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Interzone / Al Qaeda musters its own surge in Iraq
« on: October 03, 2010, 01:56:45 AM »
So, there are about a billion muslims. If even one percent decide to take up arms to fight the internationalists, that's ten million fighters. It's a safe assumption by now that freedom to have a fast food joint serving halal burgers or low low prices at the supermart isn't really a treasured value for these people.

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But even as officials in the United States and Iraq made public pronouncements that reveled in Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia’s demise, the Sunni insurgent group vowed “dark days colored in blood.”

This summer, as if to make good on its pledge, Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia embarked on a wave of terror that managed to shake even an Iraqi public inured to violence: during the past two months, Iraq has witnessed some of its highest casualty tolls in more than two years, according to the government.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/world/middleeast/28qaeda.html

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Interzone / 1 in 5 plant species to go extinct
« on: October 01, 2010, 05:54:43 PM »
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according to new global analysis by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London's Natural History Museum and the IUCN shows that one in five of the world's plant species are threatened with extinction--in other words, about 76,000 of the world's estimated 380,000 species of plants have difficult times ahead.

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The most threatening process is man-induced habitat loss, mostly the conversion of natural habitats for agriculture or livestock use.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/09/20-percent-world-plant-species-threatened-extinction.php

Educating people HAS FAILED. For forty years the West has instructed people worldwide about taking care of the planet we are all stuck on, the planet that makes all our lives possible. The result? 84% of the people tune out, and 16% are semi-coherent in that they elect the socially polite green consumerism and self sterilization option, assuring they will be the very last eco-conscious generation, pecking away at keyboards under the x-ray emissions of their mercury light bulbs as their eyeball lenses calcify into cataracts from the unseen high frequency rays.

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Interzone / Some blue eyed dude stashed weed for 27 centuries
« on: September 29, 2010, 02:26:41 AM »
In a simpler age, the plant was sacred, having significance in rites. Thankfully it is contraband now because people only know how to use it to escape their own selves for a while, adrift like flotsam in modern life. How much has been lost to us.

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Scientists have discovered two pounds of a dried plant that turned out to be the oldest marijuana in the world. Inside one of the Yanghai Tombs excavated in the Gobi Desert, a team of researchers found the cannabis packed into a wooden bowl resting inside a 2,700-year-old grave. It was placed near the head of a blue-eyed, 45-year-old shaman among other objects like bridles and a harp to be used in afterlife.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/discoblog/2008/12/08/the-world%2525E2%252580%252599s-oldest-stash-scientists-find-2700-year-old-pot/

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Interzone / Malware: weapon of mass destruction
« on: September 27, 2010, 03:28:34 AM »
Keyboard is now mightier than the sword:

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Cyber security experts say they have identified the world's first known cyber super weapon designed specifically to destroy a real-world target – a factory, a refinery, or just maybe a nuclear power plant.

The cyber worm, called Stuxnet, has been the object of intense study since its detection in June. As more has become known about it, alarm about its capabilities and purpose have grown. Some top cyber security experts now say Stuxnet's arrival heralds something blindingly new: a cyber weapon created to cross from the digital realm to the physical world – to destroy something.

yahoo

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Interzone / Precognition
« on: September 23, 2010, 12:55:17 AM »
My on-the-fly definition: expecting specific information well in advance of its external manifestation without any known harbinger that is logically related to the information in question.

My hypothesis: some people may mull over enough distinct subjects or objects with enough thousands of unique iterations that within a few days, a given subject or object does indeed manifest in external information sources. The person recalls their own thoughts on the subject or object in question. When the information appears to be a highly improbable occurance given the existing context, they may dismiss the event as having beaten the odds. When they recall several such events, they may suspect they are gifted with uncontrolled extrasensory precognition, similar to a clairvoyant having an accurate vision of something they have never really witnessed in person.

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Using only light, Australian researchers say they are able to move small particles almost five feet through the air. It’s more than 100 times the distance achieved by existing optical “tweezers,” the researchers say.

Not quite a simple grabby tractor beam, the new system works by shining a hollow laser beam at an object and taking advantage of air-temperature differences to move it around.

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-09/aussie-researchers-use-working-tractor-beam-move-objects-5-feet

This is just the basic framework. They'll probably eventually manipulate quantum particles instead of using a laser tunnel.

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Interzone / Pan-nationalism in science fiction
« on: September 18, 2010, 05:09:02 AM »
Pan-nationalism abounds in fantasy fiction literature. A well known example is Isaac Asimov's milieu, especially the Foundation novel series where a distant, impersonal imperial world oversees thousands of diverse, largely autonomous and insular worlds in the galaxy. We later find the imperial capital itself is divided into several distinct nations or districts.

When crisis dawns on interstellar civilization, the main character learns to sidestep the practical impossibility of a galaxy-wide, macro scale survey of each world and instead spend his life creating a model of just the capital world's districts for a micro scale approximation. From this he develops psychohistory, the science of predicting the cause of crisis that will yet come about in order for the imperium to avoid a future mega crash.

Asimov's universe is the forerunner to later science fiction settings whos authors saw fit to adopt this loose federation of insular world-nations model as an ideal for a human future.

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Interzone / Britain swamped in violent dissent?
« on: September 15, 2010, 12:37:20 AM »
If the U.S. was compressed down to the size of Louisiana it might be this intense too.

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Banks and bankers are now potential targets for the Real IRA, leaders of the dissident republican terror group have warned in an exclusive interview with the Guardian. Despite having only 100 activists they also said that targets in England remained a high priority.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/sep/14/real-ira-targets-banks-bankers

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Interzone / Deep ecology and new right texts
« on: September 09, 2010, 12:01:44 AM »
Moving from http://www.freespeechproject.com/ to http://www.amerika.org/category/texts/

Hail to metal hall members who put their personal time into making this happen. They'll chime in if they wish to be known.

