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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Message to my readers

In this message to my readers, I wish to say that I very much appreciate those of you who have visited my blog.  I have decided that I have written as much as I care to regarding my philosophy of life, and have decided to end my blog entries at this time.

Again thank you all who have read my words.

Shirley Gallup

Sunday, November 27, 2016

End of Waiting

Well almost, the election is over; all except dealing with the result.  I am hopeful that President Donald's memory will fail him while he is President-in-fact as to many of those promises he made to his followers after the election.  There are definite signs that they are fading; the rest of us can only ponder the effect it will have on his followers.

No doubt about it, there are "interesting times" still ahead for us all!

Well, it is holiday time again, the dreaded Black Friday gotten through with no stories about blood being let on the floor of stores.  It is far past time that we, as a Nation, take a fresh look at these, so-called semi-holy National special days.  With them the fairy-tails the children are told which have been embraced by the population and retailers as a whole.  The odds of this happening are not great, however.

For me, living far from my remaining family, I ignore them as much as I can.  Curiosity has been one of my main traits in life, pursuing odd, out-of-the-norm information for my own interests/pleasure.  There are reports that the population will, hopefully soon, be given some of that information whether they want to hear it or not; we will see, I guess.

As to gift -giving, a recently created device is "just the thing;" it is a pizza oven.  Shaped like a pizza box it will cook pizzas for you faster than you can heat a regular oven, and/or cook to perfection a frozen pizza.  This is definitely an all-American gift, I say, and under $100.00!

Another and much-needed gift I say is a "Password Vault."  This one allows you to keep passwords safe, especially from failing memory!  (Personally, I have a notebook where I try to record mine.)  Especially handy for high-profile people subject to hacking!.

It seems to me that, in our current times, life has gotten so complicated, and so much is required of our built-in memory-storage systems that many of us will, probably sooner than later, be imitating The Donald, denying we ever said, or expressed any opinions about anything of substance.  I think it is called, "blank slating" by those in power--literally taking away memories--called "old-age" by the Hoi-palloi .

Well, enough for this time,

Shirley Gallup


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Waiting

I, personally, am going through a time of waiting to see what happens in our world.  When one has lived a certain number of years, following world events during that time, that we still haven't  destroyed this world is amazing.  The complacent seem to take the view that nothing major will change.  Personally, I am waiting for major changes to take place.

I have recently been ruminating about one of the current potentials for change.  For me, the most interesting of them is between the old-school scientists, and the newer inquiring scientists, who have access to new information as well as through many new discoveries/technologies.

The newer variety are disparaged, by the old-school variety, as being nothing but followers of what they describe as believers in the traditional creationist/religious faction.  The followers of the older Darwinian evolutionary theories, as I have been pointing out, are having to deal with discoveries revealed by many modern scientific advances--such as DNA--relating to our bodies and the universe itself.

A recent article I discovered questions the idea that humans developed on earth at all; It includes arguments such as: "A U.S. ecologist says conditions such as bad backs and sunburn suggest humans did not evolve alongside other life on Earth. In a new book, Dr Ellis Silver says aliens put humans (on) our planet as recently as tens of thousands of years ago. He suggests the Earth might be a prison planet, since humans seem to be a naturally violent species and are here until we learn to behave ourselves. In his book, Dr Ellis Silver points to a number of physiological features to make his case for why humans did not evolve alongside other life on Earth. Dr Silver says that while the planet meets humans’ needs for the most part, it does not perhaps serve the species’ interests as well as the aliens who dropped us off imagined."

The seemingly violent nature of the human species has been the subject of many philosophical articles.  Pacifists have always had to deal with it in their philosophies; the above speculations inserts an interesting twist as to its cause--we came with it.

Personally, it is amazing that there are so many of us remaining on the planet, given the evidence of an inherently violent disposition, indicated not only by our history of warfare, but the extreme example we have recently been presented with--ISIS!  Another disturbing indication is the continued interest in developing atomic energy for more destructive weapons!

As indicated, I am of the belief that major change is eminent. 

