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Old 15-02-2017, 10:13 AM   #1021
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This usually chilly February morning here in Scotland looks like the beginning of a summer’s day. Yesterday the sun was so blinding that I had to close the curtain a bit. Outside it was balmy. We have had barely a day’s snow this winter. The hardy Scots are now beginning to find they are getting used to the new conditions and even complain when the weather is normal. But most of us know the weather has changed and is not normal at all. It is that for us warmer is not that unpleasant - yet. The winter is no longer culling the slugs and snails which mass in the Spring. Some birds are no longer migrating. Midges are transmitting new lethal diseases to our livestock. There must be a huge decline in the sales of ice scrapers, salt and anti-freeze. I cannot remember when I last scraped frost off the car but years ago it was every morning. Of course the polar ice is melting and it wont be freezing again as it used to. And of course vast reserves of methane locked up in the frozen tundra are escaping. Some lakes are reported to look as though they are boiling. The worst greenhouse gas of all. And of course nothing will be done - who can afford to do anything these days let alone clean the oceans of submerged plastic islands now bigger than the US? And of course the media has better things to do than tell us what its corporate owners would prefer left to fake news sites. Our poor Earth. For so long it worked well but now the rush to wrench the last few logs from the forests, the last few shoals of fish from the seas, to replace the last natural seeds with toxic alternatives, to drench the land in pesticides that scientific reports claim are safe, to frack entire nations for more fossil fuels, to kill off the last magnificent species that once roamed freely in the natural open spaces when there were some - giraffe, tigers, rhino, elephants, bison……. For what? For the billions that amass in the bank accounts of nameless shareholders.

I have backed the same club for 60 years now - Arsenal. We have had the same manager (Arsene) for 20 years and he has given us a wonderful new stadium, transformed that part of London, made the club so attractive it has the most expensive tickets in the country, has kept his club in the country’s top 4 for 18 years thus qualifying for the lucrative European competition every year, and kept the club in the top 16 European teams or higher for years, stayed ahead of our main rivals in north London for all these years, made the club fabulously valuable. He has also transformed English football from its crude origins and made it watchable. But a proportion of the fans want him out and have done for years. They boo the team at half time. Leicester, a small club, won the league easily last year and most unexpectedly. The manager and team were heroes. This year they are struggling and many want their manager out. Fans and the media do not have much patience and do not respect the extraordinary success managers give their teams for long. There are many examples. Even Churchill was dumped by his country after winning the war. Loyalty to what has worked so well has been ditched and may I add that the media are the reason. The media that loves to stick the knife into men and women for the most dubious reasons. Today they are determined to unseat Trump and even reading the Guardian, a paper that was once so noble, is now embarrassing. They have nothing to say about most other national leaders but dump reams of toxic script on Assad, Putin, Brexit and Trump as though the earth was not on its last legs and the threat of WW3 not bad enough as it is. And yes I do blame the media entirely. They get politicians elected and ruined. They once reported news but now wish to make the news. They long ago removed the finer editors and any conscientious owners. Their journalists seem to be competing with each other to see who can toe the new line hardest. Our far too many ‘institutes’ and think tanks provide all the dubious evidence they require to do that. And I only write this because over a too long life I have seen it all happen before my eyes.

