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It’s just a frustration
Ventilation
Spreading all over this desperate nation
It’s the inhalation

Leads to desperation
We yearn for penetration
Just to rise our station
So what’s my motivation?

Instantaneous levitation
Removal of complications
For more peaceful meditations
And beautiful illustrations

But it requires preparation
It’s a crooked administration
That’s neglecting education
By faking gratification

The government gives misinformation
And the truth needs representation
It’s an intellectual molestation
Of a people obsessed with recreation

It’s just an irritation
Alleviation
Infecting people looking for stimulation
It’s the new vacation

False justification
We strive for deviation
Lacking clarification
Our lives are quite a glorious exploration

We’re shooting for perfection
We’re hoping for redemption
We have a funny way of showing affection
What’s the connection?

It’s just another function
Of self destruction
In a world full of corruption
And mass consumption

Another relaxation
Intoxication
A little flirtation
For the propagation

Getting lost in translation
And misrepresentation
We’re giving in to temptation
And over consuming elation

These social permutations
Are feeding mass litigation
There’s so much incarceration
With little investigation

You’re feeling the vibrations
Ignoring the palpitations
But there’s no time for captivation
You’re feeling the dehydration

You’re always in confrontation
And taking some medication
Just to stop the rotation
Get control of navigation

What we need is a transformation
To stop watching the TV Stations
I’m sick of the presentations
It’s time for some preservation

There’s less precipitation
Environmental devastation
It’s just our situation
As one of the population

Six billion different shuns, with seemingly no relation

Good does not defeat evil, evil defeats evil. Sanity does not defeat insanity, insanity defeats insanity… On World War 2

I’ve been listening to Hardcore History a lot lately, a fascinating podcast, from, in my mind, a brilliant historian Dan Carlin dancarlin.com I highly recommend it for anyone who loves history, philosophy, and politics. In a particular series “Ghosts of the Osfront”, the preface includes the explanation “This is a story that is not a good guy versus bad guy story, this is a bad guy versus bad guy story, and those are always the most difficult to tell”

As an American High School student, I knew that America won World War 2, and freedom triumphed over fascism. When I became interested in history, as an adult, I of course realized that this was a bit of an exaggeration. I am confident that in today’s society, even a modern American military strategist could share a beer and a laugh with any military historian, over how naïve I had been to think such nonsense. Stalin won World War 2.

They probably wouldn’t phrase it that way, but in essence, that would now be the consensus opinion. What did the Soviet Union have, that other allies lacked? Well, vast land of course, but I’m going to actually propose something a bit darker, they had “unity”… They didn’t really have to bother with elections. Days after war broke out, everyone who worked in a factory in the west, had a new job… moving every piece of equipment in the factory, to the east, and adjusting production. You can’t do that in a “real democracy”, or “republic”. You can’t just move millions of families in days, with no debate. All production not essential for the war effort, instantly ceased. In the words of Louis CK “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you have no regard for human life”.

For years I’ve known, that we played an important role in the war, mostly through technology, but our role was overstated. It never really sunk in until recently, that the entire “moral” of the war, had been lost on me, because my focus, was on my home nation, America… and, to be fair… If anyone came out of WW2 stronger than they went in, and thus “won”, it was America. Our financial empire was born exporting to reconstructing regions.

The “moral” of the actual war however, is the title of this blog. Good does not defeat evil, evil defeats evil. Sanity does not defeat insanity, insanity defeats insanity. This gets back to my last piece on Dunbar’s number, if you’ll remember, I made the point that no one really knows 250 people, thus no one should claim to have the mental acuity to intuit how to control more than that. I suggested that this virtually proves libertarianism, and I would like to submit this, as exhibit b… Throughout history, whenever any person, or group, has claimed the right to shape the world in their image on an epic scale… Whenever an evil psychopath goes on a violent rampage… another evil psycho defeats them.

If you allow there to be great power. If your group or society, submits to the idea, that one person, or a majority of people, can control the lives of others… You have created a monster… That monster, will either eat itself, or be destroyed by another monster. The short story of World War 2, is that Fascism fought Communism, and Communism won… Immediately after which, it committed suicide. If America, insists on becoming the next central authority, if we must continue the exponential growth of the military industrial complex… another madman will eventually rise up, and destroy us, because we will have become the thing, that always gets destroyed. To quote a cheesy movie “Things will work out in the end, so if they have not worked out, then it is not yet the end”.

