Theda Barra’s ESP perception and reception with those amazing antennas!
Although, I am as fragile as glass? As delicate in my dreams as a simple whisper. I imagine? I remember, I recall… A few of my favorite things.
When I was around 11? I have glints and murmurs, gleanings or shimmering memories.
When I volunteered to work in a thrift shop on Vermont avenue in Los Angeles. Carrot juice at 8 in a glistening curvy deco platinum counter with ice cubes made of madagascar vanilla ice cream. These are a few of my favorite things.
The strange man whom I worked with, whom brushed his hair with ivory Victorian hair brushes, with smooth bone milky ivory handles. His hair platinum bleached white. A David Bowie kind of goblin. My boss had no arms? Every day she hiked up her toes and opened the door with keys with her feet. She wrote letters with her wood scented lead pencil. In the back near the velvet smoky gowns.
Pink mischievous pale orange pink deco slips, There…high on shelves, these wonderful depression era glasses. Mostly green mixed amongst some aurora borealis Northern lights hues on a caramel glaze. There was cobalt cosmic blue glassware too, albeit rare. My job was just fussing over everything and listening to T-Rex with my platinum goblin in his David Bowie hairstyling’s.
I guess Los Angeles is not a very old city after all. There is stucco in pale pastel colors like old wedding cake all dusty as the length of this suburban sprawl encapsulates you. The entire city reminds you of living inside of pastries with the smell of jalapeños and tamales. My life was so simple. Deciphering my mothers mysterious beguines. She told me once that she was Mona Lisa’s poodle and she did not have to smile.
She said I am going to catch all the family photographs on fire in the freezer. I asked why? She said because you are going to finally pay attention as life leaps before you as the dragonflies wings burn like stained glass of sacredness. Don’t you want to remember where you came from? You never remember the important things? So, I watched her as the ice melted and fire burned. Century of warm expressions glazing with kodak banana smelling developer. My Mother was right! I never forgot what I would not remember otherwise inside of amere book. She said pay attention. This is our story and you have one chance to jump thru these rings of fire like a trapeze star.
My mother was so mysterious to me. She would read me the biography of Charlie Parker with her tiny legs on an African stool, which barely reached the floor. Lissen up she said, because music will pass you by and you must remember the scent of jazz. Each night before I went to sleep, she read to me about the stirrings if jangling bells, xylophones and flutes. Do you remember the scent of the soprano in June? Looking back, my mother was like a zen master. She was a pioneer. She worked so hard at the bank so my father could practice drums and horns. My mother told me freedom is everything. We were all alone and she would sew and sew and practice her fencing with swords. She made all of my school costumes and cheerleading dresses. I have come to realize, that we had o money and we never knew how we would survive. She made certain that I knew that I was very much loved.
But, now? I really would love to design some organza with these lovely delicate patterns. I’m sure there is a way to design textiles which are embossed and so smooth. I can become my memories and my future by remembering precious things which are my heart. I can become a lace glass teacup filled with my favorite tea. No matter what life throws at me? I shall always remember John Coltrane’s musings on “A few of my favorite things”
Recognizing Laser Threats
I n the spirit of lessons learned from the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin presents three feature ar- ticles on laser threats derived from both negligent use and the intentional criminal employment of laser devices and weapons that can disrupt human vision and potentially cause short- and long-term damage to the human eye. The danger this threat represents increases substantially when civil and private aircraft, commercial cargo carriers, and air- borne law enforcement entities become the targets of these laser illuminations. Loss of pilot vision and air-ground reference can result in serious and catastrophic outcomes that can lead to both crew and passenger injury and loss of life, as well as imperil citizens on the ground. To adequately address this topic, the Bulletin once again has joined with the Futures Working Group (FWG), a partnership between the FBI and the Society of Police Futurists International (http:// http://www.policefuturists.org). The first such collabora- tion took place in the January 2004 issue on futures research and policing. The mission of the FWG is to promote innovation through the pursuit of scholarly research in the area of police futures to ethically maximize the effectiveness of local, state, federal, and international law enforcement bodies as they strive to maintain peace and security in the 21st century. Members have completed projects on such topics as the use of augmented-reality tech- nology, neighborhood-driven policing, homeland security, policing mass casualty events, and the future of policing. As part of the FWG, the Futur- ists in Residence (FIR) program, operational since
