Explaining the ‘Mystery’ of Numbers Stations

“Numbers stations have been in existence since World War I. Over the years they have attracted sporadic interest from journalists, video game designers, and filmmakers. Despite this attention, there are few explanations of what these signals actually are. Too often, they are described as “spooky,” “creepy,” or “mysterious,” and the discussion stops there. It may be disappointing to some, but these stations are not signals from aliens or mind control devices, nor are they dead relics of the Cold War — rather, these stations are part of the sophisticated work of intelligence agencies and militaries, and they are very much still on the air. This article will explain what they are, how to listen to them, and why they matter.”

—Māris Goldmanis. “Explaining the ‘Mystery’ of Numbers Stations.” War on the Rocks. May 24, 2018.

Delphic Maxims

1. Follow God
2. Obey the law
3. Worship the Gods
4. Respect your parents
5. Be overcome by justice
6. Know what you have learned
7. Perceive what you have heard
8. Know yourself
9. Intend to get married
10. Know your opportunity
11. Think as a mortal
12. If you are a stranger act like one
13. Honor the hearth
14. Control yourself
15. Help your friends
16. Control anger
17. Exercise prudence
18. Honor providence
19. Do not use an oath
20. Love friendship
21. Cling to discipline
22. Pursue honor
23. Long for wisdom
24. Praise the good
25. Find fault with no one
26. Praise virtue
27. Practice what is just
28. Be kind to friends
29. Watch out for your enemies
30. Exercise nobility of character
31. Shun evil
32. Be impartial
33. Guard what is yours
34. Shun what belongs to others
35. Listen to everyone
36. Be (religiously) silent
37. Do a favor for a friend
38. Nothing to excess
39. Use time sparingly
40. Foresee the future
41. Despise insolence
42. Have respect for suppliants
43. Be accommodating in everything
44. Educate your sons
45. Give what you have
46. Fear deceit
47. Speak well of everyone
48. Be a seeker of wisdom
49. Choose what is divine
50. Act when you know
51. Shun murder
52. Pray for things possible
53. Consult the wise
54. Test the character
55. Give back what you have received
56. Down-look no one
57. Use your skill
58. Do what you mean to do
59. Honor a benefaction
60. Be jealous of no one
61. Be on your guard
62. Praise hope
63. Despise a slanderer
64. Gain possessions justly
65. Honor good men
66. Know the judge
67. Master wedding-feasts
68. Recognize fortune
69. Flee a pledge
70. Speak plainly
71. Associate with your peers0
72. Govern your expenses0
73. Be happy with what you have
74. Revere a sense of shame
75. Fulfill a favor
76. Pray for happiness
77. Be fond of fortune
78. Observe what you have heard
79. Work for what you can own
80. Despise strife
81. Detest disgrace
82. Restrain the tongue
83. Keep yourself from insolence
84. Make just judgements
85. Use what you have
86. Judge incorruptibly
87. Accuse one who is present
88. Tell when you know
89. Do not depend on strength
90. Live without sorrow
91. Live together meekly
92. Finish the race without shrinking back
93. Deal kindly with everyone
94. Do not curse your sons
95. Rule your wife
96. Benefit yourself
97. Be courteous
98. Give a timely response
99. Struggle with glory
100. Act without repenting
101. Repent of sins
102. Control the eye
103. Give a timely counsel
104. Act quickly
105. Guard friendship
106. Be grateful
107. Pursue harmony
108. Keep deeply the top secret
109. Fear ruling
110. Pursue what is profitable
111. Accept due measure
112. Do away with enmities
113. Accept old age
114. Do not boast in might
115. Exercise (religious) silence
116. Flee enmity
117. Acquire wealth justly
118. Do not abandon honor
119. Despise evil
120. Venture into danger prudently
121. Do not tire of learning
122. Do not stop to be thrifty
123. Admire oracles
124. Love whom you rear
125. Do not oppose someone absent
126. Respect the elder
127. Teach a youngster
128. Do not trust wealth
129. Respect yourself
130. Do not begin to be insolent
131. Crown your ancestors
132. Die for your country
133. Do not be discontented by life
134. Do not make fun of the dead
135. Share the load of the unfortunate
136. Gratify without harming
137. Grieve for no one
138. Beget from noble routes
139. Make promises to no one
140. Do not wrong the dead
141. Be well off as a mortal
142. Do not trust fortune
143. As a child be well-behaved
144. As a youth be self-disciplined
145. As of middle-age be just
146. As an old man be sensible
147. On reaching the end be without sorrow
—s.v. Delphic Maxims. Wikipedia.

