burndontfreeze:

thefreelioness:

The NYPD tried to start a hashtag outpouring of positive memories with their police force. 

If this were ever a bad idea, it was probably the worst idea for arguably the most corrupt police force in America. 

via Vice:

Peace is within oneself to be found in the same place as agitation and suffering. It is not found in a forest or on a hilltop, nor is it given by a teacher. Where you experience suffering, you can also find freedom from suffering. Trying to run away from suffering is actually to run toward it.
—Ajahn Chah (via thecalminside)

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ancienttimenews:

Graham Hancock Compares Stone Age Paintings and Ayahuasca Paintings
"The images on the left are both more than 15,000 years old and are from the Stone Age painted caves of Europe. The images on the right were painted in the 1980s by Amazonian shaman Pablo Amaringo and feature details from his visions induced by drinking the powerful psychoactive brew Ayahuasca. I was able to speak to Pablo a few years ago (he has since passed away) and he told me that the "flyingsaucers” in his visions were not mere spacecraft but rather “vehicles for entering and leaving the spirit world”. And although we cannot interview the Stone Age painters of Europe, recent research, notably by Professor David Lewis-Williams of Witwatersrand University in South Africa, makes a very strong case that they, too, were depicting visions seen in deeply altered states of consciousness (perhaps brought on by the consumption of psilocybin mushrooms). When a shaman speaks of the spirit world he is not very far from the concept of a parallel dimension. Thus while I believe the similarities between the Stone Age art and much more recent Amazonian art reflect similar experiences I keep an open mind on what exacrtly those experiences may be. “Ancient astronauts” is a very appealing, simplistic, modern meme but I have a feeling that we may be dealing with something MUCH more mysterious and intriguing than high-tech aliens visiting us from other planets in our own physical dimension. I explore all of this much further in my book “Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind.” “
For more examples of Pablo Amaringo’s art see his gallery on website: http://www.grahamhancock.com/gallery/supernatural/

ancienttimenews:

Graham Hancock Compares Stone Age Paintings and Ayahuasca Paintings

"The images on the left are both more than 15,000 years old and are from the Stone Age painted caves of Europe. The images on the right were painted in the 1980s by Amazonian shaman Pablo Amaringo and feature details from his visions induced by drinking the powerful psychoactive brew Ayahuasca. I was able to speak to Pablo a few years ago (he has since passed away) and he told me that the "flyingsaucers” in his visions were not mere spacecraft but rather “vehicles for entering and leaving the spirit world”. And although we cannot interview the Stone Age painters of Europe, recent research, notably by Professor David Lewis-Williams of Witwatersrand University in South Africa, makes a very strong case that they, too, were depicting visions seen in deeply altered states of consciousness (perhaps brought on by the consumption of psilocybin mushrooms). 

When a shaman speaks of the spirit world he is not very far from the concept of a parallel dimension. Thus while I believe the similarities between the Stone Age art and much more recent Amazonian art reflect similar experiences I keep an open mind on what exacrtly those experiences may be. “Ancient astronauts” is a very appealing, simplistic, modern meme but I have a feeling that we may be dealing with something MUCH more mysterious and intriguing than high-tech aliens visiting us from other planets in our own physical dimension. 

I explore all of this much further in my book “Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind.” “

For more examples of Pablo Amaringo’s art see his gallery on website: http://www.grahamhancock.com/gallery/supernatural/

Not to suppress mourning (suffering) (the stupid notion that time will do away with such a thing) but to change it, transform it, to shift it from a static stage (stasis, obstruction, recurrences of the same thing) to a fluid state.
—Roland Barthes, Mourning Diary (via theagonistes)

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terminal-dogma:

america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
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in other news, the sky is blue and water is wet

terminal-dogma:

america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 

The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.

That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.

This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…

(Read Full Text)

in other news, the sky is blue and water is wet

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66lanvin:

COME back AS a FLOWER……….No.14

66lanvin:

COME back AS a FLOWER……….No.14

nevver:

Casey Weldon

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http://americawakiewakie.com/post/82923431835/america-wakiewakie-when-a-self-proclaimed

america-wakiewakie:

When a self proclaimed ‘realist’ tries to call me an ‘idealist’ they are trying to decouple my claim to legitimacy by marginalizing it as utopian. If this ever happens to you, know this:

What the person you are speaking to is really saying is 'I do not believe people…

Is it political if I tell you that if we burn coal, you’re going to warm the atmosphere? Or is that a statement of fact that you’ve made political? It’s a scientific statement. The fact that there are elements of society that have made it political, that’s a whole other thing.
—Neil deGrasse Tyson (via socio-logic)

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