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  1. Acrylamide is a substance found in many foods, as far as I can determine it's created when carbohydrates are heated to high temperatures, such as roasting, toasting, frying. Coffee can have high concentrations of acrylamide, especially dark roasted coffee. 

     

    "According to the EFSA, the main toxicity risks of acrylamide are "Neurotoxicity, adverse effects on male reproduction, developmental toxicity and carcinogenicity". "

     

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrylamide 

     

    However the research is ongoing and not clear cut conclusions yet. But just in case, I'm trying to switch to tea, especially green and herb tea - loose as tea bags are yet another health issue. 

  2. All those people coming to an already very highly populated country (England ranks about 5th globally for population density); we're told there's still skills shortages and need to let in yet more people. It's been going on for generations now. When will we accept that this just isn't adding up: immigration doesn't solve our economic problems, or the north/south divide. 

     

    Another consequence is a reduction in food self-sufficiency. The UK currently produces about 60% of its food requirements; the lower this figure goes the more vulnerable we are to world shortages, blockades in wartime etc. It's a national security issue. 

     

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  3. On 6/29/2022 at 3:23 AM, skitzorat said:

     

    Leftists/Communists and jews see 1930s Htlers Germany everywhere. 

     

    Not only did they push back against the jews, but the pure unabashed Nationalism was the antithesis of the internationalism of its time - now called globalism - (fascism literally came about as a political bulwark against Communism and the red revolutions causing destabilization across 1920s Europe) - and it had to be destroyed and the idea of "ethnic pride in Europeans" be snuffed out once and for all.

     

     

    I know which one I'd prefer (if I was a flag-happy-kinda-guy)🤭

     

     

    LGBTQIA+, it's getting longer, the rainbow flag's getting busier. It'd be easier to just say non-straight, everyone else except straights.

     

    It's the same with race, there's BAME, BIPOC, all non-whites lumped together in the same bucket to make it easier for the woke agenda to take over. Divide and conquer the straight whites, by combining and strengthening everyone else. 

  4. As far as I understand this ruling, it basically represents the decentralisation of abortion policy from the federal union to the individual states. Therefore it allows more local decision making, more diversity and multiculturalism across the country. So why do the liberal progressives hate it? Shouldn't they be saying it doesn't go far enough, and power should be further delegated to counties/cities? Or are they outing themselves as centralists? 

  5. On 6/23/2022 at 5:34 PM, Macnamara said:

     

    I don't have a problem per se with people meditating or pursuing Self realisation

     

    The OP said we need to embrace change and they couched it in spiritual language so i wanted to know:

     

    1) what change are we being told to embrace

    2) how is this spiritual language translating into actual change in the persons life that will actually improve the world

     

    I just made my point clumsily because i was not well last week

     

    Sorry to hear you weren't well, glad you're getting better.  I've been a bit ill this weekend too. 

     

    1)  I can't speak for the OP, but there is a school of thought in Eastern spirituality which advocates for an essentially passive attitude to life, acceptance of the situation as a way to liberation. To go within rather than look outside for fulfilment and happiness; it's one of a number of reasons I gave up on Buddhism. There's always some change going on, but to keep any kind of culture or identity going needs a great deal of input because there's always outside forces pushing to come in and take over with their agenda. There's a great deal of good about our civilisation which is not being highlighted at the moment, as the saying goes, 'you don't know what you've got till it's gone'.  

     

    2)  This is a good point for all religion really. Are we doing it for selfish reasons, like going to heaven, nirvana, enlightenment etc? Or for the common good? Personally I think our culture had a good blend of both individualism and communalism not too long ago, but has become unbalanced recently towards individualism. Remember when Maggie Thatcher said, 'There's no such thing as society'?. Maybe that wasn't so much an ideological point, but more about the plan to weaken our social bonds. Move towards markets rather than communities. 

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  6. On 6/19/2022 at 10:48 PM, Macnamara said:

    there's another saying about enlightenment: 'before enlightenment gather firewood to make a fire. After enlightenment gather firewood to make a fire'

     

    its not the matrix movie. You won't suddenly gain the ability to fly away from trouble. You will still be here in this life dealing with the same situation. The ship is sinking beneath our feet. The smart cities are coming in, the 5G is being rolled out, the satellites that will form a layer of the 'cloud' are being fired into space. Its on

     

    Macnamara: "Its like we are the sands in a giant glass conspiracy egg timer and those sands have been running down now for centuries but we have been born right at that time where we are the last sands falling down through the chute and looking down i can see that in the chasm below is a technocratic hellscape stretching off into the foreseeable future and i'm trying to say to the other grains of sand 'we don't want to be going down there' and all the other grains of sand are doing is talking about ANYTHING except what is down that chute

     

    Now if you were in an immediate EMERGENCY....lets say you've gone swimming in a creek and you see a crocodile coming towards you, are you going to start pondering on the two truths doctrine or are you going to start swimming like a lunatic for the shore?"

