A Human Movement
Wednesday, July 30, 2003
 
heres a thread i think scott will take to... who do they think we are?. check out the rhetoric in this article, a terrorist panic alert in the media based on a disjointed, nonlinear "intelligence bulletin"... where policy "experts" exchange views on a particular subject. One day prior having announced their intentions for a terrorist futures market, isn't the conflict of interest obvious here?
 
 
Here is an interesting discussion on the potentials of the New Jersey Nets relocating to Brooklyn and Newark in an interesting blog-type format based on an article published July 23, 2003 in the Daily News. Sounds like it's in true downtown Brooklyn near BAM and that killer ugly mall out there near the Atlantic Ave LIRR terminal. Ironically, the site is the same site owner Walter O'Malley proposed for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1957 (article). Apparently, Robert Moses can be blamed for a whole lot more than the BQE.
 
Tuesday, July 29, 2003
 


I saw these little suckers at the dirty lil Central Park Zoo. Tucked in a corner of the bird building, they got a bunch of these fuckers running around in a cage. They had done each other up you could tell cause some of em were two colors! And unlike these pictures, the zoobums had decided to put in all the different colored-frogs in the same cage. It is possible that the Central Park Zoo veterinary stuff have created a new strand of psylicobic. Most pictures of poison-dart frogs have them alone and, when in groups, among similarly-colored fellas.

These and other frogs have long been favorite ingredients in folk medicines. They produce toxins in their skin to protect themselves from predators. Often, these toxins are alkaloids, a class of chemicals commonly produced by plants, but very rarely made by animals. Alkaloids include such plant-derived drugs as nicotine, caffeine, and morphine, and have wide-ranging effects on the human body.

Many frog-derived alkaloids come from tiny poison-dart frogs indigenous to South American rain forests. With continued study, it is possible that frog alkaloids may prove safer or more effective than currently used alkaloid drugs. Natives of Argentina sometimes tie a certain kind of live frog onto wounds to help them heal. Studies of this frog, called the African clawed frog, conducted by former NIH researcher Michael Zasloff may help explain the frogs' infection-fighting properties.

Zasloff identified two peptides made in the frog's skin that have impressive abilities to kill many kinds of bacteria, yeast, amoebae, and protozoa, all of which can cause infections in people. One day, these unusual peptides (called magainins after the Hebrew word for shield) may lead to a whole new kind of infection-fighting drug.

Zasloff sounds like a scientist looking to exploit these healing properties for commercial gain. But there are some serious potential in these fuckers for refinement and development, particularly in the field of anesthesiology and sedation. The poison of dart frogs is a subject of scientific research. First, there are several species of snakes in South America that eat these frogs and are not affected by it. Therefore, an arising question is how certain animals can be resistant to batrachotoxin. What is more, the strong poison makes it possible for scientists to investigate how nervous impulses are transmitted in animal organisms, and why not in the human ones. Scientists have discovered that batrachotoxin does not immediately block the nervous system; at first, it makes the contractions of the heart muscle stronger. Researchers claim that the pumiliotoxin released by Dendrobates auratus might be used as a cardiac stimulant after a heart attack. According to the National Institute of Health, poison dart frogs offer over 300 alkaloid components�chemicals that are similar to cocaine and morphine and can be used for medical purposes. Some medicines produced on the basis of batrachotoxin are already being used as anesthetics in surgery.

Does anybody know of where you can find descriptions of the folk medicines derived from these fuckers? Better yet, why are these alkaloids present in these frogs AND plants? What makes certain of God's creatures poisonous and how can we benefit from these poisons? Read about the poison dart fact sheet or about the entire universe of poison plants and animals.
 
Monday, July 28, 2003
 
Click on the happy face! Is life going to one day be this simple>?


Whoa man, what I wouldn't do for a Brainwave Feedback System that would help me train my brain to focus on higher work/music/knowledge materials and less on the anxiety of everyday annoyncese like sex drive/social and earthly existence.

Original BBC Story
What is Neurofeedback

Led me to this Open EEG Project ...Dudes are working on building these?, for real... wow. Talk about a Killer App
 
 


Who's afraid of a little rationalization?(click the bolt)


In regards to Scott's post below, I really think your thoughts echo those expressed by J.S. Mill in On Liberty in particular, Chapter III; On Individuality, as One of the Elements of Wellbeing.
Take a look over it, I think you'd agree that you are less stoic and more logical in your assertion that happiness lies within.

 
Friday, July 25, 2003
 
By rights, a person's happiness is his or her own responsibility. The varying paths to that happiness are manifold and particular to whatever the person's character might be. To rely on an.other for the means and direction to that happiness is wrong and assumptive; it is all well and good, indeed completely natural, to seek the company of others (family, friends, etc) as a complement to the path of happiness. But inextricably associating one's own movement toward and maintenance of happiness with the independent actions and executions of an.other inevitably and inexcusably distorts the interrelationship of people to one another. This distortion manifests itself in personal unhappiness and resentment, and prevents the unhappy one from recognizing the extent to which the ebbs and flows of happiness can be found in the whims and variations of his or her own consciousness and innate sensibility.

