repost: 人生的答卷,無法更改,也無法重來

Written by Frank M. Lin 3/24/2017 4:10 am @ El Cerrito, California – Just spent 2 nights at my uncle’s house in El Cerrito Hills.  The last time I slept in this area was probably pre-2008 actually.  I didn’t realize it while growing up but El Cerrito is a very nice suburban area to San Francisco.  Psychically it is not that far away to the city!!  But traffic on I-80 can be terrible though…  The house I grew up in is quite unique because it is with on the border of El Cerrito and Richmond.  Our address list us in Richmond and the main house is on the Richmond side but we have a detached garage and it is physically in El Cerrito.  🙂  Pretty cool right?  Ha ha ha…

PS, I haven’t translated this short article to English yet.  It is about life lesson derived from practicing Chinese Calligraphy.  If any reader wants me to translate it simply let me know and I will get this one done since it will only take me like 5-10 minutes anyway.  But I’m about to leave to drive to Fremont to play 5 am bball so, see y’all later!!

Source: http://www.read-life.com/2015/12/24/admin-1723/

人生的答卷,無法更改,也無法重來

Posted: 十二月 24, 2015

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人生沒有草稿

小時候,父親讓我向一位老先生學書法,用廢舊報紙練字多年,可自己一直沒有大的進步。

老先生對父親說:「如果你讓娃兒用最好的紙來寫,可能會寫得更好。」

從此以後,父親就按照他說的去做了。果然,我的字大有長進。

問其原因,老先生說,因為你用舊報紙寫字的時候,總感覺是在打草稿,即使寫得不好也無所謂,以後還有機會,所以就不能完全專心。而用最好的紙,你就會感覺機會的珍貴,有一種很正式的心態,從而也就比平常練習時更加專心、用心去寫,所以字也就能夠寫好。

多年以後,驀然回首自己走過的人生路程,確實有草稿上練字的那種心態,以至於使許多願望沒能實現。

其實就是因為曾經以為自己還是來日方長,所以才一次次地失去難得的機遇,白白地浪費了一張又一張的人生好紙。

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老是在以一種「打草稿」的心態做事,只是把生活裏的許多事情當成演習,而不是真刀真槍的實戰,所以就沒有完全發揮出自己的潛能和專長,更沒有全力以赴地去做事,結果就可想而知了。

許多時候,我們老是在犯這樣的錯誤,總把希望寄託在明天,不珍惜生命;對人生就像寫字一樣,往往不注重字寫得怎樣,而只是看花費了多少紙。

生命不應該打草稿,而現實的生活,其實也不會給我們打草稿的機會,因為我們所認為的草稿,其實就已經是我們人生的答卷,無法更改,也無法重來,所以我們要珍惜每一次機會,認真對待每一天。

別讓生命再打草稿,用行動奉獻一份愛意給你周圍的人,你的生命價值便得到了延伸!
用你的目光呵護道旁的每一株無名小花,你的生命就是原野上的一株大樹!

用你的心靈去感應樹上的每一片綠葉,你的生命從此便獲得了安寧與清靜。

 

作者:佚名

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repost: 我是醫師,我不要被插鼻胃管

Posted by Frank M. Lin 3/21/2017 4:13 am @ San Francisco, California – A very nice article by a doctor talking about the sickness (of the mind) of Taiwanese people.  Lot of old people are getting unnecessary life prolonging healthy services that adds nothing but pain.  There is a point when the quality of life is bad enough it simply isn’t worth it for the elders to put up with the pain.  They’ve lived a long enough life let them die with dignity and pain free.  Lot of Taiwanese people way too much about what other people think.  They are afraid to lose face.  They learn to learn not to give a fuck about what other people think.  I’m the best at that lol.  I don’t even give a shit about what my dad or my siblings think anymore.  It’s my life I live how I wanna live.  I live free now.

Source: 我是醫師,我不要被插鼻胃管-醫病平台-康健名家觀點

我是醫師,我不要被插鼻胃管

作者:醫病平台(陽明大學附設醫院醫師—陳秀丹)2017.02.06

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九十歲的老太太三度中風,無法行走,終日臥床,這半年來插著鼻胃管灌食,老太太前不久因肺炎住院兩週,出院不到三天就又因發燒被送到急診室,胸部X光片呈現肺炎,開始她最近四個月來的第三次入院。

第一次看到這位病人,只見她的雙手被綁著,很激動一直要去扯鼻胃管,甚至連腳都扭動起來。老太太的兒子對我說,她在家裏就是這樣,一不小心,鼻胃管就會被扯掉,把手綁起來是不得已的。我試探性的問了這個兒子,「如果是您自己,您要這樣插著鼻胃管,然後被綁手嗎?如果是我,當我吞不下,我就要死了,我不要被插鼻胃管。」兒子說:「最好不要插,但這也是沒辦法的事呀!一個人不能吃,就沒有營養,沒有營養會死吔,總不能看著媽媽活活被餓死吧?醫師,沒有鼻胃管,怎麼可以呢?」

結果,這個病人住院三天中自拔二次鼻胃管,就在第二次自拔管路當下,我剛好走進病房,我說:「鼻胃管不見了!」,只見媳婦冷眼的對著外籍看護說:「妳是怎麼顧的?」,可憐的看護說:「我就要翻身,才鬆綁,她就自拔了。」好令人心酸的場景,但這樣的場景、類似的對話,每日不斷地在臺灣各地上演著,這是一個講究孝順的國度嗎?

當一個人退化到吞嚥有困難時,液體(水)是最容易嗆到的,當情況退化更嚴重,口水也會嗆到,而口水二十四小時都在分泌,如何去防止病人嗆到?這已經不是鼻胃管或經皮胃造瘻所能預防的,因此即便有了鼻胃管或胃造瘻,吸入性肺炎還是無法避免。這就是這類病人會反覆肺炎入院的原因。

如果病人是暫時無法經口進食,短暫的使用鼻胃管灌食是可行的,但如果是退化中的老人,那就得仔細想一想,如果病人自己願意插管,那沒話說,如果他(她)不願意,我們麼可以強迫他們被插管,甚至將他們的手綁起來呢?在加護病房裏,曾經有一位九十多歲的老先生向我哭訴:「醫師,我又沒有做壞事,為什麼把我綁起來?」被插鼻胃管的病人吃下的食物,沒有經過味蕾的品嚐,無法感受到食物的酸甜苦辣,他們常說:「醫師,我都沒吃。」

尊重生活品質與生命尊嚴的國家,退化的老人不會被插鼻胃管,照顧者會細心地、慢慢地進行餵食,如果真的不行了,不會強迫灌食,然後老人就順著生命自然的軌道,離開人間,展開另一段靈性之旅。

歐洲有一個國家花了二十年的時間去扭轉該國插鼻胃管、或臨終打點滴的習慣,他們主張──「無久病臥床的老人!」。芬蘭的國家政策是希望國人死前二個禮拜才臥床,國家花了很多錢在做預防保健,在做預防骨質疏鬆、預防跌倒,期望其國人有健康的老人生活。臺灣剛好相反,花了很多的錢在已經倒地的病人身上。在歐美澳等國,他們不會為無法自然進食的臥床老人插鼻胃管,或採取經腸道營養等延命措施,他們認為,人終有一死,如果讓老人家這樣延長死亡的時間,反而讓其人權與尊嚴受損,是倫理不容的壞事。

老天讓我們生下來,老天也給了我們很好的退場機制。當人老到不能吃、病到不能吃,此時身體呈現相對脫水狀態,腦內嗎啡的生成量會增加;心、肺衰竭,二氧化碳無法排出,這也會造成所謂的二氧化碳昏迷;肝衰竭時,阿摩尼亞的代謝出問題,會產生肝性腦昏迷;這些都能讓人們可以較舒服地離開人世間,這是老天的恩賜,只是現在的醫療卻忘了老天給我們人類最好的退場機制。

天下雜誌曾經與393公民平台合作,調查臺灣臨終前的醫療現況,結果發現許多「另類的臺灣第一」,無效醫療非常的氾濫。

臺灣有超過5成的醫師為了避免醫療糾紛而實施無效醫療

什麼叫「無效醫療」?也就是這個醫療再也沒有辦法達到醫療「增進病人健康或減少傷害」的目的。無效的醫療分「質的無效」與「量的無效」。「質的無效」是再繼續處置下去,病人仍然處在一種無意識狀態,或是再繼續處置下去,病人仍然會死亡,這是所謂「質的無效」。「量的無效」是假設過去的案例有100個,我們用這個方式繼續救治,病人仍然會死,這就是所謂「量的無效」。

事實上,臺灣加護病房的密度全世界第一,這並不是臺灣人的驕傲,臺灣很多人要死之前,會被送到加護病房走一遭,這是非常突兀的事。臺灣長期依靠呼吸器維生人數是美國的5.8倍,美國的人口數是我們的十幾倍,可是我們呼吸器依賴的人數竟然這麼多,這令我非常憂心。

現代的社會,孩子生的少,年輕人生活壓力很大,試想,一對中年夫妻,當他們面對雙方家長的老病,以及自己所要撫養的子女,所要付的房貸,如果財力不夠雄厚,你叫他們如何過活?臺灣的健保給付無效益的醫療,這助長了許多的老人被現代化的醫療無情的殘害。

在臺灣,您可以見到許多的臥床老人,全身攣縮、多處壓傷,插著鼻胃管、氣切管、導尿管,甚至意識昏迷還在使用呼吸器、還在洗腎的癌末病人…。這些對外國人而言,簡直是無法理解。

亞里布維曾說:「生命的意義不在於時間的長短,而在思想行動力的衡量。」,人活著不只是為了維持一口氣, 能感受生命的美好才是真正的活著。放下心中的執念,讓生命回歸正常的軌道,不做生命的延畢生,人生大戲才精彩。

真正的愛是「給愛的人沒煩惱,被愛的人沒痛苦」; 孝順兩個字,「順」沒做到,怎能說是孝順?因此,如果老人家不願意被插鼻胃管,那就順他的意思吧!沒有鼻胃管,當然可以,因為沒有一個人帶著鼻胃管來到人世間。

我是醫師,我向大眾宣誓,我不要被插鼻胃管,我要美美地死去;期待十年後的臺灣沒有被捆綁的老人,我衷心的期盼。

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PSA: Athanasius Kircher – Planetary Talisman – Occult Artwork

