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Further to that story about China Looking For Aliens

8,000 people were displaced from their homes to make room for a new ET seeking dish in China. Given China’s track record with forcibly removing people for the Beijing Olympics, one can only wonder about the reliability of official reports saying the common people will be justly compensated.

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I’m trying out a new web browser extension that allows you to highlight text and then post a link to the highlight. So hopefully the above link will take you right to the highlighted material in the original story. Here’s the original tweet:


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Today’s Top Tweets

Every morning I go through the news in specific categories. I tweet stories that I feel are important because they are often overlooked on the front page. I often react to the stories and would like to comment. But I don’t always have time. So today I thought I’d list some of the top tweets. There are more, listed at right column.


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Trump / Clinton Debate – The Optics of Optics

tc-opticsWas it just me or was Clinton’s head larger than Trump’s on the CNN cameras? It almost seemed as if CNN corrected the difference in subsequent internet stories about the debate, making the two candidates’ heads look the same size, with the background text all nicely lined up.

But in the actual televised debate, I’m not so sure.

Take a look at the above screenshot from a post-debate CNN stream, in which various commentators talk about and show clips from the debate.

Hillary’s circle is clearly larger than Donald’s.

Is this fair? Or was it a case of subtly making Trump look “alone at the microphone” as Neil Young once put it.

Again, I can’t say for certain but at the beginning, especially, I felt that Clinton’s head was bigger. There were times when she loomed large on the TV screen while Trump seemed to hang like a lonely puppet dangling from strings.

CNN commentators analyzed every detail… except for this—surprising, considering how sharp those folks usually are.

What do you think? Was Hillary’s head bigger on screen? Or did they balance out over time?


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Psychic Spies – If true, they’d have a real edge because most people would think it’s crazy

English: Example of a subject in a Ganzfeld ex...

Example of a subject in a Ganzfeld experiment. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Russell Targ is quite well known throughout the parapsychology world. He’s a physicist who does experiments concerning psi phenomena. Targ has observed that results were more significant while conducting research with a pure heart, instead of just trying to make money. This is hardly surprising because, I would argue, any genuine psi (or insight) comes from God.

But there is another possibility. And that is of dark psi.

Could knaves and thieves possess a kind of twisted psi and use that to the detriment of the free world?

I’ve written about this possibility throughout earthpages.org and earthpages.ca. I still cannot say for sure. Psi is a tricky business. And if a hostile spy from a crummy regime were to try to infiltrate a good country, one of his or her advantages would be that most unsuspecting civilians would think the idea preposterous. And a truly cagey spy would try to make anyone who could blow their cover look crazy. They’d use psychiatric terms or anything else they had at their disposal to try to marginalize those in the know.

Why?

Because a hostile psi-spy, if you will, would be desperate and paranoid, like most people under the influence of evil.


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Obama is a great speaker and mythmaker but…

Tower of Freedom Underground Railroad Monument on June 17, 2016 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

US President Obama is a great speaker and mythmaker but I think a little mention of Canada’s role in the emancipation of black people would have been appropriate today at the Smithsonian. Obama and many Americans love to paint this myth that the USA is unique and “the greatest.” Some Americans say this so many times that sometimes I wonder if they’re trying to convince themselves. I mean, if you are really secure about something you don’t have to continually brag, do you?

Aside from that, it was a great speech today. I think Obama would have made a superlative first President of the World. But we’re not there yet. And with American exclusivism, it clearly will take some kind of shakeup before most Americans come on board with that idea. I suppose the same could be said for Canadians and for people of many other countries. Each for our own reasons, we remain an assortment of separate states, provinces, territories and jurisdictions.

A quick look at history, however, tells a different story. For the most part, countries are becoming larger, geographically speaking. Is it only a matter of time before we have a centralized government for Planet Earth? I think so. But as I said, we’re not quite there yet.

—MC, Toronto 9/24/16


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Me, myself and I – A balanced approach makes the most sense

Today’s featured tweet points to a surprisingly good, balanced article about different conceptualizations of the human self. I wrote about this at university but, in all honesty, I don’t think the professor in question understood what I was talking about. S/he immigrated to Canada from a communist regime and the years of military oppression seemed to taint his/her thinking and sense of fair play. Either that, or s/he was just always tainted. I’m not sure.

I say this because I had another professor, quite well published, who came to Canada from the same region, under similar circumstances. And s/he was fair and open-minded.  So it seems some can resist the iron grip of communist ideologies while others don’t really care to—or perhaps they are totally unconscious of it. As Carl Jung would have put it, they’re identifying with an archetype or, if you will, they are children of a lesser god.

But I digress. The point is, politics and psychology may be linked, but not necessarily causally. Natural authoritarians may actively seek out and choose to participate in authoritarianism and not simply be victims of it. Whereas others seem to have a clearheaded openness that acts as an safeguard against authoritarianism.

 


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Fluoride and sketchy science – Dental chemical in drinking water may have serious negative side effects

Many so-called developed countries make the choice for us. We drink fluoride in our tap water whether we like it or not. The scientific evidence of any benefit is sketchy at best, junk science at worst. Also, there are possible long term negative effects due to drinking fluoride every day, all our lives. Read more:

And a slightly more media friendly article:

If you think that buying bottled water will save solve the problem, think again. Many companies around the world have been called out for merely rebranding or for selling water that is less safe than tap water.

So what can we do? Big Brother and more recently Big Sister might have been putting our health at risk based on scientific claims that even a high school student should be able to recognize as invalid.