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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lance's Dark Mood Party Mix Vol 67 (Trip Hop / Downtempo / Electronica /...

1. antrru - Забывать Все
2. SOHN - Ransom Notes – 4:31
3. Mirrorman and She.Xist - Ghost Talk (Mr. Moods Creepy Remix) – 8:37
4. Two Silhouettes - Get Thee To A Nunnery – 13:00
5. Kill Emil - Lets Go – 16:36
6. Hugo Kant - Ranjia (Jon Kennedy Remix) – 19:45
7. Mounika. - Del Matino – 25:09
8. TeRL – Upsurge – 28:21
9. Craset & Sibewest - Lonely Thoughts – 32:47
10. Prozak Morris - Stop The Pop – 37:41
11. Ogi Feel The Beat - Run Away – 41:43
12. Christian Löffler – Lid – 45:02
13. Marcas - The Looking Glass – 50:06
14. Vacant – Lost – 54:51
15. Manu Shrine – Dismissal – 59:24
16. Detz - What You Are – 1:04:26
17. Tor – Heikki – 1:08:52

YES - Owner Of a Lonely Heart - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2017

Soundgardens Chris Cornell's Last Song in Detroit May 17, 2017

PsyBlog - Taking Notes Has This Ironic Effect On Your Memory

Taking Notes Has This Ironic Effect On Your Memory post image
Psychologists asked people to play a classic memory game, sometimes called Concentration or Pairs — half were allowed to take notes.
Making notes can actually reduce what you remember, according to psychological research.
In a reverse of what many people expect, writing down information causes it to be flushed from memory.
We seem to intentionally forget what we write down.


To prove it psychologists asked people to play a classic memory game, sometimes called Concentration, Pairs or just Memory.
A whole pack of cards is spread out across the table face-down.
Then each person turns over two cards, looking for a matching number (or picture) card.
You repeat this, turn by turn, and the winner is the person who gets the most pairs.
For the study, half were allowed to make notes about the locations of the cards, the other half not.
Here’s the trick, though: those allowed to make notes had them taken away before they were tested on the locations and identities of the cards.
The study’s authors write:
“One might have predicted that the note-taking group should show evidence of having better memory for the identity and location of the cards, as it could be argued that the form of studying that they were engaged in was more active and elaborate than the forms used by the study group.”
However, the study showed the exact reverse, as the authors explain:
“[the results showed] participants in the note-taking group remembered significantly less location information than did participants in the study group.
These results are suggestive that note-takers intentionally forgot the location information.”
The reason, then, is that the brain says to itself: “Well, I’ve written this information down, so there is no need to remember it!”
The authors write:
“Not unlike a person using a day planner to keep track of appointments, the results indicate that participants relied on their notes as an external store for the cards’ locations.”
So, be careful what you make a note of, especially if you think you might lose the notes!
The study was published in the journal Memory & Cognition (Eskritt & Ma, 2014).

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

AMY LEE - "It's A Fire" by Portishead

Pearl Jam - Jeremy (Official Video)

The Atlantic: Technology - What Space Smells Like by Megan Garber

Meat, metal, raspberries, rum ...
[optional image description] When astronauts return from space walks and remove their helmets, they are welcomed back with a peculiar smell. An odor that is distinct and weird: something, astronauts have described it, like "seared steak." And also: "hot metal." And also: "welding fumes." 
Our extraterrestrial explorers are remarkably consistent in describing Space Scent in meaty-metallic terms. "Space," astronaut Tony Antonelli has said, "definitely has a smell that's different than anything else." Space, three-time spacewalker Thomas Jones has put it, "carries a distinct odor of ozone, a faint acrid smell." 
Space, Jones elaborated, smells a little like gunpowder. It is "sulfurous."
Add to all those anecdotal assessments the recent discovery, in a vast dust cloud at the center of our galaxy, of ethyl formate -- and the fact that the ester is, among other things, the chemical responsible for the flavor of raspberries. Add to that the fact that ethyl formate itself smells like rum. Put all that together, and one thing becomes clear: The final frontier sort of stinks.
But ... how does it stink, exactly? It turns out that we, and more specifically our atmosphere, are the ones who give space its special spice. According to one researcher, the aroma astronauts inhale as they move their mass from space to station is the result of "high-energy vibrations in particles brought back inside which mix with the air." 
In the past, NASA has been interested in reproducing that smell for training purposes -- the better to help preemptively acclimate astronauts to the odors of the extra-atmospheric environment. And the better to help minimize the sensory surprises they'll encounter once they're there. The agency, in 2008, talked with the scent chemist Steve Pearce about the possibility of recreating space stench, as much as possible, here on earth.*
Pearce came to NASA's attention after he recreated, for an art installation on "Impossible Smells," the scents of the Mir space station. (This was, he noted, a feat made more complicated by the fact that cosmonauts tend to bring vodka with them into space -- which affects not only the scent of their breath, but also that of their perspiration.) The result of Pearce's efforts? "Just imagine sweaty feet and stale body odor, mix that odor with nail polish remover and gasoline ... then you get close!"
Those efforts, alas, did not move forward. But had Pearce continued in creating a NASA-commissioned eau de vacuum, he would have had the aid of wonderfully poetic descriptions provided by astronauts themselves. Such as, for example, this sweet-smelling stuff from wonder-astronaut Don Pettit
"Each time, when I repressed the airlock, opened the hatch and welcomed two tired workers inside, a peculiar odor tickled my olfactory senses," Pettit recalled. "At first I couldn't quite place it. It must have come from the air ducts that re-pressed the compartment. Then I noticed that this smell was on their suit, helmet, gloves, and tools. It was more pronounced on fabrics than on metal or plastic surfaces."
He concluded:
It is hard to describe this smell; it is definitely not the olfactory equivalent to describing the palette sensations of some new food as "tastes like chicken." The best description I can come up with is metallic; a rather pleasant sweet metallic sensation. It reminded me of my college summers where I labored for many hours with an arc welding torch repairing heavy equipment for a small logging outfit. It reminded me of pleasant sweet smelling welding fumes. That is the smell of space.
*Update: I've changed some of the wording in this and the next two paragraphs to reflect the age of NASA's scent-recreation efforts. Those efforts were going strong in 2008, but seem to have stalled at present, and Pearce was not finally hired for the project. Thanks to MIT's Charlie Petit for pointing that out. 
Hat tip Brian Fung

