(painting by Michael Parkes)
"She used to drag her mattress beside her low window and lie awake for a long while, vibrating with excitement, as a machine vibrates from speed. Life rushed in upon her through that window - or so it seemed. In reality, of course, life rushes from within, not from without."
"No romantic novel ever written in America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as My Antonia." In this symphonically powerful and magnificently observed novel, Willa Cather created one of the most winning heroines in American fiction, a woman whose robust high spirits and calm, undemonstrative strength make her emblematic of the virtues Cather most admired in her country. We first meet Antonia Shimerda as the young daughter of a Bohemian immigrant who in time will be driven to suicide by the oceanic loneliness of life on the Nebraska prairie. Through the eyes of Jim Burden, her tutor and disappointed admirer, we follow Antonia from farm to town and through hardships both natural and human, surviving everything from poverty to a failed romance-- and not only surviving, but triumphing.
READ THE BOOK "My Antonia" on-line: http://www.online-literature.com/willa-cather/my-antonia/
VISIT THE WILLA CATHER Foundation Website: www.willacather.org/
The video clip (below) is an excellent example of the reason that we cannot trust ANYTHING we see on film, video, television, Facebook, etc. to be "real". The art of Computer Generated Imaging (CGI) in the film and television industry is now so highly developed that the viewing audience cannot distinguish between reality and fantasy. When this technology is applied as intentional disinformation in the hands of those who desire to confuse and control us, let the Viewer beware! How do we know what is "true". How can we determine what is intentional disinformation or propaganda?
Here is a excerpt from the book THE OZ FACTORS that addresses this subject:
"5/ SHE FELL FROM A STAR
"Come out, come out, wherever you are and meet the young lady who fell from a star ... "--Glinda sings to the Munchkins in 'The Wizard of Oz'
False information, less diplomatically stated, could be called lies. Sometimes lies are unintentional. Sometimes lies are intentional. Regardless, false is false, and we need to inspect all the information we receive to ensure that it is not false.
One way to know if information is false is to determine whether the information helps us achieve a workable solution or does it lead toward continued mystery.
Such scrutiny may seem obvious, but few people critically examine information they receive. Whether the information has to do with the meaning of life or how to bake a better chocolate chip cookie, it is wise to put the information to the test before using it to develop any theories or before taking action based upon it.
Logically, before we go skipping down the Yellow Brick Road into the unknown, a few simple precautions might prove useful.
Precaution 1: Does the information contain actual statistics or documented evidence or is it just a broad, sweeping generalized statement?
The morning newspaper headlines have propagandized a recent political effort to take guns away from the citizens with broad, general statements like: "Street gangs are sweeping the country! The youth of America are all killing each other with illegal handguns!"
By contrast, 12,400 people were killed by accidental falls. So, why don't the newspapers have headlines about "The Terrible Tragedy of Gravity"?
More than 28,642 people committed suicide in 1990 and 69,225 died of pneumonia or flu. Cigarette smoking was a major killer with 78,380 deaths from emphysema. Meanwhile, in a real, honest-to-god-epidemic, 476,927 people died of cancer! How much effort is being made by the propaganda machines of big government to prevent smoking which is one of the principle causes of cancer?
False information is also spread simply by failing to include all of the correct information or including too much information.
Precaution 2: Does the information help your survival? Is it destructive? Is it just plain upsetting?
Asking the news media to report "the truth" is like asking a fly crawling on a cow pie for an accurate description of the cow. The kind of information we receive from the morning news on television or in newspapers or 'Time' magazine is, factually, very often highly spin-doctored, altered and misinterpreted. The so-called "news" is nothing more than a very tiny slice of the most shocking, disastrous, upsetting, tragic, gruesome, inhumane events which these sources painstakingly cut from the relatively large and lovely pie of life. This "news" is gathered from isolated sources, at great expense and selectively edited using the most sensationally colored prose imaginable. Yet the mainstream media news neglect to report the fact that billions of people and billions of other life forms on this planet are enjoying happy lives--no thanks to them!
Does reading or hearing about every single psychopathic rape/murder/theft/mayhem/disaster that occurs anywhere on the entire planet really improve the quality of your life or happiness? Or is this information you can more happily live without?
6/ THE RUBY SLIPPERS
"Take special care of those Ruby Slippers. I want those most of all!"--The Wicked Witch of the West in 'The Wizard of Oz'
Definition: Vested Interest--1/ a survival or non-survival plan or agenda which has been "clothed" to make it seem like something other than what it actually is; 2/ any person, group or entity which prevents or controls communication to serve their own purposes.
