End of story?
Well, not quite.
Here’s an interesting story to ponder: Some friends of ours were in Nepal & Tibet a while back (within the last two years) and one of the oddities they found was a very large number of Israel IDF folks in country.
Normally, I would have written this off as insignificant, but then I caught this story in an Israeli media outlet a while back (*after the first big quake) that headlined “Nepal earthquake updates / Some 200 Israelis preparing to return home on special flight”
Maybe I am tilting at windmills here, but my mind keeps wanting to add one and one and come up with something.
So far, it’s only a question: What is Israel looking for in the Himalayas if anything?
“There is a tradition in Tibetan folklore of beyul — secret or hidden lands, usually described as valleys.”
And what about Shambhala or Shangri-La? Shangi-la first:
“Shangri-La is a fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton. Hilton describes Shangri-La as a mystical, harmonious valley, gently guided from a lamasery, enclosed in the western end of the Kunlun Mountains. Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, and particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia – a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world. In the novel Lost Horizon, the people who live at Shangri-La are almost immortal, living years beyond the normal lifespan and only very slowly aging in appearance. “
In Tibetan Buddhist and Hindu traditions, Shambhala (also spelled Shambala or Shamballa; Sanskrit: ?????; Tibetan: ??????????; Wylie: bde ‘byung, pron. de-jung; Chinese: ???; pinyin: xi?ngb?l?) is a kingdom hidden somewhere in Inner Asia. It is mentioned in various ancient texts, including the Kalachakra Tantra and the ancient texts of the Zhang Zhung culture which predated Tibetan Buddhism in western Tibet. The Bön scriptures speak of a closely related land called Olmolungring.
All of which get’s us to wonder why would Guru Rinpoche supposedly empowered some 108 of such places?
Padmasambhava[note 1] (lit. “Lotus-Born”), also known as Guru Rinpoche, is a literary character of terma, an emanation of Amitabha that is said to appear to tertons in visionary encounters and a focus of Tibetan Buddhist practice.
There is an alternative explanation: Perhaps the US and others involved in the early Gulf Wars found something in their raids on ancient artifact locations – something widely reported during the fights.
What IF – and this is only an IF – there was some hint in ancient literature that a previous civilization (ET’s come visiting and ignored the Prime Directive perhaps? Ancient history is full of dueling off-worlders…) had left hints to new technologies scattered about the world in other than the territories of Mesopotamia?
It would sure explain why a bunch of military types would be in country and trying to find things.
And has something been found, disturbed, and that’s what’s caused the quakes?
All fictional, yet at some level it feels….you know…..interesting.
Could it be that the Hall of Records is in the Himalayas, not Egypt? Has something been found that is not being publicly revealed because of its importance?
Wild/delusional dot connecting. Easier to stick with the story that it’s just normal plate movement. Still, we’re just having coffee and it makes for interesting speculation. And the unexpected number of IDF folks our friends saw in the region a year or so back…that was real, for sure.
Chris Tyreman up at www.thechronicleproject.org sent along a note to read:
So maybe the speculative side isn’t all B.S. after all?
Markets Check Out — Humans Next to Go
We see the futures are pointing toward a lower opening this morning. We should now be in a week or two of serious downer – that may continue into mid June and with any luck, we will see a bottom in early summer that should lead to a blow off rally in September, as soon as we are back from our Peoplenomics® cruise.
“Why is the market going down?”
More sellers than buyers, perhaps? Or, now that we are in (what month?) the Sell in May and go away is here for use in some measure.
OR, I’m not the only one (and neither are you) to notice there’s something “suspect” about how the economy is growing.
The correct answer is: It’s mostly services and those don’t last forever, and at some point, shop-keeper economic generally implode, and we should learn more tomorrow with the release of the Retail Sales numbers.
Which get’s us along to happier thoughts.
With the marketing heading south, it’s nice to see that more people than ever are about to move into Virtual Lands.
Madison Avenue Mike sent along this marvelous report on how a bunch of 60-foot square rooms up in Utah will be turned into a virtual theme park shortly.
The VOID already has its website up here (takes a sec to load).
And when you couple of concept with Peoplenomics report 613-B from June 1, 2013, you can see how our concept of virtualized micro homes is becoming an inevitable outcome of the direction of technology.
People living in 8-foot cube boxes that share only a kitchen/food prep area and toilet facilities may not be vogue yet, but it’s coming.
And with the shift into the incredibly rich V/R worlds, we will see a collapse of demand on the consumer side (*except for the electronics behind the systems) such as the world has never seen before.
So when you consider the additive effects of V/R living PLUS the already well-discussed impacts of business process software and robotic everything, the outcome is very clear.
The only question unanswered is this: Is the real purpose behind x-million years of human evolution to end up being memorialized in silicon and are we crazy, or what?
Yet that’s where we’ve projected the future and now the lemmings are all set to work over in that direction which is almost total dominated by thingness instead of the spiritual, but that’s how you farm 7-billion souls, I guess.
Meantime, here on OldEarth, the futures are down 150 and the Baltic Dry index is stuck at 578, so we just assume the physical goods layer of life is stuck at 2009 levels more or less permanently and now we just see which services will survive. (The correct answer is all those that work well with the V/R worlds…but that much should be obvious.
While it will only be a matter of time until the US Defense Department is virtualized, and we will all become something like digital Swiss citizens, sitting at home doing out “Call of Duty” to drive fleets of robots over enemy territories – running remote controlled robots (in development now) we have to say it’s quite an interesting notion of the world being reborn in a digital state.
Stories like Verizon making a run at AOL ($4.4 billion) could be cast as Verizon merely trying to enlist more soldiers of the digital sort for future deployment. Has it perhaps occurred to someone besides Ures truly that in a digitized world, bodies to run the V/.R in a noisy fashion will be the follow-on to physical games like Football and Basketball? Of course, they already are.
But at some point, just like royals in ancient times warring will become possession of so many sets of eyes because that drives sales and that means revenue. We may be jumping to the end-gam e, already.
Oh, and yes, this all creates a huge sense of dissonance especially with headlines like “The future of ‘Killer” Robots: Helping People” appears.
Elsewhere, we are seeing the real world battlefields continue to expand such as all those children in Yemen who are changing sides as civil war continues there.
All wonderful fodder for the corporate eyeball collectors who will see revenue proportionate to the number of eyes on screen at some point in the future.
So perhaps it’s not unexpected that games like GTA and CoD are moving us into the virtualized future, ensuring that we take the worst of human traits with us there, just like we did this world.
States: Half Broke
Go here and read: Almost half of US states are broke. Just wucking funderful, huh?
Local interest item as the latest storm tracks came through overnight. From NOAA
5.5 se Palestine, Anderson County.
Thunderstorm wind damage, reported by amateur radio.
Trees approximately 24 inches in diameter blown down
near Chambers cemetery and on CR 153
And still more coming – for another week, so the whole Midwest is not where you want to be flying for “pleasure” for a bit longer.