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"As far as socialism is concerned, that term has been so evacuated of content over the last century, that it's hard even to use. I mean, the Soviet Union for example was called a socialist society, and it was called that by the two main propaganda operations in the world - the US, western one and the Soviet one. They both called it socialism for opposite reasons - the west called it socialism to defame socialism, by associating it with this miserable tyranny. The Soviet Union called it socialism to gain whatever, to benefit from the moral appeal that true socialism had among large parts of the general world population. But this was about as remote from real socialism as you can imagine. I mean, the core notion of, at least, traditional socialism is what you mentioned, that working people have to be control of production, and that communities have to be in control of their lives. The soviet union was the exact opposite of that, the working people were essentially slaves. The collapse of the Soviet Union was a -victory- for socialism." Noam Chomsky
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It was recently mentioned that the Presidential Prayer Team is currently urging us to "Pray for the President as he seeks wisdom on how to legally codify the law. Pray that it will be according to Biblical principles. With many forces insisting on variant definitions of the commandments in the Bible, pray that God's Word and His standards will be honored by our government."

I'm sure any good Christian believes prayer should be balanced by action. So here, in support of the Prayer Team's admirable goals, is a proposed Constitutional Amendment codifying behavior and based entirely on Holy Bible principles:

1. Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5.) Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chron 11:21)

2. A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed.(Deut 22:13-21) Marriage of a Christian and a pagan shall be forbidden. (Gen 24:3; Num 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Neh 10:30)

3. Since marriage is for life, neither this Constitution nor the constitution of any State, nor any state or federal law, shall be construed to permit divorce. (Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9)

4. If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry his brother's widow or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law. (Gen. 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10)

5. The law must preserve the duty of each citizen to burn an ox as a sacrifice, regardless of whether the odor pleases the neighbors — as it does God — or not. (Lev 18:22)

6. Each citizen shall have the right to sell his daughter(s) into slavery, setting his own price. (Exodus 21:7)

7. All citizens may own slaves, like in the good old days, both male and female, so long as they're foreigners. (Lev 25:44)

8. Any citizen who finds his neighbor working on Sunday must kill him. (Exodus 35:2)

9. Eating shellfish of any sort must be deemed "an abomination," with penalties set by local law enforcement. (Lev 11:10)

10. Any citizen with poor eyesight and who nevertheless goes to church, shall be guilty of an abomination. (Lev 21:20)

11. Trimming the hair around the temples should be a capital crime. (Lev 19:27)

12. Since touching the skin of a dead pig makes one "unclean," no one can wear gloves made of pigskin. (Lev 11:6-8)

13. Anyone who plants two different crops in a field, who wears garments made of two different fabrics, or who curses or blasphemes, must be stoned to death. (Lev 19:19, 20:14)


Dec. 11th, 2016 11:55 pm
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Loreena McKennitt - The Mask And The Mirror [Full Album]
Celtic Revivalism. Amazing voice.

Asian Ethnic Revivalism (a lot of microtones in this one, really, give it a listen)
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No, but of how--you know, affirmative action for the rich. And I came--certainly my mother's side of the family--from, you know, lower working class. I mean, people--one of my uncles lived in a trailer in Maine, and certainly people with no means. And I would juxtapose the world I was in with that world. And it was very clear that it wasn't about intelligence or aptitude.

The fact is, if you're poor, you only get one chance. If you're wealthy like Bush, you get chance after chance after chance after chance. So you're a C student at Andover, and you go to Yale, and you go to Harvard Business School, and you're AWOL from your National Guard unit, and you're a cokehead, and it doesn't really matter. You don't even really have a job till you're 40 and you become president of the United States.
So that was what was particularly insidious, how those small, tight elite oligarchic circles perpetuated themselves and promoted mediocrity (because many of these people like Bush are very mediocre human beings) at the expense of the rest of us, and how with money they game the system. ...

Chris Hedges
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We need a program of psychosurgery and political control of our society. The purpose is physical control of the mind. Everyone who deviates from the given norm can be surgically mutilated. The individual may think that the most important reality is his own existence, but this is only his personal point of view. This lacks historical perspective. Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal orientation has great appeal. We must electrically control the brain. Some day armies and generals will be controlled by electrical stimulation of the brain.

