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I found this video fascinating. The wave forms reminded me of my high school physics class, when I was trying to get a grasp of the particle-wave theory of light.

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Thoughts?

Reflections on the metahysical nature of the universe?

Or….

Shall we do the Time Warp again?

The Watering Hole, Wednesday, October 15, 2014: Supreme Court Rules Bipartisanship Unconstitutional

In a case that was given scant attention by court watchers, the Supreme Court issued a ruling today finding that bipartisanship violates the United States Constitution. The opinion, authored by Justice Thomas, noted that the two houses of Congress are, in fact, mentioned in the United States Constitution, but that political parties are not. Thus, while the legislative branch, and the respective houses therein, are free to set their own rules, a strict interpretation of the Constitution does not allow for the existence of political parties, and, by extension, bipartisanship.

This judicial bombshell, coming as it is on the eve of the 2014 mid term elections, left Constitutional law scholars dumbfounded. Ballots will have to be rewritten, eliminating the distinction of political parties. “Who will know who to vote for, once we eliminate the (D) and ( R)?” one staffer lamented. John Boehner, Mitch McConnel and Tom DeLay were seen together in a bar. Tears were streaming down Boehners cheeks as he cried, “All that work on redistricting — gone.”

Only Mike Huckabee appeared pleased with today’s ruling. “With the elimination of political distinctions, people will have to rely on the only distinction that truly matters…God. Now is the time for men, and to a lesser degree, women, of faith, to step forward and run for political office from God’s platform. Now, I am mindful of the First Amendment, and it says that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” So the founding fathers clearly intended that Christians should freely exercise their religion when elected to Congress, and when my Christrian bretheren are made Senators and Representatives, then we shall finally see God’s Kingdom here on earth.”

Michelle Bachman, outraged that the Supreme Court just declared political parties unconstitutinal, vowed to appeal the ruling to the highest court in the land. Sarah Palin, on the other hand, agreed with Mike Huckabee and hinted that he might become her running mate in 2016.

Fox News broke away from its live coverage of Justice Thomas reading his opinion to a rerun of Doctor Strangelove.

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The Watering Hole: Wednesday, October 8, 2014: Blood Moon

“I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood.” (Revelations 6:12.)

There is a total eclipse of the full moon on October 8, 2014. This is the Northern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon – the name for the full moon after the Harvest Moon. It’s also a Blood Moon, and this eclipse is the second in a series of four so-called Blood Moon eclipses.

Ok, so is this the end of the world? Maybe.

For some, it will be a rare selenelion.

If you have nothing better to do in the wee hours of the morning, this site promises a live show.

And what may make this particular Blood Moon of interest to conservative christians is the fact that Uranus will be clearly visible, right next to the blood-red moon. Or is that TMI?

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The Watering Hole, Wednesday, October 1, 2014: Ferguson Police Ordered to Shoot Unarmed White People

In the face of lingering, and growing racial tensions in Ferguson over the police shooting of an unarmed African-American, a new and highly unusual edict has come down from the chief of police: Shoot Unarmed White People. The order reveals the hope that by killing unarmed white people, the Ferguson police department will no longer be seen as racists.

It suggests targeting senior citizens pulled over for traffic citations, any white teen wearing a hoodie, and young mothers with children. Targeting these demographics, the memo continued, should result in tremendous public outcry, overshadowing recent events where people of color in Ferguson and elsewhere in this great country were gunned down without apparent provocation. The police chief’s order also reminded officers to yell out a commmand, such as “Stop or I’ll shoot” at least a split second before, not after, opening fire. This, the memo said, would provide the necessary legal cover to defeat any lawsuits.

The memo concluded with P.S. DO NOT LEAK THIS MEMO TO THE PRESS.

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The Watering Hole, Thursday, September 25, 2014: 47% and Growing

The 47% comment made by Romney is true and it’s bigger now, according to Republican Cresent Hardy, a candidate for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District.

The 47% comment, if you recall, alleged that 47% paid no federal income taxes. In other words 47% made so little money their income wasn’t taxed. They are the working poor, the senior citizens. And, according to Hardy, their numbers are growing.

If true, it is not surprising. The benefits of the Obama Recovery have gone disproportionatly to the wealthy class. We can blame Obama, but he has been restricted by an obstructionist Republican minority in the Senate that has prevented measures from being passed that would benefit the working poor. Bankers got bonuses even while families faced foreclosure.

In this author’s opinion, the plight of the working poor will get worse, as more and more wealth is concentrated into the hands of the idle rich and deposited in overseas accounts. More and more of the middle class will slowly slide into the ranks of the working poor, and the 47% will continue to grow, not through any fault of their own, not through any desire to freeload on the system, but from the continued economic policies of the oligarchy that runs this country from behind the scenes.

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The Watering Hole, Wednesday, September 24, 2014: The Traveler and the True Believer

The Traveler and the True Believer

a modern parable

by

Briseadh na Faire

A little girl picked wildflowers in the meadow one bright fine spring-summer’s day. It was not too hot, and not too cold, just the perfect weather for picking flowers. Off in the distance, a stranger watched. He wore a green cloak, pulled down to reveal his white hair, and carried a white staff with odd symbols carved in it. He stood silently as the girl chased butterflies and laughed and plucked another colored prize amongst the wild grasses.

She quite unexpectedly came across the stranger.

“Oh! Who are you?” she asked, taking a step back.

“Just a man, traveling through this beautiful meadow of yours.”

“Oh.” she said, and then her brow furrowed, “Are you a True Believer?”