The sages over the ages have long held that the world as we see it is an illusion. The ones in the east call it ‘maya’. We call the white box in the kitchen a washing machine but this thing consumes forests, it dumps toxic chemicals in our groundwater, pollutes the earth for the metals it is created from, possibly by child labour, pours carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and demands a constant feed of items that are usually innocent. It also tries to get us to use more fossil fuel heating and drying them rather than let us put the poor things on the line outside. Make no mistake it shortens their lives dramatically ensuring we replace them as fast as we can. And when we put these things on to wear, the toxic residue in them attacks our skin. But we think we are clean. When we ‘clean’ our houses and bodies we use all manner of toxic substances. If that kitchen floor is not gleaming unnaturally we get another one put in that does. Our car must be gleaming too and woe betide us if it is not replaced entirely every three years, every year if possible. There used to be garages that could fix cars now almost all just sell us new ones. Or so it seems. Yet ’maya’ tells us the car is for essential transport and the cupboard under the sink for ’cleaning’ products. That television is to entertain not programme us. That the media produces ’news’. That governments work for the populations to keep them safe. That corporations are not beasts with replaceable heads that eat humans for breakfast, lunch and tea. No wonder we do not open our eyes to the truth - it is a living nightmare.
Peace, if it is to be found, seems to be reserved for us when we die, or so we ‘believe’. Belief is programming - we are told to believe in Santa Claus at an early age. Later we hear about impossible miracles that we must believe. Then we are told that we must believe what we are told by ‘officials’ of various kinds. We are able to believe all sorts of extraordinary things. Belief is ‘maya’, the opposite of truth. We would have a very hard time if all we encountered was truth in our lives. One tenth of us believe that the man we call our father is our father but it turns out that he is not. And the awful truth for us is that there is no peace for most of us when we die. That is when we learn the truth and the part we played in concealing it, in the ghastly injustice we imposed on others and other species because we thought it was ok. Visit an abattoir before you die so you can see what really happens to the animals you eat. You wont be able to as they do not allow people to visit them! Pity because you will miss how many animals are lightly stunned, have their throats cut, get mechanically skinned and then have their spines removed in one fluid movement. Are they dead when all that happens? We believe they are. There are ‘strict’ limits on how many times the electric cattle prods can be used driving them into the chamber they so fear. Are they observed? We believe they are - too much prodding with that thing affects the quality of the meat. Anyway don’t worry about all of that it is just what needs to happen to make that burnt offering each week, or each day. That is the main thing after all. The fact that we will pay for it after our death and skinning is neither here nor there. Every religion tells us there is a problem for most of us then but we don’t believe that any more. Afterlife what afterlife? Nothing in the papers about an afterlife, certainly not about the hell awaiting the richer among us and those of us who lied or upset others. Only those mad sages know that. And the many who have near death experiences, come back and change fast:

“Another common element in near-death experiences is encountering people, which are generally identified according to the person's individual faith; for instance, in the USA, where 46% of the population believes in guardian angels, they will often be identified as angels or deceased loved ones (or will be unidentified), while Hindus will often identify them as messengers of the god of death.
Although the features of NDEs vary from one case to the next, common traits that have been reported by NDErs are as follows:
A sense/awareness of being dead.
A sense of peace, well-being and painlessness. Positive emotions. A sense of removal from the world.
An out-of-body experience. A perception of one's body from an outside position. Sometimes observing medical professionals performing resuscitation efforts.
A "tunnel experience" or entering a darkness. A sense of moving up, or through, a passageway or staircase.
A rapid movement toward and/or sudden immersion in a powerful light (or "Being of Light") which communicates with the person.
An intense feeling of unconditional love and acceptance.
Encountering "Beings of Light", "Beings dressed in white", or similar. Also, the possibility of being reunited with deceased loved ones.
Receiving a life review, commonly referred to as "seeing one's life flash before one's eyes".
Receiving knowledge about one's life and the nature of the universe.
Approaching a border, or a decision by oneself or others to return to one's body, often accompanied by a reluctance to return.
Suddenly finding oneself back inside one's body.


NDEs are also associated with changes in personality and outlook on life. Kenneth Ring (professor of psychology) has identified a consistent set of value and belief changes associated with people who have had a near-death experience. Among these changes one finds a greater appreciation for life, higher self-esteem, greater compassion for others, less concern for acquiring material wealth, a heightened sense of purpose and self-understanding, desire to learn, elevated spirituality, greater ecological sensitivity and planetary concern, and a feeling of being more intuitive. Changes may also include increased physical sensitivity; diminished tolerance of light, alcohol, and drugs; a feeling that the brain has been "altered" to encompass more; and a feeling that one is now using the "whole brain" rather than a small part. However, not all after-effects are beneficial and Greyson describes circumstances where changes in attitudes and behavior can lead to psychosocial and psychospiritual problems. Often the problems are those of the adjustment to ordinary life in the wake of the NDE……” Wikipedia

Well you cannot adjust easily to life after you have died because it is a complete illusion hiding a ghastly truth. If only our media knew about the things that really matter in life and on this planet and were not quite so willing to spin us to destruction.
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