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ALMOST FRIENDS-ONLY

Posted on 2025.10.31 at 15:54
This journal is ALMOST FRIENDS-ONLY!

See, here, now!

I have been having one of my central/front mega-headaches that is intractable as a giant tree-stump. I have been sleeping a huge amount, trying to shake it, but no ducks. Lucky that I have actually been able to sleep, though - that helps in other areas. I believe these rare headache gems, which feel like dead cells, might sometimes result when I drink even when I have a migraine. As you may know, drinking only makes migraines worse. But these little terrors are even worse than those.

My dog's personality changed after I brought him inside yesterday, noonish. He was fine during his daily cookie feast, of course, but then he lost all interest in me. Hardly even a tail-wag when I babied him. I felt his forehead, and it was warm. I just looked at him lying there, and it was like he was on his way to dying. This brought back memories of my beloved Malamute as she passed away from heat-stroke, or whatever it was. (Will never forget her being able, even while in severe torture, to extend her fore-paw to me a little, to comfort me as I fell apart desperately in tears and pleas).

But it turned out, he wasn't rally sick. Maybe a bit queasy from eating a tiny amount of weeds outside, and this affected his mood. But his mood was the real problem. It seemed like he was absolutely disappointed with me. So, I thought about this. I had done nothing unusual to summon such disfavour, other than to being annoyed slightly that he wouldn't sit down outside, as asked. (He gets this way when he is diverted by people outside, (or by his nose), or also because he wants it to look like he has no boss-of-him).

I thought back to what else had happened when we were outside...Réduire )


Originally posted by nytimesfrontpg. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-24 02:54:00.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/23/opinion/sunday/david-koch-climate-change.html?emc=rss&partner=rss

How a playboy billionaire built a political army to defend his fossil fuel empire.

Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-23 12:51:00.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/23/ireland-could-oppose-trade-deal-brazil-fails-stop-amazon-fires-leo-varadkar

Brazil’s handling of fires to top agenda in Biarritz as France and Ireland threaten to block trade deal

Amazon fires: what is happening and is there anything we can do?

Leaders of the world’s major democracies are due to hold emergency talks this weekend on the wildfires engulfing the Amazon, as international efforts to force Brazil to change its deforestation policies gathered momentum.

As heads of state and government were due to arrive at the G7 in Biarritz on Saturday, France and Ireland threatened to block the Mercosur free-trade agreement between the EU and South American nations if the government of Jair Bolsonaro does not stop the deforestation of the Amazon, which experts say has fuelled the fires. Other EU members were under pressure to walk away from the Mercosur (Southern Common Market) deal, which is already unpopular among European farmers.

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"absurd!"


Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-23 05:51:00.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/23/amazon-fires-global-leaders-urged-divert-brazil-suicide-path

Experts say international pressure may be only way to sway Bolsonaro government

International pressure may be the only way to stop the Brazilian government from taking a “suicide” path in the Amazon, one of the country’s most respected scientists has said, as the world’s biggest rainforest continues to be ravaged by thousands of deliberate fires.

The large number of conflagrations – set illegally to clear and prepare land for crops, cattle and property speculation – has prompted the state of Amazonas to declare an emergency, created giant smoke clouds that have drifted hundreds of miles, and sparked international concerns about the destruction of an essential carbon sink.

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Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-22 23:32:00.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/16/norway-halts-amazon-fund-donation-dispute-brazil-deforestation-jair-bolsonaro

International concerns grow over deforestation surge since Jair Bolsonaro took power

Norway has followed Germany in suspending donations to the Brazilian government’s Amazon Fund after a surge in deforestation in the South American rainforest. The move has triggered a caustic attack from the country’s rightwing president.

Related: Bolsonaro rejects 'Captain Chainsaw' label as data shows deforestation 'exploded'

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Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-22 23:18:00.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/13/risks-of-no-deal-brexit-can-be-managed-by-government-says-rudd

Work and pensions secretary had stated in March she believed no deal would ‘do generational damage’ to UK

Amber Rudd has said she believes the risks of a no-deal Brexit are no more than a challenge that can be countered by government action, going back on her previous assessment in which she said it would cause “generational damage” to the UK.

