The Fantastic Depression

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The New Religion

More on the Holy Triumvirate

The Holy Post-Modern Triumvirate of the Three Network Generation.

Yes, this is a new religion. It is in the process of being revealed and explained. We do not acknowledge the ‘ownership’ of our gods.’ Give to Popeye that which is Popeye’s and give to the companies of men, that which is theirs.
With the coming of the information age God has the means to communicate with humans through the revelations of multiple messengers who collaborate through the hand of God to produce divine messages to those who are willing to allow themselves to be spoken too.
God has chosen the image that best suits God within the realm of human collaboration and he has chosen the image of Popeye. It is no coincidence that Popeye should use the same phrase as God. For Popeye is God. His message about the human condition is not to be ignored. “I am that I am” “I yam what I yam” . His generosity towards those who he meets extends even to the forgiveness of those who have wronged him again and again. Yet Popeye is no pacifist claiming that one should turn the other cheek. Popeye usually comes out on top because he turns off his perception of being the victim and instead tunes into achieving his goals in the ideal circumstances. The lessons of Popeye as he battles lust, greed, envy and the other deadly sins can teach us to prevail and not to cave in to circumstances that seem beyond our control.
Wimpy is the equivalent of Bacchus.
Olive is Aphrodite, Goddess of Love.
Brutus/Bluto are the twin temptations of all humans; excess and violence. Swea’Pea is the desire each of us has to follow the path that is set before us. In the innocence of a child, we see that what usually happens when one follows that nudge from the universe is that one arrives at a pleasant revelation or growth point.
Yogi Bear is the God of nature. Nature outside of and within humans. It is Yogi who is the God of the environment and the God of anarchic nature and the human within each of us that still belongs in nature. Yogi must find balance with the ranger and must know when the hunters will come. He treads a fine line between selfish and altruistic. He is the God of food. The Ranger represents authority and order in human affairs. The hunters represent the world as conditioned by the material world of human beings. Yogi’s message is that the human must learn to accept itself as a fundamental part of nature.
Boo Boo does not exist, the insertion of Boo boo into the original Yogi message is an attempt to confuse the message of Yogi. You must look past Boo Boo.
Felix the Cat is the God of the ephemeral. He controls perception, illusion, economics, magic, and spiritual manifestation. It is the magic bag of Felix that lets human beings come into the understanding of how the Gods are communicating. His nemesis are the Professor (or academic hardening of thought patterns), Rock Bottom (the purveyor of imaginary economies and political systems), the Master Cylinder (the proponent of mankind as their own savior through the harnessing of energy and machines rather than looking inward.)
Why does God choose to manifest to humans in many aspects? Humans are incapable of comprehending the totality of God. If we were to comprehend God for just an instant we would disappear from this reality.

The New Religion

A profound message from the High God Popeye.

I’ll go into the meaning of this profound message later. In the meantime, enjoy.

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The Post-Modern Holy Trinity

In this world of God’s with made up attributes, names, and functions, I propose a new triumvirate of Gods. Under these three would be a host of apostles, saints, and holy figures.
At the top is the High God, Popeye. Popeye tells us that there is no reality other than the reality of ourselves. He points out that even what we see outside of us, is actually inside of us. “I yam what I yam.” Popeye is not and has never been a military man, he is an independent man of the sea. The god of the ocean and of agriculture. His consort, Olive, is the Goddess of love.

In most appearances (except during the World War II era), Popeye is a middle-aged independent sailor (or “sailor man,” as he puts it) with a unique way of speaking, muscular forearms with two (sometimes one) anchor tattoos, thinning red hair, and an ever-present corncob pipe (which he toots like a steamship’s whistle at times). Despite some mistaken characterizations over the years, Popeye is generally depicted as having only one blue eye, his left. In at least one Fleischer cartoon, Bluto refers to Popeye as a “one-eyed runt.” It has never been revealed specifically how Popeye lost his right eye, although he claims it was in “the mos’ arful battle” of his life. Later versions of the character had both eyes, with one of them merely being squinty, or “squinky” as he put it.
Popeye is depicted as having superhuman strength, though the nature of his strength changes depending on which medium he is represented in. Originally, the comic-strip Popeye gained his strength and invulnerability in 1929 by rubbing the head of the rare Whiffle Hen.
Though at times he seems bereft of manners or uneducated, Popeye is often depicated as capable of coming up with solutions to problems that (to the police, or, most importantly, the scientific community) seem insurmountable. Indeed, the only thing more ridiculously inexplicable than his ingenuity, is that the writers’ defiance of common sense is nearly universal. Popeye has, alternatively, displayed Sherlock Holmes-like investigating prowess, determining for instace that his beloved Olive was abducted by estimating the depth of the villains’ footprints in the sand, scientific ingenuity (as his construction, within a few hours, of a “spinach-drive” spaceship, or oversimplified (yet successful) diplomatic argumentation, by presenting to diplomatic conferences his own existence (and superhuman strength) as the only true guarantee of world peace.

