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The World's Most Terrifying Penises Part 5a


After many hours of work, I have a little something to share with you folks; a video suppliment to yesterday's post which I've spent the better part of the evening working on.

It's the first video I've ever produced, and so I do hope you'll be kind in your appraisal of this effort.



Edit: 

The Mighty Professor PZ Myers of Pharyngula has done me the sublime favour of posting my video on his outstanding blog. It is an honour which surpasses all others, both actual and potential.

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2009/03/hey_those_arent_terrifyingthos.php
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Nova - The Bible's Buried Secrets


A couple of weeks ago, I watched a fantastic documentary from Nova called "The Bible's Buried Secrets". As people who know me are well aware, this sort of thing is like crack to me. It essentially looks at the very early history of the Israelite people by means of a combination of approaches and creating a synthesis which is very compelling to me. They seek to disentangle the actual history of these people from the various strands of mythology which you find in the bible. And it does treat this book as mythology, and moreover, a sort of Frankensteineian hodge-podge of four DIFFERENT mythological traditions which were spliced, over the course of centuries, into the early books of the Torah (or "Old Testament" as the Christians somewhat condescendingly call it). It doesn't do so in an unfriendly or hostile way at all; it approaches the early history of this people as an engaging historical saga which has been obscured and confused by a series of myths which nevertheless served various useful purposes to the culture of this struggling people. It goes into a number of different corroborating sources for different elements of the story being told, many drawn from archaeological digs performed in the area over the last sixty years or so, mainly by Israeli archaeologists who have a vested interest in discerning the truth of their own early history.

I've shown this film to a number of friends, who have all enjoyed it tremendously, and I suspect many of you will as well. I know I fully plan on buying the DVD when it becomes available for sale in February.

For the time being, the entire thing can be viewed for free by Americans at Nova's page for the film here: http://www.pbs.org/nova/bible

For those outside of the US, there are a number of opportunities. For example, some helpful soul has broken it up into 12 parts and posted them on YouTube, the first of which I post here: 




If that's not to your tastes (as Youtube video quality can be a little on the weak side), there's always the torrent option : http://www.mininova.org/tor/2030190


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A childhood memory vindicated!



When you're a wee tot, your memory is often faulty and unreliable. I remember all sorts of business from my very early childhood which I know must have been either dreams or childhood fancies which don't accurately reflect any actual event. This having been said, there is one memory which I have retained for some twenty-five years or so which I have repeatedly wondered about, just because it was so specifically bizarre that it seemed unlikely my five-year-old mind would have had the ability to conjure such images.

Two days ago, I finally found proof that what I was recalling did indeed take place, and was every bit as bizarre as I remember it having been: 



This is Mummenschanz. Apparently it's a group of surrealist performace artists who were pretty big in the 1970s. My recollection had me at a live performance by these oddities by my mother and father - one of my very, very few memories of anything I did with both of my parents as a child - and just viewing this performance as the single most exciting and fascinating thing I had ever seen in all of my four or five years of life. It's things like this make me wish my parents had stayed together beyond my sixth year of life; if they were taking me to see awesome stuff like this as a wee kid (and assuredly my mother did not, after my dad was gone), then I can't help but think I would have had a far more pleasant and interesting childhood entertainment life if they'd remained together.

(though there were excellent and compelling reasons for them to split up which had nothing to do with tastes in entertainment and which I don't begrudge my mother at all, as far as that goes)

Anyways, I felt like I ought to share this joy with you, the readers, since it seems to stand to reason to me that if I have gone 25 or 26 years without any exposure to them, many of you will have never seen anything of them at all.

 

 


In one specific regard, it seems my memory did fail me, though: I had falsely believed the act to have involved black lights, which I can't now find evidence that it did. I believe that - like the image up top there - they were simply wearing black leotards (as they apparently tended to) and performed against a black backdrop with brightly-coloured act-specific costume pieces which were highlighted with regular lights.

(there is more of their material on Youtube here: http://ca.youtube.com/results?search_query=Mummenschanz+&search_type=&aq=-1&oq= , and their personal webpage is to be found here: http://www.mummenschanz.com/ )

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Dada


Are you familliar with Dada artwork?

It was this art movement in the early 20th century, created in part by a french artist named Marcel Duchamp. I won't go into great detail as to the history and origins of the art movement; if you want to know more, just click some of the above links. What I'm more interested in here is the spirit of Dada.

Dada is basically all about taking substanceless crap and - through subverting and corrupting it, either in presentation or in form - create some new peice of artwork out of it. Probably the first example of Dada artwork came in the form of Duchamp's "The Fountain", in which he yanked a urinal out of the wall of an art show he was judging, signed the name "R. Mutt" onto it, named it "The Fountain", and declared it the winner of the show, saying "Whether Mr Mutt made the fountain with his own hands or not has no importance. He CHOSE it. He took an article of life, placed it so that its useful significance disappeared under the new title and point of view – created a new thought for that object.".

