R.I.P. Mike

Michael C. Ruppert
(February 3, 1951 – April 13, 2014)

A Prometheus.

He was a warrior for truth and who helped a lot of people make sense of the shared reality that we perceive. A truly humane being who loved the world with a passion that not many are capable of. As the days grow darker still your light will be missed. Thank you Mike and farewell. See you on the other side…

Wikipedia

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I had been following his work on and off for about 6 years now. A couple of months back, laboring over an unresolved question. I ran into this set of videos on Vice Magazine.

Apocalypse, Man: Michael C. Ruppert on World’s End
Apocalypse, Man: Michael C. Ruppert on World’s End on YouTube (Not for the faint of heart)

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As we watch ourselves, our family, our friends and enemies, one and all loved ones; those in my own species and those in others, die. I cannot help but feel the love. Yesterday I stumbled upon this song moments after I read about the passing of Mike. Serendipidity? Naah… more like quantum entanglement mi thinks…

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What Sarah Said by Death Cab for Cutie

And it came to me then
That every plan
Is a tiny prayer to father time

As I stared at my shoes
In the ICU
That reeked of piss and 409

And I rationed my breaths
As I said to myself
That I’d already taken too much today

As each descending peak
On the LCD
Took you a little farther away from me
Away from me

Amongst the vending machines
And year old magazines
In a place where we only say goodbye

It sung like a violent wind
That our memories depend
On a faulty camera in our minds

And I knew that you were truth
I would rather loose
Than to have never lain beside at all

And I looked around
At all the eyes on the ground
As the TV entertained itself

Cause there’s no comfort in the waiting room
Just nervous paces bracing for bad news
And then the nurse comes round
And everyone lifts their head
But I’m thinking of what Sarah said

That love is watching someone die

So who’s gonna watch you die

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CREDITS:

The Song ~ What Sarah Said ~ Songfacts ~ Songmeanings
The Album ~ Plans (2005) ~ Wikipedia
The Band ~ Official ~ Wikipedia

Born Free

The liberator who destroys my property, is fighting to save my spirit. The teacher who clears all possessions from my path will set me free.

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The Author ~ Chuck Palahniuk ~ Wiki

The Book ~ Fight Club ~ Wiki

The Movie ~ Fight Club ~ Wiki

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NOTE:

Yeah yeah, I cheated, posted this one on Sunday night / Monday morning :)

Moonshine

All is Light.

The All Light is the means and the ends. There exists nothing else.

A Lifetime, is a quantum of the All Light.

A Lifetime is composed of two parts, Living and Dying. In Dying, Living is completed, thus constituting one Lifetime.

A Star, A Stone, An Amoebae, A Plant, An Animal, A Molecule, A Subatomic Particle, i.e. each entity is a Lifetime.

The legacy of a Lifetime, is the transmutation it causes in the continuum of the All Light. This is the only legacy and it is assured as well as obligatory to each Lifetime, there are no exceptions.

Each Lifetime has Actions, Actions that have Consequences. Consequences that seed further Actions.

All Lifetimes are bound by the All Light and hence, have to participate in this continuous dance of Actions and Consequences.

To the All Light, a Lifetime means nothing more and nothing less than what it is, i.e. a Lifetime.

To a Lifetime, all that matters is its own Perceptual Construct, thus bringing forth an Individual Universe.

A Lifetime, chooses its own Perceptual Construct, i.e. a Lifetime gives meaning to itself.

The meaning given to itself by a Lifetime evolves as it interacts with other Lifetimes, their Perceptual Constructs and Individual Universes and the varying levels of awareness each Lifetime has of the All Light.

Evolution is random not linear, i.e. Evolution does not imply Progress.

A Human Lifetime is unique, so it appears, in its ability to be able to consider itself Unbound to the All Light.

Due to its unwillingness to accept its place in the All Light, the Human Lifetime plays games that no one wins.

Accept, for there exists no other choice.

Love, for there exists no alternate, neither Action, nor Consequence.

All is Light.

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Arrive at your own conclusions, don’t jump, and do not forget to check your premises. This is my faith (for now), the faith of this Lifetime, yours is yours. This is where I find myself at almost 33 revolutions around the Sun. Life, I know not where she takes mi next. But something tells mi that I am just short of something. I am getting the heebie jeebies once more…

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NOTES:

Moonshine :: Moonshine, white lightning, mountain dew, hooch, and Tennessee white whiskey are terms used to describe high-proof distilled spirits, generally produced illicitly.

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GRATITUDE:

Lightening Bolt by Pearl Jam ~ Wiki

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman ~ Wiki

Lucifer by Mike Carey ~ Wiki

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There, posted, give mi a break now, please.

On the subway wall

Warning

“If you are reading this then this warning is for you. Every word you read of this useless fine print is another second off your life. Don’t you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you honestly can’t think of a better way to spend these moments? Or are you so impressed with authority that you give respect and credence to all that claim it? Do you read everything you’re supposed to read? Do you think every thing you’re supposed to think? Buy what you’re told to want? […] Start a fight. Prove you’re alive. If you don’t claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned.”

Tyler

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NOTE:

As seen on the DVD after the copyright warning, there is another warning, this warning is from Tyler Durden, and is only there for a second. Emphasis mine.

This post was originally scheduled for the end of the year but I decided to let it rip sooner. I have come to realize that life is too uncertain, with lightening bolts literally falling about my personal physical domain and things generally around the world getting interesting once more in a Chinese curse kind of manner :|

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The Author ~ Chuck Palahniuk ~ Wiki

The Book ~ Fight Club ~ Wiki

The Movie ~ Fight Club ~ Wiki

Chasing Yield

Do the Evolution by Pearl Jam

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Woo..
I’m ahead I’m a man
I’m the first mammal to wear pants yeah
I’m at peace with my lust
I can kill ’cause in God I trust yeah
It’s evolution baby

I’m at piece I’m the man
Buying stocks on the day of the crash
On the loose I’m a truck
All the rolling hills I’ll flatten’ em out yeah
It’s herd behavior uh huh
It’s evolution baby

Admire me admire my home
Admire my song here’s my coat
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
This land is mine, this land is free
I’ll do what I want but irresponsibly
It’s evolution, baby

I’m a thief, I’m a liar
There’s my church, I sing in the choir:
{Hallelujah? Hallelujah?}

Admire me, admire my home
Admire my song, admire my clothes
Cause we know, appetite for a nightly feast
Those ignorant Indians got nothin’ on me
Nothin’, why?
Because, it’s evolution, baby!

I am ahead, I am advanced
I am the first mammal to make plans, yeah
I crawled the earth, but now I’m higher
Twenty-ten, watch it go to fire
It’s evolution, baby {2X}
Do the evolution
Come on, come on, come on

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CREDITS:

The Song ~ Do the Evolution ~ Wikipedia
The Album ~ Yield [1998] ~ Wikipedia
The Phenom ~ Eddie Vedder ~ Wikipedia ~ Facebook

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FROM THE WIKIPEDIA PAGE

When speaking about “Do the Evolution”, Vedder stated, “That song is all about someone who’s drunk with technology, who thinks they’re the controlling living being on this planet. It’s another one I’m not singing as myself.” Pearl Jam has stated that the novel Ishmael influenced the writing of Yield, and according to the novel’s writer, Daniel Quinn, this song comes the closest to expressing the ideas of the book.

Vedder stated:

This Daniel Quinn book, Ishmael…I’ve never recommended a book before, but I would actually, in an interview, recommend it to everyone….But this book, it’s kind of the book of my … My whole year has been kind of with these thoughts in mind. And on an evolutionary level, that man has been on this planet for 3 million years, so that you have this number line that goes like this [hands wide apart]. And that we’re about to celebrate the year 2000, which is this [holds hands less than one inch apart]. So here’s this number line; here’s what we know and celebrate. This book is a conversation with a man and an ape. And the ape really has it all together. He kinda knows the differences between him and the man, and points out how slight they are, and it creates an easy analogy for what man has done, thinking that they were the end-all. That man is the end-all thing on this earth. That the earth was around even so much longer before the 3 million years. Fifty million years of sharks and all these living things. Then man comes out of the muck, and 3 million years later he’s standing, and now he’s controlling everything and killing it. Just in the last hundred! Which is just a speck on this line. So what are we doin’ here? This is just a good reminder…And I’m anxious to see what happens. You know, I’ve got a good seat for whatever happens next. It’ll be interesting.

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NOTES:

I remember distinctly hearing this song for the first time back in 2005. It struck a chord in mi somewhere but I dismissed it, there are other gems in that album you know, rather overpowering ones (Given To Fly & Wishlist). Anyway it finally hit mi properly in late November last year, when I was going through the entire catalog of Pearl Jam’s after I heard their latest album… Lightning Bolt. I will get into Lightning Bolt later, lets just say it came at a very strange time in my life :P

Ishmael, I never could gather the courage to read. I know what the book is about. I know because I have heard multiple interviews of the author, Daniel Quinn and have received multiple recommendations from people I have been reading since 2008. Finally I am going to read it and I have put it in my summer reading list, fingers crossed.

What really boggles my mind, is to go back in time to 2005-06, there were so many signs that life gave mi back then. Signs of the things to come and I managed to completely ignore them. Sometimes I wonder how different things could have been, but Life is a chain reaction of colliding universes creating shared realities in thoughts and deeds, alternates to which can always be imagined, though, never to be realized. We continue to try and give meaning to everything in words, words whose meanings are unique, unique to each universe, and like snowflakes these universes of meaning, they come and go. Only sometimes, by purpose, fate or simple chance I know not for sure (still), but sometimes, as these universes collide a little light shines through.

Don’t get mi wrong, I hold no regrets, in fact I am quite incapable of holding regrets and in any case they were some of my best years.

Well except my one exceptional regret, that I started listening to Rock & Roll pretty late in life. Much gratitude to those who introduced mi to the good stuff and got the stone rolling, primarily Kailash, Rana, RJ, Appu, The Dude, thanks guys.

Hmm… As I hear Eddie scream in my head, I feel his angst…

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TITLE:

Yield ~ Wiki

From the Wikipedia page:

In finance, the term yield describes the amount in cash (in percent terms) that returns to the owners of a security. Normally, it does not include the price variations, at the difference of the total return. Yield applies to various stated rates of return on stocks (common and preferred, and convertible), fixed income instruments (bonds, notes, bills, strips, zero coupon), and some other investment type insurance products (e.g. annuities).

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