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  1. Not heard of it till now either, I'm glad I stayed here rather than watching the telly! Round here slow cookers and air fryers are all the rage, maybe worth looking at if I can make room in the kitchen.
  2. It's tough indeed. It doesn't help that local community is so debased due to all the ravages of the last 100 years or so. I'm taking it slowly, trying to protect what I already have in my family and community, and sending out feelers to build it up from there.
  3. Seriously though, saying things like 'I exist', 'I don't exist' etc are self-referential so they're paradoxical. Self-reference is nonsense but it's the foundation of our lives too, apparently. Unthinkable to not do it and unthinkable to do it.
  4. I got as far as Group Theory before realising it's all made up, from basic arithmetic to advanced calculus. Any resemblance to the real world is coincidental. I have realised the Tetralemma, does that count towards my membership?
  5. I had to look it up but it seems to be ‎ ‎MediaTek MT8183.
  6. +1. This community building is just what's needed because I reckon there's many armchair supporters (like me) who are too afraid to put their heads above the safety net of anonymous internet forums etc. With good reason, it may be too late already unless the support is effective enough. There may be groups in existence at the moment who just need extra members, like political and religious/spiritual groups. I'm looking around my area, having become disillusioned with our churches becoming ever more entangled in the global spider's web of wokeness.
  7. I'm no tec expert but after a couple of frustrating years with Windows 10 I finally gave up and bought a chromebook. Works far better tho I can't say if I'm being spied on any less.
  8. I read it a long time ago, and it was a difficult book to follow at the time, however one thing stood out. The fatwa was made by Ayatollah Khomeini only 4 months before he died. Why him in particular? Because there's a character in the book based on him, an exiled Muslim leader living in Paris in the 1970s before the Iranian revolution who as I recall is described rather badly. So my theory is that the whole anti-Islam narrative is a device to stir up a mob, and a smokescreen to hide the actual motive for the fatwa, which was revenge on the criticism of the Ayatollah in the book.
  9. Yes I've heard that too, in the ancient world there were underground initiations into mystery schools where the applicant would go underground for a few days and lay down as if dead in the dark then emerge into the light as a symbolic rebirth. The Isis-Osiris religion is one source of the mythology. This is probably what gave rise to the Christian idea of Jesus dying and being reborn too. But there was much secrecy around it for sure and this type of thing may well still happen in secret societies today.
  10. "Taiwan is ‘part of China’ " A bit off-topic but as far as I can see Taiwan and its indigenous people has been occupied by the Chinese already for a few hundred years and the debate between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China both claiming each other's territory just serves to obscure the colonisation of Taiwan. From the wiki for Taiwan: "Taiwan has been settled for at least 25,000 years. Ancestors of Taiwanese indigenous peoples settled the island around 6,000 years ago. In the 17th century, large-scale Han Chinese immigration to western Taiwan began under a Dutch colony and continued under the Kingdom of Tungning. The island was annexed in 1683 by the Qing dynasty of China, and ceded to the Empire of Japan in 1895. The Republic of China, which had overthrown the Qing in 1911, took control of Taiwan on behalf of the Allies of World War II following the surrender of Japan in 1945. The resumption of the Chinese Civil War resulted in the ROC's loss of mainland China to forces of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and consequent retreat to Taiwan in 1949. Its effective jurisdiction has since been limited to Taiwan and smaller islands."