     

    I'm seeing a lot of crossed wires in this thread between absolute and relative understandings.  Naturally I'm not going to stay meditating (or whatever) while the house is on fire. But the emergency we're in is more drawn out, so we need a clear head and good concentration, which are some of the relative benefits from this type of spiritual practice. 

     

    Macnamara: "even here on this forum which you would think would be the spear point of the awakening full of people ready to be the shock troops of an alternative vision to the elites centralised vision of control but really a lot of people are into conspiratainment and just argue you with you when you try and talk about actually doing things"

     

    I'm pretty new to all this conspiracy stuff and although there's a lot of chatter about it on the internet, in reality there isn't much going on in real life in most neighbourhoods. Even people who don't believe in conspiracies but oppose things like mass immigration, do little more than grumble in private and daren't say anything publicly. It's been like that for generations. They still vote for the same old politics and buy from the same global corporations. I was the same until recently (apart from voting for smaller parties) and as I'm trying to digest this material, well knowing that I can't believe it all but just trying to see the main themes, I haven't yet got as far as planning what to do about it. 

      

    The reality is that conspiracy theorists are dismissed as either cranks or demonised as extremists. Most people, nearly everyone, still have faith in the current system. I don't expect much to change until there's a big shock to people's lives, perhaps an economic collapse, demographic shift, or a war. We're an underground movement, disorganised and divided. We don't yet have a strategy to start putting into action do we, or perhaps there's a hundred different strategies from as many people. 

     

    The opposition on the other hand is organised into a strict hierarchy with an elite setting the agenda and don't appear to have the same problems of disagreement, disorganisation and demonisation by the majority. Given that we've fallen so far down the cliff edge already, what to do?

     

  7. "Reason why "we" don't like change, and the argument for change

          

    To change or not to change, that's the question. It reminds me of a Carl Rogers quote: 'The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.' So my meditation has a quality of achieving growth by not changing anything. The caricature of the meditator sitting cross-legged contemplating their navel (which I've done and is a great practice btw) and achieving inner peace while the world is on fire, is missing the point. Because the desire for political action, saving the country, defending ourselves against threats is as much a part of the here and now which I'm contemplating as anything else. And any idea that I shouldn't be thinking those things to be in the here & now,  is trying to take myself out of the actual here and now, out of reality, into an imaginary one.

  8. On 6/17/2022 at 6:37 PM, Mr H said:

    Now we cannot speak in absolute terms and we are returning to the relative. We cannot speak congruently on both levels.

     

    This is it right here. The reason why we get so confused and mystified about religion. Conflating the absolute and the relative, hence the Two_Truths_Doctrine    

     

    @Macnamara  as a meditator myself I think you're being a little unfair on the eastern religions. The same issue is present in western religion too: why spend time worshipping a God who unconditionally loves everyone even the most despicable psychopaths and abusers? Because that's the absolute God, not the relative god who makes preferences between right and wrong.

     

    Trying to meditate, trying to relax, trying (desiring) not to desire is the Buddhist equivalent of Biblical commandments like to love God, love your neighbour, don't covet your neighbour's wife and possessions etc. As if you can conjure up love and goodness by an act of will. So why are we told to do these impossible, paradoxical things? Because we are trying to reach the absolute through the relative, and we don't yet realise that our whole world view is paradoxical and mostly based on self-interest and survival instincts. 

     

    The absolute & relative occupy the same space of course, it's just a matter of whether we're making any distinctions. The absolute has no distinctions, the relative world is made of the distinctions we project onto the absolute. (But please take everything I say about the absolute with a pinch of salt because it can't really be spoken of). 

     

    Great thread, by the way. 

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  9. @Edgewood  sure, after Christianity got going it moved around a lot, and got into conflict with other small sects, Jesus wasn't the only Messiah claimant and the area was religiously diverse. My interest in Alexandria was in the origins, whether Jesus lived there, perhaps he and John were Egyptian Jews from the community there who developed a kind of syncretism between Judaism and the Isis/Osiris religion.  

     

    The existence of multiple Gospels (which weren't codified into the Biblical canon until later) attests to the large variety of Christianities in the early days before the enforced conformity by the powers that be. 

