R.I.P. Mike

Michael C. Ruppert
(February 3, 1951 – April 13, 2014)

A Prometheus.

He was a warrior for truth and who helped a lot of people make sense of the shared reality that we perceive. A truly humane being who loved the world with a passion that not many are capable of. As the days grow darker still your light will be missed. Thank you Mike and farewell. See you on the other side…

Wikipedia

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I had been following his work on and off for about 6 years now. A couple of months back, laboring over an unresolved question. I ran into this set of videos on Vice Magazine.

Apocalypse, Man: Michael C. Ruppert on World’s End
Apocalypse, Man: Michael C. Ruppert on World’s End on YouTube (Not for the faint of heart)

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As we watch ourselves, our family, our friends and enemies, one and all loved ones; those in my own species and those in others, die. I cannot help but feel the love.

Yesterday I stumbled upon this song moments after I read about the passing of Mike.

Serendipidity? Synchronicity? Naah… more like quantum entanglement mechanics mi thinks…

And I hear that old familiar, you know, the one that resides in my head.

And I hear him say, “Yeah right!”

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What Sarah Said by Death Cab for Cutie

And it came to me then
That every plan
Is a tiny prayer to father time

As I stared at my shoes
In the ICU
That reeked of piss and 409

And I rationed my breaths
As I said to myself
That I’d already taken too much today

As each descending peak
On the LCD
Took you a little farther away from me
Away from me

Amongst the vending machines
And year old magazines
In a place where we only say goodbye

It sung like a violent wind
That our memories depend
On a faulty camera in our minds

And I knew that you were truth
I would rather loose
Than to have never lain beside at all

And I looked around
At all the eyes on the ground
As the TV entertained itself

Cause there’s no comfort in the waiting room
Just nervous paces bracing for bad news
And then the nurse comes round
And everyone lifts their head
But I’m thinking of what Sarah said

That love is watching someone die

So who’s gonna watch you die

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CREDITS:

The Song ~ What Sarah Said ~ Songfacts ~ Songmeanings
The Album ~ Plans (2005) ~ Wikipedia
The Band ~ Official ~ Wikipedia

Watermark

The man, was trying to convince The other to get married, consume and have children.

The other pointed to the mountains in the backdrop and asked him if they were covered in snow all year round 15 years back. He said, yes.

The other asked him, if things continued the way they are, how likely does the possibility of the mountains entirely running out of snow in the next 15-20 years seem to him. He said, very likely.

The other asked him if anyone was doing anything to stop the snow from melting away? He said, he was not a scientist but we are losing the forests, the number of people are increasing and that there is much too much pollution, etc, in short, he said no, nobody is trying to reverse the ice loss.

The other asked him what could be expected if the mountains lost the snow entirely. He said, we would have acute water shortages.

The other peered into his soul and asked him whether, The other was doing a favor to his children by not having any. After-all, they would be competing for the same dwindling water supply. He paused for a long time, The other could almost hear the machinery in his brains whirring and then, he said yes.

The other smiled and said to him, life is too short, stop complaining my friend. Have fun and let The others have some fun too, that is, while the water lasts. For sooner or later, all that will be left are watermarks.

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Recently I had the pleasure of watching a visually stunning documentary called Watermark, the subject matter to the uninitiated could be equally moving.

Official Site – Click Here
Catch the trailer – Watermark Trailer
Details on IMDB – Watermark IMDB

Could “V” have seen it comming ?

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…

There is a movie and a couple of documentaries that have been playing in my head since last night. The movie you might have guessed, yes it is “V for Vendetta.” The documentaries that I am alluding to are by Adam Curtis, some of them, in fact all of those that are coming to my mind right now have aired over BBC between 2002 and 2007. I am sure not how many have had the displeasure of watching his documentaries but I am sure the number cannot be very large. I call them a displeasure because they cover subjects that are rather unsavory and don’t have happy endings, but, they are quite informative and I think rather pertinent to the current state of affairs, particularly in Ol Blighty and generally to the world that we live in today.

