Monday, July 22, 2019

Buddha Boy starts 3-year meditation: 2019

Maha Sambodhi Dharma Sangha Guru (maitriya.info/en); Dhr. Seven (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly

A major press conference was organized by the Nepali sangha (spiritual community). Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha [the "Enlightenment Wandering-Ascetic Teaching Community"] held it at the Kathmandu press club on July 4, 2019 to deliver an unprecedented and joyful message to all peoples of Nepal and the entire world, disciples, sangha-members, devotees, followers, Dharma-lovers, and Truth-seekers:

It all began in private for a 7-year meditation
As of June 16, 2019 the most revered guru-jii, Maha Sambodhi Dharma Sangha ("Buddha Boy"), has once again entered maha-dhyana ("great meditative-absorption") or "supreme meditation" in the dharma forest of Sindhuli for three years.

During this time, major pujas (devotional ceremonies) and training programs will be conducted by the Sanyasi and Maatma Guru Marga gurus ["Great Truth Path teachers"].

Meditators gather to see Buddha Boy (FB)
Through this media conference, we wish to appeal to the government of Nepal for basic support and for maintenance of peace and protection of this sacred Dharma Land of Nepal to ensure the success of this arduous, glorious undertaking.

We are all praying for the joyful completion of Maha Sambodhi Dharma Sangha Gurujii's unique three-year Maha-dhyana Supreme Meditation.

We hereby share our maitri-filled wishes for all living beings of the universe, the entire Plant Kingdom, and all existence to absorb new inner-wisdom, punya karmafruits, and boundless gains of mukti-moksha liberation for all.

-- Sarva Maitri Mangalam

Buddha Boy (aka Ram Bahadur Bomjon, Palden Dorje, and now Maha Sambodhi Dharma Sangha) has a message for humanity (translated into English).
  • Supreme Meditation for Peace on Earth (July 5, 2019)
  • Reverencing all Gurus (May 26, 2019) Before the sacred lotus feet of the most highly revered and omniscient Maha Sambodhi Dharma Sangha Guru we bow eternally. The original mould of humanity...
  • Maitri Language Bestowed (May 24, 2019) Inaugurating the 14th World Peace Maitri Puja on the auspicious occasion of the 14th anniversary of Gurujyu’s Six-year tapasya meditations from May 16...

Who is "Buddha Boy"? (video)

George Saunders, The Incredible Buddha Boy (GQ, May 2006); Discovery Channel; Zaron Burnett III (Mel Magazine, Feb. 2019); Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
How it all began: Buddha Boy under a giant pipal tree in Nepal (Gopal Chitrakar/Reuters)


The year is 2005 when National Book Award-winning author George Saunders travels to Kathmandu, Nepal to meet “Buddha Boy,” as the Western press had dubbed him, born Ram Bahadur Bomjon.

Saunders treks deep into the jungle far from the Himalayan range in the north of this tiny country on an adventure for GQ magazine. He reports back that he feels he’s experienced a miracle, a divine presence. He published his account in GQ:

We reach the inner fence: as far as anyone is allowed to go. At this distance, I can really see him. His quality of nonmotion is startling. His head doesn’t move. His arms, hands, don’t move. Nothing moves. His chest does not constrict/expand with breathing. He could be dead. He could be carved from the same wood as the tree.

He is thinner than in the photos; that is, his one exposed arm is thinner. Thinner but not emaciated. He still has good muscle tone. Dust is on everything. His dusty hair has grown past the tip of his nose. His hair is like a helmet. He wears a sleeveless brown garment.

His hands are in one of the mudras in which the Buddha’s hands are traditionally depicted. He is absolutely beautiful: beautiful as the central part of this crèche-like, timeless vignette, beautiful in his devotion.

I feel a stab of something for him. Allegiance? Pity? Urge-to-Protect? My heart rate is going through the roof.

Buddha Boy after months (Riedel Jeff/GQ)
Later, George Saunders added:

Soon I’m sitting canoe-style between Lama One and Lama Two. I can hear Lama One mumbling mantras under his breath. Suddenly he turns to me, again makes the gesture, points into the Enclosure.

I get it now: The gesture means, Look, there is something emanating from the boy’s forehead!”

