Halloween

30 10 12 - 20:35

Bonfires burning bright
Pumpkin faces in the night
I remember Halloween

Dead cats hanging from poles
Little dead are out in droves
I remember Halloween

Brown leaved vertigo
Where skeletal life is known
I remember Halloween

This day anything goes
Burning bodies hanging from poles
I remember Halloween

Halloween,
Halloween,
Halloween,
Halloween

Candy apples and razor blades
Little dead are soon in graves
I remember Halloween
This day anything goes
Burning bodies hanging from poles
I remember Halloween

Halloween,
Halloween,
Halloween,
Halloween,
Halloween,
Halloween,
Halloween

Formulae ueteres exorsismorum et excommunicationum
Strigas et fictos lupos credere

Daemon pellem lupinam
In trunco quodam cauae
Arboris occultandum

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween
Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween
Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween

Metamorphoses lycanthropie
Possunt inquam
Metamorphoses lycanthropie
Possunt inquam

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween
Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween
 

I believe in the dark lord.

29 10 12 - 18:02

'I am a Satanist. I believe in the Dark Lord. His time is coming very soon. Christ's worshippers will be slaughtered. Babies will be sacrificed on the altars of temples to the dark prince, and fire will consume the earth.'



Apparently, this is from a Dean Koontz book/movie entitled Whispers and the actual quotation is:

I believe in the dark lord. His time is coming very soon. Christ worshipers will be slaughtered, babies will be sacrificed on the altars of churches and temples to the dark prince, and fire will consume the good and the weak...I look forward to it!



Thanks to our mentally deranged comment-writers for spotting that one.
 

Vicarious Reality

25 10 12 - 21:40


People my age have been driven to escape the horrible reality the boomers left them with video games and such. Now there are 30 million people living in fake online worlds like Warcraft, which even I have played for a time. Deep down, they know they're there because everything out here is lies and garbage, and they resent it. - AmRen
 

Nerd arrogance

25 10 12 - 14:59


Conversing with my college computer science peers (many of whom are quite nerdy), I have noticed that many of them are extremely arrogant. Upon introspection, I have come to the realization that I am also very similar to them and am very curious, but worried. I have noticed similar personality characteristics on Slashdot. Where does this nerd arrogance come from? - /.
 

The 2007-2013 recession is a Bill Clinton creation

23 10 12 - 16:02

We've been saying it for years: Bill Clinton presided over unprecedented growth because he created cheap money and devalued the currency at the same time the dot-com boom hit.

The recession beginning in 2007 was just the market adjusting the difference between perceived value of American currency and its actual trading value.


If the government is in surplus, it means that the government is taking in more cash than it's spending, which is the opposite of stimulus.

It's also well known that the US trade deficit exploded during the late 90s, which means that [the export-import deficit] was also a huge drag on GDP during his years.

So the trade deficit was subtracting from GDP, and the government was sucking up more money from the private sector than it was pushing out.

There was only one "sector" of the economy left to compensate: Private consumption. And private consumption compensated for the drags from government and trade in two ways. - Business Insider


This was basically a pump-n-dump scheme pulled off on an entire economy.

No wonder they called him the gangster president.

In addition, social entitlements are the sector of the government we added in the 1950s that grew to over half our budget.

Under Clinton, it expanded into the private sector as he urged loaners to help him in his vision of an ethnically equal America.

The result was lots of home loans, seeding the housing bubble, and the dot-com bubble, and now the currency bubble.

Get a Baby Boomer in the White House and they'll destroy your nation.
 

I am more nihilistic than you

19 10 12 - 22:03

They think they have reached the ultimate: like anarchists, they believe in no structure.

No truth, no meaning, no communication.

And so all that's left is to take advantage of this time, be hedonistic, have allegiance to nothing.

This is not nihilism. It is still a religion. It is the religion of zealots.

Its god is the self, or rather, the impulses of the body. Just like almost every other populist religion, meme or doctrine...

I am more nihilistic than that.

I don't believe in you or me.

I believe only in the process of the cosmos, as I can find it to be true, and the continuity of all life.

The rest is monkey-drama, a monkey claiming that because he can touch himself, he is god.

Surely none of you are that dumb?

We are bits on a cosmic computer and nothing more. It is eternal because it has no time. It only is.
 

Good definition of trolling

19 10 12 - 21:48

Essentially, introducing opinion without explanation and translation of context.


