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Principia Discussion / Re: Discordianism and Morality
« on: December 10, 2008, 03:19:31 pm »
Isn't a 'moral code' that thing leaders insist their follows adhere to, while they ignore it totally?

Snarky one liners are a categorical imperative.  Or they would have been, if Kant had a sense of humour.

Not many places concentrate on the UK anyway, so I'm going to check it out now.  Thanks.

Edit: I note he has the Adam Smith Institute and Taxpayer's Alliance on his recommended links.  Does not bode well, the ASI called Bush a "hero of the free market", much to the amusement of my libertarian and anarchist friends, and the Taxpayer's Alliance are a bunch of moaning whiners who, as far as I can tell, make their money from rent-a-quote stories badmouthing the government (not that this is a bad thing, it just renders their judgement, and in theory his, a little untrustworthy).

Literate Chaotic / Re: Favorite Song Lyrics/Poetry
« on: December 10, 2008, 11:16:41 am »
Immortal Technique - That's what it is.

Used to run around, gettin my fight in the streets on
Back in the day, before Harlem had a Green Zone
What good is a good education with no direction?
Like the right to vote with no one to vote for in an election
Like the gun with no bullets in the clip for protection
Like the crowd packed in the front, without the midsection
Used to live robbin' and stealin' and being reckless
It took time for my mind to put the ghetto in perspective
I used to live in the back, of a holding van
Used to be offbeat, like the white girls' shoulder dance
I wrote rhymes a cappella, no beat, behind bars
Shed blood to make it like the story behind scars
I used to be a battle champion, in the meanwhile
Before some of you little fuckers learned to freestyle
Prematurely senile, underground prima donnas
I was Oliver North during Iran Contra
Cause I never snitched, and that's backed by evidence
I learned it from watchin' you, don't ever forget it bitch
Cause everybody knows how the government do
They never snitch on themselves, but they want you to snitch on you
Evolution from Australopithecus
Primitive commercial shit to hard-core lyricist
Your wax is useless
Rappers are dropping like Icarus
Technological revolution, nigga picture this

I told you what it was, but this is what it is now
Lyrical bullets packed to the top of the clip now
Treat it like a robbery, I'm shutting this shit down
Fellas put your hands up, and all the women strip down
That's not misogynist, you ostriches, cause I could just apocalypse
Talk politics to the populace
Or challenge what the market is
With militant caucuses
That'll smash the spirit of hip hop out the sarcophagus
This is the curse of Tutankhamen, I bring the drama on
I'm sinful, I eat you, broad daylight on Ramadan
Hip hop reparations, now we taking back Delucci
Don't tell me you spent it on coke like Danny Bonaduce
We're tired of being on the outside, looking in
Wondering what the fuck hip hop would've been
This is what it is, as opposed to what it used to be
And this is your corporate tax ID eulogy
Dominant species, the new breed, that won't let you breath
I'll make you die for what I believe
So we got nothin in common
There ain't no comparison
You got beef with niggas, I got beef with Aryans
White power, Nazi, European Americans,
Rapid poverty pimps, and fake vegetarians
The resurrection, ripping a bull through the record section
Flight connection to the gentry board of all guerrilla lessons
Fuck a middle man distributor, I got a choice now
This ain't Volume 1., I got a grown man's voice now
Toured the country four times over, I'm older and wiser
Poisonous words, you'll find strychnine in my saliva

I told you what it was, but this is what it is now
.50 caliber bullets, I don't need a clip now
Fuck your private jet nigga, we shootin the shit down
Bomb Wall Street and make the stock market dip down
I told you what it was, but this is what it is now
You the shit nigga, I don't care about shit now
I play the role of Abraham, idols get ripped down
Melt the ice caps, and make all of this shit drown

Arcologies sound like they come under the greater rubric of resilient communities.  I know a lot of work has been done on the mechanics and economics of such communities recently.

The problem is, that such communities would most likely be far more self-sufficient and keep far more economic resources within the boundaries it exists within.  They would be decidedly less dependent on centralized government resources and probably inspire a lot of loyalty, since the working together such a community would require would likely lead to the creation of a strong, civic, local identity (stress+shared events, its in the Art of Memetics).

In power terms, such places are threats to the ruling order.  My feeling is this: Obama, like Bush, essentially wants to keep the current (failing) economic order as the status quo.  I suspect Obama envisions certain reforms to make it a nicer system than it was under Bush, but the same underlying approach would be maintained: consumption, fractional reserve banks speculating on incredibly high risk markets, state-backed ogliopolies given unfair advantage and a massively complex system out of the control of everyone - especially the state, international bodies or financial regulation systems.

The problem is that at least one plank of this - the US consumer, who propped up two artificial economies - is dead in the water.  Given their necessary role in this psychodrama as the patsies and fall guys for the rest, this does not bode well.  However, the leadership of two of the world's most powerful nations have miscalculated on this, and badly.  Russia, interestingly enough, has not, and while I have no illusions that life there as a neo-feudal serf will not be fantastic, their government has at least reacted according to the crisis which is actually happening, and not the one they think is happening.  They moved quickly to prop up the industries that could be saved, and are letting the rest burn.  Its going to hurt, but not as badly as bailing out companies which are failing entirely through their own fault.  Most of the Russian leadership lived through the dissolution of ther empire, and a few major economic crisis'.  Ironically, this may give them the necessary edge in understanding this one.

