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Interzone / Old stars blast heavy metal
« on: November 13, 2013, 08:11:37 PM »
Astronomers have now found the signature of heavy particles moving at two-thirds the speed of light in the jet from a stellar-mass black hole candidate. María Díaz Trigo and colleagues monitored the X-ray and radio emissions from a binary system thought to contain a black hole and found strong emission most consistent with highly ionized iron atoms accelerated to high velocity. Since this system is typical of other black holes in the Milky Way, this new observation indicates that similar systems are likely to all blast protons and nuclei into the surrounding space.

http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/11/black-hole-caught-blasting-heavy-metal-in-jets/

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Interzone / Decline with a whimper
« on: November 12, 2013, 10:30:42 PM »
What are we really best at anymore? Financial and intellectual fraud, shopping, and narcissism are at the top.

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New York's World Trade Center has been crowned the tallest building in the nation. That's fourth when ranked among the world's tallest skyscrapers.

I wanted to write "only" fourth in the world. Because when you start to compare our tallest with the tallest around the world -- and with one particular sky-scraping building in the works -- it's hard not to feel puny.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/shareitnow/la-sh-world-trade-center-tallest-building-20131112,0,5491033.story

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Interzone / Western messiah complex
« on: November 12, 2013, 01:56:12 AM »
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a complex in which sufferers have a desire to redeem and save others, some sufferers have harboured the delusion of being a saviour of people.

Psychology Dictionary: http://psychologydictionary.org/messiah-complex/#ixzz2kONPch8V

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“We,” Westerners with a rescue mentality, will never solve “their” problems. As I write this, the country is being rocked with a national scandal the newspapers are calling “Cashgate.” High public officials and politicians have siphoned into the national treasury and the country is broke. The country’s health care system, always threadbare at best, has collapsed. Donors – 40% of the government budget – have suspended their donations. 

I just read where a mid – sized church in the central United States had a one-day event in which church members put on plastic gloves and caps and spent all day packing food for hungry children overseas. One problem I have with this is the statistics I read. Out of 7.1 billion people in the world, 870 million, or about one out of eight, suffers from chronic hunger. In Africa, the stats are even grimmer: nearly one out of four. Africa in recent years was making modest progress, but since 2007 the number of hungry in Africa has increased about 2 percent per year. Sending care packages abroad has marginal impact, because people have to eat 365 days a year, and no church anywhere has the resources to meet the need (870 million X 3 meals a day = 2,610,000,000 meals – every day).

http://theaquilareport.com/why-american-compassion-wont-save-the-world/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-american-compassion-wont-save-the-world

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For a given region, carrying capacity is the maximum number of individuals of a given species that an area's resources can sustain indefinitely without significantly depleting or degrading those resources. Determining the carrying capacities for most organisms is fairly straightforward.

http://www.wou.edu/las/physci/ch371/lecture/popgrowth/carrying.htm

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Interzone / Peasant freedom results
« on: October 19, 2013, 06:34:29 PM »
The three men — David Hall, Glenn Taylor and his son — were busted after they posted video of themselves toppling the 200 million-year-old rock at Goblin Valley State Park last week. Authorities are considering charging the three men, all Boy Scouts leaders, with felony crimes.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/men-face-felony-raps-toppling-ancient-rock-utah-state-park-cheering-article-1.1489632

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Interzone / Field peasant descendants now sedentary
« on: October 08, 2013, 09:49:03 PM »
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In 2012, the cost of diabetes totaled $245 billion in the U.S. alone, he says. "In 2007, the cost was $174 billion, so in only five years, there has been a 43% increase in the cost of caring for diabetes. The increased cost is driven by the epidemic numbers of people with the disease."

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Physical activity is important because it improves the body's ability to utilize insulin, so a regular exercise program makes a person more insulin sensitive -- their body responds to the insulin they make more effectively, Ratner says.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/08/type-2-diabetes-epidemic-tom-hanks/2945363/

Freedom isn't free.

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Metal / Chris Moyen’s Thorncross: Black Ink & Metal
« on: October 07, 2013, 08:45:20 PM »
Legendary underground death metal and black metal illustrator Chris Moyen releases his book Chris Moyen’s Thorncross: Black Ink & Metal this week on Nuclear War Now! Productions. The book will be a foot-square compilation of the artist’s work.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/chris-moyen-chris-moyens-thorncross-black-ink-metal-metal-art-book/

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Interzone / Cops rediscover cure for mental illness
« on: October 04, 2013, 04:42:47 PM »
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The 34-year-old Connecticut woman who was shot and killed by police after a harrowing high-speed chase from the White House to Capitol Hill suffered from post-partum depression, her mother told ABC News.

Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn., was identified as the driver of the black luxury sedan that first rammed a barrier at the White House, then sped to Capitol Hill, defying attempts by armed police to stop her Thursday afternoon. She was shot and killed fleeing her car near the Hart Senate Office Building

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/04/miriam-casey-connecticut-us-capitol-case-depression-washington/2921377/

Problem solved. Next.

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Interzone / Ancestry and culture most important
« on: October 01, 2013, 04:38:05 PM »
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WASHINGTON (RNS) In the most comprehensive study of American Jews in 12 years, a strong majority said being Jewish is mostly about ancestry or culture, not the religious practice of Judaism.

"A Portrait of Jewish Americans," released Tuesday (Oct. 1) by the Pew Research Center, shows strong secularist trends most clearly seen in one finding: 62% of U.S. Jews said Jewishness is largely about culture or ancestry; just 15% said it's about religious belief.

"Non-Jews may be stunned by it," said Alan Cooperman, co-author of the study. "Being Jewish to most Jews in America today is not a matter of religion."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/01/america-jews-religion-jewish/2900871/

Other nationalists should start taking their cues from these folks instead of blaming them.

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Interzone / Punish responsibility + reward negligence = equality
« on: September 29, 2013, 06:31:51 PM »
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Washington marched relentlessly toward its first federal shutdown in 17 years Saturday after House Speaker John A. Boehner yielded to conservative demands to use a government-funding bill to press an attack on President Obama’s 2010 health-care law.

Early Sunday morning, the House approved a plan to keep the government open past midnight Monday. But under pressure from Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) and other GOP hard-liners, Boehner (R-Ohio) agreed to amend the bill to include a one-year delay of the health law’s mandates, taxes and benefits — ensuring a stalemate with the Democratic Senate.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-republicans-to-propose-one-year-delay-in-obamacare/2013/09/28/1e884de6-2859-11e3-9256-41f018d21b49_story.html

They say the attack on Obamacare will hurt Republicans. I say it has potential long term benefits for American conservatives.

The health care reform law is designed to shift costs to young, healthy, responsible Americans to benefit all of those who are otherwise. That can end up turning these best Americans against the law that is sucking the life out of them and into the arms of the Republican party that has taken a stand against this new strain of socialism.

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Interzone / Centralization: who watches the watchers?
« on: September 29, 2013, 03:51:14 PM »
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(WASHINGTON) -- The shadowy National Security Agency has revealed that a small number of the agency’s employees used their vast international surveillance powers -- meant to track potential terrorists and protect the American homeland -- to check up on their crushes or significant others.

In nearly a dozen incidents over the last decade, NSA employees broke NSA rules to enter phone numbers or email addresses associated with their romantic interests, in one case an ex, into vast databases to see to whom they were talking, according to the agency’s Inspector General.

http://www.630wpro.com/common/more.php?m=58&ts=1380449102&article=78375A97278C11E386DEFEFDADE6840A&mode=2

If we're all equal, how can it be that some deserve our utmost trust yet others need to be closely watched?

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Interzone / Is democracy failing?
« on: September 26, 2013, 01:05:27 AM »
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"They failed to tolerate internal processes of democracy. I think they have become hostage to their own successes as liberation movements. The tendency is to be closed to the outside and closed also to fresh ideas.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24228425

The article may refer specifically to changes on the African continent but this statement at least is a compelling indictment of the "best" form of government.

We're terrified of any change for the better because there is a chance we could end up worse off than with the present model.

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Interzone / Judging music
« on: September 21, 2013, 02:58:39 PM »
There are two recurring controversies about metal that just won't go away. First is categorizing and second is quality.

Death metal for example will have a specific set of features that make it precisely what it is. If these features are each present and well represented then that death metal is worth our while.

If but some of the features are present among others, we don't have death metal. I think this is what confuses some people.

Roughly, we could say it is each of A and B and C and D that make up death metal. Any of A or B or C or D plus other stuff if you want to stand out is something else, perhaps instead it is deathcore, or maybe it is Justin Bieber with a bad case of laryngitis.

When death metal stands out, it isn't because features E through Z were possibly also included but because each of A through D were well executed. I think this can give us a case for objectivity in standards of categorization and quality music against claims that criticism and reviews are just a matter of personal opinion.

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Interzone / Feminine era
« on: September 21, 2013, 04:41:08 AM »
We're somewhere in the midst of a civilization in feminine mode. Compare for example the recently past age of pioneering, guns, steel and industry. That differs substantially from the present time of nest fluffing featuring social issues, girls as heroes and leaders but in all cases at least equal, and shopping most prominently.

