Thursday, February 23, 2006
Repetition and ritual and their good results come in many forms. Changing the filter, wiping noses, going to meetings, picking up around the house, washing dishes, checking the dipstick- don't let yourself think these are distracting you from your more serious pursuits. Such a round of chores is not a set of difficulties we hope to escape from so that we may do our "practice" which will put us on a "path" - it is our path.
-Gary Snyder The Practice of the Wild
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
i mean the word i've just made up for myself to classify a certain type ephemera i find that is linked to my nervous fascination with the End Times...
so on boingboing there's this story about one apocalypsist's utopia, Thunder Mountain.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006Outsider architect photo gallery of Thunder Mountain
Tinselman posted about a bizarre survivalist compound in Imlay, Nevada dubbed Thunder Mountain.
Frank Van Zant's vision was sparked when he heard the prophecy of a medicine woman: "In the final days there shall rise up a place called Thunder Mountain." She also told him that only those who lived at Thunder Mountain would survive the coming apocalypse. Van Zant wasted no time; he changed his name to Chief Rolling Thunder Mountain, moved his family to the desert in Imlay, Nevada, and began to build his monument.Link
OH- and AM 1150 listeners in Los Angeles: Those anti-drug PSA's they are playing, where one kid asks another kid "wanna get high?" or "wanna light up?" or " wanna spark up a dube?" or "wanna blow a fatty?" or somesuch?
Totally makes me want to. Everytime.
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Things I've Learned Recently
Every conservative on the internet is an avid hunter and they've all been shot multiple times.
Shotguns aren't really guns, just toys. You can't really hurt people with them, only animals.
It's standard hunter etiquette to yell and scream at your fellow hunters as they're stalking their prey.
The most dangerous place to be is behind the people with the guns.
And Dick Cheney was not drunk, so stop saying that.
Of course, all of this is about as funny as a heart attack.
AP Photo: Vice President Dick Cheney walks on the third floor of the Senate side of Capitol...
Monday, February 13, 2006
crooks and liars informs us:
"(reader Ces) sent me the "Shooting safety Rules,"
KNOW YOUR SAFE ZONE OF FIRE AND STICK TO IT.
Your safe zone-of-fire is that area or direction in which you can safely fire a shot. It is "down range" at a shooting facility. In the field it is that mental image you draw in your mind with every step you take. BE SURE YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR COMPANIONS ARE AT ALL TIMES. Never swing your gun or bow out of your safe zone-of-fire. Know the safe carries when there are persons to your sides, in front of, or behind you. IF IN DOUBT, NEVER TAKE A SHOT. When hunting, wear daylight fluorescent orange so you can be seen from a distance or in heavy cover."
Unless you're Heart-Attack Dick, in which case you can go fuck yourself.
pics from www.overspun.com
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Do you live in LA?
Is the LA you live in anything like the LA depicted in Crash?
When you are feeling really really guilty for being a racist, does it make you feel better to hug your maid after you reamed her a new one for not unloading the dishwasher in a timely manner?
Then you'll enjoy :
CONVERSATIONS I'VE HAD DURING A NORMAL DAY IN LOS ANGELES, MODIFIED TO
INCLUDE THE SHOCKING DEPICTION OF RACISM FOUND IN PAUL HAGGIS'S 2004 FILM CRASH.
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Found this on technovelgy.com, "where science meets fiction":
Toxoplasma Parasite Mind Control
Half of the world's human population is infected with Toxoplasma. Parasites in the body - and the brain. Remember that.
Toxoplasma gondii is a common parasite found in the guts of cats; it sheds eggs that are picked up by rats and other animals that are eaten by cats. Toxoplasma forms cysts in the bodies of the intermediate rat hosts, including the brain. Since cats don't want to eat dead, decaying prey, Toxoplasma takes the evolutionarily sound course of being a "good" parasite, leaving the rats perfectly healthy. Or are they?
here's the rest, here
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
The Quaker Peace Testimony
We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fighting with outward weapons for any end or under any pretense whatsoever; this is our testimony to the whole world . . . .
. . . The Spirit of Christ by which we are guided is not changeable, so as once to command us from a thing of evil and again to move us into it; and we certainly know and testify to the world that the Spirit of Christ which leads us into all truth will never move us to fight and war against any man with outward weapons, neither for the Kingdom of Christ nor for the kingdoms of this world...therefore we cannot learn war anymore.
Excerpts from a Statement by the Quakers to King Charles II (1660)
"I told them I knew from whence all wars arose...and that I lived in the virtue of that life and power that took away the occasion of all wars; and that I was come into the covenant of peace which was before all wars and strife."
George Fox, founder of Quakerism (1650)(here)
Sunday, February 05, 2006
And this guy:
So I googled the phrase "Quaker Jedi"
and that's where I found this, here:
i do not believe in anything that is impossible and unlogical.
Now that means ALL religions. ALL!!!!!
All religious people are brain-washed and must be re-educated.
I am now starting a cult... i call it Grounding Of Dietys (GOD)
I will gather all the religion bashers in one place and then we shall all shout to the skys:-
"Oh great lord and ruthless creator.... smite us now or you shall have to go on knowing you didn't stop us"
well if we are still alive i will start a revolution. and trust me you dont wanna be there.
but i am only 13 and this is years off.
I like the Quakers more and more, especially when I found out they were being spied on- oh, and after that last season of Six Feet Under. And of course, after meeting a Sufi Quaker at the Crawford Peace House
Check 'em out:
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan (C), whose son was killed serving as a U.S. serviceman in Iraq, is escorted by security personnel into the House of Representatives chamber for the State of the Union address by President Bush on Capitol Hill in Washington January 31, 2006. (Jason Reed/Reuters)
Anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan (L, blonde hair), whose son was killed serving as a U.S. serviceman in Iraq, is rushed out of the U.S. House of Representatives chamber by security personnel after arriving for the State of the Union address by U.S. President George W. Bush on Capitol Hill in Washington January 31, 2006. There were unconfirmed reports that Sheehan had been arrested. REUTERS/Jason Reed
it's not a banner
it's a t-shirt with something true on it
like garlic to a vampire
Cindy Sheehan was arrested inside the Capitol before the speech- she was an invited guest of Rep. Woolsey.
accounts are trickling in (updated at the bradblog link above) - did she have a banner she attempted to unfurl? (why would she do that before the speech started? seems unlikely) one account says she had a political message on her t-shirt
the message? the number of dead soldiers killed in this war. she had to add a number to it to keep it current
The dome of the United States Capitol building is illuminated at twilight as the U.S. Congress and the nation await President George W. Bush's State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington January 31, 2006. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
UPDATE: Arresting Cindy may backfire for the wingnuts. the arrest has become a big part of the State of Union coverage worldwide
Sen. Sheehan (D) CA?
UPDATE: It goes both ways.... kinda...
While Cindy was arrested, Beverly Young, the wife of 18-term Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Young of Florida, was escorted out of the House for wearing a Support The Troops shirt... CNN has it here
Why wasn't she handcuffed?
And lastly (for now?) Cindy herself tells you What Really Happened