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Rebel Without a Cause ... But with a Smile!
« Reply #150 on: November 13, 2008, 04:29:54 PM »

Here it is a Wikipedia description of the differences:


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I see the third column (absurdism) has been clicked on - I guess it'd had to be explained a bit that for absurdism people may create meaning in their own lives (which may not be the objective meaning of life) but that still provides something for which to strive. But they must always maintain an ironic distance between this invented meaning and the knowledge of the absurd lest the fictitious meaning take the place of the absurd.

Camus introduced the idea of "acceptance without resignation" and asked if man can "live without appeal", defining a "conscious revolt" against the avoidance of absurdity of the world. In a world devoid of higher meaning, or judicial afterlife, man becomes absolutely free. It is through this freedom that man can act either as a mystic (through appeal to some supernatural force) or an absurd hero (through a revolt against such hope). Henceforth, the absurd hero's refusal to hope becomes his singular ability to live in the present with passion.
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« Reply #151 on: November 13, 2008, 05:51:45 PM »

I'm not surprised! Snakes, when snakes eat animals who have bones (or humans like a baby or small child) they completely digest all of their bones. The interesting thing is that hair isn't digested. Because snakes don't produce urine like mammals do, they convert their nitrogenous waste into insoluble uric acid crystals. So, a snake pellet will be composed of fur, and white powder, which will partly be bone but will also be uric acid crystals.


PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- It took animal control officers in southwest Florida 45 minutes to get a 10-foot long boa constrictor out from under the hood of a car. The snake twisted itself inside the car's engine in Punta Gorda Monday. Officers tried to force it out with water, but it didn't work. They pulled the reptile out after officers turned on the car and the engine started to heat up.

http://www.wftv.com/news/17887236/detail.html

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Re: Asylum For Blood-Feuds-Affected Person -- Lawyer Recommandation
« Reply #152 on: November 14, 2008, 04:33:36 PM »

Doing nothing would just make things better. You know, leaving the system to proceed in the way it is going, so that its rotten character becomes fully manifest. Capitalism is smart enough to actually make small concessions in order to save its whole "configuration" ... is not, then, that the more ruthless and corrupt the capitalist system becomes, the more likely it'll be that largely impoverished working masses will revolt? It may just be that the more curruption and distrust results from the system, the more the indignation on part of the masses will grow -- an indignation and resentment towards the ruling class that will help spark the revolution, a violent act that will change for good the order of things of an incorrigible system like capitalism.

The rationale continues that in this radical culture of disappearance certain "Elements of Refusal", partly unconsciously and partly consciously, are to be employed. Simply not voting -- "apathy" keeps over half the nation from the polls; anarchism never accomplished as much! There are positive parallels: "networking" as an alternative to politics is practiced at many levels of society, and non-hierarchic organization has attained popularity even outside the anarchist movement, simply because it works. Refusal of Work can take the forms of absenteeism, on-job drunkenness, sabotage, and sheer inattention -- but it can also give rise to new modes of rebellion: more self- employment, participation in the "black" economy -- all more or less "invisible" activities compared to traditional leftist confrontational tactics such as the general strike.

Embracing all sorts of non-authoritarian forms of spirituality, from "unchurched" Christianity to neo-paganism. Or the "free religions" -- small, self-created, half-serious/half-fun cults influenced by such currents as Discordianism and anarcho-Taoism -- that can be found all over marginal America providing a growing "fourth way" outside the mainstream churches, the televangelical bigots, and New Age vapidity and consumerism. And of course, construction of "private moralities" in the Nietzschean sense: the spirituality of "free spirits." Refusal of Home as well: "homelessness," which most consider a form of victimization, not wishing to be forced into nomadology. But "homelessness" can in a sense be a virtue, an adventure. And finally refusal of the Family, which is clearly expressed through divorce, or some other "breakdown." Life can be happier without the nuclear family, whereupon a hundred flowers bloom -- from single parentage to group marriage to erotic affinity group.


