28 Feb 2010

HAARP and Chile Earthquake

This article has clips from an MSNBC and a CNN interview with people who saw strange lights in the sky just before/during the Chile earthquake. Just as documented before the 2004 Tsunami, the 2008 China quake, and the 2010 Haiti quake, there is video evidence and many witnesses who saw aurora borealis type lights in the sky. It is NOT a natural phenomenon to see such lights before/during a natural earthquake, however, such a lighting effect IS a common side-effect of HAARP waves coming back down from the Ionosphere. This is very damning evidence.

Also a magnitude 2.5 quake was registered in Alaska at the same time as the Chile quake.

Read full article at The Atlantean Conspiracy.

Secular Revival

Religion, conceded Freud, has performed vital functions within civilization, offering us an imaginary compensation for our helplessness in the face of nature through fantasies of a controlling intelligence and an illusion of our capacity to summon that power through rituals and prayer. Above all, Freud saw religion as a mechanism of repression, channeling instinctual drives into socially acceptable forms. Chateaubriand’s lush Catholicism does not at all fit this notion of religion as the ultimate form of renunciation, but Freud’s portrayal of the austere and sublime legalism of Mosaic Judaism certainly does.
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One standard image of the nonbelieving secularist is of a hedonistic immoralist—as Fyodor Dostoevsky feared, if God is dead, everything is permitted. But to the contrary, it may be that secularism does not escape the dynamic that Freud believed is the motor of religion: the repression of instinct followed by a sublimation into other satisfactions—in other words, precisely the process that turns religion into an obsessional neurosis. Even among champions of the secular worldview, we sometimes find worries that secularism lacks magic and emotional depth, that it is a hyperrationalist creed that preserves the internal compulsions of religion without its animating beliefs or its consoling message of cosmic meaning and personal redemption. Frequently, the counsel of the secularist is to be brave, buck up, and face the world as a heroic pessimist. [...]

I would dare say that for most professional scholars, religion reclaims their attention not because faith reasserts its ancestral claim but because the secularist narrative has gotten snagged in contradictions and complexities. Among these snags must count the weakening of confidence in the oppositional terms that structured the secular worldview: irrational versus rational, faith versus knowledge, and the most basic dichotomy, religious versus secular. It is unlikely that diminishing confidence among secularist intellectuals would have occurred had it not coincided with the robust return of religion in cultures around the globe. Quite simply, the world has refused to cooperate with the expectations and divinations of the secularists. [...]

Surveying this global landscape of renewed public religion in 1999, Peter Berger, one of the greatest living sociologists of religion, concluded, “the assumption that we live in a secularized world is false. The world today, with some exceptions … is as furiously religious as it ever was, and in some places more so than ever.” [...]

Yet, insofar as this is possible, it is only on the grounds prepared by secularism. For secularism emerged historically as the only mode humans have found to successfully and peacefully manage the tensions of diverse belief systems within a pluralistic framework. [...]

Secularism is undoubtedly suffering through a crisis of confidence. Perhaps, though, this presents an opportunity to reinvigorate the secularist vision. Outspoken atheists such as Hitchens and Dawkins may allow nonbelievers to do some cheerleading, but they are not likely to reenergize the radically secular worldview. After all, their arguments are familiar; they have been enumerated many times already. They are, as Freud’s fictive opponent feared, likely to breed intolerance. Better to recognize that both the history of religion and the secular story are not lacking in examples of intolerance, but neither is one or the other short on acts of charity and hospitality, right up to and including love across the borders. Besides, it is not clear that anyone stops believing because of the better argument. [...]

The secularizers should worry less about converting believers and more about reinvigorating secularism’s own potential for deep meaning and rich experience. [...]

We should put aside the language of a clash. The reinvigoration of secularist values need not involve an attack on religion, any more than the reassertion of religion need involve an attack on nonbelief. Indeed, in a pluralist situation, secularists can worry about the order of their own house, without concerning themselves overly much with their neighbors. But this is the important point: religion and nonreligion can coexist in this way when and only when they both already stand firmly within a relationship defined by secularization. The moment that secularized relationship ceases to be the case, we would all have cause to worry, believers and nonbelievers alike.

