May 4, 2014
Good and Evil
I attend a monthly “shadow group” with 4 other women where we try to work out deeper issues that seem related to unconscious material. Which brings me to the idea of evil. (I get evil and sickness mixed up). Does being sick (mentally or physically) necessarily mean that evil is present?
I all depends on how you define evil. In the old days people had a pretty simple view of good and evil. Evil was basically that which angered God and good was something that pleased Him. Today some people have gone the other extreme and watered down the definition so much that nothing is evil.
When you think of it, it is silly to claim that the reality behind a word does not exist for all words represent something that does exist. If good and evil did not really exist then we should completely eliminate them from our language. We do not, because they represent something real just as all words do.
When we talk about the meaning of words though we should have their meaning clear in our minds and see that meaning in the language of principles as much as possible. Here is the definition I gave of good and evil the other day.
Good is that which moves us forward in the direction of greater freedom, health, happiness, peace, love, understanding and spiritual living. Evil is that which takes us away from these things.
I added in “freedom” here as it is an additional ingredient I left out.
So to answer your question, yes, sickness implies there is some force present, taking one away from health and happiness. It is of course, not evil in the form of some dragon-like devil afflicting a person, but it is technically caused by an evil force.
The trouble with the word “evil’ though is it is a strongly polarized word and unless great harm is being done it may be advisable to use something else in its place. Saying that sickness is caused by a lack of balance or wrong life choices is not so harsh as labeling it an evil thing.
I kind of see what you mean but sometimes I see “evil” as simply ignorance or lack of awareness due to any number of reasons and many times when one is able to finally see and literally wake-up to the truth, the “evil” disappears.
Ignorance does lead people in the direction of evil Many people followed Hitler in ignorance of where he was taking them. Ignorance can lead to a loss of freedom, health and happiness, which takes one in the direction of evil. Again, if someone makes a mistake through ignorance we generally do not label them as evil as it is such a charged word. A seeker’s language should be as harmless as possible, but always silently understand the meaning behind events.
Anyway, one question I have is, if Jesus could make such “evil” disappear when he was literally walking the planet….could he not do the same today if he is alive on some other level, say in the heart of man–or in the dimension just beyond us? In other words, what would keep such an avatar from performing miracles in the present moment and curing us of disease, (should it be God’s will) and we ASK for help, for Him to do so?
Anytime one exercises enough true faith the door to the miraculous becomes open. However, each avatar has a different mission and plan behind it. Jesus performed a lot of miracles as a part of the great plan. Abraham Lincoln, another avatar, performed none (in the normal sense). Unless one is a high initiate, such as the Christ, he either needs to work with great faith of the patient or have assistance from an unseen entity who has decided to assist.
Which brings me to the next issue I was hoping you could also shed light on for me. My friend, (and the leader of the “shadow group” I am involved in) believes that the only way a person can heal from darkness (evil, disease, negativity) is by facing and healing the shadow or unconscious.
This is often true, but not always. Many illnesses are caused by denial or suppression of emotion and before the healing can take place those thoughts and feelings must be revealed, faced and sent to their right place.
I guess this friend of mine believes that prayer does not have enough power to transform a person. So now I am wondering the same.
Prayer is very helpful and a positive thing to do, but by itself does not transform a person. Some of the most annoying people I have ever met have been huge on praying very regularly. The most important thing for spiritual development is how you actually treat your brothers and sisters. In the parable of the Good Samaritan the injured man was ignored by a priest and a Levite, both of whom were known for their long prayers. The Samaritan, one not known for prayer, actually helped the guy. Jesus said:
Luke 10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
Luke 10:34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
Luke 10:35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
It sounds as if your group teacher may be on to some good things but I do not know enough about her to give much more judgment on her.
If there is anything you need greater clarification on, please ask.
May 5, 2014
Gospel of Banabas
Was Jesus really crucified because this old Bible says he was not and Judas dressed as Jesus and was killed in his place????????????? Give your point of view on this.
This book claiming to be from the time of Christ has not been tested to authenticate its age. Most experts think the Gospel of Banabas was written after 700 AD and if this is so then the writer knew fewer real facts about the crucifixion than we have available today.
For many centuries alternative views ha e been put forward on the details of the cucifxion. The idea that two people were involved probably came about because some of the inner circle taught that two people were involkved in the mission of the Messiah – Jesus and the Christ…Christ did exit the body at the crucifoixion causing Jesus to compain thgat his Lord had forsaken him. So technically Christ wasn’t crucified, but the man Jesus was.
