Friday, June 25, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

More Evidence for Ancient Martian Oceans

Perhaps THE Most Perfect Male Torso I Have EVER seen.....

A most handsome, wonderfully built young man sent me several very appealing photos of him from varying angles....unsurpassed eye candy to be sure. But as a lifelong fan of defined, lean yet muscular male torsos, I think this beautiful young man just might have the most stunningly perfect male torso I have ever seen.
Enjoy, John

Sunday, June 20, 2010

'Martha My Dear'

I love how 'Ed Turner and Number 9' express classics by The Beatles. John

An illustration of a Cadillac flagship design proposal

I have been a member of a cars forum for years, passionate discussions about GM and other cars, plus threads covering a wide range of topics from technology and politics to environment and movies and more. Many lifelong Cadillac fans there and elsewhere were very disappointed by the unveiling of the XTS....way too conservative vs. the opulent flamboyance of yore. A few of the posters at like MonaroSS, create stunning, skillfully-executed images of auto design proposals of their own creation. Monaro had recently posted such a vision for a Cadillac flagship, and I was swept away, enamored, giddy. But then a few days ago, a member who said I could identify as "Marc Silverman aka: Rex Raider", posted his truly stunning, sleek, regal and imposing vision of a 21st century Cadillac flagship, and I have been mesmerized ever since, using that image instead of the usual awesome pecs pic as wallpaper. It even has fins as I have been ranting about for years at GMI....I feel that Cadillacs MUST have fins of some form as part of escaping the last 20 years of design anonymity.
If Cadillacs again look this remarkable, and soon, and are endowed with leading edge technology and unrivalled pampering interiors, I bet they will regain their crown pronto!

Enjoy, John

Nature's Beauty

Ever since I was a young child living in rural UP Michigan, I've been dazzled by the amazing array of shapes and patterns in plants. Thankfully, at near-57, I still am. Click on each pic to enlarge it. Enjoy, John

Friday, June 18, 2010

My Livingroom-as-Art conversation on a cars forum

The Infinity Ceiling

The Incredibly Red Hall

Northeast Corner

Northwest Corner

South end of livingroom

"Wow John, that is WILD!! There is so much to see, I'd bet that one could constantly find something new when visiting, no matter how many times they come over! Also, I just want to say: -Chase"

Yes I have friends who say that and they've been visiting me for years. They spot something new every time. Ever since I was a young child one of my biggest joys has been creative projects in many media, plus admiring creativity by others. So my heroes include Marcel Duchamp, The Beatles, Yoko Ono, Laslo Moholy-Nagy, Brancusi, Stephen Hawking, Man Ray and others, plus now, James Cameron due to my going mental over 'Avatar'. I was a HUGE fan of 'Pee Wee's Playhouse' and am having a total blast "Pee-Weeing" out my retirement home. I have a very active mind that feeds on stimulation, and have always had very busy walls, even in rentals, with lots of wall art, so it is a blast to make this house WAY freakin' busy visually which in turn adds "fuel" for my busy mind....nice feed back loop that is fun as hell. In my youth I heard many times that in one's 50s one can TRULY become comfortable in one's own skin and worry far less about "what others might think" (like, "John Starnes is out of his freakin' mind, he needs to lay off the weed" ) and for me that has been true big time. In my depressive, angst-ridden, self loathing youth I could have never imagined I'd be so content and happy. Plus now, freed of those mental burdens, I have far more energy at almost-57 then I did 35 years ago. Tripping out this house has been not only paying homage to Pee Wee Herman, it has been a celebration of feeling free. Between my poor taste in interior decor and my being a slob in the kitchen, good thing I am happy guy could take living with me! I just wish my homosexual chromosomes had that gay gene for tidiness.

"The only normal people are the ones you don't know well". unknown

Dream from June 17, 2010

Seemingly lasting all night last night, I had a full scale movie style "action-adventure" dream that embraced many of the other-wordly archetypes and moral themes and visuals of both 'Star Wars' and 'Harry Potter' movies, though there were no spaceships. Exotic castles, animals, stone roadways, flying and chase scenes, complex interactions between characters and more all made for a very engaging and exciting night of surprisingly restful sleep. Once again, my ability to fly simply by CHOOSING to, was a key feature quite often in this long, complex, almost epic dream. Effortless dream recall remains one of many blessings in my life! John

Dream from November 28, 2009

Here's one I had last November 28.....I can still see the scenes in my mind's eye....would have made an incredible movie if I had a camera in my head:

After a couple of months of no flying dreams, which is odd for me, they've returned in earnest the last 6 weeks or so. There are a couple of new themes to some, me and friends fly as a "flock" at orbital heights above the earth without needing spacesuits, with the dream ending with our doing a headfirst re-entry dive together minus the heat issue to land in some grand locale. Previously all my life I've flown alone.

