Life in a small town, Pen as Sword - Social Commentary, The Inner Struggle

Back to Death … and Pride … Part Five …

Continued from Part Four …

graphic : “The Big Bang”

So , this is the fifth and final episode in what has become a great data dump of all the things that used to fire me up to write my posts. I am declaring an end to pointing at and yelling about “The Great Divide”.

There is way too much divisive stuff around these days and way too little of fraternal charity. I hope this five part series allows me to just put it all away and walk a different path. This is therapy for the terminally dissatisfied.

I am indulging myself today in an appeal to authority, some stage setting, some discussion of my metaphysical framework which supports my world view and by implication, my “caustic non PC musings” which musings I am trying to stop.

A few nights ago, over a period of nights, on the way to peaceful slumber, I watched all the  episodes of a new series on Netflix … “The Umbrella Academy”.

Now a couple of weeks later, after watching the whole series I now give it two thumbs down. I found it was mainly about how everything wrong with our lives is the fault of our parents and the world is ending in 8 days no matter what we do so just go and have fun.

This is just exactly what my last post was on about in as much as “Blaming Others” and “not taking ownership” is the root of all evil, or something like that but with a lot more words. Anyway, the story of the Umbrella Academy proposed a collection of protagonists (children in the first episode) with exceptional abilities and talents (ever was it so), one of whom shows the ability to manipulate his position in the timeline.

He, the child with this remarkable talent, is apparently able to somehow take a grip on the “fabric” of the “space-time continuum” and leverage himself to another position on or in that fabric much as we would grab onto a material object and pull ourselves over to a new physical location in our 3 dimensional material existence.

Nine Year Microwave Sky, The detailed, all-sky picture of the infant universe created from nine years of WMAP data. The image reveals 13.77 billion year old temperature fluctuations (shown as color differences) that correspond to the seeds that grew to become the galaxies. The signal from our galaxy was subtracted using the multi-frequency data. This image shows a temperature range of ± 200 microKelvin. Credit: NASA / WMAP Science Team WMAP # 121238 Image Caption 9 year WMAP image of background cosmic radiation (2012) Date 21 December 2012, 22:30:50

This is my description of what is shown by special effects (of course) in the show, there being no attempt to explain this “interesting” talent other than manifesting it as part of the story line accompanied by many wall covering equations, for which the protagonist is searching for “more accurate” values to plug into these equations.

Mathematical equations are always a good prop to impress a non technical audience, in fact much of what now passes for science in our modern society, our pseudo-science industry, is supported by arcane jargon and equations to baffle the audience and the budgetary gatekeepers who rarely have sufficient education to keep up with the argument, and who slip into nodding donkey mode to save face.

Anyway, in the midst of coming to an “understanding” of a plausible “why & how” for manipulating one’s position in space-time I started thinking about how our thought processes, intimately wrapped up as they are in a “time-centered” existence, can articulate the idea of “outside of time”.

I currently conceive of this “reality” as a “bubble” of time-centered reality totally submerged in and surrounded by an immense abyss of timelessness, rather like a tiny bubble of fresh water submerged in the depths of a great salt sea, which seems to make this idea easier to imagine and articulate.

graphic: “The Big Bang” projected from the the 9 year microwave image out to the present and into the future …

And this timeless, limitless, dimensionless, immensity is the domain of GOD, in fact there is nothing but GOD at this point in this model. The GOD of “I AM” exists, “is being” always and everywhere. In a timeless abyss everything exists in its totality at that instant (time creeping in to our thought articulation) always and forever.

The GOD of “I AM” had to withdraw a little of HIMSELF in order to even create the “nothing” within which HE then “created” everything we know and are able to perceive and think about.

“The Big Bang” theory is at least as good as or most likely much better as a hypothetical explanation of that creative spark than anything else currently on offer. It is an interesting point that “The Big Bang” theory was proposed by a Catholic priest and scientist, Fr. Georges Lemaître.

In 1927, the Belgian Catholic priest Georges Lemaître proposed an expanding model for the universe to explain the observed redshifts of spiral nebulae, and calculated the Hubble law. He based his theory on the work of Einstein and De Sitter, and independently derived Friedmann’s equations for an expanding universe.

“The first Friedmann equation describes how, based on what is in the universe, its expansion rate will change over time. If you want to know where the Universe came from and where it’s headed, all you need to measure is how it is expanding today and what is in it. This equation allows you to predict the rest!”

graphic: “Weak field limit around a single mass” (in this case, the sun)

In 1915, Einstein put forth his theory of General Relativity, which related the curvature of spacetime on one hand to the presence of matter and energy in the Universe on the other.

So the appeal to authority here involves the claim that the Big Bang theory is a part of the Christian world view and the Christian concept of GOD is Truth.

Part of this Truth necessarily includes the belief that, while some domains of other world views over lap in some way some of the claims of Christianity, it is Truth that only the domain of the Christian world view embraces all Truth while excluding all the errors in some of the other domains of the other world views.

We are all looking at reality through glasses and without the right prescription things can be a little “blurry”, and blurry vision can put you in the ditch with all the expected and predicted consequences.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, or back in the Shire, I leap from the metaphysically cosmic to the mundane day to day of thoughts, sometimes angry (or “cranky” I am told) and sometimes sorrowful, about those who I see as “bad actors” in the stage play of my existence, and my ongoing development of “growing up” on my part in relation to “loving my neighbor”.

Now I am about to head off into another social commentary about how making the others on the other side of the great social divide that is our society into the bad guys, the enemy, is wrong. It is wrong because it is against the will of GOD.

I am also trying to come to terms with a recent understanding about my  thoughts and behaviour, namely that “being calm” is not an equivalent, or does not equal “not being angry”. Calmly angry is a brand new headspace for me, a new lens if you will, through which I think I may have been looking for a long time.

Col. Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr. Col. Tibbets (23 February 1915 – 1 November 2007) was a brigadier general in the United States Air Force.

With this insight, I now have no problem imagining being angry as I imagine calmly pressing the button that launches the missiles that turn a large part of the planet’s surface into it’s atomic constituents. I am thinking of Col. Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr.

Col. Tibbets (23 February 1915 – 1 November 2007) was a brigadier general in the United States Air Force. He is best known as the pilot who flew the B-29 Superfortress known as the Enola Gay (named after his mother) when it dropped Little Boy, the first of two atomic bombs used in warfare, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945.

While we are touching on the only use of atomic weapons on civilian targets in world history so far, I discovered a little known piece of trivia, an aside, for all you Trivia fans … the Democrat 33rd President of the U.S.A., Harry Truman, whose biography is staring back at me from my bookshelf and whom I have always admired and my Dad admired, was a Freemason, and that’s common knowledge. But…

On October 19, 1945, Truman was raised to the 33rd degree of the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite for the southern jurisdiction. The 33rd President became a 33rd Degree Mason a couple of months after the Little Boy Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima … weird coincidence, eh? Good Trivia question anyway. Bet ya didn’t know that, eh?

President Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States of America

He is the only President to have received this high distinction, which he considered with satisfaction to be the culmination of his Masonic career. Who knew?  Anyway, President Truman and Freemasons and Trivia bits aside, I imagine Col. Tibbets was pretty calm when he gave the command to drop the bomb.

The bomb which would soon wipe out tens of thousands of civilian non-combatants in a flash with hundreds of thousands of follow on casualties, in aid of delivering Allied surrender demands to the Japanese government. Its hard to imagine him not being a little angry, so “calmly angry” has moved from “oxymoron” to “plausible state of mind” in my world view. And we ended WWII, did we save more than we killed? Was there another way? I don’t know … no one can know except God.

So I am trying hard now to move away from the “angry” lens through which I have at times viewed the great divide, the “We” and “all the rest” who make up the “masses” who don’t see things the way I do.

Who the heck are “We” and why has that been so important to me over the years, so much a part of my personal world view, in spite of what I know to be the Christian world view mentioned above? Who are the “We”?

Well, “We” are fat and happy (relatively speaking). We are influential, we are powerful, we are wealthy. Why do all immigrants everywhere want to immigrate to North America with the U.S.A. as the first choice and Canada as the ugly sister second choice, sort of the Lobby of the desired address?

Freedom of Speech is the first of the Four Freedoms paintings by Norman Rockwell that were inspired by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s State of the Union Address, known as Four Freedoms, which he delivered on January 6, 1941

Why is that? With a whole planet to choose from, everyone wants to come here. Why? That’s what used to be called a “no brainer”, everyone wants to be on the winning team, and unfortunately, not everyone makes the cut … see the seven characteristics in my previous post.

“We” are the successful servicemen and women, workers in industry, professionals, and business operators in western democracies, but in particular, whether the world likes it or not,  that “we” group are mostly Americans, in America, which is arguably the most successful of the western democracies by a long margin.

America is the most successful nation in the history of the world, economically and technologically and militarily and even culturally. While currently experiencing some troubling difficulties in the political, religious, and manufacturing, domains, Americans and America are also the most generous and the most patient people and nation on the planet. Remember, actions speak louder than words … look at what they do, not at what they say.

Look at yourselves in the mirror all you America haters, and what do ya see? It ain’t beautiful I’ll tell ya. I have American relatives in the American Mid-west, I’ve talked to them in the past, they seem to be decent regular folks, just like the folks I have met from Montana and North Dakota.

I have known and worked with many Americans, served with American service men and served under American Naval Officers. They are solid. They are what defines “The Good Guys”, even if some of them can be loud mouthy dicks at times. But I don’t know of any country some of whose servicemen are not like that at times. It seems to go along with the kind of personality that joins militaries. That is reality, folks, like it or not.

To launch from the personal to the general demographic, this is the truth Canada, look into your mirror and despair. Socialism always drags a culture down to the “equality of squalor” lowest common denominator. If we don’t abandon Socialism we are soooo dead.

Anything resembling success in Canada is in a large way due to our forced co-residency and trade with the most successful nation on the planet, and repeating anti-American rhetoric and decades old political protest memes on your University  campus or in your Starbucks or over dinner with your “special” friends doesn’t change reality. Look at Venezuela, there but for the grace of America go we.

While there used to be a solid case to be made for Alberta being the most successful polity on the continent (TD Bank Economic study from 10 or so years ago), that situation is now long gone thanks to the benevolent rule of the National Democratic Party in all their Socialist totalitarian blindness.

We are so materially screwed we are thinking of moving our provincial capital to Caracas. I am pretty sure that Red Rachel and her cronies would fit right in there. Isn’t it strange that virtually every totalitarian regime on the planet always wants to have the words “Republic” or “Democratic” in their name. The “Newspeak” is everywhere.

I love my country, but I am not proud of its conduct over the last ten or twenty years or so and in some domains for the last 50 years or so.  I despise it’s leadership at all levels. A greater collection of Keystone Cops amateur hour bad guys exists nowhere else on the planet, but in spite of everything it is still a pretty good place to live compared to anywhere else.

Witness my recent surgery which I was able to get within a couple of days of the medical event with only the presentation of a health care number. On the other hand, it is just as easy to kill my baby, or my granny, or my mentally retarded little sister, or to have a sex change operation, all dressed up as a “free” taxpayer funded, medical health care procedure, as it is to get a broken ankle fixed.

So IMHO the jury is still out on whether this is a net “good” health care system, and its bloody expensive, consuming the lion’s share of all tax dollars. And the government doesn’t provide much else except embarrassing public performances, taxes, and an ever increasing library of  restrictions, rules and regulations designed to control the population and protect government asses from liability for anything.

I think one of the better vignettes about Canada and Canadians was recently posted by David Warren here.  I include the first paragraph by way of a teaser:

“I will tell you a secret about Canada, but you must promise never to tell another living soul. We are secretly quite sane. We do a good job of hiding it, lest anyone notice and start asking us to assume adult responsibilities; for instance, we elected Justin Trudeau. But when no one seems to be looking, we do the right, or at least the practical thing. Then pretend it isn’t happening. Publicly, we may do something quite visibly insane, but just for a distraction. The Justin lad was good for that purpose. But then we act just as if we hadn’t done that, either. We have mastered the art of ignoring cause and effect. But privately, we can still tell most hawks from most handsaws.”

So what about America, that great western democracy right next door across the longest undefended border in the world. Well, keeping in mind that Alberta is still the “Texas” of Canada in spite of being run by the commies, there really isn’t much noticeable difference between us and our northern state cousins in Montana and Idaho and North Dakota and so on. Outside the cities we are the same kind of people, with the same kind of values, in the same kind of communities.

A 2nd Term for The Donald?

A large part of American success for the last 200 yeas or so has been their system’s ability to protect a large part of the population from the interference of their leadership. That is now in decline and we are starting to see the Canadian disease played out in American elections these days. It remains to be seen how long they will continue on their winning streak.

I am reminded of the Basketball hoop parable … Life is a basketball game, not a box of chocolates. Each time you sink a basket the hoop gets a little bit bigger, each time you miss the hoop gets a little bit smaller. America has sunk a lot of baskets, and missed a few as well. Canada has sunk some baskets too, but has missed quite a few more, so our game is harder to win.

The real world rewards hard work, responsibility, self discipline, precision and accuracy. But if enough of the people drink the KoolAide and start electing Socialists to give them something for free, then it’s all over but the crying and blaming. Then you end up with Venezuela.

And all of this is measurably true but so what? So fricken what? Why does it matter so much to me to be right about these sorts of things? Pride, Pride, Pride. All is vanity.

Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D. (1893-1953)

As Father Gabriel writes:Dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return”. These words, first spoken by GOD to Adam after he had committed sin, are repeated by the  Church to every Christian, in order to remind him of two fundamental truths … his nothingness, and the reality of death.

His nothingness and the reality that all the things of this world are immaterial chimeras. The things we find so important today have no value whatsoever for eternity, they will all pass away. Our pride, our arrogance, needs to grasp this truth, to realize that everything in us is nothing.

“Drawn from nothing by the creative power of GOD, by His infinite love which willed to communicate His being and His life to us, we cannot, because of sin, be reunited with Him for eternity without passing through the dark reality of death.”

The things we find so important today have no value whatsoever for eternity, they will all pass away. But the sins we commit in pursuit of and defence of these worldly things will not pass away and will have to be acknowledged, confessed, forgiven and atoned for.

So thinking and writing unkind or hurtful things about others who disagree with me even if they are provably incorrect in their views have to be examined, confessed, forgiven and atoned for.

Jesus submitted to death in order to give all Christians the strength to accept it out of love. Nevertheless, death still exists, and we should reflect on it, not to distress ourselves, but to arouse ourselves to do good. The book of Sirach is wonderful …

In all thy works, remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin” (Sir 7,40)

So I resolve to reflect on my mortality every time I entertain angry or hurtful thoughts about another. I give myself all kinds of breaks, I am Oh so understanding of all my myriad faults, but I do not extend the same courtesy to those I see as attacking me or my well-being for spurious reasons. I am having a difficult time hating the sin but loving the sinner as the Church instructs.

Wow, finally done with this topic hopefully forever. Please help me Lord. Time to sign off now.

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You“.

The words of this prayer given to the young visionaries of Fatima may seem simple. But the words outline our responsibilities as Christians—to believe, to adore, to hope, and to love God. As well, to ask pardon for those who do not act in this way. And further, to beg pardon for them, we should make reparation for their sins too.

Joe

“Reaching for heaven”

 

 

 

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Life in a small town, Pen as Sword - Social Commentary, The Inner Struggle

Back to Death … and Pride … Part Four …

Continued from Part Three …

Now I am about to head off into a social commentary about what seems wrong with and about the folks screaming the loudest about what is wrong. 

Into the West, Annie Lennox, Howard Shore, LOTR, 2003

Pandemonium, the Capital of Hell, by John Martin

Spoiler: This might not be a popular post with some folks because I shine a light at some of our obvious societal flaws and ask rhetorical questions which are not politically correct, not what we are supposed to mention over coffee. And, to a certain degree I indulge my pride that “I am not like those others”, that I am one of the “good guys”.

But it is also about how the making of the others on the other side of the great divide into the bad guys, the enemy, is wrong and is against the will of GOD. Casting others as the foil or fall guy for the story being told does not render onto them the love that God feels for them and which He expects us to understand and to ‘Love one another as I have loved you”.

For we struggle again principalities and powers, against powers not of this world as well as our own flesh and concupiscence, and one way or another we all become “useful idiots” in the hands of Lucifer the light bringer and his minions.

I am very aware of Matthew’s Gospel, specifically Mathew 5, while thinking and writing all of this and so to refresh it in my mind I will put a bit of it here:

43“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ 44“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46“For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47“If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Mat 5:43-48)

St. Matthew and The Angel,

For my part, I am trying to preach the gospel of responsibility and self control. That is my intent but in some senses this might be rather Pharisaical – all that PRIDE again, it’s insidious, and I drift back and forth between the poles of prideful self righteousness over how good I am, and trying to get my head sincerely around actually “loving” those who don’t see what I see, what seems so important and obvious to me.

That dichotomy places me in a mental conflict, sort of like trying to love and be tolerant and forgiving of others, while standing my moral ground and trying to explain and defend reality, all the while experiencing the effects of having the “loved” ones trying to metaphorically cut off my arm without anesthetic.

