Month: January 2015

Why I am not Charlie

I am not Charlie, simply because I find the filth they publish despicable, just as I find society’s vocal hatred for my Savior, in my face and all over the media, difficult to deal with. People think it is just fine to ridicule God and his messengers in this post-modern Western culture, and this action by these terrorists shows the level of animosity between people of faith and secular culture. I am not a Muslim, so frankly I cannot understand the nuances of publishing caricatures of Muhammed, in large part because I see this sort of thing so often with Jesus that I am quite used to it. Obviously, Muslims in most of the rest of the world are not.

One would think that atheists would feel strong enough in their conviction of the nonexistence of God, that they would refrain from profanity when it comes to the sacred, but it is quite the opposite actually. This underlines the truth of the situation, that they are rejecting a very real God, and thus frightened, insecure, and outraged at the lack of a needed and necessary relationship with the Divine.

So print your caricatures of religious Deities and Prophets all you want, slander and ridicule the righteous, and believe in your false God’s of science and evolution Judgment will happen to you whether you want it to or not.

To paraphrase :

And this is the nature of things, causality. Cause, and effect. We are forever slaves to it. Our only hope, and peace, is Why? Why separates us, from them. You from me. Why is the only real source of power, without it you are powerless, and here comes ‘Charlie Hebdo’ , without Why, without Power.

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imagesThere is no “but” about what happened at Charlie Hebdo yesterday. Some people published some cartoons, and some other people killed them for it.  Words and pictures can be beautiful or vile, pleasing or enraging, inspiring or offensive; but they exist on a different plane from physical violence, whether you want to call that plane spirit or imagination or culture, and to meet them with violence is an offense against the spirit and imagination and culture that distinguish humans. Nothing mitigates this monstrosity. There will be time to analyze why the killers did it, time to parse their backgrounds, their ideologies, their beliefs, time for sociologists and psychologists to add to understanding. There will be explanations, and the explanations will be important, but explanations aren’t the same as excuses. Words don’t kill, they must not be met by killing, and they will not make the killers’ culpability go away.

To abhor what was done to the victims, though, is not…

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The Slow Boat to China

I would be very wary, if I were the only female passenger on this ship. I hope everything works out for her, this promises to be a very enlightening blog. The section on worker’s rights is what I have often feared is the case on these ships. When you think that these workers are the lifeblood of our modern consumer culture, it really is a shame they are not treated according to the benefit they bring. I also wonder what the drug culture is like among this subsection of the human population… I hazard a guess that opiates are typically the drug of choice, being so isolated from relationships with the opposite sex, but I digress. Again, this promises to be a great read.

The Disorder Of Things

The following post is the first in a series of oceanic dispatches from Disorder member Charmaine Chua. She is currently on a 36-day journey on board a 100,000 ton Evergreen container ship starting in Los Angeles, going across the Pacific Ocean and ending in Taipei. Follow her ethnographic adventures with the tag ‘Slow Boat to China’.

“In civilizations without boats, dreams dry up, espionage takes the place of adventure, and the police take the place of pirates.”

– Foucault, Of Other Spaces

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There is uncanny beauty in the monstrous. This, at least, is the feeling that seizes me as I stand under the colossal Ever Cthulhu[1] berthed in the Port of Los Angeles. The ship’s hull alone rises eight stories into the air; even from a distance, I am unable to capture its full length or height within a single camera frame. In describing the…

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Kindle Unlimited

I find Kindle Unlimited to be a worthwhile investment. It is inexpensive at $10.00 a month, and while the selection is a little odd, it is not that bad. One nice feature is the inclusion of Amazon published books, though the author can opt out. Apparently, successful authors are seeing a reduced income from the subscription model, while less successful authors are seeing an increase. I have an article from the New York Times which goes into detail on this subject.

Happy New Year’s!


Full article here