Technocracy In China Completely Intolerant Of Christian Churches

Scientism believes that truth is only discovered through scientific inquiry, not by faith or religious books. Thus, there is zero tolerance for practicing Christianity and Christians are branded as being anti-government. ⁃ TN Editor

About 100 worshipers at an unofficial church in southwestern China were snatched from their homes or from the streets in coordinated raids which began on Sunday evening.

Tech Elites Recreate Burning Man Inside Their Living Rooms

The annual Burning Man festival in Black Rock, Nevada is Big Tech’s pinnacle of paganism, eastern mysticism and social engineering. The original title of this article indicates their desire to continue the Burning Man experience throughout the year. ⁃ TN Editor

To Chad Mureta, a Silicon Valley app guru, the intimate salons of Jess Magic, a New Age troubadour, are “like drugs, without taking anything.”

To Sanjiv Sidhu, a so-called software savant whose fortune was once estimated at over $6 billion, Magic’s invitation-only salons are the perfect escape from a business culture where one-upmanship is “crowding out our need to connect.”

To Jason Silva, the tech futurist and TV personality, her gatherings are a safe space for entrepreneurs who “sacrifice friendships, relationships and time,” only to “realize that it’s lonely at the top.”

Tech elites who are looking for more than extra zeros in their bank statements are finding it in an unlikely place: so-called songversations, emotion-heavy gatherings that combine philosophical rap sessions with improvised music, run by a ukulele-strumming songstress who describes herself as a “heartist.”

Branded as “Soul Salons,” they import the cosmic-explorer sensibility of Burning Man’s dusty playa into the cozy living rooms of prominent entrepreneurs, where they sing freestyle on topics as diverse as environmental degradation and heartbreak. Think of it as a free-jazz equivalent of an Esalen retreat.

The tech A-list is a curious place to land for Magic, 37, who speaks in the soothing tones of a massage therapist and divides her time between Cardiff, California, and Bali, Indonesia. Until a few years ago, Magic ran a nonprofit for survivors of sexual trauma.

Despite her wood-nymph aura, or maybe because of it, Magic has found herself in some button-down circles. In 2016, she performed at the Women Economic Forum in New Delhi and at a star-studded birthday party of her friend Ken Howery, a founder of PayPal, on Necker Island.

“I don’t know if you’d call this a breakthrough,” she said, “but I got Peter Thiel to sing along and Elon Musk to smile.”

Magic, who seems to approach every topic with a sense of giddy wonder, as if she just fell in love five minutes ago, believes that her appeal is rooted in the spiritual hollowness so many business elites feel, despite their wealth.

“The finance and tech scene is still riding the waves of hypermasculine values,” she said. “Coffee to get through the day, alcohol to wind down, then sleeping pills at night to turn off the mind from all that they have going on.”

“People forget that they are human beings rather than human doings,” she added.

Enter the Soul Salon, which Magic calls “a play date for your inner child” and performs as a “gift,” she said (although guests are invited to “contribute in accordance with the value they feel they received”).

The salons usually start with a theme — say, the emptiness of consumer culture. As key phrases arise, Magic will begin strumming and humming, weaving those lines of dialogue into a lilting melody. The effect is vaguely akin to Joni Mitchell performing freestyle rap at Davos.

As the extemporaneous song grows, others join in with musings of their own, call-and-response style. Not every captain of industry can carry a tune, of course, but that’s not the point. As Magic likes to say, “We don’t sing to be good, we sing to be free.”

Andrew Hewitt, creator of GameChangers 500, which ranks the world’s top “for-benefit” businesses, said he has “witnessed some of the headiest Silicon Valley titans be deeply touched through these experiences.”

“For people who live most of the time in their head,” Hewitt said, “this feels like magic.”

