Friday 29 November 2013

POST 121

Hey here we go again folks.  More about giants and then decide.  Are we just the only race on Earth or is there more to our past.  Greetings to now and wonder to the past.
Number one on the list.
Ancient Glass found in Desert. 
  • For over 60 years, saturated fats have been wrongfully accused of causing heart disease, despite mounting evidence showing that saturated fat is actually critical for optimal health while trans fat is the dietary fat causing heart disease
  • The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it is now considering removing partially hydrogenated oils—the primary source of trans fats—from the list of "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS) ingredients
  • Making trans fat non-GRAS is the first step toward getting trans fats out of the American diet altogether. The FDA’s decision comes right on the heels of a lawsuit filed against the agency by a heart disease researcher
  • FDA is still holding fast to its ignorant view on saturated fats, urging you to “choose products that have the lowest combined amount of saturated fat, cholesterol and trans fat.” This advice causes far more harm than good
  • Saturated fats from animal and vegetable sources provide a number of important health benefits, and your body requires them for the proper function. Science has firmly debunked the myth that saturated fat promotes heart disease (Courtesy )
  • Nanoparticles are widely found in tattoo inks, with black pigments containing the smallest particles and some virtually 100-percent nanoparticles
  • Nanoparticles are ultramicroscopic in size, making them able to readily penetrate your skin and travel to underlying blood vessels and your bloodstream
  • Tattoo inks are not regulated and may contain cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • To date there have been no systemic studies to look at the safety of injecting such inks into the body, so the long-term health effects remain unknown (
ANH-Intl Exclusive: Interview with Dr Peter Gotzsche, author of “Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime”
Dr Peter Gøtzsche, author of Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How big pharma has corrupted healthcare
11 per cent of US children diagnosed with ADHD
26 November 2013

Around 11 per cent of all children in the US have been diagnosed with ADHD (attention-deficit, hyperactivity disorder), an increase of 42 per cent in eight years. Today, 6.4 million children aged between four and 17 have the learning or behavioural problem. More than 3.5 million of the children—which is 70 per cent of all children with an ADHD diagnosis—are taking a powerful stimulant such as Ritalin for the disorder, an increase of 28 per cent on previous figures for 2007. Around half the children are diagnosed by the time they reach the age of six, say researchers from America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), although the more severe cases are usually identified by the time the child reaches the age of four. Their latest figures reveal that two million more children in the US have been diagnosed with ADHD since 2003, and another million are taking ADHD medication. However, diagnosis seems to vary between US states. Diagnosis rates range from 15 per cent of all children in Arkansas and Kentucky down to just 4 per cent in Nevada. (Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2013; doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2013.09.001)
It’s never too late to start exercising—even if you’re retired
26 November 2013
It’s never too late to start exercising. Even people who have never exercised until they reach their 60s can still benefit and enjoy a healthy old age, a new study has found. The study, by researchers from University College London, assessed the health of 3,454 adults with an average age of 64 over an eight-year period. Sustained and frequent physical activity for four years increased by seven times the chances of a healthy, disease-free, old age compared to someone who is physically inactive. It doesn’t seem to matter when you start exercising, either. The participants who started exercising only at the start of the study—but had been inactive before—were still three times more likely to be ‘healthy agers’ by the end of the study compared to those who never did exercise during the lifetime of the trial. Exercise doesn’t just help ward off the usual chronic diseases of old age, it also keeps us mentally sharp, too. Regular exercisers maintained a good memory, and were able to lead an active social life. And the exercise doesn’t have to be too onerous or regular, either. Those who did moderate to vigorous exercise at least once a week at the start of the study were four times more likely to be classified as ‘a healthy ager’ eight years later. The key, say the researchers, is little and often when it comes to exercise. (Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2013; doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2013-092993) (Courtesy WDDTY)
CANCEL THE EULOGY: Comet ISON flew through the sun's atmosphere on Nov. 28th and the encounter did not go well for the icy comet. Just before perihelion (closest approach to the sun) the comet rapidly faded and appeared to disintegrate. This prompted reports of ISON's demise. However, a fraction of the comet has survived. Click on the image below to see what emerged from Comet ISON's brush with solar fire:
In the movie, Comet ISON seems to be falling apart as it approaches the sun. Indeed, researchers working with NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory said they saw nothing along the track that ISON was expected to follow through the sun's atmosphere. Nevertheless, something has emerged. Whether this is a small scorched fragment of Comet ISON's nucleus or perhaps a "headless comet"--a stream of debris marking the remains of the comet's disintegrated core--remains to be seen.

