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Interzone / Darkness
« on: April 18, 2014, 06:11:39 AM »
“Darkness” is shorthand for anything that scares me — that I want no part of — either because I am sure that I do not have the resources to survive it or because I do not want to find out. The absence of God is in there, along with the fear of dementia and the loss of those nearest and dearest to me. So is the melting of polar ice caps, the suffering of children, and the nagging question of what it will feel like to die. If I had my way, I would eliminate everything from chronic back pain to the fear of the devil from my life and the lives of those I love — if I could just find the right night-lights to leave on.

At least I think I would. The problem is this: when, despite all my best efforts, the lights have gone off in my life (literally or figuratively, take your pick), plunging me into the kind of darkness that turns my knees to water, nonetheless I have not died. The monsters have not dragged me out of bed and taken me back to their lair. The witches have not turned me into a bat. Instead, I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.


Embrace of evil is mainstream. In past years, it was a revolting attack on the majority via rejection of their stuffy Christianity. But lately some writers are attempting to move past that and rekindle some long forgotten (suppressed) wisdom.

Interzone / Fourth-generation warfare
« on: April 17, 2014, 03:39:54 PM »
Terrorism or teen prank? The result is the same.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland water officials are discarding 38 million gallons of drinking water after a 19-year-old was caught urinating into one of the city's reservoirs.

A security camera caught the man urinating at about 1 a.m. PT Wednesday through an iron fence into Mount Tabor Reservoir No. 5 in southeastern Portland, said Administrator David Shaff of the Portland Water Bureau. Minutes later, two other men, ages 18 and 19, attempted to scale the fence and one of them entered the reservoir.


Interzone / Sickly nation is rewarding and lucrative
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:04:43 PM »
Why aren't fitness and health more rewarding to the society as a whole? With such a formula as we have instead, public wellness should be avoided industry-wide.

New Jersey ranks fifth in the nation for the amount of money Medicare spent, reimbursing about 28,000 doctors, ambulance service providers and laboratories, according to the massive database released by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. California, Florida, Texas and New York made up the top four.

New Jersey doctors and other medical professionals earned $2.8 billion . Ophthalmologists, pathologists, radiologists and oncologists dominated the list of top earners in the state, mirroring the national data. Michael McGinnis, a pathologist from Wrightstown, was listed as New Jersey's top individual earner on the list, taking in $12.5 million. He was identified as an individual practitioner, although with 33,000 patients served, it is more likely he provided lab services. Calls to his office went unreturned today.


Interzone / Explicit collective bureaucratic interest
« on: April 09, 2014, 06:17:36 PM »
IRS workers in several offices have been openly supporting President Obama, including by donning pro-Obama paraphernalia and urging callers to reelect the president in 2012, according to allegations contained in a new government watchdog report.

A report by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, released Wednesday, cited accusations that workers at a Dallas IRS office may have violated federal law by wearing pro-Obama items like shirts, stickers and buttons. The Hatch Act forbids Executive Branch workers from engaging in partisan political activity.


It is supposed to be a matter of public trust that government workers are professionally impartial and only individually self-interested in private. I believe this is perhaps an effect of crowdism having taken hold which is causing the decay of America not overtly from Hitler or Al Qaeda or covertly from Stalin but insidiously from within.

The institutions, public and private, are like parts of a supporting framework. When these institutional parts cordon themselves off, they no longer support the whole. Here we have what could be one of the most effective, if mindlessly accidental methods of replacing a lawful republic with anarchy.

Interzone / Interspecies communications
« on: April 09, 2014, 04:27:51 PM »
As I stood by the field surveying upcoming tasks, a sleek little bird swooped by my hat like some diminutive fighter aircraft. They don't normally do that.

Looking up, I noticed it was the type for which I had provided nesting gourds. The nests were a few feet away, way up on a pole. Seconds later, the aerial combatant buzzed down inches from my hat once again. I looked up and saw another such bird entering one of the gourds.

They are a potential nesting pair. Presumably, the male was trying to discourage my presence while the female set about home making. I obliged. The task could easily wait.

Interzone / Conservative, traditional creates trust
« on: April 04, 2014, 10:29:46 PM »
Gallup found that trust tends to be higher in less-populous states than in states with larger populations. Gallup said this helped to explain why red-leaning states earned more trust in the survey.

Illinois is by far the state in which residents least trust their government, which is helped by the fact that two of its most recent governors — Democrat Rod Blagojevich and Republican George Ryan — spent time in prison on wide-ranging corruption offenses.


In European terms, American red states would be viewed as right wing extremists who often go to church, dislike taxation, love the countryside and almost always own a collection of firearms. Illinois is a typical historically blue state (progressive, liberal, multicultural) which the article failed to point out.

Interzone / Multitasking: myth
« on: April 04, 2014, 08:36:27 PM »
I haven't checked up after any self-proclaimed multitasker and failed to find all tasks only partially brought to completion and in each case the ball was dropped. Well, you say, they're multitasking you derp!