I firmly believe that GOD desires of me to love my neighbour as myself, and even more, to love one another as He has loved us. That’s a BIG love. What this means to me is wishing for anyone else the things which I believe to be good, for his or her sake but not for my own. And, even more, sincerely wishing for anyone else, the things which GOD has told us are good for their own sake.

I don’t mean this as the “permissive” will of GOD, as PF so recently alluded to but rather the “specific” will of GOD as presented to us in Scripture and the Teachings of the Magisterium, and as we encounter it in the myriad daily duties and responsibilities of our lives. I believe that we have to make every effort to ensure that we are following the “Manufacturer’s Instructions” the popularity of which seem to move in and out of fashion amongst many men of all walks of life as their convenience is impacted.

This translates into believing with certainty that all things, all creatures, were made by GOD and that GOD made all things GOOD, and so love of the other is best expressed by “It is good that you exist, that you have being” and that right direction and thinking flows from that starting point … it is good.

I also wonder if calumny and detraction enter into the effort but currently think “not” because I am not gossiping about or targeting particular individuals, cultures or nations, but rather commenting in a general way about observed trends and norms in our society.

I am being specific about generalities (if that makes any sense) on what I see and read and hear whenever I break my rules and visit any worldly media for some “news”.

Ralph Peters

It seems clear to to me that the traits or characteristics in the defining constellation of traits including responsibility and self control relating to success or failure, in life, are found in varying degrees across all nations, cultures, and individuals.

The difference in degree to which they are manifest is entirely due to self discipline and self control or lack thereof. And self discipline and responsibility are trained into people, they don’t come naturally.

Self Discipline and Self Control are, among others, two of the foundational virtues of Christianity and, if you pay attention to the teachings, the “Wisdom Books” are full of these teachings, which virtues are to be striven for at all costs. These seem to be MIA to a greater or lesser degree in all other religious frameworks, including Protestantism, along with “It is good that you exist, that you have being” .

Waiting On The Night To Fall”, by “Casting Crowns”, from the album “Thrive” (2014)

So,  what are those characteristics or traits which define us and the path we seem to follow? I used to enjoy reading Ralph Peters’ work long before he came and then went as a commentator and consultant at Fox News. He seemed to be very clear on what he observed and the results of same, and was excoriated in some some circles for that trait. He was not Politically Correct, rather he was precise in his observations and honest in his telling of them.

Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson reminds me of Ralph in some ways and he also is a currently favored hate figure of the left. Both of them are all about personal responsibility and honesty in discourse which is a bitter pill in the Howler Jungle these days. They both are preaching “Ownership” of the problem … you have to own the problem to fix the problem.

Ralph is a believer, it is hard to imagine any military person as a non believer, but Jordan Petersen has not, to date, come out of the closet as a religious man. I believe he will in time since he seems to be on the right path but perhaps is too successful in life so far to separate what is gift and what is his own brilliance. To realize that all  is gift is a happy grace. He seems to have struck a chord with all those millions of young men which our society has glibly belittled and abandoned.

Anyway, there are seven characteristics or traits or choices which Ralph Peters identifies as condemning nations and cultures (and, I think,  individuals) to failure in the modern world. Peters was speaking about the international situation, but I think his logic and observations apply equally well at the local and individual level as well. I think Jordan Peterson would agree with Ralph’s assessment.

Peters makes a very convincing case that there is a correlation approaching unity between the extent to which a nation, or culture, (or social group or individual) embrace some or all of these characteristics and their inability to succeed in the 21st century. That “inability to succeed” produces serious fallout. I have “fleshed them out” a bit to better illustrate how they operate at the local and individual level. Here is the list”

1. Any restrictions on the free flow of information (Most Common), censorship, bias in reporting, intimidation, exclusion of opposing views, media bias, National Firewalls, Political Correctness, government and corporate secrecy, the “PMO” factor, Star Chambers and “Rights” Tribunals, “Hate Crimes” Tribunals, lieing, documentaries,  Fake News, Social Media untruths,  “Burn The Witch!”, to name just a few.

2. Any subjugation, objectification, or any other moral or intellectual abuse of women (Most Evil) as an objectified resource to be exploited, Radical Feminism, discriminatory rules for a woman’s inheritance, “free love”, free “choice”, pornography, prostitution, polygamy, discriminatory divorce laws, the glorification of “strong, independent” women as desirable sex objects or accessories (in popular magazines),  50 Shades, 2nd class citizens, glass ceiling, rigid roles, keeping them “in their place”, buying and selling women as sex slaves/concubines, covering women’s bodies and faces, honour killings, FGM, child marriage, punishing women for the “crime” of being raped, treating females as objects or slaves useful only for breeding and pleasure, and so on and so forth. This list of memes is particularly evil and deeply buried in many cultures, societies and sub-groups, for most of human history.

3. Inability to accept personal responsibility (endemic in western populations) for individual or collective failure and the results of those failures.

4. Seeing the basic unit of social organization as one’s immediate social class (Xenophobic and narrow minded), extended family or clan, clique, party, social group, sexual orientation, or academic silo, like your faculty, church, PAC, club, activist group, or Facebook group, leading to victimology, or refusal to integrate with society at large … “they” are all evil,  or at least “they” are too stupid to live!

5. Domination by a restrictive religion,(Only believes what their own social group says is so) like any kind of or combination of “Fundamentalism”, Material Realism, Islam, Marxism, Fascism, Secular Humanism, Socialism, Facebook Group, etc.

6. A low valuation of education, (figures prominently amongst the young) that is refusing education, or studying exclusively the dogma of one’s chosen religion, one’s political world view, sexual orientation,  social studies, soft “sciences” and all the rest instead of math, medicine, engineering, physics, chemistry, skilled trades, etc. pointing to aberrations like believing that qualifications in one narrow specialty domain automatically confer qualification in all domains, or another common situation of burger flippers with BA’s in political “science” or any field ending in “Studies“, or ghettos of unskilled “radicalized” xenophobic parasites, and so on.

7. Low prestige assigned to productive work (figures prominently among the young) … eg. remaining unemployed while living on student “loans” or grants, or social welfare, or EI, or Foreign Aid while engaging full time in “Occupy Wall Street” or political protests or anti social activities within one’s social class or ghetto, directed at  outsiders like, in the extreme, assault, kidnapping, vandalization of property, mass shootings, fire bombings, suicide bombing, and random sniping, vehicular homicide, etc.

Desolation Row”, Bob Dylan, from the album “MTV Unplugged”, 2013

Before we get back at it, there is a little story about the above tune along with lyrics and so on over here.

SO! … Seven characteristics of human behaviour. Seven predictions of outcomes. What Ralph, is saying, (and I agree),  is that “the more of these seven characteristics the culture or group or individual exhibit the more likely that culture or group or individual will be a measurable failure in the 21st century by any rational evaluation“.  And he also goes on to make the case that those cultures and individuals are essentially shame based and shame motivated, avoiding shame is more important than doing good.  For these groups and individuals, any behaviour is acceptable and even desirable as long as you don’t get caught.

These nations and cultures and especially groups and individuals know with absolute certainty that they are in fact failures, utter failures. They feel acute shame at that failure, and they hate everyone else around them for shining a light on the hater’s shame by their success in the world. There is no fixing this unless and until those cultures and especially those individuals start to take responsibility for their failure, to take responsibility for their actions and the results, to stop taking the “easy way out”.

There is no absolute moral difference between those in foreign cultures who for example would rape and crucify women for being Christian or Yazidi, or bomb a mosque or a market or a church, and those here in the comfortable “nice” West and even in Alberta who would support killing babies and handicapped children and Elders or who force the agenda and religion of Gaia down the throats of the population by destroying every trace of our carbon based economy in the name of “Environmentalism”.  No absolute moral difference.  Both groups, the activists, and the bureaucrats, inflict misery and death on innocent helpless others with whom they have a problem. 

C.S. Lewis once remarked: in his 1948 book “God in the Dock: Essays on Theology”: Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.  It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies”.  Another phrase comes to mind: “being gnawed to death by the teeth of a thousand rats”.

The only reason the Western Haters are not killing everyone who disagrees with them, as they do in Iraq, and Iran, and Palestine, and in Venezuela and other nations all over the world is that they are chestless poltroons, lacking in courage and unwilling to commit because they fear being held accountable for their actions by others outside their area of control …  they fear the Great Satan just next door. 

They are nothing but Terrorist Middle Managers, afraid of being caught and blamed … they are the Chickens in the Bacon and Eggs metaphor … The Pigs are real terrorists.  The chickens are involved, but the pigs are committed, the true believers. And all it takes is for the U.S. to burp or rumble and they start screaming and wetting their panties.

In 2018, the U.S. started increasing training of U.S. NAVY SEAL Ops in the Pacific Northwest, just a short chopper ride from our hotbed of dissident Environmentalist activity in B.C. and Alberta. Who knew? The Great Satan protects us just by sitting in the next pew. What a concept. The Great Satan, just by being close, protects not only our lives but our economy and our way of life such as it is.

There is such fear in the hearts of the evil ones that the Great Satan might intervene directly that they hesitate to carry out their desires completely as their brothers in arms in foreign lands do every day. Every Canadian living their life in more or less peace and tranquility should really pay  Jizya to the great nation of America for keeping the jackals in check,  keeping us more or less free and peaceful just by being our neighbour.

The haters, the jackals, don’t want to or can’t change because change requires responsibility and hard work, and they don’t want to live in isolation because they enjoy the toys of the successful, so they are left with only the destruction of the object of their hate by force or, when possible, by legal coercion to ameliorate their shame.

To paraphrase Bill Whittle, they must “level the playing field” so that there is nothing to make them stand out as failures. Many turn to the political field to address this desire. For example, all socialistic societies suffer from the “equality of squalor” philosophy. This is the Howler Tribe in all their glory. And in the West, they exploit the rules and structures and institutions established by the successful to destabilize and harm the very society that makes their existence possible. In literally any other culture on the planet, these failures would be ended by a bullet or worse.

They hate us. They hate us, the “successful”, because we are everything they are not. We are vibrant and fecund; we are are successful. Our achievements are magnificent. Our engineering and sciences advance at breathtaking speed and our standard of living continues to increase wherever these social failures are not able to interfere, or are prevented from interfering, politically or otherwise. Robert Heinlein (long the “racist Nazi” of the left) had a bit to say about this:

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“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded—here and there, now and then—are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as ‘bad luck’. ” – Robert A. Heinlein

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Of course, when “they” the Destroyers, do manage to grab political power they immediately set about sinking the ship as fast as possible, knowing full well that the folks might wake up soon and kick them out. That’s just the way our system works and I suppose it is better than prison camps, re-education camps, purges and pogroms better than “Cultural Revolutions”, and the Gulag.  Of course, those might at least bring things to a head so the boil pops and the infection bleeds out.

And the entire social tragedy roils and boils along oblivious to the damage all around, damage in health and happiness and standard of living and damaged communities and families and so on. and all because of Why? Why can’t I have what I want?

But  I don’t trust God any more, now I actually fear God because I know in my heart that I have done wrong, and I am hiding from God and I don’t trust that God really is “All Good” and is merciful and loving. I fear the “vengeful God” of my own vision, of my guilty conscience, the vengeful God of Lucifer’s lie in the Garden.

And eventually I turn far enough away that I no longer even think about God … and then I don’t even believe in God … but the society around me just keeps getting worse and worse and I keep getting unhappier and unhappier … Why? Why Me? There is something going on here, why is it all going wrong?

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You“.

The words of this prayer given to the young visionaries of Fatima may seem simple. But the words outline our responsibilities as Christians—to believe, to adore, to hope, and to love God. As well, to ask pardon for those who do not act in this way. And further, to beg pardon for them, we should make reparation for their sins too.

Joe

“Reaching for heaven”

 

 

 

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Back to Death … and Pride … Part Three …

Continued from Part Two …

Well, good Sunday afternoon to Gentle Reader. It is nice to welcome a sunny day with a good cup of coffee and an expectation that the temperature might stay above freezing for a while.  So on with part three of this article … Where were we going now?

So, the “Great Divide”, what’s going on? The “rational” proponents of a “fact based logical reality” just end up with anger, hurt feelings or worse, and the Howlers just keep on howling because there is not and never was and never will be anything resembling common ground.

The choice we are faced with, again and again, is between being “part of this world” with all that this implies for righteous self-love or being part of GOD’s Kingdom. The choice is between loving the chimera’s of this world or loving GOD’s will. The temptations to engage in worldly strife and more, become more obvious when we try to break away from the world’s disorders.

Robert Cardinal Sarah …

Two years ago I read Cardinal Sarah’s book “The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise”.  I have cited Robert Cardinal Sarah in numerous previous posts on this blog. As we are tempted to dive into the next controversy or outrage it would be well for us to remember one of his insights: “If we give ourselves to ephemeral and insignificant things, we will understand ourselves as ephemeral and insignificant. If we give ourselves to beautiful and eternal things, we will understand ourselves as beautiful and eternal.”

This image below is a hierarchical pyramid  of prevalence of certain types of discourse in the public sphere, and is typical of the blogosphere.

The pyramid is self explanatory. This situation is rooted in the fact that both sides (all sides?) have forgotten GOD’s part in all this. GOD loves all of us, He created all of us on both sides of the divide, just like he created good angels and bad angels. GOD is way above the pyramid, outside of and surrounding and maintaining our reality with His infinite love and power. He wants us all to succeed and join Him in heaven.

But in a Social Media blizzard of confused directions and questionable directions dominated by Hollywood, the MSM, local rock-stars and a plethora of self proclaimed messiahs like Guru Eckhart Tolle, we find ourselves being encouraged and pushed willy nilly towards a social place where God is no longer needed, or even, for many souls to a place where the very existence of GOD is denied … we are encouraged to see ourselves as the center of all things, a place of self worship and reverence for our own will in all things. “Our mind is not ourself”.

And this turns out to be a VERY profitable gig for all our new “spiritual” messiahs leading us into the paradise of the worship of self. The website “Charity Navigator” lists the following financials for the Eckhart Tolle Foundation (in millions of dollars): Asset Amount $618,350,000, Annual Income Amount $87,453,000, Form 990 Annual Revenue Amount $86,253,000, and the Latest Form 990 Return is December, 2017.

Worship of self can be very rewarding if you can get a lot of people to buy into it. And there are Agents for that. There was a nice 2 and a half hour supernatural horror film released in 1997 … staring Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino … Devil’s Advocate from certain perspectives this film is seriously chilling, it might have been a lot better but Hollywood while  lost its nerve, at least they didn’t have Pacino prancing around in a Red Devil suit. And and this little clip below is the final scene of the movie where the star and his wife have overcome all adversity and emerged victorious … is it just a film or is it something more? GOD brings good even out of evil … serious food for thought …

Unlike the angels we have the great good fortune to have the gift of time within which we can exercise our intellect and examine our views and make a decision to worship GOD and do GOD’s will in our lives, to live “virtuous lives”, or we can choose not to. We are blessed to be able to change our minds and our selves, change our souls. This is a gift unique to humans and it is all gift, we didn’t do anything to earn this and there is nothing to indicate that we deserve this mercy.  And this change can go either way. A reading from Ezekiel directly addresses this situation:

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Ezekiel: The Priest-Prophet of God; John Wesley’s House & The Museum of Methodism; by Frank O.; Salisbury, http://www.artuk.org/artworks/ezekiel-the-priest-prophet-of-god-133617

“19And you say: Why hath not the son borne the iniquity of his father? Verily, because the son hath wrought judgment and justice, hath kept all my commandments, and done them, living, he shall live.

20The soul that sinneth, the same shall die: the son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, and the father shall not bear the iniquity of the son: the justice of the just shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

21But if the wicked do penance for all his sins which he hath committed, and keep all my commandments, and do judgment, and justice, living he shall live, and shall not die. 22I will not remember all his iniquities that he hath done: in his justice which he hath wrought, he shall live.

23Is it my will that a sinner should die, saith the Lord God, and not that he should be converted from his ways, and live?

24But if the just man turn himself away from his justice, and do iniquity according to all the abominations which the wicked man useth to work, shall he live? All his justices which he hath done, shall not be remembered: in the prevarication, by which he hath prevaricated, and in his sin, which he hath committed, in them he shall die.

25And you have said: The way of the Lord is not right. Hear ye, therefore, O house of Israel: Is it my way that is not right, and are not rather your ways perverse? 26For when the just turneth himself away from his justice, and committeth iniquity, he shall die therein: in the injustice that he hath wrought he shall die.

27And when the wicked turneth himself away from his wickedness, which he hath wrought, and doeth judgment, and justice: he shall save his soul alive. 28Because he considereth and turneth away himself from all his iniquities which he hath wrought, he shall surely live, and not die.

29And the children of Israel say: The way of the Lord is not right. Are not my ways right, O house of Israel, and are not rather your ways perverse? 30Therefore will I judge every man according to his ways, O house of Israel, saith the Lord God. Be converted, and do penance for all your iniquities: and iniquity shall not be your ruin.

31Cast away from you all your transgressions, by which you have transgressed, and make to yourselves a new heart, and a new spirit: and why will you die, O house of Israel? 32For I desire not the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God, return ye and live.”   (Ezekiel 18:17-32 Douay-Rheims Bible)

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And one of GOD’s laws is “Love your neighbour as yourself”. I interpret this to mean “give your neighbour the same considerations and breaks and charity which you would give yourself”. I am not saying we should love everybody in a group hug kind of way. And I am sure my understanding of this precept isn’t nearly as far-reaching as GOD intended. I have new insights of how far off the rails I am every day.