Wildflowers on the Farm

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dark psytrance Psychosomasis closing set at The Sacred Gardens Psychedel...

Dark psytrance Anakis Twisted Journey 149 147bpm 07 02 2013

01. Synthetik Chaos vs Annunakey - Mauvais traitements (Bom Shanka Music)…itements
02. Junesix - Raw-Bot (Live Edit) (World People)
03. Insane Creatures - Sicksicksicks (Isotropic Sounds Records)
04. Vertical - Jeweler (Parvatic rec.)…r-149-bpm
05. Meerkut vs Fafazz - Noisy Stereophonic Therapy of kids (unsigned)
06. Fagin's reject - Goat Leg (Psynon rec.)…eject-degenerate
07. Bodhi - Dismantled Bedazzlement (temple twister rec.)…lement
08. Mark Day - Hippy Hop (Blue Hour Sounds)…inal-mix/3933886
09. Dirty Saffi - Global Weirding (Bom Shanka Music)…weirding
10. Whiptongue - Invisible Residents (Pixan rec.)…-residents
11. Whiptongue - Involuntary Moves (Looney Moon rec.)…ry-moves
12. Asimilon vs Synthetik Chaos - Started Freaking Out (Basic Algorithm)…ng-out
13. Phase - Onehoundread and Onetreaths (Looney Moon rec.)…etreaths
14. Assioma - Liquid Thoughts (Looney Moon rec.)…thoughts

Psytrance mix between 147 and 149 bpm recorded at home with Traktor 2.0
Quality : 320kb/s MP3

At Bedside, Stay Stoic or Display Emotions? By BARRON H. LERNER, M.D

At Bedside, Stay Stoic or Display Emotions?

A young doctor sat down with a terminal lung cancer patient and her husband to discuss the woman’s gloomy prognosis. The patient began to cry. Then the doctor did, too.
The scene was undoubtedly moving. But should physicians display this much emotion at the bedside?
For years, medical schools and residency training programs studiously avoided the topic of emotions. Doctors learned the nuts and bolts of cancer and other serious diseases. Yet when it came time to reveal grim diagnoses, they were largely on their own.
These days, all medical schools have some type of education in topics like the physician-patient relationship and breaking bad news. But knowing how to respond to a personal wave of stress or sadness remains a major challenge. Is crying O.K.? How about hugging a patient who starts to cry?
One physician who cautions against excess emotions is Dr. Hiram S. Cody III, acting chief of the breast cancer service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Although Dr. Cody emphasizes the need for doctors “to understand, to sympathize, to empathize and to reassure,” he says his job “is not to be emotional and/or cry with my patients.”
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There are two reasons for this stance, Dr. Cody tells young physicians on rounds: It is not therapeutic for the patient, and it will cause “emotional burnout” in the doctor.
These beliefs are shared by many other physicians, but some new data suggest that crying in a medical setting is common among young doctors. At a recent meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine, Dr. Anthony D. Sung of Harvard Medical School and colleagues reported that 69 percent of medical students and 74 percent of interns said they had cried at least once. As might be expected, more than twice as many women cried as men.
In some instances on the wards, the emotions just flow. For example, in the 1988 PBS documentary “Can We Make a Better Doctor?” a Harvard medical student, Jane Liebschutz, sees her patient unexpectedly die during a cardiac bypass operation. She suddenly bursts into tears and wanders away from her colleagues until the chief surgeon, who has witnessed what happened, assures her that her response was natural.
Other physicians may choose to place themselves in emotional situations. Dr. May Hua, an anesthesiology resident at Columbia University Medical Center, recently told me that during her internship, her supervising resident, Dr. Benita Burke, skipped lunch to spend extra time with her cancer patients. They dubbed this time “mental health rounds,” during which they could address issues that were not strictly medical. Many times, Dr. Burke would wind up in tears or giving an embrace.
“I think patients adored Benita,” Dr. Hua said, “both as their doctor and as their friend.”
But even as she admired her colleague, Dr. Hua realized that such public emotion was not for her. “I knew this was something I couldn’t do, because I needed to have a level of detachment to these people.”
I understood exactly what Dr. Hua meant. Whether because of my personality or my being a man, I, too, have never cried in front of a patient.
Dr. Burke says she believes that her crying stems from being “very involved” in her cases, which leads her to “take everything to heart.” In the case of the lung cancer patient, Dr. Burke had been the first physician to inform her that further aggressive treatment was unlikely to help. In other words, the patient was dying.
Dr. Burke said she realized that this level of involvement was uncommon but believed that she could not be any other kind of doctor. “I’ve always been a very emotional person at baseline,” she said.
Dr. Sung’s study concludes with a call for senior doctors to acknowledge and discuss openly the apparent high rates of crying among medical trainees.
Yet while health professionals — not only physicians but also nurses and social workers — may debate among themselves the propriety of emotional displays, what probably matters most is what patients think. Just as different doctors respond differently to sad situations, so do patients and their families. While some might appreciate physical contact or tears, others find such displays to be too “touchy-feely.”
Cancer patients may encounter such situations more than most. One breast cancer survivor, Sharon Rapoport, of Roanoke, Va., said she greatly admired physicians like Dr. Cody, who may appear reserved but communicate their concern through their actions.
But Ms. Rapoport also said she had an extra appreciation for doctors who felt comfortable with outward displays of emotion. “If that means tears,” she said, “bring them on.”

