Photo Challenge

WPC Challenge for week 8 — 15 May 2015

THE FORCES OF NATURE 

Hoo boy~! Another toughie, one screaming out for twisted interpretation and bent rules. So be it …

CAN NATURE RESURRECT THE DEAD?

Perhaps not.

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 19.38.29But human imagination (pay attention, there’ll be more in this vein later on) can and often does, and where it fails in deed it stars in concept.

It wouldn’t be hard to interpret this image (<– left) as a piccie of someone’s dear departed from about a hundred years ago. It’s been done before, I tell you … but all I see is a bunch of fungal weeds alichened unto a portrait. Ouch. Moving on (yes please-Ed)(more…)

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CREDIBILITY RULES

ALONG WITH A HEALTHY

scepticism. I’m as gullible by inclination as anyone—I too love a good ghost story. But sometimes rational analysis kicks in and presses the “BS alert” button. Hard. Perhaps it’s the subconscious working 24/7 on my behalf (and I thought them CIA types were paranoid?!).

TAKE THEE A PEEK

at this image below. The accompanying story says it was found in some deceased French aristocrat’s collection of plates from WW1, etc etc. (Probably in the cupboard under the stairs—you get the picture.)

This one is the first in line, I haven’t even glanced at any of the others yet ‘cos I just wanted to bleat my gut reaction to it:

Authentic Or Bust

—you’d have to actually go there and see it bigger. My discomfort stems mainly from that OOPART (Out Of Place Artefact) namely one in number bust of someone or other (and who cares whom)?  I too have Photoshop (okay, only Elements, but why split hairs) and am still learning how to drive it … but that bust looks … Photoshopped.

I THINK

it may be something to do with the quality of the lighting, or even the angle of presentation—to me it seems that human nature dictates that one’s lovely bust should be greeting any visitors to one’s dug-out square on; but anyone bimbling down that ramp with a song in his heart and trill on his lips would see it at an angle. No? Or is it like one of those pictures with the subject looking square out such that no matter where you go in the room it’s looking right at you? And the ‘soil’ at its point of contact with the ground. Brrrr.

Either way it’s for you to ponder, or not—I’m off to look at the rest of ’em. And yes, the picture is an active link to source. Enjoy …

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KISMET 

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Better The Devil

YOU KNOW

and love, rather than some fly-by-night trying to gobble  your soul—or failing that, trying to lighten your wallet. Exorcism as a career option has to be better than prostitution: ya got it, ya sells it, ya still got it … in both cases. But exorcism is less messy. Either way someone gets screwed.

TRY THIS ON FOR SIZE

it arrived fresh tonight from Der Spiegel—

The exorcist (cripples healed on the side)

He’s good~! Has he packed the joint, or what?

A WEE UGANDAN ‘FATHER’

on a mission to Europe, top-gun devil remover—just another day at the office—

With some 500 priests on hand to hear confessions, the day included a holy mass, three speeches by Bashobora and prayers for healing. Bashobora, who has reportedly visited Poland several times in recent years, works for the Mbarara Diocese in Uganda, and also reportedly appealed to his followers at the ceremony for financial support to combat malnutrition and support educational programs in Africa”

—read more: LINK (Der Spiegel)

DID THEY

advertise this event? To score 58,000 souls they must have. Can you imagine the commercials beforehand, and the blurb in all the news media—

  • Demons outed!
  • Pearls tossed before swine!
  • 500 priests, no waiting!
  • Cripples made to walk!
  • Get your soul saved here!
  • Secondhand crutches going cheap!

BUT THE SHOW

was obviously a crying success, judging by the faithes of the faceful—

miraculous enthusiasm (no devils allowed)

miraculous enthusiasm (no devils allowed)

—which actually reminds me of the time (I blogged about it) some years ago when I attended an open air “Jesus 78” rally … right on dusk; just as all the thousands were doing this (see orgasmic smiles above) a jet-liner took off from Mangere airport and climbed out over the top of us. I cracked up (got a very indignant poke for it) ‘cos it looked like nothing so much as many hundreds of savages worshipping Big-Metal-Bird-In-Sky.