The other new theme is that I start flying simply by holding a small paper airplane in my hands and pointing it forward into the lifts me off the ground, then I just point it in the directions I want to go.But last night was the first time ever that every single dream was a free standing flying dream! Oddly, in the first one, I was not actually me...not sure who I was...I think I was an older child. I could not fly very well, relied first on a paper airplane, then one gerry rigged from white fabric that worked poorly, and the dream had a somewhat morose ending with "me" unable to fly at all and ending trapped floating in a pool at a big hotel.

The next I used a paper airplane to take off and flew all over a city scape....I remember nothing of the "plot" just that it was fun and I could easily change altitude, speed, etc.

The remaining dreams were all sub-chapters of a major ongoing dream taking place on an archipelago belonging to ultra-wealthy people, with each island having its own super-elegant mansion with pools, golf courses, hotels, etc.....some of the islands connected to their neighbors, others were separated by water. The setting was classic "tropical paradise". Once again, my being able to fly required I hold something in my hands, with these objects changing. I am not sure if that began with a paper airplane, but one had me holding something small and metallic....I forget what....maybe a cell phone. But several dream sequences involved me walking over to this area of red sawdust mulch on an undeveloped area of one guy's island, grabbing two fist fulls, then aiming my hands forward Superman style to take off at will for delicious soaring and dipping above the archipelago, swooping down above the tropical water or swimming pools, visiting ultra-elegant homes and hotels, sometimes flying through them in slow motion to check out the interiors. It was fun as hell and various versions of this went on for quite sometime, each a mini-dream with different people, plots. etc.

One took place largely on a stunning beach with its own cast of characters I interacted with. The last few were the result of my discovering that I did not need the fistfulls of red sawdust mulch to fly anymore....just point my fists forward to take off and zoom with lots of high altitude flying above the islands and mansions, landing at will on the beach or hotel patios, enjoying myself, then taking off again.I always wake up in a better mood than usual after flying dreams, but today even more so after my first ever evening of nothing BUT flying dreams. Once again, I so wish I had a video-cam in my brain so I could play the dreams for friends as the visuals were awesome!


Conversation About Dreams at a Cars Group I Belong To,

Wow. Your dream recall is excellent vs. people I've known who never remember their dreams. The technique that college psych professor had us do for 30 days was simple but VERY effective....for those who followed a KEY instruction of hers:Keep a note pad and pen by the bed.When you wake up in the morning, or to pee, etc. IMMEDIATELY write down what you DO remember, even a tiny detail.......IN THE PRESENT TENSE! i.e. "I am opening a green door and entering a room with red velvet walls" etc. At the end of the month, those of us who followed her advice to write in present tense were remembering so much we could have spent each day writing down our dreams instead of going to work and taking our classes! We were amazed.

Invariably, those who had little improvement in dream recall had written their dream journal entries in past tense. I will always be thankful to that professor, not only because most nights I get to see and feel and star in real cool "movies", but also because automatic dream recall has done much over the years to help me integrate various aspects of my subconscious, has boosted my creativity, and has helped me to avoid being in denial on issues now and then when needed.


Astronomers Spot Birth Throes of a New Star

Monday, June 14, 2010

Oceans on Mars!

Oh to have a time machine and go back to witness a watery, possibly life-filled Mars! John

Living Simply but Happily

I live on about $8,000 a year, have no debt, a paid for home, and love deciding each new day what interests and passions to explore.....even if just gardening or a trip to the nearby beach or making a big batch of natto or tempeh. Life is good! John

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Mainstream Media is Complicit in Israel's Zionist Crimes

