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Huna

Instead of feeding the gods with blood and burnt offerings, the kahunas understood the secret that lay behind the externals of all sacrifice. The High Self, in order to produce results in the physical plane must draw from the physical body of the earthy man sufficient vital force or mana to use in the work.

The custom of building temples or shrines to aid in contacting the gods was not practiced by the genuine kahunas, although the spurious kahunas of later times built temples of stone and offered sacrifices in vain efforts to get magical results.

The true kahunas needed no temples or shrines. They knew how to send the telepathic message to the High Self at will, regardless of place or conditions. They used no altar symbols, no incense or other mechanisms. (These things were reserved for use as physical stimuli to impress the low self when suggestion was being given for various purposes.)

The various rites used in religions to insure the dying a survival in spirit form and a certain amount of happiness as a spirit, were unknown to the kahunas. They had no place in their matter-of-fact science for dogmas which would demand a “salvation.” Their teaching was simply that all people should know that the spirits of men survived death and that the memories and complexes of physical life were carried over into the spirit life, making it advisable for the individual to rid himself of guilt complexes before death. (This may have given rise in ancient times to the non-kahuna practices aimed at preparing man for a better life after physical death.)

The kahunas believed that after death there was a continuation of growth and progression, the low self reincarnating as a middle self in due time and the middle self eventually rising to the level of the High Selves, first learning to watch over lesser forms of life, and in the end becoming the “utterly truthworthy parental spirit” or High Self of a low and middle self incarnated in the physical., Not a great deal was known about this process of growth and progression, so little was taught about it except as a part of the speculative doctrines of Huna. The graduation, so to speak, of the low self to the level of a middle self is accomplished after death during a period of inactivity resembling a long sleep. One is reminded of the worm which becomes a pupa, is inactive for a time, and then bursts forth a butterfly.

The most important preparation for death must be done by the individual. He must reduce his guilt complexes to the minimum and free himself of dogmatic religious beliefs which will hinder him after he becomes a spirit. It is not necessary to spend more than a few months on the spirit plane before continuing the growth process, providing one knows the ropes as did the kahunas. Knowing Huna is knowing the ropes.

All we can take with us at the time of death is knowledge, and it should be the first duty of each of us to accumulate the correct “take-withable” knowledge by a careful study of the psycho-religions and the discarding of beliefs which cannot be substantiated.

Secret Science Behind Miracles [p. 312-313]  Max Freedom Long

Seven Principles of Huna

  1. IKE – The world is what you think it is
  2. KALA – There are no limits, everything is possible
  3. MAKIA – Energy flows where attention goes
  4. MANAWA – Now is the moment of power
  5. ALOHA – To love is to be happy with
  6. MANA – All power comes from within
  7. PONO – Effectiveness is the measure of truth

Slaying the Java Beast

As you’ve probably heard by now, Java’s insecurity has been a vector for hackers’ to exploit and gain access to your computer through specially crafted malware that can hijack control over your machine. Even the Department of Homeland Security’s CERT team strongly recommends that consumers disable java on their computers.

While removing Java from your computer entirely may be one way to go, many require Java to run certain applications locally (which is fairly safe), the real problem lies in the browser itself — leaving the door open for “bad guys” to enter your system.

So how does one go about ‘slamming the door’ on these Java beasts? Here’s what I suggest:

Step 1: Which version of Java are you running? The easiest way to do this is through the Java control panel. Start by bringing up the Windows Control Panel (in Windows XP and Windows 7, choose Start, Control Panel; in Windows 8, right-click in the lower-left corner of the screen and choose Control Panel). If you see a Java icon, click on it. If you don’t see a Java icon (or link), in the upper-right corner, type Java. If you then see a Java icon, click on it.

Unfortunately, there’s a bug in at least one of the recent Java installers that keeps the Java icon from being displayed inside Windows Control Panel. If you can’t find the Java icon, go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre7\bin or C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin and double-click on the file called javacpl.exe. One way or another, you should now see the Java Control Panel.

