3/31/2005 02:38:00 PM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|
The body that used to be Terri Shaivo expired today, ending almost 2 weeks of Republican abuse of power and hypocrisy and Christian Conservative mewling and bullshit.

Tom Delay's REALLY hard to swallow indignation and claims that the men responsible would pay was a real treat. I'll tell you what Tom, how about we let those men pay, right after you do for all your ethics violations, vote rigging, electoral manipulation, abuse of power and political bullying.

I like how everyone is trying to go after Michael Shaivo and those damn "activist" judges. It must be a bitch when you have to demonize people for following the law. This is not called rightiousness, it's called being a cry-baby bastard and a sore loser.

Speaking of which, what happened to their precious Jesus on this one? I guess Michael Shaivo and the Judges were stronger. If this was an affront to God, why didn't he make that miracle happen that they were all waiting for?

Thanks for playing - I guess they can get back to picking on the gays again now.
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By now we all know what happens when a Christian is confronted by reality that conflicts with their mythology - deny deny deny. Or in the case of evolution, develop a competing "theory" as equally ridiculous and silly as their dogma.

The latest testament to delusional stupidity affecting our world is the great IMAX debacle. This is the one where IMAX theatres in areas populated by morons(i.e. in the south) refuse to show IMAX movies that reference evolution or evolutionary thinking because it conflicts with their beliefs.

I was thinking - what if you were a Wiccan or an Athiest theatre owner - would you not show The Passion of The Christ or any film refernceing God or Jesus because it conflicted with your beliefs? How fast do you think it would take before they turned your theatre into Terry Shaivo's front porch?

Well on the subject of this, here is a great link discussing Intelligent Design (the jesus-freaks "alternative" theory) but from the perspective of the other creators.

http://www.livescience.com/history/top10_intelligent_designs.html


And while were talking about theories that "aren't facts" as the intelligent design folks like to say, here are some more theories, that these guys ought to take a look at:

Theory of Gravity
Electricity
Thermodynamics
Chemistry
Genetics
Medicine

Yes, let's reconsider all these theories to make sure there aren't any conflicts with Christian Dogma.

Evolution is a time tested fact backed up by 150 years of science. Intelligent design is a fairy tale starring fictional characters and not a single shred of scientific proof - ever. I'd say you do the math, but the theory of mathematics is probably prohibited too.
|W|P|111220565953984363|W|P|Unintelligent Design.|W|P|3/30/2005 1:04 PM|W|P|Blogger Lotus|W|P|Interesting read. Good point as well.3/30/2005 8:38 PM|W|P|Blogger Joey|W|P|Nice post. Who cares what my beliefs are...You want to watch a movie? You want to pay me like 11 bucks to see it? Do my opinions matter? Nope. ::she says while clapping her hands::3/30/2005 8:39 PM|W|P|Blogger Joey|W|P|Those movies about thermodynamics really get me steamed.3/31/2005 6:38 AM|W|P|Blogger Rudicus|W|P|The worst part is, I bet you 95% of these kinds of folks wouldn't even get why your last post was funny.3/31/2005 7:33 AM|W|P|Blogger The Lone Rangers|W|P|HUH IT?? Ohhhhhh.........butterflies

Add cooking to the list of sciences because if it wasn't roasted over a spit then the food just fell from heaven.

EVIL EVIL saute-ing!!4/02/2005 10:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Um, actually, although we do have a lot of evidence to back up the theory of evolution, there are also things it can't explain. Science has its biases too, and when it encounters things that don't fit in with the theory of evolution it tends to shove them under the rug. I would agree that evolution is probably the best theory we've got, but it's by no means perfect or value-free.

-Kat4/03/2005 10:33 AM|W|P|Blogger Rudicus|W|P|I agree that it's not perfect, but a theory with tons of scientific plus observable support and a few holes is alot easier to swallow than no support whatsoever.3/29/2005 10:44:00 AM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|

HoooooooBoy!

America strives to be the best at everything, so it's no surprise everyone is doing their part to make sure we are the fattest and unhealthiest MF's on the planet.

This week's prize goes to Burger King and their new Enormous Omlet Sandwich:

The Enormous Omelet Sandwich carries 730 calories and 47 grams of fat and comes with two eggs, sausage, three strips of bacon and two slices of melted American cheese on a bun. It's heftier than a Whopper hamburger, which weighs in at 700 calories and 42 grams of fat.

OH YEAH! It's pretty efficient though - you can get 50% of your daily caloric intake out of the way in one shot. You also get a weeks supply of fat and I'd guess about 6 months worth of sodium.

Now you'd be tempted to say, "those horrible people at Burger King" but you'd actually be wrong. It's not thier fault - they are in the food business, not the fitness business.

Officials at Miami-based Burger King Corp. said that healthier choices are also available, but surveys showed customers wanted bigger sandwiches.

So, it's not them, it's us.

Well, they got that part right. I promise you, there would be no Enormous Omlet Sandwich if they didn't think people would buy it.

We are responsible for our own fatness. But at the same time, it's not just about making healthy choices - it's also our society and culture. To be honest, I started drinking protein shakes for lunch, because there simply isn't a healthy alternative for me. There is literally not anywhere that I can get to on my lunch break where I can eat something healthy.

Everyone always says bring a lunch - well that's easier said than done - I have to shop for the food, prepare it and pack it. Frankly, I don't have time for all that on a consistent basis. We really have very few healthy options, combine that with very little opportunity for exercise each day, plus no time for anything to be anything other than rush rush hurry hurry - and you can see why half the people in this country look like a balloon.

BUT, none of this is going to change because NOTHING in this country is more important than money, so you may as well enjoy you Enormous Omlet Sandwich, because if you are trying to get healthy, pretty much every company, your society and your own culturally inherited laziness and apathy are against you.

|W|P|111211255609443388|W|P|FATLAND|W|P|3/29/2005 2:55 PM|W|P|Blogger Ack|W|P|Ever see the stats on the Grilled Stuft Burrito from Taco Bell??
720 Calories
33 Grams of Fat (11 Saturated)
2090mg of Sodium
79 Carbs.

Yeah, thats healthy.3/30/2005 12:30 AM|W|P|Blogger Big Dog|W|P|Read "Fast Food Nation" and see "Supersize Me" and that will cure you of any desire to visit any fast food place. Ever.3/30/2005 7:34 AM|W|P|Blogger The Lone Rangers|W|P|Sounds like what I have for breakfast every few days.

No wait thats 3 egg whites, with onion and fat free cheese cooked in PAM on light wheat.

WOW not even close3/30/2005 7:52 AM|W|P|Blogger Rudicus|W|P|Big Dog - I have read that book and seen that movie - I don't eat fast food anymore - if you want to read a couple more onthe same subject - check out Fatland and Mad Cowboy.3/30/2005 11:33 AM|W|P|Blogger AVA|W|P|I absolutely agree. I live a couple of hours away from the US border and I go to TX very often, just for the weekends or so, and I usually have to take a bag of apples with me, otherwise I'm stuck with greasy snacks all weekend. In restaurants, even the salads have almost as much calories as a hamburger, and the portions are huge!
I don't think that's going to change soon, unless a really smart investor takes a chance on a healthy fast food chain, for people like you, which I dont even think can be done, since you have to use fresh products all the time and you can't freeze stuff for months like they do right now in every fast food restaurant.
You're going to have to cook your own lunch Rudicus..why don't you try salads, or healthy sandwiches, they take like 5 minutes to make, you just need to practice :)3/30/2005 12:37 PM|W|P|Blogger Rudicus|W|P|I tried that with the salad - I did fine for a week or so, but I have to go the health food store for good dressing and the you have to wash the dishes - it just became too much of a pain - but the shake is working out so far - longer than any other solution.

