Saturday, 31 March 2012

Prison Break: Addendum


The expectations which are set by the first season are seldom met by the seasons afterwards.The very high standard of first season is unmatched by any other season in my opinion. I came to know that the second season was rated very highly during the original release, but I personally found the first season to be much more thrilling and mysterious than all other seasons.Wentworth Miller does justice with the role he plays in all seasons. He looks like a Budhhist because of his sensitivity and calm nature. Robert Knepper and Paul Adelstein stand out of all as far as performances are concerned.


Dominic Purcel continues to play a weakling until very end in the season 3. I did not like his acting. The character of Lincoln in the script is also a peculiar and dramatically weak character. Episodes in which Paul T. Scheuring has played a key role, either as a script-writer or as a director, stand out.




They have failed to maintain quality of direction after the second season. The third season has done much damage to the expectations set by the first. They might have stopped doing any other seasons after the second and Prison Break would always have been remembered with much reverence. The goofs just get piled up as seasons progress. The character of Lincoln/Michael's father looked like a promising character in the making but it ends in wretched manner. The character of Alex Mahone does much damage to the standard of secret service agents which was set by Paul and co. and Mahone has been dragged further in seasons without being a substantial character.

Information Blockage


Any system which has free flow of information inside it, as well as, participates in a feedback loop which includes its surroundings, sustains. Feedback loop is important for systems of any type including human systems. A robust feedback loop helps sustenance and swift improvement in any dynamic structure. Information blockage causes the weakening and if continued for enough long, then, death of a system.


Information blockage might primarily happen in two ways in humans. First, within a group, certain humans might not be privy to the information to which others are. This happens all the time and when it reaches to its threshold the subject is thrown out of the group. Second type of information blockage is all pervading. It's what you call 'Maya'. It's because of the instrument of perception in humans. You don't see what is out there but rather what you want to see. This selective bias causes much of suffering. Suffering is also caused by the first type of information blockage mentioned up-thread. Both of these types cause suffering and if they cause any soothing at all, it's temporary. 

Take an angry person for example--he is so short tempered that none of his friends dare to reach him to tell him the truth about his good or bad qualities. He is fed with artificial information about himself and situations. The result is that he day by day starts getting it darker around him. In the darkness of ignorance he wakes up and in this very darkness he eats, sleeps and works. Even his closest friends and family members are afraid of speaking Truth to him because they don't know when they would have to face sudden outburst of anger for apparently no reason. Such a man dies a death in darkness and is reborn in darkness. Tamoguna causes anger and anger breeds more and more ignorance. This is the example for Maya which causes the information blockage. 

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Prison Break: Season 1


Prison Break is one of the best TV shows you will ever watch. I think it is a combination of Shawshank Redemption and The Departed and many conspiracy theories. There are conspiracies inside conspiracies in this story at so many levels that you never cease to wonder. It has action, thrill, suspense, mystery and drama (And even horror! There is one stunning scene in Episode 12, Season 1.) It has so many unpredictable twists which are intelligent as well. It’s not just mystery but sheer unpredictable nature of these episodes which makes things look real, intriguing, enigmatic and fascinating. I don’t have words to appreciate the carefulness with which scripts have interconnected all the characters in these episodes. The story was done by Paul T. Scheuring.

Protagonist, who is calm, calculating and brilliant, is most convincing character in the series. He puts his own life in danger in order to save the life of others, be it his brother, doctor or guard. He suffers from Low Latent Inhibition, a condition in which brain processes every sense object in a more detailed manner than usual and that condition has made him a meticulous genius. It's masterly created with great attention to the details. But this one is hilarious: See what has happened to Psychology: Low Latent Inhibition seems to have made protagonist a very sensitive subject. He is very sensitive towards the sufferings of others, which means, in a way he is like Buddha the Gautama. Was Buddha the Gautama suffering from Low Latent Inhibition? Psychology comes up with many fanciful terms time to time. There is an origami paper bird which symbolizes something for the protagonist, perhaps his elder brother's love and care in almost every episode. The map of the Fox-River penitentiary on the body of the protagonist seems a bit far-fetched.



Prison Break is mesmerizing, spell-binding, enchanting series like a great movie which you wish should never end because of its grip on you! I like the name 'Veronica', the sound of it is so euphonious but the girl who is attorney of Lincoln is, a dimwit character who is busy creating more problems than she solves. She is most boring link in the story because she doesn’t think at all. This 'setting-up' business is so highly pronounced in this series that you find it going on and on in and out of prison in virtually every other episode. There are so many mysteries equally intriguing in this story: Take for example 'Fibonachi', or Vice-President's involvement or D. B. Cooper. It is not much of a courtroom drama but whatever it's it's just great. The attorney of Lincoln, who happens to be his ex-girlfriend as well, seems to me most dumb character against conspirators and so does Lincoln himself who frustrates indomitable spirit of protagonist because of his foolish, impulsive acts more than once. Directors and writers of episodes of this TV series are not same across the episodes. Could that be one of the sources for such creative episodes?


I am in awe of Prison Break because it shows you the ways in which TV could be smarter than the cinema. This show does more than any movie can ever do for a suspense-thriller-mystery-buff because of the time frame available for the experimentation, but on the other hand had it not been for brilliant script and meticulous direction it could have become very boring over the time. Some goofs include people getting healed miraculously in a very short span of time after sustaining some seriously fatal injuries.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Texas Chainsaw Massacre!