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Pope Francis’ Bait And Switch: Traditional Theology For Global Warming

Millions of Catholics are perplexed and disillusioned by Pope Francis’ rejection of traditional church theology in favor of the radical environmentalism of global warming and the U.N.’s Sustainable Development. Also, his dedication to Communist theology is clearly seen by the symbol worn around his neck: Jesus crucified upon the hammer and sickle of the former USSR.  ⁃ TN Editor

A most disturbing image (Figure 1) appeared in 2015 when former Argentinian citizen Jorge Mario Bergoglio visited an old friend, in his new job as Pope Francis. The friend was Bolivian Marxist President Evo Morales. He gave him a ‘communist crucifix,’ that depicted Jesus crucified on a hammer and sickle. The only plausible reason he would give such a bizarre gift is that he recognized a ‘fellow traveler.’

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The Pope later tried to claim it was “protest art” but only after the backlash. Notice he also has a chain around his neck with the insignia on it. Morales made sure he could not simply hand off the symbol to an aide. When you examine the Pope’s involvement with the global warming issue you understand why the charge that he is a Marxist has credibility. The situation was not missed by cartoonists, the most astute observers of society (Figure 2). The problem is the proposed solution to anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is a reduced and globally controlled population, which are the antithesis of the Catholic credo of go forth and multiply.

“Is the Pope Catholic?” was a reliable truism until Pope Francis was elected. Now, many believe it is not true because of his actions. First, let me make clear that there is a difference between Christianity and the Catholic Church and it is essential to understand the difference to understand what is happening. The problem is common to all things in society because everything from a book, to a business, to a country, to a religion, starts with an idea. If the idea is to gain traction, it always needs an organized structure to spread and maintain it. Invariably, the structure becomes more important than the idea and both begin to fail. It is occurring in the US as people realize they have drifted too far from the original idea set out in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The structure, government, has become bigger than the idea.

The Catholic church is a structure that many people believe was necessary to disseminate and control the faith. It gradually became more important than Christianity, until Martin Luther called for a reformation, a return to Christianity in 1517.  It drifts again today, as the Pope’s actions underscore.

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I became aware of the problems the church’s position created for Catholics when I received a call from a religious group about global warming was from the editor of the Scottish Catholic parishioner’s magazine. She explained that parishioners were upset because the Bishop directed all priests to give sermons about global warming. The woman described the parishioners view as biblical, and cited

“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Pope Francis began advocating the global warming (AGW) agenda of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), with the help of the Obama White House. It is hard to believe he didn’t know their ultimate objective was to reduce and control population, which contradicts Catholic doctrine. The irony is that as a Jesuit, the ideological church police, he should know, but apparently, his personal and political and economic perspective trumps it. He also doesn’t appear to know that population control comes naturally with industrial and economic development. He was aware that his connection to the Jesuits was a handicap. He is the first Jesuit in history to become Pope. Despite that, he took the name of Francis to align himself with the most socialist of saints, Francis of Assisi. He was one of the wealthiest people of his time and with a grand gesture gave everything away and wandered around in a brown robe with bare feet administering to animals and the poor. The ideal image for Jorge Mario Bergoglio, but not for a Jesuit Pope.

Coercion of the Pope to the global warming message began during the Obama era when John Kerry visited the Vatican, reportedly to discuss Middle East issues. Most Americans think Kerry is an Irish Catholic. In fact, the Kerry family came from a small town that is now part of the Czech Republic. The New York Times reported that before emigrating to America, the Kerry’s changed their name from Kohn and converted from Judaism to Catholicism.

The Obama administration cemented the connection and involvement of the Pope by sending the top bureaucrat of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy, to the Vatican. McCarthy said the purpose was to confirm for the Vatican how aligned President Barack Obama and Francis were on climate change. That is that global warming isn’t just an environmental issue, but a public health threat, and an economic opportunity.

These are sentiments expressed by socialist throughout the history of the AGW deception. Senator Timothy Wirth who put the scam on the world stage by holding a Senate hearing in 1988 at which James Hansen (NASA GISS) said, with no evidence, that he was 99% certain humans were causing global warming. Wirth said, in “Science Under Siege” by Michael Fumento that,

“We’ve got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing, in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.”

