The Brothers Karamazov

"Actually, people sometimes talk about man's 'bestial' cruelty, but that is being terribly unjust and offensive to the beasts..."
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Monday, May 7, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

A Test of a True Conservative

If you can view these pictures of our unspeakable waste without weeping and gnashing of teeth you are NOT a True Conservative.

LIBYA abandoned

USA bone yard

IRAQ abandoned

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Or So I've Been Told

"All I know, all any of us know, is what we are told."


I am told: E=mc2

I am told: The world was created in 7 days.

I am told: There are 8 Planets in the Solar System.

I am told: I may be reincarnated as a gnat.

I am told: Neanderthal made tools and used fire.

I am told: A baby was born of a virgin mother.

I am told: It is 92,955,807.3 miles to the sun.

I am told: I have a guardian angel.

I am told: Hydrogen is the lightest element.

I am told: The Red Sea was parted to permit foot traffic.

I am told: The number of rings in a tree tells its age.

I am told; The cow is a sacred animal.

I am told: The world will end this year.

I am told: 144 thousand people will be saved.

I am told: Piffle is spelled with two effs.

I am told: Masturbation causes hair to grow on your palms.

I am told: God loves me.

I am told: New York City is in New York State.

I am told: A man once returned from the dead.

I am told: The cheetah is the fastest running land animal.

I am told: To the Hopi, the Great Spirit is all powerful.

I am told: The New York Times prints "All the News That's Fit to Print."

I am told: The majority of Muslims are Sunni.

I am told: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

I am told: The Buddha became enlightened after 49 days under a fig tree.

I am told: The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.

"THE TRUTH is... anything you agree with."

Monday, March 12, 2012

Women of the World Summit/

(Suggested addenda)

1. Consider disqualifying from positions of power women who have arrived to prominence emulating men. Not helpful to perpetuate all those bad habits. Search for women who have tendencies and traits that demonstrate freedom from testosterone mimicry.

2. First order of business: Reclaim uteri and other personal appurtenances. Disregard all advice and restrictions for maintenance and usage not female originated; especially ignore celibate elderly males.

3. Recommend immediate change to specifications for World Trade Center site. Since the world is already saturated with phallic oases, replace next, really huge tower, with five story walk-up. No elevators; great exercise for pregnant stock brokers.

4. Put hold on all development plans until vetted by female engineers or city planners unless more phallic oases are intended.

5. Consider doing something men would never do. Save something for the future. Unless you want the gran-kiddos living on berries in caves, leave them a little something. Maybe some coal or oil; some raw material to make stuff with; a few trees and maybe a fish or two. Whatever you can spare which, as of now, is— nothing! It's all spoken for. Best estimates say 64 years, then zip, it's all gone, unless you put something aside for them now.

6. Unless people are dropping dead on the street, guys defend the indefensible i.e. Fukushima, Chernobyl etc. Very likely babies will die from the fallout all over the place. While you're deciding what to leave for the grand-kids consider a big pile of dough to shut down the reactors, generating plants, spent fuel storage facilities and a score of thousands of old nukes which will be still laying around festering. Oh, and another pile of dough to educate future nuclear engineers and technicians to do the dirty work in getting rid of them.

7. If you are happy with the way you were raised in the amatory arts then don't concern yourself with your granddaughters' training. If on the other hand you think being led through the elysian mysteries by that greatest of all tutors; a randy young male is ok, so be it. Have it your way. Otherwise, consider radically changing the way we educate our young women.


The male mindset that has been governing the globe lacks a clear future inclination and could lead the species to extinction if allowed to continue unabated, therefore:

A thousand generations is quite enough as we, all of us, are now quite noticeably...stuck. We are stuck in the here and now; stuck in today, stuck in a male mindset.

Human populations were not sufficiently numerous nor technologically advanced in the past to cause grievous planetary harm. This is no longer true. Every day we come closer to the point of no return and nowhere is seen the remedy for reversing possible terminal decline.
Two things, and only two, are commanded by nature: reproduction of species and death. All else is option.

Males are largely indifferent to the former but appear much devoted to the latter.Too often the violent demise of some other male is a consuming focus of male effort.

The Earth has endured a thousand generations of male domination. Human life may one day soon be forfeit as a result. An innate lack of future orientation sufficient to overcome exploitation of the planet for temporal gain suggests males are unfit for continued leadership. Be advised.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tithe the Future/ Go the Mormons One Better

One of the basic tenets of Mormonism and one worth emulating by others, especially in today's uncertain world, is regularly putting aside enough comestibles to last one year.
“We encourage members worldwide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings." ...LDS
This closely echoes Joseph's reading of Pharaoh's dream as related in Genesis about seven lean years close upon seven fat ones.

With this sort of practical theology one might expect a different conservation aspect among Mormons than is generally found in other populations. Alas, that is not the case. Church members appear no more concerned with the dwindling of Earth's store of resources than are other groups. This seems to be anachronistic at best. If a believer cares enough to plan for self and family and sacrifice now for next year; would that not be motivation to plan a bit further ahead for loved ones?

“Our major source of revenue is the ancient law of the tithe. Our people are expected to pay 10 percent of their income to move forward the work of the Church. The remarkable and wonderful thing is that they do it. Tithing is not so much a matter of dollars as it is a matter of faith. It becomes a privilege and an opportunity, not a burden."Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

This would seem to indicate that the future of the Church is important to members and thusly is provided for by the Tithe. Now if individuals and families prepare for the future through storing food, water and savings and for their Church through tithing, should it not follow they would be in the vanguard of concern for possible lean years awaiting the rest of the Planet?

