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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / The Best Map
« on: January 18, 2007, 01:39:00 am »
The map is not the territory.

The map is never the territory.

Some maps are better than others.

What are the features of the best map?

it might be interesting to use some visual aids in answering this question...

what things do we deal with?
life/living things

any worthwhile map needs to include all these elements directly or indirectly

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / him they we you us me
« on: January 15, 2007, 01:43:27 am »
me is a part of some sort of us

when you are talking to me, im known as you - a component of you (plural)

when you talk about me, im known as him - a component of them

when you and me align and move in the same direction, we are a part of we - you can refer to it as us

you wanna get rid of him
you gotta be ready to deal with them

and if you wanna go against me
you go against us

we dont stop
we dont go away
we lay low for a little while
but we always come back

we take many forms

Bring and Brag / Warmth
« on: January 11, 2007, 10:32:46 pm »
We are glad you came back.

We missed your presence here - the way you keep everything grounded and balanced.

Things got pretty hectic without you around.

We know you had to go through some shit to make it back here.

You don't have to tell us about it.

We just want you to know that it's good you made it back.

We know you probably had to do some things you didn't want to do, but you can keep that to yourself if you want.

It doesn't matter what you had to do.

We understand.

Don't feel bad.

The important thing is that you're back.

If you have stories to tell, we'll listen.

Just don't feel that you owe us any explanation.

We know all about it - or at least, we can imagine.

Take a seat.


There's food in the kitchen and blankets in the closet if you need to rest.

Help yourself.

If you need anything, let us know.

We'll be around.

You did good.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / The Infinite Jest - Media and Apocalypse
« on: January 11, 2007, 04:33:50 pm »
In the book Infinite Jest*, there are details about a potent form of media.

Here is a brief re-cap:

In the world where the story takes place, promotional DVD-like discs were often sent to people in the mail as a form of advertisement.

Upon returning home from work early one day, one of the characters receives a DVD in the mail, but the package had no details or description on it. Dude popped it into his player anyway and began watching it.

The reader never finds out (I dont think) what the exact contents of the disc are. All we find out is that the disc is so engaging that the dude watches it, and it is so engaging that he watches it again. And then again. And then again. And then he just puts it on loop, and gets stuck watching this program.

When his wife comes home and finds him stuck in front of the screen, she sees that he has also pissed his pants and has slipped into some sort of zombie-like state watching this program. But when she starts watching it, she also gets stuck watching the program.

Eventually, dude doesnt show up for work the next day. His employer sends some lackeys to go check whats goin on. When they show up at his house, they peep the scene and then they too end up getting stuck watching the program on the screen.

Some door-to-door religious types find the door open and decide to enter the house. They too get stuck watching the program.

By now you should see where this is going.

As it turns out - if I recall correctly - the media had been put together by some sort of French-Canadian terrorist organization of people in wheelchairs. I cant remember the full details correctly.

The notion of creating a piece of media that is so engaging that people cannot turn away from it seems to be the aim of some people and organizations.

Controlling the mind.

In these days, creating a immobile, comatose audience is not the preferred outcome. Rather, media is getting better and better at making people move in a certain direction. Its not so much a quest to control peoples entire lives, but instead it is a quest to control the decision-making capacity insofar as revenue and profits are involved.

How does one counter this?

It seems that the approach of avoiding and/or boycotting media has been attempted, but has failed miserably. The media force simply becomes stronger and more effective.

The results are predictable: people making choices based on information that is broadcast not to 'inform', but to convince.

The destructive effects of this are evident and have been detailed repeatedly.

The only thing that seems clear now is that this is a trend that is not going to stop until 'the end' (whatever you may determine that to be).

If this is something inevitable, it seems that the only way to put an end to this is to leap into it and advance the progress.

This point of view can be seen in some literature:
"Immanentizing the eschaton" is a term I recall from The Illuminatus Trilogy*, and I also recall themes similar to this in the graphic novel Watchmen*.

Saying that something is imminent suggests that it is inescapable.
When there is something inescapable, it places constraints and pressure - like being trapped.
When something notices that it is trapped, it is not uncommon for that thing to seek any way out.
In a situation like this - it appears that the 'only way out' is to plunge head-first into the situation.

more on this later...

add on...

