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Aneristic Illusions / Zetas getting bolder
« on: December 29, 2010, 03:52:24 am »

The delictive group accuses the president Alvaro Colom of receiving 11.5 million dollars before the close of 2007 elections, and that he will pay for not delivering, with guilty or innocents.

Basicly the Zetas paid him to leave their alleged home base alone, but since he started making "operativos" confiscating weapons, planes and the like, they threatened the media to deliver the message on pain of getting themselves or relatives killed.

Or Kill Me / Horror-mirth and reaction formation
« on: December 10, 2010, 05:16:13 am »

I think that when we laugh at the state of the world, deep down we are not fooling ourselves, its just merely a superficial defense towards the anxiety that we feel deep down.

Laughing at a funeral? Jumping in joy that Palin might win in 2012? Funny how unscrupulous and cynical corporations are?

Not really.

Call me a bummer, but id rather not pretend pillaging and misery is funny, lest i start feeling sad about good things.

Aneristic Illusions / Irani nuclar scientist killed
« on: November 29, 2010, 03:34:32 pm »

President Mahmud Ahmadineyad accuses the USA and Israel to be behind the assasination of the most important specialist in nuclear isotope separation.

A couple of bikers purpotedly sticked bombs to the cars transporting said scientist while on the move.

First of all, i dont have a link to the book, its just copies i have in RL and in spanish and i happened to be starting to read it when this discussion got started: .

Im not sure how the dynamic for Book Club works, but, i guess ill just comment as i read along.

This book was written in 1989 by Bryan Wilson Key, whom has been a proffesor in studies of communication and a publicity executive, since 1973 he has been directing Mediaprobe as a non-profit investigation organization which aids consumers.

Aneristic Illusions / N. Korea attacks southern island of S. Korea
« on: November 23, 2010, 09:20:44 am »
North Korea today made a series of artillery shots towards a south-korean island locaed in the border zone of the Yellow Sea which caused injuries to at least 14 soldiers, informed the south-korean agency Yonhap.

According to military sources from south-korea consulted by Yonhap, north korea shot about 50 rounds of artillery around 14:24 local time that impacted the island of Yeongpyeong and waters of South Korea.

Supposedly there was a big show with fighters patrolling and whatnot.

Aneristic Illusions / Immanuel Wallerstein is rox?
« on: November 19, 2010, 11:33:40 pm »

Old fart, that is surely to be gone anyday now, but, ive read some fragments of his works, and im really starting to like him (like Weber)... i think hes very precise and cuts thru the bullshit:

Quote from: The Cold War and the Third World: The good times past? in "After Liberalism" (1996)
...I think that the essential characteristics of the period between 1945 and 1990 can be summarized in four affirmations:

1)USA was the hegemonical power in a unipolar world system. Its power, based in the overwhelming advantage of economic productivity in 1945 and in a system of alliances with occidental Europe and Japan, arrived to its maximum at around 1967-1973

2)USA and the URSS maintained an extremely  structured conflict, carefully contained, formal (but not substantial), in which the URSS acted as a subimperialist agent of USA.

3) The third world imposed to the lack of attention of the USA, the URSS and occidental Europe by reclaiming fuller rights, before the countries in the North anticipated or wanted. Its political power just as its weakness was based on the belief and optimism about the conjunct objectives of auto-determination (anti-colonialism) and national development.

4) The decades of the 70s and 80s were a period of economical swamping, resistance of the USA to its decline and the disillusion of the third world in its own strategy.

The very important situation that opens itself upon us as we enter the first half of the XXI century (when the capitalist world economy will be in total and agitated crisis) is if there will be new movements, with new projects of strategy and programs. It is very possible, but its far from being sure. The reason is that nobody has proposed strategies and programs of action to replace the deceased leninist-wilsonist strategies for the third world, which in themselves were not a thing other than the extensions of the strategy of the XIX century to take the state power, employed bye both the socialists and the nationalists.

I mean, he spells doom in right about the ways that is happening now (i will add more parts of the text within the next days), 15 years later, i think it would be worth it to see his more recent works.

Or Kill Me / Doubts about my future profession - Please Input
« on: November 02, 2010, 01:05:29 am »

The first time i visited a library out of my own free will was at 11, among the things i looked for where psychiatric manuals (Im assuming it was the DSM-IV), and it seemed so weird to me, like some kind of alchemical book of the mind, A+B=X (behaviour A and behaviour B, equal disorder X) i didnt make much of it, but it just felt weird, speaking of humans and the mind as if it were a zero-sum phenomenon, so to speak.

