the image that represents
and form, and succeeds greatly!
For beauty is what it is.
Although this image is not
made by human hand
But by machine, the eye sees
and the mind reflects
on the beauty of its form.
For each pixel is
but a tiny dot of light,
one of many dots
which together form an image
of symmetry that delights.
How beautiful is
this image in its splendor -
perfect in its shape!
It delights the observer
Who knows what beauty is.
Before I move onto the body of the rant itself, my exposure to alcohol and drugs needs to be shared because I truly care for the social drinker.
During my life, I have mostly been a light drinker thanks to intolerance of alcohol due to my Asian physiology when one or two drinks often made me drunk. As well, I practiced safe drinking because I was never exposed to peer pressure over social drinking.
Apart from the rare forays into drinking until my early 30s, my drinking days only occurred around social events. 2007 was a great challenge because of reconnecting with a friend I had met 10 years earlier who is a moderate drinker.
Today, I don't drink alcohol and am totally dry since June 2014 mainly because I believe in sobriety and have continued prayer and meditation to distract me from seeking comfort in the bottle.
Because I had a brief history of binge drinking and other risky behavior until I stopped drinking in 2009, I retain the privilege of experience to be the party pooper in regards to drinking. However, the following rant is because I am stone cold sober.
Addictive behaviors occur long before children are introduced to alcohol and drugs around middle school (grades 5-7). Peer pressure only causes addictions when children want to fit in and socialize.
So I am glad that I chose to not drink until well into my 30s. YMMV.
Tolerance to alcohol occurs when a person who drinks needs more alcohol during regular drinking hours in addition to the copious amounts of drink at home. However, the myth that drinking is fun is encouraged by the fact that you only live once, an attitude that will be addressed later on in this rant.
According to the anti-drinking propaganda, it is said that risky drinking threatens people who once lived productive lives.
In aother myth, public health (doctors, nurses, hospitals) is anti-drinking. Actually public health recommends 1-2 drinks a day as being safer than drinking up to 14 drinks or more over a 60-hour period on the weekend, depending on whether everyone is in party mood, due to a public holiday or other event.
Perhaps it is more fun and entertaining to drink 1-2 drinks with each meal from breakfast, lunch and dinner, as long as the intended purpose is social drinking, be it at home or every day. For the purpose of social drinking is to be of good cheer, apparently.
As has been stated before, preloading behavior occurs when prices are high and laws are strict.
According to health officials, alcohol preloading is harmful, only if the drinker drinks more alcohol later on in the evening. Thus, the risk of excessive drinking is higher than not preloading. The resulting higher consumption levels increase risk for injuries and possibly death.
Strict alcohol laws increase the chance of preloading. Additionally, licensed establishments have a high risk of liability serving already inebriated patrons.
Thus, lowering alcohol prices tends to lower risk of preloading.
Therefore, liquor laws need to be moderated. Liquor prices need to be low enough to encourage less preloading but not so low as to encourage binge drinking. Additionally, both binge drinking and preloading need to be addressed through the use of propaganda advertisements.
It is less risky and cheaper to drink 1-2 drinks at bars, pubs and restaurants with affordable prices every day of the week than to preload on the weekend and risk higher levels of consumption.
From the viewpoint of the consumer, public education from middle school to college level should still discourage preloading and risk factors that may be encouraged by the "you only live once" myth (YOLO).
You do live once, but it is a factor that is disproved by preloading due to strict liquor laws and high alcohol prices.
Contrary to the myth that preloading is safe, more people risk dying from alcohol-related injuries including poisoning, fights at establishments and car accidents.
From the viewpoint of sobriety, preloading might indicate future risk for alcoholism when drinking also occurs during the rest of the week. However, I believe social drinkers are potential alcoholics when inebriated if they are led to the belief that drinking is so fun that every day must be a party in order for them to feel in control. After that suspension of disbelief, they may turn every evening into a party and the line blurs between social drinking and alcoholism.
However, the alcoholic will deny he is an alcoholic because of two pernicious attitudes about drinking: "everyone is doing it" and YOLO. However, a minority of people drink that much or more, while the majority of people may be their concered friends and family who are saddened by the fact that drink became more important than them.
I know of people who met in bars, had a few drinks, and flew in for a Vegas wedding, including Britney Spears who had hooked up with a high school friend, partied, got married and subsequently got the marriage annulled. Fortunately her Vegas wedding was not a career-breaker.
Despite all the late night talk show hosts joking about Spears at that time, the risk of ruined ratings reduced their call for less drinking. That's because the entertainment industry needs the extra revenue from alcohol sales and often considers safe drinking behavior to be an economic threat to their industry.
Yet safe drinking behavior is actually no threat to their industry because more social drinkers can spend each day drinking up to 6 drinks a day with meals per person and not lose sleep over preloading and binge drinking on weekends.
Also the purpose of buying liquor - preferably beer - at night is not to drink it all away before morning but to have enough alcohol to stay within the 6 drinks a day limit. Public drinking education should consist of math quizzes to meet that limit and stay within it, in order to maintain a healthy social drinking climate.
Indeed, the sly promotion of "drinking is fun" by a bar or club is done to obtain high drink sales to derive enough alcoholic revenue to offset the hourly minimum wage. Beer bongs, drinking shooters off hot models, and associated antics are actually done to encourage social drinking at levels which not too many social drinkers can sustain. Nor does ladies' night with half price on shooters promote safe drinking.
All this does is lead to a 1-5 percent of a party of revelers to encounter blackouts and all the mayhem that happens during blackouts, especially the ones that last a month, a year, or maybe even a decade or two.
Right now, I have to discuss sociopaths who drink, because they are the people who have lied to themselves so much that drinking is fun. One successful sociopath too many has said, "I like to have vodka in my cereal every morning." They thus center their lives around being the pernicious party animal.
Although the public health officials have labeled them "problem drinkers," their problem is the ability to believe the lies that they tell other people about their drinking. Since their world revolves around drinking and socializing, they are able to socially engineer a way to stay drunk throughout their lives and often turn binge drinking and preloading into performance art.
