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Aneristic Illusions / Re: a new project
« on: Today at 03:55:51 am »
Fuck yes, extremism deserves to be destroyed.
You're going in the "we'll see" pile for now.

Aneristic Illusions / a new project
« on: Yesterday at 11:22:33 pm »
Since my disgust with the ascendant Nazi element in America and elsewhere refuses to be satisfied with just posting angry memes on Facebook, I have decided to try another outlet for it. Rather than (only) posting blurbs about what latest shitty and/or dangerous antics Captain Cheeto is up to, I want to document and expose the extremism rising in our culture in general and provide resources for survival and resistance. To do this I am starting a separate website/blog whatever and filling it with what I hope will eventually be a repository of well-researched information and opinion, both original and pulled from media.

I won't post a link here since I'm not looking for kudos or to advertise, but if this sounds like something you might want to contribute to, I'm always on the lookout for help with content, so let me know and I will explain more and maybe we can cooperate on this. If not, that's cool too.

also, if you spraypaint swaztikas in random places through the town, the police will think the nazis did it and they'll break up the rally.
I would never* endorse such an underhanded and illegal tactic.

*for some definitions of "never"

Or Kill Me / The Schizophrenic Republic - part II
« on: Yesterday at 10:06:39 pm »
--Part 2 because I'm working on a larger piece this will be part of. Part 1 hasn't been posted anywhere--

America is, and has always been, a nation with a sharply fractured identity. Born during the years of the Enlightenment, a period of rapid scientific advancement and rekindled but overly romantic ideas about the golden age of classical democracy, the Founders of the American experiment set out to enshrine very extreme (for the time) ideas about government and political power in their new Republic. Fervent subscribers to the precepts of Classical Liberalism, they proclaimed that "all men are created equal" and that governments are instituted by "deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed". These are still inspirational ideas even today, even if they are barely understood anymore by most people -- including most of the leaders who seek and obtain elected office.

Of course, at the same time that these flowery words were being put to paper and inspiring a revolution in the name of democracy and the Enlightenment, America was also a country that relied socially and economically on the morally and physically repugnant institution of slavery. This is not news to anyone, and it is a topic covered in greater detail and with greater nuance elsewhere; but it is important when considering the character of the United States. We have always been, from long before the very inception of the ideas that would give rise to our Republic, an essentially schizophrenic nation defined largely by the deep and at times unbridgeable canyon separating our stated intentions and our actual practices.

We tend to gloss over this divide and coat it with as much sugar as we can manage. Obviously, there is no denying the Civil War that shredded our country in the 1860s and left its own indelible cultural marks and resentments. We often portray American history as an essentially forward-facing arrow in which the evils of slavery reached an untenable fever pitch in 1861, but that the Civil War was somehow the final word on the matter. After that, we imagine, we put our demons behind us with the North's victory over the South, the ensuing Constitutional amendments abolishing slavery, and harsh years of Reconstruction. But we have done generations of Americans an immense disservice by allowing ourselves to see history in that simplistic way.

In reality, America has never really recovered from that fundamental struggle. Honestly, America can never really "recover" from that struggle, because the arguments which led to the Civil War are the engine that powers American culture and defines the American psyche. Squabbles over "States' Rights", the propriety of discrimination, the role of government in social order, and numerous other questions remain unanswered. And they will probably always remain unanswered, not only because they are difficult questions but because our eternal struggle to answer them despite our inability to do so is the bedrock on which the American personality is based. The tug-of-war between our irreconcilable differences powers the engine of American progress and ingenuity.

In our most drastic attempt to answer these questions so far -- the Civil War -- the North imposed on the South, and the Federal Government on all subsequent generations of Americans, the notion that people cannot be trusted to do the right thing without direction (and coercion) from a benevolent power emanating from the seat of government. Whether or not this notion is essentially true, or whether or not it was anyone's intention, is not important. It is the way many Americans perceive history since the Civil War, and this is what millions of Americans continue to fight against.