Context matters, but it's not the only thing. Substance counts too. Although we are each taught in kindergarten that we are unique snowflakes, the reality is that on a site with 8 million readers, what you personally think probably doesn't really matter to many people… not unless you can explain why, and what's relevant about your opinion. Popping into a thread about a new Android phone and saying "I will never buy one of these Android phones" is going to get voted down, because this has nothing of merit to it at all. No one cares whether or not you're going to buy an Android phone. The only way such a post is going to survive down votes is if it adds some meaningful substance to the discussion, and that takes more work than just dropping some rage or haterism on a thread.

In all honesty, we continue to look for examples of collapsed posts that were expressing meaningful opinions or arguments without engaging in otherwise trollish behavior. - Arse Technica


This mainly savages nu-trolling, which is just being offensive in bulk, e.g. posting 2000 gay porn photo albums to a board. It's more like vandalism.

Old school trolling meant going into a place with some tempting bait, hooking in the suckers, and then forcing them to in their own words reveal the contradictions in their own thinking.

Not so easy.
 

The dominance of singular ideology

19 10 12 - 21:41


Btw, it's not just microkernels. Any time you have "one overriding idea", and push your idea as a superior ideology, you're going to be wrong. Microkernels had one such ideology, there have been others. It's all BS. The fact is, reality is complicated, and not amenable to the "one large idea" model of problem solving. The only way that problems get solved in real life is with a lot of hard work on getting the details right. Not by some over-arching ideology that somehow magically makes things work. - Slashdot


This reminds me of the diversity, equality, peace and entitlement zombies.

"We've found a new way, it's better, or at least sounds better and everyone likes it!"

They don't tell you it requires an authoritarian ideology to enforce it, which is that equality becomes the law and any who transgress must be destroyed.

One idea. Replacing a whole reality. Liberalism.
 

The Taming of the Crowd

19 10 12 - 06:32


The problem it seemed was that the interior of the depot did nothing to manage the Crowd—which could resume the same patterns of movement as they did on the street—and believe me, it was just as unruly out there. In the depot, where passengers were confronted with the unbridled power of locomotives, it was necessary to impose some sort of structure to the meeting: the Crowd had to be domesticated.

...

Each of these changes was meant to remind the people that they were indeed individuals despite their place in the Crowd, and as individuals they still had social roles and responsibilities to fulfill. Moreover, these changes synchronized the Crowd by putting people through the same paces at the same points. But perhaps the most significant change would come from the architectural firm Warren and Wetmore. A deadly collision in 1902 preceded public demand for an even safer, more accessible terminal. Warren and Wetmore won the bid for reconstruction, and the plan they produced included galleries, which added yet another transition area but, more importantly, rendered the Crowd into a spectacle.

...

Being placed on display is not lost on the subconscious of the Crowd: what appears to be hustle and bustle are manifestations of many synchronizations happening at once. So what appears to be chaos to the casual observer is actually a play directed by design that makes the Crowd a key feature of the space even as it is minimized by the architectural elements that Grand Central Terminal is known for: the grand ceiling, the large windows, and the deep main concourse. These items add perspective to the Crowd and diminish its psychological power as an uncontrollable mass. - Scientific American


The Crowd has always been with us, and always will be. It's inherent to the nature of individuals co-existing in a group, and it accelerates as the group gets larger.

This is the challenge of agricultural society.

Managing the Crowd is relatively easy for a railway station, but the fundamental aspects -- divide, identify, and reduce its power by making it seem small and highly visible -- remain.

The Crowd thrives on anonymity and the sense that its actions have no consequences its individual members must face. This allows it to, say, guillotine its best 10% of the population, or send any independent thinkers to the gulags, or in the case of modern America and the EU, to drown out any complex truth in favor of an entitlement state.
 

The act is not the beauty; the significance of the act is beautiful

18 10 12 - 19:07


And our season of abstinence showed us something that we might not have otherwise seen. We learned directly, experientially, that both of us has misused sex in the past, and that our vision of sex had been blocking our spiritual growth. It's not that we had overvalued sex. It's that we had been using it as a substitute for real intimacy. - Rhoda Janzen


 

Rebellion Against the Stagnant is the Ultimate Progress

18 10 12 - 19:05

Liberalism has died.

It died of broken promises; the social contract it created was one made between a social order and the individual to bypass reality in exchange for universal approval. Results are always bad, across the board.

France, 1789... after murdering the top ten percent of its population, it plunged itself into authoritarianism and wars it could not win, ultimately self-destructing to become known as the rifle-dropping surrender monkeys of Europe.

Russia, 1917... a paper tiger unleashed that was better at killing its own people than anything else.

The list goes on.

European socialism is collapsing not from economic factors, but from a lack of energy to carry on. It parasitizes itself, makes its people miserable, and so life has become pointless. Entropy sets in, thanks to equality.

