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Castaway, Crawling Chaos and The Coral Sea

Strangely post on December 6th, 2011
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Ichinen Sanzen

It (literally) means 3000 realms in a single moment of life.  This means that for any given moment your life is composed of everything; all thoughts, all history, all presents and all futures.  You only ‘sense’ things one at a time, yet they’re always there.

Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, Australia

Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, Australia

  1. I’ll soon be toddling off to the beach above.
  2. Beautiful Sunset

    Beautiful Sunset

    It’s a fantastic holiday destination, see the sunset here, or click on the image for more shots.

  3. You’ll see it’s a beautiful blue.
  4. You’ll see it’s a beautiful green.
  5. You’ll see it’s a beautiful yellow.
  6. It’s the Coral Sea.
  7. Steve Irwin, the mad Aussie crocodile bloke was killed here, by a stingray.
  8. The Great Barrier Reef is just offshore.
  9. They erect stingray nets for swimmers, just like shark nets, only different name.
  10. You can get coral-coloured condoms.
  11. About a day or so’s sail away, the Battle of the Coral Sea was fought in 1942 where well over 1000 people lost their lives.
  12. Most of the survivors are dead now, as they’re getting very old.
  13. All life renews.
  14. Four Mile beach looks like something Robinson Crusoe would’ve recognised.
  15. Both the fictional Crusoe and the actual man on which the story was based couldn’t wait to get off their beach.
  16. I’m going to Four Mile Beach soon.
  17. Lexington Explodes

    Lexington Explodes

    You’ll see it’s a beautiful blue.

  18. You’ll see it’s a beautiful green.
  19. You’ll see it’s a beautiful yellow.
  20. I made music as Crawling Chaos.
  21. I’ve renamed one of our tracks, the track  playing, to “Castaway” after I’d re- jigged it a bit.  It seemed “better”.
  22. As a boy my father read a book called “The Coral Sea” and decided to become a sailor who would one day sail that very sea because of it.
  23. He joined the war.  His ship was originally called CVE-32.
  24. The Lexington which blew up in the Coral Sea was originally called CV-2.
  25. I’m going to Four Mile Beach soon.
  26. What’s it all mean?
Four Mile Beach again

Four Mile Beach again

It means that we are all connected.  In many more ways than the 3000, we are all intimately connected both now, to the past and the future.  Sometimes the connections are obvious, sometimes not; but as sure as eggs are eggs all our lives are entangled, it’s a part of life.

The Buddha said “work hard for your own salvation” just before he died.  It means to take action for your own happiness.  Don’t rely on external factors like people, events or gods because you’ll always be dissatisfied.  Suffer what is and enjoy what is as if they’re the same.

Enjoy being a Castaway! Enjoy life.

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Megrahi Innocent of Lockerbie Bomb?

Lockerbie Crater

Lockerbie Crater

Introduction

Last April (9 months ago), I contrasted the sling and arrows of fortune as they applied to an admitted mass-murderer and one convicted of mass murder who always protested his innocence.  (see Megrahi and Calley Compared and Contrasted)

Now, fully 9 months after the wholesale shock in the West at Megrahi’s early release (the personal recollectionally-challenged Vice-president Clinton was notable in her non-charitable words about all this), the journalists at the BBC have seen fit to look at the matter more closely.  (see ‘Flaws’ in key Lockerbie evidence)

Well this is great!  It looks like Megrahi was stitched up after all.  As he has always claimed.

Research

Another ‘expert’ has decided that there was no way that a crucial piece of evidence could have survived the bomb blast.  More importantly, the evidence wasn’t examined correctly and was just assumed to be “the bit that everyone was looking for”.

For me, the absolute key piece is that Megrahi was identified by someone in Malta who did not like him, several months after the bomb blast and even longer than after he’d met him!!!  In all the cases of  identification evidence, this has to be the most shoddy and flimsiest I’ve ever seen!!!

But the big questions are:

Why was none of this done decades ago?

What is wrong with us and our judicial system?

Why are so many innocents convicted for BIG crimes?

Of course, someone still did the heinous deed.  It just wasn’t Megrahi, that’s all.   But we all know where the solution lies.

