Antoni Tapies

Antoni Tapies

Friday, March 24, 2017


Interesting, at this late date surveillance is omnipresent and deniable. There are insect size drones and monitors, and minuscule microphones and cameras. And things like the Stingray cell phone monitors. With enough money you can find out virtually anything I think. Not to mention hackers. Extremely difficult to sort all that out, few people are capable. There are rarely people with both technical and political savvy. In this case I hope they have luck, for all our sakes.

"The StingRay is an IMSI-catcher, a controversial cellular phone surveillance device, manufactured by Harris Corporation. Initially developed for the military and intelligence community, the StingRay and similar Harris devices are in widespread use by local and state law enforcement agencies across the United States and possibly covertly in the United Kingdom.[citation needed] Stingray has also become a generic name to describe these kinds of devices."

Sunday, February 5, 2017

'There is a concept which upsets and corrupts all others. I refer not to Evil, whose limited realm is that of ethics; I refer to the infinite.' Jorge Luis Borges, from his essay 'The Avatars of the Tortoise'.

Monday, June 6, 2016


I am of the opinion that pointing out the dangers of cannabis is quite beside the point. Alcohol and tobacco have been proven to be considerably harmful and both substances are legal. By comparison cannabis is milder than either, and it has been proven. I can vouch that cannabis has mild psychological withdrawal symptoms, but no physical ones, and they do not last long, maybe a month for me. The benefits of legalization far outweigh the hazards. The most obvious gain is relief for the legal system. It is quite difficult to prohibit a plant that grows freely in the wild. I don't think it is a good idea to criminalize people who are seeking pleasure, in most cases. Cannabis is relatively benign and penalizing people for it actually is counterproductive leading to more serious crimes.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Resisting change is like trying to stop a tsunami that is getting bigger and faster all the time. Despite all the denial in the world you can only accommodate it or try to get out of the way. The times are changing, faster all the time, and if you can't help out get out of the way or you will be swept aside.

Sunday, February 21, 2016


New Jerusalem Bible, Standard Ed. 1998; Job 6 One day the sons of God came to attend on Yahweh, among them came Satan. 7 So Yahweh said to Satan 'Where have you been?' 'Prowling around the earth,' he answered, 'roaming around there'. 8 So Yahweh asked him 'Did you pay any attention to my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a sound and honest man who fears God and shuns evil.' 9 'Yes,' Satan said, 'but Job is not God fearing for nothing, is he? 10 Have you not put a wall around him and all his domain? You have blessed all he undertakes, and his flocks throng the countryside'. 11 But stretch out your hand and lay a finger on his possessions and I warrant you, he will curse you to your face.' 12 'Very well' Yahweh said to Satan 'all he has is in your power. But keep your hands off his person'. So Satan left the presence of Yahweh.

The book Job goes on to relate that Job remained faithful and Satan told Yahweh that if he were allowed to touch Job's person he would become unfaithful. When this is done Job wavers and his friends console him. The rest of the book is basically theology. Job resolves his dilemmas to Yahweh's satisfaction and restores Job's life.

I was in a discussion about the presence of 'evil' in the world, and how God allows it. One of the fellows offered that the world is a test of the soul. That does sound reasonable to me. Of course some presumptions there, the soul, the afterlife etc. I'm inclined to believe in reincarnation, just a feeling. I think the verdict of your life is played out in your next one. I'm just taking off from the Buddhist tenets about coming to terms with suffering, being as righteous as possible and moving on to better things. I'm also reminded of the famous Jim Morrison line 'You cannot petition the Lord with prayer'. I imagine your works are your prayers.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


As an average US citizen I wonder how worried I should be at 'mass surveillance'? When you have mercenary, extremist and drug gangs running wild worldwide. And money laundering on a massive scale. You also have much government and business corruption still plaguing the world. Apparently the important things cannot be attended to. I don't think the world wants the precedent of wealthy people forming a mercenary army and taking over parts of the world. I wonder where it will happen next? If the Iraq and Syria problem is not solved it will probably be quite soon.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Motion Paradox

"You cannot traverse an infinite number of points in a finite time. You must traverse half of the given distance before you traverse the whole, and half of that before you can traverse it. This goes on ad infinitum, so that (if space is made up of points) there are an infinite number in any given space; it cannot be traversed in a finite time. " Zeno of Elea 490-430 BC  The famous 'motion paradox' first formulated by Pythagoras. Zeno expounded on it and extended it to other phenomenon. But to me this sums it up. Take time for instance, for  second to pass 1/2 second must pass, for a 1/2 to pass 1/4, for 1/4 to pass 1/8... ad infinitum. I think time is more of an unfolding, like vegetation.