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The amazing thing is that when I am fully aware, I am fully amazed. This is not a condition that is in general encouraged.


To perceive I must clearly Receive.

To receive Clearly I must be Receptive.

To be receptive I must release my Conception, clearly.


Those that claim knowlege of methods of reconciliation, a cure, are egotistical in their claim and deluded in their understanding. To preach "look, see the light, accept my/our way to salvation/ enlightenment..." is to further deepen the problem.

From a primary illusion of separation, I actually exist in an illusion of separation from the illusory resolution to the primary separation.


I am not the trees and leaves because whatever Transpires is not creative but Destructive

I am not the animals because I do not Creep or otherwise humble Myself

I am not the sky for my crowded Mind does not allow such Space

I am not the water because I do not Understand the Flow

I am not the ground because I am not of Sufficient Gravity

I am not me because there's Nothing Everything to Be


There is only
One revolution.
Begins and
Ends with

J. Krishnamurti


A primary motivation behind abuddhas memes is to provide the visitor some tantalizing links to fragments of a fundamental, underlying unity. Applying our generalist abilities we will be able to come to a deeper understanding of the whole by recognizing connections between the parts.

Since every individual comes in (to) life with both unique geneology and singular experience, we each have non-reproducible talents to contribute. Uncovering what these are, and so catalyzing a sense of belonging and purpose could and should be the domain of education.

By accepting the Media as our information filter we demean and diminish the actual in favor of the presentable.

Discovering that part of the puzzle that "I" am entails exposure to the widest variety of ideas and theories.

Understanding that my Weltanschauung is only as valid as its ability to relate with others' world views, I add and modify those bits of information that move my memetype toward increasing validity.

Serendipity, and the state of mind that is receptive to it, plays a crucial role in expanding that which is seen as valid.

I hope that visitors here find a piece that brings wonder; and perhaps gratitude for living at such a time.

















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The Age of Batshit Crazy Machines by Ran Prieur is a rabid anti-transhumanist treatise that touches many pressure points that could cause an extropian to fall.
" I see a technology that can answer all these questions, that avoids many of my criticisms, and that could easily bring down the whole system, or transform human consciousness, or both: Time-contracted virtual reality.

Have you ever wondered, watching Star Trek the Next Generation, why they even bother exploring strange new worlds? Why don't they just spend all their time in the holodeck having sex?"
Succinctly marking the difference between anger and hate, Roderick T. Long imagines an exploration: Thinking Our Anger
"Where does the difference lie? Well, we can be angry with a person and still wish that person well; after all, we are often angry with those we love, and we do not stop loving them while we are angry with them. But we cannot hate a person and still wish that person well. I think this makes hate morally problematic in a way that anger is not."
Should we Just Ignore Them?
"If only a few people ignore the government, it won’t go away; instead it will come down on those few people like a ton of CS gas. But if the number of people ignoring the government, treating its commands as one would treat the commands of some delusional street person, were to reach critical mass, the power of the state, resting essentially as it does on the complaisance of the governed, would melt away like butter in the Arizona sun."

Freegans are people who are concerned so deeply with the social and ecological impact of economic over-consumption that they choose to buy and work as little as possible

Uniquely Canadian, the city of Regina is relatively pointless. Oh yes, the 190,000-odd population is polite, civic minded, and vastly superior in quality of life-in-general to most cities of similar size.

I'm sure that America and 'the ROW' has its share of equally pointless places. Cities that have long outlived their original purpose and have tried to embrace change in order to survive. In the case of Regina, potash and steel have managed to save it from corporate agro-armegeddon. It is a singularly Canuck brand of appreciated bureaucracy and sheer determination that has that maintained this Queen's City. It is the Cree Nation that will define its future.

Mooving (kiss a cow today!) along from this questionable observation by an inveterate Yukoner, where First Nations are still in essence the essence, I am going to spiritually re-place myself at home in advance of the actual multi-thousand kilometer return adventure ahead.

First, I must earn enough for the trip. Thankfully a friend of my darling ex-ex has copious painting labor lined up and so off I go @ $9/hr...have to pay for my own brush, cage, etc., off the top, but p'raps I'll be ready to scoot in a month or so. I'll be hitch-hiking with Aurora the Cosmic Canine which should provide quite the adventure. Although I have traveled the Alaska Hwy. more than a dozen times, this will be quite different.