© Dynamic Graphics 2004, affords researchers and practitioners an op- portunity to conduct original research. The FIR pro- gram, housed within the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI Academy, has conducted research on hu- man resource management in policing, the future of leadership in law enforcement, and the current ef- fort on lasers as weapons that police may encounter today and, perhaps more so, in the future. The three feature articles cover several aspects of laser threats, especially those most applicable to the law enforcement community. First, “Laser Weapons” provides an overview of weaponry evo- lution and how lasers and other forms of directed energy systems have begun to supplant conven- tional firearms because of enhanced tactical and operational functions. Next, “Disruptive and De- structive Effects of Laser Illuminations” describes the potential dangers associated with lasers and of- fers countermeasures for those targeted, especially law enforcement officers. Finally, “Laser Legal Issues” highlights the importance of deterring laser incidents and the need for statutory provisions to enable prosecution for these acts. All three articles echo the need for the law enforcement profession and the public to become aware of the potential dangers associated with laser illuminations. Whether wielded by a terrorist intent on forcing an airliner to crash or by an ardent fan trying to attract a celebrity=s attention, lasers can cause immense tragedy. But, by recognizing the dangers, taking steps to reduce illuminations, and enacting effective laws regarding the malicious use of lasers, society can ensure that this emerging threat will not flourish.
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Airborne Law Enforcement Laser Illumination By Alfredo Parra, Jr. At about 10 p.m. on March 21, 1998, I was the flight officer aboard the Ontario, Cali- fornia, Police Department=s helicopter orbiting a burglary in progress. As I was directing ground officers to the suspect, the pilot, Pete Ambriz, told me that we were being illumi- nated by a laser. Fortunately, he could maintain control of the helicopter. After officers took the suspect into custody, Pete turned in the direction of the laser and flew about 500 feet above the ground. Our aircraft, modified with two strobes for low-level operations in the area of our international airport, also had a 50-million candlepower searchlight, so we could be seen for miles. At that point, I was looking at the horizon and saw the laser beam. It was angled from the ground below and to the left of the aircraft and was not bright enough to cause concern. Suddenly, however, it moved up and right and, within an instant, a bright intense red light covered the front windscreen and interior of the cockpit. The beam was too bright to see through, and there was no visibility to the front of the aircraft. I could see the beam mov- ing, and, occasionally, I could see forward as the beam tracked our aircraft. I saw Pete flying while looking out the left side of the aircraft as he kept his heading. After about 10 seconds, I saw the beam move downward, fade, then turn off. As the beam was moving away from the aircraft, I could clearly see its source. The beam was so intense, straight, and bright that it pointed like an arrow to its source. As it was turned off, I saw it glow down and move north at the rear of a house and then inside what turned out to be the rear sliding door. Later, I determined the distance to be just over 1 mile, or about 14 city blocks. I learned from the manufacturer of the device that, at that distance, the beam would have been approximately 7 feet in diameter. I directed Pete to the home and had a ground unit respond. The officer contacted the suspect and retrieved the device. The suspect subsequently admitted aiming the device at the helicopter and eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of California Penal Code Section 247.5, Discharging a Laser at an Aircraft. He was sentenced to 3 months in the county jail and 3 years on probation. Detective Parra serves with the Ontario, California, Police Department.
of change will be the creation of law enforcement policies, tactics, and countermeasures with respect to laser threats.10 The second wave of change is expected to be based on the utilization of lasers and other directed energy devices by law enforcement agencies themselves. This can be seen today with laser sights added to firearms and the use of laser dazzlers as less lethal forms of force. While this wave of change remains immature, over time, more and more directed- energy capabilities will be implemented for law enforce- ment use. With such scenarios in mind, the law enforcement profession must recognize that lasers are emerging as the weap- ons of the future. Just as the firearm ushered in the modern era, the laser will profoundly influence what transpires for succeeding generations. Endnotes 1 The authors’ past writings on laser threats include Dan Lindsay and Robert J. Bunker, “The Laser Threat to California Airborne Law Enforcement,” The Journal of California Law Enforcement 34, no. 2 (March-April 2000): 12-20 (an earlier version, “The Laser Threat to Airborne Law Enforcement,” appeared in two parts in Air Beat (November/December 1998, 26-29 and January/February 1999, 14-16); and Robert J. Bunker, “Terrorist Laser Employment Against Civil Aviation: Is- sues, Concerns, and Potential Incidents,” Transit Policing 8, no. 1 (Spring 1998): 7-8 and 21-28.
