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  • 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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  • hardie karges 3:05 pm on June 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , nurture, ,   

    #Nature vs. #Nurture and the great Human Crap Shoot 

    Nature vs. Nurture is one of the great debates of history and science, at least since the origin of the science of genetics, i.e. whether human lives are more the product of genetics or experience. This is closely related to the previous philosophical debate of free will vs. determinism. The subject is literally something of a ‘chicken vs. egg’ question, though, largely unanswerable and ultimately futile, that egg and that coop both necessary and more or less equal. So let’s call it a draw.

    It turns out we have far fewer genes—a mere few tens of thousands—than would account for the variety of human and biological experience, and many of those only come into play when ‘turned on,’ oh baby. If the hand you’re dealt cannot really be changed (would you even want to? That’s YOU), then the hand you play is (almost) infinitely open-ended, so fair enough. If you’re lucky you may even get to throw a few cards away and request some new ones. Bottom line: get off your ass and create your life.

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  • hardie karges 5:35 pm on June 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , sadness   

    Great Depression? Now there’s an oxymoron… 

    Depression and sadness are not the same thing. That’s a common misconception (and don’t get me started on disappointments). If there is a reason for your depression, then that’s probably not depression. That’s sadness. But if you’re sad all the time, then that may very well be depression. Drugs can treat depression, but they’re not advisable as a treatment for sadness, especially if they have names like ‘Mendocino Mangle’ or ‘Humboldt Happy’. That’s for treating something else. The best treatment for sadness is to make positive changes in your life. No, I’m not a doctor, and no, I don’t play one on TV, BUT… I’m writing this screenplay, you see, thinking Antonio Banderas for the aging Latino hottie doc…

  • hardie karges 4:25 pm on June 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Beyond Farcebook, hopefully, maybe, some day… 

    The best thing about Facebook, and the era it defines, is the possibility for direct honest open communication, a true communion of souls in this slow cool world of infrequent frequencies. Strong silent stuff sucks (tongue-twister: try to say that quickly four times). The worst part is the LCD effect–lowest common denominators (liquid crystal displays are okay), usually in the form of family photos (mostly good), partisan politics (mostly bad), and stupid pet tricks (enough already)….

    At least FB is better than other online ‘forums’ in which people can hide behind their cute little avatars, with the resultant vicious ‘trolling’. Still I prefer Highest Common Denominators, more like that yearly (monthly? weekly? daily?) trip to the museum. I mean: we all love good art, literature, and science, right? Wouldn’t it be nice if Facebook can smarten us up, and not just dumb us down? I remain optimistic, or at least, philosophical…

  • hardie karges 4:47 pm on June 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Argo, Ben Affleck, ,   

    Argo, the Movie: What’s My Line? 

    #Argo #Affleck Finally saw Argo, most of it anyway. They stole my line! Cranston’s line “Standing there in the airport with his d*ck in his hand…” that’s mine! In reference to credit card companies leaving you stranded. Surely it predates this 2012 film, I think. I can prove it, I think. Where’s my lawyer? I smell blood. Huh? Affleck knows Boston mafia? Hehe. Let’s be gentlemen. I’d probably settle for a couple free tix and a blurb for my book. Where’s my waiter? Can’t wait to see the rest of the movie. That’s a duck in his hand, BTW, great for playing in the tub. Quack, quack, Aflac!

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