Pilgrims

Ancient Football Commissioner

Ancient Football Commissioner

Sex scandals not to the contrary, the Commissioner of the NFL was confirmed by the NFL bishops for the song and prayer of $34 million per year. In the meantime, over a million people congregated in Denver, this year’s national football champion, to trod along in a parade that would have made the saints, if they were marching in, blush for its utter mindlessness and clumsy stupidity.

When the Catholic Pope came to Denver, sex scandals not to the contrary, he could only muster 75o thousand, from all over the world. The football vs. the cross. No contest.

Action, where the crowds are

Action, where the crowds are

And yet the Catholic Church of America has an annual budget of $17o billion, while the NFL confesses to only $9 billion. Clearly the arousal created by a few gladiators, most of them not from Denver, and a considerable number of them belonging to a racial group usually shunned by the powers that finance such spectacles, the ecstasy caused by these muscle machines is far greater than anything the Vatican can generate with its always aging magicians.

not much action, but nice uniforms

not much action, but nice uniforms

Ah yes, and there is the tax stuff: the NFL makes much of its income through indirect taxation without representation. (Everybody, rich and poor, pays the surcharge for advertising in their grocery bill, including their toilet paper that otherwise surely would not sell, etc., without any representation (where is the Tea Party when we need it?)). Since advertising dollars are tax-deductible, paying $5 million for thirty seconds of selling more trash can only be compared, for its sheer insanity, to the tax-free church budget (of the American Catholic Church) of $170 billion. But then religious teams are known to kill each other and stupefy their members, while football teams only break bones and inflict damage on each other’s physical brains. Surely, in this respect religion is more newsworthy.

Better than Religion

Better than Religion

And yet the masses keep coming and keep paying and keep sacrificing their minds to their manipulators. For example: just what do these football players have to do with the “Denver community?” They are bought and payed for from other localities all over the country, payed for by people who have extracted more than their fair share from the average citizen. Do the passive consumers of these spectacles, the marchers in the parades, do anything themselves to move that ill-shaped little ball across the field? On the contrary, they sit, get drunk and give up their last bit of sanity for the sake of becoming part of organized mass hysteria.

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Church of the Future

Ah, the sports arenas of demagogues! From Billy Graham to Il Duce, from high school cheer leaders to becoming a favorite place for mass arrests, a place of pilgrimage that is apparently impossible to resist. Now crowds gathering to watch mass hysteria are too large to fit into one colosseum, one structure to give shape to what lacks all substance. So they congregate around sacramental beer cans to pray to television sets, with religious fervor. And often the television set hears their prayer, rewarding the truly faithful in Denver, rather than the heathens from elsewhere.

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Perhaps, if we started to hold sports events in some of our cathedrals, mosques, temples: a win-win for two methods of duping the masses for which winning is everything, and achieving human progress is the real enemy. That would mean again bigger cathedrals, because the last time the Pope did come to Denver, he used the sports stadium, rather a sad concession to a more successful competitor.

Pope in Center Field

Pope in Center Field

 

 

 

 

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National Recycling Advocates (NRA)

Size Matters

Size Matters

There are apparently multiple ways in which “spent bullet casings” (feeling spent from too much penetration) and shotgun cartridges can be recycled. One advice is that one can even reload them many times, unless the original discharge was too hot. The additional environmental benefit is of course the over 30,000  fewer Americans, creating each 20 tons of CO2-eq each year, a proud total of  600,000 tons of CO2-eq saved by the other NRA. And never mind the virtues of re-arousing spent casings. If you add to that the Calvinist and Neo-Con doctrine that those who are killed are part of God’s trash, anyway, the purity of the flat world is surely in the best of hands, as they gratify themselves.

The New York Times, today, has an interesting though rather self-serving commentary on “The Reign of Recycling,” which purports to drive home the point that much of recycling is actually a waste and itself should not be recycled. What is strangely missing from the sermon is any hint at the fact that recycling is the opium for the consumerist society (as Lenin claimed that religion is the opium for the masses), very much promoted by the high priests of consumption. The message is that we don’t have to stop consuming ever more, as long as we recycle – or not recycle as the NY Times article seems to reassuringly imply. It is rather like the Pope claiming to be for the environment, while at the same time being one of the main forces behind the rampant population explosion, obviously the greatest contributor to environmental destruction.

