A Unique Halloween Message

The following is a message I received from my DEMOCRATIC Senator. I thought it was pretty clever. 

Halloween is special. From the Jolly Rancher to each Sour Patch Kid kid out there, everyone enjoys setting aside their cares, spending a bit of their hard-earned Payday to spread a little Almond Joy to their friends and neighbors.

 

This year, however, I have to admit, I’m a little distracted. Because our country has Mounds of Goobers who are putting our future at risk.

 

That’s why 2020 is so important. We must take back the Senate together, with Whatchamacallit — grassroots support. Take 5 and chip in before the stroke of midnight.

 

Let’s connect the Dots:

 

Climate chaos is melting the Sno Caps, threatening to turn our world into an Atomic Fireball.

 

Trump’s Airheads Xtremes are putting a Crunch on the Constitution.

 

The Republican spending Spree on the ultra-wealthy defies Riesen.

 

The Whoppers get worse by the day.

 

That’s why we need a few Life Savers right now, Nan.

 

We don’t need 100 Grand from one Mr. Goodbar.

 

We just need a little Bit O Honey from all the Nerds and Smarties out there — each and every American worried about the Rocky Road ahead.

 

Let’s do this together. Let’s take back the Senate and change course in Washington D.C.

Happy Halloween!

 

“Today Was A Good Day”

Yes, today was a good day. A man described as the “most-wanted human rights criminal in the world, responsible for the murder, torture, rape and oppression of tens – even hundreds – of thousands of people” was eliminated.

HOWEVER, it was not, as President Trump asserts, by the action of U.S. Forces. Rather, it was by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s own hand as he detonated the suicide vest he was wearing. While there is little doubt he was forced into this action as the result of a raid on his compound, it was not a direct kill.

No, this man ran for safety. And when he knew he was cornered, he took his own life. Sadly, there were children with him … and they also died.

Yet, as always, Trump has reveled in his own self-praise as he’s told the world how HE directed the kill of a major terrorist. (Although in true Trump style, he did direct a word of thanks to his buddy, Vladimir Putin.)

Undoubtedly, Trump and his sycophants will now claim the world to be a safer place without this man, but we must ask … is it?

As this article proclaims:

The Islamists are not going to disappear or give up just because Baghdadi is gone. Indeed the very same vainglorious Donald Trump who took obscene personal credit for his death has put Isis back in business by his withdrawal of American forces from Syria and giving Erdogan the green light to beat the hell out of America’s Kurdish allies. Now hundreds of hardened, trained, ruthless and cruel Isis fighters have been let loose in the region, at liberty to attack US forces and their allies wherever they find them, and to take fresh terror campaigns into Europe.

There’s little doubt that Trump believes the action he took to eliminate Baghdadi was a far bigger and more prestigious deal than that which was carried out by President Obama when he terminated Osama Bin Laden. However, what he fails to realize is that neither he nor former presidents have eliminated the hydra of militant Islamist terror and aggression.” Just because Baghdadi is gone does not mean the Islamists are going to disappear or give up. Another leader will soon arise. To think otherwise is foolish and misguided.

The referenced article concludes:

Depressingly, we also know that Trump will milk the death of Baghdadi for all it is worth, all the way to polling day: A great day for his country, Trump said, though he meant a great day for Trump. The war on terror is not over – let alone won.

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Then and Now

Scottie, a blogging friend, recently posted the following graph. Although I know many of my readers/followers also read his blog and may have already seen it, I wanted to give it as much exposure as possible since the contents are so “right-on.”

Paraphrasing a comment by Scottie … it’s amazing how otherwise smart people will buy into some of the most ridiculous stories so long as they are couched in religion. Yet if they heard the same or a similar story outside of religion, they would never believe it!

And, I might add, as the chart shows, they are quite adept to “reinterpreting” scriptures in an effort to make them conform to contemporary thinking.



Neo-Religions

To go along with my previous post related to the extension of life, it seems we now have some “new” (a relevant term) religions to take us into the unknowns of the future.

As has been expressed by various polls, society is secularizing — particularly among the young. However, according to this article, it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re becoming “less religious.” Many are simply changing where and in what they put their faith.

For some, it is the religion of Gaia in which nature is personalized and the earth is seen as a living, perhaps sentient, organism. For others, it is a drive to promote “nature rights” for “Pachamama,” the Incan earth goddess.

There’s also Transhumanism, which Wikipedia describes as

an international philosophical movement that advocates for the transformation of the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellect and physiology.”

Actually, Transhumanism seems similar to what some readers suggested in my earlier referenced post related to future humans receiving brain implants to increase intelligence and/or genetic engineering to extend life spans. In fact, it seems all that would be required would be to harness technology, as discussed in this Guardian article:

Imagine that a person’s brain could be scanned in great detail and recreated in a computer simulation. The person’s mind and memories, emotions and personality would be duplicated. In effect, a new and equally valid version of that person would now exist, in a potentially immortal, digital form. 

Some individuals feel there’s a drawback to these neo-religions in that they tend to be anti-human. Even so, they offer meaning to their believers — and isn’t that the core element of religion?

It’s been suggested that as religion continues its downward spiral, even more new forms of faith will emerge.

What do you think? Can you see yourself embracing one of these new “theologies?” (After all, they aren’t a part of Christianity. 😎)