Now, it could be the crisis is not as bad as is claimed.  Its certainly possible, and I do not claim to be an expert.  But it has the potential to be.  Paradigm shift is the phrase I think I have been looking for.  Planks of the old system have been abused to the point of death, but most world leaders wish to retain that old system - because they understand, because they profit from it and because their financial backers have a vested interest in an ordered future they know how to exploit.  They want to live in the past, to how things were, and I'm not sure this is entirely possible.

Naturally, I'm not saying this is going to happen overnight.  Usually such changes take a generation or more to properly kick in.  But it started in 1999, with the internet bubble.  The decision was made in the late 90s to stave off a crash with the property market.  I'm not sure where that puts us, but I do know that generally speaking, delaying a crash makes it worse.  Whether thats due to the mindset which tries to undertake such activities, or for arcane economic reasons, is hard to say.

To keep you all updated.

Clusterfuck Nation by Jim Kunstler -
John Robb's  Global Guerrillas - and his personal blog
Kevin Carson's Mutualist blog - some good ides on the resilient community
Ogliopoly Watch - analysis on the market bloodletting
Thomas PM Barnett -
Ubiwar - Tim Steven on conflict
Jeff Vail - Law, Energy, Geopolitics and Organizational Theory
Coming Anarchy - World affairs and politics
Robert Paterson - Some Canadian guy
Global Dashboard - - Notes from the future

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Metal
« on: December 09, 2008, 03:19:19 pm »
too bad the Grammy's can't look beyond the mainstream


The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Post your desktop
« on: December 09, 2008, 11:20:53 am »
Aw yeah, bitchin background:

Principia Discussion / Re: Zenarchist Swordsmen
« on: December 09, 2008, 10:55:59 am »
I have a collection of Zen/martial arts quotes.  Here are a few:

"To practice Zen or the Martial Arts, you must live intensely, wholeheartedly, without reserve — as if you might die in the next instant."

- Taisen Deshimaru

"The Way of the Sword and the Way of Zen are identical, for they have the same purpose — that of killing the ego."

- Yamada Jirokichi

"To confuse the indivisible nature of reality with the conceptual pigeonholes of language is the basic ignorance from which Zen seeks to free us. The ultimate answers to existence are not to be found in intellectual concepts and philosophies, however sophisticated, but rather in a level of direct nonconceptual experience."

- from Games Zen Masters Play, by Robert Sohl and Audrey Carr (p. 15)

"So, instead of telling us what the problem is, Zen insists that our whole trouble is just our failure to realize that there is no problem. And, of course, this means that there is no solution, either."

- Bruce Lee

"When the swordsman stands against his opponent, he is not to think of the opponent, nor of his enemy’s sword movements. He just stands there with his sword which, forgetful of all technique, is ready only to follow the dictates of the unconscious. The man has effaced himself as the wielder of the sword. When he strikes, it is not the man but the sword in the hand of the unconscious that strikes."

- Takuan

Principia Discussion / Re: Hey, Mahdjikqual types
« on: December 09, 2008, 10:45:05 am »
Surprisingly, some answers you want may not come from occultists (well, except those fishnet wearing emo kids on the Left Hand Path) but theology.

Suitheism is the act of self-deification.  In practice, this shares more in common with the Roman Imperial Cult, other personality cults.  Certain practices of Vajrayana Buddhism, other forms of Tantra (mostly Hindu, especially the Aghori cult), the highest levels of initiation among the Ism'aili Assassins and any monist worldviews are also good places to start looking.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: December 09, 2008, 01:16:58 am »
Hah. You think that's bad, look at this Greyfaced behavior:

I'm surprised the cops didn't arrest them for having concealed weapons while they were at it.

I mean, if you're going to fuck with Sikhs, that is the next logical step after mistaking them for Muslims.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Oh man, the Taliban are kicking our arses
« on: December 08, 2008, 06:12:08 pm »
OK, serious question here: when was the last time a country successfully occupied Afghanistan?  And by successful, I mean both entering and leaving of their own free will, having achieved their overall strategic objective.

You're saying we need to revive Genghis Khan, aren't you?

I think if we're going to have an Empire, we should at least have people who know how to run one.  This shit is getting embarassing.  If we gave the Afghani's aircraft carriers and F-16s, they'd be instituting Sharia law in Prague by now.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Oh man, the Taliban are kicking our arses
« on: December 08, 2008, 05:57:20 pm »
"Buying smack" is not a strategic objective.

Well, not unless its a LOT of smack.

Aneristic Illusions / Oh man, the Taliban are kicking our arses
« on: December 08, 2008, 05:51:41 pm »

The Taliban has a permanent presence in 72% of the territory of Afghanistan, up from 54% last year, and is expanding its control beyond the rural south of the country, the International Council on Security and Development, formerly the Senlis Council, says in a report today.

The independent thinktank and research organisation says three of the four main routes leading out of Kabul, the capital, are threatened by the Taliban.

OK, serious question here: when was the last time a country successfully occupied Afghanistan?  And by successful, I mean both entering and leaving of their own free will, having achieved their overall strategic objective.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Foucault and the BIP
« on: December 08, 2008, 01:44:55 pm »
Unfortunately, my head is frazzled from days of little sleep, so I haven't really done any reading.

I shall answer questions tomorrow.

Principia Discussion / Re: What do the mods do around here?
« on: December 08, 2008, 09:23:13 am »
Wasn't he also deleting TTM's posts because he owned him in a few arguments?

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