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  • Kurt Brindley 11:30 am on March 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , fall from grace, , Irish Authors, , , , , Quantum Mutata, , , ,   

    On Being Irishman Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde 

    The world is a stage,
    but the play is badly cast.


    Quantum Mutata*

    THERE was a time in Europe long ago
    When no man died for freedom anywhere,
    But England’s lion leaping from its lair
    Laid hands on the oppressor! it was so
    While England could a great Republic show.
    Witness the men of Piedmont, chiefest care
    Of Cromwell, when with impotent despair
    The Pontiff in his painted portico
    Trembled before our stern ambassadors.
    How comes it then that from such high estate
    We have thus fallen, save that Luxury
    With barren merchandise piles up the gate
    Where nobler thoughts and deeds should enter by:
    Else might we still be Milton’s heritors.



    Image courtesy of WIKIPEDIA
    Quote & Poem courtesy of

    *I know, I know… it’s a poem less about Ireland and more about the United Kingdom. Okay, granted — it’s all about England and its fall from dynastic grace but it sure seems applicable to today’s current United Empire, no?


  • Kurt Brindley 11:40 am on March 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , mathmatics, numbers theory, Pi the movie, , math nerds, , Irrational, irrationalities, Fibonacci, prime numbers   

    For all you unabatablely persistent* Irrational Types, and you know who you are… 

    It’s not like you needed one, but today’s your day.






    *Yeah, so what, I like adverbs and redundancies… what’s so irrational about that?


  • Kurt Brindley 9:52 am on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , presidential address, , ,   

    La La La La La La La… 

    Missed Trump’s big speech last night.

    Not because I was balled up in the corner of my dark and damp basement with my eyes closed and ears plugged chanting la la la la la la la to drown out any possibility of hearing it until it was over.

    No, I missed it because I mercifully went to see the almost Oscar-winning La La Land instead.

    It wasn’t released to my local theater the first time around.

    Been wanting to see it.

    The almost wasn’t Oscar-winning Moonlighting wasn’t released here its first go-around either.

    Still hasn’t been.

    I do live in Southern Pennsyltucky, remember…

    But if it, Moonlighting, ever does make it to my local theater on the wave of its Oscar win, chances are I still won’t go to see it.

    For me, there are movies that are made to be seen in the theater publicly — big bold banging colorful gregarious gun-filled types, a la La La Land — and there are movies that are best watched in the privacy of ones home — ones without all the boom boom blasting effects and/or which might make me cry and/or reflect on myself as a person, a la Moonlighting.

    La La Land is good, fun, modern-day family entertainment (there was one gratuitous F-bomb that I recall, no guns, no skin). Beautiful colors.


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    • xmatman 10:33 am on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, 57% of the 100% of Trump supporters who tuned in thought it was pretty good!

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    • Jackie Oldham 10:52 am on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      As Michael Moore so brilliantly reminded us last night (on MSNBC), tRump is a card-carrying member of SAG! So, he really was just “acting”. And like any 2nd rate actor, he was more concerned about the ratings, and the length of the audience applause, than with anything of substance.

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    • Larry Kahaner 11:02 am on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Trump is who he is. Despite the softened rhetoric (which I’m pleased to hear) he is the same person who we saw and heard during the campaign and post election. Nothing has changed.

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    • Vonita 4:27 pm on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      He is and will always be despicable.

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    • quillella 4:42 pm on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Are you sure politics is acting? Last I heard, actors don’t get teleprompters- they have to have the brains to memorise their lines!

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    • Bonnie Follett 5:34 pm on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I did watch the speech (for the reason that I do insist more info is helpful in any war – that “Know your enemy” kind of thing) but I think SO MANY are MISSING THE POINT. Especially any reporting that attempts to be conciliatory, like comments that he used a softer voice or he seemed presidential or Wow – that he got through a whole hour without falling off into tweet-speech… This speech was all STRATEGY. – Why? Well partly to manipulate the Press, but My Bigger Guess… He’s trying to warm up any of the public he can still fool and DEFLECT from the pesky Russian connection stories coming out. He has not “changed” – he does not “change” and look at the content – not the “I’m so sincere” soft voice or our lowered expectations that had us wondering how he got through an hour long speech without blowing it too bad. But as any Resister knows… watch what he does and has done and will do, not what he “says” with a “Believe me! I’m the only one who knows.” – He is not know for any kind of truth, except alternative truth.