- Dr. Jose Delgado
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I'm already sick and tired of hearing about Donald Trump and his poorly thought out decisions/appointments/statements.

The idea of having to deal with four more years of this, plus whatever serious repercussions his actions and his idiotic party are going to have is depressing on a whole different level. I guess the legislature is set to roll back all the new truck-driver protections (as they actually were required by law to get enough sleep/time off) and if congress is already doing something like that, I expect way worse.

Like maybe just eliminating overtime all together, and maybe even eliminating 16 hour maximum workday protection. Why not, right?

I'll tell you what has infuriated me the most over the past few days, though - an article in the paper from a now retired high school teacher of mine, who is apparently a Trump apologist and yet another Obama-hater. Here's someone who has a nice government pension (that will soon likely cease to exist for everyone teaching now), didn't have to pay more than a couple thousand a year for his college education, and now also collects social security and has free insurance. It must be nice to have gotten all those things, and then say, "well, you don't need them and I worked hard for my benefits - all you millenials are just lazy. We should get rid of the minimum wage while we're at it."
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Set the the Tetris theme (which is, incidentally, Russian folk music.)

This is really, really interesting.
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The opening of this documentary really hits home for me because, even as a fairly standard white boy, I was part of the out group my entire life. And I think I still am, even now - I've experienced that kind of treatment even as an adult in the workplace. The concept of tyranny and superior/inferior seems so commonplace to me that I've never perceived human nature to be anything but. It's heart breaking.

Racism, and isms of similar ilk, are just expressions of what I have to believe is...either human nature or conditioning.
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leftist open carry rally in austin, texas:
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All causes, social and natural, combine to make it unlikely that women should be collectively rebellious to the power of men. They are so far in a position different from all other subject classes, that their masters require something more from them than actual service. Men do not want solely the obedience of women, they want their sentiments. All men, except the most brutish, desire to have, in the woman most nearly connected with them, not a forced slave but a willing one, not a slave merely, but a favourite. They have therefore put everything in practice to enslave their minds. The masters of all other slaves rely, for maintaining obedience, on fear; either fear of themselves, or religious fears. The masters of women wanted more than simple obedience, and they turned the whole force of education to effect their purpose. All women are brought up from the very earliest years in the belief that their ideal of character is the very opposite to that of men; not self will, and government by self-control, but submission, and yielding to the control of other. All the moralities tell them that it is the duty of women, and all the current sentimentalities that it is their nature, to live for others; to make complete abnegation of themselves, and to have no life but in their affections. And by their affections are meant the only ones they are allowed to have - - those to the men with whom they are connected, or to the children who constitute an additional and indefeasible tie between them and a man. When we put together three things -- first, the natural attraction between opposite sexes; secondly, the wife's entire dependence on the husband, every privilege or pleasure she has being either his gift, or depending entirely on his will; and lastly, that the principal object of human pursuit, consideration, and all objects of social ambition, can in general be sought or obtained by her only through him, it would be a miracle if the object of being attractive to men had not become the polar star of feminine education and formation of character. And, this great means of influence over the minds of women having been acquired, an instinct of selfishness made men avail themselves of it to the utmost as a means of holding women in subjection, by representing to them meekness, submissiveness, and resignation of all individual will into the hands of a man, as an essential part of sexual attractiveness. Can it be doubted that any of the other yokes which mankind have succeeded in breaking, would have subsisted till now if the same means had existed, and had been so sedulously used, to bow down their minds to it? If it had been made the object of the life of every young plebeian to find personal favour in the eyes of some patrician, of every young serf with some seigneur; if domestication with him, and a share of his personal affections, had been held out as the prize which they all should look out for, the most gifted and aspiring being able to reckon on the most desirable prizes; and if, when this prize had been obtained, they had been shut out by a wall of brass from all interests not centring in him, all feelings and desires but those which he shared or inculcated; would not serfs and seigneurs, plebeians and patricians, have been as broadly distinguished at this day as men and women are? and would not all but a thinker here and there, have believed the distinction to be a fundamental and unalterable fact in human nature?
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A tempestuous fiend of orange hue shall grasp, the Crown of the West. And he shall overcome the ailing witch, whose treacherous messages vanish in the ether. I foresee that this is the best prophecy, so true. All shall say so, that I have the best prophecies - Michel de Nostradamus prophesizes the best, and all else are wrong. Wrong. They lie so much. They lie that I called him a tempestuous fiend of orange hue; That never happened. And all wise men shall check: They shall go back and check, and see that I never said it.


