Fresh attempts to know thyself might best start by defining characteristics common to all selves.

Selves are, by definition, unique instances of something, a personal something. In the language of geometry, unique instances are known as “points”. Selves have an infinite number of characteristics, which to varying degree they show or shun. Characteristics being inclinations, each with its unique direction, translate as “rays.” The complete and infinite pencil of rays which could emanate from a “self” point includes all possible characteristics of that self. The geometric entity we can define as “a point and the complete pencil of rays which could possibly emanate from it” is (was) known as an Aster. Or is now so known.

We are all asteral entities. We exhibit (to varying intensity) all possible human characteristics, each an independent aspect (ray) of our self, each ray burning as only bright as our degree of affinity with it. Each ray has its direct opposite, a “negative twin” so to speak, also emanating from the shared endpoint, but headed in the exact opposite direction. Our self may include some anti-(insert particular characteristic here) affinity, or repulsion, as well as some degree of actual affinity. To rise above a common and petty view of your world and yourself in it, get used to seeing your self, and virtually everything else, as an asteral entity. We are, literally, stars.

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Posted: February 16, 2012 at 7:21 pm

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The significance of the ancient maxim “Know Thyself” was indicated in Hypnotism’s Fascinating Objects. Now we just need to know what knowing is!

We think we know ourselves. And maybe we do. But maybe not. We know something, but is it true? And, how do we know that?

Some things one just knows, like “the stove could be hot.” Direct sensory experience (ours, or that of someone else) informed us. Other things, most things, are not so easily made clear, and knowing the reality (or some part of it) behind those things requires directed effort of mind. Due to the entanglement of time and reality, this effort must involve some degree of quantum processing. Which means you may and/or you may not know yourself, whether or not you think you do, depending on when exactly you made your determination.

Knowing your “self” is a knowing a moving target. Depending on circumstance, bodily chemical levels, your current responsibilities and a plethora of other variables, how you will (or should) respond to a particular varies moment by moment. Though you may recognize an aspect of say, creativity, in yourself, it’s probably substantially diminished if you’re exhausted. All aspects of your self are like this. The quality and degree of each aspect must be determined at the relevant point in time or you are, in fact, out of touch with yourself.

Reality, resting on quantum process, necessitates a quantum process in knowing. Knowing reality, that is. Unconsidered actions or responses are not necessarily “yours.” Rather, being taken on premises of a stagnant mind, they may easily be the result of misperception, being fooled by your presumption of knowing yourself, or by manipulations outside yourself. Considering is the act of diving into the quantum state of reality to determine the current state of the object under consideration.

Knowing Thyself, then, is never a fait accompli. The need for continual revisiting for current status requires a rather humble aspect of personality, which many of us have yet to develop to the degree required. The requisite humbleness allows for freely and honestly revisiting what we think we know, in order to properly include the quantum process in knowing, and without which we can never be sure how best to respond to external suggestion.

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Posted: February 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm

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In which we recognize the need for, and hereby offer, a series of treatises on Metaphysics and Magic, for those that would have it.

Hypnotism, should we think of it at all, conjures up images of curious mustachioed stage magicians from days gone by, somnambulistic trances brought on by Freudian psychoanalysts, Indian Fakir snake charmers and other miscellaneous nefarious characters of mostly Hollywood origin. Perhaps you’ve seen YouTube video of instant hypnotic induction, only to be briefly confounded and entertained. The ancient occult art remains occult, yet oddly enough, hardly an hour passes without some fascinating object, some hypnotist’s “swinging watch,” straining for our attention, eager to snatch a snippet of our precious time here on earth, conscious. The objects used to fascinate are diverse and quite often innocuous, or even, mundane.

All that glitters is not gold. It is however, fascinating. Fascinating in that glittering oscillations catch the senses and through them, the mind. Fascinating in the ability to allure, charm, enchant and captivate. Anything can serve to fascinate, anything with the power to attract and hold attention is suspect. Capturing minds for even the smallest fraction of a second is the goal. Fascinating objects, the modern hypnotist’s primary device, are often imbued with suggestion, allowing them to work independently. A fragment of captured mind, however miniscule, is gold, to magicians plying their art. For in that moment your mind is theirs, theirs to fortify a brand image, to suggest or reinforce a thought or idea, to create or alter your reality.

