Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God.
We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state and our educational system.
We are here to drink beer.
We are here to kill war.
We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
We are here to read these words from all these wise men and women who will tell us that we are here for different reasons and the same reason."
-Charles Bukowski 

Pope Francis' 10 commandments about capitalism...


"How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion."


"Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape."


"Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a 'disposable' culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new."


"[S]ome people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system."


"Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people's pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else's responsibility and not our own."


"The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase; and in the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us."


"While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. Consequently, they reject the right of states, charged with vigilance for the common good, to exercise any form of control."


"In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule."


"Money must serve, not rule! The Pope loves everyone, rich and poor alike, but he is obliged in the name of Christ to remind all that the rich must help, respect and promote the poor. I exhort you to generous solidarity and a return of economics and finance to an ethical approach which favours human beings."


"Today in many places we hear a call for greater security. But until exclusion and inequality in society and between peoples is reversed, it will be impossible to eliminate violence."

Monday, November 25, 2013


A small victory for seals in Canada!


The decision is finally in. The WTO has ruled that the European Union's ban on seal product imports may stand!
We have awaited this ruling for months after the spring hearings in which Canada, Norway, and Namibia presented their case to the WTO, claiming that the European Union's ban on imports of skins, oil, and other products obtained from brutally killed seals and seal pups was an unfair barrier to international trade.

Here is AP's brief article on the subject:

WTO Allows EU's 'Moral' Ban on Seal Products
BERLIN November 25, 2013 (AP) The World Trade Organization has ruled that the European Union can ban the import and sale of seal products for "moral" reasons.
Canada and Norway had challenged the ban on the grounds that it was inconsistent. It grants exceptions to support indigenous Arctic communities that export limited amounts of seal products and to protect fisheries' nets and their catch.
Canada and Norway claim such exceptions discriminate against them.
A WTO panel decision published Monday found that the exceptions do flout international free trade rules. But it concluded that if the EU applies the exceptions consistently, then a ban designed to address "public moral concerns" is permitted.
Animal rights groups have long protested the mass clubbing of seals for fur and other products, saying it is inhumane.
Canada said it will appeal the WTO ruling.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

And Thus Spoke...

I HAVE a question for you alone, my brother: like a sounding-lead, I cast this question into your soul, that I may know its depth.
You are young, and desire child and marriage. But I ask you: are you a man entitled to desire a child? Are you the victorious one, the self-conqueror, the ruler of your passions, the master of your virtues? Thus do I ask you.
Or does the animal speak in your wish, and need? Or loneliness? Or discord in you?
Let your victory and freedom long for a child. You shall build living monuments to your victory and freedom.
You shall build beyond yourself. But first of all you must be built yourself, solid in body and soul.
You shall propagate yourself not only onward, but upward! For that purpose may the garden of marriage help you!
You shall create a higher body, a first movement, a spontaneously rolling wheel- you shall create a creator.
Marriage: so call I the will of the two to create the one that is more than those who created it. The reverence for one another, as those exercising such a will, I call marriage.
Let this be the significance and the truth of your marriage. But that which the all-too-many call marriage, those superfluous ones- ah, what shall I call it?
Ah, the poverty of soul in the two! Ah, the filth of soul in the two! Ah, the pitiable self-complacency in the two!
They call it marriage; and they say their marriages are made in heaven.
Well I do not like that heaven of the superfluous! No, I do not like them, those animals tangled in the heavenly net!
Keep far from me that God who limps near to bless what he has not matched!
Do not laugh at such marriages! What child has not had reason to weep over its parents?
This man seemed worthy, and ripe for the meaning of the earth: but when I saw his wife, the earth seemed to me an asylum of madmen. Yes, I wish that the earth shook with convulsions when a saint and a goose mate with one another.
This one went forth in quest of truth as a hero, and at last got for himself a small dressed-up lie: his marriage he calls it.
That one was reserved and chose warily. But then he spoilt his company for all time: his marriage he calls it.
Another sought a handmaid with the virtues of an angel. But then he became the handmaid of a woman, and now he must become an angel.
Careful, have I found all buyers, and all of them have astute eyes. But even the most astute of them buys his wife in a poke.
Many brief follies- that you call love. And your marriage puts an end to your many brief follies, with one long stupidity.
Your love of woman, and woman's love of man- ah, if only it were sympathy for suffering and veiled gods! But usually, two animals find each another.
But even your best love is only an enraptured parable and a painful ardor. It is a torch to light loftier paths for you.
You shall love beyond yourselves some day! So first, learn to love. And for that you have to drink the bitter cup of your love.
Bitterness is in the cup even of the best love; thus does it cause longing for the Superman; thus does it cause thirst in you, the creator!
Thirst in the creator, arrow and longing for the Superman: tell me, my brother, is this your will to marriage?
Sacred I call such a will, and such a marriage.-

Thus spoke Zarathustra.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Fukushima holy fuck!

After 2 1/2 years, the fuel rod recovery is about to get underway down at ol' Fukushima Daichi , bulding 4. I sure hope they know what they're doing...

Thursday, November 7, 2013


 A 1902 Doubleday edition of Dracula by Bram Stoker, Irish, (1847-1912). The first edition of Draculawas in May 1897 and the cover was bright yellow with Dracula lettering in red.
 Stoker’s Dracula was considered horrific and the culmination of the vampire story up to that time. A first edition can sell for as much as $10,000.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Letter to National Organization for Marriage.

Dear people who are stuck in the Dark Ages,
I stumbled upon your site by accident and I couldn't believe that there are actually people out there that still dedicate their time to 'saving' gay people and eradicating gay marriage. In fact, you spend time and resources petitioning the government to repeal propositions and for corporations to stop their sponsorship of anything remotely deemed gay 'friendly'.
While you think that you are doing God's work and that you are fulfilling the great word of Jesus Christ, you are in fact, causing great harm, suffering and violence. I cannot believe that your organisation feels it has the moral authority to instruct private and public institutions to follow the made up wishes and so called commands of your God.
Your God would be ashamed of you. With all the evil and destruction in this World, the fight that you have chosen to fight is this? Really?
Your ilk knows that it is losing this battle. How does that feel? Your battle is not a good battle. It is wrong and immoral. Do you know that teen suicide is many times higher among gay teens than heterosexual teens? Do you realise that your organisation has some of that blood on it's hands?
When you erroneously tell your followers that being gay is a lifestyle choice, even though science has long known that there is a 'gay gene', you indirectly wage support for discrimination against an already marginalised minority group. What would Jesus say about that? I think I know what He would say.
Do you know that when someone is attacked and there are gay slurs said during the attack, the attacker faces hate crime charges? Well, you should. Your organisation is indirectly responsible for inciting hatred. Think about it.
I am happy that you provided a list of gay friendly companies and politicians on your website, I had no idea that some of these companies were so full of love for their brothers and sisters. I will be spending my money there from now on. What really caught my eye was the bit about Chris Christie. Is this not the guy who was personally driving around in the days following hurricane Sandy, helping people get food, power or relief? How dare you paint a man like that with your ignorant brush? Last I checked, Jesus would have loved Governor Christie.
I feel sorry for stupid people but I feel rage toward evil people and your organisation is made up of evil people, to control stupid people.
I think you missed Jesus' point entirely. Go back and read the Book again.
P.S. -The fact that you have Federal Tax Exemption status is a travesty of the greatest magnitude.