Does it make sense that the government would publicly put a famous person to death for all to see and execute the wrong person? Not likely.
May 6, 2014
John Paul I
There seems to be a little confusion on my teachings concerning John Paul I and Jesus. Yes, I said that Jesus came in the person of John Paul I but how he came is explained in more detail later by me. Here’s a quote from the archives:
Pope John the First who was only in office thirty-three days before he was killed. What we believe happened there is from DK who said right around the time Pope John I came into office The Master Jesus would attempt to take over the Catholic Church from the Vatican. What happened, is, I believe, Jesus overshadowed John Paul First. John Paul the First was not Jesus but Jesus worked through him. John Paul the First came to the Vatican and he was going to fire everybody and completely rearrange the Vatican. He saw the corruption there and he was making big changes. There is a book written about him that gives tremendous evidence that he was killed. poisoned. He was only in office thirty-three days!
Jesus was just working through John Paul the First. He was overshadowing him and working with him very closely. Jesus wasn’t reincarnated, just working with him very closely.
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I didn’t set 2020 as a date written in stone for another attempt but said it “may” happen as early as that. It is also quite possible that the Hierarchy is working with the current Pope as he is much more humble and receptive to change than anyone since John Paul I. It is also possible he may be preparing the way for the real attempt that may come soon. I am concerned about his disparaging remarks about capitalism and would like to know more details about his real beliefs about freedom and communism. Sometimes a disciple will talk about the rejection of materialism in such a way that he sounds like he is against free enterprise when he is not. He may merely be advocating attention on the spirit side of things rather than matter.
If Jesus overshadowed John Paul, then wouldn’t Jesus have been able to intuitively pick up the DBs thoughts about their plan to murder John Paul…
Someone asked the same question at the 2003 gathering and here is what I said:
Well, it depends on how closely he was listening at the time, I guess. You know maybe he did receive a warning. The person in the body is the one who makes a decision related to the body. There were times in my life where I received a warning about something and I thought, “this will be really awkward to obey this warning” and I found out the warning was correct. Maybe he did receive a warning and just ignored it. Maybe he couldn’t believe his brethren would betray him.
May 7, 2014
If that was the case, then JJ would have taught us the truth on this matter by now, surely. To be an earned authority means one is reliable enough to teach the Truth.
First, I want to stress again that I am not infallible and students must run teachings by their own souls whether they come from me, an angel, a god or the National Enquirer.
Even an earned authority can never replace soul confirmation. What we should do with an earned authority is give a lot of weight to what he or she says, but not accept without question if something seems amiss. For instance, DK is an earned authority with me. Ever so often I come across something he says that sounds a little unbelievable. When this happens, because he is an earned authority, I do not automatically discount what he says, but give it a lot of weight and attempt to figure out how the words may be true. For instance he says that Jesus took the fifth initiation as Apollonius of Tyana. The problem is that Apollonius was born at the same time that Jesus was supposed to have been. That means hat Apollonius was seemingly alive at the same time Jesus was and it would appear that Jesus could not have been born as him.
If most teachers presented such a contradiction I would write it off as a highly probable mistake, but because DK is an earned authority I have spent a lot of thought reflecting on how this could be true and have come up with a number of possibilities.
When I first read DK’s teachings about the overshadowing of Jesus I had a difficult time accepting it because it went against my belief system at the time. But I gave his words weight and later received confirmation of the principle.
I have not taught all I know and neither do I know all things. There are a few things in history I have either received a revelation on or an intuitive glimpse, but on most things I have no greater advantage than anyone else. My gift in this life is the understanding of principles, the language of the soul. I have not placed much attention of finding he details of history in the Akashic records.
Keith is going the right direction in contemplating all possibilities, even if they go against the grain. There are many details of the life of Jesus that are hidden from all but the masters or those who have received a revelation for some purpose. There are many things I do not know for sure about the life of Jesus and many other things in history. Finding out what really happened in history will be one of the fun things to learn after death – for those who are ready.
There are several mysteries connected to the death and resurrection of Jesus that I do not know for sure and I, like the rest of the group, look forward to learning them.
Larry gave some good comments on this statement of Keith’s: “Judas suddenly going bad doesn’t make sense.”
