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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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Interzone / Re: "Freedom": revenge against those who want order
« on: August 08, 2009, 09:11:44 PM »
No. It is exactly because there is no debate, as they have found with several items of concern, that they resort to shut down mode. The debates are long over. They lost the moral and intellectual ground, but they hold the seats of power in trade.

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It's all a question of prioritizing. People need to put food on the table and have some safety from corruption. But, other people have both aesthetic and inner values they cherish that give life meaning, otherwise they see living itself as pointless and instead shoot up meth and plug in the playstation. Whos needs are more important? They both literally sustain each group's continued existence. The one is physical, the other existential or spiritual.

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Metal / Re: Personality of Hessians
« on: August 05, 2009, 12:41:13 AM »
The type indicator is a good starting point for figuring out a caste system for modern world uses.

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Interzone / Re: Religion in Modern America
« on: August 03, 2009, 03:49:55 AM »
Evolutionary psychology equips us with a basic foundation for our conduct. Ideally, parents and community are both reinforcement and outgrowths of this foundation. But, a diverse or pluralist society requires lots of extra rules and expense to maintain because our evolution was never linear, always parallel and usually not compatible with every out group mixed in with us.

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Interzone / Re: "Freedom": revenge against those who want order
« on: August 01, 2009, 11:41:52 PM »
A response to the Liberty Borg Units: your freedom is at war with our collective need for a society of quality and a world of wilderness. Your liberties oppress others.

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