Infinite Jest - by David Foster Wallace - debut novel - a ridiculous 1100 pages - flashes of brilliance
The Illuminatus Trilogy - by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson - incredibly entertaining - many suggest it is poorly written with a sloppy ending
Watchmen - by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons - great piece of literature - held by some as the best graphic novel ever

Or Kill Me / At Any Given Moment
« on: January 09, 2007, 12:45:14 am »
mmmmm just about to sit down for a nice meal

perhaps a little candle light to set some warm ambience

for yall meat eaters - maybe a nice rack of lamb wiff a side of veggies
for the non-meat-eaters - maybe a plate of home-made macaroni and cheese, some broccoli on the side

for some - a glass of wine
for others - just water

regardless - you are about to sit down to a pleasant supper, and on your way to sit down, you decide to check the answering machine

and on the answering machine, you find a message from "Them"

They called

and in a pleasant voice, They let you know that They want you to contact Them

well what in the sweet fuck do they want to talk to you about?

naw - you cant find out now - business hours is over

is it good news?
is it ever good news when They contact you?

or perhaps it isnt a message on your answering machine

perhaps it is a letter in the mail -- again polite, and very specific

They require this, this, this, and this

naw - They dont tell you why - They just tell you it is required

do you do that to other people?
would you do that if given the opportunity?

would you upset peoples digestion? and keep something looming on their mind?

do you want to carry the burden of proof everywhere you go?

whod you go with?
how much?
how many?
how long?
when was it?

any given moment with a brief weekend reprieve

when They are out of the office, and the mail doesnt get delivered

the looming threat specialists
keeping you safe and scared
protecting you with cozy blankets of worry

got dam its great to be alive on planet earth

2007 style

Or Kill Me / Themes (Notes)
« on: January 02, 2007, 06:48:45 am »
Condensed version of some forum discussions around these parts over the past while (LHX angle):


1. Regardless of how well you can talk big and back it, you will eventually be humbled by something bigger.

2. If you want something done, do it yourself.

3. While doing something yourself, dont be surprised to see other people working toward the same end.

4. Regardless of how good you are at saving things and keeping a reserve, eventually you will be forced to use everything you got.

5. a) no, you didn't ask to be put in this situation
b) no, nobody listens to anybody crying victim

6. a) if your motivations are right, nobody can hold anything against you
b) be prepared to be screw up as you try to translate your motivations into action
c) be prepared not to be able to define what 'right' is
d) be prepared to misunderstand and be misunderstood

7. A firm foundation and lines of support are enough to counter all instances of envy, greed, lust and hate that expose themselves.

8. Martyrs are not respected.

9. People who allow themselves to be lulled and stimulated into submission are not respected.

10. If you broadcast a perspective to enough people, eventually you will find somebody to oppose it; also, eventually you will find somebody who opposes it and effectively substantiates the opposing point of view.

11. Maybe Logic suggests the barstool might not be there; Occam's Razor suggests that you should duck. Or at least study Kung Fu.

Possibly more to come.
Possibly this list can be refined even better.

lmao @ 'possibly'

maybe even reduced to a single letter

upon focusing on the letter THIS ENTIRE LIST WILL COME BACK like a blossoming flower (<--- poetic imagery)


Although it is not quite the standard, there is no shortage of people who dissent against the status quo of developed nations.

A large proportion of people, as they go through their teenage years, develop a outlook on the state of affairs where they see that things are either not going right, or that things could be better.

There are some mechanisms in place to keep dissenters at bay. Although some of these mechanisms are blatant (punishment or confinement), some of them are crafty and subtle.

Most 'dissenters', 'anarchists', and 'subversive thinkers' are kept in line even when they don't recognize it. It seems that one of the keys to this is tied into the rewards system that gets established and impressed upon people as they grow up.

No matter how much a person is displeased with the current system, it seems that many people are still stuck looking for the same rewards that are only seen in the current system.

The voice of dissention that wants to be known when he walks down the street as the voice of dissention.