Do I see it? Actually, I do: Vivid red and blue lights (like flares) are hovering, drifting up from approximately where the boy is sitting, as if borne upward on an impossibly light updraft.

“What the heck, I think. My face goes hot. Is this what a miracle looks like, feels like, in real time?

I close my eyes, open them. The lights are still drifting up.

A noise begins, a steady drum-like thumping from inside the Enclosure, like an impossibly loud heartbeat.

For several concept-free seconds, it’s just: colored up-floating lights and the boy’s amplified heartbeat.

DOCUMENTARY
There is a Discovery Channel documentary, The Boy With Divine Powers, filmed roughly at the time Saunders visited.

It discusses the doctors and medical professionals who had come to confirm whether this teen boy really had subsisted -- as a breatharian without food, water, or sleep -- under a tree for 10 months.

Food out of thin air: Breatharianism

Hasan Chowdhury, Telegraph, 7/9/19; Dhr. Seven and Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Solar Foods creates its protein powder without the need for intensive agricultural processes.
Solar Foods creates a magic protein powder without the need for intensive agriculture.
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Pranayama (breath control) makes protein
"Food" made from thin air? Finnish company develops food grade protein powder made from captured CO2 gas in air.

Making food out of thin air might sound farfetched, but a company based in Finland has developed a new technology to produce protein powder designed for human consumption out of CO2.

Solar Foods, a food technology start-up founded as a university spinout in 2017, uses electricity and carbon dioxide captured from the air to create a substance that tastes like wheat flour [manna from heaven?] and hopes to have a product on the shelves by 2021. 

Around 50 percent of the foodstuff contains protein, while the remainder is made of carbohydrates and fat. The firm hopes to introduce the protein as an ingredient in foods such as yoghurt or alternatives to meat like plant-burgers. The motivation for the company comes from its... More

Does this explain breatharianism?

It is possible to live on breath alone and to carry on in good health for decades without eating and sometimes even without drinking. It is called "fasting." But it is actually consuming a kind of deva nourishment ("angel food"), like the amrit some devas once proposed pouring into Siddhartha's pores when he was fasting and meditating before he became the Buddha. It seemed to come out of thin air but now we know there is another possibility as human electricity is harnessed to fuse C02 and water into proteins, carbs, and fat (see Solar Foods' innovation above). While this runs against everything we are taught, people do it. Breatharianism mainly happens in India using yogic techniques such as prana-yama or "breath-control." Manipulating pranic energy, which is not the gaseous breath (oxygen, carbon dioxide, etc.) but rather invisible life force energy (spiritus, chi, ki) alongside it. Breatharians say they live on an endogenous nectar called amrita ("nectar of immortality") exuded from the bottom of the tongue, and it comes from the sun as if by human-chlorophyll and a kind of photosynthesis, possibly involving Vitamin D or reiki.

Breatharianism studied scientifically
Prahlad Jani has lived for 75 years without eating as a bretharian (lasthabit.com).
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Buddha Boy
Buddha Boy documentary (Discovery)
Ram Bahadur Bomjon ("Maitriya," "Maha Sambodhi Dharma Sangha," "Buddha Boy," "Palden Dorje," current website maitriya.info/en) is a young Nepalese Buddhist (now a Buddhist monk of evolving names) who meditates and lives as a breatharian and wandering ascetic in a remote area of Nepal. The area is now overwhelmed with tourists wishing to see him, hear his teachings, and meditate with him. Buddha Boy appears to go for long periods of time -- 96 hours, ten months, seven years -- without ingesting either food or water ("Nepalese Buddha Boy 'reappears,'" BBC News, March 20, 2006). One such period was chronicled in a 2006 Discovery Channel documentary titled The Boy With Divine Powers, which reported that Buddha Boy neither moved, ate, nor drank anything during 96 hours of filming (archive.org).

Science
The strange case of breatharian Prahlad Jai a.k.a. Mataji (psiram.com)
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Common studies find what they're looking for: the physiological effects of extreme food restriction show that fasting for extended periods leads to starvation, dehydration, and eventual death (Johnstone, A. M., 2007, "Fasting – the ultimate diet?," Obesity Reviews. 8 (3): 211–222).

