"And I asked the mushroom once about the social chaos at the end of history:"
"No worry bro, this is what it's like when a species departs for hyperspace, there's a little shimmy in the landing zone as we take off."
I'm very sorry to announce another hiatus until at least tuesday. Better get used to this btw, I don't know how the blogposting here will evolve but I have nowhere near the available online time as I used to. You can always check my 'thumbed up' stumbles here if you're starving for some good webpages. (btw put this post up first cause I like it better as a first post for a few days than a plain text post.)
Unrelated, James I removed our discussion in the comments as it doesn't serve anybody. You are always welcome yet please use some more discretion next time.
Friday, June 13, 2008
In more fascist news, insurance companies in Belgium will be using a new system to calculate how much they will steal from their customers by using a BLACK BOX in the car that will keep records of ALL movements. Yeah try putting that in my car, see how that goes. The shamelesness...
COINTELPRO: The FBI's War on Black America
This docu uses some of the footage used in the earlier posted MLK docu. Through a secret & illegal program called the Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO), there was a concerted effort to subvert the will of the people to avoid the rise "of a black Messiah" that would mobilize the African-American community into a meaningful political force. This documentary establishes historical perspective on the measures initiated by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI which aimed to discredit black political figures and forces of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Combining declassified documents, interviews, rare footage and exhaustive research, it investigates the government's role in the assassinations of Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, and Martin Luther King Jr. Were the murders the result of this concerted effort to avoid "a black Messiah"?
Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world
From the Tedtalks site: Entrepreneurial mycologist Paul Stamets seeks to rescue the study of mushrooms from forest gourmets and psychedelic warlords (warlords? :p). The focus of Stamets' research is the Northwest's native fungal genome, mycelium, but along the way he has filed 22 patents for mushroom-related technologies, including pesticidal fungi that trick insects into eating them, and mushrooms that can break down the neurotoxins used in nerve gas.
There are cosmic implications as well. Stamets believes we could terraform other worlds in our galaxy by sowing a mix of fungal spores and other seeds to create an ecological footprint on a new planet.
"Once you’ve heard 'renaissance mycologist' Paul Stamets talk about mushrooms, you'll never look at the world -- not to mention your backyard -- in the same way again."
Linda Baker, Salon.com
Bill Maher's 'Religulous' — Trailer Released
Religious is is a documentary directed by Larry Charles (of Borat fame) and stars American comedian Bill Maher, host of Real Time With Bill Maher on HBO. According to Maher, the title of the film is a portmanteau derived from the words "religion" and "ridiculous", implying the satirical nature of the documentary that is meant to mock the concept of religion and the problems it brings about.
Known for his stance against religion, Bill Maher's views on the various world religions are explored as he travels to numerous religious destinations, such as Jerusalem and the Vatican, interviewing believers from a variety of backgrounds and groups, including Jews for Jesus, Muslims, polygamists, Satanists, Hasidic scholars and even Rael of the Raelian Movement. In the trailer and documentary Maher also interviews research neuroscientist Andrew Newberg, MD, (author of Why We Believe What We Believe) who brain-scans people at the University of Pennyslvania as they pray, meditate and speak in tongues. The documentary was produced by Thousand Words and is being distributed by Lionsgate. Originally slated for intentional release date coinciding with the religious Easter holiday 2008, post-production delays resulting from a screenwriters guild strike pushed the release date back to July 11, 2008. Release has now been pushed back to October 3, 2008.
Though it will probably be funny, it's easy money for Bill Maher, who refuses to take on real controversy, or he'd lose his job again. lol.
The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
This documentary shows how the American media portrayed MLK in the media, and how the FBI through its illegal and covert COINTELPRO demonized social activists as communist infiltrators, using intimidation, violence and murder. How the government used another coverup after the murder they committed, after MLK's Poor People Campaign for economic justice went too far for the authorities. In 2000, King was voted 6th in the Person of the Century poll by Time, when he was alive though, Time was demonizing him along with every other mainstream media outlet, though hey, how many brainwashed Americans remember that shit? King was also elected the third Greatest American of all time by the American public in a contest conducted by the Discovery Channel & AOL, yet during his life he was the enemy of all government, media and whites in general. Fucking hilarious. How is it that the USA doesn't spontaneously implode by its own hypocrisy?
Daily Dedroidify: Magick
Grant Morrison on Magick, Aliens and the meaning of life @ DisinfoCon
Grant Morrison Disinfonation Special
The Short lived channel 4 disinfonation program (from disinfo.com). This is a special where Grant Morrision dicusses his comic book The Invisbles: their origin and meaning. With excerpts from his Disinfocon talk. It's a fascinating interview with one of the most wonderful explanations of our reality and the alien phenomenon I've ever heard. (Features excerpts from the above talk too, but the interview that accompagnies it is MUST SEE!)