Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday

(Little Psy attacked by Korean netziens.)

Yesterday, the Dragon Lady served chicken noodle soup for dinner.  I'm feeling poorly.  My allergies are flaring up.  She hoped the soup would help.  It didn't.

I paid homage to the Christ God.  I said the Lord's Prayer on bended knees.  And why not?  I refuse to babble like a pagan. 

I went to bed at 5 p.m.  I slept until 6 a.m.  That's 13 hours of shut-eye.  I must have needed the rest.

I drank coffee and read the Korean Times.  A five-year-old Indian girl was abducted and raped by several men.  She died in the hospital.  What's with these Indian guys?  Those maniacs are running wild.

The paper featured another interesting story.  Psy is a big deal here on the peninsula.  There's a little half-Vietnamese boy who enjoys imitating the YouTube star.  Korean cyber-bullies attacked the eight-year-old calling him racially inferior.

People are pigs wallowing in their own filth--myself included.  That's why we need Jesus in our lives.  The King is a spiritual car wash for the soul.  He cleans us up.

I turned on Fox News.  The network believes that liberals are taking over the universe.  Bill O'Reilly is very concerned that we are becoming a socialist nation.  Ho-hum.

I plan to keep posting about 20-25 times a month.  Why?  I believe that every Christian has a duty to evangelize.  Hosting a blog seems like a great way to spread The Word.

Anyway, it's nearly 9:30 p.m.  I'm knackered.

Talk to you later.  God bless.

17 comments:

  1. Christians are no longer allowed to evangelize in the USSA armed forces. The pentagon has declared it a grounds for court martial. But killing children with drones is OK. ho hum.

    According to Pastor Jonas Clark in 1775, it was the duty of Christians to pick up arms and fight tyranny. Thus "the shot heard round the world". We know how that ended.

    several hundred years later, the vast majority of Americans are obese, materialistic couch potatoes obsessed with "dancing with the stars" , "American Idiot" , and "Americas Favorite Fatty". Have you noticed how no one has lost weight in five years? This time it's going to end differently. Don't worry about the Muslims. As soon as they cut off the 47,000,000 Americans food stamps, it's gonna be "Katy-bar-the-door". Little wonder the DHS just bought 2.6 billion rounds of ammo. Thats for use on US. THEY know whats going on. WHY continue to feed a large segment of society that contributes NOTHING and will NEVER contribute anything?

    best Jay

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    1. It's best not to become bitter.

      Are things perfect? No.

      But it could be a lot worse.

      Peace.

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  2. Smith,

    thanks for the updates from the peninsula. it gives me perspective. humans are humans everywhere. wonder how O' Reily will fare when his corporate welfare is cut off? interesting times. be well

    Gawain Gregor

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    1. O'Reilly loves to demonize the poor. Bastard.

      Peace.

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  3. Hey Smith. The one good thing about allergies is that they are seasonal and that means this too shall pass. You will live to breath freely once again (especially since you stopped smoking).

    I don't understand all the horrible news coming out of India involving men raping women and children. Something in the water? Seriously, it's like a nightmarish new trend. I know this type of thing goes on all over the world but India seems to be hogging the headlines recently. I have always thought that rape is a crime of rage, especially in these cases where victims are raped so savagely - to death. If I had a daughter in India right now I'd be wiring a ticket home. mext flight out. As for the natives, they better come up with a deterrent quickly to get this thing under control. It's a national disgrace if they care about such things.

    Your witnessing for Christ is commendable and I try to keep an open mind. Sometimes, when things happen, for example the little girl raped to death in India, I think of a quote by Woody Allen - "If there is a God, he better have a good excuse." Do you have a theory about why bad things happen to good (or innocent) people? I'm just really stumped by the loving God/hateful things occurring to blameless people dichotomy.

    I do believe there is a higher power, a spiritual intelligence that is at the root of everything but I don't see it as anything in our image. I was educated Catholic and was very dedicated to the teachings in childhood and into early adulthood, so I have read the Bible, studied it in depth, actually. Still, I'm stumped about this God who punishes and lets horrific things happen to his most innocent. Christ is easier for me to accept as a role model, a teacher. He was a pure force in touch with the spiritual centre of all and his teachings really condense into one ideal - love. I can get down with that anytime. I hope I don't offend. I do respect your faith and envy your certainty.

    Bless you brother Smith.

    Sophie

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    1. I have no answers.

      I just do my best to obey.

      Peace.

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  4. What do poor people have to contribute? The thieves on Wall Street and their chumps in DC have wrecked the economy. There are still no jobs. Blaming the victim is not going to help.

