The Noumenon Rant  
The Noumenon Rant


   Monday, April 28, 2003  

Metropolis

As we've often reported here, in September 2000 the Cheney-Rumsfeld outfit, Project for the New American Century, proudly published their blueprint for the direct imposition of U.S. "forward bases" throughout Central Asia and the Middle East. They even foresaw the need for what they called a "Pearl Harbor-type event" to galvanize the American public into supporting their ambitious program. Their reasons for this program were also stated quite openly: to ensure U.S. political and economic domination of the world, while strangling any potential "rival" or any viable alternative to the rapacious crony capitalism favored by the PNAC extremists. This dominance would be enforced by the ever-present threat -- and frequent application -- of violence. (A tactic known elsewhere as "terrorism.")


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CRON - Calorie Restriction with Optimal Nutrition

As I see it, the basics are simple: Subject to certain limits, the fewer calories you consume, the better your health and longevity. Benefits are proportional.

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OrlandoSentinel.com: State News A ban on human cloning sailed through a Florida Senate committee Monday, despite objections from state university scientists that the prohibition could hinder medical research into diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's

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   Saturday, April 26, 2003  

The Nando Times: MOVIE REVIEW: Pacino's role is washed up, but he's not

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Watching Microsoft Like A Hawk - Microsoft News Watch Site

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CHUD - Cinematic Happenings Under Development

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Ain't It Cool News - View Article

My vote for what Hunter & Taylor will look like in 2020...

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Club act takes the long handle - smh.com.au

Vince Jones, the jazz great with a social conscience, has a club act that hasn't gone down too well with the neighbours.

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   Thursday, April 24, 2003  

Dr. Susan Block: The Rape of Iraq

The supreme victory for the rapist is proof that his victim "enjoyed" it. Though he may force his way into her property, demolish her home, murder her loved ones, pillage her belongings, though he may terrify and humiliate her, beat and batter her, break her bones and tear her flesh, spill her blood, wound her organs and lay waste to her very soul, if, in the midst of the rape, between tears and shrieks of agony, if his victim should, for a moment, for some reason, any reason, if she should smile, or, better yet, orgasm, the rapist is redeemed; he is even (in his mind) heroic.

This is why, when the Anglo-American rape of Iraq began, we so desperately searched the Iraqi faces on our televisions for a smile.

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   Wednesday, April 23, 2003  

Can Kasparov be king of the castle again?


The chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov was once regarded as invincible. But after defeats by a computer and a woman, he has taken a more measured view.

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Scientific American: Potent Stem Cells Found in Baby Teeth

Your seven-year-old's baby tooth may be worth a lot more than the quarter the tooth fairy left under the pillow. Scientists have discovered that the pulp inside deciduous teeth is a treasure trove of fast-growing stem cells. Naturally-shed choppers could thus provide an easily accessible new source of these sought-after cells for clinical studies of stem-cell transplantation and tissue engineering.

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   Tuesday, April 22, 2003  

The Smoking Gun: Archive

Days after Madonna took a sharp swipe at music file-sharers, the singer's web site was hacked Saturday (4/19) by an electronic interloper who posted MP3 files of every song from "American Life," the controversial performer's new album, which will be officially released Tuesday.

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The Memory Hole > LA Times Deletes Key Paragraphs from Web Version of Article

More evidence of the media tampering with the process of reporting what is really going on in Iraq.

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The Memory Hole > Doctored Photo from London Evening Standard

On 9 April 2003, the front page of the London Evening Standard (circulation: 400,000) front page contained a blurry image supposedly showing a throng of Iraqis in Baghdad celebrating the toppling of Saddam Hussein. What we are really looking at is an incredibly ham-fisted attempt at photo manipulation.

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   Monday, April 21, 2003  

The Origins of Easter

Easter does, in fact, have a religious meaning; but the religion is not Christianity. Instead, the word Easter is derived from an ancient Teutonic goddess of fertility named Estere, whose feasts were celebrated in the spring by her pagan adherents. Typically, the Estere celebration occurred in April, at which time she apparently demanded sacrifices from her followers.


