Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Global Terrorism - a counter narrative.

It is impossible to discuss global terrorism without referencing 9 eleven. Right or wrong, regardless of the identity of the masterminds behind the perpetrators… the attack on the World Trade Center is that "once in a generation" event that defines the era. Just as December 7th, 1941 defined the WWII generation, so does September 11th, 2001 define our info/digital generation. Nine Eleven is that crucial tipping point of reference that marks our entry into the (seemingly endless) "War on Terror" as proclaimed by then-US president Geo. W Bush.

Virtually overnight our planet's socio-political and economic landscape had been re-arranged into a nightmarish mix of archaic tribalism and multi-nationalism. Terrorism and covert operations suddenly replaced diplomacy as a political first option. Even as "terrorist cells" got their footing around the world, traditional global economic mechanisms began to break apart. 

This desperate situation had been driven by a post WWII “Crusade” of western petrochemical interests that had increasingly infested the Arabian Peninsula. In reponse, a "Jihad" or holy war has been declared against capitalism in general and the U.S. in particular. Ultra-conservative
fundamentalism, feverishly boiling in the brains of Neo-con and Imam alike, within the "Big Three Desert Religions" held disproportionate sway over the affairs of humanity.

According to these ultra-conservatives, global conflict has devolved into a hard-line ideological clash of cultures.  However, the fact that the current turmoil in the world is driven by a minority of ultra conservative extremists within Christian, Islamic and Judaic religious institutions is increasingly self evident. The narrative surrounding recent horrors in Nigeria, Paris, Syria and Iraq speak in terms of Global Terrorism and what is being defined as “Radical Islam.”

Currently in the US and elsewhere, an ideological debate is raging over “the naming” of global terrorism as distinctly Islamic. Some believe that it is important to “call a spade, a spade” in what is being represented as radical “Islamic” or “Jihadist” Terrorism, by popular media. They contend that, in order to fight Islamic terrorism, we must name it as such. This view supports a Crusades-like mentality that the powers of Christianity and Islam are in a global struggle for ideological supremacy.

Others contend that to name this perceived conflict, as it is made most damningly manifest by atrocities of the so-called ISIS caliphate… as Islamic, is an extreme disservice to the over 1.5 billion Muslims living peacefully on this planet today. The approximate 30,000 or so individuals within the ranks of ISIS are merely ruthless terrorists… and should be labeled as such. This is the apparent position taken by President Obama, in his Feb. 18th 2015 speech, when he declared:  "We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam."

Although less headline grabbing… cooler heads have called for a counter-narrative to such Islamaphobic rhetoric.

The infamous Psychologist/trickster, Dr Timothy Leary once said: “If you want to discuss politics, you have to get down on all fours.” This eloquent passage reflects the true horror of politics, here on the “planet of the apes.” Regular readers of this blog know that our position is that: organized religion equates to politics… no difference. Both are successful examples of the many being manipulated by the few. Both leverage the perception of insecurity and scarcity, to greedy ends.

For purposes of a counter narrative to the Western-Christian/Near Eastern-Islamic paradigm, we at Tek-Gnostics offer a non-denominational yet not entirely secular proposition.

 We believe the true paradigm of duality that is unfolding in the 21st century, is one between Love and Fear. We would further postulate, at great risk of being perceived as spiritual, that this dualistic interplay could also be categorized as a struggle between Light vs Darkness. This is, of course, the age-old principle known as Yin/Yang, the foundational principle of Taoism, Buddhism and other such systems of the Occident, as well as the Yoni/Linga principle of the Hindi sub-continent of India. We perceive love as a unifying principle and fear as a divisive one.

Those whose lives orbit around the principle of Love share characteristics of inclusiveness, generosity, joy, tolerance and compassion. Love is profoundly associated with creativity. The language of love is best articulated through music, dance and other expressive arts. Love brings with it all of the ecstasies of humanity… pleasure, happiness, delight… as well as the heartbreak of sorrow, grief and regret. However, love transcends the emotional spectrum and is, as such akin to evolution, as a positive agent of change. For in the words of Tennyson: "It is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all."

Those whose lives are governed by Fear are visited by exclusiveness, alienation, suspicion, covetousness and hatred. It could be argued that hate is the opposite of love, however we contend that hatred is a product of fear. Fear is associated with destructiveness. Unlike love, fear only produces isolating results. It breeds separation, distrust and misgiving. Although fear is certainly transformative, it is not transcending. Fear only and ultimately leads to aloneness… a sat situation indeed.

We would argue that to be born of this world requires us to experience a reality that is material in nature. To occupy a sentient body in 3-dimensional space-time necessitates participation in a dualistic universe: Light/Dark, Yin/Yang, Observer/Observed, etc.  It would not be possible to bask in the warmth of light without the contrast of the shadow of darkness.