While Israel Kills and Maims ...
The Outrage at Helen Thomas

June 09, 2010 "Counterpunch" -- Whenever Israel commits yet another atrocity, its defenders are quick to redirect public attention away from the grisly crime scene.
Currently, there are headlines about allegedly anti-Semitic comments made by senior White House correspondent Helen Thomas. Pundits across the land evince outrage at her off-the-cuff 25-second statement made to a man who appears to be holding a camera right in her face.
Thomas issued a public apology for her words, but this was insufficient to assuage the wounded feelings of powerful antagonists, and she has now retired from a long and distinguished career.
Before we examine her comments and evaluate their possible validity, let’s look at other recent events having to do with Israel.
On May 31st Israeli commandos killed at least nine unarmed volunteers attempting to take humanitarian supplies to Gaza.
According to eyewitness reports and forensic evidence, many of these aid volunteers were shot at close range, including a 19-year-old American citizen killed by four bullets to the head and one to the chest fired from 18 inches away.
Israel immediately imprisoned eyewitnesses and hundreds of other aid participants, confiscated their cameras, laptops, and other possessions, and prevented them from speaking to the press for days. Among the incarcerated were decorated U.S. veterans and an 80-year-old former ambassador who had been deputy director of Reagan’s Cabinet Task Force on Terrorism.
When they finally emerged and were able to tell their stories, many described horrific scenes of Israeli commandos shooting people in the head, of those tending the injured being shot in the stomach, of people bleeding to death while flotilla participants waved white flags and pled for help.
They also described being beaten brutally by Israeli forces, again and again – including those on ships that, in the U.S. media’s judgment, experienced “no violence.” A 64-year-old piano tuner from California, Paul Larudee, described hundreds of Israeli commandos boarding his ship. When he refused to cooperate with them, soldiers then beat him numerous times both on board the ship and after he was imprisoned on land.
Eventually he was taken by ambulance to an Israeli hospital. He wasn’t treated, however, and Larudee believes he was taken there because Israel didn't want media to see his black eye, pronated joints, bruised jaw and body contusions.
Marine veteran Ken O’Keefe described similar beatings while in Israeli custody. In his case, the public was able to see his bloodied, battered face in video clips and still images – but only on the Internet, since American mainstream media failed to report on his press conference or to publish the many still photos of his injuries.
Other gruesome photos available to the American public only on the Internet are of Emily Henochowicz, a 21-year-old American student whose eye and eye socket were recently shattered by Israeli forces. She has since had her eyeball removed, three metal plates inserted in her face, and her jaw wired shut.
Henochowicz was not on the flotilla; she was taking part in a nonviolent demonstration against the Israeli assault when an Israeli soldier shot a high-velocity teargas canister into her face.
A Swedish citizen standing with Henochowicz said, “They clearly saw us. They clearly saw that we were internationals and it really looked as though they were trying to hit us. They fired many canisters at us in rapid succession. One landed on either side of Emily, then the third one hit her in the face.”
Henochowicz is not the first to have been shot by such a canister.
Thirty-year-old Basem Ibrahim Abu Rahmeh died when an Israeli soldier shot one at him at close range while Abu Rahmeh participated in a demonstration against Israeli confiscation of Palestinian farmland. A video of this is also available on You Tube; U.S. networks have also chosen not to broadcast this.
Californian Tristan Anderson was shot in the head by a similar canister while he was taking photographs following another demonstration. Part of Anderson’s brain was removed and he was in a “minimally responsive state” for 6-7 months.
He is now in a wheelchair, has almost no movement in his left arm and leg, is blind in one eye, and his mental functioning is significantly reduced. Photos of the shooting are also available on the Internet.
Since at least 2006 Israeli forces have closed off Gaza to the outside world, essentially imprisoning 1.5 million men, women, and children, and denying them foodstuffs, medicines, and building materials, as documented by such agencies as Amnesty International, Oxfam, and Christian Aid, which said that Israel was using food and medicine as weapons.
One of the multitudinous victims of this illegal siege is five-year-old Taysir Al Burai, who suffers from an acute neurological disorder and requires round-the-clock care. According to the UK Guardian, he could be cured if Israel would allow him to leave Gaza, but to date his parents’ repeated requests have been denied.
Another victim is 7-month-old Mohammad Khader, whose swelling in the brain required specialized treatment unavailable in Gazan hospitals depleted by the Israeli siege. His distraught parents’ applications asking Israel to allow them to travel abroad were similarly denied. Their tiny son died a few days ago.
Such stories go on and on.
Thomas’ “outrageous” statement
Yet, the rage we see in the U.S. media is directed against none of this. People shot in the head, eyes and brain parts destroyed, the elderly beaten, small children and infants caused to suffer and die, parents to grieve – none of this has caused a hint of anger. In fact, most of it has been considered of too little importance even to report.
Instead, media reports are filled with outrage at “anti-Israel” words spoken by 89-year-old Helen Thomas.
