July 10, 2012
Sometimes the truth comes out. Not often, when you’re talking about media. It’s here, though, short but not sweet. A friend sent this to me, and I hope you’ll send it on however you can. Those of us who love this country are sick at what it has become, and, as the guy in this short clip says, the first step to fixing something is to tell the truth about what’s broken.
June 4, 2012
The person who sent this piece around, sent it with this message:
“Some of you will never read past the third paragraph. Others will devour this document and send it around the world. College students everywhere should be so lucky as to hear these words of wisdom from someone that is not a teacher. If you see this as a political piece, that speaks volumes about your approach to life and what you expect from it.”
Well, I’d never heard of Neal Boortz, but he certainly nailed down the truth –from one point of view. And, like so many people in law, in politics, and in the media – and apparently he belongs to all three groups — he seems to think that his truths, because they are true, can be opposed only by falsehoods. He seems to think that his truth is the whole story, rather than merely the case for the prosecution. It seems not to occur to him that truths can be opposed by other truths that are equally true.
Is that where you stand? Are you one who thinks that truth is all on one side, or do you see that, in real life, truth comes not row by row, but in opposites?
If all the truth were in one point of view, wouldn’t everyone have embraced that truth by now? And, conversely, if people were in the habit of conceding that opposite points of view might have their own validity, would our politics and public shouting-matches (one can hardly call them discourse) be so poisonous?
Those who are old enough to remember post-war politics may remember that there was a time when people knew that only know-it-alls thought they had a monopoly on truth. There was a time when only borderline personalities were sure that any ideas or values opposite to their own were automatically evil or stupid.
The fact is, in this world of dualities, truth comes in pairs. You can’t choose Authority OR Freedom; can’t choose Liberty OR Equality; can’t choose Individual OR Society.
Nothing comes without its valid opposite.
We choose. Either consciously or unconsciously, we choose. Life gives us no choice but choice. But the values we choose are not the only true values.
It is not true, and never can be true, that we are right and everybody else is wrong.
It isn’t true, and never can be true, that all our values are valid and any values that may cut against them are invalid.
It isn’t true, and never can be true, that all the right is on one side.
Here’s a suggestion. Whether you are liberal or conservative, read Boortz’ speech while doing two things: (a) remember that he is not wrong, and (b) remember that an equally true speech could be written that would counter every one of his points.
I predict that you will find either (a) or (b) difficult or impossible to do. But if you can at least remember that it can be done, you will be better off than most of the people in public discourse today.
June 1, 2012
Latest Michael Ventura column. I never saw Route 66 as a boy. Kind of makes me wish I had.
LETTERS AT 3AM –
“EVER RIDE THE WAVES IN OKLAHOMA?’
Austin Chronicle – June 1, 2012
Austin, 1962. Just south of the University of Texas, a building is going up. It might be Dobie Mall. We’re facing northeast on an unfinished floor that’s open to the sky. The camera pans to follow Tod (Martin Milner) riding a cable suspended from a crane. A small UT stadium is far in the background; directly below, a residential street continues north. The camera pans west to reveal a not-yet-gigantic university, its tower, and a few buildings along the Drag. The rest is treetops. Nothing obstructs a view of distant hills.
May 29, 2012
This email stuff can take some funny bounces. A friend this morning emails me about an article that I had sent him more than a year ago, he says. I don’t remember it, but I thought, well, let’s see what a search turns up. Turned up these, which should be of general interest. Beyond these, there is Wikipedia on the subject: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baigong_Pipes
China Baffled By ‘Alien’ Pyramid, Pipes & Caves
BEIJING, China — A team of Chinese scientists is to head out to the far west of the country to investigate a mystery pyramid that local legend says is a launch tower left by aliens from space.
Nine scientists will travel this month to probe the origins of the 50-60 meter (165-198 ft) tall structure — dubbed “the ET relics” — in the western province of Qinghai, China’s state-run Xinhua agency said on Wednesday.
The mystery pyramid sits on Mount Baigong, has three caves with triangular openings on its facade and is filled with red-hued pipes leading into the mountain and a nearby salt water lake, Xinhua said.
