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As I have previously mentioned, one of my preferred sources of news and commentary is from George Ure over at UrbanSurvival.com.  Perhaps it’s his odd sense of humor, the fact that he – along with Clif from Halfpasthuman.com – are working on a “rickety old time machine” that trolls the internet for the collective conscious, or perhaps it’s the genuineness that comes across in many of his writings that draw me to that website.  I’m not really sure.

The past couple of years have brought on numerous phases of news and information with which I’ve aligned myself, most of which started out in Florida a few years back.  I was working in the St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay areas and had begun to year for some good friends with whom I could discuss things.  Interestingly, St. Pete is one of the most beautiful areas of the world I’ve ever seen – especially the soft white beaches just to the west of where I worked.  I would frequently spend my lunch hour (sometimes turned to nearly two hours) running along the old Gandy bridge that had been turned into a biking/running/walking route over the bay that connected Tampa to St. Pete.  I remember seeing sea rays jumping out of the water and doing various flips as I ran along that old bridge, and do wonder what the oil will do when it reaches its shores (should it indeed reach those shores).  My vagabondness had produced a number of moves in a short period of time – my wife and I have been married 9 years this summer and have lived in 6 different states during that time.  Most of those moves were a result of both my education and schooling and, most recently, the lack thereof.  It’s produced an environment where we’re never in a place long enough to establish roots, settle in and make good relationships.

Around this same time I began to hope for and pray for and seek truth.  I had either realized, or recognized the need to realize, that not everything was as it seemed, appearances detracting from the true nature of this or that thing.  And so, the universe has led me along an interesting path of – hearkening back to a recent topic – synchronicity.

So the changes led me from this, to that and other sources, to now George and Clif’s works.  And, though I pay less attention to their economic thoughts than their thoughts on life and the affects of our current course, it’s nevertheless one of those things I read fairly regularly.  With that, today, there was posted the following discussion on the topic of diaspora, which the rickety old time machine they run suggests will be a dominant theme in the coming months and years.  And, while I won’t post the entire discussion from their Peoplenomics website (a nearly 20 page discussion posted today on Diaspora and the potential reasoning behind its possibilities), the conclusion of the article – which was much lighter in nature than the rest of the article – I did find enjoyable and worth sharing, if only because of the need to remind us all to be “excellent to each other”, but also because I too have felt what they are discussing (which in and of itself means very little, just that there’s a certain level of awareness I need to pay attention to):

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Outbreak of “Itchy Feet”

There may be something of an ‘itchy feet’ syndrome developing down at the cultural preconscious level, as I’ve noticed an increasing number of acquaintances either making plans, or at least laying out contingencies to ‘go mobile’.

Some, as might be the case behind Catherine Austin Fitts’ plans to ‘go mobile’ are based on ethical commitments to ‘walk the talk’ on cell phone towers and GMO foods. Her article on the decision “Plant It Forward “As for Years” [this is a good read and the author uses, interestingly enough, a couple of scriptures from the D&C] is definitely worth a read.

Others, like Clif who is making plans to ‘escape to sea’ should social or environmental issues make it necessary, are rearranging their lives to provide for high mobility.

And, after putting eight-years into our homestead here in East Texas, a desire to get closer to our kids in the Pacific Northwest, Colorado, and Arizona has been steadily working its way up the priority list.

It’s not universal, by any stretch.  A friend who just completed 20 years as a senior U.S. Army officer seems bound for his farm in rural Virginia…but maybe only for a while.

Not sure what the ‘vector of transmissibility’ is that seems to be afflicting Elaine & I, Clif, Catherine, and lots of others who mention in passing “I feel like I need to get moving…but I’m not sure where…”

It may be that the feelings of “Gotta get moving” will increase as we get closer to what are linguistically catastrophic times coming in November of this year.  Perhaps at some preconscious level we’re realizing at a ‘down in the soul’ level that we want to distance ourselves from coming events.  Maybe if it wasn’t an oilcano, it would be something else.

