abuddhas memes - December 2001

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December's Depressions
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Something the FBI would rather you didn't know about is the Bovine Insurrection . There's even a dandy Bovinational Anthem called Cows With Guns.
Four legs good, Two legs bad.

The Manifesto of January 3, 2000
"After many years of cut-and-paste, appropriation, detournement and neo-retro ahistoricality, postmodernity is about to end. Immediately after the end of the fin de siecle, there will be a sudden and intense demand for genuine novelty."
The winner of a "first sentence of a novel or short story" award:
"There was no alternative; I had to paint the cat red."

...and a runner-up:
"The Englishman, Frenchman and German broke free of the joke that had long contained them, each determined to exact a unique revenge on the teller."

Reinventing Money, Restoring the Earth, Reweaving the Web of Life
"I think we should make little warning labels and stick them on our cash."
The New Politics of Consumption - Why Americans want so much more than they need, is an essay by Juliet Schor that entreats us all, above all, to go beyond it all.
"Americans did not suddenly become greedy. The aspirational gap has been created by structural changes-such as the decline of community and social connection, the intensification of inequality, the growing role of mass media, and heightened penalties for failing in the labor market. Upscaling is mainly defensive, and has both psychological and practical dimensions."
Often the review is a much more insightful read than the original work. This is the case with Ralph Metzner's look at The Voice of the Earth by Theodore Roszak. He comments: "Rather the book is a wide-ranging treatise on the philosophical and psychological assumptions and value-biases that underlie 20th century psychiatry and all of the rest of contemporary culture as well."

In religion all words are dirty words.
Anybody who gets eloquent about Buddha, or God,
or Christ,
Ought to have his mouth washed out with carbolic soap.
We see what we see because we miss all the finer details. - Alfred Korzybski
"Si hoc legere scis, nimis eruditionis habes."

I've been in an oceanic funk lately, feeling a deep sadness more appropriate to days of mourning than impending celebration. The bizarre fascist direction on which we are culturally embarked, an abject lack of collective focus on the issues that could save Gaianity, friends and neighbors losing meaningful employment, degrees of personal alienation, have all conspired to render me pretty much a mental muss.

Leaving this self-pitying introspection in the dust of attentive drive, I'll do my best to keep on truckin'.

gordon.coale freshly and lovingly placed on the left, brought me back to a favorite ghoul of mine: Sidney Gottlieb - The Coldest Warrior
"'The United States must not adopt the tactics of the enemy. Means are as important as ends. Crises make it tempting to ignore the wise restraints that make men free. But each time we do so, each time the means we use are wrong, our inner strength, the strength which makes us free, is lessened."
Sen. Frank Church
A bifocal essay by Michael Epstein begins with Touch-Art and leads to the magic realm of Thing-making - Thing-making is by no means the same as artistic creation. A made thing is intended not for contemplation but for use.
"...Touch reaches in man the maximum of discriminative accuracy. While in respect of all the other senses we fall below many species of animals, in respect of touch we far excel all other species in exactness of discrimination. That is why man is the most intelligent of all animals. This is confirmed by the fact that it is to differences in the organ of touch and to nothing else that the differences between man and man in respect of natural endowment are due; men whose flesh is hard are ill-endowed by nature, men whose flesh is soft, wellendowed. "
On the Soul. Book 2, part 9, (421a 20-25)
Alice in Quantum Land - A Quantum's Eye View is a great little fable for the budding cosmic flower in us all.
"What felt like waves of significance passed through Alice. She felt that this was somehow very, very important, but she had no idea how or why."
With Downloading Homer and Deconstructing Shakespeare Eileen M. Ciesla re-experiences the second Phi Beta Kappa Symposium; and notes that Their frustration was encouraging. It indicated that the love of knowledge has not died. It has had to find other ways to thrive, outside of universities, in the hands of the solitary reader.
"The truth is not complicated. It is unavoidable."
Scroll down a bit and have a joyous cosmology lesson. The huge bouncy giraffe just before the beginning of the universe: An experience of a cosmic walk
"What I had not expected to happen, though, was that we were all travelling at least three journeys simultaneously."