OMG WTF BBQ!! 3/21/2017 1:34 am – This guy is amazing.  I’m going to have to read up more about him.  I’ve never heard of him before…  he was into literally everything!!  Look at his principal work the word prolific comes to mind.  A true renaissance man.  I’m glad to hear 400 years later people are now finding him interesting.  I certainly am!!  I bet nobody knows him at all in China or Taiwan.  🙂

Written by Frank M. Lin 3/21/2017 1:12 am @ San Francisco, California – Just woke up from a nice deep sleep session.  Slept from 10:40 pm to 12:20 am…  I balled indoor today from 1:30 pm to 6 pm.  Cardio is 80% back now and my shots are about 75% back.  Dribbling is about 65% back.  Feeling great.  If I don’t dye my hair black I have lots of white/grey hair and look pretty old from the back.  Lot of kids are calling me OG player now lol lol.  If I dye my hair black I still can pass to be in late 20’s especially if I am clean shaven.  Anyways…

Back in October or so I was offered a free psychic reading online.  Well I’m a sucker for free stuff so I went ahead and got a reading.  To my surprise it was actually quite accurate .  The psychic then asked to do a detailed reading for $39.  I was thinking hmm not too expensive.  So why not?  I was given a month to month prediction for about a year.  Again, it was eerie in its accuracy…  so I’ve been giving the psychic some additional money every now and then for continued reading and psychic work.  Kinda just for fun and see where it would lead me…  so she was giving me some symbols she called Lunar Talismans.  I shared couple of them on my facebook before.  The other day I decided to google search the mages and I found out there are legit talismans done back in the 1600’s by Athanasius Kircher.  I never heard of him before but his wikipedia page s quite interesting it is shown below but first here are the planetary talismans:

The Talisman of Saturn
The Talisman of Jupiter
The Talisman of Mars
The Talisman of Sol
The Talisman of Venus
The Talisman of Mercury
The Talisman of Luna

 

Athanasius Kircher

Athanasius Kircher, S.J.
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Portrait of Kircher at age 53
from Mundus Subterraneus (1664)

Religion Roman Catholicism
Order Society of Jesus
Personal
Born 2 May 1602
Geisa, Imperial Abbey of Fulda, Holy Roman Empire
Died 28 November 1680 (aged 78)
Rome, Papal States
Religious career
Works Priest, scholar and scientist [1]
Ordination 1628

Athanasius Kircher, S.J. (sometimes erroneously spelled Kirchner; Latin: Athanasius Kircherus, 2 May 1602 – 28 November 1680) was a GermanJesuit scholar and polymath who published around 40 major works, most notably in the fields of comparative religion, geology, and medicine. Kircher has been compared to fellow Jesuit Roger Boscovich and to Leonardo da Vinci for his enormous range of interests, and has been honored with the title “Master of a Hundred Arts”.[2] He taught for more than forty years at the Roman College, where he set up a wunderkammer. A resurgence of interest in Kircher has occurred within the scholarly community in recent decades.

Kircher claimed to have deciphered the hieroglyphic writing of the ancient Egyptian language, but most of his assumptions and translations in this field were later found to be nonsensical. He did, however, correctly establish the link between the ancient Egyptian and the modern Coptic languages, and some commentators regard him as the founder of Egyptology. Kircher was also fascinated with Sinology and wrote an encyclopedia of China, in which he noted the early presence there of Nestorian Christians while also attempting to establish links with Egypt and Christianity.

Kircher’s work in geology included studies of volcanoes and fossils. One of the first people to observe microbes through a microscope, Kircher was ahead of his time in proposing that the plague was caused by an infectious microorganism and in suggesting effective measures to prevent the spread of the disease. Kircher also displayed a keen interest in technology and mechanical inventions; inventions attributed to him include a magnetic clock, various automatons and the first megaphone. The invention of the magic lantern is often misattributed to Kircher,[3] although he did conduct a study of the principles involved in his Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae.

A scientific star in his day, towards the end of his life he was eclipsed by the rationalism of René Descartes and others. In the late 20th century, however, the aesthetic qualities of his work again began to be appreciated. One modern scholar, Alan Cutler, described Kircher as “a giant among seventeenth-century scholars”, and “one of the last thinkers who could rightfully claim all knowledge as his domain”.[4] Another scholar, Edward W. Schmidt, referred to Kircher as “the last Renaissance man“. In A Man of Misconceptions, his 2012 book about Kircher, John Glassie writes that while “many of Kircher’s actual ideas today seem wildly off-base, if not simply bizarre,”[5] he was “a champion of wonder, a man of awe-inspiring erudition and inventiveness,” whose work was read “by the smartest minds of the time.”[6]

Life

Kircher was born on 2 May in either 1601 or 1602 (he himself did not know) in Geisa, Buchonia, near Fulda, currently Hesse, Germany. From his birthplace he took the epithets Bucho, Buchonius and Fuldensis which he sometimes added to his name. He attended the Jesuit College in Fulda from 1614 to 1618, when he entered the novitiate of the Society.

The youngest of nine children, Kircher studied volcanoes owing to his passion for rocks and eruptions. He was taught Hebrew by a rabbi[7] in addition to his studies at school. He studied philosophy and theology at Paderborn,[3] but fled to Cologne in 1622 to escape advancing Protestant forces.[citation needed] On the journey, he narrowly escaped death after falling through the ice crossing the frozen Rhine — one of several occasions on which his life was endangered. Later, traveling to Heiligenstadt, he was caught and nearly hanged by a party of Protestant soldiers.[citation needed]

From 1622 to 1624 Kircher was sent to begin his regency period in Koblenz as a teacher. This was followed by his assignment to Heiligenstadt, where he taught mathematics, Hebrew and Syriac, and produced a show of fireworks and moving scenery for the visiting Elector Archbishop of Mainz, showing early evidence of his interest in mechanical devices. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1628[3] and became professor of ethics and mathematics at the University of Würzburg, where he also taught Hebrew and Syriac. Beginning in 1628, he also began to show an interest in Egyptian hieroglyphs.

In 1631, while still at Würzburg, Kircher allegedly had a prophetic vision of a bright light and armed men with horses in the city. Wurzburg was shortly afterwards attacked and captured, leading to Kircher being accorded respect for predicting the disaster via astrology, though Kircher himself privately insisted that he had not relied on that art.[8] This was the year that Kircher published his first book (the Ars Magnesia, reporting his research on magnetism), but having been caught up in the Thirty Years’ War he was driven to the papal University of Avignon in France. In 1633 he was called to Vienna by the emperor to succeed Kepler as Mathematician to the Habsburg court. On the intervention of Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, the order was rescinded and he was sent instead to Rome to continue with his scholarly work, but he had already embarked for Vienna.

On the way, his ship was blown off course and he arrived in Rome before he knew of the changed decision. He based himself in the city for the rest of his life, and from 1634[9] he taught mathematics, physics and Oriental languages at the Collegio Romano (now the Pontifical Gregorian University) for several years before being released to devote himself to research. He studied malaria and the plague, amassing a collection of antiquities, which he exhibited along with devices of his own creation in the Museum Kircherianum.

In 1661, Kircher discovered the ruins of a church said to have been constructed by Constantine on the site of Saint Eustace‘s vision of Jesus Christ in a stag’s horns. He raised money to pay for the church’s reconstruction as the Santuario della Mentorella, and his heart was buried in the church on his death.

Published work

Kircher published a large number of substantial books on a very wide variety of subjects, such as Egyptology, geology, and music theory. His syncretic approach disregarded the boundaries between disciplines which are now conventional: his Magnes, for example, was ostensibly a discussion of magnetism, but also explored other forms of attraction such as gravity and love. Perhaps Kircher’s best-known work today is his Oedipus Aegyptiacus (1652–54), a vast study of Egyptology and comparative religion.[10]

His books, written in Latin, were widely circulated in the 17th century, and they contributed to the dissemination of scientific information to a broader circle of readers. Kircher is not now considered to have made any significant original contributions, although a number of discoveries and inventions (e.g., the magic lantern) have sometimes been mistakenly attributed to him.[10]

Linguistic and cultural studies

Egyptology

Main article: Oedipus Aegyptiacus

The Coptic alphabet, from Prodromus coptus sive aegyptiacus.

The last known example of Egyptian hieroglyphics dates from AD 394, after which all knowledge of hieroglyphics was lost.[11] Until Thomas Young and Jean-François Champollion found the key to hieroglyphics in the 19th century, the main authority was the 4th century Greek grammarian Horapollon, whose chief contribution was the misconception that hieroglyphics were “picture writing” and that future translators should look for symbolic meaning in the pictures.[12]

The first modern study of hieroglyphics came with Piero Valeriano Bolzani‘s Hieroglyphica (1556),[11] and Kircher was the most famous of the “decipherers” between ancient and modern times and the most famous Egyptologist of his day.[13] In his Lingua Aegyptiaca Restituta (1643), Kircher called hieroglyphics “this language hitherto unknown in Europe, in which there are as many pictures as letters, as many riddles as sounds, in short as many mazes to be escaped from as mountains to be climbed”.[13] While some of his notions are long discredited, portions of his work have been valuable to later scholars, and Kircher helped pioneer Egyptology as a field of serious study.

Kircher’s interest in Egyptology began in 1628 when he became intrigued by a collection of hieroglyphs in the library at Speyer. He learned Coptic in 1633 and published the first grammar of that language in 1636, the Prodromus coptus sive aegyptiacus. Kircher then broke with Horapollon’s interpretation of the language of the hieroglyphs with his Lingua aegyptiaca restituta. Kircher argued that Coptic preserved the last development of ancient Egyptian.[13][14] For this Kircher has been considered the true “founder of Egyptology”, because his work was conducted “before the discovery of the Rosetta Stone rendered Egyptian hieroglyphics comprehensible to scholars”.[14] He also recognized the relationship between hieratic and hieroglyphic scripts.

Frontispiece to Kircher’s Oedipus Ægyptiacus; the Sphinx, confronted by Kircher’s learning, admits he has solved her riddle.

