Gasp! They did this while inflated!….

Ffolkes,

“It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved.”

~~ Galileo Galilei ~~

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Beauty at Night

Image copyright ahuha.com ~~ found at:

https://halfeatenmind.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/photo-moment-building-bridges-a-quote-by-rick-pitino/

“The opposite of Galileo’s defense is also true;
surely it is harmful to souls to make it mandatory to believe what is unprovable.
History is a long litany of absolute proof of such harm.”

~~ gigoid, the dubious ~~


Good morning…. Well, I have the proof now. After all this time, what we’ve always known to be true has now been thoroughly, scientifically tested, and found to be true, to wit: Shit happens, and there’s nothing to be done about it.

Good to know, don’t you think? I do; it’ll save us all a lot of time worrying. Myself, I plan to use a good part of today, just contemplating the simple fact of my own innocence…. I mean, I can’t do anything about it, right? That means, by logical concatenation, I can’t be held responsible for it if it goes wrong. What a bonus!

Now we’ve thoroughly, and scientifically destroyed any chance at all of having y’all take any of the following seriously, we’d best be off to the oyster beds. At least underwater your shouting at me in frustration won’t be so loud. Wait! Sit down! If y’all rush me now, we’ll never get this poor old thing off the ground! Luigi, get us outta here! Hang on, ffolkes; you can take your shots at the end….

Shall we Pearl?….

Calvin: “Do you believe our destinies are determined by the stars?”
Hobbes: “Nah.”
Calvin: “Oh, I do.”
Hobbes: “Really? How come?”
Calvin: “Life’s a lot more fun when you’re not responsible for your actions.”

~~ “Calvin and Hobbes,” Bill Watterson ~~


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    I’m modeling a new version of the White Rabbit syndrome today; that means I only have time to fall back on our default musical choice…. It’s hard to feel guilty about it when I know it will be enjoyed, if only for it’s own inherent beauty and peace to be found within its space and time…. See, we can use fantasy and metaphor ANYWHERE!…. Oh, and if the choice is confusing, don’t fret; I just picked the one you see because I liked the picture the best…. Enjoy, ffolkes…..

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Classical Music for Spring

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HL Mencken

If you wish to know
Why there are disasters
Of Armies and Weapons in the world
Listen to the piteous cries
From the slaughterhouse at midnight

~~ Old Chinese Saying ~~

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“The Meaning Of Life:
The reason that we’re all here is that
it was too crowded  where we were supposed to go.”

~~ Steven Wright ~~


At last! A statement so perfectly attuned to actual Reality as to be indistinguishable from a slap in the face, which is mankind’s most favored form of testing the strength of a proposition to, and for, each other…. Sure, there are some issues in the implications, but, I’d say it fits the available evidence as well as any of our current major religious philosophies, and a damn sight better than most of them.

To me, quite frankly, it makes a lot more sense than some old fart with a long beard up in the sky who gives a rat’s patootie about what the hell I’m up to here where He is supposed to have dumped me, into this shit pile of violence, mutual abuse, and, an overall atmosphere of bigotry and all-around IDIOCY that permeates every level of society, all around the world. If that shit is true, I’m supposed to THANK the butt hole? I don’t think so….

Besides,if Steven is wright, (and, of course, he is, obviously), that means everyone on this planet is somebody who failed whatever test they had to take to make it into the country club, which goes a long way toward explaining the past 10,000 years of history, filled with blood, aggression, and very little progress toward any sort of intelligent response to life at large….

“Are you sure it isn’t time for another colorful metaphor?”

~~ Spock, “The Voyage Home,”  stardate 8390 ~~


I would say, in this case, Spock is correct; it’s time for a long series of colorful metaphors, which, if vulgar and distressing to the faint of heart, still offers a relief from the angst of knowledge unavailable with any other activity, such as prayer, or, kicking an unsuspecting furry creature, which, though a temporary relief, can bring both a large rise in one’s karmic account, and, if one possesses any sensitivity and compassion at all, a large dose of guilt, well-deserved. ( This, I might add, is true of the metaphoric “kicking of the cat” one commits when they take their anger out on any creature undeserving of it…. A child, a woman, a dog, a man, a cat… what’s the difference? None at all, when they are innocent…)

I would also say our entire species is deserving of any epithet applied to us by the Universe; if so, it, too, will be a metaphor, of the failure of spirit which will lead to our eventual extinction as a species…. The only possible other result, survival into the far future, will only occur if we can act to change our very nature, and quickly; the planet’s ecosystem is not going to give us much longer to make the necessary alterations in the way we treat LIFE, of which we are a much less important part than that for which we give ourselves credit. When we are gone, the Universe will barely blink; it is only our towering egos, propelled by the power of our imagination, which gives an unfortunate few of us the idea we are more important than a single grain of sand….

