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Interzone / Re: Moron leadership and their wars on symptoms
« on: August 25, 2009, 03:48:31 PM »
The illicit global economy, a 28 minute video. How globalism has been the catalyst for booming deviant economies: arms, drugs, slaves, money laundering, etc. How crackdowns on this activity drives its adaptation, innovation and proliferation (crackdowns on crime accelerate the decay of liberal democratic states). How these non-state criminal actors are gaining power outside the bounds of the international community's legitimate structure. How notions of Western Progress is the past and non-state criminal actors of the developing world are our future.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3173247273890946684&hl=en

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Interzone / Re: Objective quality of music
« on: August 25, 2009, 01:40:07 AM »
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Hence, with the exception of Epicureanism, which Neoplatonism dreaded as its mortal enemy, every important system of former times was drawn upon by the new philosophy. But we should not on that account call Neoplatonism an eclectic system in the usual sense of the word. For in the first place, it had one pervading and all-predominating interest, the religious; and in the second place, it introduced into philosophy a new supreme principle, the super-rational, or the super-essential. This principle should not be identified with the “Ideas” of Plato or the “Form” of Aristotle. For as Zeller rightly says: “In Plato and Aristotle the distinction of the sensuous and the intelligible is the strongest expression for belief in the truth of thought; it is only sensuous perception and sensuous existence whose relative falsehood they presuppose; but of a higher stage of spiritual life lying beyond idea and thought, there is no mention. In Neoplatonism, on the other hand, it is just this super-rational element which is regarded as the final goal of all effort, and the highest ground of all existence; the knowledge gained by thought is only an intermediate stage between sensuous perception and the super-rational intuition; the intelligible forms are not that which is highest and last, but only the media by which the influences of the formless original essence are communicated to the world. This view therefore presupposes not merely doubt of the reality of sensuous existence and sensuous notions, but absolute doubt, aspiration beyond all reality. The highest intelligible is not that which constitutes the real content of thought, but only that which is presupposed and earnestly desired by man as the unknowable ground of his thought.” Neoplatonism recognised that a religious ethic can be built neither on sense-perception nor on knowledge gained by the understanding, and that it cannot be justified by these; it therefore broke both with intellectual ethics and with utilitarian morality. But for that very reason, having as it were parted with perception and understanding in relation to the ascertaining of the highest truth, it was compelled to seek for a new world and a new function in the human spirit, in order to ascertain the existence of what it desired, and to comprehend and describe that of which it had ascertained the existence. But man cannot transcend his psychological endowment. An iron ring incloses him. He who does not allow his thought to be determined by experience falls a prey to fancy, that is thought which cannot be suppressed assumes a mythological aspect: superstition takes the place of reason, dull gazing at something incomprehensible is regarded as the highest goal of the spirit’s efforts, and every conscious activity of the spirit is subordinated to visionary conditions artificially brought about. But that every conceit may not be allowed to assert itself, the gradual exploration of every region of knowledge according to every method of acquiring it, is demanded as a preliminary—the Neoplatonists did not make matters easy for themselves,—and a new and mighty principle is set up which is to bridle fancy, viz., the authority of a sure tradition. This authority must be superhuman, otherwise it would not come under consideration; it must therefore be divine. On divine disclosures, that is revelations, must rest both the highest super-rational region of knowledge and the possibility of knowledge itself. In a word, the philosophy which Neoplatonism represents, whose final interest is the religious, and whose highest object is the super-rational, must be a philosophy of revelation.

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/harnack/dogma1.ii.iv.iii.html

What they're saying is it is our doom to never comprehend the pure essence of being, ultimate truth, beyond ourselves. We can't. We can only believe it is there and in believing we set forth in striving toward it. Stop believing in this pure essence out there beyond us and declension to relativism, atomism, nothingness, evil and ignorance overtakes us. The above quote also belongs to the religion and relativism threads.

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Interzone / Moron leadership and their wars on symptoms
« on: August 24, 2009, 11:29:02 PM »
Meth manufacture adapts to and overcomes society's struggle against it.

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But now drug users are making their own meth in small batches using a faster, cheaper and much simpler method with ingredients that can be carried in a knapsack and mixed on the run. The "shake-and-bake" approach has become popular because it requires a relatively small number of pills of the decongestant pseudoephedrine — an amount easily obtained under even the toughest anti-meth laws that have been adopted across the nation to restrict large purchases of some cold medication.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090824/ap_on_re_us/us_meth_s_new_method

Entertainment bosses alienate customers, but temporarily deter a little media sharing.

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Those in the media who are celebrating this “victory” are enjoying a dubious at best moment of triumph: they still have not addressed the problem of which piracy is a symptom, or affirmed a sense of fair play (”morality”) in the eyes of the media-buying public.

http://www.amerika.org/2009/organization/pirate-bay-busted-nobody-wins/

Rule by merchants through their proxy public appointees cannot lead anywhere but down.

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True. LSD: Mild to extreme cortical stimulation, plus body buzz, not coherent object hallucinations. It's not a total mind fuck, just increased suggestibility and your eyes playing serious tricks on you constantly.

2075
Interzone / Re: Religion?
« on: August 18, 2009, 10:21:40 PM »
Life haters have a character defect. Kill all defectives. The stupid, the deranged, the criminal, the ugly. The planet grows quiet again and greenery returns.