Related: Brexit: judge fast-tracks challenge to stop Johnson forcing no deal

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Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-22 23:07:00.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/15/how-the-neithers-could-decide-northern-irelands-political-fate

Fifty years after the tribalism of the Troubles, the ‘non-aligned’ are likely to determine the outcome of any referendum on unification with the Republic of Ireland

When the British army was deployed in Northern Ireland 50 years ago, Anthony Kennedy was not out on the streets protesting or lobbing petrol bombs.

“The truth, I was trying to get laid,” he recalled this week.

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Living off-grid for 77 years – in pictures

Posted on 2019.08.22 at 23:03
Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-22 23:03:00.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2019/aug/16/living-off-grid-77-years-in-pictures

A wind-up radio, a smattering of colour photos and a stack of glossy books: these are the only signs that Margaret Gallagher lives in the modern world. For all of her 77 years, she has lived in a 200-year-old thatched cottage in Northern Ireland without running water, electricity or an indoor toilet

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Originally posted by organiconsumers. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-22 20:27:00.

https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/want-be-healthier-show-soil-little-more-respect

August 22, 2019
Organic Consumers Association
OCA

Americans are getting fatter. But we aren’t getting healthier. 

We can expect that trend to continue, unless we fix our food. And we can’t fix our food unless we fix our soil, which means we stop saturating it with herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, synthetic chemical fertilizers and antibiotics.

Scientific American just published a great article this week linking the decline of human health to the decline in food nutrients caused by the decline in soil health. The authors pointed to a report by Eco Farming Daily, citing data going back to 1940, stating this:

“The level of every nutrient in almost every kind of food has fallen between 10 and 100 percent. An individual today would need to consume twice as much meat, three times as much fruit, and four to five times as many vegetables to obtain the same amount of minerals and trace elements available in those same foods in 1940.”

How do we fix our soil, food and health? We need a “microbiome renaissance,” the author said. And that begins with showing Mother Nature a little respect:

It is pure hubris to think we can manipulate nature into agricultural perfection with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Instead, to adapt to and mitigate the intertwined ecological, human health and climate crises, we must respect the elegant complexity of nature.

Read ‘Broccoli Is Dying. Corn Is Toxic. Long Live Microbiomes!’

To keep up with news and alerts from Organic Consumers Association, sign up for our newsletter.



The Woodstock concert remains a very intriguing subject.  It defined the paradox of the 1960's and early '70's, in that there was war and injustice boiling all around, even sucking in the youth as soldiers and protesters, and yet there was an uprising of imagination, liberty and love.  The creativity of the music, art and entertainment of that time was a culmination of the pent-up pain and aspirations seeking peace from the horrors and irrationality of World War Two - as it was also a dynamical blending of various trends in thought and music, by groups who had been segregated in spirit, but were now finding and reaching out to each other.

After the heaviness of insane assassinations, Vietnam, the Arms Race, riots, secrets, lies and so many injustices, a psychedelic mushroom-cloud of hope sprang up through this dank atmosphere, where all the whirls and sparkles of possibility, mingled and bloomed together as one, hearkening back to the original ideals of Liberal Democracy.

Woodstock's creation and business was intriguing in itself, but even more-so was the peace, cooperation and happiness that followed - almost on a wing and a prayer.  But it succeeded.  Even the police stood down, donned T-shirts, and celebrated the second summer of love, soon to be brought to the nation in moral solidarity, through the miracle of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.  It all happened in 1969.  And so did all the amazing music.  It was the white crest of the Boomer wave which, by now, has kinda crashed like glass around us, in some kind of Helter Skelter, but.  That was bound to happen.  Here are two very good audio documentaries from the BBC, recommended, if you are interested in the subject...


(CLICK PIC TO PLAY)

Why Woodstock still matters...

The Woodstock myth is a potent and evocative symbol of the '60s utopian hippie dream – an event that represents to the world the ultimate example of the unifying power of music, peace and love. To mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic cultural events of the 20th Century, this programme explores the impact of the now legendary celebration and why the spirit of Woodstock still carries important social lessons, providing evidence that the power of ordinary people can effect change.

