Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Ghost In My Machine
I had a surprise today when I opened up my email. There was a message from Mac Tonnies.
Mac unexpectedly died in October 2009.
I check the message and noticed it was about a Tweet he made before he died.
Thanks to Facebook, everyone is trying to get into social networking, including Yahoo email. Call it The Flavor-Of-The-Month Syndrome. Next month everyone will be jumping on to a different fad.
Yahoo is pushing something called Updates, its variation on social networking. Here's the description:
"Updates like little news bulletins about you and your friends that appear in Yahoo! Mail and elsewhere in Yahoo!. Through updates you can find out things like when a friend has posted photos to Flickr, rated a restaurant, 'buzzed up' a news item, and more. Updates help people stay in touch by effortlessly letting each other know what they’ve been up to on Yahoo! and the web."
Updates can include profile pages and you can exchange messages, just like Facebook. So how did I get an update from Mac? Here's the answer from Yahoo:
"To help you get started, we automatically show you updates from select Yahoo! Contacts and Yahoo! Messenger friends. Of course, you have full control over what updates you want to see. The list of people you see updates from is for you only (private), so your relationships aren’t exposed to anyone else."
So a bot is making updates for people I know. Even dead people.
Mac's work lives on through his books, blog and Website. That's good. His writings are important. But oddly enough he has become a ghost thanks to mindless automatic programming. He was into transhumanism, a field where an individual mind could possibly live on beyond the physical body due to advanced technology.
Maybe this incident with Yahoo can be called autohumanism.
Posted by Ray Palm (Ray X) at 11:28 PM
Monday, June 21, 2010
Comet On The Curve
I'm walking home the other evening. To the west is a crescent moon. Above it is another object, most likely Venus. Or is it?
The bright spot above the moon is elongated. A comet?
Not really. I stop and stare at the puzzling light, moving my head up and down. I've worn eyeglasses since I was a pre-teen (I'm nearsighted) and over the years my lenses have grown thicker to keep pace with my deteriorating vision. As I lower and raise my glass Coke-bottle-bottoms, I noticed that the trail changes into a point when the light is centered in my lenses.
Obviously the elongation was distortion caused by the curvature of my glasses. One would think I would have noticed this sooner but apparently conditions weren't right until recently.
Now I see why when a field investigator makes an UFO report he notes whether or not the observer wears corrective lenses.
Posted by Ray Palm (Ray X) at 1:52 AM
Spiritual Placebo And The Truth
Some people claim they can channel Jesus.
For example, there is "Anne," a lay apostle of the Catholic faith who passes along messages from Heaven in a series of booklets published by Directions for Our Times. On the back cover of one booklet appears this statement:
"Anne, a wife and mother of six, reveals her journey to the heart of Jesus. The messages she hears in her heart, which she believes are from Jesus and Mary, reveal the tender, solicitous love that our Saviour has for each one of us."
I think of the Bible and its warning against false prophets and not allowing a witch to live. What if this "Anne" is in error?
Apparently anticipating such concerns, Directions for Our Times includes a special statement in its booklets. The publisher acknowledges that the Holy See of Rome has to make the final decision about the validity of private revelations. Then Pope Urban VIII (Maffeo Barberini; 1568-1644) is quoted:
"In cases which concern private revelations, it is better to believe than not to believe, for if you believe, and it is proven false, you will receive all blessings as if it had been true because you believed it to be true."
It's like the doctor who tells a patient that there's a special pill to treat the patient's particular ailment. The patient takes the pill and later he feels better, even though the special medication is nothing but a sugar pill with no healing properties. The Placebo Effect. If it works, give the deception a pass.
There is a fascinating aspect to Pope Urban's quote: there is debate about whether or not he made that statement.
But if you still believe it and he never said it, what's the harm? Just ignore the fact that all churches are supposed to be about The Truth.
(Historical footnote: Before Maffeo Barberini become pope, he had a patron-client relationship with the astronomer Galileo. But there was a dispute between them and Pope Urban III refused to pardon Galileo after the astronomer was found "vehemently suspect of heresy." Galileo's freedom was severely restricted by the church, even though he was correct in his observations. Like I said: The Truth.)
"Heaven Speaks to Victims of Clerical Abuse" (Booklet. 2005)
Posted by Ray Palm (Ray X) at 1:48 AM
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Some people don't like Vern.
I monitored some of the last Liberty Net get-together on its stickam.com site, both audio and text. While the ham radio superpatriots were exhanging their right-wing beliefs on air, some were also communicating in the Stickam chatroom. What was interesting was the contrast between what was being said on the air by a particular Lib Netter and the reaction by the listeners participating in the chatroom. For example:
"n8wgm: If [Vern] was trained in propaganda, and admits it here, then why should we trust anything he says?"
