Author Archive | Wes Moore

Bill Hicks

[disinfo ed.’s note: this original essay was first published by disinformation on February 20, 2002. Some links may have expired.]

“Thank you. How you doing folks? Me too. You gotta bear with me, I’m very tired, very tired of traveling, and very tired of doing comedy, and very tired of staring out at your vacant faces looking back at me, wanting me to fill your empty lives with humor you couldn’t possibly think of yourselves. Good evening.”

Bill Hicks: the Nietzsche of comedy, the most legitimate social critic of the 1990s: a renegade messiah who tried to make people laugh, but usually ended up pissing them off, or drawing blank stares.

Born in 1961, Hicks died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 32, just as his career was peaking. He left in his wake a legacy of biting criticisms against American society: no inadequacy or hypocrisy was immune to his scathing satires, but don’t take my word for it.… Read the rest

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Hasan Bin Sabbah and the Secret Order of Hashishins

[disinfo ed.’s note: this original essay was first published by disinformation on March 22, 2001.]

Hassan-I-Sabbah . . . the only spiritual leader with anything to say in the Space Age. – William S. Burroughs

Nothing is True, Everything is Permissible. – Hasan bin Sabbah

The story of Hasan bin Sabbah is a tale of sex, drugs, myth, and murder. A secluded mountain fortress, a paradisial garden, poison dipped daggers, and covert political maneuverings are the ingredients of this alchemical mixture, which is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing true stories ever told.

Hasan bin Sabbah – businessman, scholar, heresiarch, mystic, murderer, ascetic, and political revolutionary – was born in Persia (Iran) around 1034. As a child, the man who would one day claim to be the incarnation of God on earth (probably just another way of saying he was Enlightened) was a diligent student of theology.

Supposedly, Hasan was schoolmates with Nizamul Mulk (the future vizier to the sultan of Persia) and Omar Khayyam (the great poet/astronomer/mathematician).… Read the rest

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Television: Opiate Of The Masses

[A classic article by Wes Moore, originally published here at disinformation® on May, 5, 2001]

It satellite links
Our United States of Unconsciousness
Apathetic therapeutic and extremely addictive

The methadone metronome pumping out
150 channels 24 hours a day
You can flip through all of them
And still there’s nothing worth watching.
~~ Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Television, Drug of a Nation

Momma’s gonna make all of your nightmares come true
Momma’s gonna put all of her fears into you
Momma’s gonna keep you right here under her wing
She won’t let you fly but she might let you sing
Momma’s gonna keep baby cozy and warm.
~~ Pink Floyd, Mother

The nearest analogy to the addictive power of television and the transformation of values that is wrought in the life of the heavy user is probably heroin.
~~ Terence McKenna, Food of the Gods

There’s a tumor in the TV mouth
Burn it out before it grows.
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