Dada is the sun, Dada is the egg. Dada is the Police of the Police.

4/09/2005

The oldest thing ever ...

... was on display this weekend:

A tiny grain of crystal thought to the oldest object on Earth has gone on public display for one day only in the US state of Wisconsin.

The 4.4 billion-year-old zircon crystal, barely two human hairs wide, was brought out at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Saturday.

The day's festivities also featured the Rock Concert, which was to include jazz from a band using rocks as percussion.

The zircon, found in Australia in 2001, led to a reappraisal of early Earth.

Analytical work by geophysicist Professor John Valley at the university in Madison, Wisconsin, showed the crystal could only have formed in a low-temperature environment.

That suggested the early Earth was much cooler than previously thought, meaning life-forming elements such as oceans were formed earlier too.

What the fuck

Has anyone else seen this? Here is the "Family Circus" cartoon from March 8:




What the fuck? When did "Family Circus" get political?

Apparently, artist Bil Keane has been looking to give the strip more relevance to current events for a while now. The above comic went through several drafts, apparently. Here are some of the versions that didn't make it:














Damn. Look out, "Mallard Fillmore."

That's pretty stupid

Via Outside the Tent:

Apparently some Alabamans don't quite understand that "Daylight-Saving Time" doesn't literally create more daylight:

A proposed measure making its way through Congress that could mean longer days for a longer period of time is playing to mixed reviews in the tri-county area.

...

Millbrook resident Carol Huey said she likes daylight-saving time because it gives her more time to work outside.

"I like the longer hours because I’m retired," she said. "It gives me more time to spend in the yard and not be cooped up in the house."


Clif adds:

Alvin Singletary, a professor of agronomy at the Auburn extension university in Montgomery, raised an additional concern. "Alabama farms currently get enough sunlight. Any more and we’ll see crop burn, which could devastate our agricultural economy."


"Heh."

4/08/2005

Michelle Malkin is a FRAUD

And also, she is a dumbshit. Her post from today is supposed to demonstrate her "independence" because she criticizes one of the Right's own, a Boston Herald columnist who was paid to promote Gov. Romney's environmental policies:

Disclosure is not the only issue. Perception matters, too. Do we really need another paid partisan hack to confirm what the liberal MSM already unfairly assumes of all conservatives in the media--that we're all on the payroll of the Republican Party and incapable of independent journalism?

Take off the Bad Idea Jeans and show better judgement, people. Crikey.


OK, first of all, Michelle: stop complaining about the "MSM" ("Mainstream Media"). YOU ARE THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA, YOU STUPID TWIT.

Second of all, "take off the Bad Idea Jeans"?!? For fuck's sake, what a lame-ass attempt at a humorous pop-culture reference. ("Bad Idea Jeans" was a Kevin Nealon-era Saturday Night Live skit, and was not all that funny or memorable.)

Hey, Michelle, if you really want to be hip, throw in some references to New Coke, "We Are the World," or Jams while you're at it.






Malkin is also, apparently, a total fraud. Several days ago, Auguste at MalkinWatch made the following accusation:

Jesse Malkin [Michelle's husband] has a great deal of influence on Michelle's writing, even to the point of posting on her blog, probably on a regular basis. I think it's very possible that the books were cowritten as well; In Defense of Internment was written over a period of sixteen months, the last six (or so) of which Jesse was at home.


Never one to jump to conclusions, I emailed Mrs. Malkin about this accusation, figuring it was only fair to notify her that people were saying such things about her, and to give her a chance to deny these claims. I wrote:

Mrs. Malkin --

Hello. I am a blogger who often reads your posts and comments on. I have noticed that another blog, http://malkin-watch.blogspot.com/, has made the accusation that much of your blog is in fact written by your husband, though still posted under your name.

If true, this would be a significant deception. Is it? Is every post on your blog written by you and only you (unless otherwise noted)? Does your husband ever post to your blog?

