UNCERTAIN TIMES (updated)

These are uncertain times. So everyone keeps saying. “In these uncertain times…” “In these times of great uncertainty…” Uncertain times — and yet so predictable. So predicted.  Three years ago, on 27th April 2018, vaccine Messiah and ‘strategic philanthropist’ Bill Gates, invited to deliver the Shattuck Lecture in Boston, Massachusetts, warned that we were all at risk […]

THE PLAGUE PANOPTIC

“Behind the disciplinary mechanisms can be read the haunting memory of ‘contagions’, of the plague, of rebellions, crimes, vagabondage, desertions, people who appear and disappear, live and die in disorder.”

Baudrillard in Bangkok

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Magritte, La Trahison des Images (The Treachery of Images), 1929 A simulacrum is a likeness, image or effigy; bearing a superficial similarity to its original, it is a placeholder or sign for the real thing, a representation rather than a replication. The instrumental suffix –crum signifies something which might be used…

Familiar Games

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I lived for six years in Amsterdam. Arriving there several weeks before starting my new job, I walked around the city and hung out in the park and the coffeeshops. The first three conversations I had with strangers all went the same way. They’d ask me what I thought of the…

HANUMAN

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. I found the place by accident, like everybody does.?I’d stayed in Phuket longer than planned, to keep an eye on Apsara’s kids while she finished up in Bangkok and got ready to move down here. I was living in a simple holiday bungalow and had rented another one for them.…

Deckard’s Unicorn

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REPLICANT EPIPHANIES? “I have seen myself backward.” Philip K Dick, A Scanner Darkly? In Hampton’s Fancher’s screen adaptation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick, Rick Deckard is a ‘blade-runner’, a police assassin hired to hunt down rogue ‘replicants’ or androids. He is instructed to go to…

BOHEMIA

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∆? The Kingdom of Bohemia ceased to exist in 1918, when it was absorbed into the new Republic of Czechoslovakia. The people of the various lands which now constitute the Czech Republic were all referred to by the English as ‘Bohemians’, and the Czech language as Bohemian, until the term ‘Czech’…

RESONANCE

It is from the death of the social that socialism will emerge Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and simulation (1981) “For 400 years,” says Catherine Austin Fitts, “we’ve had a model of the human, a model of the economy, a model of the planet that is a machine model, and it’s fostered great productivity in some ways, […]

A DARK AKASHA

The Akasha is an ancient concept, first encountered in the Sanskrit Vedas, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism, orally transmitted from at least the second millennium BC and regarded by orthodox Hindus as apauruṣeya — that is, not of man: authorless, impersonal, revealed; first intuited through intense meditation by the ancient sages. Akasha is the invisible […]

THE MACHINE MODEL

RENÉ DESCARTES, DIGITAL GHOSTS AND A WIND-UP SHITTING DUCK Once out of nature I shall never take My bodily form from any natural thing, But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make Of hammered gold and gold enamelling To keep a drowsy Emperor awake; Or set upon a golden bough to sing To lords and […]