Tuesday, February 9. 2010
During the last few years of his life, Philip K. Dick lived in Orange County, a Southern California setting that made the life-battered sci-fi writer something of a stranger in a strange land. This is the sixth and final part of a series where freelance journalist Scott Timberg looks at Dick's final years.
Thursday, February 4. 2010
During the last few years of his life, Philip K. Dick lived in Orange County, a Southern California setting that made the life-battered sci-fi writer something of a stranger in a strange land. This is the fifth part of a six part series where freelance journalist Scott Timberg looks at Dick's final years.
Tuesday, February 2. 2010
During the last few years of his life, Philip K. Dick lived in Orange County, a Southern California setting that made the life-battered sci-fi writer something of a stranger in a strange land. This is the forth part of a six part series where freelance journalist Scott Timberg looks at Dick's final years.
Friday, January 29. 2010
During the last few years of his life, Philip K. Dick lived in Orange County, a Southern California setting that made the life-battered sci-fi writer something of a stranger in a strange land. This is the third part of a six part series where freelance journalist Scott Timberg looks at Dick's final years.
Thursday, January 28. 2010
During the last few years of his life, Philip K. Dick lived in Orange County, a Southern California setting that made the life-battered sci-fi writer something of a stranger in a strange land. This is the second part of a six part series where freelance journalist Scott Timberg looks at Dick's final years.
Wednesday, January 27. 2010
During the last few years of his life, Philip K. Dick lived in Orange County, a Southern California setting that made the life-battered sci-fi writer something of a stranger in a strange land. In this six part series, freelance journalist Scott Timberg looks at Dick's final years.
Saturday, December 26. 2009
'Here’s where we’re at folks. The end of the line.
Wednesday, June 17. 2009
'In the universe as we experience it, we can directly affect only objects we can touch; thus, the world seems local.
Monday, May 4. 2009
'A terrible thing, a recession. Inexorably, unemployment has climbed from 1.2 million to 3 million. Counting methods have altered, but some say joblessness is heading towards 3.4 million, others to 3.8 million. Across the country, it's carnage, misery and there is no end in sight.
Tuesday, March 17. 2009
'With any luck, the economy will never recover.
Friday, February 27. 2009
'Alligators basking off the English coast; a vast Brazilian desert; the mythical lost cities of Saigon, New Orleans, Venice and Mumbai; and 90 per cent of humanity vanished. Welcome to the world warmed by 4 °C.
Tuesday, February 24. 2009
'It is a time of strange bedfellows and bizarre contortions and extraordinary responses to extreme situations, all overslathered with gobs of panic and dread and oh my God, I might have to sell the Range Rover. In other words, it is a time - like you don't already know - of plentiful alarmist rhetoric, resulting in weird outbursts of ingenuity and wanton ethics-loosening, all in a desperate effort to suck up some much-needed cash.
Tuesday, January 27. 2009
'The RAF has tried to shoot down suspected UFOs as part of a Government directive, it has been claimed.
Saturday, January 17. 2009
'Driving through the countryside south of Hanover, it would be easy to miss the GEO600 experiment. From the outside, it doesn't look much: in the corner of a field stands an assortment of boxy temporary buildings, from which two long trenches emerge, at a right angle to each other, covered with corrugated iron. Underneath the metal sheets, however, lies a detector that stretches for 600 metres.
Friday, December 19. 2008
'It is futile to take it upon oneself to rouse a sleeping population, to attempt to rally the spiritually undead. Trying to connect unprepared minds to paradigm-cracking information is a vain indulgence. Those who prefer not to reflect upon their existence, who feel their needs, motivations and cultural references are fully served by the matrix, should be left alone. Leave them to their TV, evening news, shopping and sport. Drifting in the comfortable oblivion of the consensus trance. One day, they may eventually see through it and take their own first steps on the inner path. Maybe in a future lifetime.' (The Cleaver article).
Wednesday, November 19. 2008
'The driver was taking me from Melbourne airport into the city. As we chatted, it came out that he was deeply worried. He had a wife and child, and a new baby on the way - but what was the use of living, he cried, if the world would end in 2012 as predicted by the Mayan prophecies, when his new baby would be just four years old.
Thursday, November 13. 2008
'Fully realizing that the George W. Bush Presidential administration would eventually create public outcry, could elites have sought to recruit an apparently unifying political figure, to manipulate the masses? In history, such figures though apparently populist messages, have sought to inspire “cults of personality”
'Students of consciousness know that fear is a disconnecting frequency; it separates and diminishes with cold efficiency. Fear restrains consciousness by contracting it and binding it to the 3D, effectively isolating the individual from higher awareness. So it is that in these days of shifting paradigms, as the old hierarchies scramble to contain the effects of polarizing consciousness and wider galactic alignments, it is wise to be mindful of those who deal primarily in fear.' (The Cleaver article).
Thursday, October 23. 2008
The graphs climbing across these pages are a stark reminder of the crisis facing our planet. Consumption of resources is rising rapidly, biodiversity is plummeting and just about every measure shows humans affecting Earth on a vast scale. Most of us accept the need for a more sustainable way to live, by reducing carbon emissions, developing renewable technology and increasing energy efficiency.
