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Beyond the wall / Re: ITT: Sexy Role Play
« on: March 18, 2009, 01:48:59 pm »
And I'll dress like a bunch of old politicians having a meeting at Bohemian Grove.

Once that's done, I'll put on my robe and wizard's hat...

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Principia Discussion / Re: Jesus was a Discordian 100% proof inside.
« on: March 18, 2009, 12:13:35 pm »
And BUMP

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Beyond the wall / Re: Post your desktop
« on: March 18, 2009, 12:07:19 pm »
Well, I'm pretty sure you can.  There is some way to obscure it, I'm sure.  But since I only have my own computer to test it on, I'm not sure I can be bothered to try.

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Or Kill Me / Re: Death for art is sick
« on: March 18, 2009, 12:00:55 pm »
i want to start a pention to ban artists from murdering people for arts sake

or

 :?

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Or Kill Me / Re: A dedicated follower of strife
« on: March 18, 2009, 11:49:13 am »
I don't think social collapse is on the cards.  At least, in the sense I understand it.  I honestly think something between Argentina and Russia is more likely, on the worst end of possible scenarios, maybe with some Greek riots thrown in.  Society didn't collapse, it just...gets disrupted.  And becomes shittier to live in.  More dangerous.  Less opportunities, once the dust settles.  Stratified.

I like options.  I think the more complex a society, the more chances for actual chaos are present.  Allows for more black swans, and a more complex society tends to support more political/social/religious factions, which means more dyads (potential flashpoints of conflict arising from various relational positions) among those groups.  Which had more chaos, the incessant scheming of the Greek City-States, or the barbarian Avar Khanganate?  One was a society rich with backstabbing, intrigue, diplomacy and war...the other was rule of the biggest thug on the block.  As it turns out, I'm not the biggest thug on the block, and neither is anyone else here (and if they are, why aren't you working for Blackwater Xe and making a literal killing off such skills?).  I know which I prefer.

Sure, there will be a point where no-one has a clue what is going on, and someone with enough luck to be in the right position and with the right presence of mind will be able to do well, but leaving such things to chance is a mug's game.  And if you miss your shot at it...well, people who show themselves to be poor players at the game are not often asked back for a second chance.  And as things devolve and get less complex, as it turns into a Cold War struggle between the lower class (probably aided mostly by the now dwindling middle class) and the upper classes, those chances will come less and less often.  And class war only allows for one eventual outcome - oligarchy.

tl;dr version: the Roman Empire at it's height was a thousand times more chaotic and strife-filled than something as stupid as current day Somalia.

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Literate Chaotic / ATTN LMNO, Rata, Mang
« on: March 17, 2009, 09:52:05 pm »
hxxp://avaxhome.ws/ebooks/theology_occultism/esoteric_magic/Enochian_World_of_Aleister_Crowley_Enochian_Sex_Magick.html

Enochian World of Aleister Crowley gives the student immediate access to the worlds most powerful, yet misunderstood, system of magick. Crowleys work was the launching pad for all that followed. Originally published in 1912, it rent the veil of the Inner Order of the Golden Dawn and revealed its most precious jewel for all to see. For the first time, the reader is provided with instructions that bridge the gap between the material and spiritual worlds by integrating Enochiana with Sex Magick. Mr. DuQuette and Dr. Hyatt bring over forty years of practical experience in the field to show you how to start using this powerful system right now.

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Beyond the wall / Re: ITT: Best Posts of the Day
« on: March 17, 2009, 04:30:21 pm »
Quote from: A+ Moyel
THE ONLY BAD THING IS TO NOT BE CIRCUMCISED.

Not so. I find my foreskin has a myriad of uses around the home. Right now, I am using it to hold the pen steady while I write a letter to my Grandmother. This way I can drink and type at the same time.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: March 17, 2009, 02:24:39 pm »
Lets put it this way.  When we had to submit proposals for our M.A. thesis', I suggested a paper called The Neorealism of Mordor: Balancing and Bandwagoning in Middle Earth.  My submission tutor told me "no, just no."  I argued that while the setting was, of course, invented, Neorealism and bandwagoning and so on were real phenomena.  To which he replied "do you want me to fail you for this course right now?  Because I could do that."

So, yeah.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: March 17, 2009, 02:03:45 pm »
Didn't Castaenda also use Don Juan as part of his Ph.D thesis?

Slightly different things, IMO.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: UNLIMITED financial fuckery thread
« on: March 17, 2009, 01:44:27 pm »
More doom:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/mar/15/job-centres-unemployment-vacancies

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Startling new figures have revealed that on average there are 10 jobseekers for every vacancy advertised in the UK. In one area of the south-east, 60 workers are available for each job.

