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This and that from re Thai r ment, by 3Th. August 30, 2011

POOKIE FOR PRESIDENT:

Please see the blog: http://papajoestales.wordpress.com/

TODAY’S FACTOID:

1 Million BC: A homo erectus skull from Daka, Ethiopia, from this time was identified in 2001 as an ancestor to all modern humans.

As Hayden asked me after I tried to explain things like this, “Was this before or after God died?”

TODAY’S NEWS FROM THAILAND:

Political quotes of the day:

a. Thaksin the Terrible: The deposed fugitive ex-prime minister, inching ever closed to his Thai homeland, said from his hotel in Japan, “I have no immediate plan to return to my country.”

b. Abhist the Unready: The defeated former Prime Minister of Thailand in speaking about the spread of “red villages”, villages set up by supporters of the current government, declared, “It is not necessary to divide the Thai people in this manner.” Moments later in objecting to the proposed review of the Constitution by the new government he exclaimed, “The group against this may be ready to take to the streets again.”

c. Yingluck, Princess LuckyGirl: The newly elected Prime Minister, sister of Thaksin the Terrible and opponent of Abhist the Unready was heard to mumble, “My Government is determined to rebuild solidarity and national reconciliation.”

She generally says that and little else in answer to any question.

POOKIE’S ADVENTURES IN THAILAND:

1967 U.S. postage stamp honoring Henry David T...

1967 U.S. postage stamp honoring Henry David Thoreau. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Henry David Thoreau decided that it would be a good thing to take Horace Greeley‘s advice to, “Go West Young Man.” However, our Henry being the imaginative sort decided that instead of fording rivers, climbing mountains and crossing deserts to get to some fabulous place like California, to confine his westward migration to a few mile walk from his home to his cabin on the shores of a small nearby lake. There he was able to spend his mornings allowing his mind to wander as it will and be back home for lunch. It the afternoon he would return to his not so remote and not so rustic cabin and further indulge himself in the conceit that his perceptions of the natural world around his retreat revealed to his mind and imagination all of the wonders that others experience in old Californy or wherever.

After about a year or so, tiring of the rigors of the remote country life, Henry then took a rowboat trip up the stream affectionately called the Connecticut River and dreamed he was traveling down the Mississippi. Among his other adventures, our Henry travelled for a while in remote Cape Cod where he met a man who had seen George Washington riding his horse and recalled something or other about the attractiveness of George’s leg.

Now I write this, not to make fun of Henry, but as an explanation as to why I have always viewed him as a role model. Day dreams can be adventures too.

My tale of my morning walk to through my Bangkok neighborhood to the health club and back is intended to elicit similar transcendental impressions as old Henry experienced in his New England perambulations. Alas, I am not Henry. I cannot write as well as he, nor are my impressions as…well transcendental. (Henry during his boat trip marveled at the humanity of a man standing on a bridge as his boat passed under, spitting in our Henry’s face.) In fact as often as not, I can find nothing particularly interesting memorable or romantic about what I see, hear or otherwise experience. Sometimes a dirty, boring street is just that, a dirty boring street.

So it is with Today’s Photograph which shows, well, a dirty boring street. It is the street that I turn  on to after leaving my cul-de-sac and before arriving at Soi Nana, the neighborhood main drag. There are two hotels and a cement wall that comprise the visual horizon and little else. The man with the blue shirt standing on the right, (or another similarly attired) is always there, day or night. I haven’t the slightest idea why. Sometimes a motorbike, or taxi or the Boss Suites Tuk-tuk goes by. Now and then a ying (young woman) who works nearby passes, going to or from work; outside of that nothing.

Oh once I saw an injured bird hopping about on the street. I did not touch it since I have an aversion to touching small living things other than dogs and cats and some humans. Large animals I have no aversion to and can be persuaded to touch a horse or even an elephant. Other large animals are ok too except bears. I am pathologically afraid of bears. I did touch one however, once.

I was walking along one of the seedier parts of Istanbul when a couple of Russian Gypsies came along leading a bear on a rope that led to a ring in the bear’s nose. I was allowed, for a price, to pet the bear. I paid and did so. It made me sad. The sight of the creäture who so terrorized my nighttime dreams as the personification of arbitrary and unlimited power reduced to such a state repulsed me. I still have terrifying dreams of ursine ravening. I used to run away as the beast bursts from shadows, but now I turn and apologise for the ring and the rope.

PAPA JOES TALES AND FABLES:

See: http://papajoesfables.wordpress.com/

JOEY’S MYSTERY NOVEL:

He sat in a small booth with a tiny table in the darkened dinning room of the outrageously expensive restaurant waiting for the Great One, Arrogant Bella to arrive. He wondered if any of the other diners or any of the wait staff was one of the “agents” that Russel promised would provide him protection. “What a joke,” he thought. He still could not believe Russel’s warning. He wondered is Isabella was on the job too, lurking somewhere outside or in the shadows. It was all so grotesquely absurd he though and began to chuckle to himself when he became aware of Arabella La Grande’s entrance into the restaurant and purposeful stride toward his table. Tall and slender with a gallic nose and short mannish hair just beginning to become dusted with grey, she wore a dark business suit with a skirt and a white ruffled blouse. He began to rise, but she curtly motioned him to remain seating.

“It is good to see you again Vincent,” she said while smartly snapping oped the napkin and placed it on her lap.

“I’m as well as can be expected under the circumstances,” he responded. “How are you, and how is Alec?” Alec being Arabella’s husband.

She looked at him for what seemed like a long time with those expressionless grey eyes of hers and finally said, “I’m fine. He is fine. Everyone is fine. But I am not here to talk about domestic bliss.”

“I expected as much. So why are you here?” Vince said through clenched teeth.

“Ah, good,” she said. “Let’s order first and then get down to it shall we. I am famished.”

“Good idea,” he said, “but if you’re hungry, this is not the place, the portions are too small for even a mouse to feel full.”

She smiled frostily and examined the menu.

After ordering and the arrival of the first glass of wine, he leaned back in his booth and said to her, “So?”

She leaned forward her eyes boring into his. “How are you doing, Vince?”

He cocked an eyebrow.