An earlier movie from SOHO shows more of the comet's approach:
The movie spans a day and a half period from Nov. 27th (01:41 UT) to 28th (15:22 UT). We see that Comet ISON brightened dramatically on Nov. 27th before fading on Nov. 28th. That brightening might have been a disintegration event, in which the comet cracked open and spilled its vaporizing contents into space.

In summary, we still don't know for sure what has happened to Comet ISON. Stay tuned for updates as more data arrive from NASA's fleet of solar observatories.( The movies are in the links above. Courtesy
Courtesy National Geographic
Take care and Be Well. Geoff

Wednesday 27 November 2013

POST 120

Greetings and little quote that came to me as I was finishing my Tibetan Five Rites(a type of Yoga) there are many ways of doing this and the Internet on You Tube shows many, for me there is only the way I saw the Lamas doing and the nearest I could find to that and the diet is on, however you must if you wish to pursue this research and find your own way.  Now to my quote and illustrated by the courtesy of Mike Greenberg.
The quote came and of course the 'Ah Ha' that followed does the 'trick' so to speak and the grand upliftment belies the words.
"Life is a Miracle, so everything else in Life is a miracle, a wonder to behold"
Since I had been doing the rites and before that an hours meditation and then a set of 15 warm up exercises prior to the rites, I was in the body in a meditative frame of body/mind and the endorphins flowing, so all was very, very, well indeed. It seemed so fresh enervating and full of alert health and vitality.
It  might be worth taking a look at the Dictionary definition of the noun Miracle.
  • an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency:the miracle of rising from the grave
  •  a remarkable event or development that brings very welcome consequences:it was a miracle that more people hadn’t been killed industries at the heart of the economic miracle
  •  an exceptional product or achievement, or an outstanding example of something:a machine which was a miracle of design[as modifier]:a miracle drug
Middle English: via Old French from Latin miraculum 'object of wonder', from mirari 'to wonder', from mirus 'wonderful'
Many atheists would disagree with the Divinity explanation and we have to choose the explanation that suits us best. For me the wonder of the Universe, however one conceives it to have arisen is a wonder and that wonder is expressed by the word and feeling of  the word 'miracle'.

Courtesy Sigman and Hain 
One of Life's Miracles  Prochlorococcus 

            The Cells That Rule the Sea

An unseen "forest" of microscopic beings fills the upper 200 meters of ocean, exerting an influence on this planet every bit as profound as the forests on land. The diverse phytoplankton species inhabiting the ocean's surface waters--which mainly consist of single-celled cyanobacteria, diatoms and other kinds of algae--form the base of the marine food web. They account for roughly half the photosynthesis on the earth, remove nearly as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as all land plants, and supply about half the oxygen we breathe. Without the activities of these free-floating plantlike organisms, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels would triple.
That phytoplankton could accomplish so much with so little recognition from the general public is surprising [see "The Ocean's Invisible Forest," by Paul Falkowski; Scientific American, August 2002]. Even more remarkable, scientists had no idea which microbial species performed the bulk of these vital functions until 15 years ago, when Sallie W. Chisholm of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Robert J. Olson of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and other collaborators discovered marine cyanobacteria from the genus they later namedProchlorococcus. They are the smallest and most numerous photosynthetic organisms known and arguably the most plentiful species on the earth, responsible at times for more than half the photosynthesis in the seas. Cyanobacteria such asProchlorococcus were the planet's first oxygen-producing creatures and are, in a broad sense, the ancestors of all higher plants.
·  Discovered Prochlorococcus in 1988. The microbe's minute size enables it to capture sunlight efficiently (there is less self-shading).
·  Prochlorococcus is responsible for roughly half the photosynthesis in the oceans. A drop of seawater contains up to 20,000 cells. 
·  On promoting phytoplankton growth with iron: "Even if you fertilized the entire ocean, it wouldn't make much of a dent on global warming--at best postponing the inevitable by about five years."Image: PHOTOGRAPH BY KATHLEEN DOOHER, WOODS HOLE, MASS. The ocean's tiniest inhabitants, notes biological oceanographer Sallie W. Chisholm, hold the key to understanding the biosphere--and what happens when humans disturb it
Courtesy of John Danaher

