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Something is Very Wrong with Reality Winner and the NSA Leak. Gordon White and the New Animism. Okay, it’s not really “new” animism at all.

Gordon White and the New Animism

It’s actually the oldest animism but I’ll get to that in a moment. Over the past few months, I think I’ve read every book by Gordon White and have listened to at least fifty hours of his podcasts and presentations. This is odd because his subject matter (as advertised) revolves around chaos magic, alternative history, anomalous events, etc. Not typically what was included in my “Great Books” education nor even remotely close to my current interests. Stuart Wilde Q&A: Money – Christopher James Wild. Republished © Stuart Wilde – Question and answer sessions Part 4: Money (Excerpts from question and answer sessions given by Stuart Wilde) Buddy, Can You Spare A Dime?

Stuart Wilde Q&A: Money – Christopher James Wild

Q: If people ask you for money, should you give it to them, and why? A: In my book The Force, I suggest giving people the things they ask for. Why So Many ‘Tolerant’ People Are Intolerant. It’s become common to point out that those who most preach “tolerance” are often themselves highly “intolerant.”

Why So Many ‘Tolerant’ People Are Intolerant

But why is that? As University of Texas professor and ethics expert J. Budziszewski explains, it may have a lot to do with tolerance’s character as a virtue. Let me explain. Or rather, I’ll explain Budziszewski’s explanation from his excellent article, “The Illusion of Moral Neutrality.” Former DIA Colonel: “US strikes on Syria based on a lie” “In the coming days the American people will learn that the [US]Intelligence Community knew that Syria did not drop a military chemical weapon on innocent civilians in Idlib.”Former DIA Colonel Patrick Lang Former DIA Colonel Patrick Lang Patrick Lang — a former DIA Colonel — does not mince words about the US attacks on Syria.

Former DIA Colonel: “US strikes on Syria based on a lie”

Lang claims that Donald Trump’s decision to launch cruise missile strikes on a Syrian Air Force Base was based on a lie. First we take Damascus. Donald Trump ordered his attack on Syria because of something he saw on TV.

First we take Damascus

The world is full of people like him: old, shabby, pompous; people who know everything because they learned it all from somewhere, people who function as exit nodes for the vast extraorganic network of information that chatters across oceans and ping-pongs through outer space, people who form the anuses of the system of images, excreting their content back into the world of things, people who repeat everything they see on TV. Descartes was wrong: ‘a person is a person through other persons’ Detail from Young Moe (1938) by Paul Klee.

Descartes was wrong: ‘a person is a person through other persons’

Courtesy Phillips collection/Wikipedia According to Ubuntu philosophy, which has its origins in ancient Africa, a newborn baby is not a person. People are born without ‘ena’, or selfhood, and instead must acquire it through interactions and experiences over time. So the ‘self’/‘other’ distinction that’s axiomatic in Western philosophy is much blurrier in Ubuntu thought. As the Kenyan-born philosopher John Mbiti put it in African Religions and Philosophy (1975): ‘I am because we are, and since we are, therefore I am.’ Listen, Can We Please Not Do This Shit? – *Lots of people don’t believe Steve Bannon is a white supremacist.

Listen, Can We Please Not Do This Shit? –

Ok, fine. Log In - New York Times. Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill. (Note: Read Bruce Levine’s latest post: Anti-Authoritarians and Schizophrenia: Do Rebels Who Defy Treatment Do Better? In my career as a psychologist, I have talked with hundreds of people previously diagnosed by other professionals with oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, anxiety disorder and other psychiatric illnesses, and I am struck by (1) how many of those diagnosed are essentially anti-authoritarians, and (2) how those professionals who have diagnosed them are not. Anti-authoritarians question whether an authority is a legitimate one before taking that authority seriously. Evaluating the legitimacy of authorities includes assessing whether or not authorities actually know what they are talking about, are honest, and care about those people who are respecting their authority.

Some activists lament how few anti-authoritarians there appear to be in the United States. Why Mental Health Professionals Diagnose Anti-Authoritarians with Mental Illness. In the war between millennials and baby boomers we have forgotten about the work-hard, play-hard Generation X. Don’t you know there’s a war on?

In the war between millennials and baby boomers we have forgotten about the work-hard, play-hard Generation X

It’s being fought right now, all around us, between the baby boomers and the millennials. Opinions differ as to the exact parameters that define each group of combatants, but the boomers are generally thought to have been born between 1946 (the results of the post-war baby boom, when people were so happy to be alive after six years of conflict that they jumped, en masse, into the sack) and the early 1960s. The millennials, on the other hand, take their name from the fact they came of age at the turn of the new century, so are usually defined as being born in 1982 or later.

More Crows than Eagles. I remember AIDS.

More Crows than Eagles

I’m older than you probably think I am, and I remember what AIDS in America meant in the eighties, when William F. The Right & The Unnecessariat. Reader KD writes: If I had to diagnose the difference between “Conservatives” versus the “Alt-Right” set, your Conservative grows up in an intact nuclear family and attends church on a weekly basis in a community that is relatively ethnically homogeneous.