 The last comment parallels the political objective identified by Canadian Environment Minister Christine Stewart, who said,

“No matter if the science of global warming is all phony… climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.”

This is precisely what the Pope brought from the slums and poverty of Argentina and wants to believe. Apparently, the Pope, like all socialist ideologues, believes the end justifies the means.  The problem is the AGW agenda is designed to get rid of most of the people on the planet. This was cynically set out in the banner headline that said, “Save the planet, kill yourself.”

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The claim that human-caused global warming was destroying the planet came from the Club of Rome (COR) who took the Malthusian idea that world population would outgrow food resources and expanded it to all resources. Their 1972 book Limits to Growth, anticipated the method used for IPCC Reports. It used simple linear trends for population and resources to project global exhaustion and catastrophe. They used computer models to create the illusion of scientific accuracy. Just like the IPCC, all their predictions.

The argument was twofold. Pressure on resources was occurring by natural rates of population increase, and developed nations were using the resources at an accelerated rate. The goal was also twofold. Reduce population overall and reduce industrialization that caused the increased demand on resources.

The Pope either did not think through his commitment to the IPCC claims as expounded by the Obama White House or chose to ignore them. Likely, the persuasion was easy because so many of the false claims fit his socialist ideology. He tried to walk back his commitment by jokingly suggesting he was not promoting population control. He said,

“Some think, excuse me if I use the word, that in order to be good Catholics, we have to be like rabbits…but no,”

The comment drew a sharp response from conservative Catholics who said it promoted birth control. In a trip to the Philippines, he said

“it gives consolation and hope to see so many numerous families who receive children as a real gift of God. They know that every child is a benediction.”

He called “simplistic” the belief that large families were the cause of poverty, blaming it instead on an unjust economic system.

We can all say that the principal cause of poverty is an economic system that has removed the person from the center, and put the god of money there instead.”

And there it is, an anti-capitalist agenda hiding under the guise of caring about the poor.

What is the Pope’s economic policy? The answer is the economic redistribution of wealth by the government or socialism. Now the quote parallels what Pope Francis is identifying in his Encyclical “Laudato Si. Global warming is a front for a broader, anti-capitalist, anti-development, total population control, agenda. The Encyclical is a diktat from the Pope, a person who is claimed as infallible by the Church. What is not widely known are the people the Pope used to help him draft it.

Hans Schellnhuber was Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) at the time he became an advisor to the Vatican. As a member of the IPCC, he accepted their claim that it was an increasingly over-populated world. However, as a Pantheist, he believed the problem was more extreme than even they claimed. One dictionary defines Pantheism as

“the doctrine that God is the transcendent reality of which the material universe and human beings are only manifestations: it involves a denial of God’s personality and expresses a tendency to identify God and nature.” 

Ironically, this is a form of atheism that would create another religion similar to Animism, the worship of nature. This parallels the concept of Gaia, another pseudo-religious exploitation of environmentalism. Schellnhuber believes global warming will solve overpopulation. In Copenhagen in 2009, he said that a 9° F (5°C) rise in global temperature would devastate the Earth’s population.

“In a very cynical way, it’s a triumph for science because at last we have stabilized something –- namely the estimates for the carrying capacity of the planet, namely below 1 billion people,”

This assumes the world is overpopulated, which is entirely false. Most of the world is virtually unpopulated (Figure 4)

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The other person the Pope selected to help him prepare the Encyclical was Naomi Klein. Here is how The Guardian described Ms. Klein.

“She is one of the world’s most high-profile social activists and a ferocious critic of 21st-century capitalism. He is one of the pope’s most senior aides and a professor of climate change economics. But this week the secular radical will join forces with the Catholic cardinal in the latest move by Pope Francis to shift the debate on global warming.”