Along the way, alcoholic sociopaths give a bad rap to successful sociopaths like celebrities, business people and even Randolph Hearst, a publisher who made his money from alcohol advertisers before Prohibition but also made money by being a moral compass when Mae West came to New York City. Yet Mae West helped Hollywood make money by challenging the moral taboos about being a sexy and successful sociopath for the entertainment industry.
A marvelous Hollywood celebrity who was quite successful during her career is Tallulah Bankhead, who not only drank her way around Hollywood but also snorted her way around the secret party scenes, too. Being a relatively successful sociopath, she also slept her way from casting couch to the beds of other celebrities, men and women alike. Once she had to get a hysterectomy after a bad case of gonorrhea, and said in passing to the hospital surgeon "If you think this is going to stop my behavior, think again."
Thus, society must be ever vigilant about sociopaths who shall be detected during their first forays into social drinking before their white lies lead to the bigger whoppers they tell themselves once they totally buy into the YOLO attitude and make it their motto for life. For alcohol and sociopaths are a dangerous mix that may lead to risk of violence to themselves and their loved ones.
Anyway, I am all done with ranting and would like to thank Hollywood for popularizing social drinking (Jackass), cocaine (Traffik), risky behavior (American Pie), decadent hedonism (those crazy movies from the 30s involving dancing the shimmie while dressed in sheer fabric), and a sociopathy that fails so horribly that sexual psychopathy becomes confused with benign sociopathic behavior by the sociopath's victims (American Psychopath).
If it wasn't for Hollywood, then we wouldn't have all the failed sociopaths who crossed the line into their five minutes of fame. If it wasn't for the brilliance of American mainstream media to enshrine individualism as freedom from neo-conservative sheep mentality, then there wouldn't be the Craigslist killer meme.
In conclusion, I would like to insert a sober moment here to end this rant by stating that the sociopath is not a broken individual as a child. Rather, she is not a victim of child abuse, neglect or anything that horrible.
Rather, a sociopath learns early that society is based on white lies which help us to sleep at nights. When a child is fibbing, it is child abuse to force them to stop lying when few parents can stomach telling their children the truth too early but sometimes failing to figure out the truth about their society.
For a sociopath learns early in childhood that toeing the line comes with benefits and risks, including telling a white lie to ensure family harmony. What a brilliant career in big business awaits them, if only parents were taught from middle school about ethic and morals in a manner than benefits every child.
Indeed, when drinking becomes a sociopathy in middle school, parents should admit to the double standard and determine if they are narcissists, empaths or sociopaths instead of lying about these descriptions for what passes as normal human behavior.
Even so, "normal" is the biggest white lie to promote social harmony while leading to the stigma of the mentally ill without just cause. As is "denial" a white lie when declaring that a psychopath is sane.
Personality disorders are not a sign of insanity unless a person described as sociopathic are mistreated by former friends who can only see through the lies of the sociopath but have little insight into the white lies that lead to real whoppers like "the mentally ill are not really normal people".
Truth be told: Hollywood manufactured the propaganda that psychopaths are horrible people but the reboot of Halloween turn the story of a failed sociopath Michael Myers, who was neglected as a child but was molded by unprofessional therapy by Doctor Samuel Loomis and the incompetence of the State into a serial killer, the criminal psychopath.
However, American Psychopath is not an honest portrayal of sexual psychopathy because it leaves out the antihero's childhood. On the other hand the rebooted Halloween movies is only a portrayal of two kinds of sociopaths, the failed sociopath known as the criminal psychopath and serial killer Michael Myers and the successful sociopath, Dr Samuel Loomis.
Hollywood tells us white lies about sociopaths like Myers while showing Doctor Loomis as a successful sociopath. It also only documents the sexual psychopathy of the antihero in American Psychopath in adulthood, but offers no insight on the fact that he is a failed sociopath whose social drinking helped him to fit into urban society.
Those people who fail as sociopaths sometimes develop a psychopathy if they maladapt to the stress that society places on them. Otherwise, they would be make fine successful sociopaths such as many CEOs, world leaders, and celebrities whose normative behavior endear them to their fans.
Perhaps society is just as subtly as sociopathic as it is empathetic, narcissistic, for it encourages us to be normal in our lives, which might be described as one big snafu where the situation is normal but all fouled up.
On a positive note, 95 percent of people are not sociopaths. Most of them do not drink and few of them turn to drugs. Society is not inherently sociopathic. Rather, it might be that the empathetic and the narcissists in all of us realize how to be successful without harming other people.
Originally posted on Oct 13, 2014 at 5:55 PM
American Psychopath: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Psycho_%28film%29
In the major part of the dream, I was given the ability to morph into a troll with a magic club due to a deal made with the devil, in exchange for my soul, instead of fame and fortune as most mortals are apt to do.
While in troll mode, I would cause mayhem but was never caught because of the magical powers of the club. Victims felled by it were not able to describe my troll-like features because of a spell placed on them.
Were they to describe the troll, the police might probably ignore them, since no human being looks like a troll. Thus, the club helped prevent identification and prevented embarrassment to the victims.
Soon I often morphed into troll form to the point where I replaced an extra in a science fiction film. Because I was a troll, I never had a speaking part in the production of this particular episode.
However, when the actor asked the question, "What is a shillelagh?", I explained without thinking, that my club is such a device, which renders mortals with amnesia to prevent embarrassment when explaining their injuries.
Naturally I was fired, because the actors then had to ad-lib the appropriate reaction rather than do a retake of that cut, since the movie was going over budget.
Of course, I was no ordinary troll but an Irish troll that later became one of the little people known as leprechauns.
Why would I be asking the devil to become a leprechaun at will who then seeks fame and fortune? I guess you'd have to ask the devil about that one. ;)
Later on in this dream, I also experienced the devil who had come to take my soul to Hell. As soon as he touched me and freed my soul from my body, I awoke with a start and muttered "FUCK" under my breath.
After reflecting on this dream, it may have been due to the 5HTP health supplement that I had been taking during this time. When the 5HTP dose is converted to serotonin in the brain, the result will REM suppression and REM "rebound" just before awakening with a clear memory of the resulting dream.
