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Friday, January 23, 2015

Journey



DEPARTURE by Ralph Pitre ARTWORK by Cameron Gray




DEPARTURE by Ralph Pitre ARTWORK by Cameron Gray




DEPARTURE by Ralph Pitre ARTWORK by Cameron Gray 


ASSEMBLE by Ralph Pitre ARTWORK by Cameron Gray


ASSEMBLE by Ralph Pitre ARTWORK by Cameron Gray 




Worm Hole / WORMHOLE music by Ralph Pitre ARTWORK by Cameron Gray


WORMHOLE music by Ralph Pitre 
ARTWORK by Cameron Gray




JOURNEY story & music by Ralph Pitre / ARTWORK by Cameron Gray







Assemble

Their world was perfect in every way; balance had been achieved, concern over famine, poverty, war were gone... all was pleasant but the hunger for conflict, the hunger to conquer, which had been quelled by fair competition in state sanctioned games, was beginning to show its teeth...

What once was called satan awaits to rise...

Wrapped in a quilt of complacency, he rises

Too long repressed

Flex

Desire

The fruit of the universe is mans to harvest at will...

Reach out into the darkness and take what doesn't resist and the rest you fight for... because mankind is entitled...

We have sent explorers through the wormhole tuned to different coordinates... Six of the seven teams returned. Peels team is assumed missing except that the wormhole isn't locking into the original coordinates, as if it isn't there or something or someone is jamming the ping

Twenty minutes is all it will take, more than enough time to make love...
You were there, on the other side
I was
Tell me about it
About what, i found nothing
Then what does Commander Korn expect to find?
Whatever Peel found, which was death in my opinion
Then why did he bring you along?
Because I've been there, I've seen it, the other side, the nothingness
Peel is the only one to gave made it through
And never return... For all we know the hole collapsed and he and his family are trapped, forever
And the others, the other eight families, they all returned with nothing
You fund nothing and you get to return, make a discovery and never come back.
But why?
Don't ask me I'm a bit negative about it all.
I think they found something and if we look again, harder we'll find something
We just might... Korn plans on worming to the Peel coordinates but from our destination coordinates
You mean...
A second jump, build another worm

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NASA | Earth at Night / NASA Goddard




https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAY-SMFNfynqz1bdoaV8BeQ

Way up too high...

Way up too high...I can ride some high rollercoasters but this...it was hard to watch



Doomsday Clock moves two minutes closer to midnight - CBS News


The iconic Doomsday Clock, considered a metaphor for the dangers faced by the world, was pushed ahead by two minutes over concerns about worsening climate change and the world's failure to reduce nuclear weapons, a trans-Atlantic group of prominent scientists announced.
Every year, the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists analyzes international threats, particularly nuclear arsenals and climate change, and decides where the minute hand on the Doomsday Clock should rest. The closer it is to midnight, the closer the world is to doom.
The last time the clock moved was in 2012 when the Board set the minute hand at 11:55 p.m. over concerns about the state of nuclear arsenals around the world. It also was concerned about the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and the outbreak of H5N1 flu. It hasn't moved this much since 2007, when the Board warned that "the world stands on the brink of a second nuclear age." It also cited climate change which it called "a dire challenge to humanity."
Those two issues again took center stage as the Board announced it would bump the clock two minutes ahead, to 11:57 p.m.
"Today, unchecked climate change and a nuclear arms race resulting from modernization of huge arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity," Kennette Benedict, executive director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, told reporters. "And world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of leadership endanger every person on Earth."
The Board was especially critical of world leaders for failing to take the actions necessary to keep temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) over what they were in preindustrial times, which most scientists contend would avert the worst impacts of climate change, such as widespread droughts, heat waves and flooding.
World leaders are set to meet later this year in Paris to ink a deal to combat climate change beginning in 2020. But many critics argue it comes too late and won't have the teeth necessary to facilitate a shift away from fossil fuels that are blamed for much of the increase in greenhouse gas emissions.
"Steps seen as bold in light of today's extremely daunting political opposition to climate action do not even match the expectations of five years ago, to say nothing of the scientific necessity," said Sivan Kartha, a member of the Board and a senior scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute.
"The results are unsurprising. Global greenhouse gas emission rates are now 50 percent higher than they were in 1990," he said. "Emission rates have risen since 2000 by more than in the previous three decades combined. Investments have continued to pour into fossil fuel infrastructure at a rate that exceeds $1 trillion per year, with additional hundreds of billions of dollars in continued fossil fuel subsidies. We can and must turn this around."
The Board also said the United States and Russia weren't doing enough to reduce their nuclear arsenals, while warning that other countries not part of the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons such as India, Pakistan, Israel, are expanding or modernizing theirs.
"Since the end of the Cold War, there has been cautious optimism about the ability of nuclear weapon states to keep the nuclear arms race in check and to walk back slowly from the precipice of nuclear destruction," said Sharon Squassoni, a Board member and director and senior fellow at the Proliferation Prevention Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies. "That optimism has essentially evaporated in the face of two trends: sweeping nuclear weapons modernization programs and a disarmament machinery that has ground to a halt."
The Board called on the world cap to greenhouse gas emissions, dramatically reduce proposed spending on nuclear weapons modernization programs, re-energize the disarmament process and deal with nuclear waste.
"We are not saying its too late to take action but the window for action is closing rapidly," Benedict said. "The world needs to be awakened from its lethargy and start making changes. We move the clock hand today to inspire action and move that process along."
The Doomsday Clock is the invention of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a publication started by some of the researchers who worked on the atomic bomb. The wife of one of these researchers, Martyl Langsdorf, was a painter. In 1947, she illustrated the first Bulletin cover to feature the Doomsday Clock set at that point at 11:53 p.m.
Langsdorf died in March 2013, but her creation keeps on ticking.
The closest the Doomsday Clock has ever come to midnight was in 1953, when the minute hand ticked to 11:58 p.m. after the first test of the hydrogen bomb. It was at its most optimistic in 1991, when the Bulletin board set the time at 17 minutes to midnight as the Cold War ended.
Since 1991, however, the clock has been ticking gradually toward doom, as it became clear that total nuclear disarmament would not be happening.

