Friday, December 21, 2007

Gossip

I usually don't gossip much, but since Mars is just about to go back into Gemini, I'll tell you what happened.
Sometimes I do get irritated and find myself complaining about someone or something. However, those who make a habit of it and call it responsible news, really irritate me, as well as pseudo-progressive blogs that dissect and hate others primarily. People fascinate me but I don't have the time nor the desire to analyze repeatedly what they're saying and doing. Especially people I don't like.
A cursory glance is enough.
I was going to mention the Huffington Post in a blog entry -- a disgusting yellow journalistic emotionally manipulative piece of crap, although entertaining with some newsy fact. My objection is not to the existence of this smut, but the extreme popularity. The public preference for this kind of reporting masquerading as serious politics. Well, it probably really isn't pretending. Couldn't be.
The photos and banner headlines are shock and awe, sensationalism at its worst. The rest is basically gossip of the malicious kind with a few big words thrown in. Circulation is beyond God.
Well, I decided to can the post and move on, not wanting to lower myself too much. In a moment of weakness I clicked to enter the blog and this message appeared:
X .... Internet Explorer cannot open the Internet site. Operation aborted ... OK.
So I thought, "Aren't the gods something?" How kind of them to discuss the issue with me. I wondered if this was a way to protect me from the degradation of participating in this prurient group ritual, or a message to speak my mind after all. What harm can befall me anyway?
I could be making a mistake. I'm the one who has to live with myself. But Hell, it's 29* Sagittarius and I'm going to let loose! I wonder if Huffpost will ever let me back?
Illustration: David Roberts

20 Comments:

Anonymous Joe said...

Hey jm, here's an interesting article on Japanese Christians and how their beliefs are fading as their young people are drifting away. Kind of like the Buddhists monks with the flashy robes.


Let's go!

22/12/07 7:14 AM  
Blogger Tseka said...

ooooh if we follow your thinking /reasoning as to why you got shut out of Huffpo it suggests that your thoughts are being monitored by machines who are making the decisions.

Well 29 Sagittarius skiddoo.

I admit that this monitoring exists- every time i use my g-mail account up pops a whole list of links that a machine perceives as relevant to words i've used in my message. I DO NOT like it. It makes me wonder about other users, do they think it's acceptable? Interesting? useful?

Think of the miles of machine memory clogged with my rants about rats eating my washing machine. Jeez.

22/12/07 7:24 AM  
Blogger Tseka said...

Ja Joe, it appears to be global. I posted an article here a while ago on American evangelicals who were leaving their parents churches by the droves. Some were starting their own based on humanitarian Christian values. They are sick of the politicization, the hypocrisy. I think the churches did not leave room for people to live their beliefs, feel connected. The churches demanded following. Maybe there is just too much herding across the board and there is only so much the human soul can take before the spirit gets choked out of it.

22/12/07 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Here's something interesting.

Watch the sunrise on Winter Solstice at Newgrange, Ireland, in a neolithic burial mound. Very cool. I was there in 1993.


Here we go!

22/12/07 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Totally agreed, Tseka. I missed the article. Any recollection which post you shared it...?

22/12/07 7:41 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Please note that this video doesn't start getting interesting until around 27 minutes in. The beginning is some background on the neolithic site itself.

22/12/07 7:53 AM  
Blogger Tseka said...

Joe i remember where i found it on Agonist in a comment blog perhaps i can scrounge it up it was a large study.

Wish i could see the video, this is right up my alley unfortunately with slow dial-up i am lucky to barely get on-line.
Have you visited tseka.com lately Joe? i have been writing daily the nordic myth associated with each day - the connection between the named energies of the stones in the circles - the Hel mounds just as the one you mention. Believe it or not there are some treads in the old Eddas and in the old Norsk language that go all the way back to that time. It has been a passion of mine for several years. Of course at this time of year it is very powerful stuff.

22/12/07 10:35 AM  
Blogger chrispito said...

Joe, thanks for the links.
Tseka, I find that pop-up thing you speak of intolerable. Why do so many people glaze over it? No, there's nothing to *fear* (or, maybe there is) but it is intrusive.

Jm, I find it rather amusing you got thwarted, is that wrong?? The whole gossip-as-serious news is on par with news-as-recapping-the-violent-events-happening-lately...both drive me insane.
I'm incredulous that so many people open their eyes in the morning and turn their TV or computer on to "get the news" and it's: murder, death, violence, robbery...with a bloody crossword in the middle section, and a recipe for low-fat pudding. Please.

We should be opening our eyes and easing into wakefulness, with our hearts full of gratitude we came back from the deep once more.

(oh, *should*--is that a Sag word? LOL)

22/12/07 12:22 PM  
Blogger jm said...

HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

(oh, *should*--is that a Sag word? LOL)

That's hilarious!! One of my favorite topics with Sadges. How they always use the "should" word. Or "she needs to do this"....

Thanks for the laugh, chris. Another Sadge thing.

The whole gossip-as-serious news is on par with news-as-recapping-the-violent-events-happening-lately...both drive me insane.

Me too. Had to speak up. Yet another Sadge thing!

it's: murder, death, violence, robbery...with a bloody crossword in the middle section, and a recipe for low-fat pudding. Please.

LOL!!!

22/12/07 2:18 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Joe that's fascinating. Thank you. It's a relief to know the human race is evolving.:-)

Maybe there is just too much herding across the board and there is only so much the human soul can take before the spirit gets choked out of it.

