Friday, July 24, 2015

ABCNews 1979 documentary on the CIA's mind control MKUltra Project.

History is instructive.


7/24 - treadmill, pushups, chins, knee raise
7/23 - chins, inc db press, leg xt, pushups, stiff arm pulldown, calf press, sswings, db curls, tri pushdowns, air squats, situps

Dwayne The Rock Johnson: "Learned a valuable lesson a long time ago that it's much easier to push yourself when a crowd is watching or a coach is telling you what to do. The extremely hard part is pushing yourself beyond limits when no one else is around and you're alone. But if you can master that.. that's when you break thru into another level of progress and success."

FGOY: "Julie Foucher is a medical student (Class of 2017) as well as a four-time CrossFit Games athlete. Inspiration to us all.  “I believe my role as a future physician will not simply be to facilitate the cure of disease, but to maximize the fitness of my patients over the years of their lives.”"

Relax everybody, I found Waldo.  And she's got abs.

The first step is the most important.

The circle of life continues.

Nihilist Arby's understands.

Power librarian move.

Look, they made a salad!

The question bears repeating.


Small talk is horrible.

You gotta own that.

The only time I care about fashion.


That first cup of coffee in the AM.


Dick move, god.

Cool DC Comics covers in Sep/Oct.






"Short version: the Amazon rainforests are rewilded territory."

Myth of pristine Amazon rainforest busted as old cities reappear - New Scientist: "The first Europeans to penetrate the Amazon rainforests reported cities, roads and fertile fields along the banks of its major rivers. “There was one town that stretched for 15 miles without any space from house to house, which was a marvellous thing to behold,” wrote Gaspar de Carvajal, chronicler of explorer and conquistador Francisco de Orellana in 1542. “The land is as fertile and as normal in appearance as our Spain.” Such tales were long dismissed as fantasies, not least because teeming cities were never seen or talked about again. But it now seems the chroniclers were right all along. It is our modern vision of a pristine rainforest wilderness that turns out to be the dream. What is today one of the largest tracts of rainforest in the world was, until little more than 500 years ago, a landscape dominated by human activity, according to a review of the evidence by Charles Clement of Brazil’s National Institute of Amazonian Research in Manaus, and his colleagues."
The Real Lost Cities Of The Amazon Rewilderness | MORNING, COMPUTER: "Short version: the Amazon rainforests are rewilded territory.  Six hundred years ago, the area was rammed with fifteen-mile-wide cities, plazas, canals, terraced fields and managed orchards.  The Europeans showed up with diseases and guns, and as many as fifty million people either died or returned to the deep bush.  There is no “pristine” Amazonia — only a largely unrecorded civilisation that collapsed, and the jungle grew over it like a shroud. I suggested some while ago that the idea of a “wild” Britain is absurd, given that the landscape has been interfered with for thousands of years.  Not being a great student of South America, I was surprised and oddly delighted to learn that the Amazon rainforests, always presented to me as some perfect bubble of unmanaged wilderness, contains the same human history, and the same human mystery."


dean trippe | moonbase one (A friend of mine asked me recently, was I gonna go...): ""A friend of mine asked me recently, was I gonna go see the new Batman movie with him. It’s just I don’t respect the concept of Batman because of what I understand about politics now… I’mma lay it out for you: rich dude owns a corporation. Has state of the art equipment, and he uses this to beat up on street level crime. He doesn’t mess with the industrialists, or the super capitalists, or the Murdochs, or the Trumps. He really just fuck with the person that’s just on the corner. Batman is a conservative’s wet dream. Fuck Batman." - Reginald D. Hunter (via honda) Also he’s turned Gotham into an arena for playing out his own twisted little psychodrama, avenging his parents’ death over and over again, which is why he doesn’t just fucking kill the recurring villains and spare everybody the danger of their continual reappearances. He’s a big rich man and he doesn’t want to deal with his feelings in any kind of healthy way, so an entire city is vulnerable to terrorist attack on a more or less daily basis for the sake of his sad, creepy power games. Fuck Batman."

