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nolympics writes:

"New New Holland?"
Peter Lamborn Wilson, The Brooklyn Rail

Not for the first time in New York City’s history, a buzz about Secession has begun to be heard—or perhaps a serpentine hiss, depending on your point of view. Several local papers (including NY Press, The Nation, and the Brooklyn Rail,), have recently run articles boosting secession and independence for NYC. People seem to be thinking: “Secession… hmm…What a good idea!”

Anonymous Comrade writes

"For Christ's Sake"

We have this big 'push' going on lately from so-called "Christian Conservatives." These are the same kind of yahoos that washed up on this land 400 yaers ago.They were 'christian' and conservative of their own interests, and sure of their god-given right to slaughter helpless Elders, women, and children to stake out their chunk of paradise and have the first 'Thanksgiving'.

Anonymous Comrade writes:

"The Creature Walks Among Us"

John Chuckman

"I beheld the wretch — the miserable monster whom I had created." — Mary Shelley

Doctor Frankenstein's frightful creature was assembled from the limbs of corpses collected in the dead of night.

The Pentagon, with a steady supply of perfectly good severed limbs and heads from all its bombing runs, has decided the good Doctor's approach to the ideal soldier has certain public-relations liabilities. Jerky, stitched-together bodies in uniform with putrid blue-green skin would not make good photo-ops. So the Pentagon has taken the high-tech approach, informing us recently that they are not many years away from putting the finishing touches to a robot soldier.

"The Rapture Index"

Jon Carroll

Let us consider the Rapture Index. This is a real thing prepared by serious people. If it makes you laugh, you have not gotten the memo. You probably have not read any of the 12 volumes of the "Left Behind" series, the best-selling books in America today.

 Those Left Behind are those who did not experience the Rapture, which is an instant in time when all the truly holy people are taken directly to heaven, leaving their clothes in small neat piles behind them. The rest of the ungodly losers are left to deal with natural disasters and wars and the armies of the Antichrist, after which they die in various colorful ways while the ranks of the saved watch with compassion tempered with an understandable sense of satisfaction.

 The Rapture Index, as of this writing, stands at 153. Anything over 145 is labeled by the Rapture Actuaries as "Fasten your seat belts." In other words: Repent for the End Is Near. You may see all this for yourself here, should you think I'm making it up.

"Fascism, Terror, Pavlov's Dog, Fear and Security:

Bush and a Brave New Gilead of 1984"

A. Cascadian

In an Orwellian reality come true where Oceania is at war with
Eastasia one moment and Eurasia the next moment now the fascist
controlled United States continues a dystopian policy of perpetual
war. The father of fascism, Benito Mussolini, once said, "War is to
man what maternity is to a woman. From a philosophical and doctrinal
viewpoint, I do not believe in perpetual peace."

In Orwell's 1984 war was not for conquest of another nation-state or
territory, but was a means to control the society by means of fear and
a forced ignorance.

"Make The Pie Higher!"

George W. Bush

This is a poem made up entirely of actual quotes from
George W. Bush. The
quotes have been arranged only for aesthetic purposes
by Washington Post
writer Richard Thompson.


by George W. Bush

I think we all agree, the past is over.

This is still a dangerous world.

It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential
mental losses.

Rarely is the question asked

Is our children learning?

Will the highways of the internet become more few?

How many hands have I shaked?

They misunderestimated me.

I am a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.

I know that the human being and the fish can coexist.

Families is where our nation finds hope, where our
wings take dream.

Put food on your family!

Knock down the tollbooth!

Vulcanize Society!

Make the pie higher!

Make the pie higher!

ah-zf writes:

"A local alternative Rock band in Ithaca, NY was just recently approached by coca-cola to appear on a commercial spot, shot in Ithaca, while performing one of their original songs. The band is made up of 3 girls, all Ithaca highschool students. And, of course, they accepted.
In accordance to this 'big break' they'll be signed to one of the many record companies whom coca-cola supports, get to be on TV, perhaps gain a national fanbase, and live happily ever after...


Oh, wait a minute, this scenario seems vaguely familiar somehow. Maybe even some of that philosophical shit is involved. You think?

"Obituaries from the Future:

Former President George W. Bush Dead at 72"

Greil Marcus, CityPages

Policy Review, October 5, 2018 — George W. Bush, the
43rd president of the United States, died today at
Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was 72. The
cause of death was announced as heart failure.

Mr. Bush's always controversial presidency left behind
a changed nation and a changed world. Taking office in
2001 after a disputed election settled only by a 5-4
decision by a bitterly divided Supreme Court, and
decisively reelected in 2004, President Bush led the
United States into four wars, oversaw the dismantling
of Social Security and Medicare, and enforced a drastic
shrinking of elementary, secondary, and collegiate

He spearheaded the transformation of
President Bill Clinton's budget surpluses of 1999 and
2000 into permanent deficits of more than a trillion
dollars a year, thus profoundly reducing the amount of
capital available to address the needs of the vast
majority of citizens and inhibiting the creation of new
jobs with any promise of advancement or financial
security, while at the same time pursuing tax
reductions that increased the differences between the
income and assets of, in his own terminology, "owners"
and "pre-owners" of "the American ownership society" to
extremes almost beyond measure. When he left office,
taxation of personal and corporate incomes, while still
legally extant, had been effectively replaced by a new
payroll tax, so that almost all investment,
inheritance, and interest income was left tax-free.

Anonymous Comrade writes:

"Fall of the American Empire"

I found myself facinated by C-Span's coverage of the Senate today. A HUGE bill hit the desks of Congress and the Senate this weekend. Actually, the Omnibus Appropiations Bill is over 3000 pages filled with varied legislation of all kinds that requires just one vote, yes or no. It includes everything from funding for charities that sound strangely like Bush supporters to appropriating money for education, cops and all those important community services. As some of you are aware, this is a political ploy to sneak through laws hoping no one will notice or forcing them through along with the necessary laws. In fact the Congress has already passed this bill and sent it to the Senate urging them to pass it right away so they could adjourn for the holidays.

Funny thing....somebody DID notice that included, or should I say, slipped in at the last minute, was something called "Provision 222" This little ditty would allow the govt...read carefully...to assign an agent of their choice (anyone) to have access to any citizens tax returns, make them public and use the information against them, (ex: in a political campaign) and NOT HAVE TO PAY ANY PENALTY OR BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE for this disclosure.

This law would SUPERCEDE any previous laws on our rights to privacy. On top of this outrage, the government would have access to all personal records, political associations, charitable donations and just about everything we do including the internet. I heard words like, "Big Brother", "Soviet Union" "Stripping citizens of their right to privacy" coming from our senators. If you hear about this not passing it is because of the few sane senators that voted against passing this ridiculous provision included in the massive Omnibus bill. If it does pass....be afraid, be very afraid.

"The Criminal Bee"

Hakim Bey

Nietzsche says somewhere that the true, free spirit wil not wish to see the laws of the herd abolished, lest there exist nothing to struggle against and overcome. Litle danger of such an abolishment at this point, one might suppose.

Since Nietzsche's time law has perhaps mutated from a complex but many-dimensional tool of the oppresor class to the subtle, fratal, all-pervasive self-image of the spectacle. Law simulates the dictatorship of community, forever promising & forever withdrawing the utopia of justice.

Our founding myths here in America, which take the form of such texts as a declaration of independence or a bill of rights etc. prove so infinitely flexible as to become, like all myths, their opposites. The law no longer seems like a dialctical edge, as it was for Nietzsche, but rather a viral ooze, infecting the very fabric of language & thought.


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