Between 1650 and 1654, Kircher published four volumes of “translations” of hieroglyphs in the context of his Coptic studies.[13] However, according to Steven Frimmer, “none of them even remotely fitted the original texts”.[13] In Oedipus Aegyptiacus, Kircher argued under the impression of the Hieroglyphica that ancient Egyptian was the language spoken by Adam and Eve, that Hermes Trismegistus was Moses, and that hieroglyphs were occult symbols which “cannot be translated by words, but expressed only by marks, characters and figures.” This led him to translate simple hieroglyphic texts now known to read as dd Wsr (“Osiris says”) as “The treachery of Typhon ends at the throne of Isis; the moisture of nature is guarded by the vigilance of Anubis”[15]

According to the Egyptologist Sir E. A. Wallis Budge:

Many writers pretended to have found the key to the hieroglyphics, and many more professed, with a shameless impudence which is hard to understand in these days, to translate the contents of the texts into a modern tongue. Foremost among such pretenders must be mentioned Athanasius Kircher, who, in the 17th century, declared that he had found the key to the hieroglyphic inscriptions; the translations which he prints in his Oedipus Aegyptiacus are utter nonsense, but as they were put forth in a learned tongue many people at the time believed they were correct.[16]

Although Kircher’s approach to deciphering texts was based on a fundamental misconception, some modern commentators have described Kircher as the pioneer of the serious study of hieroglyphs. The data which he collected were later consulted by Champollion in his successful efforts to decode the script. Kircher himself recognized the possibility of the hieroglyphs constituting an alphabet; he included in his proposed system (incorrect) derivations of the Greek alphabet from 21 hieroglyphs.[citation needed] According to Joseph MacDonnell, it was “because of Kircher’s work that scientists knew what to look for when interpreting the Rosetta stone”.[17] Another scholar of ancient Egypt, Erik Iversen, concluded:

It is therefore Kircher’s incontestable merit that he was the first to have discovered the phonetic value of an Egyptian hieroglyph. From a humanistic as well as an intellectual point of view Egyptology may very well be proud of having Kircher as its founder.[18]

Kircher was also actively involved in the erection of obelisks in Roman squares, often adding fantastic “hieroglyphs” of his own design in the blank areas that are now puzzling to modern scholars.[citation needed]

Sinology

Map of China, China Illustrata.

Kircher had an early interest in China, telling his superior in 1629 that he wished to become a missionary to that country. In 1667 he published a treatise whose full title was China monumentis, qua sacris qua profanis, nec non variis naturae & artis spectaculis, aliarumque rerum memorabilium argumentis illustrata, and which is commonly known simply as China Illustrata, i.e. “China Illustrated”. It was a work of encyclopedic breadth, combining material of unequal quality, from accurate cartography to mythical elements, such as a study of dragons. The work drew heavily on the reports of Jesuits working in China, in particular Michael Boym[19] and Martino Martini.

China Illustrata emphasized the Christian elements of Chinese history, both real and imagined: the book noted the early presence of Nestorian Christians (with a Latin translation of the Nestorian Stele of Xi’an provided by Boym and his Chinese collaborator, Andrew Zheng),[20] but also claimed that the Chinese were descended from the sons of Ham, that Confucius was Hermes Trismegistus/Moses and that the Chinese characters were abstracted hieroglyphs.

In Kircher’s system, ideograms were inferior to hieroglyphs because they referred to specific ideas rather than to mysterious complexes of ideas, while the signs of the Maya and Aztecs were yet lower pictograms which referred only to objects. Umberto Eco comments that this idea reflected and supported the ethnocentric European attitude toward Chinese and native American civilizations;

“China was presented not as an unknown barbarian to be defeated but as a prodigal son who should return to the home of the common father”. (p. 69)

Biblical studies and exegesis

In 1675, he published Arca Noë, the results of his research on the biblical Ark of Noah — following the Counter-Reformation, allegorical interpretation was giving way to the study of the Old Testament as literal truth among Scriptural scholars. Kircher analyzed the dimensions of the Ark; based on the number of species known to him (excluding insects and other forms thought to arise spontaneously), he calculated that overcrowding would not have been a problem. He also discussed the logistics of the Ark voyage, speculating on whether extra livestock was brought to feed carnivores and what the daily schedule of feeding and caring for animals must have been.

Other cultural work

Kircher was sent the Voynich Manuscript in 1666 by Johannes Marcus Marci in the hope of Kircher being able to decipher it.[21] The manuscript remained in the Collegio Romano until Victor Emmanuel II of Italy annexed the Papal States in 1870, though scepticism as to the authenticity of the story and of the origin of the manuscript itself exists. In his Polygraphia nova (1663), Kircher proposed an artificial universal language.

Physical sciences

Geology

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Kircher’s model of the Earth‘s internal fires, from Mundus Subterraneus.

On a visit to southern Italy in 1638, the ever-curious Kircher was lowered into the crater of Vesuvius, then on the brink of eruption, in order to examine its interior. He was also intrigued by the subterranean rumbling which he heard at the Strait of Messina. His geological and geographical investigations culminated in his Mundus Subterraneus of 1664, in which he suggested that the tides were caused by water moving to and from a subterranean ocean.

Kircher was also puzzled by fossils. He understood that fossils were the remains of animals. He ascribed large bones to giant races of humans.[22]Not all the objects which he was attempting to explain were in fact fossils, hence the diversity of explanations. He interpreted mountain ranges as the Earth’s skeletal structures exposed by weathering.[23]

Kircher’s map of Atlantis, oriented with south at the top, from Mundus Subterraneus.

Mundus Subterraneus includes several pages about the legendary island of Atlantis including a map with the Latin caption “Situs Insulae Atlantidis, a Mari olim absorpte ex mente Egyptiorum et Platonis descriptio.” translating as “Site of the island of Atlantis, in the sea, from Egyptian sources and Plato’s description.”[24]

Biology

In his book Arca Noë, Kircher argued that after the Flood new species were transformed as they moved into different environments, for example, when a deer moved into a colder climate, it became a reindeer. Additionally, he held that many species were hybrids of other species, for example, armadillos from a combination of turtles and porcupines. He also advocated the theory of spontaneous generation.[25] Because of such hypotheses, some historians have held that Kircher was a proto-evolutionist.[26]

Medicine

The ears of a human, cow, horse, dog, leopard, cat, rat, pig, sheep and goose illustrated in Musurgia Universalis.

Kircher took a notably modern approach to the study of diseases, as early as 1646 using a microscope to investigate the blood of plague victims. In his Scrutinium Pestis of 1658, he noted the presence of “little worms” or “animalcules” in the blood, and concluded that the disease was caused by microorganisms. The conclusion was correct, although it is likely that what he saw were in fact red or white blood cells and not the plague agent, Yersinia pestis. He also proposed hygienic measures to prevent the spread of disease, such as isolation, quarantine, burning clothes worn by the infected and wearing facemasks to prevent the inhalation of germs.

Technology

Kircher’s magnetic clock.

In 1646, Kircher published Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae, on the subject of the display of images on a screen using an apparatus similar to the magic lantern as developed by Christiaan Huygens and others. Kircher described the construction of a “catotrophic lamp” that used reflection to project images on the wall of a darkened room. Although Kircher did not invent the device, he made improvements over previous models, and suggested methods by which exhibitors could use his device. Much of the significance of his work arises from Kircher’s rational approach towards the demystification of projected images.[27]

Previously such images had been used in Europe to mimic supernatural appearances (Kircher himself cites the use of displayed images by the rabbis in the court of King Solomon). Kircher stressed that exhibitors should take great care to inform spectators that such images were purely naturalistic, and not magical in origin.

Kircher also constructed a magnetic clock, the mechanism of which he explained in his Magnes (1641). The device had originally been invented by another Jesuit, Fr. Linus of Liege, and was described by an acquaintance of Line’s in 1634. Kircher’s patron Peiresc had claimed that the clock’s motion supported the Copernican cosmological model, the argument being that the magnetic sphere in the clock was caused to rotate by the magnetic force of the sun.[28]

Kircher’s model disproved the hypothesis, showing that the motion could be produced by a water clock in the base of the device. Although Kircher wrote against the Copernican model in his Magnes, supporting instead that of Tycho Brahe, his later Itinerarium extaticum (1656, revised 1671), presented several systems — including the Copernican — as distinct possibilities. The clock has been reconstructed by Caroline Bouguereau in collaboration with Michael John Gorman and is on display at the Green Library at Stanford University.[28]

The Musurgia Universalis (1650) sets out Kircher’s views on music: he believed that the harmony of music reflected the proportions of the universe. The book includes plans for constructing water-powered automatic organs, notations of birdsong and diagrams of musical instruments. One illustration shows the differences between the ears of humans and other animals. In Phonurgia Nova (1673) Kircher considered the possibilities of transmitting music to remote places.

Other machines designed by Kircher include an aeolian harp, automatons such as a statue which spoke and listened via a speaking tube, a perpetual motion machine, and a Katzenklavier (“cat piano”). The last of these would have driven spikes into the tails of cats, which would yowl to specified pitches, although Kircher is not known to have actually constructed the instrument.

Combinatorics

Although Kircher’s work was not mathematically based, he did develop various systems for generating and counting all combinations of a finite collection of objects (i.e., a finite set), based on the previous work of Ramon Llull. His methods and diagrams are discussed in Ars Magna Sciendi, sive Combinatoria (sic), 1669. They include what may be the first recorded drawings of complete bipartite graphs, extending a similar technique used by Llull to visualize complete graphs.[29] Kircher also employed combinatorics in his Arca Musarithmica, an aleatoric music composition device capable of producing millions of church hymns by combining randomly selected musical phrases.

Legacy

Turris Babel: with typical eclecticism, Kircher illustrates the impossibility of the Tower of Babel having reached the moon, 1679

Scholarly influence

For most of his professional life, Kircher was one of the scientific stars of his world: according to historian Paula Findlen, he was “the first scholar with a global reputation”. His importance was twofold: to the results of his own experiments and research he added information gleaned from his correspondence with over 760 scientists, physicians and above all his fellow Jesuits in all parts of the globe. The Encyclopædia Britannica calls him a “one-man intellectual clearing house”. His works, illustrated to his orders, were extremely popular, and he was the first scientist to be able to support himself through the sale of his books. His near exact contemporary, the Hermetic philosopher-physician, Sir Thomas Browne (1605–82) collected his books avidly; his eldest son Edward Browne visiting the Jesuit priest at Rome in 1665. Towards the end of Kircher’s life however, his stock fell, as the rationalist Cartesian approach began to dominate (Descartes himself described Kircher as “more quacksalver than savant”).