I have thought about a heathly chain of "fast" food - the problem is definitely spoilage - because things would be freash - you'd end up throwing out alot - the other way to go would be with a set menu - but ultimately - I don't know how many people would really care - like the article says THEY want the 9000 calorie heart attack.3/28/2005 04:21:00 PM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|
While apparently it's not ok to call a gay person derogautory names, it apparently is perfectly ok to let them die if they are injured or sick.

Yes you guessed it, more republican/chriatian shenanigans have delived another chapter in our ongoing story of how America is being turned into a fascist totalitatrian religious dictatorship. This episode comes from Michigan.

The Michigan House has just passed legislation that would allow a doctor to refuse treatement to an individual if their beliefs are in conflict with that individual - i.e. if the doctor is a staunch catholic or christian conservative, he can refuse to treat a gay person if he thinks homosexuality is wrong. I'm glad we are all just laughing in the face of that stupid and apparently obsolete concept of separation of church and state, but this one takes the cake. You want to talk about a slippery slope, this is a 90 degree ice mountain covered in grease.

Forgetting the fact that this is not only insane and completely against the hypocratic oath, but it's just down right dangerous. Can a gay doctor now refuse to work on a straight person? Can a Muslim doctor refuse to work a Jewish or Christian patient or vice versa? What if the doctor is a white supremecist and refuse to work on blacks or hispanics? Can Republican Doctors refuse to work on Democratic patients?

There is no end to how stupid, hurtful and hateful this bill is, I guess it's up to the Republican controlled Senate to stop this one (good luck). Beyond that, what scares me more is that these folks think they can get away with this kind of thing because they have a Republican Conservative controlled government backing them up.

But I like where this is going. Pretty soon, someone from Alabama will propose a bill creating re-education camps where we can send everyone we don't like to get them to get them to love Jesus or turn un-gay. And those that do can be lo-jacked and carefully re-admitted into society, and those that don't can get shipped to a facility in Nevada where they can be gassed and put in ovens. How does that sound?

It's a testament to apathy that nobody is up in arms about this stuff. There should be a gay army - a nice militant wing would be useful. It seems like that's the only thing that anyone understands. Where are the Black Panthers when we need them?
|W|P|111204627080175070|W|P|Mixed Messages.|W|P|3/28/2005 10:07 PM|W|P|Blogger The Lone Rangers|W|P|When you were young
and your heart was an open book
You used to say live and let live
you know you did
you know you did
you know you did
But if this ever changin
in which we live in
Makes you give in and cry
Say live and let die
Live and let die

What does it matter to ya
When ya got a job to do
Ya got to do it well
You got to give the other fella hell

You used to say live and let live
you know you did
you know you did
you know you did

But if this ever changin
in which we live in
Makes you give in and cry
Say live and let die
Live and let die3/29/2005 3:38 PM|W|P|Blogger Dave|W|P|oh my gosh, i am just horrified by this heinous law. this needs to be challenged and struck down.3/31/2005 1:26 PM|W|P|Blogger gravitybear|W|P|Wouldn't that be Pink Panthers?3/31/2005 2:08 PM|W|P|Blogger Rudicus|W|P|good point3/26/2005 10:08:00 AM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|
I know I'm one of the latte drinking liberal flag bearers, but I wanted to chime in on the side of an issue that is a fairly conservative topic, guns and citizens.

What if every citizen was armed and trained how to use it? If you get on a bus, everyone is armed, if you go to school all the adults are armed, when you go to work, your co-workers are armed.

What do you think would happen to society?

Everyone talks about how it would be the wild wild west, with bodies littering the streets every day where people would be settling their differences with lead, but I disagree.

Communities in the south and southwest that have required this have seen violent crime drop off to nearly zero.

Think about it.

A mugger, rapist, bank robber, stick up man, drunk asshole etc. are not going to get very far if everyone is armed - even if you got the drop on your victim, you can't get the drop on anyone else in the area.

Think about serial killers - how far will they get if all their potential victims are packing?

What about disgruntled postal workers? A guy gets fired and comes back to work with an AK, but he doesn't make it too far because someone else stops him before he kills 12 people.

How about a columbine type shooter? How far would that kid in Minnesota gotten if the security guard he shot had been armed? Or the teachers or the principal or the janitor?

The only thing that might happen is an armed citizenry could revolt against the government, but that would help keep them in line as well.

I know it sounds awfully crazy, but I've been playing with the idea for years and I'm not sure it wouldn't work as long as everyone was armed AND trained.

It's just like martial arts. Martial Arts are a weapon and can be used to fight Or they can be used so you don't have to fight. Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris or Mike Tyson typically don't get accosted by people, because everyone knows they'll get their asses kicked.

It's radical, but think about it? Why wouldn't that work?
|W|P|111184991836743175|W|P|Armed Citizenry.|W|P|3/26/2005 11:10 AM|W|P|Blogger The Lone Rangers|W|P|You kinda surprised me with your stand here but didn't really shock me. (There's the Rudi I know!!)

If everyone were trained (longer and more detailed than a standard NRA 12 hour course) it WOULD work.

It would not only control violent crimes but exactly as you stated (and the ACTUAL meaning behind the second amendment) it would also keep the government in check knowing that armed citizend outnumbered our military.3/28/2005 12:17 PM|W|P|Blogger AVA|W|P|It makes sense, but I don't think impulsive or violent people should be trusted with a gun. Besides, there is no effective way to know who will make good use of it. I think crime rates would be ridiculously high.3/25/2005 06:36:00 PM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|
Nothing makes life more livable than a nice sunny day. I had the day off for Good Friday and since it was GORGEOUS - 85 degrees and sunny, I popped my new Caesars CD into the Beetle and cruised around the city.

Traffic was pretty bad even on the surface roads, but the weather and the music were so good, I didn't care. I stopped for lunch at my favorite gyro place and sat outside enjoying the rays and just thinking. As I stopped a few different places, I noticed that most of the people who were out and about were mostly old people or homeless people.

I thought about Ava's blog and her post about slow food, and I realized how far downhill we've come as a culture that we need to have a movemoent to tell us to slow down and enjoy life. I'm just as guilty of it myself, I woof down my food and run from place to place trying to get everything done - it's insane. Half the time I have to spend my weekends running errands because I can't get them done during the week and I spend more time eating crap because I never have enough time to get anything helathy to eat - not that there is anying out there matching that description to begin with, but that's another story.

How sad is it that nobody could even get out to enjoy the day unless they were retired or homeless or not working. I talked to people today who didn't even get to go to lunch today. We spend all this time working to earn money and what does it do for us? I end up wasting my weekend half the time just doing nothing because I need to unplug. So we work and work and have no time to enjoy the fruits of our labors, there's something wrong with that picture.

Americans get and spend the least amount of time on vacation out of EVERYONE. and even when we do go on vacation - it's usually an overplanned rush because we only have a week and thanks to blackberrys, business centers, cell phones and laptops, we're never REALLY on vacation anyway.

Is it worth it?

Today was one of my favorite days, because I actually got to enjoy it.
|W|P|111179514943528695|W|P|A Sunny Day.|W|P|3/26/2005 12:25 AM|W|P|Blogger The Lone Rangers|W|P|Sounds like you had one of those AWESOME days!!!