Next is the God of the material world, Yogi. It is Yogi that reminds us to take care of our world and all that inhabit it. Yogi fights against the wrong perceptions and unfair practices of the material world while acknowledging that all in the world are equal members of it whether hobos or animals. Yogi is the God of the Environment, Wealth, and Health.

During the course of the Yogi’s Gang series, Yogi and his friends encounter a variety of villains such as Captain Swashbuckle Swipe, Smokestack Smog, Lotta Litter, the Envy Brothers, Mr. Hothead, Dr. Bigot (and his henchmen Professor Haggling and Professor Bickering), the Gossipy Witch of the West, J. Wantum Vandal, the Sheik of Selfishness, Commadore Phineas P. Fibber, I.M. Sloppy, Peter D. Cheater, Mr. Waste, Hilarious P. Prankster, and the Greedy Genie, who act as their friends, hosts and/or guests, but embody some of the most common human faults and vices.
15 original episodes were produced for broadcast on ABC, with the hour-long Yogi’s Ark Lark thrown in as a split-in-half 2-parter.

Finally, there is the God of the Mystic, Felix. Felix is the God of the unseen. In this triumvirate, it is Felix that is the God of getting what you need provided for you. With his magic bag of tricks, Felix provides the example of being able to refashion the universe into whatever you need at any given time. Felix is the God of science and mysticism.

Felix’s origins remain disputed. Australian cartoonist/film entrepreneur Pat Sullivan, owner of the Felix character, claimed during his lifetime to be its creator as well. American animator Otto Messmer, Sullivan’s lead animator, has more commonly been assigned credit in recent decades. Some historians argue that Messmer ghosted for Sullivan. What is certain is that Felix emerged from Sullivan’s studio, and cartoons featuring the character enjoyed unprecedented success and popularity in the 1920s.
References to alcoholism and Prohibition were also commonplace in many of the Felix shorts, particularly Felix Finds Out (1924), Whys and Other Whys (1927), Felix Woos Whoopee (1930) to name a few. In Felix Dopes It Out (1924), Felix tries to help his hobo friend who is plagued with a red nose. By the end of the short, the cat finds the cure for the condition: “Keep drinking, and it’ll turn blue.”
Felix has been said to represent a child’s sense of wonder, creating the fantastic when it is not there, and taking it in stride when it is. His famous pace—hands behind his back, head down, deep in thought—became a trademark that has been analyzed by critics around the world.Felix’s expressive tail, which could be a shovel one moment, an exclamation mark or pencil the next, serves to emphasize that anything can happen in his world. Aldous Huxley wrote that the Felix shorts proved that “What the cinema can do better than literature or the spoken drama is to be fantastic.”
The plots revolve around the unsuccessful attempts of the antagonists to steal Felix’s Magic Bag, though in an unusual twist, these antagonists are occasionally depicted as Felix’s friends as well.


First privately built spaceship orbits the earth.