Cultural legacy

Kircher was largely neglected until the late 20th century. One writer attributes his rediscovery to the similarities between his eclectic approach and postmodernism:

[Four hundred] years after his birth there is a revival of interest in Kircher, perhaps because Kircher can be considered as the pre-modern root of post-modern thinking. With his labyrinthine mind, he was Jorge Luis Borges… before Borges. …at the start of the 21st century Kircher’s taste for trivia, deception and wonder is back.[30]

He added that “Kircher’s postmodern qualities include his subversiveness, his celebrity, his technomania and his bizarre eclecticism“. In Robert Graham Irwin‘s For Lust of Knowing, Kircher is called “one of the last scholars aspiring to know everything”, with Kircher’s contemporary countryman Gottfried Leibniz cited as the probable “last” such scholar.[citation needed]

As few of Kircher’s works have been translated, the contemporary emphasis has been on their aesthetic qualities rather than their actual content, and a succession of exhibitions have highlighted the beauty of their illustrations. Historian Anthony Grafton has said that “the staggeringly strange dark continent of Kircher’s work [is] the setting for a Borges story that was never written”, while Umberto Eco has written about Kircher in his novel The Island of the Day Before, as well as in his non-fiction works The Search for the Perfect Language and Serendipities. In Where Tigers Are At Home, by Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès, the protagonist works on a translation of a bogus 17th century biography of Kircher. The contemporary artist Cybèle Varela has paid tribute to Kircher in her exhibition Ad Sidera per Athanasius Kircher, held in the Collegio Romano, in the same place where the Museum Kircherianum was.

The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles has a hall dedicated to the life of Kircher. His ethnographic collection is in the Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography in Rome.

John Glassie’s book, A Man of Misconceptions, traces connections between Kircher and figures such as Gianlorenzo Bernini, René Descartes, and Isaac Newton. It also suggests influences on Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Anton Mesmer, Jules Verne, and Marcel Duchamp.

In the end, Glassie writes, Kircher should be acknowledged “for his effort to know everything and to share everything he knew, for asking a thousand questions about the world around him, and for getting so many others to ask questions about his answers; for stimulating, as well as confounding and inadvertently amusing, so many minds; for having been a source of so many ideas—right, wrong, half-right, half-baked, ridiculous, beautiful, and all encompassing.”[31]

In popular culture

Kircher’s life and research are central to the plot of James Rollin’s 2015 novel “The Bone Labyrinth”.

Bibliography

Kircher’s principal works, in chronological order, are:

Year Title Link
1631 Ars Magnesia
1635 Primitiae gnomoniciae catroptricae
1636 Prodromus coptus sive aegyptiacus
1637 Specula Melitensis encyclica, hoc est syntagma novum instrumentorum physico- mathematicorum
1641 Magnes sive de arte magnetica 1643 edition (second ed.)
1643 Lingua aegyptiaca restituta
1645–1646 Ars Magna Lucis et umbrae 1646 edition
1650 Obeliscus Pamphilius: hoc est, Interpretatio noua & Hucusque Intentata Obelisci Hieroglyphici 1650 edition
1650 Musurgia universalis, sive ars magna consoni et dissoni Volumes I and II, 1650
1652–1655 Oedipus Aegyptiacus
1654 Magnes sive (third, expanded edition)
1656 Itinerarium extaticum s. opificium coeleste
1657 Iter extaticum secundum, mundi subterranei prodromus
1658 Scrutinium Physico-Medicum Contagiosae Luis, quae dicitur Pestis
1660 Pantometrum Kircherianum … explicatum a G. Schotto
1661 Diatribe de prodigiosis crucibus
1663 Polygraphia nova et universalis ex combinatoria arte directa
1664–1678 Mundus subterraneus, quo universae denique naturae divitiae Tomus II , 1678 Digital edition Tomus I/II by the University and State Library Düsseldorf
1665 Historia Eustachio-Mariana 1665 edition
1665 Arithmologia sive De abditis numerorum mysterijs 1665 edition
1666 Obelisci Aegyptiaci … interpretatio hieroglyphica
1667 China monumentis, qua sacris qua profanis, nec non variis naturae & artis spectaculis, aliarumque rerum memorabilium argumentis illustrata Latin edition (1667)(pages with illustrations only); La Chine, 1670(French, 1670); Modern English translation
1667 Magneticum naturae regnum sive disceptatio physiologica
1668 Organum mathematicum (contributor, edited and published by Gaspar Schott)
1669 Principis Cristiani archetypon politicum 1672 edition
1669 Latium 1671 edition
1669 Ars magna sciendi sive combinatoria 1669 edition
1673 Phonurgia nova, sive conjugium mechanico-physicum artis & natvrae paranympha phonosophia concinnatum 1763 edition
1675 Arca Noe
1676 Sphinx mystagoga: sive Diatribe hieroglyphica, qua Mumiae, ex Memphiticis Pyramidum Adytis Erutae… 1676 edition
1676 Obelisci Aegyptiaci
1679 Musaeum Collegii Romani Societatis Jesu
1679 Turris Babel, Sive Archontologia Qua Primo Priscorum post diluvium hominum vita, mores rerumque gestarum magnitudo, Secundo Turris fabrica civitatumque exstructio, confusio linguarum, & inde gentium transmigrationis, cum principalium inde enatorum idiomatum historia, multiplici eruditione describuntur & explicantur. Amsterdam, Jansson-Waesberge 1679.
1679 Tariffa Kircheriana sive mensa Pathagorica expansa
1680 Physiologia Kircheriana experimentalis 1680 edition

See also

Notes

  1. Jump up^ Woods, p 4, 109
  2. Jump up^ Woods, p 108
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b c “Athanasius Kircher”. Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  4. Jump up^ Cutler, p 68
  5. Jump up^ John Glassie: A Man of Misconceptions: The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change. New York, Riverhead, 2012, p xiv.
  6. Jump up^ Glassie, p xv
  7. Jump up^ [1]
  8. Jump up^ Newman & Grafton, 1-2
  9. Jump up^ Fletcher 2011, p. 31.
  10. ^ Jump up to:a b “Kircher, Athanasius.” Encyclopædia Britannica from Encyclopædia Britannica 2007 Ultimate Reference Suite. (2008).
  11. ^ Jump up to:a b Frimmer, p 37
  12. Jump up^ Frimmer, pp 37–39
  13. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e Frimmer, p 38
  14. ^ Jump up to:a b Woods, p 109
  15. Jump up^ for such translations, see e.g. his Sphinx mystagoga, p. 49.
  16. Jump up^ Budge, E. A. Wallis (1983) [1910]. Egyptian Language: Easy Lessons in Egyptian Hieroglyphics. Mineola, NY: Dover. p. 15.
  17. Jump up^ MacDonnell, p 12
  18. Jump up^ Iversen, pp 97–98
  19. Jump up^ Walravens, Hartmut, Michael Boym und die Flora Sinensis (PDF)
  20. Jump up^ China Illsutrata Archived August 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.; Modern English translation and preface by Dr. Charles D. Van Tuyl
  21. Jump up^ Tiltman, John H. (Summer 1967). “The Voynich Manuscript: “The Most Mysterious Manuscript in the World”” (PDF). XII (3). NSA Technical Journal. Retrieved October 30, 2011.
  22. Jump up^ Palmer, Douglas (2005) Earth Time: Exploring the Deep Past from Victorian England to the Grand Canyon. Wiley, Chichester. ISBN 978-0-470-02221-4
  23. Jump up^ The Earth – Richard Fortey, Harper Perennial 2004
  24. Jump up^ “Map of the lost island of Atlantis”. raremaps.com. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  25. Jump up^ O Breidbach, MT Ghiselin (2006) Athanasius Kircher (1602–1680) on Noah’s Ark: Baroque “Intelligent Design” Theory, Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, Volume 57, No. 36, pp. 991–1002 <“Archived copy” (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-09. Retrieved 2011-07-12.>
  26. Jump up^ Fairfield Osborn, Henry (1902) From the Greeks to Darwin: An Outline of the Development of the Evolution Idea. MacMillan: London, page 106
  27. Jump up^ Musser, p 613
  28. ^ Jump up to:a b Athanasius Kircher’s Magnetic Clock Archived August 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., accessed 23 Apr 2011
  29. Jump up^ Knuth, Donald E. (2013), “Two thousand years of combinatorics”, in Wilson, Robin; Watkins, John J., Combinatorics: Ancient and Modern, Oxford University Press, pp. 7–37.
  30. Jump up^ http://www.safran-arts.com/42day/history/h4may/02kirxer.html
  31. Jump up^ Glassie, p 272.

