Thursday, January 19, 2017

Will Trump really become president?

Will this lying [blank], who saved us all from Hillary, really become the 45th? (AP)

We are MERMAIDS! (photos)

Spirit of Caitlin, Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; Hellmuth Hecker; Timothyna Duncan (DailyMail.com, Jan. 18, 2017); Dr. Doreen Virtue
Real-life mermaids like Melissa Dawn and friends live out the dream (dailymail.co.uk).
My tail means a lot to me. "I sometimes joke that I wear a prosthetic because I was born with a terrible birth defect -- which is legs," the modern American mermaid Cyanea explains.
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Mermaid Melissa knows the life (dailymail)
Inside America's secret community of MERFOLK where men and women identify as part-human and part-fish -- and some give up their day jobs to could concentrate on this full-time.
  • Caitlin Nielsen dreamed of being a mermaid from a young age and declared at kindergarten it was what she wanted to be when she grew up.
  • In 2015 the biology graduate quit her job to focus full-time on following her dream.
  • She is part of a growing community of people who identify as part-human, part-fish and call themselves merfolk.
When Caitlin Nielsen told her kindergarten teacher she wanted to be a mermaid when she grew up, the kids laughed at her.
 
Those who in a past life were mermaids (sea nymphs) sometimes have a hard time adjusting to life on land. Note the European folklore of the Silkies (Sealfolk) in Ireland, Iceland, and the area.
 
The real thing today -- what is it?
But now aged 32, Caitlin is living her dream: She is part of a "secret" American community of people in Seattle who identify as part-human, part-fish and call themselves merfolk.
 
Caitlin had long dreamed of being a mermaid and watching the Disney movie The Little Mermaid only excited her aspirations.
 
So in 2015 the biology graduate quit her job so she could focus full-time on her real ambition: being a full-time mermaid. [Suck it, grown up world of monkey-clad business apes in ties and shaved apes in sensible shoes!]

Under her mer name of "Cyanea," she earns a living running mermaid workshops and creates majestic silicone tails. But for her -- and many more of her kind -- it is more than a tail: It is part of her, and she refers to it as a "prosthetic limb." More + PHOTOS + VIDEO

Lana Del Rey: bi mermaid or tease?
A strange theme runs through Lana Del Rey's ecstatic song "Freak," which seems to have started in "Music to Watch Boys To" video

Mermaids were real
"Mermaids were real" Dr. Doreen Virtue, Ph.D. (AngelTherapy.com); Ashley Wells, Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly, updated, first published Nov. 20, 2012
Real-life mermaid inspired by Disney wears tail, holds breath (dailymail.co.uk)


() Dr. Virtue, guitarist for Obsidian (with Mark Watson and Tatiana), and her friend Angela Hartfield are mermaids on an adventure to the Obsidian song "Find That Place." Ocean footage in Kona, Hawaii, Fiji. Editing by Jeff Leicher, Jack's Diving Locker, Kona, and Michael Allen.

Water-devi Doreen Virtue (angeltherapy.com)
If dogs are "man's best friend," dolphins are women's. And it's okay. According to geneticists and other scientists examining fossilized structures, dogs and dolphins evolved from one to the other.

They are both mammals breathing atmospheric air rather than strictly depending on air pulled from water through gills.
 
Aquatic Ape theorists may be onto something. There is a sutra with a strange echo of mermaid lore. The Buddha's chief male disciple Maha Moggallana, who was "foremost in psychic powers," mentioned mermaids [Middle Length Discourses, Bhikkhu Bodhi (trans.), MN 50.25]:
 
"In the middle of the ocean
There are mansions aeon-lasting,
Sapphire-shining, fiery-gleaming
With a clear translucent luster,
Where iridescent sea-nymphs dance
In complex, intricate rhythms."
(MN 50.25, Ven. Nanamoli/Bhikkhu Bodhi translation)
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There be dragon? (Evs in Nz)
Dr. Doreen Virtue dazzled millions by talking about the reality of mermaids on Coast to Coast. They really used to exist on Earth, the surface of which was 70% covered by water. The water was brought here. Our bodies are also 70% water.

Mer-persons (mer meaning mar, maritime, marine, "ocean") were once as common as dolphins. But they were killed off. They came to exist only as earthbound-devas, subtle light beings, fairies delighting in water. Seamen have been spotting them for millennia.
 
