Conspiracy, Aliens, Demons! OH MY!

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I quite like watching scary videos on YouTube. Whether that be outrageous conspiracy plots, aliens from other planets, or my personal favorite demons from hell. I can’t quite pin-point my fascination with such material and no I do not actually believe in any of it but I do feel there are very real lessons to be learned from exploring such material.

For example, when it comes to conspiracy theory, I do not take that term lightly. I adhere to the strict definition of the word so in my world view, yes, conspiracies are indeed very real. The theories however are often so outlandish they cannot be believed. Then again some of the best lies on the planet are those told by using grains of truth. My personal feeling on the matter is to take everything you hear and question the hell out of it until you’re positive you know what you’re talking about. Until then, it’s best to remain stoic and open-minded.

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Aliens from other planets to me as a topic unto itself is a little more complicated of a matter because personally I believe it’s possible there are other life forms in the universe, perhaps intelligent, perhaps not. The material we often see on the internet though is usually accompanied by grainy photos, videos, and questionable eye-witness accounts that the listener can choose to believe or not. My biggest concern is that if there is a hyper evolved alien species visiting the planet why have they not made themselves known? That to me is the smoking gun that proves that this has yet to happen and an argument can be made that it never will. At least not until humanity has evolved to a specific point where we are actually equipped with the knowledge it requires to deal with such matters. Imagine being an ant among giants. It would be impossible to relate to them.

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And finally, Demons. Oh yes, creatures from the lowest pits of the Devil’s own playground. I’m referring to the demonic possession videos, caught on tape videos, and eye-witness accounts of these creatures. What fascinates me most about this phenomena is just how believable some of these videos can be. More often than not they are deeply edited and are indeed creative endeavors but often times I see one that leaves me stunted even though I tell myself it can’t possibly be real. Of course I recover to a more reasonable state and realize that it’s just a YouTube video and there is no reason to believe in such a fantastic thing. Yet, when I walk down a dark hall, go out to my car at night, or wake up in the middle of the night after a night mare I can’t help but feel there isn’t something having an effect on me. I realize that it’s my mind trying to work things out and failing as it recoils in horror into an introspective mind terror. Perhaps this is what fascinates me and gets my blood flowing. The idea that there is probably much more than meets the human eye in reality. That I am not equipped to understand all and everything really puts me in my place and I find it bizarre that it’s the fictional realm that makes me an even more objective person.

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The one things that ties all of these topics together is the human mind. That which we do not understand is often the most terrifying and eye-opening. It’s easy to roll your eyes when you hear a rant on a massive conspiracy to take over the planet, alien abduction stories, or demonic possession tales but you have to face one cold hard fact about these topics, you do not have to believe them for them to be true. That does not mean you have to accept them to be true but it does mean you all on your own cannot prove these things do not exist. Of course, this is not proof that they do either. It’s a perplexing question is it not? Atheist like myself, like to point out that Unicorns don’t exist but we cannot prove they don’t exist as a way to show theist that they cannot simply say, “You can’t prove God doesn’t exist.” I agree with that sentiment but sometimes I cannot help but have an open mind and ponder on that statement.

I really can’t prove a mythical being doesn’t exist which makes my mind race at times. How can this be? How is it that no matter how hard we try we cannot truly prove Santa isn’t real? Of course we can realize that mythical beings come from stories we learn as children and that religions are based on these and other mythologies. But why is it that when someone believes something so strongly it is impossible to show them undeniable proof that their belief is wrong? Is it because they are just too stubborn? Well yes, that is true about belief, but that’s not really my point.

That last sentence wasn’t to suggest that they are indeed real. Think of it as more of an invitation to explore what on earth is possible in the realm of this reality. If you are fully skeptical of such tales, believe me, I understand but what reason other than complete lunacy do others who claim such tales to be true have to believe in them? Money? Fame? Infamy? Or is it something else entirely?

You cannot deny that people sometimes make a lot of money and make friends who have a lot of money who get together and make plans to make even more money, start wars, gain political power via conspiracy. You also cannot deny the possibility of life on other planets in our vast and expansive universe. The chances of this planet being the only among a near infinity of other planets being the only to harbor life are so infinitesimal that I believe it is safe to assume that some where out there is another species of intelligent life forms.

Now we approach the most unbelievable and unlikely of these three topics. Demons from hell. Why, in the information age with ever evolving and expanding technological advances are we still hearing these stories? Why on earth am I still haunted by the possibility of a creature from the ether of our multi-dimensional reality having some kind of physical manifestation here on our little blue planet? Even though I can fully admit that I do not believe in it, knowing full well there is no actual definitive proof to suggest there are such creatures, and enjoying the creature comforts of modern society I still wake up in a fever pitch of sweat and worry having seen visions of a vicious creature from what to me would be hell. I know why.

We now have the capacity to fully explore these haunting tales and get a true look into the depths of our psychology. It’s not that there are just a small minority of people exploring this material in their own ways. It’s droves and droves of us and this is my message to all of you out there who share this fascination.

That feeling of terror that our ancestors would feel in the depths of whatever wilderness they survived in when a predator would snatch up one of their primitive tribe members and fleeing from the scene and go into hiding. The terror of hearing such a creature hunting them and not understanding even a single solitary thing about that predator. The adrenaline rush from such an encounter would have been traumatizing if not down right debilitating back then when there were no truly safe refuges from the wild. However, to us modern folk it is reduced to the level of entertainment, thrill seeking, ghost hunting, and creepy pastas.

We all seek our own agency in life and when we go through periods of drought in that respect we look to external sources for inspiration. We see someone else’s success and often feel a sense of jealousy so instead of facing our own life and fixing our own problems we create a scenario in our mind that everyone is out to get us. Granted, I do believe conspiracies do happen and should be explored in a literal sense, there is a difference between pulling things out of our collective butts and actually investigating a situation and seeking the truth.

