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Vatican Obelisk


Vatican Obelisk.

In 1586, the Italian engineer Domenico Fontana moved an Egyptian obelisk to its present site in front of the Vatican in St. Peter’s Square. The obelisk, quarried in Egypt during the 13th century BC, was brought to Rome in the 1st century.  It remained in position until Pope Sixtus V, as part of his plan to continue the construction of St. Peter’s and make it one of the world’s truly spectacular buildings, recommended moving the obelisk 275 yards from its original Roman site to the featured location in front of the Vatican.

Fontana’s plan for moving the obelisk was chosen from among hundreds of others. It relied heavily on pulleys, some as large as five feet in length, to lift the obelisk off its base and then lower it to a horizontal position by pivoting it on its lower end. Five huge levers, each 51 feet long, were used to help lift the shaft off the base. A variety of pulley blocks were required to work in conjunction with the 40 winches, each of which were powered with horses and men to supply the main lifting force. It took Fontana one year to complete the task. On September 28, 1586, the scaffolding and tower had been removed. The obelisk appeared in full view, in the same position as it appears today more than 400 years later.

Barack Obama, Former CIA Agent | Deanna Spingola.

Barack Obama, Former CIA Agent

– by Deanna Spingola, 14 Mar. 2010

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Dr. James David Manning who has been ministering to the people of Harlem since 1981. He is now the Senior Pastor at ATLAH which stands for All the Land Anointed Holy, Manning’s inspired name for Harlem as of September 14, 1991.

Dr. Manning heads the Columbia Obama Treason Trial which is scheduled for May 14-19, 2010 at the ATLAH building at 38 West 123rd Street in ATLAH, New York, 10027. Unfortunately, the Department of Justice and the Supreme Court have failed in their duties to uphold the Constitution and address the legitimacy and other questionable issues surrounding the White House’s current resident. So, Dr. Manning, being a longtime resident of the Columbia University area, the school that Obama allegedly attended, began an intense investigation into Obama’s educational background and discovered some profound discrepancies.

for full article Barack Obama, Former CIA Agent | Deanna Spingola.

ok, before you go read the rest of that article i want you to take a look at what he’s standing in front of

Yes, that’s the dreaded denver airport

So the airport’s official website says that the name of the mural is called “Peace and Harmony with Nature”. Really? At the center of the piece, saddened children with extinct animal and plant species. In the background, a forest on fire and further back, a city on fire.

An interesting fact about that city is that it has been retouched and painted over many times during the years, as if it represents something important for the creators. It seems surrounded by an ill colored haze, as if it was attacked by a bio-chemical weapon.

One of the children holds a Mayan tablet depicting the end of civilization.

My Chat with an atheist

AnybodyOutThere | Personal Home Page.

  • 11:32

    stephenmcclenahan:
    you want him because he doesnt want you
  • 11:32

    like when mom tells you stay out of the cookie jar
  • 11:32

    Morrigan:
    I wanted him when he wanted me too, though…
  • 11:33

    stephenmcclenahan:
    if you act disinterested in him he may want you
  • 11:34

    Morrigan:
    Hmm… Not sure how to act disinterested without him forgetting about me…
  • 11:35

    stephenmcclenahan:
    hmmm, do you hang out at the same place? have same friends
  • 11:35

    Morrigan:
    Not really.
  • 11:35

    stephenmcclenahan:
    then i gues your out of luck
  • 11:35

    did you guys go out? how long has it been since you were with him
  • 11:36

    Morrigan:
    We dated for 7 months. We broke up last month. I’ve talked to him a couple times since then.
  • 11:36

    stephenmcclenahan:
    maybe you should focus on yourself, what do you want to do with your life? what are yo good at?
  • 11:37

    write paint music
  • 11:37

    Morrigan:
    I want to be an editor/author. I’m a decent wrtier.
  • 11:37

    *writer
  • 11:37

    stephenmcclenahan:
    heh,, you could help me edit my blogs, i’d love to put together a book
  • 11:38

    focus on that if it’s your passion, then someone who appreciates your pation will show up
  • 11:38

    do you believe in God at all?
  • 11:39

    Morrigan:
    No, I’m atheist.
  • 11:40

    stephenmcclenahan:
    ha ha i love atheists,,,,,,, well then you have to focus on making yourself the best self you can possibly be(here i would insert things about gods purpose for you or something but that doesnt work with the athesists)
  • 11:40

    you don’t have a higher power to look to for help,
  • 11:41

    Morrigan:
    Yeah.
  • 11:41

    stephenmcclenahan:
    it’s all on you,, so you need to just figure out what your strengths are and develope them
  • 11:42

