Slaughter of the Innocents.
The 21,000 seat venue had been packed for the concert and the blast was in the foyer between the arena and nearby Victoria Railway Station. The explosion tore apart innocent children and young people leaving the gig. So far 22 are confirmed dead and 59 more injured. Ariana Grande has told of her horror and sorrow on twitter.
Manchester has a large Muslim population, and this brutal suicide bombing has all the hallmarks of a Muslim / ISIS terrorist attack on innocents.
There is no understanding the mentality or motives of vile monsters who perpetrate these atrocities. However, by instigating these terror attacks, a few home-grown religious fanatics will only stir up hatred against the entire Muslim community ~ and perhaps that is their perverted intention.
I know this area of England very well indeed. My sympathies are with the victims and their families. I have no compassion for the people who made this cowardly attack.
Terrorism is a significant threat to peace and security.
In some places I could be prosecuted for a hate crime, or at least be accused of racism, for even using the term Islamic Terrorism. The simple fact is, the number of unspeakable acts of violence perpetrated by Muslims purporting to support Radical Islamic organisations such as ISIS / Daesh, has increased exponentially in recent months. It’s terrorism, done by Muslims, and just lately a lot of innocent men, women, and children have died because of it. The Muslim Terrorists are proud of what they do, and have no sympathy for the people they kill and maim.
Whether most Muslims are peaceable is irrelevant. The fact is that fanatics rule Islam now and act-out what the Qur’an truly says… maul, march, murder every infidel if they won’t convert. ~ Gary Patton
Since the horrific events in Paris on Friday November 13th 2015, when 130 people were killed, there have been terror attacks right across Europe, America, and the Middle East. These terribly memorable events go on, and on, and on.
On 19th December 2016 a truck was driven into crowds of innocent shoppers at the Christmas Market in Berlin.
On Wednesday March 22nd 2017, an SUV raced through pedestrians walking across Westminster Bridge in London, before crashing into the gates of the Houses of Parliament.
The left-leaning, and ever so tolerant, Metropolitan Liberal Elite keep to their mantra that Muslims are not terrorists. Tell that to the families of those killed in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and aboard the four hijacked airliners on September 11th 2001.
Or come to London and tell that to the families of those killed and maimed on Public Transport on July 7th 2005.
It’s not just in Europe and North America that Muslims kill the Kafir. Yesterday, Sunday April 9th 2017, Palm Sunday, two bombs exploded in Chuches in Egypt. Many Muslims in Egypt and all across the Middle East hate their own Coptic Christian minority populations just as much as they hate other Christians. Egypt is a popular tourist destination, but the whole country is quite dangerous, up to and including your flight out of it.
The list of terror attacks committed by Muslim extremists goes on, and on, and on. Civilised Peoples cannot ever appease extremist religious terrorists, we cannot negotiate with extremist religious terrorists, and we can never win their hearts and minds.
Right now, there are some places in the world I would not like to visit, unless my trip was essential. Among these countries are; Turkey, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and the soft tourist target of Morocco. If I was unfortunate enough to have a non-essential trip booked to any part of the Middle East, I would seriously reconsider my options. Going on a vacation isn’t worth risking my health and life on a bad bet. Neither would I be keen on travel to Berlin, Brussels, or Stockholm for a while. At the moment I would only go into parts of Central London if I had to.
This world has always been a dangerous place. I am afraid that it’s becoming more and more dangerous by the hour.
Let’s all be careful out there.
my Goddess please help me
help me to be understanding
help me to be more accepting
help me to be less judgmental
help me to avoid impulsiveness
help me to think before I speak
help me to think long before I act
help me to be more tolerant of fools
help me to stay cool, calm, and collected
help me forgive those who have wronged me
help me forgive those I think have wronged me
help me to lose fear, hurt feelings, and immaturity
help me to be a better man today than I was yesterday
help me lose the angst and replace it with love and compassion
help me lose my unrealistic unfulfilled expectations of those I care for
my Goddess help me to live without half-truths, dishonesty, deceit, and lies
Thank you Goddess, today I will try my best to fulfil your hopes and trust in me
words and pictures by jack collier
Be careful what you pray for. Your prayers may be answered.