'We've listened - and here's how we'll halt this depravity': Google chief ERIC SCHMIDT explains block on child porn

  • We should do everything in our power to protect children from harm
  • Google has more than 200 people working to tackle the problem
  • It actively removes child sexual abuse imagery from our services
  • The company welcomes the lead taken by the British Government

AT last a move in the right direction. Unfortunately the so called 'dark side' of the Internet can give information to these fiends.

dark Internet or dark address refers to any or all unreachable network hosts on the Internet. It is also called dark address space.[citation needed]
The dark Internet should not be confused with either deep web or darknet. Whereas deep web and darknet stand for hard-to-find websites and secretive networks that sometimes span across the Internet, the dark Internet is any portion of the Internet that can no longer be accessed through conventional means

Failures within the allocation of Internet resources due to the Internet's chaotic tendencies of growth and decay are a leading cause of dark address formation. One form of dark address is military sites on the archaic MILNET. These government networks are sometimes as old as the original ARPANET, and have simply not been incorporated into the Internet's evolving architecture.(Courtesy Wikipedia)

Academics paid by drug companies to whip-up media health scares
18 November 2013
Health scares in the media are often fuelled by academics with links to drug companies that would benefit from the panic, an independent report has found. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) was found guilty of the practice after it warned of a swine flu ‘pandemic’ in 2010 that never happened.
Although academics are trusted sources, those with pharmaceutical links were eight times more likely to advocate the use of an anti-viral drug to treat the H1N1 virus responsible for swine flu, say researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The panic that was whipped up clearly worked: the UK government alone spent £1bn on pharmaceuticals, including antivirals, to counter swine flu, and the pharmaceutical industry earned up to £6.5 bn from the sale of H1N1 vaccines alone.
The researchers analysed 425 articles published in the newspapers about swine flu. Academics were the second most quoted sources after government officials, 30 per cent of whom had drug industry links. More than half the claims they made were exaggerated and went beyond the official view.
However, even the ‘official view’ was tainted; one in three of the experts on the WHO’s emergency committee had drug company links.
(Source: Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 2013; doi: 10.1136/jech-2013-203128)
‘Statins for everyone’ predicted as US lowers risk levels
18 November 2013
Everyone over the age of 55 will soon be taking a cholesterol-lowering statin, doctors predict, after American heart specialists last week lowered the requirements for starting a prescription.
Under the new guidelines, anyone with a 7.5 per cent increased risk of a heart attack or a stroke over the following 10 years will be invited to start statin therapy. In the UK, which is expected to adopt America’s new treatment model, only those with a 20 per cent increased risk are currently prescribed the drug.
With the new level set so low, specialists are predicting that everyone over the age of 55 will soon be prescribed a statin as a general lifestyle preventative.
Critics fear that the new guidelines, from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, will benefit the pharmaceutical industry far more than it will help patients. Statin side effects include memory loss and dementia-like symptoms, cataracts, diabetes, muscle pains and sexual dysfunction. People at low risk of a heart attack would do better by changing their lifestyle, such as eating a healthier diet and exercising more. (Courtesy of WDDTY)
More in link below and love the headline. Says it all for me.

Why Do We Need to Get Richer? The Unsustainable Concept of ‘Perpetual Economic Growth’ on a Finite Planet
BREAKING NEWS----ABOUT BARRY OR BARRACK OBAMA. 27 MINS. SIMPLY MIND BLOWING.  HEY A MUST READ. Unbelievable yet sadly true.  I have experienced something of this 'we are the only authority' in hospitals. By and large they do magnificent work.  Now and again I come up against a person who is full of their own authority.  I have Post Traumatic Symptoms which I have workded on for many years, I have tried so many orthodox and complimentary methods, meditation and exercise are great at assisting, just now and then it is triggered less than it used to be.  I am due in hospital December 11 for an assessment for an eye operation, so we will see how they react when I tell them of my PTS, usually they ignore it and send me onto another department, usually the other department listens and send me back giving me the OK and my Doctor's OK and then the eye clinic refuses to accept the other departments verdict, so I go round and round till eventually they do it. It is usually one person who I see there that 'has it in for me'.  I do not wish to share what caused the Post Trauma as it is kind of sensitive if you get the drift.  
Monday 9th December - mark your diaries! - that is the day that Iain Duncan Smith will appear before the Work and Pensions Committee to face questions over his use of statistics. 
This week we delivered our petition for IDS to be held to account -- which included your name -- to Parliament. Liz Kendall and Kate Green MP officially accepted it and placed it in the green bag behind the speaker's chair, as is the tradition.
It was a big day for us, to finally see all 105,000 names on our petition printed out and to take the campaign to Parliament. We have lived with disabilities for many years and have had to hear Iain Duncan Smith use dodgy statistics to justify changes to the benefit system. Now finally, we have been listened to and have had our voices heard.
The Work and Pensions Committee say they will question IDS when he appears before them in three weeks time and examine how his department release benefit statistics to the media. It is a huge relief to finally tell you our petition has been a success!
FIFA president Sepp Blatter met with the Emir of Qatar earlier this month.