References

Further reading

  • Edward Chaney: “Roma Britannica and the Cultural Memory of Egypt: Lord Arundel and the Obelisk of Domitian”, in Roma Britannica: Art Patronage and Cultural Exchange in Eighteenth-Century Rome, eds. D. Marshall, K. Wolfe and S. Russell, British School at Rome, 2011, pp. 147–70.
  • Umberto Eco: Serendipities: Language and Lunacy. Columbia University Press (1998). ISBN 0-231-11134-7.
  • Paula Findlen: Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything. New York, Routledge, 2004. ISBN 0-415-94016-8.
  • John Edward Fletcher: A brief survey of the unpublished correspondence of Athanasius Kircher S J. (1602–80), in: Manuscripta, XIII, St. Louis, 1969, pp. 150–60.
  • John Edward Fletcher: Johann Marcus Marci writes to Athanasius Kircher. Janus, Leyden, LIX (1972), pp. 97–118.
  • John Edward Fletcher: Athanasius Kircher und seine Beziehungen zum gelehrten Europa seiner Zeit. Wolfenbütteler Arbeiten zur Barockforschung, Band 17, 1988.
  • John Edward Fletcher: Athanasius Kircher : A Man Under Pressure. 1988
  • John Edward Fletcher: Athanasius Kircher And Duke August Of Brunswick-Lüneberg : A Chronicle Of Friendship. 1988
  • John Edward Fletcher: Athanasius Kircher And His Correspondence. 1988
  • John Edward Fletcher: A Study of the Life and Works of Athanasius Kircher, ‘Germanus Incredibilis’. Edited by Elizabeth Fletcher. Brill Publications, Amsterdam, 2011. ISBN 978-90-04-20712-7
  • John Glassie, Athanasius, Underground The Public Domain Review, November 1, 2012.
  • John Glassie: A Man of Misconceptions: The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change. New York, Riverhead, 2012. ISBN 978-1-59448-871-9.
  • Godwin, Joscelyn: Athanasius Kircher’s Theatre of the World: The Life and Work of the Last Man to Search for Universal Knowledge. Inner Traditions (2009). ISBN 978-1-59477-329-7
  • Michael John Gorman, Between the Demonic and the Miraculous: Athanasius Kircher and the Baroque Culture of Machines, unabridged version of essay published in The Great Art of Knowing: The Baroque Encyclopedia of Athanasius Kircher, ed. Daniel Stolzenberg, Stanford: Stanford University Libraries, 2001, pp. 59–70.
  • Michael John Gorman, The Angel and the Compass: Athanasius Kircher’s Magnetic Geography, in Paula Findlen, ed., Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything, New York, Routledge, 2004, pp. 229–249.
  • Nathalie Lallemand-Buyssens, « Les acquisitions d’Athanasius Kircher au musée du Collège Romain à la lumière de documents inédits », in Storia dell’Arte, no. 133, oct.–déc. 2012, pp. 103–125.
  • Caterina Marrone, I geroglifici fantastici di Athanasius Kircher,Viterbo: Nuovi Equilibri, 2002, p. 166, ISBN 88-7226-653-X.
  • Caterina Marrone, Le lingue utopiche,Viterbo: Nuovi Equilibri, 2004 [1995], p. 338 ISBN 88-7226-815-X.
  • Tiziana Pangrazi, La Musurgia Universalis di Athanasius Kircher, Firenze: Olschki 2009, pp. 206, ISBN 978-88-222-5886-1.
  • Schmidt, Edward W. :The Last Renaissance Man: Athanasius Kircher, SJ. Company: The World of Jesuits and Their Friends. 19(2), Winter 2001–2002.
  • Stolzenberg, Daniel. Egyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher and the Secrets of Antiquity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. ISBN 0-226-92414-9 (10). ISBN 978-0-226-92414-4 (13).
  • Jean-Pierre Thiollet, Je m’appelle Byblos, Paris, H & D, 2005 (p. 254). ISBN 978-2-914266-04-8.
  • Giunia Totaro, L’autobiographie d’Athanasius Kircher. L’écriture d’un jésuite entre vérité et invention au seuil de l’œuvre. Introduction et traduction française et italienne, Bern: Peter Lang 2009, p. 430 ISBN 978-3-03911-793-2.
  • Cybèle Varela: Ad Sidera per Athanasius Kircher. Rome, Gangemi, 2008. ISBN 978-88-492-1416-1
  • Zielinski, Siegfried. Deep Time of the Media. The MIT Press (April 30, 2008) ISBN 978-0-262-74032-6. pp. 113–157.
  • Tronchin, Lamberto (January 2009). “Athanasius Kircher’S PHONURGIA NOVA: the marvelous world of sound during the 17th Century”. Acoustics Today. 1 (5): 8–15.

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VOTD: Toyota Yaris WRC spec 2017 (and 1997-1999 Toyota Corolla WRC info)

Written By Frank M. Lin 3/18/2017 11:58 am @ San Francisco, California – Well I have spent most of the morning watching the Yaris and various WRC video.  Boy am I pumped!  I want to go out and drive already ha ha.  These videos will motivate me to get my cars done.  In the mid-1990’s the Toyota Celica AWD WRC was banned for 2 years for a very clever cheating.

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Cheatin’s Still Winnin’- The Story of Toyota Racing’s Best Cheat EVER


 

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Source: http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/car/478/Toyota-Corolla-WRC.html

Toyota Corolla WRC

From 1997-1999 Toyota produced the Toyota Corolla WRC

Toyota’s first WRC car was hailed as the purest and most advanced competition machine to emerge from the TTE workshops when it made its debut in 1997.

Although it carried over some components from its predecessor, the Celica GT-Four, it benefited from an all-new design. It was also the first World Rally Car to feature a transverse-mounted engine.

Its most significant difference to previous rally cars was its compact dimensions: it was not only shorter than the Celica, but also had a narrower track and shorter overhangs front and rear. With a more upright driving position, it was also regarded as being easier to drive, especially on narrow roads. The reduced overhangs allowed a lower ride height to be used on rough surfaces.

Initial concerns that the short wheelbase could compromise handling on fast stages proved unfounded, the car’s nimble character being helped by a low centre of gravity. Wind tunnel testing was used to tune the aerodynamics and ensure a consistent balance of downforce front and rear at high and low speeds.

The suspension design featured MacPherson struts front and rear with Öhlins shocks. Xtrac engineered the transmission to TTE specifications, a six-speed sequential system operated electronically by a joystick control on the steering column. The transmission was designed to take almost any kind of differential.

The engine was derived from the proven 2.0-litre turbocharged unit which powered the Celica, retaining the same bore and stroke, producing almost 300bhp and 510Nm of torque.

Development of the car began in 1996 and it made its competition debut on the Indonesian Rally in 1997. It began its WRC campaign on Rally Finland, marking Toyota Castrol Team’s return to front-line competition after an absence of more than a year-and-a-half.

In spite of being forced to join the championship earlier than it hoped, the team was buoyed by Marcus Gronholm leading the event in its early stages. Just three events later, at Rally Australia, Didier Auriol took the Corolla to its first podium with a third place finish and in the opening event of the 1998 season, the Monte Carlo Rally, Carlos Sainz powered the car to an emphatic maiden victory.

The year was not to end so happily, Sainz deprived of a driver’s championship title just half a kilometre from the end of the final stage of Rally Great Britain – the last of event of the season. To this day, the image of the distraught driver and co-driver with their stricken car remains one of the enduring, though unfortunate images of the Corolla WRC.

Sainz and Toyota were runners-up in drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships respectively in 1998, but the following year Toyota was again the sport’s number one manufacturer. This season marked the end of Toyota’s official involvement in the rallying.

The Corolla continued to reap success as a privately-entered contender, notably carrying Jonny Milner to the British Rally Championship title in 2002.

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Isn’t it cute?!  🙂  There was a detailed article I think in Racecar Engineering about the cheating turbo.  I recall reading it at the bookstore.  Toyota was kicked out and banned from WRC.  I guess the ban has since passed.  The story goes that the current CEO of Toyota Akio Toyoda (豊田章男, born May 3, 1956) is quite a race fan and is very actively involved in many of Toyota’s racing programs – he attends every Super GT race in Japan as well as doing some racing himself.  When he goes to Europe the press and past Toyota fans has been asking him when will Toyota make a return to WRC.  Well, all the pleading worked and the WRC Yaris program was announced.  He is arguably one of the coolest automaker CEO.  Proof from wikipedia – Toyoda, who promoted sports models like the Lexus IS-F and Lexus LF-A, loves auto racing. He participated as a driver at the ADAC 24 hours at the Nürburgring three times under the pseudonym Morizo Kinoshita.  In 2009 he reached the 87th position overall and the fourth position in his class with his LF-A Prototyp No. 14.  In 2012 he was named Autocar’s Man of the Year.

Bonus video: here is a nice video compiled with Yaris and some of its competitors!

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repost: Most Women Don’t Deserve A Good Man

Written By Frank M. Lin 3/18/2017 7:33 am @ San Francisco, California – I saw this article from my facebook memories (lovely feature!) which I posted back in 2014.  I re-read it again and I like it so much now I will put in on my blog here.  I agree very much with everything the author says.  Lot of women feel entitled just because they are above average looking and they might not even be that nice to their boyfriend.  It is a two way street in my opinion.  If you want a nice man, you must also be a nice woman.  Otherwise you will simply get horny guys that wants to bang you.  And trust me when I say every dude is horny AF when it comes to a pretty lady.  The only difference is some will pretend they are saints…  If I ever have a daughter of my own you can bet on I will educate her properly about the sleazy men…  so that there will be no surprised for her in real life.  Anyways…   on to the article.


 

Source: http://www.returnofkings.com/30402/most-women-dont-deserve-a-good-man

Most Women Don’t Deserve A Good Man

By Kilmister, originally posted on March 15th, 2014

Host of the 100 Proof Truth Podcast, spreading truth in the dynamics of relationships between men and women, in particular exposing the hypocrisy and entitlement of the modern American women. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook

Jennifer was the 22 year old bartender at my favorite local pub back home. She was friendly enough and we had a good rapport. We often would share stories of embarrassing or debaucherous nights, past and present. These usually included more of her stories than mine, seeing I am pushing 40 and she is in the prime of her partying life.  I like Jennifer and I consider her a friend. She admitted to having a crush on me at one point, but we moved past that, and as girls her age often will, she quickly found many more guys to crush on, making it simple to maintain our friendship. Remember, women don’t get wet, they only jump from raft to raft.

Like many women, she would frequently demand to know where the “good guys” were, because in her mind, she really believed she deserved better than what she had. When she said this to me all I could think is, “So what exactly qualifies you, or any modern American woman as someone who deserves a good guy”? Was it when I saw you in the corner of the bar swapping tongues and getting dry humped by that guy you had just met an hour previous? Was it when you told me how the night before you had disappeared, and while everyone looked for you, you were passed out alone at some other bar and had “peed your dress”?  Maybe it was when you told me how you prefer anal sex, but that was okay because your current boyfriend might be gay. Apparently he prefers only anal. She told me all of this openly.

Is there no such thing as privacy when it comes to these chicks? They will openly tell people how they don’t fuck their boyfriends anymore and casually divulge all their relationship problems to anyone that will listen. But perhaps it was the virtually naked selfie she sent me, almost like it was a reflex, when I jokingly commented how she was wearing too many clothes in a previous photo. Whatever, it’s cool, they deserve better right? Who needs class when you have a vagina and plenty of lonely men around?

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 “I deserve a good guy though.”

Jennifer had a roommate, same age, who seemed just as baffled as to where her white knight was. This despite Jennifer telling me of the countless, almost nightly random encounters her roomie had with equally random men, one who had recently given her herpes. But that was okay because it was “no big deal, it’s just like having cold sores, except down there.” I’m shocked how such beautiful souls can not find their equally amazing soul-mates. What is wrong with a world where two such wonderful catches are forced to navigate these treacherous seas filled with those sharks called men?

“What ever happened to chivalry?”

Like a previous article I wrote, No Woman Can Escape Mother Nature’s Devastating Reality CheckI blame a lot of this on thirsty men who allow this behavior because they are too scared to be alone or, God forbid, never get laid again.  It’s time to call these women out on this bullshit. Stop being so scared and accommodating, which most women find repulsive anyway.