The Governments Reaction

The Telegraph: London riots: David Cameron approves water cannon

David Cameron has given the green light for water cannon to be used on the British mainland for the first time and condemned pockets of society as “sick.”

Times Of India: Fightback has begun against rioters: British PM

“We will not allow a culture of fear to exist on our streets,” Cameron said.

This is the kind of thing that makes mi think of:

The Power Of Nightmares by Adam Curtis ~ Wiki

The films compare the rise of the Neo-Conservative movement in the United States and the radical Islamist movement, making comparisons on their origins and claiming 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 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.

These are early days and I hope that nothing of the nature of what is described in the documentaries happens going forward. But you know what, I am kinda getting the heebeegeebees about this and moreover when the prime minister gets on TV and says that pockets of society are “sick” and that “We will not allow a culture of fear to exist on our streets,” my heebeegeebees don’t get assuaged in any manner.

The Telegraph: London riots: Boris Johnson calls for police cuts rethink

Boris Johnson today called on the Government to reconsider its plans to reduce police numbers following widespread rioting across the country.

This quote from the movie gives a part of the motive that drives “V” to execute his Vendetta:

V: [Disguised as William Rookwood, meeting with Inspector Finch] Our story begins, as these stories often do, with a young up-and-coming politician. He’s a deeply religious man and a member of the conservative party. He is completely single-minded convictions and has no regard for the political process. Eventually, his party launches a special project in the name of ‘national security’. At first, it is believed to be a search for biological weapons and it is pursued regardless of its cost. However, the true goal of the project is power, complete and total hegemonic domination. The project, however, ends violently… but the efforts of those involved are not in vain, for a new ability to wage war is born from the blood of one of their victims. Imagine a virus – the most terrifying virus you can, and then imagine that you and you alone have the cure. But if your ultimate goal is power, how best to use such a weapon? It is at this point in our story that along comes a spider. He is a man seemingly without a conscience; for whom the ends always justify the means and it is he who suggests that their target should not be an enemy of the country but rather the country itself. Three targets are chosen to maximize the effect of the attack: a school, a tube station, and a water-treatment plant. Several hundred die within the first few weeks. Until at last the true goal comes into view. Before the St. Mary’s crisis, no one would have predicted the outcome of the elections. No one. But after the election, lo and behold, a miracle. Some believed that it was the work of God himself, but it was a pharmaceutical company controlled by certain party members made them all obscenely rich. But the true genius of the plan was the fear. A year later, several extremists are tried, found guilty, and executed while a memorial is built to canonize their victims. Fear became the ultimate tool of this government. And through it our politician was ultimately appointed to the newly created position of High Chancellor. The rest, as they say, is history.

But, has nobody noticed that these are teens and young adults looting stores and venting anger!

The Prime Minister calling pockets of society “sick” is kind of true because they are sick but their disease is not what the Prime Minister eludes to, it is a little more deep rooted I think and that is precisely why I feel that what is happening in Ol Blighty today might see a lot of replays in the times to come.

The important question here is, why young adults and teens? of both sexes might I add and why so much anger and looting? The following documentaries give you the idea and you know what they say about ideas don’t you…

[after a hail of gunfire doesn’t stop V]
Creedy: Die! Die! Why won’t you die?… Why won’t you die?
V: Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.

The Century Of Self by Adam Curtis ~ Wiki

Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, changed the perception of the human mind and its workings. His influence on the twentieth century is generally considered profound. The series describes the ways public relations and politicians have utilized Freud’s theories during the last 100 years for the “engineering of consent”.

Freud himself and his nephew Edward Bernays, who was the first to use psychological techniques in public relations, are discussed. Freud’s daughter Anna Freud, a pioneer of child psychology, is mentioned in the second part, as is one of the main opponents of Freud’s theories, Wilhelm Reich, in the third part.

Along these general themes, The Century of the Self asks deeper questions about the roots and methods of modern consumerism, representative democracy, commodification and its implications. It also questions the modern way we see ourselves, the attitudes to fashion and superficiality.

The Trap by Adam Curtis ~ Wiki

The series consists of three one-hour programmes which explore the concept and definition of freedom, specifically, “how a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today’s idea of freedom.”

