Saturday, July 18, 2009

"We know more about your religion than you do"

Continuing on the sync trail from previous posts,
a few interesting Battlestar Galactica quotes
"We know more about your religion than you do."
Cylon Athena, the Number Eight Sharon copy who later joined the Colonial fleet of humans.

"We don't worship false idols." Athena
Leoben: "You kneel before idols and ask for guidance and you can’t see that your destiny’s already been written. Each of us plays a role, each time a different role. The last time, I was the interrogator and you were the prisoner. The players change, the story remains the same…"

Adrian Gilbert - The Invisible College & The Orion Stargate

Red Ice - Adrian Gilbert - The Invisible College & The Orion Stargate - Pt1
The entire playlist here. Definitely watch parts 2 & 3! Adrian Gilbert is the co-author of a number of bestselling books like "The Orion Mystery", "The Mayan Prophecies", "Magi" and "Signs in the Sky". The interview ties into the recent DS9 posts and think about the Battlestar Galactica story too (constellation map and altered states leading the way to their Earth).

Now sit down, relax, and take a couple of deep breaths. Do that, and everything you want will come to you.

Star Trek DS9 6x20 His Way
Odo gets woman advice from Vic Fontaine, a hologram singer:
VIC: (shaking his head in despair) There you go, tensing up again. I mean look at you, standing there like a statue. The only things you're going to attract are pigeons. (smiling) Now sit down, relax, and take a couple of deep breaths. Do that, and everything you want will come to you.
ODO: (not buying it) Is that all it takes?
VIC: Try it. Go on.

A reluctant Odo tries to sit back and relax. Coaching him along, Vic takes a deep breath and exhales slowly. Odo does likewise. As soon as he does, the doorbell RINGS.

VIC: See.
Kira, the woman in question, meditating in the same episode

Treachery, Faith, and the Great River

Star Trek DS9 7x04 Treachery, Faith, and the Great River
Synopsis: Odo gets a coded message from Gul Russol and takes off to meet him, even though he considers the possibility that it could be a trap. In fact it is a ploy for Weyoun to meet with Odo and urge him to rebuild the Dominion according to his ideals. Odo distrusts Weyoun, not believing that he would turn his back on the Founders, and the situation takes a turn for the strange when another Weyoun hails their runabout. It transpires that the Weyoun that had been seen on the show for the last two years was recently disintegrated in a transporter accident, and the version currently with Odo (Weyoun VI) is a "defective" clone that does not believe the Founders to be infallible and questions the necessity of the Dominion's war with the Alpha Quadrant powers. His replacement (Weyoun VII) tells Odo that he would be happy to have their runabout destroyed in order to prevent Weyoun VI's secrets from reaching the Federation, even if it means killing Odo. As they try to escape the pursuing Jem'Hadar, Weyoun VI reveals to Odo that an illness threatens to wipe out the Great Link. Weyoun VII eventually convinces Weyoun VI to commit suicide in order to protect Odo. Before dying, Weyoun VI asks Odo for a blessing.

At about the same time Odo departed, Benjamin Sisko goes to a conference on Bajor, and orders Miles O'Brien to have the gravity fixed on the USS Defiant before his return. Sisko is unconcerned that O'Brien lacks the one crucial piece of equipment required to make the repair. Nog, with faith, offers to help O'Brien by navigating "the Great River", a Ferengi concept of economics and trade - described as "millions of worlds, all with too much of one and not enough of the other".

ODO: Has it ever occurred to you that you believe the Founders are gods because that's what they want you to believe? That they built that into your genetic code?

But WV-Six refuses to buy Odo's denial, grinning to himself.
WV-SIX: Of course they did. That's what gods do. After all, why be a god if there's no one to worship you? ... I'm hungry. Is it all right if I get something from the replicator?

Odo continues to pilot the ship while WV-Six finishes off his meal, placing the empty plate on the seat behind him.

WV-SIX (re: the meal) That was filling.
ODO: I would hope so. You sampled the Replicator's entire menu.
WV-SIX: I enjoyed the different... textures.
ODO: You mean tastes, don't you?
WV-SIX: Not at all. The Vorta sense of taste is quite limited. About the only foods we really enjoy are kava nuts and rippleberries.
ODO: I take it this is also a result of your genetic programming?
WV-SIX: It's the Founders' way of making sure we remember our past. (off Odo's look) You must know the story of how the Founders created the Vorta...
ODO: No, but I have a feeling you're going to tell me all about it.
WV-SIX: The Vorta used to be very different from what we are today. We were forest dwellers. Small, timid, ape-like creatures living in hollowed-out trees.
ODO: (guessing) Eating nuts and berries.
WV-SIX: (nodding) And living in fear of the many predators that hunted us for food. One day, a wounded changeling came stumbling through the forest fleeing a mob of angry "solids."
ODO: Why were they chasing him?
WV-SIX: Does it matter? Solids have always feared and distrusted Shape-shifters, you know that.

