DSK Stockhausen Xenophanes
DSK: sometimes the world does something so typical.
A fat Jewish international banker rapes a devout Muslim chambermaid.
How just to see the IMF dragged through the mire.
DSK looks older than me, particularly after a night at Rikers, although not by much.
The original crime was to suppose that inequality is permissible that allows $3000 pre night hotels.
Sad to see Al Jazeera pushing the Saudi barrow. Loads of 'editorialising'
This AM they said "There was no doubt" that Libya did the Lockerbie bomb
PBS, not Al Jaz revealed that the maid was a devout Muslim
Talking about doubt,TV used to be very leaky
Like the 2nd 'Bali bombings' when they immediately paraded all those neatly severed heads. Saying that bomb vests always did neat decapitation
was there no doubt?
The fuzzy footage of a putative bomber... voice over says "Now M. enters wearing a backpack" - and M is NOT wearing a backpack. I used to videotape TV, in those pre HardDrive days,
I watched it over&. M walks off screen, then the explosion. Ball bearing tracks coming from above head height, near the ceiling.
Also after Bali bombing 2, at the beachside event
One brief shot of fragment tracking ribbons showing an explosion in the sand, BELOW a table.
Dare I mention a firefighter near Building 7 yelling "Get everybody back It's going to explode!"
Or the guy saying "Let's pull it" ... TV gems
When 9/11 happened, music genius Karlheinz Stockhausen said - to the outrage of millions of Americans - that "this was the greatest work of art the world has ever seen.
2008 solar components price 130-watt panel Kyocera A$1,100. Today,< A$800 30% in3 years. A$6.2/Watt
And having poured a libation and prayed to be able to doiep
what is right—for these are obvious—
it is not wrong to drink as much as allows any but an aged man
to reach his home without a servants aid.
Praise the man who when he has taken drink brings noble deeds to light,
As memory and a striving for virtue bring to him.
Xenophanes was driven out of his homeland "when Harpagus the Mede invaded Ionia in 546/5 BCE"
- Thats the Harpagus who was tricked by Astyages into eating his son's flesh. Astyages later appointed Harpagus as his general against Cyrus. H switched sides. Well wouldnt you?
Later H defeated Croesus (as rich as) of Lydia by means of smelly camels which panicked the Lydian horses. Croesus was killed (According to Chronicle #7)
- Around the same year H apparently invaded Ionia, driving Xenophanes to Sicily?
I was looking up Xenophanes in order to find some Atheistic quotes, but X was a monotheist. He just didnt believe that god was human-like. Instead God was spherical and all eyes/ears (?)
Anyway, its absurd to claim that gods have personalities like us?
So I still prefer Dick Feynman's quote "The stage is too big for the drama"
Theodoret says about Xenophanes, "He said that the all was one, spherical and finite, not generated but eternal, and altogether unmoved"
so its God= Cosmos = Sphere, its not that God is some creepy sphere somewhere in the Cosmos, glad we got that sorted
we may also consider Feuerbach's critique of religious belief as a ‘projection’ of human attributes, and Freud's analysis of religious belief as an instance of ‘wish-fulfillment’, as two modern successors to Xenophanes' observation of the general tendency of human beings to conceive of divine beings in terms of their own attributes and capacities.....................
"Men create the gods in their own image"
Medes = Kurds ???
In the Siege of Sardis (547 BC), the last decisive conflict after the Battle of Thymbra, which was fought between the forces of Croesus of Lydia and Cyrus the Great, Cyrus followed Croesus to his city. He laid siege to it for 14 days, and then captured it.
So Croesus wasnt killed in the battle??
According to Herodotus, Cyrus treated Croesus well and with respect after the battle, but this is contradicted by the Nabonidus Chronicle..(although whether or not the text refers to Lydia's king or prince is unclear).
"He was finally made prisoner by Cyrus, and sentenced to be burned to death. As King Cyrus watched his victim on the flaming pile he heard him exclaim: "Solon, thou art right." Curious to know the meaning of the cry, Cyrus stayed the execution and questioned Croesus. The story so impressed him with the uncertainty of even his own royal state, that he not only spared Croesus, but made a friend of him. Croesus thereafter accompanied the Persian monarch, remaining his chief counsellor until the death of Cyrus." - Herodotus
When the Persians seized Sardis, Bacchylides declares, Croesus with his wife and family mounted the pyre, but before the flames could overcome the king, Zeus wrapped him in a cloud and Apollo snatched him away to the land of the Hyperboreans
...But though Cyrus ordered the fire extinguished, it was, nevertheless, divine intervention that saved Croesus, for the flames could not be extinguished untill Apollo sent a downpour of rain. Thereafter Croesus underwent a different apotheosis . He became a literary device: a wise advisor at the Persian court who gave good (and once bad) advice to Cyrus and Cambyses. - Herodotus
cant imagine a better fate than to become a literary device
cant imagine a better fate than to become a literary device
..Egyptian pharaoh Ahmose II and Croesus of Lydia formed an alliance against the Persians under Cyrus the Great. The Lydians were routed while the Egyptians stood firm. Cyrus made separate terms with the Lydians and the Egyptians. The Egyptians were allowed to return home with honor while Lydia soon fell to the Persians. (I guess the Egyptians were used to the smell of camels?)
The Median general followed his victory at Lydia by conquering Ionia, Phoenicia, Caria, Lycia and many other regions of Asia Minor (except Miletus which had earned the favor of Cyrus II through their great sage Thales's advice to stay neutral in the Lydian war).
"How old were you when the Medes came?" was a question you might ask a guest as you sat by the fire munching nuts and quaffing wine, wrote Xenophanes.