Archive for August, 2015


end-of-the-world update

Delphic Sibyl by Michelangelo


According to web-based prophets of doom, we have only two or three weeks before the next anticipated collapse of everything we regard as normalcy. How many alerts have we been through before? At least four dates predicted by Harold Camping. Y2K. The “end” of the Mayan calendar in 2012. A firestorm was even predicted for 2013 by Grigori Rasputin (yes, the same guy who brought down the Romanov dynasty) in which most life on earth was to have been destroyed. Now, according to John Hagee and others, we’re supposed to be terrified by four “blood moons” in 2014-2015.

I’m not too worried. I have a full water supply and a two year-subsistence food supply… though I don’t really expect I’ll have to use it. As I have said with every prior apocalyptic prophesy: if living out here has taught me anything, it is that the sun will always rise the morning-after. The greatest danger of disaster exists between our ears and in places where there is a cacophony of mindless panic—in cities, schools, and on the Internet.

This isn’t to say that something bad won’t happen—bad stuff happens every day—but it is not a foregone conclusion that the bad stuff will defeat us. In fact, any coming adversity may just be the making of our world.

There is no education like adversity. Good things, new things, are often birthed from adversity. In fact, innovation is typically the only means of overcoming adversity. A spiritual rebirth out of adversity causes us to become new creatures. The ultimate function of prophecy is not to tell the future, but to imagine and make it. A better future would be impossible without adversity, otherwise we would be stuck in the past forever.

But more than likely, we will have to continue to muddle on as before. That second shoe never seems to drop.


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Darren GoforthIn my post “The People Against the Police,” I predicted instances of the public lashing out against police officers such as occurred Friday night, when sheriff’s deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was shot dead in a “cold-blooded execution” by an assailant while gassing his vehicle near Houston TX.

At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman announced that Shannon J. Miles, 30, a person who had been in custody since early Saturday morning, is charged with capital murder.

Shannon J milesInvestigators say Goforth had worked an accident scene at around 8:30 pm, then went to a gas station. As he was pumping gas, detectives say Miles approached Goforth from behind, said nothing and fired multiple shots. The Houston Chronicle says: “Even after Goforth fell to the ground, the man continued firing shot after shot into his body before fleeing in a red or maroon Ford Ranger pickup.

Goforth was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a news conference early Saturday afternoon, a visibly angry Hickman said that “the working motive for this at this point is absolute madness.” Hickman lashed out at what he called “incendiary rhetoric” about law enforcement.

Hickman said the motive for the killing had not been determined but investigators would look at whether Miles, who is black, was motivated by anger over recent killings elsewhere of black men by police that have spawned the “Black Lives Matter” protest movement. Officials say Goforth had no previous interaction with Miles.

An angry and shaken District Attorney Devon Anderson said while there will always be “a few bad apples” that “vast majority of police officers are good,” she said. That’s true, but it sidesteps the fact that a police culture has evolved nationally which views the police officer as warrior and the average citizen as the enemy. Think of an apple crate in which rot has been steadily spreading to even the good apples.

Goforth was apparently guilty of nothing more than wearing his deputy’s uniform. His murder appears to be a purely opportunistic crime. This type of incident will likely become a more common thing until the police do something to reform their culture and redeem themselves in the eyes of the people.




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monument valley road 2.

This is the first day of the fortnight (August 29 – September 12) governed by the rune Rad or Raidho. It has a phonetic value of “R.” Its meaning is variously described as “road,” “riding” (as on horseback), “wagon,” and “wheel” (as on a wagon or chariot). In fact, the German word “Rad” does translate as “wheel.” It is referred to as the “travelers rune.” However, my preference of meaning is “road,” as I have devoted so many years to driving and understand the road as a unifying metaphor.

raidhoIn its essence, Rad signifies the channeling of your life-force along the right road leading to the right result. The “right road” traces a particular path leading to your particular destiny. Everyone’s pathways reflect the natural laws of Karma and Dharma. Your “right” path illuminates the way forward and gives you the means to get there. This dynamic is reinforced by the Rad’s position opposite Tyr (meaning “arrow”) on the Runic Compass. I think of this pairing as representing the arrow of eternal time.