In Thomas’s lifetime Israel has ethnically cleansed over a million people, replaced them with colonists from around the world, committed dozens of massacres, tortured thousands of people, killed and maimed untold numbers of children, mangled limbs, and committed outrages on women, old people, the weak and the infirm.
It has assassinated people throughout the world, invaded numerous countries, spied on the U.S., killed and injured 200 American servicemen (the anniversary is this week), and tortured and imprisoned Americans. All while receiving more American money than any other country on earth.
For years, long before her recent words, Thomas has been the target of Israel’s vicious American volunteers, the Zionist blogosphere abounding with nasty slurs on her looks and her Lebanese ancestry, this latter also consistently emphasized by the media, despite her Kentucky birth and upbringing.
One of the reasons for the ferocious animosity toward her is the fact that Thomas is one of the very few mainstream reporters to challenge the neocon engendered lies that led the U.S. into wars that have caused massive death, destruction and tragedy and to continue to expose ongoing policies of violence and cruelty.
As the same groups and individuals who pushed the US into attacking Iraq have in recent years been escalating their efforts to push the U.S. to now similarly decimate Iranians under the pretext that Iran might be developing nuclear weapons, Thomas’s questioning attempted to elicit from Obama the fact that Israel already posses nuclear weapons. While the rest of the press corps has conspired in the cover-up of this fact and others, Thomas worked to expose them.
Not surprisingly, the many people complicit in these manipulations, such as former Bush spokesperson Ari Fleischer, have led the charge against her.
It is useful to examine the video and context of Thomas’s allegedly “anti-Semitic” comment.
A man, apparently holding a camera right in her face, asks for her comments about Israel. She says, “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. Remember, these people are occupied. And it’s their land…” He interrupts her and asks where they should go. She responds, “They should go home. To Germany, Poland, America, and everywhere else.”
While Thomas has since apologized for her hasty words and many Israelis have the right to continue living where they are, the reality is that Israeli settlers did, indeed, come from elsewhere; they are, in fact, illegally occupying Palestinian land (a fact acknowledged even by the U.S. State Department); and international law does require that they leave.
Many commentators evince particular anger at Thomas’s inclusion of Germany and Poland as places to which Israeli colonists should return, suggesting that Hitler is still in control and waiting to pounce.
The happy fact is, however, that World War II and the Nazi holocaust ended well over half a century ago. In Poland today there is a vibrant Jewish revival with a 10-foot tall Menorah being lit in the center of Warsaw during Hanukah, and Germany has become, according to the New York Times, “a country where Jews want to live.” In fact, in recent years more Jews have chosen to immigrate to Germany than to Israel.
Thomas’s call for colonists to return to America (this destination was left out of many articles) is far from outrageous given that a great many West Bank settlers are from the U.S.
Overall, reporting on the incident has largely departed from the standard journalistic practice of quoting people from both sides of an issue. Quotes from Thomas supporters are missing, even though the You Tube page featuring the infamous video contains a large number of comments supporting her. In contrast, quotes from Thomas’s detractors, almost all of them Zionists, are ubiquitous, but generally fail to divulge the speakers’ frequent conflicts of interest.
For example, the Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz quotes Jeffrey Goldberg without mentioning that Goldberg is an Israeli citizen who served as a prison guard at an Israeli prison that held hundreds of Palestinians without charge, some killed in cold blood by the prison commander.
Mainstream media organizations do not seem to have investigated reports that the man who videotaped Thomas, Rabbi David Nesenoff, also made an offensive video featuring himself and another man impersonating a buffoonish Catholic priest and Mexican immigrant.
Similarly, news reports that a high school had disinvited Thomas as a graduation speaker almost never inform readers that many of the school’s parents and students wished Thomas to remain, even though this unreferenced group may represent a majority of the school. Members of this group have created a Facebook page, “Helen Thomas should have been our graduation speaker,” that states:
“The purpose of this group is to quietly but firmly protest the ability of a small minority to impose its will on the larger group through engaging or threatening to engage in disruptive discourse. This group affirms a belief in reasonable discussion and feel that in this scenario, a clear minority was able to override a larger majority by distorting the issues and discussion.”
Replacing Thomas at the upcoming graduation ceremony will be CBS’s Bob Schieffer, who has close family ties to George W. Bush and has rarely, if ever, challenged administration falsehoods that sent the nation to war and that keep it there still.
Regarding his reporting on Israel-Palestine, media watchdog Fairness and Accurate In Reporting (FAIR) issued an alert in 2006 objecting to Schieffer’s “shallow, dismissive coverage of complicated and tragic events.”
It is not known who will take over Thomas’s front-row seat at White House briefings. Given the record of the current press corps, it is likely that Israel partisans are breathing a sign of relief.
Alison Weir is executive director of If Americans Knew. Photos and videos referenced in the article can be viewed on the website ( She can be reached at