There are a hundred issues confronting society today, any and all of which are disruptive to our progress as a species and a culture. War, sickness, greed, abuse of all kinds, education, racism, sexism, government corruption by business…. Let’s take a moment to review some information I re-blogged yesterday here on ECR, having first noticed its publication on our old friend Lou’s site, Tales From The Conspiratum, on WordPress (here: http://talesfromtheconspiratum.com/2015/10/14/we-are-anonymous-cannabis-cures-cancer-525 )

As I said yesterday, how much truth can you handle, ffolkes…. Here is just ONE  example of a rather egregious example of how our government has been corrupted by big business, and the ambition and greed of professional politicians, who do the bidding of their corporate masters, at the expense of the rest of us…. Check this out….

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We Are Anonymous: Cannabis Cures Cancer

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If they would lie to us about something like this, at the same time they lied to us about Vietnam, and all the other crap they did during that shameful period of our history, why would anyone think they are, all of a sudden, now telling us the truth, about ANYTHING?…. I ask you if can believe them; if you do, I have a wonderful deal for you in a bridge…. Cash only, no credit…. And, uh, can you tell me the way to the bus station?….

I say again, ffolkes. They are lying to us; they know it, we know it. How much longer can this situation go on, before the societal version of critical mass is reached?

Not long, I’d say….

So be it.

gigoid has spoken, with the help and support of We Are Anonymous, and hundreds of millions of unhappy slaves of the corporate nightmare in which we are all entrapped…. But, only until enough wake up, & see the truth…. I have only three thoughts with which to leave you…. An observation, a reminder of what CAN happen if we don’t pay attention, and, a last bit of hope….

“Recorded history is largely an account of the crimes and disasters committed by banal little men at the levers of imperial machines.” — Edward Abbey

“All military type firearms are to be handed in immediately… The SS, SA and Stahlhelm give every respectable German man the opportunity of campaigning with them.   Therefore anyone who does not belong to one of the above named organizations and who unjustifiably nevertheless keeps his weapon… must be regarded as an enemy of the national government.” — SA Oberfuhrer of Bad Tolz, March, 1933

“Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do ingloriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple: who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?” — John Milton — Areopagitica

there are nights...

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    I have followed this poet’s blog for over four years, since first discovering her website, soon after starting my own blog here on WordPress. Each and every time I read one of her poems, I am astounded, or deeply moved, or shocked into clarity, or just plain slack-jawed in awe of the power that moves through her sometimes, when her Art, her pain, her love, and her imagination merge to make magic with words…. mostly in her second language.

In my mind, her spirit is Art, a muse come to life; in a world once painted in a story by Samuel R. Delaney, she would be called a Singer, an artist at large in the world, allowed to go anywhere, and do anything, from singing in a fountain during a fire, to acts of self-mutilation after a performance, even to murder, in the pursuit of their Art, whether it be poetry, song, sculpture, all of it, or none…. so long as the Art moves through them…. Believe me, Art moves through Mari Sanchez Cayuso…. This poem was a recent offering, a simple poem that spoke to me somehow, and can be found here:

http://starsrainsunmoon.com/2015/10/04/essays/

Essays

I don’t know what is airier

Than silence, somehow natural

Accommodating yardfuls of violet

Tens of thousands living roots

Reopening by instinct

I like it; privately wanting it

Finding satisfaction in its touch

~~ Mari Sanchez Cayuso ~~


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    This one’s pretty simple. It begins and ends with an idea presented by a Taoist master, which explains the choice of today’s icon for this section. It’s another pearl about Life at Large, and how to approach the whole ball of wax with some intelligence, dignity, and honor…. with a bit of good advice thrown in on how to nurture one’s inner garden…. Enjoy! It won’t be on the Quiz, though all of it is stuff you probably would be wise to remember….

