Blank slate

This post is just an experiment. If you are reading it, the experiment produced encouraging results. The idea is that I am sitting down with nothing on my mind, nothing to pore over, nothing important to share. The Ukraine thread is ongoing under “Wag the Dog,” and they are keeping it lively.

Chainsaw Bob

We have been inundated with snow lately, which gives me lots of time to fill. We have a 330 (is that a 33 I see?) foot driveway, and I have a 26 inch snow thrower (Is that an 8?). It’s a very good machine. However, whenever I need expert advice, I know of only one expert I can trust. His name is Chainsaw Bob. He is off-putting to many people, but I like him. As I told one of our neighbors the other day, Bob looks like an aging hippie and a drunk. But he does not drink. He may be the former, as he does have shoulder-length hair and a beard. However, I like to think of him as merely counter-cultural. I like that in a person.

Some years back after we had lived here long enough that I had worn out a chainsaw, I took it to him to see if it could be salvaged. He was carrying on a conversation with another man as I stood there, and I watched him disassemble the chainsaw operating only on muscle memory. He had it down to its component parts in perhaps 30 seconds. He then delivered the news – it’s used up. Get a new one.

One time as I was buying recycled chains for my saw, we had light conversation, and as I left he pointed to a sign above his desk. It said “There are two types of people: Those who make you happy when they arrive, and those who make you happy when they leave.” I chuckled, and he said “You’re the first type.” That made my day, which is why I remember it.

Bob knows something I know as well, the joy of self-employment, of answering to no one but customers, having no “boss.” Americans are the most over-supervised people on the planet. Everyone has at least one boss, and they think it natural! Bob is not a perfect human being. Don’t go near him if he is eating fried chicken. You’ll get splattered. And that carpenter’s smile … sometimes half of his ass crack is exposed as he leans down to inspect something. But that is, again, the joy of self-employment. He doesn’t care. He doesn’t have to care.

Instant Potting

I have wanted to do this for many months now, and finally sprang a couple of weeks ago for an Instant Pot. I am surely behind the times, and don’t have to explain its function to anyone, but it takes the place of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, sauté pan and food warmer. We don’t eat rice and won’t be making yogurt, but the rest is appealing.

My first task was to come up with a recipe book that was both for Instant Pot and Keto. They are available online, but the standard complaint about them was that they were self-published, overpriced, and not all that original. So I went to Barnes and Noble, and after maybe half an hour of going through the very large cookbook section, found the Essential Ketogenic Diet Pressure Cooking, by Jane Downes. I spent time going through the recipes in detail, and flagged twenty of them to try.

So far I am one for three for entrees, that is, three attempts and one success, beef stew. It’s the best I’ve ever had, and done without carrots or potatoes. I also tried three meat chili (ground beef, Italian sausage and bacon). Because it is Keto, there are no beans. The recipe called for the ingredients to be tossed in the cooker uncooked (except the bacon). I found the result too greasy but very flavorful, so next time I will brown the beef and sausage in advance. The other was Italian meatloaf, and while it too was tasty, like all meatloaf, it quickly goes dry. The only meat loaf I have had that does not dry out is from Ted’s Montana Grill, made from bison. [This is the beef recipe, but bison would work too.] We got hold of the recipe, and found out why: It is loaded with carbs. It’s fabulous for a meal out, but not for regular consumption, that is, if you are Ketohead.

I’ve also cooked up bone broth, green beans, broccoli, yams, bratwurst, and asparagus. For the beans and asparagus, my wife suggested I take sliced almonds and saute them in butter, added later and not while pressure cooking. I added that and lemon to the asparagus. It was excellent. I used the Instant Pot to brown the bratwurst, and then cooked under pressure for the recommended time. Since we live at 8,000 feet, the cookbook says to increase the time by 5% for every thousand feet above 2,000 feet, and I did. But as the recipe called for eight minutes, I added three. It was still not enough, so in the future will be fifteen minutes. It is a real time saver.

By the way, for the beans, asparagus, and broccoli, the cooking time is either zero or one minute. It takes maybe ten minutes to get up to pressure, and by that time they are done. Also, many people use Instant Pots with air cooking features, which would make excellent French fries. In Ketoland, that’s a no-no.