My #1 leading theories on this are presently that global bankruptcy ends so badly that the world descends into an ungovernable anarchy and as well as we have prepared, maybe we could do better; and being there for others like kids is a point to honor.

The other theory is that Gary Jules cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” touches an even deeper kind of bankruptcy than dollars and euros: the spiritual kind.  The kind where Universe holds the planet to account for how well (or badly) we discharged our responsibility to exercise good stewardship and to be ‘excellent to each another‘ regardless of our circumstances or time….

Or, maybe it’s just time to express our Freedom again.  I got used to waking each day to a new view when I was living aboard our sailboat…miss that sometimes.  Coffee watching otters and gulls play with Mt. Rainier, or Princess Louisa Inlet is just a bit more enjoyable than hefting 50-feed sacks in 95/80 weather.

Not sure why Diaspora is peeking out…but this may be one of those questions unanswered on this side of the lawn.  But is that Diaspora off there rustling in the headlines?  You may hear it, too, if you listen closely.

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Why do thy disciples transgress the atradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.  But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your atradition?

Mark 15:2-3

Are You Correlated?

The past couple of weeks I’ve been reading a fair amount of stuff either written by, or of, Daymon Smith, PhD.  Daymon Smith, for those of you who don’t know him, is the author of a book called “The Book of Mammon:  A Book About A Book About the Corporation that Owns the Mormons,” as well as a lengthy dissertation (here’s a link to the .pdf version, for those interested in an in-depth look at Smith’s take on the correlation process) on the correlation process that has defined the LDS church over the past few decades, more on that later.  I am currently knee deep in the Book of Mammon and have briefly skimmed over and through the dissertation, with hopes of reading it more in depth as I make time to do so.  I have listened to his 4-part interview on Mormon Stories, read an interview he had with Main Street Plaza and finished reading his 9-part interview over at By Common Consent just yesterday.  In short, I have become semi-engrossed in the topic, though certainly there is so much more to read.

The reason I add the above preface is because other, outside sources are proving to provide some small degree of synchronicity with what I’ve read about Smith’s work, and the whole process of correlation.  A more appropriate title for this entry may be, How Correlated Are You?, but nevertheless, as you’ll see, it’s not a measure of how much anymore than it is as simple as checking a box, yes or no.

There are many other topics on my radar which I hope to journalize in the coming weeks, but I wanted to get this all in one post for reference later in my life.  I find it much easier to have convenient access to a topic (as I hope to do here) than to have 100 moving parts on 100 different sites which take time, energy and diligence to pursue – and I run short on all points.  My mind, it appears, is as limited by cognitive chunking as the rest of you.  This chunking, unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), plays hand-in-hand with this discussion on correlation, as will hopefully be clear by the end of this entry.

It really is interesting to note the congruence between several different people, all saying the same or similar things, in different venues, surrounded by different audiences and working against (or within) the same system.  Over the past few weeks, these sources include a Mormon anthropologist, an author/attorney, an time monk/urban survivalist and some dude writing to the people over at the CIA.  Talk about a bizarre collection of people.

Returning to correlation, one of my chief beliefs on this topic is that it is (and was) something that was happening regularly and frequently (i.e., there was some behemoth behind the scenes running a correlation committee which felt their imperative duty was to align everything with officialdom).  That was my view and belief, until I started synthesizing some of the information coming in from the four horsemen.

Daymon Smith on Correlation

In his 9-part interview with BCC, the overall message I seemed to get from Daymon was that of the correlated Mormon.  I realize others may have (and likely did) get a different gist – and judging from the comments to each section, that largely appears to be the case – but that was the underlying theme.  Correlated Mormons.  Within this framework, Daymon stated the following:

