Putting aside a singular extropian beginend, one vision of cosmanity's future that includes the meat is Engineering A Visionary Race - entheogenetics & the future of mind.
Offering sweet comic relief to the increasing stridency of the Canadian election campaign is the Natural Law Party and their pledge of ten thousand yogic flyers. The Marijuana Party has trimmed sufficient bud to bag a candidate in many ridings, so we can put a bhang in our ballot bong.
|"Accordingly, in this article I will put forth the daring proposition that, along with the genetic engineering of our future population to meet environmental constraints, we also have the possibility of genetically engineering new, connected, mystical states of being, not just for the religious geniuses or the mystically motivated, but for the common man and woman."|
"Grow and Pick Your Own" |
As an addendum to yesterday's spyish nidus, apparently EtherPeek is the platform on which the FBI built the Carnivore system. ZixMail renders the predator's bite toothless.
While awaiting the interminable electorus interruptus to seed the Oval Orifice, I think I'll redirect my interest to the politics and technologies of social control. Techno Warfare/MACRO-USGOV Espionage Operations is a lengthy compendium of articles, memos and opinionating. I can tell that by the time I am done with this obsearchion the dogwalk in the forest will feel...real.
Domestic Surveillance and Mind Control Technology?
|"I just received information that NSA/FBI has sponsored a DIRT-like
backdoor monitoring system into the W2K.
If you type in anything that it considers to fit the profile of a
terrorist, a pedophile, a hacker or a drug-trafficker, the next time
you connect to the internet, it sends an encrypted message with your
writings in it to an NSA site in the UK Menwith Hill, where they can
legally intercept all intelligence data of US citizens."|
Free-Market net puts a spotlight on the Carnivore Net wiretapping system with an editorial and links to relevant news stories.
|"The NSA has proprietary electronic equipment that analyzes electrical
activity in humans from a distance. NSA computer-generated brain
mapping can continuously monitor all of the electrical activity in the brain
continuously. The NSA records and decodes individual brain maps (of
hundreds of thousands of persons) for national security purposes. EMF
Brain Stimulation is also secretly used by the military for
bring-to-computer links. (In military fighter aircraft, for example.)"|
An Appraisal of the Technology of Political Control is the report by the Omega Foundation that had Europe buzzing and AmeriCanada smelling the smoke.
|"...the Federal Bureau of
Investigation is figuratively flipping the bird to
anybody who has ever complained about the
government's increasing indulgence in
Encountering a perceptual light at the end of the tunnel of intrigue it becomes clear who doesn't want whom to know what. The Political Economy Of Virtual Reality: Pan-Capitalism
|"Yet because of a process
of technological and decision drift these instruments of
control, once deployed quickly become 'normalised.' Their
secondary and unanticipated effects often lead to a
paramilitarisation of the security forces and a militarisation of
the police - often because the companies which produce
them service both markets."|
|"At the same time that virtuality proliferates and the flesh becomes a resource base for the mediascape the material conditions of virtuality implode. How long can this condition last before there is a crash?"|
C. George Boeree reviews the existentialist Ludwig Binswanger, 1881 - 1966, and in the process reminds us that To live authentically means to be aware of yourself, of your
circumstances (thrownness), of your social world (fallenness), of
your duty to create yourself (understanding), of the inevitability of
anxiety, of guilt, and of death. It means further to accept these
things in an act of self-affirmation.
Existentialism has nothing overt to say about our hedonist imperative; that which provides a point for our purpose. James W. Prescott dropped the bomb of Body Pleasure and the Origins of Violence on The Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists, November 1975. Besides leaving a limited impact crater, the neutronic insights of this mini-megatome assay have dissipated in the endless gale of mediated attention.
|"Sometimes the world comes into you, such as
with an artificial heart or a hip replacement. Sometimes you extend
yourself into the world, with a cane, or a telescope, or a telephone.