If these accusations are false, I would very much like to know that. Thank you for your time.


I didn't hear back, so I wrote another email:

Are these claims true? Does your husband write any of the posts on your blog? Does he help write your books?

Please respond; your readers have a right to know whether or not you are misrepresenting yourself. If this is all nonsense, please tell me so and I will believe you. But it's hard to know what to think when you are completely silent on this issue.

Thank you for your time.


Still, no answer. So, given her refusal to even deny the charges against her, I am assuming, using the Mark McGwire/George W. Bush rule--if you won't deny it, you probably did it--that Mr. Malkin is indeed responsible for a significant portion of the content on Michelle's blog and in her book.

So spread the word: Michelle Malkin is a fraud; much of the work that appears under her name is actually written by her husband, Jesse.

Game over?

From the DU, via Daou:

Let's face the facts. The game is over and we -- the "reality-based community," the believers in genuine democracy and law, the heirs of Jefferson and Madison, Emerson and Thoreau, the toilers and dreamers, all those who seek to rise above the beast within and shape the brutal chaos of existence into something higher, richer and imbued with meaning -- have lost. The better world we thought had been won out of the blood and horror of history -- a realm of enlightenment that often found its best embodiment in the ideals and aspirations of the American Republic -- is gone. It's been swallowed by darkness, by ravening greed, by bestial spirits and by willful primitives who now possess overwhelming instruments of power and dominion.

A gang of such spirits seized control of the U.S. government by illicit means in 2000 and maintained that control through rampant electoral corruption in 2004. The re-election of President George W. Bush last November was a deliberately shambolic process that saw massive lockouts of opposition voters; unverifiable returns compiled by easily hackable machines operated by avowed corporate partisans of the ruling party; and vast discrepancies between exit polls and final results – gaps much larger than those that led elections in Ukraine and Georgia to be condemned as manipulated frauds. Indeed, a panel of statisticians said last week that the odds of such a discrepancy occurring naturally were 959,000 to 1, the Akron Beacon-Journal reported.

The rest.

4/07/2005

You may not be a cunt, but you should shut the fuck up

Woe-is-me Michelle has something else to whine about:

"MICHELLE MALKIN IS A C**T"

By Michelle Malkin · April 07, 2005 04:09 PM

This is what passes for intellectual debate at Kevin Drum's blog, Political Animal, hosted by the esteemed liberal magazine, the Washington Monthly.


Michelle Malkin is a cunt.

Posted by: hostile on April 7, 2005 at 11:17 AM | PERMALINK


Michelle Malkin is a cunt.

Check your talking points, dude. The Official Left-wing Anti-Malkin punch-word is "whore."

Posted by: Once a dem on April 7, 2005 at 11:21 AM | PERMALINK


nope. hostile is right. she's a cunt. Coulter is neither cunt nor whore. she's a man. Maggie "Pay for Play" Gallagher is the whore.

Posted by: sean on April 7, 2005 at 11:24 AM | PERMALINK


Drum may argue he has no control over these bile-spewers. But Drum himself set the tone in his own shallow post on the Schiavo memo matter, in which he tells me and other bloggers to "just STFU" ("shut the f***k up" for the acronym-challeged). Does respected Monthly editor Charles Peters condone this rhetoric?

...

But, hey, I'm just a c**t. And a whore. And I should just shut the f**k up. Right?


Don't you just love people who can't bring themselves to type the word "fuck," and have to put those little asterisk marks instead of letters?

Majikthise denies that Malkin is a cunt:


"Cunt" is a precise and unpretentious Anglo Saxon term for an excellent organ system, the benefits of which we all enjoy (directly and/or indirectly).

Whereas, "Michelle Malkin," denotes a pernicious race-baiting fascist who constitutes a blight upon the body politic ...

The creature known as "Michelle Malkin" flatters itself to believe that anyone besides an angry Political Animal commenter associates said entity with such a glorious product of natural selection as the cunt.


