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Quote Servetus Replybullet Posted: 09 February 2007 at 10:01am

Hanan,

 

It’s nice to see you back at your controls (like the voyages of the star ship, Enterprise [the first ship, of course])!  Thank you for your kind words and please join in the discussion. 

 

By the way, Peter, here is a good, working definition of anarchy: “self-control.”  I do sometimes need to exercise a bit more of it myself.  Also, this is the hadith, or saying of Muhammad, that I was trying to recall.  To my view, it is best and arguably read within the context of either the Toynbee or Ortega y Gasset quotations above (page one and two respectively). 

 

Chapter 3: FOLLOWING THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE JEWS AND THE CHRISTIANS

Book 034, Number 6448:

Abu Sa'id al-Khudri reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: You would tread the same path as was trodden by those before you inch by inch and step by step so much so that if they had entered into the hole of the lizard, you would follow them in this also. We said: Allah's Messenger, do you mean Jews and Christians (by your words)" those before you"? He said: Who else (than those two religious groups)?

Source:  http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/fundamentals/hadithsunnah/muslim /034.smt.html

 

 

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Quote Servetus Replybullet Posted: 16 February 2007 at 9:37am

All of my playmates are gone and I am in the sandbox alone, once more, even though I was all geared up and prepared to discuss things ranging from repressed libido to the partitioning of Germany.

 

Now read this!  Speaking of “exporting” American values: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16961761/site/newsweek/

 

I think it is safe to say that plenty of those values managed to be successfully imported to the house of the late Anna Nicole Smith.  I don’t know which was sadder to me, really, the fact of the circumstances of her death or that I learned of it by overhearing two young people in a restaurant laughing about it, as if she was nothing more than a cartoon character.

 

Here is how the Associated Press reported the matter:

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Anna Nicole Smith, the curvaceous blonde whose life played out as an extraordinary tabloid tale — Playboy centerfold, jeans model, bride of an octogenarian oil tycoon, reality-show subject, tragic mother — died Thursday after collapsing at a hotel. She was 39.

Except for the “tabloid” and “tragic” parts, I should think that all, or at least most of the above is something to which most American girls should be aspiring.  Playboy centerfold, fashion model, billionaire, reality-show subject -wow!- that sounds like the pinnacle.

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Through the ’90s and into the new century, Smith was famous for being famous, a pop-culture punchline because of her up-and-down weight, her Marilyn Monroe looks, her exaggerated curves, her little-girl voice, her ditzy-blonde persona, and her over-the-top revealing outfits.

What’s an over-the-top revealing outfit?

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“She wanted to be like Marilyn her whole life and ironically died in a similar manner,” Leeds said. Monroe died of a drug overdose at age 36 in 1962.

Enough said.

Serv

ref:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17050167/



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Quote Al-kafir Replybullet Posted: 20 February 2007 at 4:11pm
Originally posted by Servetus

Q:  If you [Servetus] despise America so much, why don’t you just go home?

A:  Because I am home, working on home improvement projects.

 

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Well, I’m not exactly home at the moment.  I just had to venture out to the mega grocery store and had to walk through that cultural mine field which is otherwise known as the check-out line.  In the words of Ignatius Reiley (Confederacy of Dunces), what an egregious affront to good taste and decency that place is!  Speaking again of mines, I think I might have detonated one and have yet to fully recover.  I might be burning with fever and hallucinating, but …

Have you ever noticed that there doesn’t seem to be a grocery store in the entire union that doesn’t sublet its most highly-prized piece of real-estate, the area right there at the check-out stand, to the publishers of tabloids, the soft-core pornographers and the cannibalistic marketers of (visual) celebrity carrion?  Every single magazine, or periodical, on that stand is a reminder to primarily American women of their weight and thus of their physical inadequacy.  The ever-liberating and liberated Cosmopolitan unknowingly (I suspect) and rather funnily parodied itself with a caption “Sexiest thing to do after Sex” and even the otherwise innocuous Reader’s Digest is all weight and diet obsessed.  Ok, America, answer this: how many pounds (or kilos) did Oprah Winfrey lose last week and is one of those two girls with three names, Mary, Kate and Ashley suffering from an eating disorder or once again strung out on blow (cocaine)?

What is even more disgusting and therefore in a way attractive, the appeal, after all, of a carnival side-show, and forget the mystery celebrity cellulite guest on the cover which is a mere enticement to look into the paper, is National Enquirer’s gratuitous cover photograph of, among others, the dangerously suctioned, or liposucked, Star Jones.  Thanks for that tasty morsel, National Enquirer (and God help those people who want off that treadmill to find a graceful way off)!