That fight, and the popular will to ignore it, has defined the last century and a half of our history. Following the Civil War and Reconstruction, when we decided against all evidence that the South had been "fixed", as soon as full control of the state legislatures were returned to Southern aristocrats, nearly all of the former Confederate States set about tearing out every stitch of social progress that had been forcibly sewn into their constitutions. Poll taxes were enacted to keep Black Americans out of elections. Slavery, though abolished in the outright sense, persisted through the economic exclusion and coerced subsistence of sharecropping. Racial segregation was enforced. Interracial marriage continued to be an abomination, one of many imaginary crimes that easily could and often did result in the murder of innocent Blacks by gangs of White thugs who nearly always got away with it, rarely accused and acquitted by all-white juries when they were.

The systematic intimidation, oppression, and disenfranchisement of minority groups remained integral to the politics of the South until the passage of the Civil Rights Act nearly a century later, mostly because polite society simply did not care. As far as the vast majority of White America was concerned -- including, and often especially those who considered themselves progressive and non-racist -- there was no problem. The Civil War had settled The Race Problem, and all that was left to do was for Blacks to get over it.

The North, for its part, was hardly a tolerant and multicultural Utopia. As wave after wave of immigrants arrived in America looking for better lives and opportunities, wave after wave of counterbalancing xenophobic paranoia arose to meet the newcomers with unwelcoming disdain, each wave ironically including members and descendants of previous immigrations now proving how purely American they had become by participating in the tradition of anti-immigrant fervor. America's split personality was evident then, as it is now, as a place that boasts of individual responsibility and opportunity while stubbornly categorizing people and defining them not by who they are, but where they are from and who they bring with them.

The reason it's important to remember our history is because it helps to place current events in a context where it makes sense. The lofty language of American idealism, where "all men are created equal", and where we have "liberty and justice for all", has always been a serene surface masking a deep reservoir of paranoia, distrust, and institutional inequality that gets more violent and more absurd the deeper one goes. Most Americans live somewhere beneath that surface, some lower than others. The most fortunate of us are lucky enough to break the surface once in a while and see America's promise firsthand -- which is a beautiful thing, but when you're swimming up there, it's very difficult to fathom what lies hundreds of feet down. And if you're always up there, the monstrous torrents lurking below are all but invisible, and never felt firsthand.

Propaganda Depository / Re: Sympathy and Nazis
« on: February 19, 2017, 06:51:59 pm »
I just want to point out a commonly unspoken and maybe misunderstood fact of life:

Punching NAZIs is the REASONABLE and CAREFULLY MEASURED response to NAZIs. It is the initial step, like firing across an enemy's bow. The follow-up, should the punching not work, is KILLING them. Most people don't want to kill anybody, NAZI punchers probably don't more often than not. But the thing is, usually, you're not given much choice in the end, kill or be killed or worse.

So, yeah.

This is also true. If we punch them now, maybe we can shut down the Nazi movement before a whole lot of people get very irretrievably dead.

Or maybe we're supposed to hold off on punching them in case the Nazis aren't going to be genocidal this time.

Nazis, and their counterparts in every place at every time, are an unfortunate but inseparable thread in the tapestry of human civilization. So it isn't like we're going to punch them into non-existence. But punching them is still the moral high ground compared to letting their movement fester and metastasize and grow into what we all know they are seeds of.

Unrelatedly, I'm going to posit to my bandmates that we change our band name to "Irretrievably Dead".

Propaganda Depository / Re: Sympathy and Nazis
« on: February 19, 2017, 05:00:15 pm »
I didn't get the impression that MLK was being broadly dismissed at all. He is invoked because he is a sacred cow of Polite America, and the piece surgically targets his assertion that there is some moral arc of the universe bending toward justice -- a flowery, inspirational notion that unfortunately has no basis in reality -- for its criticism. And it is wholly appropriate, especially now, when we have this weird debate over whether it's okay to punch Nazis, as if they are the victims here. Ten years ago, few people were out looking to punch Nazis because it was generally accepted that if a Nazi were to venture out from under the rock in Idaho where they swarm like cockroaches, the inevitable result would be.... that they would get punched. Indeed, in Nigel's brief history of Portland, we see that punching Nazis is a time-honored tradition, and for good reason.

