Time runs out on this year of erosion. I need not point out the gross canyons dug into individual and collective rights, the increasingly rapid evaporation of Gaia's genetic pool, and the similarly expanding rain (and range) of humanmade toxi-dross. Nor would there be any point in raising to a further boil those other affronts we can almost all grok as retrospectively obvious; they will be lanced and wrapped in the weave of the day.
Time never runs out of hope. In creating order we make hope manifest, with self-inflicted destruction we render hope necessary. Let's hope, as the clock ticks round, for less need for hope and more reasons for joy.
Hie thee hence to mousemusings. Stand not upon the past, but remember it well.
J. R. Mooneyham - Technical how-to's, intriguing links, technology bargains, and speculation on the past, present, and future of mankind - um, well, that just about says it all...a must-visit that will enlighten while also providing provoking fodder for the usually phatic party communications.
|"It's a merry merry Christmas on Capitol Hill|
They just got a directive that it's
alright to kill
They sent enough guns and
the monkeys are at play
it doesn't matter why cause it's a
bull bust day"
All your Caspian Pipeline News requirements in one place! Say what you will, irony is alive and well greased.
|"Believe it or not, the President of the USA's annual medical examination does not currently, and never has, included even a routine psychiatric examination. Virtually all other personnel expected to endure unusual stresses-- such as FBI and CIA agents, and professional pilots-- must at minimum pass a single such exam to begin their jobs. Not so the Presidency circa 2002, even though psychiatric problems there could literally bring on the end of the world."|
Vibrant and well attuned, LSD and Ego Death is a resource with which to experience, perchance to be.
|"Yurii Komarov, deputy chairman of Gazprom, says the Russian gas monopoly will officially launch its $3.4 billion Blue Stream gas pipeline across the Black Sea before the end of 2002, the Reuters news agency reported. Mikhail Akselrod, head of Gazprom's investment and development department, told reporters that gas supplies would begin on December 28, the RosBalt news agency said.|
The 1,240-kilometer project, including the world's deepest underwater gas line, is a technological marvel..."
|"Of all the strange permutations which occur with LSD use, two of signal importance for researchers have been found to be heightened sensitivity and vulnerability. Unlike the hypnotic trance, this "defenselessness" is coupled with consciousness and will power. Therefore, the subject, if he has a problem to solve, can put his altered responses to this task. Among the endless variety of problems which LSD can help solve, the most clear-cut and spectacular-for which there is unequivocal proof-are creative and technical problems."|
Sunday afternoon, CBC television inexplicably off-air while Rhetorical Rex continues to hold forth on Cross Country Checkup with that most sensible of news anchors Prosaic Peter. What better time to ponder the imponderable: Moral Clarity in a Time of War by George Weigel.
Addendum to above link: this is the bizarre logic that fires ballistic ideology - extreme caution advised - counterposed by link below. Thanks to Dear Reader C., who anti-quipped "To that I say bullshit! The guy scares me.", for bringing my lack of presented context to attention. In my own self-absorption, I assumed that the more insightful link below would make the context obvious. Ah well...Lorne Green to the rescue.
|"Moral clarity in a time of war demands moral seriousness from public officials. It also demands a measure of political modesty from religious leaders and public intellectuals, in the give and take of democratic deliberation."|
Specifically dedicated to those who lead, EdgeWalkers Insight is probably not read by those who could benefit most. As Uncle Albert so baldly noted: No problem can be solved from the same level of thinking that created it.
|"In this Jump Time of whole-system transition we can no longer afford to live as half-light versions of ourselves. The complexity of our time requires a greater and wiser use of our capacities, a rich playing of the instrument we have been given. The world can thrive only if we can grow."|
Bruce Sterling (Infinite Matrix) has a new book out: Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years. If anyone cares to send me a copy I would be thrilled to bits - if anyone cares to send me anything!, I'd be fully felicitous. For my land address merely mail me and we'll mediate a material rectangular array of elements of exchangable quality.
|"That is how I first glimpsed my daughter: through an instrument. But my daughter did not, in fact, begin as an infant, or even as a sonogram. She began, just like her dear mom and dad, just like you, as an anonymous entity the size of a pencil dot. Humanity's origin is in the realm of the microscopic. That is the true start of our story.|
...an ambitious, sprawling effort in thundering futurist punditry, in
pulsing vein of the futurists I've read and admired over the years: H.
Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, and Alvin Toffler; Lewis Mumford, Reyner
Peter Drucker, and Michael Dertouzos. This book asks the future two
questions: What does it mean? and How does it feel?"
How to survive in the Post-Human era is a reading of Victor Vinge's veracity by unknown entities of undoubted perspicacity.
Continue along the singular lane and one encounters the intersection of Possibility Drive and Inconceivable Avenue. Singularity Watch helps us to interpret this age of accelerating change.
|"I admire Hans Moravec's ideas very much. Hans has come up with a scenario for the development of superhuman intelligence that I call a soft take-off. In his book The Age of Mind, the scenario takes about a century. With that much time it's much easier for the transition to be gentle. He ends up with a situation where there are superhuman machines and where people can themselves become superhuman if they wish."|
Reflections: E-mail From Gthulhu , by Robert Silverberg, perhaps brings context to our self-satisfied, singular, satiety.
|"I suggest then that the coming AI is not "artificial" in any significant sense, but is best re-labeled as Autonomous Intelligence, a self-improving, self-stabilizing computational system rapidly developing its own volitional self-understanding within the technological substrate."|
|"The trouble with historians is that they'd rather be traditional than be right. It's practically axiomatic; the guy wouldn't be a historian if he weren't all wrapped up and deeply reverent about the traditions of man. There are exceptions, of course-but they're exceptional, and kept well under control by the Traditional Authorities."|
In some minor way my above attempt is in response to Dear Reader Zac, and I hope he groks the implications. More directly I am inspired by the musings exemplified by such a deeply obvious rendering as Life is Short.
|All I have hoped for,|
all that I have taken
as true because not to would be to give in
to the man
all that I have railed against for
the last years,
on line and off,
all that merely by opposition I have
mousemusings, author of Life is Short, may appear promotionally timid by name and diminuative stature. Genius understated, this is in fact a weblog and running editorial that touches the glans of experiential grokness and prepares us for organismic unity:
|"So for now I want to cherish you|
and the moments few we've shared
And savor the way you've made me feel
with a fullfilled and contented sigh"
|"This is, I think, much of the problem of the modern delemma: direct experience had been discounted, and in its place all kinds of belief systems have been erected. I would prefer a kind of intellectual anarchy where whatever was pragmatically applicable was brought to bear on any situation; where belief was understood as a self-limiting function. Because, you see, if you believe something, you are automatically precluded from believing its opposite; which means that a degree of your human freedom has been forfeited in the act of committing yourself to this belief."|
Of course!, I pass on my best for those able to enjoy these precious days of slight reprieve from an indentured redefinition of feudal servitude. Oh, wait a minute, an increasing number of us are serving the diminishing number of us able to afford ordered servitude. Isn't this a negative-sum conundrum?
Every sage, from Lao Tzu to Lennon, has known. As do you during those moments of clarity unimpeded by self-consciousness - timeless tone-love in which the implicit harmony is personally manifest, transmomentous moments. Layla...
Remember, forget, be at peace.
Before he died, the Buddha did not appoint a successor. He simply remarked that each of us must be responsible for our own freedom. Before he was born, Jesus did not anoint a precursor. His explication implied we each be culpable for all freedom. When Muhammed lived he did not dis-appoint his followers. He simply taught our obvious interdependance; and thus the deep relation between responsibility and freedom.
While my increasingly foggy projective ability allows I would like to wish all of you the most free of holidays, replete in all ways. May you enjoy 'A Heart as Wide as the World' balanced with 'Beginner's Mind'. Teach your children well...I love you all.