The Blame
It would be unfair on my part to leave out the people who are at the receiving end of this event and to get their perspective on it I will request you to see/read their thoughts and feel their emotions:

Live Coverage on Reuters ~ London Riots Live @ Reuters
Live Coverage on The Telegraph ~ London Riots Live @ The Telegraph

As usual there is a lot of blame going around. Now, put to perspective the last two sets of documentaries (“The Century Of Self” and “The Trap”) and you will perhaps acknowledge that there is good reason for the blame and it is coming from a very different place. It just that the people don’t really realize that they have been played the way they have been played and to what extent.

Put the movie (V for Vendetta) and the first set of documentaries (The Power Of Nightmares) into perspective and you get a feel of where this has the potential of ending up.

NOTE
If you feel that this event is done and you don’t need to look at these depressing documentaries and one rather entertaining movie, I can assure you that the show is coming to a street near you, sooner or later. It would perhaps be in your interest to do a little research. Be warned though, if and when you do put all of these things into perspective you might not like what you see.

V: But again, truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty you need only look into a mirror.

These are my personal opinions, to form your own, do your own analysis and reach your own conclusions or don’t 🙂

REFERENCES

Adam Curtis ~ Wiki ~ Blog

Adam Curtis (born 1955) is an award-winning British documentarian and writer. He has also worked as a television producer, director and narrator. He works for BBC Current Affairs. His programmes express a clear, albeit sometimes controversial, opinion about their subject.

V for Vendetta ~ Wiki ~ IMDB ~ Official

V for Vendetta ~ Quotes ~ WikiQuote ~ IMDB Quotes

P.S. I can merely show you the red pill 😉 beyond that you’re on your own mates. Best of luck.

Can I Play With Madness

Having seen what was coming, the unfolding economic / financial / political chaos across the world comes as no surprise, but then to see London burning three nights in a row is quite the reality check, talk about, The 5 Stages Of Collapse by Dimitri Orlov (warning : not for the faint of heart or the closed of mind 😉 ~ article here ~ presentation here) and things are getting a little messy out there in Ol Blighty! (a take on the origins of the term blighty at wiki)

Do they, or rather will they still qualify for the 2012 Olympics? If not, is China in a position to re-host the 2012 Olympics? Will there be a 2012 Olympics? Dose it really matter, whether we have an Olympics or not when the world is practically falling apart? Personally, I am more worried about FIFA 2014, I was hoping to go to Brazil 🙁

On the home front, I wonder and cringe thinking about what might happen on our own streets come 16th August 2011. The Queen and the rest of The Royals are away on a sick leave, could it be a coincidence? Will our ratings remain intact in the aftermath? If not what happens to our oft touted, “growth story”?

Can I play with madness

Give me the sense to wonder
To wonder if I’m free
Give me a sense of wonder
To know I can be me
Give me the strength to hold my head up
Spit back in their face
Don’t need no key to unlock this door
Going to break down the walls
Break out of this bad place

Can I play with madness – the prophet stared at his crystal ball
Can I play with madness – there’s no vision there at all
Can I play with madness – the prophet looked and he laughed at me, he said
Can I play with madness – he said you’re blind, too blind to see

He said you’re too blind to see

~ The Song ~ Can I Play with Madness
~ The Album ~ Seventh Son of a Seventh Son ~ Wiki ~ Official
~ The Band ~ Iron Maiden ~ Wiki ~ Official

P.S. Given that the times we live are getting rather interesting, maybe I should start writing a little more often 🙂

World At Gunpoint By Derrick Jensen

WORLD AT GUNPOINT
Or, what’s wrong with the simplicity movement

BY DERRICK JENSEN
Published in the May/June 2009 issue of Orion magazine

A FEW MONTHS AGO at a gathering of activist friends someone asked, “If our world is really looking down the barrel of environmental catastrophe, how do I live my life right now?”

The question stuck with me for a few reasons. The first is that it’sthe world, not our world. The notion that the world belongs to us—instead of us belonging to the world—is a good part of the problem.