2 U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI Academy Li- brary, Subject Bibliography: Laser Devices and Weapons (Quantico, VA, June 2007). 3 T. Lindsay Moore, “The Structure of War: Early Fourth Epoch War Research,” in Non-State Threats and Future Wars, ed. Robert J. Bunker (London, UK: Frank Cass, 2003), 157-170. 4 This projection has provided under- lying guidance to less lethal weapons research and field activities initiated by the National Law Enforcement Corrections Technology Center; the National Institute of Justice Technical Working Group on Less Lethal Weapons; and the Technology Exploration Program of the Los Angeles County, California, Sheriff=s Department. 5 Many of these capabilities were recognized initially quite sometime ago by Brigadier Bengt Anderberg, “The Low-En- ergy Laser Aimed at the Eye as a Potential Antipersonnel Weapon,” The RUSI Jour- nal 133, no. 1 (Spring 1988): 35-40. 6 Sid Heal, “Fighting in the Fifth Dimension,” OnPoint: A Counterterrorism Journal for Military and Law Enforcement Professionals (April 2005); retrieved from http://www.uscav.com. 7 Robert J. Bunker, “Criminals and Laserarms: Counter-Optical Tactics,” The Tactical Edge 14, no. 8 (Fall 2000): 45-48. 8 Robert J. Bunker, “New Gunpowder Revolution,” The Police Chief, June 1998, 49. This observation was drawn from even earlier military-related research Dr. Bunker conducted on the topic. 9 With a fixation on man-portable air defense systems, rocket-propelled grenades, bombs and improvised explosive devices of various types, and small arms, a time lag before terrorist laser weapons use takes place is expected. Still, the Japanese terrorist group Aum Shrinkyo attempted to use a laser device as a weapon back in the 1990s, so wild-card scenarios are not out of the question. 10 Additional forms of directed energy defense against radio frequency and other devices also may, at some point, become warranted.
T he Bulletin staff is always looking for dynamic, law enforcement- related photos for possible publication in the magazine. We are interested in photos that visually depict the many aspects of the law enforce- ment profession and illustrate the various tasks law enforcement personnel perform. We can use color prints, digital photographs, and slides. It is our policy to credit photographers when their work appears in the magazine. Contributors should send duplicate, not original, prints as we do not accept responsibility for damaged or lost prints. Send photographs to: Art Director FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, FBI Academy, Law Enforcement Communication Unit, Hall of Honor, Quantico, VA 22135.
Eye,” IBM Journal (May 1968): 260; Yaniv Barkana and Michael Belkin, “Laser Eye Injuries: Survey of Ophthalmology,” Major Review 44, no. 6 (May/June 2000): 459-474; Robert P. Green, Jr., Robert M. Cartledge, Frank E. Cheney, and Arthur R. Menendez, USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Human Systems Division, Medical Management of Combat Laser Eye Injuries (Brooks AFB, Texas, October 1988, rev. 1990); and R. James Rockwell, Jr., William J. Ertle, and C. Eugene Moss, Rockwell Laser Industries, Inc., and Na- tional Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Safety Recommendations of Laser Pointers; retrieved from http://www.rli. com/resources/pointer.asp.
6 Robert J. Bunker, Laser Threats to Law Enforcement, International Associa- tion of Chiefs of Police Training Key 523 (Alexandria, VA, November 2000), 1-6. Original tactical review of this training key provided by Sid Heal. 7 Police horses and dogs also are susceptible to laser illuminations. Mounted officers have personal safety issues concerning controlling their animals. Side blinders on horses should protect from all but direct head-on laser illuminations. 8 More sophisticated systems may have the ability to pinpoint the geospatial position of the threat laser and provide geopositioning system coordinates. Even more advanced systems may be able to
characterize laser frequency signatures. The gathering of such signatures may provide useful information for both laser protection (eyewear filters) and criminal prosecution (matching the gathered signature to that of a seized laser). 9 While skin injuries (actual burns) from lasers also are a potentiality for of- ficers who have been illuminated, overall vision safety concerns dominate because very few, if any, of these more powerful lasers are used in the current domestic laser threat environment. 10 Rick Mannix, ed., UC Irvine Laser Safety Newsletter 7, no. 1 (January 3, 2007): 1-2; retrieved from http://www.ehs. uci.edu.