Step 2: Update to the latest version of Java, version 7 update 11. In the Java Control Panel, under About, click the About button. The About Java dialog shows you the version number; if you’ve patched Java in the past few months, it’s likely Version 7 Update 9, 10, or 11. (Don’t be surprised if Java says that it’s set to update automatically, but doesn’t. I’ve seen that on several of my machines.) If you don’t have Java 7 Update 11, go to Java’s download site, and install the latest update. You have to restart your browser for the new Java version to kick in. Personally, I also reboot Windows.

Warning: Oracle, bless its pointed little pointy thingies, frequently tries to install additional garbage on your machine when you use its update site. Watch what you click.

Step 3: Disable the Java Runtime in all browsers. From the Java Control Panel, click or tap on the Security tab, then deselect the box marked Enable Java Content in the Browser. Click or tap OK, and restart your browsers (or better yet, reboot). From that point on, the Java Runtime should be disabled in all of your browsers, all of the time. To bring Java back, repeat the steps and select the box marked Enable Java Content in the Browser (the setting should, in fact, say “Enable Java Content in All of Your Browsers”).

Step 4: Turning off Java within each browser. In Internet Explorer 9 or 10, click on the gear icon in the upper-right corner and choose Manage Add-Ons. Scroll down to the bottom, under Oracle America, Inc., select each of the entries in turn; they’ll probably say “Java(tm) Plug-In SSV Helper” or some such. In the lower-right corner click the button marked Disable. Restart IE. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a notice that says, “The ‘Java(tm) Plug-In SSV Helper’ add-on from ‘Oracle America, Inc.’ is ready to use.” Click Don’t Enable. If you get a second notice about a Java add-on, click Don’t Enable on it, too. That should permanently disable Java Runtime in IE.

In any recent version of Firefox, click the Firefox tab in the upper-left corner and choose Add-Ons. You should see an add-on for Java(TM) Platform SE 7 U11. Click once on the entry, and click Disable. Restart Firefox.

In Chrome, type chrome://plugins in the address bar and push Enter. You should see an entry that says something like “Java (2 files) – Version: 10.7.2.11” Click on that entry and click the link that says Disable. Restart Chrome.

Step 5: Testing. Make sure the browsers are/aren’t running Java, by running each of them up against the Java test site. If you go to that site using Google Chrome, there better be a big yellow band at the top of your screen asking permission to run Java just this once.

Disabling Java in your browsers may seem like a real pain in the rump, but it is something that absolutely everyone must take seriously. Do it now!

 

Transconscious Attunement Engines

We are all fractals, everything is a fractal. Each pattern or fractal are part of an ever larger pattern or fractal. We’re all waves of pattern smeared across the Metafractal of The Cosmic ALL.

We are like instruments in an orchestra of cosmic noise trying to vibrate in harmony with the Universe.

Quantumly entangled with All Spaces and All Times, infinite streams of information are available to our awareness for perusal. All questions anwserable; All paradoxes reconciled.

As Transconscious Attunement Engines, all things that are thinkable are possible. It’s just a matter of time (duration) and frequency (vibration).

Black hole found spinning near the relativistic limit

The best evidence yet that some supermassive black holes (SMBH) rotate at extremely high rates has been found by an international team of astronomers. Made using the recently launched NuStar space telescope, the study suggests that a huge black hole at the centre of a distant galaxy acquired a huge amount of rotational energy as it formed. The discovery could provide important information about how SMBHs and their associated galaxies form and evolve.

Astronomers know that black holes that are as large as a billion solar masses can be found at the heart of most galaxies. Because these gravitational behemoths are created at the same time as their host galaxies, understanding how they formed could provide important information about galaxy formation and evolution.

Knowing the spin of an SMBH can provide important clues about how it formed. If the black hole grew slowly, by sucking in small amounts of matter from all directions, then it isn’t expected to have much spin. However, if the formation process involves the black hole gorging rapidly on matter from a specific direction, conservation of angular momentum would leave it with an extremely large spin.