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Interzone / Re: Objective quality of music
« on: August 17, 2009, 11:02:14 PM »
Subjective has two meanings for people, which further confuses things. The first is what they personally prefer, which may or may not be shared by some others. The second is more abstract, meaning simply not objective. The use of this term is a method for passively, defensively avoiding powerful things we cannot control the basis of like quality. Fear of intangibles like truth and quality force us to understand we are individually less important, or less empowered than society would have us believe.

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You're looking at this the wrong way. Find the best metal bands, find out what makes them the best, organize the information, create the DLA and offer the world a hated idea called standards derived from quality. That's my take.

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Interzone / Re: The internet is (literally) crack
« on: August 14, 2009, 04:00:00 AM »
Dopamine has a good role to play - it looks like drive or ambition on the surface - but it can also snare a formerly advancing species and push it toward decline. Accessorizing trinkets and novelty collecting are not a good sign, nor is an economy relying on this activity. The time and energy wasted were for nothing at all. Because of freedom, temperance or discipline combined with direction is missing. Or, freedom as the only goal robs us of all purpose by dissipating drive into 6.4 billion different directions.

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Interzone / Re: The internet is (literally) crack
« on: August 14, 2009, 02:48:09 AM »
It's like the fun of Easter Day egg hunting in the backyard. Hey, I found one: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111836041


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Interzone / Re: Write a metal review for ANUS?
« on: August 11, 2009, 03:29:22 PM »
Farmer: We are setting standards
Shepherd: We could use some standards
Sheep: NO U

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Interzone / Re: Hessian Experience
« on: August 11, 2009, 02:31:36 PM »
Audi A5 my nilla.

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Interzone / Re: The Fallacy of Relativism
« on: August 11, 2009, 01:20:17 AM »
Patronizing ethnic cultures is an oligarchy securing its political dominion by using minorities as a dividing wedge. They don't subscribe to equality either.

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Despite a good deal of play with such ethnic heritages as those of American Indians, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, etc., the real “cultural” bonds that discipline these different groups are those created and deployed by the managerial regime—through government bureaucracy, educational manipulation, mass routinization by the economy of managerial capitalism, and disciplining by the mass media.  Managerial elites can clearly afford to patronize tribal, often paleolithic, practices such as musical styles, clothing, cuisine, and religious rituals; there is little danger that such folkways will seriously interfere with real managerial control and interests, and the elite neither expects nor desires them to do so. The main use of such diversions is to embarrass and discredit their Western counterparts as repressive, genocidal, boring, and uncreative, not really to elevate primitive and Third World cultural strains into the dominant culture created and controlled by the managerial class.

http://www.theoccidentalquarterly.com/archives/vol3no2/sf-gottfrieda.html

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Interzone / Re: Metal-spirited nationalists in history
« on: August 11, 2009, 12:34:06 AM »
Vlad the Impaler is an obvious one. Competition between educated nobles determined who ruled.

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Another factor influencing political life was the means of succession to the Wallachian throne. The throne was hereditary, but not by the law of primogeniture. The boyars (wealthy land-owning nobles) had the right to elect the voivode (prince) from among various eligible members of the royal family. This allowed for succession to the throne through violent means. Assassinations and other violent overthrows of reigning parties were thus rampant. In fact, both Vlad III and his father assassinated competitors to attain the throne of Wallachia.

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Little is known about the early years of Vlad III’s life. He had an older brother, Mircea, and a younger brother, Radu the Handsome. His early education was left in the hands of his mother, a Transylvanian noblewoman, and her family. His real education began in 1436 after his father succeeded in claiming the Wallachian throne by killing his Danesti rival. His training was typical to that of the sons of nobility throughout Europe. His first tutor in his apprenticeship to knighthood was an elderly boyar who had fought against the Turks at the battle of Nicolopolis. Vlad learned all the skills of war and peace that were deemed necessary for a Christian knight.

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Vlad Tepes often had the stakes arranged in various geometric patterns. The most common pattern was a ring of concentric circles in the outskirts of a city that was his target. The height of the spear indicated the rank of the victim. The decaying corpses were often left up for months. It was once reported that an invading Turkish army turned back in fright when it encountered thousands of rotting corpses impaled on the banks of the Danube. In 1461 Mohammed II, the conqueror of Constantinople, a man not noted for his squeamishness, returned to Constantinople after being sickened by the sight of twenty thousand impaled Turkish prisoners outside of the city of Tirgoviste. This gruesome sight is remembered in history as "the Forest of the Impaled."

Thousands were often impaled at a single time. Ten thousand were impaled in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu in 1460. In 1459, on St. Bartholomew’s Day, Vlad III had thirty thousand of the merchants and boyars of the Transylvanian city of Brasov impaled. One of the most famous woodcuts of the period shows Vlad Dracula feasting amongst a forest of stakes and their grisly burdens outside Brasov while a nearby executioner cuts apart other victims.

http://www.donlinke.com/drakula/vlad.htm

Side note: we're expected to have 9 billion people in the coming decades. Really, what's the big deal about atrocities besides individual fear of getting swept up in one? Humans aren't an endangered species. They are the opposite: the species wiping out the others for no useful reason.

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Interzone / Re: Romanticism: opposed to science?
« on: August 10, 2009, 09:03:51 PM »
The quote is an example of the old epistemology divide.

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