      I know many others who did not watch this speech, and there were some truly offensive moments – One was the way he manipulated the mother of the fallen Navy Seal with claims that despite her son’s death that good intel was somehow collected so he did not die in vain. I have serious doubts that was true – it was a botched mission (and one Obama didn’t execute because he knew it was premature or other persistent problems with it). And the father is actually extremely critical of Trump and refused to attend at all because he has not fallen for Trump’s explanations. So to manipulate the mother that way I felt was, what’s that word? Deplorable! But the long applause during that moment was exactly what he was going for.

      I won’t go into the other offensive moments, this comment is too long!

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    • Bonnie Follett 5:37 pm on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      P.S. Kurt – Please stop posting pictures of that man! He is so creepy. Use a cute dog or a cute kitty instead… just my suggestion! :)

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    • cinderellaeveryman 8:39 pm on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      not a bad article in the New Yorker on the ‘not-so-normal’ speech. today? yesterday? not sure when. Might get the taste of rotten herring out of your mouth, anyway. Always good to wash the day’s offensive consumptibles down with a stiff brew. point is, we know what the strategy is, right? time to show us the ‘scripted’ version of the man without rhetorical inhibition. Even he can control himself just long enough to try to win his constituency and score yet again against the enemies of the peops. this is all part of the standard script, isn’t it? any surprises? no.
      now, back to keeping our sanity. …. that one’s a bit tougher.
      keep at it with Sholzenitki-kitty, is my thought. [was that the dude? dude 2 in post on disentangling the lies]

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  • Kurt Brindley 3:55 pm on February 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , banksy, , , environmental politics, EPA, , , , Inconvenient Truths, litter, , , trash   

    Following in the Footsteps of Humanity 




    @therealbanksy just tweeted this:



  • Kurt Brindley 11:54 am on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, , Carol Burnett, cognitive dissonance, , , , , , Muslims, , Statue of Liberty, , Vickie Lawrence   

    The Night The Lights Went Out In America… 

    Lights Out

    Lights Out – November 8, 2016

    Ever since that cursed night when #youknowwho was elected, every time I see an image of the beautiful Lady Liberty with her torch held high shining her warm and welcoming light of liberty and freedom all throughout the land, I am now, sadly, always reminded of the song The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia.

    I never knew what it was about, but when I was a kid that song used to give me the creeps. I had no idea of the concept of Cognitive Dissonence back then, but I sure felt it because whenever I heard the haunting song I could never get my head around the fact that the hilariously goofy Vickie Lawrence of the hilariously goofy Carol Burnett Show (ah, life seemed so much simpler then…) could sing something so spooky.

    But she did. And now her spooky song is my earworm anthem to how I feel about the current state of things within this warped and nightmarish alternate reality I seem to be trapped in.

    On a similar satisfactorily ironic note for me and certainly a shockingly cognitive dissonance note for the supporters of #youknowho and his Muslim ban, I’m happy to report that the beautiful Lady Liberty is a beautiful Muslim.



    • em4mighty 2:12 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      i love that song. dennis quaid, christie mcnichol, and mark hamill starred in a movie of the same name…which i also love even though it is probably awful to everyone else (or so all of my boyfriends assure me. )
      the song makes me laugh–maybe for the same reason–a serious song sung by a comedic actress. and does remind me of simpler times.
      president buttfuck does not make me laugh…but then he does…until i remind myself that it is not funny that he is a moron…except it is…until he destroys civilization as we know it.
      and then i find myself missing george dubya.
      and i blame all of them for my day drinking which may or may not directly relate to this comment.

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    • Margaret Innes 3:58 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the kind response, Kurt.

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    • Rajiv 7:43 am on February 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      They will come back on..


  • Kurt Brindley 3:45 pm on January 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Martin Luther King   

    Ain’t That America… 

    Reporting live from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial​


  • Kurt Brindley 6:08 pm on January 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Booker T. Washington, , , emancipation, Emancipation Proclamation, , , , Leviathan, , Thomas Mann, ,   

    With Eloquence: Booker T. Washington 

    Remember when we as a people wrote and spoke with informed eloquence?

