TCS: Birthplace of Phantoms – a Prelude to Halloween

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on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum,
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Believe nothing you hear, and
only one half that you see.

–  Edgar Allan Poe

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Guns and Roses

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor

“This is the ultimate weakness of violence:
It multiplies evil and violence in the universe.     
It doesn’t solve any problems.”         

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Good morning everyone and welcome.

Whatever your preferred flavour of life is – sweet, savoury, spicy or somethin’ else, welcome to the melting pot. I am on West African time, so ‘servez-vous.’

Even though we are helpless to change things on a macro scale, we can in our own small ways, align with love and the positive. As we contribute our quota, we are building towards a critical mass which can force change/s for good.

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Guns reveal themselves as being central to white supremacy…….Until Americans fully understand and reconcile their past, they have little hope of addressing the epidemic of gun violence in America today.”  – Thom Hartmann



The origins of the second amendment are steeped in the overriding goal, to calcify the institution of slavery, and perpetuate a permanent slave class. Arguably, without slavery, the second amendment, would lack a raison d’etre. There is a through-line from the atrocities of the Atlantic slave trade, to the proliferation of guns in the US.

The phenomena of widespread gun violence, in the US, is of gargantuan proportions. It is tearing away at the fabric of society, with no let up or solution in sight.The rampant, flagrant, orgiastic bloodletting, caused by gun violence, is a sword of Damocles over the nation. Every needless death is a human tragedy, with appalling seen and unseen ripple effects.

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TCS: Everything Remains Unchanged, but Nothing Stays the Same

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      Raise your words, not your voice.
It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
. . . . . . . . . . . . .– Rumi

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Washington D.C. Jihadists: There Be Lions

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.” Matthew 23:13 – 15

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Good morning everyone and welcome.

Whatever your preferred flavour of life is – sweet, savoury, spicy or somethin’ else, welcome to the melting pot. I am on West African time, so ‘servez-vous.’

Even though we are helpless to change things on a macro scale, we can in our own small ways, align with love and the positive. As we contribute our quota, we are building towards a critical mass which can force change/s for good.

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“Where are you, men and women of faith?
If we lose this country, our children will never know freedom.
Stand united as men and women of faith to fight for America!”

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— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) October 3, 2021


Congressman Cawthorne’s histrionic, clarion call was laser-focused on white Christian evangelicals. It was a bad faith, naked ploy to stoke fear of, and incite violent action, against perceived enemies. His reckless appeal to base human instincts, turns Christianity on its head, and makes a mockery of the core tenets of the religion. Posing as a champion of the Christian faith, and cloaking himself in the aura and lingo of Christianity, Cawthorne’s hate speech is heretical. In stirring the pot of imaginary threats and ginned-up persecution, he absurdly compares himself and his gullible audience to Old Testament heroes and heroines, such as King David, Queen Esther and Lions’ Den Daniel.

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TCS: It Fits Your Palm Just So – 200 Years in 16 Poems and 5 Quotes

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Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
– Plato

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A Prince of Darkness and Election Fraudits

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor

 

Democracy is like the sun;
it reaches and touches every individual.

– Irene Fowler

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Good morning everyone and welcome.

Whatever your preferred flavour of life is – sweet, savoury, spicy or somethin’ else, welcome to the melting pot. I am on West African time, so ‘servez-vous.’

Even though we are helpless to change things on a macro scale, we can in our own small ways, align with love and the positive. As we contribute our quota, we are building towards a critical mass which can force change/s for good.
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Something has fundamentally changed in the world when one of the leaders of the European Union mentions the American president among the top threats to European unity, along with Russian aggression, radical Islamic terrorism, and civil wars in the Middle East. On Tuesday, European Council President Donald Tusk did just that.” 

