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Interzone / Re: AIDS: the benefits.
« on: December 10, 2013, 12:42:40 AM »
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By Tuesday afternoon, the W.H.O. had issued its own correction: “The sentence should read: ‘Half of the new H.I.V. cases are self-injecting, and out of them, few are deliberately inflicting the virus.’ ” Later in the day, it retracted that statement, too, and said instead, “There is no evidence suggesting that deliberate self-infection with H.I.V. goes beyond a few anecdotal cases.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/27/world/europe/greece-hiv-claim-an-error.html?_r=0

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Like most years, the best new album this year is a Graveland album.  Thunderbolts of the Gods.

While Cold Winter Blades had a uniform heroic war-parade sound, Thunderbolts of the Gods is more complex and contemplative in mood.  There is a sense of the fright, bewilderment, and fatigue from battle.  I visualized the reflections of a warrior, near the end of a campaign, at some calm moment between battles, after having witnessed horrible things - perhaps the death of a loved one in battle.

This is complex in mood and takes the listener through a journey.  Not more enjoyable than the uniform war-parades of recent albums, but more interesting and more mature in sound.

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Metal / Buzum: SOL AUSTAN, MANI VESTAN
« on: May 31, 2013, 12:48:47 AM »
This has been on youtube all week and we are not talking about it or even listening to it. I suppose after the last couple of albums Vikernes has become irrelevant.

Is there any decent band remaining besides Graveland?

A new Graveland album is to be released in June according to graveland.org !

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Metal / Re: Graveland Memory and Destiny remake
« on: February 02, 2013, 12:20:14 AM »
The new version of Memory and Destiny (Pamięć i Przeznaczenie) really is special I think.  On my top 5 of all time list.

I saw recently that he has released yet another remake of this album, this time with English lyrics. I have not been able to find any samples online.  Has anyone heard this?

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Metal / Graveland Memory and Destiny remake
« on: September 23, 2012, 06:47:48 PM »
What do yall think of the samples on http://www.graveland.org/ ?

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Metal / Re: Burzum - Umskiptar
« on: April 04, 2012, 01:12:25 AM »
Quote from: vikernes
  The vocals on this one however are more important than on any other album, with a total of 66 stanzas, some of them even repeated a few times, making up the lyrics of the album. The vocals are very important for the special atmosphere and are more important than on any other Burzum album, and more varied too – and as honest as it gets

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Metal / Re: Burzum - Umskiptar
« on: April 04, 2012, 01:09:34 AM »
I don't think the album is that bad.  I found the piano track and a few of the others memorable and enjoyable.

He is emphasizing the "skaldic metal" concept on his website.  The man has earned my respect enough that I will listen to it as intended, with a full understanding of the lyrics, before I negatively judge the album.  I don't speak the language, and I am not at all familiar with Völuspá.

Has anyone posted the English translation of Völuspá from his book?

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Metal / Re: Instrumentals
« on: February 01, 2012, 10:52:38 PM »
Burzum- Det Som en Gang Var
The album version of this has harsh lyrics.  I am not aware of an instrumental version?

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Metal / Re: Instrumentals
« on: February 01, 2012, 06:16:56 AM »
Also
Blut Aus Nord - Procession of Dead Clowns

Burzum - Demo II:
Lost Wisdom
Lord Of The Depths
Spell Of Destruction
A Lost Forgotten Sad Spirit
Lost Wisdom (Taken from original Demo 1991)
Spell Of Destruction (Taken from original Demo 1991)
Channelling The Power Of Souls Into A New God (Taken from original Demo 1991)
Feeble Screams From Forests Unknown
My Key To The Purgatory
Rite Of Cleansure
A Lost Forgotten Sad Spirit

I actually prefer many of these demo version songs.  Some of them are paced more appropriately, some of the songs work better without vocals, and the sound and distortion works better on Demo II.

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http://www.google.com.br/search?q=humans+have+neanderthal+dna&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-US&ie=utf8&oe=utf8&redir_esc=&ei=n1MoT--bJ8KTtwej4P3bBA

 I am not sure what your intention was for reminding me that Google exists?

My point was not to argue either way.  I am not up to date on the literature.

