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    @Bindi A few thoughts. Control comes first. You can't do things you plan unless you're in control of the situation. If you plan to do major things, you need to gain major control first. If you gain major control, history shows that the next goal is, invariably, total control. If you gain total control, history shows that it has never been used toward anything but total horror. What shape and form the horror might take depends on the epoch. Ours is better at wrapping it up in shiny ticky tacky than any that went before, so it's not immediately obvious to most people. You don't need a particularly deadly virus or a particularly sketchy vaccine if your goal is total control. All you need is a set of beliefs they can help you create and install -- beliefs that will hand you your total control on a silver platter, with no resistance, even with gratitude -- with carte blanche to do as you please. Do you think the current pests fall short of that goal? For one thing, the night's still young. (I've elaborated on that in a long post in my Batshit thread but am reluctant to open it, it's still in its virtual state. Don't want to go into all the dark places I've seen, there be dragons. ) For another, the goal, if total global control for whatever purpose is the goal, is so within reach of those who call the shots... I don't think we have ever been anywhere near so close in all of our history to "getting there." Once there, you reckon total control will be used in some new improved fashion, toward making us healthy, happy and free? Heck, I'm all for it. I just don't know of a single precedent in 10,000 years.
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  3. Wild cats

    He had to travel far but he finally found his lost cat.
  4. Martial Arts - Realm of the Insecure

    Let's not forget that all people are insecure. It's just that different people find different ways to feel more secure. Some discover martial arts as a means to that end, others might resort to something entirely else... money, status, belonging to a group, religion, education, sports, cosmetics, fashion, plastic surgery, eating "healthy" rather than whatever they want, preparing for SHTF scenarios, the list is endless. Our insecurities are not all the same, and remedies we find are also not all the same.
  5. An inside view of the situation in India

    Indian Bar Association is suing the WHO for running a disinformation campaign against ivermectin. https://indianbarassociation.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Legal-Notice-to-Dr.-Soumya-Swaminathan_Chief-Scientist-WHO-1.pdf
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    Found and lost a dog today. In that order. My son picked up in the street and brought in a tiny fluffy white thing with big ears, big intelligent eyes, a fragile physique and a calm, composed demeanor. Not shy, not scared, not clingy. Silent, friendly and very polite. It was less than half the size of an average cat and looked like a miniature cross between a little lamb and Falkor from The Never-Ending Story. The dog approached my son in an empty street and explained, with eye contact and body language, that it was lost. Not panicking or anything, just looking in the eye, then indicating with body language that the street was empty, no owner in sight, could you please assist me, sir. It had a collar with a tag. The tag said "Santa Monica" -- which is 115 miles away from where the encounter took place. There was a phone number too, so we called that number, an answering machine said we'd reached animal rescue service of Santa Monica police department. The dog was so tiny that to imagine it escaped from the cops and used its four little legs to walk 115 miles seemed like a stretch. It would take it 115 years. Several attempts to get anyone to return our calls to that number failed, so we started planning on keeping the dog. I know nothing about tiny dogs. If I hang out with other people's dogs, I favor big ones, I have an idea of what to expect of them, I know how to play with them, what they like to eat but shouldn't, what their level of intelligence is, what mood, and so on. But a tiny dog is something I don't understand. I mean, if you're into dogs, get a dog, and if you're into something that can fit in your purse, get a cat. Why overcomplicate things. So, I never thought of taking in a tiny dog, ever. And yet, within an hour of that Falkor-lamb hybrid appearing in my life, I decided that if all else fails, I'll give it a home. I fed it a bit of a hot dog and gave it some water -- both were accepted politely, with no sign of starvation or thirst, just well-behaved acceptance of my hospitality. Then the dog asked permission to sit on my lap. Permission granted, it did. I stroked it and it seemed quite relaxed and comfortable but didn't purr. If it was a cat I would be worried -- why, what am I doing wrong, why are you sitting on my lap being stroked and yet refusing to purr? Oh... Right. You're a dog. A purrless animal. The next attempt to call Santa Monica finally produced a person on the other end, who then identified the dog and the owner and the fact that the owner was visiting family in San Diego. So the dog didn't walk 115 miles after all. It took a car ride before getting lost. So we called the owner and the brief episode of my being in possession of a tiny dog ended with their happy reunion.
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    This picture was taken by a friend of mine, the son of the great Boris Strugatsky (of sci-fi's Strugatsky Brothers). It's not a reflection in the mirror. It's his current cat, named Kalyam, captured at the moment of establishing a mysterious connection across time through the picture of one of his cats of decades earlier. All his sequential cats were always named Kalyam, after his father's sequential cats who were also always named Kalyam, including the cat of the main protagonist of "One Billion Years to the End of the World," Strugatskys' 1970s novel. The word itself is mysterious, apparently of Turkic origins and several historical connotations, one having to do with a writing implement used at the times of Genghis Khan, another one, with something small that is part of something big.
  9. Zhouyi vs. Yijing