Goal: better serve guests and registered users by consolidating much content into fewer domains (amerika.org, anus.com, and corrupt.org in particular) rather than having content all over the web.

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Metal / Digital drug audio believed to mimic chemical drugs
« on: August 25, 2010, 07:43:22 PM »
The devil is coming after our kids through music. Get active.

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Parents in the town of Mustang, Okla., were warned about I-Dosers in March when the school superintendent there sent a letter saying some students at Mustang High who listened to the sounds "exhibited the same physical effects as if they were under the effects of drugs or alcohol," including increased blood pressure, rapid pulse and involuntary eye movements.

It's no secret that sound can affect moods. Chants and waves have long been used in relaxation and meditation. The best-seller "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain," by Columbia University neurologist and psychiatrist Oliver Sacks, documents the benefits of music therapy on individuals with brain disorders, including stroke, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

I-Dosers and other digital drugs typically sound like a low hum, reminiscent of the constant horns at recent World Cup games, sometimes punctuated with ocean sounds.

The science behind these particular sounds is binaural beats. The basic concept is similar to a tuning fork: One frequency plays in the right ear, and a second, slightly different frequency plays in the left ear. The mind creates a hum that's a balance between the two.

Though articles about binaural beats appeared in Scientific American as early as 1975, the rhythms' effects on the brain remains hazy.

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2010/jul/31/i-soun0624-ar-354832/

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Metal / Blaspherian Oct 2010 Texas
« on: July 21, 2010, 11:04:42 PM »


Sacrifice of the Nazarene Child Black Metal Fest
Houston

http://www.myspace.com/sotnc7

Saturday 9 October 2010 (80 days to go!)

Venue details:

Walter's on Washington
4215 Washington
Houston TX 77007
United States
Show on Map

Tel: 713-862-2513
www.4215washington.com/

http://www.last.fm/festival/1594510+Sacrifice+of+the+Nazarene+Child+x

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Interzone / Raging Bull Sodomizes Cloistered Nun
« on: July 17, 2010, 03:12:24 AM »

number 15 in the gallery

Norman Lowell, European New Right, author of Imperium Europa. I'm unsure what to make of this guy because he impresses me with unusual eccentricity. Many of the paintings have masculinity and virility in meaning.

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Interzone / Monkeys with car keys
« on: July 16, 2010, 11:53:40 PM »
I saw this a while ago because all of our leadership is reacting to symptoms after the fact. The same things happen in somewhat smaller organizations unable to deduce with reasonable accuracy (that IQ and needing eugenics thing again) what lies ahead and how to navigate, which leaves management "putting out fires" day after day. Civilization at the moment is adrift like a ship with a broken rudder or crippled helmsman. She's listing as wave after wave washes over the deck.

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Before the financial crisis, furious pessimism about the national economy started with a small and mostly scholarly group of doomsayers, like N.Y.U.'s Nouriel Roubini and Yale's Robert Shiller. But that pessimism has now gone mainstream, spreading from wonks in finance to the city's daily conversation as last year's rebound drifts further away. Growth is slow; unemployment is enormous; the world feels sludgy. It won't help if banks post withered profits later this week, as they're expected to.

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"Few appreciated that the shift would be as deeply structural as it was demonstrated to be," the site's editor, who writes pseudonymously as Tyler Durden, said in an email. "With trillions of dollars spent to prevent an all-out economic collapse we have only managed to buy under two years of time and the economy is once again starting to roll over."

The hedge fund manager said he doesn't even trust gold. "It's worthless if the social fabric tears," he said. "We're going to have to do something different, before we get down to where it's really bad."

http://www.observer.com/2010/wall-street/new-doom

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Interzone / Kunstler's Tea Party
« on: July 05, 2010, 11:45:45 PM »
German-American leadership:

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In line with my general belief that American life must downscale or die, I'm not wholly persuaded that federalism can survive in any case - but assuming it will lumber on for a while anyway, the two major parties cannot retain their monopoly on power.

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My party does not believe in unbounded multi-culturalism. My party also views the lawlessness of the current situation to be corrosive of the rule-of-law generally. My party views the global population overshoot problem as a condition that requires a more rigorous defense of US territory, sovereign resources, and even whatever remains of American common culture.

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The leaders of my tea party from the president on down would make a concerted effort to inform the public in straight talk about the real problems that we face involving peak oil and debt. My tea party would promote reality-based politics rather than techno-grandiose fantasies and wishful thinking. My tea party would encourage the necessary downscaling of all the critical activities of American daily life, including the re-localization of food production, the rebuilding of local commercial networks, the revitalization of the small towns and cities, and the difficult transition out of extreme car dependency. My tea party will do everything possible to construct a coherent consensus about what is happening to us and what we can do about it. My tea party is based on the true spirit of 1776 - the binding together of common interests and common culture - not the destruction of them as in the spirit of 1861.

http://kunstler.com/blog/2010/07/my-tea-party.html

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Interzone / Oppressive environment discourages idle wanderers
« on: July 05, 2010, 10:12:52 PM »
Three cheers for unreasonable searches, seizures, detention, and brutality coverups at all international points of entry!

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U.S. Dept. of Commerce statistics showing a continued decline in foreign visitors to the U.S.

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U.S. has lost almost 60 million visitors since 9/11, with a significant 17% decline in overseas visitors. Their survey concludes a negative impression of the U.S. is the primary reason for this decline in visitorship.

http://www.bloggingstocks.com/2007/03/26/u-s-tourism-down-by-60-million-visitors-since-9-11/

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