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Huxley Vs. Orwell: Infinite Distraction Or Government Oppression?

Huxley Vs. Orwell: Infinite Distraction Or Government Oppression?
Posted on August 24, 2010 in Images The Huxley vs Orwell comic is originally from Recombinant Records: Amusing Ourselves to Death, adapted from Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman. When I read this comic, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Brave New World: “It’s curious,” he went on after a little pause, “to read what people in the time of Our Ford used to write about scientific progress. They seemed to have imagined that it could be allowed to go on indefinitely, regardless of everything else. And: There was something called liberalism. Related:  To Serve As A Remindercaptainsteve036

[Infographic] Combating Mass Incarceration - The Facts June 17, 2011 The war on drugs has helped make the U.S. the world's largest incarcerator. America’s criminal justice system should keep communities safe, treat people fairly, and use fiscal resources wisely. But more Americans are deprived of their liberty than ever before - unfairly and unnecessarily, with no benefit to public safety. Especially in the face of economic crisis, our government should invest in alternatives to incarceration and make prisons options of last – not first – resort. Download the graphic here » View the plain-text version » Learn More: Safe Communities, Fair Sentences: Combating Mass Incarceration Recent coverage: Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights References

Hunter S. Thompson WAVE Passage VIDEO: Aspen Highlands Closing Day Is One Of The Best Parties In Skiing 3.9k shares share tweet sms send email By: Barclay | April 13, 2017 Aspen Highlands is straight up buckwild on closing day. *Video courtesy of BTX Productions 2017, Aspen Highlands, closing, day, edit, Video, Aspen Steve Jobs FBI File Reveals Bomb Threat, 'Tendency To Distort Reality' And More Though sections have been redacted and more than two dozen interviews are narrated in dry officialese, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's 191-page file on Steve Jobs, released Thursday, reveals numerous lively details about the Apple co-founder's personal life and professional past, as recounted to FBI agents by his colleagues, neighbors and friends. The document confirms much of what is already known about Jobs, including his drug use, spartan lifestyle and the intense managerial style that created friction between him and some of his colleagues. Yet it also sheds light on Jobs' relationship with the government, revealing that he was given top secret clearance between 1988 and 1990 and was being considered by President George H. W. Bush's administration for a position on the president's Export Council. Several pages of memos and handwritten notes also provide a glimpse into a $1 million bomb threat that was made against Apple on Feb. 7, 1985, several months before Apple fired Jobs.

Revolutionary Spirit In May 1968, the Situationist-inspired Paris riots set off a chain reaction of refusal against consumer capitalism. First students, then workers, then professors, nurses, doctors, bus drivers and a piecemeal league of artists and anarchists took to the streets. They erected barricades, fought with police, occupied offices, factories, railway depots, theaters and university campuses, sang songs, issued manifestoes, sprayed slogans like “Live Without Dead Time” and “Down with the Spectacular-Commodity Culture” all over Paris. The first wildcat general strike in history spread rapidly, first around Paris, then France and then to hundreds of cities and campuses around the world. For a few heady weeks a tantalizing question hung in the air: What if the whole world turned into Paris? But the moment passed. But now the embers of insurgency are beginning to smolder again. Young people in the West are pissed off as they stare into an increasingly empty and precarious future. Kalle Lasn

CHRISTOPHER A LONG - Henry Scott Holland Death Is Nothing At All By Canon Henry Scott-Holland, 1847-1918, Canon of St Paul's Cathedral "Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I, and you are you: whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you alway used. Put no difference into your tone: wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let it be spoken without effort, without the ghost of a shadow on it. What is this death but a gateway? All is well. Henry Scott Holland The above item may be the copyright property of the author's heirs. Christopher Long

Not Getting Burned Anymore - The Permaculture Research Institute Sometimes I wonder if all of the modern ailments, which seem ever more numerous as the years pass, are really just the result of adopting chemicals as a regular component in nearly every part of our lives. Can it be that simple? The sudden outbreak of peanut allergies, the increase in chronic diseases, the fact that cancer now seems more the expectation than unpredictable tragedy—have we just become more aware of them, or are these things really becoming more and more the status quo? What I know for sure is that chemical interference has decimated other natural systems, and with so many examples at our disposal, it seems completely reasonable to think they’ve done the same for us. Getting Out the Sunscreen A few years ago, my wife Emma and I decided to start making all our own toiletries in an effort to get away from regularly putting known carcinogens directly onto and into our bodies while avoiding corporations that test on animals and/or increasingly pollute the planet. Related Popular

Methaqualone (Quaalude) Vault: Basics Methaqualone (Quaalude) is a sedative/hypnotic central nervous system depressant similar to barbiturates. It is most often taken orally in tablet and produces a range of effects including light sedation, euphoria and sleep at lower doses to unconsciousness and sometimes seizures at high doses. Some users may take 75 mg doses throughout the day, while others may take 300 mg once a day. A common dose for recreational use is reported to be 300 mg. However tolerance develops quickly and some users may take up to 1,000 mg - 2,000 mg per day to achieve the same effects. Pills mostly range from $5-$7 per 300 mg pill in 2003 in the United States. Methaqualone is illegal to possess without a license in the United States (Schedule I). Methaqualone, 2-methyl-3-(2-methylphenyl)-4(3H)-quinazolinone is one of the most powerful sedative/hypnotic compounds ever produced. Pharmacology Summary Needed. Methaqualone was first synthesized in India by a man named M.I. Brand Names: The Substance: The Experience:

