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“The Correction For That…Is An Attack” (Rumsfeld)

It’s just amazing how history repeats itself and how the agenda of leading elite is the same. Election are near and people should be conditioned as Pavlov’s dog. Not afraid enough…we gonna increase electroshock slightly. All current events confirm even more the facts presented in  Adam Curtis documentary : The Power of Nightmares -The Rise of the politics of Fear. And its amazing to read how the same vocabulary is used now for Iran as was before for Iraq (See below)

 

Rumsfeld On 2006 Election: “The Correction For That…Is An Attack”

RUMSFELD: That’s what I was just going to say. This President’s pretty much a victim of success. We haven’t had an attack in five years. The perception of the threat is so low in this society that it’s not surprising that the behavior pattern reflects a low threat assessment. The same thing’s in Europe, there’s a low threat perception. The correction for that, I suppose, is an attack. And when that happens, then everyone gets energized for another [inaudible] and it’s a shame we don’t have the maturity to recognize the seriousness of the threats…the lethality, the carnage, that can be imposed on our society is so real and so present and so serious that you’d think we’d be able to understand it, but as a society, the longer you get away from 9/11, the less…the less…

Iran on track for nuclear milestone

Iran’s nuclear programme has made big strides in recent months and the country is on course to pass an important threshold for nuclear weapons capability next year, scientists and analysts say.

Ever since Iran started enriching uranium in defiance of United Nations resolutions, western diplomats have highlighted the technological obstacles facing the country, arguing that they provided time to deal with the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

U.S. Cites Big Gains Against Al-Qaeda

Hayden warned, however, that progress in Iraq is being undermined by increasing interference by Iran, which he accused of supplying weapons, training and financial assistance to anti-U.S. insurgents. While declining to endorse any particular strategy for dealing with Iran, he described the threat in stark terms.

“It is the policy of the Iranian government, approved at the highest levels of that government, to facilitate the killing of American and other coalition forces in Iraq. Period,” he said.

FBI: Al-Qaeda video urges WMD use

The US Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) says a new al-Qaeda video has urged the use of nuclear and chemical weapons against the West.

“FBI had sent an alert to US law enforcement agencies about the video. “We got information the tape was coming,” said Kolko. “We sent out an alert to law enforcement to let them know the tape was coming.”  The latest video, purportedly released by al-Qaeda, has not been authenticated. “

al-Qaeda Call For Nuclear Or Chemical Weapon Attack Against West – Threat, Attack Signal or Hoax?

As of early this evening, ABC News and the Drudge Report are running a headline claiming that “al Qaeda operatives will post a new video on the Internet in the next 24 hours, calling for what one source said is ‘jihadists to use biological, chemical and nuclear weapons to attack the West.’” The ABC News report quotes FBI spokesman Richard Kolko as acknowledging that “there have been several reports that al Qaeda will release a new message calling for the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) against civilians.”

For the record: there is no indication whatsoever that Al-Qaida’s As-Sahab Media Foundation is preparing to release anything in the next 24 hours. There has been no notification posted on the usual channels, there are no glitzy advertisements, and there is no credible electronic chatter, period. Rather, the intel community appears to have (once again) fallen victim to poorly researched open source news reporting. In recent days, several fringe media organizations have published stories about a video recording posted by anonymous Al-Qaida miscreants on extremist Internet chat forums.

Hayden warned, however, that progress in Iraq is being undermined by increasing interference by Iran, which he accused of supplying weapons, training and financial assistance to anti-U.S. insurgents. While declining to endorse any particular strategy for dealing with Iran, he described the threat in stark terms.

“It is the policy of the Iranian government, approved at the highest levels of that government, to facilitate the killing of American and other coalition forces in Iraq. Period,” he said.

CNN’s Paula Newton reports of a possible terror threat to the Euro 2008 Championship in Switzerland and Austria.
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And here you can see the easons:

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Before attack on Iraq:

Rumsfeld was saying that we needed to bomb Iraq,” Clarke said to Stahl. “And we all said … no, no. Al-Qaeda is in Afghanistan. We need to bomb Afghanistan. And Rumsfeld said there aren’t any good targets in Afghanistan. And there are lots of good targets in Iraq. I said, ‘Well, there are lots of good targets in lots of places, but Iraq had nothing to do with it.

“Initially, I thought when he said, ‘There aren’t enough targets in– in Afghanistan,’ I thought he was joking.

“I think they wanted to believe that there was a connection, but the CIA was sitting there, the FBI was sitting there, I was sitting there saying we’ve looked at this issue for years. For years we’ve looked and there’s just no connection.”

Clarke says he and CIA Director George Tenet told that to Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Clarke then tells Stahl of being pressured by Mr. Bush.

“The president dragged me into a room with a couple of other people, shut the door, and said, ‘I want you to find whether Iraq did this.’ Now he never said, ‘Make it up.’ But the entire conversation left me in absolutely no doubt that George Bush wanted me to come back with a report that said Iraq did this.

“I said, ‘Mr. President. We’ve done this before. We have been looking at this. We looked at it with an open mind. There’s no connection.’

“He came back at me and said, “Iraq! Saddam! Find out if there’s a connection.’ And in a very intimidating way. I mean that we should come back with that answer. We wrote a report.”

Feith’s Unsurprising Revelations

 Three weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld established an official military objective of not only removing Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime by force, but also overturning the regimes in Iran, Syria, and four other countries in the Middle East, according to a document quoted extensively by former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith

in his recently published account of Iraq War decisions.Feith’s retelling further indicates that this aggressive U.S. aim of remaking the map of the Middle East by military force and the threat of force was supported explicitly by the country’s top military leaders.
Feith’s book, War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism, released in April, provides excerpts of a paper that Rumsfeld sent to President George W. Bush on September 30, 2001, calling for the administration to focus not on taking down Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, but rather on the aim of establishing “new regimes” in a series of states by “aiding local peoples to rid themselves of terrorists and to free themselves of regimes that support terrorism.”
Quoting that document, Feith deletes the names of all of the states to be targeted except Afghanistan, inserting the phrase “some other states” in brackets. In a related Pentagon “campaign plan” document, the Taliban and Iraq are listed as “state regimes” against which “plans and operations” might be mounted, yet the names of four other states are blacked out “for security reasons.”

In his 2003 book Winning Modern Wars, Gen. Wesley Clark, who commanded the NATO bombing campaign in the Kosovo War, recalled being told by a friend in the Pentagon in November 2001 that states that Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz wanted to take down included Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, and Somalia.

 

Project for the New American Century

In January 1998, PNAC published an open letter to President Clinton arguing that “containment” of Iraq “has been steadily eroding,” jeopardizing the region and, potentially, beyond. “Given the magnitude of the threat, the current policy, which depends for its success upon the steadfastness of our coalition partners and upon the cooperation of Saddam Hussein, is dangerously inadequate.” PNAC followed up a few months later with an open letter to Senate leader Trent Lott (R-MS) and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich(R-GA), which argued that the “only way to protect the United States and its allies from the threat of weapons of mass destruction [is] to put in place policies that would lead to the removal of Saddam and his regime from power.” Signatories to these letters included many of those who signed PNAC’s statement of principles, as well as future realist-inclined Bush administration officials Richard Armitage and Robert Zoellick. Also in support of this effort, PNAC set up a meeting between Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Perle, and Sandy Berger, Clinton’s national security adviser, to argue the case for intervention (Dolan and Cohen, “The War about the War.”). Earlier, in February 1998, Wolfowitz had testified in front of the House International Relations Committee that regime change in Iraq was the “only way to rescue the region and the world from the threat” posed by Hussein. Revealing another aspect of neoconservative alliance-building in the years leading up to the Bush election, Wolfowitz added that the United States should recognize “a provisional government of free Iraq,” and that the best place to look for such a government was “with the current organization and principles of the Iraqi National Congress” (quoted in Halper and Clarke, pp. 101-102). Thus, write Halper and Clarke, “in only a few years since the Soviet collapse, neoconservatism had refocused itself as an interventionist lobby intent above all else on waging a second Gulf war” (p. 102).

The agenda items outlined in the statement reemerged in the wake of 9/11 in Bush’s 2002 National Security Strategy, the seminal statement of the so-called Bush Doctrine. As described by leading international relations scholar Robert Jervis, the Bush Doctrine is composed of “a strong belief in the importance of a state’s domestic regime in determining its foreign policy and the related judgment that this is an opportune time to transform international politics; the perception of great threats that can be defeated only by new and vigorous policies, most notably preventive war; a willingness to act unilaterally when necessary; and, as both a cause and a summary of these beliefs, an overriding sense that peace and stability require the United States to assert its primacy in world politics” (quoted in Chris Dolan and David Cohen, “The War about the War: Iraq and the Politics of National Security Advising in the G.W. Bush Administration’s First Term,” March 2006). “

In February 1998, Feith  and many other high-profile neoconservatives and foreign policy hawks signed a letter to President Bill Clinton calling for a “comprehensive political and military strategy for bringing down Saddam and his regime.” Among the signatories to the letter, which was produced by the Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf, were several people who would later be tagged to serve in the first administration of George W. Bush, including Feith, Richard Perle, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Zalmay Khalilzad, Peter Rodman, John Bolton, and Dov Zakheim.

A Clean Break” also recommended “removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq” and working closely with “Turkey and Jordan to contain, destabilize, and roll back” regional threats and using “Israeli proxy forces” based in Lebanon for “striking Syrian military targets in Lebanon.” If that should “prove insufficient, [Israel should strike] at select targets in Syria proper.” Further, “Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, even rolling back Syria.” This would create a “natural axis” between Israel, Jordan, a Hashemite Iraq, and Turkey that “would squeeze and detach Syria from the Saudi Peninsula.” This “could be the prelude to a redrawing of the map of the Middle East, which could threaten Syria’s territorial integrity.”

The 2000 election of George W. Bushenabled PNAC to advance its agenda for the “New American Century.” Many PNAC principals moved into the Pentagon, vice president’s office, and State Department. It was not, however, until after 9/11 that the PNAC agenda was fast-forwarded.

On September 20, 2001, PNAC sent an open letter to Bush that commended his newly declared war on terrorism and urged him not only to target Osama bin Laden but also other supposed “perpetrators,” including Saddam Hussein and Hezbollah. The letter made one of the first arguments for regime change in Iraq as part of the war on terror. According to the PNAC letter, “It may be that the Iraqi government provided assistance in some form to the recent attack on the United States. But even if evidence does not link Iraq directly to the attack, any strategy aiming at the eradication of terrorism and its sponsors must include a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq. Failure to undertake such an effort will constitute an early and perhaps decisive surrender in the war on international terrorism.”

“Main areas of current conservative dispute include immigration policy, stem cell research, levels of troop commitments in Iraq, democratization policy, Israel, and U.S. relations with China, North Korea, and Iran. Although the neocon camp and its allies, including Cheney’s foreign policy team, are all hardliners with respect to Iran, there are public differences about which groups should receive U.S. assistance. While the leading neocon figures on Iran policy, such as Michael Rubin and Kenneth Timmerman, oppose funding the Mujahedin e-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian resistance group with militants in Iraq, other players in the Iran policy debate, such as Raymond Tanter and the Iran Policy Committee, are MEK boosters.”