Read the whole lengthy essay: Secular Revival by Warren Breckman

27 Feb 2010

Is Science a Belief? Is Religion a Science? Recent Research

Two ground-breaking papers from researchers at UCLA start to shed some light on the nature of belief: “The Neural Correlates of Religious and Nonreligious Belief” and “Functional Neuroimaging of Belief, Disbelief and Uncertainty”. The “fMRI of Belief” concentrates on the initial results whereas the “Neural Correlates” paper looks more deeply at the implications for religious beliefs.

Our reactions to statements are mediated by emotional responses, so much so that such reactions happen for both religious and non-religious propositions. It is as if the mind trains itself to create a meaningful map by correlating truth and falsehood with pleasure and pain respectively. But does this then mean that both religions and the sciences are just belief systems sustained by emotional responses? Are we thereby just addicted to our prejudices?


Is Science a Belief? Is Religion a Science?

24 Feb 2010

Selective brain damage modulates human spirituality

New research provides fascinating insight into brain changes that might underlie alterations in spiritual and religious attitudes. The study, published by Cell Press in the February 11 issue of the journal Neuron, explores the neural basis of spirituality by studying patients before and after surgery to remove a brain tumor. Although it is well established that all behaviors and experiences, spiritual or otherwise, must originate in the brain, true empirical exploration of the neural underpinnings of spirituality has been challenging. However, recent advances in neuroscience have started to make the complex mental processes associated with religion and spirituality more accessible.

The group found that selective damage to the left and right posterior parietal regions induced a specific increase in self-transcendence (ST). "Our symptom-lesion mapping study is the first demonstration of a causative link between brain functioning and ST," offers Dr. Urgesi. "Damage to posterior parietal areas induced unusually fast changes of a stable personality dimension related to transcendental self-referential awareness. Thus, dysfunctional parietal neural activity may underpin altered spiritual and religious attitudes and behaviors."



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23 Feb 2010

The British Chiropractic Association v Simon Singh: The Law Lords Decision Could Break The BCA

It's about 5.30 pm in England and the Court of Appeal in the case of the British Chiropractic Association v Simon Singh has closed for the day. No official news as yet but the Singh supporters from Twitter seem to have smiles on their faces.

Simon Singh has said: "I am determined to defend my article as I maintain that it is fair and touches on an issue of serious public interest, namely the health of children. My greatest desire is that journalists in future should not have to endure such an arduous and expensive libel process. Cases like mine mean that people are afraid to speak out about whether treatments are worthwhile and effective."

Looks like the BCA was given a hard time. Why did they even bother taking this case to court? Why haven't they published the evidence they claim to have? Do they have enough money to pay if they lose?

Florilegium blog

Why is 'scientists are bad communicators' trope wrong?

Are scientists bad communicators? Emphatically not, blastsCoturnix at his science blog.

"Many scientists communicate well, but are only allowed by the mainstream media to use the "pull" model which attracts only those who are already interested in science. The examples of "pull" media for science are popular science magazines, news sections of scientific journals, science sections of newspapers, science blogs, science-related radio shows, science-related shows on cable TV, i.e., all those places where people have a choice to seek this information or bypass it.

It is the mainstream media that controls all the "push" venues - the most popular print, radio and TV venues that are seen by everyone and where science could, potentially, be mixed in with the news coverage of other areas of life, thus delivering science stories to people who otherwise would never seek them. And it is there that the scientists have no access, certainly no access on their own terms, and thus it is there where the science communication is blocked. Scientists communicate all the time, and do it well, but only to the already receptive audience which actively seeks them - in special sections, or self-made media, carefully quarantined away from the mainstream news."

However, he goes on to say that "push" media is the old media and that scientists should embrace the new media of the internet. Although true, the corporate media channels do still have a lot of influence and therefore it is worth some brave scientists trying to push those doors open. It has been done, but rarely.



Why is 'scientists are bad communicators' trope wrong

22 Feb 2010

Addicted To Being Good? The Psychopathology Of Heroism

We look at heroes and do-gooders as a special sort of breed; people who possess extraordinary traits of altruism, or self-less concern for the well-being of others, even at the expense of their own existence. On the other end, sociopaths also have an extraordinary set of traits, such as extreme selfishness, lack of impulse control, no respect for rules, and no conscience.

As crazy as it sounds, there may be a closer link than than most people would think between the extreme-altruistic personality and sociopathic personality. Would it shock you to know that two people, one with the traits of extreme-altruism (X-altruism) and the other the traits of a sociopath, could be related? Even siblings? And that their personality traits are very similar, with only a few features to distinguish them?