    Yeah, me neither…

    But I was reminded such a fairy-tale time did, in fact, exist when watching former senator and Secretary of Defense William Cohen introduce retire Marine Corps General James “Mad Dog” Mattis to the Senate Armed Services Committee prior to its hearing regarding the general’s selection to be President-elect Trump’s Secretary of Defense. At the end of his introduction, which was eloquent in its own right, Cohen quoted from the famous 1884 Memorial Day Address delivered by the renowned law scholar, author, and orator Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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    • Cille 7:15 pm on January 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      As eloquent as the words of Booker T. Washington are, I wonder if he would dare repeat those same words if he was part of 21st century America. Indeed freedom of the soul cannot be legislated or penned. Over one hundred since Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, there are still those who fear those of a different color. All across our nation there is evidence that the disadvantage of some can be manipulated to the good of others. If only Mr. Washington’s words were a reality.

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      • Kurt Brindley 7:47 pm on January 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I too wonder.. There are many eloquent and varied speeches in the book. I choose this one specifically as a contrast against today’s intolerant and vitriolic times.

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  • Kurt Brindley 2:27 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Islamic terrorists, , pedants, perspectives, , semantics, , , ,   

    The Political Semantics of Designating Evil Properly 

    So, I was cleaning out my dashboard’s cluttered “Draft” folder when I happened upon this article that, apparently, I, with my lingering chemo-clouded brain, forgot to post after penning it so long ago.

    Because I’m lazy and don’t feel like writing something fresh, I’m posting it now.

    To be honest (my Spidey senses always tingles whenever someone premises a statement with “to be honest,” so you may or may not want to be wary of what lies ahead), I’m not exactly sure what I was trying to accomplish with this rambling post, other than attempting and failing to make myself seem witty and smart; however, at some point it does seem to be taking George Dubya Bush to task for his black-or-white view of the world and all the damage it did.

    Sadly, considering what’s before us, I’d take Dubya back as president as an alternative in a New York Minute…



    The Political Semantics of Designating Evil Properly


    Black & White & Bloody Red All Over


    Ah, semantics

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    • Rajiv 8:42 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You know… I never really understood what Obama stood for


      • Kurt Brindley 4:11 pm on January 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I wonder what resources and/or additional information to all that can be accessed via the internet you need to facilitate an understanding.

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        • Rajiv 8:06 am on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Ummm. Not sure if it is to do with resources. It is more to do with the fact that i always found him too smooth, and I was never sure if he was telling us what he believed in, or what he wanted us to hear because it sounds good


          • Kurt Brindley 9:18 am on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

            Well then, I guess that has as much to do with your political philosophy as it does with his.

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            • Rajiv 12:33 am on January 13, 2017 Permalink

              Ummm. Partly. Also, don’t forget that, in this day of lots of data/information, it is sometimes hard to sift through it all.

              There is also the fact that, separated as we are, by an ocean, we are also more concerned with our own issues. For instance, 60 days ago, our Prime Minister demonetised the notes that comprised 86% of our cash transactions. They have imposed limits on how much we can draw per week, and the banks don’t have enough money anyway. Money, as in currency notes.

              In this situation, Obama has receded into the far recesses of our consciousness!

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    • Kurt Brindley 2:59 pm on January 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply



  • Kurt Brindley 4:43 pm on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , The Angel of the Odd,   

    Fake News is so Poe-thetic 

    I read an Edgar Allan Poe story today entitled The Angel of the Odd.

    It’s a fun, fast, Kafka-meets-Twain, easy to forget kind of read.