Marriage -- the institution of personal alliance that entails romantic, familial, and economic ties -- is such a profound institutional union that it can mislead the participants into thinking that their mutual dependence is such that the dictates of happiness stated above no longer hold. Truly, this is a matter of some debate, for while a union that brings forth children and material entanglements necessarily entwines the partcipants almost inextricably, if based truly on the emotional entity of "love" an understanding between the partcipants must exist. Indeed, this understanding ideally should have preceded the institutional union, such is its profound nature.

If it did not, and one partner now feels lacking in happiness because his or her partner doesn't do enough around the house, or communicate readily enough, etc, an element of divine and delicious resignation and calm acceptance might be turned to, if avenues such as trying to confront the areas of minor frustration lead to dead-ends. At this juncture it appears obvious that the truest manner in which one can reclaim happiness for oneself is to search and locate that happiness within one's self, all the while being careful psychologically to not undermine the love that is the foundation and catalyst of the institutional union. For indeed a love is shared, but it would be foolish to think that the love shared should guarantee happiness; such an arrangement would be well and welcome, but it is true that many a loving relationship can be unhappy.

I suppose these thoughts have a ring of Stoicism to them, but the Stoics weren't historically the killjoys they've been made out to be. They were harmonic with the natural order, and crucially believed that virtue is sufficient for happiness. I'm inclined to believe them, and as long as the love shared between people is communicated and shared with words and caresses of affection, the participants in whatever union or interaction should find comfort in that love and set about maintaining their individual and indivisible happiness, taking care to do what they can to complement that of their partner. Thorny particulars, such as lack of respect and those cosmic foes, hatred and abuse, are indicators that the union (whether it be marriage, friendship, or basic interaction) should be dissolved.

My post of the day.
 
 


If every man would make just one post a day on the blog, then every man would be ready for plunge into Divine Consciousness, say Sri Aurobindo

Seriously, where are your souls at anyway??? Check this out. In my quest for ever more sources of folks who have designed procedures for blending Spirit with Matter, materialsim and spiritualism, I came accross this bloke, Sri Aurobindo who has the gaul :) to exclaim that
"Knowledge is the culmination of Ignorance...In fact, what is happening is that the Ignorance is seeking and preparing to transform itself by a progressive illumination of its darkness into the knowledge that is already contained within it; the cosmic truth manifested in its real essence and figure would by that transformation reveal itself as essence and figure of the supreme omnipresent Reality."

...so c'mon give us all a piece of our Ignorance!!!
 
Thursday, July 24, 2003
 
19. Jesus said, "Congratulations to the one who came into being before coming into being.

The Gospel of Thomas
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2003
 
Gentlemen, a tale of the unsung heroes of western entheogenic practice from my west coast outpost:

First, the blessed Quanah Parker, halfbreed chief of the great Quahadi Comanches, the last of the tribes to yield in the South Plains war of 1874-1875. His father was an honored and much-praised war chief; his white mother had been kidnapped by the Comanches as a child on May 19, 1836, and gave birth to the blessed Quanah in 1845. He is reponsible for the ritual mating of Christianity with peyotism among the Plains Indians, insisting that women not be excluded from the ceremonies. This evolved into the accepted religious use of peyote in institutions such as the Native American Church, vital institutions that acknowledge the inherently religious properties of the mescaline-endowed peyote (alternately known as cactus pudding, dry whiskey and white mule) that also preserve the practice of ingestion legally and spiritually under the protection of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. While many might feel an aversion to the marriage of Christianity and peyotism, the blessed Quanah could be said to have introduced and legitimized the spiritual value of peyote to the ever encroaching white man, thereby ensuring its perpetuation and permanence.

Second, the venerable Maria Sabina, she of the most holy region of Oaxaca, Mexico. The venerable Sabina, a curandera of the magical godflesh psilocybe mushroom, had the destined misfortune of "turning on" the capitalist machinery of the west by holding a velada, a nocturnal mushroom ceremony, in 1955 the year of our lord with the vice president of J.P. Morgan, R. Gordon Wasson. He was turned on and felt the great legacy of his nervous system actualize a harmonic apprehension of spacetime, duly reporting it in the May 13, 1957 issue of LIFE magazine -- an article that in turn inspired Tim Leary among others to seek the magic mushroom and hence an origin.al text in the psychedelic awakening of capitalist (versus indigenous) culture, of which we are merely the latest incarnation. The Oaxaca province was shortly overrun with pilgrims seeking the venerable one, and Sabina was thusly ostracized by her peoples for the unforgivable (but celebrated) act of divulging the secret of the godflesh. The poor venerable soul stomached her persecution with valor, rightly attributing her actions and travails to the great magnet of destiny, that which happened and happens by virtue of happening.

Third, the learned Dr. Gaston Guzman, celebrated expert on all things fungal and psychedelic in Mexico. Co-incidentally (the cosmic orchestration of happenings and awakenings) his interest in mycology and the metabiological properties of Mexican fungi began approximately at the same time the venerable Sabina enlightened the capitalist R. Gordon Wasson, in 1955. The learned Guzman devoted his life to the study of mycology, an interest perpetuated by his enthusiasm for the aforementioned LIFE article. He in fact met the enlightened capitalist on a chance meeting in the field doing research, and became close friends with the financial fiend. The learned Dr. Guzman wrote authoritative papers on the habitats and properties of Mexican neuroactive fungi, helped discover various strains of those fungi that are stained blue, and lent scientific credibility to the appreciation and study of the neuroactive properties of the godflesh.
 
