In Praise of Limestone

In Praise Of Limestone

If it form the one landscape that we, the inconstant ones,
Are consistently homesick for, this is chiefly
Because it dissolves in water. Mark these rounded slopes
With their surface fragrance of thyme and, beneath,
A secret system of caves and conduits; hear the springs
That spurt out everywhere with a chuckle,
Each filling a private pool for its fish and carving
Its own little ravine whose cliffs entertain
The butterfly and the lizard; examine this region
Of short distances and definite places:
What could be more like Mother or a fitter background
For her son, the flirtatious male who lounges
Against a rock in the sunlight, never doubting
That for all his faults he is loved; whose works are but
Extensions of his power to charm? From weathered outcrop
To hill-top temple, from appearing waters to
Conspicuous fountains, from a wild to a formal vineyard,
Are ingenious but short steps that a child’s wish
To receive more attention than his brothers, whether
By pleasing or teasing, can easily take.

Watch, then, the band of rivals as they climb up and down
Their steep stone gennels in twos and threes, at times
Arm in arm, but never, thank God, in step; or engaged
On the shady side of a square at midday in
Voluble discourse, knowing each other too well to think
There are any important secrets, unable
To conceive a god whose temper-tantrums are moral
And not to be pacified by a clever line
Or a good lay: for accustomed to a stone that responds,
They have never had to veil their faces in awe
Of a crater whose blazing fury could not be fixed;
Adjusted to the local needs of valleys
Where everything can be touched or reached by walking,
Their eyes have never looked into infinite space
Through the lattice-work of a nomad’s comb; born lucky,
Their legs have never encountered the fungi
And insects of the jungle, the monstrous forms and lives
With which we have nothing, we like to hope, in common.
So, when one of them goes to the bad, the way his mind works
Remains incomprehensible: to become a pimp
Or deal in fake jewellery or ruin a fine tenor voice
For effects that bring down the house, could happen to all
But the best and the worst of us…
That is why, I suppose,
The best and worst never stayed here long but sought
Immoderate soils where the beauty was not so external,
The light less public and the meaning of life
Something more than a mad camp. `Come!’ cried the granite wastes,
`How evasive is your humour, how accidental
Your kindest kiss, how permanent is death.’ (Saints-to-be
Slipped away sighing.) `Come!’ purred the clays and gravels,
`On our plains there is room for armies to drill; rivers
Wait to be tamed and slaves to construct you a tomb
In the grand manner: soft as the earth is mankind and both
Need to be altered.’ (Intendant Caesars rose and
Left, slamming the door.) But the really reckless were fetched
By an older colder voice, the oceanic whisper:
`I am the solitude that asks and promises nothing;
That is how I shall set you free. There is no love;
There are only the various envies, all of them sad.’

They were right, my dear, all those voices were right
And still are; this land is not the sweet home that it looks,
Nor its peace the historical calm of a site
Where something was settled once and for all: A back ward
And dilapidated province, connected
To the big busy world by a tunnel, with a certain
Seedy appeal, is that all it is now? Not quite:
It has a worldy duty which in spite of itself
It does not neglect, but calls into question
All the Great Powers assume; it disturbs our rights. The poet,
Admired for his earnest habit of calling
The sun the sun, his mind Puzzle, is made uneasy
By these marble statues which so obviously doubt
His antimythological myth; and these gamins,
Pursuing the scientist down the tiled colonnade
With such lively offers, rebuke his concern for Nature’s
Remotest aspects: I, too, am reproached, for what
And how much you know. Not to lose time, not to get caught,
Not to be left behind, not, please! to resemble
The beasts who repeat themselves, or a thing like water
Or stone whose conduct can be predicted, these
Are our common prayer, whose greatest comfort is music
Which can be made anywhere, is invisible,
And does not smell. In so far as we have to look forward
To death as a fact, no doubt we are right: But if
Sins can be forgiven, if bodies rise from the dead,
These modifications of matter into
Innocent athletes and gesticulating fountains,
Made solely for pleasure, make a further point:
The blessed will not care what angle they are regarded from,
Having nothing to hide. Dear, I know nothing of
Either, but when I try to imagine a faultless love
Or the life to come, what I hear is the murmur
Of underground streams, what I see is a limestone landscape.

WH Auden

Blockchain Technology Optimism

Excerpt from JC Collins:

“Nations, for as long as they even stay relevant themselves, will use a centralized version of blockchain based cryptocurrencies. Ripple XRP is one of these, which we covered in the previous post. But the de-centralized nature of the blockchain will ensure that governments will be unable to stop the peer-2-peer based technology.

Like the large dinosaurs who ate their food supply and eventually collapsed from being so heavy, or slowly starved to death, governments and national money will follow that same pattern.

