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Alex Garcia de Aztlan
Dr.G.: Symbols have power, some of your subjects include powerful and famous people, what is the intent of your power of symbols?
de Aztlan: Agitational communication
Through rasquache techniques
Dr.G.: Aztlan exists in the heart of a nueva nacion, and it is a real place. What is Aztlan?
de Aztlan: Aztlan is myth dream reality and identity. To me it's a mental state
Essentially the items I make are inspired by Wats around me and Wat I'm in. I've been on the" wrong " side of the tracks since 85 and I'm talking about it and trying o share sum of the stuff u know. The best way I learned was through imagery. Pop imagery with a statement. Often I'm complimenting or criticising a given subject through flashy colors and interesting mashups. But essentially it's the best way I send messages
Dr.G.: Which set of pieces conveys the messages?
de Aztlan: I'm really liking the death star series [http://is.gd/Zoy9dT], the missing you/RIP series [http://is.gd/VicJJr] [http://is.gd/Z9R9VO] [http://is.gd/msBSOe] [http://is.gd/MAWPpi], and the role models series [http://is.gd/hHTrnx] [http://is.gd/CS24Yn] [http://is.gd/5l6Jk9].
Also check out:
- "The Advocate" [http://is.gd/HosbnH]
- "The Black Knight" [http://is.gd/phu9xz]
- "Cesar Chavez: The Mighty" [http://is.gd/SP6zPh]
- "Super MLK" [http://is.gd/sE4h76]
- "Don't Tread on Us [Either]" [http://is.gd/D2nzih]
- "Pow Wow: Geronimo" [http://is.gd/Ysny63]
* "KC Turner brings youth and energy to the Bay Area music scene" (2016-04-30, marinij.com) [archive.is/isUoP]
* "Mayo Clinic researchers extend lifespan by up to 35 percent in mice" (2016-02-03, kurzweilai.net) [archive.is/Zg4hj]
* "Wireless signal strong enough to stream Netflix goes through flesh to revolutionize implants" (2016-04-15, rt.com) [archive.is/G0Duf]
* "Technicolor stores Hollywood history in a bottle" (2016-04-05, AFP Newswire) [archive.is/R8gLH]
* "1000+ yr shelf life: Microsoft buys into synthetic DNA for data storage" (2016-04-29, rt.com) [archive.is/WGch4]
* " ‘Eternal 5D’ data storage could reliably record the history of humankind; Digital documents stored in nanostructured dots in fused quartz crystal for billions of years could survive the end of the human race" (2016-02-16, kurzweilai.net) [archive.is/2gzvL], photo caption: Documents captured in nanostructured glass, expected to last billions of years (credit: University of Southampton)
* "How to reach Alpha Centauri in just 20 years" (2016-04-12, AFP Newswire) [archive.is/AsVvE]:
Billionaire Russian investor Yuri Milner and British cosmologist Stephen Hawking on Tuesday announced an ambitious new space initiative for a mission to Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to Earth.
Milner and Hawking are spearheading the "Breakthrough Starshot" team of scientists working on the bold research program to create a fleet of super-compact, ultra-light space vehicles or "nanocraft."
The goal is to send the light-propelled mini space vehicles - each no bigger than a cell phone - to Alpha Centauri, which is 4.37 light years away, or 25 trillion miles, from Earth.
They estimate it could take about 20 years to reach the star system from the time of the launch - rather than the 30,000 years it would take with today's fastest spacecraft.
"Space travel as we know it is slow. How do we go faster and how do we go further? How do we make this great leap?" Milner, who is planning to initially commit $100 million to the project, told a press conference in Manhattan.
"For the first time in history, we can do more than just gaze at the stars. We can actually reach them," added the 54-year-old Russian philanthropist, whose fortune is estimated at $2.9 billion by Forbes.
"It is time to launch the next great leap in human history."
'Interstellar sailboat' -
Milner - one of the original investors in Facebook - said the team hoped to send a super light robotic spacecraft streaking through space at 60,000 kilometers (faster than 37,000 miles) per second - about 20 percent the speed of light.
The initiative will work by creating a giant laser array to propel the mini-probes - which would deploy micro-sails - toward a given star, creating what Milner likened to an "interstellar sailboat."
"The Breakthrough StarChip concept is based on technology either already available or likely to be available in the near future. But as with any moonshot, there are major engineering problems to solve," Milner cautioned.
Hawking noted: "I believe what makes us unique is transcending our limits."
Milner said that he will contribute $100 million from his own pocket for the project, which could cost as much as $10 billion before it is fully realized.
"It's very clear that it's a non-profit initiative," he joked, acknowledging that the chance for success and the final cost were unclear.
Milner, Hawking and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will sit on the project's board.
Search for life -
A team has already been working on the endeavor for a year, Milner said.
Initial research results indicate that the giant laser array - the "light beamer" - would require about 100 gigawatts, roughly the energy needed to launch a space shuttle, said Avi Loeb, a professor at Harvard University and a project member.