Redshifted X-rays

The spin of a supermassive black hole can be measured by looking at the effect that the spin has on material that is being sucked in to the black hole. This material forms an accretion disc that swirls around the black hole before disappearing from sight. The faster the black hole is spinning, the closer the inner edge of the disc is to the centre of the black hole. As a result, the X-rays emanating from the inner edge are affected by the black hole’s gravity more when the black hole is spinning.

Astronomers see this as a “stretching” of the wavelength (redshift) of characteristic X-rays emanating from iron and other elements in the accretion disc. By measuring the redshift, the spin of the black hole can be deduced.

The problem, however, is that these X-rays must first travel through fast-moving clouds of gas that surround the accretion disc. The absorption of X-rays by the gas could mimic the effect of a spinning black hole. As a result, astronomers have not been that confident about their estimates of black-hole spin.

Sensitive at higher energies

Now, Guido Risaliti of the Arcetri Observatory in Florence and astronomers in the US, Denmark and the UK have separated the redshift and cloud effects using data from NASA’s NuSTAR space telescope – which was launched in June 2012 – along with data from the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton space telescope. Unlike other instruments that are sensitive in the 0.5–10 keV range, NuStar can detect X-rays in the 3–80 keV energy range. The instrument’s excellent sensitivity at higher energies means that it can tell the difference between the effects of gas absorption and spin on the X-rays.

Risaliti and colleagues pointed the telescopes at the SMBH at the centre of the galaxy NGC1365, which is about 56 million light-years away. This black hole, which is about 2 million times more massive than the Sun, is of particular interest because previous studies had suggested that it was rotating rapidly.

The results suggest that if cloud absorption were the only process affecting the X-rays, then the clouds must be so dense that they absorb up to 98% of the X-rays created in the accretion disc. But if this were the case, then the cloud would quickly absorb vast amounts of energy and then blow apart.

via Black hole found spinning near the relativistic limit – physicsworld.com.

New radiation ring spotted in Van Allen belt

A previously unseen ring of radiation formed within the Earth s Van Allen belt in September of 2012 and then vanished a month later. That is the finding of a team of researchers in the US, which analysed the first data available from the twin spacecraft of NASA s Van Allen Probes mission. The anomalous ring – made up of high-energy electrons – stayed largely unchanged, until it was disrupted and virtually annihilated by a powerful interplanetary shock wave. The new findings show how we need a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms of the Van Allen belts.

Ring of fire Discovered by US physicist James van Allen more than 50 years ago, the Van Allen radiation belts are two concentric, doughnut-shaped rings that encircle our planet. They are held in place by the Earth s magnetic field and are filled with high-energy particles. The outer ring is mainly made up of MeV electrons that vary in intensity over a timescale of hours to days, depending on the solar wind. The inner ring consists of a mix of high-energy electrons and extremely energetic protons.

The belts are confined within the Earth s magnetosphere and extend from an altitude of about 1000 to 60,000 km above the Earth s surface. They tend to swell and shrink over time as they are a driven by solar wind and cosmic rays. The high amounts of radiation within the belts make them a threat to satellites in geostationary orbit, which must carry sufficient shielding if their orbit lies within the belts.

Probing plasmas

To better study the Van Allen belts, NASA launched the Van Allen Probes formerly known as the Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission on 30 August 2012 to investigate both rings. It comprises two spacecraft that are kitted out with energetic particle, plasma and magnetic-field instruments, plus plasma-wave sensors to investigate both rings. The mission s aims included understanding how particles are accelerated, transported and lost from the belts as well as determining how extreme space weather affects the region.

Unexpected ring

When Dan Baker from the University of Colorado and colleagues analysed the first data from the mission, however, they found the completely unexpected and surprising new electro storage ring nestled between the two known rings, which appeared after 2 September last year. According to a paper published in the journal Science, the distinctive ring of highly relativistic electrons persisted, changing only gradually until it abruptly disappeared on 1 October.

more via New radiation ring spotted in Van Allen belt – physicsworld.com.

Space race under way to create quantum satellite

In this month’s special edition of Physics World, focusing on quantum physics, Thomas Jennewein and Brendon Higgins from the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, Canada, describe how a quantum space race is under way to create the world’s first global quantum-communication network.