The Right & The Unnecessariat

Which brings to mind a fascinating piece from a couple of weeks ago that reader Leslie Fain brought to my attention today. It’s about what its author, “Anne Amnesia,” calls “The Unnecessariat.” Anne, who is a leftist, begins by saying she’s old enough to remember the AIDS crisis, and how the gay community mobilized in its face: Is Liberals’ Vanity Stronger Than Their Misery? A reader writes: Trump Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself.

Trump Knows You Better Than You Know YourselfPsychometrics and the (counter)revolution in marketing that is helping bring fascism to power around the world AntiNote: The following is an unauthorized translation of a December 2016 article that caused quite a stir in the German-language press. Das Magazin (Zurich) occupies a respected position within the German-language cultural and literary media landscape, functionally similar to (though perhaps not quite as prominent as) The New Yorker, and this work by investigative reporters Hannes Grassegger and Mikael Krogerus got a lot of attention—and generated some controversy, for apparently having scooped the English-language media with sensational observations about 2016’s most sensational story, the campaign and electoral victory of a fascist dictator in the United States.

Ethics of Curiosity. The annual convention of the American Philosophical Association could rarely be described as a festive affair. Thousands of anxious philosophy professors descend on a hotel to give papers on obscure topics as graduate students grimly run the gantlet of hiring committees in a windowless ballroom trying to capture the rare tenure-track job.

Despite the encircling gloom, the A.P.A. convention is a good venue to detect current trends in the profession. At this year’s conference in January in Washington, D.C., several sessions featured a promising trend: the ethics of curiosity. Why we should listen to anarchists in the age of Trump. Among the sweeping changes that President Donald J. Trump has already brought to Washington with his inauguration is the specter of window-breaking anarchists. “Less than two miles from the inaugural ceremonies,” The Washington Post reported on the front page of its website on Friday evening, “anarchists marched through the city’s streets, smashing bus-stop glass, vandalizing businesses and lighting fires.” It goes unexplained how the paper was able to confirm that these protesters were adherents of anarchist political philosophy, since fascists, soccer fans and others have been known for such conduct at times.

(To The Post’s credit, at least, if these are the same protesters who also punched white nationalist Richard Spencer in the face, that pretty well points in the anarchist direction.) 9 Websites to Earn Extra Money Online. It doesn’t take much time to run across someone pitching a “get-rich-quick” scheme online. Circle Thrice: Antifragile, A Magical Introduction Part 1. London's Million Mask March Was a Weird, Awkward Pantomime. Related: Check out more VICE photos from the Million Mask March You wouldn't know it from most of the coverage, but last night's Million Mask March might have been the quietest protest that London has ever seen. Social Media and the Magick of Dispersion. Can Pan-European Hysteria Save NATO's Syrian War? November 2, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) After over a decade of war and destabilization waged by NATO stretching from North Africa to Central Asia, with the recent destruction of Libya and the 4-year war NATO and its regional partners have waged against Syria, an influx of refugees, following the trail of their conquerors back West was all but inevitable.The Influx is Engineered However, evidence suggests that the latest influx of refugees is more than a mere predictable consequence of destroying entire regions of the planet with war and state-sponsored terrorism.

In Turkey, where the US, EU, and Ankara itself have inexplicably invested billions of dollars in the construction of refugee camps of unprecedented scale, reports indicate that torrents of refugees have been intentionally organized and sent onward to Europe. Al Gore’s Green-Technology Investment Strategy and the Fight Against Climate Change. “When i left the White House in 2001, I really didn’t know what I was going to do with my life,” Al Gore told me this summer, at his office in the Green Hills district of Nashville.

Hannah Arendt on Being vs. Appearing and Our Impulse for Self-Display. “Pay no attention to appearing,” young André Gide wrote in his rules of moral conduct in 1889. Nietzsche on the Journey of Becoming and What It Means to Be a Free Spirit. The New Frontier of Hope.... By Richard C. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. The Forest is Everywhere: A review of Ernst Junger's The Forest Passage. The New Frontier of Hope.... Sylvia Plath on Privilege, Free Will, and What Makes Us Who We Are. Harry Clarke’s Beautiful and Haunting 1925 Illustrations for Goethe’s Faust. Philosopher Erich Fromm on the Art of Loving and What Is Keeping Us from Mastering It. How Panasonic North America Got So Many Workers to Ditch Their Car Commutes for Public Transit. Postscript: A Secret Society Shuts Its Doors.

Sunstein on "biased assimilation" & ideologically credible messengers. Trying to See Through: A Unified Theory of Nerddom. M.fastcompany. The Oregon Trail Generation: Life Before and After Mainstream Tech. The Internet's Dark Ages. How to Fall Off the Wagon. Weak States, Poor Countries by Angus Deaton.