Affection, Bisection, Copulation, Deflexion, Ejaculation, Fellation, Gustation, Hesitation, Invitation, Jubilation, Kiss, Lubrication, Masturbation, Numeration, Osculation, Penetration, Regurgitation, Stimulation, Titillation, Urination, Veneration, Wanton, eXcitation, Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
words and pictures by jack collier
Poetry has rules, the sea has rules, even chaos has rules. Quantum mechanics breaks all the rules that make sense in real life. Yet, if you look really carefully, some of the principles described to explain the sub-atomic world are perfectly logical in daily life.
Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle says that it’s possible to know some things, but the more you know about one thing the less you know about another. I know some people who are world experts in their field, but I wouldn’t trust them with a can opener ~ they have concentrated on knowing everything there is to know about one thing, to the exclusion of knowing anything at all about everything else. That is a perfect example of being a hopeless human being. A real Renaissance Man knows a lot about everything, and at one in the same time can do most things ~ from making a wooden chair to designing a boat, and then building it.
Quantum logic also states that the very act of observing something changes the thing / person you are observing. We all know this is absolutely true. As a gross example most people will not scratch their groin if they think there is anyone watching them. A more subtle example is to be found in your significant other. He / she behaves differently when you are around to the way she / he behaves when she is alone or with a circle of friends that does not include you. Normally your significant other is much better behaved when you are observing them than when they are free of your scrutiny. Most sane people will not have sex with another person / several people when you are watching them.
In fact, if you are watching something / someone, both of you stop being independent entities and become one system. For example, professional sports cannot exist without a crowd, and the crowd becomes part of the game.
And, then there is the damn cat. Schrödinger’s cat lives in a box and is both dead and alive at one in the same time. The assumption is that the cat is neither dead or alive until you open the box and take a look. As far as I am concerned the only lesson you can take into real life from this bit of quantum logic is that it’s pointless to worry about anything until it happens. Don’t dig a grave until you have an actual dead cat.
Schrödinger’s cat leads into the probabilistic nature of the universe. This says two things;
- Nothing is certain. There is only a choice of probable / possible outcomes which range from the very likely to the almost totally impossible. But, any of those outcomes is possible.
- Even the most unlikely thing can and will happen.
Someone will win big on the lottery the first time they buy a ticket. The Americans will honestly believe they know how to make a cup of tea. President Obama will not make a fool of himself in Africa.
The multiple universes claimed to exist by quantum theory mean that anything imaginable is possible. For example; Isis and Aphrodite exist today, King Arthur is alive and well and still has Excalibur, and I may finally come to terms with the true nature of spirituality. No, that last will never happen.
English Gentleman, moine guerrier
Just as I seem drawn to the sea and the moon, I am fated to have a deep bond with the feminine elements of the cosmos. Sometimes this connection directly manifests itself when one of the Goddesses answers a question I have needed to ask. The question has to be simple and has to couched in such a way that I am obviously asking for help. Usually I will ask a specific Goddess for her grace.
Most of the time I will receive an immediate and clear answer to my plea.
This is where things start to become difficult and complicated. To begin with, there is only one Goddess.
In Celtic Mythology, (I am Celt, or a Briton, or an Englishman), the Gods were powerful, but the Goddesses even more so. In Celtic mythology the Goddesses are associated with the land, nature, the forest, trees, water, and the moon. The Goddess exists in a triple manifestation;
- The Maiden
- The Mother
- The Crone
and she is linked to the seasons, to birth, fertility, and growth. She is the giver of life and love, and she is the one who bestows sex and death.
I dreamt last night of the three weird sisters: To you they have show’d some truth.
This single Goddess in three separate identities is common across all the mythologies I know of.
In fact, the single Goddess who exists in three manifestations appears in all cultures and through the ages ~ at least as far back as 24,000 B.C.. She is sometimes called the Earth Mother, and she is responsible for all creation. In Egypt she was Isis, the Aztecs knew her as Toci, the Sumarians called her Ninmah, for the Greeks she was Cybele, Hera and Aphrodite. To Christians and others she is Mary. At the tomb of Jesus she was Magdalene, Mary Salome and Mary of Jacob.
