Thursday, December 06, 2012

Baring it all in Pakistan

[This post is dedicated to those who live the adventure, like WS.]

There was once a traveler who went wandering beneath the shadows of the mighty mountains in the Karakoram Range. The month was December and the mountains were filling with deep snows.

He traveled over ice and snow, never diverging from his quest.

He found many a bearded man willing to offer him a cup of chai. 
Even some who would become his friend.

Finally, after days of searching this lonesome traveler met a boy who led him to a wonderful place. After sharing some almonds and dates. The boy and said traveler ran down the mountainside with a great anticipation. After reaching the valley bottom the treasure was found. There were smiles all around. 

A hot spring!! Beneath the giant massif of Rakaposhi ("snow mountain") the traveler asked the boy to look the other way. He disrobed, grabbed hold of the broken plastic jerry can and spent several moments enraptured in a steamy bath.
  It is safe to say that was the last time the young lad led a stranger to the great hot springs of Hunza Valley.

Where's the ski hill?

On the way to the ski hill near Oukaimeden, Morocco

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

9/11 - a short five minute video overview of the official story

This is my last post on 9/11 at this point in my life. I wrote what I did to sort through my thoughts and the holes in the offiicial story. For those who are interested below is a short (5 minute) video giving an overview of the absurdity of the official story it is well worth the watch. 

Sunday, December 02, 2012

The de-evolution of man

De- evolution is the notion that a species can change into a more "primitive" form over time. Evidence has surfaced of this happening in the human species over the past several months. Below is a case in point.

Stage 1: Man in all his glory
Stage 2: Bringing back the fashions of 1873
Stage 3: You talkin to me?!

Stage 4: El Moustachio

Stage 5: Oh no, it's gone!


If anyone is near the Vancouver area and in need of time away to ponder life you may want to consider Rivendell Retreat Center on Bowen Island. It is superbly situated on a hillside overlooking the ocean and nestled in a coastal rainforest. This is a perfect place to read, write, stare into the fire and meet the deeper part of you.

More information can be found on their website at:

Traitor or whistleblower?

Bradley Manning, aged 23, a private in the US army was arrested in May 2010 under the suspicion of having downloaded and submitted hundreds of thousands of classified US military documents, videos and audio recordings to the whistleblower website, Wikileaks. These collective files, which became known as the Iraq and Afghanistan War Logs, were published on the Wikileaks website and received widespread attention through collaborative reporting from the New York Times, the Guardian, Der Spiegel, Le Pais, and Le Monde in 2010.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Highway to heaven

Trail overlooking the Hunzakot Valley, Pakistan

Bio-Truck Expedition: cruising into the possible

Andy Pag with the first Bio-Truck
When I was in Esfahan, Iran I met a fine English-Italian gent by the name of Andy Pag. His appearance was that of a backpacker, a bearded fellow with a quick smile and look of bemusement. However, he was no ordinary traveler. He was the captain of the Bio Truck and he was winding his way across the continents on a wild adventure of the possible. 

So what's the point?

[Please refer to previous posts on 9/11 examining questions of the official story. A good place to start reading is at this post: Global War on Terror.]

So, why did I do those write-ups on 9/11? I mean, why does it matter now, eleven years later? On the one hand it does not really matter since there is nothing much we can do about that day and the actions our governments took in response to the tragedy. Yet on the other hand the case of 9/11 matters a great deal for it can help to shape our worldview. We can understand how we are being influenced and the underlying reasons for it. We can stand up against this type of influence and seek out the truth. Maybe we can even begin to dream of the world we want to see and work together to make that happen. But first we need to know what is happening in order to set the world right. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

How 'bout them apples?

Here is another Iranian moment that brings a smile to my face. I hope it does the same for you. 

The day began like any other in Esfahan. I awoke to the sounds of my roommates at the hostel talking about the beautiful Iranian women and the antics they planned for their day. I had other things on my mind and decided to explore this city that French poet Renier described as "half the world." I snaked my way through the streets and made it to Imam Square. I stood back in amazement. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"What do you desire? What makes you itch?"

The importance of seeking out what we truly want to do in life cannot be understated. It is poignantly underscored in this video from Tragedy and Hope.

VIDEO: What if money were no object?

The psychology that binds us

[Please refer to previous posts outlining the issues with the official story. Start here]

For just one moment let's assume that the official story does not account for what actually transpired on September 11, 2001. What if the planes that flew into the Twin Towers did not actually bring down the buildings? What if the towers did not collapse because of fire? What if a Boeing 757 did not actually impact into the Pentagon?

Flight 93: the story of heroes

United Airlines Flight 93 left Newark at 8:42am en route to San Francisco. It was overtaken at 9:28am by terrorists and went off the radar over Ohio at 9:30am. The hijackers reverse course and turn the plane towards the Eastern seaboard.

Several passengers rush the hijackers in an attempt to overtake the plane. Due to the struggle the plane goes into an irreversible stall. At 10:06am the plane plummets into a field outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. All 44 passengers and 4 terrorists are immediately killed.

Significant questions should be raised about this incident. These questions include:

The Pentagon: an enduring mystery

The attacks on the US were not only aimed at New York city, but high value targets in Washington were also selected. The Pentagon was one such target. 

On September 11 American Airlines Flight 77 left Dulles Airport at 8:20am and was hijacked 31 minutes later while enroute to Los Angeles. The transponder was turned off at 8:56am over Ohio airspace. The plane crashed into the Southwest side of the Pentagon at 9:37am. All 64 persons on board the aircraft were killed, as well as 125 individuals working within the building.

The official story of the Pentagon crash has raised many questions that skeptics like to point out, they include: 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

World Trade Center Building 7: the smoking gun

Everyone remembers the iconic images of the falling twin towers, but what many people do not know is that there were more than two buildings which fell. On that day a third building, known as WTC building #7 (also the "Solomon Brother's Building") collapsed at 5:21pm.

World Trade Center #7 was a 47 story skyscraper that burned for approximately 8 hours. The North side of the building had some spot fires, while the South face had more significant fires burning. There are two troubling issues with the collapse of this building.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Twin Towers: The day the world stood still in New York

The Twin Towers buildings were completed in 1970 and 1972 with each building consisting of 100,000 tons of high grade steel and 60,000 cubic meters of concrete. Each of the buildings had 240 vertical steel columns with the interior columns being made of four inch thick steel.
 The buildings were engineered to withstand hurricane force winds of up to 140mph and direct hits from multiple commercial airliner impacts, by what was then the largest commercial airliner (Boeing 707). It is important to note that a Boeing 707 was the precursor to the Boeing 757 and are very comparable in weight and structure.   

The official story for the reason of the collapse:
The jet fuel burst through the building upon impact igniting fires on several floors. The fire had intense heat that weakened and then melted the steel trusses. Once the floors at the impact zone were sufficiently weakened the weight from the remaining floors above caused a total structural failure. The building then collapsed in a "pancaking" fashion (with one floor causing the collapse of the next floor).  Both 110 story buildings suffered complete and total collapse.
There are many questions that come to mind about the official story that I have pondered over the years. Here are some of them:

September 11,2001: the Events of that Fateful Day.

New York City
Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001. The commuters in New York City were greeted to another glorious summer's day with clear blue sky poking through the maze of skyscrapers. A slight breeze was blowing across the city. The season was about to change. Those typically late for work were hustling to make it before the boss noticed the empty seat at the office. Another work day in one of the busiest cities in the world.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Was it worth it?

(Please refer to the previous post for background statistics)  LINK

The War on Terror has spawned two major wars in the past eleven years and the war machine is not guaranteed to slow down. What were the reasons used to justify these wars? 

Iraq: This nation was accused of having weapons of mass destruction. This was a well fabricated cover story that unraveled on President Bush following the invasion, but at that point it was too late. America was at war and could not pull out quickly. Mr. Bush also linked Saddam Hussein to 9/11 by claiming that Iraq had trained and aided operatives of Al Qaeda. (link to NY article)

You Make Beautiful Things

Here is a song I have been listening to over the past few days. Some good encouragement by Gungor.

Beautiful Things
All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
I wonder if my life could really change at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Global War on Terror (warning - disturbing images)

We are now in the eleventh year of the Global War on Terror. 

In a real sense this does not affect my everyday life. I go about my business and do not need to worry about a terror attack against me or my family, or about bombs being dropped from the skies on my  city. I live in peace, which the media would have me believe comes from the US having fought against the terrorists who perpetrate violence. The media has reported primarily on the following facts: the war in Afghanistan that began in 2001 has cost 3,227 coalition soldier's lives, while the war in Iraq cost the lives of 4,804 coalition forces. But is that the full story? What were the other costs of war that we do not hear about? 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Comments are welcomed

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Every great conversation is started by a question. 

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A film about Midway

A trailer for the upcoming environmental film: Midway. An island 2,000km from any continent, yet humans definitely have an impact on this remote dot of land.


The Navajo: Walking in Beauty

May you there be happiness,
May there be success,
May there be good health,
May there be well being.

In Beauty, happily I walk
With Beauty all around me I walk
It is finished in Beauty. 

Navajo Blessing

Hafez, the great mystic

He has been called: The Tongue of the Invisible, A poet for poets, and A poet without peer. His name is Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafez (1320-1389) and he occupies a place of deepest respect within the Sufi tradition. His lyrical poetry is able to grab you deep in the heart. It can shake you from the slumber of your daily routine and beckon you to come to a landscape within your mind, where truth runs free hand-in-hand with your imagination.

Iran: open hearts in the City of Love, Shiraz

On my travels through Iran I had to make a stop in Shiraz, a deeply historical location filled with ancient mosques and seminaries, ruins from the great Persian empire, and the origins of the delightful Shiraz grape. My explorations throughout Iran were punctuated by moments of unexpected hospitality. Shiraz was no exception.