Monday, February 28, 2011

Hypocrisy

A pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles that one does not really possess.







"I Like It!"

The Future That Never Arrived
















I recently watched a documentary on mag-lev bullet trains. Judging from I've seen and experienced, American passengers today have access to basically the same train technology as they did in 1971, when the government organized Amtrak (criticized as a bailout serving corporate rail interests and union railroaders, not the traveling public). That's tantamount to using the world's first single chip microprocessor, the Intel 4004 (also introduced in 1971) in the computers of 2011. That's ridiculous. Just imagine if we had applied the money, resources, and brains spent on war over the last 40 years to transportation instead. Hell, I should be able to take a train to Mars by now. Or at least to Europe from America. Sound far fetched? I don't think so, but every time I hear why something didn't happen, doesn't happen, won't happen, or will never happen, it's always the same excuse: "It costs too much." Jesus, I'm getting tired of that, both in my own life and as an excuse for the continual lack of social progress.

People sometimes complain about technology being unable to solve our problems, but as I see it, the real problem is stupid ass bureaucrats who won't get out of the way and let the technology we already have improve our lives. There's something fundamentally wrong with a race of beings whose most sophisticated technology is for killing each other. Somehow we always have money for that, and no one blinks an eye. We concentrate on weaponry and destruction while all other good things languish, sucking the planet and everything on it backward into dystopia. This makes Earth the most stupid planet I've ever lived on.

There's plenty of money -- we can give the Department of Transportation all it needs by taking it from the Department of Defense. We can build and run elevated mag-lev bullet trains between every major city in the world, simply by unfucking our priorities, and we should, because adding another billion cars to the planet isn't going to work. Who cares how much it costs? That's what money is for -- improving the quality of life. The cost is irrelevant because we already know our money is intrinsically worthless, so the whole world is already bankrupt anyway. It's time to throw out this entire system and start doing what people want, what they need, and what is right for the future civilization we should already be living in.




Japan: a post-apocalyptic society using magnets instead of diesel fuel.







Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dream Sense
















Bring dreams to those who lack them, and common sense to those without it.

Peruvian UFO

Riding With The Shadow Self



If you see your dark side
Don't despair
You are enlightened
If you don't see your dark side
Keep riding

Eoh





















A Single rune is used to gain a quick insight into what drives the situation, or to reduce it to the most concise summary possible. Ice Runes are most commonly used for questions about struggle, conflict, and achievement.

The rune represents the critical factor in the issue at hand. Eoh refers to the Yew tree. The Yew does not go dormant and therefore represents endurance. Even the wood of the tree is strong, resilient, and pliable - the Yew bends, but does not break. The evergreen nature of the Yew is present even in the rune itself, as it cannot be changed even by reversal. This rune is historically symbolic of death, but, as in the Tarot and as suggested by the nature of the Yew tree itself, death is seen only as a transmutation of something eternal and unchanging - the spirit.


Reverse Lard Fee

















What should be the Fed be doing? In an ideal world, the Federal Reserve would be concerned with maintaining our currency and preventing inflation, but with the Congress or the President choosing to ignore sound policies; it makes the Federal Reserve's job that much harder and confusing.

Ron Paul is asking the question, how do we measure the strength of a currency and who should be responsible in safeguarding the dollar? The next part of the question is what is the responsibility of Washington politicians at whose hands we have suffered?

~ Tom Donelson

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Sá Vaegir Sem Vitid Hefur Meira
















The value of being at peace with one’s neighbor shouldn’t be underestimated. Peace on both small and grand scales is the ultimate virtue of civilization and one that is hard, almost impossible, to achieve.

Mankind will never be truly civilized until there is peace in the world and that goal still seems millennia away. Some say we will all destroy each other and the world we live in first. I prefer to be optimistic.

The question we must ask ourselves is how we can contribute to peace—the actions of all of us matter in the bigger scheme of things.

In North Africa people have stood up for themselves, peacefully protested dictatorship and extremism and bravely stared down the barrel of a gun. In Tunisia and Egypt they have already won. Let’s hope the protests in Libya won’t cost any more lives.

The ball is rolling. This is history in the making and hopefully an indication that peace and stability will spread through the region, even infecting the war-torn Middle East and achieve something violence never could. Am I dreaming? Well, I’m not the only one.

Iceland is generally considered a peace-loving nation as we have no army. That is certainly an image many of us want to promote and live up to but maybe the reason for us not having an army has less to do with our mentality and more to do with the fact that Iceland is only inhabited by 320,000 people.