This is a response to an on-air statement by Lib Netter Vern Kaspar that he was trained in propaganda analysis during World War II. I must admit the same thought crossed my mind. Maybe he's working for Them.
Seriously, I doubt Vern is an agent provocateur. But after seeing some of the chatroom comments, it's obvious that he's unintentionally provoking jealously.
Vern sounds like a pleasant gentleman. He's a good speaker, an asset for someone who owns a few radio stations. During his long life (he's 88 years old) Vern has spent a lot of time traveling abroad, visiting Russia, China, and many other points within the four corners of the world. And while I don't agree with everything he says, Vern sounds knowledgeable. But for some people, he's too well-traveled, too knowledgeable. (Edited chatroom comments follow.)
"n8wgm: There you go. HE's the expert."
"n8wgm: He talked to all the leaders of the world"
"wb8rav: ...just sitting here in wide eyed, rapt attention!...."
"n8wgm: They wanted his wisdom"
"n8wgm: Glad I can be here to be listening to the VERN net."
"thelibertynet: Vern certainly kills the rotation!"
"n8wgm: I, I , I , I, I, I, Vern is the EYE man."
"n8wgm: I did that. I had dinner with. I traveled to...I have a license.....I can speak...I can ....."
"wb8rav: Of course, Tovarich!"
"wb8rav: All Vern, ALL the time...what else you need?!"
"thelibertynet: self-satisfied adj having or showing a complacent satisfaction with oneself, one's own actions, behaviour, etc. self-satisfaction n"
"n8wgm: over half an hour of the marvelous Vern. I wonder when anyone will come on and say how wonderful it is to have Vern back."
OK, Vern does go on a bit with his on-air comments but maybe you could diplomatically tell him instead of acting like schoolkids jealous of the friendly rich boy with all the cool toys?
The Liberty Net meets every week to discuss the various threats to freedom, the lurking menaces biding their time until world domination is within easy reach. When the Illuminati and New World Order emerge from the shadows to take over the world, it's good to know that the Liberty Net gang is ready to protect individualism and resist the power of evil. That is, if they're not too busy backstabbing each other.
Posted by Ray Palm (Ray X) at 2:36 AM
Gosh, I Didn't Know That
Amazing what you can learn from listening to right-wing ham radio operators during their on-air discussions.
Take the last meeting of the Liberty Net (June 5th, 2010). Some info is so startling that when you hear it live, you say to yourself: "Did he really say that?" Fortunately for me and future historians, a Website -- http://3950.net -- archives recordings of each Saturday-night-into-early-Sunday-morning discussions. That way I can play back the comment and verify to my boggled mind that I did hear what I thought I had heard, right down to the hour, minute, and second.
For example, check out the June 5th recording (archived as Liberty Net - 2010-0605) around 1 hour, 39 minutes, 40 seconds [ 1:39:40 ]. Vic Misek, net coordinator, is talking about the Gulf Oil Spill, that the damaged rig should be examined to see if it had been hit by a torpedo. Then he makes this fascinating statement about the impact of the spill:
"The disaster I believe is overblown. Oil has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico for thousands of years. A lot of it just seeps up from the bottom, there's a lot of oil under the Gulf of Mexico and some of it naturally comes up into the Gulf and the oil is eventually consumed by petroleum-consuming bacteria."
Really. There has always been oil-soaked wildlife and countless tar balls along the Gulf shores? I never knew that. From what I've seen on TV, that petroleum-consuming bacteria have been slacking off. Or maybe they're just a bit overworked lately.
Skip ahead to around 3:20:18. Discussion is focused on the dumbing down of the American public at large by the US gene pool being "stupefied" by illegal immigrants. This "demographic degeneration" is why Barack Obama was elected president, according to Vic Misek.
Then another Lib Netter, Vern Kaspar, makes the comment that he's heard that most black men are preferring to marry white women. This will also affect the overall intelligence of the US population.
Vic agrees with him, adding this statement: "The average mulatto intelligence falls halfway between the average black and the average white."
Really. I'd like to see the scientific study that supports that "dumb" statement. Please email the info, Vic.
Posted by Ray Palm (Ray X) at 2:32 AM
Saturday, June 05, 2010
XR #74 & Website Redesign
If you prefer to read these blog posts in zine form, then check out my website, http://www.xrayer.com . Ray X X-Rayer #74 is now up to read on screen or print out and read on paper.
I've simplified xrayer.com, dropped some old articles and deleted the Word format zine versions. The zine archives are only in PDF. I've checked all the links but if there's a problem, please let me know.
Posted by Ray Palm (Ray X) at 3:51 AM
Thursday, June 03, 2010
What Does It All Mean? Ask A Tree
“In accepting this Conclave’s nomination as the 73rd Sorcha Faal of our Order, I express the gratitude of all the Sisters in thanking Sister Lyuha for her guidance as our Sorcha Faal these past 7 years, especially her efforts these past 5 years in re-orienting all of us towards the Western World.