"Consciousness itself is an infinite regress; this explains coincidences." - Robert Anton Wilson

“Language is the software without which we wouldn’t be people.”

 "Language is an informational creature of some sort."

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Jesus is super-busy these days.

Don't understand. Still Awesome.


"Reductio ad absurdum."


"Beliefs are for controlling our own lives, not the lives of others."

Kafkaesque - Police fire "“...the only supervisor who resists making requested changes as directed by management in order to reflect the correct finding."

Must be nice to know what the 'correct finding' is without having your investigator weigh in.

Chicago’s police review agency fires investigator for not exonerating cops - The Washington Post: "Scott M. Ando, chief administrator of the city’s Independent Police Review Authority, informed its staff in a July 9 email that the agency no longer employed supervising investigator Lorenzo Davis, 65, a former Chicago police commander. IPRA investigates police-brutality complaints and recommends any punishment. Davis’s termination came less than two weeks after top IPRA officials, evaluating Davis’s job performance, accused him of “a clear bias against the police” and called him “the only supervisor at IPRA who resists making requested changes as directed by management in order to reflect the correct finding with respect to OIS,” as officer-involved shootings are known in the agency...

Since its 2007 creation, IPRA has investigated nearly 400 civilian shootings by police and found one to be unjustified. Oddly enough, Davis was getting stellar reviews up until he found a few cases in which he believed police had inappropriately fired their weapons. Through most of his IPRA tenure, Davis’s performance evaluations showered him with praise. They called him an “effective leader” and “excellent team player.” The final evaluation, issued June 26, said he “is clearly not a team player.”"

And of course this is the city where police were found to have tortured suspects for decades. Conveniently, the city managed to cover up the mess long enough for the statute of limitations to prevent all but one of the officers from facing any criminal charges. In 2008, the city’s most elite police unit was disbanded after officers were accused of a host of crimes from assault to theft to burglaries to conspiracy to commit murder. And just earlier this year, the Guardian reported new allegations of torture, beatings, and other physical abuse at an abandoned warehouse. Just a thought: Maybe the Chicago PD needs fewer “team players.”"

"My plans are rebuild the Death Star... destroy Ewok world... then we'll conquer the universe."

Cuteness overload.  Mini-Chiun Li rocks.

"Mom Arrested for 'Abandoning' Kids in Food Court While She Watched Them from 30 Yards Away."

 Ridiculous. "A woman let her two young children wait in a mall food court while she interviewed for a job a mere 30 yards away. The children never left her sight. This made little difference to the police, who promptly arrested her for child abandonment...

Thankfully, I expect that the tons of media attention will save the mom from losing her hard-fought new job. What’s great is that the whole country seems to have woken up to the idea that “unsupervised for a short time” does not equal, “In such terrible danger that only an awful parent would ever let this happen.”"

Willa gets it.

"If Americans truly want to reduce the amount young people use technology, we should free up more of their time."

Blame Society, Not the Screen Time -"This is the Catch-22 that we’ve trapped today’s youth in. We’ve locked them indoors because we see the physical world as more dangerous than ever before, even though by almost every measure, we live in the safest society to date. We put unprecedented demands on our kids, maxing them out with structured activities, homework and heavy expectations. And then we’re surprised when they’re frazzled and strung out. For many teenagers, technology is a relief valve. 

(And that goes for the strung-out, overworked parents and adults playing Candy Crush, too.) 

It’s not the inherently addictive substance that fretting parents like to imagine. It simply provides an outlet. The presence of technology alone is not the issue. We see much higher levels of concern about technology “addiction” in countries where there’s even greater pressure to succeed and fewer social opportunities (e.g., China, South Korea, etc.). If Americans truly want to reduce the amount young people use technology, we should free up more of their time."

"Cosby is still out on the road... what do think his act is like? You think he, like, says 'You ever been in trouble with the wife?'" - Judd Apatow

"I regret the error."