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  • hardie karges 7:29 am on September 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , USA   

    Campaign sign in New Mexico desert: “Freedom or Collectivism–It’s your Choice”; now in what warped world-view is that the choice? Oh, yeah, right…

     
  • hardie karges 7:38 am on September 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Isis, Mideast   

    Isis and Osiris, Flirting with Death… 

    Isis wages war in the Mideast

    Isis wages war in the Mideast

    Why do Westerners join radical organizations like Isis, Isil, the Islamic State, the whatchamacallit gang of hashishins currently overrunning the Mideast from their base in Syria, and apparently with recruits from all over, including those paragons of capitalism UK and US, this at a time of unparalleled economic stability and growth in most of the world? Good question. That’s what a lot of Western politicians would like to know. You can’t just buy these guys off.

    The answer, of course, is as obvious as the nose on anyone’s face. Material well-being is largely an empty vessel, all form and no substance. Once you’ve got your forty acres and a mule, then what’s the next thing you’ll want? Why, another mule of course, a younger one, a larger one, a stronger one with more horsepower. Such is the nature of desire, for acquisitions of more and more, bigger and bigger, to what end, who knows? There is no end. Materialism is an end in itself. But it’s a dead end: entertainment rules, sex and all that jazz. Wait a minute… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 9:41 am on August 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Life on the Installment Plan, or Not… 

    Being a millionaire is easy

    Being a millionaire is easy

    I would like to be wealthy merely to renounce it. Renunciation is the greatest act of faith.  All Hindus and Buddhists know that.  But a homeless person has nothing to renounce, and the world is suitably not impressed nor has any message been conveyed: the greater the possessions, the greater the renunciation. I would like to tell the bankers to stuff it back in their vaults, tell the coke dealer to stuff it up his nose, tell the beautiful young starlets to stuff it… some day…

    If you cling to your life, you will lose it.  All Christians know that… 

     
  • hardie karges 3:37 pm on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Internal Dialog, Political Dialectic 

    Conversation overheard between the Left and Right sides of my brain:
    LS: They say that to sell non-fiction, you need a platform. Do we have a platform?
    RS: I think that’s a metaphor, actually.
    LS: Actually, I think it’s a two-by-four, lots of them in fact, and double-headed nails, the better to set up and tear down easily.
    RS: Hmmm, sounds like a flea market,
    LS: Now there’s a metaphor, life as flea market.
    RS: Yes, all too true; at least the food trucks are good… are you hungry?
    LS: Yeah, let’s eat. Did you get salsa?
    RS: I thought you did.
    LS: Typical. When are you going to grow up?
    RS: When are you going to chill out?
    LS: Slut.
    RS: Bitch.
    LS: Rock.
    RS: Paper.
    LS: Scissors.

     
    • Kathleen Chapman 4:30 pm on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Let us dream that the left side of nearly everything shall prevail. The left leg is strong the right leg is weak and most recently since titanium arm replace the left arm is weak. Id like to be strong all over and that is where I walk. I am confused about the sequence of events on our life’s together. Do you remember dates from then? I

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  • hardie karges 1:05 pm on August 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cancer, , health care, Obamacare, Prostate   

    Mort a Credit: #Death, #Taxes, and the $100K #Prostate 

    Mort a Credit

    Death on the Installment Plan

    It’s that time again—tax time (hey, I’m not an April person!)—in which all the prior year’s goings and comings and savings and spendings come back to haunt me, wishing I’d done this differently or that more carefully. Of course now I think they’ve extended that already-extended August 15 deadline to October 15, but I don’t see any reason to procrastinate, ha ha. That usually means refreshing myself on the last reported year also, so two years ago, really, to synchronize figures on a complicated return, and some of those wounds are even more egregious.

    In my case that means the great 2012 prostate free-for-all in which my poor beleaguered sex-exhausted prostate gland received untold amounts of radiation in an attempt to send a clear message to any cancer cells lying in wait to do me in before my appointed time, that they had better think twice before declaring victory, in fact should just go on back home where they belong. (More …)

     
    • Kc 10:01 pm on August 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Fucking well lucky you were in calli and not here. Last scrunching we had was very ill handled having only medicaid ms and medicare. We do not qualify for ACA because of having ms medicaid. Hope you are able to sex well now and that you are helping prevent overpopulation….no offspring right?

      • hardie karges 10:37 am on August 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        At 60, I figure it’s probably time to renounce sex, don’t you think?

        • Kc 3:39 pm on August 13, 2014 Permalink

          Certainly not. It may be different. Btw once a bj becomes a job and not a joy, do you think it is time to give it up? A wife that gives a good bj? From something you posted earlier. I am a rather literal thinker and that may be limiting to some. Maybe you were being sarcastic? R’s folks had kaiser. We have been knowing how poor they are. Now and forever. Both r’s folks passed while under their care. Maybe good at times and weak later. No better anywhere in amerika. Where in the world does one go for a comfortable retirement?

  • hardie karges 9:52 am on August 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Gaza, , , ,   

    #Israel & #Palestine, Clueless in Gaza: Dial ‘D’ for Dignity… 

     

    Gaza in ruins

    Gaza in ruins

    “You don’t negotiate with them.” “You make them beg.” Words like these, in reference to Palestine in general, and Hamas in particular, were overheard from the mouths of various Israeli leaders, journalists and pundits-at-large following John Kerry’s recent failed attempts to cut a deal, any deal, between Israel and Palestine. They disgust me, so racist and hateful. Israel tried to back away from the comments, but—you know.