The mermaid archetype is powerful in our collective consciousness. We all recognize them. And many of us are drawn to them. Dr. Virtue makes becoming one possible with the help of modern technology and a variety of unifin/monofin models. More

A Sutra with Mermaids
Dhr. Seven (ed.) based on MN 50, Hellmuth Hecker's life of Venerable Maha Moggallana
Maritime lore: golden sea nymph or waterbound deva on Prince Frederick's barge (wiki)
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Mara even bothers enlightened disciples.
Soon after the final nirvana of Sariputra, the Buddha's chief male disciple "foremost in wisdom" (counterpart of the Buddhist nun Khema), Mara (the Buddhist Tempter figure, the Evil One, the personification of Death), did something strange.

He entered Maha Moggallana's belly and traveled into his bowels. Maha Moggallana was the Buddha's chief male disciple "foremost in magical powers" (counterpart of the Buddhist nun Uppalavana).

Mara could not make him possessed by entering his head because Mara had access only to the lowest chakra on the fully enlightened chief disciple. Maha Moggallana, however, quickly discerned what was happening and calmly told Mara to get out. Go away; you have been recognized.

Mara was perplexed and could not believe this, surprised he had been found out so soon. He thought, in his delusion, that even the Buddha would not have discerned his presence so quickly.

But even as these things occurred to Mara, Maha Moggallana read his thoughts and again ordered him out. Mara escaped from his hiding place through Maha Moggallana's mouth and stood at the meditation hut's door post.

Great Moggallana told him that he knew him not only from today but was aware of Mara's karmic past and his line of descent. In this way, Great Moggallana manifested three supernormal faculties: the divine or third eye, telepathy, and recollection of past lives.

 
It was only on this occasion, reported in the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Majjhima Nikaya 50), that Great Moggallana spoke of his recollection of his own distant past lives.

He began by declaring this in verse:

"In the middle of the ocean
There are mansions aeon-lasting,
Sapphire-shining, fiery-gleaming
With a clear translucent luster,
Where iridescent sea-nymphs dance
In complex, intricate rhythms."
 
Ariel and that funny little lobster guy in Disney Corporation's The Little Mermaid
 
Mermaid (killmydaynow.com)
The following is the gist of what he then told Mara the Evil One.

The first buddha appearing in this our "fortunate aeon" (bhadda-kalpa) with its five buddhas was the Buddha Kakusanda. He lived when the human lifespan was 40,000 years and when the first darkening of the Golden Age became evident because of a ruler's lack of concern and the occurrence of the first theft among people.

Because of that, the vital energy of humans was reduced to half. At that time, Great Moggallana was Mara, chief of demons, lord of the lower worlds, and his name was Mara Dusi or "Mara the Corrupter." He had a sister named Kali, whose son at that time was to become the Mara Namuci of our age.

Therefore, Great Moggallana's own nephew was now standing in front of him at the door post. While being the mara of that distant time, Great Moggallana had attacked a chief disciple of the previous Buddha by taking possession of a boy and making him throw a shard of pottery at the enlightened disciple's head so that it broke his skin and blood came forth.

When the Buddha Kakusandha saw this, he said: "Truly, Mara knows no moderation here" -- because even in diabolical actions there might be moderation.

Under the glance of the Perfectly Enlightened One, the astral body of Mara Dusi (Great Moggallana in that previous life) dissolved on the spot and reappeared in the deepest hell known as the "Waveless" or Avici.

Just a moment before he had been the overlord of all the hellish worlds, and now he himself was one of hell's victims. A moment before he had been the greatest torturer, and now he himself was undergoing one of those terrible torments.

Such is the rapid change in situations in the Wheel of Rebirth (samsara). For many thousands of years Mara Dusi/Great Moggallana had to suffer in the lowest hell as a natural consequence of his frivolity towards a saintly enlightened being.

Ten thousand years he had to spend alone in a hellish pool, with a human body and the head of a fish, just as Pieter Breughel painted such beings in his pictures of the hells.

Whenever two slowly penetrating lances of his torturers crossed in his heart, he would know that a thousand years of his torment had passed (MN 50).
 
