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How to Destroy Your High School in Seven Days

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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Mondo 2000: Where Are they Now?

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.

WTF? Canada: Envy of the world cuz of our Christian foundation?

Okay, this is a post for all the Canadians out there. Americans have their own problems.

Apparently the Calgary Sun is okay with flagrantly propagating un-researched Christian gobbledygook. Licia Corbella (email: licia.corbella@calgarysun.com) has this to say about how much the world apparently just adores us. Please, my Canadian friends, take the time to write her with some corrections. And then write a Letter to the Editor. Please. I am.

And after, go cleanse your brain with Joe Rogan or something.

Last year as my family and I toured the federal Parliament buildings we took note of the numerous Bible verses and Christian symbols literally carved right into the rock or wood walls.

My husband facetiously said: “I’m surprised some nitwit hasn’t demanded it all be sandblasted away.”

Luckily, however, our magnificent Parliament buildings are declared National Heritage buildings and can be restored, but not altered. Hallelujah!

Parliament was originally built at a time when the very ideological foundation to our entire way of life in Canada was established, reflecting beautifully the very bedrock of what makes Canada such a great country for its citizens and such a beacon to so many others from far away lands.

Before we visited Ottawa we spent some time in Quebec where a debate had been started by “some nitwit” (OK, it was then Parti Quebecois leader Andre Boisclair) who pushed to have the cross hanging over the Speaker’s throne in Quebec’s National Assembly since 1936, removed so it wouldn’t “upset” minorities. Like Boisclair’s political career, that idea thankfully went nowhere.

Earlier this month, Ed Feuer, a copy editor with the Winnipeg Sun, wrote a Point of View editorial calling on the French version of O Canada to be changed because it refers to the Christian cross.

“It is curious because we want to see ourselves as a welcoming country for new immigrants, many of whom now come from non-Christian majority countries. Doesn’t “Il sait porter la croix” indicate that anyone who isn’t a Christian is marginalized in this supposedly multicultural country?” he wrote.

MULTICULTURAL

Supposedly multicultural? We ARE multicultural. We don’t just WANT to see ourselves as welcoming, we ARE welcoming. We’re not perfect, to be sure, but we’re likely the best in the world. So, why is that the case?

Back in July 2002, Pope John Paul II made mention of the French version of O Canada in his first speech upon arriving in Toronto for World Youth Day. This is what the then 82-year-old pontiff said:

“In the French version of your national anthem, O Canada, you sing; ‘Car ton bras sait porter l’epee, il sait porter la croix …”

The full version of the French anthem is translated as such: “O Canada! Land of our forefathers/ Thy brow is wreathed with a glorious garland of flowers./ As in thy arm ready to wield the sword,/ So also is it ready to carry the cross./Thy history is an epic of the most brilliant exploits.

THY VALOUR STEEPED IN FAITH

Will protect our homes and our rights….”

So what does it all mean? Pope John Paul II interpreted it this way.

“Canadians are heirs to an extraordinarily rich humanism, enriched even more by the blend of many different cultural elements,” said the pontiff in his shaky voice.

AT THE CORE

“But the core of your heritage is the spiritual and transcendent vision of life based on Christian revelation which gave vital impetus to your development as a free, democratic and caring society, recognized throughout the world as a champion of human rights and human dignity.”

Exactly.

Canada was founded as a free and democratic country, not because it was blessed with large stands of trees, fossil fuels and clear running water — after all, so was much of Africa. It is the envy of the world not because of our weather (heaven forbid!).

Canada is a place that millions — if not billions — of people in the world often risk everything to move to because it is free, and it is free because of its foundation and — like it or not — that foundation is the Judeo-Christian ethic.

Look around the world. Make a list of all the countries people want to immigrate to. What is the one common denominator of those countries? It is not culture, language, climate, or riches. There is only one. It is Christianity.

The former Pope and the francophone anthem is right.

This country’s valour is steeped in faith — the Christian faith. It protects our homes and our rights.

If we continue to chip away at this foundation by denying our history and heritage then we risk losing our freedoms.

Weekly World News Shutting Down

Bob Greenberger, an editor with Weekly World News, reports on his blog that he and the rest of the staff were called into a meeting about noon on Friday where they were “told the Board of Directors has chosen to close Weekly World News. The reasons given make no sense. We’re stunned and shell-shocked. We’re to stay on through August 3, finishing the reprint issues and then we’re done. A glorious, funny, odd publication, born in 1979, will go out with a whimper and all I can think is that something’s going on that they’re not telling us because it just doesn’t make sense.”

Full Story: SF Scope.

(via Hit and Run).

Please welcome our new guest editor, Philip Shropshire

Philip Shropshire of Three River Tech Review, Majic 12, and Better Humans is joining us as guest editor for a couple weeks while I look for housing and work in Seattle. I can’t wait to see what he posts!

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