  10. Welcome and hello @Green Dragon  I am likewise just finding my way here and starting to get to know people, tbh I'm doing more reading than posting. Great to see you're interested in practical solutions, see you over at the solutions section!  I hope we can help you with any struggles. One of my focuses is on trying to support community groups which promote local self-sufficiency and away from dependence on big corporations & govt. Like things used to be, in some ways. 

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  11. Getting back on topic, the other day I saw a documentary on Are You Being Served, and they had a helpline number at the end 'for anyone who has been affected by the issues in this programme'. As well as the disclaimer at the start of the programme that it contains language of its period which some may find offensive; that's now common in old 60s & 70s comedies like AYBS, Carry On, On The Buses etc. I've not decided if this trend represents the defeat of homophobia & misogyny; an encouragement of the offence industry; the TV channel's paranoia about compensation claims; or just someone seeing how far they can push this to create a reaction - reductio ad absurdum. 

     
    https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/are-you-being-served-secrets-scandals/ 

  12. 5 hours ago, Edgewood said:

    However, for all of this interesting historical exploration there in no reason to believe anything about the existence of these Archons is real. Especially as they are presented to us in such ridiculous terms and the fact that their names and attributes vary depending on the Gnostic tradition. Athoth the Archon, apparently has a sheep’s face, the second, Eloaios has a donkey’s face while the seventh Archon representing the planet Saturn they call Sabbataios, has a face of flame and fire. It’s all a little silly and is probably best not taken particularly seriously and indeed my thoughts of Gnosticism are that although it might be of some comfort to believe that the world is created by evil Gods with animal faces, it isn’t necessarily true and it really doesn’t do much for one’s quality of life. It’s all just a fancy and abstraction. No different from the Kabbalah. The question is why do people invent these fancies and who are they? The origin of these Archon fantasies and much of Gnosticism seems to centre on one place in particular: Alexandria in Egypt. This place became the centre of Gnosticism and is home to all of the major currents of Gnosticism.  

    Thanks for the info, this is all fascinating, even though I find it a little difficult to draw it all together into a coherent understanding. For example, if the origin of Gnosticism was Alexandria, that great centre of learning, then how about if it was a development of earlier Egyptian mystery religions (Athoth = Thoth?) mixed with some Greek influence (Archons). 
    And from the Ancient Aliens TV series a thought occurs to me that maybe the animal faces are an allegorical reference to masks worn by the ancient shape-shifting alien Gods to travel in disguise as humble creatures while they were really the puppet masters, the pyramidions of us all. 

  13. 7 hours ago, Edgewood said:

    It's possible.....I've always been hugely impressed by the books of Prince and Picknett.... that last I read was about the Priory of Sion deception but I will try to get hold of Templar Revelation for some summer reading.

    I can thoroughly recommend it, even though it's 25 years old now so the research may have developed since then. One thing leads to another ... reading that book has got me interested in some others. They wrote another one about the Turin Shroud, developing a theory that it shows a severed head (referencing the Joannite heretical underground religion), and the image is an early type of photograph of Leonardo himself. Also some other books researching into the links with Freemasonry, Kabbalah, the Priory of Sion  etc. The picture is essentially one of the religion of John the Baptist being suppressed by its offspring, the early Christian church (including a theory that Jesus was an Egyptian not a Jew), and creating remnants in the form of secretive organisations which continued underground with a heady mixture of the old mystery religion of Isis/Osiris (Mary Magdalene/Jesus), John the Baptist, Gnosticism and others. 

  14. @Edgewood @pi3141  This is a very important part of the historical jigsaw of western religions. I'm currently reading The Templar Revelation by Clive Prince & Lynn Picknett. Apparently Jesus started off as a disciple of John the Baptist before splitting off into his own sect and creating an exoteric religion of Jewish messiah, and esoteric mystery religion of Osiris-Isis death/rebirth initiation. 

  15. Am I being a pedantic literalist or do I notice a trend among progressives to redefine language to mean something different, or even opposite to what it actually says. It leaves me with a feeling of being gaslit, disorientated, cognitive dissonance at the shift in meanings. So I'm starting to challenge their use of language as part of deconstructing the whole agenda. Some examples: 
     

    Racism, sexism. Adding the suffix '-ism' to the end of a word is supposed to mean a system of thought or social movement associated with the word, not giving it a negative meaning of discrimination. Similarly, the suffix '-ist' is a person who's involved in the '-ism'.   For example, Buddhism means the religion based on the teachings of the Buddha, and a Buddhist is a member of the religion. So racism should mean something like the subject of human racial identity, and racists are people who believe in racial identity and belong to a race. But no, to be  racist or sexist  has been twisted to mean someone who has fallen foul of the rules of the new social order. 
       
    Homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia. A phobia is an irrational fear of something, like heights or enclosed spaces. It's a medical condition but it's used similarly to -ism above in the meaning of hate and persecution.  
      
    Semitism, Anti-semitism. Semites are people who speak a wide group of languages from the middle east and as far west as Malta. Yet anti-semitism is changed to mean only the Jewish people. 
     
    I expect there's more but this is a start. 

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  16. @Given To Fly  I'd be interested to hear about your spiritual experiences, if you ask me the lack of religious experience in mainstream Christianity over here explains much of the Church's decline, and the rise of the evangelical/charismatic movements. The Holy Spirit is the one part of the Trinity I can actually believe in, God the Father and God the Son don't resonate with me. 

  17. On 5/21/2022 at 3:32 PM, Truthblast said:

    The West needs a new Cold War, a new adversary.

     

    10 years from, China will very much have become that adversary.

     

    At the time, I thought it strange that so soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, along came Islamic terrorism to fill the void as the new adversary, with attacks starting in the early 90s (Al-Qaeda having been formed in 1988, just in time for the fall of the USSR). You could well be right that a new "warm" war is being brought in, either with China or a Chinese-Russian alliance. I say warm because it will likely include limited local conflicts such as Ukraine, Taiwan etc to keep it in the news. 

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  18. On 4/30/2022 at 9:08 AM, Macnamara said:

    does the eating too much aspect tie into processed food where certain appetite enhancers or flavour enhancers might be included along with additives that are designed to make the food more addictive?

     

    In which case should we be speaking more about how PROCESSED FOOD is the problem?

     

    Yes we should be talking about processed food causing health problems and addictions; and also how it is more profitable for the corporations, how for many impoverished and stressed people it seems to provide 'cheap calories' that are quicker to prepare. And yes I agree with your previous point about our lifestyle affecting how much we need to eat. Quality and quantity can be seen as separate issues. Conventional advice is to keep your BMI in certain limits, but  I'm referring to some research into life expectancy and restricted diets, as I recall this started out on mice. I've come across some discussions of the links between lifespan, epigenetics and calorie restriction  I've no expertise myself on this but it seems worthwhile to check it out -  but from a random internet search here's an article:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6515465/ 

     

    "Caloric restriction (CR), i.e., the reduction of caloric intake (by 10% to 40%) without causing malnutrition, has proven to be by far the most effective intervention that can extend the maximum lifespan in a wide range of organisms including yeast, nematodes, flies, and rodents. Interestingly, observations also demonstrated an effect on healthspan (i.e., time spent being healthy), coincident with a significant decrease in age-related diseases such as cardiovascular events, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, and cancers. The beneficial effects of CR occur through an extreme wide range of molecular mechanisms, largely overlapping with aging hallmarks, among which epigenetic factors have recently gained interest." 

     

    I've also seen some more accessible content in Dr Rangan Chatterjee's YT channel such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg6UhhV_K1s&t=4804s but I need to do more research into this area; who to believe is the issue as ever.  

  19. Having partners and families within a community setting has been the mainstay of life for virtually all of history, pre-history (and of course evolution of animals). The idea that you can have a lifestyle without it is only possible by having a powerful institution to take its place such as the state or the church, otherwise there'd be no support system for the individuals, and individual humans are pretty weak without the strong bonds wrought within a family or religious type institution. I guess historically there would have been a small number of people eschewing sex and relationships outside the church (or other monastic tradition like Buddhism), but I'm thinking it's easier for a celibate lifestyle to become mainstream in a modern technological society.  Perhaps this also mirrors the increase in other types of alternative lifestyle, eg same sex partnerships. 

      

    "Gnostics and Essenes believed that the Devil (Demiurge) created the material world and that he also made sex to entrap ethereal souls in the prison of the flesh. This planet is nothing more than a huge energy farm for the malevolent entities." 