Ramsfeld professional history:

Affiliations

  • Hoover Institution: Visiting Fellow; Former Trustee
  • Center for Security Policy (CSP): Winner of CSP’s 1998 “Keeper of the Flame” Award
  • Project for the New American Century: Founding Signatory
  • Empower America: Former Board Member
  • Freedom House: Former Board Member
  • RAND Corporation: Former Board Member
  • Committee for the Free World: Former Chairman
  • Government Service

  • Secretary of Defense: 1975-1977; 2001-2006
  • U.S. Commission to Assess National Security Space Management and Organization: Chairman (2000)
  • U.S. Ballistic Missile Threat Commission: Chairman (1998)
  • White House Chief of Staff: (1974-75)
  • U.S. Ambassador to NATO: (1973-74)
  • U.S. Congress: Representative from Illinois (1962-69)
  • U.S. Navy: Various Posts, Including Aviator (1954-57); Reserves (1957-1975)
  • Private Sector

  • Gilead Sciences Pharmaceutical Company: Chairman (1997-2001)
  • General Instrument Corporation: Chairman and CEO (1990-1993)
  • G.D. Searle Pharmaceutical Company: CEO/Chairman/President (1977-1985)
  • Bechtel: Involved in Iraq-Bechtel Negotiations on a Pipeline Project in the 1980s
  • Gulfstream Aerospace: Former Director
  • Tribune Company: Former Director
  • Metricom, Inc.: Former Director
  • Sears, Roebuck, and Co.: Former Director
  • ASEA Brown Boveri: Former DirectorEducation
  • Princeton University: A.B. (1954) 
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    Massive Attack – İnertia Creeps

    May 30, 2008 Posted by | conspiracy, Documentary, Music, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    The Science of Sleep

    Another sailing weekend, excellent regatta, excellent results. Clear sky, clear mind.

    Watched lately today  La Science des rêves,The Science of Sleep (2006) by Michel Gondry, director of Ethernal Sushine of Spotless Mind and Human Nature (both movies are written by Kaufman). This one is written by Gondry itself and it is just piece of art.

    I can describe the movie the same as Stephane (Gael Garcia Bernal) starts the movie, explaining what dreams are:” Hi, and welcome back to another episode of “Télévision Educative”. Tonight, I’ll show you how dreams are prepared. People think it’s a very simple and easy process but it’s a bit more complicated than that. As you can see, a very delicate combination of complex ingredients is the key. First, we put in some random thoughts. And then, we add a little bit of reminiscences of the day… mixed with some memories from the past….” [adds two bunchs of pasta]. If i would have a gift to make a movies, i would do the same.

    Movie is done as a dreams really are… in true Freudian sense. Bit of science, explained on a funny way, romance, blurred border between reality and imagination, dominance of inner world over external one, chaos theory, Parallel Synchronized Randomness, lots of creativity, emotions, real world versus artificial one… and mixed together into very very tasteful dish… Very surrealistic, like modern and funnier version of Bonuel’s An Andalusian Dog. 

    In spite of varying interpretations, Buñuel made clear throughout his writings that, between Dalí and himself, the only rule for the writing of the script was that “no idea or image that might lend itself to a rational explanation of any kind would be accepted.”[3] Moreover, he stated that, “Nothing, in the film, symbolizes anything. The only method of investigation of the symbols would be, perhaps, psychoanalysis. Like Gondry says…MICHEL: No, I don’t believe in symbols. I have nothing to do with a book. You can define every image and symbol but it doesn’t mean it’s a symbol that’s universal. Like if you dream about a tree, it represents a penis? That’s bullshit. [Laughs]

    Its great idea to use Stephane TV show as a position of an observer of his own events and emotions…just like in dreams where we remember our dreams as observers but we know that we were the main actor as well. … In science, the term observer effect refers to changes that the act of observing will make on the phenomenon being observed. For example, for us to “see” an electron, a photon must first interact with it, and this interaction will change the path of that electron. It is also theoretically possible for other, less direct means of measurement to affect the electron; even if the electron is simply put into a position where observing it is possible, without actual observation taking place, it will still (theoretically) alter its position.

    Always amazed me that position: be actor and observer at the same time. But it is not only in dreams…we live the whole life as that…we think and act and feel, we observe our actions, thoughts and feelings, than correct them if they don’t fit into frame…as in Goundry’s Human nature, mouses are Pavlov’s conditioned to eat salad with knifes and forks at the table in order to civilised them. So principles are the same, just with different “rational” involvement.  

    Watched on Friday on Discovery Science documentary with the same title: The science of sleep. It dealt not what dreams are but with the basics: Why do we dream at all? Why do we need dreams? Dreams occur in REM phase, very funny presented in Goundry’s movie “My eyes walk in dreams”.REM sleep occurs in all mammals and birds.  As it not known that animal have language structure (and all symbols categories due that); so dreams have to be very physiological need. Lots of theories have been done, but there is still no one way answer. Amazing…Phoenix has just sent pictures from Mars’s, but our brain is still so locked in mysteries. 

    Are dreams connected to short -term memories, categorizing emotions into symbols of language structure?  Is dreaming like being schizophrenic, deprived from majority of external stimuli and building internal world with daily emotions and stored memories. What is the principle of reality cos everything is real for us while we are dreaming. What is the triger which switch at the end of dreams and tells us that was not real but dreams.

     Are dreams and reality same continuum, not two different realities. Like earth’s night and day cycle, once more and once less directly exposed to sun of consciousness” And what is consciousness all about, cos in REM phase we feel, hear, talk, think,…same as in awake state. Are dreams our own reality built from personally acquired symbols cos anyone can understood only its own dreams. We are producer of dreams and their observer. As in movie, sometimes only director understand the symbols and meaning of them.

    Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is normal stage of sleep characterized by rapid movements of the eyes. Criteria for REM sleep include not only rapid eye movements, but also low muscle tone and a rapid, low voltage EEG. REM sleep in adult humans typically occupies 20-25% of total sleep, lasting about 90-120 minutes. A newborn baby spends more than 80% of total sleep time in REM. During REM, the summed activity of the brain’s neurons is quite similar to that during waking hours; for this reason, the phenomenon is often called paradoxical sleep. This means that there are no dominating brain waves during REM sleep.  Most of our vividly recalled dreams occur during REM sleep.

    REM and Near death experience & Out of body experience

    People With Near Death Experiences Can Differ In Sleep-wake Control

    “These findings suggest that REM state intrusion contributes to near death experiences,” said neurologist and study author Kevin R. Nelson, MD, FAAN, of the University of Kentucky in Lexington. “People who have near death experiences may have an arousal system that predisposes them to REM intrusion.”

    Nelson said several other factors support this hypothesis. Several features of near death experiences are also associated with the REM state. For example, the feeling of being outside of one’s body has been associated with the REM state and the conditions of sleep paralysis, narcolepsy and seizures. The feeling of being surrounded by light could be based on the visual activity that occurs during the REM state, Nelson said. During the REM state, the muscles can lose their tone, or tension.”

     When the unconscious has something very important to tell us, it often dresses it up as a nightmare to make sure we notice,” he says. “The generic message of every nightmare is, Wake up, pay attention, there’s a survival issue at stake, and you can do something about it if you pay attention. The nastier the dream,” he says, “the more valuable is the information it is trying to convey.”

    REM Deprivation

    Four Days Of REM Sleep Deprivation Affects Forebrain, Long-term Memory In Rats

    ScienceDaily, Feb. 6, 2008— Four days’ exposure to a REM sleep deprivation procedure reduces cell proliferation in the part of the forebrain that contributes to long-term memory of rats, according to a new study.

    The study, authored by Dennis McGinty, PhD, of the V.A. Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, focused on male Sprague-Dawley rats. REM sleep deprivation was achieved by a brief treadmill movement initiated by automatic online detection of REM sleep. A yoked-control (YC) rat was placed in the same treadmill and experienced the identical movement regardless of the stage of the sleep-wake cycle.

    According to the results, REM sleep was reduced by 85 percent in REM sleep deprived rats and by 43 percent in YC rats. Cell proliferation was reduced by 63 percent in REM sleep deprived rats compared with YC rats. Across all animals, cell proliferation exhibited a positive correlation with the percentage of REM sleep.

    “Several studies have shown that sleep contributes to brain plasticity in general, and to adult neurogenesis, in particular,” said Dr. McGinty. “Neurogenesis is a concrete example of brain plasticity, suppression of adult neurogenesis is thought to be important in pathologies such as depression. One current question has to do with the relative contribution of the two sleep states, non-REM and REM, which have very different, even opposite, physiological properties. This study showed that REM sleep has a critical role in facilitating brain plasticity. The study does not exclude an equally important role for non-REM sleep. In other recent work, we have shown that sleep fragmentation can also suppress adult neurogenesis. How sleep affects the molecular mechanisms underlying neurogenesis remains to be explored.”

    The article “Rapid eye movement sleep deprivation contributes to reduction of neurogenesis in the hippocampal dentate gyrus of the adult rat” was published in the February 1 issue of the journal Sleep.

    We took a group of young college undergraduates and we deprived them of sleep for about 35 hours straight. And then we placed them inside a MRI scanner and we showed them increasingly negative and disturbing images,” says Matthew Walker, who devised a study to look at what was going on inside their brains. “And what we found was that in those people who had a good night of sleep, the control group, they showed a nice, modest, controlled response in their emotional centers of the brain.”

    “But, when we looked in the sleep deprived subjects, instead, what we found is a hyperactive brain response,” he says.

    And what’s more, in the sleep-deprived subjects, Walker discovered a disconnect between that over-reacting amygdala (a region of the brain) and the brain’s frontal lobe, the region that controls rational thought and decision-making, meaning that the subjects’ emotional responses were not being kept in check by the more logical seat of reasoning. It’s a problem also found in people with psychiatric disorders.

    “So you’re saying that you take someone with a severe mental disorder and a person without that disorder, but deprive them of sleep, and the brain scan will look similar?” Stahl asks.

    “Their pattern of brain activity was not dissimilar. So I think what it forces us to do really now is to appreciate more significantly the role that sleep may be playing in mental health and in psychiatric diseases. And I think that could be one of the futures of the field of sleep research,” Walker replies.

    Walker says most of us need seven and a half to eight hours of sleep every night.”

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    FREUD RETURNS? LIKE A BAD DREAM

    By J. Allan Hobson

    Sigmund Freud’s views on the meaning of dreams formed the core of his theory of mental functioning. MarkSolms and others assert that brain imaging and lesion studies are now validating Freud’s conception of the mind. But similar scientific investigations show that major aspects of Freud’s thinking are probably

    erroneous. For Freud, the bizarre nature of dreams resulted from an elaborate effortof the mind to conceal, by symbolic disguise and censorship, the unacceptable instinctual wishes welling up from the unconscious when the ego relaxes its prohibition of the id in sleep. But most neurobiological evidence supports thealternative view that dream bizarreness stems from normal changes in brain state. Chemical mechanisms in the brain stem, which shift the activation of various regions of the cortex, generate these changes. Many studies have indicated that the chemical changes determine the quality and quantity of dream visions, emotions and thoughts. Freud’s disguiseand-censorship notion must be discarded;no one believes that the ego-id struggle, ifit exists, controls brain chemistry. Mostpsychoanalysts no longer hold that the disguise-censorship theory is valid.

