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Those who who want to take their people watching into new levels, you don’t need to go out if you want to have a snapshot of humanity’s state of mind in the 21st Century. You need not go to a library, café and read psychology journals anymore to get a sense of what Ego is about. Just join Facebook and you will get a glimpse of the real nature of popularity contests that is prevalent in our world today.

According to Facebook’s data-crunching team, they collected about 1 million status updates into one of 68 different categories, with the help of a text-analysis application called Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count. Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) is a text analysis software program designed by James W. Pennebaker, Roger J. Booth, and Martha E. Francis. LIWC is able to calculate the degree to which people use different categories of words across a wide array of texts.

More “popular” Facebook users were shown to avoid status updates featuring an abundance of past-tense verbs or updates related to one’s family life, as well as anything falling within the “time,” “emotional words,” or “present-tense verb” categories. Updates about one’s work life, sleeping, or articles one’s seen didn’t find much company amongst the popular crowd either.

Noting that the `popular’ users largely refrained from speaking about their families and appeared somewhat impassive in their updates, Facebook said: “They write longer updates, and use more words referring to music and sports. More ‘popular’ people also talk less about their families, are less emotional overall, use fewer past tense and present tense verbs and words related to time.”

Facebook status update patterns also differed between those with higher and lower numbers of Facebook friends.

“Popular” Facebook users “tend to use more of the pronoun “you” and other second person pronouns. They write longer updates, and use more words referring to music and sports,” noted the social networking site.

More “popular” people also talk less about their families, are less emotional overall, use fewer past tense and present tense verbs and words related to time.”

Younger people express more negative emotions (including anger) and swear more. They use more pronouns referring to oneself (“I”, “my”, etc.) and talk more about school. Older people write longer updates, use more prepositions and articles, and talk more about other people, including their family.

Posts about work or school were more frequent seen in the morning while words that were linked to leisure increased as the day progressed.

Interestingly, emotional word groups also fluctuated throughout the day. Positive emotional word use was much higher in the mornings (a time when negative emotional word use is low). As the day progresses, positivity decreases and negative word use increases. (To my THETA students, this is called the WHEEL. Get in the hub, be stable.)

Interestingly, the Facebook team also found that users who make use of negative comments in their updates garner less `Likes’, but receive more comments than the ones who use positive comments. I don’t necessarily agree with that since what I have seen are people who can only handle bandaid truths and just echoing of other Sheeples who are also quoting everyone else’s, dear Facebook.

Facebook user’s friends tended to comment more on posts featuring “I” pronouns, “first-person pronouns,” “cognitive processes,” and “present-tense verbs.” The categories of “Insight” and “Causation” ranked high, as did posts themed around “negative emotions.” Few Facebook users had friends commenting on posts related to “sleeping,” “positive emotions,” or “religious (or spiritual) words.” People seem to “like” updates that include sexual words. Words related to death–not so much.

This one is very interesting: Facebookers with many friends tend to use fewer “emotional words” than do members with less friends. Why? Because people are afraid of their own mirrors. TRUTH about themselves is too painful to deal with.

People also prefer to like a religious comment rather than commenting on it (perhaps it’s not a topic they wish to commit to)

Facebook nailed this in one summation: “Birds of a Feather Flock Together”

The word “homophily” literally means “love of the same”. It is the idea that people tend to associate with others similar to them. Homophily was apparent in one part of our analysis, where we looked at the correlation between how much a user uses certain words in his status updates, and how much similar words are used in his friends’ updates shown on his feeds. The correlation plot below shows a clear diagonal line, meaning there is a positive correlation between how much you use words from a word group, and how much your friends do.

There you go, that should make some us feel centered again because we don’t follow the crowd and choose to be REAL and ourselves. Don’t expect any trophies and that is just ok with me. I prefer to be deep, promote quality and decent relationships and use my Facebook pages in a much more meaningful way. The world is already overcrowded with nonsense. I don’t want that in my space. If you are like-minded, you are more than welcome to be my Facebook friend. I’m not on Facebook to collect numbers, I am there to have real friends. I call and communicate with people I connect with outside Facebook eventually. Therefore, I prefer real birds, not mutated and artificial ones. I want YOU, not your ‘image’. Keep that ‘image’ to your shallow friends.