    But what is most memorable to me about the story is that it is entirely set up around the protagonists drunken dismay over what we would call the “fake news” of the day…

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    • Katie Marie 8:42 am on January 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Fake news is a real problem, although it is made worse by people not checking things out for themselves. Any piece of news can be twisted to fit a narrative, we all need to be a bit more careful and a bit more sceptical about what we hear and read with regards to news. Also lol re your Fox comment XD


  • Kurt Brindley 4:40 pm on January 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , comedians, , , end of times, ghostwriters, , , , Seth Myers, , Washington Correspondence Dinner   


    In case you’ve never watched the following video of President Obama roasting The Donald to a humiliating crisp thereby motivating him, The Donald, to not just run for president (he had already kind of done that) but to run and win regardless the cost or the damage done in order to destroy Obama’s legacy you should, just so you’ll understand exactly when the end of the world had its beginning and why…
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    • acflory 4:55 pm on January 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Even if Obama’s roasting led, inexorably to the election of DumpTy to the White House, that video clip has to be one of the best things I’ve seen in ages. Not an American so probably shouldn’t comment, but most of /us/ have admired Obama from the beginning, because he’s a very clever man. That clip proves it. :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 7:03 pm on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for commenting. We dum “Muricans need to hear the perspective of the rest of the world which our actions affect to greatly…


    • quillella 10:17 pm on January 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Oooooooh the saltiness in this post- entire oceans just became freshwater! Wow, I am very happy that I stumbled across your blog :D

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    • ccbl27 2:19 pm on January 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      That clip was truly magical and a gab that Trump won’t let Obama live down. Not only to be humiliated but to be humiliated for all the world to see and re-visit thanks to the beauty of the internet. Thank you. I’ll look into the audiobook shortly got too much on my plate right now but clearly I’ll need to do a crash course before the inauguration.


    • smboney 8:53 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t believe I never saw this clip, thanks for the refresh. The only concerns I have about the Donald is going into a conflict ( like Iraq) that we should stay out of. And all the cuts he is making to better the industry but pollute the world is beyond insane.
      Keep writing the good stuff

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  • Kurt Brindley 9:50 am on January 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: accountability, , Dan Rather, , , , , , , , Wall Street Journal,   

    A Forest of Lies 






    Ah… forget about it. You get the point, right?


    So anyway… I like the fact that Dan Rather is trying hard to stay relevant by calling out the editor of the Wall Street Journal for not calling Trump’s lies lies:

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    • kathycecala 9:53 am on January 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Go Kurt!

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    • headwatersolver 1:04 pm on January 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’m encouraged by congress’ overnight attempt to destroy their ethics oversight panel.

      It’s easy to get the narcissist trump’s attention: he hate being unpopular. Let us show him how unpopular he is.

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      • Kurt Brindley 6:54 pm on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Unfortunately, too many are liking what he has to say… but let’s keep trying, right?


    • SteveofCaley 10:20 am on January 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I cannot equate Rather to Trump. First of all, Rather was in the business of getting good news and blocking bad news. He made thousands of calls on what was real, and what was bogus. He may well have gotten this one wrong. He used what he believed to be a reliable process to vet the story, and the process led to the wrong conclusion. The person who runs the story, owns the story – but some consideration should be paid to how they vet the story.
      Trump is also responsible for vetting the basis of his policies. The US has a long history of politicians pulling stuff out their butt, and calling it true – Ron Reagan and the Iran Weapons deal (Iran/Contra) was baldly illegal, but WTF, hey, if the Boss says it’s OK, then we do it, right?
      On September 8, 2004, Rather reported on 60 Minutes Wednesday that a series of memos critical of President George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service record had been discovered in the personal files of Lt. Bush’s former commanding officer, Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian. Once copies of the documents were made available on the Internet, their authenticity was quickly called into question. Much of this was based on the fact that the documents were proportionally printed and displayed using other modern typographic conventions usually unavailable on military typewriters of the 1970s. The font used on the documents has characteristics that exactly match standard font features of Microsoft Word. This led to claims that the memos were forgeries. (Wikipedia).
      The “Howard Hughes diaries,” the “Hitler diaries,” were also the products of a malign entity seeking to deceive the public at large. The writer of the memos, if they were bogus, committed fraud; and like the latter two cases, fooled some pretty good experts.
      The morality that judged Rather, and the morality that considers Trump, are from two different ages, two different eras.

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      • Kurt Brindley 7:01 pm on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I didn’t follow Rather’s fall that closely as I was too focused on Dubya’s wretched presidency to worry about it. I used him for the post mostly as a tongue-in-cheek prop. Thank you for the insight.