After this encounter with Mara, which once more brought to his mind the terrors of samsara from which he now was free forever, fully enlightened Great Moggallana felt that the time of his last birth was running out.

Being fully enlightened, a Buddhist "saint," he saw no reason for making use of his ability to extend, by an act of will, his life span up to the end of this kalpa (Pali kappa, which really means "the normal lifespan" for the time rather than its usual meaning of "aeon").

So he calmly allowed impermanence to take its lawful course. As many great sages of the East and many arhats (enlightened beings, saints) following the Buddha did, he left behind a kind of autobiography in verses (gathas) that summarize how he, as a liberated one, had since becoming fully enlightened passed through all of the situations of his life unperturbed and unshaken.

Events that completely overwhelm others left him calm. These verses, found in the Psalms of the Brethren or Verses of the Elders (Theragatha) could be summed up by saying that none of samsara's upheavals appeared to him extraordinary, nor could anything disturb the equipoise of his enlightenment.

The disappointment (ill, woe, suffering, dukkha) of the world no longer touched him as he lived in a peace that transcended all of the pain, perplexity, and restlessness of existence: The verses begin with events of his life in the world:
  • Wherever others craved for possessions, as a forest hermit he was content with an austere life of few wants (Theragatha 1146-1149).
  • Once when a harlot tried to seduce him, he rejected her just as the Buddha had rejected Mara's daughters (Thag. 1150-1157).
  • When his best friend Sariputra -- the Buddha's other chief male disciple -- had died, he was not agitated by sorrow as was Ananda, who had not yet become an arhat, but instead remained serene and unshaken, full of understanding and compassion (1158-1163).
Then the verses turn to events of a supernormal nature such as his shaking a monastery building with his toe (1164) and his undisturbed meditation in a mountain cleft in the midst of thunder and lightning (1167)... More

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sex: Why do men cheat? (video)

Shmuley Boteach (Big Think); Emily Hart; Ashley Wells, Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly
Shmuley Boteach, an American Orthodox rabbi, is author of Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer.

Let me tell you why.
Why Men Cheat is explained by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. How would a rabbi know? He counsels a lot of couples and a lot of distressed men. Boteach argues that men have affairs not so much for the sex itself -- it goes much deeper. It's because their low self-esteem requires constant affirmation. The sex in the equation doesn't hurt, but it also doesn't explain the behavior. They would resort to prostitutes if it did. It would certainly be a lot easier, if much more skanky and dangerous and disgusting to your partner. Do what you want to, but how will you ignore karma?

WARNING: Profanity! "10 Reasons Why" with funny British Emily Hart
 
When is sex "sexual misconduct"?
NOTE: Wisdom Quarterly affirms sex work as an occupation if it does not exploit, demean, or otherwise bring about harm to the parties involved. That's a tall order because harm is almost certainly, though not necessarily, going to be involved. It is not a great choice, but it is a choice. For often sexist US society does not provide viable options to females who find that they desperately need money. Adults may make their own choices, legal or not, whereas all children involved in sex work are being trafficked in modern slavery. But a prostitute with a married man is still herself a cheater, along with the man, by Buddhism's definition of "sexual misconduct" or kamesu micchacara. So is it really worth it.

Buddha statue discovered in lake (video)

CCTV; CNN; SOE; Rebecca Shapiro, The Huffington Post; CC Liu (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly



Chinese locals spotted the head of the 12-foot statue poking out of the lake. What is it?

600-year-old Buddha statue discovered in China as reservoir water level drops
Magao cave Buddhist temples, China (GB)
Archeologists believe that an ancient Buddha statue discovered by villagers in China’s Jiangxi Province is about 600 years old, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, state news agency Xinhua reported last week.
 
The top of the statue was spotted last month when villagers noticed a Buddha’s head sticking out of the Hongmen Reservoir. According to Xinhua, water levels in the reservoir had fallen due to a recent construction project, revealing a sculpture.
 
Buddhism in ancient Greek art (answers.com)
After an underwater expedition, researchers confirmed that the statue was about 12 feet long and carved into the cliffside. They also found the base of a hall beneath the statue and a 30-character inscription, which archeologists believe indicate that a temple had previously been there.
 