As for being a whore, I have no reason to believe that Mrs. Malkin accepts money in exchange for sex.

So to answer your question, Michelle, no, you are not a cunt, nor are you a whore. You should definitely, however, shut the fuck up.

C is for cucumber

And that's not good enough for me.



Apparently, in an effort to help combat child obesity, Cookie Monster is going to be eating fewer cookies and more healthy snacks:


Something must be wrong in the land of Muppets. First PBS announced that "Sesame Street" would kick off its 35th season this week with a multiyear story arc about healthy habits. No problem there; childhood obesity rates are soaring. Then I learned of changes that turned my "Sesame Street" world upside-down.

My beloved blue, furry monster — who sang "C is for cookie, that's good enough for me" — is now advocating eating healthy. There's even a new song — "A Cookie Is a Sometimes Food," where Cookie Monster learns there are "anytime" foods and "sometimes" foods.

"Sacrilege!" I cried. "That's akin to Oscar the Grouch being nice and clean." (Co-workers gave me strange looks. But I didn't care.)

...

I picked up the telephone. "What's going on with Cookie Monster?" I asked the "Sesame Street" press office. "Why are you doing this?"

They sent me to Dr. Rosemarie T. Truglio, the show's vice president of research and education.

She said the show changes every year, focusing not just on teaching numbers and letters but also emotional and physical health. With the rise in childhood obesity, Truglio said "Sesame Street" is concentrating on the need to teach children about healthy foods and physical activity.

...

"We are not putting him on a diet," said his spokesman, Truglio. "And we would never take the position of no sugar. We're teaching him moderation."

The furry one also plans to try different kinds of cookies (read: healthier cookies) rather than his just staple, chocolate chip.

But will he still scarf his food? Yes, plus the occasional object, Truglio said.

But isn't that unhealthy? Her reply: He's still Cookie Monster.

Cookie Monster appears to be happy with the new "sometimes food" song, because at the end he warbles: "Is sometimes now?"

"Yes," he's told.



Another chilling incident

This time the victim is uber-wingnut David Horowitz.





M&M is, of course, all over this one, calling it a "physical assault," as is junior wingnut Robert Talbert, who calls for the "assailants" to be expelled from the university (the incident occurred at Butler University).

The Jawa Report chides Malkin for not asking "the important questions":

What kind of pie was it? Mmmmm, boysenberry pie..............

Cry me a river, asshole

Racist fucktard Matt Hale is sad about being convicted for plotting to kill a judge. Wonder how he feels now that he's been sentenced to 40 years in prison?


Hale 'traumatized' by conviction for soliciting judge's murder

CHICAGO (KRT) - Jailed white supremacist Matthew Hale, scheduled to be sentenced next week for plotting to murder U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow, said he was traumatized by his conviction "to the point of self-destructive behavior."

Hale didn't elaborate in the court filing, but he said that since he had begun representing himself, he has "faith and hope that I will be vindicated."

Hale graduated from law school, but he was denied a law license in part because of his racist views.

...

Hale said a legal trust fund set up by his father with $6,000 has been spent and that he is nearly penniless. "I have at most $150 to my name," Hale said.

...

Hale said that he was able to gain access to an electric typewriter after "great effort" over the first 22 months of his incarceration. If he is moved to another prison, Hale said, he fears that "I would be forced to revert back to pencil."

The appeals court won't accept submissions in pencil, he said.

Hale, formerly of Downstate East Peoria, said he eventually wants to be incarcerated in the federal prison in nearby Pekin.

Hale is being held under special administrative measures usually reserved for terrorist suspects. Noting that he is allowed visits only from his immediate family, Hale said the Pekin facility would be near his divorced parents' residences "and is the area where I will resume my life upon my release."


See you in 2045, Matty boy.


How tiny is Kim du Toit's dick?

