28 December, 2009
Looks like the CIA-MI6-Mossad maniacs are blowing up more innocent people again and then blaming their terrorism upon "suicide bombers".
"The CIA, the Pentagon, and their various contractors among the private military firms are now on a murder spree across Pakistan, attacking peaceful villages and wedding parties, amongst other targets."
"Al-Qaeda" is of course the CIA's own Arab and terrorist league..."
27 December, 2009
More revealing info:
In reality, 9/11 was a CIA-Mossad black op (motto of Mossad: 'by way of deception thou shalt do war') where two remote-controlled planes smashed into the Twin Towers (leased by Larry Silverstein) and then razed by controlled demolition. This nefarious maneuver was then blamed on Muslim scapegoats/patsies to provide a pretext to invade and attack innocent nations (iraq, afghan, pakistan,...iran?) and initiate the transformation of America into a communist Orwellian police-state through such oppressive measures as "The Patriot Act" and Homeland Security. Our deranged dysgenic ruling class will not be satisfied until the repressive tyrannical laws of Europe/Canada are instituted in the USA, such as being imprisoned for "hate-speech" or thought-crimes. It is an incremental scheme of course, just as the masses have less freedom now than they did in 2000, so will they possess even less liberty in the year 2020 than in 2010. As Aldous Huxley observed in "Brave New World", society will consist of a population of slaves who will love their servitude.
26 December, 2009
It appears that Mr. Bernay's (nephew of Sigmund Freud) definition of "democracy" is not the standard one found in all dictionaries described as a "government by the people". No, according to Mr. Bernays a democracy is a sociopolitical system where an invisible intelligentsia of plutocratic parasites intentionally debase the "public mind" and bodies of the population into an omnivorous gargantuan blob of materialistic morons.
Orwell wrote in his vision of the future that: "It will be a world of terror..." Of course the numerologists will reveal that this latest staged terrorist attack occurred on an Airbus 330 (33 Masonic degrees) and that the suspect Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab was 23 years of age ("The Number 23" movie) amongst other arcane synchronicities.
"Homeland Security encouraged travelers to be observant and aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious behavior to law enforcement officials."
So the state itself orchestrates the terrorism and then commands the mindless masses to monitor their fellow citizens and report any "suspicious behavior". More "body searches" will be performed by perverts at airports thus further processing the populace into a passive herd meekly tolerating a totalitarian police state...all in the name of "security" of course.
25 December, 2009
"We are told we are fighting terrorists, but the real terrorist is me. Racism is a vital weapon employed by this government. ... I threw families on the street in Iraq only to come home and find people on the street at home. Our enemy is not 5000 miles away. It is right here at home."
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24 December, 2009
22 December, 2009
Orwell's book 1984 has Goldstein and the Brotherhood and we have bin-laden and Al-qaeda, who both serve the same function. Bin-laden and Al-qaeda may be real, but they are only real in the same sense that Ahmadinejad is real. Simply CIA pawns to be exploited and to maintain the facade of "real enemies". The CIA isn't stupid and through their management of the mass media like to make it appear that they are incompetent sometimes. One war is just the same as another--its all intertwined.
Central banks can exert long-term political power if they are owned by the same co-ordinated oligarchy, since they control and print the money which is the basis of socioeconomic power. The state is not separate from the central bank, it is the bank. On June 28 1998 the Washington Post published an article about the Bank for International Settlements describing how "...this economic cabal...this secretive group..the financial barons who control the world's supply of money..." shapes the world's economy.
"Through our national bank, the Federal Reserve, we extend bank credit, which we create from nothing, to all local banks who are member banks. They in turn extend book credit to industry. With this supposed capital we bring industry, management and labor into our debt, which debt only increases and is never liquidated. The Federal Reserve system fitted our plan nicely, since it is owned by us, but the name implies it is a government institution. " --Harold Rosenthal
Since its inception politics has been nothing but a conspiracy. A conspiracy of a minority of individuals to acquire power and control over a majority of individuals. If one does not regard world politics as being a "conspiracy" planned out many years before the events materialize in the mass media then the words of Max Nordau at the 6th Zionist Congress of 1903 reveal quite a different paradigm:
"Let me tell you the following words as if I were showing you the rungs of a ladder leading upward and upward: Herzl's Zionist Congress, the English Uganda proposition, the future World War, the peace conference where, with the help of England, a free and Jewish Palestine will be created." Thus 11 years before WWI even began it is already implemented. And even the outcome is fixed.
In 1903 our global governors predicted a future which accurately emerged, thus providing incontrovertible evidence of a conspiracy. In the last century a prominent Zionist who co-founded the NAACP named Stephen Wise wrote his autobiography entitled "Challenging Years". In it he revealed how the "election" of Woodrow Wilson as governor and U.S. President in 1912 and 1916 was pre-ordained. He writes:
"On a Sunday before his election as governor of New Jersey, in 1910, I made a nonpolitical address before the Trenton YMCA. To these fellow Jerseymen of Woodrow Wilson I said: 'On Tuesday the President of Princeton University will be elected governor of your state. He will not complete his term of office as governor. In November, 1912, he will be elected President of the U.S. In March 1917, he will be inaugurated for the second time as President. He will become one of the great Presidents of American history." Since it was all rigged back then, just imagine what its like today.
To remain ignorant of the genetic causes of behavior and morality is to remain ignorant of the physiological force which determines the sort of government or society one exists in. This ignorance also precludes any effective remedy to the problem. When those whose genome is programmed to behave in an egotistical, criminal or immoral manner proliferate or attain socioeconomic power then civilization will ultimately regress into a dysgenic dystopia like 1984.
21 December, 2009
[... McLuhan could see that the Big Brother top-down conditioning was happening in media, but it was something that people naturally swam in because you create a new environment, people are going to swim in it, because they're gonna learn from it. So that's why he said Orwell described 1900. At best 1934. So McLuhan said he was going to create a distraciton on the sidelines, to distract the triggermen, that would be the assassins Big Brother guys, and uh, what's the rest of it? Stimulate the somnambulists, to wake up the somnambulists, I think it was. So distract the bureaucrats, and yet the population swimming around in the TV-computer environment, he's going to try to wake them up.