There’s no needs to panic. There are still people, like myself, using snail mail. The overlap between both worlds will last for many years before the old simply just disappears quietly into the echo of the past.

The people of the future will not organize themselves around ideologies and centralized governance structures. The development of blockchain will have more of an impact on the existing world than the Gutenberg printing press did. Keep in mind that the printing press, and the non-Latin Bibles which were printed and distributed, fundamentally changed the control the Catholic Church had over the world, and directly led to the Protestant Reformation.

The central banking system developed as a response to the Reformation, and was used as a means to reclaim much of the wealth which the Church lost. Now we have blockchain technology which is making both central banks and ideological governments obsolete.

The disorganized masses are beginning to re-organize themselves around something new, which is presenting the old elites with a two front abstract war. Exciting. – JC”

Jung, Jeffrey Wolf Green, Blake, etc.

I. “Without Contraries is no progression. Attraction and Repulsion, Reason and Energy, Love and Hate, are necessary to Human existence.
From these contraries spring what the religious call Good & Evil. Good is the passive that obeys Reason. Evil is the active springing from Energy.
Good is Heaven. Evil is Hell.

All Bibles or sacred codes have been the causes of the following Errors.

  1. That Man has two real existing principles Viz: a Body & a Soul.
  2. That Energy, call’d Evil, is alone from the Body, & that Reason, call’d Good, is alone from the Soul.
  3. That God will torment Man in Eternity for following his Energies.

But the following Contraries to these are True.

  1. Man has no Body distinct from his Soul for that call’d Body is a portion of Soul discern’d by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age
    2. Energy is the only life and is from the Body and Reason is the bound or outward circumference of Energy.
    3 Energy is Eternal Delight

Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained; and the restrainer or reason usurps its place & governs the unwilling.
And being restrain’d it by degrees becomes passive till it is only the shadow of desire.

He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.

The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
The lust of the goat is the bounty of God.
The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God.
The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
Expect poison from the standing water.
You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.”

William Blake, “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell“ (extracts)

II. “(T)he very first thing to understand about evil is that what we … want to call evil, the energy of, consciousness of, was put in motion simultaneously at the very moment of the manifested creation itself. So what this then means is that what we want to call God or the Source is, itself not perfect. And again, if you want to debate such a thought, simply ask yourself a Piscean question, ‘How can a perfect anything create an imperfect anything?‘ So, in essence, the very creation point is born, relative to what we can call imperfection, and, therefore, we have the principles of duality as a direct reflection of that creation once it was set in motion. And relative to that natural law of duality – night/day – male/female – etc., we also have the natural duality in polarity of what we call good – God, and evil. It is simultaneous to the creation point.“

Jeffrey Wolf Green, “The Nature of Evil and Its Influence in the Horsocope,“ via http://schoolofevolutionaryastrology.com/school/articles/the-nature-of-evil

Gustave Doré, "Satan Falls" (Milton's Paradise Lost)

III. “The shadow cannot, by definition, be “integrated” in the sense that it would disappear or become unimportant. Every time one aspect of the shadow is brought to light, another part of the psyche moves into the dark. Whenever a new attitude is adopted, it is at the cost of another potential behavior that becomes part of the shadow.”

Francoise O’Kane, “Sacred Chaos: Reflections on God’s Shadow and the Dark Self“

Gustave Doré, "Lucifer Is Cast Out of Heaven" (from Milton's Paradise Lost)

Jeffrey Wolf Green’s ideas are very close to the ones expressed by Carl Gustav Jung, who would debate with Christian theologians about the nature of God. To me, this particular aspect of Jung’s legacy is especially important. Unlike Christian doctrinarians, Jung did not see God as Summum Bonum (The Highest Good); instead, he insisted that the ultimate Divinity is a complex of opposites equal in light and shadow. In his view, the moral struggle is inextricable from life: the Shadow is not to ever be eradicated. Jung went as far as accusing Christianity of splitting off half of the opposites by calling them evil, Satan, or devil. In a letter to James Kirsch, Jung wrote that as a result of this split “the indispensable dark side has been left behind or stripped off, and the feminine aspect is missing.“ For Jung, the Holy Trinity was essentially incomplete; what was missing was the fourth part, i.e. the material, the feminine, the dark, the “evil.“ This incompleteness has impoverished the Western psyche, whereas the truth is that both poles are equally important and indispensable to life.

enantiodromia

Government entities’ ironic titles, the promotions of large corporations and religious propaganda are all reflections of this word.  We all pull to ourselves that which we most fear; institutions are no exception.  In duality every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Alchemy is the only way around this.  A strong intention, coupled with complete openness to the how of our intention’s manifestation, allows for the flow of serendipity and synchronicity.  I surmise that the universe delights in fulfilling intentions and desires in an unexpected, creative, multifaceted and efficient manner. Insisting on the how of an intention’s realization is akin to a beggar accepting only Susan B. Anthony coins.

