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Interzone / Material from applied energy
« on: May 23, 2014, 01:44:55 AM »
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Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.

The theory underpinning the idea was first described 80 years ago by two physicists who later worked on the first atomic bomb. At the time they considered the conversion of light into matter impossible in a laboratory.

But in a report published on Sunday, physicists at Imperial College London claim to have cracked the problem using high-powered lasers and other equipment now available to scientists.

"We have shown in principle how you can make matter from light," said Steven Rose at Imperial. "If you do this experiment, you will be taking light and turning it into matter."

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/may/18/matter-light-photons-electrons-positrons

In decades past, people conceived of lasers simply as potential weapons thanks to popular if poorly informed media fiction. A few nerds liked to toy around with holograms. Instead today, lasers are used in metrical, medical and machining applications.

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Interzone / Mercantile nihilism
« on: May 23, 2014, 01:38:54 AM »
9/11 gift shop and museum:

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“To me, it’s the crassest, most insensitive thing to have a commercial enterprise at the place where my son died,” Diane Horning said.

She and husband Kurt never recovered the remains of their son Matthew, 26, a database administrator for Marsh & McLennan and an aspiring guitarist.

About 8,000 unidentified body parts are now stored out of sight in a “remains repository” at the museum’s underground home.

“Here is essentially our tomb of the unknown. To sell baubles I find quite shocking and repugnant,” said Horning, who also objects to the museum cafe.

“I think it’s a money-making venture to support inflated salaries, and they’re willing to do it over my son’s dead body.”

http://nypost.com/2014/05/18/outrage-over-911-museum-gift-shops-crass-souvenirs/

Nothing is sacred anymore and still too few are sick of it.

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Interzone / Re: Antidote to Christianity
« on: May 11, 2014, 12:48:37 AM »
I'd be convinced that something about it is working that can't be attributed to the conscientiousness and will - the sort on occasion found among any people in the world - the folk instead. I wouldn't claim Islam is working either, but I would say Muslims are today and were working out as various heathen folk in antiquity prior to conversion for example.

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Interzone / Re: The boredom
« on: May 10, 2014, 07:58:29 PM »
I'd say that's one of the motives of progressivism. We're good at this living stuff so now it's time to change the world to keep our boredom at bay.

That in turn just swaps boredom for panicked, fire-stomping error correction but no joy, meaning or growth. A better approach is to reassess our world as it is and reengage it on its own terms with a new challenge for ourselves.

The natural world, endless universe, man's pre-rational animal instinct already present us with untold opportunities for overcoming. We never needed to wreck what wasn't broken in order to have fun convincing ourselves we're fixing it.

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Interzone / Re: Antidote to Christianity
« on: May 10, 2014, 07:44:55 PM »
Where is this traditional Christianity? Oh that's right, way back in the 15th Century. I'd say people are ready for a change, including a fresh start. Turn the other cheekianity and we're all the sameianity always rubbed me the wrong way anyhow. Besides, I don't have Semitic ancestry so I have no business adopting one of their religious heresies as my own. That smacks of Angelina Jolie which also rubs me the wrong way.

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Interzone / Re: Denigrating science to inflate the religious ego
« on: May 09, 2014, 06:35:57 PM »
The point isn't that science itself is too imperfect for us to heed. Science is also staffed by people - potentially corruptible people - and it also requires funding from sources who may desire tailored results to suit their non-science, political aims. Just like the churches, there is no reason the institution of science can't get and hasn't gotten infiltrated by ideologues who keep reality second and the agenda first.

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Interzone / Re: Staying up late
« on: May 09, 2014, 03:27:22 AM »
Each morning is golden sun, green hills, song birds chorus, chunky bees abuzz, wind in the trees and maybe a friendly visit from a stray cat. I've seen worse times.

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Interzone / Re: Are offensive or dangerous ideas metal?
« on: May 08, 2014, 04:47:01 AM »
It's so redundant and boring to kick the beaten faithful anymore they only collected 28k for their Baphomet statue. Developers of twinky dink independent video games can rally 20 or 30 times as much cash from donating customers before product delivery. There is almost no news coverage and no chatter at all about this in the Bible Belt.

Picture an emperor giving himself a coronation ceremony every day for fifty years and you have our revolutionary left. They're stale, insane and ridiculous but still throw a fun party all the time even as most revelers have long since stopped attending.

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Interzone / Re: Are offensive or dangerous ideas metal?
« on: May 08, 2014, 03:29:41 AM »
A Satanist statue cast in bronze is just months away from completion, and activists hope that it will find a home on the lawn of the Oklahoma State Capitol. Ultimately, the statue — which features the seven-foot tall, horned figure of Baphomet fawned upon by two exultant children — is intended to stand directly next to a highly controversial monument of the ten commandments that was donated by a state legislator in 2012 and subsequently placed on the grounds of the Capitol.