Journey From Sensations To Sacred
|"Truth is a pathless land and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion by any sect.....I am concerning myself with only one essential thing: to set man free. I desire to free him from all cages, from all fears, and not to found religious, new sects, nor to establish new theories and new philosophies....If an organization be created for this purpose it becomes a crutch, a weakness, a bondage and must cripple the individual and prevent him from growing, from establishing his uniqueness which lies in the discovery for himself of that absolute, unconditioned Truth...."|
David Appell (Quark Soup) reports that algorithmic beauty in the eye of mathematicians may provide an ugly challenge to online privacy. Test for Primes Menaces Internet
Landmark US Supreme Court Case
|"Encryption protocols used over the Internet rely on the difficulty of factoring into primes. Once that becomes easy, those protocols may be rendered useless. Despite this potential turmoil, mathematics is a field in which simplicity and beauty are standards of excellence, and this proof passes those tests."|
In a series of coincidences in nature lumped under the term "anthropic principle" we are either inevitable or improbable. Anthropic Coincidences
|"...what's happening to Dr. Sell is unconscionable. He is under no obligation to think the way the government wants him to think, and the government should not be permitted to drug him against his will."|
|"This combination of coincidences, just right for resonance in carbon-12, just wrong in oxygen-12, is indeed remarkable. There is no better evidence to support the argument that the Universe has been designed for our benefit--tailor-made for man. But there are alternative ways of viewing this coincidence, and others."|
Every once in a while I am allowed to venture into the void, that area blithely called "black-ops", which is nothing less than a perfect memesis of supposed national interest combined with ethical anarchy. The Russo-American mutually assured arms deployments (MAADcows) meant that unthinkable applications of discoveries in physics, chemistry and biology would be thoughtfully, consciously, implemented.
Backing away from being ultimately corrupted by the prurient forces of a conspiricist, DSM diagnosable intro-prospectisist compulsivity, I am nevertheless inspired to explore these labyrinths of Death in the Air - Globalism, Terrorism and Toxic Warfare
Smallpox Vaccination Risks Versus Natural Healing of Smallpox along with An Open Letter and Question for (the) FBI Director are at once, remarkably, slithely bellicose and transparently sensible observations by Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz
|"Today's biochemical weapons, vaccine, and drug industry is part of the same global petrochemical-pharmaceutical cartel that has sponsored numerous acts of terrorism. This likely includes the most recent debacles in the united states. this cartel is a direct descendant of the rockefeller/i.g. farben (sick) monopoly that instigated the holocaust."|
Michael Finley (bulletins from the front in the war against you) is always thoroughly thoughtful, and today's top-quality torrent is totally touching. An honest, soulful gift.
|"Thus, the word "scam" adequately applies to this ruse, while the apt term genocide might be more specifically stated as "iatrogenocide, physician induced injury and death deriving from professional negligence (a scatomatous state of ignorance associated with a dereliction of duty to learn the whole truth) and homicidal behavior consistent with "Manchurian candidates" for a global petro-chemical/pharmaceutical population controlling elite."|
Thanks to above Michael I found an article by Justin Raimondo (author of the forthcoming book The Terror Enigma: Israel and the 9/11 Connection) that proves that if we are paying attention we can see through the Total Information Blackout. 9/11 - WHO KNEW? - Ask Senator Bob Graham
|GOD: "Listen, people. I know I'm not perfect. Well, scratch that, I am perfect. What I'm not always is comprehensible. You know, you might as well argue with the whirlwind.
But hear me now. I know it's a rough place down there. But you must believe me: I don't take sides in football games, aluminum siding warrantees, or wars. Those are your inventions."|
|"Let's see if I get this straight: twenty or thirty years from now we get to know the truth about 9/11? I don't think so! Which brings me to the reason for this unusually short - but snappy! - column…."|
|"What can Canada do? Normally, when the neighbours are this domineering and irritating, it is customary to think about moving house. It has crossed Canada's mind, in a manner of speaking. As Britain headed into what was then the common market three decades ago, Trudeau tried to push Canada into a much closer relationship with Europe too. The Canadians, with their bilingualism and consensual instincts, would absolutely love Brussels. And in the past year, as argument after argument has seen them pitted with Europe against the Americans, it has begun to seem once again like a natural alliance."|
Zalman Yanovsky - December 19, 1944--December 14, 2002
Gone but never forgotten...