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   Sunday, April 20, 2003  

eBay item 3321207568 (Ends Apr-19-03 12:46:45 PDT ) - NAPOLEON - 1927 Abel Gance Masterpiece

Another thing I just bought on Ebay!

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   Saturday, April 19, 2003  

Lou Reed studying Tai Chi??

Kungfu Magazine: Magazine Feature Article Lou Reed:
a Walk on the Wild Side of Tai Chi

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cdstreet.com | Wampus Multimedia Products After Hours: a Tribute to the Music of Lou Reed

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Listen to a recent radio interview with Lou Reed about his cd "The Raven".

NPR : Lou Reed and 'The Raven'

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Lou Reed Embarks on World Tour
(but no Australian dates announced yet!! The last time he toured Australia my boys happened to be born and I didn't go! I hope I didn't insult him...)

Pitchfork: Daily Music News

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eBay item 2823992724 (Ends Apr-18-03 14:55:14 PDT ) - STANDING STATUE OF NAPOLEON - MADE IN ITALY

Look what I just bought on Ebay!

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   Thursday, April 17, 2003  

How To Rip A DVD - Digital Ferret

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Annoyed As Hell

it's funny cuz it's true

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   Wednesday, April 16, 2003  

Newsweek.MSNBC.com: Honoring the Fallen

54 out of 149 of the allied forces killed during the Iraq campaign were from "accidents" or "friendly fire"... that's 30%... I wonder how this maps to other short campaigns? I can't figure out how a country with a military budget the size of the U.S.A. can train its troops for so long, provide them with the latest and greatest technology known to man, and then have thirty percent of their troops die not at the hands of the enemy...

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Business Standard .. Saddam Hussein, made in USA

Newsweek magazine pointed out that “the United States backed Saddam’s armies with military intelligence, economic aid and covert supplies of munitions... the shopping list included... numerous shipments of ‘bacteria/fungi/protozoa’.
According to former officials, the bacteria cultures could be used to make biological weapons, including anthrax.” In December 1983, Donald Rumsfeld’s firm handshake with Saddam in Baghdad, at a time when the Iraqi Army was gassing Kurds, was recorded for posterity by Iraqi TV. It was only later, when Saddam tried to bite the hand that fed him, that the US started portraying him as a dangerous dictator.

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Which John Cusack Are You?

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:: how jedi are you? ::

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   Tuesday, April 15, 2003  

Clay Shirky’s Internet Writings

Shirky is one of the most incisive internet and technology analysts I've read.

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French jailbirds fly to freedom. 15/4/2003. ABC News Online French jailbirds fly to freedom
Three inmates have escaped from a prison in south-eastern France by helicopter, the latest in a string of spectacular jail breaks in the country in the past month.

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We Love the Iraqi Information Minister

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labia love - the 2003 international labia blogathon

gotta love the labia!

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Yahoo! News - Scientists Map Human Genome, Win Clues on Disease

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   Monday, April 14, 2003  

Prof Roger V. Short, Adjunct Professor, Department of Zoology

On Andrew Denton's TV show tonight I saw an interview with Roger Short from the University of Melbourne who claims to have confirmed that lemon juice, mixed in water, will kill the HIV virus.

Reproductive scientist Roger Short, from the University of Melbourne, said laboratory tests have shown that lemon juice killed sperm and HIV, which often develops into Aids.

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   Sunday, April 13, 2003  

Pillagers Strip Iraqi Museum of Its Treasure

The National Museum of Iraq recorded a history of civilizations that began to flourish in the fertile plains of Mesopotamia more than 7,000 years ago. But once American troops entered Baghdad in sufficient force to topple Saddam Hussein's government this week, it took only 48 hours for the museum to be destroyed, with at least 170,000 artifacts carried away by looters.

