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Interzone / Goal: keep your reach ahead of your grasp
« on: July 04, 2010, 11:53:08 AM »
Here's a proposal. Set up a permanent colony around Centauri A or B.

The rational declining civilization says we can't do this. The distance is too far, requiring several generations of man to get there. If it were a multi-generational colony craft capable of sustained 1G acceleration to minimize travel time without damaging the living occupants, the vessel would be immense and thus far too expensive. Besides, we have no idea about the conditions of planets in and around these stars, if there are any.

Let's do something more convenient and pressing like save Darfur. We the people appreciate quick gratification, we feel more secure with a low probability of failure and we can live with tiny gains that vanish quickly in due time.

The ascending civilization says let's go for it. No, we won't come anywhere close right now, but maybe we can take one step. Let's get a handle on setting up a long term colony closer to home on Earth's moon.

After the first generation, we lost some people and wealth, but finally we have a handle on this long term space colony thing. Tourists who save up $25k for our "Vacation of a Lifetime" have started to show up, taking some of the financial pressure off. People are talking about setting up moisture farms as independent pioneer colonists.

After the second generation, we're getting better at keeping people from dying on the moon, but the profit from space tourism is tapering off because the price tag is less. But, the moisture farms are popping up alongside some unexpected mineral farms and greenhouses. This moon colony thing is looking like a permanent self-sustaining operation. People are talking about having a go at Mars.

After the third generation, a fairly active spaceport appears on the moon shuttling people between the moon surface, the independent but struggling LaGrange Point colonies that have appeared, and the aging but busy International Space Station in close Earth orbit. The first long term Mars outpost looks like a winner after the preceding four went bust. People are talking about mining water ice and metals from the distant asteroid belt.

After the fourth generation, a couple of long term colonies are set up on Mars. Additionally, there is a gritty spacecraft refueling and maintenance station sheltered in a crater on the surface of Phobos. Several premature expeditions to the asteroid belt were disasters. Some of them are unaccounted for. We have no idea where they are. One made it back intact, but empty handed, except for a wealth of data on local conditions in that remote part of the Solar System.

The Alpha Centauri thing is still totally unrealistic, but we're keeping our heading fixed in that direction nonetheless. It's a step-and-a-half backward for every two steps forward, but we're finally conquering places those who came before us could never hope to master.

Interzone / Idea: the price for ecocide
« on: July 01, 2010, 08:06:56 PM »
Face the facts. Fines are taking us nowhere. In the age of multi-billion dollar enterprises, a million dollar expense is absorbed by these giants in hours.

Criminals have their assets seized and auctioned off. Is ecocide during the course of private enterprise not also a criminal act?

The price for ecocide

Interzone / The people do not want liberty
« on: June 27, 2010, 11:23:17 AM »
The people seek collectivism, censorship, and the creation of social taboo.


Interzone / The new modern personality type
« on: June 26, 2010, 09:00:55 PM »
Regular Metal Hall readers will find familiar patterns in this one.


BACKGROUND: In Occidental countries the frame of modern families has been reshaped, and vast economical and social changes have taken place over the last thirty years. They have been marked by the disengagement of the State in the marriage, a giant evolution in conjugality which is becoming privatized and made insecure, changes in gender relations, new motives and conditions for the arrival of the child in the couple, i.e. planned birth, wished or desired infant, infant conceived for oneself, and parenthood has been turned upside down through the extensive evolution of its laws and symbolic-landmarks as well as in practical experience. As these new coordinates of the family are now centred on the consensus instead of authority for the organisation of relationships between its members and on hedonism instead of duty as main value, with a child issued from the desire and acknowledged, from the onset, as a full person "the baby is a person" a child made "for oneself and for him/herself" (and not for the society), brought up in an environment where the media can be considered as a "third parent" because of it's growing importance, the structure of the child's psyche no longer matches the neurotic model.

LITERATURE FINDINGS: Studies made by anthropologists have led us to hypothesise a new "basic personality" in order to reflect the consequences of the new landmarks in society and the new family, as well as the outcome of new educational practices; this new "basic personality" would replace the basic normal/neurotic one, which dominated over the first half of the twentieth century.

CLINICAL ASPECTS: This basic personality, which could be termed as "narcissistic-hedonistic", is characterized by few internalizations, a poorly efficient Superego, nearly no guilt feeling, a weakly socialized Ideal Self suggesting more the Ideal Self of the early childhood, and finally a difficulty in experiencing or testing oneself as a free subject. The resulting narcissistic fragility leads the subject to be more dependent on external objects, to be allergic to frustration, to find delay in the achievement of instinctive aims hard to take, to develop an exaggerated pursuit of perception and sensations. The relation to time is also affected through a privileged investment in the present and the shading off of historical time. These changes must lead to a different subjectivity stemming from a new basic personality. Disorders may stem from three axis of this new basic personality: dependency with attachment disorders, narcissistic fragility, and a high risk of depression; guilt-free "narcissistic perversion" with people, who use other people for their own and exclusive interest, without real empathy; "light" psychopathy, with people capable of social integration for shorts periods of time, with a lot of breaking off in love, friendship, and professional ties.

