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”

I am indulging myself 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”.  Last night, on the way to peaceful slumber, I watched several episodes of a new series on Netflix … “The Umbrella Academy”.

So far it seems to be an OK story proposing 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.

Another possibly interesting note is that in the upper left corner of the Ethan Siegel graphic, above, he has some names of relevant scientists in Astrophysics, and the one I noticed is “Spitzer”. I link here to Father Robert J. Spitzer’s site and work.   And here is another link to a Google search about Fr. Spitzer.

So the appeal to authority here involves the claim that the Christian world view and the Christian concept of GOD is Truth. Part of this necessarily includes the belief that, while some other world views may 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 the domains of the other world views.

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 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 a social commentary about what is wrong about the folks screaming the loudest about what is wrong.  Spoiler: This might not be a popular post with some gentle-folk because I point a finger and shine a light, very non-PC, and indulge my pride that “I am not like some of those other men”, that I am one of the “good guys”.

But it is also about how making 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. 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”.

I now have no problem imagining being quite angry as I calmly press 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.

I imagine Col. Tibbets was pretty calm when he gave the command to drop the bomb which would soon wipe out tens of thousands of civilian non-combatants 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.

So I am trying to move away from the “angry” lens through which I have 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?

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, professionals, and business operators in western democracies, but in particular, whether the others like 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 difficulties in the political, manufacturing, and religious domains, America is also the most generous and the most patient people and nation on the planet. Remember, all you America haters, actions speak louder than words … look at what they do, not at what they say.

Look at yourselves in the mirror all you haters, and what do ya see? It ain’t beautiful I’ll tell ya. I have many relatives in the American Mid-west, 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, 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.

Anything resembling success in Canada is mostly due to our forced co-residency and trade with the most successful nation on the planet, and yelling anti-American slogans on your University  campus or in your Starbucks 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  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.

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.

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.

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

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 for now. 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

Back to Death … and Pride … Part Four …

Continued from Part Three …

Now I am about to head off into a social commentary about what is wrong about the folks screaming the loudest about what is wrong.  Spoiler: This might not be a popular post with some folks because I point fingers and shine  lights and indulge my pride that “I am not like those others”, that I am one of the “good guys”. But it is also about how making 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.

St. Matthew and The Angel,

I am very aware of Matthew’s Gospel, specifically Mathew 5, while thinking and writing all of this stuff, and 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)

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.

Ralph Peters

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, 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 media for some “news”.

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, are found across all nations, cultures, and individuals and the difference in degree to which they are manifest is entirely due to self discipline and self control.

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

So,  what are those characteristics or traits? 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.

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.

Anyway, there are seven characteristics 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 individual level as well.

Peters makes a very convincing case that there is a correlation approaching unity between the extent to which a nation, or culture, (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. Here is the list”

  • Any restrictions on the free flow of information, censorship, bias in reporting, intimidation, exclusion of opposing views, media bias, National Firewalls, Political Correctness, lieing, to name just a few.
  • Any subjugation, objectification, or any other moral or intellectual abuse of women 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 (Cosmopolitan magazine), 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.
  • Inability to accept personal responsibility for individual or collective failure and the results of those failures.
  • Seeing as one’s basic unit of social organization, one’s immediate social class, 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.
  • Domination by a restrictive religion, like any kind of or combination of “Fundamentalism”, Material Realism, Islam, Marxism, Fascism, Secular Humanism, Socialism, etc.
  • A low valuation of education, 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.
  • Low prestige assigned to productive work … 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.

What he is saying is that “the more of these seven characteristics the culture or individual exhibit the more likely that culture 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.

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

They 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 had a bit to say about this:

“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

Of course, when “they” do manage to grab political power they immediately set about sinking the ship as fast as possible, knowing full well that the folks will wake up soon and kick them out. That’s just the way our system works and its better than purges and pogroms.

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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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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Health and Drugs … The Latest Developments Here …

Hello everybody … again. After several days of heavy snow it is now -28 C and with a steady wind putting it at -42 C with the windchill. All the shoveling and driving is done for the day so everything is put away and plugged in and so on. Now we can now hunker down drinking hot drinks and sitting in the sauna and writing emails and such.

Thanks for looking at this note … this one is shorter than some, with only one medical related link.

My point in this note is to reflect on the trustworthiness, integrity and reliability of the MSM, government sources, and even major Medical Journals as information sources when it comes to making up our own minds about the efficacy of treatments for conditions with which we are diagnosed.

My first wife of forty years and I have been digging into this deeply since early 2008 when we first started playing in the sunny fields of being in business in the health care domain. Things have changed for us most dramatically since we were virgin believers in the integrity of our health systems and in the concept of government regulated drug manufacturing.

These days it is looking more like Drug Manufacturer regulated government. For example, back in 2008 we quickly became subscribers to one medical information service then known as the Cochran Group, or The Cochrane collaboration (several years before they started their sad slide to bias and corruption) and we looked at the reliability and safety issue studies related to the efficacy of Statin drugs for cholesterol management) – The Cochran Group looked at all this way back in 2003. Having those sources early on, we were able to look at some data and meta-studies which were not censored by big brother.