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Economist.com | The structure of the universe

earth, sun, galaxy and, indeed, humanity are all special in one way: the stuff they are made of is rare in the universe. The familiar matter that forms atoms accounts for only about 4% of the matter and energy that is around.
Most of the rest is something called “dark energy”, which is making the universe expand at what appears to be an accelerating rate. Physicists have no idea what it is.

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   Saturday, April 12, 2003  

The Avalon Project : The Code of Hammurabi

Hammurabi was the ruler who chiefly established the greatness of Babylon, the world's first metropolis. Many relics of Hammurabi's reign ([1795-1750 BC]) have been preserved, and today we can study this remarkable King . . . as a wise law-giver in his celebrated code. . .

By far the most remarkable of the Hammurabi records is his code of laws, the earliest-known example of a ruler proclaiming publicly to his people an entire body of laws, arranged in orderly groups, so that all men might read and know what was required of them. The code was carved upon a black stone monument, eight feet high, and clearly intended to be reared in public view. This noted stone was found in the year 1901, not in Babylon, but in a city of the Persian mountains, to which some later conqueror must have carried it in triumph. It begins and ends with addresses to the gods. Even a law code was in those days regarded as a subject for prayer, though the prayers here are chiefly cursings of whoever shall neglect or destroy the law.

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A very disturbing story from CNN's Chief News Executive about his experiences in Iraq over the last ten years which they had to keep secret...

The News We Kept to Ourselves

Over the last dozen years I made 13 trips to Baghdad to lobby the government to keep CNN's Baghdad bureau open and to arrange interviews with Iraqi leaders. Each time I visited, I became more distressed by what I saw and heard — awful things that could not be reported because doing so would have jeopardized the lives of Iraqis, particularly those on our Baghdad staff.

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Details Given on Contract Halliburton Was Awarded

The Pentagon contract given without competition to a Halliburton subsidiary to fight oil well fires in Iraq is worth as much as $7 billion over two years, according to a letter from the Army Corps of Engineers that was released today.

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   Friday, April 11, 2003  

Iraqis Have Paid the Blood Price for a Fraudulent War

The wider global impact of this war was spelled out by North Korea's foreign ministry this week. "The Iraqi war shows," it declared, with unerring logic, "that to allow disarmament through inspections does not help avert a war, but rather sparks it", concluding that "only a tremendous military deterrent force" can prevent attacks on states the US dislikes.

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Ain't It Cool News - View Article

A trailer for Revolutions will follow the END of the credits for Reloaded (the credits are about 8 minutes long). The Brothers insisted on this - despite studio worries that the audience won't stick around (they knew that after word got out they'd have no problems getting the audience to wait).

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Internet Week > Wireless Networking > Why Wi-Fi Will Clobber 3G: Lousy And Cheap Beats Good And Expensive > April 2, 2003

This is the general pattern of the defeat of perma-net by nearly-net. In the context of any given system, perma-net is the pattern that makes communication ubiquitous. For a plane ride, the airphone is perma-net -- always available but always expensive -- while the cell phone is nearly-net, only intermittently connected but cheap and under the user's control.

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Gates Foundation

I just watched this video of Bill Gates speaking at a medical conference in 2002. I know I am biased, he's my boss, but c'mon. Why does this guy not get the credit he deserves for the phlianthropy?

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   Thursday, April 10, 2003  

I am not the mind. I know this to be fact. The mind consists of nothing but thoughts. I am aware of these thoughts. Anything I am aware of must necessarily be an "object" to my "subject". As the old saying goes, "the eye cannot see itself". So, therefore, if I am aware of my thoughts, if I can "observe" them, then what is doing the observing? The immediate answer which comes to mind is "me". What, then, is this "me" if not the mind? The soul? What is that? Definitions please. Consciousness? Sentience? What are these but words which attempt to give a name to that which cannot have a name?

As the old masters like Nisaragatta Maharaj said "I AM THAT".