He pointed out that people who are supporters can indeed turn on you. I have found this to be the case. Before writing The Immortal I had several teaching groups and gathered a number of people who were dedicated and it seemed they would do anything for me. But before the dust settled a number of them became enemies and probably would have sold me for 30 pieces of silver if someone would have offered.
Here is what I have found from my own experience. When a seeker finds his teacher and shares the spiritual energies through the soul, he becomes altered, and if he goes against those higher energies his mind becomes dark and he loses his spiritual direction.
The words of Jesus were certainly true:
Matt 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
Matt 6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
When coming across a greater light the seeker has a chance to be “full of light” or great darkness. This is one reason in this age the Brotherhood is cautious in giving out endowments of spiritual energy to seekers.
May 7, 2014
The Apollonius Mystery
I might have a solution for the Apollonius mystery. I have just finished reading Michael Newton’s book ‘Journey of Soul’s’ which I highly recommend. Michael takes clients into a theta hypnotic state in order to apprehend a persons history between lives. Michael has come across the occasional phenomena of highly developed souls splitting their essence into two different physical personalities at one time. If anybody is evolved enough to live two lives at once Jesus/Christ definitely fits the bill.
So Jesus and Apollonius were alive at the same time because Jesus/Christ split their soul essense between the two. Who knows maybe even more than two?
Good thinking Keith. That is one of the possibilities I also came up with. Great minds think on parallel lines they say.
Here’s another possibility. Jesus survived the crucifixion, as many legends relate. Something happened to the real Apollonius so Jesus assumed his identity because surfacing as Jesus made him a big target.
May 8, 2014
Here’s another letter to the Statesman that ought to get some comment.
Those in power who seek to scare the uneducated over an impending doom due to climate change say they want to save the planet, but their actions testify to the contrary.
How can this be?
Because they fight any energy source or breakthrough that has a chance of making a real reduction in CO2.
Nuclear energy has saved us from pumping over 28 billion tons of CO2 (many times that of wind and solar together) in the atmosphere in a 60 year period yet most alarmists fight it tooth and nail.
Natural gas has saved over 25 billion tons over coal yet alarmists show up protesting fracking.
Hydro may be the cleanest of all yet this bunch wants to tear down the dams.
Electric cars are now available, but most alarmists drive gas guzzlers and the wealthy ones fly without concern in private jets. Al Gore’s carbon footprint for just one of his mansions is about 20 times average.
What can we conclude from this? This bunch really isn’t concerned about saving the planet at all, but have another agenda which is to use global warning as an excuse to impose their political agenda on us.
May 9, 2014
The Good Guys
I haven’t watched the Vikings yet, but my oldest daughter keeps telling me to watch the show. She tells me its better than Game of Thrones which I love. I asked Janine what Loki is like, and she said a dirty smelly blind guy who people like to lick. Thanks J.J. I think I’d rather be Loki. Lol
Your daughter is correct. The Game of Thrones is boring compared to the Vikings. The name of the guy Judy mentioned is Floki. The nameless seer reminds me a little of you and he’s probably no more smelly than the rest of the bunch. He kind of plays the Obi-Wan Kenobi role of that time. They do have the odd custom of licking his hand after a reading. Not sure if the Vikings of history did that or not. It is interesting that the story is based on real history.
I haven’t received an impression about Obama being a former pharaoh, but he gives me the definite vibe that he was.
I don’t get a Pharaoh image of him but I do get the impression of a Roman Emperor. Nero comes to mind. He was more interested in being a celebrity than he was in good government and seemed to get out of being blamed for the decline that set in.
It amazes me how the good guys get bumped off so easily. Examples being Caesar, Joseph Smith, Lincoln, Kennedy’s, Rev. King, John Paul I. It’s almost seems they are extremely careless. On the other hand getting rid of the bad guys is like trying to scrap the last bit of dog shit off ones shoe.
Good point and I like your imagery. DK actually talks about this problem the good guys have and points out that one of the reasons for it is they attempt to move their reforms too quickly and upset their enemies who see that their world could come crashing down. He tells us that a lot of persecution and danger can be avoided by disciples by assessing the long term situation more accurately and moving ahead with wisdom and in a way that doesn’t overwhelm enemies with threats. Jesus spoke along these lines telling his disciples to be as “wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
There are times though that there is no way to move safely ahead. Lincoln was in a situations where he moved forward in about the best way possible and still he was killed. There is always risk, but many disciples draw much more pain to themselves than necessary.