Dada took on a lot of different forms over the years; it was never about the specific medium so much as it was about the gesture of contempt for a genre or body of work. One of the questions about almost any Dada artwork that inevitably comes up is "Are we supposed to like the actual creation, or the mere act of corruption and subversion?" The great thing about dada is that that question is meaningless; the two concepts are inseperable and indistinguishable.

Today, the spirit of Dada lives on. I've seen two videos on Youtube which I feel are worthy successors to the legacy of Dada. The first is Japanese...



The second is an actual, honest-to-goodness American presidential campaign video from former senator Mike Gravel...

 

...which I feel shows the appropriate contempt and subversion of the medium and substanceless crap of American campaign videos.
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I have a bad case of diarrhea!



 

 For years now, I've been telling people that the only possible explanation of modern Japanese culture is that they've been thoroughly infiltrated at the highest levels of their society by Illithids. They hate humanity, you see, and here we can see them using their Japanese proxies to communicate this fact to the world at large. Doing so, I believe, is a great source of amusement for the Mind-Flayer over-class which rules over Japan; they set their human thralls about the task of demeaning the human condition and eroding all human dignity - a task which the Japanese have become uniquely skilled at - in order to serve the overall Illithid agenda of breaking the wills of the human race, so as to facilitate their eventual consumptions of all of our brains. 

It is with this in mind that I view Japanese culture with a unique combination of fascination and bottomless, endless, dread.
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Fascism in America: Coming Soon.


Various stories are filtering through to me which have pushed my vague sense of disquiet past the point of inaction. I've been hearing about this more and more, from various sources, these past few weeks, and it's beginning to become deafening in my ears. 

First, there were those concentration camps being built in the US by Haliburton for "Immigration Emergencies, or OTHER NEW PROGRAMS". I wrote about it at the time, and though it hasn't received much mainstream media coverage,
it has been documented extensively elsewhere, and the construction of these facilities has quietly gone forth.

Next, there was
Presidential Directive #51. This directive from George W. Bush states that in the event of anything he personally deems a national emergency, he can dissolve the US government, take control of industry, and then proceed essentially as a dictator. The legality of this document is extremely debatable, but the thing is, if he enacts it, legality becomes a moot point. Only enforcability is an issue. More on that in a bit. 

Finally, there's this: 



Homeland Security Enlists Clergy to Quell Public Unrest if Martial Law Ever Declared
http://www.ksla.com/Global/story.asp?s=6937987

Feds Train Clergy To "Quell Dissent" During Martial Law
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/august2007/160807_quell_dissent.htm

Clergy Response Teams' Pave The Way For Martial Law By Collecting Weapons In Church
http://www.thought-criminal.org/2007/08/16/clergy-response-teams-pave-the-way-for-martial-law-by-collecting-weapons-in-church

The US religious community is being told to get the population ready for martial law, and to accept absolute government authority as a matter of religious faith. What's more, they've been told to prepare to do so soon. 

When you tie this together with the US's
recent determination that the army of Iran is a terrorist organization, thus enabling Bush to attack Iran and thus launch what could very quickly become a global conflict, there is cause for significant dread. 

I sincerely believe the time is coming soon when Bush and his cabal will be entering endgame mode. Everything they've done up to this point has been mere prelude. I believe they will create a global conflict, and tamp down dissent at home by means of the various mechanisms they've put in place for this sort of event. History teaches us that when authorities of any stripe grant themselves - or have granted to them - exceptional powers in a time of crisis, they seldom relinquish these powers when the crisis has passed. I believe this will be the case again here. 

The democrats who now control the US congress will make a bit of a stink about it, but they've spent the last six years practicing being pushovers and ineffectual yes-men to the Bush administration. This is going to be like going to the Super-Bowl for them. The big game. The main event. After wowing the crowds at home and in preparation for this, they'll finally be able to show the world just how incapable they REALLY are when it all comes down to it. 

I have family down in the States, and I'm terribly concerned for them. I've spoken to them just now and told them "Fucking pack your bags and be ready to go. When you hear that the US has illegally invaded Iran, that's your signal; the countdown to Marshall Law has begun, nad you have THAT LONG to get out of the US."

They agreed, and are currently preparing their bags and such with all they'll need for the trip, and looking into liquidating some assets.

I told them, "This isn't something on the TV we're talking about anymore. This isn't something on the radio, or something we read about on a website. That's not the conversation we're having anymore. We're now talking about what to do in the here and now".

It really has gotten to this point.




 

 


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Mika Brzezinski of MNSBC rips Paris report


I recently had this video pointed out to me on the atheist community. It truly is a joy to behold; an actual journalist saying and doing on a live broadcast exactly what I would be doing for each of the two or three days I would last in such an environment. She's apparently received an overwhelming outpouring of support from around the world, which I hope the mainstream media at large pays attention to. We do not actually care about stories about people like Ms. Hilton, who are essentially famous for being famous, and would actually prefer some substantive reporting, if we may.