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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Thought of the Day


"Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind. Spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies. Bless us, if it may be, in all our innocent endeavors. If it may not, give us the strength to encounter that which is to come, that we be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath, and in all changes of fortune and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving one to another."


~Robert Louis Stevenson

Monday, October 30, 2006

Keep Looking up!

Now this is what I'm talking about!!!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

ARMAGEDDON ON YOUR MIND


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Saturday, October 28, 2006

"A Walk on the Brown Side."



If this wasn't so friggin' funny it would be sad.

This is Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Ali G) as a gay character he does called Bruno. He is interviewing some delusional 'Christain Gay Conversion Therapist'.

I started watching his show on HBO when it came out a few years back.

Are people really this unbelievable ignorant?

Yes, I guess they are.

found over at Queer Beacon

Dave...

from Crooks & Liars

Singularities, Black Holes and Stuff Part II

I neglected to talk about the fact that I still have no friggin' clue as to what a singularity really is. The closest I can get in 'Lee' speak is that: a singularity is the point where something becomes nothing and ends up being something again, only bigger and more powerful than we could ever imagine. Get it? Me neither...

The definitions at Answers.com and Wickpedia.

Black Holes

Wrap your head around this:

"The spatial singularity is a theoretical term for the state of the center of a black hole. It would occur if matter could be compressed to infinitely small proportions, a mathematical point. This is the prediction of General Relativity if there is no physical limit on the size of particles. This has nothing to do with the formation of an event horizon, which occurs as soon as the infalling matter is all inside its Schwarzchild radius, a relatively long time before it falls to the center.

Because nothing other than extremely random Hawking radiation can escape from beyond the event horizon, there is no way to observe the core of a black hole, whether or not it is a singularity. The only physical properties we can currently apply to a black hole are mass (measured by the strength of the gravitational pull), volume (calculated in three dimensions using the Schwarzschild Radius), electrical charge, temperature* (see notes), spin, and magnetic field."


I watched a Science Channel show the other night on the Hawking Paradox.

The first thing that jumped out at me was that it appeared he was saying that matter does disappear, it eventually evaporates. Now I have always thought and believed (I'm getting spiritual here) that what we are, our souls, is energy and that energy is matter and matter can't disappear.

Contradictions vs Paradoxes

Does this mean that when we are gone, when we die we are actually gone for good?

Apparently Mr. Hawking is having second thoughts about his theory though: (link).

Lately, because of recent events I have been thinking more and more about existence. Why we are. When we leave this physical plain of being, where do we go, into a big spiritual blender? Do we re-incarnate? Do we remember who we are, who we where? Will we recognize other souls we have known and loved? It has always been fairly obvious to me that religions have come about because of these unknowns. It seems our fear of dying has kept us from so much.

I found this blog entry when I did "The Google" as Dear Leader says:

"I think we scatter. I think consciousness is an epiphenomenon, arising out of a certain arrangement of matter. I don't think there's any hard evidence for disembodied consciousness, for anything that continues to exist after my physical body dies and decays, and what's more, I think this is right and good. I think this is the answer to the question "who attains nirvana?", as well as the answer to the Christian conundrum of whether we're headed to heaven or hell or purgatory. We're headed back into the great, recycling Tao, folks. And since we were always part of this Tao, just as an ocean wave never stops being composed of ocean water, then I can agree with Thich Nhat Hanh's observation that we were always here to begin with, and will always be here. There is nothing not-Tao."

That's pretty much how I think it happens. Kind of lonely sounding isn't it? No wonder people are so afraid of dying. Something inside me though says that who we are can't just cease to exist. I want so bad to believe that. But who knows? None of us are finding out 'till the big day comes anyway so what does it really matter?

All the fear, all the awful things that we do to each other are just a lesson right? This life is just a great big spiritual cosmic classroom and we are all only still in kindergarten, right?

I sure hope so...

Years ago I learned a little phrase that for the longest time I had such a difficult time understanding and accepting: 'One day at a time.' Pretty straight forward and simplistic ain't it?
Stay in the moment, live for the now. With all the terrrifying things happening in this world I need to keep repeating that phrase over and over to myself.

I guess I, we still have alot more to learn. Lets just hope the idiots in Washington don't kill us all first.

Captain Quahog 2.1 : Singularities...

