Finally! Someone with some brains has predicted Armageddon!


From a reputable news source:

A Christian numerologist claims that the world will end next Saturday when a planet will, supposedly, collide with Earth.

According to Christian numerologist David Meade, verses in Luke 21:25 to 26 are the sign that recent events, such as the recent solar eclipse and Hurricane Harvey, are signs of the apocalypse.

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Meade has built his theory on the so-called Planet X, which is also known as Nibiru, which he believes will pass Earth on Sept. 23, causing volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and earthquakes, according to British newspaper The Sun.

NASA has repeatedly said Planet X is a hoax.

Don’t make any plans past Sept 23, 2017, all ye breathren!

It’s time to meet your maker!

I was going to post this article without commentary, but apparently, I can’t keep my fingers still from typing a little response.

This article was given credence on a national “news” site. If you read the phenomenal journalistic writing, it just dives into biblical rational behind the prophecy. This assumes a lot, especially that everyone knows the bible and that everyone would be familiar with its predictions for the future.

There’s a part of the article describing this as being issued forth by the astrological sign of virgo. Ah, those pesky virgins! What with all their gifts of gods giving eternal life and taking all life away at the moment when planets ram into each other. Virgins are bitches!

At least the journalist behind this amazing story evens everything out by including a cautionary quote from a “rational” mind who is quoted as saying, “There is nothing to suggest that 23 September is a momentous date for biblical prophecy, and Christians need to be careful about being drawn into such sensationalist claims.”

That seems well and good. But if you go to the source of the quote, he also wrote: “We won’t know the day or the hour—so we should be prepared at all times!”

Phew, thanks for including an expert opinion on this matter!

We won’t know the day or the hour. 

Le sigh. Le humph. Le barf.

If I had a nickel for every time I heard that line growing up. Yawn.

No really. The church and whoever said that kind of thing scared the shit out of me. They scare the shit out of any ol’ gullible dimbulb any chance they get. “Yeah, little Jeremy, you have the choice to follow Jesus or not. But just keep in mind, we don’t know the day or hour when Jesus is coming back so make sure you invite him into your heart and ask for forgiveness of all your sins that we made up or bam, Jesus could return. Then you’ll find yourself swimming in molten lava for ETERNITY! Sleep tight, little guy. This is the gospel. This is love. And it shows how much I love you by scaring you with telling you this!!

It’s your choice. 

What choice?

There may be some cataclysmic events in the world. And these ideas of apocalypse were certainly much greater back in the olden times when people didn’t know shit about the size of the earth or how to even remotely predict catastrophic events. When the earth and its place in the universe is a big fat mystery, of course the explanations that emerge will scare the shit out of people and inspire shit-scaring tactics of mind control.

Them there’s the best way to occupy a world without a 24-hour news cycle and a world in which 99% of the world population couldn’t read or write.

 

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Habits, to-do lists, charisma, distractions, self-help, self criticism and you!


Today I want to accomplish a lot. And I probably won’t get to everything I want to do.

This is a reoccurring theme for me. Not completing my to-dos.

On my to-do list today is:

  • a photography ride downtown (pack a camera or two and just go shoot).
  • blog (doing that now).
  • Work on/complete a video from our vacation at the beginning of the month
  • Go to the studio and fart around
  • workout
  • Organize my gear
  • Cook dinner
  • Read in my book
  • Study some French
  • Journal

I’ve already completed a few things on the list (journaling and reading) and I’m currently blogging.

So sweet:

  • blog
  • read
  • journal

Done-zo Washington! 

So that’s three things down. Kind of. I’m going to blog for a while.

I’ve been reading a book lately called Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin. It’s a self help book about forming habits for different personality types.

My wife Tina read it while back, and it seemed to really speak to her. She bought a copy of it to re-read it (she read the digital version the first time). Continue reading

Today in madness news


The news outdoes itself every other hour these days. A slow news day is mentioning Trump only a gazillion times instead of a bubbagrillion zillion drillion (a real number).

Let’s drop a handful of news items right here that show just how fucking insane things are in the media, fake or otherwise:

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Admitting “I don’t know” or defeat or simple reality is so so hard for some


Yesterday, Pat Robertson went on the air and was cock sure God would give republicans the votes necessary to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

Said Robertson, “They’re going to give it to the president. Mark my word: it will pass. They will get those extra votes. It will go through. They’re going to work together to give us tremendous health care.”

Whelp, Robertson was wrong. Does that mean God and he don’t have the relationship he thought he did? Does that decrease Robertson’s ability to listen through his tender ears and whether or not he listens to God (or Satan) … or his own hopes like the rest of us, believers included?

It won’t matter to Robertson. It won’t indicate anything new to him. He’ll continue going on air with hyperbolic remarks, many will include his so-called connection to the so-called creator of the universe. And for that reason alone, it gives him the right to say appalling things, because something invisible speaks to him and his supremacy to all sentient beings trumps all other logic about human sexuality, human welfare and human happiness.

Speaking of Trump.

Yesterday Trump and his zoo of bananas not only failed to overturn ACA, he had the gaul to blame it on the democrats. The democrats, the party that holds no majority anywhere in United States Politics.

“We were very close, it was a very tight margin. We had no Democrat support, no votes from the Democrats,” says Trump with more confidence than a coked-up drunk picking up women in a bar in Chicago’s Viagra Triangle neighborhood.

“We were very close…” Like Russia’s very close to the United States.