If you have not yet and are thinking about an Instant Pot, our experience has been highly positive.

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I’ll allow the burn

I found myself watching Arrested Development this past week or so. It is some of the best comedy around, in my opinion The cast member that I find most entertaining (they are all good) is David Cross. The dialogue for him is hilarious, as his character is a suppressed gay. His ordinary sentences are unknowingly loaded with homosexual content. He spent an inordinate amount of time completely covered in blue … what I don’t know. He’s a psychologist but aspires to be an actor, and wants to join a blue group. He never quite makes it.

Another cast member who makes the show come alive is Ron Howard, the narrator for the Netflix seasons, and playing himself as a movie producer. He’s still got that touch, whatever it was in Happy Days. He’s a natural on screen. Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) visited him in his offices, Imagine Entertainment, and walking around were little boys with fishing poles with bobbers attached. Apparently he was recasting Opie on the Andy Griffith remake. As a visual gag, it was perfect.

Two of the characters are named Lucille (Bluth, played by Jessica Walters, who died one year ago) and Lucille Austero (Liza Minelli). There is a court setting towards the end of the last season, and Lucille 2 (Minelli) has gone missing. In her opening remarks the prosecuting attorney lavishes praise on the missing Lucille. Gob (pronounced jobe) is sitting next to his mother, Lucille 1, and pipes up that the Lucille he knows is nothing like that, in fact  is a horrible person. The prosecution objects, and Gob apologizes, saying he mixed up his Lucille’s, and that the burn was intended for his mother, and not Lucille 2. The judge thinks about it, and says “I’ll allow the burn.”

That’s the kind of writing that made this series so very good. Of course, they cannot let some things go by. One scene has Ron Howard in the moon lander from Apollo 13, and he confides in Michael Bluth that yes, indeed, Apollo 11 was a hoax, but that Apollo 12 did go to the moon. In another scene, we meet Howard’s father, who is a crazy loon. Michael again is talking to him as Ron enters, and says not to get him going on climate change. “HOAX!” yells the old man. You see, only a crazy person would doubt it is real.

Those small transgressions aside. Arrested Development is some of the best and most original comedy I have seen.

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Having sat down with nothing on my mind, I hope this is at least flowing and somewhat interesting. Since I am going to publish it, I guess I think I succeeded in making something out of nothing.

51 thoughts on “Blank slate

  1. I suppose I must now run out and get a proper TV, and sign up with the cable folks, to ensure that my development is not arrested.

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    1. We have the ability, OM, to participate or not, and to the degree we wish, in popular culture. For myself, I opt out of “news”, and have not the slightest clue what goes on in regular TV programming. I don’t have Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and don’t know what I am missing there except that I know these mediums are heavily censored. I actively seek out comedy, not topical, but the type that wants to make me laugh for its own sake. It has the power to eliminate depression. If a comedian, like Demetri Martin, Conan O’Brien or Dana Carvey is aboard, I can escape all pretense of belonging and just sit back and laugh. Arrested Development never took itself seriously. It only wanted us to laugh.

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      1. To echo what MT stated . . . As you both (MT and OM) know, I walked my most beloved companion Home on January 20, 2022. My dog (will call him “A” here) was three months shy of turning 13. Saying good-bye – and releasing the strongest bond to another being I have ever had in my life – was excruciating. I still cry every single day – and it’s been two months.

        With that said, at the time of loss (and peak mourning) in late January 2022, our family decided to finally watch “Ted Lasso.” MT, as you may recall (sometime in 2021), the show came highly recommended by you. My best friend also had recommended it (her favorite show happens to be Arrested Development, and she recently named her new puppy after one of the characters). So, it seemed an ideal time to begin what was esteemed by so many as a funny, uplifting show.

        Needless to say – without going into details and spoilers of this masterpiece of a show – it provided the captivating and soothing balm I needed to push through the hardest of times. This proved true for our entire family. I suppose, sometimes, TV comedy truly can help to resolve deep sadness and provide a safe form of escapism. In this case, Ted Lasso not only makes us laugh out loud, it also affords us an acceptable time to cry with the characters; and, somehow, it (almost magically) leaves us feeling good at the end of each episode. It has a winning formula (with one factor being dynamic character development) that I think surpasses nearly all other sitcoms.