Real Treason

Leveling a charge of treason these days is akin to worshiping at an altar devoted to Zeus.  That bird has flown.  It is an illusory trick of memory to imagine that the nation remains a tangible entity.  It wasn’t that long ago that it was born; certainly it’s there in the history books.  Afterwards it sustained itself and then, sometime in the 20th century, multi-national corporations superseded it.  It could also be argued that before that, no later than the 19th century,  the cryptocracies that pulled the levers behind the curtain had stepped completely outside of nationalism.  In any event, the nation is dead today, and those who think in terms of national treason are walking anachronisms.

Yet these are treasonous times.  I am speaking now of species treason.  I speak particularly to the betrayal of the Earth and all of Humanity.  The cryptocracy has always had material resources, but by the 20th century they experienced a windfall.  Non-terrestrials, entirely adversarial to Humans, cut deals with the cryptocracy.  The Earth and its inhabitants were handed over on a golden platter in exchange for baubles.

This is the real treason of our times.  One result is sophisticated social engineering, where damning shouts of national treason are the result of feints within feints within feints.  Similarly, we are hosts to parasites who are hosts to parasites who are hosts to parasites.  The treason label does not stop with the cryptocracy.  In this universe everything living must consume the formerly living to survive.  In this universe, where survival is mostly rather easy, thriving is an exceptional experience.  The only strategy that can result in thriving is that of the parasite.  Treason, in the neo-Darwininian sense, trumps all else; it is the parasite in action.

Proof I am surrounded by idiots

From Simon Black:

December 18, 2017
Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile

In a poll conducted a few days ago by NBC News / Wall Street Journal, a record 57% of Americans responded that they want MORE government in their lives, and that the government should be doing more to solve people’s problems.

That’s the highest percentage since they started asking this question in 1995.

In fact, 57% is nearly double what people responded in the mid-90s.

Furthermore, the number of Americans who feel the opposite, i.e. responded that the government is doing too many things that should be left to private businesses and individuals, fell to a near record-low 39%.  

Bottom line: people want more government.

It’s hard to even know where to begin with this.

First- more government is nearly an impossibility.

As I’ve written several times in the past, the US federal government already spends almost all of its tax revenue on mandatory entitlements like Social Security, and interest on the debt.

They could literally cut nearly everything we think of as government– national parks, Homeland Security, even the IRS– and still not make a dent in paying down the national debt.

According to the US government’s own financial statements, their net operating loss in 2016 was an unbelievable $1.05 TRILLION.

Think about that– they lost more than a trillion dollars in a completely unremarkable year.

They weren’t waging world war, funding a major infrastructure project, or dealing with an economic crisis.

It was just business as usual. And they STILL lost over a trillion dollars.

More government is going to cost even more money that they don’t have… which means even more debt and even more pain in the future.

The usual refrain is to pay for more government programs by raising taxes on the rich, or big corporations, or whoever the evil villain du jour is.

Anyone who thinks this actually works needs to study history.

Simply put, RAISING TAXES DOES NOT RAISE TAX REVENUE.

I wish every Bernie Sanders voter could understand this very simple fact:

Since the end of World War II, US federal government tax revenue as a percentage of GDP has been nearly constant at 17%.

In other words, while the actual dollar amount of tax revenue goes up every year due to inflation and economic expansion, the government’s slice of the total economic pie is 17%.

Yet during the previous eight decades, actual -tax rates- have been all over the board– sometimes rates were higher, sometimes rates were lower.

Back in 1963, for example, the highest marginal tax rate on individuals exceeded an unbelievable 90%.

I’m sure there are plenty of Americans who would love to see the wealthiest citizens paying 90% again.

Yet in 1963, even with rates that high, the total amount of tax revenue that the US government collected was 16.7% of GDP.

In 1988 when the highest tax rate was slashed to just 28% under Ronald Reagan, total tax revenue 17.3% of GDP.
 
It doesn’t matter if tax rates were high or low– the actual tax revenue that the government collects stays constant at around 17% of GDP.

This raises a point that these socialists never seem to understand:

If the government’s slice of the pie never seems to change no matter how high or how low tax rates are, shouldn’t they focus on making the pie bigger?

Duh.

And it seems intuitive that higher taxes obstruct economic growth (i.e. make the pie smaller) because there’s less money in people’s pockets to spend and invest.

Then, of course, we have to touch on the issue of competence.

It’s absurd to want a government that has a nearly interminable track record of overreach, waste, and failure, to be even MORE involved in people’s lives.

We’re talking about the same institution that wastes taxpayer money to study monkeys on treadmills…

… or spent $1 billion to destroy $16 billion worth of perfectly good ammunition…

… or $2 billion to build a website.
 
It’s extraordinary that these people are already in charge of educating our children, regulating our savings, and now our medical care.