I feel nearly the same can be said for alien life from outer space. The biggest difference is that while difficult to prove, human beings definitely conspire to in order to gain power in the world and there is historical precedence to prove such actions taking place in the world. To deny it is to me an embarrassment. In the case of extraterrestrials though, there is nothing anyone can point to that truly suggest there are indeed aliens here on Earth, though I still maintain that there is enough room in the universe and reason to believe there are other intelligent life forms somewhere beyond the stars.

The reasons we look to the stars and wonder nearly mirror those reasons we believe there’s a shadowy elite trying to rule the planet. We want to believe in something more powerful than us in order to explain away our own short comings. Also, there is so much about reality that we are left in the dark about and our own mind will create elaborate and often terrifying constructs in order to teach us. Often we are left still blinded to reality simply because we are to afraid to peak through our fingers at what truly is in favor of the comfort and familiarity of modern civilization.

 

I am not suggesting you flat-out believe in anything I talked about in this article. On the contrary, I am demanding you do much more than that. I am suggesting to you to have a good time scaring the crap out of yourself. Keep and open mind and respect others no matter how outlandish their theories are. Even if you know they are completely mad do not judge them for if there is even an iota of misunderstanding in your own mind you are in at least in small part like them as well. It’s a matter of degree and severity and not at all a matter of us vs them.

Stay frosty folks. Thanks for the read!

Pinnaclism

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Pinnaclism is my idea of looking at the vastly superior ideas from any given political or social movement and combining them under one umbrella. When those ideas compete with one another, we should lean towards the more ideal conditions and compromise those ideas which are not in our best interest by accepting the faults of that idea and allowing new and innovative ideas to take their place. This will require a high degree of intellectual honesty and also the ability to let go of preconceived notions once it has become apparent that one idea is inferior to the other.

This is a new term that I have come up with and in my opinion is the only solution to an authoritarian state where violence is deemed required to spread ideology. Pinnaclism still allows freedom of expression, thought, and allows us all to have our positions without the threat of violence. However once put to the test on the market or public arena and adjusting to the reality of the situation, it will become necessary to allow the winning idea to flourish . This requires a very active participation from individuals on a personal basis where we all seek to improve ourselves one step and one day at a time. Where problems exist, people must bring their ideas to the table, even if faulty, it will create a ground by which another can apply the benefit of hindsight and fill in the gaps. This process should repeat until ultimately the economic or social situation is solved to the satisfaction of those individuals involved.

This can be done on a large-scale without coercion or violence though I believe in and still  see the need for very strong defensive violence as detractors from this idea will preemptively strike and lash out at those of us trying to make improvements to our world. That said, through the use of ideologies such as voluntary free trade and association, charities, and many other economic and social options available to all of us at any given moment, we can avoid unwarranted violence more often than not. As a result violence will become less of a problem as time pushes forward. Actions taken by individuals that threaten the existence of others must be met with cold intelligence and brute force. Once on display, parties involved are open to public scrutiny and free press where the violence and coercion are observed in a very public way. If two individuals or collective of individuals seek war with another or among themselves they would be immediately held accountable by social and market forces which seek to render their aggression obsolete by providing similar and superior results that should persuade more people than not to both hold up private agreements and share among each other without the use of violence.

Perhaps in this way, we can eventually find the root causes of aggressive authority in our world and in the interest of the survival of our species dig and cut those roots once and for all, ridding ourselves of an evolutionary weakness and replace it with genuine authority who would have all the resources and reasons available to them to sustain a peaceful social order. I ask you the reader to understand that this does not mean pacifism. In all actuality it means this new social order has the ability to render unjustified violence completely and totally obsolete by having the resources to do so constantly being upgraded through voluntary free trade which will always seek to protect itself from outside illegitimate threats of violence on itself and those who benefit from it.

Try to imagine the possibilities and corrections you can make to my idea and run with it to the next person who works with you peacefully to create new realities, the idea is to allow this process to continue and grow into a new society based on real information and the accepting of new proposals in order to reach a peaceful end to all situations. For the overwhelming majority of time violence will not be necessary and as a result new innovations will only arise faster and better as time pushes forward uninterrupted by those among us who do not have the strength and peace of mind to build and maintain a society we can all enjoy and benefit from. In that case, it will not be an unfortunate turn of events to see these overly aggressive authoritarian forces eliminated from the scene and will also allow new innovations in dealing with these forces more and more peacefully with each passing year. Imagine being able to stop a killer without killing them and simultaneously benefiting from their labor and rehabilitating them and their would be victims to allow a much more prosperous situation to occur. The outright hedonist will not be able to bring about their anarchy on the backs of every living soul of which they would take pleasure in harming, rather, every living soul has an opportunity to present the hedonist with a choice. Responsible freedom or seclusion from freedom. 

I strongly desire all forms of criticism for this article. Whether you completely hate, moderately hate, moderately love, or completely love what I’ve put forward please leave a comment below. This is not meant to be a populist movement by any means, it is a means to an end that discourages such action but rather is an open door to any and all dissent and acceptance. That being said, both dissent and acceptance of this idea taken to extremities that result in massive demonstrations that seek to harm other’s interest will not be tolerated by myself. My goal isn’t to create a monster.  I want this to become the absolute most ideal way of looking at the world so it will require myself at times to be corrected and I completely accept that responsibility. So, if you believe you can improve or even disprove these ideas please do not be shy. It will only strengthen the idea either way and as a label it will survive any and all adjustments to the philosophy as it is meant to consistently be improved upon.

Modesty: A Chain Broken

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I have very powerful feelings inside of me nearly locked away but every day I stay the key and keep the lock open.

Often I am rendered silent by the complexity of those feelings realizing my vocabulary lacks the required breadth to communicate them.

From the political loyalty of the paradigm to the cultural biases of honesty and crime my words fall upon apathetic minds focused on winning wars for their own kind.

I speak of humanistic prosperity, togetherness, anarchy, and peace only to be vilified, divided, controlled, and fleeced.

I care not who you voted for last cycle nor what rally you attended last week. I care not for the cause you hold upon high or which enemy you choose to vilify.

I see massive fingers directed by massive ego’s pointing and poking and prodding each other’s claims of supremacy. I see the broken lumps of flesh and bone caught in between.