“So this is the alignment of the Correlated Church, which really makes something like opposition impossible, because if you are different from the correlated or ideal congregation or Mormon, what you really are is just someone who is not yet fully realized as a Correlated Mormon. You can’t oppose it, you can just be situated along a continuum which will eventually lead you into it. You’re just somewhere along the Phase-1-2-3 gradient. … There certainly is a Correlation Committee, but it does very little today. It does very minor things like fact checking. One committee member crossed out the word “love” when it was applied to the Book of Mormon, because you’re only supposed to love living beings. It might regulate the use of certain stock phrases, but this is all very minor. … Another way to say this is that what becomes public Mormonism are those things which are correlatable or are already under the productive gaze of this correlation process that goes back, maybe all the way to the Underground. … And they give you the privilege of going back and reading, say, Plato and restructure his entire arguments around these correlated categories and thus discover for yourself that Plato indeed taught the Eternal and Unchanging Gospel, which in some sense maybe he did, but not necessarily the Gospel of Correlation. My concern with the entire dissertation was to explain how historical processes such as the Underground, or some … theological changes, and political changes, relate to the ways in which we tell our histories. What I argue ultimately is that it changes the way we approach the texts, all texts. …  So history, here, becomes another space for colonization, just like Native America or Latin America. But it’s a very subtle kind of reconstruction, in which we only allow certain things to exist within certain Mormon properties. … It’s almost impossible to resist because you don’t ever confront it, you can’t even see it. It’s the way modern power works. It’s distributed across every point of your interaction, and thus constitutes its own reality, which you could never see, any more than a fish could ever really see water.”

For someone who has written over 900 published pages on the correlation process (and likely much more), it’s likely unfair to pin down Daymon’s topic into a 363 word quote, but that’s just what I’ve done.  And, unfortunately, this may very well be a result of my correlated mind.  By me telling a part of my history, I’m engaging in some of the same abstract logic that he discusses in the other parts of this interview.  This presents an unfortunate obstacle.

The CIA on Correlation

That obstacle is perhaps best summarized in a document on thinking and writing available through the CIA library website and is, itself, a short illustration on mental paralysis:

A centipede was happy quite.

Until a frog in fun

Said, “Pray, which leg comes after which?”

This raised its mind to such a pitch

It lay distracted in a ditch

Considering how to run.

So, how do I proceed, knowing that the obstacle in front of me is no more nor less than a largely correlated mind?  Ah, that’s not really an issue.  We’re all correlated, having grown up in a correlated system, it’s sort of like a crust that’s developed.  Perhaps we can crack out of it, perhaps not.  Why lay distracted in a ditch knowing how correlated I really am?

In this same document, the following quote describes how it is that we process, or try to process, the information that pops into our lives at any given moment and gets back to the chunky discussion (think of the truffle shuffle as you do so):

The heuristic approach is based in part on deeply set mental patterns. “Working memory,” the part of the mind that does our conscious mental work, can handle about seven items at a time. In compensation, it can manipulate those items with extraordinary speed. Cognitive scientists refer to this manipulative capability as the mind’s chunking capacity—our ability to develop conceptual entities or chunks, to build hierarchies of those entities, to alter them, and to bring wildly differing entities together.  We form chunks about any information that interests us, and we tend to believe our chunks are valid until the evidence that they are not is overwhelming. Each new bit of data is evaluated in light of the chunks already on hand; it is much harder to evaluate existing chunks on the basis of new evidence.  When we need to get through large quantities of data, when we do not have to move too far from an experiential reference point, and when a “best possible” solution suffices, heuristics and chunking can be amazingly effective, as Herbert Simon proved in his studies of first-class chess players. Such players are distinguished by the large number of board patterns (50,000, say) they keep in their long-term memories. Talent obviously is important as well, but Simon concluded that no one can become an expert player without such a store of chunks. Developing such a store in any field of mental activity is laborious, and there apparently are no shortcuts: the investment may not pay off for a decade.