So he had two media he had to work at, that's why Don Theall thinks he was schizophrenic. Don doesn't realize he wasn't schizophrenic, he was just operating with many audiences, he had to put on a different medium, different approach-- that's formal causality, studying the audience, figure out how you want to shape the audience, how do you want to respond to their bias. Formal causality was his principle so he would be different media* in relation to different people*. So when you're writing a book, he knows that books are dead as a medium that's shaping people, but he always said 'the best book was Finnegans Wake, so I'm going to explain Finnegans Wake, and update it.' So, I've written an essay, it's called 'Literary/Aesthetic Cliche-Probes In The American Classroom-Without-Walls'........ McLuhan's favourite word for the TV world was the classroom-without-walls. And it's American because, as I said there, American culture, which contains all the media..... America produces a lot of these media, and culture contents, so they're the content of the global classroom. So how would you write a book? What would book culture produce, after McLuhan??
So, McLuhan dies in 1980. The first person to have the McLuhan awareness, and get his books published, and continue what's called the Toronto school of media ecology was Barrington Nevitt. So he put out some very good books in the early 80s. He was qualified to do it because he understood Finnegans Wake as Marshall did. Not any Joyce scholar understood McLuhan [Joyce?] like Eric, his son, and Barry Nevitt did. So Barry rolled with that, so I say that's the first replay of McLuhan's school of media ecology after he did. It's a holeopathic retrieval: he's a hologram, a real thing, emphasizing the book medium. So the first one is Barry Nevitt, replaying the Toronto school of media ecology. The next one, a couple years later, is the New York school of media ecology, and that's what's called Semiotext(e): a professor at Columbia named Sylvere Lotringer, he started putting out French thinkers like Baudrillard, Deleuze and Guattari, Lyotard, Foucault........ I think there's another one there, I can't remember......
BOB: Virilio, right. Those five. They swamped the Pages bookstore in the early 80s, middle 80s, they became very popular, the hip culture was into them, and eventually they became established as academic people, academic books, they were required curriculum in the universities. But Sylvere took the risk of bringing these people over, and I don't know if Sylvere knew it, I know Sylvere would discuss a little bit of this stuff, but every one of those guys was a student of McLuhan. Virilio had met McLuhan. Foucault was always being urged to meet McLuhan but he refused to. Deleuze and Guattari talk about McLuhan, and Derrida, and Baudrillard admits he was a McLuhanite. Baudrillard's first published work is a review of McLuhan's 'The Medium is the Massage' in 1967. So the point is, you now have another replay of McLuhan, out of New York City. So I call it the New York school of media ecology. The next one--- oh, I should say this. Barrington Nevitt...... this place was called the 'Centre for Culture and Technology', so Barry said 'okay......'
Audience member: Still is.
BOB: Is it still?
Audience member: Yeah.
BOB: Okay. Barry, as an engineer, he'd emphasize cultural products like Finnegans Wake, to satirize technological developments. The New York school did the reverse. Foucault and these guys would emphasize technological developments, and show how cultural products reflected that. So they took the opposite tack. But the third school of media ecology came out of Concordia University in Montreal, the Montreal school of media ecology, around Arthur Kroker. Arthur Kroker satirized the Toronto school of media ecology--- he had met Barry Nevitt, Barry used to speak a lot at Concordia in the early 80s--- and he satirized the New York school of media ecology. He realized, rather than get stuck in the dialectic between culture and technology, that culture and technology had merged, and come alive! That technology had taken on a life of its own.
Now there's a particular quote, from 'War and Peace in the Global Village', that we have up on our website, where McLuhan says: ['people do not realize that our electric environments are organic in the fullest sense'] "The important thing to realize is that electric environments are live environments in the full organic sense." McLuhan said media were alive, if you want to take that dialectic and make an emphasis, that technology under electric conditions had become organic. So Kroker knew that, he being a Canadian was better than a New Yorker, and Barry Nevitt was..... how will I say this? replaying McLuhan literal-- literate-- literace-- literately, replaying the..... literally, and was not aware of the newer media that the younger Generation-X kids were dealing with, and those were Kroker's students. So being a younger professor, he's in touch with the later media, so he had to come up with a newer language, so I would compliment him for getting past Barry, and getting past New York.
Now the fourth school of media ecology I call the diasporic school, and that is people who were students, or........ most of them were students of McLuhan, or very involved with McLuhan, and they scattered around the world. One of them stayed here in Toronto. One of them is Bob Logan, right there, he's a member in my terms of the diasporic school. You have William Irwin Thompson, Bruce Powe, Derrick [de Kerkhove], and Neil Postman, all very involved in McLuhan. But their angle is: they, being essentially POBs, Print-Oriented-Bastards and literate academics, they saw the meaning of McLuhan's warning about literate culture.
These guys were all academics, Bruce Powe is still trying to be an academic, and he does teach but he was an academic when he was first influenced, he tried to become a novelist....... But the point is: these guys love books, and they're worried about book culture, and they know McLuhan's warning, they understand enough about McLuhan that it's a serious warning, and they still want to hoick up the values, the humanist values of individualism, creativity, freedom, what we call artistic thinking and making the public smarter in literate terms....... they walked a nervous line. They would do their books but in the books say, you know, they'd be almost like McLuhan: 'this book is expendable, we're gonna try and warn you, but we could, with the computer, make people more literate and read more'. So the diasporic school, in a way, as Neil Postman is classified, as a neo-conservative media ecology. He's neo-conservative not politically, he's a liberal anarchist, but in media terms, he's for preserving 18th century literate values. So 'diasporic school' is the guys who nervously try to keep book culture going, and try to maybe stop the torrent of images, and celebrate McLuhan's preservation of literate values. They all celebrate McLuhnan as a book man, 'cause there was a bumper sticker that went around in the 60s saying: "MCLUHAN READS BOOKS!", 'cause everybody had thought that McLuhan was putting down books and was watching TV like a couch potato all the time. But, nobody understood Finnegans Wake so what do you expect, right?