    There's a number of ways the hexagrams have been arranged. In fact, the number of ways 32 pairs of trigrams can be arranged is astronomical (a number with 35 zeroes). The one most used is known as the Zhou sequence (after the Duke of Zhou), and that's the version the term Zhouyi (Changes of Zhou) refers to. Aka the Fuxi arrangement. Another one is the King Wen sequence, which is supposed to be much older. In any event, the term Zhouyi is interchangeable with the term I Ching (Yijing), and so is the term "King Wen sequence" -- a different arrangement of the same 64 hexagrams. The difference is of much scholarly interest. For divination, it doesn't matter.
  10. Yes. It's always there and all of it is real -- even the illusions. Anything that has impact is real. Anything that doesn't have impact (the unmanifest, tao-in-stillness) is both its birthplace and its destination. "Being comes from nonbeing. Nonbeing reverts to being." "To and fro goes the Way." A master of old, Qingyuan Weixin, put this remarkable realization in simple terms (often quoted but IMO seldom understood): Before realization, I saw mountains as mountains, and waters as waters. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and waters are not waters. But now that I have got its very substance, I see mountains once again as mountains, and waters once again as waters. This 9th century Zen master asserted it took him 30 years of study to come to this realization. So those who didn't might still have a chance -- maybe they're currently at stage 2 of the process. No hurry and no worry -- unless they proselytize to those at stage 3, where proselytizing is proselytizing again and those who aren't into that are those who aren't into that again. Stage 3 where things are what they are no matter what other things they are or are not to anyone at stage 2. Methinks taoism is a shorter way to this realization (took me maybe the first 3 years of study to "get there" ) but everyone finds their own pace -- it's not a sprint and not even an ultramarathon -- and perhaps their own destination.
  11. Not coincidence of course. The spiral pattern, with a combo of clockwise and counterclockwise vortexes, is not only common but fundamental in nature and governs countless processes on all levels. The human body follows it too, and not just the subtle body -- even on the gross level, our bones are actually spirals, and the heart, as it has recently been established with high resolution imagery, is really helical in its structure. Ancient sciences that noticed, explored, and learned to use these universal patterns, with whatever methods they devised, are more of a rule than the exception. In competent taiji, we also rely massively on the "corkscrew" spiral forces (peng) we learn to discern, generate and use in our patterns of movement, internal and external. Spiral movements prioritize actions that are curved rather than angular and utilize the opening and closing of all of the joints in sequence. A slow sequence in training, a very rapid sequence in competent applications, so the peng-driven discharge is a snapping force, like that of a twisted whip rather than a straight stick. Just one example of course... helices and double helices are all over taoism too.
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    How is Gilead coming along? How is Ofjoseph doing?* Today's Los Angeles Times: "In December, when babies conceived in mid-March through early April would be expected to be born, the state saw a 10% drop-off in deliveries, compared with the 2% year-over-year decline that had been typical for about the last decade. In January, when most babies conceived in April and early May would be born, births fell a staggering 23%." So now we know which age group has been really massively impacted by all the measures implemented for our own good and for our health. California, the poster child of compliance with those measures, succeeded in eliminating almost a quarter of that population in just one year. But we're not going to see the planet turn into Gilead. No way. Gilead abused women, as punishment for being able to become pregnant and for being unable to become pregnant, in special ways custom-geared to each category. Not our problem at all, since we don't even have "pregnant women" anymore. We now have "pregnant people." So institutionalized misogyny has nothing to do with it. Nope, not Gilead at all. We are in Year One of Not Gilead At All. Wait for it. *An allusion for those who've watched Handmaid's Tale or read Margaret Atwood's novel
  13. He may be a non-dualist but hardly a non-duelist -- he keeps challenging me to duels all the time. But you know what happens when you throw a gauntlet at a cat... she might just chase it around the floor for a while and then push it under the sofa and walk away.
  14. @liminal_luke Ack, missed my chance to start competing with your planned edition of "Selected deletions of Taomeow" and start working on "Selected deletions of Liminal Luke."
  15. Well, I think the "macro" explanation is, "as above so below." And "above"-- or rather, both above and below, underlying all things -- is the pattern of tao. "The way of tao is motion and the pattern of this motion is return." There's built-in laws of how tao operates, "the way and its power" lies in self-similarity, in being patterned on nature -- reflected in the fundamental taoist principle "tao fa ziran." Observing nature, with its ever-repeating cycles, from the great cosmic seasons of Conception, Growth, Fruition, Consummation followed by the great return -- down to every seed that remembers this cycle and repeats it -- has led the great sages to the conclusion that "to and fro goes the way." And is never exhausted, never lost unless you forget how to go "to" or "fro." But tao is not amnesiac. Nature is not amnesiac. And that's why reality will never "forget" to exist. Yet a human being can. A human being can become self-important enough to ignore the patterns of nature instead of observing and following them. A human being can be conditioned to believe that unverifiable made-up shit happening in his brainwashed head is the pattern reality follows instead. A human being can lose the Way. Taoist sages were aware of that and came up with the remedy. The remedy is to relearn to be fully human. The real human. And the real human follows tao, and the way of tao is motion, and the pattern of this motion is return. Monkey see monkey do. A smart monkey knows that it's too dumb to come up with something better in its mind than what's born of the mind of tao. A dumb monkey thinks its mind is better, and in that monkey mind might come up with better ideas. E.g., the idea to discard its monkey mind toward getting some miraculous "awareness" as a trade-off, much like one would trade in an old car and get an everlasting car with an eternal engine instead. As though not having a monkey mind (which however every monkey that's ever tried to discard it invariably failed to discard) means you're getting something better on autopilot. After all, the ever-so-honest salesman told you so, and that's all the proof you need. Nevermind the better car you're getting instead doesn't even exist. The ever-so-honest salesman has given you the keys, so the better car will surely materialize as soon as you quit being attached to it. Human beliefs are nuts. Nature's mind is real. It operates a certain way -- and the choice is between accepting it as is or making shit up. I prefer to accept it. Who am I to blow against the wind.