Monday, June 19, 2017

Medscape: News & Perspective - Can Being Lonely Make You Sick?

Interviewer: Laurie Scudder, DNP, NP; Interviewee: Amy Banks, MD Disclosures

June 12, 2017

Spurred by a recent study published in Health Psychology that examined the link between self-reported loneliness and viral illness, Medscape set out to examine the current state of evidence on the links between social connectedness and physical health. We invited Amy Banks, MD, director of advanced training at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women, to speak with us. Dr Banks has devoted her career to understanding the neurobiology of relationships.
What Do We Know About Relationships and Health?

Medscape: Your research has examined the neurobiology of relationships—the physiology of emotional connections. How has that improved knowledge helped us to understand the role of social relationships in health?

Dr. Amy Banks

Dr Banks: That is a big question that touches on several fields of science. "Relational neuroscience" refers to the intersection of interpersonal neurobiology, relational cultural theory, and neuroplasticity and has emerged in the past 20 years. Technological advances, including functional MRI, single-photon emission CT, and PET, have allowed us to finally see the brain in action and the way in which relationships turn the brain on.

And lo and behold, what has emerged is the identification of very specific neural networks that are dedicated to interpersonal relationships, to connecting, and to all of the specific skills that we need to be in healthy human connection.

Popular Western theories of human development focus on the belief that we are born dependent, and the task of socialization is to raise increasingly independent, individualistic people. This process of development describes separation from others as a sign of maturity. Individuals in this model are able to "stand on their own two feet." My colleagues and I believe that this developmental process has disintegrated or weakened the position of relationship in our culture.

Other cultures, primarily Eastern, focus on the centrality of relationships to all human health and well-being. When human beings are built within the context of human relationships, a much more sophisticated interpersonal neural network is built that allows a person to participate in relationships in a way that calms the stress response system, builds the immune system, and creates a sense of belonging. In this setting, when a person is separated from his group, a warning alarm of pain is issued, telling him that he is in danger.

So, there's a whole physiology there just waiting to be tapped into, if we are setting up social societies in a way that really focuses on the centrality of relationships to health and well-being.
[T]here's a whole physiology there just waiting to be tapped into, if we are setting up social societies in a way that really focuses on the centrality of relationships to health and well-being.

Medscape: Is it too simplistic to compare this with the concept of "use it or lose it"? That is, if these neuropathways are not used, they won't develop?

Dr Banks: That is exactly right. You are referring to the relatively new concept of neuroplasticity—that the human nervous system is malleable, and we can change and develop our brains throughout life.

We are born with rudimentary but profound neural networks that orient an infant to the mother or caregivers. The more these networks are supported by positive, responsive interactions, the more they will blossom into rich neural networks.

The first developmental task of an infant is to develop trust. When trust in others is wired into the autonomic nervous system, the stress response system or the sympathetic nervous system is modulated by contact with safe people. The more safe people an infant and child is in contact with, the stronger the modulation of the stress response.
The first 3 years of life are particularly important for laying down healthy, robust neural pathways for connection. Ongoing responsive relationships lead to the development of complex social skills, such as give-and-take and conflict resolution. However, for children in families with little safety in relationship or poor communication skills, these networks won't develop as fully. This is how the neuroplastic concept of "use it or lose it" plays out on a day-to-day basis through our interactions with others What Is Chronic Disconnection?

Medscape: You have also studied chronic disconnection. Can you explain that concept?

Dr Banks: Individuals who are chronically disconnected are existentially isolated. There's a difference between being isolated and being alone. A lot of people can be alone, but still have a rich relational neural network that allows them to carry others inside of them in their thoughts and feelings. This is vastly different from a state of isolation, where a person has not had the healthy relationships to develop the pathways needed to feel safe when alone. For a human being, isolation is a lethal state, because we are interdependent creatures and our physiology functions best when we are part of a group.
For a human being, isolation is a lethal state, because we are interdependent creatures and our physiology functions best when we are part of a group.

When trauma and abuse are a part of a person's relational experience, then fear, distrust, and isolation are coded into the nervous system. People in abusive relationships feel unsafe and have difficulty building lasting relationships. These folks exist in a state of chronic disconnection that does not allow them to feel safe in any human connection. This can be lethal over time.

Medscape: How does this disconnection affect the management of such conditions as anxiety, depression, or dementia? It would seem that it would make management all but impossible until the fundamental underlying issue is addressed.