Add two since Bernard Weiner wrote Through a Glass Lightly: Ten Cracks in the Bush Facade and celebrate? ...nah, Carlyliburton has an endless supply of pargeting paterial.
Black on white gold, six months ancient in our ever-accelerating present, the Dark heart of the American dream leads us from pollution and patronage to aluminum and, eventually, all. Imagine a global Texas.
|"Already, we've seen several key court cases recently where Bush&Co. have had their hands slapped. An appeals court has ruled that the feds can not violate California law and turn over the oil-rich coastline to companies wishing to drill. And the judge hearing the case against Cheney's continuing refusal to make public who participated in shaping the Administration's energy policies once again has ordered him, in no uncertain terms, to turn over those papers and quickly. That's one courageous judge."|
He got so much right that it hurts my brain to acknowledge that Orwell's, and especially Huxley's, vision was the unclouded one (reread Brave New World - Revisited and feel the revulsive chill of recognition). They say this time of year is for reflection... Marshal McLuhan - the interview
|"Most important of all - and best hidden - was Bush's programme for Tort Reform. It was this that his father's advisor Karl Rove (dispatched to steer Bush's presidential campaign and now the White House itself) insisted the new governor make his hallmark, and this is potentially the dynasty's greatest gift to big oil. Put simply, Tort Reform means making it harder for citizens to sue corporations."|
|"I expect to see the coming decades transform the planet into an art form; the new man, linked in a cosmic harmony that transcends time and space, will sensuously caress and mold and pattern every facet of the terrestrial artifact as if it were a work of art, and man himself will become an organic art form. There is a long road ahead, and the stars are only way stations, but we have begun the journey. To be born in this age is a precious gift, and I regret the prospect of my own death only because I will leave so many pages of man's destiny--if you will excuse the Gutenbergian image--tantalizingly unread. But perhaps, as I've tried to demonstrate in my examination of the postliterate culture, the story begins only when the book closes."|
Götterdämmerung - Dawn of the Human-made Gods
by Bill Hibbard
The Role of Enzymic Cofactors in Aging
|"We are on the verge of another great miracle: the creation by human minds of minds much greater than our own. This event is not separate from or against nature. Rather it is the purpose of the human mind beyond the care, propagation and amusement of human beings. Just as the earth is not the center of the universe, there is no reason why the creation of the human mind must be the last great miracle.|
The coming götterdämmerung is not only the dawn of a new god for human beings. It is the next great miracle in a chain of miracles leading toward some purpose we cannot imagine. These miracles are acts in a drama beyond anything in human literature or opera."
How to Live to 200
Three essays, concluding with The tyranny of tyranny, examine the taboo against examining the taboo of anarchism.
|"The hypothesis advanced here is that aging is largely the progressive breakdown of metabolic homeostasis, coupled with the erosion of built-in redundancies (of various forms), for a variety of reasons, known and unknown. Enhancing the performance of our enzymic control systems may delay this downward spiral."|
Attend the abbey of astonishment in this Interview with Frank J. Tipler - a consecration of the church of physics, and a sanctification of hope.
|"For people priding themselves on cynicism about social taboos, we sure are sucked in by this taboo against anarchism. Like masturbation, anarchism is something we have been brought up to fear, irrationally and unquestioningly, because not to fear it might lead us to probe it, learn it and like it."|
|"I describe a simple experiment to check my claims. Such an experiment would be important because it would check three things simultaneously: (1) it would show what the Dark Matter is, (2) it would show what the Dark Energy is, and (3) it would provide another test of the Omega Point Theory: it would test the idea of computers taking over the universe. My proposed experiment could in principle be done by anyone familiar with microwave techniques, using very cheap equipment. An accelerator like the billion dollar machines at Fermilab or CERN would not be required. A few thousand dollars worth of equipment would do it. Any takers?"|
An obvious place for the purveyors of conditioning to start is with Concentration Campuses for Mind Destruction.
