March 12, 2011 archive

Where Do We Go When Our ‘Time’ Comes?

I have always liked the myth and metaphor that Alan Watts in the mid sixties used in his “The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are“:

   “There was never a time when the world began, because it goes round and round like a circle, and there is no place on a circle where it begins. Look at my watch, which tells the time; it goes round, and so the world repeats itself again and again. But just as the hour-hand of the watch goes up to twelve and down to six, so, too, there is day and night, waking and sleeping, living and dying, summer and winter. You can’t have any one of these without the other, because you wouldn’t be able to know what black is unless you had seen it side-by-side with white, or white unless side-by-side with black.

   “In the same way, there are times when the world is, and times when it isn’t, for if the world went on and on without rest for ever and ever, it would get horribly tired of itself. It comes and it goes. Now you see it; now you don’t. So because it doesn’t get tired of itself, it always comes back again after it disappears. It’s like your breath: it goes in and out, in and out, and if you try to hold it in all the time you feel terrible. It’s also like the game of hide-and-seek, because it’s always fun to find new ways of hiding, and to seek for someone who doesn’t always hide in the same place.

   “God also likes to play hide-and-seek, but because there is nothing outside God, he has no one but himself to play with. But he gets over this difficulty by pretending that he is not himself. This is his way of hiding from himself. He pretends that he is you and I and all the people in the world, all the animals, all the plants, all the rocks, and all the stars. In this way he has strange and wonderful adventures, some of which are terrible and frightening. But these are just like bad dreams, for when he wakes up they will disappear.

   “Now when God plays hide and pretends that he is you and I, he does it so well that it takes him a long time to remember where and how he hid himself. But that’s the whole fun of it-just what he wanted to do. He doesn’t want to find himself too quickly, for that would spoil the game. That is why it is so difficult for you and me to find out that we are God in disguise, pretending not to be himself. But when the game has gone on long enough, all of us will wake up, stop pretending, and remember that we are all one single Self-the God who is all that there is and who lives for ever and ever.


   “God is the Self of the world, but you can’t see God for the same reason that, without a mirror, you can’t see your own eyes, and you certainly can’t bite your own teeth or look inside your head. Your self is that cleverly hidden because it is God hiding.

   “You may ask why God sometimes hides in the form of horrible people, or pretends to be people who suffer great disease and pain. Remember, first, that he isn’t really doing this to anyone but himself. Remember, too, that in almost all the stories you enjoy there have to be bad people as well as good people, for the thrill of the tale is to find out how the good people will get the better of the bad. It’s the same as when we play cards. At the beginning of the game we shuffle them all into a mess, which is like the bad things in the world, but the point of the game is to put the mess into good order, and the one who does it best is the winner. Then we shuffle the cards once more and play again, and so it goes with the world.”

   “The Ultimate Ground of Being” is Paul Tillich’s decontaminated term for God” and would also do for “the Self of the world” as I put it in my story for children. But the secret which my story slips over to the child is that the Ultimate Ground of Being is you. Not, of course, the everyday you which the Ground is assuming, or “pretending” to be, but that inmost Self which escapes inspection because it’s always the inspector. This, then, is the taboo of taboos. You’re It!

I highly recommend Watts’ book.

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“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.”

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Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Reactor Meltdown

Live-WI Rallies

This is a live feed coming out of Madison:

Right now they are bouncing back and forth from the speaker at the station to show recordings from yesterday as well as some live feeds via cell phones as the rally goes on today.

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Japan battles to stave off possible nuclear meltdown

Japanese media say officials have detected caesium, one of the elements released when overheating causes core damage, around reactor at Fukushima No 1 plant in Futuba

Tania Branigan in Beijing, Saturday 12 March 2011 07.11 GMT

Workers are battling to stave off a possible nuclear meltdown at a plant in north-eastern Japan as the country struggles with the aftermath of Friday’s enormous earthquake and tsunami.

Japanese media said officials had detected caesium, one of the elements released when overheating causes core damage, around the reactor at Fukushima No 1 plant in Futuba, 150 miles (240km) north of Tokyo.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said it did not believe a meltdown was under way, but Ryohei Shiomi, an official with Japan’s nuclear safety commission, said that it was possible.

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I could say, “When you’ve lost Scarecrow…” but I haven’t particularly noted him as a proud Obamabot unlike some I could name.  Still, I thought this piece worthy of your notice.  That clunking sound you hear is Cenk Uygur’s jaw hitting the floor.

