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Tuesday, September 05, 2006
My Matrix


Here are some of the web pages I've seen during some of the random and not so random websurfing I've been doing recently.  Most of these things are not related in any way with each other, may or may not warrant further research, and will likely waste your time following the links.

You also might want to make a tasty beverage before reading any further, if you wish to comment.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled for launch tomorrow. Watch NASA TV.

I added the Spam Poison code here, after noticing it on Sinja's Battle Ready blog.

Note: Chrysalis' Not To Scale went on my Pheatured Phreeks list (my favorites) before BlogDrive added it to their favorites.  Get your Not To Scale banner here.

Reading a recent news item made me google "Johnny Gosch" and read about the conspiracy theories surrounding this whole twisted bag of tricks.  It's creepy as hell.  The problem I have is that is also oddly plausible, given the CIA track record.

People don't like their Matrix challenged.  People who believe certain things to be reality will defend them vehemently. Watch as Senator Santorum (R-PA) not only defends his Matrix, but also thinks we should attack other countries, like Iran.

Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) still thinks WMDs were in Iraq for justification of the invasion.  That fits with his personality and politics; it just isn't true.  Dubya has even backed off the Iraq WMD claim.  While I'll leave the residents of Pennsylvania to make a value judgement about Rick Santorum at their elections, he does also represent the country as a U.S. Senator.  I think he's a delusional ideologue.  He should be spayed and neutered from the world of national politics.  Maybe having his name used for this disgustion definition is enough.

If you want to know the origins of the Iraq WMD story, Mother Jones published "Heroes in Error" - How a fake general, a pliant media, and a master manipulator helped lead the United States into war - by investigative journalist Jack Fairweather.  Worth a read, if you never knew about the Clinton-era "Iraq Liberation Act," Ahmed Chalabi, or the how selective intelligence reports were gobbled up and misused by neocons to "fit the intelligence around the policy." The next time the Christofascist Santorum talks about "pro-democracy" forces to overthrow Iran, someone should start screaming "Chalabi !!"

Speaking of lies and the liars who tell them, check out the MoJo Lie-by-lie Timeline.  I'm really becoming embarassed that our country is so easily being played the fool by Middle East countries to help them kill each other.  Whether it is our "addiction to oil" or our "addiction to Israel" -- I'm weary of both war and religion.

I added Babylon By Bus to my Amazon Wish List.  A review starts: "What do you get when you mix a couple of booze-guzzling, Valium-addled, 20-something slackers from urban America with centuries-old sectarian hatred and a dubious war? Well, you get this alternately lame, alternately compelling tale from the first year after the American invasion of Iraq in 2003."

I can relate. My friends and I used to go exploring the less Victorian side of Europe outside of official circles even when we all had Top Secret security clearances.  Of course, we had fun.  No way in hell we'd write a book about it.

People never like their religious Matrix challenged either. I've always known about the Scientology lawyers since the internet was a fetus inside an Atari Pong game system.  Codebot.org recently got a cease-and-desist letter on typically bogus legal grounds, and the hosting ISP initially folded and took it offline, but then put the domain back online.

But, damn! Check out the cops and these three self-deluded Scientology crackheads:

Since I like to explore the underbelly of our collective Matrix, look for more research into Scientology, Religion, Politics, Foreign Policy, The War Machine, Media and other control mechanisms for our minds.

Scientology?!  Maybe we are the product of some intergalactic struggle.  Maybe not.  I have a theory about L. Ron Hubbard that I'll save for an entire entry someday.  Being from Detroit, my theory concerns the historical abuse about the tax-exempt status of churches.  I knew a Sicilian bricklayer that put all his income through a tax-exempt entity.  Let's look at the obvious things first.  A Sci-Fi author started a religion.  Once CoS took off, why jump off the money train?

Look for my own personal disappointments and epiphanies, too.  One that I had today nearly made me throw up, as I was flushed from my childhood matrix pod of a given set of realities that was drilled into my head as a child.  Maybe I'm less brainwashed now ... I mean, thetan-free, clear.  Whatever, it's all good.  It's about the Mormons.  And they're apparently just as defensive about staying in power as conservative Christians and maintaining good drug-free public relations as the Scientologists.