“No,” she responded to his expression. “I am not interested in you emotional well-being,” she continued with an almost girlish giggle. “How, and more to the point what are you doing with the firm? You know I was the logical choice to succeed Sam.”

She hesitated awaiting his response, but Vince knew this game and remained silent. She continued, “You’re a bright guy Vince, we all know that , but you are neither a manager or leader. Why you? No, one on the management committee is talking. They refer me to David. All David tells me is that, under the circumstances they thought you would do a good job. That’s Bullshit.”

“Thanks for the vote of confidence,” Vince interjected.

“Ha,” she laughed. “You know what I mean. Something is going on and I need to know what it is. I have my own career to think of.”
(To be continued)

PEPE’S POTPOURRI:

a. Eponymous laws:

Zipf’s law — In linguistics, the observation that the frequency of use of the nth most frequently used word in any natural language is approximately inversely proportional to n, or, more simply, that a few words are used very often, but many or most are used rarely. Named after George Kingsley Zipf (1902–1950), whose statistical work research led to the observation.

In other words, all languages end up only with the equivalent to the english word “fuck”. Zipf this George; get a life.

b. Trenz Pruca’s Aphorisms, Apothegms, Epigrams and Maxims ( http:/trenzpruca.wordpress.com/):

“As with most essential freedoms, preventing those who wish to curtail the fundamental rights of others is a more important role of government than encouraging the exercise of those rights. Exercising our rights are our individual jobs, protecting us from those who would abridge our rights is the duty we collectively give to government. If “government is not the guarantor of Freedom then it is a tyranny.

c. From God’s Mouth to your ears:

“Now what do you do? What do all of us do? We get ready to take dominion! We get ready to take dominion! It is all going to be ours–I’m talking about all of it. Everything that you would say is a good part of the secular world. Every means of communication, the news, the television, the radio, the cinema, the arts, the government, the finance–it’s going to be ours! God’s going to give it to His people. We should prepare to reign and rule with Jesus Christ.”
Pat Robertson

d. Profiles in Presidential Courage and Traitors to their Class:

1. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936

“Let me warn you and let me warn the nation against the smooth evasion that says ‘of course we believe these things. We believe in Social Security, we believe in work for the unemployed, we believe in saving homes, cross our hearts and hope to die. We believe in all these things but we do not like the way the present administration is doing them. Just turn them over to us, we will do all of them, we will do more of them, we will do them better and most important of all, the doing of them will not cost anybody anything,'”

What has changed in 70 years except the scope of the danger?

2. From Warren Buffett, Another Traitor to his Class:

“Let’s just say, Charlie, that you and I agreed that after we left the studio here we were going to go out to a track near here and I was going to get at one end with my car and you were going to get at the other end and there’s this line down the middle and whichever one flinches loses his net worth to the other guy. Do you want to play?
Whether you want to play depends on how crazy you think I am….So what do we do?
Right as the engines start I throw out my steering wheel. Now you believe me, right?
Well, Boehner didn’t throw out the steering wheel, McConnell didn’t throw out the steering wheel, but a group behind them said, “Throw out the steering wheel, Mr. Speaker, and make those people realize that we’re not going to agree to anything unless we get our way.”
And if you have a sane person dealing with somebody that you feel may be insane by that point when they throw out the steering wheel you feel they’re insane.”
e. Testosterone Chronicles:

“Testosterone may therefore underlie a financial variant of the ‘winner’ effect, in which a previous win in the markets leads to… increased (and eventually irrational) risk taking in the next round of trading. This effect, even if confined to a small number of people, could cause financial markets to deviate from the predictions of rational choice theory.”
Taken from a study entitled, “Endogenous Steroids and Financial Risk Taking…” by Coates and Herbert.

Participation in high-reward, high-stress occupations like derivatives trading warps your brain chemistry. People with unbalanced brain chemistry make bad decisions. Every time Wall Street bubbles over, it becomes a factory for producing hopped-up-on-steroids madmen who think they are chasing woolly mammoths, but are actually stabbing themselves in the kidneys.

TODAY’S QUOTE :

“…Vicksburg is the key. Here is the Red River, which will supply the Confederacy with cattle and corn to feed their armies. There are the Arkansas and White Rivers which can supply cattle and hogs by the thousand. From Vicksburg these supplies can be distributed by rail all over the Confederacy….Let us get Vicksburg and all that country is ours. The war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pockets….”
A. Lincoln

Another profile in presidential courage.

BONUS QUOTE :

“I don’t need bodyguards. I’m from the South Bronx.”
Al Pacino

TODAY’S CHART:


TODAY’S PHOTOGRAPH:

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This and that from re Thai r ment, by 3Th. August 28, 2011

POOKIE FOR PRESIDENT:

Please see the blog: http://papajoestales.wordpress.com/

TODAY’S FACTOID:

2011: Asia accounts for over 60% of the world population with almost 3.8 billion people. China and India together have about 40 percent.

TODAY’S NEWS FROM THAILAND:

1. The Adventures of Thaksin the Terrible: Recently during his trip to Japan that has caused a major political row, the exiled fugitive ex Prime Minister of Thailand and brother of the newly elected Prime Minister announced that he had no immediate plans to return to Thailand. “I want to relax and enjoy my life,” he said. Of his involvement in his sister’s new administration he did however acknowledge, “If they need any advice, they just call me.”

2. Division of Labor in Thailand: If it does not require a uniform or  operation of heavy machinery, it is woman’s work.

3. The New Government Takes Over: Under Thai law a newly elected government cannot officially take over until it has presented its plan for governing to the legislature. Usually this plan is little more than the warmed over platitudes and its presentation as uncontroversial as raising the debt limit has been in the United States. But perhaps taking a page from the Republican Party’s political book that nothing is so inconsequential as to become and opportunity to hold the nation at ransom in an effort to bring down the opposition party, the opposition Democrats used the presentation to turn the initial act of the new government into turmoil. However, unlike the supine Democratic Party in the United States, newly installed Pheu Thai Party, fought back and ultimately terminated debate when things appeared to be getting out of hand. The press was upset.