One of the most popular bloggers on the Right is Kim du Toit, a sick, vile "man" who calls Arabs "ragheads" and apparently gets off on pictures of scantily clad women holding guns. His post from yesterday might represent a new low. In its entirety:


From that filthy liberal bitch Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

"The notion that it is improper to look beyond the borders of the United States in grappling with hard questions has a certain kinship to the view that the U.S. Constitution is a document essentially frozen in time as of the date of its ratification."
Well, duh. The real question is: why would anyone want to reinterpret the U.S. Constitution, which has served us so well up to now, unless they wanted to undermine it?

Bet the rancid Commie cow honorable Judge wouldn’t even try to answer that question.



Is this acceptable discourse on the Right? Calling a Supreme Court Justice a "filthy liberal bitch" and a "rancid Commie cow"? What could possibly justify this kind of ugly rhetoric? Kim du Toit is obviously a pathetic, hateful little turd.

And I have to wonder how much effort it took on his part not to call Ginsberg a kike.

I would hope that decent conservatives out there would condemn this ... unfortunately, there are obviously a lot of not-so-decent conservatives, at least as evidenced by the comments section on Kim's blog.

Now, obviously, Kim isn't responsible for the things people post to his blog. But something tells me that he wouldn't find their comments objectionable in the least. One reader calls Ginsburg a "tumor"; another says that "There simply aren’t words in the English language (or any other, for that matter) to describe how much I fucking hate that bitch."

But even worse are those commenters who seem to be advocating violence toward Ginsberg. One reader jokes (at least, I presume it was a joke):


We can set up camps for Democrats, take ol Ginsburg out and shoot her in the back of the head and bill her family for the cost of the bullet.

And even more sickeningly:

She is so wrong her mom and her children should be punished.


This is obviously a reference to the recent murder of Judge Joan Lefkow's mother and husband. Obviously there are some on the Right who believe that violence against judges and their families is an acceptable way to express discontent with their decisions. And it's not just random lunatics posting on blogs; this sentiment can also be found in the United States Senate, as we saw recently, when John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, made the following remarks:


I don't know if there is a cause-and-effect connection but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country. Certainly nothing new, but we seem to have run through a spate of courthouse violence recently that's been on the news. And I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters on some occasions where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in -- engage in violence.


And here I thought it was us Lefties who were apologists for terrorism ...

Republicans: is this what your party stands for?

4/06/2005

"When we can't dream any longer we die."

Bitch, Ph.D. brings our attention to the fact that today's Feminist of the Day is none other than the great Emma Goldman, one of history's most articulate advocates for freedom. Here are some of the things she had to say (in addition to the title of this post):

  • We Americans claim to be a peace-loving people. We hate bloodshed; we are opposed to violence. Yet we go into spasms of joy over the possibility of projecting dynamite bombs from flying machines upon helpless citizens... Yet our hearts swell with pride at the thought that America is becoming the most powerful nation on earth, and that she will eventually plant her iron foot on the necks of all other nations. Such is the logic of patriotism.

  • When we have undermined the patriotic lie, we shall have cleared the path for the great structure where all shall be united into a universal brotherhood— a truly free society.

  • All wars are wars among thieves who are too cowardly to fight and therefore induce the young manhood of the whole world to do the fighting for them.

  • How long would authority and private property exist, if not for the willingness of the mass to become soldiers, policemen, jailers, and hangmen.

  • If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.

  • Women need not always keep their mouths shut and their wombs open.

  • Public school— where the human mind is drilled and manupulated into submission to various social and moral spooks, and thus fitted to continue our system of exploitation and oppression.

  • Resistance to tyranny is man's highest ideal.

  • The history of progress is written in the blood of men and women who have dared to espouse an unpopular cause, as, for instance, the black man's right to his body, or woman's right to her soul.