  11. I can agree with you but not prove it because I've not died yet and don't know what comes after. However states of mind can certainly by 'up' and 'down'. However there is a kind of logic that if the ancients believed the Gods lived in the sky and on mountain tops, then their opposites the demons would live underground. They probably knew that it gets hotter the deeper underground you go, and that the underground is associated with earthquakes, sulphurous thermal springs and lava in volcanoes. Hence hellfire and brimstone :(
  12. Ok so I've been reviewing the energy price situation today. Firstly from last year, the system responded slowly to wholesale prices because the price cap for the UK only recalculates every 6 months. So some of the smaller energy companies go bust. The bigger companies take over their customers. Then in April 2022 the price cap rises and the first price hike kicks in and there's still no point yet switching to a fixed contract because there aren't any cheap deals available. April to August, the big energy companies make huge profits, and there's talk about a windfall tax to help struggling customers. And making the system recalculate the price cap every 3 months. But we're still expecting another massive increase in October. So, what's happened is the big energy companies have become bigger, and smaller ones gone bust. The price cap has obviously been raised too high so the big companies can make excessive profit. And the politicians want their share of that profit via a windfall tax, (plus the extra corporation tax, green tax & VAT) which they can then redistribute some of back to us customers (whose money it was anyway) and make out how generous they are to us (in time for the next election). But wouldn't this all be solved much easier, and keep more power with the ordinary people, by having a lower price cap, avoiding excessive profits, and calculating it more often eg monthly to help smaller companies? We could keep more money with the customers rather than sending it on a merry-go-round to the big companies, and the govt, then a bit of it back to us? And doesn't the current system favour big companies over small ones, making it clear that there's no free market here?
  13. Alabama town disbands police department after officer's slavery text surfaces. VINCENT, Ala. – A racist text message sent by a police officer has prompted officials in a small Alabama town to disband their police department and fire the police chief and assistant chief. Vincent Mayor James Latimore confirmed that Police Chief James Srygley and Assistant Chief John L. Goss had been dismissed, al.com reported. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office condemned the two officers' actions and said Friday that it stands with the city "in providing emergency law enforcement related service to the citizens (of Vincent) at this time." https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/08/08/alabama-town-police-department-slavery-text/10263636002/ I dunno if this story's been posted elsewhere. I had to check it on other sites too because it sounded like a hoax at first. But disbanding the whole town's police because of 1 text ... this is how crazy it's getting now.
  14. Campion

    tea drinker

    "Tea. A much older term for marijuana, made popular dating back from the 1930's. today it is considered obsolete and a great way to cover up what you're REALLY talking about." Urban Dictionary.
  15. And "not world peace" is what we got. After WW2 we got: * Cold War (including proxy wars like Korea, Vietnam etc). * War on Drugs. * Terrorism and it's antithesis the War on Terror. * Now, we're in a new phase with multiple but connected threats like pandemics, Ukraine, economic depression, climate crisis, Chinese aggression. We're up to world war 6 by my count.
  16. "Christ" literally means someone who's been anointed, and British monarchs are anointed by the Archbishop with holy chrism at their coronation - for Elizabeth this part of the ritual was considered too holy to film and if memory serves they screened her off - so in theory they're all Christs. Come to think of it, wasn't I anointed by the Bishop at my confirmation when I was a young lad? Flippin eck...
  17. Yeah, crop rotation, pests & diseases is a big issue. I don't expect perennial to mean decades: perhaps a few years is more realistic. And my local area, soil type etc will affect which pests & diseases are a problem. Potatoes are a mainstay for growing calories to store over winter, tho I have limited space so tend to grow higher value crops like tomatoes in the potato section of my rotation. It's occurred to me that as well as food, having control of a supply of healthy drinking water is equally important.
  18. What if the energy companies' top executives are just as much part of TPTB as the govt which is taxing them? After all, they'll only be taxed on the super-profits made after they've been exploiting the massive price hikes. So it would be just a transfer of wealth across two sides of TPTB, but which originates from us ordinary folks.
  19. Thanks for the link EW it's a good read. I got the 17th C. reference from wikipedia, I should have known better than to trust that, as obviously a highly biased source. I cancelled my monthly donation to them a while back, but haven't yet done the extra research needed. Re: white vs Ethnic European, the vocab we use for personal identity is all part of this. I used 'white' as it's commonly used although it's obviously not literally true. But the MSM don't encourage us to think for ourselves about this; where for example do the racial categories come from which are used in censuses, surveys, HR systems etc? How can I research that too to look for political bias? Yeah, tribalism (or community to use a gentler term) can be manipulated if we're not spirituality/emotionally mature enough; or a source of great strength and support if we have a little wisdom. And no doubt the elite see themselves as a superior but secret tribe ruling over us little people in the exoteric world. I wonder how the cult leaders deal with dissent and competition in their own ranks? A group of such ruthless and nasty people can hardly be trustworthy even to themselves can they? There must be an iron rule of discipline to avoid civil war within their ranks.