The meek inherit the earth, because if you believe power should exist, its corruption will destroy you, or you will be destroyed by another person of power. Because, if being a corrupt madman is tolerable “Well hey, I could be a better corrupt madman than him… Why don’t I have that power?”.

Power creates psychopaths. Society and unity create power. If, as a human race, we can stop looking for leadership, control, and power… We do not have to suffer the fate of the past. If we cannot, we will not be defeated by truth and justice, another violent psychopath will come along… and then destroy itself.

Peace and Love Friends,
David Hamilton

Dunbar’s Number, American Capitalism, and What’s Left of Libertarians.

So… Dunbar’s Number… For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, I recommend reading this article for a primer

http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeanders/2012/07/18/oxford-scholar-facebook-wont-widen-your-social-circle/

In short, it’s the number of people you can “know”… about 150. If you have 250 Facebook friends, then you have virtually no clue what’s going on in 100 of their lives. This is an estimate, of course, but there is strong evidence to support that this is a good estimate, meaning it’s very unlikely that anyone really knows 250 people.

What does this have to do with American Capitalism, and Libertarians? Everything… If it is impossible to really know 250 people, then running a corporation, government, or non profit, with more than 250 managers, is a completely impossible task…. Think about that for a second. It is actually impossible, for a large corporation, or government to have a coherent informed mind, or group of minds at its helm.

When I say American capitalism, I do mean the naïve theoretical vision of Adam Smith, and Thomas Jefferson, not the current practice, or the way they practiced it… I don’t want to pretend the past was better than the present. The theory however, that all unjust authority, should be abolished. That a centrally planned economy is impossible. That no organization should be too big to fail… That we don’t need a central authority, and more importantly, even if we did, or wanted one, it’s inefficient to have one. Power corrupts. Simple lessons, we seem to be forgetting in the modern age… Except, of course, for that small number of “crazy” libertarians, out there.

Dunbar’s Number, should become a core argument, in a return to localization of economics… and the empowerment of the blue collar, because, after all, for millennia working people have labored under the illusion that they, the peasantry, were incapable of making the difficult decisions of government. When in reality, human minds are incapable of maintaining organization, and a coherent mind, in any group larger than a thousand or so people… not just peasant minds.

Peace and love friends,
David Hamilton

That Fool Dave Saves the Planet Earth Through Xenophobia

So… I’ve basically given up on our international institutions to solve any of our problems… I mean, look at them… seriously… So, what are we, as individuals, able to do about it? Declare war! War is always a good way to unify people around a common enemy… but, what do we declare war on?

On institutions?… I thought about that for awhile… but ultimately, as with all wars, there end up being civilians involved. Just because most of our institutions, are corrupt, and broken, doesn’t mean they aren’t also filled with regular people trying to make a living… I’ve never been a fan of wars that kill innocent people, that’s why I don’t like the drug war, or the war on terror.

So who do we declare war on? Kepler 22-b. A theoretically habitable planet, approximately 600 light years from earth. Why? Because the alien race of Kepler 22-b, has sent a war party, towards the planet earth. It wants our resources, and it will stop at nothing to destroy us all.

Due to their advanced cloaking technology, we can’t see them yet… but we have good intelligence to suspect that they could arrive at any minute, and humanity must be ready to defend itself.

All of our governments, parties, and religious squabbles are all just meaningless distractions, from the real threat… Kepler 22b. We must abandon them all, and create an enormous international space exploration, colonization, and defense fund, everything else the government is doing… is pretty much a waste of time, and should be ignored whenever possible.

We need to spend money on pure research, or the Keplonians will eradicate us all. Think I’m lying, think the Keplonian threat isn’t real? Well prove me wrong… Prove there are not invisible aliens on their way to destroy us… And, until you can… Shut up… We all might be about to die : p

This invisible extra terrestrial threat can attack at any moment, and we are ill prepared. Everything else should be of secondary concern. What do you think? Also, it needs a name. Ooohhh… Xenons… So we can be worldwide xenophobes. It’s perfect.

So yes. I’m certain… God told me, or the invisible aliens… I saw them in my minds eye, through the quantum, quantumness, in the quantum infinite quantum, quantum… You get it… Magic told me. I’m absolutely 100% sure, and I’ve never told a lie, The Xenons, from Kepler 22b, are going to destroy us all, if humanity doesn’t unite to defend itself.

Join The Xenophobes!

Icona Pop “I Love It”… The Downfall of Western Civilization?

I was recently infected with this song during a shoe advertisement… and couldn’t get it out of my head for two reasons. One, it reminds me of something I talk a lot about… the other, I’ll admit it… It’s catchy simple pop. Who doesn’t occasionally get a goofy pop song stuck in their head?

