Author Archive | Nick Margerrison

Breaking God’s spel?

Users of magick are pretty hot on the idea that the bedrock of their reality manipulation techniques are linguistic. If words are thought control and if you want to become a good spell caster it’s vital you brush up on your articulacy. That includes the basics such as, err, spelling. So, if The Gods really are magick users who manifest their intent with language I suspect this story will annoy them a little more than their followers here suspect. From Oklahoma’s NewsOK:

A Ten Commandments monument is up on the grounds of the state Capitol, but it didn’t pass spell check.

“Remember the Sabbeth day, to keep it holy,” reads one.

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidseruent,” reads the last one.

Rep. Mike Ritze, whose family paid for the monument that was put up Thursday, said the monument company has been contacted and will correct the errors to the words Sabbath and maidservant.

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Hilarious ‘Satirist’ Pushes the Envelope Too Far?

Satire is the art of pretending to adopt a position you wish to ridicule and then, with apparent sincerity, aping opinions you consider absurd. A good satirist never drops his mask in public and leaves not a single chink in his characterisation. The trick is to go as far as possible without it ever being too obvious you’re acting the fool. In other words, ‘credibility’ is the key. Could it be possible that this noble art is being enacted by the current Director of “Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy” at the American Family Association, Bryan Fischer?

If so his daring comedic style extends to the following breath-taking nonsense, according to him, the bastards who attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 were “agents of God’s wrath” because it is they who inspired “God Bless America” to be sung at Major League Baseball games. His topper to these edgy lines are that singing this song is “one of the reasons we haven’t been hit since 9/11.”

Now, Disinfo likes a laugh as much as anyone but even we’re a little unsure about all this.… Read the rest

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We Aren’t Anonymous, We Are Legion

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The debate regarding internet anonymity continues. boingboing reports:

Over on his Google+ account, Kevin Kelly says:

The major impact of the Petraeus affair has nothing to do with the military, sex, or celebrity — it is that there is no such thing as anonymous, and that the US government is able to access internet and credit card records without warrants, just because they ask to. Your digital life is not private from the government, ever; therefore, your life is not private. Read the details in this important reporting by +Andrew Leonard:

“[This] debacle confirms something that some privacy experts have been warning about for years: Government surveillance of ordinary citizens is now cheaper and easier than ever before. Without  needing to go before a judge, the government can gather vast amounts of information about us with minimal expenditure of manpower. We used to be able to count on a certain amount of privacy protection simply because invading our privacy was hard work.

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“Living The Dream”

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“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away”

- How To Build A Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later, Philip K. Dick

Part 2, Essays for the Discordian occultist: inducing a magickal state of consciousness

Magick is a highly subjective skill. According to the occultist, Ramsey Dukes, as a discipline it lies somewhere alongside ‘art’, ‘science’ and ‘religion’ [1]. All of these pursuits require a certain state of mind. The magick user who entirely excludes the possibility of magick from his worldview is like a cleric who knows no God, an artist with no appreciation for art or a scientist who refuses to accept the laws of mathematics. It’s not necessarily the case that you will be unsuccessful but it’s significantly less likely. So, for as long as is comfortable[2], it’s time to allow magick to be part of your reality.… Read the rest

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Invisibility Scientists Make Visible Improvements in Their Technology

Artist's depiction, cloaking technology.

Further improvements in real life cloaking devices are being reported. Disinfo brought you this story earlier in the year and now it looks like the technology has made another huge step forward. TG Daily reports:

Duke University scientists say they’ve succeeded for the first time in building a truly effective invisibility cloak.

When the team first developed a cloaking device back in 2006, one of the biggest problems was the appearance of minor reflections around the edges.

These were similar to the reflections seen when looking through a clear piece of glass, and made the cloaking less than perfect.

Now, though, they say they’ve cracked the problem.

“In order to create the first cloaks, many approximations had to be made in order to fabricate the intricate meta-materials used in the device,” says graduate student Nathan Landy.

“One issue, which we were fully aware of, was loss of the waves due to reflections at the boundaries of the device.”

But he’s now been able to reduce the occurrence of reflections by using a different fabrication strategy.