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“He doesn’t open doors for me.”

Jennifer and her roommate are not the target here, nor the anomaly. They are just examples of an all too typical American female.  The ones who feel like they can behave any way they choose and shit on whomever they want without consequence. Regardless of this, somehow when they decide they have had enough rides on the cock carousel and spread enough venereal disease, they still deserve a gentlemen to open doors for them and send roses to work on Valentine’s Day so all her coworkers and Facebook friends can be like, awwwww someone loves her. The logic? Well, they are women.

They deserve this for no other reason than that. Who let them believe this? Blue pill “men” who would rather sit on a woman’s bench in the hopes of one day having sex with them and men who prefer the friendzone instead of being assertive and standing up for themselves by letting these women know their behavior is far from acceptable, and actually quite insane. Sure, some blame falls on the woman as well, but to their credit they truly believe their own bullshit, and they believe it because men allow them to.

“Why can’t I just find a gentlemen?”

Just cruise Facebook in your late 30s to see prime examples of this. I can sit here daily and read self-righteous, borderline preposterous posts by females I have known for years to just bounce from dick to dick without consequence or regard for the guys they called boyfriends, or in some cases husbands. Chicks I witnessed take on three dudes in a hot tub now throwing up pictures of their baby and poor husband who has no idea what a selfish slooter his wife once was, and probably still is.

Hell, the majority of women can’t even hold onto any real female friends out of jealousy and envy of one another. There is no loyalty—all that matters is what they want. They are getting away with murder, acting like mother of the year because they are now too old, undesirable and tied down to be worth anything on the market. “The best thing that ever happened to me,” it boasts under the family picture at Epcot Center.  Wrong, she realized one day she was not the star of the show anymore. She desperately needed to dupe some unsuspecting man into locking her down and dealing with her bullshit for the rest of his life before it was too late for her. Almost anyone with an income of $50,000 or more per year will suffice, literally anyone. If she still had the ass she had when she was 22, she would still be skating around town, taking advantage of thirsty dudes willing to gamble on the warts she might pass their way, but now she can’t.

Now she is the perfect mommy, looking down her nose at the twenty something’s still in the game pulling off her old tricks. She will  post advice filled memes and inspiring credos she never lived by to make herself appear like  the mom of the year and wife of the century. She has all the answers. We all should envy her and her perfect little family.

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“I deserve more.”

A large percentage of these women, while “happily married”, are still seeking attention in other ways. One thing a female cannot give up until the day she dries up is attention. I personally have a small library of photos sent to me via text or email of these types. Tits, ass, dildos inserted—you name it—some with heads chopped off for anonymity. Anyone of these women can be found on my Facebook feed with pictures of her children and husband proclaiming that these are the greatest things in their life. Right. Until she felt insecure and needed someone to compliment her tits so she can live another day. Oh, what’s that on my cell phone? Nothing crazy, just another text photo of her ass in the bathroom mirror because her and hubby had a fight today.

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“Why don’t you tell me I am beautiful?”

Let’s not even get into the women I personally have hooked up with over the years who were married or had boyfriends. That was something I did mostly in my 20’s and is not worth the hassle or risk these days, but I truly don’t think the average guy out there realizes what shady creatures women are by nature. I used to think it was just because we were young, and this is what young people do. Nope, because in my late 30’s it’s really not much different. As a matter of fact, a lot of these 30 something women are worse because their self-esteem is shot and they will do what it takes to get attention and feel like they are still desirable. Maybe a sext, maybe a blow job in the car, whatever it takes.

“Men are such assholes.”

You ever notice in movies and TV shows that when a man cheats on his girl he is portrayed as a total piece of trash misogynist? But what happens when the female character cheats on her man? The man is still portrayed as a piece of trash misogynist that deserved to be cheated on. She was just a victim and we are supposed to be happy she left him for the other man. This is the mentality of the American women, and like music, it seems to only get worse with every generation.

I end this with a quote I read long ago…

“This is a major bone of contention. Every chick I’ve been with gave me a sob story about how the previous guy/s cheated like crazy, and obsessed over serious trust issues. Every one of those girls cheated on me. One (who was my wife at the time) multiple times with different guys – and still refers to herself as a “classy lady with moral integrity.” I know not all chicks are like this, but those who are seem to get a societal free pass. When the guy cheats, he is a dick. When a girl cheats, it’s obviously because the guy is a dick. Fuck that.”

He’s not the only one who has had it.

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PSA: Aitzaz Hasan

Written By Frank M. Lin 3/16/2017 10:57 pm – I forgot how but I randomly came across this young man about 6 weeks ago.  He is a young hero from Pakistan.  On January 4th 2014 he sacrificed his life saving many others by preventing a suicide bomber from entering his school.  How brave and noble.  My hats off to Mr. Hasan…  Facing the same situation I’m not sure I’d be willing to do the same.  I might even froze and not knowing how to react…


 

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aitzaz_Hasan

Aitzaz Hassan Bangash Shaheed
اعتزاز حسن بنگش
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Born c. 1998
Hangu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Died January 7, 2014 (aged 15)
Hangu District
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Student
Known for Preventing suicide bomber attack at his school, sacrificed his own life to save the lives of hundreds of his mates[1]
Relatives Mujahid Ali Bangash (father)
Awards Sitara-e-Shujaat (Medal for Bravery) (awarded)

Aitzaz Hasan Bangash Shaheed [3] (Urdu: اعتزاز حسن‎, born 1997 – died 7 January 2014 Hangu) was a Pakistani school boy from Hangu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province who sacrificed his life while preventing a suicide bomber from entering his school of 2,000 students at Ibrahimzai village of Hangu, on 6 January 2014.[4]

Aitzaz’s action to save his classmates captured the hearts of Pakistan, and he was hailed as a National hero.[5] For his act, the office of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had advised President Mamnoon Husain to confer Aitzaz Hasan with the high civil award of Sitara-e-Shujaat (Star of Bravery).[1][6] He was named as the Herald’s Person of the Year for 2014.[7]

Life

Aitzaz Hasan’s father’s name is Mujahid Ali.[8] His other family included his mother, brother and two sisters. Aitzaz Hasan was a 9th grader at the Ibrahimzai high school. Hasan’s cousin Mudassir Bangash described him as an accomplished student who excelled in all extracurricular activities.[9]

The area where Aitzaz Hasan lived is home to many Shia Muslims, a number of whom have been killed by Taliban. The teenager was known for openly criticizing armed groups.[8][10]

Death

On 7 January 2014, Aitzaz was outside the school gate of Government High School, Ibrahimzai, in Hangu, with two other schoolmates. Aitzaz had not been allowed to attend morning assembly due to his tardiness that day.[11] Allegedly, at this time a 20‑ to 25‑year‑old man approached the gate and stated he was there to “take admission”.[11] One of the students noticed a detonator on the man’s vest,[11] whereupon Aitzaz’s schoolmates ran inside[11] while Aitzaz confronted the suicide bomber, who then detonated his vest.[11]

According to other accounts, Aitzaz was on his way to school when he spotted a suspicious person. When Aitzaz tried to stop him, he started walking faster towards the school. In an attempt to stop the bomber, Aitzaz threw a stone which failed to hit him. Then Aitzaz ran towards the person and grabbed him, prompting the suicide bomber to detonate his explosive-laden vest.[12][13]

Aitzaz died in the hospital.[9] No other students were harmed. Aitzaz’s act saved the lives of hundreds of students.[1]Scores of people attended his funeral to pay their respects.

The group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the attack.[13]

Reactions

Aitzaz’s story led to an outpouring of emotion on television and on social media, where the hashtag #onemillionaitzazs trended on Twitter.[14]

Aitzaz’s father said that his son made a sacrifice to save the lives of others: “My son made his mother cry but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children.”[10]

The Minister for Information in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Shah Farman, said that Aitzaz was a “real hero and true face of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa”.[15]

Pakistani Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif said that Aitzaz Hasan is “a national hero, who has sacrificed his today for our tomorrow.”[16][17]

Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager education activist and winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, described Aitzaz as “brave and courageous” and said “his bravery must never be forgotten”. She pledged to donate £5,000 to Hasan’s family.[10]

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F), led by Fazal-ur-Rehman (politician) described Aitzaz as “Mujahid” and said “he is symbol of resistance against terrorism”.[18]

On 12 January, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan announced the setting up of a trust fund for Aitzaz Hassan’s family. He also said that he will establish Aitizaz Hasan Fund.

Awards and honors

Many people demanded the Nishan-e-Haider or similar supreme award be awarded to Aitzaz Hasan posthumously. The office of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has advised President Mamnoon Husain to confer Aitzaz Hasan with the high civil award of Sitara-e-Shujaat (Star of Bravery) by Government of Pakistan.[1] The award will be received by Aitzaz Hassan’s family on 23 March, Pakistan’s national day.

On 12 January, the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) bestowed a global bravery award on Hasan.[19]

Aitzaz was named as Herald’s Person of the year 2014. Herald’s annual Person of the Year project sets out to recognize those individuals in Pakistan who had a profound influence on the news and who embodied, for good or ill, what was important about the year.[20] Hasan, whose sacrifice attained further poignancy after the December 16 attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School, emerged as the winner in a three-way voting process that included online voting, postal ballots and input from a panel of 10 eminent Pakistanis. In Herald’s upcoming annual issue, Yousafzai – Herald’s Person of the Year for 2014 – pays tribute to Hasan, writing:

“Our country is blessed with brave people. The story of Aitzaz Hasan reflects their reliance, courage and bravery.” [21]

Tribute

Scores of people attended his funeral to pay their respects. A floral wreath was laid on the grave of Aitzaz Hasan on behalf of the Pakistani Army chief.[22] A Facebook page has been set up in tribute to his act.[8]

On 14 January, the provincial governmental representatives announced a Rs5 million package for the family of the teen and renamed his school as the Aitzaz Hasan Shaheed High School.[23]

In 2016, a film named Salute was released to tribute him.[24]

