Saturday, February 02, 2008

The Doors - When The Music's Over

The Doors - When The Music's Over

Years pass, but some things remain unchanged - is that possible?
Despite my doubts, I can say that The Doors created a great deal of great music that is still worth listening to today.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Online Poll Results - God Exist

Online Poll Held During The Month Of January 2008 Addressed Faith In God

During the month of January (2008) JeromeProphet posted a poll for visitors to lodge their vote on one of the biggest issues of all time. The poll questioned how certain people were about God's existence. Approximately four out of five voters expressed certainty in God's existence. Others weren't so certain, and many expressed that God's existence is irrelevant.

Douglas Adams on Atheism

I won't pretend that the results of our online poll compares to more scientific polls taken on the subject. Still it's interesting to see people vote at all. People want their opinions to count, or at least be counted.

Hitchhikers' Douglas Adams on Man's Creation of God

Most visitors to JeromeProphet live in the West, with the greatest numbers coming from the United States. The U.S. population is far more faithful than people in Europe, which is probably why the voting went down the way it did. Yes, the "Great Satan" is not only the land of vice, and secularism, but also the land of believers. Poll after poll shows the vast majority of people in the U.S. believe in God. Not necessarily the God as described in the Old or New Testament, but a deity.

Speaking About Religious Fundamentalism, which is almost always divisive, JeromeProphet has chosen to poll on a topic just as controversial, but perhaps a bit more pleasurable - see below.

Chocolate Sex

Now that the God's Existence poll is complete, February's poll will ask readers their preference between two of life's most titillating experiences - sex, and chocolate. How yummy.

A Portion of the Kamasutra in Chocolate No Less

There have been polls conducted in which half, that's right half of female respondents said they prefer chocolate over sex! Let that be a lesson to us all. Chocolate contains several substances which actually slow brain waves, and induce pleasure centers within the brain. The magic substance within chocolate has an effect which is similar to cannabis. I suspect that if chocolate were introduced to the United States today it would be banned by conservatives, and do good liberals alike in their attempt to make a perfect world. So you better enjoy it while you can!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Snow Day!

At work today we were told to go home due to the snow.

It didn't take much convincing. Worst part about it was how everyone was leaving at once.

Created quite a delay in the parking lot.

Traffic was pretty bad too.

Still I'm home.

Shoveled the snow out front, and laid down some salt pretty heavy.

Lay the salt now, and avoid having to break up the ice later.

I am so glad I have my SUV. It handles much better in the snow than my compact.

That's all I have to say for now.

Oh, we're supposed to get ten inches of snow here in Central Illinois. Springfield, Illinois usually can handle that much snow without much trouble, but we'll see.

Today is the last day of January, the 31st, and the winter of 2007-2008 has already shown itself to be totally insane. From much warmer that usual weather to very low temperatures. From ice storms to snow storms. It had definitely been a real winter.

Pulling World Trade Center Building Seven

Pulling World Trade Center Building Seven

Two YouTube Comments

"From the comments I heard on dutch tv, I made up that they deliberately pulled down some buildings in order to prevent these building from collapsing towards other buildings (domino-effect)".

"yeah i heard it too in the portugues tv..but the thing is how could they made a controled demolishion a few hour after the attack? that thing needs lots of time to be prepared".

What Really Happened?

I'm no stranger to conspiracy theories, but I've held off on joining the band wagon when it came to 9-11. It doesn't take much imagination to understand that the U.S. is hated by hundreds of millions of people around the world. The United States has a great deal of wealth in comparison to the developing nations. The United States also has a large military footprint. Just about anything the U.S. does can be viewed as an extension of imperial power, and there are hordes of people around the world who are offended by that power.

It didn't seem much of a shock that Islamic Fundamentalist would want to take on the great Satan. After all the U.S. supports Israel, as well as the governments of "moderate" Middle Eastern states. We are an easy target too. Years after 911 the U.S. is still prime pickings for just about any type of terrorist attack imaginable. Before 9-11 it was even worse.