Did you ummmm say beetle?? Please don't mean VW beetle.

::Grabbing you by the shoulders:: WHERE is RUDICDUS?!? WHAT HAVE you done with him!!3/28/2005 11:42 AM|W|P|Blogger AVA|W|P|No, it is Mexicans that have the least amount of vacation time out of everyone... I'm even embarassed to tell you, I think it's like 5 days a year, and the first year you don't get to take any days off. So consider yourself lucky :)3/25/2005 09:24:00 AM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|
Ahhh Good Friday, the day the fictional character of Jesus got strung up on a big wooden 'T'

I don't recall the exact details from the scriptures, but it was sometime shortly after the lord passed(I think it was the 3rd day) that the great rabbit came to him and guided him to heaven leaving a trail of crimson colored jelly beans in his wake.

Yes it's Easter time again, so as I watch the easter egg hunts, baskets, bunnies, spring ribbons and bonnets, naturally my thoughts turn to God. And as I listened to all the folks talking about going to church for the big day - you know when folks finally get around to going to church - the Christian equivalent of making the minimum payment on your credit card, I started to think about Jesus and his adventures, as well as the adventures from the earlier story starring God and a cast of thousands like Moses, Noah, Abraham, Job, Joshua, Jonah and Samuel L. Jackson.

Contrary to what you may be thinking, this is not another rant about the Christians hijacking another holiday - we all know easter is a pagan fertility festival, so no point in discussing it. No, I wanted to go in a different direction. I'm reading this book called Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell - so far it's pretty good, the story revolves around a bunch of would-be magicians in 19th century Britain. At the time there is no more magic in the world and the protagonists are asking why.

That got me thinking. The Bible is full of all sorts of magic, divine intervention and other supernatural beings and activities - what happened to it all? Presumably each saint needs to perform not one, but three miracles. That seems like a tall order to me considering I've never heard of a single miracle ever occurring in recorded history. Mother Theresa, who by all accounts is proibably more deserving of saint hood than all the peters, pauls and georges, but she didn't pull off any miracles, what a shame.

So how could it be that miracles were aplenty 2000 years ago, but there haven't been any since then? I don't have an proof that no one has parted the red sea recently, but If someone can catch Brad Pitt eating a sandwich at some back alley falafel shop in Madagascar, I'm pretty sure a sea parting would have made it onto CNN. And where were these sea-parters during the Tsunami, they could have come in handy.

I've seen alot of things in my time, blue pepsi, shamrock shakes, chia-pet, flowbee, people who buy that Scion box truck, but I have to say, I've never seen anyone walk on water, turn loaves to fishes or convert water into wine(which would have been quite well received when the keg ran out). No, I don't remember any sticks to snakes, guys inside whales, horns that knock down walls, fire raining from the skies, burning bushes that talk or any of that.

So where did it all go? Doesn't God get involved anymore? Seems like he hasn't spoken to anyone in a meaningful way or intervened in any demonstable way in a couple thousand years. Pretty lame if you ask me.

Oh well something to think about.

Anyway, Happy Easter everyone - don't forget to honor tradition and celebrate Easter by having lots of sex.
|W|P|111176231695853204|W|P|Good Friday.|W|P|3/25/2005 12:23 PM|W|P|Blogger AVA|W|P|I bet you mother Theresa will be canonized at some point... After a while (when there won't be anyone alive that can prove it) someone will say she did perform a miracle. After 100 years, there will be someone who thinks something she did was also a miracle, and then someone will think of a third one, that's how all the saints became saints.3/25/2005 8:03 PM|W|P|Blogger Joey|W|P|I enjoyed that post. Made me smile on many levels. I will not be going to church on Sunday. I will not be an EC (Easter/ Christmas church-goer). I will ultimately catch Holy Hell at dinner, but, I would rather catch Hell being consistent...than be a blasphemous hypocrite.

Also, I am somewhat jealous that it was 85 degrees in GA, sux, as I was freezing all day. I too had the day off - but I did not enjoy the sun. I was pleased to notice tat 90% of ther snow in my pary has melted, so there is hope!3/25/2005 8:03 PM|W|P|Blogger Joey|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.3/22/2005 10:22:00 AM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|
I wanted to spend some time this week discussing ideas.

My first one is moving to Canada.

Not in the "this country sucks, I'm movin' to Canada" quippy way, but for real.

To me, the country is trending in a direction that I do not like, and it is my belief that it is not going to change for some time - possibly not in my lifetime. The liberal movement started in the 60's and made it about 30-35 years, so if we expect the same for this Conservative trend, I'll be old or dead by the time the turn around comes.

So like other great thinkers, I've contemplated living in exile as an american Expat abroad - Canada is just the closest.

So what do we think about this? What would it really mean to leave America? What would be the pro's and con's? Would it be worth it? Where would you go - for real? Canada because it's close or try a land of opportunity kind of place in eastern europe or something?

Your thoughts?
|W|P|111150607382100066|W|P|Bienvenue au Canada!|W|P|3/22/2005 1:01 PM|W|P|Blogger AVA|W|P|That depends on what your main purpose for moving is. Do you want to make more money? do you just want to avoid political turmoil? do you want to live a more comfortable life?
Canada sounds like a good option for all of them... But I'd definitely go to Europe, I don't know, its just a matter of taste.3/22/2005 8:36 PM|W|P|Blogger The Lone Rangers|W|P|That's a good choice, if things aren't going the way you like them, just move. That will make it all better.

Worked for Nelson Mandela......Oh wait, no it didn't. He made a difference didn't he.3/22/2005 9:09 PM|W|P|Blogger Joey|W|P|Hmmmmm. I don't know if I could ever move to Canada. Do people really move to Canada? Not Quebec, though. Not an option. Maybe PEI, or if I had tons of money, I'd consider one of those tiny villages, you know, the places where the mail is delivered weekly...instead of daily.3/22/2005 10:54 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|I would need to find out more about living other places.For me, the cons of staying here are the trend towards consevatatism/christianism as well as the emphasis of this culture. We emphasize working all the time, making money, always being on the go. We put too little emphasis on actually enjoying our lives and are decreasing those activities such as vacation, arts in the schools, physical exercise in the schools. We tend to look down at people who relax, take time, enjoy where they are. I would like to be part of a culture whose emphasis was on being happy and integrated as a human being. Where vacation, physical activity, relaxation, enjoyment, arts were looked on as importantly as making money.3/23/2005 1:48 PM|W|P|Blogger Ack|W|P|I have considered moving to the Netherlands. I have friends there, everyone speaks english and I can probably get a decent job working for Philips Global easily enough.

If you move to Canadaland, I will mock you relentlessly, eh. You will be a poutine eatin, igloo living eskimo in no time.3/23/2005 7:28 PM|W|P|Blogger The Lone Rangers|W|P|Do they have yurts in Canada? Just a thought.3/24/2005 7:45 PM|W|P|Blogger Dave|W|P|I have often thought about moving to canada. besides being much more liberal, it is a beautiful place. Ive spent two vacations there once in glacier national park and the banff. Gorgeous! I also think about how i can stay here in America and do my part to change the current direction and make a difference. I hope to visit Canada again soon tho. If you do move there, I wish you the best.3/21/2005 12:42:00 PM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|
As we are all aware by now, there is a woman in a hospice in Florida who has been in a persistent vegetative state (according to court-appointed medical examiners) for 15 years. On Friday, her feeding tub came out. Over the weekend, a bunch of Republicans threw together a quick bill that was signed by the Prez so that a federal court (probably someone Bush appointed who would be friendly to the case) could "look" at the case.

