drunken mystics talk

Wise man say, get fucked by the horse, but don’t get fucked to death by the horse!

Bob update

Apparently, $80,000 was raised in under a week for Robert Anton Wilson. Yay! So he is sorted for the next six months or so of care. Bob says thanks to all those who gave, but stop sending money now, send good vibes 🙂


Are they making this shit up?

UN led Canadian forces are facing a unique problem in their battle with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Those wily terrorists are hiding in the marijuana forests.

“You really have to be careful the Taleban don’t dodge in and out of those marijuana forests,” he added.

But wait, there’s more.

“We tried burning [the marijuana forests] with white phosphorous – it didn’t work,” said Gen Hillier.

“We tried burning them with diesel – it didn’t work. The plants are so full of water right now… that we simply couldn’t burn them.”

He noted that a couple of brown plants on the edges of some of the forests had caught fire but this had posed yet another problem.

“A section of soldiers that was downwind from that had some ill effects and decided that was probably not the right course of action,” he said, speaking dryly, according to Reuters.

Remember, citizen. Drugs ARE terrorism.

(Hat tip to our brother sound moose)

Stop The Weapons Conference

Tuesday 17 October
Protest the “defence” industry association conference at Te Papa.
March leaves Pigeon Park at 12 noon.

Multinational weapons manufacturers, and local companies who make components, will be in attendance. These people make the weapons that are killing people in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Lebanon and elsewhere.

Peace Action Wellington is working to shut the conference down for good. So come out, come out, wherever you are.

(The cynic in me wonders if this will get more people than the zombie march…)

post cards for Bradley

* the harbour flat and blue in the sun, a breeze soothing the heat. people around, walking, lunching, running, lying about, making use of the space and the day

* hail, heat and howling wind in a five hour period.

* wandering the night, finding what i was expecting to be on wasn’t, and encountering homeless activists for a night of backgammon and good conversation and all too classy dining

* again wandering the night, walking into different venues and running into people at each, catching moments of brilliance on the underground

* walking across town to a pot luck dinner with a large aromatic dish in my arms, for a night of dumpster dived booze and wonderfully random encounters, and then walking home hammered with armloads of free booze.

* discovering a building a block off a main road with no roof, great pillars and the remaining walls covered in graffiti

Oh my city

It is so good to be back.


in motion

Moving house, back to the city. Doubtless some interim disruption to bloggage will result.

My del.icio.us page probably has interesting stuff to look at if you get lonesome.

Peace, y’all.

An Inconvenient Truth

…is a very clear presentation of the core issues around global warming, establishing the heating of the planet and the off the charts predictions for where we are going. It effectively communicates the global scale of change already underway, and explains the enormous climatic effects which could come very soon if we continue as we are. Also, importantly, it makes clear that there is no dispute about global warming in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Doubt only appears in the corporate-owned mass media reportage of the issue.

Thankfully it ends on an upbeat roundup of what we can do to change. The cumulative small actions of millions of people have large effects. As I have sung before, “We have the means, do we have the will?” 🙂

I am going to pay for my mother to go see it.

You should see it.

Robert Greenwald

Greenwald has produced a half dozen on to it documentaries over the past few years, and largely pioneered a direct to DVD internet based distribution system for them.

I’ve seen about three of the docos in the last little while. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism, and Uncovered: The War on Iraq

They’ve all been really good. His technique is interview based. Get lots of people who know what they are talking about from the inside on and have them talk to the camera. Edit it together with stock footage into a narrative. The results are information dense and powerful.

The guts of the Wal Mart one is “Wal Mart screw their employees incredibly, expecting free overtime, paying so little that full time workers qualify for state health benefits and can’t afford the insurance offered by Wal Mart, and will do anything to prevent workers getting together and fighting for better conditions. And let’s not even talk about the sweatshops where all the products come from. Meanwhile, they use corrupt practices to come in to small towns wherein they swiftly destroy all local competiton, gutting community. Luckily, this can be prevented by dedicated community resistance to the oncoming behemoth.” Well, there’s more. Easily the freakiest section was the rapid response team flown in three hours to take over the situation after a store manager reported that an employee had raised the notion of a union. So yes. Big and evil.

The guts of Outfoxed was “Fox has a massive right wing bias that comes down from the top. There is no difference between propaganda, opinion and news as presented on the channel. The extent of the bias is kind of mind-blowing if you have any notion of objectivity in reporting. Horrifically, they are getting viewers and are dragging the rest of the media in their direction to compete.”

The guts of Uncovered was “The Bush administration lied, lied, lied in the leadup to the war in Iraq and throughout the “war on terror”. Watch as we contrast their statements with the comments of vastly experienced intelligence insiders. Simultaneously broad and detailed. Boomcha!”

So yeah. Go that guy. Inspiring stuff on many levels. The library seems to have most of them. Yay the library. (Man, am I an ad for the library.)

want to live longer?

Then you might want to check out this manual of life extension practices and advice, from people who have been into it for twenty or thirty years.

(via disinfo, i think it was)

You could also look into hydergine, an Albert Hoffman (inventor of LSD) creation; one he at 100 has been using for many years.

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