Aurora will have finished blowing her winter coat by then, thank goodness! I can't imagine anyone wanting to pick us up, notwithstanding the sheer bulk of my entire household settled on the side of the road, with handfuls of Husky underdown getting onto and into everything.

I, however, am far from blowing my wild coat. I cannot stand the impersonality of cities, the replacement of true danger, a predatory grizzly or moose-in-heat for instance, with the cultural inanity of anonymity; the increasing de-communion of neighborhood. This creates the urban dangers we are all so familiar with; my American cousins far more than any.

Anyhooch, with so much blog-in-consistancy as of late I can'na promise that regularity to improve until August, what with work and god-walking and me-feeding and ... so I'll go for now with a bit of a link dump that more approximates the original intent of abuddhas; exploring the edge so that we may more fully appreciate the mass.

American Hegemony - a Timeline
"Empire is a relationship, formal or informal, in which one state controls the effective political sovereignty of another political society. It can be achieved by force, by political collaboration, by economic, social, or cultural dependence. Imperialism is simply the process or policy of establishing or maintaining an empire."
Michael Doyle, Empires

This is a list of the generally disasterous human terms of the practice."
U.S. Military Bases and Empire
"The United States, as we have seen, has built a chain of military bases and staging areas around the globe, as a means of deploying air and naval forces to be used on a moment’s notice, all in the interest of maintaining its political and economic hegemony. These bases are not, as was the case for Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, simply integral parts of a colonial empire, but rather take on even greater importance, in the absence of colonialism." (ed: ...and perfected by corporatism.)
Why the Old Woman Swallowed the Fly
"Wow, is that a great commentary on life, or what?"
From the same Cathy Cupitt as above comes Black Humour and (Kurt Vonnegut's) Cat's Cradle, which is a fabulous short on why we must embrace irony in its darkest incarnation in order to maintain a sane approach.
"Oh, a sleeping drunkard
Up in Central Park,
And a lion-hunter
In the jungle dark,
And a Chinese dentist,
And a British queen -
All fit together
In the same machine.
Nice, nice, very nice;
Nice, nice, very nice;
Nice, nice, very nice -
So many different people
In the same device."
Zen and now? The Experience of Time in the Very Young brings to mind our grown-up temporal distemper.
"For the most part, all of us in our culture, whether we buy it or sell it, save it or waste it, spend, bide or kill it, seem to assume that time is an objective, measurable flow of "befores" and "afters" interspersed with the transient "now." For the most part we have forgotten the meaning of authentic existential time."
Life and Space-Time Comology
"The origin of the universe, quantum particles, the internal world of organisms, and experience itself are likely related to the nature of perception and space-time. Perception creates the space-time definitions within which objects and events can then be identified and ordered. Without this definition, all possible orderings exist, and hence there is no causality or distinction, only the properties of non-locality. We see then a picture of reality where non-locality is the general condition and space-time definition the more specific case, with many alternative constructions.

There can ultimately be no 'largest model' of a natural system. This is true, if for no other reason, because no description can include itself, all others, or its own origins. This leads to a concept of complexity that involves fundamental unknowns and mutualisms that generally manifest as multiple exclusive aspects of nature (complementarities). This should be an explicit aspect of a natural system model."

Uniquely American - the circumspect (intrinsically globally unsatisfying) and empirically masturbatory "War on Iraq" began as a disingenuous and oily application of Imperial Armed Will, and continues as a Criminally Insane Action; providing the deliciously ironic acronym CIA.

I'd like to ponder for a moment being an early human with basic technologies such as pottery and agriculture, but without steel or gunpowder. To keep it to a word, we would be bereft. We are in love with control, and this has defined our memevolution from intelligent apes to potential agape. Yet that lovely cognitive endpoint is only descriptive of the economically ethereal 0.1 per cent of our cancerously projective conciousnesses that can indulge in such relative superfluousness. For the majority we have been thrust into the pulsing torrents of enforced consumerism - eddies of slavish production. Is it possible to work as a daycare worker and afford to send your own child to daycare? Can a Walmart employee subsist on Walmart purchases?

What amounts to perennial American adventures overseas, and trying to posit the problem in terms that would be understandable to even economists, we are at a loss. There is no real profit in the irradiation of the Iraqi landscape, destruction of Iraqi infrastructure, or defalcation of Iraqi resources.

Haliburton may quarantine, rebuild and account, but this is only a result of their own government's destruction of the field in the first place. Destruction is cheap. Construction is expensive. Thus the corporations appear to profit and taxpayers get depression-delaying work. Taxes get paid, mechanisms of destruction are implemented and we are subsequently employed and unbalanced; economically, socially - totally.

