The Mislaid Deck: Card 89 – The Lunatic Fringe.


The Mislaid Deck: Card 89 – The Lunatic Fringe.

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The Mislaid Deck: Card 89 – The Lunatic Fringe.


The Mislaid Deck: Card 89 – The Lunatic Fringe.

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The Mislaid Deck: Card 88 – The Ballerina.


The Mislaid Deck: Card 88 – The Ballerina.

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The Mislaid Deck: Card 88 – The Ballerina.


The Mislaid Deck: Card 88 – The Ballerina.

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The Mislaid Deck: Card 87 – The Girl.


The Mislaid Deck: Card 87 – The Girl.

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The Mislaid Deck: Card 87 – The Girl.


The Mislaid Deck: Card 87 – The Girl.

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The Mislaid Deck: Card 85 – The Crossroads.


The Mislaid Deck: Card 85 – The Crossroads.

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The Mislaid Deck: Card 85 – The Crossroads.


The Mislaid Deck: Card 85 – The Crossroads.

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Another Day.


He wakes up. The alarm is louder than normal or his ears are more sensitive. There is a new government. Some people are happy. Other people are sad. Still others are indifferent. There is an aftershock in Nepal. More die. More are abandoned. More are homeless. He buys a paper shredder. He is going to shred paper like a spy or a government employee who only has five minutes before the…

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Another Day.


He wakes up. The alarm is louder than normal or his ears are more sensitive. There is a new government. Some people are happy. Other people are sad. Still others are indifferent. There is an aftershock in Nepal. More die. More are abandoned. More are homeless. He buys a paper shredder. He is going to shred paper like a spy or a government employee who only has five minutes before the…

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Another Day.


He wakes up. The alarm is louder than normal or his ears are more sensitive. There is a new government. Some people are happy. Other people are sad. Still others are indifferent. There is an aftershock in Nepal. More die. More are abandoned. More are homeless. He buys a paper shredder. He is going to shred paper like a spy or a government employee who only has five minutes before the revolutionary guard arrive to take him away or a corporate executive who only has 2 minutes before the Feds arrive. He draws some pictures. He writes some words. He writes some old fashioned letters on old fashioned paper and sends them in the post. He is not even sure that the post still works in that way. He put the envelopes into a box on the street marked post but he is not sure if it just an artifact from a previous age a living museum piece that has been left on the street. He does not know. He really wants a coffee and he really wants some wine and he really wants some chocolate but he looks at his swollen belly and he prepares his healthy smoothie and he acknowledges that the healthy smoothie is probably the better option. His legs ache. Every muscle screams at him. He does not know why they ache because he has not been doing any extra walking. He would not do well in a post-apocalyptic situation. He would be one of the first to go to be eaten to be poisoned to get the virus to become the slave to die in the opening salvo of the alien invasion to be farmed for his tasty lymph nodes. He watches Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the ending is certainly unexpected. Then he reads about the history of violence and religious violence. Not as intertwined as one would expect. Behind any good example of religious violence there is always a human being happy to commit violence to use religion as an excuse for those who enjoy violence to commit it always a rabble to be roused always a smiling psychopath ready to be a messiah for the people. He plays The Witcher a game about hunting monsters that deals with racism and bigotry. That was not something that he was expecting. He prepares for bed and he goes to sleep.

Functionally Literate – Quote


Our suspicions are first aroused when we see that the self-declared apostles of ethics and of the ‘right to difference’ are clearly horrified by any vigorously sustained difference. For them, African customs are barbaric, Muslims are dreadful, the Chinese are totalitarian, and so on. As a matter of fact, this celebrated ‘other’ is acceptable only if he is a good other – which is to say what, exactly, if not the same as us? Respect for differences, of course! But on condition that the different be parliamentary-democratic, pro free-market economics, in favour of freedom of opinion, feminism, the environment… That is to say: I respect differences, but only, of course, in so far as that which differs also respects, just as I do, the said differences. Just as there can be ‘no freedom for the enemies of freedom’, so there can be no respect for those whose difference consists precisely in not respecting differences. To prove the point, just consider the obsessive resentment expressed by the partisans of ethics regarding anything that resembles an Islamic ‘fundamentalist’.