The second is that this is pretty much the only question that’s asked in mainstream media (and even among some environmentalists) about the state of the world and our response to it. The phrase “green living” brings up 7,250,000 Google hits, or more than Mick Jagger and Keith Richards combined (or, to look at it another way, more than a thousand times more than the crucial environmental philosophers John A. Livingston and Neil Evernden combined). If you click on the websites that come up, you find just what you’d expect, stuff like “The Green Guide: Shop, Save, Conserve,” “Personal Solutions for All of Us,” and “Tissue Paper Guide for Consumers.”

The third and most important reason the question stuck with me is that it’s precisely the wrong question. By looking at how it’s the wrong question, we can start looking for some of the right questions. This is terribly important, because coming up with right answers to wrong questions isn’t particularly helpful.

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE

The Bionic Burger

Click on the video and find out more about the people who have produced this video. Also, I would recommend you to watch similar videos on their YouTube Channel… mrblue37

The video shows that the Fast Food that we eat is quite correctly termed as Junk Food but a better name would be on the lines of Terminator Food. By that I mean you should consume it only if you have a dying need to die slowly or if you have a killing desire to kill someone slowly. I wonder though how many of us would be able to do so and whether such a choice will be made in time or not. I also wonder how much damage has already been done.

I found it here…

The Bionic Burger @ Permaculture Research Institute Of Australia – Blog

The Permaculture Research Institute Of Australia runs an excellent blog on the challenges that human beings face in the world today. From the developing food crisis, the energy crisis and other crisis that humans face today… More importantly they also talk about The Solutions to these challenges in the form of Permaculture Lifestyle Practices. A Holistic Lifestyle Approach that we need to embrace NOW and in my humble opinion the only choice that we should make IF we want to survive and IF we want the future generations of human beings to have something left for them to survive.

The Story Of The Trader And The Frog Experiment

We were discussing a matter I don’t have the freedom of talking about on a public platform. The strange thing was that I was contemplating a completely different matter and the stories were exactly what I needed to make sense of my situation.

The Story of the Trader
There was once a trader of cloths. A well respected and successful trader who had travelled far and wide. For he was the procurer of some of the best cloths from his region. The story begins when he was returning from one of his trading trips.

He was happy as he entered the village limits. A good profit he had made and was looking forward to meeting his family. He had missed them a lot for this trip had taken longer than usual.

A familiar figure came up to him and greeted him. “Hello, how are you?”

The trader recognizing his neighbor greeted him warmly, “Hello neighbor. I am fine, how are you? Is everything well in the village?”

The neighbor responds, “Well everything is fine, doing great, except, your dog has died.”

The dog had been around for almost 10 years now and he almost treated it like a family member. “How did that happen?”

“Well, everything is fine but what happened was that your dog ate too much of rotten burnt flesh and consequently died.” Said the neighbor.

The Trader was very surprised, “But how is that possible, we always take very good care of it. Where did it find the rotten flesh?”

“I understandm freind, it must be disturbing, I know you really loved that dog. Everything else is fine, you know. But what happened was that your barn and cowshed caught fire and all the animals were burnt alive. That is where your dog found all the rotten burnt meat.” the neighbor was trying to be as sympathetic as possible.

“What ! How did the barn and cowshed catch fire?” The Trader had stopped walking.

“Dear neighbor, I know this is bad news. But everything else is just fine. What happened was that there has been a death in your family and according to customs an oil lamp was lit near the south end of the house. The wind was blowing strong that day and somehow your cloth storehouse caught fire and the fire spread to the rest of the house, the cowshed and the barn.”

There were tears rolling down his face. That was generations of work gone up in smoke. All the fine cloth. The family house.”Wait a minute, who died? Is my wife alright? How is my mother?”

“I am sorry to inform you but your mother has died and the lamp was lit for her. But everything else is ok. Get a grip over yourself friend.” The neighbor was squirming.

“How did my dear mother die! Oh my misfortune I could not even be there at her last rites. How did she die?” The Trader was sitting on the ground and was almost howling now.

“Well, she was already very old and weak. But what really did it for her was when your young wife ran away with one of your servants, with all the money and jewelry in the house. But have heart everything is well. Don’t…” Before the neighbor could finish, the traded had passed out.