Alternatives to the status instructive quo abound, led by the venerable Summerhill School.
|"The students' development is arrested, their minds are set to respond to slogans, as animals respond to to a trainer's whistle, their brains are embalmed in the syrup of altruism as an automatic substitute for self-esteem... They would obey anyone, they need a master, they need to be told what to do. They are ready now to be used as cannon fodder - to attack, to bomb, to burn, to murder, to fight in the streets and die in the gutters. They are a trained pack of miserably impotent freaks, ready to be unleashed against anyone."|
On what should be the left side of the pond, but which is rather infested by flat-earthers that incessantly proclaim their rightness, we have pockets of sanity as exemplified by The Sudbury Model - free, democratic schools.
|"I hold that the aim of life is to find happiness, which means to find interest. Education should be a preparation for life. Our culture has not been very successful. Our education, politics, and economics lead to war. Our medicines have not done away with disease. Our religion has not abolished usury and robbery. The advances of the age are advances in mechanism, in communications and computers, in science and technology. New wars threaten, for the world's social conscience is still primitive."|
A.S.Neill - founder of Summerhill
Dear Readers of this site have most probably stumbled through the factory-school method of Qualification (being made less than whole). Just surviving this is a testament to the resilience of our selves, while trance-ending eighteen or more years of brainwashing by boredom and rote is a cognitive miracle. How Intelligent are You? The Eco-Sensory IQ test
|"What would you do if you had the time, the freedom, and the encouragement to pursue your passion?"|
Force-Feeding the Dream
|"This is an opportunity to learn if you have survived the abusive conquest of nature by our nature estranged society. You may discover that you are a maverick genius in contemporary society and, if so, how to use this to your advantage while improving the quality of life."|
Consumer Advertising and Traditional Culture
|"Unrestrained and unlimited greed of the type epitomised by global capitalism, is a kind of giant eraser - it erases inconvenient facts, inconvenient values, inconvenient species, inconvenient peoples, and inconvenient cultures."|
In my highly informed opinion the Canadian proclamation of imminent decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana is a tiptoe forward and a giant step back. Any protests heard from the peanut gallery, saying things like "gateway drug" or "endorsing drug use" are but crocodile tears hiding sheer glee that the House of Commons did not adhere to the recommendations of the Senate.
We may now look forward to new revenue sources for law enforcement in the form of misdemeanor fines, an increased ability of police to go after those bodhis that give their being to provide decent bud, and an effective diffusion of interest in the massive suppression of human rights that prohibition represents. Marijuana: the road or the destination?
The Symbolism of the Green Triangle leads by way of an underground stream of consciousness to a review of Richard Lawrence Miller's Drug Warriors and Their Prey - From Police Power to Police State by Peter Webster. As much as it may itself seem a fanaticism to compare Drug Warriorism with Nazism, I have tried to show here why that is far more an artifact of our psychological makeup than a misinterpretation or gross exaggeration of the factual evidence at hand. On every page of Drug Warriors the facts are profuse. We ignore them, and their proper interpretation, at great peril.
|"According to the Senate report, full legalization is preferable over decriminalization. Indeed, they see decriminalization as a worst-case scenario by effectively removing the capacity of the state to use legal instruments to regulate the manufacture, distribution and consumption of marijuana. Their analysis is convincing."|
|"Everywhere in the world I dread that same self-deception which holds that "it can't happen here." It can happen anywhere. It becomes unlikely only where the mass of the population is aware of the threat, where there is accordingly no relapse into lethargy, where the character of "totalitarianism" is known and recognized from its very inception and in each of its aspects-as a Proteus which is constantly putting on new masks, which glides out of your grasp like an eel, which does the opposite of what it claims, which perverts the meaning of its words, which speaks, not to impart information, but to hypnotize, divert attention, insinuate, intimidate, dupe, which exploits and produces every type of fear, which promises security while destroying it completely."|
Noosphere Blues played a resonant chord and reminded me of The Blacklisted Journalist, wherein I discover his new opus. The Boy Emperor
Final Report of the Congressional Joint Inquiry Into 9/11 - released December 11th, 2002. Unh huh, and now, enter stage right, Kissingher and Nortell: entombing evidence forever.
