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30/9/3

Retro-thanks to Eliot for bringing me to the DeLillo quote below - perhaps the most beautiful and most dangerous snippet of prose that I have grokked, again, today.
"A single seraphic word.

You can examine the word with a click, tracing its origins, development, earliest known use, its passage between languages, and you can summon the word in Sanskrit, Greek, Latin and Arabic, in a thousand languages and dialects living and dead, and locate literary citations, and follow the word through the tunnelled underworld of its ancestral roots ...

And you can glance out the window for a moment, distracted by the sound of small kids playing a made-up game in a neighbor's yard, some kind of kickball maybe, and they speak in your voice, or piggy-back races on the weedy lawn, and it's your voice you hear, essentially, under the Glimmerglass sky, and you look at the things in your room, offscreen, unwebbed, the tissued grain of the deskwood alive in light, the thick lived tenor of things, the argument of things to be seen and eaten, the apple core going sepia in the lunch tray, and the dense measure of experience in a random glance, the monk's candle reflected in the slope of the phone, hours marked in Roman numerals, and the glaze of the wax, and the curl of the braided wick, and the chipped rim of the mug that holds your yellow pencils, skewed all crazy, and the plied lives of the simplest surface, the slabbed butter melting on the crumbled bun, and the yellow of the yellow of the pencils, and you try to imagine the word on the screen becoming a thing in the world, taking all its meanings, its sense of serenities and contentments out into the streets somehow, its whisper of reconciliation, a word extending itself ever outward, the tone of agreement or treaty, the tone of repose, the sense of mollifying silence, the tone of hail and farewell, a word that carries the sunlit ardour of an object deep in drenching noon, the argument of binding touch, but it's only a sequence of pulses on a dullish screen and all it can do is make you pensive -- a word that spreads a longing through the raw sprawl of the city and out across the dreaming bourns and orchards to the solitary hills.

Peace."
love
We flow into what could well be a winter of deep dissing political dis-content. Our Canuck leadership is heading towards the coronation of a most Capitalist successor to Cretien, California is a soup of pungent yet weirdly attractive (ostensible, insensible) people, a looming Presidential erection (betch'a George doesn't know what a cigar is for...) and our Gaiaship in transition beyond the ken of any of the wannabes. Perhaps a McCarthy-baiting glance back can help our forward impetus.

What a man sees depends upon both what he looks at and also what his previous visual-conceptual experience has taught him to see. In the absence of such training there can only be in William James's phrase, "a bloomin' buzzin' confusion." - Thoman Kuhn

What is to be Undone - A Modern Revolutionary Discussion of Classical Left Ideologies, by Michael Albert
"So, good revolutionary theory, strategy, and practice, or good revolutionary politics and practice is a totality which is always incomplete but constantly going forward, each aspect providing the criteria for the worth and growth of the others. Theory provides world view. Long term strategy provides guidelines for activity. In conjunction with goal, theory, and strategy together compose a revolutionary paradigm which guides revolutionary thought, analysis, planning, and action."
love
Terence Mckenna - I Understand Phillip K. Dick
"The agent of creation is its own structure. This structure must not be confused with the multiplicity of physical objects in space and time governed by causation; the two are entirely different. (The structure is insubstantial, abstract, unitary and initiates its own causes internally, it is not physical and cannot be perceived by the human percept-system sensibly; it is known intelligibly, by what Plato called Noesis, which involves a certain ultimate high-order meta-abstracting.)"
PKD
25/9/3

