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The Field Lab - Thu, 2016/07/28 - 6:34pm

I have something I would "like" to "share"...I stopped voting because I got tired of choosing the lesser of two evils.  I'm afraid even that choice is gone now.  85,95,79,0,B
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The Alchemy of Suffering

Holy Scrap - Thu, 2016/07/28 - 12:30pm
Last week on FB I posted that I felt powerless. None of my recent actions have brought about newness. I supported Bernie Sanders. Corruption left me impotent. The system has become a corpse. So what to do?

This week was a reminder that I had been supporting a person who represented an ideal and not a party. Parties are evasive figments of imagination construed of cultural agreements. A republican 100 years ago wouldn't recognize the today's republican party. Some Europeans think of Hillary is as a republican, Trump a fascist (at least we can all agree on something) and Bernie a democrat. No party can kill an ideal. If Hillary Clinton understood the value of an ideal she would not coddle Wasserman. She would insist on a vote count in California, and she'd publically apologize to Bernie Sanders. Children are taught to meet mistakes by admitting what has been, expressing an apology, and making a promise to do better.

Click, click, sign the petition, cast the vote, donate .... nothing happens. "This video game sucks," says the American subconscious. When I think about taking action I reflect on the times that I stuck my neck out and spent three days in jail where I lost a part of my kidney. Or the time that I sounded the fascist alarm with my own flesh and vomit back in 2004 only to return to the streets of NYC and get frisked by militia armed cops in the subways. Today I hold out hope that a younger generation has the guts for a street fight and the stomach for jail time. The establishment silenced me. This is happening today all over the country as people ask what they can do that won't get their head bashed in. Where is our power?

My belief about power seems to be related to understanding, to truth, to light. Trump is here to show us something. The power he has is the lesson he represents. He is a mirror that reflects our shadow back to us. He is us, the part that we stuffed under the rug: shame, fear, isolation, and poverty. That Trump is a presidential candidate reveals that we've chosen to hide from rather than face our shadow. Hillary did her part in advancing shadow when she did nothing about the actions of the DNC. If shadow has a role in this world it is to make evident what is covered over. Shadows job is to expose shame, cruelty, and fear by swelling until it becomes too large to ignore. Why? Without light, healing can't come. In the end, nothing can live in the dark. There can be no stranger. Real power follows turning on the light - power is transcendence, and healing.

I think we've forgotten that pain is part of our intelligence. Pain causes health. It diverts sickness by sending us looking for a cause. Address the cause and wellness follows. Ignore it and infection, disease, and death come. Without pain to show us where to look we may die. Suffering can be defined as the avoidance of pain. Facing shadow may seem at first painful but like ripping off a band-aid or plucking a thorn, the sting passes quickly. If Hillary stood up to the DNC's corruption and claimed her part in it, she'd feel a sting at first. Sure Trump would be all over her, but Bernie's people would draw near, curiously having caught a glimpse of their own reflection, an embodied ideal. By turning away from ideals and stuffing our imperfections under the rug, the democrats have made it so that to prevent Trump one must dim their own light. A vote made in fear casts a shadow. To dismiss one's common sense requires voluntary dumbing down. In order to lie to one's own heart, one must go numb.

Psychiatrists say that it is better to feel than to feel good. If humans are the vanguard of evolution it is because of our hearts capacity to choose love. To go numb is to de-evolve and become creatures. My friend Gayan said, "We must stay present in the face of what we wish to recoil from. Tolerance is not enduring life like going to the dentist. No, it’s an alchemical process to feel and sense and not hide." Ken McCloud quotes a Dochen passage in one of his books, "When you can experience life without grasping, opposing, ignoring what arises, you take refuge in unrestricted experience." Real awareness makes life rich because it reminds us that life is not gray matter or bland porridge. Life is dynamic with highs and lows, grades of color, pain and pleasure. When we are in touch with these subtle parts of our humanity we are not outraged by the world as much because we have experienced how natural pain and fear are, they are movements in a world of matter, psychic pressures that say you are alive. This is life. Sometimes it seems that staying awake is the most revolutionary thing that I can do.