Due to our small size we simply cannot afford being at war. If a larger nation was set on conquering us and no one rose to protect us, the mission would easily be achieved.

Civil war has torn this country apart. In the Age of the Sturlungs, power-hungry chieftains engaged in violent conflicts with each other in a never-ending chain of blood feuds until they were all powerless and Iceland lost its independence to Norway.

Violence breeds violence. Wasn’t World War I supposed to be “the war to end all wars”? And look what happened. A few decades later fire was raging in Europe again, spreading to other continents, leaving scorched earth everywhere.

Throughout the centuries, European countries have constantly been at war with each other. Then the European Union was established and nations learned how to work together and solve disputes with diplomacy and compromises. The EU is not flawless but if nothing else it should be respected as a tool to maintain peace and enhance cooperation.

In Iceland we have the saying sá vaegir sem vitid hefur meira (“the one who is wiser relents”). That is not to say that one should accept being bullied. But sometimes one has to take a deep breath, consider all options and consequences objectively and swallow one’s pride for the greater good. To maintain peace.

~ Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir

Friday, February 25, 2011

Destiny

















Time is a thing we must accept.
The unexpected I sometimes fear.
Just when I feel there's no excuse for what happens,
things fall into place.

I know there is no way to avoid the pain 
that we must all go through,
to find the other half that is true.

Destiny is what we all seek.
Destiny was waiting for you and me.

I believe behind confusion,
awaits the truth for us.
Past obstacles we face.
I value our life and trust.

Years of questioning why
things happen the way they do in life.
Wishing that I could turn back time, 
so we could join our souls.

~ Chuck Schuldiner

The Philosopher




Metal of the highest order.

~ Murray


Northwest UFO?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Humor: The Frivolous Necessity























When the world sucks too much, I go looking for a laugh.



Goat Girl?

JPA

Chaos A.D.

















President Obama on Wednesday condemned Libya's violent crackdown against a widening anti-government movement, saying the "suffering and bloodshed is outrageous, and it is unacceptable."

Oh, really? Well, guess what? I condemn the non-stop suffering and bloodshed caused by the United States government in Iraq, Afghanistan, and dozens of other countries around the world throughout the course of my entire life as "outrageous." The hypocrisy, immorality, brutality and total lack of compassion for other human beings at the hands of the United States is sickening.

According to Obama, whose "hope" and "change" doesn't look at all different from that of George W. Bush, the government of Libya's actions "violate international norms and every standard of common decency." Oh, you mean like America's foreign policy of toppling foreign governments, bombing countless people to death, and torturing prisoners in Guantanamo and in secret US prisons around the world?

Obama went on to say, "Like all governments, the Libyan government has a responsibility to refrain from violence, to allow humanitarian assistance to reach those in need and to respect the rights of its people. It must be held accountable for its failure to meet those responsibilities and face the cost of continued violations of human rights."

What about the US responsibility to refrain from violence? Who holds America accountable for its failed responsibilities? Who faces the cost? Not you, Mr. President. You and the government you represent are completely full of shit.





Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Participating In What We Are Against

Transform Your Destiny























Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.

~ Ayn Rand

We Are Here To Free The World






















Greetings Searchers,

I swiped the following vid from my good buddy over at FREEMAN WALKING. When you're done here, go check him out and sign up. He's a cool cat.

Thanks,
Will

Boom Goes The Money Bomb



Yo, that's right homies, I just raised $414,000 in 24 hours.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Thanks, Ayn

I read Atlas Shrugged twice, and I've always loved it. I remember this scene and it looks very close to what I saw in my mind. If you know Rand, you know how important her work was to her, and so far it looks as if the film makers know too. Nothing could make me happier than to see her vision realized in the way she meant it to be. I'm really looking forward to the movie.


The Six-Legged Meat of the Future

Think outside the cow.
















 Interesting, nutritious, and tasty. Yo quiero Cricket Bell. Yum!

Indigenous Police

2011 Daytona 500

<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&brand=foxsports&playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:2c45d804-8fe9-4749-9978-88b33da336a0&showPlaylist=true&from=IV2_en-us_foxsports_videosearch&fg=RAMP" target="_new" title="Highlights: Daytona 500">Video: Highlights: Daytona 500</a>

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Self Portrait

















The Crossing



















"The government supports internet freedom abroad - but restricts it and spies on it at home. Obama has already supported a law allowing him to shut it down here in a national emergency."

