Friday, October 14, 2016

Baba Vanga -- Blind Mystic

Vangeliya (Vanga) Pandeva Dimitrova (1911 - 1996) was born in Bulgaria. At age 12, she went missing for several days during a massive storm. When she was found, her eyes were covered with sand and she had lost her eyesight.

In 1925, at age 14, she spent three years at a school for the blind in the city of Zemun where she learned to read braille, do knitting & cooking & cleaning. When her stepmother died, she returned home to care for her younger siblings.

During World War II, Vanga had become well-known for her ability to heal others and as a prophet (predictor, prognosticator). Many people visited her during the war, seeking information on their relatives, whether alive or the place of their death.

One of those who sought Vanga's visions was Dimitar Gushterov, a Bulgarian soldier, who wanted to learn the killers of his brother, promising not to seek revenge.

On May 10, 1942, Vanga married Dimitar and the couple moved to Petrich, where Vanga became even more well-known as a soothsayer. Soon thereafter, Dimitar was conscripted into the Bulgarian Army and spent time in northern Greece. He became ill in 1947, fell into alcoholism and died in April of 1962.

After her marriage, Vangelia Gushterova would be later known to millions of people as Baba Vanga -- "Baba" being a term of honor and meaning a wise person. She was known as the Nostradamus of the Balkans

Baba Vanga was sought out by many people after World War II, including Leonid Brezhnez, President of the USSR, in the 1990s, and a church was built with money left by visitors.

On August 11, 1996, Baba Vanga died from breast cancer.

She is said to have predicted the attack on the Twin Towers in 2001 (as well as the rise of ISIS and many other events). Her words -- "Horror, horror. The American Brethren will fall after being attacked by the steel birds... The wolves will be howling in a bush and innocent blood will gush."

Some of her predictions for after 2016.

Baba Vanga had predicted that the 44th president of the USA would be an African American and that after leaving office when the country was in economic ruin and a huge divide between South & North, Urban & Rural. Also, a Muslim War would begin in Syria. Muslims would invade Europe, which will go on for many years. Chemical weapons would be used by extremists across the continent of Europe, creating a wasteland void of life.

2018 - 2023, China will become the new global super power, surpassing the USA and its economy.

2023 -- The Earth's orbit will change slightly.

2025 - 2028 -- A new energy source will be developed and global hunger would slowly be eradicated. Humans will travel to Venus, seeking new sources of energy, perhaps even creating a colony on that planet.

By 2043, Muslims will have completed their invasion of Europe and Rome will be the capital of this new caliphate.

By 2045, the ice caps will have melted.

2046 -- Body organs will be cloned and utilized as the easiest method of treatments.

2066 -- The USA will attack Muslim dominated Europe in an attempt to retake Rome, which will include the use climate weapons (sharp cooling, instant freezing).

2072 - 2086 -- Communism (classless society) will dominate globally and nature will be restored.

2088 -- A new disease emerges, causing people to "get old" in a matter of seconds and will be eradicated by 2097.

2111 -- A man-made sun will light up the dark side of the planet.

2123 -- Wars between small countries, but large countries do not interfere.

2130 -- With the assistance of aliens, humans will learn how to live in colonies under water.

2154 -- Animals become half human.

2167 -- A new religion emerges.

2170 -- A massive drought.

2183 -- A colony on Mars becomes a nuclear nation and attempts to become independent from Earth.

2187 -- The eruptions of two volcanoes are successfully stopped.

2201 -- Thermonuclear reaction slows down on the sun causing global temperatures to drop.

2221 -- While searching for alien life, humans engage with something frightening.

2256 -- Returning spacecraft bring a dangerous new disease back to Earth.

2262 -- Orbits of planets begin to progressively alter and Mars is under threat of a comet collision.

2279 -- Energy is created out of nothing (dark matter?)

2288 -- Time travel and new alien contacts.

2291 -- Sun cooling, as attempts are made to alter it.

2291 -- The force of gravity changes as powerful sun spots erupt, causing older satellites and space stations to begin to fall to Earth.

2299 -- An uprising in France as partisans clash against Islam.

2302 -- Certain mysteries of the universe are discovered, creating new laws of physics.