Unfortunately the Cochran collaboration has become the paid lapdog for some major drug companies and one can correlate that change to the tenor of the reviews and meta-studies. It really is a clear binary choice … 1. Either the drug industry and healthcare have changed from the “studying patients for profit while suppressing all information” model over to the MSM view of a completely safe patient centered system. or … 2. the whistle blowers and independent reviewers at the Cochran collaboration have been themselves suppressed and bought. Which is more likely? That’s a serious question because it really is a matter of life and death… for us.

Now, that Elysian 2008 Landscape, of sunny meadows and flowers and sparkling brooks with deer and rabbits gently grazing under a lucent sky, has transformed into a post apocalyptic dystopean vision much more reminiscent of the setting of Harrison Ford’s “Blade Runner back in 1982.

We have watched one information source after another taken down by government and Big Pharma, and all references to those sources scrubbed from the Wiki and the search engines. Some of these individuals still fight on using pay to play professional blog-sites.

The question in my mind is “If these people (the whistle blowers) are telling lies about the system, some of them for over 20 years, then why are they not locked up or sued out of existence in civil court?” Serious libel laws exist in all the jurisdictions where they operate.

The usual suspects, about whom these whistle blowers are writing are making billions of dollars annually on this model and spending literally 100’s of millions suppressing studies and data and anyone who objects for any reason. What might be going on? The perpetrators are not helpless victims of an online campaign, quite the contrary.

We subscribe to this blog site:

Dr. Michael Kendrick  and his latest post is of interest to anyone whose doctor is recommending them to start treatment with Statins for “High Cholesterol”.

And here is just a fun CBC site about what is fiction and what is reality and how the two seem to be merging …:

I believe that everyone has to make up their own minds about what to believe and how happy they are with their physical health status quo and folks also have to make up their own minds about the reliability and trustworthiness of established academic organizations (researchers) healthcare organizations (NGO’s and departments) and government agencies (like Canada Health & The Canada Food Guide people).

But we need good data to be able to do this. I guess the bottom line is the reliability of the authorities we accept, which range from chance conversations in the coffee-shop or the supermarket all the way up to major double blind multinational studies and research efforts. We need to think about our sources.

If you are completely happy with your current health, and you sincerely believe that the above mentioned organizations and authorities are truly interested only in our well-being, then don’t worry, be happy. After all, in the log run we are all dead anyway no matter what decisions we make. Personally I would like the run to be as long as possible.

And for the rest of us, carry on … after all, its our lives that are on the line.
Cheers
Joe

The Greatest Generation

Sometimes doing what needs doing takes courage and determination, and a willingness to go in harms way for others.

If anyone is interested, the following snippet is relevant but more detailed than casual reading might warrant …

 

**** the following is from the Lancet Article****

 

The following is the fine print Conflicts of Interest Statement from the Lancet paper: Author’s initials in bold capitals here: RO’C, EB, IF, CW, and JS have nothing to disclose. (but)  JF, BM, CR, JE, LB, MK, AT, PR, CP,EL, WK, AG, SY, RC, CB, AK and LB do report significant conflict of interests.

In legal proceedings such conflicts would be such that a lawyer or a judge would have to recuse themselves from cases involving parties in those conflicts. Apparently this sort of conflict of interest is just OK with patient health departments and drug companies.

Commercial organisations in bold below. This is the same paper used as the reason for the firestorm witch hunt of Statin Whistle Blowers in the media and from government sources. Where did the 8000 lives saved come from??????? not clear anywhere … This isn’t really rocket “science”.

Again, this Conflicts of Interest Statement from the Lancet article upon which the firestorm of righteous indignation about putting patient lives at risk and saving 8000 lives, and … well anyway, you get my drift:

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Commercial organisations in bold

RO’C, EB, IF, CW, and JS have nothing to disclose. JF reports personal fees from Amgen, Bayer, Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Sanofi, and AstraZeneca, outside the submitted work; and non-financial support from Amgen, Bayer, and Pfizer, outside the submitted work. BM reports grants from the Medical Research Council, British Heart Foundation, and the National Institute for Health Research Oxford Biomedical Research Centre during the conduct of the study, and grants from Merck outside the submitted work. CR report grants from the Medical Research Council and British Heart Foundation during the conduct of the study; and grants from Merck, outside the submitted work. JE reports grants from the Medical Research Council and the British Heart Foundation during the conduct of the study, and a grant from Boehringer Ingelheim outside the submitted work. LB reports grants from the Medical Research Council and the British Heart Foundation during the conduct of the study. MK is an employee of a company that has received study grants and consulting fees from manufacturers of PCSK9 inhibitors and treatments for lipid disorders, outside the submitted work. AT reports personal fees from Amgen and Sanofi, outside the submitted work. PR reports a research grant from AstraZeneca during the conduct of the study; and research grants from Novartis, Pfizer, and Kowa, outside the submitted work. CP reports a grant from Merck, outside the submitted work; and personal fees from Merck, Pfizer, Sanofi, Amgen, and Daiichi-Sankyo, outside the submitted work. EL reports grants from AstraZeneca, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Amgen, and Merck, outside the submitted work; and personal fees from Bayer, Amgen, Novartis, and Sanofi, outside the submitted work. WK reports grants and non-financial support from Roche, Beckmann, Singulex, and Abbott, outside the submitted work; and personal fees from AstraZeneca, Novartis, Pfizer, The Medicines Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Dalcor, Sanofi, Berlin-Chemie, Kowa, and Amgen, outside the submitted work. AG reports personal fees from Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Arisaph Pharmaceuticals, DuPont, Esperion Therapeutics, Kowa, Merck, Roche, Vatera Capital, ISIS Pharmaceuticals, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Amgen, outside the submitted work. SY reports a grant from AstraZeneca, outside the submitted work. RC reports support from the Nuffield Department of Population Health, during the conduct of the study; grants from the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Medical Research Council, Merck, National Institute for Health Research, and the Wellcome Trust, outside the submitted work; personal fees from the British Heart Foundation and UK Biobank, outside the submitted work; other support from Pfizer to the Nuffield Department of Population Health (prize for independent research); and a patent for a statin-related myopathy genetic test licensed to University of Oxford from Boston Heart Diagnostics (RC has waived any personal reward). CB reports grants from the Medical Research Council and British Heart Foundation, during the conduct of the study; and grants from Pfizer, Merck, Novartis, and Boehringer Ingelheim, outside the submitted work. AK reports grants from Abbott and Mylan, outside the submitted work; and personal fees from Abbott, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Mylan, and Pfizer, outside the submitted work. LB reports grants from UK Medical Research Council and the British Heart Foundation during the conduct of the study.