The problem is that the ‘respect for differences’ and the ethics of human rights do seem to define an identity! And that as a result, the respect for differences applies only to those differences that are reasonably consistent with this identity (which, after all is nothing other than the identity of a wealthy – albeit visibly declining – ‘West’). Even immigrants in this country [France], as seen by the partisans of ethics, are acceptably different only when they are ‘integrated’, only if they seek integration (which seems to mean, if you think about it: only if they want to suppress their difference). It might well be that ethical ideology, detached from the religious teachings which at least conferred upon it the fullness of a ‘revealed’ identity, is simply the final imperative of a conquering civilization: ‘Become  like me and I will respect your difference.’

Ethics An Essay on the Understanding of Evil, Alain Badiou p24

(1993, trans. 2001)


I love this. I love this real hard:

“If dragons, in fact were entirely mythological, if they were figment of imagination – if they never ever did exist then God just compared our adversary to a make believe creature that never existed.”

Yes. Yes he did.

Funny that…


I love this. I love this real hard:

“If dragons, in fact were entirely mythological, if they were figment of imagination – if they never ever did exist then God just compared our adversary to a make believe creature that never existed.”

Yes. Yes he did.

Funny that…

Culture of Illusion – Fear the Shacker.


I found this on my morning bus.

Sometimes the best thing to do is let your first impression be the impression that you keep in your brain:

who loves you?
The Milky Tear of Sin.

Who loves me? I don’t know. Is it Hulk Hogan? Jenna Elfman? Danny Trejo? How about Donald Rumsfeld? Am I going to get a clue?

jesus does.
Shame Cloud.

 

What? My sins? What do you mean? I haven’t murdered anyone! You can’t defame me like that and expect to get away with it.

Drunkenness is not even on the same playing field as murder. Unless I got drunk and murdered a witch. Wait, is murdering a witch okay?

Why is gay in parentheses? Do you think I don’t know what homosexuality is?

What the fuck is shacking? (looks up shacking) I did not even realise that that was a word for that thing there. I thought it was going to be an interesting and depraved sex act not a simple one night stand. I have participated in neither recently. Not for want of trying.

INCEST?! How is incest the same as filthy talk?

poor foundations
Xanadu anyone?

 

But Jesus, you’ve built my gorgeous mansion on a CLOUD. I am no engineering expert but that is not the firm foundation that a building of that magnificence needs. Is it a magic mansion powered by some mysterious substance like the Islands of Laputa? Is that mysterious substance Faith? Oooh. I see what you’re doing here. That’s very clever.

Is it lit with energy efficient bulbs because I’m very keen on being environmental and if it’s not then I’m afraid that’s a deal-breaker, as lovely as that mansion looks.

Still not sure about the wispy cloud foundations though. You’re sure that the integrity of the structure is sound?

It reminds me of Gatsby’s mansion and I don’t remember that tale ending too well.

poor foundations 1
There is very little furniture in Heaven.

 

FUCK! Scary Giant Faceless Monster! I’ll do whatever you want just leave my family alone!

Culture of Illusion – Alpha and Omega.


Pope Benedict has gone to the moon to be Space Pope Emeritus. I think the final straw for him was agressive tweet wars with 14 year olds. Here, for no real reason, his first tweet and his final tweet.

alpha:

Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.

omega:

Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives.

I can only imagine the horrors that occured between those two reassuring word pillows.

Culture of Illusion – “Iway on’tday antway otay ebay opepay anyway oremay.”


What better way to announce your retirement than in latin? Pig-latin, that’s what.

The last Pope to abdicate, Celestine V, first set up the rule to allow Popes to abdicate. Then he abdicated. So that was pretty sneaky of him.

Priest – “Pope Celestine, why are you setting up this rule to allow Popes to abdicate?”

Pope Celestine V – “No reason! Nothing to see here! Move along!”

Priest – “Oh. Okay.” (priest carries on sweeping floor, glancing suspiously at Pope Celestine from time to time)

This post isn’t going making any particular point about religion or the Catholic Church. I just wanted to make a pig-latin joke in the title.

Religious Freedoms


The problem, it seems, with the current use of the term Religious Freedom is that it is a concept that is being used in order to limit the freedoms of the people practising the religion that they are asking to be allowed to be free to practise… I think.

As an aside, I wonder how much you have to practice religion before you get really good at it? They say it takes 10 years of constant study to become expert at anything…

Religious Freedoms


The problem, it seems, with the current use of the term Religious Freedom is that it is a concept that is being used in order to limit the freedoms of the people practising the religion that they are asking to be allowed to be free to practise… I think.

As an aside, I wonder how much you have to practice religion before you get really good at it? They say it takes 10 years of constant study to become expert at anything…