2304 -- A mystery of the moon becomes known.

2341 -- Something is closing in on Earth from space, causing great concern.

2354 -- An accident on one of the man-made suns causes a drought.

2371 -- Global hunger.

2480 -- A collision of two man-made suns causes global darkness.

3005 -- War on Mars

3010 -- The moon is struck by a comet, creating a belt of rocks & dust around the Earth.

3797 -- Humans will have relocated to a new star system and all matter on Earth will cease to exist.

3805 -- Climate on new planet affects human organisms, causing war between humans over scarce resources, whereupon half of the population will die.

3815 - 3878 -- Development of civilization halts. A new prophet emerges, receiving support from all, creating a new church and re-training the people in forgotten sciences.

4302 - 4674 -- New cities emerging as a new church encourages new technology. Scientists discover impact of diseases on organism behavior and a way to cure all diseases. Due to human mutation, human brains advance in capacity and elimination of evil minds. Eventually, the development of civilization reaches its peak, with 340 billion people living on various planets. Assimilation with aliens begins.

5076 - 5078 -- A decision to leave the boundary of the Universe. About 40 percent of the population is against it.

5079 -- The Planet Earth ceases to exist.

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Some of this may or may not happen.  Prophecy is a tricky endeavor, especially concerning the future.

 However, I find it interesting. After going through a period of experiencing precognitive dreams of future events occurring in my life, well in advance of them actually happening (several days or more), when I was in my late 30s through the present, I have come to believe that glimpses of the future can indeed take place. But perhaps those glimpses of the future are revealing the future as it would exist from that moment on, unless something "unpredictable" took place to alter the precise future.

Life on Planet Earth is strange & magical & mysterious & wonderful & often difficult -- all rolled into one.

But dwelling on the past can create depression over regrets and dwelling on the future can create anxiety over an unknown path of events.

Clearly, living in the present is the way to inner peace.

What will be, will be -- go with the Flow.

Quote for the Day -- “Be Here Now." Baba Ram Dass

Bret Burquest is the author of 11 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and where tomorrow is another day.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Pizza Delivery Snafu

Napoleon Harris III, age 37, has served as an Illinois state senator since 2013.  He is also the owner of two Beggars Pizza franchises.

On September 6, 2016, his franchise in Harvey, Illinois, received an order over the phone at closing time, requesting a pizza delivery. Harris told the regular delivery guy to go home and that he would deliver the pizza to the 15800 block of Paulina Avenue himself.

What Harris didn't know until he arrived was that it was a vacant house.

What the four dudes who were planning to rob Harris at the vacant house didn't know was that it wasn't the regular delivery man -- it was a 6 feet 3 inches, 250 pound, former NFL linebacker who had played for the Oakland Raiders and the Minnesota Vikings.

Thus, much excitement ensued.

Upon arrival with the pizza, a man on the porch greeted Harris, as three other guys burst out from behind a row of hedges.

As reported on the local CBS news by Sean Howard, a representative of the Harvey Police Department -- “They were expecting a scrawny 5-foot-9 guy, and got Harris instead. They put a chokehold on the senator, but to no avail. They were really trying to choke him to death, and he was just too strong. He out-powered all four of them. As they were all beating on him, one guy just went out of his way and really hit him hard, and Napoleon never moved. He just looked at him like Hulk Hogan, and from that the guys knew that we better get out of here, because we can’t get this guy down.”

Never mess with a former NFL linebacker -- especially a former Oakland Raider or Minnesota Viking.

The four would-be robbers had somehow managed to steal Harris' wallet, as well as the pizza, and flee in a Chevy Tahoe.

Harris pursued the Chevy Tahoe in his own car, because that's what linebackers do -- they vigorously pursue those they intend to force from an upright position onto the ground and render them motionless, bringing their forward progress to a swift halt.

Harris followed them to a lumberyard and called the Harvey Police department.

When the police arrived, they found the Chevy Tahoe but the robbers had vanished. However, the police did find some blood in the Chevy Tahoe, which was registered to a Georgia man named Lester Roy Jones.