Compare, for instance, People (or what I more accurately call Peeple) magazine to National Enquirer.  People, as I see it, of course, and maybe only until I recover from my present condition, essentially promotes the cults of youth (Adonis) and beauty (Aphrodite).  In it, between its covers, those primarily (and, in the end, as we shall see, pitiable) Hollywood clones, or dupes, who have lined up, in mass, to reduce themselves, at a sizeable price and salary, to being little more than life-support systems for porcelain (capped teeth) and silicone (enhanced breasts) are all aglow in the spotlight, all glorious and glamorous in the particulars and held up as models to be emulated.  But notice later, that night, after the party, under the ubiquitous, watchful telephoto lens, or eye, of National Enquirer, those same aspiring idols, on their way down from the altar, are publicly stripped of their façade and are fed, as either live prey or carrion, to the American masses -myself in this case included- who might otherwise prefer to ignore the photographs (but don’t, and instead actually pull my 3.5-strength magnifying reading glasses out for a better look at the details) were they not quite so strategically placed right there at the grocery store check-out line.

Now, then, we see People magazine and National Enquirer together, as they are.  They work as two hands of the same cultural (and tutelary) demigod (so to speak).  I am reminded of the old Biblical proverb, but its meaning in this case becomes a bit inverted: with one hand he giveth and with the other he taketh away.” 

Signed:

The (maybe fever-stricken) Serv, arguably on the mend 

 

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Gee whiz. This thread is a veritable potpourri of self haters and mewling malcontents.

 

For the self haters, it’s the cool, pseudo intellectual thing to do nowadays to wring your hands and pay service to the idea that you are consumed with self hate and self pity for yourself and revulsion for your country. More often than not though, the actions of the haters are displayed otherwise in indisputable tones. So we understand. You need to feel accepted - in America, we do it by making friends or being successful, in France they do it by acting depressed and enjoying the company of misery over a Gauloises.  

I’m delighted to report that you are among the smallest minority that shares your self hate, hypocrisy and delusions of adequacy.

 

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Quote Servetus Replybullet Posted: 20 February 2007 at 4:44pm

Hi Al-Kafir,

You wrote:
Gee whiz. This thread is a veritable potpourri of self haters and mewling malcontents.

Glad you’re enjoying it and make yourself right at home.  You could have opted for Howard Stern, of course, but you’ve gone lo fi on Radio Free Serv.

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For the self haters, it’s the cool, pseudo intellectual thing to do nowadays to wring your hands and pay service to the idea that you are consumed with self hate and self pity for yourself and revulsion for your country.

What is pseudo intellectual and shouldn’t it be hyphenated?  I hate Cannibal Corpse.  Got a problem with that –take a hike.  Want to hear more from Robert Bork and others -stick around.

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More often than not though, the actions of the haters are displayed otherwise in indisputable tones. So we understand.

Who’s the “we?”  Are you the Queen of England?

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You need to feel accepted – in America, we do it by making friends or being successful …

I know.  I’ve just been reporting on some of those successful people, as did President Bush above.  By the way, has your twelve-year-old daughter been singing Snoop Dog’s “Doggy Style” lately? 

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… in France they do it by acting depressed and enjoying the company of misery over a Gauloises.

I know.  I had a French girlfriend once.  She always stole my Prozac.

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I’m delighted to report that you are among the smallest minority that shares your self hate, hypocrisy and delusions of adequacy.

You should consider taking a job with National Enquirer.  Your reports suck.  Please do consider improving them with some photographs of celebrity cellulite.   

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Quote Al-kafir Replybullet Posted: 20 February 2007 at 5:10pm

Glad you’re enjoying it and make yourself right at home.  You could have opted for Howard Stern, of course, but you’ve gone lo fi on Radio Free Serv.

Lo fi and low brow.

What is pseudo intellectual and shouldn’t it be hyphenated?  I hate Cannibal Corpse.  Got a problem with that –take a hike.  Want to hear more from Robert Bork and others -stick around.

You just lost a brilliant opportunity to shut up.

Who’s the “we?”  Are you the Queen of England?

No. But I look absolutely stunning in a clingy red number.

I know.  I’ve just been reporting on some of those successful people.  by the way, has your twelve-year-old daughter been singing Snoop Dog’s “Doggy Style” lately?
 

I shall magnanimously ascribe your boorish behavior and ethical lackings to a cave dwelling childhood rather than deliberate ignorance.

I know.  I had a French girlfriend once.  She always stole my Prozac.

Let's be honest, she was only your girlfriend after the hormone treatments and gender change surgery. 

You should consider taking a job with National Enquirer.  Your reports suck and they don’t even include any photographs of celebrity cellulite.   

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Thanks, but I'd prefer to take advise from thinking humans.
 

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Quote Servetus Replybullet Posted: 20 February 2007 at 5:30pm

Al-Kafir wrote:
Lo fi and low brow.

 

Spot on.  Those are my call letters.

 

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You just lost a brilliant opportunity to shut up.

 

Now see who is being boorish?

 

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No. But I look absolutely stunning in a clingy red number.