Interestingly, we are all hypnotists. Not embryonic, would-be hypnotists, but actual successfully performing hypnotists, surreptitiously influencing the minds of ourselves and others daily, chiefly unaware of the hows and whys of what we do. It is impossible to hold a conversation without each participant having a hand at “swinging the watch.” Design a cereal box, paint a fence, write (or play) music – literally do anything causing another to consider your action or its result – and you have created an object of fascination, bound to influence, however slightly. While this influence is generally too subtle and diffuse to have noticeable impact on your subjects, imagine the possibilities if you knew what you were capable of, and perhaps, were in front of the public at large.

Signals from the senses are first directed through emotionally based and multichanneled preattentive processing, to provide the linear rational mind with emotionally preloaded information, and making rational evaluation difficult at best. This parallel processing is nearly instantaneous, more widespread, and at a deeper level than subsequent rational thinking. Preattentively processed information is not guaranteed promotion to consciousness. Additionally, about 20% of the motor neurons in our brain’s frontal cortex have recently been discovered to be mirror neurons, in effect motor neurons that fire in empathy. The mere sight of a someone happily drinking a soda, even in a picture, is enough to cause firing of happy soda drinking motor neurons in the viewer’s brain. Thus, only very careful introspection can, to varying extent, wash undue external influence from our unborn actions and emerging feelings and beliefs.

Three thousand years ago, the sage advice “Know Thyself” was already ancient, and yet today remains the best (if not the only) defense against mental intrusion, manipulation and predation. Far too few of us direct our minds well. Or efficiently. Or at all. Only trained minds can hope to effectively counter the continuous onslaught of external influence. One must become ever more diligent, critical, purposeful and deeply introspective.

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Posted: February 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

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Polytheism, so handily dismissed as a quaint vestige of primitive animism by entrenched establishment guardians of the waters of mass consciousness, is a loss too great for most of us to fathom. The human world suffers each and every moment, unaware of the value of its lost Pantheon of Gods. I mourn this loss, and simultaneously rejoice, safe in the knowledge that the Gods are in fact, eternal, though submerged.

Before I’m summarily dismissed (I’m sure many have left the room already), hear me out. Many of you do not know of any God, let alone multiples of them, and to you I say, these existences are a mathematical certainty. I will leave you with that. May the monotheists (and the curious) please continue to read.

Monotheists, do not fear, I am not about to topple your God, not one of your sundry Gods.

In the dim recesses of our communal past there was a time when we were deeply humbled in the knowledge of our utter lack of knowledge. With the passing of a relatively few thousand years, we have become like arrogant children, too confident in the tidbits of knowledge we have gained, and thus live blinded and crippled, led by fools and charlatans, broken spirited and defeated, and perpetually fighting foolishly among ourselves. The overblown perception of human advancement – a mostly technical advance at that – over our more primitive states, states we try hard to leave buried deep in the past, provides all the justification needed to puff out our chests in pride, and live the pretense that we are merely but a rung or two below the ineffable non plus ultra.

I beg to differ. I came somewhat late to the realization that “All is One”, and even to the realization that the One actually exists, but lateness has its advantages. Such as perspective. The difference between a rock and a human is immense, to the rock we might certainly seem godlike, but the difference between humans and the Infinite One? Please.

Rock and human are practically brethren. Plenty of room above and then some, for godlike entities, trust me. So then, why are the lesser Gods (or the loss of them) important to us today?

To approach the essence here, we must disregard much of what we think we know, and come to understand polytheism’s intrinsic implication. Individuals of a culture which tacitly accepts many different Gods are naturally free to self-actualize, free of the restricting homogenized culture that Terence McKenna recognized to be “not your friend”, free to follow one’s individual muse, easily accepting vast differences in opinions and life choices of one’s fellows, and under no obligation to conform. Nor are they castigated for their differences. In fact, under polytheism, differences are celebrated and encouraged. Should polytheism ever prevail again we would indubiously find ourselves in a far more accepting and peaceful world. Amen to that.

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Posted: February 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm

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Almost a year ago we were all shocked to learn from the BBC that there’s “No Benefit to Organic Food”. Naturally, we found multiple links between the research behind that article and entrenched big food (read non-organic) producers. Today the BBC, via Professor Jonathan Jones, is deriding eaters who avoid genetically modified foods, labeling them “fussy eaters” — the very same day that the Wall Street Journal announced that the 2013 DSM may recognize “selective eating” as a treatable mental disorder. No doubt readers of both articles (or their offshoots) will make some kind of connection, though the DSM disorder is another animal entirely.