    If words like this hurt me so much, I can only imagine what they do to Palestinians. It’s no wonder there is no solution in sight, with such racism and prejudices at work behind the scenes. Imagine the Western horror if Palestinians spoke like that: ‘Muslims are like that; it’s in their blood.’ Religion flowing through capillaries: now there’s an image.

    I’ve been following the Mideast crises for a while now—approximately 2000 years—and it seems to me that the modern version of the quagmire boils down to one irreconcilable issue: Israel’s various leaders demand that Palestinian’s various leaders officially recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

    The accent, of course, is on ‘Jewish’ and ‘official'; that is: in writing; that is: in words; that is: kiss ass, something that Palestine is not likely to do in this lifetime or the next, nor should they have to. They’ve already recognized Israel’s right to exist by the way, since 1993. Only now does Netanyahu add the ultimate insult: as a Jewish state. If someone stole my property, which they have, I’d never recognize them as rightful owner, but I’d get on with my life. But I’ll be damned if I’d suffer their insults publicly. Who’s the obstructionist? (More …)

     
    • Kc 2:48 pm on August 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Holy cow holy shit. No it will never end, nor will the race riot begin in our town, however much the white supremeist try to start it. The police here have suggested that everyone in town shoot to kill. Whatfuckingever.

  • hardie karges 4:20 pm on July 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Hinduism,   

    Let There Be God (and on the Seventh Day We created God)… 

     

     

    Christian God

    Christian God

    The idea of a Michelangelo-like anthropomorphic God, wrathful and scheming (before Jesus made him all love-y dove-y), bad teeth and all, thunderbolt in hand, is so absurd and fantastic, that I’ve long wondered how such nonsense ever got started, and moreover, how it persists. My idea is that it originates in the feedback over death, probably around the time Neanderthals (no, not Me-anderthals) began burying their dead.

    We humans look for meaning, of course, as such is our curse, so some must have wondered about these newly dead: Where do they go? What will they do when they get there? The idea that people are here one moment, then gone the next, is a tough pill to swallow, after all. Even dogs go through mourning. I suspect the phrase “WTF” also originated around this time.

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  • hardie karges 9:29 am on July 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Chinatown, , , , Likes, ,   

    #Facebook #Chinatown: Where ‘Likes’ are the New Currency 

     

    Like Me, Baby...

    Like Me, Baby…

    Strolling through Facebook now is like strolling through Chinatown or along a carnival midway, complete with barkers and colored balloons, signs and advertisements now occupying every available inch of empty space, imperceptibly creeping like Capitalism into our lives and our computers and smart phones like viruses (virii?), the good kind, friendly bacteria that you can live with. In Chinatown there IS no empty space. Social media has degenerated into one big tease: “You won’t believe this!” or “You’ve got to see what happened next!” or “Don’t forget to share.” Likes are the new currency.

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  • hardie karges 4:08 pm on July 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Judaism   

    #God as Big #Boss 

    God as Morgan Freeman

    God as Morgan Freeman

    “Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy,” definitely my favorite Commandment, “Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work,” etc., keeps us workaholics from working our selves to death, only problem is defining ‘work’ and separating it from non-work.

    But what if I enjoy work? Then is it okay? Are we supposed to be miserable six days a week?

    Then there’s the question of which day is the ‘true’ Sabbath. If you could be Muslim, Jew, and Christian too, some kind of 3-in-1 monotheist, then I guess you’d get a 3-day weekend. Now there’s a thought…

     
    • Kc 10:36 pm on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      No repro. Here, and you? I recal you did not like condoms. Whatever happened to r list and his wife Vicki?

  • hardie karges 1:26 pm on July 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: environment, , KL007, Korea, Malaysia Airlines, , Ukraine   

    Cold War, Warm Planet: Back in the USSR 

    Vladimir Putin

    Vladimir Putin

    Josef Stalin

    Josef Stalin

    It has not been a good year for Malaysian Airlines. I’m wishing now I’d sold my stock. First there was the long-lost flight MH370, at the bottom of the ocean now somewhere, and now this, cold-blooded aer-o-plane-o-cide in Ukraine. Where have we gone wrong, that the world has come to this?

    This is not a case of war, or even terror. It is a case of stupidity. Give a monkey a machine and this is what you get. They will drive the car right off the cliff. They will shoot airplanes out of the sky. And they will frack every last bit of oil out of the very bedrock of the earth, just to power those machines.

    Of course this ill-fated flight MH17 has much more in common with KL007, the Korean Airlines flight that was shot down near Sakhalin Island in 1983 in what was then the USSR. But that was then. This is now. That was the USSR, known for its Commie paranoia. This is Russia, supposedly a prime player in the second-tier BRIC level of emerging capitalist movers and shakers. What gives? Does paranoia run in the DNA? Stupidity does.

    We’re all monkeys in this machine, and we all bear some responsibility. Those flights could be on detour around the war zone; but that would cost an extra dollar, wouldn’t it? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

    But war is the least of my worries, really. People are killing each other probably less than ever, in outright warfare, at least, that is. The Old Testament is nothing but ethnic cleansing. Sound familiar?

    I’m more worried about the environment, where the connection between cause and effect is much more abstract and indirect, where the effects are spread over a much longer time and much wider territory, where the culprit must be hypothesized from reams of facts and figures gleaned from data collected over the last century over the entire planet. Who will sift through the wreckage from total environmental disaster?

     
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