Waiting for the revolution, while making the culture jam? Creating cognitive dissonance, disseminating as many seeds of truth to as many people as you can, with the ultimate goal of toppling existing power structures ... practically so? What of the anarchist dream, the Stateless state, the Commune, a free society, a free culture? Are we to abandon that hope in return for some existentialist acte gratuit? Well, as it has been argued, revolution has never yet resulted in achieving this dream. The vision comes to life in the moment of uprising -- but as soon as "the Revolution" triumphs and the State returns, the dream and the ideal are already betrayed. Second, even if you replace the revolutionary approach with a concept of insurrection blossoming spontaneously into anarchist culture, our particular historical situation is not propitious for such a vast undertaking. Absolutely nothing but a futile martyrdom could possibly result now from a head-on collision with the State, the megacorporate information State. Its guns are all pointed at us, while our meager weaponry finds nothing to aim at but a society of capitulation ruled by the image of the Cop and the absorbant eye of the TV screen.

Hakim Bey proposes as much more realistic an uprising which does not engage directly with the State, a guerilla operation which liberates an area (of land, of time, of imagination) and then dissolves itself to re-form elsewhere/elsewhen, before the State can crush it. You know, hillbilly enclaves. Strike and run away. Keep moving the entire tribe, even if it's only data in the Web. "Strike" that evades the violence of the State, which is no longer a meaningful violence. The strike is made at structures of control, essentially at ideas; the defense is "invisibility," a martial art, and "invulnerability" -- an "occult" art within the martial arts. The "nomadic war machine" conquers without being noticed and moves on before the map can be adjusted. As to the future -- Only the autonomous can plan autonomy, organize for it, create it. A bootstrap operation.

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Everything is in Flux!
« Reply #153 on: November 19, 2008, 12:16:17 PM »

I see the third column (absurdism) has been clicked on - I guess it'd had to be explained a bit that for absurdism people may create meaning in their own lives (which may not be the objective meaning of life) but that still provides something for which to strive. But they must always maintain an ironic distance between this invented meaning and the knowledge of the absurd lest the fictitious meaning take the place of the absurd.

Camus introduced the idea of "acceptance without resignation" and asked if man can "live without appeal", defining a "conscious revolt" against the avoidance of absurdity of the world. In a world devoid of higher meaning, or judicial afterlife, man becomes absolutely free. It is through this freedom that man can act either as a mystic (through appeal to some supernatural force) or an absurd hero (through a revolt against such hope). Henceforth, the absurd hero's refusal to hope becomes his singular ability to live in the present with passion.



Dionysus had the power to inspire and to create ecstasy

Compare it with Nietzsche's Dionysus: chaos, intoxication, celebration of nature, instinctual, intuitive, pertaining to the sensation of pleasure or pain, individuality dissolved and hence destroyed, wholeness of existence, orgiastic passion, dissolution of all boundaries, excess, human being(s) as the work and glorification of art, destruction.

And then you have the Apollo: the dream state or the wish to create order, principium individuationis (principle of individuation), plastic (visual) arts, beauty, clarity, stint to formed boundaries, individuality, celebration of appearance/illusion, human beings as artists (or media of art's manifestation), self-control, perfection, exhaustion of possibilities, creation.

In the doctrine of will to power, Nietzsche's philosophy matures fully and the earlier dichotomy of Dionysian and Apollonian which had a Hegelian dialectical flavor to it, becomes absorbed into the Will to power and thus becomes one, just as all other drives do. The Will to power becomes a vehicle for the revaluation of decadent values, which for him were the result of two thousand years of slave morality. The Dionysian energy becomes merely a material for will to power which is the most important drive in nature. Thus Nietzsche says:

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This world is the will to power and nothing besides! And you yourselves are also this will to power and nothing besides!