    ‘an atheist should not have much trouble getting over a guy,,, you arent bogged down by the whole “he’s my soulmate” thing or “he’s my destiny” or some other kind of nonrealist delusion
  • 11:43

    Morrigan:
    True, but I still believe in love and I love him.
  • 11:43

    stephenmcclenahan:
    how can you believe in love, that doesnt make sense to a true rationalist sckeptic atheist type
  • 11:44

    as an atheist love should just be rationalised out as a simple body pleasure thing, you can find that anywhere
  • 11:44

    Morrigan:
    Not believing in God and believing in love have little to do with each other.
  • 11:45

    There are things I don’t understand, that hold wonder for me, that I would never even try to rationalize, but that doesn’t include a(ny) God.
  • 11:45

    stephenmcclenahan:
    methinks you’re not a true atheist, you just don’t want there to be a God so you can do whatever you want with out any higher judgement getting in the way
  • 11:46

    elevating love to something more than just getting your rocks off and feeling good is just as foolish as believing in the possibility of a higher power
  • 11:47

    to the ratiional atheist skeptic mind
  • 11:47

    Morrigan:
    So, I’m guessing you’re Christian, yes?
  • 11:48

    stephenmcclenahan:
    a christian would consider me a heretic
  • 11:48

    i would mark undecided if forced at gunpoint
  • 11:49

    Morrigan:
    I’m just saying, being an atheist has to do with only one thing. I do not believe in God. That’s it.
  • 11:49

    stephenmcclenahan:
    i definitly dont think we’ve gotten to this point by pure randomness
  • 11:50

    love doesnt exsist without there being a God, or a other side, or a magic force or something supernatural
  • 11:51

    Morrigan:
    Yes it does. Do soul mates? No. But love, while mysterious and not fully explainable, does.
  • 11:52

    stephenmcclenahan:
    if you say there is no God, there is no spirituality
  • 11:52

    everything is cut and dry science, with rational explanations
  • 11:52

    Morrigan:
    No, it’s not.
  • 11:53

    stephenmcclenahan:
    then there is no room for love, sweety,,, love would be a silly missconception of the deluded who believe in fairy tails
  • 11:54

    if you believe in spirituality then you believe ther is some form of “God” just not the way most religions describe it
  • 11:54

    Morrigan:
    Love does not have to be spiritual.
  • 11:55

    Love is being happy when you’re with someone. Preferring to fight with one person over kissing any other. Wanting what’s best for them, even when it’s not what you want.
  • 11:55

    stephenmcclenahan:
    love is supernatural, it is not a solid mathamatically describable thing
  • 11:56

    what you are describing is not love thats just feeling good
  • 11:56

    a person is pleasing to you fill your needs makes you feel better,, that’s not love
  • 11:56

    Morrigan:
    then what would you say love is?
  • 11:57

    stephenmcclenahan:
    you might as well ask me what God is… but i do know that love doesnt exist if one believes in a truly scientific rational view of reality
  • 11:58

    love is just as much a delusionary belief as God, to the truly rational scientific atheist mind
  • 11:59

    an atheist shouldn’t worry about love, unless you’re not truly an atheist, which is what i think the problem is
  • 12:00

    Morrigan:
    I am an atheist. The only thing that is “required” to be an atheist is the belief that there are no gods.
  • 12:00

    stephenmcclenahan:
    Look I’m in no way saying that i believe athiest rational thought is stupid or wrong…
  • 12:00

    Morrigan:
    Anything beyond that is not intrinsically atheistic. It may be common in atheists, but not 100%.
  • 12:00

    stephenmcclenahan:
    i wish i could feel that way,, life would be a hell of a lot easier
  • 12:01

    Morrigan:
    There are plenty of atheists who are irrational and unscientific.
  • 12:02

    stephenmcclenahan:
    now that, i feel is silly and self delusional
  • 12:02

    an atheist says ther is no God,, an agnostic says he doesnt know
  • 12:02

    Morrigan:
    True.
  • 12:03

    stephenmcclenahan:
    an agnostic can be irrational and scientific but not an atheist
  • 12:04

    an atheist is basically the same as a footstomping fundamentalist, both claiming to know the true nature of something that cannot be understood
  • 12:04

    I meant,,,,an agnostic can be irrational and UNscientific but not an atheist
  • 12:06