In the USA, people are starting the revolution against the order we adopted in the 1930s out of fear of economic depressions. Liberalism does not cure depressions. Welfare does not cure crime. Pacifism does not cure war.

We must find another way, and not necessarily a new one -- the old ways we rejected were better than what we rejected them for.

Thus we learn, slowly. Very slowly.

 

Don't let the death-propaganda drive you mad

14 10 12 - 19:27


Mr. Rationality, though, seems to have pulled it off. Most people over 65 have three or more chronic diseases, but he had only one – diabetes — until two months shy of 90, when he had a mild heart attack from which he has apparently recovered. My father maintains his checkbook and manages his medications, which have grown to three prescriptions instead of one. Though he uses a walker for balance, he isn’t functionally disabled as long as he lives in an elevator building and has someone to run errands. (That would be me.)

Some of his compressed morbidity — and how compressed it turns out to be depends on the unknowable, his eventual life span — is probably his own doing. He never smoked, never drank, maintained a normal weight (though without vigorous exercise), kept his mind engaged. But he also owes his longevity and relative health to sheer luck, the genetic roll of the dice. - "Reaching 90 With Only Three Prescriptions," by Paula Span


The media normally wants you to freak out and worry. Rest easy: it's in your genes and your choices. Don't go in for lots of medical care; just take care of yourself.
 

Reclaiming the world from delusion and decay

14 10 12 - 07:53



In other words, logic is what is logical and reality is what is real; you can make sense out of reality with or without divine beings. Life itself is divine, and if you take it seriously, you acknowledge that.

 

Desert Island CD collection

05 10 12 - 18:29

From the DMU last.fm discussions:


Let's say that in the future, you have committed a heinous crime and have been sentenced to an unusual punishment.

Because your crime was non-violent, but because society wants you to be alone to think about what you've done, you are going to be isolated on a tiny (2 sq mile) desert island.

You would have adequate food and thanks to a portable nuclear generator, a small dwelling which is air conditioned and has a comfortable couch, good stereo and no outside interruptions. A computer will constantly monitor your health and mental state. You have no worries in life, but you're going to be there for five years.

You can bring a CD collection with you, but there's a catch. Every minute you spend bored is another hour added on to your life sentenced. If the computer detects that you are bored while listening, it will just keep racking up the sentence.

In other words, if you pick the wrong CDs, you could end up dying on this island. What CDs would you bring?


It would start with Carnage Dark Recollections and Morbid Angel's first three, the first three Deicide and everything Immortal did up through '98, but beyond that it's hard to measure.
 

Society for African-American Heritage (SAAH)

02 10 12 - 16:29

 

Beauty and the Profane

01 10 12 - 19:36


The rapes have not stopped, but their frequency has lessened to a degree. I am able to walk upright about twice a week, a change from the wide legged shuffling i am used to doing, accompanied by a chorus of cat calls and ass slaps from the different inmates who have owned my inner sanctum.

Two weeks ago, and against my will, i was entered into the C-Block beauty pagent. I begged and pleaded, "I'm not a pretty lady, I'm not a pretty lady" i screamed as they pushed me on stage. The warden, standing offstage with a rifle in hand, forced me to pout and wiggle my "apple pie money maker" as Bootylicous played in the background. At the end of the night, when i heard i'd won, i broke down into tears. My prize, a night with the Mcreggor Brothers, the envy of every hardcore latent homosexual on C-Block, but i am not a hardcore latent homosexual. I am a victim of homosexual lust, nothing more. They saw my ruby red starfruit ass and ran through it like a pack of buffalo through an indian reservation. - "Prison Rape," by Jon Vincent



You bet your ass we're all alike... we've been spoon-fed baby food at school when we hungered for steak... the bits of meat that you did let slip through were pre-chewed and tasteless. We've been dominated by sadists, or ignored by the apathetic. The few that had something to teach found us willng pupils, but those few are like drops of water in the desert.

This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud. We make use of a service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn't run by profiteering gluttons, and you call us criminals. We explore... and you call us criminals. We seek after knowledge... and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias... and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals. - "...Of Darkness," by Bob Way



One thing the internet has shown us, it is that few people can resist looking at images of cute animals.

Now new research has revealed that looking at cute images of baby animals doesn’t just make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, but can actually improve your work performance and help you concentrate.

The study comes from researchers at Hiroshima University. In Japanese, the word ‘kawaii’ means cute and so the report is rather appropriately entitled ‘Power of Kawaii’. - "The power of cute: How looking at pictures of baby animals can help improve your concentration levels," The Daily Mail