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No Time

From a Futility Closet entry:

In Book 11 of the Confessions, Augustine writes, “Are the present hundred years a long time? But first see whether a hundred years can be present. If it is the first year of the hundred, then that year is present, but the other ninety-nine are still in the future, and so as yet are not; if we are in the second year, then one year is past, one year is present, the rest future. Thus whichever year of our hundred-year period we choose as present, those before it have passed away, those after it are still to come. Thus a hundred years cannot be present.”

Is the chosen year itself present? Not wholly: We’re in some particular month, and the other months are not present. And so on — Augustine applies the same argument to days, hours, and even “fleeting moments.” In the end, “If we conceive of some point of time which cannot be divided even into the minutest parts of moments, that is the only point that can be called present: and that point flees at such lightning speed from being future to being past, that it has no extent of duration at all. For if it were so extended, it would be divisible into past and future: the present has no length.”

Augustine got a lot wrong, e.g., the whole God thing. But he nailed this one. “The present” can be defined as a line of zero width drawn perpendicular to Time’s flow. We ride along.

#waltzwednesdays remains on hiatus but it will be back soon, as new fuel is trickling in.

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I haven’t the slightest bit of a religious feeling, as may be evident from this blog as well as my online postings. Yes, I used to. But I can assure you, it’s as long-gone as my belief in the Tooth Fairy.

Nevertheless I cannot deny: religious feelings have inspired some really superior music. And for all the Bach and Handel, this might just be the pinnacle of it:

Oh, there are thousands of recordings of this song. It’s one way to tell if the bagpiper is any good.

But this call & response performance of it is a cut above.


Click thru for all of the maniacs

Theocracy is not the final goal of the ones at the top. Fascism and unfettered greed is. But theocracy is the way they can sell it to the rubes. And those of us with working brain cells, and less than 10⁸ dollars, are stuck in the middle.

Oh, yeah that Supreme Court stooge Pumpkin is pushing through started her “hearings” today.

Late Friday Early Caturday

Gertrude knows that a basket of freshly folded laundry is a bed we have custom-made for her.

When one knows something that is not true, they know it really fervently.

it is God’s will that I lay here!

Stupidity Burns

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I have long asserted that the apparent stupidity of Rethuglicans is wilful and malicious. If you saw Pumpkin turn his daily COVID-19 hour of lies (“press briefing” LOL) into a commercial for My Pillow today, you now know what I mean.

But even more seriously: read this article. The aim of the right-wing noise machine now appears to be literally to reduce the population. To kill as many of us as they can.

Other conservatives have framed protective measures as a threat not only to America’s rugged individualism but to masculinity. The Christian pastor Jonathan Shuttlesworth referred to social distancers as “sissies” and “pansies” who have been “neutered,” and described Christians who use hand sanitizer as having “fake faith” and “no balls.” Another minister said he would never close his church, because his congregants were not “pansies.” Some politicians, including the lieutenant governor of Texas, and pundits, including Glenn Beck, have gone so far as to suggest that older Americans should be willing to risk death to preserve the economy.

The Conservative Campaign Against Safety

Good old toxic masculinity! Just when you thought that was something we only worried about in happier times, like 2018. This may be evil of me but I really sincerely hope they get exactly what they wish for. That is to say, they should get exactly what they wish for you and me.

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