Ekhart Tolle: A New Science For a New Earth?

I WANTED to have an open mind, REALLY.  But right away, on page 2 of Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, Tolle claims flowers played “an essential part in the evolution of (human) consciousness”. 


Tight Lips, Tight Waist, Show Elevated Consciousness


(From whence does he draw this remarkable conclusion?  He doesn’t say.)

Then, on page 3, he follows this with, “Any life-form in any realm–mineral, vegetable, animal, or human–can be said to undergo ‘enlightenment’.”

(Minerals are a life-form?  Show me mineral poop, mister.)

Continuing on to page 4, he adds:  “Since time immemorial, flowers, crystals, precious stones, and birds have held special significance for the human spirit.  Like all life forms…

((Crystals and stones are living?),

…they are, of course, temporary manifestations of the underlying one Life, one Consciousness.

(“Of course”.  Goes without saying).  

Their special significance and the reason why humans feel such affinity for them can be attributed to their ethereal quality.”

(Of course.)
(See what I did there? Anything may be attributed to anything you want.)

Rocks, Alive? Stones, Ethereal? Even I Think That's Stupid.

On page 7, we see a classic example of Cult-speak:  “This book is about you.  It will change your state of consciousness or it will be meaningless.  It can only awaken those who are ready.  Not everyone is ready yet…”

(Translation: Accept this book’s principles, or you are an immature outcast of the chosen elite.)

On page 20, in a description of the evolution of a land-dwelling creature rising from the sea, Tolle states the following:

“It would perhaps crawl a few inches at first, then, exhausted by the enormous gravitational pull of the planet, it would return to the water, where gravity is almost nonexistent…”

(Bizarro-me wonder:  “Why gravity-lite rivers and oceans no fly out into space?”)

But the real capper is found on page 22:
“If evil has any reality–and it has a relative, not an absolute, reality…”

Tolle's Portrayal of Evil: It's Solely a Matter of Contrasts

Okay, Tolle.  You keep telling yourself that.  Meanwhile, although you may have many vital data to impart, this reader has left the building.



You Make Yourselves PO-lice

Yesterday, there was just one more story about the wrong person arrested. This post excerpts and resequences its details to emphasize the all-too-typical Blue Line behavior that makes me scared of ever having anything to do with any policeperson.

"Your Name Here", If You're Not Careful

This sentence of NYT reporter Mr. Dwyer’s tells you the gist of what happened:

He wound up arrested one afternoon at gunpoint, taken to the 34th Precinct station house, held for several hours and accused of lying about a crime that he not only had nothing to do with, but that hadn’t even taken place.

[Outlier: Here it is from the perspective of the poor innocent, a Mr. Vansintjan, a young student here in Manhattan from Canada:]

“Someone ran at me with a gun drawn, screamed at me to get down to the ground, pushed me onto my knees, and then put my face in the ground.”

[Outlier: Those were the POLICE doing that to him. And was he suspected of murder, that he should be handled so aggressively? Violent battery? Rape? Pedophilia??!!]

Moments earlier, the police had received a report of a burglary in an apartment across from (Fort Tryon) park. A man said that two intruders had just left his apartment. “He pointed to an individual running…and identified him as one of the intruders,” said (a police spokesman). The chase led to Mr. Vansintjan.

That'll Teach YOU to Jump That Turnstile!

As he was being held on the street, he said, “(the police) told me someone had reported the theft of a Macy’s bag.” He protested that he had been shopping.

Shopping Is a Crime

Don’t Let the NYPD Catch YOU With a Macy’s Bag!

The friends waiting for him were astonished to see (him) surrounded by eight police officers. “They came over and the police told them to get back,” he said. “I said, ‘Those are my friends.’ An officer asked me, ‘Oh, are they your accomplices?’”

Just before he was loaded into the police car, (Mr. Vansintjan) said, one of the officers looked at him. “He said, ‘I’m embarrassed,’”…

The man who reported the break-in…identified him as a burglar. At the station house, Mr. Vansintjan was unshackled and taken to an interrogation room. He said he was not told of his right to a lawyer, or to remain silent.