I just started watching it this season. Is it me or are the Cylons dead ringers for the Cheney/Bush Cabal??

Friday, October 27, 2006

Captain Quahog 2.1 : What exit?

Yeah, I think they are here to stay. How is it possible for so many people to be so incredibly stupid? What happened in their lives to make them give up on their own individuality, their humanness?

Singularities...

Singularities and Nightmares

by David Brin

"Options for a coming singularity include self-destruction of civilization, a positive singularity, a negative singularity (machines take over), and retreat into tradition. Our urgent goal: find (and avoid) failure modes, using anticipation (thought experiments) and resiliency -- establishing robust systems that can deal with almost any problem as it arises."


--WOW--

I just finished reading this amazing essay (link above). Unbelievable! It's basically about human evolution; what's in store for us. Pretty amazing stuff. Long, but it has robots in it!!

I have been pretty much fascinated with anything space or time related since I looked through a friends pair of high powered binoculars a few years back and saw a galaxy...that little dot of light that I would see all the time was actually a galaxy with hundreds of millions of stars with countless billions of planets... and our universe has countless billions of these galaxies!

Anyway...

I have always liked Sci-fi. I was really into Planet of the Apes when I was a kid. I really liked the whole concept of us or other species evolving or devolving. I liked STO (Star Trek Original) but really liked TNG (The Next Generation). My friend David from when I lived in SF was really into Cpt. Picard. He thought he was hot!

On the Science Channel (which can I say, rocks!) they have great shows and series about time, space and asteroids smashing into the Earth! In fact they run all of the original Cosmos series.

Watched a show the other night about black holes. They actually think now that they are instrumental if not responsible for galaxy formation.

Quantum Physics, Singularities...

Man, what a great time to be alive. So much to learn and discover. I wonder if we will be around long enough to experience and learn all this universe has in store for us.

Any way...thought I'd share this with the few of you still reading this thing.

11 Days to the election. Terror warnings from the Gulf. Could we really be this stupid? Are we really going to throw all of this amazement, beauty and wonder away? We have so much to learn yet.

I just don't understand...



Found a great new Blog tonight:

Correntwire

and the website the Singularity story is from:

KurzweilAI.net

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

What exit?

Being from Massachusetts where Gay & Lesbian folks can already marry their little gay hearts out, I wish to welcome the folks from New Jersey to the club.

"The court said the Legislature "must either amend the marriage statutes to include same-sex couples or create a parallel statutory structure" that gives gays all the privileges and obligations married couples have.

The three dissenters argued that the majority did not go far enough. They demanded full marriage for gays."


Wonder how long it took for the 'Bible Bashing Bigot Brigades' to start spewing their intolerance and hate.

(Well that was quick)

Hopefully when the good guys win, these ignorant cretins will crawl back under the slimy stinking cesspool covers from which they came.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Yesterday....


On my way to the dentist yesterday morning I saw a dog lying in the road in front of the neighborhood I live in. There was an ambulance and a fire truck on the other side and two guys standing there. I thought the dog was one of my neighbors so I pulled over. It wasn't my neighbors but the dog was still breathing. It was raining and cold. Neither of the men standing by the truck were doing anything. I asked them if they had called anyone, like a vet or??? I went and grabbed my phone and a blanket and called my vet to ask if I could bring the dog to them or to the 24/7 Emergency Vet center. As I was putting the blanket over the dog he died. It turned out the fireman/ EMT is the one who hit the dog. He said that there were two of them that ran in out in front of him, the other didn't get hit and ran off. The dog who died didn't have a collar on. I got back in my truck and gave Kokoro a big hug. She didn't understand.

That was how my day started. After that I had a root canal that now, almost 2 days later feels like someone took a hacksaw to my jaw. If I didn't have vicadin I think I probably would have either pulled the tooth out with a pair of pliers or hit myself repeatedly in the head with a hammer. Not like it would be the first time for either...

I can't stop thinking about the dog that got hit. I still have no idea whose dog it was but I wish that people wouldn't let their dogs and cats run loose. Kokoro lived in San Francisco the first year of her life. We lived a block away from Golden Gate Park so she got walked there a couple times a day. We had to cross a four lane road. I trained her to sit at the stop light and kept it going a few years after we came back to the Cape but I still wouldn't let her walk near a road with out me or a leash. I hope the person whose dog it was found out. Other than republicans retaining control of congress, one of my worst fears would be Kokoro getting loose and disappearing. I wouldn't know what to do...