In the absence of food intake, the body normally burns its own reserves of muscle protein, body fat, and glycogen sugar. Breatharians' bodies do not consume these reserves while fasting.

To prove it some breatharians have submitted themselves to medical testing, including a hospital's observation of Indian mystic Prahlad Jani ("Mataji") appearing to survive without food or water for 15 days ("Hermit Claims 70 Years Survival Without Food," WUSA 9. April 29, 2010).

Prahlad Jani is an Indian sadhu who says he has lived without food and water for more than 70 years. His claims were investigated by doctors at Sterling Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, in 2003 and 2010 (Manas Dasgupta, May 9, 2010, "The Hindu – DIPAS concludes observational study on 'Mataji'").

The study concluded that Prahlad Jani was able to survive under observation for two weeks without either food or water, and had passed no urine or stool (Rajeev Khanna, Nov. 25, 2003, "Fasting fakir flummoxes physicians," BBC News), with no need for dialysis ("Scientists Baffled by Prahlad Jani, Man Who Doesn't Eat or Drink," March 3, 2016).

Interviews with the researchers speak of strict observation and relate that round-the-clock observation was ensured by multiple CCTV cameras. Jani was subjected to multiple medical tests ("Experts baffled as Mataji's medical reports are normal," Jan. 28, 2013), and his only contact with any form of fluid was during bathing and gargling, with the fluid spat out measured by the doctors (Tom Rawstorne, May 8, 2010, "The man who says he hasn't eaten or drunk for 70 years: Why are eminent doctors taking him seriously?," Daily Mail, July 28, 2012).

The research team could not comment on his claim of having been able to survive in this way for seven decades [because it went against everything they assumed, believed, clung to, taught, and got paid for studying and publishing]. More

Ancient Afghan Buddhism revived (video)

Times of India, June 15, 2015; Dhr. Seven, CC Liu, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


World-famous Buddhas of Bamiyan resurrected in Afghanistan
Fourteen years after the CIA/ISO/Taliban dynamited the world-famous Buddhas of Bamiyan, the giant statues were resurrected with 3D light projection technology in the empty cavities where they once stood carved into the Himalayan hillsides Afghanistan [in a portion of the range known as the Hindu Kush].
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The project was undertaken by a Chinese couple who used 3D laser light projection technology to fill the empty cavities in the cliff in the Bamiyan Valley in what is now Hazarajat [previously Kapilavastu, Shakya Land] with the Buddha's virtual images, 230 km northwest of Kabul.

The couple, Janson Yu and Liyan Hu, were saddened by the destruction of the two statues, which were thought to be carved during the 6th century [though psychic medium Madame Blavatsky says they are MUCH older] and decided to undertake the project.

They took permission both from the Afghan government and UNESCO to bring the statues back for one night only in the empty cavities in the cliff.

The event on June 7 saw projectors displaying huge holographic statues of the exact size of the precious cultural monuments that were lost, accompanied by music.

"The projections were not widely publicized, but over 150 people came to see the spectacle. Crowds remained well into the night and some people played music while others looked on," a journalist, who witnessed the show, was quoted as saying by The Atlantic.

Both standing Buddhas (115 feet and 174 feet tall) were carved out of sandstone cliffs and stood at one point painted and gilded. They managed to survive for more than 1,500 years.

But the CIA/ISO/Taliban dynamited and destroyed them in March 2001 as part of a campaign to [justify an invasion and occupation of Afghanistan by the U.S. ostensibly to neutralize the "Taliban"]. The cover story given for the desecration was that the Muslim Taliban wanted to remove all non-Islamic art from formerly-Buddhist now Muslim Afghanistan.

The statues were among the most famous cultural landmarks of the region, and the site was listed by UNESCO as a "World Heritage Site" along with the surrounding cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamiyan Valley [though Mes Aynak needs far more protection and a special status designation].

Japan and Switzerland, among other countries, have pledged support for the rebuilding of the statues.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Lisa Simpson turns Buddhist (cartoon)

The Simpsons via Cartoon Guy, 3/23/17; Ashley Wells, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
(FOX TV) Lisa becomes a Buddhist: The Simpsons, "She of Little Faith," Season 13, Episode 6.

