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June 15, 2017 10:31 am
As non-jew, non-tribalist, non-religiously-affiliated... and a fierce believer in all of the Universal Values, I wholeheartedly commend you, Taxi, for your truly brave and ultra moral stand. Your agility of expressive word and language are so impressive, that I feel at a loss and unable to express the heart-beating elation mixed with solace that your writings bring me. As I am born and bred Palestinian, your powerful words: "I don't understand why so many Palestinians in the West are petrified of the antisemite false smear when they have every right to hate their jew occupier with all their heart; they have the right as victims to shout out their grief and anger from all rooftops in the four corners of the world". I wish I knew how to hate, but that untimely lack is greatly overtaken and compensated with a massive silent scream of "ANGER AND GRIEF", as you put it so well! I cannot fathom the attitude of Abu Nimah ... so scared of that nasty label that has become so battered and flimsy by overuse when it doesn't fit! His lack of backbone contaminates all his work,as far as I am concerned. Kudos to Gilad for the "Ali Abu Kosher" moniker! So thank you all who write and comment on Plato's Guns for having the courage of your convictions and persevering with the most moral call of all: for Justice to happen before ever Peace could have a peep in! I'm truly delighted to have you back gracing my/our screens and hearts!
Bedtime Story For Gilad
April 27, 2017 3:17 pm
A little white lie, dear one, is never harmful, (except to the one proffering it, perhaps). It is always done with the intention of soothing/sparing a very awkward situation, or saving a friendship which is always based on truth and frankness, or even helping someone who is feeling very dejected and down in the dumps feel better about him/her self! In this imperfect world, many a difficult and severely messy situation can be improved peacefully without rancor or bitterness, with a little Diplomacy, even when one's core belief is never to utter an untruth or be a hypocrite! Otherwise the problem festers and a precious relationship suffers for very little reason; especially where in your story the reasoning of the 2 opposing individuals is based on ignorance and irrational superstition, which goes against everything YOU stand for! Maybe through your interaction with them, they may end up understanding and realizing that being superstitious and taking these mythical ideas seriously is not what mature adults do!
April 18, 2017 7:07 pm
Right you are, Taxi, You spoke my mind and spirit that I could never say as concisely and fulsomely. We do not need religion or even spirituality to be moral humans; just common sense, intelligence, human empathy, sensitivity plus great capacity for love and self-discipline! All common human attributes not necessarily monopolized by religions!
April 25, 2017 12:12 pm
What a story, Taxi. I can see your dilemma! May I suggest you tell them you went into deep meditation and consulted your own personal Spiritual Guide and was told that since the rooster belongs to you, you get to decide what to to do with the ruddy egg! Of course you say it very kindly, as is your wont!! That you respect their differing beliefs implicitly, but reserve the right to decide according to your belief. They MUST give you the same rights you gave them in expressing their strong beliefs! Either get the dogs to bury the little treasure ( as in the dog ate my homework!), or you announce that your Spiritual Advice came in the form of: [all 3 of you share in the beneficence of the little treasure!], with each of you making a small concession! In my youth, our tiny little babies first ever shoe was sent to be dipped in a solution of brass/copper and inscribed with whatever you wished...( my 61 and 56 year old sons still have them!) . Boil the egg first so it does't rot and install it in a glass box for you all to gaze in wonder upon the golden marvel created by happenstance . If they wish, let them set it up on an altar for their own delectation. So no-one prays, no-one eats, no-one denies anyone's nonsense belief. You break it, you own it. It is yours to do as you wish. Kindly said with great respect. And please forgive my bit of nonsense here!! :)
April 23, 2017 9:34 am
What a state of affairs, dear Taxi. My tuppence' worth... Whereto goes infinity has to be wherefrom infinity! Nothing ever had a beginning, nothing going anywhere! My sure road to insanity, I know, (if not already there myself), just struggling to fathom the unfathomable! Better forget about caring or not caring, and just Being (that is if we really Are!). If nothing is sacred (humankind's invention, to elevate and supplement the god pre-installed, remember...) then nothing matters any more. But then we revert to.... what? We have our reasoning brain, emotions and instincts(?) from the insensate that may still need to evolve in Time to reach the levels of thinking, moral creatures! If it all goes pffft into ashes in a few million years, then so be it! Who knows, but maybe some other more successful enterprise could rise from the ashes of what once was! The mere fact that you agonize and cogitate about it means that you do care (a great deal in your own specific, meaningful way! It is what it is.
April 23, 2017 10:58 am
"I'm traveling light for the rest of the journey, and I love it." And 'amen' to that (sorry for pun ). It has taken me nearly 80 years to get to a semblance of that, dear one!
Fake News, Flake News And The Rise of The Electronic Town Crier
March 27, 2017 8:26 pm
"... ... The confined world that the elites have created is slowly turning into an asylum with everybody banging on pots and pans and questioning each others' reality. ......" What a perfectly brilliant metaphor, dear Taxi! You never cease to amaze!
March 22, 2017 12:25 pm
March 25, 2017 8:29 am
Greetings Taxi, Thank you for posting Jimmy Dore's episode. ...." truthiness, integrity and funniness...." Here in the UK we're not familiar with him! The ugly, blatant truth is much too painful to absorb, digest, deal with and to bear. So negation is the answer. 'Exceptionalism' must be the answer! Brave man, Mr Dore!
Disco For Cynics
January 9, 2017 10:44 am
testing again .... clicking for notifications please
January 9, 2017 12:48 am
testing .... again
December 31, 2016 6:56 pm
The wonderful. sadly missed George Carlin! What mischief wouldn't he have made of 2016 !!
He Came, He Saw, She Died
December 28, 2016 11:11 pm
testing ... Happy peaceful New year Taxi
November 6, 2016 11:09 pm
May I just add that some of the Brexit voters had nothing to do with what the Farage, BoJo , etc.. clique had to say ! Some voted as a Protest Vote ( among other things) over the total lack of democracy within the European Commission and the secrecy by their decision behind closed doors about the TTIP giving all powers to the massive Corporations and Banks ... ceding to them the capacity to sue governments over possible loss of profits within those countries when the local Health and Safety laws were contrary to what these Corporations deemed permissble according to the US laws. Going back to when the greatly missed Tony Benn was against the formation of the EU , foreseeing that it was going to be trasformed from the then intended Economic Union into a totally subjugated Political Union , as it has turned out .
November 2, 2016 7:00 pm
Colour me naïve now... All this is too confusing and being a a-politically minded as I am , some of it made sense , some didn't. But Steve Jones, with whom I am not too familiar , makes a habit of annoyingly interrupting his guest every few seconds which must drive the speaker (who was asked a question!) insane while striving to answer !
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