Most, if not all of Professor Jone’s arguments have been refuted numerous times elsewhere. Other “facts” in the BBC article, such as the shear percentage of GM acres planted, do not prove that GM is better, only that companies like Monsanto have the muscle to virtually mold the seed marketplace. Naturally the BBC finds no need to mention that the esteemed Professor Jones is in the service of Mendel Biotechnology (enter search term “Jones”, see result #3), nor that Monsanto is Mendel’s top customer and collaborator. From the horse’s mouth: “The interests of Mendel and Monsanto are highly aligned and the companies have established very effective mechanisms of collaboration…”

Yeah, I’d say so!

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Posted: July 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm

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We shouldn’t wonder that the loudest cries of “too big to fail” invariably arise from those with their snouts deep in the trough. The wobbly legs of the logic underlying their mantra can’t possibly prop up their swollen bodies, they merely appear to be standing courtesy of their immense obesity. The saddest part is that the hogs control the entire feeding system, so the rest of us critters ain’t doin’ so good. The good news is there’s plenty of ribs for everyone!

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Posted: April 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm

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Moody’s just announced that “Preserving debt affordability at levels consistent with AAA ratings will invariably require fiscal adjustments of a magnitude that, in some cases, will test social cohesion.” Behind all that high-falutin’ experty sounding blathering is flat out bullshit, engineered and released in advance of a predictable reaction to planned “adjustments” the masses won’t like, for the sole purpose of heading off establishment-side risk at the pass.

We’re mightily interested in social cohesion around here, and thus would like to point out that Moody’s is confounding “social cohesion” with an illusion of social cohesion propped up by government containment, namely, the threat of police action on rebellion. That there rebellion, that’s real social cohesion, when the population finally unites in purpose and pits it’s will against forces that would unjustly reign against it. Oh, those Moody folk aren’t just doing this for kicks – it’s top spin with a purpose.

Moody’s knows the country is struggling (nearly fifty percent of mortgages are under water), and they know it’s not getting better any time soon. They know the published unemployment figures, and the more accurate figures as well. They know the Consumer Price Index is jiggered. They know there’s no such animal as a “jobless recovery”. (A what??) They know the big boys are front running, flash trading, trading on inside info and using all manner of accounting chicanery while suppressing precious metals. They know it’s gonna be the poorest sectors doing the belt tightening (belt tightening is apparently not a trickle down phenomenon). And Moody’s is establishment. When these further “fiscal adjustments of a magnitude” great enough to initiate social cohesion (ie: general strikes, riots, etc.) take effect, they’ll want as many on the fringe of cohesion as they can get to brand the growing ranks of protesters antisocial.

Antisocial they are not. They are just anti-fuck-us-over-again-you-greedy-bastards!! That’s quite pro-social, actually. When citizens finally coalesce in a unified outrage intense enough to massively confront the truly anti-social elements lording over us, those who’ve sucked up all our wealth while putting nothing at risk and returning nothing of value, well, then we’ll see some social cohesion. Until then, the well-established dark forces will continue to rely on our near utter lack of cohesion.

Social cohesion will take shape as people come to understand that for the most part there is really not much less wealth today than there was only a decade (or more) ago. Wealth has just become concentrated in the hands of a comparatively very, very few. These few hundreds, or even, thousands, now have such concentrated wealth that the world – your world – is virtually in their control. And Orwell’s Squealer, this time in the guise of Moody’s, will do his damnest to keep it this way.

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Posted: April 10, 2010 at 1:01 am

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Uh-oh! Showing a clear lack of social conscience or any shred of responsibility to living citizens of these United States, the Supreme Court has removed the last vestige of restraint on corporate “personages” – a legal fiction fitting the definition set forth by Justice Scarth as “…fictions having a false assumption of fact in order to extend the remedy the Court could grant”. Indeed, the legal precedent for corporate personhood was set in an 1886 pre-decision statement, attributed to Chief Justice Waite, that somehow got written into the header of the Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad decision. The false assumption is surreptitiously doubly false, as it errs in assuming corporations operate as persons with normally functional moral, ethical, and intellectual faculties.

Legal precedents aside, if corporations are to be treated under the law as people, at best they should be accorded a set of diminished rights, as afforded to children or the mentally incapacitated, and justified “because of their presumed intellectual and moral incapacity” (Dahl, 1989. Democracy and Its Critics. New Haven: Yale University Press).

