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Interzone / Internet personalities
« on: February 23, 2013, 07:39:35 PM »
What causes humanity to divide up into these antagonistic archetypes?

Are there any normal people left?

http://www.flamewarriorsguide.com/

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Metal / Re: Darkthrone's Decay Continues
« on: February 19, 2013, 03:01:39 AM »
Good points, all.

I guess my observation is this: great albums start with a mental/emotional spark. Some vision, some concept, something toward which one is yearning.

That's the goal. When it gets supplanted by popularity/money and/or exhaustion, it's over for higher quality output.

Still, the ability sleeps within them. More talented people are hard to find.

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Metal / Beast Within
« on: February 18, 2013, 12:33:05 PM »
"Beast Within from Quebec, Canada proudly wears its musical influences on its sleeves, taking cues from bands such as early Celtic Frost and Pentagram. Lyrically, the band stands for the emanation of the true "Self", buried deep inside each man and woman by centuries of decadence, slavery and blindness imposed by a false moral, political and religious elite."

http://beastwithinorder.blogspot.ca/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCLSyv_fcTY

Summary: sounds like new and old Celtic Frost combined with a doom metal / stoner metal groove.

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Metal / Re: Graveland Memory and Destiny remake
« on: February 17, 2013, 02:04:04 PM »
The recent BURZUM and ABSURD travesties are on point here.

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Metal / Re: Darkthrone's Decay Continues
« on: February 17, 2013, 02:03:16 PM »
The fans now (starting in 1996) can't tell the difference between great metal and mediocre metal, so they go for mediocre metal with personality. If you give years 15-25 to metal as most of these musicians did, it becomes your career. And at this point, if you make quality music, you will starve because only 10% of the audience will be able to recognize it and the rest will think it's crap. Look at what happened to BEHERIT and DEMONCY after releasing masterworks.

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Interzone / Re: Amerika
« on: February 17, 2013, 12:42:10 PM »
The biggest problem in my view is the collapse of social standards and thus the relentless dysgenics that promote robots who can't really think their way through any unknown problem.

They form our elites, and are unable to respond to the disaster in front of them, and will be unable to respond as it gets worse.

However, I think that there's going to be workarounds for most of the big disasters, including the once-popular peak oil, resource shortages, etc. Even water shortage can be beat with a good desalination filter, which nanotech is about to provide (if my timetable is right).

The real problem, the big problem, is that society is falling apart. This isn't an external thing, but an internal one. People have nothing in common, no identity and thus are many selfish peasants tearing apart society like a giant cake, leaving nothing but crumbs.

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Interzone / "Mature" modern society giggles when poop is mentioned
« on: February 17, 2013, 12:39:31 PM »
Whenever a story is really popular, it makes sense to look at what the human interest factor is. Chances are its practical importance is negligible, but something has fascinated the population.

In the case of Carnival Cruise Lines floating disaster off the coast of Mexico, the appeal was poop. We can't talk about feces except with clinical detachment, because we're supposed to be "mature" about it. However, human nature comes out when given a "safe" way to talk about the fascinating grossness of it all.

The headlines played it up. "Floating Petri dish," sewage streaming down the walls, passengers defecating in plastic bags, the stench inside so bad people camped out on deck, and so on. But really, everyone just wanted an excuse to gab about poop.

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At some point during the ordeal urine and feces streamed in the halls and down walls after toilet facilities failed, soaking the mattress of a friend of his who was sleeping in a hallway, said Larry Poret.

Poret said toilets on the ship worked on and off, but were too inconsistent to trust.

He said waste tipped out of some commodes and sloshed across floors as the ship listed to the side.

"It runs down the walls from one floor to the next. It's running out of somebody's bathroom out into the hallway all the way across," he said.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/14/travel/cruise-ship-fire/?hpt=hp_c2

During the tow back to the United States, "the vessel listed sharply several times, causing human waste to spill out of non-functioning toilets, flood across the Vessel's floors and halls, and drip down the Vessel's walls," it says.

"Plaintiff was forced to endure unbearable and horrendous odors on the filthy and disabled Vessel, and wade through human feces in order to reach food lines where the wait was counted in hours, only to receive rations of spoiled food. Plaintiff was forced to subsist for days in a floating toilet, a floating Petri dish, a floating hell."

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/15/travel/cruis...suit/index.html?iid=article_sidebar

The crew aboard Carnival Triumph didn't hesitate when a fire broke out and power was lost, an emergency that turned the cruise liner into a bobbing Porta-Potty.

Without functioning toilets, passengers were given red biohazard bags to use -- and it became the crew's duty to pick up the used ones.

Some passengers shared the bags; others lined baskets with them and turned them into makeshift outhouses.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/15/travel/triumph-cruise-crew/index.html?iid=article_sidebar

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Interzone / While the West stagnates, China surges ahead in IQ research
« on: February 17, 2013, 12:26:43 PM »
"The genetic basis of intelligence has been ignored for a very long time," says Mr. Zhao. "Our data will be ready in three months' time."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324162304578303992108696034.html?mod=WSJ_hps_sections_lifestyle


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Interzone / Re: Wetiko.
« on: February 17, 2013, 12:21:25 PM »
The smartest person may be the one who knows the least.

The herd sees genius as "knowing things," meaning the memorization and recitation of facts and figures.

The problem is that often this information is not apropos to the actual underlying question in any situation, and is what Kant would call "hypothetical" information.

All the brains in the world are useless if directed at the wrong question. What our society considers genius specializes in misdirecting itself.

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Interzone / Re: New high brow Conservative wiki
« on: February 17, 2013, 12:19:28 PM »
We don't need fair and balanced. We need sane and logical. The top 9% don't need unbiased information sources, because they can easily weed out the quality and unbiased information bits from even the most low quality, biased sources.

All that matters in this Disinformation Age is that intelligent persons get information out there for those top 9% to read in a clear, concise manner, so that they can be on the same page, and take power.

This is true, but also not true. It's good thinking about why "unbiased journalism" isn't important.

However, there's two glitches:

(1) If the masses flood the airwaves with stuff like Wikipedia, the 9% are never going to get through to any minority voices;

(2) Wikipedia and other Crowdist outlets encourage hiveminding by showing "official" support for herd positions and ideas.


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Interzone / Re: New high brow Conservative wiki
« on: February 15, 2013, 09:27:03 PM »
Last year, he published “You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto,” a provocative critique of digital technologies, including Wikipedia (which he called a triumph of “intellectual mob rule”) and social-networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, which he has described as dehumanizing and designed to encourage shallow interactions.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/07/11/110711fa_fact_kahn#ixzz2L0OP84jL

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Interzone / Re: Wetiko.
« on: February 13, 2013, 11:12:50 AM »
For all of their obliviousness, the left certainly is made up of motivated individuals who are overtly social and able to relate to people. The right needs to figure out how to translate these qualities into their philosophy and interweave it. If this happens, conservatives will have new life.

Being social is the opposite of being realistic, however.

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Interzone / Adobe Flash
« on: February 11, 2013, 04:02:30 PM »
http://it.slashdot.org/story/13/02/10/1627243/six-months-without-adobe-flash-and-i-feel-fine

Not only is it a massive security hole, but it makes your computer crash. De-install Adobe Flash.

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Interzone / Amerika
« on: February 10, 2013, 01:08:20 PM »
What is it that I do not want to see happen to the world? The fusion of liberal internationalism and consumerism, which will make a dystopian nightmare out of our best intentions.

http://www.amerika.org/politics/what-is-amerika/

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