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The Global Awakening

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Currently a huge change in human consciousness is undeniably underway. In terms of the number of people effected its scale is unprecedented. Its most obvious cause is the internet, or more accurately the “communications revolution” which also includes mobile phones and other technologies. Some think it is connected to ancient prophecies relating to “the great year,” an astrological concept describing the passage of time recorded by a phenomena called the procession of the equinox [*1]. Most people from that background refer to this change as “The Awakening”.

However, even without recourse to mysticism, it is obvious people are dramatically changing the way in which they think. Humans are shaped by their technologies and, just as the invention of fire helped evolve our digestive systems [*2], new methods of communication are altering the way your brain processes information. According to a recent study it is possible parts of your mind have already been subcontracted out to the online world [*3].… Read the rest

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She Sleeps with 30 Men a Week but She Ain’t a Prostitute?

Neal: Del… Why did you kiss my ear?
Del: Why are you holding my hand?
Neal: [frowns] Where’s your other hand?
Del: Between two pillows…
Neal: Those aren’t pillows!

Trains Planes & Automobiles 1987

Do you believe a man would pay a woman $60 for a cuddle? There’s a story doing the rounds at the moment which suggests exactly that.

The Daily Mail  reports:

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She can make $260 a day and cuddles with up to 30 men a week – including pensioners and war veterans.

However, her business ‘The Snuggery’ has not gone unnoticed and her college has threatened to expel her – while others have called her a prostitute.

She said: ‘I think I was born knowing how to snuggle. Snuggling is healthy, spiritual and fun.

‘I think clients come to me for all different kinds of reasons. Some of my older clients, their wives have passed away, and they just need someone to be with, like someone to experience touch with.

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What is the Future of “UFOlogy”?

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“the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” – Donald Rumsfeld

An amusing article in national UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph suggests that UFO chasers are getting bored of the lack of proof regarding ongoing extra terrestrial contact. According to the article the lack of physical evidence to support their faith is killing off the enthusiasm of true believers.

Somone should perhaps explain the ongoing success of religion to the journalist in question…

FROM THE TELEGRAPH

For decades, they have been scanning the skies for signs of alien activity.

But having failed to establish any evidence for the existence of extraterrestrial life, Britain’s UFO watchers are reaching the conclusion that the truth might not be out there after all.

Enthusiasts admit that a continued failure to provide proof and a decline in the number of “flying saucer” sightings suggests that aliens do not exist after all and could mean the end of “Ufology” – the study of UFOs – within the next decade.

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“Life is But a Dream”

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“As sunlight obscures the stars by day so too does wakefullness blind us to the fact that we are still dreaming.”

Liber Kaos, Peter J Carroll.

Part 1, Essays for the Discordian occultist: introducing the lucid dream.

Everything you experience of the outside world has to pass via your senses into your brain. Your body acts as an instrument through which reality is filtered. Ignorance allows you to focus. You always exclude more than you are taking in. If this article has your full attention it will necessarily be at the expense of other things.  If you’re reading it on your mobile in a pub some people will see your focus as ignorant, for example.

It is with your memory and imagination that you decode meaning from the chaos of the external world. You’ve been around in some form or other since the dawn of time. In my experience it’s only recently that any of it has made any sort of “sense” thanks in the main to my memory and imagination.… Read the rest

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Logical Thinking Seems to Negate Empathy

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Disinfonaughts are likely to be familiar with Jon Ronson’s book “The Psychopath Test”. In a nutshell the acclaimed journalist discovered evidence that suggested being a psychopath is useful if you want to survive in the cold logical world of management and business. (Listen to Jon Ronson on the Disinfocast – ed.) Now PopSci reports on evidence that empathy (a quality missing from the mind of a psychopath) is difficult to maintain when processing purely logical thoughts:

A new study published in NeuroImage found that separate neural pathways are used alternately for empathetic and analytic problem solving. The study compares it to a see-saw. When you’re busy empathizing, the neural network for analysis is repressed, and this switches according to the task at hand.

Anthony Jack, an assistant professor in cognitive science at Case Western Reserve University and lead author of the study, relates the idea to an optical illusion.

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