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  • hardie karges 9:33 am on December 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Advanced Eschatology: R.I.P. 2014 

    Don’t you just love the latest FaceBook silliness in which we proudly proclaim, “It’s been a great year. Thank you for being a part of it!” Really? 2014 was a great year? In what parallel universe did that occur? Or is it just wishful thinking? Or are we just sheep following our leaders off the cliff, the dance leaders, that is; like Rome before the fall, or the last cabaret in Hitler’s Berlin? Now denial—like hero-worship—is nothing new, and FaceBook is not known for high intellect, but this is a new low.

    And that’s saying something for a medium specializing in silly pet tricks and reverse child psychology that goes something like: “I love my mother-in-law. Do you love your mother-in-law? If you do, then please ‘like’, follow, or share this post. I know that most of you won’t, but I want to see how many of you will.” What rubbish.  Did you know that ‘likes’ are now currency? It’s true. What Marvel Comics super-hero are you, anyway? I’m Captain America…

    More importantly, which part of 2014 did you like the best: the Ebola epidemic, maybe? Now there’s a memorable series of moments, death destruction and denial, in which highly-paid pundits and Math 101 extrapolaters (i.e. bloggers) predicted that there would be a cool Mil (1,000,000) number of victims by now. In actuality: “As of 23 December 2014, this outbreak has 19,648 reported cases resulting in 7,645 deaths.” (Wikipedia)

    Ouch. And then there were that not-so-lonely band of lovable losers known variously as ISIS or the Islamic State or The Artists Formerly Known as ISIL, in which bad Fashion Police finally claim turf, proclaiming cleavage illegal at penalty of amputation, and wayward thoughts illegal at penalty of beheading, all of which prompted Noam Chomsky to declare the probable ‘end of history’. Now I’m no huge fan of Chomsky’s politics or his linguistics, but he may have just nailed this one—shut. Give Boko Haram honorable mention in this category. (More …)

    • Kc 5:28 pm on December 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      yes, way way too much b.s. going on. r is out of his mind. do not know how to deal w it. he is getting violent and is certain that i am poisioning his food, so he refuses to eat. weighs less than 120lb, still, insists on drinking everything he can get his hands on. yea, happy new year to you also.

    • Esther Fabbricante 9:55 pm on December 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Powerful – the power of your words and your thinking and conclusions!
      Living one day at a time seems almost precarious.

  • hardie karges 10:27 am on December 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Christmas Goes Viral: Festivus for the Rest of Us 

    Babel on in Babylon, the Hanging Gardens (as imagined) and the Tower of Babel

    Everything is a caricature of itself now, and entertainment is king. So Christmas in America is when we all get to return to our childhood fantasies, beyond sugar plums and into consumer gluttony—or not. If Thanksgiving morphs simple thanks toward God into thanks for the goods, then Christmas goes beyond celebrating the birth of Christ into celebrating the birth of consumerism. It doesn’t have to be that way.

    George Costanza’s dad on the old ‘Seinfeld’ series made alternative celebrations official, but I’m starting to warm up to the many ‘orphan’ events that now spring up around this time of year to give the rest of us some reason for the season: simple social camaraderie and spiritual communion, nuclear family optional. ‘Nuclear’ can sometimes be dangerous, after all.

    Christmas—and Christianity—is not alone in pushing their holidays to absurd viral proportions, though. Other countries and religions do it, too. Anyone who’s gone to Thailand for the Songkran water fest (read: ‘water fight’) is witnessing the modern spectacle of what started off as a simple dousing of water as a symbol of renewal. And I hear that the daylight fasting that occurs during Islamic Ramadan says nothing about what happens after dark. This is cultural neoteny, the evolutionary regression to childhood (in biology, literally the decreasing age of reproduction). (More …)

    • mary 9:52 am on December 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      and a happy winter solstice to you. no xmas for us-mas. the shortest day of the year-grand, it means they will be getting longer, if that is a good thing or not i am uncertain. pax

      • hardie karges 11:28 am on December 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yes yes yes, it is all good if we want it to be that way and act accordingly…

    • Esther Fabbricante 6:54 am on December 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Family is first with me – 31 members including in-laws and step children..
      Merry Christmas to you.

  • hardie karges 11:22 am on December 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Awesomenessificationizing in a World w/o Him 

    Awesome”: the word defines our lazy consumer/consumed age, selfies self-centered, Christmas especially, speaking volumes while explaining nothing, an idle exclamation and simultaneous proclamation of all things hubristic, ourselves extrapolated outward for viewing and public worship—self-worship—the worst kind, “awesome” not to be confused with “awful” its evil twin, same word really, merely inflected with opposing sentiment, neither of them even in the same emotional league as that original feeling of awe that inspired it, and which inspires millions, that feeling of smallness in witnessing grandiosity…

    So how did the same word, and same original feel, come to mean two such opposite things? That’s what it is to be human, dahling, language—and thoughts—mutating at the speed of sound in direct proportion to the distance from the source, so much like biological Evolution that it’s hard to see them as anything other or different, as often declared by scientific minds specializing in such fields with (pedi)grees much higher than my own…

    We humans are a rather imperfect lot, at best blessed, at worst cursed, in reality most likely somewhere in between, the recipe for fulfillment in direct proportion to intent, a sliding scale of satisfaction, hard to accomplish anything without really intending it, or retrofitting the logic, intent being the key, left in this slow cool world to fend for ourselves or die trying… (More …)

    • Kc 1:55 pm on December 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      awesome, iconic and literally, words that stick in under and around my craw. do people not read the dictionary anymore?

  • hardie karges 8:28 am on December 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Let’s Get Physical, Living in the Material World, etc…. 

    Life is just full of cliches, isn’t it? Sometimes it seems like we’re just replaying silly love songs as the soundtrack to our lives, all about making it getting it spending it f*cking it and then doing it all over again. This is the world of stuff, possessions and possession; to get spiritual is counter-indicated here at the speed of sound: percussion and repercussions. That’s more fitting for the speed of light: the real world, light electricity and spirit flowing in unison where the destination is indeterminate and not even consequential, where the flow itself is paramount… (More …)

    • Kc 6:19 am on December 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      York sez there is something beautiful about dementia, that it is like an adult returning to womb. Childlike beauty. Satisfaction surely awaits us all. Today york and I travel couple hours s to a funeral, memorial or what have ye. 59 y.o man w Down syndrome passed. I was a trader of jewelery and antiques but am getting out. No money to be had to be passed to the antique store owners, this town is flat. I will miss it, may get back to it. Then again I wd probably rather read or reread lotsa books. Pax. K

  • hardie karges 6:28 pm on December 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Ever notice that the ruder we humans become to each other, the more we love our pets?

    • Kc 7:43 pm on December 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      please read the poem i recently posted on fb, it is about meanness….

    • dbp49 11:26 pm on December 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      That’s an interesting thought, but due to some stuff I won’t bore you with, I have no social life (unless you count my medical team) so I never behave rudely to anyone, and I’ve always loved my dog. Oh, I have a social life on-line I guess, but I’m never rude to them either. Maybe I’m an oddball. : )

      • hardie karges 6:01 am on December 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Actually I think it’s on-line where people find it easiest to be rude, especially when they can hide behind names other than their real ones, and verbally joust with people they’ll never likely meet face-to-face. If being polite makes one an oddball, then we cold use a few more. I haven’t had a pet in a while; might be time for a new one. Thanks for the comment.

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