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If Flight 370 was Hijacked, the Danger Grows - posted 4 weeks 19 hours ago
Now many of the investigators are beginning to think that Flight 370 was destroyed because of a fast-moving cockpit fire or another mechanical issue. This is because there has been no evidence at all that the plane was hijacked. The last ACARS message came at 1:07 AM, indicating no problem. The transponder stopped at 1:21. The next ACARS message, due to be transmitted at 1:37 didn't happen. However, ACARS is programmed to transmit any emergency situations immediately on receiving them and nothing like that was received by Malaysia Airlines.

Another event that suggests a hijack is that the course was reprogrammed not to return to the nearest airport, which would have been done in an emergency, but to head the plane out to sea, toward an airport in the Maldives 1800 miles away. On the Madlives, witnesses are reporting that, the morning after the disappearance, they saw a large white plane with red stripes on it fly over very low. Not one or two people, but many people.

Also, the plane's ascent to 45,000 feet and sudden descent back to 23,000 suggests that somebody was killing the passengers and cabin crew, and probably that there was, at that time, only one person alive in the cockpit. The cabin could have been depressurized and the oxygen masks could have been prevented from deploying from the cockpit. Death would have come very quickly to everybody aboard except whomever had access to oxygen.

If the plane was hijacked, there are two possible reasons: first, for the plane to be sold into the black market in the form of parts; second, to be repurposed as a flying bomb and flown into a major city. It will not appear in its current livery, but rather in that of another airline. It will be transponding normally and will appear to be off course. Probably, the hijackers will declare an emergency.

The result of this will be that air traffic controllers and the military will have very little time to make a horrific decision: shoot it down and possibly kill hundreds of innocent people, or risk letting it crash into a great city.

It seems to me that the hijackers--if the plane was indeed hijacked--really have gained the upper hand here. Stopping this plane, once it is on attack, is going to be very hard, because identifying what it really is will be very hard. I hope that those defending the most likely target countries: the US, India, China, Japan and Israel, understand that it is going to be very, very hard to identify this airplane for what it is in the final few minutes of its final flight.


US Military Focusing on the Possiblity that the Plane May be a Threat - posted 4 weeks 3 days ago
CBS news reported today that US Northern Command is now considering how they would respond if Flight 307 might end up being an attack on the homeland. This is good news, because the US has extensive resources, many of which have classified capabilities, and would almost certainly be able to detect the plane prior to its arrival on our shores. I think that both Europe and China are at risk, as well as Israel, and I hope that all of these governments also take all possible precautions until the plane is found.

It should not be forgotten by anybody involved that transponders can be reprogrammed, and this plane could be made to appear to be something other than what it is. For example, it could be made to appear to be a general aviation flight, which routinely provide minimal information about their routes and intentions.

Although it is looking more like the plane went down in the Indian Ocean, vigilance is essential if the world's cities are to be protected from this potential and very great menace.

If the plane was intentionally crashed into the Indian Ocean, it means that an effort was made to cause the maximum amount of pain to the families of the passengers, by leaving them without cloture, perhaps forever. There has been a great deal of tension in China with ethnic Uighur Muslims rioting and committing terrorists acts.

In either case, this continues to be a dreadful situation and needs careful watching by all of us, and especially those in a position to find this plane.

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Asteroid 2000 ME 26 passes us tonight. You can watch live. - posted 8 weeks 1 day ago
2000 ME 26 is the size of two football fields and would cause a major catastrophe were it to strike Earth. Fortunately, it's going to pass us at what is thought to be a safe distance of two million miles. It will be possible to watch the flyby in a number of places, including Slooh.com. Is there any chance that they're wrong and that it will strike us? The answer is: very little to none. An asteroid that size would have to be traveling much more slowly and pass far closer to Earth for it to be captured by our gravity. If that happened, it would be drawn into a 'following orbit' that would eventually end in a collision.

At present, there appears to be more debris in the sky, and the danger does not lie so much in known and trackable objects like 2000 ME 26, but in those that either haven't been found yet or cannot be found because they are too dark to reflect enough sunlight.
Sleepers Awake - posted 12 weeks 4 days ago
Just after I finished posting Doorway to Other Worlds, which I have been working on for a couple of months, I chanced to hear Bach's 'Sleepers Awake.' It took me back at once to my years as an active participant in the Gurdjieff Foundation, and to memories of one of the finest men I knew there, Martin W. Benson. The piece was played at his funeral in December of 1971. Earlier that year, Mr. Benson had singled me out one Sunday morning at the Foundation's retreat in Armonk, New York, and asked if I would work with him that day.

