Archive for July 25th, 2010

Sunday Services

Good morning, good people.

None of us were promised this day, so it is well that we begin by acknowledging it. As Brother Sephius says:

A new day I never seen before nor will I ever again.

Be glad in it.

Our first reading is from the Gospel of Thomas.

To the disciples, who are having trouble getting it, Jesus is explaining the nature of the Kingdom, and how to apprehend and enter it.

Jesus said: “Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over all things.”

“If one has knowledge, he receives what is his own, and draws it to himself. Whoever is to have knowledge in this way knows where he comes from, and where he is going.”

“What you look forward to has already come, but you do not recognize it. The Kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it.”

“When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, then you will enter the Kingdom.”



The End Of History

A Scottish brewery has chosen to “bottle” the strongest and most expensive ale ever produced within the bodies of stuffed animals.

BrewDog, which fancies itself a “maverick” brewer, “bottled” the 110-proof beer inside squirrels, weasels, and a hare. The blond Belgian ale retails for $765 to $1200, depending upon which animal it is presented in.

All 12 “bottles” produced by BrewDog sold out within four hours of going on sale, to customers in Scotland, England, Canada, the United States, Denmark, and Italy.

Company co-founder James Watts said the beer was titled “The End Of History” in homage to Francis Fukuyama’s inane The End of History and the Last Man, which Watts is apparently unaware is a thoroughly discredited text. According to Watts’ muddled thinking, “this is to beer what democracy is to history.”

Watts says the “decision to wrap the bottle in a dead animal was taken to indicate how special the beer was, blending brewing, taxidermy, and art.” BrewDog has specialized in creating abnormally strong experimental beers, and “for the final installment in the strong beer series, we wanted to create something epic, something monumental.

“We wanted to challenge people’s perceptions about how beer can be packaged; taxidermy helps open people’s eyes to the fact that beer doesn’t have to be made by a multi-national organization.”

No, the beer “opens people’s eyes” to the fact that human beings remain capable of behaving like disgusting cretins, grotesque louts, and howling imbeciles.


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