M. Vincent van Mechelen
NOTES OF THE METRIC MONTHS
FROM 64 TO 67 ASWW
first note of the year
THE MOTHER OF GOD
Isn't it awful: that woman who was told by a real angel that she would
become the mother of God.
And when it came she gave her child a different name ...
(Was it Jesus or
39.LNE-67th Late Southwest
MYTH, LIKE RUST, CORRUPTS
The Bible says, "Moth and rust does (or 'doth') corrupt."
So do myth and rust.
The future of the Earth appears to lie in the hands of people who believe
that the world's water and food problems can be solved with, or even by,
67.ENW-67th Early Southwest
2 OR 10 CUPS
For mathematicians it should be completely irrelevant whether
drink 2 cups of strong English tea in the morning, with lots of sugar and
milk, or 10 cups.
For my physician i hasten to add that the first number is denary, the
second binary (microbinary, with base 2, that is).
67.MNW-67th Late Southeast
THE TIBETAN-SPEAKING PEOPLE AND LAMAISM
The Tibetan-speaking people have the same right to freedom from religion, from
oppression and discrimination as the members of any other speech community.
Those Tibetans who support lamaism support a Papist excrescence of the
teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama.
The phobia is the fear of nonnative speakers whose native
tongue does not have such a phoneme to mispronounce the th in
42.MNW-67th Early Southeast
PICKING YOUR POCKET
The American Thomas Jefferson said, "[I]t does no injury for my neighbor
to say there are twenty gods or no god.
It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."
However, if your neighbor manages to impress a religious motto on the
country's money in your purse or wallet, things are not as Jefferson
Such a neighbor in such a country (as the United States or the
Netherlands) does pick your pocket!
66.CEN-67th Central Month
A SEXIST CONVENTION
"You see this picture? The tied straitjackets are male, the people
female . . .".
38.ENE-67th Late Northwest
MASTERS IN VIOLATIONAL LINGUISTICS
are often masters in the violation of language.
Wénsēntè de wéndòu: Wénsēntè de dòuzhēng búshì
wǔdòu, shì wéndòu.
Vincent's cultural struggle: Vincent's struggle is not a violent, armed
struggle but a nonviolent, cultural struggle.
67.ENE-67th Early Northwest
TO LIVE ON IN YOUR WORK
To live on in your work rather than in your children your work must make
a chance of at least 1 in 130,000 to be of some influence about five
centuries after the moment of conception.
40.LNW-67th Late Northeast
CREATED A (K)NIGHT
"Do you know how old he was?"
"I really don't know, but I do remember that he was created a Knight in
"Oh, then he was probably born in 1959."
STILL CELEBRATING (E)X(ISM)-MAS?
on the Gregorian-Christian calendar?
Celebrate the New Year on
the Metric World Calendar!
66.ENE-67th Early Northeast
RELIGIOUS NUMBERS (1): 9410
Nine (9) or more wives for the prophet Muhammad himself, four (4) wives
for all other nonslaves of the same sex, one (1) husband for all other
nonslaves of the same sexual orientation, no (0) spouses for all others.
66.ESW-66th Late Southwest
Some philosophers are that popular for improper reasons while alive
that their philosophical expressions and outpourings will have
disappeared before their bodies.
In this day and age it is still possible to rape
truth in any way you like,
so long as you call it "religion".
45.MSE-66th Early Southwest
THRILLING TWO BIRDS WITH ONE BONE
What do you call the activity of a potent man who excites two young
64.ESW-66th Late Southeast
THE MOST CHRISTIAN COUNTRY
Before the genocide Ruanda was said to be the most Christian country in
After the horrible massacres, representatives of the all-pervading
religion that never prevented them claim that those involved were not
Christians — a type of apologetics which is most Christian indeed.
FIVE IN A ROW
Do you know why the British prefer 'queueing up' to 'lining up' when
waiting for a bus to come?
Because they need a commonly used word with five vowels in a row for their
40.ENE-66th Early Southeast
NEED A DEGREE?
Need a degree? Get a Master of Divinity from a
64.LNW-66th Central Month
THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY
The enemy of my enemy is a friend or an enemy who is even worse.