No government funding required. (from Wired)

SpaceX’s Falcon 1 became the first privately built space ship to orbit the Earth tonight, following in the footsteps of SpaceShipOne which became the first privately built spaceship to fly suborbitally in October 2004. One other thing they both have in common? All the people who said it was impossible.
The live webcast swung their cameras around and zoomed in on SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s impromptu thank you speech to the dedicated employees who have worked countless hours over the long years to success. He was far away and had his back to the camera, but it made all the difference to share in that triumphant intimate moment.
“This is one of the greatest days of my life,” Musk said. Clearly buoyed by the huge win tonight, he also talked about their Falcon 9 rocket development program, “We are going to be taking over for the Space Shuttle when it retires.” You could hear the pride at the huge accomplishment of a U.S. company getting to the point where they could say that.
“A lot of people said this wasn’t possible— I mean a lot…” Musk went on. SpaceX, like many innovators in the industry, have had a lot of naysaying to contend with. Before SpaceShipOne’s flight, the naysayers said it wasn’t possible, after it they dismissed the huge accomplishment as trivial— that the real challenge was going orbital. You can expect them to do the same here. “Orbital space flight? I am still not impressed. It is just a little one engine rocket.” They will then move on to claiming that the Falcon 9 missions are impossible. My advice? Don’t listen.
Kudos to SpaceX for having the audacity to webcast all of their launches live, for believing in transparency, for sharing their successes and failures and every step along the way with us. It makes your success our success.
One other thing I love about Elon is that he is unapologetically committed to lowering the cost of launch not just for the fun of it or for the profit of it but for the impact of it. He made his millions at a young age and had the problem of figuring out what would now be the best use of his time, his talent and his wealth. He chose space. His notion was that the long term future of humanity depended on it. Some call it not keeping all your eggs in one basket. Elon, the consummate computer techie, calls it “backing up the biosphere.”
Either way we are one giant leap closer to that dream and that future tonight.
Thank you Elon for being willing to stand up against all that said it was impossible and thank you most of all for your commitment to never giving up.

The Fantastic Depression

Banker Suicides Begin

It was the sign that everyone was waiting for…the depression has begun. Poor guy, I wish I could have talked to him.

The City was in shock last night after the apparent suicide of a millionaire financier haunted by the pressures of dealing with the credit crunch.
Kirk Stephenson, who was married with an eight-year-old son, died in the path of a 100mph express train at Taplow railway station, Berkshire.
Mr Stephenson is believed to have taken his own life after succumbing to mounting personal pressures as the world’s financial markets went into meltdown.
The death of the respected 47-year-old City figure evokes memories of the 1929 Wall Street crash in America and comes as:
• Bradford & Bingley teeters on the brink of nationalisation after a dramatic share price slump.
• David Cameron faced embarrassment on the eve of the Tory conference after members of a secretive club of Conservative donors were linked to the ‘short-selling’ of Bradford & Bingley.
• Gordon Brown was wrongfooted by Shadow Chancellor George Osborne, who announced plans to set up an independent watchdog to police the Treasury and strip it of key powers if the Conservatives win the next Election.
New Zealand-born Mr Stephenson, who owned a £3.6million, five-storey house in Chelsea and a retreat in the West Country, was chief operating officer of Olivant Advisers.
Last year, the private equity firm tried to buy a 15 per cent stake worth almost £1billion in Northern Rock before the bank was nationalised, bidding against Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson.


Obama Girl is wearing a Nader Buffalo!!!

She may have a crush on Obama, but me thinks she is going to vote for Ralph! I knew I loved this girl.

Get a Nader buffalo jersey today and support opening the debates and the only candidate that isn’t owned by anyone else.


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A much better plan to save the economy!

I found this in my email this morning (Thanks Rev!). It makes sense to me.

Hi Pals,
I’m against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.
Instead, I’m in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a We Deserve It Dividend.
To make the math simple, let’s assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+.
Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up..
So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billion that equals $425,000.00.
My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend.
Of course, it would NOT be tax free.
So let’s assume a tax rate of 30%.
Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes.
That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.
But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.
A husband a nd wife has $595,000.00.
What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?
Pay off your mortgage – housing crisis solved.
Repay college loans – what a great boost to new grads
Put away money for college – it’ll be there
Save in a bank – create money to loan to entrepreneurs.
Buy a new car – create jobs
Invest in the market – capital drives growth
Pay for your parent’s medical insurance – health care improves
Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean – or else
Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.
If we’re going to re-distribute wealth let’s really do it…instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ( ‘vote buy’ ) economic incentive that is being proposed
by one of our candidates for President.
If we’re going to do a n $85 billion bailout, let’s bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!
As for AIG – liquidate it.
Sell off its parts.
Let American General go back to being American General.
Sell off the real estate.
Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.
Here’s my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn’t.
Sure it’s a crazy idea that can ‘never work.’
But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!
How do you spell Economic Boom?
I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion
We Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC
And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.
Ahhh…I feel so much better getting that off my chest.
Kindest personal regards,
T. J. Birkenmeier, A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Rep ub lic
PS: Feel free to pass this along to your pals as it’s either good for a laugh or a tear or a very sobering thought on how to best use $85 Billion!!

