Blumudus https://blumudus.com Alessandro Grasso's own Tue, 03 Apr 2018 16:02:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://blumudus.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2016/07/cropped-Blumudus-icon-32x32.png Blumudus https://blumudus.com 32 32 Pope Francis: today the Eucharist is for pagans too https://blumudus.com/2018/pope-francis-today-the-eucharist-is-for-pagans-too/ https://blumudus.com/2018/pope-francis-today-the-eucharist-is-for-pagans-too/#respond Sun, 01 Apr 2018 14:57:30 +0000 https://blumudus.com/?p=1578 A Papua New Guinea pilot project in inclusiveness. This is the latest gimmick devised to make Pope Francis’ Church That Goes Forth reach even further: giving the Eucharist to anybody who asks; but only today, by way of exception, to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. It’s not just about the divorced and remarried, or fellow Protestant faithfuls. Even non-Christians and skeptics can now participate and receive the Sacrament. At least if you live in Papua. This morning, during Easter Mass, thousands of people who had never received Jesus in the Eucharist before were greeted in the churches across Papua New Guinea as honored guests who could now experience a direct,…

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The Revolution: child’s play https://blumudus.com/2018/your-buddy-the-pope-the-revolution-childs-play/ https://blumudus.com/2018/your-buddy-the-pope-the-revolution-childs-play/#respond Thu, 29 Mar 2018 13:48:48 +0000 https://blumudus.com/?p=1548 Your buddy: the Pope. It’s a bit embarrassing for someone like me, utterly dismayed since the day of Pope Francis’ election, but also not wanting to disrespect the figure of the Pope. I must get to it, though. At last. To give some perspective on the foolish self-destruction course chosen by the progressives who gained control of the Catholic Church. Let’s face it, this Pope is essentially on the side of those that opposed all his predecessors. I must muster the courage to speak, as I was saying, even if it means losing some friends in the process.   We’ve had enough of exhortations to be silent! Cry out with…

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Shattered Christmas https://blumudus.com/2017/shattered-christmas/ https://blumudus.com/2017/shattered-christmas/#respond Sat, 30 Dec 2017 22:37:22 +0000 https://blumudus.com/?p=1491 A small episode from many years ago. I was a little child walking down the street hand in hand with my daddy. We were living in the Italian town of ***. It was during the Christmas vacations, in fact I remember the festive illuminations that were still customary at the time: tinsels, stars, candle shapes made up of tiny leds, that sort of things. We were returning home through a maze of unfamiliar streets (at least unfamiliar to me); we’d just been to pay a visit to a great-aunt. Think of it, ’twas a bit inconsistent with the character of my father, an old-style militant agnostic, to follow the social…

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Yawn @ German elections https://blumudus.com/2017/yawn-german-elections/ https://blumudus.com/2017/yawn-german-elections/#respond Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:20:40 +0000 https://blumudus.com/?p=1456 The obligatory comments on the 2017 German general election are pouring in, with pundits serving up large scoops of alarmed rhetoric over the unprecedented return of “the Nazis” to the Bundestag (German Parliament), for the first time since WWII. The reality is way more mundane and unimpressive. The new “populist” party AfD (Alternative für Deutschland = Alternative for Germany) this time was able to seize an impressive 13% of the vote, while in 2013 they fell short of the 5% barrier to entry in the parliament. But they’re far from being Nazi sympathizers. You may ask yourself, instead, since their political platform would have been deemed pretty reasonable for a…

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Charlie Gard executed by the wannabe Übermenschen https://blumudus.com/2017/charlie-gard-executed-by-the-wannabe-ubermenschen/ https://blumudus.com/2017/charlie-gard-executed-by-the-wannabe-ubermenschen/#respond Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:53:09 +0000 https://blumudus.com/?p=1368 In-depth (fastidious) analysis of a post-human, anti-human authoritarian act (+a side of tasteful disinformation).   A.1. Presto, Godwin! In the worldview of the Nazis, the Jew wasn’t just a mortal enemy; it was seen as some unsightly subhuman, a thing, a disgusting thing. They rounded up millions of pacific, respectable and productive people, mostly (at least in the West) from the well-off, and (when they weren’t killing them immediately) they let those poor souls wither away in concentration camps, as terminally-ill, bony shadows of humans, fighting for their life like scared rats, begging for a morsel of moldy food. That’s when the self-appointed Übermenschen (the Superhumans), the “Aryans”, could triumphantly point…

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12 random thoughts you now want to read https://blumudus.com/2017/12-random-thoughts-you-now-want-to-read/ https://blumudus.com/2017/12-random-thoughts-you-now-want-to-read/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:52:17 +0000 https://blumudus.com/?p=1356 1. If you’re so fortunate to marry a woman who has no idea of what the classic sci-fi movie Alien is about, I said to myself, you can’t miss this opportunity: get her to watch it while she’s 8 months pregnant. That’s what I did with my wife. She remained unfazed. Notwithstanding that unwieldy blob inside her which is often bulging out in a few spots and seems on the brink of rupturing her belly to come out right then. Strong woman.   2. (Spoiler Alert) …and so it happened that we married within a week from The Big Bang Theory‘s Leonard and Penny marriage, and now we’re awaiting the birth of our firstborn daughter while watching…

