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As I'm sure every reader is aware, armegeddon is not a question of if but when; barring Friendly AI and/or trans-solar expansion of our species. In order to get fully acquianted with the possible "put your head between yor legs and kiss whatever is in reach goodbye" , why don't we invetigate the gamut of End-of-the-World Scenarios.
"Actually, no one knows for sure. As I already mentioned, no human being has ever studied a chunk of strangeness."
December 21st of the year 2012 is the day time as we know it will end.

Imperial Ambition
An Interview with Noam Chomsky by David Barsamian
"I don't know any way to predict human affairs. It will go the way people decide it will go. There are many possibilities. It should intensify. The tasks are now much greater and more serious than they were before. On the other hand, it's harder. It's just psychologically easier to organize to oppose a military attack than it is to oppose a long-standing program of imperial ambition, of which this attack is one phase, and of which others are going to come next."

Caution. Attack of an internal disorder can lead to water shortage, as well as TP hyperuse. Always, always remain fully stocked with suitably soft rolls.

Well, I survived with the long distance yet ever so close care of a Dear Love, canine forbearance, and slow yet determined intestinal fortitude. Cook the burgers well, Dearest Readers and, perhaps whilst relishing the condiment flavored delicacy, ruminate on the fact that each pound of beef equals a magnitude of consumption greater than Gaia can support.

Distraction, directed selective chaos, the mass of media, [add your own psysource here] only serve to enrich the directors, producers, and distributors. The actors, consisting of some 9/10ths of our planetships 6+ billions of human souls, are systematically disinformed, chemically deformed, memetically reformed and utterly integrated. There seems to be no escape from this historically consistant course of ever more complexly reperceived feudal hierarchy.

I am not suggesting that there is no hope for an egalitarian humanist state, but rather that we must redouble our efforts to spread a transmemetic (humorously yet utterly cynical - never be serious, eh C?) focused (on the universe of humanity and not the galaxies of synthetic stars) and fully attentive (to the actual human condition and not the presented, pardon, perdition).

A good place to start is to feel our absolute hopelessness. Sufficient nuclear weapons persist in the rogue states of the U.S.A. and the C.I.S to render spaceship Earth uninhabitable by intelligent life for more than a million years, were they even partially effective in their applied intent.
the hundredth monkey, ken keyes, jr.
"The Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon
points out our responsibility
and our power.

It is up to every one of us
to change
the myths that say
we have to depend
on nuclear energy
for power and defense.

We can no longer believe
that the safeguards are adequate -
or that we are helpless
to change the national policies
of the governments
of our world.

We will replace the myths
with knowledge.
Our persistence
will relentlessly channel
our positive thoughts
toward peace
and a harmonizing world.

And that starts
right here -
in my heart and yours -
right now!"
Nuclear Falling-Out - irony at its borsht - The feds are backing nuclear power -- in the name of the environment. Can't beet that (sic, s'cuse me while I kiss my ass goodbye).
"Even more alarming from an environmental standpoint is nuclear waste disposal. Used uranium rods remain "hot" (radioactive) for between 10,000 and 250,000 years."
Logical fallacies in politics and public affairs

Ha-ha, suckers
"Just laugh it off. Have a glass of wine, make love, go play Frisbee with the dog. Breathe deep and focus on what's truly important and try to assimilate this latest atrocity into your backstabbed worldview, add it to the list of this lifetime's spiritual humiliations, as you wait for the next barrage, the imminent announcement that we're about to do it all again."
Satire is not my strong suit. I have been shamed into that most pornographic of tension release - anger combined with distainful rebuke tainted by prickly intent - as a consequence of political expedience. When capital, financially elitest by definition, became crowned exemplar of modernity we lost the humane; and became fully human.

Humanity is not something to be distained - there is no shame. This is where all the "new age" approaches reach psycho-circular dead ends. Being human, and so fallible, is IT.


Are you a conspiricist? Does the thought of powerlessness in the face of overwhelming cultural certitude make you want to gag, perchance to throw-up a pie in a most Cretien-ous fashion? Response implies label, ignorance decries concern.

We live in the Land of Implicate Double-bind and yet project A Singularly Explicate Speed. The sane accommodate in order to survive, whilst the trans-sane survive accommodative order. The In-sane are the canaries in our minds.