Bob Logan: We should point out, though, he only read every other page.
BOB: That's right. He was a double-agent, a triple-agent, all told [?].
Bob Logan: No, he literally read every other page.
BOB: And so do you.
Bob Logan: I don't know if I would........ [laughter muddles a few words] ....... I don't read EVERY page. Just the good ones.
BOB: But he read every other page only in serious academic books, he read every book, every page, every word in pulp fiction, and in non-serious books. He read every word!
Bob Logan: Mysteries, yeah, that was entertainment.
BOB: Because, well he said the serious books tended to be redundant, they always repeated themselves, 'cause they probably had some complex academic concept they had to keep referring to, but that's actually what print is, is a ditto device. He said it repeats itself, so if someone is really into book culture, they'll seriously repeat themselves. But pulp fiction is actually people-- Mickey Splaine [?], they write books just to get money so they can go to movies and TV and they ain't teaching kids literate values, so pulp ficton is guys just faking books, and those were more interesting from McLuhan's point of view, right? And also they don't repeat themselves, because they don't have book sensibility, really. They're writing books so they can be made into movies! So that's the fourth school of media ecology, and so each...... Nevitt had his books out first-- I'm saying these people, these schools because these are people [who were] studying McLuhan, and understood him to a great degree, so they're qualified to be a replay of the school of media ecology. So you had the Toronto school with Barry Nevitt, then you have Semiotext(e) comes out in the early Middle Ages, then Kroker gets his books out in the late 80s, Bob and De Kerkhove get books out in the late 80s....... [to Bob Logan] You just got one out in the 80s, The Alphabet.....................right?
Bob Logan: The Alphabet of Canadian States [?]
BOB: And Powe gets a few books out, and........
Bob Logan: Let's not forget '95.
BOB: No that's later, we're coming up to that. I'm going to talk about before '95......
Bob Logan: Oh, I see. Maybe we'll make it into the fifth school.
BOB: .....and Derrick gets one book out and Thompson gets a couple books out....... there was, just for the record, Conrad Black was lobbying for William Irwin Thompson to take over the centre and oust Eric in the early....... in 83, 84, Derrick told me that. So you were going to say something, Bob?...]
19 December, 2009
by Steve Ahlquist, Illustrated by Lee Harvey Roswell
A preview from PARANOIA: The Conspiracy Reader, Vol. 1 (new book format) due out in April 2010.
The history of mankind has been one of continual warfare. As a species we have mastered many arts, magics and sciences, and turned them all towards the destruction of each other. We are so warlike that many authors have imagined that the purpose of the world is to breed warriors like ourselves. Perhaps powerful aliens with great minds but puny stature occasionally harvest our greatest warriors to fight distant wars on strange planets and in other dimensions.
It would certainly explain the disappearance of soldiers and battalions gone missing in action. These men and women might vanish from the killing fields of Earth only to reappear on board a starship or in the trenches of some alien world, armed with unthinkably advanced weaponry. According to this concept, throughout the galaxies the race of man is feared as the fiercest, most powerful warrior, the perfect mix of strength and mind, and adaptable to any circumstance.
Sometimes whole crops of warriors may be harvested. Consider the disappearance of the Amazons, warrior women lost to history. Consider Atlantis, or the mound builders of ancient North America. Did mankind truly exterminate the Neanderthal, or have our human-like cousins simply been harvested and shipped off to war in some hellish conflict?
If a soldier taken from Earth were to survive his distant service, how could he hope to be treated by his alien masters? Would they return him to Earth, where he would live out his days being considered a man driven insane by his experiences in war? Today we would say such a person has post-traumatic stress syndrome, and discount his story. Perhaps the soldier would be disposed of in the same way we might ship a racehorse past its prime to a glue factory.
Is it possible that a soldier, or a group of them, might return to Earth either through escape or through the benevolence of their captors? Perhaps a clever human could master enough of the alien science and technology to return to Earth. Weapons do have a tendency to be turned against those who wield them. Humanity, armed with advanced weaponry, far away on a distant world, might be more than our creators can handle.
This brings us to Lucian’s True History the oldest surviving account of a man voyaging to the moon. As the opening quote amply demonstrates, Lucian prefaced his work with his admonition that nothing he writes should be taken the least bit credulously. In fact, the quotes above represent only a tiny sampling of his pages of denials as to the veracity of his tales, but are denials enough to completely dismiss his assertions? As Shakespeare might say, he “doth protest too much.”
We might be inclined to believe Lucian, and take him as the liar he claims to be, but there are details in his history, details that would make no sense to his contemporaries and translators until relatively recently. Before we get too deeply into that, however, let’s backup and give some background about Lucian and his True History.
Lucian lived from approximately 125 AD to 180 AD. He was an Assyrian Greek who has had over eighty works ascribed to him, but most modern experts agree he did not write all of them. He worked as a rhetorician, which is sort of like our modern lawyer, and traveled widely, collecting considerable fame and wealth as a storyteller. He was a self-described “barbarian.”
True History, admits the author in his roundabout style, was written as a travelogue to parody the stories of Homer and Herodotus. He wanted to pile one outlandish tale upon another, adding as much exaggeration as possible. Modern commentators, taken with its story of space travel and interstellar war, are sometimes interested in approaching the story as proto-science fiction.
The story starts with Lucian having outfitted a ship with fifty crew and setting out past the Straits of Gibraltar and into the Atlantic Ocean. After many days of travel the boat arrives at an island where they find a tablet written in Greek that says, “Thus far traveled Hercules and Bacchus.” On this island Lucian discovers rivers of wine and seductive tree women. Two of his crew attempt to copulate with these nymphs, but unfortunately, “were knit fast together at their nether parts, from whence they grew together and took root together.”
This part of the story is no more or less strange than anything in Homer’s Odyssey. It is because of the many fantastic elements present in the works of Homer that it was so long viewed as mythology. It was only when the Iliad was viewed as history by Heinrich Schliemann that the ancient city of Troy was rediscovered and the works of Homer were verified as historical. The works of Herodotus, the so-called “father of history,” are filled with similarly weird events; yet, vast parts of Herodotus have been verified as factual. Lucian’s description of an island inhabited by strange creatures should in no way be taken as an indication that the whole of the work is untrue.
