If the automobile had followed the same development as the computer, a Rolls Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year killing everyone inside.Robert X. Cringely, InfoWorld, 6 March 1989
I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this. Emo Philips
Those of us with a desire to be intellectually challenged are constantly pissed on because genetics has cursed a huge majority of the population with brains barely capable of doing anything other than ingesting crap and birthing more stupid people. Mr. Cranky
Where there's foo, there's fire Smokey Stover
A Beginner's Manual for Apprentice Book Burner's
Historian, James J. Martin, offers up for sacrifice a starter list of titles for the uninitiated in the art of bibliopyromania as well as for the experienced enthusiasts who might have overlooked some real scorchers. (Matches not included.)
Bayard vs. Lionheart
One of Henry Louis Mencken's oft-quoted, albeit, little-seen newspaper columns on the Internets™, this version comes from a representative collection, titled, A Carnival of Buncombe, edited by Malcolm Moos, whose introduction and acknowledgments are also included here. Welcome to a world long-forgotten and under-appreciated, alas. Also available as a pdf.
A Tribute to WGTB
Once upon a time, back in the 1960s and 1970s, Georgetown University had a radio station that reached well beyond the confines of the college campus. Back then (before the days of C-SPAN operated WCSP, which now occupies the frequency) 90.1 FM was a place for cutting edge music and radical politics. Twenty years to the day after WGTB left the airwaves for good, the following story appeared in the January 29, 1999 issue of the Washington City Paper. The gnomes count among their favorite programs: Abstractions (host, John Paige), Corpus Callosum, The Collective State of Quack, Keyboard Filter, Mystic Eyes (host, Steve Lorber), Me and the Animals (host Bill Sacks), and Professor Mota.
This is one of many sites on the web that recognizes the inclusive domain name space with which the U.S. Department of Commerce successor to the late Jon Postel's Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), viz., the corporate-controlled Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), is totally at odds. Find out here whether the Net will ever really become decentralized or remain under the control of a single organization that answers to no one but itself and its favored clients. Domain Name Support Organization (DNSO) is another excellent resource featuring everything you ever wanted to ignore about ICANN. See also Ken Auerbach's Cavebear site, which contains very insightful commentary by the CURRENT FORMER (and last) token advocate representing Internet users in Canada and the U.S. on the ICANN board (see especially his weblog), as well as, the ever vigilant ICANNWatch.
Transmission Through the Mails of Anarchistic Publications
Numerous inquiries as to the origin of the quote used on this site from Theodore Roosevelt in re anarchism led to the introduction of this document into the archives. This is a submission to the 60th U.S. Congress (1907-8) of Roosevelt's Attorney General, Charles J. Bonaparte, of Baltimore, urging that legislative body to amend statutes so that they would not only prevent anarchist literature from being legally distributed through the mails, but also bring prosecutions to those who attempt to use the mails for the purpose of distributing such literature as may be narrowly or more broadly defined as anarchist.
Michael Hoy's long-time mail order book business has migrated to the web. The original catalogue concept with feature articles, reviews, and periodic supplements has been adapted to the e-commerce model, As Hoy describes his original concept: I wanted the articles and features, like the books [in my catalogue], to be controversial and unusual, to twist your heads, to incite and provoke and make you think about things in new ways.
Libertarian Microfiche Publishing
On a conservation note: For quite a number of years, the late Kurt Zube's son, John, has been creating a vast library of literature about freedom on microfiche faraway in the land of Oz, Berrima, New South Wales. However, no longer is it necessary to communicate via costly and time-consuming aerogrammes or the like. Now comes a web version of LMP's catalogue of materials along with e-mail contact: John Zube <[email protected]>. Clearly, it is still in the early stages of development, but there are promises of further development and expansion as time permits and skills are enhanced.
The Devil's Dictionary
This is the classic one by Ambrose Bierce hosted, in this case, by the The Pagan Library, that includes such entries as: "EGOTIST, n. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me" and "LIBERTY, n. One of Imagination's most precious possessions" and "APOTHECARY, n. The physician's accomplice, undertaker's benefactor and grave worm's provider."
Bureau of Public Secrets
Features extensive selections from Ken Knabb's Situationist International Anthology (translations from the notorious group that helped trigger the May 1968 revolt in France) and from Public Secrets, the recent collection of Knabb's own writings. Over the next few months it will be expanded to include many more texts, old and new, as well as updates and other features.
Third World Traveler
Boatloads of articles and parts thereof interspersed with quotes of wildly varying degrees of aptness and pointedness pertaining to a plethera of topics, social, economic, politic, government, legal, journalistic, and otherwise. If one ignores the admittedly tiresomely inane spin applied to the content s/he will come away with some intriguing insights into the lesser known uses of State power.