There sure are a lot of irresponsible pet owners out there. I have a neighbor who has a couple of 'outdoor' cats. Now a day that means 'kitty burgers' for the growing Cape coyote population. One of her cats wiped out a nest of baby cardinals in my yard a few years back. Now every time the cat is in my yard Kokoro always seems to accidentally get out. Here Kityy kitty kitty...

Well, I think it's been about 4 hours...time for another vicadin.

Yesterday....


On my way to the dentist yesterday morning I saw a dog lying in the road in front of the neighborhood I live in. There was an ambulance and a fire truck on the other side and two guys standing there. I thought the dog was one of my neighbors so I pulled over. It wasn't my neighbors but the dog was still breathing. It was raining and cold. Neither of the men standing by the truck were doing anything. I asked them if they had called anyone, like a vet or??? I went and grabbed my phone and a blanket and called my vet to ask if I could bring the dog to them or to the 24/7 Emergency Vet center. As I was putting the blanket over the dog he died. It turned out the fireman/ EMT is the one who hit the dog. He said that there were two of them that ran in out in front of him, the other didn't get hit and ran off. The dog who died didn't have a collar on. I got back in my truck and gave Kokoro a big hug. She didn't understand.

That was how my day started. After that I had a root canal that now, almost 2 days later feels like someone took a hacksaw to my jaw. If I didn't have vicadin I think I probably would have either pulled the tooth out with a pair of pliers or hit myself repeatedly in the head with a hammer. Not like it would be the first time for either...

I can't stop thinking about the dog that got hit. I still have no idea whose dog it was but I wish that people wouldn't let their dogs and cats run loose. Kokoro lived in San Francisco the first year of her life. We lived a block away from Golden Gate Park so she got walked there a couple times a day. We had to cross a four lane road. I trained her to sit at the stop light and kept it going a few years after we came back to the Cape but I still wouldn't let her walk near a road with out me or a leash. I hope the person whose dog it was found out. Other than republicans retaining control of congress, one of my worst fears would be Kokoro getting loose and disappearing. I wouldn't know what to do...

There sure are a lot of irresponsible pet owners out there. I have a neighbor who has a couple of 'outdoor' cats. Now a day that means 'kitty burgers' for the growing Cape coyote population. One of her cats wiped out a nest of baby cardinals in my yard a few years back. Now every time the cat is in my yard Kokoro always seems to accidentally get out. Here Kityy kitty kitty...

Well, I think it's been about 4 hours...time for another vicadin.

Be Afraid...Be very Afraid

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Captain Quahog 2.1 : Yup...

Hey Lee...lost your email...

I met you on the bike trail. I made a page on my summer here:

http://www.helderweb.com/capecod2006/

I got a sticker for my car from move on.org....

It says DEFEND AMERICA...fire the republicans.

Hope to be on the Cape next summer.

Your friend in Knox, NY

Robert
helderweb@excite.com

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Captain Quahog 2.1 : Akita's, Dogs & the People Who Love Them

i agree... the world would be a much different and, most likely, a MUCH BETTER place...

without going into all the details, i had to put my deceased mother's dog down a number of years ago... she was a disabled, but very sweet dog... it was impossible for us to keep her any longer and there was no one else i could conceive of taking care of her and loving her the way she deserved... it was, however, a decision that has plagued me ever since... was it the right thing...? i didn't know then and i still don't know now...

Akita's, Dogs & the People Who Love Them


Yesterday a man was bitten by a dog that he was watching for a friend. Apparently the friend’s dog got into a fight with his dog and as he was trying to break up the fight the friends dog bit him very badly. The police where called and the dog was shot and killed.

The friend’s dog was an Akita. This was emphasized repeatedly throughout the stories in yesterdays & today’s Cape Cod Times. Apparently this to the writer was the most important part of the story. That and that the dog was shot and the man who was bitten almost had his arm torn off.

This is fairly typical of any type of news outlet these days; sensationalize the story, have plenty of gory details and make sure there is a villain. The story is pretty standard for the Times, which seems more and more to be turning into a tabloid wanna be. I am sure we will be assailed with even bloodier details over the next few days. They had a picture online yesterday of the dead dog lying in the street. I am very surprised they didn’t put that on the front page of the paper today along with the story.