This knowledge of what I am not has been with me so long now I hardly ever think of it. Life is something that happens to me. I appear to witness events as they occur. I am not in control, for there is no-one to be "in control". I have analyzed my existence a thousand times and every time have come up with zero evidence of anything except formlessness. What is there of permanence? My cells die and are replaced by new cells. These cells themselves are merely vibrations of energy. What is this energy? How is the energy that makes up my cells different from the energy that makes up the cells of this chair I sit upon? If I am to believe the physicists, an atom of carbon in my body is no different to an atom of carbon in this chair. What makes me think this carbon is "mine" and the other carbon is not? Where do I start and the chair begin? My eyes and the rest of my senses tell me that "I" end at my skin, but can these senses be trusted? Are they not dull? A skin cell viewed through a quantum microscope looks very different than when viewed by the naked eye.

I am that which has no name. Isn't that what the tetragrammaton was invented for? To give "That-Which-Has-No-Name" a name?

Jehovah, name of the God of the Hebrew people as erroneously transliterated from the Masoretic Hebrew text. The word consists of the consonants JHVH or JHWH, with the vowels of a separate word, Adonai (Lord). What its original vowels were is a matter of speculation, for because of an interpretation of such texts as Exodus 20:7 and Leviticus 24:11, the name came to be regarded as too sacred for expression; the scribes, in reading aloud, substituted “Lord” and therefore wrote the vowel markings for “Lord” into the consonantal framework JHVH as a reminder to future readers. The translators of the Hebrew, not realizing what the scribes had done, read the word as it was written down, taking the scribal vowel markings as intrinsic to the name of their God rather than as a mere reminder not to speak it. From this came the rendition Jehovah. The evidence of the Greek Church fathers shows the forms Jabe and Jao to be traditional, as well as the shortened Hebrew forms of the words Jah (see Psalms 68:4, for example) and Jahu (in proper names). It indicates that the name was originally spoken Jaweh or Yahwe (often spelled Yahweh in modern usage). Etymologically, it is a third person singular, imperfect, probably of the verb hawah (or hajah), signifying “to be”. The older interpreters explain the verb in a metaphysical and abstract sense; the “I am” of Scripture is “He who is”, the absolutely existent.
Microsoft ® Encarta ® Reference Library 2002. © 1993-2001 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

"...or The Being simply."



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   Monday, April 07, 2003  

The War on the Web, Part 2
Other sites to see on the road to Baghdad.


Some interesting sites providing deeper and alternative coverage of the war.

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So... I am a pretty simple guy with interests in the following things.

Napoleon
Advaita
Transhumanism
My Nomad Zen

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Ain't It Cool News - View Article

The new ANIMATRIX short is live! DETECTIVE STORY - it's pretty impressive. I don't really get into anime (surprisingly to me, maybe I should give it more time), but this is simply stunning. The imagery is hypnotizing and the rendering of Trinity is... well... cool.

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   Sunday, April 06, 2003  

KurzweilAI.net

A coming era of personalized genetic medicine, breakthroughs that radically extend the human lifespan, nanomedicine, and the merger of our biological species with our own technology were among the future visions presented at TIME's "The Future of Life" conference.

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Still reading "Snow Crash", became interested in the tetragrammaton and the commonalities between the Genesis story of The Garden of Eden and the Sumerian story of Adapa, who was tricked out of immortality by the gods telling him the bread and waters of life were those of death. This site contains part of the story. I've always been fascinated with the way that that the myths, stories and legends contained in the Old and New Testaments were adapted from earlier myths from the region.

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   Saturday, April 05, 2003  

CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Gift of Tongues (Glossolalia)

Been reading "Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson and loving it. Part of the plot has to do with people speaking in tongues or babbling and apparently the correct term for this phenomenon is "glossolalia".

Although associated today mostly with Christians, the phemonenon actually has been recorded in most fundamentalist religious communities (http://skepdic.com/glossol.html).

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