Dr Banks: That's correct. Isolation induces a state of fear, right? The messages are clear: You are on your own, no one can help you, and no one wants to help you. These messages are depressing and anxiety-provoking. It's scary out there when you're on your own. That not only makes anxiety and depression worse, it makes all physical illnesses both more likely and worse.

One of my favorite books is called Love and Survival: How Good Relationships Can Bring You Health and Well-being, by Dean Ornish.[1] In it, he documents all of the studies up to that point that link isolation and disconnection to an increased rate of illness of all kinds. He writes, "I'm not aware of any other factor in medicine: not diet; not smoking; not exercise; not stress; not genetics; not drugs; not surgery that has a greater impact on our quality of life, incidence of illness, and premature deaths from all causes."

He's talking about relationships.

Medscape: How does the clinician distinguish a person who may live alone, for example, and yet have a very rich interactive life, from the individual who is chronically disconnected?

Dr Banks: Your question relates to another question that I hear all the time, which is: How does an introvert fit in?

The idea is that if you have had enough healthy relationships in your life all along, then you will develop neural pathways in a sophisticated way so you can live alone, but know you have people out there. If you really are feeling lonely, as opposed to isolated, then you can call a friend or reach out to someone. So I think it is important to ask our patients about their relationships.

Medscape: What is known about the effects of loneliness and lack of connection on physical health?

Dr Banks: There is definitely a strong connection. As I mentioned before, strong relationships help build an internal regulatory system that modulates your stress response. In contrast, when those pathways haven't been or are not being stimulated, that internal modulating system for stress weakens. And with ongoing isolation, the firing of your stress response increases, leading to a state of chronic stress. Chronic stress weakens the immune system, which ultimately leads to more illnesses of all kinds.

Naomi Eisenberger and Matthew Lieberman at UCLA have examined the neurocognitive overlap between physical and social pain.[2] In their study, subjects participated in a virtual ball-tossing game over the Internet. The game was programmed so that the ball was thrown to the subject at some points and that same person was excluded in another round of the game.

The investigators obtained recorded functional images during the game, looking at the area of the brain that was activated when the person was socially excluded or left out of the game. They found that for most people, being left out felt bad, and the bad feeling correlated with activation of the dorsal anterior cingulate gyrus, which is an area of the brain already known to be activated by physical pain.
[P]eople with chronic disconnection and physical pain will eventually end up in the same place, with more illness and less well-being.

What the researchers postulate is that being disconnected—being apart from your tribe, if you will—is as important as being physically injured or hurt. The pain pathway is one and the same. So let's start treating it like that. We need an action plan, just as we would use for a physical pain syndrome. Because people with chronic disconnection and physical pain will eventually end up in the same place, with more illness and less well-being. What Should Clinicians Do?

Medscape: It is recognized that for some older adults, an appointment with a medical professional is one of their major social connections. That's quite a burden for busy primary care providers. Recently, a major insurer launched a program for these adults that provides regular phone contact to offer support. Are there other ways that busy clinical practices can practically provide social support to seniors who may lack supportive relationships at home?

Dr Banks: I think that every primary care clinician needs to be connected to resources in their own community. That may be a social worker, a community center, social clubs, or other agencies that work with our aging population. Older adults need to be assessed for isolation. Are they isolated because their friends are dying? Or because of a mental illness that has never allowed them to connect?

The solution has to involve relationships. Fundamentally, though, our culture undermines our health by promoting the belief that being separate, being an individual, and standing on your own two feet is what mature adults do. This implicitly says that you have less value if you need someone else. And I would argue that it is unrealistic for a medical provider to foster social connectedness. However, I do think that all medical providers need to assess for loneliness, isolation, and loss and to understand the very real impact this will have on their patient's physical well-being. If you have a patient who has diabetes and is isolated, then 9 times out of 10, their diabetes is going to be worse.

That is true regardless of the patient's age. For example, the College Diabetes Network is a program available in hundreds of colleges across the country. It was formed in recognition that the transition to college can be a challenging time for teens, who are needing to take more responsibility for their lives and their health. Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, can make them feel different at their new college. In an effort to belong, they may overlook the challenges of their medical condition and, with no parents to remind them to check sugars or monitor what they eat, their A1C levels can rise dramatically.

Within this network, college students with diabetes text each other their blood sugars. The results are impressive: Simply reaching out in this way universally helps students keep their blood sugars under control by interpersonal accountability.

Unfortunately, as a society, we have drifted away from the idea that our elders have great wisdom to contribute to the next generation. So many aging people have lost a sense of meaning or purpose, and as friends die, there is great risk for isolation. This should be a major health concern for all practitioners.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017 “The Judge of All the Earth” Always Does What Is Right Watchtower Study Edition April 2017

Abraham expresses confidence that Jehovah will render perfect justice to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah

“The Judge of All the Earth” Always Does What Is Right


“The Rock, perfect is his activity, for all his ways are justice.”DEUT. 32:4.