Analysis of the blood revealed it matched the blood of a man's body found in an abandoned house in Union City, Georgia, by the name of Lester Roy Jones, a homicide victim. Apparently, three men had kidnapped and killed Jones by luring him to the abandoned house through a dating app.

Authorities soon tracked down the four robbers, based on the descriptions Harris gave them and on the evidence linked to the homicide in Georgia.

Apparently, two of the men had taken a Megabus from Chicago to Georgia and were arrested on September 15. A security camera had captured a masked man trying to use the murder victim's ATM card -- Malik Mayer was charged with murder and financial transaction card fraud. The other person arrested was a juvenile, name withheld.

A third suspect, Lawrence Hines had checked himself into  a Georgia mental institution. Later the same month, law enforcers tracked him down and arrested him at the facility.

The fourth suspect fits the description of a man in Gary, Indiana, near Chicago. Charges and apprehension are pending.

I was in high school in a suburb of Minneapolis when the Minnesota Vikings came into existence as an expansion NFL team. Soon, they were dubbed the Purple People Eaters, based on their propensity to vigorously pursue those they intend to force from an upright position onto the ground and render motionless, bringing their forward progress to a swift halt -- particularly at the linebacker position.

These many years later, I still bleed purple.

Quote for the Day -- “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” Vince Lombardi

Bret Burquest is the author of 11 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and where bleeding purple may be a sign of the consumption of too much moonshine.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

White Rabbit -- Feed Your Head

Grace Barnett Wing was born in Highland Park, Illinois, on October 30, 1939. Her father, Ivan W, Wing, was Scandinavian (Swedish & Norwegian) and her mother, Virginia Barnett, was a lineal descendant of the passengers of the Mayflower, the ship that transported the Pilgrims from England to the New World in 1620.

Her father was an investment banker who was transferred several times when Grace was a child -- from Chicago to Los Angeles to San Francisco, and finally settling in Palo Alto, California, near San Francisco, in the 1950s.

In 1961, Grace Wing married Gerald (Jerry) Slick and became Grace Slick, a very groovy soul.

Grace worked as a model at an I. Magnin Department Store for three years and also started composing music.

In 1965, Grace Slick (guitar, vocals), Jerry Slick (drums), Jerry's brother Darby Slick (lead guitar) and David Miner (bass guitar) formed a band called The Great Society. In October of 1965, the band made its debut at a venue called the Coffee Gallery.

Soon thereafter, Grace composed the song, WHITE RABBIT. She claimed to have written it in less than an hour. It would eventually become one of the greatest songs of the 1960s -- a reflection of the affects of psychedelic drugs, prevalent in the hippie movement in the San Francisco bay area.


One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all
Go ask Alice
When she's ten feet tall

And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall
Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call
Call Alice
When she was just small

When the men on the chessboard
Get up and tell you where to go
And you've just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving low
Go ask Alice
I think she'll know

When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's off with her head
Remember what the dormouse said
Feed your head
Feed your head
 (Lyrics by Grace Slick)

Grace would later proclaim "feed your head" meant to read a book.

Later that year, Jefferson Airplane's singer left the band to raise her child, whereupon Grace Slick was asked to join the band. Once Grace was aboard, the band became more psychedelic. Soon, WHITE RABBIT and SOMEBODY TO LOVE became Top Ten singles.

Grace Slick was definitely a force of nature.

  • On The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour TV show in 1968, Grace performed CROWN OF CREATION in black-face and ended it with a Black Panther fist.

  • In 1969, appearing on the Dick Cavett Show, she became the first person to utter the word "motherf++ker" on live TV.

After Jefferson Airplane disbanded, Grace formed Jefferson Starship and cut many albums, including:

  • Manhole
  • Dreams
  • Welcome to the Wrecking Ball
  • Software

The album, Dreams, was nominated for a Grammy Award and Grace was nominated for a Grammy Award as Best Rock Female Vocalist, for her solo on the album, in 1981.

David Crosby, founding member of both, THE BYRDS and CROSBY, STILLS & NASH, nicknamed Grace "The Chrome Nun" -- Crosby went by the nickname "Baron von Tollbooth" -- in 1973, Grace, along with Paul Kanter and David Freiberg made an album titled BARON VON TOLLBOOTH & THE CHROME NUN.

