News Briefs 23-03-2009

Big badda boom. Badda boom crash. Need priest to exocise computer.

Quote of the Day:

If this were a medical emergency, it appears it would look something like this:

The Illness– Reckless and irresponsible betting led to huge losses.
The Diagnosis– Insufficient gambling.
The Cure– A Trillion dollar stack of chips provided by the house.
The Prognosis– We are so screwed.

John Cole, at Balloon Juice.

  1. The power of Christ compels you!!
    [quote]Big badda boom. Badda boom crash. Need priest to exocise computer.[/quote]

    Sprinkling your CPU with holy water would not be recommendable.

    Maybe a USB crucifix? 😛

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    It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
    It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

    Red Pill Junkie

    1. warranty?
      If you have soem sort of warranty on the computer, try this method:

      Open the thing up, place it in a position where it will contain some amount of water.

      Add about 500 milliliters of water, of your desired degree of holiness.

      Turn on the power.

      Call the warranty people.

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      It is not how fast you go
      it is when you get there.

      1. But….
        Don’t you lose the warranty the moment you open the CPU box?

        It’s like Catholic confession, they have their methods of knowing you’re lying! 😉

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        It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
        It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

        Red Pill Junkie

  2. Mexico city drug museum 🙁
    [quote]Along the halls, there is a farmworker mannequin propped up under a tree with a rifle in his hands, guarding a field of poppies and pot. Around his neck is a pendant of Jesus Malverde, considered the patron saint of outlaws. Nearby is a board with nails sticking into it, a makeshift trap set to injure anyone, but especially soldiers, who might creep near.[/quote]

    That image is kind of dated. The drug cartels are very quick to evolve and stay ahead of the game. Nowadays the prefer to buy a lot of houses in US soil where they will grow hydroponic marijuana.

    Or they will plant it in fields in the mountains if San Diego.

    Last week the Mexican government made two major arrests. After all the blood and violence these groups cause, it’s so ironic that not a single bullet was fired on both arrests. Both ‘narcos’ didn’t seem to find the idea of ‘dying on their feet’ too appealing :-/

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    It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
    It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

    Red Pill Junkie

  3. cannibals…
    hmm…i watched the program and i wasn’t convinced…i am a master’s degreed historian though my specialty is more modern history, so i can’t speak directly to roman accounts…but it seems that it is common practice for the invaders to label the invadees as ‘cannibals’ (in order to de-humanize them) and this was certainly the practice of europeans in the americas/africa/oceania…while i don’t deny that SOME tribes/cultures may have practiced cannibalism/human sacrifice for various reasons, it is equally reasonable to realize not ALL of them did (and maybe only a small minority did)…when one reads the accounts of anglo/european explorers it seems reports of cannibalism are sort of stock-in-trade; a way to justify the genocide/enslavement of native peoples…what better way than to tell those back at home that the “other” kills/eats its own…

    with regard to one of the examples given last night…that of the “ritual killing” of an “important/high status” individual found i a bog who was whacked on the head, garroted AND had his throat slit could just as easily been the victim of ‘highwaymen’ or murdered ala rasputin…

    1. It’s a monologue, not a dialogue
      The historical record is terribly incomplete when only the victors tell the tale of what happened.

      That didn’t happen in Mexico, where apart from the remaining codexes that survived the Conquest, and the indigenous people who were taught Spanish and told the missionaries a bit of how they lived, there was also an initiative from one of the Conquistadors—Bernal Díaz del Castillo— of giving voice to some of the people they conquered (even if that account was skewed and not completely objective).

      So there was this part in the book Bernal wrote when Cortéz visits the main temple in Tenochtitlan, and all the Spaniards were horrified at the sight of the gruesome stone idols covered in hardened crust of blood and with piles of hearts burning with copal as an offering to them—one can hardly imagine the stench of such a place!—Cortéz is furious and tells Moctezuma that the idols the Aztecs worship to are demons, and that he wants to destroy all the statues, clean the place and put a wooden cross to exorcise the forces of evil and sanctify the temple. Moctezuma gets angry and strongly objects to this, saying to Cortéz that to their people, these ‘idols’ are not demons but benevolent gods that take good care of them. So Cortéz intelligently backs down; and later the Europeans began to understand the cosmovision that fueled the ‘savagery’ of this nation, that compelled them to offer to their gods the best thing in the world as nourishment: the beating hearts of brave warriors.

      And as for the Lindow man as evidence of ritual sacrifice, I concur with undrgrndgirl: maybe that man was a traitor that aided the romans; Hell, maybe he was the Celtic version of Bernie Madoff! 😉

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      It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
      It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

      Red Pill Junkie

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