Black Mirror Is Here

Did any of you guys see that episode of Black Mirror where every person has a social media score, and every time you interact with someone you’re rated on a scale of 0-5?  Well, that’s now becoming a reality.  Facebook has created a ‘trustworthiness’ score, supposedly to combat ‘fake news’.

This is the pinnacle of herd conformity.  Just espouse a viewpoint on religion, politics, or anything else that is outside of the normal purview, and BAM, your trustworthiness score tanks, and you become invisible on the platform.  Who knows, maybe this kind of “score” will one day dictate what jobs, products, and services are available to you.  Think of the pressure that would create to conform.

As for ‘fake news’, do we really think that the masses are the best arbiters of what is and isn’t true?  What should and shouldn’t be seen?  It’s obvious how this will play out in practice.  The average person barely has any free time; they’re tied up with their job, children, and other things.  They will judge the reliability of an information source based on how it “feels” to them, or even worse, flag information as unreliable simply because they disagree with it. Even the article I linked to points this out.

It’s “not uncommon for people to tell us something is false simply because they disagree with the premise of a story or they’re intentionally trying to target a particular publisher,” Lyons said.

The end result is obvious — any information that goes outside of the mainstream is censored.  Well, that’s been Facebook’s goal all along.  If you haven’t heard, Facebook actually recently formed a multi-million dollar deal with CNN, ABC News, Fox News, and other mainstream outlets when forming their Facebook Watch group to combat “fake news”.  Ever since that time, smaller media outlets have been finding themselves heavily censored on the platform.

It’s not just Facebook though.  All the big tech companies are doing it.  I used to think these platforms were just targeting aspects of the right, but as I’ve learned more about it, I’ve come to realize they target all non-mainstream media sources that become popular.  They only want the corporately authorized, mainstream content to be popular, and the rest of us are all to be relegated to obscurity.

Take Jimmy Dore of the Young Turks for instance.  He was banned for having an opinion that went against mainstream news.  His content was taken down for calling out the recent events involving RussiaGate, saying it was without substance.

For another example, take a young Youtuber who’s been popular with religious, conservative women, Brittany Pettibone.  She simply expressed a degree of support for the Generation Identity movement, a socialist, Catholic, democratic movement in Europe, and for that alone she was banned from Patreon.  Patreon told her that unless she removed those videos and deleted photos from Instagram which expressed support for Generation Identity, she would be banned from their platform.

Google and Youtube are engaged in the same censorship practices.  The Amazing Atheist (also known as TJ Kirk) has had most of his videos demonetized these days, and for what reason?  They don’t like him.  He was told that just having the word “atheist” in his channel’s name had him breaching “community guidelines.”  Freedom of religious beliefs?  Not anymore, at least not on the big tech platforms.  He’s been banned entirely from Tumblr as well.  Youtube demonitized his channel, as well as all the channels he finds interesting and engaging.  They’re all being strangled off the platform.  He has been supporting himself through Pateron, as far as I know (I’m by no means an expert on his channel), but who knows how long that will last.  They want cookie-cutter, boring, family-friendly drivel on their platform, and are trying to run everyone else off.

I find that sad because I grew up in a deeply religious household and was exposed to very few ideas.  When Youtube first started getting big, I used to see the Amazing Atheist’s channel being promoted and thought, huh, what is an atheist like?  What do they believe?  What kind of people are they?  And watching his channel, I came to understand them, and I really like the guy.  But those days are now over.  Actually expressing yourself, your viewpoints, sharing what matters to you — that’s against the guidelines.  Talk more about your cat and how cute it is.

I can see it now.  All of the television ads and celebrities will be telling you, “be an individual”, “empower yourself”, “be one of a kind”, and other drivel, but in reality, the second you actually do express some aspect of your individuality, or an original opinion that goes outside of some box dictated to you by the herd, you instantly become a social pariah, or possibly banned completely.  The end result?  Everyone becomes fake and nobody will want to rock the boat.  Everything will become insipid, shallow and ridiculous.  Everyone’s kissing up for social brownie points.

