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Pearl Jam – Masters Of War

Published on Oct 14, 2010
Pearl Jam – Masters Of War on Letterman show. September 30, 2004

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that held all the guns
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know I can see through your masks

You that never done nothing
But to build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a drug in my head
Then you hide from my eyes
Then you turn and run following the fast foolish line

Like Judas of old
You lie and decieve
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water that runs down my drain

You that fasten all the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you sit back and watch
While the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansions
While young peoples blood
Flows out of their bodies and is buried in the mud

You’ve thrown the worst fear
That could ever be hurled
The fear to bring children
Into this world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood that runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn?
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
Even Jesus would never forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good?
Will it buy you forgiveness?
Do you think that it could?
Oh I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death’ll come soon
I’ll follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch as you’re lowered
Into your deathbed
And I’ll stand on your grave till I’m sure that you’re dead

(Submitted by Gwyllm Llwydd.)


Your Horoscopes — Week Of November 13, 2018

Scorpio | Oct. 23 to Nov. 21

Your belief that “there’s no room for second place” creates friction between you and your spouse when you are blessed with twins but disagree over which one to keep.

Sagittarius | Nov. 22 to Dec. 21

Your faith in a well-ordered universe is shattered when Jesus Christ comes down off the cross and beats you with a half-empty gin bottle, screaming that disco is not dead.

Capricorn | Dec. 22 to Jan. 19

You will nearly drown when your classically educated mother submerges you in the Ohio River to give you invincibility.

Aquarius | Jan. 20 to Feb. 18

Your psyche suffers retroactive trauma this week when, after you break up with your scientist lover, he invents a time machine and travels back to the ’70s to ruin your once-happy childhood.

Pisces | Feb. 19 to March 20

They said they’d be right back after those important messages, but the messages weren’t all that important and it’s been almost 14 years.

Aries | March 21 to April 19

November brings with it a need for inner cleansing. Use industrial-grade lye and a long-handled wire brush.

Taurus | April 20 to May 20

That special someone who keeps promising to buy you sexy underwear finally does, but you are unable to persuade him to take it off his head.

Gemini | May 21 to June 20

Your life takes a sudden aggressive and violent turn when you start asking yourself how General Patton would handle workplace conflicts.

Cancer | June 21 to July 22

About this upcoming Thursday: Let that be a lesson to you about to whom you loan power tools, money, and gasoline.

Leo | July 23 to Aug. 22

Those you love most will soon gather together with you and ask a judge to put you away for as long as the law allows.

Virgo | Aug. 23 to Sept. 22

The older you get, the more you’re convinced that we were all put in this retirement home for a reason.

Libra | Sept. 23 to Oct. 22

Learn to appreciate the little joys that life provides, as three days won’t give you much time for the big joys.


“100 years” by Gwyllm Llwydd


My paternal Grandfather served with the US Expeditionary Forces. He struggled with what he experienced and witnessed his whole life. As a youngster of 6, I can recall him giving me advice on life which took me years to decipher. When I did in my 30’s, I realized he was giving me pointers on how to survive trench warfare.

I would posit that he suffered his whole life from PTSD. He was mercurial, happy, warm then angry and shouting sometimes in the span of minutes. I know it affected his family. My father struggled with the legacy of it his whole life.

I think that it would be wise to study history a bit more, and to understand that the bitter fruits of war cascades down through the generations. I have struggled and come to grips with what I can, and how it affected me, through my father, and through his. I have witnessed the damage done to the family who came home, some perhaps whole, some wounded, others addicted to pain meds etc. I have seen the photos of those that didn’t return, leaving a hole in the fabric of their family and friends.

I know this: Good young men who love their community, and enlarging that out their country put their lives on the line, and their sanity as well. When it comes down to it, they are fodder for some munitions company profits, some bank loan to buy the munitions and for some Oligarchs wealthy horde. Our youth, generation after generation have been killed and destroyed in wars they did not make. Their love is turned into something that it should never have been.

They were slaughtered in the millions on the fields of France and Flanders, and elsewhere. The slaughter goes on to this day around the globe.

There is no honour in war. Only death, grief and the destruction of dreams and hopes.


Eerie recording reveals moment the guns fell silent at the end of WWI

Jen Mills (

7 Nov 2018

On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, the guns fell silent. It brought an end to four years of war which crippled Europe, leaving 17 million dead including 888,246 British or Colonial servicemen. As we approach the centenary of the Armistice on November 11, the Imperial War Museum has released a recording of the moment the war ended, patched together using archive material from their collections. The artillery activity it illustrates was recorded on the American front near the River Moselle, one minute before and one minute after the war ended. Strangely, audio couldn’t be recorded at the time so the Allies created them using ‘sound ranging, which recorded the intensity of noise to photographic film (a seismograph for earthquakes is a good comparison). This visual record allowed the Imperial War Museum to turn the moment back into audio to give an impression of what the moment was like.