The relationship of Rad and Tyr along a single axis also has special significance to me because it was within the fortnight of Rad that Holly died. Somehow the timing of her death seemed appropriate: it was an auspicious time for her to be traveling the road on her soul journey. That the rune on the other end of the axis is Tyr reminded me that her journey through time would ultimately result in spiritual triumph. It was a strange comfort to me that her death seemed to come at the appropriate time.

I have since come to understand this soul journey we take at a deep level that I know as truth. We are eternal spirits who have serial human experiences. We each come into this lifetime with a spiritual “learning assignment.” We are born into particular families and circumstances in order to experience certain lessons which can be framed within an overarching theme—and probably several stacked themes as you think into it more deeply.

One of the major themes in my present lifetime has been “Learning from Illness and Death.” From the time since I was a young boy, most of the significant people in my life have had chronic illnesses and disabilities. Many of the most important lessons in my life have resulted from my observation of, and participation in, the challenges and choices that have accompanied the mental and physical maladies of people I love. The greatest emotional landmarks in my life history have included standing in for my mother at the commitment of my father to a VA hospital when I was twelve years old and Holly using my finger as a bite-stick when a surgical tube was being removed from her abdomen without anesthetic. Now that I am older and experiencing irreversible changes in my own health, it is clear that I have been learning and preparing my whole life to live well and wisely in this present moment.

When it is my time to die, I know there will a review of my life and a summation of what it has taught me and what I have learned before I am given my next assignment and continue down the road of spiritual progress. I am blessed that I have had glimpses of my immediate past life, and through them, have gained a sense of the continuity of experience which exists from one lifetime to the next. This continuity is for me the deepest meaning of Rad and the “road” it represents.

In esoteric terms, Rad also represents the “vehicle” which must be employed in order to achieve anything, but most important, to achieve spiritual development. Rad signifies the necessity to appropriately channel our energies and attention if we wish to achieve the results we desire. The emphasis of Rad is being in the right place at the right time to perform the right act.

But the main emphasis is on personal transformation. It signifies seeking and striving, a quest and search for spiritual wisdom. Rad symbolizes our conscious attempts at controlling the facts which affect our fate and well-being. Rad also symbolizes the wheel of the year, with which we must come into harmony if we are to live a reasonably successful life. This is reinforced by observation of such natural phenomena as the daily path of the sun and the cycles of nature and humanity. Good advice and judgment according to right order are ascribed to Rad.

Materially, Rad can mean physical travel, a change of address, or forced relocation.

Magically, Rad can be used to explore the unknown. Applied to another person, it arouses restlessness and dissatisfaction, and causes changes in life which may be good or bad depending on which runes accompany it.



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The story is famously told that Nicola Tesla’s financial backers pulled the plug when they discovered what he was really working on: “All peoples everywhere should have free energy sources,” Tesla said. “Electric Power is everywhere present in unlimited quantities and can drive the world’s machinery without the need for coal, oil or gas.” If they couldn’t meter and charge for it, Tesla’s investors had no desire to invest in its development, no matter how beneficial to humanity.

This morning I have just listened to a lecture at a 2012 energy conference in Holland by Michael Tellinger, the South African scientist, explorer, and author who has become an authority on the origins of humankind and the vanished civilizations of southern Africa.

Scholars maintain that the first civilization on Earth emerged in Sumer (present-day Iraq) some 6,000 years ago. However, new archaeological and scientific discoveries made by Tellinger and a team of leading scientists show that the Sumerians and even the ancient Egyptians inherited their knowledge from an earlier civilization that lived and mined gold at the southern tip of Africa more than 200,000 years ago.

african_stone_structuresSince 2007, Tellinger has been researching stone circles which can be found throughout South Africa, and which have been erroneously labelled “cattle kraals” by clueless academics who do not understand their function and grossly underestimate their age and number.