I got this feeling on the summer day when you were gone.
I crashed my car into the bridge. I watched, I let it burn.
I threw your sh*t into a bag and pushed it down the stairs.
I crashed my car into the bridge.

I don’t care, I love it. I don’t care.

You’re on a different road, I’m in the milky way
You want me down on earth, but I am up in space
You’re so damn hard to please, we gotta kill this switch
You’re from the 70’s, but I’m a 90’s b*tch

I love it!
I love it!

Repeat 3 times… Yes, those are all the lyrics to this 3 minute song, which got more than 20 million views on you tube, then topped Dance charts in Germany, Sweden, Australia, and America. Featured in an episode of HBO’s hit “Girls”, this one song Icona Pop album “I love it”, sold over 1 million copies. So what? Well, when I heard this song, the first thing I thought was… So… Am I allowed to say this is sexist?

I don’t even mean sexist against men. I mean… Two women from Sweden, who I don’t think have major label support, made this song. The main customer, for the song, and the shoe store is women… As a man, if women like this song, and the ad works on them, am I allowed to say it‘s still insanely self destructive to pass this off as culture? Is it patriarchal for me to think I know better, or is this song an example of a patriarchal culture abusing women? If it’s an example of patriarchal culture, then, why don’t I see any men involved in it? Where are the oppressors?

For a moment, imagine this song from the perspective of a man, with traditional values, in love with this girl. As a culture… how do we teach men to react to this now? Just deal with it? Welcome to the new world? One day you’re in love, the next, she throws your stuff out, wrecks her car and says “I don’t care, I love it”. There’s no message to this song, it’s just a pure glorification of chaos.

This song reflects something I talk about a lot, but… the only competent critique of the 1960’s is that they shattered traditional values, for the better, but then replaced them with… nothing. The 70-90’s on into today, are culturally wrought with self destructive, substance abusing, lazy, whiny, shit, passing itself off as artwork. There are no instruments in this song… These two women can’t sing, or play music. It’s just autotune, and the default pop dance beat 1, 2, 3, 4, over and over, no creative drumming… How is this art? How is this getting 20 million views?

I love the advancements society made in the 1960’s. I believe empowering women, is the key to ending poverty… but, if this is the culture we create in the vacuum… there’s nothing empowering to anyone about it. This is a culture of self destruction, and if there is no adult in the room to say it anymore… We’re in serious trouble. I don’t want a bitch who‘s always in space, whatever decade she’s born in. No one should. It’s not a good look. Am I just being a crotchety old man?

Yes… I realize I’m culturally analyzing a dance song… but dance music is incredibly popular among young people. It’s a big part of our modern culture… What messages does it impart? There are a hundred pop songs I could write the same rant about, this one just happened to be so obviously self destructive, and used to sell shoes, so it stood out. No offense to Icona Pop personally, I actually listened to this while hitting the heavy bag, 1, 2, 3, 4 is great for working out, and dancing, and it’s a catchy song… but is there a reason that all the best modern music for dancing and exercise seems to have the message “let it burn”?

I think we need a more nuanced cultural approach.

Peace and love.

Proof That Quantum Consciousness Controlling the Material World, or Quantum Physics Going Macro, is Nonsense.

In very short order, I would like to repudiate two very popular theories infecting modern consciousness.

1. That your thoughts control reality at the macro level, and you can will yourself to health, for example, or a new house. This theory is usually proposed by pseudo scientists, spiritualists, healers or as I like to call them, bat shit crazy people.

2. That quantum physics proves that there was just a % chance that our universe was going to come into existence, so it did. The idea that quantum physics applies at the macro level. This is usually proposed by much more accredited, doctors, physicists, and engineers… Or, as I like to call them, bat shit crazy people.

First… Your thoughts controlling reality. I can prove this isn’t true, at the macro level, and I can explain the placebo effect. If you could control reality, using only your consciousness, then… eventually someone watching national geographic, is going to get bit by a poison bug, from the Amazon. One of the listeners to the recent Joe Rogan pod casts, would have had a mushroom grow out of his head, explode, and infect everyone around them with the same condition, thousands of us envisioned it vividly.