Harvest time and we are delighted by the incredible variety of fresh produce; in the most unlikely of places, eh C.? The Cambridge World History of Food offers various fascinating selections for free, including Nonfoods as Dietary Supplements.
"Classical nutrition derived much of its strength (and lately, some of its weaknesses) from generalizations based on an essentially reductionist and unitary approach to dietary components. A necessary condition for its success was the virtual exclusion of any conceptually extraneous matter, such as the possible importance of nonobligatory dietary components, the significance of dietary interactions, and the importance of the changing balance between tissue demands and nutrient availability. There are signs that current nutritional thought is shedding at least some of its traditional absolutism."
love
Nutritional Medicine
Who Do You Want To Be Today?
"Nutritional Medicine is firmly, and at times too uncritically, in the Nature-Knows-Best camp. Nonetheless the authors are both highly-trained doctors. They recognise that in many serious conditions diet can play only an auxiliary role beside hi-tech orthodoxy. Auxiliary or otherwise, it's still appalling that hospital food is frequently sub-standard or at best mediocre. And it's a disgrace that in many years of allotted medical education, trainee doctors are expected to race through nutrition in perhaps a week."
love
The Zero Ontology
David Pearce on Why Anything Exists
(reprise)
"David Pearce has described a proposal which outlines an explanation space within which the question "Why is there something instead of nothing?" can be given a legitimate answer. This is how he describes his endeavour, and he makes it clear that his ideas are purely speculative. He does not have a straightforward answer to the question, nor even a theory. All that he has is a sketch of what a theory which "explains existence" might be like, and how it might arrive at its conclusions."
love
Anarchist Poem
John Cage
"We don't need government We need utilities."
13/9/3
And as the seas boil, and the land retreats, the people go, the gods reclaim what is rightly theirs

I have been absent without blog-leave, dragin' my sorry Canadian psyche out of the mire of incessant medianipulation. I wrote the following a week after 11/9/1, and believe it bears reprising. I'll return to "live" attention soon, and with head-bowed apologies belatedly respond to the kind folks that have written me. Love is a splendid state; and all we need.
I have made significant effort over the years to expose the inconsistancies, incongruities and insanities of the intelligence reseau, I find myself unable to continue the pretense that I don't have a clue. One doesn't have to be a Holmes to see the field and not just the players.

More than anything we must keep pressure on those who would use power. I feel deeply that the alter-press, as so well embodied by the weblog community, stands a good chance of bringing a vast sea of diverse sanity to the attention of those that are so immersed in general projection that anyone paying attention perceives them to be particularly blind.

It is understandable, considering the reliance on the mass media that we generally attend, the mass religion we rarely attend but generally espouse and most importantly the mass consumption that all but the most Luddite of us embrace, that we are most protective of the status quo. It is also understandable that our desperate desire to protect these indefinable entities that we so inconsistantly and insincerely call freedom, democracy and the AmeriCanadian Way would render us hypocritical; even while we claim just purpose.

We have an opportunity, perhaps the only one left, or perhaps one of the very few available in any given age, to actually make a purse out of a sow's ear. Tolerance of alternate views and an acknowledged recognition of our own complicity in the current events would be the first move in a truly pluralistic yet unifying reply.

Also we must grok that our Gaiaship needs implicate understanding, not explicate greed. Any group of our species that feels outside of the whole of humanity, and so perhaps only partially human, will measure themselves against the common denominator - money. This is not what I want to be judged by, and I'm sure not many do.

Being a member of the global community counter-intuitively raises the stakes and immersion for each of us. It means that I am not only responsible for my family, local community and country, but also for the entire galaxy-revolving rock that I inhabit. Think about it.
love
Conservatively Incorrect - Wit, Wisdom and Peurile Name Calling is a Liberal Dose of Political Humor & Opinion by Rack Jite, whose casual coherence often hits the right with a solid left. This is a book length, 22 chapter text that could well be read in fits, as it starts to moot-ate.
"Thousands of companies large and small, including every facet of local, state and federal government needs people like you to watch other people pee! Not only do you get the satisfaction of watching strangers drop their pants or lift their skirts to fill a jar, but you get to walk around all day in rubber gloves hauling steaming beakers of piss!"
love
No Treason - The Constitution of No Authority was written in 1870, and considered a most seditious document of its time.
"The government does not, indeed, waylay a man in a lonely place, spring upon him from the roadside, and, holding a pistol to his head, proceed to rifle his pockets. But the robbery is none the less a robbery on that account; and it is far more dastardly and shameful."

"A man is none the less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years. Neither are a people any the less slaves because permitted periodically to choose new masters. What makes them slaves is the fact that they now are, and are always hereafter to be, in the hands of men whose power over them is, and always is to be, absolute and irresponsible."
Lysander Spooner
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