66.MNE-66th Late Northwest
MARY OF NAZARETH
Many Christianists put Mary of Nazareth, of all women, on the highest
pedestal in the universe, while even Biblical legend does not mention
one moral deed or creative expression by her herself.
Devoid of any substantive virtue or talent of her own whatsoever she
resides there at the top in an emptiness which would have been complete
if it were not for the things added to her repertoire by idolaters of
They doubtless sensed too that, regardless of fact, a woman of value was
needed next to those (al)mighty males.
A LONG CANDLE
Pace Shakespeare, when life is a long candle it needs some blows now and
64.ESE-66th Early Northwest
It just takes a smidgen to offend against monotheist religion.
42.MNW-66th Late Northeast
MORE THAN 5,000 TIMES NEWS
If Edd Doerr, president of Americans for Religious Liberty, has written
more than 5,000 published books, sections of books, articles, columns, book
and film reviews, translations, letters, short stories, and poems (and made
more than two thousand speeches and radio and television appearances), why,
then, could James Hunt, the Formula One racing driver, not have had sex
with more than 5,000 women? (Or John Doe, for that matter.)
THE CALVINIST HYSTERON PROTERON
Some claim that the Dutch (and a number of other nations) are so
hard-working and persevering because they are a Calvinist nation.
Surely, those who say this put the horse behind the cart.
If there is any truth in this sweeping statement at all, it is because
the Dutch were so hard-working and persevering that many —too many
of them— were willing and able to embrace Calvinism.
After all, the Dutch had to fight flooding rivers and the sea long before
Calvin fought pleasure and natural reason.
43.MNE-66th Early Northeast
EQUAL AS PAWNS AND MINIONS
Monotheists say that everyone is equal before God, but as far as the
Abraham religions are concerned it is the equality of pawns on a
chess board, of minions in a monarchy.
65.ENE-65th Late Southwest
THERE IS NOTHING AGAINST THEM
There is nothing against communism, so long as you recognize all people's
rights to participate or not to participate; and there is nothing against
capitalism, so long as you recognize all people's rights to an equal
initial share in the natural resources.
TO HELL WITH WHAT?
Why should so-called 'angry Muslims' be allowed to demonstrate in public,
if their only message is To hell with freedom?
Those who show no respect for freedom do not deserve the freedom to
demonstrate against it.
64.ESW-65th Early Southwest
What does the prefix neo mean? 'Neo-Gothic' is nothing else than
mock-Gothic. And 'neo-conservative' is not even mock-conservative:
it's just conservatism all over again.
46.MSE-65th Late Southeast
'DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL'
'We'll not ask you if you're a religious zealot or other
who discriminates against non-Christians or non-Judeo-Christians; or if
you're a heterosexual who discriminates against non-heterosexuals.
As long as you don't tell us, we'll receive you in our service and be
proud of you.'
If extraterrestials found the phrase The woman turned off the gas
in an English grammar book, they would stand there in utter complexity,
wondering what on Earth could be the relevant connection between turning
off the gas and the sex of the one turning off the gas.
41.ESE-65th Early Southeast
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DISCOVER
In Australia they have found 'enough natural gas to keep a city of
one million inhabitants going for 800 years', they say.
What they forget in Australia and elsewhere is that a city of one million
at present will be a city of 150 million or so in 800 years, if humans go
on multiplying as they have been doing until now, without population and
family planning, the most important thing to discover.
64.LSE.-65th Central Month
Does PTL stand for Praise The Lord or Pity The Ludricous?
42.MNW-65th Late Northwest
ANTITERRORISTS IN UGANDA
Ugandans, too, have signed a petition asking their parliament not
to enact a terrorist heterosexist bill.
(This bill, thought up by Abrahamic
does not even confine its regime of terror to homo- and bisexuals by
demanding the death penalty for certain forms of homosexuality, it even
extends the terror to heterosexuals who 'fail' to report others, like
their own child or patient, to the authorities.)
THE FIGHT AGAINST ANTISEMITISM
Antisemitism will have to be combatted in two different ways:
(1) (directly) by fighting against anti-Semitism; and (2) (indirectly)
by fighting against
pro-Judaism or pro-Semitism.