Et Tu, Kristol? is a review by Daniel W. Drezner of Richard Hofstadter's The Paranoid Style in American Politics, which goes to show that neocons are capable, squared psychotics.
"As a member of the avant-garde who is capable of perceiving the conspiracy before it is fully obvious to an as yet unaroused public, the paranoid is a militant leader. He does not see social conflict as something to be mediated and compromised, in the manner of the working politician. Since what is at stake is always a conflict between absolute good and absolute evil, what is necessary is not compromise but the will to fight things out to a finish."
The original Hofstadter essay from 1964 provides evidence of the actual danger, and within its recognition a vision of reconcilliation. Prescient - The Paranoid Style in American Politics - Harper's Magazine
"The paranoid spokesman sees the fate of conspiracy in apocalyptic terms-he traffics in the birth and death of whole worlds, whole political orders, whole systems of human values. He is always manning the barricades of civilization. He constantly lives at a turning point."
Individual and group persecution is not a product of imagination. The matrix of orgasmic corporate projection, supported by its selected present President, is capable of the complete usurpation of human rights in favor of obligated behavior. All that's required is continued maintenance of a generally paranoid state. The Fraying Web of Life
"We have the ability to change the vital systems of this planet, for better or worse. To change them for the better, we must recognize that the well-being of people and ecosystems is interwoven and that the fabric is fraying. We need to repair it, and we have the tools at hand to do so. What better time than now?"
Culpability rests (sic) within each of us, maifested by fear, complacence, maleficence, or ignorance. Perhaps the deepest spiritual apprehension, and so most powerful inclination to action, is to recognize that we are laying our spiritual ground at the feet of the dispotent. Lawyers Charge U.S. with Crimes against Humanity
"War Crimes, in violation of the Charter of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, Art. 6 (b), and the Rome Treaty for the International Criminal Court, Art. 8"
As you can probably tell I have been suffering from a lack of personal potency of late. By no means disparaging my ability to erect a monument to Tantric unity (opportunity being another story entirely), I have been overwhelmed by the undertow of U.S. America ruled by the retro-Puritan (understandably limp) Bullshites, and it's implication for my calm Canada. World Trade - can George's Bush come to attention?
"Is sex an enemy of spiritual practice, or a powerful and creative vehicle of enlightenment?"
One can easily see the form in which the force of history makes itself present in that an apparently political ceremony is redefined as an act which legitimates very old values, traditions, and beliefs.


The view from Wonderland - We are drifting rudderless toward disaster. Time is running out.
"George Bush's "gut," fed by the far-right ideologues that surround him, has led the American public into a kind of "alternative universe," detached from the reality which we in fact inhabit. It is a universe in which there is no global warming and pollution has no harmful effects, a reality in which all social problems can be solved by the free market, and economic growth is best accomplished by starving social services and education, and giving still more money to the very wealthy. And, it is a universe in which one super-power can establish "hegemony" over all the nations of the earth and expropriate their resources, whereupon the peoples thereof will simply be grateful to that power for "establishing order," bringing "democracy," and vanquishing the 'evil-doers." It is a universe comprehended by "gut instinct" unconfounded by science, practical experience, or even common sense; a universe without unintended consequences, or unfortunate side effects.

It is, of course, a fantasyland - not remotely like the world we inhabit."
The Road to 1984 is an amazing look at master Orwell's work by Thomas Pynchon, circa 2003. I find it unfathomable that with the diverse warnings that we were given from all quarters (Huxley, Ghandi, Einstein, Beatles...), that we fell.
"Every day public opinion is the target of rewritten history, official amnesia and outright lying, all of which is benevolently termed "spin," as if it were no more harmful than a ride on a merry-go-round. We know better than what they tell us, yet hope otherwise. We believe and doubt at the same time - it seems a condition of political thought in a modern superstate to be permanently of at least two minds on most issues. Needless to say, this is of inestimable use to those in power who wish to remain there, preferably forever."
Bush Administration Readying for 2004 Invasion of Iran - While the slaughter continues in Iraq, the United States has its sights set on the real prize: the Islamic Republic of Iran.
"Between April of 2003 and November 2004, the US, UK and Israel will accelerate instability operations in Iran and engage in global disinformation campaigns to belittle the political and military leadership there."
To Kill Iraq: The Reasons Why
"What I have tried to show is that Bush is neither retarded nor misdirected. Given his class perspective and interests, there are compelling reasons to commit armed aggression against Iraq---and against other countries to come. It is time we dwelled less upon his malapropisms and more on his rather effective deceptions and relentless viciousness."
The above links came from fellow webloggers, but my desperately short memory means that all I can suggest is to visit ALL the fine sites on the left (erk). Mousemusings led me to Ayahuasca Variations, a review by William L. Benzon of The Antipodes of the Mind: Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience.
"Where does the sense of reality come from? How does the brain engender that?"