Musicians, artistes and organisers who were there including John Sebastian, Roger Daltrey, Carlos Santana, Michael Lang, Michael Wadleigh, Arlo Guthrie, David Crosby, Richie Havens, Eddie Kramer and Stephen Stills, explain how the pinnacle of the optimism that they all shared as a generation included 500,000 young people enjoying three days of what was billed as "an Aquarian Exposition".

And now that the Woodstock generation has indeed inherited the world, what lessons from that utopian dream are still being implemented today and how has the ‘60s hippie ethos that cherished the value that people placed on one another that weekend permeated society in general?

Presenter: Arlo Guthrie
Producer: Des Shaw

(CLICK PIC TO PLAY - Photo: Woodstock album cover. Credit: Burk Uzzle)


MORE GREAT WOODSTOCK BELOW THE CUT, MANRéduire )

I haven't seen the official Woodstock documentary, which did pretty well.  I did see another one, which is probably discussed via my tag ABOVE.  Here's a groovy picture -


Woodstock dudes looking for a cell-phone sweet -spot.




Rick Doblin:Réduire )

Could psychedelic drugs treat PTSD and depression? A Q&A with Rick Doblin

For decades, research into drugs like LSD, MDMA and psilocybin was banned. Now it's time to shed our old fears and fully investigate their potential for treatments that could benefit people with PTSD, depression, substance abuse, and more, says psychedelics expert Rick Doblin.

The future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy




The Second Silent Spring Has Sprung

Posted on 2019.08.21 at 21:49
Originally posted by organiconsumers. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-21 21:49:00.

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/second-silent-spring-has-sprung

Dr. Joseph Mercola
Mercola.com
August 21, 2019
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/08/21/second-silent-spring-has-sprung.aspx

The renowned biologist, writer and ecologist Rachel Carson called for humanity's responsible action as stewards of the earth, warning that the federal government was part of a problem that may lead to environmental failure. Her book, "Silent Spring," became a best seller in 1962 and inspired a grassroots movement to protect the environment.1

Carson warned of the deadly impact that a certain insecticide, DDT, would have on insects and wildlife. She contended that its use may result in the death of a vast number of birds and wildlife and ultimately lead to a silent spring devoid of the typical calls of nature. Today, neonicotinoids have become the second silent spring.

Neonicotinoids are a relatively new type of insecticide. Unlike contact pesticides, these chemicals are systemic and water soluble.2 Plants absorb the pesticide into the foliage, flower and sap.3 Commonly called neonics, the toxin works on the central nervous system of the insect,4 causing death and impairing the ability to forage in pollinators.5

Sublethal exposure negatively affects the reproductive capacity of the male insect and may be a possible explanation for the failing honey bee population.6 In addition, only 5% of the active ingredient is absorbed by the plant.7

The remainder of the toxin is dispersed into the environment. Further research8 found this exposure in white-tailed deer resulted in an increased death rate in fawns and a lower reproductive capacity in females.

Neonics responsible for majority of toxicity load

A recent study9 demonstrated America's agricultural lands are now 48 times more toxic than they were a quarter-century ago. In an assessment of the toxicity load, comparing 1992 through 2014, the researchers found that synthetic insecticide use has shifted from mostly organophosphorus pesticides to a mix of neonicotinoids and pyrethroids.

The rise in toxicity of the agricultural lands was attributed primarily to neonics, representing up to 99% of the total load in 2014.10 While the plants only absorb 5% of the toxin,11 researchers found oral exposure of concern since the toxicity level is relatively high.12

Exposure may occur from the pollen, nectar and guttation water secreted by the plant. Not all the drops of water found on the leaves of plants in the morning is dew. Dew is the formation of droplets of water when cold air meets the warmer plant.

Guttation is the result of physics as the plant moves nutrients and moisture throughout the system. Since the leaves of a plant absorb only a specific amount of water, the extra water evaporates during the daytime. At night, pressure in the root cells forces the excess water out of the leaves.13

One study author points out this rise in environmental toxins matches the decline in pollinator populations, such as bees and butterflies.14 For years scientists have been warning of the dangers of these pesticides; this new study provides a more complete picture of the threat to insect life and wildlife as a whole.

Compounding toxic burden is persistent

The same writer warns neonics stay in the environment for up to 1,000 days,15 which is significantly different than other pesticides that dissipate more quickly.16 National Geographic reports that neonics are used in more than 140 crops in more than 120 countries.17

The combination of widespread use and slow breakdown of neonics contributes to the compounding toxic burden experienced by multiple levels of the environment. As the number of insects have declined, so have the number of birds relying on the insect population for food.

