90 percent of science fiction is crap. But then, 90 percent of everything is crap.
I registered the domain nemesis.com many years ago with the idea that it would contain information concerning events, people and technology that were not available elsewhere. Since that time the world wide web portion of the Internet has grown by leaps and bounds, but Sturgeon's Law remains in force (if somewhat optimistic). This page now documents much of the falsity and absurdity that passes for public discourse.
The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, is proud to be distributing the greatest amount of free
meals and food stamps ever.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us to "Please Do Not Feed the Animals." Their stated reason for the policy is because the animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.
The financial industry as it exists today is entirely a creation of the state. The state permits a private cartel to produce currency for a supposedly sovereign nation. The state does not lift a finger to punish those in the financial industry who openly commit fraud. The state forced you to bail out the financial system. It will do so again. One can hardly find a better example of garbage in, garbage out.
"Don't believe them, don't fear them, don't ask anything of them."
RT: It seems that the public is divided between those, who think that the government surveillance program violates their civil liberties, and those, who say: "I've nothing to hide. So, why should I care?" What do you say to those, who think that it shouldn't concern them.
Regarding the deeper reasons for shooting massacres:
We breed a culture that celebrates violence and then we are shocked when that violence happens at home. That's not irony...it's willful ignorance.
The Soviet Union had a single, entrenched, systemically corrupt political party, which held a monopoly on power. The United States has two entrenched, systemically corrupt political parties, whose positions are often indistinguishable, and which together hold a monopoly on power. In either case, there is, or was, a single governing elite, but in the United States it organized itself into opposing teams to make its stranglehold on power seem more sportsmanlike.
I don't vote. Two reasons. First of all it's meaningless; this country was bought and sold a long time ago. The shit they shovel around every 4 years doesn't mean a fucking thing. Secondly, I believe if you vote, you have no right to complain. People like to twist that around - they say, 'If you don't vote, you have no right to complain', but where's the logic in that? If you vote and you elect dishonest, incompetent people into office who screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You caused the problem; you voted them in; you have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote, who in fact did not even leave the house on election day, am in no way responsible for what these people have done and have every right to complain about the mess you created that I had nothing to do with.
The modern control matrix of prohibiting something is to leave it technically legal, thereby diffusing anti-tyranny opposition, but bury the actual activity in so many regulations, fees, and licenses, as to make it virtually impossible for a person of average means, knowledge, motivation, and connections, to conduct it with any level of enjoyment, profit margin, or benefits.
A political system controlled by an ignorant electorate that is manipulated by a dishonest and controlled media that dispenses propaganda on behalf of a corrupt political establishment can hardly be the path to lasting prosperity.
I ask statists of various stripes what they think of the following statements:
"My daddy has voted Republican his whole life. Since he died he votes Democrat!"
A simple question is posed: the public is overwhelming against the following:
DSM IV criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD):
A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:
If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress... Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.
A quick tip:
The way to kill a zombie is to starve it to death by hiding its EBT card under its work boots.
From a financial blog:
The only way wealth is actually created is by mining, extracting or growing things. And by taking the goods that are mined, extracted or grown and manufacturing them into usable products. Everything else, including the entire service industry, including government (in theory a service), is just redistribution. If I pay a guy to shine my shoes I'm redistributing a small chunk of my wealth to him.
Consider, if you will, the following:
And now, with that in mind, consider this bit of history:
The organization dates back to 1890 as the Wandervogel and progressed by leaps and bounds, gaining strength between 1900 and 1914 preceding the First World War. It lost favor after WWI when it first became known as the Youth League of the National Socialist Worker's Party (NSDAP) and was renamed "Greater German Youth Movement" - a less ominous and less political-sounding name. It became more militant over time and on Sunday, July 4, 1926 the Greater German Youth Movement was renamed as the Hitler Jugend, Bund der Deutschen Arbeiterjugend and thus the Hitler Jugend (HJ) or Hitler Youth was born.
The United States Federal Government is consistent:
It has been pointed out:
If a conservative doesn't like guns, he doesn`t buy one.
Recordation of Votes for the 1964 Civil Rights Act:
House of Representatives
All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.--Nietzsche
"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."--Buddhist saying
Back in the 1980s, Yosemite National Park was having a serious problem with bears: They would wander into campgrounds and break into the garbage bins. This put both bears and people at risk. So the Park Service started installing armored garbage cans that were tricky to open -- you had to swing a latch, align two bits of handle, that sort of thing. But it turns out it's actually quite tricky to get the design of these cans just right. Make it too complex and people can't get them open to put away their garbage in the first place. Said one park ranger, "There is considerable overlap between the intelligence of the smartest bears and the dumbest tourists."
In the English language, the word "racist" has come to describe anyone who opposes the Democrat Party. It serves to shut down discussion rather than resolve differences and has destroyed the original meaning of the word.
The Political Correctness Police has issued an all points bulletin for the following people of interest. If you know of any racists who fit this updated definition and description, notify the proper authorities immediately.
The media in the United States, while able to provide excruciating detail on nearly every celebrity scandal, has thus far failed to provide even basic information on President Obama. The press has been unable to locate any of his childhood friends or neighbors. They cannot locate any of Obama's college papers, or grades, or how his Harvard tuition was paid. They have not been able to determine who issued his visa for travel to Pakistan in the 1980s, nor have they been able to ascertain why he is using a Social Security Number originally issued in Connecticut to a now-deceased man.