Nov. 6th, 2016 01:30 am
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I'd like to pursue a degree in psychology. I'd like to find a cheap online school to finish my bachelor's with, though - and that's going to take some serious research. I have played with this idea for years - staying around here and just chipping away at a B.A. until maybe I can go to a grad school - but never really pursued it. I know that most online schools aren't that great (in fact, I think a lot of them are scams) so that's going to be a problem. I also know many of them have weird programs, as opposed to full academic ones.

Part of the reason I want to pursue psychology is because I've had a lot of indicators in my life pointing me towards that - I don't know if I believe in coincidence or synchronicity...or mysticism at all anymore, but I do know that there have been a lot of road signs on the way. I've come in contact with a lot of people who were not of sound mind...I've been not of sound mind myself at times...and maybe, more importantly, I've always been a person people turn to when they have issues and need someone to listen to and to receive advice from. Always. Without fail I seem to have some sort of "tribal shaman" marker on me, invisible as it is to my eyes.

Along those lines, maybe, is the fact that when I was much younger I received a reiki attunement, and considered myself a healer. There are probably a ton of entries in this journal regarding that, if you go back far enough - mostly before the relationships, and partially into the first one. I've fallen off that path for a long, long time now - a fact somewhat disconcerting to my spirit.

Now I don't know if I can really go through with pursuing a degree - the fact of the matter is, physical university is the way it should be done, and I'm fairly certain I can't afford it - nor can I risk the debt - nor am I really sure I want to move and have to work full time to support myself while chipping away at a degree, all the while out of my element. But I wanted to write down the desire anyway, just as a reminder to myself that I want to *try*.

As for a more "real" update, not much to remark on. My health seems to be improving (I cut fiber out of my diet, and caffeine/coffee, although I am drinking some coffee right now.) The fiber aspect makes me think I have an inflamed digestive tract. Now, I never used to consume fiber in any meaningful amount ANYWAY, but it was only when I started having issues that I started eating more of it - and maybe that created a kind of feedback loop. I wanted to get more whole grains in my diet, and I succeeded for a long time, but if I'm correct, the price I was paying was far too high.

If my health stays stable...I should be able to get back to work. That would be good. The only problem is...where to work...or whether to actually move (though I don't really want to) and pursue a physical college education...bleh. Still the same old dilemma.

In a way, I feel like I'm getting to an age now where starting over is really difficult, even though it's not like I have anything to lose. Starting over at a new job is going to suck, I do know that, and I don't particularly like most of the jobs available around here that makes it worse.
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- Far too aggressive towards Russia, especially given the connections Joe Biden's son has in Ukraine (he is an acting CEO of an oil company) and US interests regarding a pipeline in Syria. The language she uses when speaking about Russia is unacceptable given that Putin has said numerous times he would much rather cooperate with us. We are not in the cold war and the entire planet benefits when nuclear powers work together.
- Questionable on gun control. Sanders policy was far more reasonable.
- Terrible regarding free trade and support of unfettered capitalism. NAFTA was terrible, so was the nullification of glass-steagall, both of which were accomplished by her husband. I want to reiterate here that I don't believe spouses of previous presidents should be able to hold political office, nor should daughters and sons. Far too much power and wealth concentration occurs by allowing such things.
- Flip flopping and legislative vote history

- Supports roe v. wade and women's rights. Does not appear to believe religion should hold sway regarding these decisions.
- Fair immigration policy
- Generally level-headed

- Unable to determine actual policy stances because he's unpredictable. He may say something to obtain votes and not actually mean it, or may actually mean it in practice and implementation. Hillary is guilty of this as well, as all politicians tend to be, however I believe he is a particularly egregious case.
- Supports national open carry policy - I don't want to live in Libya, I don't want to see ak-47s in Walmarts or around me in public.
- Would elect justices that would overturn roe v. wade "day one." Totally unacceptable, although I don't actually believe given his background and lifestyle that he is anti-abortion. This is one example of where the first con comes into play.
- Has an issue with immigration, even though basically everyone here, or their ancestors, was an immigrant at one time. Rounding people up would be a logistical nightmare and almost impossible, and would simply serve to overburden prisons.
- Wants to "save the coal industry" and that makes him, excuse my terminology, a fucking idiot