We can't eat the cookbook, nor make love with a magazine. In mistaking the represented for the actual we lose our embeddedness; our sanity. How we confuse symbols and things is an urgent message to wake up.
"The real solution to excessive governmental power is education. People must learn the difference between a symbol (government) and a thing (effective group action), and they must come to believe in themselves and the natural value of individual experience. If people educate themselves to the point that they realize their own power and capabilities, huge governments will lose their audience. And make no mistake about it -- big government isn't just like show business, it is show business: no audience, no show."
Future Warfare and the Decline of Human Decisionmaking brings the idea of war, if not the actuality, to trans-sensible understanding.
"Automated systems can certainly reduce the pressure of information saturation and eliminate conflicts, but at a price."
As we head into the long, dark Northern Lights season here in the Yukon, shimmering gusts of solar wind interfacing our magnetic field is not all we see with verticalized eyebulbs. A few years ago it was an exploding meteorite. Lost in Translation - The UFO Phenomenon as an Informational Virus
"So the brain plans and prepares for each subsequent action on the basis of past action, sensory input and perceptual synthesis. Consciousness is bidirectional, both reaching out to the world and folding reflexively in upon its own operations."
Besides being some five days beyond date, this National Security Archive briefing is definitive. Ford and Kissinger Gave Green Light to Indonesia's Invasion of East Timor, 1975
"Indeed, later that month Kissinger asked his advisers whether "We can't construe a Communist government in the middle of Indonesia as self-defense?""
Decisions we make now will reverberate for generations, and may indeed define our evolution. Privacy for individuals is essential, as no pragmatic observer could envision a truly transparent, and therefore utterly tolerant, society. Should corporations enjoy the same right to complete privacy? What about our government? Is total privacy conducive to the needed trust for peace, or is it the divide that will allow GlobalCorp to conquer us all? Testimony of Robert Corn-Revere before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Committee on the Judiciary United States House of Representatives The Fourth Amendment and the Internet
"Discovery and invention have made it possible for the Government, by means far more effective than stretching upon the rack, to obtain disclosure in court of what is whispered in the closet."
Weapons of Mass Protection - Nonlethality, Information Warfare and Airpower in the Age of Chaos by Chris Morris, Janet Morris, and Thomas Baines takes a sledge to the idea that we can 'manage' using a reactive approach to conflict resolution. On the other hand, this paper contains a rotten pound of ethical hamburger, and the maggots are swarming; and my head is swimming in the sexual undertow - The basic values inherent in airpower--deep penetration, broad reach, precision delivery, early entry--must be augmented with the ability to carry payloads whose results enforce policy throughout the operational continuum in ways suitable to the needs of decision makers in this age of chaos. - what is the opposite of orgasm? What kind of infantile peace does this give rise to?
"Airpower is clearly the first choice of policymakers when contemplating timely action abroad. The US Air Force can utilize existing technology and weapons platforms to develop new capabilities that will provide policymakers with the tools necessary for timely action in the new area between conventional diplomacy and warfare."
The decision was made by decree, preventing any discussion or intervention.

Mauve to dark purple, our little corner of nirvana gets very little lightening. What flashes of gaian dynamics we get in the summer are of the utmost importance. Fire is as endemic to this environment as chill. Lightening is the spark of renewal here, even though those of us immersed in the combustible realm wish it to be elsewhere; anywhere elsewhere!

For the first time, we've been able to map the global distribution of lightning

the red spot in the far left top is Yukon, yum.


I really like this concept: los otros, les autre, deepweb. An alter-Google, virtually containing a majority of the cyberverse (though the logistics of the endeavor is way beyond my ken), modeled on a Hubble telescope image, with stars and galaxies 3D-image-mapped as sites or domains, could give perceptual depth to the net's conceptual cornucopia; and provide a wonderfully holistic portal.

Depth is all about an interior journey. Nothing broadcast by means of any media opens the realm of possibility with such fusive potential. We are rather told a story in which by definition the point has been carefully crafted.

Our webfully connected medium, hypertextualized cognitive eros, allows the narrative to be personally directed and so directly personal.

Temposeparants and tempodesinents and time, time, time is on Meyen's side. Alexei A. Sharov performs a proportionately transtemporal analysis of the Typological Concept of Time. Tao, where was I?
"Therefore, time is considered not as a world frame but as its canvas. It is not a background of object change but the change itself. "
Our beloved democracy, with it's self-acclaimed egalitarianism and free media, is in fact dupery of the most despicable, vile, base order. So argues xxDavidxx in Feudalism......Alias American Capitalism. What really hits home is that this book has aged well. Penned in the late eighties, we can see truth in retrospect; and chillingly admire our deepening plight.
"The aim of the book is to provide enough shocking facts about the manipulative practices of America's power elite, that readers will be motivated (i.e., made angry enough) to take part in efforts to bring the richest 1% under control, ...before they impoverish the planet and destroy the biosphere."
Ignoring a possible split-electron (splectron?) crumbling of the logical base for this article, D. Chakalov invites the following visualization; and presents a leading-edge, superbly hypertextualized look at the Physics of Cognition. Suppose you chase somebody on the street (let's call him John), and any time you catch him, he leaves his jacket in your hands. You can't catch John. Just his jackets.
"The rejection of realism has logical consequences. In general, a variable has no definite value before I measure it; then measuring it does not mean ascertaining the value that it has. But then what does it mean?"
Erwin Schrödinger, 1935