Leaving the island and two of his crew behind, Lucian re-provisioned his ship and set off once again towards lands unknown. “…but about noon, when we had lost sight of the island, upon a sudden a whirlwind caught us, which turned our ship round about, and lifted us up some three thousand furlongs (375 miles) into the air…” Lucian and his crew became suspended, their sails filled with air, and they sailed for seven days and nights.
Notwithstanding the similarities between Lucian’s means of travel and that of Dorothy’s from The Wizard of Oz, the description of a whirlwind that transports someone through space bears some resemblance to the modern physics concept of the wormhole. According to Wikipedia, “In physics, a wormhole is a hypothetical topological feature of spacetime that is fundamentally a 'shortcut' through space and time. Spacetime can be viewed as a 2D surface, and when 'folded' over, a wormhole bridge can be formed. A wormhole has at least two mouths that are connected to a single throat or tube. If the wormhole is traversable, matter can 'travel' from one mouth to the other by passing through the throat.”
Theoretically, a wormhole could be created by a very advanced race of aliens, and it may be the only possible means by which to travel the vast distances of space in anything like a human lifetime. Wormholes can connect distant points in space, bridge one universe to another, or even allow for the possibility of time travel. Were a boatload of Greek explorers suddenly swept up into “whirlwind,” suspended in the air, and then transported interstellar distances from the Earth, they might be forgiven for not realizing that they actually crossed an Einstein-Rosen Bridge.
The detail of the sails being suddenly filled with air is also telling. From our position, here in Lucian’s distant future, we know that there is no air in space, and that all aboard the wooden Greek sailing ship would have instantly perished in the extremes of space. But the sails filling with air indicates that whatever alien race snatched our Greek sailors also supplied them with air (and presumably warmth) for their journey. According to Lucian, “…on the eighth day we came in view of a great island, of a round proportion, gloriously glittering with light, and approaching to it, we there arrived, and took land…”
Once landed, our travelers found the land to be inhabited. When night came, Lucian could see other “islands,” one of which he took to be the Earth due to his ability to see the cities and seas. Of course, we know this to be impossible. The only manmade structure visible from near Earth orbit would have been the Great Wall of China, a structure Lucian would not have been familiar with. Also, after seven days travel through a wormhole, the crew could be thousands of light-years from near-Earth orbit.
It is much more likely that Lucian and his crew was brought aboard a large spaceship or starship. From here they could observe moons, stars and planets, and in their naïveté come to believe that one of the planets spied was the earth. Here the band of Greeks meet their first aliens, the Hippogypians, men riding on three-headed “horse-vultures.” These horse-vultures are described as gigantic, with every feather longer than the mast of a ship. This kind of exaggeration is typical of Lucian. He describes men riding mounts similar in size and form to King Ghidorah, enemy of Godzilla. The actual creatures would have been slightly larger than horses, at best.
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18 December, 2009
The “Heliotropical Noughttime” passage of Finnegans Wake occurs about half-way through Book II, Chapter 3 of James Joyce’s work, in the so-called pub chapter. It is the third of five passages that Joyce sets off from the rest of text by brackets and italic script, punctuating the Butt and Taff dialogue concerning the story of how Buckley shot the Russian General. These passages apparently describe television broadcasts on the pub’s TV receiver: The other four feature a horse race, world news, a thermonuclear explosion, and finally the customers of the pub themselves. Consistent with the logic of his language patterning throughout the Wake, because the subject is television, Joyce interlaces numerous allusions to the technology of mechanical and electronic television into his word-play in these passages. This is especially true of the “Heliotropical Noughttime” interlude that opens with a cluster of such references in the first 12 lines (see the underlined terms here). The paragraph opens by picturing Butt and Taff fading from the television screen and being replaced by an HCE figure, “Popey O’Donoshough,” in its fourteenth line (FW 349.20). Incidentally, it’s an open question throughout the eighteen pages of the Butt and Taff section (FW 337.32-355.09) whether these two characters are patrons regaling the other customers in the pub with their version of the Russian General story, or are slapstick comedians on the pub’s television telling the tale. Joyce appears to want to have it both ways, and the latter seems to be the case in “Heliotropical Noughttime.”
When Butt and Taff fade from view, the authoritarian figure of “Popey” emerges to take command of the television screen. He is “Pop,” of course, but also the Pope, Popeye, the General of the Jesuit order, the Russian General and Tsar, and by the end of the paragraph, Pompey. And “Popey” does some peculiar things. Ever the exhibitionist, HCE shows his medals and decorations and begins to lead some sort of religious service, but then—after a slight adjustment of the tuning (FW 349.27-28)—we see him blink his eyes, blow his nose and raise his fingers, or put his fingers in his nose, wipe his mouth, apparently bundle his hands and feet together, and then expose his male member while confessing his transgressions.
HCE’s antic behaviors initially struck me as just another one of those madly comic moments in Joyce, rather like when Leopold Bloom muses about putting a recording of “poor old greatgrandfather” on the gramophone “After dinner on a Sunday” as he walks in the graveyard toward the conclusion of the Hades episode of Ulysses (U 6.964). It turns out, however, that just as Bloom’s fancy reflects turn-of-the century ideas about the possible applications of sound-recording technology (Rice 119), HCE’s odd exhibitionism is directly related to contemporary television technology. Among other things, HCE is giving a sample demonstration of the new medium of television to an audience.