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There is nothing more friendly than a potato! Silky pureed potatoes with some porcini mushrooms and 40 karat creamy butter? When silky potatoes make friends with chicken and prunes? Even braised chicken with apricots too. You are going to have some happy smiles all around.
I woke up singing about chicken with apricots today. I often make up songs for my dog Pasqua. If I am getting even an inkling of a smile? He feels it is his signal to play not fetch but to wrestle and walk on his two feet with a swagger. He does not just fetch the bone. He likes to make you work for it.
I might have to work a bit to cook this up? I would add some spirits, like armagnac or at least some brandy or wine. I have not drank any wine for some time, but when I do? It will be with chicken and prunes!
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For those interested in reducing anxious feelings and improving the quality of their sleep, L-Theanine is a natural supplement worth looking into. L-Theanine Reviews say that this supplement boosts alpha brain waves which lead to a feeling of relaxed and alert calmness and clarity. This compound is a naturally occurring amino acid that is found in green tea and is a form of L-Glutamic acid. In this review of L-Theanine, we will look at how this nootropic compound works, what its specific benefits are, the right way to use it and the possible risk of side effects.
The chemical structure of L-Theanine is very similar to that of Tryptophan, another important nutrient for the body. It is considered to be a precursor to the neurotransmitter Serotonin and indeed many of the benefits of L-Theanine are known effects of higher levels of Serotonin. Some of these benefits include a greater ability to relax and remain calm as well as promoting a sense of well-being. The presence of L-Theanine in green tea is one of the main reasons why people can drink this caffeinated beverage without displaying typical stimulant side effects like jitters and nervousness L-Theanine also has a positive effect on being able to fall asleep and is commonly used as a sleep or lucid dreaming aid.
I adored this kid? Sometimes, I think about my Great Grandfather and the rigorous training he underwent to become a Zen master.
It must have felt like some kind of punishment. In the West we talk about Original sin. A monastery is a place to heal yourself from original sin so to speak. We all have it in our DNA and there is no shame to that.
Yet, few are chosen or decide to take up the rigors of becoming a champion of their emotions, their physical discipline into extreme focus and it is not that different from studying ballet. But, it truly incorporates every aspect of your sentient being. Mind, body, and soul.
In this episode? I thought about how frustrated this child must have been with picking up his jacket! Over and over again. The bravado and the swagger he felt came first. It’s not that different in going to boot camp? They break you down, then they build you back up.
But, this test to see if he had the humility to begin to see. I cannot imagine the relationship, which is so vital in Asian culture, between teacher and student. The teacher knows the student must be in the final analysis able to surpass him in order for Buddhism to survive.
Koans are nonsensical seeming riddles the student must solve and he is not allowed to punch his teacher if he gets frustrated! Sometimes it takes one or two years to answer these profound riddles. They may be aimed at getting to the jewel again in the stony stubbornness of all our human hubris. Teachers sometimes merely groaned or let out loud Kacchus. Loud sounds which are like the sound of lightning and thunder. Was it aimed at piercing far beyond the ego into the soul and source of the universe.
Our bodies really are fighting machines. It is so vital to let out your Katsu ! So to speak, saying “NO!” “Yes” I am not going to allow this virus or imbalance in my body to take over. Plants signal all the other plants with an invisible radar. The plants all at once salute with the fragrance of sweet spellbinding jasmine. There is a dance amongst them no one can see. But they rid themselves of putrid invasions to their well being.
No one should declaw a tiger, for that is how it defends itself. No parent should deprive a child of it’s true spirit and dignity to abolish all crippling encryptions.
