Monthly Archives: April 2003


I've been doing writing for the Zentastic site over the afternoon (it's not posted yet) to explain what I want to try and achieve and why… Sort of like a very long statement of purpose. Below is an excerpt (please note that this from a very weak first draft):

Stay informed, but understand that producing news is very expensive and that news agencies support their actions solely by the support of corporate and governmental sponsors. As such, they are unable to tell you anything that would endanger that relationship.

Understand also that succeeding in national and state/provincial politics is extremely expensive. As a result, politicians are put in power solely by the support of corporate sponsors. As such, their first responsibility is always to those sponsors, then to those who elected them, and then to their represented region. When the interests of the sponsors and the public are contradictory — as they almost always are — the sponsors will be represented, not the public.

To hide the obvious contradictions to liberty the above, the state, the media, and the corporation provide you with soma of all kinds — a holy date rape drug so they can abuse you indefinitely. Be omniscient. Absorb everything, and reject that which is not true. By absorbing everything and eliminating all which is not true, you will be left with truth. Truth leads to vision, and vision leads to victory.

Whatever you do, don't trust only your TV.

The more I think about goverment systems the more it becomes clear that we made a horrible mistake by choosing to grow culturally/socially by expansion rather than by mitosis (mitosis is when a cell splits, leaving two “identical” copies, whereas expansion would leave a larger and larger cell rather than a healthy multitude)… That is, we need to move to smaller, distributed systems of (everything).

A percentage of all systems fail, and given enough time, all systems fail, without exception. Larger systems fail in larger ways. If a system is allowed to grow to universal size, it will cause universal failure when it ends.

When a small system fails its damage is localized. If that system is surrounded by good, then it can be rebuilt with minimal damage to the people involved.

We must work to make all systems we use — systems of government, communication, power generation, and so on — small, distributed, and independently controlled. If we achieve that we take a step at a system that allows all to live a rich life full of liberty.

When one really thinks about the way we do things, and look at them in both the light of logic and the light of history, it's clear that in the long run we must aim to destroy Russia, China, the United States, and the other giagantic nations. Not because they are wrong per se in their actions, but because they are precursors to giagantic catastrophe.

Anyway, back to the point I'd originally intended to start on… Quite a few people have forwarded me this article, “The News We Kept to Ourselves”, written by CNN chief news Eason Jordon describing how when CNN was in Iraq under Saddam they were unable to report truthfully on anything that was going on…

As quite a number of New York Times readers pointed out this has rather obvious implications as to the quality of the news CNN produces — at its simplest it says without doubt that CNN is willing to radically alter the news in accordance with the wishes of ruling powers… That in order to keep the advertising money flowing, it will issue false news and hide the truth.

Do not blindly believe what others say. See for yourself what brings contentment, clarity and peace. That is the path for you to follow.
- Buddha

…and let me just say that driving a snowmobile on mud, while probably outrageously bad for the machine, is an aweful lot of fun… I've been fantasizing about modifying the snowmobile to act as a kind of mud/swamp buggy since doing that!

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
- Henry David Thoreau


There's an old song, sung to the tune of “Oh my darling Clementine”:

"Look what I've got, look what I've got,
Don't you wish you had some too..."

Yes, that's right, the BME stickers came in the mail this morning… Finally! So now I've got a pile of envelopes to stuff. Check out all the stickers we got:







These are not for sale. I will be given Ryan a pile to give away, and I'll be sending them out to people who've made donations via PayPal that included an address, but other than that you can get them from the BME road trip or at other events… If you're hosting one of those events drop me a line with your address and I'll send a pack out your way.

Morning news: 04/14/03

The US continues to escalate its threats against Syria, continuing it's “Since we can't find WMDs in Iraq (more), you must have them! Give us your WMDs now or we will invade!” stance. It really blows me away that people fall for this crap (more, more, more, more)… The people of Baghdad are none too thrilled as the US puts INC (Chalabi) sponsored rulers in charge (more), and the people of America don't seem to even notice as the very rights they promise to bring to Iraq are slashed at home (more, more, more).

"And how can you not express brotherly solidarity with your contemporaries tried by war and violence in Iraq, the Holy Land and other regions of the world? Peace is a gift from Christ."
- Pope John Paul II (more)

Then there's the putting in charge of potential terrorist leaders in charge of weapons facilities in Iraq, setting the stage for worse oppression than that nation ever saw under Saddam (more)… We (the West as a whole — before people blame just the US, realize that far more people died in Iraq thanks to Bill Clinton and UN sanctions than in this war — not that this war makes it better, it just makes it even worse) are not in a position to continue antagonizing people who have increasingly little to lose. Fact: there is no effective defense against suicide attacks.

