuit and worried that he would only be remembered for copying someone else's music,[26] resulting in depression and anxiety.[27] Ham's body was found in his Carlton North home on April 19, 2012 after he suffered a fatal heart attack at age 58.[6]

Well, our old friend, Australian Julian Assange, (who entered the Ecuadoran Embassy in 2012), was taken into new custody today. I was planning to write a little about this, and more, in this post, as, "News of Today," but I am just too tired now... However, my general opinion is that this is a probably good, and predictable, development. More later. To see my community related to Assange and more, go to wiki_truth. Godnicht, yo.

When one denies the past, one lives in the past. 

Lambert McKenna was awarded an honorary Doctorate for his contribution to Celtic Studies (D. Litt. Celt) by UCD in 1947 on the same day that Jack Butler Yeats was also awarded an honorary Doctorate. McKenna was a committed social reformer and an outspoken critic of capitalism. In the first tract of his book The Church and Labour (1914) he wrote:

"The wealthy few now rule the world. They have done so before, but never precisely in virtue of their wealth. They were patriarchs, patricians, chieftains of clans, feudal nobles acknowledging responsibilities and bearing heavy burdens. Today wealth making no sacrifices for the public good, rules in its own right, and exercises a more despotic sway than any form of authority hitherto known. It has armies and fleets at command. It has myriads of placemen, or would-be placemen, in utter dependence. It is highly centralised, and can exert a great power at any point. It can at any moment cast thousands of households into intolerable misery. Yet, though centralised, it is not open to attack. It does not, as the kings of old, dwell in castles that can be stormed by an angry people. On the contrary it stands as the embodiment of legality, order, security, peace—even of popular will. Capitalism, using the work of the labouring classes, has vastly increased the wealth of the world; yet it strives to prevent these labouring classes from benefiting by this increase. t is constantly drawing up into itself that wealth and diverting it from useful purposes."


  • English-Irish Phrase Dictionary (1911)

  • The Church and Labour:Series of Six Tracts (1913–14)

  • Dánta do chum Aonghus Fionn Ó Dálaigh (1919)

  • Iomarbháigh na bhfileadh (1918–20)

  • The Social Teachings of James Connolly (1920)

  • Dán Dé (1922)

  • Life and Work of Rev. Aloysius Cullen S.J. (1924)

  • Philip Bocht Ó hUiginn (1931)

  • English-Irish Dictionary (1935)

  • Dioghluim Dána (1938)[3]

  • Athdioghluim Dána (1939–40)

  • Bardic Syntactical Tracts (1944)

  • Leabhar Méig Shamhradháin (1947)

  • Leabhar Í Eadhra (1951)

McKenna, L. (2008). The Church and Labour: A Series of Six Tracts. BiblioBazaar. ISBN 9780559829857. Retrieved 4 July 2015.

The Master teaches the student that God created everything in the world to be appreciated, since everything is here to teach us a lesson.

One clever student asks “What lesson can we learn from atheists? Why did God create them?”

The Master responds “God created atheists to teach us the most important lesson of them all — the lesson of true compassion. You see, when an atheist performs an act of charity, visits someone who is sick, helps someone in need, and cares for the world, he is not doing so because of some religious teaching. He does not believe that God commanded him to perform this act. In fact, he does not believe in God at all, so his acts are based on an inner sense of morality. And look at the kindness he can bestow upon others simply because he feels it to be right.”

“This means,” the Master continued “that when someone reaches out to you for help, you should never say ‘I pray that God will help you.’ Instead for the moment, you should become an atheist, imagine that there is no God who can help, and say ‘I will help you.’”

—Martin Buber, Tales of Hasidim Vol. 2 (1991)

mm101 Note: My 'share-repost' does not work beyond my own flist now, so I had to cut and paste this post from another LJ user whom I am not naming for a particular reason, no offense to her.... Now, regarding the subject: I feel that the goodness of the Atheist is more mature than that of the religious person, who may act a tad out of obedience, fear, selfishness, disingenuousnous, etc. I have always thought that there is no need to go around with a (secret) sign on one's chest, saying, "I am a Christian," in order to do good, basically.