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The N.B.A. and C.A.P.D. … who knew?

A couple of items crossed my sensors today. As in days of old, in the tradition of Captain Kirk, I loudly exclaimed “Onscreen!”

Captain’s Log, stardate 11024.5: Our destination is planet Realitas I … new data has come to light in our ongoing mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

It turns out that there is such a thing as the N.B.A. and one of the many things they look after is C.A.P.D.  Who knew?!

In reading about these things we have realized a sudden understanding of one of the ordinal planks of Canadian cultural society as we experience it every day here on the frozen plains of the New West.

Firstly, the N.B.A. is not a sports related media franchise as we once believed. New data has revealed that The N.B.A. is The National Benefit Authority team!

The NBA are experts in Canadian disability benefits, specializing in the Disability Tax Credit. Rather than you, the victim, trying to figure out your Disability Tax Credit eligibility, or how to claim your Disability Tax Credit, the NBA manages all the logistics of your Disability Tax Credit application.

Secondly, and even more amazingly, we have discovered that C.A.P.D. is a clinically identified physiological condition. Auditory Processing Disorder, or APD, is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of disorders that affect the brain’s ability to process auditory information.

Also referred to as Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), the sensory disorder can even affect young children (roughly 5% of school-aged children are diagnosed with APD).

Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) manifests in the behaviour and interpersonal communication styles of a large number of the Canadian adult population. Those affected are found to be partially or completely unable to process any auditory (and in many cases visual) information which is at odds with the individual’s beliefs or world view.

Auditory processing disorder symptoms can be numerous, with the most common challenges being:

  • Hearing in noisy situations
  • Following long conversations
  • Listening over the telephone
  • Learning a new language
  • Picking up challenging vocabulary of an already known language
  • Being attentive
  • Reading or spelling

From that handful of C.A.P.D. symptoms alone, sensory disorder can be debilitating, and undoubtedly impacts a person’s standard of living in some aspect.

Disability benefits can offset some of these obstacles through speech therapy or potential medications – and the Canadian government agrees.

Unfortunately, despite the various disability benefits available to differently-abled Canadians, a large number of people don’t submit a claim. Some simply aren’t aware of the available resources, but most others struggle with the long and draining application processes.

For some real world evidence of the difficulties, just ask any person who has jumped through all the hoops to get a family member or acquaintance enrolled in Alberta’s AISH program.  20 to 30 months of unrelenting effort is the norm to push any claim through the Olympic obstacle course of hoops set up by the Alberta government to prevent successful AISH applications.

But you might get the NBA to handle all that for you. The National Benefit Authority can overcome all hurdles. The NBA are experts in Canadian disability benefits, specializing in the Disability Tax Credit.

Rather than you trying to figure out your Disability Tax Credit eligibility, or how to claim your Disability Tax Credit, we manage all the logistics of your DTC application. The NBA believes you have enough on your mind, financially and emotionally, and we’re here to ease that burden.

Our testimonials can attest to our position as Canada’s top service provider for all things related to the Canadian Disability Tax Credit. We’ve assisted over 40,000 Canadians in successfully claiming disabled tax credits of upwards of $50,000 per application!

Apply for your Disability Tax Credit through the NBA! You won’t need to stress over piles of papers and doctor’s records – our specialists have you covered.

Strange new worlds indeed! $50,000.00 is a significant handful, even in Canadian dollarettes. So there is some hope going forward … in Canada a person (gender neutral, but preferably french and female) can get government assistance related to their world view and belief systems.

No god, no problem; Global warming is killing the planet, not a worry; Animal based food sources are poisonous, not a risk; Socialism helps everyone and is not gang based extortion, not silly; Islam is the religion of Peace and Love, hmmm; Rainbow gender ideology, not scientific, who cares.

