AIPAC lobbyist Clawson on false flags

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I linked this one in a previous post that I was fortunately not right about and decided it needed a post of its own to remind anyone reading that these people are very determined to make this happen. They require constant vigilance, like a crib of emotionally disturbed and mentally retarded children do.


Geopolitical disinformation through cartography

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Being a geo-geek, I’m very keen on map projections. The most popular map projection, the Mercator, because of the nature of the mathematics behind taking a sphere and spreading it out as a rectangle in a useful fashion, distorts the size of upper latitudes. Try making a rectangle out of an orange peel sometime.

While I don’t think this is intentional disinformation since there is more sheer land mass in the Northern Hemisphere, I do think over time the idea that Greenland is bigger than Africa has stuck permanently in the minds of most people when it is actually many times smaller than it. Europe and Russia in particular get the luck of the draw due to their considerable distance from the equator.

So, a fellow named Arno Peters tried to provide a more equidistant projection that portrayed the less developed tropical nations more accurately. Many say he janked it in full from the work of Scotsmen led by James Gall in the 1800s because it is almost exactly the same as what Gall described.

I just learned about all the controversy surrounding this projection, of which I had a giant copy on my wall with a lot of commentary about how and why Peters published it.

Anyway, that digression aside, the consensus is still unanimous in cartographic circles of frustration towards the overuse of the Mercator projection by publications of all kinds for so long even though its usefulness is limited mainly to navigation. Finally the American Cartographic Association got sick of all the drama and decided to condemn all rectangular projections as inaccurate and unworthy of general use:

WHEREAS, the earth is round with a coordinate system composed entirely of circles, and

WHEREAS, flat world maps are more useful than globe maps, but flattening the globe surface necessarily greatly changes the appearance of Earth’s features and coordinate systems, and

WHEREAS, world maps have a powerful and lasting effect on people’s impressions of the shapes and sizes of lands and seas, their arrangement, and the nature of the coordinate system, and

WHEREAS, frequently seeing a greatly distorted map tends to make it “look right,”

THEREFORE, we strongly urge book and map publishers, the media and government agencies to cease using rectangular world maps for general purposes or artistic displays. Such maps promote serious, erroneous conceptions by severely distorting large sections of the world, by showing the round Earth as having straight edges and sharp corners, by representing most distances and direct routes incorrectly, and by portraying the circular coordinate system as a squared grid. The most widely displayed rectangular world map is the Mercator (in fact a navigational diagram devised for nautical charts), but other rectangular world maps proposed as replacements for the Mercator also display a greatly distorted image of the spherical Earth.

Come to think of it, just like 1 world government will never work, neither will 1 world map projection.

Contemporary geo is all about overlaying data visually onto mapping software like Google Maps. How this data is mapped or if is even mapped is a form of subjectivity in and of itself. For example, if my restaurant doesn’t have a pushpin on the map yet has much better quality food than a competitor who does…

Update 15 Oct 2012: Totally forgot about the Fuller Projection:

Am Tag als Conny Kramer starb

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I was searching for songs I hadn’t heard by my favorite aggro-synth band Funker Vogt on Googtube and stumbled into a song called “Am Tag als Conny Kramer starb”. It just had this catchiness to it and took an immediate liking to it even though it was just kind of over-the-top.

After a while I got curious about the song title and lyrics – the title in English is “The day that Conny Kramer died” and while looking for lyrics, discovered that it’s actually a cover of a German pop star in the 1970s named Juliane Werding. Werding rewrote lyrics for the song talking about someone who died from a drug overdose, which was commentary about a heroin epidemic that was occurring in Germany at the time. It’s a bit of contrast with Funker Vogt’s rendition, but a very beautiful song nonetheless.

Some more investigation and I find out she was covering the music of a US band called, well, “The Band”, who had originally wrote the music and the lyrics were about the last days of the Confederate States during the US Civil War, called “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”. The music and lyrics were both covered by Joan Baez, which I’m listening to now (for some reason I could never really get into Baez, dunno why)

In subsequent years, it turns out that a number of other groups have covered this song as well. I vaguely remember hearing the original a few times but never knew who performed it or what it was about.

This reminds me of whenever I discover that a song I thought was an original by a band ends up being a cover and I end up discovering the music of a whole new band I didn’t know about.

This also reminds me of how much great music I’ve run into just listening to rap and hip-hop and then catching the sample in the original song while listening to an oldies station or something. Particularly James Brown. His band came up with so much innovation it’s sick.

Also, Johnny Cash (God bless him) took this to a new level in his later years, covering artists across a broad spectrum of genres from Depeche Mode to U2. This after a lifetime of cranking out country and pop hits!

Edit: turns out Johnny Cash covered The Band’s original as well.

John C. Lilly and the SSI prophecy

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Back in college I read some of John C. Lilly’s work since I was fascinated by his objective and rational approach to, like, everything. If I recall correctly, he was the first to isolate the safe range of electrical current that could be used in the human brain. He is most noted, I think, for his neurobiological work with dolphins and his psychological work with isolation tanks. This guy would take LSD and sit in an isolation tank, then take notes on his observations afterwards.

Well, naturally some apparent moonbattery will result from engaging in such behavior and I distinctly remember this sort of prophetic vision he had in the isolation tank. Mind you, if you see this guy’s resume you’d never think he’d have done this kind of thing.

I thought of this while re-watching the Sons of Liberty Academy modules being uploaded to youtube, specifically the part about Stefan Molyneaux’s video about the human fear of their own technology taking over them as evidenced in The Terminator and The Matrix movies. I haven’t watched the video yet but will be shortly but these days I’m getting ideas to write about far faster than I can write about them so I wanted to at least get a skinny version down of this.

Back to the Lilly SSI (Solid-State Intelligence) – he got a glimpse of a future where machines become sentient then take over the planet, get rid of life as we know it after enslaving us for a period of time then understand physics so well that they loosen Earth itself from its orbit so it can join other solid-state (solid-state as in not water-based, biological life forms like we are) entities in the universe.

Well, dang. Keep in mind this was wayyy before the Borg of the Star Trek: Next Generation series.

Do androids dream of electric sheep?

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Thanks for going through the effort – he’s kept the speech about the same which is great. I think there’s a subtle message in there, which is “Hey, I can remember a simple speech, I don’t need a teleprompter. And I took marijuana, too!”
Nice work, that must have taken hours! Gonna reddit this, hehe…

Iran reads and starts prepping

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Just kidding, but Stratrisks via Pakistani outlet Nation reports that they just bought a whole bunch of wheat, which is unusual since they are normally a net exporter of wheat.

“In the most recent buys in the last two weeks they have been taking almost anything that is available,” another trader said. “They have been buying EU, Black Sea including Russian, Australian and other origins,” he added.

Gary Johnson polls – since the mainstream media is mum on GJ…

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This website is much needed. Of particular note is the highly significant increase from the 2008 election. I never agreed with the decision to have neocons Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root as LP candidates but I grudgingly voted anyway since they STILL would have been better than McBama.

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