And, if there is the conventional Christian God, then it would be perfectly withing His character and doctrine to NOT GIVE A DAMN whether an act of goodness springs from religion or belief or not. God would not care whether you believe in him or not. I would venture that such a god would rather get behind the person who does good directly, naturally, rather than by promptings from others, guilt, circuitous dogma, or so forth. Good is good, and best when shorn of any agenda or design which, like tarnish on silver, could only be something less than good, by some degree.

And, after all, isn't it presumptuous to insist that the good from an Atheist is not good, great or divine, when none of us knows what it was that inspired that person to act, or what it was that he/she believes when, for all we know, it could be but a chair or a tree or a meal in that Atheist's existence which speaks to him/her in a way perhaps identical to the way god is said to speak to Christians. Honestly, as I heard one Irish woman say about the Catholics versus the Protestants: "I really don't see any difference between the two, lol."

In my view, the point is to take one step beyond the pain of life, the entropy of nature, and the fatality of time, and do good.  Paradoxically transcend dead-end existence through the irony of compassion.  In my view, there need not be a whole, often stiffling, construction of ideology, morality or authority, to tell one why, when and how to do this.  But, some people, certainly children, and closet psychos, seem to need that direction.  And, in a world of diversions and addictions, there is psychological sense in hewing to strictures, for some.  Suffer them.

While the religious should look more compasionately on those, "militant atheists," atheists, pantheists, and people of any other religion or persuasion, should look more compassionately on those who walk the path of orthodoxy, obedience and simplicity, because, after all, the word, "RELIGIOUS," can merely mean, "Being responsible to a regular schedule."  Yes?

Again, we need not see a difference between the two.  We are all a bunch of fucking monkeys, and should rejoice in our shared majesty and pathos.

I basically have a problem with this: Those who shield themselves behind groups live lives sheltered from many of the slings and arrows that fly towards the likes of atheists and other marginals, sometimes from the bows of other so-called human beings, yeah?  What bothers me about religion - and bothers most of the fallen - is the mass groupism which fuels conspiracies of blame and persecution and war.  That is a little different than just, naturally, doing, good.

* - galaxy

DENIAL - part 1

Posted on 2019.04.11 at 05:54
Personal psychological denial always includes the abuse of others - politically, economically, socially - and spiritually.

This denial is usually encouraged by subconscious, uncomfortable allegiance to some group, state, religion, ideology, (ergo economy).

It is born of weakness.

See tag for more...

Khalil Gibran

Posted on 2019.04.11 at 02:36
Originally posted by rwemmersonquote. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-04-11 02:36:00.


"Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be."

Master Your Mind

Posted on 2019.04.10 at 02:52
Originally posted by psychologytoday. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-04-10 02:52:00.


Mindfulness can get you there

I have had a few pairs of shoes that I have really loved.  On was a brown leather boat shoe I loved so much, I had a cobbler put on a weird new sole, just so I could keep wearing them.  I remember, in college once, I was talking to a girl I wasn't sure I wanted to date, and I looked down at these shoes, and she said, "Those are really nice shoes."  What a nice girl.  That's back when Shoegazing was popular.

Another pair I loved was some leather hikers from Sierra Trading Post, which I actually ordered from a catalogue.  They were a dark reddish brown, and they went great with my purple hiking shirt, from the same place - in Bolder, Colorado, I believe.  Their soles merged nicely with the shoes.