It's like a great toggle switch back and forth between ascent and decline, or Apollo and Dionysius. The centuries of mass settlement, wars and industry were necessary for planet shopping mall to manifest itself.

If this state of carefree, unsustainable waste persists however, we'll necessarily cycle right back into an iron fisted age of reasserted order, rationing and want, and martial dominion. But exhaustion from the masculine state carries right back into the need for peace and ease.

Civilization itself somehow initiated this dichotomous oscillation between states and it was only back in pre-civilization that a lasting synthesis of the two modes took place.

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Interzone / Benoist on racism
« on: September 18, 2013, 10:27:18 PM »
From What is Racism? by Alain de Benoist*

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Fighting racism requires knowing what it is — not an easy task.
Today the word “racism” has so many contradictory meanings that it takes
on the aura of a myth and is, therefore, difficult to define. The following
will attempt to define racist ideology, independently of any sociological
considerations. The first difficulty arises from the fact that racism is a
Schimpfwort: a term with pejorative connotations, whose very use inevitably
tends to be more instrumental than descriptive. Deploying the adjective
“racist” involves using a powerful epithet. It can be a smear designed
to disqualify those at whom the term is addressed. To call someone a racist,
even if the charge is intellectually dishonest, can be a useful tactic,
either in successfully paralyzing or in casting enough suspicion as to curtails
credibility. Such an approach is commonplace in everyday controversies.
On the international level, the term can acquire a significance and
weight that does not hide its real nature and purpose.1 Because of a certain
affinity, “racism” can be used as the correlate of a whole series of other
terms: fascism, the extreme Right, anti-Semitism, sexism, etc. Today, the
almost ritualistic recitation of these terms often implies that they are all
synonyms and that any one falling into one of these categories automatically
belongs to all of them. The end result is to reinforce the vagueness of
the term and to discourage meaningful analysis.
Used in the most diverse senses, the terms “racism” and “racist”
become prepackaged formulas, generating stereotypes. Antiracists tend to
attack racists in much the same way as racists might go after anyone else.
Paradoxically, while the signifier “racist” is vague, the signified is rigidly
fixed. The charge of having a “racist temperament” follows the same reasoning
for which racists are rightly reproached, i.e., vaguely attributing to
an entire group traits found in some of its members which, as Pierre-
André Taguieff has pointed out, generates another problem: “There is no
effective struggle against racism once one creates a false image of it, for
then antiracism becomes a mirror image of the racist myth. To treat in a
racist way those whom one is accusing of racist conduct is part and parcel
of current antiracism, and one of its shortcomings. Above all, to fictionalize
‘the Other,’ even if he be racist, is to miss who ‘the Other’ really is,
never coming to know him.”2
Public opinion’s disapproval of racist theories and conduct itself contributes
to obscuring the issue. In France, where racism is a crime and
where, on the whole, it is severely sanctioned,3 there is a tendency to deny it
the status of an ideology or of an opinion. Furthermore, the law makes no
distinction between racist theory (“inciting racial hatred”) and racist behavior.
Under these conditions, racism has less to do with ideas than with the
penal system.4 As for the approach which tends to define racism as an intellectual
disease — an approach frequently using biological metaphors —
racism becomes a “leprosy” (Albert Jacquard) or “madness” (Christian
Delacampagne). This does not help matters either. Moreover, these two
interpretations — as “delirium” and as “crime” — are contradictory. If racists
are mad, they do not belong in court, but in asylums and, of course, a
biological dimension raises the question of contagion. When all is said and
done, the word “race” and its derivatives (racism, racist, etc.) appear so
emotionally charged that it has been compared to the word “sex” in the 19th
century. Both words invite evasion or semantic substitution. Any study of
racism must take all of this into consideration, even if only to avoid falling
into the same trap. This is why it is advisable to follow Pierre Fougeyrollas’
advice: “The social sciences must study racism as an ensemble of observable
phenomena among others and in relation to other phenomena.”5