I see the satisfaction of victory over the “the ways of old” while the “ways of old” shine through the new order of things.

You tell me I’m hurting “the movement” as if I belong for speaking words gone silent far too long. To that I say, the truth and the world is much stranger than the fiction of any so called “movement”.

Your group of pals and collection of ideas only a grain of dust among an eternal inferno of information. Stick together, just don’t lose yourself in your group mental masturbation.

If only you knew how afraid they were of you. If you could only admit that your fervor aligns with their fear. If only you could see the ties than bind you perhaps then the world could be free.

You see not the dire straights of those opposite your dilemma only the fear filled melodrama of their words that fill the air around you. Not a mirror in sight that you can see, not a mirror nor a reflection that it’s also you who speak.

So what is it my friend? Do they hate the way you look, behave, believe, or choose to live? You cannot change that which by it’s very nature must push against you and challenges you to be every beautiful and precious thing you have to be.

Put down the pitchforks, tear down the walls, and let go of the chains. The anchors weigh heavy on us all without judgement but with reason. The strength you feel is your true self so crucify the ego, it’s not too late. For when it is, you’d never had made it to these words, you never would have had a chance to see all the glorious and wondrous things about life that I see.

(Please understand I mean this with much intensity towards everyone. I hold no quarter and hold myself to these same standards. I’m not trying to be a hipster, enlightened, nor do I view myself as special. I am merely letting these bottled up emotions go here on facebook because sometimes it makes me feel better. That is all.)

Being Right When the Status Quo is Wrong

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I suppose most people would label me with titles like Libertarian, Anarchist, Independent, or even simply a lunatic. However, I’ve come to discover that there has never been or ever will there be a single word anyone could use to describe me. So when reading the title of this post, please do not assume things about me without first considering the content of the entire article and message I am attempting to convey to the world in this little corner of the internet.

I want to take you back on a journey of about 50 years. For those of you who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s may recall standing up to the government on many many issues. Civil Rights, The Vietnam War, Watergate, JFK, MLK, Kent State, and other people and events that helped shape this period in American History all happened because of one centrally planned and organized cartel of men and women who apparently, we have granted the authority to write rules down on pieces of paper, and enforce those rules through a fully armed and trained military/police forces. I often wonder, what was it that caused all of these people to stand up to the government? What sparked the notion that no one has the right to use force against others to get them to behave a certain way? Perhaps a more relevant question pertaining to this is, what happened to that spark? Why did millions of people lock arms in protest and defeat authoritarians hand over fist back then? Yet today, even suggesting you should do such a thing ensures you to be compartmentalized into a box with a label on it that says “Conspiracy Theorist Nut Job”. Curious question is it not?

Even myself, an individual who is happy to question the reality around me, finds myself speechless when I should be speaking up. I know there is no good justification for this and that it is morally wrong, yet, more often than not I simply stand there, knowing things aren’t right and feel trapped by my own fear and insecurity. I think this largely has to do with the majority of people who simply want to live their life oblivious to the ill’s of the world and vicariously through the portrayals of heroes in Hollywood movies. While I too live in a blissful manner and watch movies and enjoy the tales being told, I think I at least do manage to provide some thought-provoking and challenging ideas to those around me. I at least attempt to help push along this idea that humanity should be free of force and coercion and that some day, this kind of revolution will take place.

The thrust of this article is to point out the few human beings through history who have taken a much stronger stance against authoritarian ideologies and made great and even the ultimate sacrifices in doing so. I find that whether or not I agree with all of these people politically, I can at least understand them, and even appreciate their bravery in taking a stand for what they feel was right. I am going to refrain from providing specific examples to avoid making you think I believe in one thing or another and also because if you’re reading this, you probably have a really good idea of the people I am referring to. Instead, this is just to point out that when you take a stand against an aggressive authoritarian, often, you will have to give up much of your life or even be killed for doing so.

When the entire world bows down to a single ideology and believes that forcing everyone else to adhere to that idea is justified, it is considered a rebellious and dangerous act. While that may be true, I think it’s important to point out that the danger is not coming from the protester, the violence isn’t being forced upon the authoritarian, but rather the authoritarian is using force to ensure 100% loyalty and adherence to his or her rules. Rebelling against this dangerous ideology is not an act of terror as the majority of society will probably tell you, it is an action made once one realizes the only way to really be free is to challenge that forced unity and collective blind support. History is riddled with these figures that rise up against the authority of the time and end up in horrible situations just because they had a different idea of how human beings should live among one another. Ask yourselves, how highly can you really think about any political ideology that must force those who disagree into compliance? If it’s that great of an idea, shouldn’t persuasion be enough? I understand that when it actually is a good idea and a rebel uses violence to get their way that defensive violence is necessary. That however, is not what I’m attempting to convey to you.

I think a good example is Marijuana users. If they inhale the smoke from Marijuana when it’s illegal they will be thrown into a cage, violently. Yet, there hasn’t ever been a significant case where someone has over dosed due to the use of the drug nor has the simple act of indulging in the smoking of Marijuana ever produced a victim. Have people made poor decisions as result of Marijuana, probably, but that shouldn’t muddle the entire culture and market place surrounding the drug. Yet, if you dare even try it once and get caught, you and all your friends will end up in jail and with a horrible drug charge on your records. The government may even kill you if the police who are used to enforce the laws upon you are trigger happy psychopaths as we all to often see in the news any more.

When you know you are right about something that contradicts the status quo of government, your life becomes a danger to any authority who thrives of the laws you are breaking, even if those laws are totally unjustified. People have been beaten, jailed, or even killed for doing things that produced no theft, violence against others, or property damage. There are laws, it seems, simply for the sake of having laws at times and I find this to be a tragic situation where the powerful and wealthy benefit from their dominance over the rest of humanity, almost as if they simply enjoy controlling others with their police forces. Almost as if they get a sense of joy from it. This should be alarming to people out there, but I fear apathy greatly outweighs any justifiable concern people may have as most people simply want to be left alone.

