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  • 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?

     
  • hardie karges 8:07 am on July 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , monkeys,   

    Love is a Many-Splintered Thing 

    20062014246Love is funny; I can barely conceal my laughter. Originally it was most likely conceived in the mind of God as a cheap parlor trick to get us up off our collective ass and reproduce–or so the Darwinists might have it, if they bothered to believe in God, which most don’t, and still felt the need to back-fill the ‘reasons’ for natural selection, which most do…

    Otherwise we’d just look at each other naked, go “yeah, right,” then roll back over and go to sleep. But mix up a witch’s brew of warmth and fuzziness, and… and… comeliness, desire and a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’, and you’ve really got something…

    Since those humble beginnings love has certainly ‘gone viral’. Entire religions–like Christianity–are based on the promises of its premises, and still others weigh in heavily against its celebrated aphrodisiacal qualities. Still others kill for it, and many more die for it. It gets ugly. That ‘love’ sh*t really caught on, didn’t it? (More …)

     
    • Kc 4:37 pm on July 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hello karges, still we hang in. Do you remember robert and Vicki list? We did have fun sailing with him. Did’nt he hAve a covered wagon type camper top on his pick em up truck? Vicki and i went to several classes together. Are either of them alive? Neither of us has been the same since our tragic accidents in jan. Please write me personally and let me know how you are doing theses days. Love, mmkc marymarga@gmail.com. Goodbye for now.

  • hardie karges 7:43 am on July 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: drones, , Netanyahu, Palestine   

    #Israel Goes Metric against #Palestine, Demands a Kilo of Flesh 

    When asked if Israel had gotten its pound of flesh from Palestine yet, for perceived transgressions against the Israeli state and its people, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu responded: “We are on the metric system. You have not seen the half of it.” It’s no surprise, considering that Hamas now has drones…

     
  • hardie karges 12:27 pm on July 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: diet, , world travel   

    #Diet #Travel should Broaden the Mind, not the Belly (and not remind you of broads)… 

    Group workout in Phitsanulok, Thailand

    Group workout in Phitsanulok, Thailand

    The nicest thing about coming ‘home’ after 6-7 months of continuous travel–aside from having some place to come home TO–is wearing all those pale-blue jeans that have been too small to wear for so many years. That’s why I save them, after all. But it’s not true, of course. I’ve simply been too large, the (farm-raised) product of too many meals and too much success, that is: economic success. In Darwinian evolution the only success is reproductive, though, so guess I’m down on that count (but not for lack of trying)…

    In short: migrations can be good, and are a natural occurrence of biological life on any given planet, especially one with a bluish atmosphere, perfect for the proliferation of blue-green algae, perfect for those bluish jeans, perfect for nurturing those blues that come after a long run of travel. But those who gain weight from travel aren’t traveling–they’re touring. I try to work out, at least once a month, but that’s just calories that I’ll have to replace…

    Travel is a discipline, and requires a few calories, and constant alertness, the only calorie problem on the road being one of getting enough. So when civilizations fall, and the migrations begin, it is not a thing to fear. Travel broadens the mind, after all, doesn’t it? And slims the belly, gotta’ love that symmetry, gotta’ think maybe this is the way it should be…  Now let the binge begin: cookies, cake, and ice cream, oh my…

     
  • hardie karges 10:38 pm on June 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bosnia, , Hercegovina, , Sarajevo   

    #Sarajevo #Bosnia #Islam: Muslim Right 

    Mosque in Sarajevo, Bonia

    Mosque in Sarajevo, Bonia

    At the mosque in Sarajevo I can hang out and meditate without being hassled.

     

    They have nice rugs, too.  I am a junkie BTW, a textile junkie.

     

    At the mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, they kicked me out, for some reason unspecified.

     

    They never even asked me if I was Muslim or not.

     

    There’s a word for that, I think…

     
    • Kc 10:31 am on July 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hello, how are you? I see the old cabin in the background, wonder if it is still there? R turned 71 yesterday. We are hanging on w a vengeance. L, k

  • hardie karges 1:04 pm on June 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    #Humanity #War #Hunger My greatest hope for the human race lies in the fact that many of the smartest people are also the nicest; that’s encouraging. Fortunately most a**holes are also stupid…

     
  • hardie karges 10:34 am on June 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #Buddhism #Christianity #Islam: Time for a New Religion… 

    At their best Buddhism, Christianity and Islam are the head, heart and muscle of the One True Religion (as yet unnamed), the bush of which they all beat around furiously, passionately and mindfully, Buddhism with its ‘many books’ and philosophical approach, Christianity with its Sermon on the Mount and “Love Your Neighbor” One Best Commandment, Islam with its Qur’an Third Testament to the Torah, the Tales of Jesus, and much much more, maybe the greatest one book of all religions which includes all the others on a good day, whether in chapter or verse, sutra or suture…

    At their worst they degenerate into Buddhist passivity, purple passion and pragmatism of the worst kind, thousands of pragmatists plying the streets of Bangkok on any given night, sucking from the rich and giving to the kids, and parents, and anyone who’ll listen to the sad tales of femmes fatales and homos erectus…

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