25 May 2017

Responsibility and the Meaning of Life

Jordan Peterson explains how all the talk about rights is meaningless without talking about responsibility. Responsibility is what men are missing from their lives. Society has (I strongly suspect by design) created a condition where men suffer greatly because they have no goals and no responsibility to give their lives meaning. Not only that, they lack the concept of responsibility, having never been taught it.

21 May 2017

The Nature of Psi with Vernon Neppe

Thinking Allowed with Jeffrey Mishlove

Dr. Vernon Neppe describes areas of psi research that have all achieved statistical significance at the six sigma level. These include remote viewing, random event generator research, the global consciousness project, the ganzfeld studies, studies on the sense of being stared at, and feeling the future studies based on the work of Daryl Bem, presentiment studies. Neppe also includes some research in the area of survival after death. All of this research shows that human consciousness is capable of interacting with the physical world in ways that bypass the normal sensory and motor systems of the body. Neppe presents a single, multi-dimensional model that could account for psi.

20 May 2017

Jesus' Crucifixion in Roman Sources

Many Roman historians, pagan and Jewish, mentioned Jesus, identified as a teacher and wonder worker (thaumaturge), in their histories. They say he was crucified by the Roman Prefect Pontius Pilate.

09 May 2017

Rupert Sheldrake & Mark Vernon - What Happens When We Die?

A fascinating look at the possible connection between dreaming, expectations, the subconscious, and what happens after death.

08 May 2017

The Miracle of the Holy Fire

Every year on the eve of Pascha, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem enters the Edicule in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, and sometimes within minutes a blue light appears that ignites a bundle of 33 candles. The flame from these candles is passed around, all over the world, to the faithful. 2017 marks the first time in history that the holy fire has made its way to America.

The fire does not burn, as seen by the hundreds of pilgrims whose hair, skin, and clothes are unaffected by bathing in the fire. It also does not emanate from any known source. The Israeli army checks the Church beforehand for any source of ignition. There are no matches, torches, lamps, lighters, or flints. Magnifying lenses will not work inside the stone tomb in the center of a darkened church. Furthermore, the candles of some pilgrims are said to spontaneously ignite before being touched by fire.

Dr. Steve Turley explains the miracle of the holy fire in two videos below.

03 May 2017

The Civil War Was About Slavery

The Civil War was about state's rights!

What right did the southern states want to defend? The right to own slaves. They admit to it themselves.

19 April 2017

Eben Alexander: A Neurosurgeon's Journey through the Afterlife

Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander talks about his NDE while he had bacterial meningitis. Dr. Alexander has written about his experience in the remarkable book Proof of Heaven (for other similar books check out the Recommended Books page). The incredible rarity and severity of his illness, which wiped out not only his neocortex but brainstem as well, makes Dr. Alexander's experience a very strong case for the independence of consciousness from the physical structure and functioning of the brain. He explains more in this marvelous talk at the Theosophical Society.

Runs 98 minutes.

08 April 2017

Parallels Between the Fall of Rome and the Decline of America

The exact same factors that preceded the collapse of Rome have taken place in America, over a similar time frame.

In the third and fourth centuries Rome debased its currency. The Denarius started out as almost pure silver, maybe as much as 90% like the American silver Dollar. Over time, especially at the hands of Diocletian, Roman currency declined over 30 years to just 5% silver. This leads to rapid inflation.

All this extra money, now worthless copper, goes to paying for the grain dole.

A significant portion, up to 40%, of the population of Rome was living below the poverty line and relied on free grain and olive oil to survive. The debasement of the currency hurt the poor even more, as did the institution of slavery. The Roman economy was built around slavery. Hero of Alexandria discovered that steam power could be used to do work 300 years before the crisis of the third century, and yet there was no industrial revolution in Rome because there was an unlimited supply of slaves that could do that work for less cost. It is impossible to compete against a slave. A slave will work for next to nothing (just the cost to feed and house them). A free worker cannot negotiate wages when the boss could just fire the worker and buy a few slaves. Since Roman workers have no leverage and no means of negotiating that means they are fully at the whim of the monied elite. You either accept the starvation wages or you don't have a job. As a result a large number of Romans, half a million within the city itself, needed to be given free food from the government just to survive.