Since my supply of 5HTP ran out, I have forgotten most of my dreams by the time I awaken from sleep almost every night.
Originally posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 1:04 AM
What are the effects of 5HTP on dreams: http://dreamstudies.org/2010/04/19/what-are-the-effects-of-5-htp-on-dreams/
Anjin is a Japanese Buddhist term that means peace of mind due to shinjin, a mind truly assured of rebirth in the Pure Land of Bliss.
This is not unlike the peace of mind of a righteous person who truly believes that he will go to a greater glory in the afterlife.
For Amida promised rebirth to those whose peace of mind (anjin) is due to shinjin, the true mind arising from trusting in his promise of rebirth in his Pure Land.
Even though Buddhism and Christianity have sometimes opposing views on life, I truly believe that faith in the Christ is similar yet different from faith in the promise of Amida Buddha. It certainly helps to suspend disbelief when reconciling Buddhism and Christianity in my mind.
Rather than solely relying on his own power, a Buddhist puts his faith in the Buddha, the Christian puts his faith in God.
Additionally, Jesus promised eternal life in the New Heaven and Earth after a Millennium spend under His reign. For the peace of mind gained from belief that the promise of eternal life is true arises from being truly assured of rebirth in the Kingdom of God.
Even though our present life is limited in length, the Christian promise of eternal life appears at odds with the Buddhist concept of no-self, which claims life is impermanent (limited). This is because Buddhism accepts the truth that life is full of suffering, short as it is.
Indeed, Buddhism accepts life has it is.
In contrast, Christianity has the Christ promise eternal life for us in the afterlife. While Buddhism helps me to accept life as it is, I have also allowed for the Christian concept of the afterlife.
From my point of view, there is no conflict between the Buddhist concept of no-self (life is impermanent) and the Christ's promise of eternal life in Afterlife. For this present existence is impermanent, yet the Afterlife is no less impermanent.
Even so, the Buddhist concept of the consciousness stream allows for impermanence to be transcended.
Thus that which eternal in the Afterlife is viewed as existing for an exceedingly long time, and that which is impermanent in this life is viewed as existing for a limited time.
Therefore both Buddhism and Christianity are in some ways compatible because they meet my spiritual needs in this life and they also help settle my mind about the Afterlife. This helps to redefine my concept of eternity and immortality to reconcile the transient nature of life with the apparent permanence of the Afterlife.
Yet life is a place where anything can happen.
Though this life is truly precious, I have faith that the Afterlife will be glorious. Indeed, I treasure my life because of its limitations. When it ends one day, the Afterlife awaits.
For my mind is at peace, and I am truly willing to live each day to the fullest.
Anjin and shinjin: http://www.trueshinbuddhism.com/content/view/36/61/
posted from Bloggeroid
One guy puts $100 in savings bonds which will net him $11.59 a year from now. The other guy buys 10 grams of pot at $8/gram. and $20 worth of roling paper. He makes 40 1/4 gram spliffs and sells each spliff for $5, making himself $200. However, an undercover cop busts him for selling pot and is fined $150. With the $50, he buys $10 worth of dime bags and $40 worth of meth (about 5 grams). Each dime bag is worth $10 and contains 1/10 gram of meth. He makes $500 but is busted for selling meth and pays at $250 fine. He also gets a year probation for selling drugs.
Most definitely, the drug dealer profits the most. However, most of us would condemn how he made in total $450 but lost $200 due to fines and is on probation for a year. Instead, we would applaud the other guy who has savings bonds that will mature at $11.59 a year from now over the $100 he started with.
However, making $250 a year from selling drugs only nets you probation.
Think about that the next time you read of a drug dealer getting busted. Economics means he makes over 20 times as much money as the saving bonds guy.
Do you think he is going to sit around waiting for 11.59% profit when he can make 450% or more in profit from $100? Fuck no.
Legalize drugs now. Otherwise, once the sociopaths figure it out, there will be more drug dealers who profit because drugs are illegal.
Though 95% of people would rather invest in savings bonds.
Unless it is happening in the Middle East, I might not care about a horror movie since what's happening there is purely horrific. Sometimes children and women are oppressed there by their fathers, brothers and male cousins daily.
For it is a man's world there, still.
That's why certain feminists need to moderate their unbridled criticism about US military in the Middle East and especially about the West in Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan.
Feminists, your job is to facilitate change through dialogue, rather than just criticize the American government's gunboat democracy in the Middle East.
Look what happened to America when it forced Japan to open up trade in 1853: it led to the Japanese military bombing Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Why? Because a bunch of elites wanted to amass a fortune, whilst letting the Japanese military turn Japan into a militant society in the 1930s.
Today we need feminists to bring change to how we deal with the Middle East.
Even if it means 16 FA-18 jets and 300 Canadian personnel in Kuwait. This was a done deal in Ottawa, thanks to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and was made without consultation with the federal Liberal, NDP and Green Parties" elected representatives, most of whom still went along with the deal.
Even if it means crazy young males might turn into jihadi cult members overnight and cause trouble. In two recent cases, the so-called jidhadis were actually mentally ill men whose actions may look like homegrown terrorism.
It is by dialogue that war is prevented.
While horror movies amuse me, the Islamic State horrifies me enough to accept the increased military presence of America and Canada in northern Iraq.
However I am thankful that most feminists are involved in the growing dialog on the War on Terror. I hope their voices can be heard over the increasing call for military presence in the Middle East.
posted from Bloggeroid
Criticism of the War on Terror: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_the_War_on_Terror
Regarding the Middle East, the utter madness of warfare is that the jihadi cult that is the West's enemy (Islamic State) is clandestinely trained by certain Western states (mainly the US, back before Saddam was portrayed in a negative light by the New York Times since 1996).
These jihadi cult members are clandestinely paid by the Qatar / Kuwait / Saudi hegemony in the Middle East and indirectly by US-led interests in the West, especially the Five Eyes through oil money.
Regarding the warfare in the Middle East, the purpose of staged conflicts in this region is to coerce the populace into total submission to the Islamic jihadi cult, which is Muslim in name only.
Yet the scare tactics of the West are no match for Muslim solidarity which too is a tool of coercion. However, most Muslims know the jihadi cult is sham Islam.