I will await the time for my next writing to see what transpires.

Shirley Gallup

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Scientific Evidence For Creation

In this blog I want to ruminate around the amazing fact that the basic belief system of science is being shattered.   Actually, it is recognition of facts that are causing this collapse.  That is, it is actual evidence that is causing this change

This recent major change may have been set in motion a short time ago by the recognition, or discovery, described by one of the Nobel winning scientists: Professor Peter Higgs, or Higgs-Boson Particle, which, because of its implications, came to be called the, "God Particle"  (For Higgs' statement abut the nature of this particle, go here.)

First we were told about the God Particle. a discovery about something which used to be called "vacuum"  (Formerly supposedly that which separated everything from everything else, was actually something.)

The most recent figures, which are astounding, is that currently approximately 40% of  the recognized top tier of scientists have had to come to the conclusion that the evidence indicates that the universe as we know it, could only have resulted from deliberate intention.  This has caused many scientists to come to the conclusion that, "there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature."  (For a number of actual quotes, check these out. http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/quotes.html)

Two of the facts breaking the back of the old belief system are quite interesting; the first has to do with the "Big Bang" beginning of everything.  (Actually, The Big Bang name was a derogatory one applied early on by believers in the Steady State nature of reality--always was and always will be--belief of scientists regarding a beginning.)

(For me those kinds of things experienced by so many people which could not be explained in any way other than that there is far more to what is than physicality--some of those being: past life regression memories, out-of-body experiences, non-physical left-overs of people who had, "died," that is, ghosts, psychic experiences and awareness's, intuition, etc. etc., never explained by scientific theory were enough evidence for me that the accepted theory wasn't sufficient to explain life.)

Anyway, and I love this: the main problem with the solid state belief has to do with the complexity of the universe itself.  If ANY PART, chemical aspect, of what is, was only a tiny fraction, of a fraction of a fraction, different than it is, what we call, "life" would not have been possible!

The other thorny problem that has arisen for the scientists, has to do with DNA  DNA is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms.  (Actually, to my understanding, all life forms contain DNA.)  Nearly every cell in a person’s body has the same DNA.  The mind-blowing statement I read, as I remember it,  was that the material contained in an area of human DNA the size of a pin head would fill enough paper-back books that they would be able to be wrapped around our world 5,000 times.

None of this goes into the other amazing material coming out of the astronomers new discoveries about the nature of an insignificant area located on an outer arm of what we call the milky way galaxy.  (There is talk of there being not only one universe, but more, how many?  Perhaps twelve.) We have already gone a long way from when an astronomer named Messier gave a number to many fuzzy items in the sky he could not identify as stars, which turned out to be galaxies!

We all need to be prepared to have our minds blown by learning about so many things scoffed at previously, (perhaps we should wrap tape around our skulls!?!)  with that thought, I end this encouraging, I think, blog.

Shirley Gallup

Monday, July 4, 2016

Education, What is it For Anyway?

On this year's 4th of July, with it's traditional bangs and other fireworks, I want to ruminate around our educational system, and the nature of indoctrination.

The other day The news guys staged a, "Man-on-the-Street" survey, in, I think, San Diego, and found that almost no one asked had even a clue as to what we are, theoretically celebrating on the 4th of  July.  The U Tube video I watched was titled, "4th of July Zombies--Americans Don't Know why we Celebrate Fourth of July!"  You can watch it here.  (If you need more evidence, Just watch some Mark Dice videos.)  All I can conclude from them is that those who intended to indoctrinate us, is that they have truly failed, and miserably!

As indicated, this particular Man-on-the-Street interview is only the latest of such interviews demonstrating the blissful ignorance enjoyed by the average younger person in this country.  Sad, sad, sad!  Yet, perhaps, good news.  With all the money this country puts into educating/ indoctrinating our youth obviously, virtually nothing sticks. 

Then again, for those of that mindset, perhaps ignorance is preferable to knowledge, and, thus, they have, I'm sorry to have to say, succeeded.

