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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

SEX DRUGS AND MAGICK: Robert Anton Wilson


SEX DRUGS AND MAGICK: Robert Anton Wilson.
From the PREFACE:

The 1973 author of this book never could have imagined a State so crazily totalitarian, or a population so brainwashed into sheep-like submissiveness, that such absurdities could occur. But then, only Kafka and Orwell in their most eerie satires on bureaucracy-gone-bonkers could imagine an obscenity like our Piss Police. The State in which we live can only accurately be called Urine Nation.


How can this happen in a once-free Republic where searches of the person are forbidden except by court order after probable cause has been shown? Urine Nation, posing as the representatives of you and me, is engaged in an alleged "War on Drugs." That justifies trashing the Constitution.


Now this is, on the face of it, absurd.


1. Wars on drugs or other insensible things (objects, sub-stances) can only be carried on by lunatics. The Con cannot be accused of insanity: of ignorance, yes, and of fear, greed and zoning laws, but not of being batshit crazy. They are not making war on chemicals—or on the laws of physics, or anything of that sort. They are making war on the American people—on all of us, although only a few of us know that yet.

For instance, as you may read in Pissing Away the American Dream (Pissing Away the American Dream, edited by David Ross, Digit Press), on January 1989 the Minneapolis police smashed down the door of the home of an elderly Black couple, using "flash bang" grenades which accidentally set the house on fire and killed both old people.


The cops were looking for "drugs," but never found any. The chief of police justified the murders of two innocent citizens (and the total violation of the Fourth Amendment) by saying, "This is war."


The war is being waged against people, not chemicals, and it is people who get killed.


2. Even within the off-kilter logic of its own rhetoric, the "War on Drugs" is nonsense.


If you go out your door and drive a few blocks, they say, you will find at least one store boldly declaring that they sell DRUGS, although some say PHARMACY, which can only be deciphered by those who know Greek roots; and in these stores, hundreds of drugs are available. Nearby is a supermarket where you can buy cigarettes, containing nicotine, a drug more addictive than heroin according to former Surgeon General Koop. Next door is a BAR where you can buy dozens of varieties of C2H30H, a heavily addictive substance, statistically linked to wife and child battering, divorce and violent crime.


Urine Nation, thus, is not making war on all drugs, or drug- users, but only on some. The government asserts that the drugs on their taboo list are the worst ones; skeptics like me say they are merely the ones that are either (a) cheap and effective, like herbal medicines, and/or (b) not easy to monopolize, like marijuana or (c) better than the higher priced drugs manufactured by the large pharmaceutical corporations that financially support both political parties.


The only people literally "at war" with drugs—all drugs—are the Christian Scientists. Eight of them are currently appealing their convictions for refusing to give their children the drugs ordained from on high by the Con/MMAO.


As Count Bismarck once said, "Laws are like sausages: you have much more respect for them if you haven't actually seen how they're made."


Many of the chemicals and herbs forbidden by the Con are not only harmless, but are widely believed to be beneficial. The war against the users of these substances is just as vicious as the wars against all other substances on the taboo list.


Over the past 10 years, the Food and Drug Administration has engaged in raids on alternative health companies - companies operating openly and, they thought, legally - that more and more tend toward the violence of DEA raids on suspected crack dealers. In every case, the companies were selling vitamins and herbs that a growing minority of the medical profession approves but which MMAO and the FDA do not approve.


For instance, in 1990, the FDA raided the offices of Dr. Jonathan Wright, a fully qualified physician with an M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School, terrorized the staff with drawn guns, and seized all the vitamins and herbs they could find. They never did file criminal charges against Dr. Wright for the heresy of giving his patients cheap medicines instead of expensive ones, but this raid was only one of hundreds of similar Gestapo-style operations, creating what libertarians call "a chilling effect" on scientific freedom.
http://www.rawilson.com/sexdrugs.html

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Linguistic Relativity (From Wikipedia)

"The principle of linguistic relativity holds that the structure of a language affects the ways in which its speakers are able to conceptualize their world, i.e. their world view. Popularly known as the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis, or Whorfianism, the principle is often defined as having two versions: (i) the strong version that language determines thought and that linguistic categories limit and determine cognitive categories and (ii) the weak version that linguistic categories and usage influence thought and certain kinds of non-linguistic behavior.