But, as the American Bird Conservancy reports, exposure to contaminated insects is not the only factor reducing the bird population. The organization commissioned a report to review 200 studies on neonics in the industry, evaluating the risk to birds and aquatic systems. Cynthia Palmer, ABC Pesticides program manager, said the results were frightening:18

"A single corn kernel coated with a neonicotinoid can kill a songbird. Even a tiny grain of wheat or canola treated with the oldest neonicotinoid — called imidacloprid — can fatally poison a bird. And as little as 1/10th of a neonicotinoid-coated corn seed per day during egg-laying season is all that is needed to affect reproduction."


Taking Woodstock:

(Or watch it in 1080p).

Taking Woodstock and cinema's love of trippy scenes | Anne Billson

The 10 Greatest Drug Scenes In Movies | Complex

The Top 25 Psychedelic Videos of All Time | The Daily Psychedelic Video

​10 music videos to trip out on

Best Movies to Watch on Mushrooms

Across the Universe - Strawberry Wars scene / BEATLES

Across the Universe - I Am the Walrus scene (Bono)

Across the Universe - Mister Kite scene (Eddy Izzard)

"Acid Trip #1" / Mad Men / Tron / Dark Side of Rainbow /(Beyond) / Stairway to Gilligan / The Inner Light

Why LSD Trips Last So Long and Connect Us to the Universe

Help for Bipolar 1 / Help for Bipolar 2 / Help for Bipolar 3


Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-21 07:09:00.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/14/microplastics-found-at-profuse-levels-in-snow-from-arctic-to-alps-contamination

Discovery of pollution in snowfall from the Arctic to the Alps leads to call for urgent research on potential human health impacts

Abundant levels of microplastic pollution have been found in snow from the Arctic to the Alps, according to a study that has prompted scientists to warn of significant contamination of the atmosphere and demand urgent research into the potential health impacts on people.

Snow captures particles from the air as it falls and samples from ice floes on the ocean between Greenland and Svalbard contained an average of 1,760 microplastic particles per litre, the research found. Even more – 24,600 per litre on average – were found at European locations. The work shows transport by winds is a key factor in microplastics contamination across the globe.

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Albert Einstein

Posted on 2019.08.21 at 02:24
Originally posted by rwemmersonquote. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-21 02:24:00.

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/brainyquote/QUOTEBR/~3/RlTdLHgpCHE/albert-einstein-quotes

"I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right."


Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-20 21:39:00.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/12/greenland-residents-traumatised-by-climate-emergency

Islanders are struggling to reconcile impact of global heating with traditional way of life, survey finds

Life on thin ice: mental health at the heart of the climate crisis

The climate crisis is causing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety to people in Greenland who are struggling to reconcile the traumatic impact of global heating with their traditional way of life.

The first ever national survey examining the human impact of the climate emergency, revealed in the Guardian on Monday, shows that more than 90% of islanders interviewed fully accept that the climate crisis is happening, with a further 76% claiming to have personally experienced global heating in their daily lives, from coping with dangerous sea ice journeys to having sled dogs euthanised for economic reasons tied to shorter winters.

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Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-20 21:23:00.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/ng-interactive/2019/aug/12/life-on-thin-ice-mental-health-at-the-heart-of-the-climate-crisis

Mental health at the heart of the climate crisis
Greenland’s melting has been adopted by the world as its own problem. But for the islanders grieving their dissolving world, the crisis is personal, and dangerous

A thin blanket of fog curls over the block before it disappears back out to sea. Exhale. Inhale. The freezing breaths of a dormant leviathan – slumbering somewhere out in the depths.

It’s 1am and judging by the flickering glow of televisions in the windows of the bleak two-storey rows facing us, it’s clear that few of the local residents are asleep. Shielded only by flimsy blinds it’s impossible to escape the midnight sun in the northern Greenlandic town of Ilulissat. The light here, some 180 miles north of the Arctic Circle, seeks out every man-made chink and weakness; the cracks and folds of window frames, even the keyholes of doors.