The situation is not helped when half a million to 1 million Goths crossed the Danube into Moesia and Dacia. These people need food, they need shelter, and they need employment or they will destroy the fabric of Rome itself. A million hungry, homeless people with nothing to do is an army that poses an existential threat to the empire. Many sold into slavery while others are paid to be mercenaries in Rome's army, where they acquire valuable military training and knowledge of tactics that they will use later on when they sack Rome.

The Goths destabilise the empire, just as every large migration has done throughout history. Every time a civilisation accepts whole populations of people into their borders it is not long before that civilisation collapses. It happened with Rome, it happened in China, it happened in the New World, and every other place mass migrations have occurred.

The debased currency is also used to fund an endless war in Persia (modern day Syria and Iraq were part of the Persian Empire). The war with Persia had been going on since before anyone could remember, and it would continue until the Western Empire collapsed. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers were killed in the meat grinder, achieving nothing, and vast sums of money were thrown at the war hoping it would make a difference. In the end both Rome and Persia were spent. Their economies collapsed, their armies had been devastated, and all it took was a single gust of wind to blow the two superpowers over.

From out of the desert a new tribe of barbarians appeared that no one had ever seen before. Their leader claimed to speak directly to God and his bands of terrorists were able to conquer Persia, Egypt, and north Africa within a generation. Syria fell but was recaptured by Rome after a desperate counterattack using an unknown weapon that burnt the Arab fleet to dust.

In the West the Goths sacked Rome. Hispania and Gaul fell to the barbarians. Byzantium managed to hold onto Italy for a little longer, but it too would fall after a few more emperors came and went.

The exact same thing is happening in the United States.

Starting in 1913 the US Dollar has been devalued thanks to the Federal Reserve that can print an unlimited amount backed by no hard assets. In the past century the Dollar has lost more than 95% of its value. In my own lifetime the Dollar has lost over half of its value.

At the same time wages have stagnated for the past almost 40 years. People talk about a $15 minimum wage and how it will destroy the economy. If the Dollar had lost none of its value since the 1970s minimum wage would be over $21 an hour! Sure, you would technically get something like $1.50, but it would be the equivalent of $21 in 2017 Dollars. It really was possible to live off of minimum wage 40 years ago, and today we're told that no one was ever supposed to, all the while millions of people are forced to because there are no other jobs available.

There is also an analogue to slavery in America. Corporations are able to abuse the H1B visa to import tens of thousands of workers from countries like India who can be paid the same wages of their home countries. An Indian tech worker needs only be paid $20 an hour for the same job that an American worker would need to be paid $80 an hour. It is cheaper to hire four foreign workers on visas than it is to hire one American, so Americans lose their jobs. And that's just at the top end.

Millions of people have migrated to America illegally. The official number is 11 million, but the reality is closer to 40 million. Those people can be hired, illegally, and paid pennies on the dollar for American workers. And because if they complain they will get deported they are willing to work in horrible conditions that would otherwise be illegal under US law. This is not slavery under the Roman model, in a sense it's worse. Roman slaves were guaranteed food and housing, illegal immigrants are guaranteed neither. And just like the giant conglomeration of Goths who were employed as slaves in Rome, the various peoples in the US illegally speak their own language, have their own culture and customs, refuse to assimilate, are directly taking tens of millions of jobs from US workers, and are depressing the wages of all other US workers. They also bring in diseases that had long been eradicated in the US, like tuberculosis and measles, just as the waves of barbarian migrations brought plague to Rome.

And the war in the Middle East that had refused to end in Roman times has still yet to end, and the US is ensnared in that war just as surely as Rome had been. Iraq and Syria, and Afghanistan (which was also part of the Persian Empire) are bleeding American manpower and treasure for absolutely nothing. $2 trillion spent on pointless wars in the past 16 years, combined with inflation and devaluation of the currency, it's a recipe for disaster.