1. How did Abraham express confidence in Jehovah’s sense of justice? (See opening picture.)
“WILL the Judge of all the earth not do what is right?” (Gen. 18:25) With that question, Abraham expressed confidence that Jehovah would render perfect justice in the case of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham was convinced that Jehovah would never act unjustly by “putting the righteous man to death with the wicked one.” Such an act was “unthinkable” to Abraham. Some 400 years later, Jehovah said of himself: “The Rock, perfect is his activity, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness who is never unjust; righteous and upright is he.”Deut. 31:19; 32:4.
2. Why can it be said that Jehovah is incapable of injustice?
2 Why could Abraham express confidence that Jehovah would always render a righteous judgment? Because Jehovah is the greatest example of justice and righteousness. In fact, the Hebrew words rendered “justice” and “righteousness” often appear together in the Hebrew Scriptures. Basically, there is no distinction between what is just and what is right. Logically, since Jehovah is the ultimate standard  of righteousness, his view of matters will always be just. Further, according to his own written Word, “he loves righteousness and justice.”Ps. 33:5.
3. Relate an example of injustice in today’s world.
3 Honest hearted ones are comforted by the knowledge that Jehovah is always just, for the world is saturated with injustice. As a result, individuals have at times become the victims of gross wrongs. For example, some people have been unjustly convicted and imprisoned. Only with the introduction of DNA evidence in a review of the case have some been freed after spending decades in prison for crimes they did not commit. While such wrongful imprisonments are a cause of frustration and even anger, Christians may find another type of injustice even more difficult to bear.


4. How might a Christian’s faith be tested?
4 Christians expect to experience some injustice outside the Christian congregation. However, our faith may be put to the test if we observe or experience what seems to be an injustice inside the congregation. How will you react if you believe that you have experienced some wrong in the congregation or in your dealings with a fellow Christian? Will you allow that to be a cause for stumbling?

5. Why should it come as no surprise if a Christian observes or experiences injustice in the congregation?

5 Because all of us are imperfect and subject to sin, we realize that there is a possibility that we could either experience injustice ourselves or be the cause of it for someone else in the congregation. (1 John 1:8) Although such instances are rare, faithful Christians are not surprised or stumbled when injustices do occur. For good reason, Jehovah has provided practical advice in his Word to assist us to maintain our integrity, even if we experience wrongs at the hands of fellow believers.Ps. 55:12-14.
6, 7. What injustice did one brother experience in the congregation, and what qualities helped him to handle the matter properly?
6 Consider the experience of Willi Diehl. Beginning in 1931, Brother Diehl served faithfully at the Bethel home in Bern, Switzerland. In 1946, he attended the eighth class of Gilead School in New York, U.S.A. After graduation, he was eventually assigned to the circuit work in Switzerland. In his life story, Brother Diehl related: “In May 1949, I informed headquarters in Bern that I planned to marry.” The response from the Bern office? “No privileges other than regular pioneering.” Brother Diehl went on to explain: “I was not permitted to give talks . . . Many no longer greeted us, treating us like disfellowshipped persons.”

7 How did Brother Diehl handle that situation? He stated: “We knew, however, that getting married was not unscriptural, so we took refuge in prayer and put our trust in Jehovah.” Eventually, the mistaken view regarding marriage that prompted the injustice was corrected, and Brother Diehl’s privileges of service were restored. His loyalty to Jehovah was rewarded. * We do well to ask ourselves: ‘Would I  demonstrate a similar spiritual outlook if I experienced such injustice? Would I patiently wait on Jehovah, or would I be inclined to take matters into my own hands?’Prov. 11:2; read Micah 7:7.
8. Why might you mistakenly conclude that you have been a victim of injustice or that someone else has been?
8 On the other hand, you could mistakenly conclude that you have been a victim of injustice or that another member of the congregation has been. This could happen because of our imperfect view of matters or because we do not have all the facts. In either case, whether our understanding of matters is accurate or mistaken, prayerful reliance on Jehovah, combined with loyalty, will prevent us from ever becoming “enraged against Jehovah.”Read Proverbs 19:3.

9. What examples will we consider in this article and in the next?

9 Let us reflect on three examples of injustice that occurred among Jehovah’s people in Bible times. In this article, we will consider Abraham’s great-grandson Joseph and his experience with his brothers. In the next article, we will examine Jehovah’s dealings with Israel’s King Ahab as well as the apostle Peter’s experience in Syrian Antioch. As we discuss these examples, look for lessons that will help you maintain your spiritual focus and preserve your relationship with Jehovah, especially when you believe that you have experienced injustice.


10, 11. (a) What injustices did Joseph experience? (b) What opportunity presented itself while Joseph was in prison?
10 Joseph, a faithful servant of Jehovah, experienced injustice, not only at the hands of outsiders but also, more painfully, at the hands of his fleshly brothers. When Joseph was in his late teens, his brothers kidnapped him and sold him as a slave. Against his will, he was taken to Egypt. (Gen. 37:23-28; 42:21) After some time in that foreign country, he was falsely accused of attempted rape and was imprisoned without a trial. (Gen. 39:17-20) His ordeal as a slave and a prisoner lasted for about 13 years. What lessons can we learn from Joseph’s experience that will help us if we face injustice at the hands of a fellow believer?