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Describing the next political crisis in graph terms https://blumudus.com/2017/describing-the-next-political-crisis-in-graph-terms/ https://blumudus.com/2017/describing-the-next-political-crisis-in-graph-terms/#respond Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:57:50 +0000 https://blumudus.com/?p=1303 Plus some obligatory ramblings about Islam. A comment posted under my article discussing the fickle behavior of voters inspired me to further elaborate on the nature of the political crisis ahead of us (Europeans, at least). The idea being: we’re facing a phase of instability, characterized by erratic election results but no significant choices being made, other than letting the current course continue unabated (top-down economic policies, EU mega-state “integration”; restrictions on freedom of speech, especially for non-Muslim religious groups; moral decay, gradual abolition of the family, culture of death; ethnic substitution through immigration). I compared the current situation, with many changes of direction but no real movement, to the…

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Charlie Gard and the euthanasia slippery slope https://blumudus.com/2017/the-euthanasia-slippery-slope/ https://blumudus.com/2017/the-euthanasia-slippery-slope/#respond Fri, 07 Jul 2017 21:50:37 +0000 http://blumudus.com/?p=1059 Update: here’s my follow-up article discussing the sad epilogue (and the surrounding media obfuscation). A death sentence for little Charlie Gard. But there’s hope! A 10-month old infant from London, depicted in the photo. Suffering from an extremely rare degenerative disease. UK judges and even the European Court of Human Rights have decided he must be killed, allegedly for his own good. Notwithstanding the efforts made by his parents, even raising the necessary funds to transfer him to the USA to get an experimental treatment, the will of the doctors of the hospital where he’s kept alive with a respirator is that of letting him go. They don’t see his life…

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Reshuffling. Or: About The Capricious Voter https://blumudus.com/2017/reshuffling-or-about-the-capricious-voter/ https://blumudus.com/2017/reshuffling-or-about-the-capricious-voter/#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:46:41 +0000 https://blumudus.com/?p=1287 Pretending to change the rules of the game while being predictable and misinformed. Recent General Elections in the UK and France, plus local mayoral races in Italy, represent good examples of a puzzling trend: voters ostensibly voting to upset the forces in power, or at least those forces that seem stronger at the moment, as if the unwashed masses wanted to evade control (while actually failing at it). As if moderation and wisdom were embodied by an erratic behavior that isn’t fully committed to any cause or political project, instead rushing to support the latest movement or political figure promising “change”, then at the next opportunity punishing that very same party…

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Ty Cobb and Alex Schwazer: victims of fake news https://blumudus.com/2017/ty-cobb-and-alex-schwazer-victims-of-fake-news/ https://blumudus.com/2017/ty-cobb-and-alex-schwazer-victims-of-fake-news/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 21:26:48 +0000 https://blumudus.com/?p=1219 2 Athletes, 2 very different stories Tyrus Raymond “Ty” Cobb was a legendary baseball player active between 1905 and 1928. He still holds some MLB records, including best batting average. But his reputation has been ruined by fabricated stories, mostly about his purported racism. Alex Schwazer is an Italian race walker, 2008 Olympic Champion, who was disqualified twice for doping offences: at first, in 2012, because he was cheating; eventually, in 2016, because he wasn’t. A new man, deeply changed, he was dead serious in his quest to fight doping. Did someone decide he was an inconvenience for a world of Athletics that got used to turn a blind eye on…

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What is or isn’t homophobia https://blumudus.com/2017/what-is-or-isnt-homophobia/ https://blumudus.com/2017/what-is-or-isnt-homophobia/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 20:55:22 +0000 https://blumudus.com/?p=1233 I  just realized that today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. I come very late to the party, so excuse my unpolished manners. Sooo. Homophobia is an imaginary mental disorder. Its definition was created towards the end of the 20th Century and popularized in the 21st. Turns out that centuries of civilization zoomed by without people coming up with a similar idea. Until now. Lucky us.   The idea of being afraid of homosexuals. Going to great lengths to prove that you’re not.   Embrace nonsense, fall right in line, or else. Homophobia comes quite handy as an instrument for oppressive -nominally democratic- regimes censoring free speech,…

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Does Marine Le Pen stand a chance? https://blumudus.com/2017/does-marine-lepen-stand-a-chance/ https://blumudus.com/2017/does-marine-lepen-stand-a-chance/#respond Thu, 04 May 2017 21:47:06 +0000 https://blumudus.com/?p=1210 UPDATE– She lost, as predicted. Since Macron’s victory is even more pronounced than was indicated by the polls when I wrote my article (in fact it seems people gradually increased their support for the creepy puppet guy in the last few days before the election), I might add there’s one obvious, additional effect in place. The natural instinct for moderation that is part of our DNA, so to speak, has been quietly exploited to reinforce the transformational trend: more EU, more immigration, more gender theory indoctrination in schools, more euthanasia, more globalization, more appeasement efforts to reach out to Islamists, less freedom of speech. Since this revolution is the new…

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