Over the years that ive read and commented with people about psycho-analytic books and theories ive heard criticisms ranging from calling it a cult, that its a pansexualist reductionism, that its a fraud, that it is anti-scientific and that its threading quilts out of air.

Im decently read and "hip" to it, but i also am not even close to having read all the works of say Klein, Freud, Fromm and the likes of them, but all the nay-sayers that have actually stopped to have a real conversation about it end up acknowledging their criticisms were ideological.

So P.D. i ask of you, can you help me poke holes in psycho-analysis?

Apple Talk / USA offers apologies for infecting Guatemalans with STDs
« on: October 02, 2010, 03:19:41 am »

Quote from:
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Estados Unidos ofreció disculpas este viernes por un estudio de investigación realizado entre 1946 a 1948, en el que deliberadamente infectó de sífilis a varios guatemaltecos como parte de un experimento.

En una declaración emitida por las secretarias de Estado, Hillary Clinton, y Salud y Servicios Humanos, Kathleen Sebelius, dijeron que la acción ha sido "reprobable".

EU realizó la investigación con la intención de buscar vacunas contra enfermedades venéreas.

"Lamentamos profundamente que esto haya sucedido y pedimos perdón a todas las personas que se vieron afectados por esas prácticas abominables de investigación", expresa la declaración conjunta.

"El comportamiento exhibido durante el estudio no representa los valores de Estados Unidos o nuestro compromiso con la dignidad humana y un gran respeto por el pueblo de Guatemala".

Las autoridades guatemaltecas tienen conocimiento del informe, pero no harán comentarios al respecto hasta más tarde este viernes, señaló el vocero presidencial, Ronaldo Robles, a CNN.

La investigación fue titulada Estudio del Servicio de Salud Pública de EU sobre Inoculación de Enfermedades de Transmisión Sexual 1946-1948. Recibió el respaldo de la entonces Organización Panamericana de la Salud y del gobierno de Guatemala.

"El estudio es un triste recordatorio de que las garantías adecuadas para la investigación en seres humanos no existían hace medio siglo", menciona la declaración. "En la actualidad, los reglamentos que gobiernan la investigación médica en seres humanos financiada por Estados Unidos prohíben este tipo de violaciones atroces".

Clinton y Sebelius aseguran que Estados Unidos puso en marcha una investigación sobre los detalles de este caso de 1946. Y también convocaron a un grupo de expertos internacionales para examinar e informar sobre los métodos más eficaces para asegurarse de que todas las investigaciones con seres humanos en todo el mundo médico cumplen rigurosas normas éticas.

"A medida que avanzamos para comprender mejor este atroz suceso, reiteramos la importancia de nuestra relación con Guatemala y nuestro respeto por el pueblo guatemalteco, así como nuestro compromiso con las normas éticas más exigentes en la investigación médica", agregaron.

Detalles del experimento

El Servicio de Salud Pública de Estados Unidos en la administración de Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) lideró la investigación que tenía como objetivo ver el desarrollo de las enfermedades en periodos prolongados de tiempo, sin ofrecer tratamiento alguno a los infectados.

Las prácticas han salido a la luz gracias a un estudio de la investigadora de la Universidad de Wellesley, Susan Reverby, quien afirma que infectaron a 696 personas, muchas de ellas pacientes internados en instituciones para enfermos mentales.

De acuerdo con el estudio de Reverby, los experimentos trataban de determinar si la penicilina podía prevenir, y no sólo curar, una infección de sífilis.

Los sujetos fueron contagiados en visitas de prostitutas que tenían la enfermedad e inoculación directa, y a muchos de ellos se les alentó a que propagaran los padecimientos a otras personas, de acuerdo con la investigadora, que no pudo determinar si los pacientes fueron curados o tratados más adelante.

Nick Valenciana contribuyó con este despacho.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — USA offered apologies this friday for experiments made from 1946-48 in which subjects were deliberatly infected with syphilis...

Techmology and Scientism / Sapphire Knife
« on: July 10, 2010, 07:14:16 am »

Russian guys makes knives made of sapphire.

These knives can be easily taken inside the airplane in your handbag, for example if you care about your right to use your knife anywhere you want.

These knives cannot be discovered by any sort of metal-detector, they have none metal parts at all.