The guy who buys the Che Guevara shirt in the color that nobody else has.

It is not against the law to carry a sign and holler in the street. It may be fun and look cool.
But, the truth is that carrying a sign and hollering in the street accomplishes approximately nothing.

In short, the person whose motivations are personal gain within the status quo rather than personal gain by changing the status quo is doing nothing but shooting himself in the foot. Possibly even the kneecap.

At the end of the day, the system stays in place - likely even stronger due to that person's contributions.

That isn't to say that the path toward A Better Tomorrow‚Ѣ isn't thankless -
Although you may hear words of encouragement as you venture forth, and although people may make you offers that put you in a better physical situation, and although the insightfulness you develop may make a woman's panties moist, and although little kids might look up to you and want to be like you, these things should not be your motivation.

As long as they are your motivation, the Powers that Be‚Ѣ have everything they need to dangle a carrot in front of your face. And even though you may not be afraid of them - even though they won't have you on the run - they will still have you chasing something.

As long as they can make you move, they will make you move. Jumping through hoops and making compromises that result in you coming up short in the long run.

You will never shake that feeling of lack, except for short periods of time.

That emptiness will linger.

If you see that things need to be changed, then change them. Don't get comfortable just because somebody tossed you a treat when you showed them a better trick.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Getting into a Discussion
« on: December 26, 2006, 05:08:58 pm »
What is the point of getting into a discussion with somebody who doesnt acknowledge that they might be wrong about the topic at hand?

It wouldnt even be a discussion.

These people do exist.

Bring and Brag / In the Air
« on: December 23, 2006, 09:30:03 pm »
from the republic of 'cant-fuck-wiff-it'
stick a psychic for a card deck and do tricks wiff it
pick-a-card-any-card youre still lame
need knowledge like deserts need rain
a lot of me is the same
but im aware of it and that seem to make the difference
out of place in your vicinity like a muslim at christmas
bare witness
to the extension of the olive branch
resort to violence last
the gun blast is low class
know that
im always there when you need me
but when you plot and scheme you cant see me
not greedy
just slimy and greasy
some call it seedy
like the beast is leakin out of me
thru skin pores and saliva
only 27 but more cranky than a old timer
get off my grass
dont come over
dont call me
dont challenge me - theres no way you can out ball me
out rhyme me
out smart or out-of-time me
im so low key even the dolphins dont know me
so deep it pops submarines that cant handle the pressure
like a man on the streets living months in the same sweatshirt
endure suffering
keep moving
keep creating - improving
no illusions
never confusing
only showing and proving
delusions of grandeur
get beaten and battered
left in the dirt or like ashes get scattered across the planet
minds attract like magnets
and turn obstacles to fragments
never stagnant
in the air like a mist: you cant grab it

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Who is 'Us'?
« on: December 21, 2006, 07:11:43 pm »
on a roll....


what is 'We'?

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Making Occult Studies more Accessible
« on: December 20, 2006, 08:57:26 pm »
It seems that one of the biggest stumbling blocks to making progress in occult studies is the tradition of mystery (or dare i say mahdjgickque?).

We have all but dismantled that aspect of the occult here.

What is the key understanding to accomplishing this?

Does it need to be understood that the occult words and symbols came after the things that they are describing? That they are a part of a process rather than the cause of a process?

Does it need to be understood that a card pulled from the tarot sheds insight on a situation rather than [i/predicting a concrete outcome[/i] of a specific situation?

Ive been taking a look at these occult systems lately - and it seems that they all aim in some way to re-create the universe we are living in - they allow you to take a 3rd person perspective on the situation that you are actually participating in

and the resulting insight is the thing that seems magical, but in reality is just a very useful insight

some people genuinely try to make progress in studying the occult, but there arent many resources available that deliver the raw goods (not many that i know of at least)

there is a lot of people making a lot of money by writing books and confusing their readers

excuse me - my venus is ascending retrograde (how embarrassing!)

Literate Chaotic / Squash - Crunch - Splat
« on: December 19, 2006, 09:30:17 pm »
The bigger group tries to get bigger, while the smaller group struggles to survive and not get exterminated.