  • Kurt Brindley 9:15 pm on January 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bill Pruit, Celebrity Apprentice, conflict of interest, , , reality tv, The Apprentice, The New Celebrity Apprentice, ,   

    The New Celebrity Apprentice Is On… 

    Here is what Bill Pruit, a former producer of the show back during its early yearS, had to say about its current Executive Producer/President-Elect/Putin Fanboy Donald Trump of whom he regards as a buffoon:

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    • Rajiv 9:29 pm on January 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You know, I don’t thin Trump is a buffoon at all. My sister lives near Chicago, and she tells me of how he focussed on the discontent in that part of the US, something which Clinton ignored.
      I think he is immensely shrewd and, like Clinton, immensely unlikable

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:34 pm on January 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Apparently Pruitt, the guy I quoted and a guy who worked closely with Trump for two years does. The full article that I link to is a pretty good read.

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        • Rajiv 9:51 pm on January 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          I will read it again,

          Well, even if he is a buffoon, he had some good advisors during his campaign. I must confess that I am shocked he won. Your electoral system is a mystery to me. I am not saying it is a bad system, just that I don’t understand it

          He seems like a crazy man, and i hope he can be restrained

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    • avwalters 12:27 pm on January 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      P.T. Barnum.

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    • SteveofCaley 10:10 am on January 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It is the will to believe, the final surrender of conscience and rationality to the Leader. Tyranny takes hold, not when the Great Leader arises but when the people seek the comfort of shedding their obligation to act morally and rationally, and can settle in comfortably as the lower value animals in the pack.

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      • Kurt Brindley 6:59 pm on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Perhaps. I’m still struggling to explain it – so far despair from the aftermath of WWI seems to come closest to being the template for what we’re experiencing today.


    • That Geek There 10:59 pm on January 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      This is true.


  • Kurt Brindley 9:43 am on January 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2017, Alice In Chains, Chinese New Year, , , , , , , , , Year of the Rooster   

    Here Comes the Rooster 

    I was going to share that classic Alice in Chains song “Rooster” in honor of, you know, it being “The Year of the Rooster” and all that…

    However, not being an AIC fan and never knowing what that song is all about, I watched the official video for the first time and, despite my sour mood about the sour action’s of our bitterly sour president-elect/Putin’s-biggest-fanboy, I found it is a bit too sour for my hopeful hope for a sweet beginning to the year.

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    • tlryder 12:47 pm on January 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      We briefly had a rooster for a neighbor until zoning caught up with him. Our city only allows for girl chickens. He was loud and weird sounding, like some of these guys! Thanks for reminding me. I thought he was hilarious, but probably not so fun for people who didn’t want to wake up at dawn.

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    • Alli Farkas 5:09 pm on January 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The high-pitched squeaky-sounding ones from some of the guys who did the most flapping and chest puffing made me laugh.

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  • Kurt Brindley 9:01 am on December 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Hinduism, , Judaism, , , religions, secularism, ,   

    From Mine to Yours… 

    Zeno & Aurelius Christmass 2016

    And Joy & Happiness to All* this Season of Holidays


    *“All” is meant to mean everyone, including those who do and who do not celebrate a holy day or holiday this Season of Holidays, which may or may not include the following:

    Bodhi Day: 8 December – Day of Enlightenment, celebrating the day that the historical Buddha (Shakyamuni or Siddhartha Gautama) experienced enlightenment (also known as Bodhi).

    Advent: fourth Sunday preceding 25 December
    Krampusnacht: 5 December – The Feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated in parts of Europe on 6 December. In Alpine countries, Saint Nicholas has a devilish companion named Krampus who punishes the bad children the night before.
    Saint Nicholas’ Day: 6 December
    Feast of the Immaculate Conception Day: 8 December – The day of Virgin Mary’s Immaculate Conception is celebrated as a public holiday in many Catholic countries.
    Saint Lucia’s Day: 13 December – Church Feast Day. Saint Lucia comes as a young woman with lights and sweets.
    Longest Night: A church service to help those coping with loss, usually held on the eve of the Winter solstice.
    Christmas Eve: 24 December
    Christmas Day: 25 December – one of the most celebrated holidays around the world, increasingly celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike.[5][6][7][8]
    Anastasia of Sirmium feast day: 25 December
    Twelve Days of Christmas: 25 December–6 January
    Las Posadas: 16–24 December – procession to various family lodgings for celebration & prayer and to re-enact Mary & Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem[9]
    Saint Stephen’s Day: 26 December
    Saint John the Evangelist’s Day: 27 December
    Holy Innocents’ Day: 28 December
    Saint Sylvester’s Day: 31 December

