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Sailing Anarchy’s Cool Person Test
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(Thanks to Metal Sludge for providing the link!)
Former Technoccult guest editor pens a guest article at Brainsturbator:
High school is, along with prison, the military and VA hospitals, on the short list of the more disgustingly oppressive institutions of America. A brief glance at the architecture of learning facilities (and their resemblance to the aforementioned contemporary concentration camps) should make this abundantly clear to anyone with doubts and a brain. The people who have to occupy the structures are tertiary concerns after how to keep students inside and how to stuff as many bodies as possible into a given space. But most importantly, anyone who still thinks that this institution exists to educate the youth of America is almost laughably naive. While elite private institutions do a bang-up job of training the next ruling class public education is strictly for the masses. High school is little more than social regimentation. Learn your place, fall in line and shut up.
Thinking youth have always sought to undermine, subvert and ultimately destroy their institutions of ‘learning,’ but materials on how to do so are scant. Brainy kids generally fall into one of two categories; those who realize the impossible odds and decide to just skip class and get high and those who make futile and failed attempts at attacking the power structure, often causing themselves more trouble than their meager sense of retribution was ultimately worth. Fortunately, I have some experience in fighting the powers that be and have, in my infinite magnanimity decided to share a few trade secrets that I picked up back in the days that dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
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Is anyone else fed up with having to ‘parent’ complete stranger’s rude, obnoxious, and out-of-control kids? It seems I can’t go into any public place lately without dealing with ” honey, the LADY told you not to spill that all over the floor”; or, “sweetie, please stop screaming. The people in the store are getting upset”; or even better, “the LADY asked you to stop throwing things at her. You’re going to make her mad!” Arrrrrrgg!!! Well, there’s a movement for the rest of us.
“Q: What is the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement?
VHEMT (pronounced vehement) is a movement not an organization. It’s a movement advanced by people who care about life on planet Earth. We’re not just a bunch of misanthropes and anti-social, Malthusian misfits, taking morbid delight whenever disaster strikes humans. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Voluntary human extinction is the humanitarian alternative to human disasters. We don’t carry on about how the human race has shown itself to be a greedy, amoral parasite on the once-healthy face of this planet. That type of negativity offers no solution to the inexorable horrors which human activity is causing.
Rather, The Movement presents an encouraging alternative to the callous exploitation and wholesale destruction of Earth’s ecology. As VHEMT Volunteers know, the hopeful alternative to the extinction of millions of species of plants and animals is the voluntary extinction of one species: Homo sapiens… us. Each time another one of us decides to not add another one of us to the burgeoning billions already squatting on this ravaged planet, another ray of hope shines through the gloom. When every human chooses to stop breeding, Earth’s biosphere will be allowed to return to its former glory, and all remaining creatures will be free to live, die, evolve (if they believe in evolution), and will perhaps pass away, as so many of Nature’s “experiments” have done throughout the eons.
It’s going to take all of us going.”
(Thanks to Feast of Hate and Fear for providing the link!)
“Robin Prosser, a Missoula woman who struggled for a quarter century to live with the pain of an immunosuppressive disorder, tried years ago to kill herself. Last week, she tried again. This time, she succeeded.
After her earlier attempt failed, Prosser wound up in even more trouble after investigating police found marijuana in her home. She used the marijuana to help cope with pain.
That marijuana charge was eventually dropped in an agreement with the city of Missoula, and Prosser had reason to rejoice in 2004 when Montanans passed a law allowing medical use of the drug.
She was a high-profile campaigner for the Montana Medical Marijuana Act, and like others, she was dismayed when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that drug agents could still arrest sick people using marijuana, even in states that legalized its use.
The ruling came to haunt Prosser in late March, when DEA agents seized less than a half ounce of marijuana sent to her by her registered caregiver in Flathead County.”
So, what made Mondo 2000 so special? It was, in my opinion, the best alternative culture magazine that America ever had. They wrote about smart drugs, brain implants, virtual reality, cyberpunk, Cthulhupunk and cryogenics. They covered Laibach and Lydia Lunch in the same issue. The pantheon of writers was a force to be reckoned with: Bruce Sterling, Robert Anton Wilson, and William Gibson all lent their talents, and there was even a Burroughs vs. Leary interview face-off. Then there was the famous U2-Negativland interview, in which Negativland, disguised as reporters, interviewed U2 into a corner to reveal the band’s hypocrisy over their lawsuit against Negativland over sampling. All in all, the magazine took risks. ‘The good dream for me and Mondo,’ said editor R.U. Sirius in an interview with Purple Prose, ‘is overcoming the limits of biology without necessarily leaving sensuality or sexuality behind.’ Issue after issue, Mondo 2000 threw a sexy dystopian bash and invited the decade’s best thinkers.
Full Story: Coilhouse. And be sure to read Joshua Ellis‘s comment!
See also: My 2002 interview with R.U. Sirius.
So now that the Veri-Chip has been found to have side-effects, why not tag and track people before they’re born? The fact that “usually, two employees manually check the names to prevent a mistake from being made”, isn’t very comforting knowing how fallible we human beings are. Add the fact that RFID tags can be easily hacked, and you have quite a messed-up sci-fi scenario. Big Brother is watching you and your reproductive system.
” Overlake Reproductive Health located in Bellevue, Wash., has become the first reproductive-medicine center in the United States to deploy an RFID-based system for tracking human eggs, sperm and embryos. This system should help ensure that no identity mistakes are made during collection, storage and fertilization.”
This site has a few historical errors, but it’s intriguing never the less.
Hexon2039-New Military-Occult Technologies for Psychological Warfare
“Owing to factors such as shifts in the balance of power, climate change and new models of warfare, the 21st Century is increasingly becoming a period of uncertainty. This in some ways mirrors earlier periods in history, and within the military, where interest in the occult and alternative systems of belief proliferated.
The recent breakdown of boundaries between neurological and paranormal research disciplines, is not only a result of social and political changes. At IMATI (Institute of Militronics and Advanced Time Interventionality) we recognise that research into both ancient and contemporary systems can greatly assist us in developing the technologies of the future.
Our programme involves the testing and analysis of existing occult based research in connection with military histories, in order to develop accurate neurological based technologies for the new British military-occult industries.”
The best creepy campfire stories are always the ones that end with the words, “…And it’s all true, because I have the damned documentation here to prove it!”
In that spirit, we’ve tracked down five of the creepiest tales and urban legends that really happened to real people, proving once and for all that nothing is more terrifying than everyday life.
Full Story: Cracked.
(via Robot Wisdom).
Those things that go bump in the night? About one-third of people believe they could be ghosts. And nearly one out of four, 23 percent, say they’ve actually seen a ghost or felt its presence, finds a pre-Halloween poll by The Associated Press and Ipsos.
Full Story: Yahoo! News.
(via Boing Boing).