Rusty iron scraps, pipes and unusually shaped stones are scattered around the inhospitable and largely uninhabited area, it said.
A research fellow at a nearby observatory of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Yang Ji, told Xinhua the theory the pyramid was created by extra terrestrials was “understandable and worth looking into.”
“But scientific means must be employed to prove whether or not it is true,” Yang said.
Xinhua has not given any details on the age of the structure, or any other possible explanations for it.
But a study carried out by a local smeltery suggests the pipes are very old, Liu Shaolin, the engineer who carried out the analysis, told Xinhua.
These findings have made the site more mysterious, says Qin Jianwen, a spokesman for the Delingha government.
“Nature is harsh here. There are no residents let alone modern industry in the area, only a few migrant herdsmen to the north of the mountain,” Qin said.
This will be the first time scientists are heading out to study the mysterious site near Delingha City in the depths of the Qaidam Basin, according to sources with the Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.
From English People Daily
The widespread news of mysterious iron pipes at the foot of Mount Baigong, located in the depths of the Qaidam Basin, Qinghai Province of northwest China, has roused concern from related departments.
Some experts believe that these might be relics left behind by extraterrestrial beings (ET), for the site, with its high altitude and thin, crisp air, has long been held as an ideal place to practice astronomy.
Three caves are found at the foot of Mount Baigong. Two of them have collapsed and are inaccessible. The middle one is the biggest, with its floor standing two meters above the ground and its top eight meters above the ground.
This cave is about six meters in depth, a little like a cave dug out by human beings, with pure sand and rock inside.
What is astonishing is inside for there is a half-pipe about 40 centimeters in diameter tilting from the top to the inner end of the cave. Another pipe of the same diameter goes into the earth with only its top visible above the ground.
At the opening of the cave there are a dozen pipes at the diameter between 10 and 40 centimeters run into the mount straightly, showing high fixing technique.
About 80 meters away from the caves is the shimmering Toson Lake, on whose beach 40 meters away, many iron pipes can be found scattered on sands and rocks. They run in the east-west direction with a diameter between 2 and 4.5 centimeters. They are of various strange shapes and the thinnest is like a toothpick, but not blocked inside after years of sand movement.
More strange is that there are also some pipes in the lake, some reaching above water surface and some buried below, with similar shapes and thickness with those on the beach.
The Baigong Pipes- Nature or OOPart?
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The strange landscape near Mt. Baigong
by Ernie Diaz
We’re all familiar with the concept of modern technology having ancient Chinese analogues. But a 2002 discovery in remote Qinghai province is anachronistic enough to constitute an OOPart. Out-of-place-artifacts are so unusual, or found in such improbable contexts, that mainstream science has no plausible explanation for them.
The crystal skulls of Mexico referenced in the latest Indiana Jones movie, the iron pillar of Delhi, and the ancient Greek Antikythera mechanism are examples of OOPart yet to be explained. Like these, the pipes of Qinghai’s Mount Baigong suggest a level of technology simply inconceivable for the apparent era of their manufacture. Those open-minded enough to think “extraterrestrial” when searching for a theory, while often dismissed out-of-hand, have like-minded souls in some of the Chinese scientists investigating.
Locals, residing forty kilometers southeast of Qinghai’s Delingha city, have known of the pipes for centuries. They credit aliens for their construction, and even have legends of extraterrestrial visitors to Mt. Baigong. Although the stories are met with predictable skepticism, they become harder to laugh off when one takes in the sixty-meter pyramid near the mountain’s summit. Superficially, the pyramid could be shrugged off as having been shaped by natural forces. For some reason, however, the structure has not been conclusively studied, at least officially.
Near the foot of Mt. Baigong lie three caves, the largest and most accessible some eight meters high by six meters deep. Inside, spanning from the roof to the back end of the cave, runs a pipe 40 cm in diameter. Another one roughly the same size runs into the earth from the floor, with just the top protruding.
A piece of Baigong pipe
The pipes, according to tests carried out at a local smeltery, are made chiefly of iron, but with an unusual thirty percent silicon dioxide in their matrix. They are also centuries old, if Xinhua and its source, Liu Shaolin, the engineer who carried out preliminary tests, are to be believed. Strange, but easily written off as a bizarre metallurgical operation by some nomads with too much time on their hands, assuming geological origins of the eerily symmetrical pyramid.