The historical Judeo-Christian mindset maintains about 80% of the population of the United States in all of its various forms.  So, let's be clear.  It's not that weird.  It doesn't mean they are right just because they're the big fish in our pond, though.

Bow your heads.  Let us pray ...






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Monday, September 04, 2006
Marcus Monday


Marcus Annius Verus, known to history as the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, was born at Rome in the year 121 AD.  He wrote some of his own philosophical and personal thoughts about his life and his world in a private collection of his journals called Meditations.  More than 1800 years later, I decided to turn his personal thoughts into a blog that I named Verissimus, meaning Most True.  I'm no expert in philosophy, ancient studies, or classical literature.  Yet, the act of transcribing his Meditations into a blog has created an interest, a fondness and respect for him in me.  He's now long dead, but perhaps still speaks to us.

Today, I was startled and saddened to see the BBC report that Steve Irwin, aka The Crocodile Hunter, had been killed.  It makes you ponder what someone will write in your own obituary someday.

Coincidentally enough, I had been reading Book II of Meditations again. I came across this passage, number 11:


Since it is possible that thou mayest depart from life this very moment, regulate every act and thought accordingly.  But to go away from among men, if there are gods, is not a thing to be afraid of, for the gods will not involve thee in evil; but if indeed they do not exist, or if they have no concern about human affairs, what is it to me to live in a universe devoid of gods or devoid of Providence?  But in truth they do exist, and they do care for human things, and they have put all the means in man's power to enable him not to fall into real evils.  And as to the rest, if there was anything evil, they would have provided for this also, that it should be altogether in a man's power not to fall into it.  Now that which does not make a man worse, how can it make a man's life worse?  But neither through ignorance, nor having the knowledge, but not the power to guard against or correct these things, is it possible that the universe has overlooked them; nor is it possible that it has made so great a mistake, either through want of power or want of skill, that good and evil should happen indescriminately to the good and the bad.  But death certainly, and life, honour and dishonour, pain and pleasure, all these things happen to good men and bad, being things which make us neither better nor worse.  Therefore they are neither good nor evil.  

I thought this might be appropriate to think about today.  What do you think Marcus Aurelius is saying here?  Feel free to leave your comments.

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Sunday, September 03, 2006
GOP seeks l33t skillz


GOP eStrategist screenshot

Voter Fraud

I captured a screenshot of a secure page on the Republicon political party's GOP.com website the other night.  I knew that GOP.com is the digital nerve center for all things Republicon across the country, but I had no idea how desperate they have become to try to stay in power this election season.

Now remember kiddies -- if the feds bust you hacking into a server, toss your black hat into the closet and just tell them that you are an innocent "e-Strategist."

If you think voter fraud is just a myth propagated by conspiracy theorists, I invite you to scan the voter fraud category at What Really Happened.  WRH has a very handy continuing compilation of headlines.  I was amazed at the amount of ongoing local cases and they rarely make the national news.

Propaganda

President Bush has stated that the United States is winning the war on terrorism.  How do you feel about that statement?

 

 Political
Affiliation

Percentage of respondents who selected:

 

 Agree

 Disagree

 TOTAL

 13

 84

 Conservative

 23

 71

 Moderate

 8

 90

 Liberal

 9

 89

Poll Source: Foreign Policy

Despite the fact that the upcoming elections are only two months away, and despite the fact that Republicons have stated they plan to push the security agenda, and despite the fact that everyone in the Bush/Cheney administration seems to be making speeches and appearances (including Laura Bush) -- the White House has said the current Bush World Lallapalooza Tour "The Yummy Goodness of our War on Terror" around the country has nothing to do with politics.  Riiiight.  The problem with the Rovian fear-mongering strategy is that we've seen this fake ploy already.  According to the poll (left) from a recent article in Foreign Policy, campaigning on fear doesn't seem to wash with the foreign policy experts.  No one is drinking the Bush/Cheney kool-aid anymore.

The Bush/Cheney administration is not out campaigning for Republicon re-election of Congress merely out of party loyalty.  These people know all too well what is blowing in the wind for them should they lose control of Congress to the Democratic party and it won't be pretty.  Investigation, impeachment and indictment could be the watchwords for 2007.

