Rich Engle

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  1. Don't think less of Tibor just because GHS likes him. I've seen his ups and downs (Tibor's, I mean--George's are more obvious) but you can't fault the man for being kind hearted, and also working his tail off. Those are two things you don't see operating together very often. rde I just heard GHS bought the Batmobile from that guy that just bought the Batmobile.
  2. Rich Engle

    The Big Fib

    Actually, the first time I ~saw~ a copy of an Ayn Rand book (Fountainhead) was because my mother belonged to said club. I never read the thing. I thought it was a romance novel. It was sitting next to some other stuff. Wish I had nabbed it, but you know how it goes when empires burn and new ones emerge. It is the stuff of myth, and that is good in a certain way--story being the strongest form, and all that. Of course, it makes one wonder why a hardcore cult-of-personality Randian would think that impressive, what with it being compared to the Bible, and all. Just biz-as-usual in O-world, as far as I can tell. Why would it change now? Good point, enjoyed the read! rde
  3. Rich Engle

    The Big Fib

    Actually, the first time I ~saw~ a copy of an Ayn Rand book (Fountainhead) was because my mother belonged to said club. I never read the thing. I thought it was a romance novel. It was sitting next to some other stuff. Wish I had nabbed it, but you know how it goes when empires burn and new ones emerge. It is the stuff of myth, and that is good in a certain way--story being the strongest form, and all that. Of course, it makes one wonder why a hardcore cult-of-personality Randian would think that impressive, what with it being compared to the Bible, and all. Just biz-as-usual in O-world, as far as I can tell. Why would it change now? Good point, enjoyed the read! rde
  4. Michael and Connie Dowd have turned the volume up a notch, and for free, I might add. You might want to see who they are working with; read through it. This is a little past knee-jerking (or other forms involving tissues, for that matter). This Wed. I'd do it--I've seen these two work! www.evolutionizeyourlife.com rde 100% Endorsed.
  5. There are some very strong inroads being made as far as the story of evolution goes. The integration work is definitely happening. Here's something from a collection of quotes Connie Barlow developed: http://www.thegreatstory.org/ClassicQuotes.pdf
  6. Thank you. It's funny. I didn't really appreciate what I wrote until others did. I had to read it again and again. I thought it was a throw-away. At first I thought it was almost trite. It was just there and I wrote it down. "Appreciate" isn't the word. "Understand" is. In fact, I'm still trying to understand it. It's upsetting, it really is. Everybody wants to be in control. Few want to let it flow. I'm no exception. Something to work on. It's not what I said; it's this process. In that sense . . . --in that sense, it's grace. --Brant It was concise. It's sort of like what I notice in musical compositions: there are ones you labor away at, and ones that just come right out. Both good, but the latter ones almost always are leaner and meaner. What you wrote is a perfect capsule description of what represents a, if not the, most major concern within the spiritual communities. The good thing is there is no doubt that a lot of interfaith work is emerging to address the problem. Basically, there are some things that no one (sane, that is) cares to tolerate. Recently here in SW Florida, our church was asked to join one of these councils and we were surprised to find that there were things to work on that we could agree to even with some of the Fundamentalist brothers--and we knock heads with them constantly, what with being GBLT welcoming, evolutionist, having a pagan contention, and so forth. Some progress with certain Muslim contingents as well, although we don't have much opportunity for that locally as there just aren't that many around. r
  7. Isn't it better to say things just as a human being? All life is an interconnected web. And I guess not being aware of that fact is where a lot of the trouble starts for all of us. rde We are all human beings, of that there is little doubt (well, except for some) but each of us follows a philosophy of one kind or another. Islam imparts a philosophy which shapes the person, as does Objectivism. Islam teaches that an adherents first loyalty should be to the Ummah, which transcends geographical and political boundaries. Islam has its own politics, a politics that is contrary to the principles of the United States. It is a valid question, especially seeing as I saw LM's post as being nothing but more of his moral equivalence. Pretty much all sacred writings, scriptures, have junk to be found in them somewhere. Spiritual practice is subject to evolution, just like everything else. And even those things within sacred texts that represent ecumenical truths are, like most things (Objectivism, say) subject to abuse and misuse, be it done consciously or otherwise. But when you are looking at the bad things, the really bad things, they are most often linked to the actions within the ecclesiastical part of religions (men, organizations, institutions). There are certain things that no true religion will condone--even if within its scriptures there is night language to be found here and there (older, usually) to the contrary. Religion evolves, fortunately--it does because all things must. The process, however, would seem incremental. After all, it took the Universe about 13.7 billion years to develop humans with higher brain functions--ones that are, in essence, allowing the Universe to look at itself. rde