POOKIE’S ADVENTURES IN THAILAND:

Upon leaving my apartment and the cul-de-sac on which it sits and continuing my daily morning walk to and from the health club, I often pass by local residents going about their business. Today’s Photograph below shows a group of local children playing, as they do the world over, in the mostly traffic free streets of cul-de-sacs. Ok I admit it is more a dead-end street than the refined little stub streets ending in circles that grace the traditional American subdivision to which the marketing departments of the development industry has given it its Frenchified name, so sue me.

Anyway, the photograph shows a very ornate gate shielding one of the few private homes that still exist in Bangkok’s built up urban areas. To the left of the gate and behind the wall shielding the building are two aviaries containing several large raucous birds. Thais seem to prefer birds as pets to the cats and dogs we so famously coddle in the West.

The cinder-block wall with the green plastic sheet on top at the extreme right of the photograph, shields a dozen or so corrugated metal two-story windowless shacks in which, I guess, live the Cambodian and Burmese workers on  construction of the high-rise condominiums steadily marching down the sois from Sukhumvit. I assume the shacks do not have running water because I noticed that in the compound there are two large cement containers separate from the shacks into which water runs and at which I have seen residents bathing and washing clothing.

In the evening some of the residents stand on the steps to the second floor of the shacks smoking, talking or just looking off into the distance. The little masseuse has warned me not to stare at them as I walk by because it could elicit a challenge.

I always wondered about that when I was growing up in my own US East Coast version of a slum. To look someone in the eyes as you passed usually got you a, “Who you looking at?” challenge forcing you either to apologize, run away or accept the challenge. Why the hell couldn’t you look at someone? I thought looking someone in the eye communicated trustworthiness, honesty or blatant fraud. As Naida describes in her wonderful books the Native Americans of California believed it impolite to look directly at someone when speaking to them, which got a lot of them killed. I guess a lot of cultures, especially among the poor have that taboo.

Anyway when as a young boy or teenager when challenged that way I was always too frightened to simply say something clever in response, concerned it would cause the confrontation to escalate. Apology was out of the question since it usually only encouraged them to become more aggressive. I could not run away for fear of embarrassment and that I would be too slow to make a successful escape. And just standing there seemed stupid. So I usually moved toward my challenger preferring to take my thrashing sooner rather than later. To my surprise more often than not that would cause my antagonist to begin talking and my fear if immediate doom would dissipate. But not always, sometimes I would get my ass kicked.

See, this is what I mean when I said in my previous “This and that…” simply the mundane of ones every day surroundings can lead to splendid voyages of the imagination or pitiful reminisces. Here, I just travelled back in time to the terrors of my youth in the slums of New York and I had not even reached the end of the cul-de-sac or the dead-end, whatever.
PAPA JOES TALES AND FABLES:

See: http://papajoesfables.wordpress.com/

JOEY’S MYSTERY NOVEL:

This post has gotten too long so I decided to skip this issue of “Red Star”.

PEPE’S POTPOURRI:

a. Eponymous laws:

Wike’s law of low odd primes — “If the number of experimental treatments is a low odd prime number, then the experimental design is unbalanced and partially confounded.” (Wike, 1973, pp. 192-193).

Wow! That’s good to know. Thank you.

b. From God‘s Mouth to your ears:

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS:

Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments...

Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments, painting by Rembrandt (1659) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There were three sets of commandments that God supposedly gave to Moses:

A) The first time Moses came down from Mount Sinai with commandments, he merely recited a list (Exodus 20:2-17), which is the version most churches today erroneously call the “Ten Commandments,” although they were not engraved on stone tablets and not called “the ten commandments.”

B) The first set of stone tablets was given to Moses at a subsequent trip up the mountain (Exodus 31:18). In this story, Moses petulantly destroyed those tablets when he saw the people worshipping the golden calf (Exodus 32:19).

C) So he went back for a replacement. God told Moses: “Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.” (Exodus 34:1) Here is what was on the replacement tablets (from Exodus 34:14-26):

1) Thou shalt worship no other God.
2) Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
3) The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep.
4) Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest.
5) Thou shalt observe the feast of weeks.
6) Thrice in the year shall all your menchildren appear before the Lord God.
7) Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven.
8) Neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left until the morning.
9) The first of the firstfruits of thy land shalt thou bring unto the house of the Lord thy God.
10) Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.

Keep this in mind next time you are tempted to boil a goat. This list differs, obviously, from the one in Exodus 20 (was God’s memory faulty?), but it is only this list that is called the “Ten Commandments”: “And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.” (Exodus 34:28)

c. Testosterone Chronicles:

Recent psychological studies have shown that threats to ones manhood causes significant anxiety in men. On the other hand these same studies indicate that women couldn’t care less if their gender is threatened.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” 
– Nassim Taleb

 

TODAY’S PHOTOGRAPH:

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This and that from re Thai r ment, by, 3TH. August 24, 2011

“It’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”
Warren Buffett

TODAY’S FACTOID:

It now costs the US $694,000 to keep each service member in Afghanistan, up from $667,000 in 2009. In Iraq, the cost has gone from $512,000 in 2007 to $802,000 this year.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/money-spent-in-afghanistan-could-buy-at-home-2011-8#ixzz1VGSYFTUR


George Bush could be considered the American version of Leonid Brezhnev, in that he attempted to fight a war without asking the country’s power élite to share in its costs and ignored evidence of unbridled war profiteering. About a decade after its misadventure in Afghanistan, the Soviet Union collapsed. Could it happen here?

TODAY’S NEWS FROM THAILAND :

1. The Decline of the Dollar. The precipitous decline of the dollar against the Thai Baht continues. It has affected me personally in that my income has diminished between 15 to 20 percent since I first arrived here to begin my retirement 18 months ago. Where I previously used to be able to save enough to travel, I can no longer do so. As a result, alas, I have been compelled to explore income augmentation strategies (in other words, god forbid, a job or some facsimile thereof).

2. Grounds for another Coup: The government has vowed to press ahead with its plan to amend the coup-sponsored Constitution, raising concerns about possible renewed political confrontation since the existing Constitution was imposed by the military following the coup that remover the current Prime Minister’s brother from power.

3. Gold: High gold prices have prompted many Burmese migrant workers in Thailand to sell gold they brought with them from their home country, hoping for a handsome profit, but the gold shops here say the Burmese gold is of low purity.