George Ure on Correlation

This, in turn, was added upon by a thought by George Ure and his thoughts on choosing your circle of friends.  His thinking, as it were, is to send out an email to your closest friends and ask them where they’d like to spend the rest of their lives, in ideal situations.  If your friends reply with “On a beach loaded with attractive members of the opposite sex and an unlimited bar tab” you might consider a different circle of friends because those bounded worldviews are shared at a deep level.  If, on the other hand, most of your friends would be perfectly happy at the world’s biggest library, or knowledge trapping on the net, well, that would be the mark of the kind of people that tend to be ‘above average’ upstairs.  Or so George thinks.

It’s axiomatic that our thinking is bounded by our inputs.  Although it’s plain as day, most people never quite seem to get around to pushing the envelopes of their thinking in order to expand its boundaries toward unlimited.  When you read certain books on the way people think and how they not only filter what does come into their presence, but also understanding the high level filtering that goes on at the preconscious level such that you don’t even know certain sources exist, it becomes clear that the reason there even is a PowersThatBe class is not so much necessarily because of conspiracy (although it’s a popular notion) but perhaps because so few people have a really burning philosophy of inquiry.

Denver Snuffer on Correlation

Turning, lastly, to yet another discussion I found on this topic.  Though Snuffer has talked extensively on correlation, the following comment was recently made and, in his mind, may have nothing to do (ultimately) with correlation.  Nevertheless, it does to me, at least in the context of the above information.

It may as well be a dream.  It involves our collective slumber.  We get pictures in our head when we are taught some truth and presume that the picture is accurate.  Then after we have repeated the “truth” often enough, we go on to believe the picture must be all-inclusive.  Once we’ve arrived at that point, the truth no longer matters. Our minds are made up. We’ve decided the answers, and no further evidence will be considered.  This certainty is reinforced when more people reach the same conclusion because they share the same picture in their head. You get together with others and testify that you are all in possession of the truth; not only the truth, but ALL of the truth. Before long every one of the group can pass a lie-detector test about the truth as they explain it.  As a result, this herd is incapable of ever seeing the picture differently. They cannot open their minds to the idea that their picture is skewed or off. It is most certainly incomplete.  It is, in fact, so far short of the whole story that when any part of the remaining, missing information is shown to them they are certain it is a lie.

Conclusion

It would appear that this idea could be summed up with a simple inquiry:  are you, or are you not, interested in the truth?

If you believe only the correlated truth, or some portion thereof, then it may be time to rethink things.  And, though it be true that we’re all presented with inputs that are written from the perspective from others, we’re still charged with finding truth, or so I think.  In Paramahansa Yogananda’s book that discusses each verse of the four gospels in the New Testament, his premise in writing that book was built around obtaining the truth irrespective of others opinions.  His premise was that truth should come through unfiltered from the source of all truth.

That, at least, is the goal.  Getting to that goal is a goal in itself.  Correlation, it would seem, is an obstacle to that goal.  For example, in Boyd Packer’s most recent General Conference address he speaks of the Church’s ability to correlate authority and priesthood.  Interestingly, Packer played an integral role in getting correlation started and rolling, being one of the original former missionaries who had served with Native Americans who just couldn’t grasp the gospel as taught by those missionaries.  Their apparent inability to grasp the gospel according to those missionaries was the ultimate impetus for the correlation program.  Those former missionaries were, as the logic followed, smarter and thereby they needed to dumb down the curriculum so that everyone could understand it.  I’ve written about this previously (Taking it Easy on New Members), and my feelings are still largely the same.

In Packer’s talk, he stated the following:

“We have done very well at distributing the authority of the priesthood. We have priesthood authority planted nearly everywhere. We have quorums of elders and high priests worldwide. But distributing the authority of the priesthood has raced, I think, ahead of distributing the power of the priesthood. The priesthood does not have the strength that it should have and will not have until the power of the priesthood is firmly fixed in the families as it should be.”  (Emphasis added.)

Some of you may agree with that paragraph and see the logic in it.  Some of you may see no issue in what Packer stated.  And, certainly, given our correlated minds, there may be no need to even question it.  Contrast, however, that above paragraph with what is written in the Book of Alma.  After reading that chapter, how do you personally reconcile the differences, if any, between what Packer stated and what Alma stated?  But, that is only one topic in a very wide cross-section of correlation.  In the end, this whole issue of correlation, comes down (in my opinion) to the idea of how much we allow ourselves to be correlated?  And, is being correlated a bad thing?  And, can the truth set us free if we’re unable to recognize our need for truth?