Millions of people imagine horrible, but fantastical, insane, ridiculous things all the time… and none of them manifest at the macroscopic level… Why then does the placebo effect work? For the same reason meditation does, and yes, I imagine it’s a skill you can improve on, like meditation. “They’re giving me the cure… I need to eat healthy and stay strong to prove it works”… Instead of “Hmmm… fem months left… any drugs or food I wanted to try?”. Thinking you will be cured, reduces blood pressure, stress, and high risk behavior… I’m sure you could do a study proving that as well, but it’s simply common sense. The same is true of the thought “God is going to save me”, of course it improves your chances of feeling better, that doesn‘t mean that if you say Candyman 3 times in front of a mirror, he‘ll kill you .

Which brings me to the second theory I would like to thoroughly repudiate, for the exact same reason. “Quantum theory proves there was a chance the big bang could happen, so it did. Something can emerge from nothing.”… What the fuck are you talking about? There’s a much smaller chance of the big bang emerging from quantum theory, than there is a bus emerging from quantum theory 6 feet above my head, just for saying this. To suggest the unquantifiable amounts of energy in the big bang emerged from quantum properties, is absolutely ludicrous, and I’m a pretty vehement atheist. I would love to believe it, but it’s crap, and even if it were true, why does that property exist, and is there a purpose to it? It’s almost as if scientists don’t even understand the question.

You might as well tell me there’s a chance god is going to smite me down at random, or cure the world of disease… You have as much luck explaining either rationally.

Consciousness manifests reality, by doing work, and having experiences in the material world only. Quantum physics currently explains best, the realm in which it operates, no more.

Peace and love.

The Transitive Theory of Cognition

Given that the cognition of every human being has at least some logical component (some more than others, of course). I am finding it increasingly easy to believe, that the concept of negative… should be removed from the verbal lexicon. I’ll explain.

If… I = a human being… and Person X = a human being… and I hate, dislike, or have negative feelings towards Person X… I must inevitably, have hatred, dislike or negative feelings towards myself. In fact…

If… I = a thing that exists… and Something Else = a thing that exists… and I hate, dislike, or have negative feelings towards Something Else… I inevitably must feel the same way about my self… Or. At the very least, the logical part of my cognition, will experience twangs of cognitive dissonance.

Cognitive dissonance… Is not healthy for the human mind. Cognitive dissonance is often at the root of most psychological disorders… but… Am I then saying that everything that exists is wonderful?

No… but, nothing is horrible either. Negatives exist only on balance sheets. In the real world, something exists, or it does not… It is not good, or evil… It simply works… or it does not. Refusing to accept these truths, can bring you only cognitive dissonance and self hatred. This is the great burden of human cognition… of free will, being combined with logic. You choose what values to assign to things…

I ask you to choose values, that are greater than zero…

Peace and love.

How I Lost a Hundred Pounds, in an “Incredibly Unhealthy” Way

So, I was the fat kid growing up. At age 22 or 23 I topped out at roughly 280 lbs… This was particularly high, and in reality only lasted a few days, but I floated around 250 for quite some time. For most of those 22 years, I was on a diet. Atkins, or weight watchers, or some weird new fad… all leading me further and further down the rabbit hole. I’d lose ten pounds in ten days, then crave everything I hadn’t eaten for days, and gain it all back in 2.

What changed at 23ish? Diet and Exercise? No, of course not… Cigarettes? Well, that started at about 20, but it probably helped… What really helped however, was a new philosophy. One which, everything I have read, suggests, is incredibly unhealthy, but one which worked for me… So why wouldn’t I share it?

Basically, the That Fool Dave Diet, is very simple. You only allow yourself to eat delicious food, and you only eat once per day. Fruit, veggies, and drink calories, that’s it, all the way until dinner. Then, eat whatever you want, but go to, or pick it up from a restaurant, not a fast food place, or cook it yourself.

Mostly I have an energy drink or smoothie in the morning, a couple light snacks during the day… but then, for dinner… Thai, Pizza, Chinese, big meals, appetizers, desserts… go for it. By not buying the first two meals of the day, I tend to afford a nice 10-15 dollar feast for dinner.

Why do “experts” say this is “unhealthy”. It makes your body enter what has been called “starvation mode” and actually begins to naturally shrink the size of your stomach… Why do I put experts and unhealthy in quotes… because it’s basically a natural version of the lap band, which, if you are 100 pounds overweight, any of them would happily recommend.

Now… Do I occasionally have some energy loss and indigestion? Yes… but, I had that when I ate junk food all day too. So… If you, like me at a younger age, are simply out of control in your eating habits, you might want to try this diet.

