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|In Timequake, Kurt Vonnegut relates that his uncle
admonished him to step outside several times a day,
look around, and say:
"Isn't this wonderful!"
||As a child, I was introduced to the wonders
of the night sky by a neighbor; he would set up his telescope, and invite
all the children to see. As a teenager, I drove a few miles into the country,
and saw. As an adult, I moved to the country, and couldn't see a damn thing.
I was bedeviled by a "security light", courtesy of the fear mongers and
power peddlers. No amount of discussion would get this removed, until I
threatened to take up my axe and chop down their pole. Things are better
now that it has gone, but still not as they should be. I have fifteen or
so obnoxious distractors in direct view; if there is any moisture in the
air, nearby towns illuminate the sky; the glow from Erie poisons the clouds,
at fifty miles. There is a better way, and these folks can help. Give us
back the night; and, to our children, the stars.
|Many investigators have examined physical evidence
and human experience in an effort to explain this world. All too often,
their work has been prejudged and dismissed by established interests --
cultural, religious, and academic. This causes the loss or delay of true
and useful results, impeding us all. Honest seekers may be mistaken with
no dishonor; biased judges are always evil, even and especially if they
are correct by accident.
In the spirit of unbiased investigation, I present this in honor and appreciation of Galileo, Wegener, Heyerdahl, Pauling, Fell, and all the others who have had to say something like:
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||Perhaps the most common warning given is "Look Out!" The
urgent utility of this is clear; the general advice transmitted is too
often ignored. As warning, it helps survival; as advice it helps growth
and life. Look Out: from your self, your culture, your world. In this way
we gain understanding, and vanquish fear.
In the physical, NASA gives us the astonishing view; in the metaphysical, many investigators are giving us vision, equally astonishing. The established interests previously mentioned contrive to transform the metaphysical to the weird; this seems to be a matter of increasing their power, at our expense. There are whole cultures and religions in which the metaphysical is as accessible and useful as a library. Look Out!!
This painting struck a chord with me when I first encountered it many years ago. It seemed a fine representation of our position from a more complex viewpoint. Better yet, this image was taken from a jigsaw puzzle box.
Fatma, detail, Pavel Tchelitchew Nelson-Atkins Gallery KC, MO
|A Much Larger Universe
Journey of Souls
Exploring Our Forgotten Lives
|Sonoran Desolation San Pedro River||?????
Are you sure you want to send ***River to trashcan ?
|Dams and Development|
|Drain & Divert|
|Pyramids above were said to be random piles of stone or
abandoned agricultural terraces by establishment academics, and were to
be destroyed for urban development.
Thank you, Dr. Thor Heyerdahl
|NECONA is a coalition of American Indian groups trying to prevent the disposal of nuclear wastes on tribal lands. While they correctly view this as "environmental racism", I suggest that from a viewpoint one level up, it is simply one more case of exploitation of the economically disenfranchised. Society creates these groups; and then, frequently under the banner of "helping them", finds new ways to further extort what little they have. Lest you think that this is "their" problem, unless you are in the upper twenty or so percent economically, they are or will be thee. This has happened countless times: to whole countries in the third world, to the poorer states in this country, to indigenous people worldwide, to farmers, truckers, and all who work without the benefit of great wealth. We must uncouple power and respect from economic advantage.|