- *Appears* to have a better view on free trade and taxes when it comes to the wealthy and trans-national corporations, maybe owed to the fact that he has heavily abused said systems.
- Looks at Russia as a friend, and I believe we need to be friends with them as well as China.
- Does not appear to be bought by Wall Street. We all know about Hillary's secret speeches with them that were highly paid, and if you've watched Bloomberg TV at all in the past half a year, you know for a fact that they only have interest in her being elected. There's a reason for that.

Who am I going to vote for? Nobody. My conscience can't possibly handle having voted for either of them.

While I don't believe Hillary is any good for this country long term, or for people like myself - the working class - I do tend to believe she would have a somewhat better outcome. That's of course assuming that we don't end up in another cold war because of her war hawk behavior, or in more direct conflicts period.
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Take care young ladies and value your wine
Be watchful of young men in their velvet prime
Deeply they'll swallow from your finest kegs
Then swiftly be gone, leaving bitter dregs

Bitter dregs

With smiling words and tender touch
Man offers little and asks for so much
He loves in the breathless excitement of night
Then leaves with your treasure, in cold morning light

In cold morning light
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A team of University of Texas at Arlington chemists and engineers have proven that concentrated light, heat and high pressures can drive the one-step conversion of carbon dioxide and water directly into useable liquid hydrocarbon fuels.

This simple and inexpensive new sustainable fuels technology could potentially help limit global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to make fuel. The process also reverts oxygen back into the system as a byproduct of the reaction, with a clear positive environmental impact, researchers said.

"Our process also has an important advantage over battery or gaseous-hydrogen powered vehicle technologies as many of the hydrocarbon products from our reaction are exactly what we use in cars, trucks and planes, so there would be no need to change the current fuel distribution system," said Frederick MacDonnell, UTA interim chair of chemistry and biochemistry and co-principal investigator of the project.

In an article published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences titled "Solar photothermochemical alkane reverse combustion," the researchers demonstrate that the one-step conversion of carbon dioxide and water into liquid hydrocarbons and oxygen can be achieved in a photothermochemical flow reactor operating at 180 to 200 C and pressures up to 6 atmospheres.

"We are the first to use both light and heat to synthesize liquid hydrocarbons in a single stage reactor from carbon dioxide and water," said Brian Dennis, UTA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and co-principal investigator of the project.

"Concentrated light drives the photochemical reaction, which generates high-energy intermediates and heat to drive thermochemical carbon-chain-forming reactions, thus producing hydrocarbons in a single-step process."

Duane Dimos, UTA vice president for research commended the researchers on their success.

"Discovering a one-step process to generate renewable hydrocarbon fuels from carbon dioxide and water is a huge achievement," Dimos said. "This work strengthens UTA's reputation as a leading research institution in the area of Global Environmental Impact, as laid out in our Strategic Plan 2020."

The hybrid photochemical and thermochemical catalyst used for the experiment was based on titanium dioxide, a white powder that cannot absorb the entire visible light spectrum.

"Our next step is to develop a photo-catalyst better matched to the solar spectrum," MacDonnell said. "Then we could more effectively use the entire spectrum of incident light to work towards the overall goal of a sustainable solar liquid fuel."

The authors envision using parabolic mirrors to concentrate sunlight on the catalyst bed, providing both heat and photo-excitation for the reaction. Excess heat could even be used to drive related operations for a solar fuels facility, including product separations and water purification.
The research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Robert A. Welch Foundation. Wilaiwan Chanmanee, postdoctoral research associate in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Mohammad Fakrul Islam, graduate research assistant and Ph.D. candidate in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UTA, also participated in the project.

MacDonnell and Dennis have received more than $2.6 million in grants and corporate funding for sustainable energy projects over the last four years.

MacDonnell and Dennis' investigations also are focused on converting natural gas for use as high-grade diesel and jet fuel. The researchers developed the gas-to-liquid technology in collaboration with an industrial partner in UTA's Center for Renewable Energy and Science Technology, or CREST, lab, and are now working to commercialize the process.

