Wednesday, December 4, 2019

What's a clit? Cliteracy: TED Talk (video)

Sophia Wallace, TEDxSalford; Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


Cliteracy | Sophia Wallace | TEDx Talk
(TEDx Talks, 7/15) Artist Sophia Wallace talks about "Cliteracy," a critically-acclaimed project addressing citizenship and body sovereignty using the medium of text-based objects, unauthorized street installations, and interactive sculptural forms. The subject? The vagina's clitoris, the most sensitive part of the human body.


This is an anatomically-correct clitoris.
Sophia Wallace is an American conceptual artist and photographer. Through the use of images, video, and mixed media, she explores alterity.

Wallace’s focus is how otherness is constructed visually on the gendered, sexualized, racialized human body.

Wallace has presented her work in major exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, including Kunsthalle Wien Museum, Art Basel Miami, Scope NY, Taschen Gallery, and Aperture Gallery, among others.

She was awarded PDN's Curator Award, Critic's Pick by the Griffin Museum, American Photography AP-25, and ArtSlant's Showcase Award.

I didn't know I was clit-illiterate.
Her work has been reviewed in BLOUIN Art Info, The New Yorker, Salon, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Hyperallergic, and Bitch Magazine, among other publications.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED Conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx.

What is the "mystery" of female genitals and orgasm? It's taboo! Be ashamed (Hobbithills)

Road Trip Across America, CA to NY (video)

Unclecoolie Productions, Sept. 8, 2017; Sheldon S., Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


California to New York: A Complete Road Trip
This is a complete road trip compilation from Santa Monica, California, to New York City over eight days from June to September, 2017 -- all recorded in time-lapse at 4 frames per second (nearly 100,000 frames in all).

Of the 3,253 miles (5,235 kms) driven, only 3 miles of this trip is missing, mostly in Colorado near Poncha Springs. Nearly all of this drive was done by day, but there are about 10 minutes done in the dark in Arizona (1:00:00 to 1:10:00). The weather was good for the most part, except between Pennsylvania and the Bronx, before clearing up in Manhattan.

This trip also includes driving through the solar eclipse of August 21 in Nebraska (~3:30:00), as well as driving over the old Tappan Zee Bridge in upstate New York, which permanently closed a month later with the opening of the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge adjacent to it.
  • The states passed through are
  • California (0:00:35-0:40:54)
  • Arizona (0:40:54-1:40:26)
  • New Mexico (1:40:26-1:41:09)
  • Colorado (1:41:09-3:07:17)
  • Nebraska (3:07:17-3:51:05)
  • Iowa (3:51:05-4:24:17)
  • Illinois (4:24:17-4:50:42)
  • Indiana (4:50:42-5:10:51)
  • Ohio (5:10:51-5:39:13)
  • West Virginia (5:39:13-5:40:48 & 5:47:09-5:51:52)
  • Pennsylvania (5:40:48-5:47:09 & 6:04:43-6:32:49)
  • Maryland (5:51:52-6:04:43)
  • New York (6:32:49-6:50:03)
The highest elevation of the drive was 11,539 feet (3,517 meters) at 2:28:10. The highest elevation anywhere on the U.S. interstate system is 11,158 ft. (3,401 ms) at 2:33:41. Both of these elevations are two of the three continental divide crossings; the other, at 2:04:38 (10,856 ft./3,309 ms), is the first.

The hottest temperature of this trip was 110 F (43 C) in Needles, California (at 0:40:16), and the coldest temperature of this trip was 53 F (11 C) in Tusayan, Arizona (1:10:04) -- about 230 miles (370 kms) apart.

Here is the compilation of New York to California:

Truth about the First Thankstaking (video)

FNX TV, Nov. 29, 2017; Xochitl, Pat Macpherson, Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
THE MYTH of the First Thanksgiving we are taught is all a lie (New York Times)


Smoke Signals: Why the Story of Thanksgiving is a Lie
The history and truth behind the first "Thanksgiving" -- which we should actually call the first "Thankstaking" -- and why the MYTH of Puritans/Pilgrims and Wampanoag/Indians should never have been taught to American school children. What if there were a Native American Heritage Day instead of our current National Day of Mourning?