|"Why did the boy emperor bang the war drums so loudly? With the economy tanking and the country going broke, the Boy Emperor had no other drums to bang. Originally running under the banner of so-called "compassionate conservatism," he had duped the American people into believing he was a moderate. Moderate? He's to the right of Attila the Hun! |
Armed with the traditional tools of the rich and the powerful-tools such as conning, lying, bribing, cheating, thieving, double-dealing, double-talking and don't forget dirty tricks or just plain mean-spiritedness-the Boy Emperor and his power-mad band of Hitlerite corporate crooks has conned our country's Yahoo electorate into believing that black is white, sin is virtue, bad is good, war is peace and hell is heaven."
Teed Rockwell mediates The Burden Tennis Stand off, picking a Chalmers' juicy qualia while leaving Dennett a phenomena to be rekoned with. The Hard Problem is Dead; Long live the hard problem
|"12. Finding: During the summer of 2001, when the Intelligence Community was bracing for an imminent al-Qa'ida attack, difficulties with FBI applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) surveillance and the FISA process led to a diminished level of coverage of suspected al-Qa'ida operatives in the United States. The effect of these difficulties was compounded by the perception that spread among FBI personnel at Headquarters and the field offices that the FISA process was lengthy and fraught with peril. |
13. [Redacted for national security reasons]
14. [Redacted for national security reasons]"
|"And this is one reason why the subjective cannot be explained in principle, and that this fact is particularly difficult for philosophers and scientists to ignore. By definition, the subjective is that part of our experience which cannot be explained. Conversely, anything that could be communicated to our fellow inhabitants of (visitors to?) the Space of Reasons would by definition not be subjective. So there is a kind of conceptual necessity for the claim that no explanation can ever account for subjective experience. The purpose of explanations is to separate the subjective from the objective, so if something can be captured in an explanation it can't be subjective."|
Jean Baudrillard (lovingly translated) describes The Perfect Crime, and we ken. Irony is the only spiritual form of the modern world. It is the sole repository of the secret. But we no longer are privy to it..
The State Law Enforcement Apparatus as America: Authority, Arbitrariness, and the "Force of Law" in Vineland
|"The perfection of the crime resides in the fact that it is always already accomplished -- per fectum. A sidetracking, even before it produces itself, of the world as it is. It will therefore never be discovered. There will be no final judgment to punish or absolve it. There will be no end, because things have always already taken place. Neither resolution nor absolution, but ineluctable unfolding of consequences."|
This is your Brain on a Transcortical Stimulating Device - Malvolio Rutteledge interviews David Presti about a wide range of subjects, from brain chemistry to Prozac (and) the history and causes of the drug war.
|"The true "genius" of the law is not its ability to conceal the violence of its operations but rather its ability to take advantage of popular culture to make this unnecessary by manufacturing a desire for the violence and force of these operations. Thus, opposition is not rendered difficult but is erased from the field of desired possibilities."|
U.S. Drinking Water Spiked With Maple Syrup!
|"There is this tendency to build up a lot of information about what parts of the brain are doing what when, but it may not really be telling you that much."|
|"Canadians are well aware that their actors, musicians, and athletes have successfully invaded the United States. We have even heard stories of ignorant Americans accepting Canadian Tire money as legitimate currency (just tell them the old Scottish guy on the bills is the King of Canada). As a result, some of our "cash" is circulating throughout banks all over the United States."|
Michael Finley (mfinley.com) ruminates on Politics and Personality, and I feel that I agree but think I don't.