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Good Old JP Morgan…

There is certainly a lot of panic lately in the financial and Wall Street areas…lucky for us, we have JP Morgan to ride in and save the day. First buying up Bear Stearns and now scooping up Washington Mutual. Before this is over, I bet good ole JP Morgan will help us out by building itself into a ‘super-bank’ even bigger than it already is despite those outdated anti-trust and monopoly laws…but just who or what is JP Morgan?

John Pierpont Morgan (April 17, 1837 – March 31, 1913) was an American financier, banker and art collector who dominated corporate finance and industrial consolidation during his time. In 1892 Morgan arranged the merger of Edison General Electric and Thompson-Houston Electric Company to form General Electric. After financing the creation of the Federal Steel Company he merged the Carnegie Steel Company and several other steel and iron businesses to form the United States Steel Corporation in 1901. He is widely credited with having saved or rescued the U.S. national economy in general—and the federal government in particular—on two separate occasions. He bequeathed much of his large art collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and to the Wadsworth Atheneum of Hartford, Connecticut. He died in Rome, Italy, in 1913 at the age of 75, leaving his fortune and business to his son, John Pierpont (“Jack”) Morgan, Jr.

Wow. That sounds pretty good, where did he get his start though?

The Civil War was quite unpleasant for many Americans but it was great for Wall Street.
Many of the era’s foremost robber barons—J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Jay Gould—dodged the draft by paying $300 to hire a substitute. This modest investment left them free to spend the war years getting rich instead of getting shot. Many on Wall Street, including Morgan, made a fortune speculating in gold, the price of which rose against the dollar with each defeat of the Union Army. Appalled, President Lincoln announced that he hoped every gold speculator “had his devilish head shot off.”
Meanwhile, Morgan was financing a deal to buy 5,000 rifles from an Union Army arsenal in New York for $3.50 apiece, then sell them to the Union Army in Virginia for $22 each. The rifles were defective—causing soldiers to shoot their thumbs off—but a judge ruled the deal legal. Morgan earned a 25 percent commission, plus interest.

What a guy! But wait, there’s more!

In 1900, Morgan financed inventor Nikola Tesla and his Wardenclyffe Tower with $150,000 for experiments in radio. However, in 1903, when the tower structure was near completion, it was still not yet functional due to last-minute design changes that introduced an unintentional defect. When Morgan wanted to know “Where can I put the meter?”, Tesla had no answer. Tesla’s vision of free power did not agree with Morgan’s worldview; nor would it pay for the maintenance of the transmission system. Construction costs eventually exceeded the money provided by Morgan, and additional financiers were reluctant to come forth. By July 1904, Morgan (and the other investors) finally decided they would not provide any additional financing. Morgan also advised other investors to avoid the project.

His son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. took over the business at his father’s death, yet never sought publicity, but instead helped create and control the Federal Reserve with 11 other banking families. As required by the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act, the “House of Morgan” became three entities: J.P. Morgan & Co. and its bank, Morgan Guaranty Trust; Morgan Stanley, an investment house; and Morgan Grenfell in London, an overseas securities house.

But let’s not be silly, the federal reserve is an independent body that won’t let a private company take control of federal assetts, right? It has no connection to JP Morgan, right?
Haha. The joke it turns out, is on us.
Care to take a guess who has benefitted most from the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act?
I wonder when they are going to move their headquarters to China?


Paul Newman has left town

He was one of the greats. Not only did he make great movies, but he made great spaghetti sauce and there aren’t many actors you can say that about. Plus, all the profits from his food line went to charity. He was a good man and we were lucky to have him.
Here is a link to his myspace page.
Certainly he didn’t need myspace or the web to be immortal, but none the less, there it is.