The Pleasures of Discharging

The Pleasures of Discharging

Given all this wonderful mythology about how to save the earth, including the positive effect of reusing bullet casings after the sinner is dead, one might wonder what would happen if the members of the other NRA would turn their guns not on reluctant others, but on themselves. If shooting people is so much fun and such a sacred right, then why not play with oneself (immoral though that may be), instead of being a jerk toward others? According to the above numbers and the report that there are 4.5 million active members of the other NRA (never mind the 10 million supporters), the total amount of benefit would be 90 million tons of CO2-eq saved. In addition, we no longer would have to recycle spent bullet casings nor shotgun cartridges, thereby avoiding the debate if recycling is wasteful.

Right to Bear Arms

Right to Bear Arms

And if human life is so cheap that over 30,000 Americans are killed over the spurious right to play with boy-toys, then 4.5 million sacrificed is surely more American then a mere 30,000, and all for a better tomorrow.

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West of Babel: IT

400px-Confusion_of_TonguesAccording to Genesis 11, in the Judaeo-Christian texts, “Now the whole world had one language and a common speech the people moved eastward… ‘The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

That was then. Thousands of years later, the ever-so benign God had another revelation:

IT Refugees“Since they now think that nothing is impossible for them, having Google Translator, let us have them go westward and think that they are speaking the same language: then they will kill each other more effectively than any great flood could ever do.” And so the Lord sent down his new prophets, the IT-Prophets, and everyone moved west, knowing that they would become like Americans or Germans. And the Germans and Americans, having sold them one-language-fits-all weapons and IT, knew that they could remake everyone in their own image.

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Thus, with the goodness of the Lord in their heart, the IT priests sent the message over the internet: “Let the children come unto me, because theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” And the Lord’s smile brimmed with satisfaction.

Even the millions of refugees, migrants, and the Lord’s terrorists got the message and made smartphones their most treasure possession, often even before food and shelter.

Boat_People_from_HaitiWhatever happened to the idea that we should not interfere in each other’s cultures? Could it be that letting each culture grow, suffer its own sicknesses and enjoy well-being on its own terms, is what we need to get back or forward to? Is it really too late to realize that globalism in the name of religion, capitalism, power and military supremacy, is a curse sent from an evil force up high in our own minds? Is it really too late to stop SELLING? Is the European or American or Chinese, etc., way of destroying the planet really the answer to everything?

“Let thy people go”… their own way. At home, yes, often failing in a small way, but certainly not as part of a global conflagration in which everyone pretends to understand everyone else, because nobody nurtures their unique cultural roots any longer in the soil out of which they grew.

Treaty_of_Penn_with_Indians_by_Benjamin_WestIt is a strange irony that America, the land of migration, has such strong laws at home to protect the unique cultural heritage of the few left-over “Native American” Indians, on “Reservations,” now so often also havens of gambling casinos, the poor man’s version of the global stock market, trusting in the one and only Lord’s goodness, rather than in organically growing culture.

header_583x254_ITS_1Is capitalist expansionism perhaps the real devil behind the scene, as humans swarm aimlessly, east and west, north and south, to escape from (or sell) the violence and environmental destruction created and imposed, with the force of the Almighty, by the very cultures to which they are fleeing?

 

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On Being Right when Nothing Else is Left

Fear of Seeing

Fear of Seeing

(There’s a yellow streak in Texas, that you’ve got to see,
and nothing else can cure her, but guns for you and me…)

The media once again have astonishing news from Texas. Apparently a curious hysteria has taken over more of the state than is usual, even for the fastest guns in the West. Because of a very small-scale training exercise by the US military (Jade Helm 15), Texans have hoarded guns and amunition to defend themselves against their own government. In the NY Times, Bill Ford, a commissioner in Tom Green County,  is quoted as saying: “If the government has an idea they can come in and take over, and take guns away, the stupidest place they could come is West Texas. There’s more guns and ammo here and more people willing to use them than any combat area they’ve fought in.”

In the same article, a hairdresser, Ms. Miller is quoted as saying “They’re worried that they’re going to come in and take their firearms away. I try not to listen to all these conspiracy-theory-type people. All they’re worried about is their beer and their guns.”

According to Robert A. Burton, M.D., “Given what we now know about the biology of schizophrenia, we recognize that the patient’s brain chemistry has gone amok, resulting in wildly implausible thoughts that can’t be talked away with logic and contrary evidence.” (from “On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not.”) That tens of thousands of Americans are killed every year by gun owners is a fact that one should not look at, for fear of having to face all kinds of other facts.

Are the Texans are coming?

The Texans are coming!