“I don’t know. What is a True Believer?”

“Well, if you don’t know if you’re a True Believer, you can’t possibly be a True Believer.”

“Why?”

“Because a True Believer would know if he was a True Believer.”

“Ok. You’ve got me there.” the stranger sat on a tuft of grass. “I do have certain beliefs, but I am a stranger to these parts. I do not know what you mean when you say ‘True Believer’.”

The little girl thought about this unexpected response for a short while. The stranger seemed kind, and his sitting cross-legged in the grass set her at ease.

“A True Believer” the girl began, then she hesitated, the words of her teachers all flowing into her head at once, and at once became an undecipherable jumble. Slowly they sorted themselves out. “A True Believer believes in the One True Interpretation of Everything.”

“Oh” the stranger replied, “in that case, I am a True Believer.”

The girl breathed what appeared to be a sigh of relief. “Then you believe that God is good and people are bad and the only way to get to heaven is to believe in God?”

“Who told you that?”

“My teachers.” the girl fidgeted, obviously uncomfortable with the question.

“And you trust your teachers, don’t you?” the stranger’s blue eyes seemed to hide the knowledge of the truth.

“Of course!” she stood up, indignant at the suggestion that her teachers might have deceived her.

“Of course.” the stranger stood, as if to turn away. “But….how do you know your teachers know the One True Interpretation of Everything?”

The little girl sat down as hard as if she had just been struck in the forehead.

The stranger smiled one of those reassuring smiles that seemed to tell the little girl that she didn’t have to answer his question. “Of course, you believe your teachers. All children trust and believe their teachers.” He paused, and watched the child as she relaxed, reassured.

“In my travels,” the stranger continued, “I have learned of many different beliefs. Beliefs about God, beliefs about people.” The stranger paused.

He is not a True Believer.” the little girl thought. The warnings of her teachers clamored in her head like the bell at the fire department ringing the alarm.

“Your teachers have taught you certain things.” the stranger continued, “Undoubtedly they have taught you that anyone who challenges their teachings is to be distrusted.”

The little girl was stunned. How did this stranger know what her teachers have taught her?

“Look here.” The stranger directed her gaze to a spider’s web. A butterfly was ensnared, and faced certain doom. “Is the spider evil?”

“Yes,” the girl replied without hesitation, “it’s going to kill that beautiful butterfly.”

“Ah, but the spider must kill to survive. Today it is this butterfly. Tomorrow it may well be a moth whose offspring would destroy crops, or a mosquito that spreads disease. So, is the spider evil?”

“Well, I guess it depends.” the girl was thoughtful. “If you were the butterfly, you would certainly think it was evil.”

“and the moth, the mosquito, or anything else that happens to get caught in its web.” the stranger added. “But the spider has a part to play, a job to do. It lives by destroying lives.”

The two sat silent for awhile. This was something her teachers had never taught her – that in Nature, things that destroy – can also be good. A shadow of an eagle flying overhead broke her thoughts.

“Some people,” the stranger finally spoke, “are like this spider. They are good, or bad, depending upon whether you are caught in the web, or grateful the spider got rid of a bug that would later harm you.”“In everything there is either growth or death.” the stranger continued. “We say that things that help growth are good, things that cause death are bad.”

The little girl looked down at her bouquet of wildflowers. Suddenly she realized that in picking the flowers, she killed them. She was bad. But she didn’t mean to be bad. She felt horrible.

“What if,” the stranger continued, “what if we got rid of the notion that people are good or bad?”

The little girl looked up.

“What if we accept that people are people, that they do the best they can at any moment of time?” The stranger plucked a nearby blue flower and handed it to the little girl. She looked at him, a puzzled look in her eyes.

“Yes,” the stranger said, as if reading her question, “some people do horrible things. They hurt and even kill other people. But are they not like the spider?”

The girl looked again at the spider’s web. The butterfly was struggling. The spider was approaching. She took up a twig from the ground and with a whip of her wrist she tore through the web. “BE FREE!” she exclaimed, as the butterfly flew away.

The stranger stood. She looked up at him. He smiled. She slowly got to her feet. He was peering intently into her eyes.

“What?” she asked.

“And now you know.”

“Know what?”

“That it is not a matter of good or bad. That it is a matter of living…of helping….of loving.”

Overhead, the eagle cried.

“Of loving?” the girl asked.

“Yes. For you so loved the beauty of the butterfly that you chose to set it free.”

And a flood of thoughts overwhelmed the little girl. Her teachers were wrong…her teachers were right… but…. here was a stranger who understood….understood good and bad…in a way her teachers didn’t. And a calmness settled over her.

“It’s not really about being a True Believer, is it?” her eyes had tears in them. “it is a matter of living…of helping….of loving?”

She blinked up at the stranger as her eyes watered up. She rubbed her eyes. When she removed her hands, the stranger had disappeared, but the butterfly circled around her head.

© 2014 Briseadh na Faire

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Breaking Gnus: Republicans file suit to rescind Declaration of Independence

Hot on the heels of the defeat of the pro-independence movement in Scotland, Republicans filed suit in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to rescind the Declaration of Independence.

The suit, filed in the Roberts’ Court as an original jurisdiction case under Article III Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution seeks to reunify the United States with Great Britian. Should it succeed, the Constitution will be found null and void, thus removing Obama from the White House.

Early reaction in the UK is mixed, with some welcoming back their former colonies and others expressing reservations. A man on the street interview summed it up, “Well, yes, I think we should let the Americans rejoin the U.K. but, what will happen if Parliament taxes their tea again?”