On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
Resistance to Civil Government (1849 title)
"All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable. But almost all say that such is not the case now. But such was the case, they think, in the Revolution of '75. If one were to tell me that this was a bad government because it taxed certain foreign commodities brought to its ports, it is most probable that I should not make an ado about it, for I can do without them. All machines have their friction; and possibly this does enough good to counter-balance the evil. At any rate, it is a great evil to make a stir about it. But when the friction comes to have its machine, and oppression and robbery are organized, I say, let us not have such a machine any longer. In other words, when a sixth of the population of a nation which has undertaken to be the refuge of liberty are slaves, and a whole country is unjustly overrun and conquered by a foreign army, and subjected to military law, I think that it is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize. What makes this duty the more urgent is that fact that the country so overrun is not our own, but ours is the invading army."
A paradigmic word I have bandied about far too glibly, perhaps, is given a blotter-full of acidic attention. The Hallucination of Hegemony
"However, if we return to the paradigm we have been sketching out, we can see that power becomes more problematic in that the act of creating meaning always involves a shutting off of some possibilities and the suppression of some individuals or groups. This occurs in all communities. Part of what defines people as part of a community is what is not part of the community. That definition, that creation of meaning is power and it is wielded at all levels and throughout all communities. This leads to the paradoxical situation of having to oppose hegemony with hegemony.

This new model of power also presents us with a new responsibility. If we are all involved in the creation of the reality we live in, then we must accept responsibility for that."
"...there are factors at work in American society that must eventually make "effectiveness" congruent with totalitarianism."
(W)(T)here is nothing. There are few that wish for it.

Here, observably, is everything. We all wish it be different.

I hover, psyche-tomically suspended twixt all and nought, with free will and a crushed freedom. I dare not tell what I see, yet could be castigated for not being honest. Others, Chomsky et. al., expound partial veracity cloaked in academic obfuscation, which leads us to believe but not truly understand. Some, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et. al. tell complete lies and yet are given the benefit of honest doubt.

Many brave writers, mostly bloggers these days, do tell what they have grokked. Most don't get Homeland Security breathing up their butts or down their necks. Even within bloggerdom though, there is a self-censorship. I experience that effect in my own posting to some extent. The heady days under President Clinton's watch, during which I felt free to explore and expose, are now under the deep shadow of possible action by Homeland Security. Who will guarantee that I won't be summarily deported to a torture-friendly juristiction?

Canada's CSIS has been shown as complicit with "Air CIA" in deporting at least one Canadian citizen on his way home. Snatched at the airport, on American soil, and peremptorally bumped to Syria, Mr. Arar underwent a year of torture. Who feels truly free to speak?

Setting pragmatism aside, those few who do provide novelty, resisting the faux order that is promulgated by the mediated plutocracy, are routinely killed whatever their area of specialty - science, music, arts; especially science, and especially bioscience.

The recipe for stifling inspiration, courage and freedom consists of creating fear and making it stick to each of us. Almost a perfect system, it has worked to immolate modern democracy on the stake of uncertainty. Churchill had it right: there is nothing to fear but fear itself. If we cannot transcend hopelessness and ignore-ance then we are lost as a viable species.

So, were I to write the facts I know to be true (and the feelings prevalent within all those I talk to) would I be putting myself outside any possibility of philosophical reform and so be a danger to those owning power? Were I to hide and disappear, my essential nature would amount to nothing.

HAARP, for instance, has been totally dismissed by the mass of media. Yet that application of Tesla technology has the potential to permanently effect Gaia; and in no predictable way. Nobody is investigating though, for whatever reason.
" Put simply, the apparatus for HAARP is a reversal of a radio telescope; antenna send out signals instead of receiving. HAARP is the test run for a super-powerful radiowave-beaming technology that lifts areas of the ionosphere by focusing a beam and heating those areas. Electromagnetic waves then bounce back onto earth and penetrate everything...