    Without disguise and censorship, what is left of Freud’s dream theory? Not much—only that instinctual drives could impel dream formation. Evidence does indicate that activating the parts of thelimbic system that produce anxiety, anger and elation shapes dreams. But these nfluences are not “wishes.” Dream

    analyses show that the emotions in dreams are as often negative as they arepositive, which would mean that half our “wishes” for ourselves are negative. And as all dreamers know, the emotions in dreams are hardly disguised. They enter into dream plots clearly, frequently bringing unpleasant effects such as nightmares.

    Freud was never able to account for why so many dream emotions are negative.

    Another pillar of Freud’s model is that because the true meaning of dreams is hidden, the emotions they reflect can be revealed only through his wild-goosechase method of free association, in which the subject relates anything and everything that comes to mind in hopes of stumbling across a crucial connection.

    But this effort is unnecessary, because no such concealment occurs. In dreams, what you see is what you get. Dream content is emotionally salient on its face, and the close attention of dreamers and their therapists is all that is needed to see the feelings they represent.

    Solms and other Freudians intimate that ascribing dreams to brain chemistry is the same as saying that dreams have no emotional messages. But the statements are not equivalent. The chemical activation-synthesis theory of dreaming, put forth by Robert W. McCarley of Harvard Medical School and me in 1977, maintained only that the psychoanalytic explanation of dream bizarreness as concealed meaning was wrong. We have always argued that dreams are emotionally salient and meaningful. And what about REM sleep?

    New studies reveal that dreams can occur during non-REM sleep, but nothing in the chemical activation model precludes this case; the frequency of dreams is simply exponentially higher during REM sleep.

    Psychoanalysis is in big trouble, and no amount of neurobiological tinkering can fix it. So radical an overhaul is

    necessary that many neuroscientists would prefer to start over and create a neurocognitive model of the mind.

    Psychoanalytic theory is indeed comprehensive, but if it is terribly in error,then its comprehensiveness is hardly a virtue. The scientists who share this view stump for more biologically based models of dreams, of mental illness, and of normal conscious experience than those offered by psychoanalysis.

    J. Allan Hobson, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, has written extensively on the brain basis of the mind and its implications for psychiatry. For more, see Hobson’s book Dreaming: An Introduction to the Science of Sleep (Oxford University Press, 2003).

     

    The dream, the subject’s interpretation (Freud – Lacan interpretation)

    The dream reactivates that which escapes forgetting and at the same time brings a work to bear on its elements, a secondary elaboration. As an effect of this secondary elaboration, “the dreams have already been interpreted once before being submitted to our waking interpretation”.8 A text results from this, that of the dream, which is, therefore, in itself an interpretation. Moreover, the dreamer adopts a position in relation to his dream: he exercises an interpretation of the interpretation. When Freud says that the dream is ‘the fulfillment of a wish’,9 he is also making an interpretation of the interpretation which is the dream itself.

                In The Direction of the Treatment, Lacan emphasises that Freud is proposing ‘the dream as a metaphor of desire’.10 Something has passed into meaning [sens] in the dream, and, from this passage, results what Freud has called desire. But, as Lacan takes it up again: it is about a ‘desire to have an unsatisfied desire’.11 It is a Wunsch, a wish, about which Lacan says that there are wishes ‘[…] pious, nostalgic, contradictory, farcical’.12 The desire that Freud isolates in the dream reveals the dimension of lack: of the subject’s want-to-be [manque-à-être] which presents itself as a want-to-enjoy [manque-à-jouir].13 Lacan takes up the well-known dream of the ‘beautiful butcher’s wife’ in order to show how a desire refers to another desire, how the dream carries desire to a geometrically progressive power.14 In this reference of one desire to another, Lacan distinguishes — in The Direction of the Treatment and in Radiophonie — two dimensions to this desire of desire which is ordered according to the laws which link the signifying chain: metonymic combination producing displacement and metaphoric substitution with its effect of condensation.15

     

    May 26, 2008 Posted by | Daily bites, Movies, Music, neuroscience, psychology, Quantum physics, Science | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

    The Century of Fear or Precaution as the name of the game

    The flowers flee from Autumn, but not you –
    You are the fearless rose
    that grows amidst the freezing wind.

    (Rumi)

    Watched another Adam Curtis documentary…must see for every sceptical mind: The Power of Nightmares(1-3) (The Rise of the Politics of Fear)

     

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4602171665328041876&q=the+power+of+nightmares&ei=q14zSNzuLoiG2QLjyMTiCQ

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2081592330319789254&q=the+power+of+nightmares&ei=ZV4zSN2DMY-i2wKdg4zUCQ

    The films compare the rise of the American Neo-Conservative movement and the radical Islamistmovement, making comparisons on their origins and noting strong similarities between the two. More controversially, it argues that the threat of radical Islamism as a massive, sinister organised force of destruction, specifically in the form of al-Qaeda, is in fact a myth perpetrated by politicians in many countries—and particularly American Neo-Conservatives—in an attempt to unite and inspire their people following the failure of earlier, more utopian ideologies.

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    And watched few anti-global warming documentaries (The Great global warming swindle (Accepted theories about man causing global warming are “lies” claims a controversial TV documentary),  Green House Conspiracy, Global Warming Doomsday Called off  and some others …

    Precaution as a new name of the game…act upon what might happen (what is already told due political and media agenda)  and not upon what is real ….  

    The common denominator: fear.. either of terrorism or global warming…just to keep people in constant fear of inevitable… politicians have to invent a problem to cure it and to defend people from it…if people are constantly occupied with fear of endless treat they sure can not think critical of something else. Even thought that there are no reasonable facts behind. They invent them, they promote them and they become a universal truth. How sadly.

    No clear connection between Al Qaeda and 9/11 or to Iraq; no clear connection between CO2 and global warming or sea rise and global warming…but yet…it’s universal truth; its a big hype…kids are more afraid according to research of global worming than terrorism…but where are real facts behind?

    if you doubt about terrorism or global warming, you are heretic or as they say ..it’s same as you deny holocaust …

    I don’t know how much its true or not on both topics, cos i don’t know for sure who finances one or other media  but if doubting is almost a sin, we are back in dark middle age and inquisition… the reasonable doubt is a base of any further human development…

    Scientific models or some partial information, promoted as a truth, and nothing but the truth makes me pretty nervous and sceptic.

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    And just today emerged: Army Radio had quoted a top official in Jerusalem claiming that a senior member in the entourage of President Bush, who visited Israel last week, had said in a closed meeting here that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were of the opinion that military action against Iran was called for.

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    From The Power of Nightmares(1-3) (The Rise of the Politics of Fear)

    Ideologist behind Neoconservatives: Leo Strauss   – unique America, who is destined to fight the devil in the world, the only good force in the world.  Strauss thought that myths are necessary to give people meaning and purpose of life and throught  this keep stable society.

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    PULP (The Fear)

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    When Franklin D. Roosevelt said “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”, he meant it in a philosophical sense. But physicians know that the fight-or-flight response that protects the body from harm can sometimes backfire. “If you are terrorised by a God-awful stress, it can take you out,” says Richard Verrier of Deaconess Hospital in Boston. “I don’t think you would find a cardiologist who thinks it’s impossible to die of fright.”

    May 21, 2008 Posted by | conspiracy, Daily bites, Documentary, Movies, Poems, Politics, Science | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

    Game theory: Freedom and/or rationality

    Watched excellent BBC documentary The Trap:What happened to our dream of freedom of Adam Curtis (author of Happiness machines i was writing about last time). There are three parts and in first part he questions what is freedom all about, what is normality and how mathematical models modeled people and society. Is it true that we are selfish, isolated and suspicious human creatures, constantly monitor and strategies each other, to maximize our own benefit? Measurable predictable androids? For every measurement we need to set a reference. Who is the one who set the reference upon which people should be measured? Is it orchestrated from behind or maybe history by accident takes its mysterious way. Or maybe is mix of both. Did nature equip us with beautiful mirror neurons to understand others in order make the best strategy for maximizing our own result and not for empathy as a base for real humanity !?

    Curtis starts with Game theory of John Nash  (Beautiful Mind) and how his theory was implemented as a tool in predicting Soviet reaction during the cold war (Nash’s paranoia resonated just well with paranoia of Cold War). And as every idea it found mysterious ways of implementation, far beyond cold war tool. Even faking results to prove its correctness in various situations by those who used it to justify either believes or actions (psychiatry, Vietnam’s war,…)

    He continues with psychiatry which defines normality from Freud on. Dark age of psychiatry, colored by electroshocks, followed by anti psychiatric movement (Laing),use of game theory in family dynamics (love is just a strategy to maximize own benefit or dominance over partner). Shame of psychiatric diagnoses due to Rosenhan_experiment ( 8 healthy people were set to mental hospitals. During psychiatric assessment they claimed to be hearing voices that were often unclear, but noticeably said the words “empty,” “hollow” and “thud.” No other psychiatric symptoms were claimed, and apart from giving false names and employment details, further biographical details were truthfully reported. If admitted, the pseudo-patients were asked to “act normally,” report that they felt fine and no longer heard  behaved completely normally. 7 of them were diagnosed with schizophrenia, 1 with bipolar disorder. They were all given powerful drugs. They haven’t been allowed to leave the hospital. This was disaster for psychiatric society what lead to rational and quantified questioners to avoid subjective judgment. They set up a list of measurable characteristic (symptoms) on which people answered yes or no, either they have those characteristic or not. Questionnaires have been distributed to ordinary people. Evaluating the results they found that 50% of people have some types of mental disorders. Normal sadness for example became depression.

    Psychiatrist started with screening process due to latent mental illness. They’ve spread a check list among people, so people used new definitions of disorders to compare their behaviour with “normal behaviour”. No elite needed to monitor people anymore, people started to monitor themselves by list of “normality”. And if not “normal”, pharmaceutical companies were more than willing to offer them magical Prozac. To be “normal” and constantly happy. And easier manageable.

    Its amazing what kind of results some big ideas of liberalization  produced (Sartre, Fanon– liberalisation of itself through violence; Che Guara, Arafat…, suport of dictators to liberalize communistic countries, trainings of contra-revolutionaries, fake evidences, …)

    So who we are behind what they told us scientists, politicians, religions, behind all this overwhelming social construction?…How is to feel normally behind “normally as they told and suggested us … Is freedom to heavy burden for current level of human existence or is freedom just part of broader cycle  and context and not the universal state itself?