However, dozens of pipe openings have been discovered in the mountains far above the caves. Now these nomads must be credited with some advanced system of drilling since forgotten, as there is no modern industry in the area nor record of such. Not far from the foot of Baigong sits Toson Lake, on whose beach run many more iron pipes in unlikely patterns and in a variety of diameters, toothpick-sized at the thinnest. More pipes are in the lake, some protruding above the water surface, others buried beneath the lake’s bed.
Although nine Chinese scientists were reportedly dispatched to make a detailed analysis of the pipes in 2002, there has been no further information. This hasn’t prevented local government from promoting the site as a tourist attraction. A CCTV crew went to Mt. Baigong soon after, accompanied by researchers from the Beijing UFO Research Association, but no record or footage of the expedition has come to our attention. If this is because such documentation would be widely laughed off, then they would at the expense of Yang Ji, a research fellow of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences who told Xinhua that the extraterrestrial theory was “understandable and worth looking into”.
Then again, plain old terrestrial science has many mysteries left to be fully explained. Similar pipe-like structures have been found in the Jurassic sandstone of the Southwestern United States, as well as in Citronelle formations in Louisiana. No pyramids have been found close on, and researchers have concluded that they were formed through natural processes. But similar conclusions from scientists studying the Baigong pipes have yet to be announced, six years later.
May 25, 2012
Who would have guessed, prior to November, 1963, that this was the world we were heading toward? In those innocent days, we thought this was the outcome we were trying to avoid. I suppose it’s a case of becoming like the worst in those you fight.
NATO. “1984″ Revisited. When “War is Peace”
By Ross Ruthenberg
Global Research, May 21, 2012
URL of this article: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=30954
Considering the current state of world peace and NATO’s Responsibility to Protect (R2P) policy and to maintain a proper sense of balance, George Orwell’s book “1984″ should be reviewed periodically. In the spirit of the NATO Summit in Chicago, I present a few quotes from that textbook-for- tomorrow:
* “If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say this or that even, it never happened-that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death.”
* “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? Has it ever occurred to your, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now? The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact, there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking-not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
* “All rulers in all ages have tried to impose a false view of the world upon their followers.”
* Then the face of Big Brother faded away again and instead the three slogans of the Party stood out in bold capitals:
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH”
* Once when he happened in some connexion to mention the war against Eurasia, she startled him by saying casually that in her opinion the war was not happening. The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Government of Oceania itself, ‘just to keep people frightened’. This was an idea that had literally never occurred to him.”
* The object of waging a war is always to be in a better position in which to wage another war.
* The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.
* The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture, and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from ordinary hypocrisy; they are deliberate exercises in DOUBLETHINK. For it is only by reconciling contradictions that power can be retained indefinitely.”
* He also said they were wrong in equating the military alliance to a “war machine.” “If that’s the basis for the protests, it’s actually based on lack of knowledge. our organization is a peace movement.
[Oh wait! That's not the Ministry of Truth speaking, that's NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen!  ]
May 8, 2012
I agree with Dr. Roberts that there was something fishy about the way Watergate was used to destroy the Nixon presidency. I didn’t think so at the time, but in retrospect it has seemed more and more obvious. Like John F. Kennedy, his agenda threatened too many people’s rice bowls.
Disinformation On Every Front
Global Research, May 5, 2012
URL of this article: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=30706
May 7, 2012
It’s always a pleasure when you realize you have reason to go from feeling like you are the sole voice in the wilderness to realizing that you not only aren’t alone, you’re probably in the back ranks. Here it is.
I have many friends, highly educated, acutely intelligent, vividly empathetic and altruistic, who believe to the core that overpopulation is not only a conceivable problem, even an inevitable problem, but in fact an overwhelming and current problem. I think, ’tain’t so, and this article does too. It makes a couple points that are worth pondering. However, that said, it doesn’t mean I agree with everything the author says and doesn’t mean I agree with every political conclusion he draws. Still, worth reading
Global Research, May 5, 2012