4. Farangs: There are over 100,000 resident Westerners in Thailand, according to research by Robert Howard from the University of New South Wales. They come mainly from Britain, Germany, the US, the Netherlands, France, Canada and Australia. Most live in areas with large numbers of expats, such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and other tourist centers such as Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui and Hua Hin.

POOKIE’S ADVENTURES IN THAILAND:

We who grew up in western culture often consider concentration and focus as more of less synonymous. To others they are not so. Meditation, for example, can be considered an exercise to separate concentration from focus. In the jungle, surrounded by the cacophony of green and brown shapes, light and shadow that presses chaotically on ones senses, indigenous hunters learn to unfocus their eyes so that the visual chaos is replaced with a sensitivity to non rhythmic movement in the foliage that generally signifies the passage of thigh energy protein.

On the other hand, navigating the chaos of the urban jungle tends to tightly focus us on what we expect to see, for example, the sidewalk checking for imperfections that may trip us or in Bangkok for holes that may drop us into the fetid canals that run beneath. Or,we look for signs or symbols that tell us that things are available that we may or may not be interested in acquiring. The separation between the edge of the sidewalk tells us to be aware and alter our focus so that we can avoid those things that move fast enough to harm us.

Other things, we either miss or ignore.

When I look at a photograph of the street, movement that would have occupied my attention as I walk along, ceases, replaced by the visual complexity that I usually ignore as I pass by.

With all that nonsense out-of-the-way, let me begin a description of my typical day as I search for meaning or at least entertainment.

After rising and in some cases eating breakfast in my room, I pick up the shoulder bag containing my exercise clothing and what ever and leave my apartment making sure I attach the various security devices to the door knob. I take the elevator down to the ground floor and exit the building on to the cul-de-sac. I have attached a photograph below looking back at my cul-de-sac. My building is on the right. I know it is not much to look at, but it is my neighborhood and I have a certain affection for it even if I have never spoken to anyone I have seen around there, nor have any idea who they are or what they do.

PAPA JOES TALES AND FABLES:

See: http://papajoesfables.wordpress.com/

JOEY’S MYSTERY NOVEL:

Horace Jerome, sat sipping his espresso at a corner table of a restaurant at the edge of San Francisco’s North Beach. The place was created by a well known Hollywood director in order to push the slightly better than mediocre wines produced from the Napa Valley vineyard he had bought with the proceeds of his more successful films.

Harry as he preferred to be called contemplated the note he had been reading from that began, ” We need to accept the truth that this nation will suffer in many ways for departing from the principles of righteousness. “The wages of sin is death,” as it says in Romans 6, both for individuals and for entire cultures.”

PEPE’S POTPOURRI:

a. Eponymous laws:

Aaronson’s distinction or Do waterfalls play chess? and other stories:

“After a brief introduction to complexity theory (Section 2), Aaronson turns his attention to one of the main cornerstones of this field, which is also one the points that are usually criticized: the relevance of polynomial time, as opposed to exponential time. Here he argues that this distinction is at least as interesting as the distinction between computable and uncomputable. Section 3.3 contains an interesting question that can be answered using a complexity-theoretic argument: why would we call 243112609 − 1 (together with a proof of its primality) a “known” prime, while “the first prime large than 243112609 − 1” feels somehow “unknown”?”

Why indeed? I also agree that the distinction is at least as interesting, perhaps even more so. What do you think? What is it that this could be a “main cornerstone” of? I love math even more than I love science.

b. Trenz Pruca’s Aphorisms, Apothegms, Epigrams and Maxims ( http:/trenzpruca.wordpress.com/):

“In Science, a physical theory that is logically consistent may be considered truth only until falsified. In Economics, a sociological theory that is logically inconsistent is often considered true even when falsified.”

c. From God’s Mouth to your ears:

Reverend Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association’s Director of Issues Analysis for Government and Public Policy and host of its flagship radio show Focal Point and a Rick Perry insider:

held gays responsible for the Holocaust and likened them to domestic terrorists and Nazis who are intent on committing “virtual genocide” against the military, and asserts that “homosexuals should be disqualified from public office”; said “we have feminized the Medal of Honor” by awarding it to a soldier who saved his fellow combatants rather than killing enemies; demanded all immigrants “convert to Christianity” and renounce their religions; asserted that Muslims have “no fundamental First Amendment claims” and should be banned from building mosques and deported from the US, adding that Muslims are inherently stupid as a result of inbreeding;
claimed African-American women “rut like rabbits” due to welfare and that Native Americans are “morally disqualified” from living in America because they didn’t convert to Christianity and were consequently cursed by God with alcoholism and poverty; said that the anti-Muslim manifesto of the right-wing Christian terrorist who killed dozens in Norway was “accurate.”

d. Profiles in Presidential Courage:

“To balance our budget in 1933 or 1934 or 1935 would have been a crime against the American people. To do so we should either have had to make a capital levy that would have been confiscatory, or we should have had to set our face against human suffering with callous indifference. When Americans suffered, we refused to pass by on the other side. Humanity came first.

No one lightly lays a burden on the income of a Nation. But this vicious tightening circle of our declining national income simply had to be broken. The bankers and the industrialists of the Nation cried aloud that private business was powerless to break it. They turned, as they had a right to turn, to the Government. We accepted the final responsibility of Government, after all else had failed, to spend money when no one else had money left to spend.

I adopted, therefore, the other alternative. I cast aside a do nothing or a wait-and-see policy.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt 1936

f. Testosterone Chronicles:

Recent psychological studies indicate that to men manhood is a precarious social status, both an elusive and tenuous social milestone, difficult to achieve, and once earned,  easily lost.
In one empirical test where participants were asked about the degree to which the transitions from boyhood to manhood and girlhood to womanhood were the result of social or biological milestones, women indicated no significant differences among the attributions to the transition to womanhood, but male participants were significantly more likely to attribute  transition from boyhood to manhood to social causes than to biological causes.

In other words, women took a look at themselves and were reasonably certain they were women, men were not so sure until someone told them so.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

“Three wise men — are you serious? “
~Author Unknown

CLASSIC BONUS QUOTE:

“The world is a ball of dung and we are the worms that live in it and eat each other. The one who eats all the others wins — but he is still the last living worm in a lump of shit.”
Tad Williams, Shadowrise.