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    1. I'm not blaming the victim.

      The poor got shafted.

      Peace.

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  5. Sophie, the world makes a lot more sense if you give up on the idea that there is some supernatural ooga-booga force in the universe. Science is the answer. Humans are just another species of animal, prone to animalistic behaviour. (Which can mean positive things, like the way ants work together with their fellows in the mound, or bad things like chimpanzees beashing the brains out of chimps from another group.) Tragedies happen because of random chance, or bad genes that predispose a person to getting cancer or a heart attack even when they do the same things like smoking that don't cause problems for a person with better genetics.

    Unlike Mr. Smith and other religious people who scratch their heads and say "Why did God let THAT happen?" atheistic me has spends no time wondering about the ways of the universe. Science and random chance explains it all. I am content. I do not have deep existential questions about the nature of reality. I pity the people who spend their lives believeing in something that has no more existence than Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. But hey, if they want to spin their wheels believing in ghosts, go for it!

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    1. I appreciate your sentiments, Bukko, but science falls short of explaining everything. It's like that story I heard once, forget the source. Two people are walking in the woods and find a finely-crafted watch. One looks at the other and asks "I wonder who made this?" The other one says, "No one made it. It just arranged itself that way randomly." Of course that is ridiculous. You can say the same about nature and how finely tuned the whole universe is, multitudes more than a watch; our bodies, the delicate balances of electrolytes that keep our heart beating, the seasons, the innate intelligence of ant colonies and bee hives - there has to be some universal intelligent mind at work here. Random events just doesn't cut it. There would have to be magic involved and I know you don't believe in magic.

      If you're more content to stop wondering, I can understand that but some of us know, instinctively, that there is more than just science. We just can't understand it all because it's like explaining the internet to an insect - we can't grasp it. I guess that is where faith comes in; to bridge the gap between what we wish to know and what we cannot fully understand.

      Peace Bukko.

      P.S. I don't believe in ghosts but Santa and the Easter Bunny are very real - I know because I have been both.

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    2. Sophie, the reason I can accept that things arranged themselves in the fascinatingly complex way they are is because I have an appreciation of the vast scale of time.

      Not that I can fully wrap my head around it -- we creatures who are lucky to live 100 years have no way of glomming what a a MILLION years is like. It's off the scale of our comprehension. But to think that things have been ticking along for BILLIONS of years, with a little genetic twist here, and a tiny rearrangement of atoms there, the forces of nature slowly showing what works, and what doesn't... Yeah, I can see how that lobster evolved, from a proto-lobster, from a horseshoe crab, from a trilobite, from some squiggly little thing in the primordial mud that just happened to have a genetic twist where it concentrated extra calcium in its outer layer so that a bigger thing with sharp teeth couldn't eat it so well.

      Just as my finely-crafted Swiss watch that I never wear because it's too nice for my wrist evolved from the large, kinda-clunky 1880-vintage Audemars Piaget pocket watch that my great-grandfather left behind (someday I'm going to take that baby to Zurich and trade it for a Rolex), which evolved from the big-geared tower clock on the Piazza San Marco in Venice, which evolved from the water-wheel driven clocks that the Chinese invented before the Mongol hordes knocked their civilization into the dust. Given enough time, and energy pouring off the sun -- collecting energy is necessary for an increase in complexity, which is what evolution is -- all sorts of things are possible.

      There IS an organizing force in the universe, but it's more along the lines of "I'm going to eat you before you eat me!" Survival of the fittest. Do whatever it takes to get a leg up on the other guy. Even if that other guy is just another leaf-cutting ant 75 million years ago on a continent that no longer exists, only YOU'RE the ant with a slightly better set of mandibles, so you can bring home more leaves to your aunt queen as she oozes out 100,000 eggs that will slowly overtake the turf of the ants with puny mandibles -- just give it 5,000 years or so.

      What worries me is that the sociopaths who now run the world are the latest big-mandible adaptation of humanity. Maybe those soulless bastards who have no empathy for all that they destroy are the next step in human evolution. If they obliterate us people who have consciences, and only their cold-hearted offspring survive, are WE the Neanderthals and they are the Cro-Magnons?

      If there was a Power, stuff like that would not happen. And maybe Neanderthals, who got by with their low-carbon-emission, bone-gnawing ways for hundreds of thousands of years before our ancestors wiped them out during the past 50,000 years, would not have gone extinct. But if it's all tiny random mutations of links in a DNA chain that work their way through in immensely more time than it took the Roman Empire to rise and fall, yeah, that could happen.