11 Joseph had an opportunity to present his case to a fellow prisoner. That prisoner was the former chief cup bearer of the king. During the time that Joseph and the cup bearer were imprisoned together, the cup bearer had a dream, which Joseph interpreted. Joseph explained that the cup bearer would be restored to his former position in Pharaoh’s court. When Joseph shared this divinely inspired interpretation, he took advantage of the opportunity to explain his own situation. We can learn valuable lessons not only from what Joseph said but also from what he did not say.Gen. 40:5-13.
12, 13. (a) How did Joseph’s words to the cupbearer show that he did not passively accept the injustices he suffered? (b) What details did Joseph evidently not include in his conversation with the cupbearer?
12 Read Genesis 40:14, 15. Notice that Joseph described himself as having been “kidnapped.” The original-language term literally means that he had been “stolen.” Clearly, he was the  victim of injustice. Joseph also stated that he was not guilty of the crime for which he was imprisoned. On that basis, he asked the cup bearer to mention him to Pharaoh. Why? He explained his goal: “In order to get me out of this place.”

13 Were Joseph’s words those of a man who passively accepted his situation? Certainly not. He was keenly aware that he was the victim of many injustices. He clearly explained the facts to the cup bearer, who perhaps would be in a position to assist him. Note, however, that there is nothing in the Scriptures to indicate that Joseph ever told anyone—not even Pharaoh—that his brothers were his kidnappers. In fact, when his brothers came to Egypt and were reconciled with Joseph, Pharaoh welcomed them and invited them to make their home in Egypt and to enjoy “the best of all the land.”Gen. 45:16-20.

A man lets a problem get out of control when he gossips about it to others

Negative speech may cause a problem to get out of control (See paragraph 14)
14. What will protect us from the trap of negative speech even if we experience injustice in the congregation?
14 When a Christian believes that he is the victim of injustice, he should be careful not to engage in harmful gossip. Of course, it is entirely proper to seek assistance from the elders and to inform them if a member of the congregation is guilty of a serious wrong. (Lev. 5:1) However, in many cases that do not involve serious wrongdoing, it may be possible to resolve a difference without involving anyone else, not even the elders. (Read Matthew 5:23, 24; 18:15.) May we loyally handle such matters in line with Bible principles. In some cases, we may come to realize that we were not the victim of an injustice after all. How grateful we would be that we did not make a situation worse by slandering a fellow Christian! Remember, whether we are right or wrong, engaging in hurtful speech will never improve  a situation. Loyalty to Jehovah and to our brothers will protect us from making such a mistake. Speaking of “the one who is walking faultlessly,” the psalmist said that “he does not slander with his tongue, he does nothing bad to his neighbor, and he does not defame his friends.”Ps. 15:2, 3; Jas. 3:5.


15. How did Joseph’s relationship with Jehovah prove to be a blessing to him?
15 We find a more important lesson in Joseph’s relationship with Jehovah. Throughout his 13-year ordeal, Joseph demonstrated that he had Jehovah’s view of matters. (Gen. 45:5-8) He never blamed Jehovah for his situation. Although he did not forget the wrongs he suffered, he did not become embittered by them. Most important, he did not allow the imperfections and wrong actions of others to separate him from Jehovah. Joseph’s loyalty gave him the opportunity to see Jehovah’s hand in correcting the injustices and in blessing him and his family.
16. Why should we draw even closer to Jehovah if we experience injustice in the congregation?
16 In a similar way, we must cherish and guard our relationship with Jehovah. Never should we allow the imperfections of our brothers to separate us from the God we love and worship. (Rom. 8:38, 39) Instead, if we experience injustice at the hands of a fellow worshipper, let us be like Joseph and draw even closer to Jehovah, striving to have his view of matters. When we have done all that we Scripturally can to remedy the situation, we need to leave the matter in Jehovah’s hands, confident that he will correct it in his own time and way.


17. How can we show that we have confidence in “the Judge of all the earth”?

17 As long as we live in this system of things, we can expect to experience injustices. On rare occasions, you or someone you know may experience or observe what seems to be an injustice in the congregation. Do not let yourself be stumbled. (Ps. 119:165) Instead, as faithful servants of God, we loyally and prayerfully rely on him. At the same time, we modestly acknowledge that we likely do not have all the facts. We are keenly aware that the fault may lie in our imperfect view of matters. As we learned from the example of Joseph, we want to avoid negative speech, knowing that such speech only makes a bad situation worse. Finally, rather than taking matters into our own hands, let us be determined to be loyal and wait patiently on Jehovah to correct matters. Such an approach is sure to bring Jehovah’s approval and blessing, just as it did in the case of Joseph. Yes, we can be certain that Jehovah, “the Judge of all the earth,” will always do what is right, “for all his ways are justice.”Gen. 18:25; Deut. 32:4.

Five Easy Pieces (7/8) Movie CLIP - Father and Son (1970) HD

She's Running Out Again

She's running out again,
She's running out
She's run run run running out... 

The refrain in Radiohead's song "Creep" sort of jumped out at me even as it was supposed to have faded into the distance of the dissociated song. In many ways I am a creep; a person so apparently isolated by their own weirdness that they repel anyone that tries to get close. Still, there are two sides to every story, as they say, and two creeps to every relationship. Finally, one of them gets up to leave and the other knows he cannot stop her.  Again.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"Alle meine Entchen, schwimmen auf dem See, schwimmen auf dem See, Köpfchen unterm Wasser, Schwänzchen in die Höhe."

"All my ducklings swimming on the lake, swimming on the lake, heads from under water, tail in the air."

JW Broadcasting (июнь 2017)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Rose Marie (Preview Clip)

Rose Marie I love you

Rose Marie 1936 Indian Love Call (ENDING) What Will Go When God’s Kingdom Comes? Watchtower Study Edition April 2017

The Watchtower—Study Edition  |  April 2017

Jesus rides a white horse and the armies in heaven follow him


“The world is passing away and so is its desire, but the one who does the will of God remains forever.”1 JOHN 2:17.