So, we have to be more tolerant of world views which differ from our own but also be discriminating about what we will accept. World views that harm the innocent must be resisted. Those world views which put the innocent in danger must be opposed, and that is complicated because sometimes even the bad actors are “innocent” in their vast ignorance … they sincerely believe they are doing the right thing even if it is provably harming others or even their loved ones.

So what defines a world view failure in my humble opinion? Well, one of the big symptoms is a lot of loud wailing and gnashing about those “others” who are responsible for all their pain. That’s a gold plated telltale, the wailing tantrum at not getting one’s way and blaming “others”.

The first and essential step in recovery, conversion and repentance is to recognize and accept the beam in our own eye, accept it and start working towards removing it before we even start to attempt to remove the splinter in our brother’s eye. This is all about taking responsibility for our problems and not blaming others.

So … where to now … This post is uncharacteristically short so I’ll stick in one more little bit about truth and facts.

Well, there is one group of loud wailers and gnashers, a loud group of Hollywood Narcissists who hope to overwhelm Truth and Facts  with their Loud Social Media and MSM message. Hi Ben, and Sean, and Alex, and the rest of you less well knows coal shovelers.

How are y’all doing this Sunday morning?  How’s your coffee? I mentioned them a couple of posts ago in connection with the currently fashionable “Boycott Georgia” Social Media meme … which meme will last until the next time some Hollywood star shouts “Squirrel!” and the Social Media pack changes direction 90 degrees and races off howling after whatever new crisis suddenly has their attention.

In the meantime there is and are sources of truth and facts which are consistent and honest and don’t suddenly change their minds about what is really important. Some of these truths have been around since at least the 60’s, (for us) and actually date back thousands of years.

These truths commonly affect thousands of women and men in our modern society, and are completely unreported because they flow against the narrative of narcissism prevalent in today’s culture at all levels. These truths shine a light on the reality behind the currently fashionable narrative of self gratification and license and self love.

One of the stars of this reality is a lady I recently started listening to, namely Vicki Thorn the founder of the International Project Rachel. Here is a short 15 minute interview she gave for Shalom  World. It’s worth every minute if one is looking for the truth, the reality, behind the Social Media curtain:

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You“.

The words of this prayer given to the young visionaries of Fatima may seem simple. But the words outline our responsibilities as Christians—to believe, to adore, to hope, and to love God. As well, to ask pardon for those who do not act in this way. And further, to beg pardon for them, we should make reparation for their sins too.

Joe

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Back to Death … and Pride … Part Two …

Continued from part One …

House of Their Dreams”, Casting Crowns, 2013

“The Pajamadeen” guarding the crease “for the team”.

So I remarked last post that someone(s) once nicknamed us all “The Pajamadeen” because we sit at our keyboards late at night (or in my case early morning) in our pajamas writing scathing commentary about whatever torques our fancy at the moment.

We are not alone, and that feeling of being part of something bigger feeds our passion. We guard the goal “for the team” even when the fans are booing us.

And the cognitive dissonance grows and grows and we believe we are seeing something which the “others” don’t acknowledge. And we don’t realize that the clock is winding down and we are lost in our anger and it all seems so “reasonable”.. because we’re different, we know better … right …

Welcome to my office …

“I’ve seen things …” is perhaps a common belief in the minds of those who have spent much time living “on the edge” … living where getting it wrong will likely kill you, and your mates as well, or at least be a painful reminder about  “details matter” and “personal responsibility” and “we are in this together and we have each other’s back”.

We are a team. And for this team, it IS “life and death”. And the brutal reality is that WE ARE DIFFERENT … for the rest of our lives we are condemned to a life of not fitting in with a society where everyone is “out for number one”, “what’s in it for me?”.

That unit identity, that willingness to put it all on the line because you are unwilling to abandon the others for your own benefit, that mind state where you never stop to think “what’s in it for me?” is more easily trained into young men,  late teens – early 20’s and young men are hard wired to respond to this stripping away of the individual and reforging a “pack” into an effective mission centered unit.

It never occurs to most young “mil-spec” ordinaries to run away, they would rather die for their squad-mates than run away … and in the NAVY at least, there is nowhere to run … everyone from the skipper (god) to the lowest ordinary seaman works together, and lives or dies together, because after all it is a damned long swim home and if you screw up you just might kill the whole crew, and it is the chief’s job to make sure you don’t.

we are in this together and we have each other’s back”

You better just knuckle down and put out that engine room fire before the whole crew (your mates) become Post Crispy Critters. And if you are not wired that way you don’t last long. Either you decide to muster out (“take release”) or you ARE mustered out (released from service) because of your PERs, for the good of the rest of the team.

If one is never exposed to this training by the time one gets to 25 years old or so the brain is fully formed and it is too late. That opportunity to learn self sacrifice is gone, probably forever. You are now a child in an adult body and you have an unfounded belief in your own worth based on “self esteem” driven into by “20 years of schoolin’ an they put you on the day-shift“.

And that hurts your ego … you “deserve better” “you are special”. That’s what your teachers taught you because that is what they were taught in “Teacher’s College”. That’s why you want to start at a $100,000 a year management position instead of spending 20 years earning your ticket. You start blaming the ones who who DO have $100k a year jobs for your failure to get one. and so it starts … and it has been going on for a looong time.

Cain killed Abel because he blamed Able for his failure, and Eve had more children by Adam who is reported to have lived around 800 years. Remember, Adam and Eve were perfect in all things, genetically, physically, mentally, in every way … in all ways except that they sinned, they sinned and had to leave paradise for that, but GOD was merciful, and GOD helped them get started in the world and to populate the earth even after they sinned.

19In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth out of which thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return. 20And Adam called the name of his wife Eve: because she was the mother of all the living. 21And the Lord God made for Adam and his wife garments of skins (leather), and clothed them.

22And he said: Behold Adam is become as one of us, knowing good and evil: now therefore lest perhaps he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever. 23And the Lord God sent him out of the paradise of pleasure, to till the earth from which he was taken. 24And he cast out Adam: and placed before the paradise of pleasure Cherubim, and a flaming sword, turning every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:19-24)

Subterranean Homesick Blues, Bob Dillon, from the album “Bringing It All Back Home”, 1965

Early diversification of genetic groups

But remember that Adam was still Adam and Eve was still Eve, the original GOD-made Superman and Superwomen, and they had many many children, and even back then there were two groups, two sides, just like the angels before them, and the children of Cain went their way and the children of Seth went theirs and never the twain agreed. This was the original split between the “blame others” tribe, and the “take personal responsibility” tribe. We ain’t likely to find a fix here in 2019 AD.

And it took many many generations of decline to get to the pathetic creatures we see today. By the time of Moses, things had already got so bad that GOD even had to bring in laws regarding incest because of genetic and health concerns in the gene pool, and to protect them from the diseases of the Egyptians.

So now we have endured what … a hundred thousand years of decline? The children of Cain as of 2013, estimating for the age Y-MRCA, insist that the human genome is at least subject to substantial uncertainty, with a wide range of times from 180,000 to 580,000 years ago (with an estimated age of between 120,000 and 156,000 years ago, roughly consistent with the estimate for mt-MRCA.).

So how long we have been here varies wildly depending on who you listen to, who you “trust”. Lots of room for error and moving goal posts in the difference between 100,000 years and 580,000 years. Just like lots of room for climate data error between 30 years of data and 4.5 billion years of data. It’s never really about truth and honesty and all about power and control, about who gets to decide and who gets the money. The ultimate proof is that data and the scientific evidence that doesn’t fit the current social narrative just gets dropped and buried.

The name “Mitochondrial Eve” alludes to biblical Eve. This has led to repeated misrepresentations or misconceptions in journalistic accounts on the topic. Popular science presentations of the topic usually point out such possible misconceptions by emphasizing the fact that the position of mt-MRCA is neither fixed in time (as the position of mt-MRCA moves forward in time as mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) lineages become extinct), nor does it refer to a “first woman”, nor the only living female of her time, nor the first member of a “new species”.  So …

Whatever we believe, whether we are children of Seth, or children of Cain, everyone agrees that is rather unclear how long we have been around and everyone agrees that there has been plenty of time for humanity to degrade to the desperate pathetic critters we now are, with only a tiny percentage of our genes being expressed and a multitude of self inflicted biological and cultural problems destroying our lives.

So back to sacrifice, or running away … doomed by age 25, sigh … this is just so sad.  Or maybe you get a lucky break, you get another chance. One finds a girl, settles down, gets married,  and maybe has children (not DINKS), and maybe even finds one’s “soul mate” and signs on for the duration “till death do us part”, which seems to be very much unfashionable these days where the majority of marriages end in divorce. If you are one of the lucky few, GOD gives you another chance to redeem yourself and learn about sacrifice up close and personal.

So we get a couple of chances in life to learn about sacrifice and a lot of us cut and run at the least sign of that dreaded dragon. In fact, maybe its because we are hanging onto our wonderful youth as long as possible and avoiding adult responsibility. We are putting off getting married later and later – ’til we are past that 25 year magic milestone where it becomes “all about me”.

As Roy Batty says: “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. … All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”  Indeed … time to die … soon … we are all replicants, running out the clock, done in the blink of an eye.

Steven DenBeste 1952-2016

Meanwhile, what about us “Pajamadeen”? For those of you who may have never heard of the Pajamadeen, here is one reference:  “FrauBudgie, a “proud member of the 101st Keyboarding Division of the Pajamadeen,” chalks it up to Kim Jong-il playing hardball because of a Clinton-era promise of a reactor.”  This was pulled from a Slate post from 2005, referencing numerous members of the “Pajamadeen”. What we write “Never Dies”. Da Da Da Dumm!

I was introduced to blogging around 2000, by Steven DenBeste’s blog “U.S.S. Clueless”, DenBeste was an electrical engineer, and one of the first Pajamadeen and still one of the best, may he rest in peace. The next bright light in that constellation of stars was Bill Whittle, author, director, screenwriter, editor, internet personality, blogger, and his blog “Eject!, Eject!, Eject!” around 2003. That domain has unfortunately been taken over by robots and no longer resembles the original at all. But the Way-Back-Machine can almost always be trusted to find what once was, even if we delete it. We will find you no matter where you hide! Bwahahahaha!

Prophecy” Adrian von Ziegler, from the album “Feather and Skull”, (2013)

Fortunately, an archive of the original Eject!, Eject!, Eject! can be found here.  I link to just one of the archived posts here … WARNING! as Bill himself says “(Folks, there’s R-rated language throughout this thing. Normally I can edit it out; this time, not so much. I may do so later, but now I want to leave it as I wrote it.)”.

Whittle in 2014.

He wrote the post, angry, on September 5, 2005, about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. It is called “Tribes”, and at the time, for me, was the best articulation I had ever read of my own opinion of humanity, based on my 30 years or so of real-world exposure in the NAVY and the Department of Justice. I was a faithful reader of Bill’s and other blogs for years.

I eventually started blogging myself in 2014 here at notmyfirstrodeo.  Now it seems, in retrospect, that what we all had and have in common, we Pajamadeen, is a very high opinion of our own opinion and ideas, and a desire to share with the universe what we see as wrong with the socially reported status quo as seen through the eyes of social media and the MSM.

Many of us “disagree” with the currently popular “attribution of blame” and demands for “compensation” by all the usual players (victimologists) and and their chattering Facebook groupies.

That’s their life style choice, rather than the acceptance of personal responsibility and making an effort to improve through hard work and self discipline. This divide has existed as long as there have been humans on the planet, which we discussed earlier in this post. As discussed in previous posts, in our modern society that other tribe have seriously altered their biochemistry and further accentuated the gulf between the sides, by the addition of many and varied chemical aides to forwarding their chosen “lifestyle” and “gender”. The chasm between grows ever wider … inexorably.

This Guerrilla War was and is a battle of “cold hard facts against the tyranny of emotion and feelings”, against what I now call “The Howler Jungle”, and by God, we could/can prove that we were/are right  and all those others were/are sniveling emoticons.

Guerrilla warfare is a form of irregular warfare in which a small group of combatants, such as paramilitary personnel, armed civilians, or irregulars; use military tactics including ambushes, sabotage, raids, petty warfare, hit-and-run tactics, and mobility to fight a larger and less-mobile traditional military. Organized Guerrilla groups are a type of violent (more or less) non-state actor, For example the FLQ in Quebec, and Bill Ayers and the Weathermen in the U.S. Ayers was never convicted for the murders of security guards and police carried out by his group and ended his career as an honored University Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago,  where he spent most of his high profile career sponsoring and promoting “Community Organizers” including one Barrack Husein Obama.

The real big change since the 1960’s is that the Left, and their “Community Organizers” have now become the State actor, and the old establishment supporters have now become the Guerrilla fighters, minus the violence for the most part, although both sides have had their share of violent crazies, such as the Uni-bomber and now The Christchurch massacre which atrocity NPR blamed on Trump and has somehow turned into an anti-Trump dialogue … sigh, that is hugely worse than the Howler Tribes blaming our Chinese crisis on EVIL Harper because he sold the Wheat Board to the Saudi’s.

Anyway, it turns out that regardless of whether we were and are right or wrong about anything this is really “Pride” talking, our own pride. There is just no “winning” this battle. It started with the Angels and has been going on here on earth since Lucifer was cast down.

In the meantime … what of “We” the discontented, those who are noticeably unhappy with the moral, ethical and economic status quo? Yes, what about us? Well, it seems that in reality there is no “us”. Some of “us” choose to dither, complain, wail and gnash their teeth, but never reach any conclusion. Some have been labeled “Merchants of Outrage” or some such “Straw-man” inanity by the Left Howlers, although that label does seem to apply objectively much more to the MSM and the Left but it’s all OK when they do it.  Others slip under the radar because we have no large and influential following … not a big enough target I guess.

“We” remain chronically dissatisfied and unhappy with whatever is fashionably top of the pond, the latest PC pond scum, curdled and agglomerating deviance and corruption, and spend our leisure time articulating our discontent and pointing out what is wrong with the current status quo, a kind of negative virtue signalling to re-enforce our imagined moral superiority.

Others mourn the loss of a humanity in the general, that probably never existed in the particular, and along with that Unicorn they mourn the loss of “everything” that made up “human civilization”, holding a perpetual wake for a “Prince on The White Horse” who never really existed. They have forgotten that funeral services are not for the benefit of the dead, That person(s) and their immortal soul are forever beyond our praise or condemnation.

Rather, a funeral service is for the living, who should know that before long they will follow the honored dead into a cold dark grave, and from that fact take motivation towards preparing for eternity. Railing against those who deny an afterlife, deny eternity, is an utter waste of the most precious gift we have been given by GOD, namely “Time”. We get a “do-over” every morning that we wake up, right up until we don’t wake up.

And in the end, it is all just Pride, Pride, Pride, an overweening sense of personal outrage and a serious attachment to the things of this world and the worship of self. I didn’t think this way even as recently as back in 2014 but the evolution of my thoughts over the intervening years has produced a heightened awareness of Pride as it applies to what I do, think, and say, every day. I still have outbursts, fairly regularly even, but I also regularly now regret and reconsider what I think and say and reevaluate it in the light of Pride and self love as a sin.

Back in 2001, when this particular journey started for me, I didn’t spend much time and energy thinking about death. Oh, I was certainly fully aware of death daily, having buried numerous friends and acquaintances since 71, and I had no doubt of, or fear of my own mortality, but it wasn’t an immediate sort of presence, a minute by minute worry in my thoughts. I couldn’t hear the clock ticking then like I can now.

Almost 20 years on I am much more aware, on a daily basis, of my own impending death. And that awareness has refocused my thoughts on what happens afterwards, on eternity, and am I ready for eternity and if not why not? This is not a “Why, Poor Me” sort of why. It’s a “why am I not ready” why? Why do I still sin without even giving it a moment’s thought? Why? It is that insidious loss of the sense of sin which renders us less aware of what is wrong with what we are engaged in.

“A Dhia Ghleigil” (Oh Glorious God) Noirin Ni Riain & The Monks of Glenstal Abbey, from the album “Vox de Nube”, 1996

I will insert a short quote from  Daniel O’Connor’s “The Crown of Sanctity: On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta”  touching on the subject of “Why?” This is a massive book on the writings of the mystic Luisa Piccarreta, an Italian nun in the late 19th to early 20th century.

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Jesus Himself takes this teaching further, telling Luisa (Piccarreta):  “My daughter, in almost all of the events that occur, creatures keep repeating, over and over again: ‘And why? And why? And why? Why this illness? Why this interior state? Why this scourge?’ And many other why’s.

The explanation of ‘why’ is not written on earth, but in Heaven, and there everyone will read it. Do you know what ‘why’ is? It is egoism, which gives continuous food to love of self. Do you know where ‘why’ was created? In hell. Who was the first one that pronounced it? A demon.

The effects produced by the first ‘why’ were the loss of innocence in Eden Itself, the war of untamable passions, the ruin of many souls, the evils of life. The story of ‘why’ is long; it is enough to tell you that there is no evil in the world which does not carry the mark of ‘why’. ‘Why’ is destruction of divine wisdom in souls.