TODAY’S CHART:


It is interesting to note that whenever a graphed curve on a chart used to reflect a complex biological or social system achieves a slope rising almost straight up, it usually signals an imminent collapse.

TODAY’S PHOTOGRAPH:

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This and that from re Thai r ment, by 3Th. August 20, 2011

President Barack Obama and Warren Buffett in t...

“My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.
Warren Buffett.

POOKIE FOR PRESIDENT:

Please see the blog: http://papajoestales.wordpress.com/

TODAY’S FACTOID:

1997: A mastodon tooth and camel jaw from about 280,000 BC were found in tunnels under Los Angeles.

They also found outtakes of the movie “1 Million BC,” a pair of Cecile B. DeMille’s

monogrammed undershorts and an empty bottle of Gloria Swanson’s mascara.

TODAY’S NEWS FROM THAILAND:

Interestingly, all those immediately pressing foreign and domestic crises that existed before the Thai general election that the press found so urgent have proven to be not so critical since the election, resulting in a lack of apparently newsworthy events (e.g., war and threats of war and the like. Murders and dismemberment however still receive their share of newsprint) while the new government organizes itself.

Even the horrific flooding in the North and Northeast of the country appears  less noteworthy than whether some minor appointed functionary is or is not a hand-picked crony of the deposed Prime Minister. Meanwhile the new Prime Minister responds to all inquiries with the promise that everything will be done according to law and proper procedures.

The first act of the new government has been to allow the exiled fugitive prime minister and the newly elected Prime Minister’s older brother to travel from his hideout in the Persian Gulf to Japan for a “business conference” with a brief side trip to Cambodia to investigate offshore oil drilling.

The opposition party has gone apoplectic over the action while, except for a few dramatic headlines, the rest of the country seems fairly apathetic.

POOKIE’S ADVENTURES IN THAILAND:

Recently, I have realized that I may be bored. Not the existential boredom that leads to anxiety, impulsive behavior or catatonia, but the type of quizzical boredom that comes when I am writing in my journal what I had done that day and recognize that I am writing the same thing that I wrote the day before and the day before that. I then wonder if I am bored or simply unobservant.

I believe I am quite content. My days usually consist of an early morning breakfast in my room and a brisk mile or so walk through the urban jungle of the Soi Nana/Sukhumvit Road area to the health club, sometimes stopping along the way at Starbucks for a Cafe Latte and to read the newspaper. After exercising, I return home, grab my computer and walk around the block to the open front restaurant where I eat lunch and sometimes dinner while playing on my Mac.

Then I return to my apartment where, if I had not done so already, I eat dinner or go out to another small local eatery. Following dinner, I watch television. Either the Star Movie channel that shows some of the most abysmal American movies ever made (e.g., Anaconda or anything with Jennifer Lopez) or the Thai soaps to which like most Thai’s I have become addicted even though I do not understand the language and haven’t the slightest idea about what is happening. Then I have my massage and go to bed.

What has gotten me concerned about my life lately is that I am having a difficult time identifying any adventures to write about in “Pookie’s Adventures in Thailand.”

Where, for example, are the further adventures of Pookie and “Gun Girl” as they criss-cross the breadth of Central Thailand searching for something, anything? Is there nothing to replace my observations of my morning beach front walks through “Little Siberia?” And what has happened to the Geriatric Knights of the Oval Table and the rest of the lost tribe of old white males, whose company I enjoyed so much, hiding in the alleyways of the Outskirts of Hell ?

Now, as I have explained before to those of you who mistakenly and probably foolishly have read this far, “This and that…” is a self-indulgent conceit for my own amusement and not intended necessarily to entertain or edify any reader. As such, for the next few issues I intend to explore my typical day (with photographs – See below) to see if I can understand this conundrum of being bored and happy at the same time. Beware…
(Maybe to be continued and maybe not…)

PAPA JOES TALES AND FABLES:

See: http://papajoesfables.wordpress.com/

JOEY’S MYSTERY NOVEL:

When Vince returned to his office he was shaken. He never considered himself physically brave and now as crazy as it seemed to him then when Russell explained it to him and now that he has had a moment to contemplate it in his office, it was possible, although he believed unlikely that his life was in danger. Resigning and returning to Thailand did not appear to be an alternative since, if he was in physical danger, that appeared to offer no additional protection

To his annoyance, his suggestion to request protection from the police or the Feds in the person of Russell was dismissed almost without comment. He suspected that Russell and his people, including Isabella, were simply using him just like David, Red Star and the mysterious Brethren. In speaking with Ike after the other two had left, Ike seemed to agree with him.

“I know all this is a shock Vince,” he said. “It is to me. But, I am sure that you must realize that we, you and I, have no idea if Mr. Russell is being honest with us. I suspect he is not, at least not entirely. Although I know the organization we refer to as the Brethren exists, we have no evidence that they are involved in Red Star, or that they have any interest in you.”

“What we do know, or at least suspect is, first we know that Red Star is under investigation by the Federal Government for at least billing irregularities and perhaps fraud and theft of public property. This we know.”He lapsed into silence for a moment picked up his tea-cup and stared into it as though contemplating its texture and then continued.

“We know that several members of your firm were involved financially in the company and undoubtably violated the Bar Association’s conflict of interest laws and perhaps defrauded the other partners in the firm. We know that your managing partner who intimately was involved in the creation and subsequently in the legal affairs of Red Star for some reason committed suicide, or at least we have no information available to us to believe it was not suicide. Although his despair, if that were it, may have had something to do with Red Star, we also know that he possessed embarrassing information on many people and organizations that may or may not have influenced his action. We know that the Red Star and other files possessed by Sam Coign were missing, presumably removed by Mr Bauman, who subsequently disappeared under unusual circumstances. Mrs Coign also died under mysterious circumstances, and of course you were attacked, whether it was intentional or random we can only guess at this time.”

He took another sip of his tea looked off into the unfocused distance and continued, “We have only a suspicion and Russell’s story that the Brethren may be involved or even other members of your firm or whether any of them has developed a plot with you as a target. What I strongly believe is that Russell and whoever he is involved with wants you to stay put for some reason.”