Consumable Youth Rebellion Over the past 30 or so years, most people have chosen to pursue the rewards of conformity instead of the fruits of revolt. What they have been left with are ugly and stupid lives, ugly and stupid places and a planet pushed to the very edge of destruction by capitalism’s efforts to keep feeding them new promises of consumable happiness. But the thought that one is wasting one’s life is not a cheerful one, and respectable citizens everywhere have gone to considerable lengths to avoid it. They cling to these illusions with ferocious desperation; but the whole house of lying ghosts and grim parodies is a fragile one, and it is threatened by the depredations of delinquency. Since the Second World War, advanced capitalism – and the quest for contentment through consumption that it fosters – has generated a long series of consumable youth rebellions. “It probably had a little to do with the gangster films we saw. Wayne Spencer, significantfailure.blogspot.com

20-Year-Old Hunter S. Thompson’s Superb Advice on How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Meaningful Life As a hopeless lover of both letters and famous advice, I was delighted to discover a letter 20-year-old Hunter S. Thompson — gonzo journalism godfather, pundit of media politics, dark philosopher — penned to his friend Hume Logan in 1958. Found in Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience (public library | IndieBound) — the aptly titled, superb collection based on Shaun Usher’s indispensable website of the same name — the letter is an exquisite addition to luminaries’ reflections on the meaning of life, speaking to what it really means to find your purpose. Cautious that “all advice can only be a product of the man who gives it” — a caveat other literary legends have stressed with varying degrees of irreverence — Thompson begins with a necessary disclaimer about the very notion of advice-giving: To give advice to a man who asks what to do with his life implies something very close to egomania. Every man is the sum total of his reactions to experience.

Radish and Turnip Hash with Fried Eggs | Kitchn The minute I get my hands on the first radishes of spring, I'm off to enjoy them sliced with lots of butter and judicious pinches of flaky sea salt. As the season continues and the bounty begins to pile up, I start looking beyond raw preparations and sauté or roast my radishes instead. Radishes cook up beautifully; their affinity for butter and sea salt is just as apparent in the skillet. Sautéing mellows their pungency and renders the once-crisp flesh tender, the golden edges tasting of smoke. This spring hash recipe brings together spring radishes and turnips. This recipe uses green garlic, which resembles leeks but with slight swelling at the root end and is available briefly in the spring. Although I've used storage turnips here, unpeeled salad turnips (also known as baby turnips or hakurei turnips) can be used instead. Serves 2 2 to 3 small turnips, trimmed, peeled, and cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 1 1/2 cups cubed) Coarse sea salt Freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Ayahuasca - National Geographic Adventure Magazine or centuries, Amazonian shamans have used ayahuasca as a window into the soul. The sacrament, they claim, can cure any illness. The author joins in this ancient ritual and finds the worlds within more terrifying—and enlightening—than ever imagined. I will never forget what it was like. The overwhelming misery. The certainty of never-ending suffering. Suddenly, I swirled down a tunnel of fire, wailing figures calling out to me in agony, begging me to save them. "The darkness will never end," he said. "I can," I replied. All at once, I willed myself to rise. "Welcome back," the shaman said. The next morning, I discovered the impossible: The severe depression that had ruled my life since childhood had miraculously vanished. The jungle camp where our shamanistic treatment will take place is some 200 miles (322 kilometers) from the nearest town, Iquitos, deep in the Peruvian Amazon. And so I am back again. I've told no one this time—especially not my family. Then, there's the impatience.

FBI: If We Told You, You Might Sue Often when the government tries to suppress information about its surveillance programs, it cites national-security concerns. But not always. In 2008, a few years after the Bush administration's warrantless-wiretapping program was revealed for the first time by the New York Times, Congress passed the FISA Amendments Act. That act authorizes the government to engage in dragnet surveillance of Americans' international communications without meaningful oversight. As we've explained before (including in our lawsuit challenging the statute), the FISA Amendments Act is unconstitutional. In 2009, we also filed a Freedom of Information Act request to learn more about the government's interpretation and implementation of the FISA Amendments Act. Two weeks ago, as part of our FOIA lawsuit over those documents, the government gave us several declarations attempting to justify the redaction of the documents. There you have it.

Krishna Das - Translations, Lyrics & Notes ALL ONE - buy this CD My guru always said, “All One”. One day we were at his temple. We had been there all day mostly waiting in the back of the temple for Maharaj-ji to call us. Now it was late and almost time for us to return to town. The bus had come and was waiting for us out on the road. This is the way it is. Seeking refuge in the depth of our own hearts is the way to conquer this fear, this anxiety, this suffering that we have to live with. The repetition of the Name, is an ancient practice and is found in all religions... in all spiritual practices. “Each and every revealed Name of the One Reality possesses irresistibly sanctifying power. These Names come from the place in each one of us that is our own True Nature, the Natural State, before thought and emotion... so they have the power to turn us towards our true Home. Buddha said, “Stuff doesn’t make you happy.” By repeating the Name, we are planting seeds that will grow into fruits of true happiness and real love.

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