        I will conclude my comment with one of my favorite scenes from Ted Lasso. My daughters and I absolutely adore Roy Kent – and this clip is highly reflective of what we love about his character: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddKIy1utltc.

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        1. I remember that episode – they found a dentist and a medical reason for her breath, and were able to help her get rid of the problem.

          I urge you take a look at Demetri Martin should you need a mood boost as time rolls on. He is dedicated to only one thing, making people laugh. (I just now discovered he will be in Denver on the 25th, however, a long drive down the hill and late in the evening, I have to pass.) He graduated Yale and then received a full scholarship to the New York University School of Law, but dropped out after year three to pursue a career in comedy. When asked why by Stephen Colbert, he said “My parents were dangerously close to becoming proud of me.”

          Truthfully, he said, law required extreme diligence to do the best job possible for a client, and he did not feel he had that kind of diligence. He said that he liked telling jokes, and that was what he wanted to do. Anyway, he’s got a couple of Netflix specials in the can, as I recall. Typical of his deadpan humor, “Grammar correction is an effective means of birth control.”

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          1. I remember that episode – they found a dentist and a medical reason for her breath, and were able to help her get rid of the problem.

            Indeed, they did. Since many here may not have watched Ted Lasso, what makes this scene – and Roy Kent, in general – so endearing is that he is not Phoebe’s dad, but her caring uncle (way gruff on the outside, yet super soft on the inside). It’s just a very sweet relationship.

            In any case . . . Leaning away from comedy for just a moment . . . And instead into compelling drama . . . MT, have you watched Yellowstone yet? I have caught only bits and pieces, as I have not made the time to watch the series. I suppose there is a little too much violence for my liking. But it is the current highlight in my household. My family is captivated by its intensity. I will say, the cinematography is stunning; and from the little I have seen, the acting capabilities are stellar.

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            1. We did watch it for a few episodes of Yellowstone, as it has a Montana theme. But we had no willing suspension of disbelief, as Montana ranchers are mutually supportive, caring and sharing, and non-violent. The series drew a lot of protests for the negative image it puts forth.

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              1. MT,

                Oh, yeah – you are not wrong, and I empathize. The premise of the show is wholly unrealistic. That said, I think it is what makes the show fun for my family to watch. Somehow, they are willing to suspend belief. Although, interestingly, it seems the actors do their own horseback riding – sans stunt doubles. So there is that. 🙂

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      2. Man, You can cook too? Where the hell do you find all the time? Question, How do you make beef stew without the potatoes and carrots? And could you imagine having chainsaw Bob over for diner while he leans over with half of his ass crack exposed while he inspects your stew ???…Now that would be a real “KETOHEAD”

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        1. The beef stew recipe is utter simplicity. There is bacon, and diced top sirloin (most stew recipes call for chuck, but I find for a few dollars more I get much more tender meat). Then there is shallots, white mushrooms, garlic, oregano, tomato paste and chicken broth, salt and pepper. Because I used an instant pot I had to double up on the chicken broth, otherwise the ingredients collect on the bottom and it shuts down. Gotta have a liquid reservoir on the bottom to work with.

          Instant Pot cuts down on cooking time dramatically. The recipe called for 8 hours on low in a crock pot, but this was done in 45 minutes, less time at lower altitudes.

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          1. Wow, That made my mouth water. it sounds like your as good a cook as you are a writer. it still doesn’t explain where you find the time to snow throw the driveway prep and cook the food, chop and haul logs ,feed the dogs and go and hang out with chainsaw Bob? PSST….. What time is Supper?

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            1. I am retired, and have lots of time to fill. Like now, sitting in front of the computer.

              I have another beef stew recipe I want to try, from the Jane Downes cookbook I mentioned above. I would use top sirloin over chuck or brisket, olive over avocado oil, and regular chicken broth instead of bone broth. It’s the 3/4 cup of red wine that intrigues me, what that would do to the flavor. Hope this is legible.

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          2. Wow, used to stop by here occasionally to catch up on the latest deep thinking on relevant topics. What do I find now: beef stew recipes and TV guide reviews. MT, you stated it best at the start of your ‘post’: Blank Slate. It’s not really “how far have you fallen”; it’s more, “when did you realize you have nothing more to say”? It’s akin to watching soccer moms trade recipes…and it’s worthless. Now is the time to admit you’ve reached the end of your usefulness with an online presence and take a bow. Your readership is what, 30 people? I’m sure you all can find something, anything better to do. Have some self-respect. Please note I have by using my real name.

