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The ultimate gift that keeps on giving

November.25. 2018

As you might have suspected, I’m addicted to Daystar and when that’s not available, I watch GEB, so perhaps it’s an addiction to ‘Christian’ TV.

No, I haven’t been ‘born again.’

You could call it research.

I’m doing research. I’m fascinated by the human condition, in particular, the various methods of mind control being practiced by people on their fellow human beings.

Again, not because I want to utilize any of these mind control techniques myself but so I could avoid being entrapped by any of their methods of enslavement.

In my research, I’ve come to the conclusion that religion is the ultimate gift that keeps on giving.

What other gift will make people give you ten percent of their income willingly?

And how in the world do  you make them come back every week, listening to you spout nonsense after nonsense about fantastical scenarios that would make Lord of the Rings sound like a dull unimaginative school essay?

It’s not easy, but with the right elaborate mind control techniques, you can do just that.

The folly of man.

Or man’s incredible gullibility.

To be taken in by all this ‘refi.’ (I propose a new genre of fiction called religious fiction, much like science fiction.)

But milking money from their super duper foolish flock is just one of the gifts that religion gives to these con men.

It also gives power, instant power.

The minute you don on that robe, you’ve become God’s representative, a ‘father.’

You could be a mediocre nondescript individual that nobody would give the time of day to, but the minute you don on that robe, you’re a special member of the community, to be looked up with respect and reverence.

But there’s more.

For the more nefarious inclined, religion gives you the perfect cover to commit dastardly deeds.

Like preying on young children.

Not only can you prey on them with impunity, but you’re protected by the code of silence.

So does that imply that all ‘religious’ leaders are phonies?

Probably not.

You might find perhaps .1 percent of them who are really sincere.

Trouble is, if they’re really sincere, then they’re truly insane, to actually believe all the nonsense they’re preaching every day.

Next, a short summary of the nonsense, the methodology behind the gift that keeps on giving.

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Song of Longing

November.21. 2018

I discovered Leonard Cohen many years ago.

I remember the first time I saw the white album in a dusty shop in a small town in Borneo, the one with the halftone pic at the front and Marianne at the back.

And finally getting the record.

And I haven’t stopped listening to him since.

What was it that drew me to him?

His ‘Book of Longing’ says it all.

Longing as in a sense of incompleteness, a sense that there’s something missing but you don’t know what it is.

Here’s my favorite song of his, possibly one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

 

Truth and happiness

November.18. 2018

I’ve been catching Andy Stanley on Daystar on Sundays. The man is an unusually enlightened Christian.

Today, he talked about a concept which seems to be universally true.

Most people do not want truth, they want happiness.

When presented with facts that are true and ‘facts’ that are false, they will usually chose the option that gives them happiness.

This is at the heart of all the conspiracy theories out there.

Many of these theories are way out wacky and yet people still prefer to believe them over real facts.

This is because stories that reinforce their worldview and their prejudices are comforting. And comforting news make people happy.

Whether the stories are actually true or not are of little relevance.

This is an important tool for politicians.

Facts don’t matter. What matters is saying things that people want to hear.

Interestingly enough, you could make up over 6000 false ‘facts’ and as long as they make people happy, they will continue to believe and support you.

Familiarity breeds contempt

October.15. 2018

There’s a saying that familiarity breeds contempt.

For example, perhaps you know someone who you think is a pretty good guy. Then you decide to become roommates with him.

And soon you find that he’s going through your stuff.

He’s leaving the bathroom in a mess every morning, and dishes are piling up in the kitchen sink.

And worst, he doesn’t pay his half of the rent.

That’s the meaning of familiarity breeds contempt.

He’s showing his true colors. The guy you thought you knew never existed.

There is such a person in the public limelight these days.

At first, I thought his abrasive personality was just an act.

I admired his forthrightness, his willingness to call it what it is.

For example, calling the chief instigator of the Iraq war a liar. Nobody had the guts to call out the former commander-in-chief before him.

The lie cost thousands of war dead and tens of thousands maimed for life. According to one military historian, it was the single biggest military blunder since Roman times.