This, as opposed to the Middle East, where, mostly the men, are willing to die and kill other people, who have not been indoctrinated with the same beliefs they hold to be God's Truths.  It's hard for me  to think about, let alone write about, what is happening in our world today, last week, last month.  Lately, not a week goes by before we have to digest another such monstrous act committed because of such personally-held (indoctrinated) beliefs.

I have been posting thoughts in this blog around Belief Systems, particularly the Belief Systems of Westerners.  Such video interviews as this last one, only go to demonstrate to me that the, "younger generation"--people under 30, say--not only do not have one, they, mercifully, are at least embarrassed that they haven't ANY idea as to their lack of information about the history of this Country, let alone the True History.

They appear to be so ignorant, one cannot even compare them to, so-called, "primitive" peoples, living in the jungles that are left on this world.

I have wondered in print at the fact that younger people from this country willingly set out to join such groups as the ISIS.  This, I guess, is the answer; they have no knowledge as to what is supposed to make America different in this world.  Those people from other countries who want to come to this one appear to have gotten the message of our, supposed, difference.

I am sorry to have to say that the noted videos demonstrate, devastatingly, the total failure of the American Educational System.   

People, we cannot continue on in our ignorance; our only hope, it seems to me,  is that something will occur to shock us awake in time to save this planet.

With that unpleasant thought, I end this blog entry.

Shirley Gallup 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Living in, "Interesting Times"

In this blog, I plan to ruminate on our current, "Interesting Times."  "May you live in interesting times," has been credited to the Chinese, spoken as a curse; but other sources insist that it is not, and that it is, actually, modern.  Nonetheless, these can be said to be, "interesting times."

In my long lifetime, there has not been a time that was more notable for it's bizarre-ness. ("Bizarre," is defined by dictionary.com, as: "markedly unusual in appearance, style, or general character and often involving incongruous or unexpected elements; outrageously or whimsically strange; odd.")

And, as this is a political election year, first, I must comment that, in all the political election years that I have lived through, none can match the strangeness of the current one; (which may become even stranger as it unwinds!)

How is someone who has experienced as many years as I have, supposed to integrate within one's personal philosophy the following:

     Not a month seems to go by without one or more, seemingly, senseless acts of individual and/or group violence--notably seeming random killing of other people--including police officers killing individuals, and individuals killing police officers, and, most awful, children planning and carrying out mass killings. 

     The current interest in, "zombies", and the use of, "designer," and other drugs.  (Not to be ignored are the recent articles abut people being bizarrely naked in public, or individuals taking bites out of other people, which seem to come down to one, or both, of these two ingredients.)  To me, it is beginning to seem that these occurrences of violent/bizarre behavior has become contagious.

      The purposeful taunting/disrespecting of those things sacred to others; such as cartoons of religious leaders, etc., deliberately inviting retaliation--more violence.

     Young people, raised in the Western World, doing their best to join the extremely violent and sexist group known as, "ISIS."  (Somehow, that modern male, misogynistic and militaristic phenomenon, has come to be  known by the name of an ancient Goddess. {Isis was worshiped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patroness of nature and magic. Wikipedia}.  As far as I am concerned, this cannot be an accident!

Many writings attest to the search for the cause of what we know as, "man's inhumanity to man." There are those, who follow science, trying to place the roots in our ancient history--the cave man and his club--and that we are only exhibiting our true, violent natures.  (For me, I do not believe that primitive men would have been violent towards their fellow-man/woman;  there would have been more survival-value in cooperation than violence.)

Then again, if, as has been indicated, we are destined to have to experience, all that we have caused to happen in the past, it seems as though we must be reaping what has been disbursed over long periods of time--suggesting, "end times."  Then again, we may just be experiencing a purposeful effort to spread fear throughout the world.  You think?

With that, I end this blog,

Shirley Gallup 





Thursday, April 7, 2016

Our Surface Reality

Back in 2012, I posted a blog entry with the title, Hang In There!  While perhaps prescient concerning the future, things haven't gotten much better; thankfully, we are still here in 2016, and I don't even remember, literally, any of what was taking place around then!  Wait, it's all coming back to me! 