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Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-20 21:12:00.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/12/raining-plastic-colorado-usgs-microplastics

Discovery raises new questions about the amount of plastic waste permeating the air, water, and soil virtually everywhere on Earth

Plastic was the furthest thing from Gregory Weatherbee’s mind when he began analyzing rainwater samples collected from the Rocky Mountains.“I guess I expected to see mostly soil and mineral particles,” said the US Geologic Survey researcher. Instead, he found multicolored microscopic plastic fibers.

The discovery, published in a recent study titled “It is raining plastic”, is raising new questions about the amount of plastic waste permeating the air, water, and soil virtually everywhere on Earth.

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Originally posted by freshair. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-20 21:06:00.

https://www.npr.org/2019/08/13/750803289/kochland-how-the-koch-brothers-changed-u-s-corporate-and-political-power?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=freshair

In a new book, Christopher Leonard chronicles how Koch Industries acquired huge businesses, limited its liability and created a political influence network to remake the GOP.



Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-20 20:52:00.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/aug/15/hail-satan-are-satanists-now-the-good-guys-in-the-fight-against-the-evangelical-right

A new film, Hail Satan?, portrays the Satanic Temple as a voice of reason and humanism in the US. Has the time come to rehabilitate the dark lord?

Over the past century of popular culture, Satan has acquired the souls of delta blues musicians, incited youth rebellions, possessed small children and goats, impregnated unsuspecting women and transmitted evil through backwards lyrics on heavy metal records. But recently, to paraphrase the Rolling Stones, the nature of his game has been puzzling us.

The forces aligned against Satan have become so objectionable that he no longer looks like the bad guy. They include such groups as the Westboro Baptist church, notorious for its hate speech against LGBTQ people, Jews, Muslims and other groups, all of which it condemns as “satanic frauds”. There’s the Trump administration, in league with the US religious right, which has been aggressively pushing anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ legislation, not to mention engaging in overt Islamophobia. Those forces would also include the 20,000 people who recently signed an online petition condemning the Amazon TV adaptation of the cult novel Good Omens – about a demon and an angel – as “another step to make satanism appear normal”.

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How to Lose the Guilt

Posted on 2019.08.20 at 19:57
Originally posted by psychologytoday. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-20 19:57:00.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/collections/201908/how-lose-the-guilt

Finding emotional freedom


Walter Savage Landor

Posted on 2019.08.20 at 19:56
Originally posted by rwemmersonquote. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-20 19:56:00.

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/brainyquote/QUOTEBR/~3/5xbjTDOKnSg/walter-savage-landor-quotes

"Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked."

Originally posted by tedtalks_video. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-20 19:39:00.

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TEDTalks_video/~3/VbImGCh05Y8/sara_valencia_botto_when_do_kids_start_to_care_about_other_people_s_opinions

Drawing on her research into early childhood development, psychologist Sara Valencia Botto investigates when (and how) children begin to change their behaviors in the presence of others -- and explores what it means for the values we communicate in daily interactions. (Watch for cute footage of sneaky toddlers.)


Originally posted by tedtalks_video. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-08-20 19:22:00.

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TEDTalks_video/~3/cmpknEXPJ6M/joseph_gordon_levitt_how_craving_attention_makes_you_less_creative

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gotten more than his fair share of attention from his acting career. But as social media exploded over the past decade, he got addicted like the rest of us -- trying to gain followers and likes only to be left feeling inadequate and less creative. In a refreshingly honest talk, he explores how the attention-driven model of big tech companies impacts our creativity -- and shares a more powerful feeling than getting attention: paying attention.

My LJ/internet isn't really worth dealing with lately. That is why this post is so unprofessional.

Debut album, from 18-year old Australian, Liam Thomas...


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Just so you know, I drop people who play games with me online. People who make posts in response to mine, competing, thieving, thinking themselves god's gift to the world, when what they really are are fucking parasites. Same as the blood-sucking rich who steal away the fruits of labour, as well as the music and fashion from the less well-to-do, and the land and the clothes from the poor, usually under the rubric of religion or ideology.

