Friday, December 3

They Are Jeering At Us, And We Know Whom These Programs Are For 

According to the basic interests of the new system of domination, the dissolution of logic has been pursued by different, but mutually supportive, means. Some of these means involve the technology which the spectacle has tested and popularized; others are more linked to the mass psychology of submission.

At the technological level, when images chosen and constructed by someone else have everywhere become the individual's principal connection to the world he formerly observed for himself, it has certainly not been forgotten that these images can tolerate anything and everything; because within the same image all things can be juxtaposed without contradiction.

The flow of images carries everything before it, and it is similarly someone else who controls at will this simplified summary of the sensible world; who decides where the flow will lead as well as the rhythm of what should be shown, like some perpetual, arbitrary surprise, leaving no time for reflection, and entirely independent of what the spectator might understand or think of it.

In this concrete experience of permanent submission lies the psychological origin of such general acceptance of what is; an acceptance which comes to find in it, ipso facto, a sufficient value.

Beyond what is strictly secret, spectacular discourse obviously silences anything it finds inconvenient.

It isolates all it shows from its context, its past, its intentions and its consequences.

It is thus completely illogical.

Since no one may contradict it, it has the right to contradict itself, to correct its own past.

The arrogant intention of its servants, when they have to put forward some new, and perhaps still more dishonest version of certain facts, is to harshly correct the ignorance and misinterpretations they attribute to their public, while the day before they themselves were busily disseminating the error, with their habitual assurance. Thus the spectacle's instruction and the spectators' ignorance are wrongly seen as antagonistic factors when in fact they give birth to each other.

... They are jeering at us, and we know whom these programs are for.

Thus it is hardly surprising that children should enthusiastically start their education at an early age with the Absolute Knowledge of computer science; while they are still unable to read, for reading demands making judgments at every line; and is the only access to the wealth of pre-spectacular human experience.

Conversation is almost dead, and soon so too will be those who knew how to speak.

--Guy Debord, "Comments on the Society of the Spectacle" (1988)

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The Chosen One 

Now when George W. Bush was born in New Haven of Connecticut in the days of Muhammed bin Laden the businessman, behold, there came wise men from the east to Saudi Arabia,
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Americans? for we have seen his star in the west, and are come to worship him.
When Muhammed bin Laden the businessman had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Saudi Arabia with him.
And when he had gathered all the chief accountants and bankers of the people together, he demanded of them where Bush should be born.
And they said unto him, In New Haven of Connecticut: for thus it is written by the prophet,
And thou New Haven, in the land of Connecticut, art not the least among the princes of Connecticut: for out of thee shall come a President, that shall rule my people America.
Then Muhammed bin Laden, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
And he sent them to New Haven, and said, Go and search diligently for the George W. Bush; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
When they had heard the king, they departed on the first plane to New York; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the west, went before them, till it came and stood over where George W. Bush was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they were come into the house, they saw George W. Bush with Barbara his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and a $50,000 cash investment in the child.
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Muhammed bin Laden, they departed into their own country another way.
And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to George Herbert Walker Bush in a dream, saying, Arise, and take George W. Bush and his mother, and flee into Texas, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Muhammed bin Laden will seek the young child to destroy him.
When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Texas:
And was there until the death of Muhammed bin Laden: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Texas have I called my son.
Then Muhammed bin Laden, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in New Haven, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Adnan Khashoggi the prophet, saying,
In Dallas was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Dorothy Walker weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
But when Muhammed bin Laden was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to George Herbert Walker Bush in Texas,
Saying, Arise, and take the young child George and his mother, and go into the land of Washington, DC: for they are dead which sought George W. Bush's life.
And he arose, and took George and Barbara, and came into the land of Washington, D.C.
But when he heard that Salem bin Laden did reign in Connecticut in the room of his father Muhammed bin Laden, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of West Texas:
And he came and dwelt in a city called Midland: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called an Oil Man.

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Bill Frist Tries Investing His Social Security 

One of the leading Senators appears to have tried out the president's plan to take 4% of everyone's Social Security and give it to his business buddies on Wall Street:
: "Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's campaign committee lost more than $500,000 in the stock market since the 2000 election and could not cover a bank loan that came due in August, records showed."

Too bad Frist is lazy and dumb, or else this wouldn't have been a problem. He should have anticipated this and not scheduled that bypass for himself. Well, he can work minimum wage and try to save it up if the operation is so important to him.

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