There is a song by Rush that I believe outlines what I’m on about here called Closer to the Heart. Give it a listen and read the lyrics while you listen to it. It may do a better job trying to convey the message I’m trying to type out here for you and if so, then great. I hope to help others come to this message in any way I can other than force and coercion. I want to be the opposite of that and I think most people actually feel this way deep down. Seeing the way people are treated for actually acting on this practically though, it is understandable why people’s apathy mostly outweighs any desire to make a real positive change in the world. This however needs to erode as time pushes forward and the next generation comes up. Ask yourself, when will this world of ours stop bombing the crap out of each other? When will this world of ours see a superior level of peace and prosperity that the world has never enjoyed before? I have this belief that this is inevitable but also that if we don’t approach it with the proper line of sight, the cost of this happening will almost be far to great to consider. The choice is yours.

Thank you for the read!

Scott D. Vogler

Armed Carry in Washington D.C. on July 4th: Adam Kokesh

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Time to set the precedent. Adam Kokesh, an internet blogger, youtuber, and pod-cast host has made plans to have an armed march in Washington D.C. on July 4th. From the moment I heard Adam speak, I knew he was an agent of massive change for our society, whether good or bad. I respect this man for the courage he displays and for always doing exactly as he stated he would do. Though do not mistake my respect for Adam to be full-fledged undying loyalty to him or everything he’s ever said. I do not believe he expects such accolades from any one individual either. I believe his motives are pure and good, that he simply wants to set the precedent that having a loaded weapon on you does not mean you are harmful, dangerous, or a criminal to be treated like an animal and locked in a cage and pumped full of psychotropic drugs. I’d like to try and discuss alternatives to both the current mainstream view on guns and also contrast a few of Adam’s points with my own, hopefully fulfilling the needs of both points of view while avoiding violent conflict but also reaching a higher understanding on self defense, personal liberty, and self ownership without the desire to control or manipulate others with force, fraud, or coercion. Of course no single idea is perfect, but that is why we share them so freely, to communicate with others who may agree or disagree with your assessments and help define a better path for both minds to interact with the world through peaceful interactions with those around them. This is important for both sides of the argument to remember as July 4th approaches. My biggest question is will this march be peaceful? I don’t believe Adam wants there to be any violence, but at the same time I realize he thinks the government will resort to violence and force if their rules are confronted. Adam realizes that in order to assert his belief that he has the right to carry a loaded weapon where ever he wants, he has to risk his life and freedom to do so and that is his main point. He shouldn’t have to be so afraid of doing something so simple and so openly to peacefully demonstrate the idea of owning a weapon but using restraint and learning self defense. Adam doesn’t want to use his weapons as a means of force and preemptive dominance over others, his desires, in my opinion, probably weigh in more along the lines of self defense and as a hobby at the shooting range or even for hunting.

Another point, to see whether or not authorities will tolerate people standing in formation with loaded rifles on their backs. So far, the police have said that the only one’s allowed to have guns are the police. ““Passing into the District of Columbia with loaded firearms is a violation of the law and we’ll have to treat it as such,” – Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier said to http://www.wjla.com/blogs/news-talk/2013/05/q-a-with-d-c-police-chief-cathy-lanier-18750.html. Ultimately this means the government official and law enforcement agent is claiming the monopoly on carrying a weapon openly and publicly. In the same breath, they are claiming you as an individual have no right to do so in any capacity. Even if you never harmed a single person, you would be considered and treated like a criminal for merely having a gun on you in public. If the police of Washington D.C. choose to end this with violence and show their true colors I can only hope that it will help others realize the kind of world we are living in and have a change of heart about what governments role should and can possibly be. I would prefer a world in which we are free of bully’s and egotistical men and women gaining larger than life sums of wealth and power and controlling through force, fraud, and coercion all the rest of their minions and the common people who inhabit the planet. I wish I could turn on my television and see a real world of innovation and constant positive growth and change in our species. I feel that we are close to such and event taking place but I also believe things have to take place before this does happen. 

 

 If we see this break out into violence on our TV screens, it will more than likely come from paranoid authoritarians who lust for control and power over those who are defying their arbitrary rules and regulations that have nothing to do with peace or equality for anyone. Hopefully people will see that harming anyone here means initiating force, not defense. The history that is unfolding is that either we are free people who can do what we want as long as we don’t hurt anyone or we are not free and have to submit to and be afraid of our government as we are threatened with violence if we do not comply with their orders. As biased as I may have become towards government, I do realize there are some really good intentions at play within the halls of congress, the white house, and other government buildings, however, I believe these people do not understand that for every rule they come up with, people will have to needlessly suffer because of it. It is a function of the state to assert itself on every major issue through the use of public displays of force and dominance. When said so bluntly I realize it makes everyone cringe but that is merely a reaction to the tyranny that exist because of government, not in spite of it.  I share Adam’s sentiment that no one individual or group of individuals have a monopoly on defense, gun ownership, or violence. In my opinion it is immoral to coerce or violate physically the natural right of another human being to live in peace and prevent them from interacting with fellow human beings the world over. Claiming such power over others is a sign to me that the person or persons have not considered or have very little concern for their own freedom or safety. Also, this authoritarian mind-set has time and time again showed up in human history and overtly rejected every single time. However, the tragedy here is that people often forget the lessons of history and choose to justify this unwarranted authority by creating a moral high ground which does not exist in reality. In their mind, because of the legitimate services that government can provide its people, it is okay to violate people’s privacy, monetary situation, personal freedom, and even take life from individuals who stand up to them. To be more blunt, it’s okay to mug the banker walking down the street in order to feed the homeless man in the alleyway. I reject this notion outright. Wouldn’t it be better, if you really cared, to talk to the homeless man, convince him to go with you and donate your time to helping them get back on their feet? Wouldn’t it be easier to help them find a part-time job? When does it become clear to “the authoritarian” that using guns to take care of people often has a greater long-term negative consequence than the short-term benefits of welfare? When does it become clear that it would be much easier to help these people without force, fraud, or coercion? What if the threat of violence and coercion that exist in our current system simply didn’t exist in the first place? After all, isn’t it this situation which causes people to become homeless in the first place? All of the lies, violence, and other misdeeds perpetrated by those in power all add up in lending a hand to human suffering and those very same people are trying to convince me that I have no right to defend myself and be armed. That to me says that there are some people in the world who merely believe they have some superior right to do and say as they please while the rest of us have to grovel and bow down to their rulings. In the end, no matter how well intended a law is, if it violates my ability to peacefully interact and live among other people, I reject it out right and with all of my heart.