CONCLUSION: This new configuration where specific pathologies are associated with a new basic personality implies serious thought with regards to care practices so as to adapt them to the patterns of patients.


Metal / Ideas for Middle Earth Compilations
« on: June 21, 2010, 11:26:44 AM »
Middle Earth Compilation Vol. I (The Hobbit)

01 [Wizard recruits homebody for madcap adventure]
02 [Tough cross country trek away from home comforts]
03 Summoning - Elfstone [Rivendell sanctuary]
04 Summoning - Lugburz [mountain trek, goblin town]
05 Summoning - Mirkwood [Mirkwood]
06 Bathory - To Enter Your Mountain [Lonely Mountain]
07 Bathory - Dragon's Breath [wrathful Smaug awoken]
08 Bathory - A Fine Day to Die [defeat of Smaug, 5 armies battle]
09 [Triumph over scum but great hero is lost]
10 [experience reflections, character growth]

Interzone / Why End Democracy?
« on: June 10, 2010, 04:28:38 PM »
Machiavelli, in a tradition from the Greeks to the present, thought that that the Roman Republic worked because of a mixture of institutions, designed to correct each other and limit the abuses that various pure forms of government would have. Thus, he believed that Monarchy alone led to Tyranny, Aristocracy alone let to Oligarchy, and Democracy alone led to Anarchy. The Republic included a (limited) Monarchical power in the Consuls, Aristocratic power in the Senate, and Democratic power in the Tribunes and other institutions of the Plebs. We have other features, such as the custom for most of the Republic that one Consul would be from the Patrician/Senatorial class, while the other would be a Pleb.

Since, for at least the last century, most trendy political opinion has despised the principles of limited government and naively imagined that the more democracy the better, most recent judgment about the Roman Republic would be that it was insufficiently democratic. Indeed, a great deal of the political conflict through the whole history of the Republic was in the direction of greater democracy, of greater power for the Plebs; and for the last century, from Marius to Caesar, there was a virtual, and sometimes very real, civil war between Senatorial and Popular factions.


Interzone / 98.4 > 99.9 (Caution: HBD)
« on: June 09, 2010, 03:55:34 PM »
We have combined computational re-analysis of existing whole genome sequence data with novel microarray-based analysis, and detect 12,178 structural variants covering 40.6Mb that were not reported in the initial sequencing of the first published personal genome. We estimate a total non-SNP variation content of 48.8Mb in a single genome. Our results indicate that this genome differs from the consensus reference sequence by ~1.2% when considering indels/CNVs, 0.1% by SNPs and ~0.3% by inversions. The structural variants impact 4,867 genes, and >24% of SVs would not be imputed by SNP-association.

Our results indicate that a large number of SVs have been unreported in the individual genomes published to date. This significant extent and complexity of SV, as well as the growing recognition of its medical relevance, necessitate it be actively studied in health-related analyses of personal genomes. The new catalogue of SV generated for this genome provides a crucial resource for future comparison studies.


From discussion:

It is three times as much genetic diversity as Venter - a liberal - initially claimed.  Which, to quote Das, puts the variation “in the range of previous estimates of human/chimpanzee similarity”.

For Venter to state that humans populations are so closely related is simply political ideology, not science.

It’s actually closer to 25 times more.  Venter initially claimed that there were 2 million nucleotides (SNPs) that differentiate 2 genomes.  He was only off there by about 1.3 million.  But with structural variation, the current estimate is more than 50 million nucleotides difference between 2 genomes.

Metal / Metal radio vacancies
« on: June 07, 2010, 07:48:05 PM »
Major social networking site with a potential 5000+ metal listeners at http://www.radioreddit.com/?q=search/node/metal. We have a content promotion presence there with several participants.

Also, Radio NIHIL appears to be waiting for a new show. Anyone up for some DJ and authorship work?

Interzone / Most so called humans require regular supervision
« on: June 07, 2010, 07:08:48 PM »
Sensible behaviour producing multiple benefits is too challenging for the modern individual humanzee.