O, Canada … All belief systems are equal, any belief system is worthy of support in a equal opportunity, non discriminatory compensation system.  … Unless you disagree with the Liberal Progressive system of beliefs. … then you find you have a price on your head. “Tolerant Liberals” are the least tolerant persons in the history of the human race.

Cheers

Joe

In spite of all that, we have Hope in the Dawn of a New Day

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Thoughts on Polite Canadian Society … December 24th 2018

Oboe Concerto in D Minor”, Adagio, from “The Ultimate baroque Album”, (2004)

A Big Red PC Nothing

Hey! Last rant of the year! WOOHOO! So its December 24th, Xmas Eve, 2018, quick everyone, hop out there and get your last minute shopping done. There might be some unexpected bargains to be had.

And to keep us “in the mood” to spend, all the elevators, and broadcasts and malls are playing canned Xmas pop tunes by long dead performers because they are “classics” and of course no one records anything like that anymore, the tunes are all out of copyright and so these old sappy pops are the least expensive way to add a warm nostalgic mood to an otherwise sterile landscape of commercial wealth transfer.

So much for Christmas and Christianity. Not much “Merry” in a Canadian White Xmas. What’s on my mind these days is the macro spectacle of the greatest civilization the world has ever seen essentially committing mass suicide by drowning itself, and up close and personal, the micro spectacle I watch first hand as a herd of “#Me To” Canadian Lemmings stampede to be the first over the cliff.

Our Polite Society of self righteous “Nice” people is in a huge mad rush to drown itself in the PC pool of self worship, for example here is just one reality check which it is almost worth one’s life to mention in Canada these days … just one colossal spasm of self delusion about reality and the consequences of its actions and inaction.

At the local level we vocally demand recognition of self worth by virtue of our own breathing and pulse, each with our own unique “minority victim of something” status. This seems true for everyone unless one has the misfortune to be a white Anglo male descended from that cabal of “Dead White Males” who actually built the Western Civilization we all now take for granted as “normal”.

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Is this courage or cowardice?

If you fall into that “minority” then bigotry and persecution and slander about you is just A-OK and we are supposed to “Check our Privilege” before we open our mouths in self defense. Of course any defense offered is immediately branded as “Hate Speech”, so what’s the point of even trying. What a “Brave New World” we face.

Meanwhile, on the international stage, where New-Age secular humanists rule the world, the New World Order in action, at the international level, we meekly kiss the dirt and confess our guilt every time some new politically correct mouthpiece accuses us of some mythical crime.

Unless it’s one of Mr. Trump’s Tweets in which case we scream and yell and jump about like frothing toothless chickens because he is just another American A-hole, and all right minded people know that’s the truth.

Sigh … truly, “The ride of the Poltroons” indeed.

Now that working Alberta has rolled over and died and urban voters are reveling in their new socialist paradise of common misery I probably should take my sister’s advice and move to Texas.

And in case anyone missed it, these days we are so advanced here in polite Canada, that we have human rights by virtue of our physical location, a mere liberal centimeter deciding life or death, deciding whether the pulse and breathing noted above should be snuffed out by dismemberment and dissection, or, by regulation, an identical “person” found 1 silly millimeter away from the first in the right direction is now “worthy of being allowed to live as long as they are useful to the state.

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hate, hate, hate, hate

Unfortunately, as soon as that utility ceases by virtue of age or illness or handicap, the person once again enters a tenuous existence where they can find themselves terminated any moment by reason of quality of life judgements by anonymous government bureaucrats at Health & Social Services.

We embrace this self deprecation motif domestically in our espousal of “Human Rights Tribunals” and “Hate Crimes”, and tyrannical political correctness.  We accept being the victim of local and international atrocities because our chestless leadership, both in the secular and in the spiritual world have taught us, and continue to teach us, that this is the deserved result of our own iniquities. Meanwhile they avidly pursue their own daily deviance of choice under the banner of the rainbow coalition of Gaia worshiping naturalists

We, as a culture, are found guilty of “cultural genocide” by the “Star Chamber” of the progressive secularists and must pay for our sins. We are NOT being robbed blind by the Global Warming cabal, the animal worshiping Vegan conspiracy of brain death, the socialist pirates and gangsters taxing us to death to support their gang of tapeworm voters bleeding out our once healthy economy, and we are most certainly not being raped, tortured, abused and killed by Islamics in the name of the Religion of Peace.

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My “Precious” opinion

This is all a deserved punishment,  and we are told in every venue that we deserve it because of the way we and our ancestors acted and the values we embraced, those values of “dead white males”… and our leaders and media accept it and agree? How did we get here, what poison have we been drinking that justice and truth should be so turned on it’s head that we accept this evil as our just due?

I once wrote a post replete with acid comments regarding religious denominations as socials clubs, no more, no less. I might have added an allusion to factions as in “fractious parties” within a common  tradition. The foundational beliefs of which factions, a “cornerstone” so to speak, is that ALL other factions, and clubs, are illegitimate because we and only we hold the one truth. My morality is my morality and no one else can legitimately criticize me without being guilty of a hate crime.

Where did brotherly love go? Who is my neighbor Lord?

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Everyone Knows It!