One of the Celtic Goddess was known as Mairiae.
I have no fixed belief in God, Gods, Goddesses and spirits. As it goes I am an agnostic atheist. I believe that the true nature of the cosmos is unknowable.
It may be that my higher power is Aphrodite, or it may be that it’s my own subconcious, which I am accessing using a technique borrowed from Neuro Linguistic Programming. If that’s the case I’mas close to sorcery as it gets, or maybe magic. Or, it may be that the Goddess exists, and finds time to look in on me every once in a while.
I don’t know, and I don’t care. What I do know is the it would be a bad move to anger Aphrodite.
I go down to the sea to pray. Isis and Aphrodite answer my prayers, and the answer is seldom no.
Englisj Gentleman, moine guerrier
Chaos ~ complete disorder and confusion
Chaos in Clouds
Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos. ~ Mary Shelley
As well as disorder and confusion, Chaos also refers to the behaviour of complex systems where outcomes are so unpredictable as to appear random, which they are not. Even chaos is predictable. Hence, the branch of pure mathematics called Chaos Theory has a host of ‘practical applications’. All of these are disciplines where tiny differences in the initial condition of a model produce wildly different outcomes. Sometimes this is called the butterfly effect. One of the major applications of chaos theory and the butterfly effect is in meteorology ~ forecasting the weather. The mathematics of the butterfly effect are mind-bendingly complicated, but an easy to remember illustration is that the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can cause a typhoon halfway around the world. This may, or may not, be true. However there is nothing in mathematics or physics that says it is impossible.
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s eventually going to be a butterfly. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
Chaos theory differs from probability theory in that one tries to predict the future while the other says that predicting the future is impossible. Both are true in life. Most of life is safe and predictable, but it is as well to remember that Shit Happens. Life has some very predictable things in it, such as gravity and death, but there are also some unexpected events which we should expect to happen from time to time. Unexpected events such as; love, stock market crashes, icebergs…
Life happens. Shit happens. And it happens a lot. To a lot of people. ~ Colleen Hoover
Chaos theory also relies upon the Fractal nature of the universe. Fractal basically means something that cannot be represented by classical geometry, and looks the same whatever size and whatever portion of the whole we are looking at. It becomes really complex when we try to understand a fractal curve. Some say that a fractal curve represents the nature of God. And, that God is part of the infinite cosmos. All I know is that I have to understand that by trying to understand a spiral, which has some very complicated math to explain it. Even a two-dimensional logarithmic spiral, (such as the Nautilus shell illustrated), is quite complex ~ three dimensional spirals even more so.
Fractals and Oneness It would seem that the universe began in a state of oneness, as a singularity. Since the Big Bang, the universe has become incredibly, infinitely labyrinthine and convoluted. There is also a oneness theology which expresses the concept of God as a singularity.
Infinity is almost impossible to comprehend in the mind of man, and therefore so is God. Man quails before the unforgiving infinities. In order to make human sense of God we make him smaller, anthropomorphic… give Him a name. In my own case my higher power is the Goddess Isis ~ understandable, personal, merciful. Isis concerns herself directly with my fate and actions. A long way from the infinity of the cosmos and probably a long way from the true nature of God.
An apocryphal story says that Einstein proved the existance of God by proving that Cold does not exist.
Chaos theory says that I cannot predict the future. Fractals and oneness say that reality is a contradiction of infinite complexity and infinite simplicity. The concept of my personal Higher Power, Isis, helps me make sense of the cosmos.
words and pictures by jack collier
SOMETIMES, SELF-WILL AND EFFORT ARE JUST NOT ENOUGH
In 12 step recovery programmes this is step 2. In Alcoholics Anonymous the full text reads;
We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. ~ The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
For many people trying to recover from an addiction to alcohol, street drugs, prescription drugs, gambling, shoplifting…, this is where it all falls apart. One may have been dry and clean for a while, (although cigarettes and candy will have taken the place of the primary addiction), but here we begin to flirt with the idea of God.
