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by Bodwyn Wook

The face of this man reminds me of what American conservatism was, before it turned into the illiterate “conservativism” of an historically low and hollow, babyish and untested, generation. 

And, the memory of this man, his campaign and what we stood for then reminds me of why, now, I shall probably never again vote for a Republican for President, or for any other elected office.  The continuous lies, the unconstitutional braying and fear-mongering, the misuse of the flag and flat out abuse of the patriotic loyalty of our soldiers, the loss of any American identity whatsoever and the criminal lust for global incorporation is simply disgusting, and it is not forgiveable.

[Bodwyn Wook

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[16 March 2010]

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by ‘abd al-Ghoosh

http://www.google.com/search?q=Pi+Day&ct=piday10-hp&oi=ddle

According to Google today, 14 March, is Pi Day.  You can read all about it at the above links.

The non-mathematical may think Pi is for squares, but in fact it works for more than just circles. 
     In addition to calculating the distance around a circle, its circumference, you can also calculate the actual stream-distance of a river.  The distance “as the crow flies” from the headwaters of a stream to its mouth, times 3.1415…etc, gives (more…)

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by Bodwyn Wook

The Firm, by Jocelyn Hogg, reveals an English, and not a ‘British’, substratum, to-day criminal, that is at once eternal and yet has never been adequately comprehended by historians.  It is older than Robin Hood and the 1970 film, Get Carter, as yet has not been exceeded in its film portrayal of English underworld…’firmness’.  In photography, though, Hogg has produced a masterwork.

It is an unexampled peep into the world of a contemporary ‘British’ or ‘UK’ gang; or, rather, an English brotherhood.  The fact that many shown in The Firm seemingly are Welsh is simply not the point; this brotherhood holds to an old English creed.  Some not-inapposite search terms of course are:  The Firm; Hogg, Jocelyn Bain; pervs; slashers; layabouts; YOBs; twackers; unheralded new aristocracy; paedos; heirs of medieval warrior tradition; neo-feudalism; CHAVs.  Not that the men and women and children shown merit — and certainly none aspire to — all of these epithets:  they would doubtlessly do anyone very badly who called any of them either ‘perv’ or ‘paedo’.  And about their only interest in CHAVs and layabouts and YOBs is to get the latters’ benefit money from off of them as soon as possible in return for the stolen (more…)

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by Bodwyn Wook

We went up thirty-two miles yesterday to Old Mankato, MN, under its dire 1862 Indian hanging-curse, to have my dentist haul out the broken-down castle of yet another crumbling molar, and then in the evening to the cinema to see Alice In Wonderland, the Johnny Depp version that is making a splash just now.  We did not see the 3-D version which was already sold out, but rather a later showing. There are a number of flaws:  the ending is lame and overdrawn, and there is a bit too much of the usual ‘virtual reality’ type of blighted castles-blasted earth imagery.  And, it strikes me that the hues likewise are conventionally those common to this still-early genre.  But it is also the case that the directorial act of finding these images, in this new metaxy of mind and software, is not so much ‘creation’ as discovery (more…)

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by Wayness Tamm-Clattuc

“It’s taking in the World and not being took in BY the World!”  [al-Wuq]

As a jungian psychologist (now retired) I am pleased with this find, below.  It is a bona fide piece of what I have called “folk spirituality”.  It is a fine example of the perceptive mental contents that can arise to expression among gifted men and woman among the growing population of the underfolk.  In today’s postmodern situation in which we are clinging on to trying to live in the exhausted late-modern professional past, the numbers of the latter are burgeoning.  They are all of the people who whether for reasons of “neurosis” or an innate drive to another more-encompassing morality simply do not find a place in the fading old world order of the old Atlantic West.  Many of course suffer (more…)

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