~ Danny Schechter  (click for full article)

What does that mean? What constitutes a "national emergency"? If protesters are shot dead in American streets, will we not be allowed to see it? I'm honestly not a paranoid person. In general, I have a spirit of optimism, and believe that in the long run things will work out. Where there's a will, there's a way. But if this blog by chance is being spied upon, am I considered a "terrorist" by merely asking these questions? I'm not into controversy and chaos except in an artistic (peaceful) sense, but there's a lot of crazy things happening right now, which I expect could escalate. I don't know about anyone else, but I intend to keep my head and not freak out if there's a crisis here similar to what we see erupting across the Middle East. I don't want to shoot anyone, and I don't want anyone else to get shot either. It's time to solve our problems without violence, and to that end I will continue maintaining a spirit of faith.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Prolific Non-Blogger Attempts Breakthrough
















Unearthed from a stack of papers I found today in my quest for greater organization (which will never happen because I'm actually too irresponsible to own anything) was this:

1. Cultivate a willingness to change.

2. Observe that in all heroic movies the hero always has allies and friends, both seen and unseen.

3. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to observe one trait of someone you consider to be a hero (onscreen or off) and then add that virtuous attribute to your repertoire of self.

* This blog will self-replicate in 5 seconds, but since your soul is traveling at the speed of light, that's plenty of time for you to tap into your own inner brilliance.

Good luck, troops.


Individual Human Revolution








Friday, February 18, 2011

Maiden Moon























I work nights, so have switched to the lunar calendar. Full moon tonight in Virgo. Time to take another spin through your inner universe.




To Friends Of Liberty






















Please click title. Thanks!

7



















All human actions have one or more of these causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.


~ Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

If Belgium Can Do It, Why Can't We?

Fools' Gold





















Posted by Patrick A Heller on February 17, 2011 10:32 AM


JPMorgan Chase just announced that it is willing to accept physical gold as collateral for loans made by the bank. In effect, the bank is accepting gold as representing liquid money! However, there is an interesting side note to this development. JPMorgan Chase is a major custodian for gold exchange traded funds. Therefore, it should know whether the ETFs really possess all the gold it supposedly owns to cover 100% of its outstanding shares. Well, JPMorgan Chase specifically will not accept gold ETF shares as collateral against loans made by the bank. Does someone at the bank know something they are not telling the public?

The judge in the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, Inc. (GATA) seeking information about gold swaps by the Federal Reserve has issued an order to the Fed to turn over one document by February 18 that the Fed had attempted to exempt from disclosure. The judge had reviewed ten documents to evaluate whether there were valid grounds to exempt them from disclosure. Though the judge did exempt nine documents from disclosure, the nature of the subject of the documents did go on the record. Some of them involved the US government discussing gold swap arrangements with other central banks. This information proved that the Federal Reserve had lied when it constantly claimed that no such gold swap discussions ever occurred.


It is possible that Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) may use his subcommittee chairmanship to pressure the Fed to disclose more information about it gold holdings and trading practices, which efforts were blocked by Congressional leadership in the previous Congress.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Jerusalem UFO

Vertical Surfers

The Dawn Of Adversity


















Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.

~ Arthur Golden


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Arise


















If you're going through hell, keep going.

~ Winston Churchill

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

At Last































Visit the Official Atlas Shrugged Movie Web Site

Fire In The Sky



Does anyone know what this is?


This one is a bit strange too...


I'd really like to know what the hell is going on one of these days...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Luminous Bridge
















 When you possess light within, you see it externally.

~ Anaïs Nin

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Seeker's Shield





 Life is the childhood of our immortality. 

~ Goethe

Seeker's Yield























In an age like this no one can help but thirst for the way. You may hate this world, but you cannot escape it. 

~ Letter To The Brothers, Nichiren Daishonin

Just For Laughs

For all you metal warriors out there... No matter what you do, you will never be as cool as this guy. Ha!



Totally awesome, right?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Journey Of Self Discovery

Journey Of Self-Discovery Leads Man To Realization He Doesn't Care

February 10, 2011

FLAGSTAFF, AZ—Three months after setting off down a long spiritual path to find himself, 38-year-old Corey Larson arrived at the conclusion Tuesday that he does not care. "I spent many long hours meditating, studying the works of great thinkers and spiritual leaders, and delving deep within myself for some kind of answer, and then it hit me: I couldn't care less," Larson said of his soul-searching journey. "Fuck it. Fuck it all." Larson briefly considered writing a self-help book to make the journey easier for others, but decided that he also didn't give two shits about whether other people arrived at the same conclusion he did.