The combination of Schellenhuber and Klein guaranteed a revolutionary Encyclical because Pope Francis accepts that overpopulation and AGW are dangerous enough to supersede fundamental Church doctrine. The Encyclical promotes the same claims and solutions as UN Agenda 21. This includes a transfer of wealth as required by the Kyoto Protocol and its replacement the Green Climate Fund, approved at the Paris Climate Conference. Like the IPCC, the Encyclical uses global warming as justification for a political agenda. The problem is the political agenda contradicts fundamental traditional Catholic belief and teaching. The church always fought against birth control and abortions. A lawsuit filed in New York just a few years ago saw the Church suing the UN and the White House over these issues.

The main theme of the Encyclical is the threat of population growth and its negative impact on the environment. This is not a new concern for the papacy. In a 1968 Encyclical titled Humanae Vitae, Paul VI wrote,

“The changes that have taken place are of considerable importance and varied in nature. In the first place there is the rapid increase in population which has made many fear that world population is going to grow faster than available resources, with the consequence that many families and developing countries would be faced with greater hardships. This can easily induce public authorities to be tempted to take even harsher measures to avert this danger.”

“Also noteworthy is a new understanding of the dignity of woman and her place in society, of the value of conjugal love in marriage and the relationship of conjugal acts to this love.” 

“But the most remarkable development of all is to be seen in man’s stupendous progress in the domination and rational organization of the forces of nature to the point that he is endeavoring to extend this control over every aspect of his own life—over his body, over his mind and emotions, over his social life, and even over the laws that regulate the transmission of life.”

Paul VI starts with the false claim of the threat of overpopulation. This is an interesting position taken by men who will not allow women to be priests and practice the most unnatural behavior of celibacy. As a defrocked priest friend of mine, now married told me, I laugh when I remember, as a single, celibate priest, counseling couples about marriage. Of course, the Church has continuosly imposed or removed the celibacy rule throughout its history. The Catholic church has little to do with Christianity. As George Bernard Shaw said, Christianity is the greatest thing in the world. It is just a pity nobody ever tried it. Pope Francis is making sure as a Marxist that nobody will try it. He is making the new religion of environmentalism and global warming the opiate of the masses.

Technocratic Management Pottery With Glazed Jihadi Management

TN has consistently pointed out the more-than-casual links between modern Islam and Technocracy. Here is an article by a Muslim who laments this incursion of Western thought. ⁃ TN Editor

An overview of the evolution of nearly four decades of Islamic revolution shows that what was the main component of the advancement and advancement of this divine movement is relying on monotheistic faith and indigenous beliefs based on Islamic teachings. As the effects are of these teachings on the various elements of the Islamic revolutionary software can be seen.

One of the effects of this software development is the particular style of management that emerged from the jihadist culture and thought of the Islamic Revolution, which emerged and emerged after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, and can be seen in its efficacy.

The glorious history of the holy defense is a symbol of the effectiveness of the jihadist management, and now, in the Islamic Revolution in the fourth decade, relying on the power of the people and the interior to advance Islamic Iran, the image of the efforts of all the caricons of the revolution, is again the jihadist management that rescues this sensitive arena And strategic.

However, jihadist and jihadist leaders managed to pass the country away from the unpopular imposed war in the first Islamic Revolution in the first decade, but in the second decade of the revolution we saw the reign of the so-called technocrats. Managers who, although claiming to pay expertise, in fact defined expertise against a commitment and were left unidentified by a Islamic regime director under the charge of the revolutionary authorities.

The managers, who, in the wake of the construction of the government and its chairman, rehearsed Western planning for national development, they rewrote the transcripts of the Western prescriptions and prescriptions for so-called modern Iran. Accordingly, technocrats have turned away indigenous, religious, and revolutionary values on the development path. For example, out of a total of 625 people who participated in setting up and approving the “final draft of the second development plan”, only one person was a seminary, the post is “Deputy of Endowment Organization”; he has participated in one of the planning committees. The review of the status of the organization of the former Bundestag and the former administrative and employment organization confirms this view.

The technocrats’ management flow did not survive only in the economic arena and entered the political phase, with the build-up party of the builders-builders rising. Years later, in the 2014 elections, a stream that coincided with the same technocratic leadership once again managed to reach the realm of power in the executive branch, and again the management of technocrats with liberal doctrines again became the powerhouse.