The idea was first clearly expressed by 19th century thinkers, such as Wilhelm von Humboldt, who saw language as the expression of the spirit of a nation. The early 20th century school of American Anthropology headed by Franz Boas and Edward Sapir also embraced the idea. Sapir's student Benjamin Lee Whorf came to be seen as the primary proponent as a result of his published observations of how he perceived linguistic differences to have consequences in human cognition and behavior. Harry Hoijer, one of Sapir's students, introduced the term "Sapir–Whorf hypothesis",[1] even though the two scholars never actually advanced any such hypothesis.[2] Whorf's principle of linguistic relativity was reformulated as a testable hypothesis by Roger Brown and Eric Lenneberg who conducted experiments designed to find out whether color perception varies between speakers of languages that classified colors differently. As the study of the universal nature of human language and cognition came into focus in the 1960s the idea of linguistic relativity fell out of favour among linguists. A 1969 study by Brent Berlin and Paul Kay claimed to demonstrate that color terminology is subject to universal semantic constraints, and hence to discredit the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis."


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linguistic_relativity

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

December TSOG BLOG Update

Hi, it's been a busy few months, or a busy year you could say for Global TSOG activities, and I am happy to say various counter-movements to combat the dictatorial and corrupt actions of authorities world-wide.

From the classic old school Police brutality, with the usual militaristic strategy and violent excessive force in the USA, Egypt, Britain, Italy, Greece, to the more sophisticated LAW making, surveillance (The Murdoch phone hacking scandal) and banking Tsarist like activity. (Tsar: Divine guided/deluded king and dictator of whatever one feels like dictating).

Please see Hagbard Celine's LAWS for more insights. 


1. National Security is the chief cause of national insecurity.

2. Accurate communication is possible only in a non-punishing situation.

3. An honest politician is a national calamity.



On the OCCUPY MOVEMENT.

The Occupy movement is an international protest movement which is primarily directed against economic and social inequality.[7][8] The first Occupy protest to receive wide coverage was Occupy Wall Street in New York City, which began on September 17, 2011. By October 9, Occupy protests had taken place or were ongoing in over 95 cities across 82 countries, and over 600 communities in the United States.[9][10][11][12][13] As of December 20 the Meetup page "Occupy Together" listed 2,751 Occupy communities worldwide.--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_movement



On the NATIONAL DEFENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT. 

"The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012 is a controversial bill that has been passed by both houses of Congress separately, and a final version approved by the Senate on December 15, 2011.[1][2][3] Though the White House[4] and Senate sponsors[5] maintain that the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF) already grants presidential authority for indefinite detention, the Act legislatively codifies[6] the President's authority to indefinitely detain terrorism suspects, including American citizens, without trial as defined in Title X, Subtitle D, SEC 1031(a-e) of the bill.[7] Because those who may be held indefinitely include U.S. citizens arrested on American soil, and because that detention may be by the military, the Act has received critical attention by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and media sources --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Defense_Authorization_Act_for_Fiscal_Year_2012


 On the draconian and wrong-headed SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act)

"These bills, and the enforcement philosophy that underlies them, represent a dramatic retreat from this country's tradition of leadership in supporting the free exchange of information and ideas on the Internet. At a time when many foreign governments have dramatically stepped up their efforts to censor Internet communications, these bills would incorporate into U.S. law a principle more closely associated with those repressive regimes: a right to insist on the removal of content from the global Internet, regardless of where it may have originated or be located, in service of the exigencies of domestic law.--http://boingboing.net/2011/12/19/law-professors-explain-whats.html


On the EURO Crisis:

"Mayhem. Catastrophe. Apocalypse. Chaos. A hail of brimstone. The end of the (consumerist) world. Years of misery … And that's just the more optimistic parts of the media, as they contemplate the breakup of the eurozone. Politicians wring their hands as they contemplate the changing world of ever-lower expectations.--http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/dec/04/eurosceptics-beware-euro-crisis

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Illuminating Discord: An interview with Robert Anton Wilson

 
"Voting wouldn’t excite me unless it included electing the directors of the big banks and corporations, who make the real decisions that affect our lives." Robert Anton Wilson.


CRNLA: What is your present involvement in “movement” activities?

RAW: I’m more involved in space migration, intelligence increase and life extension which seems to me more important than any mammalian politics. What energy I have for terrestrial brawling goes into Wavy Gravy’s Nobody for President campaign, the Firesign Theatre’s Papoon for President campaign, and the Linda Lovelace for President (which I invented myself, since we ought to have a good-looking cocksucker in the White House for once.) I think these campaigns have some satirical-educational function, and, at minimum, they relieve the tedium of contemplating the “real” candidates, a more-than-usual uninspiring lot this year. Voting wouldn’t excite me unless it included electing the directors of the big banks and corporations, who make the real decisions that affect our lives. It’s hard to get excited about the trained seals in Washington. Of course, if voting could change the system, it would be illegal. Teachers would be handling out pamphlets for children to take home proving that voting machines cause chromosome damage, and Art Linkletter would claim that a ballot box drove his daughter to suicide.