“After I told him what had happened, the detective said, ‘You know, what the other guy is saying doesn’t match up with your story,’ ” an old ruse used to trick people into admissions. “I said, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ ”

While this was going on, the man who reported the burglary told the police that there had been no break-in, and that people were out to get him, according to Mr. Browne. He was taken to a psychiatric hospital…  

Mr. Vansintjan knew nothing of this until [the reporter] told him on Tuesday.

[Outlier: Let’s stop here a minute. The arrest happened Christmas week. The reporter spoke with Mr. Vansintjan on January 9th.

The police NEVER INTENDED to let Mr. V. know that there had NEVER BEEN a burglary. If the reporter hadn’t shown up to interview him, Mr. Vansintjan may NEVER have found out.

Well, one can hardly blame the cops, considering all the fun times they’d shared: Abuse, illegalities, innocent man.

If Mr. Vansintjan were to make a public fuss, there would be consequences. And now, after that NYT piece, there still may be:

Quite a lot of “Tsk”-“Tsk”-ing from police officials.  Perhaps even a mild head shake at those naughty officers and detectives.]

Tsk. At Least He's Too Canadian To Make a Fuss

Just before he was released the evening of Dec. 22, Mr. Vansin–

[Outlier: WHOA!!!–“the evening of?”–Sorry for all the interruptions, folks, but let me see if I have this straight:

It was during Mr. V.’s afternoon interview (he was arrested “one afternoon”) that the police learned that their witness against him was a nutter.  But, instead of apologizing to him like human beings, they put him in jail (to punish him for not being intimidated by them?  “Uppity Canadian!”) and continued to hold him there until that evening.  

Now, remember, this could be you.]

Just before he was released the evening of Dec. 22, Mr. Vansintjan said that a sergeant told him that an antique pocketknife he had been carrying “was a problem.”

“I knew it was legal,” the student said. “He said they were going to give me a break, so it wouldn’t go on my record…”

"Just See That You Don't Do Anything Legal Again!"

[Outlier: To the honest and true police out there who suffer from all the others, I am so sorry for insulting and offending you by lumping you in with your False Blue brothers and sisters, but you are so hard to see hidden in there among them.

Thank you for doing your best by the job and by us, in most difficult times, without the public admiration that you deserve.]

E-Book Sticker Shock

Ed and I Are of One Mind When It Comes to E-books (But When It Comes to the Use of Quotation Marks on Signs, We Part Ways)

Are you all crazy??!!!! You non-noobs are paying prices like $7.99 apiece for E-books?? The “publishers” have no (or next to no) printing costs, no paper costs, no warehousing costs, no shipping costs, almost no booksigning costs… Please explain to me why you are paying prices equivalent to those for paper copies? (I really do want to know.)

At least the possibility of price-fixing is now being looked into.

As a lower-rung economic ladder dweller, this issue concerns me particularly because, when fewer and fewer paper copies are published and e-books are in the majority, with prices being what they are:

What happens to we lower-income folk? An even worse class division based on access to e-books?

Currently, I can, eventually, get almost any book from a library or used bookstore, if I’m lucky enough to live near one and have access to transport. Will free e-libraries provide loans of ALL e-books? (“Bookflix”, anyone?) And won’t these be versions that expire…? You see the problem?

Some of us po’ folk is a mite worried ’bout how this will all shake out. Particularly for those with low or moderate reading skills, to whom each of the the free e-books is, in a real sense, a closed book: A harder-to-read classic with high-falutin’ vocabulary, or similar inaccessible or uninteresting item.


Boring? But It's Sir Walter Scott's "Ivanhoe"!

Immediately after my fall from loftier economic rungs, my reading access was sharply curtailed because I could no longer afford to buy the latest favorites (oh, how I miss browsing and brunching at Barnes!). Now, since e-books, things have already gotten much worse. When everyone wanted Stiegg Larsson? A five month wait at the library. You try staying current, keeping up with conversations, or even joining a book club when you’re half a year behind the rest of the world.

Please. Take away all our money–it’s already happened–but leave us poor our books–one kind or t’other.