  20. One of my (slowly) ongoing projects is to research the history of racial identity to understand how and why it all began, who were the protagonists in it, and what varieties have existed. So far I've discovered that in Northwest Europe at least, race wasn't much used as an identity until the mid 18th century, for reasons which aren't yet clear to me (people were well aware of the existence of other human cultures and forms, and had experienced many wars and conflicts with them). But at a point when the European elites were expanding their empires, racial identification began to be encouraged along with a variety of judgements such as moral, intellectual and religious. In fact this was the 'age of enlightenment' which saw an end to the 'age of faith', so maybe race was provided as a replacement for religious identity. I'm beginning to see signs of patterns where increased racial identity is coexisting with increasing conflict, discord and power broking. It could be that these are psychologically related, as in people seeking shelter in numbers within tribal communities, when they perceive existential threats. Or it could be that we are all being played and manipulated by agents who understand very well which buttons to press to achieve the goals in their agenda. Clearly my thinking is at an early stage and still a bit muddled and unstructured. But I thought I'd put it on the table as it may help if we can examine the issues from a broader historical perspective. Not that it's easy to find good quality unbiased sources of information. Hopefully some folks here can help me with this and save me from reinventing the wheel!
  21. Another quote from the article: " Judaism laid much of the foundation of all Monotheism (One G^d), Science (One Universe), and Democracy (Equality) in the world. That’s why hatred of Jews is the ultimate ungratefulness, throwing mud on Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Einstein, and Herzl. And therefore, the Holocaust doesn’t compare to any other genocide, Armenian included—though they are all horrific." So monotheism appears to be the foundation stone of the idea of their uniqueness, to this author. I've read a little history of the Jews' progression from polytheistic Canaanite tribe to monotheists with a separate identity, and this wiki article on Monotheism gives a summary: " Judaism is traditionally considered one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world, although in the 8th century BCE the Israelites were polytheistic, with their worship including the gods El, Baal, Asherah, and Astarte. Yahweh was originally the national god of the Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah. During the 8th century BCE, the worship of Yahweh in Israel was in competition with many other cults, described by the Yahwist faction collectively as Baals. The oldest books of the Hebrew Bible reflect this competition, as in the books of Hosea and Nahum, whose authors lament the "apostasy" of the people of Israel, threatening them with the wrath of God if they do not give up their polytheistic cults. As time progressed, the henotheistic cult of Yahweh grew increasingly militant in its opposition to the worship of other gods. Later, the reforms of King Josiah imposed a form of strict monolatrism. After the fall of Judah and the beginning of the Babylonian captivity, a small circle of priests and scribes gathered around the exiled royal court, where they first developed the concept of Yahweh as the sole God of the world. Second Temple Judaism and later Rabbinic Judaism became strictly monotheistic. The Babylonian Talmud references other, "foreign gods" as non-existent entities to whom humans mistakenly ascribe reality and power." This gives me the distinct impression that monotheism wasn't a grassroots movement of the ordinary people but imposed by the rulers on the people. However I'm sure there's a lot more detail to this so I'll leave it there. My own view is that monotheism doesn't come naturally to many of us and needs authority structures like temples and churches to prop it up. In which case, the belief in uniqueness would be a creation of their society's PTB in those historical times, rather than coming from the ordinary people.
  22. Quote from that article: "Yet, Jews are the only Nation not just based on practice, location, or beliefs. Jews are the only People based on an assignment. And their Divinely ordained task is to be exemplary to all of humanity. To be G^d’s ambassadors on earth, fighting for the good of everyone. That means that when one says that Jews are just like everyone else, you’re a bigot. You don’t need to look down on Jews to be Antisemitic." But if Judaism isn't only based on beliefs etc, what is the statement that they have a divinely ordained task if it isn't a belief? He seems to be taking it as an objective fact rather than a relativistic religious belief (and we all have our beliefs).
  23. and the "problems" are contrived constructs to create fear and a scarcity mindset. That leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy with rising prices, to which the elite are insulated. How many more times will our people fall for this trick before we realise we've been had for a long time.
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