    1st part of documentary: F* you buddy

    2nd part:  “The Lonely Robot”

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1087742888040457650&q=the+trap+2&ei=0IorSPDKLo-ciALWpbTjCQ

    3rd part: We Will Force U 2 to Be Free

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7581348588228662817&q=the+trap+3&ei=7YwrSPShKojgiQKnk5niCQ

    and Kraftwerk video: The Robots

    We’re charging our battery
    And now we’re full of energy
    We are the robots

    We’re functioning automatik
    And we are dancing mechanik
    We are the robots

    Ja tvoi sluga (=I’m your slave)
    Ja tvoi Rabotnik robotnik (=I’m your worker)

    We are programmed just to do
    anything you want us to
    we are the robots

    We’re functioning automatic
    and we are dancing mechanic
    we are the robots

    Ja tvoi sluga (=I’m your slave)
    Ja tvoi Rabotnik robotnik (=I’m your worker)

    May 15, 2008 Posted by | conspiracy, Documentary, Movies, Music, neuroscience, Politics, Science | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

    Sins of the century: How J.P. Morgan J.D.Rockefeller and H.Ford blocked Nikola Tesla’s ideas for better world

    “Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.” (N. Tesla)

    Current world’s crises is mostly spinning around following issues: high oil prices, food shortage, environmental issues, earthquakes on financial markets, huge difference between developed and underdeveloped countries…They are very much connected but where are the roots? Would it be possible to have different world as we have it now? 

    It’s hypothetical, but less greed at the beginning of 20th century would tremendously change the part of our civilisation. All needed tools were there but in the name of personal power and prestige they were cut for world citizens. The sins and the sinners, how ironically, are the same as 100 years ago.

    It was Nikola Tesla, who invented alternating curent electric power and electrified the world. But he invented so much more. He was one of greatest scientist of our millennium. My father gave me his biography at my early age. It was him why i studied electronics in high school. Briliance of his mind, ideas beyond our time, mysticism, x-rays, photographing thoughts, resonanting planeth Earth, vedic philosophy, friendship with Mark Twain…

    He was from ex-Yugoslavia, where i lived so I knew him as national hero, but he was much less known worldwide. I’ve read about him a lot, watched movies, but every time he inspires me the same and i am amazed with his vision and work. I recommend every one to dive into his tremendous work and ideas. For me he is The most enigmatic and the most brilliant mind of past century.

    I’ve read lately another book of him;  Tesla: Man out of time  by Margareth Cheney. Very good portrait of Tesla as scientist and person but more than that. It’s overview of industrial revolution, centres of power and newborn elite. Its a pity to read how such a great mind depended so much of funds of J.P. Morgan and elite which still rule the world. And how the same elite blocked inventions which would dramatically change the world and eliminate factors which dictate current world’s crises.

    The sins:

    With free wireless electricity  (employing Eart’s own resonance) divide between developed and underdeveloped countries would be much smaller;  but which banker would invest money to give electricity to people for free – Morgan withdrew his investment

  • When the great truth accidentally revealed and experimentally confirmed is fully recognized, that this planet, with all its appalling immensity, is to electric currents virtually no more than a small metal ball and that by this fact many possibilities, each baffling imagination and of incalculable consequence, are rendered absolutely sure of accomplishment; when the first plant is inaugurated and it is shown that a telegraphic message, almost as secret and non-interferable as a thought, can be transmitted to any terrestrial distance, the sound of the human voice, with all its intonations and inflections, faithfully and instantly reproduced at any other point of the globe, the energy of a waterfall made available for supplying light, heat or motive power, anywhere — on sea, or land, or high in the air — humanity will be like an ant heap stirred up with a stick: See the excitement coming!
    • “The Transmission of Electric Energy Without Wires” in Electrical World and Engineer (5 March 1904)
  • No oil crises due to environmentally clean electric car–> no environmental issues, no wars in the    name of oil, no need for bio-fuel so smaller food shortage

    With the discovery of electricity, everybody expected that all cars would be electric and run on rechargeable batteries. Tesla had gone one better and actually produced a working automobile that ran on electricity taken from the surrounding ether like an antenna picks up radio waves. This would revolutionize travel just like his AC induction motor had revolutionized the industrial world.

    Maybe new  Tesla roadster will bring some change in opinion, powered by mobile phone batteries …

    The sinners:

    Morgan, Rockefeller and Ford had to sabotage his idea at all costs….No air polluting gasoline engine meant no oil monopoly for Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Co. No oil monopoly meant no excuse for Rockefeller to own the U.S. government, and no excuse to be involved in foreign countries . . .

    Bulbous nosed baboon J.P. Morgan (1837-1913), was the chief enemy of Tesla’s AC system; his wireless transmission system and his electric car.

    J. D. Rockefeller (1838-1937) was the founder of the Standard Oil Co. His killing of the electric car allowed Standard Oil to amass a vast fortune which is still pouring into Rockefeller controlled companies to this very day.

    Henry Ford (1863-1947) is credited with mass producing the noisy air polluting gasoline engine. By 1932, Ford controlled over 1/3 of gasoline engine production worldwide. He was very familiar with electricity because he worked for George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison. Hitler admired Ford so much that he kept Ford’s picture in his office. Many of the trucks used by the Nazis during WWII were built by the Ford German and French subsidiaries.

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    ‘Nikola Tesla invented the 20th and 21st Century. A ‘discoverer of new principles,’ Tesla was the sole inventor of the alternating poly-phase current generators that light up every town in the world today. He was the original inventor of the radio, and placed his ideas in print and demonstrated them before the public 5 years before Marconi. By the turn of the century, he had discussed the feasibility of television; he created an atom smasher capable of evaporating rubies and diamonds; he built wireless neon lamps that gave off more light than today’s conventional bulbs provide; he built precursors to the electron microscope, the laser and X-ray photographs. He sent his shadowgraphs to the discoverer of X-rays in 1895 as soon a Roentgen published his famous pictures. Tesla also created Kirlian-like photographs 75 years before they became famous. All of this took place before 1900!’

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    That’s verified in the Congressional Record for 1917, which reported that “…the J.P. Morgan [banking] interests…. and their subsidiary organizations got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press of the US…. They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. …an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information….”[9]

    Woodrow Wilson was elected President in 1913, beating incumbent William Howard Taft, who had vowed to veto legislation establishing a central bank. To divide the Republican vote and elect the relatively unknown Wilson, J.P. Morgan and Co. poured money into the candidacy of Teddy Roosevelt and his Progressive Party.

    The Council on Foreign Relations was incorporated as the American branch in New York on July 29, 1921. Founding members included Colonel House, and “…such potentates of international banking as J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Paul Warburg, Otto Kahn, and Jacob Schiff…the same clique which had engineered the establishment of the Federal Reserve System,” according to Gary Allen in the October 1972 issue of “AMERICAN OPINION.”

    The founding president of the CFR was John W. Davis, J.P. Morgan’s personal attorney, while the vice-president was Paul Cravath, also representing the Morgan interests. Professor Carroll Quigley characterized the CFRas “…a front group for J.P. Morgan and Company in association with the very small American Round Table Group.” Over time Morgan influence was lost to the Rockefellers, who found that one world government fit their philosophy of business well. As John D. Rockefeller, Sr. had said: “Competition is a sin,” and global monopoly fit their needs as they grew internationally.

     

    May 14, 2008 Posted by | books, conspiracy, Daily bites, Documentary, Politics, Science | , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

    “How the brain detects the emotions of others ” (N. Scientist)

    Was another one…great sailing weekend. 10 instead of 25 knots as last time…but still great experience…(less adrenalin,…gonna talk about it next time). So effortless pleasure. We won a medal…but really not important…Its not a medal you get, its a team spirit you had, have, will have… Kind of joint effort and joint pleasure…hard to explain… IT IS A FEELING U CAN NOT GAIN ALONE. Although i like solitude, i like team work equally…it gives me pleasure…different one..but important one.

    Caught an article today from New Scientist about Mirror Neurons (and i was talking about last time, just came back from sailing… Maybe there is some synchronicity but i don’t know…”who knows”…, my favorite friend’s saying). Just another prove how mirror neurons play important role in our life. I am waiting further proves cos i am believer that they are one of basic ingredients of our socialising and interdependence among all human beings. Even if  you see other people’ straggle only on TV…it moves something within you…

    How the brain detects the emotions of others

    People who are good at interpreting facial expressions have “mirror neuron” systems that are more active, say researchers. The finding adds weight to the idea that these cells are crucial to helping us figure out how others are feeling.

    Mirror neurons are brain cells that fire both when you do something and when you watch someone else do the same thing.

    Because they allow us to mimic what others are doing, it is thought that these neurons may be responsible for why we can feel empathy, or understand others’ intentions and states of mind. People with autism, for instance, show reduced mirror neuron activity during social cognition tasks.

    Now Peter Enticott at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and his colleagues have found evidence supporting this theory. They asked 20 healthy adults to look at pairs of images. In one task, they had to decide if paired images of faces were the same person. In another, they had to decide if both faces were showing the same emotion.

    In a separate task, volunteers watched video clips of thumb movement, a hand grasping a pen and a hand while writing, while the activity in the primary motor cortex of the brain, which contains mirror neurons, was recorded.

    Emotional link

    Now the team had a measure of the “motor potential” in the thumb muscles – for example, how much the thumb was primed to move just by watching another thumb moving. This measure is a proxy for mirror neuron activity, say the researchers.

    Enticott’s team found that the volunteers who were better at judging people’s emotions had higher mirror neuron activity in the thumb task. There was no correlation, however, between the ability to recognise faces and mirror neuron activity. This suggests that mirror neurons are involved in understanding emotions as well as in the mimicry of actions.

    “[The study] connects the two different functions – the motor aspect with the emotional processing aspect,” says Lindsay Oberman, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, US. “They show that mirror neurons for motor activity are related to mirror neurons for emotions,” she adds.

    Journal reference: Neuropsychologia(DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2008.04.022)

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    And fresh from great sailing weekend, i just can not avoid nice comparison of sailing and yoga (i’ve been practicing it for some while). In both you need a time to realise that  you gain the most when you align with the breath, the wind, flow of life…big effort,  but suddenly you realise that you gain the most effortless.

    Like sailing, moving through life demands a synchronization with natural forces that requires skill and intuition, the ability to set a course yet change with the wind and currents. If you want to sail, you have to know how to assess the conditions of the weather—blustery, calm, choppy—which constantly fluctuate, as do our physical, emotional, and spiritual states.
    This intuitive feeling of being “off” is an inborn signal that helps us learn how to sustain an action by harmonizing with the flow of nature. Just as a sagging sail tells a sailor to tack and realign with the energy of the wind, a drop in our mental or physical energy within an action is a sign we need to realign our course. In an asana, when the muscular effort of a pose is creating tension, it’s often a signal that we are not relying on the support of our breath. When we learn how to sustain the power and momentum of the breath, the result is like the feeling of sailing in the wind—effortless effort.

    And what can i say more than: Push the limits (Enigma)

    Basic instincts, social life
    Paradoxes side by side
    Don’t submit to stupid rules
    Be yourself and not a fool
    Don’t accept average habits
    Open your heart and push the limits
    Open your heart
    And push the limits

     

    May 13, 2008 Posted by | Daily bites, Music, neuroscience, Science | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    21 grams, Babel

    Watched Babel. And 21 grams few days ago. Portrait of people who are not Happiness machines, for sure. Personally prefer 21 grams much more. It’s much more emotionally intense. Non-linear, fragmented stories act as strange attractor for mind. Great play of Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro and Naomi Watts . Babel has some very good dramatic moments too.  Alejandro González Iñárritu is undoubtedly master of portraying personal dramas. And Brad Pitt , Cate Blanchett  and Adriana Barraza play well.