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I thought it is quite interesting that after my reflections about humanity’s progress with biotechnology yesterday, that my thoughts were confirm today when farmers, like the Innes Family, are now being sued for illegally putting clone beef into grocery stores — from their 96 cattle bred cloned animals in Scotland.

I don’t know about you, but I am beginning to wonder what is going on in Scotland because it seems they got this cloning down to real science. Forget practicing for football, cricket or curling. Bring a laboratory coat instead as I am beginning to think gene cloning is the new sport over yonder. They did warn us in 2007, so why are we SO surprised that it will come to this point? People will always push the envelope and will always find loopholes.

Remember Dolly the Sheep (July 5, 1996 – February 14, 2003)? The ewe, the first mammal, to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell. She was cloned at the Roslin Institute in Midlothian, Scotland, and lived there until her death when she was six years old. (Roslin. Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code and Roslin Chapel comes to mind all of a sudden. Hmm. ) Her birth was announced on February 22, 1997. The sheep was originally code-named “6LL3”. The name “Dolly” came from a suggestion by the stockmen who helped with her birth, in honor of Dolly Parton, because it was a mammary cell that was cloned. The technique that was made famous by her birth is somatic cell nuclear transfer, in which a cell is placed in a de-nucleated ovum, the two cells fuse and then develop into an embryo.

Whole organism cloning involves the transfer of the entire DNA in a cell to the cloned organism. Dolly the sheep was cloned by taking the entire DNA from an adult mammary cell and inserting it into an enucleated egg cell from a sheep. The resulting cell is now genetically equivalent to a zygote. This zygote was allowed to reproduce and the resulting embryo was then implanted into the uterus of a surrogate mother. Dolly was a clone as she was genetically identical to the entire DNA of the donor sheep via the adult mammary cell. She contained identical chromosomes and consequently identical DNA to all the cells in the parent sheep. (Here’s a funny thought: I wouldn’t mind having my own Mini-Me. But then again…*shivers*)

Let us visit the ‘evolution’ of our ‘progress’:

Selective breeding has been practiced for thousands of years. It involves humans choosing two individuals to mate to produce offspring with certain desirable characteristics, such as leaner meat on an animal or wheat seeds that remain attached to the plant for longer. Many plants and animals for domestic and agricultural purposes have been bred in this way to produce new varieties.

Cattle and sheep have been specifically bred for such things as leaner meat, more milk, creamier milk, better quality wool and increased resistance to disease.

Pigs, due to selective breeding are less aggressive, have smaller tusks and more meat compared to their genetically similar ancestors.

Horses have been selectively bred from wild horses over centuries resulting in many varieties including draft horses. These animals include breeds such as the Shire, Clydesdale, Belgian and Suffolk which are used for specific farming purposes, but all involve greater strength, size and ability to pull wagons, ploughs and drays. Race horses also originated from wild horses and have been bred for greater speed.

Plants grown from cuttings are actually clones of the original plant as they contain identical DNA throughout the whole plant. Other asexual means of reproducing identical plants include bulbs, corms, tubers, runners and tissue cultures.

Plants such as wheat have been bred to grow in harsh environmental conditions, have higher yields and have increased resistance to disease.

Cloning of animals for agricultural purposes is a genetic refinement of selective breeding. By cloning, the results are identical to the donor cell, whereas in selective breeding the resultant offspring may contain some unwanted genes as well as the desirable ones. The time involved in producing these desirable cloned populations is far less than that involved in selective breeding.

The advantages are similar to those of selective breeding where large numbers of plants or animals could be bred for such factors as more meat, more milk, finer wool, higher crop yield and resistance to disease.

A disadvantages to all members of a population being genetically identical would be non-resistance to a new strain of disease or changes in environmental conditions, could decimate the whole population as there is no diversity within the population. The Innes Family got to experience the disadvantage as well, “the bulls became too large and unruly to mate naturally any more, the family decided to cash in by selling them for meat.”

Here is a good progress: Human insulin, used by diabetics to control blood sugar levels, is now produced by the cloning of recombinant DNA. This process occurs by using special cutting enzymes, known as restriction enzymes, to cut out the gene for making insulin from a human chromosome. The enzymes are also used to cut open a plasmid in a bacterial cell leaving “sticky ends”. A plasmid is a circular piece of DNA within the bacterium. The sequence of bases in the open space in the plasmid matches the ends of the piece of human DNA. The human DNA is then inserted into the plasmid. The plasmid (now genetically engineered) is placed back into a bacterium and is reproduced every time the bacterium reproduces asexually. In this way, the human gene has been cloned. When given all of the required nutrients, these bacteria will produce human insulin according to the human genes they contain.

