Yes, I know there is a song and even the meeting of the sentence but i just think it is an appropriate heading for what is to come next. Yesterday i was reading this post where I think the suggestions made were way reasonable. That America should focus on peaceful means and all until our resident defender of western values showed up to inform us that is idle talk, dreams of 12 year olds, so to speak. The military industrial complex and the emperor must all be appeased and pursuing peaceful coexistence through trade and cultural exchange and limiting the military to national defence and maybe international peacekeeping missions with other nations.
Maybe I am missing something since I live so far removed from the military or its workings that maybe it is important to have military outposts in every other country, occasionally have your spy agency overthrow democratically elected presidents and have drone assassinations miles away from home where children caught in the crossfire are collateral damage (what were they doing there, playing? Don’t know there are drones overhead?).
Tell me what you all think? William Astore or Tildeb?
And I still miss her reconciled to the fact that the closest I can come to see her is the pictures we have somewhere at home most of which have been pilfered over time by well meaning relatives and friends.
Trump wanted NATO members to increase their military spending?
As far as most of Nato’s European members who contributed troops to Afghanistan were concerned, this was a theatrical exercise designed to keep the US committed to the defence of Europe. In the case of the Poles and the people of the Baltics, the great spur here was fear of Russia. In the case of the French, it was largely because they can only maintain their sphere of influence in Africa with American help. In the case of others like the Germans, it was because they knew that they were not capable of summoning up the fighting spirit or the military spending to maintain peace in the Balkans and deter Serbian or Turkish aggression there. The memory of Europe’s 1990s failure in Bosnia runs deep.
On my friend Ark’s blog there is a discussion or is it a narrative on where the burden lies in the god debate. And I generally agree with him. However, I think, and our late friend *my atheist life* would agree, we can say there is no god and the burden of proof doesn’t switch to us. Why so, you might ask, first, no coherent definition of a god has been provided that would demonstrate such a being(s) would exist. There are contradictory attributes of alleged gods that such beings are unlikely to exist. Whether such beings are necessary and in what manner of existence they are to exist have not been demonstrated. And attempts have been made to do this.
I know my empiricist friends wouldn’t commit themselves to such a statement arguing, among other reasons, new evidence may convince us otherwise. That is all fair. But until this evidence is adduced, we have nothing to go on with and as the good priest Jean Messlier wrote, to believe in God(s) is to believe in a chimera with no parallel in experience.
To enjoy and have others enjoy, without doing harm to yourself or anyone else
For the discerning reader, you can see the tinge of utilitarianism in this maxim. This however, reminds me of the article I read recently (Brian you remember) that talk of morality is no longer meaningful or something to that effect.
I think, echoing Nietszche and Onfray, that we have failed in creating a new morality. We are still caught up in the Platonic-Christian ethos though with a secular priestly.
And before you come crucifying (no pun intended) me pick it up with the pope.
Maybe the pope was misquoted [(is he a politician?) since that’s the line our politicians use even when quoted verbatim] when he said
The Law, however, does not give life, it does not offer the fulfillment of the promise because it is not capable of being able to fulfill it. The Law is a journey, a journey that leads toward an encounter… Those who seek life need to look to the promise and to its fulfillment in Christ
We are hoping to hear the pope’s response soon after he consults with Peter. Stay tuned brothers and sisters not in the law 🙂
The US and a few other wealthy nations have announced intentions to give booster shots to their fully inoculated citizens from September in a bid to improve their immunity. This is at at time when about 5 billion humans are yet to receive the vaccine and there are people who believe this is a moral outrage.
Let’s pretend for a moment you were the policy maker and is intent on vaccine uptake at home and elsewhere, especially faced with a situation where there are vaccine skeptics, would you encourage a booster shot for the fully inoculated or would you persuade the unvaccinated to get their shots thus improving the chances of the community?
In the meantime, keep safe. And if you can, avoid staying in crowded places for long, among many other things you can do to protect yourself.
Many fundamentalist ‘Christians’ maintain that Hell is reserved for people who are immoral. Helpfully, they are able to narrow this down into a few specific types of people:
People who voted for Clinton, Obama, Biden, or any democratic president in history
Liars (unless they are also elected Republicans)
People who are violent
People who question my constitutional right to bear arms under the second amendment
People who question my right to invade other countries so that we can find and remove their weapons from them
People who don’t live in the United States of America
Catholics (according to protestants)
Protestants (according to Catholics)
Critics of Israel
People who believe that a vaccine is more effective than prayer
People who believe in evolution
People who believe the earth is more than six thousand years old
Christians who don’t take the Bible literally
People who disagree with my interpretation of an ancient Jewish manuscript written in a completely different time, culture, and context to my own
Christians who don’t own and read the King James Version of the Bible
Christians who go to a different church than me
Christians who believe in free will
People who have not asked Jesus into their heart of their own free will
People who have never heard about Jesus
People who believe that people who have never heard about Jesus will end up in heaven
People who don’t believe in Hell
People who dance
People who engage in pre-marital hand-holding
Women who speak in church
Women who wear pants
Women who cause men to sin by wearing dresses that are too short
Men who wear dresses
Women who think they are men
Men who think they are women
Women who support men who think they are women
Men who support women who think are men
Men who like men
Women who like women
Men and women who affirm and support men who like men and women who like women
Adulterers (unless they are men)
Rapists (unless the rapist and their victim are married)
People who like rock music
People with tattoos
People who have read any of the Harry Potter books
People who watch horror movies
People who enjoy life
Fortune tellers (unless you call it a prophetic word from the Lord)]
People who gossip (unless it’s to collect prayer requests)
People who are greedy
People who are absurdly rich (unless they are a televangelist)
People who walk away from the evangelical church after three and a half decades
People who see dead people
Hey, it’s because I love you that I am warning you that you’re going to end up in Hell if you don’t repent and start believing exactly the same things I do. In fact, you’re pretty darn lucky that I am so enlightened and can show you the error of your ways.
Don’t you feel better now that you’ve heard the ‘Good News’ of the Gospel?
I sure do!
In fact, I’m sure glad that I have faithfully administered my Christian duty by warning you about Hell.
Karl Marx in the 18th Brumaire of Napoleon said history repeats itself first as farce then as tragedy. Seeing the events of Kabul and of Afghanistan in general one wonders if the end whenever it came would be different. And I am here asking myself whether in another 10 years we will not see the same scenes playing out in semi occupied Iraq?
But in all the madness, there is still room for laughs. It seems everyone who joins the Afghanistan WhatsApp group always left; the soviets lefted, the brits, the French and now the Muricans. Maybe next we will see Afghanistan left the group too. One can hope.
I am no expert in Asia politics; geo or otherwise but one hopes these fellows can determine how their future will be. Seeing people falling off planes trying to flee is sad to say the least.
These are unedited versions of my thoughts straight from the mind, a relieve from the ‘pressure cooker’, snippets and flotsam of a mundane existence, collected over time, at the early morning hours at sunrise. I have no intensions to start a self-help group or a forum for complains!
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