You would think these good guys would be more sensitive to inner warnings. Lincoln received a dream of his funeral shortly before the assassination.
According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March. On his way to the Theatre of Pompey, where he would be assassinated, Caesar passed the seer and joked, “The ides of March have come,” meaning to say that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied “Aye, Caesar; but not gone.” (From Wikipedia)
I read once that JFK had a negative feeling about going to Dallas.
Joseph Smith knew that he was going to be killed if he returned to Nauvoo.
Yes, the good guys often do not pay enough attention to the inner voice. I have found that it is wise to follow it even if you suffer a lot of inconvenience.
And you’re right. Some of the bad guys just do not seem to go away. Castro is a great example. That guy just keeps hanging on.
And you’re right about Seth. Even though it was direct voice channeled the books still have some good information in them. I would say they are the best teachings that have come out of an unconscious medium. Of course, they must be read in the light of the soul.
O.K. I know – I got Spielberg and Lucas mixed up. I’m laughing at myself. Anyway my altimiers kicks in every now and then. Sometimes I can’t even remember the names and birthdays of my kids.
JJ I thought you were talking about Schindler’s List Where Speilberg did identify the true good guys and bad guys. It is easy to recognize the bad guys in hindsight, but much more difficult in the present because they are usually highly accepted by the media. Until the vstart of WWII the media was soft on Hitler and Mussolini, even praising them at times, and were especially enamored with Stalin. They hated Lincoln with a passion.
May 9, 2014
This doesn’t sound good. Any forced redistribution doesn’t help the rich or poor and leads to tyranny.
(AP) Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth and benefits to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the “economy of exclusion” that is taking hold today.
Francis made the appeal during a speech to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of major U.N. agencies who met in Rome this week.
Latin America’s first pope has frequently lashed out at the injustices of capitalism and the global economic system. On Friday, Francis called for the United Nations to promote a “worldwide ethical mobilization” of solidarity with the poor.
He said a more equal form of economic progress can be had through “the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society.”
Francis urged the U.N. to promote development goals that attack the root causes of poverty and hunger, protect the environment and ensure dignified labor for all.
May 11, 2014
Atheists After Death
Ruth asks if atheists really realize there is an afterlife after they die and if so, would they take that realization to the next life?
It is amusing that many atheists would rather be right and suffer annihilation than to be wrong and have a chance at eternal life. After death, many of them are surrounded with a dark cloud because they expect nothing but eternal darkness. After a time though they all come to the realization that they still exist and start to explore the spirit world.
The fact that they learn there is an afterlife doesn’t mean they will take it with the knowledge with them in their next life. We knew many things in a higher state in the spirit world that we do not know here. When we are born, we are born with a clean slate. All we bring with us is our basic intelligence.
That which we assimilate during earth life, especially the understanding of principles, is strongly imbedded and much more likely to carry over into the next life than something we learn in the spirit world.
The material form is a very powerful veil that blocks spiritual knowledge and power until the time comes that the seeker sees through the material illusion and masters it. When he places spirit as master over matter then the door of the soul swings open and more pure knowledge from his higher self becomes available.
Also all atheists do not go to the same place just as all believers in God do not. An atheist who is kind and loving will go to a place where others are kind and loving whereas a mean spirited one will go to a place where there is a lower vibration.
May 11, 2014
Socialism vs Free Enterprise
Fifty years ago before the government stepped in to help us poor folk even the poor could afford good medical care and pay for it themselves. As proof I will relate a personal experience I have given out several times.
In 1958 I was injured in an explosion. Altogether I had six operations over several years and was in the hospital for a total of over three months. My first hospital room, when my stay was for a month, cost us $8 a day. That’s around $80 in today’s money.
My mother was recently divorced and received no child support and had no assets. She and I picked fruit in the summer and she worked for minimum wage at a potato processing plant in the winter.
We paid off the all the medical expenses with no help from the government. It would be impossible for a fruit picker to pay off such a bill today, but back then even the poor folk could afford to go to the doctor and the hospital.
Back then sometimes the doctor would put a person in the hospital overnight for observation because it was affordable by most.