  • The majority cannot reason; it has no judgement. It has always placed its destiny in the hands of others; it has followed its leaders even into destruction. The mass has always opposed, condemned, and hounded the innovator, the pioneer of a new truth.

  • The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.



4/05/2005

Something smells fishy ...

... and not in a good way, either. From MSNBC:


Escapee, assistant warden’s wife turn up

Woman says man held her captive for 10 years

OKLAHOMA CITY - The wife of a deputy prison warden who vanished 10 years ago with an escaped killer told authorities after she was found that he had held her captive the whole time, a federal agent said Tuesday.

A tip generated by the TV show “America’s Most Wanted” led law enforcement to a mobile home in Campti, Texas, where escaped convict Randolph Dial was arrested Monday, said Salvador Hernandez, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oklahoma.

The assistant warden’s wife, Bobbi Parker, 42, was found a short time later working at a chicken farm not far from Campti, agents said. They were living together in the same trailer and she had stayed with Dial out of fear for her family, Hernandez said.

She was later reunited with her husband, Randy, with FBI agents present who “said the reunion went well,” he said. The couple have two daughters, who were 8 and 10 at the time of the disappearance.

Dial, a sculptor and painter, was convicted of the 1981 murder of a karate instructor. He had obtained trusty status at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite in southwestern Oklahoma, and he ran an inmate pottery program with Bobbi Parker and had access to their home, in staff housing on prison grounds, during the day.


Is it really possible to be held against your will, by a single person, for ten years? Seems more likely to be a case of Patty Hearst/Stockholm Syndrome ...

Michelle Malkin is a dumbshit (and maybe a fraud)

Candidate for wingnuttiest wingnut Michelle Malkin thinks that the anti-war Left's hatred of soldiers has been exposed. She quotes approvingly from an article by Jamie Weinstein:
I guess I overestimated the movement to drive our military off campus. While it is true I believed the motivating force behind it was hatred for our troops,and not "discrimination [against gays]," I thought that the shameful protesters would at least try to hide this. Evidently not.

Writing in The Sun, Professors Moncrieff Cochran and William Trochim, along with students Patrick Young '06 and Bekah Ward grad, revealed their true intentions in trying to remove the military from the University. After placating the discrimination argument, they turned to their real gripe: the United States military itself. They wrote, "we oppose military recruiter's presence on campus because they are selling a career in killing."

Make no mistake, the discrimination argument is a canard. This coalition of radical writers, along with their considerable following, hates our military and our soldiers not because of anything relating to discriminatory practices, but because they consider them killers. Having failed to stop the liberation of Iraq with their rallies and teach-ins, these anti-war radicals have turned to another front to attack the U.S. Armed Forces.

Behind the calls of "Support Our Troops -- Bring Them Home," lies the belief that the U.S. military is not generally a force of good in the world, but rather a negative one. In their mind, American G.I.'s do not stand for freedom and protecting America, but rather are drones helping further American "imperialism."

I must be subconsciously masochistic for even addressing this, but let's take a look at the "logic" on display here. Weinstein believes that by the assertion "military recruiters are selling a career in killing" these activists (who of course are, without question, representative of the monolith that is "the Left") have betrayed the fact that they hate soldiers because they are "killers."

This doesn't follow, of course (would anyone expect otherwise?). The claim that military recruiters sell a career in killing is basically true; soldiers are, in fact, expected to kill, and they are in fact paid to do so. One might object that there are plenty of members of the military who never kill anyone, and indeed are never in a position to do so. For instance, a computer tech for the Air Force, or an Army chef. I myself don't know if there are military positions in which one could reasonably expect never to have to kill someone; I would guess that there are. But this doesn't change the fact that killing is the military's most important function, and that a significant number (most?) of soldiers are, indeed, at least potentially involved in this killing. That's what they carry all those weapons around for.