Shrouded in some lame attempt to "save this woman's life," the bill and subsequent action should be sending chills down your spine right now. I'm sure it is not, but here's why it should.

For the last 10 years, court after court after court has ruled in favor of the woman's husband who is trying to enact her last wishes not to be kept alive artificially. The opposition up until now have been her parents who have combined a clearly severe case of inability to let go with religious fervor to try and keep her body alive. Bearing in mind that noone has been able to establish anything to support their claim that their daughter is alive and smiling and laughing and crying, this woman as anyone knew her died 15 years ago.

Thanks to political gamesmanship, the Florida Governor (Jeb Bush) passed a bill similar to the one just passed by Congress, which was then ruled unconstitutional. My guess is the one just passed by Congress will be ruled the same - but not until months or years of political wrangling go on.

But her is where the scary part comes in - this case has shown beyond any doubt the depth of corruption and political pandering and manipulation as well as the depths that the Conservatives will sink to control the country. This group, led by this administration has eroded, stepped on or squashed just about every personal freedom, civil right or law in the books if it got in their way. If a person is in the way, they are discredited or removed by any means necessary. If an elected official is in the way, and they can't be discredited, removed or intimidated, they are chucked out of office by an unprecedented campaign of mistruthes, lies, bribery and smear tactics as soon as an election comes up. If a international body gets in the way (say the U.N.) they are lied to, misled, threatened or simply ignored. And if another country gets in the way...well we all know what happens to them.

What happened in the case of this woman is that a small group of Conservatives passed a bill overturning 10 years of judicial decisions - basically saying in one breath that our court system doesn't work and in the other that even if it does if we don't like the decisions, we'll just over rule it. In case anyone doesn't remember from civics class - this is pretty much squashing the whole separation of powers thing.

Now you add all this in with trying to legislate hate and discrimination (in the case of gay marriage) as well as dictating and proselytizing the now state sponsored religion of Christianity, the new government of the U.S. is now telling us what to do, how to think and what to believe OR ELSE!

Now, I'm not sure if you have come to the final conclusion here, but let me spell it out for you. We have a Republican controlled house and senate (and by control in this case we don't just mean a majority), We have a conservative controlled Supreme Court and a Republican/Conservative/Nazi Executive Branch - and what do you get?

A Party Dictatorship.

Add that to the control thing and what do you get?

Politburo? KGB? Yup, you guessed it, all the things that were bad about Communism, without all the messy socialism. There's a word for that you know...let me see, oh here it is:

Fascism

I thought it would be nice to support this comparison with some definitions and observations - courtesy of our friends over at Wikipedia:

"Fascism, now and always, believes in holiness and in heroism."

Fascism
refers to the right-wing authoritarian political movement which ruled Italy from 1922 to 1943 under the leadership of Benito Mussolini.

Some historians and theorists regard fascism and "
Soviet Communism" (or more specifically, Stalinism) as being similar, lumping them together under the term "totalitarianism"

"fascism" occupies a place on the
political spectrum as the capitalist equivalent of communism, wherein a system that supports "economic liberty" is constrained by its social controls such that it becomes totalitarian.

The fascist economic model of
corporatism promoted class collaboration by attempting to bring classes together under the unity of the state Aside from doctrinal similarities,

The relationship between the Church and fascist movements in various countries has been very close.


Very interesting isn't it.

So in closing, remember two important things:

1. Make a living will so your family and friends don't have to deal with this kind of crap if anything happens to you.

2. Start getting acquainted with your peers in the Fascist ideology so you'll have something to talk about at the state-sponsored parties or re-education camps: Nazi Germany, Austria, Mussolini's Italy, Argentina, South Africa, The Taliban and our Three Axis of Evil Pals; Iran, Iraq, North Korea.

Happy Monday!
|W|P|111142699823553439|W|P|Adios Democracy!|W|P|3/22/2005 9:07 AM|W|P|Blogger Mr. Pants|W|P|It's just not OK to kill yourself. If you hold the gun to your head long enough, and someone sees, the cops come and forcibly disarm you. You try to jump from a building, and clowncars full of fireman will spread trampolines to spring you back into society.
You put on desert fatigue and a lifeless expression, they weigh you down with M-16s and magazines and American flags, and push you over sand dunes.3/17/2005 07:03:00 AM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|
Don't say I didn't warn you.

Remember we talked about how the Republicans had conned the Conservatives into supporting them? We knew the Republicans wouldn't deliver for the Conservatives, and would just take care of their own - well, here's your proof:

For the Conservatives:
Gay Marriage Amendment - nope
Social Security Reform - nope
Overturn Roe v. Wade - nope

For the Republicans:
Tort reforms so regualr people can't sue Big Business - YES!
Rewriting bankruptcy laws so regular people get hurt and Big Business gets added protection - YES!
Oil drilling in the Alaskan wildlife refuge so oil companies get rich and wildlife gets fucked - YES!

Remember Republicans are NOT psychotic conservatives - even if they play one on TV. Because it's a scam to get the neocons to vote Republican so they can stay in power and take care of the business people.

Note to Conservatives - Ya been HAD! Hoodwinked! BAM-boozled!

You would think that this would piss off alot of Conservatives - but you'd be wrong. The simple fact is that most of the conservatives are so easily manipulated and stupid that they not only don't realize that they've been suckered, but they compound that error by being too sheep-like to even question it.

You know how I know? In a survey that was JUST conducted, over 50% of Americans STILL think Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction. I hear you laughing, but it gets better. That same group, just over 50% of Americans STILL think that Iraq and Saddam Hussein were connected to AL Quaida and 9/11. (If you are reading this and saying to yourself "What do you mean? Are you saying they're not?" please turn off your computer and go stand in the street - a bus will be along shortly.)

Just over 50%...seems to be right about the same number of people who voted for someone doesn't it.

But all this says is that these folks are too dumb to even read a newspaper, turn on something other than FOX or spend even one second critically thinking. I guess we already knew this, but it's frightening to see it in action.

Think about that. Just over half the people in America are THAT stupid.

Kudos to the Republicans for winning the smarts award this decade, you guys deserve it.
|W|P|111106253308968575|W|P|You Dumb Bastards!|W|P|3/17/2005 12:01 PM|W|P|Blogger Ailyn|W|P|well, I'm happy that Roe v. Wade wont be overturned. interesting info there u have there.3/17/2005 10:44 PM|W|P|Blogger The Lone Rangers|W|P|You angry.3/17/2005 11:13 PM|W|P|Anonymous ITChick|W|P|Wonderfully written. I am silly over it all.

I'm on the fence w/ Roe v. Wade....3/15/2005 05:05:00 PM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|
I couldn't hold back on this one. Apparently the Vatican and the rest of Catholic land are up in arms over Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code. Always coming late to the party, the folks in the funny outfits are worried that the conspiracy Brown presents in the book may be believed by people:

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Archbishop of Genoa told an Italian newspaper: "It astonishes and worries me that so many people believe these lies."

The archbishop told Il Giornale: "The book is everywhere. There is a very real risk that many people who read it will believe that the fables it contains are true."


Well if that's not the pot calling the kettle black, I don't know what is.

I hate to break this to you Cardinal, but your team has been riding your own book of fables for over 2000 years - and your entire organization is dedicated to making sure that the many people who read it will believe that the fables it contains are true.

The Cardinal said he wanted "to unmask the lies" so readers could see how "shameful and unfounded" the book was.