Few months ago, I was sent a dating company that exists to promote genetic matchmaking. They “use your DNA to maximize the chances of finding chemistry—actual, physical chemistry—with your matches… to help you find a soul mate.” The ‘scary’ part: “And our in-depth background checks”. How nice that these people think genetics is the way to find my soul mate. It’s called SOUL MATE, not DNA mate! Obviously, these people need some Mika-El lessons on how spiritual beings have relationships. Believe me, I have been with genetically HOT people but my Soul and energy just repels them for being low frequency! I don’t like being in a hamster wheel! This company’s concept leans a lot on fulfilling the Ego needs just like many dating services around the world. Based on that, I am very sure they will be a successful company because they will have a lot of Ego-driven customers who like to mate with their own kind.

Kudos to them.

Unfortunately, mine, well…needs a whole lot of spiritual growing to do, so the Universe has to intervene. I am put on the Soul Love Program. The person I am pining for got the physical goods (oh, you betcha!), but that is just the cherry on the icing for me but some of us are just in a whole different Soul and Life path and mindset than everyone else. Everyone around them want their goods and it hurts to watch when they are surrounded with that. I am not to intervene in their growth process because they have to find their Purpose and Destiny. It is the drawback of the gifted, if you can say that. I have seen who they truly are INSIDE (thanks to my spiritual gifts), but it is not my place to make the choice for them which path they want to experience while being in this lifetime. I am very much in love with their Soul. So this type of dating is on a whole different set of rules.

My Soul does most of the thinking these days. I like what is inside their DNA (it is just a holographic shell), and to me, they look like a million suns and a heavenly being incarnated (I actually wonder whether I would hear choirs of angels when the verdict is given). I am quite sure they think I am crazy by now because I have not given up on them. People give up easily on people because of their love ‘depth’, I have no problem being a fool for true love, especially when I KNOW who I want because only they have made my entire being move whenever I ‘feel’ their aura oceans away. So they are right to think I am crazy, because I am…when it comes to them. I am on a THETA LOVE WAVE that is clean, strong, healthy, more farsighted and benevolent – with FULL INTENT on giving ONLY the BEST. It’s the only way I know how to love and not many can handle it. Unconditional love is always intense and many in this world have no understanding nor experience with it. The LOVE everyone knows is sick, conditioned and shortsighted that is why they now must do what Ego-driven people understand most- I call it, Ego LOVE hamster wheel dating. But I have to follow THETA AGENDA or I am going to end up having the Angels on my case again. *sigh* I will have this THETA explained in the book that I am writing right now. Ok, enough of my whining.

Anyway, back on topic: How is it that no one sees this genetic matchmaking a correlation to the principles of human cloning? Select breeding among humans?

Besides all this, it also looks like there are too many people who want to collect our data from all over the place. It seems that this web 2.0 mentality has gotten out of hand as we see governments and companies having too much control over our privacy. Now, we are ushering the next evolution of everything from internet (web 3.0) to genetics.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I see the financial gains for the farmers doing this. Since cloning enables scientists to choose the genes they want to pass on to the clone, they can choose the healthiest and best-performing animals to clone. A cow that produces 3 times as much milk can be cloned in order to allow farmers to produce a year’s worth of milk with a third of the cow population normally needed. The mind/Ego also benefits: For people who breed animals for competition, cloning brings with it the opportunity to clone show winners every time. Cloning an award-winning animal means having more award-winning animals after the original is past his prime. Isn’t this what people do with dating these days? Pick the best set of abs, legs, boobs, face, butts, biceps, and wallet size (hey, wallets/wealth are sometimes hereditary!) — all for being BEST for SHOW!

Pretty soon, many companies will have financial gains selling human DNAs. This is why I am cynical about that dating site. What stops them from selling DNAs of their clients to third parties just like any dating or social networking site that does that so they can create extra revenue? In the world of Ego and twisted definition of FREE MARKET, anything goes.

