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    Macron - how long before wheels fall off

    The ones with red armbands are plain clothes police apparently. Without the bands they'd probably blend right in with the protesters. Meanwhile, contrary to some press reports, they're definitely not all far-right. Here's an Antifa person (communist variety ) doing the kneel down protest.
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    David Icke was right?

    I just checked by screen recording the original at 0.25 speed, and it turns out it is in the original, over about 7-8 frames in all. It's definitely in the original. ( though that doesn't mean it's not faked of course. Probably the editor/producer having a bit of fun )
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    O2 network down

    A useful site here for checking mobile networks, banks, major websites, etc. https://downdetector.co.uk Judging by the charts under the logos, quite a few services had problems, but seem to be recovering now.
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    How Populist are you?

    Damn right. Lancashire born and bred.
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    How Populist are you?

    Apparently I'm closest to Angela Merkel. Good grief.
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    Dreamtime

    I hadn't thought of that but you could be right. I've never suffered midges on the boat. The problem now is the big spiders have gone for the year, and only a few little baby ones are around, and they aren't up to dealing with the massive bluebottle flies that that have appeared over the last few weeks..
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    Dreamtime

    That happens to me quite a lot, although because I live on a narrowboat, it invariably IS a spider.. ( though thankfully a normal sized one ).
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    Dreamtime

    If it happens again and you want it to stop, the trick to to getting out of sleep paralysis is start by wiggling your fingers, then your hands, then your arms, and so on. That'll wake you up and free your body within a few seconds. Apparently the fingers don't paralyse in the same way as the rest of the body. Sleep paralysis is there to stop us "acting out" our dreams and hurting ourselves ( though with sleep walkers this function doesn't seem to work as it should!), but the fingers always needed to remain functional so we keep our "grab" reflex.. something to do with not falling out of trees when we were primates.
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    Dreamtime

    Here's a fun thing you can do when you go to bed. No... not that.. but a way to induce something akin to a lucid dream or Out-Of-Body-Experience (OOBE). The idea is to focus on keeping your visual systems awake and active as the rest of your body goes into sleep mode. It utilises the way we actually "imagine" most of what we think we see outside the centre of our visual field based on our memory of what we expect to be there. Normally, when you close your eyes to sleep, the brain quickly recognises that the eyes are closed and stops trying to process information coming down the optical nerves. Normally you will switch into an "imagining things" mode for a while before dozing off. But if you mentally focus on trying to see "into" the darkness caused by your closed eyes, as if you were peering into a darkened room, you can keep the optical circuits active and your brain will try to make sense of the residual random noise that's there. The "noise" will become patterns and then shapes, and then eventually, start to look like some kind of real object. It might become different things, but the longer you can do it, the more real it will become. You'll know when it happens, because whatever you see will have a "real" quality, quite different from simply "imagining" whatever it is. It take a bit of practice, since it's easy to relax back out of it and go back into normal eyes-closed "imagining" mode, but if that happens, just re-focus your attention on trying to "see" again, and it will come back. If you can keep it going long enough, the rest of your body will go into sleep mode, while your mind and visual systems are still awake, at which point you'll be able to imagine things with absolute visual reality, similar to that experienced in a lucid dream. It may even lead to one. Alternatively, if you focus on trying to "see" the room around you, with your eyes closed, the same pattern recognition functions will begin to construct the view of the room around you, in a sort of ghostly white outlined way. If you can keep this up long enough, until the sleep paralysis kicks in, this can lead to an OOBE. ( spoiler alert - you don't actually leave your body, but it's understandable why people think that's what's happening )
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    Dreamtime

    Inception!
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    Dreamtime

    I had that a couple of times. I was dozing when I felt the neighbour's cat ( which I looked after when she was away sometimes ) jump up on the bed, walk around a bit, climb up over my hip and then bed itself down up against my legs. It was only then that I remembered I'd moved house and there wasn't a cat, and there wasn't any way a cat could have got in. I lay there thinking "what the hell is it then?" I could feel the pressure of it leaning on me, but try as I might, I couldn't move my arms to reach down and touch it. Only after a while could I eventually move myself enough to reach for it, and when I did, there was nothing there. On doing some research, I discovered the "phantom cat" phenomenon is quite common during sleep paralysis. Some people experience it not as a cat, but something else, like have a demon sitting on them, which must be terrifying if they don't know what's going on.
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    Dreamtime

    I've had a few lucid dreams. I THOUGHT I'd had them before, where I was sort of aware that I was dreaming, but then I had an actual lucid dream and the experience really blew me away. The sense of reality, whilst still being in the dream-world, was total. They began like a regular dream, but then I experienced a sort of "whoosh" and visually it was like stepping through some transparent shower curtains into the an absolutely clear, solid, undistorted reality. I was able to look around and see and touch everything in minute detail. Quite an experience. Another time, found myself in another lucid dream with that total reality feeling, but wasn't aware that it was a dream. I was in wooden cottage, floating through the sky like the Pixar movie "Up". There was a large furry monster thing in the room, a bit like the ones on the Monster Munch packets, but for some reason this didn't seem unbelievable to me. Amusingly I only realised I was dreaming when I noticed Abraham Lincoln sitting in the corner on a rocking chair and thought "Hang on.. Abraham Lincoln is dead! Oh... I get it.. this is a dream!" At that point decided to have some fun so I went to the window and jumped out of it and spent what felt like a few minutes flying around like superman before waking back up in real life. I've not had one for a while, and I do miss them.
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    Have I been radicalised?

    For anyone interested in all this, Iain McGilchrist's ideas in his book, "The Master and His Emissary" are fascinating. It's all about how the two hemispheres of the brain have different functions and ways of looking at the world, and how they work together..
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    Have I been radicalised?

    The whole NPC meme grew out of a 4chan post about an academic paper investigating consciousness. The 2008 paper mentioned in this article appears to be the original source. https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/pristine-inner-experience/201110/not-everyone-conducts-inner-speech http://hurlburt.faculty.unlv.edu/heavey-hurlburt-2008.pdf The paper is really about trying to understand and describe the nature and variations of inner conscious experience and it's facets - inner visual, inner feelings, inner monologue etc, and the notion that it means 80% of people don't think for themselves is a misrepresentation of what the paper actually says. The NPC meme obviously took off as a witty label for people who's opinions appear to be "programmed" by the mainstream media, whilst triggering it's targets who take it a bit too seriously and see it as dehumanising.. which it is a bit really. Add the raging culture wars, the radical post-modernists' hypersensitive search for things to be offended about, and the effects of social media where the usual norms of social interaction are thrown out of the window and boom.. fireworks. It's not exactly helpful to the debate, but as memes go, I have to admit it's rather amusing.
  15. One clever strategy I heard of regarding the brokers is to watch which accounts mostly make money and which ones mostly lose money. Then they take the other side of the losing customer's trades without entering them into the market at all, meaning they pocket not just the trading fees, but the customer's losses too.