Well, maybe not a blunder, because the hawks overseeing this misadventure knew exactly what they were after and it’s not WMD. (Perhaps something connected to Halliburton?)

Back to my point.

I even liked his policies.

You may have noticed a slight right wing tilt in my writing. I am not a liberal by any stretch of the imagination.

But this guy has turned out to be the biggest low life in public life.

The abrasiveness has turned out not to be an act but a complete disregard and disrespect for other people.

The childish name calling speaks of his insecurity and his constant need to demean and diminish others to make himself appear bigger.

But worst of all, to him, it’s all about enriching himself and filling his family’s coffers.

Many people enter politics to enrich themselves.

I figured this man is already a billionaire (or he claims to be), so he’s not in it for the money.

But how wrong was I!

At 72 years old, how much more money does a man need?

Luckily for the nation, there’re still some good men around. (None of them in the GOP, sadly!)

We’re looking for one particular good man to bring this sad chapter in the nation’s history to a close, actually two.

They say that it’s only during times of crisis that true heroes will emerge.

Well, we have two right now—Mr Rosenstein and Mr Mueller.

These two brave individuals are precisely what make America great.

 

Women in black

October.13. 2018

The gender war currently raging in the country is missing one important component, and a most critical one at that.

How about the women in black?

You see them in airports and malls in many countries, most of them far from our shores. (Although increasingly, you’re beginning to see them in neighborhoods closer to home.)

Men with a bunch of women in tow, dressed in black from head to toe, herding them around like so much cattle.

The message is clear, these women have no life, they are the possessions of these men.

How in God’s name do you justify this complete domination of one gender by another?

Isn’t this the real scandal of our modern world?

I’m all for the prosecution of men like Cosby and Weinstein who used their power and prestige to prey on women and who deserve their fate and eventual fate, but where’s the outrage concerning this other abuse?

Yes, they can claim that their religion legitimizes it.

Very convenient.

Everyone should be able to indulge in their favorite perversions and claim that God is behind it.

I would argue that any religion that believes in the oppression of one segment of society and reduces them to being the possessions of another human being is not worthy to be called a religion.

(Incidentally, these same people believe in a God who will deliver to them 72 virgins in paradise.)

The fundamental premise of religion is to uplift mankind, not to serve as a pretext to enslave another human being.

So what’s the solution?

Since sanctions have proven to be effective change agents, perhaps they should be enforced here too.

But I wouldn’t be too optimistic about that happening any time soon.

In the corridors of power in our capital, the word ‘geopolitical’ is often used to justify unjust policies and unhealthy alliances.

We all know of course that’s a sham.

The true reason behind many of our policies is money.

(Especially in the current political climate, where one family in particular is laughing all the way to the bank. For example, if you’re a head of state and you’re visiting DC, you already know which hotel you’re going to be staying at. Wink wink)

So while people are getting all hot and worked up about the injustices perpetrated on one gender by another in this country, there is an alternate universe existing out there.

A universe where one gender is completely dominated by another, and it’s all perfectly okay, even decreed by God.

Double-think 2

September.12. 2018

Still on the subject of double-think, today, there was another casualty in the latest witch hunt raging in the nation.

The classic definition of a witch hunt is of course any judicial process by lynch mob.

All it needs is an accuser and a mob, and the accused is guilty beyond doubt.

No evidence needed, no cross examination.

The latest national exercise in mass hysteria was triggered by a couple of real sleazeball types who used their position to perpetrate their crimes on their victims.

But their guilt, especially the one that was actually tried in a real court of law should not be an excuse for the current assault on our justice system.

Because things are not always in black and white.

There’re a huge variety of factors, not to mention human deviousness, that can come into play.

I have written about the Potiphar’s wife principle, where the victim actually became the accused.

But there’s also the factor of sex as currency, which I have detailed earlier.

People are all too willing to use whatever assets they have to try to get what they want, and woe befall those who are the targets of their intentions and did not deliver.

And if they do deliver, as in the case of a famous morning talk show host and his sidekick, well, it’s a happy story of a workplace romance that worked out!

As someone commented, a metoo that worked out!

