All streams flow to the sea
because it is lower than they are.
Humility gives it its power.
If you want to govern the people,
you must place yourself below them.
If you want to lead the people,
you must learn how to follow them.
The Master is above the people,
and no one feels oppressed.
She goes ahead of the people,
and no one feels manipulated.
The whole world is grateful to her.
Because she competes with no one,
no one can compete with her.
Tao Te Ching v66
Christ Consciousness and Humanity
Has it occurred to you that the mathematical probability of your being here is infinitesimal? Were you not here, living proof of the impossible, an excellent case could be made for your non-existence. Within the framework of law that was of necessity instituted to create and govern these material realms, the existence of biological life would not have been possible, except were it to enter through that one moment when that law was suspended. Such is the origin of biology; the fusion of Spirit and Matter. The impact of this single creative moment is so vast, so far-reaching, that the shock waves sent out before it have given rise to all of the biological life that now exists upon your planet.
You are living in the shadow of an event not yet taken place. Yet it is you, yourself, under all your layers of false identity, that cause this event as you approach ever nearer to the Earth. From within the context of history, it appears that there has been on this planet, a progression of increasingly complex life-forms evolving toward ever higher levels of consciousness. It appears that there has been an evolutionary process. But this is not the case.
From Chapter 4 Read more . . . The Starseed Transmissions, Ken Carey
Field of Play
Top Ten Spectator Sports
Here is a list of the top 10 most popular sports, as listed on the mostpopularsports.net website. The website author notes that this list takes into account the population of countries and are based on general surveys/discussions on the internet. This is the same sport order as several other lists found online. The source of the fan numbers is unknown.
I was surprised at both the ranking and the numbers. What about you?
The American Presidency
A Third-Party Candidate?
This article and video from January 2016
Is There a Realistic Path For Bloomberg to Run and Win?
One huge challenge to any third-party candidate is that the two-party system consolidates power and resources in a way that outsiders of all stripes have been unable to break through. Quirks in the system give the nominees of the two major parties an enormous advantage in the race to 270 electoral votes.
Since the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 established a Republican-Democrat duopoly, third-party candidates have competed in some two dozen presidential elections, and all suffered crushing defeats. Just nine of them topped 5 percent of the popular vote. The eight most recent third-party attempts—including Ralph Nader in 2000 and Ross Perot in 1996 and 1992—failed to win a single electoral vote.
“The historical record has examples that run the gamut from the pre-Civil War Republicans who emerged from third-party status to become a major party replacing the Whigs, to countless third-party or independent candidates who have registered but a blip on the electoral screen,” said Walter Stone, a political science professor at the University of California at Davis.
In the last century, no third-party candidate has topped 19 percent of the popular vote and all have come in a distant third place. The last such candidate to secure any electoral votes was segregationist George Wallace in 1968, who won five Southern states as he fought against the civil rights movement. Arguably the strongest third-party candidate was Progressive Theodore Roosevelt in 1912, who won six states en route to a landslide defeat at the hands of Democrat Woodrow Wilson.