(CNN) -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter has condemned working conditions in Qatar as "unacceptable" after an Amnesty Internationalreport claimed migrant worker abuse was rife in the country which will host the 2022 World Cup.
The head of world football's governing body was speaking after a meeting with International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) president Michael Sommer in Zurich, during which the pair agreed "fair working conditions must be introduced quickly, consistently and on a sustained basis in Qatar."
Blatter met with the Emir of Qatar earlier this month in Doha, holding a news conference afterwards in which he claimed Qatar was addressing criticisms over its treatment of migrant workers.

Economic and political leaders must contribute to improving the unacceptable situation in Qatar," Blatter said in a statement on Thursday.
Come on you millionaire footballers why don't you add your voice? A days wages for you would be two years wages for four workers. Are you scared at the world cup you will not get a handsome bonus or a transfer to a mighty wealthy club and get more money?
at news! After more than 100,000 SumOfUs members demanded that Coca-Cola stop its suppliers from driving rural communities off their ancestral land to plant sugar, Coke is announcing a new zero-tolerance policy for land grabs.
But there’s one big problem -- Pepsi is refusing to do the same.
Coke and Pepsi are locked in a cut-throat, never-ending public relations battle, so we know that each is extremely vulnerable to being compared unfavorably to its rival. Pepsi will be furious if it sees this story spreading across social media, and our partners at Oxfam will have a better chance of getting them to come around.

Fiery 230ft crater nicknamed the 'Door to Hell' baffles scientists after burning endlessly for 40 YEARS

Originally a level surface, the site was identified by Soviet scientists in 1971 as an area that was believed to house a substantial oil field

Vaccine Fraud Exposed: Measles and Mumps Making a Huge Comeback Because Vaccines are Designed to Fail, say Merck Virologists
Published on 27 Apr 2013
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Traces of Cocaine found on 9 toilets at the Palace of Westminster - British MPs and cocaine - 2013 
COMET MOVIE--UPDATED: Comet ISON is getting all the press, but there is a second comet near the sun as well: Comet Encke. NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft is monitoring both. Click to view an updated movie of the solar wind buffeting two comets:
In the movie, which spans a three+ day period from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23, the sun is to the right, off-screen. At first glance, Earth and Mercury appear to be labeled backwards. The strange arrangement is actually correct. This is how the two planets appear from STEREO-A's vantage point over the farside of the sun.
"The dark 'clouds' moving from left to right are density enhancements in the solar wind, and these are what are causing the ripples you see in the comet tails," explains Karl Battams of NASA's Comet ISON Observing Campaign.
The ripples could become even more dramatic if a CME hits the comets. This is Comet ISON's first visit to the sun, but Comet Encke has been here before. In 2007 a CME hit Encke and ripped off its tail. Battams and other researchers hope something similar is about to happen now. "I'd love to see a big CME hit Comet ISON," he says in a story from Science@NASA. Watching the impact could teach researchers new things about CMEs and comets.
Stay tuned for updated movies from NASA's solar fleet.(Courtesy

