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Literate Chaotic / Re: word disassocation
« on: January 11, 2008, 03:41:47 pm »
Hey, nice one. 

It looks so obvious once you point it out...
[/George Dorn]

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: ITT I make LMNO cry
« on: January 11, 2008, 03:33:26 pm »
It's Taylor and Jones-Drew, isn't it?

Or do the chance they'll win make better odds?

Principia Discussion / Re: 1958/9 - 2008/9
« on: January 11, 2008, 02:56:50 pm »
Paging Rat and Nigel....  Would Rat and Nigel please report to the thread...

Or Kill Me / Re: Fill in the Save Me Blank!
« on: January 11, 2008, 02:55:54 pm »

Literate Chaotic / Re: Book Review: Black Mass by John Gray
« on: January 11, 2008, 02:44:21 pm »
I get it.  They want permanent stability; in other words perfect order.

And we all know what happens when you impose order...

Literate Chaotic / Re: word disassocation
« on: January 11, 2008, 02:42:39 pm »
Holy Spirit

GASM Command / Re: Recruiting the unrecruited
« on: January 11, 2008, 02:38:40 pm »
AKK actually wasn't a Pinealist.  He was as annoying as one on crack, but that means nothing, so is David Cameron.

As for absurdity, it should be remembered even Dada was noticeably against something (though the fact it wasn't for anything is often considered one of its key failures).

Compare with some of what is attempted Dada on here.  The manifesto is much superior to most of it.

I agree.  The political origins and intents of Dada have become more interesting to me than the art.

But it's the art that got me interested in the first place.

Similarly, I laughed at the PD the first time I read it.

Only later, I really started thinking about it.

if you are considering throwing your vote away remember to throw it away on ME!

write me in for which ever party you feel like!!

Also, my campaign is currently taking donations!!!




Or Kill Me / Re: Fill in the Save Me Blank!
« on: January 11, 2008, 02:25:44 pm »
I keep saying "Only __________ can save me now!" in a very loud voice because it sounds funny and I have gone insane from isolation. Sometimes it is Bertold Brecht, Longcat, Oliver Cromwell, Richard Nixon, Cthulhu, Aqua-man, Oliver Stone, Kelly Clarkson, The Beatles, or whoever else I feel like. I figured it would be fun if we all come up with my own personal savior. Many people ask Jesus, God, Allah, Yahweh, Vishnu or whoever else to save them or whoever else but most religious figures are very busy as many people would request being saved by them. However Oliver Stone isn't that busy so he wouldn't mind just swinging by in his jet car and saving me from the post modernist nightmare that I am trapped in. What about you, what obscure figure from history would you like to be saved from the nightmare of this wretched necroglobe by?


Or Kill Me / Re: Abortion is Murder
« on: January 11, 2008, 02:24:12 pm »

there are no problems in the world to prepare for.

we have TiVo, man! TIVO!

what could go wrong?

The fact that the writer's strike ensures your Tivo will record nothing but "Deal or no Deal" and "Dancing with the Stars".

Or Kill Me / Re: Fuck Advertising
« on: January 11, 2008, 02:14:39 pm »
At the risk of sounding concillatory, perhaps you can agree to the statement, "Some people are born with brains that for some reason do not function as well as others."

In this way, we aren't talking about intelligence, we're talking about the hardware potential.

We can also separate the people who are stupid because of physical means, and people who are stupid because of psychological means.

Now, I don't think either of us has a way of saying what percentage of people have poorly functioning hardware, but I would hazard that it is far less than the amount of people who believe the ads on TV.

Which is what we were talking about in the first place.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: ITT I make LMNO cry
« on: January 11, 2008, 02:07:50 pm »
You know what's sad?

The Goo Goo Dolls actually used to be a punk band.

True story.

GASM Command / Re: Recruiting the unrecruited
« on: January 11, 2008, 01:51:32 pm »
I was bored at a meeting the other day, and I scrawled "Absurdity as a tactic" in the margin of my notebook.

That is to say, we've been looking at the PD and trying to pull the ideas out of it that are useful.

Skepticism, model agnosticism, reality filters, (an)eristic illusion, and confirmation bias seem to be the core ideas.

People have been trying to update the "nonsense as salvation" bit for a while, without much success.  Then I thought: The PD is an Object-Lesson, not a guidebook. The use of absurdity is a strategy to shoehorn the core ideas into someone's brain.

So one of the reasons I think some of us have no patience for the old PD jokes, or n00bish meaningless dada bullshit is twofold:

1. The old PD jokes are no longer absurd, as they are familiar
2. The dada bullshit is a carrier with no content

So the use of humor and nonsense and non-linearity is by no means verboten.  And comedy without reason or meaning is still funny.  But to say that absurdity is inherently Discordian is only half true. 

Absurdity is the Astroglide the Discordian uses to sodomize your brain.

« on: January 11, 2008, 01:19:56 pm »
Here is a definitive list of what he does have a problem with (source: Alternet)

Paul's proposed a number of court-stripping measures, shutting the courthouse door to discrimination suits based on sexual discrimination; he's tried to prohibit the government from mandating a minimum wage; he's tried to repeal the Davis-Bacon Act, which guarantees that workers on federal projects be paid a prevailing wage, and the Copeland Act, which bars kick-backs on federal projects; he has proposed freezing Social Security benefit levels and making the program fully optional, which would effectively destroy it; he has opposed measures that promote more voter participation; he would repeal key parts of American anti-trust law, gutting it; he's tried to deauthorize most federal agencies' regulatory powers; he's tried to eliminate all affirmative action programs; he's proposed altering the 14th Amendment to prohibit the children of immigrants from gaining citizenship; he's proposed eliminating or gutting a variety of environmental legislation; he's tried to kill the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty and submitted legislation that would pull the United States out of the United Nations 12 different times; he has tried to eradicate the Department of Education, offered legislation to end federal involvement in educating kids; and he has proposed, at various times, the abolition of most taxes on wealth as well as income and the establishment of a flat tax. All of this is legislation that he not only supported, but proposed or co-sponsored.

All of which, of course, the states can easily take up and will regulate fairly and equally with all the free time they have, using the immense surpluses in the state budgets....

Whoops.  Hey, lookie!  Your federal taxes decreased by 20%, and your state taxes just went up by 35%!


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