Example: Governments control communication between the people of their country. You must get a passport to travel to another country. You must pass through a customs' inspection in order to enter the country. You must pay taxes (money is a form of communication). You must get a license to get married or go into business.
Example: Religions prevent and control communication between people and the gods, saints and spirits. You have to pay the priest money for him to "bless" you or to "absolve" you of "sin" as a supposed representative of the god(s).
Example: A husband usually tries to prevent communication between his wife and other potential lovers.
What would happen if you could safely communicate with everything and everyone?
Political, religious and financial vested interests, typically, DO NOT want people to answer this question. The reason is simple: if you could safely communicate with anyone or anything, they would be out of business!
Such institutions very frequently determine what we are allowed to believe by feeding us their version of "the truth". Our "belief" in their version of "the truth" is usually backed up by the threat of death, imprisonment, excommunication or bankruptcy.
All human beings have flesh bodies. Flesh bodies require food, shelter, clothing and as many other goods and creature comforts as one can buy, borrow or pillage. This seems to be a common denominator of survival. It is also a source of illogical thinking which has tended to clog the water mains of our minds with all manner of unspeakable refuse: namely, our vested interest in survival.
Survival requires stuff, and stuff costs money and money takes work. This often means that we must each pretend to "like" someone or "believe" in something--that we could actually care less about--for the sake of "earning a living"."
The Emmy award-winning team at Brainstorm Digital has put together the before and after shots from season 2 of HBO's hit series "Boardwalk Empire". (courtesy of Home Box Office, Inc) www.brainstorm-digital.com. Twitter: @BrainstormVFX.
"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)
"The "Old Empire" thought control operation is run by a small group of old "baboons" with very small minds. They are playing insidious games with no purpose and no goal other than to control and destroy IS-BEs who could otherwise manage themselves perfectly well, if left alone. These types of artificially created incidents are being forced upon the human race by the operators of the mind-control prison system. The prison guards will always promote and support oppressive or totalitarian activities of IS-BEs on Earth. Why not keep the inmates fighting between themselves? Why not empower madmen to run the governments of Earth? The men who run the criminal governments of Earth mirror the commands given them by covert thought-controllers of the "Old Empire"."
-- Excerpt from the Top Secret military transcripts from Roswell AFB, 1947, published in the book ALIEN INTERVIEW.
If you have never seen the film WAG THE DOG, here is a trailer and a couple of extra videos that illustrate exactly how the main-stream media is used to control the minds of the public. It's not reality: "it's a pageant".
The following video shows "real life" examples of the CIA disinformation "pageant" in recent events. The point is simple: you can't believe ANYTHING you see on television. It is all a "disinformation pageant" designed to control you, keep you in fear, keep you paying taxes, praying to non-existent gods, supporting false economies, and electing criminal politicians to pass laws that will enslave you.
Official Transcript of the U.S. Army Air Force
Roswell Army Air Field, 509th Bomb Group
SUBJECT: ALIEN INTERVIEW, 25. 7. 1947, 1st Session
"Before you can understand the subject of history, you must first understand the subject of time. Time is simply an arbitrary measurement of the motion of objects through space.
Space is not linear. Space is determined by the point of view of an IS-BE when viewing an object. The distance between an IS-BE and the object being viewed is called "space".
Objects, or energy masses, in space do not necessarily move in a linear fashion. In this universe, objects tend to move randomly or in a curving or cyclical pattern, or as determined by agreed upon rules.
History is not only a linear record of events, as many authors of Earth history books imply, because it is not a string that can be stretched out and marked like a measuring tool. History is a subjective observation of the movement of objects through space, recorded from the point of view of a survivor, rather than of those who succumbed. Events occur interactively and concurrently, just as the biological body has a heart that pumps blood, while the lungs provide oxygen to the cells, which reproduce, using energy from the sun and chemicals from plants, at the same time as the liver strains toxic wastes from the blood, and eliminates them through the bladder and the bowels.
All of these interactions are concurrent and simultaneous. Although time runs consecutively, events do not happen in an independent, linear stream. In order to view and understand the history or reality of the past, one must view all events as part of an interactive whole. Time can also be sensed as a vibration which is uniform throughout the entire physical universe."
Excerpt from the transcripts published in the book ALIEN INTERVIEW edited by Lawrence R. Spencer