Sunday, February 26, 2012

Quote Quiz 2

1) "I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion."
A) George Carlin
B) Britney Spears
C) Albert Einstein
D) Mahatma Gandhi
E) Charlie Sheen

2) "Tomorrow it'll all be over, then I'll have to go back to selling pens again."
A) Johnny Yuma
B) Johnny Depp
C) Johnny Cash
D) Johnny Carson
E) Johnny Appleseed

3) "Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."
A) Tony Soprano
B) Frank Sinatra
C) Alexander the Great
D) Rocky Balboa
E) John F. Kennedy

4) "I always knew I was destined for greatness."
A) Oprah Winfrey
B) Richard Nixon
C) Harrison Ford
D) Lady Gaga
E) Cassius Clay

5) "I never said most of the things I said."
A) Harry Truman
B) Whoopi Goldberg
C) Daffy Duck
D) Yogi Berra
E) Rush Limbaugh

6) "A good many dramatic situations begin with screaming."
A) Little Richard
B) Jane Fonda
C) Steven Spielberg
D) Rosie O'Donnell
E) Orson Wells

7) "I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries."
A) Erma Bombeck
B) Bill O'Reilly
C) Stephen King
D) J.D. Salinger
E) J.K. Rowling

8) "I buy expensive suits -- they just look cheap on me."
A) George H.W. Bush
B) Conan O'Brien
C) Ron Paul
D) Warren Buffett
E) Jerry Seinfeld

9) "I'm undaunted in my quest to amuse myself by constantly changing my hair."
A) Hillary Clinton
B) Lady Gaga
C) Ruth Bader Ginsburg
D) Miss Piggy
E) Elton John

10) "If my films make at least one person miserable, I feel I've done my job."
A) Alfred Hitchcock
B) George Lucas
C) Roman Polanski
D) Woody Allen
E) Ingmar Bergman

11) "There's nothing wrong with being shallow as long as you're insightful about it."
A) John Quincy Adams
B) Barbara Walters
C) Isaac Newton
D) Rick Santorum
E) Dennis Miller

12) "Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers."
A) Bertrand Russell
B) Janis Joplin
C) Bill Maher
D) Ayn Rand
E) Oscar Wilde

13) "I am not afraid -- I was born to do this."
A) John Glenn
B) Jimmy Carter
C) Joan of Arc
D) Osama Bin Laden
E) Barbra Streisand

14) "I'm the flavor of the month."
A) George Clooney
B) Lindsay Lohan
C) LeBron James
D) Coco Chanel
E) Nancy Pelosi

15) "May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine."
A) Bela Lugosi
B) Frank Sinatra
C) Dirty Harry Callahan
D) Bo Diddley
E) Socrates

16) "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."
A) Tina Fay
B) Bruce Willis
C) Pretty Boy Floyd
D) Catwoman
E) Carl Jung

17) "A man can't ride your back unless it's bent."
A) B.B. King
B) Martin Luther King
C) Billy Jean King
D) King Arthur
E) King Creole

18) "When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around."
A) Mitt Romney
B) Willie Nelson
C) Pablo Picasso
D) Alice in Wonderland
E) Randy Moss

19) "I have to be seen to be believed."
A) Queen Elizabeth II
B) Uri Geller
C) Marlon Brando
D) Angelina Jolie
E) Brad Pitt

20) "If your mama had to tell you you're a knucklehead, you probably are a knucklehead."
A) Daniel Baldwin
B) Alec Baldwin
C) Stephen Baldwin
D) Billy Baldwin
E) Charles Barkley

ANSWERS: 1-C, 2-B, 3-E, 4-A, 5-D, 6-B, 7-C, 8-D, 9-A, 10-D, 11-E, 12-B, 13-C, 14-A, 15-B, 16-E, 17-B, 18-B, 19-A, 20-E

20 -- Highly unlikely
16-19 -- Get a life
11-15 -- Not bad
5-10 -- Okay
1-4 -- Pinhead
zero -- Highly unlikely

Quote for the Day -- "We thought that we had the answers -- it was the questions we had wrong." Bono

Bret Burquest is the author of 8 books, including THE REALITY OF THE ILLUSION OF REALITY, ORB OF WOUNDED SOULS and PATH TO FOURTH DENSITY (available on Amazon). He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where answers are often in the form of a question.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Contacting Spirits

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688 - 1772) was a Swedish scientist, philosopher and mystic. He was the world's pre-eminent scholar and scientist of his day.

Many artists, writers and scholars were influenced by Swedenborg, including Carl Jung, Arthur Conan Doyle, William Blake, Immanuel Kant, Helen Keller, Ralph Waldo Emerson and W.B. Yeats.

Swedenborg's father, Jesper, was a professor of theology who believed in direct communication with the Almighty One, rather than relying on sheer faith. He also believed spirits and angels were present in everyday life.

Emanuel completed his university training in Sweden in 1709. The following year, he travelled through the Netherlands, Germany and France, and eventually settled in London for the next four years where he studied physics and philosophy.