In the meantime, while sex is being peddled everywhere—you don’t have to go far, just turn on the TV, or go to a concert, or a ballgame—this self-righteous indignant witch hunt rages on.

Which reminds me of the poor bishop who had to apologize recently for unwittingly “groping” someone.

The first question any rational person would ask is, why would a sane person try to grope someone in front of live television and millions of viewers?

Shouldn’t the explanation of an accidental touching suffice?

Perhaps it says more about the accusers than the accused in this case.

People with one-track minds only see what they want to see.

If their minds are filled with sex, every act is interpreted in that light.

I know a thing or two about unhappy accidents.

With the current vogue in ultra low cleavages, I must admit it can be hard to know where to look these days. One thing I’ve learned is never to drop your gaze these days. You can look up or sideways but never down.

It’s the same double-think.

On the one hand, wear revealing attire to attract attention to yourself by showing off your physical assets, and on the other hand, crying foul if someone accidentally happens to look your way!

It’s that same one-track mind too.

Just because you have sex on your mind doesn’t mean that everyone else have sex on their minds too!

Double-think

September.11. 2018

When it comes to double-think, Americans do it better than anybody else. (As usual)

What is double-think?

It’s like double-speak, except you do it in your thinking.

Take for example, sex.

Sex is the major currency in America. You might say it’s the only currency in town. In America, that’s all you see and hear.

The reason is simple–America is about money and nothing sells better than sex.

But because it’s double-think, you have to be subtle about it, mustn’t be too obvious.

So what do skimpily clad girls have to do with ball games? They call them cheerleaders but why do you have to be clad in bikinis to cheer on the game?

Everywhere it seems, the message is clear.

Appeal to the basest instincts of man to sell and make more money. From cars to movies to music and ballparks and stadiums, even to automobile spare parts, you see the same marketing strategy at work–which is to peddle the charms of a certain gender group to get your attention.

I once told a friend that to stand out as a performer, you have to do something special and what did he say?

“Pull down your pants.”

Sure he meant it as a joke, but that’s exactly what everyone’s doing to make a buck.

And so I’m completely mystified at the current outcry about the objectification of a particular gender.

Objectification?

You must be kidding me.

It’s ALL about objectification.

Objectification is the name of the game.

Why else do you think people put on red lipstick, and strut around and wear skimpy clothes?

It’s classic double-think.

On the one hand, doing everything they can to present themselves as objects of desire, on the other hand, objecting to being seen as objects of desire.

If we’re really serious about not objectifying the gentle gender, perhaps a good place to start is in the ballgame. Take out those silly dancing girls who add absolutely nothing to the game except to distract.

To do anything else is to indulge in the biggest sport of all—double-think.

The differences

August.27. 2018

The differences couldn’t be more stark.

One is a war hero, one a draft dodger.

One is a truth teller, one a liar.

One protects his country from its enemies, one protects the enemy from his country.

The Siberian candidate

August.19. 2018

Interesting that someone finally came out and said the unsayable—we have a Russian Asset in the White House.

You might call him the Siberian Candidate.

It explains the frenzied twitter feeds, the attempts to de-legitimize the law enforcement apparatus of the country and sabotage an ongoing investigation.

All this points to one thing—the man is guilty as sin.

A man who is afraid of perjury traps is obviously filled with lies.

As he likes to say—it’s very sad, very sad day for the country.

One and half years of nothing to show except a massive one billion dollar tax cut for himself and his kids.

And yes, fulfilling the wishes of his Siberian masters, or maybe just One Master.

Swamp master

August.5. 2018

It looks like the endgame is close at hand for my favorite no-collusion guy on Twitter.

And as I said before, he’ll regret he ever decided to star in the greatest reality show on earth.

Sure, the adulation of the crowds, the constant coverage of the press, being at the center of attention wherever you go–all that may make it all seem very worthwhile, until Mr Müller comes calling.

All very sad, especially since I liked the message.

For a while I even liked the messenger.

Until his true colors started showing and I realized it’s all a sham, a big con. The man who would drain the swamp is the greatest swamp master of all.

Sad.