95Apr23

I just had one of the odder experiences of my life. Driving out to forage quickly for food just before midnight, I reached for the radio ...

Perhaps some background is in order before continuing.

Recall that some three-odd centuries ago, a group of severely disturbed people, dispairing of finding a welcome anywhere in the civilized world, set out for North America in the hopes that the savages there wouldn't know any better.

Sure enough, the savages taught them how to survive, and were duly exterminated for their generosity, in part via tax-supported packs of savage dogs.

Which left the Christian Soldiers free to march on, wipe out the other hundred or so nations on the continent, and found a country based on diversity and tolerance, supported by tolerance for a diverse assortment of slaves.

Naturally, this country requires that every radio station carry a certain number of hours a week of propaganda from certifiably crazy people.

... So when I reached for the radio, instead of the cool, calm classical music which constitutes the normal fare on King FM, I encountered the Midnight Sunday Certifiably Crazy Hour Show. Shock number one.

Shock number two: The certifiable crazy running the hour had found a physicist who even he considered crazy, name something like Frank Tipler, and devoted the hour to making fun of the guy. Sort of a Born-Again Gong Show...

Shock number three: I couldn't figure out if Frank was bright or nuts. Maybe both. He pointed out that the human personality is an immaterial pattern which can reasonably be termed the person's "soul" -- making him the first person I've seen to advance that point independently of me. But he was also ranting about the omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence of good, and how we will all be resurrected in that great computer in the sky ...

Shock number four: "Classic King FM"'s current puffery spots feature quotes from movies considered classic, presumably to show they are just plain folks and ok to listen to even if you don't own a BMW. The quote they ran right after -this- show had a Shakespearean sort of voice saying something along the lines of "They are the salt of the earth, the common people ... you know, morons." I presume the juxtaposition was just coincidental, but can't help wondering if someone at the station doesn't have a stronger sense of humor than caution...