My feelings about this where pretty immediate, sadness. 8 Years ago my dog Max bit someone very badly and after many sleepless weeks I decided to end his life. This for me was the hardest thing I have ever had to do, and over 8 years later I still grieve for him and question the decision I made. Many people said to me after that I did ‘The right thing.” Whatever. He was my ‘best boy’ and my best friend. I had a connection to him like I have never had to another human being.

To me there was no ‘right’ decision.

I feel for the guy whose dog this was. Not only does he have to go through the horrible fact of what his dog did. He also probably loved and cared for that dog very much, and he died in an awful and violent way.

After Max bit the person eight years ago, I thought they were going to take him from me and kill him. If they had done that I don’t know what I would have done. Even now, with Kokoro, I worry that something might happen. She might get into a fight with another dog or someone could take her friendliness for aggression. She is a big dog and absolutely loves people. But there are a lot of folks who are afraid of big dogs. So, I take precautions. I am much more protective of her than I was with Max…sometimes too much so. I just don’t want to put her in a situation like I did with Max which could put her life in danger.

Dogs are dogs. We forget that sometimes. Every once in awhile their instincts kick in and thousands of years of domestication disappear in an instant. Are we all that much different? We kill for sport or revenge. People are far more aggressive and destructive than animals. Maybe it’s just our fascination with violence that makes us sensationalize when an animal attacks a human. Or maybe it’s some sort of ancient genetic fear switch that flips on when it’s another species that attacks us?

I know not everyone has the same spiritual connections to animals that some of us have, but I can’t help but thinking if we all did, this world would be a very different place.

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

As so it begins....

The March to War: Naval build-up in the Persian Gulf and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Global Research

October 1, 2006
Editor's note

We bring to the attention of our readers, this carefully documented review of the ongoing naval build-up and deployment of coalition forces in the Middle East.

The article examines the geopolitics behind this military deployment and its relationship to "the Battle for Oil".

The structure of military alliances is crucial to an understanding of these war preparations.

The naval deployment is taking place in two distinct theaters: the Persian Gulf and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Both Israel and NATO are slated to play a major role in the US-led war.

The militarization of the Eastern Mediterranean is broadly under the jurisdiction of NATO in liaison with Israel. Directed against Syria, it is conducted under the faƧade of a UN peace-keeping mission pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1701. In this context, the war on Lebanon must be viewed as a stage of a the broader US sponsored military road-map.

The naval armada in the Persian Gulf is largely under US command, with the participation of Canada.

The naval buildup is coordinated with the planned air attacks. The planning of the aerial bombings of Iran started in mid-2004, pursuant to the formulation of CONPLAN 8022 in early 2004. In May 2004, National Security Presidential Directive NSPD 35 entitled Nuclear Weapons Deployment Authorization was issued. While its contents remains classified, the presumption is that NSPD 35 pertains to the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in the Middle East war theater in compliance with CONPLAN 8022.

These war plans must be taken very seriously.

The World is at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The US has embarked on a military adventure, "a long war", which threatens the future of humanity.

In the weeks ahead, it is essential that citizens' movements around the world act consistently to confront their respective governments and reverse and dismantle this military agenda.

What is needed is to break the conspiracy of silence, expose the media lies and distortions, confront the criminal nature of the US Administration and of those governments which support it, its war agenda as well as its so-called "Homeland Security agenda" which has already defined the contours of a police State.

It is essential to bring the US war project to the forefront of political debate, particularly in North America and Western Europe. Political and military leaders who are opposed to the war must take a firm stance, from within their respective institutions. Citizens must take a stance individually and collectively against war.

Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 1 October 2006

full article here

found over at Breaking all the Rules

I have read quite a few articles over the past weeks about the administrations plans for attacking not only Iran but Syria as well. This article puts it all together in a chilling way

My first thought after reading this is there are too many unknowns. How can they guaranteed that Russia won't get involved? or China? What about all those nuclear bombs that disappeared after the break up of the former Soviet Union? Who has those? They are not just playing with fire, they're playing with nuclear Armageddon.

And now that it's all falling apart for them what better way to rally the punch drunk flag waiving minions to their cause; Start another war!

And it will be a war without end folks, that's what they want and it appears that what we will get.