This managerial trend believes that developmental patterns must be pursued in accordance with what is defined in the West, and the prescribed management pattern is also “instrumental management”, that is, a disconnected management of revelatory teachings and reliance on humanity. This management seeks to accept globalization and globalization as a norm and surrenders to it. However, this spectrum of inaccurate executives reads “illiterate” and “inexperienced” and tries to pull out the spectrum from the field.

Technocratic leaders in the eleventh government have gained reliable seats, especially in economic areas, as key ministries and sensitive posts are available to them. Bijan Zanganeh, Minister of Construction and Reforms, has taken over the Ministry of Oil. Massoud Neely is a liberal technocrat economist who is an industrial development strategy and a third development plan for his team. He is the economic advisor to the president and responsible for the macroeconomic planning of the state. Managers such as Akbar Turkan and Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh also have a strong and effective government in the government.

But the technocrats’ management loop that affects the eleventh state has some features:

Wealthy and capitalist executives: some 11th-century government executives have a wealth of thousands of dollars on the basis of their own figures. In general, it can be said that a significant number of economic managers of the eleventh government have, in recent years, embarked on private sector activities, and now operate in parallel both in the government and in the private sector. For example, Mr. Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh, Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade, is a member of the board of directors in 12 private companies that date most of them since 2009.

One site recently released a news release that surprised experts and the community. “The Secretary-General’s sleep at the meeting of the commission” was the headline for sleeping by one of the ministers of the economy at the meeting of the commission. The story was that, apparently, at the meeting of the commission and at the height of the specialized discussions, the audience suddenly realized that Mr. Secretary was sleeping! Therefore, some members of the commission believed that the fatigue and the high level of the minister’s age were due to his sleeping in the meeting.

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Sheikh Zayed: Islam’s Deep Roots In Sustainable Development

Sheikh Zayed, father of the UAE, was an early adopter of environmental practices, indicating the compatibility between sustainable development and the Koran. This affinity may be one reason why Adolf Hitler (a radical ‘green’) had a such a robust relationship with the Islamic world during WWII. In other words, their mutual hatred of Jews may have a reason, but not the only reason for their mutual attraction. ⁃ TN Editor

Long before “sustainable development” became a global buzzword in 1987, the principle of “utilising natural resources to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs” had already been practised by many cultures and individual leaders beyond the Western world.

In this regard the late Sheikh Zayed Sultan Al Nahyan, father of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), stood out for decades.

Last week, Malaysia hosted the visit of a delegation from the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment. Led by its chairman, Prof Mohammad Ahmed Fahad, and its secretary-general, Dr Meshgan Al Awar, the visit was to celebrate the “Year of Zayed”, commemorating the late leader’s contribution to sustainable development.

Introduced in the influential UN report “Our Common Future”, sustainable development is a philosophy that encourages us to conserve and enhance our resource base while meeting basic needs of employment, food, energy, water and sanitation.

The idea quickly went viral, taken up as the theme of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro — better known as the “Earth Summit”. And, it inspired Agenda 21, the summit’s sustainable development blueprint for the global community.

This was followed by the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg which reviewed progress and focused on water, energy, health, food security, and biodiversity loss.

Twenty years after the Earth Summit — Rio+ 20 — leaders from 192 nations renewed their sustainable development commitment in a non-binding document called “The Future We Want”.

Three years ago, heads of government met again and agreed on the 2030 Development Agenda, committing to 17 sustainable development goals (SDG).

Each interrelated goal relates to a vital social or economic issue such as poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, urbanisation, environment and social justice. And, each goal has its own set of targets (169 in total across the 17 goals).

Notwithstanding the global processes taking place in the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed exemplified a leader who walked the sustainable development talk. He is considered one of the world’s greatest conservationists, one whose foresight and vision long preceded the present-day global environmental movement.

According to Zayed: “We cherish our environment because it is an integral part of our country. On land and in the sea, our forefathers lived and survived in this environment. They were able to do so only because they recognised the need to conserve it, to take from it only what they needed to live and to preserve it for succeeding generations.”

