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A Theory of Everything

In mid 2004, just weeks after leaving the corporate world and while travelling in Thailand, I experienced my first epiphany. An epiphany, the way I define it, is a sudden, powerful, and often life-changing realisation that someone experiences in an otherwise ordinary moment. It is a flash of extreme inspiration in which a […]

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A no holds barred look at Love, Sex, Health, Wealth, and Spirituality in a messed up world. Includes a collection of valuable life lessons discovered on a journey in search of "the something not known, the knowing of which could change everything..."

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Something to Think About

    As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds.
    The Buddha


    Religion is a by-product of fear. For much of human history, it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?
    Arthur C. Clarke


    Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
    Friedrich Nietzsche


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Zeitgeist The Movie

I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it.

We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV’s while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

We know things are bad - worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is: ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.’

Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get MAD! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot - I don’t want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. (shouting) You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a human being, god-dammit! My life has value!’

So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell - ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!’

Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!… Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’

Howard Beale, Network, 1976

For an excellent review of recent history and why the world is where it’s at, see Zeitgeist, The Movie.

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How to Fix the Economy

Ron Paul on the Federal Reserve, gold standard and money market manipulation.

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Sensible comments.

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News Headlines - Faltering Economy

This is a collection of news headlines and articles tracking the global economic recession slowly unfolding.

There are three points to keep in mind when scanning these:

  1. The Financial Times, the main source, prides itself in non-sensationalist news - these articles are pretty sensationalist if one reads between the lines;
  2. Over the past 200 years, the average length of time between depressions has been 22 years; it has been 24 years since the last depression in 1982 - See Brief History of Western Depressions;
  3. Newspapers invariably report on events after they’ve occurred, and seldom report on trends. Neither do they predict outcomes. The real value of this collection is if you, dear reader, are able to identify the trend for yourself and postulate what the outcome may be. As a hint, here are a few concepts to keep in mind: The Great Depression of 1929; Zimbabwe in late 2000’s; China becomes world superpower in second decade of 21st Century.

Each link opens in a new window, and each is from 2007. Simply hovering your mouse over each link will give you a feel for what the article is about. (Note that the FT limits you to 5 articles per day without registration.)

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Planning for a Spiritual Social Website

Following on from my How to Change the World post, I thought I’d start a discussion about my future planned social network site, which will be a Facebook equivalent for enlightened souls who believe it’s time to leverage the Group Consciousness for good.

Feel free to chip in and add your own thoughts, ideas and comments at the end of this post, or use the Contact Form if you’d prefer to comment without it being publicly visible. The idea is still very much in draft, and all input is welcomed. Continue reading

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Video Evidence of US Housing Crash

Not that anyone needs further evidence of how quickly markets can tumble, here are a few YouTube videos of the US real estate crash, some from as early as mid 2007, proving that the value of American housing is down about 50% in many parts of the country … and in just a few months, too.

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Global Snapshot

Global Snapshot Warning

Reading this page can be depressing - the news is not good. I use it as a reference point when I need a reality check about who I am and what role I can play in the global scheme of things. This is purely a collection of what I believe to be relevant metrics as to where the world is heading. I encourage you to contact me if you believe an important metric is missing.

The statistics are updated approximately every two weeks. I provide no analysis of the numbers. For an understanding of what they mean, I highly recommend a subscription to The Privateer.

For each metric I provide a reason for it’s importance, the latest available data and the source.

Take a deep breath…

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The Personal Blogger’s Creed

[Note that this creed is specifically for Personal Bloggers. If you’re a Corporate Blogger you might find this Draft Code of Conduct, Corporate Blogger’s Creed, somewhat tongue-in-cheek but excellent Business Blogger’s Creed and these Legal Guidelines useful.]

What is a Creed?

‘Creed’ comes from the Latin word “credere” — to believe — and is a statement of principles or beliefs. It is different to a Code of Conduct, which is normally enforced or controlled by an industry body. A creed is a totally voluntary adoption of a framework, and often refers to a religious belief system. A belief system cannot be imposed. In this sense, a creed is simply a statement of an individual’s philosophy.