I

The word “racism” appeared in the Larousse dictionary for the first
time in 1932. A careful examination of dictionaries since then reveals that
the definitions of the term overlap: “A system which affirms the superiority
of one racial group over the others” (Larousse); “A doctrine claiming
the existence of biological differences between various races and the superiority
of one of them” (supplement to the Grand Littré); “A theory of the
hierarchy of races based on a belief that social conditions depend on racial
characteristics” (Robert); “A theory of racial hierarchy which claims the
necessity of preserving the so-called superior race from miscegenation
and the right to dominate other races” (Petit Robert), etc. UNESCO’s
1978 “Declaration on Race” defines racism as “any theory claiming the
intrinsic superiority or inferiority of racial or ethnic groups which would
give to some the right to dominate or even eliminate others, presumed
inferior, or basing value judgments on racial differences.” Ruth Benedict
writes: “Racism is a dogma according to which one ethnic group is condemned
by nature to congenital superiority.” More recently, Arthur Kriegel
has written: “Racism is an ideological-scientific system which divides
the contemporary human species into sub-species, resulting from separate
development and endowed with unequal average aptitudes. Miscegenation
with these inferior sub-species could only result in half-breeds inferior to
the favored race.”6 None of these definitions deals with behavior. Rather,
they all focus on theory — a “system,” a “doctrine,” a “dogma.” These
theories share two major characteristics: belief in the inequality of various
races, and that this inequality legitimates domination of so-called “inferior”
races by those deemed “superior.”
More sophisticated definitions have been suggested, and the literature
on this subject is considerable. For the most part, these definitions echo
those already discussed, and they suggest five main components as constituent
elements of racist ideology: 1) A belief in the superiority of one
race, and more rarely of several races, over others. This belief is usually
accompanied by a hierarchical classification of racial groups; 2) The idea
that this superiority and inferiority are of a biological or bio-anthropological
nature. The conclusion drawn from this belief is that superiority and
inferiority are ineradicable and could not, for example, be modified by
social milieu or education; 3) the idea that collective biological inequalities
are reflected in social and cultural orders, and that biological superiority
translates into a “superior civilization,” which itself indicates
biological superiority. This implies a continuity between biology and
social conditions; 4) A belief in the legitimacy of the domination of “inferior”
races by “superior” ones; 5) A belief that there are “pure” races and
that miscegenation has an inevitably negative effect on them (“decline,”
“degeneration,” etc.). The question is whether one can infer racism when
(and only when) all these theoretical traits are present, or if there are some
elements more “fundamental” than others. The first point is that, above
all, racism is a theory of racial hierarchy and inequality. This is fundamental.
As to the rest, things are more complicated.

* Translated by Francis J. Greene
1. Thus, Resolution 3379, adopted by a 72-35 vote, with 22 abstentions on November
10, 1975, by the UN General Assembly, according to which Zionism is “a form of racism
and racial discrimination,” sought to delegitimate the State of Israel by semantic means
See Thomas Mayer, The UN Resolution Equating Zionism and Racism, Genesis and Repercussions,
in Research Report (London: Institute of Jewish Affairs, April, 1981), pp.1-11.
2. See Pierre-André Taguieff, “Les Présuppositions Définitionelles d’un Indéfinissable:
“Le Racisme’,” in Mots, No. 8 (1984), pp. 71-72.
3. As Irène Kraut, a lawyer for LICRA, has stated: “I have never seen an accused
racist acquitted of the charge,” in L’Arche (August-September, 1985).
4. Contrary to common belief, public opinion polls do not indicate a “resurgence of
racism,” but, rather, a decline. According to the IFOP poll, published in Le Point (April
29, 1985), only 6% of the French have negative attitudes toward Blacks and Asians, while
33% and 27% respectively claim to be positively disposed to both groups. The proportion
of positive and negative feelings toward Arabs is the same: 20%. By contrast, a SOFRES
poll among Parisians, published in Le Nouvel Observateur (November 1, 1967) registered
65% hostile to Arabs and 52% to Blacks. Public opinion polls, however, are unreliable
indicators of behavior. According to Michael Billig: “The fact that a person expresses
prejudicial feelings toward a particular alien group does not necessarily mean that the individual
will always react with hostility to a specific member of that group.” See his “Racisme,
Préjugés et Discrimination,” in Serge Moscovici, ed., Psychologie Sociale (Paris:
PUF, 1984), pp. 450-451. The opposite is often the case.
5. See Pierre Fougeyrollas, Les Métamorphoses de la Crise: Racismes et Révolution
au XXème Siècle (Paris: Hachette, 1985), p. 90.
6. Arthur Kriegel, La Race Perdue. Science et Racisme (Paris: PUF, 1983), p. 143.

Anyone who suggests limited or no immigration as an alternative to limitless immigration is always eventually accused of racism. Hierarchy and domination are almost never the motivations against immigration however. Why then, if not for ignorance or bias, aren't public suspicion and scorn typically cast upon the accuser instead?

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Interzone / Man cave
« on: September 14, 2013, 02:44:50 AM »
Mouse hole:

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A room, space, corner or area of a dwelling that is specifically reserved for a male person to be in a solitary condition, away from the rest of the household in order to work, play, involve himself in certain hobbies, activities without interuption. This area is usually decorated by the male that uses it without interferance from any female influence.

Tom retreated to the Man Cave to play his online rpg game.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=man%20cave

What feminist baby boomer came up with this? Instead, step outside. Everything under the sun is man cave.

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