The story of ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ as an experience for its characters seems to be worse than their worst nightmares. This movie invokes disgusting terror of most horrifying nightmare. It's a film based on real events. It is one of the best horror movies ever made because it scares you without having too lurid content. Like Roman Polanski's The Tenant and Rosemary's Baby, this movie gradually builds up the tension.


The movie has great cinematography, elements of a great mystery movie and it affects you by highlighting the most psychotic and sadistic parts of psyche. The last victim of the Chainsaw-killer (Sally) runs for her life and she begs to the owner of the barbeque for her life, who turns out to be a sadist Chainsaw-gang-member. To aggravate the tension in the climax, the psychotic sado-masochist man who had met Sally's group earlier in the day, joins the gang and to even more horrifying end the grandpa starts sucking blood out of Sally's finger like a devilish infant. This movie is a horror masterpiece and seems to be the platform on which movies like Wrong Turn have been made; but unlike Wrong Turn (where devils are mutants and not normal humans), the sado-masochistic killers in this movie seem much close to human's dark psyche and in a way it's similar to The Shining.

Performances are perfect and so is the direction. There seem to be no flaws in the flow of the story and movie is short enough to sustain the stress it creates till the end.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

From Russia With Love!


I like music. Yes, most of us do. When I am doing something routine, I prefer listening music over exposing myself to surrounding noises because of my over-excitable psychological disposition. If you listen to the set of your favourite records, over and again, day after day for many months, they cease to be your favourites because of the overuse. You might have heard your friends saying “If you want to convert your favourite song into the song you hate most, all you have to do is to set it as your cell phone’s ringtone." Well, I have never tried it but it seems pretty convincing indeed.




That is why no matter how good the set of songs you listen to everyday, they start making you feel in doldrums. And that's why there are Radio FM broadcasts. They help you get the refreshment by changing music without your conscious effort and that's what makes them so interesting in my opinion. But they might also become difficult to take if they are marred by advertisements, poor jockeys and absurd patterns.




Since I have been in Bangalore, I have listened Radio FM A (Keeping it like this to avoid lawsuits) and Radio Fever104. My stint with Radio Fever 104 has been just a week old methinks. My experience with A has been very bad. When you talk about most popular Radio channels in India which are not national Radio channels (Vividh Bharati), you get only and only Bollywood songs in the name of music. It’s not necessarily carefully selected and it's mostly latest popular Bollywood numbers. What aggravates situation and makes it an absolutely indigestible experience at times is: Seemingly everlasting advertisements with very little of music on A. Such streams don't let you listen good numbers and they don't let good songs complete because an advertisement is always in the queue and it cuts in without letting the song complete. The Radio Jockeys who consider themselves Linguists and know nothing about languages annoy you like hell (This is just way of saying it for I don't remember any of my visits to the hell!). They think that their general knowledge is superb whereas they're mostly ignorant buffoons. Radio Fever 104 on the other hand has most humble and sweet Radio jockeys.  






Radio Fever 104 also has many sessions where you get to listen incessant-uninterrupted stream of good songs. It also has a few serials on various issues, for example they're presenting Radiography on Gandhi these days. But in spite of all good things it has its own weakness and it's called 'From Russia With Love.' This seemingly mysterious nemesis haunts all listeners of Radio FM 104 Fever. I was puzzled by it. A voiceover artist called Shweta presents many programs filled with everything happening in Russia, which ranges from Politics to Science to Society to Language. I tried my luck with Google and found many annoyed listeners giving most negative feedback for this program but I did not find even a single positive feedback, neither did I find anyone coming up from Radio's side, taking responsibility for the evil perpetuation of tortuous sadism called 'From Russia With Love.' Upon investing further I came to know that it's 'Voice of Russia' having a contract with Radio Fever 104 (I might be factually wrong totally and hence solicit your feedback!) and God only knows the details of this contract.   

First Day of Spring Google Doodle!


Today's Google-doodle is awesome!I just love it. I love the colors and it seems like a kid has done it with dilligence but it's the artist who is child-like!


Like a good cyberloafer I observed following in this doodle:

1. A big flower of dark blue color.

2. Another flower of maroon color with white dots on it.

3. A yellow colored bird with black beak. 

4. Two butterflies of light blue color.

5. A cargo truck of green color with yellow-red colored wheels and green colored goods on it.

6. A maroon colored fragile giraffe with legs longer than its neck!


This design was done by Marimekko. I could understand most of it except significance of this green truck. Anyone who understands it, please let me also get enlightened.


Monday, 19 March 2012

Mild, Blurred, Soft and Neptunian Reality!



Outside the library room of his High School. It seems as if the sounds
of chime of bell are coming from the church which is right opposite to
the library, besides the playground. He is just standing there and
thinking something about the future and dramatically he is
simultaneously there and here.The weather is chilling and he can see
steam coming out of his mouth with every exhalation.That seems to be
the portal for this point in the future, for now and this point seems
to be the portal for that point in the past. It's as if he is
convinced that he knows everything about these events as he is
standing there. He doesn't know if he is there, imagining this all or
here dreaming that all. Reality seems to have become mild, blurred,
soft and Neptunian.There seems to be an effect created by Dreams of
last night."How many parallel universes I move through?" he asks
himself. A universe appears at random and disappears after another
dream and each one of these seem REAL. 


image source: here

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Rituals and Religions


Someone said about rituals:
It's all symbolism and ritual, why deprive people of something that give them comfort. You could reduce Christianity to simply stating that "I believe in God and Jesus Christ" one time and be done with it, but where is the fun in that? Religion is an on-going process, a continuing activity or it loses its meaning. If you do not participate that is your choice, but what is it to you if others choose to join in the act. There are many misguided religious people who believe that it is up to them to approach and 'save' those outside of the church, and this is unfortunate as it does more harm than good. Just be sure of what you believe and why, there is a lot of misinformation out there on both sides.