1, 2. (a) In what way might this system of things be compared to a condemned criminal? (See opening picture.) (b) What will be the response to the execution of this wicked system?
“DEAD MAN WALKING!” That cry rings out as a dangerous criminal is led from his prison cell, metal doors clanging behind him. Why do the man’s guards say such a thing? The man seems relatively healthy; no physical problem is about to rob him of his life. However, the guards are leading him to a place of execution. That condemned criminal is as good as dead. *

2 In a sense, today’s system of things is like that man on death row. This wicked world has long since been condemned, and its execution is now close at hand. The Bible says: “The world is passing away.” (1 John 2:17) The system’s end is a certainty. And yet, there is a key difference between this world’s end and that of the prisoner. At the prisoner’s execution, some may protest the sentence, questioning its justice or perhaps hoping for a last-minute stay of  execution. In the case of this world, though, the sentence has been determined by the perfectly just Sovereign of the universe. (Deut. 32:4) There will be no stay of execution, and there will be no lingering doubts about the justice of the sentence. After it is carried out, every thinking creature in the universe will heartily agree that justice was done. The relief will be immense!
3. We will discuss what four categories that will be gone when God’s Kingdom comes?
3 What, though, is included in “the world” that is “passing away”? Much of what people today commonly consider to be permanent features of life in this world will be gone. Is that sad news? Far from it! In fact, it is a vital part of the “good news of the Kingdom.” (Matt. 24:14) So let us focus on what will be gone when God’s Kingdom comes. We will consider four broad categories: wicked people, corrupt organizations, wrong activities, and distressful conditions. In each case, we will examine (1) how these features of life affect us now, (2) what Jehovah will do about them, and (3) how he will replace them with what is truly good.


4. In what ways do wicked people affect us now?
4 How do wicked people affect us now? After foretelling that this present era would involve “critical times hard to deal with,” the apostle Paul was inspired to write: “Wicked men and impostors will advance from bad to worse.” (2 Tim. 3:1-5, 13) Have you seen those prophetic words come true? Many of us have been victims of wicked people, such as violent bullies, hateful bigots, and vicious criminals. Some of those are openly wicked; others are impostors, hiding what they do under an appearance of righteousness. Even if we ourselves have not been victims, such wicked people still affect us. We are sickened at heart when we learn of their horrible acts. The way the wicked brutalize children, the elderly, and other defenseless ones fills us with horror. Wicked people exhibit a spirit that seems subhuman, animalistic, even demonic. (Jas. 3:15) Happily, Jehovah’s Word counters such bad news with good news.
5. (a) What opportunity is still open to wicked individuals? (b) What will be the final outcome for wicked people who refuse to change?
5 What will Jehovah do? Right now Jehovah is giving wicked people an opportunity to change. (Isa. 55:7) As individuals, they have not yet received their final judgment. It is this system that stands condemned. But what of those individuals who refuse to change, who continue to support this system right up to the time of the great tribulation? Jehovah has promised to rid the earth of wicked people for all time. (Read Psalm 37:10.) The wicked may think that they are safe from such judgment. Many have learned to hide what they do, and in this world they often seem to escape justice and consequences. (Job 21:7, 9) Yet, the Bible reminds us: “God’s eyes are upon the ways of a man, and He sees all his steps. There is no darkness or deep shadow where wrongdoers can conceal themselves.” (Job 34:21, 22) There is no hiding from Jehovah God. No impostor can fool him; no shadow is so dark or deep that God’s limitless vision cannot pierce right to the heart of matters. After Armageddon, then, we may look  where the wicked used to be, but we will not see them. They will be gone—forever!Ps. 37:12-15.
6. Who will remain in place of wicked people, and why is that good news?
6 Who will remain in place of wicked people? Jehovah makes this heartwarming promise: “The meek will possess the earth, and they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.” Later in the same psalm, we read: “The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.” (Ps. 37:11, 29) Who are “the meek” and “the righteous”? The meek are those who humbly accept Jehovah’s teaching and guidance; the righteous are those who love doing what is right in the eyes of Jehovah God. In today’s world, righteous people are greatly outnumbered by the wicked. But in the new world to come, the meek and the righteous will be neither a minority nor a majority; they will be the only people alive. Truly, a population of such people will make the earth a paradise!