When I worked on my uncle’s farm, as a young boy outside Berlin, the strongest plow horse in the stable (not unlike Texas in basic strength) would go hysterical when it so much as saw the outline of a double-decker bus across the farm fields. We would try everything possible to prevent it seeing one of those public vehicles, but the horse seemed to have an uncanny sense of one coming over the horizon, even before we could. Probably a genetic phobia of government-funded transportation unfairly competing with horse and buggy.

a yellow rose...

a yellow rose of Texas…

Men and women on the Right often try to portray themselves as being especially macho when they unzip their gun cases. But is not a far more plausible interpretation of such constant calls to arms an inordinate Angst, a fear of ever unknown eventualities, nightmares probably induced by too much red meat before bedtime? Which is more courageous, a society in which guns and other weapons are simply banned as insane killing machines or a society which is so fearful that it rather sees tens of thousands of its own members killed every year than forgo a spurious “right to bear arms”? – Should we have more compassion with our fearful, neurotic Texans?

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To Whom it May Concern

Future Subversives

Future Subversives

Finland, sporting one of the most frequently admired education systems in the world, is planning to abolish the teaching of handwriting in schools. “Fluent typing skills are an important national competence,” Minna Harmanen, from the Finish National Board of Education, is quoted as saying.

In the meantime, German Chancellor Merkel is making a renewed push to store all “communications data” of every German citizen, for the sake of national security. Given the most recent publication of documents about the intent of the NSA to gain complete control of the internet, Merkel must feel proud of how she is facilitating Big Uncle’s access to the privates of her children.

Weapon of Mass Destruction

Weapon of Mass Destruction

 

The justification? Was it that the tiny number of perpetrators of the Paris atrocities had escaped notice of the well-endowed security apparatus? Of course not. They were well known, at least one of them having been thrown into prison to learn more about terrorism, in this totally controlled, government training facility. Just as in the case of “9/11,” the international security agencies had all the information and all the tools they needed to prevent the few individuals from inflicting their violent outrages on society.

Merkel, being originally from communist East Germany, should know better than most that ever increasing amounts of spying by everyone on everyone only leads to the need to erect ever higher “Berlin Walls,” of every kind, around society, walls that ultimately will come tumbling down, in a jubilant celebration of freedom over government control.

Evading Digital Cloud Storage

Evading Digital Cloud Storage

The current reasoning of governments is a strange inversion of the already rather nasty utilitarian maxim “Greatest Good for the Greatest Number of People.” The new “national security” maxim seems to be “sacrifice the good of everyone in the name of controlling a few, known crazies.” In effect, it is the same as putting a nation, even our whole world under Marshall Law, simply because there are a few, easily identified, violent people in every society, always have been, apparently always will be.

Given that every “typed” and therefore digital communication is now connected to the internet, the children in Finland will soon be in the vanguard of a society that is incapable of communicating without exposing themselves at the same time to the leering eyes of Uncle Sam and Aunt Merkel. And yes, children are very susceptible to the nasty advances of adults. Already, they have fallen into the trap of passing even little love notes only through the shiny, digital voyeur mechanisms of the adult world.

Pen and ink in action

Pen and ink in action

I would therefore like to recommend that we all follow, as soon as possible, the patriotic example of Finland. Let us declare handwriting a threat to national security and the passing of personal, handwritten notes from one person to another an overt act of terrorism. Never mind the very personal elements of the specific form of the handwriting, the perhaps nervously formed letters, or the lovingly shaped special words. Never mind the special paper, for today’s note, or the little colored drawing on the side, mixed with handwritten lettering. All that is irrelevant: if you pass a personal note or letter to anyone or if you share such a non-digital threat to everyone, you obviously are a menace to society. Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” and Aldous Leonard Huxley’s “Brave New World” are no longer dystopia. They have become the utopia not only of Merkel and Uncle Sam, but even of supposedly freedom loving societies like Finland.

We should applaud all attempts to free our children from the burden of highly personal, unique, private self-expression and person to person, intimate conversations. Let’s start with burning all personal diaries, written with pen and paper, especially those with that “cute” little lock on top: a symbol of terrorist intentions.

You want to sign your name? Only a digital signature, already on file, is acceptable, unless you are a subversive.

