April Book Haul 2017 | #SmartReads

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TheBreakaway | BreakawayConciousness
Zy Marquiez
May 8, 2017

“You cannot open a book without learning something.”
– Confucius

“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Another month, another book haul.

What follows are this month’s pickings.  Being the bibliophile that I am, a couple of patterns will be quite evident, which thankfully led to some intriguing reads when time was available.  There were even some fortuitous garage sale finds which were a pleasant surprise.

All in all, it was a solid month of reading, although didn’t read as much as I would have liked due to unforeseen circumstances.  That said, life will be life, and books certainly help through the journey in myriad ways.

The Mindful Writer by Dinty Moore

Looking for a source of inspiration to summon the muse more often, The Mindful Writer seemed like a sure bet.

In similar footsteps to the War Of Art by Steven Pressfield where the author dabbles within aspects of the writer’, The Mindful Writer was even more inspiring then conceived at first blush.  Not only is the book a lightning quick read, but it also features a mindfulness approach that other books could feature but do not.

If you’re looking for a book that dabbles in quotes that are thought-provoking, employs writing that is purposeful and inspiring, while echoing the Zen point of view if mindfulness, you’ll definitely enjoy this book.

Magicians Of The Gods by Graham Hankcock

Graham Hancock has been researching Ancient Civilizations for a few decades, with his landmark piece Fingerprints of the Gods which is easily his magnum opus.  Magicians Of The Gods is the sequel to that touchstone of alternative history research of ancient civilizations.

Fingerprints Of The Gods was one of the first books I read about alternative history and it was as in-depth as it was thought-provoking.  It captivated me for various reasons, not the least of which was the author’s methodical and thorough research of verifiable sourced materials which broadened the alternative history perspective considerably.  Without a doubt, Hancock’s research set the bar high for the author’s future work, and because of that, Magicians of the Gods will be expected to deliver in similar sound fashion.

Although I haven’t had the time to read this book, really hope that over the next month or so I will be able to read it.  Either way, a review will promptly follow after the book has been thoroughly read.

Curiosity by Alberto Manguel

As an avid reader, and someone who has spoken about the importance of curiosity, finding out about this book was like a child finding a gift on X-mas morning.  That said, I actually have not read this book, but plan on within the next month.

Curiosity is one of those indispensable qualities that are important.  Unfortunately, this s also why modern public schooling seeks to stamp it out while they wish all to conform and make individuals manageable.

As award winning teacher and 30-year veteran of the public school system, John Taylor Gatto stated in the Weapons Of Mass Instruction, the true purpose of public schooling is simply to engineer division, conformity and control.  In fact, these are some of the reasons why Gatto quit teaching within the corrupt schooling system and began speaking at length about these pervasive issues.

For all those reasons, and more, I am really looking forward to reading this particular book.

The Library At Night by Alberto Manguel

Another great book authored by Manguel, this book was purchased having not only had a great respect for libraries, but also because libraries are one of those places where many unexpected and yet life changing circumstances took place.  To not get this book and read it would be a crime!

I can definitely say the book was everything expected and a bit more.  For what it’s worth, the review for this book just got published today.

A History Of Reading by Alberto Manguel

Wanting to do a little bit of research on the history of reading and books, this book felt like a natural place to begin that adventure.  Learning the author was a lover of books simply sealed the deal.  Now having read it, the book was definitely worth the time.

If you appreciate reading and books, you will love this book.  The review for this book was written a few weeks ago.

The Elements Of Style – Classic Edition by William Strunk Jr. Edited By Richard A De A’Morelli

Having read The Elements Of Style 4th Edition by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, this book seemed like a natural addition to avail myself of some writing tips.

Unfortunately, the book was a huge let down for reasons mentioned in this review.  Needless to say, although the book had some noteworthy points, it was a huge fell quite short from what was expected.

Origins Of The Sphinx by Robert M. Schoch Ph.D. & Robert Bauval

This is a truly scholarly dissertation into a more precise dating of the Sphinx that makes a lot more sense than the mainstream explanation.  In any case, Origins Of The Sphinx samples a wide array of data on a redating of the Sphinx – enough for the layman, and plenty still for the academic.