We are caught up in the world and the world in us, and there is no
telling where one ends and the other begins."|
Switching the channel from LillyVision, we find
Gamma-OH (Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate) : The First Authentic Antidepressant.
|"A neuropsychologist contends that the greatest threat to world peace comes
from those nations which have the most depriving environments for their
children and which are most repressive of sexual affection and female
...and just when you think you've seen it all!, Liberated Christians (!?) bring us Sybian, for Maximum Sexual Pleasure.
|"Long term on-and-off use seems to make you more immune to stress and dysphoria, more loving towards people in general, more active in your life as it stimulates your enthusiasm because you are so aware that life can be a fantastic thing, every day. The general use of sociabilisers may be a temporary solution for the intra-specific aggressivity of the human kind."|
|"Yes, the device is deucedly expensive."|
I wouldn't usually link to something quite so, well, boring. The Slacker's Creed is for the chronically otiose.
Declarative propositions disturb me, as does the puddle on the carpet from trying to hold a glass of water; without the glass. The Cluetrain Manifesto
|"I know that the work cycle is not plan/start/finish, but is wait/plan/plan."|
What happens to society when there are hundreds of
microchips for every man, woman and child on the
planet? What cultural consequences follow when every
object around us is 'smart', and connected? And what
happens psychologically when you step into the garden
to look at the flowers – and the flowers look at you? The design challenge of pervasive computing presents a manifesto that focuses on details that could perhaps inform the above cluetrain pronunciamento.
|"When we're not busy being your "target market," many of us are your
people. We'd rather be talking to friends online than watching the clock.
That would get your name around better than your entire million dollar web
site. But you tell us speaking to the market is Marketing's job."|
The ramifications of privitizing or 'outsourcing' aspects of military and government operations are far-reaching - and reach far into areas in which our common interest is endangered, and certainly no longer the primary concern. Greg Guma writes for Toward Freedom magazine on Fire Sale Earth - Defense and security become privatization's new frontier.
"We believe that 'content' is something you do, not
something you are given."
|"Operating worldwide, often with US State Department approval
and licenses, PMCs (private military companies) prop up shaky regimes, and implement both official and
covert foreign policy. In Colombia, for example, they're queued up to provide
logistical support and training for police and counterinsurgency forces
defending Occidental Petroleum (OXY) from indigenous resistance to its oil
drilling plans. One company helped develop the plan that Congress
reviewed before approving $1.3 billion in new military aid."|
Daniel Pouzzner, founder of Innovism, writes a damning essay on The Architecture of Modern Political Power. This does fall into the conspiracist category of argument, but gets no argument from me in the direction it's finger is pointing.
I am in awe of the simple insights and gracious farsight of Venus Revealed. A wonderful blend of science and poetry, and beautifully rendered prose, brings an understanding of our planetary microcosmos that goes beyond...
|"The United States is the most important nation in the history of
the planet, but it is weary and battered, from burning brightly, but more, from suffering the slings and
arrows of those it has frightened and of those who have sought to domesticate it. The United States
is at the leading edge of a downward spiral of morale and reason that will likely end in the spastic,
catastrophic collapse of civilization. The United States can also be the first to start anew, better,
Now that there is virtually no chance of being deemed topical, the Toxic Custard Guide To Australia is fun; with a little Syd_ah_ney bashing on the side.
|"The new truth was "the grim truth", and Venus, as if she had betrayed us by not living up to our expectations, was judged harshly. "Venus is Hell" became a common expression, and words like "harsh", "hostile", "inhospitable", "errant twin", "poisonous", "catastrophe", "noxious" and "tortured" filled the pages of books and articles describing our closest sibling. Nearly every book, chapter or article written about Venus since the 1960's contains some version of the statement: The planet named for the Goddess of Love turned out to have a closer resemblance to Dante's Hell."|
Regarding my counter-rantolutionary fulmination of yesterday, I was tempted for propriety's sake to back away from this issue, considering that we must exercise extreme tolerance for each other's beliefs. Then I took a walk in the snow, where it re-cur-red to me (I was walking the dog) that once a paradigm becomes a majority (or even major) view, and the logical underpinnings of that paradigm are false, then that group of influence are living in a dangerous perceptual illusion; with consequences that may even impact our evolutionary fitness. If we create a pathology of altered states of consciousness, we are in effect doing so for all perceptual states not considered 'normal'. The collective march to Central Control's drum intensifies.