That sounds great to me - how about we do the same for your book? You bring the book(and all the edits and parts you left out), and I'll bring all the archaeological, historical and literary evidence to support the fables.

When I show up empty handed, try not to act too surprised.

And this genius is probably going to be the next pope - this planet gets more fun by the minute.
|W|P|111092449123946470|W|P|When Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds.|W|P|3/15/2005 7:21 PM|W|P|Blogger AVA|W|P|It should be fun to see how he plans to "unmask the lies", how he plans to convince people that the Church is NOT in fact male dominated, and that Opus Dei's main purpose is helping people achieve "holyness".3/16/2005 12:07 PM|W|P|Blogger Lotus|W|P|It will be interesting to watch and see how they talk their way through the hypocrisy.3/17/2005 2:13 AM|W|P|Blogger The Lone Rangers|W|P|:: Brushing off his new white robes and pope party hat::

are you sura he'sa gonna be da nexxa popa??



(Hey I'm Italian so I CAN do the accent)a3/18/2005 11:42 AM|W|P|Blogger Ack|W|P|Hrm. "See how they talk their way throught the hypocrisy"??

Simple. They wont. This will drop like a hot potato. See.. whats funny is you can mock all the aethists you want.. but if you start mocking the church publicly, you are screwed. Why? Cause churchies have more free time then their more logical counterparts who are out curing cancer and such. The FCC published the list of people who complained about something a short while ago. 97% of the letters were from members of a single church organization...

Basically the dogma is thick and not going anywhere. You will knock yourself unconscious before you even make a dent in their mental defenses. They are right, you are wrong and nothing you can do or say will convince them otherwise.3/08/2005 11:39:00 AM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|
Well, I knew it was only a matter of time before some entrepreneurial minded state government drove off the deep end in the name of Homeland Insecurity - and it looks like its mine.

We all have heard of lots of zany law ideas like outlawing gay books, low rise jeans and dildos, but this one is serious and just launched.

The brand new danger lurking in the hearts and minds of paranoid conservatives is:

Agricultural Terrorism.

This is where a terrorist organization tries to disrupt the food chain by blowing up corn or spreading disease to cattle. Not to take anything away from terrorists, but do we really think these guys are going to attack Iowa? Now let's say they are successful. Don't forget these guys are going to have to sneak the same biological or explosive agents into the country that they would if they were trying to hit people or financial institutions - so it's not like they are going to be at customs at JFK and the guys says -

Leon The Heavy-Set Guard: "Hey, what are you doing with this C-4 and Anthrax, are you some kind of terrorist?"

Stereotypical Muslim Extremist: "No sir, I'm a farmer"

Leon The Heavy-Set Guard: "Oh in that case it's fine"

I feel fairly confident that terrorists aren't sitting in Damascus trying to figure out how to take out the grain belt. It's just not a good target. First of all - I'm fairly sure that we will survive a decrease in the production of Pop-tarts and hamburger - since it's not like they could completely eliminate our food production. Plus I'm pretty sure we would figure out that something was wrong with the herd or the corn was neon green colored long before it went to market. If we can catch ONE cow with mad cow disease in an entire population of cows around the country, I'm pretty sure we'll be able to catch an entire herd of them. The USDA is doing just fine without a new Bureau of Cornland Security.

The folks in Georgia who are launching this plan are once again wasting all of our money in the name of paranoia and cronyism. I bet you the gross national product of Costa Rica, that the people who are benefiting from this deal are fat-cat agricultural firms, civilian and governmental consultants who somewhere along the line either work for Haliburton or are good friends with Tom DeLay and the Bush Administration - maybe not in money (but probably) but also in spreading even more fear into everyone's life.

In fact...Bush and his crew have succeeded in spreading far more terror than Al Qaida has.

Hmmmmmm.
|W|P|111029011668386375|W|P|Going A BIT too far.|W|P|3/10/2005 7:35 PM|W|P|Blogger Ailyn|W|P|But I really love your title -"Bureau of Cornland Security"3/12/2005 5:23 PM|W|P|Blogger The Lone Rangers|W|P|There are laws against dildo's?? What if you get a permit from
BATFD?3/13/2005 1:59 AM|W|P|Blogger Joey|W|P|"In fact...Bush and his crew have succeeded in spreading far more terror than Al Qaida has."

Um. Not quite. Remember 9/11?

Never under-estimate Al Qaida.

While I respect your opinions and your abilities as a writer (no b/s here, Rudicus) but I have to disagree. Americans should be very afraid.

There are terrorists living right here in the US, they don't need to go through customs to bring in their Anthrax & C-4...it's already here. I kid you not.

You have no idea what they are capable of.

But, the Cornland Security is hysterical.3/13/2005 7:33 AM|W|P|Blogger Rudicus|W|P|I'm not implying that we have nothing to fear, but simply pointing out that it is highly unlikely that anyone who was smart enough to pull off 9/11 could come up with something better than attacking our steak.

And for the record - we have killed way more Iraqis and Afgannis than they ever did with 9/11 by an exponential figure.3/13/2005 7:33 AM|W|P|Blogger Rudicus|W|P|I'm not implying that we have nothing to fear, but simply pointing out that it is highly unlikely that anyone who was smart enough to pull off 9/11 could come up with something better than attacking our steak.

And for the record - we have killed way more Iraqis and Afgannis than they ever did with 9/11 by an exponential figure.3/15/2005 9:55 PM|W|P|Blogger The Lone Rangers|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.3/16/2005 8:29 PM|W|P|Blogger Joey|W|P|I'm just bustin' on ya.

But I wouldn't put anything past them. Bush might be retarded, but he does not preach complacency. (I'm not implying that you are!)3/07/2005 01:06:00 PM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|
OK, I spent the better part of the weekend mulling over this whole business of happiness and going for your life and if that was even possible. It was very enlightening and alot of great questions came up about the nature of things and why and how we do what we do etc.

Since it seems like overwhelmingly folks seem to be in the same place, I thought it might be a good idea to start a new blog dedicated to the idea of becoming happy and changing your life from what it is, into what you want. I imagine this would be part personal exploration as well as a group forum where we can all explore together and perhaps we might be able to help each other get to wherever we are going.

What do you think?

The Rudicus Report will remain the same; exploring society and hypocrisy and stuff that pisses me off, but I thought I would call this new site "Your Next Life"

So to help get us started:

1. What do you think of the name and idea in general?
2. What types of things would you like to see/read about? - I like TLR's Question of the Week - so we might include somethings like that.
3. Anything else you think would be good to add in.

My intention would not to do a fluff site with inspiration and "feel good" stuff - there are enough of those out there, but more something really practical that might actually help - wouldn;t that be something.

Let me know what you think.
|W|P|111021938738514617|W|P|A New Blog?|W|P|3/07/2005 5:27 PM|W|P|Blogger AVA|W|P|It's a genius idea. The name is great, but you'd have to set a very specific tone for it not to be interpreted as an inspirational blog. I can't wait to read it. Let us know!!3/07/2005 6:22 PM|W|P|Blogger The Lone Rangers|W|P|I like the name and the non-fluff factor.

I also figured you would once again have to plagerize my work somehow.3/08/2005 12:58 PM|W|P|Blogger Ailyn|W|P|i like it. my idea/recommendation would be for questions and short comments followed by the opportunity for a lot of discussion.3/08/2005 6:24 PM|W|P|Blogger True Flight|W|P|Coincidentally I just started a new blog a few days ago, along the same theme.