Rome had been critically weakened by deficit spending, pointless wars, mass migration, and slavery depressing wages. All it took was a single army of nomads to blow over the Roman Empire.

The same is happening in America, and in Europe. The same factors of deficit spending, pointless wars, mass migration, and depressed wages have destroyed the American economy, and in Europe we have seen 2 million Muslim "refugees", mostly young men in their 20s to 40s, have stormed the gates of the continent and have begun sacking cities such as Paris, London, and Berlin. It's already too late to save Europe from the Islamic invasion. They have already fallen just as Rome had a thousand years earlier.

There is still time to save America. We can still leave the Middle East to its own devices, we can still cut the flow of illegal migrants across the border, we can stop spending money that does not exist, and we can restore the economy by creating American jobs for American workers. We can reverse the damage that had burnt Rome to the ground and is setting alight the cities of Europe. We can keep the Islamic armies from invading and dealing the death blow to the weakened empire.

But we need to act fast. The collapse of Rome happened in stages. The West fell during between the fourth and fifth centuries, and it was not until the seventh century that the invasion of Islam destroyed much of the East. Today we do not have the luxury of time. We cannot wait 200 years for Islam to rise up and destroy the West, weakened by its decadence, it is already hear invading Europe. Every week there is another terror attack and we are told to shut our eyes and cover our ears and to put out from our minds the thought that it is Islam that unites all these attacks.

We always have to say, to cover our asses, that there are good Muslims, and there are. The problem is the US government doesn't like good Muslims. The US government likes to kill the good, secular Muslims like Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi, and the US has set its sights on Bashar al-Assad. We are told, by the controlled media, that these men are vicious killers and they should be eliminated. While it is true that they are strongmen who are merciless in dealing with their enemies, those enemies are the same terrorists who are flooding into Europe now. The enemies of strongmen like Assad are the same enemies of the West, and the enemies of the average person in the Middle East as well! And, truth be told, the United States is no stranger to mass murder, whether it be dumping Agent Orange on Vietnam, or depleted uranium in Iraq, or firebombing the civilian population of Dresden. Serbia, Grenada, Nicaragua, throw a dart at a map of the world and try to find a place the US has not bombed or invaded. The US calling Assad a monster is another case of the pot calling the kettle black.

The United States is flawed, but,just like Rome, it represents the light of the world. Both were built on the Hellenistic foundation created by Alexander the Great, a foundation that says that one's origin does not matter, anyone can rise to great heights by adopting the Hellenistic culture. Because Hellenism is meritocratic. It is humanistic, and it is just. The world was impoverished by the fall of Rome, and it will be impoverished to an even greater extent by the fall of the United States. That is why it is imperative that we preserve the light of Western Civilisation through the means I have outlined above: ending the war, ending deficit spending, cutting off the flow of illegals over the border, and preserving Western culture against the onslaught of seventh century Islam and post-modern degradation. There's still a chance to save the flame of liberty, reason, and justice, but that flame is dangerously close to going out, and once it's gone it might never be rekindled again.

03 April 2017

Do We Want Eternal Life?

Eternal life is feared and rejected by some because it is thought to be nothing more than a continuation of this life of struggle. Some (including Bob Couttie) suggest that a life of infinite duration would become boring or monotonous. My old teacher once pointed out that such an idea is preposterous. With infinite time on one's hands one could accomplish an infinite number of tasks. As he said, he would read an infinite number of books and then write an infinite number of books, and still have infinite time to do infinitely more things. Some, like poor old Bob again, suggest that a life of infinite duration would lead to infinite procrastination. Since we always have infinite time in which to accomplish some task we would see no hurry and so put off doing it forever.

It is suggested in this homily by Fr. Matthias that many people reject Christianity out of fear or revulsion to the idea of this life everlasting.

However, these people are all mistaken. Eternal life is not merely a continuation of this life indefinitely into the future. Eternity is not an infinite duration of time, eternity sits outside of time completely. Eternal life is life without time.