Uri Friedman,  The Atlantic – January 31, 2017



Despite the recently announced results of the Trump-led Arizona ‘fraudit,’ which confirmed the election win of Biden, by an even greater margin; the sham audits are becoming insidiously and heinously, baked into an otherwise painstaking, legitimate, national electoral process. In other words, fraudits have been mainlined into the US domestic body politic; and by necessary implication, the global body-politic. The upshot is that the juggernaut, comprised of democratic nations, aka the free world, has been brutally injected in the jugular, with massive doses of crippling, anaesthetizing, life threatening, poisons.

These egregious aberrations based on the bogus, callous, concoction of the big compound lie, of ‘election fraud’ and a ‘stolen presidency.’ are not without grave ramifications for the world at large. The global fall-out of these open-crimes against democracy, perpetrated in the world’s oldest and most powerful democratic nation, are yet to be seen. The intended outcome of the Machiavellian ploy, is to dienfranchise immensely vast swaths of lawful voters. The injury will be most severe in cobbled- together, hobbled and/or fragile democracies, such as exist in Africa, and other developing regions, of the planet.

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TCS: Just Grab a Line – Five Days of a Literary Week

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“Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky.
When we think of the sky, we tend to look up,
but the sky actually begins at the earth. We walk

through it, yell into it, rake leaves, wash the dog,
and drive cars in it. We breathe it deep within us.

With every breath, we inhale millions of molecules
of sky, heat them briefly, and then exhale them back

into the world.” – Diane Ackerman

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Pathways and Daffodils

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor

 Lily-rose-jasmine, scented air
Paradise to gain, much to dare

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Good morning everyone and welcome.

Whatever your preferred flavour of life is – sweet, savoury, spicy or somethin’ else, welcome to the melting pot. I am on West African time, so ‘servez-vous.’

Even though we are helpless to change things on a macro scale, we can in our own small ways, align with love and the positive. As we contribute our quota, we are building towards a critical mass which can force change/s for good.
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Whilst trying to forge ahead with our individual lives, as indeed we must, we are often weighted down with past baggage, hindered by present constrictions, and fearful of future outcomes. In fact, the business of staying alive and living (surviving and thriving), may sometimes appear to be extraordinarily daunting. These instances may be akin to a situation where a non-mountaineer, is  faced with the do or die,  prospect, of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. In other cases, we may feel that we are swimming in dangerous, tricky waters, against strong tides; the shoreline may appear close, only to disappear like a mirage, the nearer we get to it.

Our travails are varied. However, the common denominator is that they are problems in search of solutions. In a way, we are all climbing the same mountain, and are all in the same needy boat.

Add to the conflicts and complexities, of one’s personal earthly sojourn, and saga, are the events of the outside world. Today, we are facing a once in a century global pandemic, on top of all else that ails humanity. Not the least of which, is fast–encroaching authoritarianism, threatening to destabilise the world’s oldest democracy.

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TCS: Under Deeper Skies Than Mine – World Tourism Day

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You road I enter upon and look around,
I believe you are not all that is here,
I believe that much unseen is also here.
– Walt Whitman, from “Song of the Open Road”

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Enzo the Dog

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor

“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man’s.” – Mark Twain

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Good morning everyone and welcome.

 

Whatever your preferred flavour of life is – sweet, savoury, spicy or somethin’ else, welcome to the melting pot. I am on West African time, so ‘servez-vous.’

 

Even though we are helpless to change things on a macro scale, we can in our own small ways, align with love and the positive. As we contribute our quota, we are building towards a critical mass which can force change/s for good.


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“As a species we face a nearly overwhelming and frankly frightening cluster of conundrums. While our attention may be given to the politics and catastrophes of the day, we will not be thinking much about the upcoming decades. But the problems we are facing are not going away and, if we proceed with business as usual, are likely to worsen.

Perhaps you have read the recent popular little novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain. It features two characters – Denny, a race-car driver, and his dog, Enzo. Denny treats Enzo as his best friend, watching videos of car races with him, talking with him about the fine points of winning races, like declaring “Your car goes where your eyes go”; Enzo takes it all in. Denny senses his dog’s acute intelligence, but can’t be sure exactly what Enzo comprehends.”

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