The title I chose was Optimal Existence.

optimalexistence.blogspot.com

Heh. It is quite difficult these days to get the exact blog address you want from Blogger. I am lucky.3/04/2005 10:38:00 AM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|
We're having some fun now. Not only has George of the Jungle succeeded in erasing over 200 years of separation of church and state with his faith-based initiatives, but now he's trying for a double whammy of state sponsored discrimination.

We already know about the Defense of Marriage Act - you know the one where we are trying to protect the free world from Hollywood and the Gay Army. This is legal discrimination folks, in case anyone hadn't noticed. They are trying to pass a law that says it's ok to discriminate against gays who are trying to get married - saying they are not equal to straight couples in the eyes of the law. Imagine they said blacks or latinos or asians were inferior and therefore shouldn't marry - I would be glued to my TV watching the riots on that one. Yet more than half the people in America see no problem with this obvious discrimination policy.

NOW, Cotton George is giving us a new clever discrimination policy to go along with the faith-based initiative. He's saying that these groups CAN discriminate in their hiring based on religion - which they CAN ask about. WOW! Not only does this violate every EOE standard in the book, it's downright insane. So I can't work for a Catholic organization if I'm not a catholic? What about Catholic Universities? Does that mean that they don't have to hire jews, muslims, wiccans, atheists or anyone that isn't Catholic?

How far could this go? Certainly Muslim organizations no longer need to hire women or jews or anyone not Muslim. I assume religious based white supremacist organizations no longer need to worry about having any "darkies" or "heebs" spoiling the party. I guess it goes without saying that the psychos in Kansas can freely discriminate against jews and gays now. What kind of insane Pandora's box is this freak opening. He's basically giving people carte blanche to discriminate against anyone as long as they can find a religious basis to do it. Wonderful.

I guess we can call W the "Polarization President" Since he's basically splitting the country in half. In case you are sitting there saying - there is no way this thing will pass - it just did. It passed the House on a 100% partisan ticket - that means every single Republican voted for it, and every single Democrat voted against it - and since the R's control the house - it's away we go.

This guy isn't going to be happy until we have a full-on West Side Story style rumble in the street - although I'm not too excited about that one since the Conservatives have all the guns, and I don't think the Liberals' Birkenstocks, tie-dyed shirts and lattes are going to do much damage. Maybe we could drop a Saab on them, that might work.

I'm starting to like that Canada annexing the blue states idea better and better all the time.
|W|P|110989018366589037|W|P|Discrimination - It's The Law!|W|P|3/04/2005 1:20 PM|W|P|Blogger Ailyn|W|P|Holy shit! this is so scary to put me at a loss for words (more than holy shit that is).3/04/2005 6:03 PM|W|P|Blogger The Lone Rangers|W|P|Why not do it? It was done before back in the '30's in Europe.3/05/2005 12:35 AM|W|P|Blogger Dave|W|P|first of all let me say i love the phrase the Gay Army. but on a serious note, this makes me sick. im sitting here shaking my head. i dread this next 4 years with him.3/05/2005 10:13 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|blah blah blah......go to Canada.3/06/2005 3:36 AM|W|P|Anonymous ITChick|W|P|Well, fu*k Canada. Fu*k France, too. This coming from A French-Canadian...

Canada let "them" into the US...

France is sending 1 General...

Fu*k "W"...although, I would not want his J-O-B. Not that he even has a "say" really; he is just the face in front of the "Party". Left-wing, right-wing, right-down the-center-chicken-wing...it doesn't matter, really. His only "control" is the "veto" - let's be honest, all the decisions are made for him. He can't even stay out of his own way.

The entire election was a staged performance. Paid performers. Smile and wave, and throw out a controversial question/comment now and then....

I will be honest, I voted for W. Not because I stand behind him, but because Kerry is a lot of things, but not a President. I feel safer knowing that we get to keep what we have...rather than leave it all up to that wack-a-doo Kerry. Let W clean up what he started.

Maybe I am out of line. Maybe I am just really tired. Either way, four years is four years. But at least we know what to expect. Perhaps our options will be better come '08. I pray...3/07/2005 7:16 AM|W|P|Blogger The Lone Rangers|W|P|Agreed. Although I'm a Repiblican we haven't had a real Republican president (not figurehead but leader) since Nixon.

I'd vote for anyone who wasn't just making lip service. But nothings going to get better people unless we do it. Attend a rally, study a topic, learn whats BS and whats true. Because unless you do all your doing is whining.3/07/2005 7:17 AM|W|P|Blogger The Lone Rangers|W|P|and I know I spelled republican wrong, I mean't to do that.3/03/2005 05:08:00 PM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|
I feel like I'm in a perpetual mid-life crisis every three years or so where I wake up and realize that my life isn't all that great. Not bad in that I'm not homeless, have a good job, good friends and live in a great place. I also have lots of love and all the trimmings. But I mean from the standpoint of not being inspired or in fact all that interested in anything.

Sure there are things to do that are fun, and movies and books and music are a nice escape, but on the whole everything is kind of ehhh. Not bad really more like bland, boring and el yucko.

I was thinking about it all the other night as I was daydreaming about a better life, and I wondered is ANYBODY really happy. We all hear those stories about finding your bliss, doing what you love and the money will follow and all that business, but I thought about everyone I know and noone I can think of would qualify as that blissfully happy person who was doing what they wanted to do.

I know that I grew up being the special one - the smart sibling who everyone thought would change the world. From as early as I can remember, I was supposed to be "somebody." But here I am many years later and I'm not really anybody, just another drone going to work trying to make my eight hours without falling asleep or going crazy, waiting for the weekend. And then when the weekend comes, it's never really relaxing and I spend half of it dreading Monday. Not because any of it is bad, it's just singularly uninteresting. I don't know anyone who is living their dream. Meanwhile, people who far less smart and talented than me make far more money than I do. What does that say?

So are we as "special" as we think, or is this just another con that the marketers and our parents have sold us? And is there this blissful happiness that we all hear about where we spring out of bed excited to take on the world? Does that even exist? I wonder if we're all striving for some mythical life that doesn't actually occur. So what do we need to do - give up (that's even more depressing) or do we somehow need to figure out how to be ok with not being the best in the world at something?

Or do you think that we're too smart to be happy? Think about that. Stupid people never have anxiety disorders. Simple minded folks don't get depressed like big thinkers. Is it because we can think of so many things that we can not only imagine limitless possibilities, but also limitless pitfalls. Maybe we have crafted such a great imaginary Nirvana that it's impossible to achieve - that may also be why a lot of our relationships don't seem to work out. We idealize and have such high expectations in those areas, that there is always something wrong there too.

I've been pondering this for a little while now and tonight I'm going to someplace completely different to try and brainstorm some solutions for being happy and content. What do you all think about this?
|W|P|110988889162795346|W|P|Is ANYBODY Happy?|W|P|3/03/2005 5:40 PM|W|P|Blogger The Lone Rangers|W|P|Seriously, for me I go through it once a year (we refer to it as "The Great Funk") and it could last for a few days to almost a week.

TGF - Is when I try to figure out why I'm not happy when (for the same reasons as you) I make good money, own my own home and am not on the verge of death.

I usually change one thing (ie go back to school, lose weight, etc) and that placates me for another year. But it never completely solves the problem.

When you figure this one out I want to know.3/03/2005 6:09 PM|W|P|Blogger Ack|W|P|Is anyone happy? Yep. I find all kinds of stupid people who are happy. They dont seem to realize that the world is crumbling, that there is genocide going on right now in several places, that AIDS may just wipe out a large chunk of the human race, that the forests are dwindling and that everything, in general, sucks.