My response:

I will be honest here: Everyone is entitled to have opinions. Everyone should live as per their volition but does volition exist? Aren't we just born into a religion and embrace it? But why should that change things? Even embracing a religion after proselytizing because of some reasons should not be too different.


Faith is very good but doubt is better in my opinion. I know that you might think that I am younger and hence this propensity and you might think that younger people tend to be experimental because they feel energetic and immortal. So be it. But you have hit the nail on the wall in my humble opinion. Yes, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and others NEED RITUALS.



They need rituals because this monster called mind makes a hell of life without rituals. Why? Because boredom is what rules the day and has final say. Wisest will live with no rituals. The activities which are not significant apart from being rituals start dropping one after another in the lives of wise persons and there are so many I have observed. Wisdom is more of avoiding what is unnecessary than doing more things. But who am I to suggest people to become wiser? Nobody. That is why I don't. I don't preach on a high platform and I think nobody should (And even that 'should' is redundant!). I know that I am not being very eloquent but it's important to state that people are in frenzy when it comes to their religions. Rarely anyone knows the meaning of being 'religious'.



Is being born into a family which practices certain things and embracing all its rituals and even investigating into them with superficial approach what you call 'religious'? I want to tell you something: I have observed closely and I have met some of the most religious people. They have this fragrance of goodness and they're so calm and peaceful and they stand for right things and they practice no rituals. They're burning flames of consciousness and they doubt all the time. More I observe people involved in rituals, more I feel that dogma is so prevalent. You cannot talk to fanatics. If you start questioning them, they would start attacking you instead of discussing things logically. They know that they cannot stand any reasonable discussion and hence start attacking anyone who approaches them with reason. Is this being 'religious'? No it's not in my opinion and I am sorry.


'Be sure of what you believe and why' might be a difficult to interpret statement. If you really know what you're doing, you would end up doing nothing because you would dissect everything up to the end and nothing will be left, but that is what induces such great indolence that you would not remain a practical man. But being too sure causes much harm than not, especially in religious affairs.


Religious people just use convenient things. Those who try to play by 'Holy Book' too cannot play it for enough long. When you point out that they're not playing it by book, they become angry and start attacking you.

It's true that no one has any right to deprive anyone of any 'comfort'; except that this 'comfort' should not become cause of discomfort for others. Moreover it takes extraordinary audacity to say that those things which are 'comfortable' might cause great discomfort for many, later on.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Tendulkar's Block or Batsman's Block!

 There is something called Writer's Block and I wrote an article suggesting a few things which might end it effectively in my article Easily End Writer's Block. But I feel that there is something more intriguing and more urgent happening in the world of Cricket which might be called Tendulkar's Block or Batsman's Block. What is Tendulkar's Block? Let me use definition of Writer's Block from Wikipedia to define Tendulkar's Block. 



Tendulkar's block is a condition, primarily associated with Batting(Cricket) as a profession, in which a batsman loses the ability to score a new century. The condition varies widely in intensity. It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task at hand. At the other extreme, some "blocked" batsmen have been unable to score a century for years on end, and some have even abandoned their careers.[citation needed]. Throughout history Tendulkar’s block has been a documented problem . References to Batsmen’s struggle with the affliction touch  greats Gavaskar and Tendulkar  and Ganguly and many others. It can manifest as the affected batsmen viewing their work as inferior or unsuitable under immense pressure on verge of some swan song or on verge of some great historic record, when in fact it could be the opposite. 



The Times Of India Wrote:
In first Asia cup match against Sri Lanka Sachin Tendulkar was out for 6 as the wait for his 100th ton continued. His last international century came a year ago, on March 12, 2011, against South Africa; since then 143 international tons have been scored in Tests, ODIs and T20s. Of those, 18 were scored by Indians including 6 by Kohli and 5 by Rahul Dravid!

I am too inexperienced and ignorant to suggest how to end Tendulkar's Block, but perhaps you the reader might be able to tell a few things to immediately end it, effectively and forever.  


Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Will Some of Us Live Forever?


Will some people alive today never die? 

I came across this question while going through this article "Ten Good Reasons to Get Out of Bed in the Morning," by Robert Anton Wilson in book Illuminati Papers. ( I think I am reading 1996 edition.) I am surprised by the inaccuracy of estimates in the fields of Space-Migration and Life-Extension. I have written about 2001: A Space Odyssey of Stanley Kubrick and why Kubrick  and Clarke predictions were way too inaccurate about state of space affairs by 2001 is yet not clear to me. It's not just Robert Anton Wilson, Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, but a substantial group of scientists, writers and visionaries alive and dead who have predicted about Space-Migration and Life-Extension in a manner which seems Pollyanna in the light of present Life-Expectancy across the globe. 


