In an article1 in the New York Times, Frank Rich points out that pornography earns more than $10 billion per year in America. It is a bigger business than professional football, basketball, and baseball put together. Rich observes that porn is no longer a sideshow to mainstream entertainment, "like, say, the $600 million Broadway theater industry - it is the mainstream." And he notes an interesting thing about the porn industry's location. The smut capital resides in the San Fernando Valley in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles.
Rich's observation jogged my memory. Wasn't the town of San Fernando one of those that was struck by the Sylmar, California, M 6.6 earthquake in 1971? Yes, it was. The quake caused over $500 million in property damage and 65 deaths. Most of the deaths occurred in the collapse of the VA Hospital, and the Olive View Community Hospital in Sylmar. The quake was generated on the San Fernando fault zone, a zone of both reverse faulting and thrust faulting that breaks the surface in the Sylmar-San Fernando area. In response to the Sylmar earthquake, the Alquist Priolo Special Studies Zone Act was passed in 1972. The purpose of the act is to prohibit location of most structures for human occupancy across the traces of active faults.
Will this Sylmar, pre-porno-industry quake in the San Fernando Valley be repeated again soon? Before answering that question let's repeat part of our recent posting that may be found under the heading "Earthquake and Volcano Potpourri."
Evidence for Large Earthquakes in Metropolitan Los Angeles. What is the potential for significant damage from earthquakes along reverse faults in the Los Angeles region metropolitan area? [A reverse fault is one in which the dip of the fault plane is greater than 45 degrees, and the hanging wall moves upward relative to the footwall.] Sudden movements on reverse faults were responsible for the 1971 Sylmar/San Fernando, 1987 Whittier Narrows, 1991 Sierra Madre, and 1994 Northridge earthquakes.
C. Rubin and Others (1998, Science, v. 281, p. 398) present data bearing on reverse fault earthquake magnitudes from the Sierra Madre fault, one of the major reverse faults in the Los Angeles region. This fault has failed in magnitude 7.2 to 7.6 events at least twice in the past 15,000 years, and the quakes occurred only 12 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. Such quakes are far stronger than the deadly 1994 Northridge (M 6.7) quake that rocked Los Angeles, and their location is much closer to the millions of people living in the nation's most populous county. More telling, while the Northridge quake hurled much of its force northward, away from the metro region, a quake of 7 or greater on the Sierra Madre fault would rupture southward, directing energy toward the densely populated Los Angeles basin. A quake of the sort detected by Rubin and Others "would probably be the biggest event that this country has ever experienced in a major urban area," said Thomas Henyey, director of the earthquake center at the University of Southern California. (USA Today. July 17, 1998).
Rubin and Others note that most earthquake hazard assessments in southern California have traditionally focused on the San Andreas Fault and adjacent strike-slip faults. Unfortunately, large surface displacements and strong ground motions resulting from greater than magnitude 7 earthquakes within the Los Angeles region are not yet considered in most seismic hazard and risk assessments. And just imagine what such hazard and risk assessments might portend if the effects of pole-shift on the Los Angeles area faults would be included!
The Sierra Madre fault zone is often divided into five main segments, labeled with the letters A through E, to more easily characterize this fairly complex system. The map below shows these segments. (Courtesy of The Southern California Earthquake Data Center)
These five divisions, while simpler than the entire fault zone, should not be thought of as individual faults, however -- some of these segments are themselves complex systems of parallel and branching faults. It has been suggested that differing fault geometries in this zone keep each lettered segment separate during rupture events -- thus, neighboring segments should not rupture simultaneously. Others, however, suggest that the fault zone may rupture both in single-segment and multiple-segment breaks. The most recent surface ruptures are seen on the B and D segments. The least active segment, at least in surficial appearance, is the A segment, also known as the Vasquez Creek fault, which runs between the San Gabriel fault and the intersection of the B and C segments of the Sierra Madre fault zone. At the junction of the C and D segments, the Clamshell - Sawpit Canyon fault splays off from the fault zone, toward the northeast. One of the strands that makes up segment D is known as the Duarte fault, because of its location near that community. Segment E represents the easternmost part of this fault zone, and at its eastern end, it meets up with several other faults in a complex zone northwest of the town of Upland, near the epicenter of the 1990 Upland earthquake.
While rupture on the Sierra Madre fault zone (theoretically) could be limited to one segment at a time, it has recently been suggested that a large event on the San Andreas fault to the north (like that of 1857) could cause simultaneous rupture on reverse faults south of the San Gabriel Mountains -- the Sierra Madre fault zone being a prime example of such. Whether this could rupture multiple Sierra Madre fault zone segments simultaneously is unknown.
Mike Oskin (email@example.com) produced the map of active Los-Angeles-area faults shown below. (He assumes no liability for its use.) The yellow star shows the approximate location of the town of San Fernando.