The reservoir was built in 1958 on the ruins of the ancient Xiaoshi Township, according to county records obtained by Xinhua. The Buddha statue was erected at the intersection of two rivers.
 
Xu Changqing, director of the Research Institute of Archaeology of Jiangxi province, told CNN that the statue may have been protected by being underwater for so many years... More

DMT, consciousness; "religion" is B.S. ...(video)

Let me see, let me see! I want to see through the doors of perception.


Reality makes sense; not history.
The great Graham Hancock is a British writer and journalist. In this recent interview, it is as if he is speaking for Wisdom Quarterly: American Buddhist Journal. The editorial board agrees with him and the interviewer.

Hancock specializes in unconventional theories involving our forbidden history: ancient civilizations, DMT, American mysticism (Amazonian ayahuasca), gods/devas, megaliths (stone monuments), enhanced states of consciousness, ancient myths, and astronomical/astrological data from the past.

One of the themes running through many of his books is a posited global connection with a "mother culture" from which all ancient historical civilizations sprang. "We are a species with amnesia," declares Hancock (Fingerprints of the Gods). We have been lied to and denied our history. It is our job to recover it and get to the truth.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Obama to release Chelsea Bradley Manning!

Editors, Pfc. Sandoval, Pat Macpherson, Wisdom Quarterly; RootsAction.org
Hey, F all you all. I'm part of a movement to keep the status quo no matter what (AP).
Look at me. I am the man who sold the world: CIA-groomed stooge B.S. Obama (AP).

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Stop US torture (freechelsea.com)
We are no fans of the best president we never had, the great letdown that was Obama.

But he has done three good things: made blacks proud, commuted the sentence of Chelsea Bradley Manning, and probably at least one other thing. What's so bad about Obama -- from the left side of viewing the political scene? Let's tell the exiting Obama himself:

Look, I made some mistakes. Ask Michael.
Finally, President B.S. (Barry Soetoro) Obama -- after
  • selling us out,
  • burning us,
  • lying to us,
  • serving the military-industrial complex,
  • starting more wars than any president in U.S. history (not declared "wars" blessed by Congress but secret wars and kinetic actions, conflicts, and daring others to provoke the US to fabricate a pretext to launch a strike disguised as a retaliation),
  • The Audacity of Hope Lying
  • selling us down the river to the insurance industry and Big Pharma by passing Romneycare in place of a real single payer plan people could afford, then swapping the name out to the Orwellian euphemism (Newspeak) "Affordable Care Act,"
  • illegally assassinating/droning enemies and US citizens,
  • signing the indefinite detention (NDAA) act,
  • continuing the Patriot Act,
  • signing off on secret executive acts,
  • remaining by and large silent racist event after racist event,
  • capitulating to Republicans at every turn and accommodating adversaries as if you worked for them instead of in an adversarial system,
  • giving great speeches of sweet lies and soaring oratory,
  • delivering great jokes written for you with competence if not actual comedic chops,
  • failing to live up to "lawyer," "professor of constitutional law," and "Nobel Peace Prize laureate" titles,
  • ...
Obama was great because he was all things to all people and a very convincing liar.
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Why didn't you help my wife, boy?
-- today commuted the sentence of U.S. military whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning now seven years a prisoner going by the name of Chelsea Manning.
 
Manning was previously serving a 35 year sentence in military prison for telling the truth. Now that sentence will be commuted to time served. Manning is expected to be released in May 2017.
 
Thanks, Obama. Too bad you didn't have the guts to do things like this while you were president of the corporation of the U.S. And what about Native American Leonard Peltier , African American Mumia Abu Jamal, or NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden? How about a get-out-of-jail-free card for Julian Assange or Hillary in case Pres. Trump follows through on the "Lock her up!" campaign promise?
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War is peace (George Orwell, 1984)
When Dr. Stephen Greer (disclosureproject.org) asked Obama, "Disclose the presence of extraterrestrials" on the world stage when you're at the podium, after showing him convincing evidence, Obama said he was afraid to defy parts of the government with their own funding and not under his control.

Obama did -- while promising change and transparency -- has done everything the teleprompter writers could dream of having him. And no one could decry him without risking being called a racist.
 
Of course, the Manning commutation may not stand if Republican Speaker Ryan or the new Trump administration can find a way to rescind it. Thanks, Obama. You've shown that the only way for a person to get along in Washington, D.C. is to go along.