 

This armed march in Washington D.C. on July 4th is going to create a new situation. It’s going to cause both sides of this debate to be brutally honest with one another and it’s about time. Either we will find out that we are all indeed free to do and say as we please without hurting anyone else or we are not. It’s not uncommon for such a thing to take place, however, this time it has a lot of weight due to the massive amount of legislation to restrict gun ownership in America. We have been told two things from gun control advocates. The first is that gun control is necessary. The second is that they claim they do not want to take everyone’s guns. To me, the second claim must be exposed for the lie it is. What Adam’s protest is going to do is cause this authoritarian mind-set to come clean with the world on their real stances and intentions. If the government opens fire on these protesters and starts arresting people it will prove that some people do not have the mental strength or capacity to handle being in the presence of a non-government individual being armed. It will prove that all these people can see is the gun and not the human being carrying it. They will prove that they are not for gun control, but rather the control of people who own guns. They will prove this to the world by using guns to enforce their rules on others. In that light, this march is much less a protest on gun control and much more about standing up to unjust authority. It is about addressing the problems presented to independent individuals by authority figures who claim the monopoly on gun ownership. It is about laying it all on the line and starting a revolution of the mind about what it means to be armed, to be a free human being, and questioning the legitimacy of governments role in our daily lives. This is being done to show the world how the United States Government will treat its people. It will go down in history as an important mile stone event. One where either we show this government that we will not be victims of their unjust authority. That we will live in peace and harmony, armed or not, with one another with the goal of prosperity and more freedom for more people around the world. Or, on the other hand, we could see a disaster unfolding. Will the government use violence to quell this revolutionary act of defiance? If so, will it set a new precedent in the hearts and minds of the masses about what is acceptable behavior from our government? What if the government starts shooting people, will people then realize how wrong it is to preemptively attack people who’ve harmed nobody? I have a disgusting feeling that something similar to the latter will occur and a giant “I told you so” campaign will grip the barely beating heart of this anti-political liberty movement and strike it down with fear and violence. That being said, I will not be swayed by terrorist who will do anything they have to do in order to keep their false power. I realize these people rely on the fact that human life is fragile and use that psychology to dominate the hearts and minds of every last individual on planet earth. It’s time to set the precedent. Either we water this tree of liberty with pure, clean, and refreshing water or it will be watered with the blood of the victims of government violence and coercion. The choice is clear.

I realize a large segment of people experience a certain level of fear and discomfort surrounding the ownership of a fire arm, much more the openly carrying of a loaded weapon in Washington D.C. must seem absolutely insane to many of you out there. Consider this though, you support a government which has all the latest surveillance technology, the latest weapons, the latest and greatest in policing technology, and a whole army of enforcers. Why are you so afraid of a few thousand people simply wanting to prove whether or not their own government will use violence against them for exercising a right supposedly guaranteed by The Constitution? Adam Kokesh has several times as of the writing of this sentence that he wants a peaceful protest where the police escort is there to ensure a safe situation. If violence happens on July 4th it will be because of the paranoid authoritarians who cannot allow any kind of questions arise about them. Scott D. Vogler

The Best In the Universe: Unveiling the Big Dirty Secret

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I realize that most people would prefer me to simply not open my mouth nor my mind to that which should not be. Realizing this, however, only strengthens my resolve to do so. It’s an old adage that when you need something most is when others are trying to take it from you. In this case, I feel others would silence me if not for their basic humanity, a humanity which I realize I am taking advantage of. I am glad there is this competition to be the nicest person with the most friends and the most money and success in life because it allows me to introduce my grains of truth into the collective consciousness of my fellow human beings without much fear of physical retaliation. Though, judging by the many amounts of criticism I receive for saying what I say, I notice that much of it has nothing to do with my words, but rather a few choice ideas I have that challenge their beliefs. This brings me great concern because in my life, when I have been victim of violence or even observed violence, it arose from ignorance and frustration on the offenders part by not being able to put more than a few words together to have an argument in a civilized manner. Lashing out in a childish rage towards he or she who said something so offensive, so perverse, so naughty that they just had to physically harm them. For myself, I myself will not take physical confrontation lightly, though I am the first to turn the other cheek, I also will not hesitate in defending myself, but for me, it is a thousand times more satisfying to have a black eye and a smart ass smile on my face than it is to lower myself to physical violence. This is merely on a personal level however, the far greater threat is that this violence also manifest in the halls of government and big business. Ignoring this fact will lead to the demise of our species, I know I am beginning sound like a know-it-all, however, I am convinced that no one can sway my opinion on these issues without first holding me and my entire family hostage.

 

This article is about taking off the proverbial gloves and getting you to think about me what you should be thinking about yourself. You might think, “this guys full of it!” but am I really? Or am I saying what you’ve wanted to say your whole life but simply could not muster the courage to do so? When you do finally break out of that trance and have the trained eyes of fear all around you staring back at you with confused anger and hatred  let me know how you feel then and let me know if you think it’s me who’s full of it or all of those confused dumbfounded dip-shits who would have you hanged if only they could get away with it.