Tellinger estimates that there are well over 10-20 million interconnected ancient stone ruins scattered throughout the mountains of southern Africa. Various tools and artifacts that have been recovered from these ruins show a long and extended period of settlement that spans well over 200,000 years. Using sophisticated equipment to make measurements, Tellinger has determined that the purpose of these ruins was to somehow access the Earth’s energy and put it to work for man—much as Tesla had envisioned. How this worked, Tellinger still has not figured out. But he has determined that each site draws energy out of the Earth into a active vortex and portal that goes up into the sky. In other words, the Earth is continuing to generate a tremendous amount of free energy at these stone ruin sites, but we still don’t understand how to use it. In the meantime, he continues with his investigations.

As they so often do, one thing leads to another, and Tellinger suspects that his discoveries are placing him on a collision course with the entrenched vested interests of our extractive power structure and economy. He has begun postulating that we are born onto this planet as free persons, but we are born into jurisdictions not of our choosing, our movements restricted, our sovereignty denied, and subject to rules, laws and taxes that we did not agree to.

He points out that at a time that millions of people are starving, one-third of the world’s food supply (1.3 billion tons) is wasted because it cannot be sold for profit.

Tellinger says that money was created 6,000 years ago—not out of natural trade and barter—but as a malicious tool of control and enslavement, and what we are experiencing today is the consequence of this innovation. We have been living with the concept of money for so long, it seems like it is the most natural and basic artifact of civilization. Yet for the last four decades it has been backed by nothing at all and is sustained only by our belief in it. He says that money has been used by governments and banks to steal the land and its natural resources from the people for the benefit of corporations (which include governments and banks). Tellinger has recently been evangelizing for money’s retirement as a building-block and for the institution of a moneyless society.

Money, he says, is the primary cause of the seven deadly sins: gluttony, greed, envy, pride, lust, wrath, sloth. It prevents the flow of free energy for the benefit of mankind. It is not the love of money that creates the problem, but the presence of money. He quotes Thomas Jefferson that “the issuing power should be taken back from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”

Tellinger has developed a philosophy called “Contributionism” which he believes is the new way. It is based on the premise that small-scale communities should once again become the basis of society, and that we should withdraw our children from public schools, which condition them to lives of slavery—and though he doesn’t mention it, places them at risk of the “school-to-prison pipeline,” at least in the US. Schooling would become a matter to be led by local communities, which would alone be responsible for designating the most skilled/knowledgeable among their elders as “master teachers.” Kids—and all people in the community—would cycle through a variety of tasks that create community-based productivity and abundance that is shared and traded with neighboring communities. Small scale volunteerism—3 hours per week—would generate a large-scale multiplier effect for the common good.

Not surprisingly, Tellinger has come under intense attacks. He has been libeled, his lawyer’s office has been ransacked, and legal files stolen to prevent precedent-setting rulings. It is doubtful that the banksters and politicians will allow his initial efforts to succeed. Even though his ideas may be dismissed by some as utopian, he has at least gotten us to thinking.




Groove of the Day

Listen to Gillian Welch performing “Everything is Free”


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random walk


A random walk is a mathematical formalization of a path that consists of a succession of random steps. For example, the path traced by a molecule as it travels in a liquid or a gas, the search path of a foraging animal, the financial status of a gambler, and the price of a fluctuating stock can all be modeled as random walks, although they may not be truly random in reality.

The term “random walk” was first introduced by English mathematician and biostatician Karl Pearson in 1905. Random walks have been used in many fields: ecology, psychology, computer science, physics, chemistry, biology and economics. However, random walk theory gained its greatest popularity in 1973 when Burton Malkiel wrote A Random Walk Down Wall Street, a book regarded as an investment classic.

Random walk states that the past movement or direction of the price of a stock or overall market cannot be used to predict its future movement.

I recently began thinking about random walk theory when I happened upon a YouTube video of  the “Top 10 Most Evil Children In History” and was surprised to see two of our kids listed there. Knowing these young people as I do, I have thought about their troubled lives many times, but I have never thought of labeling either of them as the “most evil in history.”