Unless I want to criticize someone else in which case it is just OK because after all I am a victim of hate because of your criticism and targeted and rationalized retaliation is NOT hate but rather some variation of retribution and restitution. What happened to standing up for Truth, for protecting the weak and unfortunate, for consoling the lost and loving the unlovable?

A necessary corollary to this “one truth” platform is that we must, at all costs, discredit and/or destroy all other points of view, lest some courageous loudmouth ask why the emperor has no clothes. ESPECIALLY, in the domain of religious clubs, the original one holy catholic and apostolic church, MUST be discredited in order to ensure that our new “self” worship club and it’s beliefs are never called into question historically.

Your Dying Heart”, Adrian von Ziegler, from the album “Requiem”, (2011)

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But we are basically good persons

Everybody Knows It!  From this wellspring of charity spring such “factual’ gems as: “Well, everyone knows that:  “Nuns (Catholic religious) punish unwed mothers and do abortions in their “nunneries”and cover them up” and the Pope is the Anti-Christ”.

What does one do when one is handed this wonderful little scrap of bigotry and malice,  courtesy of a close Baptist relative who is a general all purpose “bigot and hater”, but especially of what she thinks of as “Catholics” (being merely the common self serving protestant or baptist caricature of Catholics).

Of course, when handed this offal we are expected socially to nod and smile and politely “pretend” to go along, because of social niceties. Of course the statement is so egregiously outrageous and provocative  (as intended) that we cannot hold back our response, our questioning after specifics, our feigned consternation, our distress as we ask pointedly which network that was reported on.

That reaction makes us the bad guy, the A-hole in the room.

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St. Peter’s, Rome

So we all descend into this moral pit of hatred and lies, calumnies and retaliation, and the all purpose immorality founded on “I am basically a good person“. Given the utter lack of “goodwill” as in “men and women of goodwill”, or “people of goodwill” within our own society, communities, and families is it any wonder to see the state of the world.

If we can do this to “the least of these, our brothers” how much more easy is it to continue to commit these ever increasing atrocities against anonymous others who we barely consider human. Kill them before they vote, kill them when they get too expensive to look after. And everyone pretends not to notice that whenever bad behaviour and “ill will” are tolerated you inevitably get more of it, expanding exponentially from the local to the global.

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Which Side Are We On?

Looking at the consternation and panic and mawkish grief reported in the media and associated with “terrorist” attacks, or even politically correct celebrations of deviance, we have to understand, even the blindest of us, that at some level all the “good behaviors” that we verbally associate in an offhand way with “western civilization” are, in fact, a facade, a sham and a lie. If good behaviour is “in” us as part of our nature then nothing evil is our fault, is it?

We are NOT guilty! Of anything. Institutional evil has given us a false sense of being guiltless and free of sin, following mutually acknowledged rules of behaviour we can go through life sleep walking under the assumption that the rule of law, good order, and good government are naturally human and stem from human qualities of “goodness”.

In reality, this folly leads inevitably to desolation and destruction. We are NOT worthy! Our natural proclivities, our concupiscence, incline us towards evil thinking, evil beliefs, and evil behavior. Our culture is steadily marching in lockstep down a path to acceptance of abominations and immoralities the practice of which would have been anathema and worthy of imprisonment and death even a couple of generations ago.

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Hacksaw Ridge

The effort of our fathers, the “Greatest Generation”, was perhaps the very last outpouring of Western Christian Civilization, demonstrating a willingness to stand against what was recognized as evil; identified as evil; and dealt with as evil; whatever the cost.

The term “The Greatest Generation” is the title of Tom Brokaw’s 1998 book profiling members of this generation, stemming from his attendance at the D-day 40th anniversary celebrations. In the book, Brokaw wrote, “it is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced.” He argued that these men and women fought not for fame and recognition, but because it was the “right thing to do.”[1]

Today, we are knowingly, willingly returning to a pre-Christian civilization where it was perfectly OK for Rome, in 70 AD, to send half a dozen legions to Palestine to slaughter over a million folks because of “civil unrest”.  But Rome wasn’t just the big bad guy some folks like to portray, handing out punishment in isolation and solely responsible for the atrocities.

The Jewish nation brought down the retribution of Rome on itself because of the way the leaders and people were acting for the 70 years before the Roman boot crushed the lawlessness. Strange to think that it has been about 70 years since “The Greatest Generation” made their sacrifice to turn back the tide of evil.

Even stranger to consider that the liberal world leaders of the day in their fatigue and concern for their political hides stopped short of ending evil by letting Communism continue to metastasize globally. They took the easy way out and didn’t finish the job even though their military leaders strongly recommended continuing until ALL the enemies were ended.

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Destruction of The Temple 70 AD

Just for a bit go over and check out the account of Flavius Josephus here, and here, regarding the destruction of Jerusalem. Pay close attention to the actions of the protagonists. It is worth the time in order to understand the parallels between then and what we are witnessing in the world right now.

The parallels are chilling in their similarities to the conduct of the leaders and the people of nations in this day, and the media just can’t get enough of it, reporting every atrocity which supports their narrative while ignoring thousands of others which don’t make the grade. Are you one of the true believers in the fantasy that it can’t happen now?

We have spent the best part of the last 400 years steadily divorcing ourselves from the vital Christian roots of our civilization, the roots that fed us the understanding of what good behaviour actually was.