And do you know where ‘why’ will be buried? In hell, to make them restless for eternity, without ever giving them peace. The art of ‘why’ is to wage war against souls, without ever giving them respite.”

Obviously, by repudiating the “why,” Jesus is not condemning innocent inquiry into matters; He is, rather, insisting that we not ask the accusatory “why” every time something goes the way our self-wills did not want it to go.

We must, instead, understand that, as St. Alphonsus Liguori said, “it is certain and of faith that, whatever happens, happens by the Will of God.” It is that simple. If it happened, it was God’s Will. By lamenting what has happened, we lament God’s Will.

How are we supposed to submit to—much less live in—God’s Will if we lament that very thing? Instead, any complaining of any sort has no place in the life of any Christian, and must be repudiated by one who wishes to live in the Divine Will. But we must go farther than merely refuse to complain of crosses; we must love them.

O’Connor, Daniel. The Crown of Sanctity: On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta (p. 274).

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“Over The Hills And Far Away”,  Jon Boden,  from the album “A Folk Song a Day”, 2011. The song is  also the Theme from “Sharp’s Rifles” an historic series set in the Napoleonic Wars in Spain.

So about my problem of “Why”, it seems to me that often the “Why” is really in the context of “Why Me”! I believe that “Why” is because I have been too busy trying to grab the splinter out of my brother’s eye and not busy enough dealing with the plank in my own eye. That has got to change.

I know now, I UNDERSTAND that it is not my role to “save the world”, and even though I remain convinced of the correctness of my argument, my pride will not let me “let it go” and  acknowledge that the person or persons with which I have a difference is not really the enemy! We are not marching off to another foreign war to the sound of the drums and the pipes … we are not!.

They, those others, may or may not be a tool of the enemy but fixing that is not my responsibility, my responsibility is to spend all my effort on accepting and doing the will of GOD to the absolute best of my ability and if GOD wants me to fix something He will clearly let me know.

It may be true that “they” don’t really understand empirical reality or care about the others who occupy that reality and it may be true that “they” are willing to commit literally any atrocity from simple verbal abuse up to and including physical harm, even murder, if “they” are not granted their way. BUT IT IS NOT MY JOB AND NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY TO FIX THAT. The Lone Ranger has hung up his gun and mask and Tonto has gone back to the reserve. “Thy will be done Oh Lord, Thy will be done”.

The sin of pride creeps in when I am coming to conclusions about whole classes of people, conclusions that are way above my pay grade. Only GOD knows what lurks in the heart of man, but He knows it ALL, and he is a just and merciful GOD, and that judgement stuff is HIS job, not mine.

The sin of pride creeps in when I find it very hard to back down in the face of injustice (as I see it). My pride most desires to be esteemed, and approved of and understood. My pride most fears being despised, calumniated and ridiculed.

Words are indeed much more hurtful than sticks and stones, no matter what the old rhyme says, and psychologically I have always been a “Best defense is a good offense” kind of guy, it’s kind of my default. “If you hurt or threaten me or mine, I am coming after you and we will fix your breathing problem” … not much patience or charity in that mind-set.

In 2000, I was a background follower, a lurker, back in the beginning when Steven DenBeste was being routinely excoriated by all the usual outraged liberal progressive bloggers who did their level best to destroy him by mockery, innuendo, malice, lies, exaggeration, misdirection and misrepresentation but never once did they ever try to match facts and logic with facts and logic.

They just howled and threw shite. There were many times when the overwhelming emotion I felt was that it was impossible to deal reasonably with these “unprintable” individuals and it was time to “Bring The Rain”.

That critical judgement of his detractors involved my pride acting out on his behalf. DenBeste himself accepted all the vitriol as just part of the job of shining the light on hard facts. I eventually lent my support by email and we became distant acquaintances although we differed mightily on many things, number one being he was a confirmed Atheist and I was and am a confirmed Catholic.

Unlike exchanges with other Atheists, our discussions were always civilized, polite, respectful and thought provoking, even when we disagreed and he taught me a lot about Power Grids among other things, and he was a joy to exchange views with.

We shared the belief that Bulverism was anathema and unfortunately most public discourse had degraded into just that sort of exchange.

As DenBeste himself has written, “By the way, I don’t think that “Listen to yourself!! Do you realize what you just said???” is a useful response. I know full well what I wrote; it took me four hours to write it.

And I knew it was “politically incorrect” when I wrote it; I said so. If you think there’s a problem with this, tell me what it is. Respond on the merits. Deal with the issues I discuss.

If you don’t like my solution, propose another and explain why it’s better, in execution or result. If you think my identification of the problem is wrong, explain why.

But don’t bother trying to shame me into retracting it. Don’t bother delivering that here; addressee unknown. I don’t subscribe to postmodernist or transnational progressivist standards about what is right and wrong.”

Mike_Godwin_photographed_by_Voice_of_America_(Cambodia),_September_2017

Godwin’s Law states: “As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.”

There is a tradition in many groups that, once this occurs, that thread is over, and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress.

I was a big fan of Usenet back when I was in love with Unix and Linux. In my posts I have referred to Godwin’s Law as Bulverism in previous posts and it is not limited to the use of the term “Nazi” and any of it’s cognates.

BUT … None of this “He said – She said” emotional Howler behaviour leads to any kind of resolution.

Wow, I am really long winded. Please help me Lord. Time to sign off for now.

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You“.

The words of this prayer given to the young visionaries of Fatima may seem simple. But the words outline our responsibilities as Christians—to believe, to adore, to hope, and to love God. As well, to ask pardon for those who do not act in this way. And further, to beg pardon for them, we should make reparation for their sins too, for they know not what they do.

Continued in Part Three …

Cheers

Joe

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Back to Death … and Pride … Part One …

The Beatitudes”, from the album “Biscantorat – The Sound Of The Spirit From Glenstal Abbey” – The Monks of Glenstal Abbey – (2009)

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I just finished reviewing the draft of this post and realized that “It is really fricken long!” just under 10000 words, so I am editing for tone and content and splitting it up into 2 or 3 or 5 posts. So what follows here is part One …

Today, I am trying to focus on Personal Responsibility and the results of failing to take responsibility for our choices, our motives, and for the results of that failure. So, I just read over my last post which was a talk about the “New Ice Age”,  “Global Warming”, “Evil Oil”, “Evil Carbon” “Epic Fails” of the International Environmentalism religion of Gaia, of which I don’t think very highly but I excuse my pride this time by appealing to my injured ankle and my “cranky” discomfort.

And now I am thinking about Death and Pride … and, lo, I find myself guilty as charged of the very crimes about which I bitch so much when I see others commit them. As I have said before, in this area I have my opinions to which I am very attached, but your mileage may vary, and you may well be right and I wrong, or perhaps we are all wrong because Truth is elsewhere. Neither will know for sure in this lifetime, only GOD, and He will judge us on Mercy, that is His mercy will be conditional on ours.

So much for Pride … ultimately I am the only one who cares about my views and who am I to judge others right or wrong, especially since there is absolutely nothing my little voice can do or say against the tidal wave of modern society. My response to “the narrative” on many popular “issues”  is all about my own pride, desires, and fear. I wrote about this problem in this post.

It appears to me that any conflict at any level has it’s root cause in the absence of humility on the part of the players in whichever drama is being considered in any venue.

I have remarked before that: “It seems a hallmark of Truth that it always believes and expects the best of others and acts accordingly. It also seems a hallmark of untruth that it always believes and expects the worst of others and acts accordingly.” My guess is that it all depends on what your starting assumptions are, one’s own motivations and default responses to events, as to how you believe others will act.

This sunny Friday morning I prayed a litany of humility, a part of the  Friday morning prayers according to the “Auxilium Christianorum” a routine of daily prayers which I have on my iPad, very convenient that. The members of the Auxilium Christianorum try always to bear in mind the reality of our state as members of the Church living in this world. “For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

Despite St. Paul’s teaching, many Catholics do not take seriously their obligation to wage war against the demonic forces. It is for this reason the Association of the Auxilium Christianorum was founded and for this reason I follow their practices as far as possible where I live – in my case daily Mass and Eucharist is impossible in this part of our diocese.

And afterwards, I have been thinking about how the petitions of the litany encompass the entire gamut of all the underlying provocations of human conflict, in families and outside the family circle in the wider world. I keep meaning to include this litany daily in my routine prayers but somehow the little demons encouraging my baser nature always help me to forget how important humility is to salvation.

All human conflict and rancor seem rooted in either fear of something or desire for something, the conflict arising from disappointed desires or realized fears.

“An Taiseirl (The Resurrection)”, Noirin Ni Riain and The Monks Of Glenstal Abbey, from the album “Vox de Nube”, (1996)

So what about death, or should I say “Death“?  What about that final destination to which every single living human being is committed, whether by natural causes, or by some apocalyptic Global Warming holocaust, regardless of their beliefs or lack of same about anything?

Last post I laughed to myself and offered that “I will put off death to another post” … Ha, I wish it was that easy …

I have been aware of and thinking about the gate for over fifty years now, more or less daily as I go about my routines, the gate beyond which I can not see or understand. All around me life goes on, banal and dramatic, indifferent and caring, hateful and loving as circumstances and moods take us.

It, daily life that is, appears to be self centered for the most part, although that perception might just be the lens through which I see the society around me, my self centeredness projected onto the screen of existence.

And all life around me seems to work hard at ignoring the gate, acting and reacting as though the gate in fact does not exist at all, that the here and now is all there is, that pleasure, gratification, license and indulgence are the only objectives, the only goals, absent anything but the material “here & now”.

But it seems (to me) the gate is THE most obvious artifact in the entire universe, the single most obvious event which no one escapes no matter what their beliefs, no matter their state in life, it all winds down to dust. More grist for the penitential mill, my ongoing failure to “Love one another” as God has loved me. Sigh, to paraphrase Dore, “Just keep Trying…”.

We take off our Baptismal “Wedding Garment” when we sin, sin in all its flavors, Mortal, Venial willed and Venial unwilled, and all the little imperfections we carry around all the time because we are forever giving ourselves a pass. So what does matter?

Unless one is living in close proximity to the latest atrocity, the majority, the masses, seem more or less content with their modern comforts, pleasures, social media, “I’m all right Jack”,  the “What, me worry?” clique of “low-information” consumers, and in general quite happy with their daily existence. We are really doing so well that we have come to believe that not only do we not need GOD, but there is actually no GOD to need.

Because we see ourselves as “nice” we believe we are living in a “sin free zone” and have become used to giving ourselves a pass,  a perpetually active “get out of jail free card” such that no-one is even aware of sin any more. Am I the only living human being currently reflecting upon what actually matters, and the end of human life? (that’s pride again, thinking that one might be the only one who gets it).

Still, despite our “happy, doing great, contentment” there seems to be an awful lot of “weeping and gnashing of teeth” on social media and the MSM about so many things that are wrong, and none of these “things” seem to be seen as the fault of the weepers and gnashers. When I think of how, in the process of getting to where we are now, we have thrown out our baptismal wedding garment, I am reminded of Mathew’s Gospel …

11And the king went in to see the guests: and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment. 12And he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? But he was silent. 13Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Mather 22:11-14)

“Pajamadeen” … At The Crease, The Hockey Goalie. Ken Danby, Canada

And I know its not true that I am the only one, its just a rhetorical device, to pretend that I am the only one. I have confidence that I am not the only one. Some of those who are reflecting even write about it in their personal version of my personal blog.

Someone once nicknamed us all “The Pajamadeen” because we sit at our keyboards late at night in our pajamas, guarding the goal, like I used to do when I was young and playing Hockey, writing scathing commentary about whatever torques our fancy at the moment. We are not alone, and the cognitive dissonance grows and grows.

The Mujahadeen

This of course, was a play on “The Mujahadeen” which one more recent example of this crowd of Islamic terrorists was the group who destroyed the World Trade Center on 9/11 killing thousands of American civilians in one strike.

Of course they weren’t Islamic, because “everyone” knows that Islam is “The Religion of Peace” according the MSM and the Global Warming loonies, all the while at the same time they deride and persecute Christianity for being “Patriarchal and Oppressive”… except for the few moments when they are busy playing “Je suis Charlie”.

The real reason for this schizophrenic behaviour is that it is really pretty safe to attack Christianity. No nuns with AK-47’s will show up at your office to fix your breathing problem.

This whole area of hate falls into the category of truth and fact covered by: “The MSM and the “all right thinking people” are always on the wrong side any story or meme”.

Courageous Freedom Fighters like Alex Baldwin and Sean Penn always seem to be on the nasty side of any issue as long as they can be the focus of attention. I remember Sean Penn’s famous “rescue mission” to New Orleans after Katrina … what a hero, eh?

Of course, when proven wrong in anything they move the goal posts and rewrite history to hide their duplicitous malice. “OOH … We are the NICE virtue signalers, we never do or say anything wrong, it’s all the fault of those low information knuckledraggers who disagree with us“.

Hollywood Rockstars

Most recent example … Alex Baldwin wants us all to boycott Georgia, because apparently he and his friends think killing babies is a “Good Thing”and pregnant women are just A-OK after their baby is traumatically cut up and ripped out of their body. Well of course they are right, they are highly qualified caring professionals so we should all just trust them, and drink the “outrage KoolAide”, right?

If we find ourselves questioning the trustworthiness of Hollywood stars as moral models for life with their 30 second sound bites, there are other sources of real facts who are not high paid virtue signalling narcissists, like Vicki Thorn to name just one. The problem with this is that the truth always requires more work than the social media MSM Rockstars would have you believe is needed. Do we want to do the work to find the truth, or do we just want to skip on to the next crisis with our thoughts already canned and carbonated for us by others.

Check out this video (1:29:42 long but WORTH IT!), and the MOST IMPORTANT PART is the direct response to the Hollywood stars, the narcissistic  boycott Georgia mob, the “punchline”,  and that starts at about 1:22:43, so if you are really rushed in your busy life just skip to that spot in the presentation, that little 5 minutes that could save your life… or the life of a good friend …

That said, back to the macro, the big picture … I suspect that Christian Believers are the only people in Western society, our modern “culture”, who have a clue about Islam and what “Faith” means. We worship the same God as Islam and the Jews. They don’t believe in the Divinity of Jesus, and the holiness of His mother Mary. Of course “Messianic Jews” do believe in the Divinity of Jesus, so it’s rather more complicated than that simple sentence.

I am sometimes tempted to consider the dictum “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”. Were I not already a committed Christian I suspect I would be tempted by Nazari Islam. The question of trust remains a stumbling block. Then again, there is the Prophecy of Fatima and of our Lady Maryam, the Mother of God, a prophecy that through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima the world of Islam will be united with the world of Catholicism and become the one religion of the one True God.

Imagine that … just for a moment … what a world that would be, no? What would the unbelieving secular progressive leadership of the west be able to do about 4 billion believers? Could the believers influence a change for the better? Interesting future I see – over 50% of the world’s population united against the godless bureaucracies of Mordor and the Antichrist. hmmm … We can always pray.

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You“.

The words of this prayer given to the young visionaries of Fatima may seem simple. But the words outline our responsibilities as Christians—to believe, to adore, to hope, and to love God. As well, to ask pardon for those who do not act in this way. And further, to beg pardon for them, we should make reparation for their sins too.

Wow, I am really long winded. Please help me Lord. Time to sign off now. Continued in Part Two …

Cheers

Joe

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Broken ankles make people cranky … Global Warming and Death …

Inner Thoughts”  Rodrigo Rodriguez, from the album “Inner Thoughts” (2006)

Just a nice pleasant coffee break discussion …

I will bet this is probably way more than you feel like reading but I am going to run on anyway because I just feel like talking about things today. When I first wrote this it had been 11 days since my ankle surgery. It’s now been 30 days and things are looking much better … no more pain and stretching things out now.

Back in February I rated my constant pain level at about 4 out of 10 where 0 is no pain at all and 10 is all consuming pain such that you can’t think about anything else. Now I am mostly just “uncomfortable” and I am starting to exercise to get some flexibility and strength back into the joint.

“Your mileage may vary” as they used to say.  “Danger Will Robinson!”, Engage!

What’s on my mind this morning is a mixture of irritation about the irrationality of the Global Warming crowd, and a Lenten awareness of personal mortality and our ultimate destination namely death, which destination rarely surfaces as a relevant topic amongst the chattering classes with their overwhelming concern with “fixing” the behaviour of everyone who disagrees with them by any means possible.

If you are still reading this, it is likely that you and I live in the real world and always have. So do the rest of those who I call friends, some of them for almost 50 years now, although many have also died and gone to their reward. Unfortunately that classification of “friend” excludes most of my family on both sides, both genetic and in-laws who have “drunk the KoolAide” and signed their names in blood to agree with what passes for “common sense” on Social Media these days. I still try to protect them or save them from the predictable results of their ill-considered decisions, and they are a GOD given invitation to practice good works with good will, with love instead of contempt.

