Category: Religion & Philosophy

the metaphysical and speculative

Hayk [Armenia]

Having now watched most of the available Conans, some things become clearer. That Jordan with the taciturn manner – that’s an act and the smile appears occasionally. The largish, cake-eating gentleman who said he doesn’t think about Conan at all – he’s the sidekick and mate.

Even so, I prefer this sort of thing below – comedians seem to make good travel guides, e.g. Michael Palin, or if travel writers have a sense of the absurd, e.g. Bill Bryson

Sad clip first:

The Toyota conundrum

You know all those Toyota pick-ups rolled out by ISIS? Where did they come from, who paid for them?

isis toyota

The US Treasury has recently opened an inquiry about the so-called “Islamic State’s” (ISIS/ISIL) use of large numbers of brand-new Toyota trucks. The issue has arisen in the wake of Russia’s air operations over Syria and growing global suspicion that the US itself has played a key role in arming, funding, and intentionally perpetuating the terrorist army across Syria and Iraq.

The real menace of the left-liberal

#  Haiku comes up with a perfect example of ego, something blogged on the other day:

Not a lot to add to that.

# And this from Chuckles, noting that when there is a downturn, every time this sort of thing happens:

Young women have always prostituted themselves and I’ve always been amazed at how low they place self-esteem and how they’ll let people in for all the wrong reasons.

Men have always placed the highest premium on their women’s virtue [see Othello, rubies], whereas women don’t seem to place any premium on it, apart from as a bargaining chip. Sad.

#  Moving on,one  of the comments here caught the eye:…

The less well-known history of the world

weeping angel

You have coffee? This is going to take some time. There might be another light post at 13:00, jazz is planned in the evening.

The business of Nice, Turkey and Bataclan led this blogger to a map of the area, which included Istanbul, which led to exploring Constantinople and the Hagia Sophia, which led to the Byzantine Empire, which naturally led to the Franks or Latins of later Byzantine times, which led back to the Franks and the Venetians in 1099, which led back to the Merovingians and Clovis, of whom much has been written, which led back to the mystery religions.…

Statue of Astarte

July the Fourth is coming up – may the Fourth be with you.

The Statue of Liberty in Paris 1886, before it was disassembled and crated for its voyage to New York:

statue in making

There could be said to be three levels at which people understand the Statue of [supposed] Liberty:

1. That she is as stated on the box – all about liberty in the new world. Is it safe to say that most people see her that way?…

Tomorrow’s post-mortem … now

04:45: Beeb calls it for LEAVE. knackered, need to sleep.

04:15: Still up, this is amazing, still not over the line yet.

02:13: Haven’t gone to bed, following every nuance. Leave doing great but London still to come. Migrants might pull it out of the fire yet for Remain.

00:17: I’m doing this through Twitter, you have the tele, no need for my updates. Nigh nigh.…