"Our Order has always striven to provide to this World that Light needed to dispel the myths inherent in Darkness, but which without we could never see the truest balance between the two.”
Sorcha Faal, 3 February 2007
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It's like trying to dig a hole in a big pool of quicksand.
The conspiracy theory: North Korea blew up the British Petroleum oil rig, the Deepwater Horizon, causing the great Gulf spill. After all, if NK could attack and sink a South Korean vessel, why not one of our oil platforms?
OK, I'll do some Googling and take care of that topic in a few words.
The story: a cargo vessel from North Korea deployed a mini submarine within strike range of the Deepwater Horizon. The sub, manned by suicide team, fired two incendiary torpedoes and to make sure the job was done right, the team then exploded the sub directly underneath the rig.
What was the motive? Besides the fact that the rig was made in South Korea, the hated enemy of the North?
To put President Obama in a tight spot. According to a "report" circulating in the Kremlin, Obama might be forced to use a small nuclear device to seal off the well (the nuke option that I talked about in a prior post) during the an important conerence being held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons was scheduled from May 3rd - 28th.
As reported by the What Does It Mean website, "...if Obama chooses the 'nuclear option' it would leave the UN’s nuclear conference in shambles with every Nation in the World having oil rigs off their coasts demanding an equal right to atomic weapons to protect their environment from catastrophes too, including Iran." (Link listed below).
The article also notes: "And not just to the environmental catastrophe that is unfolding the only devastation to be wrecked upon the United States and South Korea by this North Korean attack as the economic liabilities associated with this disaster are estimated by these Russian reports to be between $500 Billion to $1.5 Trillion, and which only a declaration of this disaster being an 'act of war' would free some the World’s largest corporations from bankruptcy."
The author of this startling article about the Kremlin report is Sorcha Faal. And who is she? That depends. She could be a he.
Supposedly it's not one person but a series of women who take on that title. Like the Pope in the Vatican or Number 2 in "The Prisoner" TV series (the original). According to the WDIM site in a brief history, the Order of Sorcha Faal was founded in 588 BCE in Ireland. This order claimed Tamar Tehi, the oldest daughter of King Zedekiah, as its founder. The name Sorcha Faal has its origins in the ancient languages of Ireland. Faal means "the Dark and Barren Place." Not a great surname. But to counter that negative meaning, "Sorcha" means "She Who Brings Light." Reminds me of Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader. The OSF is claimed to have 18 monasteries around the world, including Russia and the US.
I wonder if any of those monasteries are listed in the telephone Yellow Pages.
On the flip side, according to the skeptics and critics (links below) the whole Sorcha Fall is a hoax being perpetrated by David Booth, computer programmer and writer of Apocalyptic tomes. Booth is supposed to be dead but in lives on behind the avatar of Sorcha Faal because some people are upset with his dubious actions in the past under his own name. The new Number 2 -- I mean Sorcha Faal -- is supposed to be a Russian academic but according to one researcher no one with that name is listed at the Russian Academy of Sciences website. Of course, that's assuming that she changed her name to Sorcha Faal and dropped her birth designation.
At this point I'm getting a headache. The more I dig, the faster the quicksand is sucking me in.
Actually it doesn't appear to be quicksand if you look at it closely enough...
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Consider how small you are
Compared to your scream
The human dream
Doesn't mean shit to a tree
-- Eskimo Day Blues, Jefferson Airplane
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"US Orders Blackout Over North Korean Torpedoing Of Gulf Of Mexico Oil Rig"
"Who Is Sorcha Faal?"
"Sister Maria Theresa is the 73rd Sorcha Faal of the Sorcha Faal Order, Elected as Mother Superior 3 February 2007"
"2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons 3-28 May 2010"
"Sorcha Faal... Internet Hoax Queen Courtesy of One David Booth"
"Reader Asks - 'Who Is Sorcha Faal?'"
Posted by Ray Palm (Ray X) at 12:58 AM
Papernet: Theme Zine Has Devil In The Details
There must be a market for a zine about devil girls.
Randy Robbins publishes a review zine called Narcolepsy Press Review that reviews – well, zines. And with his last snail mailing of NPN I found another surprise in the 6 X 9 envelope: You’re an Angel, You L’il Devil #4.
The small booklet is loaded with photos and drawings of horny – I mean horned – females. It’s amazing how such a niche zine can find so much material, including drawings contributed by readers with an artistic bent.
If your interest is piqued, send two dollars (bills) to Randy Robbins, PO Box 17131, Anaheim, CA 92817-7131. Please mention Ray X sent you.
Posted by Ray Palm (Ray X) at 12:56 AM