I have to just hold my nose and play the nodding donkey whenever they try to tell me insane “truths” like the “Polar Vortex” is caused by Global Warming caused by Alberta’s coal fired electrical generation stations … of which we have 5 out of 24 in Canada and over 7000 worldwide, and we have to shut them all down to “save the planet”. Sigh. They all live in Ontario, which they apparently believe doesn’t use any carbon based energy from Alberta, though they have a few coal fired plants of their own but we won’t talk about that, eh?

Sigh. One cannot develop humility without going through humiliation. I have it on good Authority that that’s how you do it, so thank-you for the humiliation.

Carl Sagan, … Cosmos … Trust me, I’m smarter than you …

Idiocy and deviance in all it’s flavors seems to be thriving in the nice tolerant Canada we now live in. I got a short note about coal fired power the other day from a friend who is concerned about the thousands of layoffs we have had here in Alberta, in the last couple of years.

It is even now starting to reach deep down to the service companies, who are always the last to go tits up. I am going to include it here as food for thought but not as food for anger, because we have been through this all before.

I remember when all the usual suspects were assuring us that we were entering a new ice age and we were all going to die from starvation  within 20 years … that was back in the 70’s.

I fondly remember Carl Sagan, and his Nuclear Winter and Cosmos, and not so fondly raise a questioning eyebrow at Paul R. Ehrlich et al. and millions dying of starvation in the U.S. by the 1990’s.

The Wikipedia Brights mostly agree with and worship Sagan and Ehrlich but they do have fairly comprehensive articles about their beliefs and their work so I cited them anyway. You can look at all that stuff and decide for yourselves whether population control lights your fires or not. The Chinese Communists imposed strict population control which has worked out rather problematically – again, the law of unintended consequences in action.

When that whole death by massive apocalyptic starvation didn’t pan out as a a good scare tactic they all switched over to Ehrlich’s other “big scary problem” beating the drum about global warming and pollution and the man made causes of that. Don’t believe me?  I remember this, ’cause I was there! If you weren’t then here are some “Historic Notes“:

The Population Bomb is/was a best-selling book written by Stanford University Professor of Biology and teacher, Paul R. Ehrlich and his wife, Anne Ehrlich (who was uncredited), in 1968.

It warned of the mass starvation of humans in the 1970s and 1980s due to overpopulation, as well as other major societal upheavals, and advocated immediate action to limit population growth (why do they always decide that they have to kill off someone else to solve the problem?). Remember that fears of a “population explosion” were widespread in the 1950s and 60s, but the book and its author brought the idea to an even wider audience.

The book has been criticized since its publishing for its alarmist tone, and in recent decades for its inaccurate predictions. More importantly, and tragically, the book gave a huge number of unqualified, untrained, ignorant, emotional, “feelings matter” coffee klatch pundits a sincere belief in the notion that they were a special enlightened Illuminati with authority to enforce their opinions on others by social media shaming and virtue signalling or by voting for every lunatic who promised to “save the planet” by shutting down the entire evil carbon based portion of our economy (as if somehow the rest of the economy could exist in isolation for longer than a few weeks). Yes Virginia, the sky IS falling, but it takes billions of years.

“Àki”, Rodrigo Rodriguez, from the album “Inner Thoughts” (2006)

I intentionally use the term coffee klatch. or coffee klatsch also kaf·fee·klatsch (kŏf′ē-klăch′, -kläch′, kô′fē-) that is a casual social gathering for coffee and conversation. [Partial translation of German Kaffeeklatsch : Kaffee, coffee + Klatsch, gossip; see klatch.] Up until recently no adult would make the mistake of considering any coffee klatch equivalent to serious scientific and mathematical research by knowledgeable people under controlled conditions, but that is what is now driving the show thanks to the mob stirred up in the 70’s and 80’s, by Sagan, Erlich, and their contemporaries.

Now Sagan is dead, gone to his just reward, and the Ehrlichs continue stand by the basic ideas in the book, stating in 2009 that “perhaps the most serious flaw in “The Bomb” was that it was much too optimistic about the future” and believe that it achieved their goals because “it alerted people to the importance of environmental issues and brought human numbers into the debate on the human future.”

Right! It was all them, because regular folks are just too stupid to avoid running over the cliff without the intervention of the Brights. And it’s all “for our own good” that we now kill several hundred thousand children and seniors and handicapped people per year because they are not really people, we all know it’s really all just about “free choice” and we have too many of “them” anyway.

Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich, entomologist, 1974

Fact: Erlich trained as an Entomologist (specializing in butterflies). He had no background or training in agronomy or population growth.

“The Population Bomb” was written at the suggestion of David Brower the executive director of the environmentalist Sierra Club, and Ian Ballantine of Ballantine Books following various public appearances Ehrlich had made regarding population issues and their relation to the environment.

The Population Bomb began with the statement:  “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate … ”

Nothing weaselly about that prediction. Pretty much lays it on the line. And was dead wrong.  … but the book was a huge marketing success and made a LOT of money for the players involved.  Any questions?

or another:

Global cooling will kill us all!!!  But they didn’t just have a proposed physical mechanism for this catastrophe. They had the evidence of the temperature record, which showed global temperatures generally declining from about 1940 to 1970. 30 years of data = “certainty about what is going on with earth ecology and climate?”

Which ecology and climate have been “evolving” for … Oh … something like 4.543 billion years. Even Wikipedia tells us that: “Earth is the third planet from the Sun and the only astronomical object known to harbor life. According to radiometric dating and other sources of evidence, Earth formed over 4.5 billion years ago. Earth’s gravity interacts with other objects in space, especially the Sun and the Moon, Earth’s only natural satellite.”

So they looked at 6.60356593e-9% of the data, or examined another way they looked at 0.000000000660356593% of the data and decided that that was enough for a slope graph, after all they already knew what was going on, right? (“Hokey” Stick anyone?) And that minute amount of data led to fevered “scientific” predictions like this one, from UC Davis ecology professor Kenneth Watt:

The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.

My guess is that Professor Kenneth Watt didn’t major in Mathematics. And I am sure that no university professor in history would have graded any student with a pass if that student only came up with 6.60356593e-9% of the data, even if they were “grading on the curve”.

Carl Sagan & Viking Lander Model

As late as 1980, Carl Sagan was still presenting global cooling as one of two possible doomsday scenarios we could choose from. The series “Cosmos marks the precise moment of change, when the goal posts were moved. In essence they “flipped the “Hokey Stick Graph” from cold to hot. And yes I do know how to spell Hockey, I’m Canajun, eh?

This is a bit of a cultural time capsule, preserving the precise moment at which scientific alarmists were switching from warning about a new ice age, in the 1970s, to warning about runaway warming in the 90’s.. So, “soft science”, moving goal posts, changing stories, relativism, denial, plausible deniability

It still all boils down to “The sky is falling!!!! Therefore we have to be compelled to give up all control to the “enlightened ones” and do what we are told like good little sheeple because they know best“. They are just so much smarter than us. And as we know, that “solution” always involves some flavor of “there are too many of them and not enough of us” therefore we are compelled to “kill the inconvenient ones”.

Of course Papa Pierre was also a big fanboy of Alfred Charles Kinsey, and we all know where that led us to … NAMBLA et al are founded on the gospel according to Kinsey. In Canada, any opposition to that philosophy is now labeled as a “Hate Crime”.

Do you think that eugenics, abortion and euthanasia are something new we just cooked up? They have all been around for thousands of years … and history shows that every culture which starts killing its children as a part of social policy ultimately fails … always have and always will. World without end, Amen.

So, in Canada, they destroyed the economy in the 80’s in the great 20th century hydrocarbon panic. How, you might ask? Because Papa Doc Pierre, who took a few courses at the London School of Economics in the 60’s knew best, even if he never hung around in England long enough to pick up a degree or even a certificate.

He Nationalized” the oil industry by buying Gulf Oil and turning it into Petrocan and setting up the NEP to drive away all the other oil companies. The big crash of 82 was when we went to the Arctic for 15 years because there was absolutely no work to be had in the south.

Anyway, here’s a bit of the power plant rant and that post has the rest of the dirt for coffee break conversation, and please please all of you take care of yourselves and be careful on the ice.

Here’s just a small sample of how many coal plants there are out there:

EU has 468 plants building 27 more for a total of 495
TURKEY has 56 plants building 93 more total 149
SOUTH AFRICA has 79 building 24 more total 103
INDIA has 589 building 446 more total 1036
PHILIPPINES has 19 building 60 more total 79
SOUTH KOREA has 58 building 26 more total 84
JAPAN has 90 building 45 more total 135
USA has 589 building 5 more total 594
CHINA has 2363, building 1171 total 3534
CANADA has 24 total and none planned.

But here comes the NDP to save the planet shutting down our Alberta’s 5 plants and the entire energy sector while they are at it. 5 out of a total of 7208 world coal generation plants is 0.0007 %.

But  there is hope, there could be an alternate future, if only we believe … As I mentioned above, I posted about this on my blog here.  I realize that I place a lot of emphasis on the web of trust. That is, who do you trust and who do you rely on to get the truth and understanding from which all thought, and decision making and choices ultimately derive.

The truth, that is, “what actually happened” as opposed to what all the Environmental Nazis said was going to happen, is that they were and are actually massively wrong about almost everything they were and are screaming about.

There is a good read here about the Environazis’ epic fail which non of the MSM ever report on. I have written several posts on the Web of Trust back in 2015, Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, and Part 4 here.

So what about death, or should I say “Death“?  What about that final destination to which every single living human being is committed, whether by natural causes, or by some apocalyptic Global Warming holocaust, regardless of their beliefs or lack of same about anything?

I decided that I have rambled on long enough this time and I will put off death to another post … Ha, I wish it was that easy …

Cheers

Joe

 

 

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Is There Still Hope? I think yes …

“River Flows In You”, Yiruma, from the album “Yiruma Piano Collection” , (2001)

Politics has an insidious ability to sneak past most walls and gates to pollute otherwise fresh vistas …

I turned on my smartphone a couple of mornings ago, and noticed a little paragraph at the bottom of the screen under the heading “Important”.

It was a “important news” notice to the effect that China has now banned Canadian CANOLA imports because of “contamination” or something like that.

I had barely opened my eyes and my defenses were still down absent my first cup of coffee. So I wondered why on earth THAT might be important to “ordinary Canadians” like me?  I clicked on the link … Oh No!

It actually turned out to be an interesting article because even though the underlying tone was pro Liberal progressive, anti Conservative, the Global Network still tries to present all points of view. This is unlike CTV and extremely unlike the CBC, (our version of the BBC) our taxpayer funded, unsupervised and unaccountable, national liberal progressive propaganda ministry for the last 5 or 6 decades. It’s rather like imagining NPR as the only “news” source in America.

(WARNING … anti-leftist rant) “The CBC, (in the manner of Pravda’s role in the Soviet Empire of old), only ever reports items favourable to the Liberals (when they are in power) or unfavorable to everyone else whenever Liberals fall out of favour with our electorate, that very large group of Canadians who have been bought with their own money and fallen under the spell of “tax the rich” and “free stuff”.

Any reasonable person can safely assume that anything reported by the CBC and for the most part anything reported on by CTV is being “made up whole cloth” (fake news), selectively reported, misrepresented, or downright lied about, in the interest of  Boy Justin, the liberal progressive agenda, and the social media narrative. The all important social media “narrative” rules the day and anything remotely resembling facts is always covered up, twisted, omitted, or savagely under-reported to support our “NICE” social media fantasy narrative.”

NazgulEnd of rant … Sigh … this never changes … it’s just like Canadian weather, a brief period of hopeful spring and sun leading up to every election, followed by years of dark stormy subzero despair as the Natural Ruling Party is returned to power with a 30%, first past the post, “plurality” to merrily drive us deeper into the pit in a years long drunken orgy of corruption, deviance and trough training for their gang-members.

I recently watched the beginning of “LOTR” again for the fourth or fifth time … and this time around I was riveted by the overwhelming resemblance of the current Canadian Liberal party leadership to the “Nazgûl” of LOTR. But most likely, in my momentary despair, I give them far too much credit, and they are merely a few low level Orcish lieutenants, rather like Saruman’s servants.

Anyway …. onward and upward … I hope …

I then checked out the comments section below the Global article, which were reasonably OK on both sides, right up until I came to a vicious tirade by some lovely young “lady” (from Toronto?) screaming about “Harper sold the Wheat Board to the Saudis“. Somehow that seemed to be the reason for the current impasse between Canada and China … well Duh!

Generic harpy sharing political views, early 21st century

The only thing she left out were allusions and accusations about “Nazis’. She must have dropped her script.

Why do these “people” always seem to turn up to scream down all reasonably polite discussion with their delusional rants whenever and wherever a forum arises.

AND WHERE ARE THE “MODERATORS?

I guess this shortcoming might be due to  the bottom line, which  is that Global is just another MSM social media outlet and they agree with the shrill screaming of all the usual harpies.

Color me confused. Aside from the fact that the Conservatives “privatized” the Canadian Wheat Board in more or less the same way that the Liberals (covering up a scandal that occurred under Papa Doc Trudeau) “privatized” Petrocan and shut down their NEP scandal of embarrassment. What is the exact connection again? Anybody? Remember the NEP? Anyone?    (the sound of one hand clapping)

Petro-Canada_logoOh well …  Just to refresh our memories … In 1975 the Liberal federal government created Petro-Canada, a Crown Corporation of Canada (socialism in action).

The Canadian “national oil company” was the Liberal response to the world energy crisis, because they believed they could “fix” the world energy crisis by taking over private oil companies in Canada.

Petro-Canada was involved in the big Hibernia oil find off Newfoundland and was a founding partner in the Syncrude oil sands venture in Fort McMurray, Alberta (that was long before Hollywood came out against the “Evil Tar Sands” while all the usual suspects were all still screaming about “Global Cooling”.

  “Inner Thoughts”  Rodrigo Rodriguez, from the album “Inner Thoughts” (2006)

At that time the Alberta oil industry was overwhelmingly owned by Americans. The United States was also the major importer of Albertan oil. The Petro-Canada Centre (1975–2009) was known in the oil patch as “Red Square” until it was purchased by Suncor.

The National Energy Program (NEP) was an energy policy of the Government of Canada from 1980 to 1985. It was created under the Liberal government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau by Minister of Energy Marc Lalonde in 1980, and administered by the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources. The NEP included plans for a “greatly expanded Petro-Canada” End of history lesson for today. There will be a pop quiz later.

CWBAnd the private company that the EVIL HARPER and the Conservatives sold the Liberal Socialist Canadian Wheat Board to was a partnership …

G3 Global Grain Group is a joint venture between Bunge Canada (parent Bunge Limited is an American agribusiness and food company, incorporated in Bermuda, and headquartered in White Plains, New York, United States. As well as being an international soybean exporter, it is also involved in food processing, grain trading, and fertilizer)

G3 Pasqua SK

Our #G3Tour2019 is passing by G3 Pasqua, SK. Late last year, CP Rail chose G3 Pasqua’s high efficiency loop track as the site to showcase it’s new fleet of hopper cars. On our loop tracks, they’ll move more grain faster than ever

… and SALIC Canada Ltd., (a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC), formed to invest in Canada’s agricultural grain industry by establishing a highly efficient coast–to-coast grain enterprise).

So 49% American grain traders and 51% Saudi financiers who put up most of the money in the mind of “nice lady” equates to “EVIL HARPER SOLD THE WHEAT BOARD TO THE SAUDIS”

But of course the screamers only ever mention the Saudi’s because it’s not fashionable right now to mention that the Liberals are in bed with their American masters at least once or twice a week (our Tuesday and Thursday night regular?) when they are not busy embarrassing the rest of us prancing around in their costumes on the international stage.

Other than the accident of each event involving the sale of some grain products, I am utterly unable to understand the connection between that “Harper Wheat Board” event, and Canada’s current pissing match with China over questionable arrests of “important” Chinese nationals to placate Canada’s American Security bosses.

Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer for Chinese telecom giant Huawei, is accused of skirting U.S. sanctions and accessing the Iran market. (Huawei via The Associated Press)

Now, keep in mind that the above linked article is sourced from our National Liberal Propaganda Ministry and everything they report is suspect.

It is the CBC’s JOB to run interference for the Liberals by saying “Canada Has No Choice“.

The actual  “legal” requirements are listed as:

Under the terms of the extradition treaty, the U.S. could request Meng’s arrest in Canada if she was wanted in connection with conduct considered criminal in both Canada and the United States, and if the offence carries a jail sentence of a year or more.”

Once that threshold is met, the treaty compels Canada to act. Really?

If that is the case, then I have to ask, why have we never extradited all the thousands of 20th century U.S. draft dodgers, and even U.S. Military deserters, or any of hundreds of Islamic terrorists (of course not all Islamics are terrorists) currently living in Canada.

These bad actors are wanted for offenses, including murder, carrying jail sentences longer than a year, in the U.S. and other jurisdictions? According to the CBC we would have had to extradite all these bad actors because “Canada has no choice

crock2ALL of those categories of beings (gender neutral persons) also meet the above legal requirements but they are all still here.  And many of them hold senior teaching positions in Canadian Universities, are drawing down generous Canadian Social Assistance benefits, or living on their generous Canadian pensions, and no-one feels compelled to send any of these bad actors to their just legal rewards.

Well, you know the saying … If it walks like a crock, and it talks like a crock, and it smells like a crock, well what are we to think.