My Personal Goals For 2019

At the start of each year, most people make new years resolutions.  I suppose this would be my goals for 2019.

I wish to find/create a place within myself where I am in a state of far greater contentment and in deeper harmony with God, for lack of a better expression.  I’m wanting to rise above dualistic thinking, purging myself of inconsistent thought and restlessness.  I’m seeking greater peace within and to live in a state of joy that is independent of circumstances around me.  That’s my primary goal.

Possibly another goal would be to further develop a detached, yet unconditional love toward all beings I come across.  I wish to always treat others well, and do good, but not let all the stupidity, violence, and insanity going on around me affect my inner world.  That’s what I mean by “detached”.  I’ll help you when and if I can, but if you’re intent on going down a dark road that’s sure to bring you all kinds of suffering, I’m not going to let it bring me down in any way.

The last thing I want to focus on this year is what I would call “reconnecting with life.”  Over the last decade or so, my life has mainly consisted of me sitting in a room, studying for exams, writing papers, working on physics research, and reading books.  Besides that, there has been way too many hours just staring at this computer screen.  I’ve noticed that the more time I spend staring at this glowing monitor, the more disconnected I am from life.  I’ve noticed this in others as well and the changes I’ve seen are not good.  Our online digital world is a sort of matrix of death.  Let me explain.

One example of this death matrix is all the time I’ve spent just sitting here reading news articles, most of which are filled with lies, partisan BS intended to stir me up against others on the “left” or “right”, or extreme fear-mongering and negativity.  Besides that, I don’t want to even get into all the fake news and strange ideas the internet has brought into our world.  We live in a digital sea of nonsense, both from the mainstream and most alternative sources.  It can lead some folks down a rabbit-hole of complete fiction, and sadly, when all is said and done, it seems that those who end up fighting with one another the most are the very ones who need to be coming together.  But I can understand getting confused by it all.  I believe that’s half of what it’s intended to do.  I’ve invested far too much effort trying to figure out what’s “really” going on, what the real agenda is, and who the major players are, feeling like I have to be some sort of stalwart defender of truth.  I know just enough to know that most of what we’re hearing is lies, but I also know that having the time and energy to decipher the sea of nonsense is a privilege only those with too much time on their hands have.  This confusion creates all kinds of tension, and in my life, there is this constant struggle to diffuse all the animosity these “news” organizations cause within my family and friends.  It’s exhausting and I wonder if it’s worthy of all the energy I put into it; is it worth paying attention to?

The digital death matrix extends into entertainment as well.  I’ve sat on Netflix and Hulu watching television and movies that are filled with moral degeneracy on display, senseless violence, and stupidity.  Ask yourself how many characters portrayed on television are role models, or examples of who you should strive to be?  How many of them inspire you to be more than who you are?  How many of them create an urge in you that this life has more to offer and that you can get out there and do new and amazing things?  How many of them challenge you to be better?  I rarely if ever see anything like that.  Almost everything on there is mental junk food, filled with violence and other things to emotionally titillate the lowest aspects of ourselves.  It’s even now come to a point where half of it is laden with political agendas.  But possibly the biggest one for me is mindless video games.  I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve spent far too many hours engaged in these computer games where there is no emotional connection to anything, just killing people and random monsters for sport, over and over and watching some experience bar go up.  This monotony is only occasionally broken up by the storylines, almost all of which are extremely shallow.  All of this stuff is just death, death, death.  Kill, kill, kill.  Sex, sex, sex.  Stupidity, degeneracy, fighting.

But this death matrix is now extending into our social lives.  Everyone is carrying around these cell phones and are locked into Instagram, Facebook, and other forms of social media, caught up in this fake, socially competitive, reality.  Most people present false images of themselves and their lives, caught up in some weird game where they all try to one-up each other, portray an image of “my life is amazing”, and are seeking everyone else’s approval with “likes”.  They have to keep up with the Kardashians as they keep up with their neighbors and friends.  It is the quintessential essence of conformity and herd mentality, not to mention the fact that past executives from social media companies are warning us that these platforms are destroying civil discourse.  Facebook is running studies and has learned they can control your emotions and mood by controlling what is displayed in your feeds!  They have literally hijacked people’s emotions as they spy on every aspect of their users’ lives and sell their information to greedy corporations.   It’s unreal.  But yet, this is one of the main activities going on in the digital world.

