I went to buy a watch, and the

Ξ January 29th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Misc |

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    I went to buy a watch, and the man in the shop said "Analogue." I said "No, just a watch."



Ξ January 28th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Misc |

Stumbleupon Review of : http://www.blogosis.com/

    And lo! It came to pass that StumbleUpon was invaded by an army of cartoon spam-bots.

    And verily, such was the cunning of the bot writer that all were fooled into thinking they were genuine reviews.

    Not even noticing that all the reviews were the same, and written in 'Spammer English'. That strangest of dialects where a spammer tries to write in the manner that they think (and I use the word advisedly) a 'normal' person would, but due to having actually failed every IQ test they've ever taken, sounding rather more like they've got their copy written by a passing-out drunk, late-stage syphilitic Albanian goatherd. A goatherd who had previously not even heard of electricity, never mind the Internets. This, prior to taking that base copy, and running it through several computer translation programs, before having the final edits made by a forum full of 13 year old MySpacers high on crystal sherbet.

    Nope, congratulations Spammy McSpammer. You are fooling everyone.



Loch Ard — the water was

Ξ January 20th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Misc |

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Loch Ard -- the water was kinda high 😀


YouTube – The Birth of modern Psychiatry: Part 1 of 4

Ξ January 6th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Misc |

Thud. Don't hear it.

part 2
part 3
part 4


The Infamous Brad – Old gods when?

Ξ January 2nd, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Misc |

The city burners: an unknown group who managed to overthrow almost 9000 years of Bronze Age civilisation. In 28 years.

Let me start with a quick overview of the oldest of ancient history, the history that preceded the time of the Greek gods. Starting around 10,000 BCE, human beings almost everywhere abandoned the lifestyle of the new stone age (Neolithic) and what we call the bronze age began. Bronze metallurgy was only the least of the changes, though. The really big changes were economic and political. Hunter gatherer societies developed and then based their lives around annual cereal crops. When these crops were harvested, nearly 100% was paid out in taxes and offerings to two sometimes competing but generally cooperating sets of granaries: the palace of the king, and the temples. The temples doled out the grain as offerings, and as wages to pay to build religious buildings and produce religious spectacles. The king doled out the grain as needed, and as wages for public works like roads and monuments and yes, more granaries. But the king also used a lot of that grain to pay for and provision a small, elite, professionalized and expensively equipped force of chariot archers. This chariot army was used to annex other tribes or kingdoms that had embraced agriculture more slowly, to defend the kingdom from annexation by other empires, and to put down the occasional revolt.

This was the most stable way of life that human beings have ever known. The capital city of the empire would occasionally change, the names of the gods sometimes changing with it, but the actual way of life didn't change for thousands of years. Then, in the space of about 27 years, everything turned upside down. Out of all of the major bronze age cities we know of, all but two were attacked and burned viciously to the ground by unknown invaders or rebels. The first city burned around 1225 BCE. The last sighting of the city burners was when they were defeated at great cost by Ramses II in the Second Battle of the Sea Peoples in 1198 BCE.



December, 2007

Ξ December 24th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Misc |

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December, 2007...


StumbleUpon &187; Belials web site reviews and blog

Ξ December 15th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Misc |

Stumbleupon Review of : http://666.stumbleupon.com/

The StumbleUpon UID of the beast.

"We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state and our education system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us."

- Charles Bukowski


10 PRINT “Holy Chao

Ξ December 15th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Misc |

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    10 PRINT "Holy Chao!"
    20 PRINT "It's the"
    30 GOTO 10


I remember

Ξ December 14th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Misc |

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I remember,
Kicking a ball against a wall
Hour slipping: easily (and unnoticed), after hour
Into the long evening.


A Market Without Capitalists

Ξ December 13th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Misc |

    Frances Moore Lappe finds a cooperative approach to living that actually enhances human dignity

    A market economy and capitalism are synonymous --- or at least joined at the hip. That's what most Americans grow up assuming. But it is not necessarily so. Capitalism -- control by those supplying the capital in order to return wealth to shareholders -- is only one way to drive a market.

    Granted, it is hard to imagine another possibility for how an economy could work in the abstract. It helps to have a real-life example.

    And now I do.

    In May I spent five days in Emilia Romagna, a region of four million people in northern central Italy. There, over the last 150 years, a network of consumer, farmer and worker-driven cooperatives has come to generate 30 percent to 40 percent of the region's GDP. Two of every three people in Emilia Romagna are members of co-ops.

    The region, whose hub city is Bologna, is home to 8,000 co-ops, producing everything from ceramics to fashion to specialty cheese. Their industriousness is woven into networks based on what cooperative leaders like to call "reciprocity." All co-ops return 3 percent of profits to a national fund for cooperative development, and the movement supports centers providing help in finance, marketing, research and technical expertise.

    The presumption is that by aiding each other, all gain. And they have. Per person income is 50 percent higher in Emilia Romagna than the national average.

    The roots of Emilia Romagna's co-op movement are deep -- and varied.

    Here in the United States, many assume that Catholicism and socialism are irreconcilable. In Italy, it's different. Socialist theorist Antonio Gramsci critiques of capitalism were a major influence on Italy's post-war Left. Although he was imprisoned by Mussolini in 1926 and died still under guard 11 years later at age 46, Gramsci's ideas took hold. Simultaneously, the Church came to appreciate the role of cooperatives in strengthening family and community -- as spelled out by Pope John XXIII's 1961 encyclical.

    The shared values of the two traditions -- honoring labor, fairness and cooperation -- made them partners in standing up for co-op friendly public policies and in creating co-op support services.

    Of the three main national cooperative alliances, the two largest in Emilia Romagna are the Left's Legacoop, with a million members, and Confcooperative, the Catholic alliance with more than a quarter of a million members.

    During the 1920s, the fascists destroyed both the cooperative and the union movements. But after World War II, the movements regrouped to rebuild war-torn Italy. Farmer and worker cooperatives put people back to work. Retail cooperatives helped consumers and housing co-ops build new dwellings. Since 1945, the housing cooperatives affiliated with Legacoop alone have built 50,000 units in Emilia Romagna.

    "Labor is an occasion for self-realization, not a mere factor of production," Zamagni, an economist, writes. Cooperation offers a way beyond the dehumanization of capitalism that fully uses the advantages of the market.

    Another surprising feature of the culture is that, beginning in 1991, responsibility for social services in Emilia Romagna and other regions was transferred almost entirely to "social cooperatives." For those providing services such as job placement, 30 percent of the staff must come from the population served and, if possible, be members of the co-op. Certain tax benefits are provided to these "social co-ops."

    The approach seemed another smart way to enhance human dignity, breaking down degrading divisions between the helper and the helped.