NEW Buddhist joke: "I'm Nothing"

Dhr. Seven, Sheldon S. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly retold by Taj (la.shambhala.org); PPR; Tp, TP

https://www.toonpool.com/cartoons/Dalai%20Lama_68782
Because the Dalai Lama was coming to the meditation center, the director was frantically trying to clean up and get things ready, a big task. She'd ordered the assistant-director to come help her. Finally, the assistant-director arrived with a young volunteer.

"Thank god you're here!" the director said. "I really need your help. This job is too big for me and this visit too important for the center!"

"Yes, I know," exclaimed the assistant-director. "That's why I brought a volunteer to help us. He's new, but he's strong and willing."

Just then the director broke down with gratitude. Overwhelmed by the magnitude of who they were preparing for and what this could mean for them, she started to cry: "I'm nothing! I'm nothing! I really am nothing, oh my god."

The director fell to the floor as if in satori and cried and cried. The assistant-director and volunteer gave her her space, let her have her moment. And after about 15 minutes, she pulled herself together and got back to work, blissfully cleaning and arranging things.
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https://www.toonpool.com/cartoons/Dalai%20Lama_68782
Then suddenly it dawned on the assistant-director, who realized the magnitude of their efforts, and she started to bawl and stammer: "I'm nothing! I'M nothing!! Oh my god, I understand now! I really am nothing!" She cried uncontrollably. Welling up in sympathy, the other two gave her her space.

After a few minutes the assistant-director regained her composure and joyfully got back to work.

After a long time, the volunteer had an epiphany -- suddenly understanding why he was here, what his life was for, and the amazing karma he must have accrued to be called on to serve like this. So he started to cry, "I'M nothing! I'M NOTHING!"

Just then the assistant-director turned to the director. She rolled her eyes and said: "Huh. Look who thinks he's nothing."

Adam and Eve: Adam's first wife Lilith

TREY the Explainer, 7/16/19; Pat Macpherson, Sheldon S., Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


Who is Lilith? Adam’s first wife?
If the Patriarchs had their way...Barbie
Here is a video discussing the complex ancient history surrounding a biblical character named "Lilith." Let's answer the questions: Who was Lilith? Why is she forgotten? What did she mean to the Bible’s original authors? Get out your Dead Sea Scrolls for this detailed textual analysis of the biblical character. Please fact check what is said, as no expert, at the end of the day, is right all of the time, and Trey is not a bona fide "expert." He's just a guy who reads a lot, so check his sources. Look out for a Part II.

(Behind the Music) Documentary of 1997 Liltih Fair, women who rock
  • CITATIONS: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible by Karel van der Toorn and Pieter Willem van der Horst
  • De-Demonising the Old Testament: An Investigation of Azazel, Lilith, Deber, Qeteb and Reshef in the Hebrew Bible by Judit M. Blair
  • The Early History of God by Mark S. Smith
  • The Exodus by Richard Elliot Friedman
  • Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliot Friedman
  • Yahweh and the gods and goddesses of Canaan by John Day

When a family goes crazy (cartoon)

Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy); Seth Auberon, Sheldon S. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
What's negative ruins her joy, cluttering up her space, and not kindling joy, so it drives Mrs. Griffin mad, and the whole family pays for it, until they find her on Epiphany Bridge and she realizes it's better to LET IT BE and find joy in everything like Dad does until he starts living like a woman and then transitions.

Sharing is great merit (sutra)

John D. Ireland (trans.), Vagga Sutra (Itivuttaka 26) via accesstoinsight.org edited by Kelly Ani, Amber Larson, and Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly, July 21, 2019
The power of letting go (nongreed, offering, sharing, generosity, giving) is great merit.
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Merit pays in the world and in meditation!
This was said by the Buddha:

"Meditators, if beings knew what I know -- the result of giving and sharing -- they would not eat without first having shared (offered, given), nor would they allow the stain of greed (clinging, stinginess, selfishness, hoarding) to obsess them and take root in their minds.

"Even if it were their last morsel of food, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared it, if there were someone to share it with.