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/HTML/Various_Authors__Illuminating_Discord__An_interview_with_Robert_Anton_Wilson.html

Excerpts from HYPERPOLITICS by Mark Pesce


Introduction by way of a poem:

Good Catch In A Lonely Network

Keep your heart near the music
You, and yours fill up the definition: muse
Make cupids touch your favourite
wrapped up in speaker cables
with a mouse mat under your hat

All my great whispers to
your heart and your voice
Defined by a USB stick
Data drive to the movies
Together, upstairs.

To be alone on the web of Billions
Seems impossible
nothing can fall
through this net.





HYPERPOLITICS BY MARK PESCE

EXCERPTS BY STEVE FLY AGARIC 23

"All actions generate equal and opposing forces, rising to meet
them. This is the essence of Taoism, as well as Newton’s Second
Law of Motion. Politics is the art of opposition, hence why von
Clausewitz said that war is the continuation of politics by other
means.—pg 7

 The level of direct human addressability of the species in toto can
be calculated as the ratio of total number of subscribers versus the
total world population: 5,400,000,000 / 6,900,000,000 or 0.7826.
As we move deeper into the 21st century, this figure will approach
1.0: all individuals, rich or poor, young or old, post-graduate or
illiterate, will be directly connected through the network. This
type of connectivity is not simply unprecedented, nor just a unique
feature in human history, this is the kind of qualitative change that
leads to a fundamental reorganization in human culture. This, the
logical culmination in the growth in human connectivity from the
aural tribe to the landline telephone, can be termed
hyperconnectivity, because it represents the absolute amplification of
all the pre-extant characteristics in human communication,
extending them to ubiquity and speed-of-light instantaneity.—pg 15

A group of hyperconnected individuals choosing to
hyperdistribute their knowledge around an identified domain can
engender hyperintelligence. That hyperintelligence is not a static
actor. To be in relation to a hyperintelligence necessarily means
using the knowledge provided by that hyperintelligence where,
when and as needed. The more comprehensive the
hyperintelligence, the greater the range of possible uses and
potential effects.—pg 21.
Page numbers to PDF article (not printed page numbers).

The desire to conserve that power led the guilds to
become increasingly zealous in the defense of their knowledge
domains, their ‘secrets of the craft’.
The advent of Gutenberg’s moveable-type printing press made it
effectively impossible to keep secrets in perpetuity. One
individual could pen a single, revealing text, and within a few
months all of Europe would learn what they knew. Secrets were
no longer enough to preserve the sanctity knowledge domains.
Ritual cast a longer shadow, and in this guise, as the modern
protector of the mysteries, the university becomes the companion
to the professional association, indoctrinating then licensing
candidates for entry into the professions. The professions of
medicine, law, engineering, architecture, etc., emerged from this
transition from the guilds into modernity. These professional
associations exist for one reason: they assign place, either within
the boundaries of the organization, or outside of it. An unlicensed
doctor, a lawyer who has not ‘passed the bar’, an uncredentialed
architect all represent modern instances of violations of ritual
structures that have been with us for at least fifty thousand years.

--Hyperpolitics pg.19

Hyperconnectivity, hyperdistribution, hyperintelligence and
hyperempowerment have propelled human culture to the midst of
a psychosocial phase transition, similar to a crystallization phase in
a supersaturated solution, a ‘revolution’ making the agricultural,
urban and industrial revolutions seem, in comparison, lazy and
incomplete. Twenty years ago none of this toolkit existed nor was
even intimated. Twenty years from now it will be pervasively and
ubiquitously distributed, inextricably bound up in our selfdefinition
as human beings. We have always been the product of
our relationships, and now our relationships are redefining us.—Pg. 22

They don’t need fancy services – and wouldn’t use them.
They only need to be connected to other people. That in itself is
entirely sufficient. People come fully equipped to provide all the
services they need. Nothing else is required. Five thousand years
of civilization have seen to that. We know how to organize our
own affairs – and can do so without any assistance. But now we
can do so globally and instantaneously. That’s not a power
restricted to the billion richest of us; it’s now within reach of half
of us, and improves the lives of the poor far more than it helps us.
Our innate capacity for self-organization, now extended and
amplified almost infinitely, has itself produced some unpredicted
and unexpected effects.—Pg 29.