|"You can even get a McOz - the
(probably unique) Australian
burger with beetroot on it. Also
available are the McRooBurger
and the McWitchety-Grub."|
Leon Trotsky's The Stalin School of
|"Our present party course is the main danger. It stifles the revolutionary power of
resistance. What does your course consist of?"|
The Golem Project - Automatic Design and Manufacture of
cutting-edge stuff - and a free screensaver to grow your own, too
Lest we forget that there's more to Yale than Bushes and Shrubs, here is a reprise that should come as no surprise. The Order of Skull and Bones
|"Like biological lifeforms whose
structure and function exploit the behaviors afforded by their
own chemical and mechanical medium, our evolved creatures
take advantage of the nature of their own medium -
thermoplastic, motors, and artificial neurons. We thus achieve
autonomy of design and construction using evolution in a limited universe physical simulation, coupled
to off-the-shelf rapid manufacturing technology."|
Ghost Rocket, a flavorful slumgullion of a 'blog bubbling with chunks of angst, re-oriented me to the really important issue at stake yesterday. Perceptual validity. Cannabis News announces the supposedly desirable consensus of the good people of California. Rather than bad, now drug users are sick. Addiction is a manifestation of dis-ease, indeed. Addiction is not a disease, but a symptomatic response to irreconcilable circumstance. To try to "treat" (read 'cognitively adjust and re-acculturate') the symptom (myour head) without addressing the underlying set and setting, is to hallucinate recovery. When we wake, our bilious supplication to a false understanding will be seen for the horror it is.
|"After twelve years of Republican administrations, Bush passes the reins
to his drug smuggling buddy from Arkansas, Bill Clinton, who studied
at Yale Law School. According to some researchers, Clinton was
recruited as a CIA operative while a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. Could
this be the "old Hegallian historical dialectic process"?"|
A popular knee-jerk reaction by many courts, and others entrusted with determining how the guillotine separating your self from yourself will be applied, is to insist on attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous and similar 'programs'. Deprogramming from AA and Alcoholics Anonymous: Of Course It's a Cult!
|"People finally understand that addiction is a disease--a treatable disease--and that the answer to this epidemic is not locking addicts up."|
|"The more seriously people take them, the weirder they become, in comparison to their pre-cult personalities. They also appear more inclined to mistreat their fellow beings -- all in the name of treatment or recovery, of course. One caller likened the AA cult indoctrination to vampirism, in which, once-bitten, one will go on to bite others."|
John Moore performs the enviable task of dissecting, reassembling and textpectorating the Prophets of the New World; Noam (anarchosyndicalist) Chomsky, Murray (anarchocommunist) Bookchin, and Fredy (Michael Velli) Perlman.
|How well they flew together side by side|
the Stars and Stripes my red and white and blue
and my Black Flag the sovereignty of no
man or law!
...'scuse me while I kiss the sky
The media of mass attention would have us believe that which is presentable. This selected inattention is a self-breeding reactor of memetic fission, and results in a cultural commonality of perception; the blinkers of mediated experience.
|"The colonization of the New World destroys the last free communities
on Earth. The Enlightenment and the American revolution, with its libertarian tradition,
are a cruel and gigantic hoax, mere rhetoric which conceals and justifies genocide
aimed at communities of the Possessed, unprecedented ecological denudation and
wholesale plunder which converts the entire planet into a huge forced labor camp."|
However the presidentially orgiastic grab for the Big Phallus turns out, we will be lulled quickly back to telesleep in the warm wombs of our sub-human urbia.
The "Science Summit" on World Population: A Joint Statement by 58 of the World's Scientific Academies details the obvious, and has a gem of observation at the bottom of the page; The Coming Anarchy, by Robert Kaplan.
And what of us? The masses, huddled against the chaos, in dis-belief and only briefly sated by consumerist faith. We are seen, accurately, as meme meat. This review of Jeremy Rifkin's The End of Work is by Bob Black, who asks What is Wrong With This Picture? - A critique of a neo-futurist's vision of the decline of work.
|"Disease, overpopulation, unprovoked crime, scarcity of resources, refugee migrations, the increasing erosion of nation-states and international borders, and the empowerment of private armies, security firms, and international drug cartels are now most tellingly demonstrated through a West African prism. West Africa provides an appropriate introduction to the issues, often extremely unpleasant to discuss, that will soon confront our civilization."|
|"They will be managed by bread and circuses.