If I can keep the light of my awareness on, and continue to hold up my ideal than I am not powerless. Ideals don't bloom and lilt with the coming and going of politicians. We each have our own light. The only danger is in dimming it. As an American turning on the light of my awareness causes a sadness that is followed by responsibility. It is not easy to say that I am a citizen in a nation of terrorists who have wreaked havoc all over this world. I do not stop it. My people have made terrorists out of innocent people by leaving them with nothing to loose. My society has made it so that the smartest person in a ghetto who makes the best choice based on the options offered them, will become a drug dealer or a thug. My country robbed the health of the world for petty personal gain. I no longer live in a democracy. Don't pull away. Stay with me. Don't go numb! Lets whisper together an apology even if we do it silently within ourselves. We can make a pledge, "no further," even if we don't yet know what that looks like. You can be sure change will come, at times so suddenly there won't' be time to think. But one need not think if they are rooted in an ideal. One needs only to feel and the answers will be clear. Our hearts know.

If I vote for Hillary it will be with eyes wide open. I won't expect her to manifest my ideal. If anything, to manifest it I'll have to work harder than I am now. If her actions cause horror I'll own some of the blame. Today my doing will likely be through the click, click, of my keyboard in spite of a low return. On the ground in the flesh amongst the people in my orbit, I will live out the ideal that I have in my heart, that all people are equal and that it is circumstances that create the gas chamber attendant and the saint. I can stay awake. I can remember that people acting out of fear, even Donald Trump, have been left behind, estranged. They offer us a view of our shadow. There is power in this if we know what do to with it. Turn on the lights. Their fear is hereditary, someone passed it on, and then no one rescued them. I am grateful that I am in different shoes. I can not waste this gift so if I can I will use it to help. I forgive politician, terrorist, and prisoner alike because I understand that to do so is self forgiveness.

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Don't be a clickbaitor...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2016/07/27 - 5:31pm
Just to be clear - if you click on what you think is news and the site has ads like these - BEWARE!  The amount of idiocy on Facebook is getting pretty overwhelming.  More and more I am seeing stories being shared that have little to do with what is really going on in the world - but just enough to make unsubstantiated rumors seem that much more plausible.  People just don't seem to get it.  Any number of sites today that FOOKERS (my term for people who use Facebook incorrectly) cling to are basically fake news - with just a hint of truth mixed with a lot of editorial opinion.  If you see a seemingly poignant headline that appears to come from something that resembles a news site but has ads like in the photo - you have been duped.  DO NOT share stories from clickbait websites.  You are NOT helping spread truth and you are NOT sharing "breaking news".  You are just making the owner of the website rich and making the public dumber than they already are.  Clickbait is a term describing web content that is aimed at generating online advertising revenue, especially at the expense of quality or accuracy, relying on sensational headlines (mostly political these days) and conspiracy theories to attract click-throughs and to encourage forwarding of the material over social media.  Clickbait headlines typically aim to exploit the "curiosity gap", providing just enough information to make the reader curious, but not enough to satisfy their curiosity without clicking through to the linked content (and ads like in the attached photo) - or just enough to pass in on without even researching it because they like they way it sounds.  When you do read the actual story, there is little substance to it and absolutely nothing that even comes close to verifying the "information".  If you get sucked in by a sensational headline to a site that has ads like these - you have just been clickbaited.  When you share these links, the collective IQ of the nation drops another notch. 87,96,75,0,B
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Two for the record books...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2016/07/26 - 3:24pm
Yet another around the world record flight. SolarImpulse2 landed in Abu Dhabi yesterday afternoon. The plane left there March 9th. This was not one continuous flight. The plane made 12 stops over the past 5 months with total time in the air of about 600 hours and flying about 25,000 miles. It is powered solely by 17,000 solar panels set on its wings (which are wider than a Boeing 747’s) and fuselage. A 1,400 pound bank of lithium batteries provided power when the sun went down. The Solar Impulse project started in 2003 and also attained the record for the first solar powered plane to fly through the night and the first to fly between two continents.  But don't get too excited about flying solar anytime soon.  This "pilot project" can only carry one person and cost about $200 million over the past 13 years.  94,99,80,0,B
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a busy night...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2016/07/25 - 5:50pm