We are steadily morphing into a graceless, de-sacramentalized, self centered dog eat dog world, a world which Jesus Christ and his teaching came to move us away from by way of the church and the grace of the sacraments.

The source of all goodness came to us in the likeness of ourselves and spent his life teaching us how to behave, how to live together, how to care for our brothers, how to live in God’s love.

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Delacroix, Eugène, 1798-1863. Christ and the Disciples on a Raging Sea

He created a lifeboat to survive the stormy seas of human existence and we reject that lifeboat, believing our own narrative in preference and climb out of the lifeboat.

We try to swim away on our own power, continuously trying  to do this thing on our own and with our own values and agendas, utterly blind to the spiritual and physical carnage around us.

We just keep swimming while ignoring the lifeline continually being offered to us.  The Sharks are having a field day!  Wake up people!

Cheers

Joe

03-pool-of-worship Self worship is the root of all evil, not money.

 

 

 

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Models of Self Love …

CCCP Vega Probe Engineering Model

CCCP Vega Probe Engineering Model

Still thinking about Models. Thinking about what all Models seem to have in common.

It appears to me that Hard Models, those Engineering Models and Physics Models, which keep literally everything we depend on to stay alive and more or less healthy running smoothly, are based on a tangible reality, a measurable reality.

All those Grey Tribe models which the majority of folks take totally for granted and never think about, are mostly based on provable facts, and, or, theories based on facts.

Systems Engineering Models

Systems Engineering Models

Striking similarities between all Hard Models are that they can be used predictively, in fact their utility increases if they are found to be highly predictive and they are all replicable by any number of independent engineers and scientists.

One of the striking aspects of Soft Models, Pink Tribe Models, is the striking lack of anything real or absolutely quantifiable shown in those models. The fudge-factor in Soft Models is huge.

A good site to have a quick look at what I am talking about here is the Semantic Scholar site and the article here.  All the Soft Models have this in common, that they exclusively model “ideas”, they are rooted in “Ideology”. Soft Models may make use of real world objects or observed phenomena but only in the sense that they “need” some reference to reality by analogy to give a patina of reality to their ideology.

An Engineering Model that works

A Hard Model rooted in empirical facts about real world parameters of the modeler

In the world of Soft Models, Pink Tribe models, are all about how we would like things to line up with the “desirable” outcome.

Even in the Soft Model world of pseudo-science like political “science” and social “science”, even there, they at least give lip service to these characteristics of predicative value and replication of models.

Of interest, aside from my purpose here, on the same site are several articles like “3 Secrets to Outsmarting a Narcissist“, and “It Takes Just One Question to Identify Narcissism“, and  “14 Thought-Control Tactics Narcissists Use to Confuse and Dominate You“.

Just remembered something, back in 2014 when I started blogging, what tipped me over the edge into writing about my experiences was the reality of dealing with Narcissists. Wow, I am coming up to four years blogging. That’s over a million words since 2014, self centered words flowing from my own model. My own Narcissism. This change of focus is what I was aiming for when I started writing.

Freud' Commitee, Ideological Models

Freud’ Committee, Ideological Models

I was pretty angry at the time and started writing about things, here, and here, and here, and here, as a kind of self help therapy. I wanted to have some sort of narrative available to which I could refer back when the reality of my experience was re-written by others.

After all, it is not only history which is re-written to cover up the past. Individuals do it every day in their thinking about what happened and how it reflects on their conduct. Freud probably would have had something to say about my hidden motives.

Anyway, the point of this is to illustrate the degree of self love apparent in the kinds of models we make use of to interact with our world, our “reality”. Hard Models tend to have more “real” stuff and significantly lower “self-love” factors. Soft Models tend to have significantly less “real” stuff, and significantly higher levels of the “self-love” factor.

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The Mind is not an iceberg. The Ideology is that the Mind is “sort of” like an iceberg in “some ways”

Models rooted in empirical facts and measurable hard data tend to be less about the brilliance of the modeler and more about the real world item being modeled.

Models rooted in Ideology and self referenced opinion of individuals or groups tend to be more about the brilliance of the modeler(s) and less about reality on the ground.

At the foundational level, all this is really about metaphysics and spiritual truths.

Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that studies the essence of a thing. This includes questions of being, becoming, existence, and reality. The word “metaphysics” comes from the Greek words that literally mean “beyond nature”.

“Nature” in this sense refers to the nature of a thing, such as its cause and purpose. Metaphysics then studies questions of a thing beyond or above questions of its nature, in particular its essence or its qualities of being.

The Value of Metaphysics

“The Value of Metaphysics”, as communicated in a Beautiful Artsy Media Graphic meant to “simplify” the “idea” of metaphysics for the simple man-in-the-street.

Now, we “Brights” of our sophisticated modern age, have a way of cluttering up the landscape of thought with ever finer divisions and subdivisions and categories of things.

We do this until the origins of whatever we are discussing are completely obscured in generations worth of Erudite Academic Bafflegab.

For example, we have philosophical periods, thus Ancient, Medieval, Modern, and Contemporary.