“The net regards censorship as a failure, and routes
around it.”
At the time Gilmore made this statement, he was talking politics.
Gilmore is a political animal – many of you probably know of his
long-running tangle with US Homeland Security over the free
right to travel within the States without having to display ID.
And, for many years this aphorism was interpreted as a political
maxim – that political censorship of the net was essentially
impossible.—pg. 30

In a future which looks increasingly like the present, there is no
center anywhere, no locus of authority, no controlling power
ordering our daily lives. There are no governments, no
institutions, no businesses that look anything like the limited
liability enterprises born in the Netherlands five hundred years
ago. Instead, there are groupings, networks within the network,
that come together around a project or ideology, a shared sense of
salience (meaning) for that group. The product of that network
could be Wikipedia – or it could be al Qaeda. Buy the ticket, take
the ride. And it’s not over yet. The network hasn’t finished changing, and it
hasn’t finished changing us.—Pg. 33.

But what does the Meraki Mini have to do with the end of the
telcos? Just this: a mesh network is a network that’s been subject
to the corrosive effects of a network. There is no center anywhere.
There’s no hierarcy or preferred route. There’s no gatekeeper
anywhere. You can have one gateway, or twenty. You can have
one mesh node or a thousand. Just throw another mesh node into
the mix, and it’ll all work seamlessly. And mesh networks scale:
the dynamics of a network of a thousand mesh repeaters aren’t
substantially different from a network with ten. Packets still find
their way, with minimal delay.—pg. 34.

But for the past thirty five minutes, you’ve all been bathing in
WiFi, which I’m providing to all of you, free of charge. You’ve all
got good signal, and (I hope) plenty of bandwidth to blog, or
check email, or whatever you might want to do when I get boring.
And here’s the kicker – it’s all running off batteries. The whole
thing is good for at least four hours of fun before someone needs to
30
go find the mains. And, because it’s both entirely battery powered
and entirely wireless, I can drop it anywhere in I like, whether in
Australia or America or Namibia.—Pg. 36

You need to reach into that bucket of dreams and
ambitions and pull something out to share with us mob, something
that will dazzle and excite us. It might only do so for a moment,
but, in that moment, your social stock will rise so high that you’ll
never have to worry about putting food on the table or paying the
mortgage. You may not retire a millionaire, but you’ll certainly
never go hungry. The mob is a meritocracy – admittedly a very
perverse and bizarre meritocracy – but it is the one place where
“quality will out”. Quality only comes from the marriage of craft
and obsession. You have the craft. Embrace your obsessions.
You will be rewarded.—Pg. 39


 I need to leave you with one concrete example of how this is all
going to work, and for this example I’ve selected the last bastion of
authority and hierarchy – after everything else has dissolved into
the gray goo of the network, one thing will remain. It won’t be
government – that’s half gone already. It’s medicine. Medicine is
very nearly the oldest of the professions, and has been a closely
held monopoly for half a thousand years – closer to a guild than
anything resembling a modern profession. Why? Medicine is
guarded by the twin bulwarks of complexity and mortality:
medicine is rich and deep body of knowledge, and, if you screw it
up, you’ll kill yourself or somebody else. While the pursuit of
medical knowledge is conducted within the peer-review
frameworks of science, that knowledge is closely held. That leaves
all of us – as patients – in a distinctly disempowered position when
it comes to medicine. But that is all going to change.—Pg. 39

But the mob won’t wait forever. Remember: it is smarter and faster and stronger than
you. You can try to get in front of it, and get picked up by it –
I’ve given you more than enough clues to do that – or you can get
run down. That choice is yours. But if I’ve learned anything from
my study of mob rules, it’s that the future lies in making networks
happen. If you do that, there’s a place for you with us mob. – Pg. 41

The lovely thing about science is that the truth eventually
triumphs. Just this year a number of papers – including a few by
E. O. Wilson – describe what biologists are now calling “multilevel”
selection; that is, a process of natural selection which
includes both the individual and groups of individuals. Within the
individual, selfish behaviors are selected for, but with social
groups, altruistic behaviors can be just as strongly selected for.
Consider two prides of lions, one of which has a number of females
who have opted-out of breeding, while another has an assemblage
of selfish individuals, all of whom are breeding. When each pride
is threatened, or needs food, the pride with the altruistic
individuals will tend to succeed, while the pride with only selfish
individuals will tend to fail. The pressures of natural selection will
tend to select altruism over selfishness when selecting between
groups, but tends to select selfish individuals within either group.—Pg 46.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Occupy Guy Fawkes Carnival With a 'V' Mask

The world is being shaken by protests against the excesses of finance, but this is not a revolution – it is a carnival. That does not make it false, but wise. Real revolution is bloody and cruel and mad. A carnival is entertaining and opens up questions that cannot usually be asked. Guy Fawkes has become the king of a carnival of questions. Far from being sinister, his mask is a jokey icon of festive citizenship.

