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Messages - Saif al-Malik

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Interzone / Re: Monkeys with car keys
« on: July 20, 2010, 02:04:27 AM »
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Since the 1970s, it has been virtually impossible to flunk out of American colleges.

Taken literally, this statement appears to be an obvious falsehood. On a charitable reading, the author intended to make a weaker claim and is merely being deliberately hyperbolic. I find the view especially hard to believe given that I have worked in academia. I would like to see some actual statistics on this matter, but a google search isn't turning up anything very helpful.

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And it is an open secret that "the best" colleges require the least work and give out the highest grade point averages.


I would like to see some evidence for this claim.

The author is writing to a larger audience than strictly academia and intellectuals although a person must be of above-average intelligence to at least understand the article.

Many of America's upper-tier universities will accept people from community colleges who have higher averages, and that either means that the lower-middle class is getting more intelligent or that universities are really degrading.  Perhaps both are happening.  In the United States there has always been this concept that a person who has intelligence and discipline can rise out of their lower social station, but that would be meritocratic and in different times would be a good idea to provide upward flow while members of the upper-classes stagnate and move on to other pursuits not related to their families professions e.g. in the article the increasing number of wealthy people who either live off of inheritance, are philanthropists or humanitarians, etc.

There are still programs which remain difficult simply because of necessity like some technical fields and the hard sciences.  A good education can still be achieved if you pick challenging professors in informative subjects.

Cornell is an example of a school now open to members of America's non-elite classes:

http://admissions.cornell.edu/pathway/index.cfm

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Metal / Re: Blazing Productions Updates
« on: July 19, 2010, 05:21:02 PM »
Do you by chance have any copies of the album by "The Noble Path?"

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Interzone / Re: If you were selected for execution...
« on: July 19, 2010, 01:41:31 PM »
This is a good question to think about, especially as things continue to worsen in regards to population and resources.  This is one reason to try to learn some skills which would make one able to survive in leaner and harder times, especially agriculture and a trade as the country continues to urbanize and suburbanize.  In the United States there are still vast tracts of land which could be suitable for sustainable farming for groups of small communities, meaning small enough not to destroy the ecosystem.  The greatest struggle would be to maintain the viability of a settlement over time while remaining relatively discreet.

Escape to a more sparsely populated area of the country or to an area in Northern Europe or Central Asia that is not heavily populated.

The problem is that governments are often insane and do select intellectuals, artists, etc. for extermination and have done so in the more recent past.

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Interzone / Re: The supernatural: real or crap
« on: July 14, 2010, 04:30:14 PM »
Instead of proto-new-age nonsense like Blavatsky and her colleagues, one should aim for true esoterism and piety as the guiding force.  Discover and explore Guenon, Nasr, and then some of the prominent modern scholars of religions for explanations into those paths.  These are all methods and ways to attain nearness to that supernatural presence which evades and is yet there.  Whether or not you view the question in terms of historicity or of a greater reality with a semblance of order will define the answer in your heart.

The introductory works of the traditionalist authors like Guenon's "Crisis of the Modern World", "Reign of Quantity and Signs of the Times", "East and West", and Evola's "Revolt Against the Modern World" are crucial to understanding the rift between what we call Modern and Traditional thinking and living.

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Prince Charles has an agenda because it is likely that he is a secretive convert to Islam.

There is nothing more I can say because what I could have said has already been echoed.

Perhaps some evidence?

http://www.faithfreedom.org/oped/sina51103.htm

http://www.sunnah.org/nl/v0104/prince.htm

http://www.meforum.org/356/prince-charles-of-arabia

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Metal / Re: How was MDF?
« on: June 02, 2010, 12:20:20 PM »
Still it was a great time and I recommend the fest to any Hessian who can attend(questionable neigbor"hood" notwithstanding). I did want to meet some folks from the forum, but wasn't sure at the last minute if I'd make it, so didn't reach out - should have.

The questionable nature of the neighborhood and the unsavory nature of many people there added to the experience.  I was a pale white person at around six feet tall with a normal haircut and thick but trimmed short beard.  I wore glasses and looked like a relatively normal person with a serious disposition who walked upright in an attempted graceful fashion.  My hair had a reddish tinge and was messily parted to the side.  I carried some drunk kid out of the Gorguts mosh pit.  Some people in our group looked to see if Prozak was in the area, but alas if he was, we could not find him.

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Metal / Re: How was MDF?
« on: June 01, 2010, 06:25:37 AM »
MDF was absolutely amazing.  All of the better death metal bands performed relatively well despite the technical difficulties and security issues of performing in a somewhat blighted area of Baltimore.  Possessed, Gorguts, Asphyx, Malignancy, Nirvana/N2002, The Chasm, Autopsy, Portal, Necrophobic, and Incantation all played great sets.  Many of the bands were lackluster in comparison, so the downtime allowed opportunities for merch exploration, wandering, charming the women drink servers, and recuperating between bouts of headbanging and moshing.  The experience was amazing; most people in our group did not sleep at all until they returned home.