In 1715, Swedenborg returned to Sweden and spent the next two decades on engineering projects. He attempted to persuade the King of Sweden (Charles XII) to fund an astronomical observatory in northern Sweden, but failed. Instead, the king appointed him on the Swedish Board of Mines as an assessor.

In 1716-18, Swedenborg published a scientific periodical of various mathematical discoveries and mechanical inventions, including sketches of a flying machine.

In 1724, he was offered the chairmanship of mathematics at Uppsala University in Stockholm but turned it down. He had a speech impediment (stuttering, which caused him to speak slowly) and didn't care to speak in public.

In the 1730s, his studies led him to physiology and anatomy. He was the first recognized scientist who anticipated the neuron concept (significance of nerve cells). He developed theories about the nervous system, the cerebral cortex, the localization of the cerebrospinal fluid and the function of the pituitary gland. In many cases, his conclusions would be scientifically verified decades later.

Swedenborg studied some of the great philosophers, such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes and Plotinus. He eventually became interested about the purpose of creation. In one of his manuscripts he attempted to explain how the infinite was related to the finite, and how the soul was related to the mortal body.

On Easter weekend, April 6, 1744, Swedenborg, at age 56, began to have dreams and visions that led to a spiritual awakening.

In April of 1745, Swedenborg was dining in a private room at a tavern in London. At the end of the meal, he went into an altered state of consciousness. A man appeared in the corner of the room, telling him "Do not eat too much." Later that night, he encountered this man in a dream, who then told Swedenborg He was the Lord and would reveal the meaning of the Bible and guide him on what to write.

For the remaining 28 years of his life, Swedenborg published dozens of theological works.

In his publication titled LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS, he wrote that he had communication with spirits from Mars, Venus and other planets.

In 1758, Swedenborg had an audience with Queen Louisa Ulrika of Sweden whereupon the Queen requested that he tell her something about her deceased brother. When Swedenborg whispered something in her ear, she tuned pale. She later explained that Swedenborg told her something only she and her brother could have known.

On July 29, 1759, Swedenborg was having dinner with a group of people, several hundred miles from his home. At six PM, he announced there was a fire at a neighbor's house, which also threatened his house. Two hours later, he declared the fire was now under control. Later, it was all proven to be true, including the precise times of the start and end of the fire.

Swedenborg wrote 30 volumes on theology, including HEAVEN AND HELL published in 1758. He had developed the skill to be simultaneously in the carnal world and the spirit world, by realizing a state of awareness in a manner of similar to entering a hypnotic state.

He wrote the following -- "The first experience, being taken out of the body, is like this. We are brought into a particular state that is halfway between sleep and waking. When we are in this state, it seems exactly as though we were awake -- all our senses are as alert as they are when we are fully awake physically -- sight, hearing, and strange to say, touch. These senses are more perfect than they can ever be during physical wakefulness. This is the state in which people have seen spirits and angels most vividly. It is the state described as being taken out of the body and not knowing whether one is in the body or outside it."

Swedenborg claimed he had endless conversations with the spirit world. He explained that "celestial" angels remained in the higher realms whereas "spiritual" angels visited and guided mortal beings Needless to say, he was highly criticized by the prevailing religious establishment.

More from Swedenborg writings -- "We may gather that inwardly we are spirits from the fact that after we depart from our body, which happens when we die, we are still alive and just as human as ever. I have talked with almost all the people I have ever met during their physical lives, with some for a few hours, with some for weeks and months, and with some for years... while we are living in our bodies, each one of us is in a community with spirits even though we are unaware of it."

May the Force be with you.

Quote for the Day -- "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein

Bret Burquest is the author of 8 books, including THE REALITY OF THE ILLUSION OF REALITY, ORB OF WOUNDED SOULS and PATH TO FOURTH DENSITY (available on Amazon). He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where spirits are occasionally produced when the moon shines.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Familiar Face

After high school in the suburbs of Minneapolis in 1962, I went to the University of Minnesota for a couple of years, then to college in Miami for another year in a specialized field, worked in St. Paul as computer programmer for another year, was drafted into the U.S. Army (Vietnam Era) for two more years, went back to my civilian job for another 9 months, then back to the University of Minnesota for a few more years to get a B.S and an M.S. degree.

During my second stint at the University of Minnesota (1969-72) I also spent most nights in downtown Minneapolis on Hennepin Avenue at a bar called Moby Dicks where I shot pool for hours on end, making some extra money to cover my college expenses. I was a strong player and often had a dozen people watching my antics on the pool table.

One night I noticed this guy who had a strikingly interesting face. It was a "Hollywood" face -- the same way Charles Bronson or Lee Van Cleef has a Hollywood face. He was tall (about 6' 2") rugged, imposing, calm -- the sort of dude who stood out in a crowd and you probably didn't want to mess with.

I had also seen this same guy on the campus of the University of Minnesota a couple of times too.

In March of 1975, I moved to the Hollywood Hills, overlooking Universal Studios. I was soon working as a computer programmer and manager for a small computer software firm across from Warner Bros. Studios.

