February 20th, 2011


The Politics of Reincarnation

This news about China trying to restrict reincarnation is not new, but is still amusing in a graveyard humor sort of way.  I mean, seriously, a bunch of atheists attempting to control a lama who has perfect aim?  They might as well go after a flock of hummingbirds with a muzzle-loader.

I am further amused that the Dalai Lama has added to the possibility of reincarnating outside Tibet, the possibility of reincarnating as a woman.  I sincerely doubt that he would leave and not come back, though, for the simple reason that no fireman walks away from a burning building unless it is to call for another truck.  By this point all the Enlightened Ones must be aware that there's a four-alarm fire of Stupid raging in China.  *chuckle*  Those idiots over there are like to get themselves deluged  in advanced souls if they keep up this nonsense.  China has done some great things over the millennia, and come up with some brilliant ideas.  This?  Is not one of those.

Lessons Learned from the Egyptian Revolution

My friend Maurizio Mariotti wrote this, originally posted it on the Cybermind email list, and granted me permission to share it here.

How to make a successful revolution. 

* Occupy the square.  

* Stay in the square. Many important demonstrations, like the one
protesting the Iraq war, failed because people did not stay in the

* How to attract and maintain the attention of TV viewers. That's a
critically important part because a) Western viewers have conservative
tendencies, and b) have a short attention span for viewing things other
than The Bold & the Beautiful, Two and Half Men, Desperate Housewives,
Eastenders, Coronation Street, and other, similarly intellectual forms
of divertissement.

* Do not break anything in the square. The eyes of the world are on
you, and you don't want to be perceived as hooligans.  

* Equally, do not fight the Police or throw anything at them. You do
not want to be perceived as anarchists or worse, socialists, enemies of
the Law & Order that Western viewers cherish so much, either on TV or
in real life. 

* Tweet. Now, stop chirping like a bird. I mean, use Twitter.  

* Stop using Facebook for molesting sheep in Farmville, interacting
with imaginary friends, and being in touch with a retarded distant
cousin. Instead, use it to make your point(s) to tens of millions of
users around the world.  

* Express your demand in a short and sharp way which TV viewers can
understand and remember. If you want an Evil Leader (tm) to go, just
chant "<Name of Evil Leader>, GO!"

* If you are successful, TV viewers will watch what you are doing as a
gripping 24/7 reality show, like The Truman Show, except it's on TV.
You got the world's attention.

* The support of World Leaders for your demands. World Leaders are just
as confused and unaware as they look, but that's when TV stations
Executives come into play. You see, by not watching their intellectual
shows mentioned above, the advertising revenues will plummet, and they
will therefore put pressure on World Leaders to ensure that your
demands (like, Evil Leader, GO!) are met, so the crowds will disperse
and TV viewers can go back to their important divertissements.

Good luck with your revolution.

Comrade Mau