So yeah, for these sorts of reasons, I’m coming to a point where I’m almost completely unplugging from the digital world.  This has been an ongoing process with me, but I have to reconnect with real life and stay out of this digital death matrix.  The problem is, I’ve been locked into these patterns of behavior for so long, to break out of them it’s like, uh, now what do I do with myself?  Ok, so I don’t spend my days locked away in a room trying to understand some aspect of the universe, reading books, or preparing for exams, or reading stuff on the computer (mostly the news), or watching Youtube, or Netflix, or playing computer games.  What do I now do with my time?  To find out what’s next for me is requiring a lot of meditation and soul seeking.

I’ve been spending less and less time on the computer, and have been exploring new activities.  I’m currently learning how to fly hot air balloons and have been considering getting into flying paramotors.  I’ve been spending a lot of time in the gym.  I plan on hopping on the motorcycle and going for a big road trip this summer, exploring the country.  I’m getting back into playing basketball again.  I’ve even been considering drawing and trying to express certain feelings/ideas I’ve had in pictures.  I’ve also mentioned that I spend a lot of time meditating these days.  That’s probably the greatest change I’ve made.  I’m not sure where all this will go, but the I don’t want to spend the remainder of my life in the digital death matrix.  Surely there’s better things to do with myself.

Cheers to 2019 and all that’s to come.

Joe Biden Has No Empathy For Millennials

If you listen to the mainstream media, they’re telling us Joe Biden is a top pick for the presidential nominee of the Democratic party in 2020.  I’m a bit puzzled why that is.  In the upcoming 2020 election, millennials will make up 40% of the voters, yet he’s been going around telling them to “shut up”.  Biden went on to say that he has “no empathy” for them or their problems.

That’s really surprising.  He seems really out of touch.  Why are millennials so outraged?  Let’s take a look at some facts.

Did you know, Mr. Biden, that it costed millennials nearly four times what it costed you to earn a college degree?  That’s inflation adjusted.  Four times as much.  And that without a degree, most of them have struggled to find any decent career?

Then you hear that many millennials end up with their parents basements after graduation.  Considering they’re under such a large debt burdens from student loans, it’s difficult for them to go out and get a home.  But that’s not the only reason. Homes are way more expensive than they once were.  If you look at the data, you see that home prices were relatively consistent for fifty years and then all of the sudden just doubled in price.  What’s that all about?

Believe or not, you can thank Joe Biden for that.  He was responsible for repealing the Glass-Steagall act which lead to a lot of this.  Just a quick look on Wikipedia and you’ll find:

After the financial crisis of 2007–2008, some commentators argued that the repeal of Sections 20 and 32 had played an important role in leading to the housing bubble and financial crisis. Economics Nobel prize laureate Joseph Stiglitz, for instance, argued that “[w]hen repeal of Glass-Steagall brought investment and commercial banks together, the investment-bank culture came out on top”, and banks which had previously been managed conservatively turned to riskier investments to increase their returns.

So as you take a look at this next chart, look at home prices.  Thanks Joe!  Your Wall Street buddies really made out.

Let’s take a look at wages.  When inflation is taken into account, millennials earn 60% of the wages someone in 1970, and on average, it’s clear to see it’s been going down ever since.  So for those stuck in minimum wage (which is a lot of people these days), they have to work two jobs to earn the same as previous generations did in one job.

Then there’s healthcare, which is totally broken.  Many jobs today refuse to offer benefits.  Why?  That’s because healthcare costs are four to five times what they were in the past.

And I’m sure everyone paying attention has noticed that he’s a total creep.  With every photo-op, the guy is dragging the young girls next to him, groping them, stroking their faces, smelling their hair, and whispering things in their ear.  According to secret service, when the cameras aren’t on, the guy’s ten times worse.  I believe it.  Take a look for yourself.

