Wednesday, March 12, 2008
WACO: The Rules of Engagement (1/2)
WACO: The Rules of Engagement (2/2)
A highly detailed examination of the interaction between David Koresh, his members, and Federal Law Enforcement. It shows how the FBI misled the public and American political leaders in order to focus overwhelming force on a group whose diversity of race, national origin, and apocalyptic religious beliefs made its members easy targets for lethal abuse of civil and human rights. Gripping and deeply thought provoking, the film provides America with something it truly needs - an opportunity to review the historical record of events at Waco. The findings raise doubts about the FBI's version of the story and their larger role in similar instances of law enforcement.
The nation's sunniest state has been mulling the criminalization of Salvia Divinorum, because, you know, "Won't somebody please think of the children?"
"As soon as we make one drug illegal, kids start looking around for other drugs they can buy legally. This is just the next one," said Florida state Rep. Mary Brandenburg, who has introduced a bill to make possession of salvia a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
As the prison industry continues its dizzying rise toward it's inevitable conclusion - where what's good for the prisons is good for America - it's nice to see that Florida's lawmakers are marching in lock-step toward the day when That Which Is Not Prohibited Is Mandatory. Sigh.
Read the tcpalm.com article here
Robert Anton Wilson: I coined the term irrational rationalism because those people claim to be rationalists, but they're governed by such a heavy body of taboos. They're so fearful, and so hostile, and so narrow, and frightened, and uptight and dogmatic. I thought it was a fascinating paradox: irrational rationalists. Later on I found out I didn't invent that. Somebody else who wrote an article on CSICOP, that's the group they all belong to: Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. Somebody else who wrote about them also used the term irrational rationalism. It's a hard term to resist when you think about those people.
The quote is taken from this interview.
For more about the subject, see also "Pseudoskepticism".
The Secret Sun has a great series of posts up on Steve Carrell's Synchromystic career.
Ritual Drama: The Baptist and the Virgin
Atum Kadmon & The 40 Year Old Virgin part 1
Atum Kadmon & The 40 Year Old Virgin part 2
That's because salvia is being targeted by lawmakers concerned that the inexpensive and easy-to-obtain plant could become the next marijuana. Eight states have already placed restrictions on salvia, and 16 others, including Florida, are considering a ban or have previously.
Called nicknames like Sally-D, Magic Mint and Diviner's Sage, salvia is a hallucinogen that gives users an out-of-body sense of traveling through time and space or merging with inanimate objects. Unlike hallucinogens like LSD or PCP, however, salvia's effects last for a shorter time, generally up to an hour.
No known deaths have been attributed to salvia's use, but it was listed as a factor in one Delaware teen's suicide two years ago.
"I got some hostile e-mails from people who sold these products,'' Strain said. "You don't make everybody happy when you outlaw drugs. You save one child and it's worth it.''
What BS. Yeah let's make everything that has the potential to be a factor for depression & suicide illegal. Let's start with politics, war, the economic system,... point made? :p
Patients suffering from chronic pain, loss of appetite and other ailments that marijuana is said to alleviate can get their pot with a dose of convenience at the Herbal Nutrition Center, where a large machine will dole out the drug around the clock.
"Convenient access, lower prices, safety, anonymity," inventor and owner Vincent Mehdizadeh said, extolling the benefits of the machine.
This is a wonderful opportunity to attempt to explain a most subtle point about synchronicity and symbolism. "King-Kill 33" highlights in my mind the most pervasive error found in synchromysticism and related esoteric/conspiracy circles. This error, one that I have suffered under myself, veils a giant festering neurosis that needs to be brought into the light of consciousness in order for it to heal.
The error is this:
Finding symbolism and synchronicity that resonates with a certain group or subject (like Masonry) and then attributing its wellspring to similarly resonating entities instead of the true source of all symbols, Being or consciousness itself.
Attributing a thing or form as source for stuff in space/time, when all emanates from beyond thought and form.
Masonry (and any mystery school or order) did not and cannot create anything, Being (pure unconditioned consciousness) beyond thought and form creates and animates all things (symbols, signs, synchronicity). Masonry can adopt symbols, images and themes that resonate powerful forces and mysterious life cycles. It can however not claim singular authorship of these forces or there associated symbols.
Jerome Clark writes that Fort was "Essentially a satirist hugely skeptical of human beings' — especially scientists' claims to ultimate knowledge". (see Pyrrhonism for a type of skepticism strongly reminiscent of Fort's). Clark describes Fort's writing style as a "distinctive blend of mocking humor, penetrating insight, and calculated outrageousness".
Writer Colin Wilson describes Fort as "a patron of cranks", and also argues that running through Fort's work is "the feeling that no matter how honest scientists think they are, they are still influenced by various unconscious assumptions that prevent them from attaining true objectivity. Expressed in a sentence, Fort's principle goes something like this: People with a psychological need to believe in marvels are no more prejudiced and gullible than people with a psychological need not to believe in marvels."
Fort's books sold well, and remain in print. Today, the term Fortean or Forteana is used to describe various anomalous phenomena. Check out Fortean Times.
- "Now there are so many scientists who believe in dowsing, that the suspicion comes to me that it may be only a myth after all".
- "One measures a circle, beginning anywhere".
- "My own notion is that it is very unsportsmanlike to ever mention fraud. Accept anything. Then explain it your way".
- "But my liveliest interest is not so much in things, as in relations of things. I have spent much time thinking about the alleged pseudo-relations that are called coincidences. What if some of them should not be coincidence?"
- "If there is a universal mind, must it be sane?" (Often attributed to Fort, but not found in his books or letters)
- The fittest survive.
- What is meant by the fittest?
- Not the strongest; not the cleverest--
- Weakness and stupidity everywhere survive.
- There is no way of determining fitness except in that a thing does survive.
- "Fitness," then, is only another name for "survival."
- That survivors survive.