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Interzone / Cablegate
« on: December 01, 2010, 06:41:12 PM »
Is this shit ANUSian or what?

Interzone / The Most Dangerous Philosopher in the West
« on: September 19, 2010, 04:29:31 AM »
Anyone read or have any thoughts on Slavoj Zizek?

Interzone / Selecting Leaders to End Democracy
« on: July 01, 2010, 10:50:50 AM »
This question is for anyone who can answer it, but especially the admins of this page. I was reading the end-democracy section of this site, http://www.anus.com/tribes/ada/ and came across the idea of the "leadership caste" amid the other suggestions.

The site seems to be suggesting a form of oligarchy coupled with meritocracy. How will the members of the leadership caste in a local government system be short listed, because there will surely be many vying for the limited positions? How will their performance be evaluated? Who will do that?

Interzone / A fat woman
« on: June 27, 2010, 08:25:52 PM »

New Jersey (Reuters) - A New Jersey woman is waging a campaign to become the world's heaviest living woman, admitting that she is as hungry for attention as she is for calorie-rich food.

No comment.

Interzone / Richard Dawkins worth checking out?
« on: May 30, 2010, 12:10:26 AM »
I was reading an article  - http://www.christianfaith.com.au/resources/dawkins-fails-to-convince-flew-of-evolution -  about Anthony Flew (former Atheist-in-chief turned theist, one of the featured debaters in the famous "Does God Exist" series of debates in the 1980s, who towards the end of his recently ended life turned into some sort of a theiest),and realized I don't know anything about Dawkins work, aside from random comments made by trendy atheists who suddenly have reached "enlightenment" after reading his book(s).

I would appreciate some insight into what members here think about Dawkins' work, whether it is worth checking out, and possibly a guide as to how I should approach it as a Buddhist (nevermind the Buddhism, how anyone should approach it is what I mean), as well as its relation to the ANUSian viewpoint.

Interzone / How does Google suggest similar searches?
« on: January 24, 2010, 10:50:27 AM »
Despite all this competitive altruism, when you type "haiti " (that's haiti space) into google without hitting search, the first thing that shows up in the little drop-down menu is "haiti death pictures."  The crowd has no idea what it really wants, or what motivates it.

It doesn't for me, or anyone else I tried. Google's search works based on your own search results, unless you've cleared your cache recently.

In that case, seems to me it's you who has no idea what you really want, or what motivates you.

Metal / ANUS members charged for grave desecration
« on: May 08, 2008, 02:35:35 PM »
Men charged after skull dug up and used as bong:

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Authorities in Texas have filed corpse-abuse charges against two men who allegedly removed a skull from a grave and used it as a bong.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office confirmed on Thursday that misdemeanor abuse of corpse charges have been filed in the case.

One of the men allegedly told police they dug up a grave in an abandoned cemetery in the woods, removed a head from a body and smoked marijuana using the skull as a bong.

Police found the cemetery and a grave that had been disturbed but are still investigating the rest of the story, officials said.


Metal / Judas Priest new track posted online
« on: April 24, 2008, 12:31:34 PM »
"Nostradamus" is scheduled for release via Columbia Records on Monday, June 16 in Europe, and a day later in the U.S. on Epic Records.

Long in the works, "Nostradamus" takes epic storytelling to a whole new level, as it recounts the life of this mysterious, world-known 16th century French prophet.

Some of the events that Nostradamus experts have interpreted as his predictions include the great fire of London in 1666, the rise of Adolf Hitler, and most recently, 9-11, among countless other renowned events.

"As in any concept piece, the lifeline needs to be of a solid source, taking the music over many levels of interest and perception," points out singer Rob Halford. "'Nostradamus' contains new frontiers explored and defined. The sense of adventure and the journey we undertook bringing the man’s life alive with metal was a real labour of love."

As with all new PRIEST releases, the group — singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis — will embark on a mammoth worldwide tour in support of "Nostradamus".

"The 'Nostradamus' album — above all others — is perhaps the one I'm most proud of," says Tipton. "Whilst in essence and character still very much JUDAS PRIEST, it has afforded the opportunity to explore areas of classical and operatic dimensions that the band normally wouldn't. As a guitarist and writer it has inspired me to greater heights and opened new doors to intrigue and passion. From start to finish, it will take you through a magical experience filled with light, shade, drama, melody and emotion that reflects this unique man and his life."

"For me, 'Nostradamus' has been a musical journey without comparison," adds Downing. "The intrigue and mystery that surrounds this revered man has expanded my perception of heavy metal to the highest plateau and enabled me to reach the outer limits of my imagination and transport unique feelings and emotions to the instrument that allows me to express myself."

In addition to the regular jewel case double CD version of the album, collectors will undoubtedly be interested in hunting down a copy of a deluxe double CD housed in a 48-page hardbound book package. But that's not all — a super deluxe box-set version will also be available with triple vinyl, the double CD, an expanded booklet and a poster.

As to why they chose to make a concept album about Nostradamus, Tipton explains: "We didn't — he chose us. We feel it was meant to be!"

"Nostradamus" track listing:

01. Dawn of Creation *
02. Prophecy
03. Awakening *
04. Revelations
05. The Four Horsemen *
06. War
07. Sands of Time *
08. Pestilence And Plague
09. Death
10. Peace *
11. Conquest
12. Lost Love
13. Persecution
14. Solitude *
15. Exiled
16. Alone
17. Shadows In the Flame *
18. Visions
19. Hope *
20. New Beginnings
21. Calm Before the Storm *
22. Nostradamus
23. Future Of Mankind

Track available at http://www.reverbnation.com/controller/audio_player/download_song/706397

Metal / Symphony in rap zone
« on: January 09, 2008, 07:20:56 AM »
STAINS, France (AFP) - In the heartland of French rap music, Zahia Ziouani is striking a chord with struggling youths in a Parisian suburb who flock to her music school and are joining her symphony orchestra.

The 29-year-old woman of Algerian origin takes pride in her school in Stains, a town on the northern fringe of Paris, saying it is helping to change the image of young people leading dead-end lives in France's high-immigrant suburbs.

"People in the suburbs don't like just hip-hop," said Ziouani, who four years ago took over the music and dance school where 400 students from 40 nationalities are enrolled.

"It's classical music that draws most people. We can see it in Stains where our hall is packed for every concert," said Ziouani.


Is metal next?

Metal / Cheap Jokes
« on: November 18, 2007, 08:52:17 AM »

Interzone / Wolves in the Throne Room
« on: November 03, 2007, 12:38:24 PM »
I haven't seen any discussion of this band (Wolves in the throne room) here, but they seem to be making some amount of waves in the "US black metal" scene. Has anyone here had a listen to them, and are they worth a download? Anything worthwhile in their content, or are they just the new wave of "hip, Ulveresque posers?"

Metal / At the Gates throws a Summer Reunion party
« on: October 19, 2007, 10:18:33 PM »
At the Gates Reunites For Shows:

Metal band At The Gates will reunite for some shows next summer. Dates and a message from the band can be found below.
UpdateJuly 4-6 Ruis Rock, Finland
July 31-Aug 2 Wacken Open Air, DE
Aug 15-17 Bloodstock, Derby, UK

Guitarist Anders comments on the reunion:

"Well, it felt like the timing was right for once. We have been talking about a possible reunion for years now, but this was the first time everything fell into place. For me personally, it feels like getting closure. The break-up over ten years ago was abrupt and left a bad vibe between us that took years to get over. We have a better relationship today and a more relaxed approach to who we are and what we do. The time is right to get together and play some shows Try to catch us live in the summer 2008. It could be your last chance."


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