Boy Justin explains: “The appropriate authorities took the decisions in this case without any political involvement or interference … we were advised by them with a few days’ notice that this was in the works,”  YEA, RIGHT, does any observer think that is even remotely close to anything resembling truth in a Liberal administration where you have to get a hall pass from the PMO to go to the can.

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Remember Gerald Butts, linked to below amongst those Liberal stars currently departing cabinet … well, here is a quote on the power of the PMO:

The PMO, of which Butts was the senior and most powerful member, is a secretive palace guard. It operates outside public view and scrutiny. PMO staffers are not public servants. They are political appointees, and their role is as much to foster the partisan political interests of their party as it is to coordinate government policy in the public interest.

A number of experts have noted that, since the 1960s, Canadian democracy has degenerated into a kind of executive dictatorship of the PMO. Both Liberal and Conservative elected members of Parliament have frequently complained, in private, about being relegated to the role of trained seals. Their job is to clap when ordered to do so by the PMO.

In the case of Butts, a goodly number of Liberal MPs are quietly cheering at his departure. He was not, it seems, popular with the rank-and-file of Justin Trudeau’s elected caucus.”

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Our Parliament and our Senate are exactly the same sort of puppet show that we see wildly clapping when Putin or Xi Jinping enter the house.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, his wife Peng Liyuan, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, arrive for a gala show to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (front, R), Chinese President Xi Jinping (front, L), his wife Peng Liyuan (2nd row, L), and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd row, R), arrive for a gala show to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Meanwhile, Meng Wanzhou appeared at a bail hearing in Vancouver. That hearing was completely separate from the actual extradition process, which could take months.  Wait a minute? This doesn’t sound as nicely cut and dried as the CBC claim “Canada has no choice”.

Snow”, by Kobudofrom the album “Ototabi”  (2013).

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, By https://www.erichsaide.com/ – Erich Saide, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65458288

What actually has to happen in this country?  The late, lamented, “rule of law” says that the U.S. has to make a formal extradition request within 60 days of Meng Wanzhou’s arrest and send the supporting documents to the International Assistance Group, the specialized branch within the Department of Justice that handles extradition.

Within 30 days of receiving those documents, the IAG would advise (former) Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on whether a formal extradition hearing would be justified.

So Canada in fact does have all kinds of choice, hmmm … Under the treaty with the U.S., Canada cannot arbitrarily refuse to issue an authority to proceed. But once the formal extradition is made, Wilson-Raybould (the (former) Justice Minister) can exercise ministerial discretion.

Canada’s extradition laws give Ottawa the power to reject requests that it considers oppressive or politically motivated, a back door known as the “political offense exception.” For example, extradition requests that seek to prosecute people for their race, religion, sexuality or political opinions would be out of order.

This invites allies like the U.S. to ground their requests in unproven “Criminal Charges” from their own corrupt Justice Department, instead of just saying “Quick, we are fighting with the Commies, grab that Chinaman!”. Which is exactly what Boy Justin did to our Justice Department when the Liberals lined up the “deferred prosecution agreement” to help protect their close friends at SNC Lavelin.

OH NO!!! Canada actually does have all kinds of arbitrary choice!  OH NO!!! The CBC lied!  Imagine that! That’s how all those other criminals and murders managed to stay in Canada at our expense safe and sound from any prosecution for their crimes.

Not only does this reek of hypocrisy and double standard but it also clearly points to the truth of the comment that Canada is the largest state in the union, or is the correct term “protectorate”? Sort of like the Virgin Islands, except that no one would mistake Canada for a virgin.

Oh Yea! and what about the Department of Justice and that Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould person?  Yea, what about them and her? Isn’t she that Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould woman?

You know, the woman that Feminist Boy Justin just fired and then muzzled because she wouldn’t immediately bend the knee, kiss ass, and sidestep her Department of Justice to give favoured exemption from the rule of law (criminal code offenses exactly like the charges Meng Wanzhou faces from the U.S.) for pending charges against Boy Justin’s good friends at SNC Lavelin.

Boy Justin must have read some juicy scandal rag story about Bill Clinton and his interns and Boy Justin thought “Hey! Why not me?“.  Imagine the shock to Boy Justin’s sensitive ego when Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould turned out to have more balls than he did.

Sophie Grégoire needs to grow a pair as big as Hillary’s.   Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, is the wife of the 23rd and current Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. She is a former television host and is involved in charity work and public speaking, focusing mainly on women’s and children’s issues. Cute First Family … Professional Drama Coach married to a Pretty Television Host. Can’t ya just feel the luuuuv.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

You just have to love the warm fuzzy joy of being Liberal, knowing that all the rules don’t apply to you, they only apply to all those stupid little people who don’t agree with you if you feel like dropping the hammer on them. How can anybody trust the Boy?

Well, some of his team-mates don’t. The fermentation in the Liberal cabinet and the Privy Council is getting so bad that numerous ranking members (the nomenclatura) have left the Liberal Party, some citing irreconcilable differences prior to the Lavelin scandal, and others after the scandal citing the Lavelin scandal.  Who are they? Well, Leona Alleslev, Scott Brison, Jane Philpott, Michael Wernick, Gerald Butts, and Jody Wilson-Raybould to name a few.

It’s  kind of like the Liberals decided that it was better to piss off the foreign pimp twisting their ear, than their local pimp who has their tits in the wringer, alluding to the fact that over 90% of all Canadian trade goes to America.  Who do we trust?

Who do they think they are kidding … choosing between the one twisting your arm or the one squeezing your balls, while posing as the virtuous virgin, is a no brainer, but of course, in Canada, we are not allowed to talk about that part of things are we? Who do we trust? Please, please spare us your Liberal bleeding heart, jingoistic BS, about Canada having no choice. This is all just an economic, political, and (frankly) National Security shoving match between the U.S. and China about who has a bigger one.

001-a-trump-photoJust Getta Life … accept the internationally recognized reality that we,  are and ever have been, living in America’s spare room, and everything we take for granted as adopted children depends on the sugar daddy in the living-room. Get over yourselves … our life is pretty damned good compared to anywhere else in the planet and certainly better than life in China, unless things have dramatically improved since I was in China in the 80’s, no matter how our government tries to skew the model in their favor and to benefit their friends.

At the root of this is that Canadian Liberals are more afraid of America than they are of China … and maybe that is smart and maybe it is not so smart, I can’t really speak to how smart that love/hate/fear relationship between Liberal Canadians and America is.

The chattering classes seem to live in a perpetual “hate America” bubble that they picked up at university drinking the KoolAide from the cups of their American draft dodger professors (remember the 60’s and 70’s? well, … maybe the 70’s, but the 60’s are rather a blur). Of course, the political classes waffle all over the place depending of the venue of their latest photo op.

Mikoto”, by Kobudofrom the album “Ototabi”  (2013)

What is really important, what really matters in Canada?  It sure isn’t even remotely whose spyware lives in our civilian and military electronics, and it certainly isn’t how America feels about who trades where? Unless they are realy, realy pissed at who we are trading with and what we are trading? Yea, I can see that being important, for about as long as it takes President Trump to pick up his phone and tell Boy Justin to “bend over”.

But some things are undeniably IMPORTANT … Canadian Liberals, for our own good (of course), destroyed the Dairy industry in Quebec, and the Fishery in the Maritimes, and the Manufacturing sector in Ontario, and the Oil industry in Western Canada and Newfoundland, and now they are proceeding to destroy the Agriculture sector in all of Canada, and I guess the next will be Coal and Mining sector in BC which currently exports most of its production to China, and so on and so forth, world without end Amen.

Wailing about “Harper sold the Wheat Board to the Saudis” is just so damned school yard juvenile. Who do we trust?

All of this destruction brings with it 10’s or even 100’s of thousands of jobs lost in “the rest of Canada“. So, please understand a truth, my sweet young “lady” so happy about sharing your political wisdom, on your way back to your clerking job at Chapters.

The net result of your world view and your vote, and all this destruction, is that we, the ordinary people of Canada will feel all the pain. And there is going to be a lot of pain. I doubt your were alive in 1982 but Western Canadians at least, still have memories. And we bitter clingers in flyover country are very close to the tipping point. Who do we trust?

Meanwhile the Liberal elite, after effectively ditching the rule of law on the pretext of saving a couple of thousand of jobs in Quebec, and shilling for their friends at SNC-Lavalin, are driven home to their riverside mansions by their less than minimum wage immigrant chauffeurs and looked after by their less than minimum wage “special status” immigrant servants.

And you, my lovely young Toronto lady, take the bus back to your crash pad in some low-rent Toronto slum like Parkdale, to write some more shrieking comments on your social media tablet, to keep loyally pushing the progressive narrative toward the holocaust.

Now we all know that the best definition of shill is “A person engaged in covert advertising. The shill attempts to spread buzz by personally endorsing the product in public forums with the pretense of sincerity, when in fact he is being paid for his services.” As in Who are you shilling for?”  or “Ignore the n00b, he’s just here to shill”. Who do we trust?

And maybe that all might be enough for Canadians to wake up and “Vote for Change” this October … the same slogan that 4 years ago ushered out the most successful government in the history of Canada during the last election.

Unfortunately there are huge populations of urban KoolAide drinkers like the lovely young lady mentioned above and it is unlikely that the huge percentage of urban tit-suckers in our population will vote against the tit.

On the other hand, in a completely unexpected outburst of sanity we might just vote them out … you never can tell when Canadians might have a moment of lucid thinking, as David Warren, a much better writer than I, explains: “We are secretly quite sane“.

000-Canada DoomedSo we Canadians are stuck watching a cheap remake of “TWINS”, and brooding over our fate.

Sigh … ever was it so … bread and circuses almost always triumph against self discipline and responsibility at first, at least until the system runs out of other people’s money and crashes down taking everyone with it and we get Venezuela, or Eastern Europe and Russia, or North Korea, or even China for the vast majority the 1.4 billion souls who have had the good fortune to be born there.

So I am left feeling animosity towards “city dwellers” everywhere, in the great urban metropolis called Canada. The R.O.U. in rural flyover country have dropped off the political map. And against that animosity I have been reminded by a Priest whom I respect greatly that Dorothy Day said something like “How we feel about the least likable people we know is how we feel about GOD”. That He, GOD, was absolutely serious about “Love each other as I have loved you” is undeniable, but Oh – So – Hard to put into practice in every day life.

So I am ruminating about “suffering” and the sources of same. It seems that suffering would be significantly reduced if only we focused more on improving ourselves instead of focusing on correcting the perceived faults of those around us. Focusing on ourselves and our own faults we would not be so disturbed by the resistance of others to our opinions and desires. And all the upset is about what is really just the “lipstick on the pig”.

Something inside or outside pushes us along and we seek ourselves in everything we say and do.  And yet we are mostly oblivious to that. We meander nicely along when everything is done according to OUR will, but if things turn out against us, we quickly, reflexively, leap to dissension, strife and unhappiness, showing a “preferential option” for confrontation. And the constant static and noise of “the others” is a non-stop reminder that things are unfolding very much against our will and we are in for a very bumpy ride.

So it gives me pause to realize that I am seriously expected to love these pink tribe folks as Jesus loved me. GOD created the whole pig and everything else from just … well … nothing.  And He had to create “nothing” first because He already was everything. That kind of love is truly something awesome … truly beyond human comprehension.  Kinda puts all our pride and ranting and prancing around in perspective.  Dust to dust and all that.

Cheers

Joe

It gets better … there is hope … truly …

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The Meaning of Language … communication?

Hamachidori“, by Ryutaro Hirota, played by Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra & Kazumasa Watanabe, from the album “Konomichi―Favorite Japanese Melodies (Japanese Melody Series)” (2004)

This is what -30 to -40 looks like …

So, what to say … first, a week ago this morning I slipped on the ice while walking in my driveway and fell on top of my leg as it folded under me, thus breaking my ankle.

That gentle “crunch” as I settled onto the ice was the give away but I chose to ignore it and “shake it off” and proceed to drive to my lunch date with an old service friend an hour and a half away and ignore the pain and tough it out in the interest of having a pleasant social gathering. Always push through and complete the mission, right?

On Wednesday last, my daughter insisted that I go to the hospital with her and get it X-rayed to prove that “It was only a serious sprain”. As life would have it, I was wrong … I admit it … and both my doctor and my daughter insisted that I repeat that several times. I. Was. Wrong. And the next day, Thursday, I found myself in surgery in the nearest city getting things repaired with plate and pins and screws.

Now, I sit in my favorite chair under doctor’s orders to keep the ankle elevated and to not put any weight on it until the next doctor’s appointment on March 14th. This is not only a pain in my ankle, but a right royal pain in my A__ since virtually everything I do including something as simple as visiting the washroom is hugely complicated by “Don’t you dare put ANY weight on that ankle!”.

Sigh … what is one to do.

Well, I guess this is one of those times in life when “tough” is another word for “stupid”. I guess I accept that. Most of what I do for work is something I can supervise over Facetime while others less crippled actually punch the keys, and the rest can just wait, I guess. My first wife of 40 years or so just laughs at me and says “I guess you will be giving up “Control” for Lent.”  I reply, “I guess that it’s nice to have “history”, to which she replies that she just wishes there wasn’t so much of it. Ha! spoken like a true loving wife.

Which brings me to the topic of “History”. What does one do when one can’t get out of the chair without enormous effort? Well, in my case I blog … This post may not be of much interest except amongst those of us who actually care about the details and precision and what things actually mean, as opposed to “just having a pleasant conversation over coffee with our friends”.

I like the term “praxis” meaning “that which people do habitually, characteristically and usually unreflectively“, as a wonderfully concise summary of our polite daily narrative. It gives me a nice handle on the state of action, conversation and thought, or the lack of same, in our social media society.

I have had an on-again, off-again, love/hate relationship with the use of our English language as a means of alleged “communications” for at least 40 years now.

After spending most of the 70’s as a practitioner (Rad Sea 251) of military communications, with it’s huge emphasis on precision and accuracy and warding off confusion, no matter the status of the current shit-storm, even to the extent of using a phonetic alphabet and spelling words and coordinates out in detail, I find myself still habitually thinking and speaking in annoyingly precise ways.

It is part of the very fiber of how I think and communicate. After all, the consequences of “getting it wrong” back then had a high probability of a Blue on Blue with predictably bad results. It is hard to shake those old life-saving habits.

I have found since then that the civilian world shows a distressing lack of precision and understanding of the meaning of common words, used every day, and in the communication of thoughts which when examined, have no relation whatsoever to the words in use to express the “feelings” of the speaker except perhaps in some vague syllabic sort of way, the more syllables the better.

The speaker(s) lack a basic understanding of what the words they use moment by moment actually mean in English is a never ending source of distress and misunderstanding. Should one raise any objection to this misuse of the language one is immediately vilified as a “pedant”, supposing that term exists in the speakers lexicon, and worse if the vocabulary is lacking.

“Red Dragonfly” by Kobudo, from the album “Ototabi”, (2013)

One very common example is the now popular “modern” journalistic use of and confusion of the words “honing” and “homing”, used interchangeably and it seems in use to mean a general sense of something bad coming that we can’t shake off, or of being on the right track depending on context. For just one example of many, at CNN :” Sources say Turkish investigators are honing in on a Saudi intelligence officer who allegedly led the torture and murder of “Washington Post” columnist Jamal Khashoggi.”

I sometimes question the writers in the comment column of their articles … in one recent occurrence, when asked about the confusion, “Do you mean “homing” as in “the missile is homing in to blow us to hell”, or do you mean “honing” as in “I am honing my blade in preparation to slitting your throat”? the latest writer I called on it got quite upset with me and not only refused to clarify the confusion but continued to repeat the obviously confusing misuse in subsequent writing. What is one to do? Pray, pray, and pray some more, I guess.

I am currently reading “The Resurrection of the Son of God V3: Christian Origins and the Question of God” by N.T. Wright, from “Fortress Press” . It is a joy to read, what I have in the past referred to as “Brain Candy”.

And Dr. Wright spends a significant part of the first 70 pages or so clarifying this exact problem of meaning and the need for clarity in the context of historical writing and theology …  and that same confusion is equally prevalent in daily social exchange and is arguably more important, since in the immediate sense, history is only important to historians.

This is so much fun that I am simply going to quote from the book and let the chips fall where they may (your mileage may vary):

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What, though, do we mean by ‘historical’?20 ‘History’ and its cognates have been used, within debates about Jesus and the resurrection, in at least five significantly different ways.

First, there is history as event. If we say something is ‘historical’ in this sense, it happened, whether or not we can know or prove that it happened. The death of the last pterodactyl is in that sense a historical event, even though no human witnessed it or wrote about it at the time, and we are very unlikely ever to discover when and where it took place. Similarly, we use the word ‘historical’ of persons or things, to indicate simply and solely that they existed.21

Second, there is history as significant event. Not all events are significant; history, it is often assumed, consists of the ones that are. The adjective that tends to go with this is ‘historic’; ‘a historic event’ is not simply an event that took place, but one whose occurrence carried momentous consequences. Likewise, a ‘historic’ person, building or object is one perceived to have had particular significance, not merely existence. Rudolf Bultmann, himself arguably a historic figure within the discipline of New Testament studies, famously used the adjective “geschichtlich” to convey this sense, over against “historisch” (sense 1).