Controlled Demolition of World Trade Center Building 7

So when the Main Stream Media reported that jet airliners were smashing into the twin towers it wasn't a surprise that Muslim extremist were identified as the culprits.

There was one lingering perception that I had held over the years, that has slowly turned into an obstacle to an unfettered acceptance that 9-11 wasn't an inside job, and that is what happened on September 11th, 2001 to World Trade Center Building Seven.

I had always assumed WTC7 had been deliberately brought down by demolition experts due to damage to the building. I vaguely recall that I had heard this, or seen it on television, and when I watched the video of the building come down I was totally convinced that it was brought down by professionals who placed explosives in the building to bring it down safely.

Comparison Video - Controlled Demolition and WTC7

However a few years ago I then began to read that building seven wasn't deliberately brought down, but simply came down without any help.

I never really thought that much about it, for I like most Americans was transfixed on the twin towers demise.

And that's where I could let things be - if I only knew how.

Larry Silverstein On Pulling WTC Building Seven

But I can't because there's something rotten about the story of how WTC 7 came down.

Maybe I'm just another sucker who got taken in by yet another conspiracy theory, but quite frankly it's taken me years to write a post on this subject simply because I never wanted to jump in with the growing numbers of people who are beginning to doubt the story we have all been told about how 9-11 really transpired.

I've linked to some videos, and present them here. Some ask some rather intriguing questions about how World Trade Center Building 7 met its demise. I believe even the most hardened skeptic should at least take a look - if only to put the whole affair to rest.

Why Was Building Seven Demolished?

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The One Child - One Bullet Program

I received this piece of war propaganda via some chain mail floating around work today. I found it very disturbing. I kept thinking, what if in some alternative universe a strong Iraq had invade a weak U.S. Would they be showing photos of wounded American children being held by Iraqi troops? Overall I'd say it's exploitation of these children in any Universe. Will this little girl grow up to condemn the U.S. invasion of her country that led to the ongoing sectarian violence that resulted in the deaths of her family members? Possibly, but in the mean time we'll make use of her as propaganda tool - and since she's wounded, and a child she pretty well has no way to say no to it.

Now for the wingnut propaganda:


John works at the Cargill plant in Eddyville, ! Iowa.

Wouldn't it be fitting if this went completely around the world!.....

John Gebhardt's wife, Mindy, said that this little girl's entire family was executed. The insurgents intended to execute the little girl also, and shot her in the head...but they failed to kill her. She was cared for in John's hospital and is healing up, but continues to cry and moan. The nurses said John is the only one who seems to calm her down, so John has spent the last four nights holding her while they both slept in that chair. The girl is coming along with her healing.

He is a real Star of the war, and represents what America is trying to do.

This, my friends, is worth sharing. Go for it!!
You'll never see things like this in the news. Please keep this going. Nothing will happen if you don't, but the American public needs to see pictures like this and needs to realize that what we're doing over there is making a difference. Even if it is just one little girl at a time.

James Gates U. S. Navy

U.S. Military Website Used For Domestic Propaganda

The source of the photo is from the Air Force News website dating to November of 2006. Note the sly use of the word "insurgent".

"The young infant had received extensive gunshot injuries to her head when insurgents attacked her family killing both of her parents and many of her siblings. The chief had a knack for comforting her and they often would catch a cat nap together in a chair".

Let's not mention the sectarian violence which our invasion, and occupation has unleashed.

The non-stop cycle of violence taking place in Iraq is not the work of "insurgents", but the result of sectarian hatred. Sunnis killing Shiites, Shiites killing Sunnis, Sunnis killing Kurds, and Kurds killing Sunnis is the reality of the violence in Iraq. Lying to the American public about what is taking place, and why will not work.

U.S. troops have no means to end the thousand years of hatred between the various factions in Iraq. The sooner U.S. troops leave Iraq the sooner a clear victor will rise within Iraq. Only with a clear victor will the chaos and terrorism in Iraq end.

The Air Force "news story" includes a link to download a high resolution version of the photograph. All the fixings for a chain mail campaign. Good to know our tax dollars are being used to subsidize domestic propaganda.