More can be read about this book in this review.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

In one of his recent posts entitled Ayn Rand Reconsidered, Jon Rappoport from [JonRappoport.wordpress.com] spoke at length about Ayn Rand, her characters and her work in respect to Individuality.  This quickly became the impetus for me purchasing the book.

Since I respect Individuality a great deal, getting this book was a no-brainer.  Read the book right after receiving it, and it’s hands down one of my favorite fiction books without a doubt.  There really is no other book like it.  A review of it can be read here.

How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie [Miniature Edition]

Having read this book in college, thought it practical to get this brief synopsis of that work.

Curiously, the book’s size shocked most people even though it was stated as “miniature”.  There might have been some tampering with the description according to one reviser.  However, when I myself read the description it was stated as a Miniature Edition, and saw nothing wrong with it, especially since the book only cost $5.  I really wasn’t expecting much more than what arrived.  That said, I do understand some people having wanted a larger book however, so I can empathize with their plight.

Goddess Of The MarketAyn Rand & The American Right by Jennifer Burns

After reading The Fountainhead, I made it a point to seek out as much of Rand’s work as possible.  Although a lot of what she states I am still ruminating upon, regardless, I still very much appreciate her point of views, especially about individuality.

Whether I agree with her, or anyone else, matters not.  What matters is what I can learn from said individuals, and there’s much to learn from Ayn Rand.

Being able to gaze through the eyes an intellectual from decades ago is definitely something I intend to do more of, and thought it sensible to follow suit with more of Rand’s work.

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

Along the same lines as Elements of Style 4th Edition, On Writing Well is another salvo into my self-directed learning process about writing.  The book was worth every penny, and made me consider writing in ways I had not previously thought of.

Veterans of the craft will know many of the tenets, but for me, being a neophyte, it offered much for contemplation.

The Chicago Manual Of Style 15th Edition

Mirroring the above book, this book was purchased to serve as a reference for particulars rules about writing.

This is not in any way to make writing mechanical, but to makes sure some of the simple mistakes that can be glossed over are swept away from the page before they arrive at writer’s row.

The Art Of Fiction by Ayn Rand

Having thoroughly enjoyed Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, which is a veritable crashcourse on all things individuality, and having read nothing as meaningful in fiction from anyone else with such depth, The Art Of Fiction became a natural target for my curiosities on Rand’s point of view on writing fiction.

Unfortunately haven’t read it, but will do so within the next month or so and a review will certainly follow.

Phenomena by Anne Jacobson

Having experienced some paranormal circumstances in the past prompted me to search for answers.  At the time, this led me to read books on remote viewing and extra-sensory perception.  After reading many significant books on the subject and finding much purchase in most of them, seeing Phenomena available piqued my curiosity on the psi phenomena considerably.

Unfortunately, for many reasons this book was an absolute failure, which can be read about here.  There are much better books out there to say the least.

Battlefront: Twilight Company (Star Wars)

Needing a hiatus from all the non-fiction books I’ve been reading, and being a veritable Sci-Fi junkie and avid Star Wars fan, my sights were set on this particular book.

So far I am only a fourth of the way through the book, but it’s been rather engaging, intriguing and consistent on all areas.  I might review the book if time permits, time will tell.  Regardless, unless the story drops off a cliff or something unexpected takes place I cannot see myself not enjoying the book.

As far as unplanned purchases are concerned, at a  garage sale, James Patterson’s Private Berlin and Max were found, as well as Robert Ludlum’s The Rhine Exchange & John Grisham’s The Whistler.  All of these totaled a whopping $2 collectively.

How was the month for everyone else?  Any of you read anything enjoyable and/or intriguing lately?  Were there any hidden gems that shone fortuitously on your path?  Feel free to share them below, for I would really enjoy hearing what other people are reading about and finding intriguing.

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Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, researcher, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, humanitarian, and freelance writer who studies and mirrors regularly subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

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Merging Laser Beams Into One Beam [Where Have I heard That Before?]