A Once-Avid Reader. Now Too Poor Both For Adequate Clothing, and Words on the Pages of Her Book. (Gratuitous Sexual Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

F*ck You, Women Readers—Android Market

An e-book noobie in the woods, I excitedly trip over to the Misogynist Android Market to see what free offerings might be available for such poor folk as I.  A nasty surprise alurks:

Under “Fiction”, I see a category that interests me: “Adventure”. At the same level, another is called “Men’s Adventure”. 

I look in vain for a “Women’s Adventure” equivalent.   What the hell, Android Market?!

Looking at the books within the two categories—
“Adventure”, welcoming men, women, or children, and
“Men’s Adventure”, to which only men are invited—

I see that, in Android’s opinion, women are not interested in reading, for example, Clive Cussler, Ken Follett, Wilbur Smith, or Edgar Rice Burroughs.  

What the hell, Android Market?!

I like all four of those authors!  Particularly Follett and Smith.  Just to make certain, I check down between my legs:  Yup.  A fine, fine innie.  Definitely not an outie.
Books Android Market thinks no women should read:

Stay Away from Adventure If It's Not Romance, Ladies!!!

Books Android Market thinks women should stick to:

Let the Little Ladies Stick to Classics or Kids Books

Understand, though, men are welcome to read these, too–this is, after all, not a “Women’s” category.  Perhaps the higher-brow offerings in this grouping are intended for the men, or to improve our naturally-feebler minds, and the children’s books are intended for women and children.

F*ck you right back, Android Market.  Yours Truly, Outlier Babe.

Thank You, Bailey Weaver From Medford, For Doing to Android Market What I Am Too Polite To Do

Just for the record, Life of Pi is one of my favorite books, but I also love a trashy getaway as much as the next gal. How dare Android Market try to limit my choices by how I stand or sit to urinate, and how dare they, fifty years after the 60’s, be boldly, brazenly offering a “Men’s” category of anything other than undergarments? It gets me ill. It really does.

Bullying Children For Entertainment

Oh, Jimmy.  How could you?

This past Halloween, how …disappointing… to learn that it was in response to a solicitation from you, Jimmy, that parents had chosen to pimp out their own young children and bully them in order to gain one minute of  TV fame.

All were amused by the awesome feelings of betrayal, and the broken hearts that resulted. 

Many Crying Babies


A montage video for you to savor the different flavors child pain comes in (okay, some of the little darlings are clearly spoiled, but others just as clearly suffered honest feelings of betrayed hurt):

How extra-disappointing it was to learn, Jimmy, that, once you realized the pain you and their clod progenitors [very low-class parents] had caused, rather than womaning up and NOT showing the cruel videos, you chose to man out and show them anyway. 

(Yes, I get tired of the the outrageous insult to every woman and girl every time the sexist phrase “man up” is used–if you’re a male reader, how did it feel to have the high-heel on the other foot?)

Jimmy, you went for attention and fame yourself, giving a false apology to the child victims you were about to demonstrate zero empathy for. 

    * You could have instead explained to your viewing audience why you had chosen to NOT show the videos you’d asked them for. 

    * You could have said that you had made an initial error in judgement and didn’t want to compound it. 

    * You could have taken the opportunity to illustrate that care for others should always come first.   Especially care for our smallest and weakest others.

But you didn’t.

And although many of us were introduced to two of the most charming young gentlemen (their video appears at the bottom for the two or three of you who may have somehow missed it)

–two little boys who held up to their mom’s gentle bullying in the most delightful manner (a sign that she and/or their father DO display some awesome parenting skills when not behind a camera)– 

Even though we were so pleased to meet these sweethearts, that does not undermine the main point here:

You shouldn’ta’ oughtn’ta’ dunnit, Jimmy. 

Because for every one good parent, there are fifty unparents these days, and you only encourage people like this:


Now, here are those charmers–because, really, who can get enough of them (and aren’t I the very hypocrite for showing this, after reaming out ole’ Jimmy?):

2014–Retitled from “Kimmel Disappoints”.

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