In political terms, then, the disability category in laws governing political participation appears to be of considerable importance. Because disability is often thought of as deviancy, the exclusion of incompetent people is no surprise. By associating cognitive and emotional impairments with deviancy, these terms also are connected to fears of criminality. – Kay Schriner, University of Arkansas and Lisa Ochs, Arkansas State University (Encyclopedia of criminology and deviant behavior, 179-183)

Read that quote again, “Honorable” Supreme Court Justices! It is well established that corporations are designed to act sociopathically and without conscience, in strict pursuit of profit, thus there can be no good argument for allowing them unrestrained rights. Imagine the destruction a sociopath could wrought, given a multibillion dollar treasury.

Anyone who has studied logic understands that arguments can be made for or against just about anything. In the final analysis, arguments are selected to justify decisions after the fact. In this case, the Supreme Court quite obviously chose to further the (seemingly inevitable) collapse of the United States for unknown reasons. As this latest decision stands, any not-yet-paid-for, or uncompromised politicians are left no cover from a soon to be expected onslaught of corporate pressures brought on by the releasing of restraints. Anyone with a single pair of clicking neurons could tell you that it’s a very bad idea to allow corporations (owned by anybody, anywhere on the planet) to spend any amount they wish to influence our representatives. I’m now half expecting new legislation will force me to buy Wheaties or face punitive measures!

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Posted: January 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm

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When the world finally turns the corner, and we resume (?) our ascent toward utopian ideals, whistle blowers will finally attain their rightful place as heroes of mankind.

One such hero, as yet unknown to the public, has released 1079 emails and 72 documents from the Hadley University of East Anglia Climactic Research Unit. As stated on the CLU’s own website: “The Climatic Research Unit is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading institutions concerned with the study of natural and anthropogenic climate change.” In fact, they might be being a bit modest there, as they supply the scientific grounding for virtually all significant international political action intended to mitigate the “Global Warming Crisis”. None of that political action comes cheap.

Rather than rush to judgement, I held off commenting for a few days, until I was able to actually peruse the leaked information. Much of it seems innocuous enough, a great quantity relates to acquiring funding (common with most research, but certainly problematic as most funding comes from politically motivated sources) and some is plainly incriminating. At the very least, the picture emerges of a not-so-unified scientific community, regardless of the widely distributed media statements and Al Gore’s posturing. One finds a definite bias evident throughout the material, indicating a “research” environment precluding any semblance of scientific objectivity. There’s very strong evidence of forcing data to fit the desired outcome and (worse) of conspiracy to marginalize “skeptics” within the climate science profession. The “warmist scientists” go to the extent of delegitimizing the peer-reviewed journal Climate Research for publishing a contrary study, and then consider doing the same when Geophysical Research Letters acts similarly scientific-like!

The newly public information, conjoined with the fact that just this past October the CRU was shown to have destroyed the raw data underlying their claims of a global warming crisis, does not paint a pretty picture. Their excuse for the destruction of evidence was “lack of storage space.” It looks more likely that the evidence simply didn’t back up the man-made warming claims.

The leaked emails and documents are available for download at wikileaks.org. The CLU’s director, Phil Jones, has admitted that the leaked information is genuine (though he hasn’t authenticated every document).

I’d like to add that as far as climate science goes, I’ve nothing to gain by taking either side in the debate. In fact I’m firmly on the side of making the world better for the common man, so if it becomes clear that we do need to cool the world I’ll let you know. However, from what I can determine the earth is managing pretty well temperature-wise, no matter what we do.

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Posted: November 24, 2009 at 2:50 pm

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The Bulletin of Philadelphia published Gardasil Researcher Drops A Bombshell on Sunday, a must read regarding the utter failure of big pharma to be trustworthy in it’s claims to actually support health. Dr. Diane Harper, lead researcher in the development of both Gardasil and Cervarix, in her quest to sleep peacefully at night would have alerted us sooner via major television and print media, “but [found] no one will print it.”

Fortunately Most States Forego Mandatory Gardasil. Of course, Texas Governor Rick Perry attempted to end run his Legislature and executive ordered mandatory STD vaccination for all girls, though public outcry struck that down. Naturally – being just another chicken coop guarding wolf – Perry’s motives were a bit Merck-y. You’re not surprised, are you?

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Posted: October 28, 2009 at 5:01 pm

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