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Source: GizaDeathStar.com
Dr. Joseph P. Farrell Ph.D.
April 12, 2017

I received the following article this week from Mr. J.K., and when I read it, I had to smile… very nervously, for it seems that scientists have figured out how to combine several laser beams into one beam, to increase the power of the emergent beam, and also to reduce the heat generated from just one large, rather than several small, beams. That, of course, is the premise of George Lucas’ rather fanciful one-shot planet-destroying weapon from his Star Wars movies, the Death Star. But, believe it or not, that’s not what made me smile nervously, for obviously, humanity is nowhere near being able to construct an object that big to house and aim an equally gigantic laser, much less to move it through space.  What made me smile nervously was…

… well, read it for yourself:

It’s Now Possible To Combine Lasers Like In The Death Star

Just for kicks, we can add the following much more scientific article, before returning to the first:

Photonic Frontiers: beam combining – Combining beams can boost total power

Note, that in the second article, it is admitted that combining several beams into one can be a method of dealing with the problem of the tremendous heat that lasers generate, and also that it is a method for increasing power, with this very important caveat:

Combination of larger arrays of laser elements to produce good quality beams has been demonstrated only at lower powers. Other challenges include balancing the tradeoffs between diode arrays and arrays of fiber lasers, reducing the light lost to side lobes, and efficiently combining light from input arrays with relatively low fill factors.

The big questions are how high can the power go, and how well will it scale?

Our friends at phys.org are a little more “flashy” in their coverage of the phenomenon:

The Star Wars ‘superlaser’ may no longer be sci-fi

Diamond makes laser beams more brilliant

Basically, the new technique involves shooting several laser beams at a very pure diamond, which due to its lattice properties combines the incoming beams into one outgoing beam, and at the same time changing its frequency. The result is an increase of power in the beam, without the increase of heat that would be generated by one beam to begin with.  Then comes this admission from the first phys.org article cited above:

Although other materials have exhibited the same type of beam combining properties, the choice of diamond is essential for high power. The power-transfer effect at the heart of the device, called Raman scattering, is particularly strong in diamond. Also, crucially, diamond is outstanding for its ability to rapidly dissipate waste heat.

At this point, my calm smile, brought on by confident knowledge that we were nowhere close to being able to build gigantic moons with laser beam-combining to blow up planets (much less actually be able to move the thing), began to acquire a slight twinge of nervousness, for the final statement indicated that “they” were testing the whole technique on a variety of materials, doubtless to find the most optimal for power output and heat dissipation.

Which brings us back to the first article that Mr. J.K. sent me, where, sure enough, my worst suspicions were confirmed:

Planetary destruction is not on the cards for this technology, but it has applications for both defense purposes and scientific analysis. Laser technology is crucial in many areas and this will allow lasers to go beyond the current power limits.

“Researchers are developing high power lasers to combat threats to security from the increased proliferation of low-cost drones and missile technology,” Professor Mildren explained. “High power lasers are also needed in space applications including powering space vehicles and tackling the growing space junk problem that threatens satellites.” (Emphasis added)

And of course, what can be used to zap “space junk” into vapor can be used to zap satellites, or missiles, into vapor… and one day, perhaps, on a sufficiently large orbital platform, to be used in more horrific offensive strategic “mission configurations” against ground targets…

Smile. Remember, we’re nowhere close. Remember, that when H.G. Wells started writing about atomic bombs in his science fiction at the turn of the last century, it took a whole 45 years to invent them. Have a nice day.

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About Dr. Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.

Book Review: Star Wars – The Jedi Path by Daniel Wallace

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Zy Marquiez
February 21, 2017

If Star Wars lights up the fire in your imagination, then this book helps throws logs onto it to keep imagination burning.

Star Wars – The Jedi path by Daniel Wallace, is a book that seeks out to supplant the Star Wars Universe with additional information for fans of all types.

Woven within the pages of the book are the many intricacies that are required by those fascinated by the Jedi Path.

Although notably a quick read, the book contains rather detailed and quite in-depth information regarding all aspects of the Jedi Order.

Not only does the book do an adequate job of introducing the reader to the Jedi Order, but it also heads deeper than that.

From there the book goes on to break down the Jedi Order into its various parts: Initiates, Padawans, and Jedi Knights. Within each of these sections a further breakdown is carried out outlining many of the details that are needed in order to progress towards the next stage.