And within these periods we, as a culture, classify Philosophers somewhat along these lines: Aestheticians, Epistemologists, Ethicists, Logicians, Metaphysicians, and then there are the Social and Political philosophers, the “Johnny-Come-Latelies” of philosophical history, riding on the authoritative coat-tails of the giants who went before, mostly wrapped up in debating and implementing various Pink Tribe Models for government, that serve various sociological agendas and programs amongst various elites in our Progressive polite society.

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The Worship Pool, O see how bright and beautiful I am … Practically Perfect in Every way.

And to further obfuscate Truth, all these philosophers toil away within an array of “Traditions”. We have split up philosophy into many, sometimes rather arbitrary “Traditions”, such as African, Analytic, Aristotelian, Buddhist, Chinese, Christian, Continental, Existentialism, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Pragmatism, Eastern, Islamic, Platonic, and Western.

BUT … Its really a LOT simpler than all that.

The reality of all these “traditions”, this detailed taxonomy of thought, comes down to only four basic “Models”. Those models are worldviews at their most basic level. The Four Models, the four major global worldviews are Material Naturalism, Secular humanism, Pantheism and Monotheism, represented by Judeo-Christianity.

Now this is all about our Models, and about whether our Models best reflect reality or something else. I am going to quote from a book by Mary Poplin, “Is Reality Secular” because she does such a good job of setting this all out clearly and concisely. Here is her explanation of the four Models:

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Mary Poplin

Mary Poplin

“Material naturalism is the belief that all that exists in the world is ultimately reducible to material phenomena. From this perspective, Mother Teresa was just a unique bundle of brain chemistry with particular psychoneural processes acting predictably, prompting her to do what she did.

Secular humanism is the belief that human beings are alone in the world and must act responsibly by forming their ethics solely from their human experience, human reason and science. From this perspective, Mother Teresa simply decided who she wanted to be and what she wanted to do and garnered the fortitude, determination and self-discipline necessary to do good works.

Pantheism is the belief that everything in the universe is a manifestation of a universal spirit. From the perspective of this nonsecular worldview, Mother Teresa might be interpreted as a more highly enlightened or reincarnated soul who had a strong spiritual connection to the divine spirit inside all of nature, including human nature.

And then there is Monotheism, (and as some of us might know,) this is the belief that there is a transcendent personal God, external to us, living and acting in the world, as well as in and through us.

In this worldview, the fact that Jesus appeared to Mother Teresa in three visions and asked her to do precisely what she did when she left the safe cloister of the Loreto convent, is an admissible fact. Within the orthodox principles of the Judeo-Christian worldview her visions of Christ and obedience to his request are wholly credible.

For the other three world views, the other three Models, the visions and interactions experienced by Mother Teresa simply cannot be considered an admissible fact. It isn’t plausible through the lenses of the secular worldviews. It isn’t part of the Western secular plausibility structure (the set of meanings in a culture that qualify as being possible).

Even Westernized Christians often find her visions incredible, acceptable only if interpreted as a personal psychological state, not as a reality. Now there are five characteristics of all four worldviews.

First and most consequential, all worldviews begin with faith, a metaphysical belief that cannot be verified using scientific methods. Robert Bellah points out that the Latin word for faith, “fides”, is more akin to the English term for trust rather than belief.

Though these faith statements can be argued philosophically, and from evidence we can inductively and deductively hypothesize, none can be proven empirically through scientific methods, including material naturalism. Every worldview begins with faith in something empirically or scientifically unknowable.

Second, every non-Christian worldview holds within it some principles of the Judeo-Christian worldview. Thus there is an overlap between principles of Judeo-Christianity and those of material naturalism, secular humanism and pantheism.

Third, there are also principles held by each of these three worldviews that lie outside of the Judeo-Christian worldview, such as the material-naturalist belief that everything that exists is ultimately a material or natural phenomenon. From a Judeo-Christian standpoint, these principles would be considered errors of commission.

Fourth, there are principles of Judeo-Christianity that lie outside the purview of believers in these other three worldviews. The absence of these principles in other worldviews would be considered by Christians as errors of omission.

Finally, none of these worldviews is more progressive or modern than the other. They have all existed ever since recorded history. The only real question is, are one or more of these an adequate description of reality?”

Mary Poplin, “Is Reality Secular?: Testing the Assumptions of Four Global Worldviews” (Veritas Books) (pp. 28 – 31). InterVarsity Press.

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St. Mary Magdalen die Pazzi, (April 2, 1566 – May 25, 1607)

St. Mary Magdalen die Pazzi, (April 2, 1566 – May 25, 1607)

At the end of this it all comes down to personal spiritual values. and I am going to end this with a quote from a saint in my Monotheistic worldview, St. Mary Magdalen die Pazzi, (April 2, 1566 – May 25, 1607), a Carmelite Mystic, thus:

What then, O my God, deprives the soul of Your Spirit? It is perverse self-love, the source and origin of every sin. Alas, I well see that the world remains wholly submerged and drowned in self-love! Some persons are sunk in it by their intellect, some by their memory, some by their will, and some, with their whole soul, submerge themselves in it. What is most displeasing to You, O God, is that this perverse self-love dwells even in Your Priests and in Your (Religious). The disorder of our self-love, of our attachment to our own will is no small thing. It does not require mountains of enormous sins to block the course of this rapid stream, this ocean of love; the sands of our defects, which we think trivial, but which are not, suffice to do so.”  (St. Mary Magdalen die Pazzi,)

It really is all about our Models and Self-Love. When one gives it some thought it becomes clear that virtually every evil which we experience in these enlightened times is the direct result of self-love.