7. How do corrupt organizations affect us today?
7 How do corrupt organizations affect us now? Much of the evil that is done in this world is the work not of individuals but of organizations. Think, for instance, of the religious organizations that deceive millions of people about the nature of God, the trustworthiness of the Bible, the future of the earth and mankind—and many other subjects. Or what about the governments that promote war and ethnic violence, that oppress the poor and defenseless, that thrive on bribery and favoritism? What about greedy corporations that pollute the environment, deplete natural resources, and exploit the gullibility of consumers in order to bring untold wealth to a few while millions struggle in poverty? Without question, corrupt organizations are responsible for much of the misery in today’s world.
8. According to the Bible, what will happen to organizations that seem solid to many people today?
8 What will Jehovah do? The great tribulation will begin when the political elements turn against all false religious organizations as represented by the prostitute called Babylon the Great. (Rev. 17:1, 2, 16; 18:1-4) Those religious organizations will be completely destroyed. What, though, about all the other corrupt organizations? The Bible uses mountains and islands to picture many of the organizations and institutions that seem so solid to mankind today. (Read Revelation 6:14.) God’s Word foretells that the governments and all their dependent organizations will be rocked from their foundations. The great tribulation will reach its climax with the destruction of all the governments of this old world and all those who side with them against God’s Kingdom. (Jer. 25:31-33) Afterward, there will be no corrupt organizations at all!
9. Why can we be sure that the new earth will be well-organized?
9 What will replace corrupt organizations? After Armageddon, will there be any organization on earth? The Bible tells us: “There are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell.” (2 Pet. 3:13) The old heavens and earth, the corrupt  governments and the earthly society under their control, will be gone. They will be replaced by what? The expression “new heavens and a new earth” means that there will be a new government and a new earthly society over which that government rules. The Kingdom under Jesus Christ will perfectly reflect the personality of Jehovah God, who is a God of order. (1 Cor. 14:33) So the “new earth” will be organized. There will be good men to care for matters. (Ps. 45:16) They will be directed by Christ and his 144,000 corulers. Imagine a time when all corrupt organizations will be replaced by a single, unified, and incorruptible organization!


10. What kind of wrong activities are common where you live, and how are you and your family affected?

10 How do wrong activities affect us now? We live in a world full of wrongdoing. Immoral, dishonest, and brutally violent deeds seem to saturate this system of things. Parents in particular often struggle to shield their children from such wrongdoing. The entertainment industry seems to become ever more skillful at glamorizing all kinds of wrongdoing while making a mockery of Jehovah’s standards of right and wrong. (Isa. 5:20) True Christians work against that trend. They fight to protect their integrity in an atmosphere that promotes disrespect for Jehovah’s standards.
11. What do we learn from Jehovah’s judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah?
11 What will Jehovah do about wrong activities? Consider what he did about the wrongdoing that was common in Sodom and Gomorrah. (Read 2 Peter 2:6-8.) The righteous man Lot was tormented by all the wrongdoing that surrounded him and his family. When Jehovah brought destruction on that entire region, he was doing more than just putting an end to the wrongdoing there. He was “setting a pattern for ungodly people of things to come.” Just as Jehovah put an end to all the immoral activities back then, so he will put an end to similar wrongdoing today when he brings judgment against this present system of things.
12. What are some activities that you look forward to taking part in when this old system of things is gone?
12 What will replace wrong activities? The Paradise earth will be bustling with happy activity. Think of the thrilling work of turning this planet into a paradise or of building homes for ourselves and our loved ones. Consider the prospect of welcoming back millions from the dead and helping to educate them about Jehovah’s ways as well as the history of his dealings with mankind. (Isa. 65:21, 22; Acts 24:15) Our lives will be full of activity that will contribute to our joy and to Jehovah’s praise!


13. The rebellion of Satan, Adam, and Eve has resulted in what distressful world conditions today?

13 How do distressful conditions affect us now? Wicked people, corrupt organizations, and wrong activities all work together to produce distressing living conditions on this earth. Who of us can claim to be untouched by warfare, poverty, or racism? And what about sickness and death? Those conditions touch us all. They are the direct results of the  rebellion against Jehovah on the part of three wicked individuals—Satan, Adam, and Eve. None of us can now escape the disorder that their rebellion unleashed.

14. What will Jehovah do about distressful conditions? Give an example.

14 What will Jehovah do about distressful conditions? Consider warfare. Jehovah promises to put an end to it for all time. (Read Psalm 46:8, 9.) What about sickness? He will wipe it out. (Isa. 33:24) And death? Jehovah will swallow it up forever! (Isa. 25:8) He will end poverty. (Ps. 72:12-16) He will do the same for all the other distressful conditions that make life miserable today. He will even drive away the bad “air” of this world system, for the bad spirit of Satan and his demons will be gone at last.Eph. 2:2.

Adults and children enjoy life in a world without war, sickness, or death

Imagine a world without warfare, sickness, or death! (See paragraph 15)

15. What are some things that will be gone forever after Armageddon?

15 Can you imagine a world without warfare, sickness, or death? Just think—no armies, navies, or air forces! No weapons or war memorials. No hospitals, doctors, nurses, or health insurance; no morgues, funeral homes, undertakers, or cemeteries! And with crime gone, there will be no security industry, no alarm systems, no police forces, perhaps no locks or keys! Think of the anxiety that will no longer trouble our mind and heart.

16, 17. (a) What relief will Armageddon survivors feel? Illustrate. (b) How can we be sure that we will remain after this old world is gone?

16 What will life be like when distressing conditions are gone? It is not easy to imagine. We have lived in this old world so long that we may have stopped noticing how much stress we feel over world conditions. Similarly, people who live near a busy train station may no longer notice the noise, and those who live near a garbage dump may no longer notice the smell. Ah, but take away all those negative factors—what relief!

17 What will replace the stresses we feel now? Psalm 37:11 answers: “They will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.” Do not those words touch your heart? That is what Jehovah wants for you. By all means, then, do everything in your power to stay close to Jehovah God and his organization during these stressful last days! Cherish your hope, ponder over it, make it real in your mind and heart—and share it generously with others! (1 Tim. 4:15, 16; 1 Pet. 3:15) That way, you can be sure that you will not pass away with this condemned old world. On the contrary, you will remain—alive and joyful—for all eternity!