Third, there is history as provable event. To say that something is ‘historical’ in this sense is to say not only that it happened but that we can demonstrate that it happened, on the analogy of mathematics or the so-called hard sciences. This is somewhat more controversial. To say ‘x may have happened, but we can’t prove it, so it isn’t really historical’ may not be self-contradictory, but is clearly operating with a more restricted sense of ‘history’ than some of the others.

Fourth, and quite different from the previous three, there is history as writing-about-events-in-the-past. To say that something is ‘historical’ in this sense is to say that it was written about, or perhaps could in principle have been written about. (This might even include ‘historical’ novels.) A variant on this, though an important one, is oral history; at a time when many regarded the spoken word as carrying more authority than the written, history as speaking-about-events-in-the-past is not to be sneezed at.22

Fifth and finally, a combination of (3) and (4) is often found precisely in discussions of Jesus: history as what modern historians can say about a topic. By ‘modern’ I mean ‘post-Enlightenment’, the period in which people have imagined some kind of analogy, even correlation, between history and the hard sciences. In this sense, ‘historical’ means not only that which can be demonstrated and written, but that which can be demonstrated and written within the post-Enlightenment worldview. This is what people have often had in mind when they have rejected ‘the historical Jesus’ (which hereby, of course, comes to mean ‘the Jesus that fits the Procrustean bed of a reductionist worldview’) in favour of ‘the Christ of faith’.23

Snow”, by Kobudo, from the album “Ototabi”  (2013).

N.T. Wright

Confusion between these senses has of course bedevilled this very debate about the so-called ‘historical Jesus’, the phrase being used by some to mean Jesus as he actually was (sense 1), by others to mean what was significant about Jesus (sense 2), by others to mean that which we can prove about Jesus, as opposed to that which we must either doubt or take on faith alone (sense 3); by others again to mean what people have written about Jesus (sense 4). Those who, as I mentioned, have taken the phrase in sense 5 have often rejected the Jesus not only of that sense but, apparently, of the previous four as well.24

“Jesus and the Victory of God” constitutes, in part, a response to this position. But we must now face one very specific, particular and in some senses peculiar case of the problem. In what sense, if any, can Jesus’ resurrection be spoken of as ‘historical’?

Second, how did people in Jesus’ day, both Gentiles and Jews, think and speak about the dead and their future destiny? In particular, what if anything did the word ‘resurrection’ (anastasis and its cognates, and the verb egeiro and its cognates, in Greek, and qum and its cognates in Hebrew) mean within that spectrum of belief?12

Chapters 2 and 3 address this question, clarifying in particular—a vital move, as we shall see—what the early Christians meant, and were heard to mean, when they spoke and wrote about Jesus’ resurrection.

As George Caird once pointed out, when a speaker declares ‘I’m mad about my flat’ it helps to know whether they are American (in which case they are angry about their puncture) or British (in which case they are enthusiastic about their living quarters).13

When the early Christians said ‘The Messiah was raised from the dead on the third day’, what might they have been heard to be saying? This may seem obvious to some readers, but it was by no means obvious, according to the evangelists, when Jesus said similar things to his followers, and a glance at contemporary literature will show that it remains far from obvious to many scholars today.14

As well as the question of meaning (what did this kind of talk mean at the time?) we must consider the question of derivation: what, if anything, did the Christian shaping of ideas and language about Easter owe to the wider context, both Jewish and non-Jewish?

Chapter 2 examines the non-Jewish world of the first century with these two questions in mind; chapters 3 and 4, developing the brief discussion in the first volume of this series, the Jewish world.15 Let me then spell out somewhat more fully the brief, almost formulaic account given a moment ago of how the argument develops from there.

I shall come at the main question of Parts II–IV by asking: granted the wide range of views about life after death in general and resurrection in particular, what did the early Christians believe on these topics, and how can we account for their beliefs?

This method recognizes that all knowledge of the past, as indeed of everything else, is mediated not only through sources but also through the perceptions, perceptions, and hence also the personalities, of the knowers.

There is no such thing as detached objectivity. (To say, therefore, that we can investigate other historical claims in a neutral or objective fashion, but that with the resurrection an element of subjectivity inevitably creeps in, is to ignore the fact that all historical work consists of a dialogue between the historian, in community with other historians, and the source materials; and that at every point the historians’ own worldview-perspectives are inevitably involved.)

But this does not mean that all knowledge collapses into mere subjectivity. There are ways of moving towards fair and true statements about the past.”

Wright, N. T.. Resurrection Son of God V3: Christian Origins and the Question of God (pp. 8-29). Fortress Press. Kindle Edition.

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Anyway, that’s enough fun for now. It is encouraging to know that there are other folks out there who see the current state of confusion in communication as problematic. I suspect the usual suspects calling me a “pedant” are not realy that sure what exactly “pedant” means anyway.

So for those who got this far, you must be amongst the blessed literate on this long journey.

Cheers

Joe

Ahhh,  time for another stress free “nice conversation with my friends”. Who cares what the words mean anyway, they just sound so “pleasantly conversational”.

But what would coffee be without a little scripture?  Paul would have recognized our current Canadian Political landscape … here is part of his letter to Timothy:

… But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. …

Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.

But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra– what persecutions I endured.

And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. (2Ti 3:1-13)

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I Am Sorry … for that outburst … so I changed some of it …

“Billy – title theme”, Bob Dylan, from the soundtrack album of “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid”, (July 1973)

Over the Parapet

It seems that, without fail, every time I raise my head above the parapet to take note of the goings on in the mundane, I quickly  observe something that sparks anger and outrage, that provokes me and leads me to sinful behaviour instead of charity and compassion.

My last post here  turned into a polemic about how the behaviour of our leadership reflects poorly on us as a nation.  I apologize for that post, which turned out to be an ill considered rant by an old fart with a twisted sense of humour and a nasty temper. I am stuck with it forever courtesy of “The Wayback Machine“. Sigh … so I changed some of it.

That reflexive outrage at the venal buffoonery and duplicitous utterances, the “Press Releases”, of the poltroons currently prancing about as our secular, and in some cases religious, betters is a serious occasion of sin for me. So I firmly resolve, for the most part, that I will continue to try to ignore whatever topic du jour has torqued my customers today.

I will avoid following up on stories which seem to make no sense at first, because the real story is often even more anger provoking than the curiosity provoked by the customer’s account of the story. I will strive to continue in, and increase my blissful ignorance of the daily  media performance, thus avoiding all provocation and anger in my life.

St. Paul corrects St. Peter …

The next 10 or so paragraphs is just me bragging about why I am qualified to express this opinion – your mileage may vary and you can just skip them if so inclined …

For better or for worse I am blessed/cursed with a combination of personality traits including intelligence, perception, and outspokenness, a willingness to be confrontational when confronted, a desire to direct players away from predictably bad outcomes by pointing out the likelyhood of those outcomes, and offering a measurably better way to accomplish the targeted ends.

I sailed righteously and serenely  through my first career in the NAVY, followed by a 10 year stint in the Department of Justice (Corrections) without a blip … I thrived, was promoted to staff officer, and “was mentioned in dispatches“. HA! Life was good.

Then I became a civilian and discovered the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Evil seems to proliferate when there are no immediate consequences for the perpetrators. I was told, by a senior VP no less, soon after gaining employment as a IT professional with a major health region, that the objective of every effort was to place the organization in the bottom 25% of peer organizations.

That was the sweet spot for budgets and effort … never in last place because that attracts lots of negative attention and we are made an example of, … but rather we should strive to always be second or third worst,  thereby always getting the lion’s share of budgets to “improve” our performance and incidentally building the Departmental Silos ever taller. I tried my best to accommodate and adapt to the culture of the organization, but perhaps didn’t try hard enough.

Sensei …

Sensei, Sinsang, Sonsaeng, Seonsaeng or Xiansheng is an honorific term shared in Chinese honorifics and Japanese honorifics that is translated as “person born before another” or “one who comes before”, one’s senior or one’s superior perhaps. Another, perhaps better, take is that of Senpai …  I guess that would make me the Kohai.

Senpai (先輩, “earlier colleague”) and kōhai (後輩, “later colleague”) are a pair of Japanese words which describe an informal hierarchical interpersonal relationship found in organizations, associations, clubs, businesses, and schools in Japan.

Anyway, I never made a complete change to the civilian way of “doing business”. I was later chastised severely by some senior bosses in my civilian career, for having “an over developed sense of justice“, of right and wrong, which brooked no denial and demanded that the guilty be outed in their bad behavior, even if the guilty happen to be those very bosses.

I can assure you that taking that stance is a career altering decision. On the other hand it keeps one out of prison, and perhaps even out of Hell, so I guess it’s a wash. Senpai? How do you spell whistle-blower?  I guess I have an acknowledged talent for being an “annoying a—at” at certain times and with certain people, and that’s all my own fault and my sin. I choose pride and self-righteousness instead of humility and compassion.

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

My sister, having spent her corporate career as a director of personnel for a multinational communications company, states that I am a classic ENTJ. I think she majored in Myers Briggs in university (joking), and sees all people through that particular filter but the agreement of my daughter with that analysis based on her own Myers Briggs studies seems to lend it some credibility.

That may be a reason for my behaviour but it does not excuse that behaviour. There is good reason that I spend an ever declining amount of time and resources worrying about and observing the daily goings on of our society outside of my immediate daily existence viewed from my library window.

“Confessions” of St. Augustine

Perhaps all of the above is merely an expression of my own pride, my hunger for approval, and the desire to be “acknowledged as right” and “on the side of the angels”. If I was truly humble and contrite maybe I would not write anything like that, but there really appears to be nothing of lasting value to see or hear in the wider world.

We have only the the current rogues gallery of media idols misbehaving and lying about it, twisting the who, what, when, where, why, to fit their narrative of the day and the public reaction to their latest tweet.

But I have on good authority that even the most egregious scandal monger caught in the very act of wrongdoing, especially in an act of sexual misconduct of some sort, as in “he had been caught in flagrante with the wife of the Association’s Treasurer“, can, in spite of the unlikelihood, experience conversion and repentance and go on to a life of great holiness.

A case in point might be St. Augustine, bishop and doctor of the church … just read Augustine’s “Confessions for the whole sordid but eventually uplifting story.

So Lord, from the desire of being right, and being seen to  be right, deliver me.

But, what are the irritating highlights of the view over the parapet today? What is my observed truth, my reality?

First, we have the political arena, with Justin and Rachel, and Donald, and a host of other players whose names just don’t stick in my mind because they don’t live in my back yard.

Canadian Political Elite …

We seem lately to have arrived at a place where we, or rather Justin, our favorite proxy, are pissing off everyone, in a minor sort of way, by trying to be polite to everyone, in a minor sort of way.

And all the usual suspects are jingoisticly trying to drum up outrage on all the social media networks about being insulted by China when in fact the Chinese have merely shone a light on the truth. If we look rather slaternly in that light perhaps the solution is to amend our behaviour as a country? But what do I know, here in the boondocks of flyover country, after all I am just another bitter clinger.

The current brass trophy seems to be deciding whether or not to have Chinese spyware in our electronics or American spyware in our electronics, all the while trying to save face and not piss off the bogymen our leaders are most afraid of, which is actually we their own citizens. Sigh … who gives a rip who is spying on us, as long as the electronics work reliably and the related satellites don’t fall out of the sky.

George Soros 2012

George Soros, 2012, Tides Foundation, et al

Second, we have the religious arena, momentarily being the religion of Material Realism with its whole “everything is just a reactive process” idea, and we can say anything we want about anything at all because all that is real is our narrative of relativity.

That canard gives us all the great evils of the last hundred years or so and lately, global warming or global freezing as the propaganda ministry sees fit to expound on. It also gives plausible cover for whatever tax and power grab the Brights are intent on this month.

For an example of the inverted thinking and writing that this mindset can  produce, read this article. And of course in the 70’s (remember the 70’s? They came after the 60″s which no one who was actually there remembers today), anyway, in the 70’s we were all going to die from starvation brought on by over population and global cooling.

“Somewhere In Neverland”, All Time Low, from the album “Don’t Panic”, (2012)

Trust me, I’m smarter than you …

We are doomed unless … sound familiar?  Check out the articles here , and here for some entertaining reading about environmentalist’s predictions in the recent past. The malleability of these forecasts boggles the mind but the underlying agenda never changes. FUD conquers all.

The bottom line for the man in the street, in winter Alberta, is that the destruction of the Alberta economy resulting from the FUD being spread about by our leadership at the behest of various anti-western anti-economy, pro socialist environmental groups such as George Soros‘ “Tides Foundation“, and Tides Canada, is far more harmful than any flavor of spyware or foreign information gathering activities through our new fridge or GPS. With any kind of spine we could just ban all American and Chinese products and import everything from South Korea.

What Canada does instead is import our political morals from North Korea and then pretend with much virtue signaling that we are not being screwed over by either the Chinese or the Americans, or anyone else for that matter, depending on the day and the latest tweets on Social Media.

These dubious sources seem to be where most Canadians get most of their “information”. Just for the record, my readers understand that I include the CBC and the BBC in the domain of “Social Media”, with all that that implies with respect to their honesty, accuracy and reliability.

Third, we have spiritual arena, and the current return of ancient syncretism amongst even some nominally catholic authorities. Where to go on that front? Nothing but grief and pitfalls down this path, right? Unless of course one believes that none of it matters anyway, don’t ask, don’t tell, no harm, no foul.

Where do we go when some church leaders seem to be saying  that although technically a breach of some code or law or tradition may have occurred there is no need for punishment, apology or retribution if no actual damage occurred.

A rose by any other name … what is Truth? So what to do?  What is acceptable to think and talk about then?

Well, following the lead of social media and the progressive materialist members of my family we could “think” about “Global Warming”, right? That’s gonna work out just fine for coffee klatch, also kaf·fee·klatsch (kŏf′ē-klăch′, -kläch′, kô′fē-), also known as a casual social gathering for coffee and conversation.

[Partial translation of German Kaffeeklatsch : Kaffee, coffee + Klatsch, gossip; see klatch.]  Elsewhere referred to as “I don’t care about your damned facts Joe, I just want to have a pleasant conversation over coffee with my friends“.

But details and facts actually matter very much. Get your details and facts wrong and you get your decisions and choices wrong. Get your choices wrong and you get your politics and economics wrong. Get your politics and economics wrong and you get Venezuela … and every other failed nation state in the history of the world. Hey! Who cares about details and facts … who cares.

It is the sort of “thinking” that gives us the “Polar Vortex” as a result of “Global Warming’. But “Global Warming” was what the progressives gave us when the “New Ice Age” didn’t pan out in the 70’s and 80’s … just more of the same old story.

Yep. The world is going to come to an end and humans will be extinct in 20 years . . . UNLESS government empowered, billionaire funded, NGO’s strictly control every human being’s existence, activities, and wealth.

It is the same old con game to fleece consumers and screw taxpayers to benefit the political class, their cronies, the big multinationals and the Ubber Wealthy international billionaires that fund the lobbyists. All that glisters is not gold, in fact it is often shyte in a bucket, the staple diet of the chattering classes everywhere.

But  I don’t think that what is top of mind in every media venue is particularly newsworthy, or even that we are actually entering into some end-times paroxysm of concentrated misbehavior. We have just become numb to the daily deviance of our society so that we no longer even find it remarkable. It’s just the same old, same old, day to day distillation of venal self love by every actor continuing to mount, and at current levels the concentration, the miasma of perfidity, obscures any sense of sin or decorum that might have remained.

Our societal idols, the players and talking heads reporting on the antics of the royal court, sin, sin mightily, and all the while have absolutely no apparent awareness that we/they are doing anything wrong, that there are undesirable consequences necessarily flowing from every deception, every misdirection, every misrepresentation, every narrative, every attempt to hide and pretend that we are not really doing what we are so obviously doing.

And in my attachment to my own almighty “rightness”, my enlightened understanding of what is going on and the “obvious” outcomes flowing from these daily churnings of the soup in the MSM soup kitchen, I jump to judgement and rail against the “obvious”, with rude aspersions against the characters and actions of all the players, and I sin mightily. I cannot know what goes on in the hearts of men … really, but I “assume” and we all know what that does, right?

So … rant in haste and anger, repent at leisure, or something like that. And again I make my habitual mistake … Who or what am I to make judgements about others … any others? This is probably a real good time for an examination of conscience.

“Hotaru” by Kobudo, from the album “Ototabi”, (2013)

If …

Wondering these days why I think the way I do and about how to encapsulate my point of view, or even if that matters at all. Our society is addicted to tags and classifications by which folks can avoid actually getting to know others and just easily slip them into a convenient box.

I find it far easier to identify what I am NOT than to articulate what I am. Not a right wingnut nor a left wingnut, not a Progressive, not a Socialist, not a Communist, not a Republican, not a Liberal or a Democrat, not a Conservative and still less a New Democrat or National Socialist, not really a “Party Animal” at all.

I find some things to agree with in many of the platforms and much to disagree with in ALL the platforms. I am Catholic but not a hypersuperueberpapalist (to use one of Fr. Hunwicke’s very useful coinages). So what gives me the right to even have an opinion? What am I?