Ive had a craptastic 12 months. It started and seems to be ending with 70+ hour work weeks, packed weekends and little to no time off. I see all the negatives in my life and have difficulty seeing anything positive from day to day.

My question to you: Do you know any stupid / ignorant people who have anxiety attacks? stress?3/03/2005 7:28 PM|W|P|Blogger AVA|W|P|So many things go through my head as I read this. I've thought about this too many times and always come to the same conclusions:

- Happiness is just the time in between real problems.

- There is no such thing as everlasting bliss, only short flashes of it during the day, week or month (even if they're few and far between), so we should try to raise our awareness of those moments so perhaps we can convince ourselves that we ARE happy people.

- We achieve happiness the moment we come to accept the fact that maybe this is as good as it gets, and start living for the moment. (this is horrible)

- Smart people will never be as happy as the simple minded, that is for sure. We think too much, analyze too much, which makes us worry too much, and worry is the opposite of happiness. (this is a good topic for a future post: what would you rather be dumb and happy or smart and disatisfied?)

This is neither mind-calming nor hope-arising... just random thoughts on the subject.

Anyway, these are good posts... a great way to spend your daily 8 hours (and ours).3/03/2005 10:26 PM|W|P|Blogger Rudicus|W|P|You're asking the Matrix question basically, which I think I can guess at the answer for all of us.

The thing that irks me is that we are always told to be ourselves and go for what we want no matter what, but in reality the actual benefits come from being a sheep, staying in line and doing what you are told.

Dennis Miller (back when he was funny) had a great bit about the ratings system and how it should be based on smarts rather than age - like IQ 80. I think AVA is right Intelligence = Worry = Unhappiness.

But whats the alternative? Do you plug youself back into the Matrix and forget about everything you know or do you find out how deep the rabbit hole goes?

I know what I chose, but I guess I just don't like the no win scenario of it being dumb and happy or smart and worried.3/04/2005 10:06 AM|W|P|Blogger Lotus|W|P|Long ago I gave up chasing the elusive thing called "happiness" and instead began to search for peace within myself. Now I find that I am generally content and at peace with myself, with moments of happiness and moments of "the funk" mixed in. But I have found for me that this inner peace is worth more than happiness, because happiness is fleeting.3/04/2005 10:39 AM|W|P|Blogger AVA|W|P|I think Lotus is right. These days I just try to find inner peace rather than happiness, and I find it much easier to achieve. I don't know if I will eventually be "happy", but peace within myself will do in the meantime.3/04/2005 1:26 PM|W|P|Blogger Ailyn|W|P|ah man - u had to go THERE! i think about this all the time and have so for years. i like and yet hate what Ava said "happiness is just the time in between real problems" because it seems true. I think we as humans(?) or maybe just we as 21st century americans (sorry for those not in the US) are brought up to continuing stiving for more. if this is the case then how can we ever be happy? maybe happy about certain things but never truly happy.

so i think we have 3 choices. 1) do a lot of drugs and get stupid cause as said - the less intelligent seems to worry less and is happier. 2) do more, work more, busy ourselves so that we don't have time to think about whether or not we are happy. 3) take Lotus's advice. Don't try for happiness. instead try to simply be at peace with yourself. everything else will then come around.

IMHO3/04/2005 3:37 PM|W|P|Blogger Big Dog|W|P|Maybe these will help. Or not.

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
-- George Bernard Shaw

"Don't worry; be happy."
-- Bobby Mcferin3/04/2005 3:48 PM|W|P|Blogger Rudicus|W|P|That Shaw quote is one of my favorites - Thanks!3/06/2005 5:29 PM|W|P|Blogger Joey|W|P|"....just another drone going to work trying to make my eight hours without falling asleep or going crazy, waiting for the weekend. And then when the weekend comes, it's never really relaxing and I spend half of it dreading Monday. Not because any of it is bad, it's just singularly uninteresting. I don't know anyone who is living their dream. Meanwhile, people who far less smart and talented than me make far more money than I do...."

YUP, that about sums it up!

It's not that bad, but each day leaves you yearning for something more. It's like when you finish your coffee, but you were nt paying attention, and you go back for the last sip....only to find that you already finished it. You say, "Rats. That's all there is?" And go to bed.

Big thinkers are never truly happy because there is always something new to think about. Even if you run out of things to think about, you turn on the news, and there's the Gaza Strip. Damn. Now I get to think about that.3/07/2005 6:09 AM|W|P|Blogger True Flight|W|P|1. For starters, you can try Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi's book "Flow". Mihaly has been attempting to study happiness in a scientific manner, for years and years.

2. I do not think that stupid people are necessarily any happier than smart people. Stupid people will simply be unhappy about different sorts of things. Dumb blondes, for instance, would be unhappy over "dumb blonde" sort of problems, such as their physical appearance.

3. Unlike Ailyn and Lotus, I think that to be "at peace with yourself" does generally mean being happy. It may not be exactly the same, but it comes very, very close.

4. George Bernard Shaw's quote does not reflect the fact that reasonableness is highly subjective. In fact, I think that most people seek to adapt the world to themselves, and yet would not consider themselves unreasonable.

5. Some of the earlier comments suggest that an intelligent person cannot be happy as long as there are problems with the world at large. Genocide, AIDS, the Gaza strip etc were cited as examples of such problems.

I tend to disagree, because I don't think intelligence equates compassion or empathy;

and even if you were highly intelligent AND compassionate, I imagine you could still be happy if, for instance,

you felt that you as an individual were already doing all you can realistically do to make the world a better place,

or alternatively, you were intelligent enough to realise that all your unhappiness about the Gaza strip situation or the AIDS situation does not help improve either situation one iota, and therefore you decide to stop being unhappy about these things.

A side note on point 5 - I think it would be quite rare for people to feel deeply unhappy as a result of some general societal ill or global problem which does not directly impact their personal lives.

The vast majority of human beings care predominantly about their own individual lives.

Look at Ack's post, for instance. What do you think really makes him unhappy? The dwindling rainforests of Brazil, or his 70+ hour work weeks with no time off?3/07/2005 8:15 AM|W|P|Blogger Rudicus|W|P|King's Indian - Thank You for your post - it was great! I spent the better part of the weekend thinking about this and I've been considering what it all means.

I've read about half of "Flow" but at the time I was reading it, it was a little too heavy, but I may go back and pick it up - I have the follow up bood to it as well - so that might be worth picking back up.

I read another book this weekend called "Is it too late to run away and join the Circus." A good book and nice bacuse it took a different approach to the whole what do I want to be when I grow up thing.

One of the biggest points it made was that people were mostly unhappy in their jobs because of a bad match in environment vs. lack of skills/pay etc. Basically it said that when a company is a bad match for you in terms of culture, mission, way of working, industry, co-workers etc. Then that led to stress which ultimately led to dissatisfaction and unhappiness. That resonated with me and since we spend so much time at work, I can see how that scenario would have a long term impact on our whole life, because let's face it, no one is REALLY rejuvenated after the weekend most times.

I can see this is a big issue for people - thanks for your excellent contribution.3/07/2005 10:41 PM|W|P|Blogger Joey|W|P|I did not mean to imply that there is a direct correlation between Gaza and empathy. I personally can't empathize with them, as I could never imagine what it would be like to live there - under those conditions. Nor could I imagine what it would be like to live in Auschwitz. But, it occupies my awake-think-time.