 






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Friday, September 01, 2006
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Thursday, August 31, 2006
Tag Board Archive - Jul Aug 2006


Everyone!  Into the pool!!
So ... why?  Well, I go through the TAG board periodically (or when asked) and delete entries.  Mainly, I delete your entries because it reloads the page periodically or when you add a new tag.  When it gets too large, it takes up bandwidth loading constantly.  My general rule was this: if you put an annoying little smilie emoticon on the TAG, that entry was the first to go when I cleaned house.


The second rule: if the entry was older.  But, the second rule bummed me out because I hate to throw away memories.  So, some entries were deemed to be classics and had to be preserved (like Hygelic reading my blog in the bathroom on his cell phone).

Then, the first and second rules unfortunately clashed when it came to old school phreeks who might put an ascii emoticon at the end of their sentence, like Skennedy (et al).  These people were violating my first unstated rule through no fault of their own, and, because the programmers of the TAG board must have thought to themselves, "how handy-fucking-dandy would it be if we just translated every ascii emoticon to a different happy little yellow face?"  So, they dropped another few hits of Exstacy, patted each other on the back and went back to coding the TAG board.

So, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing -- I've decided to archive the TAG board here for all to see -- and still be able to delete older entries (and keep the TAG.html small) with a clear conscience.

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ArmlessJohn
jude eh...comments function is still wonky.
yuka thanks. yours too. love the colors.
Sinja I've known more than a couple chicks named Harley.... so far they've all been pretty trashy. Just sayin'.
Cari Good morning again!!!! Love the cartoon to my right... It speaks volumes...
J f Z History is being written by dozens of authors right now about this Bush administration ... enough to create an encyclopedia of misdeeds.
wailfulrhyme have you thought about picking up the new robert fisk book? oi!
wailfulrhyme
The Doctor Harley is definitely a Male name. Does sound like a motorcycle. Problem is my last name is Davidson...(no not really)Thanks
J f Z Cari: You should have bought a friggin' goldfish instead.
Cari freakin doggie shrinks... god... am i outta my mind?
spacenoodle I made chocolate cake! Would you like some??
Cari heya.... Just popping in for a visit!
ziggyzaggy BIG thanks to you for the help on my layout!
The Doctor hey john
carlotta1924 stopping by to say hi
plh poof poof pooferoonie *quick blogby to let you know im still alive and go in next wednesday to get the ofending tooth removed - untill then its bed for me! ciao ~ peace
Debauched I want to know what your love tastes like.
Candy check you out Mr. Featured Profile!!
chrysalis Thanks ... and the feeling is mutual! Great place you've got here
NormitBreaux Just wanted to stop in and say thanks for the help..I like your blog !
Cari peekada boo...
G Thanks for stopping by. And I'm glad you liked the pictures.
Ana Interesting, indeed.
clara
Authenticia Ah ha you have been linked!
Cari Alas... my favorite place to go for a good storm...
blueskelton J- Keep up the good work bro, Sorry I havent been around in awhile
Xaos hey hot stuff
Deirdre Hows things?
spacenoodle ello ello ello just cheking up on ya.
Cari cake cake cake!
Authenticia Just dropping off a *smile* 'n' *hug 4 U!
Cari I'm practicing up for halloween!
Cari BOO
jude *nuzzle*
wailfulrhyme *lick*
The Doctor sure .. ty for the return
Cari Pinup girl? I likes the sound of that!
leilani thanks for stopin by... man wish i knew how to do all this stuff on here, lol
Authenticia Allo,Allo thnx 4 the comment!*Smile*
Cari Hehehe... flying birdies weren't meant for you
The Doctor Well, the logic is sound ...
alsjohn
loz hah, like you need to follow me here, plh . that's okay though... I followed you this time! heehee. (oh hi, J f Z, hehe). x
plh i followed Loz - blame her ROFL *walks away murbling...
loz er, I'd murble back but I'm just not sure how appropriate that would be. do tell!
Name buttface the pic on the top is ew and cool at the same time love you all
spacenoodle *hug*
TheSarge I didn't say this a while ago, but thank you for the advice.
Cari Checkin in over here with you *grins*
Angelena Your comment on my Purge entry made me laugh like hell for about five minutes. Thanks for that.
jude *sneeze*
lackluster hey.. tagging back =)
p yours is cooler. and we have the same color scheme! hehe. maybe i'll try to make my fontsize bigger.. somehow. haha
xaos i murble in your general direction. with love, though.
Cari KABAM!
chrysalis Thanks, John -- I needed a good laugh right about now! That was hilarious!!!
ArmlessJohn ho ho! good vdos!
ArmlessJohn ho ho! good vdos!
Douzy Happy you enjoyed the 'What is Peace' movie on my blog. Thanks for your comment. Keep up the splendid job here!
ArmlessJohn wow! you have a cool blog here! adding to favorites...
Cari Heheh... I got one letter for ya JFZ... "E" is the current size...
spacenoodle *BIG KISS*
spacenoodle ineresting, thanks!
J f Z Wow, Cari ... where did you get it? Just kidding! Congratulations!
Cari Hey! We have a baby!!!