Tuesday, July 22, 2003
 

THE GAME, MIGHT BE, SERIOUSLY - AFOOT - BROTHER - LEGAL AND STEADY SUPPLIES OF A LEGITAMITE ENTHEOGEN.

Early History
Dr. Bong's Account
Explore Ethnobotanicals
The Site to See

Futher Dispatches from the CST - ARE - to be expected.
 
Monday, July 21, 2003
 
To the question, "What has science to say as to man's survival of death?" the chief spokesmen of modern science are inclined to answer, "Nothing at all." The affirmative answer she holds as unproved, and the negative answer as unprovable.


I am famed psychic researcher, Frederic W. H. Myers. Click on my face dog! If you don't you are an unlearned, unexposed and doomed terminable fool. True. So don't fuck!?!
 
Thursday, July 17, 2003
 
This was my favorite team of all-time. I think I cried when they lost to the Chargers, ending an 11-0 start to their season. So maybe subconsciously, yeah.

 
 
From the world of holy bullshit, check out this story about a A new bill proposed in Congress that proposes to fine peer-2-peer file swappers 250,000$....

and you know there are some real clear lines connecting Jose Bove ideas and the idea of entheogens. We here, would all agree that a good countryside homemade cheese omellette(sp) is just about the best way to fuck yourself straight to the overworld as any smatter of psilocybin. So, all you need to do is switch Bove's love of food, to mean, that he wants to keep the pathway to god open and free from corporate interest and profitizing. Alas, he did go to jail for his ideas (which furthermore shows how food and drugs as pathways to god are one in the same and those who fight for them are equal in the eye of justice.) Perhaps justice is a sham, and the only justice is nature. But still, We have got to see some clear lines here between the use of the natural substance and the raising of the human organic brain to higher planes.
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2003
 
from the synopsis for Bove's book, The World Is Not For Sale: Farmers Against Junkfood:

famed not only for his passion for politics but also for his Roquefort cheese.
 
 
Josh, you are right on, I have heard of this guy - He once destroyed a future site of a McDonalds in France. Here he is riding his trademark tractor to prison.

Jose Bove is one cool French Man. I bet he enjoys a dam fine breakfast.
 
 
In following the Tour de France and the protests that interrupted Mr. Armstrong I constantly hear Media drop the name Jos� Bov� with the only qualifying information "radical farmer" and no mention of what the protests signify. From the website FoodFirst (perhaps comrades-in-arm with SlowFood?) I found his biography rich with the fight against GMOs, corporate agribusiness and the ruin of small farmers.

During the 1970s in his native France, Bove and his wife helped to organize land occupations to prevent the expansion of military bases onto farmland in the Larzac plateau, and in 1976 he spent three weeks in prison for his role in the invasion of a military outpost. In 1987, he and colleagues established the Confederation Paysanne (CP), an organization composed of and for French small farmers and for their continued existence. The following year, Bove and the CP organized an event in Paris -- "Plowing the Champs Elysees" -- to protest EU farm policies. And, in a move that led to international fame and a six-week stay in prison, Bove organized and helped in the partial demolition of a half-constructed McDonald's in his hometown of Millau in 1999. On many occasions, he has also demonstrated his internationalism in defiance of governmental authority. For example in 2001, he and 1,000 Brazilian peasants uprooted three acres of Monsanto's genetically-modified soy in Rio Grande do Sul, and as a result he was deported.

 
Tuesday, July 15, 2003
 

Entheogen Project Series



www.csp.org

This is a great page, with a lot of free information and full text articles on new directions of such splendid topics as Entheogens, Psychoactive Sacraments, Cleansing the Doors of Perception, Entheogen-induced Mystical Experiences and the Immune System, the Future of Religion, the Psychedelic Experience, The Use of Music in Psychedelic (LSD) Psychotherapy, Letters from Jung, Walter Houston Clark and a lot of information from Other Resources.
 
 
Scott, I caught the Weather Underground last night, 10 PM, were you there?
ooh, the mysteries if the synch, yeah cultural upheaval, ��, beyond that, I thought it provided a vivid glance at how lost most Americans were as soon as 1970 hit. It was like, those few who were once truly 'turned on' were still on their commune trips, and peaceablely "unamerican" in their little villages and nice places, (California through Vermont) while the rest of the 60's youths and general American public were worn-out from all the upheaval and excitement, they had taken drugs but not understood them, the drugs were now illegal and impure, the majority of those who had survived the 60's revolution now in the early 70's felt alienated from their former hippie selves and strove for normalcy and America the Beautiful and then with the Vietnam war over all these people who once were on the fringes of the whole anti-war trip, are left with nothing to do, the economy sucks, race is still a huge problem, so they flee to the suburbs and then the Reagen era hits... wow.

