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Thursday, April 1, 2021.
This will showcasing the Italian Government as a leader in the EU.
A leader of what, who knows?
Hell is a place with Italian government, German police, English food, French engineering and Swiss lovers.

JOW

Link:
https://thesenecaeffect.blogspot.com/

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Thursday, April 1, 2021
The Neutrino Tunnel Under the Alps Will be Finally Built, Declares Italian Minister Mariastella Gelmini.
 
The new neutrino tunnel from Central Italy to Switzerland will be based on gender parity hiring practices. Here, four young miners are ready to start their work at a tunnel that will be about 750 km long (image source)
 
Ms. Mariastella Gelmini, currently Minister of Regional Affairs and Autonomies of the Italian Government, has announced today that the Neutrino Tunnel from the CERN in Switzerland and the Gran Sasso National Laboratory, Italy, has been approved by the Italian Government as part of the actions financed by the European Recovery Funds.

Ms. Mariastella Gelmini is on record for having mentioned the tunnel in a 2011 press release, when she was minister of Public Education and Scientific Research. She was heavily criticized for that, since no such tunnel existed at that time. But now, 10 years later, it appears clear that Gelmini's statement was prophetic.


The construction is expected to start before the end of 2021. It will involve a considerable financial effort since the distance between the two laboratiories is about 750 km. But the challenge, declared Ms. Gelmini, is worth the effort since it opens the way to attain speeds higher than light. These speeds, she added, could be especially useful for the members of the current Italian government were to need to leave Rome in a hurry.

Mr. Mario Draghi, prime minister of the Italian government, praised Ms. Gelmini statement and hinted that the new tunnel may be named in her honor when it will be completed. He added that superluminal speed may be a welcome feature for monetary transfers all over the world.

Mr. Roberto Speranza, Italian ministry of health, also praised the construction of the new tunnel, but declared that the superluminal neutrinos arriving in Italy will have to be quarantined for a certain period as they could be carriers of viral infections.

PS:
Heaven is a place with Italian lovers, German engineering, English police, French food and Swiss government.
JOW

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Conspiracy / Trump, QAnon and the Return of Magic
« on: February 13, 2021, 08:09:25 PM »
Trump, QAnon and the Return of Magic Documentary film.

A tale of two cities. First paragraph seems relevant:

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, the period was so far like the present period that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."

Only ever read the one Dickens novel. Could not have put it better.

JOW

Link:
https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/trump-qanon-return-magic/

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Trump, QAnon and the Return of Magic
Common sense ain't so common anymore. That's the overriding message of Trump, QAnon and the Return of Magic, a lively, but distressing portrait of our current state of disrepair. The film issues a scathing critique of our cultural and sociopolitical climate, which is being driven by harmful and irresponsible rhetoric, social media proliferation, and lack of distinctions between truth and fantasy.

Conspiracy crackpots have always existed, but social media has provided them with a more dominant and attention-grabbing public forum. This has also greased the wheels for larger numbers of followers who are perhaps similarly disenfranchised or susceptible.

At the center of this mayhem is QAnon, a social movement started in 2017 which alleges a widespread operation of child sex trafficking led by Satan worshipping pedophiles. Supporters of QAnon overwhelmingly stand in strong support of current U.S. President Donald Trump, a figure they view as the hero who will stand against the cabal of perverted degenerates. Their mission is bolstered by the president's frequent retweets of their conspiracies and general disinterest in condemning their actions on a public stage.

Unfortunately, QAnon is not an anomaly. Conspiracy movements are gripping the public consciousness like never before. It seems to fulfill a primal human need. The film outlines the motivations behind this disturbing phenomenon.

It begins with the notion of magical thinking - a relatively harmless exercise characterized by fable and superstition. Taken to the extremes in our current environment of unprecedented fear and anxiety, this kind of thinking can deepen divisions and actually place lives in peril. The film reviews the tenants of conspiracy-minded perceptions, including their reliance on symbols and patterns, how they prey upon our basic need to find comfort through our search for meaning, and the social conditions that allow for the easy spread of their misinformation campaigns.

Utilizing reels of footage from pop culture spectacles, news reports and other popular media, the film itself represents a theory of where we have gone wrong as a society. But it's one that's deeply rooted in common sense thinking, and a firm belief in the work of scientists and other evidence seekers.

Directed by: Kirby Ferguson

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Geopolitics / We need peace
« on: April 07, 2017, 08:51:04 AM »
I am deeply saddened by mans ability and desire to harm his fellow man in more heart wrenching and cruel ways. I personally have seen nothing but the best of times relative to much of  humanity, having lived in a free, safe, peaceful and prosperous society, and yet I fear the worst of times lay ahead for all mankind. We have indeed seen some of the best of humanity and a lot of the the worst of humanity on display this week.

It is already hard enough as a parent to come to the rational conclusion that your children will inherit a much worse future than I inherited from my parent, let alone think of the possibility of seeing one of then reduced to a shattered bloody pulp by the meat grinder of war we all too often embrace.

I am not a religious person; I am an atheist who sees no evidence of a gods; yet I daily wish for intervention from any source either natural or supernatural to this most horrendous self inflicted malady of man, and indeed all life on earth. Were I a believer  I would pray for peace. I am not, so I sit here late at night at my computer and it hope for sanity instead.