jude *tickle*
Marti Hello, just popping in to say hi!
mitzibel Hey! Thanks for your comment on my blog--I've replied there, if you care to read it
Cari Popping back in for another visit since I couldn't sleep!
Gloria Yo, J.
Douzy Hi J! Just wanna say 'thanks' for always finding the time (outta da storms) to visit my blog and drop comments. Highly appreciated. You are amazing!
Marti I'm not afraid to comment. LOL
jude No, John...I loved the Family Farm image!!! The "Oy" was directed at Bush. Never, ever at you or your work. Sometimes he leaves me speechless... ya' know?
Marti Hello, just blogging through.
Authenticia Hi there!
Sinja Hey, I love the new header!
J f Z Cari ... of course you're important! Why would you say such a thing about yourself? Oh. Right. Ok.
J f Z I think people are scared to comment, sometimes. Thanks for the comment about the header image. It has to do with how BD serves up the page. The original one was like 100 Kb
Cari I'm no one important... but figured I'd pop in for another visit...
Jude BTW, altho' I miss your old banner (it had 'tude, dude), this one is nice. Clean 'n fast-loading. Just thought I'd mention that.
Jude I don't get it. Why don't people comment on your entries, John? Do we have to poke them with a sharp stick?
J f Z *nicole: Hi ... *plh: No. Nasrallah's hand. *Cari: Yup! *Jessica: E-smoochies to mah FWB! *Spoodle: NP. You stay positive for a while now, okay?
nicole hi sexy...........
plh is that the Popes hand --->
Cari Bopping over here... I'm fresh meat eh? Hehe
Jessica Sanibel I like your blog. It's concise, well thought out, sarcastically biting and very well written. I miss u. FWB
spacenoodle thanks for the kick up the backside!! much apreciated
JfZ thinks aloud <-- I always had thang for Lori Singer when she was Sydney Bloom in VR5. Hope that helps.
mamiy is anyone here know the website of any singer
J f Z Playing on the digital planet for twenty years leaves web-litter.
Douzy Hi! How can I get my name littered on the internet?
J f Z or not.
iEn Allahuakbar
Deirdre Better than ever! Thanks for asking. How might you be?
J f Z *Lyly - Thanks for the link! *Noode - Keep your chin up! *Doc - Thanks for the music genre definition! LOL
JfZ thinks aloud <-- PR firm left announcement of a NEW film contest sponsored by Hersheys. Winner gets $10,000.
Lyly <---Click for quintessential emo
spacenoodle hi. The job thing is still being anoying...i've applyed for 3 jobs and haven't heard anything at all. I've singned up at the jobcenter thing so as far as ai can tell the only way is up.
puffaloonie haha talking bout emo - you should listen to the song I should be emo by hollywood undead??
Dr. God Okay, I'm done ranting now. =) Sleep well, John.
Dr. God Yeah, emo is more along the lines of whiny, made-for-radio wannabe rock with angst ridden lyrics written by teenagers that chop their hair in rampant shaggy ways becasue they think it's "different."
Spacenoodle check my blog for goal update!
plh Happy 4th to ya!!!
Stella Very engaging, John-- diggin' your blog...
J f Z D: It is hot in FL right now. Hurricane season. I'm good, but Meh, too.
J f Z Spacenoodle: "Those who can't do, teach" -- just kidding. I always loved that quote, though.


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