"Visible the world over was an
unusual superposition of our Moon and the planets Venus and Jupiter."
Oh yes, wait for it. There IS yodelling, sans medeival tortuesque organist.
Just a bunch of happy cats and their engineers.
WARNING: Do not attempt intervene in feline artistic impression without feline consent.
Failure to do so may result in harmful effects.
I'm also quite certain one is unwise to feed one's feline companions canned tuna. Something about indigestible enzymes or lipids in the oils - too much of it's toxic, or some such. (Although it would appear that a 1/3 can portion every now and then may not be toxic.) Ask your veterinarian and do your own reading, because - I may not know what I'm talking about.
According to the DSM IV, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
by the American Psychiatric Association, Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)
can be diagnosed if at least 5 of the following symptoms are present:
1. An exaggerated sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and
talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
In popular usage, the terms narcissism, narcissist, and narcissistic denote
absurd vanity and are applied to people whose ambitions and aspirations are much
grander than their evident talents.
2. Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
Translation: Narcissists cultivate solipsistic or "autistic" fantasies, which is to say that
they live in their own little worlds (and react with affront when reality dares
3. Believes he is "special" and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
Translation: Narcissists think that everyone who is not special and superior
is worthless. By definition, normal, ordinary, and average aren't special and
superior, and so, to narcissists, they are worthless.
4. Requires excessive admiration
Translation: Excessive in two ways: they want praise,
compliments, deference, and expressions of envy all the time, and they want to
be told that everything they do is better than what others can do. Sincerity is
not an issue here; all that matter are frequency and volume.
5. Has a sense of entitlement
Translation: They expect automatic compliance with their
wishes or especially favorable treatment, such as thinking that they should
always be able to go first and that other people should stop whatever they're
doing to do what the narcissists want, and may react with hurt or rage when
these expectations are frustrated.
6. Selfishly takes advantage of others to achieve his own ends
Translation: Narcissists use other people to get what
they want without caring about the cost to the other people.
7. Lacks empathy
This may have two forms: 1. a narcissist may simply not have a
representation for certain emotions and may simply be incapable of correctly
interpreting emotional signals of others or 2. may make correct interpretations
but considers the emotions of others to be inconsequential and irrelevant to
self, worth knowing only as a means for manipulation. The latter is typical of
8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him
9. Shows arrogant, haughty, patronizing, or contemptuous behaviors or attitudes
Cannibalism in Autumn – SalvadorDali
They chase after fantasy and make-believe. They create a reality where the carrot is also stick, they fear closeness with another person and so they rebuff true friends and partners (often with great vitriol which will seem to come from out of nowhere) thus creating the very situation they fear most – alone, without anyone to admire them, unwanted. They have become the snake that eats its own tail. Hence the term ‘Narcissist’.
The Narcissists’ Fantasy Reality – the Matrix of their own creation – is a creepy place, and there’s only room for one. Anyone else is competition and will be destroyed.
To understand them is to know that their reality is one of desolation, ruination, failure and despair. Anything possessing lightness and joy will be trapped, twisted and digested like a fly in a pitcher plant or a frog in a boiling pot. At first it seems like a nice place, but while you're busy getting comfortable it will suck the life from you.
So, if you live with, are friends with, or are the relation of a Narcissistic Personality, do yourself a favour. Call a spade a spade, move on with the knowledge that the hurt you’ve felt is all the guilt you need – abandon them, and get on with the business of cultivating your own mental health. There are plenty more clouds on the horizon and you’d be wise to take your silver lining and make an umbrella.
Astronomers have captured the first
footage of a solar "tsunami" hurtling through the Sun's atmosphere at over a
million kilometres per hour.
Details were reported at the UK National
Astronomy Meeting in Belfast.
In half an hour, we saw the tsunami cover
almost the full disc of the Sun
In a solar tsunami, a huge explosion near the Sun, such as a coronal mass
ejection or flare, causes a pressure pulse to propagate outwards in a circular
pattern. [...]for about 35 minutes, reaching peak speeds about 20 minutes after
the initial blast.
[...]"The energy released in these explosions is phenomenal;
about two billion times the annual world energy consumption in just a fraction
of a second.
"In half an hour, we saw the tsunami cover almost the full disc of the Sun,
nearly a million kilometres away from the epicentre."
"The lengthy Wikipedia article on Rockefeller provides the following version of
a celebrated statement he allegedly made in an opening speech at the Bilderberg
conference in Baden-Baden, Germany, in June 1991:
"We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time magazine, and
other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during these years. But the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government which will never again know war, but only peace and prosperity for the whole of humanity. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in the past centuries."
This speech was made 17 years ago. It came at the beginning in the U.S. of theAn article by Richard C. Cook full of common sense observations, worth a read and a good long think.
Bill Clinton administration. Rockefeller speaks of an "us." This "us," he says,
has been having meetings for almost 40 years. If you add the 17 years since he
gave the speech it was 57 years ago—two full generations. "
"Mark tells us
that the Vikings thought the Northern Lights were the contrails of Thor’s
chariot being pulled by three goats. This sounds no less believable to us than
magnetic storms caused by million-mile-an-hour plasma clouds."
"The controversy began after 67 professors at the university signed a letter
saying the pope should not be allowed to give the inauguration speech for the
After considering the fascinating natural phenomenon, types of historical knowledge we have to take into account, and the options which a personnage such as the Holy See would propose; I think I'd like to know more about the plasma clouds that affect our magnetosphere as a result of the sun's weather activity.
Who needs Thor's Hammer when we all have our own Hammers to Think with?
A dolphin has come to the rescue of two whales which had become
stranded on a beach in New Zealand.
Conservation officer Malcolm Smith told
the BBC that he and a group of other people had tried in vain for an hour and a
half to get the whales to sea.
The pygmy sperm whales had repeatedly
beached, and both they and the humans were tired and set to give up, he said.
But then the dolphin appeared, communicated with the whales, and led them to
The bottlenose dolphin, called Moko by local residents, is well
known for playing with swimmers off Mahia beach on the east coast of the North
Mr Smith said he gave the dolphin a pat to say thank youMr Smith
said that just when his team was flagging, the dolphin showed up and made
straight for them.
"I don't speak whale and I don't speak dolphin," Mr Smith
told the BBC, "but there was obviously something that went on because the two
whales changed their attitude from being quite distressed to following the
dolphin quite willingly and directly along the beach and straight out to sea."
He added: "The dolphin did what we had failed to do. It was all over in a
matter of minutes."
Back at play
Mr Smith said he felt fortunate to have
witnessed the extraordinary event, and was delighted for the whales, as in the
past he has had to put down animals which have become beached.
He said that
the whales have not been seen since, but that the dolphin had returned to its
usual practice of playing with swimmers in the bay.
"I shouldn't do this I
know, we are meant to remain scientific," Mr Smith said, "but I actually went
into the water with the dolphin and gave it a pat afterwards because she really
did save the day."
"...Israel continues to publicly and violently ignore its international legal
and moral obligations toward the Palestinian people because it can. The price,
so far, is cheap. Israel is not being held accountable for its actions by the
international community, which refuses to employ the non-violent means available
against Israeli occupation policies—such as boycott, divestment, sanctions,
diplomatic action and civil society protests—and to demand that Israel uphold
its obligations as a “democratic” state in the world community.
Palestinians sake as well as the Israelis, is time that the international
community start to do just that. "