© 2015 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  • Michael Casey covers the environment, science and technology for CBSNews.com

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

For Adults Only...Times Square When It Was...

Doin' Time in Times Square


This is an excellent short documentary showing good old Time Square before it was cleaned up. The video was created by Charlie Ahearn, shot from his 43rd Street apartment window from 1981 to 1983. This video may be best known for the scene starting around 9:45; a guy gets punched "right on the button!" and knocked out cold then has his wallet stolen. That's just one of a few fights in this video. It also has some 


The Eleventh Hour - 1990 - NYC Subway Stories

Memories...

Wonderful piece from way back, 1990, about the NYC Subway System...




Canadian Woman Misses Boat by 5 Minutes, Throws Giant Canadian Tantrum


A woman's New Year's Eve was ruined when she narrowly missed the ferry to Vancouver and couldn't convince the station staff to let her board after the cutoff time. With her boat about to depart without, she threw a tremendous, last-ditch temper tantrum that has rocked Canada's national sense of politeness and propriety to its core.
"It's New Year's Eve for heaven sakes!" she shouts, the extreme stress of the situation forcing her to use, inappropriate uncanadian language. "You have no idea! You don't understand people's feelings and what this meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeans ....!"
It's hard to tell because it all becomes one long screech at some point, but I'm pretty sure she even said "fuck." Whoa.
Scandalized passengers whipped out their phones to capture the rare meltdown. Canadians are very sorry that 800,000 people had to see the video on the Spotted in Victoria Facebook group.
"I refuse to watch this. I don't need to see someone having a hard time," said one CBC commenter.
"The courts haven't really figured out what happens when that gets loaded up on to YouTube or another website," defamation lawyer Daniel Reid told the CBC, underscoring Canada's unpreparedness for the national emergency of someone being rude and someone else rudely capturing the scene with their phone.
To be fair to the Canadian legal system, though, there's no way they could have seen this national tragedy coming.
"Obviously, it's something that people found funny or found interesting so they shared it with a lot of their friends and it's just the power of social media now. We never thought something like this could be possible," said Austin Singhera of Spotted in Victoria.
This is not the Canada we once knew, eh? Not at all.
[h/t Reddit]

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Here's the premiere of Dessa's new music video where she swims among underwater statues | Public Radio International



For this music video, the musician, who just goes by Dessa, literally took a dive.
The singer, songwriter and spoken-word artist appears in this video, on location, and under water.
It's for this song she wrote two years ago called "Sound the Bells" — telling a mariner's tale of a shipwreck foretold — a crew knowing that it would perish.
Late one night, after recording the song, a filmmaker Dessa knows sent her a surreal picture: life-sized statues of people, submerged below water.
"He just sent me an image of one of these statues that had been set on the bottom of the ocean in Mexico," she says. "And he must have been baiting me really well because one of my first questions was, 'Where is it and can you get there?'"
The sculptures are located off Isla Mujeres, on the Yucatan Peninsula. And yes, you can get there.
The sculptures by English sculpture Jason deCaires Taylor and were the centerpiece of a project to rehab the underwater environment after hurricanes destroyed coral reefs there.
"It's really clever, as a conservationist, he stuck on this brilliant idea that instead of prohibiting people swimming near the reefs and bringing with them all the sunscreen and traffic that can really damage the reefs, he said, 'well, I'll just put something over there for the tourists to see.'"



