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The Break

From a friend:

Jan very much regrets not being around lately but a sudden debilitating illness is keeping him from the keyboard. He wishes you all well and hopes to be back among you before long.

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I’ve been busy with other “necessary” things lately, such as painting the house between bouts of inclement weather. Poetry still whistles through the mind but is blown away before I’m able to capture it, so you don’t know what you’ve missed and now neither do I.
I have found time occasionally to delve again into the book “The Ode Less Travelled” by Stephen Fry, a goldmine of information on writing rhyming poetry and a joy to read.
My wife and I are celebrating our joint 138th birthday today and I’m writing this in the waiting period before the guests arrive. Downstairs there are chairs everywhere and the scattered collection of things I like to have at hand are stored away where I hope I can find them again later.
The trees that I always can see from here on high through the window are continuously nodding back and forth and probably still wet from the last shower of yesterday. Some nearby have already given up on the summer and are shedding their leaves.
Internationally, the only solution to increasing debt still appears to be increasing debt by “printing” even more money. I heard a rumour that the banks have recently discovered that it might be a good idea to do business with the little people again and raise the interest rates on savings.
That might work.
Years ago I was somewhat hooked on adventure game software, but after having my PC destroyed by horrid unannounced anti-copying elements I rather lost interest. Recently I purchased for a small fee the title “A stitch in Time” from lassiegames.com. It’s a sequel to a freely available game also available from their site. I can heartily recommend these to those interested in the “point and click” genre. They are gems from two dedicated part time enthusiasts.

Have a good one!

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Is there a connection?

If you’re reading this, then the world still hasn’t ended. I understand Mr Camping won’t be available for comment for some time due to unforeseen circumstances.
This week the local supermarket has reduced the price of 100 products to 1 euro — perhaps to celebrate the above.
Another eruption has taken place in Iceland, with the wind luckily blowing its excreta in the direction of Greenland according to relieved aviation sources in Europe.
A prominent member of the elite has been arrested for groping a hotel maid. They think they can get their hands on anything these days.
Carbon dioxide is still public enemy number one, which those in power are going to save us from for a large fee — don’t hold your breath.
Big bankers and their loyal politicians are still actively engaged in destroying national economies, even to the extent of putting their own wealth and reputations at risk, with the suffering people no doubt viewed as collateral damage. Even Keynes might be turning in his grave.
Obama’s still having a rough time getting his speeches right.
Lady Gaga has dethroned Oprah, which seems to me a good move.
The US and its allies continue on the path to bankruptcy in order to maintain, protect, and expand their empire abroad in the name of fighting terror, causing the number of terrorists to increase, which requires expanding even further their empire abroad …. Of course, this is an ideal situation for the industrial/military complex, at least in the short term.
I may have got it wrong, but it seems the British Queen has been banned from visiting Northern Ireland in the future for refusing a pint of Guinness.
According to the alternative media, 2012 promises to be an exceptionally eventful year even if the Maya’s predictions prove to be a bit out.

I feel the answer to my first question must be yes if at some level we still function as a race, though the equations governing human society would appear to have reached a complexity that even Mother Nature has difficulty working with.
I admit to feeling the chill of a Mayan seer looking over my shoulder and smiling.

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The joining

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Image credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

I wanted to share with you this wonderful Hubble Telescope image of two interacting galaxies catalogued as Arp 273, UGC 1810
Further details can be found here on the Hubble site.
Regards,
Jan

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I look out on the universe
With eyes that make me see
I am one of so many
On to infinity

The co called “heat death” of the universe, a final stage of development where energy is evenly distributed throughout it, could be countered by an intelligent component that maintains a higher average energy level through forcing mechanisms, which some term “Intelligent Design”.

When one considers the enormous complexity of universal structure, and the fact that creation and destruction are taking place everywhere in the universe on many different scales, it seems to me unlikely that such dynamism would apply only to its components for a “limited” period.

In other words, the second law of thermodynamics, which states that the level of disorder in the universe is steadily increasing so that systems tend to move from ordered behaviour to more random behaviour, might apply only on certain scales. After all, the law derives from a prevailing deterministic view of universal development based on scientific observation and research done here on Earth.
Intuitively, one might expect intelligence to be an indestructible property of the smallest components of the universe in order for it to regulate development on all scales, a relationship suggested by that of the human body and its cells. According to this research, results of experiments suggest that mammalian cells, indeed, possess intelligence.

A revealing and interesting discussion site on this and many other topics by Professor Steven Dutch can be found here. It’s worth a visit.

This piece I found worth quoting:

“If something looks complex enough to be of intelligent design, one possible interpretation is always that it is of intelligent design. It may not be, but in the absence of disconfirming evidence, intelligent design is always a viable hypothesis. We can say that it’s not the only possible explanation, maybe even that it’s not the most likely explanation, but it’s extremely hard to dismiss the idea entirely. Intelligent design is always a possible interpretation of any sufficiently complex object.”

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Only those who have reached or passed the Ninth Level of Ascension, intentionally or otherwise, will be able to read the following passage. Please let me know if you can.

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Computer anxiety

The last few days I’ve been dogged by computer problems.
The old adage states “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” applies particularly to computers, as many of you will know. However, sometimes one feels one must update software because of warning messages telling of all the terrible things that might cross one’s path if one doesn’t, or because the new version offers new irresistibly exciting possibilities.