"However, meditators, because beings do not know what I know -- the result of giving and sharing -- they eat without having given, without having offered, and the stain of greed obsesses them and takes root in their minds."

So said the Great Sage:
If only being knew
How great is the fruit
The result of sharing
With a glad mind,
Cleansed of the stain of greed,
They would duly share with noble ones
Who make what is given karmically fruitful.

Having given much food as offerings
To those most worthy of offerings,
Donors go to fortunate destinations
On departing the human realm.
Having gone there they rejoice,
And enjoying the pleasures there,
The unselfish experience the results
Of generously sharing with others.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Beavis & Butthead in Water Safety (cartoon)

Mike Judge, Beavis & Butt-Head , S04E10 (MTV) via J. T. Allen; Eds., Wisdom Quarterly

In the Thai Buddhist Forest (video)

True Little Monk (rare documentary); Ajahn Chah (ajahnchah.org) via Ven. Sujato, Ellie Askew; Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
(True Little Monk) A look at Ajahn Chah's Int'l Buddhist Meditation Center in Thailand, Wat Pah Nanachat from Western eyes that have come to meditate and ordain as temporary monks.

Ajahn Chah feeds deer in Thai forest.
In the beginning, simply concentrate [allowing] the mind [to be] calm and peaceful.

Whether sitting in a chair, riding in a car, taking a boat ride, or wherever you find yourself, become proficient enough in meditation to be able to enter a state of peace [absorption] at will.

When getting on a train and sitting down, quickly bring the mind to a state of peace. Wherever we find ourselves, we can always sit. This level of proficiency indicates that we’re becoming familiar with the Path.

Investigate it. Utilize the power of this peaceful mind to investigate experience. At times it is what we see, at times what we hear, smell, taste, feel with the body, or feel and know in the heart.

Whatever sensory experience presents itself -- whether it is liked or not -- take that up for investigation and contemplation.

Simply know what you are experiencing -- without projecting meanings and interpretations onto those objects of sense awareness.

If it’s good/pleasant, just know that it’s good. If it’s bad/unpleasant, just know that it’s bad. This is conventional (consensus) reality. Virtuous or harmful, it’s all impermanent, disappointing (unfulfilling, dissatisfying), and impersonal/not-self.

It’s all undependable, none of it worthy of grasping or clunging.

FaceApp disaster: giving away data (video)

Ryan Scribner, 7/18/19; BuzzFeed; Fox News; Sheldon S., Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly



Russia's FaceApp has gone viral in the U.S. It's a photo-editing app that changes our race, gender, or ages us in photos using artificial intelligence (A.I.) making us look decades older or younger. What most are unaware of is the CATCH: written into the Terms of Service for this app is what we are giving away for Russia's data harvesting and use of our photos. FaceApp is collecting faces and names and locations of over 150 million people and many more to come if we upload the app.

(Rightwing Fox News) Raymond Arroyo sits down with Laura Ingraham

How to date in Ukraine (video)

AP; Conor Clyne Tsar Experience, 8/6/18; Sheldon S., Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


Reasons to NEVER date a Ukrainian
[How to date in Ukraine? Step 1: Find a fellow traveler, and have fun like you were back home...] In this video we learn another five reasons why a smart person would never want to date a gal from Ukraine. The original five reasons were not enough, so here are five more. Hey, Dummy, if you're going to do it anyway, have fun. And prepare:
Many thanks to all the Ukrainian females who appear in this video. Find them on Instagram 💃🏻👸🏼💃🏼👸🏻:
When you become disillusioned with beautiful, vacuous dates, why not visit Ukraine's Buddhist past alive today?

Buddhists seek new home in E.O. Christian village
AP Archive, Jan. 4, 2018
(Dec. 30, 2017) A small community of Buddhists are causing controversy among the residents of a tiny Ukrainian village where they have set up home. The Buddhists settled in the village after the war in eastern Ukraine forced them to leave their homes in Donetsk three years ago.

STORYLINE: This quiet, snowy road leads to the village of Krivopillya, deep in Ukraine's Carpathian mountains. The local community are Eastern Orthodox Christians, living a rural, conservative lifestyle. Unusually, a group of Buddhist monks have bought a house in the village, having fled the recent war in eastern Ukraine. As this is unorthodox in both senses, their arrival has caused a stir, with some locals even threatening to force them to leave.