 

And you sound all the better, even charmingly officious, when you speak in the first person, plural, and say “we” instead of “I.” 

 

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I shall magnanimously ascribe your boorish behavior and ethical lackings to a cave dwelling childhood rather than deliberate ignorance.

 

I appreciate your magnanimity, but you would be better advised to ascribe my boorish behavior to the fact that, as I said in my opening post, I listened to a rather nasty program on f.m. radio and I have yet to fully recover.  It's called life in a swirling, cultural toilet.

 

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Let's be honest, she was only your girlfriend after the hormone treatments and gender change surgery.

 

Well, I must admit, that did in fact help.

 

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Thanks, but I'd prefer to take advise from thinking humans.

 

Ouch.  You remind me of my long lost, old friend RuggedTouch.  She had generally bad manners and used great words like “mewling” also.  Have you, by any chance, any extra Prozac?

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Quote hat2010 Replybullet Posted: 21 February 2007 at 2:31am
Peace Serv,
A second amen on the return of Hanan.
And I am sorry for barfing on your thread earlier.

Moving on - the solution in Morocco for dealing with over-the-top violent
porn is to censor it in the major media outlets.
I think when you and your family visit, you'll find it works in a way to your
liking. If one is committed to the hard stuff, it's all here to be found -
like Stork Beer and Meknes wines and huge drug caches - but it's just not
anywhere near the mainstream, and certainly not promoted as a way of
life to kids.

Your commitment to your child (and I'm guessing all children) is inspiring
- one of America's top producers had told me at my graduation from
NYFA that his objective, his dream-goal, was to rid the country of child
abuse (in all it's forms) A student friend piped in, "And to make assloads
of money." He responded, "I don't know anyone whose clearing what I am
in a year with money as their ideal. It's always got to be something
bigger than that."

Hopefully, I've understood the spirit of your original post - if not, my
apologies...

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Quote Servetus Replybullet Posted: 21 February 2007 at 5:34pm

Salaam, Jam,


You wrote:
And I am sorry for barfing on your thread earlier.

 

I am glad that you did.  This, my blog, was made for barfing and other types of purgation. 


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Moving on - the solution in Morocco for dealing with over-the-top violent porn is to censor it in the major media outlets.

 

I am rather fond of the First Amendment to the Constitution, at least in theory, but do get annoyed when it seems that the only ones “pushing the envelope” in the main-stream media are the well-paid pornographers, including, in this case, the batallions of trash-talking Howard Stern imitators and the record companies behind such stellar acts as Snoop Dog, Cannibal Corpse and (less mainstream now) Brutal Attack and other emerging hatecore.     


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I think when you and your family visit, you'll find it works in a way to your liking.

 

Shukran, Jam. 

 

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If one is committed to the hard stuff, it's all here to be found - like Stork Beer and Meknes wines and huge drug caches …

 

Well, I don’t really like CNS-depressants, so much, so that kind of rules out alcohol, but as for some of those huge drug caches (just joking) …

 

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… - but it's just not anywhere near the mainstream, and certainly not promoted as a way of life to kids.

 

Speaking of promoting things as a way of life to kids, especially, in this case, to young girls, here, in a single instance, is what a group of female correspondents wrote and published in that periodical notoriously dedicated, to steal some poetic expressions, to self-hatred and mewling malcontents, Newsweek:

Newsweek wrote:
Something's in the air, and I wouldn't call it love. Like never before, our kids are being bombarded by images of oversexed, underdressed celebrities who can't seem to step out of a car without displaying their well-waxed {portion deleted} to photographers. Videos like "Girls Gone Wild on Campus Uncensored" bring in an estimated $40 million a year. And if US magazine, which changed the rules of mainstream celebrity journalism, is too slow with the latest dish on "Brit's New Man," kids can catch up 24/7 with hugely popular gossip blogs like …(source http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16961761/site/newsweek/page/2/)

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Your commitment to your child (and I'm guessing all children) is inspiring  - one of America's top producers had told me at my graduation from NYFA that his objective, his dream-goal, was to rid the country of child abuse (in all it's forms) …

 

That’s a noble goal.  I do think that one of the forms of abuse of women in general is this “constant bombardment” with reminders of (often the inadequacies of) their physique and the hypersexualization, to coin a term, of adolescents.  I don't really know how to stop it, though, and I think those who promote it cash in big time.

 

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A student friend piped in, "And to make assloads of money ..."

 

Did anyone spank his donkey for saying that?

 

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He responded, "I don't know anyone whose clearing what I am in a year with money as their ideal. It's always got to be something bigger than that."

 

It seems to me that it is the artists, more than the financiers, who are remembered by posterity.


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Hopefully, I've understood the spirit of your original post - if not, my apologies...

 

You have understood and, even if you hadn’t, there would be no need for you to apologize.  I enjoy talking to you.  Thanks for stopping by, or for calling in.

 

Best regards,

 

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