Their blades are being made from artificial sapphire, the same material that is being used to make non-scratchable watches by leading Swiss brands. Handles are made of the bone.

Only diamonds exceed it in the hardness, so anybody can easily make his name carved on the airplanes bull’s-eye airplane window. It scratches glass without any difficulty and can be sharpened only with special diamond whetstone.

« on: June 17, 2010, 03:17:39 am »

What is this?


Why is this?


...for starters a 90´s classic, share your favorite!

Apple Talk / .
« on: March 14, 2010, 08:28:27 pm »


Quote from:
The charred remains of an aspiring Playboy model have been discovered in a Miami rubbish bin.

Paula Sladewski, 26, was so badly burned that police had to use dental records to identify her.

Apple Talk / Man discovers long lost dad is Charles Manson
« on: January 02, 2010, 07:19:15 am »

A Los Angeles DJ got a bit of a family tree shock after finally discovering the identity of the man who impregnated his mother- serial killer Charles Manson...

Or Kill Me / Female gender role in Mexico: Origins and Manifestation
« on: December 28, 2009, 10:56:09 am »

   The gender role of women in Mexico is not an absolute, static or ahistorical, it is a psycho-social construction. But, how to know what is the gender role of the Mexican woman? And also, what has affected it throughout the years? Maybe the answer can be found thru derivation of historical facts, cultural practices and analysis of mythological figures

Historical Context

Aztec Empire

   Within aztec society, it was expected of the woman to be a virgin until marriage, to be submissive, abnegated, reserved and to accept the reproaches of her husband; despite this, she could enter contractual relations, inherit and possess property, and to ask for justice when it was necessary.1
   Their social stratification was “based in prestige… that was achieved mostly through warrior feats or thru commerce”2 At birth, the umbilical cords of males were buried in a battle field, to symbolize their future role as warriors, while the ones of females was buried near the home, to symbolize their domestic centered future; the day of their name assignation, males were given a small bow, four arrows and a shield, while the females were given objects to sew, a huipil (blouse) and naguas (skirt)3


   During the colonial period this changed, because, aztec women were used by the conquistadores as a médium to bear children and use them not just as labor slaves, but sexual too.4 The Inquisition institutions in Mexico existed from 1522 until 1819, during said years there was a monastic inquisition that focused on evangelization and battling idolatry (1522-1533), that later on gave place to an Episcopal inquisition from 1535 until 1571, when the Spanish Crown decreed natives out of its jurisdiction, and that the bishop only had power over matters of morality and faith. Basicly his power was restricted to 20% of the population by 1571: Spaniards, Europeans, mestizos, Africans, mulattos and Asians, which constituted about 450,000 persons.The treatment of women by this institution “generally benefited women with indulgence from the judges, for it is not acceptable to treat these irresponsible minors that, barely conscious, with the same rigour as men, which are the only complete human beings”

Bigamy was common in these times, adventurous spaniards that arrived to the New Spain for riches, usually left behind their families to, in theory, send for them once they were established, although, in many of the cases, they remarried.

There were special cases of women, which were “blessed” or sorceresses. “Blessed” ones like Teresa Romera, Antonia de Ochoa and Juana de los Reyes did acts such as spitting blood from their mouths, had visitations by Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary and Thomas Aquinas, manifested sores, suffered catatonic states due to being possessed by some evil spirit, making fastings, using sackcloths and constant penitence (which translated into credit, “wills” and donations by the community); what they had in common too was being criollas, with an economically unstable situation. Sorceresses usually lived in the countryside, widows and being women of caste, constantly prescribing diverse substances, ignoring, but not opposing religion, having a constant interaction with women that asked for their services.

The Spaniard women that arrived to Mexico could choose to be nuns (but there were aristocratic and racial requisites, such as having Christian ancestry while not having Jewish), but not on an ascetic manner, more like with servants; meanwhile, Spaniards born in mexico, native royalty, mestizos and free blacks had to conform themselves of becoming “sisters” to do all the work.


After the Independence, women could study in secular schools, but in regards to them, the Feminist Congress that took place in Yucatan in 1916 said “They lived, made tortillas, and died”. During Juarez’s Reforma, the goods and properties of the Church were nationalized, nunneries were abolished and there was given the opportunity for mayor education and jobs for women. After the conservative intervention that saw Maximilian in power, with Porfirio Diaz there was a slow but constant increase of educated women. Between 1888 and 1904, the first women graduated from medicine, law and commerce.