For many hours I got stuck with it. It kept playing like a broken record. But they sang a different song…

While telling mi that my country had a budget deficit of close to 10%,
While thousands of thousands of jobs were being lost,
While The Citi died and dying was the world’s economy it’s Globalization,
While Britain decided to print the infernal little pieces of colored paper,
While the countries went bankrupt,
The day the WTO went bankrupt they were telling mi all is well.

While in my country 50% of kids less than 5 years of age are suffering from malnutrition,
While the farmers around the world had no credit to plant for food,
While the blue gold ran dry and billions went thirsty,
While the rains refused to quench the thirst of the lands,
While the continents burned,
The day the poles and glaciers melt they were telling mi all is well.

While Cantrell and Russia and Saudi Arabia peaked out on the black gold,
While there was no more gas to make the Nitro fertilizers,
While the EROI of bio fuels was calculated to be below 1,
While there was no coal to fire the electricity plants,
While there was not a single viable source of energy and no inclination to find one,
The day I spent the day sitting in darkness freezing in the cold heat they were telling mi all is well.

All is Well
All is Well
All is Well

While human beings forgot that they have a brain and are capable of thinking,
While we killed our neighbors in the name of love, religion and divisions of the human kind,
While them terrorist burned my town,
While them revolutionists burned my villages,
While the wise ones bickered in closed rooms about sharing and trading the seats, the hearts and minds of all the votes,
The day Gaia could no longer bear the pain they were telling mi that all is well.

Everything Will Be Fine
Everything Will Be Fine
Everything Will Be Fine

…something like that could not get all the details right, I was already numbed out. Which brings mi to the second story, which is actually an experiment?

The Frog Experiment

Two frogs of similar weight, belonging to the same species were brought in for the experiment. For the sake of convenience they called them Frogie A and B. I think they were not given names also because when you give names to frogs they acquire a personality and then they become your friends, But friends you don’t subject to such experiments. Do you?

Frogie A :
Frogie A was put in a boiling pot of water. Frogie A jumped right out and survived after being treated for third degree burns.

Frogie B :
Frogie B was not so lucky. Frogie B was put in a cold pot of water and once Frogie B was swimming around they heated the pot. Frogie B was inconvenienced but not alarmed at first and calmly swam around. As the water began to boil it realized something was wrong but was unable to do anything about it. He was already half cooked alive and there was no getting out. Frogie B died. May the Lord keep his soul.

You see the frog is not a sapient creature. What it means is that the frog was not capable of comprehending that the water was steadily heating up and that there might come a point in time when it will be cooked alive. Since the frog was not a sapient creature it reacted in the way it reacted. I don’t know of too many sapient creatures but I know of one that proudly calls itself the homo sapien sapien and I belong to this species. I have been very proud in the past of being one and I would like to make it very clear that I am still generally optimistic about our future. But I am not so proud anymore. Why ? Because I am no longer sure about its sapience. We have been sitting in the ever heating pot of boiling water for a while now. Adding fuel to the fire all along and swimming around merrily. What is beginning to bug mi is that, this no longer seems like a hot water bath. It seems more like we are cooking ourselves.

A few days back the forces of the universe conspired and I went to meet a Prof. of mine since he was hospitalized. It was he who did the storytelling. I don’t know the source of the first story, he did not mention it. The experiment was something that was carried out by a bunch of French students at our college, so tells my Prof. I thank Prof. Narendra Sakhalkar for sharing them with Kunal and mi.

I would like to thank Life for she has been my best teacher. I have learned this one, can we start the next one?

A Meditation

You have been telling people it is the Eleventh Hour.
Now you must go back and tell the people this is THE HOUR.

There are many things to consider:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.

It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community. Be good to each other.
And do not look outside of yourself for a leader.

This could be a good time!
There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its own destination.
The Elders say:
We must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river,
keep our hearts open and our heads above water.
See who is in there with you and celebrate.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves.
For the moment we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over.
Gather yourselves.
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

For WE are the ONES we’ve been waiting for.
The Elders, Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation

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