That, I think, is a good question to end this discussion on correlation with.  So, my fellow correlated minds, which is it?

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” – Galileo


“But arejoice, inasmuch as ye are bpartakers of Christ’s csufferings; that, when his glory shall be drevealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.  If ye be areproached for the name of Christ, bhappy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.  But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.  …  For the time is come that ajudgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that bobey not the gospel of God?  And if the arighteous scarcely be saved, where shall the bungodly and the sinner appear?  Wherefore let them that suffer according to the awill of God commit the bkeeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”
– 1 Peter 4:13-19

One of my favorite websites is UrbanSurvival.com, but not for the typical reasons.  The website is built around offering mostly financial advice based on long term economics.  That part I couldn’t really care much for.  Urban Survival is also a partner with another website, HalfPastHuman.com, and together they can be affectionately known as the “time monks” in more ways than one.

They are immersed in “predictive linguistics” and try to distill the information they “see” and apply it to current events.  Predictive linguistics is what it purports to be – a way of predicting events based on linguistics and patterns within the linguistics.  They send out all sorts of web bots to cull information off countless internet websites based on a premise that the collective conscience is able to discern and predict the future.  It’s a fascinating topic, in my opinion, and one I enjoy reading and pondering.

Anyway, today, Urban Survival posted something that I thought was brilliant and worthy of duplication here.

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Coping: Nowhere to Hide, Our Own Karmens

May 19th, 2010

Reader asks a very simple question here

“Hello George:

I have been reflecting on the many articles on your site and other reading and research that I have been conducting, and feel that it may be time to sell everything but the clothing on my back and leave the USA.

Problem is that EVERYPLACE I look into has similar problems that we are facing, or tall requirements to immigrate that country to boot. It almost seems like someone sat down and systematically blocked all the exits that one could use to leave the US for a country that has a similar standard of living.

I have spoken to my wife and relatives about this, and they pointed out that things may not be better elsewhere.

What advice do you have? I am confident that if one of your readers (myself) is thinking about this, others may be too.”

Yeah…the world is doing an odd harmonic of the German ban on exiting circa 1929, isn’t it?  Why, even if you can leave, there’s the problem with the 10-years worth of tax liability to IRS which will follow you around ball & chain fashion for the next 10-years.

Not sure how to deal with your ‘urge to flee’.  A lot of people go out finding sites like Escape from America and a bunch of expat sites, but the time for leaving is a quickly closing window for a couple of reasons.

If the linguistics are anywhere near right, after November it may not matter.  A big clue should be reports of where former US presidents are, like the ones that have land in Paraguay.  What do they know that we don’t?

Sure, things are pretty cheap in Panama right now and some other countries, but a lot of the rich in those parts of the world (drug dealers and such) are reportedly looking for places well north (or south) of 40º so prices in those areas seem to be firming, especially since headlines are popping about how “2010 on track for warmest year on record” although you couldn’t prove it by temps here at the ranch.

Problem with most of the idyllic escape plans is they all on closer inspection seem to rely on an input of money from somewhere with few exceptions, but again, Paraguay and Ecuador and Chile are some exceptions.

Without Panama Canal trade and tariffs, Panama would descend into being what could be (pardon this) a third world shithole and take away oodles of offshore dough and Belize and other countries could go the same way.  Absent vibrant offshore banking, places like the Cayman Island might only be supportable for a very small handful of people since it take diesel to make the power that runs the big desal plants there.  No water, no people.  And how’s their turtle farm going to work pumping heavy crude around?  Always questions.

It’s as we’ve been saying (amongst time monk types): We are in #2 of a trifecta of events this year that will underscore how government is powerless to respond once problems reach a critical threshold.  Get to those threshold levels and self reliance is your only toolkit.