Apparently there was another jet buzzing the Bid Bend all night but I slept through it since my swamp cooler fan tends to drown out outside noise. My buddy Ronald heard it (but didn't see any lights) and sent me a message about it. Turns out it was a Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) - an airborne communications relay and gateway system. The plane is a USAF E-11A...a modified Bombardier Global Express 6000 that is a small jet that has incredible range. Last night's test flight originated near Orlando, Florida and ended at McAllen, Texas. The flight lasted almost 10 hours and he looped around the Big Bend at least 15 times from 10 PM until 4 AM.  99,102,82,0,B
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Pray for the nation...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2016/07/24 - 6:58pm
I have some questions - the whole free will thing is a little confusing.  Does praying for the nation really help?  If our very own salvation is dependent on a personal relationship with Christ, is it possible to deliver others from evil with prayer when in fact they deny Christ?  If God grants all men free will, how can it be possible to turn a man from Satan if that is his choice?  Getting prayers answered is a tricky thing and it doesn't just happen automatically.  Several conditions must be met by even true believers in order to at least have their prayers heard...much less answered.  Do non believers "even have a prayer" when it comes to asking favors from God?  There is a lot in the bible about believers being given authority in Jesus' name to cast out demons.  That might work for the head spinning / soup spewing kind - but I am not so sure you can change a man's heart if it is against his will.  Does man have the power over others' free will when in fact God refrains from forcing the issue?

2 Chronicles 7:14  If (all) my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and (only then) will heal their land.

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One for the record books...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2016/07/23 - 3:53pm
It has been a welcome distraction this week following the incredible personal achievement of Fedor Konyukhov over the senseless dribble that has most Facebookers have been frantically agonizing over.  (My term for people on Facebook that are distracted by nonsense and share useless information is FOOKERS)  Konyukhov easily earned the new world record for flying solo around the world in a balloon, landing just after 4:30 PM in Australia on July 23rd.  I actually stayed up until just after midnight last night just to watch him cross the finish line.  Here is my FOOKING analysis from this morning.
Amazingly - after flying over 21,000 miles around the world in 11 1/2 days, he passed the longitude of his starting point at 1:02 PM Australia time (12:02 AM our time) within one mile of where he lifted off and actually crossed the same airport runway he launched from. He maintained a high altitude over the finish line (18,625 ft) because you certainly don't want to land short after all that effort. He continued about 130 miles NE while descending and had a rough landing about 3 1/2 hours later.  Although the official time has not been announced yet - I calculate that he made the trip in 11 days, 5 hours, and 32 minutes blowing away the previous record set in 2002 by Steve Fossett of 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes. Konyukhov is only the second man to successfully fly around the world solo in a balloon. Fossett self financed five failed attempts but got Bud Light to sponsor his sixth attempt when he became the first man to fly around the world solo in a balloon. He also bought a contingency insurance policy for $500,000 that would pay him $3 million if he succeeded in the flight (that sounds more like a bet than an insurance policy). It is reported that Konyukhov's record breaking attempt cost $2 million but I reckon not much if any of that came out of his pocket. The big Morton logo on the balloon is a hint. Morton is a leading Russian developer that specializes in constructing large-scale residential districts in and around Moscow and is one of the 3 largest companies in Russia in terms of construction volume.  91,102,79,0,B

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extreme uv

The Field Lab - Fri, 2016/07/22 - 4:56pm
Weather dot com added a new feature to their forecast...the UV index. 89,98,77,0,B
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angel in disguise...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2016/07/21 - 4:06pm
Ran down to the Cottonwood store today for some weekend goodies and crossed paths for the first time since my accident with one of the EMT angels that came to my rescue.  Malynda Richardson was in charge of patching me up for transport - she was the one with the purple glove.  She had an interesting tidbit about the work they did on me.  She said ordinarily the procedure is to remove all foreign objects from a wound but when they tried to get a chunk of my sock out of my boo boo, I started to bleed quite a bit so they left it in.  It may very well have kept me from bleeding out before they even got to me.  Anyway - it was good to finally see her again under better circumstances so I could thank her.  We chatted about my accident at the store but then I decided I needed a photo so I drove over to their headquarters to get a quick picture with my tablet computer.  89.97,77,0,B
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summer slump

The Field Lab - Wed, 2016/07/20 - 5:14pm
Until I get motivated to get back to something FieldLabish...I'll just keep looking up.  Russian adventurist Fedor Konyukhov just passed the 3/4 mark in his world record attempt to circumnavigate the world in a Roziere balloon (an outer envelope of hot air combined with two interior bladders of helium).  Konyukhov just popped up again on FlightRadar24 this morning near Cape Town after crossing the South Atlantic. Although he is traveling at speeds up to 140mph, it feels calm to him since he is "blowing in the wind" - but it is chilly up there with daytime temperatures around 0° and nighttime temperatures going down to -18°.  With about 9,000 km to go, he might just shave a whole day off Fossett's record.  89,98,81,0,B
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a last card...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2016/07/19 - 4:28pm

My friends Robert and Mary came out today for a visit.  That is Chupa in Mary's lap but you can see Roberts legs in the reflection in her sunglasses.  They dropped off a birthday card for Ben.  He really liked it!  89,99,78,0,B
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dizzy day

The Field Lab - Mon, 2016/07/18 - 7:16pm
N787RR was busy today making 14 loops over TFL and the Big Bend (and Big Ben) this afternoon.