    Fictional or parody
    Erastide: In David Eddings’ Belgariad and Malloreon series, Erastide is a celebration of the day on which the Seven Gods created the world. Greetings (“Joyous Erastide”) and gifts are exchanged, and feasts are held.
    Feast of Winter Veil: 15 December–2 January – A holiday in World of Warcraft. This holiday is based on Christmas. Cities are decorated with lights and a tree with presents. Special quests, items and snowballs are available to players during this time. The character of “Greatfather Winter”, who is modeled after Santa Claus, appears.[10][11]
    Feast of Alvis: in the TV series Sealab 2021.[12] “Believer, you have forgotten the true meaning of Alvis Day. Neither is it ham, nor pomp. Nay, the true meaning of Alvis day is drinking. Drinking and revenge.”–Alvis[13]
    Hogswatch: a holiday celebrated on the fictional world of Discworld. It is very similar to the Christian celebration of Christmas.
    Festivus: 23 December – a parody holiday created by Daniel O’Keefe and made popular by Seinfeld as an alternative to Christmas.
    Frostivus: the winter holidays in the Artix Entertainment universe
    Decemberween: 25 December – a parody of Christmas that features gift-giving, carol-singing and decorated trees. The fact that it takes place on December 25, the same day as Christmas, has been presented as just a coincidence, and it has been stated that Decemberween traditionally takes place “55 days after Halloween”. The holiday has been featured in the Homestar Runner series.
    Wintersday, the end-of-the-year celebration in the fictional universe of the Guild Wars franchise, starts every year mid December and ends the next year on early January.

    Pancha Ganapati: 21–25 December – modern five-day festival in honor of Lord Ganesha, celebrated by Hindus in USA.

    Malkh: 25 December
    Mōdraniht: or Mothers’ Night, the Saxon winter solstice festival.
    Saturnalia: 17-23 December – An ancient Roman winter solstice festival in honor of the deity Saturn, held on the 17 December of the Julian calendar and expanded with festivities through to 23 December. Celebrated with sacrifice, a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving, continual partying, and a carnival.
    Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (Day of the birth of the Unconquered Sun): 25 December – late Roman Empire

    Hanukkah: Ḥănukkāh, usually spelled חנוכה, pronounced [χanuˈka] in Modern Hebrew; a transliteration also romanized as Chanukah or Chanukkah), also known as the Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the re-dedication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BC. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.

    Yule: Pagan winter festival that was celebrated by the historical Germanic people from late December to early January.
    Yalda: 21 December – The turning point, Winter Solstice. As the longest night of the year and the beginning of the lengthening of days, Shabe Yaldā or Shabe Chelle is an Iranian festival celebrating the victory of light and goodness over darkness and evil. Shabe yalda means ‘birthday eve.’ According to Persian mythology, Mithra was born at dawn on 22 December to a virgin mother. He symbolizes light, truth, goodness, strength, and friendship. Herodotus reports that this was the most important holiday of the year for contemporary Persians. In modern times Persians celebrate Yalda by staying up late or all night, a practice known as Shab Chera meaning ‘night gazing’. Fruits and nuts are eaten, especially pomegranates and watermelons, whose red color invokes the crimson hues of dawn and symbolize Mithra.