I have no intention of mollifying fear (aside from being a great motivator, fear is also a sane response to untenable situations), no desire to protect delicate sensibilties (every available sense must be honed to sharp attention else the connotation be usurped), and I most certainly have no advice to give (conscience resides perfectly within every individual).
Creating Democracy in Time
"Democracy, in sum, is a set of information, decision, and control structures through which a portion of the Universe passes as its matter-energy and information evolves. Ultimately, again as theory that is often subverted in practice by special interests, the decisions made in a democracy (or in any governmental process) are made on behalf of all the living systems that are affected by the governing demos and which are part of the ecosystem that sustains their health and life. It is, theoretically at least, a method by which living systems structure the flow of information and values to improve themselves and further their own evolution. In practice, and increasingly in theory, the decisions made by human governments have impact on all living systems. Democracies, therefore, ought to regard themselves as representing not only their formally-defined electorate but all of life."
Democracy is not the natural or existant state of any culture or nation. We have, most times delicately balanced, some conglomeration of reperceived feudalism, elitocracy and organized graft. This is of course entirely predictable given legislated usery compounded by userous legislation. Without a general re-placement of personal mores, which could be exemplified as broad cultural tolerance (transparency?), we are due for our species' bankruptcy.

Adding spice to the bland logic of should, is the grand dream of could. A Glimpse of Evolution - The Eonic Effect introduces Darwin to Occam, and elegance rains (sic-ly). {The term 'eonic' can be taken to mean 'discrete, or stepping'}
"Non-random evolution suggests a large-scale directionality we had never suspected."
Living Systems, the Internet and the Human Future Once we have this big human conversation, we will experience real democracy -- which we haven't had yet. Remember Gandhi, who, when asked what he thought of western democracy, said, "What a good idea; they should try it." We are now trying it out. We are trying it through the Internet.
"Everything is connected to everything, it's only a question of amplitude, length, frequency, level, angle and position...."
constant negotiation everywhere in your body at once keeps the whole thing running

Civil Disobedience
"There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly."
To add texture to the bald truths as observed by Thoreau a century and a half ago, Readings of Thoreau's Resistance to Civil Government is an interesting memeblog.
"Commentaries on Thoreau tended to be about how he expressed his ideas rather than about what his ideas were." (McCarthy's 1950s)
Having been rendered speechless by a combination of personal preternatural phenomena (serendipitous new-moon silliness) and an anvil on me 'ead (metaphorically materialized by the maleficently cartoonish GWB presenting his credentials on the deck of Abraham's necro-orgasmo-launcher), the only way I can see to re-integration for the American people is to dredge the American past - to go back to one.

Thoreau The Buddhist by Rick Fields
"Every sacred book, successively, has been accepted in the faith that it was to be the final resting-place of the sojourning soul; but after all it was but a caravansary which supplied refreshment to the traveler, and directed him farther on his way to Ispahan or Baghdat."
Thoreau on Patriotism: the Iraq Connection
"To Thoreau, true patriots are those who place the dictates of their own conscience above public opinion and the laws of the state. When law or opinion conflicts with the voice of conscience, true patriots obey the latter."
The Campaign of Sanderson Beck as a Democrat For President of the United States is consummate proof that Shrubbery is the lowest form of political dis-life.
"Although I may have little political experience, I have been studying and preparing myself throughout my life to develop wisdom that would make me capable of offering the best contribution I can for the welfare of all humanity."
Political Luddism with a Singular bent: Electronic Civil Disobedience and the World Wide Web of Hacktivism
"Is this when hacktivism ceases to be and becomes cyberspacial resistance? While it may be too early to make accurate predictions, it seems true that the force or power of hacktivism has yet to be fully recognized or tested. Yet before getting lost in futuristic science fiction, consider some critiques."
Mayday 3, ships of state adrift

Hindu scripture from Cannabinoids.
billion years
of the impending biological
I think fusion is lonely, you understand,
but genetic Engineering.
Government disinclined
to attend attention.
The paramilitary forces, functioning
as a multiverse with Christianity
is only One revolution.