Unfortunately today, a night in the hospital can cost around $4000 a day compared to the $80 (adjusted for inflation) that we paid. You don’t hear of anyone paying out of his own pocket to go there for a relaxing night of observation these days.
People complain about big oil but they have done a much better job of controlling prices than big hospital. Back in 1958 the price of gas was 39.9 cents [USD] per gallon and my hospital room was $8 a day. If the price of gas had escalated as much as a hospital room then we would be paying about $200.00 a gallon today instead of around $3.50.
In other words, we have $200.00 a gallon health care costs, and who do we look to for solutions? The same people who created the problem in the first place — our friends in the government.
Just think. If we had health care costs low like they were in 1958 then even illegal aliens and fruit pickers could afford to stay in the hospital. If costs were this low we wouldn’t even be thinking about socialized medicine as there would be no need for it.
I spent two years (1964-66) in England and was able to compare their socialized system with ours before the government started helping us. Even though medical services in England were free we didn’t save much because our costs in America were already very low. On top of that, the doctors in England were really overworked as people went to them much more. I knew people who went to the doctor once a week whether they were sick or not. No one I knew in the U.S. went to the doctor unless they had some kind of need.
Because the doctors were so overworked they rushed the patients through. I remember one time a doctor started writing me out a prescription when I was just in the middle of telling him what was wrong. U.S. doctors were never rushed like that in my experience.
Then I went to a private doctor in England once that had to be paid outside the system and he was relaxed and took his time, just like an American doctor.
Even before Obamacare the U.S. medical system was about 60%socialized. If you want to see how effective and efficient a real free enterprise system would be all we need to do is look back to the good old days before the government offered their help. Those were the days when a fruit picker could have a serious accident and pay off all the expenses of a three month stay in the hospital and six surgeries with no government help.
Government help has also driven up education costs. Most of my friends and I paid our way through college (early Sixties) by working in the summer and working part time as we went through college. None of us had to take out a loan.
Reagan spoke truly when he said that the most terrifying words a taxpayer can hear is, “I am from the government and I am here to help you.
May 12, 2014
Re: Socialism vs Free Enterprise
What, which country are you from, Soryn?
A few observations though. Beginning with the title: the idea that a few socialist principles integrated into the society stand against free enterprise is incorrect.
It depends on whether the socialism is imposed by force or created through free will. Generally, when it is imposed by force it is called socialism and when done through free will it is called a cooperative or some other name reflecting what it is. A cooperative implies free will because cooperation is normally a free will endeavor. When that which someone sees as the ideal or a good plan is imposed by force then cooperation does not enter in much and the term socialism is usually used.
We could technically call a cooperative free will socialism for it accomplishes a similar objective much more efficiently without the use of force.
I do not know if you have read my treatise on the Molecular Business, but it accomplishes the objectives of socialism, but with no force imposed by the government. Everything in it is accomplished by free will and the battle of free will vs the ideal imposed by force is the main dividing line between the Brotherhood of Light and the Dark Brotherhood.
To read the treatise go to the archives at:
And read sections 187, 188, 190, 191, 192, 194, 195, 197, 201 and 205
People should still be able to get rich but it would prevent the rich from transforming certain shared facilities (such as education) into a money making business which defies their purpose.
Who cares if people make money teaching or running a school if it works well and does a good job of educating the kids? Many private schools do a great job. In fact the last two presidents, Obama and Clinton, who were supposedly big supporters of public schools sent their kids to private schools. Jimmy Carter was the last president to send his kid to a public school.
To be honest, I have nothing against private medical care as long as it is affordable to everyone, but that’s where the natural profit tendency of capitalism comes in and starts to favor people with power and money.
It doesn’t matter whether you go to a socialist country or a partially capitalist one (there are no fully capitalist counties available) the rich will always have an advantage. The only way to take that advantage away is to make everyone rich and we are a long way from that.
The system we had in the U.S. before forced socialized medicine was introduced worked much better than anything in any European country today and it took no taxes at all to support the system. Like I said even a fruit picker could afford the best of care.
I agree that doctors that work for the state are overused since the service is free, but solutions can be found to this (such as a better queue system for non-urgent cases).
I do not think any country on earth with socialized medicine has solved this problem. But the problem did not even exist in the United States before 1964. Instead of going back to what worked, most want more of what doesn’t work.