Note the proximity of the San Fernando Valley to the active Verdugo, Hollywood, and Sierra Madre reverse faults. As is true for the entire Los Angeles basin, only a slight, pole-shift-induced nudge of the Pacific tectonic plate would be required to cause these faults to jump. The resulting earthquakes would tear apart virtually the entire built environment of the city. Structures and utilities in the San Fernando valley would also be ruined. It would do little to send in the National Guard, or all of the active duty military to try to "take care of the situation." There would be no water, no electricity, no emergency services of any kind. Nothing but destruction everywhere. We're inescapably reminded of the governing Cayce reading (1152-11, 8/13/41):
Q Will Los Angeles be safe?
A Los Angeles, San Francisco, most all of these will be among those that will be destroyed before New York even.
What's Wrong With Lust-Based Pornography? We'll move now to a consideration of what's wrong with pornography. We begin with three background readings on lust and its consequences.
More often we think of spirit as just a name, rather than experiencing it. Yet we use it, we manifest it, we are a part of it. Taking THOUGHT doesn't change anything! It is the application of the thought taken that makes the change within ourselves! Then, as those expressed they were called the Sons of the Earth or Sons of Man.
When the Creative Forces, God, made then the first man - or God-man - he was the beginning of the Sons of God. Then those souls who entered through a channel made by God - not by thought, not by desire, not by lust, not by things that separated continually - were the Sons of God, the Daughters of God.
The Daughters of Men, then, were those who became the channels through which lust knew its activity; and it was in this manner then that the conditions were expressed as given of old, that the Sons of God looked upon the Daughters of Men and saw that they were fair, and LUSTED!
What did the Christ say? "Ye say in the law that ye shall not commit adultery. I say unto you, he that looketh on a woman to LUST after her hath committed adultery already!" Understandest thou? Then, what did it mean? Only that such channels offered ways and means for the expression of those influences claimed by Satan, the Devil, the Evil One, as his. But HE, the only begotten of the Father, the Christ, has become the Way, the Light, the Truth, the Water, the Bread, the Vine! and all of those are OF Him who become channels for manifesting, or through which there may be those expressions that are of love and faith and hope!
Hence the two influences that are ever before thee; good and evil, life and death; choose thou!
262-119, May 22, 1938
The following is from a reading given for a man interested in recovering buried treasure on the islands of Bimini, Bahamas:
The intent, the purpose, is to serve, rather than to gratify own personal intent or gain - for, as has been given, there are three things that are abominable in the eyes of that Creative Force FROM WHICH all good emanates: Pride of the eye, pride of the heart, and the deceitfulness of the lust of the flesh.
254-34, January 10, 1927
This reading was given for an alcoholic housewife about to be divorced by her husband:
For He hath indeed given His angels charge concerning thee. He hath promised indeed, "When ye call I will HEAR - and answer speedily." Yea, He hath given, "Try me" - but purge thyself of lust of every nature that ye may indeed know that peace as He gave, "My peace I leave with thee; not as the world counteth peace but as the Lord of love, of grace, of mercy." THESE be that peace that bringeth gladness and joy to the heart to be counted to be worthy to know His love in thy experience day by day.
1499-1, December 14, 1937
This last reading, that mentions lust, was given to the Glad Helpers, an A.R.E. service group located in the Virginia Beach area. The group members had asked for 12 affirmations to help them in their efforts. This was number four.
Our father, our god! Help thou my unbelief! Awaken within me that spirit of truth to seek the light as is shown in the Christ and his love. And heal thou my body, my mind, from the fear and the lust of the flesh.
281-40, March 15, 1938
Worldwide Distribution of Pornography. Satanic lusting influences arebeing propagated far and wide via movies and videos involving craving of the flesh. As Frank Rich notes,
"[Pornography] has (often silent) business partners in high places: Two of the country's more prominent porn purveyors, Marriott (through in-room X-rated movies) and General Motors (through its ownership of the satellite giant DirecTV, now probably to be sold to Rupert Murdoch), were also major sponsors of the Bush-Cheney Inaugural... If the people who make and sell pornography are... 'normal' - and varied - might not the audience be too? It can't be merely the uneducated and unemployed who shell out the $10 billion. And it isn't. Porn moguls describe a market as diverse as America. There's a college-age crowd that favors tattooed and pierced porn performers; there's an older, suburban audience that goes for 'sweeter, nicer, cuter girls,' as Bill Asher of Vivid Pictures puts it. There is geriatric porn (one favorite is called 'Century Sex'), and there is a popular video called 'Fatter, Balder, Uglier.' Oral sex sells particularly well in the Northeast, ethnic and interracial videos sell in cities (especially in the South), and the Sun Belt likes to see outdoor sex by beaches and pools."