"Everything that happened is connected with the Donbas and with war. Everything has started from there. I am from Donetsk, for example, and there we had the first Buddhist community in Ukraine, registered in Donetsk back in 1991. When war started, we just had to leave everything there," says Sergei Filonenko, a Buddhist monk.

The Buddhist community in Donetsk was established in 1991. They had their own temple and were starting to build a shrine in the city of Luhansk. But the war forced them to leave and seek shelter elsewhere. The monks thought that the Carpathian region, inhabited by Ukraine's Hutsul ethnic minority, would be an ideal place for meditation.

Their teacher, the Japanese monk Junsei Terasawa, gave them some money to establish a new house where Ukraine's Buddhists could pray and live. At first there were four of them, but now only Sergei Filonenko lives here permanently. Other worshipers visit Krivopillya during important Buddhist holidays.

"The Hutsuls are a little conservative society with deep Christian Orthodox traditions. But people everywhere are the same, they look at us to find out who we are. I hope that in time, they will understand what we are really doing here," says Filonenko.

Today, monks are visiting to celebrate one of the main holidays - the day of Buddha's enlightenment. Visiting Buddhists have travelled here from Dnipropetrovsk, Kiev, and Ivano-Frankovsk. They say they are hoping that the locals will come to accept that they have chosen the village as a legitimate place of worship.

"Locals do not understand us, because they think very superficially about things like faith. They do not perceive us well, because they think it is something totally different," says Buddhist Vasil Nastyuk.

The locals have mixed feelings about the new arrivals. For them, it is strange to hear the sound of chanting coming from the house at the edge of the village. Ivan Bondarik says some of the villagers were determined to drive the Buddhists away, but he is happy to have them because they are bringing more life to the village.

"Some were telling me, let's take weapons and kick them out of here. But I do not have the right to do so. They have bought the house, and I am even happy they have come here. Not many residents remain in the village. Before there were 12 houses, now only four," he says.

The Buddhists are hoping that, in time, the whole village may grow to accept their presence in these quiet snowy mountains.

Hoax or "DID WE GO?" to the Moon (video)

Aron Ranen (coasttocoastam.com); Griffith Observatory (laist); Editors, Wisdom Quarterly

Survey find 105 know U.S. gov't is lying. - Did we go to the Moon on Apollo 11?

Kids, thou shalt not question authority!
Aron Ranen has the brilliance to question and investigate, asking: "DID WE GO?" He made a documentary about it.

Of course, our government lies to us. They've been lying the whole time. That's what the CIA and the former Nazis of NASA are for. That does not, however, mean we did not go. Humans have been to the Moon, but Apollo missions were a hoax. What was found on the lunar surface and the interior? How did we get there then?

One thing's for sure, what we saw on TV and what we are shown now in retrospective movies are laughable film hoaxes, CGI, Stanley Kubrick's work, touch ups, masking, and more. We certainly go into space, but how we do it, with whose help, and what is there is kept from the public. Ask John Lear or the many whistleblowers the government can't stand are talking.

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John Lear says Moon cloaked with hologram
Wake up. Stop pretending to sleep!

This "silly" question may be what helps break through the mass of propaganda and deception if other "conspiracies" to keep the truth from us have not been enough. Remember, just because what we were shown is a transparent lie about what is on the Moon (Luna/Soma) does not mean we did not go and actually film the real trip.

Why it's called a "hoax" is because the whole world was shown the deception with so many errors and gaffs, it's a wonder anyone can take it seriously. YouTube is not censoring videos, questions, and search results because they want an actual debate and discussion with more than one side. It's the official government story, or you're on your own, you tin foil hat wearing numbskull. More

The official cover story event
  • "To Walk on the Moon: Past, Present, and Future"
  • Saturday, July 20 through July 24, 2019
  • Griffith Observatory
  • 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Griffith Park
FREE. In the summer of 1969, the Apollo 11 mission was launched into space and Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon. The observatory honors the 50th anniversary of both events with activities through July 24. The celebration peaks on Saturday with commemorative events and talks all day long. The Stations of the Apollo activity begins at 9:45 a.m. on the lawn, with several talks beginning at 11:00 a.m. "Conspiracy theorists" might be most interested in the 1:00 p.m. talk "Man on the Moon: Hoax or No Hoax"? More

Survey: More people say Moon landing a hoax

Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; Tim Binnall (C2C)

With the 50th anniversary of the fake Apollo moon landing of July 20th, a new survey asked Americans for their take on the controversial theory that the entire event was faked.

