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(Note. The following, as doubtless some of you will recognize on reading it, is -- as they say -- great stuff.)

[Chapter 5] But let us leave the testimony of prophets, lest a proof derived from those who are universally disbelieved should appear insufficient. Let us come to authors, and for the demonstration of the truth let us cite as witnesses those very persons whom they are accustomed to make use of against us—I mean poets and philosophers. From these we cannot fail in proving the unity of God; not that they had ascertained the truth, but that the force of the truth itself is so great, that no one can be so blind as not to see the divine brightness presenting itself to his eyes. The poets, therefore, however much they adorned the gods in their poems, and amplified their exploits with the highest praises, yet very frequently confess that all things are held together and governed by one spirit or mind. Orpheus, who is the most ancient of the poets, and coeval with the gods themselves—since it is reported that he sailed among the Argonauts together with the sons of Tyndarus and Hercules,— speaks of the true and great God as the first-born, because nothing was produced before Him, but all things sprung from Him. He also calls Him Phanes because when as yet there was nothing He first appeared and came forth from the infinite. And since he was unable to conceive in his mind the origin and nature of this Being, he said that He was born from the boundless air: “The first-born, Phaethon, son of the extended air;” for he had nothing more to say. He affirms that this Being is the Parent of all the gods, on whose account He framed the heaven, and provided for His children that they might have a habitation and place of abode in common: “He built for immortals an imperishable home.” Thus, under the guidance of nature and reason, he understood that there was a power of surpassing greatness which framed heaven and earth. For he could not say that Jupiter was the author of all things, since he was born from Saturn; nor could he say that Saturn himself was their author, since it was reported that he was produced from the heaven; but he did not venture to set up the heaven as the primeval god, because he saw that it was an element of the universe, and must itself have had an author. This consideration led him to that first-born god, to whom he assigns and gives the first place.
Homer was able to give us no information relating to the truth, for he wrote of human rather than divine things. Hesiod was able, for he comprised in the work of one book the generation of the gods; but yet he gave us no information, for he took his commencement not from God the Creator, but from chaos, which is a confused mass of rude and unarranged matter; whereas he ought first to have explained from what source, at what time, and in what manner, chaos itself had begun to exist or to have consistency. Without doubt, as all things were placed in order, arranged, and made by some artificer, so matter itself must of necessity have been formed by some being. Who, then, made it except God, to whose power all things are subject? But he shrinks from admitting this, while he dreads the unknown truth. For, as he wished it to appear, it was by the inspiration of the Muses that he poured forth that song on Helicon; but he had come after previous meditation and preparation.
Maro [i.e., Vergil] was the first of our poets to approach the truth, who thus speaks respecting the highest God, whom he calls Mind and Spirit: —

“Know first, the heaven, the earth, the main,
The moon's pale orb, the starry train,
Are nourished by a Soul,
A Spirit, whose celestial flame
Glows in each member of the frame,
And stirs the mighty whole.”