    Although movies have different stories, but share same underlying principle. Like in legend of Babel. God strikes one day, unpredictably, and makes chaos in existing order. Life become fragmented, structure of language as symbol for order, broken. How vulnerable is human being when known landscape disappears, how hard it is to re-build new order from broken pieces. Innocence and illusions are gone. Life opens itself as fresh, open wound…and shows its most primal and brutal face. Things are just happening, without any of our control on it. Spiralling down. Lost within world, lost within self.

    While finally re-collecting pieces back, is becoming evident that things are invisible connected, part of same structure and influence each other. Like Butterfly effect in Chaos theory, like quantum entanglement.

    “21 Grams” (2003) (Salon’s review)

    Nov 21, 2003 | I haven’t quite made up my mind about “21 Grams.” It has definitely stuck with me, like one of those troubling dreams that the first cup of coffee can’t clear from your head. It’s a brave and admirable film, but not an entirely successful one. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s first feature, the amazing “Amores Perros,” was an unrelenting blast of rock en español color and energy, a blood-drenched joyride through the streets of Mexico City that also possessed a startling, and heartbreaking, philosophical depth. In this new movie, González Iñárritu comes north of the border, and the results feel a lot dingier and a fair bit more pedantic.

    Paul Rivers movie quote (Sean Penn): “How many lives do we live? How many times do we die? They say we all lose 21 grams… at the exact moment of our death. Everyone. And how much fits into 21 grams? How much is lost? When do we lose 21 grams? How much goes with them? How much is gained? How much is gained? Twenty-one grams. The weight of a stack of five nickels. The weight of a hummingbird. A chocolate bar. How much did 21 grams weigh?”

    Babel (2007) (BBC’s review)

    According to the Christian legend that inspired Babel, language is the barrier that keeps the world’s masses from ascendancy. Handily the world also provides director Alejandro González Iñárritu with an epic stage to exercise his talent for multi-strand storytelling. Occasionally though it feels a little too scattered, so it doesn’t pack as big of a punch as his last film 21 Grams. Still, this is an uncommonly raw and startling portrait of humanity with glittering performances all round.

    Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett have one of the more gripping storylines as a US couple stranded in the Moroccan desert. A stray bullet leaves Susan teetering between life and death but it also exposes a festering wound in her marriage to Richard. The situation breeds a palpable urgency with Iñárritu’s camera marking a quick passage of time as it bobs and weaves between them. Equally compelling are newcomers Boubker Ait El Caid and Said Tarchani as rival siblings playing with their father’s gun when the accident happens.

    http://www.webdelsol.com/SolPix/sp-reviews60.htm

    Bibo No Aozora”
    Writtern, Composed and Performed by Ryuichi Sakamoto

    May 9, 2008 Posted by | Daily bites, Movies, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Happiness Machines

    Picaso, La joie de vivre(1946)

    Reading Clive Hamilton’s book “Growth Fetish”. The thesis of the book is that the policies of unfettered capitalism pursued by the west for the last 50 years has largely failed, since the underlying purpose of the creation of wealth is happiness, and Hamilton contends that people in general are no happier now than 50 years ago, despite the huge increase in personal wealth. In fact, he suggests that the reverse is true. He states that the pursuit of growth has become a fetish, in that it is seen as a universal magic cure for all of society’s ills. His view on consumerism can be sumed up into:

    “People buy things they don’t want, with money they don’t have, to impress people they don’t like”

    So what is this magical word or state of mind called Happines?  What Freud said about and what is his contribution to establish “Happiness machines”  (see excelent BBC video below: The Century of Self: Happiness machines)

    “Where wisdom (to phronein) is, there happiness (eudaimonías) will crown.” (Antigona).

    For Lacan, Aristotelian “happiness” and the modern “bourgeois dream” share a common failing. Both deny the tragic dimension of existence—and the tragic heroism required to live boldly and authentically or, like Antigone, with “splendor.” In Seminar VII: The Ethics of Psychoanalysis, Lacan connects “happiness”  as such with the hap encounter that is tuché: “Certainly Freud leaves no doubt, any more than Aristotle, that what man is seeking, his goal, is happiness. It’s odd that in almost all languages happiness offers itself in terms of a meeting–tuché. Except in English and even there it’s very close. . . . ‘Happiness’ is after all ‘happen’; it is an encounter. . . . “

    The individual pursuit of so-called happiness has been an enormous pre-occupation of modern times and for many, the lack of it is their source of suffering. Freud understood that happiness was a problem for the human subject. The pleasure principle runs against our need to live within culture and all its regulations. For Freud, happiness, in the strictest sense of he word, was only experienced in short-lived brief moments of satisfaction when needs were satisfied. It was therefore only ever episodic. In fact Freud knew that prolonged satisfaction of the pleasure principle only produce mild contentment and therefore the human subject only ever experienced happiness from the emergence of a contrast. Happiness was not to be regarded as an overall state, mood or situation. Once we become used to it, it seems to disappear.

    According to Freud, happiness is the exception to the rule, the rule being that unhappiness and suffering comes at us, uncontrollably, from several sources, from the body, and the external world. …”So the project of becoming happy, strictly speaking, is an impossible one, but rather than advocating that the endeavour be abandoned, Freud understood the importance, indeed the inevitable need of the human subject to keep insisting in the struggle and to maintain our striving towards happiness. There is no one pathway to happiness, each must find their own way and decide whether the aim is gaining pleasure or avoiding unpleasure. Happiness as far as it can be recognised as possible is therefore “a problem of the economics of the ndividual libido”. …

    Happiness might therefore be considered as a by-product and not a realistic aim in and of itself, as Freud has already explained. We are restricted to small doses of happiness and destined to wait, in anticipation, for the next brief instalment.”

    So lets see how well was used Freud idea (by  his nephew Edward Louis Bernays) to put people in extatic state of constant pursuit of happiness.

    Opening paragraph of the American Declaration of Independence:

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

      

    What brand are you? – reconnoitering happiness

    Psychological research of happiness:  Genes ‘play key happiness role’

    Our level of happiness throughout life is strongly influenced by the genes with which we were born, say experts. An Edinburgh University study of identical and non-identical twins suggests genes may control half the personality traits keeping us happy.

    The truth about happiness may surprise you

    May 7, 2008 Posted by | conspiracy, Daily bites, Documentary, Politics, psychology, Science | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

    “Guest House” (Rumi)

    Guest House” (Rumi)

    This being human is a guest house
    Every morning a new arrival.
    A joy, a depression, a meanness,
    some momentary awareness comes
    as an unexpected visitor.

     Welcome and entertain them all!
    Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
    who violently sweep your house
    empty of its furniture,
    still treat each guest honorably.

    He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
    The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
    meet them at the door laughing,
    and invite them in.

    Be grateful for whoever comes,
    because each has been sent
    as a guide from beyond.

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    like this song so much… Pulp (I spy)

    underrated band with great music&lyrics

    May 1, 2008 Posted by | Music, Poems | , , , | Leave a comment

    Shock therapy or how to control the nation(s)

     “Following a course of treatment there is usually an impairment of memory, varying from a slight tendency to forget names to a severe confusional state. The memory defect diminishes gradually over several months. Electroconvulsive therapy, like insulin shock, declined in use after the tranquilizing drugs were introduced.” (E. Britannica)

    Only paranoid survive” (Andrew. S. Grove)

    Not taking it as psychopathology, but reasonable doubt is needed.  I am back to news. Can’t avoid them even if i would like to. (Next step could be isolation, i guess.) And they make me sad. More food crises, Iran trains Al-Qaeda-intervention needed, South Korean workers died in air trike in Syria!!! working on nuclear plant. O, yes, i do believe…

    And some more evidence from independent media how official media is orchestrated and how crises are tool for achieving goals…no matter if there is solid ground for crisis or not. Difference between normal crisis and invented one is that natural is developing gradually while invented one appears out of the blue.  (It’s nomal brain acctivity to be shocked while something unpredictable appears all of the sudden). And it’s always named  as a crises of century. And people have to be aware and participate into solving it. And all big media call people on duty.

    How perverted. Crises, invented by elite and in purpose to keep them alive, is put into the responsibility of good citizen behaviour. And, yea, good citizen is the one, who listens the government guidelines. When nation is in crises, all anarchy and liberalism is act against humanity.

    How better to stop the high growth of Chinese economy, which is evident treat to American economy , than with Tibetan riots and high rise prices. Internal affairs and hungry people slow down economical growth for sure. 33 countries, defined by UN, are facing hunger problem right now. They’ve been advised to liberalise the market  by UN, WTO or IMT. Liberalisation in dictionary of neoconservatives. Even more perverted.

    After all this liberalisation, 3rd countries have 11$ billion minus in food export  balance, while they had 6$ billions plus in 1960s. Liberalization of the market in exchange for big loans and to wide open export for American farmers, heavily subsidised by US government. 3rd countries in vicious circle. Less food, more import, high interest rate on loans…By just moving needle in price of food or interest rate, those countries are on verge to survive. What is happening just now. And media are just great tool of bandmasters (see article bellow).

    Living in post- communistic country i know how shock theory has been applied in economical terms (Jeffery Sachs), as psychologist i saw the effect on people applied on. In both cases, i am against. It’s manipulation on most primal level of human being. I exclude severe psychopathology cos i don’t know enough about results of treatments there.

    The Shock Doctrine by Alfonso Cuarón and Naomi Klein

    Pentagon Propaganda: So Much Worse Than We Thought 

    “Clarke and her senior aide, Brent T. Krueger, eventually signed up more than 75 retired military officers who penned newspaper op/ed columns and appeared on television and radio news shows as military analysts. The Pentagon held weekly meetings with the military analysts, which continued as of April 20, 2008, when the New York Timesran Barstow’s story. The program proved so successful that it was expanded to issues besides the Iraq War. “Other branches of the administration also began to make use of the analysts. Mr. Gonzales, then the attorney general, met with them soon after news leaked that the government was wiretapping terrorism suspects in the United States without warrants, Pentagon records show. When David H. Petraeus was appointed the commanding general in Iraq in January 2007, one of his early acts was to meet with the analysts.”

    Step Aside Dollar, Is Rice the New Global Currency?

    “The global food crisis is a monetary phenomenon, an unintended consequence of America’s attempt to inflate its way out of a market failure. There are long-term reasons for food prices to rise, but the unprecedented spike in grain prices during the past year stems from the weakness of the American dollar. Washington’s economic misery now threatens to become a geopolitical catastrophe.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    …”As the chart makes clear, the ascent of the cost of rice to $24 from $10 per hundredweight over the past year tracks the declining value of the American dollar. The link between the declining parity of the US unit and the rising price of commodities, including oil as well as rice and other wares, is indisputable. China has bid aggressively for rice all year, and last week banned rice exports, along with Vietnam and several other producers.

    For developing countries whose currencies track the American dollar and whose purchasing power declines along with the American unit, this is a catastrophe, as World Bank president Robert Zoellick warned the Group of Seven industrial nations in Washington last week. Food security suddenly has become the top item on the strategic agenda.

    Never before in history has hunger become a global threat in a period of plentiful harvests. Global rice production will hit a record of 423 million tons in the 2007-2008 crop year, enough to satisfy global demand. The trouble is that only 7% of the world’s rice supply is exported, because local demand is met by local production. Any significant increase in rice stockpiles cuts deeply into available supply for export, leading to a spike in prices. Because such a small proportion of the global rice supply trades, the monetary shock from the weak dollar was sufficient to more than double its price.