    Human Rights Day: 10 December
    Zamenhof Day: 15 December – Birthday of Ludwig Zamenhof, inventor of Esperanto; holiday reunion for Esperantists
    Soyal: 21 December – Zuni and Hopi
    HumanLight: 23 December – Humanist holiday originated by the New Jersey Humanist Network in celebration of “a Humanist’s vision of a good future.”[14]
    Newtonmas: 25 December – As an alternative to celebrating the religious holiday Christmas, some atheists and skeptics have chosen to celebrate December 25 as Newtonmas, due to it being Isaac Newton’s birthday on the old style date.
    Quaid-e-Azam’s Day: 25 December
    Boxing Day: 26 December – Day after Christmas.
    Kwanzaa: 26 December–1 January – Pan-African festival celebrated in the US
    Watch Night: 31 December
    New Year’s Eve: 31 December – last day of the Gregorian year
    Hogmanay: night of 31 December–before dawn of 1 January – Scottish New Year’s Eve celebration
    Dongzhi Festival – a celebration of Winter

    Unitarian Universalism
    Chalica: first week of December – A holiday created in 2005, celebrated by some Unitarian Universalists.[15]


  • Kurt Brindley 1:02 pm on December 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Christmas history, Greek, , , , , Megyn Kelly, , Shutterfly, tabloid news, Xmas   

    Putting the X back in Xmas 


    Thanks be to X that Megyn Kelly got pissed off at Shutterfly or I never would have thought to merrily mention this:

    Xmas is a common abbreviation of the word Christmas. It is sometimes pronounced /ˈɛksməs/, but Xmas, and variants such as Xtemass, originated as handwriting abbreviations for the typical pronunciation /ˈkrɪsməs/. The “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, which in English is “Christ”. The “-mas” part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass.

    There is a common belief that the word Xmas stems from a secular attempt to remove the religious tradition from Christmas by taking the “Christ” out of “Christmas”, but its use dates back to the 16th century.

    Ho ho ho ha HA HA!

    Merry Xmas Happy Holidays*, y’all!

    *See this.

    • kcorsini 1:14 pm on December 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sweet Jesus, this is spot on… er, well maybe sweet X this is spot on….

      Liked by 2 people

    • pranabaxom 1:55 pm on December 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt, thanks for the education. I always thought that Christmas was secularized long time back by commercialization. I am not a Christian by religion, but I enjoy all the paraphernalia and do appreciate the inner meaning of Christmas.

      Liked by 1 person

    • notoriouslysinglegirl 3:51 pm on December 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Love this!


    • janjoy52 5:00 pm on December 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply



    • Peter's pondering 6:32 pm on December 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’m all for X’s and O’s and the more the merrier!
      xoxoxoxo to everyone for Xmas.


    • Alli Farkas 9:49 pm on December 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You might also be interested in reading the history of the “chi-rho” Christian symbol. The use of the “Chi” (X) half of the symbol predates the history you cited by several centuries, so I guess we can safely state that your explanation is undoubtedly accurate.


    • Marsha 11:09 pm on December 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s been a long time since Christmas started. There are bound to be some misconceptions along the way. Playing “telephone” for 2,000 years is pretty amazing, don’t you think. I’m a Christian, but I don’t think it pays to get too bent out of shape over our religious beliefs. (I have and it’s easy to do, BUT…) Too many wars and altercations start that way. Thanks for sharing Kurt. :)


  • Kurt Brindley 4:06 pm on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Denzel Washington, , , Drudge Retort, , , news aggregators, preppers, Surviving the Doom   

    Putting the Alt in Alternative… 


    So, you’re probably familiar with the DRUDGE REPORT…

    But are you familiar with the DRUDGE RETORT?

    The reason I post this alternative to what has become the main alt-right news aggregator is because I saw a video on facebook of an interview with Denzel Washington where he drops this very catchy quote:

    “If you don’t follow the news you’re uninformed. And if you do follow the news you’re misinformed…”

    Or something to that effect.

    But I don’t agree with it.

    Or at least I don’t agree with it in the sense that the “Corporate Media” or “New Media” or the “Four-Hundred-Pound* Guy In New Jersey Media” is either, intentionally or not, informing us with lies or informing us with errors or informing us with whatever it is they are or are not informing us with, thereby allowing us to blame them for being misinformed.

    Again, I don’t agree with it.

    Because nobody but I am responsible for the conclusions I draw from the information I consume in order for me to be, or at least feel as if I am being, informed.

    It is my choice and responsibility to be informed.

    It is not anyone or anything else’s responsibility to inform me.

    It really makes me the opposite of happy whenever I hear someone griping about and/or blaming the media for so many of our problems.


    You and I are the only ones to blame.