The article by Robert Anton Wilson is most optimistic one I have ever come across on the subject of Life-Extension. There are many thinkers who suggest that part of life's beauty lies in its imperfection; in the fact that we wrap it all up and go away; that we all succumb to the death. And yes, it's reasonable to mention here that my personal opinion ( which would remain personal no matter how often I make it public, because that which is private might become public because of publication, but it remains personal if it is personal till the end of the times! It's possible that many people start agreeing with you, in which case, your personal opinion becomes opinion of many but that also does not alienate your opinion from you. The verdict is: your personal opinion remains personal no matter how public you make it!) is that "There is no death for me." Which means that I try to mean something else by word 'Death' than the ordinary sense and that 'Death' is not possible as an experience. However, as far as physical decay and aging is considered; I am in alignment with most others that I am aging like everyone else and there would be end of this body as there was a beginning. I am critical of die-hard critics of Life-Extension, because even when they assert that it's the quality of the years and not the number that matters; I feel that for those who feel that they're engaged in something worthy and want to continue doing it forever it should matter alright. Looking at the facts however suggests that even if end is inevitable, extending it and giving a stretch of say 20, 30 or 100 more years is not impossible. It's reasonable to suggest that those who are most resourceful will be the first to get life-extension. But I find that all predictions about the life-extension applications becoming reality of the day have been as flagrantly inaccurate and even grossly unscientific hitherto as estimates about Space-Migration. This makes me slightly skeptic about such predictions. It's not that I am given unto the belief that my skepticism can change society; neither do I believe that I am doing anything very significant for decreasing the count of wrong predictions. But only if it entertains you in the slightest :




Let us look at excerpts from the article:

Robert Anton Wilson wrote:Four. None of these future possibilities is reserved for die unborn. There are excellent reasons to believe that all the life-expectancy tables used by insurance companies are already obsolete. You will probably live a lot longer tiian you expect.In the very first article that I wrote on life extension (San Francisco Phoenix, 1973), I quoted the latest estimate of Dr. Johan Bjorksten, who spoke at the time of extending human lifespan to 140 years. This year, Dr. Bjorksten predicts diat humans will soon be able to live 800 years. Paul Segall, of the University of California at Berkeley, who has experimentally stopped the aging process in laboratory animals, hopes that his work will extend the human lifespan to 400 or 500 years before 1990. Dr. Robert Phedra puts the number even higher; he says that we can begin aiming to extend human lifespan to 1,000 years.



I don't know what Dr. Bjorksten meant by the word 'soon', but I see no evidence of his predictions getting materialized. If I am wrong then there are people who are very old and very powerful ( as they were the first one to get Life-Extension!) and they're hidden for some reasons! 



Robert Anton Wilson wrote:
Look at it this way: 

life expectancy in Shakespeare's day was about 30 years. (That's why Shakespeare wrote of himself so often as aging and declining in sonnets written when he was only in his early 30s.) In England, 100 years ago, life expectancy was still less than 40 years among members of the working class. It was 60 around the turn of the century in this country. It is now 72. Even if Bjorksten, Segall, Phedra, and the hundreds of other longevity researchers are overly optimistic, even if we can raise lifespan only 50 per cent in this generation, that still means that you will probably live at least 30 years past the projected 72.In the meantime, the research continues. Within even a 30-year bonus of extra years, the leap into the hundreds of years is likely to occur. For instance, if you are in your 20s now, you expect to die around 2030. Add 30 years to that, and you will live to 2060. How many more years will science be able to give you by then? Even assuming that those re-searchers currendy speaking of life exten-sions of hundreds of years are doing so too soon, in 2060 an increase of 100 years will be a conservative projection. So you can live on to 2160. And where will the life-extension sciences be by then?


It seems quite logical but are things really taking shape? That's to be seen in my opinion. I think, it's not necessary to wait till 2030 to see if it's working at all. If it's working then the old and powerful should live longer than the old and powerful of earlier ages used to live. Is that happening already? It's up to you to decide. 


By the gradual increment of life-extension breakthroughs we have been discussing, it is thinkable that some people alive today will never die. We are the first generation in history to have immortality as a scientific, not metaphysical, possibility. Every decade you survive increases the chances that you will live until the crossover point where longevity blends into immortality.In Osborn Segerberg, Jr.'s The Immortality Factor, some recent estimates of that crossover point are quoted. Arthur Clarke, in 1961, set the point late in the 21st century. A poll of 82 life-extension researchers in 1964 showed growing optimism and a prediction that chemical control of aging would be achieved by early in the 21st century. Another poll in 1969 found a spectrum of predictions ranging from 2017 (the highest estimate) to 1993 (the lowest). As Dr. Timothy Leary points out in Terra II, the largest amount of research with the most encouraging results has taken place since that poll.


As said earlier, my opinion does not matter much; but as I am opening my mouth anyway, I should suggest that I don't see any evidence around me about Life-Extension becoming public by 2017. This makes most of the predictions in the passage above wrong. Clarke estimated it to be late in 21st century and that might be true but that is also to be seen and I don't know if any of us will be alive to see that or if that matters at all!



Robert Anton Wilson wrote:In 1976, F. M. Esfandiary predicted the crossover to longevity would happen by 2000. In 1980, Dr. Alvin Silverstein pre-dicted it by 1990. Many interested citizens, following the lead of physicist R. C. W. Ettinger, who wrote The Prospect of Immortality back in 1964, have formed cryonics societies to freeze their bodies at clinical death, in the belief that future science will be able to revive them and give them a second chance. Although this method of preserving the body is available now only to the affluent, many believe that cryonic preservation of the brain, which costs as little as a few hundred dollars per year, gives an equally good chance of a person's revival—through cloning.



Do you see the pattern? Later the date of prediction of this crossover to longevity, more the chances that it's inaccurate. And what about Cryonics? I read about Walt Disney case and it might be very reasonable but are these two not very different things? Extending life and bringing it back? May be I am not making sense. So be it!