A timeless condition is attested to in the near death experience and in people who have experienced nirvikalpa samadhi. It is your true nature, your original face, the face you had before your parents were born. It is the state we will all experience following the resurrection.

24 February 2017

The Necessity of a Russo-American Alliance

Americans harbor fantastical racism toward Russians. The easy answer might be to say it is a hold over from the Cold War, but the hatred runs far deeper than that.

It is true that Americans hated Russians during the Cold War, and Russians thought it was because of communism. However, after the Soviet Union collapsed, Americans still hated Russians. Americans hate Russians not because of communism, but because Russians are Russians.

The trouble goes back all the way to the beginning of the Russian state. Russia was always the other, never quite Europe, but not Asia. After four centuries of harassment and repression at the hands of the Turks, the powerful Russian empire stood poised to obliterate the Ottoman empire and deal the Turks reprisal for enslaving half of Europe. The great powers should have cheered Russia on and provided aid and moral support. Instead France and Britain, enemies for a thousand years, joined forces and helped the Turks defeat the Russians in the Crimean War.

Britain and France saw in the Ottoman empire a puppet, where as in Russia they saw a rival. Vast beyond all imagining, with a bottomless supply of resources and manpower, Russia could swallow up the world if given half a chance. It's better to stick to the devil you know than these sub-human sons of Vikings.

America, as heir to the West, inherited hatred of Russia along with British common law and the English language.

Russia is an upstart. They are not an Ancien RĂ©gime like Britain or France or even Germany, who, through intermarriage, managed to take control of all the ruling houses of Europe without firing a shot. We can always pretend Germany, or the Holy Roman Empire, is successor to Rome, even though no such entity existed until 1871.

The Russians, on the other hand, they just appeared in the sixteenth century. They are also Orthodox Christians, not good Protestants like the British or Germans. Even the French Catholics with their Vatican voodoo are better than the crazy beards and fur caps of the mad Russian monks.

And Russians were not true full-blooded Europeans, they were Slavic untermensch. They weren't animals like Africans or Asians, they were more sophisticated, more sinister. They were like Neanderthals, animals that masqueraded as men. But the veneer of civilisation was never thick enough to convince the inbred cliques of Western Europe that Slavs were fully human like themselves.

That hatred, along with the insatiable bloodlust of the military-industrial-intelligence-media complex, is fueling a Cold War 2 and threatening to tear apart any detente that President Trump hopes to build with Russia.

The Cold War was fueled by the bottomless desire for money and influence. Where once Uncle Joe Stalin had provided the bulk of the effort to stop the Nazis, with Roosevelt and Churchill happily smoking away with the Supreme Soviet, the end of the war had posed an existential threat to the nascent deep state. Without arms contracts the endless supply of money would dry up. With no enemy to spy on the intelligence apparatchiks would have to take jobs selling carpets or working in a delicatessen. No, they needed to concoct a new war so the party would never stop, and they fell back on the easiest target: Russia.

The military-industrial-intelligence complex, of both super powers, had to get rid of Kennedy and Khrushchev because they faced off eye to eye and found common ground and then turned inward to repair their broken countries. After the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the missiles were removed from Cuba and Turkey and almost 20 years of hostilities between the USA and USSR began to cool, Kennedy tried to restrain the power of the CIA and the private Federal Reserve, and Khrushchev tried to take resources away from the KGB and the arms manufacturers to improve the welfare of the Soviet citizens. Naturally they had to be removed and two war hawks, LBJ and Brezhnev, put in power.

Militarism, not communism, destroyed the USSR, and it very nearly destroyed the USA. USA just had a head start in terms of money it could lose, having avoided a disastrous civil war and destruction of 20% of its industry in WWII. If both countries started off on an even playing field both would have collapsed around the same time.