Friday, October 17. 2008
'In making Inside The Teenage Brain, we seemed to hit a nerve - a parental one - when we began looking into the world of teenagers and how they sleep. The patterns that young teens seemed to be experiencing - an inability to go to sleep at night, followed by profound drowsiness on waking - seemed so pervasive that it should come as no a surprise that what parents were seeing at home had already been corroborated in university sleep labs at Stanford and Brown.' (PBS article).
Tuesday, October 7. 2008
'The fractal spiral is the evolutionary movement of consciousness through the universe. Each iterative resolution of the fractal is encoded with the whole, meaning that every element and compound, from a hydrogen molecule to a Beethoven symphony, unfolds from the same elegant rule set and is capable of connecting to, or becoming, anything else in the universe. Every holographic fragment contains the big picture. It is the frequency of one’s own channel of consciousness that determines how deeply we can go.' (The Cleaver article).
Monday, October 6. 2008
'Current plans to cut ITV’s obligations as a public service broadcaster would mean it’d have no need to fill the cracks in its open-the-box, come-on-down schedules every night with regional news programmes.
Wednesday, October 1. 2008
'We know we have taxed you to death via the IRS and inflation of the money supply, we know we have manipulated all the markets and engaged in rampant insider-trading and loan fraud, thus stealing trillions of dollars of your hard-earned cash from you, we know we created Ponzi-scheme bubbles in dot.com stocks and real estate, we know we gave mortgages to people who could not afford homes in the first place, we know that we falsely rated stocks, bonds and derivatives and "cooked our books" to get you and our international friends to pay top dollar for crap, we know we lied to you about every economic statistic on the face of the planet, but, hey, we're all in this together now, and you have no alternative other than to accept our bailout plan (oh, let's call it a "rescue plan" instead) so that you can pay for all the economic carnage resulting from our debauchery.' (International Forcaster article).
Sunday, September 28. 2008
'As Colin Wilson explains in The Occult, Aleister Crowley was hardly the first occultist to proclaim the dawning of a new epoch in the early years of the twentieth century; August Strindberg, the radical playwright and painter, was just one in a long line of prophets of dissent whose voice and preoccupations Crowley (and his Guardian Angel) unconsciously reflected. But rarely, if ever, can the perennial philosophy have been communicated as forcefully, and with such delirium, as in The Book of the Law - 'transcribed' over three days in April 1904: a communication which, for Thelemites, marks the beginning of the (new) Aeon of Horus. In keeping with the approximate duration of a Precessional Year- the time it takes for the sun to complete a circuit around the full circumference of the sky, as measured by the changing astronomical conditions behind its rising point on the equinox - the end of the Aeon was not expected for around 2,160 years.' (Ben Fairhall article).
Saturday, August 30. 2008
'The controversy over the Georgian surprise military attacks on South Ossetia and Abkhazia on 8.8.08 makes a closer look at the controversial Georgian President and his puppet masters important. An examination shows 41-year-old Mikheil Saakashvili to be a ruthless and corrupt totalitarian who is tied to not only the US NATO establishment, but also to the Israeli military and intelligence establishment.
Tuesday, August 26. 2008
'Quality, depth and truth are rarely, if ever, found in the mainstream. Whether in art, music, literature, science, history or knowledge itself, the good stuff always emanates from the outside.
Friday, August 22. 2008
'A most interesting study dated 14th July 2008 by Thierry Meyssan, entitled Operation Sarkozy, has been brought to my attention on how the CIA managed to place one of its agents, namely Mr Nicolas Sarkozy, as president of the French Republic.
Tuesday, June 17. 2008
'Youth Culture, the counter culture, is and always has been paradoxically linked to a wider popular culture, because while youth culture appears to distance itself from the mainstream it feeds off a sub-strand of the popular, claiming it and modifying it. Pop culture, in turn, absorbs a diluted version of this modification and makes it more palatable for mass consumption.
Friday, June 13. 2008
'Can anybody make sense of what the heck is going on today? A lead story in the news covers the rioting in Haiti and a half-dozen other nations as food prices soar. Another front-page column reports that the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis is seizing up credit markets worldwide and contributing to housing woes - possibly even economic destabilization - in Ireland, Spain, Britain and elsewhere. Other news reports the discovery of a huge fracture in Antarctica’s vast Wilkins ice shelf, drawing attention to the slow-motion crisis of climate change. And there are ongoing reports about water shortages in Africa and Asia, droughts in Australia, sky-rocketing oil costs, the razing of the Amazon and images of war and terror.' (Alternet article).
Wednesday, June 11. 2008
'Sunday, June 8, 2008, marked the last day of this year’s annual Bilderberg meeting, which took place in Chantilly, Virginia. The American Friends of Bilderberg, an American Bilderberg front group, which organizes the American participant list for the annual Bilderberg conference, issued a rare press release this year. It stated that, "The Conference will deal mainly with a nuclear free world, cyber terrorism, Africa, Russia, finance, protectionism, US-EU relations, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Islam and Iran. Approximately 140 participants will attend."' (Global Research article).