Role of People in High Places. The Devil must be pleased indeed with this update on the growth of his influences in America (and, of course, the world). The producers of porn are those who lust after material goods and power over others. And they are aided in the selling of their filth by Rich's "business partners in high places." As for the "thought and intent of persons and groups in high places," recall Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians (6:12):
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
I found it interesting to learn from A.R.E.'s Wayne Emley that there are no less than 85 mentions in the Cayce readings of persons or ruling powers in "high places." Here's one:
Then -- as ye, as an American people, stand as a nation that has accepted Christianity, and has even put upon the coin of the realm, "In God We Trust" --ye -- must not trust in the might of man, nor in political or economic conditions. For these too, will find their changes; and in high places many will be brought low; and many who are of low estate will be set as a city on a hill....
However, since the advent of the Son of Man in the Earth, giving man an advocate with the Father, there has been an influence that may counteract much of that which has been indicated that would come as retribution, or in filling the law of an evolution of ideas and the relationship of material things to the thoughts and intents of individuals and groups.
Then, as to whether the hearts and minds of individuals or souls (who were given authority concerning the laws of the universe) are fired with the thoughts of dire consequences or those things that bespeak of the greater development of a spiritual awakening, is still in the keeping and in the activities of individuals who -- as this entity -- have caught a glimpse, or an awareness, of that which is in the making, and the universe, as related to the conditions upon the face of Mother Earth.
The implication here seems to be that the way in which certain incarnate individuals, or the high souls of conscious humanity who have authority over the laws of the universe, think about or judge ongoing trends in human behavior may result in either dire consequences for the rest of us, or the greater development of spiritual awakening. Somehow, this is in the keeping of certain individuals, like the woman who obtained this reading -- through their "activities." Unfortunately, such added layers of problematic interactions contribute to the difficulty of obtaining clear prophecies of the future. Thus the value of identifying people of prescience who can continually revise earlier predictions of Earth changes according to true trends in humanity's spiritual evolution.
There enters much, then, that might become questions as respecting that which has been foretold, or prophesied, as well as respecting the activities of groups and individuals who have acted and who are to act as a counterbalance to these happenings in the Earth.
In the first premise -- know what was the cause of indifference, or sin, entering material manifestations. Was it the purpose by God that such should be, or by the Godhead? Or was it that this force or power seeking expression found -- with the expression -- that there came the forces of positive and negative?
And with same the awareness of one influence or force, taking certain courses or directions, became negative.
The others became the greater positive...
There are....two principles, two conflicting forces in the Earth today: the prince of this world, and that principle that says to every soul, "Fear not, I have overcome the world and the prince of this world hath nothing in me." Can ye say that? Ye must! That is thy hope....
And then the soul realizes -- in his search for his Maker -- the patience that was, is and will be manifested in Him; He that is the way, the truth and the light.
Again, the interpretation of the signs and the omens becomes an individual experience. And each soul -- as this entity -- then is given the privilege, the opportunity to live such an activity in its relationships to its fellow man; filling, fulfilling, and interpreting that which has been indicated, in such measures and such manners as to bring hope and not fear, peace and not hate, that which is constructive and not destructive, into the lives and minds and hearts of others.
Words of Understanding For Citizens of Los Angeles. This suggests that the proper attitude that we might hold toward Earth changes, an otherwise series of destructive and frightening events, is to be found in His words (John 16:33):
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
Would any of those of us who study the Cayce readings be surprised if Los Angeles were destroyed suddenly by pole shift and Earth changes? Those souls living there now, in or near the world epicenter of pornography, might consider the following readings:
Tendencies in the hearts and souls of men are such that these upheavals may be brought about. For as often indicated through these channels, man is not ruled by the world, the Earth, the environs about it, nor the planetary influences and their associations and activities. Rather it is true that man brings order out of chaos by his compliance with Divine Law. Or by his disregard of the laws of Divine influence, man brings chaos and destructive forces into his experience.
Don't think that there will not be trouble, but those who put their trust wholly in the Lord will not come up missing - but will find conditions, circumstances, activities, someway and somehow, much to be thankful for.
These experiences, then, that have shattered hopes, that have brought disappointment, that have produced periods when there seemed little or nothing left in material life - if they are used as stepping stones and not as those things that bring resentment, accusation of others, discontent, we will find they will become helpful experiences that may guide one into a haven that is quiet and peaceful.
As the present culture of science and materialism comes to an end, it has to be destroyed. A "flood" comes - namely violence, lust, barbarism, spiritual wickedness, and loss of truth. Then an ark is made to survive the flood and keep alive knowledge for the next culture, in the next cycle.
Q) What great change or the beginning of what change, if any, is to take place in the Earth in the year 2000 to 2001 A.D.?
A) When there is a shifting of the poles. Or a new cycle begins.
826-8, August 11, 1936
Pray to be worthy enough to be a part of the purity of the new cycle.