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The Electric Mule aka the Avatar Baby: Two Turkish Love Stories PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ernest Gusella   
Tuesday, 10 May 2011 07:08

Hello to all sentient beings on this spinning speck of dust:

(In case you haven't heard, a US telescope sent deep into space has documented BILLIONS of universes.  In my conversations with Turkish rug salesmen and Muslim believers, when asked: 'Do you believe in God?', I reply: 'Which God are you talking about?', and proceed to educate them about the recent discovery, in which the numbers are so great, that there is a mathematical likelyhood that there is a planet identical to our own without YOU, without ME, without SUGAR, without MULES- electric or otherwise).  But I digress and am getting into the weeds!
Here are two distinct but true stories which have been implanted in my brain recently.  One involves the fairly recent history of a Turkish ...
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The Electric Mule aka the Avatar Baby: Tramping Through Turkey PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ernest Gusella   
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 06:28

Hello to all sentient beings in the universe (including those most fowl- who we forgive);

Greetings from the land of the great leader 20th century Turkish leader and modernizer Camel Ataturk (er... I meant Kamel Ataturk).  I got carried away for a second... being in a Muslim country and all.  Also I have been reading Dicken's 'Pickwick Papers' on my iPod Touch, and Dickens recommends absurdity and nonsense as a way 'rendering oneself intelligible to the common people'.  That is my natural tendency anyway, so here goes:
We are in our second week in Turkey after three months in Hindustan, the land of sacred cows.  I was musing on this the other day and realized that in Turkey, there are no bulls in Constantin- no bull, but there are bulls in ...
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Carpenters In The Forehead/ Group Seeking Saint, Part 4 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Davis   
Sunday, 17 April 2011 19:42
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Carpenters In The Forehead/ Group Seeking Saint, part 4

I hadn’t spotted Guy Noir Wannabe in the neighborhood for quite a while, and truth be known, I figured he had skipped town, leaving behind nothing but a lot of talk about searching for a group to claim the next Saint as their protecting patron.

Keep in mind that I had forewarned you, Dear Readers, of the semblance of only borderline control of his reality at times, and when I saw him today, it was clear that my initial concerns were more than I had imagined.

Today Mr. Noir Wannabe was speaking a tad disjointedly, and I wasn’t sure if he was speaking literally, or figuratively; but nonetheless, he went on and on and on about these canyons.  Did he mean real chasms in ...

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Carpenters In The Forehead/ Freedom Of Speech: No Such Thing In China PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Davis   
Sunday, 17 April 2011 18:31

Carpenters In The Forehead/  Freedom Of Speech:  No Such Thing In China

       Ai_Weiwei 

April showers bring beautiful flowers, and yet this month can also be so cruel to many throughout the world.  Color this April with a tint of yellow and call it Jasmine.  A Disney princess, a night-opening flower, a type of long-grain rice, and a long-time favorite tea in China.  Likewise, the national flower of Tunisia, where bloomed the march of revolt across the Arab world, opening up its petals to reveal demands for freedom.

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 April 2011 18:45
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Carpenters In The Forehead/ Religious Dingbats & Censorship PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Davis   
Saturday, 16 April 2011 15:09

 Carpenter_2 “If you were an atheist, Birbal, what would you say to the true believers of all the great religions of the world?”

“I would say to them that in my opinion they were all atheists as well; I merely believe in one god less than each of them.”

“How so?”

“All true believers have good reasons for disbelieving in every god except their own, and so it is they who, between them, give me all the reasons for believing in none.”

(Salman Rushdie, from The Enchantress of Florence)

 

Depending on whose letter you read in the Times-News, either the preacher-man Terry Jones, the man from Florida who cooked a Koran on his grill, is on the wacko fringe of Christianity (per Ellen McDaniel-Weissler), or is in the mainstream of the true Christian faith ...

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