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            1. Well DL, Whether that be your real name or Not. At least you admit you occasionally stop by here for some, “Deep Thinking”, on some relevant topics. This man has been running this blog for years…While so many others have fallen by the wayside. You must excuse him for his shallow behavior of being human once in a while and injecting some humor into his repertoire. Maybe if you took the time to take a breather and learn to laugh at yourself once in a while…You wouldn’t take yourself so FUCKING serious.

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            2. DL,

              For many many reasons (too many to detail here), I wholeheartedly disagree with your position.

              In my opinion, as we move forward in a society that is being led by deceptive pied pipers into an increasingly synthetic reality, it may be that the grounding keto-friendly beef stew – and the deep belly laughs stirred by talented comics – will be what keeps us centered, balanced, and in check . . . and keeps the very few of us so frickin’ real.

              How can one truly come from a place of “deep thinking” if not self-nurtured and nourished properly (in body, mind, and spirit) with healthy food and entertainment (and of course, meaningful intimate relationships with others)?

              May I ask what you do for a living? Since you offered your real name, perhaps you are willing to share a bit about yourself, and what makes you so “useful” to humanity (?). What can you offer here to the POM community that you deem “useful?”

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  2. Mark
    Whilst you have snow & time on your hands – if you still do – I wonder if you’ve read Max Igan, Earth’s For bidden Sec rets, on his website the crow house? Not comedy but fascinating & I’m interested in your opinion.
    Thank you
    Kath

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        1. MT,

          I have not read the material in its entirety, but at a quick review (and from previous recollection of reviewing it years ago), Igan did not present anything new. In fact, it seems to be a regurgitation of the material originally emanating from others like Zecharia Sitchin, Graham Hancock, and Michael Cremo.

          I met Max Igan, and I have also met Michael Cremo. I used to think they were genuine truth-tellers. While I think there may be truth nuggets embedded in their material – and I once bought into this alternative story, hook, line, and sinker (think “Ancient Aliens”) – I now have more doubt than belief in this version of “hidden history.” Indeed, authentic history has been hidden from us, but my sense is the Anunnaki tale is also diversion from the truth. I do not claim to know what is true, but the Sitchin story (a la Igan) needs revisiting and revising, in my opinion.

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          1. Interesting to speculate that Darwin’s theories could be other than the full explanation though. Until I read Max Igan I had totally bought into that. Makes Sapiens by Yuval Harari feel like a very well written but controlling narrative.. I’ll look at Z Sitchin. There was a biography of Darwin by an eminent British biographer which I a picked up in Waterstones about 3 or 4 years ago. I wish I’d bought it then. It was not the usual type, & I suspect it contained a lot of truth as it was quickly pulled. It would be helpful I could remember the author’s name.. if it comes to me I’ll post it.

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            1. The biographer was called A N Wilson. His book was ridiculed for ‘preposterous evolutionary theories’, which makes me want to read it all the more..

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            2. Kath,

              Funny that you mention Darwin – juxtaposed with Igan – as just a couple months ago, I had asked MT if he could do a facial comparison between the two. For some reason, when I see old photos (all in b&w or sepia) of Darwin, I can’t help but see an uncanny resemblance to Max Igan. I don’t know what to make of it, but there is just something in the expression of the eyes – not to mention the bulbous nose – that sits curiously with me when I observe the faces. It could be nothing significant, and I may be the only one to perceive this. I have never heard it mentioned by anyone else.


              https://stmuscholars.org/charles-darwin-what-he-really-said/


              Additionally, with respect to Charles Darwin, it is commonly reported and admitted that he was a Scottish Rite freemason (as was his grandfather, Erasmus). https://www.scottishriteboston.net/en/article_view.php?news_id=1396#.YjupUi2ZOu4
              https://freemasonscommunity.life/famous-freemasons-z-continued/

              Similarly (and I think significantly), it has been reported that Zecharia Sitchin was a 33rd degree freemason. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wWxqXashBo Thus, extreme caution and discernment are required when exploring his material (which, in turn, was promoted by Max Igan in his Earth’s Forbidden Secrets).