  8. Isn't it better to say things just as a human being? All life is an interconnected web. And I guess not being aware of that fact is where a lot of the trouble starts for all of us. rde
  9. Thanks for sharing that stuff, Brant. I enjoyed reading it. The animation is mostly just funny stuff. It could have been the other way around for all that. . .
  10. No, still not quite it. Caps doesn't emphasize the exasperation levels. It has to be more, uh, sotto voce. I'm sure Italian musical terms are probably inherently evil (and maybe even Catholic sometimes) but that one is the best descriptor. Let me break it down for you, meat missile. 1. ~sigh~ 2.*sigh* These are the best ones, esp. when treated like PP's. If you get bored, you can use (occasionally) things like >sigh< and so on. But, this is tedious business, and I am not sure if it is worth the trouble. Either way, you son-of-two-strangers, you are not using it properly. Perhaps this will help expand your bullshit vocabulary; it has come to the aid of many. I am convinced you will find resonance in this (as a writer, or, perhaps, scrawler): rde Jesus try to keep up, boys . . .
  11. Perhaps I was not clear, I misaddressed. IamBalSimon, on 10 May 2011 - 10:45 AM, said That should do it. rde Well, it gets rough when you are pointing heavy guns
  12. It's done like this, Sporty Pants: *sigh* Elements like these are old flaming traditions that go back before you either A: drained down your mother's leg and still managed to crawl off somewhere and attempt consciousness, or B: (and this is stretchy) got scooped out of the vat you were grown in, and put-to-market. Did you break a clammy sweat over those last two PPs? Were you impassioned, Grasshopper? Were you feeling the hot, sick wind of it all? Your shiq<--(that is not a typo but you wouldn't even know why I do that) is like when you watch a semi-aware drunk attempting to make stew; that is, whatever is in the cupboard, they dump in there--then (then!) they actually expect people to compliment them on their cooking. The F.N. work alone was enough to make me sick up what was a very nice dinner. I mean, Heavens-to-Betsy (whore that she probably was) I have not seen the likes of the goo you write in years. Get a grip on it, man. Find the voice. Find something that doesn't taste like regurgitated hamster vomit (not that I have ever tasted it but I can only imagine it is, above all, bitter). Go read something tranquil, maybe. Cummings. Something. Fucq. rde Finally Snapped After Months of Reading This Stink-Worm
  13. If you've ever been to Springfield, OH, none of this would surprise you. "Flip." I've always disliked that word. It is so . . . underpowered. "Don't be flip with me, young man!" rde Not a groovy hep cat.
  14. I think so, MSK. It's working at least as well as those Shell Insect Strips, at least when they first came out.
  15. There is a lot of data to study about it. For me, I think I most likely had it happening many years before I recognized what the phenomena was, and it explains a lot, once one knows that it is a fairly natural, likely-to-recur state in humans. It explains a good deal about people that thought they were abducted (due to the light phenomena that can take place). In my case, it was mostly accompanied by very strange audio input. That is to say, being in the compromised, half-waking state, sounds would come to me. Probably normal ones--ambient stuff that was just happening around my environment, and so forth. But, they became very distorted, and sometimes assumed entirely different meanings to me--ones that I (viscerally, at least) took kind of seriously. Disturbing audio--very loud in the ears. It still happens once in awhile, but at least I have some awareness of it, so when I am in the half-funk stage, I can cut it off now and again. Very loud, distorted audio junk, though. That is the audio side of it. I am a musician and audio pro, so of course I would be more sensitive to that side of it--most likely. Visually, a lot of flashes and sometimes even incarnations--figures. It's creepy shit, either way. Best, rde Don't Get It Too Much These Days
  16. This is about as close to sea level as I have seen here over the years. And mind you, I only live a few feet above it. "Cigarettes, ice cream/Figurines of The Virgin Mary . . ." --King Crimson, "Great Deceiver." rde Baseball, Particulars, General Weenie-ness.
  17. Funny this came up. I just got back from church, where after service I played with a folk group I play with called Silver Branch, outside for the Beltane Ritual/May Pole dance. I work with members of the area pagan group (called CUUPS) here quite a bit, and they are fantastic people--all makes and models, all very intelligent, earthy, and FUN. These people love nature, and they love to throw parties, let me tell you. There are many, many people that follow one of the earth-based spiritualities--I have always found them refreshing to deal with on many levels, and above all very cordial, welcoming, polite. rde
  18. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyqbF5an7sI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6JPswEYe70
  19. This is quite good in the meantime--these guys went to school with her.
  20. There are no words.