All these poor girls (and they’re always girls) are making awkward faces and trying to get away from him.  Sometimes the mothers and fathers are having to step in and get Joe away from their children. It’s even lead to memes on the internet.

This is the same guy who in 1994 passed extra strict legislation to lock everyone up in privately owned prisons.  In 1995 he was busy writing the Patriot Act.  Yes, he WROTE the Patriot Act. (take a second to pause and re-read that)  In 1996 he voted against gay marriage.  As I mentioned, in 1999 he repealed the Glass-Steagall act, turning our economy in a giant casino, wrecking the economy in 2008 (and the problems which caused that crash have never been addressed), and creating the housing bubble which I was showing earlier. In 2002 he voted for the Iraq War and was one of its biggest cheerleaders at the time.  In 2005, he was instrumental in removing loan protections for students who are struggling to pay their bills.  Oh, and in 2018, he felt compelled to offer George W. Bush the Liberty Medal.  What a guy!

If you follow politics over the last twenty years, he’s always been on the wrong side of everything.  He’s a Wall-Street, military industrial complex, war-mongering, corporate insider democrat.  If that’s what you want, Joe’s your man.  It’s not what I want.  If the mainstream media is telling you to like someone, look into them.  I can almost guarantee you that they’re NOT who you want.

Dead Malls

When I was a kid in the late 80’s, early 90’s, my parents would oftentimes take me to the malls in St. Louis.  I remember looking at the gigantic buildings with awe.  They were filled with so many stores and people were everywhere.  Being a toddler, I was drawn to Toys R’ Us, the indoor arcades, and the mini amusement parks they’d have set up for children, such as little trains, carousels, or miniature golf.  They’re fond memories.

On birthdays my mother would take me into Toys R’ Us and I could get anything I wanted.  I’d always go to the Nintendo section and was hard pressed to choose which game to take home.  Also, as I grew, I was in need of new school clothes, so we’d often go to the mall and there’d be these giant clothing stores, just filled with blue jeans, jackets, and shirts.  As a child it was all breathtaking.  So much clothes!  So much stuff!  So many people!

Shopping there was an experience.  There were food courts selling all kinds of tasty treats, kiosks trying to sell you expensive jewelry behind immaculate glass, and giant fountains spraying water high into the air, down into sparkling water below.  When you’d get tired from walking through the giant hallways, there were special chairs you could put money into and they’d give you a massage.  I can remember sitting in one of these chairs, getting a massage, begging my mom for quarters or other spare change which I could flip into the fountain.   Or I remember getting hungry and my parents getting me a giant pretzel, an Orange Julius, and some funnel cake, strange foreign treats which were unlike anything I would ever eat at home.

As I got older, particularly when I was maybe twelve years old or so, like all young boys, you start to notice the girls.  There were cute, teenage women all over the place, shopping with their friends.  There were groups of guys wandering around as well, many of them on the on the lookout, meeting and flirting with the girls.  It was a nice place to meet new people, talk together at the food court, and go to a movie together.  These giant malls had their own movie theaters.

I’m sort of baffled to see the malls shutting down, one by one.  Most are hanging on by a thread and many of them that have managed to stay open are now dead malls.  Unlike my childhood memories, they’re now giant, creepy, vacant buildings, like something out of a video game after an apocalypse.  You go into these places and there’s not a soul in there.  It’s like aliens came and abducted all of humanity but somehow you’ve been left behind.  You walk around these places thinking, “Where is everybody?”

Dan Bell creates a wonderful series on Youtube called ‘Dead Malls’, which is interesting to watch.  He’ll normally begin each episode with footage from the mall when it was booming, back in the 80’s and 90’s (when I was a kid), and then cuts to it today.  The contrast is hard to believe.  Like take a look at this video.  It features an enormous mall built near when I was born in Ohio, but it’s now completely dead.

