The Egg

•October 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The Egg
By: Andy Weir

You were on your way home when you died.
It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.
And that’s when you met me.
“What… what happened?” You asked. “Where am I?”
“You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point in mincing words.
“There was a… a truck and it was skidding…”
“Yup,” I said.
“I… I died?”
“Yup. But don’t feel bad about it. Everyone dies,” I said.
You looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. “What is this place?” You asked. “Is this the afterlife?”
“More or less,” I said.
“Are you god?” You asked.
“Yup,” I replied. “I’m God.”
“My kids… my wife,” you said.
“What about them?”
“Will they be all right?”
“That’s what I like to see,” I said. “You just died and your main concern is for your family. That’s good stuff right there.”
You looked at me with fascination. To you, I didn’t look like God. I just looked like some man. Or possibly a woman. Some vague authority figure, maybe. More of a grammar school teacher than the almighty.
“Don’t worry,” I said. “They’ll be fine. Your kids will remember you as perfect in every way. They didn’t have time to grow contempt for you. Your wife will cry on the outside, but will be secretly relieved. To be fair, your marriage was falling apart. If it’s any consolation, she’ll feel very guilty for feeling relieved.”
“Oh,” you said. “So what happens now? Do I go to heaven or hell or something?”
“Neither,” I said. “You’ll be reincarnated.”
“Ah,” you said. “So the Hindus were right,”
“All religions are right in their own way,” I said. “Walk with me.”
You followed along as we strode through the void. “Where are we going?”
“Nowhere in particular,” I said. “It’s just nice to walk while we talk.”
“So what’s the point, then?” You asked. “When I get reborn, I’ll just be a blank slate, right? A baby. So all my experiences and everything I did in this life won’t matter.”
“Not so!” I said. “You have within you all the knowledge and experiences of all your past lives. You just don’t remember them right now.”
I stopped walking and took you by the shoulders. “Your soul is more magnificent, beautiful, and gigantic than you can possibly imagine. A human mind can only contain a tiny fraction of what you are. It’s like sticking your finger in a glass of water to see if it’s hot or cold. You put a tiny part of yourself into the vessel, and when you bring it back out, you’ve gained all the experiences it had.
“You’ve been in a human for the last 48 years, so you haven’t stretched out yet and felt the rest of your immense consciousness. If we hung out here for long enough, you’d start remembering everything. But there’s no point to doing that between each life.”
“How many times have I been reincarnated, then?”
“Oh lots. Lots and lots. An in to lots of different lives.” I said. “This time around, you’ll be a Chinese peasant girl in 540 AD.”
“Wait, what?” You stammered. “You’re sending me back in time?”
“Well, I guess technically. Time, as you know it, only exists in your universe. Things are different where I come from.”
“Where you come from?” You said.
“Oh sure,” I explained “I come from somewhere. Somewhere else. And there are others like me. I know you’ll want to know what it’s like there, but honestly you wouldn’t understand.”
“Oh,” you said, a little let down. “But wait. If I get reincarnated to other places in time, I could have interacted with myself at some point.”
“Sure. Happens all the time. And with both lives only aware of their own lifespan you don’t even know it’s happening.”
“So what’s the point of it all?”
“Seriously?” I asked. “Seriously? You’re asking me for the meaning of life? Isn’t that a little stereotypical?”
“Well it’s a reasonable question,” you persisted.
I looked you in the eye. “The meaning of life, the reason I made this whole universe, is for you to mature.”
“You mean mankind? You want us to mature?”
“No, just you. I made this whole universe for you. With each new life you grow and mature and become a larger and greater intellect.”
“Just me? What about everyone else?”
“There is no one else,” I said. “In this universe, there’s just you and me.”
You stared blankly at me. “But all the people on earth…”
“All you. Different incarnations of you.”
“Wait. I’m everyone!?”
“Now you’re getting it,” I said, with a congratulatory slap on the back.
“I’m every human being who ever lived?”
“Or who will ever live, yes.”
“I’m Abraham Lincoln?”
“And you’re John Wilkes Booth, too,” I added.
“I’m Hitler?” You said, appalled.
“And you’re the millions he killed.”
“I’m Jesus?”
“And you’re everyone who followed him.”
You fell silent.
“Every time you victimized someone,” I said, “you were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you.”
You thought for a long time.
“Why?” You asked me. “Why do all this?”
“Because someday, you will become like me. Because that’s what you are. You’re one of my kind. You’re my child.”
“Whoa,” you said, incredulous. “You mean I’m a god?”
“No. Not yet. You’re a fetus. You’re still growing. Once you’ve lived every human life throughout all time, you will have grown enough to be born.”
“So the whole universe,” you said, “it’s just…”
“An egg.” I answered. “Now it’s time for you to move on to your next life.”
And I sent you on your way.