The television demonstration was a minor art form that flourished from the mid-1920s through the mid-1930s, the years of intense development of this new technology in Europe, the United States, and the Far East, as various inventors and entrepreneurs competed to demonstrate the quality of the images they could televise via their increasingly sophisticated equipment and formats (Abramson passim). We know from several references in the Wake, including “the bairdboard bombardment screen” in the third line of the “Heliotropical Noughttime” passage (FW349.09), that Joyce followed with interest the career of John Logie Baird who regularly presented public demonstrations of his mechanical television technology in England through these years, earning considerable press coverage as he courted both publicity and investors (see Fisher and Fisher 23-36, 228-30, 246-50 and passim). René Barthlemey was similarly demonstrating television in Joyce’s Paris, as were several others throughout Europe and the world (Abramson 146, 218-19 and passim). Because television was not a storage technology, until the development of the kinescope film at mid-century and videotape even later, these demonstrations were necessarily ephemeral events. While working on Joyce’s use of television in Finnegans Wake, however, for my latest book Cannibal Joyce, I serendipitously discovered that at least one, and perhaps the only such television demonstration has been preserved on film in the Fox Movietone Newsreel collection that happens to be housed in the library of my home university, the University of South Carolina. The Newsfilm Library at South Carolina has kindly allowed me to attach a video file of this film to this essay, for your viewing pleasure. The filmed demonstration turns out to be as comically odd as HCE’s performance in the “Heliotropical Noughttime” paragraph, and it reminds us that Joyce always maintained that his art is grounded in reality, that when confronted with a need in his writing he invariably found that life itself would give him just what he wanted. As he remarks to Jacques Mercanton: “Why should I regret my talent? I haven’t any. I write with such difficulty, so slowly. Chance furnishes me what I need. I am like a man who stumbles along; my foot strikes something, I bend over, and it is exactly what I want” (Mercanton 213). I suggest that for the occasion of picturing HCE taking command of the TV screen, Joyce’s foot stumbled on the standard format of the television demonstration as a model for Popey’s antic behaviors.
Before you view the Movietone footage, however, let me comment briefly on what (little) has been said about television in the Wake generally and also give you some background for what you will be seeing.
There are three persistent myths in Wake scholarship about James Joyce’s use of television in his book: (1) that he anticipates a future medium that did not exist at the time of his writing; (2) that he responded positively to the possibilities of television, as he had responded to radio, as a form of technology that bore a resemblance to his own art; and (3), notwithstanding his embrace of television, that he himself never saw TV.
We owe the general assumption that Joyce was imagining television as a future information and entertainment medium, I believe, to William York Tindall who, in his Reader’s Guide to “Finnegans Wake,” essentially credits him for inventing TV: “there was no TV at the time of Earwicker’s dream or Joyce’s writing” (197). This is simply incorrect. Although broadcast television went on the air in Tindall’s USA about three months after the publication of Finnegans Wake, regular broadcast services were already in operation in Europe as Joyce completed his composition of the Wake: in Germany, from March 1935, in England from November 1936, and irregularly in France in 1935-36. In other words, broadcast television was an increasingly daily reality in Joyce’s world as he wrote the Butt and Taff sequence between 1935 and 1938 (Rice 141-43; Hayman xiii).
I, among many other Joyceans, have written extensively about Joyce’s embrace of, and appropriations from, contemporary popular culture, and in an extended study of the use of television in Finnegans Wake in Cannibal Joyce I account for his atypically negative response to this visual medium that, unlike literature, would reduce its audience to a mindlessly passive form of consumption (Rice 127-64). This is why he juxtaposes the television sequences in theWake to a tale of resistance to totalitarianism and suffuses both the Butt and Taff dialogue and the televised passages with references to violence and war. The full argument, which I will not reproduce here, disputes the second myth about the role of television in Finnegans Wake: the contention that, in the words of Clive Hart, Joyce enthusiastically responded to “electric techniques of television” as a close parallel to “his own creative process” (159).
We also owe the third myth, that Joyce himself “never saw any television at all,” to Clive Hart, although to be fair, Hart does consider this an “amazing fact in view of the extraordinarily realistic evocation of the medium that he achieves inFinnegans Wake” (158). To be more than fair, we should acknowledge that Joyce saw very little of anything, given the deterioration of his eyesight during his composition of the Wake. Yet we shouldn’t let the fact that Joyce probably never saw television blind us to what appears to have been his keen interest in, and understanding of, the development of this medium through the 1920s and 1930s. Indeed, given the extensive coverage of the latest advances in television technology in the news and the frequent public demonstrations of the most recent equipment through these same years, it would be hard for a man, even a man much less interested in contemporary media than Joyce, not to be aware of what was going on, what problems were being solved, and how near the advent of broadcast television was.(1) As Lowell Hartley says in the newsfilm demonstration that accompanies this essay, by the early 1930s “most people have heard so much about television.” It would be surprising if Joyce, who was fascinated by current technology, didn’t have a good understanding of the medium. In other words, Joyce well understood and, in this sense, “saw” television, even if he didn’t see television.
The accompanying Fox Movietone Newsreel footage documents early developments in television technology. According to the records of the University of South Carolina Newsfilm Library, this footage was shot for one of Fox’s bi-weekly newsreels in March 1931 at the General Electric Company’s research laboratories in Schenectady, New York, which GE dubbed the “House of Magic.” The film was intended, and could have been used, for a newsreel screened sometime in the spring of 1931, but we do not have any surviving documentation concerning its use, and the finished newsreels themselves for this period, as often the case in the 1920s and early 1930s, were not preserved. So what you will see is a composite of slightly more than ten minutes of film that would have been edited down in some manner and combined with other stories, to circulate nationally for movie-house screenings.
The footage in its present state consists of five sequences. It opens with Dr. Ernst Alexanderson, chief of the American General Electric Company’s television project since 1924, presenting a brief introduction (time mark 0.00-1.00) (Abramson 80 and passim). In the second sequence, Alexanderson’s assistant Lowell Hartley explains the basics of the mechanical capture of a television picture by means of the “flying spot” of light generated by a device called a Nipkow scanning disk, which Joyce calls a “scanning firespot” in the ninth line of the “Heliotropical Noughttime” passage (FW349.15) (time mark 1.00-2.46). Incidentally, a few years later an electronic scanner called the iconoscope—what Joyce refers to as “the inconoscope” in the thirteenth line (FW 349.19), was invented for the RCA Company by Vladimir Zworykin. Zworykin’s device rendered this mechanical Nipkow process obsolete and led directly to the advent of broadcast television (Abramson 193-225). The third sequence is, as Hartley announces, “the first motion picture of a television image that has ever been produced” (time mark 2.47-5.31). This is the demonstration proper, and Hartley performs a number of increasingly grotesque actions before the television camera: initially rubbing his face and hair, then showing his teeth and sticking out his tongue, and then rolling his eyes and blowing cigarette smoke in various directions. The fact that sound synchronization for this demonstration raises the pitch of Hartley’s voice to that of a prepubescent boy only adds to the oddness. The fourth sequence contains some outtakes and Hartley’s description of the mechanical process for reprojecting a televised image (time mark 5.31-7.27). The final sequence is a second version of the demonstration, on film rather than via the televised image, that restores Hartley’s voice to normal but, ironically, shows that television has a long way to go before it can rival the clarity and definition of a motion picture image (time mark 7.27-10.18).(2)
All I will say in conclusion is the self-evident: no professional actors were involved in the production of this newsreel.