Not a knuckle-dragger regardless of the opinions of sundry relatives, not a fly-over country Luddite clinging to my guns and religion, not really a fan of any fashionable linear classification on some arbitrary plane such as the  usual extreme right/extreme left continuum.  Not slotted or boxed, as in someone’s poor straw-man.

I see folks rather as a spherical complex of radii of various strengths and lengths embracing the entire gamut of human feelings, positions and thoughts. No linear continuum in that model.

These days, I am more and more thinking that I feel like a “Reactionary“.

Wikipedia defines:   “A reactionary is a person who holds political views that favor a return to the status quo ante, the previous political state of society, which they believe possessed characteristics (discipline, respect for authority, etc.) that are negatively absent from the contemporary status quo of a society. As an adjective, the word reactionary describes points of view and policies meant to restore the status quo ante.

Political reactionaries are at the right-wing of a political spectrum; yet, reactionary ideologies can be radical, in the sense of political extremism, in service to re-establishing the status quo ante. In political discourse, being considered a reactionary is generally regarded as negative (ed. at least it is amongst the Left-wingnuts); yet the descriptor “political reactionary” has been adopted by the likes of the Austrian monarchist Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, the Scottish journalist Gerald Warner of Craigenmaddie, the Colombian political theologist Nicolás Gómez Dávila, and the American historian John Lukacs.

Seems like a good start. Where do I go from here?  Well, looking at the world outside my corner office, my electronic library of antiestablishmentarianism … always remembering, of course, that what words mean can change, sometimes quite rapidly depending on who is spouting the words in question.

My usage of that nice long word means this to me: antiestablishmentarianism is a political philosophy that views a nation’s or society’s power structure as corrupt, repressive, exploitative, or unjust.

And of course whoever is out of power at any particular moment of time tend to believe that the philosophy in power is “corrupt, repressive, exploitative, or unjust”, right? Whoever is not you is wrong, right?

So that’s my plan for the next few posts … to think about the political arena for a bit, then to think about the religious arena for a bit, and finally to dip into the spiritual arena from a current Catholic perspective.

So to refocus on the all important spiritual domain rather than the vacuous banality of the mundane I will conclude with a link to a tremendously important homily by Fr. Chad Ripperger at Sensus Traditionis.  This homily is slightly over an hour long and is perhaps the best single encapsulation of our global reality that I have ever listened to. It is truly well worth the hour of your time.

Cheers

Joe

The only certainty for humanity is grim death. It is how you lived your life and the principles you stood for, that will tip the scale one way or the other on judgement day.

Denying that there will be a judgement day is just ad-hominem claptrap offered by people with no discernible factual base to their belief system.

ad aeternitatem …

 

post scriptum …

I am often amazed at the ignorance giving rise to the unfounded belief that somehow mankind is “good” and “deserving” in and of itself … kind of a mish-mash of good intentions and naturally nice giving rise to the notion that Christianity gave us nothing and we are all going somewhere nice when the show is over … hmmm. Many folks, ignorant of history and the reality of the pre-Christian world, believe, like little children, that every one is nice and good and if we would all agree and go along with the progressives everything would be just peachy keen.

I am reminded of a scene from “Life of Brian” namely “”What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us?”

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Imagine …

Weather dominates discussions in these parts, enduring one of the coldest stretches (-32 C this morning when I got up) on record provokes a rumble of righteous indignation amongst those who have to step outdoors.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and his little BFF Alberta Premier Rachel Notley share an intimate moment before telling the rest of us to “bend over”. Remember Pierre? BOHICA.

With this forecast stretching out for another ten days anyway we find much grumbling amongst those who are the daily victims of policy decisions ostensibly aimed at “reversing global warming”.

Now the KoolAide drinkers in the towers of government and their non thinking acolytes and bureaucrats drawing from the vast pool of wisdom at the CBC are pontificating about how Global Warming is responsible for the dreaded  “Polar Vortex” which we ignorant proles are currently complaining about.

Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger and Eeyore are in a tizzy. Their world has turned topsy-turvy. Their homes and hunny are in jeopardy. And Christopher Robin is nowhere to be found.

That means these fainthearted, fuzzy friends must protect themselves from the biggest threat the Hundred Acre Wood has ever faced: humongous, horrendous, horrifying … huggable heffalumps of Global Warming.

Doesn’t anyone out there notice the delusional character of the current global warming narrative? Nope!  The whole shit storm just continues to proliferate into ever more rarefied heights of fantasy and delusion, funded by our extorted taxes of course. One could not reasonably expect any progressive to pay for their own fantasy..

Just a short note snipped from a recent email I received here in the Shire regarding electric power generation in Alberta:

Subject: Coal – Fired Generation

Here’s just a small sample of how many coal plants are out there:

EU has 468 plants building 27 more for a total of 495
TURKEY has 56 plants building 93 more total 149
SOUTH AFRICA has 79 building 24 more total 103
INDIA has 589 building 446 more total 1036
PHILIPPEANS has 19 building 60 more total 79
SOUTH KOREA has 58 building 26 more total 84
JAPAN has 90 building 45 more total 135
USA has 589 building 5 more total 594
CHINA has 2363, building 1171 total 3534
CANADA has 24 total and none planned.
But here comes the NDP to save the planet shutting down our Alberta’s 5 plants and the entire energy sector while they are at it.

5 out of a total of 7208 world coal generation plants is 0.0007 %.

But  there is hope, there could be an alternate future, if only we believe …

We really, really, really, have to shut down all the evil dirty energy industry in Alberta – it’s a global catastrophe, right?  We need to save the world right? So what about the thousands of Alberta energy layoffs in one of the coldest winters in history. Right! What about the little people?

The meeting rooms where these decision are made are perfectly warm and comfortable and the people in the meetings are employed for life in their government sinecures so what the hell do they care about the fallout from their decisions amongst the little people, we ignorant peons of the plains.

How about a new fantasy for us grey tribe folks who keep everything going in spite the predations of the deviant progressives now in charge. Perhaps it is time to throw off the shackles of our nauseating polite compliance and start burning alive the vampires  at the root of all our misery. Arise ordinary little people, you have nothing to loose but your chains.

It is time for our own “Long March” to push the evil off the comatose prostituted body of Canada, and unmercifully purge all deviant perverted thinking in a new robust Canadian Cultural Revolution, an all encompassing re-education program, sparing no one of any race creed color, age or gender, destroying all deviant necrophiliac naysayers in a wave of fire and storm throughout continental Canada.

Involve all members of the polity from the smallest to the most far flung in driving out all the perverted and deviant necrophiliac regime currently raping the dead body of what was once a decent nation.

Rise up oh people of Canada! Drive out the necrophiliac regime with extreme prejudice, and all their legions of zombie hangers on and running dogs.

Drive them all out by whatever means necessary and confine them to the Eastern prison of Prince Edward Island, or the Western prison of Vancouver Island.

Hee Haw

Cut off all ties and blockade the islands to confine the contagion, the plague of evil. Destroy all links, bridges, communications, gas and oil lines, and all ferry services, mine all the waters surrounding the plague sites, and  restrict the airspace enforcing a strict no-fly zone with Iron Dome.

Confine all our concerns to airdrops of humanitarian supplies as required by circumstances. Those same airdrops can also serve to deliver any newly discovered candidates for quarantine through a one way para drop.

We’ll fix the energy crisis, vote for us

Quarantine all deviant thinking to the sanitarium of those tiny islands until the Great Holy Canadian nation can recover under its own robust immune system embodied in the common sense of the grey tribe ordinary folks who always kept everything going anyway despite the depredations of the zombie deviants.

Honestly, I am such a fanboy …

We have a long and robust history of admiring “non-democratic regimes and methods”. Call on our old friends for help. Welcome their cultural attaches and advisors. Make room for their “peacekeepers”.

PICK a SIDE and stop being everyone’s favorite whore! There is an old saying regarding why marry the cow when you can get the milk for free.

It is high time for Canada to stop being every-one’s cow and to stop whining about it and pick a side.

When the global community spends its time milking one cow, that cow very soon ends up worthless. It is high time for the global whore to stop pretending to be everyone’s nice virgin and recognize which side they are on, which ever side that ultimately turns out to be.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (front, R), Chinese President Xi Jinping (front, L), his wife Peng Liyuan (2nd row, L), and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd row, R),  Canada? You can have her after I am done with her.

If Uncle Sam is too evil to accept then it is time to embrace our Chinese lover for real and welcome him into our home.

Either that or kick him out finally and move in with Uncle. Right now Canada is acting like a fornicating airhead who will screw anyone who asks for 5 cents and a cigarette. And none of the current johns are doing us any favors.

President Trump …Justine who? Oh Yea! Justin Jellybean and Lunchtime Little Theater

Trying and failing at playing all these  folks off against each other has resulted in Canada becoming everyone’s favorite locker room comfort girl.

The people who brought us here and all their supporters have to go if we are to have even a shred of hope of recovery to where we were in the 40’s and 50’s

Maybe we should go back home to Momma, and cease our prodigal wanderings, our complete wasting of our heritage, our resources and everything that we might once have been. We should have had enough by now of eating the pods we are supposed to feed the swine. We were made to eat real meat, not the poison our political masters feed us.

A new power is rising, its victory is at hand. This night the land will be stained with the blood of Rohan. March to Helm’s deep, leave none alive. TO WAR! There will be no dawn for Men.
Saruman’s speech to the Uruk-hai before their march

Canada … Come home, we love you …

Things are not looking good these days for the sons of man. Playing around with the tough gangs in the neighbourhood has not worked well for us children, but now Mom is in the midst of kicking out her latest common law shack-up, and she is trying to re-establish something resembling a traditional family like we once knew and loved.

It is high time for the outriders, the patrollers, to come home … mother would greatly benefit from an influx of aid from productive upstanding conservative Christian citizens of the empire, like the old story, with Gandalf arriving with Erkenbrand and a thousand swordsmen.

They charged into the evil Orcs, trapping them between Erkenbrand’s army, Theoden’s army, and the Huorns from Fangorn – and Saruman’s army of Progressives was defeated, liberating the Hornburg on the dawn of the third day. Such is the help needed by Old Mother to clean out the deviant progressive Europhiles and parasitic Orcish terrorists currently bogging up the loo.

So re-establishing good ties with mama, and purging with extreme prejudice the pimps that brought us to our current state, we have a chance of re-establishing a normal healthy loving family culture in this once great country. Once we are firmly back on the road to mental, physical, and economic health and are producing healthy surpluses and exports then we can dispatch a task force to Mordor to reconnoiter the state of affairs on the coastal islands and perhaps deal with any breathing problems in the island sanitariums.

Of course, any survivors found on the coastal island sanitariums would have to be finely screened to certify them cured and then and only then might we look at a program of re-settlement for some qualified refugees from La-La land.

How’s that for an alternate fantasy that at least give some hope to the besieged. In the meantime, for all my anti-religion global warming brothers and sisters and all my enlightened relatives in the east, all you New Age Global Warming fangirls and fanboys, I offer a reality grounded version of

“Imagine”:

[Verse 1]
Imagine there’s no summer
It’s easy if you try
No winter here upon us
Above us, only sky
Imagine all the people living in the now
Ah

Imagine there’s no planning
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to work or build for
No right or wrong for you
Imagine 7.7 billion people living without heat
You

[Chorus]
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

[Verse 2]
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for food or factories
No need for garbage cans
No plumbing and no sewers anywhere on earth
Ah

Imagine there’s no cell phones
No internet Boo Hoo
No cars nor boats nor airplanes
No big box stores for you
Imagine billions of people wanting what you got
You

[Chorus]
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

[Verse 3]
Imagine no toilet paper
I wonder if you can
No need for cloths or birth control
No need for Facebook fans
No Netflix and no iTunes anywhere on earth
Ah

Imagine there’s no machines
Everything hand made
No oil, no coal, no electric
No roofs or walls for you
Imagine billions of people wanting what you got
You

[Chorus]
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the MVP will be as one

Cheers

Joe

We’ll get by with a little help from our friends …

 

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Why are you troubled? … Managing Expectations …

Inner Thoughts”  Rodrigo Rodriguez, from the album “Inner Thoughts” (2006)

We are not guilty, but we are indeed unworthy. I am thinking about the last couple of posts dealing with the reliability of established mainstream information authorities in the healthcare and research world. I find these discoveries of questionable integrity in the system disturbing because they call into question a model which I have believed and taken for granted most of my adult life and because, just when I need it the most, the model is crumbling in my hands as I turn to it for support in the aging process. I find myself asking “If this, then … what is truth”?

St Thomas Aquinas, 1225 - 1274

St Thomas Aquinas, 1225 – 1274

And I discover that there is a spiritual dimension to my thoughts which has no credibility in the secular world where the preoccupation is with justifying everything by the numbers and the guidelines relating to the non-existent “standard” human.  “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?” Trust in the Truth … no matter how things appear to us in this world … trust in the Truth.

“O my Jesus, supreme Goodness, I ask of you a heart so enraptured with You that nothing can distract it. I wish to become indifferent to everything that goes on in the world, and I want You alone, to love everything that refers to You, but You above everything else, O my God!” (St. Thomas).

Sins of the repertoire … I do not trust, … and the catechism tells me “He becomes guilty: – of rash judgment who, even tacitly, assumes as true, without sufficient foundation, the moral fault of a neighbor; – of detraction who, without objectively valid reason, discloses another’s faults and failings to persons who did not know them;”.

The individuals (that would be us) working within the system, the culture of the day, are not culpably guilty of the sins of the system, except perhaps in our willingness to delegate responsibility to our betters in the belief that they really do know better and have our best interests at heart.

So, judgement and detraction are greatly facilitated when love of self and of the self’s opinions are coupled with caring about and being attached to everything that goes on in the world. I know better, right? Therefore I judge these others as a homogeneous herd … and this is bad, bad, bad, my bad. Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa.

I guess I have to make clear the distinction between systemic information control and censorship of negative reporting, and the malice or culpability of all the myriad individuals enmeshed within that same system. I think the spiritual dimension is entered into through the secular materialist’s implied assurance of some form of eternal youth and health through the consumption and application of their recommended products and guidelines.

And “We The People” are, all of us, looking for that fountain of youth, that perpetuation of childhood joys where there are no clouds on the horizon and all things are possible including genuine relief from pain, discomfort and disease … in perpetuity? Seriously … we want the dream in perpetuity … and we are willing to turn a blind eye to anything that disturbs the tranquility of that dream.

Our expectations, at least at the subliminal level, exceed what is possible by a wide margin because in our inner soul we are still aware of eternity and the resurrection, still aware of a yearning, of a hole that wants filling.

As a result of that yearning, and having rejected “patriarchal authority” in favour of a dissolute life pursuing self gratification, our society has rejected the wisdom of the ages in favor of the fountain of youth implicitly offered by “Material Realism” and science divorced from spirituality.

This material state of affairs necessitates the suppression of dissenting views lest truth creep out and become visible. Unmanaged expectations are the fertile soil of our economy and our societal values.

Into the West, Annie Lennox, Howard Shore, LOTR, 2003

Here Lies Low-Carb Joe ...

Here Lies Low-Carb Joe …

So, referring to the image on the “left” mocking the views and observations of those who do not share the mainstream health model as sacrosanct, who would rather eat the sacred cows than bow down in worship to their priesthood … we need to manage our expectations.

This might come as a surprise to some but reality is well explained by the truth that “Life is a fatal STD”.

There is no human, past present, and presumably future who can transcend mortality through the application of whatever happens to be the trendy fashionable healthcare models of any generation in history.

We have all been dieing of something for at least 100,000 years and are looking likely to continue dieing for the next 100,000 years regardless of the implied claims to the contrary of “modern medical science”.

But modern medical science, and all modern science for that matter, have so far proven utterly incapable of creating even the simplest of single cell life forms, because there is no life in it.

It seems rather obvious that absent the “source” of life we humans are incapable of creating anything from scratch, let alone life. Its like that old Spam commercial asking where the meat is and the reply that “It just isn’t in me”.

But are all the members of the homogeneous herd actually complicit in this scam writ large? Absolutely not. First the whole concept of the homogeneous herd is erroneous because we are all individuals, all outliers. There are no standard humans, not now, not ever, never.

And, reality is that most human beings (probably in the middle 90%’s) are good, harmless, more or less productive people by normal human standards, and they wouldn’t willfully harm a fly if left to their own devices. Everyone is just trying to get by to the best of their abilities in the world that they find themselves in, just desirous of pursuing life, liberty and happiness, in some order that makes sense to each individual.

Where society goes seriously off the rails is when human ambition, pride, and self worship diverges from the Manufacturer’s Instructions. And all us little folks still have to try to get by in the world in which we live. Our society and culture is all about delegating responsibility to higher and higher human authorities on the (perhaps) spurious assumption that their claims to wisdom are perhaps true, or at least truer than ours.

We are all called to something higher and transcendent, to that far green land beyond the grey rain curtain of the world … and we opt for mediocrity, and a handful of dollars, and a promise, and we never get to the beach, we die in the surf line. Because of FOMO we opt for death.

Cheers

Joe

“PIPPIN: I didn’t think it would end this way.

GANDALF: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.

PIPPIN: What? Gandalf? See what?

GANDALF: White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.

PIPPIN: Well, that isn’t so bad.

GANDALF: No. No, it isn’t.”

 

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