Life is full of petty worries

I’m sitting on a dock looking out across a rippling Caribbean Sea, the reflection of the turquoise sky and white clouds rippling like an oil spill over the aquamarine lagoon of Half Moon Bay. The usual bustle of tourist traffic is more subdued today, as Sundays are typically “transition days”— that crucial gasp of fresh air and solitude when before the insane fumes of the next Continental flight descends on the inept slab of concrete known as Roatan International Airport (RTB). A kayaker cascades across the bay, leaving perfect V-shaped cuts across the endless lap of waves. A dive tube extends in a far corner of the bay, marking another Coconut Tree Divers PADI Open Water Course in session. Local » read more «

Have a Happy Depression!

Dear America, You deserve this depression. It’s incredible. A year ago I was listening to Dr. Ron Paul warn us of imminent economic collapse brought upon by our credit-based system and the Federal Reserve. I agreed with him, but I didn’t think that the collapse would come as fast as it has. And now they’re asking us, the TAXPAYERS, to foot the bill for their retarded actions? No freakin’ way! Source: King George came into office with promises of reduced government and limited overseas action. At the end of his two terms, he has embroiled us in two wars (with more in the making– look at the emerging union of Russia-Iran-Venezuela and we SHOULD be scared!) and, worst of » read more «

Gutenberg’s Dangerous Idea

With the exception of China and a handful of Muslim countries, the Bible is a fairly easy book to acquire. The Gideons shove Bibles into the nightstands of nearly every hotel room in the United States, missionaries hand out more of the Holy Book than food, and wild-eyed street preachers thrust The Word in the faces of those damned non-believers. It’s easily the world’s most printed and best-selling book [1]. Flashback a mere 600 years of human history and you find a completely different situation. From time immemorial, the transfer of written knowledge was a laborious task. For each copy, a scribe would have to meticulously reproduce by hand the seventy-six books of the Vulgate Bible [2], a task that » read more «