I am not very familiar with the most advanced theories about Life-Extension and I am eager to hear from you about those. I would also love to ask you if you really want to live longer. And if you want to live longer what you would do with your life ( Especially things which you're not doing already!). 

True immortality is in realizing that there is no death and birth because you're not body!

image sources: here

A Separation


A Separation is a great drama film. This movie has an intriguing story. The movie is enough fast paced to keep you mesmerized all the time. The aspects of human relationships raised are not new but the way they have been addressed is just masterly. The issues addressed in the story mostly include, divorce and its impact on children, poverty and unemployment and how they affect families, perjury and perhaps most important of all, children and their relationships with parents (This has been portrayed beautifully in a single family with three generations in it.)


  Recently some of the most comely movies of Asia have been created by Ashgar Farhadi. The flawless, tight packed direction and profound story filled with moral values; both are the creative outputs of Ashgar Farhadi.  Each and every performance in this movie looks so natural that you are left in awe. Movie reminds me of some of the great movies like Spoorloos and About Elly. This movie deserves the academy award it has won. I would straight away give ten out of ten stars to it.


An excerpt from IMDB where Ashgar expresses about preparing the actress for the character of his devout maid in this movie:

 
It was in the theater that I learned how it is that you can work with actors. To give an example, I have a character in the film [A Separation (2011)] who's supposed to be a religious woman. Once the script is finished, I didn't find her and say 'You're going to be a religious character. This is what you should do'. In the few months remaining before shooting she would actually turn into a religious person. I asked her to pray promptly every day, meaning five times. I asked her to wear a chador which is the traditional long veil. I asked her not to use her personal car... to restrict her rapport with any men who were not known to her. And after a while of rehearsing this way she actually started to behave like a religious person. Don't worry; as soon as the film is over, she turned back into her former self.


He is first Iranian filmmaker to ever win an Oscar.




The best performance in this movie comes from the actor who played the maid's husband (Hodjat) in my opinion. Even the old man suffering from Parkinson's has been done so perfectly. It would be great to watch some more movies made by this director methinks.   

Sunday, 11 March 2012

The Weed Controversy: Sweden Legalizes and Regulates Cannabis



This is an article related to The Weed Controversy



Just found this piece on a website.

Sweden Legalizes and Regulates Cannabis
12/19/2011Stockholm, December 19 - The Swedish Parliament has approved a law which will regulate the growing, usage and trade of cannabis. This is according to the Health and Social Services of Sweden, Jonas Grönhög, who was quoted, "We don't want to make the same mistakes which the USA has done, we do not want to be prohibitionists because the war on drugs has been lost long ago. It is better to prevent marginalization of young people than jail them for soft drugs usage which are comparatively harmless. If we allow the sale of alcohol, there is no reason to ban the soft drugs no longer." Cannabis products are going to be available in the pharmacies in Sweden as non-prescription medicine since April 20 in 2012 and customers more than 18-year-old can buy 10 grams at once.  Growing for personal usage will be tolerated up to 200 grams of dried marijuana and larger amounts stay illegal. It is likely that this will target the Police resources on more serious crime, especially on organized crime, drug trafficking and trafficking in human beings which have been increased for lack of the Police resources in recent years.
Source: 420 Dagbladet, Stockholm, December 19 2011



This website has many other useful links related to the matter in the hand on this page


Cannabis, MarijuanaHempPsychedelics  Psychedelics  Alternative Medicine[Making hemp illegal: 1. Provides make-work for a vast army of "law enforcers" who then are available to be used for other social control work2. Protects the market share of numerous well organized lobbies: alcohol makers, plastics and chemical manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and cotton growers (still a powerful economic force in America 200 + years after the Civil War.) 3. Gives fascist minded politicians yet another way to control the population 1 4. Keeps the money in Dope Inc.  5. Makes it easier to suppress a good medicine (seeSuppress alternatives).
   


    Cannabis as a psychedelic should be treated like a true plant ally, and with respect for it can give you great insight, feelings of beauty and love, connect you to Nature, animals and people deeply, as well as hugely enhancing your sexual feelings (especially if you have suppressed them), as well as giving you visions of your True Way.  The downside is it can get you addicted to tobacco, stimulate negative emotions and drama games, be a huge de-motivator, and most frequent users are Pyjama people.]


Here you might like to read a very nicely done essay which shows relations between Nazis and US anti-hemp leaders and explains reasons.

The Weed Controversy: Questions



The festival of Holi was celebrated  in India just couple days ago. It has been traditional in India to consume Bhaang (Indian Hemp, Cannabis Sativa) on the occasion of some festivals like Holi and Shivaratri, especially in rural village areas. I read some articles about Bhaang and other drugs. 