Tonight I am free to drink, eat, smoke, gander, gabber, and perhaps view some all-star fun. I am afraid it might just be you and me here, ol' Scott.

So. Mid-Town Brother Unite!!!

t
 
Monday, July 14, 2003
 
I wholeheartedly recommend that you guys check out 'The Weather Underground' before it leaves the Film Forum on the 22nd. It is a good time, edifying in its historical way and entirely applicable to our discussions of revolution and its nature. It provides a limited but valuable insight into the fracture of the New Left in the 60s and captures a daunting impression of the hope and opportunity for decisive change that drove these kids out of their minds as they attempted to enact a revolution from within the United States in an era of remarkable global turmoil.

They thought they could do it all, would do whatever it takes. The limitations of the documentary betray a failure to explore the infrastructure of either the SDS or the Weathermen (how they did what they did, their organizational framework, etc), and it seems the film could go farther and deeper into the forces involved, but the film is remarkable for the window-like view it affords us of late-60s America on the brink of social and cultural chaos, and its deficiencies testify to the primacy of the material.

It's a shame we couldn't see it at the same time but i do look forward to discussing it and other things with you guys sometime soon. Indeed, it could provide our discourse an appreciably visible, primal, historical element, as all the entities our posts and sallies conjure (revolution, the Third World, capitalism, oppression, etc) figure into the story. But again, it is merely the tip of the iceberg. Check it out.
 
Sunday, July 13, 2003
 
Hey, hey, hey -- look who is first on the following....search

Monocultural Hegemony

I am not sure if this is good, or bad, - but I do know we shouldn't stop. Maybe we can corner the Google market on all sorts of stupid search terms?>? (at least we now know where De Krapes came by this strange article from Frostburge State University, Maryland.) I think I want to coin the google phrase "cosmic extradition," such that A Human Movement becomes the number one place according to Google to learn about cosmic extradition. Is it just a matter of saying cosmic extradition, er typing cosmic extradition that nags googles interests or must one define their new phrases for google to find them. Cosmic extradition is a state i believe most people are in as they are living the crime of being just one thing; whether through science, belief, morals or pleasure - as long as you live as a singular entity you will face 'Cosmic Extradition' as which point the cosmos will take control of your being and have its way with your particles, until you truly finally realize that you are all. so anyway - bear with me as I try to coin the phrase Cosmic Extradition. Should Cosmic Extradition be to hard to coin as a google phrase, as I am thinking that the way to Google's heart is to form a phrase for which there is no more then 500 mentions of on the web, I would like to make the phrase 'mandrake cerebrum' be a search that leads all to our little forum here. So for that matter, here is a little Mandrake Cerebrum.

 
Saturday, July 12, 2003
 
The bulk of my post on the "First Confederacy" (1776-1789) was lifted from another source. In fact, the entire description of events Scott picks apart so well was not of my penmanship. I lay claim to the introduction and final 3 paragraphs of conclusion and I am particularly proud of using the words MONOCULTURAL HEGEMONY I aimed merely to provide an instance of political disagreement, ideological tension if you will, in order to discredit Scott's hypothesis of "the revolution from without". It is a testament to America, with its immensely wide range of beliefs and ideologies, that almost any idea (political, ideological, or otherwise) can be coopted by the establishment (media, political, cultural) and absorbed into the cultural en tutti.

Given this capacity, I assert that there can in fact be no rise of the 3rd World, because before that World can assert its individuality, or "strengthen its infrastructure of power and organization," hypercapitalist tendencies are already at work to include those ideas into the hypercapitalist monocultural hegemony. Jorn Bramann asserts that, in this modern life, there can be no other culture but the one world culture. And it logically follows that whichever country is in control of that culture will control the world and, tangentially, the development of new ideas. Here is The Third World Revolution, brought to you by BPExxonMobilShell!

Scott claims that the corporate infrastructure of the 3rd World will eventually incubate an -ism of such vast proportions and undeniable truth that it will realign the world order. And to that statement I must ask: 1. How will the dominant capitalist system not coopt these ideals and graft them onto other capitalist values such as "democracy" and "freedom"? 2. How would the fate of this -ism be any different than that of Socialism? No matter if you are talking about people or nations, it remains that the prole is poor, weak, and uninformed of the wider workings of the world.

In short, how can the Third World ever extricate itself from corporate exploitation and claim the profits from its people's labor for its own?
 
 
I have to admit, I haven't read my Colonial-American-Revolutionary History as well, or as recently as I should have, so I will have to bite my tongue on any debates regarding 'Federalism/Anti-Federalism' or for that matter its relevance to the Modern US Corporate Structure. But Scott needent get so hard on Nick for skipping around on his post, and not backing his argument as well as he might have. It was a nice post Nick!, it propelled us in a working direction. (Although I personally like the space one more! and Scott keep up the criticism, it makes your posts and the blog a stronger cohesive enterprise!)