Sometimes at work I would drive up Barham Blvd., over the Hollywood Freeway, to the Studio City area where I would pick up an egg salad sandwich on pita bread at this small "take-out" eatery with about a half dozen tables.

As I picked up my sandwich one day and was walking out of the place, which had only 3 or 4 customers at the time, I noticed this guy sitting alone at a table, waiting for his order to be completed. He had a familiar look, a Hollywood face that stood out in a crowd -- the same way Charles Bronson or Lee Van Cleef has a Hollywood face.

I looked at him and he looked at me. I knew him from somewhere but couldn't place it. The way he was looking at me seemed to indicate he also knew me from somewhere but couldn't place it. Rather than strike up a conversation, I kept heading out the door.

Years later, I began to notice this guy in movies and TV episodes.

One day, there was an article about this guy in my University of Minnesota Alumni magazine.

His name is Chris Mulkey.

To date, he has appeared in over 50 movies and numerous TV series. One of his most notable roles was as a villain (Hank Jennings) on the Twin Peaks series. In addition to being an actor, he is also a writer, producer and musician.

Mulkey has been terrific in every role he has played. He's one of those great character actors whom you see all the time but don't know his name.

I'm honored to almost know him.

The next time I run into someone I recognize but can't place the face, I'm going to open my mouth and say something clever, such as "howdy."

Quote for the Day -- "Movie stars have careers -- actors work, and then they don't work, and then they work again." Frances McDormand

Bret Burquest is the author of 8 books, including THE REALITY OF THE ILLUSION OF REALITY, ORB OF WOUNDED SOULS and PATH TO FOURTH DENSITY (available on Amazon). He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and the ghost of Sarah Palmer.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Coup d'etat of the USA

Major General Smedley Butler (1881 - 1940), left school 38 days before his 17th birthday and joined the U.S. Marines during the Spanish-American War. The former commandant of the Marine Corp. was the most decorated Marine in U.S. history at the time of his death. He is one of only 19 men to have received the Congressional Medal of Honor twice.

Butler was an outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy, as observed in the following Butler quote in a socialist newspaper in 1935.

"I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-12. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras 'right' for American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested... Looking back on it, I felt I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three continents."

In 1935, a couple of years after his retirement from military service, Butler wrote a book titled WAR IS A RACKET. In it, he suggested the U.S. Navy should be prohibited from traveling beyond 200 miles from the U.S. coastline, military aircraft should be confined within 500 miles of the U.S. coastline, and the U.S. Army to be prohibited from leaving the USA. He also proposed that any future declaration of war should be passed by a vote in which the only ones eligible to vote would be those subject to conscription into military service.

Retired Maj. General Smedley Butler was also an outspoken critic of first-term President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal.

A "coup d'etat" is the sudden, illegal overthrow of a government, to be replaced by others.

In 1934, a small cabal of influential elitists attempted to overthrow the President of the United States and replace him with fascist style dictator (similar to Hitler) to counter FDR's socialist polities, which they believed were contrary to the U.S. Constitution. They suspected FDR was secretly a communist. Some of FDR's goals were a redistribution of wealth and an active role by federal government in the American economy.

Among those conspiring to overthrow the current president were Du Pont (financiers), JP Morgan factions, William S. Knutson (president of General Motors), and other influential elites. Also privy to the plot were Al Smith (1928 Democratic Presidential candidate), General Hugh Douglas (head of FDR's National Recovery Administration) General Douglas MacArthur, and a number of other generals and admirals.

The plot included $3 million in funds and a fascist march on Washington by 500,000 veterans. FDR would then be captured and the leadership would be taken over by a military-based government.

Gen. Smedley Butler was approached by the plotters and urged to head the new government. Butler had a reputation as the enlisted man's general -- he would have attracted many veterans to the cause. Plus, he had many allies in the current military establishment who might have gone along with the conspiracy.

However, Gen. Smedley Butler believed in the U.S. Constitution, something he had sworn all his life to uphold -- he blew the whistle and the whole conspiracy came to a halt.

"There are only two things we should fight for -- one is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights." Smedley Butler

Congress appointed a special committee to explore the matter, where it stalled for four years due to various political considerations and the clout of those involved at the top. No prosecutions or further investigations followed.

When the committee's final report was released, the NEW YORK TIMES wrote that the committee "purported to report that a two-month investigation had convinced it that General Butler's story of a Fascist march on Washington was alarmingly true."

In the final committee report -- "In the last few weeks of the committee's official life it received evidence showing that certain persons had made an attempt to establish a fascist organization in this country... There is no question that these attempts were discussed, were planned, and might have been in execution when and if the financial backers deemed it expedient."

The next coup d'etat in the USA took place in November of 1963.

The true rulers of Planet Earth work behind the scene. They control monetary systems, governmental bodies, military-industrial complexes and the media.

And they don't take kindly to those who oppose their grand schemes.

Quote for the Day -- "War is a racket... I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else." Smedley Butler

Bret Burquest is the author of 8 books, including THE REALITY OF THE ILLUSION OF REALITY, ORB OF WOUNDED SOULS and PATH TO FOURTH DENSITY (available on Amazon). He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where the Eagle flies of Friday.