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Martian Scientists Speculate about Signs of Intelligence on Earth

Martian Methane Machine

Martian Methane Machine

There have been reports in the media, recently, about signs on Mars of possible former life. The first indication is, of course, that there seem to be traces of methane. To put this into perspective, the negative effect of methane on the climate is said to be 23 times higher than that of mere CO2. So, any life form that rampantly produces more and more methane, through fracking or covering the earth with herds of mindless cattle, is likely to have as much intelligence as the Holy Cows in India. There are said to be 280 million Holy Cows in India and it only takes two of these goddesses and gods to produce as much CO2 per year as a car driving an average of 12,000 miles. Of course, the mindless increase of human overpopulation, with its own ethereal methane offerings to the gods, puts even belching cows into the shade.

Clearly, methane is not just a sign of life but of ancient spirituality. Perhaps the methane escaping on Mars comes from underground bovine temples? Just imagine what we could learn from such discoveries!

Intelligence Anywhere?

Intelligence anywhere?

According to the Scientific American and other news outlets, the “EPA Moves to Count Methane Emissions from Fracking.” Filled with the delight that there may have been methane producing organisms on Mars, we are making moves to prove that we are alive, as well, on earth, and counting what we together emit behind, in front, and from below.

Amidst all the exciting speculations about life and intelligence on other planets and in other universes, the real question is of course, what we would do, if some such methanic intelligence were to try to communicate with us.

NSA Extraterrestrial Intelligence Suppressing Methan Machine

NSA Extraterrestrial Intelligence Suppressing Methan Machine

Think of how alien any forms of rationality, intelligence, well-reasoned factual analysis already sound to the vast majority of our frackers, crackers, political crackpots and cowed worshippers. Why do we need to find extraterrestrial intelligence, when intelligence itself is nothing but a non-resident or illegal alien that keeps trying to sneak across our borders (at best to clean house and dirty laundry and empty the trash)?

Just imagine, if we did encounter life on another planet and it turned out to be billions of regurgitating, methane exhausting cows, looking past us with uncomprehending eyes, but big enough to flick us off like flies? What a wondrous confirmation it would be that the vast majority of our earthly leaders are indeed superior beings and therefore we also, like them.

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The Importance of What is Even Worse

While Oscar Wilde happily explored “The Importance of Being Earnest,” an even more poignant topic is the importance of “worse.” Whether we are talking about what our friends, family, lovers and colleagues have done to us or about our own newly embroidered afflictions, Nothing glides so smoothly across the palate as the opening phrase: “and you know what is even worse…”

Dramatic statements, about how bad others have turned out to be, are generated with lusty imagination, even by people who otherwise lack all creativity. Habitual liars usually don’t use their skills so much in order to regain lost virtues, rather they pile up tall tales of imagined vices of others – with the SOP story line (Standard Operating Procedure) “the worse others are, the better I am.”

In WWI, the British told stories about their German adversaries living in trees and eating children: that is the counterfactual version of “I am better because you are worse.” During the height of Christian missionary fervor, natives were told that anything other than the “missionary position” is a sin: that is the “I extend the range of what is bad, so I am better” version of the same slandering others for personal salvation.

We still have a long way to go on the path to ridding ourselves of the importance of what is worse. A gentle smile of mutual understanding might be a nice step in that direction.

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Prickly

everybody wants me

everybody wants me

Some people suffer from illusions of being so desirable, in the midst of barren landscapes, that they surround themselves with endless arrays of nasty defenses.
Like the prickly pear cactus, they end up
being consumed by packrats and skunk pigs, who couldn’t care less about such fearful projections.

Why not emulate the apple tree, instead,
and invite people to visit and feast on the gladly offered fruit?

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Self-Defining Journalism

pedigree

pedigree

Quaintly enough, the origin of “pedigree”
is “foot of the crane.”
Beyond obvious explanations, there is the pattern
that some people crane so much for recognition,
that they’d rather offer endless streams of “facts” from smelly origins than not be noticed.

References

References

What one continues to refer to as “news,” worthy of regurgitation, may serve as much as a reference for what one is, as any family tree or letters of reference.

(In such cases, a pedigree pedicure may make one noticeably less odorous,
but at the price of losing the attention of dull noses.)

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Bonsai!

Elegance: always unforced

Elegance:  unforced

Cranes glide peacefully
to new communal grounds,
no instructions needed.
They pair naturally, to call out in unison,
she sounding off twice
for every of his one.

not to be trusted

Not to be trusted

No standardized tests required.
nationally and internationally:
a common core of life
evolves in harmony,
without fear and trembling,
without tyrannical schools or
$1.7 billion private industries
dictating standards to hapless teachers.

