May 2011 Blog Posts (312)

On 'big oil'

I have found myself a few times stepping to the defence of big oil, and I think I should make my position clear.

Firstly, big oil isn't that big altogether. They hold 12% of the proven reserves. A bigger problem is big government oil (National oil companies - NOCs) than big private oil.

Secondly, I have a belief that natural resources should be taxed heavily. Norway has a 78% excess profit hydrocarbon extraction tax and I think that is the best solution to ensure equitable…


Added by Arcus on May 1, 2011 at 4:06am — 13 Comments

What is my moral obligation on my lost child?

I like to think that in spite of my lack of belief in a god or religion that I am a moral person.  Not perfect by any means but I try.  (Check out my blog on licensing my dogs.  Better late than never.)

I have 5 children and the odds are that not all of them are going to be perfect.   One high powered accountant, one serving his third tour in Afghanistan, one struggling but surviving in a downtrodden economy, one finishing his first year in college.  If you are counting that is four. …


Added by Janet Richter on May 1, 2011 at 3:00am — 5 Comments

Commandment X

Commandment X


*“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’ s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.”


while there have been numerous ways to maim

and not really


but instead to extract what you wanted from an individual

to punish

& then possibly destroy them---

the most…


Added by delapruch on May 1, 2011 at 12:14am — No Comments

Commandment IX

Commandment IX


*“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.”


in the middle ages,

well, really, in any age

there have been many, many, many

rattus norvegicus


though the usage of rats in torture

spanned multitudinous methods

the main goal of the most

efficient way of killing an individual

through the usage of


was to…


Added by delapruch on May 1, 2011 at 12:13am — No Comments

Commandment VIII

Commandment VIII


*“Thou shalt not steal.”


probably one of the oldest ways of taking another’s life

because they










was by flaying them


in this,

the good believers of

the middle…


Added by delapruch on May 1, 2011 at 12:12am — No Comments

Commandment VII

Commandment VII


*“Thou shalt not commit adultery.”


though rare in usage,

the good believers

who were always looking for better ways to torture & kill

conjured up the wheel

first in greece & then

germany, russia, france, sweden, england, etc.---

the wheel

aka, the breaking wheel,

was a relatively simple instrument


a large…


Added by delapruch on May 1, 2011 at 12:10am — No Comments

Commandment VI

Commandment VI


*“Thou shalt not kill.*


la culla di Giuda,

die Judaswiege,

were among its many monikers


the good believers

took it upon themselves to punish you

for not being like


by firstly,

stripping you naked

and slamming you down

with your anus





Added by delapruch on May 1, 2011 at 12:09am — No Comments

Commandment V

Commandment V


*“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”


the cheapest good time in the middle ages

for the followers of fiction

came in the pleasure produced for the crowd

brought to them all by the


nah, you didn’t need any expertise to carry out this bloody


no unique instruments developed by an…


Added by delapruch on May 1, 2011 at 12:07am — No Comments

Commandment IV

Commandment IV


*“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the…


Added by delapruch on May 1, 2011 at 12:06am — No Comments

Commandment III

Commandment III


*“Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh

his name in vain.”


the chair of that character called


made of dark oak

bearing 1,500 iron spikes

covering the

arm-rests, the seat, as well as the

leg-rests, foot-rests & back of the chair---

razor-sharp & ground…


Added by delapruch on May 1, 2011 at 12:03am — No Comments

Commandment I

Commandment I


*“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”


laid naked on your back

with your wrists in the rope cuffs

and your ankles bound likewise

underneath you the wheel that tightens and stretches

both your arms

and your legs

in opposite directions

it turns slowly at


as the good believer pushes the handle

you begin to feel it in your elbows…


Added by delapruch on May 1, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Commandment II

Commandment II


*“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing…


Added by delapruch on May 1, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

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