In America, the best analog in Christianity is Army of God which is a bigger threat to the US than the Islamic State, the major jihadi cult in eastern Syria and northern Iraq.
However, the two killings near Ottawa were not committed by homegrown terrorists but by mentally ill men who were attracted to the jihadi cult.
IMO the term jihadi cult is a more accurate term than Islamic militant since their violence is anathema to Islam as organized religion.
Indeed, the jihadi cult leaders of the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and Taliban and affiliates consider all organized religion and even secular government the cult of unbelievers because of the perceived willingness to compromise during nationalization.
When a cult believes itself so righteous in its highly esteemed belief in God Almighty, it breaks its covenant with Him.
These are no true saints of Islam, and their martyrdom only serves their devilish notion of worship through warfare.
By their actions, each side errs. It is sad that Judaism and Islam is misused like this, while Christianity too is tainted.
More than ever, it is time for all Muslims, Jews and Christians who believe love is the root of peace to decry the war by proxy being played in the Middle East.
posted from Bloggeroid
A few Canadians think they are too good to work in menial jobs such as a fast food worker at Tim Horton's. In contrast, a migrant worker is less likely to complain about work conditions in a fast food restaurant in Canada.
Thus, we Canadians are the reason why migrant workers get exploited by Tim Horton's.
For every Canadian who thinks she's too good to work at a fast food restaurant, there are a dozen workers who will have to walk 1-5 miles in the middle of a Saskatchewan winter to work, and get a work check missing holiday pay.
IMO it's legit to blame able-bodied people who turn their noses up at the prospect to work at Tim Horton's. I personally don't think there is anything wrong to get food services training and make a lot of cash in tips working at a bar, either.
Tim Horton's thinks of the bottom line: minimum wages for earnest workers who love working at their restaurants in Canada beats trying to find a good job in their home country.
I certainly support the right of any worker, migrant or Canada-born, to get the same rate of pay as Canadian workers who work for minimum wage.
However, there is nothing wrong with working at minimum wage at a fast food restaurant, provided that the worker has food services training.
Originally published on December 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM
First let me introduce the first part of the prayer:
Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowéd be thine Name
Thy Kingdom come
Thy Will be done
On Earth, as it is in Heaven.
In the first five lines of the Lord's Prayer is the promise that the Kingdom of God will come upon us, though it be without warning. This is a distant reference to the Millennial Age when Christ will rule over the Earth before the End of the (Latter) Days is upon us.
These five lines have been written in my heart as the penultimate Millennial Promise of God sung by the angel of song.
In the second part of the Lord's Prayer we have:
Give us this day our daily Bread,
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those
who trespass against us
and lead us not to temptation
and deliver us from evil.
Contained in the first line of this part of the Lord's Prayer is the transubstantiation of the body of Christ from the bread of sacrament. Although we as Christians have sacrament on the Sabbath — the day of rest — it represents the renewal of the covenant and reminds us to remain repentant — and thus refrain from sin.
In the third and final part of the Lord's Prayer is the acknowledgement that the Kingdom, the power and the glory is of God, which lasts for a long, long time.
For thine is thy kingdom,
the power and the glory,
Forever and ever.
With respect to the history of Christianity — founded by Jesus and written by Luke, it is like the history of ancient Rome — founded by Romulus and written by the Roman historian Dionysus — and the history of the Hebrews — founded by Moses and written by the historian Josephus — with each founder being born from God.
For Romulus was born by the river Tiber, while Moses came floating down the Nile and Jesus was baptised in the River Jordan.
Over the past two thousand years his being born from God has become the literal truth in the Christ's story as an established Truth that frees all of humanity who accepts Jesus as their savior from their past sins in apostasy, now ritually cleansed away by baptism, provided that they "go and sin no more."
That provision — to go and sin no more — is the essence of repentance.
Afterwards, repentance becomes an ongoing process that is sanctified by weekly church meetings on Sunday, and by daily prayers based on scripture. Indeed, the weekly taking of sacrament of bread and water that symbolizes the body and the blood of the Christ renews their covenant with God. That covenant consists of following the commandments of their church and the observance of fasting and taboos of the respective religious denomination.
In the case of LDS theology, their taboo that addresses addiction consists of no coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs.
Additionally, the taboo regarding the law of chastity implies no coveting of another person for immoral purposes, such as fornication, be it heterosexual or homosexual. This also includes adultery, including that of the heart e.g. looking upon another person as a sexual object. Finally, there is a taboo against masturbation and pornography.
I can see wisdom in making these things taboo: having no money to buy energy drinks prevents temptation of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs.
With respect to chastity, my choice of the term "coveting" means the wanton desire to use another person for sexual purposes. Fornication implies a sexual act. As for masturbation, the avoidance of pornography is the result of the taboo against it.
Indeed, the study of the Scriptures — the Bible (Old Testament and New Testament) and the LDS scriptures (Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price) — is purported to be an inspiration to keep the law of chastity.
Though I prefer a cold shower now and then.
Returning to the first part of the Lord's Prayer, I still hear it being sung as though by an angel of song who clearly sings the promise of Jesus Christ to return to rule over the Kingdom of God in the Afterlife when End of Days is upon us.
Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowéd be thine Name
Thy Kingdom come
Thy Will be done
On Earth, as it is in Heaven.
- Wikipedia article on the Lord's Prayer
- The Lord's prayer - The Singing Nun- this is the song I heard on the radio in the 70s.
However, I recommend you monitor someone worthy like the late Ms Todd's ex-best friends and their ilk. They might still be manufacturing pornography, you know, in Grade 10 and 11. ;)
This is the truth but, as the Todd case proved, nobody can handle the truth because families would be torn apart and the children would suffer horribly, all due to the truth.
Golly gee whizz! I guess them CSIS got them some kiddie porn manufactured by a girl driven to suicide all due to lack of mother love, right Carole? :p
Anyway, like I said before, nobody who knows the case could handle the truth, so the mainstream media in BC collaborated with the RCMP using the premise that a poor little girl was stalked by an online predator. This was done to sell to the sheeple that the late Ms Todd was a victim.