 

“You’re just a nut-job conspiracy theorist, no one will listen to you!” Obviously no one will, since you haven’t and you obviously don’t care because you had to tell me how crazy I am right? This very thought has ran across my mind so many times I cannot even begin to imagine the number. However, striking a nerve with you is the least of my concerns, yet paramount in solving the worlds problems. What’s with that fear anyways, are you afraid that perhaps not all is well in the world? Are you worried that your little delusions could come crumbling down all around you? Don’t be afraid my friend, for now you will see what others can not see. This world, built on the backs of bruised and bloodied corpses, lies, and money will not deceive you any longer. That pain you feel is merely fear leaving your body and mind. All of your sins will only make you stronger as you transcend the walls that you have built around you to protect you from this old rocks mean and twisted ways. Now you will know the bliss that lives here. Now you will know the harmony that exist when you don’t have to ask permission for every little thing.  Now you will know what choice means, now you will know what freedom means, now and only now will you know what it means to be alive for no longer will you play the deer in headlights that bullies want you to be.

 

I ask you to rise, not for me, definitely not for anyone else, but for yourself and by yourself. Bathe in the glory that is your life and break free from any chains that bind you to suffering. Stop pushing it away my friend, stop dancing around the bush, and stop allowing the violence around you by simply not involving yourself in it. Do not walk away from the fear, but face the damn thing in the hairy eye-ball and transcend it. Be what you were born to be, not an American, not a European, not an African, and certainly not a “citizen of the world”. But an ugly, bold-faced, defiant, strong, and passionate living entity with powers beyond their comprehension. You should feel a fire in your belly as you rise from the ashes of your former slave self. Only now will you understand what it means to love, have compassion, and wish well upon others around you.

 

You are not part of any collective, you are not a “citizen of the world” you are not bound to the boarders of your country. You are the single best human being in the universe. No one ever told you that because they were never told that. This FACT was hidden from you on purpose because of jealousy, anger, frustration, and fear. Any time it becomes self-evident to you, your training kicks in. Your ego tells you to sit back down, get back behind those walls, shut up, and keep your eyes down. You are told that you can find happiness in slavery, so just accept what all the monolithic organizations tell you to think. I am here to persuade you to otherwise. I am here to tell you that you, not me, or anyone else is the best in the world, nay, the universe. But I will also warn you that this does not grant you the ability to bring harm on others. This does only one thing for you and it’s an important thing. You will shine as a beacon of hope to those around you. Hope that humanity is more than grunts, blood, sweat, and tears. You will be the evidence that humanity is something much stronger than mere words on paper or belief. You are the eyes, ears, and voice of greatness. The big dirty secret in this world, is that people are good. Not only good, but the ultimate example of greatness in the Universe. Come all challengers to this idea and watch them fall one by one. Yes, I believe this and in you. Who am I for you to care? Someone who realized this before you did, push aside my arrogance and prove me wrong if you dare but be prepared for the depths and horror that is humanity chained to a concrete floor begging for death.

There are no laws that can hold you down nor any religion that can define you. Only ideas based in reality and self evident truth’s that you choose to live by. Being afraid to embrace this is a flaw you must transcend so allow me to indulge you to do just that. Let’s take this to the ultimate level of morality. I am telling you are free to do what ever you see fit with your life. The most common excuse I hear to not live in a world free of government or religion is “we can’t just let murderers run free!” Well, I have to laugh in the face of such an obscene suggestion because not only do we allow them to run amok, they are in charge. Not only are they in charge, but they realized what I’m trying to teach you long ago and are taking advantage of your ignorance and poisoning you with apathy. Not everyone is a murderer and most people realize that the only reason we can be friends with one another is that we want each other to be alive, we know that it is better to get along with each other because it benefits us to have support through hard times and to succeed professionally, in a family, or among friends. You do not need a law to make you realize this. The excuse that murderers would just get away with it and criminals would take over is very silly considering the amount of crime and murder that we are currently supposed to bow down to in the form of government and the church. This is a moral decision to stand up to these bullies and transcend the fear you have of letting go of their protection racket.

I’m going to ask you to do just a little research for yourself and look up the term “Democide”. It is a statistic which represents the amount of deaths caused directly or indirectly by governments around the world. After you see the numbers for yourself, please ask yourself why violence exist. Why does murder happen? Is it just a flaw in human nature? I believe it is a flaw but ultimately a flaw created by the idea that just a few people could rule over and “run” entire populations of people in imaginary boarders created by bankers, politicians, and mercenaries. Denying the conspiracy at this point to me is a waste of time. Many would have you believe that there is no such thing as a conspiracy at all, but I have to beg the question, if there is no such thing as a conspiracy then why has humanity chosen to define it’s meaning? Why is it that it is so difficult for many to accept the fact that people come together and plot out destruction and plans to dominate others. It’s called being greedy folks and it is not some mystical idea that you should fear. It is what enslaves humanity though. It is what keeps people in fear and in their little compartmentalized box. It is what makes straight people different from gay people, black people different from white people, Americans different from Mexicans, and so on and so forth. I hear talk about equality from so many people but these same people when then turn right around and claim some kind of moral high ground and the ability to use force on others who might not agree with them on certain issues. Many times, they won’t even do it themselves but would rather pay taxes and hire men with guns to lock people in a cage.

There is only one remedy for this situation that doesn’t lead to humanities extinction. It is the hope that many of you out there will in your billions of expressions and individual ways will realize who and what they are. If you decide you are just a hopeless murderer then by all rights, go join your brethren in the halls of government and big business. Go ahead and disappoint yourself and everyone around you by becoming everything wrong with the world. Go forth and die knowing you caused unspeakable pain, death, and suffering with all your good intentions. But if you realize you are above that please don’t hold back. Shine brighter than everyone else around you by being everything you are and more. Grow my friend into a Jedi Knight to inspire others around you to do the same. Join the many who see the worlds problems and want to solve those problems peacefully and without coercion. Humanity no longer needs to steal, kill, and torture itself to reach it’s goals. The only opposition to my idea is that of lies, violence, and more theft. Supporting the old, mean, and violent regimes of the past is no longer a valid opinion, but a tragic example of fear and brain washing. The choice is yours.