“With God’s will, we shall continue to work to protect our environment and our wildlife, as did our forefathers before us. It is a duty, and, if we fail, our children, rightly, will reproach us for squandering an essential part of their inheritance, and of our heritage.”

Sheikh Zayed founded a programme to protect the country’s wildlife and created a sanctuary for endangered species such as the Arabian Oryx and the Sand Gazelle. Among the results: the symbol of Abu Dhabi, the Dorcas Gazelle, is a protected species and its numbers are increasing. Sheikh Zayed also reintroduced traditional methods of desert agriculture, ensuring that Abu Dhabi will be greener and more fertile.

Sheikh Zayed was born into an inhospitable, arid environment, so when he was appointed the Ruler’s Representative to the Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi in 1946, he immediately started to secure a more reliable and sustainable supply of water. He set out to preserve the heritage of falconry and hunting, and, at the same time, ensure the long-term survival of falcons and their prey. He also introduced a humane face to the sport, which he considered art and an invaluable heritage.

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Technocracy and Religion: Merging Into Eastern Mysticism

When Technocracy said that it rejected religion in the 1930s, it embraced humanism instead, where man is the measure of all things.

Today, it warmly embraces Eastern mysticism in all its forms. This podcast examines some of the dynamics between Silicon Valley techs, their troubled consciences over what they are unleashing, and how they are coping. In particular, it examines the activities at the Eselan Institute in Big Sur, California, where troubled Silicon Valley execs go to get renewed.

These Big Tech executives intend to reshape America into their own image. After you listen to this podcast, ask yourself if these are the people who you want to submit your future to?

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Urban Thinkers Turn To Religion To Help Build Smart Cities

In Technocrat eyes, religion means any belief system other than Biblical Christianity, including Buddhism, Islam, shamanism, paganism, witchcraft, Catholicism and even atheism. Because religious sects can be manipulated by their leaders, they can be used for social engineering agendas. ⁃ TN Editor

Religious faith is deeply ingrained in the way cities look and function. In the past, cities were often built with places of worship at their centre, and today you can find markers of faith dotted across every city in the world: from local parish churches to grand cathedrals, mosques to synagogues, soup kitchens to cemeteries. Faith also serves a social purpose, bringing city dwellers together to mourn, celebrate, remember, reflect and to help others.

Today, cities are becoming a driving force in global politics. It’s predicted that 66% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. And in a warming world, it’s more urgent than ever for cities to develop in an efficient and sustainable way.

Yet major discussions about the future of cities largely neglect the topic of faith. The United Nations’ New Urban Agenda (NUA) – the main global strategy guiding urban development for the next 20 years – is almost entirely silent about the role of faith and religion in the cities of the future, despite the fact that 84% of the global population adheres to a religious faith of some kind.

A Moral Calling

The NUA wants the cities of the future to be inclusive places, which all residents can enjoy equally, without suffering discrimination of any kind. Future cities should be just, safe, healthy, accessible, affordable, resilient and sustainable, while fostering prosperity and a high quality of life for everyone.

This vision resonates with the key values of many faiths. For example, the Judeo-Christian idea of shalom, the Islamic notion of saleem and the African tribal concept of Ubuntu all express in different ways the idea of human flourishing within community.

These concepts align with deeply-held principles commonly promoted by faith communities, such as justice, peace, stewardship, the intrinsic worth of people and nature and responsibility for future generations. And these values can inspire people to become active citizens who shape their cities. They promote unity and inclusion, by encouraging people to understand that their own well-being is connected with the well-being of the broader community and natural environment.

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By recognising that the values embedded in the NUA are also central to much religious teaching, faith communities can play a big role in creating more sustainable and inclusive cities.