This made me LOL.
Thanks for selling us a lot of BS, BC mainstream media. You averted a huge family crisis in the Lower Mainland and Central Fraser Valley, preventing massive unemployment caused by parents and their children unable to handle the whole truth, except on a very large stack of Bibles.
Speaking of which, had BC families actually attended church and read the Bible lately, they could avoid tragedies by NOT buying smartphones but buying old flip phones for their children. For the dumb phones are immune to simples hacks by blackhat hacker teenagers (mostly young males 10-24, with less than 5% young females 10-30).
Yes, I am implying most female hackers are never exposed until they finally stop hacking and have a good income starting from age 25.
How is this important to the Amanda Todd case? A few of Todd's female friends were inept hackers. The most skilled hackers have played the boys and made them cried. If you believe the myth that only men are hackers, then never forget Susie Thunder.
IMO if you attack people in a Western country, you are assumed to be crazy unless fit to stand trial. What that means is you comply to the demands of the State (the Majesty's court in the Commonwealth) or its equivalent elsewhere except the Middle East.
In short, the mentally ill label is misused in the case of Westernized jihadi to mean the same as cult member. Hence, the IS warriors are just as crazy as the guys who kill Canadian soldiers.
It matters not what the guy's mother said. Labels are used to separate the sane from the insane.
Thus the mass media is resorting to a form of prejudiced profiling by labeling homegrown terrorists crazy and drug addicts.
There is even denial that they are terrorists. We can explain the Ottawa shooter as a disgruntled guy who was mad he didn't get his passport.
Then the mass media can sell "crazy guy shoots up Ottawa over passport" instead of calling a jihadi a jihadi.
IMO they are jihadi because they targeted Canadian soldiers but not pedestrians in a mall. However, it makes good copy to create doubt in the news consumers' minds.
I have no such doubt: two jihadi, homegrown, one dead and the other in jail.
It is likely the State will collaborate with the man who ran over two soldier, and it will be called an act of terrorism. The fqall out is, all soldiers are ordered in Canada to dress like a plain-clothes ninja.
It's about time. Out of uniform is the best disguise. Now the army can route out terrorism wherever it may start, or even instigate a riot to flush out the homegrown jihadi.
UPDATE: The late M. Zehaf-Bbibeau is not a terrorist, but a former homeless drug addict who was ignored by Ottawa and the system. Most likely he was off his medication and blamed the Canadian government for ignoring his pleas for help three years.
Although the shooting last week in Ottawa left two people dead, this is the Conservative government's fault for their inability to treat the homeless addicts across Canada with respect and dignity that Harper et al pays daily to people who can afford rehab.
This tragedy is preventable when compassion enables the rare politician to actually listen to them with their heart.
Karma is a bitch, ain't Ottawa?
As well, I was subtly bullied by a girl in Grade 6 when in Grade 2, due to her frustration in teaching me math that was simple for her but mysterious to me.
Though that never stopped me from excelling at math.
Then after Grade Three I spent the summer holiday with my first crush.
However, he teasing in Grade Four after my classmates found out I had a summer crush led me to realise romance has to be discreet ie not in my hometown.
The fact that my mother put a stop to it due to being late for supper makes me cautious lest I ruin my relationship with my roommates.
However, the best kind of love is between friends. This love has many names, but two of them are familiarly known as Agape and Eros.
Both Agapé and Eros are two sides of the same coin called human love.
Human love is so fickle though.
Unconditional love demands us to stop placing conditions on love. This is why friends love each other dearly: their love is unconditioned.
However, the only rule in friendship is remain loyal to each other, though it is loyalty with discretion.
Yet friendships rely on each of us to respect each other's right to be free, and to grow as individuals.
However, do not expect a friend to do anything for you, since it may lead to conflict. Such an expectation is unreasonable since it expects too much of a friend.
Do expect a close friend to be there when you need them but remember: friends are not slaves to be toyed with.
If you want anyone who is your friend to become reliable, then be reliable to them. Do anything for them as is necessary, and limit yourselves accordingly.
A good friend is a loyal helpmate. You are that friend.
My first crush was my best female friend, not a girlfriend but a friend who happened to be a girl.
I am happy that such a friend exists for me.
It can only be platonic though, for a man ought to be mature enough to call BS on the myth about platonic friendships.
Indeed it is a pernicious lie to assume a platonic relationship has a subtle sexual ambiance to it.
This lie is based on the error about the mythical libido, which is misinterpreted as the sex drive.
Libido actually is related to life and its propagation, and can be successfully sublimed into service, be it work or play.
Returning to my first crush, it was play that brought us together. Yet duty to my family nipped that in the bud.
Thus the libido must often be tamed, lest friendships be threatened by its excess.
So, my mother helped me to tame my libido by putting a curfew on me.
I suppose the cruelty such as beatings and burning moxibustion only showed the dark side of mother love - but because it was child abuse, it only served to make me fiercely independent when I was younger.
Yet here I am today realising that social isolation might be a side effect of the strong impression at a young age that I ought not associate with anyone lest they learn how dysfunctional I am.
However, the friends that I have show me that they tolerate whatever eccentricities I may have, which helps to moderate my behaviour accordingly.
For that is what unconditional love is actually about: accepting each other, warts and all.
Through daily meditation and prayer,
I daily sublimate Eros, and thus transform its motivational energy into Agapé, the vital essence of unconditional love.
Based on your life experiences, which love is the original love?
Remember: the libido is a manmade construct to explain sexuality, which too is manmade. While Eros and Agapé are two sides of love, the libido, Eros itself, is the subconscious call of the wild to propagate the species, which originates in each living being's survival mechanism.
In contrast Agapé is unconditional love which is the subconscious call from God Almighty to be of service to him by being a standing minister to worldly Gentiles and the apostates in the world today, often by being like an angel in disguise.
IMHO I feel that a healthy balance between Agapé and Eros is not often possible.
It is my contention that the gross energy of Eros (the libido) has often been sublimated and thus energizes Agapé. However sex is not love.
Therefore the sublimated libido energizes unconditional love. At the same time, that Love helps each of us through the grace of God to tame the libido.
