All these dark men. Poe, Vonnegut, and Yeats, are all trapped in docile black and white portraits. Only Yeats might not have wanted such a visage, the rest readily accept it.
The most colorful image on this page is the pornography. Only the pornographers know how to, or want to, present a happy image. Something optimistic. Yes, you can have sex with these women, or something along those lines.
That must be a part of why the church hates pornography so. Pornography presents sex as something to be enjoyed, not solely as something for the creation of offspring. For that matter, pornography doesn't even address anything to do with offspring, unless it is a collection of pictures of 12 year olds.
That is one sort of pornography that seems to raise anger anywhere, well, anywhere except China. The Chinese have never had much of a problem selling their (female) children into any sort of bondage imaginable. When children are being sold for sex, it's hard to become too deeply enraged over a few pictures.
This brings in the question of age. Is it more permissible (speaking in a purely moral, not a legal sense) to take a picture of someone in the nude at the age 18, than at 17? If not, then at what age is there a difference. Is there such a minimum age, or is it equally more permissible to take such pictures of someone at 15 than 13 and 17 than 15? Is the relationship linear, or does it follow some sort of curve? Permissibility=(Age1-Age2)/Age1, or something along those lines?
"I still believe that peace and plenty and happiness can be worked out some way. I am a fool." - Jailbird p.14
"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be." - Mother Night
"We would be a lot safer if the Government would take its money out of science and put it into astrology and the reading of palms.... Only in superstition is there hope. If you want to become a friend of civilization, then become and enemy of the truth and a fanatic for harmless balderdash." -Wampeters, Foma, and Granfallons 1974
"Pretend to be good always, and even God will be fooled." - God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
"A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved." - Sirens of Titan
"I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled 'Science Fiction' ... and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics mistake the drawer for a urinal." -Wampeters, Foma, and Granfallons 1974
"Ideas or the lack of them can cause disease." - Breakfast of Champions
"Take Care of the People, and God Almighty Will Take Care of Himself." - Sirens of Titan
"What war has always been is a puberty ceremony. It's a very rough one, but you went away a boy and came back a man, maybe with an eye missing or whatever but godammit you were a man and people had to call you a man thereafter." -City Limits, 3/11/83
"We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane" - Kilgore Trout (1907-1981)
I was talking with someone the other day, trying to explain the concept of heat death, and how grim the whole damn thing is. He argued that heat can't die, so the name is inaccurate.
If only that were true. How kind a world it would be if heat didn't die, if everything didn't descend into chaos. Perhaps then, we could at least take comfort in our lives being part of something infinite.
Instead, we are left with the horrid conclusion that our lives will end, the planet will end, and things will continue ending on an increasing scale until there is nothing left. No meaning, no information, no remembrance of our, or anyone's actions, only the void, infinite in all directions, vast in its pitiful nothingness. When this happens, nothing we have done, none of our great creations will matter, they could have happened, they could not of, it will make no difference, not even the void will be able to discern the difference.
Michael Hutchence killed himself in 1997 at the age of 37. He was on tour in Sydney at the time.
The Second ComingTurning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all convictions, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
-William Butler Yeats
Some tasty morsels from the word english bible, one of those new english translations. It's sort of cool since the whole damn thing is sitting online.
Then there is my favorite, the King James.
-Michelangelo, the Sistene Chapel
God said, "Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree, which bears fruit yielding seed. It will be your food.
Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he had stood before Yahweh.
He looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and looked, and saw that the smoke of the land went up as the smoke of a furnace.
It happened, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in which Lot lived.
John 4:8 and 4:16:
God is love.
If any man take a wife, and go in to her, and hate her,
and lay shameful things to her charge, and bring up an evil name on her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came near to her, I didn't find in her the tokens of virginity;
then shall the father of the young lady, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the young lady's virginity to the elders of the city in the gate;
and the young lady's father shall tell the elders, I gave my daughter to this man to wife, and he hates her;
and, behold, he has laid shameful things to her charge, saying, I didn't find in your daughter the tokens of virginity; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter's virginity. They shall spread the garment before the elders of the city.
The elders of that city shall take the man and chastise him;
and they shall fine him one hundred shekels of silver, and give them to the father of the young lady, because he has brought up an evil name on a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.
But if this thing be true, that the tokens of virginity were not found in the young lady;
then they shall bring out the young lady to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones, because she has done folly in Israel, to play the prostitute in her father's house: so shall you put away the evil from the midst of you.
1st Kings 1:1-1:4:
Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he got no heat.
Therefore his servants said to him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and cherish him; and let her lie in your bosom, that my lord the king may keep warm.
So they sought for a beautiful young lady throughout all the borders of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king.
The young lady was very beautiful; and she cherished the king, and ministered to him; but the king didn't know her intimately.
As long as I am linking internally, why not add some external stuff as well?
Teen picture of the day | Hentai Picture of the Day | Snatch of the Day
Adult Paper Dolls | Porn Movies | abductor.com
The first three are relatively straightforward. We like young girls, lots of pussy and such. The hentai thing is a bit odd, but I don't really know how to explain it. Adult paper dolls? What exactly is the appeal? I never really liked paper models that much, whitewings, that sort of thing, why would one want digital ones? Porn movies...Some guys index, now linked, guess where the link is from.
Finally, we come to abductor.com. What exactly is the appeal of bondage. I guess it is somehow tied to the image of a heroine in distress, but there seems to be something more. Ideas?
Here are some pictures from harmonyconcepts.com:
Here is an explanation of bondage from the same site:
"What is most discouraging about this business are the prevailing social misconceptions concerning bondage, at least the benevolent, romantic type of bondage that we produce. For the unenlightened, what we represent and advocate really needs to be clarified. In that spirit, the following general explanation is at least a start.
It has never been nor will it ever be our purpose to depict women as mere subordinates to men. These pictures and articles are not about that. The materials we produce are carefully and, we think, obviously designed for men and women to whom bondage is an important mutual diversion, a recreational and benevolent experience, a fantasy with a happy ending, a good-natured game in which everybody wins."
Do these seem contradictory to anyone else? Do as I say, not as I do? Hypocrisy, it would seem, is a wonderously unavoidable thing.
I just abandoned the no internal links thing. I didn't realize how large the page would get, and how fast it would attain that size, so now at the bottom I will have a little index of links.
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