And lest any one should happen to be ignorant what that Spirit was which had so much power, he has declared it in another place, saying: “For the Deity pervades all lands, the tracts of sea and depth of heaven; the flocks, the herds, and men, and all the race of beasts, each at its birth, derive their slender lives from Him.”
Ovid also, in the beginning of his remarkable work, without any disguising of the name, admits that the universe was arranged by God, whom he calls the Framer of the world, the Artificer of all things. But if either Orpheus or these poets of our country had always maintained what they perceived under the guidance of nature, they would have comprehended the truth, and gained the same learning which we follow.
But thus far of the poets. Let us come to the philosophers, whose authority is of greater weight, and their judgment more to be relied on, because they are believed to have paid attention, not to matters of fiction, but to the investigation of the truth. Thales of Miletus, who was one of the number of the seven wise men, and who is said to have been the first of all to inquire respecting natural causes, said that water was the element from which all things were produced, and that God was the mind which formed all things from water. Thus he placed the material of all things in moisture; he fixed the beginning and cause of their production in God. Pythagoras thus defined the being of God, “as a soul passing to and fro, and diffused through all parts of the universe, and through all nature, from which all living creatures which are produced derive their life.” Anaxagoras said that God was an infinite mind, which moves by its own power. Antisthenes maintained that the gods of the people were many, but that the God of nature was one only; that is, the Fabricator of the whole universe. Cleanthes and Anaximenes assert that the air is the chief deity; and to this opinion our poet has assented: “Then almighty father Æther descends in fertile showers into the bosom of his joyous spouse; and great himself, mingling with her great body, nourishes all her offspring.” Chrysippus speaks of God as a natural power endowed with divine reason, and sometimes as a divine necessity. Zeno also speaks of Him as a divine and natural law. The opinion of all these, however uncertain it is, has reference to one point—to their agreement in the existence of one providence. For whether it be nature, or æther, or reason, or mind, or a fatal necessity, or a divine law, or if you term it anything else, it is the same which is called by us God. Nor does the diversity of titles prove an obstacle, since by their very signification they all refer to one object. Aristotle, although he is at variance with himself, and both utters and holds sentiments opposed to one another, yet upon the whole bears witness that one Mind presides over the universe. Plato, who is judged the wisest of all, plainly and openly maintains the rule of one God; nor does he name Him Æther, or Reason, or Nature, but, as He truly is, God, and that this universe, so perfect and wonderful, was fabricated by Him. And Cicero, following and imitating him in many instances, frequently acknowledges God, and calls Him supreme, in those books which he wrote on the subject of laws; and he adduces proof that the universe is governed by Him, when he argues respecting the nature of the gods in this way: “Nothing is superior to God: the world must therefore be governed by Him. Therefore God is obedient or subject to no nature; consequently He Himself governs all nature.” But what God Himself is he defines in his Consolation: “Nor can God Himself, as He is comprehended by us, be comprehended in any other way than as a mind free and unrestrained, far removed from all mortal materiality, perceiving and moving all things.”
How often, also, does Annaeus Seneca, who was the keenest Stoic of the Romans, follow up with deserved praise the supreme Deity! For when he was discussing the subject of premature death, he said “You do not understand the authority and majesty of your Judge, the Ruler of the world, and the God of heaven and of all gods, on whom those deities which we separately worship and honour are dependent.” Also in his Exhortations: “This Being, when He was laying the first foundations of the most beautiful fabric, and was commencing this work, than which nature has known nothing greater or better, that all things might serve their own rulers, although He had spread Himself out through the whole body, yet He produced gods as ministers of His kingdom.” And how many other things like to our own writers did he speak on the subject of God! But these things I put off for the present, because they are more suited to other parts of the subject. At present it is enough to demonstrate that men of the highest genius touched upon the truth, and almost grasped it, had not custom, infatuated by false opinions, carried them back; by which custom they both deemed that there were other gods, and believed that those things which God made for the use of man, as though they were endowed with perception, were to be held and worshipped as gods.

[Chapter 11] ...Is it possible, then, for Jupiter to lose his kingdom as his father lost it? It is so undoubtedly...

