catch up

Posted by on Nov 10, 2007 | 0 comments

  • Former Sec. of State Donald Rumsfeld had to flee France because citizens there want to prosecute him as a war criminal. If this had happened even ten years ago, it would have been front page, top of the news hour. Today, in the age of Dubya, it barely gets noticed. USA as banana republic. No one expects better. Shame that.
  • Shot some video of a discussion between Daniel Pinchbeck and Rabbi Yakov Travis last week. A snippet of it will be up on NeoVids next week. Will keep you posted.
  • The USA edges closer and closer to 1984 every single day. The outrage over this inexplicable event was subdued. Fake news conferences should give every single American, no matter their political bent, pause to finally admit that certain elements of the Bush Administration are so deeply steeped in incompetence and anti-democratic hubris as to be laughable and damnable at the same time. Paddy Chayefsky is rolling in his grave.
  • Sadly No! unveils a much needed new award, The Medved!
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    newspeak and other words…

    Posted by on Mar 24, 2007 | 0 comments

  • The Carpetbagger does a fine job of dissecting Bush’s Orwellian rhetoric in response to the House passing the Iraq bill. I particularly like how Bush surrounds himself with veterans and service family members. Nice touch, and a needed one, since the Commander in Chief has never actually seen war up close and personal. Well, unless you count that time in college he stayed up for 72 hours on a dare. That was pretty scary. People started to melt and stuff.
  • E.J. Dionne over at Truthdig:

    So many principles that Republicans held dear when they were trying to take Clinton down are no longer operative. This certainly applies to a 1998 column now whizzing around the Internet that ran under the headline “Executive Privilege is a Dodge.” It was written by Tony Snow, who is now Bush’s press secretary.
    To investigate Clinton—even his Christmas card list—was God’s work. To investigate Bush is “to head down the partisan road of issuing subpoenas and demanding show trials,” as the president put it this week.

    Who needs real honest moral values when you roll with the Almighty and you have His digits? 43’s high rollaz scratchin’ for scrilla!

  • “Top Gun” actor bravely tells non-American and Indian national hero Gandhi, who helped lead India to its independence from the same tyrannical British empire the USA was freed from, where to stick his “un-American” views. Jon Swift has the details. Read More
  • Turn the page

    Posted by on Jan 13, 2007 | 0 comments

    My cousin has passed away, so am in Nebraska for the funeral…

    As it goes, see that Robert Anton Wilson has also moved onto the next…

    May they both find the answers they seek…

    Vaya con dios.

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    Posted by on Dec 8, 2006 | 3 comments

    Brother Daniel posted this and it is worth posting again…

    Do not assume that order and stability are always good, in a society or in a universe. The old, the ossified, must always give way to new life and the birth of new things. Before the new things can be born the old must perish. This is a dangerous realization, because it tells us that we must eventually part with much of what is familiar to us. And that hurts. But that is part of the script of life. Unless we can psychologically accommodate change, we ourselves begin to die, inwardly. What I am saying is that objects, customs, habits, and ways of life must perish so that the authentic human being can live. And it is the authentic human being who matters most, the viable, elastic organism which can bounce back, absorb, and deal with the new…

    The authentic human being is one of us who instinctively knows what he should not do, and, in addition, he will balk at doing it. He will refuse to do it, even if this brings down dread consequences to him and to those whom he loves. This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance. Their deeds may be small, and almost always unnoticed, unmarked by history. Their names are not remembered, nor did these authentic humans expect their names to be remembered. I see their authenticity in an odd way: not in their willingness to perform great heroic deeds but in their quiet refusals. In essence, they cannot be compelled to be what they are not.

    Philip K. Dick

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    Part 4 of Rushkoff and Pinchbeck Dialogue

    Posted by on Oct 15, 2006 | 0 comments

    Finally got part 4 up and running on Google Video… Enjoy.

    Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.

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    More Rushkoff and Pinchbeck

    Posted by on Oct 11, 2006 | 0 comments

    Part 3!

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    Rushkoff and Pinchbeck Dialogue

    Posted by on Oct 9, 2006 | 4 comments

    After working out some tech issues, Part 1 and Part 2 of a 4 Part dialogue I shot between Douglas Rushkoff and Daniel Pinchbeck is finally up on Google Video. The final two parts will be uploaded shortly. Stay tuned!

    Part 1:

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    Give a damn – Robert Anton Wilson needs help

    Posted by on Oct 3, 2006 | 0 comments

    Douglas Rushkoff alerts us that Robert Anton Wilson, the man who literally inspired the name of this blog and what it means, and the mind behind some pretty seminal works of writing, needs our help because his “infirmity and depleted finances have put him in the precarious position of not being able to meet next month’s rent.”

    Any donations can be made to Bob directly to the Paypal account

    You can also send a check payable to Robert Anton Wilson to:

    Dennis Berry c/o Futique Trust
    P.O. Box 3561
    Santa Cruz, CA 95063

    Do what you can. Nuff said.

    It’s what I call the “snafu principle.” Communication only occurs between equals–real communication, that is–because when you are dealing with people above you in a hierarchy, you learn not to tell them anything they don’t want to hear. If you tell them anything they don’t want to hear, the response is, “One more word Bumstead and I’ll fire you!” Or in the military, “One more word and you’re court-martialed.” It’s throughout the whole system.

    So the higher up in the hierarchy you go, the more lies are being told to flatter those above them. So those at the top have no idea what is going on at all. Those at the bottom have to adjust to the rules made by those at the top who don’t know what’s going on. Those at the top can write rules about this, that and the other, while those at the bottom have got to adjust reality to fit the rules as much as they can.

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    webuzz – catching up with links

    Posted by on Sep 30, 2006 | 2 comments

    It was a very busy week, so posting was scant. Here’s some of the stuff I’ve been reading…

  • CBGB’s is going to close. And, while I am all for change, it makes me sad. (And, the thought of it being turned into some type of Vegas museum/club makes my stomach hurt.) It’s part of my past, and it’s a special place. Lenny Kaye did a great piece for the Village Voice that says it all. Maybe I’ll go to one of the final shows… Patti Smith would be cool.
  • Article on Daniel Pinchbeck in Rolling Stone.
  • The Jesus Factor, the documentary from the Frontline series on George W. Bush’s Christian conversion and it’s affect upon the presidency is now online.
  • Thought Theater has Tortureland and a discussion about religion and Christianity from Real Time with Bill Maher. (c/o Avedon) Read More
  • rushkoff and pinchbeck

    Posted by on Sep 30, 2006 | 0 comments

    Went to a discussion between Douglas Rushkoff and Daniel Pinchbeck last night, kindred spirits with very different perspectives on the Apocalypse, the afterlife, altered states, prophecy, change, spirituality and a host of other equally as interesting topics.

    Video will be forthcoming, but until then, here’s a link to the first two chapters of Pinchbeck’s latest work 2012 : The Return Of Quetzalcoatl and a link to the interview (mp3) Douglas did with Boing Boing for their new Get Illuminated podcast series.

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