Addicted To Being Good? The Psychopathology Of Heroism

20 Feb 2010

HAARP Weather Manipulation Over Australia

OK- it’s time for serious answers from the authorities as the Australian government Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) have themselves been propelled into posting a notice that they are “endeavoring to find the source of interferences" into, not just one radar station the last four weeks, but many. Late last night (Feb 18th here in USA - Feb 19th in Australia), the most bizarre symbol yet appeared on the national radar emanating from the Melbourne facility. On the radar screen, a black and red-laced, counter-clockwise spiral appeared with a separate red-flared spiral overlay in its center. The last time we observed something similar to this, the first time it had ever been seen, I noticed that the lower levels of the atmosphere began to rotate in the same counter-clockwise direction. As I watched, a new low pressure system formed under the radar symbol - unprecedented physical reflection of the radar image. This was either an extreme coincidence, where a frequency interference and technical artifact took place at the same time that nature also happened to create a new low pressure system, or this was a designed effect.

http://www.colinandrews.net/HAARP-AfterOlga2.html

HAARP over Australia? Why are YouTube videos showing evidence being taken down all the time?

Eureka's Top 30 Science Blogs

Whether you are new to blogs or a practised poster, Eureka’s Top 30 Science Blogs will not disappoint. After much heated debate, the Eureka team have picked 30 of their favourite science, environment, health and technology blogs. If you want to know more about the latest NHS catastrophe or climate change scandal, someone on our list will have it covered.

So, now we’ve shown you ours, we want you to show us yours. We know our 30 blogs are not exhaustive; they’re a subjective take on the best bloggers out there. We’d like you to help us us to compile the definitive list, the Top 100 Science Blogs. Send the name and url of your favourites to eureka@thetimes.co.uk, with “Best blogs” in the subject line.

13 Feb 2010

Carbon Trade Swindle Behind Al Gore Science Hoax

Look behind—if you dare—Al Gore and his science hoax, and you find the very same London-centered oligarchical financial crew that drove the 2003-2006 oil and commodity price increase, amidst the bubbles and hyperinflation that characterize the breakdown-phase of the financial system. The centerpiece of the U.S. emerging market for carbon emissions trading, is the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), created in 2003 as a "voluntary," or pilot agency, part of a London-based network positioned to reproduce the oil bubble on a scale orders of magnitude greater and more dangerous, while at the same time, destroying what's left of the physical economy. [EIR]

This is a great article detailling the scammers and their vehicles to create the biggest fake market in the history of human folly. We are carbon-based life; to trade carbon is to become mere economic units, mere tokens to be bought and sold. China has already claimed that its one-child policy, with its consequent abortions, has saved carbon emissions and should therefore be included in its calculations. Some western pundits seem to think this is a genius idea. The next step in this logic is to have most of the female population pregnant most of the time, record all the abortions, and then claim them as carbon credits. Monstrous... and a consequence of the unproven anthropogenic global warming hypothesis.

10 Feb 2010

The USA State of Emergency Continues With Absolutely No Oversight by Congress

Here are the bare bones of it, and it's scary stuff.

We all know that the American government declared a state of emergency after 11 September 2001 - and was officially put in writing on the 14th.

On 10 September 2009 President Obama declared that such a state of emergency will continue.

Congress is supposed to review such states of emergency at least every 6 months, yet it has never done so since 2001.

Such declarations of national emergency come with the ability of the president to appropriate emergency powers and issue presidential directives. Previous presidents have used such powers to the extent that in 1976 Congress wiped the slate clean of nearly 500 directives that effectively created an autocratic presidency. Astonishingly, the Supreme Court tried to cut Congress down to size on this issue. It remains unclear whether those totalitarian directives have come back into force since the 2001 declaration.

Even without them, a large number of Bush's Presidential Directives remain unknown to the general public, Congress and even to members of Congress on the Homeland Security committee!!

OK, I need to know that I've understood this. The President of the USA, by declaring a state of emergency has the power to issue any directive, which becomes part of law, but also has the power to not tell anybody apart from the few people in the shadow government (Continuity of Government). And that's not totalitarianism?

Read the whole article at Zero Hedge and some of the links they quote from and some insightful comments.