Now, I am more interested in what Scott is talking about with this Third World eventual revolution, in his FINESTwords he goes something like this...,,

American corporatism continues to encroach on Third World cultures and its inexorable exploitation of the Third World's resources reaches a critical threshold, the concomitant development of an infrastructure in these struggling nations, while superficially the apparatus of oppression and exploitation, will provide a suitably revolutionary organism that will be infiltrated by whatever ideology that effects a revolution that will eventually reorient the global economic energies that maintain the present world order.

and then he goes on to say that this revolution could be in some part America's own making... well see here Victor Keegan of the Guardian because I think it relates to a possible way that Bush and his Corporate-Business-First attitudes might potentially backfire (ever so slowly of course) and potentially allow for what Scott is offering to manifest as some workable future reality - anyway, I just want to post some Non-Scott sources that are interesting to his argument on the fate of the Third World.

Much Love.

 
 
It's a real shame that I only just got a chance to read Nick's attempted theorization of what he (problematically and frustratingly) terms the monocultural hegemony of America. I worry that whatever momentum our dialogue generated that merry evening has been squandered by the time that has passed since, but I'll venture a response nevertheless. (The excessively graphic landscape of this blog demands more text.)

First of all, the ideological debate he cites between the anti-Federalists and the Federalists is constructive to his argument but ultimately misleading. Many of the wealthy landowners that managed the colonies did conceive a loss of stability (commercial, political, and otherwise) and life-threatening danger (treason being no slight offense) in a declaration of independence from England. But they also realized how much they had to gain: an enviably strategic geographic location as well as nearly unchallenged access to an abundance of natural resources and land to the west.

Nick seems to suggest that the wealthy landowners went along with the unprecedented republican revolution because they logically wanted to go along with the likely winner. But who in their right mind in that day and age would bet that a rag-tag collection of colonies could get away with revolting against one of the two major European powers, England, especially prior to the lengthy negotiation of a (tenuous) alliance with the other major European power, France, which itself wasn't immediately inclined to throw its weight behind a revolution that could just as easily come from its own subjects (as it later did)?

Ideological tensions between the colonists were real and anxious but these tensions manifested themselves in the entire revolutionary enterprise. A case in point is the text of the Declaration itself, famously penned by anti-Federalist Jefferson but edited intensely by the whole of the Continental Congress once the vote for independence had passed. Benjamin Franklin had to console Jefferson as vast sections were excised. The point being that, ultimately, both Federalists and anti-Federalists had a hand in the final document, which is something of a symbol of solidarity. In fact, after signing the document, John Hancock turned to his compatriots and said, "There must be no pulling different ways. We must all hang together." To which Ben Franklin replied, "Or most assuredly we will all hang separately," which gives some sense of the danger they knew they faced as traitors to the Crown.

Another indication of Federalist and anti-Federalist compromise was the constitutional compromise of 1790, when Alexander Hamilton's plan for a national bank that would oversee the consolidated debt of the individual states met with fierce, crippling opposition, led principally by his chief collaborator on The Federalist Papers, James Madison. Madison, who himself drafted the anti-Federalist (according to Nick) Bill of Rights, was also a Virginian, and distrusted the arbitrary power explicit in economic management at a national level.

Instead, like his other Virginians, he believed that the best economic course would be to let natural economic energies flow, not be directed from some distant seat of power. In any event, this is somewhat complex, but the gist of the (backroom) compromise is that federal assumption of debt was finally passed with the provision that the site of the national capital (which was then in New York) would be an uninhabited tract of land along the Potomac in northern Virginia, which would be built while the seat of government would temporarily move to Philadelphia.

The location of the capital appeased violent opposition to assumption because of its political implications, which were that if you were suspicious of federal government, you'd be reassured to visit the capital and see that it was all boggy farmland, not a city at all but virtually invisible. Further, the merchants, bankers, and moneylenders that were so close to Hamilton would find it inhospitable on top of the fact that all the financial institutions were located elsewhere.

It was a symbol of diffusion of power over consolidation, which ran contrary to the European model of having the capital city be a metropolitan center of all things cultural, political, and economic. You could say Hamilton had his way with his plan, and that corporate America has its roots in his development of a federal capitalist system, but the permanent situation of the capital on the Potomac site symbolized the establishment of a different set of political values that also directed the fate of the nation.

Anyway, despite Nick's characterization of the Constitution as a mostly Federalist document with "damage" only slightly "mitigated" by the anti-Federalists, the Constitution itself bridged the divide between sovereign states and federal government; it didn't solve these questions, but provided an institutional framework within which those questions could continue to be asked. Of course, these tensions broke out ultimately in the Civil War.

This is American history, and I love it and could go on and on about it, but then Nick invokes a monocultural hegemony that he doesn't spend one line of his post explaining. He somehow segues from the discussion of tension between the two major factions of American politics that have evinced themselves throughout its history (no argument there, pal, see above) into "look at how America continues to assert its monocultural hegemony."

One could argue that, as the first republic in an age of monarchy and despotism, strategically removed from the imperial grasp of European power, propitiously endowed with an abundance of natural resources and land, and with the dynamic political tensions we've addressed embodied in the very foundations of its republican government, America once established could only ascend the ladder of global power and supremacy. Once its independence had been achieved, I don't think it surprised anyone that it prospered in the manner that it did, especially as it was able to lay claim to the articulation and institutionalization of the enlightened virtues of liberty and justice and human rights as a philosophical justification for its prosperity.