So if this entails a hatred for soldiers, then we should all share this hatred, for the central role of killing in the military is uncontroversial. Now, Weinstein might object that the anti-war folks, in claiming that the military offers a career in killing, are not simply pointing out an obvious (almost tautological?) fact, indifferent to its moral status; rather, they are quite clearly condemning the fact that the military offers young people the chance to be a professional killer.

To this I would respond: yes, you are right--so what? Condemning the military as such for encouraging or enabling people to have a career in killing is not the same as condemning those individuals who are successfully encouraged/enabled. In fact, a certain sympathy with ordinary soldiers is quite compatible with this anger at the military for taking advantage of them.

An analogy: suppose a group of campus feminists wanted to prevent a major modeling agency from recruiting on campus, on the grounds that modeling is a degrading business that contributes to various psychological problems for young girls. Could we assume that these feminists therefore hate models? Obviously not; in fact, they could quite plausibly claim that they feel sorry for models for being victimized by the fashion industry, and are trying to prevent more people from being so victimized. Even if they did "hate" modeling per se, this is not tantamount to hating the individuals at the lowest rung of the industry.

This is because it is perfectly consistent to "hate" or otherwise criticize an institution or a practice without hating or criticizing everyone involved in that institution/practice, especially those at the bottom of the hierarchy. This seems trivial and obvious enough, but evidently it is not obvious enough for fucktards like Malkin and Weinstein to understand. But then again, what is? After all, they are total dumbshits.

Malkin's dumbshittery is so vast that there is actually an entire blog dedicated to documenting it, MalkinWatch. According to a post there, Malkin may be guilty of being not only a dumbshit, but also a fraud. Noting the startling frequency with which Malkin posts to her blog (more than six posts a day!), Auguste (the creator of MalkinWatch) writes:
Of course, Malkin does this for a living. But the weird thing is, she keeps it up no matter what. For example, on September 8th, the day she was on her way to speak at Berkeley, she posted four times, including one in-depth post about Eric Muller. She then posted a wrap-up of the talk and a review of her schedule at two am pacific time, before posting again at 9:30 the next morning.

...

Malkin once explained her prolificacy thus:
...No gold-plated interns here at Malkin Central. Just me and my keyboard and my incurable insomnia.

Insomnia...it does a blogger good.
I don't think it's that simple.
Auguste suspects that Malkin's husband, Jesse, may have something to do with it, noting that he recently quite his job to stay home with the little Malkins:
Very admirable of Jesse to become a stay-at-home dad. But was that the only reason he quit?

... one ... piece of evidence: The royal we. Here:
You remember the West Seattle High School anti-war student assembly we blogged about last week.
Here:
No, we're not turning into Wonkette, but our friend Spokane Spokesman-Review columnist Dave Oliviera has an exclusive blog post...
Here:
Don't miss this hatchet job on our friends at powerline by Jim Boyd...

Once is a typo, twice is a figure of speech, three times - plus all the other evidence - makes me ready to state my conclusions for the records:

Malkin not only has a "gold-plated intern", it's her husband. Or to put it another way, Jesse Malkin has a great deal of influence on Michelle's writing, even to the point of posting on her blog, probably on a regular basis. I think it's very possible that the books were cowritten as well; In Defense of Internment was written over a period of sixteen months, the last six (or so) of which Jesse was at home.

...

This is important because, for me, it calls into question Malkin's motivation. If her husband is a partner in punditry, where do Michelle's opinions end and Jesse's begin? And, in today's personality-driven politics, would even right-wingers be as willing to swallow this kind of thing from a white male PhD as from a photogenic minority woman?
(Emphasis added.) Read the rest here.


NOTE: For reasons that remain a mystery to me, I originally cited Francis Beckwith as the author of the article in question that Malkin had linked to. The article was actually written by Jamie Weinstein. I've therefore replaced the references to Beckwith, who has nothing whatsoever to do with any of this.

I can't really imagine what mistaken train of thought led to such a random and weird mistake, but I do apologize to Professor Beckwith for erroneously attributing the article to him. Sorry.