About ...

About …

Who knows … someone will have made a buck (and perhaps that Bird scared away all the blasted devils).

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KISMET

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I MAKE NO BONES

 

OF MY CONTEMPT

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for organised religions, which I regard as businesses dedicated to the milking and fleecing of the gullible or desperate. Toss in cults and other opportunists—anyone who makes a dishonest buck in like fashion*.

THIS MORNING

whilst refreshing on something else I happened across this aside and thought it worthy of comment—

“Many of the outer walls, usually just a few feet high, are intact. Mauricio points out the little island of Idehd, where priests fed turtle innards to an eel, the sea deity, kept in a well, before sharing among themselves the rest of the turtle as a sacrament”

read more:  LINK

—make of it what you will …

KISMET 

* tax-free, too. Nice ‘work’ if you can get it~!

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Making A Prophet

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by MISREPRESENTATION

for a prophet’s profits

is a Confidence Trick. I recently posted on a long-running con and feel the need to elaborate—

IF WE DO NOT LEARN
from the past we are doomed to repeat it (Santayana, sort of).
Already it’s repeating itself, to a whole new crop of sucke—  innocents. In New Zealand in the sixties there was a strong wave of anti-Mormon (is that one ‘m’ too many?) propaganda in the form of leaflets artlessly tossed about, letterbox drops, anonymous posters etc. From memory one of them began “The Maori cooked the Pakeha, He was a tasty dish”  …. something something … and finishing with the tables being turned, the Maori ending up “in a Mormon stew”. All a bit racist and things these days but that’s honest reporting on my part:

a con 2

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MORMONS AND THINGS

like any other good sales force (and they are good at it, make no mistake—vast sums are spent in making sure) prefer to do their prospecting where they see a market for their product. Hence the swarms of Mormon and other ‘missionaries’* frequently surfacing on our streets like bad gas in a bog.

Not only a market but an easy mark, and the uneducated/unsophisticated are pretty damned easy marks for a confident spiel. No snake-oil guys ever had it better than the South Seas Paradises, I tell you; and these days the prospect of being guest of honour at an outdoor barbecue are effectively zero. A snip!

EVEN BETTER

if you have an unprovable invisible product that cannot be tested or challenged. If they don’t buy it, on to the next! It’s a numbers game after all, and you only need make a few sales to guarantee a reliable income. The good ol’ franchise will recoup it’s investment in your education many times over—and good salesmen (oops, missionaries) can go all the way to the top.

A CASE IN HAND

The con that Jehovah’s Seventh Day Witnessons (or similiar) are trying in Invercargill right now. A repeat of what fizzled out back in the sixties, but why not keep trying? Hence that flier above, and from their site these images—I don’t know how interested the average Fijian is in dead pharaohs and things, but they can adapt their tune to the tastes of the audience.

SO LONG AS a con 4

they get them hooked. The younger the better, when minds are open to absorbing, and neither aware of nor up to fighting the techniques being brought to bear on them. Kids love communal activities, especially a good rousing sing-song. And if they get a few ‘freebies’ … all the more better, no?

IN NEW ZEALAND

we have ‘truth in advertising’ laws that are being selectively applied. Not good. A law should apply impartially to all. So if (say) medicine has to prove—at vast expense—that a drug is actually beneficial and achieves at least enough of the claims made for it — why not every bugger? Equally? You know, that old rubbish about “Equal before the law”?

A RELIGIOUS SALESMAN

should likewise have to demonstrate his product to the satisfaction of an impartial board in law. Either that or close up shop and ship out — with any due compensation for past misrepresentations and unfilled promises made. No?

http://www.adventist.org.fj/vodafone-arena

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KISMET

* The cheek of it! We send missionaries to the savages, not … … oh.

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