Look what this manner of thieving has done to the planet. We are experiencing the fastest, vastest mass extinction of all time. Our climate is out to destroy us. The division between the rich and the poor is accelerating with globalisation. People addicted to reality TV and YouTube have turned into insolent flash-mob jerks. People are locking themselves into polarised partisan politics, convinced that they are right about everything, closing their minds not just to half of politics, but much of reality. Forest fires are burning out of control, more and more each year. Bees and other insects are vanishing.

China is buying away American will-power and integrity. Like Japan before WW2, China is consuming away world resources - in Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indochina, and building islands to claim International Waters. China means to control Mongolia, Tibet, Xinjian, Aksai Chin, Kashmir, the Uyghurs, Taiwan, the road into Europe and, soon enough: the UK, New Zealand and British Columbia.

There are tens of thousands of new chemicals being released into the environment which haven't even been tested, and so some of which are doing harm we won't even know about until years from now. The only chemical we are finally confronting is Glyphosate. Maybe Dicamba. It continues to be a field-day for Big Ag, Big Pharma, Big Oil and everything else.

There are decomposed microplastics choking up every inch of the planet, even falling from the sky in the Alps and the Rockies. And polluting the oceans, choking turtles, sea mammals, sharks, and so on. The oceans are acidifying, and melting away the calcium in the shells of mollusks and crustaceans, and microscopic sea life. Epidemics are rising in animals and humans.

Arctic ice is painted over with black carbon from coal and car exhausts.

The internet is logged and monitored by endless corporations and governments. Meanwhile, as we lose our privacy here, we lose our newspapers, libraries, mom-and-pop stores, local products, and even our malls. At the same time, governments are clamping down on privacy, shadow/banning people on the internet, and tracking people for pre-crime.

Some of the mass-shootings were, if not contrived, exploited by the globalist mission to disarm populations. Even people who need to control goats in New Zealand, or wild hogs in wherever, are being told to disarm. So China can move in. So Islam can expand. So the police state can control our ever exploding population bommb. EIGHT FUCKING BILLION PEOPLE AND COUNTING!

More people does not mean that life is getting better. More people means more destruction of the environment, more GMO foods, more insects for dinner, more carbon into the atmosphere. Anyone who says that times are getting better is fucking out of their mind. The people who talk like that are technocrats, religionists and RICH COMFORTABLE OLD PEOPLE. They are rolling along on their easily financed day-dream, believing they are blessed and all-knowing, and just assume everyone else shares this belief that everything will all turn out in the end. This is bullshit - at least for the greater mass of humanity.

Who will die fighting their wars - their wars to prove their delusions correct? Who will die for their pollutions and their investments and their automations and their lies? Who is already being swamped by the rising relative costs of existing - the rising rents, the rising hate, the rising insults to health? Any fucking person can profess that the past was worse than today, on the premise that there are more people and TV sets. But such people are living in a dangerous dream world - in a bubble doomed to pop.

My life was better when I was young. How about you? Things were clean. Life was easy. People believed in substantial progress - instead of lashing out indiscriminately. America was strong. The world was improving in our direction. Militant Islam was not terrorising the Western world, as its rabbit-like population enveloped the planet. I was healthy and life was fun. So, with myself as an anecdote, probably representing LOTS of people, I say that life is getting worse. Science is also on my side.

So, these derelict, irresponsible false prophets can keep larking on about the wonder of expansive consciousness and human destiny, but the lights will go out on them as they shall on most everyone else. Looking to them will only hasten our demise.

I am fucking done with these lazy thieves of the spirit who only make a profession on prancing and preening about, seeking admiration for their feigned greatness. Reality owns us all. You keep spending your life and money buying into dreams of these fat little rich boys, all you will get is a slow rape of your dignity and wealth.

If one believes that life is just getting better and better for the planet, and also that globalisation is inevitable, then one is spiritually investing in globalisation, which is a lie, and a diversion - a new scheme to further empower the already-rich. Believe me, before globalisation is fully installed, with all its consequent regulations of our spirit, the planet's plight will have overwhelmed us all, and globalisation will have become nothing but a war between the masses and the institutions. No comfortable future here.

And if all these social-media infused mass uprisings are proof that our race is advancing in moral maturity and justice, then just imagine that I, too, am a part of this enlightened mob and its daft aspirations. I know there is no future for me, and I protest nonetheless. THAT is the point.

I have not been bought away from my soul by false promises.