      It gives me comfort to believe that. Because to believe that an omniscient force was behind all the bad stuff that goes on, well, that entity would be more like Cthulu from the H.P. Lovecraft horror science fiction books than the often-pissy but generally benign god described by the monotheistic books of faith. I'll take random chance over malevolent master any day.

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  6. And Jay -- food stamps will not be cut off. Not just because of the social chaos that would follow. If food stamps are cut off, corporate bribers would suffer. JP Morgue runs the money program with the SNAP cards, taking their skim off the cash flow. Mall-Wart is a huge recipient of food stamp money. If there were no food stamps, the People of Wal-Mart would not shop there, and the billionaire heirs of the Mall-Wart fortune would have less filthy lucre to roll in. Ditto for agribusines like Monsatan and food manufacturers like Krapt. So the food stamp game will keep going, even if it's trimmed around the edges to make poor people suffer the way that sociopaths enjoy seeing. The big gravy from that flows to the top. Can't stop that, eh?

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    1. Good to hear from you again.

      How's tricks?

      Peace.

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    2. Tricks are good, Mr. Smith. It's not optimal, living alone in this rented house that was more than two people needed, and is now has several rooms with no furniture where there were once nice pieces like a formal dinner table, custom-built china cabinet full of glassware, etc. But I'm happier now that I'm in total control of what I do and where I go, instead of being bathed in my ex-wife's agitated depression.

      I've got a secure job that I enjoy, a great salary, so much so that the only thing I look at on my paycheque is how many holiday hours I've accrued. When the gold price got smashed down two weeks ago, I had enough spare cash lying around that I went out and bought a few more dubloons, until the market for physical dried up. In this town full of Chinese people, they bought every last one-ounce anything.

      I live in a city where I can see snow-capped mountains, ocean vistas, a huge picturesque island just off the coast, and even a volcano (Mount Baker) across the border in the United States. The air is fresh and clean as it blows off the ocean. And because I don't have a car any more, I'm not cursing at these horrible Asian drivers.

      I am feeling powerful. Part of it's because I'm riding my bicycle like a mofo, going on long scenic rides through the Canadian countryside with a bicycling group, getting in wicked good physical shape. I'm feeling powerful on the job, too, where I'm like the wise old hand who keeps calm in the face of freakish behaviour and keeps situations from exploding.

      It plays out in little things. Today I had a patient who was 6-foot-2, muscular, done some jail time for assaultive behaviour like getting naked at a public fountain, peeing in the water and splashing it on passers-by while yelling gibberish. His thinking is so disorganized he can't string together a coherent sentence. He got irritated at the noise from the ward paddle hockey table where a young lady and a teen patient with autism were playing. The muscular madman started ranting at them, and the kid with autism didn't have the sense that most people would to "back away from the big angry guy" because autistics are daft that way. The muscular guy can't think straight, but he can throw a straight right. I'm not that big, but I got between them anyway, talked the large crazy guy down, got him to take some sedatives by mouth instead of having the security guards tackle him and me needing to inject him with heavy-duty anti-psychotics. The we walked him over to one of the "padded cell" types of rooms, instead of needing to roll him up in security blankets and dragging him in front of the whole ward, which is how it goes when someone has to be pinioned on the ground. Nobody got punched, nobody got their back hurt in a violent take-down, and Bukko looked like the cool dude who shrewdly managed the situation. Like I say, small things like that make me happy.

      Y'see Mr. Smith, some of us atheists have moral values like "do no harm" not because some Invisible Entity tells us to, but because it's the right thing to do. In a secular humanist way. My rule is the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," which is also a principle that the philosopher rabbi known as Jesus had. I can't say I'm perfect -- both my ex-wives will testify about my bastardly side -- but I keep trying. Same as you, just with a different motivating factor.

      Tricks are great, Mr. Smith. I am thankful for that every day. It will not always be this way. I could get creamed tomorrow by some Chinese guy who can't drive his SUV for squat and wind up paralyzed from the neck down. The planet is screwed; we're on an inevitable course to an Extinction Level Event from global pollution if we don't nuke ourselves first. But today I was happy. Was yesterday, too. And prospects are looking good for tomorrow. I can't ask for much more than that, eh?

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    3. I'm glad things are working out for you.

      Continued good luck in the future.

      Peace.

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  7. "The King is a spiritual car wash for the soul."

    I like that. Nice turn of phrase.

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Thanks for stopping by. Smith.