Abramson, Albert. The History of Television, 1880 to 1941. London: McFarland, 1987.
Fisher, David E., and Marshall Jon Fisher. Tube: The Invention of Television. Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint, 1996.
Hart, Clive. Structure and Motif in Finnegans Wake. London: Faber, 1962.
Hayman, David. “Preface.” Finnegans Wake, Book II, Chapter 3: A Facsimile of Drafts, Typescripts, and Proofs. Ed. Hayman. 2 vols. The James Joyce Archive. Gen. ed. Michael Groden. New York: Garland, 1978, I, vii-xiv.
Joyce, James. Finnegans Wake. [1939.] New York: Viking, 1959.
------. Ulysses. Ed. Hans Walter Gabler. New York: Random House, 1984, 1986.
Mercanton, Jacques. “The Hours of James Joyce.” Trans. Lloyd C. Parks. Portraits of the Artist in Exile: Recollections of James Joyce by Europeans. Ed. Willard Potts. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1979, 206-52.
Rice, Thomas Jackson. Cannibal Joyce. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008.
Tindall, WilliamYork. A Reader’s Guide to Finnegans Wake. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1969.
|Question from M...|
If the digital enviroment and the real world enviroment can cross over...and / also more importantly create a 'fusion'/ 'mesh' together...
What are the appropriatic responses to the dialectec?
So all those books in the Nineties celebrating the "connecting intelligence" of the Chip Landscape (such as De Kerckhove's) got it backwards. They projected the first phase onto the second phase (classic rear-view mirrorism).
Conscious quadrophrenic juggling of the ratios between the Four Bodies (Chemical, Astral, TV, and Chip [these 4 are on the Ontological level]) and NASA (LaRouche quadrant), CIA (McLuhan quadrant), X-Filing (Thompson quadrant), Genetic Engineering (Kroker quadrant), and Archetypal AP (Dobbs quadrant) (these last 5 are on the Epistemological level) is the appropriate response to these dialectics while noticing the new Mystery Bodies being ejected from the volcanoes of the Mystery Landscape. One puny example:
17 December, 2009
JCT Confirms Failure to Comply with Mandate Can Lead to 5 Years in Jail
Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) released a letter from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirming that the failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained in the health care bill could land people in jail. The JCT letter makes clear that Americans who do not maintain "acceptable health insurance coverage" and who choose not to pay the bill's new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.
Key excerpts from the JCT letter appear below:
"H.R. 3962 provides that an individual who does not, at any time during the taxable year, maintain acceptable health insurance coverage for himself or herself and each of his or her qualifying children is subject to an additional tax."
"If the government determines that the taxpayer's unpaid tax liability results from willful behavior, the following penalties could apply..."
Section 7203--misdemeanor willful failure to pay is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.
Section 7201--felony willful evasion is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years."
The healthcare bill is simply a scheme devised by the banking-insurance cartel to acquire billions of more dollars by forcing people to buy insurance or face a penalty of fines/jail. Somewhat similar to their auto insurance racket where one's vehicle can be confiscated for not purchasing their insurance. A type of "protection money" if you will. Of course the masses will meekly submit to this new despotic decree of Big Brutha, just as they have no problem removing their shoes at airports or purchasing a "trail pass" to hike in the national forests. As we all know, slavery is not primarily a physical malady but a psychological one.
"There is a vile threat to the "rugged American individualism" which actually created the U.S.A., by the bureaucratic crowd who want society to be a convict prison. "Safety first"; there is no "social insecurity", no "fear for the future", no anxiety about what to do next--in Sing Sing." --Aleister Crowley
As the genetically-determined sociopathic vermin who own all the major banks and insurance companies, while managing both rigged rep/dem parties and mass media continue to increase their tyrannical power over the booboisie through numerous unconstitutional measures it's good to read Mr. Crowley's "Rights of Man":
1. Man has the right to live by his own law--
to live in the way that he wills to do:
to work as he will:
to play as he will:
to rest as he will:
to die when and how he will.
2. Man has the right to eat what he will:
to drink what he will:
to dwell where he will:
to move as he will on the face of the earth.
3. Man has the right to think what he will:
to speak what he will:
to write what he will:
to draw, paint, carve, etch, mould, build as he will:
to dress as he will.
4. Man has the right to love as he will:--
"take your fill and will of love as ye will,
when, where, and with whom ye will." --AL. I. 51
5. Man has the right to kill those who would thwart these rights.
"the slaves shall serve." --AL. II. 58
15 December, 2009
Who is Behind David Icke’s ‘Freedom Foundation’?
by Will Banyan (December 2009)
Now posted online!
Mocking David Icke’s judgment has long been the sport of various wags in the mainstream media. Back in 1991 he memorably came to grief on BBC1 when Terry Wogan punctured his seemingly confident façade. “But they’re laughing at you. They're not laughing with you”, Wogan told the savant in the turquoise shellsuit, who had until then had apparently assumed the studio audience was actually behind him.
