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« on: December 14, 2008, 11:44:30 pm »
Gifitized for our viewing pleeazure

Quoted for win.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: The Disaster Reaction
« on: December 13, 2008, 07:54:38 pm »
I presume you also mean without lying about horrific acts of violence or mayhem?....
not necessarily.

Really stupid question...we do have the board/website URL somewhere on these, right?  I wasn't paying attention before.

I'm archving Intermittens at under the Books heading (don't have issue #2 fully posted yet). Comments can be made on each magazine page though, which might help spur discussions.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / The Disaster Reaction
« on: December 13, 2008, 05:55:00 pm »
People in America who are old enough will tell you that they remember exactly where they were and what they were doing the moment they learned that JFK had been assassinated. The same is true of the time they heard about the attacks on 9/11. These events were powerful disasters in many ways that affected millions of people on a deeply personal level, but a similar reaction occurs in just about anyone who experiences any sufficiently powerful event.

It isn't just that they encode specific memories about what they are doing, but that these moments become important reference points in their minds. Beyond that, when something like that happens, people immediately evaluate what they are doing. Some events will force people out of themselves and to take a starkly objective view of what is happening. When, for example, a person is notified of the death or impending death of someone close to him, everything else spontaneously melts away and becomes extremely unimportant. It no longer matters that he/she is at work, or shopping, or whatever else. It becomes clear to them what exactly they are doing, and they see themselves dawdling with nonsense and bullshit when there is something much more important to be done.

So, I'm just wondering if there is any way to trigger this response without resorting to horrific acts of violence or other destructive mayhem.

It occurs to me that someone should go back to that "wee" fellow and rub this in his face.

That and you have both a comma and a period after "Unauthorized reproduction encouraged."

grammatical consistency is for pansies.

Success story: I have successfully placed five (5) copies of Intermittens Issue #2 in a local coffee/muffin shop by my work. Sparing a few minutes to note public reaction, I noticed the following:

1) Two different guys flipped through the issue and said, "What the hell is this?"

2) One woman (youngish, rather foxy) laughed her ass off about something inside of it. I couldn't spy too closely, but I think she was looking at the page with the rocket chainsaw picture.

3) One old woman who was roughly 3126 years old sat down, flipped through it, and began to do the crossword.

4) Several people - probably about 10 or 15 - have looked at the cover as they walked by with various mixtures of intrigue, curiosity and discomfort.

I will see if I can sneak a copy into the barber shop before I go home today.

this gives me a reason to go on living.

done. sry about that.

Hey, next time there is an issue that says "articles written by", and my name is included in that list, could we, I don't know, maybe actually put one of my writings in that issue? 

eta: yes, I am slightly pissed.  I'm not going to bother to try to be a part of these things if when I bother to try to find things to include they are not included. 
this is my fault, RWHN. i didn't intend to skip you, you just got lost in the pile of stuff. i'll make a revision.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / TOO LATE: INTERMITTENS ISSUE #2 RELEASED!
« on: December 12, 2008, 04:18:48 am »

Smaller File

Higher Quality Graphics

Direct your complaints to whoever is going to produce issue #3  :argh!:

edit: fixed links

Not to mention the fact that this publication isn't being charged for and is in the Public Domain itself, so where exactly is the infraction?

this is the part where everybody finds weird clip art and posts it here.

« on: December 10, 2008, 06:07:52 pm »
I think the problem is about 20% people who go to far with their drug use and 80% the ridiculous mindset that drugs, in general, are 'bad' and 'a problem that needs to be solved.' If you want to help individual addicts recover from their affliction, that's awesome, and it is a job that needs to be done. But it should have nothing to do with larger question of why exactly we feel like we need to forcefeed people this nonsensical idea that drugs are inherently a problem and that they can only result in sadness. Sure, they can result in sadness, but they also result in lots of other stuff, including some fairly large advances in even the mainstream understanding of the human mind, the human condition, communication, and other useful things, and that isn't even getting into the works of art that have been created under the influence of these allegedly "terrible" substances.

Drugs are a tool, like anything else. We don't go around prohibiting jackhammers every time some dunce smashes his foot with one, do we? Why are drugs any different? As I see it, it isn't because of the harm they do to individuals, it's because they appeal to and encourage those people who have no use for the "dominant paradigm" of society. Our cultural abhorrence of "illicit" drugs is solely a function of our collective disdain for anyone who doesn't think like us, and the "War on Drugs" is nothing but an overgrown, badly-managed, inconsiderate, tyrannical cultural translation of the Spanish Inquisition, seeking not to repair any damage done to society but to prevent the diversification of ideas because such diversification is dangerous to the Status Quo.

I'm not saying you are in on this, RWHN, but it seems like you have a vague alliance with the mindset that says "drugs are bad, mmkay?" just because people sometimes go too far with them. Mind-altering substances, in my own opinion, offer an too great an opportunity to explore meaningful avenues of thought, to simply write them off as inherently and universally "bad." Plus, they're a lot more affordable than a vacation.

« on: December 10, 2008, 04:13:22 pm »
So, RWHN, what I'm reading from you here is that lives that have been disrupted and destroyed due to an overbearing government and its moral-crusader drug laws are somehow less valuable than the relatively few lives that have been disrupted and destroyed due to marijuana use.

I commend any sentiment that seeks to protect youth from the follies of addiction and chemical abuse. But I have to question the motives behind those who would rely on government intervention in private lives to try to solve problems. I have no doubt that you and the people you work with have the greater good in mind, and I appreciate everyone in my area who does the job that you do. But I still have to ask why drugs are such a high-profile problem. In my experience people will destroy themselves if they're going to, one way or another. Making something illegal doesn't even give them pause.

And if we were going to go around passing laws against everything that has resulted in damage to someone, we'd be pretty fucked. Why is it that more people are killed and maimed on the highway every year than in drug overdoses, but the transportation system isn't a "blight on society?"

Ultimately drug laws do nothing in the long-term to curb the appetite or demand for drugs. What they do very successfully however is to punish and harass people who don't fit in, and prohibit the use of something that is no different from anything else in that too much of it is a bad thing, while creating a wide-open foothold for the forces of totalitarianism into the private lives of anyone who might be a subversive element, whether they're addicts or not -- because I'm sure you've seen it the same as I have, people will assume that outcasts and non-joiners must be on something illegal to not want to fit in with the other homogenized zombies.

« on: December 10, 2008, 01:30:37 am »
also, i don't understand why marijuana is supposed to be terrible when its effects are different but no worse than alcohol, which is not only socially acceptable but expected behavior. this is completely ridiculous. i also think that addiction should be treated like a disease, not a crime.

« on: December 10, 2008, 01:28:39 am »
there are cultural reasons why drug use varies between countries, too. we can't just assume that the current policies enforced by the countries' respective governments are solely responsible for the levels of drug use seen in those countries.

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