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              1. Stephers
                I see the resemblance straight away & look forward to MT’s comparison. Thank you for your insights & the heads up about Sitchin & D & freemasonry.

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              2. OK, here is a comparison, with the images labeled Darwin, Image 2, Image 3

                Surprise to me, Darwin and Image 3 lined up very closely. Again, surprise to me, Image 2 and Image 3 did not.

                Somebody tell me what this means.

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                1. The two non-Darwin men were so close in appearance that I took another look, and the eyes pupil distance for the one on the left was off by 1/16th of an inch. I reset that and re-ran the comparison below. It is very very close.

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                  1. MT,

                    Both of those photos are of the same man, Max Igan. Sorry if I was not clear. I had provided multiple images of both Darwin and Igan – hoping it would help you in finding ones that were most helpful in your analysis. They are not the same photos I had initially emailed to you back in January. In this instance, I was trying to find photos of both men that matched up more similarly in terms of portrait positioning.

                    I am still clueless about how the face splitting process works. My sense is that it must be extremely difficult (nearly impossible) to find an individual (let alone different people) in variable photos with the precise head position. I recall in your facial comparison of your younger and older self that your facial positioning for the photo was nearly identical (and therefore more symmetrical).

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                    1. That’s so close that I have to say it is most likely the same man. Facial angles did make it less reliable. But just standing back and looking, the facial features are remarkably alike. And yet, they are just slightly off. Is it me or he? Most likely me, but I’ve seen stranger stuff.

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                    2. I’ve done so many … often enough what looks like a match is not so after applying many photos. One or two photos is not conclusive. And, hours upon hours staring at a computer screen is not pleasant work. I tend to avoid it, unless something blows my dress up. It is much easier to disprove something than to prove something.

                      Watching West Side Story this evening, the recent Spielberg version. It is very well done. I remember a few years back after seeing the original commenting that the music was not that great except a couple of tunes, like Maria, and Tonight Tonight. Maarten chimed in, saying that it was the genius of Leonard Bernstein, that the music had to follow the story, and when there was tension, the music could not have “closure,” that is, and Maarten understood this, a musical technique where the notes come full circle, as they do in Maria. But if there is tension in the story, the music has to express that, and the musical notes do not circle and close. I do miss Maarten.

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                    3. MT,

                      On West Side Story . . . I have a sentimental attachment to it. When very young (around the age of 10), I performed in an amateur summer camp production of West Side Story. I played Anita. I recall I enjoyed singing “America” – and attempted to mimic Rita Moreno’s rendition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhSKk-cvblc. About 15 years prior to my highly unpolished, yet kind of cute performance, my mom portrayed the very same role as a semi-professional classical trained singer. I have not yet seen the Spielberg version, but I will check it out.

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                    4. This is indeed a new facet of your person. I once saw a skit, a WSS takeoff, on SNL by Norm McDonald where he was the big man in a gang, and there was going to be a rumble, and when time came his guys began singing and snapping fingers and dancing. Hilarious.

                      But I was Mr. Shallow Hal when I first saw the movie, not able to look beyond the choreography and pick up on Bernstein and his genius. Spielberg kept all the Bernstein numbers, which are truly old fashioned, and did not attempt to modernize them with throaty performances or any hip hop or stuff like that. He played it straight. What he did do was to add some reality to the gangs, make the violence a little more real, the male characters a little less girly. He did make it better.

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                2. MT,

                  Thank you so much for your efforts with this comparison. I find it uncanny. However, I have no clue what the implications are. As I said, I met Max Igan. (Never met the Darwin fellow – ha ha). I spoke with Igan for about 10 minutes. At the time (in 2017), I recall he had a huge energetic presence for a man who was older and physically gaunt. He was very polite to me, and took time to listen to what I had to say. I do not remember specific details from that conversation. My sense is that he plays some sort of role in the greater scheme of this deception; and that to refer to him simply as controlled opposition would be an oversimplification and maybe even a cop-out. I just think there is more to it. I was already becoming disenchanted with his work before the Christchurch mosque shootings were rolled out (2019). When he adamantly insisted that the incidents were real, I lost hope in him being a genuine truth-teller. https://www.thecrowhouse.com/max_igan_on_christchurch.html

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          2. Max Igan is promoted by Jeff Berwick’s Dollar Vigilante and Greg Hunter’s USA Watchdog. They both have interesting topics but most of it falls into Doom Porn.