Sources:

How the "USA" began: Pilgrims at Plymouth?

CrashCourse (US History #2); Scholastic.com; Xochitl, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


Colonizing America: Who were the first Settlers, and when is Thanksgiving?
John Green teaches us about the (English) colonies in what is now the "United States of America."

He covers the first permanent English colony at Jamestown, Virginia [not Plymouth, Massachusetts], the various theocracies in Massachusetts, the feudal kingdom in Maryland, and even a bit about the spooky lost colony at Roanoke Island.

What were the English doing in America, anyway? Lots of stuff. In Virginia, the Colonists [under British colonial rule] were largely there to extract (steal) resources and make money.

In Maryland, the idea was to create a a colony for Catholics who wanted to be serfs of the Lords Baltimore.

In Massachusetts the "Pilgrims," who were never called that except by one writer, and Puritans (who never called themselves that at all) came to America to find a place where they could freely persecute those who didn't share their religious beliefs. But there was a strong profit motive in Massachusetts as well.

Profits were thin at first, and so were the colonists. Trouble growing food and trouble with the Natives kept the early colonies from success. Before long though, the Colonists started cultivating addictive tobacco, which was a financial win for everyone involved except for the lung cancer.

So kick back, light up a smoke, and learn how America became profitable. Don't smoke, though! That was a joke. Turn on the captions; you'll like them!

Hey teachers and students, check out CommonLit's free collection of reading passages and curriculum resources to learn more about the events of this episode. Modern Native Americans have varied perspectives on Thanksgiving and the start of European invasion/colonization in America. 

Chuck Larsen's Plymouth Thanksgiving Story reveals a new native and anthropological take on the famous first Thanksgiving meal.



Field trip to Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth
Let's see "America's hometown." This trip features invading English Pilgrims Settlers and Wampanoag, "The People of the Morning," Native inhabitants. discussing their lives, their eventual collaboration, and the imaginary "First Thanksgiving." For Thanksgiving lesson plans and teaching instruments that stick to the feelgood official American propaganda story, visit scholastic.com.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Himalayas: Visit to Buddhist Bhutan (video)

Yes Theory, Dec 1, 2019; Amber Larson, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


Traveling to the Happiest Country in the World

(Seekdiscomfort.com) What country is the happiest in the world? Well, after hearing from many traveler friends that it might be the last Buddhist Himalayan kingdom in the world, Bhutan, I had to go see it for myself. I am personally on a mission to understand the basic parameters of joy and happiness, so going on a trip like this is a dream come true. Where should we travel to next? Thank you to Bhutan Peaceful Tours for hosting. Want to join the Yes Fam Facebook group, which is 100,000+ of our most engaged and badass community members? Apply.

Kamala Harris drops out! Time for recall?

Seth Auberon, Crystal Quintero, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly, announced by Angel (KPFK)


May I please be your VP candidate, Mr. Biden?
Right-leaning lawyer and Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris is a disgusting example of what it takes for social minorities -- women, African Americans, Native Americans -- to advance in society today: SELL OUT.

This aggressive prosecutor shot to fame as a symbol of hope in Congress that things were getting better. But she soon proved in debate after debate that she is part of the problem.

F all of you then! Harris may face lawsuit.
Today she quit like a quitter, as she was losing staff to multi-billionaire Bloomberg, the newest Democratic candidate to try to buy the race. Staff are now jumping off her sinking boat, and she wants to slink away -- after soldier and Congressperson Tulsi Gabbard excoriated and humiliated her in public for her abuses and criminal misconduct as California attorney general.

Hope it wasn't anything I said ;) (tulsi2020.com)
Should Kamala Harris be recalled? Or should she be allowed to return to invisibility? (The Invisible Woman: Just ask dimwit Joe Biden, who could not remember her election even as she stood next to him). Is it enough that she merely drops out of a primary race she's botched and lost? We think California, our state, should recall her from office, as she is no representative of ours.