      

    I don't know a lot about Gnosticism, but this sounds familiar from what I've read about it.  My take is that the split between material and spiritual is  a story we create for ourselves, like all the other types of fragmentation such as body/mind, self/other etc. Useful perhaps for the social interactions in the relative world, but nevertheless it's our creation. No judgement though. The question is, does it feel good and loving and work for you or not? We can follow our heart and head, intuition and reason to find fulfilment and happiness as either a family person or a celibate monastic. It's all ok. Some people do think we should be responsible for the preservation of the race or society and have children. Others think we should be prioritising the spiritual over the material, and avoiding distractions like money and family life. Me, I don't see any dilemma between them. My family is my church, my community is my extended family, my extended church. Spiritual enlightenment isn't something to look for "outside" or even "inside", heaven is already here, behind the story telling. 

     

  20. 23 hours ago, Macnamara said:

    if people want to save the planet then they would be better forgetting veganism and instead eating more offal eg heart, liver, kidney, blood etc so that more of the animal is eaten and not wasted. It would improve peoples health too

     

    Also consider eating less. There's research into restricting food intake with longer lifespan, as well as health benefits of fasting. We need some protein of course, but the modern diet contains more than most of us need. 

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  21. 2 hours ago, Gnostic Christian said:

    I am a Gnostic Christian because we think in a more moral way as compared to Christianity.

     

    Christians love the genocidal Yahweh/Jesus while we hate them because of their poor morals.

     

    How do you practise Gnosticism these days, and are there Gnostic churches again? I've come across some references to it in reading The_Templar_Revelation by Lynne Picknett & Clive Prince (which covers a lot of other topics too) that explains how the Gnostic Cathars were suppressed in a crusade.  

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  22. I noticed the new series of 'Noughts + Crosses' starts this week. I'd not heard of it before, it's an 'alternative history' where 'black people rule over a white underclass' (on BBC1, no surprise). I'm usually reluctant to try and guess intentions of other people, but the BBC clearly thinks it's acceptable to produce programmes imagining the downfall of the native white races and takeover by Africans. And yet when certain people start saying this is a realistic possibility through demographic replacement, they are criticised as far-right extremists and even prosecuted for racist hate speech. What is the BBC really up to, could it be about gauging the audience reaction to see how far they can push this type of obnoxious story?   

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    The series takes place in present-day London in an alternate history where 700 years prior, several nations in (what is in our world known as) West Africa combined to form the powerful Aprican Empire and went on to colonise Europe. After a conflict known as the Great World War, control of Europe is split between different Aprican factions, with mainland Europe under control of the Malian Empire and the Moors, whereas Albion (comprising Great Britain and Ireland) and parts of Scandinavia remain under the thumb of the Aprican Empire.[4]

     

    Russia and The Balkans remain in active conflict with the Aprican colonisers, although since the Great World War their national borders have been pushed back. The Ottoman Empire also exists, controlling parts of East Asia.[4]

     

    Albion appears to be a self-governing colony with its own (Cross) Prime Minister and executive leadership, an exclusively Cross police force, and a military only just opened up to a small number of Nought high-achievers. However, it is still accountable to the Aprican Empire based on the African continent. As of 1950, Racial segregation is rigidly enforced in the colony between those of wealthy Aprican descent (known as Crosses or daggers) and the poorer native Europeans (known as Noughts or blankers).[4]
     
     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noughts_%2B_Crosses   

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  23. On 2/18/2022 at 9:54 AM, Oakwise said:

    You're desiring to overcome desire? 

    Ha ha I like it 😀 this is a theme I came across in Buddhism too. The passion with which some folks express their religious ideas of asceticism actually reveals the paradox inherent in deep spirituality. Speaking from the point of view of a separate self is often paradoxical because it's self-referencing. 

     

    My take on this general subject (I've not had time to read the whole thread yet), is that feelings like lust, anger, fear, excitement are purely natural biological processes (shared with animals too) which are ingrained in our brain's neural networks, limbic and hormonal systems. Survival systems in other words.  It becomes "sinful" when the ego-thought tries to claim ownership of all this as mine, and gets greedy and selfish. Satan is therefore a symbolic personification of this illusory sense of separateness. Feeling guilty for being sinful and trying to control myself is all the more running on this hamster wheel of the self trying to control itself.  

  24. 10 hours ago, skitzorat said:

    I'M SO SICK AND TIRED OF THESE (((PEOPLE))) HATING ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I don't *hate* them, I just fear terribly the world of the future for my two beautiful White nieces aged 3 and 6months

    Ok I understand your frustration. But why should they give up now when whoever it is behind it are clearly winning the long-term trajectory? There's no co-ordinated strategy among white people (or anyone else earmarked for future targets) to deal with it, just a plethora of small groups each doing their own thing and being picked off one by one. Probably most of those groups are infiltrated anyway and made to look like extremists when most people are, like you, just worried for the future of their families and culture.

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