    It is not only rice, of course, that the cash-rich countries of the world are buying as a store of value; the price of wheat, soy and other grains has risen almost as fast. This might deal the death-blow to America’s hapless efforts to stabilize the Middle East, where a higher proportion of impoverished people eat off state subsidies than in any other part of the world. Egypt has been the anchor for American diplomacy in the Arab world since the Jimmy Carter administration (1977 to 1981), and is most susceptible to hunger. Food prices have risen by 145% in Lebanon and by 20% in Syria this year. Iraqis depend on food subsidies financed by American aid.

    Reduced to essentials, America’s foreign policy sought two unattainable objectives: to stabilize the Middle East and destabilize China. That is an exaggeration, of course, for Washington hoped not to sow instability, but only to put China in its place over the Tibetan affair.”

    The US Role in Haiti’s Food Riots

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    Shock therapy

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     shock 1 (shk) (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/shock)

    n.
    1.
    a. A violent collision or impact; a heavy blow. See Synonyms at collision.
    b. The effect of such a collision or blow.
    2.
    a. Something that jars the mind or emotions as if with a violent unexpected blow.
    b. The disturbance of function, equilibrium, or mental faculties caused by such a blow; violent agitation.
    3. A severe offense to one’s sense of propriety or decency; an outrage.
    4. A potentially fatal physiological reaction to a variety of conditions, including illness, injury, hemorrhage, and dehydration, usually characterized by marked loss of blood pressure, diminished blood circulation, and inadequate blood flow to the tissues.
    5. The sensation and muscular spasm caused by an electric current passing through the body or a body part.
    6. A sudden economic disturbance, such as a rise in the price of a commodity.
    7. A shock absorber.
    v. shocked, shock·ing, shocks
    v.tr.
    1. To strike with great surprise and emotional disturbance.
    2. To strike with disgust; offend.
    3. To induce a state of physical shock in (a person).
    4. To subject (an animal or person) to an electric shock.
    v.intr.
    To come into contact violently, as in battle; collide

    What Causes Shock?

    There are multiple causes of shock and symptoms depending on which type of shock you are dealing with. Causes of Psychological Shock

    • Receiving disturbing news such as the death of loved one
    • Being involved in a traumatic event such as a car accident, or being the victim of crime

    Psychological shock can disrupt your life, leaving you engrossed and preoccupied with the event or news that caused the shock. The individual may also have difficulty coping with day to day functioning such as personal relationships and work.

    If the psychological shock symptoms do not improve and continue to persist, leaving the individual unable to return to normal life, post-traumatic stress disorder may have developed.

    The individual with psychological shock symptoms may be affected in the following ways:

    • Intrusion – the individual fixates on the event and news by playing it over and over again in his or her mind
    • Avoidance – the individual withdraws from normal activities and may resort to alcohol and drugs to numb the pain
    • Increased arousal – the individual feels ill-tempered and angry

    April 30, 2008 Posted by | conspiracy, Daily bites, Documentary, Music, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

    Chemtrails or Always take the weather (and Welsbach Patent) with you

    Food crises, Financial crises, global warming, falling $, high oil prices – what is the lowest common denominator?

    “Julius Caesar and the Roman Empire Couldn’t conquer the blue sky “

    Nice sentence from “Always take the weather with you” of Crowded house. But is it conquered now?  Watching CNN last night i just couldn’t avoid food crisis news; haven’t been able to avoid them while buying newspapers (Newsweek , 2008, the yaar of global food crises , Global food crisis looms as climate change and fuel shortages bite , …. ) I can’t avoid global warming news, although some scientist say that the Global Cooling comes back in a big way.    Can’t avoid news about financial crises,  high oil prices, falling $, coming recession,… than in commercial breaks: buy now, be greener, cars with lower CO2, secure your investments, eat healthy food,… Like one and the same continuing program without noticing that there are commercials.. Is it there causal relationship? Is it bad policy as they say? Or is it everything so very well engineered?

    When media over expose some news i become sceptical. Very very sceptical and doubtful. Working in media i know pretty well how media ownership is spread and from where the money comes from. And for a big news spreading around you need very good bandmaster. And a lot of money.

    We all know that we live in media constructed reality. So what is the reality behind media construction? Is the Bilderberg group and bank elite answer to that? If we going back to past recessions and believe that past recessions were very well engineered (as it well presented in Zeitgeist movie or End Game- Blueprint for global enslavement) why should be different now.  Its about making crises, solved them then and gain control over poor hungry and penniless people. I hardly believe that everything has come together so quickly and coincidentally. We know how big power FED has. And WTO, and IMF and UN. All the same policy.

    Maybe many of this could be speculation, but knowing that media aren’t teling us the truth, we have to be skeptical and try to find the truth behind. To understand the cause not just the results. Just too many coincidences that someone would not recognize clear and horror pattern of lowest common denominator – power-play and control.

    The story of chemtrails or Goodbye blue sky

    Some says that chemtrails could be  solution to global warming. Most of them deny program for using them for cooling the earth (but patent has been approved, see bellow).  Must see movie Aerosol Crimes for everyone who is interested on this topic. Some other think that they are another weapon to control the weather in order to control nations (isolated drought in North Korea and isolated cloudy weather over Belgrade during air strike). According to some, long-term drought is the result of spraying chemtrails . Temperature drops for 7C and humidity for 30%. In addition to that health problems are reported.

    Food shortage is the most evident result of drought, isn’t it. And hungry and penniless people are to weak to fight for their rights and think no further than to their stomach. Kissinger said that there are two tools to control people or whole nations: weapon and food. Genetically modified is another scary story (see video bellow).

     The Welsbach Patent

    United States Patent 5,003,186
    Chang ,   et al. March 26, 1991

    Stratospheric Welsbach seeding for reduction of global warming
    AbstractA method is described for reducing atmospheric or global warming resulting from the presence of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, i.e., from the greenhouse effect. Such gases are relatively transparent to sunshine, but absorb strongly the long-wavelength infrared radiation released by the earth. The method incudes the step of seeding the layer of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere with particles of materials characterized by wavelength-dependent emissivity. Such materials include Welsbach materials and the oxides of metals which have high emissivity (and thus low reflectivities) in the visible and 8-12 micron infrared wavelength regions.

    Inventors: Chang; David B.(Tustin, CA), Shih; I-Fu(Los Alamitos, CA)
    Assignee: Hughes Aircraft Company(Los Angeles, CA)
    Appl. No.: 07/513,145
    Filed: April 23, 1990

    http://www.earthisland.org/eijournal/new_articles.cfm?articleID=585&journalID=64

    Jeff Ferrell article …

    “I learned about U.S. Patent #: 5,003,186, titled `Stratospheric Welsbach Seeding for Reduction of Global Warming,” better known by chemtrail researchers as “The Welsbach Patent.”

    The patent describes putting metallic particles like aluminum and barium into jet fuel. Then, exhaust from the jet engine seeds the stratosphere. In turn, those small metallic particles serve a dual purpose by: 1) reflecting incoming light back into space and 2.) helping convert the warmth below into infra-red waves, allowing them to escape from the earth’s atmosphere.

    “It turned out that it seemed to work and so that’s why we had applied for a patent,” said patent co-inventor David Chang. Chang confirmed that the U.S. military did fund that research while he worked at Hughes Aircraft, an aerospace giant at the time. It would later downsize considerably and evolve into Direct-TV, which required some of the very same kinds of research and development.

    In fact, Chang described several other military-funded projects where jet engine exhaust dispersed metallic particles into the atmosphere. “For instance, we were using it to develop targets for laser range finders,” continued Chang.

    I then learned about that U.S. Air Force document titled, “Owning the Weather in 2025.” it details weather modification for war-fighting and describes putting carbon dust into jetfuel for dispersal as the quote, ‘most convenient, safe and cost effective method,” just as the Welsbach Patent explained. That method is described on page 15 of the Air Force report, originally written in 1996 as a study paper.

    In September of 2002, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell even told a United Nations World Summit in South Africa quote, “we are committed to a billion-dollar program to develop and deploy advanced technologies to mitigate greenhouse-gas emissions.” Powell never fully elaborated.

    And few may remember that the U.S. military used covert weather modification in the past. During the Vietnam War a top secret mission called ?Operation Popeye,? seeded clouds over the Ho Chi Minh Trail to create floods and wash out the enemy’s supply routes. Reporter Jack Anderson is credited with breaking that story back in 1971.

    Geneticaly modified food

    Federal reserve

    CROWDED HOUSE: “ALWAYS TAKE THE WEATHER WITH YOU”

    April 27, 2008 Posted by | conspiracy, Daily bites, Documentary, Movies, Politics, Science | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

    Accion mutante, Crimen ferpecto

    Although i am not fan of comedies, especially American sit-comes, i dearly love some  black comedies. Alex de la Iglesia’s  first movie, (produced by Pedro Almodovar), Accion mutante , is one of them. Watched it many years ago and it so funny sci-fi horror comedy. Still laughing when i remember it.  Brilliant satire, with underlined critique of social system and its imperatives ( to rid the universe of pretty people and superficiality by terrorist group of ugly mutants ). In a future world ruled by good-looking people,

    Watched today his next master piece, very original, absurd surrealistic comedy “Crimen ferpecto” (The Perfect crime). So much black humor, with social satire on consumerism and machism. Some twists in movie are so brilliant. Alex de la Iglesia is very talented and very underrated director. Just increased my love toward Spanish movies.

    How can anyone in the universe not LOVE this film?, 22 January 2007
    Author: rooprect from New York City

    It’s hilarious. It’s poignant. It’s artistic. It’s even philosophical at times. I can’t imagine anyone not liking this film. “Crimen ferpecto” is a great surrealistic comedy along the lines of “Being John Malkovich”, “One Night at McCools” or even the masterpiece “Brazil”.

    The plot begins bizarre, and from there it gets ever bizarrer. Set in a department store (the perfect metaphor for the human condition!), this film brilliantly weaves the themes of glamorous/plastic life versus the mundane/real. Trapped between worlds and desperately trying to achieve the former is our hero Rafael, a man whose entire life exists within the ladies’ clothing department. Somehow he gets wrapped up in murder, blackmail and ectoplasmic visitations from lovable corpses. Yeah, I told you it gets bizarre.

    But despite the zany plot, there’s a very poignant & sober message that runs just below the surface. It’s subtle, but it comes to fruition during the magnificent climax when we realize exactly what this whole wacky movie is about. If you’ve paid attention to symbolism, metaphor, allegory and all that intellectual jazz, you’ll get it, and you’ll see how everything fits into place. If not, fine, you’ll enjoy the picture anyway because it’s just plain funny. The beauty is that you can take it at your own pace. Great film. Damn near perfect. Er… ferpect.

    This year is coming his new movie (this time thriller) The Oxford Murders .  Haven’t seen it yet, but i wonder how good he is in different movie genre

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    Music from the movie:Francoise Hardy – (English) Message Personnel

     

     

    April 26, 2008 Posted by | Daily bites, Movies, Music | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    And he said: “Let it flow.”

