Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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Police in Germany are hunting pranksters who have been sticking miniature flag portraits of George W. Bush into piles of dog poo in public parks.

“This has been going on for about a year now, and there must be 2,000 to 3,000 piles of excrement that have been claimed during that time,” said Josef Oettl, parks administrator for Bayreuth.

The series of incidents was originally thought to be some sort of protest against the US-led invasion of Iraq. But then when it continued, it was thought to be a protest against George W. Bush’s campaign for re-election. But it is still going on and the police say they are completely baffled as to who is to blame.

“We have sent out extra patrols to try to catch whoever is doing this in the act,” said police spokesman Reiner Kuechler. “But frankly, we don’t know what we would do if we caught them red-handed.”

Legal experts say there is no law against using feces as a flag stand and the federal constitution is vague on the issue.

Personally, I think it is mighty considerate to provide unwary pedestrians with an obvious visual marker that prevents them from accidentally stepping into dog poo. I wish people were so considerate in NYC, where there is plenty of dog poo to step in.

Get your own flags, free, submit your Bush poo-flag photos, and browse the online Bush poo-flag gallery.

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Comments

  1. #1 Hsien Lei
    July 23, 2006

    Completely grody yet I couldn’t stop looking at all the photos.

  2. #2 GrrlScientist
    July 23, 2006

    i aim to please, and it sounds like you are a satisfied customer.

  3. #3 Thom
    July 23, 2006

    Where are the photos? I can’t find them on the page, only a link to submit them. Link anyone?

  4. #4 GrrlScientist
    July 23, 2006

    here’s the gallery link.

  5. #5 blk
    July 23, 2006

    How do they get the dog to eat the flag?

  6. #6 Edrei
    July 23, 2006

    We had the same thing in Australia where someone was putting flags of John Howard on all the dog piles out there.

  7. #7 Bastiaan
    July 24, 2006

    I think i’m going to design a T-shirt based on this. Think about it, would you like to wear a shirt with a piece of crap with a flag in it?

  8. #8 esaruoho
    July 24, 2006

    the action portrayed here is merely responding,reacting,commenting,complaining, and therefore enforcing the reality that the politicians and the groups behind them have created. this is not creating and enforcing a worldview and a reality, that makes theirs obsolete.

    “‘We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” (bush senior aire, 2002)

    vs. our good old buckminster fuller.

    “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller

  9. #9 GrrlScientist
    July 24, 2006

    ah, that’s the big difference between those with power, money and respect and those without; most people i know have none of these things, so when they create their own “reality”, they are either placed into a mental institution or into rehab.

  10. #10 esaruoho
    July 24, 2006

    any single human being can do something creative, based on their own accumulated experiences. in fact, thats all they can really do, apart from sit around and absorb other people’s creations/created realities.

    i really recommend checking into Walter Russell, maybe if nothing else, start reading from page 11 of http://www.philosophy.org/mwt (The Man Who Tapped The Secrets of The Universe)

    excerpts:
    “Yes, I believe sincerely that every man has consummate genius within him. Some appear to have it more than others only because they are aware of it more than others are, and the awareness or unawareness of it is what makes each one of them into masters or holds them down to mediocrity. I believe that mediocrity is self inflicted and that genius is self bestowed.
    Every successful man I ever have known, and I have known

    a great many, carries with him the key which unlocks that awareness and lets in the universal power that has made him into a master.”

    “What is that key?” I asked.

    “That key is desire when it is released into the great eternal Energy of the universe.”
    I have found out that the real essentials of greatness in men are not written in books, nor can they be found in the schools, They are written into the inner consciousness of everyone who intensely searches for perfection in creative achievement and are understandable to such men only.”

    “Successful men of all the ages have learned to multiply themselves by gathering thought energy into a high potential and using it in the direction of the purpose intended. Every successful man or great genius has three particular qualities in common. The most conspicuous of these is that their minds grow more brilliant as they grow older, instead of less brilliant. Great men’s lives begin at forty, where the mediocre man’s life ends. The genius remains an ever-flowing fountain of creative achievement until the very last breath he draws. The geniuses have learned how to gather thought energy together to use for transforming their conceptions into material forms. The thinking of creative and successful men is never exerted in any direction other that that intended. That is why great men produce a prodigious amount of work, seemingly without effort and without fatigue. The amount of work such men leave to posterity is amazing. When one considers such men of our times as Edison, Henry Ford or Theodore Roosevelt, one will find the three characteristics I have mentioned common to every one of them.”