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The 2010 Bilderberg meeting is taking place in Sitges, Spain. Members of the elite, including active politicians, economic experts, media and business moguls, gather once a year in secrecy to discuss world problems and how to solve them.
If you thought that our elected leaders were the only ones making the big decisions well think again.
Charlie Skelton of the British Guardian Newspaper is at the scene and his observations can be read here.

The Trilever Consultancy here is also covering the meeting.

List of Bilderberg participants here.

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Interesting video from New Zealand’s Professor Robert M Carter, one of the world’s leading palaeoclimatologists.
It can be found here on the site of the Science & Public Policy Institute.
As he says “All scientists are skeptics”.
Theories are dependent on facts and not the other way round.

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One of the nightmares of writers is spelling mistakes that can change the meaning of a clause or sentence. I did it again yesterday in a post that because of its serious nature does rather demand accuracy. I used the word “metal” for “mettle”. I know I had the correct meaning in my head at the time but somehow the wrong word survived into the published version. The spelling and grammar checker in Word did not catch it, of course, because of the subtle nature of the fault. In such cases, one can but hope for kind understanding from the reader.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

A spellbinding image from Hubble of a star forming region of the Carina Nebula. Jets of gas at top and center are the signposts of newly born stars. More information can be found on the site

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Well, according to various reports, the local authorities in Europe were wrong to impose a no fly ban during the recent Icelandic eruption. In an article here from the Mail Online the European Commission’s director general of transport accuses the weather experts in the UK of using a model not based on scientific facts to forecast the spread of volcanic ash. (This reminds me of something. Oh yes, global warming is based on similar contentions).
Limited airborne measurements taken since the eruption have found little evidence over Europe of ash components that could be damaging to aircraft engines. As I suggested yesterday the lives of some are apparently cheap when authorities are willing to risk accidents to avoid financial pain.

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The consternation concerning the volcano in Iceland (that almost certainly doesn’t give a hoot for the flight aspirations of man) is reaching epidemic proportions. It’s been five days of peace in the air and echoes of footsteps being heard in European airports.

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Bach was back

Who isn’t moved by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach – moved in the positive sense, of course? Well, those who don’t like classical music for starters, and those who do but prefer something with more pizzazz or find even Bach too exotic.

Anyway, there we were yesterday evening sitting high up in a box hanging on the right wall (facing the podium) of a wonderful ultra-modern but tastefully decorated concert hall. An expectant muttering filled the air as Bach admirers from all over the Netherlands waited for something to happen. The piece to be performed was Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, in its original form and played with original instruments though not, unfortunately, with the original players and singers. One can’t have everything.

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As I’ve mentioned before there is to be a national election in the Netherlands in June this year. Strangely, many leading politicians including a number of ex ministers have recently resigned from politics saying that they need more time for their private life. While I can understand the human aspects of such a decision it is somewhat curious that so many are all at once involved.

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I reproduce here an illuminating article (with the above title) on U.S. military presence in the world written by
Laurence M. Vance, Ph.D.
View all 6 articles by Laurence M. Vance
Published 02/15/10
with thanks also to lewrockwell.com

Just as Hadrian succeeded Trajan, Domitian succeeded Titus, Nero succeeded Claudius, and Caligula succeeded Tiberius, so Kennedy replaced Eisenhower, Nixon replaced Johnson, Reagan replaced Carter, and Obama replaced Bush.

Same empire, different emperor.

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Updated 31 January 2010

It’s time for responsible scientists and politicians to take a stand against those who are flaunting the principles of science for their own gain.
Even though investigations into the Climategate scandal involving top scientists and government officials are in full swing and new reports of corruption appear in the media almost daily, there are still scientists who forge ahead with outlandish and costly proposals for combating global warming. (more…)

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Strange things happen to old-timers – not the automobile variety but the human male one. Such as peeing in two directions at once, a renewed interest in attractive young women, and suddenly finding old tunes and other memories, that prove surprisingly resistant to aging, rising up from the cellar of youth to haunt again. I assume I’m not the only one afflicted by the latter. Well, I think not.
It’s as if the body is saying to the brain, ‘Look, I’ve got an awful lot of old memories stashed away down here and there’s hardly any room for anything new, so I’m throwing this one up there again for you to decide if it’s worth keeping.’ Read more, also World Political news

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The Theater of the Absurd is less than half full.
The presenter of tonight’s show walks onto the stage – a rotund gentleman of uneasy gait.

‘Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to our cold, heartless theater and the new show. We have an impressive group of artists to perform for you tonight, I hope you’ll agree.’ (more…)

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A sexton is a bell-ringer and general odd job man around the church if my Oxford Dictionary really knows anything about the subject. I hope they all have a fruitful life and can later pull in a good pension.
This piece has really nothing to do with sex or sextons – well not directly anyway – but I felt in a naughty mood and wanted to see how many readers would be drawn to my boudoir with the word blazoned in the heading to light up expectant eyes and attract those of a curious bent. I won’t get to find out who you are, of course, but the numbers should get pumped up somewhat. I realize this may work against me but what the hell have I got to lose. (more…)

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