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Flight AF 447 Upward Jets, More Evidence

Continuing on From…  What Killed Flight AF 447

Air France A330-200

Air France A330-200

Since the search for the ‘black boxes’ of Flight 447 was abandoned a few days ago (20th Aug 2009 – see news item),  only 3 days later, Nature’s On-line version has published reports of the jet things I was going on about in my first article about my thoughts on the disaster.  A free synopsis is here:

Quantification of the troposphere-to-ionosphere charge transfer in a gigantic jet

The article points out the currently known differences between the various electrical strikes, or jets, but two common things are stated in the summary:

  1. They all go upwards from the weather tops towards the edge of space.
  2. They all have massive amounts of charge.
Gigantic jets can travel more than 60km (40 miles) into the ionosphere

Gigantic jets can travel more than 60km (40 miles) into the ionosphere

Furthermore, the BBC has published a photo of this rarely seen phenomenon, “upwards lightning”.!

It turns out that the work (by Duke University), was done last year, but has only come to light in Nature today.

And Now?

For now, because there’s been no real extra evidence produced, jets or lightning strikes like this one (and others in the YouTube videos on my first article), I still think are a very good candidate for an explanation of the plane’s demise.

There are several reasons for this:

  • Air France Flight 447

    Air France Flight 447

    Several other planes were in the same area of the (large scale and not unusual) storms.  They were basically untroubled by the storms.

  • The other planes  saw nothing (apart from one which saw a possible flash of an explosion), which only adds fuel to the elusive quality of these electrical discharges.
  • This rarity of the strikes (as in the recent image above), coupled to their speed, all helps to confirm that if such a strike happened, it would be unlikely to have been seen.
  • The recent Duke research proves that such a strike, would be very powerful.
  • Modern planes are tested for many eventualities.  But a rare, high-power bolt of energy, is, by definition, very hard to test against.  Probably, the only way it could be done, would be to wheel a plane to a high power underground physics lab – but could it fit? !!
  • AF447 Rudder

    AF447 Rudder

    The plane crashed into the sea almost certainly in one piece (i.e. – no air break-up) because ,

    • unlike some other air-break-up crashes, the passenger bodies were not seriously damaged by a high-speed blast of air and rapid decompression.
    • large pieces of the aircraft were found – high altitude break-ups normally increase fragmentation and the bits aren’t large
    • the tail-fin damage proves it was attached when the plane hit the water
  • Apart from garbled radio alerts from the confused auto system, there were no human alerts from the crew of any kind…. ?    This means that either,
    • all of the crew were very busy
    • all (or most) of the crew were incapacitated
    • none of the normal communication systems worked
  • This suggests, to me, that the plane went into a flat spin or shallow dive, but not so extravagant as to snap the wings, tail or fuselage.
  • Coupled to the lack of messages, it suggests that most, if not all, electrical systems were dead.
    • It also suggests that the auto reporting system was more robust and had an independent power supply – which is true.  It, however, was getting duff information from the plane’s sensors, hence the garbled and conflicting automatic radio reports.
  • This all suggests a massive electrical strike, so fast and rare that no-one else in the area saw it.
    • If this incapacitated the crew, no-one is saying…  the reports I’ve read make no mention.

Ergo, upwards lightning, a blue jet or some other similar thing, but just enough to incapacitate the plane and most of it’s electrics…

Flat Spin

There’s an interesting video below, of a trained fighter pilot (arguably more proficient and clear-headed than an airline pilot), flying an F14 Tomcat into a flat spin.

The pilot says virtually nothing, even though comms were working.  The plane just spins and spins, dropping 15,000 feet until the guy bales out.

But notice how the plane does not break up in ‘flight’….

Q. So what does it mean?

A. It means the F14 was notorious for this and that even the best of pilots get spun into speechless confusion.

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What’s So Special About July 16th?

Crikey! I Never Realised!

Maybe certain days have relevance above their station and mere numerical nomenclature?  Who knows.  So read on.  See what happened today!

622 AD  – The Hijra of Muhammad

The Name Muhammad written in Classic Calligraphy

The Name Muhammad written in Classic Calligraphy

Muhammad runs away from Mecca to escape persecution.  From this point forward, huge swathes of the globe took up Islam, Islamic empires spread across, Africa, Asia and half of Europe; the legacy of which self-evidently exists today.  Okay, there’s huge argument about this, but some people take this as the day.  Personally, I don’t know enough about it, but I need something to match the post’s title, and other writers do take this as the day.  Wikipedia says this, and who am I to argue?