The field of quantum communication – the science of transmitting quantum states from one place to another – has received significant attention in the last few years owing to the discovery of quantum cryptography.

Quantum cryptography exploits a unique property of single particles, such as photons: they can exist in two separate states – such as vertically polarized or horizontally polarized – or something in-between, known as a quantum superposition. Upon measuring the state of a particle you instantly change this state, meaning an encryption key made of photons can be passed between two parties safe in the knowledge that if an eavesdropper intercepts it, this would be noticed.

Quantum cryptography has been described as a way of creating “unbreakable” messages and has attracted the attention of major technology companies, governments, banks and other security-focused clients.

The transmission of encryption keys over long distances still remains a significant challenge for scientists, however, as the intensity of signals tends to weaken as they travel further because photons get absorbed or scattered off molecules.

Up until now, the furthest that quantum-communication signals have been sent is a few hundred kilometres, which would realistically enable communication between just one or two cities.

There is one place, however, where scattering doesn’t appear to happen – empty space. Jennewein and Higgins lead just one of several teams around the world looking to take advantage of this by pursuing the concept of a quantum satellite.

A signal travelling from a ground station on Earth to a satellite would spend most of its time in the empty vacuum of space – rather than in Earth’s atmosphere, which is crowded with gas molecules – so the signal would travel a lot further without weakening.

A satellite orbiting at around 32000 km above Earth would act as a kind of relay between two ground stations in a way that allows them to establish a secure link by sharing an encryption key made of photons.

In addition to the basic mass and power of the satellite itself, the team led by Jennewein and Higgins has been studying the overall design features of the satellite and ground stations and has emphasized the need for them both to be precisely aligned so they can be certain that what they are measuring correctly corresponds to the photons that are prepared.

“With the prospect of global-scale quantum communications and fundamental quantum science within new, unexplored regimes, the next few years are sure to be exciting,” Jennewein and Higgins write.

via Space race under way to create quantum satellite.

US teen designs compact nuclear reactor

LONG BEACH, California — Eighteen-year-old Taylor Wilson has designed a compact nuclear reactor that could one day burn waste from old atomic weapons to power anything from homes and factories to space colonies.

The American teen, who gained fame four years ago after designing a fusion reactor he planned to build in the garage of his family’s home, shared his latest endeavor at a TED Conference in southern California on Thursday.

“It’s about bringing something old, fission, into the 21st Century,” Wilson said. “I think this has huge potential to change the world.”

He has designed a small reactor capable of generating 50-100 megawatts of electricity, enough to power as many as 100,000 homes.

The reactor can be made assembly-line style and powered by molten radioactive material from nuclear weapons, Wilson said. The relatively small, modular reactor can be shipped sealed with enough fuel to last for 30 years.

“You can plop them down anywhere in the world and they work, buried under the ground for security reasons,” he said, while detailing his design at TED.

“In the Cold War we built up this huge arsenal of nuclear weapons and we don’t need them anymore,” Wilson said. “It would be great if we could eat them up, and this reactor loves this stuff.”

His reactors are designed to spin turbines using gas instead of steam, meaning they operate at temperatures lower than those of typical nuclear reactors and don’t spew anything if there is a breach.

The fuel is in the form of molten salt, and the reactors don’t need to be pressurized, according to the teenager.

“In the event of an accident, you can just drain the core into a tank under the reactor with neutron absorbers and the reaction stops,” Wilson said.

“There is no inclination for the fission products to leave this reactor,” he said. “In an accident, the reactor may be toast, which is sorry for the power company, but there is no problem.”

Wilson, who graduated grade school in May, said he is putting off university to focus on a company he created to make Modular Fission Reactors.

He sees his competition as nations, particularly China, and the roadblocks ahead as political instead of technical.

Wilson planned to have a prototype ready in two years and a product to market in five years.

“Not only does it combat climate change, it can bring power to the developing world,” Wilson said with teenage optimism.

“Imagine having a compact reactor in a rocket designed by those planning to habitat other planets. Not only would you have power for propulsion, but power once you get there.”

via AFP: US teen designs compact nuclear reactor.