a bridge over stars by *~~ stef ~~ [bunty]

Ξ March 30th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Arts, Photography |

66 (again). a bridge over stars - 29th March


Cherry Blossom (Invisible) Girl by *~~ stef ~~ [bunty]

Ξ March 30th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Arts, Photography |

66. Cherry Blossom (Invisible) Girl - 29th March


into the light by *~~ stef ~~ [bunty]

Ξ March 30th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Arts, Photography |

65. into the light - 28th March


Fountains Abbey by *~~ stef ~~ [bunty]

Ξ March 30th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Arts, Photography |

64. Fountains Abbey, N Yorkshire - 27th March


the park in springtime by *~~ stef ~~ [bunty]

Ξ March 30th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Arts, Photography |

63. the park in springtime - 26th March


There was a little girl by *~~ stef ~~ [bunty]

Ξ March 30th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Arts, Photography |

62. there was a little girl... - 25th March


wall … tree by *~~ stef ~~ [bunty]

Ξ March 30th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Arts, Photography |

61. wall... tree - 24th March


AlterNet: Creation “Science” Is the Christian Rights Trojan Horse Against R

Ξ March 28th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |

    "Before they seize power and establish a world according to their doctrines, totalitarian movements conjure up a lying world of consistency which is more adequate to the needs of the human mind than reality itself; in which, through sheer imagination, uprooted masses can feel at home and are spared the never-ending shocks which real life and real experiences deal to human beings and their expectations. The force possessed by totalitarian propaganda -- before the movements have the power to drop iron curtains to prevent anyone's disturbing, by the slightest reality, the gruesome quiet of an entirely imaginary world--lies in its ability to shut the masses off from the real world."

    -- Hannah Arendt, "The Origins of Totalitarianism"

    In the middle of the lobby of the 50,000-square-foot Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., a 20-foot waterfall tumbles. Two life-size figures of children with long black hair and in buckskin clothes play in the stream a few feet from two towering Tyrannosaurus Rex models that can move and roar. The museum, which cost $25 million to build and has a sea of black asphalt parking lots for school buses, has a scale model of Noah's ark that shows how Noah solved the problem of fitting dinosaurs into the three levels of the vessel--he loaded only baby dinosaurs. And on the wooden model, infant dinosaurs cavort with horses, giraffes, hippopotamuses, penguins and bears. There is an elaborate display of the Garden of Eden, where Adam and Eve, naked but strategically positioned so as not to display breasts or genitals, swim in a river as giant dinosaurs and lizards roam the banks.

    Before Adam and Eve were expelled from paradise, museum visitors are told, all of the dinosaurs were peaceable plant-eaters. The evidence is found in Genesis 1:30, where God gives "green herb" to every creature to eat. There were no predators. T-Rex had such big teeth, the museum explains, so it could open coconuts.



Music for one apartment and six drummers

Ξ March 27th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Misc |

Music for one apartment and six drummers.


…Another error against which

Ξ March 27th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Misc |

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    ...Another error against which I want to caution is to ignore the spiritual and religious meaning and motivation of factually destructive and cruel acts. Let us consider one drastic example, the sacrifice of children as it was practised in Canaan at the time of the Hebrew conquest and in Carthage down to its destruction by the Romans, in the third century B.C. Were these parents motivated by the destructive and cruel passion to kill their own children? Surely this is very unlikely. The story of Abraham's attempt to sacrifice Isaac, a story meant to speak against sacrifice of children, movingly emphasises Abraham's love for Isaac; nevertheless Abraham does not waver in his decision to kill his son. Quite obviously we deal here with a religious motivation which is stronger than even the love for the child. The man in such a culture is completely devoted to his religious system, and he is not cruel, even though he appears so to a person outside of this system.

    It may help to see this point if we think of a modern phenomenon which can be compared with child sacrifice, that of war. Take the first World War. A mixture of economic interests, ambition, and vanity on the part of the leaders, and a good deal of stupid blundering on all sides brought about the war. But once it had broken out (or even a little bit earlier), it became a "religious" phenomenon. The state, the nation, national honour, became the idols, and both sides voluntarily sacrificed their children to these idols. A large percentage of the young men of the British and German upper classes, ehich were responsible for the war were wiped out in the early days of the fighting. Surely they were loved by their parents. Yet, especially for those who were most deeply imbued with the traditional concepts, their love did not make them hesitate in sending their children to their death, nor did the young ones who were going to die have any hesitation. The fact that, in the case of child sacrifice, the father kills the child directly while, in the case of war, both sides have an arrangement to kill each other's children makes little difference. In the case of war, those who are responsible for it know what is going to happen, yet the power of the idols is greater than the power of love for their children.

    E. Fromm, 1973.