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You wonder why the buses are so noisy and full of idiots
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TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2013-01-31 20:05:00 UTC
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On Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:14:44 -0800 (PST), "His Highness the Wise
"EVOLUTION AND REVOLUTION"
http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/anarchist_archives/coldoffthepresses/evand...
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It even talks about the role of Christians and Jews in "civilization."
I think there's civilization everywhere but it's mostly found in
Northern Europe nowadays. When people must live in citadels like the
Middle Ages there's something terribly wrong with that system. Israel
is a citadel itself, so we know there's little civilization in the
area.
You are quoting from a document that was published in 1891. I really
hate to be the one to tell you but there has been rather significant
additions to the world's knowledge base in the past 120 years.
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That's modern compared to the Bible. But it reads as if was written
yesterday. Communism didn't work, capitalism is killing the planet, so
some anarchism doesn't hurt. Think about it and you'll realize the
cyclist is the perfect anarchist. He doesn't feed the capitalist
grinding machine nor does he depend on public transportation. Though
very much needed, public transportation entails a bureaucracy. You
wonder why the buses are so noisy and full of idiots. Instead, you
dictate your schedule and you are able to roam free.

We just need to tame the machine that's killing us.


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Joe Fineman
2013-01-31 22:06:00 UTC
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"TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher"
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That's modern compared to the Bible. But it reads as if was written
yesterday. Communism didn't work, capitalism is killing the planet,
so some anarchism doesn't hurt. Think about it and you'll realize
the cyclist is the perfect anarchist. He doesn't feed the capitalist
grinding machine nor does he depend on public transportation.
Alas, cyclists are largely dependent on streets & roads, which are
largely paid for by drivers of automobiles. It is no accident that
the bicycle and the automobile became popular in the same period.
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TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2013-02-01 16:39:50 UTC
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On Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:54:11 -0800 (PST), "His Highness the Wise
Post by TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
On Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:14:44 -0800 (PST), "His Highness the Wise
"EVOLUTION AND REVOLUTION"
http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/anarchist_archives/coldoffthepresses/evand...
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It even talks about the role of Christians and Jews in "civilization."
I think there's civilization everywhere but it's mostly found in
Northern Europe nowadays. When people must live in citadels like the
Middle Ages there's something terribly wrong with that system. Israel
is a citadel itself, so we know there's little civilization in the
area.
You are quoting from a document that was published in 1891. I really
hate to be the one to tell you but there has been rather significant
additions to the world's knowledge base in the past 120 years.
--
Cheers,
John B.
That's modern compared to the Bible. But it reads as if was written
yesterday. Communism didn't work, capitalism is killing the planet, so
some anarchism doesn't hurt. Think about it and you'll realize the
cyclist is the perfect anarchist. He doesn't feed the capitalist
grinding machine nor does he depend on public transportation. Though
very much needed, public transportation entails a bureaucracy. You
wonder why the buses are so noisy and full of idiots. Instead, you
dictate your schedule and you are able to roam free.
We just need to tame the machine that's killing us.
The bicyclist doesn't feed the capitalist machine? With his $5,000
plastic bicycle? With his snobbish disdain of any type of bicycle
except "his" kind?
Those cyclists got nothing to do with practical cyclists with panniers
doing errands in their community. Their bicycle is probably made of
steel, which represents the metal of the working class, idealists and
revolutionaries.
He doesn't depend on "public transportation"? How do you think his
Chinese made plastic winder machine got across the Pacific Ocean?
Well, it was rather the elites --the masters-- who decided to import
from China, so don't blame me. But I think it's better a bike made in
China than an SUV in America.
"Free to roam free"? A rather strange statement from an individual who
was terrified to walk the streets in New York.
You seem to know very little about the subjects upon which you
pontificate.
I was NOT afraid to walk the streets of NYC. I actually found it
exciting and invigorating. Nothing like a good walk, short of riding a
bike. I'm walking more and more even though the conditions here are
deplorable. Well, if I choose to walk to my GF's apartment is a rather
nice walk of 2 miles R/T. It's actually very difficult to ride a bike
and be bumping into pedestrians and cars.

My choice of walking is rather the acceptance of being a cockroach
crawling around with little fun. Fun is a monkey concept not accepted
in America. The rat race is rather the norm but that's more fit for
rats.

