Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Sex, Religion and Human Survival

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In the moments leading up to, during, and after orgasm the intense pleasure produced, coupled with the focus of the lover upon the object of his or her affection acts to create, and reinforce, a significantly important, and long enduring, hardwired-neural connection between pleasure, and further perceptions, and recollections, of the object of affection.

A very long sentence indeed.

The reward for sexual activity is found in its immediate pleasure, but the bond that is created, and sustained between the object of affection, and the lover serves to reinforce "the coupling" at a very primal hardwired level.

Keeping mates together long enough to successfully raise children is obviously tanamount to all other evolutionary purposes behind orgasm, and the powerful bonding it creates.

The sublimation, and generalization of sexual bonding at a subconcious level is also an important mechanism which has allowed human beings to survive, and thrive.

Some see sublimation, and generalization of the sexual bonding process as the foundation of civilization itself - Freud did, and I agree with that assessment.

Human evolution conservatively utilized existing physiological mechanisms including pleasure centers withing the brain. Thus orgasm was annexed in pursuit of human survival.

What lover has failed to experience sexual tension so great as not to utter, "I love you more than anyone, more than life itself", or "You are everything to me, etc.,"?

Society has codified these orgasmic phrases into marriage vows lest anyone forget their obligations during life's less exciting moments.


Let us look now at religion, and worship - and its relationship to sex, and sexual bonding.

In monotheistic religions we may "worship" (bond) one god. We adore, and worship that god above all else - loving that god more than life itself.

In spiritual moments of rapture we feel elated, more connected to the moment, and to our relationship with god. We feel more focused, more in tune to the beauty, and meaning of our existence.

In love making we feel more focused upon our loved one, more aware of their beauty, more connected to the moment (especially at orgasm), more aware of our relationship's meaning, and purpose than in other moments (or so it seems at the time).

One can see similar patterns in sporting events. The rise of tension, the rhythmic chanting, the elevated focus, the triumphant scoring, the elation. The release of tension. The bonding. The territoriality, the possession.

The underlying neurochemistry, and physiological processes of pleasure, and bonding - whether eating a favorite food, having sex, running a touchdown, or in finding god, depend upon the same pleasure centers in the brain.

Violence too can be a form of behavior linked to sexual release. We see it in the rapist, but we also see it in other forms of dominance behavior. We see acts of violence in many forms, but individuals raised within most societies have learned to associate guilt with violence - except in self defense, and war.

Therefore pleasure in violence is sublimated into sports, economic competition, consumerism, and less socially acceptible forms (e.g., sexual perversion, terrorism, and arson).

The orgiastic rampage seen recently in Islamic nations protesting cartoon drawings of the Prophet Muhammed illustrates the power of the sexual sublimation process - and how in more sexually repressive societies sexual urges find release not just in the domination of women, but also in the diversion of sexual energies into religious worship.

As human beings attempt to survive in a future which promises an ever increasing level of nuclear proliferation the threat of religious zealotry to the survival of mankind will become ever more apparent.

In the West individuals spread their worship to their lovers, material goods, political ideology, pets, family, music, art, actors, themselves, and god.

This diversion of sexual energies, while roundly criticized by religionist, has acted in a manner to allow human beings to develop individually, and socially.

Although the freedom to express sublimated sexual energy into the various forms taken in the West entails risk of social breakdown which religion acts to prevent, it has also spurred economic, scientific, and cultural evolution to great heights.

In poorer-less-democratic anti-western nations, religion not only acts as the opiate of the masses, but a whirlpool into which worship spirals, and festers. Religion not only stabilizes these societies, but it also has turned them into dangerous powderkegs of concentrated sexual rage.

The anger, and hatred of hundreds of millions of Islamist for the West is not only based in fear and ignorance, it is intrinsic to the very nature of human beings.

Jealous of the West' enormous social, and economic development, but too frightend to allow themselves the freedom to grow they thrash out in an attempt to bring everyone down to their own level. A simple basic territorial response, but one that is more self destructive, than constructive.

Whether in the name of communism, or anti-westernism, the same pattern repeats itself again, and with ultimately the same result - the collapse of those societies denying basic human nature.

As the world's reserves of oil become depleted, the West will utilize its enormous resources, and freedoms to change, and adapt to the changing situation.

Repressive, anti-western societies depleted of their only form of barter (oil) will descend into chaos, and self destruction - made all the worse by their overpopulation (caused by opposition to birth control), and their subjugation of women.

This will happen within fifty years.

Human Survival

Simply stated, Sexual Oppression Leads To Aggression - not just in Islamic nations, but in all societies.

The more sexually oppressive a society, the more likely that society is male dominated, and warlike.

Sexual repression stems from high levels of adherence to authoritarian male created religions. While adherence to rules of conduct espoused by religions has allowed for the creation, and stabilization of societies it is the inability of religions to adapt that raises questions.

The disparity of power of the male over the female is based in the desire of the male to achieve orgasm, and to possess and control the means of achieving further orgasms.

The male possessing greater upper body strength is able to physically dominate females, and has used this advantage to do so for millenia.

