BAUDRILLARD at the BATACLAN

DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD Jesse Hughes: I knew exactly what was going on from the fuckin’ first – if you look at the video I’m off that stage – like that [snaps his fingers] – because I’ve been around guns my whole life and military weapons for many years and I’ve been firing guns routinely for almost […]

McLUHAN IN MANHATTAN

STATE OF TERROR “The tactic of the terrorist model is to provoke a surplus of reality and to make the whole system collapse under it.” Jean Baudrillard, The Spirit of Terrorism (2002). Baudrillard’s definition of reality, in his 1981 work Simulacra and Simulation, is ‘that which can be simulated’. He argues that technology has now made […]

The MADNESS GAMBIT

Designs V2- The Orchid – Insanity http://www.gndesigns.net  CONSPIRACY THEORY and the SOFT GULAG ∆ One particularly vile aspect of totalitarian systems is the abuse of psychiatry. In China today, dissidents may be labeled mentally ill and consigned to psychiatric hospitals. Once swallowed up by the mental health system, they can be subjected to electric shock […]

THE REAL ENEMY

On the POSSIBILITY and DESIRABILITY of PEACE In 1967, a book was published by Dial Press which purported to be the report of a secret government commission, leaked by one of its members. Entitled The Report from Iron Mountain – On the Possibility and Desirability of Peace, the book exposes the kind of thinking, cold, […]

SOMETHING’S HAPPENING

SOMETHING’S HAPPENING In late 2011, I was walking through rainforest in the hills above Chiang Dao in northern Thailand with about a hundred twelve-year-old children and a handful of teachers. The forest was quiet, apart from the whooping and chattering of kids happy to be away with their friends for a few days. The guide […]

The LOGIC of CLIMATE CHANGE

  The Appeal to Ignorance When confronted by new information which clashes with their previous assumptions, people do their best to resolve the contradiction. By ‘do their best’, I do not mean to patronize. In criticizing the thinking of those who accept the theory of catastrophic anthropogenic climate change (CACC), I am criticizing myself, or […]