Space & Weapons

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Recently the news has been full of stories about drones and how they will impact the world. While I feel this topic is very important, there is another topic with even more significance to human development. The topic of which I speak is of course “space based weaponry”. While the official line is that there are treaties preventing nuclear warheads in space, there are other weapons which we could potentially see in our earth’s orbit. Much of what I will cover is in theory, but some of it has been tested before. As we see it now, it is not a clear case of whether or not they are up there now, but knowing that military’s around the world have and are testing platforms in our orbit.

As a futurist, I understand that technology will inevitably come out, the reason I like to talk so much about this is because I hope to be a voice of reason and a reminder about what humanity has done with powerful technology in the past. I would like to avoid such mistakes going forward so I hope my words inspire cooler heads to prevail. I do not want to make these weapons “cool” or “awesome” but rather discuss how this would impact the world politically. Hopefully a lot of you out there feel the same as I do because I would rather scientist focus on other more important technologies involving space travel, mining, and defensive measures against space’s many dangers.

To start, I’m going to go over what I consider to be smaller weapons systems designed to protect a satellite from enemies or destroy space based targets, or more bluntly put, anti-satellite weapons. The Soviet Union designed and created a satellite named Almaz starting in the early 1960’s. This lead to an integration in another program named Salyut programme. These 3 satellites, named Salyut were also referred to as OPS 1, 2, and 3. These were reconnaissance drones in orbit armed with a self lubricating, 23mm Nudelman rapid-fire cannon. These were mounted onto the satellite for defensive and offensive purposes. These destructive tools had a maximum rate of fire of around 850 rounds per minute and shot 23x115mm caliber rounds with a muzzle velocity of 690 m/s. That’s some serious fire-power. A fourth OPS satellite, OPS-4, would have also been equipped with Shchit-2, which was reported to have a duo of projectile systems. Perhaps rockets were to be employed on this project? Supposedly there are no photo’s of this weapon’s system so I cannot confirm its existence in actual orbit. It is believed it was never deployed. The entire Almaz program did not become all it was meant to become, but the ideas have been tested as far back as the 1960’s.

More advanced space-to-space weapons were also tested by the Soviets. In the late 1980’s, the Soviets were set to launch the Polyus spacecraft into orbit. The Polyus, also known as Skif-DM, was equipped with a megawatt carbon dioxide laser system designed to be an anti-satellite system. Carbon Dioxide Lasers were invented by Kumar Patel, from India, in 1964. Mr. Patel worked for Bell Labs at the time of this invention. Just a few short years later it found itself being launched into orbit attached to a space ship. This vessel however did not make it into orbit as a faulty guidance computer failed as the ship separated from the rocket. It was meant to spin 180 degrees and launch itself into orbit, instead, it did a 360 degree turn and burned up in the atmosphere. This was during the height of The Space Race, if there are any remnants of that same “race” going on today, I’m sure we’ll find out just how far this has all come.

(Source) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_weapon#Space-to-space_weapons

Next, I’ll be providing details on another type of space based weapons technology which emerged from the Space Race and Cold War. Earth-to-space weapons systems were developed for a number of reasons, but I feel there is one that stands out. If you’ve ever lived in the country side like myself, you have probably heard of Wild Life population control, where certain hunters are granted permission to hunt and kill certain over populated animals in the local eco-system. I know that sounds way off topic, but I think it perfectly describes The Kessler Syndrome.

The Kessler Syndrome, also called the Kessler Effect, collisional cascading, or ablation cascade, was proposed by a NASA scientist named Donald J. Kessler in 1978. Kessler Syndrome is an event in which the density of objects in low-Earth orbit is high enough that collisions between objects could cause a cascade – each collision generating debris which increases the likelihood of further collisions. This could lead to rendering exploration and the use of satellites unfeasible for a very long time.  Earth to Space weapons systems were designed to destroy objects in low-orbit in order to thin out the possibility of these kinds of collisions. In my view, this is a hugely important area of research and love the idea of perfecting satellite technology and use. Much like hunters thinning out the herd, this system is designed to maintain a healthier low-earth orbit environment as newer and better satellites are developed.

(Source) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_syndrome

Of course this technology is also in the hands of the military, which for obvious reasons have explored the use of inter-continental ballistics, Anti-Satellite weapons, and Kinetic Kill systems. The most famous example of this was proposed by President Ronald Reagan on March 23, 1983. The Strategic Defense Initiative included a research program dedicated to developing anti-ICBMs defensive systems. These systems would be equipped with kinetic kill, laser, and other ballistic weapons systems and was named Star Wars by those who proposed and funded the program. There were also Space-to-Air satellites designed to employ a high-powered laser to destroy an ICBM launched towards American soil. The entire idea behind this project was to create a defensive space based weapons platform to defend from nuclear missiles launched from other countries.

Another type of space based weapons platform would be called Space-to-Earth weaponry. Orbital bombardment is any attack from space on a ground based target on a planet’s surface. It is believed that there are no such weapons systems in existence, however, this idea is not a result of the latest science fiction movie, there are well-known examples of governments since World War 2, straight through the Cold War, seeking and developing technologies on this level. At this point I want to remind you about why I felt the need to write this article. While I support space based anything, I believe the correct motivations need to be present before launching anything into space involving the use of a weapon. A weapons system with global coverage is not only dangerous, but would fundamentally change life on earth. Not to mention, very expensive, I believe our efforts would be much better put to use in developing technologies to clean our atmosphere, capture incoming asteroids, creating protection from Solar Activity, and exploration.

Though it is believed there are no such systems, I feel it’s important to note that it is known that the National Socialist NAZI party proposed an idea for a so-called “Sun Gun”. Also the Soviets deployed a what they called a Fractional Orbital Bombardment System in 1968 to 1983. Eventually, the Soviets successfully launched a working unit into orbit, but were prohibited by the Outer Space Treaty to place live warheads in space. Later, another Outer Space Treaty was put forth which prohibited the deployment of any system which could use a weapon of mass destruction in a partial orbit. Conventional warheads are still permissible but are not yet proven to be effective. These rely on large tungsten carbide/uranium cermet rods dropped from orbit and use kinetic energy. These types of war-heads have the nick name “Rods from God”.