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

700 Year Old Cave Village in Iran

Some of these carved homes look straight from the set of 'Planet of the Apes'....very creative dwellings! Enjoy, John

There's Nothing Like the Sight and Touch of a Lean Sculpted Male Torso

Enjoy a few from my vast collection! John

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Astonishing Electric Guitar Vocal Version of 'I Am The Walrus'.

Whoever did this, did a magnificent job...a wonderful dancing altered-in-your-underwear song. Enjoy, John

A very nice stereo version of 'I Am The Walrus'

I know for a fact that I would be a very different man had I not heard, then been entranced by, this trippy song when it came out when I was in 9th grade at Madison Junior High here in Tampa, 1967 as I recall. To this day I revel in its celebration of exploring the EXPERIENCE of creativity and enigma. For many years my favorite Beatles song was 'Hey Jude', but some years back 'I Am The Walrus' eclipsed that gem plus 'Why' by Yoko Ono and the Twin Peaks theme song. Enjoy, John

"Dear Prudence" by The Beatles

What a lovely, timelessly beautiful song forty years later. John

Another stellar Three Stooges pie fight scene!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Possibly My Favorite Three Stooges ever

I Am The Walrus

Well, these brave men and women DID do a stellar remake of my favorite song of all time.....I got tears and goosebumps when the free form ending began. Enjoy, John

'Penny Lane' revisited

I love these guys' covers of Beatles songs! Next I will see if they were up to the stellar challenge of covering 'I Am The Walrus'. Enjoy, John

Tracey Ullman, Ex-Gay

11 minutes long but a gem. I am so glad I remembered her! Enjoy, John

Tracey Ullman as Laura Bush

I love her restraint. John

A hilarious clip from 'The Tracey Ullman Show'

I think she was and is a TRULY creative and gifted comedian of the highest order. This short clip is priceless! Enjoy, John

Clues in Beatles records played backwards.....

LOL! I did this many times back then, but had forgotten! John ("I buried Paul")

I still love the wonderfully melodic, peaceful yet inspiring theme song to Twin Peaks, 'Falling'.

I played this song easily 20 times daily for five years back then, stunned and uplifted and inspired by its beauty. But about a dozen years ago I slowly fell out of that delicious habit and FINALLY moved on. Last year I remembered liking the song, played it and was reminded of its simple, elegant grace, and so now and then like to play the CD or this YoutTube clip of the show's opening. The vocal version byJulee Cruise is lovely too, and some of it appeared in a night club scene in the show. All Peak Heads back then agreed.....a BIG part of the hypnotic draw of the show was Angelo Badalamenti's musical score. In my opinion, 'Twin Peaks', though too dark for me now, was sheer genius by David Lynch. Enjoy, John

The remarkable dream sequence in 'Twin Peaks'.

I went from never watching 'Twin Peaks' way back then as America was in full blown fever over the show, to being captivated and obsessed with it after seeing this episode and sequence, as any of of my friends from then (1991?) will attest to. After a therapy breakthrough in 1994 I realized that my obsession with the show was due in largely to identifying with Laura Palmer as an abused child. And while the show has ever since that breakthrough has been far too dark for me to watch, I still now and then can enjoy this remarkably creative dream sequence. David Lynch had the actors learn to say each WORD and SENTENCE backwards, so that when the film itself was played backwards for the broadcast version, there was a peculiar disturbing oddness to their voices and movements. Notice how Agent Cooper is the sole person in the dream sequence to speak and move normally. John

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Self Healing Concrete breakthrough by a college student

A Natural Way to Clean Up BP's Catastrophe

Zionism REQUIRES that Israel seize land from its neighbors

Moshe Dayan, the Israeli defense minister at the time of the war, stated in an interview not published until 1997 that Israeli policy on the Syrian border between 1949 and 1967 consisted of "snatching bits of territory and holding on to it until the enemy despairs and gives it to us." About events on the Israeli-Syrian border he said:

"After all, I know how at least 80 percent of the clashes there started. In my opinion, more than 80 percent, but let's talk about 80 percent. It went this way: We would send a tractor to plow some area where it wasn't possible to do anything, in the demilitarized area, and knew in advance that the Syrians would start to shoot. If they didn't shoot, we would tell the tractor to advance farther, until in the end the Syrians would get annoyed and shoot. And then we would use artillery and later the air force also, and that's how it was. I did that, and Laskov and Czera did that, and Yitzhak did that, but it seemed to me that the person who most enjoyed these games was Dado. We thought that we could change the lines of the ceasefire accords by military actions that were less than war. That is, to seize some territory and hold it until the enemy despairs and gives it to us."

Yet they wonder why they are hated by their neighbors who've lived in those lands for many centuries.

I hope that President Obama defies AIPAC, and Israel AND the dual citizenship Israeli citizens peppering our government, like Joe Lieberman and his Chief of Staff Emanuel, and orders a US-sponsored flotilla of humanitarian supplies for the long-suffering people of Gaza, and FINALLY gets America on the right side of morality AND history.