After listening to the piece, Tom Davidson said: ‘This soundpiece took me completely by surprise. So moving. I never realised the big guns were firing right up to the hour. ‘I can only wonder at what the silence of the ceasefire meant to those in the trenches. This, then silence, then then The Last Post. Imagine.’ Another woman wrote on Twitter: ‘I spent 15 minutes listening to this over and over, feeling it rattle my bones and thinking about how those involved would have felt upon hearing the silence.’ The audio exhibit was created by sound designers Coda to Coda using a bone conductor, which converts sounds into vibrations. It makes up part of the Imperial War Museum’s exhibition for the centenary of the Armistice, Making a New World.

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(Submitted by Gwyllm Llwydd.)


NYTimes Podcast: “Change Agent” Episode 1: Self-Control

By Michael Kelly

I discovered a series of podcasts about self-change produced by the New York Times. The podcasts are free at the Apple iTunes Store for me and wherever Android podcasts are found I assume.

In this post I’d first like to describe why I found this podcast to be so successful. I’ve also added a note for students of RHS about an experience described by one of the reporters who worked on this episode, and the lesson it taught me. The link to the episode online is at the very end.

I started listening to this podcast with curiosity and a bit of hope because I knew the author’s work on habits, but also with skepticism because I have been having lots of self-control issues lately.

The premise is that the secrets of competitive breath holding could help a woman fix her online shopping habit, and by extension, any issues I might have. This seemed outlandish—and alluring for the same reason.

No surprise: I’m writing because it was for me a powerful lesson in how to tackle my current issues. Just listening, albeit with heightened awareness because I identified with the woman with the problem, I got deeply into the crossover between competitive breath holding and self-control in a real-life situation where I feel dysfunctional. I felt like this was something real I could do.

And it was exceptionally well-produced 30 min. of material, with multiple voices and locations, and also music in the background.

For students of RHS: the question of spiritual and psychological release is not ever mentioned in this episode, but being a long-time RHSer I heard an exceptional example of how important it is that we get ourselves present in the scene we are working on. As is described by one of the reporters working on this episode, this is especially pertinent if we were not there when it happened!

But more commonly, this would apply to the accusation step which I always imagine as getting that bastard father of mine, just as an example, up on a stage where I can really let him know exactly what he did that was so hurtful. The point of the example is to make sure that I get up on that stage too!

About self-control: I don’t recall Thane ever talking about self-control in a constructive way. He did effectively bash ego-based “willpower,” and getting rid of this lie about whole-self based self-control is a necessity if one is going to get to a deeper level of self-intervention. Perhaps we can start a conversation about this vital subject.


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What humanity will gain by going to Mars

The greatest space program spinoff? Human collaboration.

Leland Melvin: So, for humans to live on Mars and not just make a lot of potatoes and live off the potatoes for a while it’s just the habitat, the systems itself for a robust life support system that’s going to keep you alive for this long period of time. I mean we go to the space station that’s been up there since 2000 and its been working, but we have a day and a half trip to get something to the space station if something fails and we need a spare part. Mars is going to take six to eight months to get something there. So trying to build systems that are super redundant but also have ways to fix things like with 3-D printing. I mean that’s another thing that we have on the space station but we haven’t had to utilize it for making things that are critical that are in situ [ph] right there. And so I think that is one of the things a habitat that’s bullet proof. The food aspects, you know, eating food that not only tastes good but it also has a nutritional value that you’re going to get all the nutrients that you need to function and liver for this extended period of time. The Martian environment is very harsh with the thin atmosphere, 3/8ths G, solar radiation, all these things, building suits that can handle that when you’re doing these excursions and going out and cleaning the solar panels and doing these things having robust systems that will keep you alive.