Nick falls apart at this stage of his post, bringing up Marx and benevolent dictatorships and pale imitations, etc., which shows he really doesn't listen to me as closely as he professes to. My relatively succinct point on this matter being that as American corporatism continues to encroach on Third World cultures and its inexorable exploitation of the Third World's resources reaches a critical threshold, the concomitant development of an infrastructure in these struggling nations, while superficially the apparatus of oppression and exploitation, will provide a suitably revolutionary organism that will be infiltrated by whatever ideology (i never purported to articulate this ideology; call it an "-ism" of the distant future) that effects a revolution that will eventually reorient the global economic energies that maintain the present world order.

This will be a revolution of America's own making, in the way that the American revolution could be said to be one of England's own making. The Third World, so called because it is sorely undeveloped, has plenty of LAND and a wealth of natural resources too, Nick. And while America will possibly never have an incentive to revolutionize itself from within, as you say, I believe that it can definitely revolutionize itself from WITHOUT, by the mechanisms that I've outlined. Because once infrastructures of power and organization have been erected in the Third World, and provided ample time to strengthen, despite the implication of American power they will ultimately be manned not by Americans but by the Third World itself toward its own revolutionary ends, which might effect a similarly tense solidarity like the American states (which individually referred to themselves as countries, incidentally).

Anyway, all of this would of course not happen in our conceivable lifetimes, but would happen at some later stage of global development. I hope my lengthy explanation has cleared my argument up for you somewhat, and given the others some sense of what I was trying to discuss that night at McSorely's. I'm glad your post wasn't lost, Nick, I found it encouraging. I think we should exchange our views on these matters more often.
 
Friday, July 11, 2003
 


KOSMICHESKOE I SOTSIOLOGICHESKOE MIROOSCHUSCHENIE


In the words of N. A. Berdyaev (Berdiaev)?.�?.� ??????? should we miss it?? Should we even consider happiness - the Great War killed morality -- did it not?, and this should not mean that we live to not kill, or to kill, but that we find some deeper sense of the relation of human sense to the universe, that being of which has morality. is moral, and is in 'this'

NICK I THINK THIS ADDRESSES YOUR 'THING' ABOUT THE SILICONE NATURE ABOUT THE DISRUPTION OF THE CREATION EVENT AND THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN ELECTRIC FORMATIONS AND THE UNIVERSAL NATURE OF 'METALLIC RESPONDANCE

THE MAN SAYS>> "All the social teachings of the XIX Century lacked the awareness, that man – is a cosmic being, and not the inhabitant of an ephemeral social aspect merely on the surface of the earth, it lacked the awareness that he is actually in communion with the depths of the world and the heights of the world"

Well not that it will matter, with all the pulses flying and hearts-a-racing, hey you, how is your heart shaaking, ooh are you a person, well I am too. How are you ---- and from there we see the immediate relevance of the rhyme in too and you, you ARE too. and now we
know that...

Our foresight into the future ought to be totally free of the customary optimism or pessimism, free from estimates in accord with the criteria of happiness. It would be shallow-minded to think of life for oneself after such an exhaustive war in any especially cheerful and happy light. One might the sooner consider, that the world is entering upon a period of prolonged woe and that its tempo of developement will be catastrophic. But the values, discovered by man in the worldwide struggle, are not to be defined by any increase or diminishing of happiness.


I am libraryless this afternoon, I am about to leave the house, aboard the B75 to Propect Park, meaning, I am Brooklyn-bound. I would really like to see that movie FilmForumWeatherUnderground(Scott_).... but I fear that I might not be able to make a 6 PM showing. Perhaps, 8, Perhaps 10??? I use my fingers to type this.
so, in a word. have a nice day, in two, be in touch ... all, I would love to get seeing anything at about 6PM8PMish -- and as a post-script, I would like to coin the phrases 'cosmic extadition' as a giving oneself up to the cosmic state, as though we are criminals living in the non-cosmic state, and rightly we should all face cosmic extradition

sonorusesus. clickiety-clickk.thebreainisaforcce-----COMMUNIONKNOWOURAFTERNOON, get it???




 
Thursday, July 10, 2003
 
boy, i am a handsome man, huh?

check this out... in the news today... two relevancies i believe but please read the article in its entirety. 1. silicon is important to computers and information transfer and is also apparently essential to planetary formation, hmmmm.... 2. the ancient planet is located in the constellation Scorpius, which coincidentally is my ruling sign, so don't never you doubt my wisdom, it comes influenced by 12.7 billion years of evolution and the movement of floating dust particles.

Hubble Telescope Detects Planet Formed 13 Billion Years Ago
By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD


In new observations of a distant region of primitive stars, the Hubble Space Telescope has found tantalizing evidence that planets began appearing much earlier in cosmic history and therefore may be more abundant than previously suspected.

Astronomers reported today that measurements showing that a giant gaseous object, orbiting a pair of burned-out stars, is the most distant and oldest planet known in the universe. It appears to have formed 12.7 billion years ago, within a billion years of the explosive origin of the universe in the theorized Big Bang.
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"What we think we have found is an example of the first generation of planets formed in the universe," said Dr. Steinn Sigurdsson of Pennsylvania State University, a member of the discovery team.