The "Moon Hoax Theory" has been a hot topic of conversation in recent weeks as part of the march toward today's celebration of the propaganda campaign that is the lunar landing.

How many people really believe in the outlandish idea that a box filled with more men than can fit in without space suits on and all covered in shower curtains and golden tin foil thrust rockets in a vacuum (which runs counter to physics) to land on an object not nearly as far away as we are told?

NASA trickery and deception, like all of the harnesses of zero gravity, filming in pools used for practice with a green screen as their backdrop, has been the subject of speculation. And a recent poll provides shocking proof that 10% of the American population polled has not been fooled!

According to the website Satellite Internet, which conducted a quick survey of only 500 Americans, 10% or 1 in 10 people polled indicated that they believe that the moon landing was FAKE.

Remarkably, this is a fairly considerable increase from the 6% who thought the moon landing was a hoax in a 1999 Gallop poll. It also seems to confirm concerns expressed by a NASA historian a few months ago that the theory was poised to become more popular as the memory of the propaganda campaign for the moon landing fades from people's memories who were exposed to it at the time and ever since. 

To that end, an intriguing demographic breakdown included in the survey found that the theory was most popular among young people aged 18 to 34, which constituted 18% of those aware of the government hoax.

Among individuals aged 54 and above, who should remember the propaganda they were exposed to about an event being shown on TV as if it were a live feed, 3% said they considered it FAKE.

Despite the best efforts of PR firms, compromised scientists, and official space historians to debunk evidence of the hoax, it appears these "clues" continue to resonate with those who see through the charade and know that the moon landing was fake.

Cited as their reasons for believing that it was fake, respondents pointed to the fake movement of the American flag when it was shown waving on the moon (41%), disbelief that the lunar atmosphere would allow for a footprint to be made (14%), suspicions that the Van Allen Radiation Belts would have killed the astronauts (12%), and curious multidirectional shadows (when the sun is said to have been the only source of light) in photographs from the event (10%). Unedited source

YouTube alternative BitChute: flat earth

BitChute; Eric Dubay (atlanteanconspiracy.com); Editors, Wisdom Quarterly, Wiki edit


BitChute is a video hosting service that uses peer-to-peer WebTorrent technology. It was founded as a way to avoid content rules that are enforced on platforms like YouTube, and some creators who have been banned or had their channels "demonetized" (barred from receiving advertising revenue) on YouTube have migrated to BitChute. The platform accommodates far-right individuals and conspiracy theorists[8]; the Southern Poverty Law Center accuses the site of hosting "hate-fueled material." More

What about Evolution and Darwin and the origins of life on Earth?

Lit Lit: Little Literary Fair (July 20-21)

Woman reads at bookstore in Buddhist Bangkok, Thailand (Candida NG/AFP/Getty).
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Wait, Los Angeles has culture? Who knew?
The Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) and Hauser & Wirth Publishers team up for a two-day book fair that celebrates indie publishers, booksellers, makers, and bibliophiles. Vendors from Los Angeles and beyond (including Angel City Press, Red Hen Press, and X Artists' Books) will be on hand to present their works. Attend book signings. LITLIT brings together the eclectic contemporary in publishing, creating a unique opportunity for independent publishers to offer a range of books, while sharing their missions with Angelenos of all stripes. Presented in partnership with the 2019 LARB Publishing Workshop, LITLIT is an exciting addition to the landscape of summer activities for the culturally curious. Programming throughout the weekend will include interviews and panel discussions with publishers, authors, artists, and community organizers. More
  • Lit Lit: The Little Literary Fair
  • Sat., July 20-Sun. July 21, 11:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles
  • 901 E. 3rd St., Downtown L.A.
  • COST: FREE admission