Serendipity plays a dominant role in attentive attraction. I have a couple of couples close to my heart who are expecting imminent magic borne of love. To make a short story truly diminutive, I became interested in vaccines and in particular the 'fixative agent' thimerisal (a mercury compound). The scientific jury is still out. Perhaps it should have been called The Homeland and Lilly Protection Act.
|"...passion is not always good strategy. Look at the Wellstone funeral. Being passionate killed us that night, because we were too full of feeling to anticipate the uses our distress could be put to. While we wailed and pumped our fists, the opposition saw an opening, and took brilliant advantage."|
The Struggle to Conduct Research into the Therapeutic Use of MDMA is eerily reminiscent ... Harvard mice (thank you Canadian Supreme Court!) ... could we patent God presuming that an algorithmic basis is found? ... will we ever have an honest drug/sex education curriculum?
|"It turns out that Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., the chairman of the Government Reform and Oversight Committee, has a grandson who first began showing symptoms of autism within days of receiving vaccinations containing Thimerosal. "He became radically different," says Burton, "banging his head against the wall, running around flapping his arms. Twenty years ago we had one in 10,000 children that they thought was autistic. Now, it's more than one out of 250."|
|"The Western Institutional Review Board, Inc. (WIRB) has made the decision not to provide institutional review board services for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Please find enclosed a refund of your previously paid fees, along with the material you submitted for IRB review."|
I haven't mentioned the War Criminal's disappointment to head the 11/9 inquiry because I have been in shock. The "Scaredy Cat" Mandate and the Big Lie
On February 13, 2002, Americans were warned that our nation was facing the threat of danger to homeland security. Three hours later it happened, but nobody told America. That day, John M. Poindexter was appointed Director of the Pentagon's Information Awareness Office. Meet America's New Big Brother - and further to this grievous serial plunder of body and soul let's
Meet the Carlyle Group.
|"The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it."|
Dr. Joseph Mengele
What Are You Really Saying To Me? Do you genuinely want to monitor my everything for the sole purpose of securing your own everything? This ultimate intimacy, being only one way and directed from a position of trust and power, is rape.
|"Understanding the interrelationships between (the) CIA and the banking and brokerage world is critical to grasping the already frightening implications..."|
An essay of exacting attention to the ubiquitousness of our disconcern, Evidence of Human Kind comes by way of wood s lot.
|#1 So, if hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter hell, then the temperature and pressure in hell will increase until all hell breaks loose.|
#2 Of course, if hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until hell freezes over.
|"It's as if we as a society find the idea of prostitutes as human beings needing essentials like food, community and shelter intolerable. Far better to know that our prostitutes are precisely where we most like to envision them - sashaying through the halls of a "massage parlour" or working the stroll. God forbid they have a place to call their own, like one of us."|
You just can't kill for Jesus/Allah/Jahweh/Rama/Elvis... . So saith Sri Spider Robinson in an article originally posited within the cloistered confines of the Globe and Mail and now residing, complete with copious comments and Final Thoughts, in the freethersphere.
|God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent--it says so right here on the label. If you have a mind capable of believing all three of these divine attributes simultaneously, I have a wonderful bargain for you. No checks please. Cash, and in small bills.|
--Robert Anson Heinlein
Richard Sclove draws some analogies, colors them with hope, and frames a rational course towards reclaiming choice.
|"I'm calling for minimal standards of shamanic competence. Physicians must swear to "First, do no harm," before we let them use a scalpel on a dead frog; it's time we started requiring that much of our soul-doctors. "First, kill no unbelievers..." Any faith that won't go at least that far should forfeit tax exempt status.|
My friend Stephen Gaskin once said, "Religions only look different if you get 'em retail. But if you go to a wholesaler, you'll find it all comes from the same distributor anyway." Fine with me. But I want minimal consumer safety standards instituted in the metaphysical marketplace. Caveat emptor just isn't working."
As human languages are extinguished with (by) ruthless faculty, the languages of binary e-locution are exponentially evoked. Programming as Poetry - A few brief musings on Antiorp, Kurzweil, and Stallman
|"If we now have second thoughts about how our society achieved universal access to the automobile, there are sound reasons to suspect that we will feel every bit as ambivalent about the commercially driven approach through which we are pursuing universal Internet access."|
Thomas Pynchon - Advice for Newbies
|"Essentially, it exists at the interstice of a new field of creation where collaboration becomes analogous to initiating the genetic form of a programmed process (software) which then develops work independently of its creator. This perpetual motion would have delighted renaissance theoreticians. This type of software constitutes one feature of an evolving nascent AI landscape which will probably soon supercede the creative output of all humans."|
Smoking Dope with Thomas Pynchon: A Sixties Memoir - Andrew Gordon discovers that green does not always transpire to flower.
|"1) It's the most fun you can have without risking arrest in many states.|
2) Leave your preconceptions at the door and enjoy your new and exotic surroundings.