We humans are not to be trusted,
role models of the active wise elders
not to be emulated
by eagerly observing participants:
where we can force our young,
why let them evolve
around a common cause
in joint communal activity?
Where we can brutalize,
why elegantly glide together?

Common core

Common core

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I am full (of myself), but thanks anyway

Amid all the expenses lavished on protecting the security and virtue of our mighty country, the NY Times recently reported on volunteer drivers who steer cars in the Presidential motorcade, without any training in security measures, but hopefully with a pretty face.

Ms. Tyson posted a photograph on Facebook of herself by the president’s limousine. Credit via Natalie Tyson

Ms. Tyson posted a photograph on Facebook of herself by the president’s limousine. Credit via Natalie Tyson

One former Secret Service agent is reported to consider them a national security threat:  “You are face to face with a young person who is just completely full of themselves and enthralled.”

If we see this in the context of reports that the majority of today’s college students score ever higher on the narcissism scale, one may start to worry about the future of our society. As Peter Gray described the problem (in Psychology Today, “Why is Narcissism Increasing Among Young Americans?”):

Narcissism is a serious social and psychological problem.  The term refers to an inflated view of the self, coupled with relative indifference to others.  People who are high in this trait fail to help others unless there is immediate gain or recognition to themselves for doing so; often think they are above the law and therefore violate it.”

While social scientists and the popular press may lament the trend of increasing narcissism among the young, manifesting itself in such crazes as “selfies” and Facebook, one does have to wonder, reading the above description, whether this “diagnosis” refers to the young or to our politicians and media stars.

a selfie supplied by a regular commentator, who also would rather be seen than heard

a selfie supplied by a regular commentator, who also would rather be seen than heard

Are we really dealing with a trend generated by the young or are our young dutifully imitating the kind of attitude and behavior modeled by the most influential people in our society? If “being completely full of yourself” is a risk to national security, once you are in the driver’s seat, and if being a Selfie-Facebook-Narcissist (SFN) is a requirement for getting into the drivers seat, then this current trait among politicians could also explain why they “fail to help others, unless there is immediate gain or recognition to themselves for doing so; often think they are above the law and therefore violate it.”

Anecdotally, among the college students I interact with, there seems to be a high correlation between such narcissism and an amazing inability to commit to anything, for any length of time. This in turn tends to be related to the still rising rates of depression, eating disorders, fear of intimacy, and addictions.

Opinion Leaders

Opinion Leaders

If this latter pattern also is based on the models presented to our young by those highly successful people whom they are trying to emulate, then perhaps the narcissism of those in the top echelons of our society is the bigger threat to our national security – very much including those who try to achieve “immediate gain or recognition” by constantly turning our attention to “national security,” rather than helping others and pursuing long-term goals for the future well-being of our society and our global environment.

popularity contest

selfie popularity contest

The ever increasing, obscene amounts that politicians, both Republicans and Democrats, spend on campaign financing, would be just another way of modeling the SFN (Selfie-Facebook-Narcissism) way of life. If we consider that for the 2012 Presidential Election campaigns alone over $7 billion were spent (never mind the cost for all the other campaigns) and that President Obama this year signed into law an $8.2 billion cut in the Food Stamps program, we may no longer wonder where our young get their priorities from. If you are a pretty face, never mind the rest of the world.

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Manly Reality

Voyeur Adam; Lilith and Eve

Voyeur Adam; Lilith and Eve

According to the Oxford English Dictionary: “The traditional distinction between sensuous and sensual is that sensuous is a more neutral term, meaning ‘relating to the senses rather than the intellect’, while sensual relates to gratification of the senses, esp. sexually.”

Applying this to our virtues, we could come up with: “The traditional distinction between virtuous and virtual is that virtuous is a more neutral term, meaning ‘relating to habits rather than the intellect’, while virtual relates to gratification of the senses, esp. sexually.”

Ignored

Ignored

Keeping in mind that “virtue” is based on the Latin “vir” = “man,” we may be astonished at the foresight of the creators of words in our language. Did they really know that “vir-tual reality” would be ingeniously innovated by men hoping to “gratify their senses,  esp. sexually.”

Now that bookies are laying bets on who gets the most admirers for their faces “online,” (no longer “on the strip”), feminal reality is also in fully gratifying swing. It’s good for business, we know, not reality, and thus it is in the most manly traditions of capitalism.

Irony is that to be “manly” these days one is urged to escape from all reality, all sensuous and virtuous engagement, man to man, woman to man, woman to woman.  It is the ultimate victory of the cowardly fear of the human body and of those who feel left out where Lilith rules.

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