Archive for May, 2012

Soccer and Politics

May 28th, 2012 2 comments

The only thing about soccer that I really like is the huge amount of political content that it carries. Last Friday, Basques and Catalans gathered together in Madrid to watch the final of the King’s Cup and to do the following to the Spanish anthem:

After that, and with a big smile on my face, I just stopped listening to the radio. We had already won.

Aupa Athleti!
Força Barça!

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John Frum

May 25th, 2012 5 comments

One of the contemporary religions that fascinates me the most is the Cargo Cult. I wasn’t aware of this practice until I read it in the chapter of The Origins of Religion in The God Delusion. And it goes like this.

Back in World War II, when americans strategically camped in various islands in the South Pacific, natives of these islands got in touch with the white men for the first time. These natives saw the white men technology: radios, vehicles, guns, clothes; and they realized that all of this equipment materialized every few weeks in the form of cargos. It was not that the white men were building their own technology, but rather acquiring it from a cargo plane or truck. White men, in the eyes of the natives, were summoning the cargos by thoroughly reading papers, talking to radios, or writing letters; pointless things to the natives unless they were a form of adoration to a higher entity: The Cargo.

This new religion started off in these remote islands based on the idea that cargo will arrive someday. There are two main variants of their belief (à la Christian Schism): some think that cargo will mark the day of the apocalypse, others anticipate that the cargo will provide eternal piece and happiness. In any case, the religious totems that the cargoans assemble have the shape of planes, radio stations, trucks, and weapons… made of wood.

Legend tells of a mighty Lord of Cargo called John Frum who once payed a visit to the natives back during WWII. Supposedly, John –if he ever lived at all– was a white american soldier who was exceptionally kind to the natives, thereby his figure remains on their religious folklore. Some natives claim to speak to John on their wooden radios. Some think that on February 15th (of a non specified year), John Frum will return to their islands as part of the prophecy. John himself told them that over the mock-up radios. That is why every year, on February 15th, a parade goes on in Tanna, as an offering to the beloved John Frum.

This all captivates me, and makes me wonder about our limited monkey brains. How fast can a new belief spread across human beings? What would happen if, for any reason (e.g. nuclear), all humans would die except for the followers of the cargo cult? Leaving time frames aside, what are the differences between John Frum and Jesus? Is joining the American Army the closest way of becoming a God nowadays?

I will end this post with a quote by Arthur C. Clarke, pulled out from his popular three laws:

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

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Tao Pai Pai

May 13th, 2012 No comments

Albert Comerma and Micky Vega, both ex-Sargon, started this new musical project called Tao Pai Pai. Here you have the first clip, really good shit. Congratulation titans!

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España unida por la independencia

May 5th, 2012 No comments

Los políticos Españoles se han unido en una armonía sin precedentes a favor de la separación de nuestro reino cristiano. La derecha con la izquierda, los falangistas con los nacionalistas bascos, los ciutadans con los republicanos; hoy todos luchan –y muy fuerte– por la independencia.

Gracias al cambio de poder, gracias al haber destrozado todas las promesas electorales, gracias a potenciar la industria de hostelería inglesa, gracias a que han desbaratado los planes terroristas de los estudiantes de ESO, gracias a las facilidades fiscales cuando tienes la sangre azul, gracias a la excitante experiencia de conseguir marfil gratis; los políticos y los altos cargos han conseguido que hoy todos los Españoles pidan al unísono la independencia.

Gritos de “quiero irme de aquí”, o “quiero dejar de ser España para empezar a ser Islandia”, o “por favor Francia, invádenos”, hacen eco en las calles de nuestra patria unida por una fragmentación inminente.

Tanto los nacionalistas catalanes como los bascos dan su más ferviente soporte a la nueva petición de la comunidad de Madrid para empezar a ser un estado independiente dentro de la Unión Europea. “Madrid is not Spain”. Nacionalistas Manchegos, Castellanoleoneses, o Extremeños, también luchan y se manifiestan para salir de España.

Los políticos han conseguido que la gente diga basta. Que la gente no quiera formar parte de esta putrefacta nación que todavía huele a dictadura. Que no quieran vivir en un país carcomido por la corrupción, los bancos y la caspa. Un país donde la iglesia y la monarquía tengan preferencia ante la educación y la sanidad. Donde se premie la picaresca y el enchufismo ante el esfuerzo y la dignidad.

Hoy los Españoles, más unidos que nunca, se quieren independizar de este reino que se ha convertido, gracias a nuestros mandatarios (y a todos los que les han votado), en una puta mierda.

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