“Every day passes whether you participate or not.” — Deng Ming-Dao

“Freedom begins between the ears.” — Edward Abbey

“Eat not thy heart; which forbids to afflict our souls, and waste them with vexatious cares.” — Plutarch — Of the Training of Children

“It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.” — Miss Manners (Judith Martin)

“The truth is always the strongest argument.” — Sophocles — Phaedra, Frag. 737

“As long as you live, keep learning how to live.” — Seneca

“The soul is healed by being with children.” — Fyodor Dostoyevski

“You’re never too old to become younger.” — Mae West

“Use a mirror in difficult times: You will see both cause and resolution.” — Deng Ming-Dao

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I did it…. barely, and a bit late, but, hey, it’s done, so, who cares? Not me, obviously. Nor should you, as this means you can now go do something that might actually help the situation…. I’d suggest washing up first; reading ECR can create a build-up difficult to clean off if it dries…. See y’all tomorrow, ffolkes, provided Space and Time can hold together that long….

Y’all take care out there,
and May the Metaphorse be with you;
Blessed Be, dearest Carole, Mark,Theresa, & Richy
and everyone else, too…

When I works, I works hard.
When I sits, I sits loose.
When I thinks, I falls asleep.

Which is Why….

Sometimes I sits and thinks,
   and sometimes,
I just sits.

gigoid, the dubious

The *only* duly authorized Computer Curmudgeon.

PLEASE STOP READING THIS MESSAGE NOW.

“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch


À bientôt, mon cherí….


					
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2 thoughts on “Gasp! They did this while inflated!….

  1. Reblogged this on gigoid and commented:

    Ffolkes,

    Today’s Pearl didn’t materialize, despite some rather intricate contortions attempted in pursuit. Oh, well, as they say downtown. Here’s a re-blog from a bit over a year ago, with a pretty decent Pearl that not many Gentle Readers managed to get to. There’s some ranting, a good poem, and a bunch of cool pearls, so, it will do for the nonce. I’ll try to get one done fresh for tomorrow; if not, well, the day after. I’m having too much fun to care very much, so, I’ll leave you with the hope you’re having a good time as well, in spite of the general state of affairs out there…. Be cool, ffolkes, it’s strange…. I’ll see y’all tomorrow.

    gigoid

  2. “It is surely harmful to souls to make it
    a heresy to believe what is proved.”

    ~~ Galileo Galilei ~~

    Hmm.. reminds me of what
    our mutual Muslim friend said
    when i told her science proves that
    the homosexual element of her society
    IS A natural part of Nature and God one..

    “Science can go to hell”..

    And sure
    one can bury and
    cover up Lesbians
    to the Chest in Iran
    without a complaint so
    they will not be able to cover
    their eyes while being stoned to death..
    Religion
    is not
    just
    dangerous
    it is still deadly
    to all of God’s children
    as Nature same.. like Nature
    ain’t got an answer to balance now..
    FucKinG
    cultural/
    religious
    viruses.. ain’t got no ‘brain’..;)

    And you and i were the only
    two out of the crowd that
    stood up to it and said
    no CLEARLY..
    yeah..
    the
    Atheist and PAN
    theist-plUs.. hehe..;)

    “The opposite of Galileo’s defense is also true;
    surely it is harmful to souls to make it mandatory to believe what is unprovable.
    History is a long litany of absolute proof of such harm.”

    ~~ gigoid, the dubious ~~

    yep.. God
    hates
    God
    don’t make sense..
    unless God is hungry..;)

    Calvin: “Do you believe our destinies are determined by the stars?”
    Hobbes: “Nah.”
    Calvin: “Oh, I do.”
    Hobbes: “Really? How come?”
    Calvin: “Life’s a lot more fun when you’re not responsible for your actions.”

    ~~ “Calvin and Hobbes,” Bill Watterson ~~

    It’s worth noting..
    the Dinosaurs might
    still rule without a
    big
    meteor
    and the Gulf of Mexico…
    iT all comes out iN A explosion..:)

    Every normal man must be tempted
    at times to spit on his hands,
    hoist that black flag,
    and begin slitting throats.

    – H.L. Mencken

    Unless they
    are a Bonobo..;)

    If you wish to know
    Why there are disasters
    Of Armies and Weapons in the world
    Listen to the piteous cries
    From the slaughterhouse at midnight

    ~~ Old Chinese Saying ~~

    Or modern
    Video Games.. all bloody and such.. WiTH
    Lots of repressed/oppressed Anger up in there..
    (am i a REAL man or not..etc..)
    just waiting
    to
    shoot.. first..;)

    “The Meaning Of Life:
    The reason that we’re all here is that
    it was too crowded where we were supposed to go.”