On the eve of another deadly day I ask all of the people who read this to tell me what I can do to help untie the knots of war we seem to be tying. Every day I see the politicians pulling on the rope making the knots tighter, urged on by the ignorant, injured or profiteers of such wars.
It is not right.
It is not just.
It is not fair.
It is unethical and immoral to condone, encourage or ignore.
War is planned by the old, directed by the middle aged and paid for by the young with their lives.
Anyone who has seen first hand the demonic vision that is modern warfare would do all in their power to to extinguish the mere spark of a conflict before it could ignite the tinder and kindle the flames of war.

Mankind needs to find a way to peace. I am an ex-soldier who is lucky enough to not ever have to put my military training in to practice. Please believe me, we do no want war.

We need peace.

Edwin said it better than I ever could.

War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Uh-huh
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again, y'all
War, huh, good God
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me
Ohhh, war, I despise
Because it means destruction
Of innocent lives
War means tears
To thousands of mothers eyes
When their sons go to fight
And lose their lives
I said, war, huh
Good God, y'all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again
War, whoa, Lord
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me
War, it ain't nothing
But a heartbreaker
War, friend only to the undertaker
Ooooh, war
It's an enemy to all mankind
The point of war blows my mind
War has caused unrest
Within the younger generation
Induction then destruction
Who wants to die
Aaaaah, war-huh
Good God y'all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it, say it, say it
War, huh
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Uh-huh
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again y'all
War, huh, good God
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me
War, it ain't nothing but a heartbreaker
War, it's got one friend
That's the undertaker
Ooooh, war, has shattered
Many a young mans dreams
Made him disabled, bitter and mean
Life is much to short and precious
To spend fighting wars these days
War can't give life
It can only take it away
Ooooh, war, huh
Good God y'all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again
War, whoa, Lord
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me
War, it ain't nothing but a heartbreaker
War, friend only to the undertaker
Peace, love and understanding
Tell me, is there no place for them today
They say we must fight to keep our freedom
But Lord knows there's got to be a better way
Ooooooh, war, huh
Good God y'all
What is it good for
You tell me
Say it, say it, say it, say it
War, huh
Good God y'all
What is it good for
Stand up and shout it
Nothing

JOW

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Wow, go to work for a day and this small quiet blog goes crazy!
Good thought provoking threads. Lots of incorrect assumption, but we cant all be right all the time. Not even RE. I am still trying to catch him out....

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No, what we need here is Rainbow Shitting Unicorns or the Ferengi arriving in Starships loaded with DiLithium Crystals and Gold Pressed Latinum.
There is no solution to this problem here on Earth other than vast numbers of DEAD PEOPLE.  None.  Live with it..
RE


Yep, there are plenty of people not only hoping for solutions much more improbable than unicorns and space ships,  but actually relying on them. They are plan A, B, C and D to get through what lays ahead!

One of the few truly head exploding dismissals of the coming catastrophe I have ever had was when I was told with a straight face by an ex-school friend how we didn’t have to do anything to fix any of the current issues because their god would save the true believers. Those that are not true believers would die apparently.... Well I’m screwed then! This is as about as logical as most of the other solutions put up to solve our dilemma. Supernatural deities, benevolent alien botanists, undiscovered or hidden government conspiracy technologies, including but not limited to alien technologies, hidden orbiting space stations, moon bases and worm holes will save us to name just a few.

The really insidious, evil ideas are those put forward by “intelligent experts” as technically possible engineering solutions: The space reflectors, or salt chrystal cloud seeding, or ocean fertilizing with iron, or any other climate modifying technology.... Cant get people to give up bacon.. . How we going to get people to fund space mirrors?

The other group of crazies are the deniers. Nothing is happening. The arctic being ice free is normal and will have no effects, populations can grow forever, peak oil is a myth as we have enough oil for 1000 years, fracking will make us energy independent, or my favourite: The government would have told us if these problems were real...
 
Nope, once again RE is right damn it!
We are screwed. (Doh!)
There is no way to ski down the energy slope with 7 or 8 billion people. 7 Million maybe. I am trying to figure out how to keep 7 or 8 alive until old age!

I often find myself to be naive. I am shocked on a daily basis by the stupidity and ignorance of the general public. My wife scolds me when I talk like this. I keep telling her: We are all born ignorant, but in this day and age of connectivity, science and communication it takes a special deliberate effort to remain so. I dislike ignorant people. Ignorant people are a danger to other people. Ignorant people will be the first I will eat when we get to the cannibalism stage of collapse. There are a lot of them too.

I realized a long time ago the truism: No matter how cynical you become it is never enough.
 
Now I just do what I do and go my own way. To some respects I have given up on finding solutions, and now do what I can to help me and mine get by as long and as comfortably as we can when the SHTF big time.
A pleasant irony has been the fact that giving up some luxuries others deem necessary such as cutting down on meat, using 2nd hand and/or old things, having a vegetable garden and fruit trees instead of a pristine lawn no one’s kids play on, has actually made me healthier, wealthier and less stressed.

The time to bicker about what object the ship has struck is over. We just need to got to the lifeboats. There will be time to work out if it was a reef, an iceberg or a torpedo later.

That line reminds of a Kenny Rogers song I think::
“There will be time for counting money when the dealings done!”
I have not heard that song for a while. Not sure if it is relevant actually. :(
I am wandering. Time to finish up.

On reflection Eddie is right too, some things are harder to give up than others. Its the little luxuries. Eddie has his bacon. Red wine is mine. For others it is their entire way of life being not negotiable; not one inch.

JOW     

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