I am Irish. I don't eat your potatoes.

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The Unsettling.

Posted on 2019.08.17 at 02:48
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This continuing Hong Kong situation. It reminded me of Madison 2011, and the Arab Spring. Those were the days. There was actually connexions made between the protesters in Egypt and Wisconsin. (madison_fights).

But it's all a sad mess, because they are on an island - owned by a giant fiend of a country. What are they going to do? Shame on Britain for ever giving it away. This was bound to happen. 18 more years and no more free internet, or streets, or thought. It's a done deal - they are on a conveyor belt into 1984 like slaughtered pigs. Good for them for speaking out.

Some of them are waving American flags, as if that will save them. Trump is trying to downplay it all, for various reasons. You can be sure he's got some ideas boiling in the background as to how to exert force in the region, as a last resort. But it looks like a sad lost cause - like watching those tiny characters living on a speck of dust, in that Dr. Seuss story, just getting smashed into nothingness. "We are here!!!"

China sucks. Sometimes I turn in bed and the thought settles in my head: "We should just bommb the fuck out of China." If only to allow me to get a little sleep. Some say those American flags were commissioned by the Chinese government, as a way to show how all of this is being perpetrated by the USA, just as the USA once blamed the USSR for all those hippie protests. All this crap is still going on, and people never learn - and certainly one country or race never learns from another.

Meanwhile, the environment is going to hell in a hand-basket, and there isn't much time left to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime miracle called Earth. It is bland to chastise mankind for his folly, in a theatrical sense. But, the reality is. That's the reality. Stupid fucking humans, no better than the beasts they conquered.

As far as Epstein: I was surprised that so much loose information got out in the first place. I was expecting a lot more official 'party-line' propaganda. I was expecting more of a clear description that Epstein had committed suicide, no ifs ands or buts.

Well, that is what the official autopsy is closing with, now. Just because they say it does not prove it is so. But, if it is, fine. I don't care. However, one of the guys on the autopsy also worked on the autopsy of JFK, which was a clear conspiracy. Most of you would agree with that by now. So, we seem to be looking at a slow sanitisation of affairs, minimising damage to most involved. Same as it ever was.

I will tell you, though... Writing 'conspiracy theory' posts brings in more readers than anything else.

My LJ / internet / computer is just getting more and more inept. Things got so slow that it was a virtual stop. Pages load but don't even display. Impossible to post normally unless I do the code myself. Can't post friends-only. If I can post at all. And so on. All I can say is that at least I can write at my leisure offline, and that will mainly be all that matters.

Tried watching another S. Ronan film which did not do her justice, "Mary, Queen of Scots". (Her Irish accent did show through a bit). Looking for history, I found feminist and multicultural propaganda, which is something different. It reminded me of the (horrible) movie, "Kind Arthur," with what's-his-name, ('Alfie'), where blacks and minorities were inserted into British history, meaning to appeal to a 21'st century American multicultural audience. That really doesn't work for me. I could go watch cartoons or eat cake instead, for all of that.

Also tried to watch, "Heat," but was bored by it's violence and it's old-fashioned glorification of Pacino as a cop know-it-all. I think I will try watching some more Charlie Chaplin now, ciao.


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If I had half-a-mind.

Posted on 2019.08.16 at 19:22
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Slept a little today, then took a hot bath, and didn't eat, and these penances allowed me to go shopping. I used to think there were a lot of ugly people in Ye Olde City, but this place is twice as bad. It is a comfort when fit, good looking females toy with me with their eyes. That happened 2-3 times today, and it was my only salvation.

Most of the day was spent listening to people talk, observing. And I marvel at how socially retarded people insist on doing things that keep them socially retarded. If you can imagine: a society of antisocials having a party. Which almost rhymes with retarded.

When I got home, I took my beloved dog out, and his nose locked into a spot in the lawn. Someone had allowed their dog to piss up there on this property. My dog hones in on urine and starts licking in slow motion, frothing at the mouth, throwing off ribbons of sputum. It is completely disgusting. I have to pull at him with all my strength to pry him away, as he is completely, decidedly, lost to the world, beyond all help.

This has been an embarrassment to me, in this neighbourhood. And many people have yelled at me for pulling my dog away into goofy oblivion. But he is on a harness, and not a collar, or a choke chain, so fuck ye the fuck off.

