First we control the Iphone camaras, then we control the Eyes

Appleville – In the twilight of capitalism appleism is set to be the new ism to rule the world. In these troubled times no one seems to head the wise words of Benjamin Franklin:  ”Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain coolness will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”

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Lampreys suck!

Nature – Screw people who religiously like ‘natural’ things. Most of them wouldn’t know nature if it bit their faces off. Nature is always at war and it never signed the Geneva Convention. A good example are lampreys, who makes the average Lovecraftian Mythos creature look well adjusted.

Officially, lampreys are fish, but in fact, they’re just tubes with teeth, like autonomous tentacles with a Dracula complex. The name comes from admixture of Latin and Greek and means “stone lickers” (lambere: to lick, and petra: stone.) Now if they’d stick to bother stones there wouldn’t be much of a problem, but once you’re in the water, you too are food.

During the Middle Ages, they were widely eaten by the upper classes throughout Europe, especially during fasting periods, since their taste is much meatier than that of most true fish. King Henry I of England is said to have died from eating “a surfeit of lampreys.” Still, it’s probably the creepiest food you’ll ever eat.

If you want to swim safely, now the Michigan State University is trying to develop a lamprey repellant. It seems to be working. By using a “semiochemical mixture produced by the putrefying carcasses of sea lampreys” they can add the smell of dead lampreys to water, which freaks the horrors out, big time.

This is how panicing Sea Vampires look:

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Leaked Cable: McCain Promised Qaddafi some pipas.

Wikileaks – While we haven’t heard from Assange in a good while, with all those distracting skirmishes in the Middle East, there still some relevance in the leaks a while back. For example, on how McCain promised Qaddafi some weapons.

Even while right now there is a pissing contest, where John McCain, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Grahamblame each other for not doing enough to democratize the hell out of Libya and for not doing enough to rid the world of Qaddafi, two years ago they where in Tripoli with the Brother Leader assuring him that they offered their friendship and lend him their axe. The leaked cable has some interesting factoids:

Lieberman called Libya an important ally in the war on terrorism, noting that common enemies sometimes make better friends.

Even though Qaddafi and the US wheren’t the bestest of friends, once the US made up found Weapons of Mass Deception Destruction in Iraq and they invaded tried to bring democracy there, they needed friends. Even if that meant bedding batshit crazy dictators and that such dictatorship and utter insanity might lead to some small obstacles that are fun and challenging:

Senator McCain assured Muatassim that the United States wanted to provide Libya with the equipment it needs for its TRIPOLI 00000677 002.2 OF 002 security. He stated that he understood Libya’s requests regarding the rehabilitation of its eight C130s (ref D) and pledged to see what he could do to move things forward in Congress. He encouraged Muatassim to keep in mind the long-term perspective of bilateral security engagement and to remember that small obstacles will emerge from time to time that can be overcome.

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Death Row

Sometimes the world moves fast. Real fast. In 2010 some leaders joined in for the Arab African Summit, in Sirte, Libya. No doubt Qadhafi invited the most influential leaders of the area in his big tent. Time for one of those kodac moments. Smile to the camera and say “cheese” fellow dictators!

Remember some of those 80′s moving endings? Those that have a montage at the end, with a text telling us what happened to the characters? Let’s do something like that here. One year later, and the people pictured have far less to smile about.


So, what happened afterward? Look at the front row, from left to right we see:

  • Ben Ali, Tunesia – Who ran away and was tried in absense.
  • Saleh, Yemen – His compound was attacked and left him wounded. He is now in Saudi Arabia, trying to recover.
  • Qadhafi, Libya – Missing and hiding out somewhere, while still (probably) remaining overly optimistic.
  • Mubarak, Egypt – Probably the first to fall. Has been sentenced and faces the death penalty.

That was some epic party you had there, Moammar!

Nehmt gleich den Kugelschreiber und tritt mit mir in totale Federkrieg!

Before the Internet, there where penpals. One of these Kugelschreiberkriegerinnen is Angela Dorothea Merkel. ABBA Fan and chancellor of ze Germany, who was looking for penpals in Bravo Magazine, oh so many years ago.

Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?

Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?

Financial crooks brought down the world’s economy — but the feds are doing more to protect them than to prosecute them.

Over drinks at a bar on a dreary, snowy night in Washington this past month, a former Senate investigator laughed as he polished off his beer.

“Everything’s fucked up, and nobody goes to jail,” he said. “That’s your whole story right there. Hell, you don’t even have to write the rest of it. Just write that.”

I put down my notebook. “Just that?”

“That’s right,” he said, signaling to the waitress for the check. “Everything’s fucked up, and nobody goes to jail. You can end the piece right there.”

via Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail? | Rolling Stone Politics.