--http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/nov/04/occupy-movement-guy-fawkes-mask


Friday, July 1, 2011

The Rise of the New Global Hacktivists ...


SAN FRANCISCO—When the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s John Perry Barlow tweeted last December, “The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops,” many in the mainstream media rolled their eyes and dismissed his words as hacker hyperbole.

But the events of the past few days, in which the hacktivst “group” Anonymous launched a major campaign called Operation Anti-Security, show that many more Julian Assanges are indeed waiting in the wings—ready, willing and able to continue what the embattled WikiLeaks founder started when he released a trove of classified State Department cables on the Internet last year. And governments and corporations will find these leakers far more difficult than Assange to capture or control.

The first new batch of classified documents leaked last Thursday came from Arizona law enforcement and Border Patrol, in protest of Arizona’s anti-immigration policies. The next day, Operation Anti-Security released massive amounts of information from NATO, the U.S. Navy, the FBI, and AOL.

Anonymous has successfully leaked information before, including more than 10,000 “top secret” emails from Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 3 and emails from Bank of America in March, but the new campaign will be exponentially larger.
http://newamericamedia.org/2011/06/from-wikileaks-to-sb-1070the-rise-of-the-new-global-hacktivists.php

"What do MasterCard, Visa, Bank of America, Paypal and Western Union all have in common?

"What do MasterCard, Visa, Bank of America, Paypal and Western Union all have in common? They help you pay for what you want? Well, yes... that is unless you want to help WikiLeaks make the world a better place. To see the shocking details, please go to wikileaks.org/​

What Does it Cost to Change the World? from WikiLeaks on Vimeo.


But, of course, "Watching the world change as a result of your work: Priceless."

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bush's War on the Sick and Dying: 13 Hephaistis 82 p.s.U.


Bush's War on the Sick and Dying

13 Hephaistis 82 p.s.U.


"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution,
nor prohibited by it to the States,
are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
United States Constitution, 10th Amendment

As most of you know by now, my photo went all over the country as the first patient to receive medical cannabis from the city officials of Santa Cruz on September 17; I assume the organizers pushed me up front because of my age, my white beard, my wheelchair and my general resemblence to a colorful Gothic ruin.
I've had a lot of experence with civil disobedience, dating back to Vietnam War days, but this occasion seems unique, in that the mayor, the former mayor, the city council and various other local officials participated [not as patients, but as supporters.] In fact, we all acted perfectly in accord with local and state law: Californians voted to legalize medical cannabis by a 55% majority, and Santa Cruz County by a 75% majority. The TSOG [Tsarist Occupation Government], however, has thrown the tenth amendment into the same garbage heap with the first nine. The Bill of Rights exists now only as a historical curiosity, although you can still find it in the back of a good fat dictionary.
I suggest that you check this out by looking into your own dictionary before His Royal Fraudulency George II has this subversive document removed and thrown down the memory hole.
What will Tsarism in America engulf and devour next? Having invaded medicine -- not only in the present case, but in banning stem cell research-- will the TSOG move on physics next and allow the pointy-headed bureaucrats to decide which of the eight theories of quantum mechanics professors may discuss in class? Will they issue dogmas about mathematical set theory? Will they raid Chinese neighborhoods, indefinetly "detaining" those who prefer herbal meds to allopathic ones? Nothing seems impossible: Tsarist governments use a special logic with deuces, eights and one-eyed jacks wild.
I wonder how many of the serfs even remember that the founders intended to create a free country here.



Saturday, February 5, 2011

Information flow, Quantum Mechanics and Assange

Maybe, along with the Nobel Prize for peace, Assange could be put forward for a 'information technology' prize for the radical review of Quantum Mechanics and Information theory, known to the world as 'wikileaks'? and what I now like to call a proto hyperintelligence. --Steve fly.


"The other intriguing reason was the way Assange had arrived at his conclusion, which seemed more scientific than journalistic. He asked me to bear in mind that his background was as a computer hacker and specialist in quantum mechanics. He was fascinated by the "media information flow economy".

People forget Assange is as interested in physics as he is in ideology, and that much of his work has been motivated by an application of the laws of mechanics to information. At that first meeting, he pulled a book off the shelf and talked at length about the many propulsions and interests that had got it there – "multiple reasons why the book has arrived on that shelf". There was also "a miasma of interests behind the spread of information," he said, "and the reasons why a piece of information reaches you."And the conversation went on for seven hours in that compelling vein.--http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jan/30/julian-assange-interview

THE ILLUMINATI PAPERS: ROBERT ANTON WILSON.