The observations challenged a widely held view among astrophysicists that planets could not have formed that early because the universe had yet to generate the enough heavy elements as raw material needed to make them. Planet-making ingredients include silicon, iron and other elements heavier than hydrogen and helium. These so-called metallic elements are cooked in the nuclear furnaces of stars and accumulate in the ashes of dying stars that are recycled in new stars and their families of planets.

If a planet has now been detected from a time when heavy elements were extremely rare, the astronomers reasoned, the discovery shows that theories of planetary formation may have to be revised.

The findings were described at a news conference at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington. A more detailed report by Dr. Sigurdsson and his colleagues is to be published on Friday in the journal Science.

The planet, more than twice as massive as Jupiter, was found in the heart of a group of extremely ancient stars, known as a globular star cluster. The M4 cluster is 7,200 light-years from Earth in the summer constellation Scorpius. The stars there are estimated to have formed almost 13 billion years ago, so early that the region is deficient in heavy elements.

Astronomers had assumed that such primitive stars could not have planets, and observations of other globular clusters appeared to support that view.

The research began in 1988 when a pulsar, a rapidly rotating stellar remnant, was discovered in the M4 cluster. Further observations revealed that the pulsar was linked gravitationally with a white dwarf star, on object that has exhausted its nuclear fuel.

Later, astronomers noticed irregularities in the pulsar signals that implied a third object was orbiting the other two. The recent Hubble telescope studies determined the mass of the object was that of a planet.

Finding a planet in an unlikely place from the early universe, Dr. Sigurdsson said, "implies that planet formation happened very early in the universe and that planet formation processes are quite robust and efficient at making use of small amounts of heavier elements."

Dr. Alan P. Boss, an astrophysical theorist at the Carnegie Institution in Washington, called the discovery "a stunning revelation" that would prompt new studies of planetary evolution.

 
 
You Like XBox's, (for whatever reason) Then Take a looky Here


SHADOWFLUX SEZ....................


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"The XBOX unit functions well as a desktop computer for general usage, email, web browsing, etc. The total cost of the unit with keyboard, mouse, and parts came to 383.72 dollars. However, it is not as cost effective or as easy as using a general PC obtainable from almost anywhere for the same purpose. The technical merit of soldering the usb to XBOX controller wires as well as installing the mod chip are beyond the technical skills of most. In short if you already have an XBOX and want to tinker/need a computer and have no fear of the possibility of ruining your unit then this is a viable solution. However, as a general replacement to a desktop pc, the XBOX is not nearly as userfriendly or cost effective as a 200 dollar pc from walmart."

 
 
The Ornette pictures relate to our conversation on Tuesday night as to when he put out his work (50s or 60s). The Krapels photographs I randomly found while stolling through the hillside of the web and were too good to let lie alone.

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Have you seen what people are doing with their Xbox's?



By e-mail, Mr. Steil, the German leader of the Xbox Linux project, declared: "In very simple words: The Xbox is cheaper than a PC. The Xbox is a lot smaller than a PC. The Xbox looks better (next to a TV set). The Xbox is more silent. Therefore it's an ideal Linux computer in the living room."



 
 

I AM WORRIED

about the lack of text, I mean, I am looking at pictures whether it be Krapes at a party, or Ornette Coleman's record covers...but I don't know why they are there? Not to be a crab-apple... but why are these images relevant??... What are we to feel for these images... ??? Please let me know.....
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, July 09, 2003
 

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Tuesday, July 08, 2003
 
I felt the awesome power of marching band music for the first time about two years ago on the steps of the Low Library at Columbia. Just a bunch of kids belting out some tunes that were total thrashers. I couldn't believe how much i identified with the thump of the music, and as I glanced around, it was apparent that everyone around me felt it, too. Monica's show on WFMU highlights southern black marching bands and their inclusive funkiness. Well worth listening to some of her archives.
 
 

DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS


...over the July Fourth Weekend, I managed to take in the 'Syracuse Brigadiers' a first-class drum and bugle corps band from the sacred land of Syracuse New York. Mid-State New York is quite a dream, I like to think that it has the scenery of Vermont but the heart of the mid-west. Anyway, needless to say, the Brigadiers were mind-blowing. I am talking about a hundred people banging the shit out of their drums, vibraphones, and horn tooting everywhere on high, and it comes 100% free from all judgements. This music is for everyone.

It also, just kind of pushed me over the edge of something I have been thinking for awhile. That marching bands are the ideal form of music. They are free from the political-social games which plague rock'n'roll and jazz. The silly games of young vs. old, new vs. past, knowledge vs. experimentation, the Drum and Bugle Corps band tap into the heart of the community and blast out some gnarly tunes. For god's these bands have names like 'the Phantom Regiment' or the Toronto Optimists or how about just the Glassmen don't forget about the Seattle Cascades And they all include a huge enough cross section of people that it only contributes to the mind-blowing qualities of the total experience. Image a band featuring a gay lawyer, a 18-year old gymnast, a volunteer fireman, a cat-loving mom, and a high school biology teacher???!!!????!!! I guess this stuff was huge in the 60's, at the heart of old-school-mom-and-pop-family-Buick-we-survived-WWII-cheeseburgers-and-milkshakes will-save-America...but if this is what the 'hippies' rallied against??? If so, they were dead wrong. This shit rules. Perhaps we need to go back to this music in order to see what would happen had our parents generation not gone so nuts for rebellious rock music and instead joined town-sponsored-marching-bands.