So what’s happened to these malls?  From what I’ve read at least, it seems to be a combination of the evaporation of the middle class, competition from online shopping sites like Amazon, and a new generation of people who do not want to leave their homes, doing all their shopping from their computers and phones.

These malls were once filled with stores like Dillards, JC Penny, Sears, and other places.  As the middle class evaporated, these places went along with them.  I don’t know, it’s just sad.

A Summary Of Strange Research

Today I’d like share a short summary of all the strange research I’ve been conducting on my own over the past few years, particularly pertaining to consciousness.  This is basically a quick list of all the things I’ve found which cannot be well explained by physics, neuroscience, or any mainstream science for that matter.  These are in no particular order.

  1. Reconnecting to God / The Infinite / The Light Realm Through Powerful Hallucingens, particularly DMT, Ayahuasca, etc.

DMT is a naturally occurring neural transmitter which can be found within all of our brains.  Though it’s labeled as a “drug”, it’s not harmful in any way.  It’s not addictive, nor does it get you emotionally high.  However, it does have profound psychological effects.  In particular, if you artificially synthesize it and inject yourself with it, or smoke it, at high doses you will be blasted out of your body.  In the video below, you’ll hear accounts of people on high doses of DMT, all of them sharing how they reconnected with the same “light realm” I’ve been talking about in recent posts.  They describe each layer of their humanity being pulled off, one by one, until they no longer are human and become pure spirit, at one with God; all time and space dissolve, they become the infinite, all knowing, and are all powerful.  Notice the description of the “vibration”, like they’re entering a higher frequency.  They hear the “Aum” vibration sound, louder and louder, until that energy becomes all powerful and all-encompassing.  They describe this life as being a sort of dream, or even a dream within a dream, and this is them returning “home”, exactly as in near death experiences.

As I go through more of these areas of research, I’ve come to the conclusion that the brain is filtering out higher aspects of our mind and consciousness.  When brain activity gets disrupted either from drugs or trauma, conscious experience EXPANDS, it does not diminish.

2.  Near Death Experiencers Leaving Body And Returning To God

These are accounts of people who came awfully close to death but are saved at the last minute in the hospital, etc.  They die in car accidents, surgeries, or other traumatic events.  Here is an account of a man who is out at recess with another kid at school.  His friend has been practicing martial arts and wants to show him a throw.  The friend picks him up and throws him down straight on his head on the asphalt.  You’d think he’d simply be unconscious, but that’s not what happens.  This man’s brain seems unable to “trap” him within his body anymore, he pops out, becomes some sort of spherical, full 360 degree awareness, looking down on the scene from above, and shortly thereafter is escorted back to the light realm, where powerful spiritual entities take him to the source of all existence.

Here he’s told he’s actually an all-powerful child of God who has temporarily taken on a limited existence simply to entertain himself.  In reality, he’s not a human.  He’s never been separated from the infinite (God), but it’s been within him the whole time, temporarily blocked from his conscious perception because he chose to hide it all from himself.  It’s all a big game him and others are playing, just to have an experience.  These spiritual entities then tell him that love is the most important thing, and to never forget that; he’s then sent back to Earth to finish the experience he wanted to have.

3.  Yogis Reconnecting To God In Deep Meditation

According to meditation masters, the deeper one dives into meditation, the illusory consciousness the brain produces can be pulled back, layer by layer, not unlike what happens in the DMT trip.  The main difference is that in meditation, this is a controlled peeling off of illusions.  In fact, the great yogis seem to be attempting to get back to the light realm, to become one with God.  Some apparently do get there, and when they do, they sit in one place for days at a time, not moving at all, sitting there in perfect peace.