Nietzsche's will to power, unlike Schopenhauer's Will, cannot be fully defined, since it cannot be known directly but rather through its manifestations. This Will to power is what rules the world and its historical behavior; it is the will to power which governs an individual's actions in this world. So fundamental is this Will to power that life could not be even possible without it. Both life and Will to power presuppose each other. Nietzsche has, as appears clearly, inherited the concept of becoming from Heraclitus for whom the concept of being smells of stagnation. Everything is a becoming. Everything is in flux. Will to power in itself is for Nietzsche nothing but becoming. This nature of becoming implies that all values too needs new valuations. Thus the revaluation of values too is a function and manifestation of this will to power. Everything that lives is an expression of will to power. The living beings must discharge their energy and even if it remains suppressed it will seek an outlet, and this energy is released in the form of power, whether in the form of art and music or architecture, or even war. Thus life is nothing but will to power for Nietzsche:

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A living thing seeks above all to vent its strength life itself is will to power.

This will to power of life is not the Darwinian self preservation of species since, 'self preservation is only one of the indirect and most frequent consequences of it.

I argue that in spite of the fact that Nietzsche's will to power has some destructive aspect to it, it is moving towards creativity. Similar to Freud's concepts of Eros and Thanatos, will to power too must destroy to create, for in the process of becoming everything is constantly being destroyed and created anew. What it will destroy is decadent and degenerated values with the 'Revaluation of values' and will replace them with more noble and healthy values. The example of a carpenter cutting down a tree to shape it into a chair should serve a good illustration of how will to power has to be both destructive and constructive to create what is grand and noble and the apparent destruction and construction is only manifestations of this will to power eternally becoming. The most accurate portrayal of will to power is the drive to create. The desire to be at our best creativity is an important component of this will to power.

For Nietzsche humans are always trying to impose their superiority and will upon each other in one way or the other. Whether the person is physically harming another person, or giving him presents, or praising him or claiming to be in love with someone, the psychological and underlying desire remains the same; to inflict one's will on them. This implies that human beings are basically egoistic by nature and not altruistic as Christianity takes them to be. In fact, Nietzsche accuses Christian concept of bringing inferior ranks of people on equal footing with the superior ranks of people as a hidden Will to power, as he says that the will to equality is the will to power.

Nietzsche's will to power is a life affirming attitude. In this, the creatures affirm their instincts to acquire power and dominance. On pains and sufferings one's back is not shown but rather these are embraced as a necessary part of life. For Nietzsche, lasting pleasure and satisfaction come about as a result of being able to live according to one's instincts or authenticity and to exert will to power and not by running away from one's own nature. Nietzsche in his new valuation has defined Christian 'good' and 'evil' in the light of the will to power. Nietzsche's Will is in a perpetual becoming, a monster of energies gushing constantly. And it is his idea of eternal recurrence, already discussed, which gives this constant becoming of will to power a stability.

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« Reply #154 on: November 19, 2008, 02:28:16 PM »

I see the third column (absurdism) has been clicked on - I guess it'd had to be explained a bit that for absurdism people may create meaning in their own lives (which may not be the objective meaning of life) but that still provides something for which to strive. But they must always maintain an ironic distance between this invented meaning and the knowledge of the absurd lest the fictitious meaning take the place of the absurd.

Camus introduced the idea of "acceptance without resignation" and asked if man can "live without appeal", defining a "conscious revolt" against the avoidance of absurdity of the world. In a world devoid of higher meaning, or judicial afterlife, man becomes absolutely free. It is through this freedom that man can act either as a mystic (through appeal to some supernatural force) or an absurd hero (through a revolt against such hope). Henceforth, the absurd hero's refusal to hope becomes his singular ability to live in the present with passion.



Dionysus had the power to inspire and to create ecstasy

Compare it with Nietzsche's Dionysus: chaos, intoxication, celebration of nature, instinctual, intuitive, pertaining to the sensation of pleasure or pain, individuality dissolved and hence destroyed, wholeness of existence, orgiastic passion, dissolution of all boundaries, excess, human being(s) as the work and glorification of art, destruction.

