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Bishopdante's Blog – December 2010 Archive (21)

what dark ages

it's always daylight somewhere on the planet.

 

Humanity for the past 8000 years has basically been connected and sharing knowledge. Rome, or mediterranean culture only pulled ahead 400 years ago after a really rocky 1400 years. Europeans behaved pretty violent when they bust out their fresh new military-financial-automatic-secular-industrial style. Then they sold/rented it to everybody…

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Added by bishopdante on December 28, 2010 at 22:30 — No Comments

just wow



 

Whether it's power share or power monopoly, the problem with power is that idiots are just nuts for the…

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Added by bishopdante on December 28, 2010 at 16:30 — No Comments

An essay on Iraqi Oil

There are a good number of educated, intelligent people in the USA. This is a good thing.

 

http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Iraq/Iraq_dollar_vs_euro.html

Added by bishopdante on December 21, 2010 at 13:14 — No Comments

The cost of war

This is the proportion of the UK's domestic output which got spent on killing etc:

 

 

Here it is the other way up. This is the amount that people spent on non-murder.

 

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Added by bishopdante on December 20, 2010 at 14:30 — No Comments

I've just realised!

Google search is *incredibly* boring. It has no capacity to interest you, to provoke you, to show you something that you haven't asked for. It's the opposite of publishing. Google is a way of censoring out the rest of the internet, a way of filtering, narrowing.

 

I remember when google came out. It was functionally exactly the same then as it is now.

 

Except that nobody did SEO back then, and websites were so horrible that the internet was borderline unusable.…

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Added by bishopdante on December 19, 2010 at 6:30 — No Comments

if espionage is intriguing... this is a bit boring

Added by bishopdante on December 18, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

Why is espionage interesting?

People do find secrecy compelling. The suspense, the mystery. The character of Sherlock Holmes was an addict to the penetrating of mysteries. We all have a little piece of Holmes in our hearts, we're all a bit like him, he personifies the potency of experience combined with intelligence, a navigator of iceberg-tips, a pilot of truth seeking. That is intelligence. Detective. Clues, guessing games.

 

They call spying "intelligence". Finding things out, looking for the truth,…

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Added by bishopdante on December 18, 2010 at 4:30 — No Comments

The tithe

the tithe

 

Traditionally, taxes are 10%. The tithe actually is old english for 10%. Whether Sikh or Jewish, it's 10%. Agent's fee. 10%. It seems reasonable, 10% is quite a lot. If one looks at it visually, even 1% is a chunk.

 

When I look at the sort of taxes & levies one gets in the…

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Added by bishopdante on December 17, 2010 at 12:30 — No Comments

werner herzog shot with air rifle

 

The poet must not avert his gaze.

 

That's what you call fairly…

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Added by bishopdante on December 17, 2010 at 11:30 — No Comments

Some psychology Wikipedia pages of interest

Learned Helplessness & Pavlov's dog extension

AKA the inability to adjust to changes in previously learned external biases.

 

 

Somebody Else's Problem (coined by Douglas Adams)

AKA it's perfectly clear.

 

 

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Added by bishopdante on December 17, 2010 at 7:30 — No Comments

Cointelpro

 

The program was successfully kept secret until 1971, when a group of left-wing radicals calling themselves the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI burglarized an FBI field office in Media, Pennsylvania, and took and exposed several dossiers by passing the information to news agencies. Many news organizations initially refused to publish the information.

 

Wow. You what?! That's a turn up for the books. Let's just say I don't think that strategy would work on…

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Added by bishopdante on December 17, 2010 at 5:30 — No Comments

post hippie on mind control

click here to watch

 

Now these americans, they're lovely and friendly eh.

 

I'm OK with this guy's message, although it's fairly vague & referential, you're supposed to know it all already, I guess. But the rhetoric is tricky. Note the love for "3 techniques, the 4 sorts of..." The subject matter is different to a political speech or advertisment, but the style is…

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Added by bishopdante on December 16, 2010 at 23:00 — No Comments

from the people who brought us the atomic bomb

We've seen this story before: The Pentagon takes an interest in a rapidly changing area of scientific knowledge, and the world is forever changed. And not for the better.

During World War II, the scientific field was atomic physics. Afraid that the Nazis were working on an atomic bomb, the U.S. government mounted its own crash project to get there first. The Manhattan Project was so secret that Congress did not know what it was funding and Vice President Harry S. Truman did not learn…

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Added by bishopdante on December 16, 2010 at 21:10 — No Comments

gravitomagnetism

Added by bishopdante on December 15, 2010 at 16:40 — No Comments

80s

Added by bishopdante on December 15, 2010 at 14:45 — No Comments

Independent Agencies of the United States Government

Independent agencies of the United States government.

That doesn't sound right does it.

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Top of the list is the CIA.

There are others, though.

They basically don't take orders from the government.

Exactly.

Examples

The…

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Added by bishopdante on December 15, 2010 at 4:36 — No Comments

pavlov's dogs.

Here is one of pavlov's dogs. Complete with surgical ear-ring implant.

This dog has been specially outfitted with a collection tube for saliva.

In an experiment conducted by Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1927/1960), a dog conditioned to salivate to a 1,000-hertz (cycles-per-second) tone also salivated to tones of other frequencies, but the further the tone was in frequency from the original conditioned stimulus, the less the dog salivated to it.…

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Added by bishopdante on December 15, 2010 at 4:30 — No Comments

Good image

Added by bishopdante on December 15, 2010 at 0:00 — No Comments

Steve Jobs on the concept of the personal computer

He called it "the bicycle of the mind".

Maybe the old black & white 4MHz macs. They were bicycles.

I tell you I have a rocket ship or flying saucer. This new i7 bizness is lewd.

Bicycle?!

Added by bishopdante on December 10, 2010 at 15:00 — No Comments

Emperor's New Clothes Fallacy

Contemporary Art of the post-YBA generation illustrates a contemporary fallacy.



If somebody pays a hell of a lot of money for something, it must be worth it.



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What it illustrates to me is not the value. I consider most of that work to be of only performance art value, a charade like the Emperor's New Clothes. A fairytale.



What it really does illustrate, as with the Emperor, is that some people have got a hell of a lot of money to… Continue

Added by bishopdante on December 7, 2010 at 23:00 — No Comments

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