Published on 20 Feb 2013
Eruptive events on the Sun can be wildly different. Some come just with a solar flare, some with an additional ejection of solar material called a coronal mass ejection (CME), and some with complex moving structures in association with changes in magnetic field lines that loop up into the Sun's atmosphere, the corona.
On July 19, 2012, an eruption occurred on the sun that produced all three. A moderately powerful solar flare exploded on the Sun's lower right hand limb, sending out light and radiation. Next came a CME, which shot off to the right out into space. And then, the Sun treated viewers to one of its dazzling magnetic displays -- a phenomenon known as coronal rain.
Over the course of the next day, hot plasma in the corona cooled and condensed along strong magnetic fields in the region. Magnetic fields, themselves, are invisible, but the charged plasma is forced to move along the lines, showing up brightly in the extreme ultraviolet wavelength of 304 Angstroms, which highlights material at a temperature of about 50,000 Kelvin. This plasma acts as a tracer, helping scientists watch the dance of magnetic fields on the Sun, outlining the fields as it slowly falls back to the solar surface.
The footage in this video was collected by the Solar Dynamics Observatory's AIA instrument. SDO collected one frame every 12 seconds, and the movie plays at 30 frames per second, so each second in this video corresponds to 6 minutes of real time. The video covers 12:30 a.m. EDT to 10:00 p.m. EDT on July 19, 2012.
Credit: NASA SDO
Music: "Thunderbolt" by Lars Leonhard, courtesy of artist.
  • Many scientists feel that a large CME from the Sun could be a significant end to most of the Earth's habitat and population.
  • New treatment guidelines for high cholesterol will likely DOUBLE the number of Americans being prescribed these dangerous drugs, bringing the total to an estimated 72 million people
  • 12 of the 16 panel members of the new guidelines are affiliated with more than 50 different drug companies, many of which have a financial interest in the outcome of this report
  • The guideline committee has vowed to examine the flaws to determine if and what changes are needed to make it more accurate. Until then, beware the calculator appears to overestimate your risk by anywhere from 75 to 150 percent

David Cameron has set out plans to tweak welfare rules to to allay fears over easing controls on Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants

Cherry Blossoms, Nakameguro Japan.

         (Courtesy National Geographic)

 May your Life Blossom. Be Well. Geoff

Monday 25 November 2013

POST 119

Hi there, Hope all is well with you.
A very important aspect of our lives, electro sensitivity.
I just hope and pray that Dr Sinatra's view of the future comes about---please would you kindly join me in supporting his vision.
THIS COMET IS BRIGHTER THAN ISONComet ISON is getting all the press, but another comet is outshining the media-favorite by nearly an order of magnitude. Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) is almost 10 times brighter than Comet ISON as it passes just outside the orbit of Earth in mid-November: 3D orbit. Rolando Ligustri took this picture of Comet Lovejoy on November 12th using a remotely-controlled telescope in New Mexico:

The comet's pale green atmosphere is almost twice as wide as the planet Jupiter, and there are no fewer than three tails streaming behind the comet's nucleus. Sky watchers in dark sky sites say that can now see this lovely comet as a faint smudge using averted vision--no optics required. A telescope is, however, recommended.
Comet Lovejoy is one of four comets now rising in the east before dawn. The other three are exploding Comet LINEAR X1, sungrazing Comet ISON, and short-periodComet Encke, and the brightest of them all. All four are easy targets for backyard optics. Dates of special interest include Nov. 15-18 when Comet LINEAR X1 passes by the bright star Arcturus, Nov 17-18 when Comet ISON has a close encounter with Spica, and Nov. 18-20 when Comet Encke buzzes Mercury. These stars and planets make excellent naked-eye guideposts for finding the comets. Meanwhile, bright Comet Lovejoy is approaching the Big Dipper; if you can't see it with your unaided eye, a quick scan with binoculars will reveal it.
 (Courtesy   Many Native Communities put great emphasis on comets.  Comet Ison is another with a few others that were and prevalent around now) 

ACE drugs cause life-threatening kidney failure
11 November 2013
ACE inhibitors—drugs for lowering blood pressure—are a major cause of life-threatening kidney failure. They could be responsible for 15 per cent of all cases of kidney injuries, researchers estimate.
It’s always been suspected that the ACE (angiotensin receptor antagonists) drugs might cause kidney injury and failure, but nobody was sure how bad the problem might be.
So researchers from Cambridge University looked at two years, 2007 and 2010, and compared the level of prescribing to hospital admissions for kidney injury. ACE prescriptions suddenly increased by 16 per cent in 2010 in the UK, and there was a 52 per cent increase in hospital admissions for acute kidney injury that year, too. They reckon that 1,636 of the admissions in 2010 could have been avoided had doctors kept to prescribing levels of 2007.
The researchers estimate that the ACE drugs could be responsible for one in seven cases—or nearly 15 per cent—of kidney injury.
Around 30 per cent of the patients die from kidney failure. ACE inhibitors are the world’s second most-commonly prescribed, used to treat blood pressure, heart disease and—ironically—kidney failure.
(Source: PLoS ONE, 2013; 8: e78465)
(Courtesy of WDDTY)