The Baphomet figure, complete with a goat head, angel wings, and a beard, comes from a recently-formed New York group identifying as The Satanic Temple, which raised over $28,000 on Indiegogo earlier this year to commission a sculptor and create the piece. Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucian Greaves tells ABC News that the statue is a symbol to "celebrate our progress as a pluralistic nation founded on secular law."

http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/3/5678782/satanic-group-reveals-crowdfunded-monument-for-oklahoma-state-capitol

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Interzone / Re: The final goal before collapse is total control
« on: May 08, 2014, 02:43:50 AM »
Cut loose the chaff, fat and riffraff then the pursuit of control, comfort and diversions can diminish. Then living life fully, meaningfully resumes along with some real history and occasional works lasting across the ages. In stark contrast the likes of Occupy Wallstreet, Justin Bieber and Pussy Riot are the face of progress for us instead. We couldn't be doing any worse for our potential.

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Interzone / Re: The final goal before collapse is total control
« on: May 07, 2014, 10:41:56 PM »
Even crazier, it is like the building security guards tightening control to the extent that all activity within has to first answer to them. Eventually, all business conducted centers around building security instead of their various former pursuits. As a result, the structure falls into such disrepair from lack of care, maintenance and funding that collapse of the whole structure is imminent.

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Interzone / The final goal before collapse is total control
« on: May 07, 2014, 03:25:02 AM »
I was inspired by our host's latest blog and readily found:

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It’s no secret that police departments around the country are deploying automated license plate readers to build massive databases to identify the location of vehicles. But one company behind this Orwellian tracking system is determined to stay out of the news.

How determined? Vigilant Solutions, founded in 2009, claims to have the nation’s largest repository of license-plate images with nearly 2 billion records stored in its National Vehicle Location Service (NVLS). Despite the enormous implications of the database for the public, any law enforcement agency that signs up for the service is sworn to a vow of silence by the company’s terms of service.

Vigilant is clear about the reason for the secrecy: it’s to prevent customers from “cooperating” with media and calling attention to its database.

That database is used by law enforcement and others to track stolen cars or vehicles used in crimes, as well as to locate illegal immigrants, kidnapping victims and others — though the vast majority of license plates stored belong to ordinary drivers who aren’t suspected of a crime.

http://www.wired.com/2014/05/license-plate-tracking/

If we had a real purpose as a civilization this sort of waste wouldn't be needed. But that would require that we have more in common than not which wouldn't be very liberal of us.

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Interzone / Re: Are offensive or dangerous ideas metal?
« on: May 06, 2014, 06:24:52 PM »
No particular strand of political incorrectness is important and in fact adopting one may end up a distraction. The essence is contra humanism with all of its derivatives like weakness, pity, commercialism, ecocide and equality (anti-excellence) generally.

In past decades, metal was on the front against advanced Christianity right when it was leaving tradition behind and turning completely into a kind of bourgeoisie humanitarianism. Empty pews and bankrupt charlatans eventually was the result, so the crowd has shed its church trappings and gone secular instead.

This is a positive development but it opens up new ground for metal to step in and confront in a sort of Homeric Western classical versus postmodern secular humanism war. The usual PC suspects won't be able to convincingly cry foul.

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Interzone / Re: History proceeds apace with mass executions
« on: May 06, 2014, 05:07:49 AM »
Another example development:
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Boko Haram on Monday claimed the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in northern Nigeria that has triggered international outrage, threatening to sell them as "slaves".

"I abducted your girls," the Islamist group's leader Abubakar Shekau said in the 57-minute video obtained by AFP, referring to the 276 students kidnapped from their boarding school in Chibok, Borno state, three weeks ago.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/boko-haram-claims-abduction-of-nigeria-schoolgirls-threatens-to-sell-them/article1-1215743.aspx

1. rise of competing non-state power centers in parallel with the addition of newly or developing democratized nation-states

2. inability of newer democracies to maintain new form of government without ongoing supervision or intervention from sponsoring superpower

3. people don't care for an imposed way of life complete with a sponsor as they would one they built and fought for on their own

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Interzone / Are offensive or dangerous ideas metal?
« on: May 06, 2014, 03:10:00 AM »
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Earlier today, I stumbled on an editorial written by Jonsan van Johnson basically calling out Inquisition for being nazis. Jonsan was tipped off when he heard the track “Crush the Jewish Prophet” from the band's 2004 release, Magnificent Glorification of Lucifer.

http://www.metalinjection.net/latest-news/rumors/black-metal-band-inquisition-are-probably-nazis

Taboo, scary or merely rebellious stuff has always found a home in metal. I think we're seeing a problem where some ostensibly taboo content is today actually publicly safe just about anywhere. Lyrics and imagery can glorify the mass death of Christians yet nobody much cares at all. Bands aren't banned for the safe taboo only for the authentic kind.

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