While I was dealing with this, we both espied a tiny brown dog, expressing herself on the adjacent lawn along yon way. PRIME SUSPECT. Meanwhile overgrown 3-year-old-boy is making all sorts of weird muffled comments behind the walls of that house.

It appears that A-hole guy is succeeding in convincing his boss's tenants that I am some sort of neighbourhood joke to be taunted and ridiculed. All because I mind my own business, out of necessity, and then make a lot of noise when the time come. Some dog or someone had left their urine all the way up on my porch, against the wall. And the owner of that little brown dog had only scowled at me the first time she saw me.

That's pretty much what everyone did, as soon as I moved here. So, I have no misgivings. I am not of this world. It is all something perverse for me to study. Although. I really never did ask for this assignment. As us8ual.

If such pathetic things keep swirling about in forgotten towns like this one, then, you can be sure there is perversion of the highest odour occurring in the enclaves of wealth and power. Because we are all one big bag of decline. We just have different roles to play.

Jeffrey Epstein was just a puppet of these times, please god recommend him to your eternal vacuum. Bu, in so far as there is this thing called, 'evil', then Jeffrey was your man. More clues to the latest puzzle... One of the two guards who were supposed to be guarding Epstein, but were instead supposedly sleeping, was not any kind of correctional officer. So. What was he doing there?

And: "Guards on duty apparently falsified records."

Another clue: Someone burnt down his Satanic pedophile complex on his Virgin Island Island of Virgins. Gee - why would that happen? Maybe it was just some mistake made by the Clinton Foundation, seeking to help desperately deprived suckers.

A big migraine set in, in my front right hemisphere, kinda temporal. made things difficult today. One man sat at a table and asked me to taste beers. And I just pointed to my head, saying, "migraine." The danger now is that drinking shall solidify this curse for all the unforeseen future.

If I had half-a-mind.

First of all, here is the drinkage contained in my fridge at present... I have two gallons of coffee. One gallon of Kombucha. One gallon of fermented Magic Milk. One gallon of fermented "V8" drink. And two gallons of fermented chocolate drink. All on one shelf. I am a very rich man. What is interesting is that I basically use three different cultures to ferment everything but the coffee, (of course). I will be working on making more Kombucha soon - as I now have the tea and cranberry juice. This will be my last food goal lately. Decided not to make chili, but everything else is done.

Tonight, I finally made the burritae. Pretty good mix of re-fried beans, red pepper, mushrooms, tomato, etc., and magic juices, all re-fried - (since they had been sitting in the fridge for too many days). I also add fresh spinach as a bed, and top each w/ some cheap-'cheese'. I found that the GF bread, which had been in the fridge maybe 2 weeks, folded fine after I let it warm to room temp - BUT, after baking, it flaked all out. So. I also boiled up some fresh spinach which was slightly ammonia.

I am hoping to go shopping tomorrow. I get a $5 rebate if I buy another 6-pack of spiked seltzer, which is just as it should be.

Hmmmph - yesterday, I lost three Firefox windows full of many fine tabs. I have no idea how my settings changed to allow that to happen. Just have to keep going. Looking at Oregon again. It would be best to move NORTH, but there are a few places I have come across, in OR, NC, etc., which are a bit cooler than the rest of their region. (The town I am in tends to be that way, somewhat). But some of these have air quality issues. Don't need that. One of the many reasons I want to move away from HERE is to get away from the bad air from the 'highway' next to my house. So many factors to look for... No town has it all. I did notice one college town has the lowest percentage of religious people in it, would give me a great relief. But then, in my experience, there can be problems in being surrounded by atheists, sometimes. As long as they aren't militant, like the holy rollers. My dog is an atheist and I get along with him just fine. Sometimes.

I watched, "Pride & Prejudice," (and commentary), again. It really is a great movie. I would add this to "Atonement" and "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" as three must-see K.Knightly movies, esp. if you are small_handfuls, in which case you should still see "Young Adult" because I know you haven't.

To some other LJ friends: I fixed that friends-of-friends page problem for you.

Everybody is celebrating Woodstock now. Doesn't that refer to the stock of a gun? Rather than a broth made from trees? More on that later.


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