Yes. Everything has a limit.

22/12/07 2:21 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I don't worry about the monitoring. It works both ways. Now the people can see what the government is doing too. It's too late for embarrassment. The family is big and close.

The things that need to be hidden remain so.

The Pluto church thing will show many results over the next few years. These transits work. Same in our own lives.

22/12/07 2:26 PM  
Anonymous The Ninth Immortal said...

Regarding evolving humanity, I think the best picture of it for me is William Butler Yeats' reference to life being an ever-ascending circular staircase where, at any given point, you can look down to see the past, but the future is designed to lead you through the same cycles/patterns that were set in motion when you mounted the first step.

Personally, while I am no longer a practising Evangelical Christian, I find that, in pursuing a deeper study of the Baha'i and Buddhist faiths, to be somehow drawn to reinvestigate Christianity.

I don't know if I'll ever be able to call myself a mainstreatm Christian again, but I think it unlikely that I'd think of myself as 'not' a Christian either, if you see what I mean.

Those young 'uns in Japan might revisit Christianity sometime when they are older. And that's not necessarily a bad thing - at least in my book.

After all, growth often makes you retrace your steps :)

22/12/07 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

It sure does, Ninth. I'm finding this to be the case nowadays as my 8th house is being transited by both Pluto and Jupiter. I seem to be in do-over mode.

22/12/07 2:44 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Yes, I think you're right. The do-over is Pluto, not destruction, and the religious impulse has to have an outlet.

There are many things I like about Christianity. This is encouraging for me, since I've always been religious (not Christian) and never questioned it. It's does me good to hear you talk about re-investigation.

I love Yeats. That's perfect ninth. Thank you.

22/12/07 3:23 PM  
Blogger jm said...

After all, growth often makes you retrace your steps :)

Great comment.

22/12/07 3:27 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"It makes me wonder about other users, do they think it's acceptable? Interesting? useful?"

Hmm, I don't know if other people find them useful. It's like hawkers and billboards on the street, background noise and color. Maybe some day Internet and communications will mostly free but chock full of sponsored advertisements.

Sometimes, I don't even use the Web interface. The Gmail service allows one to use any other standalone e-mail program to access the mail.

The ambient hum of equipment around me does get my attention at times, like when the hum changes pitch when I hold down the mouse button to drag something. Much prefer the occasional hiss and clanking of the radiators bringing in hot water heat.

Belated birthday wishes, by the way. :-)

"Think of the miles of machine memory clogged with my rants about rats eating my washing machine. Jeez."

LOL, no rats here. But I recaulked my bathroom recently, and the little springtails have stopped appearing in my bathtub every day. Apparently, they were getting in through tiny crevices around the old caulking. Once they fell in, the silly things couldn't climb up the smooth walls of the tub to get out.

23/12/07 4:44 AM  
Blogger Tseka said...

Thanks for the wishes Kadimiros.

Yes, the noise is the worst. And why i am sitting here with my laptop which has a broken lid. Silence.

When we ran unix i had to get my mail with putty.

At the moment we are hoping to install a new server and move mail client which is having some problems which is why i am using G-mail the ability to direct to my website's mail. It is all an astonishing advancement when you take a second to consider where we have come from in the last 10 years.

Good news about your bathroom project. A handy guy too.

When you can let us have some glimpses of the new lad in the family. I am the worst, i can listen for hours and love all the picts of my friends grands. I just love kids. Will you be godfather again?

24/12/07 4:15 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"Good news about your bathroom project. A handy guy too."

Thanks. One of the things I do appreciate about my friends and my siblings is that so many of us have intrinsic practical skills. I've joked that if we had to start civlization over again from scratch, between us we'd have most of the skills and knowledge areas covered. People today can know so much more than the average person used to know. Our species is in a good position, challenges and all. I know there's more to come.

"When you can let us have some glimpses of the new lad in the family. I am the worst, i can listen for hours and love all the picts of my friends grands. I just love kids."

:-) I can set up a private photo album to share sometime via e-mail. Yes, that would be a good project. Must see about collecting family photos.

One year, a client wanted to offer me a Christmas bonus or gift, and asked me what I absolutely most enjoyed doing. I laughed and said that, Well...it's not anything that she could ever buy for me!

So we compromised and settled on a big box of chocolates. :-)

"Will you be godfather again?"

In my sister's family, he will have more than enough, and he is an intuitive child. My sister will recognize and encourage his gifts.

Once upon a time, an old and very giving friend of my sister had a difficult divorce. He was motivated to look for ways to protect his children from a distance, though he could not intrude on their lives; so practically there was really little that he could do for them. And he sent gifts and letters to let them know that he would be available for them should they ever need him. But now they are adults, and they have never acknowledged him, though he once ran across them accidentally.

His early history is clouded, too; he early left his family of origin for his life's sake.

We think he's done what he could for his own, and it's time for him to move on. We'd like him to be the godfather. :-)

24/12/07 10:14 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

My eyes are sparkling Kadimiros, this story of the new Godfather has such a tender ending/beginning. Your sister is a wonderful one. As are you.

I will love to see the photos.

25/12/07 6:56 AM  
Blogger jm said...

The adoption is perfection in terms of timing with the planetary motions.

25/12/07 4:37 PM  

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