That is where we should be, I mean, shouldn't we? Or should we still be on this whole sectioned-off-from the world kick that the magazines tell us liberal arts kids to be on with our "far out" arts from the 60's?!?.... Hell No!! I think this music needs to be seen as a ridiculous folk-art that is particularly American and definitely Nationalistic in the best sort of "let's celebrate the arts" kind of way.
Play those vibes girl, and play them for all to hear!!
These people doing this stuff have the best intentions, period. To play music, compete, and wear cool looking uniforms. Let me know, what choo'all think about this....I am soaring,
Listen to mp3's here!! WHOO-HOO!!

 
Sunday, July 06, 2003
 
so, the baseball game is tomorrow (monday). MEts v. Braves. I have 2 tickets. It starts at 7 pm. Who's coming? Whoever doesn't have tickets, trust me, it won't be hard to get them at Shea. I love this young Mets team. I tell you they've got spunk.
 
Thursday, July 03, 2003
 

TWO QUICK LINKS BEFORE THE HOLIDAY, HAVE A HAPPY ONE ALL,


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Wednesday, July 02, 2003
 
You want to talk about international political situations being in flux? Let's talk about the period in American history between the Declaration of Independence and the Ratification of the Bill of Rights (1776-1789), a time when America was enjoying its "First Confederacy."

The more complicated truth is that the initial movement for independence in the US came up from below. The people with money and power generally wanted the stability and trading ties that came with the relationship to England. When these folks jumped on board to the revolution (some at least), they found that the movement already had its own logic and ideology that they couldn't agree with, but it was better to bet on the winner.

So the Declaration was written largely reflecting the views of who we now call the anti-federalists, i.e. Jefferson, Patrick Henry, etc., and so were the Articles of Confederation. They spoke from the perspective of rural America, farmers and small town people who basically wanted government out of their hair in general, and very close to home when it was going to affect their lives. The idea of relatively independent states loosely tied into a central confederacy made perfect sense at the time from this point of view.

This didn't serve the interests of the emerging urban, richer class (too soon to talk about true capitalism, but we're getting there), who we will later call the Federalists, and who are represented most visible by Hamilton, Madison and Adams. They stood to gain from more powerful central control of the economy, a unified front (rather than competition) for all states when trading with European nations, etc. When the anti-federalists went back to the states, they regrouped, and came up with a new form of goverment which much more effectively suited their interests.

By the time it became clear that the Articles were likely to be replaced (by a new document that was replacing them using its own rules for change, not the rules in the Articles itself), the anti-Federalists came rushing back from their far-flung farms and state capitals to Philadelphia to get in on the action. They couldn't stop the train, but they figured they could mitigate the damage, and they largely are responsible for the Bill of Rights.

If you look carefully, there's a kind of logical consistency between the Declaration, the Articles and the Bill of Rights (minimal centralized goverment power, government mostly local, maximum individual freedom) that is *not* consistent with the Constitution, which came from a very different point of view. The hatred between these groups was enormous, and they each really feared that the other was destroying the hopes of the U.S. to emerge as a free and democratic nation, as they each defined those terms.

And these groups continue to exist to this day, albeit blurred by shifting allegiances and ideologies. Yet, despite the inevitable twists and turns between liberal and conservative politics, the U.S. has continued its ascendancy up the rank of nations. And though you can argue that post-WWII America has been dominated by New Deal reactionary conservatism, liberalism is by no means dead and has left many a pockmark on the U.S. political landscape. Throughout their wrangling, America continues to assert its monocultural hegemony.

Therefore, I find it hard to believe when Scott espouses the inevitable rise of the 3rd World, that someone somewhere will "get it" and turn these hapless nations, led by leaders who are nothing more than pale imitations of American bureaucrats and American greed, into a pack of avid revolutionaries. I mean, so you're saying that this time Marx makes it as a benevolent dictator?

NO.

Ideological wrangling and debate is a given. No new idea(s) can alter the monocultural hegemony of the U.S. because 1) the MCH absorbs that idea and makes it its own and 2) Most importantly, America has LAND and as long as it has more land than anyone else and all the Americans and wanna-be Americans can fit peacably on it, there can be no incentive for the people within America to challenge their system. And it is only people within the system that can change the status quo. It cannot be challenged from without.

Global Manifest Destiny: American Aggression


Global Manifest Destiny: Corporate Marketing

 
Tuesday, July 01, 2003
 
THE JUGALBANDI IMPROVISATION LEVEL (IL) CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM


THE JUGALBANDI IMPROVISATION LEVEL (IL) CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM???
Along the lines of Josh contemplating sameness, and the need for a new 'search' post, by me, more to come on basketball later, take a look at these guys, read there stuff, and download the music. I am a fan.

 
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