“So this is what I pay my taxes for, some game among bureaucrats,” Vince exploded.

Ike smiled. “We pay our taxes for them to protect us from those who would take away our liberty and threaten our welfare. The question always is choosing who it is that threatens our liberty and who decides what is in our welfare. Unless there is a semblance of public debate and transparency, It is in those dark space’s that the rat’s have room to play.”

PEPE’S POTPOURRI:

a. Eponymous laws:

Wagner’s Law predicts that the development of an industrial economy will be accompanied by an increased share of public expenditure in gross national product, and is named after the German economist Adolph Wagner (1835-1917).

Never trust those Germans.

b. Trenz Pruca’s Aphorisms, Apothegms, Epigrams and Maxims ( http:/trenzpruca.wordpress.com/):

“The outsourcing of essential governmental services is the road to tyranny.”

c. Profiles in Presidential Courage:

“Powerful influences strive today to restore that kind of government with its doctrine that Government is best which is most indifferent.
For nearly four years you have had an Administration which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves. We will keep our sleeves rolled up.
We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace — business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.
They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.
Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me — and I welcome their hatred.”
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936
d. Rick Perry’s Flock or Birds of a Feather :

John Hagee, a planner in Perry’s recent “Prayer Rally” that preceded his announcement of his intention to run for the Presidency of the United States, claimed that God sent Hitler to be a “hunter” of Jews to usher in the establishment of Israel and “do God’s work,” lamenting that Jews are no longer “spiritually alive.”

He followed that up by referring to the Catholic Church as ‘The Great Whore,’ an ‘apostate church,’ the ‘anti-Christ,’ and a ‘false cult system.’

On a somewhat more positive note, he has demanded that,“ wives submit yourselves to your husbands” and said that the “husband has a God-given role as leader of your home.”

Go Johnny go!

e. Testosterone Chronicles:

There’s a study running soon in the journal “Global Environmental Change” called “Cool dudes: The denial of climate change among conservative white males in the United States.” It analyzes poll and survey data from the last 10 years and finds that … are you sitting down? “… conservative white men are far more likely to deny the threat of climate change than other people.”

Among the reasons given for the poll results is, the “white male effect” — generally speaking, white males are less concerned with a variety of risks. This probably has to do with the fact that they are less exposed to risk than other demographics, what with running things and all.

TODAY’S QUOTE:

“A hard man is good to find.”
—Mae West

TODAY’S COMMENTARY:

RUSSEL BRAND’S COMMENTS ON THE BRITISH RIOTS:

Why am I surprised that these young people behave destructively, “mindlessly”, motivated only by self-interest?

How should we describe the actions of the city bankers who brought our economy to its knees in 2010? Altruistic? Mindful? Kind?

But then again, they do wear suits, so they deserve to be bailed out, perhaps that’s why not one of them has been imprisoned. And they got away with a lot more than a few fucking pairs of trainers.

These young people have no sense of community because they haven’t been given one. They have no stake in society because Cameron’s mentor Margaret Thatcher told us there’s no such thing.

If we don’t want our young people to tear apart our communities then don’t let people in power tear apart the values that hold our communities together.

An interesting take on values. I have often wondered why those who most support the tooth and claw morality of the market place get so upset when it is brought out into the streets. Instead of sending representatives of government into the streets, shouldn’t we allow the miracle of the market to operate? Obviously after everything is looted, the riots will stop, the aggressive and vigorous will amass wealth as they should, and we who sat idly by are left to pick up the pieces as always)

TODAY’S PHOTOGRAPH:

This is a view from one of the windows of my apartment. The other window has a better view of the freeway, but I like this photograph because is shows a small restaurant that is surprisingly popular and makes what I consider  the best Thai omelet in the neighborhood.

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This and that from re Thai r ment, by 3Th. August 11, 2011

“We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.”
Franklin Roosevelt, 1936

POOKIE FOR PRESIDENT:

Please see the blog: http://papajoestales.wordpress.com/

TODAY’S FACTOID:

1991 Sep 19: Frozen Fritz as he was later called, a well-preserved prehistoric corpse dated to about 3.300 BC, was discovered by German hikers Erica and Helmut Simon. He was found in a glacier on the Hauslabjoch Pass, about 100 yards from Austria in northern Italy.

The corpse was kept at the Univ. of Innsbruck for study. In 1998 analysis indicated that the Frozen Fritz the Ice Man had internal parasites and carried the woody fruit of a tree fungus as a remedy. Tattoos on the body were also found  placed over areas of active arthritis. A flint arrow was also found in his back. In 2007 forensic researchers said he died either from hitting his head on a rock when he passed out or because an attacker hit him in the head.

I ask myself, what is it that was so interesting in Italy that a man with an arrow in his back, internal parasites and arthritis would climb over mountains and wander about on a glacier. It seems fishy to me. Perhaps he was in search of a bronze age version of a medical spa and a massage.

TODAY’S NEWS FROM THAILAND:

The new Prime Minister of Thailand has just released the list of the names of the 35 or so people who would make up her cabinet. While the list contains a few family members and political associates of the her brother, the deposed and exiled Prime Minister Thaksin, it also includes a good number of relative unknowns and people from outside the government, prompting the complaint from several senior members of the civil service they could not see how the new government could work well with them since they (the civil servants) did not know many of the appointees and had not worked with them before.

This criticism of the new cabinet, that they do not have adequate experience, has been picked up by the english language press. It rings a little hollow when one realizes to choose “experienced”ministers would mean choosing ministers with either connections with the old Thaksin administration or the recently defeated administration.

Every afternoon about this time(4pm) it begins to rain heavily for an hour of two.

POOKIE’S ADVENTURES IN THAILAND:

I, at times, find myself reminded of some of the images that I came across in Naida West’s wonderful historical trilogy that I have mentioned and recommended here before. Recently the image has been “Indian Mary’s” vision of the “Americanos” as a flock of blackbirds (crows), who together sweep across the sky here and there apparently in unison and without goal, but when they land to feed, it is each bird for himself often pecking violently at ones cohorts in their madness for personal satiation. Then, almost without warning, they take off again in unison. To Indian Mary it represented both their strength and the horror in it.

I wonder if that is not an apt metaphor for our American culture. If so, it is no wonder that we can be admired and feared at the same time.