They have also been unable to locate a copy of Michelle Obama's thesis at Princeton on racism.
Ideas are more powerful than guns.--Josef Stalin
The audience will always look where the magician looks. The magician must never look at what he wants to conceal. The audience will treat as important what the magician treats as important, and as unimportant what the magician treats as unimportant.
On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.--Charles Babbage
But scientists, who ought to know
here for the Department of Energy "This Week in Petroleum Gasoline"
You can look up local gas prices across the United States here.
...so let's recap.
A dose of reality
from of all places, the New York Times.
for a map of the Washington, D.C. Metro subway system.
Click here for U.S. Census information lookup based on place name or zip code.
The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government.
Regulation is for today's socialists what public ownership of the means of production and central planning were for them half a century ago. No one has to nationalize industries anymore, because the extraordinary growth of regulation has given effective control to the government without its having to assume the hassle of ownership. Socialism has effectively re-invented itself.--Antonio Martino, Italian economist
Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.--Josef Stalin
Nothing in the Constitution compels us to listen to or view any unwanted communication, whatever its merit;
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has
ruled that the unauthorized use of a thermal scanner violates the
Fourth Amendment, then reversed themselves and decided that it's okay.
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently ruled that such a thermal scan is a search in violation of the Fourth Amendment. The cite is Commonwealth v. Gindlesperger, No. 40 W.D. Appeal Docket 1998 (1999), but I don't have a link to an on-line opinion.
All of that is moot since June 11, 2001, when the Supreme Court of
the United States voted 5-4 that the use of a thermal scanner, or
any other "sense-enhancing device", constitutes a search under the
Fourth Amendment. Justice Scalia, writing for the majority:
We think that obtaining by sense-enhancing technology any information regarding the interior of the home that could not otherwise have been obtained without physical intrusion into a constitutionally protected area constitutes a search - at least where (as here) the technology in question is not in general public use.
The full ruling, in Adobe Acrobat format, is available here.
In 1979 the Supreme Court ruled in
Brown v. Texas
that you do not have to supply identification to a police officer
merely because the officer demands it.
Twenty-five years later a slim majority of the Supremes now believe that you must identify yourself whenever a law enforcement officer asks. Failure to identify yourself is now sufficient in and of itself to trigger an arrest, regardless of your guilt or innocence.
You can read the full travesty in Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court, Nevada, 03-5554.
The cluelessness of these Justices is evident in the following
excerpt from the majority opinion:
One's identity is, by definition, unique; yet it is, in another sense, a universal characteristic. Answering a request to disclose a name is likely to be so insignificant in the scheme of things as to be incriminating only in unusual circumstances...
Information on the numerous current
national states of emergency
Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Persons Who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism
This is a continuation of the original declaration after the attacks of September 11, 2001:
Proclamation 7463 of September 14, 2001
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Sun Tzu's strategy classic
The Art of War
Click here to see an effective way to deal with terrorists.
Thanks to our friends at the
Public Broadcasting System,
you can pick your target and detonate a nuclear bomb!
A set of Frequently Asked Questions about nuclear weapons is available here.
A little closer to home, an enterprising Boy Scout managed to build his own radioactive stockpile. You can read the story here.
Safety precautions and the chemcial composition of the nerve gas VX can be found here.
Martin Libicki's The Mesh and the Net: Speculations on Armed Conflict in an Age of Free Silicon is available here.
Newspapers occasionally contain interesting classified advertisments.
View some of them here.
Information on remote viewing is available from SAIC's Cognitive Science Laboratory.
A variety of information concerning ancient Egypt is available at Guardian's Egypt.
Webster also defines nemesis as one that inflicts retribution or vengeance, or a formidable and usually victorious rival or opponent.
Nemesis a moral conscience. Daughter of Oceanus, or, of Night and Erebus. Dike was her mother. Finger on the lips for silence if you do not wish to anger the Gods.
This Greek goddess helped to avenge those who were wronged. Originally an abstraction of righteous indignation against evil, this idea was later personified as Nemesis, goddess of divine justice and vengeance. Her anger is directed toward human transgressions of the natural, right order of things and the hubris behind it. Nemesis pursues the insolent and the wicked with inflexible vengeance. Her cult probably originated from Smyrna. Apart from playing this role in assorted myths, she is also considered to be the mother of Helen. When Nemesis was pursued by Zeus, she turned herself into a goose to escape him. However, he eventually caught her by turning himself into a swan. As a result of their union, Nemesis then laid an egg from which Helen was hatched. Nemesis is portrayed as serious looking woman with in her left hand a whip, a rein, a sword, or a pair of scales. In the Hellenistic period she was portrayed with a steering wheel.
Greek Legends of Nemesis
Greek goddess of justice and vengeance. She was essentially an abstraction, although she is given as the daughter of Erebos and Nyx. She was responsible for punishing human misconduct and arrogance (hubris). One of the legends associated with her, that of her rape by Zeus in the form of a swan, by whom she subsequently gave birth to Helen, probably refers to a separate goddess who is the deified form of Leda. The cult of Nemesis was particularly prominent at Rhamnus in Attica and at Smyrna.
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Last updated December 4, 2012