Since then Icke has even managed to attract ridicule from his fellow conspiracists, most notably following the launch of his reptilian thesis all guns blazing, convinced that he alone had happened onto the truth. The “biggest crock to be foisted on the public in many moons”, declared an incredulous Jim Keith, after reading The Biggest Secret (1999) Icke’s modest magnum opus on the reptilians. Icke’s reptilian theories were “garish drivel” and “nonsensical fabrication,” wrote William Jasper of the John Birch Society (2004, p.20). Despite some testiness, Icke insists such criticism has been water off a duck’s back. He has learned to ignore the scorn of others.
Such defenses are definitely an asset as Icke continues to feed perceptions that his judgment is suspect. Mid-way through 2006 Icke announced on his website that he had been forced to take legal action against long-time collaborator Royal Adams, who had apparently attempted to take control of all Icke’s publications in the United States. This was an ironic turn of events given that Icke had dedicated one of his most recent books, Infinite Love is the Only Truth, Everything Else is Illusion (2006), to Royal Adams for his “magnificent work” in keeping his books “in circulation.” Icke had also dedicated The Biggest Secret “To Royal, for all his great work in America.” To have misjudged the trustworthiness of a close collaborator for so long is quite a feat, but in his efforts to deal with this thorny legal issue Icke seems to have made another blunder.
Going to court is costly, even for a man who seems to believe the world we live in is, in fact, a hologram. So Icke has asked for money from his supporters to help with his legal costs.
Continue reading here:
Controversy has exploded onto the Internet after a major global-warming advocacy center in the UK had its email system hacked and the data published on line. The director of the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit confirmed that the emails are genuine--and Australian publication Investigate and the Australian Herald-Sun report that those e-mails expose a conspiracy to hide detrimental information from the public that argues against global warming:
A 62 megabyte zip file, containing around 160 megabytes of emails, pdfs and other documents, has been confirmed as genuine by the head of the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit, Dr. Phil Jones.
One of the most damning emails published comes from Dr. Jones himself . In an email from almost ten years ago, Jones appears to discuss a method of overlaying data of temperature declines with repetitive, false data of higher temperatures:
"I've just completed Mike's Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years and from 1961 for Keith's to hide the decline. Cheers, Phil."
Seems their little conspiracy theory has been exposed as the "big lie" it has always been, which our deranged worthless government wants the masses of the world to continue believing in. Similar to their propaganda "proving" that Oswald offed Kennedy or that Tim McVeigh demolished the OKC building or that 19 Muslim radicals hijacked two planes and annihilated the twin towers instead of the CIA-Mossad. Their purpose for employing the fictitious threat of "global warming" is to deconstruct America through "carbon" legislation (i.e., America needs to catch up with Europe you know) and complete its transformation into a communist Orwellian surveillance society where the sports and porn-obsessed multicultural masses are abased into a permanent state of poverty and serfdom as they ride their bicycles and subsist in dilapidated heatless homes. Of course our psychopathic plutocratic ruling class will continue to operate and occupy their carbon polluting private jets, limousines and enormous mansions.
14 December, 2009
"According to Pentagon figures, since October 2001, more than 50,000 soldiers from all branches of the military have gone AWOL."
In response to President Barack Obama's announcement on December 1 to deploy 30,000 additional troops to the occupation of Afghanistan, the organization March Forward!, comprising both veterans and active-duty members of the US military, has called on all soldiers to refuse their orders to deploy.
"March Forward! calls on all service members to refuse orders to deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq," reads a press release from the group from December 3. "We offer our unconditional support and solidarity. Join us in the fight to ensure that no more soldiers or civilians lose their lives in these criminal wars."
Michael Prysner, a former corporal in the Army who served from 2001-2005 and a veteran of the occupation of Iraq, co-founded the group with another Iraq war veteran, James Circello. Truthout asked Prysner how he responds to those who believe a soldier should always follow orders, no matter what.
"In my experience the majority of people joining the military today join out of necessity, like money, jobs, help for their family, etc., so most don't join for ideological or patriotic reasons. Most are driven into the military by economic conditions. We see this playing out now, as people are joining in droves because of the economy."
Prysner added, "Yes, people do sign a contract to follow orders, but those orders are wrong and unlawful. We want to educate people to the fact that these are immoral orders, and they [soldiers] are being used as muscle for corporations, to colonize the developing world, and it's not legitimate. People who join and take this oath seriously who think they are in [the military] to defend the US, this is not what we are being used for in the military today."
Prysner has written about his experience in Iraq, "... there was no computer screen separating me from the suffering civilian population. I spent 12 months in Iraq, doing everything from prisoner interrogations, to ground surveillance missions, to home raids. It was my firsthand experiences in Iraq that radicalized me. I believed I was going to Iraq to help liberate and better the lives of an oppressed people, but I soon realized that my purpose in Iraq was to be the oppressor, and to clear the way for US corporations with no regard for human life."
After he separated from the Army in 2005, Prysner "understood that the occupation I was a part of was a crime against humanity. I understood that illegal conquering of Iraq was for profit, carried out by a system that serves a tiny class of super-rich whose endless drive for wealth is at the expense of working people in the United States and abroad."
According to Prysner, the lessons he learned from being part of the US occupation of Iraq taught him that, "I still had the same drive to fight for freedom, justice and equality as I did when I joined, and I understood that fighting for those things meant fighting against the US government, not on behalf of it."
To those who call him and his organization "anti-American" and/or "unpatriotic," Prysner has this to say: "I would say that I have more in common with my sisters and brothers in Iraq and Afghanistan than I do with these people in DC who've sent us to war. If that's unpatriotic, then yes, I am. But patriotism and racism are the only things the military has to fall back on to convince people to do the things we are being asked to do today."
March Forward! was founded in 2008, and the aim of the organization is "to unite all those who have served and who currently serve in the US military, and who want to stand up for our rights and for that which is right." "We are new and growing," Prysner explained. "We have seen somewhat consistent growth, and we're expecting this to accelerate now."
The group's statement from December 3 adds, "On December 1, we got a clear order from President Obama. For many more years, we will be sent to kill, to die, to be maimed and wounded, in a war where 'victory' is impossible, against a people who are not our enemies. For over eight years, we have come home in coffins, in wheelchairs, with our skin burned and with our days and nights haunted by the trauma of war. We return home to a VA whose services are so inadequate that active duty soldiers who succumb to suicide outnumber those killed in combat."