Banned TED Talk: The Science Delusion (video)

Sheldrake at TEDx via Tom Huston; Pat Macpherson, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


Banned TEDx Talk: The Science Delusion: Rupert Sheldrake
The Science Delusion (US)
(TEDx Whitechapel) TED's Chris Anderson censored Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D., along with Graham Hancock, and removed this video and Hancock's talk from the TEDx YouTube channel. Why? They dared question scientific orthodoxy. For that they have been publicly castigated and defamed. Follow this link for TED's dubious statement on the matter (and the many comments appropriately critical of TED's rationale). Presumably TED disavows any copyright claim, as they've disavowed association with the videos.

THE "BIG BANG" IS A LIE
(London Real) Science's faith: Give us one free miracle, and we'll explain the rest.


BIO: RUPERT SHELDRAKE, Ph.D. (born June 28, 1942) is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books. A former research fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honors degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize. He then studied philosophy and history of science at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox fellow, before returning to Cambridge, where he earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry. As a fellow at Clare College, Cambridge, he was director of studies in biochemistry and cell biology. As the Rosenheim research fellow of the Royal Society, he carried out research on the development of plants and the aging of cells in the Department of Biochemistry at Cambridge University.

While at Cambridge, together with Philip Rubery, he discovered the mechanism of polar auxin transport, the process by which the plant hormone auxin is carried from the shoots towards the roots.

From 1968 to 1969, based in the Botany Department of the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, he studied rainforest plants. From 1974 to 1985 he was principal plant physiologist and consultant physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, where he helped develop new cropping systems now widely used by farmers. While in India, he also lived for a year and a half at the ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths in Tamil Nadu, where he wrote his first book, A New Science of Life.

From 2005-2010 he was the director of the Perrott-Warrick Project funded by Trinity College, Cambridge. He is a fellow of Schumacher College in Dartington, Devon, a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences near San Francisco, and a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut.

He lives in London with his wife, Jill Purce, and two sons. He has appeared on many TV programs in Britain and abroad, and was one of the participants (along with Stephen Jay Gould, Daniel Dennett, Oliver Sacks, Freeman Dyson, and Stephen Toulmin) on a TV series called "A Glorious Accident," shown on PBS channels throughout the USA. He has often taken part in BBC and other radio programs. He has written for newspapers such as The Guardian, where he had a regular monthly column, The Times, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Times Educational Supplement, Times Higher Education Supplement, and Times Literary Supplement, and has contributed to a variety of magazines, including New Scientist, Resurgence, The Ecologist, and The Spectator.

Books by Rupert Sheldrake:
  • A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Formative Causation (1981). New edition 2009 (in the US published as Morphic Resonance)
  • The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature (1988)
  • The Rebirth of Nature: The Greening of Science and God (1992)
  • Seven Experiments That Could Change the World: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Revolutionary Science (1994) (winner of the Book of the Year Award from the British Institute for Social Inventions)
  • Dogs That Know When Their Owners are Coming Home, and Other Unexplained Powers of Animals (1999) (winner of the Book of the Year Award from the British Scientific and Medical Network)
  • The Sense of Being Stared At, And Other Aspects of the Extended Mind (2003)
  • The Science Delusion (2012, published in the U.S. as Science Set Free)

Greta Thunberg sails to Spain for COP25

AP.org via mail.com, Dec. 3, 2019; Crystal Q., Sheldon S. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
The chair of the two-week COP25 climate summit attended by nearly 200 countries warned at its opening Monday Dec. 2, 2019 that those refusing to adjust to the planet's rising temperatures "will be on the wrong side of history."

I hate Trump and everyone like him! Rrrgh
MADRID, Spain — The United Nations Climate Talks in Madrid are on. Angry, autistic climate activist Greta Thunberg has arrived by catamaran in the port of Lisbon after a three-week voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from the United States.

You all are idiots robbing me of my future!
The pissed off Swedish teen arrived in the port of the Portuguese capital on Tuesday and was sailing toward the quay, before heading to neighboring Spain to attend the U.N. Climate Change Conference taking place in Madrid, Spain.

Thunberg was to be met in Lisbon by local dignitaries and other activists. She hitched a renewable-energy ride from the United States, joining an Australian family on their 48-foot (15-meter) yacht.