Also, I totally support the idea of local food and small local entrepreneurship; most of those corporations are capitalist mutants that are driven by the simple idea of buying cheap and selling big. They go into China and India, buy and manufacture everything cheaply, and then go and sell it in the US and Western Europe. This is capitalist savagery in my eyes.
The large corporations work on the same principle as the local food entrepreneur. If you go to a farmer’s market you’ll see a wide variety of prices and much of the produce is a lot higher than the same thing at Walmart. A lot of the big corporations that are accused of being greedy operate on a lot lower profit margin than the little guy. Often a small entrepreneur has to mark his goods up 50% or more just to survive whereas a big company can operate on a margin of 20% or less.
Does this mean the small guy is the real greedy one? No. Both are doing what is necessary to make the wheels of commerce work.
Many harshly criticize corporations for going into the third world countries and using their cheap labor, but do not realize that they are doing the people a favor. The employees realize this and gladly line up for the jobs.
You have to look at it from the corporation’s point of view. If Apple, or any other company, decides to expand their manufacturing they have two choices. Hire locally and pay a high wage or expand overseas and pay a lower wage. The disadvantage of expanding overseas is there are many other expenses besides the labor plus there is always the danger that some dictator could take over the facilities, as has happened many times in history. As they examine all the costs and risks low wages is often the deciding factor. Without the possibility of low wages they would not expand abroad but at home.
And what would be the result if no companies expanded abroad?
There would be much more starvation disease and death than now exist. People in a poor third world country are not going to have money drop in their laps by magic. Some business enterprise must enter their nation to help them move forward. The solution is to start with low wages rather than none at all and the people strongly desire something rather than nothing and starvation if business does not expand there.
Once business interests get anchored in a country then wages start going up. China now has almost as many rich people as the United States and are buying as many cars as we are. A generation ago the well-to-do were lucky to be able to afford a bicycle.
After World War II Japan offered business very low wages and it seemed that all the cheap products bore the label, “made in Japan.” A short time later Japan became a wealthy nation and our products now say, “made in China.” The wages are now going up in China, just as the did Japan. A country seeking to gain prosperity cannot just start at the top of the ladder but must climb up a step at a time just the way the United States and other countries have.
The problem with the thinking of many idealists is they think the problems of the world could be easily solved if government just forced people to do good. Hitler and Lenin tried that and both of them failed miserably. There are not enough goods and services available on this planet to make all comfortable if we just share everything. The solution is to increase the amount of goods and services through free will by freeing up the human spirit to innovate. Human innovation will eventually bring abundance for all. How long that will be will be determined by the amount of freedom the people have.
May 14, 2014
Only 4% think they are below average intelligence.
May 15, 2014
Global Warming Again
JJ, how would you comment those climate change proofs laid out on those sites?
They seem to have a lot of scientific evidence.
From what I understand, you say that global warming is only a construct for the government to take more money from people.
There is not what I have said. There has been some global warming the past century but any construct made of it comes from people not the warming itself. Governments desiring more control and taxes are using it as a scare tactic and an excuse to gain more control.
Even if the global warming is not affected by CO2 emissions, the air in the big cities is certainly affected and something needs to be done in my opinion. Taxation can be a solution in some instances.
Global warming is affected by CO2. That is not the debate. The debate consists of two things.
(1) How much effect does CO2 have? Estimates are the warming is less than 1% to 100% caused by CO2.
(2) What we should do about it.
CO2 does not pollute our cities but is a plant fertilizer and the increase we have experienced has caused an increase of plant growth of around 15% which has wound up saving many lives from starvation.
Coal does give off a lot of pollutants and we should be working to replace it.
I have just placed a chapter from my book on global warming at freeread. Take a read here:
May 16, 2014
Handwriting of Ayn Rand
LWK asked me to look at Ayn Rand’s handwriting. I found a some samples on the internet so I’ll briefly say a few things.
First, if I had to imagine how her handwriting would look from what I know of her history and her writings I would have imagined quite close to what it turned out to be.
It shows she is intuitive, good powers of concentration, a self learner and one who is very curious about how things work. She doesn’t like complexity and always tries to break the complex down to its simple parts.
She looks at things, even relationships from a mental rather than an emotional perspective, though she can be quite passionate when she lets herself go with the flow.
She has strong interests in the abstract philosophical side of life as well as the practical material side – something that definitely comes out in her writings.
She is a quick, accurate thinker – one that rarely gets deceived by outward show. Overall, her intelligence is very high.