Libya – One of the sons of Qadhafi, Mohammed, has escaped! Al-Jazeera mentions how he -with the help of Qadhafi supporters- has fled from his home where he was placed under house arrest .

Before, he had confirmed to the Arabic media that he was indeed held in his home. He promptly escaped into the Libyan underground, probably to survive as a soldier of fortune. At the very least, he’s missing now, just like his dad…

Meanwhile, Emperor Obama warned that “the battle is far from over” and that he would support the “New Libya.” Emphasizing that what Libya needs is democracy. And Coca Cola. McDonalds. Freedom!

Reflection on my time in Venezuela (after a few too many glasses of pisco)

May 15th, 2010: Caracas, Venezuela

Identity is shaped through negotiation. The individual defines himself according to certain parameters whilst the world around him do a similar thing. They way the Self is defined is thus not only by the individual himself but also by the others around him.
Individualism in the Western/liberal sense of the word clearly demonstrates how the formation of identity is created through these two viewpoints. It has become somewhat of a fashion statement to claim that one wouldn’t have to care what the others around him think of him since he is the center of his own universe. However, this attitude can be reduced to its true form, that is it nothing more than an act which is indeed meant to influence the outside opinions of the Self.
So what does this paradox mean?

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Scientists say: We’re fucked if ET comes knocking

The Solar System – Even while the Fermi paradox states the universe is teeming with life (but somehow we can’t find any, paradoxally) the chances of anything coming from Mars is estimated a million to one. Which is a good thing. Because science says we’re fucked if it happens.

A bout of theorycrafting has resulted in a paper that says we’re likely screwed when extra-terrestrial entities come to earth.

We see two types of scenarios in which ETI might intentionally harm us.  The first scenario involves hostile, selfish ETI that attack us so as to maximize their own success.  This scenario suggests a standard fight-to-win conflict: a war of the worlds.  The second scenario involves ETI that are in no way selfish but instead follow some sort of universalist ethical framework.  ETI might attack us not out of selfishness but instead out of a universalist desire to make the galaxy a better place.

Surely humanity doesn’t suck that much to warrent extermination for the betterment and greater glory of the universe? Well, yes, we do. The universal definition of ‘intelligent life’ is ‘nuking humanity from orbit for the good of all.’ And can we blame them? We don’t have that good a trackrecord with other peoples and species, so when we extrapolate such behavour to ET’s:

The astronomers and others hope that the extraterrestrials, delighted to discover fellow intelligent beings, will sit down for a friendly chat. Perhaps the astronomers are right; that’s the best-case scenario. A less pleasant prospect is that the extraterrestrials might behave the way we intelligent beings have behaved whenever we have discovered other previously unknown intelligent beings on earth, like unfamiliar humans or chimpanzees and gorillas.

Just as we did to those beings, the extraterrestrials might proceed to kill, infect, dissect, conquer, displace or enslave us, stuff us as specimens for their museums or pickle our skulls and use us for medical research.

So, it’s a good thing space is really big and empty. Even when, say, 1% of all planets has inteligent life, the nearest planet would be hundreds of lightyears away. Also, there isn’t really a reason to go here, except for tracing back those signals we are sending into space. Hellooooo! We’re here! Please come wipe us out!

No moar Moammar

Tripoli – After forty years, the reign of Moammar Mohammed al-Qadhafi seems to be at it’s end. Qadhafi is on the run, his sons are arrested and the rebel forces are mopping up all that remains of his forces.

As far as insane dictators go, he’s one of the most insane dictator of them all and well known and respected in insane dictator circles.

He opposed both capitalism and communism and invented ‘Arabian Socialism,’ a political philosophy for which he wrote the Green Book, one-upping Mao and his red book.

This book consists of three parts:

  •     The Solution of the Problem of Democracy: ‘The Authority of the People’ (published in late 1975)
  •     The Solution of the Economic Problem: ‘Socialism’ (published in early 1977)
  •     The Social Basis of the Third International Theory (published in September 1981)

The Green Book rejects modern liberal democracy, “free press”, and capitalism. Democracy in Libya is based on direct democracy in the form of popular committees. (However this system is limited in practice by the fact that Gadaffi himself appoints a cabinet and departmental ministers, and the influence of unelected revolutionary committees throughout the government.) Freedom of speech is based on state ownership of book publishers, newspapers, television and radio stations, on the grounds that private ownership would be undemocratic. (At least one observer has called the resulting media “dull” and lacking in a “clash” of ideas.) Libya’s economic system is based on the premise that all employees must be “partners not wage-workers”, and forbids paying employees a wage in return for labor.

Two there should be; no more, no less. One to embody power, the other to crave it.

He is also notably famous for his role in the Lockerbie bombing, almost killing Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols. Now he is busy writing the fourth installment on the Green Book, called “Running and Hiding.”