Aida Rodriguez on the Universe

Aida Rodriguez

“The Universe agrees with a made-up mind.”

–Aida Rodriguez

Aida Rodriguez (born August 29, 1977) is an American comedian of Puerto Rican/Dominican descent who is best known as an outspoken commentator on TYT and for her appearance as a contestant on the eighth season of Last Comic Standing. She is also an actress, producer and writer. Wikipedia

Extinction Rebellion

Spreading XR’s message across India

12-13 OCT | India (rebellion.earth)

On Saturday, 50 rebels took to the streets of Odisha’s capital city, Bhubaneswar. A die-in was followed by a moment of silence to pay tribute to all fellow activists who have been arrested. Attendees signed a letter to the Chief Minister of the State of Odisha calling for immediate action to address the climate and ecological emergency.

At the weekend, XR Guwahati was at the ‘The Big Burp’ – the city’s first food and music festival. Their stall provided information on the ecological crisis and invited visitors to sign up for future actions. On the second day, group members took to the stage to address the crowd, accompanied by an XR video on the big screen. This fantastic opportunity was in part due to the XR group including members of local band Rain In Sahara.

Your Horoscopes — Week Of October 15, 2019 (theonion.com)

Libra | Sept. 23 to Oct. 22

Just when things seem to be going your way, you’ll be forced to get out of bed this week.

Scorpio | Oct. 23 to Nov. 21

Nobody knows your sweet old Jeremiah as well as you do, except maybe for his secret second wife, their three grown children, and several high-ranking officers at the CIA.

Sagittarius | Nov. 22 to Dec. 21

The stars foresee a great deal of wealth and success in your future, though it’s mostly just to keep themselves entertained.

Capricorn | Dec. 22 to Jan. 19

Were it officially sanctioned, judged by an impartial panel, and taking place somewhere other than your kitchen late at night, you’d pretty much shatter all existing hot dog eating records.

Aquarius | Jan. 20 to Feb. 18

Turns out all those sandwiches weren’t named after you, and that “Turkey With Swiss On Rye” is a rather unusual first name.

Pisces | Feb. 19 to March 20

By the end of the week, you’ll know more about dental prostheses than you ever thought possible.

Aries | March 21 to April 19

Once the laughter dies down, the party favors are put away, and the monkeys led back inside their cages, you’ll finally be given a chance to explain your side of the story.

Taurus | April 20 to May 20

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what’s been wrong with you lately. That, sadly enough, takes three rocket scientists.

Gemini | May 21 to June 20

There’s nothing a woman remembers more vividly and completely than her very own wedding day, which for you means going straight to Plan B.

Cancer | June 21 to July 22

All of your boy scout training will come in handy this week when you’re forced to fight off three grown men inside a darkened tent.

Leo | July 23 to Aug. 22

Take a moment this week to reflect on the fleeting nature of love, loss, and life itself. This should give the stars enough time to deal with some actual, important shit for once.

Virgo | Aug. 23 to Sept. 22

Nothing will be what it seems this week, especially breakfast sausages.

Book: “Combatting Cult Mind Control”

Combatting Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults

Combatting Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults

by Steven Hassan (Goodreads Author), Margaret Thaler Singer (Foreword by) 

A former cult member, now a counselor helping those affected by destructive cults, Hassan exposes the troubling facts about cults’ recruitment, their use of psychological manipulation, and their often subtle influence on government, the legal system, and society as a whole. 

This updated paperback edition includes a new preface by the author and an expanded bibliography and resource list. 

(Goodreads.com)

Book: “The Authoritarian Personality”

The Authoritarian Personality

The Authoritarian Personality

by Theodor W. AdornoElse Frenkel-BrunswikDaniel J. LevinsonR. Nevitt SanfordBetty AronMaria Hertz LevinsonWilliam Morrow 

Bringing together the findings of psychoanalysis and social science, this book grew out of an urgent commitment to study the origins of anti-Semitism in the aftermath of Hitler’s Germany. First published in 1951, it was greeted as a monumental study blazing new trails in the investigation of prejudice. As offshoots of ethnocentrism, anti-semitism and fascism cast new and dark shadows on the world, the topic again demands study and social action. “The Authoritarian Personality” remains an important document for our time.

(Goodreads.com)

Bio: Edward Bernays

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Edward Bernays
Bernays in 1917
BornEdward Bernays[1]
November 22, 1891
ViennaAustria-Hungary
DiedMarch 9, 1995 (aged 103)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
OccupationPublic relationsadvertising
Notable workCrystallizing Public Opinion (1923), Propaganda (1928), Public Relations (1945), The Engineering of Consent (1955)
Spouse(s)Doris E. Fleischman
ChildrenDoris Held[2]Anne Bernays
Parent(s)Ely Bernays
Anna Freud
RelativesMartha Bernays (aunt)
Sigmund Freud (uncle)
Isaac Bernays (great-grandfather)

Edward Louis Bernays (/bərˈneɪz/; German: [bɛɐ̯ˈnaɪs]; November 22, 1891 − March 9, 1995) was an Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, referred to in his obituary as “the father of public relations”.[3] Bernays was named one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century by Life.[4] He was the subject of a full length biography by Larry Tye called The Father of Spin (1999) and later an award-winning 2002 documentary for the BBC by Adam Curtis called The Century of the Self.

His best-known campaigns include a 1929 effort to promote female smoking by branding cigarettes as feminist “Torches of Freedom” and his work for the United Fruit Company connected with the CIA-orchestrated overthrow of the democratically elected Guatemalan government in 1954. He worked for dozens of major American corporations including Procter & Gamble and General Electric, and for government agencies, politicians, and non-profit organizations.