The Declaration of Independence
The famous document drafted under the guidance of whiny fat flatulent gits who, after all was said and done, only wanted a piece of the action enjoyed by His Royal Highness, King George III, as later borne out by the U.S. Constitution which Lysander Spooner subsequently showed unfit to exist.
The Theory of the Leisure Class
A college library once geographically close to the web editor "burned" their copy of this original contribution by Thorstein Veblen. So, here it is, courtesy the economics department at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. Other writings by him are here. However, before venturing there prepare yourself first by reading this about Mr. Veblen by H.L. Mencken.
An e-zine which, according to its creator, is intended to be a mosaic of essays, stories, graphics and quotes centering around a particular theme. It is meant to be experienced in a non-linear way. The hope is that by assimilating random bits and pieces of ideas, the participant may realize new connections leading to fresh perspectives, original insights and, ultimately, alternatives to the dominant culture.
The primary objective of Project Censored is to explore and publicize the extent of censorship in our society by locating stories about significant issues of which the public should be aware, but is not, for one reason or another.
Host David Cogswell provides head-jarring anti-media media coverage and commentary on passing events in the temporal world. It's like a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, the effect of which "is like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick."
The On-line Books Page
Includes a list of Banned Books On-line. There are links to other e-text from this location.
Ken Holder's Philosophy Page
Index to selected reading material on the WWW in philosophy including original works, both classic and modern, as well as commentaries. Of particular interest is the late Roy Childs' notorious Open Letter to Ayn Rand (which actually resides locally, now, owing to the letter's elusiveness on the web) in which he attempted to persuade her that she was fundamentally wrong. Heaven forfend! Incidentally, another letter of his, Epistemological Basis of Anarchism, resides here, with commentary by Ronn Neff.
Recollection Fine Used Books
Maintains a broad selection of literature in most subject areas, with emphasis on modern, collectible & signed literature, social & radical studies, labor history & politics, Afro-American & Black Studies, The Beats, Music (Jazz, blues, rock & folk), The Sixties, the Viet Nam War, The Cold War...
Resources for Independent Thinking
Educational tools to help people think for themselves and increase their critical thinking skills. This is the brainchild of Sharon Presley.
The Revolutionary Pleasure of Thinking for Yourself
The central thesis of this essay is that all genuine revolutionary impulses and activities stem directly from the desires of individuals, not from any ideologically imposed sense of "duty" with its attendant guilt, self-sacrifice, and self-deadening "shoulds." The text has been revised by numerous authors including the creator of Links2Edge who's responsible for this revision.
"Voice of the Radical Centre." Compelling three-dimensional politics and a link to The Ulster Nation in support of Ulster independence from England as well as Eire.
Church of the SubGenius
Words that may or may not have anything to do with this Church, but which will lure sinners here...
Robert Anton Wilson
The official web site of Mr. Illuminati, himself. This web site has been approved by J.R. "Bob" Dobbs.
New Paradigms Project Home Page
A growing resource replete with a repository of literature illuminating the elusive Illuminati and their ilk.
The overall theme here is to make the world a better place, to see things in a positive light, to stand up for one's rights, to pursue self-improvement and greater freedom, to have fun and to learn new things about life, the universe and everything.
A Dictionary of Slang
Quoting from this site's front page: "A monster online dictionary of the rich colourful language we call slang... all from a British perspective, with new slang added every month." Very handy resource for those non-English-types who, for example, enjoy watching Red Dwarf or The Young Ones, but don't quite get their meaning in those instances where slang is employed.
The Kober Press
The Kober Press presents first English translations of the works of BÙ Yin R’, published between 1919 and 1939 in Germany and Switzerland. As a primary source of spiritual knowledge, these books provide objective insights into human metaphysical existence, religion, ethics, and philosophy.
The CIA and the Media
Carl Bernstein's remarkable fleshing out of the rather sketchily reported findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Sen. Frank Church, regarding the relationship between the fourth estate in America and the Central Intelligence Agency, as of the time of the article's publication in Rolling Stone, October 20, 1977.
USS Liberty Home Page
Rated as the best piece of military history on the web, this website addresses the truly singular day of infamy, 8 June 1967, when a government spy ship and its crew were ruthlessly subjected to the military firepower of another government bought and payed for by the former government. As if following a precedent, about six months later, a very similar incident occurred with a similar intelligence-gathering vessel, the USS Pueblo, this time off the shores of North Korea. As with the skipper of the USS Liberty, the skipper of the USS Pueblo, Cmdr. Lloyd Bucher, who died 28 January 2004, was castigated and marginalized by his superiors in a rather determined effort to cover their own backsides. Some of the outlines of the story are described in an obituary written by an LA Times staffer.
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