(Source) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_weapon#Space-to-Earth_weapons

I wrote this article because I care about the future development of our species. While we enjoy our entertainment, sports programs, and our lives please realize there is another world out there, one where very powerful and very real technologies are being developed and pushed into reality. I don’t often hear very much about these technologies in the news so in an attempt to raise awareness and interest in science and technology I’m writing this article. I suppose if I were to want to ask any question of my readers, I would ask you to think about what you would rather develop just as we begin to reach into the stars. Weapons platforms designed to kill and control human beings or technologies which focus on exploration, transportation, geo-maintenance, and protection? I believe weapons systems can serve a purpose in space, however, I believe it should remain a defensive measure and never offensive. In fact, I would like to see anti-aggression measures put into practical account with technologies based around weaponry. These technologies would make it impossible to use weapons in an aggressive initiation of force. However, once used in a defensive situation, it should be capable of a wide range of capabilities. Namely, the prevention of the Kessler Syndrome.

Scott D. Vogler

Pinnaclism Part 3: Humanism & Transhumanism Summary

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This post is to summarize my last two post on the subject. I wanted to focus on the positive aspects of both concepts, but also emphasize some of the clashes between the two ideologies. I honestly believe these differences will be settled peacefully and to the benefit of all. While this may sound way outside the box for many, I believe there are enough people out there who can see the technological singularity happening at some point, perhaps in my life time even. So even if you are not convinced of this now, I still feel like these ideas can benefit you because of the core principles that Pinnaclism itself brings with it. I will continue to write more about Pinnaclism. I just wanted to study this futurist dynamic under the scope of a philosophy I thought up on my own. If you find these ideas interesting, please let me know by commenting below or sending me a message. Enjoy!

 

Far removed from typical conversation with others, the ideas presented in today’s article are vast and complex in nature and I am not claiming a level of high proficiency in either are of research, I however do have questions, concerns, and inspiration to gain from both sets of ideas. I know there are passionate followers of both ideologies out there so while I respect your positions completely and even embrace some of them, I also want to offer any criticism that may help further both our understanding. The approaching singularity promises to bring about dramatic changes to the very existence of mankind in the universe, not just here on planet earth. Thinking about trans-humanism requires you to challenge many of your beliefs about reality and will even lead you to understanding some of the basic laws of nature in a brand new way.

Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended.
—”The Coming Technological Singularity” by Vernor Vinge, 1993

 

If Vernor Vinge is correct, we are only 10 years from technological singularity. As humanist, do you have strict reservations to this idea? Trans-humanism after all is the relocating of the human mind and natural life force into a new genetic and technological chimera of humanity that takes on the form of humanity and rises into the cosmos. That’s what I think of when I think of trans-humanism.  That is, perhaps, just my desire to see humanity rise above it’s current problems and finally reach into the universe. A desire to see with my own eyes the universe that surrounds me and be able to understand larger portions of it in powerful and meaningful ways. Long have many of us dreamed of one day being able to orbit earth. Imagine yourself being able to live in an artificial body and being able to produce space craft and exploring what is not yet known about the universe. However, I feel it is only fair to bring up what I asked in the beginning of this paragraph. What would a humanist say about this ideology. What are their moral standards and where do they draw the line on any of these issues?

Personally, I take the idea with a grain of salt. While I do want to be able to do as described, I want to be sure that’s actually what we get when we hit the singularity. If it means giving birth to a tyrannical A.I. that’s soul purpose is to control us, then all I need to know is how trans-humanist are thinking along those lines. Will trans-humanist society be completely voluntary? If so, what does self defense look when considering the increased strength, speed, intelligence, and over all upgrade in mind and body? Will we have independent monitoring programs that you can volunteer to the public if you choose? Is there a way to hack around any privacy measures one may employ? Are we going to use metal framed human skeletons, or are we going to become genetic X-Men who can morph into whatever we please? It’s not the idea that we can do it that I have reservations on, in fact, I encourage anyone who wants to try to be the first trans-human to go for it. My reservations are reservations I believe will exist in even the most ardent of trans-humans will have to face as a real challenge once making the leap. I want them to be thinking about this now and hope that they are so that the project is successful and fully implemented.

Will aggression in human kind be eliminated by becoming a trans-human? Or will it only enrich it and foster it into a new realm of cruelty and despair for those less fortunate? Will the desire to be controlled be introduced into the population via upload? Perhaps it’s even more sinister and looks more like The Matrix film where humanity is farmed for energy and is kept in a comatose state connected to a central AI program that keeps them trapped inside a lie.  While I know many trans-humanist advocates may read this and feel that I am being paranoid, discouraging, or disparaging. I am asking them to stop for a moment and recognize the many problems humanity has proven it has over the years. While I know the past is the past, it does allow one to know and understand what humanity is capable of doing with a strictly humanist mind, body, and over all spirit. I am not discouraging the research into trans-humanism. What I am attempting to do is ask those in the community of trans-humanism to open up to the world about their plans so that we the people can ride right alongside the development of this technology so that we can learn what’s being done to help ensure the safety of this technology.

“Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.” – Kurt Vonnegut 

My view of Humanism means you’ve already embraced the fact that you will die and that you are morally okay with this fact. To me, it means you will not hold others accountable for this fact and will treat them with the same respect you desire to be treated with. It means that you are more than happy to provide your best to the world and help improve the standard of living of all life around you, including trans-humans, who may be looked upon with harsh criticism. Being humanist in a trans-human world means you are the most free a human being could ever hope to be. Free from the injustices when ruled over by violence criminals who’s lust for power caused mass chaos and violence of the beginning of the singularity. Humanism is the wisdom in ensuring trans-humanist society is one based off non-aggression, peace, prosperity, and the well being of all life.  While there are dangers in any new technology, I believe humanity is capable of achieving this goal of technological singularity in peace. However, I do recognize there are significant challenges laying in wait before this comes to reality. Whatever the choice, I believe we will reach a pinnacle in society where peace, freedom, prosperity, and the well being of life is perfected.

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Scott D. Vogler