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

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.

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"