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Silicon Valley Techs Turns to Eastern Mysticism To Sooth Their Troubled Consciences

Deep down, Technocrats know that they are sending humanity into a gulag of Scientific Dictatorship, and as a result, their conscience is pained. However, instead of turning to orthodox solutions like counseling, ethical discussion or traditional Western religion, they are turning to Eastern mysticism for answers. They get naked, practice mindfulness and chakra meditation, and meet their ‘inner net’. Many Christian apologists have written that Chakras are a portal to demonic possession.  TN Editor

Silicon Valley, facing a crisis of the soul, has found a retreat center.

It has been a hard year for the tech industry. Prominent figures like Sean Parker and Justin Rosenstein, horrified by what technology has become, have begun to publicly denounce companies like Facebook that made them rich.

And so Silicon Valley has come to the Esalen Institute, a storied hippie hotel here on the Pacific coast south of Carmel, Calif. After storm damage in the spring and a skeleton crew in the summer, the institute was fully reopened in October with a new director and a new mission: It will be a home for technologists to reckon with what they have built.

This is a radical change for the rambling old center. Founded in 1962, the nonprofit helped bring yoga, organic food and meditation into the American mainstream.

The leaders behind humanist psychology worked from the lodge, and legend has it that Hunter S. Thompson wandered the place with a shotgun. Nudity was the norm.

Esalen’s last year has been apocalyptic. Three landslides in the spring took out the roads on all sides, and participants in a massage workshop had to be evacuated from a hilltop by helicopter. While the institute was closed, flooded and losing $1 million a month, its board made big changes. When the road reopened in October, the place had a new executive director, Ben Tauber, and its new mission.

“There’s a dawning consciousness emerging in Silicon Valley as people recognize that their conventional success isn’t necessarily making the world a better place,” said Mr. Tauber, 34, a former Google product manager and start-up executive coach. “The C.E.O.s, inside they’re hurting. They can’t sleep at night.”

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Mr. Tauber has some competition. A former chief executive of Juniper Networks, Scott Kriens, opened his own tech and soul center nearby in May, with construction finishing in February. The goal of the center, called 1440 Multiversity, is to “recognize that the blazing success of the internet catalyzed powerful connections, yet did not help people connect to themselves.”

Still, there is most likely enough crisis to go around. Mr. Tauber has stacked Esalen’s calendar with sessions by Silicon Valley leaders, which are selling out.

Dave Morin, a venture capitalist and early Facebook employee, will lead a program on depression and tech; a former Google ethicist, Tristan Harris, led a weekend on internet addiction; and tech futurists will host a conference on virtual reality and spirituality. Chargers have been installed for Tesla electric cars, and there is usually a line to use them. The new sessions in 2018 are aimed at the workers building virtual reality, artificial intelligence and social networks.

“They wonder if they’re doing the right thing for humanity,” Mr. Tauber said. “These are questions we can only answer behind closed doors.”

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Scientists: LSD And Magic Mushrooms For End-Of-Life Patients

Hallucinogenic drugs sought provide non-Biblical answers to questions like who we are, why are we here and where are we going. Traditionally, Christianity has provided these answers. Technocrat scientists and physicians want to equip hospice caregivers with both psilocybin and LSD to deliver alternate answers to end-of-life patients. ⁃ TN Editor

Opiates are the drugs of choice in battling pain in the terminally ill, but opiates render such patients dull and unresponsive. Hallucinogens could well offer a better path.

The ’60s was the golden age of LSD research. The U.S. government subsidized at least 116 experiments (that we know of) over this interval to unlock its secrets. Dr. Stanislav Grof, one of the early experimenters, described LSD as a “non-specific amplifier of the unconscious,” for both good and bad. The suggestion was that LSD might be a primary modulator of the unconscious mind, and unlocking its mysteries would answer the questions of who we are, why we are here, and what’s to become of us. Big questions indeed. Maybe too big to be left to scientists?

As hard as you may try, you can’t keep something this big locked up in the lab. These molecules escaped from the ivory tower and started a (relatively) bloodless revolution within America, especially among young people, who were disillusioned with the U.S. government, and the handling of the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. Psychedelics were all the rage in the late ’60s throughout the country. College campuses were the testing ground for this social experiment, and some still are.