See also

References

  1. ^ Jump up to:a b c d “Aitzaz Hasan to be awarded Sitara-e-Shujjat”. newsweekpakistan.com. 11 January 2014.
  2. Jump up^ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-25663992
  3. Jump up^ Also spelled as Aitizaz and Aitezaz.
  4. Jump up^ “PM announces Sitara-e-Shujaat for Hangu student Aitzaz Hasan”. Asia News. 10 January 2014.
  5. Jump up^ “Teenager dies trying to stop suicide bomber at his school in Pakistan”. thejournal.ie. 9 January 2014.
  6. Jump up^ “Aitzaz Hasan: Pakistan ‘hero’ recommended for award”. The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 January 2014.
  7. Jump up^ Herald’s Person of the Year: Aitzaz Hasan
  8. ^ Jump up to:a b c Al Jazeera and wire services. “‘Heroic’ Pakistani teen dies foiling suicide attack”. Al Jazeera. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  9. ^ Jump up to:a b “Schoolboy, 14, hailed a hero after sacrificing his own life to save classmates from Pakistan suicide bomber”. Daily Mail. 9 January 2014.
  10. ^ Jump up to:a b c “Hero teenager dies chasing suicide bomber away from his school in Pakistan”. Mirror. 10 January 2014.
  11. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e Correspondent. “Saving lives: A teenager’s sacrifice for hundreds of mothers”. The Express Tribune. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  12. Jump up^ “Whole nation proud of Hangu hero: COAS”. The Nation. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  13. ^ Jump up to:a b “Pakistan teen dies stopping suicide bomber”. Al Jazeera. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  14. Jump up^ Saqib, Nasir. “Young defender: Public demands Nishaan-e-Haider for Aitizaz”. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  15. Jump up^ “Aitzaz Hasan: Pakistan ‘hero’ recommended for award”. BBC New. 10 January 2014.
  16. Jump up^ “Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif hailed Aitzaz Hasan as a national hero”. Khybernews.tv. 11 January 2014.
  17. Jump up^ “Martyr for the nation: Army chief salutes valour of Hangu teenager”. The Express Tribune. 12 January 2014.
  18. Jump up^ “Aitzaz Hasan: 15-yr-old gave his life tackling a bomber, saved 2000 schoolmates”. Dunya News. 8 January 2014.
  19. Jump up^ “Aitizaz Hasan: Imran ‘deeply disappointed’ at K-P govt’s lack of response”. The Express Tribune. 12 January 2014.
  20. Jump up^ “Herald’s Person of the Year: Aitzaz Hasan”. Dawn News.
  21. Jump up^ http://www.dawn.com/news/1154337/
  22. Jump up^ “sheet laid on Aitzaz Hussain’s grave on COAS behalf”. The Frontier Post. 11 January 2014.
  23. Jump up^ “Hangu school named after student hero Aitzaz Hasan”. The News. 14 January 2014.
  24. Jump up^ “Biopic ‘Salute’ to pay homage to Aitzaz Hassan”. DAWN Images. Anum Rehman. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
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PSA: Vault 7 – aka Obama’s CIA’s secret spy tools but they lost it to the enemy…

Written By Frank M. Lin 3/7/2017 6:28 pm @ San Francisco – I’ve been dealing with the annoying battery problem all day today.  Freaking sucks.  I think I might have to look for more advanced battery than lead-acid for the M5.  Maybe LiFePo4 or something better…

Anyway, the buzzword in the wikileaks related news lately was Vault 7 and more details are now released.  In summary, lot of these were speculated on years ago.  However this is the first time full evidence is being shown.  Which is still a huge deal.


 

Source: http:What Is WikiLeaks’ Vault 7? Photos & Clues

What Is WikiLeaks’ Vault 7? Photos & Clues

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The photo says “Prefecture” beneath the world “Vault.” Some think it reads Prefecture 333, but it actually reads Prefecture 353. We found the source of the photo. But first, here are the guesses that were wrong:

Some believe that the photo appears to be of Kryptos, a sculpture outside the CIA headquarters in Langley. The sculpture, by James Sanborn, includes four encrypted messages. Since it was dedicated on November 3, 1990, three out of four of the messages have been solved. Here’s a photo of the sculpture below. However, this is not the sculpture in WikiLeaks’ photo.

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Others say the photo is actually this sculpture in the D.C. Convention Center

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As you can see, WikiLeaks did not edit the Prefecture part into the photo. The sculpture already reads “Prefecture 353 A.D.” So no, unlike what some theories have surmised, this is not related to China’s 333 prefecture-level cities.

What happened in 353 AD? There was the Battle of Mons Seleucus, where Emperor Constantius II defeated Magnentius, who committed suicide in Gaul to avoid capture. Constantius then reunified the Roman Empire. Constantius II sent his official, Catena, to Britain to kill opponents supporting Magnentius. Martinus committed suicide after failing to kill Catena.

As far as the Year Zero part of the tweet, some surmised that it could mean that the information is so huge that it could feel like “restarting” part of history once it’s released. However, according to a later tweet by WikiLeaks, it actually means that it’s the first in a series of releases that WikiLeaks plans for Vault 7.

Vault 7 Is About a CIA Global Hacking Program

WikiLeaks summarized some important points in a press release about Vault 7. These are a new series of leaks on the CIA and “the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency,” WikiLeaks explained. This first part in the series has 8,761 documents and files from a high-security network at Langley. WikiLeaks explained that it didn’t hack the CIA. Somehow, the CIA lost control of most of its hacking arsenal (malware, viruses, trojans, etc.) — amounting to several hundred million lines of code — in an archive that was circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors. WikiLeaks was given “portions” of the archive.

According to WikiLeaks’ press release, “Year Zero” exposes the CIA’s covert hacking program, including exploits against products like iPhone, Android, Windows, and Samsung TVs. The CIA has an extensive hacking division, WikiLeaks said, which is composed over over 5,000 registered users and more than a thousand hacking systems and malware. WikiLeaks’ press release adds that its source is questioning the scope of the CIA’s hacking and if it exceeds mandated powers. The leak, WikiLeaks said, was meant to “initiate public debate about the security, creation, use, proliferation, and democratic control of cyberweapons.”

Read even more about Vault 7 in the story below:

WikiLeaks Vault 7: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Here are all the details about Vault 7, a release about covert CIA hacking operations that focused on smartphones, encrypted apps, smart TVs, and cars.

Click here to read more


 

Source: https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/

Cliff Notes:

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repost: “Logan” Eviscerates War and Demographic Planning

Reposted by Frank M. Lin 3/13/2017 7:14 am @ San Francisco, California – I really don’t like to watch superhero in general as they are usually made for kids, have unrealistic or crappy effects and lame stories.  But generally speaking I like Hugh Jackman’s work.  I especially loved The Fountain.  I saw this review on FEE.org and now I really want to see it…


 

“Logan” Eviscerates War and Demographic Planning

When we first see Hugh Jackman in the new film Logan, his character is hung over and hobbling: a shambolic shadow of his former self, the slashing super-hero Jackman has played in seven films over seventeen years. The Wolverine we have come to know is vigorous and invincible. Now he is worn out and wracked with chronic pain, which he self-medicates with booze. His claws are malfunctioning, his healing powers are fading, and the toxicity of his metal-laced skeleton is slowly killing him.

“Logan no longer wants to be a hero but has heroism thrust upon him.”

Old man Logan has retired from the hero business. Instead, he is working as a limo driver, shuttling frat bros and basic party girls to and fro, trying to scrounge up enough money to buy meds for his ailing mentor Charles Xavier, played by Patrick Stewart.

Xavier is also a fallen figure. He was once “Professor X,” the charismatic founder of the X-men. Though long a paraplegic, he was once the moral leader of the mutant rights movement and a world-class genius with god-like mental powers. Now he is a frail, senile nonagenarian afflicted with a degenerative brain disease that causes lethal seizures: lethal, that is, to anyone else within a ten-mile radius.

The year is 2029, and the world is beyond saving. The bigots have won, mutants have all but died out, and Logan’s only ambition is to buy a boat so he and his adopted father figure can drift out to sea and both die in peace.

Warning: Spoilers below.

Wounded Warrior

Logan no longer wants to be a hero, but he has heroism thrust upon him when an 11-year-old girl in mortal peril named Laura enters his life. After she exhibits Wolverine-like powers, Logan learns that she is his daughter. The girl longs for a father and Xavier implores him to experience the warmth of family while he still can. Yet Logan adamantly refuses to let her into his heart. “Bad things happen to people I care about,” he insists.

Trying to mold human beings into unhesitant killers is not just the stuff of super-hero cinema.

Logan is incapable of reintegrating into civilian life, like many war veterans suffering from PTSD. And Logan is a veteran of many wars: every major US conflict from the Civil War to Vietnam, in fact; a full century of following orders and killing for the State as a weaponized man.

Then a government black ops program sought to more fully weaponize him by transforming him into “Weapon X.” (See X-men Origins: Wolverine.) This was when his skeleton and his bone claws were infused with adamantium, a process only he could survive thanks to his regenerative powers. They then prepared to wipe his mind, stripping away his humanity to make him the perfect living weapon: an obedient mutant attack dog, devoid of conscience. This was especially necessary, because Logan had previously balked at taking innocent lives when serving in “Team X,” a covert mutant strike force.

Trying to mold human beings into unhesitant killers is not just the stuff of super-hero cinema. After World War II, Army researcher S.L.A. Marshall demonstrated that most soldiers failed to fire their weapons out of reluctance to kill their fellow man. As Wikipedia tells us, “Based on Marshall’s studies the military instituted training measures to break down this resistance and successfully raised soldiers’ firing rates to over 90 percent during the Vietnam War.” These topics have recently been explored in the book On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman.

Logan managed to escape before being brainwashed. However, the manufacturers of human weapons would not give up. Weapon X stood for “Weapon 10,” and they would create a Weapon XI, Weapon XII, etc.

Weaponizing Children

In fact, Laura herself was the product of a weapons program called X-23, run by the biotech corporation Transigen. While Logan was transformed into a weapon, Laura was bred and raised to be one. Transigen inseminated captive women using DNA samples from several mutants to breed mutant children. The mothers were then euthanized and the children kept isolated from the world and abusively experimented on, trained, and psychologically conditioned to become remorseless killers.

While not nearly as severe, modern schools have some essential features in common with the X-23 program. Compulsory schools also cloister children from the real world (although not so completely) in order to control and condition them. And the first universal mandatory schooling policy was adopted largely for the sake of cultivating good future soldiers, willing to kill and be killed for the nation. As John Taylor Gatto wrote in his Underground History of American Education:

“The particular utopia American believers chose to bring to the schoolhouse was Prussian. The seed that became American schooling, twentieth-century style, was planted in 1806 when Napoleon’s amateur soldiers bested the professional soldiers of Prussia at the battle of Jena. (…)

The most important immediate reaction to Jena was an immortal speech, the “Address to the German Nation” by the philosopher [Johann] Fichte — one of the influential documents of modern history leading directly to the first workable compulsion schools in the West. Other times, other lands talked about schooling, but all failed to deliver. Simple forced training for brief intervals and for narrow purposes was the best that had ever been managed. This time would be different.