My shoes are also made in China but I'm not picky. My kayak is made in
France, if you want to know. They got a socialist system that is
rather friendly to people having fun. Velib, I hear, is a great
bicycle program in Paris. Not at all like here in the capitalist
jungle.
TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2013-02-06 21:50:26 UTC
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On Jan 22, 11:36 am, "His Highness the Wise TibetanMonkey, Most Humble
If the Bible is true, we are all Jewish or stem from Jewish ancestors.
Maybe it's a reason to celebrate that we are all that close, or maybe
it's a reason to grab a Torah and start talking Yiddish. I have tried
talking to them and it's like they are in another world. Maybe they
should catch up with the rest of the world and stop trying being
different.
"According to the Book of Genesis, Noah saved his family and
representatives of every animal from a flood by constructing a boat.
So since all of humanity should be descended from Noah, does that mean
everyone is Jewish?"
http://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/8515/all-people-in-world-a...
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I mean, I don't worry about it, but maybe some out there do. Will they
be Jewish or gentile?
Deep, deep questions as we approach the end of history. What's next
after history? The cockroaches, of course.
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It seems like THE JEWISH TRIBE PAYS AS MUCH ATTENTION TO THE FATE OF
THE WORLD AS THE WORLD DID ABOUT THEM IN WWII.

This is clearly illustrated by their attitude toward CLIMATE CHANGE &
WWIII. It's funny how the roles have been reversed and nobody cares.

But that's only my humble opinion, coming from a humble man in a hole,
always trying to ride a bike for peace. Walking is even more humble
and that's my new phase in order to survive and avoid the worst rage
of the machine. I said the machine is doing the rage. Anything slower
is crushed and quickly removed from the road. Just like crushing a
roach.
TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2013-02-09 19:27:15 UTC
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There are three types of Jews that do not fit the norm:

1- Those who ride bikes and kayaks,

2- Those in the kibbutz,

3- Those who speak up the truth.

"cultures that tend to resent the economically successful – either as
an affront to equality, or on the implicit assumption that the
economic gains of some must be at the expense of others – tend to be
more hostile toward Jews and given to conspiratorial theories to
explain their economic success. Most societies lie somewhere along a
spectrum between these two poles.

Some social scientists are wary of calling attention to the reality of
disproportionate Jewish economic success for fear of arousing anti-
Semitism, or contributing to conspiratorial theories about Jewish
economic dominance. No doubt, conspiratorial minds will always find
fodder for their obsessions."

Read more at http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/why-do-jews-succeed-#8WvAP1iFVezLF5id.99