    Unbelievable journey…into depth
    How rich is the landscape once entering there
    how many beautiful colors…fells like being blind before

    so little is needed to be you…

    but it’s so hard to get there and grab it

     

    when wave length finds another and starts to resonate

    true life symphony begins… so intensive, so almighty

    that the body is not enough…the powerful force wants

    to extend trough the universe…too feel its origin

     

    new souls hold each other tightly in fear of  divide

    is there any beauty more powerful

    than when two souls start a dance,

    so harmoniously that earth stops for a while,

    stars froze for a moment

    and life takes a deep breath to celebrate the union

     

    new world has been just created…

    spinning like a magic ball within known one

    so vulnerable, so cuty awkward

    and yet powerful as big bang

     

    many things to be re-learned,

    new touches felt, new smells scented,

    new vision seen, new voices heard

    everything seems like a fist time…

     

    a unique new world, never existed before

     

    but it will be for always written into the  record of this universe

    cos it records everything…

    every single move, every single feeling, every single touch…

     

    So celebrate, two souls united into one symphony,

    “don’t let me go, whispers one another
    let me feel you stronger than myself…

    hold me so strong that i will crash into your arms

    and recreate into you again”

     

    yes, you can hear those whispers

    and fear of falling on every corner you turn
    you can feel their shaking and heartbeats’ echoes

     

    than resonance breaks and symphony becomes silence 

    deep silence, omnipotent wall between two worlds…

    divided souls are never the same again

    big emptiness posses their rooms

    and screams as million crying babies

     

    then one day …new beam, from outer space

    enters the empty room and tenderly starts to vibrate

    …new dance, new creation, new symphony
    new mighty force wants to extend across the universe

    …..

     

    In physics, resonance is the tendency of a system to oscillate at maximum amplitude at certain frequencies, known as the system’s resonance frequencies (or resonant frequencies). At these frequencies, even small periodic driving forces can produce large amplitude vibrations, because the system stores vibrational energy. Resonant systems can be used to generate vibrations of a specific frequency, or pick out specific frequencies from a complex vibration containing many frequencies.

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    April 25, 2008 Posted by | Daily bites, Music, Poems, Science | , , , | Leave a comment

    Pictures From the Surface of the Earth (W.Wenders)

    Wim Wenders’s book: Pictures From the Surface of the Earth is just another piece of art. The beautiful landscape in Until the end of the world movie, i’ve been talking about last time and all visual and lyrical beauty  it’s in form of stil pictures and letters here. A bit diferent Wenders, as we know it, but equally brilliant. Today’s news: his new movie, The Palermo shooting, is in Competition on Cannes’s film festival this May. Hardly waithing to see it… (Lauie Anderson, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Patty Smith probably in it, again.) Wenders  about movie: I can say, though, that I have never done anything like it”

    Places (Wim Wenders)

    Places where we spend our lives.
    Places that we visit for just a moment.
    Places we discover by chance.
    Places that attract us by their name on a map alone.
    Places we will never see again.
    Places we can never forget.

    Places we long to come back to.
    Places that scare us.
    Places that comfort us.
    Places that make us feel at home.
    Places we find repulsive.
    Places that fill us with awe.

    Places we dreamed about
    before we ever got there.
    Places we got lost in
    and places that we lost.

    Places condition us.
    Places protect us.
    Places destroy us

    Places from Wenders Paris – Texas

    April 24, 2008 Posted by | Daily bites, Movies, Poems | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

    The P…urification is done

    Thank you for being with me
    on this journey through the solitude
    through the most brilliant and
    through the darkest spots of my soul

    Thank you, My fellow alchemist

    The purification is done
    From the stone
    to the gold

    I understand the whole process now
    Its all about me
    but can not be done without u

    Like my eyes are cleaner now
    Like my ears hear voices without noises around
    like my touch feels softness again

    like my soul feels the whole universe within
    and its spreads itself through the whole universe

    thank u for the right proportions of all elements
    u’ve been added slowly …
    to make this transformation done

    Where was rage of emotions not long time ago
    is a peaceful lake which admires itself speechless on the sky
    mirroring its beauty back
    bathing in its own beauty and divinity

    Thank you for accepting my soul
    from East to West…
    from North to South pool
    nothing…nothing excluded
     

    Being my mirror you allowed me
    to feel myself again and to purify myself

    I feel again as should be felt
    i adore morning wed
    and birds movement sliding across the sky

    no border between me and the world
    things are walking into me and walking out of me
    birds are singing inside me and outside me
    air goes in and goes out

    so simple, so pure
    so unbelievable golden

     

    In searching of Philosophers’ Stone or how to purify yourself

    from the book THE ALCHEMY KEY
    Unraveling the Single Tangible Secret in all Mysteries

    Fragments from the writings of Heraclitus of Ephesus, a Greek philosopher who lived about 500BCE, suggest that the dry and wet methods have the same result:

    Pleasure of souls is to become wet781
    The dry soul is the best of all and the most wise782
    The way up and the way down are One and the same783

    An initiate in the mysteries of alchemy who did not recognize the statement Know Thyself! was not an alchemist. Alchemists who did not know where to start their chemistry were the same as Rosicrucians whocould not find their Order. They were simply initiates who had not yet properly found and accepted themselves, and got on with life.

    The only qualification for an alchemical Rosicrucian was to know that the solution was literally within him. A true Rosicrucian knew the philosophical mystery of I.N.R.I and that the hidden, nameless god
    labeled Osiris or Amun was the god within himself.

    On a more mystical level, the legend of St George represents the personal victory of an individual’s purity and virtue over the hundred evil heads of his own base nature, ignorance and moral vice.855 In alchemical terms, it is the combat of the Knight (Secret Fire) with Stibnite (the Dragon), which, after much purification:856 is born the astral stone, shining as pure as silver, and which appears to be signed, bearing the imprint of its nobility, its stamp (a claw) … a sure indication of the union and peace between fire and water, between earth and air.

    The Dragon, who has been female to this point, is now hermaphrodite, meaning both female and male. It takes on the male aspect of the Knight and prepares to mate with the Goddess of Wisdom. In the contrived process of mating, the Dragon disappears and all that remains is the purified, reborn Knight as the beneficent Star of Life, also called Phosphorous, meaning the bringer of light.866 The Soul, of course, never dies and remains constant throughout the process. Revelation portrays this scene.867 The number 666 is the number of a man and represents his Spirit:868 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

    The Gnostic-Rosicrucian Knight is a philosopher in search of Truth because he searches for his sacred marriage with the Goddess of Wisdom. If successful, he becomes a Knight Quadosh. Quadosh signifies Holiness, Dedication and Sanctification.884 He is also called a Knight of the Feast of the Brotherhood because his ordeal is celebrated by the Feast of the Brotherhood held on Passover Eve, also known as theAgape or pure Feast of Brotherly Love.

    To be governed (as we call it) by one is not safe; for it shows softness, and gives a freedom, to scandal and disreputation; for those, that would not censure or speak in of a man immediately, will talk more boldly of those that are so great with them, and thereby wound their honor. Yet to be distracted with many is worse; for it makes men to be of the last impression, and fun of change. To take advice of some few friends, is ever honorable; for lookers-on many times see more than gamesters; and the vale best discovereth the hill.

    “There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals, which was wont to be magnified. That that is, is between superior and inferior, whose fortunes may comprehend the one the other.” Francis Bacon

    This is the same as the Tenebrae or Darkness in the Roman Catholic Matins and Lauds of Holy Week.960 Lulled into psychological quiescence by Gregorian Chants and the gradual extinguishing of candles, an individual can find nothing in the empty silence and darkness except memories. Deprived of light, the individual is dispossessed of all that isGood. This is the doctrine of privato boni. Memories cannot help to grasp the current situation. The individual is said to be in the cloud of
    unknowing. St Dionysius referred to it as divine darkness and others as nigredo. The individual loses complacency and becomes one of the parvulis, poor in spirit, exiled or orphaned. The magnificent Miserere describes this experience:

    But what a mystery my life is,
    What a mystery!
    … But where am I and what am I doing,
    how do I live?
    … I see myself.
    I live in the soul of the world
    Lost in the depths of life!
    Miserere, miserable me,
    But I toast life!
    If there is night dark enough
    To hide me, hide me,
    If there is a light, a hope,
    Magnificent sun that shines inside me,
    Give me joy to live
    That is not yet there.
    … That perhaps is not yet there.

    A sharp sound cracks the darkness. Light is reborn. A priest returns a single candle to the stand. The candle symbolizes each individual’s magnificent sun, the knowledge of God that dispels the darkness of ignorance and despair. All then leave the Church in silence. Sufism identifies the state of Luminous Night with mystical poverty, described as poor in spirit. People in this stage have nothing with which to be, they cannot be sufficient unto themselves in order to be what they have to be. It is the in-essence of their essence. The Sufi philosopher Semnani said that passing from the Luminous Night to the brilliance of emerald vision is a sign of the completed growth of thesubtle organism,the resurrection body hidden in the visible physical body.961
    The initiated know this experience as the happy gate of blackness … which art the passage to this so glorious change.962 It is the gate of Saturn. Apuleius describes his experience of Luminous Night with the mysterious words: At midnight, I saw the sun shining brightly with a splendid light.
    Installed master freemasons will know what he means

     

    April 23, 2008 Posted by | Daily bites, Music, Poems | , , , | 2 Comments

    “Let there be a light,” he said

    So, that how it starts. New chapter in life. As always. When something ends. Doesn’t matter if  earthquakes within u are small or big or how often they appear they always change the known inner landscape. Yet true; the most intense events live shortly…they explode as supernova…but then…they spread the light across the universe…

    “Is reality too powerful for u? Take the risk. Believe what u see and hear. It’s the pulse of every secret intimation u’ve ever felt around the edges of ur life.”
    ….
    She walked into the room and went to the window. She opened it. She didn’t know why she did this. Then she knew. She wanted to feel the sea tang on her face and the flow of time in her body, to tell her who she was.” (Body artist, Don DeLillo).

    I faced it today. Shall i repeat that it is the best thing we’ve ever had. No, I won’t. She bumped on me today, steered into my eyes and kept on asking: “Where is my border? Please, define my border. Is over my border … like antyreality? Can she harm me?”

    She seemed scared. Would offer her a cigarette to calm her down. Had none with me. Kind of understand her. Does light see darkness? Does gravity feel antigravity? Does matter touch antimatter? Does reality exclude virtual than ?

    Who is the judge? The one who created light? The left or right hemisphere? Me? I would vote for the last one. But this is only my choice. Not anybody else . And I feel good.

    I decide and she is not feared anymore. Me neither. Returned into known arms. Don’t promise that i will not escape never again. But now i know now how to come back. In circle of day and night, joy and pain, if you keep on walking you always come back.

    Over the border there is no roads, there is a jungle and the road should be created with a machete … sometimes ur on ur knees and begging home …but unknown whispers with such a sweet voice u can not return…you keep on walking and falling.

    Than there …suddenly…is a light … …u can see clearly, smell fresh air, hear birds and soft rain on ur skin…

    So it is here …the second day …and he said: “Let there be a wor(l)d.”