Recently at the hotel in which my health club is located, a Thai governmental ministry held a three-day symposium for selected high school students from all over Thailand on sex education and safe sex. It really was quite impressive. Here is a photograph of the sign used to mark the event:

 

PAPA JOES TALES AND FABLES:

See: http://papajoesfables.wordpress.com/

JOEY’S MYSTERY NOVEL:

Big Flo sat at his usual table in the back of the chic restaurant located on the street level of the McWerter Building called “Alice and Zooey’s,” featuring New York-California fusion cuisine (Gourmet bagels, organic cream cheese and local free range lox). He had just returned from his interview at the Department of Justice in the Federal Building at Civic Center. Sitting with him was Stavos Kaplan, his friend and a named partner of the law firm that that shares the building with his company (Stavos mom was Greek and named his sister Helena). It was well after lunch and there were no other customers and the staff was busy setting up for the dinner trade. Big Flo and Stavos were investors in Alice and Zooey’s along with the chef, Wilson Asomuaga and a few others including Damon Morley. Big Flo was drinking a double espresso coffee and Stavos had his usual milk, untouched in front of him.

Big Flo had just finished briefing Stavos about the DoJ meeting which consisted in the DoJ bullying Big Flo with threats of prosecution in the Red Star matter based upon secret evidence that they refused to disclose. His attorney Kitchen, who big Flo considered a bit of an idiot, spent most of his time shouting back at the DoJ people and making his own threats. The meeting ended with the DoJ promising to bring the case to the Grand Jury. Later Kitchen claimed the meeting was a victory because he believer the Feds as he called them do not use Grand Juries for indictments where they feel they have enough evidence for conviction.

This did not make Big Flo feel any better since he felt that he was only an investor in Red Star and knew next to nothing about its operations and all this talk of indictments and Grand Juries began to unnerve him. So, he asked Stavos to meet him and talk him through it. Stavos’ already on retainer to several of McWerter’s companies of course would be on the clock as they call it. This did not bother Big Flo since Stavos was one of the few people he was in awe of.

After patiently listening to Big Flo unburden himself for a while, Stavos angrily broke in on his monologue, “Flo, why the hell are these guys at McKenzie Reed doing still representing you. They are under investigation just like you and are into this mess up to their necks?”

“I know,” Big Flo admitted, “but they represented the Company and the investors up until now. I guess I just wasn’t thinking clearly.”

“That’s not your job, its theirs to point out any conflicts.”

“Will your firm take over and represent me? I need your help.”

“Well, if not us, I’ll find the best attorney I can. Let me get back to you on that tomorrow after I make a few calls.”

“How the hell did you get roped into this secret society or what was it ‘Prayer Group’ business?”

“I guess I thought it would be good for business contacts. You know how that goes.”

“Yeah, I guess. They probably have none of my co-religionists as members?”

“No, they told me that the Jews have their own prayer group.”

Back in his office, Stavos immediately put in a call to his favorite PI. If his firm agrees to represent Big Flo, they would need a good investigator. Fat Al answered the telephone on the first ring.
PEPE’S POTPOURRI:

a. Eponymous laws:

Szemerényi’s law — A Proto-Indo-European phonological rule, named after Hungarian linguist Oswald Szemerényi, according to which word-final clusters of vowels (V), resonants (R) and of either */s/ or */h₂/ are simplified by dropping the word-final fricative (*/h₂/ was phonetically itself probably a back fricative), with compensatory lengthening of the preceding vowel.

I never could have guessed. Fricative you Ollie! By the way, is that how you got your last name?

b. Trenz Pruca’s Aphorisms, Apothegms, Epigrams and Maxims ( http:/trenzpruca.wordpress.com/):

“As with most fundamental freedoms, preventing those who wish to abridge the fundamental rights of others is a more important role of government than encouraging the exercise of those rights. Exercising our rights are our individual jobs, protecting us from those who would abridge our rights is the duty we collectively give to government. If government is not the guarantor of Freedom then it is a tyranny.”

c. The Tea Party 70 years ago:

In August 1941, Burton Wheeler US Senator from Montana… announced that he would direct his Senate Committee to investigate “interventionists” in the motion picture industry. Most studio heads, he would soon be surprised to learn, were Jews.

Another member of the Committee, Gerald Nye, a conservative Republican US Senator from North Dakota accused Hollywood of attempting to “drug the reason of the American people,“ and “rouse war fever.“ For some reason he was particularly hostile to Warner Brothers.

Wheeler questioned why so many foreign-born were allowed to shape American opinion, causing Roosevelt to observe that the Bible, too, had been written “by mostly foreign-born and Jewish people.”

But the movie industry knew how to fight back. It retained Wendell Willkie, the Republican party’s 1940 presidential candidate, as counsel. He soon ridiculed Wheeler’s Committee into silence.

Where is Wendell Wilkie when we need him?

d. Testosterone Chronicles:

Is this trick photography or is Shaq really that big? The woman is said to be 5’3″ tall.

 

TODAY’S QUOTE:

“The concerts you enjoy together,
Neighbors you annoy together,
Children you destroy together,
That keeps a marriage intact.”
—Stephen Sondheim

INSTEAD OF TODAY’S CHART, TODAY’S COMMENTARY:

From Jeremy Grantham who is rapidly becoming my favorite commentator:

“So now (July 30), the U.S. – with a dysfunctional Congress – has to decide between two of the ugliest choices seen in a long time. Should they cut government expenditures and therefore cut aggregate demand at a time of a critically weak economy on the cusp, perhaps, of a double dip? Or should they do nothing and allow a technical default, compromising the integrity of the dollar and sending a powerful signal to the world that the U.S., at least for now, is not a serious country and is probably past its prime. Ouch!

Nobly trying to resolve this impasse, a small chunk of Republicans has seized the mantle of blackmailers and turned out to be very good at it. Certainly too good for President No-Show. Come to think of it, the choice was between technical default and looking like a Banana Republic and technical blackmail and looking like a Banana Republic! Just different bananas perhaps?”

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This and that from re Thai r ment, by 3Th. August 8, 2011

POOKIE FOR PRESIDENT:

Please see the blog: http://papajoestales.wordpress.com/

TODAY’S FACTOID:

an image of mayan calendar on cosumel island' ...