The bread consists of modest transfer payments maintaining the useless poor at
subsistence level as helpless wards of the state. The circuses will be provided by
the awesome techno-spectacles of what, in the wake of the Gulf War, can only be
called the military-entertainment complex. Hollywood and the Pentagon will always
be there for each other."|
Millions of us (no implication implied, or denied) use aesculapian marijuana. This Guide to the scientific literature on potential medical uses of Cannabis and the cannabinoids provides a highly comprehensive but by no means exhaustive list of studies. Go to your Dear Doc. with the relevant report in hand, or mere mention of it in mind, and request a prescription (no incitement to sedition implied) just do it!.
I have never known what to say in polite company about the teachings of Carlos Castenada, as Don Juan's exploits strike me as more Tolkien than Truth. You Only Live Twice, besides being a fine song, is a subtle yet somehow filling article from Details Magazine that adds focus to my-opia.
|Van Kingeren, B. and Ten Ham, M., 1976. Antibacterial activity of delta-9-THC and
cannabidiol. Ant. van Leeuw. J. Microbiol. Serol. 42|
I found this digestive biscuit while in a rather confused mood and seeking ethereal clarity. The Gravitation Conception and Experiments by inexplicable means restored my equi-valency, and had me seeking Mary Jane for a romp.
|"You don't need don Juan," he said
emphatically. "I needed him - so I can explain it to you. If you want freedom,
you need decision. We need mass in the world; we don't want to be
masturbators. If you recapitulate, you'll gather the energy - we will find you.
But you need a lot of energy. And for that, you have to work your balls off.
So, suspend your judgment and take the option. Do it. "Don Juan used to say,
'One of us is an asshole. And it isn't me.'" He paused a beat. "That's what I
came to tell you today." Everyone roared with laughter and rose in applause
as Castaneda left through the back door."|
Tripping back (in time, sheesh) a bit, I am temporarily transported by Notes From a Psychedelic Revival Meeting. Psychonauts or psychonuts indeed! ...not even a whiff of
weed perfuming the heavy Orange County air.
LET'S PSYCHEDELIC BUMPO!!!
|"Ott, reasonably enough,
doesn't think second-hand religious experience is enough, when the authentic magilla is so readily
available in so many interesting forms used over thousands of years."|
It is incongruous at best, and disingenuous at least, to parse profligate on the safety of the U.S. Navy Extremely Low Frequency Radio System, and then place said research system about as far away from human habitation as possible. Neighbors of mine (in these parts 500km is local) over in Alaska, HAARP plays the blues (deepest reds, actually) on our ionosphere but may be secretly orchestrating a symphony of another sort.
|"HAARP complies completely with all existing safety standards for electromagnetic radiation at all
locations on or off the site."|
Ethics, Science and Warfare by Andrew Eddy is safely contained within the launch tube of Krisis, Volume 1, a submersible caught in the net of McGill.
Jan Koster - Chomsky and the Reconstruction of Reason
|"It is a question of a
short term, high-risk, and achievable method or long term, low-risk
method with little real chance of success in the foreseeable future.
Which method then is morally right, the one with the most chance of
success or the one with the lowest risk to humanity?"|
With our memetic enema complete we can proceed to masticate fresh memeat without fear of cognitive constipation. Extropian singular beliefs notwithstanding (!), Keith Augustine makes The Case Against Immortality.
|"Contrary to what thinkers from Heidegger to Rorty
suggest, this is the most significant philosophical development of the 20th century. It has
restored Reason and therefore hope for a better future. Postmodernism, in contrast, not
only is the uninformed pop version of the philosophical trends of the last two centuries,
it also is a threat to human dignity because it destroys the notion of objective truth. This
is what George Orwell, writing in 1943, feared more than the bombs of his days."|
|"We know that altering the brain's chemistry can cause drastic personality changes. Schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease are dramatic examples of mind-brain dependence. If you are thinking of suicide, don't go to a psychiatrist, go to a pharmacologist: A combination of an antidepressant and tryptophan should banish all thoughts of ending your life."|
The New Politics of Consumption - Why Americans want so much more than they need, is an essay by Juliet Schor that entreats us all, above all, to go beyond it all.
|"Americans did not suddenly become greedy. The aspirational gap has been created by structural changes-such as the decline of community and social connection, the intensification of inequality, the growing role of mass media, and heightened penalties for failing in the labor market. Upscaling is mainly defensive, and has both psychological and practical dimensions."|
We are all, especially when exercising our consumerist wont, under surveillance. To satisfy the dramatic urge, and to stultify this cinematic scourge, In 10 Easy-to-Follow Steps!, here is How to Stage Your Own "Surveillance Camera Theater". We have a vigil-auntie observing Main St. here in Whitehorse that is broadcast on local cable, and presents a perfect stage...shhh.