"When there is a vision for a grand project like this one, just like the vision that JFK had in the 60s, it lifts many bolts," said Loeb in a nod to former US president John F. Kennedy, whose vision it was to land a man on the moon.
Milner and Hawking have teamed up previously.
Last July, Hawking launched a massive search for intelligent extraterrestrial life in a $100-million, 10-year project to scan the heavens funded by Milner.
Milner said at the time that the "Breakthrough Listen" initiative would be the most intensive scientific search ever undertaken for signs of alien civilization.
The project, they said, would use some of the biggest telescopes on Earth, searching far deeper into the universe than before for radio and laser signals.
One aim of the mission to Alpha Centauri is also to look for signs of extraterrestrial life, Loeb said.
And what might those living creatures be like?
"Judging by the election campaign, definitely not like us," joked Hawking - who is wheelchair-bound and uses a computerized voice system to communicate - in reference to the drama-filled race for the White House.
* "NASA Begins Testing of Revolutionary E-Sail Technology" (2016, nasa.gov) [archive.is/kJHVX]
* "3 new Earth-sized planets offer best chance of finding life beyond Solar System" (2016-05-02, rt.com) [archive.is/GsQuj]
* "Cluster of bright “halo” craters spotted on Pluto" (2016-04-22, rt.com) [archive.is/wBwdT]
* "Spectacular image shows Jupiter’s magnificent auroras" (2016-04-08, rt.com) [archive.is/wrVPt]
* "Ice Age Europeans had brown eyes & dark complexion – DNA research" (2016-05-03, rt.com) [archive.is/pk3re] [begin excerpt]: The study concluded that the genes of Ice Age Europeans show prevailing dark complexions and brown eyes. The evidence also revealed that blue eyes appeared 14,000 years ago at most, while pale skin spread across the continent some 7,000 years ago. Both were brought in by migration from the Near East. [end excerpt]
* "New Book Takes Issue with Conquistadors’ Version of the Fall of the Aztecs" (2015-10-01, news.fordham.edu) [archive.is/zZyrc]
* "Early Urban Planning: Ancient Mayan City Built on Grid" (2015-04-29, livescience.com) [archive.is/KLoV3], image caption: Archaeologists have mapped an early Mayan city, revealing the city used a rigid grid system with the main ceremonial way aligned east to west.
* "Headline Crime Sports Editorial Publisher Letters Features Regional International More… Guilty of destroying ancient Maya site, Noh Mul!" (2016-04-19, amandala.com.bz) [archive.is/rQc1z]
* "Siddhartha’s Brain: Unlocking the Ancient Science of Enlightenment; The Buddha’s mindfulness practice reconfigures our brains to make us sharper, smarter, healthier and happier, and that it can help treat stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, hypertension and substance abuse" (2016-04-22, beliefnet.com) [archive.is/3JeYY]
* "US returns stolen ancient Buddhist sculpture to Pakistan; The US has returned an ancient Buddhist stone sculpture to Pakistan, from where it was stolen in the 1980" (2016-04-28, bbc.com) [archive.is/1DUXA], photo caption: The sculpture of Buddha's footprints is known as a Buddhapada
* "The Marvelous Swastika", excerpt from "Parsifal Unveiled", a book by Samael Aun Weor [archive.is/ZF0yQ] [begin excerpt]: It is written with fiery characters in the great book of life that the unutterable secret of the Great Arcanum is miraculously hidden within the Jaina or Jinn cross. This is the marvelous clue of the sexual transmutation.
It is not difficult to comprehend that such a magical cross is the same swastika of the great mysteries…
While in a delectable ecstasy of a yearning soul, we can and even must place ourselves in mystical contact with Janus, the austere and sublime Jinn hierophant, who in a foregone time of our world taught the science of the Jinns.
There are two schools that compete with each other in secret Tibet. I want to clearly refer to the Mahayana and Jinayana [Vajrayana] institutions.
“Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it…” - Matthew 7:14
The Jinayana [Vajrayana] path is, without a doubt, Buddhic and Christic. It is cited in the sacred books. It is mentioned in the Four Gospels.
Pure souls in the state of perfect beatitude can experience in a direct way the intimate relationship between the swastika and the Jinayana [Vajrayana] path.
H. P. B., the great martyr of the nineteen century, was right when telling us that the swastika of Fusaiolas is the most sacred and mystical symbol: that ineffable sign actually glows over the head of the great serpent of Vishnu, the Shesta Ananta of one thousand heads, whose habitat is in Patala or the inferior region.
While advancing with the cross on our shoulders towards the Mount of the Skulls, we come to evidence that all the nations of ancient times always put the swastika at the head of their sacred symbols.
The complete lucidity of the Spirit allows us to comprehend that the swastika is Thor’s hammer, the magical weapon forged by the pygmies against the giants, or pre-cosmic titanic forces, who were in opposition to the law of universal harmony. The sacred swastika is then the hammer that produces the tempests which the Ases or heavenly lords use. [end excerpt]
* from "Jain Symbols" (worldofjainism.com) [archive.is/gsIV3]