The Muslim dates are in the Islamic calendar extended back in time. The Western dates are in the Julian calendar. The lunar year is about 300/309 solar year. The Hijra is celebrated annually on 8 Rabi’ I, about 66 days after 1 Muharram, the first day of the Muslim year. Many writers confuse the first day of the year of the Hijra with the Hijra itself, erroneously stating that the Hijra occurred on 1 Muharram AH 1 or 16 July 622.

All dates given above may have occurred about 89 days (three lunar months) earlier. The Muslim dates may be those recorded in the original Arabic calendar and their month names may not have been changed to account for the (probably three) intercalary months inserted during the next nine years until intercalary months were prohibited during the year of Muhammad’s last Hajj (AH 10).

1260 AD – Nichiren Expounds “On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land”

Nichiren statue in Japan

Nichiren statue in Japan

Speaking to 13th century feudal Japan, Nichiren the monk said that the calamities and disasters befalling the people were all due to incorrect lifestyles.  He insisted that all people were equal and free, that they should pay heed to people who were obviously skilled in their chosen field, and that they should do their best in the limited lifetime available.

Largely, he was ignored, and so half the country starved because of self-interest and malice.

And this is exactly the place where we find ourselves now across the globe.  We live on a world of limited resource, where many people choose to live their life by stealing from others, either as individuals or nations.  Nichiren’s words have as much relevance now as they ever did.  Here’s part of the writing:

I have pondered the matter carefully with what limited resources I possess, and have looked a little at the scriptures for an answer. The people of today all turn their backs upon what is right; to a person, they give their allegiance to evil. This is the reason that the benevolent deities have abandoned the nation and departed together, that sages leave and do not return. And in their stead devils and demons come, and disasters and calamities occur. I cannot keep silent on this matter. I cannot suppress my fears. – WND, page 7, “On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land”

Daisaku Ikeda has some similar words about today;  he says:

The powerful may appear great, but in reality they are not.  Greatest of all are the ordinary people.  If those in power lead lives of idle luxury it is because the people are silent.  We have to speak out.  With impassioned words, we need to resolutely attack abuses of power that cause people suffering.  This is fighting on the side of justice.  It is wrong to remain silent when  confronting injustice.  Doing so is tantamount to supporting and condoning evil.

I’ve quoted the above as a direct statement to those companies like Pacific Webworks, people like Jesse Willms and the misguided people of Utah who have misinterpreted their US constitution of freedom and capitalism as a freedom to steal from the needy as a means of amassing capital, all hiding under the umbrella “that it’s god’s work”.  If capitalism doesn’t serve the people, then it has no purpose.

Nichiren’s Buddhism is now growing at a phenomenal rate.  The time of change is now.

1918 AD –  Tzar Nicholas II of Russia and his family are killed by a Bolshevik firing squad at Ekaterinburg, Siberia.

Tsar Nicholas II and Family

Tsar Nicholas II and Family

One of the final acts of the Russian revolution occurred with the attempted elimination of all of the monarchy and any aspirants thereto.  This act changed history for the 20th century, it’s consequences evident even now by a powerful Russian people, proud of their history, somewhat ambivalent about the exact direction that leadership and authority should take.

On the night of 16/17 July 1918, the royal family was awakened around 2:00 am, told to dress, and led down into a half-basement room at the back of the Ipatiev house; the pretext for this move was the family’s safety – that anti-Bolshevik forces were approaching Ekaterinberg, and the house might be fired upon.

The executioners drew revolvers and the shooting began. Nicholas was the first to die; Yurovsky shot him multiple times in the head and chest. Anastasia, Tatiana, Olga, and Maria survived the first hail of bullets; the sisters were wearing over 1.3 kilograms of diamonds and precious gems sewn into their clothing, which provided some initial protection from the bullets and bayonets. They were stabbed with bayonets and then shot at close range in the head.