She wanted a low-carbon form of transport to get to the climate meeting, which was switched at short notice to Spain from Chile due to unrest there. More

Monday, December 2, 2019

Did we really land at Plymouth Rock? (video)

Moonanum James of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe of Gay Head (HuffPost, Nov. 22, 2017); Wrighta887 (storyboardthat.com); Xochitl, Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

The ridiculous European invader version we tell ourselves (storyboardthat.com)
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Why Native Americans observe a "National Day of Mourning" for Thanksgiving
Did "the Pilgrims" land on Plymouth Rock?
(HuffPost) For indigenous communities, "Thanksgiving" is a grievous reminder of loss. HuffPost visited Plymouth, Massachusetts, to speak to Moonanum James with the United American Indians of New England for the annual National Day of Mourning. The goal is to get the history right in spite of the government propaganda we are annually fed.

Fallacy of "official" history
Walt Disney Nazi German propaganda reel.
Pilgrims Disaffected separatists left the Church of England. They boarded the Mayflower and headed for Plymouth but reached Cape Cod. They signed the Mayflower Compact [the first governmental document]....

The time of the formation of the Church of England was a time of angry men and women and, whereas some were okay with these religious changes, others sought to escape. In the end, many English left for Holland, in the Netherlands.

Thou shalt not question history!
Unwelcome European immigrant-aliens faced their first winter here. For English Settlers, the trip to [a fully inhabited] America was an awful journey.

One of the many things that went wrong was that their boat, the Mayflower, went off course, landing them in Cape Cod. As winter was fast approaching, they docked on Cape Cod. Squanto helped them [survive].

[The new Settlers gave thanks for a massacre of 700 Natives -- and this is celebrated as Thanksgiving. This "thanks" came in the form of invasion, disease, squatting on stolen land, a slow genocide of men, women, and children, enslaving Natives, and introducing the foreign concept of land ownership to justify it all]. More

The Way of Zen Buddhism: Japan (video)

The Way of.. (video); Ioanna Salajan; CC Liu, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Pierre Brouwers has travelled the length and breadth of the largest of the islands forming Japan: Honshu. He has done so to provide an in-depth discovery of the “Land of the Rising Sun.”

Cities like Kyoto and Hiroshima are fascinating for their history. Everywhere, traditions are carefully preserved, especially when it comes to the country's many festivals. But these days robots have largely replaced workers on car assembly lines, and the younger generations lap up innovations of the 21st century. The population, one of the world’s densest, finds its balance in the words wisdom and harmony, never forgetting the word that is the key to it all: ZEN.
  • Zen Comics (Ioanna Salajan)
    KYOTO: Golden Pavilion, temples and palaces. Tea ceremony. The Jidai Matsuri Festival. Kyudo, and archers. The station.
  • TAKAYAMA: the autumn festival. Chayano Tuff. Kamikochi Park. Ogimatchi.
  • KANAZAWA: painting on lacquer. The districts of geishas and samurais. The 21st century museum. Chihirama Beach.
  • HIROSHIMA: The A-bomb dome. The Museum for Peace. The sacred island of Miyajima. Shipyards. Car plant.
  • KOYA: temples, monks, and cemetery.
  • NAOSHIMA. Shinkansen. Air photography.

Sex at Dawn: Prehistoric Origins of Sex

Chris Ryan, Cacilda Jetha (amazon); Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

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Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships
Sex at Dawn challenges conventional wisdom about sex in a big way. By examining the prehistoric origins of human sexual behavior the authors are able to expose the fallacies and weaknesses of standard theories proposed by most experts. This is a provocative, entertaining, and pioneering book. I learned a lot from it and recommend it highly.”
— Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D.

Sex at Dawn irrefutably shows that what is obvious — that human beings, both male and female, are lustful — is true, and has always been so…. The more dubious its evidentiary basis and lack of connection with current reality, the more ardently the scientific inevitability of monogamy is maintained — even as it falls away around us.”
— Dr. Stanton Peele, Ph.D.

Wanna take a look? Or wanna read comics?
This is a controversial, idea-driven book that challenges everything (we think) we know about sex, monogamy, marriage, and family.