MacDonnell also has worked on developing new photocatalysts for hydrogen generation, with the goal of creating an artificial photosynthetic system which uses solar energy to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen could then be used as a clean fuel.
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All of you were prepared to become cosmonauts. There were supposed to emerge tens, hundreds of millions of cosmonauts - everyone who ever dreamed of becoming one. You don't believe that children decided for themselves that they want to be cosmonauts, do you? A three-year-old child can't just wake up at one morning and decide that he wants to fly into space. Children were made to dream about that. All of this was part of the preparation. Some kind of enormous operations - colonization of Deep Space, alien genocide… I can't remember what exactly it's supposed to be. Anyway, that was just a manilovism. Of course later someone smart showed up and they've changed their plans so you were no longer needed. At first, they were thinking about disposing of you - World War Three, Darth Reagan, "Dead Man's Letters", stuff like that… But then once again someone smart showed up and suggested to leave you as a reserve. Of course nobody was bothered about your adaptation - it's nothing but unnecessary expenditures. Who shall survive - he will survive. It's like in those movies about cyborgs, which have been created by mad scientists and left to suffer when the Pentagon stopped funding the program, and now they are roaming vast parking lots near shopping malls and looking for something in the sky. You are trying to understand why everything is so absurd and incoherent, and why you want to fly from the balcony, breaking the branches of poplars.

It's because this is not what you were prepared for. They took away your ability to love, leaving to you only your reproductive instinct - when a few dozens of people are shut inside of a spaceship for long months of flight, you don't want to have any reasons for a conflict. You need g-loadings, you need hard radiation, you need water recovered from urine - here is why you are so diligently trying to kill yourself. Earth is just too comfortable for you. You are roaming in every corner of the world, tearing your faces and knees to blood, trying to find a place where you belong. Navigators became programmers, pilots are racing through nightly streets in cars, extraterrestrial intelligence experts are writing strange posts for their blogs. And there nothing that can be done - the changes were made at the DNA level. If you have children they will be cosmonauts. Their children will be cosmonauts. You are writing books about cosmonauts for cosmonauts, and all of your music, all of your movies, all of your paintings - it's nothing but stories about Gagarin, who slept through his 12th of April. Deaf Tsiolkovsky and dead Gagarin - that's who rule your world. It's strange that you're still alive. I mean, well done, of course.

And, a Fight Club quote I always liked:

We're the middle children of history, man.
No purpose or place. We have no great war. No great depression.
Our great war is a spiritual one. Our great depression is our lives.
We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars.

But we won't.

We're slowly learning that fact and we're very, very pissed off.
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If I were a month, I'd be... May
If I were a day of the week, I'd be... Friday
If I were a time of day, I'd be... Sunrise
If I were a planet, I'd be... Neptune
If I were a direction, I'd be... East
If I were a piece of furniture, I'd be... a table
If I were a liquid, I'd be... water
If I were a gemstone, I'd be... a ruby
If I were a tree, I'd be... a pine tree
If I were a flower, I'd be... a blue tulip
If I were a kind of weather, I'd be... a thunderstorm
If I were a musical instrument, I'd be... a harp
If I were a colour, I'd be... dark blue
If I were an emotion, I'd be... depression
If I were a fruit, I'd be... an orange
If I were a sound, I'd be... a major interval
If I were an element, I'd be... fire
If I were a place, I'd be... the top of a mountain
If I were a material, I'd be... granite
If I were a taste, I'd taste... sour
If I were a scent, I'd be... light rain on a dirt road
If I were an animal, I'd be... an albino lion
If I were a body part, I'd be... an ear
If I were a facial expression, I'd be... contemplative
If I were a pair of shoes, I'd be... steel-toe boots
If I were a website I'd be... livejournal
If I were a TV show I'd be... Star Trek or Dr. Who
If I were an author I'd be... Schopenhauer, probably
If I were a painting I'd be... I'm really unfamiliar with high art so I'll pass this one.
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Reddit /r/conspiracy up in arms over these. Not sure what to make of it, but worth providing the articles.

Also worth mentioning that Clinton pledged over a million dollars to "Correct the Record", an organization who has openly used shills and other internet tools to down vote and remove anti-Hillary posts on the internet for the past six months, as well as abuse those who post the information.
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