    Walter Russell has proven this in his own life. His record of production would reveal a versatility, quality and volume which would be creditable as the life’s work of at least five men, and this equally applies to the sports of fun of life as to its work. He claims he has never known fatigue while obeying the law, but when he does break it he feels a sense of guilt in discovering the slightest evidence of fatigue which tells him that he has broken it.

    “Do you mean to say you never get tired?” I queried.

    “What is it that gets tired?” he asked. “Can energy tire or become fatigued? Certainly not, for all energy is the thought-energy of the universal Creative Force and that never lessens. The Universal Intelligence is constant and forever balanced.

    “Can Intelligence fatigue? Most certainly not, for that is as constant as the universal energy which manifests it. Therefore, there is no such thing as the mind becoming tired.

    “What is it then, that makes us say we are tired? Only one thing, an unbalanced body, nothing more. If we think we are tired or ill, it is only because we have done something to unbalance the bodily conductivity of the universal electric current which motivates it. So long as any machine, organic or inorganic, holds to the balanced tempo of its own normalcy of measured rhythm, just so long as it obeys the periodic law which gives it a normalcy or work and rest in the inorganic machine, or wakefulness and sleep in the organic one, and just so long as it replaces its worn-out organic or inorganic parts, that machine is as certain to go through its normal balanced life period without fatigue or illness as the sun is sure to reappear on the morrow.

    “Joy and happiness are the indicators of balance in a human machine, just as a change in the familiar hum in a mechanism immediately indicates an abnormalcy to the practiced ear of the mechanic. An inner joyousness, amounting to ecstasy, is the normal condition of the genius mind.

    ny lack of that joyousness develops body-destroying toxins. That inner ecstasy of the mind is the secret fountain of perpetual youth and strength in any man. He who finds it finds omnipotence and omniscience.

    “The electric energy which motivates us is not within our bodies at all. It is a part of the universal supply which flows through us from the Universal Source with an intensity set by our desires and our will.

    “The greatest part of the energy which we have stored for the use of our precious day is often gone before ten o’clock in the morning. Not so with geniuses and successful men. They know how to work without waste of energy. In order to get the best that is within themselves they learn to eliminate from their thoughts and actions everything which subtracts from their purposes. These lessons come to all of us, but with a big majority they go in one ear and out of the other. The great man, however, learns that every event and experience of his life affects every other event and experience he encounters. He learns not to attribute a failure or success of this moment upon this moment alone, but to all moments of his life.

    “I therefore say to you that tiredness and fatigue are effects caused by ignorance of Nature and disobedience to her inexorable law. You may command Nature to the extent only in which you are willing to obey her. You cannot intelligently obey that which you do not comprehend. Therefore I also say, ask of Nature that you may be one with her and she will whisper her secrets to you to the extent in which you are prepared to listen. Seek to be alone much to commune with Nature and be thus inspired by her mighty whisperings within your consciousness. Nature is a most jealous god, for she will not whisper her inspiring revelations to you unless you are absolutely alone with her.”

    and so on.

  11. #11 esaruoho
    July 24, 2006

    and another thing.
    money is a tool, wielded by those who have a strongly formed conception of what they want to accomplish. money is a tool, just like every single other thing.
    it is being wielded by those who have a strong desire, a mental picture, an fully conceived result, in mind, and they pick it up, and use it. if they don’t have it, they do everything else that needs to be done to manifest the idea, and then the money comes, if it is in concordance with the universe. “they” are wielding money, and we are sitting around going “oh we cant do anything”,which is exactly what “they” want us to think.
    this is a programmed in, mal-educated feedbackloop, that disempowers the individual (im not scientific, im not creative, i dont have money, those people over there are going to mow me down with their money-power-prestige), and leaves the individual’s creative energy and possibilities to be used by someone else, with a clearer intent.
    and you know “they” have an intent.
    one more:
    ” Since corrupt people unite amongst themselves to constitute a force, then honest people must do the same ”
    Count Leo N. Tolstoy.

    there is no time to sit around wallowing saying i cant do this i cant do that, and then take a breath and say “those people are doing really bad things”, as if that changes things. it doesnt. it merely formulates, ever more strongly, inside your own mind, their reality.

    the choice is yours, for point of focus: their created problem, or your own solution

  12. #12 GrrlScientist
    July 24, 2006

    explain the relationship between poo-flags (a prank) and “wallowing”, you know, for those of us who clearly lack your intellectual gifts and philosophical insights.

    oh, and be sure to explain your little “money thing” to a person who has been unemployed, lost his home and family and health, and who is sleeping on a park bench and eating handouts from strangers on the streets of NYC. i am sure he’d appreciate hearing your philosophy.