The two will always evoke each other, as both of them propagate
an exclusivist attitude towards Jews or Semites.
42.LSE-65th Early Northwest
A GIANT LEAP, A BIG MISTAKE
The first human being landed on the moon, while making a mistake. It was,
perhaps, one small step for a man, but it was definitely not 'one small
step for man'. It was a giant leap for man, that is, for mankind or,
64.ESE-65th Late Northeast
'REPRESENTATIVES OF ALL RELIGIONS'
When conservatives think of 'representatives of all religions' in their
government, i.e., of all Christian and Jewish sects, then, as a
you feel treated like scum.
26-27 aSWW-65th Mid-Northeast
THE FOURTH MIDWINTER DAY
Adherents of a certain Abraham religion often insist on celebrating the
fourth, or even the fifth, Midwinter Day.
They may do so, but, if they get paid for their work, let them ask for
leave without pay then.
37.ENE-65th Early Northeast
MOZI'S UNIVERSAL LOVE, 24 CENTURIES AGO
'If human beings were to regard the conditions of others as they regard
their own, who would raise up
state, city, family or friends to attack the other?'
64.MNE-64th Late Southwest
People who refuse to give their organs away on religious grounds, but who
are eager to receive them when they are ill themselves are sick parasites.
What do you get when a fertile Dutch man and a fertile Dutch woman
copulate without using a contraceptive?
64.ENW-64th Early Southwest
NOT EATING WITH JEWS OR MUSLIMS
If a Sikh does not eat with Jews or Muslims, it should not be because
refuses to eat with them, whatever it is, but because 'e should not eat
the meat of animals killed in the Judaist or Muslim fashion.
And that is or may be right, however wrong the Sikh creed is or may be
in other respects.
56.LNE-64th Late Southeast
A PRETTY AFFORDABLE PAST TIME
Some write about 'a pretty affordable past time', but the past is entirely
affordable, unless, perhaps, you have not yet paid off old debts. It is the
present time which is not always affordable, dependent, of course, on what
kind of pastime you find yourself enjoying.
THE FAST FOOD OF FANATICAL FAITH
Evangelicalism is the fast food of fanatical faith.
44.NML-64th Early Southeast
HOW 'ALL THAIS' ARE MONARCHISTS
Monarchists (Thai and foreign) cannot but repeat that 'all Thais love their
Royal Family'. Why, then, must it be treated as a serious crime not to
revere the Monarch and His Family? And why, then, do Thai authorities have
to close down 2,000 to 3,000 websites in one short period which are
said to offend the same familially
It demonstrates again that, in the end, there is a majestic chasm between
64.ENE-64th Central Month
UNDER THE RUG
The Judaist rule that a Jew is someone whose mother is Jewish, designed to
define away everyone who is not fully Jewish, sweeps, in a hypocritical,
sexist manner, the existence of partially Jewish human beings under the
In this respect it is no different from the racist rule of hypodescent in
which every hybrid is completely assigned to the race of only one parent,
albeit the race which is considered inferior.
42.LSE-64th Late Northwest
THAT OF AN AUCTIONEER
What profession involves crying a lot?
IN THE SANCTUARY OF PLURALISM
Nowadays perhaps as many intrinsic and fundamental values, virtues, duties
and rights live in the sanctuary of pluralism as once the number of gods
in Mecca, that is, about 360.
But just as under the
of divine authority polytheism was at the time succeeded by a
monotheist doctrine (Muhammad's), so the present 'poly-value-ism'
(value pluralism) will, under the primacy of the
norm, be succeeded by a
doctrine that recognizes only one value at the highest level, or one
value for each of a few essentially different spheres of reality.
45.MNW-64th Early Northwest
DOWN WITH MICHELANGELO
Joseph Ratzinger, formerly with the Hitlerjugend, now Fuehrer at the
Vatican, will not allow homosexuals to defile the ceiling of the Sistine
Chapel any longer.
63.MSW-64th Late Northeast
THEIR GOALS ARE GAOLS
The goals of retributive deontology are gaols.
'Be pleasant to your enemy; return good to one who does evil to you.'
62.ESE-64th Early Northeast
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