Zinc kills pneumonia and meningitis bacteria

13 November 2013
Zinc is one of the very best anti-bacterial agents around—and scientists have discovered this week how it works, even against some of the deadliest bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis. 
The essential mineral starves the bacteria by blocking its ability to scavenge for manganese in the body, which weakens it and makes the job of the immune system so much easier. 
Scientists at the University of Adelaide have observed the way that zinc interplays with one of the deadliest bacteria, Streptococcus pneumoniae, which kills more than one million people a year by causing pneumonia, meningitis and other serious infectious diseases. 
But the bacteria need to feed off manganese, an essential metal, in order to thrive and attack the body. Zinc interferes with that process, and stops manganese reaching the bacteria. 
(Source: Nature Chemical Biology, 2013; doi: 10.1038/nchembio.1382)
Flu shot? Try a Japanese pickle instead
13 November 2013
Flu season is with us—but if you’re hesitating over having the usual flu shot, try a Japanese superfood instead. The suguki pickle has proved itself to be a natural flu preventive and can even protect against H1N1 swine flu and a new deadly strain that has emerged in China, researchers say this week.
Suguki, a pickled turnip, contains the bacteria Lactobacillus brevis, which protect us against a variety of flu strains by boosting the immune system’s own antibodies. In laboratory tests, the bacteria in the pickle successfully killed off the H1N1 swine flu and the new, and deadly, H7N9, flu viruses.
Japanese researchers aren’t quite sure why the bacteria are such an efficient flu fighter, but they are coated with sugars that protect them from the stomach’s acids that usually kill off bacteria.
Thus far, Lactobacillus brevis has been tested only on laboratory mice, and so researchers aren’t sure yet whether it will also be effective in humans, although clinical trials—using a probiotic drink that includes the bacteria—are under way.
(Source: Letters in Applied Microbiology, 2013; doi: 10.1111/lam.12160)

It is amazingly unbelievable.  You will be fined if do not have Health Insurance. 8 mins. 
·                Older adults who took part in an exercise program were 37 percent less likely to be injured during a fall compared to non-exercisers
·                Elderly exercisers had a 61 percent lower risk of having a fall-induced broken bone and 43 percent lower risk of sustaining a fall-related injury serious enough to require admission to a hospital
·                As you get older your muscle and bone mass decrease and the senses that guide your balance -- vision, touch, proprioception -- may all start to deteriorate, and this can make you unsteady on your feet