When not actively performing a surveillobotomy one might like to keep as low a profile as possible. Here we have some tactics for dodging security cameras.
John Harms and Douglas Kellner, whose hypothesis comes to the rather counter-intuitive conclusion that agency control of the media is required to ensure freedom of expression and diversity of opinion, move Toward A Critical Theory of Advertising.
|"Surveillance society, which is an imminent reality, must be
critiqued and attacked concurrently."|
Russell K. Standish, high performance communicator, explores the complex subject of simple theoretic beauty; and asks Why Occam's Razor?
|"The current self-policing of the media in a "free market" arena has harmful consequences for democracy and for the interests of consumers and the public."|
|"This does not preclude the fact that
other more complex universes (by our own perspective) may be the simplest such universe
according to the self-aware inhabitants of that universe."|
While immersed in the pool of transhuman potential it is nice to have a clear window onto our Ancestral Lines. Wander the time-line on the cover page and add ourSelf, Homo Sapiens Noeticus.....can you feel it?
Stockwell Day, the fearlessly inept leader of the reform(ed) conservative Canadian Alliance, is giving a textbook presentation of How To Lose An Election. Tips from this text by Deuce of Clubs could provide dear Stock with a few more days to embarrass himself...well.
|"Linked from this page are
documents summarizing the
hominid fossil record and
hypothesized lines of
human evolution from 5
million years ago to the
Crackpot Index - A simple method for rating potentially revolutionary contributions to physics. This is not in the least facetious.
|"I now see my strategic error."|
The Motion Mountain Textbook, Hiking beyond space and time along the concepts of modern physics, ...guarantees something challenging and surprising on every page; even in its table of contents. Must-know stuff here, folks, such as: The dangers of buying a can of beans (page 480).
|"10 points for pointing out that you have gone to school, as if this were evidence of sanity."|
Robert A. Herrmann, of the venerable Math. Dept., U. S. Naval Academy what are they really privy to?, offers Solutions to the "General Grand Unification Problem," and the Questions "How Did Our Universe Come Into Being?" and "Of What is Empty Space Composed?"
1/11/00 ...yet another cool date...
|"In general, the model predicts that when these
Universe creating processes are viewed globally they are similar to how an infinitely
powerful mind would behave."|
As we head into the long, dark Northern Lights season here in the Yukon, shimmering gusts of solar wind interfacing our magnetic field is not all we see with verticalized eyebulbs. Last year it was an exploding meteorite. This year brought a weird welter of welkin watchers together for a UFO Conference, and many balloons of inflated yarn rose in columns of obfuscation. Lost in Translation - The UFO Phenomenon as an Informational Virus.
If you can read the paragraph below without either laughing uproariously or giving your head a muddled shake, depending of course on your present state of neurochemical adjustment, then by all means enjoy the fruit of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Adam Frank; who coglaborate on Shame in the Cybernetic Fold: Reading Silvan Tomkins.
|"This is the report no one wants to read."|
CBC Radio 1, one of the world's great stations, has featured "lost and found sound" on occasion. The National Gallery of the Spoken Word will take the concept to a whole new level.
|"Correspondingly, the structuralist reliance on symbolization through binary pairings of elements, defined in a diacritical relation to one another, and no more than arbitrarily associated with the things symbolized, has not only survived the structuralist moment but, if anything, been propagated ever more broadly through varied and unresting critique--critique that reproduces and popularizes the structure, even as it may complicate an understanding of the workings, of the binarisms mentioned above along with such others as presence/absence, lack/plenitude, nature/culture, repression/liberation, and subversive/hegemonic."|
sure that all voices are represented, we can promote open and democratic online
discourse, with a rich trove of material to support each perspective, rather than
permitting information-rich countries, nations, ethnic groups or ideological movements
to define online oral and aural history."|
|"Which idea of qualia am I trying to extirpate?"|