Saturday, May 23, 2009

Deep ecology activists arrested in West Virginia

Two teams of deep ecology activists just got arrested (or are in the process of getting arrested) for non violent civil disobedience against MTR here in West Virginia. More info below.

A third group is preparing to cross the line against strip mining as I type.

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07:30- Six Mountain Justice activists are locked down to equipment on the Kayford mine site owned by Patriot Mining Company with a banner: "Never again!" They're joined by two support people and an independent photojournalist. A second team has deployed a banner on the Brushy Fork Impoundment that says "West Virginia says no more toxic sludge! The Picket at Pettus is still scheduled for noon today at Pettus, W.Va.--the mouth of Marfork Hollow.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Blame, blame, blame

Denial of the pervasive informational patterns in reality leads us to blame, resentment, and ultimately collapse. If you look out your window and see a collapsing civilization, here's how to recognize the problem and fix it.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Birth A.D. - Stillbirth of a Nation: The rebirth of thrash!

More than retro thrash (DRI, COC, SOD) but a rebirth of the genre, this Texas band bash out short songs critical of society with humor and high energy. Let the mockery begin!

Birth A.D. - Stillbirth of a Nation (2009)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Nihilism mailing list

We've set up a mailing list for those who wish to discuss nihilism and other deontological or anthrocentricism-negating philosophies. Plop in your email address and click subscribe, and you're on!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Macintosh computers are for neurotic people

This fellow completely nails it:

I hate Macs

Got the full thrust of Mac woe this afternoon as I wrestled with the inability of our four Mac Minis to perform the way a 21st century computer should.

1. Dog slow. Safari, especially, takes too long to open, and when it does there is an embarrassing stall while it does...something...before releasing control to the user and letting them type. Logging in...start-up items just bounce and bounce and bounce...beachball just spins and spins and spins. Interface elements just take their sweet time to open and close. Maybe it's supposed to symbolize "gracefulness" but after using Windows all day you realize it's just "slowness." Always has been.

2. Won't read a simple CD-R consistently. Some Minis read it, other don't. No scary message about being unable to recognize the CD. Just nothing. No mounting, nothing.

3. Dog slow. Now that Macs use Intel processors, we can compare apples to Apples. Why should I buy a 2.1 gHz iMac for $300 more than a 2.8 gHz Dell, including 20" monitor? And 12 USB ports between the machine and monitor? Apple used to be able to (partially) justify its higher cost by saying it really was faster, you just had to use "new math" to see it. No longer. Now, it's just more expensive to get a slower machine.

4. Constantly forgets the printers are installed. Embarrassing when you have students innocently trying to print their papers and they have to come get me to reinstall printers. Again. Stupid students. Should just use Windows -- no problems.

5. Not really designed for a lab, managed environment, without a lot of holes and a lot of extra work, especially if you can't work with AD because your IT division won't loosen their policy.

Pete of the Street

They're boutique computers, designed for neurotic people to feel better about being neurotic. They like to think they've got the equivalent of a Mercedes-Benz; instead, they've got a machine which is entirely not adapted to the way everyone but neurotic artists does any work outside of websurfing and word processing tasks so banal even OpenOffice can handle them.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Birth A.D.

Found this new listening material -- it's intelligent but not spacily cerebral thrash. And by thrash, I mean what people call crossover, hardcore, or crossover thrash. No: it's just thrash, like DRI, COC, Fearless Iranians From Hell or MDC.

Birth A.D.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Exterminate the baby boomers

Welcome to the world of boomer grandparents -- where there are plenty of Glammas and Grandudes and Grampsters but hardly a Grandma or Grandpa or Gran to be found. My children have four living grandparents, but only one is called Grandpa. The other three have come up with cooler and hipper-sounding names for themselves. My sister's oldest christened my mother Noni, while my in-laws themselves came up with creative versions of their first names.

According to the AARP, baby boomers who have become grandparents are abandoning names like Poppa and Granny, which they say make them feel old. They plan to grandparent differently than their own parents did and want names that mirror a more active approach.

The Boston Globe

I get it now: they're a generation entirely made of hipsters, self-aggrandizing attention whores, drama queens and other people substituting external identity for having a soul. Having a soul requires giving a damn about something other than yourself, and they can't do it.

If we send them all to Somalia, politics and social life will stabilize. Beware that they're going to hang on into their 90s, all the while insisting on listening to the latest pop music and buying the latest trends, and they'll probably vote until advanced Alzheimers makes them so oblivious they will have achieved a perfectly equal, anonymous, progressive, pointless life.