Once I got under 200 pounds again, exercise became much easier, but I still never got into a great pattern of behavior regarding fitness. A couple years ago I took up boxing for about 6 months and got down to 160, now I’m a little lazy and back to 170… But the diet still basically works for me. I’d like to add breakfast and regular exercise to the routine, and hopefully I will again this year… but if you’re really unhealthy already, because of your weight, and you can’t get into a steady fitness routine… Try it out “From now on, I’m only going to eat delicious food, and once per day”.

I am not an expert on fitness… so take this advice with a grain of salt, but it worked for me.

On My First, and So Far, Only… Psychedelic Experience, and My Faith

In the spirit of Graham Hancock… Today I’m going to open up about my one, and so far, only psychedelic experience. No, I’m not necessarily opposed to having another, but it is illegal, and while the experience changed my life, I didn’t feel like it was one I would benefit from engaging in regularly.

At about 24 years old, fascinated by numerous accounts of revelation, I took a relatively large dose of mushrooms, and began a short, but beautiful hallucinogenic journey. The stars moved, and shot across the sky, plants and even simple street lights and man made paths had a beauty they otherwise could not have… and I felt a supreme sense of oneness with the universe. All of this was interesting, but if it were all that happened, I wouldn’t find this worth talking about, because it sounds like exactly the sort of thing which could become addictive, and it’s also a poison, not something I should suggest or talk about lightly. There is of course one other aspect of this story, which did make it worth discussing…

About halfway through the experience, having walked a few feet down a path, we came to a small botany preserve, with wonderful plant life. While the others wandered through the preserve, I stopped for several minutes, fixated, on a single plant… Not just a single plant, but the leaf of a single plant, and had a revelation, that would inform my faith, and change my personality, for the rest of my life.

That leaf, was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen in my life. Not just the leaf though, as the hallucination brought me deeper in, I could see the channels through which water molecules rushed, living cells reproducing and expanding in this, almost perfect symmetry… and the almost, was the best part, the imperfection, the struggle this leaf went through to survive, how easily any animal could have cast its life aside. The structure of the atom is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen…

Everything in the world, is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen, and that is our struggle… That is the experience of infancy, learning to establish relative values, and titles, labels in order to describe things to one another, but it always devalues them. Almost every one of our thoughts, place things into categories, and relative values, but things are not relative… they are objective, and the only key to living a happy life, is to realize that objectively, everything which exists, is good, it is lucky to do so. It doesn’t matter, and we can’t understand if there is a creator, we must simply learn to teach one another, that since things exist, rather than not… As something which exists, we must be on the side of the argument, which suggests that existence is good.

It is better to exist than not, that is all that I think anyone need have faith in. Everything you have ever seen is the most beautiful thing in the world, you’ve just trained yourself to ignore it. That is what my one and only psychedelic experience taught me. I think it may be the only thing the experience has of value. It gives you a sense of the revelatory nature with which you should embrace life… but you can’t just sit around on nice carpets and drop acid, you’ll starve to death. I wouldn’t recommend doing drugs, but I had an interesting experience on one, it influenced my life… and thus I believe it was worth discussing. I constantly come back to this basic assumption whenever I experience worry or distress, as something which exists, it is important for me to believe that existence is better than not. Hopefully, some of you find this insight interesting as well.

Peace and love friends.

That Fool Dave Saves the Northeast, Europe, and Everywhere Else No One Should Live

Just poking fun. Another simple invention I have, for green energy. This one, in the winter… Really… just in the rain… but it’s still a good idea when implemented on a massive scale. Rain gutter, water wheels. Like sun concentration, but for rain, and if they aren’t doing this already, sewer power.

Rain hits roof, goes in rain gutters, which channel it to a focal point, where it drops onto an old fashioned water wheel, connected to an alternator, which connects to the grid, or just a battery you can use to charge an extra heater, when it’s raining. I know this sounds expensive, but the truth is… for a do it yourselfer, it could be really simple and cheap. Old car alternator, and car battery. Charge one, bring it in to power your space heater, while the other charges. It’s a rural minded solution, but one that could help quite a few poor people save money on power in the cold, and reduce emissions.

On a larger scale you could do this in rainforest/marsh land, provided that after channeling the water, you then created a channel through which it would flow to it’s natural resting place.

I don’t understand why there aren’t already water wheels generating power in our sewers… but I don’t understand our sewage system very well anyway. I don’t know what to do with these ideas personally because it never rains in southern California, but if you use them to become a millionaire, maybe give me some credit or a cushy job. I’m going to try to create my own with that whole boiling stone thing.

Peace and love friends.

waterwheels