Oh yeah, nearly forgot, the biggest financial scams, such as AIG, are being protected as part of the same national security. Very convenient.

These are not the ravings of conspiracy theorists but researched information scattered across government websites coupled with knowledge from a few brave souls close enough to smell the stench.

9 Feb 2010

Who is in Charge, Governments or Bankers?

A long and interesting article has been published by Bill Mitchell entitled "Who is in charge?" It comes in the wake of further sovereign debt problems, most imminently with the so-called PIIGS of Europe. His message is that the classical monetarist knee-jerk reaction, promoted by the corporate media, has become ingrained in people so that both the public and the experts can no longer see that it is indeed just a construct - and a false one at that. Mitchell is promoting his modern monetarist theory (MMT) in which he shows that the idea that government finances are somehow analogous to our personal finances is wholly wrong. If a government has genuine sovereignty, that is, control of its currency, then the idea that it can somehow be bankrupted by the bond markets is false.

Mitchell sees this as one of many economic 'intuitions' that the public has been led to believe. Like I said, it is a long post and I'm no economist, but I am a mathematician so those formulas don't scare me! However, the message seems clear: "Where might we start exposing faulty intuition which allows policy makers to devastate their populations via fiscal austerity packages at the height of a near-depression?"

Well, one thing is the propaganda that if governments just print more money then inflation will rise. What the public is not told is that this convenient see-saw only applies when an economy is near 100% capacity and full employment. But the conviction that printing money is bad has led governments to issue bonds instead, using the temporary income from their sale to finance their spending. But such loans have to be paid back, usually by issuing yet more debt and thereby getting governments into the cycle of indebtedness to bankers. Up to this point it does all sound very similar to our personal finances, should we choose to live a life of indebtedness. However, unlike citizens, a government can create more money. Ironically, this makes the government merely in debt to its central bank rather than to the public (or rather private) bond markets. Mitchell seems to me close here to blaming the economists and the bankers that run government central banks almost as much as those who work for private banks. The Federal Reserve looms large in this debate as having the powers of a central bank yet being a private operation - the Federal Reserve is about as 'Federal' as Federal Express.

By promoting the idea that governments have to issue bonds so that the bond markets can keep a wary eye on government spending is thus a piece of monetarist ideology and not a law of nature. "But the mainstream have such an ideological obsession against government command of resources to pursue a socio-economic program (because such programs are “wasteful”, “inefficient”, “roads to no-where”; “undermine incentives”; “enslave free people”, etc) that they realise they can pull the emotional strings and invoke this faulty intuition in the public."

And here we come to the title of the article: who is really in control here? And as important, what are governments really for? There are many reasons for people to keep an eye on the activities of their government, but for a sovereign nation to tell its people that it is effectively being controlled by private bankers with no interest in their well-being , well, nobody is going to do that. Instead they hide behind false monetarist policies.

This clash of capitalism and sovereignty was bound to happen. The aim of corporations is to grow, the aim of governments is to (supposedly) look after their people. Capitalism accumulates whereas governments redistribute. According to Mitchell, those governments that still control a sovereign currency are lying to their people when they present a false choice between hyperinflation and austerity. The problem that has surfaced in some European countries is that, having joined the Euro, they no longer control their own currency. But the other problem is that governments are being forced to support bankrupt private corporations. The money being created by the likes of the Fed seems to be largely going into filling unquantified losses of private operations. Thus money is being printed but is not going into the economy and hence not stoking up inflation. According to Mitchell's model, in this time of economic slowdown, pouring money into the economy would still not lead to the dreaded inflation but it would relieve the pain and misery of an oncoming depression.

Dangerous Talk

Dangerous Talk is an atheist/progressive daily blog discussing the three most dangerous topics of polite conversation: Religion, Politics, and Sex. Our goal is to fight back against Religion and push for a more free and rational society.

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3 Feb 2010

Operation Gladio: CIA False Flag Terrorism video

This video was first shown on the BBC in 1992. It is the third of three videos and tells the tragic tale of Aldo Moro's kidnap and execution. At the time, it was blamed on the Red Brigade but years of investigations have revealed that it was the culmination of a black operation to destabilise Italy. Operation Gladio was a CIA and NATO operation whose aim was to stop European Communist parties from gaining any political power.