What would this technology be worth to ARCO, the owner of the patents?"
Always follow the money, eh? So, who has benefitted from our current condition of perpetual war and the profitable contracts that go along with that condition? Corporate America.
"Its now 11 AM PST, on Saturday the 17th, and the signal is blasting in with the powerful pre-pulse tone around S+20 and the main signal about S9. The signal varies 3 to 6 db over a series of several pulses. Since this is not due to F-layer skip fading, I must assume they are slewing the beam of the antenna in various directions, and thus changing the amount of the side lobes in this direction. This must be a test of a simulated space warfare game with multiple targets. Rapid slewing of the antenna in just a matter of a minute or two is not useful for submarine communication, nor for their stated purpose of doing "ionospheric research."
U.S. Patent 4686605: Method And Apparatus For Altering A Region In The Earth's Atmosphere, Ionosphere, And/Or Magnetosphere Inventors: Eastlund; Bernard J., Spring, TX Assignees: APTI, Inc., Los Angeles, CA Issued: Aug. 11, 1987 Filed: Jan. 10, 1985

U.S. Patent 5038664:
Method For Producing A Shell Of Relativistic Particles At An Altitude
Above The Earth's Surface
Inventors: Eastlund; Bernard J., Spring, TX
Assignees: APTI, Inc., Washington, DC
Issued: Aug. 13, 1991
Filed: Jan. 10, 1985

U.S. Patent 4712155:
Method And Apparatus For Creating An Artificial Electron Cyclotron Heating Region Of Plasma
Inventors: Eastlund; Bernard J., Spring, TX
Ramo; Simon, Beverly Hills, CA
Assignees: APTI, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Issued: Dec. 8, 1987
Filed: Jan. 28, 1985

U.S. Patent 5068669:
Power Beaming System
Inventors: Koert; Peter, Washington, DC
Assignees: APTI, Inc., Washington, DC
Issued: Nov. 26, 1991
Filed: Sep. 1, 1988

U.S. Patent 5041834:
Artificial Ionospheric Mirror Composed Of A Plasma Layer Which Can Be Tilted
Inventors: Koert; Peter, Washington, DC
Assignees: APTI, Inc., Washington, DC
Issued: Aug. 20, 1991
Filed: May. 17, 1990

U.S. Patent 4999637:
Creation Of Artificial Ionization Clouds Above The Earth
Inventors: Bass; Ronald M., Houston, TX
Assignees: APTI, Inc., Washington, DC
Issued: Mar. 12, 1991
Filed: May. 14, 1987

U.S. Patent 4817495:
Defense System For Discriminating Between Objects In Space
Inventors: Drobot; Adam T., Annandale, VA
Assignees: APTI, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Issued: Apr. 4, 1989
Filed: Jul. 7, 1986

U.S. Patent 4873928:
Nuclear-Sized Explosions Without Radiation
Inventors: Lowther; Frank E., Plano, TX
Assignees: APTI, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Issued: Oct. 17, 1989
Filed: June 15, 1987

Russian parliament concerned about US plans to develop new weapon

Simulations of ELF radiation generated by heating the high-latitude D- region

History and Applications of HAARP Technologies: The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program

"Sitting within 58 acres of cleared virgin forest near Gakona, Alaska, the 180 high frequency broadcast antennas are an eerie sight. Just like other military installations, this one has not been easy on the environment. Originally the site contained 22 acres of wetland that have since been filled in with black gravel. To fuel the monster, it sucks massive quantities of natural gas conveniently located beneath the spot"
Angry Canadians are a read to behold.
" If your eyes are so large that you need a 19 inch monitor, I don't want you working in the cubicle next to me. You probably wrap smaller humans in sticky threads and let them hang from the ceiling until you're hungry. Which, in and of itself, is not a bad thing, just a little unnerving for those of us in the five foot tall range with medium to severe arachnophobia."
Feeding Change is another great Canadian weblog that takes a different tack.
"It's clear, once again, that censorship and control of information being absorbed by young minds breeds resentment. Media education empowers and protects all who use technology, both old and young."
Mooving south to Texas, and excuse the really bad CanAm trade dispute pun, Craig's Booknotes is cookin'! Kent State 35 years later - has anything changed? I'm emotionally choked by having to respond. I'm devastated by the negativity. Another hit of Provigil anyone?
"35 years later the US military-industrial complex is bigger than ever. The US now spends more on military and defense than all other nations of the world combined. **"
$4 a gallon
"America is over. America is like Wile E. Coyote after he's run out a few paces past the edge of the cliff – he'll take a few more steps in midair before he looks down. Then, when he sees that there's nothing under him, he'll fall. Many Americans suspect that they're running on thin air, but they haven't looked down yet. When they do ..."

Heck hath no irritation like a movus interruptus. In my case the latest move itself was of no great distance, just a few blocks, but of tremendous import. Deciding to remain in flatland is fraught with complication, largely due my internalization of past regional insensibility, but is one of those decisions that is really beyond choice. Responsibility trumps desire. Gosh I miss my Yukon! Do read the link, as it is one of those essays that deserves intense and repeated attention.