I remember as a young boy how I was slowly growing out of control due to family strife due to my birth defects being used by my paternal grandmother shaming my mother because of those defects.
When it turned out that one of her sons, my uncle, had died of complications due to epilepsy, that foiled my grandmother. It is sad when a parent mentally abuses a daughter or son like this, and tragic especially when the same is done to an in-law.
Yet unconditional love is something we experience so little of in the world but have the opportunity to practice in the meetinghouse.
Still, it ought to be shared with the world, often without mentioning God Almighty, who made the world in six days not that we love Him only on the Sabbath, but also for the rest of the week from Monday to Saturday.
By sharing unconditional love with the world, it is then possible for standing ministers to share the Gospel with like minded Gentiles, so that they may come to know the truth about the LDS church.
For example, I have recently found Mormon cosmology to be almost like a light version of Buddhist cosmology, without the cycle of reincarnation and lacking the fullness of its Buddhist counterpart.
Of course, I attribute this to my ignorance of the richness inherent in Mormon cosmology due to my apostasy before baptism and LDS membership.
However, Buddhist cosmology contains a multitude of Buddha worlds of which the Pure Land is one.
IMHO the worlds awaiting the LDS members bound for celestial glory are like the Pure Land.
Yet the LDS literature is vague about the many worlds that those celestial latter day saints inherit.
With an understanding of Agapé and Eros, and of their respective commonplace terms, unconditional love and the libido, it is likely to help put human love into perspective.
Firstly, Agape is Love unconditioned and uncorrupted by carnal love, Eros.
Through the grace of God, after consistent prayer and meditation by a Mormon, Eros is sublimated which subtly energizes Agapé.
Thus is carnal love sublimated into unconditional love. However love is not sex.
Overall the Christ's call to love one another is tempered with his command to love your enemies and also to turn the other cheek ie accept the mental cruelty of zealous anti Mormon cultists without complaint.
New Age Guru Helping the People of the Ghettos and Inner City: a Meditation on Addiction, Meditation and Otaku (satire)
Deepak Chopra has ventured to Harlem, N.Y., and Reno, Nev., talking to blacks, Latinos and Asians about people being rivers of energy. He tells them their mind is wired into every cell of their body, that nasal breathing techniques can effect brain activity, that ayurvedic herbs can pack as much punch as any drug.
How does Chopra think it's going so far? What do city folk make of his New Age wisdom?
"They say, 'Deep stuff!'"
This is the challenge for rehabilitation centres for addictions: to convince drug addicts and especially alcoholics that the inner energy of meditation is a high higher than any known drug that they got their hands on.
Yet addicts are well known for their ability to detect BS if and only if they have been totally honest with themselves that their addictions are not due to "bad parenting", but their rebellion against the basic social rules that govern our very lives.
While they may do so because of the unwillingness to live by the rules society imposes on us all, addicts pay a price for their so-called freedom, a freedom that is an illusion behind which a licentious lifestyle crumbles into the abyss of darkness that so many addicts face due to abuse of their freedom to choose.
However, meditation will work for anyone who meditates due to their willingness to cut through their own BS, of which the main one concerns their so-called ability to detect BS in people wiser than they are.
In short, they have to also cut through the white lies that society imposes on us all to create working communities, and accept that they are completely different in their use from lies, both blatant and subtle, that actually destroy communities.
For example, if a friend I just met asked me what I did on last Friday, then if I wanted to remain discreet, I could merely say "I went on an errand", and changing the topic, rather than being candid about paying my bills since my Fridays are my paydays.
In contrast, I am usually candid with my roommates and my best friend because they are in my inner circle of friends, and not someone I met off the street.
Although I admitted to how I spend my Fridays in the course of my argument, I will not reveal details because they are personal facts that are private and are known only to me, my employer, my bank and the government through their tax department.
Regarding bills I pay, I will only be candid about debt collectors due to the fact that they consistently tell white lies in order to obtain a lot of money right now (preferably over $100 a month but far less than what I owe Fido and Rogers Mobility) in a short period of time (usually within 48 hours but that could be negotiated).
I am mentioning this because of my addiction to technology - and it is evidenced by the late hour spent writing this article.
By being this candid, I hope to share the word that meditation works. If I didn't put positive effort into meditating on my debt, then I would still be in denial and the debt would not get paid.
Therefore, in my mind, I am a recovering addict with an addiction that no one else takes seriously except myself.
I think in Japan, they call people like that "otaku", though in the West, otaku are great for information content but lousy on emotional affect.
However, there is some overlap between addiction and the collections of knowledge and experience of otaku, even though otaku are likely to chew me out for "labeling" their intense love for technology or even works of art as "addiction."
Overall though, we otaku could be so gung-ho about anime and manga, why not meditation too? For the most gentle of meditation is combined in many therapeutic settings, and is borrowed from Asian sources more so than Western sources.
Though I will say that even me blogging online is therapy. It is also a form of vipassana meditation when I focus on cutting through the initial negativity toward the positive outcome.
If anything that I have written confuses you, then you are not ready to truly free yourself of your addiction and become a true otaku who is essentially free of whatever he obsesses over.
How dos you tell when that happens? When you can go to a convention, a group therapy session, or even a family reunion to help friends and family get to know you well, that is a start.
Another sign that you are otaku is that you vacillate in your writing between first-person (I and me among similar pronouns), second-person (you and the names of people), and third-person (they, them, and often one or it).
Returning to the quote from an anti-cult website, I can certainly support the use of meditation techniques. However, that quote is not a product endorsement of Chopra since it has been taken out of context for me to promote meditation on my terms, which I am free to do.
I am merely selling the idea that otaku are harmless when they become more socialized with fellow otaku. As well, any obsession that leads to social isolation on the long run really is worth the effort of abstaining.
As for addiction, that is only when your lifestyle is negative affected by your obsessions e.g. you spend more time watching anime than socializing with friends, using excuses to avoid brushing up on your social skills.
Anyway, I am not proud to be otaku, nor am I ashamed to be otaku. Otaku is a neutral word in the West, yet is misused by lazy Japanese journalists who turned it into a badge of shame.