I also had a pair of brown Skechers which were sort-of casual-formal.  I got them at a Goodwill store, in perfect condition, for probably about $8.  They were so smart, with thick black soles and trim.  But they were left in a leaky basement and became mouldy and smelly.  I hung on to them, hoping to restore them, but finally threw them out.  Last week, a pair very similar to them were on sale - for like $80.  I really wish I could have bought them, but I bought the pair I had come for: a pair of grey suede Skecher slip-ons, with good hiker-type soles.  They were on sale for $30, which is a deal. (Needless to say, I have been spending more money than I have lately. The bad winter, plus the weirdness that SNAP pulled on people, had something to do with it).

The $80 Skechers which resembled my earlier ones are called Rilar Steel(?)Toe Oxfords.  I tried to find a picture of them online but no luck, so here are three which kinda look like them:

Back to the shoes I bought the other day, the grey slip-ons.  These are nice and stylish - and can be slippers and also walking shoes, which is what I want.  But they are size 8 when I should have a size 8 1/2.  So, they are a little pain in the neck, but I think I have decided not to return them.  I will probably slit the elastic a little.

As slippers, I have been wearing big old leather shoes with big hard soles.  Even though I walk quietly in these, I have been wearing them just in case the crazy man downstairs starts stomping around insanely again - because these are great at stomping back at him, and shut him up every time.  Back when his insanity was really bad, he forced me to stomp so much that I broke my foot.  It healed, and I won.  Anyway, these big clunkers were so easy to slip on, compared to my new so-called slip-ons.  Oh well.

I also bought a grey canvas pair of shoe-like slippers a few years ago, at Walmart.  They were on sale for $8.  I stopped wearing these, in favour of the clunkers, precisely because of the war from the man downstairs.  I guess things have settled down enough for me to try wearing them again.  I suppose.  This guy always attacks when I get quieter, or when he thinks I am asleep, or sick, etc.  But he hasn't been attacking much lately.  He took a few years off my life, folks.

I also bought some camouflage boots last year, to have something lighter to walk in during the winter.  The problem with shoes and boots, these days, is that their soles suck.  They really do.  They wear out in 2 years.  It's ridiculous.  And, they are usually made in China.  I found out that even my new Skechers were made in China, but their soles are not too bad.

Do you know why the soles are bad in China?  ...

Researchers have developed a new model to explain the evolutionary origins of empathy and other related phenomena, such as emotional contagion and contagious yawning. The model suggests that the origin of a broad range of empathetic responses lies in cognitive simulation...

Are you with me? New model explains origins of empathy

sciencedaily - Could eating garlic reduce aging-related memory problems?

Note: Done properly, garlic has helped vs. my CFS cognitive/dementia. This is one reason why I feel there is some fungal/yeast-like pathogen involved in CFS/dementia. At the least, garlic helps again candida, etc., in gut, and so reduces their toxins which trigger immune responses. Turmeric also helps vs. dementia.

pic - https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/04/08/ap_17152796551174-edit_wide-d801a1ba8888d560991eae9e311db81a46cd770b.jpg

LINK - https://www.npr.org/2019/04/08/710992579/losing-earth-explores-how-oil-industry-played-politics-with-the-planet-s-fate

"Journalist Nathaniel Rich says the oil industry helped create a partisan debate around climate change in the 1980s by paying scientists to write op-eds questioning climate science."

- Note: Lots of info on Exxon's propaganda crimes in the past - see my tags, see Living On Earth, see LOSING EARTH

Prisoner’s Dilemma

Posted on 2019.04.08 at 04:27
Originally posted by stanford_encyc. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-04-08 04:27:00.


[Revised entry by Steven Kuhn on April 2, 2019.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, strategy-table.html]
Tanya and Cinque have been arrested for robbing the Hibernia Savings Bank and placed in separate isolation cells. Both care much more about their personal freedom than about the welfare of their accomplice. A clever prosecutor makes the following offer to each: "You may choose to confess or remain silent. If you confess and your accomplice remains silent I will drop all charges against you and use your testimony to ensure that your accomplice does serious time. Likewise, if your accomplice confesses while you remain silent, they will go...

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