Monday, January 16, 2017

NEW Martin Luther King Jr. speech found!

Amy Goodman (DemocracyNow.org); Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Newly discovered 1964 MLK speech on civil rights, segregation, South Africa Apartheid


Listen up, America: Black Lives Matter
This is a Democracy Now! and Pacifica Radio Archives exclusive, the airing of a newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On December 7th, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, Reverend King gave a brilliant major address in London on segregation, the fight for civil rights, and his support for Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.

MLK's friend, Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh
The speech was recorded by Saul Bernstein, who was working as the European correspondent for Pacifica Radio. Bernstein’s recording was recently discovered by Brian DeShazor (KPFA.org), director of the Pacifica Radio Archives.
 
The Speech
Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (pacificaradioarchives.org)
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Implicitly biased police: "Stop Killing Us!!"
REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING: I want to talk with you mainly about our struggle in the United States and, before taking my seat, talk about some of the larger struggles in the whole world and some of the more difficult struggles in places like South Africa.

But there is a desperate, poignant question on the lips of people all over our country and all over the world. I get it almost everywhere I go and almost every press conference.

It is a question of whether we are making any real progress in the struggle to make racial justice a reality in the United States of America.

And whenever I seek to answer that question, on the one hand, I seek to avoid an undue pessimism; on the other hand, I seek to avoid a superficial optimism.

And I try to incorporate or develop what I consider a realistic position...

We'll be ready for the fire next time.

"The Itchy and Scratchy Show" (cartoon)

Editors, Wisdom Quarterly; Matt Groening, Mr. Brooks, "The Simpsons" (FOX TV)
I want us to make love, Duck. - I'll kill you, motherf'er! - Don't talk that way, Donald.
  
Sex is obscene, but (violent) war is holy
We censor even cartoon boobs to protect kids.
What's America's longest running and most successful TV show? The beloved Simpsons. But isn't one of the funniest parts, at least in the early years, the psychotically ultra-violent Itchy and Scratchy. It's so shockingly accurate as a depiction of the violent pablum we are fed in summer blockbuster movies and the endless stream of childish cartoons and kid-friendly programming we consume.

Altering consciousness? No, kids, no!
Mars (Ares) forbid we watch anything about sex or mature loving! Our parents and the ladies at the PTA, the censors at Al Gore's wife's PMRC, and all the do-gooders in the country. We want sex, we want to learn about sex, and it would be really good if the adults stopped molesting us and being hypocrites who themselves were molested but can never talk about it. This is a sexual misconduct obsessed society. 

And the only time we ever came close to normal was the fabled Sixties, which mostly took place in the Seventies, but was undermined and it caused us to remember all the participants as "dirty hippies" and debauchery. It was a time of true love and mind expanding entheogens.

The clandestine agencies went in with the Fifties' mentality made it "dirty," "shameful," and "disgusting." But everyone looks back fondly on that brief time of peace, love, and happiness.

What's this killing material, Wily E Coyote?
Again as in pre-Sixties America, it's all toy guns for kids, real guns for everybody else, and shoot at will if you feel the slightest bit threatened, except don't you dare even dream of pointing your pistol (or empty hand) at an authority, who is authorized and eager to shoot you dead with impunity. That means with no consequences other than the possible guilt and certain bad karma of harming and killing.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Trees really do TALK (TED audio)

Suzanne Simard, 1-TED Radio Hour NPR/TED Staff; Editors, Wisdom Quarterly
How do Trees [Cooperate and] Collaborate?
Mycelium Running (Paul Stamets)
(12:28) Mushrooms are the basis of the communicating forest: Ecologist Suzanne Simard shares how she discovered and scientifically proved that trees use underground fungi (mycelium) networks to communicate and share resources, uprooting the idea that nature constantly competes for survival. It is smarter than that: it cooperates because it knows that the health of one is interdependent on the health of many. Her segment appeared on the TED Radio Hour episode called "Networks."
Suzanne Simard is a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia. Her work demonstrates that complex, symbiotic networks in forests mimic our own neural and social networks. She has 30 years of experience studying the forests of Canada.

California has enormous sequoia drive-through redwood trees (SFGate.com)