    Speaking of Alternatives, for all you Alt-Right, Alt-Left, and even Alt-Middle preppers out there looking to stay informed, I created this. In all honesty, it started out as a tongue-in-cheek way to exploit all the nutjob goofiness out there but then I kind of got into it and then I kind of got out of it. I need to update it with new RSS feeds to track the Doom of Trump.

    *I notice “the media” is mostly choosing to incorrectly quote Trump by not including the guy in New Jersey’s weight.

    • em4mighty 5:15 pm on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      when my kids ask me for my super power of choice, i tell them, “to be able to tell what is true.”
      in a world where i can find a source to support almost anything that pops out of my ass…ah, the truth would be a beautiful thing to know.
      but i think you are right, it is up to me to find it. and i won’t stop looking.

      Liked by 1 person

      • earth2bella 7:13 pm on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Wahey…that’s my super power (: my only power actually lol. You can do it..learn to tune into and trust your “gut” 😉

        Liked by 1 person

        • em4mighty 7:39 pm on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          i know when something is NOT true. knowing what is true is a bit trickier–if that makes sense?

          Liked by 1 person

          • earth2bella 7:58 pm on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Hmm maybe it’s that you don’t trust yourself enough Bc I thought the same of myself before. But I was always right…it’s riskier I think to say “this is truth”. It’s scary. But if you think it is, Bc truth tingles kinda like lies smell (if that makes sense lol) so watch for the tingle and trust you. (: xoxo

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            • em4mighty 8:00 pm on December 14, 2016 Permalink

              i think you are right. i’m a second-guesser and twirl myself into circles doing so!
              something i am working on <3
              thank you for the reminder!!

              Liked by 1 person

            • earth2bella 8:10 pm on December 14, 2016 Permalink

              It’s hard. I still think I’m a weirdo sometimes. But it’s a fun journey IMO. Enjoy (:

              Liked by 1 person

      • Thomas Weaver 4:53 pm on December 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        My own “knowing what’s true” superpower 1) is only truly reliable for face-to-face communication and 2) is useless against sociopaths, because they have the “believes own BS while speaking it” power, which blocks my own. :-(

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        • em4mighty 6:59 pm on December 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          yeah. i was hoping to know what is true in print. in research. when you can find a source to say anything is true. how do you know what is true?
          people are (mostly) easier to read than news sources.

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    • earth2bella 7:14 pm on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I like this. You’re funny (: I’m not a label so idk what box you’d put me in but I do think the media is fkd. But you’re right…ppls thinking is fkd too. Personal responsibility is a thing. A dying thing…but still a thing. Good job (: xoxo

      Liked by 1 person

    • Alli Farkas 1:35 pm on December 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      After some 35 years working in the news media I’ve developed a pretty good BS detector. It goes off regularly as I surf the net. Unfortunately I have no truth detector…


  • Kurt Brindley 8:03 pm on December 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Come Down, , fantasies, , , protected speech, , T. I. hip hop   

    "I Fantasize Shooting Trump Down…" 

    Hey! It wasn’t me who said that (out loud anyway)…

    T. I. raps it on a version of Anderson .Paak’s hit song “Come Down.”

    It appears that, for the time being at least, publicly declaring that you fantasize shooting a president-elect is protected speech.

    I wonder if Trump is aware of T. I.’s fantasy.

    I would guess not because as far as I know he hasn’t tweeted about locking T. I. up or taking away his citizenship. Good thing T. I. doesn’t sing about burning the American flag.

    You can hear T. I. rap his fantasy at the 2:20 mark.

    This video is, of course, very NSFW

  • Kurt Brindley 2:25 pm on December 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , flags, , John Lennon, , , peace campaigns, , , War Is Over, Yoko Ono   


    I’m a BIG Yoko Ono fan and I really dig her WAR IS OVER campaign. I especially dig all the free WAR IS OVER downloads she offers in a multitude of languages at http://imaginepeace.com/warisover/.

    And I especially especially dig this WAR IS OVER message written in flag-speak!


  • Kurt Brindley 8:00 am on October 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Massachusetts, , , , ,   

    Ain’t That America… 

    Reporting live from Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts


  • Kurt Brindley 1:29 pm on September 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , road trip   

    Ain’t That America… 

    Reporting live from Interstate 78 East Exit 29


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