Addicts and people under great stress have poor memories, they will have forgotten that when they were at their nadir they will have said something like; ‘Please God, get me out of this one…’ In any event, in the quotation given above where does it say God? It doesn’t, it says; a Power greater than ourselves. Addiction is self-will writ large; egotism, egomania, narcissism, conceit, and vanity are all part of the psychology of an addict. Addicts and the otherwise mentally ill believe they are the most important person in the Cosmos ~ that belief has to be smashed.
Addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, anorexia, binge eating disorder, psychotic disorders, exhibitionism…, (the list could go on and on), all produce a state of desperation. A state where the sufferer is willing to do almost anything to escape from the see-saw of euphoria and misery that they endure. Anything, except believe that there is more in this Cosmos than themselves ~ addiction and self-absorption go together like ham and eggs.
Trust me on this, one does not have to believe in the God of our childhood, or the God of our parents, or the God of whatever church or religion we theoretically belong to. Lapsed Christians, lapsed Jews, Agnostics, atheists, sun worshipers, druids, can all come to believe that there is a power in the universe that is greater than they are. In 12 step recovery programmes this sometimes known as ‘finding your higher power.’
I believe in a higher power and I believe in good and bad, right and wrong. You sleep in the bed you make. ~ Leif Garrett.
Lief Garrett, singer, actor, television personality, one time drug addict, member of the Church of Scientology, often in legal difficulties.
So we’re in physical and mental torment of one sort or another. In order to recover we need to give up some of our egomaniacal self-will, narcissistic denial, and the conceit that we can stop doing whatever destructive behaviour we suffer from, whenever we want to. Whether one believes in a Deity, or not, recovery from addiction and a range of other destructive behaviours depends on faith and spirituality. The human mind finds it much easier to believe in something, rather than believing in nothing, (although one could believe in nothingness and infinity.)
There is something about modern man and woman, particularly men and women who are suffering extreme distress, which makes it difficult for them to accept that there is anything beyond what they can see, hear, taste, touch, smell, or otherwise detect with one of our many other senses. Very well, what if I quote from one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th Century? A man so smart that 99% of the people in the world don’t even understand what he was getting at.
The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms ~ this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of all true spirituality, (geistigkeit). ~ Albert Einstein, The Merging of Spirit and Science.
Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist and philosopher of science.
Quantum physics and probability theory are both pretty wedded to the fact that nothing is impossible. People being what they are, if one gives a lot of them three choices;
- There is definitely no God, Goddess, Higher Power, or a Power greater than me.
- There may or may not be a Higher Power, Earth Goddess, Power of the Cosmos, et alii.
- There is a Higher Power, Mother Goddess, Power of the Universe, Isis and Aphrodite. I know because I have faith.
There is no possibility whatsoever that they would be able to come to a consensus of opinion. The proof of this is in Arrow’s impossibility theorem. Therefore, it doesn’t really matter what one believes in, as long as one believes in something that is greater than a single human being ~ that is, greater than you. We cannot go on just existing, we need faith and spirituality in order to live ~ after all, we are broken human beings.
Personally, I walked the road of recovery from my disease by believing in the power of the Cosmos. It didn’t matter what I believed in, as long as I believed that there was a Power greater than myself. If you can’t even manage that, then believe in the fact that you want to believe in something, because that will put you on the road to spirituality and recovery from whatever syndromes you suffer from.
The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. ~ Carl Sagan, in Cosmos.
Carl Edward Sagan, astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science populariser, researcher into extraterrestrial life.
All of human life requires faith. Faith in gravity, in the laws of physics, in birth, love, life and death. To recover from serious addiction, mental illness, extreme stress, also requires faith and spirituality.
Given that I am currently not only on planet weird, I am deep in the jungle on planet weird, after experiencing reincarnation into my own life, I need a hell of a lot more faith and spirituality than most. Currently it suits me to believe in my vision of the Goddesses Isis and Aphrodite. They are my higher powers, not yours. You need to find your own higher power for yourself to achieve true spirituality.