Of course the USSR couldn't compete. 3 million dead in WWI, another 4-5 million wounded. Loss of most of Russia's agricultural land. 6 years of civil war, another 3 million dead, at least. 7 million dead in famines in 1921-22, another 5-10 million dead in famine in 1932-33. At least 20-26 million dead in WWII, plus the destruction of at least 20% of all Soviet industry and agricultural land.

The Cold War was like a heavyweight champion fighting against some guy with both legs and an arm tied behind his back, and still, despite all that, in a single lifetime, people in the Soviet Union started basically as slaves living off the land making nothing to ending up making half of what people in America were making in 1991.

Imagine what could have happened if Kennedy and Khrushchev were allowed to make peace instead of being eliminated and having pointless war continue.

Imagine now what a glorious future we can live in if Trump and Putin are able to bring our two nations together. One unified force to eliminate Islamic terrorism, one unified force to chart a path to Mars and the outer moons. American technical know-how combined with the ironclad faith of the Russian Orthodox Church can restore Western civilisation to the glory it once was before materialism, atheism, cultural relativism, and moral nihilism began to eat away at the very heart of the greatest civilisation in human history.

I've spoken on this topic at length. The emptiness that has taken root in the West is the driving force behind Islamic terrorism. Lack of religion in the West, lack of value and meaning to life, is creating a vacuum, both spiritual and physical. Westerners are refusing to breed, so to solve the problem of a rapidly declining population, Angela Merkin, like a reverse Hitler, is flooding Europe with Islamic third-worlders. With no strong Christianity within Europe, there is nothing to stop those migrants from forming rape gangs and burning Sweden to the ground. Merkin is committing genocide against the German people.

The only thing that can keep the West from falling to pieces is strong Christian faith and a desire to breed, providing both the spiritual and physical bulwark against the endless hordes of Islamic migrants who believe women are property, rape is acceptable, homosexuals should be murdered, and all knowledge should be burned except for a single, all-encompassing book that can be interpreted six ways till Sunday by every back alley cleric and self-proclaimed Caliph.

And the only place where Christianity still reigns in Europe is Mother Russia.

We've watched as secular states in the Middle East and north Africa have been decapitated: Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan (the pro-Soviet government the United States destroyed by creating Al Qaeda). Egypt was nearly destroyed, and by every indication it appears that Erdogan of Turkey is an Islamist. The United States has its sights on Syria and Iran, two of Russia's allies. They should be our allies too, in the war against radical Islam. You see, even though the people there are overwhelmingly Muslim, they are ruled by rational actors who fully embrace technology and the twentieth century. Iran provided the US with support in eliminating the Taliban after 9/11. That's not because they are pro-America, Tehran just didn't want radical Islamists at their doorstep. There is also a horrendous heroin problem in Iran, fueled by the vast fields of opium poppies that grow from one horizon to the other in Afghanistan. Just as Britain and America sided with Stalin in World War Two, Iran sided with America against the Taliban because they shared a common enemy.

The United States went to war in Afghanistan out of revenge. Iran did so because they don't want mad, seventh century barbarians right next door poisoning and murdering their people.

Secular dictatorships in the Middle East are necessary to keep radical Islam from spreading, just as strong adherence to Christianity is necessary in Europe for the same reason. There were no refugees when Gaddafi was in power. He provided his people with free housing, food, water, and jobs, all paid for by the ocean of oil Libya sits atop, and he provided security by eliminating any Islamist barbarian who tried to stir up discord. The same is true with Assad in Syria.

If you sow the wind you will reap the whirlwind. If the United States works with Russia, Syria, and Iran to defeat radical Islam, everyone's lives will improve. There will be no need for anyone to migrate to Europe because Syria and Iraq themselves will be safe once again. Everyone wins except the arms manufacturers and the intelligence agencies.

That is why it is imperative that Trump is able to defeat the chickenhawks in Washington. That is why US troops need to be pulled out of Poland and the Baltic states, why the people of Crimea be permitted to stay in Russia where they voted to be. If the West is to survive, if world peace is truly to be realised, there must be an alliance between the US and Russia. If not then the West is destined to be reduced to dust in the wind.