Masters such as Paramhansa Yogananda taught that we are living a dream within a dream, but when we go back “into the light”, beyond both dreams, we return to the light realm, or as all these people have been referring, “home, back with the Father”.   This current life we’re living is the deepest level dream, not unlike that movie Inception.  Once you wake up from the current dream, you “wake up” to yet another dream, which we often hear about as the “spirit” realm, or in other circles as the “astral” realm.  When one practices Kriya Yoga, as meditation is mastered, the first enhancement of perception is the opening of what is called the “third eye”, which allows perception of this astral realm and entities which live there.  You can induce yourself into “out of body” experiences, become that spherical 360 degree awareness (exactly the same as near death experiences when they ‘die’), fly around, and explore the astral.  According to the yogis, there are both higher and lower planes to the astral realm.  Each state of consciousness has a frequency, a vibrational state (which lines up with all physics I’ve studied. Everything is vibration).  The lower planes contain bad actors, who we might refer to as demons.  They’re bad news and are even trying to climb up into this realm when they can.  The higher planes contain enlightened beings, which some religions refer to as angels, or devas.

4. Scientifically Induced Out Of Body Experiences

While a kriya yogi can induce an “out of body” through concentration within, it’s also possible to induce these same experiences, jumping out of body, by scientific means.  For example, if you put yourself in a sensory deprivation chamber and listen to certain types of audio, particularly binaural beats, you can leave the body in that way.  The deprivation chamber helps one forget about their body and the senses (EXACTLY what the yogis do in meditation, go figure!), and focusing all conscious attention on that binaural beat, waving back and forth, does something strange to a person’s brain waves.  It somehow aligns the two hemispheres of one’s brain and then the person just “pops” out of their body.  You can then fully explore the astral/spirit plane at your leisure, and come back to your body, simply by willing to do so (read about the ‘silver cord’).  You can learn about all this by reading the books of Robert Monroe.

He was a wealthy businessman who worked in radio.  Someone asked him to develop sound clips that would help people fall asleep.  When researching this, he came across these binaural beats, and while undergoing the research on himself, found himself popping in and out of body.  Thinking he was going crazy, he wanted to bring in some experts.  Being wealthy, he eventually hired a team of scientists (one a former NASA physicist) to help him with the research.  Before long, the scientists were also popping out of body and were exploring the spirit realms along with him.  You can read about all of this in Robert Monroe’s trilogy of books.

I read all three of these books and was not able to put them down.  The NASA scientist who was hired on is named Tom Campbell, and he wrote about all of this as well in his book ‘My Big Theory of Everything (TOE)’.  The book contains not only his personal accounts of what happened, but also his theory about what this reality is, trying to tie his experiences with quantum theory, general relativity, etc., along with simulation theory.

5.  Hypnotic Regression

It seems that if you’re able to overcome the illusory consciousness produced by the brain (and there’s more than one way to do this), and get beyond its filters, you gain access to higher states of consciousness.  This is what the true nature of the “subconscious” is.  Carl Jung became obsessed with this toward the later half of his life, and even wrote on Kundalini Yoga in particular (Kriya Yoga being a form of Kundalini).

This goes far beyond just unconscious brain signals.  If you have an expert get you into a deep hypnotic state, really deep, you’ll have access to this subconscious, where the eternal mysteries of life seem to be hidden.  Recent posts of mine have been talking about this, referencing books written by highly decorated Ivy League psychologists such as Brian Weiss.  Here’s the thing.  If you’re really this eternal spirit from the light realm, like all these different things are pointing to, what in the world were you doing before this Earth life?  How many “dream” lives have you had?  Has this been going on for eternity?  This information is accessible in two ways (that I know of at least).  For one, you can have a trained expert hypnotize you and lead you through these memories by proper questioning.  Get deep enough in the hypnosis and you can relive all the events.  From that point on, those memories will be conscious to you, even when you “wake up” from the hypnotism.  You’ll remember these past lives.  Another more vivid way to experience this recall is to do Kriya Yoga, induce the out of body state, enter the spirit plane, and then simply request this information from your “higher self”, your spirit, your true Self, which has remained with God within the light realm.  All will then be shown to you.  You will “fly through” your lives, controlling the playback by thought alone, moving to any point in any life you’ve ever lived, no matter how far back.  “What was I in my past life?”  You’ll “become” yourself, as you were then, or you can step out above it and view it all from that spherical 360 degree view.  You can jump to any time, any moment, by thought-request.

I feel like I’m forgetting something, but this will have to do for now.