Three Steps to Self-Compassion

First: Make the choice that you’ll at least try a new approach to thinking about yourself. Commit to treating yourself more kindly — call it letting go of self-judgment, going easier on yourself, practicing self-compassion or whatever resonates most…

…One of the most portable and evidence-based practices for noticing our thoughts and learning to let them go is meditation. Try mindfulness meditation, which involves anchoring your attention on the breath as a tool to stay present without getting lost in judgments, stories and assumptions…

…You can also interrupt the spiral of negative self-talk by focusing your energy on something external that you care about, which can help you establish perspective and a sense of meaning beyond yourself.

The second step to self-compassion is to meet your criticism with kindness. If your inner critic says, “You’re lazy and worthless,” respond with a reminder: “You’re doing your best” or “We all make mistakes.”

But it’s step three, according to Dr. Brewer, that is most important if you want to make the shift sustainable in the long term: Make a deliberate, conscious effort to recognize the difference between how you feel when caught up in self-criticism, and how you feel when you can let go of it”

—Charlotte Leiberman, “Why You Should Stop Being So Hard on Yourself.” The New York Times. May 22, 2018.

The Pendulum Will Swing

“If you believe in something, you have to be willing to stand for something or you don’t really believe in it at all. There’s always going to be consequences for opposing people in power and there’s no doubt that I have faced retaliation, as has every public interest whistleblower coming out of the intelligence community in the last several decades, going back to Daniel Ellsberg. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing. These are risks worth taking…So many people look at the world today, they look at how broken and ruined things are, and they are just disempowered and lost. But what I want people to focus on is the fact that things changed, right. And if they can change for the worse, they can change for the better. And the only reason the world is changing for the worse is because bad people are working to make it happen that way. And if more good people are organizing, if we’re talking about this stuff, if we’re willing to draw lines that we will not allow people to cross without moving us out of the way, the pendulum will swing, and I’ll be home sooner than you think.”

—Edward Snowden. “Edward Snowden on Privacy in the Age of Facebook and Trump.” The Intercept. May 25, 2018.

Taller than the Trees: The Cost of Oya-koko or Filial Piety

The Academy Award-winning US director Megan Mylan’s Taller Than the Trees follows the daily life of Masami Hayata, a Tokyo ad executive, who embodies the changes that Japan is undergoing. With his wife frequently out of town for her job as a flight attendant, Hayata takes on the role of domestic caregiver, attending to their six-year-old son, as well as his mother, who is in the late stages of dementia, in addition to his considerable corporate responsibilities.

Taller than the Trees

Free Speech: A Magic Shield That Lets You Be An Asshole?

“The strategy of a lot of the people on the far right is to get us to attack our own institutions and not think that they’re valuable anymore.

By waving free speech around as if it was a magic shield that lets you be an asshole, they’ve convinced a significant percentage of the rest of us that the problem is free speech, as opposed to the problem is you people. I think that there’s a real risk going on here that people fall for it.”

—John Battelle, “A Magic Shield That Let’s You Be An Assh*le?NewCo Shift. May 18, 2018.

Can we at least agree that if you are going to use the word asshole, you should do so without any cute modifications or simply choose another, non-cuss, word?