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How many Jews ride public transportation? I rest my case.
His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2013-02-10 16:05:38 UTC
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On Sat, 9 Feb 2013 09:18:52 -0800 (PST), "His Highness the Wise
On Sat, 9 Feb 2013 08:04:30 -0800 (PST), "His Highness the Wise
On Fri, 8 Feb 2013 07:36:18 -0800 (PST), "His Highness the Wise
<snip>> No, but at some point laws got introduced that served to mark one as
Jewish and, of course, one can become Jewish even though one's
ancestors were not. But Noah predates anything like what came to be
recognised as Judaism.
One of the essentials of Judaism is monotheism, and Abraham seems to
have been the first proponent of monotheism. Indeed he seems to be the
root of all monotheistic religion, to the point that Judaism,
Christianity and Islam are collectively referred to as the Abrahmic
religions.
So I dug out Paul Johnson's "A History of the Jews" last night.
Johnson submits that Judaism really begins with Abraham because it was
Abraham who first entered into an explicit covenant with God. This
covenant came to be a key differentiator between Judaism and any other
religion of that time and for several centuries after.
'About 4,000 years ago the ancestors of the Hebrews were wandering
nomads. Biblical tradition says that Abraham, the founder of the line,
came from Ur, but we cannot be sure that this was the Ur located in
Mesopotamia. There are no records of these people except for the
traditions laid down in the Bible many centuries later. The story says
that Abraham entered Canaan briefly, and God promised him that his
descendents would inherit the land. This is the earliest mention of a
claim which was to prove controversial right down to the present day.
It is the religious basis of the tradition that Israel belongs to the
Jewish people because it was promised to them by God. Of course a long
string of other inhabitants, from the Canaanites and Philistines to
the modern Arabs who call themselves "Palestinians," have disagreed.'
http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/wcsyllabus/answers/jews.html
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Oh well, God made the promise so it must be true. The other people who
lay claim to the land must be godless savages, just like they were
before Abraham.
And the Moslems worship "The god of Abraham", not to mention the
Christians. All of whom seem intent on slaughtering each other (and
any "infidels" that they can locate along the way).
This sounds like three monkeys fighting over one banana. The same
thing happens when you give a bunch of bananas to a bunch of monkeys.
Mind you, Christians and Jews are getting the biggest banana chunk,
aka the "lion's share."
Jews are definitely not getting the lion's share. They are a very small
part of the group called "worshippers of the god of Abraham".
Really? In terms of "share per capita" they are doing pretty good.
Most Arabs wished they had that standard of living. The Jews in
America are doing much better than average, being doctors and lawyers.
And, of course, the State of Israel has taken the land it wishes from
the Arabs.
They don't sound like the losers of yesteryear. It's all about
controlling the bananas, ie capital and land.
Funny thing, depending on who you believe - World Bank, CIA, IMF, or
University of Pennsylvania - Qatar is first in GDP per capita and
Luxembourg is Second. The U.S., Jewish or not, is somewhere down the
list after places like Singapore, Norway, Hong Kong, etc., so on a
"share per capita" the Chosen People aren't doing as well as the
Johnny-come-Lately's in Qatar.
Have you tried comparing the Jews with the Palestinians? Are the Jews
doing something to lift them up? Are they invited to visit Israel at
least so they can construct a prosperous nation of their own?
Why in the world would the Jews do anything for the Palestinians? The
Jews are working to make their homeland better, the Palestinians?
Well, as fart as I can make out they are living off some sort of
international aid.
It might be of interest to look at some numbers. According to the U.N.
there were 711,000 Palestinian refuges living outside Israel in 1949.
Today the U.N. says that there are some 4,766,670.
Wow! Tremendous numbers.... but wait; Saudi Arabia employs some 8
million foreigners and Kuwait has some 2.3 million foreign workers so
the entire Palestinian Refugee population could be easily absorbed by
Moslem countries that are, one might say, next door.
But apparently it is a much better thing to live in a refugee camp on
foreigner's contributions then to go and get a job and actually
(Horrors) work for a living.
So you are actually saying the Israelis are hard working people (you
forget they receive massive amounts of aid) while the Palestinians are
free loaders?

And why would they go to Saudi Arabia when they are already settled in
the area where they were born? You propose that the Haitians --all of
them-- should be resettled in America?
"One of the problems in becoming a philosopher is one has to waste so
much time learning one's subject."
I think a good philosopher only has to find the right questions, and
then let the experts and idiots talk.
You have a very tenuous grasp on the subject. The purpose of
philosophy is to answer questions. Any fool can ask questions.
To be or not to be, that is the question.
For example, tonight I was walking with the walk signal and this car
gave me the right of way, but the one behind was blasting the horn! I
gave him a dirty look and he said something. I thought he would get of
the car or chase me but I was lucky
Why ever would you do that? The light turns green, you walk across the
road. Why would you be concerned with what someone else is doing?
Well, it depresses me that I'm treated like a roach but I'm working to
get used to it.
"Am I a roach?" This subject is about the freedom to come out of one's
hole and crawl around. "Should I carry a gun?"  In a Libertarian world
I would try to shoot the guy and he would try to crush me.
You need to carry a gun? If it is to protect yourself then you really
need to move to a better neighborhood. If it is to make yourself more
of a MAN, then You probably need a good course of psychotherapy.
Hey, the law in Florida is "stand your ground," so I don't see why I
have to run across the street like a chicken.
I think all the poor of the world are treated like the Palestinians.
Pedestrians and cyclists are just insignificant and dirty. Definitely
we have no space and many communities forget the sidewalks.
Strange. I know quite a number of people who came from impoverished
families and today are very comfortably off. Generally due to (1)
working hard; and (2) Learning their job better then anyone else.
You know, if I had been successful I wouldn't live in a gated
community either. This is a working class community that is abandoned
to its fate (meaning filth and gangs). But it's not so bad either.
It's not a ghetto (not a Jewish ghetto but a black ghetto).
Are these the last days before the Jewish Messiah come and turn us
into dust?
All these questions are valid for the philosopher. Now you talk.
Philosophers answer questions. Fools ask questions.
I let the engineers and politicians figure it out. Make bike lanes
that connect or let us take the lane.

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