NOTE: This post is not an attempt to condemn U.S. troops in Iraq, nor John Gebhardt, however, it is a condemnation of the Bush Administration policy which led to the invasion, and occupation of Iraq. The occupation of Iraq must end, and U.S. troops should be brought home as soon as is possible.

God bless the troops! God bless the USA!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

We Are The Sleepers

Image: Moody Blues - Every Good Boy Deserves Favor

We Are The Sleepers

by JeromeProphet

Filled each night we sleep
Lose sight and ourselves
then awaken.

We watch
and listen

It flows within us
Like a river made of souls
connecting to those
and all ways


We believe they can not lie

We are purchased with a thought
the promise of what will be
or never could
in the land of shadow reality

We the obligated
keep ourselves open
to the nightly visit
of the teacher
the wizard
the scientist
the monster
the alien
the story teller
the secret whisperer
the mirror

And we never question why
or upon how many worlds
sailing ocean's time
our voyages carry us
for we are the sleepers

Monday, January 28, 2008

Dear Historical Archivist

Dear Historical Archivist

- A Message To The Future (i.e., 3008 A.D.) From 2008 A.D. -

We do seem rather interesting in a sad sort of way. Our brief lifespans made us rather reckless. We were unable, actually unwilling, to stop our madness long enough to deal with the suffering our animal natures rationalized as justifiable. By your standards we are in fact insane.

I don't attempt to mitigate that judgment for it is understandable for you to judge us this way, and it would be dangerous to your peaceful society to think otherwise.

Yes we are barbarians, hell bent on murder, self destruction, and the razing and raping of the natural bounty of the entire planet.

I can not argue with that.

But remember we lived such short lives, and our institutions were so fragile that there was barely any time for us to gather the wisdom upon which a more rational, and moral approach could have been based. We were ever so busy just making due. We spent most of the little time we had accumulating the crude trinkets which your archaeologists have discovered in our trash heaps.

We had so little time that we never reached a stable place from which to grow. Any little problem, and things began to fall apart, and thus we'd continually embrace what you must see as laughably weak despots, but which we believed were strong men who could save us.

Our people begin to die here almost immediately after they are born, and there's no way out for us. It's like a game of suicide-homicide which we are forced to play. We're worn down, and cut down so soon that our gentler natures barely have time to set in. We spent our time exploiting and killing each other instead of developing a peaceful world, and cures for diseases, and aging.

I know it was insane of us. Who kind of people would fight on a sinking ship while the waters rise about them? Who would wage a battle within a burning building as flames incinerate them?

That would be us, your crazed ancestors.

We believed in the most insane things. We fashioned our fears, and wishes into religions, and used our religions to justify our brutality. It made us feel good about ourselves, and allowed us to believe that dying was no big deal. Our religions helped our rulers, upper classes, stay in power and to die with their accumulated wealth and privileges intact. We didn't see the problem that these very same religions kept us from a rational understanding of ourselves, and the planet we sprang from.

I suspect that you look at what we call wealth and see our trinkets as little more than crude reminders of our self limited abilities, and misplaced sense of values.

Somehow despite our simian nature we managed not to wipe ourselves completely off the face of the planet. It must be true, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this. Somehow we survived, or so I hope.

I wonder about the times that you live in. How is it that your people can survive with the level of technology which would frighten and confuse us.

How different your society must be.

What we consider sacred must seem criminal, and insane to you.

Our flags, and songs of patriotism, all based upon animalistic territoriality, must show us for what we are. And warfare, how we worship it so - for we are in fact murderers at heart.

Religion, the proudest of our creation, is our most dangerous invention - for we deny any responsibility for it. We use it to divide ourselves, and prepare ourselves for war. We use it instead of rationality, and taking responsibility for our own predicament.

And our blood thirsty greed it drove every aspect of our lives, from our governments down to our very personal lives. It is ironic that even though we know we're all dying, and have such incredibly short lifespans that we are driven by our mammal desire to accumulate things. For some it was rocks, for others it was shiny stones and metal. While others starved we ignored their plight in our pursuit of things.

For you I dedicate this post. My wish for you, and your time is that you continue on, and make a better solar system.

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