3,300 BC: The beginning date of the Mayan calendar.

December 21, 2012: The ending date of the Mayan calendar.

Note: The first year of the Jewish calendar was 3,761 BC, and according to some Christian Fundamentalists, the end is just around the corner, probably on the day of Obama’s reelection.

TODAY’S NEWS FROM THAILAND:

1. Sensibly, the Thai press and political leaders appear to be ignoring the downgrade of the US debt, preferring instead to concentrate on the election of Thailand’s first female Prime Minister. I agree with them. It is probably more significant. I have read somewhere that the debt imbroglio in the US congress would never have occurred if the Congress was 75% women instead of 75% men. I agree with that also.

2. The Thai press is still generally reporting only on opinions that if the minimum wage is raised to $10 per day the economy will collapse. Now understand what they are warning about. In complete violation of classical and neoclassical economic theory,if they are correct about the impact of raising the minimum wage, the capitalist economy then appears unable to respond to a change in circumstances. It is incapable of replacing a minor rise in wages (If would raise the monthly base salary for workers to that of China) with increased productivity. The US with a base monthly salary of more than ten times that remains competitive in many areas and would be in many more except for the financial subsidies in the US to encourage off shoring of production and the financial subsidies offered by the countries in which they are locating to relocate there. Businesses, according to theory, are supposed to be able to adapt to changes in the cost of supplies. It is more difficult, no well neigh impossible, to adjust to a drop in demand except by downsizing. And, that is what is happening in the US economy now.

3. The fear of conflict between the government and the military, primarily over job security for the current general staff, remains perhaps the primary concern regarding  longevity of the new administration. No one, least of all the military general staff, believes the new administration could survive a conflict with the armed forces. Yet, it is the total independence of the military from civilian control that has riled Thai politics for generations and has stifled even the slightest of governmental, social and economic reforms. While the circumstances have had little impact on the general growth of the Thai economy, except to court periodic collapse, it has failed to deal with anyones expectations leading to social dissatisfaction. Sounds a little like the US doesn’t it.

POOKIE’S ADVENTURES IN THAILAND:

Every afternoon now, the rains come. It cools the air and relieves some of the worst of the particulate pollution in the city, but it has also brought significant flooding to much of the country.

PAPA JOES TALES AND FABLES:

See: http://papajoesfables.wordpress.com/

For those of a more lascivious bent, Papa Joe has begun the retelling of the tales of “The Geriatric Knights of the Oval Table.”

JOEY’S MYSTERY NOVEL:

“Ike, did you bring me over here just to listen to this paranoid drivel” Vince shouted? “Secret organizations, vague threats, what crap!”

“Please Vince let him finish. I think you will have a better understanding of what is happening.”

Vince exhaled and looked back over to the old man.

“Yes,” the old man said. “Perhaps it is better if I explain, why you partners wanted you to take over management of the firm. You see, we believe that this group, we will call them the “Brethren,” since that is how they refer to themselves, set up “Red Star” as an operation to funnel money to them to further their goals. A defense auditor discovered some anomalies in their reports.”

“I have heard all about these so called anomalies. It is nothing more that the normal disagreements between the government and a contractor and should be, and I believe it is being handled by the attorneys for both sides. I know nothing about it and still do not understand why I am here.”

“Yes,” continued the old man his eyes hardening. “At first we believed that you were somehow involved, but Ms. Yeung believes that you may not be and have been brought back to take the fall for everything if it comes to that.”

“Unbelievable!” exclaimed Vince. “Why would you be telling me this? How do you know I am not a conspirator in this ridiculous conspiracy you have imagined? I have met Ms Yeung two or three times, what could she know?”

“Yes, umm,” the old man continued. “Both Mr Cohen and Ms. Yeung, who I respect greatly, believe you are not directly involved, but that is not really what brought us here today. You see you are becoming a danger to the success of our investigation.

“Ha, how so, I have avoided the ‘Red Star’ investigation like a plague?”

Yes, as I said we believe you will be blamed as the mastermind and our investigation will be thwarted, again.”

“Bullshit, I will deny everything.” Vince hesitated for a moment. “I guess, I should thank you for at least warning me. I am confident I can deny any accusations.”

“Yes, I am sure you probably can, but it will be more difficult if the incriminating evidence is documentary.”

“Even so, I am sure I could refute it if that is the case.”

“Ah yes, I am sure you could, but unfortunately not very well if you are dead.”

PEPE’S POTPOURRI:

a. Eponymous laws:

Sturgeon’s law“Nothing is always absolutely so.”
Derived from a quote by science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon (1918–1985).

Absolutely not true.

b. Trenz Pruca’s Aphorisms, Apothegms, Epigrams and Maxims ( http:/trenzpruca.wordpress.com/):

“Why would anyone be morally bound or wish to be morally bound to a civil society that does not share the goal that its citizens deserve a fair distribution of wealth, income and power? If the civil society is not dedicated to that end what else could it possibly be dedicated to? What is freedom, to those without wealth, income or power?”
c. Fort’s insight:

“I think we’re property.

I should say we belong to something:

That once upon a time, this earth was No-man’s Land, that other worlds explored and colonized here, and fought among themselves for possession, but that now it’s owned by something:

That something owns this earth—all others warned off.

I suspect that, after all, we’re useful—that among contesting claimants, adjustment has occurred, or that something now has a legal right to us, by force, or by having paid out analogues of beads for us to former, more primitive, owners of us—all others warned off—that all this has been known, perhaps for ages, to certain ones upon this earth, a cult or order, members of which function like bellwethers to the rest of us, or as superior slaves or overseers, directing us in accordance with instructions received—from Somewhere else—in our mysterious usefulness.”
1919 Charles Fort…

OMG! Could God be nothing more than an absentee landowner and we are all renters? This clears everything up. The universe is just capitalism writ large and its basic moral law is the sanctity of contracts?

d. You must be a Republican ( http:/trenzpruca.wordpress.com/)if you believe that:

“Bullies are manly but peacemakers are not.”

TODAY’S QUOTE:

“Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion.”
Nobel Prize-winning American physicist Steven Weinberg

TODAY’S CHART:

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