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          3. “I do not claim to know what is true…”
            Please, Stephers, do speculate (regarding human origins). I would love to hear it. Of course I’ll give you my $0.02 as well. Mark has my e-mail address of course – if you’d rather not state such things “publicly.”

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            1. DSK,

              I need some time to think about this. I will try to respond in the next day or two. Thank you for your patience.

              In the interim, please feel free to offer your conjecture. Hopefully, you can show your work a bit – meaning, perhaps you can offer some type of evidence to support your position. It is precisely because I do not have much evidence (if any) on which to base my view, that I am hesitant to surmise at this moment. This is one of the BIG questions (or shall I say, conundrums), ain’t it?

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              1. Over these last several years I have not documented anything on which my current opinion is based. Reading everywhere – including good old books. Stated, it would come across as just that: opinion. Who do you trust; what do you trust? What are your credentials that you or I would, or should be believed? Given that state, I will just say this: to me, it is clear that we humans have been genetically engineered. Given our current quacks, it would follow that someone, or something quite a bit more intelligent than we conducted such engineering. I don’t see any such entities around here, do you?

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                1. The Wisest Words ever spoken, As in the same vein as Mark Twain. it’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled…Believe “nothing” of what you “hear”,and only “Half” of what you “see,” Because more than likely…it’s “NOT” what it “appears to be”.

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                2. DSK,

                  I sincerely apologize – it’s been a couple weeks since I implied that I would respond to your inquiry. I had a feeling my response would not be brief, and I wanted some time to ruminate . . . So here goes – for now (and for what it’s worth) . . .

                  Like you, I have read tons of books with respect to human origins. My library is jam-packed with these books. I could drop the names of various titles/authors . . . but, for what purpose? As you stated, who and what can I really trust? Over time, I have come to my own realization that none of these authors had the full story – even if they offered a few gold nuggets or truth, and had genuine intentions (and not controlled opposition).

                  Beyond books, I have delved into online published material (wespenre.com, for example); and, in previous years, went so far as to dig into fringe speculation offered by highly suspect You Tube channels – the likes of Miles Johnston (his Bases Project), Kerry Cassidy, and Stewart Swerdlow.

                  I spent years exploring “channeled” material (cough, cough, New Age), and material gathered from hypnosis experiencers (à la Dolores Cannon and her QHHT work).

                  One could say, it has been a passion (obsession?) of mine – this quest to determine where, when, and how we came into being on this earth – in this reality that feels so tangible to us . . .

                  I was left without definitive results, and not much of the information was cutting through all the “noise.” Essentially, what I concluded is that the “ancient alien”/UFO abduction/alien human-hybrid narrative not only seemed incomplete – with plenty of holes in the story – it seemed to me it was being promoted heavily in so many circles (and since, on mainstream TV). Thus, all those years of digging seemed wasted, in a sense.

                  So, as is typical of me, I decided to explore my own experience and personal revelations of my human origins. In a nutshell – I experienced many QHHT hypnotherapy sessions, and I developed my own form of learning/communication (non-psychic and NOT involving “channeling”) that I utilize to ascertain enigmatic information. In no way do I suggest that the information I have gleaned is particularly “trustworthy” or “accurate.” Simply put, it is what seems right for me.

                  Without going into any details on precisely how I direct this personal inquiry, and exactly what information I have discovered, I can at least concur with you on one aspect – that the human race has been engineered (and tweaked over time) by entities much more intelligent than us.

                  Who (or what) are these entities is perhaps the most intriguing and confounding question. The closest I have come to describing this inexplicable mystery of the “who” question has curiously come through fictional depictions. Just off the top of my head, the two examples I can give are Frank Herbert’s portrayal of the Bene Gesserit in Dune (https://dune.fandom.com/wiki/Bene_Gesserit) and Bulwer-Lytton’s portrayal of the Vril-ya in Vril: The Power of The Coming Race (https://www.aelzina.com/vril-bulwer-lytton/ and https://rihc.info/bulwer-lytton-vril-90/).