I'd only been involved in the Foundation for a year, and close exposure to somebody so very advanced in their work was a real treasure. Of course I said yes. We then went out to the driveway, which was gravel, and began meticulously rearranging the pebbles!

As we worked on in silence, he would occasionally say, 'let's check ourselves,' and we would make the inner movement of self-remembering. I was young in the work and my mind was swimming with ideas. I wasn't here to do this ridiculous, useless task, I was here to learn!

Ah, but I did learn. Eventually, the boredom fell away. By hesitant inches, I began to experience something in me that wasn't ego or personality, something that seemed new then, but is actually very old indeed.

When a car would come up, we'd step aside and watch all of our work swept away under its tires, then return to this extraordinary Zen garden, the energy of which has resonated down the years in me, and become part of my soul.

Anne says: 'Real work is the gift you don't want.' Her usual way of going to the essence with few words, and in this case absolutely true.
1913 vs. 2013, When would You Rather Live? - posted 20 weeks 5 days ago
In 1913 US life expectancy was 53 years. A few years later, in 1918 it would drop to 40 because of a flu pandemic that nowadays would almost certainly be preventable. In 1910, 8% of Americans could not read or write. In the south, that was 20%, which included 70% of southern blacks. Now, all those numbers are under 1 percent.

Leading causes of death were pneumonia, tuberculosis and diarrhea, all generally preventable or curable now.  Nobody knew that smoking was dangerous. Cancer, even tumors considered trivial today, was a death sentence. Even appendicitis was a significant cause of death, especially in rural areas.

Most Americans had not traveled more than 15 miles from their home and would never do so. (This changed in 1917, when we went to war in France.)

Chronic skin diseases were mostly incurable, so what was going on under all the wonderful clothes people wore in those days might have been quite disturbing. Most Americans bathed only once a week, and many not at all.

Pharmacies were filled with dangerous and addictive drugs. Heroin was sold by the Bayer Company for pain
relief. Anybody could buy it in a drugstore. Because of the pain of corsets, large numbers of women were addicted to pain remedies. There was little
regulation of food supplies or drugs, with the result that milk was routinely adulterated with chalk before being sold, especially in large cities,
and meats were notoriously dangerous, leading to the 1906 muckraking Upton Sinclair book the Jungle.

The cars of 1913 had a top speed of about 30, but brake technology was far behind engine technology, so stopping them at any speed took skill, and at high speed also luck. They generally lasted about 2 years, after which so many mechanical problems developed that they had to be replaced. Assuming you had survived.

I could go on, into the rates of lynchings in the south, the death rate of mothers during childhood, etc., etc., the difficulty and danger of travel, the endemic and routine injustice and cruelty, the choking pollution in the cities, the prevalence of things like lice and hookworm, but instead I'd like to say that, contrary to the ceaseless uproar of the media, in fact we are living right now in the best time in human history. Sure, a lot is wrong, but it's nothing compared to the past.

Mankind is rising out of the muck. This, for all its flaws, is an amazing period, perhaps the best that the human species has ever known. Not only that, the demon of climate change, while very much with us, may abate before it becomes catastrophic, because CO2 levels are slowly turning around.

My best guess is that the long rise of mankind, which has been steady throughout our history, is going to continue and, unless we are struck by some black swan or other, is going to leap exponentially over the next century into undreamed of realms.
Something Happened on the Night of November 16. - posted 21 weeks 2 days ago
Things have been very active in our lives recently, after years of just very occasional strange events. A few weeks ago, I saw a UFO, a silver orb just as clear as you please in the early morning. A couple of days later, I discovered that 2 friends saw a series of orange orbs rising up out of Santa Monica Bay on that night or the next. Then there was a noisy visitation here last week which woke Anne up but left me with 2 hours of missing time.

Last night, Anne was awakened by a crash in the night. She couldn't find anything wrong, but the next morning we discovered that the heavy glass sliding door that leads to our deck was off its rail, which has never happened before. The crash came from a plaque falling over on a bookcase in our den. Above that bookcase, hanging on the wall, is the oil painting of the 'Communion face' that was used as the cover of the original book. The painting was askew, as if somebody had grabbed it, then left it hanging off to one side.

We are constantly hearing breathing, sighs, taps, the sound of footsteps--it's now very much like it was back when we had our old cabin in the late eighties.