Of his many books, Crystallizing Public Opinion (1923) and Propaganda (1928) gained special attention as early efforts to define and theorize the field of public relations. Citing works of writers such as Gustave Le BonWilfred TrotterWalter Lippmann, and his own double uncle Sigmund Freud, he described the masses as irrational and subject to herd instinct—and outlined how skilled practitioners could use crowd psychology and psychoanalysis to control them in desirable ways.[5][6]

More at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Bernays

Wetiko: the “Virus” of Selfishness According to Native Americans

 May 1, 2018 (exploringyourmind.com)

According to Native Americans, Wetiko is an evil spirit that invades human minds. It’s a “virus” of selfishness. A physic pathogen forcing the victim to feed their insatiable needs as if they were starving. It makes humanity become its own worst enemy…

This interesting yet unsettling view comes from a piece of literature we think everyone should read. Paul Lévy is an admirer of Carl Jung’s legacy and a regular columnist for “The Guardian”. He wrote a literary piece titled “Dispelling Wetiko” that deserves some reflection. Levy says that we live in an era where most psychosocial phenomena proves the existence of a “virus” of selfishness.

Wetiko is a word that Native Americans use to designate an evil person who never worries about the well-being of others.

The legacy Levy wished to leave with his book is not at all negative, reproachful, or alarming. It actually has the opposite message. Every virus seeks a host to invade and feed off of. However, each of us can put up defensive barriers. We can strengthen our psychological “immune system” to keep from being infected by selfishness.

Let’s dive into the idea now…

A wolf with a landscape inside.

Wetiko, human selfishness, and Carl Jung’s concept of Shadow

Jack Forbes is a historian who explained something very interesting in his book Colombus and Other Cannibals. When indigenous communities came into contact with the first European pilgrims, the Native Americans said they were infected by Wetiko. It was a tribe of the Cree in Canada who used this concept for the first time. However the Ojiwa, for example, already were using the well-known term “windigo”.

Whatever the case, the mental concept they had of the white or “civilized” man was that of an individual affected by the “virus” of selfishness. The virus led them to desire the force of nature and its resources as their own. In turn, Paul Levy explains that this idea is the very same one Carl Jung used to explain the concept of Shadow. Shadow is the archetype of the unconscious that we all share.

Thus, common things like jealousy, greed, thirst for power, and selfishness are actually products of our collective unconscious. Our darkest shadows and a “self” which has become dissociated from the conscience. A being that lets itself get carried away by despicable acts.

Therefore, we could say that the evil spirit defined by the Native Americans is different from Jung’s idea. It wasn’t something that came from the external world, bent on possessing us. Instead, it resided within ourselves.

Actually, we all carry that Shadow within, but it’s up to us whether we give it power…

A shadow overcome with selfishness.

How to kill the “virus” of selfishness

You can eliminate the “virus” of selfishness from your life. One way is by getting to know what Carl Jung called “daemon”, the demon of our Shadow. It feeds off of greed, envy, contempt, and the thirst for power or domination. These things have done terrible things to mankind throughout history.

The evil of wetiko has governed our world for quite some time. We give it power, we obey it, and we let ourselves get carried away by it. Like Jung explained, our responsibility is to be aware of it.

If we all let ourselves be controlled by these impulses to possess what another person has and manipulate them for our own benefit, even at the cost of harming them… we’ll fall into a collective psychosis where we would all end up losing. Selfishness is not a modern evil. It’s an old illness we still haven’t managed to eradicate.

A white human face with spaces missing: wetiko.

Paul Levy enlightens us by explaining that we need reflect if we want to work on our Shadow and kill our Wetiko. At the end of the day, that inner demon is nothing more than our underdeveloped, underworked, neglected personality.

It’s a part of ourselves we’re hiding. By hiding it, we allow it to go out alone in search of nourishment. We let it feed off of greed and envy. No more! Heal from the “virus” of selfishness by working on your inner struggles, growing as a person, and dealing with the Shadow hindering you and humanity from living life to the fullest.

After billions of years of monotony, the universe is waking up

David Deutsch|TED 2019

Theoretical physicist David Deutsch delivers a mind-bending meditation on the “great monotony” — the idea that nothing novel has appeared in the universe for billions of years — and shows how humanity’s capacity to create explanatory knowledge could be the thing that bucks this trend. “Humans are not playthings of cosmic forces,” he says. “We are users of cosmic forces.”

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
David Deutsch · Physicist, authorA pioneer in quantum computation and quantum information theory, David Deutsch now seeks to define the boundaries between the possible and the impossible.

Nation’s Indigenous People Confirm They Don’t Need Special Holiday, Just Large Swaths Of Land Returned Immediately

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WASHINGTON—Affirming the importance of traditions like Columbus Day to other Americans, the nation’s 573 federally recognized Indian nations released a joint statement Monday confirming they don’t need a special holiday and would be perfectly fine with just having large swaths of land returned to them immediately. “Look, we get why Christopher Columbus is very important to some people, and we’re more than willing to compromise so long as the U.S. government returns 1.5 billion acres of land to us as soon as they can,” said Chief Harold Longtoe Ouimette, 63, an Abenaki elder who confirmed that although marching in a parade honoring Native peoples might be interesting, the group of indigenous tribes would vastly prefer if U.S. residents could just vacate Manhattan, the Black Hills, and thousands of other sites taken from them through broken treaties, coercion, and violence. “Obviously, honoring someone who caused a mass genocide is still troubling, but we’re seriously open to letting that slide if we get back, say, the continent that you stole from us. That or $35 trillion. Your choice, honestly.” At press time, the U.S. government had responded to the Native peoples’ request with an offer of $5 in lump silver per person and a box of the finest cloth ever purveyed in Europe.