~ from THE ONION

Post # 1000




Brought to you by Wikileaks

Fun fact: Julian Assange received the most votes in Time magazine's Person of the Year poll for 2010. That honour ultimately went to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, thanks to a veto from the magazine's editorial board.

What Matters
















The important thing is to hold firm to your beliefs without being influenced or swayed by what others do or say. Those who live this way are strong and free of regret. What matters most is how you lead your life -- not what those around you are doing.

~ Daisaku Ikeda

The Triumph Of Truth And Justice

















The triumph of truth and justice is the ultimate law of the universe itself. Firmly believing that with all our hearts is the essence of faith.

~ Soka Gakkai International - USA, Buddhist Association of Peace, Culture, and Education


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Love Hate Love
























I tried to love you; I thought I could
I tried to own you; I thought I would
I want to peel the skin from your face
Before the real you lays to waste

You told me I'm the only one
Sweet little angel- you should have run
Lying, crying, dying to leave
Innocence creates my hell

Cheating myself; still you know more
It would be so easy with a whore
Try to understand me little girl
My twisted passion to be your world

Lost inside my sick head
I live for you but I'm not alive
Take my hands before I kill
I still love you, I still burn

Love, hate, love

What The United States Really Looks Like















Hi, I'm a Slave of District 12. How 'bout you?

"12" is said to be the symbol of cosmic order. Okay, fine. The Federal Reserve is not the boss of the Cosmos.






All of us are victims
Confined by enigmas
Without solution
Your frozen thoughts don't let you
Evolve

A prisoner of your own trap
Slaves of an infinite pain
What will be the limit?
What will be the end?

Life ends
Feeling death
Slaves of pain

Seeking new paths
Don't be tied to your mistakes
Run away from this
Uncured sickness

Open your eyes
Don't lose your steps
Liberty is a dream
And it is also real

To die to run away
To forget what I've been
To erase my past
To kill my guilt

Life ends
Feeling death
Slaves of pain

Cause Of Death



Money Money Money Money Money Money Money



"How do we have friends if we don't keep bribing them?!"



The Distinguished Gentleman From Texas

"I don't think I know the perfect answer, but I know what history shows, and I know what the market would probably pick -- but I'd like to just get the monopoly power away from this cartel that pretends that they know how to run the entire economy."

~ Ron Paul



"But let's say a law makes us somewhat safer. Is that a justification for the government to do anything they want?"

~ Ron Paul

While I Was Enjoying The Superbowl

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Forever In Debt To Your Priceless Advice




Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Thornely

Turquoise



Looking for a penny on an empty beach
I've been looking for a lover who has eyes to see
While I'm here I wanna walk with you, hold your hand
In the sun, in the sun, in the sun, in the sun

Turquoise is the color I need to get clean
The forest burned, and with it something inside me

Looking for a way to leave the world today
But the world is gonna leave itself anyway
While I'm here I wanna walk with you, hold your hand
In the sun, in the sun, in the sun

Turquoise is the color I need to get clean
The forest burned, and with it something inside me

Together, together, together, together
Together, in the sun

I need to get clean
I need, I need, I need

Turquoise is the color I need to get clean
The forest burns, and with it something inside me

Looking for a way to leave the world today

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Why Gold Sucks



















Well, the first thing that comes to mind, no matter how much of this stuff I have, is that I can't eat it. There's also this...

I've always liked cash and precious metals, but I'm tired of the endless problems that come with all things monetary. Humans just can't seem to get it right, so the hell with it. I may not know what the answers are, but I know what they're not. The production of one gold ring, for example, generates 20 tons of waste. That's just stupid.

My Star Spangled Annoyance


















If you are fortunate enough to be chosen to sing the national anthem for a major sporting event, here's some advice: Before you even open your mouth, get this through your head -- the song is not about you. It is not about how awesomely rockin' and or soulful you think you can be by taking extreme and foolish liberties with its artistic interpretation. It is a traditional patriotic song meant to be sung with respect for the struggles of this nation, and it comes with an obligation to honor those struggles with dignity. The national anthem is not sung for the purpose of blowing your ego up to the size of a football stadium. I'm sick of hearing various singers repeatedly muck it up year after year due to an inability to identify what is appropriate versus what is not. As a temporary public servant, your musical talents in this context are to be channeled into the spirit of the song, not your own grandeur. When you step into the spotlight at the Superbowl or the Indy 500, you are not there to sing one of your "hits." So quit fucking around and just do your job -- stick to the words, notes, and rhythms as they were written and save the vocal masturbation for your own damn concert.

Flying Karma















 Thoughts
 Words
 Actions 


Let The Future In

Dedicated to cool people everywhere.

