I came across this interesting article



Some excerpts from this article:



Marijuana was intentionally introduced to North America in Jamestown (1611) as a fiber plant, used primarily for ropes and canvas sails and for paper to print Bibles (the Gutenberg Bible and many others were published on hemp paper; what would Rev. Falwell say about marijuana Bibles?), and in many states marijuana occasionally grows as a weed, spread by birds. Many famous documents, including early drafts of the Declaration of Independence and writings of Thomas Paine, were scribed on cannabis paper. Hemp farming was done by Thomas Jefferson and many other famous individuals of colonial times, our domestic hemp industry helped our ancestors become economically independent of Mother England, and hemp was at the center of debate between the North and the South in fights by Webster and Clay over tariffs. Regardless of that legacy, in the United States the first marijuana laws were enacted in 1900, presumably because the liquor lobby did not want competition, even though from 1840-1900 more than 100 papers had been published in Western medical literature for using marijuana to treat various illnesses and discomforts. The League of Nations opposed the drug in 1925. The great blow to U.S. use of marijuana as a medicine came with the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, which became law following a massive campaign by Harry Anslinger, head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, who accused marijuana to be an addictive drug, causing violent crimes, psychosis, and mental deterioration. The film Reefer Madness was part of that campaign. That law levied a tax of $1 per ounce for industrial or medical purposes and $100 per ounce for other uses, and tax evasion was punishable by stiff fines or prison terms. That legislation made marijuana a major financial liability for anyone dealing with the plant, and all legitimate uses of marijuana and hemp were essentially stopped economically.
Several books have chronicled the legal and political actions that followed passage of the 1937 law against the use of marijuana. Early on Major LaGuardia of New York City established a commission of physicians to investigate claims made by Anslinger against marijuana; in 1944, that commission published its findings that there is no proof of links between marijuana and crime, antisocial behavior, sexual overstimulation, etc., but the U.S.F.B.N. denounced that report. The U.S. government staunchly defended its policy while later secretly giving contracts to companies to identify military uses of cannabis. In 1970, under President Nixon the Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act, which assigned psychoactive drugs to five schedules, and cannabis was assigned to the most restrictive one, Schedule I, meaning that it has no medical use, a high potential for abuse, and cannot be used safely even under doctor's supervision. Remarkably, drugs like cocaine and many opiates were placed on schedules with less restrictions, even though many of those are both deadly and highly addictive. Beginning in 1972, legal challenges began against the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, basically to reclassify Cannabis as a Schedule II drug, so that marijuana could be used for some medical uses. To date, the U.S. government through its agencies has blocked and avoided hearings and sidestepped judgments favoring the reclassification of marijuana, while many states, beginning in 1978 with New Mexico, have attempted to decriminalize possession for medical or personal use.




The United States government has refused to accept testimonials and anecdotal evidence for cannabis, insisting that none have been scientific studies, done with large samples and acceptable placebos, while the government has during the same period broadly blocked attempts by researchers to conduct the necessary research that undoubtedly would show that many claims are authentic. One group of individuals fights any legitimate use of marijuana from the standpoint of stopping use of all psychoactive drugs, which is, in general, deleterious to modern society. List here many millions of frustrated or angry adults whose children or relatives have been forever changed by the drug culture. One foe to marijuana is the pharmaceutical industry, which stands to lose billions of dollars in annual income if cheaper alternatives are prescribed, on the hemp plant which cannot be patented. Other foes to marijuana are those who insist that patients should not be taking a medicine that creates a high and is addictive, suggesting that the medical use of marijuana is a veil covering attempts by victims to have a good time. The simple fact is that most patients who use marijuana or other narcotics to relieve chronic pain or sickness do so without ever experiencing hallucinations, those associated with recreational drug use. It is not true that marijuana is fatal, there being only a couple cases of death by ingestion in the world (India), none in the United States, unless you include vehicular manslaughter and suicide committed under the influence of marijuana (a minute fraction as compared with alcohol).




My questions are:

In spite of having many proofs that tobacco and liquor are more (or at least equally) dangerous to health than Cannabis, why they're allowed whereas the latter is banned?

Why any research showing that cannabis is good for health meets outright rejection?

How something which was not dangerous started getting so heavily opposed in the twentieth century? 


Is it a grand plot of pharmaceutical agencies and liquor mafias?

Friday, 9 March 2012

Can 'Eye For An Eye' Bring A Real Closure?


This question was put to the forum members by one of the friends.

I replied thusly:

Vengeance cannot bring the closure. Even if you kill the entire family of your enemies, you carry enormous Karmic burden within and if you believe that Karma is a theory which might be true then there are bound to be repercussions and comeuppances in incarnations to follow which might seem final but would never be and it would be a really really long time after you find yourself free from this entangling 'eye for an eye' melodrama.


For a person like me who is fine without Karma being a rock-solid theory (Though I use it to discuss on many spiritual things.) there is a burden on psyche which comes with vengeance. Whether there is an after-life or not, whether there is another incarnation or not, the load and guilt borne out of having butchered someone or even having harmed someone because of the urge to take revenge is too much for me. It would be such a perturbation of my mind that I would not be able to live peacefully no matter how many meditations I try or how many poor people I feed to. 

What then would bring a closure?

Forgiving brings closure in my opinion. In many cases you will observe that wicked perpetrators have their destiny set well in advance before they have even committed crime and they meet grave misfortune on their own. Though this might bring some satisfaction to the sufferer but it's not what actually brings the closure. Even slight remnants of ego that the perpetrator suffered because he had made me suffer brings further bondage and attachment to the subject in various other actions and consequences thereafter. The final closure is forgiving which should dissolve any stains from our conscience.


It's easier said than done but definitely many times better than 'eye for an eye' in my opinion. You observe than many movies and books publicize 'eye-for-an-eye'; though it's Karmic but I personally believe that Karmic retribution is nature's cycle and need not necessarily be exercised by someone who suffered. I feel that justice comes by its own means and in due time and it comes no matter whether the person who was injured is there to witness it or not.  

Sunday, 4 March 2012

i versus I : Times Of India






I have subscribed to Times of India last week, after a gap of about 4 years. Something I noticed in the editorial columns is a prevalence or clear dominance of 'i' for first person singular pronoun, over 'I'. This was not the case with TOI editorial columns four years ago, when I used to peruse it regularly.