It’s even more appalling that given such dismal performance people want more.

As the old saying goes, the classic definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

A final point I’ll mention is that it’s concerning to see people in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave expect the government to solve their problems.

What ever happened to self-reliance? The pioneering spirit? Good ole’ American can-do ingenuity?

In truth there are countless ways for a motivated person to solve problems. Or at least to make forward progress.

For example, to all these kids that have their hands out demanding free university education, I always ask the same questions:

How many books did you read in the last twelve months?

How many FREE online courses from Harvard and MIT did you take?

Are you actually doing anything to help yourself? Or are you just whining on social media about how no one is giving you anything for free?

America was founded as a place where people take responsibility for themselves.

But this now seems to be an outdated, minority view.

The Land of the Free is truly becoming the Land of Getting Free Stuff.

Until tomorrow,

Simon Black

Founder, SovereignMan.com

The Last Trump

From a newsletter:

On 12/6/17 the master officially announced that Jerusalem is recognized by the US as the Israeli capital. The Last Trump already mentioned that in the days before, at the 70th anniversary of UN resolution 181 (II) to establish Israel on 11/29/1947. By the way, it is also the 70th birthdate of Scrooge McDuck, the uncle of name twin Donald McDuck: Disney is an illuminati company with the 666 in the logo. The number 70 is of extraordinary importance for Israel, the 2nd Temple was destroyed in the year 70. In the ancient times the Israelites had to sacrifice 70 bulls to the reptilian god within 7 days. Note that the Last Trump was also 70 at this election victory: the number 70 represents the completion of perfection. We see a slow approach towards Jerusalem with each jubilee:

  1. 1917: Balfour Declaration (return to Israel promised), capture of Jerusalem by British troops and Russian revolution (first big victory of Zion).
  2. 1967: capture of Jerusalem by Israel in 6-Day-War on 6/6/67 (+/-1) with the 666
  3. 2017: Jerusalem now ‘full’ capital. This is the preparation to build the 3rd Temple announced on 7/26/15. At the turn of the millennium the German researcher Dr. Werner Papke calculated the date 12/1/2018 for the 3rd Temple to be built (start of construction), which looks more and more plausible. It makes sense that the Last Trump acted precisely one year before 12/1/2018: a pre-anniversary similar to 10/1/17 as a North Korea precursor for 10/1/18.

Automation and the Parasite

Automation itself is not the problem.  It’s the automation mindset that’s behind our adversarial relationship with corporations, institutions and government agencies.  It’s nothing new.  Think of how long ago we threw off the tribal tradition of having a wise elder bring judgements to disruptive or contentious behavior.  We now have laws, upon laws, upon laws, multiplying like the rats they are, all in the name of automating behavior correction.  Here’s a quote from a newsletter by JC Collins:

“The advancement of AI and robotics are on the verge of merging and emerging into something which will forever change the concepts of time and labor. The citizens of the future will be issued credits based on a host of personal key performance indicators. As an example, one person may have a genetic pre-disposition to a certain disease. Through the use of an integrated Blockchain technology, that person will be prevented from purchasing certain food and drink products which can aggravate their pre-disposition.”

Just as some technologies are non-adversarial, such as the wheel or fire, some automation is non-adversarial, such as the habit of brushing one’s teeth each morning or beginning the day with a cup of tea followed by meditation.  It’s when a person with an automation mindset is let loose to prey upon the rest of the population that problems arise.  This may be forcible automation, such as our legal system, or it may be elective automation, such as buying an i-phone or a self-driving car. The automation mindset sees efficiency and ease as paramount concerns.  It’s the reptilian brain doing its best to be pertinent in the frontal lobe age. But this is duality and we operate in a sea of polarities. For every up there is a down, for every step forward there is a step backward.  The automation mindset thinks that it can outwit nature and the universe, that they’ve discovered a loophole in nature’s laws.  But that’s pure illusion.  So called efficiency becomes reckless abandon and ease becomes burden.  The outcome is obvious if we just stand back a moment.

I am reminded of the the outcome for Yellowstone Park when all the PhDs descended upon it.  After becoming a national park the urge to manage it arose.  After close examination by our brightest minds it was decided that the park was fine except that the wolves had to go, and so they did.  In a relatively short time everything degraded.  The elk expanded without limit and ate all the baby aspen trees, causing a domino effect. Before long the entire ecosystem was ruined.  Decades later the wolves were brought back, but the lesson was ignored in every other way.

The automation mindset is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  It is the reptilian brain interpreting the world as if it were the best new tool in the toolbox.  It is a charlatan, but a successful one.  What else can we expect from upside-down land?  Here survival is easy, but thriving is difficult – unless one chooses the strategy of the parasite.  The reptilian brain, in adopting the automation mindset, has chosen exactly that role.