And then you have the Apollo: the dream state or the wish to create order, principium individuationis (principle of individuation), plastic (visual) arts, beauty, clarity, stint to formed boundaries, individuality, celebration of appearance/illusion, human beings as artists (or media of art's manifestation), self-control, perfection, exhaustion of possibilities, creation.


Camille Paglia writes about the Apollonian and Dionysian in her "Sexual Personae." The two concepts split a set of dichotomies that create the basis of Paglia's theory. For her, the Dionysian is dark and chthonic, and the Apollonian is light and structured. The Dionysian is associated with nature and women and sex, and the Apollonian is associated with clarity and solidity, and sexless goal oriented progress. Paglia attributes all the progress of civilization to men revolting against the Dionysian force of women, and turning instead to Apollonian ordered creation. The Dionysian is a force of chaos and destruction which is the overpoweringly alluring real state of nature, and the turn away from it towards societally constructed virtues accounts for the prevalence of asexuality and homosexuality in geniuses and in the most culturally prosperous places such as ancient Athens. Extending the use of the Apollonian and Dionysian onto an argument on interaction between the mind and physical environment, Abraham Akkerman has pointed to masculine and feminine features of city form.

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Re: Asylum For Blood-Feuds-Affected Person -- Lawyer Recommandation
« Reply #155 on: November 19, 2008, 03:45:53 PM »
Wow! Hee it is a video by NG regarding the Eternal Enemies, Lions and Hyenas.




Although we romanticize lions as mighty kings of the jungle, their reign is in fact a tenuous one. It is challenged daily in southern Africa by vicious packs of hyenas that compete for prey. Between the two species exists an ancient feud, and it unfolds in Eternal Enemies with all the drama of the warring Capulets and Montagues. Watch as lions bring down a zebra, only to be attacked themselves by a pack of hyenas that chases them into the trees. Glowering, the big cats watch as the thieves devour their dinner. Days later the lions exact revenge, killing the hyena leader but leaving her uneaten as a warning to the rest of the clan. Other scenes in this video are equally impressive, including life inside a hyena den--which captures the sounds of lions growling outside--and a tense encounter between a snake-bitten lioness and a pack of hyenas. With its gripping story line, Eternal Enemies is a standout among animal documentaries. -- Demian McLean

Trek into the hidden battlefields of northern Botswana where lions and spotted hyenas clash in overlapping territories. With never-before-seen footage, much of it filmed at night, you'll uncover an intense and vicious blood feud that has been waged for millennia. Follow the Southern Clan, led by a powerful hyena matriarch whose firstborn female cub kills her sister at birth to assure her succession as leader of the clan. Lurk in the shadows as a lioness from the Central Pride gives birth to three cubs and then encounters a deadly Egyptian cobra. You'll be stunned by breathtaking chase scenes as the hyena matriarch is brutally killed by a male lion, throwing the clan into chaos. Discover nature's savage conflicts in this ancient rivalry between ETERNAL ENEMIES: LIONS AND HYENAS.

And while we've all heard about the lion in details, hyena is a less known animal. Here it is what I found

Prey: Hyenas are both scavengers and hunters feeding on carcasses, killed or scavenged, and utilize every part of the body including bone. They will even pursue young, weak, diseased, injured, or dead prey. Hyenas are clearly carnivores and will eat just about anything. Some of their most common prey include wildebeest, gazelle, zebra, rhinocerous, and other ungulates.



Hunting: Hunting occurs either alone or in packs led by their female leader. For specific prey, zebra for example, clan members will purposely hunt together to ensure success. The problem with this strategy is that whenever two or three hyenas feed on a carcass, competition and squabbling is inevitable, attracting other pack members as well as other competitors such as lions to the prey. If there is competion amidst hyenas, females most always win because they bigger and more aggressive. Hunting is usually done at night though they do occasionally hunt during the day. They hunt down their prey at speeds of up to 60 km/hr and kill their prey by disembowelling them. When around carcasses, in fights, and attacking prey, they scream, giggle, whoop, laugh, growl and snarl explaining why they are known as the "laughing hyena." Usually, females leave the kill site and eat away from the kill. They have even been known to cache food underwater. One hyena can eat up to 14.5 kg. per meal and digest bones, horns, hooves and even teeth within twenty-four hours.