No, they're rationalizing their inability to follow through and bring anything to completion without leaning on someone else to finish which is the cause of unnecessary added labor. At some stage before the end phase, they get bored, inattentive, impatient and more interested in the next thing.

Work: all sweet dessert but no less yummy supper in the world of the multitasker.

Interzone / The Social Animal?
« on: March 28, 2014, 11:09:26 PM »

Question unearthed somewhere on the internet:

A man without politics is a man outside of society. Can someone truly be human without a society?

I'd say the social animal attributes are prerequisites for a chronically modern man.

Interzone / Rewarding socialism while punishing Americans
« on: March 01, 2014, 05:48:43 PM »
Reid managed to ignite a firestorm when he accused those who complain about canceled policies and higher rates under ObamaCare of flat-out lying.

"There's plenty of horror stories being told,” he said. “All of them are untrue, but they're being told all over America."

Tell that to Linda Deright, who told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto,"There must be six million of us, then. I think we should just call ourselves the liars' club."

Tom Gialanella of Seattle says he got a letter last fall canceling his old policy and laying out details of his ObamaCare option.

"My premiums would increase approximately 61 percent,"he says. I went from $891 a month to $1437 a month and also my deductibles all doubled."

Jeff and Victoria Haidet of North Carolina had been in a high risk pool, an expensive form of coverage for those with serious health problems, but found ObamaCare even more expensive.

"We were a little shocked to see that one come back at even higher rate than what our high risk insurance pool was. That rate came back at$950 a month for the policy, which had higher deductibles than what we had in the high risk pool," Jeff said.

All of which prompted Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell to say, " These people across America, who are losing their insurance, whose jobs are being lost, are not making this up. And no amount of Harry Reid calling everybody a liar changes the facts."


Interzone / The meaning of fantasy fiction
« on: February 22, 2014, 09:51:42 PM »
I've long since put this literature away in favor of non-fiction. All of the most memorable, like Tolkien and Howard, were essentially tales of individual ascendancy through a deliberate or sometimes fortunate process of overcoming great adversity.

Meek country bumpkin Bilbo ends up an armored war hero and political conspirator. Dirty face slave boy Conan ends up High King of Aquilonia. Drizzt the dark elf transforms from obedient, lowly whipped male to unbeatable swordmaster and peerless tracker.

No pain, no gain

That which does not kill me makes me stronger

Interzone / Socializing is deterministic
« on: February 22, 2014, 02:13:03 PM »
The Pew Research Center and the Social Media Research Foundation analyzed thousands of twitter conversations going back to 2010. They found these conversations occoured based on the structure of the individual’s Twitter network. For example, the subjects and content that a person tweets about, the people they follow, the people who follow them and the way they network creates a structure of social activity. In a recently released report Pew reports that they uncovered six distinct patterns for these structures.

“These are data-driven early steps in understanding Twitter discussion structures that contribute to the emerging science of social participation,” Ben Shneiderman professor of computer science at the University of Maryland and a report-co-author said. “This new field is emerging right before our eyes and could eventually have a large impact on our understanding of everything from health to community safety, from business innovation to citizen science and from civic engagement to sustainable energy programs.”


Free will gets a little more debunked.

Interzone / Secular atonement and salvation
« on: February 12, 2014, 04:10:44 PM »
  • charity, tolerance
  • anthropocentricism

If we can get everyone on the bandwagon while smashing the haters we will then attain the great paradise in the future where all are equal and free, peace is eternal and there is no want. We are god!

Interzone / Liberty
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:54:28 PM »
1. Gluttonous self indulgence of lower animal impulses; blind tolerance toward all unless you police or administrate on the state payroll

2. Responsible, dutiful elbow room within cultural parameters afforded to all in lieu of cold bureaucratic state and public indifference

3. Both? Neither?

Pick the best one.

Also, a famous quote by a thoughtful identitarian and nationalist is worth considering:

Liberty, fraternity, or equality. You can only ever have two, but never all three.

Interzone / Hate the player
« on: February 05, 2014, 01:32:16 AM »
Here's what people assert when they want to distance themselves from taking responsibility for their own bad behavior. It's also known as displacement.

Don't hate the player. Hate the game.

1. Sorry I cheated. Too bad you got hurt though. But don't hate us players. It's just what everyone does these days.
2. I didn't mean to wreck everyone's life with my addiction. But there are dealers everywhere in town and it is so easy to score. Don't hate me hate the escapist-addiction culture.

When state sanctioned open season is proposed, the foregoing would be some of the wild game in the crosshairs.

Interzone / Deceased getting turned into diamonds
« on: January 27, 2014, 04:59:50 AM »
Swiss company Algordanza takes cremated human remains and — under high heat and pressure that mimic conditions deep within the Earth — compresses them into diamonds.

Rinaldo Willy, the company's founder and CEO, says he came up with the idea a decade ago. Since then, his customer base has expanded to 24 countries.

Each year, the remains of between 800 and 900 people enter the facility. About three months later, they exit as diamonds, to be kept in a box or turned into jewelry.


Reliable, elegant and memorable probably indicates Swiss invention.

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