Monthly Archives: November 2010

On Hippie S.C.U.M.

Our society is not a community, but merely a collection of isolated family units. Desperately insecure, fearing his woman will leave him if she is exposed to other men or to anything resembling life, the male seeks to isolate her from other men and from what little civilization there is, so he moves her out to the suburbs, a collection of self-absorbed couples and their kids. Isolation enables him to try to maintain his pretense of being an individual be becoming a “rugged individualist,” a loner, equating non-cooperation and solitariness with individuality.

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Another Volley In The Culture War…

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Somewhere Over The Rainbow

“Okay, we’ve got red, orange, and purple,” Gin said. “Now we just need yellow, green, and blue.”
“Don’t forget indigo,” Sandy said as she scanned the row of lipstick tubes.
“What are you talking about?”
“Indigo,” Sandy repeated as if that explained everything. “You know. ROY G. BIV. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.”
“That’s seven lipsticks. Only six girls are coming. We don’t need it.”

Children. They grow up so quickly. Too quickly. Every previous generation may say it of the next…yet the moral bankruptcy of America marches on.

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La Vie Secrete de Grenouilles

May 8, 1945: Victory in Europe. Millions flooded the streets to celebrate the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany and the formal end of World War II in the European Theater. In the northern Algerian market town of Setif, a victory parade of 5,000 Algerian Muslims ended in clashes between the marchers and the local French gendarmerie, when the latter tried to seize banners attacking colonial rule. Subsequent attacks on French settlers known as pied noirs in the Algerian countryside left 103 Europeans dead and another hundred wounded (including many reports of rape and mutilated corpses). The French restored order, and five days later in concert with colonial Senegalese troops enacted a series of reprisals and summary executions which left anywhere from 20,000 (the figure acknowledged by France) to 45,000 (the figure quoted by Radio Cairo at the time) Algerians dead.

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Biopower Revisited

(from http://www.kurzweilai.net/)

Members of the public could form the backbone of powerful new mobile Internet networks by carrying wearable sensors, according to researchers from Queen’s University Belfast.

The novel sensors could create new ultra-high-bandwidth mobile Internet infrastructures and reduce the density of mobile phone base stations. The engineers from Queen’s  Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), are working on a new project based on the rapidly developing science of body-centric communications.

The researchers at ECIT are investigating how small sensors carried by members of the public, in items such as next-generation smartphones, could communicate with each other to create body-to-body networks (BBNs). The new sensors would interact to transmit data, providing “anytime, anywhere” mobile network connectivity.

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