Here is a random article from 2008.  http://www.cell.com/abstract/S0092-8674(08)00773-3  
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Analysis of the assembled sequence unequivocally establishes that the Neandertal mtDNA falls outside the variation of extant human mtDNAs


I am just bothered by the number of articles that have "unequivocally" proven or disproved this theory. And of course the degree to which these studies "unequivocally" prove things is exaggerated by the media, but still I have tired of the issue and my position now is that I don't care and that I dont get particularlly excited every couple of years when I read an article in the media suggesting that the scientific community has flip-flopped on this issue once again.

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I don’t like this idea much.

My first reaction is, “Why emphasize a bit of Neanderthal in our blood”?   I think probably so sad racists could fortify their belief that European man is superior, since this blood would be unique to Caucasians.  If we did intermix, by most definitions of species, humans and Neanderthals would be of the same species, and this would be no different than the numerous other occasions of racial mixture in our past.  But this feels different since Neanderthals are often thought of as a separate species.

Second reaction: this idea is largely fantasy, with no real evidence.  Comparing it to Tolkien may be reasonable, but Tolkien is probably the less fictitious of the two.

Third reaction: I feel that the opposite fantasy would make more sense and be more consistent with modern racialist theory.   That is, that an artistic, creative, dreamy, group of humans mixed with the stronger, more pragmatic and intelligent Neanderthal man who lacked only ambition and imagination, producing a hybrid with the ability to put to full fruition the dreams of the humans.  This fits much better with the observationally based stereotypes of modern cro-magnon vs. mediterraean/nordid as described on racist internet fora by Agrippa et al.

Quote from: Varg
 “Before Chauvet they didn't even need art, because their minds were so superior. They didn't need to record the beauty of our world; they managed to process all impressions properly just by looking at it. They could f. ex. like a modern day autistic savant just take a look at the sky and memorize the positions of all the stars”

Ahh, so I am superior because of the greatness of my dreams and my appreciation for the beauty of nature.   So I can wank around in my parents basement without ever doing anything and be superior to those proles who toil away and actually produce something concrete?

I have these thoughts too - that my dreams and appreciation for beauty are superior - but I am not deluded, and I tell myself to stop being a wanker and actually do something with my life.  And I have always assumed that the sorry apelike men that we are prone to feeling superior to spend just as much time if not more dreaming and appreciating the beauty of the stars.

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  We long for this time, because we still have this fantastic neanderthal DNA in us (seen today as blonde hair, blue or gray eyes and white skin),
  Is this true?  I first became aware of this theory of admixture by reading Coon's The Races of Europe about a decade ago.  Since then, every few years I see a DNA study about this, and it seems that half of them have disproved the theory and the other half have proved it.  It always reminds me that with DNA there are very large numbers, which are easy to manipulate to falsely demonstrate whatever one wants to demonstrate.  The lesson being that common sense and observation should always trump the results of some study that you have not yourself independently verified the methods and interpretation.

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Interzone / Re: Becoming a Priest
« on: January 20, 2012, 11:23:02 PM »
As was I. Even now, I consider myself an 'agnostic Catholic'; I still live with my family and they expect me to go to church, so I do.

I never saw a point of disappointing my mom, so I always go to church on Christmas when I am in town visiting.

I wonder if I am the only one who has ever taken the Eucharist, said amen, all the while fantasizing about burning the place down?

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Interzone / Re: Becoming a Priest
« on: January 20, 2012, 07:54:28 PM »
Interesting thread.  I was raised Catholic, and I have recently been considering returning to the faith.

 I still support the idea of "God" more than Jesus -- he's too submissive for me.
The submissiveness of Christianity was at one time a major point to which I objected.  But I no longer see this as a problem at all.  Is it wrong to view submission to God as equivalent to acceptance of reality and our limitations?  Submitting to those things which are beyond our control (and thus, in God's domain)?  This is not really submission at all.  Neither is "submitting" to the rules of God which essentially just tell us to behave in our own best collective long-term interest.

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Metal / Re: Creed of Iron or Prawo Stali ?
« on: July 10, 2011, 07:54:51 PM »
For new Graveland, I enjoy Tribute to the King of Aquilonia, Cold Winter Blades, Spears of Heaven, Memory and Destiny, Blood of  Heroes, Raise your Sword, and Immortal Pride. 

I really love the calm, peaceful, reflective atmosphere with very little darkness.  Uplifting.  Has anyone other than Graveland and Bathory succeeded at this?  Summoning comes close but ultimately fails.

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