Another intriguing component of the book is the fact that the book takes you through the history of who owned it as it was passed down from Master to Padawan [Master Yoda, Dooku, Qui-Gon Jinn, Ahsoka Tano, etc.] and when that took place.  Additionally, sprinkled throughout the book are small annotations where each of these characters input their insights and commentary.  It definitely adds a rather unique and authentic flavor to the book seeing each of the personalities of these characters shine through, or hint at darker elements, such as comments by Anakin.

Compellingly written, the author does a brilliant job of bringing authenticity to the Jedi Universe in a way that any serious fan would appreciate.

Further information contained within the book are what the Three Pillars Of The Jedi are, information on lightsaber use and techniques, the various types of Jedi Knights, some history, and much more.  Even the importance of meditation within the Jedi discipline is mentioned in various instances, which was kind of interesting since it echoes the sentiments of Eastern Philosophy and many Martial Arts.

In sum, if you know someone that’s a Star Wars fan, and is interested in a deeper layer of the Jedis, then this book is definitely a great read.

Chinese Plans For A Lunar Radar Station

CHINA, THE MOON, AND GEORGE LUCAS
Source: GizaDeathStar.com
Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
September 8, 2016

A few days ago I blogged about Russia’s space and defense chief, Dmitri Rogozin, wanting a Russian lunar base. Prior to that, you’ll recall, I blogged about a Japanese architectural firm’s plans to turn the Moon into a giant solar power base, beaming microwave energy back to Earth (see JAPAN WANTS MICROWAVE SELENOSOLAR POWER PLANTS ON THE MOON). Recall from that article that I offered the opinion that the real goal here was military, and to turn the Moon into a giant weapon:

 “Readers of my book Covert Wars and Breakaway Civilizations will recall that I mentioned an unusual project cooked up – pun intended – in 1968 by the insane American military-industrial-intelligence-finance-apocalypse complex. The “project” called for a system of “microwave energy satellites” that would capture the Sun’s energy and beam it back to the Earth. There was just one teensy tiny problem. The microwaves thus beamed to Earth would have to be collected by antennas at sites that would each generate five gigawatts of electricity. Each of these stations would occupy 145 square kilometers of land, and would not allow anything – human or otherwise – to live there. The sites would be constantly cooked in a huge microwave.(See my Covert Wars and Breakaway Civilizations, p. 244). That was the 1968 plan. Now the Japanese plan, you’ll note, is considerably bigger:

“Shimizu, a Japanese architectural and engineering firm, has a solution for the climate crisis: Simply build a band of solar panels 400 kilometers (249 miles) wide (pdf) running all the way around the Moon’s 11,000-kilometer (6,835 mile) equator and beam the carbon-free energy back to Earth in the form of microwaves, which are converted into electricity at ground stations.”

We know of the Japanese -Chinese rivalry over the islands in the Pacific, but perhaps there is a bigger story, one involving long-range plans involving the militarization of the Moon:

A Chinese ‘Death Star’ Moon Base?

The Chinese plan is much more explicit than the Japanese one:

“An English-language outlet of the The China Times Group, the Want China Times cites the Beijing Times, affiliated with the People’s Daily, the source of the original report.

“The shocking headline PLA dreams of turning moon into Death Star, says expert, cites that “experts in China” are trying to determine how the moon “Can be transformed into a deadly weapon. Like the Death Star in Star Wars, the moon could hypothetically be used as a military battle station and ballistic missiles could be launched against any military target on Earth.”

“The article continues that, ‘Various weapons testing sites could also be established on the moon,” citing that the Long March-3B rocket launch is merely the start of “a more ambitious program’ to this ‘Death Star’ end.

“Western media has been largely silent on these claims, in part perhaps because there is some question of the legality of using the moon for such purposes. There are thus more unanswered questions than answers at this time.”

The “Death Star” meme is being openly pushed by China, and they can hardly have missed the military implications of the Japanese proposal; forget about the rockets and such, folks. Why use rockets and h-bombs when microwaves are faster, cheaper, and much more efficient?

So look what we have: in the past few weeks, Japan, China, and Russia have all announced long range plans for the militarization of the Moon. The the question is, are we looking at competition, or something more subtle, a cooperation and the beginning of a campaign to accustom people on planet Earth to the idea that, when they look up at the full moon, they’re looking at something bristling with weapons, and that has perhaps been itself transformed, ala the Japanese proposal, into a giant weapon.