·                By taking the time to do balance, strength training and other exercises on a regular basis you can keep your sense of balance strong, help restore what's already been lost and even lower your risk of getting injured if you do fall
  The more I look at the world we live in, the crazier and useless it seems.  Nature seems the only reality. This song and its graphics and photos epitomise my state of mind at the moment. Just keep walking.
   I occasionally walk through large shopping malls and see people scurrying along like ants sometimes hither and thither apparently random and scattered, intent on the bargain, the anticipation of the freedom and joy it temporally affords them. Like a kid with a new toy until the joy of it or the war and tear of it or the boredom of it gives way to 'hunt' , the hunger, the anticipation of a new sensation. I see the pleasure fade when the 'high' has subsided somewhat and like those who seek to impress, realise they are only maybe are seeking gto impress themselves. (courtesy of the above link)
   We seem to live in a take, take, more, more society, thinking that the worlds population which is growing to nearly 9 billion soon, will fed and watered, clothed and sheltered, without putting hardly anything back. An endless bank, tub, womb which never needs replenishing.  The endless pit.
  So the answer dreamed up, or thought bank concepts, cull the race, limit child birth.
 Not just the third world, now, everywhere, so that the wealthy elite will inherit the world.
   Maybe there is a kind of back handed plan, that as we become bored with the ever lasting quest for MORE, thinking the more we surround ourselves with the safer we feel, until we realise that the simple things of life such as a warm dry shelter, a few clothes for all weathers, natural organic food and compassion and co operative sharing is a great feeling, and we trust our neighbour, when we truly 'do unto others as we do unto ourselves', that is a mind set that is loving and compassionate. 
   So I walk the malls at times, watch the soccer match and the identification to some of almost obsession, as if it were their life saviour or only experience of belonging, the pack, the tribe, that's OK if it is just a game, when it becomes a defend or die, my territory, my belongings, mine, my space, me.  Then the attack defence comes in, when it is nationalistic then maiming, plundering, rape, imprisonment, torture which brings out the ugly side of human existence. In the end to relinquish it to death and if one believes in reincarnation to come back and finish unfinished business. (courtesy of).
Going around and around and sometimes in ever deceasing circles until we arrive up our behind.
  Sometimes we need to wander through Life's highways,   and Byways in order to see the futility of acquisition, things that rot and some that outlast our physical body, to hoard, to ensure through plenty and abundance and selfishly keep it, that all will pass with the passage of time as we know it.
   So who are we?  This we find out as we wander through the experience of Life.  As I walk the mall, I do not go to buy or even window shop, as they say in Zen, I just walk. I walk with no mind, not even aware of my own existence, just an awareness that observes and remains calm, and no thing seems more important than anything else.  
   Amazingly I seem to glide pass and through the scurrying and as the Christmas, Easter [presents and food frenzy commence, this fleeting Life of spending, celebrating a now commercial holiday seems crazier than ever. Of course the more hi tech things become, the more glitzy, colourful, holding hidden promises, then the marketing / advertising personal catch the vivid possibilities of the avid imagination. 
Iv'e actually seen something like this at a sale. People queuing all  night in the freezing cold at times, and the mad rush when the doors open, a human stampede.
   Like the magpie the glitz and shiny object arouses the curiosity and the hungry mind seeks out its prey.  
I often have a magpie look into my window at a shiny Buddha I have on the window sill.
Magpies are birds of the corvidae (crow) family, including the black and white Eurasian Magpie, which is one of the few animal species known to be able to recognize itself in a mirror test.[1] In addition to other members of the genus Pica, corvids considered as magpies are in the genera CissaCyanopica and Urocissa.
  Some friends have thought me cold and heartless as I stay at home at Easter and Christmas and do not celebrate my birthdays.  I go to others and sit there and enjoy people yet remain unmoved as the sentiment of celebrating things that pass seem meaningless. I would rather celebrate Life every moment so that Life becomes a celebration in itself and not for special or commercial reasons.
   So who am I in the midst of all this?  Iv'e no idea but it seems more than OK to be this way.  You see if I could define it, I would limit it to an idea, a religion, a concept and these things sometimes change with time. if one is not addicted or obsessed by a dictum.  But who a define-less awareness entity is is eternal and because it is in a sense formless it cannot be destroyed only a malleable something-ness that is ?   

oun (plural dicta /-tə/ or dictums)

  • a formal pronouncement from an authoritative source:the dicta of High Court Judges
  •  a short statement that expresses a general truth or principle:the old dictum ‘might is right’
  •  Lawshort for obiter dictum.


late 16th century: from Latin, literally 'something said', neuter past participle of dicere).
  The mind can sometimes be like an attic, full of useless junk. Some people hoard knowledge they become addictive and obsessed with knowledge, some even get a PH.D with it, and glow in the aftermath of their junk, revered and then give their outdated or 'stuck' knowledge to to others called students. Priests do the same as do some parents. So the free mind is cluttered.
   Some search vainly through the attic of the mind to try to fathom out who they are. At best it is a juxtaposition of the objects in there, a clean up of the cobwebs, throw out a few things, afraid to leave the loft empty. Nothing new enters, one feels safe with the junk, 'well at least I know what's there', 'I may need some of these things some day'.So one builds an identity around these objects, thinking they are who one is.  Sadly when one's realisation dawns and a wake up call comes in so many forms, illness, loss of job, house burns down,having to move, financial debt or a so called 'spiritual awakening' the shock of this can lead to a detoxing of the mind often called withdrawal symptoms and often accompanied by body detox. 
  The temptation is to reload, re hoard, the excuse well these are more 'spiritualal' , simplistic.  Be Empty, Be Well.