In other sky news, Russian adventurist Fedor Konyukhov is halfway through (and on track) for his world record attempt to circumnavigate the world in a balloon faster than Steve Fossett's record set in 2002 of 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes.  91,100,79,0,B    
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Scientific hints?

The Field Lab - Sun, 2016/07/17 - 2:57pm
The only way to know for sure is to accept Christ and experience the Holy Spirit.  A story link on Yahoo is probably not going to do it for you and most would still deny Him even if he walked up and slapped them in the face.  (BTW - it's not like you suddenly get super is much more subtle than that)
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Daily Ketone Testing

Holy Scrap - Sun, 2016/07/17 - 1:32pm
I'm finally ending my daily ritual of measuring blood glucose, ketones and calibrating the Ketometer. At this point I can just rely on breath testing to be reasonably accurate about my ketone levels. In case anyone is curious as to how I was testing my blood sugar and ketones this sub two minute video explains it. More info at my site.

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Using the Ketometer

Holy Scrap - Sun, 2016/07/17 - 1:28pm

This short video (1.5 min) shows how to use my new ketometer. Available on
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card count

The Field Lab - Sat, 2016/07/16 - 4:12pm
Here is the last round of the birthday cards for Big Ben...He got 26 total with one from the UK and one from Finland.  Thanks!  93,102,74,0,B
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back to counting planes...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2016/07/15 - 5:04pm

Been back online with my ADS-B receiver for 2 1/2 days now.  We shall see if I lose the other two ports on my router - it is placed with plenty of breathing room now and I have the backup router ready and waiting...just in case.  Today's tally so far from what I picked up from my humble little station maxed out at 30,296 pings yielding 4,336 positions on some of the 709 aircraft seen today from a maximum distance of 209 nautical miles (which is 240 miles to you and me).  90,102,80,0,B
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It's all about Big Ben

The Field Lab - Thu, 2016/07/14 - 3:02pm
My buddy Jim Shirey just picked up Ben's birthday present in Dallas today.  Jim has been a frequent TFL visitor over the years and recently bought property near me.  He is a long haul trucker for Raider Express with his base of operations being out of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.  Last time he asked me if there was anything he could bring out when he comes in August, I really took advantage of the offer and suggested this item.  A deluxe scratching post for Big Ben. Benny is working on his carbon footprint by getting a re-purposed street sweeper brush to rub against (he produces about 100 kg of methane per year). FYI - most of the methane from a bovine comes from burps, not farts.  98,106,79,0,C
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power path...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2016/07/13 - 3:52pm
Got some overdue replacements today.  Two 100' contractor grade 10/3 gauge indoor/outdoor power cords.  Out of service are 3 very old (smaller gauge) 50' extension cords that have been out in the elements for 8 years.  The black electrical tape splices are due to the frequent longhorn visitors I used to have.  It was usually a calf that would chew a cord in two.  (Note: not a single electrocution.)  95,104,79,0,B  
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modem magic

The Field Lab - Tue, 2016/07/12 - 5:53pm
Tried out the two recently purchased routers today and couldn't get either of them to talk to my ISP.  Exact same make and model but there is some software mojo in there somewhere that won't allow a handshake.  Late in the day I took a look at the doppler radar and saw a storm heading south in my direction so I shot to town to grab a few essentials.  Just happened to catch our Big Bend Telephone tech guy Danny at the motor inn.  I asked him about the issue and all he would give up is that the only routers that work with their system are the ones that are sold by them.  I know he is holding back some information but he is a great guy and I can't fault him for being loyal to the company that has been very good to him.  I can't really fault Big Bend Telephone either since they are the only real game in town.  But there has to be a fairly simple work-around for this so I will keep looking.  Where is a good hacker when you need one?  In the meantime, I got another router from him so I have a backup in case I lose the other 2 LAN ports.  They are $65 now from BBT - they aren't so generous anymore.  They have replaced 2 modems for free since I first moved here so I guess I am still ahead in the game.  My free FlightRadar24 reciever has been offline for over a week and I need to start sending data again soon.  Got home just before TFL got hammered with a quick downpour.  94,106,84, .14",C
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