When I was a lobbyist for an anti-abortion organization, I used have a catalogue for baby parts they sell to cosmetic companies. So, I know there is always money to be made. But it really bothers me inside how some scientists can really be quite left brain about all this. Or is this how we should be to advance as a civilization? Scientists have to do at least 100 times of cloning experiments before they hit the jackpot. Meanwhile, you have animals suffering from the little giants growing in their stomachs that they end up doing caesarian section. Think about that for a moment. Think of the implications for humans. Surrogate motherhood is becoming good business. They do this in the USA and India as far as I know. But these inseminated babies are not tampered genes, thank goodness. I am all for surrogate birthing because many women cannot carry babies due to their physical limitations. We will leave that topic another time and would rather take that up at The Santos Republic.

Actually, this proves that the planet is full of SHEEPLES to be controlled. It is a perfect set up to just continue doing all this, micro-chipping, cloning, privacy removal, mapping our health histories (EU), etc. None of the sheeples will think any different because all of these are being ‘marketed’ as cool and necessity. Humanity has been conditioned to follow ‘authorities’, especially those with status and titles without any questioning. This is why religions go hand in hand with this conditioning of mindset. They urge people to ‘pray’ because ‘God’ is going to do something about it. Memo to the People of Earth: ‘God’ is NOT going to do anything about it because ‘God’ doesn’t interfere with human FREE WILL and CHOICE. Understand the Law of Cause and Effect. Humanity MUST be the one to CHOOSE to CHANGE things around this planet.

But too many people in this planet play the ‘Oh I didn’t know’, like how this Innes family claim that they didn’t know it was illegal to do what they did. Yeah, playing ignorant or stupid is usually our answer to everything. It is the best escape. Britney Spears ‘Oops, I did it again’ is humanity’s global anthem, I think.

So where are we REALLY heading with all this? Where do YOU want to go, HUMAN? I think before you make a plan, I strongly urge you to KNOW what HUMAN BEING means. Maybe, just maybe, you can finally understand why you are a HUMAN and not a cockroach…or a sheep.

Since the big splash of Craig Venter’s creation of artificial life this May 2010, I have been seriously thinking where humanity is heading. People applauded him and his team because they have been working on creating this synthetic cell since 1985. The idea is to use the four chemical constituents of DNA — named A, T, C and G — to put together a synthetic genome. Then they would put that synthetic genome into a cell, and have it direct the cell as it grew and multiplied. Now they’ve succeeded. Sure, I think it is great that we now have ways to combat deadly diseases, which those of us know, many are man-made as well. But let us pretend we are completely ignorant. After all, it is an addictive bliss and no one would notice when those of us who are aware, pretend, because the entire planet is filled with conditioned minds anyway.

For years, I have known about the experiments and the controversies of tampering with human genome and people playing ‘God’ so to speak. You remember when the scientists grew a human ear on a mouse in 1997, right?

What made me meditate about this Venter success more is when a Boston University synthetic biologist, Jim Collins said, ” this isn’t really a new life form. Its genome is a stitched-together copy of the DNA of an organism that exists in nature.”

Now this gets sticky. Haven’t we been doing this ‘stitching-together of DNAs’ already? I have seen so many of these human-animal hybrids that looks like mythical animals from Egyptian hieroglyphs.

There is so much to say about the subject, so I am just going to let this picture below speak for itself:

Human-animal Hybrid

According to scientists, they have been tinkering a lot on human and animal (some say they are also doing some alien ones) in order to solve human diseases. Dr Stephen Minger, from King’s College London, has applied to the HFEA to create embryos using eggs taken from cows which have had their genetic material removed and replaced with human cells and was given the go-ahead to do a human-cow hybrid.

Youtube even has some disturbing video just so you can use your imagination.

What is the agenda here? I am really trying to be open-minded because I do agree with stem-cell research. However, shouldn’t we draw the line somewhere? Sure, human animals may not be fictional mythologies, but a segment in the course of evolution and they could be predecessor of human beings. I can reason with that since these hybrids are in the ancient texts, mythological stories and artifacts as evidence. I guess I am just having a little difficult time with the ethics of it all. Where do we draw the line?

Why have we allowed Darwin’s evolution to make us devolve into mere experiments and be treated like animals? I am not part of the religious groups, but I am a spiritual being. It hurts for me to see that humanity has gone down further and further, and the powers that be have no issues in investing in these projects.

Every road leads back to…WHY?