Sherrod Brown on Cenk: President Obama Has a Loud Microphone

By: Scarecrow, Thursday March 10, 2011 5:27 pm

Expecting the same Obama who sold out on tax cuts for the rich, the Public Option, Gitmo, torture investigations/prosecutions, and coddling TBTF banksters, etc, to rein in the Tea-GOP is, uh, not reassuring.

In just the last three months, Obama undercut Schumer on limiting the tax breaks to those over a million in income. He undercut Schumer again today by making sure that when the White House’s corporate staff sits at the table with the crazies who would destroy the economy and 70 years of progressive governance, the Tea-GOP will not even be asked to consider raising revenues, let alone taking back the recent gift tax breaks for scofflaw corporations or wealthy Americans.

There are simply too many White House betrayals, broken promises, secret deals, dashed hopes, disingenuous dodges, stupid blunders (or were they deliberate?), insults to supporters and every element of the Democratic coalition, including America’s working class, to list here. FDL writes about them every day.

So is Senator Brown honestly expecting this President to lead us? Not a chance. Only Pod People still think America’s working class has a President on their side.

Japan The Net The Homeboy Nazis and Wisconsin

Getting used to the time change at 4 am here.

Did this guy get arrested for merely running a web linking website?

Does the middle graphic of the screaming eagle give you the impression of  Satanic evil?

Should I await the SWAT team?…

Burglar calls police fearing homeowner might have gun.…

Yeah, well I am seeing something and I am saying something.

Why Wisconsin, the framing of the news about unions is a diversionary news tactic and or can one believe anything one sees on the internet.

Expansion in the prison industry?  Arbeit Macht Frei?

So now I’m getting this weird paranormal impression that great evil needs a “release” in association with the current events in Japan.  Quite sure the Japanese didn’t deserve this.

Post communist/capitalism?…


“The American political system is essentially a contract between the Republican and Democratic parties, enforced by federal and state two–party laws, all designed to guarantee the survival of both no matter how many people despise or ignore them.”– Richard Reeves

Explosion rocks quake-hit Japanese nuke plant

Fukushima has ordered people living within a 20km area to evacuate

TV footage shows crumbled walls of building at site, leaving only skeletal metal frame standing

TOKYO – The walls of a building at a nuclear power station crumbled Saturday following an explosion only hours after Japanese officials said they feared the reactor could melt down.

Smoke poured out of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility where authorities had warned Friday of a failure of its cooling system resulting from a powerful earthquake and tsunami.

It was not clear if the damaged building housed the reactor.

Several workers were injured by the blast at Fukushima Unit 1, Japanese TV station NHK reported.

Footage on Japanese TV showed that the walls of one building had crumbled, leaving only a skeletal metal frame block standing. Puffs of smoke were spewing out of the plant.

‘Radioactive vapors’

Pressure has been building up in the reactor – it’s now twice the normal level – and Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told reporters Saturday that it was venting “radioactive vapors” to relieve that pressure. Officials said they were measuring radiation levels in the area.

Late Night Karaoke

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Although the Everly Brothers hold the record for the most Top 100 singles by any duo, the two-artist team this week hold the record for the most singles in the Top 40 (i.e., 29, versus 26 for the Everlys). These 29 Top 40 singles were all released between 1976 and 1990. This duo has had seven RIAA Platinum albums and six RIAA gold albums, and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.  

This week’s feature song was written, performed, recorded and turned into a major hit in 1976 by the aforementioned dynamic duo.  The song would become their very first Top Ten hit, peaking at the #4 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, #23 on the Hot Soul Singles charts and #18 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts and would earned RIAA certification as a gold record.  

The song was written in honor of the girlfriend of one of the performers.  Although the relationship with this song’s namesake spanned more than three decades, the two went their separate ways in 2001.  

Popular Culture (Music) 20110311: The Zombies

One might expect that a band that was formed FIFTY YEARS ago this year might have some significant connexions with others, and one would be correct.  That is a long time ago, and The Zombies were early, British, and quite good.  They were not as prolific as many other bands, and almost became victims of their own success in a manner of speaking.

Interestingly, The Zombies were always more popular in the United States than they were in the United Kingdom.  I have no explanation for that other than the hypothesis that when they were getting “hot”, other bands like The Who, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles were getting even hotter in the UK.

Please come with me to review the career of this very, very underrated British Invasion band.  As a preview to Pique the Geek for Sunday evening at 9:00 PM Eastern, the topic for the evening will be a new installment to my off and on series about firearms, this time about the propellants black powder and the modern smokeless powders, with a nod to Pryodex(r), a more modern substitute for black powder.

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