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A Brief Appeal to Alien Visitors…

When I was a youth I was curious about UFOs. As I acquired more knowledge, especially related to social history, mythology, religion and science, I came to believe that it’s highly unlikely they’re wasting any time or resources on us. Too bad…Earth Observer

Given the technology it would take for them to reach this far, one could would assume that they’ve achieved a highly advanced social evolution.

Should they be observing, I have a few items I’d like them to consider… more…

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Social Justice Survey…

One of the reasons that we don’t usually recall memories of our pre-natal and infancy is because the myelin sheaths of our brain neurons are not yet fully developed.

Without that fatty tissue (like insulation on a conduction wire), all sensations and perceptions are somewhat scrambled and memory impressions unable to properly form.

For this and other reasons, contrary to fundamentalist navel-gazers, we don’t become functional persons until some period after birth. more…

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Is there any there there?

I’m of the opinion that there is more than ONE way to get from here to there…

America’s prevalent national characteristic, as anyone who does any traveling can attest, is individualism.

This is a two-sided dilemma. While good for personal profit, privilege and power, it also makes us the most internally alienated society on earth. more…

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Alien Inductions, an Academy Award…

As I witness this world, I’ve come to feel like an alien Robinson Crusoe…marooned on this planet and damned if I can figure out how to get back home, or at least some rational alternative.

In any event, as you requested Theophilus, here’s my promised report on earthlings. I realize that this section has been quarantined, so I might be here for awhile longer…

As you know, humans are a relatively recent species, being roughly only some 200,000 years old (a minuscule fraction of our galactic year).

They’re a classic case of psycho-projected catastrophism. more…

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Family, Labor & State…

A few thoughts from behind the razor-wire in answer to some of my more conservative, navel-gazing friends…This includes the role of woman.

I agree with the concept of individuality and the idea of earned opportunity as one of the driving forces in social evolution.  Unfortunately, so is war, slavery, murder, theft, fraud, greed, racism, nativism, misogyny and other patent evils.

Not really so long ago…

As prisoners in the largest mass gulag in the world, we have a rather naked view of this reality.  It might be a good idea to ponder alternative views as to what’s going on…

Ever since humans came out of the proverbial caves and established constructed dwellings and extended family organization, there’s been a myriad of tensions between the individual in our vast variety and social empowerment. more…

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Apocalyptic Tyranny…

As the New Year dawns, this is a time of reflections, resolutions, and predictions.  I have a few of my own.  My sentence will be up on July 8th, 2011.  Just over 21 yrs.  I’ll then have another 3 yrs of Supervised Release.

   I’ve been pretty philosophical about it.  From day one, I’ve realized that there’s not a whole lot one can do about the state of “justice” in America.  This is an especial irony given the ideals that the nation stands for versus its reality.

   The native inhabitants found this out first.  Then the Africans.  Then each wave of immigrants.  And many continue this process today. 

   Our nation is today engaged in two wars.  There’s also the so-called War on Drugs and the War on Terror.  They’re all self-perpetuating because they’re designed—or so it seems and works out–to create more victims than to resolve any conflict. more…

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Sermon on the Wire…

For thousands of years, humankind has celebrated the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere as a party-down event.  Observing that the sun was returning to the northern sky, prompted people to celebrate another year of spring birth, summer growth, and autumn harvest.  The bacchanal usually lasted several days.

By the time Christianity came along, there were no surprises as yet another religion usurped the various holidays throughout the year as ecumenical observances.  Since the celebrations could hardly have been stopped, they decided to co-opt them.  The winter solstice became Christmas, the spring equinox became Easter, etc.

Constantine, the Emperor of the Roman Empire, had adopted Christianity.  In the Edict of Milan (313 c.e.), he granted Christians (and all others) the right to practice their religion, and ordered that previously confiscated Christian property be returned.  He was also a major contributor of buildings and money himself. more…

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Happy Winter Solstice!!!

Dateline:  Detroit, Tuesday, December 21st, 2010:   The shortest day of the year, and the longest night.  Certainly an apt metaphor for these conservative times (despite the crumbs off the table of the current Administration’s “compromises”).

Analemma...

The irony for us in the northern hemisphere is that the earth is actually closest to the sun than at any other time of the year.  Being tilted away from our personal star, however, gives us winter and the cold weather.

I recall one year when I was at FCI McKean, PA, while waiting for the prison factory (UNICOR) to open at dawn.  I usually stood in the same place, out of the wind, and watched the sun rise thru a wire mesh screen.

It wasn’t long before I noticed the sun appearing in a different spot as the days passed.  Even giving the adjustment for Daylight Savings Time, and the longer or shorter days, I began to play a game of plotting the sun’s position in the mesh. more…