IDIOTS

The Bertolt Brecht quotation below illustrates the original (Greek) meaning of the word “Idiot”: one who chooses not to participate in the Democratic Process.

The difference, of course, between them and us is that they actually had a Democratic Process to participate in…

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Yet Another Former Drug Warrior Attacks Prohibition

Fascinating to see increasing numbers of former high-placed employees of the various Prohibitionist Police States (like this one in the Guardian) declaring their Damascene conversions against Prohibition. Note first that they nearly always are FORMER employees. The few current employees who dare to challenge the naked emperor usually find their careers taking a nose dive (remember Brian Paddick ferinstance…), so incumbents are usually happy to take the Kings Shilling and continue to assist the oppressive regime.

There is also an emerging pattern in the utterances of the converted. They all point out – uncontroversially – that prohibition is the single major cause of organised crime around the world. We’ve known that since the ludicrous American experiment with alcohol prohibition and its creation of “The Mob” – together with its “necessary” antithesis, the FBI.

None, though, have made the obvious connection. The Powers That Be, having recognised the effect of prohibition on organised crime, also recognised how much power it “legitimised” for themselves (Power necessary in order to tackle the Problem they created in the first place). Hence today we can see that the main POINT of prohibition is precisely to sustain that organised crime around the world.

It provides the political cover for the excessive spending on authoritarian crime control measures, including the surveillance they need to monitor their increasingly well-informed and potentially rebellious populations. It provides the infrastructure necessary for the Prison State which is at its most advanced state in the “Land Of The Free” and it provides a handy slush fund for all the Black Ops that most governments occasionally find useful.

These connections are obvious to anyone who dares to see beyond the flabby nakedness of the Empire. That doesn’t yet include mainstream politicians or media, just us “mavericks”. If you’ve read this far, you’re probably also one of us. Glad to meet you…

Visual Resurrection Technology Gets Beta

Warning: – before you dive in to the video – if Rap is not your foreplay, mute the sound, it’s not important. It’s the visual virtual human we’ve come to see.

We’ve moved from Alpha to Beta with this technology. The first Release Candidate should be so good that you will not be able, even in its presence, to distinguish it from reality unless you are close enough to try to touch it.

10 years?

Michael Sheen’s The Passion: 72 hours in theatre heaven | Lyn Gardner | Stage | guardian.co.uk

Everything I’ve heard and seen about this modern Passion Play makes me want to see it.

It might even qualify as a major new art form, given the multiple simultaneous staging of the story, in real-time, with an audience directly participating (by recording and “witnessing” the events as they happened) on an unprecedented scale.

It will certainly put Port Talbot on the map. What I can’t figure out is why it’s currently only showing – on its UK Release Date – in 3 sodding cinemas. You’d have thought at least the Welsh cinemas would have wanted to punt it. Weird…

Click this to watch Michael Sheen guide us through the making of the movie

The link between Muscle and Authority

No surprise here for students of Authoritarianism (which includes the philosophical position that “Might Is Right”) but note the highlighted sentence in this passage:

Multiple studies conducted from the US, East India, Bolivia and the Central African Republic show that physically strong men have a greater sense of entitlement, a shorter fuse on anger, and are more likely to turn aggressive when angry. The effects are quite substantial, often two to four times larger than the known effect of testosterone on aggression.

What this tells us is that Bullying (the basis of most Authoritarian politics, not just “right-wing”) cannot be blamed on hormones. It is clearly more influenced by culture and THAT we can do something about…

What IS missing from all reports of this research I’ve seen to date (the online source of the actual paper is behind a pay wall) is any reference to the inverse relationship between Authoritarianism (including, of course, the physical aggression the paper has studied) and intellect. Which is a shame because most bullies and authoritarians quite like the idea of being painted as physically strong (as evidenced by headlines we’re already seeing like “Now I know Why Labour Supporters are nancies“) but are less keen on trumpeting their intellectual inferiority…

Henri 2, Paw de Deux – YouTube

Cat video with class…

The mobile phone as self-inflicted surveillance • The Register

I’ve been shouting warnings from my insignificant little rooftop about this kind of development for 9 years now
(new readers, start here)

I repeat:
…if we don’t impose our own rules on how the system works, we’ll be stuck with what Government/s want which – as the period since 9-11 has now conclusively demonstrated – is primarily a mechanism for increasingly authoritarian bureaucratic social control.

I’m beginning to wonder how much longer I’ll even be allowed to say that, out loud, in public…