Some of Jason deCaires Taylor's underwater sculptures featured in "Sound The Bells".
Credit:
Courtesy of Dessa







Dessa confesses that even if you gave her 100 years to solve a problem like coral reefs she would have never come up with such a clever, graceful win-win of a conservation solution.
"So I was one of many people who wanted to see the work that he'd done in this kind of underwater museum, which will eventually become transformed as coral grows over it, into a reef of its own," she says.
After watching Dessa's video, what I wanted to know was what it like to be swimming among all those underwater sculptures?
"I'm not a very strong swimmer, but I knew I wanted to swim convincingly for this video. So I spent a lot of time at the YWCA in Minneapolis trying to stay at the bottom of the pool and I was totally freaking out the teenage lifeguard — 'What is this girl doing in Lane Four?'" she says, laughing.
If you've read this far and haven't watched the video, you've got to see how Dessa's YWCA training led to these gorgeous scenes from the reefs of Isla Mujeres.

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The Octave of Energy / by Robert Anton Wilson




The Octave of Energy
by Robert Anton Wilson



The Law of Octaves was first suggested by Pythagoras in ancient Greece. Having observed that the eight notes of the conventional Occidental musical scale were governed by definite mathematical relationships, Pythagoras proceeded to create a whole cosmology based on 8s. In this octagonal model Pythagoras made numerous mistakes, because he was generalizing from insufficient data. However, his work was the first attempt in history to unify science, mathematics, art and mysticism into one comprehensible system and as such is still influential. Leary, Crowley and Buckminster Fuller have all described themselves as modern Pythagoreans.
      In China, roughly contemporary with Pythagoras, the Taoists built up a cosmology based on the interplay of yang (positive) and yin (negative), which produced the eight trigrams of the I Ching, out of which are generated the 64 hexagrams.
      In India, Buddha announced, after his illumination under the Bodhi tree, the Noble Eightfold Path. Patanjali subsequently reduced the science of yoga to eight "limbs" or, as we might say, eight "steps."
      The game of chess appeared, somewhere in the East, with a grid based on 8x8 (64) squares.
      Kepler discovered the laws of planetary motion serendipitously, while trying to make the planets fit into the Pythagorean octave.
      In the 1860s, English chemist John Newland showed that all the chemical elements fall into eight families. Since Pythagorean mysticism was unfashionable at that time, Newland was literally laughed at and rejected by the Royal Chemical Society. In the 1870s, with much more detail than Newland, the Russian chemist Mendeleyev proved once and for all that the elements do, indeed, fall into eight families. His Periodic Table of the Elements, an octave of hauntingly Pythagorean harmony, hangs in every high-school chemistry class today. (The Royal Society later apologized to Newland and gave him a Gold Medal.)
      Nikolai Tesla invented the alternating current generator which unleashed the modern technological revolution after a series of visions in which, among other things, Tesla "saw" that everything in the universe obeys a law of Octaves.
      Modern geneticists have found that the DNA-RNA "dialogue"—the molecular information system governing life and evolution—is transmitted by 64 (8x8) codons.
      R. Buckminster Fuller, in his Synergetic-Energetic Geometry, which he claims is the "co-ordinate system of the Universe," reduces all phenomena to geometric-energetic constructs based on the tetrahedron (4-sided), the octet truss (8-sided) and the coupler (8-faceted with 24 phases). Fuller argues specifically that the 8-face, 24-phase coupler underlies the 8-fold division of the chemical elements on the Mendeleyev Periodic Table.
      In 1973, unaware of Fuller's coupler—which I called to his attention later—Dr. Leary began to divide his 8 circuits into a 24-stage Periodic Table of Evolution (see diagram). Leary also began attempting to correlate this with the Periodic Table of Elements in chemistry.
The eight families of elements are:
  1. Alkalis
  2. Alkalines
  3. Borons
  4. Carbons
  5. Nitrogens
  6. Oxygens
  7. Halogens
  8. Noble Gases
The first four families, Leary argues, are terrestrial; that is, they are heavy and tend to fall to Earth. The second four familes are extraterrestrial; that is, they tend to float off into space. Similarly, he says, the first four circuits of the nervous system are terrestrial; their function is to control survival and reproduction at the bottom of the 4,000-mile gravity well in which we presently live. The second four circuits, then, are extraterrestrial; they will come into full play only when we live normally in zero-gravity—in free space.