James Circello is a former Army sergeant and veteran of the US occupation of Iraq. Circello, who joined the military in 2001, describes his experience in Iraq as follows: "During the occupation of Iraq, the truth about what the United States government has done to the country of Iraq became more apparent. Open wastewater flowed through neighborhood streets where children played soccer. Families were thrown out of their homes with simple accusations from others. Vehicles were taken on sight by the military if individuals couldn't provide proper documents claiming they own the vehicle. These events and others helped in strengthening my opposition to the so-called 'War on Terror.'"
Circello's decision to go AWOL was his way of refusing to deploy to Afghanistan. I had been fighting myself internally after my time in Iraq, about whether to deploy again," he explained to Truthout, "I ended up back in my old unit that was preparing to deploy, so at that moment I took it into my hands, and decided I wasn't going to go kill Afghans that had done nothing to me, or the American people. It was a defining moment for me."
According to Pentagon figures, since October 2001, more than 50,000 soldiers from all branches of the military have gone AWOL.
13 December, 2009
12 December, 2009
The GROUND (mystery bodies):
11 December, 2009
Below is the text of the speech Cindy gave at the “true peace” event this evening in the very cold, evening air of Oslo, Norway.
“Hello friends! I have three words for the Nobel committee and for my president: ´how dare you!´
How dare the committee give the Peace Prize (which will be known from here forward as the ´Peace Prize´) to Obama and how dare he accept it?
How dare the committee legitimize the war crimes and other crimes of the Bush regime by rewarding Obama for continuing them?
The committee said that Obama ordered the closure of Guantanamo prison, while it remains open and the torture policies have been broadened and expanded to Bagram in Afghanistan!
How dare they award the ´Peace Prize´to a man who they say wants to reduce nuclear arms, but is waging a terrifying nuclear war in the Middle East by using weapons coated with depleted uranium that is causing a sharp rise in cancers and birth defects there?
How dare they award the prize to a man who they claim exemplifies American Values when those values are war, torture, environmental degradation, and drone bombing abroad and environmental and economic ruin at home?
This `Peace Prize`to Obama was nothing but a slap in the face to people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine, Iran, North Korea, Colombia, Honduras, Venezuela and anywhere that Obama´s boot of Empire is crushing or threatening to crush.
This ´Peace Prize´ is a slap in the fact to parents like myself whose child has been killed in the Bush/Obama wars, now approved of by ´Peace committees.´
This award was a slap in the face to us–we who have been sacrificing and struggling for true peace for years.
If you listened really carefully to the speeches today–with ears not clogged by the hope-nosis of Empire–you heard Obama say ´War is Peace´and you heard the clarion call of the international Robber Class, that the only way to peace is through war, war, and more war! The Robber Class has told us, once again, that there is no other way! War is the only way!
Well, I join with you in solidarity today to tell the Robber Class: Bullshit, we reject such stinking thinking and we reject the ´honors´of the establishment as we say to them: `We refuse to play your violent games!´
If they want awards, they can give them to each other. If they think that killing children is ´Peace,´then they can send their own and leave ours the hell alone! If they want their wars then they can fight them their selves!
The violent extremists of the world just rewarded themselves for their crimes in an orgy of self-congratulatory pageantry, but I want to say that I have not one enemy here or in Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan.
My only enemy is yours too, the violent extremists of the world´s Robber Class and we must join together to fight them, not fight in their wars, to bring true and lasting peace.
Thank you for inviting me here and giving me the honor of addressing true peace warriors!”
09 December, 2009
Here's a post I made on the Stormy Weather Forum for those who aren't hanging out there:
We don't so much talk about problems at SWEDA; we just talk about whatever comes up, and then look for patterns, narratives, that tie that stuff together and allow to go deeper.
Patterns suck when you are in them (being triggered by them), but that doesn't make them problems. A problem is something that requires a solution. That's the mod-world way of looking at stuff: everything needs fixing or improving (even when it's not broken).
SWEDA is the old-world methodology; it is geared towards seeing patterns, and going deeper into them: looking outward to better see inward, and vice versa. It's not therapy, it's theater.
If you go to a modern doctor, he does some tests and he tells you that you have terminal cancer and you are going to die. Having given you a death sentence, chances are you will die. That's "reinforcing a problem by talking about it." Ask the same doctor to explain why you got cancer, and he will tell you "Nobody can answer that." Most mod-world doctors are shit-peddlers who get paid for believing their own lies. They may not know what they are talking about, but they believe they do; and if they persuade you to believe them, then you may get well from their drugs and radioactive cures, or you may die from the diagnosis. Either way, the cancer is a thing that is alien and hostile and must be combated; and if it can't be beaten, then at least it is to be kept at bay.
The other, old-world method is to see the cancer as a "neoplasm," a new life-form in the body that is created by suppressed psychic shit which the body is massing together in order to flush it out; but if the mind holds on to that shit, the body can't let go, and so the cancer spreads through the entire system, so the body is then under threat. The cancer is an ally that, if allowed to do its thing, will bring forth new life. Transformation. The touch of Pluto that spreads through the whole psyche-soma system. It is not a problem, it is a solution, or better yet, a process.
Patterns are the same: they're creations of consciousness that were responses to an early hostile environment ~ attempts by consciousness to match what surrounds it, no matter how distorted that may be (e.g., family life). Patterns let us know the ways in which we came out of what we knew to be true, and took refuge in lies. Patterns may be untrue as ways of behavior, but they are still sourced in truth. They are like beads we left behind us, as we wandered through the Labyrinth of childhood and adolescence, to the center where the Minotaur would devour our being entirely. ("Maturity" and adulthood.)
If we reject those patterns, and see them as problems to avoid or erase, then we are stuck in the Labyrinth of the constructed identity, and the Minotaur has us.
SWEDA is like individual map-making for the psyche. What people call "problems" are just landmarks on the road of consciousness, and if we can identify them, locate these patterns and trace them back to their origin, they will clue us as to how to make our way back through that hostile terrain, and out.
07 December, 2009
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