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Interzone / Re: Cooking
« on: May 20, 2010, 05:53:12 PM »
On the Seventh Day God Created ... Majudarra
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2 - 3 onions chopped
2 tbsp or more of olive oil
1 tsp Cumin seed or powder
1 tsp Black pepper
1 1/2 cups of green or brown lentils
2 cups of basmati or other non-glutinous long-grain rice

1. Cook rice and lentils.  Make sure not to cook the lentils too long, or they will get too soft.

2. Pour olive oil into pan or pot.

3. Saute onions until golden.

4. Add rice and lentils to onions.  Saute and stir to mix.  When desired texture/consistency is reached, serve.

Pair with yogurt, salad, and possibly, meat for a delicious dinner.

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Interzone / Re: Collapse Movie
« on: May 15, 2010, 02:24:14 AM »
The eventual culmination of peak-oil will come, but it may not come as quickly as anticipated.  It may not even necessarily involve high prices at the outset as much as it will involve catastrophic shortages like the past oil shocks.  However, they will be a continuous occurrence as civilization will still have access to limited and sporadically delivered amounts of oil, but not dependable, safe, or cheap.  When the food prices rise and electricity ... thus refrigeration and modern food storage fails as a result, is when the real chaos will begin.

Ever need a better reason to think of learning through WWOOF?

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Interzone / Re: How ANUS has impacted my sense of humor
« on: April 29, 2010, 03:06:51 AM »
ANUS caused me to question my beliefs.  Through a process which involved many years, ANUS and the readings it led me to caused me to completely erase my old self except for my core.  Everything from secular philosophy, general lifestyle, to religious outlook shifted greatly.  Adult responsibility and accountability was coupled with an outlook influenced by Guenon and Evola.  The exhibits and writings allowed me to take the power to achieve my dreams: to kick ass and wage war while gradually becoming more knowledgeable.  My family is proud, my ancestors proud, and the neglected trodden path is tread once again.

ANUS also caused me to find humor in life itself by communicating an Aurelian sense of viewing the world.  There is nothing but struggle, but struggle will give you joy when you conquer.  Remember always that you also have to fight yourself and be in constant evaluation of everything so that you shall not become complacent.  You cannot exist without everything else until you reach enlightenment, until then find a sense of childlike wonderment and joy coupled with the realization that you are not of them ... yet you must be among them.  Pursue your causes until there is some fruition.  Even if you cannot obtain complete victory, you will be a hero when you make a small gain for a small gain can allow greater glories when the time comes.

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Metal / Re: Metalheads who went on to greater things
« on: April 29, 2010, 02:52:20 AM »
There are many people who are metalheads who have gone on to become productive members of society.  I myself know some people who are biologists, chemists, teachers, psychologists, and even forensic scientists/crime scene investigators who are metalheads.  There are even metalheads who are well-versed in theology and become scholars in religion.  While that may require distancing from the more Satanic currents in metal, it does not have to completely remove one from metal.

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Interzone / Re: Being more WARLIKE
« on: April 16, 2010, 12:31:06 PM »
Here is another tip: Fighting Your Soul.  It is as required as the other forms are.

http://www.sunnah.org/tasawwuf/jihad001.html
http://mac.abc.se/~onesr/f/Jiihad_al-Nafs_Spir.Strivg.html

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Interzone / Re: Against Traditionalism
« on: April 16, 2010, 12:05:13 PM »
Many of the conclusions that Evola reaches are rather incorrect even though he is correct in suggesting that people resist the worst aspects of the modern world.  Evola is also clearly not the best traditionalist metaphysician when compared to predecessors and contemporaries like Rene Guenon, Martin Lings, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr who belonged or belong to real living spiritual traditions contemplating the Divine.  Those men not only passed down sagely wisdom, but also went beyond Evola in many ways.  Even though Evola does have some good points, he remains secondary in comparison to the real Traditionalists who do not need to use "radical" as a descriptor.  Traditionalism is already radical enough for stating that man is a creature whose origin ultimately lies with a God figure albeit veiled by naturalistic means such as natural mechanisms, evolution, and so on.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Gu%C3%A9non
http://www.reneguenon.com/
http://www.abc.se/~m9783/trg.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditionalist_School


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Interzone / Re: Being more WARLIKE
« on: March 07, 2010, 06:08:46 PM »
Temper your bellicose nature with a type of tenderness: chivalry.  Yet, always remember that the common person is not like you, nor you him.  Study the masters like Aurelius, Tsunetomo, Sun Tzu, and Musashi.  Honor, mercy, and loyalty bespeak Confucius and Saladin.  Learn pragmatism from Machiavelli.  Homer's heroes teach cunning.  Hold death in contempt in the spirit of Socrates and Tsunetomo.  Bear great burdens from the example of Marcus Aurelius.  And finally learn to conquer yourself by learning from the prophets (as).

Sun Tzu - Art of War
http://suntzusaid.com/

Homer - Odyssey
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Hom.+Od.+1.1&redirect=true

Tsunetomo - Hagakure
http://www.rosenoire.org/archives/Hagakure.pdf

Musashi - Book of Five Rings
http://www.bookoffiverings.com/

Analysis of Confucius
http://www.friesian.com/confuci.htm

"Saladin: Hero of Islam" book review
 http://www.deremilitari.org/REVIEWS/Hindley_Saladin.htm

Aurelius - Meditations
http://classics.mit.edu/Antoninus/meditations.html

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Interzone / Re: The truth about dating
« on: February 26, 2010, 06:55:51 PM »
Dear God,

I want to establish shari'a and exterminate these scum!!

You can meet a nice girl through religious circles.

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