Saturday, September 24, 2005

will this never end?

Now that Hurricane Rita's weakening over Louisiana and Arkansas and everyone's beginning to take stock of the damage (fortunately not nearly as bad as it could've been had Rita stayed a Category 5 storm), the NWS is already getting worried about TWO more potential cyclone-developing areas in the Atlantic.

Are "Stan" and "Tammy" gestating while everyone watches Texas? If the past few months are any indication, the northern one will visit Florida and the Gulf while the southern one will sail off into the Atlantic harmlessly.

With two more months of hurricane season left, how many more of these will we see?? I'm betting we see "Tropical Storm Delta" before we're finally done... in other words, at least four storms beyond the end of the year's list of names.



Blogger Jay Denari said...

Damn. The page I linked to changed; it used to have two shaded regions in the Atlantic (one east of Bahamas, one east of the Leeward Islands). Hopefully, that's a good sign!

9/25/2005 9:45 PM  
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Blogger Clyo said...

Jay, where are you?

No post since 9/24? Just as well, the problem with finding more blogs I like is the time to visit them starts to run thin.

I thought you'd find this satire funny. I'll post the link for you, too.

This is the whole thing, by the way except that, on the site there's a graphic, showing the "poses."


PINE BLUFF, Ark. — Last Days Bible Church has taken a novel step to prepare people for the Rapture: under each seat in the sanctuary is an airline-style safety card giving instructions for what to do when the Rapture takes place.

"It's a way of getting people's attention," says pastor Mark Eckers, who preaches often about the end times. "We are concerned about people's Rapture preparedness."

Ushers hold up the Rapture Safety cards and give a complete safety demonstration before each service, even pointing out exit routes for people who are not taken by the Rapture.

For believers, the cards depict various Rapture poses they may strike when the trumpet sounds: the flange pose, with both arms pointed down like a badminton birdie. Or the more popular Superman pose: one knee up, both arms held skyward.

"When the Rapture happens we want saved and unsaved people alike to get through the experience safely," says Eckers. "We're especially concerned that no one get trampled, because, of course, the ushers will be gone."


10/07/2005 1:02 PM  
Blogger Clyo said...

Hi Jay,

You're welcome for the satire, it was my pleasure.

I wondered - have you seen the quotes from Gandhi on my site?

I chose seven of his quotes that I really like, one of which is this:

"God is not a power residing in the clouds. God is an unseen power residing within us and nearer to us than fingernails to the flesh." (TIG-P19)

If you have time, you can check out the other six.

I believe Gandhi believed very strongly in God, but he defined God very differently from the distant "guy in the sky" that so many people think of.

The idea of the Quantum Field, of the consciousness that pervades everything and that we are actually made of God, that was his belief although he didn't use the term "Quantum Field" of course.

If I see any other "end of days" humor in the future, I'll clue you in. We can all use a good laugh.

Oh, maybe you wouldn't have any interest, but if you've never seen the Father Ted videos, they are pretty funny; great satire on religion.

Father Ted, for instance says things like: "No Dougal, of course I'm not a fascist. Fascists wear black and tell people what to do, whereas priests..."

(He stops, unable to think of the difference.)


10/10/2005 12:29 AM  
Blogger Tonya said...

Where ya at? Starting to get worried!!

10/24/2005 11:39 PM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

I'm with Tonya & Clyo bro. Miss yer insights.

And to Clyo: Father Ted! LOL! What a goofball & I loved that show the few times I've caught it.

BTW, I'd go with the Superman pose; regardless of the Rapture!!! LOL! Thanks for the humor.

10/28/2005 11:31 AM  
Blogger Clyo said...

Hi Jay,

Thanks for your comments on my post of 10/29. It's good to hear from you again.

Hope you don't mind me saying this, but please don't beat yourself up over the family tree.

There are a lot of people with the same family name who aren't related at all. Until the genealogy is traced to a common ancestor, don't make any assumptions.

But even if you were related to any of the people in question, truth be told, there's bound to be really good people and real devils in everyone's family history. I know of a couple in mine.

In addition, we're all related if you go back far enough. So all these thugs are my - and everyone's - distant relatives as well.

We can't change the connections or what's handed down, we can only change what we do with it and what our own lives stand for.

Your values are good and you care about others. That's really all that matters.


P.S. to mbains: I love Father Ted. Did you see the episode where he forgets about the funeral and Dougal conducts it? The hearse in the ditch - and on fire - says it all. Brilliant.

But the political/religious satire is unbeatable.

LOL, yes. And you're welcome.

11/01/2005 2:40 AM  
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Blogger Clyo said...

Hi Jay,

Every once in a while I page down to see if there are any comments on my posts that I haven't seen.

I don't know when you left the one that includes this but I just read it:

Even if the bible is 100% true... it is not and cannot be 100% of the truth, if only because we have since discovered a huge number of things that an iron age desert culture could've never imagined.

Of course I agree. Have you read the The Pagan Christ?

You may not have time or inclination, but its message really needs to be understood and circulated.

Written by clergyman and Rhodes scholar Tom Harpur, the idea is that Christianity is a perversion of the real truth of God.

I had an experience of the "Christ Within." Therefore, the idea of the Christos - the sacred spark of God - living within each one of us is something I have come to believe in deeply.

Yet I have come to believe that the "historical" Jesus is a fiction.

Yet, it doesn't matter because the story of Christ, when we understand it as metaphor for what is within us, is far more powerful.

Imagine if we knew - absolutely knew that inside every person the spark of the divine exists and that to kill a person is to kill God and kill Christ?

But who sees that God within? Too many of us have so much junk overlaid upon our spark of divine goodness that we are like screaming babies covered in crap.

Who wants to hold such a being? Who wants to get close enough to understand what is really going on? What stranger would feel love for the child?

But I'm digressing.

I get angry, too, Jay. But anger against those who believe in restricted, unhelpful views is itself unhelpful.

According to a film produced by PBS and the American Psychological Association entitled The Mind Hidden and Divided we have a mind "...that hides what it doesn't want to accept..."

So when we're deluded, it's not a conscious decision to be so, it's a function of how the brain works.

We need to take a deep breath and realize we really are one and we're evolving as a species, together.

The best thing any of us can do is work on forgiving and loving others no matter how annoying they appear to be, express helpful ideas and hold a vision for the enlightenment of our species.

Hope all is well with you.


11/23/2005 3:08 PM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

Too many of us have so much junk overlaid upon our spark of divine goodness that we are like screaming babies covered in crap.

Who wants to hold such a being? Who wants to get close enough to understand what is really going on?

I don't know what sparked you to say that Clyo, but I have someone who used to be extremely close to me that seems way stuck in such a self-concept. It has been excruciating to watch and empathize without the ability to change the situation.

Thanks for your take when you point out: We need to take a deep breath and realize we really are one and we're evolving as a species, together.

Happy Holidays Jay. I hope you're well.
(and to all a very Slurpy New Year!)

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Blogger Jay Denari said...

Hi, Clyo, Tonya, Michael & all,

Thanks for the comments so long after the fact.

2/12/2006 6:02 PM  

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