The textile recycling industry is one of the first recycling industries to be formed. Given the maturity of this industry it is very, very efficient. In fact, approximately 93% of all textile waste diverted to recycling is successfully reclaimed with about 35% going out as used clothing, 33% as reprocessed fibers (filler in vehicle seats and, upholstery, insulation, etc), 25% is converted to cloth wipes and 7% to landfill.

The interesting thing is that there is massive demand for used clothing, reprocessed fibers and cloth wipes. The recycling industry cannot get its hands on enough material to keep up with this demand. However, the recycling industry reclaims only 15% of the total textile waste that is produced. So what about that additional 85% that goes straight to landfill? Well the tragedy is that over 90% of that textile waste is perfectly recyclable. It just never gets to the recycling companies.


Interzone / Weakling appeasers spread USA ass for world rape
« on: June 07, 2010, 06:52:55 PM »

As many as 10,000 protesters from across the country – including family members who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001 – took to the streets in New York City Sunday to fight construction of a 13-story Islamic mosque to be built just steps from Ground Zero where Muslim terrorists murdered 2,751 people in the name of Allah.

Now the organizers plan to sue the federal government to designate the site as a war memorial.


Interzone / Cannibalism a complete solution
« on: June 07, 2010, 04:07:41 PM »
One thing that many environmentalists get wrong is they are trying to save the planet for the selfish reason of saving themselves. This will only hasten the destruction of the planet through overpopulation. The only way to save the planet is to dramatically reduce the population.

Do you know why Fiji has a relatively small population today in comparison to many of their neighbors? Because for thousands of years they were cannibals. No one wanted to vacation in Fiji because it meant getting eaten and as a result the people who survived were able to fully benefit from the pristine beauty and untouched natural resources of Fiji without having to deal with overpopulation. If each family would just eat 1 or 2 people a year, it would dramatically reduce the population of the planet and make life better for everyone.


1. Most people are stupid, ugly, weak.
2. Eat only the stupid, ugly, weak.
3. Human population significantly drops.
4. Flora and fauna return.
5. No resources are scarce.
6. Bright, beautiful, fit humans remain.
7. Golden Age.

Interzone / multiculturalism = oppression
« on: June 04, 2010, 08:36:39 PM »
This guy innocently did something that in our culture is considered brutality. Yet, his own people absolve him of any wrongdoing. It's normal where he comes from, but a high crime to us. The same system that imports him then slaps him with punishment then further punishes innocent citzens who did not want the immigration by taxing them for this hapless guy's lifelong upkeep in our liberal democratic dungeons.

Ali Abdi, a Somal Bantu, was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years to life in prison for sexual assault on a nine year old girl, despite pleas to the judge from two of his children.

bdi's lawyer argued that the case has to be viewed as different from others, because Abdi comes from a different cultural background. Erik Smart told the judge that Abdi fled Somalia and spent thirteen years in a refugee camp before arriving in Burlington. Smart says the Somali Bantu community has forgiven Abdi.


Interzone / Collapse News Desk
« on: June 03, 2010, 08:10:24 PM »
Notice that it isn't an overpopulation problem. It's a western meat-eating habits problem. By standing in the way rather than leading, the United Nations has been part of the problem all along.

A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today.

As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, says the report from United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.

It says: "Impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth increasing consumption of animal products. Unlike fossil fuels, it is difficult to look for alternatives: people have to eat. A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products."


Interzone / Scheduled for demolition to make room for wilderness
« on: June 02, 2010, 09:15:06 PM »
Not quite there, but, brownfields and land revitilization:

Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties protects the environment, reduces blight, and takes development pressures off greenspaces and working lands.


Common examples are abandoned gas stations and dry cleaners, railroad properties, factories and closed military bases.

  • No one knows exactly how many brownfields there are; estimates range from 400,000 to more than a million in the United States alone.
  • As much as $2 trillion of real estate may be undervalued due to the presence of contamination.
  • Between 5,000 and 10,000 people make their livelihood in the brownfield market.
  • Environmental hazards are estimated to be present at 20-50% of all industrial real estate properties.


Interzone / Gross National Happiness
« on: June 01, 2010, 05:11:29 PM »
Today, the concept of GNH resonates with a wide range of initiatives, across the world, to define prosperity in more holistic terms and to measure actual wellbeing rather than consumption. By contrast the conventional concept of Gross National Product (GNP) measures only the sum total of material production and exchange in any country. Thus an international conference on Gross National Happiness, hosted by the Bhutan government in the capital city of Thimphu in 2004, attracted 82 eminent participants from 20 countries.


Looks neat at first glance, but simultaneously during those initial milliseconds, the pitfalls show up alongside. GNH can be gamed much easier than GNP. GNP is based on material metrics. GNH is based on opinions. Huxley must be rolling in his grave.

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