Taoist mythology, Lanna history, mythology, the nature of time and other considered ramblings

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Author of many self-published books, including several about Thailand and Chiang Rai, Joel Barlow lived in Bangkok 1964-65, attending 6th grade with the International School of Bangkok's only Thai teacher. He first visited ChiangRai in 1988, and moved there in 1998.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Dinosaur bones were put there to test your faith – in false teachings.

Not only have oil wells thought pumped dry been found later to mysteriously have lots of oil in them again, but in several places oil has been found at 30,000 feet deep, despite organic matter stopping at 18,000 feet.
Big Oil, of course, likes high oil prices, and the powers-that-be like sustaining a climate of fear. The more widely disseminated theories of oil origin (from “fossils”) are also useful for containing China.
Recognizing which leads to “conspiracy theory” – are we being manipulated, lied to and deceived? Well, jeez, any who’d deny that are naïve. For a long time, myth-making has served political ends, and “education” too.
Many feel uncomfortable accepting that pictures supposedly taken on the moon can be demonstrated as fakes, that Shakespeare and Einstein weren’t quite the geniuses they’re claimed to have been, and that fluoride in the water is way more negative than positive. Too bad. That the generally accepted science of petrochemicals may be dubious (or less) also causes internal conflicts for those who know our material gluttony to be wrong, bad, dangerous and stupid. Nevertheless, it’s wise to face facts.
Oil replenishment may well be too slow to be much of an answer to population and consumption increases, but there are some who claim that replenishment keeps pace with, or even outpaces, withdrawal (do a goggle search). Methane and light oil clearly travel through fault lines in sedimentary rock, and this travel could go both ways (so a lot of biotic oil may have sunk to layers with no other organic matter). Oil surely travels (although perhaps only quite slowly) through pore spaces from areas of high pressure to lower-pressure areas like drill holes; when drawn out, the oil would then take longer to refill the hole a second time; in this scenario, oil is no less of a non-renewable resource, but we do have access to quite a bit more of it than has been claimed. Or, carbon present in the magma beneath Earth’s crust may react (under conditions of sufficient heat and pressure) with hydrogen - to form methane and other mainly alkaline hydrocarbons. Oil, even with gravity or other forces, may not have been able to seep down to the depths where it has several times been found, forcing significant re-evaluation of some science.
Be that as it may, we must also re-evaluate our access to information. It’s not really clear that the internet is helping any more than TV has: we’re still mired in ignorant darkness and the equivalent of superstition. Despite the preponderance of evidence, a majority of US voters still won’t accept conspiracy in the Kennedy assassinations, CIA involvement in drug-running, or even banking conspiracies (currently producing a marked rise in insecurity levels, but never-mind reality, have some faith in either God or your “betters”!). It’s easy to verify that protest groups were infiltrated by US government agents, that the Watergate burglaries and Iran-Contra scandals did indeed occur, that false information has been used to instigate entry into warfare (repeatedly - in fact, every time), and that the public is constantly manipulated. One need not believe in a Princess Di death plot, involvement of British royals in the international trade of illegal drugs, the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, shape-shifting space aliens, secret elites or other less-than-suspicious proclamations like that humans have never stood on our moon. But we should accept that there are, and long have been, those interested in creating a “New World Order”, mind-control devices and other ways to manipulate and control the general public.
Perhaps the weirdest part of all this is the conspiracy to diminish the perceived truth-value of conspiracy theories. From disinformation to devaluing information to making valuable information appear ridiculous (as David Icke does), there are a variety of mind-control manipulations going on, in that we are taught to mis-believe, and even to close our minds to what it’s quite logical to accept.
We’ve been sold a bill of goods, and are, of course, the poorer for accepting it.

Our Earth is a very complicated system – not alive, perhaps, but vastly more complex than any mechanism man can hope to design and build, perpetually in well-balanced motion. The sun and moon are essential parts of the system, as are layers of the atmosphere, and, apparently, a cooling system in the thin crust. Some of the system which supports us we may have succeeded in damaging, but it’s possible things are not as bad as they sometimes seem.


Friday, July 08, 2011

some quotes, thanks to Toni the Toad

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious. (Oscar Wilde) I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's. (William Blake) I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. (Groucho Marx) Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. (Aristotle) Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. (Immanuel Kant) The philosophers have only interpreted the world ... the point, however, is to change it.(Karl Marx)

And you gotta love this letter to the Editor of NY Times:

G. K. Chesterton identified a source deeper than the sense of entitlement to explain the anger of the rich at paying taxes: “The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.”

Steven Berkowitz
New York, Sept. 20, 2010