Predation: The hyena's biggest predator is the lion. Lions and Spotted Hyenas are often engaged in a power struggle. The male lion will even occasionally go out of their way to kill clan matriarchs since hyenas are major predators of lion cubs. Curiously, Lions and hyenas will put up boundaries against each other as they would against members of their same species and threaten each other at the borders with snarls, roars, urine, and paste. Lioncrusher's Domain support this unique rivalry between lions and hyenas but further propose that lions steal more hyena kills than the reverse. Randall L. Eaton did a study in 1979 on the relationship between the spotted hyena and several of their competitors including the lion, leopard, cheetah, and wild dog. He found that between equal size groups, lions win more than 95% of the encounters and initiated about 70% of them. Groups of hyenas can win against a single lion, especially if the lion is female. The majority of competitive interactions are for food, and aggression is more prevalet than predation. Another thing that makes the relationship between lions and hyenas so interesting is that lions rarely eat the hyenas they attack and kill. There seems to be no apparent benefit of lions attacking and killing hyenas. As for the spoted hyena's other competitors, the hyena, especially if in groups, is rarely dominated and can successfully steal their food. An interesting fact about hyenas in regard to humans: in many African societies, because of its ghostly whooping call and nocturnal ways the hyena is regarded as a witch or an evil spirit.


Take a look at this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhtYvQOZO4U

The primate has advantage because he uses the arm to kill the leopard (in addition to being much bigger, of course).

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Re: Asylum For Blood-Feuds-Affected Person -- Lawyer Recommandation
« Reply #156 on: November 19, 2008, 09:17:03 PM »

Groups of hyenas can win against a single lion, especially if the lion is female. The majority of competitive interactions are for food, and aggression is more prevalet than predation.


Similar to the way 30 lions would group together to kill an elephant:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=882gYUK_bzc&NR=1

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Re: Asylum For Blood-Feuds-Affected Person -- Lawyer Recommandation
« Reply #157 on: November 20, 2008, 07:07:57 PM »
I don't know what ethos the original poster (the one who first posted about animals) is trying to convey, but when it comes to them (animals) killing other animals is first and foremost about survival. I was watching this video,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UztB1gRCFn0&feature=related

and the speaker saying at a certain point, "How could you shoot such beautiful animals?" Beautiful and rare as Siberian tigers are, they regularly kill brown bears to eat and survive. They are killers, just like other animal species.
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Re: Everything is in Flux!
« Reply #158 on: November 20, 2008, 10:31:36 PM »

[...] This implies that human beings are basically egoistic by nature and not altruistic as Christianity takes them to be. [...]


So ingrained in people's minds is this notion that when you say to someone s/he is a good person they will take it as an offense and do something towards you that makes them look like bad a s s e s.
The other night I came home late, and tried to unlock my house with my car keys. I started the house up. I was speeding, and a cop pulled me over. He asked where I lived. I said, "right here, officer". Later, I parked it on the freeway, got out, and yelled at all the cars, "Get out of my driveway!"

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Re: Asylum For Blood-Feuds-Affected Person -- Lawyer Recommandation
« Reply #159 on: November 22, 2008, 02:46:44 PM »
I don't know what ethos the original poster (the one who first posted about animals) is trying to convey, but when it comes to them (animals) killing other animals is first and foremost about survival. I was watching this video,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UztB1gRCFn0&feature=related

and the speaker saying at a certain point, "How could you shoot such beautiful animals?" Beautiful and rare as Siberian tigers are, they regularly kill brown bears to eat and survive. They are killers, just like other animal species.


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