Grace retired from the music business in 1989.

In a 1998 interview, Grace stated, "All rock-and-rollers over the age of 50 look stupid and should retire." And in a 2007 interview, she reiterated, "You can do jazz, classical, blues, opera, country until you're 150, but rap and rock-and-roll are really a way for young people to get that anger out -- it's silly to perform a song that has no relevance to the present or expresses feelings you no longer have."

However, Grace did come out of retirement a couple of times.

  • In 1995, she joined the restructured Jefferson Starship to play a gig at the House of Blues.

  • In late 2001, after the Twin Towers were destroyed in NYC, Grace appeared on stage covered, head to toe, in a black burqa -- then removed the burqa to reveal a an American flag and the words "F++k Fear" -- her explanation, "The outfit is not about Islam, it's about repression; this flag is not about politics, it's about liberty."

Grace and Tricia Nixon, daughter of President Nixon, were both alumni of Finch College. In 1969, Grace was invited to a tea party for the alumni of Finch College at the White house. She invited political activist, Abbie Hoffman, as her escort, whereby they planned to spike the President's tea with 600 micrograms of LSD. However, the plan was thwarted because the White House security detail recognized Grace, who had been placed on an FBI blacklist. The original invitation was addresses to Grace Wing, Grace's name prior to marrying Jerry Slick.

In 1971, while racing with a friend, Grace crashed her car into a wall near the Golden Gate Bridge, suffering a concussion.

During her time as part of Jefferson Airplane, Grace had been arrested at least four times for what she referred to as "drunk mouth" and "TUI" (Talking Under the Influence).

One incident occurred when she had an argument with current-partner, Paul Kantner, whereupon Kantner removed the keys from the ignition and threw them out the car window onto someone's front lawn. As Grace was crawling around on the lawn, a police officer showed up. Apparently the drunk mouth (TUI) of Grace led to an arrest.

Another incident occurred when Grace was sitting against a tree trunk in the woods of Marin County, drinking wine and reading poetry. A police officer arrived and engaged in a conversation whereupon drunk mouth (TUI) once again got her arrested.

In 1994, Grace was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon after pointing an unloaded gun at a police officer. Her excuse was that the police officer had trespassed onto her property without permission or explanation.

After retiring, after a house fire, after divorce, Grace began painting and drawing for pleasure.

At some point, her agent approached Grace about writing a memoir, which eventually became SOMEBODY TO LOVE? A ROCK-AND-ROLL MEMOIR. When her agent noticed some of Grace's artwork, he prompted her to do portraits of various Rock-n-Roll contemporaries, to be included in the memoir.

Grace eventually agreed. Her color renditions of Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin became part of the memoir publication -- many other Grace Slick sketches and paintings were also included in the book. Some of her works also became record album covers.

She continued with her artwork, much of which is "mixed media." She uses canvas, acrylic paints, ink, pen and pencil. Her best-selling originals and prints are portraits of those in the music industry, various renditions of White Rabbit and "Alice in Wonderland" themes, all of which led to a partnership with Dark Horse Comics, resulting in the release of journals and stationary with the "Wonderland" theme.

Grace visits up to 30 art gallery shows per year, across the country, where her work is displayed. She claims to enjoy it, except for the travelling. Those who purchase one of her works get a personalized autograph on the back of the piece and get to have a photo with her.

Grace Slick is the oldest female vocalist on a Billboard Hot 100, chart-topping single. Her song, WE BUILT THE CITY, reached number one in November of 1985, when she was 46 years old. The previous record was Tina Turner, at age 44, with her song WHAT'S LOVE GO TO DO WITH IT. In 1999, Grace's record was broken by Cher, at age 53, when her song, BELIEVE, became number one.

In 1996, Grace Slick was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Jefferson Airplane.

In 1999, she was ranked number 20 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.

Yes, indeed -- Grace Slick is a very groovy soul.

Feed your head

Feed your head


Quote for the Day -- “No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is, you still have to get out of it.” Grace Slick

Bret Burquest is the author of 11 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and where "feed your head" means to nibble on some food.