A similar kind of letter from a reader in Florida this morning:

George,

In Florida near Tampa, so I doubt I’ll see much oil here. I’ve been to the Key’s many times and the water is clear and the area is beautiful. The reefs although I’ve never dived, I know are beautiful. All I see in my mind is pictures of a a clear water scene with an encroaching black mass under the water moving towards the reefs. Daily I’m amazed at the lack of press coverage but then again I remember with stupid reporters like this running around the msm is pretty worthless for the most part. The riots in bangkok also seem like something far off and not related to earth. Even though people are dying and as we speak the stock market amongst other things are burning. Things seem to happen so fast yet so slow lost in a time warp perhaps.

Where’s the gold? Sorry rambling off People acted all surprised when these plumes of oil were found. Yeah maybe the unknown massive quantity of “dispersants” had something to do with hiding the surface oil. Our mentality seems to be to hide problems and pretend they dont exist. yeah the straw has been inserted into the 2 foot in dia pipe and 1/5 of the oil is being captured from one of the 3 leaks. Granted its the largest leak leaking 85% of the total, but big f’ing deal. mean while approaching the reef is this giant black mass.

I ramble sorry basically I’m quite upset and feel helpless. Anyways

I think I’ll buy a nice camping tent today

That is damn fine thinking right there.

Elaine & I were on a tangentially related point last night – We are what we think.  And what we think is not very good.

Let me explain: I had wandered over from my office about 6:30 PM and E was about to start watching a movie on TV that began with a gruesome scene in a morgue of three or four dead bodies.  “Turn that shit off, dear, please?”

I then expressed my feelings that the ‘real thing’ will likely be along soon enough, so we should watch something a little more positive.  Then I made a shocking discovery:  When I put on the “no killing or murders’ filter, seemed like more than half the content of NetFlix wasn’t of interest.

Not that this is NetFlix fault – they are a consumer-driven operation and people watch really sick gory shit on television.  It’s maybe because I spend so much time staring into the future with Cliff that it gets a bit much and when I want to watch TV it better not be the same stuff that is coming along anyway.

Which circles us around and back to the question:  Is there anywhere to hide?  Nope, sorry, there is not.  Your own karma will determine if you make it to 2013 and it’s simple as that.  If you are standing on top of a volcano erupting and Universe decides you should live, you will.  If you are squirreled away in a safe bunker with it’s own air supply and six years worth of food and every start-over option the in the world, but Universe figures you’re not worth it, then not matter all the preps, you won’t make it to ‘the other side’ of this period of history.

At some point, we come back to learning the lessons we have tried so hard to hide from.  We learn to accept ourselves for what we are, and others for what they are.  And no matter what, there’s always an exit within 25,000 days for everyone, or maybe as few as tomorrow.

Humans are thought (by better minds than mine) to at some level create their own reality in concert with Universe.  It’s a wave we surfboard together.  But put enough negatives in your life, enough greed, and enough distraction and there’s no room on the board for Universe, and then you’re on your own in a deep and profound way.

Consciously helping someone in an unexpected way each day and deliberately not watching violence to be entertained by it are simple, small steps.  I can ruthlessly kill to protect family, don’t get me wrong.  But in my free time, I don’t play battlefield scenes over ad naseum.  Plenty of that may be coming at all kinds of levels.

What I am trying to do, however, is make a little more room on the surfboard of life for Universe,. and tune more closely if possible with its moves, its hints, its shifts, and its flows.

There’s a fine Richard Bach quote in Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah that I’m sure I’ll get wrong, but it goes something like this:  “How do you know when you’ve learned your lesson for this lifetime?  You’re still here, aren’t you?”

So no, ultimately there is nowhere to hide, but go bravely, try to do service for others, and keep spare room on your board.  There’s only one exit anyway, since all waves go to the beach.

Besides: Going bravely doesn’t cost a single cent more and it makes the ride oh, so much better, since your partner on the board steers better than you.