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December 8, 2014

Zeitgeist

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I have been an atheist since I was old enough to dare to question the bullshit I had been force-fed by the Roman Catholic Church, via my similarly-indoctrinated parents and a couple of RC-run schools.

At the age of seven, our class teacher (Miss Brogan, a middle-aged Irish spinster) told us about a girl who had ‘been to communion’ without first confessing her sins.

Little black devils were seen crawling all over her body.

Of course, any self-respecting seven-year-old nowadays would say she was fucking stupid, but 50-odd years ago, in the midst of post-war deprivation and the recent memory of rationing, children were to be seen and not heard, adults – especially teachers and priests – were authority and the truth, and the local copper was likely to give you a ‘clip round the ear’ if he saw you misbehaving. Paranoia ruled.

So, as a shy, quiet boy (yes, you wouldn’t believe it, would you?), I was filled with fear and unease.

I don’t know when I realised the truth of the situation, but I’m sure it was a major factor in my subsequently questioning the sort of bullshit that gets pushed at you every day, of whatever shade of brown. And every further exposure to religion has served to confirm my lack of belief in a grey-bearded old man in the sky who notes our every thought and action. Or his boy.

Two or three times within living memory, I have referenced the Zeitgeist ‘movie’ on this site, and provided a link. I wish I had been able to watch this film when I was about fourteen: I discovered it around 4 years ago, when a colleague gave me a CD download.

Watching it was a denouement, one of those rare moments when you sit there gaping, seeing it all fall into place, and wondering why nobody had thought of it before. Zeitgeist was originally a video art installation by ‘Peter Joseph’, a pseudonym apparently, although he now seems to have assumed the name, since I saw him doing a TED talk recently.                                                 Or was it really him . . ?                                                                                                                                                  Anyway, the ideas in Part I are not his, but those of author Dorothy M. Murdock, who writes as ‘Acharya S’, would you believe.

The film is in three parts, the first one (The Greatest Story Ever Told) addressing religions. After a 4-minute introduction guaranteed to put off anybody but a masochistic stoic, the preamble begins with a shockingly-rhythmic tattoo of fast-edited images of weapons of mass destruction shooting fire and death skywards, with their own musical accompaniment; an animated, potted history of evolution is next, followed by horrific images of the innocent victims of war.

But relief is to hand in the form of the late, great George Carlin, giving his take on The Old Man In The Sky.

Then come the ‘juicy bits’. Watch it and be justified. Or horrified.

But if you can’t be arsed, I will tell you the gist of it in a follow-up post. Promise.

Part II deals with ‘The Politics of Fear’, and the third part is about the financial/monetary system. I am not going to discuss these, but you might be interested to watch them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 6, 2014

Season’s Greetings . . .

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ChristmasMarketJena

 

Not the lovely view above, just a different take on the festivities . . .

November 21, 2014

Caption this . . .

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jocks

November 3, 2014

Caption this . . .

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AXE Astronauts Bring A Taste Of Space To The Kentucky Derby

 

Pic: Brad Barket, Getty Images

September 22, 2014

Flaw x flaw

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When my brother and I began potholing as late teenagers, 40-odd years ago, we were dependent on others for transport, as neither of us drove. That the club we joined was based in our small

April 8, 2014

That’s Handy, Harry…

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Harry Hopalot likes to hop. That’s certainly true.

But what else does Harry like to do?

September 7, 2013

A Message From Alan Partridge

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NNDR's Alan Partridge

NNDR’s Alan Partridge

Comedian Steve Coogan has generously pledged to double any donations to Hacked Off, the group which campaigns for regulation of press excesses, and for implementation of the Leveson Inquiry’s recommendations.

Now, in an outrageous attempt to undermine Mr Coogan’s beneficence,

August 11, 2013

Sticky

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Sticky

Sticky

stick’y (adj.) adhesive:  tenacious:  gluey:  muggy:  difficult (coll.):  unpleasant (coll.) (Chambers English Dictionary).

‘Sticky’ is one of the most popular words in the English language, and is responsible for describing a wide range of both pleasurable, and unpleasant, experiences (although the above definition doesn’t adequately reflect the two extremes).

However, some experiences incorporate both,

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July 31, 2013

Shut the fuck up!

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American GIs are trained in eloquence

American GIs are trained in eloquence

“Shut the fuck up!”  Obviously an Americanism, but one of the better ones. When one is appealing for a bit of peace and quiet, there’s nothing like being direct, and a high level of distress usually requires this approach.

If the racket isn’t that bad, and you’re still relatively in control of your emotions, sometimes a polite “I say, old chap, would you mind awfully keeping it down a bit – I can’t hear myself fart over here!” might suffice.

And, of course, you shouldn’t use bad language in front of children, so the

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