All my life I’ve been the slave of consequence
wondering how this life could be so intricate
I wanna rewrite my heart and let the future in
I wanna open it up and let somebody in

Will you free me from the logic that I knew?
I believe it even if it is not true

Am I falling asleep on my feet again?
I call out, is anybody listening?
and it’s like I’m diving into emptiness
but at least there’s something beating in my chest

Will you free me from the logic that I knew?
I believe it even if it is not true





* Though the lyrics I found read "logic," it sounds like he's singing "magic." Hmm.

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Dreamworx Project




















Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Vertical Searcher is proud to present the following post from new friend and special guest:



Riddle me this dear "debunkers"

What with the release of Zeitgeist III - Moving Forward, it has provided a fresh opportunity for self proclaimed "debunkers" to come out of the woodwork again with their various "proofs" that the proposed solution to our common problems - a Resource Based Economy - will never work, it's communism, blah blah blah.
Over the last 60+ years, Jacque Fresco has worked diligently in the scientific field, researching, perfecting, analyzing and establishing protocols for TVP. For the last few years (though probably longer) Peter Joseph has worked hard to understand and therefore articulate superbly the logic and data behind his views and observations regarding the monetary system, religion, politics, etc. So, if you don't understand what either of these two gentlemen have to say in their well thought out, superbly articulated reasoning, there is nothing I can add to help you out.

Rather, I have a riddle that I can't seem to work out and perhaps this challenge will provide me with the answer. Here it is. "Why do you think that a RBE is a non-workable idea?"

I challenge these "debunkers" and naysayers to the following: get on camera, and tell the 3/4/5 year old in country "X" that is going to starve to death by the end of the week, why in your view and opinion "that's just the way it is". Explain to him/her why they didn't deserve a chance to live a long, fruitful, loving life. Articulate for their understanding, why you think we can't/shouldn't share what we have with them.

I challenge you to go on YouTube and tell the young boy/girl from country "Y" why they don't deserve the same chances and opportunities that you and your kids have here in the west (or wherever of affluence). Please post your video response so that countless children the world over can better understand why they are inferior to you and yours, and they deserve to die hungry, cold and lonely. Why their life should be filled with violence, subjugation and despair while you eat your overpriced, nutritionally deficient fast food meal on the way to the hockey game.

Because that is the one core and most pressing issue NONE of you "critics" of TVP and TZM have even bothered to address. For me, TVP is not about the machines, I neither fear machines nor worship them. My toaster is not an object to fear or worship. For me, TZM is not about "taking control of our resources" as some of you like to project your unrealistic fears. For me it's a chance for every child born into this beautiful world to have a chance to live, love and grow and be all that they were meant to be, without being prostituted, raped, brutalized, neglected, starved, maimed or killed all because they weren't born into the right class or with the right skin colour or the favourable gender.

Is it so much to strive for that you're willing to let countless people go on dying when there is no reason? Is it so hard to put our own selfish wants aside and share with the rest of the world?

Please post your response for the whole world to see.

Six Minutes

Rob Dougan is a guy I found out about through his instrumental track "Clubbed To Death" from "The Matrix" soundtrack. After exploring the jukebox at work tonight, I found out he had some other cool stuff, as well as this video posted on YouTube by "Russel1110." I've been thinking lately about my output to input ratio, and I'm getting better at recognizing when I'm running on empty. I've been doing a lot of heavy lifting lately; spiritually, emotionally, financially, at my job, online, and within my relationships. It's all great stuff, but I have a hard time stopping on any of it until I'm completely exhausted. I can't have all output and no input, so it helps to seek out new things that replenish my spirit. When I find them, I like to share them.

Enjoy.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

New Year, New Month, New Power Animal

I have already consumed my available time for blogging today, but tomorrow will be too late, so before I run out the door, "Happy Year of the Rabbit!" to all my Protagonists and everyone here. Last year I posted "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor. Well, we survived, so Congratulations -- it's time to let the rabbit run... :)


Unseen Virtue Brings Visible Reward


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Inside Your Brain Is A Hot Young Blue Star

The Love Police



60 Minutes : Interview With Julian Assange


"If we're talking about 'creating threats' to small publishers to stop them publishing, the US has lost its way. It has abrogated its founding traditions. It has thrown the 1st Amendment in the bin, because publishers must be free to publish."  ~ Julian Assange

That, my fellow citizens, means you.




Let's also not forget who leaked Valerie Plame's identity, putting her and her family at risk. It wasn't Wikileaks.