Now what has happened?


There seem to be two possibilities:


1. Either all of the TOI writers have switched to 'i' because it has gained some popularity in journalism.


2. Or editor(s) of TOI prefer 'i' for some unknown reasons.



I don't know exactly what the reason is, but I feel that some people who use 'i' not only in chatting online (where it's quite common) but also in e-mails and articles, do so because they feel that capitalization of first person pronoun is redundant and it's a pain to press a shift key unnecessarily.


I don't know why a word 'I' ('i') has to be in capital to mean first person singular pronoun. I have read that a capital I seems more egoistic than a lower case one. But does it make sense? I don't think so. You might say that persons who use lower case 'i' might be doing so to look more creative, but those who consistently use capital I ( like me) are doing so because they were taught to do so.



I would like to hear from you if you know more about this trend or if you know why Times of India is consistently using lower case i for first person singular pronoun.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Paan Singh Tomar


Paan Singh Tomar is a movie dedicated to those great athletes of India who are forgotten very easily. These athletes who have done great in sports and made many Indians proud because of their talent, discipline and dedication, don't get enough to meet their survival needs and often die penniless. This is indeed not most unfortunate of human disasters in India, but yet tragic and demotivates many budding athletes.


Paan Singh Tomar is the name of the protagonist in movie. He is an exceptional runner and fate moves him to become a record-setting-breaking athlete in Steeplechase. But irony of fate forces him to become a rebel-with-gun.

This movie is based on the true story of a national hero who later on becomes a much feared despicable name with a bounty on it. In spite of his serving the national army, his great performances in athletics, what he gets from corrupt politicians and jealous cousins is--chaotic alienation, brutal deception and disrespect; which make him change his ways and makes him revengeful.


Irfan Khan has performed well in my opinion and other characters look natural. There are some good scenes, very finely done, thanks to Tigmanshu Dhulia. The language used in movie is Bundelkhandi-a dialect spoken in the region of Bundelkhand. The region where Pan Singh Tomar was born and brought up is very infamous for dacoits (they like to call themselves rebels). They use violence and ransoms to earn money and one of the reasons why region known as ‘Chambal-Region’ is so dangerous is emphasized in this movie. I did not fail to notice that Irfan Khan uses 'proper Hindi', when speaking to his young kids in a scene before intermission, but he consistently speaks in Bundeli language to his wife and to his gang members.


Movie seems to create a humorous effect on audience because of use of Bundeli in certain scenes but it ends on a serious note with a question in your mind: Why are athletes treated so badly in India?   

Advertisements Annoy


Advertisements come pestering me in many guises from all the directions. Sometimes they just annoy me, sometimes they disturb me and at some other times they make me feel like a buffoon. Advertisements are most annoying when they're forced. For example: In case of radio broadcasts. In case of any streaming of media advertisements find it their righteous role to come and haunt you from every direction like The Woman In Black does!


I find advertisements very annoying when I don't have an option of skipping them. There certainly are a few services which provide you an option of skipping ads but not all of them are kind. Some of them look like on a mission to make these ads enter into your subconscious.


I am not saying that advertisements are not informative or they're not bundles of astounding creative expressions at times. They have to put a lot of creative ideas in in order to grab your attention, but, this creativity sometimes picks my nerves!


What has been your experience with advertisements?

I am very annoyed by YouTube advertisements. YouTube videos which have Advertisements just in the beginning or in between of videos without an option to skip them are just pain in my opinion. Internet was not as dramatically compulsive (Just a few days back) with advertisements, as Television was, but now internet is catching up pretty fast it seems.

Yes, advertisements which are inescapable in the beginning of DVDs are equally annoying. The telemarketers pretending to be telling you something 'urgent, important and exclusive,' calling you day after day after day seem hell-bent on testing your patience, they bring you to the threshold and let you practice 'Forgiving: the great spiritual practice’.

Then there are those e-mail services which subscribe you, rather than you subscribing them, in inexplicable and mysterious ways, and then you start getting flood of advertisements in your inbox, only to discover that unsubscribe link in their mail doesn't work. You are left with only choice which is to put their e-mail-Ids in spam filters.



There Is No Context


Be watchful of your thought process (But don't must be watchful; come on now, I am not man on a mission.) If you find too many 'We must' and 'We Should' in your rants, what exactly is happening is: In spite of your meticulous observations and mind stuff, you're getting attached to it and you're superimposing your ideas on others.

In other words: No matter how exalted my knowledge is (in my opinion), no matter how perceptive I am, if I am attached to it and I am unable to see viewpoints of others; I am a mediocre person.


More than that: I really doubt statistics which are published in newspapers, where researches-keep changing directions in the time span as little as the time in which a butterfly flaps its wings. I doubt about Greenhouse effect. I read recently that a researcher claimed that the earth is in fact getting more and more cold. Many people say that it's indeed Illuminati who controls media and hence these researches are all twisted. There is much superior Science, already developed in their opinion, being used by elite and only as much is released for common masses ( people like me and you) as they can take.


Most of us have no meaning in life and if we only contemplate, there is no meaning inherent in existence. What we do is, we invent our meanings, we find the causes to live and die for and then, we start feeling that we belong and we start playing martyrs for the causes and then we start thinking that we are doing something 'sacred' and then we want others to join this exaltedness of ours and those who don't join it are horsewhipped and ostracized because we find many people with similar ideas and we make groups (aren't we homo-sapiens!)What we don't realize is: These are just thoughts and we're in grip of them. There is nothing ideal which suits to one and all.