Unmarried women had the same rights as men (except vote), while the married ones would fall within the law under the category of “imbecilitas sexus”, which reduced their rights to those of children; but women of lower classes basicly had the coice of being servants or prostitutes.


During the Revolution, women took over farms, businesses and families, aswell as participated in the conflicto as soldiers, rear guard, and as spies. Carranzistas took power and wrote “Althought the fact that some exceptional women possess the necessary qualifications to exersice satisfactorily their political rights, it does not derive in the conclusion that those should be given to all women as a class”

XX Century

Until 1922 was when vote was granted to women, in Yucatán; in 1923, four women were elected as deputies. 1924, Elvira Carrillo Puerto was elected for the Chamber of Deputies, but her credentials were not recognized. 1932, equality of rights such as entering contracts, to hold federal and state office, have jobs and be able to sell properties. 1953, Ruiz Cortines follows thru with a proposition made by president Cardenas that explicitly declared the right of voting to all women in all elections of the country and the ability to take charge of any office.

Aztec and Christian Mythology: Important Female Figures


“Ever since the days of Eden, apples have been man´s desire. How overjoyed I am to think, sir, apples grow, too, in my garden”. –The Beautiful Witch

   Condemned within the context of ancient Babylon, Hebrew tablets, the kabbalah and hermetism (although not within modern luciferianismo), for the act of being a woman that demands equality, that doesn’t submit to male pressure “Why should I lay below you? For I was made out of dust too, therefore, I am your equal” Adam insisted, which provoked Lilith to abandon him, God sent three angels after her to make her come back – she refuses to return, and God puts a curse upon her, that a hundred of his children shall day every day, to which she promises to kill any infant before circumcision at the third day for males, and before the twentieth for females. Because of her insubordination and contrarieties to typical characteristics within marianism, she is characterized as a demon, and because of this she isn’t venerated.

Virgin Mary

   The mother of God son, the wife of the Holy Spirit, daughter of Joachim and Saint Anne, the veneration of Mary officially started at the council of 431 A.D. where among other things, consensus was reached about her virginity and assumption, and was given the title “Theotokos” (Mother of God). Contrasting with mythological figures such as Iokasté, Elektra, Antigone, Cassandra and Clitemnestra, she summed up in her being pious maternity, grace and purity. When the angel Gabriel visited her, she responded “Here is the slave of the Lord, may his word be accomplished in me”. Here is the figure from where “marianism” is derived, a passive women beside a masculine figure, and that derives her grace and divinity only thru the act of giving birth.


   Coatlicue (the one with the serpent skirt) is the Earth goddess, along with Ometecuhtli, forming the primordial couple Ometeotl, and at the same time she represents Teteo Innan (Mother of the Gods), Tonatzin (Our Venerated Mother) and Toci (Our Grandmother); among other names of her were Omecihuatl (Lady Two), Tonacacihuatl (Our Sustain), Citlalcueitl (star skirt) and Mictecacihuatl (Lady of Mictlán). One day, after finding a ball of feathers, she took it, and turned out pregnant by it, which enraged her sons, the Centzon Huitznahuac and her daughter Coyolxauhqui, which desired to kill her. Coatlicue fleed to the mountain Coatepec, where just before being caught by her sons, gave birth to Huitzilopochtli, which was born in adult form and fully armed, and defeated his brothers.

Our Lady of:  Izamal, San Juan, Zapopan y de la Salud

   Besides the minutia details of their particular origins, what they have in common are the attributions of them of curing and protecting such as: protecting load lifters that were transladating them from one place to another, curing crippled children, blacks, indigenous people and mulattos; saving sailors attacked by pirates; resurrecting children, youth and animals; curing the blind and stopping epidemics.

Virgin Mary of Guadalupe

   Mary of Guadalupe, symbol of mestizo identity, maternal figure for a land of orphans, piety and national unity; a translation of the Virgin Mary for the New Spain context. She appeared upon Juan Diego between the 9 and 12th of December of 1531, in which during she convinced the population of Tlatelolco that they should build a temple in her name. She was war standard for fights such as the indigenous rebellion against slavists; in 1810 she was the standard for Miguel Hidalgo and the Independence and finally in 1910s Revolution, she was standard of the Zapatistas during their march over the capitol.