Follow the money:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aPzu3EtQ99Jk&refer=home

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“I was happy to see that AIG finally handed over the counterparty information we’ve been requesting for months,” said Representative Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. “However, I am deeply concerned that Goldman Sachs received so much money from AIG considering the relationships between the two companies. We will certainly be investigating this further to ensure that this is merely a coincidence.”

Gangmasters are back in fashion:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/mar/15/gangmasters-asylum-seekers

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n Southall, where most of the workers are of Indian, Pakistani or East African origin, some claimed they had fallen victim to sharp practices at the hands of gangmasters, but had no recourse because they were working illegally.

Balbir, a tall, turban-wearing Sikh with a grey beard, has sought work from this car park for the past four months after losing his meat-packing job. Last month, he was driven to a butcher in Harrow where he was told he would be given a day's "trial" as a meat packer.

"I worked for nine hours without a break. At the end of it, they told me I had not got the job and refused to pay me," he said.

Another Sikh regular, who admitted to working illegally, said that his wages of £4.50 an hour were docked because he did not have his own tools for working on a building site in Ealing.

"I was told that I had to hire my tools for £1 an hour. I couldn't argue. There was no point," he said.

Some, however, are only too pleased to have an opportunity to work, despite the poor wages and conditions. Sukki, 42, said that last week he was taken in a white van to a factory unit in Southall where he butters bread for sandwiches which are sent to shops and petrol stations up and down the country.

He worked an 11-hour shift for six days a week and earned just £2 an hour, little more than a third of the national minimum wage of £5.73.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: UNLIMITED financial fuckery thread
« on: March 17, 2009, 01:30:42 pm »
Purnell has a plan to bring in a "workfare" system like the one in the US, which essentially means making the unemployed into a pool of cheap, serviceable labour for the corporate giants.  In his white paper on the topic, he suggested the government create partnerships with industry giants who would pay such workers (well) below minumum wage, and also get subsidies from the government for taking them off their hands.

My paranoid thinking is that by hyping the fear of an uprising of the unemployed over the summer, and the violence that will no doubt ensue, Parliament will use the emergency to push through such laws to get the poor "off the streets" and other such meaningless slogans which will expand government power and enrich the companies many MPs lobby for in their spare time.  If that is the case, shutting down job centres is necessary, to achieve the critical mass of unemployed people needed to cause such protests and violence.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: UNLIMITED financial fuckery thread
« on: March 17, 2009, 01:21:01 pm »
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123724826580949187.html?mod=djemalertNEWS

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In response to expected bonus restrictions, officials at Citigroup Inc., Morgan Stanley and other financial institutions that got government aid are discussing increasing base salaries for some executives and other top-producing employees, people familiar with the situation said.....

The discussions are at an early stage, partly because the government hasn't yet issued specific rules on the bonus payments that will be allowed at companies that received TARP aid. The talks also are proceeding cautiously because of the political volatility of pay, bonuses and perks on Wall Street, including outrage over American International Group Inc.'s promise to pay $450 million in bonuses to employees in the insurer's financial-products unit.

[...]

As banks and securities firms wrestle with growing regulation of compensation practices, substantially increasing the base salaries of top employees could become a popular response, some industry officials say. A larger salary would reduce the relative importance of bonuses but also help financial companies increase those payments, since they usually are calculated as a percentage of total annual compensation.

IOW bonuses are entitlements, not rewards for a properly done job.



Also, bonus Buffet financial analysis

http://www.cnbc.com/id/29552618/

Gets interesting at around 6:05

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: March 17, 2009, 12:53:58 pm »
No, but some of its translations certainly come across that way, on the first read.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: March 17, 2009, 12:50:18 pm »
Although all things are not to be judged in this manner, I mention it in the investigation of the Way of the Samurai. When the time comes, there is no moment for reasoning. And if you have not done your inquiring beforehand , there is most often shame. Reading books and listening to people's talk are for the purpose of prior resolution. 
Above all, the Way of the Samurai should be in being aware that you do not know what is going to happen next, and in querying every item day and night. Victory and defeat are matters of the temporary force of circumstances.

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Principia Discussion / Re: Frequently asked questions..
« on: March 17, 2009, 12:45:29 pm »


The mere existence of an alternative mode of being, the presence of which exemplifies that different identities are possible and thus de-naturalizes the claim of a particular identity to be the true identity, is sometimes enough to produce the understanding of a threat.

And yo momma is fat.

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