[0:06:37.4] And then just water and food. I think I heard it’s going to take 24,000 pounds of food for I think a colony of four or five to live up there so do you pre-position? Do you fly those and pre-position that there and hope that a dust storm or something doesn’t wipe it out and know that it’s still there? And then a shelf life of five years, whereas the shelf life for the food on the space station is 18 months, so a five year shelf life and every time an item of food sits there for another month, another month, another month it loses nutritional value, it loses flavor, it loses texture. So making sure that we have something that people are going to want to eat and will eat to stay healthy in this environment. [0:07:23.1]

[0:02:32.5] Leland Melvin: We as a race, the human race, are intrinsically curious and we are wired in our DNA is that we are explorers. We look up at the night sky we wonder what’s up there, especially as children. And so this journey of exploring the things around us, whether they are close or far, that’s what we do, that’s what we do as humans. And I think all the things that we’ve done with exploration, whether it’s walking on the moon or building an International Space Station, all these things help advance life back on earth. And so exploration leads us to a better life, heart pacemakers, smoke detectors, all these things that have come out of the space program. But it’s also not just the technological things, but it’s the part that brings us together as a humanity. I was in space on my first commission with African-American, Asian American, French, German, Russian, the first female commander, people we used to fight against are now breaking bread at 17,500 miles an hour going around the planet every 90 minutes seeing a sunrise and a sunset every 45 while breaking bread listening to Sade Smooth Operator. That was surreal. That blew my mind and it gave me this perspective shift when I look back at the planet like Ron Garan’s book Orbital Perspective.

[0:03:51.4] And so as we do this space station thing, as we maybe go back to the moon and build a habitat, but eventually we’re going to be going to another planet. And Mars is our closest neighbor that we can get to; there are potential resources there; there’s water at the poles; iron is in the soil that we can turn into other things, the perchlorates. So I think that as a race of people I think it’s imperative that we continue to explore, but also that we visit this neighbor that might have been like our planet at one time before. So this can be a harbinger of maybe things to come that we need to understand what happened there and what’s going to potentially happen here on earth. No matter what that timeframe is understanding that is very important.

  • It might take going to another planet for different nations to finally, once and for all, learn how to get along with each other.
  • What will we eat on Mars? We can’t live off of a diet of potatoes alone. There are huge problems to solve, but recent technologies like 3D printing might help things move a lot faster, and be a lot less dangerous.
  • Leland is a featured big thinker on season 2 of Mars on the National Geographic Channel. You can find out more information about the show here.

Margaret Fuller on What Makes a Great Leader: Timeless Political Wisdom from the Founding Mother of American Feminism

By Maria Popova (


At six, Margaret Fuller (May 23, 1810–July 19, 1850) was reading in Latin. At twelve, she was conversing with her father in philosophy and pure mathematics. By fifteen, she had mastered French, Italian, and Greek, and was reading two or three lectures in philosophy every morning for mental discipline. In her short life, Fuller — one of the central figures in my book Figuring, and the person whom Emerson considered his greatest influence — would go on to write the foundational treatise of the women’s emancipation movement, author the most trusted literary and art criticism in America, work as the first female editor for a major New York newspaper and the only woman in the newsroom, advocate for prison reform and African American voting rights, and become America’s first foreign war correspondent, trekking through war-torn Rome while seven months pregnant. In her advocacy for African American, Native American, and women’s rights, Fuller would ardently espouse the simple, difficult truth that “while any one is base, none can be entirely free and noble.” All of this she would accomplish while bedeviled by debilitating chronic pain at the base of her neck — the result of a congenital spinal deformity that made it difficult to tilt her head down in order to write and was often accompanied by acute depression.


The only known photograph of Margaret Fuller

In her thirty-third year, in the midst of heartbreak, Fuller left her native New England to journey westward into the largely unfathomed frontiers of the country. She returned home transformed, awakened to new social, political, and existential realities. Eager to supplement her observations with historical research, she persuaded the Harvard library to grant her access to its book collection — the largest in the nation. No woman had previously been admitted for more than a tour. She then set about relaying her impressions and insights, ranging from a stunning portrait of Niagara Falls to a poignant account of the fate of the displaced Native American tribes with whom she sympathized and spent time. This became Fuller’s first book, Summer on the Lakes — part travelogue, part anthropological study, and part political treatise.

At the heart of the book — which greatly inspired the astronomer Maria Mitchell, anther key figure in Figuring — was the search for truth of a higher order. Punctuating Fuller’s lyrical prose are sentiments worn all the truer by time. In a passage that should be emblazoned on every voting ballot (and composed before what Ursula K. Le Guin wryly termed “the invention of women,” when every woman was “man”), Fuller observes:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngThis country… needs… no thin Idealist, no coarse Realist, but a man whose eye reads the heavens, while his feet step firmly on the ground, and his hands are strong and dexterous for the use of human implements… a man of universal sympathies, but self-possessed; a man who knows the region of emotion, though he is not its slave; a man to whom this world is no mere spectacle or fleeting shadow, but a great, solemn game, to be played with good heed, for its stakes are of eternal value, yet who, if his play be true, heeds not what he loses by the falsehood of others; a man who hives from the past, yet knows that its honey can but moderately avail him; whose comprehensive eye scans the present, neither infatuated by its golden lures, nor chilled by its many ventures; who possesses prescience, the gift which discerns tomorrow — when there is such a man for America, the thought which urges her on will be expressed.