Friday, 2 March 2012

Another Spun Article


Today I found another article copied from my Ezine articles without any signatures. It has also been spun in the fashion similar to the previous article. This website is just amazing in my opinion. There is nobody to contact or inform about the oversight.

Here is the article I submitted to Ezine with my signatures.

[My sincere attempt to compare two articles by highlighting words with an emphasis on expertise of Mr. Spinner is here, in your service, but I do intend to revisit this article and compare every sentence.]


Malgudi Days: Nostalgia


The stories are simple yet moving. Some of these stories do have elements of suspense thrillers and almost all of them have healthy humor and existential question marks do come out dancing at the doors of your understanding in some of the stories. These stories as a whole look like celebration of life in all its forms.There is a common theme in all these stories: A person in a unique crisis. This might be crisis of faith or existential nightmare or a peculiar event. What really makes these short stories leave an indelible mark on your memory is: Coherent and very identifiable characters who are struggling for better living or for more happiness. You find that you are in these stories, your neighbour and your friends are also there and that sexagenarian old man who used to tell you great stories of his youth but rarely used to find any audience except you is there in these stories. It seems that these are stories of the village where you used to stay in your childhood. Malgudi Days has become part of memories of great old days which make many of us nostalgic. As I watch these episodes again after a long time, I find that the characters are so intriguing and so perfectly played by some very good artists. The credit indeed goes to great stories written by R K Narayan. Without these stories it would have been impossible to create such profound impact by these episodes.
Late Kannada actor and director Shankar Nag directed this television series. Anant Nag has enacted a lot of characters in many episodes. My verdict on his performances is-he is a great method actor and he has accomplished his job with utmost of sincerity. Almost all other actors have done their due with convincing art. As for the masterly direction-it just amazes you every time you watch these episodes. There are a few goofs but they were almost inevitable and if you accept them with entirety of the comely stories, you are left with something very significant to appreciate. Carnatic Musician L. Vidyanathan composed the score for this series and this is one of those musical pieces which stay with you. The sketches shown at the beginning of each episode were done by cartoonist R. K. Laxman.
Nothing better than Malgudi Days has ever happened to Indian TV in my opinion. Anything which came close to it was Byomkesh Bakshi. In both of the cases, stories were profound and well appreciated and artists, who chose to work on them for TV avatar, took the project with a great degree of earnestness.
You want to visit Malgudi after watching any story and want to become part of those interesting conversations. You want to hear a lot more of those gossips and rumours. You want to sit with villagers near wells and talk about everyday life. You want to witness that most uproarious but yet most linguistically and existentially significant conversation between Muni and USA tourist. You want to be amongst those villagers when that cat inside a vessel is jumping from place to place inside the store and they are scared that a ghost is making those noises.
BLABBERWOCKYING is name of Anand's blog. He has a penchant for scribbling, meditation and Philosophy. Read his articles at http://blabberwockying.blogspot.com/


Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6844896

Here is the article on website which is so fond of putting Ezine articles without signatures of authors.



MALGUDI DAYS: NOSTALGIA
The stories are basic however moving. Some of these stories do have elements of suspense thrillers and almost all of them have wholesome humor and existential question marks do come out dancing at the doors of your understanding in some of the stories. These stories as a entire look like celebration of life in all its types.There is a widespread theme in all these stories: A person in a distinctive crisis. This may possibly be crisis of faith or existential nightmare or a peculiar occasion. What actually makes these brief stories leave an indelible mark on your memory is: Coherent and really identifiable characters who are struggling for far better living or for more happiness. You locate that you are in these stories, your neighbour and your buddies are also there and that sexagenarian old man who employed to tell you wonderful stories of his youth but hardly ever used to locate any audience except you is there in these stories. It appears that these are stories of the village exactly where you employed to stay in your childhood. Malgudi Days has become component of memories of great old days which make many of us nostalgic. As I watch these episodes once again after a extended time, I discover that the characters are so intriguing and so perfectly played by some very good artists. The credit indeed goes to excellent stories written by R K Narayan. Without these stories it would have been impossible to generate such profound impact by these episodes.
Late Kannada actor and director Shankar Nag directed this tv series. Anant Nag has enacted a lot of characters in numerous episodes. My verdict on his performances is-he is a fantastic technique actor and he has accomplished his job with utmost of sincerity. Nearly all other actors have accomplished their due with convincing art. As for the masterly direction-it just amazes you each time you watch these episodes. There are a few goofs but they had been virtually inevitable and if you accept them with entirety of the comely stories, you are left with some thing really substantial to appreciate. Carnatic Musician L. Vidyanathan composed the score for this series and this is one particular of those musical pieces which remain with you. The sketches shown at the starting of every episode had been done by cartoonist R. K. Laxman.
Nothing much better than Malgudi Days has ever happened to Indian Tv in my opinion. Something which came close to it was Byomkesh Bakshi. In each of the cases, stories had been profound and nicely appreciated and artists, who chose to function on them for Tv avatar, took the project with a great degree of earnestness.
You want to visit Malgudi after watching any story and want to grow to be component of those intriguing conversations. You want to hear a lot much more of those gossips and rumours. You want to sit with villagers near wells and talk about everyday life. You want to witness that most uproarious but yet most linguistically and existentially significant conversation between Muni and USA tourist. You want to be amongst those villagers when that cat inside a vessel is jumping from spot to place inside the retailer and they are scared that a ghost is creating those noises.