Nazis, and all white supremacists, exist for the singular purpose of inflicting violence on others as soon as they have any opportunity. Their violence predates any fists that may come their way, and in fact they are already guilty of a committing kind of violence in this present historical episode just by showing their faces in daylight and intimidating their targets by their suddenly ubiquitous presence on social media, television, and rallies. The notion that we must wait for them to fire up the gas chambers and load people onto trains is itself violent, in that it assumes some number of victims must be expended before we can justify saving others. The fact that we are even debating this is ludicrous.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: February 17, 2017, 02:50:33 pm »
"Magicians of the Gods", by Graham Hancock. Yeah yeah, I know it's bunk, but I'm a sucker for this stuff. And he's abandoned some of the more ridiculous theories (which he does admit to, not just quietly sweep away) from the last book in this series 20 years ago. In this book he presents quite a bit of actual real science from geology, including points from critiques and counterpoints to those -- from scientific papers published in journals, not just his own conjecture. Anyway as unlikely as his hypotheses are, it's a fun way to tour some ancient megalithic sites.

The Secrets Forum / Re: PICS VIII: 10% LARGER THAN PICS VII
« on: February 17, 2017, 05:07:49 am »
wait, are we arguing in favor of segregating grocery stores by racial stereotype? i'm confused.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: February 16, 2017, 06:50:28 am »
People do their very best.

Or Kill Me / Re: Pepe
« on: February 15, 2017, 02:25:25 pm »
Pepe is a symbol for what I call "the Turd Reich", the modern day movement of basement-dwelling sockfuckers who have convinced themselves that they are in fact the Master race.

The Secrets Forum / Re: RESURRECT THIS POST!
« on: February 13, 2017, 11:41:44 pm »
How many times does this need to be resurrected before the prophecy of the OP comes true?

Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: February 13, 2017, 12:35:30 am »
Schoolchildren studying your life.

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2 + 2 = 5

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: February 12, 2017, 11:22:41 pm »
A longtime employee of an alphabet-soup agency in the US government stumbles accidentally upon a cache of documents outlining a plot to assassinate a member of the Cabinet. But because he had not set out intentionally to uncover this plot, he has taken no measures to hide his identity or the fact that he has accessed the information -- so it will only be a short time before he is discovered, and he has no one he can turn to for help. Knowing his life and the lives of his family are now in imminent danger, he sets out to drop off the grid. He instructs his wife to bundle up the kids and head out of state to a remote location, and he plans to travel separately by plane to a different location, from which he will anonymously make his way to the rendezvous point to reunite with them. As his plane takes off he feels relief, having narrowly averted being caught (or so he thinks). But in midair, there is a "malfunction" on the plane and the flight crashes in a remote location somewhere in the Rockies. Miraculously, he survives -- but in the wreckage he finds evidence of foul play and is convinced the plane was brought down in order to silence him. He is only slightly injured (Hollywood magic) and manages to plant his ID on a charred body and escape the crash site before any first responders arrive. Satisfied that his pursuers will believe he is dead, our hero decides reuniting with his family would be too dangerous for all of them, so he allows them to believe he died in the crash as well. He assumes the identity of a homeless man in the city where his family now lives, completely oblivious to current events and watching from a distance in unbearable emotional agony as they mourn him and eventually move on. Then, one day, he sees one of the conspirators in a coffee shop. Driven mad by his long life of anonymity and disconnection, he waits for the man outside one evening and corners him in an alley, incoherently demanding the man somehow make up for everything that has happened. The man, first incredulous and then shocked, eventually understands everything and explains to our hero that the flight had been downed by a terrorist group which had since been dealt with, and the assassination plot that set the whole thing in motion had been part of a deep-cover program to ascertain the integrity of government employees -- it had never been real at all.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: February 12, 2017, 06:13:35 am »
every foray into the unknown becomes a tortuous experience in dispelling superstition and understanding the universe in cold, mathematical terms.


Happy ending edition: Despite her cold understanding of the universe devoid of superstition, she learns to not discount her feelings of joy and love even if they are chemical reactions to stimuli and she enjoys them all the same.

Maybe, but without mystery what's supposed to set off the joy reaction in the first place?

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