We would further argue that the fundamental nature of our dualistic material world assumes a role of contention that is characterized by a struggle between light and darkness, as identified above. We therefore postulate a counter-narrative that suggests that humanity, moving into the 21st century, ultimately must contend with a universal struggle between Love and Fear, Light and Dark. The friend or foe of the Western World or that of the East, are those who serve either the light or darkness. Our enemy is not religious or even political. The true struggle moving forward is between those who are consumed by fear, manifesting violence and hate... and those who are permeated with love, manifesting tolerance and peace.

This may seem naive of overly simplistic, the idea that the battle of our age is between those who Love verses those who Fear... the powers of light vs the powers of darkness. But when it comes down to you and me… it is simple… it should be simple. When all of the troubles of the world are seen through the eyes of the individual… each of us must decide what we are going to do about it. Remember… this isn’t business, where some bureaucrat says: nothing personal… this situation is very personal. This is each of us making a conscious choice.

The question we all must ask ourselves is: which do we choose to serve? Do we align with Love or Fear? This leads us to that other tricky premise of free will. Do we even get to choose? We contend yes. However, we don’t presume to know the subtleties of light and dark. We cannot fathom that which ultimately serves the light. We cannot determine the outcome of our actions or the end result. We do not know what ultimate purpose is served by the waging of war. In the words of JRR Tolkien’s famous character: “Many that live deserve death… and some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of judgment. For even the wise cannot see all ends.”

And so this is how it stands today. Each of us stands before the gates of chapel perilous. Indeed, our planet faces a global dark night of the soul. To this desperate situation, we would add one more premise… We contend that unlike Fear, Love is a force of nature that transcends the woes of humankind. Like gravity, Love is a universal force. Like gravity, Love attracts beings to its orbit. It is with this understanding that, at the end of the day, love will prevail. And as Gandalf said: ...That is an encouraging thought.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday 2015

Once again it is that time of the year… the time of the great American “Debauched Dionysian Mysteries Festival” known as Mardi Gras. Culminating on “Fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras serves as the most high holy day on the Tek-Gnostics calendar. It marks the rites of spring… the ritual of renewal.  Yes, it is a time of high ritual and low brow… a time to exorcise the ghosts and demons of sobriety and propriety.

Like the ancient Dionysian festival, Mardi Gras utilizes intoxicants and other trance-inducing techniques… such as dance and music… to remove inhibitions and social constraints, liberating the individual to return to a natural state… a return our pagan roots... a return to the sacred grove....

 Once again the ancient chants ring out: "Kristos anesti!" and "Jakimo fe na nay!"

Find below, nestled between the photos of Mardi Gras’ past… links to previous posts on this most sacred subject…

And I will lay my burden down
Rest my head upon that shore
And when I wear that starry crown
I won't be wanting anymore

Take your burdens to the Mardi Gras
Let the music wash your soul
You can mingle in the street
You can jingle to the beat of the jelly roll

Tumba, tumba, tumba, Mardi Gras
Tumba, tumba, tumba, day, yeah...

-from "Take Me To The Mardi Gras" by Paul Simon

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Equal access to our Global Nerve-Net is at stake!

On Feb 26 the FCC will vote to save net neutrality or let Comcast and other ISPs create Internet slow lanes. Some members of Congress, on behalf of their Cable donors, are trying to stop the FCC from protecting the Internet we love. There isn't much time to stop them, contact them now...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Directed panspermia Theory – Alien Seed Discovered?

Directed Panspermia Theory suggests that the seeds of life may have been purposely spread by an advanced extraterrestrial civilization, or can be spread from Earth to other planets by humans. The theory contends that microorganisms may be deliberately transported through space to introduce biological life on otherwise lifeless planets. Directed panspermia may have been sent to Earth to start life here, or may be sent from Earth to seed exoplanets with life.

Shklovskii and Sagan (1966) and Crick and Orgel (1973) hypothesized that life on Earth may have been deliberately seeded by other civilizations. Conversely, Mautner and Matloff (1979) and Mautner (1995, 1997) proposed that we ourselves should seed new planetary systems, protoplanetary discs or star-forming clouds with microorganisms, to secure and expand our organic gene/protein life-form. To avoid interference with local life, the targets may be young planetary systems where local life is unlikely. Directed panspermia can be motivated by biotic ethics that value the basic patterns of organic gene/protein life with its unique complexity and unity, and its drive for self-propagation.

With that said, and preceding from the principle that the truth is stranger than fiction, we present the following article, written by freelance journalist Nathan Rao (used without permission)...

The never-before seen image (see below) shows a microscopic metal globe spewing out biological material feared to be an infectious agent. Though the origin or purpose of the mysterious sphere is uncertain, experts say it could contain genetic material - the precursor to life. They sensationally claim it could have been designed by an intelligent species to “seed” and propagate alien life on Earth.