                  In this vein, I am suggesting (again, this is only my personal position that I do not wish to force on anyone else; and yes, it seems outlandish) that there is a subterranean race of beings (matriarchal in nature) on this earth – who have superhuman capabilities, and have (unfortunately) been designing/breeding humans with lesser capabilities (in order to establish control). Over time, these beings have been devolving the human race (to maintain control). They consider us to be nothing more than animals being bred/kept on their animal farm. They do not wish to extinguish us per sé – but to simply keep us under their control. To further maintain their stronghold on us “lesser beings” (from their perspective), they desire to integrate us with AI/technology (AKA cyborgs) – which will seem to many to be an “upgrade,” but is really a downgrade, as humans will rely increasingly on the tech, and less on themselves and their inherent instincts/abilities. These beings do NOT use AI/technology themselves. They have no need, nor desire, for it. Their capabilities ostensibly come from tapping into an imponderable, intrinsic vital energy – which has been called aether, zero point, orgone – and of course, vril (or light force). (I find it interesting that vril resembles viral. Hmmmm.)

                  In any case, this is the way I perceive it, and it is why I consider that “real” (non-fiction) stories of the Vril have some merit (https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/esp_sociopol_vril.htm#menu) – although not in their entirety. It is also why I have contemplated that all secret societies (essentially brotherhoods fronting for the sisterhood) have emanated from them (as have all religious/holy texts – mostly patriarchal narratives as cover). In fact, I think it is also why we see the swastika and black sun (and other “emblems” like the skull and bones) being displayed frequently in this current Ukraine/Russia conflict (as was depicted during WW2). It is woven into their chaos magic workings.

                  Ultimately, I see the black sun as feminine in “quality,” and having supernatural origins and powers – and is the very aspect that enables this race of beings (our “progenitors”) to remain invisible. As you implied in your comment, we cannot see them.

                  Without going further into the estoterica and ideology of all of this, I will probably leave it at that. I can offer resources if you are interested in this line of thought – but, as I said, none would provide the entire story. This type of exploration requires personal discernment and fine tuning of intuition – trusting one’s own abilities to create and imagine truth from deep within. It is my strong opinion that the truth is NOT “out there”; rather, we can only ascertain these truths from inside ourselves.

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  3. Read here, pretty much never post, but check out a show called ‘Baskets’ on Hulu.
    It’s the funniest yet deepest show seen in a long while.

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  4. A funny thing happened on the way to investigate this “instant pot”, which I’d never heard of. My search brought up the main site link, *https://instantpot.com/instant-pot-home/.

    Well, prior to any cooking news, look what’s offered to me! An “instant air purifier” that will “remove 99.9% of the virus that causes covid-19 from treated air”!

    Wow, fantastic. A few basic questions arise here, and I’m sure the folks at instant will have good answers as I fill out my order form:

    1) How is a speculative, unproven entity measured or identified?
    2) Does it remove 99.9% of all other speculative viral entities, as well? If not,which ones?
    3) Can you link me to the relevant supporting documents?
    4) Do we all need to remain huddled around the “purifier” to stay 99.9% war….err, I mean safe?
    5) What are the proportional safety decay rates as one moves further from the purifier?
    6) Does one need a unit for each room?
    7) How is the air “treated”?
    8) Any plans for an outdoor unit (windless conditions, of course)?

    Please advise.

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    1. What a beautiful scam! It’s just good marketing as it removes not viruses, but fear. In that sense, it is a good product.

      I immediately thought of another product, but perhaps one that has actual functionality, the deer whistle. I have long thought that to be the ultimate scam, as we have to take it on faith that it actually makes a sound that deer can hear, and that the deer change their behavior on hearing it. But still, masterful marketing.

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      1. I’ll vote for “ultimate scam”.

        One of the constant factors in the animal-on-the-road scenario is the unpredictability of the animal. What causes it to move, or to suddenly change direction of movement? What frightens or startles it most…the normal sound of a vehicle approaching, or bright headlights, or the penetrating sound of a whistle?

        My assumption is that the more the sensory overload projected at it, the more likely the deer is to behave irrationally, and jump into the vehicle’s path, or lose it’s focus on the best means of escape.

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