What is interesting for our time are the admissions of obvious false flag terrorist acts, where terrorist groups of both fascists and communists were already infiltrated by secret service agents who could then create situations for their own benefits. The aim was to escalate tensions rather than find civil solutions. Similar black operations occur today. They do not make headline news but can be found on the internet. With so many former Guantanamo inmates now out in the field the only logical assumption is that they are now operatives of the CIA (or whoever controls that particular false flag terrorist agenda). The stench of Operation Gladio is still with us.





This video has never been aired in the USA.

Boob Bombs Plot Exposed

Fox News alarmists quoting WorldNetDaily's Christian propagandists that MI5 is "Hunting Breast Implants of Death." This is no satire but is being reported as a serious threat to national security. You can, however, read about this revelation at News Corpse.

Thing is, apart from the obvious sniggering this is likely to provoke, there was a satirical piece written in the most recent edition of ColdType.net. "Paying the price of freedom" by Fred Reed includes this "boob bombs" scenario as a scam for airport security contractors to make more money from a roll-out of palpitators and x-ray machines. So, shall we assume that the editor of WND reads ColdType? It sure beats reading WND!

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OK, I have no intention of promoting either Fox Nation or WND with a link to them so have found what appears to be the source for both stories... at the Daily Mail!

And yes, it appears to be another scam to make full body scans a normal part of airport security. Nice profit for the contractors.

One thing that has puzzled (and amused) many is how these boob bombs would be detonated. Security sources said the explosive PETN (Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate) would be placed in a plastic sachet inside the bomber’s body and would then be detonated by the bomber using a hypodermic syringe to inject TATP (Triacetone Triperoxide) through their skin into the explosives sachet. But... wouldn't the mere carrying of a syringe be enough to set off alarm bells at airport security? But why promote a logical solution when an expensive one can scare the public into submission.

Fingerprint Scanner Used To Verify Church Attendance

A Polish priest has installed an electronic reader in his church for schoolchildren to leave their fingerprints in order to monitor their attendance at mass, the Gazeta Wyborcza daily said on Friday.

The pupils will mark their fingerprints every time they go to church over three years and if they attend 200 masses they will be freed from the obligation of having to pass an exam prior to their confirmation, the paper said.

The pupils in the southern town of Gryfow Slaski told the daily they liked the idea and also the priest, Grzegorz Sowa, who invented it. "This is comfortable. We don't have to stand in a line to get the priest's signature (confirming our presence at the mass) in our confirmation notebooks," said one pupil. [Reuters]

So the Father and the Son have co-opted Big Brother to monitor the sheeple. As always, surveillance systems are brought in for the very best of reasons. Let's see this one spread.

2 Feb 2010

ColdType.net - writing worth reading

ColdType: writing worth reading from around the world - and it's free!

I have added ColdType to the list of WBB websites in the right column as there appears to be no RSS feed, indeed the whole publication is in pdf so easy to save and read at one's leisure. But in a land of short blogs and single-issue rants it is good to read well-crafted essays from writers, journalists and academics.

I'm currently reading the latest issue of The Reader, with essays by John Pilger, David Michael Green and Kevin Carson and an interview with Oliver Stone. The issue is dedicated to Orwell's 1984 with thoughts on political propaganda and the reality of false flag wars as permanent states of tension. The air is somewhat lightened by a satirical piece, "Paying the price of freedom" by Fred Reed, that looks at how airport security is a money-making scam whilst passengers avoid being subjected to ever-more intrusive security measures. The exploding breast implants scenario is very funny... until we see automatic palpators next to the x-ray machines at passport control.

1 Feb 2010

Fall of the Republic: The Presidency of Barack H Obama - full video

When the New World Order has fallen out of the books of conspiracy theories and into the mouths of leading politicians, should it not be renamed conspiracy truth? As capitalism reaches its obvious conclusion, competition gives way to monopolies, choice is an illusion and individual wealth is destroyed by banksters. Welcome to corporate communism, welcome to engineered disasters, welcome to controlled slavery. What's the point? Control of the whole ecosystem - including the carbon atoms in your body. Enjoy the future.

Perhaps the most interesting section is around 90 minutes into the film. It shows how easy it is to manipulate humans through social engineering. Propaganda works, and it works by massaging the human unconscious without rational interference. This is hugely depressing and the only antidote is to be informed - to switch that rational mind back on. The difficulty with switching it on is to first be aware enough that it has been unplugged. Wake up to the future.





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