“We were very close…” said the long-lost family member about the recently deceased rich grandfather.

“We were very close…” said the basketball team that got trounced by 100 points.

I can’t get my head around arrogant confidence.

He also said, “I guess I’m here what, 64 days? I never said repeal and replace Obamacare — you’ve all heard my speeches — I never said repeal it and replace it within 64 days.”

That stands in stark contrast to EXACTLY what he said on the campaign trail: “When I’m elected on November 8, we will immediately repeal and replace Obamacare.”

He didn’t say “eventually” or not with in 64 days … he said, “immediately.”

E-fuckin-mee-dee-ut-lee.

Or go here where he said that repealing Obamacare will be SOOOOOOO easy.

What is the fucking problem with admitting defeat? And if you don’t want to admit defeat, just say, “Huh, it looks like we need to revisit this legislation to cover our bases and really provide to the American people what they deserve, what we promised …” and move on? What’s the problem with that?

What conceit is necessary to bald faced lie about why the legislation failed to pass. “The Democrats” got in the way. I mean, “The democrats, many Republicans, and 83% of the American public … they got in the way.”

Let’s fight for the majority and not the elite select few who already have amazing healthcare, great incomes, amazing access to a network of possibilities.

Trump also wants the ACA to explode/implode/die a fiery death. I hope to hell that the millions of Americans who voted for that monster Trump and are benefiting from the ACA are hearing this, taking note, and will revise their voting strategies in the future.

I can say, as a subscriber to the ACA, that I’ve seen the slow demise of its offering. It’s awful. And from what I can tell, it’s the Republican’s fault for pushing ill-will on the legislation so that it worsens. Because AARP, the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association are all standing behind ACA.

My hope is that those who stand behind it, which seems to be a lot of influential people with hopefully some deep pockets to, gosh, invest into this marketplace, will help turn up the nosedive and help the ACA succeed. Because too many people stand to lose when their healthcare is ripped out from under them, and we should be putting American’s health first. If not first, in the top five of American ideals.

As for everything else Trump wants to do to destroy America and this planet by defunding the EPA, the NEA, PP, NPR, PBS, et al … let ’em. It’s that he’s acting like he’s got a boner for superfluous war that’s got my panties wadded up.

But then again, this old man speaks to America as if we’re all toddlers, because he himself is a big baby riding in a big chair, pretending to be a leader, shamelessly having blow out temper tantrums every time he can’t get his way.

When I was a child … I spoke like one, too. I was cocky. I was confident. And almost all the time, I was and am now … wrong.

Grow up, Mr. President. It’s damn time.

Lessons from our Kindergarten Commander


The above is what Hair Furor said about uranium in his own words. Below is a comparison guide to our so-called commander in chief next to Angela Merkel’s cover page to a doctoral dissertation she wrote on uranium.

Translated:

“Study of the mechanism of decomposition with single bond breaking and calculation of their rate constant on the basis of quantum mechanical and statistical methods.” (“Dissertation to obtain the academic degree doctor in a branch of science – diploma physicist Angela Merkel…”)

Trump is worse than ol’ G.W. Bush when it comes to talking to Americans like they’re toddlers at Sunday School.

Via TYWIKIWDBI

 

Breaking Fake News: China Grants Preliminary Approval to 38 New Trump Trademarks


Shanghai (AP) — China has granted preliminary approval for 38 new Trump trademarks, paving the way for President Donald Trump and his family to potentially develop a host of branded businesses from hotels and golf clubs to bodyguard and concierge services, public documents show.

Trump’s lawyers in China applied for the marks in April 2016, as Trump railed against China at campaign rallies, accusing it of currency manipulation and stealing U.S. jobs. Critics maintain that Trump’s swelling portfolio of China trademarks raises serious conflict of interest questions.

China’s Trademark Office published the provisional approvals on Feb. 27 and Monday .

If no one objects, they will be formally registered after 90 days. All but three are in the president’s own name. China already registered one trademark to the president, for Trump-branded construction services on Feb. 14, the result of a 10-year legal battle that turned in Trump’s favor after he declared his candidacy.

Ethics lawyers across the political spectrum say that if Trump receives any special treatment in securing trademark rights, it would violate the U.S. Constitution, which bans public servants from accepting anything of value from foreign governments unless approved by Congress. Concerns about potential conflicts of interest are particularly sharp in China, where the courts and bureaucracy are designed to reflect the will of the ruling Communist Party.

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The marks include branded spa and massage services, golf clubs, hotels, insurance, finance and real estate companies, restaurants, bars, and a trademark class that covers bodyguards, social escort, and concierge services — though it’s unclear whether any such businesses will actually materialize in China.

Read more at Bloomberg. 

Come in. Sit on the couch. Tell me what you think. You’ve got an hour.


Yesterday my brother called.

We shared a text conversation earlier in the day. He sent me a quote from Sufjan Stevens.

It started like this:

America,

There really is no such thing as an illegal immigrant, for we are all immigrants and refugees in a wildly changing world that is dominated by superfluous boundaries built by blood and war. We all come from somewhere else. The truest of “Americans” have either been destroyed by the white immigrant, incarcerated, isolated, held captive, or stolen and enslaved. 

Read the rest here.

I thanked him for sharing. It was a cool quote. And it even referred to Jesus (turning the other cheek, loving enemies, etc.) and also to prayer. The quote itself embodies my own politics. Even though I don’t believe in a deified Jesus. I value my root understanding of him and who he was as a radical mind.

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