    ~~ Steven Wright ~~

    Considering that as science
    shows humans are still not literally
    evolved to live peacefully in villages of more
    than about 150 to 200 sets of familiar similar eyes.. yes..
    it seems
    it’s too
    crowded
    here for
    a place
    that gets along
    without laws.. judges..
    prisons.. and such as that..
    fences.. brick homes.. and climate
    controlled prisons with screens too..
    to get away from the reality of human imbalance too..;)

    “Are you sure it isn’t time for another colorful metaphor?”

    ~~ Spock, “The Voyage Home,” stardate 8390 ~~

    i remember that movie..
    they finally developed a way
    to speak to whales.. with equAlly
    colorful whale
    metaphors..:)

    “Recorded history is largely an account of the
    crimes and disasters committed by banal little
    men at the levers of imperial machines.”

    — Edward Abbey

    As it continues
    to
    unfold
    in real time now..;)

    “All military type firearms are to be handed in immediately… The SS, SA and Stahlhelm give every respectable German man the opportunity of campaigning with them. Therefore anyone who does not belong to one of the above named organizations and who unjustifiably nevertheless keeps his weapon… must be regarded as an enemy of the national government.”

    — SA Oberfuhrer of Bad Tolz, March, 1933

    Or on the other
    hand
    turn in your brain..
    and Love for fear..;)

    “Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do ingloriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple: who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?”

    — John Milton — Areopagitica

    Don’t discount
    A Force within..
    darK
    and
    liGht..:)

    Nature deficit disorder
    equals
    God Deficit disorder
    same one
    to
    me two…:)

    “Every day passes whether you participate or not.”

    — Deng Ming-Dao

    And When fully
    eNgaged
    noW
    alWays bE..:)

    “Freedom begins between the ears.”

    — Edward Abbey

    The Body
    is the mind
    when free and
    unfettered by between
    the ears..
    at least
    for me..
    stuck up tHeRe
    for so many years..;)

    “Eat not thy heart; which forbids to afflict our souls,
    and waste them with vexatious cares.”

    — Plutarch — Of the Training of Children

    Yup.. like
    Walmart
    Garbage
    Garages
    and
    Trump Towers..;)

    “It is far more impressive when others discover
    your good qualities without your help.”

    — Miss Manners (Judith Martin)

    *Hi fives friend after
    stoning a Lesbian
    in Iran..
    laughing
    all the
    way at the courage
    of his friend while she
    screams.. buried to her chest..
    not able to cover her eyes.. at all…

    it depends.. sTiLL now
    on the culture/religion alWays..
    what is or not impressive or good..
    disgusting
    or sweet
    now in
    devil eYes
    wide open..
    or closed to heARt…
    bottom lines.. culture/religion
    has no limits of disgusting..
    with
    some
    nicer
    attributes too..
    in potential @leaSt..:)

    “The truth is always the strongest argument.”

    — Sophocles — Phaedra, Frag. 737

    Or “science can go to hell”.

    “As long as you live, keep learning how to live.”

    — Seneca

    Hope of those
    who suffer and
    die at the hands of ignorance…

    “The soul is healed by being with children.”

    — Fyodor Dostoyevski

    The best thing about millennials
    who DO NOT attend church..
    they are very
    much
    like
    the Good Cop Jesus
    in tolerating differences
    and accepting those folks..
    and sure.. some of ’em aren’t too
    thrilled about keeping one job.. and truth
    be told
    the
    Good Cop
    archetype of
    Jesus was just
    another hobo
    with a hand
    give for love
    and a hand out
    for help the human way
    without cities.. and churches
    and Trump such as that.. more.. in living
    Tower
    hell homes..;)

    “You’re never too old to become younger.”

    — Mae West

    And even stronger
    too.. with the real power
    of epigenetics.. neuroplasticity
    and the power of suggestion in placebo..
    affect and effect in total fearless smArt love way..
    as IsReAL Force faith..
    in other
    words
    all in
    positive liGht
    with or without words of more..
    Yeah.. and when folks tale me
    that’s just idealism Fred with no
    empirical results.. i’ve got
    ’em..
    and whip
    out a smart
    phone with
    all the evidence in plain view..
    and they just leave with a what the fuck look..
    anyway..
    the evidence
    says
    don’t
    just
    trust books.. oF old
    or even science alone..;)

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