In no uncertain terms Fichte told Prussia the party was over. Children would have to be disciplined through a new form of universal conditioning. They could no longer be trusted to their parents. Look what Napoleon had done by banishing sentiment in the interests of nationalism. Through forced schooling, everyone would learn that ‘work makes free,’ and working for the State, even laying down one’s life to its commands, was the greatest freedom of all.”

For more on this topic, see my essay, “How Schooling Leads to War.”

A stark contrast to the X-23 program is the mutant academy that Professor X founded, Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. At this private academy, mutants learned how to control their powers: self-control instead of obedience. Graduates, instead of becoming conscripted, amoral killers, voluntarily become heroes who strive to protect, and never take, innocent life.

In spite of Transigen having complete control of the X-23 children from birth, the children stubbornly developed consciences and rebellious spirits. So Transigen tries a different approach. They make a direct, virtually identical clone of Logan, with his powers and his disposition toward rage, but genetically modified to not have Logan’s conscience.

With this “X-24,” the military industrial complex finally possessed what it had been trying to create since Weapon X: the perfect soldier. Lethal, unstoppable, amoral, feral, and perfectly obedient. The unruly X-23 children were then considered obsolete, and were scheduled to be “put to sleep,” but sympathetic nurses help them escape. Transigen sent its paramilitary mercenaries called Reavers, and eventually X-24 itself, to recapture its escaped subjects.

Like the fictional mutants, real-life immigrants and foreign laborers are feared for their “special abilities.”

Might even X-24 have a real world parallel someday? With rapid progress in genetic engineering, it’s not unimaginable. And with governments already willing to cage, torture, and bomb countless human beings, would you really put it past them to bio-engineer useful sociopaths?

Demographic Panic

In the X-films, a big motivation for such programs is fear of mutants. In all of the various X-programs, mutants were to be used to hunt other mutants. Both Team X and Weapon X were founded by a muta-phobe named William Stryker. Decades later, as head of the Department of Domestic Security and Defense, Stryker used his own son’s mutant mind-control powers to enslave mutants in order to hunt still other mutants. (See the film X2.)

Stryker began his career as a devoted and admiring special assistant to a scientist named Bolivar Trask, who experimented on mutants (torturing and killing many) in order to develop his Sentinels: giant robots built for governments to use to hunt mutants and counter their powers. (See X-men: Days of Future Past.) Trask was motivated by fear that, unless combatted, mutants would drive humans to extinction. He said:

“The mutant threat is the defining issue of our time. We can choose to stem the impending tide of extinction or we can stand by passively and allow it to wash away any remnants of our species.”

Demographic panic has played a huge and decisive role in political history from the ancient world to the present. Going back to the issue of public schools, one of the primary motivations for establishing compulsory public schooling in America was to forcibly assimilate the children of immigrants.

Demographic panic, and especially fear of biological race mixing, also motivated Jim Crow laws (in addition to marriage licenses, immigration restrictions, and laws regulating who may and may not work for money and under what conditions). Today we see the same sexual anxiety in the alt-right’s smearing of non-white races as being predisposed to rape and even in its fondness for the epithet “cuck” (cuckold).

One aspect of demographic panic is the scapegoating of whole populations for economic woes. Like the fictional mutants, real-life immigrants and foreign laborers are feared for their “special abilities”: their uncanny ability to outcompete domestic, native labor. Historically, this has been a primary motivation for such enacting policies as protectionism, the minimum wage, and occupational licensure.

And today, Trask’s demographic rhetoric finds echo in the alt-right’s obsessions with “demographic winter” and “race suicide.”

Preventive Persecution

After Trask was assassinated by a mutant, Stryker carried on his mission. Stryker’s anti-mutant rhetoric skewed more in the direction of a security hawk than a racialist. But his policies had much the same upshot. He once opined:

“Mutants, I don’t hate them. I just know what they can do. You don’t realize this but we are at war. I took an oath: Protect this country. My name is William Stryker, and I am not a monster. I’m simply a patriot.”

“We are at war” is a common refrain of nationalists like top Trump advisor Steve Bannon, who preach an inevitable, climactic clash of civilizations between the West and the Muslim East.

In the original X-men movie, a “Mutant Registration Act” is championed by a US Senator named Robert Kelly. Kelly insists that mutants must be identified and investigated, so any threat they pose can be countered.

All of this echoes the real-world right-wing predilection for pre-crime policies: the willingness to persecute those deemed dangerous, to abridge freedom for the sake of security, to paradoxically violate rights in the name of protecting rights from possible future violations.

Anti-mutant policy also mirrors the real-world doctrine of collective punishment.

We hear the arguments all the time:

“Islam has inherent violent and tyrannical tendencies. Therefore Muslims must be surveilled, restricted, even registered.”

“Certain races have innate violent tendencies, and so police brutality, racial profiling, and mass incarceration are justified.”

“Certain immigrants might have criminal tendencies, or even worse, might vote Democrat, and so we must keep/kick them out.”

“Drug addicts might commit robbery to get money for their next fix, and in general hurt public morals, so we need a War on Drugs.”

“Even a 1% chance that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq could acquire weapons of mass destruction must be treated the same as a certainty, and therefore we must forestall the potential threat with a preventive war.” (The Cheney Doctrine and Bush Doctrine combined.)

The Collectivism of War

Anti-mutant policy also mirrors the real-world doctrine of collective punishment: the belief that various “wars” must be waged on whole populations in order to counter the threat posed by individuals within those populations.

The X-men, like real-world classical liberals, are caught in the middle.

The persecution inherent in such policies inevitably radicalizes some within the target population. “Blowback” is when these radicalized individuals retaliate. Such retaliation itself can involve collective punishment of innocent civilians.

In the real world, Western military interventions in Muslim countries kill and harm civilians. This incites terrorist attacks against Western countries, which also kill and harm civilians. That provokes the West to wage even more expansive wars in the Greater Middle East, which helps to proliferate terrorism further, etc.

This cycle of violence can be seen in the X-films too. The war on mutants waged by people like Trask and Stryker radicalized Magneto and his followers, who then declared war on the entire non-mutant human race.

The X-men, like real-world classical liberals, are caught in the middle, heroically striving to defuse the war by defending in word and deed the universal rights that inhere in every individual, irrespective of demography; by denouncing the policies of pre-crime and collective punishment; and by insisting on the possibility of social harmony.

Final Dissolution

The X-men have tragically lost this struggle in the world of Logan. It is the mutants who have been driven to extinction. Transigen’s “final solution” for the “mutant problem” was horrifyingly simple: it tainted the food supply with a drug that prevented mutants from being conceived. Mass round-ups probably finished the job. This is reminiscent of the mass forced sterilization of such eugenicist regimes as Nazi Germany, and Hitler’s inspiration, Progressive Era America.

Having already virtually exterminated mutant-kind, one might wonder why Transigen was bent on manufacturing more of them. Zander Rice, Transigen’s chief scientist, explained that mutant powers were fine, so long as they were under the control of authority. This is characteristic of the central planning mindset, which, as Ludwig von Mises wrote, aims at:

“…abolishing laissez-faire not only in the production of material goods, but no less in the production of men.”

Logan’s Run

Yet, the genocide was not completely accomplished. It is revealed that a mutant refuge exists in Canada. And Logan succeeds in helping Laura and the other refugee mutant children escape from Transigen, and from the American anti-mutant police state, and find asylum in the north.

But Logan’s greatest triumph is one last moment of defiance against those who sought to reduce him to a weapon, to an animal in service of the State. (His former commanding officer Stryker once taunted him, “People don’t change, Wolverine. You were an animal then and you’re an animal now. I just gave you claws.”)

Before the end, he holds Laura’s hand, and finally lets her into his heart. He asserts his humanity, his private life, and his freedom from the State that demanded his servitude. He is not an animal, not a weapon, not even a soldier. In the end he is a hero, a son, a father, a man.

Dan Sanchez

Dan Sanchez is Managing Editor of FEE.org. His writings are collected at DanSanchez.me.

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VOTD: Chinese & Taiwan Rap/Hip-pop lately…

Written By Frank M. Lin 3/13/2017 12:28 am – One of the best songs I’ve heard in the past year is High Brothers.  But thanks to youtube I’ve been listening to a lot of new artists and their efforts.  Lot of them have subtle originality and it’s awesome to see China and Taiwan having people working hard pumping out new tracks.  Hip-pop & rap certainly has worked its magic and made global influences…  there will be a day when the influences go full circle and Asia create new flavors and it comes back to USA.  Power of music!

I’ve been jamming to this song LOTS.  Everyone I’ve showed it to loves it in USA…  they should be blowing up in 2017 in my opinion.

First video I’ve ever seen of her.  This track is sick.  Dope beats and interesting way to drop…  I like it.

Interesting Chinese gansta rap lol lol.  Something different.

YZ and Young B are from Taiwan.  Can’t say I really like them but occasionally they have some interesting tracks.

CDC, another interesting track.

Wow the flow is crazy…

Hmm!  Interesting.

Very original style I think.  Dope dope dope.

Very good Chinese lyrics.  Again, original beats (I think)…

Nice video.  Who the hell are these guys?!  Apparently from Taiwan!!

Older track, youtube video released in 2013!!  Nice.

Another 2013 song.  Fresh!!  Damn I’ve been missing out!  Very interesting style.  Singing is a bit like metal rock…  screaming hard!  Check this out!  Amazing lyrics too.  Wowzers.  This song actually made me cry.  So amazing.

Nice talent show version by two girls.

Whoa.

 

 

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VOTD: Dido – Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong

Written By Frank M. Lin 3/11/2017 12:51 pm @ Hayward Public Library, Hayward, California- Dido is one of my favorite female song writer/singer.  I just love her voice.  Her song’s melody and lyrics are very nice too.  Just swell.  I could have them on repeat all day as her songs as easy to listen to…  Enjoy.

Her first hit song I think…

Probably my favorite song of her.

Her original version of Thank You.

The more famous version with Eminem.

Her live performances are excellent and here are a few examples below:

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