MH-17 Report False Flag Exposed

•October 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment

It’s being reported as an unfortunate incident, but it says much more. The report by the Russian Union of Engineers has been totally silenced in the west.

• MH-17 Report False Flag Exposed (Zero Hedge)

When exactly a month ago the supposedly objective, impartial Netherlands released its official, 34-page preliminary report of the MH-17 crash over Ukraine, presumably based on black box data, air traffic control records, and other “authentic, verified” information, there were precisely zero mentions of “oxygen”, “mask” or “oxygen mask.” Which is odd, because in what should become the biggest Freudian slip scandal in false-flag history, certainly since the Gulf of Tonkin, yesterday Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans accidentally revealed for the very first time ever, that one of the Australian passengers aboard the doomed airplane “appears to have donned an oxygen mask before the fatal crash, suggesting some on board might have been aware of their impending deaths, a Dutch official disclosed.”

Clearly a crucial aspect of the crash, as it points at the severity of the alleged explosion, yet one which was not noted until yesterday and which completely skipped the purvey of the official crash report for reasons unknown. Needless to say, this makes a complete mockery of the story that the plane had exploded upon impact with the “Russian” missile, and is why there was supposedly no trace of any impact on the flight’s black box recorder. Whether or not it also means that the alternative theory that a Ukraine jet had purposefully downed the Malaysian aircraft to serve as a pretext to implicate Russia, is unclear. But it also means that yet another conspiracy theory becomes fact: namely that whoever were the western powers who doctored and manipulated the “official” crash report of MH-17 to implicate Putin, not only lied but fabricated evidence.

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The 515 Chemicals Women Put on Their Bodies Every Day

•September 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Many people put hundreds of chemicals on their bodies each day. Given than up to 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our system we need to be very careful with what products we use. This infographic breaks it down…

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ABBOTT’S END GAME

•September 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Kade:

You don’t find it strangely coincidental that the Australian Anti Terror task force recently foiled/murdered some homegrown terror suspects? Just the right prelude to convince most clueless Aussies that advancing to War is the right thing to do. Shame shame shame.

Originally posted on Ærchies Archive - Digital Detritus:

Australia has been moved

Be very frightened, Australia

Be very frightened, Australia

Moved from extreme concern about the First Hockey Budget to extreme concern about the Islamic Terrorist Threat.*

This coincided with a fall in the polling for the abbott** Government. The result has been a slight return from extreme unpopularity to mild unpopularity in that polling.

News Ltd and consequently all journalists who hope one day to be within that august stable of fearless reporters and commentators have wiped the Budget not only from the front page but also from all the inside pages of our newspapers.