In the words of Steve Taylor (The Fall, Waking From Sleep), Sex at Dawn is “a wonderfully provocative and well-written book which completely re-evaluates human sexual behavior and gets to the root of many of our social and psychological ills.”

Monogamy?
Original hardcover release
In this thought-provoking book, renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá debunk almost everything we “know” about sex.

They weave together convergent, frequently overlooked evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality to show how far from human nature monogamy really is.

Author Christopher Ryan, Ph.D.
In Sex at Dawn, the authors expose the ancient roots of human sexuality while pointing toward a more optimistic future illuminated by our innate capacities for love, cooperation, and generosity.

“The single most important book on human sexuality since Alfred Kinsey’s Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.”
– Dan Savage, author of the Savage Love column

Back cover to paperback
“Challenges conventional wisdom about sex in a big way. Provocative, entertaining, and pioneering.”
– Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Spontaneous Healing & Natural Health, Natural Medicine
“Paradigm-shifting.”
– Dr. Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., psychologist and parapsychologist

Sex at Dawn has helped me understand myself and the world so much more clearly.”
– Ilana Glazer, co-creator of Broad City More

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BOOK REVIEW: "Sex at Dawn" (video)

Goodreads.com; co-authors Dr. Christopher Ryan, Ph.D. and Dr. Cacilda Jetha, MD, Idea City; Ana Kasparian (The Young Turks); Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Co-author couple at Angkor Wat Buddhist temple complex, Cambodia (chrisryanphd.com)
Authors of Sex at Dawn Dr. Christopher Ryan, Ph.D. and Dr. Cacilda Jetha, M.D. reject the "standard narrative" of human monogamy through history. Instead, they look to our prehistoric ancestors and close primate relatives, like the bonobos, to propose a different idea of sexual relationships.
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Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species.

Mainstream science -- as well as religious and cultural institutions -- has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But that narrative is collapsing.

Fewer and fewer couples are getting married, and divorce rates keep climbing as adultery and flagging libido drag down even seemingly solid marriages.



Co-author couple (chrisryanphd.com)
How can reality be reconciled with the accepted narrative? It can't be, according to renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan [Shame Exorcist] and Cacilda Jethá [sexatdawn.com]. While debunking almost everything we "know" about sex, they offer a bold alternative explanation in this provocative and brilliant book.

They are a couple of 12+ years.
Dr. Ryan and Dr. Jethá's central contention is that human beings evolved in egalitarian groups that shared food, child care, and, often, sexual partners.

Weaving together convergent, frequently overlooked evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality, the authors show how far from human nature monogamy really is.

Human beings everywhere and in every era have confronted the same familiar, intimate situations in surprisingly different ways. The authors expose the ancient roots of human sexuality while pointing toward a more optimistic future illuminated by our innate capacities for love, cooperation, and generosity.

With intelligence, humor, and wonder, Ryan and Jethá show how our promiscuous past haunts our struggles over monogamy, sexual orientation, and family dynamics. They explore:
  • why long-term fidelity can be so difficult for so many;
  • why sexual passion tends to fade even as love deepens;
  • why many middle-aged men risk everything for transient affairs with younger women;
  • why homosexuality persists in the face of standard evolutionary logic; and
  • what the human body reveals about the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality.
In the tradition of the best historical and scientific writing, Sex at Dawn unapologetically upends unwarranted assumptions and unfounded conclusions while offering a revolutionary understanding of why we live and love as we do. More

Saturday, November 30, 2019

It's snowing in Los Angeles (video)

CBS 2 Los Angeles; VOA; Sheldon S., Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
The City of Los Angeles is surrounded by tall, snowy mountains of Los Angeles County.
Heavy snow shuts down 5 Freeway through the Grapevine on Thanksgiving, steady rainfall continues across urban and suburban Los Angeles with snow falling in the local foothills and surrounding mountains.