The real question is, Why? Such an expensive monstrosity would be far beyond…

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Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.

NASA is developing Star Trek-style TRACTOR BEAM

Technologies that seemed impossible and only achievable in movies have turned out to be completely normal as researchers around the globe are reducing the line that separates science fiction from real science.

Now, an experimental physicist at New York University in New York City is working closely with NASA and is close to developing a Star Trek-style TRACTOR BEAM.

A thin line separates Science fiction from Science.

Source: Ancient-Code.com
September 5, 2016

Science fiction movies like Star Wars and Star Trek have envisioned the future in several occasions.

Technologies that seemed impossible and only achievable in movies have turned out to be completely normal as researchers around the globe are reducing the line that separates science fiction from real science.

Just imagine what the human race could achieve if we had engines like that of the USS Enterprise, tractor beams that allow us to ‘capture’ massive objects in space, or even teleportation.

Science has taken some of the ideas presented in the above-mentioned movies and developed real-life applications.

Now, researchers are developing a ‘TRACTOR BEAM’ which aims to develop a technology like we’ve seen in Star Wars when ‘The Empire’ captures the elusive Millennium Falcon.

Physicists firmly believe they are close to demonstrating that it is indeed possible to CAPTURE, hold, push and even pull objects ni space using ‘beams of light’ over distances of up to 1 cm. Not very useful at the moment but progress is made, you gotta start from somewhere, right?

But don’t worry, researchers say that if they can CAPTURE, hold, push and pull objects from 1 cm, they can also do it over several miles.

Currently, scientists are working on smaller objects with just a fraction of a millimeter across, but this technology could be developed in the future allowing us to CAPTURE spaceships and other objects.

David Grier, an experimental physicist at New York University in New York City who leads the futuristic project, explains how he and his team are working with scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Centre in Maryland in order to develop a long-range tractor beam that could work over long distances.

“When we were first making tractor beams in the lab at first all we could do was move really tiny things over very, very small distances – just over a millionth of a meter. We are not lifting up an entire battle cruiser and hauling it across space. But then once you have got to cm and to meters the next step is km. That is what we are working towards now,” said Grier.

“In space exploration, this would be a very big deal,” adds Grier.

Read More At: Ancient-Code.com


Find out more: http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/the-real-story/star-trek/679/3375246

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[Secret Space Program Conference 2015] Hollywood Predictive Programming & Space Agenda – Jay Dyer

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Zy Marquiez
June 5, 2016

The presentation below is given by Jay Dyer of JaysAnalysis.com.

In it, Dyer discusses psychological warfare, the inner workings of Hollywood, how that couples with the Military Industrial Complex, how that dovetails with many shows and movies as well as many other factors he focuses on such as predictive programming and more.

Jay Dyer, is a writer and researcher from the Southern US with a B.A. in philosophy, his graduate work focused on the interplay of literary theory, espionage and philosophy. He is dedicated to investigating the deeper themes and messages found in our globalist pseudo-culture, illustrating the connections between philosophy, metaphysics, secret societies, Hollywood, psychological warfare and comparative religion. Jay is a regular contributor to the popular Intelligence Hub 21st Century Wire and the scholarly Soul of the East, as well as conducting numerous interviews with experts in fields ranging from espionage to history to economics. Jay’s work has appeared on the web’s top alternative media outlets: Activist Post, Red Ice, Waking Times, Rense, Icke and Infowars, as well as appearing on the Alex Jones Show. Jay has broken national and international news, numerous viral alt news stories, as well as surpassing 1 million views in its first 4 years.

Esoteric Hollywood: Willy Wonka’s Trauma Factory w/Jennifer Sodini

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February 12, 2016

Jennifer Sodini of EvolveandAscend.com joins Jay Dyer to discuss three films of note: Gandahar, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Star Wars for their deeper significance. In fact, not only are these films irredeemably bizarre, they also demonstrate deep occult notions, and Willy Wonka in particular, a favorite amongst traumatized kids and those in the mood to get stoned. To hear my full interviews and lectures, subscribe at JaysAnalysis.com for 4.95 a month.

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