This website has it all wrong. If these kids—either of them—truly belonged on this list, their crime would have been inevitable, no matter what their circumstances or decisions. However, so many of the events that unfolded happened by chance and coincidence and as a result of the actions of other people besides the kids. Had the situation been only slightly different, the crime would probably not have happened.

This is not to say that the kids bear no responsibility for their decisions. However, given their young ages and lack of experience and maturity, they cannot be held as responsible as the adults in the situation. If the moniker “evil” should be assigned to anyone, it is to the adults.

Now as these kids enter adulthood and bear more responsibility for their choices, the 254,200 people who have viewed this video have been influenced to believe that these kids are “evil.”  Their lives moving forward are by no means certain, yet the prejudices of society presume—contrary to random walk theory—that their past actions can be used to predict the future trajectories of their lives.

This is wrong and unfair.





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‘Slender Man’ Case: Kids Should Still Be Treated Like Kids

by Jim Moeser and Marcy Mistrett, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

August 20, 2015

Michael O'BorenThe latest step in the tragic case in which two 12-year old girls were charged with stabbing a classmate multiple times to please the fictional “Slenderman” character was taken on Aug. 10 when a Waukesha County judge determined that the case should be kept in adult court. The seriousness of the offense and concerns for the victim in this case are indisputable.

But, what is also indisputable is that the Wisconsin statutes created in the 1990s that forced this case into adult court is out of touch with everything that has been learned in the last decade about brain science, diagnosed mental illness and the effectiveness of the juvenile system to meet the needs of these young girls while also furthering the goal of ensuring safe communities for our children.

If we have learned anything, it is that the things that often make a youth’s behavior hard to understand is also what makes it the right time to be optimistic about their ability to adapt and change. Absent this knowledge, the statutes and process that push children into the punitive adult courts are largely informed by fear and a reliance on the notion that punishment and incarceration is somehow equal to achieving justice.

The truth is that kids are different from adults. It is the reason the juvenile court was created in the first place, and the reason it has been cited by the Supreme Court four times in the past decade as the justification for treating children in the criminal justice system differently from their adult counterparts. It is also the reason that in poll after poll, the American public reaffirms their belief that children should be held accountable but in age-appropriate ways with a focus on rehabilitation.

Furthermore, long-term community safety is not well-served, as research has shown that youth convicted as adults are 34% more likely to recidivate than those kept in the juvenile system, and for more serious offenses.

Since being arrested at age 12, these girls have already spent almost 10% of their life locked up pending trial. Reports that they are responding to treatment, as limited as it has been, suggest there is every reason to believe that spending another five to six years (essentially one-third of their life) in a juvenile facility and/or under careful supervision in the community will be successful in protecting the community and helping them become contributing members of our community.

In the adult system, any progress made in this regard will be set back by eventual confinement in an adult facility. Even when they are released, they will have on their record a conviction that will prevent them from getting federal aid for higher education, serving in the military or working in a multitude of careers that exclude felons.

In many ways Wisconsin remains an outlier in its lack of reforms for this young population. It is one of only nine states that sets the age of adult criminal responsibility to begin for kids younger than 18 and is in the minority of states that allow children under the age of 13 to be tried as adults. Filing charges directly in adult court, especially for children this young, is contrary to the process in many states where the case is filed in juvenile court, then a decision to transfer the case to adult court is made by a judge and based on the case’s individual circumstances.

This would be an easy fix for Wisconsin that would be better for everyone, including the community. Nationally, we need to take note that approximately 200,000 youth under age 18 are treated as adults, some as young as these girls or even younger.

We believe that treating kids as adults, especially kids at this age, based solely on the nature of their offense amounts to justice for no one. This case is far from over. There has been harm caused to the victim and her family and in some ways to the community that should not be discounted. But, is justice really served by the decisions of the court? We think not.


Jim Moeser is deputy director of the Wisconsin Council on Children & Families, which is a multi-issue policy research and advocacy organization promoting statewide policies that promote a safe and healthy future for all children in Wisconsin.

Marcy Mistrett is CEO of the Campaign for Youth Justice, which is a national organization dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system.


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