Cheers

Joe

The examination of conscience is a long dry march to contrition. Place in me Lord a humble and contrite heart.

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More Models … How do we know our model is moral?

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The Parliament Buildings

Cold and snowing for the last two days, but today it is starting to melt and is now raining. Gotta love that Global Warming, eh? Today’s post has turned into a bit of a rant.

Tornado in Ottawa last week, but unfortunately it missed the Parliament buildings and we are still stuck with Boy Justin and his merry band of … Hmmmm … I really don’t have a politically correct collective noun for what passes for politicians in Canada these days.

Been thinking about Models. Thinking about how adopting models which support what we already believe is truth, is much easier than actually developing our own model based on logic and our own personal observations and experience about reality on the ground. BUT, just running with whatever our personal howler jungle on Social Media tells us to believe, is really, really, dangerous.

Easy but dangerous, hmmm, sounds familiar somehow. Maybe from a past life? Hold My Beer!

Found a decent article from back in September 2017, about a year ago, about moral discernment as it might apply to judging the efficacy of models. How do we know these days, in our polite society, the difference between right and wrong? Can our culture even begin to understand the difference any more?

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The morning after Kristallnacht (November 1938)  Love Trumps Hate? Gee, haven’t we been here before? No, wait a minute … that was the REAL Nazi’s, not the latest hate crime by the perennially disgruntled left.

I am not going to cut and paste,  Read it all here.  Just click the link and read the whole thing in context, or not, since the difference between right and wrong doesn’t really seem to matter any more even amongst those charged with teaching the rest of us what the difference is. Bad personal choices are on a par with bad fashion sense these days so who cares anyway.

Its hard to believe, (this in a country that is not the U.S.A.) but I am still coming face to face weekly with everyman-in-the-steet choosing to rant about Trump instead of having any sort of meaningful discussion or chat about the reality on the ground.

Where are they getting this Kool Aid? Remember Kool Aid? The phrasedrinking the KoolAid” refers to the 1978 Jonestown massacre, in which more than 900 people committed mass suicide by drinking a flavored drink mixed with Valium, chloral hydrate, cyanide, and Phenergan. It wasn’t really Kool Aid but who cares about truth anyway.

Social Media is truly the new Kool Aid, the great global tyranny. More dangerous than ISIS, Stalin, Chairman Mao, Pol Pot, Pierre Eliot Trudeau, pick your disaster, Social Media is more dangerous than a nuclear strike.

“Obviously” its all Trump’s fault … Ferguson Riots.

Because people are looking for truth, and they just want to belong to the “In Crowd”, or maybe just any crowd. The Kool crowd and all these Neo-Brights who missed the boat in high school can make up for lost ground on Social Media.

We get rants here from various folks, about the economy (Trump’s fault), and the weather (somehow all Trump again), and cancelled pipeline projects (Trump again), and why things are so screwed up (yet again Trump screwing things around), and everyone else is stupid (Trump’s fault?) cause they don’t get it (Trump’s fault?) and they don’t agree with me. Its liiiike … WTF!!!

Yes!  Trump is a dick with a capital D! Get over it people! Get a life! Trump doesn’t have anything to do with the cosmically stupid political and economic decisions of Canadians! Trump is America’s problem, not ours.

WTF! Everything that is screwed up here is conceived, born, raised and carefully brought to fruition right here in Any-town, Any-province, Canaja.

We do stupid stuff all the time, just like everywhere else, and we elect dangerous people, not as bad as some places but bad enough, and then when things go in the crapper we blame TRUMP? What is WRONG with you people?

These are all home grown problems created by and for Canadians. Trump is too busy doing real world class stuff (however we feel about it) to be bothered dickin’ around with some minor third world country like Canada!  Jeez, get a life.

Obviously” Canada’s economy has nothing to do with Canadian policies and Carbon Taxes, and shutting down pipeline projects because some Sierra Club Tracy Two-Tits waved a sign in boy Justin’s face for a couple of minutes and threatened his opinion polls. No, its all just Trump’s fault.

And the weather is bitterly cold and it’s snowing in September and we are getting December weather and of course that just has to be caused by Global Warming so see the Carbon tax insanity above (AND its all Trump’s fault).

Were people always like this or is this something new? “Obviously“, this kind of thinking was popular in Germany, the morning after Kristallnacht (November 1938). (Could THAT have been Trump’s fault as well?)

So, given the precedent of November 1938, what could possibly be wrong with the same kind of thinking here and now, when all these anti-global warming, anti-gun control, anti-abortion, anti-carbon tax, anti-East, anti-West (pick your tribe), knuckle dragging losers in flyover country are “obviously” idiots and don’t know their butts from a hole in the ground.

“Obviously, all right minded people know this to be true”.

Well, feel so much better now. Haven’t indulged in a rant for a while, and I am out of practice. Just standing around looking at the flagpole.

Cheers

Joe

Winter Is Coming 

 

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