   The aztec myth of the creation of humans, mentions that Quetzalcoatl and Huitzilopochtly, the man they named Oxomaco, which would dedicate itself to work the land, and the woman they named Cactonal, which would dedicate itself to knitting and sewing, healing, foreseeing the future and sorcery. The most prestigious place was the Paradise of the Sun, to which only warriors killed in combat, those that were sacrificed and women that died during child delivery had access. There was the belief, that if a person ate a tamal, that while cooking got stuck in the bottom of the casserole, for men, they would have bad aim in war, and for women, they would not bear children properly. All of these beliefs hightlight the sexual role division; men should do the physical work and be warriors, while the women should focus on children and the home; the problems that come from eating a tamal stuck in the bottom of the casserole, manifest what was most important for each gender and wished to avoid.
        There is continuity in the treatment of women in the Aztec Empire up to the post-colonial period, because, due to machismo present in the prehispanic culture; the cult of virility. Aswell, machismo has its counterpart, hembrismo; the man as strong, conqueror, dominant; the woman as dependent, conformist, with no imagination and shy.
   Within machismo, a man proves his virility by having sexual conquests, and the material evidence of these conquests are children, which implies impregnating multiple women, holding a pattern of infidelities, which inevitably leads to an abscense of the father in all the spectrum of possible manners; while the woman is more “noble” by, despite suffering with her situation, not leaving her husband and raising the children herself. “Middle class in general, sees feminine parasitism as a virtue: the most beautiful adornment of the home, of his husband, it’s the wife, a living testimony of his manhood, money and power”

It’s an interesting manifestation, colonial bigamy, for it’s a respect for the catholic ritual, but at the same time, but ignoring its restrictions completely. Possibly something that influenced until actuality is the “disphasement of appearances, the offered and kept image and the reality that things it hides”
The situation of the beatificated women and the sorceress, was with the intent of exerting influence over important people with power, such as high class women or males “its about sexual and social revenge, such effects shouldn’t be underestimated”, them being women in the first place, and also without privileges, it was their only way to excel. Other way for prestige was becoming a nun, but taking care of not dealing with theological issues, or any intellectual matter, for that brings on trouble, such as those faced by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.

   A study realized between 1966 and 1967, of 2457 men and 2953 women in the Federal District and other 14 states, showed results that the number of children born to a Mexican couple throughout 20 years of marriage, are in average 6.9. And this great number of children, relegates the woman to have to focus on child birth and rearing, due to the cultural tendency for the father’s abscense within the family system. Also, a survey of 2500 couples, realized between 1966 and 1968, showed that only 11.5% knew, accepted and used contraceptive methods that were not approved by the Church.

   A characteristic of the Mexican family is “an absentee father that appears eventually and an abnegated and passive mother”; this absence of the father difficults the psycho-social development, due to, there not being a castrating agent that brings forth the incest prohibition and helps them cross the Oedipus complex, the son, instead of having value on its own, has to live being merely the phallus of the mother, which is gratifying for the mother, but its in detriment to the differentiation and autonomy of the children.

   “The prescence of goddesses or protective virgins, was the only possible way to uphold hope that could lessen their orphan quality” Also, readapting a judeo-christian god, with a Mesoamerican god such as Huitzilopochtli was something difficult if not impossible; on the other hand, Coatlicue, despite having some non-concordant aspects with the Virgin Mary, was able to be adapted in a local manifestation such as the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, due to racial factors (skin tone), aesthetical associations (the star skirt converted into a mantle), gender role (maternality of a divine being) and due to historical idiosincracies (such as the suffering brought upon by the colonization, which created the necessity of a more benevolent transformation of the goddess).


The spanish colonization arrived in a violent manner over Aztec society, and brought upon many changes in the matter of culture and social organization. Spanish society was theocratic like the Aztecs –but probably less-; Aztec society and religion shared with the catholic religion its ideas about the gender role of women, which was reduced to the home and child bearing, and therefore was not the cause behind the change. I think that more influence was exerted by the abuse and violence done by the conquistadores over the indigenous women, that accentuated machismo and hembrismo, which were already present before its arrival, by making slaves out of them and having no restrictions on the power over them.


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Techmology and Scientism / HELP - Ive got some virus on my comp
« on: December 18, 2009, 10:19:01 am »
It is blocking me from accessing virus scanners and the Micro$oft website and im not sure if it has to do with my comp not having audio currently, although my hard drive recently broke down and im using a new one.

EDIT: Seems SS&D does not scan for viruses, time to test AV Eagle. :roll:

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