This, by no means, criticizes Mormonism, which already has more future vision than many similar organizations, but rather is a call for all of us to consider, 'Tithing the Future'. To voluntarily pledge, and encourage others and governments especially, to do something positive for future generations. 'Tithe the Future' means a firm pledge that, come what may, we will leave at least 10 percent of everything that exists now for the use of future descendents!

This means ten percent of all the coal, iron ore, bauxite,etc. etc. remains un-mined. Petroleum and natural gas, un- pumped and un- fracked. Aquifers, not drained dry; fisheries, un-caught and forests, un-axed. That's not so much, is it? To leave 10 percent for all the kid's, kid's, kids down through the ages. Be a sport! What will they have if we don't?

OPEC tells us that, on average, the reserves of oil will be beyond recovery in 64 years. 'AND THEN WHAT', cry the grand kid's, kids?

OPEC says that reserves of coal, averaged, will last 118 years. 'And then WHAT?', they shriek!

Worldwatch Institute predicts iron ore to be gone in 64 years. 'and then what?', they sob.

Many among us will be alive 64 years from now; including perhaps, some of our own direct descendents. People we know and love. Offspring. Our beloved legatees. The ones we care deeply for and wish success and long life but, sadly...they will inherit nothing, nada, zip. We need it now, by God! How can we spare anything for the future since, well you know... ( fill in your absolutely valid reasons why it can't be done: ——— ).

We've all been exposed to acres of newsprint, hours of TV and billions of bytes on line vis a vis what's happening. Global Warming; True or False. Peak Oil, gas: when, what, how come, why not. China this; Iran that, who's in who's not. On and on & on. Have you seen one word that wasn't about ME? My future, my job, house, car, country...NOW! The argument is endless but very narrow and temporal and selfish. What about THEM? The future.

We need a champion. A powerful individual, corporation, township government...maybe a entire county, to come forward and pledge, irrevocably, to:

TITHE the FUTURE! Just one courageous entity can start it off. Any takers?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

What Happens After America?

Strange things are happening abroad. The Asiatics are in the process of conquering the entire world without firing a shot. What they save on gunpowder and jackboots alone could balance the budget of one of the struggling economies of the Eurozone. They've the gall to have pals in our sacred hemisphere too, including one pesky island whose chief export is doctors of medicine and organic farming experts. Another strong partner is a massive, sprawling, continental size country, which is a treasure trove of earthly resources.

It's looking more and more as if the countries that came late to the game: Degenerate Crony Capitalism that is; may be the smartest, and/or the luckiest. Perhaps the rites of passage endured during those bleak years of collectivism; i.e, Communism and the dull leveling of Socialism, has provided them a powerful incubator to hatch a new social model. How this will play out in twenty years remains unknown but the old, singularly fierce competitors they have been facing went broke, and are fading fast.

Revolution preceded the collectivist experiment in Russia, China and Cuba. In Viet Nam it was revolution and later a violent civil war; while India emerged from decades of Colonialism to follow a Socialist path initially. In the US, however, Benjamin Franklin’s "Necessary Hints to Those That would Be Rich" preceded our noble Revolution. Of the new bunch, only Brazil has emerged from the old paradigm; appears to have a strong twenty-first century potential, but may fall back into the same rut as the US and Europe considering its lineage. Have the former collectivists learned from the past and are therefore determined not to repeat the errors of the late, great economic hegemon and its several clones?

So are we talking about the failure of a once proud financial system doomed from the start because of faulty genealogy? That rather than having had a normal gestation and birth what issued forth was rather a 'sport', a Minotaur like creature that could sustain itself but had no future aspect. A creature of bizarre appetite but narrow focus; i.e. individual success, which was clearly favored at the cost of another of equal worth, social success. Thus a flawed equation lead to inevitable societal decline. Obvious symptoms of this paraphilia are evidenced in the littering of the countryside with phallic oases, commonly known as centers of commerce, each more splendid and higher rising than the other guys'. The bull part of the Minotaur, of course, is the preferred totem thereabouts.

So will this new breed issuing from collectivist mamas and straight-up capitalist papas be long lived and prosperous or is some flawed gene lurking about ready to cripple the lusty bairn?

Quoth the Raving



Julius Caesar

Veni,Vedi,Vici...Sidi ( I stuck around )

Uncle Sam


....Zero Gravitas

Quoth the Raving

All I know, all any of us know, is what we're told.

...Zero Gravitas


Quoth the Raving

If it walks like a depression, talks like a depression, and looks like a depression; it's a recovery.

...Zero Gravitas

Nice paint job

Nice paint job
Watch your step!

Quoth the Raving

Full scale War in Korea; we called it a Police Action
Police Action in Iraq; we call it a War.

...Zero Gravitas


Gene Pool?

Gene Pool?

Quoth the Raving

Ecology is an impending Black Swan quagmire therefore incorporation is anathema to Economists.

...Zero Gravitas


Quoth the Raving

An incoming US President who does not immediately resign his office after having received eyes-only briefings of what's really going on is hopelessly co-opted or delusional.
....Zero Gravitas

Quoth the Raving

We are now a nation of middlemen. What becomes of us if the center cannot hold?

....Zero Gravitas

Quoth the Raving


Why not use some of the red ink to make things Green?

....Zero Gravitas

"Ashes to Ashes"

"Ashes to Ashes"