3) If something baffles you, read on for the next moment of searingly bright light and don't worry about it. With time and re-readings everything (well, many things) will be made clear.
4) Difficult, schmifficult."
|"Vineland...provides a countermyth to pose against the official stories, writing our times more truly through the play of imagination. In all his fiction, Pynchon has helped to create and to recreate our history."|
Crimes of War - What the Public Should Know
Scribbler conducted me to the Onion's Tom Lehrer Interview, directed by Stephen Thompson and accompanied by "Weird Al" Yankovic on the sidebar.
|"Crimes of War was conceived as a handbook for reporters. But just as war is too important to be left to the generals, war coverage is too important to be left uncritically to the news media. The general public, too, should know the moral and legal benchmarks contained in the law. One reason for a commonality of interest is that coverage of contemporary conflicts increasingly is available to the public without a filter or a framework or context. A second is that every close observer has a restricted field of vision."|
Nutrition, Cannabinoid Receptors, Anandamide, Economics
is a document that, according to its highly dedicated researcher Debby Moore, was so powerful, it made my computer disappear through a seizure that involved the CIA, the FBI, local and state law enforcement.
|"People are stupider than anybody."|
|"Journal of Medicinal Chemistry: 1976: Volume 19, N9. 4: Drugs Derived from Cannabinoids: Basic Esters of Nitrogen & Carbocyclic Analogs: by Raj K. Razdan, SISA Incorporated, Cambridge 4, MSS: page 461: Drugs derived from Cannabinoids. 5. Tetrahydrocannabinol and Heterocyclic Analogs Containing Aromatic Side Chains:...They found that the nitrogen analog 4a had analgesic activity ranging between that of codeine and morphine with no physical dependence liability."|
Decadent-brr the Foist, Naughty Two
Lest we forget, Professor of Computer Science Vernor Vinge first warned the scientific community in 1993. Within 30 years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will end. Technotopia & the Death of Nature by James John Bell
The Last Wizards Book of Green Shadows, from which I culled the essay above, is replete with fantabulous reports, papers and disquisitions that spell us to attention. An example is The Secret Battle for the American Mind - An Interview with John Stauber
|"Yet there is something missing from this discussion of the technologic singularity. The true cost of technologic progress and the Singularity will mean the unprecedented decline of the planet's inhabitants -- an ever-increasing rate of global extinction.|
A 1998 Harris poll of the 5,000 members of the American Institute of Biological Sciences found 70 percent believed that what has been termed "The Sixth Extinction" is now underway. A simultaneous Harris poll found that 60 percent of the public were totally unaware of the impending biological collapse."
Huxley, Hesse and The Cybernetic Society
|"The propaganda-for-hire industry perverts democracy. We try to help citizens and journalists learn about how they're being lied to, manipulated, and too often defeated by sophisticated PR campaigns. The public-relations industry is a little like the invisible man in that old Claude Rains movie: crimes are committed, but no one can see the perpetrator. At PR Watch, we try to paint the invisible manipulators with bright orange paint. Citizens in a democracy need to know who and what interests are manipulating public opinion and policy, and how. Democracies work best without invisible men."|
Timothy Leary and Eric Gullichsen
Juliet Schor gives us things to keep in mind during this time of phthisisic (yuck) demand. The New Politics of Consumption
|"... the world we live in is a consequence of what men have been and a projection of what they are now. If men continue to be like what they are now and have been in the past, it's obvious that the world they live in can't become better... But, on the other hand... they have it in their power to climb out and up, on to the level of eternity."|
|"How about making "access," rather than exclusivity, cool, by exposing the industries such as fashion, home decor, or tourism, which are pushing the upscaling of desire? This point speaks to the need for both cultural change, as well as policies which might facilitate it. Why not tax high-end "status" versions of products while allowing the low-end models to be sold tax-free?"|