Yet, in this video? I was so proud to see this little boy waking up. It was called firstly “Respect” Jackie Chan found his “Katsu” he was a broken man whom was suffering from extreme guilt. The young student found his universal adaptive sensibility thru the body. He found is indomitable spirit.
My G.G.F said that there is something called “The hot water of Wisdom” That true friends can yell at each other without the stickiness of friendly deception. Hot water kills most bacteria and parasites. If we are too sweet we become a cesspool of sugary fermentation. An intoxicating mess. No one wants to always be around people where they must please them. It is exhausting not to be ones true self. Therefore, perhaps the truth is cleansing and healing. Wisdom from a real master, of which they barely now exist. They give you the medicine of wisdom. They possess the alchemy of the absolute reality.
I always wanted to study a physical discipline. Even Kung fu Panda became a hero after all. I want to be a carpenter like Jesus. Build a vast palace inside of my interior world. I don’t want to fight and have tantrums when the first thing in life goes awry.
When I met my husband and his father. For me they were survivors. Somehow, I intrinsically realized? A veteran is not a matter of politics. It is a warrior whom cultivates peace through hard won experience. Surviving loss and battle scars. Yet, my G.F.F. says? Your mind is like a feather! Instead of like steel and iron. He said, you use your mind like it were just a blunt butter knife, when it could be a great sword of Damocles.
The Italian way seems to be? We eat no matter what disaster! We put our mind into the here and now. We are too valuable to lose precious time where we could be crafting a great celebration of life and love. We are too much of keepers of traditions, in our recipes to let lives sorrows stop us from showing God, just how much we love our families. How much we love all that God has given us in this banquet, to throw our lives away by wasting away. But most of all? Food! Enter a great diva. She is able to transform your mood, your body and your soul. Providing you healing. Game changers for your overall fleeting moods.
A great Zen master is relentless in watching his heir. He knows that a great harvest cannot become lost in a single moment of arrogance. His students are brilliant but humble. If we are shattered or daunted by lifes hideous notions? Great men would become extinct. I admire the devotion of great teachers.
On Thursday, December 13 at 7 PM the Society of St Hugh of Cluny will sponsor sung vespers in Honor of St Lucy at the Church of Our Saviour, East 38th Street and Park Avenue, New York. We thus continue our celebration this year of the heritage of the many peoples making up the Catholic population of New York by commemorating a saint especially revered in the seemingly wildly disparate regions of Scandinavia and Sicily.
Life can seem so unfair? When you possess a rotten tooth, there is a dentist. Doctors must always glean what is decaying or what is ailing us. If it is a blockage of energy? A great fear which has become stuck in our bodies. Yet, are doctors really trained to deal with the spiritual and psychological aspect of illness? Isn’t it a very intuitive matter more akin to a musician. A musician can smell the music going on inside of you. In fact? I feel pretty certain that squirrels and birds can too! When I was meditating a lot, my mind was a deep as a great fragrant lake. I would sit and meditate with my dried apricots on my knees. A squirrel came right up and sat on my lap.
They know if you are transmitting favorable vibes. Seems to me a doctor should be able to do the same at least as a squirrel! This painting reminds me that our sins, our fears, our ugliness? It is quite like the little lump of nigredo coal that will become a sparkling and glittering diamond. There is nothing that energy released and realigned cannot be set right. As if we were getting an over the air wireless update. I shudder when I think about the plague victims. How they were shunned. Illness of everyone belongs to us all. A prayer for those afflicted and my God Bless you with all the angels and saint.
Conversely? Once a catteprilar came to comfort me.
I was crying before work in a navy polka dot dress? I was sitting amongst the most delicate flowers of speckled perfection in Bryant Park. I just felt I missed my family and I sat there crying in the early morning. I looked at my knee and a most amazing pink and yellow caterpillar must have sauntered all the way of my leg to my knee. I was delerious. I asked the park grounds keeper to take it off. He said “Miss Lady, don’t you know that is very good luck! Like Snow white” The animals love you. But the caterpillar was quite haute coutour. He reminded me of a pair of Louboutin shoes in bright pink and yellow. Now, I pray and it feels as if grace is delivered like brightly wrapped aluminum multi colored sweets to bless me from beyond.
Wishing everyone healing and may a butterfly land upon your nose.