Our televisions and radios have so much news on terrorism, ISIL/ISIL/Non-Islamic Non-State that there is little time left for the other overseas news. The news of the abbott attack on Russia, his poking of the Bear, and just an occasional mention of the massive invasion of refugees we are suffering daily. Of course, suddenly…

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Need to know: When to turn off the news

•September 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Kade:

“Mary McNaughton-Cassill, a leading researcher in the psychology of media impact, says that it’s not the breaking news that breaks us down — it’s our repeated exposure to distressing news and images. And while the world really hasn’t gotten worse, the invention of CNN and the 24-hour news cycle have warped our perception of the world. “If you think about the changes in media and technology,” says McNaughton-Cassill, “people have always had scary things happening around them — disasters, wars, and those sorts of events — but they weren’t as plugged in to them.” So if you, say, find yourself up at 2am again reading the latest Liberia Ebola SitRep, read this next.”

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:

This week in the U.S., almost every flickering device will try to spoon-feed you some distressing news footage — and then help you wash it down with a double-liter of fizzy partisan punditry. What’s the impact on your health and mindset? 3 ideas behind the week’s headlines.

Source: “What to do when the news gets you down,” Wisconsin Public Radio, 2014.
Why you should read it: Mary McNaughton-Cassill, a leading researcher in the psychology of media impact, says that it’s not the breaking news that breaks us down — it’s our repeated exposure to distressing news and images. And while the world really hasn’t gotten worse, the invention of CNN and the 24-hour news cycle have warped our perception of the world. “If you think about the changes in media and technology,” says McNaughton-Cassill, “people have always had scary things happening around them — disasters, wars, and those sorts of events — but…

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Mesmerizing amazement!

•August 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

This is so beautiful, so graceful, so clever, so simple.

Idiocracy – the wisdom of Joe Hockey

•August 14, 2014 • 2 Comments

This is Australian politics, MPs spouting random false opinions that they try to pass off as legitimate data. The sad thing is they repeat it enough the majority of dopey Australian’s start to believe it. 

Joe Hockey under fire over poor people and cars

 
Political Correspondent
Canberra

WEALTHIER families spend more on petrol and therefore pay more fuel tax according to official figures released last night to fend off attacks on Joe Hockey over the hit to households from the federal budget.

The Treasurer’s office issued the figures to counter a firestorm of criticism over Mr Hockey’s claim yesterday that the most vulnerable Australians would not pay as much as others from steady increases in petrol excise.

Labor argued that the figures nonetheless showed that poorer families pay more in fuel tax as a share of their household income, proving they carry more of the budget burden.

The dispute flared after Mr Hockey argued against Labor and the Greens who said rich and middle-income families should pay more to balance the budget.

“Well, change to the fuel excise does exactly that: the poorest people either don’t have cars or actually don’t drive very far in many cases,” he said.

“But, they are opposing what is meant to be, according to the Treasury, a progressive tax.”

That drew jeers from Labor frontbenchers such as Anthony Albanese, who attacked the budget for not funding public transport projects.

“So Joe Hockey cuts all public transport funding from (the) budget, then says poor people don’t drive cars much — you couldn’t make this stuff up,” Mr Albanese tweeted.

The Treasurer’s office later issued figures showing households in the lowest 20 per cent in the country by income spend $16.36 a week on petrol while those in the top 20 per cent spend $53.87 — and therefore pay more excise.

Labor and the Greens have attacked the plan to increase fuel excise by about 1c a litre this year and similar amounts in the future, although economists support the idea, which is estimated to add about 40c a week to average household costs.

Labor treasury spokesman Chris Bowen issued figures showing that the petrol bill for a family in the lowest quintile would be 4.5 per cent of income compared to just 1.4 per cent for those in the richest 20 per cent. 

Mr Bowen’s spokesman said that meant the fuel excise was regressive rather than progressive as the Treasurer claimed.

Even so, the 40c weekly cost from the excise increase — rather than petrol as a whole — is a fraction of a percentage point for all families.

Bill Shorten said Mr Hockey did not realise how “rotten” the budget was.

“Are you serious, Joe Hockey? Are you really the caricature of the cigar-chomping, Foghorn Leghorn of Australian politics, where you’re saying that poor people don’t drive cars?” the Labor leader said.

“It is almost though the Treasurer believes that poor people should be sleeping in their cars, not driving their cars.”

 
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