Who on this earth is in greatest need of happiness, or at least the alleviation of the severest form of dysphoria or distress? Terminal cancer patients, that’s who. Standard hospice care provides such patients with opiates like hydromorphone (Dilaudid), which, while alleviating pain, dope them up to the point where they can’t and don’t care, and can’t even respond: they can’t tell their doctors that they are scared, or their loved ones that they love them. And of course these opiates are highly addictive. You could argue: Who cares about addiction if you’re already dying? Both of my parents died in hospice care, both doped up on opiates at the end. I couldn’t tell them I loved them, and they couldn’t communicate back. Prescribing opiates is more humane than letting patients suffer but nonetheless not an optimal way to depart this world. We all deserve a better exit than that, at peace with our own imminent mortality.

In a study that took a full decade to complete, and with the approval of the FDA, NIH, DEA, and a host of institutional review boards, Charles Grob at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center assessed the use of psilocybin (the compound in “magic mushrooms”) as a stand-alone treatment for the reactive anxiety and depression that attends death due to terminal cancer. In an initial study, 12 individuals with a life-threatening cancer diagnosis participated in a double-blind randomized crossover fashion (neither the subject nor the physician knew which treatment was being administered) with either psilocybin or niacin (Vitamin B3), which results in a tingling sensation and acted as the placebo control. Furthermore, every subject was prepared by a licensed psychologist beforehand to minimize the possibility of any side effects or a bad trip. Each had their own personalized metaphysical tour guide, who remained with them through the session. They optimized the set and the setting by providing a pleasing and comfortable environment. These clinical research studies were carefully performed and documented, and above reproach. The results were quite remarkable. Feelings of “oceanic boundlessness” and “visionary restructuralization” were followed by positive mood and reduction in depressive scores, which persisted up to six months after the psilocybin treatment ended.

In a study that took a full decade to complete, and with the approval of the FDA, NIH, DEA, and a host of institutional review boards, Charles Grob at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center assessed the use of psilocybin (the compound in “magic mushrooms”) as a stand-alone treatment for the reactive anxiety and depression that attends death due to terminal cancer. In an initial study, 12 individuals with a life-threatening cancer diagnosis participated in a double-blind randomized crossover fashion (neither the subject nor the physician knew which treatment was being administered) with either psilocybin or niacin (Vitamin B3), which results in a tingling sensation and acted as the placebo control. Furthermore, every subject was prepared by a licensed psychologist beforehand to minimize the possibility of any side effects or a bad trip. Each had their own personalized metaphysical tour guide, who remained with them through the session. They optimized the set and the setting by providing a pleasing and comfortable environment. These clinical research studies were carefully performed and documented, and above reproach. The results were quite remarkable. Feelings of “oceanic boundlessness” and “visionary restructuralization” were followed by positive mood and reduction in depressive scores, which persisted up to six months after the psilocybin treatment ended.

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Pope Francis Rebukes Climate Deniers As ‘Perverse’

Pope Francis loves Sustainable Development, the United Nations and supports man-made global warming. He has colored the Catholic church bright green. The Pope’s position is about 3 years old now, and has strengthened thanks to Technocrats around him who continue to deceive him.  TN Editor

Pope Francis on Thursday rebuked those who deny the science behind global warming and urged negotiators at climate talks in Germany to avoid falling prey to such “perverse attitudes” and instead accelerate efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Francis issued a message to the Bonn meeting, which is working to implement the 2015 Paris accord aimed at capping global emissions.

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In it, Francis called climate change “one of the most worrisome phenomena that humanity is facing.” He urged negotiators to take action free of special interests and political or economic pressures, and to instead engage in an honest dialogue about the future of the planet.

Francis didn’t cite any countries by name, but the United States has announced it is withdrawing from the Paris accord, and President Donald Trump has nominated several people in his administration who question scientists’ conclusions that human activity is behind the global rise in temperatures. At the same time, the U.S. administration has promoted the use of fossil fuels like coal for U.S. energy needs.

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