This disparity of physical power of males over females has been institutionalized within male created religious doctrine, and subsequent legal codifications created by males, and for male advantage - thus keeping females in the role of living property.

In the West, within just the last century females have slowly begun to take their place as equals (legally, but not economically) despite religionist objections.

Yet in most non-western societies (e.g., Islamic, et. al.) females are maintained as second class citizens.

It is my belief that only through the creation of societies based upon equality, democratic rule, and tolerance of diversity will humans have a chance to survive an increasingly dangerous future.

The beast must be tamed, but through civil institutions - not caged in religious guilt, doubt, and fear.

Violence, the politics of violence, high degrees of religiousity, authoritarianism, nationalism, and militarism are all closely linked to the baser instinct of territoriality and pursuit of dominance.

Societies which are based upon slavery of any kind are dangerous not only to themselves, but also to the fate of humankind as well.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Wednesday? No Tuesday!

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Photo: Underpaid - Springfield Illinois Police Radio Tower Repair

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Photo: Electrician Wiring Union Station Square - ALPLM

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Photo: Toys Stoves & Cooking Utensils - Springfield Illinois

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Photo: Chess Anyone? Ameren King - Hilton Queen & Pawns - Springfield IL

Took a lunch time walk with Randy of Photo-Etc. Snapped up some photographs, of which I posted four.

Not much more to add except it was a cold, and windy day in downtown Springfield, Illinois.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Thunder or Jet Engines?

Thunder or Jet Engines? is article #10 in the WeatherProphet series on weather modification.

In prior post I reviewed the origin of SuperStrobes, super bright strobes, which were used by Allied aerial photo-reconnaissance missions to illuminate ground targets during World War II,

SuperStrobe flashes emit more candlepower onto a surface target in the middle of a stormy night than is provided by a noon time sun under a clear blue sky.

I've questioned whether SuperStrobe technology has been advanced in the subsequent six decades since World War II, and have speculated whether SuperStrobes have continued to play a role in the top secret world of "National Technical Means" (i.e., high-tech spycraft).

I've asked what role SuperStrobe enhanced aerial photographic surveys could play in an age of LookDown Radar, and Infrared imaging devices.

I've pondered upon what possible advantages SuperStrobes offer which would justify their development, and continued deployment. I susggested that one major advantage over radar imaging systems is the covert nature of SuperStrobes.

Despite a SuperStrobe's brilliant flash, when emitted within heavy cloud cover, a SuperStrobe's flash would almost certainly be perceived as a natural, and random result intercloud lightning. In contrast sidelooking, and lookdown radar imaging systems clearly show up on military radar detection systems used across the globe.

Paradoxically despite their brillant flash, when used as a covert tool for capturing light enhanced digital images the SuperStrobe holds an advantage over radar - deniability.

A SuperStrobe if flashed horizontally through a layer of cloud cover will dispurse light vertically across a greater surface area, and at a lower altitude. Flashing SuperStrobes within clouds also reduces the possibility that a SuperStrobe equipped aircraft will be spotted.

A SuperStrobe equipped stealth aircraft flying within the upper edges of a thunderstorm can illuminate hundereds of square kilometers below it.

Such covert imaging missions could be deployed over areas of interest in durations measured in seconds, minutes, hours, or even days.

The advantages of capturing full spectrum enhanced-light images from multiple angles over target areas are many. However, paramount among those advantages is the creation of interpolated image data sets upon which the creation of three dimensional imaging (virtual reality) depends.

The large amount of image data collected by such means can be burst transmitted (shared at very high speeds via radio, or laser), processed either onboard, at a central location, or in a distributive fashion.

The end product of such a surveillance system would be extremely high resolution three dimensional renderings of targets provided in real time!

But this is only an introduction to the array of possible uses a covert weather modification platform would enable.

Thunder or Jet Engines?

As a ground observer listening to a thunderstorm it might become more difficult in the future to tell the difference between thunder, and jet engines.

Thunder, and jet engine sound patterns sound similar, and with modification of jet engine exhaust bafflings such sound patterns could be made even more similar.

I ask, if an entire generation which has grown up listening to jet engines flying within thunderstorms, always assuming those sounds to be thunder, who among us could judge what natural thunder sounds like?

I propose that trianglulated audio recordings of thunderstorms be made, and accustical analysis software be employed in an attempt to divide the needle from the straw - so to speak.

Far fetched idea?

During World War II the Japanese, who hadn't developed radar at that point in the war, developed large conical sound collection devices which they used to detect incoming Allied aircraft. Made obsolete by radar, such a device may one day find use again in the age of the stealth aircraft.

In the upcoming WeatherProphet article #11 titled, Triggered Thunder Imaging System, we'll exam the development of, and advantages to a "thunder" based sonar system!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Stealth SuperStrobe Delivery

Covert Horizon to Horizon SuperStrobe Aerial Photography

Stealth SuperStrobe Delivery is article #9 in the WeatherProphet series focusing on the development of a covert weather modification program. In article #8 Lightning Or SuperStrobe I introduced the idea that perhaps not every flash of light in the sky during a thunderstorm may in fact be a random natural event.