She is very sure of herself that she is right and the only way to change her mind on something is through the use of some very good logic.
She is honest, but careful about what she reveals.
One thing that is a little surprising is a pessimistic attitude. She doesn’t fear the future and is happy to move toward it, but she’s not very trusting of human nature and not surprised when people make bad choices. She hoped for the best, but anticipated the worst.
It would be interesting to see the handwriting of Raj Patel who is the polar opposite of Ayn Rand, but can’t find any.
JJ, what do you think of my idea here? Is this a worthwhile idea or just a waste of time? Should we try to coordinate our talking points and should we try to “sound bite” them so people, like Soryn, can understand lwk better and see that we speak with one voice (and visa versa)?
It’s always good to be on the same page as far as the definition of words go, but even when you make a great effort to have two in disagreement use the same definition, problems occur. Remember a while back several had different definitions as to what “legal” was and I tried to get all parties to use the same one and they refused so real communication came to a standstill.
The bottom line is that if two really want to understand each other they will make an effort and do so. If a person’s only goal is to be right then he will not understand the other person no matter what.
What is needed is a huge grass roots effort to teach the masses about the principle of freedom and how it can be wisely used in a free market, or a free market capitalism as well as how social programs can be tested with free principles.
The trouble with social programs today is that when they do not work someone then dictates that we do more of it. A free society does not do more of something that is not efficient but makes changes until the ideal is reached.
Could we start very small and make that business carry its own weight — bootstrap…?
A small business operating on a shoestring would not be able to demonstrate the principles. The first one should be some type of manufacturing, production or possibly a service, and start with at least 24 employees. A pure sales organization like real estate, wouldn’t work though a molecular business could incorporate salespeople. The first person who starts a successful one will have to have some reasonable financial resources to put it together and make it work.
May 16, 2014
Soryn referred us to Raj Patel’s book and several other materials. It would take several books to appropriately comment on them all, but I will say a few words about Patel.
I first heard about him several years ago on Benjamin Crème’s site. There he was pretty much portrayed as the Second Coming of Christ. That kind of raised a red flag for me for rarely does Crème say anything that turns out to be accurate or correct. Every prophecy I know of that he has made has failed miserably.
Crème is also a communist and most people he endorses are Marxists also – so I anticipated that Patel would lean that direction – which he does seem to do.
He has a strange combination of teachings. He emphasizes a fairly nebulous direct democracy on one hand, and then voices support for big government and central control on the other. He can’t have it both ways.
On his video he tells us he is an Obama supporter but has been disappointed that he hasn’t used more executive power in getting things done. He says he is encouraged that Obama is getting more “belligerent” and using a more aggressive approach.
He supports Obamacare and thinks that climate change is a major problem. He also has praise for regulations and seems to want more of them.
On the positive side he wants (as do I) to feed the hungry people of the world, for people to raise more of their own food and to go in a more organic and sustainable direction.
He wants all the poor people to have some land so they can grown their own food, but doesn’t say how to accomplish this. He’s participated in several protests, (such as the Battle of Seattle in 1999) so perhaps he wants to forcefully take land from the rich and give it to the poor as Castro claimed to have done.
Some of the problems he articulates are real problems, but the solutions must take place through a maximum of free will and educating the public rather than dictating to them.
You say this and that about what Patel said. Can you link the video and the text please?
I’ve read a number of things about him and watched a couple videos on his web page at:
Raj discusses how individuals are working to take back the food supply system Tweet
View on rajpatel.org
Preview by Yahoo
One of the two that I watched there that was most revealing was “UCF – Global Perspective.” That was where he was glad that Obama was starting to use a “belligerent” approach to get things done.
Actually, I was thinking of continuing on the socialist – free enterprise subject for a while but instead of using the shotgun approach we should break it down to simple parts and talk about them.
First, the core difference between the left and right is in the use and constriction of freedom
On one extreme we cannot have anarchy and some destructive actions (like burglary, rape, murder etc) need to be restricted and on the other it is easy for those in authority to take away too many freedoms.
Some of the ideals of socialism are in a good direction such as relief from hunger, poverty, discrimination etc.
The question is – how many freedoms are we willing to sell down the river to accomplish these things and can they be accomplished in a state of maximum freedom (which has never existed in modern civilization).
I’d like to see some comments on this subject.
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