4/04/2005

THE POPE WAS MURDERED

We have word from the L.A. Times (via Atrios) that the Culture of Death has struck again:

VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II died the way he wanted.

He spent his final hours in his Vatican apartment, surrounded by nine members of his mainly Polish inner circle. Three doctors were present, but no elaborate hospital technology to help prolong his life.

Just before the end, the pope's longtime secretary celebrated Mass and began to anoint the pope's hands with oil, according to one account. John Paul gripped his secretary's hand, an apparent farewell gesture to a faithful aide who helped the pontiff fulfill his wish to die unencumbered by tubes and machines. It was 9:37 p.m. Saturday.

...

John Paul's final hours, as described by doctors, churchmen and sources close to his inner circle, did not include aggressive efforts to revive him as his organs failed. No kidney dialysis machine was used in his apartment, and the insertion of a sophisticated feeding device in his stomach would have required a return to the hospital, sources said. Instead, doctors said, they relied mainly on antibiotics and a respirator.

"There were no therapeutic extremes," said Rodolfo Proietti, a longtime anesthesiologist on the pope's medical team, quoted Sunday in the Corriere della Sera newspaper.


Oh, what terrible lessons our children are learning. What terrible stories are shaping them ...

Well, call me an optimist, but I think there is still hope. I think if we band together against the deathheads on the Left, and do our best to promote a Culture of Life, we will be able to ensure that no one ever has to die again!

Who's with me?

Michelle Malkin, succubus

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Will to Life

Over at the Philosophy Talk blog, they are wondering what the effects of contemporary psychiatric treatment would have been on Schopenhauer, had he lived in our era. Would history's greatest pessimist have been deprived of the impetus for his genius?

I don't know. I do know, however, that Schopenhauer truly was a genius of the highest order. I usually hesitate to list quotes from famous thinkers, because it can quickly get out of hand, especially with someone like Schopey. But the man was so goddamn brilliant, I can't resist; here are some of Schopenhauer's choice comments:


At the age of five years to enter a spinning-cotton or other factory, and from that time forth to sit there daily, first ten, then twelve, and ultimately fourteen hours, performing the same mechanical labour, is to purchase dearly the satisfaction of drawing breath. But this is the fate of millions, and that of millions more is analogous to it.



The life of every individual, viewed as a whole and in general and when only its most significant features are emphasised, is really a tragedy; but gone through in detail, it has the characteristics of a comedy.



We can regard our life as a uselessly disturbing episode in the blissful repose of nothingness.



I was gripped by the misery of life as Buddha was in his youth when he saw sickness, old age, pain and death ... This world could not have been the work of an all-loving being, but that of a devil, who had brought creatures into existence in order to delight in the sight of their sufferings.



What disturbs and depresses young people is the hunt for happiness on the firm assumption that it must be met with in life. From this arises constantly deluded hope and so also dissatisfaction. Deceptive images of a vague happiness hover before us in our dreams ... and we search in vain for their original ... Much would have been gained if through timely advice and instruction young people could have had eradicated from their minds the erroneous notion that the world has a great deal to offer them.



Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right.



Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.



If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.



In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.



Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point.



The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.



The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.



There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.


That last one somehow seems especially pertinent to the present time.

Fuck copyright laws



A while back, I blogged about my enjoyment of DJ Dangermouse's "Grey Album"--a "mash-up" of The Beatles' "White Album" and Jay-Z's "Black Album". I characterized it as "exceedingly phat," using my knowledge of street-lingo I picked up here. Someone more articulate than I has called the album "stone brilliant" and accurately pegged it as "the most important album of the 21st Century." You can download it here, I think (its legal status keeps it from being permanently hosted anywhere)--for free, of course (don't feel bad--Dangermouse couldn't possibly make money off of this if he wanted to).

There is also a video for one of the songs, believe it or not. It's pretty clever:

The Grey Video

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