When the bigger group exterminates the smaller group, it suddenly implodes on itself creating XXXXXXXX smaller groups, most of which quickly learn what it was like to be the smaller group that had just been exterminated.

Everything settles down.

The techniques that had allowed the last of the previous small groups to endure as long as it did will eventually allow the new small groups to thrive in what seem like heavenly circumstances.

There are not many small groups left.

This here is one of them.

It will be exterminated one day, but it wont be all bad.

(Bedtime story)

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / A Realistic Way for People to Live Together
« on: December 18, 2006, 04:39:38 am »
Recently got into a discussion that tried to jolt idealism into the realm of reality regarding how people would ideally live together.

'Co-exist peacefully'

Suprisingly (or not) the technology that has developed on the internet seems to be the ideal method for communicating in this type of 'real/ideal' situation.

(Depending on whether or not you see the bulletin board technique as 'new', or just a new version of something old)

Here were the general principles (series of agreements):

Agree to:

- to never come over without being invited

- never to set in motion a process that results in any unnecessary disturbance in your vicinity (sirens, alarms, explosions, etc)

- unless otherwise requested, all communications will be placed at a 3rd party location, and will be placed there with the understanding that they may never be retreived or responded to

- never ask for a favor

- make available anything that i have an abundance of for you to use or not use as you see fit

the knee-jerk feedback has been 'there is no way to enforce those rules' which is true - it would require some notion of a different kind of justice doled out by something else in some form

the other knee-jerk reaction was 'rules arent good' - which is true
but it seems that disrespect for others is worse than having to agree on some basic rules
- also: i dont really see any lack of freedom in this scenario

if anything - it seems like these agreements fit into the whole 'do as thou wilt...' situation which seems to be the correct dirtbike to be riding thru the wilderness

seems to follow suit that if people made those type of (respectful) agreements, nobody would trip over anybody else

it lacks a certain element of romance, but people are creative

so please - take aim and blast some holes in this

is it that outlandish?

is somebody going to bring up the 'humans are animals and cant live like this' argument?

Bring and Brag / LHX - The Deviant Art Debut
« on: December 14, 2006, 01:24:25 am »
thats whats up

Or Kill Me / Part 331 - All Good
« on: December 12, 2006, 09:55:42 pm »
Different people look for different things at different times.

If you are living in comfort, you aren't looking to become more aware of your environment.

They came up with that saying "no news is good news" for a reason - if you're feeling good now, why jeopardize it by learning more?

Who knows what lurks around that next corner?
That next piece of information you pick up could carry some bad shit with it. Perhaps a looming threat. Perhaps word that your the end of your plush days is near at hand. Perhaps word that the things you are doing now are going to come back and bite you in the ass

Fair enough.

Different people look for different things at different times.

We have developed shells against hearing about alarming trends or flaws in how we approach our lives.

Most of us aren't directly responsible for the misfortunes of others, so the ability to detach ourselves from people experiencing hard times is understandable.

We aren't the ones in charge of making the decisions about how the world uses its resources. We need to get from point A to point B, and we have limited options how to do this.

Our diets and habits have carried us this far. We feel healthy and stimulated. If it ain't broke, let it be.

Conspiracies are prime-time now. Saving the environment is big business, and they still use paper to print their flyers. Why would you want to join those flawed causes? It's easy to tune people out. There is no perceptible evidence of the climate changing, and even if there was, determining what it would lead to is nothing more than a guess at most.

The entertainment we are provided with is varied and there is a lot of choices. Women will peel their clothes off for you over the internet, and they build machines now that give clitoral stimulation.

Those are all valid observations.

Nobody can prove you wrong.

On paper, you have everything you need, and the world you are living is working for you right now.

Your future: that's looked after, too.

Insurance, baby.

If anything bad happens, you get to cash-in for the estimated equivalent value of your loss.

So there is no such thing as loss - because you get the cash equivalent back. See how that works?

Different people look for different things at different times, and in a nutshell, you have it all wrapped up.


Let us know if your situation changes and you want to talk.

Don't worry - we won't be mad at you.

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