It is the first time anything like this has been seen and points not only to the existence of extra-terrestrial life, but to complex and civilized beings watching our planet. It follows findings that DNA capable of inserting itself into living creatures and replicating can exist in harsh space conditions.

A tiny ‘plasmid’, a circular strand of DNA used in genetic engineering, was sent into space from Sweden in 2011 on the exterior of a TEXUS-49 rocket. After enduring 1,000C heat it was found to still be intact and with its biological properties when it returned to Earth. Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham in England, said it is further proof of alien life. However the latest finding, by Professor Milton Wainwright and his team from the University of Sheffield and the University of Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, could reveal a much more sinister purpose.

Conjuring images as warned by H.G Wells in his 1898 novel War of the Worlds - it could have been deliberately engineered and sent to Earth to infect the planet. Professor Wainwright said the structure is made from the metals titanium and vanadium with a “gooey” biological liquid oozing from its centre. He said there are several theories as to where it came from, the first being it is a complete microorganism programmed to propagate alien life on Earth. “It is a ball about the width of a human hair, which has filamentous life on the outside and a gooey biological material oozing from its centre,” he said.

“We were stunned when X-ray analysis showed that the sphere is made up mainly of titanium, with a trace of vanadium. “One theory is it was sent to Earth by some unknown civilization in order to continue seeding the planet with life. “This seeming piece of science fiction… called “directed panspermia”…would probably not be taken seriously by any scientist were it not for the fact that it was very seriously suggested by the Nobel Prize winner of DNA fame, Sir Francis Crick.

“Unless of course we can find details of the civilization that is supposed to have sent it in this respect it is probably an un-provable theory.” Professor Wainwright and his team found the object in dust and particulate matter collected from the stratosphere. He sent balloons 27km into the sky to collect debris from space and isolated several particles he claims are proof of life in space. It comes as the mysterious “ghost particle,” also found by Professor Wainwright was revealed and follows the revelation last year of the astonishing “Dragon Particle” the first of its kind to point towards proof of life in space. Professor Wainwright said the curious orb landed on the sampler balloon it left a tiny impact crater proving it could not have gently fallen from close by.

He said: “On hitting the stratosphere sampler the sphere made an impact crater, a minute version of the huge impact crater on Earth caused by the asteroid said to have killed off the dinosaurs. “This impact crater proves that the sphere was incoming to Earth from space, an organism coming from Earth would not be travelling fast enough when it fell back to Earth to cause such damage. “This seems never before to have been found on Earth.” He said one theory is the object was released deliberately to infect the human race with life-threatening diseases, another is that it travelled millions of miles on a comet. “For the moment, we are content to say that the life-containing titanium sphere came from space, possibly from a comet.

“NASA is currently sending a balloon into the stratosphere to look for life. “Hopefully they will get the same results as we have, whether or not they acknowledge what the  team have found, or claim the discovery for themselves remains to be seen.”

The findings come as scientists in the UK and Japan launch the ISPA (Institute for the Study of Panspermia and Astroeconomics) which seeks to prove life on Earth originated from Space. Professor Wickramasinghe, director for research at the institute has long-maintained biological material including bacteria and viruses are constantly raining down from the skies.
He said: “Mainstream science and institutions have fought against theories which expound these beliefs but now evidence from meteorites, from samples of bacteria from space and from space observation is making resistance more difficult.

“Proving that the Earth is in a constant exchange of matter with the larger cosmos would have implications not only in terms of our identity, but could also give us insight into alien viruses which may be important for our group identity, evolution and survival itself.”

Sunday, January 18, 2015

BigTime TV's Operation MindF#@k - Pt 2.

The newest Video has been posted to the BTV-23 Youtube Channel. Episode Seven - Operation MindF#@k - part 2... BTV-23’s “Operation MindF#@k” (OM) series intends to disrupt or subvert media culture and its mainstream cultural institutions, including corporate advertising. In part two, OM is further defined with a “Proclamation” of intent. Stay tuned, for... some crazy shit is about to go down!

This vid is brought to you in association with the Legion of Dynamic Discord, Siskiyou/Cascadia Cabal... Hail Eris! - Link Here

Big Time Television, Network 23 is a YouTube channel of high weirdness and low brow, created by none other than our own Jack Heart. BTV-23 provides commentary on modern socio-political inequities… especially in the context of the new American Plutocracy… AKA: the 1% …and the rise of the NSA State. BTV-23 uses media appropriation, simple animation and a variety of mash-up techniques to present current events in a (hopefully) entertaining way. It’s political snarkyness and humor aspires to the fine tradition of the likes of Monty Python and The Onion.