My point is this: it is hard to be happy when you are thinking about death. My problem is, I like to research both topics (among others, like depleted uranium). Empathy has nothing to do with the lack of fulfillment I feel. I am happy with myself. I like my job. But there is a lack of fulfillment.3/21/2005 8:55 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Try "The Art of Happiness" by the Dalai Lama8/17/2005 3:46 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|When I moved, my father asked me if I was happy. I said yes. It was something new and exciting; a new environment; a new challenge. How could I not be happy. I had a new job with new demands and expectations. To me happiness is only achieved for brief periods and only then when we have a challenge ahead of us and meet it with some satisfactory degree of success. I need new situations from time to time in order to achieve any degree of happiness. I'm just waiting to die. Then, happiness won't be at issue for me. In the meanwhile, I think of new ways to enjoy life. Sleep sometimes is the one thing which is truly satisfying, then I wake up!3/01/2005 12:07:00 PM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|
What is a hero? Ask anyone and you'll most likely get the answer of Soldier, Fireman, Policeman or something to that effect. But to me these people aren't heroes, they are simply people doing their job. Sure it's great that they do that, but that's what they are supposed to do. Furthermore, if you happened to walk by a burning building and heard a baby crying inside - just about anyone would do something. So to me this doesn't make someone a hero. To me a hero is someone who stands for something who does the right thing even when it's unpopular, who fights for truth, justice and equality, who gets going when the going gets tough, who serves as a role model for others and accepts that responsibility AND does it because they want to or puts themselves at risk because it's the right thing to do, not because they are getting paid. Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Mother Theresa come to mind.

But my question is, can we even have heroes anymore. I don't think we can. Thanks to the media and the invasiveness of journalists, we can no longer have any myths or great people except in very rare cases. Because the media can pry their way into everything, there are no more secrets, no more personal information, everything is a raw feed. How can any human person go through their entire life without ever having a down moment.

If you look at historical figures, Washington, Jefferson, Churchill, Lincoln, DeGaulle, Kennedy, FDR - whatever - each and every one of these people had a dark side, or some strage behavior or some other personal foible that would have made them completely unpalatable to the modern world. But back then, the media kept that information quiet, the image was important and it was unifying. People could be legends because the information came from a few sources, not everyone in the world and there was no internet or other worldwide media effort bent on uncoverng every little thing about their life. Even the greatest of the great yelled at a kid once or drank too much or told someone to go fuck themselves - that's life, but it just didn't make the 6 o'clock news, so only a few people knew about it and noone wanted to print that story.

People had heroes - Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Joe Dimaggio, Babe Ruth etc. How do you think Babe Ruth would fare today? He was a hard drinking man who liked the women, he was also rude, crude and socially unacceptable by todays standards - what do you think would happen if the papparazzi was following him around everyday? But yet, the legend of The Babe inspired thousands of kids and a whole nation of people and gave people hope and happiness. Even though Babe Ruth the man was not so savory a fella, Babe Ruth the legend was a god.

The question is, is that better? These days we no longer have that. We can't look up to anyone anymore - our politicians are corrupt, our religious leaders are either hate mongers or pedophiles, our movie stars are either drugged up and in rehab or quibbling over who gets the most millions per picture, our athletes are not only un-inspiring but they are all overpaid babies who care more about the bling than the fans or the game. How can you point these folks out to kids and say some day you'll be like them? And they DO - but now these kids want to get paid like them and drive a different escalade every day of the week and have mad honeys running around.

That doesn't unify anyone? Even our fictional heroes aren't inspiring anymore - they all have all these personal issues that make them flawed and "real"

I think all this access and information is not doing us a service. Everyone knows Kennedy had mistresses and probably did a whole host of other negative things, but we didn't know and nobody told us, and you know what, who cares? It wasn't any of our business to start with. So what if he wasn't really a perfect person, people thought he was, and it made them feel good - is that so bad?

Let's take war. World War II was the last "great war." But in reality it was the same ugly mess that every war before or since has been. War is hell and people involved in war are not exactly at their best, and they certainly aren't ready for primetime. The worst mistake anyone ever made was sending reporters into the field with the soldiers - starting with Vietnam to the present. I guarantee you, if there were reporters imbeddded with Easy Company back in WWII, there would have been protests about that war too. Do you think there weren' t prisoner abuses just as bad or worse than Abu Grahib? Do you think all the captured Axis soldiers went to a County Club in San Diego, while all the captured Allies went to Stalag 7 and Bataan?

All I'm saying is that I don't think all this "reality" is all that good for us or anyone. Without illusions, myths and heroes, what do you have to believe in?
|W|P|110969984257185568|W|P|Can We Have Heroes Anymore?|W|P|3/02/2005 8:04 AM|W|P|Blogger The Lone Rangers|W|P|OK VERY touchy subject but...

War has one purpose and that is to bring your enemy to its knees. In addition to causing mass casualties (which would prepare that society for an easier integration into YOUR society), you must capture (preferably) or destroy industrial centers, farmland (food production) and inteligencia. Considering those three things are mostly in urban or highly populated areas, civilians tend to die during this process.

That being said having reporters travel with troops will not only give us insight into whats happening but may also inform the "enemy" of the same. I never thought it was a good idea but then again were a country that NEEDs to know every detail of whats going on. It also lets us see how truly ugly war is. There is no such thing as a "civilized war. It is brutal, ugly and mind bending. To achieve the goals stated in the first paragraph people MUST die. Not poignant Hollywood deaths but meaningless, wanton, large scale death. We as "civilized" people cannot cope with that.

Actually I believe anyone that has donned a uniform for this country is my hero. The police, fire departments, nurses, doctors and soldiers. They're doing what the majority will not or cannot do, whether it be there job or not.3/02/2005 5:36 PM|W|P|Blogger AVA|W|P|Heroes will never cease to exist, they just exist on a different form, perhaps more demystified. These days we get to choose our heroes on different basis, for more personal reasons rather than having them imposed on us by books, magazines, newspapers or TV. I still have heroes, I bet you still have your heroes, you just don't see them as you would have a decade ago or more, when you didn't find out about their "human" mistakes.3/03/2005 12:20 AM|W|P|Blogger Big Dog|W|P|Good posts lately. I added you back into my "link-worthy" section.3/03/2005 11:52 AM|W|P|Blogger Ailyn|W|P|Big Dog, that was just a little rude.3/03/2005 12:20 PM|W|P|Blogger AVA|W|P|haha. why did you erase him in the first place?
I'm linking you too.3/03/2005 5:34 PM|W|P|Blogger The Lone Rangers|W|P|I've never removed you from my link section Rudicus, I've just ignored you. :)3/03/2005 8:24 PM|W|P|Blogger Big Dog|W|P|I deleted him originally because his posts were too long. I like "short and sweet" postings. Then -- I read more of Rudi's posts. Damn good stuff. Opted for quality vs quantity.3/03/2005 10:21 PM|W|P|Blogger Rudicus|W|P|Thanks everyone - it reminds me that nothing is as meaningful as personal involvement - i.e. it's always more interesting when you have something at stake in what you are talking about.

As for Big Dog, I actually appreciated that he told me he killed the link, because it got me to re-evaluate what I was working on and I realized my posts were a bit long - too long to be read and digested by someone casually reading anyway - so glad it's been more reasonable - not quite as short and sweet, but if he knew me as well as some of the rest of you do, he'd know what a minumental task it is for me to shut up or tone it down.

Thanks again everyone.