THE PERIODIC TABLE OF EVOLUTION
CIRCUIT
DENDRITIC
FUNCTION
(Input)

CELL BODY
FUNCTION
(Integrative)

AXONIC
FUNCTION
(Output)

Neuroatomic
Cosmic
Consciousness

Cosmic
Engineering

Cosmic Fusion
Neurogenetic
DNA Awareness
DNA Engineering
DNA Fusion
Neuroelectric
ESP
Precognition

The Neurologician
(the Shaman)

"The Conscious
Circle of Humanity

Neurosomatic
Hedonic Passivity
Hedonic Engineering
(Yoga)

Hedonic Synergy
(Tantra)

Domestic
(SocioSexual)

The Adolescent
(Barbarian Bands)

The Parent
(Patriarchal Civilization)

Centralized Socialism
(Hive-Unity)

Laryngeal-
Manual
(Symbolic)

The Learning Child
(Paleolithic)

The Skillful Child
(Neolithic)

The Creative Child
(Bronze Age)

Emotional-
Territorial

The Toddler
(trickster mammal)

The Fighting Child
(predator mammal)

The Political Child
(pack-bonding)

Bio-Survival
The Newborn
(unicellular consciousness)

The Demanding Infant
(marine consciousness)

Mother-Child bonding
(amphibian consciousness)

Read from the bottom up. Every infant begins at "The Newborn"; every adult arrives at least at "Centralized Socialism" (although the Control Center or major input may be back at "The Toddler" or "The Fighting Child" or in any slot). So-called geniuses, mystics or weird people with wild (psionic) talents are post-larval and may reach any slot from "Centralized Socialism" to "Cosmic Fusion."
      If the higher circuits have been appearing (partially and in rare mutants) for a few thousand years this is because the DNA blueprint is gradually modifying us for future evolution. If higher circuit functions are increasing at an accelerating rate, as many parapsychologists think, it is because we are now mutating rapidly toward extraterrestrial migration.
      Mathematically, the first four circuits are Euclidean-Newtonian, orienting us to the 3-dimensional space and 1-dimensional time of planetary life. The second four circuits are Fullerian-Einsteinian, orienting us to interstellar zero-gravity.




It is possible to see the development of an individual (if s/he evolves all the way to the 8th circuit) and the development of life itself as the working out of this Octave of Evolution. Thus:

Individual
Life
Circuit I
infant bio-survival
passivity

uni-cellular life
Circuit II
"toddler" emotional
politics (ego)

vertebrate life,
territoriality, hierarchy

Circuit III
student Mind
hominid languages and
tool-making

Circuit IV
post-pubescent
domesticity

urbanized civilization
Circuit V
neurosomatic rapture
free-fall (extraterrestrial migration)
Circuit VI
neuroelectric
metaprogramming

Intelligence squared
Circuit VII
neurogenetic consciousness
immortality
Circuit VIII
satori
Cosmic Union
But this is strikingly similar to the teachings of Gurdjieff (which may be, according to many, the secret inner teachings of Sufism). The Gurdjieff vibration numbers and the levels of consciousness, as named by Gurdjieff, fit the table as follows:
384
Movement center
Circuit I
Invertebrate reality
192
False emotional center
Circuit II
Mammalian reality
96
False intellectual center
Circuit III
Paleolithic reality
48
False personality
Circuit IV
Civilized reality
24
Magnetic Center
Circuit V
Hedonic reality
12
True Emotional center
Circuit VI
Psionic reality
6
True Intellectual center
Circuit VII
Immortal reality
3
The Essence
Circuit VIII
Cosmic reality




Leary began to divide the 8 circuits into 24 phases when he became convinced each circuit has an input phase, a decision-making phase, and an output phase. (On the synaptic level, this appears as dendrites, receiving signals; cell-bodies, making decisions; and axions, transmitting signals.) This 24-stage chart can be correlated with the hebrew alphabet, thereby casting new light on the Cabala; with the Tarot cards (a Sufi invention, it is claimed); and with the Zodiac (if we allow 12 extraterrestrial types to complete the 12 terrestrial types of traditional astrology). These correlations are not indicated on the diagram; a full explaination will be found in two later books.
      Working independently of Leary and myself, Prof. Peter Flessel of the University of San Francisco has begun developing correlations between the 8x8 codons of the genetic code and the 8x8 hexagrams of the I Ching, which he will be publishing soon. It is to be hoped that in further work on the Leary Periodic Table, Flessel's correlations and Fuller's 24-phase geometric coupler, science will eventually find a "Rosetta Stone" by which the traditional symbols of occultism can be decoded in modern, operational, scientific categories.
      It will be seen by the thoughtful reader that this emerging synthesis evades entirely the usual dichotomy of "spiritual" versus "material," being purely geometric-energetic. It is thus in the same philosophical category as the unitary systems of the East (Zen, Taoism, Vedanta, etc.) and outside the dualisms of Greek logic and Christian theology. Any attempt to describe this octave as "mystical" or as "materialistic" misses the real point of Leary's work.