And let me again remind people that the Taliban is well on its way to being back in power in Afghanistan (more) and al Qaeda (who? didn't Bush say he defeated them?) has more recruits than ever… And if that doesn't matter to you, and you just want to “support the troops”, let me also remind you that the military is at best a glorified make-work project that really doesn't treat many of its slaves that well (more)…

PS. Regarding the “Kill Hollywood” entry below, I've actually had a few people message me complaining that I shouldn't make fun of their “valid opinions”. Seriously, people really do believe those things. It's just so weird… sometimes I think the world is playing some bizarre joke. I just don't understand how people can think that way.


I tossed a bit more of the framework up onto the site… Not really any real content, but I'm getting a better idea of how I want to build the offsite FTP functions for IAM which I will use to maintain the blog on the Zentastic site.

Other than that, it was warm enough to start putting in some flower beds and mini-gardens around the front of the house today:

Shannon: Blah, blah, blah…

I just did this little interview… As always, I'm just leaving it here for my own records. If you're interested in that sort of thing, feel free to read it. Otherwise just look at the funny little fellow that was just outside my window.

Do you feel like you are discriminated because of any modifications that you have? If so, how does it make you feel? Can I have a specific example of a time that stands out in your mind?

The world is full of small and ignorant people that pathetically try and make themselves feel better by attempting to take down someone else. Do people try and insult me because of my mods? Sure, all the time. But that's life — I know that they're not actually attacking me — they're simply broadcasting their own pain and disappointment in their sad lives.

If you look different — tall, short, fat, skinny, ugly, beautiful, tattooed, albino, whatever — you become a scapegoat. That doesn't mean you're being “genuinely” discriminated against or that you should feel bad because you're being put down. It just means that you've found yourself in the company of people who are unhappy. Don't let them pass their unhappiness to you — it's their problem.

Have you ever been to a job interview and felt like you were being judged in a bad way due to your mods?

No, never. I'm good at what I do, and because I have “the credentials” required and am friendly and personable to the people that hire me, if anything having visible mods has helped my career by making me memorable. Being a hard worker and good at what you do can transform people's prejudices into working in your favor.

Do you think that there should be a set standard or law about discrimination against people with body mods?

Absolutely not. You can't “force” decency onto people. I do believe that the government should be restricted from these behaviors (that is, a public school shouldn't be allowed to deny education to a pierced student, and social services should not be denied to a heavily tattooed individual)… but I feel that we are stepping in a very dangerous direction when we start telling other people how to run their lives.

All I want for “us” is the right to practice our rites without restriction, and the freedom to exist in society as equals. Anything past that is none of the government's business.

What is your opinion on the Church of Body Modification?

It seemed like a good idea at the time, but in my opinion we were all far from qualified to attempt something as lofty as a religion, and running it as a “legal trick” was something that was destined to backfire on us.

About the CostCo case and the woman accusing violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act what is your opinion on that entire case?

It's embarrassing, and I hope that the world doesn't believe that she's representative of this community. CostCo definitely did act like idiots in firing a good employee for having an eyebrow ring, but that's their right as an employer with a dress code. If modified people don't like that, then they should stop shopping at CostCo, but “making up” a claim that an eyebrow ring is essential to religious practice just degrades all of us.

Do you ever feel like your opinions and thoughts are discredited by people due to your mods?

Absolutely not. If anything, having “hey, look at me” mods has made it much easier for me to broadcast my opinions and thoughts and has gotten me into doors I'd not have otherwise had access to.

Do you ever feel like people dont pay attention to your accomplishments and only focus on the fact that you have modifications?

No, I've never felt that. Body modification (and anything out of the ordinary) acts as an “amplifier”. If you're good at what you do, it can help you and get you “more credit” than you're due. If you're average or below average on the other hand, it can give you even less than you're due. If you choose a modified path for yourself, you will have to be willing to work hard.

If you got the chance to undo any of your mods, would you? Which ones and why?

I would not change anything. Sure, I've done things that I've covered or taken out in time, but without those experiences I wouldn't be me — and I'm happy with how I turned out and wouldn't trade myself in for anyone else.