Find more of Fuller’s towering, prescient, yet tragically forgotten genius in Figuring, then revisit Walt Whitman, who admired her greatly, on democracy and resistance.



Translators: Mike Zonta, Melissa Goodnight, Richard Branam, Hanz Bolen

SENSE TESTIMONY:  Bureacratic overreach can cause harm from breaching confidentiality and misdiagnosis.

5th Step Conclusions:

1)  Truth is totally breachable, unrestricted, unimpairable, unlimited knowing/diagnosis, which is the only cause and the only effect.

2)  One Infinite Consciousness Beingness is the absolutely virtuous agency asserting inviolate rulership — and assuring perfect safety via everpresent omniscience

3)  The Sound Fitting Complete Reach of Truth is always and everywhere Instantaneously agreeing, expressing, possessing only well being.

4)  Truth is priori essence, infinite consciousness, this transcending completeness being principled integrity pledging its worthy oath of loyalty to confidentiality.


“Keeping track . . . keeping a journal” by Mike Zonta, H.W., M.

A few months ago I was taking a class at CCSF called Digital Media and I learned of something called a portfolio.  A portfolio is a website in which someone can showcase their digital media creations such as  audio podcasts, photoshopping and new videos.

Then our wonderful teacher, Malcolm Cecil, said some people even include an online diary like a personal blog.  My ears perked up because I have been keeping a diary/dream journal for years in which I try to link the events of my waking life with the events in my dream life.

So, beginning on July 18 of this year, I began posting my daily journal/dream journal for all the world to see.  To those who think this is too much exposure, I disagree.  A student of Truth has to be willing to expose, if only to him/herself, all the dark corners of his/her psyche to the light of day.  And if other people see it, who cares?  Let them discover and shed light on their own dark corners.

So here’s an example of my latest listings and a link for further exploration of my Diary:

November 10, 2018:  Another smoky day. S.F. Feels like a war zone. In ’til 3ish. Walked w/my face mask to the library. Henry there. Then walk to G.P. Seth at C.B. Also other cute Asian guy as I left. Walk to Safeway. Myka has his face mask on. In the middle of chatting w/Myka, Steven leaned in from the adjacent checkout stand to join the conversation. I hadn’t known he was there, and he threw me off balance, which I think was his intent.  Drop/break plate in p.m. That usually means something.

November 10 dream:  Am staying at place w/lots of others close by. Working on something.

November 10 dream:  Woman in line said I blew a toothpick into her eye. Later she tried to make a date w/me. I snuck out of store. Ran into two well-built male friends who eventually became shirtless and then were only wearing towels, as did their adolescent son and a baby held who was held up against one of their naked chests, just to be in touch.

November 9, 2018:  Smoky day in S.F. People advised to stay indoors. Took #49 to Van Ness. Noisy, homeless guy sitting behind me asked me to open my window. I say, “No.” Bought face mask. Went to 1001 Franklin to get waitlist application. 300 on waiting list. Very old people hanging out in lobby. Go to Main Library to take a pee in the homeless restroom. Then search Market Street for Friday’s Chronicle. Finally find one at 4th & Market drug store. Take N into Cole Valley. Sign on way: “11:59:59.” Nicest thing that happened so far today. Go to Peet’s Cole Valley. Try to catch #43 home. #37 arrives first. So I take it to the Castro. Old lady smiles at me just before I walk past 440 Club to J’s store at 19th & Castro. #35 to G.P arrives quickly. Take BART to Balboa. Then #8 home. Chronicle headline: “Wildfire devastates Butte County Town” instead of “Wildfire devastates Paradise [which is the name of the Butte County town in question]. Insight: my Dad was playacting his entire life. Just like me.

November 9 dream:  Transcribing cube with writing on it to second cube. (h.o.)

November 9 dream:  Pushed veteran too far and he got in trouble. Einstein was there but I didn’t apologize to him, even though he told me not to.

November 9 dream:  Veteran had to be informed about loss of someone. He seemed cheerful. Some assumed he hadn’t been informed yet.

November 9 dream:  Carol Burnett as transsexual in movie promo.

November 9 dream:  I took cash from company safe. Somehow I rationalized that I wasn’t stealing. Decided to give it back.

November 9 dream:  Returning from abroad. I walk thru part of S.F. I’ve never walked thru before. Older Frenchwoman being a real snob, in French, at local store.

Link to my Diary:


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