Ah, there's nothing like a book review that distills the jist without restricting the jism. The New York Times columnist Polly Shulman manages to capture 'Incompleteness': Waiting for Gödel and keep a sense of humor intact. So did the newspaper-of-record, it seems, as the photo below was published on the web accompanying the article, and was not a figment of my image-ination. It's true, I tell you. Irony squared equals the squared root of veracity.

Thus Gödel showed not only that any consistent formal system complicated enough to describe the rules of grade-school arithmetic would have an unprovable statement, but that it would have an unprovable statement that was nonetheless true. Truth, he concluded, exists ''out yonder'' (as Einstein liked to put it), even if we can never put a finger on it.


To the moon, Alice, to the moon! ... the Ralph Cramdon approach to economic health. America's Spiraling External Debt and the Decline of the US Dollar, and more recently part two: Geopolitical Catch 22: Uncle Sam's Paper Tiger Dollar
"But no worries: Congress just raised the debt ceiling to $8.2 trillion. To help us visualize, $1 trillion tightly packed up in $1,000 bills would create a pile 100km high."
Most recently of all comes the headline from the Tross Institute, a left winged thunk tink, that screams unabashed veracity: America Stinks, Flee While You Can! This kind of hyperbole is simply unwarranted in an age of the enlightened masses.

Sarcasm can be as delicious as orgasm. That's no excuse - I'm just saying... Take the Red Pill. More than five years on and I have yet to find an answer as to whether the U.S. President of the Present, Potential Presidents-Erect, or Presidents Pastoralis, are functioning with physician-assisted or self-adjusted neurochemistry such as an SSRI, amphetamine, etc., and what implications follow. I find it deeply odd that no expert dare enter the let's call the kettle hot speakstakes. Empire? Clothing?
"Once I have the option to chemically alter the feelings that disturb me, then my decision not to medicate, to keep slogging on through, becomes an equally "artificial" choice: I am simply opting for another pill."
'Deep time' is a concept that fires my imagination. The Vancouver Lecture is super cool, liquid, clear.
"But even a geologist can't really think about millions of years in any very intelligible way. The numbers are too vast, the epochs too unspeakably enormous. To gain any sense of deep time of the lifetime of the Earth, we have to use metaphors. For example: as McPhee reports it, David Brower, the founder of Friends of the Earth, "invites his listeners to consider the six days of Genesis as a figure of speech for what has in fact been four and a half billion years. In this adjustment, a day equals something like seven hundred and fifty million years, and thus 'all day Monday and until Tuesday noon creation was busy getting the earth going.' Life began Tuesday noon, and 'the beautiful, organic wholeness of it' developed over the next four days. 'At 4 P.M. Saturday, the big reptiles came on. Five hours later, when the redwoods appeared, there were no more big reptiles. At three minutes before midnight, man appeared. At one fourth of a second before midnight, Christ arrived. At one fortieth of a second before midnight, the Industrial Revolution began."
The Secret History of Lead
"3000 BCE. First significant production of lead.

1943 CE. Report concludes eating lead paint chips causes physical and neurological disorders, behavior, learning and intelligence problems in children." Ed., duh, um doh!.
Is the Conscious Mind Subtly Linked to a Basic Level of the Universe? Stuart Hameroff takes a pry bar to our nature. Roger Penrose had significant influence on this important paper.
"What is empty space? This question also stems from ancient Greece. Democritus argued that empty space was a true void whereas Aristotle contended that it was in fact a plenum (background filled with substance)-a medium in which heat and light traveled. Siding with Aristotle, Maxwell's 19th century theory of the luminiferous ether described a plenum that carried electromagnetic waves. However attempts to detect the ether failed and Einstein's special relativity in 1905 reverted to Democritus in that empty space was an absolute void. However ten years later Einstein's general relativity with its curved space and distorted geometry reversed his stand to opt for a richly-endowed plenum termed the spacetime metric.

More importantly, neurons are alive and we don't yet know what that implies for consciousness."


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Power vs Dignity - The Wolf in Alaska & the Yukon

Yukon First Nations shared the landscape with grizzly bears for thousands of years. A person who met a grizzly on the trail or in a berry patch would speak quietly to the bear, explaining that he was out hunting moose (or she was out gathering berries) to feed the family and meant no harm to the bear.