    Morrigan:
    There are many atheists who believe in love. Maybe they have a different definition of love than you, but that doesn’t mean they can’t believe there are no gods and believe in love.
  • 12:07

    stephenmcclenahan:
    sure it does, find me a famous phillospher who was a devout atheist and says he believes in love, it’s not gonna happen
  • 12:07

    there are many atheists who are actually agnostics
  • 12:10

    if God doesnt exist then neither does love,,, love is boiled down to just pleasure seeking with know “meaning” beyond that
  • 12:12

    don’t confuse God with how man has defined it
  • 12:13

    if you believe in Love, as in there is something “more” there, something special,, then perhaps that same thing is your understanding of God
  • 12:15

    the something “more” that is there, the something that is above or more special then just feeling good is unexplainable and magic,,,,,,, God
  • 12:15

    Morrigan:
    I can see we’re not going to agree on this issue.
  • 12:16

    stephenmcclenahan:
    anyone who tells you they know what God is, or they KNow God doesnt exist, is self delusional
  • 12:17

    i can back up both sides the rational phillisophical skeptic atheist view,,, and the believe in God view,, you are the one who wants to take a little from each side
  • 12:19

    i want to believe that love is special magical spiritual, but i don’t believe there might be the possibility of anything else special magical spiritual
  • 12:19

    that’s self delusional
  • 12:20

    a true atheist would laugh at you

Deepest part of the ocean Life!

The Mariana Trench is located in the Pacific Ocean, just east of the 14 Mariana Islands (11″21′ North latitude and 142″ 12′ East longitude ) near Japan.   As you probably already know, it is the deepest part of the earth’s oceans, and the deepest location of the earth itself.  It was created by ocean-to-ocean subduction, a phenomena in which a plate topped by oceanic crust is subducted beneath another plate topped by oceanic crust.

Fact-The Mariana Trench is 11,033 meters (36,201 feet), (6033.5) fathoms deep. The Pressure at the deepest part of the Mariana Trench is over 8 tons per square inch. The Mariana Trench is 2, 542 km (1,580 miles) long and 69 km (43 miles) wide.

Surreal experiences boost brain power.

16 September 2009
Surreal experiences boost brain power
by Kate Melville

Psychologists at the University of California – Santa Barbara and the University of British Columbia have found that exposure to surrealism, by say, reading a book by Franz Kafka or watching a film by director David Lynch, enhances the cognitive mechanisms that oversee the implicit learning functions in the brain. The research was reported in the journal Psychological Science.

“The idea is that when you’re exposed to a meaning threat – something that fundamentally does not make sense – your brain is going to respond by looking for some other kind of structure within your environment,” said researcher Travis Proulx. “And, it turns out, that structure can be completely unrelated to the meaning threat.”

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Alan Watts explains

The Value of Psychotic Experience

great difficulty in getting away with is psychiatric heresy

Recent history is the record of one vast conspiracy to impose one level of mechanical consciousness on mankind.Allen Ginsburg

Basically, the setting and goals and patterns of behavior, which are imposed mechanically or externally, and without understanding, produces a rigid structure in consciousness that blocks the free play of thought and the free movement of awareness and attention that are necessary for creativity to act:

Creativity and What Blocks It
The Psychopathology of Work

This is a warning of what happens to spirit when it becomes divorced from its soul pairing, when it ceases to find its reflection in soul – and loses it. It becomes the solitary heroic rational ego which deludes itself into believing that there is no soul. It creates a correspondingly delusional world for itself which, deprived of its connection with a personal and personified counterpart, opens on to the soul’s depths, as abysmal as deep space and as impersonal as the subatomic realm.

In our modern society the image and mythic process has been taken over by corporations that directly control advertising and, indirectly, the entertainment industry. Powerful erotic images are used for the sole purpose of selling consumer products; the side effects of this commercialization have a profound impact on the sexual imagination and identity of vast numbers of people. The Armored Knight of the 20th Century

There Are No Reasons
Journey Into Savagery

L I N K S

Seeing in the Dark

New Ideas / by Joe Kloc / January 14, 2009

A blind man shocks researchers with what he sees.

Illustration by Joe Kloc

Patient TN was, by his own account, completely blind. Two consecutive strokes had destroyed the visual cortex of his brain, and consequently, his ability to see.

It is not uncommon for stroke patients to suffer brain damage, but the case of TN — referenced by his initials, the general practice in such studies — was peculiar. His first stroke had injured only one hemisphere of his visual cortex. About five weeks later, a second stroke damaged the other hemisphere. An assessment of his brain function revealed that after two strokes, TN, in his 50s, was clinically blind.