[Chapter 15.] And this Cicero teaches in his treatise on the Nature of the Gods, saying “But the life of men and common intercourse led to the exalting to heaven by fame and goodwill men who were distinguished by their benefits. On this account Hercules, on this Castor and Pollux, Aeculapius and Liber” were ranked with the gods. And in another passage: “And in most states it may be understood, that for the sake of exciting valour, or that the men most distinguished for bravery might more readily encounter danger on account of the state, their memory was consecrated with the honour paid to the immortal gods.” It was doubtless on this account that the Romans consecrated their Cæsars, and the Moors their kings. Thus by degrees religious honours began to be paid to them; while those who had known them, first instructed their own children and grandchildren, and afterwards all their posterity, in the practice of this rite. And yet these great kings, on account of the celebrity of their name, were honoured in all provinces.
But separate people privately honoured the founders of their nation or city with the highest veneration, whether they were men distinguished for bravery, or women admirable for chastity; as the Egyptians honoured Isis, the Moors Juba, the Macedonians Cabirus, the Carthaginians Uranus, the Latins Faunus, the Sabines Sancus, the Romans Quirinus. In the same manner truly Athens worshipped Minerva, Samos Juno, Paphos Venus, Lemnos Vulcan, Naxos Liber, and Delos Apollo. And thus various sacred rites have been undertaken among different peoples and countries, inasmuch as men desire to show gratitude to their princes, and cannot find out other honours which they may confer upon the dead. Moreover, the piety of their successors contributed in a great degree to the error; for, in order that they might appear to be born from a divine origin, they paid divine honours to their parents, and ordered that they should be paid by others....
Marcus Tullius [Cicero], who was not only an accomplished orator, but also a philosopher, since he alone was an imitator of Plato, in that treatise in which he consoled himself concerning the death of his daughter, did not hesitate to say that those gods who were publicly worshipped were men. And this testimony of his ought to be esteemed the more weighty, because he held the priesthood of the augurs, and testifies that he worships and venerates the same gods. And thus within the compass of a few verses he has presented us with two facts. For while he declared his intention of consecrating the image of his daughter in the same manner in which they were consecrated by the ancients, he both taught that they were dead, and showed the origin of a vain superstition. “Since, in truth,” he says, “we see many men and women among the number of the gods, and venerate their shrines, held in the greatest honour in cities and in the country, let us assent to the wisdom of those to whose talents and inventions we owe it that life is altogether adorned with laws and institutions, and established on a firm basis. And if any living being was worthy of being consecrated, assuredly it was this. If the offspring of Cadmus, or Amphitryon, or Tyndarus, was worthy of being extolled by fame to the heaven, the same honour ought undoubtedly to be appropriated to her. And this indeed I will do; and with the approbation of the gods, I will place you the best and most learned of all women in their assembly, and will consecrate you to the estimation of all men.”...
~ Lactantius (c. 240?-c. 325? A.D.), Divine Institutes, Book I

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They copy or at any rate try to copy something or someone but cannot adequately succeed at duplicating it, and this because they don't know or understand the spirit of the thing; not to mention the false spirit that posseses themselves. "Anybody can be a star," they say, "and we can prove it" (i.e., by making "anyone" a star.) But and though they've tried very hard to, they don't prove it, and this person who they tried to force, fool, or manipulate into being a star clearly is not one. (True, with proper training, schooling, care, and or inspiration they might have been, but as it is, etc.)

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It's been over eighteen years, and my hitherto masked and hidden adversaries, can they face me yet? No. And they are permitted their billion. Well, I beat them didn't I? I beat their mind control and their terrorism, didn't I? If they whom I beat get a billion, how about my getting a million? Otherwise, what good are they that they should continue to be so babied and privileged? What good is it letting them have untold sums of wealth, when I who was alone, and who was denied help by the government, police, and church in the face of their relentless and violent criminal onslaught, and who materially had nothing defeated them (again with respect to their mind control and satanic scare tactics, if not politically?)

Later. By the way, and for those who might be curious, what did the forces of the Dark Knight have available to them in this siege of Fort Joseph Skatey? Take a look.

* Hooligans advantages
a. Brain torture radios (running non-stop.)
b. Ghosts, demons, and a wizard acting as master of ceremonies; including assorted and sundry witchcraft brand tortures and violence; i.e., involving spirit people.
c. Regular (flesh and blood) hoodlums, vandals, hackers.
d. Nazi-scientist type technicians, for poisoning and infecting diseases. e. Effectively unlimited expense account.
f. The advantage of surprise.
g. Regular staff to work for them.
h. Wisdom of the Ages and supposedly advanced intelligence which they so arrogantly pride themselves on.
i. Infesting my houses with ants and rodents -- neither of which had precedent or was ever a problem in this house except within the last four years (which house I have occupied for fifteen.) And with respect to rats, a number of separate instances of their appearing (after being previously removed) occurred over the span of years; with on two different occasions the rats being so cunning as to eat into my car's radiator hose -- thus causing me to have to take it to the shop for expensive repair.

* My disadvantages.
a. No money compared to them.
b. Running a nursery school for some cats I adopted before all this occurred (though by now all have died.)
c. Physically disabled by their cumulative and incessant physical and emotional assault and battery.
d. Effectively isolated by their bribing, frightening, deceiving, and, otherwise strong-arming others.
e. Blatantly illegal interference with and obstruction of my e-mail, phone, postal mail, and websites.