(VOA) Northern LA mountains, Angeles National Forest, covered in snow

Slayer: Final Campaign, LA Forum (LIVE)

Nicki Tedesco (YouTube/live simulcast); Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


Slayer: The Final Campaign LIVE in Los Angeles at The Forum
Slayer! (Beavis & Butthead)
(Streamed live, midnight, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2019) Join Nicki Tedesco and her subscribers LIVE as we anticipate the arrival of Slayer to the stage for their final concert ever.

Streaming starts way before they start, so the concert does not begin until 12 minutes in. Thank you to all for chatting and thanking me for standing completely still during a Slayer concert to bring you all this footage.

(bunte-ansichten.de) Final 15 minutes of show and goodbye from Slayer

WARNING: Flashing lights may induce seizures! If you're triggered by hearing me enjoy myself and laugh while cussing and waiting 12 minutes for Slayer to start, then go to another channel or go to the concert. This video was made for my subscribers and we chat between songs. If you enjoyed this, I am so glad I could bring you along!

What do heavy rockers want to say? (video)

Dead Kennedys; Dave Mustaine, Alex Jones (Ken Ammi/truefreethinker.com); Wisdom Quarterly
(DKs) Everyone should know what the Dead Kennedys sing. They know and they joke about it.

Dead Kennedys Bedtime for Democracy tee
Alex Jones talks with Megadeth front man (and former Metallica member) Dave Mustaine about conspiracies, Christianity, hypo[critical]christians, and what's really going on. Why did the CIA/LBJ assassinate U.S. Pres. JFK? He wanted to pull our currency out of the private Federal Reserve banking system, the "Moneychangers," and put the right to print money back in our government's hands. The powers that be weren't going to stand for that. They were already mad at him for threatening to end their very profitable War on Vietnam. Mustaine wanted to record with the Dead Kennedys when singer/genius Jello Biafra shot him down for recording with war profiteers/music publishers. Mustaine had no idea the warmongers were now in the music business. So much for any real "rebels" or "rebellion" coming out of commercial rock. Expect more pop candy and hedonism.

Space aliens built Buddhist temples? (video)

Disclose Truth TV (DTTV Docs, 3/19); Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson, Wisdom Quarterly


Ellora Caves: The Mind-Boggling Rock-Cut Buddhist Temples of India
Rock-cut Buddha statues in Ajanta cave
There were no caves here to begin with. How are we to comprehend the 100+ artificial Ellora caves and Ajanta caves? How were they built? By space-devas?

Somehow the massive Ellora complex of publicly visible 34 unique structures has been magically cut out of pure rock, into the side of a mountain, without the use of "modern" technology. This construction would be difficult if not impossible to replicate today.


This never-before-seen documentary closely looks at the intricate Buddhist temple and suggests — as have many archaeologists on the ground — that thousands of years ago, ancient cultures were far more advanced and sophisticated than scholars are generally willing to give them credit for. Who handed them that level of technology?

We call them "caves" but they are much more
What baffles experts at Ellora is the incredible precision, not possible by hand, and extensive layout of the design imposed on the rock. It is plausible that whoever or whatever built these caves was using unknown advanced ancient-alien technology.

Cave 16, the magnificent Kailasa Temple, is notable for being the largest monolithic structure in the world! It was carved out of a single rock.

Friday, November 29, 2019

How to deal with family: meditation (Dec. 5)

Ananda (Dharma Meditation Initiative), Dhr. Seven, Ellie Askew (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


Our family is the second worst family ever.
"My family drives me crazy!" What can I do or what can anyone do? The Buddha had three answers:
  1. mindfulness (sati)
  2. forgiveness (khanti)
  3. deeds (karma). 
Ahh, noting can bother me now.
We'll talk about the first two and leave the why (Number 3) out of it. This is about being proactive and doing something right now for immediate results.

Meditators seek truth. Our quest is to see for ourselves, not just to hear nice words, ideas, and smart answers to life's problems. So we'll undertake to practice guided visualization, serenity meditation, mindful walking, and the cultivation of boundless loving-kindness (metta). Followed by sharing, discussion and vegan refreshments. Free/by donation. Suitable for beginners. More
  • "How to deal with family: mindfulness and forgiveness"
  • Dharma Meditation Initiative, Los Angeles
  • 150 N. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103
  • Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM