Monday, July 24, 2017

"The Hero With a Thousand Faces" (video)



This book was the first popular work to combine the spiritual and psychological insights of modern psycho-analysis with the archetypes of world mythology.

It creates a road map for navigating the frustrating path of contemporary life.

Examining heroic myths in the light of modern psychology, it considers not only the patterns and stages of mythology but also its relevance to our lives today -- and to the life of any person seeking a fully realized existence.

Myth, according to world renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell, is the projection of a culture's dreams onto a large screen.

Campbell's book, like the movie series Star Wars it helped inspire, is an exploration of the big-picture moments from the stage that is our world.

It is a must-have resource for both experienced students of mythology and the explorer just beginning to approach myth as a source of knowledge.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Joseph Campbell: The Heroic Journey (video)

Cullen Smith (Lifting The Veil, April 10, 2016); Dhr. Seven, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


This documentary is an exploration of famed mythologist Joseph Campbell's studies and their continuing impact on our Western culture.

Through interviews with visionaries from a variety of fields interwoven with enactments of classic tales by a sweet and motley group of kids, the film navigates the stages of what Campbell dubbed The Hero's Journey: the challenges, fears, dragons, battles, and return home as a transformed person.
  • In the case of Nathaniel Hawthorne's allegorical "Young Goodman Brown," the protagonist serves as a negative-example of this journey into the woods and the world of witchcraft.
Irish mythology is one of the richest.
Rooted in deeply personal accounts and timeless stories, Finding Joe shows how Campbell's work is relevant and essential in today's world and how it provides a narrative for how to live a fully realized life -- or as Campbell would simply state, how to "follow your bliss."

The Hero (goodreads.com)
In narrative and comparative #mythology, the #monomyth or hero/heroine's journey is the common template of a broad category of tales that involve a heroic person who goes on an adventure and in a decisive crisis wins a victory then returns home permanently changed.
 
The concept was introduced by Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), which describes the basic narrative pattern as follows:

A heroic person ventures forth from the world of common day concerns into a region of supernatural wonder. Fabulous forces are encountered there, and a decisive victory is won: The person comes back from this adventure with the mysterious power to bestow boons on ordinary folk.

The inward journey (WQ)
Campbell and other scholars, such as Erich Neumann, describe narratives of the Buddha, Moses, and Christ in terms of the monomyth.

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Robot enters Fukushima, finds problem (video)

Time; AP.org, July 23, 2017; Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
I was offered the job. This is what I showed them. They used a swimming bot* instead.
(Time, July 19, 2017) An underwater robot entered a badly damaged reactor at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant Wednesday, capturing images of the harsh impact of its meltdown, including key structures that were torn and knocked out of place.
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Robot finds likely melted fuel heap inside Fukushima reactor
1: photo from the robot showing debris (AP)
TOKYO, Japan - Images captured by an underwater robot showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan's [highly contaminated and] crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

2: lava-like formations underwater (AP)
The robot found large amounts of solidified lava-like rocks and lumps in layers as thick as 3 feet (1 meter) on the bottom inside of a main structure called the pedestal that sits underneath the core inside the primary containment vessel of Fukushima's Unit 3 reactor, said the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).

*This is the remote-controlled swimming robot used in the Fukushima operation (Time).

  • PHOTO 1. Massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Okuma town, northeastern Japan (International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning/AP).
  • 2. Heaps of solidified lava-like rocks believed to be nuclear fuel that had melted in the 2011 accident during a probe inside of the Unit 3 reactor at Japan's tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant.
I'd go, but I'm Catholic! (BlessU2/The Sun)
On Friday (July 21, 2017), the robot spotted suspected debris of melted fuel for the first time since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami caused multiple meltdowns and destroyed the plant. The three-day probe of Unit 3 ended Saturday.

Locating and analyzing the fuel debris and damage in each of the plant's three wrecked reactors is crucial for decommissioning the plant. The search for melted fuel in the two other reactors has so far been unsuccessful because of damage and extremely high radiation levels.

There-there, C3PO. He's scared of Fukushima.
During this week's probe, cameras mounted on the robot showed extensive damage caused by the core meltdown, with fuel debris mixed with broken reactor parts, suggesting the difficult challenges ahead in the decades-long decommissioning of the destroyed plant.

TEPCO spokesman Takahiro Kimoto said it would take time to analyze the debris in the images to figure out debris removal methods. More

How not to be killed by police (video)

RT; TYT; AP.org; Pfc. Sandoval, Pat Macpherson, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
WARNING: Vulgar display of power, cowardice, and abuse of human life by multiple police officers! Also contains foul language from murderer. (RT) A Minnesota [DA threw the case so that a] jury found St. Anthony killer cop and coward Jeronimo Yanez not guilty in the 2016 killing of innocent motorist Philando Castile. The aftermath of the deadly shooting was live-streamed on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, which is why it received national attention. Days after the verdict, never-before-seen dashcam footage was released, showing Castile telling Officer Yanez about the firearm and confirming that he would not reach for it prior to being shot to death by Yanez anyway. RT.com, RT-America-air

The view from inside

(TYT) Killer Jeronimo Yanez killed innocent motorist Philando Castile during a questionable traffic stop for a broken taillight. Castille was, after all, "driving while black."

The passenger, Diamond Reynolds, live streamed video on her phone from the next seat as he died after being shot to death without provocation other than exiting the blind fear of Officer Yanez by being black and talking about a gun, as Officer Yanez held his deadly firearm in Castille's face, while another armed and trained officer stood behind to make sure he was killed if a fight broke out.

Reynolds' 4-year-old daughter was in the backseat and was lucky to escape being shot to death. Both Reynolds and her daughter would almost certainly have been murdered as swell, except that Officer Yanez emptied his gun into the innocent driver. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

“As Philando Castile's head slumps backward while he lies dying next to her, Diamond Reynolds looks into the camera and explains a Minnesota police officer just shot her fiancĂ© four times.
 
“The nation is, by now, accustomed to grainy cell phone videos of officer-involved shootings, but this footage from Falcon Heights, outside Minneapolis, is something different, more visceral: a woman live-streaming a shooting's aftermath with the police officer a few feet away, his gun still trained on her bloody fiancĂ©.

“He let the officer know that he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet and the officer just shot him in his arm," Reynolds said as she broadcast the Wednesday evening shooting on Facebook.” More
 
Arizona tells armed drivers how to avoid deadly police stops
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Pull over or we'll shoot anyway.
PHOENIX - Gun-friendly Arizona is trying to avoid deadly encounters between [fear-filled] police and people [on the receiving end while] behind the wheel by teaching armed drivers how they should handle themselves when they are pulled over.

Shoot anybody who might have a gun.
Arizona, which allows residents to carry weapons without permits, recently changed its driving rule book in a bid to avoid confrontations such as the one [where a fearful patrolman] killed Philando Castile. The Minnesota motorist, who had a gun permit [but made the mistake of driving while black], was fatally shot during a 2016 traffic stop after telling a [trigger-happy] officer he was armed. 
  • [Minnesota admitted wrongdoing implicitly by paying off the murdered motorist's family but then murdered a meditation teacher standing next to a police car she had called because the officer got jittery while sitting in the passenger seat and, allegedly, hearing a "loud noise," according to the driver, who by being the driver is also guilty of murder under current law. But the shooter will not explain why he shot the woman to death in a case that continues to reverberate because she was white and New Age and he was black and Muslim. The female police chief has stepped down in response.]
Quick, shoot! He looks black, I mean armed.
Arizona is among a small number of states instructing drivers on what to expect during traffic stops. It appears to be the first to use its driving rules to address situations in which motorists are armed.

Democratic state Rep. Reginald Bolding said Castile's death inspired him to seek changes to the state's driver's manual. He said the revisions were necessary because Arizona does not require gun permits and some owners have not been trained to handle firearms.
 
Don't shoot, guys! Let's beat him for a while.
"The goal was to create a set of standards," Bolding said. The new edition of the driver's manual, published about a month ago, advises drivers with guns to keep their hands on the steering wheel during traffic stops and tell officers right away that there's a firearm in the car.

It also tells drivers not to reach for anything inside the vehicle without getting permission first [and even then move really slowly because a cop with a gun does not need an excuse to shoot with impunity].

But, don't worry, the DA will get him acquitted.
And officers can take possession of guns, [out of fear and] for safety reasons, until the stop is completed. [Police will decide when it's completed.] The firearms would [or should but maybe won't] be returned [even] if no crime has been committed.
 
No white males on this force
Lawmakers in Tennessee, Virginia, and Illinois have enacted laws over the last year that require driver education courses to teach people how to react when they are pulled over. [Police training procedures will remain the same.] Unlike the guidelines published in Arizona, none of the laws explicitly mentions what to do when armed motorists are stopped. More

"White people, are you awake now?"

Associated Press (ap.org); Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Next Minneapolis police chief tasked with changing culture
People who have worked closely with the man tapped to lead Minneapolis' embattled police department say he has qualities that would suit him well in the role: He's friendly, seems forthright, has deep roots in the city and is African-American, which could help improve the sour relationship between the police force and the city's sizeable black community.
Medaria Arradondo's long history with the department — he has risen from school resource officer and patrolman to assistant chief during his 28 years on the force — have some wondering whether an outsider might be better suited to changing the culture of the department, which has been accused of being too quick to use force.
 
Facing public anger over an officer's fatal shooting last weekend of an unarmed, white 40-year-old Australian woman who had called 911 to report hearing a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home, Mayor Betsy Hodges asked police Chief Janee Harteau to resign, which she did Friday, and nominated Arradondo as Harteau's replacement. Hodges dismissed protesters' calls for her to resign, too.
 
"Over the next few years, the Minneapolis Police Department will work to continue the transformational change that we all know we need... More

Friday, July 21, 2017

Truth about Coachella; Boobs; Capital (video)

TIME DUMP: TheList.com; Dev, CC Liu, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which takes place on the lawn of the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, was first launched in 1999 by Paul Tollett.

After a one-year break, it returned in 2001. It was an uphill battle to get the fest off the ground.

But just a few years later, Coachella managed to solidify itself as one of the biggest live music events in the world.

In 2015, it earned over $84 million and broke records with 198,000 tickets sold. That was its fourth year as a two-weekend event, and it's continued growing since. Despite Coachella's popularity, the fest holds many secrets. More

Big boobs sell to bigger boobs

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Sheer wonder!
Heidi Parker/Dailymail.com
Boob, me?
Ryan Seacrest-funded attention-wh*r* Kim Kardashian looks barely legal in a netted outfit and no bra for date night with Kanye. Kim Kardashian has been using various crafty ways to show off her 36-year-old post-baby breasts this month.

WARNING: PG rated! Do not enlarge!
And the reality TV darling may have come across her most successful method on Wednesday evening as she stepped out for a dinner date with Kanye West in Beverly Hills, California. The mother of North [West] and Saint [Kardashian] put her less  than modest bust on display as she modeled a strategically ripped see-through netted top, showing off her perfect (no baby) tummy in the process. Graphic photos (Comments)
 
Consumer Capitalism $ 
CAPITALISM (icarusfilms.com) is an impressive six-part series that explains money and economics. It does so through an interdisciplinary approach exploring the work of great thinkers. Economics, or "how money works," is embedded in social, political, and historical contexts. The series is great as a whole yet each episode stands alone. It features some of the world's top economists, historians, anthropologists, and sociologists, including: Thomas Piketty, Noam Chomsky, Yanis Varoufakis, Nicholas Phillipson, Kari Polanyi Levitt, David Graeber, and Abraham Rotstei.


(TJDS) Starting at Min. 1:10, Mark Blyth explains Brexit, Trump, and collapse of capitalism. Blyth uses clear language (in a great Scottish accent) to talk about globalization. Capitalism is failing people throughout the world. More Trumps are on the way.