Scrooge-ist sub-tendancies (and rrroll that rrr) and ancestral Scottish brood must be why I laughed so hard at How the Taliban Stole Christmas, by Santa Clause. Given moral/ethical considerations, perhaps this should be the "year without Christmas". ...which always reminds me of John and Yoko's "...so this is Christmas..." And that's the last I'll say of our seasonal hypocritical disfunction; for now.
"Now, I've always tried to remain neutral in political matters. It's just part of my elfin heritage. But the Americans were going to allow me to really expand my enterprise and bring bigger and better toys to the little boys and girls of the world. And all the Soviets really had to offer was free vodka for all the elves, and they've always preferred beer to the hard stuff. My choice was clear."
Doing drugs Dutch style is only a small article, but the links on the left provide a fairly biasedcomprehensive roundup of the latest scientific findings.
"The coffee shops began selling marijuana as early as 1976, and today there are about 900 such shops. Roel Kerssemakers, who works for the state-run Jellinek drug-abuse clinic, says this hasn't increased the number of smokers. "The forbidden-fruit effect is gone," says Kerssemakers. "There's very little peer pressure to smoke."
involution - Anodyne is a 'blogger-writer that I can really get into; direct, yet exploring depths of understanding only available to the initiated.
"To allow the small pleasures certain drugs can afford us is a tender mercy, as long as you take heed of all advice to not try to hide yourself in them, for no drug makes a very thick wall, or one that will protect you from the weather outside, or from starvation inside. Drugs are small, temporal pleasures, and if seen as such, they have the ability to make life liveable and sanity possible for certain sorts of people."
Life in the clouds is a refreshing reminder that life is endemic; and edenic if we could only grok it. Not a lot of lively micro-life around here though - minus thirty C, with a ten klick wind and just getting dressed for the dog obli-walk is exercise. I am amazed by the resilience of of the macro-life-forms that persist through the deep freeze. I am equally in awe of the bears, who chose to avoid the ordeal. I am truly bicameral...or SAD from Nov. to Mar.
"Results of testing showed an average of 1500 bacteria per cubic centimeter of cloud water, not very much compared to the 10,000 to 10 million found in lakes and oceans but 1500 more than anyone had previously imagined to exist in clouds. The lake specialists put it this way for their atmospheric colleagues: "clouds are an immense but shallow lake, only 50 centimeters of water deep but covering two-thirds of the globe. And this lake is inhabited"."
my femego
Are You Living In a Computer Simulation?
"This paper argues that at least one of the following propositions is true:" ...ha, you'll have to read the paper eh?...
I've got the flu...ewww. I believe viruses are an intelligence catalyst. Each time that I go through the stuffy green extrusion coughness, the rebound is plain magical. Is this wishful thinking combined with futurist dreaming? Yes, by gum, chicken noodle soup, canine care and a few days of forced rest with fresh sci-fi and I'll be right as Regulus. See ya inna coupl'a daze.
"A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife
Crisis Shall cumber all the parts of Italy;
Civil War Blood and destruction shall be so in use,
Genocide And dreadful objects so familiar,
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quartered with the hands of war,
The Dogs of All pity choked with custom of fell deeds;
War And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Atè by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry `Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war,
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial."
- Shakespeare; Julius Caesar; III, i, 262-275 -Antony
December 3rd, 2001 - day 53 of altered attention

Stephen Lewis... google him... Canada's next PM?
"There may be hurdles to leap, but once you begin to see the global fund's benefits applied to individual countries, you have a reservoir of hope that people will draw on."
I don't know about you, but I occasionally phantasize about edenic life; complete with innocent diaphonous umm, all satisfaction, no consequence...? sex, endless cornucopias of enticing edibles, pets that never shed or puke, weather that fulfills all bio-emotional needs, an evironment that both nurtures and natures.

Utopias are a staple of philosophical manna, and I think we all try in our own way to resolve our own lives toward an ideal comfort. It may be a balance between community obligation and personal drive or perhaps, as in my case, an actualvirtual remove from the suburban.

In any case, how does my personal quest for personhood claim freedom while our attention is directed to the constraint of freedom worldwide; and domestically!. I am afraid.

I am afraid of the Americans dissolving futher into meaningless hypocrisy, I am afraid that Canada will, by lack of leadership, fall into the empire-ical black hole that rampant capitalism implies. I am afraid that general attention has been so far removed from the common need that we indeed display a general insanity; and turn inward.

Bringing me back to earth is an amazingly dispassionate yet wonderfully revealing essay about an island that did not even get the Xian misssionaries until the late nineteenseventies, and could yet be spared the worst of economic integration....oop, too late. For One Distant Island, a Plunge into the Present
"Yet they watch. An older man peers out from behind a door. Children, past their bedtime, sit on the floor in a daze. Their parents study the flickering images, perplexed. Are those people living in the same world as we are?"
Ashcroft - closed-minded, bigoted, and constitutionally dangerous