Odo can't deny that... (I could, and it does matter)

WV-SIX: A family of Vorta hid the changeling from his pursuers. And in return for saving his life, the changeling promised the Vorta that one day, they would be transformed into powerful beings. That we would become an important part of a great new empire that would stretch across the Galaxy.
ODO: (intrigued) And the changeling kept his word.
WV-SIX : That's right. Imagine, Odo, my people were once little more than apes, and look at us now -- look at what you've done for us.
ODO: If the story were true, it would at least prove that my people are capable of kindness and generosity. (Right, with that new empire built on blood and all)
WV-SIX: You care about your people very much, don't you, Odo? In spite of all that's happened between you.
ODO: (quiet) Maybe I do, but that doesn't change the fact that they're responsible for a war that's killed millions.
WV-SIX: Odo... there's something you need to know.

Weyoun feels the terrible weight of the news he's about to reveal to Odo.
WV-SIX: A sickness has spread throughout the Great Link... The Founders... are dying. I was summoned to a meeting by the female changeling -- she wanted to discuss troop deployments with me. Suddenly, her hands began to... shrivel. It only lasted a second or two... but over the last few weeks, it's happened a number of times. It's like she's... withering.
ODO: And you're sure the other changelings have also been infected?
WV-SIX: She said the entire Link is suffering from the disease.
ODO: Everyone but me.
WV-SIX: If they're unable to find a cure, you'll be the last of your kind.
ODO: (pained) Why didn't you tell me this earlier?
WV-SIX: Because I knew how much it would hurt you. I'm sorry to bring you such sad news.

Odo nods, he's not blaming the messenger.

WV-SIX: But at least you're not infected. The Dominion will survive.
ODO: Meaning what?
WV-SIX: Think about it... you have an opportunity to rectify the mistakes your people have made. To build a new Dominion based on cooperation, not conquest; on peace, not war... a new order under your leadership.
ODO: And what's your role going to be in this "new order?"
WV-SIX: Whatever you want it to be. I wish only to serve you.

But before Odo responds, the Proximity Alarm sounds off again...

Monday, July 13, 2009 back online
is back online after some weird loopback error thingy, rejoice!

Alan Watts on dissolution

Via Posthuman Blues
"As so long as we can be scared of that, and so long that we can made to think that death is a bad thing we can be ruled. That is why no government likes mystics. Because if we define the mystic as the person who is no longer scared of death. Because the mystic is in the simplest possible language the person who understands, that you have to have nothing to have something. So you can't fundamentally scare the mystic with death. Say: What end can it all come to, what's all the trouble about? The most it can come to is nothing."
Alan Watts

Obama is a Reptilian Shapeshifter, wait, what?!

First a friendly reminder that all posts are just possible/probable, and not what I "believe". For instance, I'm absolutely agnostic when it comes to lizzies. The only reason I didn't e-prime that title is for the humor! Just following a DS9 sync trail here! Benjamin Sisko resonating Obama strongly, I find the following tidbits from a couple of episodes interesting.

Star Trek DS9 6x06 The Sacrifice of Angels
Reptilian Cardassian Gul Dukat in Sisko's place on DS9
Holding Sisko's Baseball
The USS Defiant's only option at one point is to enter the
wormhole and destroy as much of the Dominion troops
before they reach the Alpha Quadrant.
A desperate suicide mission...
or so it seems...

But, Sisko is the emissary/messiah remember
The prophets help him out in a vision, they are in the stargate after all!
That vision starts with him, holding his imaginary invisible baseball, hmm.

"The Game must go on!" say the prophets in the appearance of the people he knows,
like Dukat, holding the baseball again, hello let your mind associate the two now thanks ;)
And guess who hands over the baseball to Sisko when defeated, why Gul Dukat of course.

Moving on to episode 6x09 Statistical Probabilities...
Damar has been granted Gul Dukat's old place by the Vorta, cause Dukat went mad after Damar killed his daughter and Dukat stayed on DS9 and was captured.
"Pretender! You don't belong on that throne!"
It takes a genetically engineered (and crazy) human to realize it...
basically that line applies to every 'ruler' btw ;)

But the crazy guy said it because this Third Eye Lizzy belongs on the throne in the DS9 story, interesting lighting huh? This lizzy who has become rather mad again after being initially cured, stranded with Sisko on a planet, hallucinated talking to people who aren't there voicing his subconscious thought processes in the episode 6x11 Waltz. In the next Sisko episode 6x13 Far Beyond the Stars, Sisko gets his own psychotic episode, imagining himself back in time in the USA when all men apparently weren't created that equal (racism sensitivity episode!)
More lizzie hints, Cassidy puts on Sisko's Hoffman Lenzes so he can see the lizzies too... ;)
"YOU CAN'T DESTROY AN IDEA! That's ancient knowledge!"
Sisko's father was the They-Live preacher from the prophets in this episode
Just like the Hoffman-lenzes sunglasses, from They Live, a movie about aliens secretly ruling our planet.
As Sisko ends his vision/psychosis and 'shapeshifts' to his old self again.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Beautiful Planet, Beautiful South America

Enjoy these pictures of Peru, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador.
from a friend of a friend, click to enlarge