Personal bloggers, by definition, are answerable to no-one, and this invariably leads to widely differing standards of personal blogs. After a considerable and fruitless search for a simple creed I could subscribe to, I thought I’d table what is important to me. Your comments, suggestions and criticisms are welcomed. And if it makes sense to you, why not voice your support by leaving a comment. Who knows, there might even be a need to create a site listing all blogs who voluntarily subscribe to the Personal Blogger’s Creed.

The Personal Blogger’s Creed

I believe in the right to Freedom of Expression, which permits a blogger to write about anything on their mind.

I believe in personal accountability for the outcome of anything blogged.

I believe that a blogger should write only what they hold in their heart to be true; that writing purely for the sake of SEO results or advertising revenue, whether on their own blog or commenting on another’s, is indefensible.

I believe that blogging which succeeds best — and best deserves success — is considerate of the reader, and thus provides meaningful content which educates, inspires, assists and guides; that the supreme test of good blogging is the measure of usefulness to the reader.

I believe that creation is infinitely more valuable than duplication; that where duplication is necessary it should be accompanied by a new thought, an expanded idea, or a valuable discussion.

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Sex; Education, Abstinence, Angst

copyright © 2007 Betsy L. Angert

‘Twas October 18 and Congress was a twitter. Senators and Representatives fought and they flittered. Some thought society must provide for the children. Others maintained only parents need be responsible for their wards. Congressional Democrats discussed and debated. For them Health Care for the little ones, that was the issue. When suddenly they realized this pursuit was not viable. A few thought if they built a coalition, designed a compromise all would be well. Thus, a proposal was submitted. Funds for the children in the form of Abstinence Education, surely, that would fly; health insurance went bye-bye.

As Congress deliberated and did few deeds, parents congregated and presumed a great need. In the corners of Portland, Maine parents chattered and prattled. Could we, should we, would we give our Middle School students a prescription. Might contraceptives and condoms cure societal ills? For these fine citizens sex was the subject. Who might the teacher be?
These anecdotes are as one. Elders inquire; who or how might we care for the little ones. What is right and what is wrong; what is neither, just misunderstood. In the House chambers, on the Senate floor, in living rooms near and far anxious adults ponder the possibilities their parents did not. Is sex a subject to be taught by the states, or once the babies arrive at school, is it too late. Continue reading

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Proof

A forum member recently shared the Carl Sagan quote, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.”

This quote assumes an objective universe, which is a rather biased way of looking at reality — and not particularly accurate either. In my opinion Carl Sagan’s quote is misleading at best.

What is proof anyway?

Proof is an artifact of viewing reality through an objective lens. However, proof is not a facet of actual reality. Reality just is. It does not need to be proven. Reality is secure enough in its own existence that it doesn’t care whether some being proves or disproves what it is. If you think reality cares about proof, you could also say it derives a sick satisfaction from all the false proofs that have been tendered in its name over the last few millennia.

Instead of proof what we really want is truth. And a good first truth to accept is that it’s only the squishy, lens-peering beings that require proof, which is actually a subjective experience. Continue reading

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When evidence-based medicine (EBM) fuels confusion

http://medicalveritas.com/manGirard.pdf

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Marc Girard, MSc, MD
Abstract
Background: Evidence-based medicine (EBM) may be used to discard valuable data under the pretext that it does not correspond to the “best” criteria of proof, even when no results complying with these “best” criteria are available. Since their infrequent occurrences make it impossible to assess most adverse effects using randomised clinical trials (RCTs), drug safety offers frequent examples of selective assessment of data based upon this poor understanding of the fundamental tenets of EBM. While the gold standard of pharmaco-epidemiology (case/control studies) is usually ranked amongst the lower levels of evidence and is unattainable in many instances, the majority of safety problems are simply assessed using subjec-tive specifications (“acceptable”, “hard to interpret”, “not enough evidence”, “not causally demonstrated”). This vaccine-safety example illustrates that such specifications are almost always biased by prejudices and application inconsistencies. Continue reading

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