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    ENIGMA: Beyond the invisible

    I look into the mirror
    See myself, Im over me
    I need space for my desires
    Have to dive into my fantasies
    .
    I know as soon as Ill arrive
    Everything is possible
    Cause no one has to hide
    Beyond the invisible.
    .
    Close your eyes
    Just feel and realize
    It is real and not a dream
    Im in you and youre in me
    .
    It is time
    To break the chains of life
    If you follow you will see
    Whats beyond reality
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    April 22, 2008 Posted by | Daily bites, Music, Poems | , , , , | Leave a comment

    Do Quantum entangelment and Mirror neurons prove that everything and everyone is connected?

     The lowest common denominator of the weekend: wind. Had 5h delay from roundtrip Frankfurt – London” due to strong wind on Friday. Terrible turbulence on air. But than…a lot of time to think and to shop on crowded airport. Bought  Gribbin’s book: In search of Schrodinger’s cat and Vonnegut’s A man without country. So Heathrow has positive sides too.

    Saturday’s strong wind made the first this year’s regatta almost scary. Up to 30 knots. But this makes sailing so exciting. To challenge yourself and your fear. Sunday resulted in muscle pain, so perfect excuse to read and watch movies all day long.

    This wierd Schrodinger cat made me think. Prologue starts with title “Nothing is real.” Cat could be either dead or alive.  Than i watched again “What the bleep do we know?”  Eye opening, inspiring documentary. How everything is connected. Shift of paradigm..from solid reality toward reality of endless possibilities. Shift from duality toward unity.

     Quantum entangelment

    There are objective, nonlocal connections in the universe. In other words, two particles, once they have interacted, will keep interacting forever (their wave functions get entangled forever), thereby apparently breaking the law of locality (that two objects can interact only if they touch each other or if their interaction is mediated by some other object). Two measurements can be related istantaneously even if they are located in regions too far apart for a light signal to travel between them. Non-locality is a fact of nature.”

    In other words, Brukner’s result suggests that we might be missing something important in our understanding of how the world works. Maybe that shouldn’t surprise us. After all, entanglement between two spatially separated objects already tells us that space doesn’t really have the form that classical physics says it does: instantaneous cause and effect across cosmological distances is not something that any theory of the universe can cope with. And now Brukner’s result seems to extend this “impossibility” to events separated in time as well. In the meantime,… If, as Ghosh’s result suggests, entanglement can produce macroscopic effects, is it such a stretch to reason that quantum entanglement might be the key to understanding life?

    Basically it involves two separate particles behaving as if they were essentially one and the same, even though they are separated by a great distance. Changes to one particle will be mirrored in the other.”

    As if plain old quantum entanglement weren’t strange enough for modern physics, now physicists are entangling already entangled particles. In entanglement swapping, one particle of an entangled pair becomes entangled with a third particle, which itself becomes entangled with the other particle in the first pair, even though the two never interact. Here’s how physicists are unraveling this behavior and manipulating it for use in quantum communications and high-speed computing

    Mirror neurons

     

    Researchers at UCLA found that cells in the human anterior cingulate, which normally fire when you poke the patient with a needle (”pain neurons”), will also fire when the patient watches another patient being poked. The mirror neurons, it would seem, dissolve the barrier between self and others. [1] I call them “empathy neurons” or “Dalai Llama neurons”. (I wonder how the mirror neurons of a masochist or sadist would respond to another person being poked.) Dissolving the “self vs. other” barrier is the basis of many ethical systems, especially eastern philosophical and mystical traditions. This research implies that mirror neurons can be used to provide rational rather than religious grounds for ethics (although we must be careful not to commit the is/oughtfallacy)(http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/ramachandran06/ramachandran06_index.html)     

     Great video explaining what mirror neurons are:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/3204/01.html

     
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    And got Enigma A posteriori album this weekend. Amazing album!
     

     

     
     
     

     

     

     

    April 21, 2008 Posted by | books, Daily bites, Documentary, Music, neuroscience, psychology, Quantum physics, Science | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

    “Life is like a piano… what you get out of it depends on how you play it.”

    I was on Maksim Mrvica  concert today. He plays so great. So tenderly, so smoothly, so powerfully, so passionately. I like his pop approach toward classic music. Even though that was classical concert today, there were half of teenagers and students. He is one of those who brought back piano music to younger population. In addition to that…he looks gorgeous!

    Definitely one of my concerts of the year. Two of my favorites from Youtube:

    April 18, 2008 Posted by | Daily bites, Music, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

    Identifying natural images from human brain activity

     

    Identifying natural images from human brain activity 

    “A challenging goal in neuroscience is to be able to read out, or decode, mental content from brain activity. … We show that these receptive-field models make it possible to identify, from a large set of completely novel natural images, which specific image was seen by an observer. Identification is not a mere consequence of the retinotopic organization of visual areas; simpler receptive-field models that describe only spatial tuning yield much poorer identification performance. Our results suggest that it may soon be possible to reconstruct a picture of a person’s visual experience from measurements of brain activity alone.”

    When i started to read the article i’ve remembered immediately the Wim Wender’s movie “Until the end of the world”. Wonderful poetical movie, great soundtrack, one the best of 90s.  Wenders made a movie 1991, 4 years after Sky over Berlin (which mesmerized me) an FarAway So Close(1993), which is sequel of Sky over Berlin. Until the End of the World is a beautiful love story within ScFi drama but far more than that. It’s a road movie, it’s changing so many continents with beautiful scenery, traveling around and observations above the world, shows futuristic vision of Tokyo, San Francisco, Paris,…

    But beyond that is vision of future and personal travel within, folded into drama of son (Sam Farber, Trevor McPhee , played by William Hurt) who wants to give back his blind mother (Edith,played by Jeanne Moreau) possibility to see their closest family once again. Device (camera) which allows this was invented by his scientific father’ who worked for government which wants device back. Son is hiding in front of them and due to that travels around the world , meets the girl (Claire played by Solveig Dommartin) who has left the husband to follows him, husband (Gene, played by Sam Neill ) follows her… So much symbolism in this movie. No wonder why the rough director’s cut was 20h and original one 8h (source imdb)

    Film ends in Australia (Aboriginal concept of dreamtime), where his mother and father live hidden in cave and experiment further how to record their own dreams, memories and watched them lately . What becomes obsession. Escape into dreams, into memories. And finally disillusion of illusions. 

    So according to article above, 17 years after Wenders’s ScFi movie of watching memories and dreams , dreams might come true.  And his vison of future of comunication as well.

    I like Wenders cos he is so no ordinary in so many senses, he is so poetical visually and lyrically. He said: “Sex and violence was never really my cup of tea; I was always more into sax and violins.”

    It Takes Time
    (Patti & Fred Smith,Soundtrack Until the end of the world)
    No equation
    To explain the division of the senses
    No sound to reflect
    The radiance of time
    In the beginningest dream
    Halls of disorder
    Where we are swept to encircle dawn
    Strapped in a low car
    Racing thru silence
    Trumpeting bliss
    You could kiss the world
    Goodbye

    Standing outside the courthouse
    In the rain
    Seemed like a lost soul
    From the chapel of dreams
    With a handful of images
    Faces of children
    Phases of the moon
    One little thing you get wrong
    Changes the dimensions
    Streets, swept memory
    Diffused and lost
    Like a prayer in the sun

    Sometimes you can’t tell
    Whether you’re waking up
    Or going to sleep
    Spiralling
    Unnumbered streets


    All the games cannot be yours
    All the sights, the treasures of the eye
    Does the divided soul remain the same?
    No equation to explain
    Destiny’s hand
    Moved, by love
    Drawn by the whispering shadows
    Into the mathematics
    Of our desire

     

    April 17, 2008 Posted by | Daily bites, Movies, Music, neuroscience, Poems | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

    “Brain makes decisions before you even know it.”

    Read really interesting article in Nature: “Brain makes decisions before you even know it.”  The never ending questioning about free will. When we are talking we don’t think usually about next sentence. Words come smoothly as they follow certain pattern without big effort. Like something within us is putting words on our tongue and we reproduce them as air which going thorough flute and makes nice sound… So are we talking or we are talked? This brings into light importance of inner silence and clearness of mind.

    Brain activity predicts decisions before they are consciously made.”

    Kerri Smith

    Think it over: your brain might pre-empt your conscious when deciding what to do. Punchstock Your brain makes up its mind up to ten seconds before you realize it, according to researchers. By looking at brain activity while making a decision, the researchers could predict what choice people would make before they themselves were even aware of having made a decision.The work calls into question the ‘consciousness’ of our decisions and may even challenge ideas about how ‘free’ we are to make a choice at a particular point in time.

    “We think our decisions are conscious, but these data show that consciousness is just the tip of the iceberg,” says John-Dylan Haynes, a neuroscientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, who led the study.“The results are quite dramatic,” says Frank Tong, a neuroscientist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Ten seconds is “a lifetime” in terms of brain activity, he adds.

    On the button

    Haynes and his colleagues imaged the brains of 14 volunteers while they performed a decision-making task. The volunteers were asked to press one of two buttons when they felt the urge to. Each button was operated by a different hand. At the same time, a stream of letters were presented on a screen at half-second intervals, and the volunteers had to remember which letter was showing when they decided to press their button.

    When the researchers analysed the data, the earliest signal the team could pick up started seven seconds before the volunteers reported having made their decision. Because of there is a delay of a few seconds in the imaging, this means that the brain activity could have begun as much as ten seconds before the conscious decision. The signal came from a region called the frontopolar cortex, at the front of the brain, immediately behind the forehead. This area may well be the brain region where decisions are initiated, says Haynes, who reports the results online in Nature Neuroscience. The next step is to speed up the data analysis to allow the team to predict people’s choices as their brains are making them.

    Mind over matter

    The results build on some well-known work on free will done in the 1980s by the late neurophysiologist Benjamin Libet, then at the University of California, San Francisco. Libet used a similar experimental set-up to Haynes, but with just one button and measuring electrical activity in his subjects’ brains. He found that the regions responsible for movement reacted a few hundred milliseconds before a conscious decision was made.  But Libet’s study has been criticized in the intervening decades for its method of measuring time, and because the brain response might merely have been a general preparation for movement, rather than activity relating to a specific decision.

    Haynes and his team improved the method by asking people to choose between two alternatives — left and right. Because moving the left and right hands generates distinct brain signals, the researchers could show that activity genuinely reflected one of the two decisions. But the experiment could limit how ‘free’ people’s choices really are, says Chris Frith, who studies consciousness and higher brain function at University College London. Although subjects are free to choose when and which button to press, the experimental set-up restricts them to only these actions and nothing more, he says. “The subjects hand over their freedom to the experimenter when they agree to enter the scanner,” he says.

    What might this mean, then, for the nebulous concept of free will? If choices really are being made several seconds ahead of awareness, “there’s not much space for free will to operate”, Haynes says. But results aren’t enough to convince Frith that free will is an illusion. “We already know our decisions can be unconsciously primed,” he says. The brain activity could be part of this priming, as opposed to the decision process, he adds.

    Part of the problem is defining what we mean by ‘free will’. But results such as these might help us settle on a definition. It is likely that “neuroscience will alter what we mean by free will”, says Tong.

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    Where is my mind (Placebo & Pixes)

     

    April 16, 2008 Posted by | Daily bites, Music, Science | , , , , , | 2 Comments