Unfortunately, on the war front, we are still experiencing the reverberations from that time, much of it harder to wrap my/our minds around.  Back then, I wrote that, "the only constant in life is change," then I was inclined to say that, "the more things change, the more they stay the same."  Now I think everything is going to change!

It has been said that we humans, including myself, are creatures of habit; we don't like change.  So, tough!  I guess.  Personally, I am trying to maintain as positive an attitude as possible, trying to stay out of negative thinking.

While, I suppose, most of we humans would prefer to arrange our lives so that there are no surprises, life's little and big surprises are usually what spices up our lives by introducing change. Whether we want it or not.  Back, at the turn of the century, I expected major changes. Those major changes still have to yet appear in the surface reality in which we live, yet.  They are, however, real.

Just what is surface reality, anyway?  It seems to boil down to what each of us believes to be true--what we were taught in our history and science books, what is believed to be humanly possible.  What will make having surface reality change hard is each of our Belief Systems.  We want to keep our Belief Systems in tact. We want to hold on to the idea that we live in a predictable and stable world. (If the last years haven't caused any doubts about that, perhaps this year or next will do it.) My advice is to begin to do some, "what if, then what" thinking about our lives.

In this blog, I have encouraged the reader to examine their beliefs, and to take on an attitude that, instead of being facts, to change them to a status of, "as if true." An interview I saw on the Internet, corresponding to my advice, was to assign what one believes to a number on a scale of 0 to 10, with  false being maybe a 0, and, "it has happened", a 10.  (Keep in mind that, a non-belief in something, is also a belief.)

An example given of adopting such a system was a belief that, "my wife/husband loves me." If you believe that at a 10, or totally, you will be totally devastated if she/he asks you for a divorce. (I think that is good advice, considering that, now, many marriages do not last even a decade.)  If you had held that belief at a 7, 8, or 9, you might not be so totally wasted by being asked for a divorce.  (Also, it would, hopefully, tend to keep one from taking a wife/husband for granted.)  This comes under the heading of: "Assume nothing!" in my philosophy of life.

A belief at the other end of the scale, might be a non-belief in God.  As to that belief, in science recently there has been talk of a "God Particle".  In that regard, I read a very interesting book recently making a case for the universe being conscious. (Is that a disturbing thought, or not?  For me, not.)

As almost all humans rely on their Belief Systems, which are usually established about the time they complete what is called their, "education" to get them through their days.  Unfortunately, they are not going to help anyone deal with the upcoming reality, except through the tried-and-true reflex of denial, (as they say, "not a river in Egypt").

As to that upcoming reality.  Most have some knowledge about our modern GMO, frankenfoods, and non-prescription, "recreation," drugs, as well as disturbing information such as in the Wikileaks, and the development of robotics, but generally have heard little, except denials, about what is known about anything, "controversial."

Those who want to learn some of what's really been going on in this world,  have recently been provided with a trove of (former) secrets, now known as, "Wikileaks," courtesy of Edward Snowden.  Now, just this week, a mass of, "millions of files," have been released naming people who have squirreled away vast amounts of money in offshore accounts called the Panama papers.  It has been called the biggest such release yet, and, which has already led to the resignations of Iceland's Prime Minister.  And, apparently, is being banned from the public in China and Russia.

Take the subject of robots, something that used to be a topic for Science Fiction; now they are a growing reality; or Artificial Intelligence, or other various,"Science Fiction" ideas becoming reality.

Are you mentally prepared to absorb such things as a new reality.  I, personally, am very disturbed, by nanotechnology.  Nanotechnology ("nanotech") is manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale.  There has been so much new development in nanotech, it has been reported that those working in this field do not bother to patent anything, developments are growing so fast.  For most people all this flows under what's in awareness--the radar of our ordinary reality.

What I am suggesting in this blog, is to try to be prepared for the unexpected, as all the indicators I have seen/read/heard-about strongly suggest that is what is in our near future, and not science fiction.

With that, I end today's blog.

Shirley Gallup
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