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Sunday, September 25, 2005
  Bush-times = End-times?

Returning to the idea of my original post:

Hey, are we in the End-Times?

Though I was raised a Christian, and still have my Christian values (remember those - help and protect the poor and the weak, love thy neighbor, blessed are the peacemakers?), the Christian mythology is just too full of holes. The Ragnarok end-of-the-world script is much more honest and makes a lot more sense. Loki (science/technology) is set loose and willingly serves all sides - those working toward evil ends, those working for good. In the West, Odin's elite spears, Thor's armies, Njord's navies, and Vali's covert operatives relentlessly battle for one order, one law, one rule - theirs. To the East, the forces of chaos cannot prevail in a conventional conflict, but chaos itself is their greatest asset. There is no central command. The responses to the West's military operations are random, often suicidal, annexing no new territory, making no strategic gains - yet persistently gnawing at the enemy's flank. Victory for either side is a defeat for all and could well mean the end of the world. A far better model for what we see today than the phantasmagoric mess in Revelations. Making me wonder: How far ahead were the ancient skalds able to see?

But if we go by Revelations, does anybody recall this?

Bush's "Christian" Blood Cult by Wayne Madsen (CounterPunch)

April 22, 2003

Bush's blood lust, his repeated commitment to Christian beliefs, and his constant references to "evil doers," in the eyes of many devout Catholic leaders, bear all the hallmarks of the one warned about in the Book of Revelations - the anti-Christ. People close to the Pope claim that amid these concerns, the Pontiff wishes he was younger and in better health to confront the possibility that Bush may represent the person prophesized in Revelations.... "We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel." The Pope, who grew up facing the evils of Hitler and Stalin, knows evil when he sees it. Although we can all endlessly argue over the Pope's effectiveness in curtailing abuses within his Church, his accomplishments external to Catholicism are impressive.

According to journalists close to the Vatican, the Pope and his closest advisers are also concerned that the ultimate acts of evil - the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon - were known in advance by senior Bush administration officials. By permitting the attacks to take their course, there is a perception within the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy that a coup d'etat was implemented, one that gave Bush and his leadership near-dictatorial powers to carry out their agenda.

The Pope worked tirelessly to convince leaders of nations on the UN Security Council to oppose Bush's war resolution on Iraq. Vatican sources claim they had not seen the Pope more animated and determined since he fell ill to Parkinson's Disease.... Whether Bush represents a dangerous right-wing ideologue who couples his political fanaticism with a neo-Christian blood cult (as I believe) or he is either the anti-Christ or heralds one, the Pope should know he has fought the good battle...

To carry this analogy just a step or two further, the year 2004 was a record year for natural disasters. Check out Discover magazine's "2004: Year of Calamity" by John Grimwade (vol. 26, no. 1, Jan 2005). Some of the highlights: In January of last year, Antarctica unleashed formerly landlocked glaciers upon the world's oceans and sea-levels rose, while South Africa and Eritrea wasted away in droughts threatening a collective population of 5.9 million; in August and September, Florida and the Caribbean felt the wrath of 4 major hurricanes in just 6 weeks, leaving at least 2,000 dead; flash-floods and landslides in China on September 10th wrecked 300,000 homes; Mount St. Helens shook itself awake with a 10,000-foot column of steam and ash, the eruption of Iceland's Grimsvotn volcano required a rerouting of air-traffic, Mount Egon's four eruptions forced the evacuation of 2,000 Indonesians, and Mount Aetna erupted for the first time in 7 years; and then there were the locusts - plagues of them in Africa and Australia, destroying millions of acres of cropland. Honestly, that's the short version. Droughts, floods, hurricanes, volcanoes and did I forget to mention the plagues of locusts? Maybe you were watching The Daily Show last year during the hurricanes, which presaged the other disaster known as the 2004 election? John Stewart took a look at the hurricane barrage hitting Florida, took note of the vote-counting fiasco in Florida four years earlier, and then noticed that another election was fast approaching on the calendar. He asked in a small scared voice, "Maybe God is angry with us?"

(See Bob Morris' Any Questions? for further details.)

And now the Katrina-Rita one-two punch delivered to the Gulf and especially to New Orleans.

Now guess what was going on while Rita claimed the media's attention?

Anti-war rally held in Washington (BBC) 24 September 2005

The world is not a happy place these days. The people are trying to tell their leaders something. Maybe the gods are, too?

New Orleans/2005 Hurricane Katrina (GlobalSecurity.org)
Guess what day it is as I write this? Lucky ole September 13th, just two days after that other notably lucky day, September 11th (at least it's not a Friday). Started digging through this blog to find out just when my posts on it started becoming political. (Answer: First post.) And felt a pang when I noticed the hurricane map was gone.

That's why I'm here: addressing the dead link. I recommend this for the new map link: Message from God. From J.D. Lasica's blog: New Media Musings: Amusing Archives. The gif actually appears several times on Google Images. I just like Lasica's site.

Snopes.com, by the way, has debunked the Wrath of God hurricane hypothesis. Why are they wasting time debunking something which they themselves recognize to be "a clever bit of political humor"? Which therefore began its existence as already debunked? Must have been a slow day at the office back on September 27, 2004.

To quote one of the great minds of our time (Stephen Colbert, of course): Moving on...
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