The Inquisition Gets Medieval

“NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!… Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope, and nice red uniforms.” – Monty Python Europe used money a lot, and from the fall of the Roman Empire until the Renaissance, they didn’t use …

Crusading for Coinage

“If you want to make a little money, write a book. If you want to make a lot of money, create a religion.”  – L. Ron Hubbard     By the time the Roman Empire fell, the Roman Catholic Church had already grown to the point where it was no …

Corporations and Creeds

“Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.”  – Ambrose Bierce The first corporations weren’t like the corporations we know today. Initially created for only temporary purposes, such as the building of roads and aqueducts, the publicani, public contractors, lured individuals to invest in infrastructure for the public …

Who’s Got the Power?

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln Our imbalanced sexuality, as well as so many of the imbalances in our society, arise from man’s lust for power and demand for control… or perhaps it’s the other …

The Wall of Ignorance

When I questioned why I would have to pay more for avocados in order to pay for a wall I don’t want built yesterday on Facebook, I was given plenty of advice on growing my avocados, but the point of my statement was about much more than that. The truth …