  13. #13 pinkish
    July 24, 2006

    HAHA!
    Go Mr/Mrs Philosophy go!

    Yes, throughout my life, I have always found that poo has inspired me a great deal, it gets me thinking about the world, its inhabitants, and the ‘force’ that keeps it turning. For sure, poo has to be behind all of this.

    I’ve enjoyed reading the comments on this site, the amount of body-destroying toxins within my being has deffo lowered.

    Now I must go, I have a game of solitaire to win.

    :]

  14. #14 esaruoho
    July 24, 2006

    they are there, so you can make the creative decision, to help them. or, you could go around putting little flags on poo, which might cheer other people up, but it is merely a comment on the current political system, not a creation of a new system that makes politics, banking, and religions, completely obsolete.
    poo-flags are probably great, if you’re cheesed off at whoever is in charge of the country, however, i believe that in the long run, buckminster fuller, viktor schauberger, nikola tesla, walter russell, thomas henry moray, lloyd zirbes, michael faraday, lord kelvin and leo tolstoy’s ideologies and putting thought to action will have a much larger impact.
    im sure your mate on the street would appreciate a way of generating heat and electricity utilizing the wheelworks of the universe wwaayy more than another poop next to him with a flag on it.
    dontcha think?

  15. #15 Wrzl
    July 24, 2006

    One of the most brilliant idea about protesting an idiot.

  16. #16 Pangloss
    July 25, 2006

    That extract esaruoho quoted from Walter Russell is full of metaphysical nonsense. Tolstoy’s philosophy is nice. But ultimately, the point you make is just a long paraphrase of Nike’s slogan.

  17. #17 Pangloss
    July 25, 2006

    “money is a tool, just like every single other thing.”
    The sad thing about Tolstoy is that he thought art was nothing but a tool.

  18. #18 My Wedding Memoirs
    July 25, 2006

    I bet Bush only has one thing to say…
    “Oh shit…” ;)

  19. #19 drcharles
    July 25, 2006

    wow – that is the coolest conquest we’ve had as an imperialistic empire yet. hilarious, thanks for the lunch break laugh.

  20. #20 Webs
    July 26, 2006

    Man what a great idea. I think I might try that here in the states. Shhhhh! Don’t tell anyone.

  21. #21 bob
    July 28, 2006

    esaruoho, shut up you boring tit

  22. #22 Orac
    July 28, 2006

    This has actually been going on for quite a while in the U.S. I seem to recall having posted something about it last year sometime, but I can’t seem to find the post.

    Oh, well…

  23. #23 Jim
    August 5, 2006

    Love the Bush poo flag! It’s time to get a local chapter of poo-flaggers started here in Michigan!

  24. #24 Lauro Bevitori
    August 8, 2006

    essa foi boa!!!!

  25. #25 johnny utah
    September 13, 2006

    I’ve seen it in NYC too…on Hicks street in Red Hook, Brooklyn

  26. #26 Pirate's Booty
    September 13, 2006

    Avast! I’ve ne’er seen such base behavior a’fore! Suren thar be no need to defile a fine pile o’ dung in such a scurvy manner! Ifen the authorities find this trickster, me thinks they deserve a good keel haulin right quick! No one wants a mast planted in thar poop deck, savvy?…. Curses! Me last sentence was rife with homo erotic innuendo! YAR!!!!

  27. #27 Scooter
    March 3, 2007

    Alas, I wish I could confess, but I can only admire that person’s thinking. :P

  28. #28 steppen wolf
    March 3, 2007

    If you think those flags are funny, then you should check this out…this is definetely NOT the official White House website:

    http://www.whitehouse.org/

  29. #29 The Great Weasel of Love
    March 23, 2007

    > “money is a tool, just like every single other thing.”

    esaruoho certainly is.