This time, though, I'm not afraid at all, and neither is Anne. She's not sleeping through everything, either, but rather hearing and noticing things. So far, no direct face-to-face exchanges, but I hope that will come, frankly.

This is a very sacred, intense time in our lives, and the deep holiness of love is very evident to both of use. We feel very blessed in our marriage, and in this extraordinary life we have been privileged to live, right on the frontier of the human future.

At present, the close encounter experience is ignored, scorned, laughed at and rejected, but, in fact, in the future it will come to the center of human life, and be recognized as the single most important human experience since man first looked up at the starry night in wonder.
A Photo of Ultimate Evil - posted 24 weeks 5 days ago
I came across this photo of Hermann Goering in the dock at the Nuremberg Trials, and I was very struck by it. This was one of the most terrible human beings who ever lived, and what he was is captured with great power in this photo. The eyes speak defiance, inner sadness and dark knowledge. The lips attempt the smile of the innocent, which only reveals the guilt he actually feels more clearly.

He died in his cell after being slipped a cyanide capsule by a guard who had apparently been bribed, but a number of other Nazi panjandrums were hanged in prison. Hitler's architect, Albert Speer, was among those who were detailed to clean up after the hangings, which were carried out in the gymnasium at Spandau Prison, which had been a school. He reported in his autobiography that there remained under the gallows a dark mark in the wooden floor, like a scorch mark, that could not be removed.

I have often wondered if this was left by their evil souls as they plunged downward out of the bodies. I have learned through my own and my wife's life experience and much reading, especially in the literature of the ancient Egyptian religion, that a soul at peace with itself is light, and that our great task in life is to do good and to forgive wrongs against us so that we will die unburdened.

These men died bearing unimaginable burdens. As a group, the Nazi elite were probably the most evil human beings who have ever lived. I sense that Goering's soul knew its fate, and I think I see that knowledge in this terrifying picture.

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Endless Violence and Endless Peace, Finding Balance - posted 30 weeks 1 day ago
Mass murder appears to be the latest fad. We flood our minds with dreadful 'news' day in and day out, one disaster after another. There are so many dead bodies that empathy is simply whittled away. We're numbed. Worse, there appears to be no way out, no surcease, only more and more and more that is evil, is wrong, is corrupt, is violent and terrible.

And yet, we awake each day to the singing of the world, its ancient voice raised in the song of birds, the sighing of wind in the trees, the mutter of a rapids. I was down by the sea a few days ago, and reflecting on just how ancient is its voice. Before any creature lived on Earth, the sea was sounding, the waves drawing up and expending themselves with a sighing roar, again and again. Then I thought, how many other worlds is this happening on right now--millions, billions, tens of billions?

Of course, other worlds must also bear violence, terrible histories, anguished voices crying out into the vastness of the universe. Before the suffering, as before the waves, one stands in silence. It is possible to look past the misery and pain of the moment, into the ancient power of being itself, that is deeper than any pain, more eternal even than planets and stars, and will remain in its humble solitude even after the universe itself is a memory.
DARPA Official Explains How to Hack Car Software. Is this what happened to Michael Hastings? - posted 41 weeks 1 day ago
This video is really very scary. I have no evidence that Michael Hastings was assassinated. But because of the fact that the government has claimed the extra-judicial right to kill American citizens on US soil without trial, we simply cannot know if this man was the target of something like the type of car hacking that this DARPA executive is describing.

Michael Hastings' car shot down Highland Boulevard in Los Angeles, slammed into a tree and exploded. Hastings' body was burned so badly that as yet there has been no definite identification that he was even the driver, let alone what condition he was in when he was killed.

He had told friends that he was being investigated by the FBI and that he was frightened. He also said that he was about to make further revelations about the National Security Agency that would be explosive. It is conceivable that this could have made him a "legal" target in the eyes of a government that has assumed the power to kill its own citizens without trial.

There was quite a controversy on this story about Hastings when it was published on Unknowncountry, with some posters hotly maintaining that the Obama Administration has never claimed such a power. This is incorrect. The only thing that Attorney General Holder has said is that the government would not kill American citizens on US soil with drones. He has very specifically avoided saying that it did not have the power to assassinate citizens in other ways without trial.

Nobody wants to believe the the US government might have gone into the business of killing citizens extra-judicially, but their continued refusal to say that they do not claim this power is, frankly, terrifying.

The administration needs to make an unequivocal statement: we do not believe that we have the power to assassinate American citizens on American soil without trial. So far, it has not done that.

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