Yet even journalists are closet otakus as pararazzi when they obsess about celebrities such as Morning Musume and stalk them.
Finally, the ultimate freedom is to use less technology in the public sphere, and to occasionally use technology. First, one day dedicated to using your smartphones less and your senses more, including using the mind to ask questions about matters other than technology.
Originally written on May 10, 2005 at 2310H PDT
Radicalized Islam is more political than religious, and thus inspires a cult of homegrown jihadis with nothing to lose except their lives.
God Almighty has no mercy for the evil that men are capable of doing.
This is not Satan's work; the body count suggests that, despite their religious leaning, al Qaeda, Islamic State, Taleban, and other radicalized religious group including Army of God antiabortion radicals only hide behind the holiness of God himself.
For these men and women who radicalize may speak of God but their use of violence shows their materialist political activism to be a clear and present danger to society
As long as the West continues forcing its Crusade of Democracy on the Middle East, so shall we experience more attacks by lone wolf jihadi at home.
Yes, I am suggesting that the US foreign policy of forcing the Middle East to accept democracy is what is causing the Muslims to radicalize against it.
If you think the two reported incidents in recent months of radical Muslims killing Canadian soldiers had nothing to do with the Islamic State, then you are mistaken.
By trying to force democracy on Syria by tacit support of the rebels there, it became obvious that this was all a laughable cover for intrigue against Russia by the US which culminated in the Ukraine crisis.
However, the European Community is rallying around the supposed underdog, the Ukraine — controlled by a far right government — while Russia is only protecting its Russian citizens, many of whom had dual citizenship. The problem started when the new government wanted to enfranchise only Ukrainians.
In response, the far right elements of the Russian-Ukrainians rebelled, but both sides are right-wing. Very few Ukrainians and Russians are left-wing, who they view as criminals who should never hold power, due to the economic devestation that the Soviet government had caused in the Ukraine, including massive starvation.
However, the Ukrainian crisis is also a proxy war with the US government propagandizing to the Europeans and Russia aiming to protect its citizens.
All in all, both the Syrian and the Ukrainian crises are designed to polarize the world's people. The anti-Russian propaganda is almost as bad as the Russian propaganda but the Ukrainian counter-propaganda is just as bad.
As for Syria, its propaganda gets almost everything right but condones the corruption of top Syrian oligarchs. Likewise, Russia's leader Putin also condones the corruption of top Russian oligarchs with their billions being invested in the European Community.
It is only a matter of time before World War 3 flares up, should cool heads not prevail. However, what you see in each area — be it the Islamic State being carved out of northern Iraq this year, the Syrian crisis declares as of October 2011, and the Ukraine-Russia conflict — is merely the US-led West versus Russia with full support from China.
I guess the Cold War still is in its death throes, and the incident on September 11, 2001 was an aftershock with the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts a few tremors. A decade later, Arab Spring majorly affected Libya and Syria.
It is time America stopped caring about the Middle East so much that it thinks forcing democracy on Afghanistan, Iraq and now Syria will lead to peace. The resultant anarchy is a sure sign that democracy at gunpoint is not working.
Returning to the recent two incidents of homegrown terrorism in Canada, that is just karma for Harper sending 16 jets and 300 personnel to Kuwait. Nobody was surprised in Ottawa.
Remember that Kuwait also has a handful of al Qaeda veterans who were released from Gitmo not too long ago. So it is obvious that these former Jihadis are working for Kuwait, and most likely Canada and America are collaborators in a proxy war between the West and the Red axis (China and Russia).
Although it looks good to bomb northern Iraq in the news, the IS may likely be a puppet of the Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi axis, funded by oil money.
Overall, this makes us all complicit in the Middle Eastern problem every time people in the free world drive their SUVs to fill up at the gas pump. That is why I take the bus, because I have already paid for my portion of the gas to run that bus in advance. ;)
NEWS UPDATE: the Ottawa gunman purported by PM Harper and mainstream media to be a possible terrorist are false and defamatory.
M. Zehaf-Bibeau was not a homegrown terrorist — al-Qaeda, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the Taleban have a tendency to lie to support their cause. I am sure Osama bin Laden did it after 9-11, which is evidenced by his first video denying involvement, but later changing his tune when he saw the effect it had on the stock market.
It looks like Zehaf-Bibeau did not get help for his addictions and mental health issues in 2011 as he demanded, simply because the homeless and poor are rejected by most drug rehabilitation centres due to their profit mentality e.g. drug rehab for profit.
At the street level, very few major cities in Canada are willing to cough up public money to put addicts requesting treatment into a treatment program, mainly because most homeless addicts in rehab will walk away because they lost the ability to await positive changes, which can take up to three or more years.
If M. Zehaf-Bibeau had entered a treatment centre for the homeless, there is a good chance that he would have gotten kicked out within a week. Therefore, this article has me bleeding heart a-going.
Therefore Ottawa's shooting scare is because their hands are not clean of how they treat the homeless addicts daily. Indeed, karma is a bitch - too bad three people had to die. May they all rest in peace.
for myself; rather, I ask myself:
"What will God give to me?"
Freedom from life's woes is
sometimes as easy as coming
to believe God is everywhere.
Since God is everywhere,
what then do I have
to fear but fear itself?
By accepting God into my life,
all fear is replaced by faith
in His power to look after me.
Do I still fear? Yes, I fear
and thus respect God,
for He is truly my Master.
By placing my life in God's hands,
that respect and humility nurtures
a growing sense of fearlessness and courage.
It helps me to remember
the prayer of a sinner:
‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’
Suppose that all of Christendom
finds me to be unworthy to sup with them
in Heaven when that time comes.
Then the Absolute is my inspiration,
and no-self is the divine principle.
Still, God shall remain my Master.
For what is the Absolute but
Heaven itself? For God is absent there
as is the Buddha after death.
Let God be my Master, the Absolute
my inspiration and the Buddha,
the origin of the Golden Rule:
"Do unto others
what thou wishes
done until thineself."
Originally posted October 21, 2010 1:26 AM
Updated on December 25, 2013 at 6:54 AM
For man is not only capable of great evil but also great good.