1945 AD – The world’s first atomic weapon is Exploded

Trinity Goes Boom

Trinity Goes Boom

Trinity, the first bomb is tested by the US at Alamogordo Air Base in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  Within a month, two more bombs had been dropped on Japan, effectively ending World War 2.  We, especially in the West, are living this legacy still.  It can be argued that the threat of total devastation (the theory of MAD) has made nations with the bomb more proactive in reasoned discussion and less likely to take arms against each other.  The converse is that the weapons will one day be used again and it’ll be the end of the world as we know it…

Tyger, tyger, burning bright

Tyger, tyger, burning bright

Unlike Oppenheimer, who had his own bit of Indian prose in mind, whenever I see the Trinity picture I hear William Blake.  It’s a beautiful picture, just as the bomb goes off.  What fearful symmetry?  In that split second, we see all that was and all that will be.

Tyger, tyger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

1969 AD – Man on The Moon

Apollo11 Launch

Apollo11 Launch

On this day, mankind set off to stand on a different celestial body.  Four days later, we’d done it.

Less than four centuries earlier, over much of our planet, you could be burned or stoned to death for even suggesting that the possibility existed that a “creation of god” could be imperfect or blemished, like the moon is.

Such is the progress we’ve made, yet even now, such events are like a dream within a dream.   The misogynist, nationalist, creationist forces are at work, attempting to roll back the clock to a time when they ruled the roost, and their hypocritical word was god .

But for now, we can say that men bravely stood on the Moon.

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Hey Google Treasure – The Jig is Up!

Just like Professor Fate in The Great Race – the Jig is Up!

This video is from an Utah TV News station reporting on the recent FTC clampdown on Google Treasure Chest.  Apart from the collapse of the call centre which gave refunds to unhappy people (200 employees is stated, which gives an idea of the scale of the operation), a very interesting thing is to read the comments on the article lower down…

Many are from the call centre operatives who are peeved at losing their jobs.  In fact, they can’t see anything beyond the fact that they’ve lost their jobs.  One, “Laura“, a “single mom with two kids”, says it’s terrible she’s lost her job and she thought everything was leagul (sic). This stands as stark contrast to other former employees who readily admit they knew what was going on and are still laughing at the people who got suckered.
There’s also the tale of “Brandi“, another “single mom of 3 children” without a job who’s had shedloads of cash whipped from her. Bizarrely, Brandi lives in Utah.

Perhaps Brandi andLaura should meet and discuss the pros and cons of greed?

What I see here in those comments is the Nazi camp guard syndrome of people just following orders.  Everyone is blaming everyone else without accepting any personal responsibility and having very low personal morals towards the well-being of their fellow humanity.  This is both the scammers, the scammers’ employees and the scammed.  Those Utahians criticising the FTC should try and remember that the FTC are just applying the law, decided and voted upon by “THE PEOPLE”.  (i.e. “that government of the people, by the people,  for the people, shall not perish from the earth”).

Utah really is a shite place.  A bit like Consett.

My Comment

This is the bit I added to the Utah stuff on Fox13Now:

Pros and Cons – but mainly cons! I first reported on these scammers back in early April – see http://strangelyperfect.tv/3099/google-treasu…
Since then, the scammers have rapidly been modifying their T&Cs, which I’ve dutifully been reporting in later pieces. So @thisisBS is showing a new version of the redtommorrow page – and he knows it, as @Chuck Turner has pointed out!
AS for the call centre lay-offs. Is this true? Will people be able to get refunds? I think people’s best bet is to be lodged into a class action against the scum and to register their names with the FTC to get a share of the $300m that is being claimed back as their “ill-gotten gains” as it says in the charge sheets.

A bigger problem has now been unleashed on the world of course. The google scammers have extensive contacts and shell companies set up in County Durham, UK as well as Gibralter, Phillipines and Cyprus. Although it looks like the heart of the initial explosion of scam filth has been quenched, the shockwave of secondary businesses continues unabated. For evidence of this, just check the junk spam emails in your inboxes….
I get a daily deluge that points back to scam sites with far worse T&Cs than the current redtommorow one in the link above. In fact, they are exactly the same as the Google Treasure Bollox from 3 months ago!

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Hey Professor!  The Jig is Up!

The pie fight from The Great Race, the film with everything.

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