I briefly reviewed the deployment of SuperStrobes in Allied Aerial Reconnaissance Missions during World War II. Aircraft equiped with SuperStrobes, and cameras were used to illuminate, and photograph ground targets prior to (and after) bombing missions.

I also note the disappearance of SuperStrobes at the end of World War II as the victors of that war immediately descended into the Cold War.

I then asked whatever became of SuperStrobes? Did this device see no further development, or use? If SuperStrobes were further developed covertly during the Cold War how far were they advanced?

I also asked how any super brillant flash of light which is produced by a SuperStrobe could ever escape detection, and what role SuperStrobes could possibly play in the age of Lookdown Radar, and InfraRed CCD based imaging systems.

I suggested that SuperStrobe Flashes could be hidden in thuderstorms. That hiding such flashes in plain view would be possible during thunderstorms as average citizens would never expect that such flashes of light could be anything but natural, and random events.

Undetected @ 10,000 Feet Above AnyTown USA & Beyond

The central consideration of developing, and deploying a covert intelligence gathering system is the need to remain undetected. If an average aircraft takes to flight, whether it is flashing superbrilliant SuperStrobe flashes, or not, it most likely will be detected.

The chief means of detecting aircraft is radar. Most aircraft reflect radar waves which are transmitted from radar detection systems. Some aircraft have smaller signatures than others, but most aircraft are easy to detect. However as is now known there are means of defeating radar detection.

The two methods used (that we know about) either electronically fool radar systems by producing spurious radar signals which make the task of accurately pinpointing an aircraft's location difficult, or through the design of the aircraft. In the latter case radar waves are either absorbed into the airframe surface, or radar waves are reflected at angles which don't return back to the radar detection system. Both deflection, and absorption is utilized in the Stealth Fighter.

A covert deployment of SuperStrobe enhanced digital imaging collection would most certainly require the use of either, or both of the aforementioned radar evasion technologies.

The use of radar "jamming" in thuderstorms raises an interesting set of questions as to how valid civilian weather radar images are? Are radar signatures of thunderstorms deliberately intensified, or distorted by airborn radar jammers in an attempt to hide the residual radar signatures of covert intelligence gathering aircraft?

Weather Intensification* As Political Tool

The development of any technology, and methods of this sort would certainly find use in warfare, and not just in a covert role. Import questions must be asked about covert deployment however. In the past most people would simply step outside, and look up in the sky to help make important weather based decisons. Today most people make those decsions based upon media reports which are based upon information collected by the National Weather Service.

What If The National Weather Service's Doppler Radar System Is Being Fooled?

It is a well know fact that both the poor, and elderly tend to vote in a more liberal fashion than those with means, and younger voters. It is also true that the poor, and elderly have greater difficulty in reaching polling places, and tend to be effected the most by inclement weather.

We also know that conservatives tend to get a greater number of votes from those in the military, and those working in the military-indusrial-espionage complex. And so the question must be asked, if technology, and methods exist to intensify a weather pattern signature what would prevent such a covert deception from being employed during an election?

Who would protect any nation, including the people of the United States from this sinister manipulation? It would be interesting to do a statistical analysis of weather patterns for the last thirty years to see what effect weather has played upon elections - not just in the U.S., but in Europe, and South America as well.

In my next post, number ten in the WeatherProphet series on weather modification titled, Thunder or Jet Engines?, we'll examine means of detecting PhotoStrobe equiped stealth aircraft flying above thuderstorms even on the darkest of nights!

*Note: I will define "Weather Intensification" as either the actual triggering of a lighning-thunder complex, and its subsequent triggered precipitation event, and/or the manipulation of radar signatures by EMF jamming in an attempt to create radar signatures more closely associated to intense thunderstorm activity.

Local Signs of Global Warming

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Photo: Trees Budding In First Week of February 2006

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Photo: Jerome, Illinois Trees Effected By Global Warming

While temperatures continue to seesaw between Winter, and Spring the overall trend has been warmer temperatures. Warmer temperatures have been so persistent this winter that trees have already started budding.

I can not recall ever having seen trees in this area of the United States budding this early in the year. The photographs included with this post show buds on an elm tree in Jerome, Illinois.

Saturday, February 4th, 2006 it snowed, but only very lightly - with no recorded precipitation. My daughter asked me why it snowed. I explained it was Winter, but she responded by saying that it was already February!

In her generation's perception February is starting to look like the start of Spring!

My brother, on the other hand, said to me last weekend, "When we were kids it snowed".

That comment struck me as interesting, because Dave of The11thhour said exactly that same thing recently.

Children just thirty years ago would go out with shovels during the winter, walking from door to door we'd offer to shovel driveways, and sidewalks for five dollars each. By the time we'd return home, slightly frostbit, our pockets we be stuffed with money. This was common activity for this part of the Midwest - that and helping push cars back onto the road, and out of snow dunes.

Still there are those who insist to this day that global warming isn't taking place - including a Bushite I know who insist that global warming is still being debated.

Folks, the only people still debating whether global warming is taking place are corrupt, on the take politicians who are in the pockets of oil-coal-auto industry lobbyist.

For the rest of us who have lived long enough to know better global warming is as real as the buds on the trees this February of 2006!

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