And yet who now does the government, by its indifference if not its overt support, still back as a winner? And with such pitiful lack of sound judgment, is it any wonder they can't possibly address, let alone solve, much or any formidable and pressing problems elsewhere? (Surprise, surprise...)

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(Note the Sky Saxon style choreography in the first video.)

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["The Monkees---(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone / Daydream Believer--Live Fox Theatre Detroit 2011-06-23"] and ["Monkees 45Th Anniversary Tour. (Tacoma, Wa July 8,2011) "She"" -- "Words" live]

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I don't say you do mind your own business. On the contrary, what I say is you don't mind your own business.

(Similarly: "I don't say he is playing with a full deck, etc...")

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Despite the fact that most sellers on ebay have a 95-98% approval rating, Pay Pal is cracking down on an alleged wave of retail fraud on ebay very few if any of us have ever heard of. Apparently "organized retail criminals" are selling stolen and counterfeit goods; so that as a safeguard ALL sellers -- including vendors of explicitly acknowledged used goods -- may have their proceeds with held from them possibly up to a few weeks (as opposed to a couple days as was the previous wait time for availability of Pay Pal payments to sellers.) Very interesting, since as you know time is money and now as a result of this new policy Pay Pal has much more funds available for its own use for a much longer period by way of these withheld payments. Who then is robbing who?

But I suppose you'll want the other side of the story. Well, here it is (or at any rate is supposed to be): http://www.ebaymainstreet.com/files/PJ_RetailSolutionsOnline.pdf

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Autocratic spirit people like to create the illusion that their involvement and presence is necessary or desirable. Yet in truth, they are the curse of life; not least of which because they would set up their own authority as above and superior to basic morals and honest reasoning. And it is their influence, more than any other, that prompts so many, whether directly or indirectly, to be so untrustworthy, dissembling, and flagrantly irrational. They are the ones who brand intellect as something proud and selfish; while pretending as if ignorance necessarily implies innocence. It is they who corrupt and mislead people in religious matters. It is they who incite the cruelest and worst violence. It is they who empower the good-for-nothings you can't avoid encountering in business and the ordinary walks of life who possess such vast wealth and public influence over the rest of us. So don't tell me about job creation, terrorists, health care, etc. Get rid of Hell and raw evil, which is what overlording, busy body and conniving spirit people are, and that will ultimately take care of and solve 90% of all problems of a serious nature.

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["BTO (Randy Bachman) - Takin' Care of Business" -- w/ Wolfman Jack]

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The lost sequel to the book of Job tells the story of Satan himself going through all those troubles he inflicted on Job -- only ten times worse.

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In their idleness and uselessness, spirit people can perform tremendous marvels and wonders -- indeed, leading some to (foolishly) believe they are an ineluctable part of our destiny.

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He imparted to me the (purported) secret knowledge; though neither before or after the fact do or did I ever welcome him doing so.

Note. The magician was relating and intimating to me when I was half asleep this past night that Blakeley and the Wasp were not actually lost at sea but whisked away (apparently by their own consent) to ? (some sort of paradise, an island?) While the idea intrigued and may (though outlandish and far fetched it seems) even be true, this is one good example of how and when one shouldn't listen to spirit people; at least not without granting them in advance your explicit permission to "speak" to you. Granted, in a given instance, what they have to impart may be of interest, but it is wrong to encourage them, and you are better off doing without than to rely on them for important information -- and regardless of whether or not what they say is accurate. Unfortunately, sadly, and needless to say, however, there are not a few who are not so scrupulous in rejecting such unsolicited and probably untrustworthy communications.

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There is no blame in being sick -- unless you're in show business or entertainment (in which case get well first before going on stage or screen.)

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I came across the above while browsing and it struck me as a good psychological rendering of how the (previously mentioned here) "Speelburg" character sees himself.

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"Sammy Brady -- I shouldda known you were the one behind all this."

What it means. There is a little schemer in all of us (including many young women) that wants to be unscrupulously greedy and stab our best friend in the back to get what we want.

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Take a snapshot of a mind in despair. Take a look at the picture; then examine what's there.

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From the long term view, rational truth and honesty would do infinitely more for the health of the sickly than any amount of money and so-called research.

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