All that the devil can do is accuse or tempt us. We are perfectly capable of making mistakes on our own when temptation leads to desire.
Of course, the devil exists in Christendom. However, the devil never made a person do anything. That's merely an excuse for being wicked until one is damned by ill will.
This is why it's important to attend church regularly, and serve the church selflessly to renew your covenant with God.
That's what repentance is about.
Although God is the author of good-and-evil, people are the authors of their own destiny.
Perhaps ghost stories being told around Hallowe'en is to "scare" away the concern about dangerous tricks performed on that day with terrible consequences and replace it with the innocent excitement of going door to door to beg for candy and other treats.
Using the cartoon Casper the Friend Ghost as an example, Casper may represent a boy living in poverty who was cared for by an uncle. One day he ran away from home after being scolded by his uncle, and decided to leave their abandoned house. It was a nice way of exposing us to poverty without us kids knowing that the creator was secretly mocking the homeless and the poor.
In almost every ghost story that is a comedy, we see signs that one of the ghosts is a pauper or a bum e.g. Beetlejuice the Movie.
However, most ghost stories are created to scare us with the hope that perhaps the pandemonium may lead to a moral panic so that a ghost buster can scam them all as in Ghostbusters.
In most cases of ghosts, the gullible in a haunted scare everyone else around them. The "ghost" is actually their fear talking, and other people may pick up on that.
It is hard to tell a person who is afraid of ghosts that the only thing to fear is fear itself. When fear appears, observe it until it leaves and then follow it until you feel it no more. Eventually you will accept your fear of ghosts as unrealistic.
My purpose in stating the previous three sentences is to show that mere words cannot cure a man of fear. Rather, reason is needed to distract the fearful person from obsessing about the fear-inducing object, the ghost.
Fear cannot always be real, since it only affects our minds.
Through a person's control of the mind, it is possible to overcome fear. That is where meditation comes into the picture.
At this point in the discussion, I urge the gentle reader to ignore the ghost stories. Fill your mind with everything but the supernatural. For your fear verges on superstition because you believe in something that never exists except in the human mind.
Some people may still be afraid of ghosts; I am not.
My personal testimony as a LDS member begins with the Buddha and continues on with God and his Only Begotten. For Buddhism explains the minute details of LDS cosmology from premortal life to human existence to Spirit World to the glories of afterlife.
Little do Mormon know that according to Buddhist lore, all sentient beings are basically good from birth. Even the description of the telestial kingdom agrees with my philosophy about the lake of fire and brimstone known as the Fire.
Brimstone was used to cleanse worshipers of pagan faiths. It also cleanses damned souls of their darkness, letting their light shine once more in telestial glory.
This makes me wonder if a good place for the devil might not be the telestial kingdom. Who is to say?
I know this testimony to be true in the name of the Christ.
In the olden days, it was thought that God helps place the soul in babies after conception from the premortal world. Today we know that the soul is actually passed on by man and wife in marriage during Es-ee-eks e.g. procreation creates a living human being who is also a soul.
There is no ghost in the shell. Or so the secularists have propagandized.
Most of the Bible says the body dies and goes to the grave, and the soul goes to Spirit World.
The secularist's conception of procreation conflicts with the religious idea of a soul leading to the pro life vs pro choice debate.
However, the Bible is silent on the soul as a separate entity save for the implication of eternal life if you choose Jesus as Savior -- which actually is when the Holy Ghost becomes pals with your soul and helps develop you into the spiritual being you become after living a spiritually rich life.
Overall, the soul is fully developed at conception but is awakened spiritually by action of the Holy Ghost on a person's life after baptism.
In the name of Jesus Christ I believe this to be true.
>Love unconditional originates with the Buddha in the form of Buddha Nature, which is the essence of his Boundless Life of Compassion and his Boundless Light of Wisdom.
Like the sunlight reflected off the moon, the Buddha's Compassion is realized through the wisdom of the Four Noble Truths.
Although life may be full of suffering, its cause is endless craving; its end, ceasing vain grasping at everything we crave; and the solution, the Noble Eightfold Path. This is the essence of the Four Noble Truths.
In the Noble Eightfold Path are the Threefold Division of wisdom, ethical conduct and concentration. Of the Eightfold Path factors, Right view and Right intention make up wisdom; Right speech, Right action, and Right livelihood make up ethical conduct; and Right effort, Right mindfulness and Right concentration make up Concentration.
Due to the effects of the samatha and vipassanā meditation practices, the Buddhist practitioner acquires the calm mind of clarity through samatha practice which accumulates the two acquired factors of Superior right knowledge and Superior right liberation through vipassanā practice.
In Mahayana Buddhism, the Threefold Divisions are known as the Three Higher Trainings, which consist of higher wisdom, higher moral discipline and higher concentration. These trainings lead to liberation and enlightenment through engagement with the motivation of renunciation (bodhicitta).
How does unconditional love originate with the Buddha? His compassion for the suffering of endless number of human beings led him to achieve Nirvana. After his death, his followers passed on the meditative practices of samatha-vipassanā to laypeople and Buddhist clergy. For his love for future generations led to the concept of Buddha Nature arising among his many practitioners.
Buddha Nature is the divine nature of the spiritually awakened mind, which is planted like a seed in the mind of a Buddhist follower through the careful and patient instruction of Zen masters, Buddhist practitioners and clergy, working together to carry on the legacy of Gautama Buddha.
Indeed, Buddha Nature inspires the sincere desire to develop the mind spiritually so that the Buddhist practitioner is able to handle the challenges of life courageously and nobly.
How compassionate is the Buddha that he had foreseen our need to realize the spiritual purpose of life, which is to encourage spiritual development through meditative practice!
For Buddha Nature inspires love unconditioned by human suffering to relieve all practitioners of endless craving.
Noble eightfold Path: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_Eightfold_Path
Samatha and Vipassanā meditation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vipassan%C4%81#Relation_with_samatha
Mahayana Buddhism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahayana
Buddha Nature: http://buddhism.about.com/od/mahayanabuddhism/a/Buddha-Nature.htm
Amida Buddha, Lord of Boundless Light and Boundless Life: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amitābha