STEAL THIS BOOK
By Abbie Hoffman

Dedicated to Jerry Lefcourt, Lawyer and Brother

Library of Congress number 72-157115 (stolen from Library of Congress)
copyright ©1971 PIRATE EDITIONS


TABLE OF DISCONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

It’s perhaps fitting that I write this introduction in jail- that graduate school of survival. Here you learn how to use toothpaste as glue, fashion a shiv out of a spoon and build intricate communication networks. Here too, you learn the only rehabilitation possible-hatred of oppression.

FIGHT!

Tell It All, Brothers and Sisters

STARTING A PRINTING WORKSHOP

Leaflets, posters, newsletters, pamphlets and other printed matter are important to any revolution. A printing workshop is a definite need in all communities, regardless of size. It can vary from a garage with a mimeograph machine to a mammoth operation complete with printing presses and fancy photo equipment. With less than a hundred dollars and some space, you can begin this vital service. It’ll take a while before you get into printing greenbacks, phony identification papers and credit cards like the big boys, but to walk a mile you must start with one step as Gutenberg once said.

Paper

The standard size for paper is 8½” x 11″. It comes 500 sheets to a “ream” and 10 reams to a case. You want a 16-20 bond weight sheet. The higher weights are better if you are printing on both sides. You can purchase what are termed “odd lots” from most paper companies. This means that the colors will be assorted and some sheets will be frayed at the edges or wrinkled. Odd lots can be purchased at great discounts. Some places sell paper this way for 10% of the original price and for leaflets, different colors help. Check this out with paper suppliers in your area.

Ink

Inks come in pastes and liquids and are available in stationary stores and office supply houses. Each machine requires its own type ink, so learn what works best with the one you have. Colored ink is slightly more expensive but available for most machines.

Stencils

Each machine uses a particular size and style stencil. If you get stuck with the wrong kind and can’t get out to correct the mistake, you can punch extra holes in the top, trim them with a scissors if they are too big or add strips of tape to the sides if too narrow.

Be sure and use only the area that will fit on the paper you are using. Most stencils can be used for paper larger than standard size. Stencils will “cut” a lot neater if an electric typewriter is used. If you only have access to e manual machine, remove the ribbon so the keys will strike the stencil directly. A plastic sheet, provided by the supplier, can be inserted between the stencil and its backing to provide sharper cuts by the keys. If you hold the stencil up to a light, you should be able to clearly see the typing. If you can’t, you’ll have to apply more pressure.

Sketches can be done with a ball point pen or special stylus directly on the stencil. If you’re really rushed, or there isn’t that much info to get on the leaflet, you can hand-print the text using these instruments. Take care not to tear the stencil.

Mimeograph Machines

The price of a new mimeograph runs from $200 to $1200, depending on how sophisticated a machine you need and can afford. A.B. Dick and Gestetner are the most popular brands. Many supply houses have used machines for sale. Check the classified section for bargains. See if any large corporations are moving, going out of business or have just had a fire. Chances are they’ll be unloading printing equipment at cheap prices. Campaign offices of losing candidates often have mimeos to unload in November. Many supply houses have renting and leasing terms that you might be interested in considering. Have an idea of the work load and type of printing you’ll be handling before you go hunting. Talk to someone who knows what they’re doing before you lay down a lot of cash on a machine.

Duplicators

We prefer duplicators to mimeos even though the price is a little higher. They work faster, are easier to operate and print clearer leaflets. The Gestener Silk Screen Duplicator is the best bet. It turns out stuff almost as good as offset printing. You can do 10 thousand sheets an hour in an assortment of colors.

Electronic Stencils

If you use electronic stencils you can do solid lettering, line drawings, cartoons and black and white pictures with good contrast. To make an electronic stencil, you map out on a sheet of paper everything you want printed. This is a photo process, so make sure only what you want printed shows up on the sheet. You can use a light blue pencil for guide lines as it won’t photograph, but be neat anyway. Printing shops will cut a stencil on a special machine for about $3.00.

The Gestefax Electronic Stencil Cutter can be leased or rented in the same way as the duplicator. If you are doing a lot of printing for a number of different groups, this machine will eliminate plenty of hassle. The stencils cost about 20¢ each and take about fifteen minutes to make.

If you have an electronic stencil cutter, duplicator, electric typewriter and a cheap source of paper, you can do almost any printing job imaginable. Have a dual rate system: one for community groups and another for regular business orders. You can use the profits to go towards the purchasing of more equipment and to build toward the day when you can get your own offset press.

Silk Screening

Posters banners and shirts that are unbelievable can be printed by this exciting method. The process is easy to learn and teach. You’ll need a fairly large area to work in since the posters have to be hung up to dry. Pick up any inexpensive paperback book on silk screening. The equipment costs less than $50.00 to begin. Once you get good at it, you can print complicated designs in a number of different colors, including portraits.